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May 10th, 2009 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3, Polls

Today is Mother’s day, and people have been asking if there’d be anything special going on here today because of it. I didn’t have anything special planned, but I thought this might be a neat little thing to do.

Which of the main mothers of the MOTHER series is your favorite?

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POLL: Which of these is your favorite main mother in the MOTHER series?

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108 Comments to The Mothers of MOTHER

Burt said on May. 10, 2009

Who wouldn’t vote for Hinawa? The others are boring.

JoeWuzHere said on May. 10, 2009

ya, really

Big A2 said on May. 10, 2009

I voted Ness’s Mum. I always found the way she talked to her son… strange.

Poe said on May. 10, 2009

Ness’s mom would rather clean the toilet than talk to her darling son, who just happens to be thousands of miles away. What kind of mother is that?!

Deathbydumb said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa only because she did more than the other mothers

Shamu said on May. 10, 2009

I voted Ness’ Mom ’cause she prayed for her son while fighting with Giygas.

DiamondizedLucas said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa. Not only was she a good mother, but she was one of the Plotline staples…

Anon said on May. 10, 2009


My heart was wrenched pretty bad by Hinawa’s death. A big emotional moment of the plot.

Miles Vialpando (PK ELECTION) said on May. 10, 2009

Definitely Hinawa. Such an emotional part of Mother 3’s plot.

Leirin said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa, because she has an actual name. 😉

somaticdefilement said on May. 10, 2009

Don’t like Ness’ mom?
T-O-O B-A-D!

Aurilliux said on May. 10, 2009

I have to go with Ness’s mom, because she reminds me of my own mother much more than the other two.

IWontGetOvertheDam said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa. She has a name, a character. She shows true love for her children, unlike the first two moms, whose only purpose served as a free hotel. Not to mention the circumstances of her character.

bobrocks95 said on May. 10, 2009

Definitely Hinawa. I cried…. 🙁

Halfsan said on May. 10, 2009

I voted Ness’s mom. I mean, if not for her, Ness wouldn’t have the will to fight(as in getting homesick -_-). And she indirectly helps stop Giygas.

Though, I do love Hinawa, I woulda chosen her too, but I can only go with one, and Ness’s mom was it.

Ninten’s mom… ha, well, other than giving you food and rest, that’s pretty much all she’s good for. :I

Spitball Sparky said on May. 10, 2009

Ness’ mom. She’s just such a supportive lady to her little Ness. She’s not as emotion-based as Hinawa, but still enough so that Ness misses her and has to call home every now and then. Plus she arguably has the best dialogue of the three ladies. “Sure, you’re cool…whatever.”

Ninten’s mom get points for being the only one with two hairstyles.

Hinawa for all the obvious reasons.

Buy my vote goes to Ness’ mom. I wish I knew what her name was…

PikachuMan said on May. 10, 2009


I like the way that in Mother 3, she’s actually part of the story instead of just an extra.

hackeesackr said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa. She’s the only one that has more than 4 pixels for a smile. That’s my only reason, its not like some sort of tragedy happened involving her. Nope, not at all.

Tiradefaction said on May. 10, 2009

Definitely Hinawa, because she was a real character that had succumbed to tragic events. While the other two moms are good, they’re just stereotypical archetypical “home moms” without much depth.

Greenzsx87 said on May. 10, 2009

Ness’s mom’s dialogue was always very funny and very Motherly-esque. While I like the oter two, Hinawa was too perfect and never really had faults while Ness’s mom had an attitude. This is just my opinion though. I love the Mother Mothers! :D:D:D

Artek said on May. 10, 2009

I understand all of the reasons to support Hinawa, but I had to go Ness’s Mom simply because I never felt I had the chance to connect with Hinawa. the only time we ever see her alivve is at the beginning of the game for a short moment, whereas I’ve known Ness’s mom since the game was released some 14 years ago.

Phloio said on May. 10, 2009

Hell danm for Hinawa vote 8D, teh best momy XD

santiagoff said on May. 10, 2009

Ness’s mom all the way. She’s the sweetest of the three. I always thought Hinawa really didn’t care about Lucas , and you barely ever see Ninten’s mom.

WhatsHerFace said on May. 10, 2009

I do like Ness’s mom, if only because I found her sorta oddly funny, but I did like Hinawa, too. She’s probably the only mom that had a real impact on the story.
The other moms are just kinda…there.


zedrein said on May. 10, 2009

I now remember last year this time we were all crossing our fingers that MOTHER would be released on Mother’s day…of course, that was not to be.

Steven said on May. 10, 2009

I voted Ness’ mom, mostly because she is like the only one who actually is important in my opinion.

Hinawa is well…. you know…

and I haven’t played EB0 so I don’t know Ninten’s mom…

Doctor Icarus said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa definately. Ness’s mom always seemed in a real hurry to get off the phone, making up the same excuses over and over…

And in MOTHER, Ninten’s mom had horns. Who wouldn’t that turn off?

Deiphobus said on May. 10, 2009

ninten’s mom because she did the least.

Crashpro3 said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa, the rest of them are just, you know, “there”…

Mar said on May. 10, 2009


LeonardoGolden said on May. 10, 2009

everyone votes for hinawa because she died :\

Claus said on May. 10, 2009

I voted Ness’s mom because she has this cool thing about her that I can’t really explain in words.

linkdude20002001 said on May. 10, 2009

Isn’t Ninten’s mom’s name Carol? I seem to remember there being SOMEONE named Carol… Maybe it was Pippi’s mother…?

Godaigamer said on May. 10, 2009

Ness’ mom. Hinawa makes me depressed because I name the main family after my family, and I keep killing her off :(. That and Ness’ mom will feed him his favorite food over and over again.

Darien said on May. 10, 2009

Ness’ mom is the best. Hinawa’s a plot device; as Artek said, she just shows up and dies. We never spend any time with her, and never get to know her or gain any insight into her character. Frankly, I came out of Mother 3 with more of a connection to the Mole Cricket than to Hinawa.

darkhamsterlord said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa. Ninten’s mom is a close second though, simply because of one line in the game from your dad. “Just like your mom, you never wanna stop.”

Ninten’s mom NEVER wants to stop. Oh yeah.

Manaphy Fan said on May. 10, 2009

Hinawa because even though she died she was always guiding Lucas and she also helped in the final battle.

Ness’s mom was cool, but like someone else had mentioned, she always seemed to be in a rush to get off the phone.

ScottKO said on May. 10, 2009

I voted Hinawa because you actually care about her character…the other two aren’t very major characters in the game considering they never really get mentioned or play a major part in the storyline

Saturnome said on May. 10, 2009

Ninten’s mom! She have flesh hair!

Jupiter-x said on May. 10, 2009

what about Pippi’s mom? or Paula’s? or Pokey’s?

Mato said on May. 10, 2009

Don’t worry, they’ll have their turn.

Leirin said on May. 10, 2009

Jupiter-x, I think Mato was just trying to make a poll for the hero characters’ mothers.

Anonymous said on May. 10, 2009

Definitly voting for Ness’s mom. Ninten’s mom is pretty much a watered down version of Ness’s, and Hinawa feel more like a plot devices then a real mother, you barly know her at all.

Ness’s mom give us our favorite food every day, know what to say when we are feeling down (or homesick) and even cover us by feeding lies to our school while we are saving the world. And she did quite a lot of damages to the Ultimate Cosmic Destroyer, no less!

Lothis said on May. 11, 2009

I have to agree with what a lot of people are saying about Hinawa – she isn’t really around long enough to develop any important connection to the player. She is only ‘important’ as, well obviously as a plot device, but also as we spend time with Lucas, we really feel for the little guy for losing his mother.

As for Ninten’s mom… does anyone ever go and see her again after they leave Podunk? I know I didn’t.

My vote had to go to Ness’s mom. Like my own mom, always cleaning and supporting me, even when I’m just calling cause I’m home sick… that’s a mother.

Spitball Sparky said on May. 11, 2009


Pippi’s mom’s name is Lindgren.

the name of the game is Lightworks said on May. 11, 2009

Ness’s mom is funny and seems alot more human than Ninten’s or Hinawa. Hinawa is nice but seems more like an ideal than a person, I guess.

Queen Mary is my favourite mother in the series. It’s weird she isn’t listed – wasn’t story about her and Giegue why Itoi chose the name Mother?

Mushrooman said on May. 11, 2009

I voted Hinawa because even though you never get to know her, all of the flashbacks that lucas has and how upset he gets lets you know how good of a mother she was. also, Mother 3 made me think, how would ness or ninten had reacted if their mothers had been killed while they were childeren? I wonder if Ness would have ended up the same hero? on a side note, are you going to have a father’s day poll like this? if you are, you should put Jeff’s Dad on there, Just for the heck of it. (seriously how do you forget you had a son?)

the retard of epic proportions said on May. 11, 2009

@the name of the game is lightworks, No, Itoi chose the name MOTHER, because of the John Lennon song “Mother” Which happens to be one of my favorite songs by him.

Alxprit said on May. 11, 2009

I voted for Ness’s Mom because she’s perpetually happy and had a more prominant role than Ninten’s.

PSInesslove93 said on May. 11, 2009

Hinawa. i can’t describe exactly why, but there’s something about her that i really admire and like, compared to Ness’s mom and Ninten’s. I also think she feels more passionate towards her kids while the others are just… there (no offense). Maybe it’s just the fact that she experienced so much in general that it really got me, but that’s my vote.

FuzzyPicklez said on May. 11, 2009

Hinawa. Ninten’s mom didn’t even DO ANYTHING. At least Ness’ mom was important because Ness gets homesick a lot, and she delivered the penultimate blow to Giygas. Also, she let Ness skip school and tried to keep it a secret from his teacher. That’s just awesome. On the other hand, without Hinawa, MOTHER 3 just wouldn’t be the same. Yes, all you see of her is just the prologue and flashbacks, but she’s still awesome. Honestly, she gives you a Nut Bread when you ram into her and who could forget, “Then you can stay inside, in your pajamas, for the rest of your life.” You know, I disagree with Itoi. Rather than the Mole Cricket, I think of Hinawa as MOTHER 3’s Buzz Buzz. Buzz Buzz gave the Sound Stone to Ness, and then he died RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING. But if you look at a tombstone in Magicant, it says, “This is Buzz Buzz’s tombstone. He appeared earlier in the game and gave up the ghost before he achieved his goal.” Well, Hinawa certainly wasn’t forgotten, and though she only gave Lucas her love, it’s just the same; and if you think about it, isn’t MOTHER 3 Love Theme like MOTHER 3’s version of Eight Melodies?

Roido said on May. 11, 2009

Cause it reminds me to my mom(don’t worry she hasn’t died)becuz she is cherfull and she sacrificed herself for saving his kids
thats and admirable mother.

Roido said on May. 11, 2009

Cause it reminds me to my mom(don’t worry she hasn’t died),becuz she is cherfull and she sacrificed herself for saving his kids
thats and admirable mother.

Shroomdog said on May. 11, 2009

Hinawa, for pretty much all the reasons everyone else’s said, and because she reminds me of my own mum.

_oMeGa_ said on May. 11, 2009

Ness’s mom is smokin’.

the name of the game is Lightworks said on May. 11, 2009

retard: I know that, but the name was also chosen because it fits with the theme of the games, wasn’t it? I don’t think it was just chosen whimsically. One of the biggest themes of the first games, anyway, is a mother’s love.

The others not so much, but everything starts with the first game and the story about Giegue and Maria – and the third game does have Hinawa.

FUN FACTOID: John Lennon called Yoko Ono “mother”. Weird or what?

UltiMario1337 said on May. 11, 2009

Ninten’s Mom: You see her once and never again. She only says 2 lines the entire game. Free hotel.

Ness’ Mom: Lines change often. She helps you get rid of homesickness. She prays for you in the Giygas fight. Free hotel.

Hinawa: Tons of dialog. More character development. Dies in the first chapter, but continues to be a main character. No longer a free hotel.

I’ve gotta go with Hinawa.

wants_latios_lots said on May. 11, 2009

I think I’m gonna have to vote for Hinawa, but I do have to give props to Ness’s mom. She seems very, I dunno, mom-ish. I like the letter at the end where she says something to the effect of “I heard you were fighting some evil space guy. WHat was his name, Googi?”

It seems like a real mom; she doesn’t fully understand what you’re doing, but she supports you anyway. I think it’s because Ness is thirteen-ish that the relationship is different. Hinawa is a purely loving person, and makes the game very emotional (sunflowers), but because Lucas is so young, you can’t really see a full side of her.

Hg-Mike said on May. 12, 2009

Hinawa, in my opinion… only because I cried in … that scene

…and also because there was no Pockey’s Mother option ¬¬… she IS the best mother of the Mother series XD (… poor buzz buzz .-.) XDDD

motherfan said on May. 12, 2009

Hinawa, because she saved Lucas and Clause.

Master of Ramen said on May. 12, 2009

Hinawa? Wow, didn’t see that coming. God, how many of you have played EarthBound Zero, EarthBound, and Mother 3 before you voted?

M-Warrior said on May. 13, 2009

Hinawa. Since she was actually important and had more personality.
Also, she doesn’t have a creepy looking sprite like the other two.

Tsukihime said on May. 13, 2009

Ness’ Mom is the best! No need to explain!

motherfan said on May. 13, 2009

Opps, I spelled Claus wrong. lol

motherfan said on May. 13, 2009

lol again!! I did the 64th comment!

NamelessFriend said on May. 13, 2009

Hinawa? Tons of dialogue? Except in the prologue and the final battle, when does Hinawa says a word?
Ness’s mom is my favorite.

ZEROGRAVITY-A01! said on May. 13, 2009

Hinawa. Definitely her. She’s the sweetest mom we should have.

MagusDuality said on May. 13, 2009

Hinawa simply had much more significance than the other mothers listed. She was a central point to the plotline of Mother 3.

What I’m wondering is why isn’t Queen Mary listed? She’s really the reason for the series’ name. I’d pick her if she was listed.

ULTD8 said on May. 14, 2009

Ness’ mom. I think Hinawa was an even shallower mother than Ness’ mom, just kinda the usual love-your-kids-so-hard mom, which is neat, but to be expected (most of her personality comes from Lucas’ love for her, I think) whereas Ness’ mom is somehow way more realistic; kinda ditsy, sweet, house-cleaning, calls Giygas “Googi”, and generally seems to think that Ness is just out enjoying himself or something. I love the line at the start, “Ness, you don’t seem scared. Are you nuts?”

RCat said on May. 20, 2009

I notice that the people who voted for Ness’s mom tend to say that there wasn’t enough time for you to connect with Hinawa, yet the people who did vote for Hinawa were able to connect with her just fine. Differing attachment rates are very interesting. It does make me wonder, though, how the former group feels about Buzz Buzz.

PsychoKinesisMusic said on May. 27, 2009

Well, TOO BAD I picked Ness’s mom because she is a mother, that’s funny

ZX Lucian said on May. 29, 2009

Ninten’s mom. Why? Because I wanted to be unique. And I find it strangely amusing how she doesn’t do anything at the beginning of the game.

Sum Randyiom Guie said on May. 30, 2009

I think Hinawa is OK but she is overated because she died now i like hinawa but Ness mom was cool i have a message 4 Hinawa T-O-O B-A-D

HazyShadows said on May. 30, 2009

I’m going with Hinawa.
She (Debateably) played a bigger role than any of the other moms, and as to her fate.. you’ll need to play Mother 3.

Awesome Ring said on May. 30, 2009

Tracy’s mom has got it goin’ on.

runaway dude said on Jun. 6, 2009

I voted for Hinawa, beacuse she is a great person and sweet with her family, and then she have a name.

Garlar said on Jun. 8, 2009

Ness’ mom and her TOO BAD attitude never fail to make me laugh 8D

Thenumber1yoshi said on Jun. 22, 2009

For Me its a toss up between Ness’s mother and Hinawa. Ness’s mom was pretty funny at times, also I don’t know too many mothers who let their children just eat their favorite food and go straight to bed. Then again she didn’t really have any other things going for her other than a few quirky lines, and serving Ness his favorite food being like a free hotel, though I have to say I have to thank her for being able to cure Ness’s annoying homesickness condition though still it really gets annoying to have to call her at the worst possible times.

Hinawa has more involvement and is more major in the game’s story being and being a kind a gentle soul *spoilers* and without her the last fight would have been unwinable. But this is only because she is the only Mother in the series to be given more involvment in the story than the other two, if the other mothers had been just as much involvemnent story wise it might be different, also they didn’t really give enough time to give the player an emotional attchment to her, I didn’t really cry when she died, I hardly had any time getting to know her in the story. I know there are some flashbacks but they’re are hardly any of them and most are portrayed as more of a way to guide you in the right direction than to gain emotional attachments. I kind of feel the same way with Lucas’s fight with Claus. There were hardly any flashbacks between the two. My beta reader who was giving Me story advice once said you need to show a lot of the character and their relationship from the past because if you don’t then when it comes down to it they won’t really feel the struggle the person in your story is having, and I really didn’t cry when I reached it.

Anyways, I do like that she is more involved than the other Mothers though.

Though yeah Ninten’s mother could have really been used as more than just a basic recover for free stop.

Masked Lucas said on Jun. 25, 2009

I vote for Hinawa, I mean come on, she’s super sweet, the reason for Lucas’ Bravery, *SPOILERS* the reason Claus is Masked, the plot machine, and she gave faith to both of her children all the time and *SPOILERS* During the last battle.

Ninten’s Mom, All she does is free hotel you, with no concern whatsoever.

Ness’ Mom,Well yeah she’s supportive, but only free hotels you, and helps with giygas, cures homesickness
and Desperately goes out of the phone when you talk to her. HINAWA FOR ALL THE WAI!

Masked Lucas said on Jun. 25, 2009

I mean Hinawa All the wai! i didn’t notice the For. XP

Koyuki said on Jul. 1, 2009

Hinawa, definately Hinawa. How could you not love Hinawa?! She’s a sweet, endearing character. She’s a caring, gentle person who cares about everyone. And apparently she teases Flint in one flashback…. She’s got a character and moves the storyline. She’s really all that you could ask of a story character: she’s endearing, lovable, memorable, leaves a lasting impression, and she moves the story along. She definately is the best of the three.

Not to say Ness’ mom isn’t awesome, it’s just… Hinawa is more awesome….

Lucas said on Jul. 13, 2009

My mother… *sniff*

PKSTARMAN said on Jul. 16, 2009

Ness’mom. I liked how she talked to her son “You want some steak?” “You dont like Steak Pokey?” “T.O.O.B.A.D”

ness master said on Nov. 11, 2009

Nintens mom because she is more important no her no mother series.

PKFighter201 said on Nov. 14, 2009

Hinawa, for being the first to die, and aids Lucas throughout his journey!

;_; Its so sad

someguywholikesmotherseriesalot said on Nov. 30, 2009

Hinawa because she had a bigger role and was mostly in the last battle of mother 3. god its sad game

Marc said on Dec. 8, 2009

Ness mom because shes so cool that youll get homesick if you dont call her and shes funny

Ilana_ said on Dec. 8, 2009

I voted Ness’s mom cause i think, deep inside, she is a good mom. She really cares for her son, and just because she didn’t stop him to enter in a dangerous and horrible journey (this is pretty cool, in a certain way XDD) it doesn’t make her a bad mom, she just realized that it’s his son’s duty. And i think she talks so sweetly to him! It’s so cute!

And, anyway, the game is almost for her: MOTHER. ;D

Stroble said on Dec. 29, 2009

Ness’s mom. She’s pretty interesting for the time that she’s important, and unfortunately I have not played EB0 yet (though I intend to, there’s this thing called procrastination. You should try that sometime, but it doesn’t have to be soon if you don’t want it to be). Hinawa always felt like more of a plot point than a person to me- you don’t even see her in chapter 1. Her whole personality is “Good, loving person, no flaws or anything.”

That’s not a mother, that’s a robot who learned to love, and nothing else.

Some guy...gas said on Jan. 8, 2010

I sort of hated Ness’s mom since I had to call her all the time to avoid homesickness and she served absolutely no purpose. Although, she prayed for the safety of her child!! As for Hinawa, she’s the same as all the mothers except you can’t call her…

I choose a Ness’s mom, by a close call.

ghostgirl21696 said on Feb. 10, 2010

Hinawa. she defended her sons, and made sure they didn’t do any thing stupid(like kill each other) and the other two let their sons go off and nearly get killed on a number of occasions.(Ness mom even made him open the door despites who it could have been.

Ilana_ said on Mar. 12, 2010

Kinda makes sense since he is one of the most powerful persons in the world(the other ones are his friends)and she is just a… mom. XDDD

BLMNDEF said on Aug. 7, 2010

Ness’s mom because he’s Ana

Speedy_Fox_IV said on Sep. 17, 2010

I voted Hinawa, not because of the tragic events at the start of the game but due to her involvement in the final battle. Now that teally touched me.

The Famous Aqua Dragon said on Nov. 14, 2010

Ness’ mom, She’s the adult Ana. Also, If you don’t call her, you can’t call Tracy/Escargo Express. Plus, she cures Ness’ homesickNess.

Youjo said on Dec. 2, 2010

A hard one between Ness’ mom and Lucas’ mom. Nothing against Ninten’s mom. I just don’t know her.

I’ll go with Ness’ mom because she use to be a model!

PSI rockin' said on Jan. 27, 2011

Ninten’s mom, she gave birth to my favorite charater (Beside Lloyd and Ana, I don’t like Teddy that much)

starwars890 said on May. 15, 2011

Ness’s mom, ’cause she took the time to enjoy steak with her son whenever he stopped by, even when Onett was invaded, at the risk of being vaporized by the aliens outside.

You know a mother’s caring when she can do that.

And yes, when talking to Ness on the phone she said she had to do something else, but wouldn’t the place be busier with Ness gone 24/7?

And one last thing,
During the fight with Giygas, when she prays,
it proves something:

Nothing’s stronger than a mother’s love..

AND, that’s also one reason I think the series is known as the “MOTHER” series..

ghoulbuster said on Aug. 12, 2011

i have noticed that ninten’s mom and ness’s mom look like the same……

Lucas said on Feb. 29, 2012

“Then you can stay inside for the rest of your life.”

Username? What's that? said on May. 15, 2012

Does anyone esle wonder why Lucas has blond hair in a brown hair family?

coffees brother said on May. 22, 2012

hinawa shows up then dies, she becomes more important when she is dead

357 said on Jun. 20, 2012

ness’s mom or hinawa ichoose ness’s mom what you don’t like ness’s mom well T-O-O B-A-D

TheDreaminghawk said on Jul. 13, 2012

Ninten’s mom, because she has devil horns. (In the uncensored version of Mother)

Kraken of the sea said on Nov. 17, 2012

Anybody vote for Ninten’s Mom? 😛

I vote for Ness’s Mom

PSIcicle said on Nov. 17, 2012

Hinawa. She’s actually more of a contributer to the story in MOTHER 3.

Just call me daddy! said on Jan. 31, 2013

Ness’s Mom must be flippin’ rich! I mean to be able to have steak whenever you want is really saying something.

Zen said on Jun. 12, 2013

I think ness’s mom is my fav. cause she cures homesickness and makes me feel like its MY mom talking


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