Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and their sacrifices are often overlooked in both reality and fantasy. For this year’s celebration of moms all over the world, we’d like to share five unconventional moms in PlayStation games – and why we love them.
The Protective Mom – Morrigan
Traits: Selfless, Loving, Protective
Why we love her:
Morrigan has one of the best character development arcs in recent games, going from a bitter and selfish young lady to a selfless and protective mother of one. Raised by Flemeth in the Korcari Wilds, she grew up ostracized from the outside world and never believed in relationships.
In Dragon Age Inquisition, Flemeth, her mother, hunts her down at the Altar of Mythal. She offers Morrigan peace – she will stop hunting her in exchange for her son, Kieran. The young Morrigan swore by her ‘survival of the fittest’ mantra and would never prioritize someone who is weak over her own life. But she has matured over the years. Motherhood has softened her, and she fell to her knees and begged Flemeth to take her body – if only she will spare Kieran.
She puts Kieran before herself, and when Flemeth leaves, Morrigan holds him like he’s the world to her. It’s a beautiful picture of a lady blossoming into a loving mother who will do anything to protect her child from the harsh dangers of Thedas and its old magic.
Game: Dragon Age Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition
The Aloof-But-Loving Mom – Yennefer of Vengerberg
Traits: Doting, Patient, Inspiring
Why we love her:
The adoptive mother of Ciri, Yennefer was born infertile – as all sorceresses are in the Witcher series. Despite this, she harboured a secret desire to restore her fertility. Then, she met Geralt and Ciri. They were the family she dreamed of. Ciri fulfilled her deepest desire to have a child, and she doted on her greatly.
Yennefer gives her all to join the hunt for Ciri once she learns that Ciri is in this world and the Wild Hunt is pursuing her in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. In the books (not in the game though), she affectionately calls Ciri ‘my cute little owl’ – Eulchen in German, and Ciri calls her ‘mother’ on some occasions.
Despite all of this love for her family, Yennefer is often calm and collected, barely showing hints of the deep feelings she bears for both Geralt and Ciri. She is one of the greatest mothers – up there with Morrigan – and even if they don’t fully reciprocate her love, all she does will always be for their sakes.
Game: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Benevolent Mom – May Parker
The sweet and kind Aunt May became Peter Parker’s adoptive mother following the death of his parents. Together with Ben, May raised him as the son they never had. She instilled in Peter the values she holds dear: to do the right thing whenever possible, and being kind. She even keeps pictures of Peter as a child on her desk – how sentimental is that?
Aunt May continues to help the struggling residents of New York City even after she’s infected with the Devil’s Breath. On top of that, she also reassures Peter and tells him how proud she is of him. If Aunt May isn’t the epitome of a loving mother, we don’t know who is.
Game: Marvel’s Spider-Man
The Wholesome Mom – Elena Drake
Traits: Caring, Intelligent, Quick-witted
Why we love her:
It’s not easy being a hardworking wife while supporting your adventure-hungry husband (not to mention saving him from the occasional hiccup), but Elena Fisher does it all – and she has a job outside of the whole treasure hunting part.
All that love and support has done wonders for her family. 11 to 13 years after the events of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Elena and Nate are still happily married and even have a daughter, Cassie. We’ve no doubt that Elena’s been a wonderful mom to Cassie.
Game: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
The Overprotective Mom – Freya
Why we love her:
We all have that one friend whose mother is way too protective and thinks she knows what’s best for her child (no offense!). Freya is that mother in the gaming universe. In God of War, Freya dotes on her only son, Baldur – also the main antagonist – and becomes paranoid when she learns of a prophecy foretelling his unnecessary death.
In an attempt to prevent destiny from happening, Freya places a curse on him that renders him invulnerable to everything – but he also loses the ability to physically feel anything, including taste. Even when Baldur expressed his fury at his loss, Freya refused to reveal that there was a way to lift her spell – she lied that she didn’t know how. Only a mother’s love gone too far could blind her to Baldur’s suffering.
Her son is her world, and we’re sure most mothers would agree. Unlike the others on this list, Freya isn’t exactly the best of moms – but she embodies a very human aspect of a mother’s love, and we love her for reflecting that truth.
Game: God of War Digital Deluxe Edition