Fatherhood in Fiction: Celebrating Father’s Day with Fiction’s Finest

Joanna Marie O. Santos
June 02, 2023

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It’s that time of the year again, and what better way to celebrate Father’s Day then by diving headfirst into the realm of fiction, bringing to light some of the incredible characters who have shown us the true essence of fatherhood. We all have our favorite fictional dads and father figures who have taught us valuable lessons in life, have made us laugh through our screens and pages, or even brought a tear or two to our eyes. From generational classics to modern masterpieces, we’ve scoured the pop-culture landscape to curate a list of the most exceptional fictional dads who have made us feel that special bond only a father can provide!







Although Mr. Bennet does not always receive the accolades that are bestowed upon more conventional fathers, he undoubtedly possesses qualities that make him a good father in his own right. Unlike many fathers of his time, Mr. Bennet recognizes and values the wit, intelligence, individuality, and independent thinking of his daughters. He encourages their personal growth and is supportive of their pursuit of genuine happiness.




While not a biological father, John Keating from N.H. Kleinbaum's Dead Poets Society was a beacon of guidance and mentor to his students. He embodied the essence of a supportive and nurturing father figure by fostering an environment of intellectual curiosity and free expression. Keating empowered his students to explore their creativity and develop a sense of self, instilling in them the courage to seize the day and live life to the fullest.





While Samwise Gamgee from J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" saga eventually becomes a father, it is his unwavering devotion, selflessness, and kindness that make him an exceptional character in the realm of fatherhood. His belief in the inherent goodness in the world has inspired more than just his companion Frodo, and his wisdom and nurturing nature extend to other members of the fellowship as well.





The lovable patriarch of the Weasley family in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” is a remarkable father. He is warm, accepting, and unwavering in his love for his children. Despite limited financial means, he consistently prioritizes the well-being and happiness of his family over material possessions. He teaches his children and Harry the importance of love, kindness, and the value of family bonds over material wealth.





In James Cameron’s “Avatar” and its sequel “Avatar: The Way of the Water,” the central character, Jake Sully, showcases the qualities of a devoted and nurturing father. In the next chapter of his life, we witness a father who is everything a father should be: a teacher, a mentor, a protector, and a father who shows compassion.





The iconic and lovable Gomez Addams from The Addams Family is an obvious and immediate addition to this list. A man who embodies unconditional love, acceptance, and playfulness, he fosters a nurturing environment for his children to thrive. He encourages their individuality, even (or perhaps especially) when it comes to their eccentricities. Gomez wholeheartedly supports his children, and he continues to stand as a beloved father figure in fiction.






In the character of Sam Dawson from the critically-acclaimed movie “I Am Sam”, we witness a father who overcomes adversity with love and selflessness. Despite his intellectual limitations, Sam’s commitment to his daughter’s happiness and growth is a testament to the resilience that fathers show. Sam reminds us that the essence of good parenting lies in the depth of one’s love and their ability to provide unwavering support.





Since childhood, Alfred Pennyworth from the ever-so-popular Batman films has been Bruce Wayne’s father figure, providing the guidance Bruce needed. Alfred’s care for Bruce’s well-being has made him a cherished father figure in the entirety of the Batman mythos. His presence in Bruce’s life was a constant reminder that a caring father figure can make all the difference, even in the darkest of times.





As the patriarch of the Cullen family in The Twilight Saga, Carlisle Cullen is a role model and a guiding force. His empathetic and wise nature sets him apart as a nurturing father figure, instilling in his family the importance of restraint, self-control, and the preservation of life. His measured and thoughtful approach to decision-making provides a stable foundation for his family, helping them navigate the complexities of their immortal existences.







As a skilled spy posing as a loving husband and father, Loid Forger has risen to fame and is now considered a pillar among the list of best anime dads. Despite lacking personal experience in being a father, he devotes himself wholeheartedly to understanding the needs of his daughter, Anya, providing her with guidance, affection, and a sense of security—even though he works in a dangerous industry.





The beloved character Uncle Iroh from the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender serves as a constant source of guidance, compassion, and unconditional love. He is one of the best father figures in the series, despite not even being the biological father of the iconic Prince Zuko. It was through Uncle Iroh's gentle guidance, profound wisdom, and unconditional support that helped Prince Zuko reconcile his past and embrace his destiny as a force for good.





While there are many amazing fathers and father figures in the world of "Naruto," the Best Dad award would undoubtedly go to Shikaku Nara, the doting and ever-so supportive father of Shikamaru. With a razor-sharp intellect and strategic prowess, Shikaku imparts invaluable lessons to his son. His sage advice becomes a wellspring of knowledge for Shikamaru, equipping him with the tools needed to navigate the treacherous path of being a shinobi.




Another beloved father figure in the world of anime, Maes Hughes is one of the best dads in anime history. The endearing character from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is not just a loving father, but also an involved one. He shows his boundless love for his daughter Elicia by actively participating in her life and constantly seeking ways to create memories with her, whether by sharing bedtime stories or engaging in imaginative play.





As a teacher at U.A. High School and the mentor to numerous aspiring young heroes, Aizawa Shota has made his way to the list of father figures that many can adopt. His perceptive nature allows him to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each of his students, and he tailors his teaching methods to help them reach their full potential. He pushes them beyond their limits, instilling in them a sense of self-belief and determination.



Having shaped our hearts, lives, and ignited our imagination, many of the characters in this long yet lovable list have become part and parcel of our own cultural tapestry, influencing the way we perceive fatherhood. As we honor the diverse and unforgettable fathers found within the pages of our books and on our screens, let’s also take a moment to appreciate their impact on the enduring power of their stories!