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Mabel "Madea" Simmons is the matriach and main protagonist of the numerous "Madea" films. She is Tyler Perry's most famous character. She has 4 brothers, Frederick, Joe, Heathrow, and Willie, who she briefly married and one sister, Irene. She has 3 children, Michelle, William, and Cora. She first appears in in the 1999 play, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself".

Character history

Madea has had 9 husbands by killing them either by shooting them or poisoning them with sweet potato pie. She has 3 children. Michelle and William's dad is Johnny Simmons, Cora thought that was her dad until Madea's Class Reunion.

Michelle, who is mentioned in I Can Do Bad All By Myself: The Play, has 2 daughters, Vianne and Maylee. Maylee has a daughter, Keisha Griffin. In the play, Keisha is pregnant with Madea's great-great grandchild.

William who is mentioned in both, Diary of a Mad Black Woman play and movie, and Madea's Family Reunion: The Movie. He is married to Myrtle Jean and has 3 kids, Helen, Jackie and Gina, also a child who died at birth.

Cora, a devout christian mother. Her father is Mr. Brown, although it is revealed in Madea's Big Happy Family: The Movie that he isn't. She has 6 daughters, Lisa, Tina, Darlene, Robin, Laura, and Ellie.

Madea has a foster child named Nicki Grady. She also took care of Toni while her mom was in jail (Madea Goes to Jail The Play).

She also has 5 siblings, Irene, Frederick, Joe, Heathrow and Willie Humphrey. She has a niece, Vickie Simmons, who has 2 boys. Her sister, Irene Andrews has a son named Sonny Andrews and a daughter, Victoria Breaux, who has two daughters, Lisa Breaux and Vanessa Breaux Vanessa who has two children named Nima and Jonathan.

Madea's brother Joe has 2 children, Brian, an attorney who was married to Debrah has 2 children, Tiffany and Brian Jr. And Donna who is married to Isaac.

Madea's two cousins, Aunt Betty Ann Murphy (Bam) and an unknown cousin. The unknown sister had 2 children, Monroe, Gloria, and Shirley. Gloria has 2 kids with her ex-husband, Stewart. Bryson and Denise. Shirley had 4 kids, Joyce, Tammy, Kimberly and Byron. Shirley later died of cancer. Tammy had 2 children with her husband, Harold. Harold Jr. and Will. Kimberly was raped at the age of 12, which she had Byron Watkins who her mother took care of and led him to believe that Kimberly was his sister and she later had a son with her husband, Jason. Byron had a baby with a girl named Sabrina, his name is Byron Jr.

In A Madea Christmas the play, Madea and Aunt Bam help bring a torn family together. Madea has helped lots of people in lots of Tyler Perry Productions. She has even written her own book about her life.

In A Madea Christmas the movie, Madea goes with her niece, Eileen, to go to Alabama to surprise Eileen's daughter, Lacey due to her over-bearing, protective mentality. Little does Eileen know, Lacey gets married to a man named Connor whom she met at New York State. Lacey tries to hide the fact that her and Connor are married due to Eileen's bitterness for white men since Lacey's dad left Eileen to be with a white woman.


  • 1999, I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Play)
  • 2001, Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Play)
  • 2002, Madea's Family Reunion (Play)
  • 2003, Madea's Class Reunion (Play)
  • 2004, A Madea Christmas [(Movie) On TBN]
  • 2005, Madea Goes to Jail (Play)
  • 2005, Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Movie)
  • 2006, Madea's Family Reunion (Movie)
  • 2006-2022, Tyler Perry's House of Payne
  • 2008, Meet the Browns (Movie)
  • 2009, Madea Goes to Jail (Movie)
  • 2009, I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Movie)
  • 2010, Madea's Big Happy Family (Play)
  • 2011, Madea's Big Happy Family (Movie)
  • 2011, A Madea Christmas (Play)
  • 2012, Madea Gets a Job (Play)
  • 2012, Madea's Witness Protection (Movie)
  • 2013, A Madea Christmas (Movie)
  • 2015, Madea's Tough Love (Animated Movie)
  • 2016, Boo! A Madea Halloween (Movie)
  • 2017, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Movie)
  • 2019, A Madea's Family Funeral (Movie)
  • 2020, Madea’s Farwell Play
  • 2022, A Madea Homecoming (Movie)
  • Madea's Destination Wedding