The Shimogamo mother of the Ecstatic Family genuinely believes, in stark contrast with the common consensus, that all of her four sons are excellent raccoon-dogs each and every one of them fit to succeed their deceased father —a great community leader.
Lord Death from Soul Eater is a bit of a clueless father, but he really cares about his son. The first dialogue between the two has Death calling his son 'cute' and praising him in general.
Trisha Elric was a kind and loving mother who praised her two children for their alchemy - in fact they became alchemists purely because their mother was so proud of them. Their father Hohenheim seems to fail them by abandoning them, but then we learn he left to help save the country, and when he's back in their lives he's a good, loving father who's also proud of his kids. He even glared at an Eldritch Abomination to warn him to never mock his sons.
Maes Hughes, people. While he may have elements of Overprotective Dad, you really can't claim that he wasn't a damn good father to Elysia, when he was alive.
Sanae and Akio of CLANNAD. Just about the best parents ever, if a little eccentric sometimes. In their backstory, though, they were neglectful of Nagisa when she was little... until she almost fell victim to her Ill Girl condition. And later, they're the best grandparents to Ushio when Tomoya goes Disappeared Dad after Nagisa's Death by Childbirth, but it's strongly implied that they're also Stepford Smilers that love Ushio genuinely, but don't allow themselves to grieve for Nagisa in order to raise her child well and lovingly. At some point Sanae is even seen tearing up while talking to Tomoya, due to this..
Shibuya 'Uma-chan' Shouma and his wife Shibuya 'Hamano Jennifer' Miko are pretty awesome parents. Miko-san is a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and dressed her younger son as a girl until he got old enough to object (he was cute as hell, too), and Shouma is busy, but they're extremely devoted and have a home that radiates security.
One of the more fun subtle angles of the show is that as it progresses you see more and more what the lead gets from each of his parents—it's not ham-handed replication or anything either; it's as psychologically sound as you can get in a series where the hero develops a form of Incorruptible Pure Pureness. Bonus points for the fact that Miko and Shouma annoy Yuuri considerably most of the time. Without doing anything in the realm of Amazingly Embarrassing Parents. Except that one time with the photo album, I guess...and that other time with the statue...when they followed him halfway around the world....
Fujioka "Ranka" Ryouji, Haruhi's father. Although he's a Wholesome Crossdresser, he cares very much for his only child. After the death of his wife Kotoko, he made sure he did everything he could for Haruhi, often working long hours to support them. He's always there to give advice if she needs it, and goes to every school function he can (even if Haruhi tries to keep him from doing so in order for him to rest after long days at work).
Tamaki's Missing Mom Anne fits this. In flashbacks she's always shown as a kind, loving woman who cares very much for her son, despite being ill often. Around chapter 56 or 57 Kyouya finds Anne in France on a class field trip. We see that Anne is very much the loving person she is portrayed as in flashbacks, and has some of the same naivete as Tamaki. Also in flashbacks we see that she feels regret every day for giving Tamaki up to his paternal grandmother in exchange for the Suou family to help her family's business get back on its feet. Tamaki, however, harbors no resentful feelings toward her decision, understanding that it was for the best, and only wants to see her stay healthy in hopes of them reuniting.
Usagi's parents in Sailor Moon don't have a big role, but they are portrayed as a loving, typical nuclear family. Even if Kenji is a bit of an Overprotective Dad and Ikuko is an Education Mama. Word of God says Minako's parents are this way as well. Even if Mom might be the nagging type, which makes Minako kinda bitter.
Sakura's father. Her mother Nadeshiko too, though she tends not to be around very often, being dead and all.
Fujitaka is a mix of this and Parents as People, actually. We get to see him around and be a good dad, but we also see him working so hard that he can't spend as much time with them as the three need. He also knows it and sometimes kicks himself for this, apologizing to Touya for giving him a partial Promotion to Parent and pretty much having to run from work in the Sick Episode when Sakura is bedridden.
There are some mums and dads who do get it right. Of the living parents, Choza Akimichi and Shikaku Nara are probably the two who have the best relationships with their kids - although they've both had moments of being angry with their sons, they're still shown to be very close to them. Ino and Inoichi Yamanaka also appear to be close, although their relationship is not given as much screentime.
Sasuke more or less had reasonably good parents. His mother Mikoto seemed to be very loving, and while Sasuke did tend to feel that he was The Unfavorite in his father's eyes, not long before his death Fugaku more or less tells him he's proud of him. They were pretty good to Itachi as well. Fugaku and Mikoto respected Itachi's decision to side with Konoha over the Uchiha clan and didn't resent him for their imminent deaths at his blade. They pitied Itachi because he was the one who had to live with this terrible but necessary act and their last request was that he look after Sasuke. Fugaku, like any real father would, states that he was proud of Itachi, no matter what. Itachi subsequently broke down as he killed them, knowing that in spite of them being traitors to the village, they were his parents, and good ones at that.
Kagome Higurashi's widowed mother didn't berate or question her daughter when she got involved in quite the plot in the Sengoku Jidai. In fact, thinking that You Can't Fight Fate, she decides to support Kagome in her quests, and so she buys her a bike and contantly gives her treats for her friends.
Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father. He posthumously manages to provide protection for Inuyasha and guidance for Sesshomaru through Tessaiga and Tenseiga.
Hinagiku even places them alongside the affection she holds for her real parents.
Queen Otohime. Even when she is exhausted or depressed from her efforts to get the Fishmen Island residents to sign a peace treaty to cohabit with humans, she never lets her exhaustion or depression appear in front of her children and is shown caring for them very much and spending lots of time with them.
King Cobra balances ruling Alabasta and caring for his daughter Vivi. He is occasionally shown to be an Overprotective Dad, following Vivi when she was outside the palace despite encouraging such interaction and a Papa Wolf when bandits tried to kidnap her.
Relena and Zechs's father, Marticus Rex aka King Peacecraft, was this as well. He actually died to protect baby!Relena and let Mr. Darlian (his Number Two back then) escape with her to safety as the Cinq Kingdom was burned down.
Akiyuki's mother and father in Xam'd: Lost Memories, even if they don't always get along and his father is a bit of a slob....
Hiro's mom is virtually the only good parent for a Member of the Zodiac (that we see), although she still inevitably embarrasses her twelve-year-old son every so often. Kagura's parents also get an award for being pretty decent.
In flashbacks, Tohru's mom is shown to have been pretty wonderful — working hard to support her as a single mom but still spending time with her, telling her to always be herself and to go at her own pace — even providing parental words of wisdom to other people's kids when they really needed it. And middle school graduation parties.
Kyo's foster father, though he initially took him in to atone for his treatment of the previous Cat, did a remarkable job raising him — probably the best thing he did was treat him with respect. (For instance, when Kyo was young, and they encountered some Sohma women gossiping about how Kyo as good as killed his mother, he picked Kyo up and said "It's time you breathed the air of higher places", shaming the women into silence.) Though a teacher once questioned his parenting because of Kyo's problem behavior, Kyo probably turned out as well as he could have, given the circumstances. Having a parent he could trust and turn to was likely what kept him from giving over to despair entirely.
Krillin and Android 18 are loving, caring parents to Marron.
Hercule Satan is this towards Videl, despite being a tad bit overprotective sometimes.
Bulma herself to her children Trunks and Bra.
Young Avengers has the Kaplans, Wiccan's parents, who mistake his coming out as a superhero as a DIFFERENT kind of coming out and immediately invite his boyfriend into the family. Them being such good parents had also caused some backlash among the fans, since Billy became a determinator over finding the Scarlet Witch, who thanks to chaos magic is also his and Tommy's mom. The fans are hoping that the Kaplans stay relevant, because they are good parents, even with Wanda back in the picture.
Happily, that seems to be the case in the new Young Avengers run. The Kaplans are indeed still very important, having taken in not only Teddy, but Billy's kinda sorta twin brother Tommy for a time as well. Teddy even points out how lucky Billy is to have the Kaplans and Wanda.
When Barbara Gordon is being hijacked by Brainiac, her friend Black Canary uses a picture of Babs's beloved father Jim Gordon to help pull her back from oblivion. As she explains it, and as we see throughout the series, if there ever was a father, this man was it. Sometimes their relationship also verges over to Happily Adopted, but writers can never seem to agree on whether or not Barbara is Jim's biological daughter, his niece that he raised after her parents death, or a non-blood adoptee.
Though it's a little bit more Depending on the Writer, Thomas and Martha Wayne are usually depicted as truly loving of their son Bruce and truly good people. In most of the alternate universes where they survive, whatever the other consequences, it's taken as a given that Bruce would have a mostly happy childhood.
Blue Beetle: Bianca and Alberto Reyes, who provide support and guidance for their son Jaime in his career as a superhero.
You'd think his goofiness and madcap antics would make him a horrible parent, but Plastic Man is anything but. He loves his son VERY much and his son loves him back the same. Any moment in a comic with both of them at the same time is guaranteed D'awwwe!-inducing.
Surprisingly, Ares of Marvel Comics is a very competent and loving father towards his son Alexander.
Fantomex uses this on a clone of Apocalypse called Genesis to try to prove that evil isn't locked into one's genes in Uncanny X-force.
Done rather frighteningly in Runaways. All of the Pride are murderers, thieves, and backstabbers who quickly sign up to bring about the end of the world. When they have children, they love them and do their best to provide good futures for them... by which they mean that they will destroy everyone else on Earth and let their children inherit what is left. After they are defeated, the kids run into the past versions of Geoffrey Wilder and Mr. and Mrs. Yorkes, whose children both died. Upon learning of this, the parents are horrified and try their hardest to protect them...by murdering those "responsible" for it.
Roy Harper definitely counts as a single father raising a little girl, Lian, who's been consistently written as an adorable, precocious, highly perceptive, and well-adjusted young child, not starved of love or attention despite the fact that her father is a superhero and has often required nannies and babysitters. There's also the fact that Roy never had to sacrifice parts of his personality to become a good father. This is in stark contrast to his mentor Green Arrow, a Jerkass with a Hidden Heart of Gold who only ever really knew how to be buddies and often left Roy to his own devices while doing his own thing, and Lian's mother Cheshire, a genocidal maniac and Manipulative Bitch who considers replacement pregnancies as a good way of getting out of blackmail.
Luke Cage and his wife Jessica Jones are dedicated to their daughter Danielle. Her safety is always their first priority, and when she was kidnapped by an alien infiltrator, Luke was willing to make a deal with Norman Osborn, at the time the most powerful man in America, for his help in getting her back.
Of course there are the Kents, who beautifully raised a orphan alien into a good man who has devoted his life to the service of others.
They were only talked about on two or three occasions, but the parents of Kallian Tabris from Dragon Age The Crown Of Thorns are said to be this (or to have been, since her mother Adaia is dead). In fact, King Cailan practically invokes this trope while dying, because she slapped his senses back into him so he could meet his end calmly, without being wrecked with guilt over having gotten his men killed. It is revealed that her father Cyrion spent most of one night talking to Faren, the dwarven commoner, when Kallian dragged him over to her home, so he could get a good idea of who his daughter had gotten involved with.
Some fanfiction has England and France be this to America and Canada for Axis Powers Hetalia. In Feverish, for example, both of them work together to help Canada survive the weird disease he suffers from.
In the Death Note fic Ragnarok Souichiro Yagami is this for Light. Light relates that his father "saved his life" when he caught onto his growing mental problems by pulling him out of school and worked with him to help his mind heal, giving him training that actually stimulated his genius and encouraging him to experience more of the world and just be a teenager for a while. He also suggested Light take on a quasi-legal hobby like hacking in order to train him out of his growing Black and White Insanity.
Michael and Carolyn Lestrade in Children of Time. Michael is not always around for his kids due to being a detective on the other side of the Atlantic, but he certainly had time to instill and cultivate a Sherlockian obsession in his eldest two children. Michael and Carolyn are still Happily Married with several children when their twenty-five-year-old daughter, Beth, can finally introduce them to her husband. Michael's first meeting with said husband, none other than Sherlock Holmes, turns out to be far less painful than Sherlock had anticipated, and much more fond.
Film - Animated
Bob and Helen Parr in The Incredibles. Bob may struggle with Parental Obliviousness sometimes, but definitely by the end he gets it. Helen, in a deleted scene, even talks about how being a good and loving parent can be just as important as superheroing when it comes to making the world a better place. Rock on.
While they don't get much screen time, Rapunzel's parents clearly loved their daughter and, after she was kidnapped, spent the next eighteen years trying to find her.
Pixar's Brave has King Fergus and Queen Elinor (who falls into My Beloved Smother territory, but genuinely loves and cares for her children).
Anna and Elsa's parents from Frozen do their very best to protect their daughters and get Elsa to control her powers until they tragically die in a storm. Mistakes are made, catastrophic ones, but every decision is made out of honest concern for their children's well being.
King Triton from The Little Mermaid may have been overprotective and may have made a catastrophic mistake by destroying Ariel's grotto, but he's shown to be a loving and caring father towards Ariel and her sisters. His wife, Athena, is even shown to be this in the prequel of the movie before her tragic death.
Ariel and Eric in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea. Despite Ariel making a mistake by lying to Melody about her heritage, it has been shown that both she and Eric love Melody and raised her right.
In Mr. Peabody & Sherman, genius dog Mr. Peabody is a loving father to Sherman, the human boy he adopted. (By contrast, in the original Rocky and Bullwinkle segments, Peabody treated Sherman more as a pet.)
In The Secret of NIMH, widowed mouse Mrs. Brisby is a gentle, kind mother who spends most of the film rescuing her endangered family.
After Marty influences the past events of his parents in 1955 and returns to his own time, George and Lorraine are seen as this, due to George having confidence in himself and Lorraine having a much more positive outlook on life.
As well, his parents were, at heart, basically good-hearted and had good-intentions to begin with, raising Marty to have a pretty strong sense of right and wrong that guides him through all three films. In the original time-line, George's main problem was having a pushover-type personality.
You'd think it would be the kind of movie where the parents are dysfunctional and Stepford Smiler, but in Donnie Darko the titular character's parents are loving and understanding, and he seems to love them back in his own way.
Both Odin and Frigga in Thor are very loving and caring to their two sons, including Loki who was adopted and not Asgardian.
Subverted in Thor: The Dark World with Odin, where he wants nothing to do with Loki after The Avengers and would've killed his adopted son if it weren't for Frigga.
Olive's parents in Easy A are happily married, very supportive of their children and treat their adopted son no different than their natural daughter. Olive's mother provides sage advice when Olive has to clean up the mess she's made of her own reputation.
In Coneheads, Beldar and Prymaat are such good parents that they give up their newly obtained privileged status on Remulak and fake their own deaths so that their daughter can have the life she wants on Earth. (As Beldar tells her, "After all, it's not every day that a father can the world to his young one..."
Final Destination: In a film series where parents are generally left offscreen, Nora Carpenter and Mr. Corman from the second movie are two examples.
Jack and Caroline Ryan in The Hunt for Red October count. Jack never forgets his daughter's teddy bear even when preventing World War III.
The Cuthberts in Anne of Green Gables. In this case they are old batchelor-and-spinster siblings rather then married.
Théoden from Lord of the Rings treats his nephew and niece, Éomer and Éowyn, as if they were his own children, openly showing affection and pride for both of them on separate occasions. That the character is A Father to His Men and fundamentally a just, moral king plays in. And, upon his awakening, the first person Théoden asked for after seeing to his niece and nephew was his only son and heir, Théodred.
"No parent should have to bury their child."
The Blind Side has Leigh Ann and Sean Touhy having a loving relationship with their daughter and son and later on with their adopted son Michael.
Bertie and Elizabeth in The King's Speech do their best to spend time with their two daughters, particularly Bertie who is a Doting Parent. Likewise with Lionel and his wife with their children. The scene where Lionel's sons guessed which Shakespeare character Lionel was playing was just adorable.
In This Is England, a troubled boy becomes friends with a group of supportive older teens. After the teens give the boy a stylish haircut, his furious mother confronts the teens and scolds them for overstepping their bounds. Once she's made herself clear, however, she acknowledges that the teens have been a positive influence on her son and allows them to continue socializing.
Arthur and Molly Weasley - a bit overprotective, but never unreasonably so.
Xenophilius Lovegood as well. Even if he goes Knight Templar Parent and is willing to sell Harry out, he does it only so his beloved daughter Luna won't be in danger.
James Potter and Lily Evans-Potter are implied to have been this before their deaths.
Also Hermione's parents; we don't see much of them, but we know that they're very accepting of their daughter's extraordinary abilities. She loves them so much that she makes them forget she exists and move to Australia, just to protect them from the Death Eaters..
Despite their beliefs, the Malfoys really care for Draco and would do close to everything for him.
Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan in Vorkosigan Saga. In this they compliment each other as Aral is the stern but affectionate role-model and teacher whereas Cordelia is the comfortor and nurturer. Aral would be the one who helps Miles get on a horse and Cordelia the one who patches him up after he falls so that Miles can get on the horse again.
Ned Stark should get a freaking medal for being a decent, loving, protective father in a world where most noble families view their children as merchandise or nuisances.
Oberyn Martell (aka "The Red Viper") deserves a mention, as he was known to be a very good father to his eight bastard daughters, the Sand Snakes. His mistress Ellaria Sand (the mother of his four youngest daughters) counts as well.
From the accounts given of him, Brienne of Tarth's father Selwyn Tarth was a decent parent who treated his daughter well and gave her a privileged life, allowing her to train to be a knight.
Piers and Ilane of Mindelan in the Protector of the Small series. They're kind, loving, and supportive to Kel in her dream to become a knight when few other noble parents would be willing to let their daughters try for that.
Ava's father and stepmother in The Kingdom of Little Wounds, especially for the time period. They continue to support Ava even after she nearly ruined the family by miscarrying in public.
Live Action TV
The Addams Family: Gomez and Morticia Addams are great parents. Despite being "altogether ooky", they are still a Happily Married couple who love and adore their kids. They have rules like any other family and enjoy a lot of quality time with one another. When a truant officer comes to the house to ask why Pugsley and Wednesday aren't enrolled in public school, Gomez is horrified at the idea of being apart from them all day— "What's the point of having children, if you're just going to get rid of them?"— because that's how much he loves spending time with his son and daughter. (It's also adorable to watch him mope about having no one to play with.)
The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon Cooper's mother is a wonderful mother from the little we've seen. She knows full well how much of a Jerk Ass Sheldon is, but it's obvious that she loves and supports him. Besides, she knows how to deal with him better than anyone else. There's a reason she's the first one Leonard calls when he needs back-up.
Philip and Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are this to their own four children AND their goofy nephew. Uncle Phil's concern in the episode where Will's absentee father returns is very touching. And his reunion with Will after the jerk ditches him again might count as a Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming if it weren't so sad at the same time. His verbal beatdown of Lou is the perfect personification of what being a good, responsible parent really entails.
Uncle Phil: (yelling at Lou) Oh bull, bull! Will is not a coat that you hang in the closet, then pick it up when you're ready to wear it. His life goes on. He's not supposed to be here for you, you're supposed to be here for him!
Boy Meets World has Alan and Amy, Cory's parents. Not only are they happily married and good parents to their three (and later four) biological kids, they also are surrogate parents to Shawn and Topanga, to the point where Alan risks a lawsuit by physically attacking a cult leader who brainwashes Shawn.
Teen Wolf: Surprisingly for a show of this kind, almost all of the parents who appear or are mentioned onscreen fall into this category. Despite having a Disappeared Dad, Scott's mother clearly loves him and works long hours at the hospital to provide for him; Stiles' father accepts his Genius Ditz son for who he is and often shows pride or affection towards him; and Allison's parents both care for her a great deal. Even Lydia's divorced mother and Jackson's adoptive parents appear to genuinely want the best for their children. The Argents do however lose points on a number of fronts, most notably in the case of Victoria, as Allison would have probably preferred a live werewolf mother to a dead one and of course Gerard, who ordered his daughter-in-law's death, and later revealed his willingness to kill his son and granddaughter as well.
Not necessarily, as some people see Annie Camden as a potental Abusive Parent instead. She's got good intentions, but some of her punishments (like sending their kids to the garage without any supplies) can be pretty bad.
Dexter: Considering his son was a sociopath, Harry Morgan did a wonderful job. Not so much with his daughter, but still. However, as the show's gone on, it's been shown that Harry was very wrong about Dexter in several aspects - for example, thinking he would never be able to form emotional connections with others - and a fair few viewers are wondering, if he'd gotten treatment for Dex instead of encouraging his desire for violence, would Dexter still have his "Dark Passanger"? And then there was the part where he coached Dexter to kill people and then killed himself 'cause Dex actually did it, abandoning both his emotionally damaged children. At least he was trying to do the right thing.
Burt Hummel may be a flanel-wearing, football-loving car mechanic (played by Mike O'Malley, no less) but he still loves his flamboyant gay son Kurt to bits. Their relationship is one of the most beautiful, inspiring things on TV.
Carole is this to Finn
Sandy and Kirsten Cohen, Seth's parents on The O.C., who also become Parental Substitutes for Ryan.
30 Rock: Tracy Jordan, in addition to being a devoted husband to his wife Angela, is also a devoted father to his two sons. This is actually the biggest threat to his career, as the celebrity status that allows him to provide for his family rests on an Urban Legend Love Life.
Beverly Crusher balances being CMO of the Enterprise-D while raising a teenaged boy. When he's injured at Starfleet Academy, her immediate concern is his well-being, even though the Academy's medical staff is top-notch.
Sergey and Helena Rozhenko took in an orphaned Klingon child and raised him as their own. Worf may not be blood, but his values and his sense of right and wrong come from them. The bond is so strong that Guinan tells them that when Worf looks for "home", he does not look to the Klingon Empire, but rather to them.
Benjamin Sisko is an excellent father in between running Deep Space Nine and trying to keep his crew together. His relationship with Jake is one of the most consistently heartwarming things on the show. It runs in the family, as Benjamin himself has a very supportive father, one who is also a very good grandfather to Jake.
Nog and his father Rom have this type of relationship as well. Rom has very low self-esteem because he has no head for business - a disaster for a Ferengi. Put Nog's happiness or well-being on the line, however, and Rom turns into a Papa Wolf, as Quark learned the hard way upon sabotaging Nog's attempt to pass the Starfleet Academy entrance exam. Despite having been abandoned by his mother for profit, Nog is loyal to his father, proud of him when he finds his feet as a very talented engineer, and completely accepts Leta when she becomes his step-mother.
The fact that Joyce Summers manages to give Buffy exactly the half-loving/half-stern talk that she needs after her vampire boyfriend's gypsy curse turns him evil, despite NOT KNOWING THAT THAT WAS WHAT HAD HAPPENED, speaks volumes.
Not to mention Papa Wolf Giles. Their surrogate relationship builds slowly and subtly at first, but really becomes clear in the episode where her agrees to go to the Ice-Capades with her (there was a lot more going on between them in that episode, but this ultimate outcome was very touching).
In the this universe, good parents are EXTREMELY rare, with Fred being the only main character whose parents are truly loving. Lampshaded when this fact is revealed, as the gang spend the entire episode thinking Fred's parents are abusive or out to harm the terrified Fred, only to discover Fred's terror was rooted in her having failed to become a brilliant physicist due to traumatic and tragic events and therefore thinking her parents would view her as a failure. Fred's parents don't care - they only want her to be happy and healthy, are very proud to have a daughter who is willing to help people in need, and leave the gang stunned by how normal and wonderful they really are.
Fred herself also acts as one to Connor while Angel and Cordy are imprisoned by him and become a Higher Power, respectively.
That '70s Show: Red and Kitty Forman are mostly like this, despite one being a grumpy hardass and the other being more than a little neurotic. Kitty's emotional support has proven essential to allowing Eric to survive being Red's son, and has also led her to provide support for Eric's friends. Red might seem harsh and strict, but dealing with it leads Eric to become a stronger person for it, especially since Red only really punishes Eric when he's actually done something to deserve it. The one time Eric didn't deserve to be punished (when he took the blame for Donna smoking cigarettes) he apologized for not believing him and making him smoke an entire carton.
NUMB3RS: Don and Charlie's parents did their best to raise a genius son and his brother while avoiding the favortism. Even after they both grew up, Alan gave sage advice and support them.
Home Improvement: Tim and Jill Taylor raise three sons and love them no matter what they do.
The Sarah Jane Adventures is full of them. The title character herself is a good parent to her adoptedteenaged-appearingson Luke. Maria's father Alan, and later Rani's parents Haresh and Gita, are the emotional rocks for their respective daughters and much loved by them despite sometimes being embarrassing. Even Clyde's mother, who only has a handful of appearances, is established as a good mother to him during those few appearances. (His father, though...)
Good Times: Florida and James Evans. Despite often being met with with hard times they still manage to be devoted and loving parents to their three children.
The Golden Girls had this with Sophia, who was both the literal mother to Dorothy, and a mother-figure to Blanche and Rose. Dorothy and Rose were also shown to be good parents, as were Stan and Miles (their ex-husband and beau, respectively). Blanche, however, averted this.
Freaks and Geeks shows parents that are corny, ridiculous, care for their children, care for each other, can be hurt by their children, have heartwarming and are nothing less than fully fleshed out characters.
Smallville has Jonathan and Martha Kent being just as good as their comic counterparts.
In The Secret World of Alex Mack, Alex's parents are still together, still there for her, and still trying to shape her into a good person. The fact that she matures and becomes a better person over the course of the show tells us that they're doing a good job. Still, there's that whole 'I got contaminated by GC-161 and got superpowers from it' thing that she hasn't gotten around to telling them, until the series finale...
The title character of Castle. He's immature in a lot of ways, but he's a great father to his daughter Alexis.
Burt and Virginia Chance on Raising Hope aren't the brightest tools in the shed and enjoy poking fun at their son, but they genuinely love him and help him become a Doting Parent with his daughter.
Hannah's parents in Girls. Although the set-up for the series is their tough-but-fair decision to cut off her allowance so she'll start standing on her own feet, they remain a supportive influence and safety net for her, which she fluctuates between ignoring completely and taking for granted. Also an example of Parents as People.
While most parents in Supernatural are either bad parents or dead or both, a few major exceptions stand out. There is Ellen Harvelle who protects and supports her daughter Jo, Linda Tran, who despite starting out as a typical Asian mother evolves into a Mama Bear and Lisa Braeden, who is willing to call out Dean to protect her son.
Mr. Mosby is a Good Parental Substitute to London Tipton, whose own father is never around, and never gets a chance to become close to her various stepmothers before her father divorces them. Mr. Mosby taught London how to drive, is usually the one to talk her down from a tantrum (if Maddie isn't available), comforts her when she's sad, and when London graduates school, the two share a tearful goodbye and promise to always remain in touch, while London's birth parents are nowhere to be found.
Katie Morag has lovely parents. Her mum can be a bit ditzy though.
My Dad could beat up your Dad, but he wouldn't Yes, my Dad could beat up your Dad, but he wouldn't even try He's got the greatest laugh, he's not afraid to cry I really can't imagine that he ever told a lie He forgets so fast when you do something you shouldn't My Dad could beat up your dad, but he wouldn't
Kanye West has a song called "Hey Mama," dedicated to his mother and how good she was to him.
Christina Aguilera has a called "Oh Mother," dedicated to her mother and thanking her for being a great mother for her.
Music/Ashanti has a song called "Mother." She sings about her mother and how she thanks her for being wonderful to her.
Backstreet Boys have a tune called "The Perfect Fan". The lyrics of "You showed me how to care / And you showed me that you would always be there" pretty much give the gist of the whole thing.
Robbie Williams portrays himself this way in his song 'Go Gentle', which is a song to his daughter warning her about the kind of guys she'll probably meet in her life. He noticeably manages to avert the Overprotective Dad trope, in that he does encourage her to find love; just to be careful about who it is she picks.
And when you go giving your heart, Make sure they deserve it. If they haven't earned it, Keep searching, it's worth it.
Alan Wake features a subtle example in which the protagonist's caring mother gives him a special item when he was a child to help fight his lifelong fear of the dark; with it taking "on mythical proportions in his mind", "Alan finally slept like a baby."
Final Fantasy XIII's Sazh Katzroy would go to the end of the earth for his son Dajh, and he is forced to after the kid is made into a Sanctum l'Cie. Sazh is much more than just a Papa Wolf though, he is also shown in flashbacks and at the end of the game as being just as genuinely kind and loving towards his son as you would expect after spending so much of the game with him. Dajh's mother may have passed away years before the beginning of the game, but Sazh proves time and again that he's truly all the family that his son needs.
Half-Life: Eli Vance is a prime example of this. Not only is he a loving, encouraging father, but he somehow managed to keep his (very young, at the time) daughter alive through the aftermath of the Black Mesa Incident, the Seven Hour War, and the Combine occupation of Earth. Even after she's able to take care of herself, he still remains constantly concerned for her safety and emotional well-being. Which makes his death at the end of Episode Two all the more painful.
Sophitia Alexandra is one of these offscreen between Soul Calibur 1&2 and 2&3, and fights in 2 and 3 primarily to protect her children from the harm Soul Edge could bring to the world. This bites her in the ass hard in SC 4, when Tira implants Soul Edge into her daughter Phyrra, forcing her over the line into Knight Templar Parent as she kills otherwise good people who want the sword destroyed, even at the cost of her daughter's life.
Zoey's Father only wanted what was best for his little girl. Unbeknownst to him he gave her the gene that she needed to survive without turning.
The series speaks this trope by itself. The mothers in the trilogy are all good and nice even if they are just minor characters.note With the exception of Lardna, who's the polar opposite. For Hinawa's case, she's dead after Chapter 1. She spends most of her role as a spirit.
Fathers are quite good as well.note Except Aloysius, who is just downright abusive. With an exception of Flint, who breaks from his wife's death and becomes not quite caring to Lucas, they pump their money into your bank account, save your game, and ask if you're exhausted from your journey.
For all of his faults, among them leaving his son/daughter to continue a large-scale project (which in itself was with good intentions), James, the father of the protagonist of Fallout 3, genuinely loves and cares for his son/daughter. If one carefully listens to the mixture of conversations transitioning from the protagonist's birth to their first year, you can hear how James chose to halt his work for the sake of his wife and child.
Bryce and Eleanor Cousland, parents of the human noble PC in Dragon Age: Origins. Though they don't get much screen time in terms of the rest of the game, they are supportive, loving, and proud of their children to the end.
Bryce: Then, go, Pup... warn your brother... and know that we love you both. You'll do us proud.
Eleanor: Goodbye, darling...
Leandra Hawke of Dragon Age II is also loving (if imperfect; her first reaction to a younger sibling's death is to blame the survivors). She was willing to spend much of her life on the run to protect her apostate mage husband and child(ren). "I'm so proud of you. Love, Mother." Her death is one of the biggest Tear Jerker moments in a game full of them.
In Katawa Shoujo, Emi's mother Meiko is kind, supportive and friendly, although Emi's personal issues cause her to try to rely on herself. Despite this, Meiko understands her daughter quite well, and if you stay behind to talk with her at her house, you will get the good ending.
The good ending of the first game, which has Jack raising the saved Little Sisters as his own, and giving them a chance to live normal lives.
Subject Delta in BioShock 2 is adored by his former Little Sister, Eleanor, no matter what choices the player makes, but he definitely falls into this category if you choose to be a good guy. Even though he can't speak and looks like a hulking monster, "good" Subject Delta still teaches Eleanor the value of human life and forgiveness, through example.
Dragon Quest VIII's King Trode is very much this trope to his daughter Princess Medea. Even if she is a horse most of the game.
Laharl's and Sicily's parents from Disgaea. King Kriechevskoy never stopped trying to teach Laharl that an Overlord must have compassion to the point that he reincarnated himself so he could continue the lessons. Laharl's mother sacrificed herself to save her son from a disease and sacrificed her chance to become an angel so that her unborn daughter Sicily could become one instead.
The eponymous main character of NieR is a widowed father whose love for his daughter Yonah is incredibly deep; though he's not around nearly as often as he should be (because he's away doing odd jobs to provide for her), when he does spend time with Yonah he is shown to be a very gentle, considerate, and loving father. He is also a pretty good Parental Substitute to Emil. Naturally, Gestalt Nier, the Shadowlord, also qualifies, given how he waited over a thousand years to be with his daughter again and was willing to doom the entire world to do so.
Nick D'Amour. His intelligence, attentiveness, easy-going nature, and patience have helped Aggie cope with the death of her mother Melody prior to the beginning of the series.
Penny's parents also count. Especially with how they handled Penny after the Rich incident. She was punished accordingly, but they love her none the less and are giving her the oportunity to earn their trust back.
The Dupont Family in Balderduck comprises two parents who are willing to accept all of the misfits their daughter brings home for dinner
Luk and Hala River from Irregular Elis. They are a special parents too.
Elliot and Ellen's parents in El Goonish Shive are very Open Minded Parents but they must be doing something right as Elliot turned out pretty well adjusted. Tedd's father, and even Raven's treatment of Noah are also great examples of good parents.
Marten's parents from Questionable Content are at times strange or embarrassing, but he loves them a lot and acknowledges that his childhood was pretty great, despite their divorce (his dad was gay, but both parents have a good relationship with each other throughout the story.)
Most of the parents of Team Kimba in the Whateley Universe. Chaka's and Tennyo's familes. Lancer's dad and Generator's mom. Fey's parents were separated, but having a son become a female mutant Faerie seems to be bringing them back together. Even Phase's parents were loving... right up to the second he manifested as a mutant and things went wrong.
Of the families we see in the Worm universe, the best by far is Taylor's. Even though her mother is dead and her father is distant, they genuinely care for one another and do their best to reconnect over the course of the series. By comparison, the parents of the other major characters are: dead, abusive, mind-controlling supervillain, or exploitative.
Finn and Jake's parents in Adventure Time. Not only did they adopt the human Finn as their child and raise him equal to their own, they grew up to be the greatest heroes of the land of Ooo. Jake even shows that he'll raise his pups just like how his parents raised him, in one of the series absolute most adorable, d'awe inducing scenes.
Kim's parents on Kim Possible are loving, supportive, and extremely proud of their three children and also of Ron, whose own parents (or at least his mother) seem to take little interest in their son.
They're not perfect and they're quite oblivious until the series finale, at least but it's clear that Jack and Maddie Fenton of Danny Phantom fame love their children and will do anything to protect them.
Mr. Charlie Chan on The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan may lead a busy life solving crimes, but he's always there for his kids and seems to appreciate their help even if they bungle more often than not. He's even very supportive and proud of his older kids' rock band.
Most of the parents shown on The Weekenders, Tino's especially, but Tish's as well. Lor's, not so much.
Metalocalypse gives us Oscar and Rose Explosion, parents of Nathan Explosion. Pretty much their only offense is being typical embarrassing parents. Nathan even mentioned in the episode "Fatherklok" that he loves hanging out with his father. The other members of Dethklok weren't as lucky.
Even though Avatar: The Last Airbender has a smorgasbord of parents who are abusive/evil/missing (Zuko and Azula), overprotective/stupid (Toph), repressive/preoccupied/snobbish (Mai), absent/with-their-hands-full (Ty Lee) or dead (pretty much everyone else at least once), there are a few characters lucky enough to have Good Parents. Sokka and Katara's dad Hakoda (and their mom Kya, when she was still alive), Haru's parents, Teo's dad, and a few others are good examples, and Zuko and Aang each have/had a GoodParental Substitute in Uncle Iroh and Monk Gyatso. Also, while Fire Lord Ozai most certainly does not count, his wife Ursa does. She loves her children, does her best to temper Azula's sociopathic tendencies, and is banished from her home after she commits some form of treason to save Zuko's life.
Korra's parents definitely qualify. Though they seem to be rather minor characters, Tonraq and Senna are alive and well and shown to be loving and supportive parents. From what we've seen so far Korra doesn't seem to have any issues with her parents at all.
At least in Book 2, when Korra gets mad at Tonraq and Tenzin for keeping her in the compound. Later, it's revealed that Unalaq had tried turning her against Tonraq, and the Red Lotus had tried stealing her when she was a kid. After the truth is revealed, she makes up with her father.
Also Tenzin and his wife Pema count.
Aang and Katara were also good parents to Tenzin and his siblings. Played with in Aang's case. He seemed to favor Tenzin above his other children, who have less than fond memories of him. Considering the pressures of being an Avatar and the last Airbender, Aang is a good example of Parents as People.
In Book 3, there is the character of Suyin Beifong, one of Toph's two daughters. Su has five children. She is very proud of her children, encourages them greatly, and is very close to all of them. However, she admits after talking with her daughter that she's a bit too overprotective, and sends her daughter to the Northern Air Temple after she gains airbending. This is in contrast to how she grew up, as both Su and Lin were pretty much free-range.
In "The Ultimatum", after hearing what was happening to Ba Sing Se, Zuko decides to take his dragon and head back to the Fire Nation to protect his daughter, who is the current Fire Lord. This is a complete change from the behavior of Azulon and Ozai and shows that he's become a better father than they.
Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on one's experience with the character), Batman. He is a Reasonable Authority Figure and is stern yet fair with the team and willing to praise them if they do a good job. When Robin was jealous that Batman was privately lecturing Aqualad and Batman realized, he didn't reprimand Robin or ignore him but rather, invite him out for a basketball game to assure Robin that no one will be replacing him.
He particularly stands out next to Superman, who, understandably, is having some trouble adjusting to Superboy. In time, however, he does come to accept Superboy as his brother, even bestowing upon him a Kryptonian name: Kon-El.
Wally's parents support his superhero career and take its inherent strangeness in stride, providing the most "normal" version of this trope. There's also Artemis' mother, who gave up a life of crime to give her a better life.
Mother and Father Bear from Little Bear are some of the best parents in all of western animation.
Zachary and Eliza Foxx on Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Happily Married? Check. Their kids turned out okay (despite Eliza's capture and forced separation)? Check. Even with the less than ideal circumstances, they are a strong, loving family.
Sid's parents on Sid The Science Kid not only support Sid's curious nature they also humor all his questions. Plus they encourage him to explore his questions in more detail.
Eddie Storkowitz' parents on Birdz. The mother is rather laid-back and supportive, while the father is somewhat stricter but never comes off as mean. Most episodes show Eddie generally getting along with his parents.
Hugh and Jean (Taz's parents) from Taz-Mania are such loving parents to their 3 children. Several people would have abandoned Taz, but these two? They are very tolerant of their son's crazy antics and stick by him, no matter what.
Goofy is a combination between an Amazingly Embarrassing Parent and this. Though his son Max does find him weird and embarrassing, and feels self-conscious about having things in common with him, Goofy is clearly a very caring parent. Multiple episodes draw attention to this. In one episode, Max defended Goofy from the Department of Child Disservices, as did Pete's wife Peg, and Goofy was shown to do things for Max even when he was supposed to be under the custody of the Pete family. In another, Goofy and Max won an award for being the best father/son pair in town. In the first movie, Goofy and Max had some fights, but it was due to Goofy wanting to protect Max, and once he hears Max's part of the story, he works to help him reach his goal. It's made clear Max loves Goofy deep down. At least once, Goofy has acted as a Parental Substitute to Pete's son PJ, whose own father is an outright Abusive Parent.
Peg herself is one of these. Whenever she notices Pete being abusive or even neglectful she immediately steps in and stops him and, unlike her husband, actually understands the appropriate level of discipline to give to her children. Pete mostly only gets away with what he does when Peg is not around. Like Goofy, she has also behaved as a Parental Substitute, this time to Goofy's son Max, who has a Missing Mom.
In Gargoyles, Xanatos and Fox turn out to be pretty good parents for their son Alexander. Once Goliath gets over his cultural bias, he starts being a better father for Angela. According to Word of God, even Demona is eventually redeemed by Angela too. In spirit, anyway. Elisa's parents fit this too. When their son Derek reveals his new mutated form, they immediately embrace him once they realize it's him.
Moral Orel actually does manage to have at least one set of these: Orel Puppington and his wife Christina.
The Gordys, Dutch's parents in Motorcity, are this to him and his brother Dar, despite the fact that they're separated from him. They're also one of the few examples of this trope, as most characters' parents are absent for unexplained reasons, save Julie's father, Abraham Kane.