Mrs. Claus

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    The wife of Santa Claus in many stories. She's often portrayed as a kind, elderly matron who helps her husband and the elves in various ways, whether it's cooking delicious meals (possibly the stated reason why Santa is so fat), or even helping supervise the toy factory.

    Her origins are as varied as those of her husband, but regardless of how she begins, she usually ends up as a Granny Classic.

    Her outfit is typically a red and white version of the classic granny dress. Sometimes the red is replaced with green, to complement her husband's outfit, and complete the Christmas theme. Rarely will she ever wear a "Happy Holidays" Dress, and especially not a Sexy Santa Dress (unless she is crossed with Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!). Still, ladies who are merely dressing as Mrs. Claus will often wear those dresses when paired with a guy dressed as Santa, especially a Mall Santa.

    Compare Cool Old Lady, Fairy Godmother.

    Examples of Mrs. Claus include:

    Comic Books

    • Mrs. Kringle from Jingle Belle is a notable exception from the Granny Classic archetype (something which is occasionally lampshaded in the comic). She's a Hot Mom elf queen who prefers aristocratic garments to aprons.

    Film - Animated

    • Imelda Staunton plays the role in Arthur Christmas as a hyper-competent organizer who handles the political end of the Santa Claus operation(she mentions a "treaty with Greenland").

    Film — Live Action

    Live-Action TV


    Newspaper Comics

    • In one arc on Peanuts, Sally thinks that Santa Claus is a Mrs. Claus, named Samantha Claus. Charlie Brown teases Sally at one point, asking, "Does Samantha Claus say 'Ho, ho, ho," or does she just smile daintily?"
      • In another arc Sally decides she wants to write to Mrs. Claus instead of Santa, and Charlie Brown says that he thinks her name is "Mary Christmas." Sally is intrigued.

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    • In the Christmas parade at Disneyland, Mrs. Claus is in charge of the mail room where the letters to Santa come in.
    • In the Deep 7 role-playing game "Santa's Soldiers," Mrs. Claus is the grandmotherly-appearing and very deadly head of the the paramilitary elf branch. No one knows her true story, no one wants to ask. And should you cross her, she will "kick your jingly elf ass from one end of the workshop to the other."


    Video Games

    • Mrs. Claus is summonable item in both Scribblenauts games. While she doesn't give out presents like her husband, during the level in the first game where you have to "return the favor to Santa" (by giving him something he likes as a gift), she is a solution. D'aww.
    • The Holiday packs for The Sims 2 has a Mrs. Claus dress that is trimmed with white fur, thus is decorated enough to count as a "Happy Holidays" Dress.


    • Appears in Sluggy Freelance. She takes over from Santa when he's infected by alien DNA, including battling Bun-Bun with twin Uzis. She is also taken hostage by Bun-Bun during the Holiday Wars arc, and eventually helps trick him into using the Deus Egg Machina.

    Western Animation