Created By: rtvc2012 on February 19, 2012 Last Edited By: rtvc2012 on February 25, 2012

Defrosting Dad

A seemingly distant or uncaring father who [[IGotBetter gets better]]

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Some movies have a father figure who is cold, uninvolved in their kids' upbringing, or even an outright Jerk Ass, but as time goes on, he evolves into the loving dad he really is deep down.


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  • February 19, 2012
    ^ That's misuse of I Got Better. Make sure that at some point you've READ the trope you're linking to.
  • February 19, 2012
    Good idea for a trope though.
  • February 19, 2012
    • Jessie Shimmer's dad, Ian, from Spellbent, though in his case, he was forced to be distant for the sake of his children.
    • Captain Picard in one episode of Star Trek The Next Generation although they're not his children, he still goes from finding them an annoyance and a drag to being more fatherly to them.
  • February 19, 2012
    ^This trope was pretty much Picard's arc when it came to families and especially kids. It took him losing his own family to really drive his own regrets home.
  • February 19, 2012
  • February 19, 2012
    Indeed; "defrosting" only works in the context of Defrosting Ice Queen.
  • February 19, 2012
    " Basically you have a person who has a cold demeanor that needs to be warmed up, demeanor-wise."

    I'm seeing a relationship to this trope as currently described.
  • February 19, 2012
    "Cold" and "frozen" are not synonymous, literally or figuratively. The name Defrosting Ice Queen is a pun. The ice queen is "defrosting," in other words, the "ice" is gradually melting.

    "Defrosting dad" is just a poor snowclone. It Needs A Better Title.
  • February 19, 2012
    In Mary Poppins the family name is Banks, not Burns.
  • February 20, 2012
    Steve Martin's father in Parenthood defrosts slightly at the end.
  • February 22, 2012
    I think the sponsor knows the title is bad. It's hard to think of a good name for this one, so he went with something that would get the point across. Bad Snowclone or not, the title definitely gives the right impression.

    How about Coming Around Father?

    Compare Defrosting Ice Queen, where the person coming around is a Love Interest or female person of interest.
  • February 23, 2012
    The Great Prince from Bambi II
  • February 25, 2012