Follow TV Tropes


Boyfriend-Blocking Dad

Go To
Remember that he's speaking to three-year-olds.note 

"Boy, look at me. You see that little girl there? That's my only little girl, man. She's my life. So if you have any thoughts about hugging, or kissing, you remember these words: I got no problem going back to prison."

You know this guy. You might even be this guy if you're a father. Well aware of the sex-obsessed horndogs that teenage boys can be — probably because he used to be one himself — the boyfriend-blocking Dad wants to protect his daughter from being exploited. Unfortunately, he tends to take it all too far, holding the Eight Simple Rules For Dating My Teenaged Daughter as his personal bible.

Once he gets over his denial that his baby girl is all grown up, the Boyfriend-Blocking Dad becomes convinced that her smiling at a boy, let alone kissing and/or dating, is half a step away from her having sex and getting pregnant. Parties are always an orgy if she is going. He tends to object to his daughter's fashion choices for similar reasons.

This trope is not just a father/daughter variation on My Girl Is Not a Slut; it's that he doesn't trust any boys around her, and he's probably also displacing some angst about "losing" his little girl. Unfortunately for the poor young man who eventually attracts her interest, the boyfriend-blocking Dad isn't going to be inclined to give him an inch — he will receive No Sympathy for any chaos that results from their courtship, and even the slightest or most obvious misunderstanding/misconception about the man will have the boyfriend-blocking Dad warning him to "stay away from her!"

On some occasions, it's obvious to everyone that he is using his concern as a (fairly weak) excuse to keep boys he considers "unsuitable" away from his baby girl. In the rare event that he finds a suitor he can tolerate, he will still threaten the boy with dire consequences If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her.... Oddly, we never seem to hear from the boys' parents, who, one assumes, might object to their son being threatened with violence.

This trope is especially common in stereotypes of the Deep South, where every sweet Georgia Peach has a very large (usually fat, hairy, and/or drunk) father in a white tank top that usually keeps a rifle or shotgun with him at all times.

If Adults Are Useless, then the Dad probably just be comic relief as he huffs and puffs ineffectually. Otherwise, he may serve as a Parent ex Machina to deliver the message that you Can't Get Away with Nuthin', and ground his daughter at some point. Somewhere between those two is the boyfriend-blocking Dad who ends up enforcing a Shotgun Wedding after the condom breaks.

In a worst-case scenario, if the daughter dies while giving birth to her boyfriend or husband’s child, her father may blame the unfortunate widower for her death. The new widower may or may not agree with him.

Spear Counterpart of My Beloved Smother. See also Helicopter Parents and Twerp Sweating. Compare My Sister Is Off-Limits. Contrast Fantasy-Forbidding Father. Closely overlaps with Parental Marriage Veto. Subtrope of Love-Obstructing Parents.

Depending on how the trope is played and how much the creator wants to dissect it, it can carry all of the same problems as My Girl Is Not a Slut and may imply that the woman in question is less an agent of her own destiny than under control of her male relatives. Worse yet, that she's somehow their property. The concept can also easily become even Squickier with a Pervert Dad. Ironically, if the father has a son, he may applaud or encourage him if he treats girls in the exact way that he doesn't want other boys to treat his own daughter.

Gender Flips are less common, i.e. fathers more concerned about the girls/women their sons date. This is due to several double standards, such as Men Are Tough, All Men Are Perverts, and A Man Is Always Eager. Boyfriend-blocking moms are also very rare, typically not being all that concerned with who their kid of either sex dates. At worst they'll be My Beloved Smother, who's more likely to nag and nitpick the significant other, usually a woman, to death for not being good enough for her son/kid, which isn't the same as threatening to kill somebody for talking to your daughter. They're also just as, if not more likely, to wait until after the wedding before they start antagonizing their child's significant other.

This trope might overlap with Knight Templar Parent if the dad goes to dangerous extremes in their overprotectiveness.

Example subpages:

Other examples:

    open/close all folders 


  • Simon B. Cotter has a bit where he talks about the Double Standard, saying that if he had a teenage son who came home late from a date with a girl, he'd still punish him and lecture him for it, but secretly he'd be proud of him and the next day he would brag to all his friends that his kid got laid. However, since he has a daughter instead, he plans on having this conversation with her when she becomes a teenager:
    Cotter: Honey, sex hurts. In fact, if you do it before you're 25 you could die. I know because I'll kill you.
  • One of Bill Engvall's routines had to do with him getting Woken Up at an Ungodly Hour by a boy trying to call his daughter. His wife called him out for overreacting ("I'm sorry, 'nice' stops at midnight!"), and then asked what he planned to do when their kid actually starts bringing boys home. Bill's replied that he'd take the boy aside and give him a little monologue:
    "You see that little girl? That's my only little girl. She's my life. So if you ever get any ideas about hugging, or kissing, just remember: I got no problem going BACK to prison."
  • Phill Jupitus had a routine about the first time his daughter brought a boy home, where he admits he reacted "quite badly"
    Jupitus: She said, "Hello Dad, this is Billy." I said, "Billy? Billy, is it?" and I went up to this person and said, "If you so much as fucking touch her I'll cut you." Then this Billy started crying! Still that's seven-year-olds for you.
  • Gary Owen admits to being one, to the point of going on a spiel about wanting "no dicks in [his] daughter" and even tries to put it into song. Similar to Cotter above, Owen says he would be proud of his son and celebrate if he caught him having sex with a cheerleader, but if he saw his daughter doing the same thing with a linebacker, he would immediately shoot the guy and tell her that she got raped.

    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics: Mr. Lodge (Veronica's father) isn't overly fond of Archie dating his daughter, mostly because accident-prone Archie typically destroys at least one precious antique whenever he visits the Lodge mansion. On the other hand, having been repeatedly saved from thieves, swindlers, blackmailers, and underhanded business rivals by Archie means Mr. Lodge is able to accept him, at least. And he shows his complete support of Archie when he proposes to Veronica, even going as far as to give him a cushy job so that he will be able to support Veronica on his own. It's also been indicated that Mr. Lodge tolerates Archie because interaction with the boy keeps Veronica from becoming too much of a Spoiled Brat.
  • Astro City:
    • This is Duncan Keller's first reaction to learning that his daughter is not only training as one of the new Starfighters with four others, but one of them is also romantically interested in her. His wife cools him down.
    • Rex Zorus, Astra's father, gives her date Matt an intimidating interrogation on their Prom Night. Intimidation is very easy when you're a 500-pound bright red reptilian monster with razor teeth...
  • Batman
    • When Barbara was raging against Bruce/Batman for using her and Cass and sending them out on a cruise for "vacation" when he knew that a certain target was there, and accusing him of only seeing Cass as a weapon, he was completely stoic about it, even smiling at one point. Until Barbara casually mentioned that Superboy had met up with Cass. Then, he proceeded to smash the keyboard up.
    • In Robin: Year One, a young Dick Grayson (as Robin) is having a friendly chat with Captain Jim Gordon outside the Gordon house. Jim's daughter Barbara comes outside and briefly shares a look with Dick. Jim glares at Dick and utters, "Not on your life, Boy Wonder." It becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when it's revealed later that Jim drove Dick and Barbara to their high school prom.
  • Although not her biological nor step-father, Jay Garrick is this way to Stargirl, especially with adult supers (or Captain Marvel) trying to date her. Good to know the oldsters in the JSA aren't just Cool Old Guys.
  • In Gold Digger, Gina and Brittany's magically inclined father likes to set his head on fire (making it, in fact, a flaming skull) when meeting boys his girls bring home. Brittany considers it significant when he doesn't do it when meeting her paramour and later, husband Strype.
  • When Knives Chau's father finds out his daughter is (actually, was) dating the title character of Scott Pilgrim, a white boy, he puts on sunglasses, a Badass Longcoat, takes one of his antique swords, and goes after Scott. After Scott starts fighting his own battles (by killing Roxanne) and explaining he barely touched Knives during their time together, Mr. Chau goes home and tells his daughter he's OK with her seeing a white guy. Since she doesn't speak a word of Chinese, she has no idea what he said.
  • Of all people, hotheaded god of war Ares struggles with trying to prevent this in Dark Avengers. When he finds out his son Phobos has been training with Nick Fury, he gets quite angry and looks quite willing to tear everything in arm's length apart. At the same time, though, he admits that he resented his father Zeus acting in a similar fashion and doesn't want to drive his own son away like Ares felt driven away from Zeus. Ares eventually relents but warns Fury that, should the boy get killed, it's quite likely that Zeus will still act like an Overprotective Granddad and act accordingly, even if Ares is more understanding.
  • Mostly subverted in Spider-Girl, since Peter Parker is much less concerned about his daughter May having sex than he is worried that she'll be seriously hurt or killed while acting as a super-hero, given that he obviously knows first-hand how dangerous the job can be. He flips out when he realizes May has been crime-fighting behind his back, although he would eventually come to accept his daughter's role. Later Gender Reversed when Mary Jane nearly had a nervous breakdown when May was almost killed fighting one of her father's old enemies, leading May to voluntarily give up being Spider-Girl, until circumstances forced her back into costume. Also played straight in a few instances, such as when May goes on a date with J. Jonah Jameson's grandson, which rankles Peter's hide to no end, and when he asks why she couldn't date Jimmy Yuma (who Peter likes), Mary Jane says that Jimmy is terrified of Peter.
    Peter: That's why I like him!
  • Star Wars: Legacy: Emperor Roan Fel warns his adult daughter Princess Marasiah's Love Interest Antares Draco to stay away from her. After he relays this to Marasiah, she tells Antares to let her deal with her father.
    "You deal with this." (plants a Forceful Kiss on him)
  • Even though they're cousins, and she's actually chronologically older than he is, Superman took on this role with Supergirl when she first arrived on earth. He even jumped down the throat of one of the Amazons of Themyscira for besting her while they were sparring.
  • Hippolyta from Wonder Woman is an example of an Overprotective Mom. Not only does she try to keep Diana out of the contest that made her Wonder Woman in the first place, but in Vol 2 after receiving visions of Wonder Woman dying, she rigs another contest so that Diana will lose and another Amazon dies in her place.
  • Tobias Knopp in one story by Wilhelm Busch. Justified because three of the suitors of his daughter aren't exactly Nice Guys.

    Comic Strips 
  • Baby Blues:
    • Darryl, especially toward his oldest daughter, Zoe. In one early storyline, Darryl panicked when he learned that a then two-year-old Zoe had a crush on an "older man" (a three-year-old). He also reacted about as well as you'd expect when Zoe (who was, at most, around 10 years old) got a coupon in the mail from Victoria's Secret.
    • Darryl's friend Mike has shades of this too. When Wanda was telling him about Darryl's freakout over the aforementioned three-year-old, Mike's reply was "Just tell the kid to keep away from my Keesha, okay?" At the time, Keesha was a year old.
  • Luann: Luann's dad Greg started to show serious signs of overprotectiveness, as she drew the attention of boys that seem genuinely attracted to her.

    Fairy Tales 
  • Andrew Lang's "The Elf Maiden": The titular character's father does not like his daughter's husband, despite being her rightful spouse according to their people's customs, and he even tries to break his son-in-law's legs.
  • In "The Bear", the heroine turns into a bear to escape her dad.
  • In Asbjørnsen and Moe's "The Giant Who Had No Heart in His Body", the king insists on keeping one son by him at all times. Which is awkward when the other six vanish.

    Fan Works 
  • Between the Lines (MrQuestionMark): In "The Obvious Hate for a Future Son-In-Law", Mikoto's father kidnaps Touma because he wants to test his worthiness as his future son-in-law by kidnapping him and taking him to a conflict in Palestine to see if he can help stop it like he stopped World War 3. Unfortunately for the man, his wife and daughter are smart enough to track, find and board his plane mid-flight. And it turns out he did it because he saw his wife had Touma's number under "Future Son-In-Law", which Mikoto's mother wrote to mess with him.
  • Blind Courage: Ganondorf is uncomfortable about how friendly Baby is with Link, even though they're both not even eight yet. Part of his reaction is because he feels uncomfortable with his daughter being so cozy with the reincarnation of the one who's killed him in several lives.
    Ganondorf: I want to get the boy familiar with defense. Personal feelings about the matter aside, he is bonded to Baby and needs to be able to help her and keep her safe. And believe it or not... I think he can help her get to know the language. So I do not mind them being together that much.
    Zelda: That's good... I was worried you were going to be one of those fathers who shelters his daughter from those evil little things called boys.
    Ganondorf: I wouldn't be so cruel as to deprive Baby of her privacy like that. But the second Link hits puberty, he's going to be the one with an escort.
  • Child of the Storm: Subverted with both Magneto and Joe Danvers.
    • Magneto terrifies Harry Dresden a bit (mainly because Magneto terrifies anyone who's ever heard of him, whether or not they happen to be dating his daughter), to the point where Dresden tries to hide behind Wanda. Since he's 6'9', and Wanda's about 5'6' on a good day, this fails miserably. As it is, though, Magneto's surprisingly friendly, backing off from an If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... speech with good grace when Wanda cuts him off. In the sequel, he actually comes to Harry's defense when an evil sorcerer is torturing him, making it clear that the guy in question is going to suffer and die for the crime of 'attempting to harm his daughter's beloved.' Overall, Harry describes his prospective father-in-law as being "friendly. Terrifying, but friendly."
      • It should be noted that Wanda can more than look after herself, and is one of the few people below Cosmic Entity level who might actually be more powerful than he is.
    • Joe Danvers, meanwhile, has absolutely no problem with the idea of Harry Potter dating his daughter Carol (which, the two being an Anchored Ship, he isn't until chapter 46 of the sequel). Unfortunately, other problems arise from that, as he has a Stay in the Kitchen attitude, sees Harry as someone who can control his very independent daughter, and 'take her [Carol] in hand'. Needless to say, Harry is not pleased. He gets drastically less pleased when it's revealed that Joe intended for him to use his Psychic Powers to do so. This has long-term consequences, as later arcs emphasise that even if Joe was genuinely ignorant of how much of a violation that is, it's still Mind Rape, and Joe is firmly booted upstairs by his terrifying mother-in-law and super spy Alison Carter, who makes it very clear that his only contact with his children from then on will be supervised.
  • Christmas with a Corduroy: Lynda Pines, Dipper and Mabel's mother, is a rare female example, and in a non-romantic context. An extremely wound-up woman, after hearing the Pines' twins stories about Wendy, Lynda immediately concludes that she is a bad influence. She very reluctantly allows Wendy into her home for Christmas, and spends much of the story badgering her and treating her like a criminal. After she goes too far, Lynda admits to Wendy that Dipper and Mabel were born two months early, which left them in a critical condition, and still fears she could lose them.
  • In Cold Blood Hermione's father makes a production of showing off his skeet-shooting trophies and shotgun.
    Henry Granger: Now, Harry, where was I? Ah, yes, I remember. Now, Harry, I was told that you are dating my daughter...
  • Crimson and Noire: In this kwami-swap au fic, Plagg is Marinette's partner and comes to see her as his "kitten." When he finds out that her classmate Adrien is not only Crimson Beetle but also has feelings for Marinette, he wants to keep them apart outside of working together to stop the Akumas. This behavior stems from past Ladybugs treating their partner Black Cats poorly, and Plagg thinks that Adrien will end up doing the same to Marinette.
  • Croft and Son: Sam is a rare female example. It doesn't come up a lot, but it's made more than clear that she disapproves of Nero being around girls and he isn't allowed to date until he's twenty-five. She's also the only one who complains about Nero going to university out of the country (Lara being much more accepting of the decision), and threatens to drag him back home if he tries to skip out on coming back for holidays.
  • Crucible (Mass Effect): Many turian dads run strongly on this trope to various degrees:
    • Garrus' maternal grandfather Sheor tried to kill his dad Avitus with an axe when discovered that the latter's impregnated his daughter before marriage. To summarize the event, He flung the kitchen table to the side and effortlessly threw Avitus's mom Kadisa, who is a CQC expert into a couch, to chase Avitus around the huge homestead for three rounds before catching up. It took Avitus's dad Garrus, to get into a fist-fight with Sheor for the man to stop trying to kill his future son-in-law.
    • Then Avitus himself wasn't very pleased with the fact that Solana was all grown up and now has a suitor.
    • In the bad timeline, Garrus and Shepard's son Gaius started dreading about his daughter will have dates immediately right after he realized his wife is pregnant with said kid.
    • Played for Laughs with Avitus's friend Crassus who went crazy over his cat Mrs. Tibb. When he discovered that the cat was pregnant he was indecisive between killing the neighbor's male cat that did it and the vet that installed the faulty contraception chip.
    • Makerm was this to his daughter Koria but it wasn't enough to protect her from being raped, became insane and then drown herself. This event was the reason he decided to bring all turians under his rules.
    • Averted with Shepard's dad Sam who, while protective of his child when needed (like saving her from two rapists and then fed the hungry teen), was very supportive of her relationship with her husband. In fact, the reason she and Garrus met in the first place was that Sam arranged it so they could fall in love and then married as he knew the husband and his family would love and protect his child with everything they had.
  • Earth and Sky: Big Macintosh's very young children are not targeted but he seems to be practicing on both of his sisters and their budding relationships (nevermind that Applejack is, at this point, thirty).
  • Empathy: While Riley's father holds nothing against Hiro personally, he clearly isn't thrilled that he's dating Riley. Downplayed here, though, as the worst thing he ever does is give the boy suspicious/dirty looks, and he never tries to convince them to break up or spend less time together.
  • Fate Crazy Knights: Kariya initially has no interest in helping Lancer with his romance issues with Saber Lion... until Sakura gets infatuated with him thanks to his love spell. Thankfully it goes away once Berseker uses a bandaid to cover the love spot, thought Kariya tells Lancer to never remove it.
  • Freedom For The Hellhound: Blitzo is utterly mortified that Loona is dating a human, Caleb, and tries to talk her out of it. Even when he seemingly concedes, he forces Moxxie to stalk her to the beach to spy on her and make sure Caleb doesn't do anything untoward with her. Eventually he visits Caleb's workplace with the intent of killing him, but after hearing Caleb unknowingly complimenting Blitzo's father skills, he comes around.
  • The Gender Bend Omake: Gildart's Girls: Gildarts sees both Natsu Dragneel and Cana Alberona as his own kids, even before finding out that Cana is his blood daughter. So he ends up annoyed when he sees that both Natsu and Cana are competiting for Luca Heartfilia's attention, especially with Cana trying offer Luca sex or Natsu demanding him to give her his shirt. Eventually, Gildarts goes to confront Luca about his intentions to the two girls, only to relent in annoyance when not only is it clear that Luca is a gentleman that doesn't believe in sex before marriage, but that Natsu and Cana are more of a threat to Luca's virtues than the other way around.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: Discussed when Kara wants her boyfriend Dev-Em to meet her adoptive parents, and Dev argues her birth or adoptive parents will murder him. Despite his fears, Fred and Edna Danvers resign themselves to the fact their daughter is dating someone they don't approve of (Superman got into a fact with Dev, nonetheless).
    Kara: So I want to show them the nice young man who picked me up in the 30th Century. Just be as charming as you are to me, and you'll do just fine. I mean it, Dev. I want you to come home with me. Just for the week.
    Dev: Kara, darling. Listen. Do you think your parents are going to be really enthused about us sharing what I'm about to get out of? Marriage, yes. Parents are overjoyed to hear that their daughters are getting married. But living together? That means you're despoiling their little darling. They come after you with Kryptonite and chains from Daxam.
  • HERZ: A rare female example. During a conversation, Shinji says that he thinks his daughters have few suitors because his wife Asuka scares them away.
  • Kakashi's Kid, a Naruto fanfic, portrays Kakashi Hatake as this, to the extent where the babysitters of choice are ANBU. And they're not good enough.
  • Kyon: Big Damn Hero: Kyon realizes his father will be one when his sister gets older. His father already thinks that way, though.
  • Limpet AU: The one thing that Han and Vader can agree on is that they're equally appalled by the idea of some boy getting too comfortable with Jaina. Jaina's casual mention of studying with a male classmate is enough to immediately halt a growing argument between the two and send them into overprotective patriarch mode.
    Han: You tell Brant Nobody if he puts one hand on you I'm gonna— I'm gonna send your grandfather after him!
    Vader: He may count himself fortunate if I wait until I arrive at the academy to kill him.
    Jaina: Between you two, I'll never get within half a lightyear of a male my age.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton:
    • Phanty's father attacks Danny after he catches the two of them together on their blind date.
    • Oscar Proud intrudes on Penny's date with Danny. Suga Mama even believes he goes too far.
  • Naruto: Fanon portrays Hiashi Hyuga as this over Hinata and Hanabi. Also Kurenai over Hinata as well. One example, concerning Hiashi, can be seen in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox. Hiashi becomes this for his children, mainly Hinata, once he forms the impression that Naruto doesn't take his studies as seriously as Hinata is expected to do with hers. The over-protectiveness increases after Hiashi finds out that Naruto was one of the Kyuushingai, as he doesn't want his daughter associating with a guy who was part of a group infamous for causing 365 days of carnage across several cities in the not-too-distant past.
  • Nobody Dies: Pieter Sohryu tackles an Angel (well, the remnant of an Angel anyway) when he thinks it was making a pass at his daughter. Junior, for his part, wasn't but ends up in a fistfight with Pieter over it anyway. Later, when both of them are sitting in NERV's detention cells, they come to an understanding:
    Pieter: Well?
    Junior: The Bro Code is clear: thou shalt not hit on thy bro's daughter.
    (they fistbump)
  • A Fire Emblem Awakening fic has this be the case with both Chrom and Robin. Chrom had Frederick spy on Lucina's date. Robin, however, went a bit farther than that. Neither of their daughters approves.
  • In Professor Arc, Qrow and Taiyang hear about Ruby and Yang's crush on the young new professor at Beacon. They basically stalk Jaune, join his hunting mission incognito, and get him soused in order to confess to any improprieties.
  • In The Vanishing Cabinet of Time Hermione gets her parents to allow Harry to spend the first two weeks of the summer after third year at their house.
    Hermione: If Mum's words are anything to go by, Daddy will tell you all about his days in the SAS during his father-to-boyfriend talk with you.
    Harry: Offensive tactics meant to scare me. 'Treat my daughter wrong and I'll use my pistol.' Gotcha.
    Hermione: More like his shotgun. But yes, pretty much.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Hiashi demands that his wife go along when Naruto and Hinata go out for ramen. This has nothing to do with a dislike of Naruto specifically (if anything, he's grateful for his and Hinata's friendship since it's what saved his wife's life), he just doesn't want his eight-year-old daughter alone with a boy. We never get to see his reaction when the two of them start dating five years later, as he's killed during the Uchiha Insurrection.
    • Jiraiya ends up getting married to Tsunade and having twin children, a boy and a girl. During Kurenai and Asuma's wedding, he claims he passed a law banning anyone from dating the Hokage's daughter until she's 30. While everyone laughs at the remark, his expression afterwards make it clear he's only half-joking about it.
  • Sword Art Online Abridged has an inverted example, in which Yui takes an instant disliking to Leafa as an "obstinate hussy" distracting her daddy from his mission to rescue Asuna. Kirito does rein her in, but the point is made clear.
  • Ensei in The Tainted Grimoire is said to be this by Sasasha. An example includes his reaction to learning his daughter Kanin is going on a date. It is exactly what you'd expect from someone labelled overprotective.
  • Gender Flipped in Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change with the Light when Ben Reilly's father threatens to make Mary Jane Watson's life very, very miserable if she doesn't stay away from his son. Ben himself is not amused when he finds out.
  • Total Drama Legacy:
    • Topher. He is very protective of his daughter Tophella, and strongly disapproves of her boyfriend Keith. The reason why is because Keith's father, Dave, broke Ella's heart long ago, and because Ella is now Topher's wife, Topher hates him on her behalf, and doesn't want Tophella's heart to be broken the same way Ella's was.
    • Lightning. In "Aftermath: Blast from the Past", when Nero steps onto the aftermath stage, Lightning recognizes him as the boy who touched his daughter's breasts, and, with an intense expression and some Knuckle Cracking, reminds Nero that he could kill a shrimp like him with his bare hands.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): When Nicholas Arc tells his half-Grimm daughters that they need to integrate into human society, they ask what they should do if boys flirt with them. Nicholas says they should kill them—they just have to do it without their Grimm powers. His adoptive daughter Cinder has to explain that they are not allowed to kill people.
  • Many Sailor Moon fics that use the 90s anime's rendition of Kenji Tsukino, who was this trope only in that version. This doesn't stop people from making him one in fics that are based on other versions of the franchise. The reason is probably either ignorance or laziness/stereotypes.
  • In Star Wars fan-fiction Anakin Skywalker is often written this way in an Alternate Universe where he does not become Vader and is around to see Leia grow up, much to Han's... misfortune. He is also shown (though not as often) to have problems with his son's love interest Mara Jade in the same context.
  • In Chapter 93 of Daisuke Davis Motomiya in Love, Tony Start tries to get the Avengers to take out a boy that has been getting close to his adopted daughter Penny nee-Parker Stark. His wife Davey tries to talk to him into giving the guy a chance... until they learn the guy in question is Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool.
  • In Change Happens Over Time, Starscream remembers when he met Megatron's daughter Eclipsa. Megatron happened to notice the Seeker's interest and confronted him, warning him that if he so much as laid a digit on Eclipsa, he would regret the very day he ever met Megatron.
  • Discussed in the Aladdin fanfic Opposites Destroy - while describing how a genie can hurt someone with an innocent wish, Genie says that if Djinn had to grant a wish for a boy to meet a nice girl, he would drop the boy into the room of a girl with a very powerful and protective mercenary father and arrange for the father to kill the boy.
  • one day at a time (Nyame): Main protagonist Jason Todd is this for both his kids and his siblings. His opinion on Dam Kent, one of his first students, made a complete 180 after learning the kid had asked his adoptive daughter Helena out to prom, and he had no issues threatening him with Kryptonite. While initially Played for Laughs, this is later expanded to be something of a character flaw of his; Jason is so protective of his family that he often tries to shield them away from anything that might cause physical or emotional harm to them, even if it means keeping vital information away from them until the last minute or being manipulative and somewhat controlling. To his credit, he does recognize it as a problem and tries to restrain himself when need be, but his own past difficulties means it will never completely go away.
  • A Phantom's Ghoul School Sweetheart: Upon learning that Phanty is in love with Danny, the Phantom is so angry that he's willing to remove his daughter from school if it means Danny will stay away from her.
  • Spy X Family:
    • In this fancomic, Anya is watching on TV a father warding off a boy from his daughter with a shotgun. She laughs with her parents about funny the scene is. Though after reading their minds, Anya learns the two find it funny because they find using a shotgun ineffective at getting rid of them. Loid would use interrogation methods to spiritually and mentally break any boy that tries to get close to Anya. He even considers a shotgun as a Mercy Kill compared to what he would do. Yor finds using a shotgun silly because of how messy and loud it is. For any boy that gets close to Anya, she would use a kitchen knife to finish him off quickly and cleanly.
    • This (fan-dubbed) strip shows an alternate take of Anya's apology after she hit Damian. After she breaks down crying following her apology, Loid, who's disguised as a school employee, is relieved that the situation has been resolved and Operation Strix can progress. However, Damian starts to freak out, and rather than refuse her apology run away crying (like he did in the real story), he decides to give Anya a Cool-Down Hug so people don't think he did something to make her cry, which causes Loid to break character and yell "get your hands off my Anya, Desmond!" As Loid stands there stunned over what he did, Anya tells him he's a bad spy.
    • In this (fandubbed) strip, Anya anounces that she and "Sy-on Boy" are hanging out that weekend. Twilight is delighted, because Operation Strix is advancing smoothly, but his Loid Forger persona thinks someone's taking his daughter away, meanwhile Yor's "mama mode" is happy that nothing bad happened after Anya punched Damian, but her assassin side considers killing him if he hurts Anya. When they meet up, Damian asks to hold hands so that Anya "doesn't get lost." As they walk away, Yor, who's far enough for Anya to not read her thoughts states that they're too close together, while Loid is glad everything's going to plan, he doesn't like that they're too close, while Frankie questions why they're stalking Anya.
    • In this (fandubbed) fancomic, Anya and Damina, now teenagers, have just started dating, and she's taking him to meet Loid and Yor. When Anya excuses herself, Damian tries to make conversation, when Loid flat out tells him he doesn't care if he's a Desmond, if he hurts Anya he'll sic Yor on him, who will "make you wish you weren't born," when Yor asks Loid to calm down, she tells Damian in a very menacing tone of voice that "I would do something much worse." As Anya and Damina walk on their date, she reads his mind about how he better be careful because as far as he knows they may be two deadly assassins posing as a couple who will kill him and dump his body in the middle of the ocean if he hurts Anya.
    • In this comic originally by cristina_blis, Damian helps Anya, both whom are in their teens, study for a make up test, and when Yor tells Loid that Anya is studying with a friend that's not Becky, he barges into Anya's room, and when he sees them studying he tells them he'll go so they can concentrate in peace while leaving the door ajar. When Anya asks Damian to kiss her, after she read his toughts about how he thinks she looks cute, an annoyed looking Loid enters behind Yor, who's carryoing some snacks.
    • In this comic originally by denta_207, Anya holds Damian's hand saying that since they're friends now it's okay, and when Loid comes to pick up Anya from school, he and Damian greet each other. Loid thinks about how he's using Anya to become friends with Damian and in order to spy on Donovan Desmond, but can't help but dislike the fact that she and Damian are becoming too friendly. Meanwhile, Damian can sense that Loid is upset because he saw him and Anya holding hands, despite the fact Damian only interacts with commoners in his dreams, all the while poor Anya has to awkwardly stand there reading their thoughts.
  • Parodied in the Love Live! doujin Love Scandal. When Tsubasa asks Honoka to go on a fake date to lure out a photographer that took a scandalous photo of the two, Umi and Kotori freak out as if they are Honoka's parents and they don't approve of their "daughter" dating so soon.
    Umi: Y-y-you can't! You can't take away my child, she's still a kid! How Shameless! Can't you see Honoka is still a developing child?!
    Kotori: Umi-chan... what're we gonna do... Honoka-chan has been taken away from us~
    Maki: Hey, you two, calm down already.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Little Mermaid
    • King Triton is an interesting variation on this. He's actually over the moon when he finds out Ariel has a potential suitor, only he assumes it's a merman. He becomes a more recognizable Boyfriend-Blocking Dad when he finds it out it's actually a human, going as far as to trash Ariel's grotto. When you consider that humans probably wouldn't react very well to knowing merpeople exist and Ariel knows nothing about Eric, Triton's position is a little more understandable.
    • In the prequel, humans killed Ariel's mother, of whom, out of all their daughters, Ariel is the spitting image. This definitely makes Triton's reasoning more understandable. He probably couldn't bear the thought of basically losing his wife twice.
    • Heck, even Ariel is like this to her own daughter, Melody. She doesn't even let her go in the water, probably to keep her safe from Morgana and to hope she doesn't do a repeat of the mistakes she made concerning Ursula.
  • Simba turned into this in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, but considering the amount of trauma he endured as a cub in the original, perhaps it was well justified. Kiara calls him out on it after he exiles Kovu.
  • Roxanne's dad in A Goofy Movie, in all his huge, fat, ugly glory. Although all he does is glare ominously at Max and growl.
  • Manny is this towards Peaches in Ice Age: Continental Drift, Though in his defense, given what happened to his previous family as revealed in the original film, who could blame him?
  • Dracula in Hotel Transylvania has built a giant castle in the middle of nowhere surrounded by a haunted forest and a perpetual mist in order to protect his daughter Mavis from the greatest threat known to all monsters — humans. With good reason, as it turns out, as humans killed his wife, Mavis's mother. Unfortunately, he has promised Mavis to let her leave the castle on her 118th birthday, and that day is here.
  • Gru grows into one in Despicable Me 2. He becomes very over-protective when Margo begins showing interest in boys and dating. Of course, he turns out to be right about that particular boy, as well as the boy's father.
  • The Inside Out short Riley's First Date? milks this for much hilarity.
    [Dad answers door to see it's a boy about the same age as his daughter]
    Jordan: Is... Riley here?
    [jump to the inside of Dad's head]
    Dad's Anger: RED ALERT!
    Alarms: BOY! BOY! BOY!
  • In Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Jefferson Morales is a rare girlfriend forbidding father, as he is very disapproving of Gwen, seeing her as nothing but trouble in his son's life. A more straightforward example is Inspector Singh, who is clearly against Pavitr dating his daughter.

  • A farmer's three teenage daughters were all going on dates on the same night, so he waited by the door with a shotgun. The first boy arrived and said, "Hi, I'm Joe, I'm here for Flo, we're gonna watch the show, is she ready to go?" The farmer was impressed and sent them on their way. The second boy arrived and said, "Hi, I'm Eddy, I'm here for Betty, we're gonna go eat spaghetti, is she ready?" Again, the farmer sent them on their way. The third boy arrived, and he said, "Hi, I'm Chuck—" and the farmer shot him.
    • Alternatively, the third boy says: "Hi, I'm Stu, I'm here to pick up Mary Lou, and—"
    • Or, "Hi, I'm Rex, I'm here to see Bex, and we're going to have—"

  • Tom Wilson (best known as Biff in the Back to the Future series) has a song called "She's my Daughter," which fits this trope like a glove.
  • This is the entire point of the Rodney Atkins song, "Cleaning this Gun (Come On in Boy)," in which the father greets his daughter's new boyfriend while, well, you probably guessed it. The listener hears no threats at all and is led to believe that the speech giver is just simply giving a tame "overprotective dad speech." That is, until the second half of the speech, "She deserves respect/That's what she'll get/Now ain't it, son/Y'all run along and have some fun/And I'll see you when you get back probably be up all night/Still cleaning this gun"—the implication being that he was holding the gun through the duration of the speech. The song concludes with the father telling the very scared boy to have her back by ten, and the boy yielding an earlier nine-thirty.
    • Note that this song is very much Truth in Television in Texas. One in five Texas dads greets their daughters' boyfriends while polishing guns, big ass knives, or other weapons. [Citation needed]
  • In Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'" the love interest's father catches her sneaking out with the narrator and shoots the latter's truck with his shotgun as they drive away. When they get back late that night, he's sitting on the driveway waiting for them.
  • Cat Stevens' "Father and Son" is an argument between the titular characters (it's not clear whether the latter is a late adolescent or a young adult, though he's probably the second of these); the son is hell-bent on leaving home for some unstated reason (though paternal overprotectiveness is implied to be part of it), the father is equally determined to make him stay.
  • From the list of comedic rock songs about how much the singer's girlfriend's parents are annoyingly overprotective twits: Frank Zappa's "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" from Weasels Ripped My Flesh (and burn your dad!) and Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" from A Day at the Races (and take your little brother swimming with a brick — that's alright!).
  • José Luis Perales' song "¿Y cómo es él?" (and how is he?) talks about how an Overprotective Father is basically asking his daughter about her recent boyfriend, and how He is a thief because he stoled everything from me.
  • The Taylor Swift song "Love Story" has a father forbidding his daughter from seeing a boy she's in love with. The song has a Happy Ending, with the boy winning over the father and marrying the girl.
  • In Claude King's "Wolverton Mountain", Clifton Clowers and his attractive daughter live on the eponymous mountain. He's obsessively protective of her, to the point where the local wildlife will alert him if anyone who might have an interest in her so much as sets foot there, allowing him to find them and kill them. The narrator indicates that he's prepared to take his chances regardless.
  • "She's in Love with the Boy" by Trisha Yearwood. Katie is in love with Tommy, but her father strongly disapproves of their relationship — when he catches them returning home very late from a date, he angrily confronts the couple. But Katie's mom comes to the couple's defense, reminding her husband that they were no different from Katie and Tommy when they were teenagers and how her own father had thought little of him, but they got married anyway and Katie will likely do the same with Tommy.
  • Ryan Star's "Last Train Home" is about a guy who is in love with a girl with an overprotective father who disapproves of their relationship.
    We were only kids, we ran like water
    Your dad said: "Stay away from my daughter"
    The sun was coming down when I said: "Can't you just believe?"
  • Becky G's "Becky from the Block" includes a line for the boys who want to date her, saying that they have to ask for her dad's permission... and her thirty uncles, who the boy can meet in a nearby alley. The boy in question takes off running.
  • Defied in "Rude" by Magic! The singer goes to his beloved's father to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage, only for the other guy to say no and declare that he'll never give his blessings 'til he dies. The singer declare that he's going to marry his girl anyway regardless of her father's rejection, and intends to elope with her.

    Myths & Religion 
  • This is Older Than Dirt: In the face of prophecies about superpowerful grandsons, the grandfathers of many ancient heroes, like Perseus and Gilgamesh, weren't above locking their daughters in an Evil Tower of Ominousness to prevent them from getting pregnant. Unfortunately, towers are only protection against human men; no tower is horny-god-proof (see, e.g., Danaë). You Can't Fight Fate.
  • As usual, The Bible has an example (of a sort): When the young David asks Saul for his daughter Michal's hand in marriage, Saul says (paraphrased): "Sure...if you can collect me 100 foreskins of the Philistines." Since the Philistines were uncircumcised, this meant killing them, and thus meant fighting them. Fights that, since David had to collect the foreskins himself, meant that David was fairly likely to get killed. Which is exactly what Saul wanted, to "protect" his daughter and to get rid of David (who had humiliated Saul—who was after all King of Israel and supposedly the Israelites' best fighter—by killing Goliath). David collected 200 foreskins, earning him the praise of the people, Michal for a wife, and the eternal enmity of the House of Saul.
  • Also used in several Christian martyrologies, where several martyr girls are locked away by their fathers since daddies don't want them to become Christians (which equals to them being traitors to the Empire), and often they kill their girls or turn them to authorities when they defy their orders. Examples: Saint Barbara and Saint Christina. Inverted in the same place with a number of fathers that sold their daughters into forced marriage when said daughters were consecrated virgins, and the daughters took death rather than say "I do."
  • Japanese Mythology: Okuninushi fell in love with Suseri-hime, daughter of storm god Susanoo. Susanoo wasn't too happy about that. First Susanoo tried to kill Okuninushi by having him sleep in a room full of snakes. When that failed, he sent Okuninushi into a room of centipedes and wasps. After another failure, Susanoo then shot an arrow into the middle of an enormous meadow, told Okuninushi to retrieve it, and proceeded to burn the field with Okuninushi in it. However, he actually ended up approving of the couple since Okuninushi managed to survive all of that.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • In AAA, the conflict between Gran Apache and his daughter Fabi is the stuff of legend, particularly when Fabi got married to Billy Boy, a union her father didn't even approve of after they had a son, believing letting his grandson Marvin grow up without a father was better than continuing to let Billy Boy be around Fabi.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In Dinosaurs, the Trope is lampooned with Earl's Mean Boss Mr. Richfield; he's so overprotective of his daughter, he actually eats her boyfriends. (When she confronts him on this, he claims he just wanted to talk to the first one, but he lost his temper, and "after that, it was kinda like eating peanuts.")
    • In another episode, Earl subverts this. When Charlene develops a scent that makes her attractive to an older janitor, Earl is fully prepared to play this trope straight and forbid the two from marrying. But the janitor is so much like Earl in both appearance and personality that the two immediately bond and Earl gives his blessing to the union, to Charlene's horror.

  • Gender-inverted with Nadine's mother Nalia in Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues. An ex-Naval officer, she threatened Hyeon when he started dating her daughter, and he has to seriously consider whether Nalia will kill him for joking about marrying Nadine.

  • Black Comedy (1965): Colonel Melkett is very distrustful of Brindsley, and offers him a few pointers on how to treat his daughter - the only think keeping him from trying to end their relationship for most of the play is Carol's status as his Daddy's Girl. But since Brindsley is a cheating scumbag, his instincts are absolutely right.
  • Hamlet: Polonius towards Ophelia. Definitely. Insists that Ophelia reject Hamlet's advances, lest she "present [him] with a fool."
  • Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a Squick-inducing adoptive father who proves Freud right. Of course, Johanna's real father isn't someone she'd be happy to call Dad either, but hey, at least he's not trying to rape her, shut her in an asylum or lock her up in one room for the rest of her life.
  • In Street Scene, Mr. Maurrant, who likes to vent his reactionary attitudes towards modern society, tries to exert hostile control over the lives of his wife and daughter, insisting that they shouldn't be staying out at night no matter what the reason. When he catches his wife Cheating with the Milkman, he shoots them both to death.
  • Chagal in Tanz Der Vampire literally nails the door to his daughter Sarah's room shut while soliloquizing about how his own lusty nature has convinced him that any man, given the opportunity, would steal her away from him.
  • Prospero in The Tempest. Not content with taking control of Ferdinand's body and forcing him to do manual labour before he's allowed to woo Miranda, once they are engaged Prospero gives Ferdinand a very hefty lecture about how he's not allowed to sleep with her before marriage. Which he also mentions on a couple of other occasions. And summons a whole load of spirits to act, sing and dance a big masque, the message of which is also that Ferdinand isn't allowed to sleep with Miranda before marriage.
  • Grandpa in the opera The Tender Land.
  • Mafala Hatimbi in The Book of Mormon. He threatens to infect Elders Price and Cunningham with AIDS if they try any funny business with his daughter.
  • Les Misérables: Subverted with Jean Valjean. When he intercepts a love letter from Cosette to Marius, one might expect him to get overprotective, or at least paranoid about discovery (especially if one is familiar with the book), but instead he goes out, joins Marius on the barricade, and carries him out of the slaughter, wounded but alive.
  • In The Moon is Blue, when Patty's old-fashioned Irish cop of a father finds her in Donald Gresham's bedroom getting dressed, he hits Don in the eye just hard enough to knock him out. David drops in at this moment, and takes it as a lesson on how to handle his daughter, Cynthia, and goes so far as to chastise Don when he later finds Patty in a similar situation, though he admits that it's none of his business.
  • Gomez Addams, of all people, starts to show this in the Broadway adaptation of The Addams Family. The main plot of the musical involves an Age Lifted Wednesday falling in love with a boy her age and both trying to adapt to the others' family; Gomez warms up to him in the end.
  • Finale has Liam Prasmin, who constantly causes his daughter Dani's boyfriends to leave because he doesn't approve of them.
  • Harry in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in a platonic sense. He does not want his son Albus being friends with Scorpius Malfoy in case he turns out to be the son of the Dark Lord and tries to break up their friendship.
  • Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad features a rare female-on-male example. Madame Rosepettle not only prevents her son Jonathan from developing any sort of life outside the home, but explains to Rosalie that one of the specific reasons she never lets him outside is to protect him against "sluts" like her.

    Theme Parks 
  • At Disneyland Paris, The Phantom from Phantom Manor. After finding out his daughter's getting married, he attempts to stop the wedding at all costs. After dying in an earthquake, he still comes back from beyond the grave to kill his would-be son-in-law.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • In Helluva Boss, Blitzo becomes fiercly overprotective of his adopted teenage daughter Loona. He repeatedly keeps intruding on her social life, never lets her out of his sight and strongly disapproves of her crush on Vortex. Loona grudingly resents him for this.
  • Manolios Ugly One in Teen Girl Squad. "You lay one finger on my daughter, I gut you like sheep." He actually DOES gut the unfortunate guy like sheep.
  • RWBY:
    • Ruby and Yang's father Taiyang is implied to be very protective. The sisters make comments on how he wouldn't approve of the presence of boys during their first night in Beacon, when the first years spend their night together in the hall.
    • When Sun tells Ghira that he shouldn't worry about his daughter because "she's got some moves", Ghira takes an instant dislike to him and doesn't trust his relationship with Blake at all. He doesn't warm up to him until they're fighting for their lives in Volume 5, at which point he instructs Sun to go and help Blake.

    Web Comics 
  • Defied by Elizabeth's father in Better Days. When her mother expresses concern about letting their daughter date someone who isn't Jewish, her father points out that 1) Elizabeth and Fisk are just going to see a movie. 2) Elizabeth is still a child and it's good for her to have some fun while she still is a child, and 3) Prohibiting her from seeing him will just make him a Forbidden Fruit that she'll end up eloping with when she's 16.
  • I Love Yoo: Sim-Han doesn't want Shin-Ae to date any boys, because he would rather her focus on school. In addition, Shin-Ae was born when he was only 19.
  • Melanie Soap's hulking sportsman father in Scary Go Round.
  • As shown in Material Girl, even the father of a Wholesome Crossdresser can be a Boyfriend-Blocking Dad.
  • Goblin Hollow: Well, an overprotective brother-in-lawchoke holds really get the point across. Ben's punchline is lifted almost verbatim from an episode of Night Court.
  • MegaTokyo: Yuki's father has earned a spot here with one single comic. Though as he handed the receiver to Yuki, this turned out to be a Secret Test of Character.
  • Haley's father in The Order of the Stick taught her how to be paranoid around others and did not approve of Elan since his father is an evil warlord and his twin brother is just evil.
    • Tarquin refuses to allow anyone of lowly stock to marry Elan, and frames Haley's father for the murder of the ambassador of Reptilia partly to see how she handles the situation as a test of her worthiness.
  • Lampshaded in a strip from Real Life Comics: Greg learns that he and his wife are going to have a daughter, and instantly starts making a mental checklist of things he'll need in order to prepare ("They sell single-barrel shotguns at Wal-Mart, right?")
  • Penny Arcade exaggerates it in this strip, as Anne "Annarchy" Brahe's parents tell her she can't date boys until she's married. She also seems to bring out the Overprotective Uncle in Tycho.
  • Chel's dad in Alien Dice is still overprotective even though his daughter is college age. This tendency is lampshaded here.
  • In No Rest for the Wicked, November's father sent The Boy after November with orders to never appear again without her.
  • In Strays, after Promotion to Parent, her brother was this to Meela, which creates a problem.
  • In Sandra and Woo, Ivan tells Landon, very ominously, that if he wants to date his daughter, there are a few things he should know. Then it subverts it by having him give actual advice.
    Landon: Wow, thanks for the tips.
    Ivan: Better you as her boyfriend than some thug.
  • Jane's Dad from Homestuck. Justified because of all the assassination attempts.
  • In Faux Pas, only the daughter's intervention stops the grilling.
  • Hugh Keene in PreTeena, father of a teenage boy-magnet and an eleven-year-old just beginning to take an interest.
  • Subverted in As If! by Amy Mebberson (Mimi) and Nikki Purvis (Jet Wolf). When Hunter gets her driver's license and wants to drive Angela to school each day, Angela's dad insists on testing her abilities. As they get into the car, he acts as if he's evaluating a potential boyfriend, asking if Hunter's intentions are "honorable". Hunter rolls her eyes and Angela can only admonish: "Daaaaad!"
  • White Dark Life: Matt Mokaray is very violent around suitors of either gender towards all of his children but Saru. Sure, Matthew Prower is hounded by a witch that will do anything to spite him, but it reaches peak absurdity when he immediately uses Torch's biggest fear against her for just hugging Inu.
  • The Legend of Spyro: Zonoya's Revenge: Spyro wants to make sure Nina is always safe, to the point that he has Sparx constantly monitor her.
  • Viktor in Lackadaisy isn't Ivy's actual father, but he sees her as a daughter figure, and he is very overprotective, to the point where any boyfriend he thinks isn't good enough for her tends to end up in a wheelchair. Since he seems to be too ashamed to even contact his actual daughter, he may be displacing his issues onto Ivy.
  • Kiyoshi Ishikawa from Stalker x Stalker. He threatens Takeshi to stop dating his daughters, much to their displeasure. When they complain about how he won't let them have a boyfriend when Junko has one, his response implies he intents to deal with Yukio in a similar way. Played with regarding Yukio, as episode 53 shows that he actually came to like Yukio after having a brief talk in the kitchen with him.
  • Who Made Me a Princess: Expressionless as he may seem, Claude doesn't like it if some pests are hovering around Athanasia. Just ask Ijekiel.
  • A rather understandable example with Miranda's dads in Kevin & Kell, as Miranda tends to date predators (as in the meat-eaters) and her biological parents were killed by predators. They eventually mellow out when she dates and later marries Edgar, as, being a male lion, he wasn't a very good predator.

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • Carmilla: Laura's father is so overprotective of her that, among other things, he not only sends weekly bear spray to her, he made her learn Krav Maga at age eight. Though these things come in handy, it really makes Laura feel smothered by Danny's own protectiveness.


Gru Blocks Margo

Gru ain't taking it easy with this Antonio guy.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (2 votes)

Example of:

Main / BoyfriendBlockingDad

Media sources: