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1%% Image replaced per Image Pickin' thread:²%% Please do not change or remove without starting a new thread.²%%²[[quoteright:350:[[Anime/DigimonAdventure]]]]²[[caption-width-right:350:I don't care if he called your [[ShonenHair hair]] stupid, it's not okay to hit! [[YouAreGrounded You're both grounded!]]]]²²->''"From now on, there are no more secrets in this family."''²-->-- '''Optimus Prime''', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''²²The opposite number to the TeamMom, more often than not the [[AFatherToHisMen disciplinarian, lead-by-example-kind of character]] in contrast to the warm, nurturing tendencies of a Team Mom. The Team Dad tends to be the oldest member of TheTeam, but it's more about attitude than age, because if he isn't TheLeader, he's certainly TheMentor. He tends to be strict and gruff, but he never hesitates to [[PapaWolf put his life on the line]] for his team members. Sometimes the facade might even crack and he'll show [[SoProudOfYou undisguised pride]] over his "kids", particularly if the team members are TrueCompanions.²²Like the occasionally male TeamMom, Team Dads aren't AlwaysMale, but female ones ''are'' very rare.²²If a team has a TeamMom ''[[DesignatedParents and]]'' a Team Dad, expect them to either play a GoodCopBadCop routine on the rest of the team or come in conflict over their "parenting" philosophies. Cue "[[ShipTease Mom and Dad are fighting]]" jokes from the "kids" if Team Mom and Team Dad aren't a couple, quickly followed by "[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend It's not like]] ''[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend that]]'', we swear"-[[NotHelpingYourCase Bonus points]] if the response is [[SpeakInUnison in unison]] from them (but they're ''very'' likely to end up together, anyway).²²Compare PapaWolf, whose children are his {{Protectorate}}; while the tropes can overlap, the TeamDad strives to make the "children" (who also tend to be older than the PapaWolf's, and are less likely to be blood relatives) able to fight and defend themselves. A stern version of TheFace since no one's going to argue when he says not to and will take the responsibility of speaking for the group.²²Compare also AFatherToHisMen.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime & Manga]]²* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': Even after UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, England can't fully get his former protege America off his back. And even more after the Allies are formed and he often has to be the OnlySaneMan... if you stretch the "sane" part a bit.²** Austria also is like this towards North Italy and TheClan. As a bonus, he marries the local CoolBigSis and makes her his TeamMom.²** Among the Asians, China tries to be this... but the straightest example seems to be Macau instead. Specially when he has to deal with China ''and'' Hong Kong.²** Denmark sees himself as the leader and "older brother" (re: this) of the Nordics. The others don't seem to agree.²** France insists on being called "big brother" by everyone younger than him, and in a deleted strip he denies America alcohol because of his age (though it may have been to [[FrenchJerk insult]] [[JustAKid him]]). This makes the strip "Even if I depart, You Shall Remain" all the more of a TearJerker, as it shows France's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortality]] will prevent him from being a true father. When he sees the human protagonist with a son, he makes a sad smile.²** Though Russia is [[PsychopathicManchild childish]], he sees himself as this towards his subordinates and his people, in a [[{{Yandere}} twisted way]]. In "Lithuania's Out-Sourcing", he acts like a concerned parent when telling America to take care of Lithuania...[[CuteAndPsycho until]] he pulls a SlasherSmile and [[StalkerWithACrush calls Lithuania his "ex".]] Then there was "Bloody Sunday", where he snaps and decides the only way to make the best for his citizens is to [[MurderIsTheBestSolution gun down some rebels]], because "we don't want children who can't play nice."²* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Dutch very much fills this role to his employees on the Lagoon.²* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Kakei is older, more [[GoodOldWays conservative]], and tends to vocally correct the misbehaviours of the Braves around him. Naturally he gets along quite well with the TeamMom, Rokuro, both of them being fairly orthodox people in a cast of [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits eccentrics]].²* A rather sui-generis one is Akira Mimasaka form ''Manga/BoysOverFlowers''. He doesn't particularly care about forcing morality on the group (and probably couldn't if he wanted to) but is the general mediator for conflicts and seems to take it upon his shoulders when the group isn't getting along, eventually leading to him getting in a fistfight with Tsukasa when the latter won't stop stirring up drama with Rui.²* In ''Manga/Classi9'', Bach is Class S-'s resident dad friend: he is the one indulging [[ThePrankster Haydn]] [[{{Keet}} and his antics]] the most, he makes sure Ren understands the lessons and passes her his notes, watches out for Chopin, repairs the pianos Liszt has broken, makes sure Mozart and Tchaiko keep it in their pants at least while inside the school... His BerserkButton is hurting or insulting his family ones, and yes that includes his classmates. Mozart constantly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it by calling him by dad-themed names and the first part of chapter 11 focuses on his fatherly habits.²* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Jet Black, who ''also'' is the male TeamMom.²* ''Manga/Cyborg009'' - Dr. Isaac Gilmore and Dr. Koizumi. Chang Changku (Cyborg 006) has traits of both this ''and'' a male TeamMom (''hilariously'' lampshaded in an episode of the 2001 series).²* Senshi of ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' views himself as one. When the party runs low on food, he blames himself for "not being able to provide food for the youngsters".²* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':²** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' brings us the current page image, Jou/Joe Kido. There was a very good reason he was appropriately chosen to be the bearer of the "Crest of Reliability" as the dub calls it, and pretty much [[SpellMyNameWithAnS all of the possible translations for its Japanese name]] (Honesty, Faith, Sincerity) are fitting too. Despite being [[TheSoCalledCoward scared out of his wits]] and always vouching for the "safest" option, he was often the first to throw himself at attacking Digimon to protect the other [[ChosenOne Chosen children]] (aka Digidestined) and his own [[BondCreature partner]] [[{{Mon}} Digimon]], even though said partner Digimon was there to protect him! His top priorities were always to make certain everyone was safe, getting along, and would give emotional support and advice when needed. This carried over into the [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 sequel]] too - despite being regularly bogged down with the rigors of Japanese higher education, Jou/Joe was always there as a figure of guidance and support for [[KidSamurai Iori/Cody]], the youngest of the Digidestined, whenever he needed him.²** ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' - [[TheCaptain Captain]] Satsuma. Better known as a stern disciplinarian to everyone else in DATS, he is also a BadassLongcoat and very [[LetsGetDangerous dangerous]] when the need arises.²* Kalos Eido, boss of the ''Anime/KaleidoStar'' troupe. To a smaller degree, Marion's father; makes sense since while Kalos handles the big decisions, Mr. Begnini is the one in charge of the stagehands and technical issues.²* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' - Captain Bruno J. Global[=/=]Henry J. Gloval.²* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Prof. Yumi was TeamDad by the heroes (and ParentalSubstitute for Kouji and Shiro). He was mature, serious and disciplined, and tried to lead through those traits.²** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Prof. Kenzo Kabuto filled the same role.²** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': And Dr. Umon.²* ''Manga/DragonBall'' - Master Roshi, at least until the Saiyan arc of ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Piccolo also qualifies in the Cell and Buu arcs.²* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' - Bright Noah. [[spoiler: Who ends up married to the local TeamMom, Mirai Yashima.]]²** Also Captain Henken Beckener and Commander Blex Forrer from [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]], as well as Jamil Neate from Anime/AfterWarGundamX.²** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]] has Mu La Flaga take this role for the Archangel's crew, and [[spoiler: after Mu's death]] [[FathertoHisMen Andrew Waldfelt]] eventually ascends to this role in the sequel.²** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]] has a dark example in Neo Roanoke ([[spoiler: actually a CriminalAmnesiac La Flaga]]), a bitter and cynical ZenSurvivor who serves as the Team Dad and EvilMentor the the [[{{Tykebomb}} Extended]], demonstrating legitimate concern for their well-being, all while making sure they stay in line and follow [[FinalSolution Djibril's]] orders.²* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'': Johann Trinity is this to his siblings Michael and Nena, as a part of him getting a PromotionToParent of sorts. Among the Gundam Meisters, Lockon Stratos [[spoiler: (the first one)]] is a mix of this and BigBrotherMentor.²* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Franky towards his original TrueCompanions before he left, and now, as confirmed by WordOfGod, towards Luffy's crew. Though he's a particularly... [[BumblingDad immature example]]. ²** Zoro and Sanji though younger than Franky, have shades of this trope towards their more immature and childish crewmates. Both Zoro and Sanji give Chopper in particular guidance in “how to be manly“, and they also give him [[ShoulderTeammate shoulder rides sometimes]]. ²** Whitebeard as a FatherToHisMen was literal example for the Whitebeard Pirates, even when Squard [[HeelFaceTurn stabs him]] Whitebeard just hugs his “foolish son” and forgives him immediately causing Squard to cry. ²** Smoker similar to Whitebeard was this for the G-5 Marines and Tashigi thus Smoker was [[PapaWolf extremely pissed]] when he learned TheMole Vergo had attacked and nearly killed all of them. ²** Charlotte Katakuri invokes this towards his siblings, not only will he use his Devil Fruit powers to aid them in battle but will protect them ferociously. Luffy learned this ''[[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown the hard way]]''.²** Kozuki Oden was this to his TrueCompanions the Nine Scabbards and plenty of others in Wano country, even some of his most badass samurai friends gave Oden TheGlomp, much to his annoyance. Oden’s death protecting his family and friends still brings tears to his followers’s eyes. ²* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' - Tamaki Suoh is the self-proclaimed Team Dad (and assigns Kyouya the TeamMom role), but the rest of the team pretty much just play along because they feel like it; when they boycott him, Tamaki throws tantrums about why they're being so disobedient. This gets even more complicated once Tamaki starts developing feelings for Haruhi that he keeps handwaving as "fatherly concern".²** This, of course, leads to HoYay courtesy of the Twins: "Mommy kept a secret from Daddy."²* Brock in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, who like Jet Black does double duty as both the Team Dad ''and'' the TeamMom.²** In ''BW'', Cilan makes a strange aversion, considering how [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute similar]] he is to Brock.²** Pikachu takes up the role when no humans are present, mostly to take care of the younger Pokemon.²** In ''XY'', Ash himself is the one who has the Team Dad role as this is the series where he's at his most mature.²** For the ''Sun and Moon'' series, the Team Dad role usually goes to Professor Kukui, but Kiawe also takes up the role when its just Ash and his classmates.²* ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet'' - Conrad, with the bonus of having his grandson Antonio in the group and having raised Juliet and Cordelia after the Capulet massacre.²* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' - Kozaburou Nambu, also TheProfessor.²* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' - Kurogane, to go along with the overwhelming sea of HoYay between him and (male) TeamMom Fai. This becomes particularly visible around the [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapters]] in which everything goes to hell and Kurogane does quite a bit of stepping up and taking charge in order to keep the team together.²* This trope is ''very'' common in sports anime, with the captains and/or coaches acting as if they were the fathers of their teammates or pupils (and possibly working alongside a BigBrotherMentor and/or a CuteSportsClubManager):²** ''Manga/BambooBlade'' - Toraji "Kojiro" Ishida, for the Muroe High School kendo team.²** ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' - Roberto Hongo (Nankatsu Elementary), Kouzou Kira (Meiwa Elementary), Takashi Furuoya (Nankatsu Junior High) and Makoto Kitazume (Tohou Junior High).²*** Tatsuo Mikami and later Gamo Minato are Team Dads to the Japanese National Squad. To a degree, so is Munemasa Katagiri, but in a more distant way.²** ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' - Genji Kamogawa (Kamogawa Gym). Sendoh's trainer Yanaoka (Naniwa Gym), Ozma's coach Hachinohe (Hachinohe Gym; Ozma ''does'' nickname him "dad" in canon), Volg's trainer Ramuda and [[spoiler: Eiji Date (Nakadai Gym) after he retires]] are quite younger versions of the trope.²** ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' - Captains Kippei Tachibana (Fudomine) and Kunimitsu Tezuka (Seigaku), alongside vicecaptain Genichirou Sanada (Rikkai), are Team Dads for their school tennis teams. If we check on coaches, the best example is Ojii from Rokkaku, whereas Taro Sakaki from Hyoutei and Osamu Watanabe from Shotenhouji are younger versions. Also Mikiya "Banji" Banda from Yamabuki, though he's more of a TricksterMentor.²** ''Manga/SlamDunk'' - Coach Mitsuyoshi Anzai and captain Takenori Akagi from Shohoku, as well as coaches Moichi Taoka from Ryounan (who specially shows his TeamDad ID by [[spoiler: counseling freshman!Uozumi when he almost leaves the team due to his upperclassmen's bullying]]) and Riki Takato from Kainan.²** ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' - Youichi Hiruma fits the trope quite well... If you don't pay attention to his: blackmailing everyone he wants to, screaming and shouting, constant evil laughing, harsh training, shooting his own teammates, and adding a certain [[ClusterFBomb swear word]] to every noun he says. Also, his ability to turn his head 180 degrees, spiky dyed hair and teeth that are just as sharp, his habit of spinning his AK 47 like a pencil and shooting it at the same time. As long as you don't pay attention to that, he fits the bill.²** ''Manga/{{Haikyuu}}'' - Karasuno's [[TheCaptain captain]] Daichi was the closest thing the team had to an adult supervision before Coach Ukai and Takeda came to supervise them. He is probably the most responsible and level-headed member of the team and can be quite strict compared to his vice-captain and TeamMom counterpart Koushi Sugawara, but cares a lot about the rest of the team and makes sure they don't overwork themselves. ²** ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' - Tetsuichiro Kurumada of Sugo Asurada, whom Hayato calls him Oyaji-san, and in turn, sees Hayato as a son to him. Edelhi Bootsvorz of Missing Link, [[spoiler:after his HeelFaceTurn]], becomes a fatherly figure to his teammates.²* Jiraya eventually becomes this to Manga/{{Naruto}} which also fits on how Tsunade is the TeamMom for him. Turns out Jiraiya is technically Naruto's godfather, but was not available for his early years for many reasons (being a spy master protecting the village along with his own lechery being prime examples.)²** Iruka Umino, being actually responsible for most of the pre-ninja training of the kids, bounces between TeamDad and TeamMom (specially to Naruto). Also Kakashi and Asuma, as team leaders.²** Interestingly enough, Shikamaru seems to be developing into this for the Konoha 11 Group. Makes sense, [[spoiler: they lost their TeamDad Asuma to Hidan.]]²** Let's not forget that Hiruzen Sarutobi aka the Third Hokage was the TeamDad for most of Konoha, barring his former teammates and Danzo, his former friend.²** To a degree, it can be said that ''every'' male Kage plays the TeamDad role for their village, in their own ways. As the new Kazekage, Gaara is still too young, but he's got Baki-sensei to back him up. Baki himself wasn't exactly the TeamDad for the Sand siblings at first, but acts more like that after the TimeSkip.²* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has some odd examples. ²** Takamichi Takahata seems to fill this position in the early chapters, but the position eventually gets passed to [[WeaselMascot Chamo]]. ²** Later on, ''[[BoisterousBruiser Jack Rakan]]'', of all people, seems to fill in.²** Evangeline sort of counts as a female example, although [[NobleDemon she would of course deny this vigorously if confronted about it]].²** In the Ala Rubra days, the TeamDad was Eishun Konoe and Alberio Imma was his TeamMom.²* Captain Jushiro Ukitake in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' acts more like a father than a captain towards his subordinates.²** In a huge subversion, so did [[spoiler: Sousuke Aizen... before he faked his own death and then was revealed to be the BigBad]]²* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', [[TheProfessor Kouzou]] [[TheLancer Fuyutsuki]] and [[MagnificentBastard Gendo]] [[TheChessMaster Ikari]] would be the {{Team Dad}}s... if the series was, well, [[ThereAreNoTherapists NOT]] [[DysfunctionJunction Neon]] [[{{Deconstruction}} Genesis]] [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]].²** Gendou deconstructs the trope big time (he's Shinji's father and team leader all right, but his actions are only remotely dad-like towards his adoptive daughter of sorts Rei), but Fuyutsuki plays it straight as he's still got some degree of concern for others around him. [[spoiler: That's what gets him arrested by SEELE.]]²* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' - [[BlowYouAway Wind Master]] Aoki Seiichirou is this with Kasumi Karen taking on the role of "Team Mom".²* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Gintoki acts as a father figure towards Shinpachi and Kagura, when he's not acting like a child himself, that is.²* In ''Anime/FangOfTheSunDougram'', this role is split between Professor Samarin and Dick Raltaff. Samarin is the leader the liberation movement, but is especially close to the protagonist and his team, while Raltaff is more of a mentor.²* Enho from ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' mixes this and OldRetainer. Keiki also has some shades of the trope.²* Manga/InuYasha, believe it or not. He's pretty unorthodox, but he tries to give TheChick / TheLancer / TeamMom emotional support, physically prevents the ActionGirl from giving up on her brother and TheSmartGuy from throwing his life away, and is an example for both the TagalongKid and the aforementioned TeamMom's little brother.²* Tomoya Okazaki from ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', as the OnlySaneMan in his group.²* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s Alexander Anderson has his moments with his people. Surprisingly, so does Alucard in the manga in a twisted way, towards his interaction with Seras, Bernadotte and mercenaries. He's also known to lecture the vampire punks before he kills them, and when he starts calling Seras by her name he actually pats her on the head almost like a dad praising his little girl.²* Mamoru Chiba acted like one from time to time in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', mostly to the Inner Senshi since he was [[OlderAndWiser older and more responsible]] than them, being a mentor figure towards Ami in particular and always taking care of Chibiusa, his future daughter.²* Houshou Takigawa, aka Bou-san or Monk, from ''Manga/GhostHunt'', with Ayako as TeamMom.²* Kanba Takakura from Anime/MawaruPenguindrum, who has to take care of both his younger siblings ''and'' their penguins. With his sister Himari as the TeamMom.²* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Dr. Stein, [[MadScientist oddly]] [[TokenEvilTeamMate enough]]. In the last chapter of the manga, it turns out [[spoiler:he [[TeamMom Marie]] are going to be an ''[[BabiesEverAfter actual]]'' mom and dad.]]²** [[BigGood Shinigami-sama]] and [[PapaWolf Spirit Albarn]] may qualify as well.²* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Master Makarov is the prime example, to the entire guild.²* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has Reiner Braun and Marco Bott, though their styles are slightly different. Marco plays it straighter, primarily keeping order among the trainees while offering occasional support or advice to them. In contrast, Reiner is something of a BigBrotherMentor, and blends some of the nurturing elements of the TeamMom through his efforts to keep morale up or encourage them to excel. [[spoiler: Marco ends up as a SacrificialLion, killed during the defense of Trost. On the other hand, Reiner is actually TheMole and his attachment to the others causes him to begin suffering SanitySlippage due to guilt]]. ²* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', despite being female, TheStoic [[RedBaron Blazing General]] Signum often takes this role in the teams she's in, leading by example and taking responsibility for the things her group did, as well as being the one most willing to discipline a team member who's out of line; when Teana starts complaining about being taken off active duty (more because she's not in the right physical or mental shape for it than as a punitive measure), Signum [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan punches her in the face]] and says that [[QuitYourWhining she will only get spoiled if her whining is tolerated]]. This gets a LampshadeHanging in the RealTrailerFakeMovie ''Magical Family Lyrical Wolken'' {{Omake}} included in the Special Edition of ''Anime/{{Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd As}}'', where she was assigned the father role while [[TeamMom Shamal was assigned the mother role]]. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* ''ComicBook/XMen'':²** Charles Xavier/Comicbook/ProfessorX, played by Creator/PatrickStewart (who plays [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc Picard]]) in the [[Film/XMenFilmSeries live action version]], possibly to invoke this trope.²** Also, DependingOnTheWriter, ComicBook/{{Magneto}} acts like this with the Brotherhood. During his many [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Heel–Face Turns]], he becomes a father figure for the X-Men as well. Most notably, when he took over the X-Men after the [[DeathIsCheap death of Charles Xavier]], he found himself struggling with his role as both leader and father figure towards the teenaged mutants.²* Franchise/{{Batman}} to his whole extended Bat-family, particularly to the Robins, who are his adopted sons (except for Damian, his biological kid, and [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Steph]]). Alfred, the Wayne family butler, also has a bit of this going on, though he tends to be a lot more empathetic than Bruce.²** In "Paradise Lost", [[ Batman lectures the Flash on picking up items with unknown powers]], and even ''Superman'' does what Batman says.²* Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) of the ComicBook/FantasticFour (and he's married to the TeamMom).²* Splinter considers himself the adopted father of the TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles. In some versions this is extended to the turtles' additional friends, including April and Casey.²* Long-time ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' foe ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} is an evil version of this for the Titans teams he has put together. During the Titans East storyline, he even acted more fatherly towards Inertia than he did to his own children [[spoiler: as part of his plan to get the Titans to accept them]]. He gave the little psycho the serum he needed for SuperSpeed while warning him not to abuse it, advised him to dump his even more psychotic girlfriend, and hooked him up with the Rogues in Central City once everything went south for Titans East.²* ComicBook/TheAvengers once had a discussion about ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and ComicBook/IronMan over who was TeamMom and who was TeamDad.²** They're still doing this; as recently as issue 7 of the 2011 volume of The Avengers, there's a scene where Spider-Man says "This is uncomfortable." Another character assumes he's talking about half of Avenger-dom being on a single Quinjet, and he says "No, I was talking about Mommy and Daddy fighting," in reference to the fact that Cap is pissed at Tony for his secrecy about the Infinity Gems.²* ComicBook/CaptainAtom was this for the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeague Justice League Europe]]. This was helped by the fact that he was also the OnlySaneMan and was romantically involved, at least for a while, with the TeamMom, Catherine Cobert. But he was also the one responsible for keeping the team's ridiculous antics under control, counseling them when they were depressed or otherwise in need of advice or just a reassuring ear, and of leading them into combat.²* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', Perry White is sometimes depicted as this to other the reporters at the ''Daily Planet''. He once even went so far as to say that Lois in particular was like a daughter to him.²* ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}} (Tim) ends up as the team dad for ComicBook/YoungJustice mostly due to his OnlySaneMan status among the founders. ComicBook/{{Superboy|1994}} (Kon) may have tried to claim the role, but was just nowhere near mature enough nor in the right mindset for giving direction, even if he thought himself to be in comparison to {{Cloudcuckoolander}} FearlessFool ComicBook/{{Impulse}}.²* ''ComicBook/RainbowRowellsRunaways'' moves Chase into this position, as he and established TeamMom Nico become the group's providers and (thanks to one of Nico's spells) Molly's legal guardians.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Fan Works]]²* The Internet has seen fit to turn ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'''s Soldier:76 into one (and Mercy as TeamMom), but emphasizing the "[[BumblingDad Dad]]" part (making sure the kids eat their vegetables, wearing socks with sandals, and of course dad jokes). It's amazing how much emotion he can communicate with just his eyebrows.²* The Dwarven Noble protagonist assumes this role in ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns''. Alim, the elf, sometimes fills the role too.²* In Music/{{Vocaloid}} fanon, Kaito tends to be this, when not being an [[TheDitz idiot]]. This is primarily due to his shared status as the oldest with [[TeamMom Meiko]], however.²* In ''Fanfic/FlyFree'', [[{{Anime/Naruto}} Kakashi]] plays this role to Team Seven far more than in canon. What makes it funny is that the TeamMom is [[Anime/OnePiece Robin,]] and the Team (and other genin) very much [[ShipperOnDeck ship the two]].²* Reggie towards most of the main team of heroes in ''FanFic/{{Pokeumans}}'' except Brandon, to whom he is the BigBrotherMentor.²* [[HistoricalHeroUpgrade George Westinghouse]] in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'': in the season 1 finale, he finds himself in a fatherly role towards a large band of TrueCompanions, consisting of his own friend UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Sally Sparrow]], [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury Beth Lestrade]], and the [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Baker Street Irregulars]]. [[spoiler:So much so that he gives the bride away at Beth's official wedding.]]²* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' fan works frequently portray Soldier: 76 acting as a father figure towards some of the younger Overwatch members (with Mercy as TeamMom and Reihardt and Ana as Team Grandparents). Others go further and send him down the BumblingDad route, with dad jokes and socks-with-sandals fashion sense galore.²* [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve]] and Thor take turns at this with the Avengers in ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm.'' Steve is TheParagon who can (mostly) get Tony, Loki, and the rest of the wisecrackers to shut up and listen. Thor, being 1500 years old and possessing a lot of experience with the universe in general and his brother in particular (plus being an actual dad), can provide sage advice and perspective for the others that Steve, being biologically less than 30, can't.²* In ''Fanfic/MyHuntsmanAcademia'', Weiss is this for Team MNVW, being the strict, no-nonsense {{Foil}} to Izuku's nurturing positivity and enthusiasm. She's in charge of reining in her teammates' worst impulses, particularly Izuku's self-destructive ChronicHeroSyndrome and {{Workaholic}} tendencies, disciplining him and Nora with a spray bottle and threatening Izuku with harm should he try to take on too much at once.²* In ''Fanfic/XMenTheEarlyYEars'', Professor Xavier is the team's teacher and father figure who tries to keep his crazy students under control (and from killing each other).²* Most ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCrossTagBattle'' fan works have Ragna as this to Yu, Hyde and Ruby due to his status as the oldest and most experienced of them (He's on his 20s while they're all teenagers), it helps that his interactions with them in the game proper also show some shades of this mixed with CoolBigBro. Of course with him being [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ra]][[HairTriggerTemper gna]], he's portrayed as a notably more grumpy and moody version of this trope.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Robert "Bob" Parr, a.k.a. Mr. Incredible (also a literal/biological father).²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]²* ''Film/TheGoonies'': Brand, as the oldest, tries to be the TeamDad. He makes a point of trying to take charge of the younger kids, but this doesn't work out so well.²* [[SupportingLeader Aragorn]] in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. Also doubles as AFatherToHisMen.²* Thorin in ''Film/TheHobbit'' may also qualify, at least to the younger dwarves. None of them are his children, but half of them are fairly closely related to him: four of them are his third cousins (and brothers or first cousins to each other), and Fili and Kili are his nephews. ²* In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', Owen Grady is this to his four ''Velociraptors''. He's the only person they listen to and won't attack on sight, which Owen attributes to maintaining a mutually respectful relationship with them. It also helps that Owen raised them since birth and all four of the raptors (who were given bird DNA instead of frog) have imprinted on him.²* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':²** Professor Charles Xavier. Best shown in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' [[spoiler:during his funeral, where a massive amount of his students cried during it. His tombstone reads, "Father, Teacher, Friend"]], and naturally "Father" is listed first because he was viewed by the youngsters (especially those who are orphans or have been disowned by their families) as primarily a paternal figure.²** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Erik Lehnsherr has a "tough love" approach with the young mutants (Sean Cassidy learns this the hard way). Charles Xavier might qualify as well, but he tends to act more like the nurturing TeamMom. Insert witty commentary [[HomoeroticSubtext here]].²** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Creator/JamesMcAvoy stresses in the June 2016 issue of ''F***'' magazine that Professor X, for all of his kindness and altruism, has a profound psychological need to be the "king of the castle," so to speak. Xavier genuinely loves his friends and his students and he cares deeply about them, but it's also very important to him to hold a certain amount of authority over them.²--->'''[=McAvoy=]''': That's partly why he's building a school and he wants that family that he never really had, and he wants to be the father. He's got that slight... he's a good man, but he's got a little bit of a god complex as well. He wants to be at the head of the table. It's a good thing, but it's his flaw as well.²* David from ''Film/WereTheMillers'' takes longer to fully grow into this role than Rose does to adapt to her corresponding TeamMom role, but he gets there. Best displayed at the film's climax, but hinted many other times as well.²* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':²** Chris Hemsworth (Film/{{Thor}}) describes [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] as "the godfather of Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}" because of how closely he works with S.H.I.E.L.D. to get the team together, as seen in TheStinger of ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk''. This would explain why Stark always clashes with TheLeader Captain America over how to "raise the kids," so to speak. Lampshaded in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' as Tony (along with TeamMom Black Widow) acts less like a concerned teammate, but more like a scolding parent whose kids are trouble with the law. ²** Nick Fury seems to invoke this to S.H.I.E.L.D and by extension the Avengers. Black Widow and Maria Hill in particular look up to him and greatly care for his safety. WordOfGod also reveals this is reason why Fury was made to be absent in Civil War since he’s presence would’ve given a bit of control to the hectic scenario. ²** Yondu from ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is a very passionate FatherToHisMen especially towards Peter Quill. He’s also quite the PapaWolf as seen in [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2 sequel]] [[BerserkButton when]] Tazerface kills his loyal men [[spoiler:and when he [[AdultFear learns]] Peter is with his evil father Ego]]. ²*** Quill himself along with Drax (when they aren’t being silly) invoke this among the Guardians, particularly towards Baby/Teen Groot and Mantis.²** Villainous example in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' with Thanos, the Black Order is made up of his “adopted” children from different planets and with the [[WhiteSheep exceptions]] of Gamora and Nebula they all worship the ground Thanos walks on and truly believe his lunacy. It’s taken in even further as one of his children Ebony Maw implies that Thanos thinks he’s the TeamDad ''for the whole universe'' which is given some credence later when Thanos calls Scarlet Witch (a complete stranger) “my child” and [[AffectionateGestureToTheHead brushes her head affectionately]]. ²* Sam Gerard from ''Film/TheFugitive'' manages to be both TeamMom and Team Dad: he's incredibly caring but also expects nothing less than excellence, his team works like a well-oiled machine at the slightest snap of his finger, and he's snippy and dramatic when things go wrong but lavish with praise when they go right. He also [[AFatherToHisMen refers to his team as his kids]], and they clearly adore him right back.²* ''Film/PrimeCut'' has Lee Marvin as a tough old gangster leading a squad of younger hitmen.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* The ''[[Literature/LittleWomen Little Men]]'' of Plumfield:²** Franz -- oldest student, part-time teacher, President of The Club, and their mentor's and TeamMom's nephew.²** Dr. Alexander Mackenzie Campbell, aka Uncle Alec, from ''Eight Cousins'' and ''Rose in Bloom''.²* Jake in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', also the team leader. Marco teases him about this mercilessly, especially since the TeamMom, Cassie, is his girlfriend.²-->'''Cassie:''' Now what?\²'''Marco:''' Yeah, now what, Dad?²* Remus Lupin is like this in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''.²** This is lampshaded repeatedly, since Harry never had a true father figure before. It becomes quite important later, when the GenerationXerox-trope is subverted.²** Dumbledore is also implied to be this for the Order of the Phoenix, given that it's a RagtagBunchOfMisfits whose one connection is, basically, him. ²* In ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'', main character Tom takes up this role pretty much towards everyone in the places where he works. Yes, even at Simon Legree's [[WretchedHive horrible manse]], where he helps the other slaves and they call him "Father Tom" - even the local BrokenBird, the cynical and arrogant [[DefrostingIceQueen Cassie]].²* Roland Deschain of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' is this to his team of Gunslingers, and is a more literal adoptive father to Jake Chambers. This is lampshaded by his title in the group, "Dinh," which means "lord," "leader," or "father" in the High Speech.²* Chiron from ''Literature/TheCampHalfBloodSeries'' trains each new generation of demigods, helps them through the process of understanding who they are, listens when they have problems, and keeps them more or less in line. He's been doing it for a few thousand years, by now. ²* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', Maedhros fills this role, keeping his nastier brothers in check (for the most part).²* Both Vimes and Carrot play this for the Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Vimes with his practically legendary anger (has killed at least two werewolves with his bare hands, and can lift a 300 lb ape without realising it), and Carrot with his royal charisma, or his strength (can stick a sword through a stone pillar, and punch out a troll).²** [[AFatherToHisMen Sergeant Jackrum]] to his "little lads" in ''Literature/MonstrousRegiment.'' [[spoiler: Also a rare female example. [[SweetPollyOliver Sort of.]] [[AmbiguousGenderIdentity It's complicated.]] ]]²* ''Literature/InDeath'': Feeney. Roarke has even said to Feeney in ''Divided In Death'' that Feeney has been more of a father to Eve than Richard Troy, that son of {{Satan}}, ever was.²* Lieutenant Panga in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', to the team of ex-ChildSoldiers.²* ''Literature/PeterPan'': As TeamMom to the Lost Boys, Wendy tries to shoehorn Peter into this role. It doesn't work as well as she would like.²* Haymitch in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', right down to being asked to walk Katniss down the aisle at her wedding.²* North from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' is the leader of the team, the oldest member, the first one most of the others come to for comforting advice about their emotional problems and he calmly mediate arguments within the group. He definitely qualifies as this, and even has some shades of being the TeamMom.²* In ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' the taciturn, gruff Halt O'Carrick is this for most of the younger protagonists.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²%%%* ''Series/AdamTwelve'' - Pete Malloy.²* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Phil Coulson, especially towards the younger members of his team. Skye even refers to him as such. One particularly notable occasion has him buying groceries and cooking a meal for Simmons after looking in her fridge and realizing how poorly she was eating [[spoiler:due to the stress of being undercover.]] ²* ''Series/TheATeam'': [[ColonelBadass Col.]] John "Hannibal" Smith smiles at (and sometimes plays along with) Murdock's antics like a parent watching their young child act out fantasies, he can keep B. A. under control, and he reminds Face to keep his wandering eye in check and focus on the task at hand. He also has this cute habit of referring to the other members of the A-Team by their military ranks (Captain, Lieutenant, and Sergeant, respectively), even though they've all technically been discharged, and they often refer to him as "Colonel". He always has unwavering faith that his men will get the job done, and his {{nerves of steel}} are likelier to be rattled by something threatening Face, B.A., or Murdock than him.²%%* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' - William Adama.²* ''Series/TheBill'' - Sgt. Bob Cryer (for uniform branch) and DCI/Supt Jack Meadows (for the CID).²* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': Captain Raymond Holt acts as the strict parental figure to the precinct, getting every member to reach their potential through discipline, and he is willing to put his team first in every decision he makes.²* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':²** Giles, particularly with respect to Buffy. ("Wish I could play the father, and take you by the hand." - "Once More With Feeling")²*** For Giles it helps that he's a ParentalSubstitute for a bunch of kids with [[ParentalAbandonment few if any parents]], especially fathers. Buffy and Dawn's father is in another country with his secretary, Willow's father was mentioned once and basically never again, Xander's is an alcoholic, Anya's has been dead for centuries, and Tara's is an [[AbusiveParents abusive bastard]]. Giles is literally the only positive adult male in any of their lives.²** Xander to the new Slayers in Season 8. Any Slayer who ever seems depressed or on the verge of a HeroicBSOD is always quickly cheered up by Xander.²** ''Angel'' villain [[KnightTemplar Holtz]] tries to be this, but ends up forming a cult.²** Angel himself. Lampshaded early on, in which Angel addresses to a bickering Cordelia and Wesley as "children."²* ''Series/CharliesAngels'' - Charlie; in the TV series, he is just VoiceWithAnInternetConnection and acts as MissionControl, but the movies emphasize the parental relationship he has with his "Angels".²* ''Series/{{Community}}'' - Jeff Winger is the de facto TeamDad, with Britta acting as the TeamMom. Lampshaded with both of them ''really'' acting like the parents of unruly children in "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples."²* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' - Gideon and Rossi, the latter's status as TeamDad being lampshaded by one of the team asking ''"Where are Mom and Dad?" "Oh, [[TeamMom Hotch]] and Rossi are still at the conference."²* ''Series/CrossingJordan'' - Dr. Garret Macy.²* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' - Rube.²* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' - Mal Reynolds.²** Demonstrated especially well in the episode "Out of Gas," when he handles each of his people differently during a crisis.²** "You're on my crew."²*** "Why are we still talking about this?"²*** "One of you is gonna fall and die and I'm ''not'' cleaning it up!"²* The Series/CSIVerse almost always has a Team Dad:²** ''Series/{{CSI}}'' - Gil Grissom, then DB Russell²** ''Series/CSIMiami'' - Horatio Caine.²** ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' - Mac Taylor.²** ''Series/WithoutATrace'' - Jack Malone.²* ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' - Renn. Well, technically, he says [[ "stopping children from fighting is a mother's job"]], but you get the idea.²* Dr Harrison Wells of ''Series/TheFlash2014''. He's the head of S.T.A.R. Labs, making him Caitlin and Cisco's boss, but his relationship with the younger members of Team Flash is much more than that of boss and employee. He talks to Cisco about his problems with his family, helps Caitlin to deal with the loss of her fiance, and guides Barry through the ups and downs of being the Flash. Cisco in particular is [[LikeASonToMe like a son to him]], and he tells him as much when talking him out of quitting the team after [[spoiler: he was forced to tell Captain Cold Barry's secret identity]]. At the end of the first season, [[spoiler: this gets nastily subverted when he turns out to be Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, though it's indicated that he still cares about Cisco to a certain extent, and somewhat less so Caitlin]]. ²** Detective Joe West (already Barry's foster father) slowly evolves into this for the rest of Team Flash, and provides a more human perspective to counter Dr Wells' ForScience tendencies.²* ''Series/{{House}}, M.D.'' - Dr. Gregory House, with Wilson and/or Cuddy as his TeamMom. Wilson and [[TeamMom Cuddy]] also often act strikingly like they're ''House's'' parents.²-->'''House''': *calling Wilson on the phone*[[LampshadeHanging Hi, honey. How are the kids?]]²* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Rear Admiral AJ Chegwidden, the Judge Advocate General of the Navy (boss of the team) and a former Navy Seal.²** When Harm [[TenMinuteRetirement goes back to flying Tomcats for a while]], ''he'' is considered this by the younger aviators.²* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' - Jack [=McCoy=]; previously, Adam Schiff and Arthur Branch were ''his'' Team Dads.²* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' - Captain Donald Cragen; his role in the show is more that of MissionControl, but his relationship with his subordinates is Dad-like. At one point, Fin lampshades the trope by greeting Stabler and Benson with "Dad's mad." When he's temporarily reassigned after the nightmare that was Season 8, he bids the team farewell with, "Try to behave yourselves."²* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' - Part of Nathan's CharacterDevelopment is his growth from mere MissionControl to surrogate father for a RagtagBunchOfMisfits. Cemented by his romantic tension with Sophie, who becomes the TeamMom : in a Christmas episode, he has gotten Parker, Harrison, and Elliot gifts, which he and Sophie watch them play with, the parallel to parents watching their kids play obvious.²* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' - Colonel Potter. Before Potter took over, Colonel Blake was a sort of "older brother" figure filling this role: at least the officers in the main cast almost invariably called Blake "Henry" except when deliberately speaking formally or to third parties; only ''very'' rarely did anyone dare to call Potter "Sherman".²* ''Series/TheMonkees'' - Insofar as the group has one, it's definitely [[Creator/MichaelNesmith Mike]].²* Joel of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' treats the Bots like wayward children, offering support when they're down (or struggling to keep their sanity through the terrible movies) and admonishing them when they go too far. Of course, he also ''built'' the Bots, so in a sense he actually ''is'' their father.²* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' - Jethro Gibbs is often seen as this, though it is debated as to which characters see him in this light.²** Abby also spells out the entire "Mom and Dad" setup with Jenny Shepard, preempting an oncoming argument with a pretty accurate summary of what's about to happen, and ending:²--->'''Abby''': The kids don't like it when Mommy and Daddy fight.²** When trying to calm down an unwitting human bomb, Gibbs says "My son, Tony, plays that same game" as a way to start a conversation.²** Not to mention Ziva calling him, with tears in her eyes, "the closest thing I have to a father".²** Later, Gibbs directly calls Ziva his "kid".²** When Ziva was considering marrying her boyfriend in Season 9, Tony tells Gibbs that he "should be getting ready to play father of the bride."²** Gibbs also easily stepped into the "father of the groom" role at [=McGee=] and Delilah's wedding.²* ''Series/NoahsArc'': Chance, being the typically more rational, level-headed leader. Also is the oldest of the main 4 characters.²* ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}'': Don Eppes. He cultivates a slightly less authoritarian manner than Gibbs - not quite first among equals but not as forbidding. Kind of "team big brother".²** Despite not actually being a member of the team, Alan Eppes often fills this role as well, constantly showing one way or another that he cares about ''all'' of them, not just his biological sons. ²* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' - Dr. Cox, [[strike:mostly]] unwillingly.²* ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}'' - Magnus and Alec act as the Team Dad couple to the rest of the characters, Magnus is most notably a father figure to Raphael and Simon.²* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' - Professor Arturo.²* ''Series/StargateSG1'' - O'Neill and Hammond both qualify.²** As well as Landry in the last two seasons.²* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' John Sheppard picks up the role, with Weir as his TeamMom counterpart. ²* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' - Jean-Luc Picard.²* The character "Competitive Dad" from ''Series/TheFastShow'' takes the concept and blows it up to a ludicrous extreme.²* Jeff Tracy in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' is literally and figuratively the daddy of the team.²* Malcolm Tucker of ''Series/TheThickOfIt'' is ''Her Majesty's Government's'' Team Dad. The scariest, most abusive one imaginable.²--> "Never mind what Mummy says, just do what Daddy says"²* ''Series/DoctorWho'' - the Doctor, depending on which [[TheNthDoctor incarnation]] we're talking about. The Doctor is almost always a ParentalSubstitute to his companions, and as such is generally this when he has more than one companion at a time. Notable examples include the First, Second, Fifth (who was a little less off-the-wall than normal), and Thirteenth Doctors with their respective TARDIS teams, while the Eleventh Doctor is an aversion due to how he treated Amy and Rory more like friends than children. [[spoiler: Which turns out to be appropriate, given that they're his sort-of parents-in-law]]. However, even then he still has moments of being a ParentalSubstitute, such as going full PapaWolf when [[spoiler: Amy is kidnapped]], acting as a ShipperOnDeck to them, and referring to them as "the kids" while talking to [[SpaceshipGirl the TARDIS]]. ²* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Captain Jack Harkness (at least to the team members he's not actively hitting on).²* Red Foreman (played by Kurtwood Smith) from ''Series/That70sShow''. Much to his own displeasure.²--> '''Red:''' This house is always littered with kids! It's like we're... ''Mormons''!²* President Bartlet on ''Series/TheWestWing'', countering Leo's non-female TeamMom. (Hilariously, Creator/MartinSheen and Creator/JohnSpencer acknowledged this in interviews, but each said the other was actually the TeamMom.)²* Many ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' teams had team dads:²** Mighty Morphin through Turbo: Zordon²** Lightspeed Rescue: Captain Mitchell, who literally was the father of two rangers.²** Ninja Storm: Sensei Watanabe, also Cam's dad... who managed to pull this even in the days when he was turned into a Guinea pig.²** Dino Thunder: [[OlderAndWiser Dr Tommy Oliver]].²** SPD: Doggie Kruger²** Operation Overdrive: Andrew Hartford and/or Spencer.²** Jungle Fury: RJ²* Makito in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', [[PromotionToParent due to]] the team's real dad being [[DisappearedDad MIA]]. [[spoiler: It turns out their Dad is actually TheDragon, only brainwashed, and he joins the team for good later.]]²* Ted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', who often lectures and bosses the others around when they're uncooperative or behaving stupidly, and always seems to be the go-to guy whenever anyone needs advice.²** This is lampshaded in the episode dealing with Lily and Marshall having a kid. He denies it, but we're then treated to flashbacks of him telling cheesy jokes and chastising Barney and Robin for breaking a model ship. He retorts with a sharp, "I don't like your tone, young lady."²** His most definitive example of dad-ness is probably "False Positive", where he after the group begin making large life-changing decisions, only to begin chickening out at the last minute, he finally snaps and gives them one hell of a chastising speech to their group of friends (and a brief moment later, Punchy on the phone) to get them to stop being cowards and pursue said life-changing decisions -- a move which ''drastically'' improves all of their lives for the rest of the show. Comes complete with Barney snickering [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Marshall and Lily got in troooouble!"]]²* At times, Dr. Goodman seemed to be something of this in the first season of ''Series/{{Bones}}''.²* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld'' - George Challenger. Summerlee could be considered the Team's grandfather.²* ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}'': Artie, so much, particularly to Claudia. Even outright stated by Pete in one of the Christmas specials:²-->'''Pete:''' I'm like your [[BigBrotherInstinct big brother]], Myka is like your [[CoolBigSis big sister]], and Artie is so much like your dad it's kinda annoying.²* ''Series/{{Waterloo Road}}'': Tom Clarkson. This teacher has acted as a father figure for numerous kids at the school: Chlo and Mika Grainger (series 3-4); all the Kellys (series 4 onward); his biological son Josh (series 5 onwards); plus other kids experiencing moments of distress. Sambuca Kelly openly declares that she "found her dad" in him [[spoiler:just before her death]].²* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Peter is the team dad of the FBI's white collar division. All the agents, especially Jones and Diana, are 100% loyal to him. And he has to practice tough love with Neal. A lot.²* Station Officer Sidney Tate in the first three series of ''Series/LondonsBurning''.²* While Leonard on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' is a DeadpanSnarker at times, when it comes down to it he's the go to guy for moral support. Fittingly, his on-again off-again girlfriend [[spoiler: and later wife]] is the CoolBigSis /TeamMom.²** Most notably, they're this with Sheldon, Leonard's roommate. While Leonard is unusually exasperated if not always annoyed with his roommate, he cares deeply for him.²* DI Greg Lestrade often plays this role in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fanfiction, due to being the show's leader type[=/=]cool older guy (relative to John and Sherlock)[=/=]ReasonableAuthorityFigure.²* Sam Axe from ''Series/BurnNotice'' though he prefers to be CoolOldGuy and a best friend/PluckyComicRelief, when one of Team Weston is in trouble, going crazy or approaching either the MoralEventHorizon or DespairEventHorizon he will step in and either pep talk or start a "what is wrong with you" fight, though usually he leaves it to Maddie.²* The reality show ''Series/TheSurrealLife'' featuring former celebrities living under one roof, always seemed to develop a Team Dad (although not always a Team Mom, curiously). Celebrities such as Music/MCHammer, Dave Coulier (Joey from ''Series/FullHouse''), Christopher Knight (Peter from ''Series/TheBradyBunch''), and the lead singer of Music/SmashMouth all acted as the dad in their respective seasons.²** This is lampshaded by Christopher Knight who lamented that he was "the dad" despite never having been a father or being in a similar position.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Podcasts]]²* Criss is the designated father figure of the party in ''Podcast/InterstitialActualPlay''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]²* Wrestling/RandySavage tended to play this role in locker rooms, especially during the 1990s and especially in Wrestling/{{WCW}} where he was the most generous among those with "creative control" written into their contracts. He also tore into Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]] for not sticking to their time limit, resulting in 10 wrestlers losing their Wrestlemania paycheck.²* Wrestling/{{KENTA|Kobayashi}} served as such for No Mercy when he tore his ACL for the second time and became their manager.²* Wrestling/RicFlair served as such for Wrestling/{{Fourtune}} in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, hoping to mold the group into another version of Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen.[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' tends to give us more than one example, and for some reason several of them double as the CrutchCharacter.²** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', formerly adorable kid Oifey grows into this in the second part. Lewyn may fill in partially, though [[ParentsAsPeople he's not that much of a good dad]] to his own kids if he gets paired up (not ''completely'' his fault, as it's implied [[spoiler: he suffers of a bad case of LaserGuidedAmnesia]]).²** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' has Marcus the Paladin, who might be more of a team ''grand''dad given his [[OldSoldier old age]].²** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'':²*** Marcus, twenty years younger than his previous appearance, takes this role once again for the Phereans.²*** Oswin the Knight is a TeamDad towards Hector (who lampshades the trope by calling him "old man"), Serra (whom he can marry through supports) and Matthew. It's even more evident in Hector's route, in which Uther sends him after the runaway Hector with this trope in mind.²** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'':²*** Seth the Silver Knight. Bonus for being a Paladin too.²*** King Hayden, Moulder the Priest and Gerik the Mercenary.²** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'', the Greil Mercenaries had their leader, Greil, who was also the biological father of Ike and Mist. However, Mist only really became part of the team after [[spoiler: Greil's death.]]²** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':²*** Frederick, the most loyal retainer of the Ylissean court as well as the most experienced warrior in [[BadassCrew Chrom's Shepherds.]] Kinda lampshaded if he's paired with Sumia, as in his LoveConfession he explicitly says that he fell for her while fretting over her CuteClumsyGirl traits.²*** Among the Second Generation characters, the one who fits the most is BadassBookworm Laurent ([[spoiler:[[LikeFatherLikeSon who can potentially be fathered by the aforementioned Frederick]]]]). He constantly keeps tabs on everyone else - occasionally to the point of being overbearing and/or [[StalkerWithoutACrush creeping them out]] - and generally tries to keep them in order and in good health.²** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'':²*** The {{warrior prince}}s Xander and Ryoma are the team "fathers" for the armies of Nohr and Hoshido respectively. Xander helped raise all of the younger family members in the middle of a DecadentCourt and is much more of a stern disciplinarian than his TeamMom sister Camilla, though he still has a compassionate heart; in the meantime, Ryoma is incredibly caring for those under him while also being very serious and focused, and as a bonus two of his prospect {{love interest}}s fall under the TeamMom mantle [[spoiler: including Xander's aforementioned sister Camilla.]] ²*** The [[spoiler: Second Gen]] group has a team dad of their own: Prince Shiro [[spoiler: who is Ryoma's son ''and'' can be the nephew of Xander]]; as one of the oldest of the group, if not the oldest, he naturally fits into this role. It helps that he also has a very brotherly instinct towards his peers, especially the younger ones (like Kiragi and the Kanas), always doing his best to help them out whenever they need him.²* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' - Big Boss, while he wasn't exactly the [[WellDoneSonGuy world's greatest dad]] to his clone-sons, has improved the lives of just about everyone who works for him by giving them sanctuary at Outer Haven. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Then Solid Snake showed up in a cardboard box]].²** Solid Snake himself becomes Team Dad in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' after adopting Sunny and having acted as Raiden's mentor (especially since he grows a [[BadassMustache fatherly moustache]]).²** The Boss was a female version of this to Naked Snake and the Cobras (as well as TeamMom)²* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Original Generation'' -- Kai Kitamura; his deceased mentor Kar-Wai Lau must've rubbed on him a lot. Captain Daitetsu is more like the Team Grandpa, but otherwise fits.²* For a good-aligned party in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', Keldorn can come across very strongly as a LawfulGood, evil-smiting paladin Team Dad. His age helps-his ''daughter'' is about the same age as most party members, including the protagonist.²* This trope is mentioned outright in ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'', with Greg being referred to as the team dad.²* Kratos during the Journey of Regeneration in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. When he leaves the party later on, Regal eventually joins and fulfills the role to a lesser, if more traditional, degree.²* Captain Basch von Ronsenberg in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' becomes quite warm and fatherly towards Vaan and Penelo. Some would say creepily so. He maintains a rather odd indifference towards Ashe for most of the game, however.²* Samos from the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series fills this role. In addition to being the gruff ParentalSubstitute for the titular duo, he's [[WrenchWench Keira's]] actual father as well as a source of wisdom for the [[TrueCompanions group]].²* Coach from ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', especially towards Ellis and Rochelle.²** Bill in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' ²* Sazh Katsroy of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' towards Hope and Vanille.²* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series:²** Terra has shades of this in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'', to go along with TeamMom Aqua and Ventus, who is more or less their son despite being only two or three years younger.²*** This is even lampshaded in the original Japanese text when Scrooge gave Ven the passes to Disney Town. As opposed to the translation, where Ven was told "to take two grown-ups," he was told to "bring his parents."²** Xigbar kind-of acts like this toward Roxas in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2Days]]'', although he falls under the "twisted" variety due to being a massive {{troll}} who likes knowing more than other people. He keeps up the condescendingly-paternal thing when he meets Sora in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII KHII]]''.²--> "Have you been a good boy? Oh... it sounds like you haven't."²** Sora himself shows shades of this whenever he is dealing with [[{{WesternAnimation/Pinocchio}} Pinocchio]], as he is always trying to keep the latter from trouble.²* Peppy Hare from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series is the oldest member of the current team, having been a member of the original team alongside Fox [=McCloud's=] father, James. More recently, he has retired from piloting duties but still offers tactical advice and acting as mentor to the team. He is also very much a father figure (especially to Fox) and at one point, Falco even jokingly calls him "Gramps".²* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard has to take on this role for his (or her) crew, helping them get through their issues and serving as an example. Both Paragon and Renegade versions of Shepard take on the poppa role, especially when conflicts within the crew arise, like the one between Legion and Tali, or Jack and Miranda. Paragon is the "Let's all calm down and talk this out kids, because we have to work together," sort of father, while Renegade Shepard is more of the "Shut up, you stupid kids, you're acting like idiots! Now do what I say before I beat the crap out of you!" father.²* ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' beings us Graf Michael Sepperin, the kind of AffablyEvil TeamDad who became the BigBad at first by making a DealWithTheDevil, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent becoming a vampire]], and [[DarkIsNotEvil learning the dark arts, among them necromancy]], just to [[spoiler:(supposedly)]] protect his biological daughter and because he cares for his own fellow magi that much. As he himself would say, "Creating a world for Magi and ensuring my daughter's safety are one and the same."²* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'': Jorge-052 acts as this for Noble Team. Since he is a [[SuperPrototype Spartan-II]] who is almost a decade older than the team's oldest Spartan-III, this makes sense.²* Vashyron from ''VideoGame/ResonanceOfFate'' is at least ten years older than his partners, possibly around his thirties. He'd be better if he didn't teach his teenage companions to kill mooks indiscriminately.²* Aveline, from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is a female example. She's a DaChief and your FriendOnTheForce. She often butts heads with the more [[LoveableRogue lawless]] members of the [[TrueCompanions main group]], but it becomes very clear that she's doing her best to protect them. The same group also has a male TeamMom, Varric.²** Occasionally she'll butt heads with certain types of Hawke, who can also play this role.²* Dunban fulfills this role in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', being the team's oldest [[HumansByAnyOtherName Homs]] member, most experienced fighter, and main SmartGuy. There are also a few moments where the [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]] ''TeamPet'' Riki shows shades of this, much to the surprise of the others.²* [[TheHero Asbel]] from VideoGame/TalesOfGraces is this to the team (mostly to Sophie) being the calm, understanding yet coddling ''"dad"'' to Cheria's stern, gentle and sometimes overprotective TeamMom. [[GenkiGirl Pascal]] even lampshaded it:²--> '''Pascal:''' We could be like a family. Asbel could be the dad and Cheria the could be the mom...²* Chin Gentsai, Maxima, Takuma Sakazaki, Kim Kaphwan ''and'' Heidern from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''. Out of them, only the second is ''not'' technically a father: Chin has a granddaughter, Takuma has a teenage daughter and a young adult son (plus he helped to raise his kids's best friend), Kim's two sons are pre-teens [and older teenagers in ''Garou Mark Of The Wolves''] and Heidern is both a biological and adoptive father. [Though his bio daughter died])²** Ironically, [[BerserkButton Maxima isn't pleased]] by people pointing out that he's a father/uncle figure to K' and Kula. Terry ''horrifies'' him when he directly lampshades the trope via asking him for parental tips, and when NESTS!Kyo does it he snarks back at him.²** While he doesn't really play the role in KOF canon, Kyo Kusanagi's father Saisyu fits in ''very'' well in the KOF: KYO media. The scene in which he tells Kensou, Athena and Yuki about [[spoiler: the Kusanagi/Yagami rivalry and its origins]] strongly reminds of a dad telling a bedtime story to a bunch of children. (Except that the kids are his teenage son's friends and girlfriend and said stories aren't exactly fairy tales.)²* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' slides between this and TeamMom. His biggest team dad moment happens on the road to the true ending when the team is debating whether to [[spoiler:throw Namatame into the TV in revenge for his crimes]]; the protagonist eventually loses his temper and orders them all to "calm the hell down" before they do something they can't take back.²* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' gives us the Hierophant confident, Sojiro Sakura. The man who takes the P5 protagonist in during his year of probation, he starts out as a gruff and mildly cynical cafe owner/curry chef, but he's revealed to be a very cool and reliable man who ends up bonding with the protagonist as you go through his arc. It's heavily hinted that Sojiro was [[NotSoDifferent once very much like Joker as a young man]] and he ends up viewing [[LikeASonToMe him like the son he never had]], even if does get flustered at the thought of Joker calling him dad should the protagonist pursue a relationship with Futaba (though he admits he's not uncomfortable with the idea.) He also has everyone call him "Boss" and while it's not visible, it's clear all of the Thieves have deep respect for him in a paternal sense (very noticeable since all of the lack father figures in their life and their parents in general aren't much involved, barring Ryuji's mom and even then she never makes an appearance.) Heck, Sojiro is the adoptive father of Futaba, whose mother was a former co-worker and long had a soft-spot for.[[note]]Futaba implies that she liked him too, but did not pursue a relationship with him due to her work. However, given how Wakaba mentioned she'd spend more time with Futaba upon finishing her work, it's all but explicit that had she lived, she would've ended up with Sojiro.[[/note]] He's such a strong example of thus that the fanbase calls him "Coffee Dad" alongside "Sojibro" and "Brojiro." ²* Female example from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' in Milla. Prefers to alternate between strict, goofy or playful parenting styles while TeamMom Jude uses the more gentle approach.²* Phoenix Wright becomes this in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''. He's the boss of two younger attorneys, Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes, and even has an adopted daughter of his own, Trucy. ²* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Jade Curtiss will categorically deny any such title, but mostly fulfills the role anyway out of sheer necessity, while Guy and Tear alternate the TeamMom role.²* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel III'', [[TheHero Rean Schwarzer]] is this to his students as he will make sure they're taken care of, scold them if they do something wrong, or help them out when they're troubled.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Animation]]²* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':²** Agent North Dakota somewhat played this role for the Freelancers, in addition to a cool big-brother figure. [[spoiler:Which makes it all the more tragic when Agent South Dakota - his own [[CainAndAbel twin sister]] - gets him killed [[GreenEyedMonster out of jealousy]] and to save herself from [[TheJuggernaut The Meta]].]]²** Sarge becomes a version of this to the Reds and Blues post season 8.²** Played with in regards to Washington. His attempts to be this to Connie are unsuccessful but his efforts work much better with the Reds and Blues from season 10 onwards, balancing the team's craziness with Carolina's AxCrazy tendencies, trying to keep them alive by managing their limited supplies and training Tucker and Caboose to be more effective soldiers.²** The late Captain Flowers of Blue Team was shown to be this before the show began, either through flashbacks [[spoiler: or when resurrected by an alien later in the Blood Gulch Chronicles]]. It's shown that the blues cared for him too, as despite him being forgotten almost immediately after Tucker claimed his armor when he was found dead, Church [[spoiler: attempted to prevent his apparent death by heart attack when he's blown backwards through time midway through season three. This ironically ended up being what killed him as he was allergic to aspirin.]] Despite being well liked by Tucker and Church, he tended to be a bit creepy at times [[spoiler: though this could possibly be explained by the revelation in season ten that he was really Freelancer Agent Florida, assigned to Blood Gulch to protect the Alpha AI, who was now inhabiting a robot body believing himself to be a soldier named Leonard Church.]]²* David from ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'', often ''tries'' to be this to the campers under his care, especially Max, who he often tries to discipline in a stern fatherly manner (much to the latter's annoyance) - the fans have even nicknamed him "Dadvid". [[spoiler: He finally seems to be making progress, as of the season two finale, where Max reluctantly hugs him.]]²* Villainous example with Amaroq of ''WebAnimation/NoEvil''. In the episode where this comes to the forefront, he forbids [[EnfanteTerrible Charles]] from "goin' out commandin' dark abysses after midnight".²* Ben of ''WebAnimation/PuffinForest'' mentions in one story, he was playing as a 76-year-old human wizard - Doctor Solomon - in a TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons campaign with friends. After a while of trying to be the CoolOldGuy of the group who took care of everybody, he was alarmed to discover that he was in fact the ''youngest'' person in the group: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld he was with a 96-year-old halfling and an elf pushing 260]].²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* Rich out of ''Webcomic/{{Thespiphobia}}'' fits certain points, especially the PapaWolf at times. However he's usually too peppy and sweet to fit either of these.²* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' - Dwayne. He's the owner of the company and commonly also the OnlySaneMan.²%%* Cole from ''Webcomic/PvP'' .²* Durkon of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is relatively laid-back ([[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame for a dwarf]]), and his [[AnAdventurerIsYou Cleric]] class kind of makes him the moral centre by default. He's often seen giving fatherly advice and direction to side characters. It helps that his patron deity is Thor; a deity that gets up to the kind of shenanigans Thor does tends to be pretty lax on the fire and brimstone unless you really, really fuck up.²* Mr. Verres of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is this to the main characters and is the father of one of them.²* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Karkat Vantas. Yes, the [[TheNapoleon bossy]], [[HatesEveryoneEqually misanthropic]], [[ClusterFBomb foul-tempered]] leader Karkat. He was surprisingly effective in the role - he actually cares about the trolls in his charge, is determined to keep the team together and functional, and quite effectively [[WarriorTherapist helps them deal with personal issues]]. [[spoiler: He's also their literal father, having created them all through ectobiology and [[TimeyWimeyBall weird time shit]], even himself.]]²** Vriska suggests that this actually doomed their SGRUB session since trolls are so naturally combative that three out of their four different kinds of romance revolve around managing hate as the basis (or demise, in the case of moirallegiance) of interpersonal relationships; trolls, she says, aren't meant to work together. Of course, then there's the times when it implies that much of the conquest and hate that has defined the species is a cultural choice made by rulers generations ago, and that under leaders like Feferi or Karkat the species could actually thrive. It's fuzzy which direction Hussie's decided to go with this.²** John fills this role for the pre-Scratch human kids. All the trolls, and all the humans except John, regard John as the leader of the pre-Scratch human team. John insists he's their friend, not their leader, to which everyone's response has been "That's why you're the leader." John is nominally the ''youngest'' of the pre-Scratch kids by a few months, [[spoiler: though the days each of them regard as their birthdays actually aren't due to time shenanigans, and they were all "born" at the same time to within a couple of minutes at most]].²* The Captain from ''Webcomic/{{Cloudscratcher}}'', especially towards Felix.²* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': this role is filled expertly by Captain Sigrun Eide, who is TheLeader of the team. Not afraid to lay down the law when she has to, but supportive and encouraging to her subordinates. [[AFatherToHisMen And she charges a troll armed with only a knife to save one of her men.]]²* Brother Sweden, in ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'' is this to the other Nordics.Brother England ''tries'' to be this to his "children", the grown-up colonies of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.²* {{Parodied}} with Shibisu in ''WebComic/TowerOfGod'', whose dearest wish is apparently to be called the team dad. While he does eventually show himself fit to be TheLeader for his team, everyone finds it really awkward how he tries to apply family metaphors from the start, especially with people who are probably older than him.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:²--> 89. Must not refer to the Commander as "Dad".²* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':²** Stormwolf, for the Wild Pack.²** And in the later stories (especially the Ayla stories), Lancer to Team Kimba. In the sims, he ends up playing the StraightMan quite a bit and tries to keep everyone on track.²** Jadis is a female example for the Bad Seeds, being their de facto leader and frequently the OnlySaneMan.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Videos]]²* Santa Christ from WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, although even [[BigGood he]] finds dealing with thirty overgrown children hard to cope with.²* Geoff of Creator/AchievementHunter has been considered the father of the Lads and Gents at various times.²* The character of Oin Lightbringer fills this role in the Website/YouTube videos of the WebVideo/BronyDAndD campaign ''Welcome to the Show''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Western Animation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has [[spoiler:[[SixthRanger Prince Zuko]]]] -- Kids, you can have your [[BeachEpisode beach party]] ''after'' you save the world! The team unanimously follow him when TheHero disappears. They seem to be emphasizing this trait in the [[ new]] [[ comics]]. Even before that, there was his "You're a talented kid" speech in "The Firebending Masters". The camera angles, which exaggerated the height difference between him and Aang, clearly were meant as a reference to this trope. Did not help to stop those who shipped him with Katara, the TeamMom. [[HoYay Or Aang himself]].²** Before he came along, Sokka ''tried'' to serve as the group's dad, which Katara even lets him know he's not good at it.²* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', both Tenzin and Mako have tried their hands at this, with different degrees of success. Bonus points for Tenzin since not only he is Aang's son, but he himself is the father of three Airbending kids. [[spoiler: And later his fourth child is born, though we don't know if Rohan is an Airbender or not.]]²** Ironically, while Tenzin and Mako ''tries'' to be the TeamDad (in the end, they're both really more of a male ''TeamMom'' to the team), it's really ''[[IronLady Lin Beifong]]'' who serves as the most effective TeamDad, as a female example. ²* ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'' - Jack Bennet aka Bionic-1. The Bionic 6 are made up of him, his wife and TeamMom Helen, and their children - biological and adopted.²* '' WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' - Goliath (also ActionGirl Angela's father) and Hudson. (Who really is the father of Broadway, according to WordOfGod.)²* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' - Solomon "Doc" Saturday (also a literal/biological father).²* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' - Optimus Prime. Most versions of Optimus could count (especially [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Primal]]), but ''Animated'' Optimus is the most explicitly dad-like.²* ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors'' has Ursak, who is actually the uncle of the other three heroes.²* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'': Hank the Ranger.²* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' - Zachary Foxx is not only raising his two children after his wife met AFateWorseThanDeath at the hands of the series BigBad, but often acts as a father figure to his team, especially Shane and Niko, who do not have parents.²* Brock Samson from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', despite being a macho brute of a badass ActionHero, has quite clearly taken up the role of Hank and Dean's parental figure; he's responsible for the feeding and clothing of the kids (and their father) and in one episode can be seen checking the boys over for head lice as he outlines a combat plan to one of his colleagues. Hank, at least, also looks up to him and asks him for advice.²* Mr. Charlie Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' is an obvious example, but sometimes Henry acts as this when there's more than just him and Stanley in a group.²* Aqualad took on this role early in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Since he's the most mature of the group, he often ends up playing mediator between his teammates' conflicting egos. He's also a BigBrotherMentor to both Robin and ComicBook/{{Superboy}}.²** Batman. Besides being an actual foster father to the Robins, he attempts to counsel Aqualad regarding his homesickness (correctly guessing it's more about a person than the place), pays for Artemis to attend the same prestigious private school as Robin, and keeps a close watch on kid Leaguer Captain Marvel, revealing that he knew all along and, in the tie-in comics, gift-wrapping him an opportunity to come clean.²** Batman's also responsible for Superboy. In one of the episodes Superman mentions that Batman has been responsible for helping Superboy adjust to his powers/get used to being on the Team. He also makes an effort to assure Connor he's doing good work at least once, regardless of what Superman's silence looks like. And let's not forget Batman also [[ speaks to Superman]] to try and make him stop ignoring his clone. When ''Batman'' is giving ''Superman'' parenting advice you know it's serious. ²* Eddy from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' sometimes behaves this way towards the other two- for instance in one episode when Ed and Double D are arguing, Eddy's first response is to seperate them with a, "SHUT UP! Both of you!"²* ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has Master Splinter to the turtles.²* [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is a rare female example. She's [[OnlySaneMan the most down-to-earth member of the heroes]] ([[NotSoAboveItAll most of the time]]), has good leadership and planning skills, and also [[CoolBigSis shows some parenting skills when looking after]] [[KidSidekick Spike]].²* Jacob in ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''. The oldest of the group (most of who are teens) and [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally supposed to have been]] Mike's grandpa.²* Garmadon in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'': he ''is'' the father of one of the five Ninja, and he takes on his brother's role as [[TheMentor sensei]] to the Ninja in season 4. He is also, without question, a PapaWolf -- his protective love for his son has always been one of his defining traits.²* ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' has the titular character as this to Wamba and Rebecca.²* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'': Kwame, as the most mature and level-headed of the five teens, is this.²* Kanan from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' is this alongside [[TeamMom Hera]]. The fandom has nicknamed them Space Dad and Space Mom.²* Space Ghost in ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' to Jan, Jace, and Blip.²* Shiro of ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' fits the mold so well that fans and staff alike have taken to calling him [[FanNickname Space Dad]]. His voice actor, Josh Keaton, even noted in an interview that he channeled his own experience as a father into his portrayal.²* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Garnet is a ([[OneGenderRace sort of]]) female example of this trope. She is the de facto leader of the Crystal Gems, be the serious one who reins in the team and they all look up to her. However, she's mainly this with Steven (while Pearl is the TeamMom and Amethyst is the CoolBigSis to him.) Greg somewhat functions this as Steven's dad, though the others have awkward friendships with him, at least in the beginning. They begin respecting him more over time, including Pearl. ²[[/folder]]²----


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