Introducing the Most Endearing Fathers We at Bookstr Love

We all love a good, supportive father that goes above and beyond for their children. Keep reading to discover the Bookstr team’s favorite fictional fathers!

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A father doesn’t have to be related by blood to show how good they are at being a parent. Whether it’s a father who occasionally beats the crap out of people to save a child or someone who shows worry and compassion to a crying kid, the entertainment media offers so much variety that sends warmth to the inner child in us all. Some are by no means conventional parents, but that didn’t stop the team from choosing these men for being amazing father figures!

Loid Forger from Spy x Family

I shouted out Yor for Mother’s Day, so it’s only right I give her fake husband his flowers too. Undercover spy Twilight thought the family man life was out of the question the moment he signed on to his line of work. Which is why it’s hilarious to see him seamlessly fall into the role of exhausted father-of-one under his alias, “Loid Forger.”

Loid Forger from Spy x Family. An exhausted Loid carrying a sleeping Anya and their groceries.
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He insists everything he does for his pretend family is just part of his mission, but what fake parent would go to the lengths he’s gone to please Anya? Renting out a real castle to play hero and princess at her request; taking her out to the aquarium after a week of overwork, then winning her a life-sized penguin plushie; being destroyed by his pretend child calling him “lame.” Not to mention the efforts he’s put into taking his fake wife out on a single date. These flowers are for you, Loid. You may not think of yourself as a real dad, but I know better.

Gabriela Collazo, Editorial

Din Djarin from The Mandalorian

Din Djarin from The Mandalorian. Din Djarin and Grogu practicing using the Force.
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Mando’s adoptive father relationship and reluctant bond with Grogu are so endearing! This dynamic is one of the huge reasons I watch the show, as I’m sure is true for many other fans. Take an adorable, tiny creature with big ears and a cloak, and add a brooding, overprotective father figure — I’m sold! Mando goes to the end of the universe and back to keep Grogu safe. As the series progressed, I found myself deeply attached to these two characters, just as they became attached to one another. From Grogu spinning in a chair while Mando has a serious discussion about his missions to holding him tight as they fly faster than the speed of light, this father-son bond is my absolute favorite in pop culture right now!

Fiona Hansen, Editorial 

Charlie Swan from the The Twilight Saga

Charlie Swan from The Twilight Saga. Charlie and Bella eating at the diner.
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Charlie is such a sweet and protective father to Bella, even though she is completely crazy and leaves him in the dark most of the time. The poor guy literally has no idea what’s going on the entire time. Not to mention, he has a good ol’ dad sense of humor that makes me laugh.

Krysten Winkler, Graphics

Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables

After Matthew and his sister Marilla adopt Anne, Matthew instantly bonds with Anne. Anne is very headstrong and loves to talk, while Matthew is quieter and shier. When Matthew first meets Anne, she is the one who does most of the talking while he stays silent and listens. On the ride to Green Gables, Anne and Matthew talk about the nature surrounding them. Anne has an active imagination and describes what she sees on their way to the house. Matthew both listens to Anne and tells her about Green Gables.

Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables. Matthew and Anne hugging each other.
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I love Matthew as a father to Anne because they balance each other out well. From the moment Matthew meets Anne, he instantly cares about her and sees the wonderful imagination that she has. Marilla wanted to send Anne away in the beginning because they wanted a boy to help out with their farm, but Matthew wanted Anne to stay. Matthew cares about Anne, buying her clothes and listening to her talk. Matthew and Marilla love Anne unconditionally, and they become a family.

Molly Ireland, Outreach   

Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher

Geralt from The Witcher. Geralt giving a hug to Ciri.
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Geralt is the absolute cutest dad, especially to Ciri, who isn’t even his biological daughter. That being said, he’s willing to go to the ends of the earth to protect her from those trying to kill her, even if it means pitting the entirety of The Continent against him. He trains her and mentors her, and they have a fierce love for one another. Plus, he’s your typical grumpy dad, which I think is an adorable trope.

Alexandra Mellott, Editorial

Richard Watterson from The Amazing World of Gumball

Richard Waterson from The Amazing World of Gumball. The Waterson Family fighting for the TV control with Richard being squished.
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While he may not be the brightest at times, he has a heart of gold and fiercely defends his family. He’s always there for his kids, and he knows how to bring humor to any situation. Richard doesn’t always make the best decisions, as they usually coincide with his voracious appetite, but he makes sure to put his family first. He’s a super sweet bunny father that his children adore, and I believe he embodies what it means to be a dad through and through.

Quiarah B/ Vphan, Editorial

Leo Boykewich from The Secret Life of the American Teenager

This show is about teenagers and their parents going through stuff, mainly the pregnancy of one of the 15-year-old girls. Leo Boykewich is a millionaire in the deli meat business and is known as the Sausage King. Leo’s son is in love with the pregnant girl, but he is not the father — a classmate from summer band camp is. Meanwhile, many of the parents of these kids are going through drama of their own. In a sea of troubles, Leo has a heart of gold.

Leo Boykewich from The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Leo and his wife talking with their son.
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This Father of the Year offers counsel to his son, his girlfriend, their friends, the other parents, and even the teenage father of the child. He feels so much empathy for this scrappy kid that he offers him a job at his company and lets him live in the apartment above one of the deli locations. No matter what those kids go through, and when some of the other parents’ stumble, you can always count on Leo to take care of everyone and not expect anything in return.

Erin Dzielski, Editorial

Phil Dunphy from Modern Family

Phil Dunphy from Modern Family. The Dunphy family sitting on the couch and talking.
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Phil gets made fun of a lot for not being the sharpest tool in the shed, but what he lacks in brains he makes up for in fatherhood. He is protective and loving, and you can totally tell he would do anything for his kids. My favorite moment is from season four when he says, without noticing Haley is right behind him, that no man on Earth is good enough for his little girl, and he has to go and get her. That moment hits HARD.

Elizabeth Beaver, Editorial

At its core, being a dad means loving and nurturing your children, whether they are related by blood or not. Parental love has no boundaries! If not on this list, who is your favorite fictional father? Let us know on our socials!


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