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29th Nov '16 6:19:43 AM Morgenthaler
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26th Nov '16 9:52:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''PennyAndAggie'' with Aggie's father Nick, a widower who is intelligent, compassionate and wise, and with whom Aggie has a close relationship. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the first chapter, when Penny fails to trick him into allowing her access to Aggie's diary and thinks, "Why can't he be clueless like every other dad?"
* In [[Webcomic/ZeusGodlyGoodtime Zeus' Godly Goodtime]], Zeus is a well-meaning but [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents very embarrassing]] father to [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]].

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''PennyAndAggie'' ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' with Aggie's father Nick, a widower who is intelligent, compassionate and wise, and with whom Aggie has a close relationship. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the first chapter, when Penny fails to trick him into allowing her access to Aggie's diary and thinks, "Why can't he be clueless like every other dad?"
* In [[Webcomic/ZeusGodlyGoodtime Zeus' Godly Goodtime]], ''Webcomic/ZeusGodlyGoodtime'', Zeus is a well-meaning but [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents very embarrassing]] father to [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]].
11th Nov '16 1:21:51 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Isshin Kurosaki, Ichigo's widower father. [[spoiler:However, we learn later on that Isshin is in fact an exiled captain-level shinigami, and that his goofiness is a put-on. He's still goofy after TheReveal, just more of a {{Badass}}. Also, most of his goofiness with relation to Ichigo was actually him being a StealthMentor, teaching Ichigo how to fight without Ichigo even realizing it]]. He is still, however, a complete incompetent boob when it comes to Yuzu and Karin.

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Isshin Kurosaki, Ichigo's widower father. [[spoiler:However, we learn later on that Isshin is in fact an exiled captain-level shinigami, and that his goofiness is a put-on. He's still goofy after TheReveal, just more of a {{Badass}}.badass. Also, most of his goofiness with relation to Ichigo was actually him being a StealthMentor, teaching Ichigo how to fight without Ichigo even realizing it]]. He is still, however, a complete incompetent boob when it comes to Yuzu and Karin.
9th Nov '16 10:38:59 AM nombretomado
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* Both Fred and Barney from ''TheFlintstones'' were bumbling dads when Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm came along. They'd been bumbling husbands since the start of the show, though, so it wasn't really new for them.
* In a similar vein, George from ''TheJetsons'' is also quite bumbling.

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* Both Fred and Barney from ''TheFlintstones'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' were bumbling dads when Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm came along. They'd been bumbling husbands since the start of the show, though, so it wasn't really new for them.
* In a similar vein, George from ''TheJetsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' is also quite bumbling.
3rd Nov '16 5:20:31 PM Mswordx24
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Naturally, filled with UnfortunateImplications about dads, and potentially men in general --and often-- used as an enabler of several [[DoubleStandard Double Standards]]. Sometimes, on the rare occasions that a mom does something dumb, she's cut more slack than she otherwise would be, since the BumblingDad is there to make her look better by comparison. On the other hand, if everyone just gets used to tolerating Dad's incompetence, they might still hold Mom to the standards of a competent adult - in fact, she may end up being held responsible for fixing his screw-ups. After all, somebody's got to be the grownup in a family, and you can't hold Dad accountable for not acting like one if he's just an idiot. The frustrating and stagnant gender roles enforced by this trope are often pointed to by feminists as an example of how sexism hurts men as well as women.

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Naturally, filled with UnfortunateImplications about dads, and potentially men in general --and often-- used as an enabler of several [[DoubleStandard Double Standards]]. Sometimes, on the rare occasions that a mom does something dumb, she's cut more slack than she otherwise would be, since the BumblingDad is there to make her look better by comparison. On the other hand, if everyone just gets used to tolerating Dad's incompetence, they might still hold Mom to the standards of a competent adult - in fact, she may end up being held responsible for fixing his screw-ups. After all, somebody's got to be the grownup in a family, and you can't hold Dad accountable for not acting like one if he's just an idiot. The frustrating and stagnant gender roles enforced by this trope are often pointed to by feminists as an example of how sexism hurts men as well as women.
against men.
29th Oct '16 12:11:22 PM BatmanKalEl
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* Also averted with Leo Callisto from ''WesternAnimation/MilesFromTomorrowland''; he may be a bit more laid-back and goofy than his wife Phoebe, but he's certainly no idiot.

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* Also averted Downplayed with Leo Callisto from ''WesternAnimation/MilesFromTomorrowland''; he may be a bit more laid-back and goofy than his wife Phoebe, but he's certainly no idiot.
20th Oct '16 10:16:53 AM MHarrington
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** While on the subject of classic Disney characters, [[WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup Pluto]] has also erred on the side of this in a handful of shorts where he becomes a father to at least one or more puppies, such as in "Pluto's Quin-Puplets" and "Pluto, Junior".

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** While on the subject of classic Disney characters, [[WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup Pluto]] has can also erred on the side of be seen as this in a handful of shorts where he becomes a father to at least one or more puppies, such as in "Pluto's Quin-Puplets" and "Pluto, Junior".



* Jack Fenton of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. One good look at him and you can tell he's not meant to be treated seriously... at least until he [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous]] (specially if [[PapaWolf his family is at risk]]). He is also something of a GeniusDitz, having invented at least half the Fenton gadgets, which go between being useless (The Fenton Ghost Gabber) and [[GoneHorriblyRight working a little]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight too]]'' [[GoneHorriblyRight well]]. (Fenton Ghost Catcher, Ghost Peeler, Ectxo-Skeleton).

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* Jack Fenton of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. One good look at him and you can tell he's not meant to be treated seriously... at least until he [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous]] (specially if (especially when [[PapaWolf his family is at risk]]). He is also something of a GeniusDitz, having invented at least half the Fenton gadgets, which go between being useless (The Fenton Ghost Gabber) and [[GoneHorriblyRight working a little]] ''[[GoneHorriblyRight too]]'' [[GoneHorriblyRight well]]. (Fenton Ghost Catcher, Ghost Peeler, Ectxo-Skeleton).
19th Oct '16 5:57:14 PM nombretomado
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* ElTigre's father Rondolfo Rivera, AKA the legendary hero White Pantera, isn't as bumbling as most examples, but he comes off as way too goody-goody, especially for his AntiHero son and CardCarryingVillain papi.

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* ElTigre's WesternAnimation/ElTigre's father Rondolfo Rivera, AKA the legendary hero White Pantera, isn't as bumbling as most examples, but he comes off as way too goody-goody, especially for his AntiHero son and CardCarryingVillain papi.
9th Oct '16 5:37:24 PM nombretomado
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* WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' and, earlier, in [[ClassicDisneyShorts his '50s cartoon shorts]] where he is played a StandardFiftiesFather named George Geef. A perfect example of this trope in action is "Father's Day Off", in which Goofy, as Geef, [[ADayInHerApron assumes his wife's duties while she goes out for the day]]. However, it's easy to forgive Goofy for being bumbling as a family man, because bumbling has always been part of his overall personality.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' and, earlier, in [[ClassicDisneyShorts [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts his '50s cartoon shorts]] where he is played a StandardFiftiesFather named George Geef. A perfect example of this trope in action is "Father's Day Off", in which Goofy, as Geef, [[ADayInHerApron assumes his wife's duties while she goes out for the day]]. However, it's easy to forgive Goofy for being bumbling as a family man, because bumbling has always been part of his overall personality.
25th Sep '16 9:59:16 AM Miracle@StOlaf
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* Jerry Smith of ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' is a rather dark deconstruction. He's not especially bright even when compared to his kids, but his wife is a great deal smarter than him and his father-in-law is an outright OmnidisciplinaryScientist. His incompetence and relative lack of intelligence do provide some comedy, but they've also left him extremely insecure, resentful of his entire family, and have caused some severe problems with his marriage.
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