Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Worst Fathers in Fiction

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Evil stepmothers exist in ever corner of folklore and fairytale. Evil fathers populate modern media in a similar style. Here are ten utterly terrible fathers. 

1. Ging Freecss from Hunter X Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi
Ah yes, Ging Freecss, the man who was only willing to meet his son if he came alone. The man who decided that Gon wanting to bring anyone along with him was a sign of cowardice.

Bear in mind that this is Gon.


He's a shonen protagonist. How often do they go anywhere alone?

2. Tao En from Shaman King by Hiroyuki Takei

You think Ren's bad, and then his father appears.

This is a man who locked his son (nephew in the anime) in a dungeon because he disagreed with him, sent droves of spirits after him when he escaped, and, when that failed, fought him himself. 

3. Copernicus from Jane Blonde by Jill Marshall

Poor, poor Alfie.

4. Artemus from The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

He's not really a bad father. I mean, sure, he wasn't around, and we only really see him and Blue interact once after he gets back, but there are worse fathers in fiction. I just hate him. I mean, I know he wasn't Gwenllian's father, but he did help her father bury her. I'm allowed to hate him.

5. Gabe from the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

When you get petrified by a severed head and not a single person who reads the book has a problem with it, you know you're a terrible person.

Honestly, I've seen people argue about everything from Annabeth and Percy getting together, to Jason and Piper's very existence, to how Nico's sexuality was handled and whether or not he and Will became a couple too fast, but nobody argues mercy for this man.

6. Yato and Yukine's Fathers from Noragami by Adachitoka

Yato was trained to be a God of Chaos from infancy. He's been killing on his father's orders since he was knee high to a grasshopper. The problem is that Yato doesn't want to be a God of Chaos anymore...and his dad's bad at letting go...

We don't even know what Yukine's father was like, but consider this, Yukine is a shinki. He's dead. He has no memories. Yato knows how Yukine died. Yato also happens to mention that Yukine has had difficulties with his father. Considering Yato's situation with his own father, what do you think he would class as difficulties?

(You do like your theories.)

I am always here for ALL OF THE THEORIES. Seriously. Throw them at me.

7. Emily's Father from Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne 

Think about it. Emily commits her crimes because she resents the girl who caused her father's arrest. Emily loves her father, and he clearly loves her too, but it is his influence that put her on the path to prison.

8. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Granted, he's horrible to everyone, but it's strongly implied that Linton turns out the way he does because Heathcliff abuses him. He also tries to set him up with the daughter of the woman he loved, which is just weird.

(It's Wuthering Heights. Everything is weird.) 

9. Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

He and Aunt Petunia might not be Harry's parents, but they are his legal guardians, and they treat him abominably. You'd think they'd treat him like a human being, if only to keep up appearances.

10. Victor Frankenstein from Frankenstein

Saving the worst until last. This guy created life, abandoned it, and didn't speak up when it started murdering because it would make him look bad. A woman was hanged, Victor! A woman was hanged!

Who's the worst father in fiction?