%% Image replaced per Image Pickin' thread: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=1300848934096029800
%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.
%%
[[quoteright:350:[[Anime/DigimonAdventure http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/joedigimon_4645_7577.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:I don't care if he called your [[ShonenHair hair]] stupid, it's not okay to hit! [[YouAreGrounded You're both grounded!]]]]

->''"From now on, there are no more secrets in this family."''
-->--'''[[PapaWolf Optimus Prime]]''', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''

The opposite number to the TeamMom, more often than not the [[AFatherToHisMen disciplinarian, lead-by-example-kind of character]] in contrast to the warm, nurturing tendencies of a Team Mom. The Team Dad is almost always the oldest member of TheTeam and if he isn't TheLeader, then he's definitely TheMentor, and in family-based teams, he ''is'' the father (or at least the big brother) of at least one member. He tends to be strict and gruff, but he never hesitates to [[PapaWolf put his life on the line]] for his team members. Sometimes the facade might even crack and he'll show [[SoProudOfYou undisguised pride]] over his "kids", particularly if the team members are TrueCompanions.

Like the occasionally non-female TeamMom, Team Dads aren't AlwaysMale, but the rare female ones are almost always the exception.

If a team has a TeamMom ''[[DesignatedParents and]]'' a Team Dad, expect them to either play a GoodCopBadCop routine on the rest of the team or come in conflict over their "parenting" philosophies. Cue "[[ShipTease Mom and Dad are fighting]]" jokes from the "kids" if Team Mom and Team Dad aren't a couple, quickly followed by "[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend It's not like]] ''[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend that]]'', we swear" from them (but they're ''very'' likely to end up together, anyway).

Compare PapaWolf, whose children are his {{Protectorate}}; while the tropes can overlap, the TeamDad strives to make the "children" (who also tend to be older than the PapaWolf's, and are less likely to be blood relatives) able to fight and defend themselves. A stern version of TheFace since no one's going to argue when he says not to and will take the responsibility of speaking for the group.

Compare also AFatherToHisMen.

----
!!Examples:

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' - Even after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, England can't fully get his former protege America off his back. And even more after the Allies are formed and he often has to be the OnlySaneMan... if you stretch the "sane" part a bit.
** Austria also is like this towards North Italy and TheClan. As a bonus, he marries the local CoolBigSis and makes her his TeamMom.
** Among the Asians, China tries to be this... but the straightest example seems to be Macau instead. Specially when he has to deal with China ''and'' Hong Kong.
** Denmark sees himself as the leader and "older brother" (re: this) of the Nordics. The others don't seem to agree.
** France insists on being called "big brother" by everyone younger than him, and in a deleted strip he denies America alcohol because of his age (though it may have been to [[FrenchJerk insult]] [[JustAKid him]]). This makes the strip "Even if I depart, You Shall Remain" all the more of a TearJerker, as it shows France's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality]] will prevent him from being a true father. When he sees the human protagonist with a son, he makes a sad smile.
** Though Russia is [[PsychopathicManchild childish]], he sees himself as this towards his subordinates and his people, in a [[{{Yandere}} twisted way]]. In "Lithuania's Out-Sourcing", he acts like a concerned parent when telling America to take care of Lithuania...[[CuteAndPsycho until]] he pulls a SlasherSmile and [[StalkerWithACrush calls Lithuania his "ex".]] Then there was "Bloody Sunday", where he snaps and decides the only way to make the best for his citizens is to [[MurderIsTheBestSolution gun down some rebels]], because "we don't want children who can't play nice."
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Dutch very much fills this role to his employees on the Lagoon.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Jet Black, who ''also'' is the male TeamMom.
* ''{{Cyborg 009}}'' - Dr. Isaac Gilmore and Dr. Koizumi. Chang Changku (Cyborg 006) has traits of both this ''and'' a male TeamMom (''hilariously'' lampshaded in an episode of the 2001 series).
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' brings us the current page image, Jou/Joe Kido. There was a very good reason he was appropriately chosen to be the bearer of the "Crest of Reliability" as the dub calls it, and pretty much [[SpellMyNameWithAnS all of the possible translations for its Japanese name]] (Honesty, Faith, Sincerity) are fitting too. Despite being [[TheSoCalledCoward scared out of his wits]] and always vouching for the "safest" option, he was often the first to throw himself at attacking Digimon to protect the other [[ChosenOne Chosen children]] (aka Digidestined) and his own [[BondCreature partner]] [[{{Mon}} Digimon]], even though said partner Digimon was there to protect him! His top priorities were always to make certain everyone was safe, getting along, and would give emotional support and advice when needed. This carried over into the [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 sequel]] too - despite being regularly bogged down with the rigors of Japanese higher education, Jou/Joe was always there as a figure of guidance and support for [[KidSamurai Iori/Cody]], the youngest of the Digidestined, whenever he needed him.
** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' - [[TheCaptain Captain]] Satsuma. Better known as a stern disciplinarian to everyone else in DATS, he is also a BadassLongcoat and very [[LetsGetDangerous dangerous]] when the need arises.
* Kalos Eido, boss of the ''KaleidoStar'' troupe. To a smaller degree, Marion's father; makes sense since while Kalos handles the big decisions, Mr. Begnini is the one in charge of the stagehands and technical issues.
* {{Macross}} and {{Robotech}} - Captain Henry J. Gloval.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Prof. Yumi was TeamDad by the heroes (and ParentalSubstitute for Kouji and Shiro). He was mature, serious and disciplined, and tried to lead through those traits.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Prof. Kenzo Kabuto filled the same role.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': And Dr. Umon.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' - Master Roshi, at least until the Saiyan arc of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Piccolo also qualifies in the Cell and Buu arcs.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' - Bright Noah. [[spoiler: Who ends up married to the local TeamMom, Mirai Yashima.]]
** Also Captain Henken Beckener and Commander Blex Forrer from [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]], as well as Jamil Neate from Anime/AfterWarGundamX.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]] has [[TheObiWan Mu La Flaga]] take this role for the Archangel's crew, and [[spoiler: after Mu's death]] [[FathertoHisMen Andrew Waldfelt]] eventually ascends to this role in the sequel.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]] has a dark example in Neo Roanoke ([[spoiler: actually a CriminalAmnesiac La Flaga]]), a bitter and cynical ZenSurvivor who serves as the Team Dad and EvilMentor the the [[{{Tykebomb}} Extended]], demonstrating legitimate concern for their well-being, all while making sure they stay in line and follow [[FinalSolution Djibril's]] orders.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'': Johann Trinity is this to his siblings Michael and Nena, as a part of him getting a PromotionToParent of sorts. Among the Gundam Meisters, Lockon Stratos [[spoiler: (the first one)]] is a mix of this and BigBrotherMentor.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Franky towards his original TrueCompanions before he left, and now, as confirmed by WordOfGod, towards Luffy's crew. Though he's a particularly... immature example.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' - Tamaki Suoh is the self-proclaimed Team Dad (and assigns Kyouya the TeamMom role), but the rest of the team pretty much just play along because they feel like it; when they boycott him, Tamaki throws tantrums about why they're being so disobedient. This gets even more complicated once Tamaki starts developing feelings for Haruhi that he keeps handwaving as "fatherly concern".
** This, of course, leads to HoYay courtesy of the Twins: "Mommy kept a secret from Daddy."
* Brock in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, who like Jet Black does double duty as both the Team Dad ''and'' the TeamMom.
** In BW, Cilan makes a strange aversion, considering how [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute similar]] he is to Brock.
** Pikachu takes up the role when no humans are present, mostly to take care of the baby pokemon like Togepi or the later Axew and Scraggy.
* ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' - Conrad, with the bonus of having his grandson Antonio in the group and having raised Juliet and Cordelia after the Capulet massacre.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' - Kozaburou Nambu, also TheProfessor.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' - Kurogane, to go along with the overwhelming sea of HoYay between him and (male) TeamMom Fai. This becomes particularly visible around the [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapters]] in which everything goes to hell and Kurogane does quite a bit of stepping up and taking charge in order to keep the team together.
* This trope is ''very'' common in sports anime, with the captains and/or coaches acting as if they were the fathers of their teammates or pupils (and possibly working alongside a BigBrotherMentor and/or a CuteSportsClubManager):
** ''BambooBlade'' - Toraji "Kojiro" Ishida, for the Muroe High School kendo team.
** ''CaptainTsubasa'' - Roberto Hongo (Nankatsu Elementary), Kouzou Kira (Meiwa Elementary), Takashi Furuoya (Nankatsu Junior High) and Makoto Kitazume (Tohou Junior High).
*** Tatsuo Mikami and later Gamo Minato are Team Dads to the Japanese National Squad. To a degree, so is Munemasa Katagiri, but in a more distant way.
** ''HajimeNoIppo'' - Genji Kamogawa (Kamogawa Gym), also a BadassGrandpa. Sendoh's trainer Yanaoka (Naniwa Gym), Ozma's coach Hachinohe (Hachinohe Gym; Ozma ''does'' nickname him "dad" in canon), Volg's trainer Ramuda and [[spoiler: Eiji Date (Nakadai Gym) after he retires]] are quite younger versions of the trope.
** ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' - Captains Kippei Tachibana (Fudomine) and Kunimitsu Tezuka (Seigaku), alongside vicecaptain Genichirou Sanada (Rikkai), are Team Dads for their school tennis teams. If we check on coaches, the best example is Ojii from Rokkaku, whereas Taro Sakaki from Hyoutei and Osamu Watanabe from Shotenhouji are younger versions. Also Mikiya "Banji" Banda from Yamabuki, though he's more of a TricksterMentor.
** ''Manga/SlamDunk'' - Coach Mitsuyoshi Anzai and captain Takenori Akagi from Shohoku, as well as coaches Moichi Taoka from Ryounan (who specially shows his TeamDad ID by [[spoiler: counseling freshman!Uozumi when he almost leaves the team due to his upperclassmen's bullying]]) and Riki Takato from Kainan.
** ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' - Youichi Hiruma fits the trope quite well... If you don't pay attention to his: blackmailing everyone he wants to, screaming and shouting, constant evil laughing, [[strike:torture]] training, shooting his own teammates, and adding a certain [[ClusterFBomb swear word]] to every noun he says. Also, his ability to turn his head 180 degrees, spiky dyed hair and teeth that are just as sharp, his habit of spinning his AK 47 like a pencil and shooting it at the same time. As long as you don't pay attention to that, he fits the bill.
** ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' - Tetsuichiro Kurumada of Sugo Asurada, whom Hayato calls him Oyaji-san, and in turn, sees Hayato as a son to him. Edelhi Bootsvorz of Missing Link, [[spoiler:after his HeelFaceTurn]], becomes a fatherly figure to his teammates.
* Jiraya eventually becomes this to Manga/{{Naruto}}. The similarity of their relationship to that of a father and son is even recognized at one point by Naruto (Jiraya, meanwhile, points out that he is NOT a kid anymore and tells him to get back to training).
** Iruka Umino, being actually responsible for most of the pre-ninja training of the kids, bounces between TeamDad and TeamMom (specially to Naruto). Also Kakashi and Asuma, as team leaders.
** Interestingly enough, Shikamaru seems to be developing into this for the Konoha 11 Group. Makes sense, [[spoiler: they lost their TeamDad Asuma to Hidan.]]
** Let's not forget that [[spoiler: Hiruzen Sarutobi]] aka the Third Hokage was the TeamDad for the ''whole'' of Konoha. (Except Danzo.)
** To a degree, it can be said that ''every'' male Kage plays the TeamDad role for their village, in their own ways. As the new Kazekage, Gaara is still too young, but he's got Baki-sensei to back him up. Baki himself wasn't exactly the TeamDad for the Sand siblings at first, but acts more like that after the TimeSkip.
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' has some odd examples.
** Takamichi Takahata seems to fill this position in the early chapters, but the position eventually gets passed to [[WeaselMascot Chamo]].
** Later on, ''[[BoisterousBruiser Jack Rakan]]'', of all people, seems to fill in.
** Evangeline sort of counts as a female example, although [[NobleDemon she would of course deny this vigorously if confronted about it]].
** In the Ala Rubra days, the TeamDad was Eishun Konoe and Alberio Imma was his TeamMom.
* Captain Jushiro Ukitake in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' acts more like a father than a captain towards his subordinates.
** In a huge subversion, so did [[spoiler: Sousuke Aizen... before he faked his own death and then was revealed to be the BigBad]]
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[TheProfessor Kouzou]] [[TheLancer Fuyutsuki]] and [[MagnificentBastard Gendo]] [[TheChessMaster Ikari]] would be the {{Team Dad}}s... if the series was, well, [[ThereAreNoTherapists NOT]] [[DysfunctionJunction Neon]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Genesis]] [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]].
** Gendou deconstructs the trope big time (he's Shinji's father and team leader all right, but his actions are only remotely dad-like towards his adoptive daughter of sorts Rei), but Fuyutsuki plays it straight as he's still got some degree of concern for others around him. [[spoiler: That's what gets him arrested by SEELE.]]
* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' - [[BlowYouAway Wind Master]] Aoki Seiichirou is this with Kasumi Karen taking on the role of "Team Mom".
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Gintoki acts as a father figure towards Shinpachi and Kagura, when he's not acting like a child himself, that is.
* In ''Anime/FangOfTheSunDougram'', this role is split between Professor Samarin and Dick Raltaff. Samarin is the leader the liberation movement, but is especially close to the protagonist and his team, while Raltaff is more of a mentor.
* Enho from ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' mixes this and OldRetainer. Keiki also has some shades of the trope.
* Manga/InuYasha, believe it or not. He's pretty unorthodox, but he tries to give TheChick / TheLancer / TeamMom emotional support, physically prevents the ActionGirl from giving up on her brother and TheSmartGuy from throwing his life away, and is an example for both the TagalongKid and the aforementioned TeamMom's little brother.
* Tomoya Okazaki from ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', as the OnlySaneMan in his group.
* 'Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s Alexander Anderson has his moments with his people. Surprisingly, so does Alucard in the manga in a twisted way, towards his interaction with Seras, Bernadotte and mercenaries. He's also known to lecture the vampire punks before he kills them, and when he starts calling Seras by her name he actually pats her on the head almost like a dad praising his little girl.
* Mamoru Chiba acted like one from time to time in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', mostly to the Inner Senshi since he was [[OlderAndWiser older and more responsible]] than them, being a mentor figure towards Ami in particular and always taking care of Chibiusa, his future daughter.
* Houshou Takigawa, aka Bou-san or Monk, from ''Manga/GhostHunt'', with Ayako as TeamMom.
* A rather sui-generis one is Akira Mimasaka form HanaYoriDango. He doesn't particularly care about forcing morality on the group (and probably couldn't if he wanted to) but is the general mediator for conflicts and seems to take it upon his shoulders when the group isn't getting along, eventually leading to him getting in a fistfight with Tsukasa when the latter won't stop stirring up drama with Rui.
* Kanba Takakura from Anime/MawaruPenguindrum, who has to take care of both his younger siblings ''and'' their penguins. With his sister Himari as the TeamMom.
* SoulEater: Dr. Stein, [[MadScientist oddly]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate enough]]. In the last chapter of the manga, it turns out [[spoiler:he [[TeamMom Marie]] are going to be an ''[[BabiesEverAfter actual]]'' mom and dad.]]
** [[BigGood Shinigami-sama]] and [[PapaWolf Spirit Albarn]] may qualify as well.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Master Makarov is the prime example, to the entire guild.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has Reiner Braun and Marco Bott, though their styles are slightly different. Marco plays it straighter, primarily keeping order among the trainees while offering occasional support or advice to them. In contrast, Reiner is something of a BigBrotherMentor, and blends some of the nurturing elements of the TeamMom through his efforts to keep morale up or encourage them to excel. [[spoiler: Marco ends up as a SacrificialLion, killed during the defense of Trost. On the other hand, Reiner is actually TheMole and his attachment to the others causes him to begin suffering SanitySlippage due to guilt]].
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', despite being female, TheStoic [[RedBaron Blazing General]] Signum often takes this role in the teams she's in, leading by example and taking responsibility for the things her group did, as well as being the one most willing to discipline a team member who's out of line; when Teana starts complaining about being taken off active duty (more because she's not in the right physical or mental shape for it than as a punitive measure), Signum [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan punches her in the face]] and says that [[QuitYourWhining she will only get spoiled if her whining is tolerated]]. This gets a LampshadeHanging in the RealTrailerFakeMovie ''Magical Family Lyrical Wolken'' {{Omake}} included in the Special Edition of ''Anime/{{Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd As}}'', where she was assigned the father role while [[TeamMom Shamal was assigned the mother role]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' - Charles Xavier/Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart (who plays [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]]) in the [[Film/{{X-Men}} live action version]], possibly to invoke this trope.
** Also, DependingOnTheWriter, Magneto acts like this with the Brotherhood. During his many [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Heel Face Turns]], he becomes a father figure for the X-Men as well. Most notably, when he took over the X-Men after the [[DeathIsCheap death of Charles Xavier]], he found himself struggling with his role as both leader and father figure towards the teenaged mutants.
* Franchise/{{Batman}} to his whole extended Bat-family, particularly to the Robins, who are his adopted sons (except for Damian, his biological kid). Alfred, the Wayne family butler, also has a bit of this going on, though he tends to be a lot more empathetic than Bruce.
** In "Paradise Lost", [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=aahR825ToQA Batman lectures the Flash on picking up items with unknown powers]], and even ''Superman'' does what Batman says.
* Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) of the ComicBook/FantasticFour (and he's married to the TeamMom).
* Splinter considers himself the adopted father of the TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles. In some versions this is extended to the turtles' additional friends, including April and Casey.
* Long-time ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' foe ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} is an evil version of this for the Titans teams he has put together. During the Titans East storyline, he even acted more fatherly towards Inertia than he did to his own children [[spoiler: as part of his plan to get the Titans to accept them]]. He gave the little psycho the serum he needed for SuperSpeed while warning him not to abuse it, advised him to dump his even more psychotic girlfriend, and hooked him up with the Rogues in Central City once everything went south for Titans East.
* ComicBook/TheAvengers once had a discussion about CaptainAmerica and IronMan over who was TeamMom and who was TeamDad.
** They're still doing this; as recently as issue 7 of the 2011 volume of The Avengers, there's a scene where Spider-Man says "This is uncomfortable." Another character assumes he's talking about half of Avenger-dom being on a single Quinjet, and he says "No, I was talking about Mommy and Daddy fighting," in reference to the fact that Cap is pissed at Tony for his secrecy about the Infinity Gems.
* ComicBook/CaptainAtom was this for the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Europe]]. This was helped by the fact that he was also the OnlySaneMan and was romantically involved, at least for a while, with the TeamMom, Catherine Cobert. But he was also the one responsible for keeping the team's ridiculous antics under control, counseling them when they were depressed or otherwise in need of advice or just a reassuring ear, and of leading them into combat.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', Perry White is sometimes depicted as this to other the reporters at the Daily Planet. He once even went so far as to say that Lois in particular was like a daughter to him.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The Dwarven Noble protagonist assumes this role in DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns, a part that Alim, the elf, sometimes fills in.
* In Music/{{Vocaloid}} fanon, Kaito tends to be this, when not being an [[TheDitz idiot]]. This is primarily due to his shared status as the oldest with [[TeamMom Meiko]], however.
* In Fanfic/FlyFree, [[{{Anime/Naruto}} Kakashi]] plays this role to Team Seven far more than in canon. What makes it funny is that the TeamMom is [[Anime/OnePiece Robin,]] and the Team (and other genin) very much [[ShipperOnDeck ship the two]].
* Reggie towards most of the main team of heroes in ''FanFic/{{Pokeumans}}'' except Brandon, to whom he is the BigBrotherMentor.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film]]
* ''TheIncredibles'' - Robert "Bob" Parr, aka Mr. Incredible (also a literal/biological father).
* ''Film/TheGoonies'' - Brand, as the oldest, tries to be the TeamDad. He makes a point of trying to take charge of the younger kids, but this doesn't work out so well.
* [[SupportingLeader Aragorn]] in ''Film/LordOfTheRings''. Also doubles as AFatherToHisMen.
** Thorin in ''Film/TheHobbit'' may also qualify.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Charles Xavier. Best shown in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', [[spoiler: during his funeral, where a massive amount of his students cried during it.]]
** [[{{Magneto}} Erik Lehnsherr]] in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', which made his FaceHeelTurn that much more tragic. Charles Xavier might qualify as well, but he tended to act more as the TeamMom. Insert witty commentary [[HoYay here]].
* Chris Hemsworth (Film/{{Thor}}) describes [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] as "the godfather of Film/TheAvengers" because of how closely he works with SHIELD to get the team together, as seen in TheStinger of ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. This would explain why Stark always clashes with TheLeader Captain America over how to "raise the kids," so to speak.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''[[LittleWomen Little Men]]'' of Plumfield has Franz -- oldest student, part-time teacher, President of The Club, and their mentor's and TeamMom's nephew.
** And there's also Dr. Alexander Mackenzie Campbell, aka Uncle Alec, from ''Eight Cousins'' and ''Rose in Bloom''.
* Jake in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', also the team leader. Marco teases him about this mercilessly, especially since the TeamMom, Cassie, is his girlfriend.
* Remus Lupin was like this in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''.
** Which is lampshaded repeatedly, since Harry never had a true father figure before. It becomes quite important later, when the GenerationXerox-trope is subverted.
* In [[UncleTomsCabin Uncle's Tom Cabin]], main character Tom takes up this role pretty much towards everyone in the places he works at. Yes, even at Simon Legree's [[WretchedHive horrible manse]], where he helps the other slaves and they call him "Father Tom" - even the local BrokenBird, the cynical and arrogant [[DefrostingIceQueen Cassie]].
* Roland Deschain of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' is this to his team of Gunslingers, and is a more literal adoptive father to Jake Chambers. This is lampshaded by his title in the group, "Dinh," which means "lord," "leader," or "father" in the High Speech.
* Chiron from ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.
* In TheSilmarillion, Maedhros fills this role, keeping his nastier brothers in check (for the most part).
* Both Vimes and Carrot play this for the Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Vimes with his practically legendary anger (has killed at least two werewolves with his bare hands, and can lift a 300 lb ape without realising it), and Carrot with his royal charisma, or his strength (can stick a sword through a stone pillar, and punch out a troll).
* ''InDeath'': Feeney. Roarke has even said to Feeney in ''Divided In Death'' that Feeney has been more of a father to Eve than Richard Troy, that son of {{Satan}}, ever was.
* Lieutenant Panga in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', to the team of ex-ChildSoldiers.
* As TeamMom to the Lost Boys, Wendy tries to shoehorn PeterPan into this role. It doesn't work as well as she would like.
* Haymitch in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Right down to being asked to walk Katniss down the aisle at her wedding.
* North from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' is the leader of the team, the oldest member, the first one most of the others come to for comforting advice about their emotional problems and he calmly mediate arguments within the group. He definitely qualifies as this, and even has some shades of being the TeamMom.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* ''Series/AdamTwelve'' - Pete Malloy.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' - [[ColonelBadass Col.]] John "Hannibal" Smith.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' - William Adama.
* ''Series/TheBill'' - Sgt. Bob Cryer (for uniform branch) and DCI/Supt Jack Meadows (for the CID).
* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Giles, particularly with respect to Buffy. ("Wish I could play the father, and take you by the hand." - "Once More With Feeling")
** Xander to the new Slayers in Season 8. Any Slayer who ever seems depressed or on the verge of a HeroicBSOD is always quickly cheered up by Xander.
** ''Angel'' villain [[KnightTemplar Holtz]] tries to be this, but ends up forming a cult.
** Angel himself. Lampshaded early on, in which Angel addresses to a bickering Cordelia and Wesley as "children."
* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' - Charlie; in the TV series, he is just VoiceWithAnInternetConnection and acts as MissionControl, but the movies emphasize the parental relationship he has with his "Angels".
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - Jeff Winger is the de facto TeamDad, with Britta acting as the TeamMom. Lampshaded with both of them ''really'' acting like the parents of unruly children in "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples."
* ''CriminalMinds'' - Gideon and Rossi, the latter's status as TeamDad being lampshaded by one of the team asking ''"Where are Mom and Dad?" "Oh, [[TeamMom Hotch]] and Rossi are still at the conference."
* ''CrossingJordan'' - Dr. Garret Macy.
* ''DeadLikeMe'' - Rube.
* ''{{Firefly}}'' - Mal Reynolds.
** Demonstrated especially well in the episode "Out of Gas," when he handles each of his people differently during a crisis.
** "You're on my crew."
*** "Why are we still talking about this?"
*** "One of you is gonna fall and die and I'm ''not'' cleaning it up!"
* The CSIVerse almost always has a Team Dad:
** ''Series/{{CSI}}'' - Gil Grissom, then DB Russell
** ''CSIMiami'' - Horatio Caine.
** ''CSINewYork'' - Mac Taylor.
** ''Series/WithoutATrace'' - Jack Malone.
* ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' - Renn. Well, technically, he says [[http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/11501666128/1/tumblr_lt4o1lRpXD1qafkht "stopping children from fighting is a mother's job"]], but you get the idea.
* ''Series/{{House}}, M.D.'' - Dr. Gregory House, with Wilson and/or Cuddy as his TeamMom. Wilson and [[TeamMom Cuddy]] also often act strikingly like they're ''House's'' parents.
-->'''House''': *calling Wilson on the phone*[[LampshadeHanging Hi, honey. How are the kids?]]
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Rear Admiral AJ Chegwidden, the Judge Advocate General of the Navy (boss of the team) and a former Navy Seal.
** When Harm [[TenMinuteRetirement goes back to flying Tomcats for a while]], ''he'' is considered this by the younger aviators.
* ''LawAndOrder'' - Jack [=McCoy=]; previously, Adam Schiff and Arthur Branch were ''his'' [[TeamDad Team Dads]].
* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' - Captain Donald Cragen; his role in the show is more that of MissionControl, but his relationship with his subordinates is Dad-like. At one point, Fin lampshades the trope by greeting Stabler and Benson with "Dad's mad." When he's temporarily reassigned after the nightmare that was Season 8, he bids the team farewell with, "Try to behave yourselves."
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' - Part of Nathan's CharacterDevelopment is his growth from mere MissionControl to surrogate father for a RagtagBunchOfMisfits.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' - Colonel Potter.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' - Jethro Gibbs is often seen as this, though it is debated as to which characters see him in this light.
** Abby also spells out the entire "Mom and Dad" setup with Jenny Shepard, preempting an oncoming argument with a pretty accurate summary of what's about to happen, and ending:
--->'''Abby''': The kids don't like it when Mommy and Daddy fight.
** When trying to calm down an unwitting human bomb, Gibbs says "My son, Tony, plays that same game" as a way to start a conversation.
** Not to mention Ziva calling him, with tears in her eyes, "the closest thing I have to a father".
** Later, Gibbs directly calls Ziva his "kid".
** When Ziva was considering marrying her boyfriend in Season 9, Tony tells Gibbs that he "should be getting ready to play father of the bride."
* ''NoahsArc'': Chance, being the typically more rational, level-headed leader. Also is the oldest of the main 4 characters.
* {{Numb3rs}} (Don Eppes. He cultivates a slightly less authoritarian manner than Gibbs - not quite first among equals but not as forbidding. Kind of "team big brother".)
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' - Dr. Cox, [[strike:mostly]] unwillingly.
* ''{{Sliders}}'' - Professor Arturo.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' - O'Neill and Hammond both qualify.
** As well as Landry in the last two seasons.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' John Sheppard picks up the role, with Weir as his TeamMom counterpart.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' - Jean-Luc Picard.
* The character "Competitive Dad" from ''TheFastShow'' takes the concept and blows it up to a ludicrous extreme.
* Jeff Tracy in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' is literally and figuratively the daddy of the team.
* Malcolm Tucker of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is ''Her Majesty's Government's'' Team Dad. The scariest, most abusive one imaginable.
--> "Never mind what Mummy says, just do what Daddy says"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - the Doctor, depending on which [[TheNthDoctor incarnation]] we're talking about. The Fifth was a little less off-the-wall than normal, and spent a fair amount of time with two or three companions (including a teenager). The Eleventh referred to Amy and Rory as "the kids" while talking to [[SpaceshipGirl the TARDIS]] - never mind that he [[spoiler: eventually married their daughter]].
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Captain Jack Harkness (at least to the team members he's not actively hitting on).
* Red Foreman (played by Kurtwood Smith) from ''That70sShow''. Much to his own displeasure.
--> '''Red:''' This house is always littered with kids! It's like we're... ''Mormons''!
* President Bartlet on ''TheWestWing'', countering Leo's non-female TeamMom. (Hilariously, Martin Sheen and John Spencer acknowledged this in interviews, but each said the other was actually the TeamMom.)
* Many ''PowerRangers'' teams had team dads:
** Mighty Morphin through Turbo: Zordon
** Lightspeed Rescue: Captain Mitchell, who literally was the father of two rangers.
** Ninja Storm: Sensei Watanabe, also Cam's dad... who managed to pull this even in the days when he was turned into a Guinea pig.
** Dino Thunder: [[OlderAndWiser Dr Tommy Oliver]].
** SPD: Doggie Kruger
** Operation Overdrive: Andrew Hartford and/or Spencer.
** Jungle Fury: RJ
* Makito in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', [[PromotionToParent due to]] the team's real dad being [[DisappearedDad MIA]]. [[spoiler: It turns out their Dad is actually TheDragon, only brainwashed, and he joins the team for good later.]]
* Ted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', who often lectures and bosses the others around when they're uncooperative or behaving stupidly, and always seems to be the go-to guy whenever anyone needs advice.
** This is lampshaded in the episode dealing with Lily and Marshall having a kid. He denies it, but we're then treated to flashbacks of him telling cheesy jokes and chastising Barney and Robin for breaking a model ship. He retorts with a sharp, "I don't like your tone, young lady."
** His most definitive example of dad-ness is probably "False Positive", where he [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome bawls out the rest of the gang (and Punchy) for their cowardly choices and spends three minutes unequivocally ordering them (and Punchy) to do the smart thing OR ELSE]] -- a move which ''drastically'' improves all of their lives for the rest of the show. Comes complete with Barney snickering [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Marshall and Lily got in troooouble!"]]
* At times, Dr. Goodman seemed to be something of this in the first season of ''{{Bones}}''.
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'' - George Challenger. Summerlee could be considered the Team's grandfather.
* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': Artie, so much. Particularly to Claudia. Even outright stated by Pete in one of the Christmas specials:
-->'''Pete:''' I'm like your [[BigBrotherInstinct big brother]], Myka is like your [[CoolBigSis big sister]], and Artie is so much like your dad it's kinda annoying.
* {{Waterloo Road}}: Tom Clarkson. This teacher has acted as a father figure for numerous kids at the school: Chlo and Mika Grainger (series 3-4); all the Kellys (series 4 onwards); his biological son Josh (series 5 onwards); plus other kids experiencing moments of distress. Sambuca Kelly openly declares that she "found her dad" in him [[spoiler:just before her death]].
* WhiteCollar: Peter is the team dad of the FBI's white collar division. All the agents, especially Jones and Diana, are 100% loyal to him. And he has to practice tough love with Neal. A lot.
* Station Officer Sidney Tate in the first three series of ''Series/LondonsBurning''.
* While Leonard on TheBigBangTheory is a DeadPanSnarker at times, when it comes down to it he's the go to guy for moral support. Fittingly, his on again off again girlfriend is the CoolBigSis /TeamMom.
* DI Greg Lestrade often plays this role in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fanfiction, due to being the show's leader type[=/=]cool older guy (relative to John and Sherlock)[=/=]ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* Sam Axe from Series/BurnNotice though he prefers to be CoolOldGuy and a best friend/PluckyComicRelief, when one of Team Weston is in trouble, going crazy or approaching either the MoralEventHorizon or DespairEventHorizon he will step in and either pep talk or start a "what is wrong with you" fight, though usually he leaves it to Maddie.
* The reality show ''The Surreal Life'' featuring former celebrities living under one roof, always seemed to develop a Team Dad (although not always a Team Mom, curiously). Celebrities such as Music/MCHammer, Dave Coulier (Uncle Joey from Series/FullHouse), Christopher Knight (Peter from Series/TheBradyBunch), and the lead singer of Music/SmashMouth all acted as the dad in their respective seasons.
** This is lampshaded by Christopher Knight who lamented that he was "the dad" despite never having been a father or being in a similar position.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' tends to give us more than one example, and for some reason several of them double as the CrutchCharacter
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' (both games) - Marcus the Paladin, though in [=FE6=] he's more of a team ''grand''dad given his [[BadassGrandpa old age]].
*** Oswin the Knight is a TeamDad towards Hector (who lampshades the trope by calling him "old man"), Serra (whom he can marry through supports) and Matthew. It's even more evident in Hector's route, in which the GenreSavvy Uther sends him after the runaway Hector with this trope in mind.
** Also, Seth the Silver Knight from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. Bonus for being a Paladin too.
*** As well as King Hayden, Moulder the Priest and Gerik the Mercenary.
** In ''[[Fie3oTqm3/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'', the Greil Mercenaries had their leader, Greil, who was also the biological father of Ike and Mist. However, Mist only really became part of the team after [[spoiler: Greil's death.]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', formerly adorable kid Oifaye grows into this in the second part. Levin may fill in partially, though [[ParentsAsPeople he's not that much of a good dad]] to his own kids if he gets paired up (Not ''completely'' his fault, as it's implied [[spoiler: he suffers of a bad case of LaserGuidedAmnesia]]).
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Frederick, the most loyal retainer of the Ylissean court as well as the most experienced warrior in [[BadassCrew Chrom's Shepherds.]] Kinda lampshaded if you pair him with Sumia, as in his LoveConfession he explicitely says that he fell for her while fretting over her CuteClumsyGirl traits.
*** Among the Second Generation characters, the one who fits the most is BadassBookworm Laurent.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' - Big Boss, while he wasn't exactly the [[WellDoneSonGuy world's greatest dad]] to his clone-sons, has improved the lives of just about everyone who works for him by giving them sanctuary at Outer Haven. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Then Solid Snake showed up in a cardboard box]].
** Solid Snake himself becomes Team Dad in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' after adopting Sunny (and having acted as Raiden's mentor).
** The Boss was a female version of this to Naked Snake and the Cobras (as well as TeamMom)
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Original Generation'' - Kai Kitamura; his deceased mentor Kar-Wai Lau must've rubbed on him a lot. Captain Daitetsu is more like the Team Grandpa, but otherwise fits.
* For a good-aligned party in ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'', Keldorn can come across very strongly as a LawfulGood, evil-smiting paladin Team Dad. His age helps-his ''daughter'' is about the same age as most party members, including the protagonist.
* This trope is mentioned outright in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'', with Greg being referred to as the team dad.
* Kratos during the Journey of Regeneration in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. When he leaves the party later on, Regal eventually joins and fulfills the role to a lesser, if more traditional, degree.
* Captain Basch von Ronsenberg in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' becomes quite warm and fatherly towards Vaan and Penelo. Some would say creepily so. He maintains a rather odd indifference towards Ashe for most of the game, however.
* Samos from the ''JakAndDaxter'' series fills this role. In addition to being the gruff ParentalSubstitute for the titular duo, he's [[WrenchWench Keira's]] actual father as well as a source of wisdom for the [[TrueCompanions group]].
* Coach from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', especially towards Ellis and Rochelle.
** Bill in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' as well, [[BadassGrandpa though in a significantly different way]].
* Sazh Katsroy of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' towards Hope and Vanille.
* ''KingdomHearts'' series
** Terra has shades of this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', to go along with TeamMom Aqua and Ventus, who is more or less their son despite being only two or three years younger.
*** This is even lampshaded in the original Japanese text when Scrooge gave Ven the passes to Disney Town. As opposed to the translation, where Ven was told "to take two grown-ups," he was told to "bring his parents."
** Xigbar kind-of acts like this toward Roxas in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2Days]]'', although he falls under the "twisted" variety due to being a massive {{troll}} who likes knowing more than other people. He keeps up the condescendingly-paternal thing when he meets Sora in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII KHII]]''.
--> "Have you been a good boy? Oh... it sounds like you haven't."
** Sora himself shows shades of this whenever he is dealing with [[{{Disney/Pinocchio}} Pinocchio]], as he is always trying to keep the latter from trouble.
* Peppy Hare from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series is the oldest member of the current team, having been a member of the original team alongside Fox [=McCloud's=] father, James. More recently, he has retired from piloting duties but still offers tactical advice and acting as mentor to the team. He is also very much a father figure (especially to Fox) and at one point, Falco even jokingly calls him "Gramps".
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard has to take on this role for his (or her) crew, helping them get through their issues and serving as an example. Both Paragon and Renegade versions of Shepard take on the poppa role, especially when conflicts within the crew arise, like the one between Legion and Tali, or Jack and Miranda. Paragon is the "Let's all calm down and talk this out kids, because we have to work together," sort of father, while Renegade Shepard is more of the "Shut up, you stupid kids, you're acting like idiots! Now do what I say before I beat the crap out of you!" father.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' beings us Graf Michael Sepperin, the kind of AffablyEvil TeamDad who became the BigBad at first by making a DealWithTheDevil, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent becoming a vampire]], and [[DarkIsNotEvil learning the dark arts, among them necromancy]], just to [[spoiler:(supposedly)]] protect his biological daughter and because he cares for his own fellow magi that much. As he himself would say, "Creating a world for Magi and ensuring my daughter's safety are one and the same."
* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' Jorge-052 acts as this for Noble Team. Since he is a Spartan-II who is almost a decade older than the team's oldest Spartan-III, this makes sense.
* Vashyron from ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' is at least ten years older than his partners, possibly around his thirties. He'd be better if he didn't teach his teenage companions to kill mooks indiscriminately.
* Aveline, from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a female example. She's a DaChief and your FriendOnTheForce. She often butts heads with the more [[LoveableRogue lawless]] members of the [[TrueCompanions main group]], but it becomes very clear that she's doing her best to protect them. The same group also has a male TeamMom, Varric.
** Occasionally she'll butt heads with certain types of Hawke, who can also play this role.
* Dunban fulfills this role in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', being the team's oldest [[HumansByAnyOtherName Homs]] member, most experienced fighter, and main SmartGuy. There are also a few moments where the [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]] ''TeamPet'' Riki shows shades of this, much to the surprise of the others.
* [[TheHero Asbel]] from VideoGame/TalesOfGraces is this to the team (mostly to Sophie) being the calm, understanding yet coddling ''"dad"'' to Cheria's stern, gentle and sometimes overprotective TeamMom. [[GenkiGirl Pascal]] even lampshaded it:
--> '''Pascal:''' We could be like a family. Asbel could be the dad and Cheria the could be the mom...
* Chin Gentsai, Maxima, Takuma Sakazaki, Kim Kaphwan ''and'' Heidern from TheKingOfFighters. Out of them, only the second is ''not'' technically a father: Chin has a granddaughter, Takuma has a teenage daughter and a young adult son (plus he helped to raise his kids's best friend), Kim's two sons are pre-teens [and older teenagers in ''Garou Mark Of The Wolves''] and Heidern is both a biological and adoptive father. [Though his bio daughter died])
** Ironically, [[BerserkButton Maxima isn't pleased]] by people pointing out that he's a father/uncle figure to K' and Kula. Terry ''horrifies'' him when he directly lampshades the trope via asking him for parental tips, and when NESTS!Kyo does it he snarks back at him.
** While he doesn't really play the role in KOF canon, Kyo Kusanagi's father Saisyu fits in ''very'' well in the KOF: KYO media. The scene in which he tells Kensou, Athena and Yuki about [[spoiler: the Kusanagi/Yagami rivalry and its origins]] strongly reminds of a dad telling a bedtime story to a bunch of children. (Except that the kids are his teenage son's friends and girlfriend and said stories aren't exactly fairy tales.)
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' slides between this and TeamMom.
* Female example from ''{{Tales Of Xillia}}'' in Milla. Prefers to alternate between strict, goofy or playful parenting styles while TeamMom Jude uses the more gentle approach.
* Phoenix Wright becomes this in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''. He's the boss of two younger attorneys, Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes, and even has an adopted daughter of his own, Trucy.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Rich out of {{Thespiphobia}} fits certain points, especially the PapaWolf at times. However he's usually too peppy and sweet to fit either of these.
* ''GeneralProtectionFault'' - Dwayne.
* Cole from ''Webcomic/PvP'' .
* Durkon of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is relatively laid-back ([[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame for a dwarf]]), and his [[AnAdventurerIsYou Cleric]] class kind of makes him the moral centre by default. He's often seen giving fatherly advice and direction to side characters.
** It helps that his patron deity is Thor; a deity that gets up to the kind of shenanigans Thor does tends to be pretty lax on the fire and brimstone unless you really, really fuck up.
* Mr. Verres of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is this to the main characters and is the father of one of them.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Karkat Vantas. Yes, the [[TheNapoleon bossy]], [[HatesEveryoneEqually misanthropic]], [[ClusterFBomb foul-tempered]] leader Karkat. He was surprisingly effective in the role - he actually cares about the trolls in his charge, is determined to keep the team together and functional, and quite effectively [[WarriorTherapist helps them deal with personal issues]]. [[spoiler: He's also their literal father, having created them all through ectobiology and [[TimeyWimeyBall weird time shit]], even himself.]]
** Vriska suggests that this actually doomed their SGRUB session since trolls are so naturally combative that three out of their four different kinds of romance revolve around managing hate as the basis (or demise, in the case of moirallegiance) of interpersonal relationships; trolls, she says, aren't meant to work together. Of course, then there's the times when it implies that much of the conquest and hate that has defined the species is a cultural choice made by rulers generations ago, and that under leaders like Feferi or Karkat the species could actually thrive. It's fuzzy which direction Hussie's decided to go with this.
* The Captain from ''Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}'', especially towards Felix.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:
--> 89. Must not refer to the Commander as "Dad".
* Stormwolf, for the Wild Pack of the WhateleyUniverse.
** And in the later stories (especially the Ayla stories), Lancer to Team Kimba.
* Santa Christ from WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, although even [[BigGood he]] finds dealing with thirty overgrown children hard to cope with.
* Agent North Dakota of Machinima/RedVsBlue somewhat played this role for the Freelancers, in addition to a cool big-brother figure. [[spoiler:Which makes it all the more tragic when Agent South Dakota - his own [[CainAndAbel twin sister]] - murders him [[GreenEyedMonster out of jealousy]] and to save herself from [[TheJuggernaut The Meta]].]]
** Sarge becomes a version of this to the Reds and Blues post season 8.
* Geoff of Creator/AchievementHunter has been considered the father of the Lads and Gents at various times.
[[/folder]]

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has [[spoiler:[[SixthRanger Prince Zuko]]]] -- Kids, you can have your [[BeachEpisode beach party]] ''after'' you save the world! The team unanimously follow him when TheHero disappears. They seem to be emphasizing this trait in the [[http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii175/Eternal_Light55/Bumi%20Vs%20Toph%20Comic/BvsT8.jpg new]] [[http://i264.photobucket.com/albums/ii175/Eternal_Light55/Bumi%20Vs%20Toph%20Comic/BvsT10.jpg comics]]. Even before that, there was his "You're a talented kid" speech in "The Firebending Masters". The camera angles, which exaggerated the height difference between him and Aang, clearly were meant as a reference to this trope. Did not help to stop those who shipped him with Katara, the TeamMom. [[HoYay Or Aang himself]].
** Before he came along, Sokka ''tried'' to serve as the group's dad, which Katara even lets him know he's not good at it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', both Tenzin and Mako have tried their hands at this, with different degrees of success. Bonus points for Tenzin since not only he is Aang's son, but he himself is the father of three Airbending kids. [[spoiler: And later his fourth child is born, though we don't know if Rohan is an Airbender or not.]]
* ''BionicSix'' - Jack Bennet aka Bionic-1. The Bionic 6 are made up of him, his wife and TeamMom Helen, and their children - biological and adopted.
* '' WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' - Goliath (also ActionGirl Angela's father) and Hudson. [[spoiler: Who really is the father of Broadway.]]
* ''TheSecretSaturdays'' - Solomon "Doc" Saturday (also a literal/biological father).
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' - Optimus Prime. Most versions of Optimus could count (especially [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Primal]]), but ''Animated'' Optimus is the most explicitly dad-like.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors'' has Ursak, who is actually the uncle of the other three heroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'': Hank the Ranger.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' - Zachary Foxx is not only raising his two children after his wife met AFateWorseThanDeath at the hands of the series BigBad, but often acts as a father figure to his team, especially Shane and Niko, who do not have parents.
* Brock Samson from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', despite being a macho brute of a {{badass}} action hero, has quite clearly taken up the role of Hank and Dean's parental figure; he's responsible for the feeding and clothing of the kids (and their father) and in one episode can be seen checking the boys over for head lice as he outlines a combat plan to one of his colleagues. Hank, at least, also looks up to him and asks him for advice.
* Mr. Charlie Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' is an obvious example, but sometimes Henry acts as this when there's more than just him and Stanley in a group.
* Aqualad took on this role early in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Since he's the most mature of the group, he often ends up playing mediator between his teammates' conflicting egos. He's also a BigBrotherMentor to both Robin and ComicBook/{{Superboy}}.
** Batman. Besides being an actual foster father to the Robins, he attempts to counsel Aqualad regarding his homesickness (correctly guessing it's more about a person than the place), pays for Artemis to attend the same prestigious private school as Robin, and keeps a close watch on kid Leaguer Captain Marvel, revealing that he knew all along and, in the tie-in comics, gift-wrapping him an opportunity to come clean.
** Batman's also responsible for Superboy. In one of the episodes Superman mentions that Batman has been responsible for helping Superboy adjust to his powers/get used to being on the Team. He also makes an effort to assure Connor he's doing good work at least once, regardless of what Superman's silence looks like. And let's not forget Batman also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZW61C2_DJY speaks to Superman]] to try and make him stop ignoring his clone. When ''Batman'' is giving ''Superman'' parenting advice you know it's serious.
* Eddy from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' sometimes behaves this way towards the other two- for instance in one episode when Ed and Double D are arguing, Eddy's first response is to seperate them with a, "SHUT UP! Both of you!"
* ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has Master Splinter to the turtles.
* [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a rare female example. She's [[OnlySaneMan the most down-to-earth member of the heroes]] ([[NotSoAboveItAll most of the time]]), has good leadership and planning skills, and also [[CoolBigSis shows some parenting skills when looking after]] [[KidSidekick Spike]].
* Jacob in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. The oldest of the group (most of who are teens) and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally supposed to have been]] Mike's grandpa.

[[/folder]]

----