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The 16 Worst Mothers in Books

Mom. Mommy? MOM! Most mothers know best, but these terrible moms only know worst. We’ve compiled a list of the horrible, mean, bad moms in fiction.
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    Matilda’s mother

    THE WORST. Let’s all agree that Miss Honey is Matilda’s true mom.

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    Cersei Lannister

    Cersei is evil and will do anything for the iron throne, a lifestyle that doesn’t reflect well on her children.

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    Mrs. Bennett

    Haven’t you learned the first rule of finding a nice boy for your daughter is to back off?

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    Queen Gertrude

    Marrying your (recently) late husband’s brother is one thing, but ignoring your son? Shame on you, Queen G.

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    Beth Jarrett

    Beth allows tragedy and mourning to destroy her ability to love anyone but her dead son.

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    Dori Goldin

    Dori has an illness that makes her deliberately harm her own child called Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

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    Mary, Precious’s mother

    Precious does everything for her mother and receives nothing but abuse.

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    Sophie Portnoy

    Sophie is a neurotic mess and completely redefines the definition of a helicopter parent.

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    Janice Angstrom

    Drunk, mean, awful Janice Angstrom is definitely one of the worst mothers on this list.

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    Margaret White

    Carrie’s mom is as creepy, scary, and awful as they come, “I can see your dirty pillows.” Gross. Bad mom!

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    Marcus’s mom

    Marcus’s mom is just plain mean. Luckily, Marcus isn’t a product of his environment.

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    Medea

    Hm, yes, killing your sons to get revenge is not your best maternal behavior.

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    Addie Bundren

    If you didn’t want children, you shouldn’t have had children. Get on with it, woman. And while you’re at it, quit abusing your students.

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    Charlotte Haze

    Pay closer attention to your daughter.

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    Emma Bovary

    Vanity and selfishness a mother does not make.

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    Cathy Ames

    She may look innocent, but her monstrous behavior becomes apparent early on.

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