By Emily Reuben, Jeremy Rogers, and Ben Sapet
Video games don’t spend much time on moms. Plenty of dads go on sprawling adventures while most video game moms get a few throwaway lines or die tragically before the story even starts. However, when games devote time and attention to mothers, we get some of the coolest, most compelling characters in gaming. Here are some of our favorite moms in video games:
Undertale – Toriel
From the very moment you begin your journey in Undertale, Toriel is there to welcome you with a cozy place to stay and a warm piece of pie. Toriel not only adopts you at the start of the game, she also adopted the first human to fall into the Underground years prior. Having taken in two children despite having had her own as well, you’d be hard pressed to find a more selfless example of a virtual mother. Not only is she a great mother, Toriel is funny, smart, and very protective of the people she loves and she isn’t afraid to speak out against her misguided husband.
Being such a lovable character, Toriel makes completing Undertale’s ruthless genocide mode a challenge. After all, who wants to kill the person who took you in, read you a nice story, and offered you warm food? If a character is so compelling that the idea of killing her can prevent players from playing a part of the game, she is obviously worthy of some celebration on Mother’s Day. -Emily Reuben
Dragon Age: Origins – Flemeth
The legends of illusive shapeshifting witch Flemeth seem to lurk beneath the surface of much of the lore laid out in Bioware’s Dragon Age: Origins. The player stumbles upon Flemeth, known as “the Witch of the Wilds” and “Mother of Vengeance,” deep in the woods. Her ulterior motives and manipulation loom over the plot as you travel with her daughter, Morrigan, and learn more about Flemeth.
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She may not be the best mother (what with her tendency to possess her daughters’ bodies for the sake of prolonging her life), but her ability to transform into a huge, cool dragon more than makes up for it, right? –Ben Sapet
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – The Boss
The Boss was known as “The Mother of Special Forces” for a reason. From founding and leading the Cobra Unit to having a C-section during the Battle of Normandy and acting as a mother figure to Naked Snake, she sits at ground zero of Metal Gear’s complex world.
Image from Metal Gear Informer
Introduced at the midpoint of the series, The Boss embodies the grit, deliberation, and measured tenderness at the emotional center of the series. –Ben Sapet
Overwatch – Ana Amari
Ana, Overwatch’s first hero to release after launch, had been built into the game’s lore from the beginning. She was a founding member of Overwatch whose cool-headed sense of duty and honor kept her adopted Overwatch family safe. This even comes across in her gameplay; her attacks heal and protect allies while discouraging and damaging enemies. It’s no wonder, then, that her daughter Fareeha (Overwatch character Pharah) would follow in her footsteps with a charge to “protect the innocent.”
Image from Game Informer
Even after her supposed death in combat, Ana continues her fight for justice as a masked vigilante, carrying on her role as the tough, protective mother figure of Overwatch. –Ben Sapet
Pokémon – Marowak haunting the Pokémon Tower
Moms are special because of the devotion they have for their children. Some would even go as far to say that mothers’ love for their children is so strong, it is undying. In the Pokémon games, one mother who stands out as being the most devoted to her child: the Marowak that died protecting her Cubone child at the top of the Lavender City Radio Tower.
This mother fought to the death to protect her child and then some, battling the trainer in one of the series’ most unforgettable fights. Once the trainer beats Marowak in a battle, her spirit can finally be set free of the bounds of the Radio Tower, and she can finally be at peace. Of all the mothers in gaming, this one went above and beyond the grave to protect her child. -Jeremy Rogers
Emily is a Telecommunications (Film and Media Studies) major minoring in Japanese and Professional Writing in Emerging Media. Her review Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ grossly misunderstands why the original was a success and her feature article Studying Abroad in Japan: The weebs are wrong won honorable mentions in the CSPA journalism awards categories for Entertainment Reviews and First Person Experiences. She is the 2018-2019 host for the Input 2 podcast. In the past, Emily has interned at WFYI Indianapolis as a Production Intern and studied abroad in Japan.