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6th May '16 6:27:54 AM RingSlinger
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* Mr. Fantastic has played a Standard Fifties Father pretty straight since his conception (Although ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #1 was release 1961.) and after marrying his college-sweetheart. "Wives should be kissed and not heard!" indeed. Modern interpretations make him more subtly--and egalitarianly--condescending. So while his archnemisis is mocked for being medieval, he is merely Rockwellian.

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* Mr. Fantastic has played a Standard Fifties Father pretty straight since his conception (Although ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #1 was release released in 1961.) and after marrying his college-sweetheart. "Wives should be kissed and not heard!" indeed. Modern interpretations make him more subtly--and egalitarianly--condescending. So while his archnemisis is mocked for being medieval, he is merely Rockwellian.
21st Apr '16 10:06:18 AM Theriocephalus
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** Played with: at first, Mr. Egbert appears to be one of these -- a caring, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing, sensible man -- albeit with a bizarre passion for harlequins that convinces his son John that the elder Egbert is a street performer. And then it turns out that he's secretly a.) [[spoiler:a perfectly ordinary businessman whose apparent harlequin fixation is in fact an attempt to support John's [[{{Brainwashing}} chucklevoodoo-induced]][[TomatoInTheMirror love of clowns]]]] and b.) [[spoiler:a superhumanly strong, MadeOfIron PapaWolf capable of taking out enormous monsters with his bare hands. And he's also John's half-brother via cloning. It's complicated.]]

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** Played with: at first, Mr. Egbert appears to be one of these -- a caring, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing, sensible man -- albeit with a bizarre passion for harlequins that convinces his son John that the elder Egbert is a street performer. And then it turns out that he's secretly a.) [[spoiler:a perfectly ordinary businessman whose apparent harlequin fixation is in fact an attempt to support John's [[{{Brainwashing}} chucklevoodoo-induced]][[TomatoInTheMirror chucklevoodoo-induced]] [[TomatoInTheMirror love of clowns]]]] and b.) [[spoiler:a superhumanly strong, MadeOfIron PapaWolf capable of taking out enormous monsters with his bare hands. And he's also John's half-brother via cloning. It's complicated.]]
13th Feb '16 2:16:01 PM eroock
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->''It was an elderly car, but well preserved. Not using Crowley's method, though, where dents were simply wished away; this car looked like it did, you knew instinctively, because its owner had spent every weekend for two decades doing all the things the manual said should be done every weekend. Before every journey he walked around it and checked the lights and counted the wheels. Serious-minded men who smoked pipes and wore mustaches had written serious instructions saying that this should be done, and so he did it, because he was a serious-minded man who smoked a pipe and wore a mustache and did not take such injunctions lightly, because if you did, where would you be? He had exactly the right amount of insurance. He drove three miles below the speed limit, or forty miles per hour, whichever was the lower. He wore a tie, even on Saturdays.\\\
Archimedes said that with a long enough lever and a solid enough place to stand, he could move the world. He could have stood on Mr. Young.''

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->''It ->''"It was an elderly car, but well preserved. Not using Crowley's method, though, where dents were simply wished away; this car looked like it did, you knew instinctively, because its owner had spent every weekend for two decades doing all the things the manual said should be done every weekend. Before every journey he walked around it and checked the lights and counted the wheels. Serious-minded men who smoked pipes and wore mustaches had written serious instructions saying that this should be done, and so he did it, because he was a serious-minded man who smoked a pipe and wore a mustache and did not take such injunctions lightly, because if you did, where would you be? He had exactly the right amount of insurance. He drove three miles below the speed limit, or forty miles per hour, whichever was the lower. He wore a tie, even on Saturdays.\\\
Archimedes said that with a long enough lever and a solid enough place to stand, he could move the world. He could have stood on Mr. Young.''"''
4th Feb '16 1:49:28 PM EricaB
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* ''Webcomic/RedMeat'': [[http://www.redmeat.com/max-cannon/MeatLocker?topic=2131683 Ted Johnson]] looks like one of these, with this slicked hair and pipe, but is yet another subversion. He's as much of a perverse CloudCuckoolander as any other character in that strip.
20th Jan '16 6:41:18 PM henry42
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When played straight, the Standard '50s Father's primary function is to offer object lessons and moral instructions to the various members of his family. When PlayedForLaughs, he's the butt of jokes and the perfect example of dorkishness. When played DarkerAndEdgier, he's often the male version of a StepfordSmiler, hiding his neuroses, insecurities, and other issues behind the fatherly facade. Note that [[ForgottenTrope he is rarely played straight anymore]], although the zeal with which writers try to subvert and avert this trope carries its own UnfortunateImplications that audiences simply won't accept a husband or father who's anything other than [[BumblingDad stupid]] and/or [[DomesticAbuser violent]].

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When played straight, the Standard '50s Father's primary function is to offer object lessons and moral instructions to the various members of his family. When PlayedForLaughs, he's the butt of jokes and the perfect example of dorkishness. When played DarkerAndEdgier, he's often the male version of a StepfordSmiler, hiding his neuroses, insecurities, and other issues behind the fatherly facade. Note that [[ForgottenTrope [[DeadHorseTrope he is rarely played straight anymore]], although the zeal with which writers try to subvert and avert this trope carries its own UnfortunateImplications that audiences simply won't accept a husband or father who's anything other than [[BumblingDad stupid]] and/or [[DomesticAbuser violent]].
31st Dec '15 5:03:33 PM nombretomado
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* Carl Winslow from ''FamilyMatters'' during the first couple seasons. Was also the BumblingDad at this time.
* Harshly deconstructed on the very retro-'50s ''TwinPeaks'' with Leland Palmer, who becomes increasingly vulnerable as we see him mourning the death of his only daughter, and the uncovering of [[SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl her dark secrets]] that come with the murder investigation, and he's forced to deal with his failures as a father. [[spoiler: Also, he's the killer.]]

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* Carl Winslow from ''FamilyMatters'' ''Series/FamilyMatters'' during the first couple seasons. Was also the BumblingDad at this time.
* Harshly deconstructed on the very retro-'50s ''TwinPeaks'' ''Series/TwinPeaks'' with Leland Palmer, who becomes increasingly vulnerable as we see him mourning the death of his only daughter, and the uncovering of [[SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl her dark secrets]] that come with the murder investigation, and he's forced to deal with his failures as a father. [[spoiler: Also, he's the killer.]]



* ''{{Community}}'' - in "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy", Chang wants the chance to be a father to Shirley's son (it's a 50/50 chance he's the biological father) and Jeff tells him Shirley might give him the chance if he acts responsibly, just to get him out of his apartment. Chang starts dressing and acting like every '50s tv sitcom dad in a clear case of SanitySlippage.

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* ''{{Community}}'' ''Series/{{Community}}'' - in "Custody Law and Eastern European Diplomacy", Chang wants the chance to be a father to Shirley's son (it's a 50/50 chance he's the biological father) and Jeff tells him Shirley might give him the chance if he acts responsibly, just to get him out of his apartment. Chang starts dressing and acting like every '50s tv sitcom dad in a clear case of SanitySlippage.
28th Dec '15 12:16:01 PM Anddrix
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* Mr. Fantastic has played a Standard Fifties Father pretty straight since his conception (Although ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #1 was release 1961.) and after marrying his college-sweetheart. "Wives should be kissed and not heard!" indeed. Modern interpretations make him more subtly--and egalitarianly--condescending. So while his [[DoctorDoom archnemisis]] is mocked for being medieval, he is merely Rockwellian.

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* Mr. Fantastic has played a Standard Fifties Father pretty straight since his conception (Although ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' #1 was release 1961.) and after marrying his college-sweetheart. "Wives should be kissed and not heard!" indeed. Modern interpretations make him more subtly--and egalitarianly--condescending. So while his [[DoctorDoom archnemisis]] archnemisis is mocked for being medieval, he is merely Rockwellian.
14th Dec '15 5:32:39 AM StFan
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->''"It was an elderly car, but well preserved. Not using Crowley's method, though, where dents were simply wished away; this car looked like it did, you knew instinctively, because its owner had spent every weekend for two decades doing all the things the manual said should be done every weekend. Before every journey he walked around it and checked the lights and counted the wheels. Serious-minded men who smoked pipes and wore mustaches had written serious instructions saying that this should be done, and so he did it, because he was a serious-minded man who smoked a pipe and wore a mustache and did not take such injunctions lightly, because if you did, where would you be? He had exactly the right amount of insurance. He drove three miles below the speed limit, or forty miles per hour, whichever was the lower. He wore a tie, even on Saturdays.''

->''Archimedes said that with a long enough lever and a solid enough place to stand, he could move the world. He could have stood on Mr. Young."''

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->''"It ->''It was an elderly car, but well preserved. Not using Crowley's method, though, where dents were simply wished away; this car looked like it did, you knew instinctively, because its owner had spent every weekend for two decades doing all the things the manual said should be done every weekend. Before every journey he walked around it and checked the lights and counted the wheels. Serious-minded men who smoked pipes and wore mustaches had written serious instructions saying that this should be done, and so he did it, because he was a serious-minded man who smoked a pipe and wore a mustache and did not take such injunctions lightly, because if you did, where would you be? He had exactly the right amount of insurance. He drove three miles below the speed limit, or forty miles per hour, whichever was the lower. He wore a tie, even on Saturdays.''

->''Archimedes
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Archimedes
said that with a long enough lever and a solid enough place to stand, he could move the world. He could have stood on Mr. Young."''
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* In one of Christopher Hart's ''How To Draw Manga'' books, he suggests making the father of any magical girl character the reader creates like this for comedic value.

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* In one of Christopher Hart's ''How To to Draw Manga'' books, he suggests making the father of any magical girl character the reader creates like this for comedic value.



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* Prysm's 'father' in the virtual reality in which she was raised in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic book (the VR having been designed to simulate the world of a 50s sitcom).

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* Prysm's 'father' "father" in the virtual reality in which she was raised in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comic book (the VR having been designed to simulate the world of a 50s sitcom).



* {{Mafalda}}'s father Ángel, though he can be more neurotic than the standard.



* ''ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}}'': Mafalda's father Ángel, though he can be more neurotic than the standard.



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* Subverted with Smokey from ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'': he looks like he's stepped straight out of the staid starchiness of Fifties suburbia, but it soon becomes clear he's as filthy-minded as the rest of the cast.
** Ghastly himself looked like the perfect stereotype of the '50s father.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. At first, Mr. Egbert appears to be one of these -- a caring, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing, sensible man -- albeit with a bizarre passion for harlequins that convinces his son John that the elder Egbert is a street performer. And then it turns out that he's secretly a.) [[spoiler:a perfectly ordinary businessman whose apparent harlequin fixation is in fact an attempt to support John's [[{{Brainwashing}} chucklevoodoo-induced]][[TomatoInTheMirror love of clowns]]]] and b.) [[spoiler:a superhumanly strong, MadeOfIron PapaWolf capable of taking out enormous monsters with his bare hands.]]
** [[spoiler: And he's also John's half-brother via cloning. It's complicated.]]

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* ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'':
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Subverted with Smokey from ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'': Smokey: he looks like he's stepped straight out of the staid starchiness of Fifties suburbia, but it soon becomes clear he's as filthy-minded as the rest of the cast.
** Ghastly himself looked looks like the perfect stereotype of the '50s father.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
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Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. At with: at first, Mr. Egbert appears to be one of these -- a caring, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing, sensible man -- albeit with a bizarre passion for harlequins that convinces his son John that the elder Egbert is a street performer. And then it turns out that he's secretly a.) [[spoiler:a perfectly ordinary businessman whose apparent harlequin fixation is in fact an attempt to support John's [[{{Brainwashing}} chucklevoodoo-induced]][[TomatoInTheMirror love of clowns]]]] and b.) [[spoiler:a superhumanly strong, MadeOfIron PapaWolf capable of taking out enormous monsters with his bare hands.]]
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And he's also John's half-brother via cloning. It's complicated.]]



* Elliot is cast as one of these in a dream sequence in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2004-08-09 here.]]
* The Christian householder [[http://cockeyed.cfw.me/comics/3/ here]]

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* Elliot is cast as one of these in a dream sequence in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2004-08-09 here.]]
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"Sleepy Time: Elliot's Dream, Part I"]].
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The Christian householder [[http://cockeyed.cfw.me/comics/3/ here]]



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14th Dec '15 5:07:19 AM StFan
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* Dagwood Bumstead of ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}''.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's Dad looks a bit like one of these. He occasionally subverts it by making up Just So stories. For example, he tells Calvin that the reason that old movies were in black and white is because the world was black and white then, and that the sun sets each night in Arizona, which is why the rocks there are so red.
* Henry Mitchell in ''Comicstrip/DennisTheMenaceUS''.
* Mark Trail of ''Comicstrip/MarkTrail'', even though he was invented in the '40s, not '50s.
* "The Appletons" was a regular strip in the ''Franchise/NationalLampoon'', a very typical "50s family" with a dad who's a smiling, pipe-smoking psycho who constantly messes with his kids' heads.
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* Dagwood Bumstead of ''{{Blondie}}''.
* In ''Comicstrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's Dad looks a bit like one of these. He occasionally subverts it by making up Just So stories. For example, he tells Calvin that the reason that old movies were in black and white is because the world was black and white then, and that the sun sets each night in Arizona, which is why the rocks there are so red.
* Henry Mitchell in ''Comicstrip/DennisTheMenaceUS''.
* MarkTrail of ''Comicstrip/MarkTrail'', even though he was invented in the 40's, not 50's.
* "The Appletons" was a regular strip in the ''NationalLampoon'', a very typical "50s family" with a dad who's a smiling, pipe-smoking psycho who constantly messes with his kids' heads.
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8th Dec '15 7:13:18 PM jormis29
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* {{Octodad}} [[PaperThinDisguise attempts to be one]]. But he's [[CaptainObvious really an octopus.]]

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* {{Octodad}} ''VideoGame/{{Octodad}}'' [[PaperThinDisguise attempts to be one]]. But he's [[CaptainObvious really an octopus.]]
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