Nate Wright's mother was the wife of Martin Earl Wright, now divorced.


She married Nate Wright's father, Marty Wright, at an unknown time. and she gave birth to two children, Nate Wright and Ellen Wright. However, she divorced him at an unknown period. 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 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, though it is unknown what happened to her after that. Nate once wondered if Mom was willing to take custody of him due to his father's terrible cooking skills. 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 probably what's about Dad that annoy's Nate these days.


Behind the Scenes

This individual is a rarely mentioned, off-screen character in the "Big Nate" comic strip. She was first mentioned on March 4, 1991. She is possibly forty years old like Martin.

A long-lasting rumor has lasted that her name is Sara, though there is evidence sufficient to prove this is a false trail.


  • Big Nate comic strip

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