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->'''Mr. Bergstrom''': Lisa, your homework is always so neat. How can I put this? Does your father help you with it?
->'''Lisa''': No. Homework's not my father's specialty.
->'''Mr. Bergstrom''': Well there's no shame in it, I mean, my dad--
->'''Lisa''': Not mine.
->'''Mr. Bergstrom''': You didn't let me finish--
->'''Lisa''': Unless the next word was "burped", you didn't have to.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

Born out of the SitCom DysfunctionalFamily, he's a deliberate subversion of the StandardFiftiesFather. Now so ubiquitous the older trope is nearly [[ForgottenTrope forgotten]].

Although he's clever at times, he's not usually allowed to be smart. He has no idea that ShortcutsMakeLongDelays. He's lazy, gluttonous and has miscellaneous other glaring vices. His children may love him, but they often don't respect him. However, he is still a sympathetic character; the source of his charm is his complete love and loyalty to his family, even if the main way he shows it is by fixing problems he caused himself.

His family is made up of at least one child nearing or in their teenage years, and a [[WomenAreWiser wife]] (usually [[UglyGuyHotWife much prettier than Dad]]) who spends her time ParentingTheHusband. If he has one or more teenage daughters, at least one will be a BrattyTeenageDaughter or a DaddysGirl; whether they are or not, the dad will be an OverprotectiveDad in regards to the girl(s) -- and quite often [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Amazingly Embarrassing]] to the girls and the boys alike.

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. [[note]]Sadly, when you try to subvert this trope by making fathers look cool, some feminists will ''still'' complain that it's sexist, because they feel it [[http://www.salon.com/2014/07/28/dont_believe_that_new_cheerios_commercial_why_i_hate_the_myth_of_the_cool_dad makes the mother look bad.]] [[/note]]

This trope is still mostly seen in [[SitCom sitcoms]] and cartoons, along with many commercials, especially ones aimed at kids. In {{anime}}, this type of character is taken more respectfully, since it usually consists of a goofier dad, more involved with his family than the stereotypical {{Salaryman}}. This is even more common when his children have [[ParentalAbandonment no visible]] [[MissingMom mother]].

This is an example of how a SubvertedTrope can end up becoming the norm. Back in the day, fathers were assumed to be wise and in charge, and the BumblingDad was something fresh and unusual. Today, sitcoms have made BumblingDad an UndeadHorseTrope, and consistently competent fathers are a comparative rarity.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Popular in many, ''many'' television commercials -- especially for products associated with domestic tasks like cooking, cleaning and childcare, as this plays into the complementary trope and stereotype that MenCantKeepHouse.
* Eggo Waffle commercials have dumped their live-action gimmicks in favor of crudely-drawn cartoon shorts featuring a BumblingDad trying to steal his daughter's waffles.
* A commercial for Verizon internet showed a BumblingDad whose wife had to boss him around -- for the good of the family -- to stop him from neglecting his chores in favor of playing with the new computer under the guise of "helping" his daughter with her homework. The way it was played out came across as so unfunny and pointlessly insulting it was actually removed from the air after complaints.
** Heck, several phone and cable commercials will still treat the dad like a goofy dumbass even when he's doing exactly what he's supposed to and buying the advertised service!
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Goku by ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Despite being one of the strongest beings in the universe, he still has traits of this trope.
* In ''RanmaOneHalf'', both Soun Tendo and Genma Saotome were often {{Bumbling Dad}}s more typical of the American form of the trope than the Japanese style (as opposed to the {{egregious}} Principal Kuno in the same series, who was very much in the Japanese mold despite his obsession with Hawaii). This was even more pronounced for those times when they ''did'' act like the competent martial artists they were supposed to be.
** Genma's a rather... ''interesting'' case in that he's often more straight-up malicious than your standard Bumbling Dad. There are quite a few stories where he doesn't even have a hint of good intentions behind his actions, and he's motivated by pure selfishness/sadism.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Isshin Kurosaki, Ichigo's widower father. [[spoiler:However, we learn later on that Isshin is in fact an exiled captain-level shinigami, and that his goofiness is a put-on. He's still goofy after TheReveal, just more of a {{Badass}}. Also, most of his goofiness with relation to Ichigo was actually him being a StealthMentor, teaching Ichigo how to fight without Ichigo even realizing it]]. He is still, however, a complete incompetent boob when it comes to Yuzu and Karin.
* Tenchi's dad Noboyuki in ''TenchiMuyo''. He is a pretty competent architect, but when off-duty he exemplifies the trope.
* Nanjiroh Echizen in ''ThePrinceOfTennis'', though it can be said he's also a case of ObfuscatingStupidity.
** In the manga, Tezuka's father Kuniharu is hinted to be a bit like this too. Quite a contrast with his kid and ''his'' dad.
* 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.
** Recca's adoptive father, Shigeo Hanabishi, however, plays this trope straight in both versions.
* All the fathers in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', to some degree. Special mention goes to Kenji Senou, Aiko's single father.
* Sojiro Izumi, Konata's widowed, perverted, gaming father in ''Anime/LuckyStar''. The fact that [[FanNickname he was nicknamed]] ''Awesome-kun'' is not surprising ''at all''.
** It should be mentioned that the manga implied Soujirou is actually the least BookDumb living member of the Izumi-Kobayakawa household.
* Hajime in ''Anime/HellGirl'' at times.
* ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari'' has Kou Shoka, who fills the role not only for his daughter Shuurei, but also to a lesser degree for both Seiran and the young Emperor, Shi Ryuuki. He mostly comes off as kind and good-natured but hopelessly inept, [[spoiler:at least until it's revealed that he's also the highly skilled assassin known as the Black Wolf and that his bumbling is mostly an act]].
* Kogoro Mouri of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is a loser, but his care towards his daughter Ran is utterly remarkable, which makes him a PapaWolf all the way. He may burn through a bar's worth of alcohol and tobacco in a day, but threaten his little girl Ran ''and he will have your face for a doily.''
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', [[CloudcuckooLander Shinigami and Spirit]] count. Though the case of the former, it's partly the result of putting on a more child-friendly persona, which he then apparently [[BecomingTheMask became]] fond of.
* ''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.
** On the other hand, he's the rare BumblingDad who crosses to [[GoodParents Good Father]] too. It's obvious that he loves Haruhi genuinely and has done his best to raise her ever since his wife/Haruhi's mother Kotoko died, working hard in his very uncommon work in the ''okama'' bar to support both of them - to the point that at least once Haruhi rebukes him not for leaving her alone, but for overworking himself for her.
* Ichigo's dad in ''TokyoMewMew'' is a bit...off his rocker, but nonetheless a very nice guy. Ichigo speaks of him and her mother as her "ideal couple", and hopes that she and her love interest Aoyama will be like them one day.
* ''LightNovel/{{Inukami}}'': Dai Youko, Youko's father, is the goofy dad type; described as an [[OneOfTheKids "adult child"]], he throws tantrums when he finds out Youko's in love with her tamer. However he's far from incompetent. Instead he's the only one capable of fighting the BigBad in single combat.

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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* The Father in TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. In contrast, the Other Father is attentive, caring, and much cooler.
** However, this one is potentially justified, as it's shown in the movie that both her father and mother are distracted due to the move, and her father is ''especially'' distracted since he needs to get a major project done for his job. That, and since it's all from a [[UnreliableNarrator child's perspective]]...
* Professor Bomba from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' is already unused to interacting with humans, let alone his own daughter.
* In ''LadyAndTheTramp II: Scamp's Adventure'' Scamp sees his father as one of these, a lazy dad who could never understand his desire to be a wild dog. Little does he know that his father was THE wild dog back in the day.
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[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* Played with in ''Film/AmericanBeauty''. Kevin Spacey's character is initially a depressing version of this, but as the movie continues he manages to shirk the mantle.
* Played with in ''Film/{{Juno}}'', where the protagonists' father and stepmom look clueless in the beginning but appear wiser and emotionally supportive as the movie advances.
* Creator/JohnCandy played at least a couple of characters like this, such as in ''Film/SummerRental'' and ''Great Outdoors''.
* ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'' Wayne Szalinski is a [[AbsentMindedProfessor more highly intelligent version]] of the BumblingDad. But he is far from irresponsible, even though his inventions have done bizarre things to his loved ones. Big Russ Thompson, on the other hand...
* ''Are We There Yet?'' movies has gangsta rapper Ice Cube in this role, of all people.
* Clark Griswald is very much this in the ''Film/NationalLampoonsVacation'' movies.
** Pretty much, every movie where Chevy Chase plays the dad, starting with ''Cops and Robbersons'' and going rapidly downhill. His role as Clark Griswold might have been an aversion if he could have kept his plans from going to hell, but that was rarely ever his fault; fate just doesn't like the Griswold clan.
* The clueless dad in the fluffy tween comedy ''Film/{{Sleepover}}'' embodies this.
* ''Film/MrMom'' is about a bumbling dad who has to stay at home and take care of the kids while his wife works.
** Really a subversion. Once he stops feeling sorry for himself about being unemployed and his wife being the breadwinner, he gets it together and gets quite good in the role.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', where three female pixies are bumbling moms and the only male involved in raising the child is shown to be quite good at it.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Papa [[SpeciesSurname Bear]] of ''TheBerenstainBears''.
* Frank Heffley in ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' is a bumbling dad. He acts like he's in his 80s. Not only does he regularly yell "Dagnabbed rotten teenagers!", but in the webcomic, he tries to get Classical music playing throughout the town to scare the teenagers away, is apparently teenager phobic, can't figure out how Gregory's game system is even hooked up to the TV, and says people at drive-thrus are idiots...yet he tries to place his order ''through a garbage can''.
* This is the premise of Jill Murphy's ''[[http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Large-Charge-Jill-Murphy/dp/0763627399 Mr. Large in Charge]]''.
** Though in the AnimatedAdaptation of this series, ''The Large Family'', both the mother and father are portrayed of either equal competence level, or Mr. Large being slightly more competent compared to the slightly bumbling Mrs. Large.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Arthur Weasley (Ron's father) somewhat gives off this vibe, although he seems to be competent enough when it really counts. [[GenerationXerox Ron possibly fulfills this trope during the epilogue era.]] Vernon Dursley might count as a rare villainous version.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''StepByStep'': Frank Lambert was a clear example, usually by trying too hard be the father. This often annoyed or outright angered eldest stepdaughter Dana many times, who viewed him as uncouth and uneducated ... but many times, Dana could rely on Frank to stick up for her in her time of need.
* Phil Dunphy of ''ModernFamily,'' mainly as a result of his attempts to seem cool.
* Al Bundy of ''MarriedWithChildren'' is a more caustic version of this.
** In the case of Al Bundy it's more along the lines of a reasonably competent man who's been surrounded by insane circumstances for so long it's hard for him to care anymore and he doesn't apply himself. He hates his life, his wife, his kids, his job, his neighbors, his boss and everything else he has to deal with, and when he proves he knows what he's doing nobody cares. Why even bother?
* Steven Keaton on ''Series/FamilyTies''.
* Tim Taylor in ''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 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".
** In other words, he fixes things the way a MadScientist would.
** 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.
* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'', where Ray's intelligence was stripped away as the seasons went by so that the show could more easily employ the ParentingTheHusband trope in order to try and make the wife look more sympathetic and pander to her fans. And, unfortunately, they used this trope to attempt to justify the wife's smug and abusive treatment of him. Though the kids there were initially much younger than in other examples.
** The kids are ''scenery.''
* Bob Duncan from ''GoodLuckCharlie''.
* Hal from ''MalcolmInTheMiddle''. However, he shows great intelligence and patience for an example of this trope - his relationship with his family is as far as the similarity goes. Certainly his wife is more of an antagonist than him. In fact, it's frequently hinted that Hal used to be a happy, intelligent, emotionally stable guy before marrying Lois.
** There's also a great episode were Hal becomes increasingly reckless and carefree when Lois isn't around to temper his more compulsive attributes.
*** Hal is the INSTIGATOR for most of the madness in the Middle household, and the part of the equation the kids get their mischief from. Lois might be more strict and punishing, but Hal is the one with all the crazy schemes..
* 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''.
** It's easier to just include every father from Family-Based sitcoms than naming then, from ''Series/StillStanding'' to ''GroundedForLife''.
* 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.
** In terms of being a father, yes: Heathcliff Huxtable averts this trope (with so few exceptions you can count them on one hand). However, the Huxtable family will do anything possible to keep him from fixing any of the household components (appliances, plumbing, etc.).
* Also averted by Uncle Phil on ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''. Yes, he has his moments of stupidity, but overall, Uncle Phil's portrayed as competent and knowledgeable way more often than other sitcom dads. And he's also an excellent lawyer and an even better judge, although his skills as a handyman and cook are even less impressive than Bill Cosby's above.
* Michael from ''MyWifeAndKids'', on the other hand, was an subverion of the BumblingDad trope GoneHorriblyWrong, or [[TruthInTelevision perhaps true to life]]. Instead of being a BumblingDad whose controlled by his wife and children... his relationship with them throughout the series can be summed up with this quote, "I [[JerkAss Bugs Bunny'd]] you."
* The very first BumblingDad on television may have been Stu Erwin, in a show that's known as ''The Stu Erwin Show'' or ''Trouble with Father'' or ''Life with the Erwins'' depending who you ask.
* 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.
* [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Gomez Addams]], on the other hand, had eccentric habits and interests and could lean towards CloudCuckoolander tendencies at times, but was still depicted as a selfless, loving and attentive husaband and father. In addition to being HappilyMarried, he and his wife Morticia usually worked together to solve various family problems.
* Josh's dad Alan on ''Series/PleaseLikeMe'' is a well-meaning guy who nevertheless manages to behave irresponsibly with a certain regularity.
* 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. Talk about UnfortunateImplications.
* Felix Unger in the TV adaptation of ''TheOddCouple'' mostly averts this (being an incredibly good cook and housekeeper), but his dorky demeanor usually draws his children's attentions towards [[CoolUncle Oscar]].
* Creator/WilliamShatner plays one in his TV series, ''[[Series/ShitMyDadSays $h*! My Dad Says]]''. The title says it all.
* In an odd dramatic example, Don Draper of ''Series/MadMen'' tends to be cluelessly oblivious, if well-meaning, towards his children (particularly [[DaddysGirl Sally]]), in sharp contrast to Betty (who is [[AbusiveParents generally quite cold and hits Sally for her acts of rebellion]]).
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', though we never saw any of his family aside from his granddaughter, it's heavily implied that the Doctor was one of these, due to most of his incarnations being wonderfully eccentric.
* William Francis Tanner, better known as Willie Tanner, the dad from the show, ''Series/{{ALF}}
* Inverted in ''UpAllNight'', as [[http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/06/what_to_expect_and_up_all_night_the_doltish_dad_on_screen_is_changing_.html noted here]]. Chris began sort of this way, but as a stay-at-home-dad got things under control. His wife, Reagan, who continued working as a TV producer, is instead the one who tends to bollix things up when she takes charge.
* Carl Winslow from ''FamilyMatters'' was this on occasion (more so in the first few seasons).
* 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.
* Walter from ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''
* Jerry from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' has his moments.
* In the series ''FatherKnowsBest,'' the titular father complains about this trope in the ShowWithinAShow called ''Father Does It Again,'' exclaiming that such a "stumblebum" husband could [[ThisIsReality only exist on television.]] After watching the show he becomes WrongGenreSavvy, convinced his family is pulling a sitcom-style deception to keep him from going hunting.
* Earl Sinclair on ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}''.
** The episode "Dirty Dancing" has Earl watching a show called "Totally Ineffectual Dad", which is all about the father being a bumbling dad. At one point and advertisement for the show mentions that it is followed by other shows with the "bumbling dad" concept, such as "Dad's a Moron" and "Father Knows Nothing".
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Roger Fox from ''FoxTrot''. In one strip, he managed to burn his silhouette onto the wall trying to light the furnace. In another, even more ridiculous strip, Roger flooded the house when he tried to use the ''dishwasher'', and that was while Andy was out of town.
** That's not even mentioning his [[RunningGag regular failure]] to [[GrillingPyrotechnics properly operate a grill...]] using a "whole bottle of lighter fluid" at a time, more or less. One grill strip brought it to EpicFail levels. After he piles on the lighter fluid and charcoal, it makes a fire blast that continues upward into space. [[spoiler: In the second to last panel, it destroys one of the Mars rovers. The last panel implies [[NoodleIncident this has happened before]].]]
** Surprisingly, Roger wasn't always like this; there was a period of the strip where he was rather competent (at least 60% of the time, as opposed to 10% in the later ones) as a father and not ''just'' at chess. (Now it's a RunningGag that anyone can beat him unless they're trying to lose.)
** One gag constant from the strip's beginning is his need of youngest son Jason's help to operate the computer because he can't even remember how to turn the thing on.
** Roger is generally a complete idiot when it comes to matters of money and technology. He bought lots of stock in "[=GrowCo=]", because a friend said it was a "good buy". The company crashes and burns the very next day. Roger doesn't even know what [=GrowCo=] ''does'', despite still being completely convinced that it will rise again.
-->'''Roger:''' Hey, the stock today raised up a point! Time for some champagne!
-->'''Andy:''' ''(facepalming)'' With only a net loss of-
-->'''Roger:''' ''(interrupting)'' Who cares about nets? Tennis players! And fishermen! I don't care about nets!
* Usually averted by Darryl [=MacPherson=] of ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues''. We're talking about a guy who changed a diaper in the men's room at the mall.
* Wally of ''ComicStrip/StoneSoup'' is another notable aversion. He takes care of the kids as much as his wife, ''and'' he can cook.
* Dagwood Bumstead on ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' ranges between an StandardFiftiesFather and this.
* The comic ''ComicStrip/AdamAtHome'' embodies (and lives on) this trope with its [[TheDitz bungling]] and {{adorkable}} ([[SubvertedTrope though still rather competent]]) title character, apart from his [[UglyGuyHotWife reasonably more attractive]] [[WomenAreWiser (and assertive) wife]], his two kids (his son is somewhat of a CheerfulChild and his daughter is quite bratty) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking more recently]], [[PreciousPuppies a labradoodle]].
* Larry the crocodile from ''PearlsBeforeSwine''. He is [[TheDitz completely idiotic]], even compared to the rest of Zeeba Zeeba Eata, and he is quite an [[TheAlcoholic Alcoholic]]. Once he didn't even bother to rescue his wife, Patty, when Zebra kidnapped her, and they only got her back when Zebra realized he was only hurting their son Junior.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Played to tragicomic effect in Canadian playwright EdRiche's one man show ''PossibleMaps''. While the protagonist's father, a university professor, wasn't ''stupid'' by any means, he was [[AbsentMindedProfessor somewhat scatterbrained at best]] and manic depressive with what looks like a touch of [[TheRainman autism]] at worst. Most of the play revolves around the protagonist remiscing about what a chore it was for the family to put up with him and his own anxieties about the possibility of inheriting the man's mental frailties.
* Old Gobbo in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''. This arises partly from the fact that he's [[BlindMistake too blind to recognize his own son]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ViewtifulJoe's father, Jet Black.
* The Irresponsible Dad in ''HappyWheels''.
* ''Asura'' from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' was like this before being betrayed. Unlike most of the other examples however, this isn't out of actual idiocy: Since his Mantra is that of [[UnstoppableRage Wrath]], he's so angry about almost everything that the only parenting he knows is of the two step variety: 1) Find reason daughter is crying. 2) Apply punch to the face of said reason.
* Jun Kurosu's father, Akinari Kashihara, in ''{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'', which contributed to his divorce, and lead to [[spoiler:young Jun's embarrassed lies about his father, which created a shadow copy of Akinari that Nyarlathotep took over]]. Somewhat de-Bumbled in the second half of P2, ''Eternal Punishment'', enough to at least keep his marriage intact.
* ''Videogame/{{Octodad}}'', who due to being an invertebrate creature with poor motor controls has difficulties performing tasks that would be otherwise simple for human beings ([[CutscenePowerToTheMax at least in gameplay).
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Ben Winchester's father in ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}''. See [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/523 this strip]]
* A recurring theme in ''I Harth Darth'' was [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] being a well-intentioned but understandably awkward dad to Luke and Leia.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''PennyAndAggie'' with Aggie's father Nick, a widower who is intelligent, compassionate and wise, and with whom Aggie has a close relationship. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the first chapter, when Penny fails to trick him into allowing her access to Aggie's diary and thinks, "Why can't he be clueless like every other dad?"
* In [[Webcomic/ZeusGodlyGoodtime Zeus' Godly Goodtime]], Zeus is a well-meaning but [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents very embarrassing]] father to [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Homer Simpson of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''... he's even the [[Pantheon/{{Family}} God of this trope]].
** Sometimes, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, when the eight octuplets become more than he can handle, much to the baggage he receives from Manjula.
* None of the fathers in shows created by SethMacFarlane are the sharpest knives in the kitchen:
** Peter Griffin (''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'')
** Stan Smith (''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'')
** Cleveland Brown (''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'')
* Drake Mallard, [=AKA=] Darkwing Duck, from ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' and his adopted daughter Gosalyn.
* "Numbuh One" or Nigel Uno's dad in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' [[spoiler: Which is a huge contrast to who he was when he was Numbuh Zero.]]
** Numbuh Four's dad is the same way [[spoiler:except he wasn't exactly a KND Operative]].
* 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, we can probably forgive Goofy for being like this, because bumbling has always been part of his overall personality.
** WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} can also be a fairly bumbling dad on ''Goof Troop'' depending on the episode, and has more of the stereotypical traits such as laziness and gluttony, but generally speaking he's actually ''[[AbusiveParents worse]]'', with most of his "bumbling" coming in non-parenting forms such as not thinking through his schemes.
* Jake Morgendorffer (''{{Daria}}''), who [[{{Flanderization}} grew increasingly clownish]] as the series progressed.
* In a way, Baloo, from the animated series ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', though he wasn't married to Rebecca, and wasn't Kit's actual father.
* Cosmo and Mr. Turner of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. The show is fair enough to show that Mrs. Turner isn't that much brighter... That may explain Timmy.
** Practically all the dads ([[ManChild and adults, for that matter]]) are bumbling. Special mention goes to Chester's dad.
** And in one episode Mr. Crocker. Ironically, despite normally being a ChildHater, he's shown to [[EvenEvilHasStandards genuinely]] [[TookALevelInKindness care]] for [[strike:Denzel Jr.]] [[strike:DJ]] Poof. Though, his parental skills are quite questionable since Crocker tried to teach him how to shave in total darkness and how to drive... despite the latter being an infant.
* Jack Fenton of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. One good look at him and you can tell he's not meant to be treated seriously... at least until he [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous]] (specially if [[PapaWolf his family is at risk]]). He is also something of a GeniusDitz, having invented at least half the Fenton gadgets, which go between being useless (The Fenton Ghost Gabber) and working a little ''too'' well. (Fenton Ghost Catcher, Ghost Peeler, Ectxo-Skeleton).
* 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.
* Hugh Neutron from ''JimmyNeutron''. Many times, Hugh would screw up one of Jimmy's inventions.
* Dexter's father in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' takes it to [[TheDitz ditz levels]]. When imprisoned, he can't even learn to do ''tally marks'' correctly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', both parents, though their primary flaw was being clueless to ''Dexter's Laboratory'' (and he has a memory erasing gun, so its more like they look stupid by comparison to their supergenius son.)
** Also, Dexter's father turns out to be a stunt biker when his job is finally revealed (up to then, he left every day dressed for an office job), making him much cooler and more competent than the typical example.
* Mr. X from ''TheXs'' is your typical bumbling father, who knows 50 ways to destroy a man with his bare hands alone.
* ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken's'' Dad who is more insane than bumbling. Mom too.
* Dick Daring in ''TheReplacements''.
* Randy Marsh in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has [[{{Flanderization}} drifted in this direction]] over the years; in the beginning he rarely appeared (and the first episode he played a major part in needed him because he was a scientist); now, he usually gets caught up in every stupid fad, and is frequently portrayed as the single dumbest individual in any of the kids' families, while [[WomenAreWiser his wife]] is one of the sanest ([[AdultsAreUseless ...of the adults, at least]]).
* Becky Botsford's adoptive father has no idea she's the titular ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'', and often makes stupid mistakes and screw-ups.
** Really, the show has no intelligent adults in it at all. Well... none that aren't also either insane or evil.
* Billy's dad in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. We're talking a guy so dumb he can make ''Billy'' look good by comparison.
-->'''Mandy:''' I guess we know which side of the family Billy got his ''brain'' from...
* Bob Oblong from ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''.
* Pop of ''HappyTreeFriends''. It's usually fatal for Cub when he's DistractedByTheShiny. He means well, but he doesn't exactly live in a world which pities mistakes or oversights. (Or seemingly safe and sensible decisions for that matter.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': Gumball and Anais' dad Richard.
* Lawrence Fletcher of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. While he is neither dumb nor irresponsible nor lazy, he can be quite dorky. He's also completely useless when it comes to Candace's quest to bust her brothers, as his reaction to their insane exploits ranges from mild confusion to approval.
** Dr. Doofenshmirtz is also a glaring example of this trope, highlighted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC_LyOxiQ88&feature=related In Vanessa's song]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' downplays this trope with Kim's father, who is a rocket scientist and is more an AbsentMindedProfessor than a real BumblingDad, and who has often dispatched sage advice, even if he does still refer to her as "Kimmy-cub". Ron's Dad, on the other hand, once showed up in public wearing a cape.
** There have been times when he bumbled due to being distracted when he's advising Kim. Like that time he accidentally launched a rocket ahead of schedule when talking to Kim on the phone.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Foghorn Leghorn is not Egghead's dad, but his eagerness to play father figure to Egghead always lands him in slapstick mayhem.
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'': In her episode on {{Disney Princess}}es, The Chick notes that there's a trend in "infantile, impotent fathers" that the Disney girls have to put up with.
** Interestingly enough, the main aversion to this is the father of Mulan, who wasn't even really a princess.
* Both Fred and Barney from ''TheFlintstones'' were bumbling dads when Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm came along. They'd been bumbling husbands since the start of the show, though, so it wasn't really new for them.
* In a similar vein, George from ''TheJetsons'' is also quite bumbling.
* Sylvester of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' is this to Sylvester Jr.
* ''WesternAnimation/PeppaPig'''s Daddy Pig is a rare pre-school kid's show example.
* ElTigre's father Rondolfo Rivera, AKA the legendary hero White Pantera, isn't as bumbling as most examples, but he comes off as way too goody-goody, especially for his AntiHero son and CardCarryingVillain papi.
* Hunson Abadeer is Satan in the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' universe. When it comes to Marceline his daughter, he reverts into a light parody of the trope.
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