Mother’s Day is this weekend, and the internet is abuzz with heartwarming stories about the maternal figures in our lives. I thought it might be fun to balance out all that sweetness with a little chat about the fictional mothers we love to hate.
(Don’t worry, I’ll share my favorite, non-horrible fictional mothers later this weekend.)
Who are the fictional mothers that make us gasp aloud and cry No she didn’t just say that!? Here’s my list:
Lucille Bluth, Arrested Development: she babies Buster, pits her own children against each other, drinks vodka for breakfast, and chides Portia de Rossi (!!!) for being fat–and that’s just the beginning. Shockingly inappropriate, all the time.
Madame Thénardier, Les Misérables: Eponine’s crazy mother in Les Mis is a doting mother–when, and only when, people are watching.
Mrs. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice: Socially inept and none too bright, the woman managed to embarrass her daughters at every possible opportunity. (Although, as adroitly pointed out in A Truth Universally Acknowledged, Mrs. Bennet got everything she wanted in the end: her crazy scheme worked, securing her entire family’s happiness and financial prosperity.)
The Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey: Violet makes a marvelous character, because she says exactly what she thinks, while expressing it far better (and more sharply) than we ever could. This is a great quality for the screen, but in a mother? Not so much.
Lianne Mars, Veronica Mars: Lianne abandoned her teenage daughter, leaving only a note of non-explanation–but that’s just the beginning. Lianne later comes back to Neptune to blow Veronica’s college fund on a rehab program she never planned on completing, then steals a huge chunk of change from Veronica’s dad (and her ex).
Who’s your favorite, horrible fictional mother?