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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.
28th Mar '16 11:56:57 AM Gravidef
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* In ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', there is Frank Barone, a blustering uberboor with no concept of sensitivity or restraint who embodies this trope: his husbanding skills to Marie are non-existent, and his concept of bringing up sons involved intimidation and lots of shouting combined with insult and rough treatment. all for their own good, naturally. His sense of personal hygeine is hazy and he is a voracious glutton as well as an exemplar of DoomItYourself.

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* In ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', there is Frank Barone, a blustering uberboor with no concept of sensitivity or restraint who embodies this trope: his husbanding skills to Marie are non-existent, and his concept of bringing up sons involved intimidation and lots of shouting combined with insult insults and rough treatment. all treatment--all for their own good, naturally. His sense of personal hygeine hygiene is hazy and he is a voracious glutton as well as an exemplar of DoomItYourself.



** A few episodes of the show suggest that Ray ''deliberately'' invokes this trope--by messing up simple tasks, he gets out of doing work. Granted, that's just as frustrating...



* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Ray Barone.


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* Largely averted with Dan Conner on ''Series/{{Roseanne}}''. While he could be a little bumbling (such as needing help finding his lost pants) and occasionally lazy in regards to household chores such as cooking, he is, for the most part, attentive, hard-working, and an excellent father to his children, providing CoolAndUnusualPunishment when the need arises and [[PapaWolf not being afraid to take on anyone who hurts his family]].
28th Mar '16 5:45:56 AM Adept
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* ViewtifulJoe's father, Jet Black.
* The Irresponsible Dad in ''HappyWheels''.

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* ViewtifulJoe's VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe's father, Jet Black.
* The Irresponsible Dad in ''HappyWheels''.''VideoGame/HappyWheels''.
19th Mar '16 8:55:10 AM Hossmeister
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18th Mar '16 11:03:21 PM Hossmeister
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16th Mar '16 12:20:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* Al Bundy of ''MarriedWithChildren'' is a more caustic version of this.

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* Al Bundy of ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' is a more caustic version of this.



* Bob Duncan from ''GoodLuckCharlie''.

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* Bob Duncan from ''GoodLuckCharlie''.''Series/GoodLuckCharlie''.



* Mr C in ''HappyDays''. Not quite as bumbling as later examples, but an early subversion of "Father Knows Best" type dads (to quote one [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]]: "He doesn't look like a father. [[RealityIsUnrealistic He looks like]] ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic my]]'' [[RealityIsUnrealistic father]].")
* Jim of ''AccordingToJim''.

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* Mr C in ''HappyDays''.''Series/HappyDays''. Not quite as bumbling as later examples, but an early subversion of "Father Knows Best" type dads (to quote one [[ExecutiveMeddling meddling executive]]: "He doesn't look like a father. [[RealityIsUnrealistic He looks like]] ''[[RealityIsUnrealistic my]]'' [[RealityIsUnrealistic father]].")
* Jim of ''AccordingToJim''.''Series/AccordingToJim''.



* Michael Rappaport's character in ''TheWarAtHome'' managed to combine this trope with {{Jerkass}}.
* Cliff Huxtable from ''TheCosbyShow'' was created specifically as an antidote for this. Bill Cosby was tired of all the father figures on TV being essentially dominated by their kids, and created a competent, intelligent, but still ''funny'' father character for himself. It's still present in a downplayed form, as his family ''refuse'' to let him try to fix household appliances.

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* Michael Rappaport's character in ''TheWarAtHome'' ''Series/TheWarAtHome'' managed to combine this trope with {{Jerkass}}.
* Cliff Huxtable from ''TheCosbyShow'' ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' was created specifically as an antidote for this. Bill Cosby was tired of all the father figures on TV being essentially dominated by their kids, and created a competent, intelligent, but still ''funny'' father character for himself. It's still present in a downplayed form, as his family ''refuse'' to let him try to fix household appliances.



* A stock trope on ''TheMunsters'' was that Herman Munster would screw up in some well-meaning way as a father/family patriarch and the rest of the family would rally around to get him out without damaging his ego (too much). Also from the series was Grandpa, who didn't let the fact his daughter was [[SheIsAllGrownUp All Grown Up]] stop him from acting just as bad as Herman in the fatherhood department.

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* A stock trope on ''TheMunsters'' ''Series/TheMunsters'' was that Herman Munster would screw up in some well-meaning way as a father/family patriarch and the rest of the family would rally around to get him out without damaging his ego (too much). Also from the series was Grandpa, who didn't let the fact his daughter was [[SheIsAllGrownUp All Grown Up]] stop him from acting just as bad as Herman in the fatherhood department.



* Most people who remember ''MakeRoomForDaddy'' probably remember the many times Danny Williams was this, his excuse being that his work as a nightclub singer kept him from spending a lot of time with his family. Much of this took place later in the series, after Danny had married Kathy. In its earliest inception, the show was noted for more serious portrayals of Danny and Margaret's conflict, to the point that Margaret talked about leaving (pretty edgy for 1953). When the actress playing Margaret quit, though, they just said that Margaret had died.

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* Most people who remember ''MakeRoomForDaddy'' ''Series/MakeRoomForDaddy'' probably remember the many times Danny Williams was this, his excuse being that his work as a nightclub singer kept him from spending a lot of time with his family. Much of this took place later in the series, after Danny had married Kathy. In its earliest inception, the show was noted for more serious portrayals of Danny and Margaret's conflict, to the point that Margaret talked about leaving (pretty edgy for 1953). When the actress playing Margaret quit, though, they just said that Margaret had died.



* Creator/WilliamShatner plays one in his TV series, ''[[Series/ShitMyDadSays $h*! My Dad Says]]''. The title says it all.

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* Creator/WilliamShatner plays one in his TV series, ''[[Series/ShitMyDadSays $h*! My Dad Says]]''.''Series/ShitMyDadSays''. The title says it all.



* Averted by Jimmy Chance on RaisingHope, who is shown to be a loving, attentive, and good parent. His father (and mother) are shown to be bumbling parents in flashbacks.

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* Averted by Jimmy Chance on RaisingHope, Series/RaisingHope, who is shown to be a loving, attentive, and good parent. His father (and mother) are shown to be bumbling parents in flashbacks.
8th Mar '16 7:54:05 PM AdamNY
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* Danny Tanner from "Series/Full House" was borderline. He wasn't exactly a dumb dad, but he had his moments of being dumb.
1st Mar '16 12:43:54 PM PurrElise
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* Greg Universe from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is an interesting case; The Gems at least consider him to be this, and it's true that Greg, being a human, doesn't understand much about Gems and magic, making him unable to help Steven develop his powers. Plus, he does have some quirks usually found in Bumbling Dads. But if you look at him better, you see that, as an actual father, he's loving, supportive, protective, and an all-around competent parent who tries to raise Steven as good as he can.

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* Greg Universe from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is an interesting case; The Gems at least consider him to be this, and it's true that Greg, being a human, doesn't understand much about Gems and magic, making him unable to help Steven develop his powers. Plus, he does have some quirks usually found in Bumbling Dads. But if you look at him better, you see that, as an actual father, he's loving, supportive, protective, and an all-around competent parent who tries to raise Steven as good as best he can.


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* Dwayne in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' is this since he's an {{Expy}} of [[Film/NationalLampoonsVacation Clark Griswold]], who may be the king of this trope.
25th Feb '16 12:19:25 PM AdamNY
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* Carl Winslow from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' was this on occasion (more so in the first few seasons).

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* Carl Winslow from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' was this on occasion (more so occasion. For instance, in the first few seasons)."Opposites Attract" episode when Harriet asks, "Why must I take part in such a pointless activity?" Carl responds, "Because we are men and we thrive on pointless activity."
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