Nobody can rock a sparkly headband like this dad. He's like the David Bowie of Middle Earth. Plus, this scene kills me every time.
|Hugo Weaving as Elrond in LOTR|
This dad was captain of a starship for only twelve minutes (and onscreen even less), but he still managed to save eight hundred lives, including his newborn son, James T. Kirk.
|Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk in Star Trek|
Favorite Disney movie, favorite Disney Princess, ergo, favorite Disney dad.
This guy is more of a father figure, but for all intents and purposes, he raised the man who would be Batman. Michael Caine is my favorite Alfred, by far. (And is this not one of the coolest movie posters you've ever seen? Bring on the Dark Knight again!)
Forget genes (although I'm sure Eric Bana's are most excellent). This dad will pass on his wicked assassin skills, not to mention go up against Cate I'm-So-Intense-I-Brush-My-Teeth-Til-My-Gums-Bleed Blanchett to protect his kid.
|Eric Bana and Saoirse Ronan in HANNA|
Even when he's a complete jerk on The Office, there's something about Steve Carell that breaks my heart, in a good way. This quality is especially evident when he's playing a widower trying to raise three teenage daughters.
Two more father figures, in this case, for the Boy Who Lived. I couldn't decide which of these guys was my favorite, so I'll put them both.
|David Thewlis as Remus Lupin and Gary Oldman as Sirius Black|
Only a true dad would don tights in front of all his football buddies for his little girl. The ballet scene alone is worth the price of admission.
|Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock in The Game Plan|
Oh, come on. If you've read this blog at all over the past few months, you had to know this was coming. This sci-fi dad was an automatic shoe-in, both for his cool tattoos and the fact that I love Ciaran Hinds in just about anything. And while we're on the subject . . .
|Ciaran Hinds as Tardos Mors and Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris in John Carter (of Mars)|
I have to give a shout-out to Tars Tarkas too. He does have the best one-liners in the galaxy. Yes, I know. Your spirit annoys me.
|Willem Dafoe as Tars Tarkas and Samantha Morton as Sola|
And last but not least, will somebody please give this guy his own movie, without all the moony, broody teenagers?
|Billy Burke as Charlie Swan|
Who are some of you favorite fictional dads? Are there any you think I've missed? Feel free to share in the comments. I'd really like to know.
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