Fatherhood can be the most rewarding and scary experience of a man’s life. Some guys might not be able to have children, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be dads. Adoption is a great way to make sure a child grows up in a loving home. You don’t have to be biologically related to be considered family. The same can be applied to pop culture, as there are plenty of fictional fathers. Here are five characters who’ve done the best they can to raise children and put them on a good path.
As an orphan, Bruce Wayne knew what it was like to grow up without parental figures. It led to him acting as a surrogate father for Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake and Cassandra Cain. He gave them a purpose and a reason to help people. Although it could be argued that Bruce had no right to thrust children into the superhero lifestyle, he’s always done his best to guide them.
Batman’s biological son Damian also benefitted from the Dark Knight’s influence. Damian was raised to be an assassin by his mother, but Bruce taught him how to control his killer instincts. A father’s job is to protect his children and make sure they grow up to respect the world around them. Batman has done that with all of his kids.
Geralt of Rivia
The protagonist of The Witcher series is definitely one of the greatest fathers in pop culture. Witchers are sterile, though it didn’t stop Geralt from being a father figure to Ciri. The Witcher: Wild Hunt focused on Geralt trying to find his lost daughter and make sure she was safe. The early days of Geralt and Ciri’s relationship are also covered in The Witcher book series.
What made Geralt such a good dad is that he loved Ciri unconditionally and took her on as his own. He’s an ideal role model for adoptive fathers around the world.
Daredevil’s father doesn’t get nearly as much credit as he should. Jack was a boxer who saw a lot of bad in his life, but he made sure that Matt was raised well. Maggie, Matt’s mother, left when he was young and Jack didn’t want his son growing up to hate her. So, Jack told him she died when he was little. Jack worked his ass off as a single father and instilled Matt with a respect for non-violence. Eventually, Jack was killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight and he inspired Matt to become Daredevil.
Having lived for over a century, Wolverine has had plenty of experience with being a dad. He’s acted as a father figure to young women like Jubilee and Pixie. Logan also adopted his clone X-23 and a girl called Amiko Kobayashi. Wolverine had a dysfunctional relationship with his son Daken, though he always tried to bring the two of them closer, no matter how badly Daken acted. However, in the end, he was forced to kill his son.
Sometimes, a father needs to make difficult choices, and Wolverine is a good representation of the struggle that every dad goes through. Logan’s appreciation for the Japanese code of Bushido meant he wanted to instil his children with good principles.
Luke Cage is an example of how fatherhood can make a man want to be a better version of himself. After sleeping with a drunken Jessica Jones, Cage’s life was turned upside down by how she reacted. Eventually, they reconciled and when Cage found out Jessica was pregnant, he moved in with her. He wanted to support her no matter what. Cage is protective of his daughter Danielle and wants to give her a better life than the one he had growing up.
Being a father isn’t easy, but being there for your children is important. Can you think of any fictional fathers that you admire?