In honor of Father’s Day, were taking a look at 10 of our favorite fictional Dads from TV and Film. These are the men we’ve loved watching time and time again. From adoptive Dads to Superheroes, they’re the type of Dads we all want or want to be.
Jim Hopper (David Harbour – Stranger Things)
One of the main highlights of Netflix’s Stranger Things is it’s incredible cast. The show has helped turned every member of the cast into household names. Among those is David Harbour in his portrayal of Jim Hopper. Hopper is the no nonsense, tough as nails, small town cop, that we all love. We saw some glimpses of him as a father in the first season, but his relationship with Eleven in season two (including the “Hopper Dance”), made us love him even more. He may not always make the decisions that Eleven likes, but there’s no doubt that he loves her as his own daughter. We love Hopper, and can’t wait to see more of him when Season 3 of Stranger Things hits Netflix.
Martin Hanson (Gil Birmingham – Wind River)
Wind River is a devastating and incredibly intense film. One of the things that makes it work the most is Gil Birmingham’s work as Martin Hanson. A father torn apart by the loss of his daughter. Birmingham has often been given rather simple roles as a sort of token Native American character. But Wind River truly gave the actor a chance to shine. In doing show it also paints a portrait of a father who truly loved his daughter. You feel for him completely throughout the film. You fall in love with him and feel every bit of his pain during the worst moments of his life. It’s heart wrenching and beautiful at the same time.
Eddard “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean – Game of Thrones)
Ned Stark May have only been in one season of Game of Thrones, but his impact still lingers even after 7 seasons. The great things that his kids have accomplished are all based on a life spent with Ned as a father. And we still see aspects of him in each of his children, even Jon Snow. He was someone who always tried to raise his kids to be the best they possibly could. And if they decided to take a slightly different path than expected, he embraced it. Arya is a perfect example of that. Instead of following in her sister’s footsteps and marrying a prince, she took up sword fighting and has become one of the most badass characters on the show. Ned may be gone, but any good Dad never truly leaves as long as their kids take part of him with them.
Phillip Banks (James Avery – Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
Fresh Prince helped make Will Smith one of the biggest stars on the planet. But James Avery’s role as his Uncle Phil, was an integral part of what made that show so amazing. While the show often used Uncle Phil as a foil to Will’s antics, there were plenty of moments where he was the living, caring, father Will needed. He may not have been Will’s actual father. But he certainly was his Dad, and a Dad we all wanted to have at home too.
Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson – The Incredibles)
It doesn’t get much better than having a superhero for a Dad. But one of the greatest aspects of The Incredibles is what it says about being a man, and the leader of a family. It’s not always about trying to go it on your own to take care of your family. You have to work together. You have to help, support and love one another to truly make things work. There’s two moments that truly define who Bob Parr is, and they’re not while fighting robots or Syndrome. The first is when he believes his family has died. The pain we see there is one of the most accurate things in any Pixar movie. He may be nearly invincible. But losing his family is the one thing that would completely break Bob. The second moment is him acknowledging that. When he tells Helen that he can’t lose her again. That he’s not strong enough. That’s what being a man truly is. Accepting that you aren’t just a macho superhero. That you’re human. That you love. That those you love make you who you are. And those two things truly make Bob Parr incredible.
Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning (Cress Williams – Black Lightning)
Another Superhero Dad, but more than that he’s a prominent figure in the community. Jefferson may fight crime as Black Lightning, but he also works hard to help his community as a man of the people. As someone who loves his community and wants to see it thrive. He’s someone who is willing to help people that may otherwise be looked at as lost causes. And he knows what’s really important. He may not always make the best decision. And at times put his life at risk to do what’s right. But sometimes that’s a risk you have to take.
Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us)
This Is Us works so well because of Jack. So much of that show hinges on everything that he was. The romantic and loving husband. The Dad that wanted what was best for his kids. The man that was always willing to do whatever had to be done to take care of his family. Jack Pearson was an amazing father and husband. And I don’t think anyone would argue against the idea that we need more men in this world like him. And maybe a few less old crock pots.
Joe West (Jesse L. Martin – The Flash)
Joe West is without a doubt one of the best Dads on television right now. A big part of that stems from the fact that he’s played by Jesse L. Martin. One of the coolest people on the face of the planet, and a man that oozes talent. But raising Barry and Iris on his own to be such amazing people. Dealing with Barry becoming a meta human. Constantly watching his kids go into life threatening situations, and keeping his cool, knowing that he’s raised them to succeed. That’s some great work. He’s also kind of hilarious and adorable when he gets into full “dad mode” at times. We’re especially excited to see Joe next season, dealing with a newborn baby. It’s gonna be amazing.
Henry Jones (Sean Connery – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
We all agree, Indiana Jones is one of the coolest heroes in film. Period. And while yeah, a lot of that comes from him slightly rebelling against his Dad. There’s so much of his dad inside of him. And having a dad that can go on a globe trotting adventure with you. A Dad that fights Nazi’s. A Dad that helps you find the holy grail. A Dad that reminds you that there’s more important things in life than saving the holy grail. That’s a really cool Dad. Also, he’s Sean Connery.
Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2)
Yondu may be a bit of a jerk. But in the end he truly loved Peter Quill. And every aspect of Peter that made him who he is now as a Guardian of the Galaxy, relies heavily on being raised by Yondu. It may have taken two films to show it fully, but Peter always had a father in Yondu. A kickass, space pirate, that truly did love him. Even if it didn’t always seem like it. Ego may have been his biological father. But Yondu was his Daddy. Now excuse us as we go cry for a bit.
Happy Fathers Day from all of us here at Poor Man’s Spoiler.