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Punishment is good.
~ Mother Superior

Mother Superior is a major antagonist of Silent Night, Deadly Night. She is a sadistic and abusive head nun at an orphanage who is obsessed with divine punishment. She believes a firm hand and physical abuse can solve all problems with children, which creating two serial killers in adulthood. She also appears in the sequel Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 once again as a major antagonist.



When young Billy Chapman is sent to his room as punishment for drawing a violent picture of Santa and his reindeer getting killed in class, Sister Margret, one of the nuns under Mother Superior's authority, tries to defend Billy, saying that his behavior is a result of his parent's murder around Christmas time by a man dressed as Santa Claus. Mother Superior ridicules her and says that she will take care of Billy's problem behavior.

Later, Sister Margret takes pity on Billy and allows him to come out of his room to play outside. Billy wanders off and sees two teenagers having sex. Mother Superior finds them a short time later and beats the couple. She then tells Billy that punishment for naughty behavior is absolute, necessary, wholesome, and good. Despite Sister Margaret trying to take the blame for Billy leaving his room, Mother Superior beats Billy and tells him to go to bed.

That night, Billy has a nightmare and wakes up screaming and runs out of bed. Mother Superior ties him in bed so that he can't get up again.

The next morning is Christmas Day. When Billy is told to sit on Santa Claus' lap to thank him for his gifts, Billy gets scared and punches him in the face.

Silent Night, Deadly Night

Billy, now an adult, gets a job at a toy store where he has to dress up as Santa. He then thinks he is Santa, and with Mother Superior's teachings of punishment is good and his grandfather says Santa punishes naughty people, he goes on a murder spree, killing any "naughty" people. Mother Superior, now wheelchair-bound, is informed about the murders and is told that Billy is coming to the orphanage. She locks the doors and tries to calm the children with music.

Soon Billy arrives and is let in by a child thinking that Billy is Santa Claus. Mother Superior guards the children and confronts Billy. Billy tries to kill her but is shot dead. Ricky then glares angrily at her and vows to get revenge on her for his big brother.

Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2

Mother Superior is retired now and has suffered a stroke. She lives in a house all alone. Christmas Eve night, Billy's brother, Ricky, comes to kill Mother Superior and exact revenge on her for his brother. After a long chase, Mother Superior tries to talk Ricky down with firm words. However, Ricky ignores her words and cuts off her head. In the end, Mother Superior dies by the hands of the very monster she created.



  • At first, the anti-hero of the film, Billy, is the protagonist, while the anti-villain, Mother Superior is the antagonist. Billy is seen as a little orphan boy with a tragic past, and Mother Superior is delusional, and unjustly mean, cruel, and abusive to him. But at the end, their roles are reversed. Billy is the antagonist and is the delusional one, and is set out to punish Mother Superior for what he deems "naughty behavior". Mother Superior becomes the protagonist, putting the lives of the children at the orphanage before her own and promising to protect them, even though she is wheelchair bound.
  • She is the Bigger Bad of the series since she is responsible for making both Billy and Ricky into serial killers because of her sadism. Therefore, she is one of the only victims of the series who deserved to die.