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* In ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Perdita is perhaps the ''only'' female character in the old school Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon who truly enters combat and that's when her puppies are threatened. When it comes that, she's even better at it than Pongo.
* [[StepfordSmiler Eve]] from ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' can be summed up in one line.
-->'''Eve:''' I just want to say one thing. If any of you wolves have hurt my daughter, I will personally ''rip'' out your eyes and ''shove'' them down your throat, so you can see my claws '''tear your carcass open!'''
* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'': [[spoiler:Penny's mother decks her agent (knocking him clean out of the ambulance) for daring to suggest ways they could exploit Penny's near death in a fire. (The fact that one of the supposed benefits was executive producer credit ''for himself'' was probably what set her off. Shaking Penny's stretcher (with Penny in it) and exclaiming "This is so great!" didn't help either.)]]
* Carmen Sanchez from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', don't mess with Manolo while she's around. [[WordOfGod Gutierrez]] even confirms that Carmen died saving baby Manolo from the war.
* Queen Elinor in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is one of these [[spoiler:both figuratively and ''literally'', as she's cursed into the form of a bear.]] When her daughter's life is threatened, she [[spoiler: throws off at least two dozen men pinning her to the ground and fights Mor'du, a cursed bear that seems to be immune to normal weapons, until she finally ''brings a stone column down on his head and '''kills''' him''.]] And what's even more awesome is that throughout the entire film, she has engaged in no violence at all, seeing it as a lapse into her [[spoiler: bear]] side. But Mordu goes for her daughter? All bets are off.
* Koda's mother in ''Disney/BrotherBear'' is a ''very'' literal example.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3'', Lucy has become this for the girls since marrying Gru. At one point, she thinks she hears Agnes screaming in terror (it's actually in glee) and breaks into a bar, going [[OneManArmy One Woman Army]] on anyone she thinks might be threatening her and Edith. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Lucy verbatim:
-->'''Lucy Wilde''': Sorry, [[LampshadeHanging went a little mama bear on ya.]] You know, I heard a scream and... Yeah, okay. Have a good one!
** Later, when a village woman angrily insults Margo, Lucy gets in her face and threatens her back, even hoisting the much larger woman into the air to do it. [[spoiler: When [[BigBad Balthazar]] kidnaps the girls during the climax, Lucy leaves Gru and Dru to deal with him, going to save them by herself.]]

-->'''Lucy Wilde''': Nobody, ''nobody'' curses my daughter, you got that? Because if you mess with Margo, you mess with me! And I promise, you do not want to mess with me! Do you understand me?
* Mrs. Jumbo in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' is branded a "mad elephant" and caged after she goes berserk trying to protect her son from some teasing kids.
* ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'': Tifa Lockhart may not be Marlene and Denzel's biological mother, but woe betide you if you threaten them with her around. There's a reason she's the BareFistedMonk of AVALANCHE.
* Norma Jean from ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'', despite her calm, loving demeanor, shows flashes of this. She is the first and only emperor penguin, in their extremely conformist and convervative society, to try to oppose the Elders, verbally lashing out at them when they force her son Mumble into exile. She also expresses great disdain for them during the graduation ceremony, as Mumble had not been permitted to graduate.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has a tragic example with Quasimodo's UsefulNotes/{{Roma|ni}} mother. Her baby was the only thing left in her life and she died trying to keep him away from Frollo. He caught her and another Romani on top of the stairs of Notre-Dame, tried to take baby!Quasi away from her, and in the struggle she fell down the stairs and died.
** Esmeralda later becomes one with her son in the sequel.
* The mother T. Rex in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'' when she finds her eggs are gone. She goes out and searches for them and was more than eager to eat Sid for taking them away from her.
* Elastigirl from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is a major one- one crowning moment is when she physically throws herself on top of her kids as the plane they are in is about to explode, then uses her flexibility powers to make herself into a parachute.
* Kubo's mother in ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings''. With the last of her strength, she magically sends him away while she distracts her sisters to buy him time to escape. [[spoiler: She in fact dies ''twice'' to protect Kubo.]]
** Monkey takes her job protecting Kubo very seriously. She handles herself very well against Kubo's aunts and even manages [[spoiler: to kill one of them during the sea fight.]] [[spoiler: Since Monkey is Kubo's mother in a different form, this makes a lot of sense.]]
* Kala from Disney/{{Tarzan}} thanks to losing her baby to Sabor the Leopard, she's sure as hell gonna fight off the same Leopard to protect baby Tarzan. And when Kerchak (the massive Silverback Gorilla) is displeased when she brings the baby home and charges at Tarzan Kala shields him with her arms and just glares at her mate and stopping him instantly.
* Littlefoot's mother from ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''. For most of her screen time, she's shown to be gentle, caring, and nurturing to her son. But when he's about to be eaten by a "Sharptooth," she whips that fully grown, red-eyed T. Rex in the face with her tail, hard enough to ''knock him off his feet and send him flying into a rock.'' That one close-up of her face is the very definition of Mama Bear mode. Even after the T. Rex visibly tears out chunks of her back, she manages to strike him one more time (on a cliff in the middle of an earthquake, by the way) and send him falling into a chasm, and somehow turns herself around just in time to catch the two young dinosaurs with her teeth before they fall.
** Please consider the fact that this is a Mama Bear 70 feet long weighing '''approximately 30 TONS.'''
** Chomper's mom counts as well.
** This is kind of a trend with LBT moms; Ducky and Spike's mom, for example, leaps into ice water to save [[HappilyAdopted her son]] from drowning in one installment and in another Petrie's mother flies through what can only be described as a ''typhoon'' to find her missing son.
** Littlefoot's grandmother is likewise shown to be extremely protective of him. It's also safe to assume that she was like this toward her own daughter, considering Mama Longneck reached adulthood in the DeathWorld outside the Great Valley.
* Ursula from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Unlike the other Disney villains, she actually treats her {{Mook}}s Flotsam and Jetsam [[PetTheDog with love and respect, as if they were her sons]]; they in turn serve her loyally, and they probably are the most competent Disney villain's mooks ever. When they are accidentally killed by Ursula (thanks to Ariel pulling her hair when she was about to kill Eric, thus throwing off her aim), she first ''mourns'' ("Babies! My poor little poopsies!"), then goes into a psychotic rage, [[MakeMyMonsterGrow growing to a good hundred times her normal size]] and attempting to kill both Ariel and Eric with the powers of the sea.
** Ariel herself is an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]: After witnessing [[ParentsInDistress her father sacrifice himself to save her from Ursula]] in a FateWorseThanDeath manner with Ursula laughing, she went berserk, and actually attempted to attack Ursula ''despite being a mermaid out of water''.
** She even becomes one for her own daughter, almost becoming an [[OverprotectiveDad overprotective mother]] [[LikeFatherLikeSon like her father was]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'', Principal Celestia shows signs of this, mixed with BigSisterInstinct, as she [[GoThroughMe tries to shield]] some students and her sister from [[BigBad Gaea Everfree]].
* Lillian in ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', though she was shocked that Fiona was an ogre and had married an ogre, she tries her best to be supportive of her daughter, defending her choice against her father.