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26 July 2015 @ 06:39 pm
July Question Meme: Day Twenty-Six  
Asked by woodycakes:

Who are your favourite dad characters on TV/movies?

Keith Mars from Veronica Mars was the first name I thought of. Not only does he become a single father to his teenager daughter after his wife abandons them, he and Veronica have such amazing chemistry together. He allows her to help him out with his private investigator job, and not only supports her but encourages her when she wants to follow into his footsteps. He doesn't belittle her interests, and his only concern is of her safety and well-being, and when shit hits the fan he his fierce protectiveness over her goes through the roof. He is also an example of a good father who isn't always perfect, but no matter what they will help and support each other through the rough patches in their lives. Which, considering their status and living in Neptune, is all the time.

When it comes to father figures in fiction, Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer immediately tops my list. He initially starts off being the Watcher to his Slayer, but even then he is shown to have a more personal relationship with her and her friends rather than strictly professional. His growing fondness and affection is what makes him intervene in "Helpless", where it is commented by the Watcher's Council that he has a "father's love" for Buffy, solidifying that relationship further. And despite being fired as her Watcher, Giles remains in Sunnydale as the high school librarian and continues being her mentor for the remainder of the series. It also doesn't help that Buffy's parents are divorced and her father is virtually nonexistent in the series, so Giles fills in that spot as that fatherly figure in her life.

Honorable mention: Joel from The Last Of Us, because he is both a father and a father figure within the story, and it's this paternal attachment he has with Ellie that enables his growth and motivations throughout the entirety of the game.

(I tend to have a fondness for father figures in fiction, especially when they're not expecting to be but end up becoming one either by circumstance or by choice because they grow affectionate over the ones they're looking after.)
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R.: fairy tales are more than truenemophilist on July 27th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 28th, 2015 03:34 am (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥

I know that there are other ones that I forgot, but Keith and Giles stand out the most in my mind as being the best father/father figures in fiction. :)
you half wit scruffy looking NERF HEARDER: DW: Donnahanorganaas on July 27th, 2015 02:12 am (UTC)
Ugh Giles is so fucking amazing!
Renée: BTVS. Buffy Summers.rogueslayer452 on July 27th, 2015 05:48 am (UTC)
He really is. I've always loved him, but as I get older I find myself really appreciating his character and his role on the show more. And I always love his scenes where he is very fatherly towards Buffy, the way he looks after her. Just. ♥
americana exotica: Buffyinterchanges on July 27th, 2015 02:33 am (UTC)
These are the best choices.
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on July 27th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
daria234daria234 on July 27th, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
YES GILES!!!!!!!!!

Okay that is the extent of my intellectual contribution to this discussion ;)

Renée: Kaylee. Giddy.rogueslayer452 on July 27th, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
lol, that's okay. I'm sure many people will (and have) reacted the same way whenever Giles is mentioned. I can't recall anyone ever not loving Giles. :3
Julie: CCS ★ fly awayragnarok_08 on July 27th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
Those are excellent choices :)
pefoamrecyclingpefoamrecycling on July 27th, 2015 05:38 am (UTC)
Those are the good choices.
Naomi: VM movie by ellasaidlumosfrelling_tralk on July 27th, 2015 01:18 pm (UTC)
Totally agreed on Keith, they had the best father/daughter relationship on television :)
Renée: Veronica. Marshmallow.rogueslayer452 on July 27th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
That relationship was very special in so many ways, and while I'm sure there were other fathers in television that were great, there was something about Keith that differs from a lot of those regular TV fathers. His and Veronica's father-daughter relationship was very strong and a huge aspect of the show. ♥
telly telly bo bellylusimeles on July 28th, 2015 05:39 am (UTC)
keith mars! <3<3<3

i like giles a lot as well, but my memory of him has now been tainted by uther pendragon, ha ha.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 30th, 2015 01:28 am (UTC)
Ah yes. I never watched Merlin, but I am very aware of what his character was like on that show. Though it kind of proves just how good of an actor ASH is. Have you seen Repo! The Genetic Opera? He was amazing in that.
telly telly bo bellylusimeles on August 6th, 2015 07:13 am (UTC)
i have not! it looks quite fantastic, though.
Renéerogueslayer452 on August 8th, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)
It is! It's such an underrated movie, imho. And not only does AHS play a father in this as well (one who is overprotective of his daughter and also a father who is tortured by his past and the things he has done), but he sings as well. And the way he sings, just guh. ;)

Edited at 2015-08-08 10:34 am (UTC)
redbrunja: the avengers | star-spangled manredbrunja on August 3rd, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
I totally agree about Keith and Giles. Also, the father/daughter dynamic between Sarah and the Terminator in the most recent movie was one reason I really, REALLY enjoyed it.
Renée: TSCC. Cameron. Metamorphosis.rogueslayer452 on August 8th, 2015 10:35 am (UTC)
I really liked the father-figure aspect in T2 between John and the Terminator. The ending of that movie never ceases to make me all teary-eyed.