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->''"By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder--infinitely prouder--to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build, the father only builds, never destroys."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur'''
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This is the SpearCounterpart to an ApronMatron. He is a tough family male elder and he just oozes authority wherever he goes. Likely he will be head of TheClan, a CoolOldGuy and of course a BadassGrandpa. But younger versions are allowed though usually not too young. Just as an Apron Matron is a badass woman whose formidability is tied to running the family, he is a man whose formidability is associated in the same way.

He will naturally have traditional ideas about how family responsibility should be run, thinking for instance that ManlyMenCanHunt, but women should StayInTheKitchen. There may be subtleties to his opinions in this matter of course, but that does not change the basic theme. These specialty differences will naturally distinguish him from an Apron Matron as well as causing ValuesDissonance with many.

He will likely be an OverprotectiveDad and perhaps a KnightTemplarParent. On the plus side he will almost certainly be a very efficient PapaWolf if any of his people are in danger. And he will definitely be the family's TeamDad, whatever else he is. Villainous Patriarchs will often be AbusiveParents, and/or a FallenHero . They might also be TheDon in the {{Mafia}}. Heroic ones will tend to have rough edges, though they will often be [[{{Mentors}} the Mentor]] for children, nephews, and grandchildren. This kind of character is often also a DeterminedHomesteader, and a WastelandElder.

A common plot is where the Patriarch is too much TheStoic to give a SoProudOfYou until the very end, which of course will likely be a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming (unless it is meant to tragically come too late). And if a Patriarch is married to an ApronMatron, then we shall have something to see... This trope may be less common now and milder father-figures seem to be somewhat in vogue, but it still persists.

Similarly, the Patriarch's overbearing authority may crush his sons into mere {{Nice Guy}}s, whom he can not respect for their spinelessness. A nastier sort may try to crush rebellion with the threat of his will and finally despise them as the spineless {{Nice Guy}}s and [[TheDutifulSon Dutiful Sons]] he made them, declare them InadequateInheritor, and opt for PassedOverInheritance. This may be why the BlackSheep is his [[ParentalFavoritism favorite.]].

See also ReasonableAuthorityFigure, AFatherToHisMen. Indeed, if there's a BlueBlood in a society where this is important, it will frequently overlap with these tropes.

Might be the eldest generation of the ThreeSuccessfulGenerations.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}} ]]
* Kyosuke and Kirino's dad in ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'' is this. Is permissive to his children so long as they follow certain conditions, such as his allowing Kirino to be a model if she excels at schoolwork. He doesn't take very well finding out that she is an {{otaku}}, not because of any stupidity concerning the AnimationAgeGhetto, but because of the attached stigma of being one, which he does not want her to suffer. However, no amount of reasoning can make him accept her ownership of {{eroge}} (since Kirino's still in junior high), so Kyosuke [[TakingTheHeat takes the heat for that]].
** Who then gets punched in the face for claiming he's going in his sister's room to use her computer to play games about BrotherSisterIncest.

* God is unambiguously male in the ceiling fresco of the Art/SistineChapel, with his giant beard and exaggerated muscles, while frequently being posed in dynamic positions that emphasize his power over creation. At the same time, he looks at Adam and Eve with a fatherly look in his eye and he talks to Eve with paternal care in the image of her creation, making him a fit for the ideal image of a Patriarch.

%%* Papa Smurf in ''TheSmurfs''.
* [[spoiler: Kalish]] becomes one in the DistantFinale of ''UniversalWarOne''. This trope is even the last issue's title.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Slavayat is the patriarch of the Svenjaya. Very much a CoolOldGuy (George ''loves'' his dry sense of humor) and a PapaWolf when it comes to his tribe.

%%* Vito Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather''. Michael too.
* Creator/TommyLeeJones plays a surrogate for this in ''Man of the House''. He is also this to his daughter in the same movie.
%%* Captain von Trapp in ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''.
* He's barely hanging on to life, but the respect the rest of the family gives to the grandfather in ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'' says everything.
%%* Charlie Anderson in ''Film/{{Shenandoah}}''.
* A benign example with Ichirō Yashida in ''Film/TheWolverine'', and his death triggers the problems. [[spoiler:He turns out to be a EvilPatriarch]]
* In Spielberg's ''Film/{{Munich}}'', the main character encounters a maxed-out PapaWolf version of TheDon--ThePatriarch of a crime family, who is just as attentive and reasonable as a regular fiction farm daddy, and also performs a "man test" for the main character--specifically, if he can hold his own in a kitchen (he can, on account of being raised in a kibutz). Plays out all the tropes of a wise old Don to a tee, with ''big'' emphasis on family.
-->'''Papa:''' Let me see your hands.\\
''[he grabs Avner's hands and compares them to his own]''\\
'''Papa:''' Too big for a good cook. That was my problem too! I would've been a master, but I have thick, stupid butcher's hands just like yours. Oh, we are tragic men. Butcher's hands, gentle souls.

%%* Rebbe Saunders in ''Literature/TheChosen''.
%%* Denethor and Théoden in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
%%* Literature/TheBible : Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. David too. Not to mention our heavenly Father.
* In ''Scipio Africanus: The Man Who Defeated Hannibal'' by Ross Leckie, Scipio's father is portrayed as almost a stereotype of the Roman version of this trope. He is stern and stoic, yet has a great tenderness underneath and raises Scipio to love and admire Rome and its values and understand his duty to it.
* In Wen Spencer's ''Endless Blue'', Viktor was this in the BackStory.
* ''Literature/FunnyBoy'': Arjie's father has ultimate authority over the family. For example, his wife wants to go to Canada to escape the conflict, but he would rather stay, so they stay. Arjie experiences him as someone who is not involved in the day-to-day life of the family, but who makes the major decisions.
* Many--if not ''most''--of {{the clan}}s in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' and [[Series/GameOfThrones the TV adaptation]] are lead by patriarch.
** Tywin Lannister is the rather [[AbusiveParents abusive]] patriarch of House Lannister.
** In House Stark, Eddard Stark is the stern-but-loving PapaWolf variant.
** Walder Frey is the patriarch of the ''huge'' House Frey. He's a {{Dirty|OldMan}}, GrumpyOldMan, but dammit, he takes care of his family. If ''anyone'' ([[HypocriticalHeartwarming else]]) insults his family members, they are ''dead''. [[spoiler: The Red Wedding cannot be stressed enough.]] He also keeps a firm lid on the feuding and jockeying ''within'' his family.
%%** To a lesser extent, Doran Martell qualifies as well.
%%* In L. Jagi's Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' trilogy, Prospero.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''A Daughter of the Land'', the father is an iron-handed version of this.
%%* Aral Vorkosigan in Literature/VorkosiganSaga.
* Gemma the Elder, who is also called the Ancestor, is the oldest of the progenitors of Furtig's tribe and now leads his own tribe of science-minded cats in Andre Norton's ''A Breed to Come''.
* The person who represents the author's entire ancestry in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' is the departed soul of his great-great-grandfather, who spends the afterlife with Mars with his fellow martyrs and soldiers. He acts as a voice of authority on the beauty and goodness of Dante's native city of Florence before the greed and corruption that forced Dante to abandon his home forever.
* The elderly Colonel Kraft in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', who manages his orderly family (wife, son, and two daughters) with quiet authority, in addition to his military duties.

* Robert Crawley, Lord of Grantham, in ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': All the major houses have one, of course, but Tywin Lannister wins the prize. His very first appearance has him giving Jaime an impassioned speech about the importance of the family legacy while skinning a deer. He orders his children around all he wants, and even his psychopathic ''boss'' and grandson King Joffrey (who outright threatens to kill his own mother and tried to assassinate his uncle) is scared of him.
--> '''Lord Tywin:''' The house that puts family first will always defeat the house that puts the whims and wishes of its sons and daughters first.
--> '''Lord Tywin:''' Your mother's dead, before long I'll be dead, and you...and your brother, and your sister, and all of her children. All of us dead, all of us rotting in the ground. It's the ''family name'' that lives on. It's ''all'' that lives on. Not your honor, not your personal glory, family.
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' Eli David is an antiheroic version of this. He crossed the MoralEventHorizon too many times to be a hero per se, but he is at least a FallenHero and a KnightTemplar . He also is something of a [[TheWoobie Woobie]], for one can pity him and regret how far he fell.
** Leon Vance is also a Patriarch though it is seldom shown. He has stronger family ties then most of the characters.
** Rene Benoit: "I am protector and provider in equal part..." .
* Tony Soprano in ''Series/TheSopranos'' thinks he is this. [[BornInTheWrongCentury He is fooling himself]], and that is kind of the point of the show. His "associates" all treat him with a mix of fear and respect, but in his own family his wife is nagging, his daughter is usually trying to piss him off, and his son is an overemotional underachiever.
* President Bartlet in ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a TrueCompanions-induced version of this.
* In the Korean TV serial epic ''Emperor of the Sea'' [[HappinessInSlavery Jang Bogo's owner-then-adopted parent]] was a great Korean merchant chieftain in the Middle Ages. He was an honorable and very formidable man.
%%* Ben Cartwright in ''{{Series/Bonanza}}''.
%%* Adama in the old ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}''.
%%** It is hard to imagine Lorne Greene NOT being a patriarch.
* Grandfather Vanderbilt on ''Series/GossipGirl''. Two episodes featuring him are even titled "''the Grandfather''" and ""''the Grandfather Part 2''"" in reference to ''Film/TheGodfather''.
* "Old Man" from ''Series/PawnStars'' rules the Pawn Shop and everyone knows it. Even Rick, his son, even though he's co-owner.
%%* Rupert Giles, from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. He said it himself.
%%* Frank Reagan in ''Series/BlueBloods''.
%%* Jang Bogo's adopted father in ''Emperor of the Sea''.
%%* Phil Robertson in ''Series/DuckDynasty''.
* UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar is the patriarch of his family in ''Series/{{Rome}}'', as he was in real life. After his death this role is taken up by Octavian (Augustus)--despite being the youngest member of the Julii, he's the only man.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has Hector Salamanca, he may be paraplegic but his nephews treat him like the authority ad he beats the importance of family into their brains when they were small. ''Series/BetterCallSaul'' shows that the Salamanca family has been a crucial and influential family among the Cartel and Hector is willing to insult his [[TheDreaded boss]] if he perceives disrespect toward the Salamanca's name.
-->'''Hector:''' Who you think you are? You should be kissing my ass right now. Me and my family? We built this whole business.\\
'''Bolsa:''' We all did. Together.\\
'''Hector:''' No, no! Salamanca did! Salamanca money! Salamanca blood!

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* {{God}} in Literature/TheBible is given metaphors like "father", "king", "lord of hosts", "judge" and so on which makes one conclude that Hebrews thought of Him as being like a tribal chieftain combining familial, political, judiciary, military and other functions much as a human chief would.

%%* TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade:Has Augustus Giovanni
* All thirteen Dragonmarked Houses in ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' have a patriarch or matriarch, except for House Cannith, who has three operating in distinct regions.
* A [[Film/{{Aliens}} Gene]][[{{Expy}} stealer]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' will turn into a mighty Broodlord if it successfully infiltrates a planet and starts [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong "mating"]]. The resultant family of hybrids and cultists start worshiping the Broodlord, helping it grow even larger and deadlier, and it even starts manifesting PsychicPowers.

%%* Big Daddy in ''Theatre/CatOnAHotTinRoof''.
%%* Mr. Antrobus in ''Theatre/TheSkinOfOurTeeth''. He's Adam '''and''' Noah!
* Dodge in Music/SamShepard's ''Buried Child'' is a subversion and a deconstruction. Nobody even pretends that Dodge is still in control of the family and he ends up mercilessly bullied.

* Winfred Kitaki (Tsunekatsu Kitaki) in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' is a mob/yakuza boss who is trying to leave the criminal world [[spoiler:to get legal money for an operation that is needed to save his son's life]].
* {{Deconstructed}} in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', where you meet a Krogan on Omega who's referred to as Patriarch, because he was given that nickname as a StealthInsult by Aria, the Asari who beat him and kept him around as a trophy, since the Asari, being a OneGenderRace, don't even have an equivalent term. Depending on your actions you can turn this around and have it be {{reconstruct}}ed and help him regain his confidence so he sees the title as a positive thing again.
%%* Sun Jian in the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series.

* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-107/ Baron Crossbone's father appears to have been this.]]

%%* In [[TarotMotifs tarot]], this trope is represented by the Emperor arcana.
* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington was a great family man as well as "The father of his country". It might be fun in a way to be his stepchild (he had no biological children), but boy would it be scary.
* UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson was referred to as "most blessed of the patriarchs" and his family regarded him as such, with even his enslaved relatives commenting the respect they had for the ''pater familias'' after his death.
%%* UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte was this to his relations.
%%* Many famous Royals and Nobles for obvious reasons.
* Ironically, UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur (see page quote) was a rather flawed patriarch by many accounts, being overbearing and apparently even adulterous. But he tried and in any case it is not a bad sentiment.
* The original meaning of the word "king" is "head of kin" or in other words [[TheClan chief.]]