Today is Father’s Day in my neck of the woods, so in honour of all fathers, grandfathers, fathers-to-be and father figures today’s post is a list of some of my favourite fictional fathers.
So in no particular order, here they are;
1. Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks (Annie)
Agreeing to welcome an orphan into his home for a week to improve this rich guys image seemed like a good idea. Until that orphan came with a dog and was a GIRL! Whilst the relationship was full of awkward moments in the beginning, as they he got to know and care for Annie, Daddy Warbucks would do absolutely anything to see her happy, even give her up if her birth parents could be found. There’s no doubt that the father-daughter relationship that grew between Annie and Daddy Warbucks is one to stand the test of time.
2. Sirius Black (Harry Potter Series)
Sirius Black- Godfather of the century! There’s no doubt that the framed criminal would do anything for his Godson, Harry. Sirius would fight dragons, werewolves and trolls if he had to, just to keep Harry safe, he’s even willing to go up against the Dark Lord himself! Sirius made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting Harry, losing his own life to save his Godson.
3. Jamie Fraser (Outlander Series)
Jamie had a slightly unconventional initiation into the realm of fatherhood, firstly with the French orphan he renamed Fergus, then the little Lord who is unaware of his true paternity and his adult daughter Brianna. He is stepfather to Laoghaire’s daughters and also a wonderful uncle many times over, particularly close with his youngest nephew Ian. Whilst Jamie’s parenting style often considered old fashioned by Claire and Brianna (it’s not his fault though, he is after all an eighteenth century highlander), there is little doubt that he would do absolutely anything for his children, even kill or be killed if need be. He provides them with all he can, but most importantly, he loves his children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews and despite his faults, he’s a man of great strength and honour, whose holds to his word and is right bonnie Da!
4. Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter Series)
Interested in all things muggle, Arthur Weasley is also a great example of a loving and caring father. A father that is gentle but firm (perhaps not as strict as hid wife Molly), a father who loves unconditionally and one who takes his children’s friends into his house without a moments hesitation. There’s no doubt he is also the type of man who would go to great lengths to ensure his family’s safety, caring for not only his own children but Harry and Hermione as well.
5. Charles “Pa” Ingalls (Little House Series)
One could only hope for a father as great as Pa Ingalls. A man of honour and hardworking, providing all he can for his family. He is firm when he must be but gentle enough to offer comfort to his children when they just need a hug. He offers sound advice and is proud of his girls. So whip out the fiddle and let’s all agree that Pa Ingalls is the best pioneer Pa out there!
6. Carlisle Cullen (Twilight Series)
When it comes to Twilight, it seems you either love it or hate it, but there’s no denying that Carlisle Cullen is one of the greatest vampire dads in existence! He supports each one of his vampy kids in everything they do and guides them in their choices. He knows when the forever teens just need some space (like to run to Alaska for instance just to think) and he is there when they need to talk. Carlisle offers sound advice but doesn’t force his children into anything. There’s no doubt that this is also the type of dad who would risk it all for the safety of his children (and his daughter-in-law).
7. Charlie Swan (Twilight Series)
Another Twilight dad, Charlie is very different from Carlisle. He is just as stubborn as his daughter and even though he doesn’t always think Bella is making the right choices, he still stands by, supporting her. Even when faced with the realisation that his daughter is changed somehow, he still loves her unconditionally and respects her need to not tell him everything.
8. Phillip Banks (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
C’mon, there isn’t a kid out there that grew up in the nineties that doesn’t love Uncle Phil. Stubborn, but overall good guy who welcomes (slightly grudgingly) his sister-in-law’s son into his home to raise him with not only a good education, but also to experience the unconditional love of a father. There’s no doubt that no matter how frustrated he would get with Will and his own children, Uncle Phil truly was a great father and uncle. If you told me you never cried in the episode when Will’s dad left and Uncle Phil was there to help him pull himself together, I would tell you that you’re either lying or you’re a heartless human being! RIP Uncle Phil (James Avery), one of the greats.
9. King Triton (The Little Mermaid)
It can’t be easy being king under the sea and raising a brood of teenage daughters. I’ve got to hand it to Triton though, despite his difficulties in accepting his youngest daughters fascination with the world above, he realised that she would only truly be happy living on land with Prince Eric. It’s where she belonged, even though she was born under the sea. So what’s the great King do? He gives up his youngest daughter, give her a pair of legs and accepts her for who she wants to be. If that’s not unconditional love, then I don’t know what is!
10. Sam Dawson (I Am Sam)
If you haven’t seen this movie, then do yourself a favour and watch it! But be sure to have a box of tissues nearby because you’ll be blubbering like there’s no tomorrow. Despite his intellectual disabilities, Sam is a father determined to do everything he can to keep and care for his daughter. It is a struggle for him to understand how to care for a baby, but he overcomes the challenge and raises a beautiful girl who understand what is means to truly be loved unconditionally.
Well, there you have it. My list of fabulously fantastic fictional fathers (and father-figures).
Happy Father’s day to all the fathers and father-figures out there today, especially to my own dad, grandad and my little brother who’s celebrating his first father’s day today!
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