Friday Five – Favorite Fictional Fathers

Randy Marsh from South Park
Welcome to the Friday Five! Each week we help you get to know our writers with the help of a top 5 list! This week’s category: Favorite Fictional Fathers.
Since fathers day is a few days away, we figured we’d celebrate the occasion by listing the top 5 fictional dads in our lives! Some of them are a little odd, but what’s important to know is that these men exemplify what it means to be a dad in their respective settings. Don’t worry! We’ll be tackling the best and worst of E3 in the weeks coming. Enjoy.



  1. Stan Smith from American Dad. Stan is one part Homer Simpson, one part Jack Bower, and two parts badass idiot.
  2. Timmy Turners Dad…. “Dinkleberg!!!!!”
  3. Bob from Bobs Burgers.
  4. Ron Swanson (Though they aren’t his kids he still is technically going to be their father)
  5. God

The Smith Family from American Dad



  1. Darth Vader – Star Wars – Sure he was a jerk, and really wasn’t ever a real father to Luke or Leia, but he did in the end help bring balance to the force. Well unless you go into the expanded universe than he didn’t do much, but he did throw his boss down a pit to save his son so that’s cool.
  2. Batman – Batman Stuff – Damien definitely wasn’t an easy son, and Bruce didn’t know him till he was like 10. Still he was a good father, if being a good father entails bringing your son out to fight crazy viscious and dangerious criminals with you. He did that with his adoptive sons too, so it’s probably alright. And he really did care about them, well except Jason he just kinda let that one slide huh?
  3. Brian Mills (Liam Neeson) – Taken – He killed a lot of guys to get his daughter back. That’s pretty good parenting.
  4. Han Solo – Star Wars – Sure Han never had kids in the movies, but in the books that follow he has three with Leia. Twins, a boy and a girl like their mother and uncle, and a third son. I think all but the girl is dead now, but that’s not the parents fault. The youngest son was a hero and the eldest was a dick who fell to the darkside like his grandfather.
  5. Mufasa – The Lion King – He was only a father for like half an hour of the movie, but he seemed like a pretty good one. And he ran head first into that crazy stampede to save his kid, though that’s also the last thing he did.

Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker



  1. Homer Simpson – The Simpsons
  2. Ted Mosby – How I Met Your Mother
  3. Burt Hummel – Glee
  4. Henry Spencer – Psych
  5. Marlin – Finding Nemo

Homer Simpson and Bart



  1. Red Forman – That 70s Show – I used this during the parent one, and he still stands at the top of my list. Dumbass.
  2. Kratos – God of War Series – Sure, he isn’t the best guy around. He did kill his wife and child after all. But it wasn’t his fault! Ares tricked him into doing it, and Kratos then spent every waking moment seeking revenge against the God of War and the rest of Olympus.
  3. Bowser – Super Mario Series – He’s not exactly the best role model for a child, but he is an awesome dude. I imagine he takes Bowser Jr. out for ice cream and stuff all the time.
  4. Magneto – Marvel Universe – Magneto isn’t a bad father. He just has different ideals then the rest of society. He still brought his kids up to be the awesome heroes/villains they are now.
  5. Dr. Light – Mega Man Series – Not technically a father, but still a father to his robotic creation. Without him, there would be no Mega Man.

Red Forman reading a news paper

is not a boss.

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