Lots of fictional families seem to have that one uncle that all the kids just love. Most often, he's a young bachelor who has no intention of settling down any time soon, though he may have a girlfriend. He may travel a lot and wow the kids with stories of meeting celebrities and traveling the world (and if so, he always brings back the coolest souvenirs, which he naturally gives away as presents). Or he may be well-off and spoils his sibling's kids whenever they're together.
Regardless, he will often be secretly envious of the stability and loving home life that his brother or sister enjoys, even as he boasts of his own independence. The uncle may be the Black Sheep of the family. If his nieces and nephews ever lose their parent, he's the one who usually steps in to become a Parental Substitute.
This trope is usually male, but the role will occasionally be taken on by an aunt.
- In a car commercial (forget what brand), a mom & dad drop off their two kids with his brother and tells him "thanks, we really need this," as he has a perplexed look on his face. Cut to the shot of him taking the kids running up and down a big grassy hill, digging in the sand on a beach, then back to the hill. Cut back to the pickup, where the thoroughly exhausted kids are being carried out by the parents, who are remarking how they just can't understand how he always wears them out.
- Main character Yuuta Segawa of Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai!, whom all three of his nieces admire (one of the girls even has a crush on him), especially when he adopts them.
- Genjuuro Kazanari from Senki Zesshou Symphogear is Tsubasa's uncle and leader of the 2nd Division Mobile Disaster Response Corps. He's a Badass Normal who punches a BFS and breaks it. Fans call him Akuma. Season three revealed he isn't Tsubasa's uncle but her half-brother. Doesn't stop him from being any less cool.
- Asuma Sarutobi, a Jonin and leader of Team 10/Asuma, is Konohamaru's uncle.
- Hiashi Hyuuga may count to Neji, as both of them are friendlier to each other now.
- Yashamaru was this to Gaara. His assault on Gaara was ordered by Gaara's father to test his son. Yashamaru really loved him.
- Hanabi is this to Boruto and Himawari in Boruto, though her clingyness and Genki Girl personality can annoy Boruto.
- Bakuman。: Nobuhiro Mashiro, also known under his pen name Taro Kawaguchi, was this to his nephew Moritaka Mashiro. Mashiro admired his uncle's work when he was a little child and the series shows several times that other characters are fans of his work. However, Nobuhiro's death not only hit Mashiro hard, the young Mashiro believed that his uncle commited suicide due to his current lack of success rather than being killed by overworking, which causes Mashiro to lose faith in becoming a mangaka. Years later, after deciding to become a mangaka with his partner Takagi and learning how much work is needed to make manga in practice makes him realize the truth of his uncle's death and he regains his full respect for Taro Kawaguchi.
- In the Fantastic Four:
- Reed and Sue's children consider Johnny to be a cool uncle since he's a superhero that sets himself on fire. Ben also gets this treatment although he's not related.
- Doctor Doom of all people is considered to be this by Valeria Richards, since he is basically the relative that spoils her the most. That, and he indulges her Token Evil Teammate tendencies. You'd think this'd be something he'd try to hide, to save face (er, mask), but no, he has placed her under his royal protection, and allows her to call him "Uncle Doom".
- Spider-Man's own uncle Ben was a pretty cool guy since he fought in World War II and shaped Peter into the man he is today.
- Scrooge McDuck may count as this to Huey, Dewey and Louie.
- The Flash:
- The first Kid Flash and third Flash Wally West pretty much worships his uncle (and mentor) Barry Allen, the second Flash. At least after he found out Barry was the Flash; when his aunt Iris introduced Wally to her then-boyfriend Barry Allen, he thought Barry was a loser and asked the Flash why Iris didn't date ''him'', rather than that loser Barry.
- Persepolis: Marji really liked her kindly Uncle Anoosh, who told her stories of participating in a rebellion against the Shah and his stay in the USSR. She was quite brokenhearted when the authorities executed him on suspicion of being a Soviet spy.
- In her Post-Crisis book Supergirl likes, trusts and relies on her cousin's adoptive parents Jonathan and Martha and her surrogate aunt Lana Lang whenever she feels she can't talk to Clark.
- In Supergirl (Rebirth) she's a kind of cool aunt to her first cousin once removed Jonathan "Superboy" Samuel Kent. He pretty much worships her.
- The Child of Love: Rei was this to Teri. Even before her birth she was very protective of her niece (very violently protective). When Teri was born she helped to raise her, and Teri was very fond of her.
- In Ghosts of Evangelion Heishiro is Ryuko's cool honorary uncle who taught her to skateboarding and other cool stuff (although Asuka thinks he is a brat).
- HERZ: Rei to Shinji and Asuka's daughter Akiko. She gives Akiko toys (some of them handmade), tells her stories and tales, is very protective of her... and Akiko loves her aunt.
- In Nexus, Dante is certainly one because it's well... him. Though he would argue that he sees himself as more than just an uncle.
- Apollo to Armani in the Broken Bow series. Doubles as a Parental Substitute, since Artemis wasn't aware of the latter's birth until sixteen years later.
- In The Second Try, Rei. Her niece Aki adores her and loves spending time with her. In turn, Rei protects her and looks after her. Although, neither of them were aware that they were related when they met. This relationship continues in Aki-chan's Life. They also double as a Moe Couplet.
- Harry feels that Tony, Sirius, and, naturally, Loki are this to him in Child of the Storm. Of course, Loki actually is his Cool Uncle.
- House is this by association to Wilson's niece Jennifer in the fanfic In The Year 2025.
- The Dragon Age fic series Skyhold Academy Yearbook plays with the trope by assigning several uncles to Skye Rutherford, all of whom think they are the Cool Uncle. They have an "uncle-off" in one installment, by which they try to determine which of the six is her favorite; one of her mother's brothers is absent, so he can't participate, and honorary uncle Varric (the "whiskey uncle") abstains, but the other four have great fun with the competition.
- Being his personal tutor and The Dragon to his father, Death in Joys of the Parenthood - The Țepeș Edition acts in this role for Adrian. When Adrian is hiding from his parents in bat-form, Death allows him to hide in his rib-cage.
Lisa: That was very rude of you, Adrian.
Adrian: ...was playing.
Lisa: Not good enough. Now apologize to Death.
Death: It is alright, My Prince. But perhaps I may make a request for the next time? You see, if you could scratch just between the fifth and sixth vertebra...
Dracula: Don't encourage him, Death.
- Uncle Charlie in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt.
- Uncle Buck, starring John Candy.
- That's how young Simba saw Scar in The Lion King. Scar took advantage of this and manipulated him into exile.
- In Theodora Goes Wild, Uncle John is the cool one out of the Lynn family save for Theodora.
- Antiope in Wonder Woman (2017) encourages Diana's warrior instincts, training her in secret against her sister Queen Hippolyta's wishes because Diana wanted to. And because she saw that conflict with Ares was inevitable, no matter what Diana's mother might wish.
- Frank in Gifted. He encourages Mary's academic interests while still encouraging her to act like a kid, and loves to take her to the beach or out for a ride on boats he's finished fixing. From an adult perspective, it doesn't hurt that he's played by Chris Evans.
- Park Nam-joo from The Host is a Cool Aunt with a bronze medal in archery. She seems to be her niece Hyun-seo's favourite relative.
- Uncle Red from Silver Bullet is practically idolized by his nephew Marty. He might be a chronic drunk but not hard to see where the admiration comes from when he builds his nephew a high end motorized wheelchair, gives his fireworks to set off, and has the gumption to fight a werewolf hand to hand in the climax.
- Auntie Mame is this, in spades.
- In A Brother's Price, Ren is this for little Eldie Porter, who calls her "Auntie Ren". Ren is a princess, which makes her even more cool.
- In Dragon Bones, Aunt Stala is the bastard half-sister of the protagonist's mother, and she's very, very cool. In a patriarchal world, she disguised herself as man, and learnt sword-fighting. She's so good at it that she's the official head of the guard of castle Hurog.
- Uncle Press in The Pendragon Adventure will show up at Bobby's doorstep and take him on some cool outing, like a helicopter ride, or tell him about his adventures in some exotic locale.
- Walker Boh of the Shannara series served this role to Par and Coll Ohmsford, albeit in a more cranky manner than most.
- Joe in The Book of Joe is a cool uncle — and his brother calls him out on it for being a little too cool/a bad influence.
- In The Trolls, Aunt Sally is the female version — a cool aunt — for the kids.
- Great-Uncle Louis thinks he's a cool uncle, but only Robbie really thinks he is.
- Nancy and Peggy's Uncle Jim, also known as "Captain Flint", in the Swallows and Amazons series. He lives on a houseboat, owns a Pirate Parrot, and has traveled all over. A great part of the first book revolves around his nieces starting a private war with him, since he's taken up writing and become distant, therefore, in their minds, ceasing to be cool.
- Discworld: City ruler Lord Havelock Vetinari is the epitome of cool and cunning. But from the novel Night Watch onward, the character of his only living relative, the aunt alluded to in Guards! Guards!, is opened up a little: it is hinted that Vetinari learnt a lot of his skills from Auntie Bobbie (Lady Roberta de Meserole), who is a political manipulator, a Seamstress where she needs to be, possibly one of only a handful of female Assassins, and a lady of guile, insight, cunning and wisdom. She has certainly raised Havelock in loco parentis after the undetailed death of his parents. A second wise woman in Havelock Vetinari's life, an aunt-like character, has been the vampire Lady Margolotta (although some interpretations hint at a sexual relationship).
- In Noel Streatfield's Theatre Shoes, Mose and Lindsey Cohen are both very kind and helpful to their nieces and nephew, Sorrel, Mark, and Holly Forbes. Mose Cohen is a famous comedian, adding to his coolness.
- In Marcia Martin's Donna Parker: Special Agent, Uncle Roger fills this role. He's the black sheep of the family, and no one in Donna's family had seen him in many years. Donna suspected that he might be an impostor. She was wrong.
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Tyrion Lannister loves his niece and nephew Myrcella and Tommen and they love him too. (The situation with Tyrion and his other nephew Joffrey is rather different.)
- Tyrion's own aunt Genna, and his uncles Kevan, Tygett, and Gerion, were also far kinder to him than his own father was.
- Theon remembers his uncle Aeron being this way in his youth, but upon his return home finds that Aeron has discovered religion sometime in the last ten years and become considerably less fun than the rowdy, drunken womanizer he remembers.
- Theon's sister Asha considers her maternal uncle Rodrick "the Reader" Harlaw this, though unconventionally; he rarely leaves his home and the gifts he brings back are books, advice, and political support. Of course, the field of competition is not strong; her paternal uncles consist of a dim-witted brute, the aforementioned sour religious fanatic, and an Ax-Crazy schemer.
- There's also Catelyn Stark's uncle Brynden Tully, who is definitely this trope with regards to her and her siblings, Lysa and Edmure.
- Eddard Stark's younger brother Benjen Stark (who is First Ranger in the Night's Watch) is a Cool Uncle to Ned's kids, especially to Ned's illegitimate son Jon Snow, who adores his uncle and has wanted to join the Night's Watch his entire life like his uncle. Like their brother Jon, Arya and Sansa also idealize the Watch based on their uncle, and Benjen is held in high esteem by his other nephews Robb, Bran, and Rickon as well. While Benjen loves all his nephews and nieces, he seems to have an additional soft spot for his nephew Jon.
- Averted with Edmure Tully, who — despite having all the personality traits of a Cool Uncle — only actually meets one of his nephews and none of his nieces; and even then, not until a war is going on, he doesn't have much chance to be one.
- Subverted with Charlie's Aunt Helen in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
- Jaxon Halsing in Summers at Castle Auburn. He travels widely, lives an exciting life, showers his nieces with gifts, and is pretty determined to live and die single, but there are hints he isn't as happy as he appears.
- Uncle Flynn the ne'er-do-well gambler in humorist Patrick McManus's (fictionalized) stories of his Idaho childhood.
- Sunny's aunt Chinwe is a female version in Akata Witch. Her sisters, one of them being Sunny's mother, both became doctors. Chinwe was also supposed to become a doctor because that was their father's ambition for them, but instead she became a professional dancer and married an American. Sunny looks up to her aunt because she is the only other person in the family who doesn't quite fit.
- Harry Potter had Sirius Black and Remus Lupin, neither of whom were actually related but who nevertheless filled the role.
- Doctor Sleep: Dan to Abra, whose mother Lucy was the product of an extramarital fling by their mutual father, Jack Torrance.
- Lots of these in the Village Tales novels. The very first duke of Taunton—one of James II and VII's bastards—was given his first peerage title, upon the Restoration, by his Cool Uncle Charles (Charles II, that is). The current Duke is a very cool Uncle Charles to Rupe and Jamie. The Nawab is a cool uncle to Sher Mirza. And the ancient Hugo, Lord Mallerstang, is a cousin and honorary uncle, and the mad-coolest, to everyone.
- In Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Greg mentions his uncle Charlie several times, claiming that he's his "secret weapon" at Christmas, as he'll get Greg whatever he asks for. Downplayed, though, because he has a tendency to misinterpret Greg's requests; one Christmas, for example, when Greg wanted a Barbie house (because he thought it would make a cool fort for his toy soldiers), he got Greg a Barbie doll instead.
- Uncle Alec is this for Rose and the boys in Eight Cousins and its sequel. He's particularly this to Rose, as he is her legal guardian following the death of her father, and also to his nephew Mac, whom the sequel reveals is his godson.
- Charmed: Phoebe and Paige are these to their nephews. As revealed by Adult Wyatt
- Everybody Loves Raymond: In one episode, Raymond laments the fact that Robert is always willing and able to play with Raymond's kids when he comes over, never seeming to be too busy or too tired to do so. When Robert discovers this, he explains that he's only able to do it because he only ever sees the kids for an hour or so at most. Raymond, meanwhile, cares for his children effectively all the time, and shouldn't be ashamed that he lacks the energy to "Play Monster" with them all day.
- Rachel is delighted when Ross's young son Ben starts referring to her as his "Fun Aunt Rachel," and loves that Ben is thrilled to see her.
- When Phoebe is bummed about having to giving up the babies she carried as a surrogate for her brother and his wife after giving birth to them, Rachel and Monica cheer her up by telling her that she'll be "cool aunt Phoebe".
- Game of Thrones:
- Jon Snow clearly views his uncle Benjen Stark this way and adores his uncle, requesting to join his uncle Benjen in the Night's Watch, where he tries to emulate him. The rest of the Stark kids adore their uncle well.
- Zigzagged by Tyrion, who is very friendly to Tommen and Myrcella, but is not adverse to slapping and insulting (a very deserving) Joffrey when the situation calls for it. While he sends his niece Myrcella to Dorne for political reasons, he also does it in an attempt to ensure her safety from the dangers in King's Landing. He even admits to Cersei that Tommen and Myrcella's deaths broke his heart, because he honestly loved them.
- Brynden Tully acts this way with Catelyn but treats her brother Edmure rather poorly, bullying him with phrases like, "The laws of my fist are about to compel your teeth."
- Shireen has a very high opinion on her uncle Axell Florent.
- Beaver and Wally's way cool, sorta whack Uncle Billy in Leave It to Beaver. Just don't take him for granted; he hates that.
- Family Ties had Uncle Ned, played by Tom Hanks. He was really cool, but he had a drinking problem.
- Uncle Jesse from Full House.
- Stephanie inherits the role in the sequel series Fuller House.
- Joss Whedon said that in Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 7, Faith was a Cool Aunt to the Potentials, whereas Buffy was the mom.
- Peter Petrelli from Heroes, though his interaction with his nephews is limited, his niece Claire definitely looks up to him.
- Uncle Charlie from Two and a Half Men.
- Hank Schrader to Walter White Jr. in Breaking Bad.
- Debra Morgan sometimes plays this role in Dexter.
- Shawn Spencer on Psych had his treasure hunting Uncle Jack.
- On Good Eats, Alton mentions that his parents would go off on romantic getaways and leave him and his (TV) sister Martha in the care of their Uncle Rudy back in The '70s. Rudy lived a bohemian lifestyle out of a van, and was fond of kabobs, despite lacking cooking skills.
- Alton himself plays the role for Marsha's son Elton, usually by subverting Marsha's authority. Special mention goes to the Halloween episode where Alton saves Elton from schoolyard embarrassment by replacing Marsha's health-food "candy" with tastier homemade fare and replacing his doofy carrot costume with a chef outfit.note
- On Once and Again, Judy is like this for both Grace and Zoe.
- Played with in Snowfall. In the first season, it looks like Jerome fits this role for Franklin, as he helps Franklin gather the manpower and firepower needed to establish his business. In season 2, Franklin gets disillusioned with Jerome after he proves unable to adjust to the rigors of big business, but his worship then goes to his Aunt Louie, who becomes a surrogate mother figure for him after his own mother disowns him.
- In Jimmy Buffett's song "The Pascagoula Run", he sings about his "black sheep" Uncle Billy, who had made it rich while traveling around the world. When Billy came back home to Mississippi, he immediately went on a 24-hour bar-hopping run to all his old haunts and invited his nephew Jimmy to come along. According to Buffett, this all actually happened back when he was 17.
Billy pulled in in a Jaguar
Red convertible '65
Headed home to Mississippi, he'd been around the world
That black sheep uncle of mine
His ship had come in, he was looking to sin
Singing his own song
When he yelled from the drive, my heart came alive
"Jimmy boy come along!"
- For Better or for Worse: Elly's musician brother has made a few appearances, and the kids, Michael and Lizzy, just adore him. Hilarity Ensues when he attempts to take the kids off the parents' hands for a night and he wears himself out trying to get them to bed.
- Calvin and Hobbes had Uncle Max, who's implied to have a bit of a wild past and is one of the few adults with whom Calvin ever really bonds. He only turns up in one story arc, however; Word of God says he found him awkward to write, because Calvin has Unnamed Parents and he didn't know how Max should address them.
- Mario Auditore in Assassin's Creed II. He gives Ezio money and a place for his family to stay, and inducts him into the Assassin's order.
- Dragon Age:
- In Dragon Age: Origins, the Human Noble Warden is clearly one to their nephew, Oren. This makes it all the more tragic when Oren is killed along with the rest of their family, during Arl Howe's betrayal; the player character's expression is absolutely heartbroken.
- Based on the group dynamics in Dragon Age II, if Varric is the Team Mom and Aveline is the Team Dad, that would make Hawke fill this role. S/he's the one person everyone is willing to go to and is more or less on good terms with everyone.
- It was eventually revealed that Dante of the Devil May Cry series is this to Nero, because Vergil was his dad.
- Amusingly, the De Santa kids from Grand Theft Auto V see Trevor as this. Calling him "Uncle T" and Tracey even hugging him when he shows up at Michael's house.
- Sialeeds Falenas in Suikoden V although she's more of a Cool Big Sis to her nephew and niece. And yes, she'll do anything to create a wonderful future for both of them, even if it means besmirching her own name.
- Judas to Kyle in Tales of Destiny 2 even if Kyle doesn't know they're related. His nephew immediately takes a liking to him and trusts him after they've known each other for probably an hour, and Judas becomes his Cynical Mentor (though he gradually loses the cynicism).
- Happens in Tales of Berseria, although which two characters involved are a bit of a spoiler. It turns out that Laphicet the malak is the reincarnation of Artorius and Celica's unborn child, making Velvet his Cool Aunt. Laphicet has the least trouble getting past Velvet's Broken Bird exterior to her Hidden Heart of Gold.
- The Walking Dead: A New Frontier has Javier, the protagonist, who serves as cool uncle to David's kids. Kate, his sister-in-law, lampshades this.
- This article from The Onion posits that the kids' favorite uncle is the stoner.
- Cecil Palmer of Welcome to Night Vale has a niece named Janice, of whom he is so fond that he bought out her entire Girl Scout cookie supply when her no-good father wouldn't help her sell them.
- The Nostalgia Chick:
- In her review of You've Got Mail, she calls What The Hell, Casting Agency? on Tom Hanks as a Corrupt Corporate Executive, referring to him as "America's fun uncle."
- In her review of Cutthroat Island, she says that the main character comes off less as "badass female pirate captain" and more like "cool aunt offering to take you to an R-rated movie."
- RWBY has Ruby and Yang's uncle Qrow Branwennote , a snarky, argumentative grump who's perpetually drunk. However, he's also an exceptionally talented hunter, having saved the girls once when they were little and Yang got them lost in the forest, and he was the one who taught Ruby how to wield a scythe (the most dangerous Huntsman weapon, something that's implied to be against school policy). Whenever he's around he dotes on the girls, playing video games with them and telling them stories about his adventures and missions, and the girls absolutely adore him. The only reason he's not around more is because he's busy with his work and because his Semblance is an always-on bad luck power and he doesn't want to risk hurting his nieces with it.
- Subverted with crazy uncle Duncan in The Perry Bible Fellowship here.
- Rayne in Least I Could Do gets along very well with his niece and is always willing to play with her. He tried to call out his sister on not spending more time with her daughter, but she responded that Rayne has it easier since he doesn't have any of the responsibility that comes with being a parent. Rayne actually acknowledges this.
- Referenced in Dominic Deegan when Greg asks if he can be this if Dominic and Luna, who had just gotten engaged, ever have kids. The two do end up becoming parents in the Distant Finale, so he may have gotten his wish.
- Stomp's Uncle George in Stomp!.
- Theo's uncle from The Noordegraaf Files taught him to Sword Fight. Kinda.
- Uncle Iroh was this to Zuko during his childhood in Avatar: The Last Airbender. As a teenager, Zuko initially sees his uncle as more of a buffoon, but eventually comes around to accepting Iroh's guidance, which encourages Zuko to reject his father's philosophies and lighten up a bit. Iroh is implied to have continued this trend with Zuko's daughter, considering that she named her own son after Iroh.
- In the Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra, Bumi is this for Meelo, Ikki and Jinora, much to Tenzin's annoyance. Tenzin's sister, Kya, is also a Cool Aunt to Jinora.
- The Secret Saturdays has Doyle Blackwell, Zak's uncle from his mother's side. Zak even said in the 4th episode he might be "the coolest guy he's ever met", before knowing they were related and while he was still an enemy nonetheless.
- In Taz-Mania, Taz and his siblings have an Uncle Drew, whom they adore. Maybe because he's an Expy of Bob Hope.
- On Daria, Daria's Aunt Amy is a Cool Aunt due to Aunt Amy having much more in common with Daria than anyone else in her family.
- Despite his name, Uncle from Jackie Chan Adventures is more like Jade's grand uncle because he is her uncle's uncle. However Jackie fits the trope quite well. No matter how much Jade gripes, it's shown on multiple occasions how much more freedom Jade has with him than with her traditional parents in China, and how much she idolizes Jackie.
- Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck's wealthy uncle and Huey, Louie, and Dewey's granduncle. When it comes down to it, the triplets also think the world of "Unca" Donald himself.
- And Professor Ludwig von Drake, Donald's other uncle, who is a scientist.
- Scrappy-Doo thinks of Scooby-Doo as a Cool Uncle, despite Scooby's cowardice.
- On The Simpsons, the titular family has "Uncie Herb."
- Milhouse also has a cool uncle who took him in when Milhouse thought his parents had died.
- PB&J Otter has Aunt Nanner, who is a very cool aunt to Peanut, Baby Butter and Jelly. Around the end of the series, she gets married to Redolfo, who is rather cool in his own right. Discussed in one episode where they worry about how boring they must seem compared to all of her adventures. She assures them that coming home to be with them is precisely what she looks forward to while on those adventures.
- Uncle Grandpa takes this trope to a whole other level. He's a cool uncle and grandpa to everyone in the world.
- Grunkle Stan from Gravity Falls is actually the children's great-uncle, but he fits this trope to a T anyway: unmarried, knows lots of cool magic tricks and allows them to climb on the roof. Oh yeah, and he's also a wanted criminal and the shifty owner of a run-down tourist trap. Not the most responsible uncle in the world, but still a good guy.
- Green Arrow from Young Justice may not be Artemis's biological uncle, but he takes on this role in her life when he becomes her mentor. He also held this role for Supergirl in a different series, Justice League Unlimited.
- Like their comic book counterparts, The Flash is uncle by marriage to Kid Flash. Unlike comics though, his Parental Substitute role has been downplayed due to Wally's own family being already functional.
- The Davincibles: Leo Davinci is this to Pablo and Zoë, though he combines it with being the Cloudcuckoolander.