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Simply put, this article is about the word "motherfucker."

This is one of the Seven Dirty Words, and about the worst insult for a man. (For women, see Country Matters.) Yep, it's telling him he committed Parental Incest, with the female one, and is about the worst thinkable insult, because Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas.

Interestingly, the Mother of All Bombs can have a completely different meaning. "Bad motherfucker", in the right context, is not an insult, but means Badass. And if the speaker has N-Word Privileges, they might even use it as a generic expletive for anything, like in "back dat pussy, she a muh-fuckuh" and "hotter than a muh-fuckuh out here".

The form "mofo" is sometimes used in text and speech. The pronunciation "muh-fuckuh" softens it slightly, but only really works for people with N-Word Privileges, as stated above.

Examples of Mother F-Bomb include:

Anime and Manga



 Oedipus: Hey Josephus!

Josephus: Hey motherfucker!


 Jules Winfield: Say "what" again! Say "what" AGAIN! I dare, you, I double dare you, motherfucker! SAY "WHAT" ONE MORE GODDAMN TIME!

Jules Winfield: Oh, you're ready to blow? Well, I'm a mushroom-cloud-laying motherfucker, motherfucker!

  • Samuel L. Jackson again in Snakes on a Plane: "Enough is enough, I've had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!" In fact, his association with the word is the only reason the line exists: it was an internet meme that developed after the title and cast were announced, and studio execs basically decided to Throw It In as everyone was expecting it anyway.
  • The theme from Shaft

 They say this cat Shaft is a bad Mother --

Shut your mouth!

But I'm talking 'bout Shaft

Then we can dig it!


Live Action Television



 Motherfucker, uh!


 I'm looking for a mother that will get me high

Just a stupid motherfucker if I die, I die



  • On Radio Caroline's 1977 New Year show, Dutch DJ Marc Jacobs responded to a ribbing by another DJ with the words "You motherfucker!" Jacobs later apologised on air, but since Caroline was a pirate station there were no official reprisals.

Stand Up Comedy

Video Games

  • Washington from House of the Dead: Overkill refers to every character in the game as a motherfucker. ...Except for the one guy who actually might have fucked his mother.
  • This is actually the very first swearword in Brutal Legend; the game even asks at this point whether it should bleep expletives out, not any sooner.

Web Comics


 Woman: Welcome home, hon... What's wrong?

Guy: We have to leave town again, mom, they're onto us.


Web Original

Western Animation