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  • Both The Hero Goliath and Anti-Villain David Xanatos of Gargoyles have gone to great extents to protect Angela or Alexander, respectively. And in Goliath's case, he's also Papa Wolf to the Gargoyles he's Team Dad to.
  • Jake's grandfather in American Dragon: Jake Long.
    • 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.
  • Aquaman in the Justice League TV series chopped off his own hand to save his infant child's life and get out of a Death Trap. 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 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 his own brother, Orm. And Aquaman didn't give a single thought about kicking his ass and letting him die.
  • Danny Phantom: Ever seen a Bumbling Dad battle and win against a 50-foot-ghost monster? Congratulations, you have been pwned by Jack Fenton.
  • In The Fairly Oddparents, even an Bumbling Dad that's One of the Kids 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 Cool Car, then Vicky steals the car and he believes Timmy is stuck in it...
  • Tom and Jerry: The local neighborhood bulldog Spike.
  • Even Peter Griffin on Family Guy is capable of this now and then (even if the rest of the time he is an outright Abusive Parent).
  • American Dad! also does this. "Surro-Gate" is a good example, as it shows a Camp Gay who previously solved fights with dance moves out of West Side Story 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.
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  • The Ren & Stimpy Show ... 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.
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Zachary Foxx is normally A Father to His Men or Team Dad. If you threaten his biological kids, or push him to the Let's Get Dangerous! point by hurting his Rangers, he can and will use you for target practice... with his Arm Cannon.
  • Race Bannon from Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures is this to his only daughter, Jessie.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Iroh was this back when he was a General and his son Lu Ten was alive.
    • Given his de facto adoption of his nephew Zuko, he probably still counts.
    • Hakoda, Katara and Sokka's father.
    • Fire Lord Ozai, even though he is not a good father.
    • Tenzin in the Sequel Series The Legend of Korra is definitely this (and Aang was one to him). As is Korra's father Tonraq. And his brother Unalaq. And Asami's father, Hiroshi Sato (though he's another evil version). Really, in this series any dad who isn't deceased or absent will be this.
      • Tenzin is so badass, he was able to easily fend off Zaheer, who has only been seen curb stomping opponents, and it takes the combined force of all 4 members of the Red Lotus to finally take him down.
  • General Molotov on Jimmy Two-Shoes is very much this. Lucius...not so much.
  • Ratchet from Transformers Animated doesn't like to hear his friend Omega Supreme, who he mentored during the war, being threatened. Omega is a Person of Mass Destruction 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 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, the two gators on the show, would have learned their lesson.
  • Villainous (well, antivillainous) example from Wakfu: Everything Nox does is out of fatherly love. Even the genocide.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Master Splinter.
  • Somewhat off-screen in Winx Club and crossing with Mama Bear 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 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.
  • Ben 10 may be well able to protect himself thanks to the Omnitrix, but on one occasion, his father ended up attacking a 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.
  • Ant-Man II from 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 becomes the new Ant-Man, he punishes Crossfire for kidnapping her by kicking him in the face, then covering him in ants.
  • Inverted in Godzilla: The Series 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 Time Squad. 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 Mama Bear territory.
  • Hugh Test in Johnny Test confronts a wrestler more than three times his size to ensure his kids' safety.
  • Roy from Young Justice.
  • Pretty much Popeye in Popeye and Son. Hmm.... Proving that, see the DVD.
  • Dexter's Dad had a few turns in action.
  • The Deep has William Nekton.


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