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Edna Marie "E" Mode is a fictional character who appears in Pixar’s animated superhero film The Incredibles (2004). She is an eccentric fashion designer renowned for designing and creating the costumes of several famous superheroes before they are all forced to retire, having worked particularly closely with the superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl (Bob and Helen Parr), both of whom she has maintained a close friendship with. When the couple resumes their superheroic careers after several years of inactivity, Edna is summoned out of retirement to assist both characters, first by equipping Mr. Incredible with a new super suit and then by restoring Elastigirl's confidence in herself as a superheroine.
Edna was created for the film by screenwriter and director Brad Bird to explain how superheroes obtain their costumes, a topic he believes is rarely explored in superhero films. Bird also decided to voice the character himself after several actresses considered for the role experienced difficulty replicating Edna’s unique accent. The director understood that, in addition to demonstrating fashion expertise, the character would also need to be proficient in the fields of science, engineering and technology in order to create costumes capable of withstanding the trials of superhero activity. Inspired by Q from the James Bond franchise, Edna is believed to have been based primarily on costume designer Edith Head, although there has been constant speculation as to whether or not other real-life celebrities inspired Edna, particularly Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and actress Linda Hunt.
Despite having only a supporting role in the film, Edna has since established herself as The Incredibles' breakout character due to her popularity. While film critics agree that Edna is a scene-stealer, Bird has also received considerable praise for his voice acting, earning an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production for his performance. Edna has been called one of Pixar's greatest characters by several media publications, and is expected to appear in the film's upcoming sequel, Incredibles 2 (2018).