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"We didn't give up on our dreams! We changed our dreams into your dream! That's what parents do! That's what family does!"
In fiction and Real Life, parents are either dorky, busy, abusive, embarrassing, evil, overbearing, overprotective, neglectful, only human, absent or dead, squicky, lost, too submissive, or just plain useless.

But what about parents who get things right? The parents who are always there. The ones who support their children no matter what they do and attend all their events. They tell them how proud they are of them. They give out useful advice and help them on their homework. They keep their children safe without being overprotective. They punish them when they're bad and award them when they're good. But they will always love them. Through good times and bad, these parents are always there for their kids. They will sacrifice just about anything for their children, even their own lives.

These parents can be the Mama Bear or the Papa Wolf, and can even be the Action Dad, Action Mom or Battle Couple, although there is no need for this. They are often found in a Nuclear Family so will often consist of a Happily Married couple. They can even be a part of a Badass Family. They are also not against using Tough Love when necessary. They can also turn out to be an Open-Minded Parent.


One reason that they are rarer than one might expect in fiction is probably that in many cases, responsible and competent parents can be more difficult to write about. With the parents taking an interest, explanations are needed for why they can't (or won't) help solve the story conflict, potentially leaving the child protagonists with little to do.

When the Good Parents aren't the actual parents of the character, it's Parental Substitute. When the Good Parents are the adoptive parents, it's Happily Adopted. If they were good parents at one time, but forcefully removed from this realm of existence, then they are Deceased Parents Are the Best. When the Good Parents aren't against doing illegal or morally questionable acts to protect their children, they are the Knight Templar Parents.

Truth in Television, of course, but we won't be discussing that, not only for moral reason, but also because they are fortunately all Too Common.



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  • A German commercial that shows that a Goth girl getting alienated by everyone, from her peers to random strangers...except, for her father who shows that he'll always stand by her.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ai no Wakakusa Monogatari has Fredrich and Mary "Marmee". They clearly love their girls and the feeling is mutual. Aunt March most likely was, too, since her nephew does remember her quite fondly.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • Grisha and Carla Yeager. They are shown to have been very loving parents and their son and daughter both adored them. It was the death of Carla that kick-started Eren's desire to join the Survey Corps and kill every Titan that he can. Grisha is a bit more of a complex case and was shown to be resented by his older son Zeke due of being an Abusive Parent alongside his first wife and the real identity of the Smiling Titan, Dina. He eventually learned from his mistakes and took this current trope to his youngest son, Eren.
    • Mikasa's biological parents as well.
    • Sasha's parents are shown to be this, as they run an orphanage and don't entirely resent the person that killed their daughter.
  • Bokura no Hentai:
    • Marika has no father in her life. Her mother is portrayed as nothing but sweet and supportive. She is never shown being negative or harsh towards Marika for her feminine nature and even let her wear skirts until kindergarten. When Marika came out as transgender in middle school she accepted it easily and begins to see her as her daughter instead of her son.
    • Satoshi's family apparently consists of him, his mother, and his several older sisters. His mother is nice and is fine with his crossdressing.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Fujitaka is a mix of this and Parents as People. We get to see him around and be a good dad, but we also see him working so hard that he can't spend as much time with them as the three need. He also knows it and sometimes kicks himself for this, apologizing to Touya for giving him a partial Promotion to Parent and pretty much having to run from work in the Sick Episode when Sakura is bedridden.
  • Sanae and Akio of CLANNAD. Just about the best parents ever, if a little eccentric sometimes. In their backstory, though, they were neglectful of Nagisa when she was little... until she almost fell victim to her Ill Girl condition. Later, they're the best grandparents to Ushio when Tomoya goes Disappeared Dad after Nagisa's Death by Childbirth, but it's strongly implied that they're also Stepford Smilers that love Ushio genuinely, but don't allow themselves to grieve for Nagisa in order to raise her child well and lovingly. At some point Sanae is even seen tearing up while talking to Tomoya, due to this.
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!:
    • Katarina was pretty spoiled growing up and was well on her way to becoming a Spoiled Brat otome game villain. Literally. However, waking up to memories of her past life let her chill out and preemptively nipped some family issues in the bud, leaving her parents a loving couple who doted on her and her new step brother without letting them become obnoxious brats.
    • Sophia and Nicol's parents are also depicted in an incredibly positive manner. In fact, the thing that causes Nicol to become yet another member of Katarina's harem was when she commented how lucky he was to have such a loving family (as people had previously only pitied him for having to look after his sister).
  • The Digimon Tamers have some pretty good parents, all things considered. Special mention goes to Jenrya's dad, Ruki's grandma and Takato's parents.
    • Pretty much goes for the parents in Digimon Adventure 01-03, all shown to be caring parents for their children, very unusual in a children's show.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Krillin and Android 18 are loving, caring parents to Marron.
    • Mr. Satan (Hercule in the edited for TV versions) is this towards Videl, despite being a tad bit overprotective sometimes.
    • Bulma herself to her children Trunks and Bra.
  • The Shimogamo mother of the The Eccentric Family genuinely believes, in stark contrast with the common consensus, that all of her four sons are excellent raccoon-dogs each and every one of them fit to succeed their deceased father—a great community leader.
  • Fruits Basket: A rare commodity, especially among the Sohmas.
    • Hiro's mom is one of the very few good parents for a Zodiac member (that we see), although she still inevitably embarrasses her twelve-year-old son every so often. Kagura's parents also get an award for being pretty decent.
    • Saki Hanajima has loving parents who are about as understanding as can be expected, considering her inexplicable Psychic Powers.
    • In flashbacks, Tohru's mom is shown to have been pretty wonderful — working hard to support her as a single mom but still spending time with her, telling her to always be herself and to go at her own pace — even providing parental words of wisdom to other people's kids when they really needed it. And middle school graduation parties.
    • Kyo's foster father, though he initially took him in to atone for his treatment of the previous Cat, did a remarkable job raising him — probably the best thing he did was treat him with respect. (For instance, when Kyo was young, and they encountered some Sohma women gossiping about how Kyo as good as killed his mother, he picked Kyo up and said "It's time you breathed the air of higher places", shaming the women into silence.) Though a teacher once questioned his parenting because of Kyo's problem behavior, Kyo probably turned out as well as he could have, given the circumstances. Having a parent he could trust and turn to was likely what kept him from giving over to despair entirely.
    • Kisa's mom seemed like she was another rejective Zodiac parent when we first meet her, but in reality she was just stressed over not knowing her daughter was being bullied. To Momiji's relief, she later called Tohru to tell her what Kisa liked to eat.
    • For her own overapologizing faults, Ritsu's mother genuinely loves her son and hoped Tohru could be friends with him.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Edward and Alphonse's parents totally qualify.
      • Trisha Elric was a kind and loving mother who praised her two children for their alchemy—in fact they became alchemists purely because their mother was so proud of them.
      • Their father, Van Hohenheim, is a more complex case; he seems to have failed them by abandoning them, but then we learn he left to help save the country, and when he's back in their lives he's a good, loving father who's also proud of his kids. He even glared at an Eldritch Abomination to warn him to never mock his sons.
    • Maes Hughes also qualifies. While he may have elements of Overprotective Dad, you really can't claim that he wasn't a damn good father to Elicia.
  • Every parent in Happy Happy Clover are very nice. One of the nicest would have to be Mallow's mother,Clover mother and father, an Kale's mother. Despite Clover's mother being stern with her daughter, she is a very sweet mother and is even seen comforting Clover when she runs back crying. While looking for Rambler and runs back home due to being terrified of getting lost since she was in the middle of nowhere.
  • Namie Yaguchi, mother of High Score Girl lead Haruo is an eccentric but loving mother to her son. She will punish Haruo harshly for slacking off on his studies and gets a little too interested when girls visit him. However, she also stands up for Haruo when other adults, like Akira Ono's tutor, bad-mouth him, never denies him his freedom or the video games he's so passionate about (outside of the above mentioned discipline) and even maintains a passing interest in her son's hobbies that frequently surprises Haruo himself. She shows nothing less than genuine pride whenever Haruo displays maturity or puts genuine effort into something, such as taking on a part time job to both help at home and fund his hobbies himself.
  • I Think Our Son Is Gay: Both Tomoko and Akiyoshi genuinely care about their sons. Tomoko is an Open-Minded Parent who doesn't mind that Hiroki is in the Transparent Closet and supports him until he's ready to come out. Akiyoshi, while often away from home because of his job and unaware Hiroki is gay, tries to be as much of a supporting father to his sons as he can when he is present.
  • Inuyasha:
    • Kagome Higurashi's widowed mother didn't berate or question her daughter when she got involved in quite the plot in the Sengoku Jidai. In fact, thinking that You Can't Fight Fate, she decides to support Kagome in her quests, and so she buys her a bike and contantly gives her treats for her friends. At the end of the series when the well opens one last time after a three year dormancy, she supports Kagome in her decision to return to the Sengoku Jidai, even though she knows she will never see Kagome again.
    • Inuyasha and Sesshomaru's father. He posthumously manages to provide protection for Inuyasha and guidance for Sesshomaru through their swords, Tessaiga and Tenseiga.
    • Inuyasha's mother as well. Given his Dark and Troubled Past is it not far off thinking that the memory of her kept him going and not made him the monster the villagers thought he had to be.
    • Both of Shiori's parents.
  • Just as loving and at least as eccentric: Meimi's parents in Kaitou Saint Tail.
  • Mako Mankanshoku's parents in Kill la Kill are genuinely good and caring people (Though, her father is a bit of a Peeping Tom when it comes to Ryuko.) who immediately accept Ryuko as part of their family and, along with her younger brother, all pitch in to help fight against the Big Bad when the times comes for it.
  • Kyo Kara Maoh!:
    • Shibuya 'Uma-chan' Shouma and his wife Shibuya 'Hamano Jennifer' Miko are pretty awesome parents. Miko-san is a bit of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander and dressed her younger son as a girl until he got old enough to object (he was cute as hell, too), and Shouma is busy, but they're extremely devoted and have a home that radiates security.
    • One of the more fun subtle angles of the show is that as it progresses you see more and more what the lead gets from each of his parents—it's not ham-handed replication or anything either; it's as psychologically sound as you can get in a series where the hero develops a form of Incorruptible Pure Pureness. Bonus points for the fact that Miko and Shouma annoy Yuuri considerably most of the time. Without doing anything in the realm of Amazingly Embarrassing Parents. Except that one time with the photo album, I guess...and that other time with the statue...when they followed him halfway around the world....
  • In The Legend of Snow White, King Conrad and Queen Isabelle are genuinely loving and supportive to their daughter Snow White.
  • From Love Live! School Idol Project, there's Kotori Minami's mother. Mrs. Minami is fine with her daughter's and said daughter's friends' school idol careers so long as they study and pass their exams, which is a reasonable enough condition. In the last few episodes of season 1, Kotori gets an offer to study abroad at a prestigious fashion school; rather than force a decision, Mrs. Minami allows Kotori time to think about whether to pursue the opportunity and the very promising future that's implied with it, or stay in Japan to build a career as an idol instead. Ultimately, Kotori decides at the last minute to ditch her flight to the school in question and rejoin μ's, right in time for a concert no less; her mother can be seen in the crowd, simply smiling as she watches and glad that Kotori is happy with her choice.
  • The need for children to have these is a common Central Theme throughout the Lyrical Nanoha franchise.
    • Precia was one before the events of the first season. The movie remake which delves into her past shows how she would frequently do her best to make time for her daughter as a single mom, despite her demanding job as chief engineer for a corporation with unreasonable executives. Unfortunately, Love Makes You Evil, and the reason why she turned into an insane Evil Matriarch was due to her original daughter dying in a power plant meltdown incident caused by her bosses refusing to heed her warnings, causing her to become obssessed with bringing back her first child.
    • Admiral Lindy Harlaown is another case of a good single parent, but in her case, the TSAB is more accomodating of single parent employees. Raising a son like Chrono who had become withdrawn due to the death of his father is no easy task, and she later she adopts Fate, a little girl who had been raised in an abusive household. Thanks to her efforts, both have gone out from their own shells, growing up to become successful adults and parents themselves. Even then, the sound stages reveal that she's still there to help while she's semi-retired, either in taking care of their kids while they're away or in giving them parental advice for the problems they encounter.
    • Speaking of which, Fate Testarossa Harlaown becomes this by Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, adopting children like her who were raised in an abusive environment, such as Erio, Caro, and Vivio. In fact, the second StrikerS Sound Stage revealed that Fate put a lot of effort into invoking this to avoid ending up like Precia. Before she came, Erio was shown in the supplementary manga to have been reduced to a Wild Child that lashed out at anyone with his powers while Caro was exiled by her tribe for being too powerful and had lived on her own for a long time. Thanks to her, they were given a normal childhood, and when the Big Bad tried to break Fate by pointing out that her adopted children being Child Soldiers made her no different from himself, her adopted children counters the breaking by pointing out that Fate didn't choose this path for them, they chose it themselves and all Fate did was raise them to be strong-willed enough for them to make their decision.
    • Genya and Quint Nakajima are shown to be this towards their daughters Ginga and Subaru, with Genya raising his daughters on his own after Quint died in a mission when they were still young. When Genya feared for the life of his daughter Subaru after Ginga had just been kidnapped by the Big Bad, and was ready to use his military clout to remove Subaru from Riot Force 6 after she was injured, he nonetheless respected the wishes of Subaru when she decided that she wanted to stay to help finish the incident. It's later revealed that Ginga and Subaru were children that were illegally cloned from Quint without her knowledge, which she had decided to adopt regardless because they needed someone to take care of them. Genya would later go on to adopt Cinque, Nove, Dieci, and Wendi for the same reason.
    • Nanoha Takamachi eventually became this with Vivio. Vivio is a Mysterious Waif Clone Jesus with powers and a history that cause several people to seek her out either to obtain or kill her. When Nanoha learned what she is, she and Fate adopted Vivio and raised her as a normal child, giving Vivio enough support and leeway so she could pursue her own goals but doing it with enough strictness so Vivio doesn't abuse her powers for mischief. And may heaven help anyone who decides that it would be a good idea to kidnap Vivio. The last time that happened with Nanoha's knowledge, she literally blasted through an entire Anti-Magic starship to take out one of the perpetrators with a Wave-Motion Gun.
    • From what little is seen of them, Rinne's adoptive parents appear to be this. Most tellingly, the only time she smiles is when she's spending time with them.
  • My Hero Academia:
    • Midoriya's mother is very supportive of her son's desire to be a hero, especially since she feels that she didn't give him the moral support he needed as a child. It crosses over into Parents as People territory when her desire to support his dream of being a superhero conflicts with her concern for his safety; repeated injuries and several highly publicized villain attacks leads her to consider removing him from the hero academy for his own safety, though a Thank You letter from a boy he had saved combined with a Ain't Too Proud to Beg moment from All Might gets her to reconsider.
    • Uraraka's parents are also very supportive of her, as seen when they pay her a surprise visit after the Sports Festival. She wanted to become a hero to support their construction business, but they tell her to do what she wanted in life.
  • Fairly common in Hayao Miyazaki films.
    • My Neighbor Totoro:
      • Professor Kusakabe has got to be the nicest Dad in anime, hands down.
      • Their mother spends most of the movie stuck in the hospital, but she too is a very sweet person, when her daughters visit.
    • Sosuke's mother Lisa in Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea — the Useless Parents would be all over the wall if you brought home a fish girl who turns into a human, but not her.
    • Pod and Homily in The Borrower Arrietty, even though Homily has a tendency to get a bit hysterical at times.
    • Kiki's parents in Kiki's Delivery Service also qualify, although they don't get much screen time.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Relena and Zechs's father, Marticus Rex aka King Peacecraft, was this as well. He actually died to protect baby!Relena and let Mr. Darlian (his Number Two back then) escape with her to safety as the Cinq Kingdom was burned down.
  • Naruto:
    • There are some mums and dads who do get it right. Of the living parents, Choza Akimichi and Shikaku Nara are probably the two who have the best relationships with their kids — although they've both had moments of being angry with their sons, they're still shown to be very close to them. Ino and Inoichi Yamanaka also appear to be close, although their relationship is not given as much screentime.
    • Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki manage to be a loving father and mother towards Naruto from beyond the grave, and Naruto is greatly comforted when he finds out just how far his parents were willing to go for him.
    • Might Duy is perhaps the best example in the whole series. He's loving, supportive, and outright awesome to Guy, instilling in him his never-give-up attitude and philosophy of youth. And when Guy and his genin team were cornered by the Seven Swordsman of the Mist, Duy rushed onto the battlefield, threw open the Eight Gates of Death, and died protecting them.
    • Sasuke more or less had reasonably good parents. His mother Mikoto seemed to be very loving, and while Sasuke did tend to feel that he was The Unfavorite in his father's eyes, not long before his death Fugaku more or less tells him he's proud of him. They were pretty good to Itachi as well. Fugaku and Mikoto respected Itachi's decision to side with Konoha over the Uchiha clan and didn't resent him for their imminent deaths at his blade. They pitied Itachi because he was the one who had to live with this terrible but necessary act and their last request was that he look after Sasuke. Fugaku, like any real father would, states that he was proud of Itachi, no matter what. Itachi subsequently broke down as he killed them, knowing that in spite of them being traitors to the village, they were his parents, and good ones at that.
  • Ririka's parents and Seiya's parents are all portrayed positively in Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, but special mention goes to Ririka's father. He has an entire episode dedicated to him. After Ririka misinterprets some gestures he thought were nice, he ends up befriending Ririka's snobbish classmate Miyuki, whose own father is distant due to work. Ririka is jealous when she finds out about it, but Miyuki tells Ririka that she is lucky to have a kind father who wants to spend time with her rather than constantly being at work.
  • One Piece:
    • Queen Otohime. Even when she is exhausted or depressed from her efforts to get the Fishmen Island residents to sign a peace treaty to cohabit with humans, she never lets her exhaustion or depression appear in front of her children and is shown caring for them very much and spending lots of time with them.
    • King Cobra balances ruling Alabasta and caring for his daughter Vivi. He is occasionally shown to be an Overprotective Dad, following Vivi when she was outside the palace despite encouraging such interaction and a Papa Wolf when bandits tried to kidnap her.
    • Trafalgar Law's parents were shown to be very loving and encouraging towards their children, mentoring their Comically Serious son in his academic pursuits while also making sure that he took time off to relax at festivals and enjoy comic books.
  • Ouran High School Host Club:
    • Fujioka "Ranka" Ryouji, Haruhi's father. Although he's a Wholesome Crossdresser, he cares very much for his only child. After the death of his wife Kotoko, he made sure he did everything he could for Haruhi, often working long hours to support them. He's always there to give advice if she needs it, and goes to every school function he can (even if Haruhi tries to keep him from doing so in order for him to rest after long days at work).
    • Tamaki's Missing Mom Anne fits this. In flashbacks she's always shown as a kind, loving woman who cares very much for her son, despite being ill often. Around Chapter 56 or 57 Kyouya finds Anne in France on a class field trip. We see that Anne is very much the loving person she is portrayed as in flashbacks, and has some of the same naivete as Tamaki. Also in flashbacks we see that she feels regret every day for giving Tamaki up to his paternal grandmother in exchange for the Suou family to help her family's business get back on its feet. Tamaki, however, harbors no resentful feelings toward her decision, understanding that it was for the best, and only wants to see her stay healthy in hopes of them reuniting.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Kanames certainly aren't perfect (her mother having a mild alcohol addiction) and, as Muggles, certainly can't help Madoka with her problems. But they clearly love her and provide her with as much support and protection as they are able, their guidance playing a large role in Madoka's persistant resistance to Kyuubey. The first movie amps it up more by showing a montage of Madoka growing up much of these involve her loving parents.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Usagi's parents don't have a big role, but they are portrayed as a loving, typical nuclear family. Even if Kenji is a bit of an Overprotective Dad and Ikuko is an Education Mama.
    • Ami's mother, Dr. Mizuno, is another one as well. Even if she's a bit of a Workaholic, she still does her best and it's clear that she cares about Ami a lot.
    • Word of God says Minako's parents are this way as well. Even if Mom might be the nagging type, which makes Minako kind of bitter.
    • Bickering aside, Usagi herself is a really good surrogate mother to Chibiusa, going out of her way to protect her from danger. As Neo-Queen Serenity, while she did occasionally give Chibiusa some Tough Love, she is nothing but caring to her.
  • Lord Death from Soul Eater is a bit of a clueless father, but he really cares about his son. The first dialogue between the two has Death calling his son 'cute' and praising him in general.
  • John Whitter from The Story of Pollyanna, Girl of Love is a kind, warm father to his rambunctious daughter despite their near-poverty.
  • A Tropical Fish Yearns For Snow: Honami-sensei is a supportive father to his daughter Koyuki, despite his status as her teacher occasionally complicating their relationship.
  • Hana works as hard as she can in Wolf Children raising two half-wolf children as a single mother.
  • Akiyuki's mother and father in Xam'd: Lost Memories, even if they don't always get along and his father is a bit of a slob....
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's:
    • Yusei's father not only saved him from the Zero Reverse when he was a baby, Yusei's father saves him from death as a ghost. Twice.
    • Aki's parents try to be this for Aki after years of Parental Neglect. During the WRGP, they cheer her up after she lost her duel against Andore.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL:
    • Yuma's father Kazuma is an Subversion. He might have taught Yuma dueling and his Catchphrase "Kattobingu", which has the purpose to cheer Yuma up when he feels down. But he also sent Astral to Yuma which caused his son's suffering throughout the series while not contacting him at all and then after everything is said and done, happily leaves again.
    • This trope is mixed with Love Makes You Evil with Dr. Faker. He is forced by Vector to destroy the Astral World to save his youngest son Haruto from an "illness".
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, many parents watch their children dueling and cheer them up.
    • Yuya's Disappeared Dad Yusho is a downplayed example while he loves Yuya with all his heart and taught to always him to smile if as life is hard and the best way to live is face hardships with a smile. Yuya took the advice wrong and it made him a Stepford Smiler and Yusho willingly left ... to prevent a dimensional war. But at the same time Yusho is very proud when he hears of Yuya's achievements and when they reunite, he takes Yuya's tears as proof that the war has gone on too long. When Yuya is being absorbed by Zarc, Yusho makes it his personal mission to save Yuya even after learning that Yuya isn't his biological son and is part of the devil. Yusho was even carded protecting Yuya and in his last moments, he smiled to Yuya, to remind him to smile.
    • Yuya's mother Yoko not only watches some of his duels, at one point, she throws a lunch to Yuya in the middle of a duel to give him enough energy to win this duel. She believes that Yuya will surpass Yusho and right before Yuya left for the Synchro Dimension, she dueled him to remind him that he has another way and to always keep smiling.
    • Shuzuo wins the prize for good parent in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. He always dotes on his daughter Yuzu and is worried when she skips duel school. When Yuzu is teleported to the Synchro Dimension, he is heartbroken that he can't save her himself and would willingly storm Academia to save her. This is furthered when even after everyone lost their memories of Yuzu, even Yuya! Shuzuo alone still has some memories of her and is the one to remember her.

    Comic Books 
  • Surprisingly, Ares of Marvel Universe is a very competent and loving father towards his son Alexander.
  • Batman:
    • When Barbara Gordon is being hijacked by Brainiac, her friend Black Canary uses a picture of Babs's beloved father Jim Gordon to help pull her back from oblivion. As she explains it, and as we see throughout the series, if there ever was a father, this man was it. Sometimes their relationship also verges over to Happily Adopted, but writers can never seem to agree on whether or not Barbara is Jim's biological daughter, his niece that he raised after her parents death, or a non-blood adoptee.
    • It varies a little Depending on the Writer but Thomas and Martha Wayne are usually depicted as truly loving of their son Bruce and truly good people. In most of the alternate universes where they survive, whatever the other consequences, it's taken as a given that Bruce would have a mostly happy childhood.
  • Blue Beetle: Bianca and Alberto Reyes, who provide support and guidance for their son Jaime in his career as a superhero.
  • Circles: Paulie and Douglas are good fathers to Douglas' son Jason and Jason loves them back.
  • Luke Cage and his wife Jessica Jones are dedicated to their daughter Danielle. Her safety is always their first priority, and when she was kidnapped by an alien infiltrator, Luke was willing to make a deal with Norman Osborn, at the time the most powerful man in America, for his help in getting her back.
  • Paperinik New Adventures has the Raider. Sure, he may be a time-traveling thief with shades of Blood Knight, but that's because he's a single father and cannot figure out another way to get the money to raise his son Trip-and the short stories starring him show that he's doing his utmost to make sure he grows up a honest man. Then there was the time Trip was kidnapped and brought to an alternative past and the Raider tracked him down there ready to annihilate the kidnapper... Or the fact it turned out a manouver to prevent the Raider from getting in the adventure he'd get killed on, as everyone knew he'd throw away everything for Trip.
  • You'd think his goofiness and madcap antics would make him a horrible parent, but Plastic Man is anything but. He loves his son VERY much and his son loves him back the same. Any moment in a comic with both of them at the same time is guaranteed D'awww!-inducing.
  • Done rather frighteningly in Runaways. All of the Pride are murderers, thieves, and backstabbers who quickly sign up to bring about the end of the world. When they have children, they love them and do their best to provide good futures for them... by which they mean that they will destroy everyone else on Earth and let their children inherit what is left. After they are defeated, the kids run into the past versions of Geoffrey Wilder and Mr. and Mrs. Yorkes, whose children both died. Upon learning of this, the parents are horrified and try their hardest to protect murdering those "responsible" for it.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Peter's adopted parents Uncle Ben and Aunt May were nurturing, supportive, and devoted to a boy who had a difficult time at school and had no friends growing up.
    • Despite being a murderous thug, Tombstone was actually a loving and supportive father to his daughter Janice in The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, even though he actively encouraged her fascination with crime. Even though he disapproved of her desire to be a supervillain (as he wanted her to be a mob lawyer), he never forbids her from pursuing her dream though he makes it clear that she's on her own.
    • In Alternate Universe continuities, Peter Parker and his wife, Mary Jane Watson, are also good parents to their children Mayday and little Benjy Parker, and Anna-May "Annie" Parker.
    • Miles Morales: Spider-Man's mom Rio is a doting, loving mom who is proud of what her son does as Spider-Man. After a few years' worth of character development, the same becomes true of his father Jefferson.
    • Norman Osborn is usually a terrible father, but in Spider-Man: The Animated Series Norman is a well-meaning case of When You Coming Home, Dad? who has an unfortunate knack for really bad decisions. He's still consumed by the Goblin persona.
  • Superman:
    • Superman's biological parents Jor-El and Lara considered him to the be the most important part of their lives and devoted all their efforts to his survival when Krypton was doomed.
    • Superman's adopted parents — Jonathan and Martha Kent — have likewise raised Clark Kent with the morals and conviction that made him Superman. Later when Superman and Lois Lane married, they are also good parents to their children in multiple continuities, like Chris Kent or Jonathan Samuel Kent.
    • In Superman (Rebirth), Clark and Lois are protective of their son Jon, but also see the potential and desire within him to become a great superhero. So rather than keep him hidden (which would likely force him to sneak out doing superheroics) or let him completely loose, superheroing becomes a family activity for them. Clark and Lo have basically taken the lessons learned from Ma and Pa Kent, and taken it to the next level with their son.
    • Pre-Crisis Supergirl has both her birth parents Zor-El and Allura In-Ze as well as her adoptive parents Fred and Edna Danvers, who really go out of their way to make sure that Kara isn't unhappy. Subverted in later continuities, though, in which Allura is emotionally abusive or Zor-El is manipulative.
    • In The Unknown Supergirl, Fred and Edna Danvers adopt Linda and immediately shower her with love and support. Later, when Linda reveals her powers to save their lives, the Danvers are shocked, but they note she saved them, and kindly ask for an explanation. Then they promise to keep her secret.
      Edna Danvers: To others, she's the world's greatest heroine, but she's more than that to us! She's the daughter we dearly love!
  • Teen Titans: Roy Harper definitely counts as a single father raising a little girl, Lian, who's been consistently written as an adorable, precocious, highly perceptive, and well-adjusted young child, not starved of love or attention despite the fact that her father is a superhero and has often required nannies and babysitters. There's also the fact that Roy never had to sacrifice parts of his personality to become a good father. This is in stark contrast to his mentor Green Arrow, a Jerkass with a Hidden Heart of Gold who only ever really knew how to be buddies and often left Roy to his own devices while doing his own thing, and Lian's mother Cheshire, a genocidal maniac and Manipulative Bitch who considers replacement pregnancies as a good way of getting out of blackmail.
  • Wonder Woman: Shockingly Ares seems to be a devoted and protective, if sometimes misguided, father to all his children (Eros, Harmonia, Deimos, Phobos, and Lyta) besides Hippolyta and her sisters, whose enmity with him stems from the earliest of DC's versions of the tale where he wasn't their father. It's his only consistent redeeming trait, excluding perhaps his enmity with the misogynistic serial rapist Zeus.
  • X-Men: Fantomex uses this on a clone of Apocalypse called Genesis to try to prove that evil isn't locked into one's genes in Uncanny X-force.
  • Young Avengers has the Kaplans, Wiccan's parents, who mistake his coming out as a superhero as a DIFFERENT kind of coming out and immediately invite his boyfriend into the family. Them being such good parents had also caused some backlash among the fans, since Billy became a Determinator over finding the Scarlet Witch, who thanks to chaos magic is also his and Tommy's mom. The fans are hoping that the Kaplans stay relevant, because they are good parents, even with Wanda back in the picture.
    • Happily, that seems to be the case in the next Young Avengers run. The Kaplans are indeed still very important, having taken in not only Teddy, but Billy's kinda sorta twin brother Tommy for a time as well. Teddy even points out how lucky Billy is to have the Kaplans and Wanda.

    Comic Strips 
  • Phoebe's parents in Phoebe and Her Unicorn. Word of God is that they were deliberately written this way in contrast to usual bickering Parents as People in other comic strips. They're involved in their daughter's life, support her in her unusual magical adventures, but do also set limits... and force her to take piano lessons.

    Fan Works 
  • Vernon and Petunia Dursley become this in A Better Man.
  • In The Bridge has several:
    • Mothra Lea's mother, the Mothra that fought Godzilla Senior in 1992, cared the world for her daughter in the short time she had and sacrificed herself to save her child.
    • Harmony the Nexus of Light Magic is Celestia and Luna's mother. She's been consistently watching over her daughters to ensure they were raised well and shaved off chunks of her power to make the Elements of Harmony for them to use.
    • Wysteria Daisy, Gloriosa Daisy and Timber Spruce's mother and the previous Gaea Everfree, was as much a dedicated mother and wife as she was effectively a superhero over twenty years before the present.
    • Azusa Gojo, while adoptive, was nothing short of an amazing mother to Godzilla Junior. Her patience, morals, and care are a major reason he grew up to become a hero. And when he's having a full mental breakdown and crisis, she was the only one able to calm him down.
  • The Child of Love: After having Teri, Shinji and Asuka try to be good parents for their kids. Shinji in particular was constantly tired during the first months because he was trying to combine parenting with school.
  • Michael and Carolyn Lestrade in Children of Time. Michael is not always around for his kids due to being a detective on the other side of the Atlantic, but he certainly had time to instill and cultivate a Sherlockian obsession in his eldest two children. Michael and Carolyn are still Happily Married with several children when their twenty-five-year-old daughter, Beth, can finally introduce them to her husband. Michael's first meeting with said husband, none other than Sherlock Holmes, turns out to be far less painful than Sherlock had anticipated, and much more fond.
  • In the original Dante's Night at Freddy's, Lucia is depicted as the better parent towards her and Dante's children, while Dante himself comes across as selfish and easily annoyed. However, when their daughter is dragged into the events of the sequel, Animatronic Boogaloo, Dante shows off a lot of Papa Wolf tendencies and that trying to hurt his kids is his most extreme Berserk Button.
  • They were only talked about on two or three occasions, but the parents of Kallian Tabris from Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns are said to be this (or to have been, since her mother Adaia is dead). In fact, King Cailan practically invokes this trope while dying, because she slapped his senses back into him so he could meet his end calmly, without being wrecked with guilt over having gotten his men killed. It is revealed that her father Cyrion spent most of one night talking to Faren, the dwarven commoner, when Kallian dragged him over to her home, so he could get a good idea of who his daughter had gotten involved with.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami has Dr Saeko Mizuno. She truly cares about her missing daughter and is willing to give magic a try if it means seeing her again. Once she does, she helps her with her Keeper business by giving medical advice; and happily adopts Tiger once she learns about her situation.
  • Elrond has been often portrayed as a loving father for all four of his children, including his adopted son Aragorn, as seen in such stories like An Eye For An Eye and Healing Hope. Woe be to any living being who dared threaten or hurt his children.
  • Some fanfiction has England and France be this to America and Canada for Hetalia Axis Powers. In Feverish, for example, both of them work together to help Canada survive the weird disease he suffers from.
  • In The First Saniwa, Yorimitsu's father Mitsunaka is one of the only two people nice to him in his childhood while the rest of his family mistreated him because of his magical gift.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Neither Shinji nor Asuka thought they were parent material, but they become this to Ryuko. They are loving and supportive, put her happiness first and they are pretty open-minded with her delinquent behavior during her teen years.
  • The Fentons in Harmless. They love and support their children. And they instantly accept Danielle as family.
  • Hellsister Trilogy has Fred and Edna Danvers, as well as Zor-El and Allura. The former try very hard to be caring and understanding to Linda. The latter are extremely supportive to Kara, and treat Power Girl as their kind of daughter when they meet her.
  • In Highly Questionable Decisions, Ragyou and Soichiro try to be but they verge on Parents as People, with Ryuuko's antics being exacerbating.
  • HERZ: Shinji and Asuka try to raise Akiko and later Sakiko at their best skill. Shinji desperately wants to be a good husband and father.
  • Zor-El and Allura In-Ze from Kara of Rokyn are loving and sweet parents who do their best to support and counsel their daughter.
    Zor-El: No man likes to see his daughter taking a pounding. Even though Kara's done her fair share of pounding, and more, I assure you. But I've come to accept it, and she needs our support. So she's got it, from myself and Allura. And we'll be there for her next match— and as many as we can make afterward.
  • From Kill la Kill AU, we have Ragyou and Soichiro, the former especially in a large divergence from her canon counterpart. In the contrast, she loves her children and, while she is eccentric in some regards, she has none of the abusive and downright creepy things that made the original Ragyo such a monster.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Kimyōna, Komisch, Caldo, a sequel to Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Germany, Italy, and Japan—all three of them—are this to Kugelmugel by the end of the story.
  • Kyon's parents in Kyon: Big Damn Hero are this, even while they are shown antagonistic to the SOS Brigade: in this case their behavior it's usually because they aren't told all the facts including he supernatural, because they fear their children's actions will lead them to similar errors than they made, or because Kyon or his sister were in real danger of being shot, kidnapped, etc.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton: Regardless of who he chooses, Danny and his chosen girl will grow up to be good parents to their kids.
  • New Beginnings (Smallville): As telling his parents about him being a time-traveller, Clark thanks them for everything they did for him.
    Clark Kent: "You guys are the best parents anyone, anywhere could ever ask for. I can honestly say, I wouldn't be the man I am today if it weren't for the both of you."
  • While Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has its fair share of Abusive Parents, there are many who are very supportive and loving to their children, such as Delia to Ash, Grace to Serena and Meyer to Clemont and Bonnie. A general rule in-story is that, if any parent has a bloodliner child and doesn't fall into Fantastic Racism, they're considered good ones.
  • In The Legend of Spyro fic The Portal, John and Sarah are this for Thomas Smith (aka Blizzard) by bringing their son's best friend Alex over to Russia to make him feel better.
    • When John and Sarah are both transformed into dragons upon their arrival in the Dragon Realms, John doesn't let his transformation concern him when he reunites with his son. Sarah, on the other hand...
  • In the Death Note fic Ragnarok Souichiro Yagami is this for Light. Light relates that his father "saved his life" when he caught onto his growing mental problems by pulling him out of school and worked with him to help his mind heal, giving him training that actually stimulated his genius and encouraging him to experience more of the world and just be a teenager for a while. He also suggested Light take on a quasi-legal hobby like hacking in order to train him out of his growing Black and White Insanity.
  • In Danny Phantom fanfic Resurrected Memories: The substitute music teacher Mrs. Murray seems to be a very loving and reasonably protective mother to both Zoe and Maggie.
  • The Rigel Black Chronicles has Harriett Potter being raised by both her parents, and despite not always understanding her deep and abiding love of potions, they really do care about her life and her wellbeing, support her goals (even when the technical details go over their heads), and try to protect her from a hazardous political landscape. Unfortunately, she still doesn't feel she can trust them with the ruse.
  • The Second Try has Shinji and Asuka of all people, become this. It is repeatedly lampshaded by themselves.
  • The main premise of Such A Doting Father is turning Enji and Rei Todoroki from an abuser and inadvertently neglectful (due to a mental breakdown) respectively, to considerate and doting, if amazingly embarrassing parents.
  • White Sheep (RWBY):
    • Nicholas Arc is repeatedly pointed out to be a wonderful father. He is careful to spend an equal amount of time with all his children (including his adoptive daughter Cinder) to avert Parental Favoritism, and doesn't care in the slightest that they're all inhuman monsters. The worst thing he ever did was tell his daughters to kill any boys who flirt with them.
    • Salem, the immortal Queen of the Grimm, is only a tad worse than her husband. Like Nicholas, she dotes on all her children, and even if they find it annoying how she constantly bugs them for grandchildren, her love for them is never questioned. Her only real flaw (besides a complete inability to punish her children) is that she is overprotective of her only son, refusing to let him leave home until he runs away.
    • Summer Rose and Taiyang Xiao-Long don't get much focus, but they're still examples. Summer died long before the start of the series, but her parenting style was apparently identical to Tai's, where she was always supportive of her children and on hand whenever they needed her. Near the end of the story, Yang specifically mentions that her dad always made sure she and her sister knew they were equal; when her dad bought her a motorcycle, he told her little sister that she'd get something similar when she was older.
  • Fate/Black Dawn: When Shirou meets Morgan le Faye's daughter Mordred, he immediately adopts her, spending much of his time making sure she is safe, happy, and healthy. It shouldn't be a surprise that she turns into a Daddy's Girl. Of course, Shirou being Shirou, he assumes that he's a mediocre father at best, and that the only reason Mordred likes him is because Morgan is even worse. Shirou drags Morgan into being a decent mother almost by accident.
  • What Lies Beneath: Hiccup and Astrid ensure that Zephyr is loved and supported, especially when Hiccup has Stoick to work from

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Book of Life, Carlos may have not supported Manolo's choice of a music career, but he raised his son with love and pride. He eventually sees Manolo's talent as an amazing one and apologizes for his initial harshness. Word of God even stated that Carlos stopped bullfighting after Carmen died so Manolo wouldn't be alone.
  • In Despicable Me, Gru doesn't start out this way, but by the end of the film, even his "Well Done, Son!" Guy mother is proud of his parenting skills.
  • Amazing parents from the Disney movies.
    • In Disney's Cinderella, it's implied that Cinderella's father was this, before he died.
    • Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast.
    • Mufasa in The Lion King (1994) is one of, if not THE best, fathers in any film, as he is wise, humorous, stern (when necessary), honest, protective, and royal. It's partly why his death is an infamous Tear Jerker. Even after his death, he continues to guide his son in spirit.
      • Although she doesn't get as much focus as Mufasa, Sarabi is also shown to be a loving parent to Simba. When Simba sees Scar smack her near the end, he loses his temper.
    • In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, there's Quasimodo's biological mother at the beginning. Her appearance is very brief since she gets killed by Frollo in the prologue but the way she's running from soldiers with the little helpless baby in her hands, while never giving up despite her chances of escape being hopeless, is certainly what a good parent would do.
    • Hercules, thanks to Adaptational Heroism, both Hera and Zeus are affectionate parents to their son, Hercules.
    • Considering the time period and culture, Mulan's parents deserve a mention considering they are very accepting of their daughter's quirks and genuinely want the best for her. And when she leaves to join the army, neither of them are mad so much as terrified for Mulan's safety.
    • Pacha and Chicha on The Emperor's New Groove, and the spin-off series The Emperor's New School.
    • The Princess and the Frog:
      • Tiana's parents are clearly loving, supportive, and moral. Both of them are willing to work hard to make sure their little girl has a better life, and never lose sight of the importance of love.
      • Charlotte aka Lottie's father is also a certified Doting Parent.
    • While they don't get much screen time, Rapunzel's parents from Tangled clearly loved their daughter and, after she was kidnapped, spent the next eighteen years trying to find her. Downplayed when they reunite though, as the King ended up being way too overprotective of his daughter to the point of confining her in the castle under maximum security protection (not unlike what Gothel did to Rapunzel) while the Queen just agreed to his decision but nevertheless, they did so under the misguided belief that their daughter would be kept safe from harm.
    • Anna and Elsa's parents from Frozen do their very best to protect their daughters and get Elsa to control her powers, until they are lost in a storm at sea. Mistakes are made, catastrophic ones, but every decision is made out of honest concern for their daughters' well being.
  • Dreamworks:
    • Shrek the Third When Fiona announces to Shrek that he is going to be a father, he is terrified because he thinks he will become an abusive father like his own father was to him. In the end, though, he proves to be a very good and loving father to his children.
    • In Mr. Peabody & Sherman, genius dog Mr Peabody is a loving father to Sherman, the human boy he adopted. (By contrast, in the original Rocky and Bullwinkle segments, Peabody treated Sherman more as a pet.)
  • Some good parents from Pixar:
    • Laurel Lightfoot in Onward. She’s a single mom who had to handle burying her husband, caring for a traumatized toddler, and having another baby all in a very short time frame. In the movie, you can tell she’s a loving mom who parents her boys differently according to their needs.
    • Bob and Helen Parr in The Incredibles. Bob may struggle with Parental Obliviousness sometimes, but definitely, by the end, he gets it. Helen, in a deleted scene, even talks about how being a good and loving parent can be just as important as superheroing when it comes to making the world a better place. Rock on.
      • In the sequel, Bob becomes a stay-at-home dad and handles it quite well. That is, until Jack-Jack develops over a dozen superpowers in one night and Violet's date gets his memory wiped.
    • Pixar's Brave has King Fergus and Queen Elinor (who falls into the My Beloved Smother territory, but genuinely loves and cares for her children).
    • Despite dealing with the stress of their recent move to San Francisco, Riley's parents on Inside Out support their daughter's hobbies and, when she has difficulty adjusting, try to determine what's bothering her without ever becoming stifling or intrusive. The way they comfort Riley after her aborted attempt to run away from home is a massive Tear Jerker.
    • Dory's parents in Finding Dory. It overlaps with Parents as People since they do sometimes struggle with raising a daughter who has a mental disability, but it's clear that they do their very best as they are caring and patient towards Dory even when she forgets, and love her dearly.
  • In The Secret of NIMH, widowed mouse Mrs Brisby is a gentle, kind mother who spends most of the film rescuing her endangered family.

    Films — Live Action 
  • Back to the Future:
    • After Marty influences the past events of his parents in 1955 and returns to his own time, George and Lorraine are seen as this, due to George having confidence in himself and Lorraine having a much more positive outlook on life.
    • As well, his parents were, at heart, basically good-hearted and had good intentions, to begin with, raising Marty to have a pretty strong sense of right and wrong that guides him through all three films. In the original timeline, George's main problem was having a pushover-type personality.
  • In Bad Moms, Amy starts out trying to fit this trope. She loves her children and does her best to help them get through school (including doing their homework). She is also a working mom, which results in her constantly being late for everything. Her husband is lazy and is revealed to be cheating on her with a dairy farmer over Skype. Eventually, the stress gets to her, and she snaps, forcing her kids to fend for themselves, blowing off her job, and starting to party with two other moms (one of whom also fits this trope, while the other one is an oversexed single mom, who constantly ignores her son). This puts her in conflict with Gwendolyn, the head of the PTA at her kids' school, who lords over all the moms with tyrannical efficiency. Eventually, Amy manages to convince all the moms at the school to start taking it easier to avoid this much stress. Also, her new hands-off approach with her kids bears fruit. Her son becomes a pretty good cook, and her daughter is far less stressed out over her chances of going to college (and she's only 12). She also hooks up with a widower, who also fits this trope (and finds the time to get rock-hard abs).
  • The Blind Side has Leigh Ann and Sean Touhy having a loving relationship with their daughter and son and later on with their adopted son Michael.
  • Cinderella (2015):
    • The King originally wants Kit to marry a princess for political strength, but then he (briefly) meets Cinderella and understands why Kit has fallen head-over-heels in love with her. His dying wish is for Kit to go and find her.
    • Cinderella's biological parents, naturally, before they die. Her mother encourages her imagination and teaches her to always be courageous and kind, while her father showers her with love and brings her presents from his travels. Even when he dies, he makes sure Ella gets the tree branch she asked of him.
  • In Coneheads, Beldar and Prymaat are such good parents that they give up their newly obtained privileged status on Remulak and fake their own deaths so that their daughter can have the life she wants on Earth. (As Beldar tells her, "After all, it's not every day that a father can give the world to his young one..."
  • The DC Extended Universe has no shortage of good parents:
    • Man of Steel has of course, the Kents, both of whom lovingly raised Clark to be a good person; with Martha continuing to be a constant source of guidance and moral support even after he becomes Superman as shown in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
      • Jor-El and Lara do everything they can to ensure Kal-El's survival and are clearly heartbroken at having to let him survive without them on a distant world; and on seeing him as an adult, even Jor-El's Virtual Ghost expresses wistful joy in finally seeing him having grown up. For an AI with his thoughts and memories to express such poignant emotion speaks volumes of the paternal love the real Jor-El had for his son.
    • Wonder Woman has Hyppolyta, who considers Diana her "greatest love"
    • Justice League: Henry Allen wants Barry to move on with his life instead of chasing cold leads trying to prove Henry's innocence.
    • Aquaman has Thomas Curry raising his son as a loving father and never spoke ill of his lover Atlanna who was forced to abandon them to protect them.
      • A villainous example is Jesse Kane and his son David. Jesse is clearly proud of his son and David would rather die than leave his father to his death (Jesse had to pull out a grenade to force David to leave him behind).
    • SHAZAM! has Victor and Rosa Vasquez, foster parents who treat the kids as their own, encourage them to see each other as a real family and show considerable patience with newcomers who've experienced the darker side of the system.
  • Donnie Darko: You'd think it would be the kind of movie where the parents are dysfunctional and Stepford Smiler, but Donnie's parents are loving and understanding, and he seems to love them back in his own way.
  • Olive's parents in Easy A are happily married, very supportive of their children and treat their adopted son no different than their natural daughter. Olive's mother provides sage advice when Olive has to clean up the mess she's made of her own reputation.
  • Final Destination 2: In a film series where parents are generally left offscreen, Nora Carpenter and Mr Corman from the second movie are two examples.
  • Godzilla may be a city-destroying monster, but he genuinely loves his son. In Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, he actually mourns Junior's death.
  • Jack and Caroline Ryan in The Hunt for Red October count. Jack never forgets his daughter's teddy bear even when preventing World War III.
  • Played with in Jurassic World. And oddly enough, it's the dinosaurs who are the main focus in this case, with several comparisons being drawn between Owen Grady's and Henry Wu's dino-parenting styles. While Papa Wolf Owen genuinely cares for his four Velociraptors and does everything he can to properly raise them, it's revealed that Henry Wu kept the I. rex in complete isolation and treated her like a disposable experiment instead of a living, feeling animal. Owen outright says that this treatment and parenting style has turned her into an Ax-Crazy psychopath.
    • The mated pair of T. Rexes from The Lost World: Jurassic Park absolutely dote on their baby. When the humans injure the baby and remove it from their nest they go full Mama Bear and Papa Wolf to get it back. At the end of the movie the father T. Rex is shown teaching the baby how to hunt using Ludlow as a target.
  • Bertie and Elizabeth in The King's Speech do their best to spend time with their two daughters, particularly Bertie who is a Doting Parent. Likewise with Lionel and his wife with their children. The scene where Lionel's sons guessed which Shakespeare character Lionel was playing was just adorable.
  • The 2012 film adaptation of the long-running Les Misérables musical prominently features Hugh Jackman portraying Jean Valjean as a completely caring and devoted father to his adopted child Cosette, who dearly loves her step-father back.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Rhomann Dey in Guardians of the Galaxy is a Space Cop, Reasonable Authority Figure, and Friendly Enemy to our heroes (who are former criminals or outlaws, especially Peter Quill). Later, he personally said he's grateful to them because they helped to protect Xandar and thus saving his daughter's life in the process.
    • Frigga in both Thor and Thor: The Dark World is very loving and caring to her two sons, including Loki who was adopted and not Asgardian.
    • Scott Lang of Ant-Man is possibly the best father in the entire MCU. He adores his daughter Cassie, tries to set a good example of behavior for her, enjoys playing with her to the point that he constructed a play-fort that spans his entire house (he couldn't take her out due to being under house arrest at the time), is always available when she needs him (even if he's been captured by a villain) and while he encourages her heroic desire to help others, he doesn't make her his partner or sidekick or anything like that because it would be far too dangerous for a ten year old. In Ant-Man and the Wasp he tells Hope that Cassie was what kept him going when he was in prison, and her calling for him during the climax of the first movie was what helped him escape from the Quantum Realm.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark, after years of Character Development and practice mentoring a teenager has matured into an excellent parent to his daughter Morgan. She takes after and loves her father who dotes on her in return. Which makes it all the more tragic that he dies when she's only four.
  • Poltergeist: Steve and Diane Freeling are loving and devoted parents to their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne. When Carol Anne is pulled into another dimension by angry spirits, they don't hesitate to battle the supernatural and cross over into the other realm to get her back.
  • Stephanie Smothers of A Simple Favor, despite the name, is an extremely devoted, loving, and competent single mother to her son, Miles. She actually has to be told not to sign up to volunteer for every activity his school hosts, and she also runs a vlog about parenting on the side. When her best friend Emily disappears, she steps up to help take care of her son Nicky while his father works, driving the boys to and from school, fixing dinner, and tucking them in. She also comforts Nicky when Emily is believed to have died, not even getting angry with him when the poor boy takes out his grief by punching Miles.
  • In This Is England, a troubled boy becomes friends with a group of supportive older teens. After the teens give the boy a stylish haircut, his furious mother confronts the teens and scolds them for overstepping their bounds. Once she's made herself clear, however, she acknowledges that the teens have been a positive influence on her son and allows them to continue socializing.
  • Used in Tragedy Girls to make the point that our Villain Protagonists do not have a Freudian Excuse. Their parents are loving, affectionate, and concerned for their well-being... and yet they grew up to be remorseless serial killers anyway. That said, it appears the girls do love their parents back, at least a little.

  • Geppetto in The Adventures of Pinocchio. He doesn't get along with children and he is extremely poor, but he does his best to care about Pinocchio. He gives Pinocchio his breakfast so Pinocchio satisfies his hunger, he makes his best with newspaper and dough to make elegant clothes for Pinocchio and he sells his coat to buy Pinocchio an alphabet, and it is winter in that moment.
  • Anne of Green Gables:
    • Marilla Cuthbert becomes this. Sadly, it's not until after her brother Matthew dies that she's able to tell Anne how much Marilla loves the girl.
    • Matthew also. Because Marilla assumed the role of disciplinarian, he decided he was free to spoil her whenever he got the chance, and clearly delighted in doing so.
    • Also, Anne and Gilbert; their children adore them.
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm: In her previous life, Myne was a Bookworm first and foremost. However, the arts and crafts she did during her childhood turn out to be just as useful to her new life, if not more. Her previous life's mother including her in her Fleeting Passionate Hobbies is the reason she knows said arts and crafts. Myne otherwise rembers her fondly, and her main regrets in the sudden end of her previous life is never getting to tell her goodbye or repay her for her efforts in raising her.
  • Papa and Mama Bear from The Berenstain Bears.
  • A Brother's Price: The Whistler mothers, and recently deceased father are/were good parents. They are absent for most of the plot, but the way in which the elder siblings take over their role clearly shows that they had a good role model.
  • Reuven Malter's father David in The Chosen.
  • Christopher and Millie in the Chrestomanci series.
  • City of Bones by Martha Wells: Sagai and Miram are Happily Married and take good care of an ever-growing, close-knit brood of children. They also look after the neighbourhood's children.
  • In the Clémentine books, Clementine's parents are portrayed fairly strongly as this. They are willing to help Clementine with her problems, though without being intrusive. They make time for family things and they can be funny. They're not perfect by any means, but they very much come across as warm and loving.
  • In the Confessions, Monica prays constantly for her wicked son, but never denies him his freedom or grows angry at him the whole time. Since she's literally a saint, it's to be expected.
  • Dinosaur from Dinosaur Vs is adopted by a human couple, who are very good at raising him. His adoptive mother wins in "Dinosaur vs. Mommy" just by kissing him.
  • Discworld:
    • Sybil and Samuel Vimes are excellent examples of parents who truly love their children. The latter even is so devoted towards the happiness of his son it becomes heartwarming and awesome.
    • The same can be said for Tiffany Aching's mum and dad. Especially dad.
  • Michael and Charity Carpenter in The Dresden Files.
    • As of Changes, Harry Dresden and Susan Rodriguez. Sure, neither got much chance to do a lot of actual parenting, but both of them go to amazing lengths to keep their daughter away from their enemies. And when that failed? Well, let's just say you can't exactly ask her kidnappers how that went. Kinda hard to question the dead, you see.
    • Based on Harry's reminiscences, his father was basically the only good thing to happen in his life before he turned sixteen and met Ebenezar, who was also one of these (though there were some later complications with Eb's secrets coming up). Harry even comments that while Malcolm Dresden managed to provide for the two of them adequately, they lived in Perpetual Poverty because the man usually gave the bulk of his money to charity. Having such a role model definitely impacted Harry.
  • Park's parents in Eleanor & Park. He has arguments with them sometimes, like any other teenager, but for the most part they are reasonable, caring and supportive. Park's dad tells Eleanor she's always welcome at their house after he finds out that her stepfather is Richie, who he knows is a short-tempered alcoholic. At the end, he even lets Park use his truck to drive Eleanor to her uncle in Minnesota, after he finds out that Richie threatened her.
  • The Emberverse features a number of these; especially notable are Chuck and Judy Barstow Mackenzie, whose children include both the biological and the Happily Adopted.
  • Family Skeleton Mysteries: Phil and Dab Thackery, Georgia and Deborah's parents, who are incredibly supportive of both of them (and their granddaughter Madison). They also happily welcomed Sid into the family when he turned up on their doorstep and consider him as much a part of the family as their daughters, though they didn't pay as much attention to him as he would have liked in later years (at least, until Georgia and Madison moved back in). Georgia herself also counts for Madison.
  • Flawed: Despite having been in a position of comfort and wealth before Celestine got branded, her parents remain completely supportive of her, and go out of their way to keep her safe and happy. Her mother goes so far as to quit her modeling job if it meant supporting the people who hurt her daughter, and makes sure she won't be abused by her homeschool teacher, after getting expelled from her highschool.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Arthur and Molly Weasley — a bit overprotective, but never unreasonably so. It's ironic to realize that the manner in which Harry's horrible Aunt Petunia dotes on Harry's bullying and spoiled cousin Dudley is very much like how Molly dotes on Harry — constantly praising him for the smallest things (the state of his socks for one notable example), insisting he have third or fourth helpings of food and even refusing to blame him for any mischief he's involved in. Not once in the entire series, in fact, has either of the Weasley parents ever even spoken to Harry harshly!
    • Xenophilius Lovegood as well. Even if he goes Knight Templar Parent and is willing to sell Harry out, he does it only so his beloved daughter Luna won't be in danger.
    • James Potter and Lily Evans-Potter are implied to have been this before their deaths. Also, they died for Harry.
    • Hermione's parents; we don't see much of them, but we know that they're very accepting of their daughter's extraordinary abilities. She loves them so much that she makes them forget she exists and move to Australia, just to protect them from the Death Eaters..
    • Despite their beliefs, the Malfoys really care for Draco and would do close to everything for him. In fact, their dedication to each other and the fact that it is much stronger than their loyalty to Voldemort is what redeems them in the end.
    • The Distant Epilogue shows that Harry and Ginny, as well as Ron and Hermione, grow up to be this for their own children.
  • While Starr's parents in The Hate U Give are flawed and have their disagreements, they are also funny, warm, self-sacrificing, and love each other and their children fiercely.
  • In The Haunting, Barney has good parents in his father and step-mother, and it's later revealed that his mother was also a very loving parent before she died in childbirth. When Cole threatens to take away Barney, his very pregnant step-mother immediately steps forward, ready to lay her life down for her stepson.
  • In How To Be Comfortable In Your Own Feathers, the bird's mother is a very supportive mother and gives the bird a pep talk about being true to themselves.
  • In If I Stay, Mia Hall's parents are loving and supportive of both their children.
  • Most of the parents in John Green's novels are this, especially Quentin's parents in Paper Towns (partly because they are psychologists) and Hazel's parents in The Fault in Our Stars.
  • The Kane Chronicles has Julius and Ruby Kane, the parents of the heroes Carter and Sadie Kane, both of which sacrificed themselves for the greater good of the world, but continued to live on in spirit, Julius as the god Osiris and Ruby as a ghost of sorts. Julius expresses a sentiment similar to the page quote, that the dreams that they had are their children's dreams now.
  • Ava's father and stepmother in The Kingdom of Little Wounds, especially for the time period. They continue to support Ava even after she nearly ruined the family by miscarrying in public.
  • Much of the story of the books of Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama is about the warm relationship between Llama Llama and his Mama Llama, while Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too is about Nelly having a fun day with her father making a box fort. In the Animated Adaptation, Mama Llama is considered such an important character that her voice actress was the first to be announced and a celebrity voice actor at that, Jennifer Garner.
  • The Loyal Enemies follow-up novella A Trap for a Necromancer reveals that Shelena and her Love Interest from the main book do indeed have a child and both are shown to be doting parents, though a bit quirky in the latter's case. Roim is always safe, fed and showered with love, and even though Shelena occasionally reminds herself to not be overbearing, she just can't help adoring her son.
  • Northanger Abbey: Catherine's parents, Mr and Mrs Morland are loving, reasonable and responsible people who value happiness of all their children. Mr Morland is best characterized by the response he sends to James following his engagement to Isabella Thorpe; a girl he loves but who has no dowry. James and Catherine think that their father is both supportive and fair, while the Thorpes think Mr Morland is being mean and should give them more. Mrs Morland is very good, practical and kind, though she fails to see that Catherine is actually lovesick when she returns home from her stay in Bath and at the Abbey. She's very nice to Henry when she welcomes him to the family and does not hold his father's rudeness to Catherine against him.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians has a long tradition of nasty and/or neglectful parental figures, with only a few exceptions. The most prominent is Sally Jackson, who does everything she can to protect her son and generally keep him sane when she can't do that.
  • Harti and Khiri in Phenomena were Born into Slavery. So when their Son And Daughter Are Born they let a wizard living near their village adopt them so they grow up happily and free. When they meet again 14 years later are they overjoyed to see their children again. But as their children are The Chosen Ones to free their people must they part again until their mission is accomplished.
  • Piers and Ilane of Mindelan in the Protector of the Small series. They're kind, loving, and supportive to Kel in her dream to become a knight when few other noble parents would be willing to let their daughters try for that.
  • In The Red Abbey Chronicles, the protagonist mentions that her father gave the children his food portion during a hunger winter, and that her parents decided to send her away because they knew she's have enough to eat at the Red Abbey. She is shocked when a friend tells her that her father beat her.
  • Almost every parent created by Rosemary Wells depending on the book you read.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, Daylen fondly remembers his loving parents even in his old age, crediting his upbringing with how he became such a talented engineer, with similar good memories of when he and his beloved wife were this for their two children. As Tellos is a Crapsack World, none of this happiness lasted: Daylen was forced to kill his parents after they were corrupted into Shade, and Daylen's own children were later murdered by the aristocracy along with his wife, serving as his Start of Darkness.
  • Six of Crows: Colm Fahey. He's made mistakes, but always had Jesper's best interests at heart. He may not be proud of where his son's ended up or everything he's done but makes clear that he still loves and supports Jesper.
    Wylan: You gave him someone to run to. No matter what he did or what went wrong. I think that’s bigger than the big mistakes.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has several, even for the issues of many, many, many, parents beings the exact opposite.
    • Ned Stark should get a freaking medal for being a decent, loving, protective father to his six kids in a Crapsack World where most noble families view their children as merchandise or nuisances.
    • Oberyn Martell (aka "The Red Viper") deserves a mention, as he was known to be a very good father to his eight bastard daughters, the Sand Snakes. His mistress Ellaria Sand (the mother of his four youngest daughters) counts as well.
    • From the accounts given of him, Brienne of Tarth's father Selwyn Tarth was a decent parent who treated his daughter well and gave her a privileged life, allowing her to train to be a knight.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus Finch is a single parent example. He treats his children with nothing but love and respect, and a big part of his character is that he refuses to do anything that would lower himself in the eyes of Scout and Jem. For their part, his children adore him just as much — they're willing to face down a lynch mob for him.
  • Gregor and Boots' parents in The Underland Chronicles, though their father is mysteriously missing in Gregor the Overlander, and their mother is a Missing Mom for most of the last three books.
  • Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan in Vorkosigan Saga. In this they compliment each other as Aral is the stern but affectionate role-model and teacher whereas Cordelia is the comfortor and nurturer. Aral would be the one who helps Miles get on a horse and Cordelia the one who patches him up after he falls so that Miles can get on the horse again.
  • In Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell is determined to be the opposite of his own brutal father. He wants his son to be a gentleman, encourages his older daughter's keen intellect, and constantly worries that he's a good enough parent. He's devastated when his two daughters die in the sweating sickness. He also treats his ward Rafe and nephew Richard as though they're his own sons, even supporting Rafe's choice of a poor widow as a bride after some thought.
  • Young Bond: This novel series, featuring Ian Fleming's secret agent James Bond as a young teenage boy attending school at Eton College in the 1930s, shows that his parents were caring and protective of him. 007 enjoyed sailing together with his father Andrew and took him to business trips, and when Bond was injured in a sailing trip, his mother Monique embraced him while he was recuperating.
  • Takashi Yanase:

    Live-Action TV 
  • 7th Heaven.
    • Not necessarily, as some people see Annie Camden as a potential Abusive Parent instead. She's got good intentions, but some of her punishments (like sending their kids to the garage without any supplies) can be pretty bad.
    • And then there's Eric's hilarious overreaction to finding out that Matt had a joint in their house.
  • 30 Rock: Tracy and Angie Jordan. While Tracy's Cloud Cuckoo Lander status makes for some strange child-rearing ideas, it's clear that he's both a committed husband and a devoted father who genuinely loves his two sons.
    "If anything happens to me, promise you'll take care of my sons. I don't want them to have to go to college!"
  • The Addams Family: Gomez and Morticia Addams are great parents. Despite being "altogether ooky", they are still a Happily Married couple who love and adore their kids. They have rules like any other family and enjoy a lot of quality time with one another. When a truant officer comes to the house to ask why Pugsley and Wednesday aren't enrolled in public school, Gomez is horrified at the idea of being apart from them all day— "What's the point of having children, if you're just going to get rid of them?"— because that's how much he loves spending time with his son and daughter. (It's also adorable to watch him mope about having no one to play with.)
  • Angel:
    • In the this universe, good parents are extremely rare, with Fred being the only main character whose parents are truly loving. Lampshaded when this fact is revealed, as the gang spend the entire episode thinking Fred's parents are abusive or out to harm the terrified Fred, only to discover Fred's terror was rooted in her having failed to become a brilliant physicist due to traumatic and tragic events and therefore thinking her parents would view her as a failure. Fred's parents don't care — they only want her to be happy and healthy, are very proud to have a daughter who is willing to help people in need, and leave the gang stunned by how normal and wonderful they really are.
    • Fred herself also acts as one to Angel's son Connor while Angel is temporarily imprisoned and Connor's surrogate mom Cordelia becomes a Higher Power.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon Cooper's mother is a wonderful mother from everything we've seen, with the exception of how okay she is with other children bullying her son. She knows full well how much of a JerkAss Sheldon can be, but it's obvious that she loves and supports him, even if she doesn't really understand what he's on about at the time. Besides, she knows how to deal with Sheldon better than anyone else. There's a reason she's the first one Leonard calls when he needs back-up.
  • Blossom's dad Nick on Blossom (albeit with shades of Overprotective Dad).
  • Boy Meets World has Alan and Amy, Cory's parents. Not only are they Happily Married and good parents to their three (and later four) biological kids, they also are surrogate parents to Shawn and Topanga, to the point where Alan risks a lawsuit by physically attacking a cult leader who brainwashes Shawn.
  • The Brady Bunch: Mike and Carol are caring parents who aren't afraid to lay down the law when necessary.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The fact that Joyce Summers manages to give Buffy exactly the half-loving/half-stern talk that she needs after her vampire boyfriend's gypsy curse turns him evil, despite NOT KNOWING THAT THAT WAS WHAT HAD HAPPENED, speaks volumes.
    • Not to mention Papa Wolf Giles. Their surrogate relationship builds slowly and subtly at first, but really becomes clear in the episode where her agrees to go to the Ice-Capades with her (there was a lot more going on between them in that episode, but this ultimate outcome was very touching).
  • The Turners on Call the Midwife. While their family is... unconventional, to say the least, they're wonderful parents who, though they occasionally make mistakes, clearly love all their children, whether genetic or adopted.
  • The title character of Castle. He's immature in a lot of ways, but he's a great father to his daughter Alexis.
  • Dexter: Considering his son was a sociopath, Harry Morgan did a wonderful job raising Dexter. Not so much with his daughter, but still. However, as the show's gone on, it's been shown that Harry was very wrong about Dexter in several aspects — for example, thinking he would never be able to form emotional connections with others — and a fair few viewers are wondering, if he'd gotten medical treatment for Dex instead of encouraging his desire for violence, would Dexter still have his "Dark Passanger"? And then there was the part where he coached Dexter to kill people and then killed himself 'cause Dex actually did it, abandoning both his emotionally damaged children. At least he was trying to do the right thing.
  • Many older sitcoms such as Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver present parents like this.
  • The Flash (2014): Joe West is an amazing father to Iris, Barry, and Wally. His parenting is even more impressive given that he was left a single father after Iris's drug-addict mother abandoned them, he took young Barry in after Barry's mother was killed and his father imprisoned, and Joe didn't even know Wally existed until the later was a young man which made developing a relationship difficult. Despite all that, all three kids would agree that Joe is a pretty great dad.
  • Freaks and Geeks shows parents that are corny, ridiculous, care for their children, care for each other, can be hurt by their children, have heartwarming moments, and are nothing less than fully fleshed out characters.
  • Philip and Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air are this to their own four children AND their goofy nephew. Uncle Phil's concern in the episode where Will's absentee father returns is very touching. And his reunion with Will after the jerk ditches him again might count as a heartwarming moment if it weren't so sad at the same time. His verbal beatdown of Lou is the perfect personification of what being a good, responsible parent really entails.
    Uncle Phil: (yelling at Lou) Oh bull, bull! Will is not a coat that you hang in the closet, then pick it up when you're ready to wear it. His life goes on. He's not supposed to be here for you, you're supposed to be here for him!
  • On Friday Night Lights, Eric and Tami Taylor and Corinne Williams are Good Parents, though there are plenty of lousy parents to go around.
  • Full House:
    • Danny, Jesse, and Joey are all loving father figures to Danny's daughters. Danny brings Jesse — his daughters' uncle — and Joey, Danny's college friend, to help raise the girls after the death of his wife, who is implied to have been this as well.
    • Rebecca later acts as surrogate mom to the girls.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Ned Stark is one of the only fathers in this setting who is not an asshole to his children, but is actually a loving and protective parent who raises his kids well. All six of his kids (one of whom is his nephew — Jon Snow — but Ned raises and loves Jon as his own child and claims him as his illegitimate son to protect him from the current ruling regime) love Ned and look up to him, keeping his memory alive long after his death.
    • Davos Seaworth is also a good father to his own child and to the children he acts as a second father figure to. He loves Stannis Baratheon's daughter Shireen like his own daughter and later, likewise acts in a fatherly role for Jon Snow whose father is now dead and Gendry, who never knew his father. This trope is discussed for tragedy In-Universe with Salladhor Saan after the death of Davos's son Mathos.
      Saan: But Davos, you were a good father.
      Davos: If I was a good father, he'd still be here.
    • Tytos Lannister is remembered fondly as a parent by Tywin, who even breaks out a rare smile whilst reminiscing about him. However, his skills as a liege Lord left much to be desired, especially in his elder son's eyes. A fact that drove Tywin to be a strong ruler who distanced himself emotionally from his children.
  • Hannah's parents in Girls. Although the set-up for the series is their tough-but-fair decision to cut off her allowance so she'll start standing on her own feet, they remain a supportive influence and safety net for her, which she fluctuates between ignoring completely and taking for granted. Also an example of Parents as People.
  • Glee:
    • Burt Hummel may be a flannel-wearing, football-loving car mechanic (played by Mike O'Malley, no less) but he still loves his flamboyant gay son Kurt to bits. Their relationship is one of the strongest in the series.
    • Carole is this to Finn.
  • The Golden Girls has this with Sophia, who is both Dorothy's actual mother, and a mother-figure to Blanche and Rose. Dorothy and Rose are also shown to be good parents, as are Stan and Miles (their ex-husband and beau, respectively). Blanche, however, averts this.
  • Good Times: Florida and James Evans. Despite often being met with with hard times they still manage to be devoted and loving parents to their three children.
  • Home Improvement: Tim and Jill Taylor raise three sons and love them no matter what they do.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Marshall loved his parents and often asked advice from them though his mother never gets along with his wife, Lily. When his father died of a heart attack, Marshall was devastated until Lily became pregnant, which gave him a realization to become a good father like his dad.
    • Barney and James' mother, Loretta. Despite that she lied about some things during their children such as the identities of their biological fathers, the lies that she made were just to make them happy and she knew that at some time, her sons would still be asking about their dads.
    • Marshall and Lily were on the process on becoming this when their son, Marvin Jr. was born. This also made them worried on who will take care of Marvin when something bad happened to them which got them to put up a ridiculous game show on who among their three best friends are best in being godparents and in the end, they decided to let all of them as godparents.
  • Katie Morag has lovely parents. Her mum can be a bit ditzy though.
  • Don and Glenda Fry in Mortified. Even though Taylor generally regards them as Amazingly Embarrassing Parents, she realises in "Taylor's Song" (the final episode) that while her family might not perfect, they are perfect for her.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: Inspector Brackenreid and his wife Margaret are shown to be very caring and loving parents to their sons Johnny and Bobby. John especially appears in lots of B-plot stories. In one episode, the inspector proudly anticipates seeing John perform in an amateur play, bragging about family talent because he also loves theatre, but afterwards he's disturbed that his son portrayed a female character and seemed to embrace the role. He's worried he might be gay, which is understandable, considering the homophobia of the era. Finally Brackenreid has a fatherly chat with his son, reassuring the boy that he can pursue his true interests and still have his parents' love and approval. A similar bonding moment happens when teenage John gets drunk for the first time. The inspector is mostly amused because he's a heavy drinker himself and copes with it just fine, but when Murdoch and Dr. Ogden remind him that alcohol doesn't agree with many and that his wife is understandably upset, he talks with Johm and advises him not to drown his youth in alcohol.
  • NUMB3RS: Don and Charlie's parents, Alan and Margaret Eppes definitely are this, especially with the differences that came with having a Child Prodigy as a son. Margaret herself went with Charlie when he went to college at 13 and even now as adults, Alan gives his sons plenty of advice and assistance while serving as Team Dad from time to time to Don's co-workers and even as an older brother figure to Charlie's other father figure, Larry. Alan note  admits that they didn't always get it right, especially when it came to balancing Charlie's needs against Don's, but they did about as well as anyone could have expected.
  • Sandy and Kirsten Cohen, Seth's parents on The O.C., who also become Parental Substitutes for Ryan.
  • The Outpost: From what little's shown, Talon's birth mother was a kind, devoted parent. So were her adopted ones, although again only briefly seen. Gwynn's foster father is also great with her.
  • Burt and Virginia Chance on Raising Hope aren't the brightest tools in the shed and enjoy poking fun at their son, but they genuinely love him and help him become a Doting Parent with his daughter.
  • Riverdale:
    • Fred Andrews, Archie's father, is calm and supportive of his son in all things. The worst he ever does is emphasize Archie's football over his music—and when this Double Standard is pointed out to him, he immediately rectifies it by soundproofing the garage for Archie to practice in.
    • Fred stands out so much because every other parent in the show is so horrible. Veronica's mother is a borderline Evil Matriarch who is slowly drawing Veronica into the family's criminal activities, but she still manages to be the second best parent on the show simply by virtue of not actually being abusive.
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures is full of them. The title character herself is a good parent to her adopted teenaged-appearing son Luke. Maria's father Alan, and later Rani's parents Haresh and Gita, are the emotional rocks for their respective daughters and much loved by them despite sometimes being embarrassing. Even Clyde's mother, who only has a handful of appearances, is established as a good mother to him during those few appearances. (His father, though...)
  • Schitt's Creek plays with the concept in a number of ways.
    • Johnny and Moira were neglectful parents of young David and Alexis, even though they saw their children were well cared-for via nannies and material goods. The show's story largely centers around Johnny and Moira realizing their mistakes and trying (with varied degrees of success) to become better parents to their (now adult) children.
    • Roland and Jocelyn were more traditional parents to Mutt, but at the beginning of the series, they have made enough mistakes so that Roland and Mutt are estranged. When they have a late in life son, they are seen to be devoted parents to little Roland Jr.
    • Patrick had ideal and loving parents in Marcy and Clint, but this is what makes it more difficult for Patrick to come out to them. College-aged David relished causing his parents stress and flaunted his menage a trois to Johnny and Moira, but Patrick worries about telling Marcy and Clint for fear he will disappoint them or they will see him differently. Thankfully, they react with love and acceptance.
  • In The Secret World of Alex Mack, Alex's parents are still together, still there for her, and still trying to shape her into a good person. The fact that she matures and becomes a better person over the course of the show tells us that they're doing a good job. Still, there's that whole 'I got contaminated by GC-161 and got superpowers from it' thing that she hasn't gotten around to telling them, until the series finale...
  • On Selfie, Charmonique the receptionist is a single mother who is shown to be hard-working at her job and at home, being a nice and loving parent. She's not perfect-she feeds son Kevin almost exclusively chicken nuggets, but truly cares about her son and it is implied rarely goes out, or if she does-takes Kevin with her. Eliza (probably not the best judge, but still) calls her the best mom ever.
  • Sherlock: Sherlock sees John and Mary as this, and it's revealed in "The Sign of Three" since they've had practice....with him. Even though Sherlock's parents seem to be friendly, and could possibly count, we never see them until the "His Last Vow" episode and Sherlock didn't think that his mother understood him as well. Also, his older brother kind-of raised Sherlock to be an arsehole, and Sherlock considers himself to be an idiot in comparison to Mycroft, and vice versa. Mycroft considers Sherlock to be an idiot in comparison to him.
  • Skins has very few good parents. In Generation 1, you get extremes like Cassie's parents (who are too busy having sex to look after their kids and Chris's parents, who leave their son on his own, but Tony, Sid, Michelle, and Jal all also have less than desirable home lives. Therefore, seeing that Maxxie and Anwar both have Good Parents who are both there, both loving, and both attentive (though not without flaws) is a bit unusual.
    • Generation 2, similarly, has a range between good parents (Pandora's mother, Thomas's mother), Parents as People (Emily and Katie's parents, Effy's parents, Freddie's dad), and terrible parents (Cook's parents).
    • Generation 3, meanwhile, has a bit more of a positive light on parents (although that's not saying much in this series): Franky's dads are fantastic and loving to her, even when she goes into a mental tailspin. The rest almost all fall into some shade of Parents as People, with Alo's parents being strict but well-meaning, Mini's mother and stepfather generally doing their best (her real father is trash, however), and Grace's parents being extremely overprotective but meaning well. Meanwhile, Mr. Levan encourages Nick's Jerk Jock behaviour and emotionally abuses Matty, Rich has a frosty relationship with his dad, and Alex's father is a controlling and distant jerk.
  • Smallville has Jonathan and Martha Kent being just as good as their comic counterparts.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • Beverly Crusher balances being CMO of the Enterprise-D while raising a teenaged boy. When he's injured at Starfleet Academy, her immediate concern is his well-being, even though the Academy's medical staff is top-notch.
    • Sergey and Helena Rozhenko took in an orphaned Klingon child and raised him as their own. Worf may not be blood, but his values and his sense of right and wrong come from them. The bond is so strong that Guinan tells them that when Worf looks for "home", he does not look to the Klingon Empire, but rather to them.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine':
    • Benjamin Sisko is an excellent father in between running Deep Space Nine and trying to keep his crew together. His relationship with Jake is one of the most consistently heartwarming things on the show. It runs in the family, as Benjamin himself has a very supportive father, one who is also a very good grandfather to Jake.
    • Nog and his father Rom have this type of relationship as well. Rom has very low self-esteem because he has no head for business — a disaster for a Ferengi. Put Nog's happiness or well-being on the line, however, and Rom turns into a Papa Wolf, as Quark learned the hard way upon sabotaging Nog's attempt to pass the Starfleet Academy entrance exam. Despite having been abandoned by his mother for profit, Nog is loyal to his father, proud of him when he finds his feet as a very talented engineer, and completely accepts Leta when she becomes his step-mother.
  • Stranger Things has Joyce Byers, while a bit scatter brained and not quite all there at times, is very supportive of her youngest son, Will's, interests which others view as "nerdy" and supports her other son, Jonathan, in his pursuit to attend NYU. She also refuses to give up looking for Will even when it appears all hope is lost and is costing her her sanity.
    • Chief Hopper was this with his daughter as well, before she died of cancer.
    • Mike and Nancy's parents also qualify, with their mother, Karen, telling her children they can always talk to her and takes a vested interest in their lives and issues. Their father, Ted, while somewhat oblivious, is a caring father as well.
  • Carrie Martin from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody is a doting mother to her twin boys Zack and Cody. And while he may not be around to see them often due to being a rock star, their father does very much love and care for his sons.
    • Mr. Mosby is a Good Parental Substitute to London Tipton, whose own father is never around, and never gets a chance to become close to her various stepmothers before her father divorces them. More or less lampshaded a couple times. In the episode where London is learning to drive, Mr. Moseby offers to teach her, having mentioned that he helped her take her first steps across the hotel as well as how to ride a bike and how to rollarblade. London herself is aware of this as she comments how Mr. Mosby is in her family album more than her father or any of his wives. He is usually the one to talk her down from a tantrum (if Maddie isn't available), comforts her when she's sad, and when London graduates school, the two share a tearful goodbye and promise to always remain in touch, while London's birth parents are nowhere to be found.
  • While most parents in Supernatural are either bad parents or dead or both, a few major exceptions stand out. There is Ellen Harvelle who protects and supports her daughter Jo, Linda Tran, who despite starting out as a typical Asian mother evolves into a Mama Bear, and Lisa Braeden, who is willing to call out Dean to protect her son. There is also Bobby Singer who, while not a conventional father, is still a far better father to the boys than John ever was after Mary's death, even going out of his way to try and give Sam and Dean as many "regular snot-nosed brat"note  moments as he could. It is also revealed that he never had children of his own because he was terrified of becoming abusive like his own father was to him, although he clearly defies that trope when it comes to his treatment of the Winchesters.
  • Teen Wolf: Surprisingly for a show of this kind, almost all of the parents who appear or are mentioned onscreen fall into this category. Despite having a Disappeared Dad, Scott's mother clearly loves him and works long hours at the hospital to provide for him; Stiles' father accepts his Genius Ditz son for who he is and often shows pride or affection towards him; and Allison's parents both care for her a great deal. Even Lydia's divorced mother and Jackson's adoptive parents appear to genuinely want the best for their children. The Argents do however lose points on a number of fronts, most notably in the case of Victoria, as Allison would have probably preferred a live werewolf mother to a dead one and of course Gerard, who ordered his daughter-in-law's death, and later revealed his willingness to kill his son and granddaughter as well.
  • That '70s Show: Red and Kitty Forman are mostly like this, despite one being a grumpy hardass and the other being more than a little neurotic. Kitty's emotional support has proven essential to allowing Eric to survive being Red's son, and has also led her to provide support for Eric's friends. Red might seem harsh and strict, but dealing with it leads Eric to become a stronger person for it, especially since Red only really punishes Eric when he's actually done something to deserve it. The one time Eric didn't deserve to be punished (when he took the blame for Donna smoking cigarettes) he apologized for not believing him and making him smoke an entire carton. They aren't just this to Eric, but they are also like this to his friends, acting as surrogate parents, especially to Hyde. They're probably the best parents out of anyone in the series.
  • Veronica Mars: Averted with most parents on the show, who range from neglectful to downright abusive, but Veronica's father Keith stands out as one of the greatest dads in television, making her a Daddy's Girl. He lets her help him in his P.I. business all she wants is always supportive when she's down, puts his own personal life on hold when he finds a new paramour because she's still not over her mother Lianne abandoning them, and will destroy anyone who even considers hurting his little girl.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Mr. and Mrs. C, Chica’s parents, from The Chica Show. They’re more realistic than the parents on most preschool shows.

  • Luther Vandross had a song, "Dance With My Father", about how wonderful his father was and how much he wished he was still alive.
  • Robbie Williams portrays himself this way in his song 'Go Gentle', which is a song to his daughter warning her about the kind of guys she'll probably meet in her life. He noticeably manages to avert the Overprotective Dad trope, in that he does encourage her to find love; just to be careful about who it is she picks.
    And when you go giving your heart,
    Make sure they deserve it.
    If they haven't earned it,
    Keep searching, it's worth it.
  • Kanye West has a song called "Hey Mama," dedicated to his mother and how good she was to him.
  • Ashanti has a song called "Mother." She sings about her mother and how she thanks her for being wonderful to her.
  • The Paul Petersen song "My Dad".
  • "My Dad", by Ray Stevens:
    My Dad could beat up your Dad, but he wouldn't
    Yes, my Dad could beat up your Dad, but he wouldn't even try
    He's got the greatest laugh, he's not afraid to cry
    I really can't imagine that he ever told a lie
    He forgets so fast when you do something you shouldn't
    My Dad could beat up your dad, but he wouldn't
  • Christina Aguilera has a called "Oh Mother," dedicated to her mother and thanking her for being a great mother for her.
  • Backstreet Boys have a tune called "The Perfect Fan". The lyrics of "You showed me how to care / And you showed me that you would always be there" pretty much give the gist of the whole thing.
  • HoneyWorks has a few, despite its major focus on teenagers:
    • The narrator of "Mama" is a very kind and supportive mother who unconditionally loves her daughter no matter how rebellious she gets.
    Sad words, hurtful words, I heard them so often
    But it's alright, I still love you. I couldn't possibly come to hate you.
    Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you are my child,
    And I will always say I love you. I don't need to have a reason.

  • Max and Karen Wilson from New Dynamic English can be this. They would go lengths to make sure their son John is happy.
    • Max spent most of his energy to buy things for John's birthday party while Karen even baked two cakes.
    • Karen bought a history book for John while Max and Karen agreed not to tell him about it otherwise he'd be too lazy to read.
    • Max brings John to many places including the dentist and a rock concert.

  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Ivy's parents, while a little embarrassing, are supportive of their daughter and try their best to be understanding when she reveals to them that she has superpowers.
    • Dana's relationship with her daughter Zia is shown to be strong and trusting. When Zia hides her telepathy from her, she grows concerned and urges her daughter to let her know what's wrong.

  • In Allegro, Joseph Taylor Sr. does push his son to become a doctor, but he's an excellent role model. Marjorie Taylor always keeps her son's best interests in mind, and goes on advising him even after she dies.
  • La Cage aux folles: Albin and Georges are a gay couple and they're loving, competent parents. Their son Jean-Michel loves them both dearly. Jean-Michel informs them about his engagement to his girlfriend, Anne Dindon whose father happens to be a notoriously homophobic, hyper-conservative politician. A lot of the drama stems from Albin's hurt over being asked to pose as an uncle, instead of the father that he's been all these years.

    Video Games 
  • Alan Wake features a subtle example in which the protagonist's caring mother gives him a special item when he was a child to help fight his lifelong fear of the dark; with it taking "on mythical proportions in his mind", "Alan finally slept like a baby."
  • Asura's Wrath: Played straight with Durga for Mithra, though played with. Despite loving her deeply, Asura had no idea how to raise children and admitted that the best he could do is punch anyone who made her cry. As Durga herself puts it, she would raise Mithra while Asura made the world a safer place for her. Sometime during Mithra's childhood, Asura took a more active role as a parent, best shown when he plays along with Mithra's shenanigans but also shown in his refusal to let Mithra become her generation's Priestess (essentially a White Mage) and an instrument of war.
    • Do keep in mind that the entire game consists of Asura trying to rescue Mithra from the Big Bad. He eventually punches and completely destroys the godlike creator and spinner of Mantra, Chakravartin, for many reasons, but above all others, for making his daughter cry. Many a Youtube comment declares Asura to be Best Dad of All Time.
  • In Baldur's Gate, the Player Character is implied to be Happily Adopted by their foster father Gorion. Gorion loved them dearly no matter what alignment they choose, and encouraged them to follow their own path. He also took them to the safety of Candlekeep even though he apparently lost face for it, and in spite of many believing you would bring ruin to them all. By contrast, your biological parents were an evil god who wanted you to die so he could come Back from the Dead, and a cultist who bore her deity's child willingly and was ready to kill you because her master told her to.
    • In fact, parentage is discussed in the game, with this being one of the facets. The player meets several evil Bhaalspawn who try to have them killed or do the job themselves, but of those whose pasts are known, none of them were lucky enough to have a parent like Gorion. Sarevok in particular got the short end of the stick: his kindly foster mother was strangled to death in front of him as a child, his foster father was a horrible, horrible person and his mentor was deliberately guiding him down the path of darkness for his own personal glory. He and the player were in the same place when Gorion found them, and when he believed he could only save one of them, he chose the player, leaving Sarevok to fend for himself. And even though Yaga-Shura's adoptive mother loved him, she too was grooming him to take his father's place. Bhaal hated them all as well. A key way to get the best ending possible is to acknowledge that any of them could have become heroic rather than villainous if received the boons the player and their little sister Imoen enjoyed in life.
  • BioShock:
    • The good ending of the first game, which has Jack giving the saved Little Sisters a chance to live normal lives by raising them as his own.
    • Subject Delta in BioShock 2 is adored by his former Little Sister, Eleanor, no matter what choices the player makes, but he definitely falls into this category if you choose to be a good guy. Even though he can't speak and looks like a hulking monster, "good" Subject Delta still teaches Eleanor the value of human life and forgiveness, through example.
  • Dead Rising 2: Chuck Greene is willing to go to hell and back to get Zombrex for his daughter, Katey, even if it means going through zombies, Gas Zombies, chainsaw-wielding gimps, glass-wielding maniacs, overpowered twins with katanas, literally Lethal Chefs, and psychotic mascots with flamethrowers.
  • There are good parents in the Disgaea games.
    • Laharl's parents from Hour of Darkness and A Brighter Darkness, and by extension, Sicily's. King Kriechevskoy never stopped trying to teach Laharl that an Overlord must have compassion to the point that he reincarnated himself so he could continue the lessons. Laharl's mother sacrificed herself to save her son from a disease and sacrificed her chance to become an angel so that her unborn daughter Sicily could become one instead.
    • Usalia's parents from Alliance of Vengeance were very supportive of their daughter that they let her be with them even when they discussed politics, and even when Usalia was cursed, they kept trying to make a curry that she can handle without complaining about it, no matter how bad she got over having to eat curry every day. Their love was so great that even as zombies, they still managed to muster the strength to take an attack from Majorita meant to kill their daughter.
  • Bryce and Eleanor Cousland, parents of the human noble PC in Dragon Age: Origins. Though they don't get much screen time in terms of the rest of the game, they are supportive, loving, and proud of their children to the end.
    Bryce: Then, go, Pup... warn your brother... and know that we love you both. You'll do us proud.
    Eleanor: Goodbye, darling...
    • Leandra Hawke of Dragon Age II is also loving (if imperfect; her first reaction to a younger sibling's death is to blame the survivors). She was willing to spend much of her life on the run to protect her apostate mage husband and child(ren). "I'm so proud of you. Love, Mother." Her death is one of the biggest Tear Jerker moments in a game full of them.
  • Dragon Quest has a lot of these.
    • Dragon Quest III:
      • Ortega left to defeat Baramos so that his child could live in a world free of violence and destruction. He's sincerely apologetic for his failure to do so, and before dying he begs the person nearby him (who's his child, the Hero) to tell his family of what's happened and that he's sorry for leaving them.
      • The Hero's mother holds nothing but absolute love for her child still dotes on them regularly when they come back from adventuring, even allowing their party members to stay at home with them. When Ortega was about to leave home to defeat the arch fiend, she pleaded with him to think about their newly born child.
    • Torneko in Dragon Quest IV is an immensely warm and kind father to his son and the main reason he wants to become a great merchant is to make sure he can supply everything for his family.
    • Pankraz from Dragon Quest V is perhaps one of the greatest dads in video game history. He is a stern but wise and incredibly loving father to his son and is nigh-on unstoppable in protecting him and he does not hesitate at all to give his life for his son. Also his wife Madalena was this too before she went missing.
    • Dragon Quest VIII's King Trode is very much this trope to his daughter Princess Medea. Even if she is a horse most of the game. He is also this with the main character, always treating him more like a son than a servant.
    • In Dragon Quest XI, the Luminary is lucky enough to have not just one or two, but five good parental figures looking out for him. First there is his adoptive grandfather Chalky and his daughter Amber who raised him lovingly when he had no one else, with the latter in particular understanding his Call to Adventure and wishing him luck despite being worried out of her gourd for his safety. Then there is his actual parents the king and queen of Dundrasil who both gave their lives to save him. Finally there is his grandfather Lord Robert, aka Rab, who not only points the Luminary in the right direct on his quest but joins his grandson's party to protect him!
  • Farmer Giles from Fable II gave up his role as Bowerstone's guard captain so he could be this trope. In addition to making sure his son Rupert was safe from Ripper and his bandits (which unfortunately killed Giles's wife), he doesn't show any anger or resentment when Rupert tells him that he's gay, and openly says that he respects his son's choice.
  • For all of his faults, among them leaving his son/daughter to continue a large-scale project (which in itself was with good intentions), James, the father of the protagonist of Fallout 3, genuinely loves and cares for his son/daughter. If one carefully listens to the mixture of conversations transitioning from the protagonist's birth to their first year, you can hear how James chose to halt his work for the sake of his wife and child.
  • Final Fantasy XIII's Sazh Katzroy would go to the end of the earth for his son Dajh, and he is forced to after the kid is made into a Sanctum l'Cie. Sazh is much more than just a Papa Wolf though, he is also shown in flashbacks and at the end of the game as being just as genuinely kind and loving toward his son as you would expect after spending so much of the game with him. Dajh's mother may have passed away years before the beginning of the game, but Sazh proves time and again that he's truly all the family that his son needs.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Despite not being her biological mother, Elmyra Gainsborough is a good mother to Aerith, loving her as she grew up and not freaking out when Aerith showed hints of supernatural powers. She asks Cloud to keep his distance from Aerith out of concern for her, and Cait Sith reports that she wept buckets on learning about Aerith's death. Later novellas show Cloud keeps in touch with her.
  • Half-Life: Eli Vance is a prime example of this. Not only is he a loving, encouraging father, but he somehow managed to keep his (very young, at the time) daughter alive through the aftermath of the Black Mesa Incident, the Seven Hour War, and the Combine occupation of Earth. Even after she's able to take care of herself, he still remains constantly concerned for her safety and emotional well-being. Which makes his death at the end of Episode Two all the more painful.
  • Zoey's father from Left 4 Dead only wanted what was best for his little girl. Unbeknownst to him the gene that makes someone immune to the zombie virus is passed down from the father's line. Zoey is immune, meaning he never needed to be put down after being bitten.
  • In Legend of Legaia, Vahn's father is always supportive of his son's quest to destroy the Mist, stating at several points that he's incredibly proud of Vahn and wants him to stay as safe as possible. Also applies to Noa's parents, who genuinely loved their two children before the Mist came and turned Conkram into a Hell on Earth. As they're at death's door, Minea and Nebular both say that their greatest regret was not saving Cort from being possessed by the evil Rogue.
  • You might not expect it from a snarky Casanova Wannabe, but it turns out that Johnny Cage of Mortal Kombat is a loving father to his daughter Cassie, being an understanding, easygoing, and doting parent. This is in stark contrast to Sonya, who, while obviously caring for Cassie, is Married to the Job instead. The same can be said of Jax, who is very mindful of his daughter Jacqui, though some might say he's now an Overprotective Dad as well after the events of Mortal Kombat 9. The other known fathers featured in the game, namely Kenshi and Kano, are significantly more flawed in their history with their children, though at least Kenshi tries.
    • Hanzo Hasashi, aka Scorpion is indicated to have been a loving family man before he lost his wife and son; and is a far better Parental Substitute for Kenshi's son Takeda than one would expect from a rage and vengeance driven spectre, being encouraging and nurturing and extremely protective.
  • Mother:
    • The series speaks this trope by itself. The mothers in the trilogy are all good and nice even if they are just minor characters.note  For Hinawa's case, she's dead after Chapter 1. She spends most of her role as a spirit.
    • Fathers are quite good as well.note  With an exception of Flint, who breaks from his wife's death and becomes not quite caring to Lucas, they pump their money into your bank account, save your game, and ask if you're exhausted from your journey.
  • The eponymous main character of NieR is a widowed father whose love for his daughter Yonah is incredibly deep; though he's not around nearly as often as he should be (because he's away doing odd jobs to provide for her), when he does spend time with Yonah he is shown to be a very gentle, considerate, and loving father. He is also a pretty good Parental Substitute to Emil. Naturally, Gestalt Nier, the Shadowlord, also qualifies, given how he waited over a thousand years to be with his daughter again and was willing to doom the entire world to do so.
  • The titular Octodad may be an octopus in a three-piece suit who stumbles around knocking everything over as he tries to accomplish mundane daily tasks, but he perseveres because he's a devoted and loving family man whose two human children (don't ask) think he's the best dad ever.
  • John and Abigail Marston in Red Dead Redemption. As seen in the prequel, John wasn't always this way. He didn't believe Jack was his kid and basically ignored him for the first four years of his life, including leaving for a full year but he gets there. Abigail, on the other hand, was always this. Even in the beginning of 2, when she's in an absolutely desperate situation (being an unwed, illiterate former prostitute single mother in 1899), she's determined to give little Jack a better life than she had. She can be seen early on making Jack learn to read so he can make something of his life, in her words "do the hanging, not the swinging". She's largely successful too, at least in the material sense. Especially if you consider the book by "J. Marston" Easter Egg in Grand Theft Auto V to be canon, as it implies that Jack was able to live a normal life and probably got a university education.
  • Cream the Rabbit's mother Vanilla from the game Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Sophitia Alexandra is one of these offscreen between Soul Calibur 1&2 and 2&3, and fights in 2 and 3 primarily to protect her children from the harm Soul Edge could bring to the world. This bites her in the ass hard in SC4, when Tira implants Soul Edge into her daughter Phyrra, forcing her over the line into Knight Templar Parent as she kills otherwise good people who want the sword destroyed, even at the cost of her daughter's life.
  • Surprisingly, Bowser from Super Mario Bros. is this to his son, Bowser Jr., who wants to be just like (and just as bad as) his dad.
  • Undertale has Toriel and Asgore, who had raised their son, Asriel. Toriel and Asgore raise Asriel to be kind and sweet to everyone and teach him that violence is wrong. When a human child fell into the monster world, Toriel and Asgore adopt the child and raise him the same way as they did with Asriel. The parents cared for the children very much, taught them well, and raised them to be happy. However, when both children had died (one from poisoning via buttercups and the other being murdered by humans), Toriel and Asgore grew extremely heartbroken and their view on the world was changed forever.
  • Kazuma Kiryu from the Yakuza series. After he retires from the yakuza, he takes charge of an orphanage, and he is just about the best parent a kid could hope to have. He's wise, loving and protective of his kids.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Katawa Shoujo, Emi's mother Meiko is kind, supportive and friendly, although Emi's personal issues cause her to try to rely on herself. Despite this, Meiko understands her daughter quite well, and if you stay behind to talk with her at her house, you will get the good ending.
  • Natsumi from Spirit Hunter: NG is shown to be a great mother to both her actual daughter Ami and her nephew Akira, with his only complaint being that she's sometimes too motherly. After Ami is kidnapped, she spends all of her time at the police station trying to help track her down.

  • The Dupont Family in Balderduck comprises two parents who are willing to accept all of the misfits their daughter brings home for dinner.
  • Masako and Genza in Beneath the Clouds work together happily and they've travelled together since she could walk.
  • In Blood & Smoke, Detective Carson is this. Despite being extremely busy with his work, he tries to make as much time for his son as possible.
  • In Blue Yonder, while a little hands off about their children's squabbles, Albatross and Nimbus were clearly think in the Flashbacks.
  • Rowan's parents in Boy and Dog seem like decent parents.
  • Charby the Vampirate: Maro is an adoring father and good husband to boot. On the other hand most other parents shown have serious failings or are outright abusive so his cheerful family provides a nice contrast.
  • Dominic Deegan: Donovan and Miranda Deegan. Happily Married, and loving parents.
  • Dumbing of Age: As demonstrated on Parents' Weekend, all the parents are manipulative, controlling, embarrassing, and in some cases actively abusive. There are, however, three exceptions:
    • Dorothy's parents raised her areligiously in order to give her the maximum amount of choice, are very proud of her ambitions to become president but insist they would be supportive even if she aimed lower, and are unfailingly kind to her boyfriend because they can tell she loves him.
    • Dina's parents are as quiet and as socially awkward as she is and accidentally let Amber's abusive dad into the dorm since they don't know any better, but they want nothing more than for their daughter to be happy. When Dina tells them that she has a girlfriend, their response is to simply wire her some money for a nice date.
    • Carla's parents are said to be completely supportive of their daughter, to the point of spending copious amounts of money to block anti-transgender legislation, and making custom merchandise of her favourite show. She openly acknowledges that her parents are an exception in the Dumbiverse.
  • Elliot and Ellen's parents in El Goonish Shive are very Open Minded Parents but they must be doing something right as Elliot turned out pretty well adjusted. Tedd's father, and even Raven's treatment of Noah are also great examples of good parents.
  • Erma: Erma's parents are very loving and supportive of their daughter, and while Emiko is violently protective of Erma against her side of the family, she has very good reason to be. Sam, to his credit, is uncommonly patient with the ghoulish antics of both his wife and daughternote , and Erma in turn is very much a Daddy's Girl.
  • Erstwhile: The mother and son in "The Little Shroud".
  • In his own way, Klaus qualifies in Girl Genius. He's a tough parent, but he is trying to raise a future ruler of a continent, as a single father who has to deal with would-be assassins for having kept Gil alive in the first place. Klaus has expressed genuine pride in his son, and will not hesitate to take on anyone foolhardy enough to threaten Gil, even The Other.
  • Kat's parents in Gunnerkrigg Court. Especially when compared to Annie's lot in parenting.
  • Homestuck: Dad. Fricking. Egbert. He may embarrass his son sometimes, but pretty much everything about this man results in a heartwarming moment.
    • His post-Scratch iteration, Dad Crocker, is shown to be just as much a loving parent to Jane. To make things even better, she's a few years older than John was at the start of the comic, and has matured to the point that there's no Wangst whatsoever about his doting on her.
  • Luk and Hala River from Irregular Elis. They are a special parents, too.
  • Commander Badass from Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: raw machismo, pretty much made of testosterone... and an awesome dad to his small children and Parental Substitute to Jared.
  • Penny and Aggie:
    • Nick D'Amour. His intelligence, attentiveness, easy-going nature, and patience have helped Aggie cope with the death of her mother Melody prior to the beginning of the series.
    • Penny's parents also count. Especially with how they handled Penny after the Rich incident. She was punished accordingly, but they love her none the less and are giving her the opportunity to earn their trust back.
  • Marten's parents from Questionable Content are at times strange or embarrassing, but he loves them a lot and acknowledges that his childhood was pretty great, despite their divorce (his dad was gay, but both parents have a good relationship with each other throughout the story.)
    • Jim, Sam's dad, is this and more. First, he finds out Sam has been working part-time at Faye and Bubbles' robot repair shop as an artist, something he disapproved of because Sam had already been hurt once after being left poorly supervised with a power tool there. He then find out Sam has roped May, a foul-mouthed, aggressive and porn-obsessed AI who spent an extended stretch in Robot Jail after trying to and nearly succeeding in stealing enough money to swap her body for a fighter jet, into being her assistant. He then breaks down crying with pride, because his little girl has not only found a job and is making good money as a creative, she is also using her job and new-found wealth to help a disadvantaged ex-con.
  • Davan's parents, Fred and Faye, in Something*Positive, more or less fit the trope. They're examples of Parents as People, but they truly love their children (including Monette, whom they adopt as an adult) and all of their children's friends as well. They're also extremely Happily Married. Faye's death is the biggest Tear Jerker in the entire comic.
    • Later, Fred is a good grandfather to Rory; the boy is not Davan's son biologically, but Davan takes on the role due to Rory's father having mostly Disappeared Dad status. Davan is genuinely committed to being the best father he can be, which makes him this trope too.
  • The Witch's Throne: Agni's mother is very supportive of her daughter, and takes great care of her. That is, while she's still alive.

    Web Original 
  • The only parents we see in Hector's World are Sprat's dad and Ming's mum, and both seem relatively good: the former lets his son use his computer and is forgiving, and the latter cheers her daughter up when she gets cyberbullied.
  • Frankie Stein's parents from Monster High are just about the most loving, fair parents you could ever hope to find. The twist? They're Frankenstein's Monster and his Bride.
  • Blastoise Dad from the "Pokeparents" meme. On similar notes, there's also the supportive Lugia Mom, the fun-loving Pikachu Dad, and the big-time Papa Wolf Mewtwo Dad.
  • RWBY:
    • Yang describes her and Ruby's mother Summer Rose as a "supermom", clearly having an extremely high opinion of her. It was only after Summer's disappearance (or possible death) that Yang found out that the woman she had believed to be her mother was actually her step-mother; Yang's birth mother abandoned her and Ruby's father shortly after Yang was born, and is absolutely not an example of this trope.
    • Ruby and Yang's father, Taiyang Xiao Long, finally appears in the Volume 3 finale. He stays by both girls' bedsides as they heal from a coma and an amputation respectively, bringing them meals, and is immensely relieved to have them back at home. He promptly panics when he discovers Ruby left for Haven. Volume 4 expresses this even further by having him show giddiness at getting an Artificial Limb for Yang, watching over his eldest daughter with a look of helplessness over her Heroic BSoD, staying by her side even though he wants to go find Ruby and even gives her a small Rousing Speech. In fact, his bond is so strong with his kids that he's essentially Vitriolic Best Buds with Yang. However, this is a rather complicated case: while the above is all true, he also neglected his kids for sometime after his second lover's death, burying himself in work to cope.
    • With regards to Blake, her mother Kali is a sweet woman who greets her daughter with a cuddle after not seeing her for many years and also supports her friendship with Sun, much to Blake's embarrassment. Her father Ghira meanwhile, though he is an Overprotective Dad, he also very clearly cares about his daughter a lot.
  • Most of the parents of Team Kimba in the Whateley Universe. Chaka's and Tennyo's families. Lancer's dad and Generator's mom. Fey's parents were separated, but having a son become a female mutant Faerie seems to be bringing them back together. Even Phase's parents were loving... right up to the second he manifested as a mutant and things went wrong.
  • Of the families we see in the Worm universe, the best by far is Taylor's. Even though her mother is dead and her father is distant, they genuinely care for one another and do their best to reconnect over the course of the series. By comparison, the parents of the other major characters are: dead, abusive, mind-controlling supervillain, or exploitative.

    Western Animation 
  • Finn and Jake's parents in Adventure Time. Not only did they adopt the human Finn as their child and raise him equal to their own, they grew up to be the greatest heroes of the land of Ooo. Jake even shows that he'll raise his pups just like how his parents raised him, in one of the series's most adorable, "aww"-inducing scenes. "Joshua and Margaret Investigates" takes it even further with The Reveal that they lovingly raised Jake as their son despite his bizarre origin.
  • Zachary and Eliza Foxx on Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Happily Married? Check. Their kids turned out okay (despite Eliza's capture and forced separation)? Check. Even with the less than ideal circumstances, they are a strong, loving family.
  • Mr. Charlie Chan on The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan may lead a busy life solving crimes, but he's always there for his kids and seems to appreciate their help even if they bungle more often than not. He's even very supportive and proud of his older kids' rock band.
  • Most of the parents in Arthur can count, the most known ones being the titular character's parents, David and Jane Read, who athough have made their mistakes and have their rare moments where they can be a bit one-sided towards their children (We're looking at you, Arthur's Big Hit!), are mostly more attentive towards their children and do anything to step in and try to help either of them out.
  • As Told by Ginger Later in the series, Jonas Foutley becomes a good parent to his daughter Ginger, often giving her good advice and comforting her about her problems. Sadly, at the same time he has trouble being a parent to his son Carl, mainly because, unlike Ginger, he has trouble forgiving Jonas for leaving the family when he was born, and Carl has already found a father in his mother's second husband Dr. David Dave. During a Thanksgiving dinner, when Jonas apologizes to Carl and explains he figured his kids would be better off without a father than with two parents that didn't get along, Carl starts to forgive him, and it's implied that he would be a good parent to him, if Carl let Jonas into his life.
  • Phil and Vivian Felt from Atomic Puppet to Joey and Abigail. Phil really loves spending time with Joey and will do anything to protect him and Abigail, while Vivian can be a bit of a smother, but is an absolute sweetheart towards her children.
  • Even though Avatar: The Last Airbender has a smorgasbord of parents who are abusive/evil/missing (Zuko and Azula), overprotective/stupid (Toph), repressive/preoccupied/snobbish (Mai), absent/with-their-hands-full (Ty Lee) or dead (pretty much everyone else at least once), there are a few characters lucky enough to have Good Parents. Sokka and Katara's dad Hakoda (and their mom Kya, when she was still alive), Haru's parents, Teo's dad, and a few others are good examples, and Zuko and Aang each have/had a Good Parental Substitute in Uncle Iroh and Monk Gyatso. Also, while Fire Lord Ozai most certainly does not count, his wife Ursa does. She loves her children, does her best to temper Azula's sociopathic tendencies, and is banished from her home after killing her father-in-law to save Zuko's life.
  • Big City Greens: Bill and Nancy Green. While they do have their share of flaws as people, both of them love Cricket and Tilly unconditionally and do their best to instill them with the right values and support them no matter what.
  • Bob's Burgers: The Belcher parents seem to flip-flop between this and Parents as People. Linda can be embarrassing and a little crazy and Bob has trouble connecting to people emotionally, but they both love and support their kids in their endeavors, and are quick to remind them of how much they care. Bob especially does not belittle or invalidate his children's unorthodox interests as you'd expect a sitcom father to do, even if he thinks something is conceptually stupid, like cheer-leading, and usually only objects if he feels it will pose a threat to them (like when Tina decided to read her erotic friend-fiction out loud at school). They also take genuine pride in how intelligent, creative, and strong-willed their kids are, and will stand up for them if anyone dares to insult or cause problems for them. In Bob's case, his parenting style seems partially born out of a determination to be a better father than his dad, who was stubborn, overly-controlling, and made Bob spend his childhood outside of school working at the diner instead of playing like the other kids. In one episode Bob even fires the kids so they won't waste their childhood working like he was made to. In addition, Linda's crazy side does actually help when trying to keep her very willful, defiant children (read: Louise) in check, and despite Bob and Linda's imperfections, they still raised kids who are far-and-away more intelligent and generally competent than most of the other kids in their school (and a fair number of the adults).
  • Maggie's parents from The Buzz on Maggie.
  • Although they can be very oblivious at times, Joe and Millie Tabootie of ChalkZone are this to Rudy. Same with Dr. Sanchez to Penny.
  • All the parents of the core Sector V team in Codename: Kids Next Door qualify. Which is why they — despite being a group who's clearly in the Good Is Not Nice area and not afraid to rudely oppose most adults — quickly turn very well-behaved around their own parents.
  • In Code Lyoko, Jeremie's dad is explicitly shown to be this trope since he's willing to accept whatever decision his son makes and is not shown to resent his son's computer nerd lifestyle. Jeremie's mom isn't shown but the dialogue implies she's this trope as well.
  • Tony Parson's parents from The Cramp Twins are definitely this. They always treat their son well and always look out for his best interests. Points to Mr. Parson who is a Reformed Criminal and one of the most level-headed characters in the show.
  • Both of Daniel's parents from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. They both really love and care about him.
  • They're not perfect and they're quite oblivious until the series finale, at least but it's clear that Jack and Maddie Fenton of Danny Phantom fame love their children and will do anything to protect them.
  • The Fairly Oddparents:
    • Chester's father is a loving father to Chester, despite their lower-class life.
    • A.J.'s parents are a bit overprotective, but are definitely loving towards their son.
    • Wanda and Cosmo are this to their baby Poof, being almost endlessly patient with his accidental mischief. Heck, they even make better parents to Timmy than Timmy's own biological parents.
    • That said, Timmy's biological parents qualify as this sometimes. They truly love Timmy with all their hearts and when they actually realize Timmy is unhappy about something they will pull out all the stops to cheer him up. To say nothing of what happens when they realize he is in mortal peril, they will move mountains and even defy fairy wishes to save him.
  • Family Guy:
    • Lois herself was this before she turned into an abusive mother in post-cancellation seasons.
    • Peter was this in the pre-cancellation seasons as well (yes, even to Meg). Despite being a massively Bumbling Dad even then, he still cared a lot about his kids and meant well towards them. His Flanderization into a Jerkass Psychopathic Manchild put an end to this.
    • Neil Goldman's parents before Neil's mother was murdered.
  • Leela's parents on Futurama fit the bill, despite having abandoned her — technically — after she was born. As revealed in "Leela's Homeworld", both were mutants living in the sewers, and when Leela was born with no mutations other than a single eye, they wanted her to have a better life than what she could have there. But they were always close — a flashback montage at the end of the episode shows how they covertly helped her and watched over her all along. (Even Bender is touched.)
  • In Gargoyles, Xanatos and Fox turn out to be pretty good parents for their son Alexander. Once Goliath gets over his cultural bias, he starts being a better father for Angela. According to Word of God, even Demona is eventually redeemed by Angela, too. In spirit, anyway. Elisa's parents fit this, too. When their son Derek reveals his new mutated form, they immediately embrace him once they realize it's him.
  • Goof Troop:
    • Goofy is a combination between an Amazingly Embarrassing Parent and this. Though his son Max does find him weird and embarrassing, and feels self-conscious about having things in common with him, Goofy is clearly a very caring parent. Multiple episodes draw attention to this. In one episode, Max defended Goofy from the Department of Child Disservices, as did Pete's wife Peg, and Goofy was shown to do things for Max even when he was supposed to be under the custody of the Pete family. In another, Goofy and Max won an award for being the best father/son pair in town. In the first movie, Goofy and Max had some fights, but it was due to Goofy wanting to protect Max, and once he hears Max's part of the story, he works to help him reach his goal. It's made clear Max loves Goofy deep down. At least once, Goofy has acted as a Parental Substitute to Pete's son PJ, whose own father is an outright Abusive Parent.
    • Peg herself is one of these. Whenever she notices Pete being abusive or even neglectful she immediately steps in and stops him and, unlike her husband, actually understands the appropriate level of discipline to give to her children. Pete mostly only gets away with what he does when Peg is not around. Like Goofy, she has also behaved as a Parental Substitute, this time to Goofy's son Max, who has a Missing Mom.
  • Green Eggs and Ham: Guy's entire extended family are nothing but encouraging in his mechanical interests and never stop encouraging his creativity in inventing. It takes Guy a while to realize that they're not just pitying him.
  • Harvey Beaks has the title character's own mom and dad, Irving and Miriam. Both are very supportive of Harvey and deeply care for him.
  • Judy and Hugh Neutron from Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is this to Jimmy, even though Hugh can be a Bumbling Dad sometimes.
  • Kim's parents on Kim Possible are loving, supportive, and extremely proud of their three children and also of Ron, whose own parents (or at least his mother) seem to take little interest in their son.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Hank himself. While he does have trouble to connecting to Bobby and can disagree with whatever fad Bobby partakes in, he can usually be behind Bobby and bail him out when the fad gets him trouble.
    • Dale Gribble. He's a crazed Conspiracy Theorist and can sometimes throw Hank under a bus, but he deeply cares for Joseph and can show affection to him more easily than Hank can with Bobby. It's the main reason why no one has told him that Joseph was the product of an affair between Nancy and John Redcorn.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Lio Oak is clearly a very loving father, inspiring his daughter love for his field of study, as well as sharing his love of music with her. Kipo loves him dearly and greatly wants to find him again.
  • Gus is a great dad to his son Kissyfur, even after the death of Kissyfur's mother. He even never hesitates to protect him and his friends from becoming dinner for the local gators, Floyd and Jolene.
  • In The Legend of Korra:
    • Korra's parents definitely qualify. Though they seem to be rather minor characters, Tonraq and Senna are alive and well and shown to be loving and supportive parents. From what we've seen so far Korra doesn't seem to have any issues with her parents at all.
    • At least in Book 2, when Korra gets mad at Tonraq and Tenzin for keeping her in the compound. Later, it's revealed that Unalaq had tried turning her against Tonraq, and the Red Lotus had tried stealing her when she was a kid. After the truth is revealed, she makes up with her father.
    • Also Tenzin and his wife Pema count.
    • In Book 3, there is the character of Suyin Beifong, one of Toph's two daughters. Su has five children. She is very proud of her children, encourages them greatly, and is very close to all of them. However, she admits after talking with her daughter that she's a bit too overprotective, and sends her daughter to the Northern Air Temple after she gains airbending. This is in contrast to how she grew up, as both Su and Lin were pretty much free-range.
    • In "The Ultimatum", after hearing what was happening to Ba Sing Se, Zuko decides to take his dragon and head back to the Fire Nation to protect his daughter, who is the current Fire Lord. This is a complete change from the behavior of Azulon and Ozai and shows that he's become a better father than they. His daughter Izumi is only in the show for one scene but she’s competent Fire Lord determined to not make the mistakes her ancestors did. She’s also the most well-adjusted of all the Spin-Offspring in the show all a testament to Zuko’s skill as a father and mentor.
  • Metalocalypse gives us Oscar and Rose Explosion, parents of Nathan Explosion. Pretty much their only offense is being typical embarrassing parents. Nathan even mentioned in the episode "Fatherklok" that he loves hanging out with his father. The other members of Dethklok weren't as lucky.
  • Moral Orel actually does manage to have at least one set of these: Orel Puppington and his wife Christina.
    • To be fair, once Reverend Putty found out he had a daughter, he became one of these.
  • The Gordys, Dutch's parents in Motorcity, are this to him and his brother Dar, despite the fact that they're separated from him. They're also one of the few examples of this trope, as most characters' parents are absent for unexplained reasons, save Julie's father, Abraham Kane.
  • My Dad the Rock Star: Rock Zilla (the eponymous rock star) and his wife Crystal. As wacky as they are, both of them are clearly extremely supportive and loving parents to their kids Willy and Serenity and always mean well with their actions - something that Willy, despite usually finding it kinda embarrassing to be related to them, understands very well about them.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Twilight Sparkle's parents, Twilight Velvet and Night Light. They feed their daughter's love of learning, help her apply to Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns and are there to encourage her during her entrance exam. Both show up and appear very proud of their children when attending Shining Armor's wedding and their daughter's coronation. Twilight Velvet, in particular, is shown crying Tears of Joy at both occasions.
    • Shining Armor and Princess Cadence are both very loving parents to their daughter Flurry Heart, despite being worn out taking care of her and keeping her alicorn powers in check. In "A Flurry of Emotions" they broke down in tears because of Spearhead's art reminding them of her; they couldn't stand being apart from her for so long.
  • About a metric ton of shows from Canada's Nelvana studio have this. Let's see:
    • Eddie Storkowitz' parents on Birdz. The mother is rather laid-back and supportive, while the father is somewhat stricter but never comes off as mean. Most episodes show Eddie generally getting along with his parents.
    • All of the parents on Franklin seem to be this, though it's perhaps most easily noticeable with Franklin and Harriet's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Turtle, since they show up far more often than any of the other parents. It's very unusual for them to even raise their voices, yet they seem to have raised very nice kids on the whole in Franklin and Harriet. Mr. Turtle does very occasionally slip into Bumbling Dad characteristics, but otherwise has a good, level head and is also quite handy around the house (well, except when it comes to plumbing, anyway). And Franklin likes that Mrs. Turtle always reads him two stories before bed, even when she's tired.
    • Mother and Father Bear from Little Bear are some of the best parents in all of western animation.
    • All the parents featured in the Animated Adaptation of Rosemary Wells's Timothy Goes to School series. Especially Timothy's parents, Yoko's mother, The Frank's father and Juanita's mother and father. Helps that Timothy's mother is voiced by Little Bear's mother.
  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: K.O. is a Momma's Boy, and with a "mommy" like Carol, it's easy to see why; she's loving, affectionate, and supportive to her son, and gives him excellent guidance and encouragement in his efforts to become a great hero.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Linda and Lawrence are a Happily Married couple raising the children from their respective first marriages together, and while mostly oblivious to their exploits take care of them very well.
    • From the same series, Doofenshmirtz to his daughter Vanessa, who begins to realize over the course of the series that he's not so bad a father despite his usual doting. Averted, however, by Doofenshmirtz's own parents, who were basically horrible. In fact, it could be interpreted that his own horrible upbringing is the reason he so desperately wants to be a good father.
    • In the TV film, it was shown that Doofenshmirtz's alternate self (who is far more competent and evil) is very overprotective towards the alternate Vanessa in a deleted scene and is very disappointed in her lack of interest of doing evil, though he remains civil with her. Eventually, in the episode sequel, it is revealed that the alternate Doof is still married to his wife (the alternate Charlene), as they faked their divorce to ensure their family's safety and finances; even the alternate Doof entrusts the alternate Charlene to have full custody of their Vanessa in case he would be overthrown and imprisoned. This paid off well as the alternative Vanessa formulates an escape plan for her family in case they would be arrested for their crimes.
  • Carrot and Celery Propulsion from Ready Jet Go!. They are some of the best depictions of parents in western animation. They may be a bit loony at times, but they're by no means stupid, as they are very knowledgeable on space, and even have a job as intergalactic travel writers. They are also kind and friendly to everyone, and take good care of their son, Jet.
  • Sid's parents on Sid the Science Kid not only support Sid's curious nature they also humor all his questions. Plus they encourage him to explore his questions in more detail.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Ned and Maude Flanders, fundamentalist tendencies aside. In the episode where the Simpsons children were taken in by them after Child Services took them from Marge and Homer, Maggie showed more affection to Ned than she ever did to Homer. In the movie Bart outright wishes for Ned to have been his father after Homer's Jerkass behavior reaches a peak.
    • Chief Wiggum to his son Ralph. He is very supportive of him, and often uses his authority to help him.
    • Marge is a very loving and caring mother who has a close bond with all her children. She has her issues and sometimes argues with Bart or Lisa, but her intentions are good, and is always willing to support her children and give them advice.
  • Despite the adults being completely useless and borderline insane, Wendy's parents and Token's parents of South Park qualify. As far as the main four's parents go, Sharon Marsh is the only normal one.
  • Norman Osborn in Spider-Man: The Animated Series qualifies, contrasting to his comic counterpart.
  • Steven Universe: Greg Universe is this to Steven, or at least tries his hardest. Despite being homeless (he lives out of his van) and extremely apprehensive about his son going on magical adventures with the Gems (though ends up supporting him nonetheless), he is supportive of his son and will do anything in his power to help and encourage him. He encourages Steven's musicality, understands Steven's emotional sensitivity, and doesn't fault him for either like one would expect a TV father to do. He also tries to appear responsible to Connie's parents so that they'll continue to allow Connie and Steven's friendship.
    • In addition to Greg, you also have Garnet of the Crystal Gems. While not biologically Steven's mother, she is one of the three who take care of him at a regular basis. And while Amethyst is a tad bit immature and vindictive, and Pearl coddles Steven and seems to hold resentment for Rose's disappearance, Garnet has been nothing but kindhearted, open-minded and supportive of the boy. She lets him make mistakes, learn from them, and better himself as a person without being too clingy to him; also, her interactions with Steven provide some of the most sweetest moments in the series.
  • Hugh and Jean (Taz's parents) from Taz-Mania are such loving parents to their 3 children. Several people would have abandoned Taz, but these two? They are very tolerant of their son's crazy antics and stick by him, no matter what.
  • Dwayne from Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race despite being a Bumbling Dad, he always looks out for Junior's best interest, always volunteering to take on the more dangerous challenges in his place.
  • Most of the parents shown on The Weekenders, Tino's especially, but Tish's as well. Lor's, not so much.
  • Young Justice:
    • Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on one's experience with the character), Batman. He is a Reasonable Authority Figure and is stern yet fair with the team and willing to praise them if they do a good job. When Robin was jealous that Batman was privately lecturing Aqualad and Batman realized, he didn't reprimand Robin or ignore him but rather, invited him out for a basketball game to assure Robin that no one would be replacing him.
    • He particularly stands out next to Superman, who, understandably, is having some trouble adjusting to Superboy. In time, however, he does come to accept Superboy as his brother, even bestowing upon him a Kryptonian name: Kon-El.
    • Wally's parents support his superhero career and take its inherent strangeness in stride, providing the most "normal" version of this trope. There's also Artemis' mother, who gave up a life of crime to give her a better life.
    • Red Arrow officially becomes one in the third season after he retires from the superhero business and starts going by "Will Harper", having settled into the role of a House Husband and establishing a very successful private security company. One of the things he prioritizes is getting home in time to have dinner with his daughter Lian. Lian's mother Jade, despite leaving her and Will to go back to being Cheshire, is shown to love Lian very much and is an extremely far cry from her sociopathic counterpart in the comics. Though it's implied [[spoiler: Jade did not go back to her masked persona of her own free will and is hiding the reason why from Will and her sister Artemis.


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He certainly tries his best to make his daughter happy: Comforting her with a song when she's scared, attempting to distract her after having caught her parents in a fight, and reassuring Octavia that he has no plans to abandon her when she voices her worries on the matter. That's not even including his Papa Wolf tendencies towards her.

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