You have to do whats best for the company, and your momma.
~ Once-Ler's Mother manipulating Once-Ler

The Once-ler's Mother is a major antagonist of the 2012 adaptation of The Lorax.

She was voiced by Nasim Pedrad.  


The Once-Ler's mother is a greedy and failure-intolerant individual. She is somewhat manipulative and abusive, especially to Once-ler.  

She also has a lack of business insight since she never takes into account of reserving resources (the tree) to create a long and stable business instead her greed blinds her to the fact that she willing to pressure Once-ler to chop down all the tree until nothing left to make the business function. In the end, her greed and short-sighted contribute greatly to Once-ler downfall. 


The Once-Ler's mother helped cut down the trees and is the mother of Bret, Chet, and Once-ler. She is snobby, money-crazy, somewhat manipulative, selfish, and cruel to her youngest son.

She constantly belittles Once-ler, and was said he wouldn't amount to anything all his life. However, this wasn't the case when the Once-ler created and mass-produced the successful Thneed, which has become very popular.

Even when the Once-ler happily taunted his mother of his success as a businessman, she simply brushes this off by claiming that she was only motivating him into creating his business.

She is the one who convinced Once-ler's continue cutting down the trees, making her somewhat the true antagonist. Mostly its clear that she wants Once-ler to make the business more successful to keep her well kept. Once the last one falls, she says that she is disappointed and names Bret as her new favorite child (it is either because she was disappointed in her son for cutting down the last tree, that there are no more trees to cut down, or that Once-ler can't keep selling Thneeds). She is the only villain in the film to get away with her crime but without Once-ler's money, she has to live the less luxurious life again, indicating that she at least gets her karma.



  • Despite being a major antagonist of the film, she is a main factor that lead to most of the film's events.
  • Her real name is Isabella.
  • Her character seems to be much more hated by fans of the film than the film's main antagonist, Aloysius O'Hare, due to the fact that she is the one who made Once-ler destroyed the forest in the first place, as well as apparently contributing to his miserable life, making her the Bigger Bad of the film. Furthermore, O'hare rise to power is also thanked to her as the trees are the main factor that prevent O'hare fresh air business to be configurated in the first place. 


           Illumination Villains

Animated Features
Felonious Gru | Minions | Dr. Nefario | Victor 'Vector' Perkins | Mr. Perkins | Carlos | Easter Chicks | Aloysius O'Hare | Once-Ler | Morty and McGurk | Once-ler's Mother | Aunt Grizelda | Eduardo 'El Macho' Perez | El Pollito | Scarlet Overkill | Herb Overkill | Villain Con Villains | Snowball | Flushed Pets | Ozone | Mike | Bears | The Gorillas (Johnny's Father) | Dru Gru | Balthazar Bratt | Clive | The Grinch | Bowser | Koopa Troop