Nate Wright's mother is the biological mother of both Nate and Ellen Wright, and the former wife of their father, Martin Wright, but they divorced.


She married Nate Wright's father, Marty Wright, at an unknown time. She gave birth to two children, Nate Wright and Ellen Wright. However, she divorced him either when Nate was a baby or when he was eight years old.

On March 4, 1991, Nate stated that his parents divorced three years prior to the strip. However, this leads to a continuity error in the May 11, 1997 strip, where Nate claims his parents divorced when he was very much younger. From there, she lived over two thousand miles away from her former family.

As a result, she rarely saw her children. Nate could only send a card every once in a while and a phone call. She also remarried to another man, though it is unknown what happened to her after that. Nate once wondered if she was willing to take custody of him due to his father's terrible cooking skills and reputation for handing out healthy foods on Halloween while keeping all the sugary candy to himself. One running gag shows Ellen and Nate asking Marty when he was going to get re-married. They often took pity on him every Valentine's Day.

The reason why she divorced from Nate's father is unknown. However, it is rumored that they divorced because they were arguing over what's best for Nate, buying things they should have, and what to hand out to kids on every Halloween. Since Nate's mom couldn't take it anymore, she moved out of the house. Indeed, Nate stated that the divorce was mostly her idea.

The reason why Nate's mom divorced his dad is most likely the same reasons as Nate's when he gets annoyed by his father, like laziness and not hard working.

This character will probably never appear in the comic again, though it's fun to imagine it. There has not yet been confirmation from Lincoln Pierce that he ever plans to reveal Nate's mom.


Behind the scenes

  • This individual is a rarely mentioned, off-screen character in the "Big Nate" comic strip. She was first mentioned on January 16, 1991.
  • A long-lasting rumor states that her first name is Sara, though there is no mention of this in the comic strips, the books, or by Lincoln Peirce himself.


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