Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers

Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers
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Today’s topic is Father’s day.


I am writing on Fictional Fathers and have picked up a few who did something extraordinary, something so different from their usual nature, that they stood out. Not necessarily a sacrifice, a parent doesn’t need to give up something to be a good one. One just needs to be there for the children.


Contrarily, fairy tale fathers (Grimm’s tales taken as the reference) are either aloof or too much into the classic villainous stepmother, or are villains themselves lusting after the ones they are supposed to protect.


Some fathers are upright and morally superior to others, guiding their children with their own virtues. Some are career criminals but show great love for their children by taking extreme actions for their safety. Some are delusional or downright scum. These scums are featured too, as they are a part of the society and probably have a greater impact on the children’s lives but trying their best to ruin the little one’s future.


I have borrowed the characters irrespective of genre or time. Some are not biological or legal fathers but figures who have a similar influence in the young one’s lives.


Without much further ado, let’s begin.

Fathers who care


Atticus Finch: To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers

This iconic lawyer has no need for introduction. His actions speak for his character loud and clear.

Will Freeman: About a Boy by Nick Hornby

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers
I chose this as the father figure walks the extra mile to gain maturity himself after coming in touch with ‘the boy’. He takes that initiative to change for the one who looks up to him. I think I fell a little in love with Hugh Grunt after watching the movie.


Mr. Bennet: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers

The ideal Dad who indulges the mother but never at the cost of his daughter’s happiness, unlike the fairy tale daddies.

Fathers who dare


Don Vito Corleone: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers

The legendary man who ‘reasons’ with everybody has such a great influence in his beloved son’s life that the boy who was set in a different path away from his father’s criminal life by the father’s choice takes decisions that change all of their lives forever.

The Don may or may not be responsible for his son’s life-altering act but the love and respect he has earned from his son surely is commendable.

Daniel Hillard: Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers


He breaks gender stereotypes to get closer to his children. A dad who doesn’t fear to play mom. Hat’s off to him and Robin Williams who played the iconic role.

Fathers who scare


Jack Torrance: The Shining by Stephen King


Straight out of nightmares, he does everything to traumatise his family under the influence of ‘something’ (no spoilers for those who haven’t had a taste of Stephen King yet) but remembers his son for the slightest moment and lets him flee before he is completely taken over. A must read and a must watch if you are into horror.

Michael Henchard: The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers
What father sells his wife and child under the influence of alcohol? A literary classic, the book shows a forever greiving man who finds what he was looking for only to realize he was wrong again. Serves him right. The gloomiest book I have ever read.

Several fathers: Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers
I could write pages on this but better you read this article by Sarah Sawyer, especially her classification of thefairy tale dads.

Humbert Humbert: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers
The author, an expert in irony, writes about the hebephilic character who chases a woman for her daughter and the daughter for her innocense. Novokov’s beautiful yet sarcastic language creates a whirlwind tale of forbidden love and the book remains one of the most tabooed but widely read work of literature. One of the earliest and best examples of unreliable narrator in my opinion.

King Laius of Thebes: Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays #1) by Sophocles

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers
He tried to kill his son for a stupid prophecy which was fulfilled anyway. Need I say more?

A special mention


Lucius Malfoy: Harry Potter series

 Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Fathers
I can see you raise your brows. Don’t worry. I am not here to glorify him.

Lucius is a psycho, I agree whole-heartedly. But you can’t disagree that he does love the boy in his cold, scary way. He is responsible for the spoiled and twisted boy who does show a capability of change later. We also see his mother do something right for once, out of love for her son. But what does Lucius do? Forever an opportunist, he just piles the stupidest actions one over another before he begs the dark lord to call of the war to save his son. Yes, that last bit gets him on this list. He doesn’t fight anymore. He shows he is still a father. That’s it.

Did you like my list? Any suggestions or comments? Do you have your own? Share yours and I will check it out. Don’t forget to link your post to The Broke and the Bookish.


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So what say you?