Father’s Day is just around the corner and, as such, what better Top 5 Wednesday topic than our favorite fictional fathers and father figures! Trying to come up with answers for this made me realize how there really aren’t a lot of great father figures in media. At least not in the books I’ve read. So, I decided to branch out. Instead of just covering books, I’m also covering television. Anyway, since I’ve got a great dad, I love any chance to celebrate other great dads. So, here we go:
- Arthur Weasley from Harry Potter by JK Rowling:
I mean, he’s just a soft little inventor who loves his wife and kids. He loves Muggle culture and is always excited to learn more about it. But he also fights for what he believes is right. He (along with Molly) takes Harry in, regarding him as just another son. I’m so glad JKR didn’t kill him off (though I will forever maintain Percy should’ve been the one killed in his place, not Fred).
- Abe Mazur from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:
Okay, so technically Abe isn’t the best father. But I love him anyway. He’s an actual gangster, but he would also move the entire world for his daughter. In fact, he practically does! He makes sure she stays safe while in Russia and breaks her out of jail. He’s also a sassy bitch. So, even though I wouldn’t want him as my dad, I still love him as a character.
- Julian Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare:
Even though he’s not actually a dad, he raised his brothers and sisters. He loves them as his siblings and as his kids. He’s sacrificed so much for them and would literally destroy the world if it meant protecting them. He encourages them to pursue their interests, even at risk of retribution from the Clave. I love him so much and his kids do too.
- Lazarus AKA the Mace from The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen:
As serious as he is, Lazarus cares deeply for Kelsea. He’s the person she always turns to for guidance. She even goes through a period where she wishes he were her father. They just have such a beautiful relationship built on mutual respect. I miss them so much.
- Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Speaking of mentors who also serve as father figures, Giles is probably my favorite fictional father figure of all time. He doesn’t just train and educate Buffy— he cares for her deeply. In another life, he really was her father.
Who are some of your favorite fictional dads? Tell me about them in the comments!