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27th Nov '17 10:37:41 AM DustSnitch
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* In what fellow troper Creator/BishopBarron calls "The Home Simpson Effect," popular works like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' depict fathers as boorish, stupid, and unvirtuous to make the women in the family look better. While he understands this as a {{Deconstruction}} of patriarchal norms, the Bishop cites Creator/{{Aristotle}} to argue that women can be virtuous without relegating good fathers to the trash heap.

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* In what fellow troper Creator/BishopBarron calls "The Home Homer Simpson Effect," popular works like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' depict fathers as boorish, stupid, and unvirtuous to make the women in the family look better. While he understands this as a {{Deconstruction}} of patriarchal norms, the Bishop cites Creator/{{Aristotle}} to argue that women can be virtuous without relegating good fathers to the trash heap.
26th Nov '17 5:37:17 PM DustSnitch
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* In what fellow troper Creator/BishopBarron calls "The Home Simpson Effect," popular works like ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' depict fathers as boorish, stupid, and unvirtuous to make the women in the family look better. While he understands this as a {{Deconstruction}} of patriarchal norms, the Bishop cites Creator/{{Aristotle}} to argue that women can be virtuous without relegating good fathers to the trash heap.
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13th Nov '17 10:09:26 PM DeepRed
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* Tim Taylor in ''Series/HomeImprovement''. Unlike most bumbling dads, however, he is actually very competent at his job. At least, he would be if it weren't for his almost mental-illness-level [[MadScientist compulsion to "improve" things.]] When he isn't creating outdoor grills that can achieve geosynchronous orbit, he's actually a very skilled handy man. He's far more "No concern for safety or moderation" than "Doesn't know what he's doing". As far as his family goes, Tim is a little closer to the standard for this trope, usually not always understanding how he should act in various circumstances, as having effectively raised himself after his dad died, he's not clear how a family works. This conversely means that in any episode where someone dies, Tim ends up being much more competent and capable.

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* Tim Taylor in ''Series/HomeImprovement''. Unlike most bumbling dads, however, he is actually very competent at his job. At least, he would be if it weren't for his almost mental-illness-level [[MadScientist compulsion to "improve" things.]] When he isn't creating outdoor grills that can achieve geosynchronous orbit, he's actually a very skilled handy man. He's far more "No "[[NoOSHACompliance No concern for safety or moderation" moderation]]" than "Doesn't know what he's doing". As far as his family goes, Tim is a little closer to the standard for this trope, usually not always understanding how he should act in various circumstances, as having effectively raised himself after his dad died, he's not clear how a family works. This conversely means that in any episode where someone dies, Tim ends up being much more competent and capable.
13th Nov '17 10:32:17 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' short "That's My Pop" starred a ChildProgidy bear girl named Naomi whose father was a complete imbecile who could barely read.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' short "That's My Pop" starred a ChildProgidy ChildProdigy bear girl named Naomi whose father was a complete imbecile who could barely read.
13th Nov '17 7:55:48 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons'' short "That's My Pop" starred a ChildProgidy bear girl named Naomi whose father was a complete imbecile who could barely read.
5th Nov '17 10:26:41 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Mace Tyrell is entirely PlayedForLaughs as a bumbling, sycophantic MommasBoy.

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Mace Tyrell is entirely PlayedForLaughs as a bumbling, sycophantic MommasBoy.MommasBoy.
** Tytos Lannister is remembered as a good man who nearly ruined House Lannister.
31st Oct '17 11:04:45 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'':
** Stu Pickles is a downplayed example. He's good-natured, loves to invent, and has a child-like personality. He builds toys for income, but said toys can be hit or miss depending on how well they work. He may not be the brightest dad, but is still helpful to his wife and two sons in many ways, and he loves them all very much.
** Chas Finster is a kind, well-meaning man, but is also clumsy, awkward, absent-minded, and frequently a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter.
31st Oct '17 8:47:03 AM bitemytail
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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 as an example of sexism against men.

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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 bumbling dad 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 as an example of sexism against men.



This is an example of how a SubvertedTrope can end up becoming the norm. Back in the day, fathers were assumed to be wise and in charge, and the BumblingDad was something fresh and unusual--which was arguably [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny what made it so funny in the first place.]] Today, sitcoms have made BumblingDad an UndeadHorseTrope, and consistently competent fathers are a comparative rarity.

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This is an example of how a SubvertedTrope can end up becoming the norm. Back in the day, fathers were assumed to be wise and in charge, and the BumblingDad bumbling dad was something fresh and unusual--which was arguably [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny what made it so funny in the first place.]] Today, sitcoms have made BumblingDad bumbling dad an UndeadHorseTrope, and consistently competent fathers are a comparative rarity.



* Eggo Waffle commercials have dumped their live-action gimmicks in favor of crudely-drawn cartoon shorts featuring a BumblingDad trying to steal his daughter's waffles.
* A commercial for Verizon internet showed a BumblingDad whose wife had to boss him around -- for the good of the family -- to stop him from neglecting his chores in favor of playing with the new computer under the guise of "helping" his daughter with her homework. The way it was played out came across as so unfunny and pointlessly insulting it was actually removed from the air after complaints.

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* Eggo Waffle commercials have dumped their live-action gimmicks in favor of crudely-drawn cartoon shorts featuring a BumblingDad bumbling dad trying to steal his daughter's waffles.
* A commercial for Verizon internet showed a BumblingDad bumbling dad whose wife had to boss him around -- for the good of the family -- to stop him from neglecting his chores in favor of playing with the new computer under the guise of "helping" his daughter with her homework. The way it was played out came across as so unfunny and pointlessly insulting it was actually removed from the air after complaints.



** On the other hand, he's the rare BumblingDad who crosses to [[GoodParents Good Father]] too. It's obvious that he loves Haruhi genuinely and has done his best to raise her ever since his wife/Haruhi's mother Kotoko died, working hard in his very uncommon work in the ''okama'' bar to support both of them - to the point that at least once Haruhi rebukes him not for leaving her alone, but for overworking himself for her.

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** On the other hand, he's the rare BumblingDad bumbling dad who crosses to [[GoodParents Good Father]] too. It's obvious that he loves Haruhi genuinely and has done his best to raise her ever since his wife/Haruhi's mother Kotoko died, working hard in his very uncommon work in the ''okama'' bar to support both of them - to the point that at least once Haruhi rebukes him not for leaving her alone, but for overworking himself for her.



* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' Wayne Szalinski is a [[AbsentMindedProfessor more highly intelligent version]] of the BumblingDad. But he is far from irresponsible, even though his inventions have done bizarre things to his loved ones. Big Russ Thompson, on the other hand...

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* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' Wayne Szalinski is a [[AbsentMindedProfessor more highly intelligent version]] of the BumblingDad.bumbling dad. But he is far from irresponsible, even though his inventions have done bizarre things to his loved ones. Big Russ Thompson, on the other hand...



* Michael from ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'', on the other hand, was an subverion of the BumblingDad trope GoneHorriblyWrong, or [[TruthInTelevision perhaps true to life]]. Instead of being a BumblingDad whose controlled by his wife and children... his relationship with them throughout the series can be summed up with this quote, "I [[JerkAss Bugs Bunny'd]] you."
* The very first BumblingDad on television may have been Stu Erwin, in a show that's known as ''The Stu Erwin Show'' or ''Trouble with Father'' or ''Life with the Erwins'' depending who you ask.

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* Michael from ''Series/MyWifeAndKids'', on the other hand, was an subverion of the BumblingDad bumbling dad trope GoneHorriblyWrong, or [[TruthInTelevision perhaps true to life]]. Instead of being a BumblingDad bumbling dad whose controlled by his wife and children... his relationship with them throughout the series can be summed up with this quote, "I [[JerkAss Bugs Bunny'd]] you."
* The very first BumblingDad bumbling dad on television may have been Stu Erwin, in a show that's known as ''The Stu Erwin Show'' or ''Trouble with Father'' or ''Life with the Erwins'' depending who you ask.



* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' downplays this trope with Kim's father, who is a rocket scientist and is more an AbsentMindedProfessor than a real BumblingDad, and who has often dispatched sage advice, even if he does still refer to her as "Kimmy-cub". Ron's Dad, on the other hand, once showed up in public wearing a cape.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' downplays this trope with Kim's father, who is a rocket scientist and is more an AbsentMindedProfessor than a real BumblingDad, bumbling dad, and who has often dispatched sage advice, even if he does still refer to her as "Kimmy-cub". Ron's Dad, on the other hand, once showed up in public wearing a cape.
22nd Sep '17 11:00:43 PM annette12
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* Billy's dad in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. We're talking a guy so dumb he can make ''Billy'' look good by comparison.

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* Billy's dad in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. We're talking a guy so dumb Like his son, he can make ''Billy'' look good by comparison.often doesn't care about anything and has a small IQ.
22nd Sep '17 10:57:32 PM annette12
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* One of the most notoriously hated examples would be Buck Cluck, from ''Disney/ChickenLittle'', who means well and wants to protect his son from harm; but also acts neglectful and even kind of jerkish to him in the process, often coming across like he cares more about his reputation than his son's emotional well-being.
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