Verrone’s real mother was actually named Edna Miller, and Mom was originally going to be named Edna, but, as Groening himself said on Reddit: “Patric Verrone wrote the episode in which Mom first appeared, and he named her Edna Miller (his mother’s name). We changed the first name to Carol, so there you go. Another useless Futurama factoid! Sincerely yours, Matt.”
As simple as that.
Although no one on “Futurama” has confirmed this, Mom appears to be physically modeled after Mary Anne Trump, the mother of Donald Trump. Photos of Mary Anne typically see her grimacing in what looks like wicked glee and sporting a massive, poofy hairdo, very much like Mom’s. Multiple articles written years ago posited Mary Anne’s influence on the blustering idiot tycoon, so she was a known pop culture presence long before Donald thought he should get into politics. Mary Anne died in 2000, shortly after the premiere of “Futurama,” so the show’s animators likely knew who she was and what she looked like. Her amoral, Trumpian behavior on the show certainly bears this out.
Of course, if Patric Verrone named a supervillain after his own mother, one might begin to wonder what sort of relationship the two shared. Was it antagonistic, or would Edna Miller have found the homage flattering and funny?
“Futurama” recently relaunched after its third cancelation several years ago. The entire cast has returned, including MacNeille as Mom. Whether or not Mom’s real name will finally be mentioned in dialogue remains to be seen. For now, it is only a piece of trivia for fans to note.