Tyler Perry as Madea: 5 Memorable Moments From the Film Franchise

7:30 AM 10/20/2017

by Courtney Idasetima

The queen of "hellers," "hallelujers" and "how ya durins" will be back on the big screen Friday in 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.'

'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween'
'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween'
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It’s been 12 years since Tyler Perry introduced the world to the sassy Mabel "Madea" Simmons in Diary of a Mad Black Women. She might be best described as the family member we never wanted, but also truly needed.

In honor of Madea's new film, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, The Hollywood Reporter looks back at some of her most memorable moments — and best quotes. While there are numerous moments to pick from, we pared the list down to five. Share your favorites in the comments below.

  • Diary of a Mad Black Women

    This was the start of the legacy! Diary of a Mad Black Women gave women an inside look to what it’s like to end an 18-year marriage caused by an affair with the help of your grandmother. When in doubt, Madea will be the first to do what she has to do to regardless of the reputations, even if that results in a call to the police. 

    Memorable quote: “I ain’t scared of no popo, call the popo hoe.”

  • Madea's Family Reunion

    In this scene, Madea stopped what could have been a domestically violent marriage in the sequel to Diary of a Mad Black Women by helping her family member get out of a sticky situation, and we're not talking about the grits.

    Memorable quote: "You can want all your life to help somebody, but if they don’t want to get help, it ain’t gonna happen. You listen to me. When you get tired of a man hitting on you honey, ain’t nothing you can do, but cook breakfast for him. Cook breakfast. Bring him into the kitchen and get you a big old pot of hot grits, and when it starts to boil like lava after he done got good and comfortable, you say good morning. Throw it right on him. Get you a pot like this, take it and throw it. And you need you a skillet with a nice good balance weight on it. You understand? And as you throw it, you swat. Throw it and swat. You hear me? Throw it and swat. Venus and Serena. That’s called grit ball.”

  • Madea Goes to Jail

    All jokes aside, although you can still go to jail without being read Miranda rights, everything said at the time of the arrest can’t be used by prosecutors in the court of law if police fail to read you the Miranda rights.

    Memorable quote: “I was waiting for Miranda to come in and nobody came in there. I was waiting for her. That’s right. Ain’t nobody Miranda me. Miranda wasn’t even in the room.”

  • I Can Do Bad All by Myself

    Madea teaches youth a lesson that they can’t get away with doing whatever they want, especially breaking into other’s homes, no matter what. 

    Memorable quote: “The lesson is simple, honey. You can ask people for stuff. You ain’t got to be breaking into their house trying to steal nothing. See what I’m feeding you? Out of the kindness of my heart, I’m doing the good Christian thing.”

  • Madea's Witness Protection

    Madea is reluctant to welcome into a house a family who has recently entered the Witness Protection Program. Upon learning she'll be making $4,000 a month if she agrees, she quickly changes her mind.

    Memorable quote: "You know what? I believe it would be the greatest Christianity thing I could do to help somebody in need. So I'm gonna go ahead and make up these sheets and clean up."