Moms come in all shapes and sizes, even in cartoon form. The most iconic cartoon moms are some of the best and some of the worst. From the prehistoric age, to the future, and everything in between, the women featured on this list are tough to beat, and sometimes even tougher to listen to. They have been part of our lives for years, leading the families we watch on TV every Saturday morning. Whether they were berating their sons, or making out with their daughter's boyfriend, they are the moms we will never forget from the cartoon world.
Wilma Flintstone from The Flintstones
Wilma Flintstone is one of two iconic cartoon mothers on the classic show The Flintstones. The Flintstone family lives in a world where dinosaurs are not extinct and coexist with barefoot, "modern" cave people. Wilma made her debut in 1960 and has since won our hearts over as the matriarch of the Flintstone family. In Bedrock, she is a homemaker and takes care of her and Fred's daughter, Pebbles. The red-headed wife cleans with a baby elephant vacuum cleaner and a pelican washing machine. Wilma often is a foil for her husband's character and she is always bailing him out of trouble.
DiDi Pickles from Rugrats
Dealing with her husband's wacky and dangerous inventions, DiDi Pickles is the perfect balance of assertive and understanding. As the head of the family on Rugrats, she manages the babies and keeps them safe. She wears a long red dress, gold jewelry, and round green glasses, with unconventionally styled red hair. Despite the children always getting themselves into some kind of trouble, and a husband who is constantly creating nonsense, Diane Kropotkin Kerpackter-Pickles is usually the voice of reason and solution within the family.
Bambi's Mother from Bambi
Although Bambi's mother passed away when he was very young, she taught him a lot. We first meet this animal mom after Bambi has just been born. Through the seasons, he learns many lessons about life and survival. Eventually though, she is shot by a hunter. Even after she has passed, she offers Bambi great wisdom about life. In Bambi II, released in 2006, Bambi meets his mother in a dream he is having. He asks why she had to leave and she responds, "Everything in the forest has its season. Where one thing falls, another grows. Maybe not what was there before, but something new and wonderful all the same". This iconic mom is teaching, even from beyond the grave.
Jane Jetson from The Jetsons
While Wilma Flintstone lived in a world of dinosaurs and bird powered machines, Jane Jetson lives in a completely alternate universe. With futuristic elements like robotic contraptions and holograms, it's as if the two are light-years apart. In reality, it was only about two years between the debut of each series. Residing in Orbit City, Jane Jetson is a homemaker and doting mother and wife. Her situation is ideal with household appliances that pilot themselves, so she has more time to shop or keep her kids from driving their father crazy.
Sheila Broflovski from South Park
To deal with the boys of South Park, this woman must be a saint! Sheila sports the stereotypical Jewish mother traits. She wears her hair in a beehive style, has a NY/NJ accent, wears a pantsuit, and is overweight. She is overprotective of her children and often tries to shield them from anything that may influence them negatively. Her signature quote, "WHAT, WHAT, WHAT!?" usually comes in response to hearing anything shocking or inappropriate. Sheila isn't all prim and proper though, in one episode, she and her husband tried to spice things up with sexual role play. It's always the ones you don't expect.
Malory Archer from Archer
Malory Archer is one tough lady. As the Chief Executive Officer, Malory governs her employees with criticism and harsh commentary and almost always has a drink in her hand. Unlike the other wholesome moms that were mentioned previously on this list, the leading lady on Archer isn't the "hands on mothering" type. She's the exact opposite. Malory is an emasculating mother who doesn't know who her son's father is. She worked much of her son's early life and wasn't around. When she isn't busy bullying her son, she is just neglecting him altogether. Malory made it on this list of iconic moms, most likely, for her lack of mother skills.
Mom from Dexter's Laboratory
Mom, from Dexter's Laboratory, is the third red headed matriarch on the list. A likely germ-o-phobe, she is always seen in rubber gloves. As a stereotypical TV housewife, she wears an apron over her outfit and cleans in pumps. She houses a ferocious temper when tested and threatens to discipline the children if disobeyed. Her temper isn't just aimed at her children. Throughout the series, she has also beat up another mother, rescued her son from aliens, and helped him save the world.
Linda Belcher from Bob's Burgers
At the head of her eccentric family on Bob's Burgers, Linda Belcher is uber optimistic. She handles the accounting for her husband's restaurant and is as loyal as they come. Linda believes there are no bad ideas and this thought process follows her throughout the show. With her embarrassing lines and antics, she is easily a mother that we aren't begging for, but her and her odd family always keep us coming back for more. Linda is quirky and awkward, much like how we all see our own mothers, which is why she is featured on the list of iconic cartoon moms.
Lois Griffin from Family Guy
A former meth addict and kleptomaniac, Lois Griffin of Family Guy is not the stereotypical TV mom. Throughout the series, Lois has showed a variety of behaviors including a gambling addiction and bulimia. She is a promiscuous woman and has had several affairs with older and younger men. She cheated on her husband, Peter, with Bill Clinton and even unsuccessfully tries to seduce Bob Barker and Justin Bieber. She knows no boundaries and has even used her daughters boyfriend and than her girlfriend to appease her sexual appetite. An iconic mom for sure, Lois is frisky and funny.
Marge Simpson from The Simpsons
The most popular of all cartoon moms, Marge Simpson from The Simpsons is the matriarch of a chaotic household. She is often the voice of reason and a grounding force who silences the antics within her family. She sports a distinctive blue beehive and a strapless green dress. Her raspy voice is recognized by many. Patient and sensible, she usually takes her family's problems with good humor. She deals well with her brutish husband and her son who is always finding trouble. She is the most iconic cartoon mom of them all.