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23rd Jun '16 10:11:09 PM MHarrington
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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. However, it's easy to forgive Goofy, 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 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, Goofy for being bumbling as a family man, because bumbling has always been part of his overall personality.


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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".
16th Jun '16 11:06:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* Hugh Neutron from ''JimmyNeutron''. Many times, Hugh would screw up one of Jimmy's inventions.

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* Hugh Neutron from ''JimmyNeutron''.''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron''. Many times, Hugh would screw up one of Jimmy's inventions.



* Mr. X from ''TheXs'' is your typical bumbling father, who knows 50 ways to destroy a man with his bare hands alone.

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* Mr. X from ''TheXs'' ''WesternAnimation/TheXs'' is your typical bumbling father, who knows 50 ways to destroy a man with his bare hands alone.
19th May '16 1:44:52 PM Willbyr
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* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has Fujioka Haruhi's widowed father Ranka. He's an odd person considering he's a WholesomeCrossdresser, bisexual, and can be a bit silly at times (especially in some of Haruhi's flashbacks when she was little). His bumbliness is very much portrayed as endearing, and a trait he shares with Haruhi's LoveInterest Suou Tamaki.

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* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has Fujioka Haruhi's widowed father Ranka. He's an odd person considering he's a WholesomeCrossdresser, bisexual, and can be a bit silly at times (especially in some of Haruhi's flashbacks when she was little). His bumbliness is very much portrayed as endearing, and a trait he shares with Haruhi's LoveInterest Suou Tamaki.
19th May '16 1:44:39 PM Willbyr
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* Tenchi's dad Noboyuki in ''TenchiMuyo''. He is a pretty competent architect, but when off-duty he exemplifies the trope.

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* Tenchi's dad Noboyuki in ''TenchiMuyo''.''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. He is a pretty competent architect, but when off-duty he exemplifies the trope.
18th May '16 11:06:08 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Ouka, father of Recca Hanabishi, in the ''FlameOfRecca'' manga is like this, [[spoiler:despite being a stoic bad ass leader of Recca's 8 headed dragons, Resshin]]. In the anime, however, he's just like a normal, [[TheStoic stoic]] dad.

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* Ouka, father of Recca Hanabishi, in the ''FlameOfRecca'' ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' manga is like this, [[spoiler:despite being a stoic bad ass leader of Recca's 8 headed dragons, Resshin]]. In the anime, however, he's just like a normal, [[TheStoic stoic]] dad.
16th May '16 2:13:33 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Oscar Proud from ''TheProudFamily.'' Oscar Proud is an unsuccessful inventor of snack foods. He regularly engages in, and loses, competitions with his {{Rival}} "The Wizard." He is the frequent victim of cartoon-slapstick mishaps. His mother, the "cool" grandmother Sugar Momma, insults him constantly. And to top it all off, many episodes portray him foolishly overprotective of his daughter Penny.

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* Oscar Proud from ''TheProudFamily.''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily.'' Oscar Proud is an unsuccessful inventor of snack foods. He regularly engages in, and loses, competitions with his {{Rival}} "The Wizard." He is the frequent victim of cartoon-slapstick mishaps. His mother, the "cool" grandmother Sugar Momma, insults him constantly. And to top it all off, many episodes portray him foolishly overprotective of his daughter Penny.
12th May '16 7:59:32 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* Gang-du from ''Film/TheHost'' is a bumbling dad who has to try and save his daughter from a giant monster.

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* Gang-du from ''Film/TheHost'' is a bumbling dad who has to try clumsy, immature and save absent-minded, which explains why his wife left him. He feeds his daughter from Hyun-seo ''beer'' and can't even gather enough money to buy her a cellphone. In fact, he's so clumsy that he inadvertently allows his daughter to be captured by a giant monster.monster from the river Han. Still, as incompetent as he is, he loves his daughter more than anything else in the world and fights with all his might to save her. And as it turns out, the authorities are even more inefficient than he is.
8th May '16 5:52:08 PM nombretomado
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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''.''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.
20th Apr '16 1:55:35 PM Dechstreme
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* Goku by ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Despite being one of the strongest beings in the universe, he still has traits of this trope.

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* Goku by ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Despite being one of the strongest beings in the universe, he still has traits of this trope. Mostly in the "doesn't get modern civilization" department, though; Goku does have quite several skills outside of combat, like wilderness survival skills, including first aid and hunting and fishing, construction work, something he learned as a kid in his training with Master Roshi and he is implied to have built the modern Son Family house besides his grandfather's shrine. Problem is, the story just keeps him from one fight to another and doesn't really let him show off these skills at all.
14th Apr '16 10:47:39 AM BatmanKalEl
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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 sexual roles enforced by this trope are often pointed to by feminists as a sign 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 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 sexual roles enforced by this trope are often pointed to by feminists as a sign of how sexism hurts men as well as women.
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