The middle ground between Disappeared Dad and Bumbling Dad.
The Disgrunted Dad is an Always Male character who is touted as being a "good", sympathetic, or relatable father despite the fact that they don't seem to know anything about raising a child. In fiction, a consistent stereotype is that Men Are Uncultured. Although fathers were once seen as the head of the family and old-school family values used to focus on his wisdom and devotion, in later years, this has become discredited. Although examples of "good" fathers still exist, the focus has become less about the father's wisdom and devotion, and more about his ability to protect. Today, examples of "good" fathers tend to be Papa Wolves, with the ability to protect his children (usually violently) or to suffer on their behalf taking precedence over everything else. Often, even if the dad is an idiot or absent, the narrative will still focus on how good of a person he is if he goes on a Roaring Rampage of Rescue or makes himself utterly miserable to save them. You rarely if ever see them doing any effective parenting besides this. Often, the act of rescuing or protecting the child will strengthen the bond between the man and his children. If a mother is present in the setting, she is either the one living with the children (when divorced) or she constantly berates the father for his failings. Naturally, family counseling is either never brought up or the father hates that he's been reduced to it. If the mother has remarried or is dating someone else, the new guy is usually used as a foil to show how unheroic he is compared to the first dad. This usually overlaps with First Father Wins.