Top 10 Awesome and/or Supportive Fathers/Father Figures in Books

Honestly it was a lot easier to find fathers kicking around (and not having kicked the bucket) than mothers, when I actually sat down and compiled this list. What is with moms dying so often in literature and movies? Anyways, below is my list of awesome dads. : )

Asakura and Kentarou from Ikumen After

This is a manga about two single fathers who have lost their wives and are raising their young sons. Their children attend the same daycare / kindergarten, which is where the two men meet each other. The story is super sweet and it’s really obvious at the end of the day that these men love and adore their sons, and would do anything for them. They will always put their sons and what’s best for their sons first, but they still find love and happiness in each other.

Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief

While I was not a huge fan of the book, I have to admit that Hans is a rather kick ass father. He’s so morally upright, strong, compassionate and plays the accordion like it’s nobody’s business.   

Ryo from Fake

Ryo is a half Japanese, half American from the manga series Fake. After a certain case he adopts problem child Bicky. Despite Bicky’s troubled past and problems, he does his best to be a good mentor  and guide and provide for Bicky as a father should. In one scene early on in the series, Ryo feels like the first one to offer Bicky comfort in a really long time.

William from Danny, Champion of the World

This may not be my favourite Dahl book, but the father and Danny have such a close relationship. They are basically the light in each other’s life. They live together, talk together, joke together and take trips together. Danny himself states that he is a very happy little boy with just him and his dad.  

Carson Drew from The Nancy Drew Series

Last year I made a point of reading the first Nancy Drew book in addition to a Hardy Boys book. Although I don’t know much about Carson, I do love the fact that he is incredibly supportive of his daughter’s sleuthing when this series first starts, in the 1930s! He’s a very progressive parent, who encourages Nancy’s independence and self-reliance. Go Carson!

Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

Atticus Finch is a character who does his best as a father, and wants the best for his children. He always tries his hardest not to be a hypocrite and to take the moral high ground, as he believes this is what is necessary to be able to face himself and, subsequently to feel like he has any degree of authority over his children. He respects who they are as people and the choices they make, while comforting them and guiding them where they need it.

Mr. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

I don’t even LIKE P&P, but I adore Mr. Bennett. He’s so down-to-earth and bookish and I can totally understand why the witty Lizzy is his favourite. Unlike his meddlesome wife, he genuinely wants happiness for his daughters and doesn’t care too much for mundane pleasantries. I feel like he’s a man of simple pleasures and he just wants the best for his girls!

Matthew Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables

He and Marilla are just such a perfect fit for the imagination filled Anne. Matthew is so kind and gentle and filled with love for “his little girl.” He also wants to spoil her, much to Marilla’s usual discontent, but the two offer a perfect balance for each other. He tends to stay out of Marilla’s business except if things seem like they are going to be hopeless (such as when Matthew urged Anne to apologize to Rachel Lynde), but he is just the sweetest, cutest and most adorable man (and father figure) when it comes to his Anne.

Bear (Dereck McKenna/otter’s last name) in Bear, Otter and the Kid

Bear (Derrek) is not technically “The Kid” or Tyson’s father, but he’s the closest thing that Tyson has to one. At the heart of it they are always brothers, but Bear makes all kinds of important life choices with Tyson’s best interests in mind. Life dealt a shit hand to Bear, but all things considered he’s dealt with it damn well. Basically on the advent of his 18th birthday, his mom up and leaves him with only a note explaining that she has left and that Bear must now raise his brother. The note says that it will be better that way for everyone, and that he now has power of attorney. She even empties out most of his account. Although stressed out and low, he immediately takes up the mantle of responsibility and does not complain about it. Eventually Otter enters the equation as well and becomes a great step father type character. ❤

Valjean from Les Miserables

Valjean’s relationship with Cosette is so pivotal to what I consider to be the most important overarching message of the musical. To quote the musical, “to love another person is to see the face of God”. I tear up most times I end the musical and get to that line, and I’m an atheist! It’s just the sentiment that life is about living for the sake of love and connections to others, and his life after Cosette was what made Valjean feel most alive. Not to mention he’s so protective over Cosette and wants nothing more than for her to be happy. He even exiles himself for her sake (silly man). Valjean is such an awesome human being after his initial transformation by Bishop Myriel. He’s a great character and dad all around!

Honourable Mentions:

  • Mr Quintana from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
  • Maverick from The Hate U Give
  • Arthur Weasley from The Harry Potter Series
  • Mo from Inkheart
  • Big Eddie from Into this River I Drown



10 thoughts on “Top 10 Awesome and/or Supportive Fathers/Father Figures in Books

  1. Yes, I completely agree with all of these! 🙂 Hans Hubermann, Valjean, and Atticus Finch are all such great fathers so I’m so glad to see them in your post. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous choices! ❤

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  3. I have my own theory about why so many mothers (and some fathers, too) get unceremoniously shunted off the stage before the book or movie begins. Hallmark movies are particularly eager to kill off the first husband, so maybe that balances the equation some. I think it’s the idea of “the wound” which a character must overcome before loving again. What is more wounding than the loss of a mate?

    That’s true, too. The problem, I think, occurs when it become a stereotype, mere shorthand for “this person has a sad past, so feel sorry for her/hiim.” The trope is overdone these days.


    • One thing I find interesting as well is that in a lot of kids movies it is far more common for a child to be missing their mother over their father, if they are missing one over the other. There are a couple of famous mother deaths I can think of in kids cartoons but only one really famous / impactful dad death (The Lion King ;___; ). I guess mothers are just seen as being more important, which is sad. I read a book recently (but an adult book) where the dad is dead and the character is having a really difficult time dealing with that because he was so close to his dad. His mom was still alive and was also dealing with her own grief. It’s sad to say that this was rather refreshing only because it doesn’t happen often, but it’s true!


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