Consider "The Terminator" series, beginning with its first edition in 1984. The premise: Mankind's survival is tethered to an über mother figure. No virginal Madonna this, Linda Hamilton's Sarah Connor is a sexy single waitress, not with child at the moment but very much with a mind of her own. Schwarzenegger's Terminator is sent back from the future to destroy her, possible boyfriend material Kyle Reese is transported back to protect her, but Sarah soon figures out she has to take care of herself.
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