"He can't even shoot straight."
— Josef Stalin
responding to his son Yakov's attempted suicide by self inflicted gunshot.
You've got your cool dad. You've got your Abusive Dad
. And then you've got... this guy. He views his son (this is almost Always Male
) as an equal and in no real need of monitoring, instruction, or the rest of the whole parenting game. Can border on its own form of abuse. The child ranges from prepubescent to simply not meeting one's cultural definition of adulthood.
Can lead to "Well Done, Son" Guy
. May eventually be called out
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Anime & Manga
- Magneto is this to all his children.
- Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade's Henry Jones Sr., to such an extent that Junior preferred to be named after the dog instead.
- That's My Boy: Donny who raised his son as a teenager and feed him lolipops for breakfast, now his son is a diabetic and needs to take insulin shots daily. That's just the tip of the iceberg of how messed up a dad Donny is.
Live Action TV
- Degrassi The Next Generation has several, since Adults Are Useless:
- Toby's dad has a disturbing punishment for him and JT for watching porn.
- Craig's dad is abusive. Naturally Joey goes to the opposite extreme.
- Tracker, somewhat justified by the fact that Tracker is Sean's brother, not his father. But that doesn't explain why Tracker lets Sean stay in Toronto when he moved to Alberta. Indeed, Sean in general follows the Rule of Cool.
- Peter's dad.
- John Winchester from Supernatural trained his sons from an early age to kill the demon that murdered their mother, and didn't really do much else in the way of parenting. He left that to oldest son Dean, treating Dean more like a grown hunter than a child.
- Granddad from The Boondocks. Riley hangs around known criminals, Huey has a massive weapons stockpile, and Granddad doesn't care. Though he does beat them when they do something bad.
- Dr. Light, justified in that Rock and Blues are, you know, robots. But his feminine robots don't fight.
- The King of All Cosmos kicks off the first Katamari Damacy by going on a drunken bender and knocking all the stars out of the sky. He then sends his tiny son to clean up the mess for him, placing completely arbitrary conditions on his rolling. Don't roll a big enough katamari before his patience runs out? Punishment time!
- Dr. Rusty Venture on The Venture Bros.. He even hires Sgt. Hatred (a known pedophile) as a bodyguard, and when it's revealed Hatred has a nickname for Hank, Rusty simply says "You're sleeping with him, aren't you?"
- Rusty's own dad, Dr. Jonas Venture Sr., has become worse and worse as more of Rusty's childhood is shown. In season one, he was shown to have been a mildly negligent Insufferable Genius, but by this point, he seems to have been an emotionally manipulative, near-scociopath who knowingly placed his son in danger on a daily basis...and was also negligent.
- All the South Park parents are portrayed as this.
- Peter to Chris on Family Guy, to the point of Incest Subtext. But it's Family Guy, so Incest Subtext is par for the course.
- Fire Lord Ozai from Avatar: The Last Airbender . Yes, his son survived what he put him through, with Uncle's help, and yes, his daughter was highly competent as The Dragon, but he did not do the parenting thing, and sent them both into great danger very casually. Azula at least he trained personally.
- Archer, to the most ludicrous degree with the Wee Baby Seamus, who's still an infant.
- Though to be fair, Archer isn't actually his father.
- Played for laughs in Futurama when Leela and the rest of the crew end up becoming teenagers again. Leela chooses to go live with her parents, so she can experience what it would have been like to have parents (structure, discipline, etc.) but they just give her alcohol and don't care how late she stays out. Part of this is due to lack of knowledge, but mainly she is already an adult mentally and know she can make her own decisions.
- Josef Stalin's son Yakov was so heavily abused by his father that he attempted suicide. When Yakov was captured by Nazis in WW2 the Nazis offered to free him in exchange for several high ranking officers since he was Stalin's son. However Stalin refused the deal, believing that the deal was unfair because Yakov was not a high ranking officer himself. Yakov later died in a Nazi concentration camp.