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Not gonna rest until I've put down every last Ridden.
— Mom

Chris, who is primarily referred to as Mom, is one of the eight playable Cleaners in Back 4 Blood. She is the tough and caring second-in-command of Fort Hope.

Official description

The only person surprised that Mom became the voice of survivors in Finleyville was herself. She's never shirked from a challenge and always puts the needs of others over her own. Still, for one who's used to bucking authority, her newfound responsibility sometimes weighs uneasily on her. Although she has faith in her Cleaners, Mom has questioned other leaders' strategies on more than one occasion, especially since the death of her son. Mom's goal is simple, make the Ridden pay.[1]

Traits

The following traits are being granted to Mom with her Cleaners card:

TOUGH LOVE Team Effect
Mom can instantly revive an incapacitated teammate once per level.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS
+ 1 Team Extra Life

DEN MOTHER
+ 1 Support Inventory

KILL THE PAIN
Start with Pain Meds

Personality

Mom, based on her name, is a tough person. She knows how to deal with situations and resolve problems that arises. She won't stand for any disrespect, but is silver-tongued, meaning she knows exactly what to say.

Developer comments

In the video "Back 4 Blood - Breakdown of All 8 Playable Characters (Meet the Cleaners)"[2] by media news outlet IGN lead writer Simon Mackenzie and co-founder and creative director Phil Robb at Turtle Rock Studios did a breakdown of all eight playable Cleaners in Back 4 Blood.

The following quotes are shortened versions of the comments they've made about Mom's character:

Mom is actually second in command at Fort Hope.
She's a very strong personality. She was a very strong personality in our local areas where we built up the lore.
And it's like the military characters [e. g. Walker] that we have and she kind of represents the civilians and because of her strong personality and "No shit."-attitude, the civilians kind of look to her to be their voice.
— Simon Mackenzie, Lead Writer at Turtle Rock Studios

She's definitely a character that has a "seen that, done that"-attitude. She's done a lot of stuff in her life.
And not all of it I would say would be mainstream - she's kind of almost a counter-culture type of character.
— Phil Robb, Co-Founder/Creative Director at Turtle Rock Studios

It's started off like a friend of mine called "Crazy" who's like a biker and kind of midwest tattoo artist and who had a very interesting life. That was the starting point and I built on that.
I really wanted that kind of character represented not in the way it's usually represented in video games.
Like sort of a bad person but someone who's there. Who does care about the community and represents that voice.
— Simon Mackenzie, Lead Writer at Turtle Rock Studios

In the recent "Turtle Rock Studios Back 4 Blood Art Blast"[3] on artstation.com character concept artist Gue Yang shared information about the design of Mom's appeareance.

Mom initially was meant to be more of a Hell's Angle biker like design, she also had tons of hair styles during concepting.
— Gue Yang, Character Concept Artist

Gallery

Sources

  1. Official description from the official Back 4 Blood website.
  2. "Back 4 Blood - Breakdown of All 8 Playable Characters (Meet the Cleaners)" by IGN article and YouTube video.
  3. "Turtle Rock Studios Back 4 Blood Art Blast" on artstation.[1]
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