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* Kenzo Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. It is arguable if [[DisappearedDad he was]] [[ParentalAbandonment or was not]] [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou a good father]]. It is not arguable when his older biological son was about of being killed he sent a HumongousMecha after the people was attacking him, and when his adoptive son was about of being killed, he blew his assailant [[spoiler:and himself]] up. Therefore, althought his parental skills left much to be desired, you DON´T try to hurt his sons.
* Henry Maaka from ''Manga/{{Karin}}'' is usually a weak-willed wuss, but when his daughter Karin is in trouble, he will let himself ''burn'' to rescue her from the hospital people who think she's an IllGirl, but could potentially discover that she's a vampire.
** Most people try to kill vampires with stakes. Henry uses ''uprooted trees''.
** [[spoiler:Takahata is this way as well, but to Asuna in particular he's an adoptive father. Although only because his self esteem is too low to be her boyfriend.]]
* Oga from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' seems to not care for Beel, but, if you put a finger on the baby...
** [[spoiler:In chapter 107 he openly declares himself to be Beel's parent, emphasizing this trope even more.]]
* Isshin Kurosaki from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* As Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' tries to inform people, it is [[BerserkButton a big mistake]] to threaten his little brother Mokuba, [[PromotionToParent to whom he's been a father since they were ten- and five-years-old]]. [[hottip:* :And yet people do it again... [[TooDumbToLive and again...and again...]]
* In the second sequel series ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Crow goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when he returns after the appearance of the Dark Signers' evil fog to find out the kids he's taken in have all vanished.
** Also Jeager (to an extent). You may not be able to tell when you meet him, but he'll do anything for his son.
* Konzen's (Sanzo's [[{{Reincarnation}} pre-incarnation]]) CharacterDevelopment in the ''{{Saiyuki}} [[{{Prequel}} Gaiden]]'' manga is maturing from a spoiled, bitchy, bored bureaucrat into a slightly less spoiled and bitchy Papa Wolf for Goku. The man has high-heeled sandals and no athletic abilities, yet he jumps off a stories-high stairwell/elevator shaft, catches the falling Goku, and clutches the severed elevator cable in mid-air. All to save his boy! The [[ForegoneConclusion fact that Konzen's gonna die before the end and Goku will be locked away in a mountain without any of his memories of being so devotedly loved]] makes this all the more heartbreaking.
** For that matter, in the present timeline, Sanzo's furious response and following HeroicBSOD when [[spoiler: Goku was shot and almost died]] fits this trope to a T.
*** Goku himself to Sanzo. Particularly since hurting Sanzo is a sure way to press his BerserkButton and his UnstoppableRage.
** Also, Hakkai. Don't threaten or hurt his comrades. [[TranquilFury Just]] [[CurbStompBattle DON'T!]]
* Whenever he learns that his daughter Ran Mouri and/or his charge Conan Edogawa are or have been in danger, ''Manga/DetectiveConan'''s [[BumblingDad Kogoro]] [[OneOfTheKids Mouri]] is definitely ''not'' pleased. And you do NOT want to provoke a man who looks and acts like a slob, yet is a National-level judoka ''and'' [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass acts at his most competent]] when ItsPersonal. More than one suspect has been at the receiving end of a powerful judo throw for this.
** He also acts ''a lot'' more professional [[HarmfulToMinors when he knows a child's life is at stake]]; this is seen in the kidnapping episode.
* ''DragonBall'' and its sequels have a lot of {{Action Dad}}s. The most notable ones being Goku, Vegeta and Krillin.
** Gohan, Goku's son, becomes one later.
* Yusuke from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is a subtle example. Harming/killing at least ''one'' of his loved ones gets mad, but if it's Keiko or Kuwabara, '''''he will kick their ass!'''''
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Garp, Luffy's gradfather and the father of [[spoiler:Dragon The Revolutionary]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Luffy's actual father Dragon the Revolutionary]] has appeared only once or twice, but one of these apparitions puts him squarely here. When Luffy was about to be arrested by Smoker...[[spoiler:Dragon shows up and keeps him from using his weapon. Then a gust of green wind blows through the island, freeing Luffy from Smoker's clutches. It hasn't yet been revealed if the wind was Dragon's doing, but...]]
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'''s Antonio aka Spain goes from DotingParent TeamMom to Papa Wolf as soon as his protégé, Romano/South Italy, is kidnapped by Sadiq/Turkey.
** While it's not been seen in canon, fanon often makes [[TeamDad England]] this towards [[LoveFreak America]].
* ''RurouniKenshin'': [[spoiler: Kenshin]] in the manga's DistantFinale.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Hohenheim.
** Maes Hughes also counts.
* Kenshiro in ''FistOfTheNorthStar''. Anyone threatening, never mind hitting, Bat or Lin is to endure a rather slow and painful and [[YourHeadAsplode explosive]] death.
** There's an interesting straight use ''and'' subversion of this trope, pulled off by the same character (a villain). He's the leader of a wolf-themed gang, and one of their raiding parties gets their asses handed to them by Kenshiro. When he finds the bodies, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge he howls for vengeance]], taking the rest of the pack with him to hunt for Kenshiro. The subversion comes from the fact that when they are utterly defeated by [[BackToBackBadasses Kenshiro and Rei]], one of the midgets in his gang comes up to him and asks for help. He tells him to get lost, that he can start a new pack anytime he wants. [[YourHeadAsplode Then they all die]].
* In the second OAV based on the video game ''FatalFury'', titled ''FATAL FURY 2: THE NEW BATTLE'', lead hero/fighter Terry "The Wolf" Bogard has lost his will to fight and live after being beaten by Wolfgang Krauser, only to have a street kid named Tony tag along with him. Tony, who lost his father in a street fight and works as a shoe shine-boy to support his HotMom Elsa, worships Terry's reputation as a fighter and wants to be his disciple. After the defeat, Terry [[HeroicBSOD spends half the special getting drunk and not caring about anything]]... It is only after Axel Hawk, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, orders his sparring partner to beat Tony within an inch of his life in a bar (after Terry drunkenly refused to fight Hawk when challenged), does Terry rise out of his funk...and drops Hawk with ONE PUNCH. Even Hawk can't believe it (as his inner narration mentions).
** In TheMovie, [[HotDad Kim Kaphwan]] gets to show off his Papa Wolf credentials as well. When [[spoiler:a BrainwashedAndCrazy Cheng Sinzan]] steps into a party he's attending with the main cast and his family, Kim offers to fight him so his two kids can see him kick ass. His rival, however, soon starts wiping the floor with him, so much that Joe has to be stopped by Andy from breaking in... but the very moment one of the Kim boys begs his daddy to not lose, [[HesBack Kim brings himself back]] and [[CurbStompBattle completely curb stomps his enemy]] with a single Ho-oh Kyaku.
* Tendo Soun of ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma ½]]'' isn't as BadAss as most of the cast, but disrespect any of his three little girls and you'll realize that he hasn't forgotten much of Happosai's TrainingFromHell. Saotome Genma, on the other hand, is [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting cursed to transform]] into a literal "Papa (panda) bear". See the opening statement on why this trope is named "Papa Wolf" and not "Papa Bear" and you'll understand the {{Fanon}} that Jusenkyo curses are PersonalityPowers.
** Soun's biggest PapaWolf moment comes when his eldest daughter, [[YamatoNadeshiko Kasumi]], is possessed by the oni that makes you do evil things. He valiantly tries to endure because he couldn't bear to hurt his own daughter (a blow to the head usually gets it to leave), and shows he's a true father [[TakeMeInstead when he badassedly tells the thing to take his body instead, and get out of his daughter.]]
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. [[spoiler:Clone/Father Syaoran]].
* ''ZettaiKarenChildren'''s Koichi Minamoto is just a normal guy who tasked to watch [[PersonOfMassDestruction three powerful girls with insane psychic power.]] But when he gets pissed off enough, such as if someone harms his girls or they're harming themselves, you'll understand [[BadAssNormal why they made him guardian of those girls.]]
* More of a Babysitter Wolf than a PapaWolf, but coming close enough, because in ''DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'', [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] never failed to protect Patty.
* [[spoiler:Kou Shouka]] in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is mostly a [[spoiler:RetiredBadass who prefers to employ ObfuscatingStupidity and play the role of]] BumblingDad. When his children are threatened, however, he goes out for ''blood.''
* Despite being the hero of ''LoneWolfAndCub'', Ogami Itto averts this trope - if anything he's an Underprotective Dad. Mainly because his toddler son Daigoro is a {{samurai}} too, and though he he does love his kid... if he should be killed, that's a risk that comes with the job.
** However, Ogami has pulled more than one YouShallNotPass for his clients either in the process of getting the job done or to repay a debt of honor: once, he stopped by a village whose men had all been drafted for war and helped them till a field, even to the point of cutting down anyone who tried to pull him away, because he'd been asked to do so by his last assassination target.
* Despite being the youngest (male) of the group, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s Setsuna F. Seiei is quite the PapaWolf for his teammates in season two. This is so pronounced that [[spoiler:sensing his comrades all on the brink of death pissed him off to the point that he unknowingly initiates the "Trans-AM burst mode", completely turning the tide of the battle.]]
** An ironic example is Sergei Smirnov, who ''has'' been called [[MemeticMutation ''Papa Bear'']] (because in-universe he's [[RedBaron nicknamed]] "the Wild Bear of Russia") by fans with the description of Papa Wolf in mind. He ''did'' fit the Papa Bear description given above regarding his treatment of his son Andrei, but with Soma Peries he was Papa Bear all the way.
* In one of the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' mangas, [[spoiler:Marticus Rex aka King Peacecraft]] performs a badass YouShallNotPass [[http://aboutgundamwing.com/Pending/chronicle6.jpg in the middle of a burning palace]], so his butler and his NumberTwo can take his daughter [[spoiler:Relena]] to safety. He doesn't make it alive, but the others manage to reach safety with the little girl, [[spoiler: who later becomes a key player in the story.]]
* Spirit Albarn/Deathscythe from ''SoulEater'' would like to think of himself as a Papa Wolf and certainly steps in whenever his daughter Maka's in serious trouble, but he's [[LovableSexManiac a little too much of an unrepentant womanizer]] [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents for her to take seriously]]. He still had a pretty goof PapaWolf moment with his DynamicEntry when defending her and Soul from Crona.
** Also note his reaction to Medusa's [[AbusiveParents claims about her child]] [[TheWoobie Crona]]; for the first time in the series, [[BerserkButton Spirit is upset and]] '''[[BerserkButton angry]]'''.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': You can do anything to him, even completely destroy his guild and Makarov will only get irritated, but if you hurt any of his guild members, there's a very good chance he will make you stop breathing. So much, that he will flat out start a war with another guild if they hurt a guild member.
* Don't so much as think of threatening Pinoko or Manga/BlackJack will cut you to ribbons. Then sew you back up. Then charge you everything you're worth for the trouble... Yeah, it's just that kind of story.
* While not a biological father, Sousou/Cao Cao from ''IkkiTousen'' is this towards his friends. So much, that his SuperpoweredEvilSide took full control of him whenever he saw them in danger. It first happened with [[spoiler:his UnluckyChildhoodFriend Chuukou (he thought the bullies at their judo club were attempting to rape her)]], and later with [[spoiler:his {{Bash Brother|s}} Kakouton (who lost his eye while shielding him))]]. And in the anime series, he also recruited [[spoiler: Myousai]] by protecting her from a rapist and offering her a chance to be his subordinate and fighter instead of [[spoiler: a ChildSoldier.]]
* They may have marital problems in ''{{Macross 7}}'', but don't ever think of threatening any of their children or their city or their ship; coz when MamaBear Milia and PapaWolf Max Jenius [[BattleCouple team up]], you are definitely screwed. Especially emphasized on their killer combo attack in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Super Robot Wars Alpha 3]] as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in4mkxx-W30 here]].
* [[spoiler:Minato Namikaze aka the Fourth Hokage]] from ''{{Naruto}}''. In fact, the whole deal with [[spoiler:the Nine-tailed Fox]] has just recently been revealed as the struggle between him and [[spoiler: Obito Uchiha, with Obito using Minato's love for his [[BattleCouple wife/partner]] Kushina (then-host of the Nine-tailed fox) and their newborn son Naruto (future host of the same Fox) for his advantage. [[HeroicSacrifice And we already know]] [[ThanatosGambit how THAT ended]]...]]
** Chouza Akimichi also deserves a mention for [[TakingTheBullet throwing himself in front of his son Chouji to protect him from Pain]], almost getting himself killed in the process. He does it again [[spoiler: against the undead Asuma.]]
** Hizashi Hyuga deserves a mention here, as the mere ''realization'' that his son Neji is a member of the Branch Family sends him into a murderous rage (which is stopped before it can begin courtesy of Hiashi activating his curse seal - and doing so is the first step in causing Neji to spend at least nine years of his life afterward as the inversion of this trope!)
** Also Hiashi for killing that Cloud ninja for attempting to kidnap Hinata.
* In ''{{Pluto}}'', love for his child broke through a robot's [[ThreeLawsCompliant aversion to killing]], and was then used against him to kill him.
--> '''[[spoiler:Gesicht:]]''' Even if the world ends, I won't let you go.
* One of the weirdest ([[MadDoctor and]] [[TheFaceless that's]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} saying]] [[RefugeInAudacity it]] [[LargeHam NICELY]]) examples ever is Dr. Shingen Kishitani from ''{{Durarara}}''. In the novels, we learn that [[spoiler: Shingen was the one who cut Celty's head off and sold Saika's sword off to the Sonoharas... but he did it in order to protect his young son Shinra from Namie Yagiri's grandfather, who threatened to kill Shinra if he didn't.]]
* ''Manga/BlackCat''. Have some nefarious scheme for [[CuteBruiser Eve]]? Want to study the nanomachines that she uses? Feeling compelled to [[ForTheEvulz dissect her just because you can]]? Pray to the god of every religion you've ever known that Train and Sven don't find out about it. Especially the former of the two.
* In ''FruitsBasket'', we have Kazuma Sohma, foster father to Kyo Sohma. In one chapter of the manga, Kazuma proclaims his intent to protect Kyo single-handedly from the [[BigScrewedUpFamily entire Sohma family]] if he must.
** There's also a sketch in one of the later volumes, where Kazuma meets with Kyo's {{Jerkass}} of a father, cheerfully telling him that now that [[spoiler:the Zodiac curse has been broken and Kyo is free]], it's time they had a little talk about Kyo's future. Kyo's father looks like he's pissing himself in fear. It's PlayedForLaughs, but given the psychological abuse the father heaped on Kyo (at one point he accuses Kyo of trying to kill him ''for standing too close to him''), it's very much a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* In ''Manga/HowIBecameAPokemonCard'', a Dragonite goes on a wild rampage when he thought his son was kidnapped by humans.
* Not even a freaking ''typhoon'' could stop [[Anime/MawaruPenguindrum Kenzan Takakura]] from getting medical attention for his ill daughter Himari. And he still had enough pluck to shield one of his sons, Kanba, from a falling lamp. And had his other son Shouma been there, he would've protect the kid too.
* In ''Manga/HappyYarouWedding'', Yuuhi is very much one. Because his own childhood was so lonely he wants to give Shouta the best childhood he can and is fiercely protective over him.
* Kotetsu T. Kaburagi of TigerAndBunny may have a strained relationship with his daughter, Kaede, due to his job as a superhero (which she isn't aware of) meaning that he has to spend a lot of time away from home, but he's not about to let anything harm his little girl. This is showcased [[spoiler: when he lifts a collapsed tree to save Kaede from a collapsing shrine ''even when his powers run out'', and later, when Maverick has a gun to Kaede's head, Kotetsu reveals himself to be NotQuiteDead and punches Maverick in the face.]]
* James of Anime/{{Pokemon}} fame is rather protective of his Pokémon in the Sinnoh arc, especially Mime Jr. (which is a ''baby'' Pokemon, by the way). Sometimes he goes as far as [[EnemyMine teaming up with Ash and company just to keep them safe]]. Oh, and when Jessie and Meowth refused to help out one of those times, ''he attacked them''.
** Ash himself counts too. Countless times, he has put his life on the line without hesitation to save his Pokemon. And for that matter, Ash's Pokemon can be fiercely protective of their owner... Just ask his Grovyle, who had been BroughtDownToNormal due to an HeroicBSOD, but recovered his powers out of sheer willpower upon seeing Ash in lethal danger!
** In the fifth movie, Latios is a Brother Wolf to Latias. He refuses to let any strangers into their secret garden, and is even willing to sacrifice his life just so his sister and the town of Alto Mare could be safe.
* The titular Onizuka from ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'' who goes through great lengths to protect his students. In fact, you don't even have to be his student. He will rescue you anyways. This includes getting shot multiple times in an attempt to rescue a school girl (who happened to be trying to discredit him as a teacher) he saw being kidnapped while on his way to take an exam.
* Sai Nanohara from Anime/JubeiChan is almost always a BumblingDad, but once he learns that his daughter Jiyu is the reincarnation and SoulJar of YagyuJubei, he decides not to stay aside and does what he can to help her. In fact, his first PapaWolf act was [[spoiler: calling out ''YagyuJubei himself'' upon his treatment of Jiyu. '''To Jubei's very face'''.]] And in the GrandFinale of the first season, Sai also [[spoiler: manages to give Jiyu/Jubei a CooldownHug to dispossess her from Jubei's influence, putting himself at great risk to do so.]]
* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' gives us a number of examples. The most prominent ones are [[BadassGrandpa Hayato Furinji]], who's a Grandpa Wolf for his biological granddaughter Miu and also for Kenichi to a degree; Sakaki Shio and Apachai Hopachai, two of the Ryozanpakou masters who train Kenichi and will go all-out to protect him if he's in serious trouble; and most recently [[spoiler:''the BigBad himself'', Saiga Furinji, who joined Kenichi's group in disguise to [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes rescue the kidnapped Miu, his daughter]].]]
* Guts from ''{{Berserk}}''. Unfortunately, his son [[spoiler: was born as a freaky demon thing because of Femto's rape on the pregnant Casca]].
* Daikichi from BunnyDrop makes for a realistic example, by adopting a 6 year old no one wanted to take responsibility for, and doing [[YouAreWorthHell whatever it takes]] just to make sure she gets a decent childhood. [[ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings Commander Badass]] would be proud.
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* Being the nice guy and great hero he is, {{Superman}} obviously falls under this trope. Especially mess with Conner, Kara or his adopted son Chris and you'll be under a ''worse'' ass-beating than usual from Supes.
** He's stood up to the U.S. government when they wanted to take Chris away. And there was that time when General Zod tries to slap Chris, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Supes catches his hand at the last second and crushes it.]]
** Also, when Atlas looks over an unconscious {{Supergirl}}, who had just been shot by a KillSat, he makes a comment that implies that he's going to rape her. Superman's all "HELL NO!" and knocks him into the sky. Sure, Supes would save anyone from that, but Kara is practically his daughter.
* Gary Hampton in ''TheAstoundingWolfMan'' which is fitting because he's in a fact a werewolf. I pity anyone who attempts to harm his daughter.
* In at least two {{alternate universe}}s, {{Batman}} has broken or has been ''really'' close to breaking his ThouShaltNotKill vow when either his adoptive son/sidekick Robin or his protégé/also sidekick ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} are in trouble. There is one named ''TheNail'' where [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Superman}} had ''not'' joined the {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} since he was raised by Amish and not by the Kents, so superheroes were outcasts of society]]; in that particular world, [[spoiler: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker kills ''both'' Robin and Batgirl in public and ''very cruelly'' - this sends the already distraught Batman into such an UnstoppableRage that he ''kills'' the Joker right on the spot and then crosses the DespairEventHorizon. It takes ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} and Alfred ''more'' than a while to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan get him at least partially out of his funk.]] ]]. Another was created when Jason Todd was killed; in this AlternateUniverse, [[spoiler:Batman kills the Joker, and figures, why stop there? He then proceeds to kill ''every'' supervillain in the DC Universe, because he's the Goddamn Batman. The irony? This world, without super-crime and with superheroes able to help with other things now, is a near utopia. And then Superboy-Prime blew it up.]]
** It's not just the AlternateUniverse Batmen that fall into this trope. In the regular universe, the only times Batman has come REALLY close to killing occur when any Robin/Batgirl/sidekick was threatened or killed. When Jason Todd was murdered, Batman struggled with the urge to kill the Joker (to the point where ''Superman'' showed up to help Batman stop himself from doing anything he might regret later), and the same occurred when Barbara was crippled by the same villain. Then when Black Mask tortured and killed Stephanie Brown a.k.a. Spoiler [[spoiler:(who got better)]], Batman really tried to ''beat him to death'', and was only stopped by Babs endangering herself on purpose. Finally, when Nightwing was almost killed by Alexander Luthor Jr. in ''InfiniteCrisis'', Batman ''grabbed a gun'' and was about to blow Luthor's brains out at point blank range.
** It's kind of a known fact that if you want to grab Batman's attention the best thing to do is threaten the people he works with - ''especially'' {{Nightwing}} or Robin. It's the kind of thing the more deranged villains frequently do, e.g. Joker and Two-Face. Papa Bat knows the kids can take care of themselves, but that's not going to stop him from showing up and 'dealing' with whoever dares to harm his children.
*** Batman was frightfully furious when villain Nobody decided to mock him by making Batman listening to him beating up his biological son Damian. He was prepared to leave Nobody to ''die'' in a pool of acid if he hadn't seen Damian watching them and controlled himself in time.
** There was also a story where Batman has to do a night of crimefighting while toting a baby around...
--->'''Batman:''' You all know who I am. You know what I can do. But I'm holding a small child here. And if you make me do anything that could possibly endanger this baby... you will be very, very sorry. ''Forever.''
*** That story ends with the revelation that he was willing to risk revealing his identity in order to give the baby a chance at a normal life with his parents.
** It goes back to his father, Dr. Thomas Wayne. The good Doctor was a classic example of TheStoic: in control of himself, logical and not given bouts of emotion. But one night at a Halloween party the Waynes attended (with Dr. Wayne dressed as Zorro and Little Bruce dressed as a skeleton), Lew Moxon needed Wayne's help with an injured man. Dr. Wayne agreed, sewed the man up and calmly informed Moxon that he was going to report the incident to the police the next day. And then, Moxon made an offhand threat against Martha and Bruce. Poor Moxon had no idea he'd just flipped Dr. Wayne's BerserkButton until Wayne decked him so hard his grandkids felt it while shouting, "YOU TOUCH MY FAMILY AND I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL!" It's an awesome case of InTheBlood.
*** Goes so far with Thomas Wayne that in the {{Flashpoint}} storyline, HE becomes Batman after Bruce and Martha are killed in the mugging. He's as good as Bruce at the job, but he's probably ''[[BadassGrandpa pushing 60 AT LEAST]].''
* Batman's fellow crime fighter and MamaBear BlackCanary's boyfriend Oliver Queen[=/=]GreenArrow isn't any different. When his son Connor was shot in the head, Ollie forced an arrow between Onomatopoeia's (the shooter) teeth, angrily asking why he tried to kill his kid and just a hair away from making shish-kebab out of his brain. He then decides he doesn't care ''why'' Onomatopoeia tried to kill Connor, and tells him that he will die if his son doesn't pull through, holding his bow in that position while the surgeons work. For 30 minutes. With a 200 lb. pull longbow. ''After giving blood''. More recently, poor Connor was shot ''again'' ([[ButtMonkey guy has no luck]]), fell into a coma, and was kidnapped from his hospital bed. Lord only knows what Ollie will do NOW to the ones responsible...
** Recently, in the ''CryForJustice'' mini-series, the villain Prometheus's plans managed to result in the maiming of Roy Harper and the death of Roy's daughter, Lian [[spoiler:GreenArrow's grand-daughter]]. This results, at the end of the book, in Green Arrow putting an ''arrow'' through Prometheus's brain via his forehead, [[spoiler:after ''BlackestNight'']].
* Even one of the villainous rogues in Batman, Dr. Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow, is implied to have tendencies of this. When an AlphaBitch outright bullies a distraught girl who was one of his patients, he was apparently angered enough to exact revenge on the same AlphaBitch and her friends by gassing them with the Fear Toxin.
** In the ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures Annual'' #1, Jonathan Crane begins teaching again under an assumed name and [[MoralityPet grows to care]] for [[TeenGenius a bright young student]] under his tutelage. When she gets [[BreakTheCutie abused]] by a JerkJock [[spoiler:in what is heavily implied to be {{rape|AsDrama}}]], [[HeroicBSOD Professor Crane goes away]], [[ItsPersonal and]] [[OhCrap Scarecrow comes back]].
* Bigby in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''. Notably, he's an ''actual'' Papa Wolf, being ''the'' [[BigBadassWolf Big, Bad one]].
** His father the North Wind as well. After spending most of the series acting like a JerkassGod who never seemed to care much for Bigby [[spoiler:he sacrifices himself destroying Mister Dark to save his son and his grandchildren.]]
* Rick Grimes in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' will do almost anything to protect his son Carl.
** When a couple of bandits attack them on the highway, [[spoiler: one of them attempts to rape Carl while another restrains Rick. Rick ''RIPS THE BANDIT'S THROAT OUT WITH HIS TEETH'' and proceeds to mercilessly stab the other to death.]]
* In ''ThePunisher MAX'' series, during the arc "The Long, Cold Dark," Castle's vengeful nemesis Barracuda targets the Punisher by [[spoiler:kidnapping the daughter he unknowingly had with Kathryn O'Brien.]] When Castle finds out, he is ''pissed,'' to say the least, and at one point he [[spoiler:spends an hour running electricity from a car battery through Barracuda's genitals just because.]]
** The beginning of the comic, when Barracuda actually gets the drop on Castle and handcuffs him to a chair, then reveals [[spoiler:his daughter and holds a knife to her (and trust us on this, Barracuda ''was'' going to [[RevengeByProxy torture her to death for the sake of revenge]])]]. Frank goes into UnstoppableRage and has to piece together the following events by examining his injuries ''in a hospital bed''. (He snaps his wrist in a heartbeat to get out of the chair, lunges across the room and tears a chunk out of Barracuda's cheek with his ''teeth''. If 'Cuda hadn't thrown him out the window, he would have torn him limb from limb.)
** Another ''Punisher MAX'' moment. In the story arc "Mother Russia", Castle is charged to rescue a little girl from Russian bad guys (to put it brief: There's a big plot about germ warfare). Upon entering the complex where she is held and meeting her, he says "My name is Frank. If anyone else tries to be mean to you, I will be much, much meaner to them. I promise." Soon after, a skinny, half naked Asian super agent comes and kicks the crap out of Castle with the butt of an AK-47. In a daze, he sees the agent slap the girl. He gets up. The agent throws a kick. Castle grabs his ankle, twists and slams him against the floor, walls, and ceiling until the agent is a pulpy mess and twists his leg off "like a drumstick." Do ''not'' fuck with kids around Frank Castle.
*** Even then, the only reason he stops is because he's scaring the kid.
** And yet another MAX moment. Castle is conversing with one of his hooker informants. He's glaring at a pimp, who's guarding over a young girl. He asks the hooker how old the girl is. She says she's about 13 and mentions drugs. Castle walks to the pimp, pulls him into an alley, and emerges from the alley alone.
--->'''Punisher:''' Tell the new guy to behave himself. ''[walks off]''\\
'''Old hooker:''' ...that was not my fuckin' fault.
** "Kitchen Irish" features a [[PapaWolf Grandpapa Wolf]] in Napper French, a retired mob cleaner and the best of his kind. French was legendary for his ability to pull a "Houdini" on a body, to make it disappear ''completely'' off the face of the Earth. Irish gangster Maginty kidnaps Napper's grandson to force him to pull one last Houdini...on a ''live man''. He has no choice but to comply, but near the end of the job, Maginty, for his own amusement, shows Napper's grandson what his grandfather had been doing, traumatizing the young child. So Napper decides to [[PayEvilUntoEvil give Maginty a firsthand demonstration of how one pulls a Houdini]]....
** The whole reason the Punisher has embarked on his [[KnightTemplar war]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge against]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil crime]] is one bad day in the park with his wife and kids...
** The MAX arc "The Slavers" is another PapaWolf moment for Frank. Encountering some human traffickers, Castle is so enraged with what these scum do to their victims, that by the end of the arc, he's shocked at what he has done. Including carving up one of the ringleaders, wrapping his intestines around a tree, and then ''waking the man up''.
* [[{{X-Men}} James Howlett aka]] {{Wolverine}} is very protective of Kitty Pryde and Jubilee. Too bad his relationship with his ''biological'' son {{Daken}} isn't nearly as good... since said son is a supervillain.
** It's tradition for Wolverine to have a female KidSidekick MoralityPet whom he will fiercely protect. {{Deadpool}} actually exploits this at one time to pick a fight with him.
---> '''[[MemeticMutation SHORYUKEN!]]'''
*** That being said, though, Wade himself tends to get pissy if you harm children in front of him.
* Even villains can fall under this trope. When Marvin and Wendy suffer their utterly ridiculous, cruel, and pointless death and maiming respectively at the jaws of a demonic ''Wonder Dog'' while working with the ComicBook/TeenTitans, their father [[spoiler:The Calculator]] is somewhat understandably pissed. Being a villain, he acts as a ''very'' dark PapaWolf. His vengeful scheming has already claimed the life of [[spoiler:Eddie Bloomberg aka Kid Devil]]. He's even gone so far as to [[spoiler:search for the Anti-Life Equation]] in the hopes that it could restore [[spoiler:Wendy's ability to walk. It didn't work out]].
* Nathaniel Christopher Summers aka ComicBook/{{Cable}} (pictured above, with Hope in his arms) is this nowadays and a rather good one too. Hard to believe he used to be an amoral [[RobLiefeld Liefeld]] character.
* Marv from ''SinCity'' is like this to the girls at Kadie's Bar, especially Nancy. Granted, it's due to his enormous chivalry, but given his age and the ages of most of the dancers, I say it counts. He mentions one moment when a frat boy roughed up Nancy, which hit his BerserkButton about hitting women in general, and he "straightened him out but good," mentioning that he maybe went a little too far (implying that the other guy didn't survive). There's also the short yarn "Silent Night," where Marv [[spoiler:hears about a mother asking after her missing daughter, then hunts down and kills her abductors (who had been planning to sell the poor girl for sex) and [[PetTheDog cradles the terrified child in his arms]] in a rare tender moment before taking her home]].
** The corrupt police commissioner Liebowitz turns against the Wallenquist crime organization in "Hell and Back" after his [[TheDragon Dragon]] The Colonel orders the assassin Mariah to break Liebowitz's son's arm to remind Liebowitz of the organization's power over him. Liebowitz responds by organizing a police raid on the organization's human trafficking operations. Then he personally blows The Colonel's brains out and orders his officers to "make a missing person out of the fucker."
* LukeCageHeroForHire: NormanOsborn learned the hard way to not endanger Luke Cage's girlfriend (now wife) [[ComicBook/JessicaJones Jessica]] and their (then unborn) daughter - Luke beat the tar out of him in public, not caring if his already revealed identity took a nosedive in regards to reputation.
** Later, after ''DarkReign'', Cage's ComicBook/NewAvengers took on Norman's new DarkAvengers. Norman was savvy enough to invoke this trope beforehand, knowing it would anger Cage into [[UnstoppableRage doing something impulsive]] (and make Norman appear to be defending himself from a ScaryBlackMan).
* [[{{Spider-Man}} Peter Parker]] has his moments in ComicBook/{{Spider-Girl}}. Sure, he may be [[RetiredBadass retired]] and [[HandicappedBadass missing a leg]], but you shouldn't mess with his kids.
** [[TheAtoner Kaine]] also shows this trait from time to time when his "niece" is in danger. Must be [[CloningBlues genetic]].
** Every incarnation of Peter Parker has this to some extent.... Granted, most versions don't have children, but they all have a big blinking button somewhere in their psyche labeled 'someone hurt my loved ones', and the majority of the New York underworld can tell when some idiot has pressed it.
*** Hint: the reason the motor-mouthed superhero hasn't talked in the last sixty seconds is because he's using all his superior intellect and enhanced nerve conduction velocity (IE: ability to think faster than normal) to consider the merits of the 6,000 different ways he intends to hurt you.
** There's also ASM #645. He's led to believe an infant he was trying to protect is killed. He then proceeds to go on a rampage. It's so bad, that some of his rogues gallery don't believe it...until he comes for them.
* Scandal Savage and Bane of ''SecretSix'' have something of a father-daughter relationship, with Scandal's biological father being... well, [[ManipulativeBastard Vandal]] [[MagnificentBastard Savage]] and Bane being a GeniusBruiser when not on his venom, and it seems the one surefire way to get Bane to ''use'' said venom again is to put Scandal in danger, at which point anyone who happens to be in the way gets to experience what the {{Batman}} went through in ''{{Knightfall}}'' -- that is, a broken back.
* The MarvelUniverse Comicbook/{{Ares}} could, would, and has gone to war with '''[[RageAgainstTheHeavens The Heavens Themselves]]''' to protect his son, tearing his way through both Olympus and the Japanese heavens to save Alexander.
* Thabian Polotsk from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' IS this trope: a super-strong werewolf gentle giant with two young children he would (and almost did) die for.
** Adversely, Brendan, another werewolf, disdains his children to the point of homicidal hatred.
* In a short {{Ultimate|Marvel}} story arc focused on Remy Lebeau, aka Gambit, the mutant finds a recently orphaned girl who immediately clings to him. Resigning himself to looking after her until he can find somewhere permanent for her to stay, Remy quickly grows fond of her. Then Hammerhead, the one responsible for making the girl an orphan, kidnaps her to remove the witness to his crime. Cue [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome completely awesome]] RoaringRampageOfRevenge to save her.
* [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Apollo and Midnighter]] are like this with their adopted daughter Jenny (even though, being [[GooGooGodlike vastly more powerful than either of them]], she can take care of herself pretty well). Midnighter deserves special mention, however, for being like this with [[FriendToAllChildren all kids]].
* In TheMightyThor, Volstagg is a [[StoutStrength big]], cheerful, friendly fellow, always ready for a [[BoisterousBruiser fight or a frolic]]. Harm, or even threaten, any of his children, biological or adopted, and he will come down on you like the wrath of the angry god he is.
** Odin was willing to ''burn the entire world to ash'' if it meant he could avert [[spoiler:the battle between the Serpent and Thor that was fated to end with Thor's death.]]
* A rather twisted example would be {{Sinestro}}. Harm his daughter,[[spoiler:Soranik Natu]], and you will have the wrath of the entire Sinestro Corps bearing down on you and your entire planet, as the [[spoiler:Weaponer of Qward]] learned. Being Sinestro, this happens after he lets his daughter's boyfriend, [[spoiler:Kyle Rayner]], fail in a rescue attempt first just to show her how unworthy he is.
* Reed Richards, along with his MamaBear wife Sue Storm, of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', especially given that both their children (RealityWarper Franklin and ChildProdigy Valerie) ''do'' have vast powers that make them desirable targets for every supervillain out there.
* {{Ultimate|Marvel}} Howard Stark. Who, for the occasion, had come prepared with a 26-man SWAT team and a team of paramedics, all of which he had (presumably illegally) bribed to do his personal work. "Exactly where is my boy, and how many people do we have to kill to get to him?"
* The assassin Deadshot aka Floyd Lawton, on-and-off member of the SuicideSquad (and one of the few good enough to survive multiple stints on it) and member of the ''SecretSix'' (pre-Flashpoint). In one storyline he discovered that he might have fathered a daughter. When he visits the mother Michelle (a former prostitute and junkie who cleaned herself up for her daughter's sake) he sees his daughter for the first time, an adorable little four year old girl named Zoe. He wages a one-man war against the three crime families fighting over their neighborhood just so Michelle and Zoe can have a better life. He wins too.
* {{Ant-Man}} II, alias Scott Lang. Go after his little girl, Cassie, at your own risk. [[spoiler: According to Word Of God, after Doctor Doom kills Cassie during Children's Crusade, Scott makes it his life's mission to "End Doom."]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Skinner, Nemo, and Jekyll all have a tendency in this direction in ''FanFic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain''. Jekyll has (eventually) his adopted son, Nemo has his foster daughter, and Skinner has both his niece and his [[{{Protectorate}} love interest]].
* Tony Stark becomes this to his adopted son Harry in the ''Literature/HarryPotter''/''IronMan'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheInvincibleTechnomage''. It is also demonstrated that many of the heroes feel this way toward their allies' children.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'s'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4949127/1/Deterioration_of_Reason Deterioration of Reason]], OC!Gabriel was already shown to be [[BigBrotherInstinct a protective big brother]] over Castiel and his BerserkButton is if any harm comes to Castiel. But when the demon Belial, who had kidnapped and tortured Castiel, implied that he [[RapeAsDrama did something else]] to Castiel, not only does Gabriel go into TranquilFury, but it's revealed that '''God Himself''' has had enough.
--> There was no way for the overwhelming wrath of God to be made evident through mere behavior. The archangel was no longer responding to the demon's mocking himself for the light that surrounded his already blinding form had no place on the conceptualized wavelength of mortal comprehension; it was the response of an incensed Father to the torture and ridicule of one of his sons, it was the vengeful mark of the Lord Himself.
* From {{Batman}} fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6653515/1/Antidote_for_the_Poison Antidote for the Poison]]'', Jason Todd in a rare moment of [[BigBrotherInstinct brotherly concern]] is furious when he finds out that some drug dealer had injected Tim Drake with a dangerous amount of heroin as an attack against Batman.
--> "You took my little brother, tied him up, pumped him full of heroin, and left him to die in this shit hole. Now I ask you: do you think I have the slightest bit of remorse about cutting you open and letting your guts decorate the floor?"
* In the Lord of the Rings fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3871735/1/Ancient_Prophecy_fullfilled Ancient Prophecy fullfilled]]'', one of the Valar (the gods without Capital G) slew the children of their Guardians. Understandably the Guardians in question weren't so thrilled. They battled the Fourteen Valar, destroyed the city they dwelled in and still inspire such fear that the Valar have to call upon the [[spoiler: in that fanfic former]] BigBad to aid them!
* Spyro from ''FanFic/TheLegendOfSpyroANewDawn'' is pretty protective of his adopted egg, just like [[MamaBear Cynder]], but a much bigger PapaWolf is Ember's father, Blaze. When [[TheDragon the Warden]] has Ember overpowered in their battle, Blaze blasts him, despite [[AgonyBeam the Warden's collar inflicting debilitating pain]] on any of the cursed slaves who attacks or touches him in anyway. Once [[spoiler:the Warden's collar is destroyed and the curse is broken]], Blaze tears through the cage holding him and [[FoeTossingCharge a mob of]] [[EliteMooks Warrior Gargoyles]] to get his claws in the Warden.
--> '''The Warden''': [[OhCrap Uh oh...]]
* [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''DevilMayCry'' fic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6822576/1/Like_Father_Like_Son Like Father, Like Son]]" has Dante exhibiting his demonically-protective side when he finds his son Nero injured courtesy of a police officer with temper problems, and when Nero is later threatened by members of the mafia. The second time Nero gets threatened by the son of a mafia head, a partial Devil Trigger sends the man leaving with tail between legs. And when Dante finds the demon Baul, who had all but put Nero near Death's door... Cue UnstoppableRage and RoaringRampageOfRevenge with a dash of ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.
* In ''[[FanFic/HarrysNewHome Harry's New Home]]'', Snape will go to any lengths to protect his ward Harry, even if it included breaking rules or facing the Dark Lord and Dumbledore (if necessary) to do it. For that matter, Dumbledore does ''not'' like seeing any of his students harmed in any way, especially if it's Harry. His BerserkButton was pressed when he found out Umbridge used a Blood Quill on Harry and in the prequel, he gave a casual warning to Snape who earlier in a fit of rage slapped Harry. All in a cheerful tone and a benign smile.
--> "You do understand that if you ever, ''ever'' again strike a student in so brutal a fashion, you will not survive the night, correct?"
* OnePiece's ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7166312/1/Muzzled Muzzled]]'' shows a moment where Zoro resorts to biting Marines (after having his swords taken away and his hands tied) who tried to separate him and the kidnapped Usopp and Nami to trap Luffy.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6536156/1/Crossing_the_Line Crossing the Line]], John Winchester kills a human being for the first time because [[spoiler: it was heavily implied said person had molested/sexually assaulted a ten-year-old Sam.]]
* In the FanFic/UltimateReImaginings, Clint is this towards Joey as he once nearly killed the boy's ''actual'' father for putting him in the hospital and breaking his arm when Joey had been twelve.
* Both Mr. Squall, [[TheIncredibles Mr. Parr]], and [[spoiler:Chomper the TyrannosaurusRex]] in ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces.'' Subverted and later inverted for [[spoiler:Chomper's case, though, when his protectiveness of his fellow rexes [[EyeScream costs him his eye]] - but also makes his ''own children'' angry enough to [[KarmicDeath horribly slaughter]] the BigBad.]]
* In ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', Havoc, AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mass Hysteria, is an odd case. He's an AbusiveParent, and he'll mock his children if they get beaten up by people defending themselves from them. However, any who harm them unprovoked will know his wrath.
* In ''LordOfTheRings'' fanfics such as [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1179397/1/An-Eye-For-An-Eye An Eye For An Eye]] or [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2636049/1/The-Roots-of-Evil The Roots of Evil]], it is a sure way to trigger Legolas's BerserkButton is by hurting [[HeterosexualLifePartner Aragorn]] in any way, shape or form. It is the same with his older adopted brothers [[BigBrotherInstinct Elladan and Elrohir]], who must have gotten it from their father Elrond. All four elves have no hesitation to resort to ''killing'' anyone who dared lay a hand on Aragorn. And those times when they found that Aragorn was tortured and near death ... well, to say it did not go well with those people is putting it lightly.
* Orochimaru of all people is one in the Fanfic called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4070794/1/A-Fathers-Wrath A Father's Wrath.]] In this story he is Naruto's father instead of Minato. On the lighter side he cares deeply for his son and his actions including joining Akatsuki and forming the Sound Village is to protect him and has found a source of Redemption. But threatening Naruto is the fastest way for him to remind you that he wasn't called The Snake Sannin for nothing. Just ask [[FateWorseThanDeath Hidan.]]
* Kakashi in a FanFic/AGrowingAffection becomes an adoptive ActionDad.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Pongo [[BattleCouple teams up]] with [[MamaBear Perdy]] to lay the hurting on the two thugs about to kill not only their puppies but all 99 puppies. Their treatment of the bad guys is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBgShR_8CG8 SCARY]]. You do not mess with puppies and let their parents find out.
* Gru from ''DespicableMe'' after his 3 adopted daughters [[spoiler:are kidnapped]]. Among other things, he hopscotches over a group of heat-seeking missiles fired towards him and ''one-punches a shark!''
** In a minor case, when the carnival barker denies Agnes the unicorn she wanted, even when she hit the nearly impossible target. He almost made her cry and Gru shows him why he should never mess with the adopted children of a supervillain.
* Whether it's Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' or ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', messing with Mowgli/Kit will get you trouble from Baloo. In the former, he tells BigBad Shere Khan outright, "Keep your flea-bitten paws offa my cub!" In the latter, discovering that someone has conned Kit leads to a different threat, "Wait until I get through with that guy he'll be able to count his teeth on one finger!" Both Mowgli and Kit even affectionately call him "Papa Bear".
* [[Film/HowToTrainYourDragon Hiccup]] is lucky enough to have two of these...one is his biological father, a BadAss Viking who's willing to punch dragons in the face and dent metal with his hammer to protect his boy, and the other is a freaking ''dragon.'' A dragon who attacks and drives off another dragon a little over three times his own size when the other threatened Hiccup.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Mufasa is the best father ever (no matter his species), as he is wise, just, loving, stern when necessary, and royal. But don't you ''dare'' cause ''any'' harm to his kid, or he will ''find'' you and he will ''kick your ass''(unless you're unlucky...).
** [[Awesome/TheLionKing IF YOU EVER COME NEAR MY SON AGAIN...!!!]]
** This is a TruthInTelevision, as the RealLife section of PapaWolf will attest to.
* Although not a biological father, O'Malley from ''TheAristocats'' fights quite ferociously to prevent the BigBad from shipping the cats to Timbuktu.
* Marlin in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', because how many fish do you know would risk life and death across an ocean that is infamous for some of the most POISONOUS and DANGEROUSLY VICIOUS creatures of the sea, to find his son? He's not even a shark, he's a Goddamn clownfish who's [[CowardlyLion scared of everything]].
* ''TheIncredibles'', Helen and Bob (a.k.a. Mrs and Mr Incredible) do a [[BattleCouple Mama Bear and Papa Wolf team-up]] when they take on half of Syndrome's men to get to their kids.
** When Syndrome kidnaps Jack Jack at the end of the movie, Bob ''throws a freakin' car at him''.
** The look Bob gives Syndrome when he is told his family is dead sums up this trope.
*** As does the moment when (still thinking they're dead) he [[spoiler:nearly strangles Mirage]].
*** Forget [[spoiler:nearly strangling Mirage]], Bob threatens to break [[spoiler:her]] in ''half''.
* Fergus in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is a loving husband and father who would fiercely protect Elinor and Merida from any danger. However this almost had some serious consequences when he went after a bear that he believed had [[spoiler: killed Elinor]] and was now attacking Merida [[spoiler: when said bear was actually his wife whose mind had lapsed into a wild bear and refused to listen to his daughter's explanations.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Possibly the least likely PapaWolf ever -- Creator/CharlieChaplin's Tramp character in ''TheKid.'' When an official from the local orphanage takes the [[DoorstopBaby boy he found and raised]] away, he goes into RoofHopping {{Determinator}} mode.
** His SpiritualSuccessor, Sonny Koufax in ''BigDaddy'', is no slouch himself. He at first takes a boy as his own son to raise out of undisguised selfishness, but thanks to BecomingTheMask, ends up declaring: "I would die for this kid, just so he wouldn't have to feel a moment of sadness."
* ''TheBlindSide'': Coach Cotton has a PapaWolf moment after the OpposingSportsTeam deliberately kicks Michael when he's down and after the play has already ended, and the referee not only ignores the kick, but penalizes the Wingate Crusaders.
* Optimus Prime is [[AllThereInTheManual a peace-loving and kind hearted scientist]] who respects human beings and loves them as if they are his own children. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ''TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' with his response to Megatron's sickeningly cynical disrespect for life:
-->'''Megatron:''' ''Is the future of our race not worth the life of a single human?''\\
'''Optimus Prime:''' ''You'll never stop at '''one!!''' [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments I'll take you ALL on!!]]''
** [[WhatAnIdiot BAD mistake on Megatron's part,]] as the [[BewareTheNiceOnes Warrior in Optimus awakens]] to [[CurbStompBattle tear him, Grindor AND Starscream apart]], [[DualWielding wielding two swords simultaneously with the grace of a dancer.]] It is [[Awesome/{{Transformers}} incredibly]] {{Badass}}.
** Do recall that the battle there ended with Megatron impaling Prime. Megatron never planned to use Sam's brain in the first place: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy It was a ploy to draw out Optimus]]. However, Optimus made up for it with what he did to Megatron after coming BackFromTheDead, and what he did to The Fallen for trying to drain Earth's sun.
---> '''Optimus Prime:''' ''[[BerserkButton You picked the wrong planet.]] '''[[Awesome/{{Transformers}} Give me your]] {{F|amilyUnfriendlyDeath}}ACE!''' ''
*** To be fair, Megatron only impaled Optimus because the latter was distracted to find Sam. That and Optimus didn't bring both swords out from the start.
** It should also be noted that in the first live-action movie, Prime comes to the rescue when Sector Seven kidnaps Sam and Mikaela, lifting their car thirty feet in the air and tearing the top off while intoning, "Taking the children was a ''bad move,''" in pure bad-ass fashion.
** And in ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'', after [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime, Optimus's father figure and teacher, led an invasion that enslaved and murdered MILLIONS of innocent civilians in Chicago]], Optimus would shoot said person execution style. The line he uttered as he saw [[spoiler: the destruction of Chicago]] was chilling.
---> '''Optimus''': "We will kill them all."
* Homer Hickham Sr. in the film version of ''OctoberSky'' is something of a subversion: he's actually protecting somebody else's son from his stepfather, the resident abusive alcoholic. Does the whole grab-you-by-the-collar thing without the punch-you-in-the-face part, all the while plagued by soot-filled lungs. His personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome. The exchange is reproduced here:
-->'''Homer Hickam, Sr:''' Now you listen to me you drunken son of a bitch. If that boy's father were still alive, he'd kick your ass. So I'm gonna have to do it for him. If I see him with a bruise... you get a scar. If I see him with a limp... you get '''crutches'''! Do you hear me? Do you hear me?\\
'''Vernon:''' I'm reportin' you to the union!\\
'''Homer Hickam, Sr:''' Screw you and your damn union!
* ColonelBadass Ahnuld from ''Film/{{Commando}}'' acts pretty unassumingly in civil life, but when the villains kidnap his pre-teen daughter...
** Whenever Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays a father in any of his action flicks, expect some ''serious'' PapaWolf action to go down if the bad guys mess with his kids. Case in point: ''Film/TrueLies'' -- when the BigBad kidnaps Harry Tasker's daughter, Harry goes after him with a fucking ''Harrier jet fighter.'' And sends the BigBad on a missile ride.
** Arnie plays a mild-mannered ex-military helicopter pilot (who takes skiers up mountains) in ''Film/The6thDay ''. He fails to die on schedule, and the company responsible kidnaps his wife and daughter to try to force his compliance. Then he and his clone (yes, it's that kind of movie, and why he was supposed to be dead) destroy the company [[MacGyver with a tin of aluminum oxide]] ''[[Series/MacGyver and one pistol between them.]]'' If you can't say Made Of Awesome, I'll do it for you.
** The Governator doesn't even ''need'' to play a father, just having [[TeamDad a character who's got to take care of children or teens]] is enough. ''Film/KindergartenCop'' has a particularly emotional scene where his character, a police detective posing as a [[BadassTeacher a school teacher]], dishes out a brutal beating to an abusive father of an emotionally damaged student. "You hit the kid, I hit ''you''," indeed.
** Parodied in ''Film/LastActionHero'', where the movie from which Arnold's cop character is lifted includes a face-off with the BigBad who abducted his kid.
* LiamNeeson's [[RetiredBadass Ex-Special-Forces commander Bryan]] of the film ''Film/{{Taken}}'' (see page quote) shows the organization that kidnapped his daughter the exact reason why you don't screw around with an ex-CIA operative's kids. In a particularly brutal example of this trope, he is willing to go as far as [[spoiler: threaten to kill a CorruptCop and former friend's innocent wife AFTER winging her with a bullet to show he's serious]] to save his daughter from being sold into prostitution. The entire movie is effectively a paean to the PapaWolf trope.
* Liam Neeson's character in ''Film/{{Nell}}'', who winds up very protective of the borderline WildChild (wild adult, by then) he and another doctor have been observing since her mother's death. A reporter who sneaks up trying to get a picture of the rumored "wild woman" gets thrown down the front steps of Nell's cabin and his camera broken for his troubles. Neeson's character does admit he overreacted, only to chase the reporter away when the idiot keeps asking questions.
* The [[DirectToVideo Direct to DVD]] StevenSeagal movies ''BellyOfTheBeast'' and ''OutOfReach''. In the latter, he isn't actually even the girl's father, making it all the stupider.
** OTOH, he also plays more than one real Papa Wolf out there.
* Woe betide anyone [[TooDumbToLive stupid enough]] to try and harm Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'s son. Not even a GiantSpider can get away with it. There's a reason that one film is called ''[[Film/AllMonstersAttack Godzilla's Revenge]]''.
** This is especially evident in the film ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' in which the death of his son, killed by Destoroyah himself, caused Godzilla to go into a [[UnstoppableRage emotional ragefest]] and attack Destoroyah out of pure unrestrained fury.
*** Destoroyah is also the single most powerful enemy in the entire series bar none, battling the King of Monsters to a standstill even when his power was at 150% overload. Killing Jr. pissed Godzilla off so hard that he actually forced the Ax-Crazy Destoroyah, who till this point had done nothing but viciously attack almost single-mindedly, into a retreat!
** Likewise, there's the American ''Film/{{Godzilla}}'' who is both a Papa Wolf AND Mama Bear (don't ask).
* Another example: Film/KingKong in the 2005 remake behaves like this whenever he's protecting Anne Darrow, who's tiny and vulnerable enough to bring out the big fellow's Papa Silverback side.
* Big Chris in ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''. Made the mistake of threatening his son, Little Chris? Big Chris is going to have another SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome with a car door.
* JohnWayne spends the majority of ''BigJake'' tracking down and in the end blasting seven hells out of a bunch of bandits who kidnapped his grandson. ''[[BadassGrandpa Grandpa Wolf]]'', indeed.
* TommyLeeJones also played a Grandpa Wolf in ''The Missing''. He was a DisappearedDad and Grandpa hoping to try getting his family's forgiveness... and arrived back home just in time to learn that his eldest granddaughter has been kidnapped and was about to be sold as a child bride. So when his daughter (played by Cate Blanchett) went MamaBear to get her girl back, he decided he wouldn't be less and joined her cause. [[spoiler:So much that he defeated the BigBad via TakingYouWithMe, [[HeroicSacrifice killing himself]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath in the process]].]]
** The role that followed that one was ''Man in the House'', where he's a sheriff who has to protect a bunch of cheerleader girls after they witness a murder. HilarityEnsues until not only one of the girls is almost killed by a car bomb, but the man's daughter is kidnapped...
* ''StarWars'': Darth Vader, [[ArchnemesisDad of all people]], has his Papa Wolf moments--not surprising since his attempts to preemptively protect Padme was what drove him to the Dark Side in the first place. In ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor's [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] of his son Luke is what [[HeelFaceTurn turns him back]] from TheDarkSide [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice and kills him]]]].
* Benjamin Martin in ''ThePatriot'' is firmly against a war for independence and submissive towards the over-the-top villain...until his farm is burned down, one of his sons is killed, and another is arrested and taken away to be hanged. Then he goes after the Redcoats with muskets and hatchets...
* Creator/HarrisonFord in every movie that he's been in that wasn't [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9GwtRsOYSI Indiana Jones or Star Wars]]
** ''Film/IndianaJonesTempleOfDoom'' begs to differ. Why was he captured by the villains? Because he wanted to protect a helpless child from ''being whipped to death'', plus proceeding to fight ''the villain's army'' to free the hundreds of slave children, and giving up the mystical stones that would have made him a millionaire so the village they return to would be one filled with life and hope. Easily the '''single''' most heroic Papa Wolf performance for Harrison Ford.
*** ''"They're innocent children... Mola Ram, prepare to meet Kali, IN HELL!!"''
** Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with the movie "Harrison Ford Telling Random People He Wants His Family Back."
** What pushed him into agreeing to help look for the Grail in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (though, given what happens [[TheMole with the man who gives him the news]], he might not necessarily have had a choice) - finding his dad. He was willing to put a guy through a ship's propeller, and if the man wasn't a soft-core KnightTemplar...
*** Does this make the actual Knight Templar at the end of the movie a metaphor?
* The movie ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'' has a Papa Wolf of a titular killer whale, seeking bloody vengeance against the man who killed his mate and calf.
** [[ScienceMarchesOn What's now known]] of orca social behavior makes this unlikely to be a literal example of this trope. A ''son'' retaliating for the death of its ''mother'', now...
* The premise of ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' is about a group of people who get trapped inside a house with a PapaWolf and a MamaBear after they brutalize and rape the couple's daughter. Three guesses as to what happens next.
* While not actually the child's father, John "Creasy Bear" Creasy (DenzelWashington) in the movie ''Film/ManOnFire'' is a spectacular example of a Papa Wolf. As a bodyguard for Lupita ([[TheOjou a rich businessman's precocious daughter]]) in Mexico City, John doesn't let multiple gunshot wounds stop him from tearing through a powerful kidnapping cartel's chain of command until finally he catches the mastermind's brother and estranged wife. When the "Voice" starts trying to bargain his way out of John's vengeance, John interrupts him to say, "Your brother wants to speak to you," and then blows off the man's hand with a shotgun. It's implied that he would move on from there to the rest of the Voice's family, including his pregnant wife, and worse: [[spoiler:"I will take your family apart, piece by piece. Do you hear me? PIECE BY PIECE!"]]
** [[AdaptationDisplacement In the novel]], it's worse: [[spoiler:Since the girl who is under his custody is dead [[HarmfulToMinors (details]] [[{{Squick}} aside)]] he ended up ''OFFING THE WHOLE MAFIOSO ORGANIZATION''. And he comes off as ''much'' more dangerous than his already incredibly dangerous performance in the movie]].
* Another PapaWolf score for Denzel Washington is ''JohnQ'', where to make sure that his IllBoy son Michael will [[BillyNeedsAnOrgan get a heart transplant]] which is being denied to him because insurance doesn't cover it, John Quincy Archibald actually ''takes a full hospital hostage'' and claims he won't back off until Michael is given priority. [[spoiler: John goes as far as improvising a ThanatosGambit so his heart will be harvested and given to his child, but it fails. In the BittersweetEnding, however, John is still trialed and incarcerated, but Michael is saved.]]
* ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'': Most of the time Nathan Wallace is an OverprotectiveDad, but when he's in [[PsychoForHire Repo Man]] mode he flips to PapaWolf.
* The daddy T-rex in ''TheLostWorldJurassicPark''. Teamed up with his Mama Bear to shove two connected RV's off a cliff after their hatchling was taken. Being a T-rex, he was already a badass.
** Later went on a rampage across San Diego just to find his baby. It doesn't help that he was high on amphetamines.
* John [=McClane=] in ''LiveFreeOrDieHard'' - After he gets involved in the terrorists' Scheme, the BigBad decides to kidnap his daughter Lucy to try to control John. Big mistake.
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', LoisLane's otherwise [[RomanticRunnerUp uninteresting]] and mildly dickish fiancé Richard White [[CharacterDevelopment gets a lot more likeable]] when he appears in his sea plane to save Lois and young Jason from a sinking ship in what doubles as his CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
-->'''Lois:''' ''How'd you get here??''\\
'''Richard:''' ''I flew.''
** Ironically, Superman never really gets to play the part of Papa Wolf in the movie, even though [[spoiler:Jason is his son]] and Lois is his LoveInterest.
* Though it's too little and too late to do any good, [[spoiler:Will's father Bootstrap Bill Turner]] in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' snaps out of his brainwashing, and attacks Davy Jones in a moment of Papa Wolf fury.
** Captain Teague shoots the solider who was going to shoot Jack in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
* Major Henry West from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' utterly snaps after his men are killed by Jim.
** Jim himself becomes one for Hannah. In fact, this is what causes his rampage against West and his soldiers.
* ''Lone Wolf [=McQuade=]'': You can beat him, shoot him, bury him alive, and shoot his dog and maybe survive, but if you hurt his daughter, you will open the whole can of ChuckNorris whoopass.
** The badguy who gets his ass kicked is played by David Carradine. If he couldn't stop Chuck, what chance would anyone else have? Likely something involving a 13 digit negative number.
* Chingachgook from ''Film/LastOfTheMohicans'', though it's more out of vengeance than protection.
* Sirius Black in the fifth ''Film/HarryPotter'' film:
-->'''Sirius''': [[Awesome/HarryPotter Get away from my godson]]! ''[[[HeyYouHaymaker POW]]]''
** As well as James Potter. He decided to take on Voldemort on this own, knowing it almost certainly meant death (he even said to Lily "I'll hold him off", indicating he knew he stood no chance) because it gave his wife and son a chance of escaping.(He wouldn't have had a chance against the Dark Lord anyway, but on top of that, he wasn't holding a wand. It makes this into a ''heroic sacrifice''.)
* ''Film/DeathSentence'' is a very cynical take on Papa Wolf-hood, and on revenge in general. When Nick Hume's older son gets killed by a gang member and he learns that the gang member will only receive a few years in jail, he forces the case to be dropped so that he can kill the bad guy himself. In doing so, he is forced to kill another member of that gang. However, the gang's head doesn't take kindly to this and swears vengeance on Nick's family. Nick being an ActionSurvivor rather than a hardened {{Badass}}, he fails to stop the gang. Though [[spoiler:his younger son survives and]] he gets back at the gang successfully, it's quite clearly shown that Nick ends up far from the man he used to be. Not all positively.
* ''Cradle2TheGrave'':
-->'''Tony Fait:''' Wrong! ''Kid!'' And ''definitely'' the wrong father.
* [[spoiler:Dr. Tenma]] in the 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film. After he [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn accepts Astro for who he is]], it's made clear that he's willing to face the military, its angry Commander in Chief, and its scary indestructible robot to protect his boy. Makes you wonder what would happen if you threatened Astro while there was a chance Dad might get his hands on you.]]
* In ''Film/{{Tank}}'', you can cross CSM Zack Carey all you like, and he will calmly accept it. However, if you harm a kid, he will come down on you like a ton of bricks.
* Pops from ''Film/SpeedRacer'' puts his Greco-Roman {{wrestl|erInAllOfUs}}ing skills to work while protecting his family from ninjas, er, ''non''-jas.
-->[[Awesome/SpeedRacer "Terrible thing, what passes as a Ninja these days."]]
* ''ComingToAmerica'' provides a nonviolent example in Cleo [=McDowell=], an amiable and slightly BumblingDad who's eager to marry his daughter Lisa off to a rich boy. He's therefore over the moon when he discovers her suitor [[KingIncognito Akeem is actually a prince]]. But when Akeem's father King Jaffe upsets Lisa, [=McDowell=] drops the bumbling act and angrily threatens to "break a foot off in your royal ass."
* Universal's 1934 movie ''TheBlackCat'' gives us Dr. Vitus Werdegast (as played by BelaLugosi), who takes revenge [[spoiler:on Poelzig for killing his daughter (among other things, but that was what sent him over the edge). by ''skinning the man alive on his own embalming rack''. And what's worse is that only a few moments earlier, he had been given hope that his daughter was actually alive after thinking that she had been dead since he's been sent to the prison camp.]]
* A strange case in ''Film/TheWolfman2010''. When Anthony Hopkins shoots on those who want to catch his son, he is a Papa Wolf. [[spoiler:But later he tries to kill Lawrence. And he already killed his brother. And he ''is'' a werewolf.]]
* Subverted by Keyser Soze in ''TheUsualSuspects''. In a tale told in universe, some Turkish mobsters break into Soze's home and brutalize his family, holding them hostage. When Soze returns home, he promptly pulls a gun on the mobsters... then turns the gun on his ''family'', saying he'd rather they die than live another day.
* In ''BackToTheFuturePartII'', Marty gets chased out of the "dark 1985" version of his house by a baseball bat-wielding Papa Wolf, who is enraged to find Marty in what, in the altered timeline, is the bedroom of the Papa Wolf's young daughters. Based on what he's screaming, it's not the first time people had broken into his home.
* An unusual although understandable example would be Walt from ''GranTorino'', who is Papa Wolf toward his neighbors once he gets over some racial tension, but not toward his "own spoiled-rotten family" who treat him more like an invalid than a worthwhile individual. When he comes to Sue's rescue:
-->'''Walt Kowalski:''' Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have fucked with? ''(spits on the ground)'' That's me.
* ''Film/TheProfessional'': Léon becomes a surrogate father to the orphaned Mathilda and protects her on her quest for vengeance, taking on the entire NYPD in the process.
* Coach Jones of ''Radio'' becomes this on several occasions for Radio. In one instance, he slammed the JerkJock that tricked Radio to enter the girls' locker room into the trophy case display, after the eye-opening words of, "Son, it's times like these I wish I wasn't a teacher so I could do what I really want to do to you."
* In ''{{Terminator}} 2'', the T-800 is reprogrammed by John Connor to be this to his past self. John's mother even remarks on it in her narration.
--> '''Sarah Connor:''' ''Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. [[CallBack The Terminator would never stop]]. It would never leave him. And it would never [[AbusiveParents hurt him, never shout at him or get drunk and hit him]], or say it was [[WhenYouComingHomeDad too busy to spend time with him]]. It would always be there, and it would die to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers that came and went over the years, this thing, this ''machine'', was the only one that measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.''
* Charlie Anderson in ''{{Shenandoah}}'' insists that the Civil War doesn't concern his family, even saying that his sons don't owe their state anything because the state "never came around here with a spare tit." But when some Union soldiers mistake his youngest for a rebel and take him prisoner, he starts taking the war personally.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' begins with a mortician making himself a client of Vito Corleone to outsource his PapaWolf duties. TheDon takes his {{Papa Wolf}}ing [[ItsPersonal quite seriously]].
** Vito Corleone shows hints of this towards his own children as well, especially for his youngest son, Michael. When arranging Michael's safe return from exile with the other heads of the crime families, he makes it clear that anyone who messes with his son will regret it.
--> '''Vito Corleone''': But I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should get shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room. And that, I do not forgive.
* There's an excellent case for Mr White fulfilling this trope in ''ReservoirDogs'' in his protectiveness over young protégé Mr Orange, to the point where he takes a bullet for him. He really, really doesn't like it when you accuse Orange of being a rat. [[spoiler:When Orange indeed turns out to be the rat, Mr. White has to put the bullet to him in probably the most emotional moment of the entire movie]].
* Invoked in ''AwayWeGo'' when the expecting parents are discussing their future daughter.
-->'''Verona:''' [Do you promise] that her fights will be your fights?
-->'''Burt:''' I do.
* In ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'', L becomes this towards Maki and Near.
* In ''Film/RomeoMustDie'', Isaak finds out [[spoiler: that Mac was the one who murdered his son]] and proceeds to strangle said person without any hesitation.
* Creator/MelGibson in ''{{Ransom}}''
--> '''GIMME BACK MY SON!'''
* ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'': Cal's reaction upon finding out about Jacob and Hannah, and Jessica's father's reaction when he thinks Cal is involved with his daughter.
* [[BadassPreacher Sam Childers]] (GerardButler) in ''MachineGunPreacher''. If you threaten or harm the children of Sudan or Uganda, he will make sure that you pay. The best part: this film is based on a true story.
* In the classic film ''Ma and Pa Kettle,'' [[ApronMatron Ma,]] [[HenpeckedHusband Pa,]] and their [[MassiveNumberedSiblings large family]] move into an ultra-modern house Pa had won in a sweepstakes. Eventually Pa gets fed up with all the newfangled gadgets in the house, and moves back into the family's old home: a decrepit shack in the middle of a swampy junkyard. Meanwhile, [[MamaBear Ma holds the police at a standoff with a shotgun]] after she learns the contest was a cruel publicity hoax. It takes the intervention of the Kettles' adult eldest son to bring her out of her rampage. Just as the woman who orchestrated the hoax decides not to press charges and offers Ma her most sincere apology, here comes Pa Kettle with the family wagon and a dozen or so of his Injun friends.
--> '''Pa:''' THERE THEY ARE! ''SIC 'EM, BOYS!!''
* In ''North Country'', Josey's dad was initially aloof about his daughter for reasons relating to her first pregnancy (where she was apparently promiscuous), although he eventually stood up for her at the union rally when she tried to expose the sexual harrassment problems at the mine she works at, also calling out his coworkers on this fact. However, the biggest example of his being a PapaWolf comes in later: During the trial, Josey is forced to reveal what truly happened during her youth and the ''real'' reason she became pregnant with her son after one of the co-workers (who she also went to school with) exposed the knowledge of who the father of her first child was: It turns out that her teacher had in fact committed statutory rape on her after serving Saturday detention for skipping class and kissing said future co-worker, of which the only witness was said co-worker and he failed to stop him. As soon as the father learned the truth during the trial, he walks over to the teacher and then proceeds to go ballistic and attack him for raping Josey, resulting in him being forcibly removed from the courtroom.
* The butler Cadbury in ''RichieRich'' is something of a second father to Richie. The scene where Ferguson mandhandles Richie in the beginning of the movie says it all.
--> '''Ferguson''': It's my job to protect him.
--> '''Cadbury''': I know Mr. Ferguson, but touch him that way again and it is YOU who will need protecting.
* As opposed to the king in the original fairy tale, in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleofTerror'' Frederich goes out into the storm on his horse to find Lilli when he hears she's missing.
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* This is the entire premise behind JohnGrisham's ''A Time To Kill.'' After a brutal first chapter detailing the rape of his 10-year-old daughter by a couple of rednecks, Carl Lee Hailey (played by none other than SamuelLJackson in TheMovieofTheBook) goes berserk on the two and opens fire on them with an assault rifle (even though they were already on trial), catching a court deputy in the process. [[spoiler:The deputy forgives him, as does the jury when they acquit him of murder charges by reason of "temporary insanity."]]
* Woe betide whoever dares to abduct [[Creator/StephenKing Popsy's]] grandson.
* ConanTheBarbarian: Although being mostly an AntiHero he won't hesitate to shed blood to save his family from any danger.
* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'': Akela, who acts as a father for Mowgli despite not necessarily being his adoptive father, and is a literal wolf. [[BigGuy Baloo]] and [[BadAss Bagheera]] qualify, too (despite being a bear and a black panther, respectively). Akela stood up for him when he was brought to the pack as an infant (after [[MamaBear Raksha]] saved him from Shere Khan), Bagheera bought his life and protected him ever since, and Baloo taught him the ways of the Jungle - and when he's kidnapped by the monkeys, they join with [[OldMaster Kaa]] to make it a day and a night the poo-flinging rabble will not live to regret...
* ''[[Literature/WarOfTheDreaming Mists of Everness]]'' by JohnCWright: [[BadassNormal Peter Waylock]]. Don't harm his son. Don't harm his son and pretend innocence. And don't beg for mercy, because Peter Waylock is a PersonOfMassDestruction and [[TranquilFury you won't get any.]]
* The father in Cormac [=McCarthy's=] ''TheRoad'' is exclusively defined as his role as this.
* Sam Vimes in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!''. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis THAT! IS!! NOT!!! MY!!!! COW!!!!!]]
** Sergeant Jackrum from the earlier book ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' is an example, being AFatherToHisMen who regularly kills, injures, or otherwise incapacitates anyone stupid enough to threaten one of his Little Lads. [[spoiler:Until we find out that "he" is actually a she who's been masquerading as a male soldier for longer than she can remember, technically making Jackrum a MamaBear.]]
** Subverted in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', in which the late King Verence ''tries'' to charge ferociously to the rescue of his son, but is balked because he's now a ghost and can't leave the castle.
* An OlderThanRadio example comes from Hector Malot's ''Sans Famille''. The travelling musician Vitalis practically purchased lead character Remi Barberin as his apprentice, but he genuinely cared for the boy and became his [[OldMaster mentor and example]]. His "Papa Wolf" side shows more strongly when [[spoiler:he discovers that the old man whom he was going to ask to look out for Remi in the winter actually abuses his protegees and forces them to steal for him]], and later when [[spoiler:he protects Remi from dying in a snowstorm... in a HeroicSacrifice]]. And he was also hinted to be one in his first apparition, when he "buys" Remi... after witnessing how horribly his abusive stepfather Jerome treats him, therefore choosing to "purchase" Remi half to have an apprentice and half to protect him.
* Individual names are not given but in HarryTurtledove's ''Worldwar Tetralogy'', the Alien Fleetlord is amazed at reports of suicidal Tosevite (read: Human) attacks by both genders on his forces. Its stated that the few humans that actually survive indicate their actions are because of harm done to a Mate or Hatchling by his forces
* Dr. Radcliffe Emerson, the Egyptologist-detective husband of AmeliaPeabody, is always short-tempered and becomes absolutely volcanic at any threat to his family. Since he is regularly described by his narrator-wife as "Herculean" in build, the results are impressive. For that matter, his son Ramses inherits this trait. Guess what? Their wives are definite {{Mama Bear}}s; it's a close-knit family.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Anton. Zilwicki. Messing with his kids is the last mistake ''entire secret societies'' ever make. [[spoiler:The entire planet Mesa and its AncientConspiracy may yet fall through the chain of events set off the first time they tangled with him.]] We have yet to see his reaction [[spoiler:to the latest atempt by Mesa to kill one of his daughters.]] The foreshadowing in ''At All Cost'' might give some clues.
** Anton's best buddy Victor Cachat and Victor's mentor Kevin Usher, [[spoiler:who got off their asses and did something about the corrupt Havenite ambassador, because of Zilwicki's daughter kidnapping.]] Honor herself [[MamaBear has her moments -- the surest way to get her to kill you, is to mess with somebody in her care]]. In fact the whole series is full of Papa Wolf and MamaBear moments, from the lowly Aubrey Wanderman to the Queen herself, to the whole nation of Grayson which are all, 2 billion of them, a bunch of Papa Wolves.
** Nimitz may be a RidiculouslyCuteCritter most of the time, charming people's socks off to glom some more celery, but if anyone harboring murderous intent gets within spitting distance of Honor, he'll instantly transform into a six-legged, self-propelled chainsaw with absolutely no mercy. (He's also [[OlderThanTheyLook probably older than Honor's father]], so he qualifies under the "Papa" portion of the trope as well.)
*** And treecats as a whole can be this when one of their own is threatened. One treecat outnumbers six gunmen; when a hexapuma, an apex predator from the treecats' homeworld, corners one 'cat and the human he'd adopted, his clan's answer to his [[GondorCallsForAid distress call]] is a ZergRush which turns that predator into hamburger. In ''Mission of Honor'', [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Mesan Alignment]] kills a treecat ''clan'' via a ColonyDrop. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge The other treecat clans are strongly hinting they want in on the counterattack.]]]]
*** And all Sphinxians are in turn {{Mama Bear}}s and {{Papa Wol|f}}ves to Treecats in general.
* In PerryMoore's ''Literature/{{Hero}}'', Hal Creed, a 100% normal (granted of the [[BadassNormal badass variety]]) Human, beats the shit out of a Superman expy for threatening his son.
* Burrich in both the ''[[RobinHobb Farseer]]'' and ''Tawny Man'' trilogies. Just how awesome can a grumpy old man be? [[spoiler:Trek across a glacier and kill a deranged stone dragon for the adopted son who let you think he was dead for 15 years, that's how awesome.]]
* RaptorRed's consort pulls a Papa Wolf to save one of Raptor Red's nieces from an acrocanthosaur. He has mixed feelings about doing so: he gets several cracked ribs, the chick isn't related to him, and Raptor Red didn't even see his heroic actions. It does, at least, mend his relations with Raptor Red's sister for a time.
* Most DavidEddings characters fall into this at some point: if you go after their wives, kids, fiancees, or friends, they begin throwing around phrases like "boiling oil," "wring him out until his hair bleeds," and "kill him just a little bit." Then they catch you. Then you discover this was them ''being nice''.
** This trope applies especially to [[TheBelgariad Belgarath]]. He not only has a few Wolf-themed nicknames, but also likes to turn into a wolf whenever he has the chance, and is even married to one. It works especially well because most of the time he prefers to give off the impression of a lazy drunken hobo. Barak on the other hand is scary enough in his normal form, but whenever Garion's life is threatened, he goes into a berserker rage and [[EverythingsWorseWithBears turns into a bear]].
*** Belgarath certainly qualifies, particularly given the following exchange [[spoiler:after Chamdar/Asharak the Murgo has killed - by burning them alive inside a stone house - Geran and Ildera, the parents of Garion and both of whom were much loved by both Belgarath and his daughter Polgara. Who are also two, it must be said, of the most powerful beings currently walking the earth]]:
---->'''Khonar (about Asharak)''': ''[[spoiler:Our agent reported that he seemed a little nervous about something]].''
---->'''Belgarath''':''[[spoiler:I can imagine. He's done something that offended me. I want to talk with him about it, and he'd rather avoid that conversation -- since it's very likely to involve my hanging his entrails on a fence someplace]].''
*** When his turncoat brother [[spoiler:kills Durnik, the 'son in law' figure,]] Belgarath [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]] and commits Zedar to [[AFateWorseThanDeath the earth.]] When he returns from the surface to the point that the book describes him as NOT what he was throughout the entire Belgariad, but "Belgarath the Sorcerer in all his fury."
*** Polgara says herself that Asharak likely crawled under a rock someplace deep and dark and very well-hidden to hide, solely to escape from the wrath of her vengeful father. A man who, it must be said, is considered by Asharak and his people to be the equivalent of the Devil. Skilled Angarak sorcerers are terrified of being within fifty miles of facing him, and she has also admitted that his power is one of the only things in the world that has held the Angaraks back from just overrunning the west with sheer numbers. Not the sort of Papa Wolf you want chasing after you with a single-minded purpose so strong that he can ignore rest, food, and the other necessities of "mere mortals" for weeks or even months at a time.
**** As Polgara once put it: ''He has his faults, but once he gets down to business, he's [[ImplacableMan as inexorable as the tides.]]''
** This applies to [[TheBelgariad Garion]]as well, but only in the sequel to The Belgariad, The Mallorean, in which [[spoiler: the entire plot revolves around Garion turning the world over to get his son back from an evil sorceress, leading to a very satisfactory pay off when he finally catches up with her]]
** Eddings seems quite fond of these graphic descriptions. As pointed out by Xanetia in the [[TheElenium Tamuli]], after [[spoiler:Zalasta, former advisor and supposed ally, reveals that he has been working for the Big Bad Cyrgon since before the start of the series itself. And he has been deceiving and betraying Sephrenia, TeamMom and beloved by all the characters, for that same length of time, all in the hopes of killing the goddess she worships -- also Sephrenia's younger sister via reincarnation - and possessing her out of lust.]] Boiling oil, hooks (nice long ones with sharp barbs on them) and their like are mentioned by several of the main characters. The quite civilised and cultured Sarabian is somewhat unnerved, asking them all if they have to be so graphic. He is told in no uncertain terms:
--->'''Kalten''': [[spoiler:Zalasta]] hurt [[spoiler:Sephrenia]], your Majesty. There are twenty-five thousand Pandion Knights -- and quite a few knights from the other orders as well -- who are going to take that very personally. [[spoiler:Zalasta]] can pull mountain ranges over his head to try to hide, but we'll still find him. The Church Knights aren't really very civilised, and when somebody hurts those we love, it brings out the worst in us.\\
'''Sparhawk''': Well said.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', although Harry is grown, and was his apprentice for only two years, Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is capable of this on occasion. In ''Summer Knight'', he is so indignant that Harry is to carry out Mab's request without even knowing it that it takes Harry two tries to get through that, yes, he does know it. [[spoiler:And he dropped a Russian satellite on the headquarters of a vampire who had threatened and fought with Harry.]]
** Eb's reaction is explained in the novel ''Changes'': [[spoiler:Ebenezar is Harry's maternal grandfather.]]
** What about Michael? He's a sword-wielding knight of God. He has a daughter who is [[spoiler:about to be executed by the White Council Elders, who are powerful enough that even if you manage to kill just ''one'' of them, it would release a death curse which would be the magical equivalent of head butting the trigger of a 10-mega-ton nuclear warhead.]] He is exhausted and heavily wounded from battle. Yet, without the slightest hesitation, he immediately prepares to take them all on at once, even knowing that afterward, should he somehow miraculously survive, he would forever more be on the run from every single [[spoiler:white court wizard]] in the entire world.
*** That was ''Harry.'' Michael, while he would certainly do that, simply had faith that God would help him out. Which he did, by zombie-dinosaur riding spell-slinging wise-cracking HonorBeforeReason proxy.
*** While we're talking about Michael, though... nine words. ''"That son of a bitch hurt my little girl."''
** Harry also manifests this attitude toward Ivy.
** In ''Changes'', the Red Court of vampires takes his daughter with the intent of [[spoiler: sacrificing her to fuel a massive curse that will kill her entire bloodline.]] He responds by [[spoiler:joining forces with Mab and becoming her Knight, sacrificing two people on altars, and ''genociding the entire freaking Red Court''.]] ''Don't fuck with Harry Dresden's family.''
*** He actually stated that if the world came between him and his daughter, it could burn to death and they would sit roasting marshmallows upon its roaring flames.
** Harry also serves as a surrogate Papa Wolf to the Carpenter family when Michael is otherwise occupied, as seen in the short story "The Warrior."
*** In ''Proven Guilty'', when he teamed up with MamaBear Charity to [[spoiler:''storm the freaking Winter Court'' in order to save Molly]].
*** He spends most of that book playing Papa Wolf to Molly, as her boyfriend would attest.
** An odd example from the series is "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone, the local Mafia boss who is essentially a Papa Wolf to ''every child in Chicago''. If Marcone catches you doing anything to hurt children in his city, he will personally execute you. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking You]] [[KnifeNut don't]] [[BadassNormal want that.]]
* In ''DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'', it's revealed that Danny's father's main reason for disliking Hazell is because he threatened Danny. Later on, [[spoiler:when Danny gets caned by his teacher, his father threatens to go down to the school and beat the teacher.]]
* Becomes a major turning point in ''TheOutsiders''. Johnny [[spoiler:stabs a Soc who was going to kill Ponyboy.]] Beware the nice ones, oh GOD BewareTheNiceOnes!
** Dallas's reaction to [[spoiler:Finding out Johnny was dying from his burns.]] By this point the reader already knows how dangerous Dallas can be, but seeing him threaten to put [[spoiler:the doctor]] in the emergency room for barring him access to [[spoiler:Johnny's hospital room]] seems to be a bit of a case of DisproportionateRetribution.
* A slightly twisted variant occurs in ''[[Series/{{Dexter}} Dexter By Design]]'': Dex is already a SerialKiller masquerading as Just a NiceGuy, but it wasn't until relatively recently that he decided that he had feelings of love-ish for his stepfamily and foster sister (or, you know, ''anyone''). So, when a rival slasher decides to mess with [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Domestic Daddy Dexter]] by stabbing Debbie and trying to kidnap his stepkids, out comes [[OverlyLongGag Deadly Defensive Dexter]].
* Adam Hauptman, from the ''MercyThompson'' series. Bonus points for being a literal papa werewolf; mess with his daughter Jesse and ''you. Will. '''Die.'''''
** The above also applies to Mercy. To make it worse, Adam runs a private security firm, so when he got worried about Mercy's safety, he installed an expensive security system in her house without asking her permission.
* Waylander the Slayer from the ''Waylander'' series of books by David Gemmell is a rather evil version of this. Having returned home from the war to find his wife and child killed, he spends the rest of his life and wealth hunting down the eight men responsible and killing them in ways that'd make even the most villainous of villains shriek.
* In ''CharlottesWeb'' the Gander threatens Templeton the Rat with serious bodily harm if he even thinks about bothering one of his goslings.
* One of the recurring themes in ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' was Holden Caulfield's desire to protect children from the bad things in the world.
* There are some of these in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''.
** In ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', set some time before ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', the real villain of the book, [[SmugSnake Prince Xizor]], [[TheRival does not get along well at all]] with Darth Vader. But they don't start to openly oppose each other until Vader finds that Xizor is trying to arrange for Luke Skywalker's death.
** By the time of [[Literature/LegacyOfTheForce a civil war between Corellia and what used to be the New Republic]], Wedge Antilles is [[BadassGrandpa about sixty years old]] and has a pair of twenty-something daughters, Syal and Myri. Myri gets to stay with him on the Corellian side, where he spends about half of the series, but Syal is on the other side. And Wedge respects this, although it saddens him. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments He's very close to his daughters]], and very protective of them.
-->'''Thrackan''': "General Antilles, acting as Chief of State and Minister of War for Corellia, I hereby order you to communicate with your daughter Syal and do your genuine best to persuade her to follow whatever course of action I recommend to her. Is that clear enough?"\\
'''Wedge''': "Absolutely."\\
'''Thrackan''': "And?"\\
'''Wedge''': "Go to hell."\\
'''Thrackan''': "Antilles, you've refused a direct order given during a military crisis, and I have it on record. Should I choose to, I can have security agents haul you away right now. I can conduct your trial within the hour and have you executed by morning."\\
'''Wedge''': "Of course you can. You could also have me assassinated in a time of peace for having nicer hair than you. If I worried about that sort of thing, I'd never get any sleep."
** Woe to you if you mess with anyone in Mandalorian Kal Skirata's biological or adopted family.
*** Speaking of Mandos, Boba Fett in ''Bloodlines'' is this. So is Han. They team up.
*** Speaking of Boba Fett, he was never a very good father (or husband), but he did his best to get close to his granddaughter, Mirta Gev. When he learns that a young Mandalorian is planning to marry Mirta, he gives his assent, but warns "Break her heart and I'll break your legs."
** This is part of the reason why Jacen Solo turned to the Dark Side and became the Sith Lord Darth Caedus, in addition to the WellIntentionedExtremist trope: When he saw into the Pool of Knowledge and saw a man clad in Dark Armor (later revealed to be Darth Krayt) sitting on the Throne of Balance and seeing Allana, his daughter, standing by his side, he decided to become a Sith Lord in order to prevent that future from occurring, or at the very least prevent the part of the future where Allana is evidentially serving Krayt as his right-hand servant.
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', Hoole is... not a great uncle to Tash and Zak. He's pretty distant and gets irritable when they ask questions. However, he does take their welfare seriously and will readily threaten anyone who seems like a danger to them. Hoole is also a shapeshifter, and his favorite "strong form" is that of a Wookiee.
* Literature/{{Howl|sMovingCastle}} is this after his son Morgan was threatened. He punched the guy twice. His wife, Sophie is a MamaBear also. In other words, don't mess with Morgan ever.
* Sadrao from Ursula Vernon's ''Literature/BlackDogs'' is not the protagonist, Lyra's, biological father, but he's a more than competent replacement after her real father is massacred along with the rest of her house. Sadrao's extremely {{Badass}} and is very protective of her, even going into a berserker-like rage when she's physically threatened.
* [[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Caine]]. Even if you're a god, fucking with Faith will get your ass beat.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Dumbledore. Harm one of his students, and he'll return the favor.
** This is beautifully demonstrated when Dolores Umbridge shakes Marietta Edgecombe violently in an effort to make her spit out enough info to get Harry expelled. Dumbledore magically pushes her away, jumping suddenly from [[TranquilFury calm and polite to highly angry]]. "I cannot allow you to manhandle my students, Dolores."
** This is also demonstrated when Barty Crouch, Jr. attempts to kill Harry after the Triwizard Tournament. Dumbledore doesn't take it very well.
--> ''At that moment, Harry fully understood for the first time why people said Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort had ever feared. The look upon Dumbledore’s face as he stared down at the unconscious form of Mad-Eye Moody was more terrible than Harry could have ever imagined. There was no benign smile upon Dumbledore’s face, no twinkle in the eyes behind the spectacles. [[DeathGlare There was cold fury in every line of the ancient face; a sense of power radiated from Dumbledore as though he were giving off burning heat]].''
** Papa Wolves are fairly prevalent in this series: Sirius Black does ''not'' like seeing Harry hurt, and neither does Remus Lupin.
** Mess with [[JerkAss Draco Malfoy]] when he's at school, and the next person you'll have to deal with is his favourite teacher and godfather-of-sorts Severus Snape, or worse still, Lucius Malfoy, his actual dad, with the power of the school governors, as well as the Ministry of Magic behind him (and Lucius's love for his family is [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his]] ''[[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes only]]'' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes good trait]]).
** Arthur Weasley, while usually overshadowed by his MamaBear wife, in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', threatened Kingsley Shacklebolt (trained Auror, later takes on ''freakin' Voldemort'') to his face when he heard that one of his sons had been badly injured and Kingsley was trying to question him.
** Xenophilius Lovegood was ready to [[DespairEventHorizon hand Harry to the Death Eaters]] if it meant having Luna back.
** And Harry's Uncle Vernon, who - though he often falls into the categories of AbusiveParents (toward Harry), {{Muggle}} ''and'' BumblingDad - is very protective of his own wife and son and is even willing to shield them from Hagrid.
** James Potter as well. It may not have worked, but he ''was'' willing to risk certain death against Voldemort if it gave Lily and Harry time to run. He would also do anything to help his friends in his school days, even if he ''was'' a JerkJock to everyone else at the time.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Jacob Black is a rather literal example (boy turns into a wolf) when it comes to Renesmee Cullen, the girl he's imprinted upon. Actually, this would apply to any wolf who has imprinted on a child.
* Don Pendleton's ''TheExecutioner'' series has [[BadassNormal Mack Bolan]] wipe out major crime families with dozens of thugs at their disposal after most of his family is killed due to the Mafia. When his girl-friend and younger brother are kidnapped by another crime family to try to get to him, he goes absolutely coldly berserk, terrifying even his friends and allies who have seen him in action many times.
* MatthewReilly's ''Huntsman'' series. The adopted daughter of Jack West Jr. is threatened many times by many powerful people over the course of the books. Many people have died very graphic, painful deaths.
* In the BackStory of JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', Helion had stayed on the Solar Array long past the point of safety to protect his son -- and his ship, but the priority was clear:
-->''"Damn your ship." Helton's voice grated. "It was you. You were aboard at that time. Outside of the range of the Mentality, beyond the reach of any resurrection circuit."''
* CatherineWebb's Horatio Lyle. He is not related to Tess or Thomas by blood, but hurt either of them and he will come after you with his pockets full of explosive chemicals, his home-made tazer, and, if all else fails, his frenzied but anatomically-precise application of teeth, nails, and knees.
* RobertCrais's Elvis Cole. Kidnap the son of his girlfriend? Elvis and his PsychoSidekick Joe Pike will hunt you down to the ends of the earth and back again.
* In AaronAllston's ''Galatea In2D'', C. J. gets into the fight because his son is in danger.
* Good ol' Jim Davenport in ''Triggerfish Twist'' by Tim Dorsey. Lets everyone push him around. But [[spoiler: point a gun at his child and you will be very, very sorry, but not for very, very long.]]
** Again, in a sequel, ''When Elves Attack'', don't think you can try to [[spoiler: rape his daughter]] and not regret it.
* Rao is this to Shakuntala in BelisariusSeries. As he was hired by Shakuntala's father to teach her how to be a BadassPrincess, that would make her father an indirect PapaWolf.
* Nastily subverted in Rick Hautala's ''The Mountain King.'' The protagonist sees his daughter [[spoiler: torn apart and eaten by monsters, but is too terrified to leave his hiding place.]]
* ''InDeath'': Detective Sergeant Frank Wojinsky from ''Ceremony In Death''. When his granddaughter Alice Lingstrom told him that she had been drugged and sexually exploited by a coven of Satanists and she had witnessed the leaders murder a young boy, he went PapaWolf to try to take down the coven. Unfortunately, it made him sloppy and the leaders used the drugs Digitalis and Zeus on him, resulting in him dying of cardiac arrest.
* Marcus, of Literature/TimeScout, will go through hell for his little girls. So will Armstrong.
** As soon as he finds out Margo's his granddaughter, Kit becomes very protective of her. Skeeter, having tried to scam Margo before anyone knew, walks very, very carefully around both ever after.
* The short story '''Monsters Tearing Off My Face''' has a particularly gruesome one. At the climax of the story, the little girl who drew the true picture of blue monsters tearing off her face turns out to really be a blue monster in a human disguise...when her mother tears it off of her, while her father tears the flesh from the bones of the foster parents who were about to rape her.
* Buster Beasely in ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1635: The Dreeson Incident]]''. [[spoiler: "I'm coming, Princess Baby!" To the rescue, that is. And does he ever, on a Harley and with a .45 and a knife.]]
* Shellheart of ''Literature/WarriorCats'': ''Crookedstar's Promise'' is a Papa Cat, defending Crookedkit from ''his own mate''. When she coldly tells him she blames her son for what happened to him, Shellheart is quick to defend him and breaks up with her. And when Rainflower tells Oakheart that Crookedstar would never be as good as him, Shellheart defends him with this:
--> '''Shellheart''': Can't you keep your thoughts to yourself, just once?
* In Felix Salten's ''Bambi's Children'' (yes, it's that Bambi), he sees a poacher taking aim at his son, and attacks.
* In Tim Dorsey's novel ''Electric Barracuda'' [[spoiler: Serge Storms is told that he's a father. Hint to the child molester on the playground: you really don't want to try to entice the child of a serial killer.]]
* Charles Leeds, the husband and father of the second family of victims in ''RedDragon'', had his throat slashed in his sleep by Francis Dolarhyde. As he and his wife lay bleeding to death, Dolarhyde went down the hall to kill the children. With his throat cut open, artery spraying his lifeblood on the wall with every step he took, Leeds ran down the hallway after the killer and fought with him to protect his children.
* Aral Vorkosigan does this rather cleverly for Miles in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. He convinces the council of counts to charge Miles with treason rather then raising a private army in ''The Warriors Apprentice'', knowing that the penalty for both is death but actual treason was in fact impossible to prove(he was guilty of raising a private army; that is he got out of a tight situation by manipulating his enemies into defecting to him).
** Aral does this less subtly in ''Barrayar'' by ordering his private HeroicSociopath, Bothari to protect Miles against Aral's ''own father''. This caused an estrangement between them that lasted several years.
* Lieutenant Panga in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' will do anything, absolutely anything, to keep the children around him safe.
* {{God}} in ''Literature/TheBible'' is this to his followers. A huge portion of the Bible is an endless loop of the Israelites being a FaceHeelRevolvingDoor, being God-fearing one minute and worshiping idols the next. Yet every single time they cry out to God for help, he answers them.
** Jesus inverts this in the New Testament. The one and only time he truly gets angry is when he goes to his Father's temple and finds it desecrated. He sits down, braids a whip, then unleashes hell.
* ''SkulduggeryPleasant'' is this. Do not harm Valkyrie Cain. Just... don't.
* Although his relationship with Rue is never defined, Thresh is one towards her in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. When [[spoiler: he overhears Clove taunting Katniss about Rue's death]], his BerserkButton is pressed, actually breaks his [[TheStoic calm demeanor]] and ''shouts'' furiously and it didn't go well for [[spoiler: Clove]].
* In the DaleBrown novel ''A Time for Patriots'', [[spoiler: when the FBI agents hurt and threaten Brad, Pat pays them right back, forcing them to bug out.]]
* Henry Grimm, in ''The Council of Mirrors'' by Michael Buckley, [[spoiler: attacks Grendel (Yes, that Grendel) unarmed, and wins. He also beats up his much-loved brother]] in both cases to protect his daughters.
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* ''Series/StepByStep'': Frank was often the bumbling dad, much to the chagrin of eldest stepdaughter Dana ... especially when his attempts to play Papa Wolf result in (comical) failure. However, by the final act, when Frank plays things straight ... he is a very effective in warding off boys with undesirable ulterior motives. He never did this too much for younger stepdaughter Karen, as most of the sitcom dynamic was reserved for Dana's distaste with Frank. However, toward the end of the series, Frank played Papa Wolf for Al.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Several times, Charles playing watchdog over his daughters. More than once, Laura's husband-to-be, Almanzo, would be on the wrong end of Charles' wrath ... until Charles sees that "Manly" has pure motives. Indeed, Almanzo and Laura (despite their 10-year age difference) were a life-long couple, the (real-life) marriage ending only when Almanzo suffered a fatal heart attack in 1949, aged 92.
* A very literal example is Leanbow in ''PowerRangersMysticForce'' given that he is the Wolf Knight, when he becomes the red Wolf Warrior, he protects his son and his friends in a truly awesome battle. The same largely applies to his counterpart from ''MahouSentaiMagiranger'', save that all the core rangers are his children in that version.
* Keith Mars from ''VeronicaMars'', who previously gave off the impression of a NonActionGuy, goes berserk when first season's villain tries to burn Veronica alive.
** He is actually shown to be a {{Badass}} throughout the show, but in between the odd times that we ever see him get in a fight, most reports we hear of his exploits (he does a lot of work out of town chasing down bail jumpers) are Offstage Heroics at best, and an InformedAbility at worst. His ability to handle himself in a fight is in fact a ChekhovsSkill.
** From the same series, the domineering, abusive [[spoiler:and murderous]] Aaron Echolls seems oblivious that his daughter is being beaten up by her boyfriend, even appearing interested in starring in a movie he wants to pitch. However, at the start of what looked to be a pleasant dinner he administers [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown one of the most comprehensive beatdowns ever seen on TV]], before calmly concluding "I've decided I'm not interested in appearing in your movie."
*** [[spoiler:It would appear that the same protectiveness doesn't apply to Logan, though.]]
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Elliot Stabler's kids may as well be his BerserkButton, he once almost beat a pedophile half to death for posting pictures of his (underaged) daughter on an internet site. Then again, given that the only thing that keeps him doing that on a regular basis is that he can't use torture as a means to extract confessions, and once removed of that restriction, he quite gleefully beat into another suspect...
** Odafin "Fin" Tutuola also counts: he points out that if it had been his kid, there would have been no "half" about it.
** A number of the female victims father found out that someone had killed his daughter and went out and killed the perp.
* ''AceLightning'''s Simon Hollander is a mild mannered accountant - until you insult his son.
* In ''Series/TwentyFour'', do ''not'' mess with Jack Bauer's daughter. You ''will'' regret it. i.e., the end of season one, when Kim has escaped from her captors, but the villains still want to lure Jack in, so they have TheMole tell him that his daughter's body had been found. [[WhatAnIdiot Seriously. Bad. Idea.]] Jack comes in, all right -- ''[[GunsAkimbo both guns blazing]]'' -- and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge doesn't leave a single one alive]], even [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill emptying a magazine]] into the surrendering BigBad. There is a good reason why he is the TropeNamer for the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': "You just killed someone I liked, and that is ''not'' a safe place to stand. I'm The Doctor and you're in the biggest library in the universe. '''Look me up'''."
** About 5-10 minutes or so after the Doctor finally accepts Jenny as his "daughter," so to speak, in "The Doctor's Daughter," [[spoiler:she takes a bullet for him and winds up dying in his arms.]] The next minute is [[TechnicalPacifist one of the only times in the series where we see the Doctor holding someone at gunpoint.]]
** Also "NO FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE CAN STOP ME NOW!" when [[spoiler:Rose's face/consciousness is stolen]] in "The Idiot's Lantern." I think it's fairly safe to say that you ''just don't mess'' with the Doctor's companions. Ever.
** It's not just the New Series that has the Doctor going all Papa Wolf when his companions are endangered. I submit the cliffhanger to Episode 3 of the Caves of Androzani [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUhk2QewuMM as exhibit A ]]
** When finding Sarah strapped to a rock and tortured in The Sontaran Experiment, the Doctor utterly blows his tactical righteous cool and starts swearing and trying to beat up the Sontaran leader. This does not go well for him, which he would've known if he weren't blinded by rage.
** In episode Amy's Choice, the Dream Lord remarks on the Doctor's tendency to swell in masterful fury when someone he cares about is threatened.
** Series 6 turns this UpToEleven in its midseason finale, where the Doctor gathers a literal army to rescue Amy and her daughter. But this is outshone by Amy's husband Rory, who dons Roman centurion armor and a sword and ''fights his way through a Cyberman starship'' just to ask them a question:
--->'''Rory''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Where. Is. My. Wife?]]
*** [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmc8vhjkc31qioqamo1_500.jpg "I'm Rory Williams. I'm here to kiss my wife or kick your ass. AND I DON'T SEE MY WIFE."]]
** Series 5, The Eleventh Doctor acts as a Papa Wolf for ''all of humanity'' to the Atraxi with a little history lesson in the first episode. Safe to say, this speech solidified Matt Smith as The Doctor for those who weren't already convinced (such as this Troper).
--->'''Atraxi''': You are not of this world.\\
'''The Doctor''': No, but I've put a lot of work into it.\\
...\\
'''The Doctor''': Okay! One more, just one more... is this world protected?\\
''*cue montage of aliens who have attacked or threatened humanity*''\\
'''The Doctor''': But you're not the first lot to have come here. Oh, there have been ''so'' many! And what you've got to ask is... what happened to them?\\
''*cue montage of the previous ten incarnations of The Doctor, ending with The Eleventh stepping through the image of The Tenth*''\\
'''The Doctor''': Hello. I'm The Doctor. Basically... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome run]].
** In ''The Doctor's Wife'' where he is tricked into coming to House's asteroid by the dead message-boxes from Time Lords, causing him to despair that once again he's the LastOfHisKind... and if that wasn't enough of an insult, all because this was a trick to distract him so that House could attempt to consume his TARDIS.
--> '''Doctor''': You gave me hope and then you took it all away, thats enough to make anyone dangerous! God only knows what it will do to ''me''! Basically... RUN!
* Michael has a Papa Wolf moment in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' when trying to get back with a girl he was dating. He stops his sister and mother from physically attacking her in a restaurant for writing an unflattering article about the family. Then he hears that she told his son to stop getting in the way of Michael's happiness. He steps out of the way and tells the girl she's on her own. She promptly gets her ass kicked.
* Danny "Danno" Williams in the ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' reboot. Moving to the other side of the continent is the ''least'' he'll do for his daughter Gracie.
** Half of the episode "E Malama" is Danny being this. ''Never'' endanger the life of his daughter.
-->'''Danny''': If you ever bring a gun into the same ''zip code'' as my daughter again, I will put a bullet in your head.
* Phillip "Uncle Phil" Banks from ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' is known for his anger, but in the episode, Mistaken Identity, when a racist police officer arrests his son Carlton and nephew Will, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW9pklBXqk4 sees right through]] an obvious EngineeredPublicConfession. When said cop refuses to let them out of their cell, Uncle Phil unleashes a verbal ass-whoopin' the likes of which the poor bastard had never seen.
** Another example of Uncle Phil's Papa Wolf badassery is when the parents of Ashley's school bully advise that they seek psychiatric help for her. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq-l2Oq_8lI Long story short, shit gets real]].
*** A third example is when Will's father Lou shows up. As Lou is preparing to leave...without Will and asks Uncle Phil to let him know... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxQKXNHzT0Y Phil unleashes a verbal beatdown on Lou not seen since the Mistaken Identity.]] And it was glorious.
** He also out-hustles a pool hustler who tried to cheat Will out of thousands of dollars!
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the uber-example is Noah Bennet aka "Horn Rimmed Glasses/HRG", Claire's adoptive father. For one thing, when Claire Bennet was shot shortly after losing her powers (primarily to protect her dad), and was also slowly and painfully dying due to not having ever been sick in her life prior to this, he attempted to get revenge on Sylar by shooting him and went on a manhunt. His protectiveness of Claire Bennet and unwillingness to hurt her or let her get hurt was also what caused Claire to immediately deduce that the sniper who was gunning down the carnival members was not actually HRG, as the sniper managed to graze her in the arm, something that HRG would never have done even if he did attempt to gun down the carnival.
** This is also true for Dr. Mohinder Suresh and Matt Parkman, the surrogate parents of Molly Walker. They're white hats, though, so they're not as extreme in their protective measures as MamaBear Jessica or HRG.
** Future!Sylar becomes a Papa Wolf. He's gone from a homicidal psychopath to a cuddly, waffle-making single father because he keeps his murderous instinct in check for his son's sake... and when said son in killed in the crossfire of a battle between Peter and the Company, Sylar goes nuclear and takes out the '''''city'''''.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Lorne comments on Angel's strong "Mama Bear Vibe" when he becomes aggressively over-protective of his newborn son. The trope was shown in its full glory when Angel almost smothered Wesley to death after Wesley unwittingly made Angel lose his son.
** Then there was this conversation with Lilah:
-->'''Lilah''': Look, Angel, I know you've been out of the loop for a while, but I'm still evil. I don't do errands. Unless they're evil errands.\\
'''Angel''': I think you'll do this one.\\
'''Lilah''': Why? What's in it for me?\\
'''Angel''': Just this once, I'll ignore the fact that you're within fifty yards of my son. Just this once.
** There was his little speech to Linwood in "Dad" where he promised to inflict upon him any pain Connor experiences, even when Wolfram&Hart couldn't have possibly had anything to do with it.
* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Alan Jackson is none too pleased when aliens abduct his daughter and try to RetGone her.
* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', [[TeamDad Commander Adama]] has repeatedly referred to his crew as a family and came dangerously close to sparking off a civil war [[spoiler:between the Battlestars ''Galactica'' and ''Pegasus'' in order to get "[his] men" back.]]
** The scene where he threatens Admiral Cain is both a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and example of SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic. "Prelude to War" is a masterpiece and it fits the scene so well. It makes Adama's Papa Wolf-ness that much more badass.
** Earlier than that, in the first season episode "You Can't Go Home Again", when Adama puts the fleet and resources in serious jeopardy before giving up on [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt a hopeless rescue operation]] to recover [[TheLancer Starbuck]]. When his son, who has something of an inferiority complex with regards to the Commander's and Starbuck's relationship, asks if the Commander would have stayed so long if it had been him down there, Adama asserts that if it were him, they would never leave.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': [[spoiler:Ben]], of all people, goes all Papa Wolf on [[spoiler:Keamy's]] ass - but with disastrous consequences, and too late to do any good.
** Very darkly used when [[spoiler: Walt]] is taken away by the Others, and his father [[spoiler: Michael]] not only betrays the group under their orders, but also [[spoiler: kills Ana Lucia and Libby]], all while attempting to protect his son.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'s'' Malcolm Reynolds is a PapaWolf, and in his case, it applies to ''anyone'' [[TrueCompanions on his crew]]. Threaten someone on his crew, and you are in for an extreme [[BerserkButton world of hurt]].
** In a similar vein, Simon is this way with his [[TheWoobie long-suffering]] sister River. He's normally a relatively unassuming and actually quite timid doctor who isn't that good at combat, but when River is in danger, he goes [[{{Determinator}} all-out]] to protect her.
*** I wonder how many times Jubal Early has gotten slammed into a bulkhead by a [[PintsizedPowerhouse 140 pound]] [[MinoredInAsskicking doctor]], shot him and then got knocked down by him again?
** And while we're at it, don't hurt Kaylee. [[SociopathicHero Jayne]] will make you ''pay'' if you hurt her. For that matter, so will Simon. And Mal. In fact, just ''don't hurt Kaylee''. As Jubal Early can attest, it won't end well for you. Well, he could if he hadn't been [[spoiler:[[ThrownOutTheAirlock shoved into the endless void of space]]]].
* TeamDad Giles of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The welfare of the Scoobies is this normally quiet and reserved librarian's BerserkButton.
** In one episode of season five, Spike comes by asking about Buffy. The Scoobies tell him he's not welcome, and when he doesn't get the message, Giles ''[[NeckLift picks him up by the throat]]'' and menacingly warns him away from Buffy. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome All this time, Giles looks about ready to chuck Spike right into the sunlight.]]
** There's also "Graduation Day Part 1" where [[BigBad the Mayor]] nonchalantly mentions his plan to eat Buffy and Giles, without blinking, picks up a sword and stabs him through the chest. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, since he's nearly-demon it doesn't do much.]]
** [[FamilyValuesVillain The Mayor]] is this himself to his [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[DarkActionGirl Faith]], with whom he shares an [[PetTheDog oddly touching]] [[ParentalSubstitute father/daughter relationship]]. When Buffy puts her into a coma, he first tries to smother Buffy in a TranquilFury, then has a miniature VillainousBreakdown, dropping his usual AffablyEvil persona:
-->'''Angel:''' Don't do that!\\
'''Mayor:''' Oh, I will. I'll do worse! Murderous little fiend! [[FauxSymbolism Did you see what she did to my]] [[IronicNames Faith]]?!\\
'''Angel:''' I got no plans to weep over that.\\
'''Mayor:''' Yeah, well, I'd get set for a world of weeping! I'd get set for a world of pain! Misery loves company young man, and I'm more than willing to share that with you and your '''''[[PrecisionFStrike whore]]!'''''
* Another Simon, this time the MagnificentBastard from ''FlashForward2009''. While definitely not a NiceGuy, he is very protective of his family, especially his younger sister Annabelle.
** Aaron Stark also qualifies. [[spoiler:Don't try to hurt Tracy. ''Ever''.]]
* Jack Bristow of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is a Papa Wolf extraordinaire for his ActionGirl daughter Sydney, despite being absent for much of her life due to his job with the CIA. Some of the more memorable instances include the very first line he says in the series being him asking about Sydney's safety (deliberate on the part of the writing staff); breaking another agent's fingers in a vise after finding out he's a traitor, then shooting him in the head after he confesses to exposing Sydney's cover; and entering a fatally radioactive room to ensure her escape.
** This is all nothing compared to his retaliation against his own wife, [[MagnificentBastard Irina]] [[LadyOfWar Derevko]]. In "Dead Drop", he believes Irina isn't genuine in her desire to help the CIA, so he [[spoiler: rigs the safe house Sydney has gone to on Irina's intel to blow]], which makes Sydney believe her mother lied to her and meant her harm. As we see in "Search and Rescue", he even [[spoiler: ''executed'' Irina - or, [[ArtificialHuman a double of Irina]]]] because he believed she ordered a hit on Sydney.
* Aaron Hotchner of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is without a doubt TeamDad to the entire team. And he is not a dad you want to mess with. Although, considering his workaholic tendencies and his eventual divorce as a result, he's often a better dad to the team than he is to his actual son. He even plays PapaWolf to children involved in their cases.
** Dave Rossi reaches PapaWolf status in "Masterpiece" when Henry Grace goes after the team to get to him. He [[TheChessmaster spends the entire interview convincing Grace he's got the power]], then, in one line ("Did you get all that?") [[OutGambitted Out-Gambits]] Grace by revealing he's been playing Grace the whole time, slamming Grace's head against a window for going after his team.
*** Hotch and Rossi's co-parental status is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when team super badass/older brother Derek Morgan asks, "Where's Mom and Dad?" to which team organizer/big sister JJ responds, "Hotch and Rossi are still at the conference." No mention of which is which, but it's worth noting that Hotch's status as TeamMom has been a running gag in fandom since season 1.
** Hotch invoked this trope all over the [[ThatOneCase recurring villain]] who came after his own family. [[spoiler:Like Fin Tutuola, above, he wouldn't -- and didn't -- stop at "half".]]
** There is another episode where the kidnapper of a girl turns out to be just a lustful teenager, and the girl's father turns out to be [[RetiredBadass a retired mafia hitman]]. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Leo spent the first half of season 6 in Papa Wolf mode after both his sons were put in danger.
* In ''{{Dexter}}'', Dexter Morgan intentionally breaks his rules for the first time in order to [[spoiler:protect his girlfriend's daughter from a pervert, despite not having any proof that the perv is a murderer.]] He even compares himself to a wolf directly in [[spoiler:the Season 3 finale, as he prepares to [[{{Squick}} smash the bones in his hand]] in order to make his escape from King, and live to be a father to his unborn son.]] In general, he seems to hold a particular antipathy for any of his victims who victimize children.
** In Season 5 he beats the snot out of an abusive stepdad (whose stepdaughter was friends with Astor, Dexter's own stepdaughter) and runs him out of town, partly to help out the girl being abused, but also to ensure the abuser never goes near any member of Dexter's family.
** In Season 6, Dexter considers lettint the police catch the Doomsday Killer, [[spoiler: but then he kidnaps his son]]
* Gibbs of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' '''''WILL''''' hunt you down if you ever harm his team. Especially Abby... [[RedundantRescue not that she usually needs rescuing]].
** In one episode, Gibbs tag-teams with his FBI counterpart Fornell after a suspect tried to kill the NCIS/FBI agent pair escorting him.
** Gibbs' [[UpToEleven own backstory]] involves him hunting down and executing the Mexican drug lord responsible for the death of his first wife and their daughter.
** In the episode "Twisted Sister", [=McGee=] goes PapaWolf in his effort to clear his little sister.
** Sniper Gibbs shoots a terrorist holding Ziva captive in a Somalian prison, from 1,000 yards, in the seventh season episode "Truth or Consequences." Ziva's partners Tony DiNozzo and Tim [=McGee=] are deliberately captured and endure torture to give Gibbs a chance to set up the shot and rescue Ziva. In the seventh season episode "Good Cop, Bad Cop," Gibbs sends a message to Ziva's father, the Mossad director, who sent her on a suicide mission and then left her to die in Somalia, that "She is off limits!" No one messes with Ziva on Gibbs' watch.
** In the fifth season episode "Requiem," Gibbs beats up a man who is harassing his dead daughter's childhood best friend, Maddie Tyler, and later rescues her from her kidnappers.
** In one episode there is a {{Flashback}} in which young Gibbs is in a fight with a bully and his dad comes out and fires a shotgun in the air. Which would indicate that it's InTheBlood.
* Luke from ''GilmoreGirls'', Rory's father figure, goes PapaWolf quite a few times, one of these even leading to Lorelai proposing to him.
* Cruelly subverted in ''Series/{{Oz}}''. When Vern Schillinger's son Andrew arrives in Oz, [[BreakTheCutie Tobias Beecher]], [[TheChessmaster Ryan O'Reily]] and [[DepravedBisexual Chris Keller]] seize the opportunity to get even with Vern. [[spoiler:They help Andrew kick his drug addiction while implying to Vern that it's all a ploy to [[PrisonRape make Andrew their prag]]. Vern tries to warn Andrew, but it [[CallingTheOldManOut backfires]].]] Vern eventually concludes that he'd rather kill Andrew himself than to see him subjected to a FateWorseThanDeath. When the trio hears of Andrew's death, they just quip: "It worked."
* Eric does this a few times in ''BoyMeetsWorld''. Mostly he is a [[TheDitz Ditz]] and sometimes he is a {{Woobie}}. But he can be a Papa Wolf to Cory and when he stood up to a bully bigger than him it was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': TeamDad Captain Jack Harkness fits this whenever his team is put in danger... especially when it's perceived to be his fault (directly or not). All you have to see is him charging in to save his team with [[BadassLongcoat swishing coat]] and a gun in "Countrycide" to realize that you don't mess with Torchwood.
** Somewhat subverted in ''Children of Earth'' when [[spoiler:Jack sacrifices his own grandson to save millions of other children.]]
** From ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'': Known murderer and paedophile Oswald Danes is in Gwen and Rhys' house and makes the mistake of laying a hand on their daughter. Rhys spends the remainder of the episode threatening to kill him. Danes even notes at one point that Rhys would probably do it.
* Mork from ''MorkAndMindy''. Don't make fun of his son Mearth. Just... [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass don't]].
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': {{Averted|Trope}} with John Winchester, who doesn't let his sons' welfare get in the way of his job. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in that Dean is not only Sam's older brother, but also his parent in many ways. Dean's already a BadAss, so '''[[BerserkButton don't mess with Sammy]]'''.
** Actually, John has frequently shown a reluctance to put his boys in danger and wasted one of the Colt's precious bullets to kill a vampire that was threatening Sammy. Even after he was dead, ''he climbed out of hell'' to kick Azazel's ass when he attacked the boys. If anything, John transforms from a BadAss to the incarnation of the Wrath of God when Dean or Sam are in trouble.
*** There's also the fact that he sold his soul and the only weapon that could kill Azazel (who he'd spent the past 20 something years hunting) to Azazel to make sure Dean would live. [[ParentsAsPeople The man may not be the most stellar father]], but it can't be denied that he ''does'' try.
** A man named Jimmy Novak is dying, and then is told that his daughter Claire will be the vessel for the angel Castiel. He demands that Castiel use him and spare poor Claire the trauma of seeing everything Castiel has to do, even though it means he'll never see his family again. Castiel accepts, and Jimmy becomes the SoulJar of sorts for him and the Cas we know.
* ''Series/{{Stargate SG-1}}'': General Hammond is usually the level-headed, occasionally obstinate commander of Stargate Command. But when you threaten his people (especially SG-1), you'd better run.
** When SG-1 was captured by a System Lord, he sent four teams to rescue them, and when they were captured as well and his superiors ordered him not to risk another rescue mission, he went offworld to gather help to rescue them himself. He and Teal'c end up piloting a fighter ''through the damn Stargate'', while Hammond shows his Texan heritage with a hearty "Yeehaw!"
** When SG-1 was sent back to 1969 in a freak accident, Hammond sent a note with them, which said only "Help them." His thirty-years-younger self found the note and indeed decided to help SG-1 escape custody, solely on the basis of recognizing his own handwriting.
** When SG-1 was nearly killed while trying to uncover an Ancient weapon to save the planet, it was Hammond who saved them at the last minute, by personally taking command of Earth's lone spaceship and giving them enough time to save the world...again.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'' Michael Westen often accuses his little brother of being a ne'er-do-well. But when his little brother is in trouble he'll always stick up for him. It is [[ItsPersonal not]] [[ThisMeansWar safe]] to pick on [[{{Badass}} Michael Westen's]] brother.
** While we're at it, it also wouldn't be wise to hurt [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Michael's mother]].
** Several of Michael's clients are as well. One takes a beating and doesn't lose his cool because his son's being held hostage. Another, on seeing a con artist who sold fake medicine that made his son's health worse, jumps out of a car, chases the guy down and beats the crap out of him.
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Al Bundy is hardly a model dad, but he will stand up for his children when needed. A RunningGag is that he'll discover a [[OverprotectiveDad sleazebag making out with his daughter, drag him to the front door and slam him against it before tossing him out of the house]]. In one particular episode, Kelly spots her boyfriend with another girl. She simply tells Al, "Daddy, beat him up," which he promptly does.
* On ''Series/{{CSI}}'', Grissom (who is as mild-mannered as they come, and at this point had few moments in which he lost his temper) gave Catherine's abusive ex an OhCrap moment by letting out a very loud "Hey!" and looking all the world like he was going to charge down the hallway when Eddie tried to bully her.
** There's also this memorable rant, showing that you do ''not'' fuck around with kids on Gil Grissom's watch:
-->'''Gil Grissom:''' Let me tell you something, [[{{Lolita}} Humbert]]. You're twice the age of these kids, and half of them couldn't find their own ass with a map. You prey on innocent children, concocting God-knows-what from God-knows-where, selling Russian Roulette in a bottle and you think we came all the way out here to bust you for possession, you dumb punk? I'm gonna get you for murder. Cool?
** D.B. in the season 12 opener. Grandpapa Wolf you could call it in that case. He kept enough control not to do anything stupid, but Brass still yelled at him during the search for his granddaughter.
* Ditto with ''{{CSI NY}}'''s Mac Taylor...it's shown up several times with Lindsay in particular. In the ep where the lab was shot up, Mac crashed through his half broken office window to pull her out of the line of fire after she had a [[HeroicBSOD panic attack]], apparently.
* The same probably also goes for Horatio Caine on ''{{CSI Miami}}''.
** And Angela's dad as well.
* MamaBear and [[MisterSeahorse Papa Seahorse]] became proud parents of this trope on ''Series/AlienNation'', when pregnant Newcomer George Francisco broke with his usual self-controlled civility to utterly cream a thug in defense of the fetal Newcomer in his belly-pouch.
* Agent Booth from ''Series/{{Bones}}'' won't hesitate to hurt or kill if anyone tried to get too close to Brennan. He is fiercely protective of her, escaping from the hospital despite his injuries in order to save her from a crazy ex-FBI agent.
** Booth wasn't happy when Howard Epps escaped from prison. But when Epps got close to Booth's son Parker, he went full-on Papa Wolf.
*** He's also willing to give up a promotion, a raise and a trip to Hawaii to keep his little brother from being dishonourably discharged.
** Matt Brennan, aka Max Keenan (father of Bones) once [[NoKillLikeOverkill killed, gutted, and then burned the corpse of someone who was hired to kill his children]]. In an earlier episode, it's mentioned that despite being a career criminal, he tried to avoid violence whenever possible. ''Killed, gutted, then set on fire.''
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Kurt Hummel's dad Burt may not understand his son's obsession with musicals and dancing but when Kurt is refused a solo on the grounds of being of the wrong sex for it, he goes to the school and ''shouts'' at the principal and the teacher until Kurt is given a chance.
** Papa Wolf status confirmed when he rips Finn a new one and throws him out of the house for calling Kurt a fag. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
--> "[[BerserkButton What did you just call him?!]]"
** Then there's what he's inches away from doing to Karofsky before Kurt pulls him off. Which is not too long after suffering [[spoiler: a serious heart attack and week-long coma]] to boot...so, simply put? ''Do not'' mess with Kurt Hummel; you won't like the results. And he didn't even know [[StalkerWithACrush the real reason Karofsky was threatening Kurt...]]
* In ''NoahsArc'', Ricky actually fits in this regards to Noah at times, despite not being his father. Ricky introduced Noah to much of the gay scene, and shows increasing protectiveness of him as the series goes on, doubling as a friend and mentor at times. Whenever he feels Noah is in danger, he immediately goes into PapaWolf mode.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Henry has his moments in cases where Shawn is in danger. 'Shawn takes a shot in the dark' anyone?
* From ''Series/{{ER}}'', we have a few doctors who would go to far lengths to protect their patients. Dr Kovac once yelled at a father for leaving his young daughter alone in the waiting room for some time while he was working, where there were druggies and other not-so-sane people around. Another time, when he suspected the husband of his patient was abusing her, he went to confront him and was fully willing to put himself in danger (hence getting punched as a result) to prove to the authorities that the guy was a danger to his wife and others.
** Another time, Ray found out his ex-girlfriend had an abusive father. He helped her get away from him and when the father tried to catch the car, Ray flattened him with a punch.
** The time when Malucci found out that [[ParentalIncest a little girl he was tending for was sexually abused by her dad.]] After hearing about the "games" he played with her, [[HeroicBSOD the poor guy's mind completely shut off]]... and then he burst into the operation room where the father was being treated and beat him up while crying and screaming.
* [[RetiredBadass Uther Pendragon]], from ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. [[JerkAss For all of]] [[KnightTemplar the man's flaws]], it really is not wise to mess with either [[WellDoneSonGuy Arthur]] or [[ParentalSubstitute Morgana]]. [[KnightTemplarParent He will kill you dead.]]
** A non-parental example on the same show is Merlin toward Arthur and Guinevere. A memorable scene in season three is Merlin telling [[AlphaBitch Morgana]] in no uncertain terms that if she dares hurt either of them, she'll be going down ''hard''. [[spoiler:And she does]].
* Clark Kent on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', whenever children are in harm's way. Also Jonathan Kent and later on, Lionel Luthor.
** Jonathan Kent was actually pretty legendary in this regard. One memorable scene was when Lionel tried to blackmail him again, or he'll expose Clark's secret to the world. He chose to beat seven shades of crap out of Lionel, nearly killing him, until he was struck with a heart attack, and died. He [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed his life]] to protect his adopted son.
*** Granted, the situation was not ''quite'' what he thought it was (Lionel was actually on the way to a HeelFaceTurn at this time, and ''himself'' took Clark's secret to the grave 2 Seasons later), but given Jonathan's history with the Luthor family, his overreaction is understandable (and Lionel even admitted his fault in Jonathan's death).
* Dr. Cal Lightman of ''Series/LieToMe'' may be a [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Deception Expert]] who has kind of a bad-boy vibe going on. But should you so much as ''threaten'' his daughter Emily (whether you're a punk kid or a cop or a federal agent), Cal will [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown destroy you]].
* Averted in ''RepublicOfDoyle''. Malachy could care less about Jake.
* [[DaChief Police Commissioner Frank Reagan]] of ''BlueBloods'' unhesitatingly shoots and kills the rapist/killer who was threatening his Assistant DA daughter, [[PrinciplesZealot Erin]]; who had [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished prosecuted the guy a few years earlier.]]
* ''RaisingHope'': Burt Chance loves his family. When his rock hero insults his wife, son, and granddaughter all at once, he gives the jerk a guitar to the back of the noggin. He even got a youtube mix out of it!
* ''Series/TheWestWing''. President Bartlett had a very memorable rant about what would happen if [[ThePresidentsDaughter something happened to his daughter Zoey]], calling it "the nightmare scenario", since "this country no longer has a commander-in-chief but has a father who's out of his mind because his little girl ''is in a shack somewhere in Uganda'' '''with a gun to her head!'''"
** Played straight on several other occasions, notably when Bartlet believes a reporter has approached his daughter Ellie despite strict rules forbidding them to do this.
** Toby is also a straight example before his children are even born:
--> '''Toby:''' I'm told that on my sunniest of days I'm not that fun to be around. I wonder what's going to happen when you make my children a part of your life.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': Linc to his son LJ, Michael to his nephew LJ. Alex to his son.
** Linc, who is ready to tear Alex apart at the first opportunity, in season four finds out [[spoiler: Alex's son is dead... and not only buries the hatchet but promises to help him go after the people responsible.]]
* Floyd Henderson in ''SmartGuy'' doesn't actually get a chance to demonstrate his Papa Wolf potential, but in the episode ''Strangers on the Net'', after TJ admitted to Floyd that a man posed as a kid on a kid's chatroom and later has the guy arrested (who also turned out to have been arrested for this sort of thing before and placed on prohibation), and was unlikely to be getting out of jail anytime soon due to breaking prohibation, Floyd remarks "Lucky for him" when hearing this, implying that he intended to do far worse to him as soon as he got out.
* Ray Campbell in ''SisterSister'' had one of these moments when the twin daughters (well, technically Tamera only, Tia only went after it became apparent that Tamera snuck out of the house in an attempt to get her back home, but her plan ended up backfiring) attempted to meet Verique, who despite his identity on the web, was actually a sex offender who often lures women into posing for dirty pictures. As soon as Ray and Lisa found this out (as well as where he lives due to directions), after the twins attempt to escape but fail, Ray and Lisa appear behind him and, in a Crowning Moment of Awesome, punches Verique in the face after Lisa shouts "What's love got to do with it, ya punk?!"
* Sheriff Jack Carter of ''{{Eureka}}''. A nice guy who'd rather avoid nuclear anything, much less the radiation that comes with it. However, when his smart house goes crazy and targets his daughter, Zoe, with a destructo raygun, he breaks out his prized World Series autographed bat and wails on the house's nuclear generator in the hopes of knocking off the power... Which theoretically would have killed him and the five people trapped in the house with him. Sorry Boss, Best-Friend, Love Interest, and two mostly innocent bystanders, Jack's daughter ranks above all of you.
* Walter from ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' was willing to ''destroy the fabric of the universe'' in order to save [[spoiler: the parallel universe version of]] his son.
* Despite ''Series/ModernFamily'''s Cameron being overly dramatic and somewhat effeminate, when he thinks there's a stranger in Baby Lily's room he jumps out of bed, grabs a baseball bat, and charges in with a PreAssKickingOneLiner.
* Alvaro Cueva, Mexican critic of Alta Definición fame, HATES seeing children being treated as idiots by some shows, and exploited (made fun of or worse, making kids dance in ways pedobear would approve) by others.
* ''BreakingBad'': Walt White is not too fond of people making fun of or hurting Walt Jr. or [[ParentalSubstitute Jesse]]. If you do either of those, prepare to PAY for it, and pay it dearly.
* Scorpius, the original BigBad of ''PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' goes on a rampage when he thinks the Rangers have kidnapped his daughter Trakeena. It ends badly for all involved.
** In ''PowerRangersDinoThunder'', Tommy does not take kindly to his students being threatened. In one episode, Zeltrax taunting him with their deaths results in Tommy seriously wounding the cyborg.
* Should you happen to be in a coma, whether you're listening to ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' or ''AshesToAshes'' don't mess with anyone under Gene Hunt's protection. Don't.
* In ''RizzoliAndIsles'', Maura Isles' biological father Paddy Doyle stabbed a rival mobster in the heart with an icepick to prevent him from killing Maura the way he'd already killed Doyle's son. On the dead man's chest was a blood-stained photo of Doyle holding Maura as a baby, pinned there with the icepick. Doyle's message: "Don't mess with my family." Doyle told Maura to call him with the murderer's name and he'd "send the man a message" but Maura couldn't do it, even if it meant she would be murdered. It's strongly implied that another Papa Wolf, Jane Rizzoli's ex-partner Vince Korsak, called Doyle to protect Maura.
* In ''TinMan'' Wyatt Cain beats up, shoots or threatens anyone who comes within an arm's length of DG. Don't hurt the Princess.
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' threatening a Nietzschean's wives and children is one of the easiest ways to get them mad at you. This is part of their SocialDarwinist values, they are trying to preserve their genes.
* Deconstructed by George in ''Series/BeingHuman'', who grows paranoid for the safety of his daughter [[spoiler:after his partner Nina is beaten to death by vampires]], and constantly keeps watch over her crib without allowing her outdoors. Also a literal example, since George is a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf.]]
* Rumpelstiltskin of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', especially before he gets his powers: a friendless cripple whose wife ran out on him years ago, his son is the only thing he's got left, and if you threaten that son, he will happily [[spoiler:burn down his duke's palace, kill an evil wizard to usurp his powers, and then merrily kill every soldier he gets his hands on.]] He's also shown displaying PapaWolf-ish tendencies towards other people's children -- he speaks of wanting to protect ''all'' the children who've been conscripted to war, not just his son, and is visibly angered by Cinderella's casual offer to sell her other child.
* [[Series/{{Castle}} Rick Castle]]. You do not mess with his daughter. Not even if you are Mr. Macho Cool Slaughter, who can get away with saying plenty of risque things about Beckett (who Castle is normally quite protective of as well, if the situation calls for it. [[ActionGirl Not that the situation often calls for it]]) but earns a punch in the nose for even ''thinking'' about talking that way about his daughter.
* [[Series/{{Kamen Rider}}]] Tendou Souji(Kamen Rider Kabuto) is a extreme case of this, insult him mock him he won't care. But if anyone be they face stealing alien or human alike threatens his sister [[spoiler: in reality his cousin, but treats Juuka as his sister Hiyori is his Realy sister]] or Hiyori and he will beat you or if your said alien kick you into oblivion. A special note of this also goes to Kazama Daisuke(Kamen Rider Drake) and will go full on Papa Wolf if you even look at Gon in any way.
* On Spike TV's ''BarRescue'', host John sends undercover employees into the failing bars to pretend to be customers; he watches on hidden cameras as they experience the food, beverages, and customer service. On the episode set at J. Murphy's bar, his daughter was one of the undercover workers - and she nearly got food poisoning from food prepared by a chef who didn't wash her hands after handling raw chicken. John broke his own protocol and called off the undercover stint, tore into the bar to stop her from eating the food, and then went into the kitchen, where he gave the chef possibly the most vicious dressing-down in the history of the show.
* Admiral Chegwidden the Badass TeamDad on ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* Dan Scott on ''OneTreeHill'' may be a JerkAss, but try to hurt Lucas or Nathan, and you WILL be sorry, the best example is when he saves Nathan from a gang of russian mobsters.
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* The biography of Marc Oberlindes, a sample character of ''{{Traveller}}'', tells how once when his son was imprisoned he recruited [[{{Posse}} a band]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors of mercenaries]] to rescue him.
* In the ''{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, Rudolph van Richten went PapaWolf on the Vistani band that kidnapped his son, and then hunted down the vampire who'd hired them to deliver the boy.
** It's revealed in Van Richten's Guide to the Vistani that the originally kindly and very forgiving doctor's curse of vengeance upon that particular Vistani clan for what they did is the reason why they can never rest in one place for more than a day or two. Because with his curse that "the undead take you" as they took his son to the undead, every surviving member of the clan is forever hunted by the undead until Van Richten lifts the curse with his forgiveness.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' the Space Wolves Chapter of Space Marines are this towards civilians and innocents, and will hunt down and ''destroy'' anyone who hurts one - even other Space Marines or the Inquistion.
* Kill one of Sanguinius's Blood Angels (ergo: Sons) and he WILL break your spine. Likewise, if you hurt Sanguinius, the Blood Angels will tear you apart.
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has quite a few, such as [[DarkIsNotEvil Jarad vod Savo]], towards his son Myc.
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* Harry Mason from ''VideoGame/SilentHill1''. Generally, he's a NonActionGuy (he has to be shown how to use a gun by ActionGirl cop Cybil) but when his [[ArcWords little girl, short, with black hair, just turned seven last month]] is in danger, he'll go ToHellAndBack, blunder through a TownWithADarkSecret, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kill]] an EldritchAbomination to save her.
** ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' further reveals that Harry ''killed'' a cultist that came after his beloved daughter.
** Murphy Pendleton of ''SilentHillDownpour'' is a deconstruction. [[spoiler:His son was murdered]], and seeking revenge has only made things worse. He's in prison, his wife has left him due to very understandable reasons, [[spoiler:and the deal he made with Sewell has him having to kill Coleridge. Even if Murphy [[MultipleEndings doesn't kill him]], Coleridge's death will still haunt him]].
* In the SoulSeries, the best way to bring Nathaniel "Rock" Adams into action is to kidnap or threaten his adoptive son Bangoo.
* One of the most touching examples is Barret Wallace of ''FinalFantasyVII'', towards his adoptive daughter Marlene. Four years before FFVII began, Corel Village had a Mako Reactor installed to the north despite the protests of the local leader, Dyne. A few days later, the reactor had an accident (and was cleaned up enough so that it seemed normal by the time the game rolls around), but it was reason enough for Scarlet to burn the village to the ground. Out of the survivors are Dyne, his good friend Barrett Wallace, and Dyne's daughter Marlene, who was adopted by the latter. With Dyne presumed KIA, Barrett adopted the infant Marlene and raised her as if she was his own daughter. Had Dyne not crossed the DespairEventHorizon and spent those years either in a psychotic state or festering in Corel Prison, he would be the one exhibiting PapaWolf tendencies instead. [[spoiler:In his last words, Dyne asks Barrett to keep taking care of Marlene before he he either jumps to his death or lets himself die.]]
** Continuing the trend of black male playable characters being papa wolves is Sazh Katzroy from [[FinalFantasyXIII the thirteenth numerical title in the series.]]
** AdventChildren: Once Cloud decides to earn his forgiveness (and gets over the idea that anything he does to help will be too late, not enough, or both), he shows definite signs of this trope. He uses his sword as a boomerang to take out the shadow creepers attacking Denzel while chopping through ''buildings'' to rescue Tifa from being crushed. And all he has to say about it is "Sorry I'm late." I'd call it a CrowningMomentOfAwesome if it wasn't immediately followed by the fight against Bahamut SIN and the [[FastballSpecial entire team tossing Cloud ''through a Mega Flare'' at Bahamut]].
* ''FinalFantasyVIII'': Laguna spends much of his life doing anything he can to find Ellone.
* Ichiro Tamura a.k.a SalaryMan in ''OsuTatakaeOuendan''. Usually comes off as an ordinary office man who is reviled even by his own family, but... the moment he sees his daughter getting threatened by a giant blue rat, he goes "HENSHIN!", turns gigantic and starts kicking the rat's ass.
* In the ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' backstory: [[spoiler:Losing his son to Scarlet Iago made Median very pliable to manipulation by Drazil and ended with him slaying Vigiliance, [[TheGrimReaper the master of death of his world]], to get revenge for his son.]]
* Christopher Belmont of ''{{Castlevania}} Adventure'' & ''Belmont's Revenge''. Just when he thought he could retire from Vampire Hunting business and leave it to his son Soleiyu... said son suddenly gets possessed by Dracula. "Screw retirement, I want my son back, you son of a bitch."
** Although it's widely believed that ''Belmont's Revenge'' is what happens when {{Konami}} learns their mistake from their extreme NintendoHard-ness of ''Adventure'', it kinda shows off that when his son is in danger, Christopher DOES NOT lose his whip's power at one measly hit (a problem plaguing ''Adventure''), except by one type of enemy. Papa Wolf to the max indeed.
* This is the default mentality of the Big Daddies in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' for the [[CreepyChild Little Sisters]]. They will ignore you if you don't attack them or the Sisters (at the most, they'll shove you away if you get too close), but anybody who does so much as to slap them will face a very pissed off Big Daddy [[LightningBruiser dashing straight at you]] with his [[ThisIsADrill drill]] (or shooting at you with his rivet gun), and he will not stop until one of you is dead. The sequel will allow the player to be this, since the playable character is the SuperPrototype of the Big Daddies.
** In fact, this is the plot of ''VideoGame/BioShock2''. Subject Delta storms the entire Rapture trying to find the Little Sister he was first imprinted on, who is Eleanor Lamb, the daughter of BigBad Sofia Lamb. [[spoiler:Inverted in the endgame where, upon donning the Big Sister suit, Eleanor tells you that now's her time to fight for you and [[EleventhHourSuperpower gives you a plamid to call her by your side]].]]
** When you chose to save your adopted Little Sisters, they become very fond of you. When harvesting [=ADAM=] they usually don't require much protection, leaving you free to chase after fleeing Splicers to impale them with your drill or give them a blast of the shotgun to the face. But even over the sound of the heaviest fighting, you can easily hear the panicked scream when a Little Sister is in danger. And may God have mercy on whatever Splicer is [[UnstoppableRage currently grabbing her arm]].
** In the ARG for the sequel, protagonist Mark Meltzer lets his life fall apart in favor of tracking down a Big Sister who took his daughter Cindy to Rapture. [[spoiler:He succeeds in finding Rapture, but is captured by a Big Sister and taken to Lamb, who offers a SadisticChoice - be executed for trespassing, or become a Big Daddy bonded to Cindy.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Lamb:''' Ask yourself, Mr. Meltzer... is it better to be summarily executed as an outsider caught within these grounds, or to be united not just with your daughter Cindy, but with the Rapture Family as well? The choice is yours... I urge you to accept the Protector program. You will live by her side, and remember nothing beyond your love for her.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Meltzer''': ...I wasn't the first to find Rapture, you crazy bitch. And I won't be the last. You do ... whatever you want to me... as long as I'm with Cindy... I'm ... I'm a happy man.]]
* The main character in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''. Okay, so he's ''not'' TheChosenOne, his son is. Traditionally this means Dad will have to heroically die and the son will grow up tragically an orphan, to be strong enough to beat the BigBad as an adult. It came ''close'' to this, but hell no! The main character and his family band together, and while the Legendary Hero is still only 8 years old, his Dad helps him beat the crap out of the forces of darkness and goes ToHellAndBack to beat the King of Evil before it does anything like come to their world.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Hector of Ostia is portrayed as a potential Papa Wolf in his B support with Eliwood in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'', where he tells his best friend about a prophetic dream involving his [[KidFromTheFuture still unborn daughter]] and, as he mentions a redheaded boy who takes her away in the dream, he isn't very pleased to have his "little girl" courted by the other kid. [[spoiler:Too bad Hector didn't get to be a proper Papa Wolf for Lilina, since he's [[PlotlineDeath killed off early]] in ''Fuuin''. His FamousLastWords are a plea for Roy, Eliwood's son and the "redheaded boy" from the dream, to protect her.]].
** However, he ''does'' play it straighter in his own route, where ''woe betide whoever dares harm his friends and crewmates''. In fact, when [[spoiler: Nino brings Jaffar along after their HeelFaceTurn]], Hector openly warns him that he has '''not''' forgiven him [[spoiler: for killing his spy and friend Leila (also Matthew's girlfriend)]], and that should the guy ever step out of line, he will kill him with his own hands.
** The only real reason why [[TheBigGuy Dorcas]] joined Lyn's group and later Eliwood's is to get enough money for the medical treatment that his IllGirl wife Nathalie needs.
* Do ''not'' threaten the eggs of an [[AngryBirds Angry Bird]] if you want to remain standing. This advice applies to pigs, their armies, their fortresses and their ''space fleets''.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Thracia 776]]'' has the [[AnAxeToGrind Axe Knight]] Hicks, who refuses to join Leaf's army if you don't rescue the children that have been kidnapped [[spoiler: for the child hunts]], including his son Maphy. If you do, however, he will join the group without hesitation.
--> "Hey, I was waiting for you guys. I heard you saved Maphy, my son. Thanks to you, I was able to hide him in safe place, along with the other children. I'm Hicks, an Axe Knight of Manster. I was thinking it was about time to teach that Leidrick a lesson. I'll fight alongside you."
** Also, the backstory has Fin as both the TeamDad and as one of these for Leaf [[spoiler: and his daughter with Lachesis, Nanna.]] Two of the CG's at the end of the game have him protecting toddler!Leaf and running away with him after [[spoiler: the murders of Leaf's parents, Fin's master/mentor Cuan and his wife Ethlin, and the fall of their homeland of Lester.]]
* Flint in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' is a deconstruction of this trope. He starts out as a loving husband and father to his wife Hinawa and his twin sons Lucas and Claus. Then Hinawa is killed and Claus goes off to avenge her and disappears; torn apart by the death of his wife and disappearance of his son Flint spends most of the time out searching for Claus neglecting his only surviving child Lucas.
* At the end of the first ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', Ares casts Kratos deep into his own mind to revisit the memory of his wife and daughter dying at his own hands. In perhaps his only moment of actual heroism motivated by a desire to protect his family, Kratos staves off the doppelgangers of himself trying to attack his family. Considering he has to hug his family to transfer his own health to them to stop them from dying, and he is fighting dopplegangers with his full strength and, in a few cases, magic, it's a pretty damn good moment of heroism.
** In the third game, [[spoiler:he develops this sense towards Pandora because she reminds him of his own daughter. Hephaestus as well, who tries (and fails) to kill Kratos to protect Pandora, who Kratos later states was doing what any father should: protecting his child]].
* With PhoenixWright and Maya it's a tossup between a father-daughter and brother-sister relationship. Either way, if you try to arrest Maya he'll defend her with every last Objection! he has. If you kidnap her he'll [[spoiler:stall the trial and call in a favor with the prosecution to keep it going until she's safe.]]. And if she's in actual physical danger he'll [[spoiler:charge across a burning bridge over a hundred foot drop into an icy river to save her.]]
** And in ''Investigations'' there's Kay and her 'Uncle Badd'. [[spoiler:If Lang hadn't gotten in the way we probably wouldn't have to worry about giving Shih-na a trial.]]
* ShadowTheHedgehog. Just try and [[BerserkButton devastate the world he promised to protect]]. You're going to end up [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge a black mark on the floor]]. Even if you're a PhysicalGod, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu demigod]], or what have you.
** For that matter, depending on what medium you're looking at, threatening any harm to Tails, the closest thing to a little brother SonicTheHedgehog has, will show you even something as silly looking as a blue hedgehog will make you cry.
** It also wasn't a good move for those soldiers to shoot Maria either. It sent Shadow on a total "annihilate all humans" kick. [[spoiler:At least until he remembered Maria's last words, to protect humanity.]]
** Chaos from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. You dare hurt any [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Chao]] he protects and he will show you why he is called the [[PhysicalGod God of Destruction.]]
* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Even before he was [[{{Animorphism}} turned into a literal wolf]], he was incredibly defensive of Ilia and the kids of Ordon. The Bulbins should be thanking their lucky stars that he wasn't armed at the spring. (He got his revenge anyway when he [[CurbStompBattle massacred their entire camp]] at Arbiter's Grounds about halfway through the game, though.) He also is shown, especially toward the end, to be incredibly protective of Princess Zelda and Midna. When the Bulbin warlord uses Colin as a war flag, Link [[FoeTossingCharge crashes through]] the Bulbin cavalry, beats the warlord [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown out of his armor]], and then throws him [[GravityIsAHarshMistress off a bridge]].
** Rusl, from the same game, is like this too. About his own son Colin; about the other children in the village (their abduction gets ''him'' into the war as well as Link); and about Link himself, who WordOfGod states he regards as his younger brother.
** Just ''' ''try'' ''' and harm Zelda in Skyward Sword
* Averted in ''VideoGame/TheGodfather''. Optional sidequests allow you to contract kill the sons of the enemy Dons, but this doesn't make the eventual encounter with them any tougher.
* Purposely invoked in ''HeavyRain'', where [[spoiler:The Origami Killer/Scott Shelby's purpose was to find a father who will do anything to save his son.]]
** Play properly and [[spoiler:he does. You can do it, Ethan Mars!]]
* ''BreathOfFire III'' has Rei, the oldest in a trio of orphans that [[TheHero Ryu]] was a part of. When the group was devastated by [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Balio and Sunder]], Rei... didn't take it very well, thinking that his adoptive family was killed, and that he failed to protect them. [[TimeSkip Around many years later]], he's still in his UnstoppableRage, targeting the criminal organization that Balio and Sunder were a part of. He only calmed down somewhat when he finds out that Ryu was still alive (in fact, it was Ryu who took care of Balio and Sunder for good). But that doesn't mean it was over; for Rei, anyway.
-->''I can't stop! Not until I teach those guys not to mess with me...or my family!''
* [[RyuGaGotoku Kazuma Kiryuu]] may be a {{yakuza}}, but he's usually a pretty nice and helpful guy. But if you mess with his adoptive daughter Haruka or the orphans he's taking care of... [[BerserkButton oh boy]], [[CurbStompBattle you're in for a world of pain]]. In fact, he's kinda protective of every kid he meets.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/NieR Gestalt'' is a man determined to go to any lengths to find a cure for the painful disease afflicting his daughter Yonah. He also displays similar tendencies towards the group he makes his TrueCompanions.
-->'''Nier:'''You want me to understand your sadness? You think I'm gonna sympathize with you? I swore to protect my daughter and my friends. If someone puts them in danger, they must stand aside or be cut down! Come on, let's go!
* In ''NitroFamily'', mom and dad go on a killing spree to return their little child.
* ''SplinterCell'''s Sam Fisher. When he learns that [[spoiler:his daughter, Sara, isn't actually dead and was removed from him to send him undercover into a terrorist organization,]] he goes batshit insane. He no longer chokes people unconscious, preferring to leave a trail of bodies behind him, and the black humor and psychological mindgames he used to use in his interrogations is now gone; he prefers the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
* Chuck Greene of ''DeadRising2'' spends the game attempting to raise money for/find Zombrex (Zombie infection suppressant) for his infectee daughter Katey. This means that he'll have to carve his way through a seaload of Zombies to do so. Not only that, but psychopaths with chainsaws? Morotcycles? Guns? Flamethrowers? Dad will not be stopped.
** What happens to the [[AxCrazy whacked out]] [[JerkAss asshole]] mechanic of ''Case Zero'' who decides that because Katey's infected she's [[MoralEventHorizon fair game for zombie hunting]].
** When Chuck learns that [[spoiler: Sullivan]] is the key behind the outbreak, [[spoiler: Sullivan]] gets a nice fatality at the end of the battle as a reward for his actions.
** In ''Off The Record,'' an UpdatedRerelease of the original ''Dead Rising 2'', [[spoiler: Chuck is ''still'' a Papa Wolf...albeit a psychopathic one who has gone insane and delusional with grief after losing Katey to the infection. [[PlayerPunch You have to put him down.]]]]
* VideoGame/ProfessorLayton is an ActualPacifist, a GentlemanAndAScholar, and an all-around nice person who would rather settle problems over a cup of [[SpotOfTea Earl Grey]] and a StockPuzzle. But as ''Unwound Future'' clearly shows us, villains who are stupid enough to [[spoiler:kidnap his adopted daughter]] will find themselves pursued by a relentless {{Determinator}} who has no problem violating the laws of ''physics'' if that's what it takes to get her back.
* ''FinalFight'': [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mike Haggar]], who piledrove all the goons of the city he was the mayor of after they kidnapped his daughter Jessica to blackmail him.
* Terra in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', as befitting his TeamDad nature, will do ''anything'' to protect his son/younger brother figure, Ventus, and will not hesitate to attack any who threaten to harm or kill Ven. [[spoiler:[[RageAgainstTheMentor Even their master, Eraqus]]]].
* Whether as a display of political power or a general Jerkass move, do not declare any intent of executing [[GoldenSunDarkDawn Eoleo]]. [[{{Pirate}} Briggs]] may back off if things get sour, but he will come at you, again and again, to get his boy back. So tenacious, does he become, that you'd have to kill him to stay his wrath. [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Sadly, he went out fighting after all]].]]
* In the last part of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}},'' [[spoiler:Raz's father [[AllThereInTheScript Augustus]] enters the combined minds of Raz and the BigBad and helps him defeat the final boss, despite Raz's [[UnreliableNarrator earlier belief]] that Augustus hated him.]]
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'' is willing to beat up a whole town full of gangsters, potentially take on a hulking SerialKiller psycho with his bare hands, and attack a guard-filled company headquarters all by himself, all to save his daughter. This actually backfires in you in one of the possible endings: [[spoiler:your brutality throughout the game ends up making you so blood-covered and creepy that, when you finally find her, your own daughter is afraid of you and shoots you to defend the CorruptCorporateExecutive that kidnapped her.]]
* Cyrus of ''DawnOfWar II'' is one of the few who refused the power armor of a full space marine to remain a scout and train the initiates. Targeting them is a surefire way to send him on a bloody warpath.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': Asura was cast down by his fellow gods and sealed away for some 12,000 years. Now that's enough to piss him off, but when he finds out they're using his daughter to amplify their power, [[UnstoppableRage it's time to kick some heavenly, planetary-sized ass.]]
** And when we mean he goes to kick heavenly ass, we're not talking in hyperbole here. The final battle of the DLC involves [[spoiler: fighting '''God himself''']]. Because [[GodIsEvil that motherfucker]] ''made his daughter cry.''
* ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'' presents Devlin [=McCormack=]. His son Danny died at the beginning of the game, and Devlin attends the funeral expressing his regret for not being a good father. Shortly afterwards, he receives a note revealing that Danny's death is not an accident, but a murder. At that moment, Devlin turns into this trope, vowing to find out who killed Danny and kill the murderer.
* Eli Vance from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''. [[spoiler:He manages to overcome a Combine Advisor's ''telekinesis'' to bash its face in with a pipe to try to save his daughter.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ChaosRingsOmega'', Dante is fiercely protective of his daughter Vahti, his newborn grandson Ohm, and his son-in-law Vieg (he's effectively a ParentalSubstitute to him since Vieg never knew his own parents). [[spoiler:He ''wades through lava'' to save Vahti and Ohm at one point. As he slowly sinks into the lava he passes the PapaWolf reins onto Vieg.]]
* The male Commander Shepard in the ''MassEffect'' series, is potentially this depending on how he's played. If played straight, threatening his crew is about the biggest mistake you could make.
** Shepard lays a ''massive'' verbal smackdown on the Quarian Admiralty board for accusing Tali of treason in the second game, screaming at them until they drop the charges. Afterwards this even appears to have gained their respect, since they honestly didn't think that Shepard would prove to be that good an advocate for Tali.
** Urdnot Wrex, if he survives the first game, eventually becomes this for his entire species.
** Liara's father turns out to be one in the third game. Aside from threatening Shepard that s/he wouldn't get a lightyear of her daughter ([[HomosexualReproduction yes, that's the]] [[OneGenderRace correct pronoun]]) if s/he were still with Cerberus, the following exchange can be overheard between her and Liara.
-->'''Aethyta:''' Hey... khm, I've called a few friends... commandoes. Eclipse girls who, um, owe me some favors. They're all yours. Just... tell 'em where to go.
-->'''Liara:''' You're giving me... ''asari commandoes''...?
-->'''Aethyta:''' Well, you're too old for me to buy you a damn pony!
-->'''Liara:''' ...you're the best father a girl could wish for.
* The nameless father in the ''DeadIsland'' trailer sees his daughter being chased down the hallway by a group of zombies. He charges out of the room, grabs a nearby fire axe, and with a bellow of rage starts hacking the nearest ones up before tenderly bringing his bitten daughter into the room. Then he fights like a maniac to defend it. [[spoiler: Shame they don't make it...]]
* ''{{Persona 4}}'' has been known to elicit this response in the [[VideoGameCaringPotential player]] regarding the [[HelloInsertNameHere Main Character's]] little cousin, Nanako. [[spoiler: In a really cruel subversion, it can easily get you ''the BAD Ending''.]]
* ''Prototype2'' starts off with a pretty bleak setting: The wife and daughter of Ex-Marine James Heller has been killed by the Mercer virus. The prologue shows just how much Heller is willing to go through to, just to get a [[IncrediblyLamePun stab]] at the source behind it. Give him [[LovecraftianSuperpower god-like powers]], and there is no end to his [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge destructive rampage]].
** Later on, Heller learns that [[spoiler: His daughter may actually be alive, his rage simmers down for a while, ''then'' he learns that blackwatch scientists plan on dissecting her to learn why Heller's gene line is so resistant to the virus. Cue Heller getting so pissed off he decides screw subtelty and goes off to devour Colonel Rooks to learn where she is, the only thing that keeps him from [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become the same thing Alex is]] is overhearing a phone call between Rooks and his wife about his own daughter.]]
* In ''StreetFighterXTekken'', [[BadAss Sagat]] is ''pissed off'' when a young boy from a Thai village tells him that his little sister, a girl that Sagat once rescued, has disappeared again. Then, Dhalsim appears in front of him and tells him that several children from his village have also vanished. The two fighters go into full PapaWolf mode, so they decide to team up to both rescue the abducted children and go to the Antartica, where [[MacGuffin the Pandora box]] is located.
-->'''Sagat''': "The disregard for the innocent has incurred the wrath of the King! [[ThisIsUnforgivable That will NOT be forgiven!]]"
* Similarly, [[AProtagonistIsRyu Ryu]] has a big PapaWolf moment towards [[HeroWorshipper Sakura]] in ''StreetFighterAlpha 3'', where [[spoiler: Sakura pulling a GoThroughMe to protect him from Bison and being injured as a result]] is one of the triggers that let him [[spoiler: shake off Bison's Psycho Power-based {{brainwashing}}.]] When this happens, an absolutely pissed off Ryu goes to [[spoiler: Bison]] and ''one-shots him.''
* The Engineer from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' (related to his Sentries). His voice sounds more distressed when a Sentry is destroyed than any other building. If the Engineer is using a Frontier Justice, he gets two [[CriticalHit Revenge Crits]] for every time the Sentry got a kill and one for every assist kill. He also says "Start prayin', boy!" when that happens.
* Lee Everett and Kenny from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' towards Clementine and Kenny Jr./Duck, respectively. Kenny will just barely hesitate to kick your ass if you threaten his son, [[spoiler: he actually beat a guy to death when said guy grabbed Duck, though it was never made clear whether the man was or was not a zombie]]. While Lee's actions depends on the player, it is safe to assume that on default he would be a nice guy and ready to beat the shit out of anyone for even thinking of hurting Clem.
* While not playable, the Courier can ''ally'' with one during the course of the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' ExpansionPack Honest Hearts. [[BadassPreacher Joshua]] [[ImplacableMan Graham]] is acting war-chief for the Dead Horses tribe, watching over the Sorrows, an indigenous tribe to Zion, with the help of a fellow New Canaanite, Daniel. He feels ''very'' protective regarding all of these people. He is an unquestionable OneManArmy MadeOfIron and in this case, GoodIsNotNice. If the player implies he's going to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique rough up Daniel]] to speed up the process of finding a way out of Zion...
-->'''Joshua Graham''': "If you harm Daniel or any of the Sorrows or Dead Horses, I will find you. Make no mistake. God willing, you will not leave this valley."
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Briggs the pirate goes from a cowardly BadassNormal to trying to storm Belinsk, the most fortified city on Angara, singlehandedly, ''in a run-down ship'', when his son is captured and sentenced to death. ''Twice.'' Amiti, who hates pirates, is impressed, and the beastfolk of Belinsk themselves compare Briggs's viciousness favorably to their own. [[spoiler: The Grave Eclipse happens while you're still getting Eoleo out of Death Row, and Briggs ''stays in the harbor and fights off the Eclipse-empowered monsters until you get there'', [[HeroicSacrifice sustaining lethal wounds in the process]].]]
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* ''{{Thespiphobia}}'''s Rich Gurney will MAUL YOU if [[BerserkButton you mess with his techies]]. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Any other time, he's the sweetest, most harmless guy on the planet]].
* In ''{{Wigu}}'', Quincy Tinkle may be a happy, somewhat dumb guy, but if Wigu or Paisley are harmed he will go to great lengths to get revenge. To date, Quincy has [[spoiler:annihilated an alien insect that bit Wigu, fought off a group of Plesiosaurs with nothing but a knife when they attacked the Tinkle family van, and almost murdered Hamburglar after the latter hospitalized Wigu.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Vaarsuvius' mate and children are threatened by the mother of a young black dragon the Order had slain earlier. [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius makes a deal with fiends to gain enough power to not only kill the dragon but use an epic spell to [[DisproportionateRetribution slay every single relative that black dragon had]]. His/her mate was suitably horrified.]]
** Note that this example [[AmbiguousGender crosses over with]] MamaBear.
** Also in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Belkar Bitterleaf (v2.0) can turn into a Papa Wolf if you threaten his [[TeamPet adopted cat]] Scruffy (see [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0685.html here]]). Don't push his BerserkButton. [[HairTriggerTemper (Not that he has any other buttons.)]]
* Ed in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' appears, for a Hyena, harmless and non-violent, [[spoiler:to the point he doesn't try to defend himself from or leave his abusive wife (hyenas are matriarchal, as is a major theme in Digger). That is, until his violent, mentally ill spouse [[BerserkButton started beating their daughter.]] [[TheDogBitesBack This did not end well. ]]]]
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Mook the {{Bigfoot|SasquatchAndYeti}} is this to his son Rocko, almost starting a war by way of overreaction when Rocko gets stood up for a date.
** Bob [[NoBigDeal rarely loses his composure]] much beyond his stock look of DullSurprise. We've seen him scared or frantic upon occasion, but the only times we've seen him ''furious'' are the times Jerry has threatened Molly with a gun. When Bob believed she'd actually been hit, he launched himself at Jerry (who was armed) and tackled him without hesitation.
* The Shintulla Chieftain from ''DominicDeegan'' gets royally pissed when [[spoiler:Jacob]] apparently kills his son. [[spoiler:Jacob's]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-08-28 expression]] makes it perfectly clear that he ''knows'' [[OhCrap he's screwed]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' gives us Mr. Verres. Sure, he's a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, sure he's an [[MemeticMutation endless barrel of exposition]], and sure he's a little eccentric. But mess with his son, his niece, or any of their friends, he '''WILL''' [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2009-11-03 blast you without warning or mercy.]]
* ''GoblinHollow'': When gargoyles come after ''his'' goblins: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00302.html Ben in action]]
* ''DaisyOwl'': Mr. Owl is a PapaWolf, despite being an owl. He's willing to go up against NASA armed only with a bear if it means saving his kids.
* Hon Arkraptor from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' is a PapaWolf who failed to protect his daughter. As a result, he is overcautious whenever it comes to Miseng, who resembles her. This includes trying to fail her so she gets out of the inner section of the Tower and beating up the creeps that get too close to her. Their relationship is rather shaky, to say the least.
* Zombie of ''HannaIsNotABoysName'' is [[TheStoic usually a pretty mellow guy,]] but [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=85 don't touch his friends]]. '''Ever.'''
** And you don't mess with ''him,'' either, or [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=804 you'll have Hanna to deal with.]]
* In ''{{Megatokyo}}'', Ed learned the hard way that just because Ibara may be a jerkass that leeches money off his daughter Junko doesn't mean he takes kindly to having a shotgun pointed in her general direction.
* In ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'' we have that rare example of both parents being Badass and protective of their son. Not that he can't stand for his own.
* In ''ExterminatusNow'', Lothar Hex's adoptive mercenary father is fiercely protective of Lothar and his other foster son Kyle. He even threatened to cut out the hearts of the other main characters if anything happened to Lothar or Kyle because of their Inquisition work. Lothar is equally protective of his crazy mercenary family -- he and Rogue nearly killed each other when Rogue refused to believe Kyle selling weapons to cultists was just a stupid mistake and threatened to kill him and Lothar's dad.
* ''{{Goblins}}'' has Pan, a blind ogre, fulfilling this role for Yala, a mute, disabled kobold who acts as his 'pilot'. Threatening Yala while Pan is nearby is a good way to get yourself brutalised, as the dwarf in [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/03312009/ this strip]] finds out to his cost.
* Even though Iratu and Sakido are demons, when they are put in danger Darius, the angel from ''SlightlyDamned'', exemplifies this trope [[http://www.sdamned.com/2008/12/12202008/ in spades.]]
* In the webcomic Luci Phurr's Imps [[http://luciphurrsimps.com/]], the three imps (Pain, Tears, and Misfortune/Alsadair) are devoted to happy, good little girl, Luci. But as some kids, adults, and other imps have discovered, if you threaten or upset Luci, or try to take her away from the trio... you WILL end up regretting it.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a number of them, most of them [[MadScientist Sparks]]:
** Adam Clay (né Punch) and his wife [[MamaBear Lilith]] (née Judy) are this toward Agatha, willing to challenge [[TheEmpire the entire Wulfenbach regime]] to protect her.
** For that matter, Agatha's father Bill and her uncle Barry as well, to judge by flashbacks in both the comic and novelization. When Castle Heterodyne was wrecked and Bill's wife and children apparently dead, they embarked on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to find and stop The Other. Given that The Other is still [[HorrifyingTheHorror ''terrified'']] that Barry will show up, they did a good job slowing The Other down.
** Even [[WellDoneSonGuy Baron Wulfenbach]] has his moments, albeit [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040531 more subdued than most]].
** Othar Tryggvassen, '''GentlemanAdventurer!''', shows traits like this towards his sister.
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* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara [[http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/5716/llspapawolfmoment.jpg has been known to do this]] for MarzGurl.
** So has Spoony of WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment when it comes to fanboys.
** And on the ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' DVD, the ''Ask That Guy'' segment is not so much an ATG episode but more like Doug slamming the FanDumb who thought certain producers shouldn't have been included.
*** Rob Walker is usually a calm guy who is more than willing to admit if a Critic episode didn't come out great, but go too far with insulting Doug and he'll switch to big brother smash mode.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick: Mr. Ellis (Lindsay's father) didn't exactly take kindly to fanbrats who thought her abuse of Nella was real. The full quote is on her page.
** Whether you're a [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall bad comic]] or [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment a bad game]], do ''not'' mistreat young children unless you want a very angry reviewer raging at you.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic goes on a sickened CharacterFilibuster when children are hurt in a film he's reviewing. Seeing as he was apparently abused himself as a child, it's quite understandable.
* Jessi Slaughter's [[MemeticMutation "You Dun Goofed"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFJrSnxyeNU dad]]. He wouldn't hesitate to backtrack {{Troll}}s' messages and report them to the cyber-police should they harass Jessi or screw around with their computer. In short, come near his daughter, and [[PunctuatedForEmphasis consequences]]! [[BerserkButton Will never be]]! [[OhCrap The same]]!
* ''ChakonaSpace'': Due to being {{Hermaphrodite}}s, Chakats get to be this as well as MamaBear.
** Freighter captain, Neal Foster is made of this as well.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Mad gets like this when his best friend, The Cheat, is physically abused.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries Rick O'Connell]] is an AdventurerArchaeologist who won't hesitate to grab a sword and dive into battle to protect his wife and son, or even his [[LovableCoward brother in law Jon.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Again, Batman's '''one''' principle is to [[ThouShaltNotKill never take a life]], but if you '''dare''' to enslave innocent children to steal for you like The Sewer King did, you better damn well pray that he ''does'' hold onto it.
-->'''Batman:''' I don't pass sentence. That's for the courts to decide. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness But this time]], '''this time''', I am ''sorely'' tempted to do the job myself.
** In [[WhatIf "Over The Edge"]], we see ''[[UnstoppableRage just]]'' ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge how]]'' ''[[HeWhoFightsMonsters far]]'' Commander Gordon will go out for Batman if Barbara is ever killed in the line of bat-duty.
** Batman's reaction in the infamous flashback in ''BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''... [[spoiler: when he was beating SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker after the latter revealed that, he not only kidnapped, but subjected Tim-Drake!Robin to three weeks of electrocution-based torture as well as truth serum, and then turned him into a grotesque miniature version of the Joker. He even states "I'll break you in two!" in a very chilling manner.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'': Solomon "Doc" Saturday is both TeamDad and PapaWolf.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', whose {{Tomboy}} daughter Gosalyn has a habit of getting into trouble like making a DealWithTheDevil or releasing an evil {{trickster}} spirit. He even finds himself unable to leave the MirrorUniverse without [[MergedReality merging the two]] because he can't help thinking of Gosalyn's counterpart as his own daughter. And yes, he has worried about his enemies using her to get to him.
** In general, threatening Gosalyn is an easy way to make him quickly [[LetsGetDangerous get over his ego]] and kick your ass five ways at once.
* Both TheHero Goliath ''and'' AntiVillain David Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' have gone to great extents to protect [[ActionGirl Angela]] or [[HalfHumanHybrids Alexander]], respectively. And in Goliath's case, he's also PapaWolf to the Gargoyles he's TeamDad to.
** Halcyon Renard and his daughter [[DatingWhatDaddyHates don't have]] [[WhereDidWeGoWrong the best relationship]]. Halcyon Renard is [[BadassGrandpa quite old]] and [[HandicappedBadass paralyzed from the waist down]]. None of this stopped Halcyon Renard from flying a gigantic airship with an army of robots to save her from losing her new baby to a [[PhysicalGod nigh-unstoppable]] [[TheFairFolk super-fairy]] (ItMakesSenseInContext).
** The Emir probably also counts. He used magic to [[DeathTakesAHoliday force Death into taking a holiday]], all in an attempt to resurrect his young son.
** And when Elisa was shot in her apartment (accidentally by Broadway), Goliath tore through the city to get the gangster he believed did this. When he did find the gangster Tony Dracon, he was willing to kill the guy right then and there for what he (supposedly) did to Elisa.
* In ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' the dragon trait skipped a generation, so Jake's mother ''can't'' protect him from the supernatural threats he encounters -- instead it's Jake's grandfather who does so. Never mind that he even stands up to the Dark Dragon's minions when his entire family is threatened... and obliterates them single-handedly.
** Jake's dad OTOH, despite being an ordinary human, gets a couple good moments. He manages to save his son from some kind of winged, moose thing during a camping trip, and later saves him again from a bunch of ''vampires''.
* Charles Ofdensen, the band manager in ''{{Metalocalypse}}'', is seen by some fans to be the Papa Wolf of metal band Dethklok. He is extremely protective, preparing and executing elaborate security measures and counter attacks for their concert in the first season finale; going against assassins twice his size in hand-to-hand combat; having Rockzo the clown beaten and tortured on two occasions for being a bad influence on the youngest member of the band; and warning another manager attempting to take over his position that he would have to kill him to keep him away from the band. [[spoiler:And then killing that man himself.[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome In a swordfight.]]]]
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} in the ''JusticeLeague'' TV series [[LifeOrLimbDecision chopped off]] ''[[LifeOrLimbDecision his own hand]]'' [[LifeOrLimbDecision to save his infant child's life and get out of a]] DeathTrap. And then he returned home with the baby tucked under his good arm, had his people put a hook on his stump, came back to action and [[HandicappedBadass helped the Justice League kick the culprit's ass]]. Conclusion? Do NOT mess with Aquaman's kid. You'll be '''VERY''', '''''VERY SORRY'''''.
** To drive that point even further, the villain was ''[[CainAndAbel his own brother]]'', [[EvilUncle Orm]]. And Aquaman didn't give a single thought about kicking his ass and [[spoiler:letting him die]].
* ''KingOfTheHill'': Hank Hill. Whether it's a {{Jerkass}} boss putting Bobby in danger at his job, or a {{Jerkass}} football coach abusing Bobby and his teammates after losing, they quickly learn the hard way just how dangerous an angry Hank can be. One would think they'd know not to mess with someone who's so into propane. And propane accessories. (Otherwise, though, Hank is something of a WellDoneSonGuy.)
-->'''Thug:''' ''"I thought that old guy inside was your daddy."''\\
'''Bobby:''' ''"No, no! This is my daddy! This one right here, the one with the golf club!"''
** Dale, too, even after learning that Joseph is "part-alien."
** Dale once heard his son screaming in his sleep. What does he do? He kicks the door to his bedroom open, brandishing two pistols, ready to blast the threat to kingdom come. When Joseph says he just had a bad dream, Dale says, "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming Oh. How about I read you a story?]]"
* ''DannyPhantom'': Ever seen a BumblingDad battle and win against a 50-foot-[[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost monster]]? Congratulations, you have been pwned by Jack Fenton. Now leave his kids alone.
* In ''TheFairlyOddparents'', even an BumblingDad that's OneOfTheKids like Mr. Turner is capable of fighting with teeth and paws to defend Timmy. Just watch the episode where Timmy wishes he could merge with dad's CoolCar, then Vicky steals the car and he believes Timmy is stuck in it...
** Both of Timmy's parents, despite being [[AbusiveParents comically irresponsible]] enough to leave him with an evil babysitter, have gone to crazy lengths to protect Timmy. This came to the fore when Timmy wishes they had superpowers, and he ends up using this to his advantage when convincing them to give up their powers.
** The end of the Fairly Oddparents movie, where Papa Wolf dad and Mama Bear...mom double-team Mr. Crocker for abusing their son. Much ass kicking ensues.
*** Actually, Mr. Turner technically could be counted as a literal "Papa Bear" at that point.
-->'''Mrs. Turner:''' I'll go for his teeth.\\
'''Mr. Turner:''' [[HeroicSociopath And]] ''[[HeroicSociopath I'll]]'' [[EyeScream claw out his eyes]]!
*** In case you don't get the joke, Mr. Turner had recently had his hands turned into bear's claws after saying he'd tear someone apart with his [[IncrediblyLamePun bare hands]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': We all know Jerry Mouse is no push-over in regards to Tom the Cat. But if Tom ever lays a paw on Nibbles/Tuffy, the local HeartwarmingOrphan and Jerry's adoptive pup, he's in for ''even more'' of a pain in the tail than usual. Nibbles/Tuffy's introductory episode leaves the deal ''very'' clear; Tom spanks the little mouse and, after releasing himself from a trap and checking on the other's well-being, Jerry lets out an enraged ''lion's roar'' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duLYLPhm7WE#t=5m50s brutally beats up Tom]].
** You also don't mess with the local [[BullyBulldog neighborhood bulldog]] Spike's son, Tyke, in any fashion, though that really should be obvious.
** And if you think ''ducks'' can't tear you a new one, just don't even ''dare'' harm that mama duck or her duckling in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlz95WkK0qM Little Quacker]]". Henry [[CurbStompBattle will hand you your hindquarters]].
* Agent Six in ''GeneratorRex'' is this to Rex. Just watch him in "What Lies Beneath" or his fight with [[spoiler: White Knight]].
* Even Peter Griffin on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is capable of this now and then (even if the rest of the time he is an outright AbusiveParent). An episode centered around him becoming more protective of Meg after she almost drowned in a flood, even going so far as to ''smash [[AlphaBitch stuck-up Connie d'Amico's]] face into a glass surface until it was a bloody pulp'' for making fun of her. In another episode, Stewie gets nabbed by Disney World employees who force him to sing for the customers, and Peter manages to save him ''and'' outrun a dangerous security guard. Stewie even ''hugs him'' for it at the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' also does this. "Surro-Gate" is a good example, as it shows a CampGay who previously solved fights with dance moves out of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' punching out Stan in one hit after he kidnaps the guy's daughter.
-->'''Stan:''' That's not campy. That's not campy at all.
** Stan despite his {{Jerkass}} tendencies certainly has traits of this with his children as well, like what he did to ''his own boss'' for insulting Hayley.
* Private of ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has shown this. When the penguins are tasked with taking care of an egg in shifts, Private is so horrified by the other penguins' rough handling that he steals the egg away and snaps at Skipper.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Brock Samson is the Alpha PapaWolf whenever someone threatens the Venture family. See ''Victor. Echo. November.'' for the naked, murderous evidence.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'': Though obviously not shown to the same extent as [[MamaBear Rebecca]], Baloo has traits of this around Molly as well (likely to further emphasize his [[ShipTease chemistry with the former]]). Whether she's been kidnapped by bandits, zapped by a microscopic ray, or just wants her Christmas wish to come true, Baloo is [[{{Determinator}} pretty insistent]] she come out of it all with a smile on her face.
** And ''God help you'' if you screw with Kit. Baloo's protective instincts come out even more heavily when he's involved.
* Normally, InspectorGadget is a combination of InspectorOblivious and TooDumbToLive. But on those ''extremely'' rare occasions when he ''notices'' that Penny and Brain are in real danger, Gadget turns into a [[LetsGetDangerous hyper-competent badass]] who uses his gadgets to rescue them with astonishing skill. This helps fuel an AlternateCharacterInterpretation of him where he's ''intentionally'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity bumbling around]] while Penny solves the real crime.
* [[MadScientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz]] of ''PhineasAndFerb'' may be an incompetent villain, but don't even try to hit on his underage daughter unless you want to quickly be teleported to another, monster-filled dimension.
** Perry the Platypus, especially when it comes to Phineas and Ferb. There was one time when FriendlyEnemy Doofenshmirtz indirectly threatened Phineas and Ferb with his latest scheme, Perry quickly beat him up, handcuffed him, and called for backup all [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqry5YoR9Bo#t=5m within ten seconds.]]
*** Happens again in the movie ''[[PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Across the Second Dimension]]''. Perry didn't break his masquerade even when a robot punched him across the room. But when the robot was ordered to do the same thing to Phineas and Ferb, he immediately jumped up and punched the robot just as hard.
* ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'' ... In "A Visit To Anthony," Ren and Stimpy are severely intimidated by Anthony's father. And they have every reason to be. He's very large, heavily muscled, despite his age, and unlike most of the "lummoxes" seen in the show, he is not only healthy-looking, but reasonably intelligent. Just getting a threatening speech from him puts the fear of god into you. His silent rage is even more frightening when coupled with his weeping when he thinks his son is in danger, even if it's just of being disappointed.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'': Zachary Foxx is normally AFatherToHisMen or TeamDad. If you threaten his biological kids, or push him to the LetsGetDangerous point by hurting his Rangers, he can and will use you for target practice... with his ArmCannon.
* Race Bannon from ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' is this to his only daughter, Jessie. Also, to her friends Jonny and Hadji.
** As is Dr. Quest.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode "Simple Simpson," Homer Simpson sees the Rich Texan making Lisa cry. He then throws a pie in his face. He would have beat the man, but he was told he'd go to jail if he committed another assault.
** He has gone great lengths for his children despite how people think of him as a JerkAss, like when Maggie was having trouble finding easter eggs, and trying to help Bart with his homework and Lisa become popular.
* Though his birth father [[AbusiveParents hates his guts and]] [[OffingTheOffspring has actively tried to kill him,]] Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is fortunate enough to have [[ParentalSubstitute a replacement in his uncle Iroh,]] who accompanied him throughout his banishment and raised him as his own son. When Azula tries to kill Zuko with lightning after a botched attempt to imprison them both, Iroh steps in at the last second, redirects the lightning into a nearby cliff, and then kicks her overboard.
** Hakoda also has some signs of this. Even though Katara is [[ActionGirl a very powerful Waterbender]] and Sokka becomes a [[TookALevelInBadass great warrior]], he will stay behind and be captured by the Fire Nation in order to let them escape. There is also his reaction to Katara's announcement that someone was threatening Kya in "The Southern Raiders." When he hears his wife is in danger, it is obvious that if that Fire Nation sailor doesn't haul his ass out of there double time, he will find out just why the Water Tribe hasn't been overthrown yet.
*** YMMV on that particular scene, as we don't see much of a reaction. Everything else between Hakoda and his kids certainly suggest he counts.
** Fire Lord Azulon could be seen as a much ''darker'' version of this to his older son, Iroh. When his younger son Ozai tries to usurp Iroh's right in succession, Azulon is so enraged he [[MoralEventHorizon orders Ozai's innocent son Zuko]] be executed to teach Ozai a lesson. Fortunately, Zuko had a MamaBear of his own [[IDidWhatIHadToDo to prevent this]].
** Even ''Avatar Roku'' is shown looking out for a certain troubled great-grandson of his. At the Fire Temple, Aang channels his spirit to pwn the evil Fire Sages, Zhao, and his soldiers... and then Roku melts the chains holding the good guys ''and Zuko,'' letting them all escape before he destroys the temple.
** Tenzin in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is definitely this.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "I've got to save mah beh-beh!"
** Kyle seems to have [[BigBrotherInstinct developed traits of this around his baby brother Ike]], more so than most of the brainless parents of the town anyway.
** Randy and the other dads sometimes do this, though they're [[BumblingDad so stupid]] it doesn't really work out very well.
** And the season 15 finale has Kenny, as Mysterion, defending his little sister Karen from a bully at the school they went to when their parents got arrested.
* General Molotov on ''JimmyTwoShoes'' is very much this. [[{{Satan}} Lucius]]...not so much.
* Ratchet from ''TransformersAnimated'' doesn't like to hear his friend Omega Supreme, who he mentored during the war, being threatened. Omega is a PersonOfMassDestruction built to ''end'' the Great War, so this doesn't happen often, but...
-->'''Ratchet''' (to the Autobot High Council): Omega Supreme is one of us. An Autobot. A [[TrueCompanions friend]]. Harm one circuit on him and you'll answer to ''me''.
** It should be mentioned for the un-initiated, that Ratchet is both an old man and a medic, with no offensively designed equipment. Yet you still don't doubt that he could very well hand them their asses on a plate if pressed.
* In the animated series ''{{Kissyfur}}'', Gus, Kissyfur's dad is this to his son as well as to the other children. Simply put, if you put them in danger, you'd better be prepared to be thrown halfway across the swamp. You would think that Floyd and Jolene, [[PunchClockVillain the two gators on the show]], [[TooDumbToLive would have learned their lesson]].
* Villainous (well, [[AntiVillain antivillainous]]) example from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': Everything [[BigBad Nox]] does is out of fatherly love. [[LoveMakesYouEvil Even the genocide]].
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'': You do ''not'' want to threaten Ahsoka when Anakin's around.
** Considering [[BerserkButton the threat of losing someone he cares for]] is what eventually causes him to turn into Vader, this is understandable.
*** A villainous example with a dash of MoralMyopia with the leader of the Trandoshan Slavers with the death of his son.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Master Splinter made sure that his adopted sons could take care of themselves, but if you happen to be planning on experimenting on them, you'd better pray he doesn't find out.
* Somewhat off-screen in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' and crossing with MamaBear is Oritel (Bloom's Dad). After both he and his wife think both their daughters to be dead, they according to one account went completly berserk at the ones responsible; the Ancestral Witches. Considering how high they are in among other's Faragonda's and Valtor's regard, that says something about the power which was unleashed. Ouch. When Oritel has returned by ''[[TheMovie Magical Adventure]]'', he is fiercely protective of Bloom, banishes Sky from Domino when he thinks Sky has dumped Bloom, and doesn't hesitate to fight the Trix and Ancestral Witches when they threaten Bloom.
* ''TheSmurfs'': You don't threaten Papa Smurf's little Smurfs unless you want to be on the receiving end of one of Papa Smurf's potions.
* When Egon of ''TheRealGhostbusters'' was paralyzed with fear by the Boogey Man, he found the strength to escape his bonds when the Boogey Men threatened the Junior Ghost Busters, a trio of children he had been mentoring.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' may be well able to protect himself thanks to the Omnitrix, but on one occasion, his father ended up attacking a [[BigBad High Breed]] with a {{BFG}} for threatening him. Considering how powerful the High Breed had been up to that point, doing that is pretty dang impressive. Ben's uncle Max has also shown traits of this.
** And Ben grows up into one in at least one timeline. Kevin 11,000 hurts Ben's son Ken. Cue Ben going Way Big and pummeling Kevin into the ground in an UnstoppableRage.
** Rath, the badass CrazyAwesome LargeHam extraordinaire became this in his debut. After warming up to a Triffin Prince that's supposed to help end a war, he finds out that the prince ends the war by being eaten. Rath didn't take this kindly ("Eating babies is NOT! COOL!")--he jumped into the mouth of the alien who ate the prince and came back out the same way, threatening to knit a sweater out of the alien's organs should he declare war. ''It worked''.
* Ant-Man II from ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' mainly uses his powers and abilities to ensure the safety and well-being of his young daughter. In the episode in which he officially became the new Ant-Man, he punished Crossfire for kidnapping her by [[spoiler: kicking him in the face, then covering him in ants]].
* Inverted in ''GodzillaTheSeries'' where Godzilla Jr will go to crazy lengths to protect his adopted father Nick.
** But played straight with Nick. If you are human and you do something that harms Godzilla Jr, Nick will end you.
* Buck Tuddrussel in ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''. While known to be a complete {{Jerkass}} at the worst of times, and often lets Otto get hurt through blind negligence; Tuddrussel will kick some major ass if Otto is in mortal danger and the thought of losing him to someone else makes him just as pissed. Same goes for the campy robot partner Larry, which crosses into MamaBear territory.
* Hugh Test in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Normally a bumbling dad obsessed over meatloaf, he is extremely protective of his kids, even confronting a wrestler more than three times his size to ensure their safety.
* [[spoiler:Roy]] from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision. Normally, adrenal glands and the brain's limiters make it so that you only use around 20% of your muscles and maintain a thought of self-preservation. Putting a loved one, child, or sufficiently close friend of somebody in danger is the fastest way to see the brain release said limits and let adrenaline kick in. All thoughts of self-preservation (and everything else that makes shy, meek people shy and meek) are overridden, and it is quite likely that several dozen of your bones will be broken (if you are lucky) before they let up. People who manage to enter TranquilFury instead of all-out anger are even more dangerous.
* Buzz Aldrin did one of these! A conspiracy nut had been pestering him and other Apollo personnel, and he put up with that good-naturedly. But when said nut made an unfriendly move toward Aldrin's granddaughter, [[BadassGrandpa the 72-year-old astronaut]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome threw one punch and knocked the guy ass over teakettle]].
* [[http://badassoftheweek.com/wanyandie.html Tom Wanyandie]], a 78 year old Cree Indian wilderness guide who fought off a literal {{Mama Bear}} attacking his son while screaming every profanity of his native language.
** That story has {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}} written all over it.
* BruceLee was known for taking challenges from aspiring martial artists. During the making of ''EnterTheDragon'', a TooDumbToLive challenger snuck into their home and scared his two children, Brandon and Shannon. An enraged Lee put the idiot in the hospital with ''one kick.''
* [[http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/07/19/shark.attack/ Vance Flosenzier]], who ''fought off a motherfucking shark'' when it was attacking his nephew. Not only did Flosenzier immobilize the shark and free his nephew, he then dragged it to shore so that park rangers could shoot it.
* Sun Quan, leader of the southern kingdom Wu during China's [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms three kingdoms]] period. When Cao Pi declared himself emperor of the powerful northern kingdom of Wei, Sun Quan agreed to act as his vassal. But when Cao Pi requested that he send his son Sun Deng to the north as a hostage (and therefore a guarantee of loyalty), Sun Quan cut off relations with Wei, declared himself emperor of Wu, and told Cao Pi to bring it on.
** Quite sadly, Sun Quan eventually did outlive Sun Deng, who died of an illness. Based on some of his irrational and self-destructive decisions in the following years, it appears Sun Quan came noticeably unglued as a result.
* Supposedly professional wrestler Kensuke Sasaki actually adopted Katsuhiko Nakajima, who debuted in the business ''in his teens'', to act as this both in physical presence and through the Kensuke Office organization, which is essentially a "brand name" for their family (Kensuke Sasaki and his wife, female legend Akira Hokuto also have two biological sons) and affiliated wrestlers.
* An Inversion of this is when [[FourStarBadass Scipio Africanus]] the great hero of TheRomanRepublic saved the life of his father at the Battle of Ticinus. According to another version it was a [[BattleButler loyal slave]] which leads one to cynically suspect that the slave got shafted when the tale was told. It could have been Scipio and the slave working together and in fact it is not unlikely. But in any case this story was an example of "cub wolf" saving PapaWolf. This cub had [[BigBadassWolf pretty sharp teeth]] and came from a BadassFamily.
** Another possibility is that the slave was adopted as his son, not unheard of in Roman times.
* Paparazzi don't bother JohnnyDepp's family at home. Why? Because he's told them in no uncertain terms that if he catches any of them sneaking around his home taking pictures of his kids, he'll bite their nose off.
** He once swung at a paparazzo with a piece of wood for trying to take pictures of partner Vanessa Paradis while she was pregnant with their daughter.
** Alec Baldwin once punched out a paparazzo for taking a picture of his infant daughter Ireland. [[AbusiveParents Too bad he didn't stay that way...]]
* [[http://www2.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/north_phoenix/Valley-dad-jumps-out-window,-shoots-man-attacking-daughter A man finds his daughter being choked by her ex. The father shoots the man in the groin.]]
* This Papa Wolf in Florida stormed onto a school bus to confront his daughter's bullies. [[http://www.wftv.com/news/25047891/detail.html Read more about it here.]]
** Reminds this troper of her step-father: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming This]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome him?"]] Cue TranquilFury that preceded her to ''high school''..
* Jody Plauchet was abducted and raped by his karate instructor. Jody's father Gary planned for 10 days to kill his son's rapist and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi3Hyxuf5AE did so]] as he was being walked through an airport terminal. Despite a clear cut case of 1st degree murder Gary Plauchet only plead guilty to manslaughter and served 5 years probation.
* May 31, 2011, a bank robbery took place in Sarasota, Florida. As soon as the incident began, US Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples placed himself between the robber and his young sons, then advised them to hide under some chairs and moved other chairs to cover them. Eventually the robber pointed his gun at one of the sons and said that if anyone tried anything, he'd shoot the kid. After the man left, Peoples followed him and used his own van to block the escape vehicle, then disabled the robber with hand-to-hand combat. In an interview with news sources, Peoples said "You don't threaten [[StealthPun people's]] children."
* [[http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/ohio-boy-falls-40-foot-dad-climbs-save-14044387 This]] Ohio man who, after hearing his three year old son's screams upon falling into a well more than 40 feet deep, scaled the well's walls down to the bottom to ensure that nothing bad would happen to his little boy before the fire department arrived.
* A man from Turkey saw his four-year-old son fall from a fifth story balcony and immediately ''jumped after him'' Pushing against the balcony to gain momentum, the man grabbed his son mid-fall, wrapped his arms around him and then turned his own body over so that he would hit the ground instead of his son. The child was left completely unharmed while the father suffered from a broken shoulder and ribs.
* A very dark example (crossing with KnightTemplarParent) is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitaly_Kaloyev Vitaly Kaloyev]]. He was a grieving father whose wife (Svetlana) and children (Konstantin and Diana) died in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashkirian_Airlines_Flight_2937 an horrible plane crash in Switzerland]], apparently caused by a "negligent" travel operator who was absolved by the law system. (See below for details) The mentally broken Kaloyev reacted via... searching for said operator with help of a private detective, and [[KnifeNut stabbing]] [[VigilanteExecution the one he blamed for everything to death]] two years later.
** Though there are other details...[[note]]In regards to the above troper's entry about Vitaly Kaloyev, I would like to point out that what happened wasn't really the travel operator's, Peter Nielsen's fault but rather the fault of the company he worked for, Skyline. He was the only operator for that section of the sky that night, his fellow travel operator having taken a very long break, leaving him in charge of two work stations where the monitoring screens were relatively far part so he kept having to move in between them to monitor them. Maintenance of the phone systems and a ton of other stuff was going on at the company that night, disabling a lot of his resources, and he had a ton of other flights that were going on that needed his attention at the same time so he was very distracted. In particular, an Airbus was having problems and consuming a lot of his attention so he didn't notice that the two planes were getting too close. Also the main phone lines were down due to the maintenance and the backup system malfunctioned so other control areas that had noticed the problem couldn't contact him in time to report the two planes were heading toward each other. And an important instrument that would have warned him that the two planes were getting too close had been shut off for maintenance as well. And the other control areas that had noticed the problem couldn't warn the two planes because they didn't have contact with them. So he was having to handle ALL of the flights over his area which covered Switzerland by himself with several problems coming to him at once and with a lot of his resources cut off from him. And Peter Nielsen didn't get off easy after he was absolved by the courts. [[MyGreatestFailure He had to live with the guilt of not having noticed the danger and needed medical attention for the trauma he suffered from the incident]]. It is still a Papa Bear reaction by Kaloyev that I really don't blame him for especially considering that [[TearJerker he found the body of his little girl, Diana.]] But the ones he really should have been mad at were the people in charge of Skyline who thought [[WhatWereYouThinking that it was perfectly all right]] [[WhatAnIdiot to let one person handle an area that encompasses a country with a ton of flights going through it while leaving them bereft of a lot of their equipment that is supposed to help them and their communications with other traffic control centers.]] Here's where I got the info from: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7IJyP4h2EE (WARNING: This video will make you CRY)]].[[/note]]
* [[http://tumblr.thedailywh.at/post/21716152875/kickass-dad-of-the-day-when-stuart-chaifetz Stuart Chaifetz]] is worried because his autistic child behaves oddly in school. He puts a recorder in the kids's clothes and finds out he's horribly bullied and abused by the staff. He's now on a crusade to protect all kids in such a terrible situation.
* YoshiyukiTomino is said to have given [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a SEVERE verbal/written lashing]] to some racist assholes who tried to shame the lady who played Loran in TurnAGundam, RomiPark, due to her Korean ancestry.
* [[http://austinist.com/2012/06/13/4_year_old_girl_allegedly_sexually.php This.]]
* A Chicago father held off the would-be kidnapper of his two-year-old daughter. [[http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-man-saves-daughter-abduction-attempt-211411557--abc-news-topstories.html Here.]]
* Israeli politician and current Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman once clobbered a kid who was bullying his son, and threatened to do it again if he did it again. He wound up apologising and paying compensation.
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* Kenzo Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. It is arguable if [[DisappearedDad he was]] [[ParentalAbandonment or was not]] [[DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou a good father]]. It is not arguable when his older biological son was about of being killed he sent a HumongousMecha after the people was attacking him, and when his adoptive son was about of being killed, he blew his assailant [[spoiler:and himself]] up. Therefore, althought his parental skills left much to be desired, you DON´T try to hurt his sons.
ActionDad/AnimeAndManga
* Henry Maaka from ''Manga/{{Karin}}'' is usually a weak-willed wuss, but when his daughter Karin is in trouble, he will let himself ''burn'' to rescue her from the hospital people who think she's an IllGirl, but could potentially discover that she's a vampire.
** Most people try to kill vampires with stakes. Henry uses ''uprooted trees''.
** [[spoiler:Takahata is this way as well, but to Asuna in particular he's an adoptive father. Although only because his self esteem is too low to be her boyfriend.]]
ActionDad/ComicBooks
* Oga from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' seems to not care for Beel, but, if you put a finger on the baby...
** [[spoiler:In chapter 107 he openly declares himself to be Beel's parent, emphasizing this trope even more.]]
ActionDad/FanWorks
* Isshin Kurosaki from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
ActionDad/{{Film}}
* As Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' tries to inform people, it is [[BerserkButton a big mistake]] to threaten his little brother Mokuba, [[PromotionToParent to whom he's been a father since they were ten- and five-years-old]]. [[hottip:* :And yet people do it again... [[TooDumbToLive and again...and again...]]
ActionDad/{{Literature}}
* In the second sequel series ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Crow goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when he returns after the appearance of the Dark Signers' evil fog to find out the kids he's taken in have all vanished.
** Also Jeager (to an extent). You may not be able to tell when you meet him, but he'll do anything for his son.
ActionDad/LiveActionTV
* Konzen's (Sanzo's [[{{Reincarnation}} pre-incarnation]]) CharacterDevelopment in the ''{{Saiyuki}} [[{{Prequel}} Gaiden]]'' manga is maturing from a spoiled, bitchy, bored bureaucrat into a slightly less spoiled and bitchy Papa Wolf for Goku. The man has high-heeled sandals and no athletic abilities, yet he jumps off a stories-high stairwell/elevator shaft, catches the falling Goku, and clutches the severed elevator cable in mid-air. All to save his boy! The [[ForegoneConclusion fact that Konzen's gonna die before the end and Goku will be locked away in a mountain without any of his memories of being so devotedly loved]] makes this all the more heartbreaking.
** For that matter, in the present timeline, Sanzo's furious response and following HeroicBSOD when [[spoiler: Goku was shot and almost died]] fits this trope to a T.
*** Goku himself to Sanzo. Particularly since hurting Sanzo is a sure way to press his BerserkButton and his UnstoppableRage.
** Also, Hakkai. Don't threaten or hurt his comrades. [[TranquilFury Just]] [[CurbStompBattle DON'T!]]
ActionDad/TabletopGames
* Whenever he learns that his daughter Ran Mouri and/or his charge Conan Edogawa are or have been in danger, ''Manga/DetectiveConan'''s [[BumblingDad Kogoro]] [[OneOfTheKids Mouri]] is definitely ''not'' pleased. And you do NOT want to provoke a man who looks and acts like a slob, yet is a National-level judoka ''and'' [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass acts at his most competent]] when ItsPersonal. More than one suspect has been at the receiving end of a powerful judo throw for this.
** He also acts ''a lot'' more professional [[HarmfulToMinors when he knows a child's life is at stake]]; this is seen in the kidnapping episode.
ActionDad/VideoGames
* ''DragonBall'' and its sequels have a lot of {{Action Dad}}s. The most notable ones being Goku, Vegeta and Krillin.
** Gohan, Goku's son, becomes one later.
ActionDad/{{Webcomics}}
* Yusuke from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is a subtle example. Harming/killing at least ''one'' of his loved ones gets mad, but if it's Keiko or Kuwabara, '''''he will kick their ass!'''''
ActionDad/WebOriginal
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Garp, Luffy's gradfather and the father of [[spoiler:Dragon The Revolutionary]].
** Also, [[spoiler: Luffy's actual father Dragon the Revolutionary]] has appeared only once or twice, but one of these apparitions puts him squarely here. When Luffy was about to be arrested by Smoker...[[spoiler:Dragon shows up and keeps him from using his weapon. Then a gust of green wind blows through the island, freeing Luffy from Smoker's clutches. It hasn't yet been revealed if the wind was Dragon's doing, but...]]
ActionDad/WesternAnimation
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'''s Antonio aka Spain goes from DotingParent TeamMom to Papa Wolf as soon as his protégé, Romano/South Italy, is kidnapped by Sadiq/Turkey.
** While it's not been seen in canon, fanon often makes [[TeamDad England]] this towards [[LoveFreak America]].
* ''RurouniKenshin'': [[spoiler: Kenshin]] in the manga's DistantFinale.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Hohenheim.
** Maes Hughes also counts.
* Kenshiro in ''FistOfTheNorthStar''. Anyone threatening, never mind hitting, Bat or Lin is to endure a rather slow and painful and [[YourHeadAsplode explosive]] death.
** There's an interesting straight use ''and'' subversion of this trope, pulled off by the same character (a villain). He's the leader of a wolf-themed gang, and one of their raiding parties gets their asses handed to them by Kenshiro. When he finds the bodies, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge he howls for vengeance]], taking the rest of the pack with him to hunt for Kenshiro. The subversion comes from the fact that when they are utterly defeated by [[BackToBackBadasses Kenshiro and Rei]], one of the midgets in his gang comes up to him and asks for help. He tells him to get lost, that he can start a new pack anytime he wants. [[YourHeadAsplode Then they all die]].
* In the second OAV based on the video game ''FatalFury'', titled ''FATAL FURY 2: THE NEW BATTLE'', lead hero/fighter Terry "The Wolf" Bogard has lost his will to fight and live after being beaten by Wolfgang Krauser, only to have a street kid named Tony tag along with him. Tony, who lost his father in a street fight and works as a shoe shine-boy to support his HotMom Elsa, worships Terry's reputation as a fighter and wants to be his disciple. After the defeat, Terry [[HeroicBSOD spends half the special getting drunk and not caring about anything]]... It is only after Axel Hawk, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, orders his sparring partner to beat Tony within an inch of his life in a bar (after Terry drunkenly refused to fight Hawk when challenged), does Terry rise out of his funk...and drops Hawk with ONE PUNCH. Even Hawk can't believe it (as his inner narration mentions).
** In TheMovie, [[HotDad Kim Kaphwan]] gets to show off his Papa Wolf credentials as well. When [[spoiler:a BrainwashedAndCrazy Cheng Sinzan]] steps into a party he's attending with the main cast and his family, Kim offers to fight him so his two kids can see him kick ass. His rival, however, soon starts wiping the floor with him, so much that Joe has to be stopped by Andy from breaking in... but the very moment one of the Kim boys begs his daddy to not lose, [[HesBack Kim brings himself back]] and [[CurbStompBattle completely curb stomps his enemy]] with a single Ho-oh Kyaku.
* Tendo Soun of ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma ½]]'' isn't as BadAss as most of the cast, but disrespect any of his three little girls and you'll realize that he hasn't forgotten much of Happosai's TrainingFromHell. Saotome Genma, on the other hand, is [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting cursed to transform]] into a literal "Papa (panda) bear". See the opening statement on why this trope is named "Papa Wolf" and not "Papa Bear" and you'll understand the {{Fanon}} that Jusenkyo curses are PersonalityPowers.
** Soun's biggest PapaWolf moment comes when his eldest daughter, [[YamatoNadeshiko Kasumi]], is possessed by the oni that makes you do evil things. He valiantly tries to endure because he couldn't bear to hurt his own daughter (a blow to the head usually gets it to leave), and shows he's a true father [[TakeMeInstead when he badassedly tells the thing to take his body instead, and get out of his daughter.]]
* ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. [[spoiler:Clone/Father Syaoran]].
* ''ZettaiKarenChildren'''s Koichi Minamoto is just a normal guy who tasked to watch [[PersonOfMassDestruction three powerful girls with insane psychic power.]] But when he gets pissed off enough, such as if someone harms his girls or they're harming themselves, you'll understand [[BadAssNormal why they made him guardian of those girls.]]
* More of a Babysitter Wolf than a PapaWolf, but coming close enough, because in ''DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries'', [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] never failed to protect Patty.
* [[spoiler:Kou Shouka]] in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'' is mostly a [[spoiler:RetiredBadass who prefers to employ ObfuscatingStupidity and play the role of]] BumblingDad. When his children are threatened, however, he goes out for ''blood.''
* Despite being the hero of ''LoneWolfAndCub'', Ogami Itto averts this trope - if anything he's an Underprotective Dad. Mainly because his toddler son Daigoro is a {{samurai}} too, and though he he does love his kid... if he should be killed, that's a risk that comes with the job.
** However, Ogami has pulled more than one YouShallNotPass for his clients either in the process of getting the job done or to repay a debt of honor: once, he stopped by a village whose men had all been drafted for war and helped them till a field, even to the point of cutting down anyone who tried to pull him away, because he'd been asked to do so by his last assassination target.
* Despite being the youngest (male) of the group, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'''s Setsuna F. Seiei is quite the PapaWolf for his teammates in season two. This is so pronounced that [[spoiler:sensing his comrades all on the brink of death pissed him off to the point that he unknowingly initiates the "Trans-AM burst mode", completely turning the tide of the battle.]]
** An ironic example is Sergei Smirnov, who ''has'' been called [[MemeticMutation ''Papa Bear'']] (because in-universe he's [[RedBaron nicknamed]] "the Wild Bear of Russia") by fans with the description of Papa Wolf in mind. He ''did'' fit the Papa Bear description given above regarding his treatment of his son Andrei, but with Soma Peries he was Papa Bear all the way.
* In one of the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' mangas, [[spoiler:Marticus Rex aka King Peacecraft]] performs a badass YouShallNotPass [[http://aboutgundamwing.com/Pending/chronicle6.jpg in the middle of a burning palace]], so his butler and his NumberTwo can take his daughter [[spoiler:Relena]] to safety. He doesn't make it alive, but the others manage to reach safety with the little girl, [[spoiler: who later becomes a key player in the story.]]
* Spirit Albarn/Deathscythe from ''SoulEater'' would like to think of himself as a Papa Wolf and certainly steps in whenever his daughter Maka's in serious trouble, but he's [[LovableSexManiac a little too much of an unrepentant womanizer]] [[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents for her to take seriously]]. He still had a pretty goof PapaWolf moment with his DynamicEntry when defending her and Soul from Crona.
** Also note his reaction to Medusa's [[AbusiveParents claims about her child]] [[TheWoobie Crona]]; for the first time in the series, [[BerserkButton Spirit is upset and]] '''[[BerserkButton angry]]'''.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': You can do anything to him, even completely destroy his guild and Makarov will only get irritated, but if you hurt any of his guild members, there's a very good chance he will make you stop breathing. So much, that he will flat out start a war with another guild if they hurt a guild member.
* Don't so much as think of threatening Pinoko or Manga/BlackJack will cut you to ribbons. Then sew you back up. Then charge you everything you're worth for the trouble... Yeah, it's just that kind of story.
* While not a biological father, Sousou/Cao Cao from ''IkkiTousen'' is this towards his friends. So much, that his SuperpoweredEvilSide took full control of him whenever he saw them in danger. It first happened with [[spoiler:his UnluckyChildhoodFriend Chuukou (he thought the bullies at their judo club were attempting to rape her)]], and later with [[spoiler:his {{Bash Brother|s}} Kakouton (who lost his eye while shielding him))]]. And in the anime series, he also recruited [[spoiler: Myousai]] by protecting her from a rapist and offering her a chance to be his subordinate and fighter instead of [[spoiler: a ChildSoldier.]]
* They may have marital problems in ''{{Macross 7}}'', but don't ever think of threatening any of their children or their city or their ship; coz when MamaBear Milia and PapaWolf Max Jenius [[BattleCouple team up]], you are definitely screwed. Especially emphasized on their killer combo attack in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Super Robot Wars Alpha 3]] as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in4mkxx-W30 here]].
* [[spoiler:Minato Namikaze aka the Fourth Hokage]] from ''{{Naruto}}''. In fact, the whole deal with [[spoiler:the Nine-tailed Fox]] has just recently been revealed as the struggle between him and [[spoiler: Obito Uchiha, with Obito using Minato's love for his [[BattleCouple wife/partner]] Kushina (then-host of the Nine-tailed fox) and their newborn son Naruto (future host of the same Fox) for his advantage. [[HeroicSacrifice And we already know]] [[ThanatosGambit how THAT ended]]...]]
** Chouza Akimichi also deserves a mention for [[TakingTheBullet throwing himself in front of his son Chouji to protect him from Pain]], almost getting himself killed in the process. He does it again [[spoiler: against the undead Asuma.]]
** Hizashi Hyuga deserves a mention here, as the mere ''realization'' that his son Neji is a member of the Branch Family sends him into a murderous rage (which is stopped before it can begin courtesy of Hiashi activating his curse seal - and doing so is the first step in causing Neji to spend at least nine years of his life afterward as the inversion of this trope!)
** Also Hiashi for killing that Cloud ninja for attempting to kidnap Hinata.
* In ''{{Pluto}}'', love for his child broke through a robot's [[ThreeLawsCompliant aversion to killing]], and was then used against him to kill him.
--> '''[[spoiler:Gesicht:]]''' Even if the world ends, I won't let you go.
* One of the weirdest ([[MadDoctor and]] [[TheFaceless that's]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} saying]] [[RefugeInAudacity it]] [[LargeHam NICELY]]) examples ever is Dr. Shingen Kishitani from ''{{Durarara}}''. In the novels, we learn that [[spoiler: Shingen was the one who cut Celty's head off and sold Saika's sword off to the Sonoharas... but he did it in order to protect his young son Shinra from Namie Yagiri's grandfather, who threatened to kill Shinra if he didn't.]]
* ''Manga/BlackCat''. Have some nefarious scheme for [[CuteBruiser Eve]]? Want to study the nanomachines that she uses? Feeling compelled to [[ForTheEvulz dissect her just because you can]]? Pray to the god of every religion you've ever known that Train and Sven don't find out about it. Especially the former of the two.
* In ''FruitsBasket'', we have Kazuma Sohma, foster father to Kyo Sohma. In one chapter of the manga, Kazuma proclaims his intent to protect Kyo single-handedly from the [[BigScrewedUpFamily entire Sohma family]] if he must.
** There's also a sketch in one of the later volumes, where Kazuma meets with Kyo's {{Jerkass}} of a father, cheerfully telling him that now that [[spoiler:the Zodiac curse has been broken and Kyo is free]], it's time they had a little talk about Kyo's future. Kyo's father looks like he's pissing himself in fear. It's PlayedForLaughs, but given the psychological abuse the father heaped on Kyo (at one point he accuses Kyo of trying to kill him ''for standing too close to him''), it's very much a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* In ''Manga/HowIBecameAPokemonCard'', a Dragonite goes on a wild rampage when he thought his son was kidnapped by humans.
* Not even a freaking ''typhoon'' could stop [[Anime/MawaruPenguindrum Kenzan Takakura]] from getting medical attention for his ill daughter Himari. And he still had enough pluck to shield one of his sons, Kanba, from a falling lamp. And had his other son Shouma been there, he would've protect the kid too.
* In ''Manga/HappyYarouWedding'', Yuuhi is very much one. Because his own childhood was so lonely he wants to give Shouta the best childhood he can and is fiercely protective over him.
* Kotetsu T. Kaburagi of TigerAndBunny may have a strained relationship with his daughter, Kaede, due to his job as a superhero (which she isn't aware of) meaning that he has to spend a lot of time away from home, but he's not about to let anything harm his little girl. This is showcased [[spoiler: when he lifts a collapsed tree to save Kaede from a collapsing shrine ''even when his powers run out'', and later, when Maverick has a gun to Kaede's head, Kotetsu reveals himself to be NotQuiteDead and punches Maverick in the face.]]
* James of Anime/{{Pokemon}} fame is rather protective of his Pokémon in the Sinnoh arc, especially Mime Jr. (which is a ''baby'' Pokemon, by the way). Sometimes he goes as far as [[EnemyMine teaming up with Ash and company just to keep them safe]]. Oh, and when Jessie and Meowth refused to help out one of those times, ''he attacked them''.
** Ash himself counts too. Countless times, he has put his life on the line without hesitation to save his Pokemon. And for that matter, Ash's Pokemon can be fiercely protective of their owner... Just ask his Grovyle, who had been BroughtDownToNormal due to an HeroicBSOD, but recovered his powers out of sheer willpower upon seeing Ash in lethal danger!
** In the fifth movie, Latios is a Brother Wolf to Latias. He refuses to let any strangers into their secret garden, and is even willing to sacrifice his life just so his sister and the town of Alto Mare could be safe.
* The titular Onizuka from ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'' who goes through great lengths to protect his students. In fact, you don't even have to be his student. He will rescue you anyways. This includes getting shot multiple times in an attempt to rescue a school girl (who happened to be trying to discredit him as a teacher) he saw being kidnapped while on his way to take an exam.
* Sai Nanohara from Anime/JubeiChan is almost always a BumblingDad, but once he learns that his daughter Jiyu is the reincarnation and SoulJar of YagyuJubei, he decides not to stay aside and does what he can to help her. In fact, his first PapaWolf act was [[spoiler: calling out ''YagyuJubei himself'' upon his treatment of Jiyu. '''To Jubei's very face'''.]] And in the GrandFinale of the first season, Sai also [[spoiler: manages to give Jiyu/Jubei a CooldownHug to dispossess her from Jubei's influence, putting himself at great risk to do so.]]
* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' gives us a number of examples. The most prominent ones are [[BadassGrandpa Hayato Furinji]], who's a Grandpa Wolf for his biological granddaughter Miu and also for Kenichi to a degree; Sakaki Shio and Apachai Hopachai, two of the Ryozanpakou masters who train Kenichi and will go all-out to protect him if he's in serious trouble; and most recently [[spoiler:''the BigBad himself'', Saiga Furinji, who joined Kenichi's group in disguise to [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes rescue the kidnapped Miu, his daughter]].]]
* Guts from ''{{Berserk}}''. Unfortunately, his son [[spoiler: was born as a freaky demon thing because of Femto's rape on the pregnant Casca]].
* Daikichi from BunnyDrop makes for a realistic example, by adopting a 6 year old no one wanted to take responsibility for, and doing [[YouAreWorthHell whatever it takes]] just to make sure she gets a decent childhood. [[ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings Commander Badass]] would be proud.
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* Being the nice guy and great hero he is, {{Superman}} obviously falls under this trope. Especially mess with Conner, Kara or his adopted son Chris and you'll be under a ''worse'' ass-beating than usual from Supes.
** He's stood up to the U.S. government when they wanted to take Chris away. And there was that time when General Zod tries to slap Chris, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Supes catches his hand at the last second and crushes it.]]
** Also, when Atlas looks over an unconscious {{Supergirl}}, who had just been shot by a KillSat, he makes a comment that implies that he's going to rape her. Superman's all "HELL NO!" and knocks him into the sky. Sure, Supes would save anyone from that, but Kara is practically his daughter.
* Gary Hampton in ''TheAstoundingWolfMan'' which is fitting because he's in a fact a werewolf. I pity anyone who attempts to harm his daughter.
* In at least two {{alternate universe}}s, {{Batman}} has broken or has been ''really'' close to breaking his ThouShaltNotKill vow when either his adoptive son/sidekick Robin or his protégé/also sidekick ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} are in trouble. There is one named ''TheNail'' where [[spoiler:ComicBook/{{Superman}} had ''not'' joined the {{Justice League|OfAmerica}} since he was raised by Amish and not by the Kents, so superheroes were outcasts of society]]; in that particular world, [[spoiler: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker kills ''both'' Robin and Batgirl in public and ''very cruelly'' - this sends the already distraught Batman into such an UnstoppableRage that he ''kills'' the Joker right on the spot and then crosses the DespairEventHorizon. It takes ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} and Alfred ''more'' than a while to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan get him at least partially out of his funk.]] ]]. Another was created when Jason Todd was killed; in this AlternateUniverse, [[spoiler:Batman kills the Joker, and figures, why stop there? He then proceeds to kill ''every'' supervillain in the DC Universe, because he's the Goddamn Batman. The irony? This world, without super-crime and with superheroes able to help with other things now, is a near utopia. And then Superboy-Prime blew it up.]]
** It's not just the AlternateUniverse Batmen that fall into this trope. In the regular universe, the only times Batman has come REALLY close to killing occur when any Robin/Batgirl/sidekick was threatened or killed. When Jason Todd was murdered, Batman struggled with the urge to kill the Joker (to the point where ''Superman'' showed up to help Batman stop himself from doing anything he might regret later), and the same occurred when Barbara was crippled by the same villain. Then when Black Mask tortured and killed Stephanie Brown a.k.a. Spoiler [[spoiler:(who got better)]], Batman really tried to ''beat him to death'', and was only stopped by Babs endangering herself on purpose. Finally, when Nightwing was almost killed by Alexander Luthor Jr. in ''InfiniteCrisis'', Batman ''grabbed a gun'' and was about to blow Luthor's brains out at point blank range.
** It's kind of a known fact that if you want to grab Batman's attention the best thing to do is threaten the people he works with - ''especially'' {{Nightwing}} or Robin. It's the kind of thing the more deranged villains frequently do, e.g. Joker and Two-Face. Papa Bat knows the kids can take care of themselves, but that's not going to stop him from showing up and 'dealing' with whoever dares to harm his children.
*** Batman was frightfully furious when villain Nobody decided to mock him by making Batman listening to him beating up his biological son Damian. He was prepared to leave Nobody to ''die'' in a pool of acid if he hadn't seen Damian watching them and controlled himself in time.
** There was also a story where Batman has to do a night of crimefighting while toting a baby around...
--->'''Batman:''' You all know who I am. You know what I can do. But I'm holding a small child here. And if you make me do anything that could possibly endanger this baby... you will be very, very sorry. ''Forever.''
*** That story ends with the revelation that he was willing to risk revealing his identity in order to give the baby a chance at a normal life with his parents.
** It goes back to his father, Dr. Thomas Wayne. The good Doctor was a classic example of TheStoic: in control of himself, logical and not given bouts of emotion. But one night at a Halloween party the Waynes attended (with Dr. Wayne dressed as Zorro and Little Bruce dressed as a skeleton), Lew Moxon needed Wayne's help with an injured man. Dr. Wayne agreed, sewed the man up and calmly informed Moxon that he was going to report the incident to the police the next day. And then, Moxon made an offhand threat against Martha and Bruce. Poor Moxon had no idea he'd just flipped Dr. Wayne's BerserkButton until Wayne decked him so hard his grandkids felt it while shouting, "YOU TOUCH MY FAMILY AND I'LL SEE YOU IN HELL!" It's an awesome case of InTheBlood.
*** Goes so far with Thomas Wayne that in the {{Flashpoint}} storyline, HE becomes Batman after Bruce and Martha are killed in the mugging. He's as good as Bruce at the job, but he's probably ''[[BadassGrandpa pushing 60 AT LEAST]].''
* Batman's fellow crime fighter and MamaBear BlackCanary's boyfriend Oliver Queen[=/=]GreenArrow isn't any different. When his son Connor was shot in the head, Ollie forced an arrow between Onomatopoeia's (the shooter) teeth, angrily asking why he tried to kill his kid and just a hair away from making shish-kebab out of his brain. He then decides he doesn't care ''why'' Onomatopoeia tried to kill Connor, and tells him that he will die if his son doesn't pull through, holding his bow in that position while the surgeons work. For 30 minutes. With a 200 lb. pull longbow. ''After giving blood''. More recently, poor Connor was shot ''again'' ([[ButtMonkey guy has no luck]]), fell into a coma, and was kidnapped from his hospital bed. Lord only knows what Ollie will do NOW to the ones responsible...
** Recently, in the ''CryForJustice'' mini-series, the villain Prometheus's plans managed to result in the maiming of Roy Harper and the death of Roy's daughter, Lian [[spoiler:GreenArrow's grand-daughter]]. This results, at the end of the book, in Green Arrow putting an ''arrow'' through Prometheus's brain via his forehead, [[spoiler:after ''BlackestNight'']].
* Even one of the villainous rogues in Batman, Dr. Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow, is implied to have tendencies of this. When an AlphaBitch outright bullies a distraught girl who was one of his patients, he was apparently angered enough to exact revenge on the same AlphaBitch and her friends by gassing them with the Fear Toxin.
** In the ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures Annual'' #1, Jonathan Crane begins teaching again under an assumed name and [[MoralityPet grows to care]] for [[TeenGenius a bright young student]] under his tutelage. When she gets [[BreakTheCutie abused]] by a JerkJock [[spoiler:in what is heavily implied to be {{rape|AsDrama}}]], [[HeroicBSOD Professor Crane goes away]], [[ItsPersonal and]] [[OhCrap Scarecrow comes back]].
* Bigby in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}''. Notably, he's an ''actual'' Papa Wolf, being ''the'' [[BigBadassWolf Big, Bad one]].
** His father the North Wind as well. After spending most of the series acting like a JerkassGod who never seemed to care much for Bigby [[spoiler:he sacrifices himself destroying Mister Dark to save his son and his grandchildren.]]
* Rick Grimes in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' will do almost anything to protect his son Carl.
** When a couple of bandits attack them on the highway, [[spoiler: one of them attempts to rape Carl while another restrains Rick. Rick ''RIPS THE BANDIT'S THROAT OUT WITH HIS TEETH'' and proceeds to mercilessly stab the other to death.]]
* In ''ThePunisher MAX'' series, during the arc "The Long, Cold Dark," Castle's vengeful nemesis Barracuda targets the Punisher by [[spoiler:kidnapping the daughter he unknowingly had with Kathryn O'Brien.]] When Castle finds out, he is ''pissed,'' to say the least, and at one point he [[spoiler:spends an hour running electricity from a car battery through Barracuda's genitals just because.]]
** The beginning of the comic, when Barracuda actually gets the drop on Castle and handcuffs him to a chair, then reveals [[spoiler:his daughter and holds a knife to her (and trust us on this, Barracuda ''was'' going to [[RevengeByProxy torture her to death for the sake of revenge]])]]. Frank goes into UnstoppableRage and has to piece together the following events by examining his injuries ''in a hospital bed''. (He snaps his wrist in a heartbeat to get out of the chair, lunges across the room and tears a chunk out of Barracuda's cheek with his ''teeth''. If 'Cuda hadn't thrown him out the window, he would have torn him limb from limb.)
** Another ''Punisher MAX'' moment. In the story arc "Mother Russia", Castle is charged to rescue a little girl from Russian bad guys (to put it brief: There's a big plot about germ warfare). Upon entering the complex where she is held and meeting her, he says "My name is Frank. If anyone else tries to be mean to you, I will be much, much meaner to them. I promise." Soon after, a skinny, half naked Asian super agent comes and kicks the crap out of Castle with the butt of an AK-47. In a daze, he sees the agent slap the girl. He gets up. The agent throws a kick. Castle grabs his ankle, twists and slams him against the floor, walls, and ceiling until the agent is a pulpy mess and twists his leg off "like a drumstick." Do ''not'' fuck with kids around Frank Castle.
*** Even then, the only reason he stops is because he's scaring the kid.
** And yet another MAX moment. Castle is conversing with one of his hooker informants. He's glaring at a pimp, who's guarding over a young girl. He asks the hooker how old the girl is. She says she's about 13 and mentions drugs. Castle walks to the pimp, pulls him into an alley, and emerges from the alley alone.
--->'''Punisher:''' Tell the new guy to behave himself. ''[walks off]''\\
'''Old hooker:''' ...that was not my fuckin' fault.
** "Kitchen Irish" features a [[PapaWolf Grandpapa Wolf]] in Napper French, a retired mob cleaner and the best of his kind. French was legendary for his ability to pull a "Houdini" on a body, to make it disappear ''completely'' off the face of the Earth. Irish gangster Maginty kidnaps Napper's grandson to force him to pull one last Houdini...on a ''live man''. He has no choice but to comply, but near the end of the job, Maginty, for his own amusement, shows Napper's grandson what his grandfather had been doing, traumatizing the young child. So Napper decides to [[PayEvilUntoEvil give Maginty a firsthand demonstration of how one pulls a Houdini]]....
** The whole reason the Punisher has embarked on his [[KnightTemplar war]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge against]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil crime]] is one bad day in the park with his wife and kids...
** The MAX arc "The Slavers" is another PapaWolf moment for Frank. Encountering some human traffickers, Castle is so enraged with what these scum do to their victims, that by the end of the arc, he's shocked at what he has done. Including carving up one of the ringleaders, wrapping his intestines around a tree, and then ''waking the man up''.
* [[{{X-Men}} James Howlett aka]] {{Wolverine}} is very protective of Kitty Pryde and Jubilee. Too bad his relationship with his ''biological'' son {{Daken}} isn't nearly as good... since said son is a supervillain.
** It's tradition for Wolverine to have a female KidSidekick MoralityPet whom he will fiercely protect. {{Deadpool}} actually exploits this at one time to pick a fight with him.
---> '''[[MemeticMutation SHORYUKEN!]]'''
*** That being said, though, Wade himself tends to get pissy if you harm children in front of him.
* Even villains can fall under this trope. When Marvin and Wendy suffer their utterly ridiculous, cruel, and pointless death and maiming respectively at the jaws of a demonic ''Wonder Dog'' while working with the ComicBook/TeenTitans, their father [[spoiler:The Calculator]] is somewhat understandably pissed. Being a villain, he acts as a ''very'' dark PapaWolf. His vengeful scheming has already claimed the life of [[spoiler:Eddie Bloomberg aka Kid Devil]]. He's even gone so far as to [[spoiler:search for the Anti-Life Equation]] in the hopes that it could restore [[spoiler:Wendy's ability to walk. It didn't work out]].
* Nathaniel Christopher Summers aka ComicBook/{{Cable}} (pictured above, with Hope in his arms) is this nowadays and a rather good one too. Hard to believe he used to be an amoral [[RobLiefeld Liefeld]] character.
* Marv from ''SinCity'' is like this to the girls at Kadie's Bar, especially Nancy. Granted, it's due to his enormous chivalry, but given his age and the ages of most of the dancers, I say it counts. He mentions one moment when a frat boy roughed up Nancy, which hit his BerserkButton about hitting women in general, and he "straightened him out but good," mentioning that he maybe went a little too far (implying that the other guy didn't survive). There's also the short yarn "Silent Night," where Marv [[spoiler:hears about a mother asking after her missing daughter, then hunts down and kills her abductors (who had been planning to sell the poor girl for sex) and [[PetTheDog cradles the terrified child in his arms]] in a rare tender moment before taking her home]].
** The corrupt police commissioner Liebowitz turns against the Wallenquist crime organization in "Hell and Back" after his [[TheDragon Dragon]] The Colonel orders the assassin Mariah to break Liebowitz's son's arm to remind Liebowitz of the organization's power over him. Liebowitz responds by organizing a police raid on the organization's human trafficking operations. Then he personally blows The Colonel's brains out and orders his officers to "make a missing person out of the fucker."
* LukeCageHeroForHire: NormanOsborn learned the hard way to not endanger Luke Cage's girlfriend (now wife) [[ComicBook/JessicaJones Jessica]] and their (then unborn) daughter - Luke beat the tar out of him in public, not caring if his already revealed identity took a nosedive in regards to reputation.
** Later, after ''DarkReign'', Cage's ComicBook/NewAvengers took on Norman's new DarkAvengers. Norman was savvy enough to invoke this trope beforehand, knowing it would anger Cage into [[UnstoppableRage doing something impulsive]] (and make Norman appear to be defending himself from a ScaryBlackMan).
* [[{{Spider-Man}} Peter Parker]] has his moments in ComicBook/{{Spider-Girl}}. Sure, he may be [[RetiredBadass retired]] and [[HandicappedBadass missing a leg]], but you shouldn't mess with his kids.
** [[TheAtoner Kaine]] also shows this trait from time to time when his "niece" is in danger. Must be [[CloningBlues genetic]].
** Every incarnation of Peter Parker has this to some extent.... Granted, most versions don't have children, but they all have a big blinking button somewhere in their psyche labeled 'someone hurt my loved ones', and the majority of the New York underworld can tell when some idiot has pressed it.
*** Hint: the reason the motor-mouthed superhero hasn't talked in the last sixty seconds is because he's using all his superior intellect and enhanced nerve conduction velocity (IE: ability to think faster than normal) to consider the merits of the 6,000 different ways he intends to hurt you.
** There's also ASM #645. He's led to believe an infant he was trying to protect is killed. He then proceeds to go on a rampage. It's so bad, that some of his rogues gallery don't believe it...until he comes for them.
* Scandal Savage and Bane of ''SecretSix'' have something of a father-daughter relationship, with Scandal's biological father being... well, [[ManipulativeBastard Vandal]] [[MagnificentBastard Savage]] and Bane being a GeniusBruiser when not on his venom, and it seems the one surefire way to get Bane to ''use'' said venom again is to put Scandal in danger, at which point anyone who happens to be in the way gets to experience what the {{Batman}} went through in ''{{Knightfall}}'' -- that is, a broken back.
* The MarvelUniverse Comicbook/{{Ares}} could, would, and has gone to war with '''[[RageAgainstTheHeavens The Heavens Themselves]]''' to protect his son, tearing his way through both Olympus and the Japanese heavens to save Alexander.
* Thabian Polotsk from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' IS this trope: a super-strong werewolf gentle giant with two young children he would (and almost did) die for.
** Adversely, Brendan, another werewolf, disdains his children to the point of homicidal hatred.
* In a short {{Ultimate|Marvel}} story arc focused on Remy Lebeau, aka Gambit, the mutant finds a recently orphaned girl who immediately clings to him. Resigning himself to looking after her until he can find somewhere permanent for her to stay, Remy quickly grows fond of her. Then Hammerhead, the one responsible for making the girl an orphan, kidnaps her to remove the witness to his crime. Cue [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome completely awesome]] RoaringRampageOfRevenge to save her.
* [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Apollo and Midnighter]] are like this with their adopted daughter Jenny (even though, being [[GooGooGodlike vastly more powerful than either of them]], she can take care of herself pretty well). Midnighter deserves special mention, however, for being like this with [[FriendToAllChildren all kids]].
* In TheMightyThor, Volstagg is a [[StoutStrength big]], cheerful, friendly fellow, always ready for a [[BoisterousBruiser fight or a frolic]]. Harm, or even threaten, any of his children, biological or adopted, and he will come down on you like the wrath of the angry god he is.
** Odin was willing to ''burn the entire world to ash'' if it meant he could avert [[spoiler:the battle between the Serpent and Thor that was fated to end with Thor's death.]]
* A rather twisted example would be {{Sinestro}}. Harm his daughter,[[spoiler:Soranik Natu]], and you will have the wrath of the entire Sinestro Corps bearing down on you and your entire planet, as the [[spoiler:Weaponer of Qward]] learned. Being Sinestro, this happens after he lets his daughter's boyfriend, [[spoiler:Kyle Rayner]], fail in a rescue attempt first just to show her how unworthy he is.
* Reed Richards, along with his MamaBear wife Sue Storm, of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', especially given that both their children (RealityWarper Franklin and ChildProdigy Valerie) ''do'' have vast powers that make them desirable targets for every supervillain out there.
* {{Ultimate|Marvel}} Howard Stark. Who, for the occasion, had come prepared with a 26-man SWAT team and a team of paramedics, all of which he had (presumably illegally) bribed to do his personal work. "Exactly where is my boy, and how many people do we have to kill to get to him?"
* The assassin Deadshot aka Floyd Lawton, on-and-off member of the SuicideSquad (and one of the few good enough to survive multiple stints on it) and member of the ''SecretSix'' (pre-Flashpoint). In one storyline he discovered that he might have fathered a daughter. When he visits the mother Michelle (a former prostitute and junkie who cleaned herself up for her daughter's sake) he sees his daughter for the first time, an adorable little four year old girl named Zoe. He wages a one-man war against the three crime families fighting over their neighborhood just so Michelle and Zoe can have a better life. He wins too.
* {{Ant-Man}} II, alias Scott Lang. Go after his little girl, Cassie, at your own risk. [[spoiler: According to Word Of God, after Doctor Doom kills Cassie during Children's Crusade, Scott makes it his life's mission to "End Doom."]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Skinner, Nemo, and Jekyll all have a tendency in this direction in ''FanFic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain''. Jekyll has (eventually) his adopted son, Nemo has his foster daughter, and Skinner has both his niece and his [[{{Protectorate}} love interest]].
* Tony Stark becomes this to his adopted son Harry in the ''Literature/HarryPotter''/''IronMan'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheInvincibleTechnomage''. It is also demonstrated that many of the heroes feel this way toward their allies' children.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'s'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4949127/1/Deterioration_of_Reason Deterioration of Reason]], OC!Gabriel was already shown to be [[BigBrotherInstinct a protective big brother]] over Castiel and his BerserkButton is if any harm comes to Castiel. But when the demon Belial, who had kidnapped and tortured Castiel, implied that he [[RapeAsDrama did something else]] to Castiel, not only does Gabriel go into TranquilFury, but it's revealed that '''God Himself''' has had enough.
--> There was no way for the overwhelming wrath of God to be made evident through mere behavior. The archangel was no longer responding to the demon's mocking himself for the light that surrounded his already blinding form had no place on the conceptualized wavelength of mortal comprehension; it was the response of an incensed Father to the torture and ridicule of one of his sons, it was the vengeful mark of the Lord Himself.
* From {{Batman}} fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6653515/1/Antidote_for_the_Poison Antidote for the Poison]]'', Jason Todd in a rare moment of [[BigBrotherInstinct brotherly concern]] is furious when he finds out that some drug dealer had injected Tim Drake with a dangerous amount of heroin as an attack against Batman.
--> "You took my little brother, tied him up, pumped him full of heroin, and left him to die in this shit hole. Now I ask you: do you think I have the slightest bit of remorse about cutting you open and letting your guts decorate the floor?"
* In the Lord of the Rings fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3871735/1/Ancient_Prophecy_fullfilled Ancient Prophecy fullfilled]]'', one of the Valar (the gods without Capital G) slew the children of their Guardians. Understandably the Guardians in question weren't so thrilled. They battled the Fourteen Valar, destroyed the city they dwelled in and still inspire such fear that the Valar have to call upon the [[spoiler: in that fanfic former]] BigBad to aid them!
* Spyro from ''FanFic/TheLegendOfSpyroANewDawn'' is pretty protective of his adopted egg, just like [[MamaBear Cynder]], but a much bigger PapaWolf is Ember's father, Blaze. When [[TheDragon the Warden]] has Ember overpowered in their battle, Blaze blasts him, despite [[AgonyBeam the Warden's collar inflicting debilitating pain]] on any of the cursed slaves who attacks or touches him in anyway. Once [[spoiler:the Warden's collar is destroyed and the curse is broken]], Blaze tears through the cage holding him and [[FoeTossingCharge a mob of]] [[EliteMooks Warrior Gargoyles]] to get his claws in the Warden.
--> '''The Warden''': [[OhCrap Uh oh...]]
* [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''DevilMayCry'' fic "[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6822576/1/Like_Father_Like_Son Like Father, Like Son]]" has Dante exhibiting his demonically-protective side when he finds his son Nero injured courtesy of a police officer with temper problems, and when Nero is later threatened by members of the mafia. The second time Nero gets threatened by the son of a mafia head, a partial Devil Trigger sends the man leaving with tail between legs. And when Dante finds the demon Baul, who had all but put Nero near Death's door... Cue UnstoppableRage and RoaringRampageOfRevenge with a dash of ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill.
* In ''[[FanFic/HarrysNewHome Harry's New Home]]'', Snape will go to any lengths to protect his ward Harry, even if it included breaking rules or facing the Dark Lord and Dumbledore (if necessary) to do it. For that matter, Dumbledore does ''not'' like seeing any of his students harmed in any way, especially if it's Harry. His BerserkButton was pressed when he found out Umbridge used a Blood Quill on Harry and in the prequel, he gave a casual warning to Snape who earlier in a fit of rage slapped Harry. All in a cheerful tone and a benign smile.
--> "You do understand that if you ever, ''ever'' again strike a student in so brutal a fashion, you will not survive the night, correct?"
* OnePiece's ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7166312/1/Muzzled Muzzled]]'' shows a moment where Zoro resorts to biting Marines (after having his swords taken away and his hands tied) who tried to separate him and the kidnapped Usopp and Nami to trap Luffy.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'''s [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6536156/1/Crossing_the_Line Crossing the Line]], John Winchester kills a human being for the first time because [[spoiler: it was heavily implied said person had molested/sexually assaulted a ten-year-old Sam.]]
* In the FanFic/UltimateReImaginings, Clint is this towards Joey as he once nearly killed the boy's ''actual'' father for putting him in the hospital and breaking his arm when Joey had been twelve.
* Both Mr. Squall, [[TheIncredibles Mr. Parr]], and [[spoiler:Chomper the TyrannosaurusRex]] in ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces.'' Subverted and later inverted for [[spoiler:Chomper's case, though, when his protectiveness of his fellow rexes [[EyeScream costs him his eye]] - but also makes his ''own children'' angry enough to [[KarmicDeath horribly slaughter]] the BigBad.]]
* In ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'', Havoc, AnthropomorphicPersonification of Mass Hysteria, is an odd case. He's an AbusiveParent, and he'll mock his children if they get beaten up by people defending themselves from them. However, any who harm them unprovoked will know his wrath.
* In ''LordOfTheRings'' fanfics such as [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1179397/1/An-Eye-For-An-Eye An Eye For An Eye]] or [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2636049/1/The-Roots-of-Evil The Roots of Evil]], it is a sure way to trigger Legolas's BerserkButton is by hurting [[HeterosexualLifePartner Aragorn]] in any way, shape or form. It is the same with his older adopted brothers [[BigBrotherInstinct Elladan and Elrohir]], who must have gotten it from their father Elrond. All four elves have no hesitation to resort to ''killing'' anyone who dared lay a hand on Aragorn. And those times when they found that Aragorn was tortured and near death ... well, to say it did not go well with those people is putting it lightly.
* Orochimaru of all people is one in the Fanfic called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4070794/1/A-Fathers-Wrath A Father's Wrath.]] In this story he is Naruto's father instead of Minato. On the lighter side he cares deeply for his son and his actions including joining Akatsuki and forming the Sound Village is to protect him and has found a source of Redemption. But threatening Naruto is the fastest way for him to remind you that he wasn't called The Snake Sannin for nothing. Just ask [[FateWorseThanDeath Hidan.]]
* Kakashi in a FanFic/AGrowingAffection becomes an adoptive ActionDad.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', Pongo [[BattleCouple teams up]] with [[MamaBear Perdy]] to lay the hurting on the two thugs about to kill not only their puppies but all 99 puppies. Their treatment of the bad guys is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBgShR_8CG8 SCARY]]. You do not mess with puppies and let their parents find out.
* Gru from ''DespicableMe'' after his 3 adopted daughters [[spoiler:are kidnapped]]. Among other things, he hopscotches over a group of heat-seeking missiles fired towards him and ''one-punches a shark!''
** In a minor case, when the carnival barker denies Agnes the unicorn she wanted, even when she hit the nearly impossible target. He almost made her cry and Gru shows him why he should never mess with the adopted children of a supervillain.
* Whether it's Disney's ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' or ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', messing with Mowgli/Kit will get you trouble from Baloo. In the former, he tells BigBad Shere Khan outright, "Keep your flea-bitten paws offa my cub!" In the latter, discovering that someone has conned Kit leads to a different threat, "Wait until I get through with that guy he'll be able to count his teeth on one finger!" Both Mowgli and Kit even affectionately call him "Papa Bear".
* [[Film/HowToTrainYourDragon Hiccup]] is lucky enough to have two of these...one is his biological father, a BadAss Viking who's willing to punch dragons in the face and dent metal with his hammer to protect his boy, and the other is a freaking ''dragon.'' A dragon who attacks and drives off another dragon a little over three times his own size when the other threatened Hiccup.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Mufasa is the best father ever (no matter his species), as he is wise, just, loving, stern when necessary, and royal. But don't you ''dare'' cause ''any'' harm to his kid, or he will ''find'' you and he will ''kick your ass''(unless you're unlucky...).
** [[Awesome/TheLionKing IF YOU EVER COME NEAR MY SON AGAIN...!!!]]
** This is a TruthInTelevision, as the RealLife section of PapaWolf will attest to.
* Although not a biological father, O'Malley from ''TheAristocats'' fights quite ferociously to prevent the BigBad from shipping the cats to Timbuktu.
* Marlin in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', because how many fish do you know would risk life and death across an ocean that is infamous for some of the most POISONOUS and DANGEROUSLY VICIOUS creatures of the sea, to find his son? He's not even a shark, he's a Goddamn clownfish who's [[CowardlyLion scared of everything]].
* ''TheIncredibles'', Helen and Bob (a.k.a. Mrs and Mr Incredible) do a [[BattleCouple Mama Bear and Papa Wolf team-up]] when they take on half of Syndrome's men to get to their kids.
** When Syndrome kidnaps Jack Jack at the end of the movie, Bob ''throws a freakin' car at him''.
** The look Bob gives Syndrome when he is told his family is dead sums up this trope.
*** As does the moment when (still thinking they're dead) he [[spoiler:nearly strangles Mirage]].
*** Forget [[spoiler:nearly strangling Mirage]], Bob threatens to break [[spoiler:her]] in ''half''.
* Fergus in ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' is a loving husband and father who would fiercely protect Elinor and Merida from any danger. However this almost had some serious consequences when he went after a bear that he believed had [[spoiler: killed Elinor]] and was now attacking Merida [[spoiler: when said bear was actually his wife whose mind had lapsed into a wild bear and refused to listen to his daughter's explanations.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Possibly the least likely PapaWolf ever -- Creator/CharlieChaplin's Tramp character in ''TheKid.'' When an official from the local orphanage takes the [[DoorstopBaby boy he found and raised]] away, he goes into RoofHopping {{Determinator}} mode.
** His SpiritualSuccessor, Sonny Koufax in ''BigDaddy'', is no slouch himself. He at first takes a boy as his own son to raise out of undisguised selfishness, but thanks to BecomingTheMask, ends up declaring: "I would die for this kid, just so he wouldn't have to feel a moment of sadness."
* ''TheBlindSide'': Coach Cotton has a PapaWolf moment after the OpposingSportsTeam deliberately kicks Michael when he's down and after the play has already ended, and the referee not only ignores the kick, but penalizes the Wingate Crusaders.
* Optimus Prime is [[AllThereInTheManual a peace-loving and kind hearted scientist]] who respects human beings and loves them as if they are his own children. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ''TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' with his response to Megatron's sickeningly cynical disrespect for life:
-->'''Megatron:''' ''Is the future of our race not worth the life of a single human?''\\
'''Optimus Prime:''' ''You'll never stop at '''one!!''' [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments I'll take you ALL on!!]]''
** [[WhatAnIdiot BAD mistake on Megatron's part,]] as the [[BewareTheNiceOnes Warrior in Optimus awakens]] to [[CurbStompBattle tear him, Grindor AND Starscream apart]], [[DualWielding wielding two swords simultaneously with the grace of a dancer.]] It is [[Awesome/{{Transformers}} incredibly]] {{Badass}}.
** Do recall that the battle there ended with Megatron impaling Prime. Megatron never planned to use Sam's brain in the first place: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy It was a ploy to draw out Optimus]]. However, Optimus made up for it with what he did to Megatron after coming BackFromTheDead, and what he did to The Fallen for trying to drain Earth's sun.
---> '''Optimus Prime:''' ''[[BerserkButton You picked the wrong planet.]] '''[[Awesome/{{Transformers}} Give me your]] {{F|amilyUnfriendlyDeath}}ACE!''' ''
*** To be fair, Megatron only impaled Optimus because the latter was distracted to find Sam. That and Optimus didn't bring both swords out from the start.
** It should also be noted that in the first live-action movie, Prime comes to the rescue when Sector Seven kidnaps Sam and Mikaela, lifting their car thirty feet in the air and tearing the top off while intoning, "Taking the children was a ''bad move,''" in pure bad-ass fashion.
** And in ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'', after [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime, Optimus's father figure and teacher, led an invasion that enslaved and murdered MILLIONS of innocent civilians in Chicago]], Optimus would shoot said person execution style. The line he uttered as he saw [[spoiler: the destruction of Chicago]] was chilling.
---> '''Optimus''': "We will kill them all."
* Homer Hickham Sr. in the film version of ''OctoberSky'' is something of a subversion: he's actually protecting somebody else's son from his stepfather, the resident abusive alcoholic. Does the whole grab-you-by-the-collar thing without the punch-you-in-the-face part, all the while plagued by soot-filled lungs. His personal CrowningMomentOfAwesome. The exchange is reproduced here:
-->'''Homer Hickam, Sr:''' Now you listen to me you drunken son of a bitch. If that boy's father were still alive, he'd kick your ass. So I'm gonna have to do it for him. If I see him with a bruise... you get a scar. If I see him with a limp... you get '''crutches'''! Do you hear me? Do you hear me?\\
'''Vernon:''' I'm reportin' you to the union!\\
'''Homer Hickam, Sr:''' Screw you and your damn union!
* ColonelBadass Ahnuld from ''Film/{{Commando}}'' acts pretty unassumingly in civil life, but when the villains kidnap his pre-teen daughter...
** Whenever Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays a father in any of his action flicks, expect some ''serious'' PapaWolf action to go down if the bad guys mess with his kids. Case in point: ''Film/TrueLies'' -- when the BigBad kidnaps Harry Tasker's daughter, Harry goes after him with a fucking ''Harrier jet fighter.'' And sends the BigBad on a missile ride.
** Arnie plays a mild-mannered ex-military helicopter pilot (who takes skiers up mountains) in ''Film/The6thDay ''. He fails to die on schedule, and the company responsible kidnaps his wife and daughter to try to force his compliance. Then he and his clone (yes, it's that kind of movie, and why he was supposed to be dead) destroy the company [[MacGyver with a tin of aluminum oxide]] ''[[Series/MacGyver and one pistol between them.]]'' If you can't say Made Of Awesome, I'll do it for you.
** The Governator doesn't even ''need'' to play a father, just having [[TeamDad a character who's got to take care of children or teens]] is enough. ''Film/KindergartenCop'' has a particularly emotional scene where his character, a police detective posing as a [[BadassTeacher a school teacher]], dishes out a brutal beating to an abusive father of an emotionally damaged student. "You hit the kid, I hit ''you''," indeed.
** Parodied in ''Film/LastActionHero'', where the movie from which Arnold's cop character is lifted includes a face-off with the BigBad who abducted his kid.
* LiamNeeson's [[RetiredBadass Ex-Special-Forces commander Bryan]] of the film ''Film/{{Taken}}'' (see page quote) shows the organization that kidnapped his daughter the exact reason why you don't screw around with an ex-CIA operative's kids. In a particularly brutal example of this trope, he is willing to go as far as [[spoiler: threaten to kill a CorruptCop and former friend's innocent wife AFTER winging her with a bullet to show he's serious]] to save his daughter from being sold into prostitution. The entire movie is effectively a paean to the PapaWolf trope.
* Liam Neeson's character in ''Film/{{Nell}}'', who winds up very protective of the borderline WildChild (wild adult, by then) he and another doctor have been observing since her mother's death. A reporter who sneaks up trying to get a picture of the rumored "wild woman" gets thrown down the front steps of Nell's cabin and his camera broken for his troubles. Neeson's character does admit he overreacted, only to chase the reporter away when the idiot keeps asking questions.
* The [[DirectToVideo Direct to DVD]] StevenSeagal movies ''BellyOfTheBeast'' and ''OutOfReach''. In the latter, he isn't actually even the girl's father, making it all the stupider.
** OTOH, he also plays more than one real Papa Wolf out there.
* Woe betide anyone [[TooDumbToLive stupid enough]] to try and harm Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'s son. Not even a GiantSpider can get away with it. There's a reason that one film is called ''[[Film/AllMonstersAttack Godzilla's Revenge]]''.
** This is especially evident in the film ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' in which the death of his son, killed by Destoroyah himself, caused Godzilla to go into a [[UnstoppableRage emotional ragefest]] and attack Destoroyah out of pure unrestrained fury.
*** Destoroyah is also the single most powerful enemy in the entire series bar none, battling the King of Monsters to a standstill even when his power was at 150% overload. Killing Jr. pissed Godzilla off so hard that he actually forced the Ax-Crazy Destoroyah, who till this point had done nothing but viciously attack almost single-mindedly, into a retreat!
** Likewise, there's the American ''Film/{{Godzilla}}'' who is both a Papa Wolf AND Mama Bear (don't ask).
* Another example: Film/KingKong in the 2005 remake behaves like this whenever he's protecting Anne Darrow, who's tiny and vulnerable enough to bring out the big fellow's Papa Silverback side.
* Big Chris in ''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''. Made the mistake of threatening his son, Little Chris? Big Chris is going to have another SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome with a car door.
* JohnWayne spends the majority of ''BigJake'' tracking down and in the end blasting seven hells out of a bunch of bandits who kidnapped his grandson. ''[[BadassGrandpa Grandpa Wolf]]'', indeed.
* TommyLeeJones also played a Grandpa Wolf in ''The Missing''. He was a DisappearedDad and Grandpa hoping to try getting his family's forgiveness... and arrived back home just in time to learn that his eldest granddaughter has been kidnapped and was about to be sold as a child bride. So when his daughter (played by Cate Blanchett) went MamaBear to get her girl back, he decided he wouldn't be less and joined her cause. [[spoiler:So much that he defeated the BigBad via TakingYouWithMe, [[HeroicSacrifice killing himself]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath in the process]].]]
** The role that followed that one was ''Man in the House'', where he's a sheriff who has to protect a bunch of cheerleader girls after they witness a murder. HilarityEnsues until not only one of the girls is almost killed by a car bomb, but the man's daughter is kidnapped...
* ''StarWars'': Darth Vader, [[ArchnemesisDad of all people]], has his Papa Wolf moments--not surprising since his attempts to preemptively protect Padme was what drove him to the Dark Side in the first place. In ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', the Emperor's [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] of his son Luke is what [[HeelFaceTurn turns him back]] from TheDarkSide [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice and kills him]]]].
* Benjamin Martin in ''ThePatriot'' is firmly against a war for independence and submissive towards the over-the-top villain...until his farm is burned down, one of his sons is killed, and another is arrested and taken away to be hanged. Then he goes after the Redcoats with muskets and hatchets...
* Creator/HarrisonFord in every movie that he's been in that wasn't [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9GwtRsOYSI Indiana Jones or Star Wars]]
** ''Film/IndianaJonesTempleOfDoom'' begs to differ. Why was he captured by the villains? Because he wanted to protect a helpless child from ''being whipped to death'', plus proceeding to fight ''the villain's army'' to free the hundreds of slave children, and giving up the mystical stones that would have made him a millionaire so the village they return to would be one filled with life and hope. Easily the '''single''' most heroic Papa Wolf performance for Harrison Ford.
*** ''"They're innocent children... Mola Ram, prepare to meet Kali, IN HELL!!"''
** Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' with the movie "Harrison Ford Telling Random People He Wants His Family Back."
** What pushed him into agreeing to help look for the Grail in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (though, given what happens [[TheMole with the man who gives him the news]], he might not necessarily have had a choice) - finding his dad. He was willing to put a guy through a ship's propeller, and if the man wasn't a soft-core KnightTemplar...
*** Does this make the actual Knight Templar at the end of the movie a metaphor?
* The movie ''Film/OrcaTheKillerWhale'' has a Papa Wolf of a titular killer whale, seeking bloody vengeance against the man who killed his mate and calf.
** [[ScienceMarchesOn What's now known]] of orca social behavior makes this unlikely to be a literal example of this trope. A ''son'' retaliating for the death of its ''mother'', now...
* The premise of ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' is about a group of people who get trapped inside a house with a PapaWolf and a MamaBear after they brutalize and rape the couple's daughter. Three guesses as to what happens next.
* While not actually the child's father, John "Creasy Bear" Creasy (DenzelWashington) in the movie ''Film/ManOnFire'' is a spectacular example of a Papa Wolf. As a bodyguard for Lupita ([[TheOjou a rich businessman's precocious daughter]]) in Mexico City, John doesn't let multiple gunshot wounds stop him from tearing through a powerful kidnapping cartel's chain of command until finally he catches the mastermind's brother and estranged wife. When the "Voice" starts trying to bargain his way out of John's vengeance, John interrupts him to say, "Your brother wants to speak to you," and then blows off the man's hand with a shotgun. It's implied that he would move on from there to the rest of the Voice's family, including his pregnant wife, and worse: [[spoiler:"I will take your family apart, piece by piece. Do you hear me? PIECE BY PIECE!"]]
** [[AdaptationDisplacement In the novel]], it's worse: [[spoiler:Since the girl who is under his custody is dead [[HarmfulToMinors (details]] [[{{Squick}} aside)]] he ended up ''OFFING THE WHOLE MAFIOSO ORGANIZATION''. And he comes off as ''much'' more dangerous than his already incredibly dangerous performance in the movie]].
* Another PapaWolf score for Denzel Washington is ''JohnQ'', where to make sure that his IllBoy son Michael will [[BillyNeedsAnOrgan get a heart transplant]] which is being denied to him because insurance doesn't cover it, John Quincy Archibald actually ''takes a full hospital hostage'' and claims he won't back off until Michael is given priority. [[spoiler: John goes as far as improvising a ThanatosGambit so his heart will be harvested and given to his child, but it fails. In the BittersweetEnding, however, John is still trialed and incarcerated, but Michael is saved.]]
* ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'': Most of the time Nathan Wallace is an OverprotectiveDad, but when he's in [[PsychoForHire Repo Man]] mode he flips to PapaWolf.
* The daddy T-rex in ''TheLostWorldJurassicPark''. Teamed up with his Mama Bear to shove two connected RV's off a cliff after their hatchling was taken. Being a T-rex, he was already a badass.
** Later went on a rampage across San Diego just to find his baby. It doesn't help that he was high on amphetamines.
* John [=McClane=] in ''LiveFreeOrDieHard'' - After he gets involved in the terrorists' Scheme, the BigBad decides to kidnap his daughter Lucy to try to control John. Big mistake.
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'', LoisLane's otherwise [[RomanticRunnerUp uninteresting]] and mildly dickish fiancé Richard White [[CharacterDevelopment gets a lot more likeable]] when he appears in his sea plane to save Lois and young Jason from a sinking ship in what doubles as his CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
-->'''Lois:''' ''How'd you get here??''\\
'''Richard:''' ''I flew.''
** Ironically, Superman never really gets to play the part of Papa Wolf in the movie, even though [[spoiler:Jason is his son]] and Lois is his LoveInterest.
* Though it's too little and too late to do any good, [[spoiler:Will's father Bootstrap Bill Turner]] in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' snaps out of his brainwashing, and attacks Davy Jones in a moment of Papa Wolf fury.
** Captain Teague shoots the solider who was going to shoot Jack in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''.
* Major Henry West from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' utterly snaps after his men are killed by Jim.
** Jim himself becomes one for Hannah. In fact, this is what causes his rampage against West and his soldiers.
* ''Lone Wolf [=McQuade=]'': You can beat him, shoot him, bury him alive, and shoot his dog and maybe survive, but if you hurt his daughter, you will open the whole can of ChuckNorris whoopass.
** The badguy who gets his ass kicked is played by David Carradine. If he couldn't stop Chuck, what chance would anyone else have? Likely something involving a 13 digit negative number.
* Chingachgook from ''Film/LastOfTheMohicans'', though it's more out of vengeance than protection.
* Sirius Black in the fifth ''Film/HarryPotter'' film:
-->'''Sirius''': [[Awesome/HarryPotter Get away from my godson]]! ''[[[HeyYouHaymaker POW]]]''
** As well as James Potter. He decided to take on Voldemort on this own, knowing it almost certainly meant death (he even said to Lily "I'll hold him off", indicating he knew he stood no chance) because it gave his wife and son a chance of escaping.(He wouldn't have had a chance against the Dark Lord anyway, but on top of that, he wasn't holding a wand. It makes this into a ''heroic sacrifice''.)
* ''Film/DeathSentence'' is a very cynical take on Papa Wolf-hood, and on revenge in general. When Nick Hume's older son gets killed by a gang member and he learns that the gang member will only receive a few years in jail, he forces the case to be dropped so that he can kill the bad guy himself. In doing so, he is forced to kill another member of that gang. However, the gang's head doesn't take kindly to this and swears vengeance on Nick's family. Nick being an ActionSurvivor rather than a hardened {{Badass}}, he fails to stop the gang. Though [[spoiler:his younger son survives and]] he gets back at the gang successfully, it's quite clearly shown that Nick ends up far from the man he used to be. Not all positively.
* ''Cradle2TheGrave'':
-->'''Tony Fait:''' Wrong! ''Kid!'' And ''definitely'' the wrong father.
* [[spoiler:Dr. Tenma]] in the 2009 ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'' film. After he [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn accepts Astro for who he is]], it's made clear that he's willing to face the military, its angry Commander in Chief, and its scary indestructible robot to protect his boy. Makes you wonder what would happen if you threatened Astro while there was a chance Dad might get his hands on you.]]
* In ''Film/{{Tank}}'', you can cross CSM Zack Carey all you like, and he will calmly accept it. However, if you harm a kid, he will come down on you like a ton of bricks.
* Pops from ''Film/SpeedRacer'' puts his Greco-Roman {{wrestl|erInAllOfUs}}ing skills to work while protecting his family from ninjas, er, ''non''-jas.
-->[[Awesome/SpeedRacer "Terrible thing, what passes as a Ninja these days."]]
* ''ComingToAmerica'' provides a nonviolent example in Cleo [=McDowell=], an amiable and slightly BumblingDad who's eager to marry his daughter Lisa off to a rich boy. He's therefore over the moon when he discovers her suitor [[KingIncognito Akeem is actually a prince]]. But when Akeem's father King Jaffe upsets Lisa, [=McDowell=] drops the bumbling act and angrily threatens to "break a foot off in your royal ass."
* Universal's 1934 movie ''TheBlackCat'' gives us Dr. Vitus Werdegast (as played by BelaLugosi), who takes revenge [[spoiler:on Poelzig for killing his daughter (among other things, but that was what sent him over the edge). by ''skinning the man alive on his own embalming rack''. And what's worse is that only a few moments earlier, he had been given hope that his daughter was actually alive after thinking that she had been dead since he's been sent to the prison camp.]]
* A strange case in ''Film/TheWolfman2010''. When Anthony Hopkins shoots on those who want to catch his son, he is a Papa Wolf. [[spoiler:But later he tries to kill Lawrence. And he already killed his brother. And he ''is'' a werewolf.]]
* Subverted by Keyser Soze in ''TheUsualSuspects''. In a tale told in universe, some Turkish mobsters break into Soze's home and brutalize his family, holding them hostage. When Soze returns home, he promptly pulls a gun on the mobsters... then turns the gun on his ''family'', saying he'd rather they die than live another day.
* In ''BackToTheFuturePartII'', Marty gets chased out of the "dark 1985" version of his house by a baseball bat-wielding Papa Wolf, who is enraged to find Marty in what, in the altered timeline, is the bedroom of the Papa Wolf's young daughters. Based on what he's screaming, it's not the first time people had broken into his home.
* An unusual although understandable example would be Walt from ''GranTorino'', who is Papa Wolf toward his neighbors once he gets over some racial tension, but not toward his "own spoiled-rotten family" who treat him more like an invalid than a worthwhile individual. When he comes to Sue's rescue:
-->'''Walt Kowalski:''' Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have fucked with? ''(spits on the ground)'' That's me.
* ''Film/TheProfessional'': Léon becomes a surrogate father to the orphaned Mathilda and protects her on her quest for vengeance, taking on the entire NYPD in the process.
* Coach Jones of ''Radio'' becomes this on several occasions for Radio. In one instance, he slammed the JerkJock that tricked Radio to enter the girls' locker room into the trophy case display, after the eye-opening words of, "Son, it's times like these I wish I wasn't a teacher so I could do what I really want to do to you."
* In ''{{Terminator}} 2'', the T-800 is reprogrammed by John Connor to be this to his past self. John's mother even remarks on it in her narration.
--> '''Sarah Connor:''' ''Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. [[CallBack The Terminator would never stop]]. It would never leave him. And it would never [[AbusiveParents hurt him, never shout at him or get drunk and hit him]], or say it was [[WhenYouComingHomeDad too busy to spend time with him]]. It would always be there, and it would die to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers that came and went over the years, this thing, this ''machine'', was the only one that measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.''
* Charlie Anderson in ''{{Shenandoah}}'' insists that the Civil War doesn't concern his family, even saying that his sons don't owe their state anything because the state "never came around here with a spare tit." But when some Union soldiers mistake his youngest for a rebel and take him prisoner, he starts taking the war personally.
* ''Film/TheGodfather'' begins with a mortician making himself a client of Vito Corleone to outsource his PapaWolf duties. TheDon takes his {{Papa Wolf}}ing [[ItsPersonal quite seriously]].
** Vito Corleone shows hints of this towards his own children as well, especially for his youngest son, Michael. When arranging Michael's safe return from exile with the other heads of the crime families, he makes it clear that anyone who messes with his son will regret it.
--> '''Vito Corleone''': But I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall him, if he should get shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room. And that, I do not forgive.
* There's an excellent case for Mr White fulfilling this trope in ''ReservoirDogs'' in his protectiveness over young protégé Mr Orange, to the point where he takes a bullet for him. He really, really doesn't like it when you accuse Orange of being a rat. [[spoiler:When Orange indeed turns out to be the rat, Mr. White has to put the bullet to him in probably the most emotional moment of the entire movie]].
* Invoked in ''AwayWeGo'' when the expecting parents are discussing their future daughter.
-->'''Verona:''' [Do you promise] that her fights will be your fights?
-->'''Burt:''' I do.
* In ''Film/LChangeTheWorld'', L becomes this towards Maki and Near.
* In ''Film/RomeoMustDie'', Isaak finds out [[spoiler: that Mac was the one who murdered his son]] and proceeds to strangle said person without any hesitation.
* Creator/MelGibson in ''{{Ransom}}''
--> '''GIMME BACK MY SON!'''
* ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'': Cal's reaction upon finding out about Jacob and Hannah, and Jessica's father's reaction when he thinks Cal is involved with his daughter.
* [[BadassPreacher Sam Childers]] (GerardButler) in ''MachineGunPreacher''. If you threaten or harm the children of Sudan or Uganda, he will make sure that you pay. The best part: this film is based on a true story.
* In the classic film ''Ma and Pa Kettle,'' [[ApronMatron Ma,]] [[HenpeckedHusband Pa,]] and their [[MassiveNumberedSiblings large family]] move into an ultra-modern house Pa had won in a sweepstakes. Eventually Pa gets fed up with all the newfangled gadgets in the house, and moves back into the family's old home: a decrepit shack in the middle of a swampy junkyard. Meanwhile, [[MamaBear Ma holds the police at a standoff with a shotgun]] after she learns the contest was a cruel publicity hoax. It takes the intervention of the Kettles' adult eldest son to bring her out of her rampage. Just as the woman who orchestrated the hoax decides not to press charges and offers Ma her most sincere apology, here comes Pa Kettle with the family wagon and a dozen or so of his Injun friends.
--> '''Pa:''' THERE THEY ARE! ''SIC 'EM, BOYS!!''
* In ''North Country'', Josey's dad was initially aloof about his daughter for reasons relating to her first pregnancy (where she was apparently promiscuous), although he eventually stood up for her at the union rally when she tried to expose the sexual harrassment problems at the mine she works at, also calling out his coworkers on this fact. However, the biggest example of his being a PapaWolf comes in later: During the trial, Josey is forced to reveal what truly happened during her youth and the ''real'' reason she became pregnant with her son after one of the co-workers (who she also went to school with) exposed the knowledge of who the father of her first child was: It turns out that her teacher had in fact committed statutory rape on her after serving Saturday detention for skipping class and kissing said future co-worker, of which the only witness was said co-worker and he failed to stop him. As soon as the father learned the truth during the trial, he walks over to the teacher and then proceeds to go ballistic and attack him for raping Josey, resulting in him being forcibly removed from the courtroom.
* The butler Cadbury in ''RichieRich'' is something of a second father to Richie. The scene where Ferguson mandhandles Richie in the beginning of the movie says it all.
--> '''Ferguson''': It's my job to protect him.
--> '''Cadbury''': I know Mr. Ferguson, but touch him that way again and it is YOU who will need protecting.
* As opposed to the king in the original fairy tale, in ''Film/SnowWhiteATaleofTerror'' Frederich goes out into the storm on his horse to find Lilli when he hears she's missing.
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* This is the entire premise behind JohnGrisham's ''A Time To Kill.'' After a brutal first chapter detailing the rape of his 10-year-old daughter by a couple of rednecks, Carl Lee Hailey (played by none other than SamuelLJackson in TheMovieofTheBook) goes berserk on the two and opens fire on them with an assault rifle (even though they were already on trial), catching a court deputy in the process. [[spoiler:The deputy forgives him, as does the jury when they acquit him of murder charges by reason of "temporary insanity."]]
* Woe betide whoever dares to abduct [[Creator/StephenKing Popsy's]] grandson.
* ConanTheBarbarian: Although being mostly an AntiHero he won't hesitate to shed blood to save his family from any danger.
* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'': Akela, who acts as a father for Mowgli despite not necessarily being his adoptive father, and is a literal wolf. [[BigGuy Baloo]] and [[BadAss Bagheera]] qualify, too (despite being a bear and a black panther, respectively). Akela stood up for him when he was brought to the pack as an infant (after [[MamaBear Raksha]] saved him from Shere Khan), Bagheera bought his life and protected him ever since, and Baloo taught him the ways of the Jungle - and when he's kidnapped by the monkeys, they join with [[OldMaster Kaa]] to make it a day and a night the poo-flinging rabble will not live to regret...
* ''[[Literature/WarOfTheDreaming Mists of Everness]]'' by JohnCWright: [[BadassNormal Peter Waylock]]. Don't harm his son. Don't harm his son and pretend innocence. And don't beg for mercy, because Peter Waylock is a PersonOfMassDestruction and [[TranquilFury you won't get any.]]
* The father in Cormac [=McCarthy's=] ''TheRoad'' is exclusively defined as his role as this.
* Sam Vimes in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}!''. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis THAT! IS!! NOT!!! MY!!!! COW!!!!!]]
** Sergeant Jackrum from the earlier book ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' is an example, being AFatherToHisMen who regularly kills, injures, or otherwise incapacitates anyone stupid enough to threaten one of his Little Lads. [[spoiler:Until we find out that "he" is actually a she who's been masquerading as a male soldier for longer than she can remember, technically making Jackrum a MamaBear.]]
** Subverted in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', in which the late King Verence ''tries'' to charge ferociously to the rescue of his son, but is balked because he's now a ghost and can't leave the castle.
* An OlderThanRadio example comes from Hector Malot's ''Sans Famille''. The travelling musician Vitalis practically purchased lead character Remi Barberin as his apprentice, but he genuinely cared for the boy and became his [[OldMaster mentor and example]]. His "Papa Wolf" side shows more strongly when [[spoiler:he discovers that the old man whom he was going to ask to look out for Remi in the winter actually abuses his protegees and forces them to steal for him]], and later when [[spoiler:he protects Remi from dying in a snowstorm... in a HeroicSacrifice]]. And he was also hinted to be one in his first apparition, when he "buys" Remi... after witnessing how horribly his abusive stepfather Jerome treats him, therefore choosing to "purchase" Remi half to have an apprentice and half to protect him.
* Individual names are not given but in HarryTurtledove's ''Worldwar Tetralogy'', the Alien Fleetlord is amazed at reports of suicidal Tosevite (read: Human) attacks by both genders on his forces. Its stated that the few humans that actually survive indicate their actions are because of harm done to a Mate or Hatchling by his forces
* Dr. Radcliffe Emerson, the Egyptologist-detective husband of AmeliaPeabody, is always short-tempered and becomes absolutely volcanic at any threat to his family. Since he is regularly described by his narrator-wife as "Herculean" in build, the results are impressive. For that matter, his son Ramses inherits this trait. Guess what? Their wives are definite {{Mama Bear}}s; it's a close-knit family.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': Anton. Zilwicki. Messing with his kids is the last mistake ''entire secret societies'' ever make. [[spoiler:The entire planet Mesa and its AncientConspiracy may yet fall through the chain of events set off the first time they tangled with him.]] We have yet to see his reaction [[spoiler:to the latest atempt by Mesa to kill one of his daughters.]] The foreshadowing in ''At All Cost'' might give some clues.
** Anton's best buddy Victor Cachat and Victor's mentor Kevin Usher, [[spoiler:who got off their asses and did something about the corrupt Havenite ambassador, because of Zilwicki's daughter kidnapping.]] Honor herself [[MamaBear has her moments -- the surest way to get her to kill you, is to mess with somebody in her care]]. In fact the whole series is full of Papa Wolf and MamaBear moments, from the lowly Aubrey Wanderman to the Queen herself, to the whole nation of Grayson which are all, 2 billion of them, a bunch of Papa Wolves.
** Nimitz may be a RidiculouslyCuteCritter most of the time, charming people's socks off to glom some more celery, but if anyone harboring murderous intent gets within spitting distance of Honor, he'll instantly transform into a six-legged, self-propelled chainsaw with absolutely no mercy. (He's also [[OlderThanTheyLook probably older than Honor's father]], so he qualifies under the "Papa" portion of the trope as well.)
*** And treecats as a whole can be this when one of their own is threatened. One treecat outnumbers six gunmen; when a hexapuma, an apex predator from the treecats' homeworld, corners one 'cat and the human he'd adopted, his clan's answer to his [[GondorCallsForAid distress call]] is a ZergRush which turns that predator into hamburger. In ''Mission of Honor'', [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Mesan Alignment]] kills a treecat ''clan'' via a ColonyDrop. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge The other treecat clans are strongly hinting they want in on the counterattack.]]]]
*** And all Sphinxians are in turn {{Mama Bear}}s and {{Papa Wol|f}}ves to Treecats in general.
* In PerryMoore's ''Literature/{{Hero}}'', Hal Creed, a 100% normal (granted of the [[BadassNormal badass variety]]) Human, beats the shit out of a Superman expy for threatening his son.
* Burrich in both the ''[[RobinHobb Farseer]]'' and ''Tawny Man'' trilogies. Just how awesome can a grumpy old man be? [[spoiler:Trek across a glacier and kill a deranged stone dragon for the adopted son who let you think he was dead for 15 years, that's how awesome.]]
* RaptorRed's consort pulls a Papa Wolf to save one of Raptor Red's nieces from an acrocanthosaur. He has mixed feelings about doing so: he gets several cracked ribs, the chick isn't related to him, and Raptor Red didn't even see his heroic actions. It does, at least, mend his relations with Raptor Red's sister for a time.
* Most DavidEddings characters fall into this at some point: if you go after their wives, kids, fiancees, or friends, they begin throwing around phrases like "boiling oil," "wring him out until his hair bleeds," and "kill him just a little bit." Then they catch you. Then you discover this was them ''being nice''.
** This trope applies especially to [[TheBelgariad Belgarath]]. He not only has a few Wolf-themed nicknames, but also likes to turn into a wolf whenever he has the chance, and is even married to one. It works especially well because most of the time he prefers to give off the impression of a lazy drunken hobo. Barak on the other hand is scary enough in his normal form, but whenever Garion's life is threatened, he goes into a berserker rage and [[EverythingsWorseWithBears turns into a bear]].
*** Belgarath certainly qualifies, particularly given the following exchange [[spoiler:after Chamdar/Asharak the Murgo has killed - by burning them alive inside a stone house - Geran and Ildera, the parents of Garion and both of whom were much loved by both Belgarath and his daughter Polgara. Who are also two, it must be said, of the most powerful beings currently walking the earth]]:
---->'''Khonar (about Asharak)''': ''[[spoiler:Our agent reported that he seemed a little nervous about something]].''
---->'''Belgarath''':''[[spoiler:I can imagine. He's done something that offended me. I want to talk with him about it, and he'd rather avoid that conversation -- since it's very likely to involve my hanging his entrails on a fence someplace]].''
*** When his turncoat brother [[spoiler:kills Durnik, the 'son in law' figure,]] Belgarath [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]] and commits Zedar to [[AFateWorseThanDeath the earth.]] When he returns from the surface to the point that the book describes him as NOT what he was throughout the entire Belgariad, but "Belgarath the Sorcerer in all his fury."
*** Polgara says herself that Asharak likely crawled under a rock someplace deep and dark and very well-hidden to hide, solely to escape from the wrath of her vengeful father. A man who, it must be said, is considered by Asharak and his people to be the equivalent of the Devil. Skilled Angarak sorcerers are terrified of being within fifty miles of facing him, and she has also admitted that his power is one of the only things in the world that has held the Angaraks back from just overrunning the west with sheer numbers. Not the sort of Papa Wolf you want chasing after you with a single-minded purpose so strong that he can ignore rest, food, and the other necessities of "mere mortals" for weeks or even months at a time.
**** As Polgara once put it: ''He has his faults, but once he gets down to business, he's [[ImplacableMan as inexorable as the tides.]]''
** This applies to [[TheBelgariad Garion]]as well, but only in the sequel to The Belgariad, The Mallorean, in which [[spoiler: the entire plot revolves around Garion turning the world over to get his son back from an evil sorceress, leading to a very satisfactory pay off when he finally catches up with her]]
** Eddings seems quite fond of these graphic descriptions. As pointed out by Xanetia in the [[TheElenium Tamuli]], after [[spoiler:Zalasta, former advisor and supposed ally, reveals that he has been working for the Big Bad Cyrgon since before the start of the series itself. And he has been deceiving and betraying Sephrenia, TeamMom and beloved by all the characters, for that same length of time, all in the hopes of killing the goddess she worships -- also Sephrenia's younger sister via reincarnation - and possessing her out of lust.]] Boiling oil, hooks (nice long ones with sharp barbs on them) and their like are mentioned by several of the main characters. The quite civilised and cultured Sarabian is somewhat unnerved, asking them all if they have to be so graphic. He is told in no uncertain terms:
--->'''Kalten''': [[spoiler:Zalasta]] hurt [[spoiler:Sephrenia]], your Majesty. There are twenty-five thousand Pandion Knights -- and quite a few knights from the other orders as well -- who are going to take that very personally. [[spoiler:Zalasta]] can pull mountain ranges over his head to try to hide, but we'll still find him. The Church Knights aren't really very civilised, and when somebody hurts those we love, it brings out the worst in us.\\
'''Sparhawk''': Well said.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', although Harry is grown, and was his apprentice for only two years, Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is capable of this on occasion. In ''Summer Knight'', he is so indignant that Harry is to carry out Mab's request without even knowing it that it takes Harry two tries to get through that, yes, he does know it. [[spoiler:And he dropped a Russian satellite on the headquarters of a vampire who had threatened and fought with Harry.]]
** Eb's reaction is explained in the novel ''Changes'': [[spoiler:Ebenezar is Harry's maternal grandfather.]]
** What about Michael? He's a sword-wielding knight of God. He has a daughter who is [[spoiler:about to be executed by the White Council Elders, who are powerful enough that even if you manage to kill just ''one'' of them, it would release a death curse which would be the magical equivalent of head butting the trigger of a 10-mega-ton nuclear warhead.]] He is exhausted and heavily wounded from battle. Yet, without the slightest hesitation, he immediately prepares to take them all on at once, even knowing that afterward, should he somehow miraculously survive, he would forever more be on the run from every single [[spoiler:white court wizard]] in the entire world.
*** That was ''Harry.'' Michael, while he would certainly do that, simply had faith that God would help him out. Which he did, by zombie-dinosaur riding spell-slinging wise-cracking HonorBeforeReason proxy.
*** While we're talking about Michael, though... nine words. ''"That son of a bitch hurt my little girl."''
** Harry also manifests this attitude toward Ivy.
** In ''Changes'', the Red Court of vampires takes his daughter with the intent of [[spoiler: sacrificing her to fuel a massive curse that will kill her entire bloodline.]] He responds by [[spoiler:joining forces with Mab and becoming her Knight, sacrificing two people on altars, and ''genociding the entire freaking Red Court''.]] ''Don't fuck with Harry Dresden's family.''
*** He actually stated that if the world came between him and his daughter, it could burn to death and they would sit roasting marshmallows upon its roaring flames.
** Harry also serves as a surrogate Papa Wolf to the Carpenter family when Michael is otherwise occupied, as seen in the short story "The Warrior."
*** In ''Proven Guilty'', when he teamed up with MamaBear Charity to [[spoiler:''storm the freaking Winter Court'' in order to save Molly]].
*** He spends most of that book playing Papa Wolf to Molly, as her boyfriend would attest.
** An odd example from the series is "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone, the local Mafia boss who is essentially a Papa Wolf to ''every child in Chicago''. If Marcone catches you doing anything to hurt children in his city, he will personally execute you. [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking You]] [[KnifeNut don't]] [[BadassNormal want that.]]
* In ''DannyTheChampionOfTheWorld'', it's revealed that Danny's father's main reason for disliking Hazell is because he threatened Danny. Later on, [[spoiler:when Danny gets caned by his teacher, his father threatens to go down to the school and beat the teacher.]]
* Becomes a major turning point in ''TheOutsiders''. Johnny [[spoiler:stabs a Soc who was going to kill Ponyboy.]] Beware the nice ones, oh GOD BewareTheNiceOnes!
** Dallas's reaction to [[spoiler:Finding out Johnny was dying from his burns.]] By this point the reader already knows how dangerous Dallas can be, but seeing him threaten to put [[spoiler:the doctor]] in the emergency room for barring him access to [[spoiler:Johnny's hospital room]] seems to be a bit of a case of DisproportionateRetribution.
* A slightly twisted variant occurs in ''[[Series/{{Dexter}} Dexter By Design]]'': Dex is already a SerialKiller masquerading as Just a NiceGuy, but it wasn't until relatively recently that he decided that he had feelings of love-ish for his stepfamily and foster sister (or, you know, ''anyone''). So, when a rival slasher decides to mess with [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Domestic Daddy Dexter]] by stabbing Debbie and trying to kidnap his stepkids, out comes [[OverlyLongGag Deadly Defensive Dexter]].
* Adam Hauptman, from the ''MercyThompson'' series. Bonus points for being a literal papa werewolf; mess with his daughter Jesse and ''you. Will. '''Die.'''''
** The above also applies to Mercy. To make it worse, Adam runs a private security firm, so when he got worried about Mercy's safety, he installed an expensive security system in her house without asking her permission.
* Waylander the Slayer from the ''Waylander'' series of books by David Gemmell is a rather evil version of this. Having returned home from the war to find his wife and child killed, he spends the rest of his life and wealth hunting down the eight men responsible and killing them in ways that'd make even the most villainous of villains shriek.
* In ''CharlottesWeb'' the Gander threatens Templeton the Rat with serious bodily harm if he even thinks about bothering one of his goslings.
* One of the recurring themes in ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' was Holden Caulfield's desire to protect children from the bad things in the world.
* There are some of these in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''.
** In ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'', set some time before ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', the real villain of the book, [[SmugSnake Prince Xizor]], [[TheRival does not get along well at all]] with Darth Vader. But they don't start to openly oppose each other until Vader finds that Xizor is trying to arrange for Luke Skywalker's death.
** By the time of [[Literature/LegacyOfTheForce a civil war between Corellia and what used to be the New Republic]], Wedge Antilles is [[BadassGrandpa about sixty years old]] and has a pair of twenty-something daughters, Syal and Myri. Myri gets to stay with him on the Corellian side, where he spends about half of the series, but Syal is on the other side. And Wedge respects this, although it saddens him. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments He's very close to his daughters]], and very protective of them.
-->'''Thrackan''': "General Antilles, acting as Chief of State and Minister of War for Corellia, I hereby order you to communicate with your daughter Syal and do your genuine best to persuade her to follow whatever course of action I recommend to her. Is that clear enough?"\\
'''Wedge''': "Absolutely."\\
'''Thrackan''': "And?"\\
'''Wedge''': "Go to hell."\\
'''Thrackan''': "Antilles, you've refused a direct order given during a military crisis, and I have it on record. Should I choose to, I can have security agents haul you away right now. I can conduct your trial within the hour and have you executed by morning."\\
'''Wedge''': "Of course you can. You could also have me assassinated in a time of peace for having nicer hair than you. If I worried about that sort of thing, I'd never get any sleep."
** Woe to you if you mess with anyone in Mandalorian Kal Skirata's biological or adopted family.
*** Speaking of Mandos, Boba Fett in ''Bloodlines'' is this. So is Han. They team up.
*** Speaking of Boba Fett, he was never a very good father (or husband), but he did his best to get close to his granddaughter, Mirta Gev. When he learns that a young Mandalorian is planning to marry Mirta, he gives his assent, but warns "Break her heart and I'll break your legs."
** This is part of the reason why Jacen Solo turned to the Dark Side and became the Sith Lord Darth Caedus, in addition to the WellIntentionedExtremist trope: When he saw into the Pool of Knowledge and saw a man clad in Dark Armor (later revealed to be Darth Krayt) sitting on the Throne of Balance and seeing Allana, his daughter, standing by his side, he decided to become a Sith Lord in order to prevent that future from occurring, or at the very least prevent the part of the future where Allana is evidentially serving Krayt as his right-hand servant.
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', Hoole is... not a great uncle to Tash and Zak. He's pretty distant and gets irritable when they ask questions. However, he does take their welfare seriously and will readily threaten anyone who seems like a danger to them. Hoole is also a shapeshifter, and his favorite "strong form" is that of a Wookiee.
* Literature/{{Howl|sMovingCastle}} is this after his son Morgan was threatened. He punched the guy twice. His wife, Sophie is a MamaBear also. In other words, don't mess with Morgan ever.
* Sadrao from Ursula Vernon's ''Literature/BlackDogs'' is not the protagonist, Lyra's, biological father, but he's a more than competent replacement after her real father is massacred along with the rest of her house. Sadrao's extremely {{Badass}} and is very protective of her, even going into a berserker-like rage when she's physically threatened.
* [[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Caine]]. Even if you're a god, fucking with Faith will get your ass beat.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Dumbledore. Harm one of his students, and he'll return the favor.
** This is beautifully demonstrated when Dolores Umbridge shakes Marietta Edgecombe violently in an effort to make her spit out enough info to get Harry expelled. Dumbledore magically pushes her away, jumping suddenly from [[TranquilFury calm and polite to highly angry]]. "I cannot allow you to manhandle my students, Dolores."
** This is also demonstrated when Barty Crouch, Jr. attempts to kill Harry after the Triwizard Tournament. Dumbledore doesn't take it very well.
--> ''At that moment, Harry fully understood for the first time why people said Dumbledore was the only wizard Voldemort had ever feared. The look upon Dumbledore’s face as he stared down at the unconscious form of Mad-Eye Moody was more terrible than Harry could have ever imagined. There was no benign smile upon Dumbledore’s face, no twinkle in the eyes behind the spectacles. [[DeathGlare There was cold fury in every line of the ancient face; a sense of power radiated from Dumbledore as though he were giving off burning heat]].''
** Papa Wolves are fairly prevalent in this series: Sirius Black does ''not'' like seeing Harry hurt, and neither does Remus Lupin.
** Mess with [[JerkAss Draco Malfoy]] when he's at school, and the next person you'll have to deal with is his favourite teacher and godfather-of-sorts Severus Snape, or worse still, Lucius Malfoy, his actual dad, with the power of the school governors, as well as the Ministry of Magic behind him (and Lucius's love for his family is [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes his]] ''[[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes only]]'' [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes good trait]]).
** Arthur Weasley, while usually overshadowed by his MamaBear wife, in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', threatened Kingsley Shacklebolt (trained Auror, later takes on ''freakin' Voldemort'') to his face when he heard that one of his sons had been badly injured and Kingsley was trying to question him.
** Xenophilius Lovegood was ready to [[DespairEventHorizon hand Harry to the Death Eaters]] if it meant having Luna back.
** And Harry's Uncle Vernon, who - though he often falls into the categories of AbusiveParents (toward Harry), {{Muggle}} ''and'' BumblingDad - is very protective of his own wife and son and is even willing to shield them from Hagrid.
** James Potter as well. It may not have worked, but he ''was'' willing to risk certain death against Voldemort if it gave Lily and Harry time to run. He would also do anything to help his friends in his school days, even if he ''was'' a JerkJock to everyone else at the time.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Jacob Black is a rather literal example (boy turns into a wolf) when it comes to Renesmee Cullen, the girl he's imprinted upon. Actually, this would apply to any wolf who has imprinted on a child.
* Don Pendleton's ''TheExecutioner'' series has [[BadassNormal Mack Bolan]] wipe out major crime families with dozens of thugs at their disposal after most of his family is killed due to the Mafia. When his girl-friend and younger brother are kidnapped by another crime family to try to get to him, he goes absolutely coldly berserk, terrifying even his friends and allies who have seen him in action many times.
* MatthewReilly's ''Huntsman'' series. The adopted daughter of Jack West Jr. is threatened many times by many powerful people over the course of the books. Many people have died very graphic, painful deaths.
* In the BackStory of JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'', Helion had stayed on the Solar Array long past the point of safety to protect his son -- and his ship, but the priority was clear:
-->''"Damn your ship." Helton's voice grated. "It was you. You were aboard at that time. Outside of the range of the Mentality, beyond the reach of any resurrection circuit."''
* CatherineWebb's Horatio Lyle. He is not related to Tess or Thomas by blood, but hurt either of them and he will come after you with his pockets full of explosive chemicals, his home-made tazer, and, if all else fails, his frenzied but anatomically-precise application of teeth, nails, and knees.
* RobertCrais's Elvis Cole. Kidnap the son of his girlfriend? Elvis and his PsychoSidekick Joe Pike will hunt you down to the ends of the earth and back again.
* In AaronAllston's ''Galatea In2D'', C. J. gets into the fight because his son is in danger.
* Good ol' Jim Davenport in ''Triggerfish Twist'' by Tim Dorsey. Lets everyone push him around. But [[spoiler: point a gun at his child and you will be very, very sorry, but not for very, very long.]]
** Again, in a sequel, ''When Elves Attack'', don't think you can try to [[spoiler: rape his daughter]] and not regret it.
* Rao is this to Shakuntala in BelisariusSeries. As he was hired by Shakuntala's father to teach her how to be a BadassPrincess, that would make her father an indirect PapaWolf.
* Nastily subverted in Rick Hautala's ''The Mountain King.'' The protagonist sees his daughter [[spoiler: torn apart and eaten by monsters, but is too terrified to leave his hiding place.]]
* ''InDeath'': Detective Sergeant Frank Wojinsky from ''Ceremony In Death''. When his granddaughter Alice Lingstrom told him that she had been drugged and sexually exploited by a coven of Satanists and she had witnessed the leaders murder a young boy, he went PapaWolf to try to take down the coven. Unfortunately, it made him sloppy and the leaders used the drugs Digitalis and Zeus on him, resulting in him dying of cardiac arrest.
* Marcus, of Literature/TimeScout, will go through hell for his little girls. So will Armstrong.
** As soon as he finds out Margo's his granddaughter, Kit becomes very protective of her. Skeeter, having tried to scam Margo before anyone knew, walks very, very carefully around both ever after.
* The short story '''Monsters Tearing Off My Face''' has a particularly gruesome one. At the climax of the story, the little girl who drew the true picture of blue monsters tearing off her face turns out to really be a blue monster in a human disguise...when her mother tears it off of her, while her father tears the flesh from the bones of the foster parents who were about to rape her.
* Buster Beasely in ''[[Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo 1635: The Dreeson Incident]]''. [[spoiler: "I'm coming, Princess Baby!" To the rescue, that is. And does he ever, on a Harley and with a .45 and a knife.]]
* Shellheart of ''Literature/WarriorCats'': ''Crookedstar's Promise'' is a Papa Cat, defending Crookedkit from ''his own mate''. When she coldly tells him she blames her son for what happened to him, Shellheart is quick to defend him and breaks up with her. And when Rainflower tells Oakheart that Crookedstar would never be as good as him, Shellheart defends him with this:
--> '''Shellheart''': Can't you keep your thoughts to yourself, just once?
* In Felix Salten's ''Bambi's Children'' (yes, it's that Bambi), he sees a poacher taking aim at his son, and attacks.
* In Tim Dorsey's novel ''Electric Barracuda'' [[spoiler: Serge Storms is told that he's a father. Hint to the child molester on the playground: you really don't want to try to entice the child of a serial killer.]]
* Charles Leeds, the husband and father of the second family of victims in ''RedDragon'', had his throat slashed in his sleep by Francis Dolarhyde. As he and his wife lay bleeding to death, Dolarhyde went down the hall to kill the children. With his throat cut open, artery spraying his lifeblood on the wall with every step he took, Leeds ran down the hallway after the killer and fought with him to protect his children.
* Aral Vorkosigan does this rather cleverly for Miles in ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''. He convinces the council of counts to charge Miles with treason rather then raising a private army in ''The Warriors Apprentice'', knowing that the penalty for both is death but actual treason was in fact impossible to prove(he was guilty of raising a private army; that is he got out of a tight situation by manipulating his enemies into defecting to him).
** Aral does this less subtly in ''Barrayar'' by ordering his private HeroicSociopath, Bothari to protect Miles against Aral's ''own father''. This caused an estrangement between them that lasted several years.
* Lieutenant Panga in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' will do anything, absolutely anything, to keep the children around him safe.
* {{God}} in ''Literature/TheBible'' is this to his followers. A huge portion of the Bible is an endless loop of the Israelites being a FaceHeelRevolvingDoor, being God-fearing one minute and worshiping idols the next. Yet every single time they cry out to God for help, he answers them.
** Jesus inverts this in the New Testament. The one and only time he truly gets angry is when he goes to his Father's temple and finds it desecrated. He sits down, braids a whip, then unleashes hell.
* ''SkulduggeryPleasant'' is this. Do not harm Valkyrie Cain. Just... don't.
* Although his relationship with Rue is never defined, Thresh is one towards her in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. When [[spoiler: he overhears Clove taunting Katniss about Rue's death]], his BerserkButton is pressed, actually breaks his [[TheStoic calm demeanor]] and ''shouts'' furiously and it didn't go well for [[spoiler: Clove]].
* In the DaleBrown novel ''A Time for Patriots'', [[spoiler: when the FBI agents hurt and threaten Brad, Pat pays them right back, forcing them to bug out.]]
* Henry Grimm, in ''The Council of Mirrors'' by Michael Buckley, [[spoiler: attacks Grendel (Yes, that Grendel) unarmed, and wins. He also beats up his much-loved brother]] in both cases to protect his daughters.
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* ''Series/StepByStep'': Frank was often the bumbling dad, much to the chagrin of eldest stepdaughter Dana ... especially when his attempts to play Papa Wolf result in (comical) failure. However, by the final act, when Frank plays things straight ... he is a very effective in warding off boys with undesirable ulterior motives. He never did this too much for younger stepdaughter Karen, as most of the sitcom dynamic was reserved for Dana's distaste with Frank. However, toward the end of the series, Frank played Papa Wolf for Al.
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Several times, Charles playing watchdog over his daughters. More than once, Laura's husband-to-be, Almanzo, would be on the wrong end of Charles' wrath ... until Charles sees that "Manly" has pure motives. Indeed, Almanzo and Laura (despite their 10-year age difference) were a life-long couple, the (real-life) marriage ending only when Almanzo suffered a fatal heart attack in 1949, aged 92.
* A very literal example is Leanbow in ''PowerRangersMysticForce'' given that he is the Wolf Knight, when he becomes the red Wolf Warrior, he protects his son and his friends in a truly awesome battle. The same largely applies to his counterpart from ''MahouSentaiMagiranger'', save that all the core rangers are his children in that version.
* Keith Mars from ''VeronicaMars'', who previously gave off the impression of a NonActionGuy, goes berserk when first season's villain tries to burn Veronica alive.
** He is actually shown to be a {{Badass}} throughout the show, but in between the odd times that we ever see him get in a fight, most reports we hear of his exploits (he does a lot of work out of town chasing down bail jumpers) are Offstage Heroics at best, and an InformedAbility at worst. His ability to handle himself in a fight is in fact a ChekhovsSkill.
** From the same series, the domineering, abusive [[spoiler:and murderous]] Aaron Echolls seems oblivious that his daughter is being beaten up by her boyfriend, even appearing interested in starring in a movie he wants to pitch. However, at the start of what looked to be a pleasant dinner he administers [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown one of the most comprehensive beatdowns ever seen on TV]], before calmly concluding "I've decided I'm not interested in appearing in your movie."
*** [[spoiler:It would appear that the same protectiveness doesn't apply to Logan, though.]]
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': Elliot Stabler's kids may as well be his BerserkButton, he once almost beat a pedophile half to death for posting pictures of his (underaged) daughter on an internet site. Then again, given that the only thing that keeps him doing that on a regular basis is that he can't use torture as a means to extract confessions, and once removed of that restriction, he quite gleefully beat into another suspect...
** Odafin "Fin" Tutuola also counts: he points out that if it had been his kid, there would have been no "half" about it.
** A number of the female victims father found out that someone had killed his daughter and went out and killed the perp.
* ''AceLightning'''s Simon Hollander is a mild mannered accountant - until you insult his son.
* In ''Series/TwentyFour'', do ''not'' mess with Jack Bauer's daughter. You ''will'' regret it. i.e., the end of season one, when Kim has escaped from her captors, but the villains still want to lure Jack in, so they have TheMole tell him that his daughter's body had been found. [[WhatAnIdiot Seriously. Bad. Idea.]] Jack comes in, all right -- ''[[GunsAkimbo both guns blazing]]'' -- and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge doesn't leave a single one alive]], even [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill emptying a magazine]] into the surrendering BigBad. There is a good reason why he is the TropeNamer for the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': "You just killed someone I liked, and that is ''not'' a safe place to stand. I'm The Doctor and you're in the biggest library in the universe. '''Look me up'''."
** About 5-10 minutes or so after the Doctor finally accepts Jenny as his "daughter," so to speak, in "The Doctor's Daughter," [[spoiler:she takes a bullet for him and winds up dying in his arms.]] The next minute is [[TechnicalPacifist one of the only times in the series where we see the Doctor holding someone at gunpoint.]]
** Also "NO FORCE IN THE UNIVERSE CAN STOP ME NOW!" when [[spoiler:Rose's face/consciousness is stolen]] in "The Idiot's Lantern." I think it's fairly safe to say that you ''just don't mess'' with the Doctor's companions. Ever.
** It's not just the New Series that has the Doctor going all Papa Wolf when his companions are endangered. I submit the cliffhanger to Episode 3 of the Caves of Androzani [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUhk2QewuMM as exhibit A ]]
** When finding Sarah strapped to a rock and tortured in The Sontaran Experiment, the Doctor utterly blows his tactical righteous cool and starts swearing and trying to beat up the Sontaran leader. This does not go well for him, which he would've known if he weren't blinded by rage.
** In episode Amy's Choice, the Dream Lord remarks on the Doctor's tendency to swell in masterful fury when someone he cares about is threatened.
** Series 6 turns this UpToEleven in its midseason finale, where the Doctor gathers a literal army to rescue Amy and her daughter. But this is outshone by Amy's husband Rory, who dons Roman centurion armor and a sword and ''fights his way through a Cyberman starship'' just to ask them a question:
--->'''Rory''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Where. Is. My. Wife?]]
*** [[http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmc8vhjkc31qioqamo1_500.jpg "I'm Rory Williams. I'm here to kiss my wife or kick your ass. AND I DON'T SEE MY WIFE."]]
** Series 5, The Eleventh Doctor acts as a Papa Wolf for ''all of humanity'' to the Atraxi with a little history lesson in the first episode. Safe to say, this speech solidified Matt Smith as The Doctor for those who weren't already convinced (such as this Troper).
--->'''Atraxi''': You are not of this world.\\
'''The Doctor''': No, but I've put a lot of work into it.\\
...\\
'''The Doctor''': Okay! One more, just one more... is this world protected?\\
''*cue montage of aliens who have attacked or threatened humanity*''\\
'''The Doctor''': But you're not the first lot to have come here. Oh, there have been ''so'' many! And what you've got to ask is... what happened to them?\\
''*cue montage of the previous ten incarnations of The Doctor, ending with The Eleventh stepping through the image of The Tenth*''\\
'''The Doctor''': Hello. I'm The Doctor. Basically... [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome run]].
** In ''The Doctor's Wife'' where he is tricked into coming to House's asteroid by the dead message-boxes from Time Lords, causing him to despair that once again he's the LastOfHisKind... and if that wasn't enough of an insult, all because this was a trick to distract him so that House could attempt to consume his TARDIS.
--> '''Doctor''': You gave me hope and then you took it all away, thats enough to make anyone dangerous! God only knows what it will do to ''me''! Basically... RUN!
* Michael has a Papa Wolf moment in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' when trying to get back with a girl he was dating. He stops his sister and mother from physically attacking her in a restaurant for writing an unflattering article about the family. Then he hears that she told his son to stop getting in the way of Michael's happiness. He steps out of the way and tells the girl she's on her own. She promptly gets her ass kicked.
* Danny "Danno" Williams in the ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' reboot. Moving to the other side of the continent is the ''least'' he'll do for his daughter Gracie.
** Half of the episode "E Malama" is Danny being this. ''Never'' endanger the life of his daughter.
-->'''Danny''': If you ever bring a gun into the same ''zip code'' as my daughter again, I will put a bullet in your head.
* Phillip "Uncle Phil" Banks from ''TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' is known for his anger, but in the episode, Mistaken Identity, when a racist police officer arrests his son Carlton and nephew Will, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW9pklBXqk4 sees right through]] an obvious EngineeredPublicConfession. When said cop refuses to let them out of their cell, Uncle Phil unleashes a verbal ass-whoopin' the likes of which the poor bastard had never seen.
** Another example of Uncle Phil's Papa Wolf badassery is when the parents of Ashley's school bully advise that they seek psychiatric help for her. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq-l2Oq_8lI Long story short, shit gets real]].
*** A third example is when Will's father Lou shows up. As Lou is preparing to leave...without Will and asks Uncle Phil to let him know... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxQKXNHzT0Y Phil unleashes a verbal beatdown on Lou not seen since the Mistaken Identity.]] And it was glorious.
** He also out-hustles a pool hustler who tried to cheat Will out of thousands of dollars!
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', the uber-example is Noah Bennet aka "Horn Rimmed Glasses/HRG", Claire's adoptive father. For one thing, when Claire Bennet was shot shortly after losing her powers (primarily to protect her dad), and was also slowly and painfully dying due to not having ever been sick in her life prior to this, he attempted to get revenge on Sylar by shooting him and went on a manhunt. His protectiveness of Claire Bennet and unwillingness to hurt her or let her get hurt was also what caused Claire to immediately deduce that the sniper who was gunning down the carnival members was not actually HRG, as the sniper managed to graze her in the arm, something that HRG would never have done even if he did attempt to gun down the carnival.
** This is also true for Dr. Mohinder Suresh and Matt Parkman, the surrogate parents of Molly Walker. They're white hats, though, so they're not as extreme in their protective measures as MamaBear Jessica or HRG.
** Future!Sylar becomes a Papa Wolf. He's gone from a homicidal psychopath to a cuddly, waffle-making single father because he keeps his murderous instinct in check for his son's sake... and when said son in killed in the crossfire of a battle between Peter and the Company, Sylar goes nuclear and takes out the '''''city'''''.
* Lampshaded on ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Lorne comments on Angel's strong "Mama Bear Vibe" when he becomes aggressively over-protective of his newborn son. The trope was shown in its full glory when Angel almost smothered Wesley to death after Wesley unwittingly made Angel lose his son.
** Then there was this conversation with Lilah:
-->'''Lilah''': Look, Angel, I know you've been out of the loop for a while, but I'm still evil. I don't do errands. Unless they're evil errands.\\
'''Angel''': I think you'll do this one.\\
'''Lilah''': Why? What's in it for me?\\
'''Angel''': Just this once, I'll ignore the fact that you're within fifty yards of my son. Just this once.
** There was his little speech to Linwood in "Dad" where he promised to inflict upon him any pain Connor experiences, even when Wolfram&Hart couldn't have possibly had anything to do with it.
* In ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', Alan Jackson is none too pleased when aliens abduct his daughter and try to RetGone her.
* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', [[TeamDad Commander Adama]] has repeatedly referred to his crew as a family and came dangerously close to sparking off a civil war [[spoiler:between the Battlestars ''Galactica'' and ''Pegasus'' in order to get "[his] men" back.]]
** The scene where he threatens Admiral Cain is both a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and example of SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic. "Prelude to War" is a masterpiece and it fits the scene so well. It makes Adama's Papa Wolf-ness that much more badass.
** Earlier than that, in the first season episode "You Can't Go Home Again", when Adama puts the fleet and resources in serious jeopardy before giving up on [[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt a hopeless rescue operation]] to recover [[TheLancer Starbuck]]. When his son, who has something of an inferiority complex with regards to the Commander's and Starbuck's relationship, asks if the Commander would have stayed so long if it had been him down there, Adama asserts that if it were him, they would never leave.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': [[spoiler:Ben]], of all people, goes all Papa Wolf on [[spoiler:Keamy's]] ass - but with disastrous consequences, and too late to do any good.
** Very darkly used when [[spoiler: Walt]] is taken away by the Others, and his father [[spoiler: Michael]] not only betrays the group under their orders, but also [[spoiler: kills Ana Lucia and Libby]], all while attempting to protect his son.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'s'' Malcolm Reynolds is a PapaWolf, and in his case, it applies to ''anyone'' [[TrueCompanions on his crew]]. Threaten someone on his crew, and you are in for an extreme [[BerserkButton world of hurt]].
** In a similar vein, Simon is this way with his [[TheWoobie long-suffering]] sister River. He's normally a relatively unassuming and actually quite timid doctor who isn't that good at combat, but when River is in danger, he goes [[{{Determinator}} all-out]] to protect her.
*** I wonder how many times Jubal Early has gotten slammed into a bulkhead by a [[PintsizedPowerhouse 140 pound]] [[MinoredInAsskicking doctor]], shot him and then got knocked down by him again?
** And while we're at it, don't hurt Kaylee. [[SociopathicHero Jayne]] will make you ''pay'' if you hurt her. For that matter, so will Simon. And Mal. In fact, just ''don't hurt Kaylee''. As Jubal Early can attest, it won't end well for you. Well, he could if he hadn't been [[spoiler:[[ThrownOutTheAirlock shoved into the endless void of space]]]].
* TeamDad Giles of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. The welfare of the Scoobies is this normally quiet and reserved librarian's BerserkButton.
** In one episode of season five, Spike comes by asking about Buffy. The Scoobies tell him he's not welcome, and when he doesn't get the message, Giles ''[[NeckLift picks him up by the throat]]'' and menacingly warns him away from Buffy. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome All this time, Giles looks about ready to chuck Spike right into the sunlight.]]
** There's also "Graduation Day Part 1" where [[BigBad the Mayor]] nonchalantly mentions his plan to eat Buffy and Giles, without blinking, picks up a sword and stabs him through the chest. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, since he's nearly-demon it doesn't do much.]]
** [[FamilyValuesVillain The Mayor]] is this himself to his [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[DarkActionGirl Faith]], with whom he shares an [[PetTheDog oddly touching]] [[ParentalSubstitute father/daughter relationship]]. When Buffy puts her into a coma, he first tries to smother Buffy in a TranquilFury, then has a miniature VillainousBreakdown, dropping his usual AffablyEvil persona:
-->'''Angel:''' Don't do that!\\
'''Mayor:''' Oh, I will. I'll do worse! Murderous little fiend! [[FauxSymbolism Did you see what she did to my]] [[IronicNames Faith]]?!\\
'''Angel:''' I got no plans to weep over that.\\
'''Mayor:''' Yeah, well, I'd get set for a world of weeping! I'd get set for a world of pain! Misery loves company young man, and I'm more than willing to share that with you and your '''''[[PrecisionFStrike whore]]!'''''
* Another Simon, this time the MagnificentBastard from ''FlashForward2009''. While definitely not a NiceGuy, he is very protective of his family, especially his younger sister Annabelle.
** Aaron Stark also qualifies. [[spoiler:Don't try to hurt Tracy. ''Ever''.]]
* Jack Bristow of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' is a Papa Wolf extraordinaire for his ActionGirl daughter Sydney, despite being absent for much of her life due to his job with the CIA. Some of the more memorable instances include the very first line he says in the series being him asking about Sydney's safety (deliberate on the part of the writing staff); breaking another agent's fingers in a vise after finding out he's a traitor, then shooting him in the head after he confesses to exposing Sydney's cover; and entering a fatally radioactive room to ensure her escape.
** This is all nothing compared to his retaliation against his own wife, [[MagnificentBastard Irina]] [[LadyOfWar Derevko]]. In "Dead Drop", he believes Irina isn't genuine in her desire to help the CIA, so he [[spoiler: rigs the safe house Sydney has gone to on Irina's intel to blow]], which makes Sydney believe her mother lied to her and meant her harm. As we see in "Search and Rescue", he even [[spoiler: ''executed'' Irina - or, [[ArtificialHuman a double of Irina]]]] because he believed she ordered a hit on Sydney.
* Aaron Hotchner of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is without a doubt TeamDad to the entire team. And he is not a dad you want to mess with. Although, considering his workaholic tendencies and his eventual divorce as a result, he's often a better dad to the team than he is to his actual son. He even plays PapaWolf to children involved in their cases.
** Dave Rossi reaches PapaWolf status in "Masterpiece" when Henry Grace goes after the team to get to him. He [[TheChessmaster spends the entire interview convincing Grace he's got the power]], then, in one line ("Did you get all that?") [[OutGambitted Out-Gambits]] Grace by revealing he's been playing Grace the whole time, slamming Grace's head against a window for going after his team.
*** Hotch and Rossi's co-parental status is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when team super badass/older brother Derek Morgan asks, "Where's Mom and Dad?" to which team organizer/big sister JJ responds, "Hotch and Rossi are still at the conference." No mention of which is which, but it's worth noting that Hotch's status as TeamMom has been a running gag in fandom since season 1.
** Hotch invoked this trope all over the [[ThatOneCase recurring villain]] who came after his own family. [[spoiler:Like Fin Tutuola, above, he wouldn't -- and didn't -- stop at "half".]]
** There is another episode where the kidnapper of a girl turns out to be just a lustful teenager, and the girl's father turns out to be [[RetiredBadass a retired mafia hitman]]. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Leo spent the first half of season 6 in Papa Wolf mode after both his sons were put in danger.
* In ''{{Dexter}}'', Dexter Morgan intentionally breaks his rules for the first time in order to [[spoiler:protect his girlfriend's daughter from a pervert, despite not having any proof that the perv is a murderer.]] He even compares himself to a wolf directly in [[spoiler:the Season 3 finale, as he prepares to [[{{Squick}} smash the bones in his hand]] in order to make his escape from King, and live to be a father to his unborn son.]] In general, he seems to hold a particular antipathy for any of his victims who victimize children.
** In Season 5 he beats the snot out of an abusive stepdad (whose stepdaughter was friends with Astor, Dexter's own stepdaughter) and runs him out of town, partly to help out the girl being abused, but also to ensure the abuser never goes near any member of Dexter's family.
** In Season 6, Dexter considers lettint the police catch the Doomsday Killer, [[spoiler: but then he kidnaps his son]]
* Gibbs of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' '''''WILL''''' hunt you down if you ever harm his team. Especially Abby... [[RedundantRescue not that she usually needs rescuing]].
** In one episode, Gibbs tag-teams with his FBI counterpart Fornell after a suspect tried to kill the NCIS/FBI agent pair escorting him.
** Gibbs' [[UpToEleven own backstory]] involves him hunting down and executing the Mexican drug lord responsible for the death of his first wife and their daughter.
** In the episode "Twisted Sister", [=McGee=] goes PapaWolf in his effort to clear his little sister.
** Sniper Gibbs shoots a terrorist holding Ziva captive in a Somalian prison, from 1,000 yards, in the seventh season episode "Truth or Consequences." Ziva's partners Tony DiNozzo and Tim [=McGee=] are deliberately captured and endure torture to give Gibbs a chance to set up the shot and rescue Ziva. In the seventh season episode "Good Cop, Bad Cop," Gibbs sends a message to Ziva's father, the Mossad director, who sent her on a suicide mission and then left her to die in Somalia, that "She is off limits!" No one messes with Ziva on Gibbs' watch.
** In the fifth season episode "Requiem," Gibbs beats up a man who is harassing his dead daughter's childhood best friend, Maddie Tyler, and later rescues her from her kidnappers.
** In one episode there is a {{Flashback}} in which young Gibbs is in a fight with a bully and his dad comes out and fires a shotgun in the air. Which would indicate that it's InTheBlood.
* Luke from ''GilmoreGirls'', Rory's father figure, goes PapaWolf quite a few times, one of these even leading to Lorelai proposing to him.
* Cruelly subverted in ''Series/{{Oz}}''. When Vern Schillinger's son Andrew arrives in Oz, [[BreakTheCutie Tobias Beecher]], [[TheChessmaster Ryan O'Reily]] and [[DepravedBisexual Chris Keller]] seize the opportunity to get even with Vern. [[spoiler:They help Andrew kick his drug addiction while implying to Vern that it's all a ploy to [[PrisonRape make Andrew their prag]]. Vern tries to warn Andrew, but it [[CallingTheOldManOut backfires]].]] Vern eventually concludes that he'd rather kill Andrew himself than to see him subjected to a FateWorseThanDeath. When the trio hears of Andrew's death, they just quip: "It worked."
* Eric does this a few times in ''BoyMeetsWorld''. Mostly he is a [[TheDitz Ditz]] and sometimes he is a {{Woobie}}. But he can be a Papa Wolf to Cory and when he stood up to a bully bigger than him it was a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': TeamDad Captain Jack Harkness fits this whenever his team is put in danger... especially when it's perceived to be his fault (directly or not). All you have to see is him charging in to save his team with [[BadassLongcoat swishing coat]] and a gun in "Countrycide" to realize that you don't mess with Torchwood.
** Somewhat subverted in ''Children of Earth'' when [[spoiler:Jack sacrifices his own grandson to save millions of other children.]]
** From ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay Miracle Day]]'': Known murderer and paedophile Oswald Danes is in Gwen and Rhys' house and makes the mistake of laying a hand on their daughter. Rhys spends the remainder of the episode threatening to kill him. Danes even notes at one point that Rhys would probably do it.
* Mork from ''MorkAndMindy''. Don't make fun of his son Mearth. Just... [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass don't]].
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': {{Averted|Trope}} with John Winchester, who doesn't let his sons' welfare get in the way of his job. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in that Dean is not only Sam's older brother, but also his parent in many ways. Dean's already a BadAss, so '''[[BerserkButton don't mess with Sammy]]'''.
** Actually, John has frequently shown a reluctance to put his boys in danger and wasted one of the Colt's precious bullets to kill a vampire that was threatening Sammy. Even after he was dead, ''he climbed out of hell'' to kick Azazel's ass when he attacked the boys. If anything, John transforms from a BadAss to the incarnation of the Wrath of God when Dean or Sam are in trouble.
*** There's also the fact that he sold his soul and the only weapon that could kill Azazel (who he'd spent the past 20 something years hunting) to Azazel to make sure Dean would live. [[ParentsAsPeople The man may not be the most stellar father]], but it can't be denied that he ''does'' try.
** A man named Jimmy Novak is dying, and then is told that his daughter Claire will be the vessel for the angel Castiel. He demands that Castiel use him and spare poor Claire the trauma of seeing everything Castiel has to do, even though it means he'll never see his family again. Castiel accepts, and Jimmy becomes the SoulJar of sorts for him and the Cas we know.
* ''Series/{{Stargate SG-1}}'': General Hammond is usually the level-headed, occasionally obstinate commander of Stargate Command. But when you threaten his people (especially SG-1), you'd better run.
** When SG-1 was captured by a System Lord, he sent four teams to rescue them, and when they were captured as well and his superiors ordered him not to risk another rescue mission, he went offworld to gather help to rescue them himself. He and Teal'c end up piloting a fighter ''through the damn Stargate'', while Hammond shows his Texan heritage with a hearty "Yeehaw!"
** When SG-1 was sent back to 1969 in a freak accident, Hammond sent a note with them, which said only "Help them." His thirty-years-younger self found the note and indeed decided to help SG-1 escape custody, solely on the basis of recognizing his own handwriting.
** When SG-1 was nearly killed while trying to uncover an Ancient weapon to save the planet, it was Hammond who saved them at the last minute, by personally taking command of Earth's lone spaceship and giving them enough time to save the world...again.
* In ''Series/BurnNotice'' Michael Westen often accuses his little brother of being a ne'er-do-well. But when his little brother is in trouble he'll always stick up for him. It is [[ItsPersonal not]] [[ThisMeansWar safe]] to pick on [[{{Badass}} Michael Westen's]] brother.
** While we're at it, it also wouldn't be wise to hurt [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas Michael's mother]].
** Several of Michael's clients are as well. One takes a beating and doesn't lose his cool because his son's being held hostage. Another, on seeing a con artist who sold fake medicine that made his son's health worse, jumps out of a car, chases the guy down and beats the crap out of him.
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Al Bundy is hardly a model dad, but he will stand up for his children when needed. A RunningGag is that he'll discover a [[OverprotectiveDad sleazebag making out with his daughter, drag him to the front door and slam him against it before tossing him out of the house]]. In one particular episode, Kelly spots her boyfriend with another girl. She simply tells Al, "Daddy, beat him up," which he promptly does.
* On ''Series/{{CSI}}'', Grissom (who is as mild-mannered as they come, and at this point had few moments in which he lost his temper) gave Catherine's abusive ex an OhCrap moment by letting out a very loud "Hey!" and looking all the world like he was going to charge down the hallway when Eddie tried to bully her.
** There's also this memorable rant, showing that you do ''not'' fuck around with kids on Gil Grissom's watch:
-->'''Gil Grissom:''' Let me tell you something, [[{{Lolita}} Humbert]]. You're twice the age of these kids, and half of them couldn't find their own ass with a map. You prey on innocent children, concocting God-knows-what from God-knows-where, selling Russian Roulette in a bottle and you think we came all the way out here to bust you for possession, you dumb punk? I'm gonna get you for murder. Cool?
** D.B. in the season 12 opener. Grandpapa Wolf you could call it in that case. He kept enough control not to do anything stupid, but Brass still yelled at him during the search for his granddaughter.
* Ditto with ''{{CSI NY}}'''s Mac Taylor...it's shown up several times with Lindsay in particular. In the ep where the lab was shot up, Mac crashed through his half broken office window to pull her out of the line of fire after she had a [[HeroicBSOD panic attack]], apparently.
* The same probably also goes for Horatio Caine on ''{{CSI Miami}}''.
** And Angela's dad as well.
* MamaBear and [[MisterSeahorse Papa Seahorse]] became proud parents of this trope on ''Series/AlienNation'', when pregnant Newcomer George Francisco broke with his usual self-controlled civility to utterly cream a thug in defense of the fetal Newcomer in his belly-pouch.
* Agent Booth from ''Series/{{Bones}}'' won't hesitate to hurt or kill if anyone tried to get too close to Brennan. He is fiercely protective of her, escaping from the hospital despite his injuries in order to save her from a crazy ex-FBI agent.
** Booth wasn't happy when Howard Epps escaped from prison. But when Epps got close to Booth's son Parker, he went full-on Papa Wolf.
*** He's also willing to give up a promotion, a raise and a trip to Hawaii to keep his little brother from being dishonourably discharged.
** Matt Brennan, aka Max Keenan (father of Bones) once [[NoKillLikeOverkill killed, gutted, and then burned the corpse of someone who was hired to kill his children]]. In an earlier episode, it's mentioned that despite being a career criminal, he tried to avoid violence whenever possible. ''Killed, gutted, then set on fire.''
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Kurt Hummel's dad Burt may not understand his son's obsession with musicals and dancing but when Kurt is refused a solo on the grounds of being of the wrong sex for it, he goes to the school and ''shouts'' at the principal and the teacher until Kurt is given a chance.
** Papa Wolf status confirmed when he rips Finn a new one and throws him out of the house for calling Kurt a fag. Also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
--> "[[BerserkButton What did you just call him?!]]"
** Then there's what he's inches away from doing to Karofsky before Kurt pulls him off. Which is not too long after suffering [[spoiler: a serious heart attack and week-long coma]] to boot...so, simply put? ''Do not'' mess with Kurt Hummel; you won't like the results. And he didn't even know [[StalkerWithACrush the real reason Karofsky was threatening Kurt...]]
* In ''NoahsArc'', Ricky actually fits in this regards to Noah at times, despite not being his father. Ricky introduced Noah to much of the gay scene, and shows increasing protectiveness of him as the series goes on, doubling as a friend and mentor at times. Whenever he feels Noah is in danger, he immediately goes into PapaWolf mode.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Henry has his moments in cases where Shawn is in danger. 'Shawn takes a shot in the dark' anyone?
* From ''Series/{{ER}}'', we have a few doctors who would go to far lengths to protect their patients. Dr Kovac once yelled at a father for leaving his young daughter alone in the waiting room for some time while he was working, where there were druggies and other not-so-sane people around. Another time, when he suspected the husband of his patient was abusing her, he went to confront him and was fully willing to put himself in danger (hence getting punched as a result) to prove to the authorities that the guy was a danger to his wife and others.
** Another time, Ray found out his ex-girlfriend had an abusive father. He helped her get away from him and when the father tried to catch the car, Ray flattened him with a punch.
** The time when Malucci found out that [[ParentalIncest a little girl he was tending for was sexually abused by her dad.]] After hearing about the "games" he played with her, [[HeroicBSOD the poor guy's mind completely shut off]]... and then he burst into the operation room where the father was being treated and beat him up while crying and screaming.
* [[RetiredBadass Uther Pendragon]], from ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. [[JerkAss For all of]] [[KnightTemplar the man's flaws]], it really is not wise to mess with either [[WellDoneSonGuy Arthur]] or [[ParentalSubstitute Morgana]]. [[KnightTemplarParent He will kill you dead.]]
** A non-parental example on the same show is Merlin toward Arthur and Guinevere. A memorable scene in season three is Merlin telling [[AlphaBitch Morgana]] in no uncertain terms that if she dares hurt either of them, she'll be going down ''hard''. [[spoiler:And she does]].
* Clark Kent on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', whenever children are in harm's way. Also Jonathan Kent and later on, Lionel Luthor.
** Jonathan Kent was actually pretty legendary in this regard. One memorable scene was when Lionel tried to blackmail him again, or he'll expose Clark's secret to the world. He chose to beat seven shades of crap out of Lionel, nearly killing him, until he was struck with a heart attack, and died. He [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed his life]] to protect his adopted son.
*** Granted, the situation was not ''quite'' what he thought it was (Lionel was actually on the way to a HeelFaceTurn at this time, and ''himself'' took Clark's secret to the grave 2 Seasons later), but given Jonathan's history with the Luthor family, his overreaction is understandable (and Lionel even admitted his fault in Jonathan's death).
* Dr. Cal Lightman of ''Series/LieToMe'' may be a [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny Ears Deception Expert]] who has kind of a bad-boy vibe going on. But should you so much as ''threaten'' his daughter Emily (whether you're a punk kid or a cop or a federal agent), Cal will [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown destroy you]].
* Averted in ''RepublicOfDoyle''. Malachy could care less about Jake.
* [[DaChief Police Commissioner Frank Reagan]] of ''BlueBloods'' unhesitatingly shoots and kills the rapist/killer who was threatening his Assistant DA daughter, [[PrinciplesZealot Erin]]; who had [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished prosecuted the guy a few years earlier.]]
* ''RaisingHope'': Burt Chance loves his family. When his rock hero insults his wife, son, and granddaughter all at once, he gives the jerk a guitar to the back of the noggin. He even got a youtube mix out of it!
* ''Series/TheWestWing''. President Bartlett had a very memorable rant about what would happen if [[ThePresidentsDaughter something happened to his daughter Zoey]], calling it "the nightmare scenario", since "this country no longer has a commander-in-chief but has a father who's out of his mind because his little girl ''is in a shack somewhere in Uganda'' '''with a gun to her head!'''"
** Played straight on several other occasions, notably when Bartlet believes a reporter has approached his daughter Ellie despite strict rules forbidding them to do this.
** Toby is also a straight example before his children are even born:
--> '''Toby:''' I'm told that on my sunniest of days I'm not that fun to be around. I wonder what's going to happen when you make my children a part of your life.
* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': Linc to his son LJ, Michael to his nephew LJ. Alex to his son.
** Linc, who is ready to tear Alex apart at the first opportunity, in season four finds out [[spoiler: Alex's son is dead... and not only buries the hatchet but promises to help him go after the people responsible.]]
* Floyd Henderson in ''SmartGuy'' doesn't actually get a chance to demonstrate his Papa Wolf potential, but in the episode ''Strangers on the Net'', after TJ admitted to Floyd that a man posed as a kid on a kid's chatroom and later has the guy arrested (who also turned out to have been arrested for this sort of thing before and placed on prohibation), and was unlikely to be getting out of jail anytime soon due to breaking prohibation, Floyd remarks "Lucky for him" when hearing this, implying that he intended to do far worse to him as soon as he got out.
* Ray Campbell in ''SisterSister'' had one of these moments when the twin daughters (well, technically Tamera only, Tia only went after it became apparent that Tamera snuck out of the house in an attempt to get her back home, but her plan ended up backfiring) attempted to meet Verique, who despite his identity on the web, was actually a sex offender who often lures women into posing for dirty pictures. As soon as Ray and Lisa found this out (as well as where he lives due to directions), after the twins attempt to escape but fail, Ray and Lisa appear behind him and, in a Crowning Moment of Awesome, punches Verique in the face after Lisa shouts "What's love got to do with it, ya punk?!"
* Sheriff Jack Carter of ''{{Eureka}}''. A nice guy who'd rather avoid nuclear anything, much less the radiation that comes with it. However, when his smart house goes crazy and targets his daughter, Zoe, with a destructo raygun, he breaks out his prized World Series autographed bat and wails on the house's nuclear generator in the hopes of knocking off the power... Which theoretically would have killed him and the five people trapped in the house with him. Sorry Boss, Best-Friend, Love Interest, and two mostly innocent bystanders, Jack's daughter ranks above all of you.
* Walter from ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' was willing to ''destroy the fabric of the universe'' in order to save [[spoiler: the parallel universe version of]] his son.
* Despite ''Series/ModernFamily'''s Cameron being overly dramatic and somewhat effeminate, when he thinks there's a stranger in Baby Lily's room he jumps out of bed, grabs a baseball bat, and charges in with a PreAssKickingOneLiner.
* Alvaro Cueva, Mexican critic of Alta Definición fame, HATES seeing children being treated as idiots by some shows, and exploited (made fun of or worse, making kids dance in ways pedobear would approve) by others.
* ''BreakingBad'': Walt White is not too fond of people making fun of or hurting Walt Jr. or [[ParentalSubstitute Jesse]]. If you do either of those, prepare to PAY for it, and pay it dearly.
* Scorpius, the original BigBad of ''PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' goes on a rampage when he thinks the Rangers have kidnapped his daughter Trakeena. It ends badly for all involved.
** In ''PowerRangersDinoThunder'', Tommy does not take kindly to his students being threatened. In one episode, Zeltrax taunting him with their deaths results in Tommy seriously wounding the cyborg.
* Should you happen to be in a coma, whether you're listening to ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' or ''AshesToAshes'' don't mess with anyone under Gene Hunt's protection. Don't.
* In ''RizzoliAndIsles'', Maura Isles' biological father Paddy Doyle stabbed a rival mobster in the heart with an icepick to prevent him from killing Maura the way he'd already killed Doyle's son. On the dead man's chest was a blood-stained photo of Doyle holding Maura as a baby, pinned there with the icepick. Doyle's message: "Don't mess with my family." Doyle told Maura to call him with the murderer's name and he'd "send the man a message" but Maura couldn't do it, even if it meant she would be murdered. It's strongly implied that another Papa Wolf, Jane Rizzoli's ex-partner Vince Korsak, called Doyle to protect Maura.
* In ''TinMan'' Wyatt Cain beats up, shoots or threatens anyone who comes within an arm's length of DG. Don't hurt the Princess.
* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' threatening a Nietzschean's wives and children is one of the easiest ways to get them mad at you. This is part of their SocialDarwinist values, they are trying to preserve their genes.
* Deconstructed by George in ''Series/BeingHuman'', who grows paranoid for the safety of his daughter [[spoiler:after his partner Nina is beaten to death by vampires]], and constantly keeps watch over her crib without allowing her outdoors. Also a literal example, since George is a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf.]]
* Rumpelstiltskin of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', especially before he gets his powers: a friendless cripple whose wife ran out on him years ago, his son is the only thing he's got left, and if you threaten that son, he will happily [[spoiler:burn down his duke's palace, kill an evil wizard to usurp his powers, and then merrily kill every soldier he gets his hands on.]] He's also shown displaying PapaWolf-ish tendencies towards other people's children -- he speaks of wanting to protect ''all'' the children who've been conscripted to war, not just his son, and is visibly angered by Cinderella's casual offer to sell her other child.
* [[Series/{{Castle}} Rick Castle]]. You do not mess with his daughter. Not even if you are Mr. Macho Cool Slaughter, who can get away with saying plenty of risque things about Beckett (who Castle is normally quite protective of as well, if the situation calls for it. [[ActionGirl Not that the situation often calls for it]]) but earns a punch in the nose for even ''thinking'' about talking that way about his daughter.
* [[Series/{{Kamen Rider}}]] Tendou Souji(Kamen Rider Kabuto) is a extreme case of this, insult him mock him he won't care. But if anyone be they face stealing alien or human alike threatens his sister [[spoiler: in reality his cousin, but treats Juuka as his sister Hiyori is his Realy sister]] or Hiyori and he will beat you or if your said alien kick you into oblivion. A special note of this also goes to Kazama Daisuke(Kamen Rider Drake) and will go full on Papa Wolf if you even look at Gon in any way.
* On Spike TV's ''BarRescue'', host John sends undercover employees into the failing bars to pretend to be customers; he watches on hidden cameras as they experience the food, beverages, and customer service. On the episode set at J. Murphy's bar, his daughter was one of the undercover workers - and she nearly got food poisoning from food prepared by a chef who didn't wash her hands after handling raw chicken. John broke his own protocol and called off the undercover stint, tore into the bar to stop her from eating the food, and then went into the kitchen, where he gave the chef possibly the most vicious dressing-down in the history of the show.
* Admiral Chegwidden the Badass TeamDad on ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* Dan Scott on ''OneTreeHill'' may be a JerkAss, but try to hurt Lucas or Nathan, and you WILL be sorry, the best example is when he saves Nathan from a gang of russian mobsters.
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* The biography of Marc Oberlindes, a sample character of ''{{Traveller}}'', tells how once when his son was imprisoned he recruited [[{{Posse}} a band]] [[PrivateMilitaryContractors of mercenaries]] to rescue him.
* In the ''{{Ravenloft}}'' setting, Rudolph van Richten went PapaWolf on the Vistani band that kidnapped his son, and then hunted down the vampire who'd hired them to deliver the boy.
** It's revealed in Van Richten's Guide to the Vistani that the originally kindly and very forgiving doctor's curse of vengeance upon that particular Vistani clan for what they did is the reason why they can never rest in one place for more than a day or two. Because with his curse that "the undead take you" as they took his son to the undead, every surviving member of the clan is forever hunted by the undead until Van Richten lifts the curse with his forgiveness.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' the Space Wolves Chapter of Space Marines are this towards civilians and innocents, and will hunt down and ''destroy'' anyone who hurts one - even other Space Marines or the Inquistion.
* Kill one of Sanguinius's Blood Angels (ergo: Sons) and he WILL break your spine. Likewise, if you hurt Sanguinius, the Blood Angels will tear you apart.
* ''MagicTheGathering'' has quite a few, such as [[DarkIsNotEvil Jarad vod Savo]], towards his son Myc.
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* Harry Mason from ''VideoGame/SilentHill1''. Generally, he's a NonActionGuy (he has to be shown how to use a gun by ActionGirl cop Cybil) but when his [[ArcWords little girl, short, with black hair, just turned seven last month]] is in danger, he'll go ToHellAndBack, blunder through a TownWithADarkSecret, and [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kill]] an EldritchAbomination to save her.
** ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' further reveals that Harry ''killed'' a cultist that came after his beloved daughter.
** Murphy Pendleton of ''SilentHillDownpour'' is a deconstruction. [[spoiler:His son was murdered]], and seeking revenge has only made things worse. He's in prison, his wife has left him due to very understandable reasons, [[spoiler:and the deal he made with Sewell has him having to kill Coleridge. Even if Murphy [[MultipleEndings doesn't kill him]], Coleridge's death will still haunt him]].
* In the SoulSeries, the best way to bring Nathaniel "Rock" Adams into action is to kidnap or threaten his adoptive son Bangoo.
* One of the most touching examples is Barret Wallace of ''FinalFantasyVII'', towards his adoptive daughter Marlene. Four years before FFVII began, Corel Village had a Mako Reactor installed to the north despite the protests of the local leader, Dyne. A few days later, the reactor had an accident (and was cleaned up enough so that it seemed normal by the time the game rolls around), but it was reason enough for Scarlet to burn the village to the ground. Out of the survivors are Dyne, his good friend Barrett Wallace, and Dyne's daughter Marlene, who was adopted by the latter. With Dyne presumed KIA, Barrett adopted the infant Marlene and raised her as if she was his own daughter. Had Dyne not crossed the DespairEventHorizon and spent those years either in a psychotic state or festering in Corel Prison, he would be the one exhibiting PapaWolf tendencies instead. [[spoiler:In his last words, Dyne asks Barrett to keep taking care of Marlene before he he either jumps to his death or lets himself die.]]
** Continuing the trend of black male playable characters being papa wolves is Sazh Katzroy from [[FinalFantasyXIII the thirteenth numerical title in the series.]]
** AdventChildren: Once Cloud decides to earn his forgiveness (and gets over the idea that anything he does to help will be too late, not enough, or both), he shows definite signs of this trope. He uses his sword as a boomerang to take out the shadow creepers attacking Denzel while chopping through ''buildings'' to rescue Tifa from being crushed. And all he has to say about it is "Sorry I'm late." I'd call it a CrowningMomentOfAwesome if it wasn't immediately followed by the fight against Bahamut SIN and the [[FastballSpecial entire team tossing Cloud ''through a Mega Flare'' at Bahamut]].
* ''FinalFantasyVIII'': Laguna spends much of his life doing anything he can to find Ellone.
* Ichiro Tamura a.k.a SalaryMan in ''OsuTatakaeOuendan''. Usually comes off as an ordinary office man who is reviled even by his own family, but... the moment he sees his daughter getting threatened by a giant blue rat, he goes "HENSHIN!", turns gigantic and starts kicking the rat's ass.
* In the ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'' backstory: [[spoiler:Losing his son to Scarlet Iago made Median very pliable to manipulation by Drazil and ended with him slaying Vigiliance, [[TheGrimReaper the master of death of his world]], to get revenge for his son.]]
* Christopher Belmont of ''{{Castlevania}} Adventure'' & ''Belmont's Revenge''. Just when he thought he could retire from Vampire Hunting business and leave it to his son Soleiyu... said son suddenly gets possessed by Dracula. "Screw retirement, I want my son back, you son of a bitch."
** Although it's widely believed that ''Belmont's Revenge'' is what happens when {{Konami}} learns their mistake from their extreme NintendoHard-ness of ''Adventure'', it kinda shows off that when his son is in danger, Christopher DOES NOT lose his whip's power at one measly hit (a problem plaguing ''Adventure''), except by one type of enemy. Papa Wolf to the max indeed.
* This is the default mentality of the Big Daddies in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' for the [[CreepyChild Little Sisters]]. They will ignore you if you don't attack them or the Sisters (at the most, they'll shove you away if you get too close), but anybody who does so much as to slap them will face a very pissed off Big Daddy [[LightningBruiser dashing straight at you]] with his [[ThisIsADrill drill]] (or shooting at you with his rivet gun), and he will not stop until one of you is dead. The sequel will allow the player to be this, since the playable character is the SuperPrototype of the Big Daddies.
** In fact, this is the plot of ''VideoGame/BioShock2''. Subject Delta storms the entire Rapture trying to find the Little Sister he was first imprinted on, who is Eleanor Lamb, the daughter of BigBad Sofia Lamb. [[spoiler:Inverted in the endgame where, upon donning the Big Sister suit, Eleanor tells you that now's her time to fight for you and [[EleventhHourSuperpower gives you a plamid to call her by your side]].]]
** When you chose to save your adopted Little Sisters, they become very fond of you. When harvesting [=ADAM=] they usually don't require much protection, leaving you free to chase after fleeing Splicers to impale them with your drill or give them a blast of the shotgun to the face. But even over the sound of the heaviest fighting, you can easily hear the panicked scream when a Little Sister is in danger. And may God have mercy on whatever Splicer is [[UnstoppableRage currently grabbing her arm]].
** In the ARG for the sequel, protagonist Mark Meltzer lets his life fall apart in favor of tracking down a Big Sister who took his daughter Cindy to Rapture. [[spoiler:He succeeds in finding Rapture, but is captured by a Big Sister and taken to Lamb, who offers a SadisticChoice - be executed for trespassing, or become a Big Daddy bonded to Cindy.]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Lamb:''' Ask yourself, Mr. Meltzer... is it better to be summarily executed as an outsider caught within these grounds, or to be united not just with your daughter Cindy, but with the Rapture Family as well? The choice is yours... I urge you to accept the Protector program. You will live by her side, and remember nothing beyond your love for her.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Meltzer''': ...I wasn't the first to find Rapture, you crazy bitch. And I won't be the last. You do ... whatever you want to me... as long as I'm with Cindy... I'm ... I'm a happy man.]]
* The main character in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''. Okay, so he's ''not'' TheChosenOne, his son is. Traditionally this means Dad will have to heroically die and the son will grow up tragically an orphan, to be strong enough to beat the BigBad as an adult. It came ''close'' to this, but hell no! The main character and his family band together, and while the Legendary Hero is still only 8 years old, his Dad helps him beat the crap out of the forces of darkness and goes ToHellAndBack to beat the King of Evil before it does anything like come to their world.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Hector of Ostia is portrayed as a potential Papa Wolf in his B support with Eliwood in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'', where he tells his best friend about a prophetic dream involving his [[KidFromTheFuture still unborn daughter]] and, as he mentions a redheaded boy who takes her away in the dream, he isn't very pleased to have his "little girl" courted by the other kid. [[spoiler:Too bad Hector didn't get to be a proper Papa Wolf for Lilina, since he's [[PlotlineDeath killed off early]] in ''Fuuin''. His FamousLastWords are a plea for Roy, Eliwood's son and the "redheaded boy" from the dream, to protect her.]].
** However, he ''does'' play it straighter in his own route, where ''woe betide whoever dares harm his friends and crewmates''. In fact, when [[spoiler: Nino brings Jaffar along after their HeelFaceTurn]], Hector openly warns him that he has '''not''' forgiven him [[spoiler: for killing his spy and friend Leila (also Matthew's girlfriend)]], and that should the guy ever step out of line, he will kill him with his own hands.
** The only real reason why [[TheBigGuy Dorcas]] joined Lyn's group and later Eliwood's is to get enough money for the medical treatment that his IllGirl wife Nathalie needs.
* Do ''not'' threaten the eggs of an [[AngryBirds Angry Bird]] if you want to remain standing. This advice applies to pigs, their armies, their fortresses and their ''space fleets''.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Thracia 776]]'' has the [[AnAxeToGrind Axe Knight]] Hicks, who refuses to join Leaf's army if you don't rescue the children that have been kidnapped [[spoiler: for the child hunts]], including his son Maphy. If you do, however, he will join the group without hesitation.
--> "Hey, I was waiting for you guys. I heard you saved Maphy, my son. Thanks to you, I was able to hide him in safe place, along with the other children. I'm Hicks, an Axe Knight of Manster. I was thinking it was about time to teach that Leidrick a lesson. I'll fight alongside you."
** Also, the backstory has Fin as both the TeamDad and as one of these for Leaf [[spoiler: and his daughter with Lachesis, Nanna.]] Two of the CG's at the end of the game have him protecting toddler!Leaf and running away with him after [[spoiler: the murders of Leaf's parents, Fin's master/mentor Cuan and his wife Ethlin, and the fall of their homeland of Lester.]]
* Flint in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' is a deconstruction of this trope. He starts out as a loving husband and father to his wife Hinawa and his twin sons Lucas and Claus. Then Hinawa is killed and Claus goes off to avenge her and disappears; torn apart by the death of his wife and disappearance of his son Flint spends most of the time out searching for Claus neglecting his only surviving child Lucas.
* At the end of the first ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', Ares casts Kratos deep into his own mind to revisit the memory of his wife and daughter dying at his own hands. In perhaps his only moment of actual heroism motivated by a desire to protect his family, Kratos staves off the doppelgangers of himself trying to attack his family. Considering he has to hug his family to transfer his own health to them to stop them from dying, and he is fighting dopplegangers with his full strength and, in a few cases, magic, it's a pretty damn good moment of heroism.
** In the third game, [[spoiler:he develops this sense towards Pandora because she reminds him of his own daughter. Hephaestus as well, who tries (and fails) to kill Kratos to protect Pandora, who Kratos later states was doing what any father should: protecting his child]].
* With PhoenixWright and Maya it's a tossup between a father-daughter and brother-sister relationship. Either way, if you try to arrest Maya he'll defend her with every last Objection! he has. If you kidnap her he'll [[spoiler:stall the trial and call in a favor with the prosecution to keep it going until she's safe.]]. And if she's in actual physical danger he'll [[spoiler:charge across a burning bridge over a hundred foot drop into an icy river to save her.]]
** And in ''Investigations'' there's Kay and her 'Uncle Badd'. [[spoiler:If Lang hadn't gotten in the way we probably wouldn't have to worry about giving Shih-na a trial.]]
* ShadowTheHedgehog. Just try and [[BerserkButton devastate the world he promised to protect]]. You're going to end up [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge a black mark on the floor]]. Even if you're a PhysicalGod, [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu demigod]], or what have you.
** For that matter, depending on what medium you're looking at, threatening any harm to Tails, the closest thing to a little brother SonicTheHedgehog has, will show you even something as silly looking as a blue hedgehog will make you cry.
** It also wasn't a good move for those soldiers to shoot Maria either. It sent Shadow on a total "annihilate all humans" kick. [[spoiler:At least until he remembered Maria's last words, to protect humanity.]]
** Chaos from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure''. You dare hurt any [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Chao]] he protects and he will show you why he is called the [[PhysicalGod God of Destruction.]]
* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. Even before he was [[{{Animorphism}} turned into a literal wolf]], he was incredibly defensive of Ilia and the kids of Ordon. The Bulbins should be thanking their lucky stars that he wasn't armed at the spring. (He got his revenge anyway when he [[CurbStompBattle massacred their entire camp]] at Arbiter's Grounds about halfway through the game, though.) He also is shown, especially toward the end, to be incredibly protective of Princess Zelda and Midna. When the Bulbin warlord uses Colin as a war flag, Link [[FoeTossingCharge crashes through]] the Bulbin cavalry, beats the warlord [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown out of his armor]], and then throws him [[GravityIsAHarshMistress off a bridge]].
** Rusl, from the same game, is like this too. About his own son Colin; about the other children in the village (their abduction gets ''him'' into the war as well as Link); and about Link himself, who WordOfGod states he regards as his younger brother.
** Just ''' ''try'' ''' and harm Zelda in Skyward Sword
* Averted in ''VideoGame/TheGodfather''. Optional sidequests allow you to contract kill the sons of the enemy Dons, but this doesn't make the eventual encounter with them any tougher.
* Purposely invoked in ''HeavyRain'', where [[spoiler:The Origami Killer/Scott Shelby's purpose was to find a father who will do anything to save his son.]]
** Play properly and [[spoiler:he does. You can do it, Ethan Mars!]]
* ''BreathOfFire III'' has Rei, the oldest in a trio of orphans that [[TheHero Ryu]] was a part of. When the group was devastated by [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Balio and Sunder]], Rei... didn't take it very well, thinking that his adoptive family was killed, and that he failed to protect them. [[TimeSkip Around many years later]], he's still in his UnstoppableRage, targeting the criminal organization that Balio and Sunder were a part of. He only calmed down somewhat when he finds out that Ryu was still alive (in fact, it was Ryu who took care of Balio and Sunder for good). But that doesn't mean it was over; for Rei, anyway.
-->''I can't stop! Not until I teach those guys not to mess with me...or my family!''
* [[RyuGaGotoku Kazuma Kiryuu]] may be a {{yakuza}}, but he's usually a pretty nice and helpful guy. But if you mess with his adoptive daughter Haruka or the orphans he's taking care of... [[BerserkButton oh boy]], [[CurbStompBattle you're in for a world of pain]]. In fact, he's kinda protective of every kid he meets.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/NieR Gestalt'' is a man determined to go to any lengths to find a cure for the painful disease afflicting his daughter Yonah. He also displays similar tendencies towards the group he makes his TrueCompanions.
-->'''Nier:'''You want me to understand your sadness? You think I'm gonna sympathize with you? I swore to protect my daughter and my friends. If someone puts them in danger, they must stand aside or be cut down! Come on, let's go!
* In ''NitroFamily'', mom and dad go on a killing spree to return their little child.
* ''SplinterCell'''s Sam Fisher. When he learns that [[spoiler:his daughter, Sara, isn't actually dead and was removed from him to send him undercover into a terrorist organization,]] he goes batshit insane. He no longer chokes people unconscious, preferring to leave a trail of bodies behind him, and the black humor and psychological mindgames he used to use in his interrogations is now gone; he prefers the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique.
* Chuck Greene of ''DeadRising2'' spends the game attempting to raise money for/find Zombrex (Zombie infection suppressant) for his infectee daughter Katey. This means that he'll have to carve his way through a seaload of Zombies to do so. Not only that, but psychopaths with chainsaws? Morotcycles? Guns? Flamethrowers? Dad will not be stopped.
** What happens to the [[AxCrazy whacked out]] [[JerkAss asshole]] mechanic of ''Case Zero'' who decides that because Katey's infected she's [[MoralEventHorizon fair game for zombie hunting]].
** When Chuck learns that [[spoiler: Sullivan]] is the key behind the outbreak, [[spoiler: Sullivan]] gets a nice fatality at the end of the battle as a reward for his actions.
** In ''Off The Record,'' an UpdatedRerelease of the original ''Dead Rising 2'', [[spoiler: Chuck is ''still'' a Papa Wolf...albeit a psychopathic one who has gone insane and delusional with grief after losing Katey to the infection. [[PlayerPunch You have to put him down.]]]]
* VideoGame/ProfessorLayton is an ActualPacifist, a GentlemanAndAScholar, and an all-around nice person who would rather settle problems over a cup of [[SpotOfTea Earl Grey]] and a StockPuzzle. But as ''Unwound Future'' clearly shows us, villains who are stupid enough to [[spoiler:kidnap his adopted daughter]] will find themselves pursued by a relentless {{Determinator}} who has no problem violating the laws of ''physics'' if that's what it takes to get her back.
* ''FinalFight'': [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Mike Haggar]], who piledrove all the goons of the city he was the mayor of after they kidnapped his daughter Jessica to blackmail him.
* Terra in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', as befitting his TeamDad nature, will do ''anything'' to protect his son/younger brother figure, Ventus, and will not hesitate to attack any who threaten to harm or kill Ven. [[spoiler:[[RageAgainstTheMentor Even their master, Eraqus]]]].
* Whether as a display of political power or a general Jerkass move, do not declare any intent of executing [[GoldenSunDarkDawn Eoleo]]. [[{{Pirate}} Briggs]] may back off if things get sour, but he will come at you, again and again, to get his boy back. So tenacious, does he become, that you'd have to kill him to stay his wrath. [[spoiler:[[TearJerker Sadly, he went out fighting after all]].]]
* In the last part of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}},'' [[spoiler:Raz's father [[AllThereInTheScript Augustus]] enters the combined minds of Raz and the BigBad and helps him defeat the final boss, despite Raz's [[UnreliableNarrator earlier belief]] that Augustus hated him.]]
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'' is willing to beat up a whole town full of gangsters, potentially take on a hulking SerialKiller psycho with his bare hands, and attack a guard-filled company headquarters all by himself, all to save his daughter. This actually backfires in you in one of the possible endings: [[spoiler:your brutality throughout the game ends up making you so blood-covered and creepy that, when you finally find her, your own daughter is afraid of you and shoots you to defend the CorruptCorporateExecutive that kidnapped her.]]
* Cyrus of ''DawnOfWar II'' is one of the few who refused the power armor of a full space marine to remain a scout and train the initiates. Targeting them is a surefire way to send him on a bloody warpath.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': Asura was cast down by his fellow gods and sealed away for some 12,000 years. Now that's enough to piss him off, but when he finds out they're using his daughter to amplify their power, [[UnstoppableRage it's time to kick some heavenly, planetary-sized ass.]]
** And when we mean he goes to kick heavenly ass, we're not talking in hyperbole here. The final battle of the DLC involves [[spoiler: fighting '''God himself''']]. Because [[GodIsEvil that motherfucker]] ''made his daughter cry.''
* ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'' presents Devlin [=McCormack=]. His son Danny died at the beginning of the game, and Devlin attends the funeral expressing his regret for not being a good father. Shortly afterwards, he receives a note revealing that Danny's death is not an accident, but a murder. At that moment, Devlin turns into this trope, vowing to find out who killed Danny and kill the murderer.
* Eli Vance from ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}''. [[spoiler:He manages to overcome a Combine Advisor's ''telekinesis'' to bash its face in with a pipe to try to save his daughter.]]
* In ''VideoGame/ChaosRingsOmega'', Dante is fiercely protective of his daughter Vahti, his newborn grandson Ohm, and his son-in-law Vieg (he's effectively a ParentalSubstitute to him since Vieg never knew his own parents). [[spoiler:He ''wades through lava'' to save Vahti and Ohm at one point. As he slowly sinks into the lava he passes the PapaWolf reins onto Vieg.]]
* The male Commander Shepard in the ''MassEffect'' series, is potentially this depending on how he's played. If played straight, threatening his crew is about the biggest mistake you could make.
** Shepard lays a ''massive'' verbal smackdown on the Quarian Admiralty board for accusing Tali of treason in the second game, screaming at them until they drop the charges. Afterwards this even appears to have gained their respect, since they honestly didn't think that Shepard would prove to be that good an advocate for Tali.
** Urdnot Wrex, if he survives the first game, eventually becomes this for his entire species.
** Liara's father turns out to be one in the third game. Aside from threatening Shepard that s/he wouldn't get a lightyear of her daughter ([[HomosexualReproduction yes, that's the]] [[OneGenderRace correct pronoun]]) if s/he were still with Cerberus, the following exchange can be overheard between her and Liara.
-->'''Aethyta:''' Hey... khm, I've called a few friends... commandoes. Eclipse girls who, um, owe me some favors. They're all yours. Just... tell 'em where to go.
-->'''Liara:''' You're giving me... ''asari commandoes''...?
-->'''Aethyta:''' Well, you're too old for me to buy you a damn pony!
-->'''Liara:''' ...you're the best father a girl could wish for.
* The nameless father in the ''DeadIsland'' trailer sees his daughter being chased down the hallway by a group of zombies. He charges out of the room, grabs a nearby fire axe, and with a bellow of rage starts hacking the nearest ones up before tenderly bringing his bitten daughter into the room. Then he fights like a maniac to defend it. [[spoiler: Shame they don't make it...]]
* ''{{Persona 4}}'' has been known to elicit this response in the [[VideoGameCaringPotential player]] regarding the [[HelloInsertNameHere Main Character's]] little cousin, Nanako. [[spoiler: In a really cruel subversion, it can easily get you ''the BAD Ending''.]]
* ''Prototype2'' starts off with a pretty bleak setting: The wife and daughter of Ex-Marine James Heller has been killed by the Mercer virus. The prologue shows just how much Heller is willing to go through to, just to get a [[IncrediblyLamePun stab]] at the source behind it. Give him [[LovecraftianSuperpower god-like powers]], and there is no end to his [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge destructive rampage]].
** Later on, Heller learns that [[spoiler: His daughter may actually be alive, his rage simmers down for a while, ''then'' he learns that blackwatch scientists plan on dissecting her to learn why Heller's gene line is so resistant to the virus. Cue Heller getting so pissed off he decides screw subtelty and goes off to devour Colonel Rooks to learn where she is, the only thing that keeps him from [[HeWhoFightsMonsters become the same thing Alex is]] is overhearing a phone call between Rooks and his wife about his own daughter.]]
* In ''StreetFighterXTekken'', [[BadAss Sagat]] is ''pissed off'' when a young boy from a Thai village tells him that his little sister, a girl that Sagat once rescued, has disappeared again. Then, Dhalsim appears in front of him and tells him that several children from his village have also vanished. The two fighters go into full PapaWolf mode, so they decide to team up to both rescue the abducted children and go to the Antartica, where [[MacGuffin the Pandora box]] is located.
-->'''Sagat''': "The disregard for the innocent has incurred the wrath of the King! [[ThisIsUnforgivable That will NOT be forgiven!]]"
* Similarly, [[AProtagonistIsRyu Ryu]] has a big PapaWolf moment towards [[HeroWorshipper Sakura]] in ''StreetFighterAlpha 3'', where [[spoiler: Sakura pulling a GoThroughMe to protect him from Bison and being injured as a result]] is one of the triggers that let him [[spoiler: shake off Bison's Psycho Power-based {{brainwashing}}.]] When this happens, an absolutely pissed off Ryu goes to [[spoiler: Bison]] and ''one-shots him.''
* The Engineer from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' (related to his Sentries). His voice sounds more distressed when a Sentry is destroyed than any other building. If the Engineer is using a Frontier Justice, he gets two [[CriticalHit Revenge Crits]] for every time the Sentry got a kill and one for every assist kill. He also says "Start prayin', boy!" when that happens.
* Lee Everett and Kenny from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' towards Clementine and Kenny Jr./Duck, respectively. Kenny will just barely hesitate to kick your ass if you threaten his son, [[spoiler: he actually beat a guy to death when said guy grabbed Duck, though it was never made clear whether the man was or was not a zombie]]. While Lee's actions depends on the player, it is safe to assume that on default he would be a nice guy and ready to beat the shit out of anyone for even thinking of hurting Clem.
* While not playable, the Courier can ''ally'' with one during the course of the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' ExpansionPack Honest Hearts. [[BadassPreacher Joshua]] [[ImplacableMan Graham]] is acting war-chief for the Dead Horses tribe, watching over the Sorrows, an indigenous tribe to Zion, with the help of a fellow New Canaanite, Daniel. He feels ''very'' protective regarding all of these people. He is an unquestionable OneManArmy MadeOfIron and in this case, GoodIsNotNice. If the player implies he's going to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique rough up Daniel]] to speed up the process of finding a way out of Zion...
-->'''Joshua Graham''': "If you harm Daniel or any of the Sorrows or Dead Horses, I will find you. Make no mistake. God willing, you will not leave this valley."
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', Briggs the pirate goes from a cowardly BadassNormal to trying to storm Belinsk, the most fortified city on Angara, singlehandedly, ''in a run-down ship'', when his son is captured and sentenced to death. ''Twice.'' Amiti, who hates pirates, is impressed, and the beastfolk of Belinsk themselves compare Briggs's viciousness favorably to their own. [[spoiler: The Grave Eclipse happens while you're still getting Eoleo out of Death Row, and Briggs ''stays in the harbor and fights off the Eclipse-empowered monsters until you get there'', [[HeroicSacrifice sustaining lethal wounds in the process]].]]
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* ''{{Thespiphobia}}'''s Rich Gurney will MAUL YOU if [[BerserkButton you mess with his techies]]. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Any other time, he's the sweetest, most harmless guy on the planet]].
* In ''{{Wigu}}'', Quincy Tinkle may be a happy, somewhat dumb guy, but if Wigu or Paisley are harmed he will go to great lengths to get revenge. To date, Quincy has [[spoiler:annihilated an alien insect that bit Wigu, fought off a group of Plesiosaurs with nothing but a knife when they attacked the Tinkle family van, and almost murdered Hamburglar after the latter hospitalized Wigu.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Vaarsuvius' mate and children are threatened by the mother of a young black dragon the Order had slain earlier. [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius makes a deal with fiends to gain enough power to not only kill the dragon but use an epic spell to [[DisproportionateRetribution slay every single relative that black dragon had]]. His/her mate was suitably horrified.]]
** Note that this example [[AmbiguousGender crosses over with]] MamaBear.
** Also in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Belkar Bitterleaf (v2.0) can turn into a Papa Wolf if you threaten his [[TeamPet adopted cat]] Scruffy (see [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0685.html here]]). Don't push his BerserkButton. [[HairTriggerTemper (Not that he has any other buttons.)]]
* Ed in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'' appears, for a Hyena, harmless and non-violent, [[spoiler:to the point he doesn't try to defend himself from or leave his abusive wife (hyenas are matriarchal, as is a major theme in Digger). That is, until his violent, mentally ill spouse [[BerserkButton started beating their daughter.]] [[TheDogBitesBack This did not end well. ]]]]
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Mook the {{Bigfoot|SasquatchAndYeti}} is this to his son Rocko, almost starting a war by way of overreaction when Rocko gets stood up for a date.
** Bob [[NoBigDeal rarely loses his composure]] much beyond his stock look of DullSurprise. We've seen him scared or frantic upon occasion, but the only times we've seen him ''furious'' are the times Jerry has threatened Molly with a gun. When Bob believed she'd actually been hit, he launched himself at Jerry (who was armed) and tackled him without hesitation.
* The Shintulla Chieftain from ''DominicDeegan'' gets royally pissed when [[spoiler:Jacob]] apparently kills his son. [[spoiler:Jacob's]] [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2009-08-28 expression]] makes it perfectly clear that he ''knows'' [[OhCrap he's screwed]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' gives us Mr. Verres. Sure, he's a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, sure he's an [[MemeticMutation endless barrel of exposition]], and sure he's a little eccentric. But mess with his son, his niece, or any of their friends, he '''WILL''' [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2009-11-03 blast you without warning or mercy.]]
* ''GoblinHollow'': When gargoyles come after ''his'' goblins: [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00302.html Ben in action]]
* ''DaisyOwl'': Mr. Owl is a PapaWolf, despite being an owl. He's willing to go up against NASA armed only with a bear if it means saving his kids.
* Hon Arkraptor from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' is a PapaWolf who failed to protect his daughter. As a result, he is overcautious whenever it comes to Miseng, who resembles her. This includes trying to fail her so she gets out of the inner section of the Tower and beating up the creeps that get too close to her. Their relationship is rather shaky, to say the least.
* Zombie of ''HannaIsNotABoysName'' is [[TheStoic usually a pretty mellow guy,]] but [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=85 don't touch his friends]]. '''Ever.'''
** And you don't mess with ''him,'' either, or [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=804 you'll have Hanna to deal with.]]
* In ''{{Megatokyo}}'', Ed learned the hard way that just because Ibara may be a jerkass that leeches money off his daughter Junko doesn't mean he takes kindly to having a shotgun pointed in her general direction.
* In ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'' we have that rare example of both parents being Badass and protective of their son. Not that he can't stand for his own.
* In ''ExterminatusNow'', Lothar Hex's adoptive mercenary father is fiercely protective of Lothar and his other foster son Kyle. He even threatened to cut out the hearts of the other main characters if anything happened to Lothar or Kyle because of their Inquisition work. Lothar is equally protective of his crazy mercenary family -- he and Rogue nearly killed each other when Rogue refused to believe Kyle selling weapons to cultists was just a stupid mistake and threatened to kill him and Lothar's dad.
* ''{{Goblins}}'' has Pan, a blind ogre, fulfilling this role for Yala, a mute, disabled kobold who acts as his 'pilot'. Threatening Yala while Pan is nearby is a good way to get yourself brutalised, as the dwarf in [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/03312009/ this strip]] finds out to his cost.
* Even though Iratu and Sakido are demons, when they are put in danger Darius, the angel from ''SlightlyDamned'', exemplifies this trope [[http://www.sdamned.com/2008/12/12202008/ in spades.]]
* In the webcomic Luci Phurr's Imps [[http://luciphurrsimps.com/]], the three imps (Pain, Tears, and Misfortune/Alsadair) are devoted to happy, good little girl, Luci. But as some kids, adults, and other imps have discovered, if you threaten or upset Luci, or try to take her away from the trio... you WILL end up regretting it.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a number of them, most of them [[MadScientist Sparks]]:
** Adam Clay (né Punch) and his wife [[MamaBear Lilith]] (née Judy) are this toward Agatha, willing to challenge [[TheEmpire the entire Wulfenbach regime]] to protect her.
** For that matter, Agatha's father Bill and her uncle Barry as well, to judge by flashbacks in both the comic and novelization. When Castle Heterodyne was wrecked and Bill's wife and children apparently dead, they embarked on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to find and stop The Other. Given that The Other is still [[HorrifyingTheHorror ''terrified'']] that Barry will show up, they did a good job slowing The Other down.
** Even [[WellDoneSonGuy Baron Wulfenbach]] has his moments, albeit [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040531 more subdued than most]].
** Othar Tryggvassen, '''GentlemanAdventurer!''', shows traits like this towards his sister.
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* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara [[http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/5716/llspapawolfmoment.jpg has been known to do this]] for MarzGurl.
** So has Spoony of WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment when it comes to fanboys.
** And on the ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' DVD, the ''Ask That Guy'' segment is not so much an ATG episode but more like Doug slamming the FanDumb who thought certain producers shouldn't have been included.
*** Rob Walker is usually a calm guy who is more than willing to admit if a Critic episode didn't come out great, but go too far with insulting Doug and he'll switch to big brother smash mode.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick: Mr. Ellis (Lindsay's father) didn't exactly take kindly to fanbrats who thought her abuse of Nella was real. The full quote is on her page.
** Whether you're a [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall bad comic]] or [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment a bad game]], do ''not'' mistreat young children unless you want a very angry reviewer raging at you.
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic goes on a sickened CharacterFilibuster when children are hurt in a film he's reviewing. Seeing as he was apparently abused himself as a child, it's quite understandable.
* Jessi Slaughter's [[MemeticMutation "You Dun Goofed"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFJrSnxyeNU dad]]. He wouldn't hesitate to backtrack {{Troll}}s' messages and report them to the cyber-police should they harass Jessi or screw around with their computer. In short, come near his daughter, and [[PunctuatedForEmphasis consequences]]! [[BerserkButton Will never be]]! [[OhCrap The same]]!
* ''ChakonaSpace'': Due to being {{Hermaphrodite}}s, Chakats get to be this as well as MamaBear.
** Freighter captain, Neal Foster is made of this as well.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Mad gets like this when his best friend, The Cheat, is physically abused.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries Rick O'Connell]] is an AdventurerArchaeologist who won't hesitate to grab a sword and dive into battle to protect his wife and son, or even his [[LovableCoward brother in law Jon.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Again, Batman's '''one''' principle is to [[ThouShaltNotKill never take a life]], but if you '''dare''' to enslave innocent children to steal for you like The Sewer King did, you better damn well pray that he ''does'' hold onto it.
-->'''Batman:''' I don't pass sentence. That's for the courts to decide. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness But this time]], '''this time''', I am ''sorely'' tempted to do the job myself.
** In [[WhatIf "Over The Edge"]], we see ''[[UnstoppableRage just]]'' ''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge how]]'' ''[[HeWhoFightsMonsters far]]'' Commander Gordon will go out for Batman if Barbara is ever killed in the line of bat-duty.
** Batman's reaction in the infamous flashback in ''BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker''... [[spoiler: when he was beating SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker after the latter revealed that, he not only kidnapped, but subjected Tim-Drake!Robin to three weeks of electrocution-based torture as well as truth serum, and then turned him into a grotesque miniature version of the Joker. He even states "I'll break you in two!" in a very chilling manner.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'': Solomon "Doc" Saturday is both TeamDad and PapaWolf.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', whose {{Tomboy}} daughter Gosalyn has a habit of getting into trouble like making a DealWithTheDevil or releasing an evil {{trickster}} spirit. He even finds himself unable to leave the MirrorUniverse without [[MergedReality merging the two]] because he can't help thinking of Gosalyn's counterpart as his own daughter. And yes, he has worried about his enemies using her to get to him.
** In general, threatening Gosalyn is an easy way to make him quickly [[LetsGetDangerous get over his ego]] and kick your ass five ways at once.
* Both TheHero Goliath ''and'' AntiVillain David Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' have gone to great extents to protect [[ActionGirl Angela]] or [[HalfHumanHybrids Alexander]], respectively. And in Goliath's case, he's also PapaWolf to the Gargoyles he's TeamDad to.
** Halcyon Renard and his daughter [[DatingWhatDaddyHates don't have]] [[WhereDidWeGoWrong the best relationship]]. Halcyon Renard is [[BadassGrandpa quite old]] and [[HandicappedBadass paralyzed from the waist down]]. None of this stopped Halcyon Renard from flying a gigantic airship with an army of robots to save her from losing her new baby to a [[PhysicalGod nigh-unstoppable]] [[TheFairFolk super-fairy]] (ItMakesSenseInContext).
** The Emir probably also counts. He used magic to [[DeathTakesAHoliday force Death into taking a holiday]], all in an attempt to resurrect his young son.
** And when Elisa was shot in her apartment (accidentally by Broadway), Goliath tore through the city to get the gangster he believed did this. When he did find the gangster Tony Dracon, he was willing to kill the guy right then and there for what he (supposedly) did to Elisa.
* In ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' the dragon trait skipped a generation, so Jake's mother ''can't'' protect him from the supernatural threats he encounters -- instead it's Jake's grandfather who does so. Never mind that he even stands up to the Dark Dragon's minions when his entire family is threatened... and obliterates them single-handedly.
** Jake's dad OTOH, despite being an ordinary human, gets a couple good moments. He manages to save his son from some kind of winged, moose thing during a camping trip, and later saves him again from a bunch of ''vampires''.
* Charles Ofdensen, the band manager in ''{{Metalocalypse}}'', is seen by some fans to be the Papa Wolf of metal band Dethklok. He is extremely protective, preparing and executing elaborate security measures and counter attacks for their concert in the first season finale; going against assassins twice his size in hand-to-hand combat; having Rockzo the clown beaten and tortured on two occasions for being a bad influence on the youngest member of the band; and warning another manager attempting to take over his position that he would have to kill him to keep him away from the band. [[spoiler:And then killing that man himself.[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome In a swordfight.]]]]
* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} in the ''JusticeLeague'' TV series [[LifeOrLimbDecision chopped off]] ''[[LifeOrLimbDecision his own hand]]'' [[LifeOrLimbDecision to save his infant child's life and get out of a]] DeathTrap. And then he returned home with the baby tucked under his good arm, had his people put a hook on his stump, came back to action and [[HandicappedBadass helped the Justice League kick the culprit's ass]]. Conclusion? Do NOT mess with Aquaman's kid. You'll be '''VERY''', '''''VERY SORRY'''''.
** To drive that point even further, the villain was ''[[CainAndAbel his own brother]]'', [[EvilUncle Orm]]. And Aquaman didn't give a single thought about kicking his ass and [[spoiler:letting him die]].
* ''KingOfTheHill'': Hank Hill. Whether it's a {{Jerkass}} boss putting Bobby in danger at his job, or a {{Jerkass}} football coach abusing Bobby and his teammates after losing, they quickly learn the hard way just how dangerous an angry Hank can be. One would think they'd know not to mess with someone who's so into propane. And propane accessories. (Otherwise, though, Hank is something of a WellDoneSonGuy.)
-->'''Thug:''' ''"I thought that old guy inside was your daddy."''\\
'''Bobby:''' ''"No, no! This is my daddy! This one right here, the one with the golf club!"''
** Dale, too, even after learning that Joseph is "part-alien."
** Dale once heard his son screaming in his sleep. What does he do? He kicks the door to his bedroom open, brandishing two pistols, ready to blast the threat to kingdom come. When Joseph says he just had a bad dream, Dale says, "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming Oh. How about I read you a story?]]"
* ''DannyPhantom'': Ever seen a BumblingDad battle and win against a 50-foot-[[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghost monster]]? Congratulations, you have been pwned by Jack Fenton. Now leave his kids alone.
* In ''TheFairlyOddparents'', even an BumblingDad that's OneOfTheKids like Mr. Turner is capable of fighting with teeth and paws to defend Timmy. Just watch the episode where Timmy wishes he could merge with dad's CoolCar, then Vicky steals the car and he believes Timmy is stuck in it...
** Both of Timmy's parents, despite being [[AbusiveParents comically irresponsible]] enough to leave him with an evil babysitter, have gone to crazy lengths to protect Timmy. This came to the fore when Timmy wishes they had superpowers, and he ends up using this to his advantage when convincing them to give up their powers.
** The end of the Fairly Oddparents movie, where Papa Wolf dad and Mama Bear...mom double-team Mr. Crocker for abusing their son. Much ass kicking ensues.
*** Actually, Mr. Turner technically could be counted as a literal "Papa Bear" at that point.
-->'''Mrs. Turner:''' I'll go for his teeth.\\
'''Mr. Turner:''' [[HeroicSociopath And]] ''[[HeroicSociopath I'll]]'' [[EyeScream claw out his eyes]]!
*** In case you don't get the joke, Mr. Turner had recently had his hands turned into bear's claws after saying he'd tear someone apart with his [[IncrediblyLamePun bare hands]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'': We all know Jerry Mouse is no push-over in regards to Tom the Cat. But if Tom ever lays a paw on Nibbles/Tuffy, the local HeartwarmingOrphan and Jerry's adoptive pup, he's in for ''even more'' of a pain in the tail than usual. Nibbles/Tuffy's introductory episode leaves the deal ''very'' clear; Tom spanks the little mouse and, after releasing himself from a trap and checking on the other's well-being, Jerry lets out an enraged ''lion's roar'' and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duLYLPhm7WE#t=5m50s brutally beats up Tom]].
** You also don't mess with the local [[BullyBulldog neighborhood bulldog]] Spike's son, Tyke, in any fashion, though that really should be obvious.
** And if you think ''ducks'' can't tear you a new one, just don't even ''dare'' harm that mama duck or her duckling in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vlz95WkK0qM Little Quacker]]". Henry [[CurbStompBattle will hand you your hindquarters]].
* Agent Six in ''GeneratorRex'' is this to Rex. Just watch him in "What Lies Beneath" or his fight with [[spoiler: White Knight]].
* Even Peter Griffin on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is capable of this now and then (even if the rest of the time he is an outright AbusiveParent). An episode centered around him becoming more protective of Meg after she almost drowned in a flood, even going so far as to ''smash [[AlphaBitch stuck-up Connie d'Amico's]] face into a glass surface until it was a bloody pulp'' for making fun of her. In another episode, Stewie gets nabbed by Disney World employees who force him to sing for the customers, and Peter manages to save him ''and'' outrun a dangerous security guard. Stewie even ''hugs him'' for it at the end.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' also does this. "Surro-Gate" is a good example, as it shows a CampGay who previously solved fights with dance moves out of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' punching out Stan in one hit after he kidnaps the guy's daughter.
-->'''Stan:''' That's not campy. That's not campy at all.
** Stan despite his {{Jerkass}} tendencies certainly has traits of this with his children as well, like what he did to ''his own boss'' for insulting Hayley.
* Private of ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' has shown this. When the penguins are tasked with taking care of an egg in shifts, Private is so horrified by the other penguins' rough handling that he steals the egg away and snaps at Skipper.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Brock Samson is the Alpha PapaWolf whenever someone threatens the Venture family. See ''Victor. Echo. November.'' for the naked, murderous evidence.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'': Though obviously not shown to the same extent as [[MamaBear Rebecca]], Baloo has traits of this around Molly as well (likely to further emphasize his [[ShipTease chemistry with the former]]). Whether she's been kidnapped by bandits, zapped by a microscopic ray, or just wants her Christmas wish to come true, Baloo is [[{{Determinator}} pretty insistent]] she come out of it all with a smile on her face.
** And ''God help you'' if you screw with Kit. Baloo's protective instincts come out even more heavily when he's involved.
* Normally, InspectorGadget is a combination of InspectorOblivious and TooDumbToLive. But on those ''extremely'' rare occasions when he ''notices'' that Penny and Brain are in real danger, Gadget turns into a [[LetsGetDangerous hyper-competent badass]] who uses his gadgets to rescue them with astonishing skill. This helps fuel an AlternateCharacterInterpretation of him where he's ''intentionally'' [[ObfuscatingStupidity bumbling around]] while Penny solves the real crime.
* [[MadScientist Dr. Doofenshmirtz]] of ''PhineasAndFerb'' may be an incompetent villain, but don't even try to hit on his underage daughter unless you want to quickly be teleported to another, monster-filled dimension.
** Perry the Platypus, especially when it comes to Phineas and Ferb. There was one time when FriendlyEnemy Doofenshmirtz indirectly threatened Phineas and Ferb with his latest scheme, Perry quickly beat him up, handcuffed him, and called for backup all [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqry5YoR9Bo#t=5m within ten seconds.]]
*** Happens again in the movie ''[[PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension Across the Second Dimension]]''. Perry didn't break his masquerade even when a robot punched him across the room. But when the robot was ordered to do the same thing to Phineas and Ferb, he immediately jumped up and punched the robot just as hard.
* ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'' ... In "A Visit To Anthony," Ren and Stimpy are severely intimidated by Anthony's father. And they have every reason to be. He's very large, heavily muscled, despite his age, and unlike most of the "lummoxes" seen in the show, he is not only healthy-looking, but reasonably intelligent. Just getting a threatening speech from him puts the fear of god into you. His silent rage is even more frightening when coupled with his weeping when he thinks his son is in danger, even if it's just of being disappointed.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'': Zachary Foxx is normally AFatherToHisMen or TeamDad. If you threaten his biological kids, or push him to the LetsGetDangerous point by hurting his Rangers, he can and will use you for target practice... with his ArmCannon.
* Race Bannon from ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'' is this to his only daughter, Jessie. Also, to her friends Jonny and Hadji.
** As is Dr. Quest.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In the episode "Simple Simpson," Homer Simpson sees the Rich Texan making Lisa cry. He then throws a pie in his face. He would have beat the man, but he was told he'd go to jail if he committed another assault.
** He has gone great lengths for his children despite how people think of him as a JerkAss, like when Maggie was having trouble finding easter eggs, and trying to help Bart with his homework and Lisa become popular.
* Though his birth father [[AbusiveParents hates his guts and]] [[OffingTheOffspring has actively tried to kill him,]] Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is fortunate enough to have [[ParentalSubstitute a replacement in his uncle Iroh,]] who accompanied him throughout his banishment and raised him as his own son. When Azula tries to kill Zuko with lightning after a botched attempt to imprison them both, Iroh steps in at the last second, redirects the lightning into a nearby cliff, and then kicks her overboard.
** Hakoda also has some signs of this. Even though Katara is [[ActionGirl a very powerful Waterbender]] and Sokka becomes a [[TookALevelInBadass great warrior]], he will stay behind and be captured by the Fire Nation in order to let them escape. There is also his reaction to Katara's announcement that someone was threatening Kya in "The Southern Raiders." When he hears his wife is in danger, it is obvious that if that Fire Nation sailor doesn't haul his ass out of there double time, he will find out just why the Water Tribe hasn't been overthrown yet.
*** YMMV on that particular scene, as we don't see much of a reaction. Everything else between Hakoda and his kids certainly suggest he counts.
** Fire Lord Azulon could be seen as a much ''darker'' version of this to his older son, Iroh. When his younger son Ozai tries to usurp Iroh's right in succession, Azulon is so enraged he [[MoralEventHorizon orders Ozai's innocent son Zuko]] be executed to teach Ozai a lesson. Fortunately, Zuko had a MamaBear of his own [[IDidWhatIHadToDo to prevent this]].
** Even ''Avatar Roku'' is shown looking out for a certain troubled great-grandson of his. At the Fire Temple, Aang channels his spirit to pwn the evil Fire Sages, Zhao, and his soldiers... and then Roku melts the chains holding the good guys ''and Zuko,'' letting them all escape before he destroys the temple.
** Tenzin in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is definitely this.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': "I've got to save mah beh-beh!"
** Kyle seems to have [[BigBrotherInstinct developed traits of this around his baby brother Ike]], more so than most of the brainless parents of the town anyway.
** Randy and the other dads sometimes do this, though they're [[BumblingDad so stupid]] it doesn't really work out very well.
** And the season 15 finale has Kenny, as Mysterion, defending his little sister Karen from a bully at the school they went to when their parents got arrested.
* General Molotov on ''JimmyTwoShoes'' is very much this. [[{{Satan}} Lucius]]...not so much.
* Ratchet from ''TransformersAnimated'' doesn't like to hear his friend Omega Supreme, who he mentored during the war, being threatened. Omega is a PersonOfMassDestruction built to ''end'' the Great War, so this doesn't happen often, but...
-->'''Ratchet''' (to the Autobot High Council): Omega Supreme is one of us. An Autobot. A [[TrueCompanions friend]]. Harm one circuit on him and you'll answer to ''me''.
** It should be mentioned for the un-initiated, that Ratchet is both an old man and a medic, with no offensively designed equipment. Yet you still don't doubt that he could very well hand them their asses on a plate if pressed.
* In the animated series ''{{Kissyfur}}'', Gus, Kissyfur's dad is this to his son as well as to the other children. Simply put, if you put them in danger, you'd better be prepared to be thrown halfway across the swamp. You would think that Floyd and Jolene, [[PunchClockVillain the two gators on the show]], [[TooDumbToLive would have learned their lesson]].
* Villainous (well, [[AntiVillain antivillainous]]) example from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': Everything [[BigBad Nox]] does is out of fatherly love. [[LoveMakesYouEvil Even the genocide]].
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'': You do ''not'' want to threaten Ahsoka when Anakin's around.
** Considering [[BerserkButton the threat of losing someone he cares for]] is what eventually causes him to turn into Vader, this is understandable.
*** A villainous example with a dash of MoralMyopia with the leader of the Trandoshan Slavers with the death of his son.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': Master Splinter made sure that his adopted sons could take care of themselves, but if you happen to be planning on experimenting on them, you'd better pray he doesn't find out.
* Somewhat off-screen in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' and crossing with MamaBear is Oritel (Bloom's Dad). After both he and his wife think both their daughters to be dead, they according to one account went completly berserk at the ones responsible; the Ancestral Witches. Considering how high they are in among other's Faragonda's and Valtor's regard, that says something about the power which was unleashed. Ouch. When Oritel has returned by ''[[TheMovie Magical Adventure]]'', he is fiercely protective of Bloom, banishes Sky from Domino when he thinks Sky has dumped Bloom, and doesn't hesitate to fight the Trix and Ancestral Witches when they threaten Bloom.
* ''TheSmurfs'': You don't threaten Papa Smurf's little Smurfs unless you want to be on the receiving end of one of Papa Smurf's potions.
* When Egon of ''TheRealGhostbusters'' was paralyzed with fear by the Boogey Man, he found the strength to escape his bonds when the Boogey Men threatened the Junior Ghost Busters, a trio of children he had been mentoring.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' may be well able to protect himself thanks to the Omnitrix, but on one occasion, his father ended up attacking a [[BigBad High Breed]] with a {{BFG}} for threatening him. Considering how powerful the High Breed had been up to that point, doing that is pretty dang impressive. Ben's uncle Max has also shown traits of this.
** And Ben grows up into one in at least one timeline. Kevin 11,000 hurts Ben's son Ken. Cue Ben going Way Big and pummeling Kevin into the ground in an UnstoppableRage.
** Rath, the badass CrazyAwesome LargeHam extraordinaire became this in his debut. After warming up to a Triffin Prince that's supposed to help end a war, he finds out that the prince ends the war by being eaten. Rath didn't take this kindly ("Eating babies is NOT! COOL!")--he jumped into the mouth of the alien who ate the prince and came back out the same way, threatening to knit a sweater out of the alien's organs should he declare war. ''It worked''.
* Ant-Man II from ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' mainly uses his powers and abilities to ensure the safety and well-being of his young daughter. In the episode in which he officially became the new Ant-Man, he punished Crossfire for kidnapping her by [[spoiler: kicking him in the face, then covering him in ants]].
* Inverted in ''GodzillaTheSeries'' where Godzilla Jr will go to crazy lengths to protect his adopted father Nick.
** But played straight with Nick. If you are human and you do something that harms Godzilla Jr, Nick will end you.
* Buck Tuddrussel in ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad''. While known to be a complete {{Jerkass}} at the worst of times, and often lets Otto get hurt through blind negligence; Tuddrussel will kick some major ass if Otto is in mortal danger and the thought of losing him to someone else makes him just as pissed. Same goes for the campy robot partner Larry, which crosses into MamaBear territory.
* Hugh Test in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Normally a bumbling dad obsessed over meatloaf, he is extremely protective of his kids, even confronting a wrestler more than three times his size to ensure their safety.
* [[spoiler:Roy]] from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision. Normally, adrenal glands and the brain's limiters make it so that you only use around 20% of your muscles and maintain a thought of self-preservation. Putting a loved one, child, or sufficiently close friend of somebody in danger is the fastest way to see the brain release said limits and let adrenaline kick in. All thoughts of self-preservation (and everything else that makes shy, meek people shy and meek) are overridden, and it is quite likely that several dozen of your bones will be broken (if you are lucky) before they let up. People who manage to enter TranquilFury instead of all-out anger are even more dangerous.
* Buzz Aldrin did one of these! A conspiracy nut had been pestering him and other Apollo personnel, and he put up with that good-naturedly. But when said nut made an unfriendly move toward Aldrin's granddaughter, [[BadassGrandpa the 72-year-old astronaut]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome threw one punch and knocked the guy ass over teakettle]].
* [[http://badassoftheweek.com/wanyandie.html Tom Wanyandie]], a 78 year old Cree Indian wilderness guide who fought off a literal {{Mama Bear}} attacking his son while screaming every profanity of his native language.
** That story has {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}} written all over it.
* BruceLee was known for taking challenges from aspiring martial artists. During the making of ''EnterTheDragon'', a TooDumbToLive challenger snuck into their home and scared his two children, Brandon and Shannon. An enraged Lee put the idiot in the hospital with ''one kick.''
* [[http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/07/19/shark.attack/ Vance Flosenzier]], who ''fought off a motherfucking shark'' when it was attacking his nephew. Not only did Flosenzier immobilize the shark and free his nephew, he then dragged it to shore so that park rangers could shoot it.
* Sun Quan, leader of the southern kingdom Wu during China's [[RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms three kingdoms]] period. When Cao Pi declared himself emperor of the powerful northern kingdom of Wei, Sun Quan agreed to act as his vassal. But when Cao Pi requested that he send his son Sun Deng to the north as a hostage (and therefore a guarantee of loyalty), Sun Quan cut off relations with Wei, declared himself emperor of Wu, and told Cao Pi to bring it on.
** Quite sadly, Sun Quan eventually did outlive Sun Deng, who died of an illness. Based on some of his irrational and self-destructive decisions in the following years, it appears Sun Quan came noticeably unglued as a result.
* Supposedly professional wrestler Kensuke Sasaki actually adopted Katsuhiko Nakajima, who debuted in the business ''in his teens'', to act as this both in physical presence and through the Kensuke Office organization, which is essentially a "brand name" for their family (Kensuke Sasaki and his wife, female legend Akira Hokuto also have two biological sons) and affiliated wrestlers.
* An Inversion of this is when [[FourStarBadass Scipio Africanus]] the great hero of TheRomanRepublic saved the life of his father at the Battle of Ticinus. According to another version it was a [[BattleButler loyal slave]] which leads one to cynically suspect that the slave got shafted when the tale was told. It could have been Scipio and the slave working together and in fact it is not unlikely. But in any case this story was an example of "cub wolf" saving PapaWolf. This cub had [[BigBadassWolf pretty sharp teeth]] and came from a BadassFamily.
** Another possibility is that the slave was adopted as his son, not unheard of in Roman times.
* Paparazzi don't bother JohnnyDepp's family at home. Why? Because he's told them in no uncertain terms that if he catches any of them sneaking around his home taking pictures of his kids, he'll bite their nose off.
** He once swung at a paparazzo with a piece of wood for trying to take pictures of partner Vanessa Paradis while she was pregnant with their daughter.
** Alec Baldwin once punched out a paparazzo for taking a picture of his infant daughter Ireland. [[AbusiveParents Too bad he didn't stay that way...]]
* [[http://www2.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/north_phoenix/Valley-dad-jumps-out-window,-shoots-man-attacking-daughter A man finds his daughter being choked by her ex. The father shoots the man in the groin.]]
* This Papa Wolf in Florida stormed onto a school bus to confront his daughter's bullies. [[http://www.wftv.com/news/25047891/detail.html Read more about it here.]]
** Reminds this troper of her step-father: "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming This]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome him?"]] Cue TranquilFury that preceded her to ''high school''..
* Jody Plauchet was abducted and raped by his karate instructor. Jody's father Gary planned for 10 days to kill his son's rapist and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi3Hyxuf5AE did so]] as he was being walked through an airport terminal. Despite a clear cut case of 1st degree murder Gary Plauchet only plead guilty to manslaughter and served 5 years probation.
* May 31, 2011, a bank robbery took place in Sarasota, Florida. As soon as the incident began, US Staff Sgt. Eddie Peoples placed himself between the robber and his young sons, then advised them to hide under some chairs and moved other chairs to cover them. Eventually the robber pointed his gun at one of the sons and said that if anyone tried anything, he'd shoot the kid. After the man left, Peoples followed him and used his own van to block the escape vehicle, then disabled the robber with hand-to-hand combat. In an interview with news sources, Peoples said "You don't threaten [[StealthPun people's]] children."
* [[http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/ohio-boy-falls-40-foot-dad-climbs-save-14044387 This]] Ohio man who, after hearing his three year old son's screams upon falling into a well more than 40 feet deep, scaled the well's walls down to the bottom to ensure that nothing bad would happen to his little boy before the fire department arrived.
* A man from Turkey saw his four-year-old son fall from a fifth story balcony and immediately ''jumped after him'' Pushing against the balcony to gain momentum, the man grabbed his son mid-fall, wrapped his arms around him and then turned his own body over so that he would hit the ground instead of his son. The child was left completely unharmed while the father suffered from a broken shoulder and ribs.
* A very dark example (crossing with KnightTemplarParent) is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitaly_Kaloyev Vitaly Kaloyev]]. He was a grieving father whose wife (Svetlana) and children (Konstantin and Diana) died in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashkirian_Airlines_Flight_2937 an horrible plane crash in Switzerland]], apparently caused by a "negligent" travel operator who was absolved by the law system. (See below for details) The mentally broken Kaloyev reacted via... searching for said operator with help of a private detective, and [[KnifeNut stabbing]] [[VigilanteExecution the one he blamed for everything to death]] two years later.
** Though there are other details...[[note]]In regards to the above troper's entry about Vitaly Kaloyev, I would like to point out that what happened wasn't really the travel operator's, Peter Nielsen's fault but rather the fault of the company he worked for, Skyline. He was the only operator for that section of the sky that night, his fellow travel operator having taken a very long break, leaving him in charge of two work stations where the monitoring screens were relatively far part so he kept having to move in between them to monitor them. Maintenance of the phone systems and a ton of other stuff was going on at the company that night, disabling a lot of his resources, and he had a ton of other flights that were going on that needed his attention at the same time so he was very distracted. In particular, an Airbus was having problems and consuming a lot of his attention so he didn't notice that the two planes were getting too close. Also the main phone lines were down due to the maintenance and the backup system malfunctioned so other control areas that had noticed the problem couldn't contact him in time to report the two planes were heading toward each other. And an important instrument that would have warned him that the two planes were getting too close had been shut off for maintenance as well. And the other control areas that had noticed the problem couldn't warn the two planes because they didn't have contact with them. So he was having to handle ALL of the flights over his area which covered Switzerland by himself with several problems coming to him at once and with a lot of his resources cut off from him. And Peter Nielsen didn't get off easy after he was absolved by the courts. [[MyGreatestFailure He had to live with the guilt of not having noticed the danger and needed medical attention for the trauma he suffered from the incident]]. It is still a Papa Bear reaction by Kaloyev that I really don't blame him for especially considering that [[TearJerker he found the body of his little girl, Diana.]] But the ones he really should have been mad at were the people in charge of Skyline who thought [[WhatWereYouThinking that it was perfectly all right]] [[WhatAnIdiot to let one person handle an area that encompasses a country with a ton of flights going through it while leaving them bereft of a lot of their equipment that is supposed to help them and their communications with other traffic control centers.]] Here's where I got the info from: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7IJyP4h2EE (WARNING: This video will make you CRY)]].[[/note]]
* [[http://tumblr.thedailywh.at/post/21716152875/kickass-dad-of-the-day-when-stuart-chaifetz Stuart Chaifetz]] is worried because his autistic child behaves oddly in school. He puts a recorder in the kids's clothes and finds out he's horribly bullied and abused by the staff. He's now on a crusade to protect all kids in such a terrible situation.
* YoshiyukiTomino is said to have given [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a SEVERE verbal/written lashing]] to some racist assholes who tried to shame the lady who played Loran in TurnAGundam, RomiPark, due to her Korean ancestry.
* [[http://austinist.com/2012/06/13/4_year_old_girl_allegedly_sexually.php This.]]
* A Chicago father held off the would-be kidnapper of his two-year-old daughter. [[http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-man-saves-daughter-abduction-attempt-211411557--abc-news-topstories.html Here.]]
* Israeli politician and current Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman once clobbered a kid who was bullying his son, and threatened to do it again if he did it again. He wound up apologising and paying compensation.
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* This is the default mentality of the Big Daddies in ''BioShock'' for the [[CreepyChild Little Sisters]]. They will ignore you if you don't attack them or the Sisters (at the most, they'll shove you away if you get too close), but anybody who does so much as to slap them will face a very pissed off Big Daddy [[LightningBruiser dashing straight at you]] with his [[ThisIsADrill drill]] (or shooting at you with his rivet gun), and he will not stop until one of you is dead. The sequel will allow the player to be this, since the playable character is the SuperPrototype of the Big Daddies.
** In fact, this is the plot of the sequel. Subject Delta storms the entire Rapture trying to find the Little Sister he was first imprinted on, who is Eleanor Lamb, the daughter of BigBad Sofia Lamb. [[spoiler:Inverted in the endgame where, upon donning the Big Sister suit, Eleanor tells you that now's her time to fight for you and [[EleventhHourSuperpower gives you a plamid to call her by your side]].]]

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* This is the default mentality of the Big Daddies in ''BioShock'' ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' for the [[CreepyChild Little Sisters]]. They will ignore you if you don't attack them or the Sisters (at the most, they'll shove you away if you get too close), but anybody who does so much as to slap them will face a very pissed off Big Daddy [[LightningBruiser dashing straight at you]] with his [[ThisIsADrill drill]] (or shooting at you with his rivet gun), and he will not stop until one of you is dead. The sequel will allow the player to be this, since the playable character is the SuperPrototype of the Big Daddies.
** In fact, this is the plot of the sequel.''VideoGame/BioShock2''. Subject Delta storms the entire Rapture trying to find the Little Sister he was first imprinted on, who is Eleanor Lamb, the daughter of BigBad Sofia Lamb. [[spoiler:Inverted in the endgame where, upon donning the Big Sister suit, Eleanor tells you that now's her time to fight for you and [[EleventhHourSuperpower gives you a plamid to call her by your side]].]]


** Arnie plays a mild-mannered ex-military helicopter pilot (who takes skiers up mountains) in ''TheSixthDay''. He fails to die on schedule, and the company responsible kidnaps his wife and daughter to try to force his compliance. Then he and his clone (yes, it's that kind of movie, and why he was supposed to be dead) destroy the company [[MacGyver with a tin of aluminum oxide]] ''[[Series/MacGyver and one pistol between them.]]'' If you can't say Made Of Awesome, I'll do it for you.

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** Arnie plays a mild-mannered ex-military helicopter pilot (who takes skiers up mountains) in ''TheSixthDay''.''Film/The6thDay ''. He fails to die on schedule, and the company responsible kidnaps his wife and daughter to try to force his compliance. Then he and his clone (yes, it's that kind of movie, and why he was supposed to be dead) destroy the company [[MacGyver with a tin of aluminum oxide]] ''[[Series/MacGyver and one pistol between them.]]'' If you can't say Made Of Awesome, I'll do it for you.


* Hector of Ostia is portrayed as a potential Papa Wolf in his B support with Eliwood in ''FireEmblem 7'', where he tells his best friend about a prophetic dream involving his [[KidFromTheFuture still unborn daughter]] and, as he mentions a redheaded boy who takes her away in the dream, he isn't very pleased to have his "little girl" courted by the other kid. [[spoiler:Too bad Hector didn't get to be a proper Papa Wolf for Lilina, since he's [[PlotlineDeath killed off early]] in ''Fuuin''. His FamousLastWords are a plea for Roy, Eliwood's son and the "redheaded boy" from the dream, to protect her.]].

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Hector of Ostia is portrayed as a potential Papa Wolf in his B support with Eliwood in ''FireEmblem 7'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'', where he tells his best friend about a prophetic dream involving his [[KidFromTheFuture still unborn daughter]] and, as he mentions a redheaded boy who takes her away in the dream, he isn't very pleased to have his "little girl" courted by the other kid. [[spoiler:Too bad Hector didn't get to be a proper Papa Wolf for Lilina, since he's [[PlotlineDeath killed off early]] in ''Fuuin''. His FamousLastWords are a plea for Roy, Eliwood's son and the "redheaded boy" from the dream, to protect her.]].



* ''[[FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Thracia 776]]'' has the [[AnAxeToGrind Axe Knight]] Hicks, who refuses to join Leaf's army if you don't rescue the children that have been kidnapped [[spoiler: for the child hunts]], including his son Maphy. If you do, however, he will join the group without hesitation.

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* ''[[FireEmblemJugdral ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Thracia 776]]'' has the [[AnAxeToGrind Axe Knight]] Hicks, who refuses to join Leaf's army if you don't rescue the children that have been kidnapped [[spoiler: for the child hunts]], including his son Maphy. If you do, however, he will join the group without hesitation.


* Although his relationship with Rue is never defined, Thresh is one towards her in ''TheHungerGames''. When [[spoiler: he overhears Clove taunting Katniss about Rue's death]], his BerserkButton is pressed, actually breaks his [[TheStoic calm demeanor]] and ''shouts'' furiously and it didn't go well for [[spoiler: Clove]].

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* Although his relationship with Rue is never defined, Thresh is one towards her in ''TheHungerGames''.''Literature/TheHungerGames''. When [[spoiler: he overhears Clove taunting Katniss about Rue's death]], his BerserkButton is pressed, actually breaks his [[TheStoic calm demeanor]] and ''shouts'' furiously and it didn't go well for [[spoiler: Clove]].

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* Kakashi in a FanFic/AGrowingAffection becomes an adoptive ActionDad.


* [[TheAuthority Apollo and Midnighter]] are like this with their adopted daughter Jenny (even though, being [[GooGooGodlike vastly more powerful than either of them]], she can take care of herself pretty well). Midnighter deserves special mention, however, for being like this with [[FriendToAllChildren all kids]].

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* [[TheAuthority [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Apollo and Midnighter]] are like this with their adopted daughter Jenny (even though, being [[GooGooGodlike vastly more powerful than either of them]], she can take care of herself pretty well). Midnighter deserves special mention, however, for being like this with [[FriendToAllChildren all kids]].


** And in ''[[TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'', after [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime, Optimus's father figure and teacher, led an invasion that enslaved and murdered MILLIONS of innocent civilians in Chicago]], Optimus would shoot said person execution style. The line he uttered as he saw [[spoiler: the destruction of Chicago]] was chilling.

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** And in ''[[TransformersDarkOfTheMoon ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'', after [[spoiler: Sentinel Prime, Optimus's father figure and teacher, led an invasion that enslaved and murdered MILLIONS of innocent civilians in Chicago]], Optimus would shoot said person execution style. The line he uttered as he saw [[spoiler: the destruction of Chicago]] was chilling.



** Whenever Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays a father in any of his action flicks, expect some ''serious'' PapaWolf action to go down if the bad guys mess with his kids. Case in point: ''TrueLies'' -- when the BigBad kidnaps Harry Tasker's daughter, Harry goes after him with a fucking ''Harrier jet fighter.'' And sends the BigBad on a missile ride.
** Arnie plays a mild-mannered ex-military helicopter pilot (who takes skiers up mountains) in ''TheSixthDay''. He fails to die on schedule, and the company responsible kidnaps his wife and daughter to try to force his compliance. Then he and his clone (yes, it's that kind of movie, and why he was supposed to be dead) destroy the company [[MacGyver with a tin of aluminum oxide]] ''[[MacGyver and one pistol between them.]]'' If you can't say Made Of Awesome, I'll do it for you.
** The Governator doesn't even ''need'' to play a father, just having [[TeamDad a character who's got to take care of children or teens]] is enough. ''KindergartenCop'' has a particularly emotional scene where his character, a police detective posing as a [[BadassTeacher a school teacher]], dishes out a brutal beating to an abusive father of an emotionally damaged student. "You hit the kid, I hit ''you''," indeed.
** Parodied in ''LastActionHero'', where the movie from which Arnold's cop character is lifted includes a face-off with the BigBad who abducted his kid.

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** Whenever Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays a father in any of his action flicks, expect some ''serious'' PapaWolf action to go down if the bad guys mess with his kids. Case in point: ''TrueLies'' ''Film/TrueLies'' -- when the BigBad kidnaps Harry Tasker's daughter, Harry goes after him with a fucking ''Harrier jet fighter.'' And sends the BigBad on a missile ride.
** Arnie plays a mild-mannered ex-military helicopter pilot (who takes skiers up mountains) in ''TheSixthDay''. He fails to die on schedule, and the company responsible kidnaps his wife and daughter to try to force his compliance. Then he and his clone (yes, it's that kind of movie, and why he was supposed to be dead) destroy the company [[MacGyver with a tin of aluminum oxide]] ''[[MacGyver ''[[Series/MacGyver and one pistol between them.]]'' If you can't say Made Of Awesome, I'll do it for you.
** The Governator doesn't even ''need'' to play a father, just having [[TeamDad a character who's got to take care of children or teens]] is enough. ''KindergartenCop'' ''Film/KindergartenCop'' has a particularly emotional scene where his character, a police detective posing as a [[BadassTeacher a school teacher]], dishes out a brutal beating to an abusive father of an emotionally damaged student. "You hit the kid, I hit ''you''," indeed.
** Parodied in ''LastActionHero'', ''Film/LastActionHero'', where the movie from which Arnold's cop character is lifted includes a face-off with the BigBad who abducted his kid.



* Liam Neeson's character in ''{{Nell}}'', who winds up very protective of the borderline WildChild (wild adult, by then) he and another doctor have been observing since her mother's death. A reporter who sneaks up trying to get a picture of the rumored "wild woman" gets thrown down the front steps of Nell's cabin and his camera broken for his troubles. Neeson's character does admit he overreacted, only to chase the reporter away when the idiot keeps asking questions.

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* Liam Neeson's character in ''{{Nell}}'', ''Film/{{Nell}}'', who winds up very protective of the borderline WildChild (wild adult, by then) he and another doctor have been observing since her mother's death. A reporter who sneaks up trying to get a picture of the rumored "wild woman" gets thrown down the front steps of Nell's cabin and his camera broken for his troubles. Neeson's character does admit he overreacted, only to chase the reporter away when the idiot keeps asking questions.



* Big Chris in ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''. Made the mistake of threatening his son, Little Chris? Big Chris is going to have another SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome with a car door.

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* Big Chris in ''LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''.''Film/LockStockAndTwoSmokingBarrels''. Made the mistake of threatening his son, Little Chris? Big Chris is going to have another SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome with a car door.



** ''Temple of Doom'' begs to differ. Why was he captured by the villains? Because he wanted to protect a helpless child from ''being whipped to death'', plus proceeding to fight ''the villain's army'' to free the hundreds of slave children, and giving up the mystical stones that would have made him a millionaire so the village they return to would be one filled with life and hope. Easily the '''single''' most heroic Papa Wolf performance for Harrison Ford.

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** ''Temple of Doom'' ''Film/IndianaJonesTempleOfDoom'' begs to differ. Why was he captured by the villains? Because he wanted to protect a helpless child from ''being whipped to death'', plus proceeding to fight ''the villain's army'' to free the hundreds of slave children, and giving up the mystical stones that would have made him a millionaire so the village they return to would be one filled with life and hope. Easily the '''single''' most heroic Papa Wolf performance for Harrison Ford.



** What pushed him into agreeing to help look for the Grail (though, given what happens [[TheMole with the man who gives him the news]], he might not necessarily have had a choice) - finding his dad. He was willing to put a guy through a ship's propeller, and if the man wasn't a soft-core KnightTemplar...

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** What pushed him into agreeing to help look for the Grail in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (though, given what happens [[TheMole with the man who gives him the news]], he might not necessarily have had a choice) - finding his dad. He was willing to put a guy through a ship's propeller, and if the man wasn't a soft-core KnightTemplar...



* The premise of ''TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' is about a group of people who get trapped inside a house with a PapaWolf and a MamaBear after they brutalize and rape the couple's daughter. Three guesses as to what happens next.

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* The premise of ''TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft'' is about a group of people who get trapped inside a house with a PapaWolf and a MamaBear after they brutalize and rape the couple's daughter. Three guesses as to what happens next.


* The cartoon version of WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} is typically an easy-going prankster whose main interest is driving the rest of the Neitherworld crazy. But on those rare occasions when Lydia is in serious danger, Beetlejuice will show just how he got the title of Ghost With The Most. Insulting or humiliating Lydia is also a bad idea, as [[AlphaBitch Claire Brewster]] found out the hard way on more than one occasion.



* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'': BigFun Owen is usually happy and cheerful at all times, but his BerserkButton is immediately activated whenever someone threatens Noah or Izzy. His PapaBear mode is one of the few things that managed to [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap save him from the Scrappy heap]].



* Ant-Man II from ''[[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]]'' mainly uses his powers and abilities to ensure the safety and well-being of his young daughter. In the episode in which he officially became the new Ant-Man, he punished Crossfire for kidnapping her by [[spoiler: kicking him in the face, then covering him in ants]].

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* Ant-Man II from ''[[WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes]]'' ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' mainly uses his powers and abilities to ensure the safety and well-being of his young daughter. In the episode in which he officially became the new Ant-Man, he punished Crossfire for kidnapping her by [[spoiler: kicking him in the face, then covering him in ants]].


* Just ''{{t|emptingFate}}ry'' and hurt a kid in front of CaptainHarlock.


* Otaru from ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' to X. [[spoiler:Granted, he was a father for only episode and half, but he surely proved to be quite a PapaWolf!]]


* Tony Stark becomes this to his adopted son Harry in the ''HarryPotter''/''IronMan'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheInvincibleTechnomage''. It is also demonstrated that many of the heroes feel this way toward their allies' children.

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* Tony Stark becomes this to his adopted son Harry in the ''HarryPotter''/''IronMan'' ''Literature/HarryPotter''/''IronMan'' crossover fanfic ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheInvincibleTechnomage''. It is also demonstrated that many of the heroes feel this way toward their allies' children.



** Arthur Weasley, while usually overshadowed by his MamaBear wife, in ''[[HarryPotter/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', threatened Kingsley Shacklebolt (trained Auror, later takes on ''freakin' Voldemort'') to his face when he heard that one of his sons had been badly injured and Kingsley was trying to question him.

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** Arthur Weasley, while usually overshadowed by his MamaBear wife, in ''[[HarryPotter/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', threatened Kingsley Shacklebolt (trained Auror, later takes on ''freakin' Voldemort'') to his face when he heard that one of his sons had been badly injured and Kingsley was trying to question him.

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