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"Mom, where are you?"
Kevin, Home Alone

It's quite common in fiction works for a character, even/especially an adult, to call out for dear old Mom in times of great fear. Even though, unless she's a serious Mama Bear, she probably wouldn't be much help in the situation. This could probably be explained by the fact that for most people, their mother was always there to comfort them and keep them safe in the early years of their lives. When overcome by fear, stress, pain or all of the above, it's not hard to see why someone may appeal to the only constant comfort they've ever known, even if it will do no good. Sometimes the father is called too, or a Parental Substitute if the character is an orphan, but usually it's the mother who's called for.

This is usually played for comical effect in showcasing the ineffectiveness of the characters ( and can often turned to Accidental Innuendo if another character responds with "Yeah, I want your mommy" or something to the effect of "Me too").


However, it can also be played frightfully seriously by showing just how horrified and terrified the characters are, especially in dire situations (or if they are legitimately children suffering). Another is for tearjerking effect in war movies when dying soldiers call out for mother. Very much Truth in Television. Compare/contrast I Miss Mom, wherein the parent in question is long gone.

Not to be confused with that Atari 2600 video game.



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  • In ad for Capital One, an annoyed customer tells a customer service rep played by David Spade who always tells him "no" when he wants to redeem his credit card miles that he's coming to find him. So the customer service rep tricks him by telling him "I'm shaking in my bright yellow shirt," causing him to think he's some other timid guy in the office. It turns out that the customer is actually on a cell phone and arriving in the office as they speak.
    Customer: You! Yer goin' down!
    Yellow-Shirt Guy: (running away) Ahhhh-ah-ah-ah! ... ... I should have worked at Capital One! (whispers) What's in your wallet? (spots customer) Mommy!

    Anime & Manga 
  • In the Pokémon episode "Charmander — the Stray Pokémon", Jerkass trainer Damien gets roasted by the Charmander he abandoned (and zapped by Pikachu), then runs off, crying for his mommy.
  • Used in Episode 5 of the Little Lulu anime:
    Westside Leader: You guys are trying to sound pretty brave.
    Tubby: I'm all through being brave. I WANT MY MOMMY!!!!!
  • SD Gundam Force: During a Zako Zako Hour, one of the hosts is fitted with a giant jet pack and sent flying off the stage by his co-hosts.
    Host 1: I WANT MY MOMMY!
    Host 2: I think he likes it, Zako.
  • Azumanga Daioh does this in the episode with Tomo's dream during the "Nandeyanen" scene. Tomo dreams that Yomi gets a zero on a test. Just before the entire "nandeyanen" part, she lets out a somewhat feeble "Okaa-san..." (rendered in the dub as "I want my mom..."), though it's unclear if it's due to the shock of getting a zero, or if it's because she has to put up with Tomo's mockingnote ...
  • In the first episode of THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls, Uzuki cries "Mama!" when Producer (seemingly) menacingly approaches her.
  • Katsuya Jonouchi / Joey Wheeler from Yu-Gi-Oh! says it when Ryuji Otogi / Duke Devlin rides a car fast with (Hiroto) Honda / Tristan.
  • In the second episode of Shimoneta, when Anna asks the ero-terrorist Blue Snow (this time, really Tanukichi in disguise) if they have any last words, Tanukichi is seen hiding behind a generator crying "Mommy!"
  • In the CowboyBebop episode "Pierrot Le Fou" Mad Pierrot, the Ax-Crazy killer who is also a Manchild due to experiments performed on him regressing his mind to that of a young child. Who up until he fought Spike was Nigh-Invulnerable due to the shields protects him from gunshots, but when Spike throws a knife at him, the shields cannot protect him from this and it strikes him in the leg. This is likely the first time he's experienced pain since he was experimented on and escaped the facility. Due to his mental regression and inability to deal with this new feeling of pain, he breaks down crying and throwing a tantrum, all while calling for his mother until he is crushed to death by a giant parade robot.

  • In Robin Williams's comedy skit "Shakespeare (A Meltdowner's Nightmare)" from Reality, What A Concept, his character (a night watchman at a nuclear power plant) cries out "WHERE IS MY MOTHER?" when he inadvertently creates a chain reaction by pulling the control rods of the reactor core.

    Comic Books 
  • Discussed in Alan Moore's Promethea. When villain The Painted Doll kills rival mastermind Jellyface (who calls feebly for his mother), he turns toward the reader and says, "Now why do they always say that at the end, eh? Why, 'Oh, mother?'"
  • In Asterix and the Big Fight, Legionary Infirmofpurpus blows his cover (disguised as a tree) and runs off yelling "MUMMY!"
  • In The Muppet Show Comic Book's "Pigs in Space" sketches, this is Link Hogthrob's reaction to, well, just about everything.
  • Cruelly mocked by Warren Ellis in the Thunderbolts "Caged Angels" arc after Norman Osborn snaps (again):
    Swordsman: ...mommy.
    The Green Goblin: YOU DIDN'T HAVE A MOTHER! A pig coughed, and you fell out!
  • In Carnage: Family Feud, Royal Blue mutters "Mommy" as he is Eaten Alive by the eponymous character's Lovecraftian Superpower. Given the context, it's more horrifying than humorous.
  • In one issue of Dork! Evan Dorkin discusses his fear of death and at one point depicts himself as a small child yelling "Mommy!" running away from the Grim Reaper.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Calvin likes to put on a brave front, but it never lasts:
      Calvin: We're brave explorers! The word "Lost" isn't even in our vocabulary!
      Hobbes: How about the word "mommy"?
      Both: MOMMMYYY!
    • Calvin often does this when the monsters under his bed make an appearance:
      Calvin: Are there any monsters under my bed tonight?
      Monsters: No. Nope. No.
      Calvin: If there were any monsters under my bed, how big would they be?
      Monsters: Very small. Go to sleep.
      Calvin: MOMM!
    • One week where Calvin's falling ill, he calls for Mom only to have Dad show uponly to be sent back to fetch Mom.
      Mom: Me? What's wrong with you for crying out loud?!?
    • This trope is subverted on several occasions as well; Calvin yells for Mom in the middle of the night and she rushes into his room, thinking something's wrong. Then it turns out Calvin just wants a glass of water or wants to ask her some random trivial question, such as, "How do ugly things like octopuses and hairy bugs reproduce? Are they actually ATTRACTED to each other?"
  • In one U.S. Acres comic, there was an arc Wade is acting really mean to the other characters due to hypnosis. One comic had Wade saying that his inner tube thought Orson was talking to Wade. Orson says "Mommy" once he realizes this conversation has gone way too far.
  • Garfield: Jon's school's football team. Before each game, they'd yell their cheer "MOMMY!". Garfield says it "explains the losing season".
  • Crabgrass: in this comic, after getting lost in the woods, Miles and Kevin first try to be brave, but the moment they hear a wolf howling, this trope occurs.

    Fan Works 
  • After Bakura loses a brutal duel in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, he was asked for his last words. He weakly responded with, "I want my mummy."
  • In the Hetalia: Axis Powers fan comic "Saving Germany", Germany injects himself with painkillers as he takes shrapnel to his side in battle, and proceeds to have a very bizarre hallucination/dream involving "Dr. Awesome" (Prussia) and "Nurse Vee" (Italy) subjecting him to various humiliating medical procedures. Eventually Dr. Awesome gives him a rectal shot that causes Germany to flash back to when they were children and Prussia tormented him with leeches, causing little Germany to run away, screaming, "Nein!!! Vati!!! Vati!!! Help!!!" He wakes up in a real hospital still screaming for his father, much to the real Prussia's amusement.
    Prussia: Was that you I could hear all the way down from the waiting room screaming like a kinder for Vati? You sounded so pathetic just like that time...
    [Germany kicks him in the head]
  • In an omake of A Spartan in Westeros, after seeing Master Chief tank everything the Kingsguard can throw at him and then repay the favor by brutalizing them all and following by seizing Joffrey by the throat, Cersei Baratheon, the Queen Dowager, the Light of the West, is left curled into a ball sobbing, thinking of her mom.
  • Madoka Abridged parodies Madoka's emotional breakdown following Mami's death.
    Madoka: I want my Mami!
    Junko: But I thought I was your mommy...
  • Button's Adventures: The eponymous character does this twice:
    • The first time is in the pilot episode when he loses a juice box contest.
    • In "Bar Buddies", Button falls off a stool after having too much apple juice. He can't get up so he screams for his mom.
  • The Night Unfurls: Stabbed in the gut, Michelle Pantielle writhes on the ground and screams for his mother just before he gets silenced by Hugh during his Trial by Combat. The reason why this instance is more comedic than dramatic is that Michelle is an Asshole Victim suffering an Undignified Death.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Bambi II, Bambi's would-be stepmom is caught in a hunting trap and, hearing the dogs, tells Bambi and Ronno to run. Ronno races away, shrieking, "Mooooommmmmy!" At the end of the film, It's repeated again when Ronno is bit on the nose by a turtle and he dashes away screaming in pain.
  • In Disney's animated Robin Hood (1973), Prince John takes any moment of distress as an occasion to suck his thumb and cry for his mommy.
  • When The Beatles all turn into children in Yellow Submarine, Ringo starts crying, and whimpers, "I want me mam!".note 
  • In An American Tail: Fievel Goes West just before Tiger falls off a building because of a dog.
    Tiger: I want my mommy. (sucks thumb)
  • Uttered by Morgana at the end of The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea after King Triton freezes her inside a solid block of ice and is tossed back into the ocean.
  • In Shrek the Third, just before Dragon knocks a tower on him, Charming manages to squeak out "Mummy?"
  • In Rock-A-Doodle, when Snipes the magpie is panicking because of his claustrophobia while they're in the toy box, at one point the water starts coming in, and before Patou the dog gets him to "Settle down!", he does this ("I don't know how to swim! MOMMY!").
  • Synonamess Botch when he thinks he's about to be hit by one of his nightmare bombs in Twice Upon a Time. "It's too much to bear! I want my blankie! I want my mommy!"
  • In The Rescuers Down Under, during the operation scene, upon seeing the increasingly painful operating tools the doctor calls for, Wilbur cries "Mother!".
  • In LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash, Reverse-Flash lets out a small "Mommy." near the end when he's imprisoned and sees that his cellmate is Killer Croc.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Skull screams this when he and Bulk skydive out of a plane in the beginning of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie.
  • These are the Captain's last words in Hook before he's eaten by the crocodile. The film is a thematic exploration of growing up and the relationship between children and their parents during the process, with Hook shown to have the body of an old man but the childish mentality of everyone else in Neverland.
  • From The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Rose Tint My World):
    Brad: It's beyond me / Help me mommy!
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka: After Jack Spade tells his mother he doesn't want her fighting his battles for him any more, she taunts him by reminding him how he called out for her when he was beaten up as a child.
    Mother: I remember when you was always calling for your momma. [snip] All I could hear was "Momma! Momma!" [snip] I could hear your punk ass calling me half a mile away, "Momma help me! Momma help me!"
  • It precedes a serious case of Mood Whiplash, but in The Shawshank Redemption, one of the new inmates breaks down and begins crying for his mother. One of the veteran inmates calls back with "I've had your mother! She wasn't that great!" Then The Dragon shows up and proceeds to bash in his skull for being such a wimp.
  • In Kermit's Swamp Years, when Goggles and Blotch are scared by Vicki, they start screaming and Blotch cries out, "MAMAAAAAAAA!!!!!".
  • Security Officer Felix (played by G.W. Bailey) cries this at the end of Mannequin as he is being hauled away during his Villainous Breakdown, since nobody would believe that the woman that Switcher rescued from the shredder was the dummy.
  • In Step Brothers, Derek cries out for his and Brennan's mother after Dale punches him out of his treehouse for mouthing off to him and he injures his shoulder in the process.
  • In Pixels, a soldier cries out for his mommy right before he gets abducted by the aliens. Later, when Violet breaks into the mothership to rescue her young son who had also been abducted, the soldier complains about the fact his mommy didn't show up.
  • In Galaxy Quest, Guy, convinced that his cameo role as a Red Shirt in the original TV show, starts wailing for Mommy as he's convinced he's gonna die the minute the shuttle touches down on an alien planet.
  • In the live-action Inspector Gadget film by Disney, Claw's henchman Sykes at one point screams "Mama" when Dr. Claw tries to use him to get Bradford's technology to work.
  • In the Live-Action Adaptation of Superlópez has a variation. After the eponymous hero escapes the villain's hideout with his Love Interest and his friend, they ask where they are going, to which he says that he's going to the one place a thirty-something person goes to when they get over their heads: their parents' house.
  • Young Frankenstein: Frederick Frankenstein has this reaction when his Monster starts approaching him in a locked room, since he told his assistants not to let him out — no matter how much he begged — until he tamed the Monster.
    Frederick: Open this goddamn door or I'll kick your rotten heads in! MOMMY!
  • In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Rizzo screams "MOMMY!" while being forced to fly over London with Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past despite his fear of heights.
  • In the original film version of Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang, the Hooded Fang cries for his mother once it's revealed that he is really a nice person with the heart of a child who's maintaing his Kayfabe role as a Heel wrester and that the child prisoners were only pretending to find him scary, with Jacob conforting him.

  • In the Discworld novel Thud!, we're told that this was the reaction of a group of bandits who were given a stern talking-to by Lady Sybil's great-aunt.
  • In the Robert Westall short story Blackham's Wimpy a German airman, his plane on fire, calls out "Mutti! Mutti!" in between bouts of rage and recitations of his name, rank and serial number.
  • The Magic School Bus At the Waterworks (which was the very first book of the series, incidentally) shows Arnold saying the trope name verbatim twice: first after the bus unexpectedly transforms and the students become clad in scuba gear, and the second time when the bus starts lifting off into the sky. (To which another kid tells him that he said that already.)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events has Count Olaf scream for Mommy while fleeing from a burning building along with his enemies the Baudelaires making him seem as even more of a cowardly joke than he already is.
  • Esther Diamond: Esther's Womanchild co-star Rachel does this a lot in the fourth book, both for serious threats and minor irritations.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Bulk and Skull (again) in an episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
    Bulk: I want my mommy!
    Skull: Yeah! I want your mommy!
  • Saturday Night Live: On the season 34 episode hosted by Jon Hamm, there was a sketch in which James Mason (played by Jon Hamm) insults a little boy's sailor Halloween costume. The little boy whines, "You're mean! I want my mommy!" Mason replies with a suggestive, "That makes two of us!"
  • In Blackadder Goes Forth, when Captain Blackadder and Baldrick are in the hands of the Germans:
    Baldrick: I want my mum.
    Blackadder: Yes, it'll be good to see her. I imagine a maternally outraged gorilla would be a useful ally.
  • A Running Gag on Three's Company was for Jack to scream "Mommy!" when frightened or startled.
  • On an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where Quark, Rom and Nog get sent back in time to Area 51 circa 1950's, Rom got upset and called out for his "Moogie". (The Ferengi word for mother.)
  • In the first episode of American Horror Story Leah is attacked in the house's basement by a horrifying creature, before it claws her face, she quietly says, "Mommy".
  • One of the many, many running gags in El Chavo del ocho is Quico calling out for "¡MAMÁ!" whenever Don Ramón hurts him (or even not) in some way. This usually, but not always leads into the gag where Doña Florinda slaps Don Ramón, etc.
  • Horrible Histories likes this one; both a Spartan in "Spartan School Musical" and a Celt in "Celtic Boast Battle" say they want their mums. There's also an example in "Historical Hospital" where someone yells "Mummy!" but in that one it's an Incredibly Lame Pun as the patient is Ancient Egyptian and thinks another patient wrapped in bandages is, well, a Mummy.
  • Lidsville has Hoo-Doo saying this when foiled, frightened, or thwarted. He finally then gets to visit her who comes by wanting to know what's going on in the final episode named after her.
  • The Married... with Children episode, "Al Bundy, Shoe Dick". When Al is framed for stabbing an elderly billionaire to death and he discovers the knife in his hand, he cries out, "Oh, Mama!" twice. He has also cried out for her in one episode where he learns that Peg has spent the mortgage money on something trivial.
    • Also, Bud has been known to cry out for both parents on rare occasion, such as when he thought he was losing his hair and when Al needed help while he was about to be choked out by a barbell.
      • Bud also shrieks "Mommy!" after a fat woman drags him off to have sex with him. Later, when he sets up a security guard so that she'll drag him off, the man screams the same thing. (Especially funny since the guy is a gigantic, intimidating hulk, but reduced to a sniveling little boy by this woman).
    • In "Buck Can Do It" when Al, Bud, Steve, Buck and a bunch of neighbor boys go camping and upon realizing that they're going to die, one of the boys has this moment:
      Boy: I want my mommy.
      Al: Yeah, so does your dad's brother.
  • Mimpi Metropolitan: In episode 62, after Prima's motorcycle breaks down when Alan is riding it and Alan has no one to help him at the moment, Alan screams for his mother in frustration.
  • When Mr. Bean is taking an exam that he is about to fail, he sobs and cries out "Mommy!" However, there were two exams to be taken that day: one envelope had a Calculus exam, which he accidentally opened and thought was his test and the other had an Trigonometry exam, which he did study for and hadn't seen at first!
  • This was the punch line to the first joke Johnny Carson ever told as host of The Tonight Show
  • Implied in Red Dwarf:
    Rimmer: Alright Kryten, you don't have to make me sound like a complete cowardly gimboid git! I'm fine now.
    Kryten: So, shall I cancel the order to find your mother?
  • On the Saved by the Bell episode, "Rent-A-Pop" upon realizing that Mr. Belding is requesting a conference with his father instead of his mother, who Zack jokes is there so often that she even has her own parking space, he exclaims "I want my Mommy!"
    • Also, in "All In The Mall" when asking a security guard to help them escape from some "killers" after them and upon him admitting that he's working with them, the gang all reel back in horror and Screech cries out "I want my Mommy!"

  • In 1991, Jello Biafra and NoMeansNo released an album titled The Sky Is Falling and I Want My Mommy.
  • Rolf Harris had a song I've Lost My Mommy! about adults trying to get some sense out of a lost child in a supermarket who just keeps repeating the title line until his mother turns up and gives him a clip over the ear.
  • "Somebody Get My Mom" by Bowling for Soup.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Crank Yankers: Special Ed quietly gives one of these at the end of a call to a donut shop, after getting BSoD'd by the guy actually going along with his buffoonery.
  • One episode of Wimzie's House is called "I Want My Mommy!" It revolves around Wimzie Playing Sick to get her mother's attention, which has been taken up by an actual sickness of her little brother Bo's. Graziella is finally so overwhelmed taking care of two "sick" children that she calls "Mommy!" for her own mother, Grandma Yaya, to come and help her. This makes Wimzie realize that her pretending might have gone too far.

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    Video Games 
  • In River City Ransom, enemies sometimes cry out "Mamaaaaaa!" when they're beaten.
  • In the flashback of Tomb Raider: Legend, one man shouts in fear when attacked by an unknown entity. It's subtitled as "Ah, no!", but sounds like "Mommeeeee!"
  • Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando: A character, Captain Qwark, gives a plaintive "Mommy" just before being swallowed by a monster.
  • Wolfenstein 3-D. When you kill the boss Hans Grosse he calls out "Mutti!", German for "Mommy!".
  • In Donkey Kong 64, the DK Rap has a verse for Chunky Kong, who apparently "Can make a Kremling cry out for Mummy!"
  • Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. A couple of mercenaries are checking out a missile.
    Mercenary 1: I want my mommy!
  • In No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, mooks often let out a cry of "MAMA!" as they're killed.
  • A Battle Droid of all things in Star Wars: Republic Commando might shout "Mommy!" whenever you throw a grenade at them.
  • Von Kaiser in Punch-Out!!, especially effective if you give him a star punch just as or after he says it (since it gives you an instant KO):
    "Wo bist denn...MOMMY!"
  • Commander Lornock Argos in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time will beg "Momma! Momma! Your little booboo needs help!" as his ship slowly sinks into the river when defeated in the past. He becomes a laughing stock to the civilization he tried to conquer decades later, despite claiming that history would remember him for his reign of terror.
  • Star Wolf's Andrew Oikonny calls for his Uncle Andross as he's shot down on Fichina or Bolse in Star Fox 64, shot down by an Aparoid in Star Fox: Assault, and shot down during Sector B's space battle alongside Sector A's Meddlesome Mercs mission in Star Fox Zero.
  • At the end of Pac-Man World 3, Erwin yells out "Mother!" as he's sucked into his Spectral Syphon.
  • In Mega Man 8, Clown Man may occasionally say "Mommy!" when hit by the Tornado Hold, his weakness.
  • Geld, the final boss of arcade brawler Violent Storm, gives a big "MAAAMAAAAAAA..." when defeated.
  • In the console video game adaptation of Shrek 2, the knight enemies will occasionally yell "Mommy!" when defeated.
  • Human NPCs in Goat Simulator have a chance to cry this verbatim when rammed around.

    Web Comics 
  • The page image is provided by Lizzie from Dead Winter. Whimpering only "mommy" as she's about to fall out of a collapsing air vent.

    Web Videos 
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog has Captain Hammer do this: "Mommy! Someone maternal!" (runs offstage)
  • In Suburban Knights:
    Conan Benzaie: I want my big muscular mommy!
  • Serving as yet another Humiliation Conga, Ask That Guy with the Glasses screamed out for the mom he hated so much when his usual credits didn't start.
  • At certain situations in his Super Luigi Galaxy playthrough, a famous Let's Player, Chuggaconroy, screams, "I want my mommy!" or "I need an adult!" At the beginning of his Let's Play of the same game, Chuggaconroy says, "Will you be my mommy?" This is when Chuggaconroy says these quotes in some parts.
  • It has become a recurring gag for Hitler in the Hitler Rants videos to yell "MOMMY! MOMMMMMYYY!" whenever he's in a dangerous situation.

    Western Animation 
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Mr. Krabs says this to Squidward when the Krusty Krab is overrun by a wave of hungry anchovies. ("I want my mommy, Mr. Squidward!")
    • In another episode, Kevin the Sea Cucumber sits in a fetal position and cries for his mommy and blankie when attacked by a King Jellyfish. The other Jellyspotters join in shortly until Spongebob saves them all.
    • Again with Mister Krabs: He cries and screams this when the Flying Dutchman threatens to send him to Davy Jones' Locker. This display of cowardice is so pitiful that the Flying Dutchman decides to give Mister Krabs a second chance out of annoyance.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • The girls defeat an extremely manly robot from space using their "Furious Flaming Feline" attack, causing him to fly off into space crying for mommy. Right after being extremely sexist toward the girls.
    • After Mojo Jojo steals a jar of candy from the Mayor that's treated as a G-Rated Drug to the girls they proceed to beat him into a bloody pulp, leaving him utterly broken as he weakly cries "Mommy..."
  • When they face impending pain, Daffy Duck and Sylvester the Cat will often let out a feeble cry of "mother".
  • Scooby-Doo
    • The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries episode "A Night Louse at the White House" had Scooby tackled when he is mistaken for the Ghost of George Washington. When asked what he as to say about the confusion, Scooby responds by crying "I want my Mumsy!"
    • A Pup Named Scooby-Doo
      Shaggy: Oh-oh I want my mommy!
  • Garfield's Halloween Adventure. While in a rowboat drifting downriver:
    Garfield: "Trim the mains, slip the sheets, libber the giblets, I WANT MY MOMMY!"
  • In the Family Guy episode "Stewie Kills Lois", right after Stewie kills Lois, he trips and bangs his knee. He immediately begins crying for his mommy, whom he had just killed.
  • Referenced in Arthur by the joke that Binky stole. "What did King Tut say when the Sphinx scared him? I want my mummy!"
  • Bebop in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will cry out "Mamaaaaa!" often during a bad situation.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • When Chad detached the moonbase and sent it towards the sun in "Operation: E.N.D.", Numbuh 86 ordered her subordinates to implement "Plan M-11", which consisted of running around screaming for mommy.
    • Mr. Wink can be heard crying out for his mommy when he and Mr. Fibb get spanked by Count Spankulot in "Operation: S.P.A.N.K."
  • Peewit on The Smurfs often does this. So does Gargamel.
  • Hey Arnold!: Harold, the school bully, will scream and run away whenever he gets scared.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!: In "Princess, I Shrunk the Mario Bros.", Mouser calls for his mommy after being shrunken and put in a fishbowl by Waldo the Wizard.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", Ralph starts crying for for his mom when the Itchy and Scratchy executive yells at the kids.
    • In "Brush With Greatness" while standing in line at the amusement park Mt. Splashmore's infamous water slide, the H2Whoa!, Bart and Lisa devise a successful ruse of having her crying for Marge in order to get to the front of it.
    • In "Tales from the Public Domain", Lisa portrays Joan of Arc on a Rearing Horse in the midst of battle shouting, "You can't stop me; I was sent by God!" immediately followed by "I want my mommy," when she's pulled from the saddle and stuffed into a sack by Groundskeeper Willie.
  • Zig-zagged in the Daria episode, "Jake Of Hearts", when Jake speaking to his mother about the suffering they endured at the hands of his now-deceased father, "Mad Dog" Morgendorffer, she suffers a panic attack and slumps besides him in bed, which prompts him to cry out a feeble "Mommy?" and then curse his father by yelling up at him. Fortunately, she was fine.
    • In another episode, Jake is in a hot-air balloon, which gets stuck in a tree, which makes him cry out, "Mommy?"
  • Rugrats
    • In "The Shot", Angelica teases Tommy and another baby about how painful getting the booster shot will be. At the end, while both babies took the shot without a fuss, Angelica herself is crying for her mommy.
    • Also "Waah, I want my mommy" is the last line in Tommy's poem in Tommy and the Secret Club. Tommy actually often refers to Didi in a positive manner, even when he doesn't want her because she is scared.
    • In "The Word of The Day", Angelica auditions against two kids to be a helper on Miss Carol's Happy House. Miss Carol asks one of them, a girl named Kim, "What does Miss Carol think of her kids?" Kim stutters, yells "I want my mommy!" and runs off the set.
    • Downplayed in Rugrats in Paris, where Chuckie's "I Want A Mom" song mentions mothers getting rid of scary situations.
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Emotion Sickness", Drakken realizes he's in trouble when he finds out that Shego has been tagged with an emotion-controlling chip locked on the "rage" setting. When she shows up, hands blazing and yelling his name, he whimpers "Mommy" just before she attacks him.
  • In Garfield and Friends episode "Brain Boy", the Insufferable Genius Jerkass young cousin of Jon named Roscoe is at the mercy of his hand-built robot, who Garfield put brand new batteries in and is trying to "teach" him to dance against his will, which causes him to cry out for his father.
  • On Ed, Edd n Eddy, both Sarah and Eddy have a Stock Scream of "Mommy!" whenever they're in a bad situation.
  • In the Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs episode "Circus," Taury exclaims "Mummy!" when his clown bicycle starts to fall apart.
  • Carl Wheezer from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius screams this in "Hall Monster" when Jimmy's friends confront him about taking the Hall Monitor job too far, before cheerfully adding, "...and some fudge!"
    • In The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour, when a video game turns Goddard into killer robot, he at one point shakes a pole that Hugh is clinging to causing him to sway back and fourth while shouting:
  • In the Mixels episode "A Quest for the Lost Mixamajig", after being stripped of his mechanical suit, King Nixel vows revenge and runs off crying for his mom.
  • In the Static Shock episode "Kidnapped", Shiv screams "Mommy" when Static interrogates him on the whereabouts of Puff and Onyx.
  • In the Mickey Mouse (2013) short "Shipped Out", Mickey can be heard screaming "Mommy" when he and Minnie are forced to partake in bungee jumping.
  • Kaeloo: In one episode, Stumpy uses a Portal Door to go inside Mr. Cat's brain. Mr. Cat tells him to leave, but he refuses to, so Mr. Cat imagines something horribly scary which attacks Stumpy. Stumpy runs out screaming for his mother.
  • Vampirina: Edgar shouts this word-for-word when getting scared in "Vampirina's Surprise Party" and is caught on camera doing so. To his credit, he's the first to return after almost everyone freaks out and leaves.
  • In The Superhero Squad Show episode "The Ice Melt Cometh", Pyro comedically exclaims "Mommy" when he realizes that he's about to be hit by lightning from Thor.
  • In "Lambie and the McStuffins Babies" from Doc McStuffins, the baby-fied Lambie cries out "I want my Doc-y" after she and the baby-fied Hallie, Chilly and Stuffy are scooped up and carried in a bag by the Delivery Stork.
  • In The Real Ghostbusters, the episode "Look Homeward, Ray" at one point has Alan Favish scream "Mommy" while being chased by the Winged Puma of Morrisville.
  • Justice League. In "Eclipse", a Smug Snake talk show host has been earning ratings with his criticism of the Justice League. When he realises that the sun is about to be destroyed, he can only whimper for his mother.
  • In Jelly Jamm, Ongo's reaction to seeing a morbidly obese Dodo is "Oh, mama!". Coincidentally, this was the only time he spoke proper English in the show.
  • During CatDog's Great Parent Mystery, dog looks around in a tree full of fire ants and exits through a branch along with cat heavily burning and saying this until they fall down a river.
  • In the first episode of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
    Jake: [whispering] Monsters.
    Nicky: Oh Jakey, can you say "bunny rabbit?"
    Jake: MOMMYYYY!!
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode "Metal Attraction", Gizmoduck solemnly squirms "Mother" when he sees that Robotica is mad at him for dumping her.
  • In the TaleSpin episode "Polly Wants a Treasure", Don Karnage gives a "Ma...Ma..." when a trap door opens beneath him, following his capture of Kit after Baloo discovers the cave's treasure. Baloo is of course able to catch Kit in time.
  • The Addams Family (1992) had this joke happen in the episode "FTV", where Norman Normanmeyer exclaims "Mommy" in response to Lurch catching him snooping on the Addamses. Normanmeyer did it again in the episode "Itt's Over" when he ends up in jail for lying about Uncle Fester killing Cousin Itt.
  • The Robonic Stooges episode "I Want My Mummy!" has Curly invoking this at the end as a Title Drop.
  • The Beany and Cecil episode "Rat Race for Space" has Little Ace cry for his mommy twice.
  • The Teacher's Pet episode "Being Mrs. Leadready" has Spot wail for his mommy after getting overwhelmed by the stress of trying to pretend to be Scott Leadready II and Scott's mother all at once.
  • Tak and the Power of Juju (2007) has Lok cry for mommy whenever he's intimidated as a running gag.
  • The Proud Family Oscar frequently does this when on the receiving end of slapstick. Especially in the Pro Wrestling Episode, which led to his entire wrestling gimmick based on him being a pathetic wimp who needs Suga Mama to do the fighting for him. But when Mongo calls out for his mother, both Oscar and Suga Mama yell "Mama!"


    Anime & Manga 
  • In Deadman Wonderland, as one of the members of Scar Chain is sprayed with acid while being pursued by a robot, he barely manages to utter "Mother" before getting crushed to death.
  • In Doraemon, Suneo will cry "Mama!" in tears whenever he's in a worst-case scenario, like being held prisoner, especially in the movies.
  • In early seasons of Dragon Ball Z, after Gohan gets kidnapped twice, he starts crying about how he wants his mommy.
  • In the manga Bio-Meat: Nectar, a lot of victims tend to scream for their mamas when they get eaten. Either that or apologize to their mamas.
  • A variation is done in Fruits Basket where Akito, paranoid about being abandoned by the Zodiac, starts crying and screaming "Father! Father! Help me!" (Akito's father has been dead for many years now). Considering what her mother has done, it's not surprising Akito wouldn't be calling for her.
  • A variation happens in One Piece where instead of his mother, Luffy after losing his brother Ace during the "Paramount War" / "War of the Best" (depending on the translation), calls out for his crew when Jinbei asks him what "[he] still [has]".
    • Nico Robin has been essentially doing this her whole life (i.e., while not necessarily always saying the exact words out loudnote ), especially since her mother Nico Olvia, for all intents and purposes, abandoned her, with poor two year old Robin forced to watch as she (Olvia) leaves her, and all so she could be on the team researching the Blank Century (or "Void" Century, or "Hundred Year Void", depending on the translation).
  • In Cyborg 009, when 004, 007, and 009 are taking down a Black Ghost machine being used by the Viet Cong, fighter jets swoop in and bomb the area leaving all the soldiers burned and dead. The cyborgs are horrified to see a child dying of burn injuries fall off of a rock and cry "M-mama!" before dying in 009's arms.
    • When Joe squares off against Black Skull and is slowly being strangled to death, he has three visions - one of Francois, one of Helen, and one of his dead mother. The vision of his mother is enough to give him a Heroic Second Wind and kill Black Skull.
  • Asuka Langley Soryu of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame has a tendency to do this, especially towards the end of the story during her Trauma Conga Line. In a particularly brutal instance, she calls out for an already-dead father figure.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS has a particularly depressing example. First we have Nanoha breaking down over the fact that Vivio has been kidnapped (the only time in the entire franchise that she acts like this). Then we cut to Vivio, Strapped to an Operating Table and screaming for Nanoha to rescue her while Jail Scaglietti prepares to forcibly implant a Relic in her. Then it cuts to outside the room and we here her scream "Mama!" one last time before the episode ends.
    • Subaru was also shown crying for her father and older sister in the first episode (she didn't bother calling for her mother since she had been dead for four years at that point).
  • A tragic example in Freezing. The only time Kazuha recognized Orie as her mother was when Orie's spirit approached her after death, telling her not to blame herself for Orie's death and to take care of both herself and Kazuya. She broke down crying and called for her "Mommy" shortly afterward.
  • In Cowboy Bebop Tongpu aka Mad Pierrot begins crying inconsolably for his mother after Spike stabs him in the leg with a knife. It actually makes for a powerful Alas, Poor Villain as it reinforces Jet's earlier discovery that for all his terrifying powers and murderous tendencies, the experiments performed on Tongpu have given him the mind of a child.
  • Tomio in Fragments of Horror chapter "Red Turtleneck" cries out for his mother when pushed to his breaking point from the stress of having to hold his severed head on to survive.
  • In the final episode of Mobile Suit Gundam, a Zeon soldier cries out "MOMMY!" just as his Zaku goes up in a massive explosion. It shows that this was Zeon's last gasp, that they were down to mere rookies.

    Comic Books 
  • In Batman, Damian Wayne's last words are him calling out for his mother. In a dark twist, he's actually begging his mother to call off the insane warrior (actually, an aged-up mindless clone of him) who is brutally killing him, desperately trying to confirm that she has at least a shred of humanity left. She does nothing to stop her own son's death.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us Bruce calls out to Alfred after waking up in an unfamiliar bed, after Superman broke his back. Granted, he says it with less fear and desperation than some of the other examples on this page, but poignant nonetheless. And given how Alfred quickly responds with squeezing Batman's hand and reassuring him that he's there, the relationship would appear to be mutual. See for yourself here
  • Played to horrifying effect in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, where Hermione Granger cries this as the Antichrist aka Harry Potter rampages through Hogwarts.
  • The Sandman (1989): Ellie, a victim of the sleeping sickness that resulted from Dream's imprisonment, calls for her mother during one of times that she briefly wakes up.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Vocaloid Freaky Friday fanfiction A Little More Like Me, a variation of this happens when Len cries out in fear not for his mother, but for his sister when he realizes he's trapped in Kaito's body.
  • In Of Life and Lemonade, Amelia woke up in the middle of the night, throwing everything she could grab and screaming for her mother, the night after her mother's funeral.
  • Child of the Storm has this as part of the finale, when Harry (who's 13) is possessed by Chthon, who's offering Harry The Final Temptation - the chance to bring his mother back (conveniently skating over the consequences: namely, Chthon getting a greater foothold in reality and resuming his destruction of the universe). Doctor Strange directly quotes the below mentioned Doctor Who example, saying, "Any little boy would tear the world apart to save his mummy. And this little boy can." Of course, since this version of Strange mastered the art of being a Magnificent Bastard, he then plays his ace card: opening a portal to the White Hot Room a.k.a. the Heart of the Phoenix, and revealing that Lily ascended to become the White Phoenix of the Crown.
  • In Experimenting Fear, as a 10-year-old Nando is being tortured by the Mad Scientist, he begs to go home to his parents and screams for them when his eardrums are blown out by a gun being fired next to his head.
  • In The Job Gone Wrong, young Gambit is captured via Tranquilizer Dart. He wakes up dizzy, stripped naked and Strapped to an Operating Table, with someone hitting him to make him talk. When the interrogator breaks the electrified cattle prod, Gambit panics and screams for his papa.
  • A dramatic instance in The Night Unfurls is when Anders Bleu, a Black Dog recruit who joined the group to get a harem, screams for his mother as the Hunter tears out his insides in the back. Clearly portrayed as a Mook Horror Show.
  • In The Nightmare House, a fanfiction about the nightmares of the kids from The Loud House, Lisa's nightmare ends with her shouting, "MOMMY!!!" because she wants Rita to save her from the evil teddy bear, who is spanking her.
  • In On the breeding of Direwolves, Dragons Stags and Lions (rewrite), Catelyn Stark divorces her husband Ned after hearing the Awful Truth of Jon Snow's parentage and leaves for her family's home in the south. A seven-year-old Sansa soon starts begging for her mummy because she misses her and starts thinking that the reason Catelyn didn't take her along was because she doesn't love her daughter. Luckily for Sansa, the next time Catelyn visits her children, she lets Sansa come with her.
  • An implied subconscious example occurs in Hope Springs Eternal—when Hades is about to be smote with extreme prejudice by Zeus whilst Demeter intends to take Persephone away from him forever, he finds himself in a position where he feels like he has no other choice than to pray, whilst also internally questioning just who a god would pray to in the first place. Cue Rhea, the mother of the Olympians arriving out of absolutely nowhere to set everything straight. The narration lampshades this by stating "who else does one call to in distress than their mother?"
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail: An Apex child who fell in the lake within the Fog Carnote  couldn't swim and was previously paralyzed from almost dying when he went on vacation at a beach, so he cried out for Grace, Simon and then for his mother to save him before he drowned. Worse is how it became this way — Paul, as in Pokémon trainer Paul, asked Electvire to Thunder Punch him into said lake when the Apex child was about to attack him under the idea of Electvire being a Null so it's implied the Thunder Punch paralyzed him and he wouldn't have been able to make it.
  • Another Side: Sporting Hopefuls: Celestia ends up begging her mother for forgiveness after the class trial, outright catatonic due to the trials breaking her, with it coming to ahead after Toko, Kyoko and Taka's deaths.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney's Peter Pan. After Wendy sings the song "Your Mother and Mine" to the Lost Boys, Michael says, "I wanna see my mother!"
  • Pinocchio
    Coachman: And what might your name be?
    Donkey: Alexander.
    Coachman: So you can talk.
    Donkey: Yes, sir. I want to go home to my momma!
    Coachman: (grabs him by the tail and ears) Take him back! He can still talk! (throws him into a pen with other donkeys)
  • Done just after the climax of ParaNorman by the ghost of Agatha, the 10-year-old "witch" that was the town's claim to fame.
  • The ending of Brave: After it seems like Elinor is going to remain a bear forever, and lose the last remaining shred of her humanity, Merida completely breaks down and apologises for everything that lead up to this — and sobs "I want you back, Mummy!" She gets better thanks to this, luckily.
  • Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Occurs two times in succession during an amateur news report on the aftermath of the kids of Retroville doing everything they want after their parents disappearnote . First a kid who is sick from eating too much cotton candy says this word for word at the end of an interview. Then the teen doing said interview also says it word for word and bursts into tears.
  • Pooh's Heffalump Movie:
    • Roo "captures" the heffalump Lumpy, but later releases him. Lumpy has been hearing his mother calling and wants to go home to her, but Roo wants him to meet his friends first. They can't find any of his friends because they're all off in Heffalump Hollow themselves trying to capture a heffalump. So Roo tries to get Lumpy back to his mother, but with every step they take, the calls seem to get further away, until finally they can't hear her anymore. Lumpy is upset and Roo sings him a small reprise of the "Little Mister Roo" song sung to him by Kanga earlier in the film. It doesn't really help Lumpy to cheer up much.
      Lumpy: (slumping on a log) I want my mum.
      Roo: Me too. ... Wait! My mom! She'll know what to do! Come on!
    • Slightly later in the same film, Lumpy is caught in the heffalump trap that Rabbit and the others made.
      Roo: I'm so sorry. This is all my fault.
      Lumpy: (sobbing) I want my mummy.
  • Early on in Spirited Away, when her parents eat the food of the spirit world they are transformed into pigs, leaving Chihiro all alone. She's then surrounded by spirits as night starts to fall and runs through the town in a panic before eventually just desperately screaming, "MOMMY!" in a heartbreaking voice.
  • In Finding Nemo, when Nemo is first caught by the diver, he screams for Marlin's help, which Marlin can't provide due to a camera flash temporarily blinding him. What veers into this trope more traditionally is when Nemo screams "Daddy! Help me!" when he nearly gets shredded by the tank filter fan.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Poltergeist (1982). While she's on the Other Side and talking through a TV set, at one point Carol-Anne calls out, "Mommy!"
  • In the film In Love and War, Sandra Bullock's character, a Red Cross nurse in WWI Italy, says that Italian men "respect their wives. They spoil their mistresses. But the only women they love are their mothers." We immediately cut to an Italian soldier screaming for his mother as he dies horribly on the battlefield.
  • In The Others (2001), Anne says this except for her dad.
  • Saving Private Ryan, near dead soldiers ask for their moms at their last breaths. Consider the setting, it's not surprising.
  • In The Human Centipede when Heiter is prepping his victims for surgery, Jenny breaks down and starts sobbing "I want my mom!". The utter despair and panic are heartbreaking.
  • Katherine from The Silence of the Lambs does this when she's trapped in the serial killer's basement well. She sobs and cries "I wanna see my mommy!"
  • The Wizard of Oz involves Dorothy and her Aunt Em, but the same principle applies.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: During the iconic death of Glen Lantz the last thing he shouts out is "MAMA!!! MAMAAAAA!!" In this instance, "Mama" actually does come, but is too late to do anything but watch a fountain of blood erupt from her son's bed (and in the uncut version, his body as well.)
  • In Grave Encounters, there's a scene where Sasha is projectile vomiting blood and cries out for her mom to Lance.
  • In Babe, after being watching his mother and family be led away (to slaughter, although he doesn't know that), being put in a barn with unfamiliar animals and generally feeling very vulnerable and alone, Babe says this. It's so tearjerking that Fly immediately steps up as a Parental Substitute.
  • In Scrooged, as he is shown his Bad Future by The Ghost Of Christmas Future, Frank finds himself being cremated alive from the inside of his own coffin, in addition to begging his brother not to let him burn, he also cries out for their mother.
  • Point of No Return gives us the Anti-Hero, Maggie, being executed by lethal injection. Even though she's a drug-addled punk who killed a police officer without a second thought, she cries out for her mother and experiences a Potty Failure as she dies.note 
  • In A Little Princess (1995), one of the youngest girls at the boarding school, Lottie, throws routine fits and cries out for her mother. While the others just let her have her fits, Sara, who is trying to do her studies, asks her to stop, only to find out from Lottie that her mother is dead. Sara then tells her that her own mother is dead, too, along with her baby sister and then comforts her by explaining what a beautiful and happy place heaven is and how they're at peace, which cheers the younger girl up to a point that she doesn't throw another fit again in the whole film, except one which was used as a distraction.
  • Discussed in Gone Baby Gone, with Captain Doyle talking about the pain and the regret he feels over his only child's brutal murder several years prior and how he believes that her last words were calling out for him to save her, only for him never to be able to come.
  • Gender Flipped in Fury (2014). When a tank is shot and bursts into flames, the commander comes out of the hatch, on fire, screaming for his father.
  • In 50/50 (2011), as he's about to head off to last ditch effort cancer surgery, Adam cries for this mother, who he has constantly rebuffed throughout the film. Unlike so many other examples, she was there to console him. Also, when he wakes up from the surgery, his first (happily said) words are "Mommy!"
  • In the 1977 public information film Apaches, this happens when Sharon, who had unintentionally swallowed weed killer earlier that day, wakes up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain, screaming and crying and calling out for her mother.
  • In War of the Worlds, Rachel begins shouting that she wants her mom upon seeing the alien probes as Ray desperately tries to calm her down... and then she starts screeching it...
  • In Honey, I Blew Up the Kid after a Giant Adam is hurt by the static shock a tranquilizer dart that hit the Hard Rock Café guitar he was playing, the confused and frightened child begins to call out "Mama," through his tears, unaware that his mother now dwarfs him by a good fifty feet. The impact of the moment is enough that the once frightened crowd below is silenced and looks upon the child with sympathy, compassion and concern.
  • Near the end of Jumanji, as Alan, Sara, Judy and Peter are about to finish the game, a flower shoots its poison spines on Judy's neck, Peter chops the flower too late, and goes to tend to Judy.
    Judy: I wish... mom and dad... were here.
    Peter: Me too.
  • In the third installment of Descendants, a spelled Audrey torments Chad, then leaves him traumatized, locked in a closet and curled in a fetal position. When the others find him and rescue him, he speaks this trope word for word.
  • J. J. Abrams describes the monster in Cloverfield as a terrified child looking for its mother, only rampaging throughout New York City to find its missing mother. Doesn't help when the U.S. Army complicates things by attacking it.
  • A Child Is Waiting: When Reuben's parents first drop him off at the Crawthorne State Training Institute, he tries to run after their car screaming "DADDY! MOMMY!"
  • In the opening scene of Scream (1996), Casey spends her final moments as she's murdered crying and begging for her mother. To twist the knife even more, her mother actually is nearby and looking for her, but Casey's too weak by that point to raise her voice above a whisper, and her mom can't hear her.

  • In the book Camber of Culdi, when the hero's keep is attacked by the king's men, there is a moment when the daughter hears grown men crying out for mercy and calling for their mothers. She thinks on the fact that many of those same men were earlier being brave and swearing to fight to the end.
  • Stephen King
    • In The Tommyknockers, reporter John Leandro's last thought before he's killed is "Mama!"
    • In The Stand, one of the survivors trapped in the prison calls out for "Mother!" all the time, much to the aggravation of Lloyd Henreid.
    • In Under the Dome, thug Frankie DeLesseps cries for his mother right before he's shot do death.
    • In Carrie, just before the main character dies of her wounds she cries for her mother whom she killed earlier.
  • In the third Rizzoli & Isles novel, The Sinner, this is Jane Rizzoli's reaction to discovering she's pregnant.
  • There is a truly heartbreaking scene in Sharpe's Battle when young Rifleman Perkins is stabbed in the stomach and alternately begs for his mother and the company sergeant.
  • The Legendeer trilogy has one moment when the Gorgons mention that all the brave Greek heroes who try to kill them end up wanting their mothers in their last moments.
  • It is noted in the Star Wars Republic Commando Series that injured and dying clones, who were born from tubes instead of mothers, cry out for their training sergeants.
  • In The Giver, the traumatic memory of a war's aftermath brought with it badly wounded soldiers lying out in a field, calling out for mother, water, and death.
  • The Hungarian novel The Book of Fathers, a character's last words are "Mother, my dear mother!" as he is dying in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
  • In the novelization of The Wolfman (2010), Lawrence begs his dead mother to help him during his first transformation, in pain and scared out of his mind. Eventually he just takes to screaming her name, but all that comes out is an animal roar.
  • In Freaky Friday, after spending a day in her mother's body, Anabelle has no idea where her own body has gone to, where her little brother is, or what happened to her mother's personality (she doesn't know for sure if her mom is in her own body). After trying very hard to stay calm and figure it all out, she finally breaks down and calls out "Mom? Mom? MOMMY!" Fortunately Anabelle's mother, who was in her daughter's body and had been out with her little brother the whole time, came home just in time. Hearing an adult scream "Mommy!" clued her in that Anabelle learned the intended lesson of some of the less pleasant things that come with an adult life.note 
  • Harry Potter gets this moment when he visits his parents' grave in Deathly Hallows.
  • In a flashback in the second book of the Mediochre Q Seth Series, Mediochre gets shot on a battlefield in World War I. His comrade, Pigeon, remarks afterwards that of all the men he's ever seen get shot, Mediochre was the only one who didn't cry for his mother. Mediochre only replies that Pigeon wouldn't be so surprised if he'd met her - although very shortly afterwards, Mediochre's last thought before blacking out from the pain of a shrapnel grenade blast is, "in spite of everything" of his mother.
  • This is a big part of the earlier books in the Llama Llama series. Late at night or when he's feeling scared and alone at school, little Llama wants his Mama Llama.
  • There is a picture book, I Want My Mommy! written by Tracey Corderoy and illustrated by Alison Edgson that is about a young anthropomorphic mouse who is having his first day away from his mommy, visiting grandma, and even his favorite dragon suit won't cheer him up, but maybe grandma can. There's also a gender-flipped follow-up, I Want My Daddy!
  • One of the books in the Little Princess series by Tony Ross is titled I Want My Mum! (U.S. I Want My Mom!) The plot is described as follows: "All day there had been disasters - the water pot went all over the latest painting; the Little Princess fell off the seesaw and banged her knee; and worst of all, there was a monster under the bed that night. The castle had been ringing with the constant shout of 'I Want My Mum!'. And Mum always knew exactly the right thing to sort out the problem..."
  • In Dread, Stephen's last act as his sanity is broken by a sadistic fear experiment is to cry out for his mama. This disappoints his captor, who'd been hoping to receive some grand philosophical insight from his observation of a mind slipping into madness.
  • Gone with the Wind. After an exhausting, terrifying day that consisted of delivering sister-in-law Melanie's baby in the midst of a brutal heat wave while fearing the approaching Army, Scarlett dissolves into tears and screams this at Rhett when he tells her there's no way to get out of Atlanta.
  • In the picture book I Love You With All My Heart by Jane Chapman, the bear Little Bear flops to the ground and sniffles that she wants her mommy after losing a race at school. Then she remembers what her mommy told her - that if she puts her paw on her heart, she'll feel her love beating on and on forever. So she does so and cheers up.
  • In The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Sejanus Plinth calls out for his Ma Plinth before being hung for treason. His cry is picked up by the jabberjays, resounding through the woods.
  • In the Warrior Cats novella Goosefeather's Curse, Goosefeather calls his mother's name when he's attacked by a badger and thinks he's about to die. Despite having his full medicine cat name, he's only seven moons old - just barely over the age most kits leave the nursery - so he's still quite young.
  • In Johnny Got His Gun, after realizing what's happened to him, he tries calling for his mom. Too bad for him that he's lost the ability to speak.
  • In the picture book Bunny My Honey by Anita Jeram, Bunny gets badly lost in the woods. He starts to cry and shouts out "Mommy, Mommy, I want my mommy! Mommy, Mommy, I want my mommy!" Fortunately, Mommy Rabbit is is nearby and immediately hears him.
  • Tornado Brain: Frankie and Colette first met while hiding under a table during a tornado in kindergarten. Colette sucked her thumb and said, "I want my mommy."

    Live-Action TV 
  • In American Horror Story: Murder House, Moira breaks down and sobs "I don't want to be here any more! I'm frightened! I miss my mother!" when Constance torments her with the knowledge that her ghost will be trapped in the house forever.
  • In the finale of Ashes to Ashes (2008), Shaz watching a video showing how she died in the "real world": "I'm only twenty-six years old. I want my mum, Chris! I need to see my mum!"
  • Black Mirror: "Playtest" ends with the protagonist screaming out for his mother over and over as he dies abruptly from massive brain damage caused by his phone interfering with the experimental device he was testing - he died alone and pitifully, faced with his deepest personal fear: watching his mother succumb to Alzheimers just like his father did.
  • The 1997 aviation drama Blackout Effect, a made-for-TV movie depicting the investigation into a deadly mid-air collision between a passenger jet and a cargo airliner, the scene inside the passenger jet's cabin, as it is in a nosedive and a crash is imminent, a 5-year-old girl — on her first flight alone — is shielded by an airline stewardess as the girl cries out, "I want my mommy!"
  • In Boardwalk Empire, World War I veteran Jimmy Darmody tells a story about a German soldier stuck on barb wire for hours who kept calling for his mother ("mutti") after Jimmy mortally wounded him.
  • The Mork & Mindy episode "A Mommy For Mindy" deals with Mindy's father Fred remarrying. Later there's a scene where Mindy has a nightmare about her father telling her that her mom had "gone to heaven". Then she starts doing this, eventually waking up in tears.note 
  • Breaking Bad: Occurs in the series' Wham Episode, "Ozymandias". After Walter kidnaps his baby daughter, because he thinks she's all he has left, he has her in a changing room and she utters her first words: "Mama, mama, mama", leading to his Heel Realization that he's lost everyone in his family. This was actually completely unscripted: the baby saw her real mother off camera and started saying it and Bryan Cranston just rolled with it making for a far more powerful scene.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Mentioned when Melisandre coldly taunts Davos with the knowledge of how many casualties of the Battle of Blackwater died screaming for their mothers - because of him.
    • Actually occurs in the third-season episode "Rains of Castamere": Robb Stark, mortally wounded, barely able to stand and clearly in the depths of a massive Heroic BSoD, can be heard whispering "mother" before Roose Bolton finishes him off.
      • Slightly different from other examples in that his mother was right there....and was killed herself seconds later. There's a reason that the Frey's were despised until the end of time after the Red wedding.
    • In "The Dance of Dragons", Princess Shireen Baratheon spends her final moments begging her parents to save her. While her mother was horrified and held back by guards, her father was the one who ordered her burned at the stake as a Human Sacrifice. Although until the moment it happened, her mother was all for it. Her father was at least reluctant.
    • In "The Queen's Justice", Tyene Sand whimpers "Mama!" to her chained and gagged mother Ellaria after being fatally poisoned by Cersei in retaliation for the pair poisoning Cersei's only daughter Myrcella.
  • Tracy Quartermaine of General Hospital screams this when her mother, Lila, dies.
    • As Laura hemorrhages following an emergency C-section, she mumbles, "I want my mother", just before passing out. This is especially poignant as her mother passed away years ago.
  • A gender flipped version from Voyagers!: While sick and unconscious from rabies, Jeff moans for Bogg. The two are often portrayed as having an almost father/son relationship.
  • Discussed in "In Excelsis Deo," an episode of The West Wing. Charlie notices that Mrs. Landingham has been depressed during the holidays, and she explains that they remind her of her twin sons, who were killed in Vietnam on Christmas Eve in 1970. She mentions how painful it must have been for them:
    It's hard when that happens so far away, you know, because, with the noises and the shooting, they had to be so scared. It's hard not to think that right then, they needed their mother.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • Discussed in an episode where a popular mean girl was murdered by her Ax-Crazy Beta Bitch and her two minions. On the stand at the trial of the other two killers, the main killer is confronted by Casey, who asked if the victim begged for her life, even going as far as to offer her material possessions of hers in exchange for not killing her and if she thought it was funny when her "friend" cried out for her mother as she was being killed. She replied yes to every question.
    • In one episode, a rapist calls his victim's mother to taunt her about how the victim cried for her mother.
  • Cold Case episode, "Mind Hunters", uses the father variation with a teenaged victim named Tina James, who is about to be shot by serial killer George Marks crying out and sobbing, "I want my Daddy!" as her last words.
    • Said word for word by a crying Melanie (an 8-year-old girl) as she's held at gunpoint in "Fireflies."
  • On an episode of Once and Again, when Jessie finds out her mother Karen has been hit by a car, she lets out a piercing scream of "Mommy!".
  • Dramatically discussed in Star Trek: The Next Generation. In an episode where the crew is following and studying the Crystalline Entity, a visiting expert is a grieving mother whose son was killed in one of his attacks. While stern and stand-offish when she first arrives, she becomes more emotional as they learn more about the alien, in particular after they receive a transmission from a ship full of people screaming as the Entity devours them. Once she's in private she bursts into tears in front of Data, wondering if her son called out for her when he was killed.
  • In "Real Life" from Star Trek: Voyager, The Doctor has created a holographic family. Initially it's almost too-perfect, parody-like Leave It to Beaver family, so B'Elanna Torres makes some modifications. In the new version of the family, there's a lot of strife and conflict. At one point, The Doctor won't help his daughter Belle find her ion mallet, so she starts shouting "You're mean! I want my mommy here! She'd help me find my mallet! I want mommy! I want mommy! I want mommy! I want mommy!"
  • Doctor Who: The "Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances" two-parter, the eponymous Empty Child keeps asking "Are you my mummy?" as he searches for her, using the power given to him by a bunch of extraterrestrial nanites to tear apart anything in his path while at the same time, inadvertently converting anyone he comes across into a Hive Mind. The result is generally considered to be one of the creepiest, saddest, yet ultimately, most heart-warming episodes in the show's history.
    Everybody lives. Just this once, EVERYBODY LIVES!
  • After the villain of the Decoy episode "Ladies' Man" is shot, he screams for his girlfriend Maggie to help him. When she doesn't come, he starts calling her by his ex-wife Lois's name, then "Ma."
  • In Good Omens (2019), Brian starts crying and says he wants his mum and dad when his friend Adam goes full Reality Warper, going on a rant about destroying and remaking the world. Not helping is that Adam is refusing to let Brian or the others leave, or even move.
  • Punky Brewster waxes melancholic about her missing mother in "The Search" (where she reunites her teacher with his missing mother), with Henry telling her that she still has her memories of her mother. Punky counters that you can't hug a memory or kiss it good night. She sobs "I want my mommy!" on Henry's shoulder.

  • Argentine songwriter Luis Alberto Spinetta's song "Post-crucifixión" is told from the point of view of a dead or dying Jesus who calls for his mother to hold him.

  • Near the end of Ruby Quest, the now monstrously gigantic, fleshy abomination known as "Subject Six" is seen cowering the corner of the room, crying for his "mommy" because "Ace is going to lock him up". The protagonist tried to call to him, but it was no use...
  • In V4 of Survival of the Fittest, Amber Whimsy cries for her mummy whilst bleeding to death after being shot in the stomach by Kris Hartmann.

  • In 1776, Washington's young courier sings the song "Mama Look Sharp" about two of his friends who died at Lexington. It will break your heart.
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee gives us the "I Love You Song." Olive Ostrovsky's mother is in an ashram in India, and her father is working late. Upon discovering that her father won't be able to attend the spelling bee at all, Olive has a minor breakdown and sings for her mother, begging her to come home. It's both heartbreaking and an extreme case of Mood Whiplash.
  • During "The Crucifixion" in Jesus Christ Superstar, already a dire and terrifying musical number, Jesus repeatedly asks "Where is my mother?" while delusional from dehydration and blood loss.
  • At the beginning of the stage version of Annie, the youngest orphan Molly wakes up calling "Mama! Mama!" after having a nightmare in which her Missing Mom was with her again but then disappeared. In the 1982 film, she calls "Annie! Annie!" instead, highlighting that Annie is her Parental Substitute despite being a child herself.
  • Elisabeth: Rudolf is introduced as a young child, and his first lines are him calling out for his Mama because he was frightened in a cold, dark room. Elisabeth is nowhere to be seen - instead, Death befriends Rudolf and comforts him. As an adult, while confronting an aged Sisi on her negligence of him, he flat out says "Mother... I need you." Some actors speak the line, others sing it to the earlier tune of "Mama, where are you?". During "On the Deck of the Sinking World/All Questions Have Been Asked (Reprise)", some Rudolfs try to reach out to Sisi in between his struggle to stay on the sinking ship.

    Video Games 
  • Silent Hill 4: Regardless of which ending you get, when Henry defeats Serial Killer Walter Sullivan, he utters an anguished "Mom".
  • Argath cries out to his mother when you kill him (again) after he's revived as a revenant in Final Fantasy Tactics: War Of The Lions.
  • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Teruteru Hanamura cries out for his mother right before being executed.
  • In Super Mario Galaxy, the little girl in the storybook, Rosalina, says this :
    "I want to go home! I want to go back to my house by the hill! I want to see my mother! But I know she's not there! I knew all along that she wasn't out there in the sky! Because... because... She's sleeping under the tree on the hill!
  • Many soldiers in the second Red Orchestra game will cry out for their mothers as they lie dying on the ground, usually terrified and sometimes crying. It's very much played as a Tear Jerker.
  • Faye during the prologue of Fire Emblem Echoes. Considering the 8-year-old had just received a rape threat, a death threat, and been told to fight for her life all in the span of a few minutes, it's a completely understandable reaction.
  • In Valkyria Chronicles, Welkin and Alicia come across a mortally wounded Imperial Soldier crying for his mother. Alicia in compassion, pretends to be the delirious young man's mother to comfort him in his dying moments, an action that the soldier's platoon repay by letting Welkin and Alicia escape with no conflict, while also thanking her for the kindness she showed to their fallen comrade.
  • In Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, sometimes, after being KOed in battle, main protagonist Oliver will randomly shout out "Mom!" He will also still do this even after learning his hope of bringing his mother back from the dead was a false one.

    Web Comics 
  • Done strikingly at the end of Chapter 44 of Drowtales. Sarv'swati, who has lost everything in the course of the District War, undergoes a complete Villainous Breakdown in the Sharen palace, which is minutes away from capture by the Sarghress forces. In her rage, she attempts to tear a way through the collapsed corridor to her mother's throne room — the very corridor she so gleefully destroyed thirty-one years earlier. Failing, she screams and collapses on the ground, whimpering to herself.
  • After Walter traps Maggie in his wires in And Shine Heaven Now, when he asks if she has any last words, she cries that she wants her mother. This breaks Walter's brainwashing long enough for him to free Maggie, trap himself in his wires, admit he's Maggie's father, and apologize for putting her through this. She in her turn refuses to leave him after finding out he's her father, even after the brainwashing kicks back in and he threatens her.

    Web Original 
  • Alien Abduction Role Play: Ackteal cries for her mother and complains loudly that she's having a bad dream when she sinks into her second feral episode. It's sounds so heartrending that it's easy to forget that she's as dangerous as a starving lion at the moment.
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-1192 is a cockatoo with the mind of a young child. The Foundation gives him paper to write on, and one time he wrote "i wan my mom" [sic].

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • In an example that is dramatic for an entirely different reason, in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Rhino calls out for his mom as a result of delirium caused by the steam around over-heating and his face being the only place he could sweat from. Spidey takes the opportunity to pretend to be Rhino's mother and ask who his boss is. The drama comes from Spider-Man learning that the crime boss, the Big Man of Crime, is none other than Tombstone aka L. Thompson Lincoln. It cements Spidey's war on crime and him realizing there's a much bigger picture.
  • In Adventure Time, during the episode "Mystery Dungeon," Lemongrab cries out "Mommy!" as a giant monster is squeezing out all of his juice.
  • Steven Universe has the father-variant. In the episode 'Adventures in Light Distortion', Steven and the Gems set off on a mission to save Greg after he's been kidnapped by Blue Diamond. Most of the episode is quite funny, but when Steven accidentally switches off the gravity engine in the Roaming Eye, causing the bodies of the Gems to get dragged behind the ship, and Steven's body to get pinned to the chair, panic ensues. And when on top of that, the ship warns it's about to crash into the Zoo at top speed, he breaks down crying.
    Steven: DAAAAD! (Sob) I want my dad! (Sob) I just want my dad...
  • The aunt variant also happens in Animaniacs of all shows. In the episode One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock, Skippy does this just as the social worker is about to take him to a foster home.
    Skippy: "I don't want to go, I want my Aunt Slappy!"
  • In the Batman Beyond episode "Lost Soul," recently-deceased tech magnate Robert Vance has managed to survive his death (maybe) thanks to Brain Uploading and plans to get back to the real world by replacing his grandson's mind, attempting to kill Batman in the process for getting in his way. At the climax of the episode, Terry manages to get the data comprising his consciousness deleted. As he does, Vance very rapidly mentally regresses to an infant state, and the last thing he says before he's permanently deleted is to call out for his mother.
  • In the "Baby Gator" episode of The Octonauts, the baby alligator Nipper cries "I want my mama!" after Kwazii tries to get him above water because salt water isn't good for him, only for seagulls try to snap him up as a snack.
  • Parodied and deconstructed in the infamous Ren and Stimpy Show episode "Son of Stimpy", note  where Stimpy cries for his...well, just read the article and see for yourself.note 
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
    • In "The Tiger Family Babysits," Teddy and Leo Platypus cry about wanting their Mama, Dr. Platypus after she goes away for a business trip. Fortunately, Daniel and his little sister Margaret are there to play a game with them to help calm them down.
    • In "A Storm in the Neighborhood," after the lights go out at the Tiger family house, Katerina Kittycat shouts "I want my mommy, meow meow!" That's easy enough, as Mom Kittycat came over with her.
  • In "Cinnamon the Elephant!" from Butterbean's Cafe, the shy little girl Skylar isn't having a good time at the playgroup set up for the kids at Butterbean's Cafe and tells Butterbean unhappily "I want my mommy." Fortunately, her mother is just downstairs. Cricket eventually helps out and brings her out of her shell by sharing her favorite stuffed toy, Cinnamon, the stuffed elephant described in the title.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Timmy wished himself into an adult and got into a bucketload of trouble as a result of not understanding that some things are Most Definitely Not Okay for grownups to do. Stuck in jail, and likely to lose his fairy godparents forever, Timmy gets upset and starts crying for his parents. This apparently is child-like (or perhaps childish) enough for the fairy godparents to hit the Reset Button. (The rest of the people in jail, upon seeing this, start crying for their parents, too.)
  • Invincible (2021): In the first season finale, Mark after taking a horrific beating from his father, Omni-Man.
    Omni-Man: What will you have after five-hundred years?!
    Mark: You, Dad. I'd still have you...
  • Jellystone!: Whenever Shag Rugg gets scared, he screams about wanting his mama.
  • Lloyd in Space's little sister Francine during her endangered preschool day when unable to reach her doll Rosie.

    Real Life 
  • History is filled with examples of soldiers crying out for their mothers as they are dying.
    • A final transmission of a kamikaze pilot has him yelling for his mother two seconds before impact.
  • A survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing described having this feeling upon awakening in the hospital.
  • One of the last words written (as he had lost the ability to speak due to his radiation sickness) by Masato Shinohara, one of the two technicians who died after the 1999 Tokaimura Nuclear Accident has been variously translated as “Mother, Please” or “Mother, Help me”. Considering that both Shinohara and his colleague Hisashi Ouchi had been kept alive by their families’ wishes, even though it was clear both had received more than fatal doses of radiation (Shinohara received the lower dose, but a destroyed immune system meant that he was essentially doomed to die of infectious pneumonia) means that this statement is up for interpretation...
  • According to her confessed killer among the Manson Family, these were Sharon Tate's last words.
  • This was tragically inverted with the horrifying murders of Tom and Jackie Hawks. According to one of the men responsible, after being abducted while on their yacht and realizing they were going to die, Jackie began crying for the couple's newborn grandson.
  • According to video footages, when Kelly Thomas; a homeless schizophrenic man was beaten to death by two policemen, he was crying for his father to help.
  • During the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020, Floyd can be heard crying out "Mama" twice in video recordings as officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck.note 
  • Another dark example was in the murder of Tina Isa, a Muslim girl who rejected her family’s culture. As her father was killing her for dishonoring their family, she begged her mother for help. Her mother instead joined in and killed her.
  • When Serial Killer Otis Toole wrote John Walsh to taunt him about how he'd murdered his son Adam, he described the boy as "crying for his mommy" while he was being killed.


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