Gender Inverted: Helen is a mother figure to the group, but is more like a typical Team Dad; she is strict but loving, and leads by example.
Subverted: Bob tells a friend that Vincent is a father figure to The Team. Vincent says, "I don't know what you're talking about, Bob. We're just friends."
Double Subverted: "...Ha! Just kidding! You'll always be like a son to me."
Parodied: The heroes are adults, but Vincent treats them like toddlers.
Zig Zagged: At first everyone sees Vincent as a father figure, except David and Melanie. Despite being the Cloudcuckoolander, Melanie manages to wrap her head around the concept at some point ... but Larry somehow forgets.
Averted: The heroes do not have a father figure in their lives.
Enforced: "It looks hopeless for our heroes. We're losing viewers because they all think Emperor Evulz is going to win. Let's give the gang a fatherly mentor."
Lampshaded: "This is Vincent. At first, he was just our good friend and mentor, but now he's like a father to us."
Vincent raises his children (biological or adoptive) as heroes, in the hope that they will go on to defeat Emperor Evulz.
Vincent is a veteran hero who has wanted to defeat Emperor Evulz most of his life. However, he is now too old to do much on his own, so he assembles a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
The heroes' previous mentor has just died. Vincent sees that they are still hopelessly unprepared, and decides to become a father figure to them as well as a mentor.
Exploited: Emperor Evulz captures Vincent to create a diversion for the heroes.
Defied: "Thanks, Vincent, but we don't need you anymore. You said it yourself; we've completed our training."
Discussed: "Our mentor is too emotionally distant. If only he saw himself as a father figure to us."
Conversed: "It's so sweet how that old man acts like a father to the heroes."
Implied: Vincent is only shown in background appearances, but he clearly cares for the heroes.