In the core series games
The player's mother, often referred to informally as mom (Japanese: ママ mom), is a character in every core series Pokémon game. Although different each time, she will always be the one to see her child off on his or her journey with his or her starter Pokémon.
When players speaks to their mother, she will heal the party, except in Johto, where the player must instead use the healing machine in Professor Elm's lab. The player's mother may also do several other things specific to the game. When the player is setting off on his or her journey as a Pokémon Trainer, the player's mother will typically give him/her the Running Shoes as a gift, either in person or via a messenger, reading the provided instructions as well.
In side series games
- Main article: Lily (XD)
In Almia, the mother of Kellyn or Kate exchanges letters with their family as they attend Ranger School. The family later moves to Chicole Village to be closer to Kellyn or Kate. She also bought the books on the bookshelf. The mother doesn't do much besides look after her youngest child and take care of the player's inactive partner Pokémon. She later has the player perform a Quest where she asks the player to read a recipe off the fridge for her while she cooks.
In the anime
In the main series
In the Pokémon anime, each of the main characters which have a player character counterpart have had their mother introduced except for Jimmy and Marina. Unlike the mothers in the games, however, all of them lead a moderately more active lifestyle.
Delia, Ash's mother, is introduced in the very first episode and is shown to travel to some of the Pokémon League competitions that her son takes part in. She also has her own Pokémon, a Mr. Mime nicknamed Mimey, which cleans the house for her.
Lola, Brock's mother, was, for a time, running the Pewter Gym while Brock was traveling with Ash on his journey. She is an adept Trainer, however her insistence on using Water-type Pokémon—including attempting to shift Pewter City's Gym's traditional type from Rock to Water—is something she and Brock have butted heads over.
Caroline, the mother of May and Max, is a big supporter of May in her quest to become a Top Coordinator, even traveling long distancies to watch her daughter compete in the Hoenn Grand Festival. Unlike her game counterpart, however, she lives in Petalburg City.
Johanna, Dawn's mother, apparently lives life very similarly to her own game counterpart. She has a Glameow and an Umbreon, and is a former winner of the Sinnoh Grand Festival. Dawn grew up inspired by her achievements and decided to become a Coordinator like her mother.
In Pokémon Origins
In Pokémon Origins, Red's mother appeared in File 1: Red, telling him that the device Professor Oak was working on was now ready and that the Professor wanted to see him in his lab, which caused Red to fall down the stairs in excitement. She asked if he was okay before he rushed out the door.
In the manga
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga
Hazel's mother and father are mentioned, but are never shown.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Gold's mother makes an appearance in the beginning of the Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter. She often nags him about his messy hairstyle, calling it "explosive". She is based on the mother from Generation II.
Emerald's mother and father have been stated to be deceased, making him an orphan.
Whitley's mother is a former member of Team Plasma. She was seen accompanying her to her first day at Aspertia City's Trainers' School. She decided to switch Whitley's school in order to cut off all connections with her past as a Team Plasma member. She is based on the mother from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2.
Y's mother is Grace, a famous and very successful Rhyhorn racer. Her relationship with her daughter is not very good, since Y wishes to become a Sky Trainer against her mother's wishes. Grace also voluntarily takes care of X, since his parents are in a faraway region due to their work.
These Pokémon are raised by Gold's mother. Due to the large amount of Pokémon she raises, their home is known as "the Poké-house".
In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga
In Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All, Shu's father is an inventor who created the Income, a device which Shu uses to communicate with his Pikachu. Shu's father has spent the last five years of his life attempting to capture Mew.
Shu's mother has appeared in the manga as well.
In the TCG
This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring a mother or her Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
|Mom's Kindness||Su||Majestic Dawn||83/100||Torterra/Infernape/Empoleon Half Deck|
|Giratina/Dialga Half Deck||013/014|
|Piplup/Pikachu Half Deck||015/015|
|Arceus LV.X Deck: Grass & Fire||017/017|
|Arceus LV.X Deck: Lightning & Psychic||017/017|
- Generation V is the only generation that introduced two different mother characters for each set of players. However, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 are not the first games in which two mother characters are accessible since Red's mother can be visited in Pallet Town in the Generation II games and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.
- Although Red's mother has blue hair in the core series games, his mother has brown hair in Pokémon Origins.
- In Pokémon Gold and Silver, there's leftover code that allows the player to name their mother. A control character displays the mother's name but it is never used. However, the memory address for the mother's name is written to with the player's name as a means of copying the player's name back after the Dude's catching tutorial ends (as the player's name is temporarily replaced with Dude). This mechanic is similar to how watching the old man's demonstration in the Generation I games causes the player's name to be stored in the wild Pokémon encounter data until after it's finished.
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