Happy Father’s Day! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the dad’s. We did the same thing for Mother’s Day a few weeks back, and realized how little good parents there are in the books we read; so we’re going to list 5 good dads and 5 bad dads.
1. Arthur Weasley, Harry Potter
Just like his wife, Arthur Weasley had enough love to give for all of his children, and still had some left to give for Harry. And he was so great in that whole scene in Goblet of Fire at the Dursleys’ (amongst others):
“Harry said good-bye to you,” he said. “Didn’t you hear him?”
“It doesn’t matter,” Harry muttered to Mr. Weasley. “Honestly, I don’t care.”
Mr. Weasley did not remove his hand from Harry’s shoulder.
“You aren’t going to see your nephew till next summer,” he said to Uncle Vernon in mild indignation. “Surely you’re going to say good-bye?”
Uncle Vernon’s face worked furiously. The idea of being taught consideration by a man who had just blasted away half his living room wall seemed to be causing him intense suffering. But Mr. Weasley’s wand was still in his hand, and Uncle Vernon’s tiny eyes darted to it once, before he said, very resentfully, “Good-bye, then.”
And he went with Harry to his Ministry hearing and did his best to reasure him, which was also amazing.
2. Ned Stark, A Song of Ice and Fire
He deserves the award for being the best father in Westeros. He did everything to protect his children and loved them with all his heart; even taking a secret to his grave to shield one of them from all evil. (Sadly he was also Sean Bean, so he just had to die :P)
“I am sorry for your girl, Ned. Truly. About the wolf, I mean. My son was lying, I’d stake my soul on it. My son … you love your children, don’t you?”
“With all my heart,” Ned said.
3. Luke Garroway, The Mortal Instruments
Luke may not be Clary’s biological father, but blood doesn’t make a dad, so we didn’t care and put him on here nevertheless. Luke loves Clary, and not just because he loves Jocelyn. He raised Clary, and he was there for her when Jocelyn was in her coma-thingy, and never stopped loving and defending her.
“He is a demon, Clarissa,” said Valentine, still in the same soft voice. “A demon with a man’s face. I know how deceptive such monsters can be. Remember, I spared him once myself.”
“Monster?” echoed Clary. She thought of Luke, Luke pushing her on the swings when she was five years old, higher, always higher; Luke at her graduation from middle school, camera clicking away like a proud father’s; Luke sorting through each box of books as it arrived at his store, looking for anything she might like and putting it aside. Luke lifting her up to pull apples down from the trees near his farmhouse. Luke, whose place as her father this man was trying to take. “Luke isn’t a monster,” she said in a voice that matched Valentine’s, steel for steel.
4. Remus Lupin, Harry Potter
Again, blood doesn’t make family. Harry may never really have met his father, but he had plenty of father figures to choose from. We weren’t sure whether to pick Sirius or Lupin, but decided to list Lupin as we believe that Sirius may not have been the best influence on Harry. Of course, the best case scenario would have been Sirius and Lupin raising Harry…
“You’ll be godfather?” he said, as he released Harry.
“M – me?” stammered Harry.
“You, yes, of course – Dora quite agrees, no one better –”
5.Bobby Singer, Supernatural
He was the father Sam and Dean deserved.
Bobby Singer: “I was a kid! Kids ain’t supposed to be grateful. They’re supposed to eat your food and break your heart, ya selfish dick! You died and I was still so afraid I’d turn into you, I never even had kids of my own.”
Ed Singer: “Good. You break everything you touch.”
Bobby Singer: “Well, as fate would have it, I adopted two boys and they grew up great. They grew up heroes. So you can go to hell!”
The bad and horrible:
1. Tywin Lannister, A Song of Ice and Fire
Such a great, loving father… especially to Tyrion. Hating him all his life, diminishing him, sleeping with his girlfriend… Fantastic dad, really. What more could one ask for?
Tywin Lannister: “Easy for me, is it?”
Tyrion Lannister: “When have you ever done something that wasn’t in your interest but solely for the benefit of the family?”
Tywin Lannister: “The day that you were born. I wanted to carry you into the sea and let the waves wash you away. Instead, I let you live. And I brought you as my son. Because you’re a Lannister.”
2. John Winchester, Supernatural
I’m not entirely sure how great of a father John would have been had Mary not died – but she did, and he went nuts and became an abusive, alcoholic asshole who raised his children to hunt monsters from the youngest age.
Dean: “My father was an obsessed bastard! All that crap he put on me on protecting Sam, that was his crap! He was the one who couldn’t protect his family! He was the one that let Mom die! He wasn’t there for Sam, I always was! It wasn’t fair! I didn’t deserve what he put me through!”
3. Vernon Dursley, Harry Potter
We have a lot of feelings about Uncle Vernon… none of them are good. He was an asshole. He was a horrible father (figure) – not only did he seriously neglect Harry and hate him all his life, but he also turned Dudley into the spoilt bastard he was. There is nothing good in this man.
Dumbledore paused, and although his voice remained light and calm, and he gave no obvious sign of anger, Harry felt a kind of chill emanating from him and noticed that the Dursleys drew very slightly closer together.
“You did not do as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty at your hands. The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you.”
4. Nils Bjruman, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Oh, boy. This one… I think he tops everyone else on this list, and that’s quite an accomplishment. Again, he’s not Lisbeth’ actual father, but as her legal guardian, he should have taken care of her and loved her as his child. Instead he f*cking rapes her.
The boiling rage and hatred I feel for this “man” means no quote or picture for him. Because f*ck that guy.
5. Valentine Morgenstern, The Mortal Instruments
Valentine, oh, Valentine. The man who created an angel when he wanted a monster and a monster when he wanted a son. There are so many things to say about Valentine as a father, but I don’t feel like really getting into it. So here’s the gist: he tried to break Jace, he tried to destroy Clary and Jace by telling them they were siblings, he tried to destroy the Shadowhunter World because he’s a racist sh*t, he created a monster by feeding his pregnant wife demon blood… and so much more. He’s just a well-rounded *sshole.
“But isn’t that what love is, Clarissa? Ownership? ‘I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,’ as the Song of Songs goes.”