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We all wish she was our mom.

[She is] a loving wife and mother who would prove to be as skilled at kicking asses as she was at wiping them.
Narrator introducing Shirley, Community, "Pillows and Blankets"

When an Action Girl is confronted with motherhood, she usually has two choices. She could accept the baby and her "fate" to Stay in the Kitchen; or she can keep her Action Girl status by losing her baby through the wonders of a Magical Abortion, a Convenient Miscarriage or simply giving it up for adoption if it gets born.

The Action Mom says bollocks to that and chooses to Take a Third Option as she keeps her role as savior of the day and the world while raising her children. She's a real badass mother.

Beware if you ever harm her children, for you will have an Action Girl invoking the Mama Bear at your heels. There is also a chance that said children will grow up to be badasses just like her.

Related to Action Girlfriend, as she may graduate to "Mom" status if she and her boyfriend tie the knot and have kids of their own. Alternatively, a Battle Couple may find themselves acting as parental surrogates, with the female effectively taking on this role. Truth in Television in the case of mothers working in hazardous jobs such as police work.


Often the matriarch of a Badass Family. If she enters this state before the child has even been born, she is a Pregnant Badass.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Angelic Layer: Although all the action is performed by mind-controlled robots, and, in the anime, she's in a wheelchair, Shuuko decimates every other opponent in the Tournament Arc except one (and she wins that one in the manga). She has taken the abandon-your-child-to-relatives-and-then-to-your-sister path (in the anime, she fears her child would be ostrasized for having an "useless" mother), but in the end, reunites with her daughter and is seen competing side-by-side with her.
  • Armitage III: Naomi Armitage, though it doesn't seem that way at first. She, her human husband Ross and her daughter Youko were hiding from All of the Other Reindeer at that point, Fantastic Racism having won the day in the form of feminists who weren't fond of the concept of being replaced by machines; She really needed to keep her head down. You could tell Armitage was having the time of her life showing off her cyborg Mama Bear side after little Youko is kidnapped and she had to go after the culprits.
  • Black Butler: The Marchioness of Middleford, aka Elizabeth's mother Frances. She also doubles as an Action Girl.
  • Code Geass: Empress Marianne vi Britannia, a.k.a. Marianne the Flash, who managed to be a Humongous Mecha test pilot, Lady of War, and Rebellious Princess and Lady Macbeth, all while still being a sweet and loving mother to her two children. It's no wonder that she serves as inspiration not only to them, but also to the majority of her step-children who appear in the anime.
  • Cutey Honey Flash has Honey Kisaragi herself. She has settled down with Seiji after the events of the TV series, and they have a daughter named Seira, but when The Movie takes place she returns to action.
  • Digimon Adventure: Sora Takenouchi's very traditional mom, Toshiko, takes up this mantle for an episode in a Mama Bear bid to rescue her daughter from Phantomon. She comes up with a plan to disguise herself as one of the hordes of Bakemon (along with Biyomon) and then volunteer as the one to "capture" her daughter, who's being pursued by them. Her bid pays off and Sora is rescued, even if Toshiko ends up captured in her place. Maybe not true Action Mom status, but about the closest one has ever gotten in a Digimon series.
  • Don't Meddle with My Daughter!: Athena is a retired superheroine, turned housewife, who finds out her 17 year old virgin daughter has taken up her mantel - without knowing the inherent risks that come with the territory. Which forces Athena out of retirement in order to protect Clara's reputation and her virtue.
  • Eureka Seven: Eureka, a mecha pilot who adopts three children before the series starts. Three children she personally orphaned.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Ur was a powerful wizard even after the birth of her daughter.
    • Irene Belserion is one of the most powerful mages in the entire series to the point she's the only one who's ever uncontestedly beaten her daughter Erza Scarlet in a fair fight.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Izumi Curtis is a housewife and proud of it. Her role as a mom comes from having attempted to resurrect her stillborn child, but failed and lost the ability to ever have children as a result. However, she does more or less take in the Elric brothers (who lost their own mother) and becomes like a mother to them. She can - and does - beat up most of the other characters in the series (and, for bonus points, does so despite the fact that she's missing several internal organs). She is also one of the two people that Ed and Al openly fear (the other being Major General Armstrong.)
  • The Garden of Sinners: Ryougi Shiki. No surprise there, you knew it was gonna happen eventually.
  • GEAR Fighter Dendoh: Ginga's mom is a Kenpo instructor who will beat the crap out of almost anyone smaller than a Monster of the Week. And then there's Vega, who turns out to be Hokuto's mom in disguise.
  • Gosick: Cordelia Gallo. Try not to cheer when she goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the man who destroyed her life by kidnapping and raping her and forcing her to bear his daughter, in the name of the daughter who she loves anyway, and kills him. She dies shortly afterward, but damn.
  • Highschool of the Dead: Saya doubles as Alice's "big sister" figure and her Parental Substitute, as well as being the other half of a tentative Battle Couple with Hirano. The 29th chapter hung a massive lampshade on it, when Alice fell off her bike and was about to be attacked by zombies. Saya immediately sprang into Mama Bear mode and took out the nearest one, then whapped Alice on the noggin for making her worry. Followed by a 'family hug' afterwards.
  • Ichigekiden (The Legend of Ichigeki), the manga by Yasuichi Ohshima, features Sakiko Sakamoto, protagonist's mother, who is the successor of old marshal arts clan and an expert marshal artist herself. She ran away from her family to marry an ordinary office worker and settled as a plain housewife, but often shows her hidden nature to help her children or solve the various problem around the neighborhood.
  • Ikki Tousen: Hakufu's Older Than They Look mother Goei (expy of Madame Wu, mother of Sun Ce's aka Hakufu's past self) is no frontline fighter and prefers to take care of the Shuuyu household, but either call her "old woman" or threaten her directly, and you'll have her prove that she can defend herself rather well.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, there's Lisa Lisa, who's not only Joseph's mother, but also one of the most powerful Hamon Users in the series.
  • Kekkaishi: Yoshimori's mother Sumiko seems to be this, she appears to be Walking the Earth leaving her very domestic husband and Old Master father to raise her kids, her only appearance outside of flashbacks involved her throwing a dragon(which she had apparently beaten unconscious and dragged across the country) at her son The Hero from great height, then beating said dragon into submission when it came for her. Also in a flashback she killed a god seemingly just for shits and giggles, and because the god's still-in-the-womb kid told her too.
  • The King of Fighters: Kyo manga: A subtle example is Shizuka Kusanagi, Kyo's mom. She is a beautiful woman who only wears kimonos and is all polite and motherly... and also fearlessly points a naginata to the neck of the ninja Eiji Kisaragi when she finds him digging in the archives of the Kusanagi family, sweetly asking him to stop whatever he's doing. When Kyo comes back home, he finds his mother and Eiji calmly drinking tea, and Shizuka is all smiles but Eiji looks still unnerved.
  • Koihime†Musou: Resident mom Kouchuu Kanshou, the Expy of Huang Zhong. Her story behind her action isn't exactly pretty, though: Her daughter is being held hostage by bandits and she is forced to assassinate a noble to keep her alive. Later on, after her daughter is rescued, she's freed from any burdens and fights without anything to hold back.
  • Kyo Kara Maoh!: Miko Shibuya is shown to hold her own when attacked by enemies. She used a broken broom handle to effectively drive off attacks with her fencing skills.
  • The Legend of Mother Sarah: The whole point of the aptly named other Katsuhiro Otomo masterpiece, which features a Determined Widow woman trying to retrieve her lost children and who will stop at nothing to do so, including brawling and using guns. It helps that she's an unusually tall and jacked woman.
  • Macross:
    • Millia Fallyna in Super Dimension Fortress Macross. She even takes baby Komillia (or Dana, if you're following Robotech) once into battle.
      • By Macross 7, she's a mother seven times over (plus one adoption) and she still can keep up with her husband. And yes, they're both probably the best pilots in Macross 7 despite being in their 40s-50s, as Macross 7 is set 35 years or so after the original. So, yeah.
    • Macross Frontier gives us the minor character of Canaria Bernstein, a combat medic who uses a König Monster
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS: Nanoha and Fate, the co-leads, are mothers through adoption and still amongst the best combat mages out there. When their daughter Vivio is kidnapped, both Nanoha and Fate proceed to kick ass and take names, Nanoha to get Vivio back and Fate to take down the man behind it all.
    • There's also Quint Nakajima, Subaru and Ginga's mother, who was a high-ranking investigator until her death. It's revealed in the Sound Stages that Quint was considerably stronger than Subaru or Ginga, being able to wield both Revolver Knuckles (her two girls inherited one each), while neither of them can do so as of the end of StrikerS.
    • Lutecia Alpine's mother Megane was Quint's partner. She's also the only Action Mom in the entire series that went through childbirth.
  • Mai-Otome: Lena Sayers, the original Blue Sky Sapphire holder, whose past is explored in the prequel. She's the mother of the main series' heroine, Arika. While she was defeated in the Aswad's attack on Windbloom's castle because she lost her powers, she was apparently able to put up enough of a fight to be considered a Worthy Opponent by the Aswad, who hoped to give her a proper burial.
  • Medaka Box: Zenkichi Hitoyoshi's mom, Hitomi Hitoyoshi: Mad Scientist, badass martial artist and looking approximately half her son's age.
  • Naruto:
    • Tsume Inuzuka is the single mother of two teenagers yet has maintained not only active ass-kicking status as an elite kunoichi but also runs her own clan.
    Tsume: (referring to an enemy) He was so scared of me, he ran away!
    Kiba: (thinking to himself) Yeah, mom... just like with dad.
    • Kushina Uzumaki, Naruto's mother, battles the series Eldritch Abomination and the Big Bad controlling it while dying. She takes a claw longer than she is tall to the stomach and catches it on its way out to protect her son. This all takes place about one hour after she gave birth and then had the Kyuubi forcefully dragged out of her, something that was previously always fatal.
    • Princess Kaguya effectively became a Physical God before giving birth to her children and only got stronger after that. Unfortunately, she also became Drunk with Power.
    • As of the Spin-Off Naruto Gaiden, Sakura Haruno has grown into quite the example. The assassin who targeted her daughter Sarada had no chance against her, and Sasuke and Naruto were pretty impressed.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: Evangeline is a vampire so powerful that her very name inspires terror in the hearts of mortal men. In the sequel, UQ Holder!, she's the main character's adoptive mother and is just as badass. This also applies to the Negima timeline, where she became Negi's step-mother.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: EVA Unit-01 and Unit-02, as they are gigantic death machines with the pilot's mother's soul inside of it that usually goes out of its way to stop the child inside from being too badly hurt.
  • Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!: Yoriko Yasaka might look like a fluffy Cuddle Bug, but she's also a part-time Malign Deity Hunter who's badass enough to put the Fear of G... er, Mom into the hearts of Nyarlathotep and Cthuguha with nothing more than an ordinary dinner fork. And Cthulhu help you if you lay a finger on her beloved Hiro-kun...
  • One Piece:
    • First and foremost was Bellmere, who was a Marine on the front lines of battle when she discovered two orphaned children, Nojiko and Nami, and took them home to raise since the sight of the two little girls gave her back her strength to live. When Arlong attacked their island, she alone attempted to fight back. Failing that, she willingly gave her own life to ensure Nojiko and Nami's safety.
    • Nico Robin's mother, Olvia, was an Adventurer Archaeologist before meeting her end defending her homeland of Ohara.
    • Nami the crew's resident Gold Digger, is shown to be very protective and loving to children due to her above mentioned past and will not abandon any children in need (despite the fact she's a thieving Pirate). This motherly nature can hold the crew up at times but being Big Damn Heroes they come to her aid in protecting children.
    • Big Mom Charlotte Linin one of the four "Emperors of the sea" as her name suggests she's "a really big mom" having 84 children (which almost unbelievable as she's ugly as hell). Big Mom is a Evil Matriarch ruling over domain with a iron fist even threatening to "eat" her minions showing she may be a cannibal too. In short Big Mom is one mother you definitely don't want to mess with.
  • Planetes: Fee Carmichael, although she has the advantage of having her son and husband out of harm's way, in Florida, while she freely performs all her badassery in outer space. Not that her badassery is anything to sneer at.
  • Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions: Zoroark, Zorua's mother, who'll fight three legendary Pokemon by herself if that's what it takes to save her child.
  • Queen's Blade: Cattleya is a mother, weaponsmith, retired adventurer and owner of some of the largest breasts in all of anime. Bonus points in usually fighting with her son Rana tucked under her arm.
  • Requiem of the Rose King: Margaret is this.
  • Seven Mortal Sins: Mammon, as it turns out, is not only a powerful Demon Lord....but a mother doing everything for the sake of her children.
  • Sgt. Frog:
    • Aki Hinata kicks butt when she has to. For starters, she's got a black belt in aikido.
    • Oka Nishizawa, Momoka's mother, is an even bigger example. She met her husband Baio during a world martial arts tournament, and is introduced when she sneaks into her husband's mansion in Japan and beats the crap out of the security.
    • A later chapter shows that Aki is apparently the only person who can match Oka in a fight.
  • Super Gals: Ran's mother is a police officer.
  • Tenchi Muyo!: Misaki Jurai Masaki, the junior Empress of Jurai, is not only the Aeka and Sasami's mom, but also the head of Emperor's Guard and uncontested martial arts champion of the whole Jurai Empire for as long as she is bothered to compete. And her mom, Seto Kamiki Jurai, while actually ruling in place of her son-in-law, still finds the time to justify the reputation that gave her the famous nickname of "Devil Princess of Jurai" (Even the first Big Bad of the series gave her a wide berth!).
    • The senior Empress of Jurai, Funaho (Yosho's mom), is director of the Intelligence division. In one episode of the Manga, an assassin tries to kill her on a trip to Earth by dropping a steel girder on her. She stops its fall with a single jab, nearly bending it in half, without even standing up.
  • Witchblade: Amaha Masane, despite being completely childish and doting over her daughter, quickly became adequate Punch-Clock Hero. Soon the only thing that worried her at all was Rihoko's possible reaction on seeing her transformed. Until she faced the consequences.
  • Episode 1 of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon (a Spin-Offspring sequel to Inuyasha) shows that Sango hasn't lost any of her combat prowess after having three kids.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Universe:
    Jessica: Can I give you a piece of advice, Kang? Never mess with a pregnant woman.
    • Shanna the She-Devil is Happily Married with Ka-Zar and they have a son.
    • Emma Frost has five cloned daughters, the Stepford Cuckoos. She can be protective to them, and she is quite saddened when two of them are dead (even if one of them, Esme, once betrayed and tried to kill her).
    • Kelsey Leigh, the second Captain Britain, is a single mom of two children.
    • Mary Jane Watson in the alternate universe of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows where she and Peter are still married and have a daughter, Annie. In the final issue she uses a set of exoskeletal armor to join her family in beating the hell out of Regent. When she does and her daughter asks what her codename is, she replies, "I already have one: Mom!"
      • In the mini-series, after taking down Regent, Peter uses his technology to make a suit (that mimic his own spider-powers) for Mary Jane, since Annie was increasingly engaging in super-heroics and needed someone to keep an eye on her.
    • In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Magda is revealed as such in the Ultimate Wolverine miniseries. Also Monica Chang, from The Ultimates.
  • The DCU
    • Hippolyta of the Wonder Woman mythos. Never mind the fact that Diana is an adult... In Wonder Woman (1987) she even took up the mantle of Wonder Woman for a while. Diana herself was also one Pre-Crisis as she and Steve Trevor had a daughter together.
    • Steve Trevor's own mother was a WASP pilot during WWII.
    • Lady Shiva is the mother of Cassandra Cain aka Batgirl and has been kicking ass since 1975.
    • Donna Troy was also a mother before her son died in a car accident.
    • Alanna Strange definitely fits the trope, seeing as she's apparently capable of fighting her way past the bad guy's guards, sneaking into the room where he's gloating over her captured husband, taking out the guards there with nerve pinches without him noticing, trading insults with him for a few minutes and then knocking him out - all while carrying her daughter in a sling around her neck.
    • The original Red Tornado, although mostly played for laughs. She was a woman disguised as a male hero with no superpowers and was associated with (but not a member of) the Justice Society of America.
    • Supergirl's foster mother Eliza Danvers in Supergirl (Rebirth) is an agent of the D. E. O. (Department of Extra-normal Operations), a government agency created to deal with and neutralize alien threats. In Supergirl Rebirth #1 a Kryptonian werewolf is attacking one of the D. E. O. bases, and she quickly figures out where he comes from and what kind of ammo they need, before throwing a grenade at him.
    • The female Dr. Light is the mother of two, and the former leader of a Justice League team.
    • Talia Al Ghul after giving birth to Damian Wayne is still badass enough to brandish a handgun and wear a sexy catsuit or have Batman tied up against his will.
    • The Pre-Flashpoint Lois Lane in DC Rebirth. Special mention when she put Batman's old Hellbat Armor to protect her son Jon from the Eradicator.
    • Queen Atlanta, mother of Aquaman, is no slouch but ended up missing for almost his entire childhood. When he finds her again shes an impressive warrior.
    • Ellen Baker, mother of two kids and married to Animal Man, while not a superhero has elements of this. Like when Mirror Master invaded her home and she kicked him in the crotch and shoved him down a staircase.
  • Lupe from Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) is a fierce freedom fighter and mother of two. Sadly her whole family becomes roboticized.
  • Julia Diggers of Gold Digger, showing that having three grown-up kids doesn't keep her from still being one of the top fighters of the fantasy world of Jade. In the series the parents getting involved is generally a big warning sign that things either have gotten really serious or are about to be wrapped up very quickly and painfully for the other party.
    • Now that she's had a daughter of her own, Julia's adopted daughter Brittany Diggers has become a rather fierce example herself.
    • Julia's own mother, Brunhilda Brigand, is an action mom herself, one of the few fighters who can match Julia. It really runs in the family.
    • Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld: Amy learned all her warrior skills from her mother.
  • Ms. Tree, originally with her stepson Michael and later with her own daughter Melodie (following a stint as a Pregnant Badass).
  • In the Fanhunter comic there's Belit. She keeps her badassery even after giving birth to John and Erika.
  • Nero: Madam Pheip and Madam Nero are both quick to grab all kinds of kitchen stuff to hit their opponents K.O., especially when their husbands or children are threatened.
  • From Paperinik New Adventures, Rangi Fangus, mother of Angus Fangus. She is the leader of her tribe, plot to foil the plans of a Corrupt Corporate Executive and lead said tribe to fight alien invaders(while wielding two guns).
  • Tara Chace from Greg Rucka's Queen and Country series quits for a little while after she has Tamsin, but she's back and assassinating coup-plotters in Uzbekistan before you know it.
  • Suske en Wiske: Tante Sidonia, despite being Suske and Wiske's aunt rather than mum, can be quite inventive in action scenes if she wants to.
  • Nomi Sunrider of Tales of the Jedi serves as a knight in the Krath and Great Sith Wars. In one ambush, she actually fights with her daughter Vima on her hip, and in fact got started on the Jedi path when defending herself and her daughter from her husband's murderers.
  • Tara from The Warlord after she gives birth to Joshua.
  • The titular Action Girl from Yoko Tsuno becomes this after she adopts a little girl named Morning Dew.
  • This is a theme in Revival: hero cop Dana Cypress, ninja assassin Weaver Fannie, and General Louise Cale all have children.
  • Sheriff Clara Bronson of Copperhead is a hardheaded lawbringer raising her preteen son Zeke as a single mom.

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown of Stars: Asuka fought the whole South American campaign being pregnant with Shinji's baby.
  • The Child of Love: Asuka is a soldier, a pilot that fights giant alien monsters… and she becomes a mother in this story. She fought battles when she was still carrying her daughter and after giving birth.
  • HERZ: Asuka is a soldier and Humongous Mecha Ace Pilot has been training since she was four... and she is mother of a five-years-old child.
  • Last Child of Krypton: It turns out that Kyoko -Asuka's mother- was an Amazon, and demonstrates this trope quite well in a video of her forced Contact Experiment with Unit-02.
  • The Second Try: Asuka had delivered and raised Aki together with Shinji for four years before getting dragged back to the past and fight the Angel War again.
  • Thousand Shinji: After the Angel War Asuka become the Goddess of War and later she and Shinji had at least a daughter -Kali-. And she still kept being a warrior goddess and kicking butts.
  • Sarafina in The Lion King Adventures is both this and a Mama Bear. She knows how to kick butt, being one of the strongest lionesses in the pride.
  • From Young Justice: Darkness Falls, we have Artemis. Who after giving birth to her daughter Isis, still is able to use the bow and fight pretty effectively.
  • The sequel Young Justice Titans has both Artemis and M'gann. Both of them already have kids, and both of them can still fight with the best of them.
  • Like her counterpart from the page pic and the Films - Animation folder, Kate Squall, aka Apogee, has her moments as one of these in Rise of the Galeforces. Interestingly, she's actually quite flighty in spite of her physics degree, doesn't spend as much time under the limelight as her children, and tends to panic at the first sign of danger. However, armed with but her gravity powers and guerrilla-style Mama Bear attitude, she manages to not only beat up tons of Mooks with surprising ease, but also successfully raise and take care of a feisty teenage girl... and eventually, a feisty teenage pterosaur.
  • Elita-One in Things We Don't Tell Humans fits this.
  • In Futari Wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon, Mysterious Watcher Dawn mentions a few times that she has children and can thus relate to the Mentor Mascots' worry about their own son (who happens to be the new Cures' partner). One of those children turns out to be Mia. Yeah, when Dawn finally ends up actually fighting, she lives up to this.
  • Twilight Sparkle, of all mares, gains badass points after she adopts Nyx in Past Sins.
  • A Growing Affection: Yukihana saves five people from the Nine-Tails despite only giving birth two days previous. Yugao goes toe-to-toe with Konan to protect her daughter.
  • From T.U.F.F. Puppy fanfic, Present Meets Future, Kitty is one.
  • In the Fanfic What Have You Done, Twilight Sparkle's mother, Twilight Velvet is well trained in emphatic spells, and uses them quite effectively against a group of Changelings. Before that glorious moment, we saw her stand up to Princess Celestia for her daughter's sake. Bad.Ass.
  • Field Of Innocence: Before she died, Lu Ten's mother, Colonel Kei Rin, was one. She was such a feared soldier that the Earth Kingdom army had a 'flee on sight' order for her.
  • In A.A. Pessimal's Discworld imaginings, Doctor Davinina Bellamy is the Action Mum. in appearance blonde, bespectacled and mumsy, she runs her own floristry business, has a PhD in Botany, and is married with three sons. Her knowledge of the language of flowers note  draws her to the notice of the Guild of Assassins, who need a Botany teacher for the School. She passes the Mature Students Course and takes up a new career, all the time being a devoted wife and mother. She even gets two of her sons accepted by the School for Assassin training.
    • The story Hyperemesis Gravidarum develops the idea of what happens when Lady Assassins get pregnant and start (or in Davinia's case, extend) families. By the end, the reader will have the strong impression there are three Mama Bears out there, who will (briefly) deliver a world of pain to anyone threatening the children.
    • Motherhood and a total of three daughters do not slow Johanna Smith-Rhodes as she gets older. Far from it. In the continuation tale Strandpiel, she is around forty. Her fourteen-year-old daughter watches helplessly from the ground as her mother learns the new and largely untried discipline of parachute jumping.note 
  • In the Arrow series Legacy, Lyla's response to getting shot is, "Don't make a fuss." Her daughter can only say, "Mom's hardcore." Felicity will also pick up a weapon to defend her kids without hesitation.
  • In Catch Your Breath, Miyako Gekko, who was leading her very own Zetsu extermination squad in the Commencement arc and fighting alongside her daughter.
    • Kushina counts, too. Right after giving birth to Naruto, she proceeds to stomp to the Barrier/Sensor Squad and stage a non-hostile takeover. And again, when she and Tsunade proceed to obliterate Danzo while Minato and the gang are in Suna. Kushina dealt the finishing blow, and Kurama even praised her ferocity.
  • The Metroid fanfic Spawn reveals Samus to have mothered a son named Hector. Over the course of the story, Hector gets to follow his mother in her adventures.
  • Riding the Dragon has Cecilia Kurita who governs an interstellar realm, leads armies and raises her children as a single mother.
  • In The Party Never Ended, Derpy Hooves/Ditzy Doo is motivated to help the weather team with the huge storm summoned by the Big Bad (and does a pretty good job of it) because of her love for her daughter Dinky.
  • It's a Dangerous Business, Going Out Your Door: Shield Maiden: elite warrior of Gildedale, bodyguard to the heir to its throne, and mother of a young filly.
  • Croft and Son imagines Lara Croft as Nero's mother, and she's still out having her adventures and raising him with the help of Sam.
  • Son of the Sannin has several mothers who are ninja.
    • Sasuke and Itachi's mother Mikoto took part in the Uchiha Insurrection and was responsible for the death of Ino's father Inoichi.
    • Shizune takes part in Kirigakure's civil war about a year after the birth of her first child (and may very well have been in the early stages of pregnancy with her second). She even leads her former genin students in killing one of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist.
    • The fourth Mizukage's wife is shown fighting alongside him during the same war while their son was elsewhere on the front lines.
    • Yugao continues her ANBU duties while acting as Haku's foster mother (and also after the birth of her biological son Seiichi).
    • Unlike in canon, Kurenai returns to active duty after her daughter Mirai is born.
    • While she never returns to active duty, Tsunade is even more powerful than her canon counterpart due to having recieved Sage training from the slugs and is also a mother of four (two adopted, two biological).
    • Mei Terumi continues to serve as Mizukage after the birth of her first child. Like Tsunade, she has also recieved Sage training.
  • The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds: Megan Richards nee Williams. 20 years has passed since her last trip to Equestria and she has two daughters, but when danger calls, she doesn't hesitate in grabbing a rifle to fight a dragon.
  • Kitsune of Junior Officers, a mother of a six-year-old boy who can drive GUPs and patch up creatures with ease.

    Film — Animation 
  • 9: Though they aren't technically mother and children, 7 plays this role to 3 and 4.
  • The Book of Life: Manolo's mother Carmen, once he arrives in the Land of the Remembered. She travels to the edge of the Land of the Remembered, climbs a gigantic statue and slaps Xibalba.
  • The Incredibles and Incredibles 2: Pictured on this page is Helen Parr, a.k.a. Elastigirl, who can still kick butt with the rest of her family despite having more than a decade of hiatus.
    • Helen herself seems to invoke a kind of this trope in one deleted scene, by blowing her gasket at an Iron Lady who belittled her choice to become a stay at home mom, ranting about how raising children is, when you come down to it, a much more difficult job that is much more important to the survival of humanity than said business lady's swanky executive position ever will be, even when you don't consider that Helen's children will save the world.
  • Meet the Robinsons: Franny's main hobby outside of conducting frog bands is practicing her karate skills, demonstrated at the dinner table complete with bad kung fu movie dubbing.
  • The Secret of NIMH: Mrs. Brisby is an Action Survivor Action Mom. She spends much if not most of the movie in well over her head but keeps going because her family is at stake.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Aliens: Ellen Ripley. Her relationship with Newt is completely maternal, even though they're not biologically mother and daughter. Much ass-kicking is induced by that relationship. "GET AWAY FROM HER, YOU BITCH!", indeed. The directors cut of the film also reveals that she had a daughter back on Earth before leaving on the trip that sets off the series. Said daughter grew old and died while Ripley was lost in cryogenic sleep for 57 years, making her connection with Newt all the more significant.
  • The Banana Splits Movie has Beth — Harley and Austin’s mother — going through extra lengths to protect her two sons and the other children from the Splits. She manages to throw Bingo off a giant ledge and kills Drooper via impalement in self-defense.
  • Child's Play (1988): Karen Barclay is forced to become this over the course of the first film.
  • Chocolate: Zin is a former loan shark. She spends most of the movie trying to give up her old life, but when she's threatened she proves she's still extremely dangerous.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Jade Fox, while not a blood relative, appears to be a stronger maternal figure to Jen than her own mother. She seems to look up to Shu Lien in the same way, later in the film.
  • Gremlins: Mrs. Peltzer goes to some... extreme lengths to defend her home from the titular monsters.
  • Kenau: Kenau is mother to two daughters and the leader of a whole band of action girls that really existed: the Women of Harlem.
  • Kill Bill: Although she tries and fails to embrace the housewife role, Beatrix could fit this trope, especially since in the end it is implied that even though she is reunited with her daughter, she's probably not going to be able to go forever without kicking ass.
  • The Geena Davis movie The Long Kiss Goodnight plays with this. The woman, who has amnesia, starts off as an ordinary mom, then remembers that she was an assassin and initially decides to abandon her daughter as the girl isn't really 'hers' (the assassin) but that of her alter-ego (the mom), and then eventually goes through a Character Development into an action mom, combining both.
  • Peppermint: Not initially given to action, but much of the five years between Riley North's family being gunned down and the present is her learning various martial skills, which she uses in her quest for vengeance and justice.
  • Series 7: The Contenders: Brooke Smith pushes this trope to its logical extreme in the dark comedy in which unwilling contestants in a reality TV show are forced to hunt down and kill each other. Smith plays Dawn, the heavily pregnant reigning champion, waddling her way between hits.
  • Carla Gugino's character in the Spy Kids movies.
  • Skyscraper: Sarah is a former Navy doctor and mother of two children who uses her wits, cheap shots, and anything she can get her hands on to defeat opponents that can easily overpower her. Crosses into Battle Couple territory with her equally tough husband Will. Being played by Neve Campbell and Dwayne Johnson respectively, this is almost a given.
  • Star Wars:
    • Subverted with Padmé, who starts out as an ass-kicking politician, then gradually deteriorates into a ball of mush who gives up on life the moment her kids are born, because she only just realized her husband was a jerk.
    • Played Straight with Leia, Padmé's daughter. She can use blasters, is a force user, and is an active princess, later general. Though she doesn't engage in physical combat much, she is usually the one behind the plan. Leia is not tempted by the dark side even once, not even after her home planet is destroyed, she is physically and psychologically tortured, her adoptive parents are killed, her real parents are killed, her son turns evil, her husband is killed by him, and her brother vanishes. Take notes, Skywalker boys.
  • Terminator: Sarah Connor in the movies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles television series, a case where she didn't start out as an Action Girl, but definitely became one after she gave birth to John.
  • A brief moment in Thor has Frigga proving that her son's skill comes from both parents. When she sees that the Frost Giants are invading and Odin was under the Odinsleep at the time, she wastes no time grabbing a sword and killing Laufey's lackey with one hit for coming after her husband.
    • This is upped in Thor: The Dark World, where she duels the main villain Malekith and defeats him, only to be stabbed in the back by his Dragon.
  • Undercover Blues: Jane and Jeff Blue are total Action Parents, bringing their baby girl with them through all kinds of spy adventures.

  • 1632: Gretchen takes a leadership role in defending Grantville, particularly the school, while pregnant with her second child. Julie and Rebecca are also major parts of that defense, despite each being in her first pregnancy. Rebecca even takes out several men who try to attack her directly, at around eight months along.
  • Alterien: Both Helena and Titania fit this category well, as they continued to occasionally kick ass as the mothers of many children.
  • Amelia Peabody:
    • Amelia Peabody Emerson is an Action Mom who carries a steel tipped parasol, a gun and a knife — and still is unequal to her son Ramses.
    • Ramses' wife, Nefret Emerson, seems to be carrying on her mother-in-law's legacy quite well, being the mother of twins and still keeping up with her husband in the dangerous games of disguise and espionage that he plays with his bloodbrother, David Todros.
  • Armada: Debbie aka AtomicMom is a good example. She has three sons and is the eighth best pilot in the world in Armada.
  • Astral Dawn: If one counts the many children Ixchel has had in previous lives, then she too could be considered an "action mom". The same is true of other goddesses in the series as well.
  • Breaking the Wall: While a few main characters are old enough to have children, and grandchildren, the standout action mom is Nissa Nita, who's raising her two year old daughter while learning the magic necessary to perform her role as one of the Thirteen Orphans.
  • Catherine Ling from the Iris Johansen novel trilogy of same name is a CIA operative with a teenage son (the father was a fellow agent and is now dead), and spends much of the first book trying to keep the Big Bad from using him to get to her.
  • Codex Alera:
    • The resident Mama Bear, Isana, doesn't do much action-wise at first, but as the books go on she gets more and more involved and in the second half of the series participates in breaking a prisoner out of The Alcatraz, challenges a noble to single combat, and single handedly takes down a half-dozen Vord warriors.
    • Lady Placida, being a thinly-veiled version of Cordelia Vorkosigan, also counts.
  • Deeplight: Dotta Rigg leads a band of smugglers, many of which are her children, and rescues her daughter Selphin, Hark, and Quest from a wrecked submarine.
  • Discworld: Magrat Garlick, who became a far more competent and dangerous witch when she upgraded from Maiden to Mother. This is not entirely unexpected by witches. Nanny Ogg is still technically the Mother in a coven by reason of having a lot of (grown) children, not being young.
  • Divergent:
    • Tris' mother, Natalie, is revealed to be a Dauntless before her Aptitude Test. In the climax of the first book, she saves Tris from being condemned to death by drowning and fights alongside her in the race towards the Abnegation safe zone, culminating in her sacrificing herself to get Tris to safety.
    • Four's mother, Evelyn, is the leader of the factionless. In Insurgent, she leads the coup to take over Chicago and dismantle the faction system, and is a key player in the subsequent war between the factionless and the former faction members.
  • Domain: Dominique Vazquez gains this status in the second book after a more supporting role in the first one. Lilith Mabus also counts.
  • The Dresden Files: Charity Carpenter has seven kids, but that doesn't stop her from kicking ass. We learn in Death Masks that she makes all of her Holy Knight husband's armor, and in Proven Guilty, she joins Harry in storming a faerie queen's stronghold to rescue her kidnapped daughter, armed with swords and mail she herself forged.
    • She's also her husband Michael's training partner. She can definitely wield a sword.
  • Gentleman Bastard: Zamira Drakasha, in Red Seas Under Red Skies, is a pirate captain, and the loving mother of two toddlers who are at sea with Mommy.
  • The Golgotha Series: Maude spent years training as a spy, thief, and assassin for a secret order called Lilith's Load. She retired for a time to become a wife and mother; but she is still capable of using her skills when necessary, and is passing down the same training to her daughter Constance.
  • Harry Potter: Molly Weasley became one in the later books. In the seventh book she kills Bellatrix Lestrange with a cry of "Not my daughter, you bitch!"
    • Nymphadora Tonks in Deathly Hallows as well. Unfortunately, it doesn't end well.
  • As noted on the Lady of War page, this is what David Weber's idea of an empowered woman looks like. So it's a no-brainer that his series — mostly Honor Harrington, but others as well — are chock full of them. If you see an Action Girl there, who also happened to discover the joys of motherhood, you can safely bet on her being an Action Mom too.
  • Inheritance Cycle: Bridget, mom of one teenager, is the sole female from Carvahall to join the Varden army. She does this to protect one of the main characters so she can have revenge on him for the death of her husband. She is also the sole female fighter in the entire human army aside from the Herbalist Angela and the leader of the Varden, Nasuada.
  • Jennifer Government: The eponymous Jennifer is a single mother and a government agent. Also, badass.
  • Lensman: Clarissa Kinnison, Red Lensman and mother to five children. True, all are adults by the time her Action Mom status is earned, but she is their mother and in Children of the Lens she comes out of retirement to kick arse on a level most Lensmen (even her fellow Second-Stage Lensmen) can only dream of doing.
  • Loyal Enemies:
    • Liara, when she is introduced, is already pregnant with her second child and still a working battle mage. Her husband occasionally tries to beg her to stop and think of herself, but gets shut down quickly, and Liara actively takes part in the final battle by wading in and sniping fireballs left, right and centre.
    • The follow-up novella A Trap for a Necromancer reveals that protagonist Shelena, while perfectly fine with a peaceful life revolving mostly around doting on her baby son Roim, is and remains an Action Girl when the situation asks for it. As long as she knows Roim to be safe, she's ready to go out and hunt for thieves and renegade necromancers.
  • Mars Evacuees by Sophia MacDougall: Stephanie Dare is a bank teller and mother when the war against the Morrors starts. She turns into a hotshot fighter pilot.
  • The New Heroes: Caroline Wagner continued to fight as her superhero alterego Energy for three years after her son was born. Even after she lost her powers she continued to be an action Mum, teaching her son how to fight, outwitting mecha-armored baddies and making sure everyone in Sakkara gets their homework done.
  • Le Pacte des Marchombres: Having a son didn't stop Ellana from staying the badass Action Girl she already was, and she even went alone against the entire order of the Mercenaries of Chaos to save him. And succeeded.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sally Jackson in The Last Olympian. When faced with an army of some of mythology's deadliest monsters, she grabs a shotgun from the nearest police car and joins the fight, despite having apparently never fired a shotgun before in her life and being a (for the most part) normal, mortal mother.
  • Petaybee: Yanaba Maddock in the Twins of Petaybee books. Though her children are supposedly the heroes, she's the one to watch out for, especially if you hurt them.
  • Race to the Sun: Nizhoni's mom is a monster-fighter and once she is released from Lost and Found, she gets into action, wielding a lightning sword.
  • Remnants: Tamara Hoyle, a former Marine who fought off countless aliens with her Enfant Terrible strapped to her hip.
  • Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett: Being a mother doesn't get in the way of Sally's ferocity at all. While watching the homestead and her firstborn on her own, she thrashes a huge number of troublesome gators.
  • Samhain Island: Josey Boppel, Tremaine's mother, whips out a gun when she finds out that Skyler broke into Tremaine's room.
  • Sholan Alliance: Carrie Hamilton-Aldatan. She finally gives birth at the end of the third book, but continues on her merry butt-kicking way.
  • Son of the Shadows: Liadan fights her way through Side Dubh to save Bran with her infant son strapped to her back.
  • Special Circumstances: The hero of Princess of Wands is one of these, although not really known by most of the rest of her family since she keeps those activities separate from her housewife life.
  • The Stainless Steel Rat: Angelina. Keeps an assortment of deadly weapons in with the diapers in the baby carriage.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • Star Wars Legends: Multiple:
      • Mara Jade Skywalker, New Jedi Order-era onward, who arguably kicks a lot more ass as an Action Mom than as an Action Girl or assassin. Also a Mama Bear when you piss her off enough.
      • Leia counts as well, though the "action" part doesn't suit her in the traditional sense (what with getting caught up in politics and all). Not at first, anyway; she eventually goes full-time action-y in the Dark Nest series (she got sick of politics).
      • Tenel Ka, Dark Nest onward. While we don't see her fight much (queen and all), she's proven herself more than capable of defending herself and her daughter, who just happens to be Leia and Han's granddaughter, from all sorts of threats, including two assassination attempts.
      • In Han Solo at Stars' End we have Atuarre the catfolk "Trianii Ranger." Her husband and son were captured by the evil Corporate Sector Mega-Corp, but she rescued the kid herself. He had been tortured and the trauma left him mute. Now, with the cub in tow as a sidekick, she will join Han Solo and whatever to face overwhelming odds, defy the bad guys and make hubby proud—if he's still alive. She probably went Mama Bear to save the son, but that was off-screen.
    • Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy: Norra Wexley is a semi-retired Ace Pilot who flew a y-wing during the Battle of Endor and later went on to lead a team of elite New Republic agents to assist in hunting Imperial war criminals. She's also the mother of Temmin Wexley, who would later follow in her footsteps as a pilot for the Resistance.
  • Stories of Nypre: Wonik and Meni are the guardians of wind and water magic respectively.
  • Strength & Justice: Yoshiko Itsubishi. She may not like confrontation, but when pushed she reveals lethal martial arts skills and great reflexes to boot.
  • Temeraire: There are several action girls and action moms despite the era (Napoleonic wars), because of a quirk of dragon biology: one breed, the Longwing, will almost never accept a male captain. Jane Roland is a fine example of a rare Action Mom who is not a total Mama Bear as well. For that matter, any female dragons that have had eggs that hatched would probably count.
  • Thursday Next, in the later books has a regular habit of dashing back from her action exploits to look after her child.
  • Time Scout: Ann Vinn Mullhaney is Time Terminal 86's second/third most deadly individual (it's a toss-up). She also happens to be happily married and a mother.
  • Tortall Universe: Having three kids hasn't slowed Alanna the Lioness down at all; she's continued to be the King's Champion and one of the most notable knights of the realm for over two decades.
    • Daine appears to be doing fine with two kids. And Aly has triplets, according to Pierce, and shows no signs of slowing down. This technically makes Alanna an Action Grandma. Observe the entirely unsurprised fandom.
  • Warlock of Gramarye: Gwen Gallowglass is a devoted wife and a loving mother to her four children. She is also a ridiculously high-powered psychic, and God help you if you lay a finger on her or her family.
  • Warrior Cats: Though she-cats take a break from their warrior duties when they have kits, they still have to be ready to protect their kits if the camp is attacked. One gift that new leaders are often given as part of their nine lives is the love a mother has for her kits, in order to help them protect the Clan; this life is often expected to feel gentle, and the new leader is often shocked by how painfully fierce it is - mothers are willing to face any amount of enemies or even die for their kits. One particular Action Mom is Leafstar: leaders normally are not allowed to have kits because it conflicts with their duties, but Leafstar decided to have kits anyway.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 4400. Homeland security agent Diana Skouris, after she adopts the orphaned Maia Rutledge
  • Arrow:
    • Lyla Michaels continues to work for A.R.G.U.S. despite having baby Sara in season 3 (or baby J.J. from season 5 onwards, thanks to Flashpoint).
    • Felicity as of season 6, when she adopts Oliver's son, William. Furthermore in season 7 when she has a baby of her own with Oliver.
  • Chuck: Chuck's mother. When she reconnects with her family, she is revealed to be a spy like her son, who has been an undercover CIA agent for the last 20 years in Volkoff Industries, trying to take down a deadly, powerful arms dealer, Alexei Volkoff.
    • Chuck's sister, Ellie, after giving birth to her daughter, Clara. In season 5, she knocks Daniel Shaw out by hitting him over the head with a frying pan.
  • Doctor Who gives us Amy Pond post-pregnancy, and earlier, after a Jackie Tyler went from annoying shrew to woman who kicks Dalek ass.
  • Alice Carter on Torchwood. Gwen Cooper also qualifies in Torchwood: Miracle Day, having given birth between series.
  • In The Sarah Jane Adventures, Sarah Jane Smith becomes one of these, though both her children were adopted.
  • In Game of Thrones, Karsi is both a caring mother and a formidable fighter.
  • In Xena: Warrior Princess, Xena has a brief foray as this with her baby Eve, before a plan to evade the gods goes awry and separates them.
  • Niki/Jessica from Heroes.
    • Also Daphne in one possible future that appears more and more likely to come to pass. Technically a "Dark Action Mom" as she's working for the bad guys, but it's more out of ignorance than genuine malevolence.
  • Piper Halliwell from Charmed, especially since she became the strongest sister after Prue's death.
  • It doesn't happen until very near the end of the miniseries, so she doesn't get much time, but Aeryn Sun wastes none: she gives birth to her child and moments later takes point on the team that intends to get the protagonists back to their ship.
  • Mahou Sentai Magiranger: Ozu Miyuki is the transforming superheroine MagiMother. When the bad guys awaken, her five children must join her as Magirangers and fight them. She is defeated by Wolzard at the start of the second episode and spends the bulk of the series presumed dead. her first action upon her return is to stop the Hades God Toad's Divine Punishment and then lead her family in killing him.
  • Since being a mother is mandatory on a soap opera, many female characters eventually become an Action Mom. This was particularly evident on General Hospital during the 1980s, as (former spy turned police commissioner turned private investigator) Anna Devane regularly fought off various villains and enemy spies all the while raising her young daughter Robin.
  • Nikki Wood in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the mother of Principal Wood, was a Slayer, and is seen in the comics fighting off a vampire while pregnant and deprived of her Slayer powers. She continued to fight the forces of darkness after giving birth to her son, up until her death at the hands of Spike.
  • Sharon "Athena" Agathon on the new Battlestar Galactica continues to be a Raptor (a combination transport ship, electronic warfare vessel, and bomber) pilot after the birth of her daughter Hera, and will go to great lengths to protect her ( good for us, considering that she's the mother of us all).
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dr. Beverly Crusher is a fine-boned, gorgeous strawberry blonde doctor. She also practices Klingon martial arts on a regular basis, thoroughly enjoys starship command, is good at said command, and oh yeah? will hide the ship she is commanding inside a star and then trigger a solar flare to destroy you if you shoot at her. All while parenting a teenager.
    • Star Trek: Voyager. Captain Janeway is openly referred to as being a "mother to the crew", and certainly gets Sigourney Weaver on the ass of anyone who threatens them. Probably the most overt example is in "Dark Frontier" when the Borg Queen retakes Seven of Nine back into the Collective, resulting in a custody battle fought with phaser rifles. The two-parter even ends with Janeway "tucking Seven into bed" (i.e. plugging her into the regeneration alcove).
  • Jennifer "JJ" Jareau of Criminal Minds continues to work for the BAU after she has her son.
  • Lindsay Messer on CSI: NY. Continues to work as a detective while raising a daughter with Danny. Goes all Mama Bear when Shane Casey is holding her daughter with a gun to her head. One shot, one kill.
  • Catherine Willows on CSI probably counts too. She isn't a cop, but still gets her share of actions sequences. And Do NOT mess with Lindsey.
  • Lucifer has Chloe Decker, who works as an LAPD detective while raising her young daughter, Beatrice, mostly by herself (though her ex, Daniel, occasionally lends a hand).
  • In the second season of Falling Skies, Dr. Glass specifically delays telling the father of her child that she's pregnant because she wants to go on a particularly dangerous mission with him.
  • We find out in season four of Supernatural that Mary Winchester was one of these until she left the family business in an effort to have a normal life. Not only did it not work it set a chain reaction of events off that are still screwing her children over to this day.
  • Mrs. McCall of Teen Wolf is an interesting example. At first, she was unaware of her son Scott's being a werewolf—but once she became privy not only to that, but all of the supernatural goings-on in her town, she quickly rose to Action Mom status, helping to fight off the various monsters that attack Scott and his friends.
  • Carol from The Walking Dead is a zombie killing badass. This trope is subverted when Her daughter gets infected, and subsequently gets the shit shot out of her.
  • Teyla in season five of Stargate Atlantis with a dose of Mama Bear (Bye, Michael.
  • In 1000 Ways to Die, a pervert flashes a group of young moms. Unfortunately for him, the ladies were members of a fighting club named "M.I.L.F" (aka "Mothers I Want to Fight") and, without hesitation, they squirt him with their babies' milk bottles, full of breast milk. The perv grabs one and drinks the contents... too bad that the lady had eaten peanuts (so the milk had some traces of peanut in it) and the pervert had a peanut allergy, which ends up killing him.
  • Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman's mother is Hippolyta - the amazon who defeated Hercules - but this is never confirmed or denied in the show. However, in "The Feminum Mystique", the Amazons overthrow the Nazis who were holding them prisoner after seizing Paradise Island. The last defining act is when Hippolyta, armed with a feminum bracelet, stares down the leader informing him that his gun is now useless against her.
  • The White Queen: Margaret of Anjou's husband Henry VI is imprisoned and suffers from a mental illness, so she takes matters into her own hands by waging a war on the Yorkists to secure her son's inheritance.
  • The Witcher (2019): Queen Calanthe personally leads her armies into battle, then swaggers back into her throne room, armor caked in the blood of her enemies and demanding a drink.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Sweet Saraya is not only the step mother of Zebra Kid (whom Ring of Honor fans may remember as the first challenger to the rechristened World Title), not only the biological mother of Nikki Knight, Zack Zodiac and Britani Knight but in the case of the latter two, she's also been their direct competition.
  • In 1993, La Sirenita had to vacate the Mexican National Women's title due to a pregnancy. In 1994, she regained the belt by defeating rival claimant Maria del Angel. Also, her son would grow up to become the luchador known as Enigma.
  • Jillian Hall was raising a daughter around the same time she was training to be a pro wrestler.
  • La Chacala had two sons by the time she was City Of Monterrey Champion.
  • Madison Eagles remained active after starting a family with fellow wrestler Ryan, having a daughter.
  • Getting pregnant put a halt to her boxing career and taekwondo practioning, but it also opened to door to Black Rose's professional wrestling debut when she was scouted by Rico Suave, who dared her to try it. "It" turned out to be an unsanctioned attack on WWC's then top woman Stacy Colon, but getting bashed by Stacy's brother Eddie while being showed with explicitives from the fans made her hungry for more.
  • In 2008, Allison Danger revealed to Valerie Malone that she would be taking time off to begin raising the next generation of SHIMMER athletes. Unfortunately for her, some aggravation from the current generation saw her return a little earlier than expected.
  • Sienna Duvall has reminisced about looking out into the crowd and finding her own son among the people booing her.
  • In 2009, what was then known as Memphis Ladies Wrestling ran angle about Brandi Wine patiently waiting on her Arch-Enemy Little Jeanne to have her baby before attempting to get revenge.
  • Jazz, when thanking Diva Dirt for a Legacy Award, mentioned how much time the job took away from being with her husband and kids.
  • When Kharma gave birth to her first child on December 31, 2011, people did not expect her to be back in the ring for a few more months. So imagine everybody's surprise when she apeared less than one month later as the third woman to ever participate in the Royal Rumble, easily tossing around any male wrestler who tried to confront her. Sadly, it was later revealed that her child did not survive birth.
  • Nevaeh, half of SHIMMER's first champion tag team and enforcer of CZW's Oi4K has made off handed comments about having a daughter. The other half of that team, Ashley Lane, has also made off hand comments about returning to the ring after giving birth.
  • Sin-D continued to wrestle even after her daughter, Amanda Ruffen, debuted.
  • Mickie Knuckles vacated Absolute Intense Wrestling's Women's title in 2012 after she got pregnant but went charging after her successor, Allysin Kay, after giving birth.
  • Thunder Rosa already had a halfway grown son when she started training for professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. During her travels she uses her earnings to buy him "exotic" gifts like authentic Super Mario overalls from Japan.
  • After having her first child, Mickie James returned to ring for 2CW's 2014 Christmas Show.
  • La Amazona had stepped away from the ring after getting pregnant but returned in 2015 to EWO in Puerto Rico after being provoked by arch rival Sweet Nancy.

  • The Bible: Catholic military victories tend to get attributed to the intercession of Mary. There's a reason one of her titles is "Our Lady of Victory."
  • Hindu Mythology: Durga, the powerful warrior mother-goddess.

  • Sarah Bishop in Dino Attack RPG fits this role rather nicely. At first she seems a rather gentle woman who just wants her daughter to be safe... that is until she gets a chance to actually go out onto the battlefield.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Spanish fanzine-turned-comic-book-turned-RPG Fanhunter introduced the generic character of the "Ninja Granny" (original: "Ag? ninja"; later concretized in at least one individual), who supposedly learned ninjitsu in some Age Concern course, kicking the players' collective ass and them intending them to eat her "coqrettes" (original "cocretas" instead of "croquetas").
  • The Weapons Of The Gods RPG has the "Xia Pregnancy" martial arts technique that allows a woman to fight at (almost) full strength while pregnant. It also protects the foetus from any attack that does not kill the mother, and, during the third trimester, protects it from attacks that DO kill her.

    Video Games 
  • Sophitia Alexandra from the SoulCalibur series doesn't count originally, being retired after becoming a mother in SoulCalibur 2, with her younger sister Cassandra stealing Sophitia's weapons and going off to destroy the Soul Edge and save her two infected children in her sister's place. However, Sophitia gets brought back in the home versions of the game, where she has her husband Rothion (the same blacksmith who forged the blessed weapons that Cassandra stole before she ran away) make her new weapons and sets out to correct the matter. She has remained an Action Mom ever since.
    • As of SoulCalibur V, Hilde also qualifies.
  • Misato from Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever is Miyuki's mother and one of the toughest enemies in the story. Nanoha got it from somewhere. Like Shuuko, she abandoned her child to relatives, but getting her back didn't diminish her fighting skills, and she becomes a high-ranking member of the Hong Kong special forces.
  • Yuuno/Juno the Falcoknight from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. She returned to the battlefield to protect Ilia, her homeland, few months after giving birth to her unnamed daughter. It also helps that her sisters (Thite and Thany, whom she raised due to Parental Abandonment) and husband (Lord Zealot of the Odessa clan) are members of Roy's party as well.
    • Louise in the prequel Blazing Blade is Erk's adoptive mother and a damn good shot. She is also in the early stages of pregnancy for the entire time she's on the team.
    • Even earlier, there's Eyvel from Thracia 776, fighting to protect her adoptive children and her village. She actually turns out to be a biological mom with a bad case of Identity Amnesia; in her ending, she recovers her memories of being Princess Bridget of Jugby, and reunites with her kids.
    • Taken to ridiculous space-time bending levels in Fire Emblem Awakening, where every married first-gen female party member will each have at least one recruitable time-traveling kid from the future, though only Chrom's wife will have actually birthed a child during the events of the game.
      • For more space-time shenanigans, the second-gen ladies can also become this if they marry the Avatar, in which case their child will come from an alternate future.
    • The Awakening gig is sort-of repeated in Fire Emblem Fates, replacing the Kid from the Future deals with Pocket Dimensions where time flows much faster.
  • Jade of Beyond Good & Evil. Adoptive mother of six orphans, her attempts to provide for the well-being of her children are what cast her in with La Résistance in the first place. Losing her kids is what results in her Heroic BSoD... And once she recovers, no force in the galaxy can stop her from fighting to get them back.
  • The Boss of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is the greatest solider of the century, and a figurative mother to her Quirky Miniboss Squad and Snake. She's also a literal mother to Ocelot, to whom she gave birth on the beaches during the Normandy invasion.
  • Chun-Li becomes this after adopting not only a little girl she rescued from Gill's clutches, but also other children in Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future.
    • Crimson Viper from Street Fighter IV has a daughter, Lauren, who she calls in one of her win poses. Her Super SF IV ending features a really sweet meeting between them.
  • Bloody Roar: When the Tylon Corporation kidnapped Mitsuko's daughter, Uriko, she didn't take it lying down. She went Mama Boar on 'em and fought to get her back... with help from her adopted daughter, Alice.
  • Final Fantasy
  • Emma Honeywell from The Last Remnant. And she's a complete badass at that. Her daughter Emmy is just as good of a fighter, and is one of the best party members you can use (though her bearing on the actual plot is nowhere near what her mother's is).
  • Warcraft has some of these, such as Vereesa Windrunner and Garona Halforcen.
  • Shadow Hearts
  • Female dwarves in Dwarf Fortress have no problems with serving in the military. The frequent breaks associated with military service, however, tends to lead to these dwarves having lots of babies if they ever get married. They also don't mind charging into battle juggling a crossbow and three babies. Nor do they mind using the babies as impromptu shields.
  • Dragon Age: Origins has several examples.
    • Eleanor Cousland, the Human Noble's mother, is implied to be a Retired Badass, and describes herself as "no Orlesian wallflower." When your castle is under attack, she is pretty handy with a bow and arrows... unfortunately, she dies at the end of the origin, after staying behind to defend her mortally wounded husband. The World of Thedas books reveal that she met her husband when they were both fighting in the Fereldan rebellion against the Orlesian occupation.
    • The City Elf's mother is stated as having been one of these before she tragically died. She's the one who trained you, and Duncan mentions having wanted to recruit her for the Wardens years earlier.
    • If the Warden's Keep DLC is installed, the Warden and company will learn about Sophia Dryden, the great-great-grandmother of new acquaintance Levi Dryden. She was a noblewoman sentenced to join the Grey Wardens, and retaliated against the sentence by working her way up to the rank of Warden-Commander. Her children are never seen nor mentioned, but given that Levi is her direct descendant, the implication is that she must have had at least one.
    • Flemeth is a villainous example of this, with her daughter as her arch-nemesis. However, in both the first and second games, she also provides both the Warden and Hawke with a well-timed rescue from darkspawn; the former occurs off-screen, while the latter involves her showing up as a dragon and roasting the darkspawn, before transforming into her humanoid form and casually introducing herself.
    • If the Dark Ritual is performed, Morrigan becomes this by the time of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
  • Etsuko from Incredible Crisis. Despite being an average-looking Japanese housewife, she manages to dodge heavily-armed bank robbers on a snowboard, then pilots a fighter jet into battle with a giant rampaging teddy bear.
  • The hero's mother, Miranda, in Grandia III taught him how to use battle magic. She also apparently sparred with him to teach him swordsmanship. When you fight alongside her, she's... intense. Out of combat, she's a different kind of intense.
    • And it's implied in the first Grandia that the hero's mother, Lily, could have qualified for this trope as well.
  • Lucia from Suikoden III. The main character's mother and a playable combatant.
  • In the Spacer background for Mass Effect, Shepard's mother is the executive officer of an Alliance warship. In the sequel, she's a Captain who, according to news reports, passed up an Admiralty to remain a Captain; and after the Reapers hit Earth in the third game, Admiral Hackett mentions to an obviously concerned Shepard that, yes, she did indeed survive the attack, has been promoted to Rear-Admiral and is one of the people in charge of the Crucible Project.
  • The player character's mother in Pokémon X and Y is a Retired Badass who used to race Ryhorns for a living. This trope is also the main reason Professor Sycamore decided to give you a Pokemon: he assumed that awesomeness ran in the family.
  • Super Mario Bros. has Rosalina, "Mama" of the Happily Adopted Lumas, and often called the Mother of the Cosmos. While she mostly remained on the sidelines in her debut in Super Mario Galaxy, she later started taking a more active role in games such as Super Mario 3D World and Super Smash Bros.. The latter makes this particularly more clear, fighting all kinds of foes next to her children as a Badass Family.
  • Most of the female characters in Dynasty Warriors naturally have children at one point or another, and all of them kick major ass, but Zhang Chunhua is the only one whose sons are also playable characters - that she fights alongside on multiple occasions - and she is characterized as an Almighty Mom feared by enemy and family alike.
  • The Pokémon Kangaskhan is a kangaroo-like Pokemon that has a baby in her pouch.
  • Carrie from Witches' Legacy is always ready to jump into fighting Elisabeth or Morgana or Mathias or whoever is trying to steal Lynn's soul this time.
  • In one of the alternate story scenarios in 1001 Spikes, Tina Hawkins was happily living with her family, until one day, when her son is stricken with a rare illness, and the only cure comes from a golden flower that only grows in the dangerous Ukampa ruins of South America. She decides to take on the task of getting the flower herself, but after risking her life over the ordeal, she decides that she prefers the domestic life.
  • Though it isn't mentioned often, Lennox of Evolve is a mother. She also walks around in four tons of armor and weapons while fighting titanic extraterrestrial monsters.
  • In Chrono Cross, Macha is one of the many recruitable characters and has Korcha and Mel for children. She has some good stats, even.
  • Eternal Fighter Zero has Akiko Minase, who is Nayuki's mom, and a strong and agile character with fights with an assortment of household tools.
  • Rosa Ushiromiya in Umineko: Golden Fantasia (Spin-off Fighting Game of Umineko: When They Cry): She's Maria's mom, and a very strong fighter who can hold her own against other powerful adversaries using a set of improvised weapons, being the sawed-off rifle her main one.
  • Survivor: Fire: The mother is the one who unlocks the door to the safe room, saving everybody.
  • Gwen in Outbreak: Lost Hope is a mother separated from her child in a world ravaged by The Virus. She will mow down waves of undead, and other mutant monsters, to get to her.
  • The Last of Us Part II: After the timeskip at the end of act III, we find out that Ellie became a second mom to her girlfriend Dina's and Dina's ex-boyfriend Jesse's baby, JJ. The epilogue proves that Ellie is still more than capable of kicking ass.
  • Cyberpunk 2077: "The Sun" ending reveals that Rogue had a son at some point, and from her phone conversation with him, it seems like he's at the very least in his late teens if not older. The call is actually a goodbye call, before her and Johnny storm the Arasaka Tower.

    Visual Novels 
  • Fate/stay night: Saber and Caster. Mordred is actually King Arthur's bastard child in the legends. Caster is actually Medea, who was a mother in the Grecian myths; a crazy ass mother who killed her own children to get revenge for her husband Jason both dumping and horribly defiling her in the view of everyone, but a mother nonetheless. She also gives birth to more children later on; probably the most notable is King Medus.
    • Well, Saber is debatable. Apparently, Mordred was given birth to by Morgan Le Fay, with Arturia just serving as a sperm donor while being under a Gender Bender spell by Merlin.
  • Umineko: When They Cry' has 2 example:
  • Plum Kitaki of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney might count as one. She's the wife of the most powerful mobster in the city, and as such is one of the forces behind the criminal empire they run; she also has a son, Wocky, who she loves dearly. Plum is a big, jolly woman who spends most of her time sweeping the street outside her family's estate...using a broom with an extremely sharp katana hidden in the handle. When the police come to seize the family's weapons, she refuses to part with it. And whenever she shows you the blade, her face goes from broad and smiling to a look that shows she knows how to use that thing to do more than clean. You don't want to mess with her.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Huntsmen and Huntresses are men and women who fight the monsters that are overrunning the world and attempting to destroy humanity. Summer Rose was a huntress who went on missions to fight the monsters while simultaneously raising two children, one not even being her biological offspring.
    Yang: Ruby and I grew up in Patch, an island just off the coast of Vale. Our parents were Huntsmen. Our dad taught at Signal, and our mom would take on missions around the kingdom. Her name was Summer Rose, and she was, like, Super-Mom. Baker of cookies and slayer of giant monsters.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Halo 2 ARG I Love Bees had Gilly and Gladys, ass-kicking special forces soldiers, and biological and surrogate mothers respectively to Action Girl Jan.
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, Glaurung, Skye and Varalia all have kids and kick serious ass.
  • In the League of Intergalactic Cosmic Champions, Artsy-Fartsy & Butrfli.
  • Gunari, from Kadu'av, is skilled in dark magic, and once killed an entire Gilded Cross hideout to save her daughter, who was about to be executed.
  • Elizabeth Carson, the headmistress of the Super Hero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe is not only an Action Mom, but an Action Grandmom. She's Lady Astarte, the greatest superheroine around.
  • AmberWatch Alert, a group that is obsessed with the possibility of pedophiles in our midst, made a gun porn PSA featuring four ostensible mothers, a metric ton of gun unsafety, and the tagline "You don't have to have a gun to protect your kid, but it helps". One netizen made the obvious connection; four people + gun porn = Left 4 Dead advertisement. The slightly altered video makes both an excellent parody and an excellent L 4 D 3 advertisement.
  • Although her daughter is an adult now, Talon from LessThanThree Comics certainly fits this trope.
  • Magda "Spots" Guitart of Spots the Space Marine is a giant-crab-slaying, cookie-baking mom of two. Plus, she talks to aliens.
  • Sabella Hall, sword fighter and Indigo Child, from Trinton Chronicles.
  • Inna, the main character of The Last Generation, has a seven year old daughter. Making sure that she's safe is the primary reason why she abandons her homeworld in an attempt to stop the Multiverse's destruction.
  • Genoa Rivas in Void Domain is the mother of one of the main characters. She was once a bounty hunter/mercenary and has countless scars to show for her efforts. None of her badassery has been lost since her more active days.
  • Just about any mother in Digimon World: Infamy qualifies, seeing as they're usually some of the strongest Digimon around and, due to the Digital World being what it is, they can't really afford to sit on their laurels. For specific examples, both Rain and Inari are easily some of the strongest Ultimate-level Digimon seen and still have quite a few kids, Rain especially.
  • Aphmau, the main character of Minecraft Diaries is both a loving mother of four and an actual goddess.

    Western Animation 
  • Dexter's Laboratory: Dexter's mom (OK, his whole family) participates in two episodes. Go, Dexter's family, go!
  • Like Helen Parr, Helen Bennett (a.k.a. Mother-1) of the Bionic Six is the mom in a super family.
  • Tarra on The Herculoids didn't fight too frequently, but once in a while showed quite the Action Survivor chops:
    • In "The Beaked People" she shot one of the title creatures with an energy rock
    • In ''The Android People" she helped to rescue Zandor.
    • In "The Spider Man (sic)" she led the Herculoids in rescuing Zandor and Dorno.
  • When Oberon tries to capture her child, Fox Xanatos of Gargoyles demonstrates not only that she's maintained her kick-ass abilities but she's gained some more new ones.
    • For that matter, Princess Catherine helped raise the Avalon Clan and is still very protective of her "eggs".
    • It's suspected that Katana is this way too. (You don't think she carries those weapons around for decoration, do you?) Unfortunately, the comic lost its license before we could see her in action.
  • Agent K from The Replacements.
  • Maddie Fenton from Danny Phantom is a self-proclaimed ninth degree martial artist ghost-destroyer who still manages to make time to bake new cookie recipes.
  • Mrs X from The X's; she's the strongest member in the family but HORRIBLE in the kitchen.
  • Drew Saturday of The Secret Saturdays.
  • Lois Griffin in a episode of Family Guy, she was trained in Karate and was manage to fight a whole bar of people.
  • Kim Possible's mother during her A Day in the Limelight episode. Suffice it to say, she did quite a good job filling Ron's boots when he couldn't come.
  • Dear Lord, Nicole from The Amazing World of Gumball fits this trope like a glove. Just watch the chase scene in the DVD episode.
  • Ms. Wakeman from My Life as a Teenage Robot. She doesn’t hesitate to jump into action, and even fought Vexus with her bare hands in the Big Damn Movie.
  • Lana from The Lionhearts is this, as she's a former circus lion and rather skilled on the trapeze.
  • Cheshire from Young Justice, who brings her baby daughter to a rescue mission to the annoyance of her husband.
  • Avatar franchise:
    • The previous Earth Kingdom Avatar, Kyoshi, is the only Avatar who’s confirmed to have been a mother. She also had a ferocious reputation as a Pragmatic Hero who didn’t follow Aang’s Thou Shall Not Kill rule.
    • The Legend of Korra: Suyin Beifong is a very capable Metalbender like her mother Toph was, and very protective of her children. When her daughter Opal is taken hostage (alongside the rest of the new Air Nation) by Arc Villain Zaheer, she immediately decides to participate in the fight against the villains.
    • Toph was this as well when she was younger, considering she was the Chief of Police and one of the most powerful Earthbenders ever. In the present time she's a case of Never Mess with Granny.

  • In the three OVA post-season 2 of Wakfu , Evangelyne is now the mother of two childrens and that absolutely don't stop her from going on adventure. She's also seen teaching archery to her son
  • In Star Wars Rebels, Rebel Alliance General Hera Syndulla acts as a mother figure to young heroes Ezra and Sabine and later gives birth to her biological son in the midst of the Galactic Civil War, continuing to serve the Rebellion until the final battle is won.
  • Queen Moon from Star vs. the Forces of Evil, first saving Star from angry relatives by entering her Super Mode, then fighting off the Big Bad in the Season 2 finale
  • Keith mother, Krolia, from Voltron: Legendary Defender is 100% one of these. In addition to being a spy for the Blade of Marmora, she is also seen to be extremely capable of fighting with both a sword and a gun.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes has K.O.'s mom Carol, who's equal parts sweet, doting mother and ass-kicking veteran hero.
  • Celery from Ready Jet Go!. Besides being an Ace Pilot, she has super strength as revealed in "A Hammer and a Feather", and is generally the most action-y of the Propulsion family.
  • Kaiko Nekton from The Deep: underwater explorer, ace submarine pilot, and Mama Bear.

    Real Life 
  • Kerri Walsh Jennings, three-time Olympic gold-medalist in Women's Beach Volleyball, gave birth to two children in between her gold-medal victories in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
  • Oksana Aleksandrovna Chusovitina, artistic gymnast and world champion who competed for the Soviet Union, the Unified Team, her native Uzbekistan, Germany, and later for Uzbekistan again — in the second-to-last last case, it was because of her motherhood, as it's in Germany that she and her also sportsman husband found medical aid for their Ill Boy son. She's actually one of the very few gymnasts who have returned to high-level competition after having kids, which has made her a sort-of role model for female gymnasts. Not only that, she has had far and away the longest competitive career of any female gymnast ever, competing in seven Olympic Games (she keeps saying she's going to retire, and then not doing it — chances are we'll see her in Tokyo). To put this in perspective, a significant percentage of the gymnasts at the 2012 Olympics in London hadn't even been born when Chusovitina won her first international medal (and that number will only go up in future Olympics). Bad. Ass.
    • Not only is she still competing, she's remained competitive on vault in particular, making vault finals in three consecutive Olympic games and quite a few of the World Championships in between, and winning a world medal on vault as recently as 2011 (a silver) and just barely missing out on a bronze in 2018. In 2016, she attempted the incredibly difficult Produnova vault in the vault finals, which, while she fell on the landing, was probably among the best attempts since Produnova herselfnote . And now consider that the vault apparatus has changed significantly since she began competing; she learned to vault on a completely different apparatus, and managed to adapt to the current apparatus well enough to win multiple major international medals on it.
  • Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina gave birth in 2017 and returned to training shortly thereafter, with hopes of making the Tokyo Olympics. She struggled to get into shape in time to be competitive for a spot on the team in 2020, but with the Olympics now being pushed back a year due to the coronavirus, many fans feel she may have a realistic shot to make the Games. Even if she doesn't, though, the fact remains that in 2019 she went to a major FIG-sanctioned all-around invitational in Birmingham and won, beating out world-class gymnasts like Riley McCusker of the United States and Ellie Downie of Great Britain — two years after having a baby. This girl is badass.
  • Forward Jessica McDonald is the only mom on the 2019 US Women’s World Cup champion squad. She’s also one of seven moms in the entire National Women's Soccer League.

Alternative Title(s): Action Mum


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