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Favourite Fictional Fathers

Father's Day Vintage Card -- Color by Beth Gallagher (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Father’s Day Vintage Card — Color by Beth Gallagher (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Celebrate Father’s Day with some of these fictional dads. Some are great, some perhaps not so much. Let us know your favourites in the comments!

  • King Lear – Lear definitely falls into the not so great category. Deciding he wants to retire from power Lear declares he will split his kingdom among his three daughters, awarding the largest share to the daughter who loves him the most. Let’s just say it doesn’t end well.
  • Bicycle Thieves – In postwar, poverty stricken Rome a man’s bicycle – his only mode of transport to work – is stolen. He sets out with his son to track down the thief.
  • Finding Nemo – Clownfish and (slightly overprotective) single dad Marlin embarks on an epic journey from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney Harbour to rescue his son Nemo.
  • Paris, Texas – After wandering out into the desert, Travis Henderson attempts to revive his relationship with his brother and seven-year old son Hunter and track down his estranged wife.
  • Emma – Mr Woodhouse is a bit of a hypochondriac. He doesn’t approve of cake, going outside or marriage, on the grounds that they might be damaging to one’s health.  He’s very attached to his daughters Emma and Isabella, with the former pretty much taking on the role of his carer. Emma’s love for her father is her main redeeming feature.
  • Where’s My Cow? – If you’re a fan of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series you’ll be familiar with Sam Vimes, commander of the City Watch and notorious workaholic. Since becoming a father, Vimes has vowed to always be home in time to read his son, young Sam a bedtime story.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – No list of fictional dads would be complete without mentioning the great Atticus Finch. For bonus points check out Gregory Peck’s iconic performance in the 1962 film adaptation.



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