->''"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."''
-->-- '''[[FourStarBadass Douglas MacArthur.]]'''
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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.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Comics}}]]
* Papa Smurf in ''TheSmurfs''.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* Vito Corleone in ''Film/TheGodfather''. Michael too.
* 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]]

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* 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 it's 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.
* Tywin Lannister provides a villainous example, both in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' and [[Series/GameOfThrones the TV adaptation.]]
** To a lesser extent, Walder Frey and Doran Martell both qualify as well.
* In L. Jagi's Lamplighter's ''ProsperosDaughter'' trilogy, Prospero.
* In Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''A Daughter of the Land'', the father is an iron-handed version of this.
* Aral Vorkosigan in VorkosiganSaga.
* {{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.
* 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''.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* In ''{{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. He is fooling himself, and that is kind of the point of the show.
* President Bartlet in ''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|Classic}}''.
** It is hard to imagine Lorne Greene NOT being a patriarch.
* Grandfather Vanderbilt on ''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''.

[[AC:{{Manga}} and {{Anime}}]]
* Kyosuke and Kirino's dad in ''LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai'' 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.

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade:Has Augustus Giovanni
* All thirteen Dragonmarked Houses in ''{{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.

[[AC:{{Theater}}]]
* Big Daddy in ''CatOnAHotTinRoof''.
* Mr. Antrobus in ''The Skin of Our Teeth''. 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.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Winfred Kitaki (Tsunekatsu Kitaki) in ''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 ''Dynasty Warriors'' series.

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

[[AC:RealLife]]
* In [[TarotMotifs tarot]], this trope is represented by the Emperor arcana.
* George Washington 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.
* Napolean Bonaparte was this to his relations.
* Many famous Royals and Nobles for obvious reasons.
* Ironically, Douglas [=MacArthur=] (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.]]

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