16 sci-fi and fantasy orphans who could use a hug from Mom

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 17, 2012

This weekend, those of us lucky enough to have our mothers in our lives will celebrate Mother's Day ... but there are a whole mess of beloved genre characters who'll never get to do so (provided they live in a story universe where Mother's Day is a thing). So here are some heroes who could probably use a cuddle this coming Sunday.

Some of these cats, like Harry Potter, never knew their mothers, while others were forced to let their parents go—occasionally, in the most brutal way possible (sorry, Bruce Wayne). But they all have something in common: They wouldn't be the heroes they are if tragedy hadn't touched them at so young an age.