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"Something about fatherhood seems to regress the male psyche a few thousand years."
Tom Paris, Star Trek: Voyager

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

See also Twerp Sweating. Compare My Sister Is Off-Limits!. Spear Counterpart of My Beloved Smother. Contrast Fantasy-Forbidding Father. Also see Meddling Parents.

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

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

This character may or may not think he's being a Papa Wolf, but this is a different trope. If it belongs in the latter then don't put it here. The same person can be both at different times but those times are different. However, this trope might overlap with Knight Templar Parent if the dad goes to dangerous extremes in their overprotectiveness.


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  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: Hiro's standards for who can date his daughter Chiyo are so high that the only person he approves of dating her is Rentarou - who happens to be her cousin.
  • In Ai Kora, Sakurako's dad is pretty overprotective (he even gets into an "overprotectiveness battle" with Maeda in chapter 35), but this is a bit more understandable, given that he knows his daughter has been burned by bad relationships before.
  • In Angel Densetsu, Heizo refuses to bless his daughter Ryoko's relationship with Kitano. He goes so far as to knock out his own daughter and try to beat Kitano to a pulp under the pretense of martial arts training.
  • Miho Azuki's father in Bakuman。 never actually appears, but has shades of this. He moves his family to Hachioji so that Azuki, who goes to high school and auditions there, will not have to leave too early or face potential sexual harassment on the train and the action strikes Takagi as fairly drastic ("How over-protective is he?"). It remains to be seen whether he knows or approves of her relationship with Mashiro.
  • Bleach: Ichigo's father Isshin is always having fits about protecting his two young daughters (Karin and Yuzu) from any and all dangers. Later subverted in that he's always known about supernatural dangers much of the world is unaware about. That and he's a Soul Reaper. Also subverted in that while he's obsessed with ensuring the safety of his daughters, he is and has always planned on using his son as a living weapon, even admitting that a father who claims he's willing to let his own son die is a better father to his son than him. He himself isn't very happy about it.
  • In Bloom Into You, Yuu's father averts this. After Touko learns that Yuu's older sister Rei has a boyfriend, she asks if her father disapproves of the boyfriend, but Yuu laughs and says no. As she puts it, Rei having a boyfriend means that her father is no longer the only man in the family. Later on, Rei, thinking about how her family might react to Yuu going out with Touko, another girl, concludes that her and Yuu's father "acts gruff, but he's really a big softie," so Rei's less worried about him than about her mother.
  • Akane Hino's father in Cannon God E Xa X Xion turns into this temporarily (after spending all his other appearances as a mostly useless wimp) after he finds out that male lead Hoichi Kano had sex with his daughter. Kano got punched a lot. Which is kinda fair considering that Hoichi is currently fighting the alien occupation on earth, meaning that his daughter would be in danger by being in a relationship with him. Heck, she was interrogated and used as a secret weapon against him, her sister was nearly killed by Hoichi's giant mecha, and now her entire family must remain in hiding to be safe, all because of her just being friends with him. Probably the most rightfully protective dad on this page.
  • Case Closed: Kogoro Mouri lives and breathes this trope. Please, don't you ever dare to look at his beautiful daughter Ran in any way he doesn't like, even when she can protect herself decently. At best, hilarity will ensue. At worse, you'll be on the receiving end of a powerful judo throw.
  • City Hunter has a couple examples:
    • The first is a rich man who kept his daughter away from people for her entire childhood, and when she got a job in a fast-food place, he went and hired City Hunter, knowing fully well he was not just a bodyguard but a killer too, to protect her from perverts. He had a point: first, he hired the killer only after seeing an obvious pervert flirting with his immensely naive daughter (you can imagine his horror when he finally met City Hunter and saw that he was the pervert); second, that fast food was in the middle of a territory subjected to a turf war between two rival yakuza groups, turf war that had already claimed four directors of that fast food and would claim a fifth after the end of the arc. Admittedly, he didn't know of the turf war when he hired City Hunter, but he was right.
    • The other is a politician whose reaction to his daughter running away from home is to hire Umibozu (a known killer) to take her back home and murder her boyfriend. Given his daughter's reaction to Umibozu attacking with a bazooka, it wasn't the first time he did something like that. Again, he had a point by accident: she had run from home not only to go away with her boyfriend but also because she was being pursued by a terrorist organization for accidentally witnessing where they had placed a nuke. Also, he gave his blessing when he saw that the boyfriend reacted to the terrorists attacking her by shielding her with his body.
  • Akio Furukawa in CLANNAD. Most extreme example in After Story, where he became rather enraged at the prospect of Tomoya having sex with Nagisa despite them being married already.
    Akio: Congratulations . . . YOU BASTARD!
    • Rather, he tends to act like one in order to tease Tomoya, but it's apparent that he really likes Tomoya and approves of his relationship with Nagisa. How many overprotective dads let their daughter's boyfriend live at their house?
  • Rahzel's adoptive father in Dazzle (a.k.a. Dazzle). Even though he sent Rahzel off to travel on her own, he planned to put a tracking device in her bag. (He forgot to put that one in, but there must have been another one because he was able to find her later.) While teaching her to fend for herself, he was secretly following her to make sure nothing happened. He was very upset to learn that Rahzel would sleep in the same hotel room (though in different beds) as Baroqueheat and Alzeid to save money. And don't even get us started on his reaction when Rahzel told him all the stuff Baroqueheat got up to.
  • Soichiro Yagami from Death Note goes this way in regards to his kids, especially young Sayu when She Is All Grown Up. He was very much not impressed when his subordinate Matsuda seemed to have a crush on Sayu. It doesn't help that Matsuda is pretty much The Friend Nobody Likes on the Kira investigation squad and is also The Load and a Butt-Monkey; Soichiro probably wants a better son-in-law than that.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Mr. Satan from Dragon Ball Z makes it adamantly clear that his daughter Videl isn't allowed to date anyone that can't beat him in a fight. Naturally, Videl just happens to fall for the one half-alien teenager that can. By the time they get married Satan has mellowed out completely and gets along extremely well with Gohan.
    • Vegeta seems to be this to his daughter Bulla, going so far as to attack teenage punks that are hitting on his daughter. And because they made fun of him and his mustache (though they might have a point with the mustache). Gods help the poor boy Bulla will actually bring home to meet her parents.
  • Pictured above: In Fullmetal Alchemist, Maes Hughes holds three-year-old boys at gunpoint as they attempt to play with his daughter Elysia on her birthday. Complete with Scary Shiny Glasses. Anyone who actually knows how he fights, however, knows this is a joke—he's much more skilled with knives than with guns.
  • Full Metal Panic!: Mardukas isn't Tessa's genetic father but that doesn't prevent him from issuing threats to Sōsuke against trying anything with her during the time she's at his place. Specifically, the submarine XO threatens to launch Sōsuke from a torpedo tube with a 300 kg explosive if he "commits some shameless act on her". Naturally, poor Sōsuke is scared out of his wits. Not that he'd even try. And the funny thing is, it later turns out that it's Tessa who should be looked at so that she won't try to molest him in his sleep.
  • In Gakuen Babysitters, Kirin's father is distrustful toward the motives of the male workers and accuses the boys she plays with of staring at her with "those kinds of eyes" after they admit to liking her (platonically). If you're unfamiliar with the work and haven't gleamed it from the title, we're talking about a bunch of toddlers.
    • Similarly, Yutaka is subtly shown to be disapproving, if not threatening, when he noticed a stranger (Kirin's father) holding his daughter Midori for a long period of time.
  • Similar to Sun's father, Matsudaira from Gintama repeatedly tries to assassinate his daughter's boyfriend or whoever approaches her.
  • Sherry's dad, Bear Walken, from the Gungrave anime. During the family party, Bear is not fond of seeing Harry go to the dessert table with Sherry. When the two have gone fairly far, Bear speaks up.
    Bear: Brandon, tell Harry that if he fools around with my daughter, I will kill him.
  • Izumi Segawa's dad in Hayate the Combat Butler freaks at the idea of his little girl getting involved with anyone, pounding anyone he thinks is a would-be suitor senseless. Oh, and we should also mention being perfectly willing to challenge said would-be suitors to a fight above a pit of lava.
  • Subverted in His and Her Circumstances when Yukino brings Soichiro home for the first time. Upon hearing whispers of a boy in the house, her father goes full-on into this mode, rampaging through the house to confront the unlucky suitor at the front door, only to immediately drop into a kowtow and welcome him into their home at first sight. Apparently, Soichiro just has the look of a perfect husband.
  • Subverted in Horimiya. Hori's father initially states that he won't let Miyamura date her before admitting that he was joking and it was just something he always wanted to say. In reality, he's very supportive of their relationship, to the point that he tried coming up with baby names as early as his second appearance.
  • Kaoru's father in I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying was shown to be this in a flashback. While offering her a taser for protection when she goes on a date was within the realm of being reasonable, the automatic rifle was not.
  • Erioh Kure of Kengan Ashura is the patriarch of the Kure clan of assassins and an overprotective grandfather to his granddaughter Karla. When she announces that she's fallen in love with Ohma, Erioh immediately assumes that he's some lecher who seduced her and plans to have him killed if he catches him with her. After Ohma defeats Raian Kure in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, one of the clan mentions that he's earned the right to marry Karla but Erioh would probably never give his blessing.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple:
    • The Elder is selectively protective of Miu. Keeping her by his side as he traveled the world battling evil, fine. Sending her out to protect Kenichi, encouraged. But any prospective suitors (i.e. Kenichi) must defeat the Elder first.
    • There's also Kenichi's dad, also a rare example of a dad being protective of his son, probably because Kenichi's kind of a wimp at the beginning. The man's first and foremost reaction to his son in danger is to whip out a shotgun. The shotgun's name is Sebastian and it can take care of two-bit punks bullying his son just as easily as it takes care of the squirrels that infested the backyard.
  • In Komi Can't Communicate, Masayoshi is quick to notice how well Tadano understands his daughter, and he's not quite happy with it. However, his communication disorder prevents him from acting the part.
    • During the parent/teacher meetings, Isagi's father asks Tadano (who is serving as student representive) if he thinks Isagi is cute. When Tadano admits that Isagi is rather cute, Isagi's father warns Tadano that he'll never forgive him if he lays a hand on Isagi, making a threatening face as he does.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid: Fate, the "father" among Vivio's two mothers, is also significantly more protective of Vivio than Nanoha is, largely the result of her worrywart personality.
  • My Bride is a Mermaid:
    • Sun's father (a Yakuza boss) is overprotective to the point of homicidal mania when his daughter gets married. He repeatedly attempts to kill his son-in-law, and eventually takes over Nagasumi's school, replacing the staff with his enforcers so he can better keep an eye on his daughter. Hilarity Ensues.
    • Sun's father has nothing on Lunar's father, who stalks Nagasumi like the Terminator for being around Lunar and later opens fire on him for "touching" Lunar's butt.
  • In My Monster Secret, the main heroine Youko made a deal with her father to stay in school as long as nobody finds out she's a vampire. When she and main character Asahi came to her house for vacation, her father starts eyeing him out of suspicion. Not because he suspects Asahi found out her secret, but because he suspects they're dating.
    • Akane is a Rare Female Example regarding Akari. She may constantly troll her great-great-granddaughter about being a "spinster", but when she thinks Akari might soon get a boyfriend, she does not approve. If Karen is to be believed, Akane was also like this with Akari's mother.
  • One Piece:
    • Genzo threatens to kill Luffy if he ever makes Nami cry and complaining that her bounty poster was going to attract more suitors than bounty hunters. While he has a wall-sized enlargement of said bounty poster in his house.
    • King Neptune locked his only daughter, Princess Shirahoshi, in her room for ten years. However, he was Properly Paranoid as the poor girl was being stalked by a dangerous Stalker with a Crush who continually sent her "love letters" that consisted of swords and axes bigger than him! And was also after poor Shirahoshi's powers.
    • For a surrogate father example, the Living Toy Thunder Soldier was extremely protective of his surrogate daughter Rebecca when she was a child, protecting her both from serious threats like kidnappers and from minor things like boys asking her out. Though he lost those overprotective traits as she grew up. Later, it's revealed that he really IS her father, Kyros, who was transformed into a toy by one of Doflamingo's minions. Unfortunately, the curse also causes everyone else to forget he ever existed, so she doesn't realize it until after the curse is broken.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Ryouji "Ranka" Fujioka has been raising Haruhi alone ever since the death of his wife, Kotoko, so he can be possessive at times. The trope also applies to Tamaki himself in his guise as Haruhi's "father". Cue comical conflict between the two while Haruhi snarks from a distance.
  • Sorata's father in The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. In Episode 7, Sorata tries to call his mom to ask about the reason behind his sister Yuuko's visit. He gets the wrong number in his first attempt and reaches his dad instead. The father, upon hearing a male voice on the line, immediately declares that he will never give Yuuko to anybody, without realizing it's his son he's talking to.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Byron is a relatively minor but understandable example when it comes to his son, Roark. After hearing that a single Galactic admin managed to beat two other Gym Leaders and the girl who had been defeating Gym Leaders, he is very reluctant to send his son out to battle, even though it's kind of the job of Gym Leaders here to fight terrorist groups. Of course, later on, Roark is there to fight Team Galactic with the other Leaders at the top of Mt. Coronet, with Byron providing support and healing items to everyone from down below.
    • Sir Berlitz is thoughtful enough to hire a pair of professional bodyguards to accompany his journeying daughter. Points for him, except due to accident she ends up going with two aspiring comedians instead.
  • Ranma ½: Sōun Tendō. Any indication that Ranma isn't being entirely faithful to his little girl Akane is usually met with him going into Demon Head mode to rip the boy/girl a new one. The unusual (and hilarious) twist to this trope is that Sōun wants Ranma to marry Akane because without that, his dreams of early retirement will be lost. It's also worth noting that Sōun seems protective of Kasumi and Nabiki as well, particularly interesting in Nabiki's case, considering all the crap she pulls, yet Sōun never seems to hold a grudge. Also, what makes this particular example hilarious/unique is that unlike most of the other examples on this list, Sōun wants nothing more than for Ranma and Akane to screw each other. He's heavily encouraged it multiple times throughout the series.
  • In The Red Ranger Becomes an Adventurer in Another World, Poseidon has raised Idola like his own granddaughter ever since her father died. So when Red announces that he'll be living at her mansion until he can make some money, Poseidon's paternal instincts go into overdrive. He then threatens to castrate Red to protect her purity, and it takes Red crying for help from Idola to get Poseidon to stop.
  • Sailor Moon: Kenji in the 90s anime flips out whenever he thinks Usagi could be seeing someone and that's before she even gets together with Mamoru. It's so bad that when the idea of his daughter having a boyfriend comes up while they're in the car, Kenji's so distracted he almost drives off a cliff, nearly killing his entire family in the process.
  • Sgt. Frog: Nevulon is a fairly good example in episode 291 when he and Alisa Southerncross are separated at the hot springs and he goes insane with worry.
  • In Shakugan no Shana, the villain Sydonay's main motivation is to keep his surrogate daughter Hecate safe and pure. When the villains captured Yuji and had Hecate drain his power, Sydonay protested because she started moaning in pleasure. Later, when Hecate and his leader Snake of the Festival (in Yuji's body) were gone for a while, Bel Peol had to assure him that they weren't having sex behind his back.
  • Aki's father in Silver Spoon is less than happy when Yugo gets a bit too close to his daughter. Or so much as looks in her direction.
  • Maka's father Spirit in Soul Eater, albeit somewhat subverted; in the first episode, there is a short scene where he warns Soul not to make any moves on Maka and quickly goes on to tell him that he should give Maka a grope. He does seem to be a decent guy overall, since he was not amused with Medusa's treatment of her child, Crona. When he learns about it from Medusa herself, it's the first time we actually see him angry and goes on to prove just how dangerous he really is when his daughter or her friends are threatened.
  • In the Sword Art Online chibi special episodes, Kirito gives off shades of this in regards to his and Asuna's AI daughter Yui. The main victim of his protective tendencies is Klein, who he threatens constantly about teaching Yui inappropriate things.
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya: Averted with Kaguya's father, who does indeed want the best for Kaguya, including the highest-ranking husband possible.
  • Momomiya Shintaro of Tokyo Mew Mew and his wife Sakura have the exact same dynamic as (anime) Kenji and Ikuko. One advantage that Ichigo has is that, when her mother isn't holding back her raging husband, they're usually too wrapped up in each other to care who she's seeing. Her father eventually decides to put a stop to her relationship with Aoyama and challenges him to a kendo match for him to have the right to continue seeing her. Ichigo then intervenes and promises to fight her father in Aoyama's place, much like her mother did.
  • Tower of God: King Jahad and his princesses. He enforces a strict no-dating, no-marriage, no-sex rule on his adopted daughters as they receive his blood and gain power, making them his special figurehead task force. The thought behind it is that his power shall not be spread to far. Breaking this rule, as in the case of Anaak Jahad, warrants capital punishment on both parties.
  • UFO Robo Grendizer: Danbei Makiba. Unlike other fathers in the Mazinger trilogyGennosuke Yumi and Kenzo Kabuto come to mind—who are at best neglectful, Danbei is overprotective to the point that his daughter finds it annoying. He threatens or outright attempts to kill whoever hangs around with Hikaru. And if someone offers to drive her to some place, he loads his shotgun in front of that person while he states: "You better bring her back without even one scratch."
  • Inami's dad in Wagnaria!!. He didn't want his daughter to marry, so he brainwashed her that all men are dangerous and out to get her and put metal sheets in her bag to train her muscle for punching out guys. Of course, the first guy she punched was her father. And when he saw Takanashi and suspected that he was a guy, he pulls out a shotgun.
  • Sunako Nakahara's father from The Wallflower left his work in Africa, flew all the way into Japan, and snuck into the Nakahara estate just because her aunt informed him that she was staying with four Bishōnen. He then proceeds to put one of said bishonen through training from hell simply because he heard a rumor that he and Sunako MIGHT be dating.
  • Maho's dad from Wandering Son is a more levelheaded version of this. When Riku, Maho's boyfriend, comes over for Christmas, he gets nervous. When Maho was a little younger and in middle school, he made her little sister tag along on their date.
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: Despite claiming that he doesn't care about the failed clones of his daughter Mahoro, Byakuei looks displeased when he sees Kogarashi having one of his Accidental Pervert moments with Yuuna. Kogarashi uses this as evidence that Byakuei doesn't think of Yuuna as just a failed experiment, after all.
  • Yuusha Gojo Kumiai Kouryuugata Keijiban: Shopkeeper comes from a lineage of heroes. When his daughter winds up succeeding him and embarking on a quest to save the kingdom just like he did, he tries to secretly follow and protect her, only to be called out for this by Pilot, who points out that it's unfair that he doesn't trust his daughter to succeed like he did.

  • Simon B. Cotter has a bit where he talks about the Double Standard, saying that if he had a teenage son who came home late from a date with a girl, he'd still punish him and lecture him for it, but secretly he'd be proud of him and the next day he would brag to all his friends that his kid got laid. However, since he has a daughter instead, he plans on having this conversation with her when she becomes a teenager:
    Cotter: Honey, sex hurts. In fact, if you do it before you're 25 you could die. I know because I'll kill you.
  • Phill Jupitus had a routine about the first time his daughter brought a boy home, where he admits he reacted "quite badly"
    Jupitus: She said, "Hello Dad, this is Billy." I said, "Billy? Billy, is it?" and I went up to this person and said, "If you so much as fucking touch her I'll cut you." Then this Billy started crying! Still that's seven-year-olds for you.

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

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

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 
  • Between the Lines: In "The Obvious Hate for a Future Son-In-Law", Mikoto's father kidnaps Touma because he wants to test his worthiness as his future son-in-law by kidnapping him and taking him to a conflict in Palestine to see if he can help stop it like he stopped World War 3. Unfortunately for the man, his wife and daughter are smart enough to track, find and board his plane mid-flight. And it turns out he did it because he saw his wife had Touma's number under "Future Son-In-Law", which Mikoto's mother wrote to mess with him.
  • Blind Courage: Ganondorf is uncomfortable about how friendly Baby is with Link, even though they're both not even eight yet. Part of his reaction is because he feels uncomfortable with his daughter being so cozy with the reincarnation of the one who's killed him in several lives.
    Ganondorf: "I want to get the boy familiar with defense. Personal feelings about the matter aside, he is bonded to Baby and needs to be able to help her and keep her safe. And believe it or not... I think he can help her get to know the language. So I do not mind them being together that much."
    Zelda: "That's good... I was worried you were going to be one of those fathers who shelters his daughter from those evil little things called boys."
    Ganondorf: "I wouldn't be so cruel as to deprive Baby of her privacy like that. But the second Link hits puberty, he's going to be the one with an escort."
  • Surprisingly enough subverted with both Magneto and Joe Danvers in Child of the Storm.
    • Magneto terrifies Harry Dresden a bit (mainly because Magneto terrifies anyone who's ever heard of him, whether or not they happen to be dating his daughter), to the point where Dresden tries to hide behind Wanda. Since he's 6'9', and Wanda's about 5'6' on a good day, this fails miserably. As it is, though, Magneto's surprisingly friendly, backing off from an If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... speech with good grace when Wanda cuts him off. In the sequel, he actually comes to Harry's defense when an evil sorcerer is torturing him, making it clear that the guy in question is going to suffer and die for the crime of 'attempting to harm his daughter's beloved.' Overall, Harry describes his prospective father-in-law as being "friendly. Terrifying, but friendly."
      • It should be noted that Wanda can more than look after herself, and is one of the few people below Cosmic Entity level who might actually be more powerful than he is.
    • Joe Danvers, meanwhile, has absolutely no problem with the idea of Harry Potter dating his daughter Carol (which, the two being an Anchored Ship, he isn't until chapter 46 of the sequel). Unfortunately, other problems arise from that, as he has a Stay in the Kitchen attitude, sees Harry as someone who can control his very independent daughter, and 'take her [Carol] in hand'. Needless to say, Harry is not pleased. He gets drastically less pleased when it's revealed that Joe intended for him to use his Psychic Powers to do so. This has long-term consequences, as later arcs emphasise that even if Joe was genuinely ignorant of how much of a violation that is, it's still Mind Rape, and Joe is firmly booted upstairs by his terrifying mother-in-law and super spy Alison Carter, who makes it very clear that his only contact with his children from then on will be supervised.
  • Christmas with a Corduroy: Lynda Pines, Dipper and Mabel's mother, is a rare female example, and in a non-romantic context. An extremely wound-up woman, after hearing the Pines' twins stories about Wendy, Lynda immediately concludes that she is a bad influence. She very reluctantly allows Wendy into her home for Christmas, and spends much of the story badgering her and treating her like a criminal. After she goes too far, Lynda admits to Wendy that Dipper and Mabel were born two months early, which left them in a critical condition, and still fears she could lose them.
  • In Cold Blood Hermione's father makes a production of showing off his skeet-shooting trophies and shotgun.
    Henry Granger: Now, Harry, where was I? Ah, yes, I remember. Now, Harry, I was told that you are dating my daughter...
  • In Croft and Son, Sam is a rare female example. It never comes up a lot, but it's made more than clear she disapproves of Nero being around girls and he isn't allowed to date until he's 25. She's also the only one who complains about Nero going to university out of the country (Lara being much more accepting of the decision), and threatens to drag him back home if he tries to skip out on coming back for holidays.
  • In Mass Effect's fanfic Crucible, many turian dads run strongly on this trope to various degrees:
    • Garrus' maternal grandfather Sheor tried to kill his dad Avitus with an axe when discovered that the latter's impregnated his daughter before marriage. To summarize the event, He flung the kitchen table to the side and effortlessly threw Avitus's mom Kadisa, who is a CQC expert into a couch, to chase Avitus around the huge homestead for three rounds before catching up. It took Avitus's dad Garrus, to get into a fist-fight with Sheor for the man to stop trying to kill his future son-in-law.
    • Then Avitus himself wasn't very pleased with the fact that Solana was all grown up and now has a suitor.
    • In the bad timeline, Garrus and Shepard's son Gaius started dreading about his daughter will have dates immediately right after he realized his wife is pregnant with said kid.
    • Played for Laughs with Avitus's friend Crassus who went crazy over his cat Mrs. Tibb. When he discovered that the cat was pregnant he was indecisive between killing the neighbor's male cat that did it and the vet that installed the faulty contraception chip.
    • Tragically, Makerm was this to his daughter Koria but it wasn't enough to protect her from being raped, became insane and then drown herself. This event was the reason he decided to bring all turians under his rules.
    • Averted with Shepard's dad Sam who, while protective of his child when needed (like saving her from two rapists and then fed the hungry teen), was very supportive of her relationship with her husband. In fact, the reason she and Garrus met in the first place was that Sam arranged it so they could fall in love and then married as he knew the husband and his family would love and protect his child with everything they had.
  • In Earth and Sky, Big Macintosh's very young children are not targeted but he seems to be practicing on both of his sisters and their budding relationships (nevermind that Applejack is, at this point, thirty).
  • In Fate Crazy Knights, Kariya initially has no interest in helping Lancer with his romance issues with Saber Lion... until Sakura gets infatuated with him thanks to his love spell. Thankfully it goes away once Berseker uses a bandaid to cover the love spot, thought Kariya tells Lancer to never remove it.
  • In The Gender Bend Omake: Gildart's Girls, Gildarts sees both Natsu Dragneel and Cana Alberona as his own kids, even before finding out that Cana is his blood daughter. So he ends up annoyed when he sees that both Natsu and Cana are competiting for Luca Heartfilia's attention, especially with Cana trying offer Luca sex or Natsu demanding him to give her his shirt. Eventually, Gildarts goes to confront Luca about his intentions to the two girls, only to relent in annoyance when not only is it clear that Luca is a gentleman that doesn't believe in sex before marriage, but that Natsu and Cana are more of a threat to Luca's virtues than the other way around.
  • Ochako's dad in the My Hero Academia fanfic Green Tea Rescue takes this trope to heart.
    Mr. Uraraka: It's not only my right, but my duty to give any boy my daughter "hangs out with" a hard time.
  • Discussed in Supergirl story Hellsister Trilogy when Kara wants her boyfriend Dev-Em to meet her adoptive parents, and Dev argues her birth or adoptive parents will murder him. Despite his fears, Fred and Edna Danvers resign themselves to the fact their daughter is dating someone they don't approve of (Superman got into a fact with Dev, nonetheless).
    Kara: So I want to show them the nice young man who picked me up in the 30th Century. Just be as charming as you are to me, and you'll do just fine. I mean it, Dev. I want you to come home with me. Just for the week.
    Dev: Kara, darling. Listen. Do you think your parents are going to be really enthused about us sharing what I'm about to get out of? Marriage, yes. Parents are overjoyed to hear that their daughters are getting married. But living together? That means you're despoiling their little darling. They come after you with Kryptonite and chains from Daxam.
  • HERZ: Rare female example. During a conversation, Shinji tells he thinks his daughters have few suitors because his wife Asuka scares them away.
  • Inverted, as Tom Riddle serves as an overprotective son to Harry in If Them's the Rules.
  • Sesshomaru to both Rin and Sesshura in Inuyasha The Real World.
  • Kakashi's Kid, a Naruto fanfic, portrays Kakashi Hatake as this, to the extent where the babysitters of choice are ANBU. And they're not good enough.
  • The fanon portrays Hiashi Hyuga from Naruto (when he's not being portrayed as evil) as this over Hinata and Hanabi. Also Kurenai over Hinata as well. One example, concerning Hiashi, can be seen in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox. Hiashi becomes this for his children, mainly Hinata, once he forms the impression that Naruto doesn't take his studies as seriously as Hinata is expected to do with hers. The over-protectiveness increases after Hiashi finds out that Naruto was one of the Kyuushingai, as he doesn't want his daughter associating with a guy who was part of a group infamous for causing 365 days of carnage across several cities in the not-too-distant past.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, Kyon realizes his father will be one when his sister gets older. His father already thinks that way, though.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton:
    • Phanty's father attacks Danny after he catches the two of them together on their blind date.
    • Oscar Proud intrudes on Penny's date with Danny. Suga Mama even believes he goes too far.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Dr. Light was this to Roll at first, and Dr. Cossack is this for Kalinka.
  • In the Harry Potter fanfic Moratorium, Sirius Black is an overprotective uncle for Harry.
  • In Nobody Dies, Pieter Sohryu tackles an Angel (well, the remnant of an Angel anyway) when he thinks it was making a pass at his daughter. Junior, for his part, wasn't but ends up in a fistfight with Pieter over it anyway. Later, when both of them are sitting in NERV's detention cells, they come to an understanding:
    Pieter: Well?
    Junior: The Bro Code is clear: thou shalt not hit on thy bro's daughter.
    (they fistbump)
  • A Fire Emblem Awakening fic has this be the case with both Chrom and Robin. Chrom had Frederick spy on Lucina's date. Robin, however, went a bit farther than that. Neither of their daughters approves.
  • In Professor Arc, Qrow and Taiyang hear about Ruby and Yang's crush on the young new professor at Beacon. They basically stalk Jaune, join his hunting mission incognito, and get him soused in order to confess to any improprieties.
  • In The Vanishing Cabinet of Time Hermione gets her parents to allow Harry to spend the first two weeks of the summer after third year at their house.
    Hermione: If Mum's words are anything to go by, Daddy will tell you all about his days in the SAS during his father-to-boyfriend talk with you.
    Harry: Offensive tactics meant to scare me. 'Treat my daughter wrong and I'll use my pistol.' Gotcha.
    Hermione: More like his shotgun. But yes, pretty much.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Hiashi demands that his wife go along when Naruto and Hinata go out for ramen. This has nothing to do with a dislike of Naruto specifically (if anything, he's grateful for his and Hinata's friendship since it's what saved his wife's life), he just doesn't want his eight-year-old daughter alone with a boy. We never get to see his reaction when the two of them start dating five years later, as he's killed during the Uchiha Insurrection.
    • Jiraiya ends up getting married to Tsunade and having twin children, a boy and a girl. During Kurenai and Asuma's wedding, he claims he passed a law banning anyone from dating the Hokage's daughter until she's 30. While everyone laughs at the remark, his expression afterwards make it clear he's only half-joking about it.
  • Sword Art Online Abridged has an inverted example, in which Yui takes an instant disliking to Leafa as an "obstinate hussy" distracting her daddy from his mission to rescue Asuna. Kirito does rein her in, but the point is made clear.
  • Ensei in The Tainted Grimoire is said to be this by Sasasha. An example includes his reaction to learning his daughter Kanin is going on a date. It is exactly what you'd expect from someone labelled overprotective.
  • Gender Flipped in Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change with the Light when Ben Reilly's father threatens to make Mary Jane Watson's life very, very miserable if she doesn't stay away from his son. Ben himself is not amused when he finds out.
  • Total Drama Legacy:
    • Topher. He is very protective of his daughter Tophella, and strongly disapproves of her boyfriend Keith. The reason why is because Keith's father, Dave, broke Ella's heart long ago, and because Ella is now Topher's wife, Topher hates him on her behalf, and doesn't want Tophella's heart to be broken the same way Ella's was.
    • Lightning. In "Aftermath: Blast from the Past", when Nero steps onto the aftermath stage, Lightning recognizes him as the boy who touched his daughter's breasts, and, with an intense expression and some Knuckle Cracking, reminds Nero that he could kill a shrimp like him with his bare hands.
  • White Sheep (RWBY): When Nicholas Arc tells his half-Grimm daughters that they need to integrate into human society, they ask what they should do if boys flirt with them. Nicholas says they should kill them—they just have to do it without their Grimm powers. His adoptive daughter Cinder has to explain that they are not allowed to kill people.
  • Many Sailor Moon fics that use the 90s anime's rendition of Kenji Tsukino, who was this trope only in that version. This doesn't stop people from making him one in fics that are based on other versions of the franchise. The reason is probably either ignorance or laziness/stereotypes.
  • Anakin Skywalker is often written this way in fan-fiction where he does not go Vader and is around to see Leia grow up, much to Han's... misfortune. He is also shown (though not as often) to have problems with his son's love interest Mara Jade in the same context.
  • In Chapter 93 of Daisuke Davis Motomiya in Love, Tony Start tries to get the Avengers to take out a boy that has been getting close to his adopted daughter Penny nee-Parker Stark. His wife Davey tries to talk to him into giving the guy a chance... until they learn the guy in question is Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool.
  • In Change Happens Over Time, Starscream remembers when he met Megatron's daughter Eclipsa. Megatron happened to notice the Seeker's interest and confronted him, warning him that if he so much as laid a digit on Eclipsa, he would regret the very day he ever met Megatron.
  • Discussed in the Aladdin fanfic Opposites Destroy - while describing how a genie can hurt someone with an innocent wish, Genie says that if Djinn had to grant a wish for a boy to meet a nice girl, he would drop the boy into the room of a girl with a very powerful and protective mercenary father and arrange for the father to kill the boy.
  • one day at a time: Main protagonist Jason Todd is this for both his kids and his siblings. His opinion on Dam Kent, one of his first students, made a complete 180 after learning the kid had asked his adoptive daughter Helena out to prom, and he had no issues threatening him with Kryptonite. While initially Played for Laughs, this is later expanded to be something of a character flaw of his; Jason is so protective of his family that he often tries to shield them away from anything that might cause physical or emotional harm to them, even if it means keeping vital information away from them until the last minute or being manipulative and somewhat controlling. To his credit, he does recognize it as a problem and tries to restrain himself when need be, but his own past difficulties means it will never completely go away.
  • A Phantoms Ghoul School Sweetheart: Upon learning that Phanty is in love with Danny, the Phantom is so angry that he's willing to remove his daughter from school if it means Danny will stay away from her.
  • In this Spy X Family fancomic, Anya is watching a on tv a father warding off a boy from his daughter with a shotgun. She laughs with her parents about funny the scene is. Though after reading their minds, Anya learns the two find it funny because they find using a shotgun ineffective at getting rid of them.
    • Loid would use interrogation methods to spiritually and mentally break any boy that tries to get close to Anya. He even considers a shotgun as a Mercy Kill compared to what he would do.
    • Yor finds using a shotgun silly because of how messy and loud it is. For any boy that gets close to Anya, she would use a kitchen knife to finish him off quickly and cleanly.

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

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jack Byrnes (played by Robert DeNiro) of the movie Meet the Parents. He goes so far as to force his daughter's boyfriend to take a polygraph test. In the middle of the night. This is a common theme throughout the entire movie and both sequels. At the end of every movie, he learns that he was wrong... only to get Aesop Amnesia in the next film.
  • Eighth Grade: Mark to his daughter Kayla. Mark spies on Kayla from afar when she is hanging out at the mall with new friends, embarrassing her.
  • Subverted in the Colin Firth plot in Love Actually; when Firth travels to Portugal to ask the woman he loves to marry him, he encounters her father... who, thinking that he's wanting to marry her (less attractive) sister, has no problem — and when she indignantly asks him whether he'd sell his daughter to a perfect stranger, blithely replies "Selling? I'll pay him." Even when the misunderstanding is clarified, he still isn't particularly bothered that a complete stranger (to him) wants to propose to his daughter completely out of the blue.
  • Subverted in The Wackness. It looks as if Squarez is rearing to rip Luke a new one when he finds out that he and his stepdaughter Stephanie are dating; however, it's actually Luke that he's worried about, warning him that Stephanie is likely to dump him once her friends return from vacation. Considering the fact that he's Luke's friend, therapist, and that Luke hinted at considering suicide, it's not as strange as it seems.
  • Lancelot in Monty Python and the Holy Grail "rescuing" Galahad from the "clutches" of the girls of Castle Anthrax. Though the fact that Galahad was Lancelot's son was never mentioned in the film, it can be assumed that he was intended to be (as in the source material) as the Pythons knew their Arthuriana.
  • Nathan Wallace in Repo! The Genetic Opera takes this to some scary extremes with his daughter, Shilo. When the story begins, she's been locked in her bedroom for 17 years. It seems like he has good reason for this, as she has a rare blood disease. Until it turns out that she doesn't, and he was actually poisoning her so he could keep her with him and away from the outside world. Though with it becoming a complete Crapsack World, can you really blame him?
  • Abraham in Selena is very much this, disapproving of Selena becoming involved with Chris and initially shunning their marriage.
  • Troll 2: "If my father knew you were here, he'd cut off your little nuts and eat them. He can't stand you."
  • In Bad Boys II, Marcus' daughter is being picked up at her home by her boyfriend Reggie. Despite specific instructions from his wife to not go into the overprotective "Her daddy is a policeman, so watch out!" routine, he immediately proceeds to lay down the law punctuated with threats of violence. (Language warning). The scene then Crosses the Line Twice when his partner Mike pretends to be a family friend who just got out of prison, and chimes in with his own outright psychotic threats, including pointing a gun at Reggie's face and then threatening that he will rape him if Reggie exceeds the dating boundaries:
    Mike Lowery: You ever made love to a man?
    Reggie: (horrified) No.
    Mike Lowery: You want to?
    Reggie: (almost crying) No sir...
  • In the 2008 Liam Neeson film Taken, Neeson's character Bryan Mills comes across as this at first, with the rules he tries to impose for his daughter's safety. She's annoyed by them and thinks he's too strict, as does his ex-wife. Shortly after, he is proven right when he has to storm his way through the Paris Underworld to try and save his daughter from sex-traders. Mills, an ex-CIA agent, fights off thugs left and right with mostly hand-to-hand combat and even ties one of the unfortunate traders to a chair, sticks a long nail into each leg, hooks a jumper cable to each leg nail and to the house's wiring, and shocks him so he reveals who he and his group sold his daughter to. After the interrogation, he leaves him in the chair, to have volts and volts of electricity flow through his body until "it is shut off for lack of payment on the bill." Mills did say that he would kill him after finding him, and kill him he did!
  • Although he does warm up to his daughter's boyfriend by the end of the movie, Beldar from Coneheads can be quite the Overprotective Dad too, in his own peculiar way, backed up by Super Strength:
    [Beldar tears open the roof to Ronnie's car]
    Ronnie: H-hi, Mr. Conehead.
    Beldar: I find you unacceptable!
    Ronnie: Yes, sir.
    Beldar: If I did not fear incarceration from human authority figures, I would terminate your life functions by applying sufficient pressure to your blunt skull so as to force its collapse!
    Ronnie: Th-thank you.
  • College Road Trip. Giving a nice greeting to a male study partner of the protagonist's daughter seems to cause him physical pain.
  • There's a Lifetime Movie of the Week that features Robert Urich as an overprotective father who takes it to the extreme. He kills his daughters' husbands for the life insurance money. Gwyneth Paltrow plays one of the daughters.
  • Clueless has the dad drop this little hint to a guy taking his daughter out:
    Mel: Anything happens to my daughter, I've got a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anybody would miss you.
  • In the Rom Com New in Town, Harry Connick Jr. plays one, especially when his little girl is going to her first dance.
    Ted: Just remember: anything you do to her, I do to you. (insert menacing glare)
  • The Sound of Music: Once he starts paying attention to his children, Captain Von Trapp edges into this on occasion. Most notably, he's very, very upset when he finds out that Max had intended to have the children perform publicly in a music festival (though he's ultimately forced to go along with it).
    • Even before this, eldest daughter Liesl feels she has to sneak around to be with her boyfriend, and can only see him when he happens to be in the area. It's not entirely clear what the basis for the secrecy is, but it's safe to say that she didn't expect her father to react well.
  • In the Ice Cube film The Players Club, Blue, the local DJ at the stripper club the protagonist, Diana, works at comes to pick her up for a date. While he waiting for her to get ready, he meets her dad who just happens to be practicing his marksmanship with a gun. As you can imagine, the scene is far from comfortable to Blue.
  • The father from Critters is a low-key example, glaring at her daughter's new boyfriend all through dinner and dismissing his flashy sports car as a "fancy toy". Also a severe case of fatherly denial, as he's floored when his wife reassures him she'd told their daughter the facts of life "years ago"... this, while said daughter is busily making out with her date in the barn.
  • The father in this German film adaptation of the fairy tale "Jorinde and Joringel" does not approve of his daughter's relationship with Joringel and uses violence against him a number of times. (This character is a Canon Foreigner and does not appear in the original story.)
  • In Disney's My Date with the President's Daughter, when Duncan is about to take the title girl out (he had no idea who she was when he asked her out), her father comes in and tells him to have her back by 10 PM. He even threatens to institute the draft if anything happens to his daughter (of course, if Duncan knew anything about how US government works, he'd know the President doesn't have that power). He also sends two Secret Service agents with them. At the end of the film, he seems to have mellowed a little and even shows up at Duncan's school to tell him he's ok with them dating and has accepted that his daughter is just a regular teenager. Then, when Duncan takes Hallie out again, the camera pulls back to reveal their car flanked by four Secret Service vehicles with a helicopter providing aerial support.
  • John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard is this, even though his daughter is well in her twenties and doesn't want anything to do with him.
  • Morgan in The Old Dark House (1963) is violently protective of his daughter Morgana. This is rather unfortunate for the protagonist, whom Morgana has the hots for.
  • Inverted in the Slasher Movie Cherry Falls: In this scene, Sheriff Brent Marken asks his virginal daughter Jody to go all the way because the serial killer he's after only targets virgins.
  • In Herbie: Fully Loaded, Ray Peyton Sr. is dead set against his daughter Maggie being a racer, as much as she wants to follow in his footsteps. This is for two understandable reasons; one, because she had gotten into a bad car accident while street racing years ago, and two:
    Ray Peyton Sr.: Because you're the spitting image of your mother. And I can't lose her twice.
  • In 50 First Dates, when Henry tries to get close to Lucy, her father and brother naturally assume he just wants to have consequence-free sex with her, possibly even multiple times, given her Laser-Guided Amnesia. This is justified, given Henry's reputation as The Casanova, and the fact that it's extremely difficult to have a relationship with a woman, who forgets all about it the following morning. However, this is subverted later, when Lucy's father actually starts to try to get them together.
  • Mitchell in Blockers is completely in denial about how grown up his daughter Kayla is, and immediately distrustful of her prom date Connor, to the point where when he thinks they've had sex he throws Connor through a wall.
  • Chanthaly: Chanthaly's father won't even let her leave the house due to her heart-based disease.
  • In the Paddington films, Mr. Brown is a variation of this trope — he's not overprotective in a romantic sense (he appears to have no objection that we see to his daughter dating or the boys she dates), but in a "must protect my kids from every physical threat possible, even if it only exists in my head" sense. And interestingly, his overprotectiveness mainly kicks in around his son rather than his daughter, because he's reckless and she's sensible.
  • Adrian Toomes, played by Michael Keaton, is one of these in Spiderman Homecoming, although he isn't so overprotective that he denies Liz any freedom. He clearly loves Liz deeply, and the main reason he went into villainy was to be able to continue to provide for her and his wife. Liz isn't surprised at all when Adrian jokingly says he has to give Peter "the Dad Talk" when dropping them off at the Homecoming dance (it's really to confront Peter, whom he figured out is Spider-Man during the drive). He'll kill you if you threaten Liz or try to prevent him from providing for her, but if you save her life he will not forget it.
  • In the French silent film La Roue, Sisif doesn't like other men looking at Norma nor does he like her dressing in a way that's likely to get their attention. He has his reasons.
  • Inverted with Charlie and his grandmother in Letters to Juliet. Charlie was raised by his grandmother and is protective of her. The main reason he is so vocal about his disapproval of searching for Lorenzo is because he doesn't want his grandmother hurt by a man who may or may not be alive.
  • No Blade of Grass. As they're facing the collapse of civilisation, Mary asks her boyfriend to "make her a woman". He refuses saying she's only sixteen and her father will shoot him. Mary says that he won't...but her mother probably will. The joke becomes less funny when she and her mother are raped later on and her father does kill those responsible.
  • In Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot is fiercely protective of the virtue of his daughters, Shuah and Maleb. When Prince Astaroth taunts him with the revelation that he has seduced both of them, Lot flies into a murderous rage and fights a Duel to the Death with Astaroth, ignoring the pleas for mercy from his daughters and from Astaroth himself as he plunges his sword into his opponent's chest. Incidentally this is Adaptational Heroism; in the Bible Lot actually offered his daughter's to the mob to rape instead of his guests.
  • Twice-Told Tales: Taken to psychotic levels by Giacomo Rappaccini in "Rappaccini's Daughter". Many years ago, Rappaccini abruptly quit academia and became a recluse after his wife ran away with a lover. Rappaccini has treated his daughter Beatrice with an exotic plant extract that makes her touch deadly; he does this to keep her safe from unwanted suitors, but it makes her a prisoner in her own home.
  • Thelma: Thelma's dad and mom regularly look over her schedule and he calls her every night to make sure that she eats or doesn't give in to hedonistic practices. They may be protective and watch carefully over their daughter but they are shown to be emotionally distant.
  • Steam: Elizabeth's dad Frank is very controlling, with her mom going along on it. He micromanages everything she does, particularly trying to prevent Elizabeth sleeping with men (as they're conservative Catholics), though she actually only likes women, but given his beliefs he wouldn't approve of that either. Elizabeth finally pushes back on this, happier to stay in a jail cell than be bailed out by him.
  • Sweet Hostage: Before Doris Mae's kidnapping, her dad grills her about what she did on her date last night and threatens to shoot any man who comes near her.

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

  • Gender Flipped example in Jo's Boys, the third sequel to Little Women: Daisy's father John Brooke died when she was 10, so her mother Meg has to play the overprotective mother who doesn't believe Nat is good enough for her daughter.
  • In To Kill a Mockingbird, the description of Finch's Landing mentions that its original owner designed the upstairs so that the son's bedroom would be accessible by one staircase, and the daughters' bedrooms only by another... which took you directly through the parents' room.
  • Savagely deconstructed in The Warrior's Apprentice. Sergeant Bothari is crazily overprotective of his daughter Elena and gets violent when a guy tries to start a relationship with her. It's typical of this trope for the dad to be overprotective because he knows All Men Are Perverts. Well, in Bothari's case, he is a former rapist and she herself is the product of him raping a prisoner-of-war. After Elena finds this out, she is utterly disgusted by him.
  • Done very darkly with Beverley Marsh's dad in Stephen King's It. He beats her up whenever she does something odd (commenting that he worries about her A LOT) and when he finds out that she's been spending time with the rest of the Loser's Club, he demands that she take off her pants so he can check her barrier. Thankfully she gets away, but wow.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Gender flipped, but Athena does not approve of Percy's association with her daughter Annabeth, and she makes it apparent should Percy ever sway in his loyalties....
  • Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, even though he isn't Cosette's real father. At first, this is partly from self-preservation, as he believes Marius (who has been exchanging glances with Cosette) is an agent of the police, but once he finds out that they have been secretly meeting he wishes Marius dead. Then inverted as he designates him as his successor in taking care of Cosette and saves him from the Barricade.
  • A mild version in those parts of Legacy of the Force written by Aaron Allston. Wedge Antilles has two daughters. He insisted on having them carry two blasters when they were going out and despaired when he found that one of them was dating another pilot, and due to the mission and secrecy he couldn't talk to her.
  • Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth! becomes this when he and Jennifer have a daughter named Jane in the Disgaea novels. The most noteworthy proof of this is that he absolutely does not approve of Jane's romantic feelings for Laharl, even though he should know that Laharl would never hurt her and is not interested in a romantic relationship to begin with.
  • Washington Square subverts this — while the way Catherine's father treats her paramour Morris comes off as him wanting to protect his little girl from a man who's not up to snuff; in reality, he only wants to protect his money from a prospective Gold Digger.
  • A Rose for Emily paints the image of Emily in the background, and her father at the door with her back to her, bullwhip in hand. It is implied this is why she never got engaged.
  • In Skulduggery Pleasant Desmond tries to do this to Fletcher on Valkyrie's first date. Given his Cloudcuckoolander tendencies it is hilarious.
  • Lolita takes this trope in combination with Crazy Jealous Guy; the reason Humbert Humbert doesn't like his adoptive daughter being with other boys (or men) is that he wants her for himself.
  • Legacy of the Dragokin: Daniar has a son who is ready and eager to follow in her footsteps as guardian of the realm but she keeps him sequestered in the castle.
  • Journey To Chaos: When Tiza learns who her parents are, she realizes that Retina's dislike of Nolien, her Love Interest, should have been a dead giveaway.
  • In Sixth Watch, Anton has enchanted one of his teenage daughter's earrings to protect her against anyone, who wants to harm her. Quite reasonable, right? She has a number of such amulets from both Anton and her mother, as well as the heads of both Moscow Watches. However, Anton has also added a low-level spell to the earring to ward off any boys until her 18th birthday. His daughter suspects this and is extremely annoyed. Anton swears to her that this isn't true and then tells the readers not to judge him, especially if they happen to be fathers with teenage daughters of their own. The spell doesn't appear to be working to ward off Innokenti, who becomes her boyfriend, but this might be because the boy is a potentially Higher Other. Innokenti does, however, want to wait a little longer before they have sex, earning him some respect from Anton, even though it annoys his daughter, who wants to consummate the relationship.
  • Simon Worthington in Who's That Girl, the father of Louden Trott's fiancee Wendy, to the point where in the prenuptial agreement Louden has to sign, he has pages full of diagrammed sexual positions Louden and Wendy aren't allowed to engage in.
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has Lena's father, who revokes his financial support for her to study art in college when he finds out her summer drawing class involves nude models.
  • Carmilla: Although Laura never blames her father, there are clear hints that he is afraid of letting go of her. Even though Laura is suffering from loneliness at the castle, her father does not take her to balls, send her to a boarding school, or consciously prepare her for a life outside of the castle. When he tells Laura of the death of Bertha Rheinfeldt, General Spielsdorf's niece whom she was looking forward to meeting, he adds that he is "very glad" that Laura never got to know Bertha, because this way she has been spared the grief of losing a friend. Taken to its conclusion, this reaction indicates that he prefers his daughter not to have friends at all rather than to risk grief from experiencing loss; obviously not a very wise precept.
  • Mr. Fedora in Marty Pants doesn't like his daughter having boys over. She says if he catches Marty in his house, he'll use his skin and bones to make furniture.
  • Fire & Blood: On learning his delinquent daughter Princess Saera has been sleeping with one of his knights, King Jaehaerys I tells the guy responsible, "Stinger" Beesbury that he can choose between a trial by combat or getting his balls chopped off, his face sliced up, and his arms and legs broken, then healed incorrectly just so he can never charm a girl again. Beesbury goes with the former. He has to fight Jaehaerys himself and dies.
  • To Sail Beyond the Sunset: Averted. Maureen's father encourages her to lose her virginity. When she does a month away from turning 15, he congratulates her and gives advice on living a life of promiscuity.
  • InCryptid:
    • Following Fran's death, Jonathan becomes this to Alice, refusing to teach her anything about cryptids and trying to make her have a so-called 'normal' life. This lasts up until she nearly gets killed by a dire boar in "Target Practice", and Alice puts her foot down.
    • Gender inverted and ultimately subverted in the short story My Last Name. Verity warns Dominic that her mother is the one to worry about, but both her parents ultimately accept him as their son-in-law.
    Kevin: Your mother's going to bury him in a shallow grave somewhere on the property. You understand that, don't you?...I mean, I'm the father figure holding a shotgun, so you'd think I'd be the one screaming about despoiling my little girl, but really, I want to go ask the man if he's considered going into Witness Protection before your mother gets her hands on him.
  • Villains Are Destined to Die: The Duke is not happy that Callisto is courting Penelope. He's outright ready to rebel when he finds out that Callisto impregnated Penelope prior to their marriage.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Our Miss Brooks: Mr. Conklin has this attitude toward his daughter Harriet, sometimes kicking off the plot of the week:
    • In "Madame Brooks Dubarry", Mr. Conklin unaccountably thinks that Miss Brooks is a "modern day dubarry" and carrying on with Mr. Boynton. This leads to him ordering Miss Brooks to have a talk with Harriet and ultimately leading to Mr. Conklin and Harriet spying on Mr. Boynton, Miss Brooks, and landlady Mrs. Davis from a hiding place in Mrs. Davis' living room.
    • Again, in "Parlor Game", Mr. Conklin believes that Harriet is growing up "far too fast". He's disgusted with her relationship with Walter Denton. To fix this, he plans Harriet, Walter, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton to spend a quiet evening at the Conklin house.
    • In "Cat Burglars", Harriet is mortified that her father forces her to have a babysitter after a series of cat burglaries in town.
  • That '70s Show:
    • After Kelso gets a girl pregnant and she bears his illegitimate daughter, he finds himself unable to take advantage of a Dumb Blonde as he can't stop worrying about his daughter being exposed to some sex-crazed jerk. He eventually decides that the only way to have guilt-free sex is to get the father's permission. This . . . doesn't quite work. It doesn't help that he says something very close to: "I'd like to have sex with your daughter and I thought I'd ask you first because I couldn't help but worry about my own illegitimate baby girl."
    • Bob Pinciotti was like this with Donna in relation to her dating Eric, especially after finding out the two of them had sex.
    • Played for Laughs when Red decides to "convince" Kelso not to date his daughter Laurie. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Danny Tanner of Full House, specially in regards to DJ.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
    • Philip Banks with Ashley. He could be that way with Hilary as well such as the episode when she was going to pose for Playboy. Though he was never as protective with her as he was with Ashley.
    • Will was also pretty protective of Ashley, to the point of throwing a fit when he sees her kissing boys.
    • Will meets one such dad of a girl he was currently dating. The dad however happens to be a pilot and tricks Will into a plane ride where he uses his flying skills to try and scare Will away from his daughter. It doesn't get much better when the plane stalls, they have to bail out and end up stuck alone in the forest together.
    • And another during the show's first season, who doesn't think ANYONE is good enough for his little girl, to the point where no one even bothers to ask her out because they know her dad will say "no".
  • Cain Dingle in Emmerdale has gotten violent on several occasions when he thinks someone is trying to take advantage of his little girl.
  • Joel Nash and Rhyss Sutherland in Home and Away.
  • Tommy Harris in Coronation Street. More recently, Owen Armstrong.
  • iCarly: As Carly's legal guardian Spencer can do this a few times, like in iDate a Bad Boy. Spencer generally averts the trope though, trusting Carly to make good decisions about her movements and activities.
  • John Ritter's 8 Simple Rules was also based on this concept, particularly a very funny list from such a father. The full title, of course, was Eight Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter.
  • Cleo's father in H₂O: Just Add Water.
  • Mr. Noah Bennet (a.k.a. HRG) in Heroes is also an Overprotective Husband. The writers of the show figured they couldn't go without this in Season 2, playing the stock plot almost to the letter. Despite everyone involved knowing there was a damn good reason for caution.
  • Ripley Holden in Blackpool veers into Squick territory over this, describing his daughter as a "wet dream" and trying to threaten and even bribe his daughter's "unsuitable" fiancée to get lost. Made worse by the fact that the man in question is her father's age. Add in the fact that the fiancé gets beaten up by Ripley's gay son because he thought that's what his father wanted and you have a family just MADE of Squick.
  • Played straight with Jed Bartlet for six seasons in The West Wing, particularly toward his youngest daughter Zoey.
    • Often lampshaded (especially in the sixth season), in which his wife would make fun of him for being a cliché. Fortunately for him, being President of the United States came in very handy for intimidating potential mates.
      President Josiah Bartlet: Just remember these two things: she's nineteen years old, and the 82nd Airborne works for me.
    • These fears are kind of justified, as demonstrated by his rant from season 1 outlining how anything happening to Zoey would be the "nightmare scenario" and by her kidnapping in season 4, which causes him to invoke the 25th Amendment and temporarily relinquish power in a way that's very similar to the said rant.
    • In the seventh season, when his middle daughter, Ellie, was getting married to a nerd named Vic, he deliberately engineered a situation where Vic would get swarmed by backslapping military brass. The nerd eventually wins over Bartlet, of course.
  • Roseanne has a classic Overprotective Dad in Dan Conner as played by John Goodman, with an only marginally more rational Overprotective Mom in Roseanne herself.
  • Gene Simmons of Gene Simmons Family Jewels is shown as an overprotective father to his daughter Sophie, since he knows what young guys want from his own past experience. He might as well breathe fire to any guy trying to get close to Sophie. He was even called a hypocrite by one of his friends.
  • Married... with Children:
    • Subverted: where Peg's father actually approves of Al, so much so that he literally forced Al at gunpoint to marry Peg after Al mistakenly proposed to Peg while drunk and later tried to get out of the marriage.
    • Played straight when Al goes so far as to hurt each and every one of Kelly's boyfriends (and boy, does she have a fair amount). He does that to protect the family's reputation (Kelly's very low standards means that most of the guys she dates truly are scum, and this is one of the very few times when Al actually shows some responsibility as a parent), while he doesn't mind when Bud gets some (but once in a while)...
    • Also subverted with Kelly herself whenever she lands a rich guy, as Al actively supports the relationship and tries to exploit it for his own benefit.
    • And when Bud confides that he has been dating his 40-year-old teacher, Al shows up at the school the next day to blast the woman as a "cradle robbing pervert" and bring in two cops to arrest her. Unfortunately, the woman was out, so Al just humiliated the completely innocent elderly substitute, but overall, kudos to Al for not buying into Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male, even if the woman was "hot" and Bud was "consenting".
  • Parodied with Hermes Pinzan in Yo soy Betty, la fea, who follows the trope to a T, but the daughter he protects so obsessively is such an ugly, nerdy and wholesome woman that he shouldn't have any reason for worry... Or has he?
  • In the "Explorer" episode of Another Case of Milton Jones, Annette, daughter of camping tycoon Mr Millet, complains of having an overbearing dad.
    Milton: And my heart went out to her, as she sat there in her cycle helmet and bubblewrap dress.
    • Millet forces Milton to row across the Pacific (as Product Placement) before he will let Milton marry his daughter, but reneges on this promise and locks her up in a fortress.
  • Eureka's Sheriff Jack Carter is a prime example. At the end of one episode, he handcuffed her to keep her from talking to a boy, and it was played for laughs. However, considering how she's implied to have acted before coming to him, it was a fairly understandable level of caution. He gets much better about that whole thing later on as she gets a bit older and more mature. At one point, we think the APB he's been given is about the Mystery of the Week as he rushes off... to confront his fifteen-year-old daughter who is wanted on charges of credit card fraud to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. All through the first season, it was played with, as his being protecting her from the law (he is in the business of "law enforcement" after all). After that, he started to relax as she became more comfortable and began to fit into the town. To the point that he has not voiced any problems with Zoey and her boyfriend going to colleges in the same city on the other side of the country from Eureka. When he walks in on them being... intimate, his only reaction is "now my day is complete" and then turns to work on the issue of the week. At the end of the episode, it is commented on his self-restraint not making any threats while they are making out in public.
  • Ben with Alex on Lost, though for good reason, as women who become pregnant on the Island invariably die. Still, locking the kid in a cage and then brainwashing him A Clockwork Orange-style was a bit extreme. It's even reinforced in a parallel dimension in the final season, Ben gives up dreams of school-wide domination for Alex's benefit. What a twist!
  • Pushing Daisies gives us Chuck's father Charles Charles, when he gets resurrected.Of course it doesn't help that young Ned accidentally killed Charles Charles.
  • Subverted in True Blood when the vampire Bill Compton threatens to throw the mortal Hoyt Fortenberry through a closed window when Bill discovers Hoyt and Jessica, who is Bill's progeny (or is it his ward?), making out in his living room. Bill's physical threats were intended to protect Hoyt in case Jessica's love lust turned to blood lust.
    Although it is to protect Hoyt, you know Bill's also being an Overprotective Daddy. After all, he did have a daughter pre vampirism.
  • Alias: Facing off with Jack Bristow is bad enough when you think he's just a very tall, broad-shouldered, poker-faced airplane parts manufacturing executive/bank manager/large glowery person who seems to know everything you get up to. Telling him you want to date - or worse, marry - Sydney when you know he's a Xanatos Speed Chess-playing double agent who keeps multiple caches of weapons around is the really fun part. The man has broken just about every rule in the book in the course of protecting his daughter, and he's probably broken rules that didn't even exist in the course of protecting her. Lampshaded by Dixon after it's revealed the lengths Jack was willing to go to, to protect Vaughan - just because it meant protecting his daughter.
    Vaughan: You know, it's funny. It's the first time I ever felt Jack accepted me.
    Dixon: Or else he manufactured a very elaborate scheme to postpone your wedding to his daughter.
  • Castle :
    • Richard Castle whenever he runs across a case that hurts teenage girls... Alexis may be the most responsible one in the family, but there's no denying that he loves his daughter dearly. Though the standard scene where the father intimidates his daughter's date is defied when she goes out with Owen, as she insists that he gets rid of the fake severed head and bloodstained coat, and is ready to leave immediately.
    • Castle invokes this another time when he is talking with Beckett about Alexis' upcoming prom night and how he will instill fear into the young gentleman to ensure he didn't do anything untoward. While discussing this, Beckett revealed her father didn't do it (to her knowledge) but thinking back while talking she does admit her date was far more nervous after she stepped out of the room to finish getting ready, and left him alone with her father, than he was before.
  • CSI: Miami: In an episode that was otherwise a homage to The Hangover, the bride's dad really disapproved of the groom and at the first sign that he had hurt her (emotionally, by going to a strip club after swearing he wouldn't) he bribed a stripper to bring him out back, hogtied him and left him to die at sea in a tiny inflatable raft.
  • CSI: NY: When Lucy was still a baby, Danny was already saying boys won't get close enough to get her pregnant. He wouldn't even let one of the male lab techs hold her the first time he and Lucy took her to work...she was only a week old!
  • Rob Fitch (Katie and Emily's dad) in Skins.
    Rob: They're not still virgins tomorrow, I'll hunt you down like dogs.
    • It doesn't help that these girls are nowhere near virgins already.
  • The father of Eddie's girlfriend Greta in the later seasons of Family Matters, to the point where he stops paying her college tuition when she won't break up with Eddie.
  • In Flashpoint, the father in "Jumping at Shadows" had a really good case for being Properly Paranoid since his daughter and family were under Witness Protection and the people gunning for his daughter managed to find them after bribing the police.
  • The first rule of Lie to Me is that you don't mess with Cal Lightman's daughter. Ever. As people that make that mistake find out, he'll only begin with punching you in the face.
  • In Chuck, Casey instantly becomes this on meeting his college-aged daughter. Possibly he feels he's missed out on years of overprotectiveness. Now imagine how he feels after finding out that she's dating Morgan.
  • Subverted in one episode of Growing Pains. Carol's dad isn't like this, but in one episode where she sneaks a boy home without telling her parents and they come home early, she panics, and tells him that he's "insane and carries a gun". (Naturally, that only makes the situation worse.)
  • Taken Up to Eleven with Earl's Bad Boss Mr. Richfield on Dinosaurs. He's so overprotective, he actually eats his daughters boyfriends. (He claims he only wanted to talk to the first one, but he lost his temper, and "after that, it was like eatin' peanuts.")
  • Even though he was only a one-shot character, the father of Jerry's Girl of the Week from "The Raincoats" episodes of Seinfeld is a good example. If you're still grounding your daughter and preventing her from seeing her boyfriend when she's old enough to rent an apartment (or at least a car), then it's probably safe to say that it's moved outside being a "tough but fair" approach to parenting and into the realm of control freakish-ness (although to be fair, the girlfriend didn't seem to be trying to stop it). Jack Byrnes didn't tell us he had family there. Though there was some Hypocritical Humor to be had in the later episode "The Hamptons". For all his religious faith, it only took a dish of food for a peace offering.
  • An episode of Power Rangers Time Force had Ransik turn into this because his daughter Nadira fell for Blue Ranger Lucas. However, rather than threatening him, Ransik interrupts a fight with the Monster of the Week to help out, dusting off the young man's uniform, handing him some flowers to give Nadira, and then chewing out the MOTW for nearly ruining his daughter's date.
  • Proving that Even Evil Has Loved Ones, Gul Dukat from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine tends to overreact quite spectacularly to his daughter Ziyal's feelings for Garak. Roughing the tailor up in the middle of Quark's for holding Ziyal's hand before embarking on a dangerous mission comes to mind. However, this has as much to do with the identity of the man in question as with a general protectiveness of his daughter; it's well-established by this point that Dukat and Garak hate each other, possibly because Garak might have had something to do with Dukat's father's death.
  • In a case of What Could Have Been, an episode was planned for Star Trek: The Original Series in which Kirk would have courted Dr. McCoy's daughter. The storyline would have involved McCoy being torn between his friendship with Kirk and his desire to protect his daughter.
  • In Community episode "Basic Genealogy", Pierce is shown to be this of his adult ex-step-children.
  • Turk in Scrubs has an infant daughter but already plans to be this. He claims he won't tell his daughter that she has a vagina until she's 18. On the other hand, he's eager to get Izzie married to JD's son Sam.
  • George in The George Lopez Show. He tries to scare almost all of her boyfriends away and succeeded with all but two of them.
  • The River gives us Emilio, who won't even let his teenage daughter be alone with a guy. Of course, he ends up being right, but not for the reason he thinks.
  • Angela's dad (played by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top fame) on Bones. He's scared Hodgins plenty of times and knocked him out, then tattooed him and abandoned him, twice. At the same time, he warns Hodgins that it's a very bad idea to ask him for permission to marry his free-spirited daughter. If she finds out, they're both dead.
    Angela's Dad: Hodgins, I've got cars, and I've got guitars, and I've got guns. You treat my little girl right, and you'll only see the business end of the cars and guitars.
  • Once Upon a Time: While he might have a point given that the man in question is Rumplestiltskin, Belle's father definitely crosses into this trope when his solution for getting Belle away from the man is to force her over the Storybrooke line, which would completely erase her Enchanted Forest memories, possibly for good.
    • Rumplestilkstin himself is an absurdly overprotective father, to the extent of murdering an innocent man whose cart might accidentally have hurt his son... even though said son actually came out fine and the man was apologetic. His slaughtering innocents left and right and insisting that Bae stay inside with him all the time and away from the big, bad world is one of the major contributing reasons to Bae leaving him.
    • David/Prince Charming ranges from hostile to reluctant when it comes to Captain Hook dating his daughter, Emma.
      Emma: Okay, Killian. We should get out of here before David decides to give you his Overprotective Dad Speech.
      Hook: Well, you can spare yourself the trouble, mate. I assure you your daughter couldn't be in better hands.
      David: That's exactly what worries me. Especially now that you have two of them.
  • Arrow
    • In "Year's End", Tommy Merlyn says to Laurel Lance's dad "How are you?" and gets the response "Fully proficient with firearms". Of course since Laurel's sister died due to dating Tommy's best friend, you can't blame him.
    • In a flashback to when Laurel was dating Oliver Queen, she wants them to get an apartment because her father has threatened to taser Oliver if they're in a room together with the door closed.
    • In "Corto Maltese", John Diggle is cooing over his newborn daughter. When his wife jokes about her growing up and discovering boys, he says in the same tone of voice, "Well, that's what my Glock is for."
    • In "Emerald Archer", when Rene Ramirez gets the idea that William and Zoe might be into each other, he makes it a point to let the teens know he'll be in the room right outside his guns. Ironically William is actually gay, though no-one knows that at the time.
  • Jack Foster towards Tess on Life with Boys.
  • Blackadder:
    • Parodied in "Amy and Amiability", in which Blackadder is attempting to get the prince to marry the rich heiress Amy Hardwood to save his dwindling fortune:
    Blackadder: You have a beautiful and charming daughter, sir.
    Mr Hardwood: Indeed I do. I love her more than any pig, and that's saying summat!
    Blackadder: It certainly is.
    Mr Hardwood: And let me tell you, I'd no more place her in the hands of an unworthy man than I'd place my John Thomas in the hands of a lunatic with a pair of scissors.
    Blackadder: An attitude that does you credit, sir.
    Mr Hardwood: I'd rather take off all my clothes and paint my bottom blue than give her to a man who didn't love her!
    Blackadder: What self-respecting father could do more?
    Mr Hardwood: On the other hand, if he's a prince, he can have her for ten bob and a pickled egg.
    • Played with in "Duel and Duality", where Prince George, having spent the night with the Duke of Wellington's nieces, is horrified to discover that the Duke, who has sworn to kill anyone who takes sexual advantage of his family, has been back in England for several months.
  • Subverted and Played for Laughs in Parks and Recreation. Jerry is not this trope, but Chris thinks he is. Cue the hilarity when Chris begins dating Jerry's daughter and goes out of his way to keep their relationship on the down-low, despite Jerry's explicit support and approval.
  • Played with in an episode of The Big Bang Theory in which Penny pretends to still be dating Leonard when her father is in town. See, her dad loves Leonard: he's nice, stable, educated and intelligent, while Penny's previous boyfriends were... not. When Penny eventually comes clean, her dad sends her out of the room, makes a stern face at Leonard... then begs him to keep going after his daughter. He even helps Leonard out by making a big show of shouting, "Leave my daughter alone!" loudly enough so that Penny can hear, knowing that his disapproval has always made her more willing to date guys in the past.
  • In an episode of CHiPs, the captain's adult daughter complains about her father's habit of greeting her dates while cleaning his gun when she lived at home.
  • Henry Spencer from Psych tends to show signs of this, from early as season one episode two.
    Henry: This is a derivative of methyl parathion. High-grade stuff. Whatever you're into, I want you to get out quick. I'm not kidding.
  • In the Enemy at the Door episode "After the Ball", John Weston is an overprotective dad to his only daughter. He doesn't threaten Marie's dates, because he hasn't even got to the stage where he lets her have any; he supervises her social life very closely and has never let her had any kind of unchaperoned contact with the opposite sex. (She's not a legal adult yet, but she is old enough to reasonably find his attitude unfairly restrictive.) When she takes an opportunity to slip away and have a good time on her own initiative, it goes badly, at least partly because her sheltered upbringing has left her unprepared for what might go wrong.
  • Dear White People: The motive behind Dean Fairbanks' strict parenting - to mold Troy into a model individual so that he won't face the same struggles his father did as a black man.
  • Penn & Teller: Bullshit! takes two episodes arguing against and beating down this mindset. "Abstinence" deals with the Overprotective Dad thinking at the societal level and how the attendant lack of sex education is doing teens a disservice, while "Teen Sex" deals with the pitfalls of teen relationships and sexuality - including actual parents!
  • In The Flash (2014), the first thing Gypsy's father Breacher (who also happens to be her boss) does upon stepping foot on Earth-1 is to try to kill her boyfriend Cisco. All Cisco knows is that some scary-looking Hispanic guy (helps to be played by Danny Trejo in full Machete mode) in a Badass Longcoat and with the same powerset as Cisco and Gypsy. He then reveals to Cisco that he hunts down and kills all of his daughter's boyfriends (she's weirdly resigned to that fact). If Cisco survives a full day without using his powers, Breacher will leave him alone. Breacher finally earns a measure of respect for Cisco after the latter stops him from killing Barry and another metahuman, showing that Cisco has balls. But he still doesn't like him! Also, the "overprotective" part of the trope only extends to boyfriends. Being her boss, he has no problem sending her after dangerous enemies.
  • Sam Radford enjoys playing this to his stepdaughter Grace in Good Witch. He has a lot of fun Twerp Sweating her boyfriend, with Death Glare, Implied Death Threat, and inquiring about the boy's intentions. Unlike many examples on this page, he's actually a Nice Guy who approves of Luke—he just enjoys giving the guy a hard time. On a more serious note, though, he warns his Alpha Bitch ex-wife that if she wants to go through a complicated legal battle for custody over their son, he will oblige her, and she will lose.
  • Friends:
    • When Monica and Richard tell her parents that they're dating Ross makes sure to snatch a baseball bat out of his father's hands before he hears the news. In the next scene Richard implies that Jack chased him out of the house and down the street. Jack's reaction is understandable as Richard is an old family friend meaning there's a significant age gap between him and Monica.
      Monica: So, are you sorry that I told them?
      Richard: No, it's been a long time since your dad and I went running.
    • Similar to his character John McClane listed above, Bruce Willis plays an overprotective dad to Ross's college-aged girlfriend, Elizabeth Stevens. He strongly disapproves of Ross dating his daughter and repeatedly antagonizes him, even threatening to expose their relationship and have him fired if he doesn't break up with her. Much like Jack, his disapproval is understandable since Ross is Elizabeth's teacher and there's an age gap between them.
  • Resident Alien: According to Asta, her father never likes any man she's close with (as her apparent first was an abusive prick, it might be at least somewhat justified).

  • Tom Wilson (best known as Biff in the Back to the Future series) has a song called "She's my Daughter," which fits this trope like a glove.
  • This is the entire point of the Rodney Atkins song, "Cleaning this Gun (Come On in Boy)," in which the father greets his daughter's new boyfriend while, well, you probably guessed it. The listener hears no threats at all and is led to believe that the speech giver is just simply giving a tame "overprotective dad speech." That is, until the second half of the speech, "She deserves respect/That's what she'll get/Now ain't it, son/Y'all run along and have some fun/And I'll see you when you get back probably be up all night/Still cleaning this gun"—the implication being that he was holding the gun through the duration of the speech. The song concludes with the father telling the very scared boy to have her back by ten, and the boy yielding an earlier nine-thirty.
    • Note that this song is very much Truth in Television in Texas. One in five Texas dads greets their daughters' boyfriends while polishing guns, big ass knives, or other weapons. [Citation needed]
  • In Dierks Bentley's "What Was I Thinkin'" the love interest's father catches her sneaking out with the narrator and shoots the latter's truck with his shotgun as they drive away. When they get back late that night, he's sitting on the driveway waiting for them.
  • Cat Stevens' "Father and Son" is an argument between the titular characters (it's not clear whether the latter is a late adolescent or a young adult, though he's probably the second of these); the son is hell-bent on leaving home for some unstated reason (though paternal overprotectiveness is implied to be part of it), the father is equally determined to make him stay.
  • From the list of comedic rock songs about how much the singer's girlfriend's parents are annoyingly overprotective twits: Frank Zappa's "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama" from Weasels Ripped My Flesh (and burn your dad!) and Queen's "Tie Your Mother Down" (and take your little brother swimming with a brick — that's alright!).
  • José Luis Perales' song "¿Y cómo es él?" (and how is he?) talks about how an Overprotective Father is basically asking his daughter about her recent boyfriend, and how He is a thief because he stoled everything from me.
  • The Taylor Swift song "Love Story" has a father forbidding his daughter from seeing a boy she's in love with. The song has a Happy Ending, with the boy winning over the father and marrying the girl.
  • In the song Wolverton Mountain, Clifton Clowers and his daughter live on the aforementioned mountain. He's obsessively protective of her, to the point where the local wildlife will alert him if anyone who might have an interest in her so much as sets foot there, allowing him to find them and kill them.
  • "She's In Love With the Boy" by Trisha Yearwood. Katie's in love with a boy named Tommy, but her strongly disapproves of their relationship — when Katie's dad catches them returning home very late from a date, he angrily confronts the couple. But Katie's mom comes to the couple's defense by reminding her husband that they were no different from Katie and Tommy when they were teenagers and how her own father had thought the same of him, but they got married anyway and Katie will likely do the same with Tommy.
  • Ryan Star's "Last Train Home" is about a guy who is in love with a girl with an overprotective father who disapproves of their relationship.
    We were only kids, we ran like water
    Your dad said: "Stay away from my daughter"
    The sun was coming down when I said: "Can't you just believe?"

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


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

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

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

  • Black Comedy (1965): Colonel Melkett is very distrustful of Brindsley, and offers him a few pointers on how to treat his daughter - the only think keeping him from trying to end their relationship for most of the play is Carol's status as his Daddy's Girl. But since Brindsley is a cheating scumbag, his instincts are absolutely right.
  • Hamlet: Polonius towards Ophelia. Definitely. Insists that Ophelia reject Hamlet's advances, lest she "present [him] with a fool."
  • Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a Squick-inducing adoptive father who proves Freud right. Of course, Johanna's real father isn't someone she'd be happy to call Dad either, but hey, at least he's not trying to rape her, shut her in an asylum or lock her up in one room for the rest of her life.
  • In Street Scene, Mr. Maurrant, who likes to vent his reactionary attitudes towards modern society, tries to exert hostile control over the lives of his wife and daughter, insisting that they shouldn't be staying out at night no matter what the reason. When he catches his wife Cheating with the Milkman, he shoots them both to death.
  • Chagal in Tanz Der Vampire literally nails the door to his daughter Sarah's room shut while soliloquizing about how his own lusty nature has convinced him that any man, given the opportunity, would steal her away from him.
  • Prospero in The Tempest. Not content with taking control of Ferdinand's body and forcing him to do manual labour before he's allowed to woo Miranda, once they are engaged Prospero gives Ferdinand a very hefty lecture about how he's not allowed to sleep with her before marriage. Which he also mentions on a couple of other occasions. And summons a whole load of spirits to act, sing and dance a big masque, the message of which is also that Ferdinand isn't allowed to sleep with Miranda before marriage.
  • Grandpa in the opera The Tender Land.
  • Mafala Hatimbi in The Book of Mormon. He threatens to infect Elders Price and Cunningham with AIDS if they try any funny business with his daughter.
  • Les Misérables: Subverted with Jean Valjean. When he intercepts a love letter from Cosette to Marius, one might expect him to get overprotective, or at least paranoid about discovery (especially if one is familiar with the book), but instead he goes out, joins Marius on the barricade, and carries him out of the slaughter, wounded but alive.
  • In The Moon is Blue, when Patty's old-fashioned Irish cop of a father finds her in Donald Gresham's bedroom getting dressed, he hits Don in the eye just hard enough to knock him out. David drops in at this moment, and takes it as a lesson on how to handle his daughter, Cynthia, and goes so far as to chastise Don when he later finds Patty in a similar situation, though he admits that it's none of his business.
  • Gomez Addams, of all people, starts to show this in the Broadway adaptation of The Addams Family. The main plot of the musical involves an Age Lifted Wednesday falling in love with a boy her age and both trying to adapt to the others' family; Gomez warms up to him in the end.
  • Finale has Liam Prasmin, who constantly causes his daughter Dani's boyfriends to leave because he doesn't approve of them.
  • Harry in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in a platonic sense. He does not want his son Albus being friends with Scorpius Malfoy in case he turns out to be the son of the Dark Lord and tries to break up their friendship.

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

    Video Games 
  • A sidequest in Baldur's Gate 2 deals with one of these. The Overprotective Dad in this case is a Cowled Wizard who has forbidden his daughter from marrying her boyfriend since he doesn't think the young man is up to the task of protecting her. He has been building a Golem that he thinks will be a better guardian and asks you to obtain the last ingredient he needs to complete it. After you deliver it to him, the golem predictably goes out of control and nearly kills the wizard and his daughter. After you save the wizard's sorry behind, the boyfriend rushes in to see if the daughter is safe. Seeing the boyfriend's devotion to his daughter and realizing that his own controlling nature nearly killed her, the wizard gives the young couple his blessings for their marriage.
  • City of Heroes: The Clockwork King isn't Penelope Yin's real father, but he seems to think he is:
    Clockwork King: Don't worry, Penny! I'm here to protect you!
    I'll keep you safe from everything!
    Safe from villains, from Rikti, from heroes, from boys...
    You'll be my little Clockwork Princess, safe and happy forever!
  • Subverted with Uncle Tommy in Double Homework. He intimidates the protagonist about his relationship with Morgan at their first meeting, but he's actually joking. In Morgan's epilogue, he says point-blank that he doesn't care if the teen couple are having sex.
  • Throughout Shadow Hearts: From the New World, Johnny interacts with the Ring Soul, a glowing ball of light with the personality of a young girl. After a while, she starts to get a crush on him. The next time you speak to it after this becomes obvious, Johnny is rather surprised when the Ring Soul starts yelling at him to stay away from his daughter... (Fans of the series will recognize the latter as the Ring Soul from the previous game, Covenant. They will also realize this means the Ring Soul you usually talk to is no more than ten years old.)
  • Disgaea 2: Overlord Zenon raised his daughter Rozalin in an isolated mansion with hundreds of servants catering to her every whim. Rozalin actually liked it, at least until the plot happened. Then it's subverted and deconstructed when it turns out Zenon's doing this for vengeance, not love. Rozalin's the reincarnation of his greatest enemy, the original Overlord Zenon. Zenon's idea of a perfect revenge was to turn the once-mighty Overlord into a weak, helpless little girl completely dependent and loyal to him. The manga does imply that he came to care for her, though.
  • In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning serves essentially as this with her attitude toward Snow and Serah's engagement, despite being Serah's older sister rather than her dad. Their parents died a long time ago and Lightning raised Serah, though, so it fits in that regard.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Peater is always suspicious of how his daughter Peatrice behaves. He quickly jumps to conclusions that she's found a "suitor" even when none exists (though Link can fill that role if need be), and perhaps more cruelly, he's happy when Peatrice is upset, as he figures that means she broke up with whoever the boy was.
  • Bianca's father in Pokémon Black and White, but around Pokémon rather than dating. He eventually comes round to the idea, though.
  • Fire Emblem
    • Bartre from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade is like this about his daughter Fir, who wants to be a swordmaster like her mother who died of sickness whom he actually met in the combat arena being an axe-wielding warrior himself, so begin feeling sorry for the poor boy who has the misfortune of being her love interest (Noah). See this fan-art.
    • Hector in Fire Emblem Heroes is completely against the idea of Roy (Eliwood's son) trying to pull anything that may seem romantic on Lilina (his daughter). In his own words, he will damn make sure he will stop Lilina from marrying anyone. Luckily, Roy and Lilina don't even know the lengths he'll go to stop them both. He's even like this in his debut game, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword, when after having a dream regarding Roy taking Lilina away, he lashes out at Eliwood for allowing it (to Eliwood's confusion).
    • Seteth in Fire Emblem: Three Houses acts this way towards his daughter Flayn. After her mother's death and her injuries in the War of Heroes, Seteth kept her in hiding for fear that others would attempt to use her Crest for nefarious purposes. His treatment of her is Played for Laughs to some degree, as he takes his role as her "big brother" in the present day seriously, intimidating any man who tries to get close to her.
  • Gideon Starling in Lollipop Chainsaw doesn't care much for Nick. At first.
  • Inverted with Clifton from Three the Hard Way. His niece Holly is a reckless thief who keeps on getting into trouble and he shows concern for her safety by trying to marry her off to someone so that she'll settle down.
  • Art of Fighting: Part of the reason Robert hasn't gotten anywhere with Yuri, is her father, who also happens to be his sensei and, quite possibly, the most powerful martial artist on the face of the planet. Takuma doesn't care that she's an adult, or that she's mutually attracted to Robert, he isn't gonna let it happen. On the other hand, he has no problem with his son dating and actively encourages it.
  • In Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, Panda King becomes this after the end of the game. After having to rescue her from General Tso, he decides to personally interview each of his daughter's suitors from then on. He's shown sitting out front with a cannon, with a large group of men too scared to approach. However, in this case, his daughter asked him to screen her potential suitors.
  • Sai in Sickness is constantly reminding Suoh not to do anything pervy with Misa, even though he's made it clear he's not the kind of guy.
  • Professor Gaudile from Mega Man X: Command Mission created Cinnamon, and keeps her sheltered for most of her life in his laboratory, stemming from Gaudile's distrust of anything or anyone from the outside world. This leaves the girl a bit naïve about a couple of things, like befriending the thief who's come to kidnap her (although, it turns out that the thief isn't such a baddie anyway).
  • Inverted in Yandere Simulator. Yandere-chan's father does not disapprove of her getting involved with a boy because he is afraid of him doing something to her. He disapproves because he is afraid of her doing something to him.
  • Fantasy Maiden's Odd Hideout: Bernd's father is a rare father-on-son example, and Played for Drama at that, as he really does seem to love his son, and it is for this reason that he will not let Ange get anywhere near him, even being willing to flat-out murder her.
  • Shepherd's Crossing 2 has a rare example of a father being overprotective of a son. The mayor's son is one of the potential options for the Romance Sidequest, but the mayor is very reluctant to let his son marry the PC. He needs a lot of convincing to be shown that you're good enough for him.
  • In Namco High, Dig Dug is this to his son, Mr. Driller. When you play Mr. Driller's route, it's revealed Dig Dug wants to prevent his son from making the same mistakes that alienated his ex-wife from him, but all this does is make Mr. Driller resent his dad. In addition, he gives Cousin triple detention upon finding out Mr. Driller and Cousin have feelings for each other, and then later quadruple detention when Mr. Driller kisses Cousin on their cheek.
  • Friday Night Funkin': The entire plot revolves around the main protagonist attempting to win over the respect of his girlfriend's father, who is quite literally a demon and will not let him date her unless he proves his worth ... through a battle of music. Even after he's beaten, he sends an assassin to kill the player just for showing him up, demands a rematch while holding a Mall Santa at gunpoint, and throws him into a video game for good measure. And, to top it off, he's said to have done this to multiple men in the past, as the player finds out once he encounters the malevolent spirit of another person trapped in the game. There's overprotective, and then there's just plain ridiculous.
  • Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!: Chris's father Frank is both overprotective of her and a high-ranking General in the German military. He makes it clear to the boys in her class that he will abuse his authority to end anyone who even thinks of dating his daughter. Given that Yamato wants to do just that during Chris's route, this puts the two of them at loggerheads.
  • Mass Effect 2: After recruiting Tali, Shepard receives an e-mail from the Quarian Admiralty Board, essentially saying in very official-sounding speak that Tali is now under Shepard's command, and that Shepard will be held responsible if any harm comes to her with "severe and appropriate action". At the end, it's revealed that the message was written by Tali's father specifically, essentially threatening call a fleet on Shepard's ass if his daughter ever gets hurt.
  • Tequila And Boom Boom: Melissa's father. When Tequila walks Melissa home, her father threatens the lynx and opens fire on him with a rifle. Later, when Tequila pays off the family's debt at the general store, Melissa's father still isn't happy with his daughter kissing Tequila as thanks.

    Web Animation 
  • In Helluva Boss, Blitzo becomes fiercly overprotective of his adopted teenage daughter Loona. He repeatedly keeps intruding on her social life, never lets her out of his sight and strongly disapproves of her crush on Vortex. Loona grudingly resents him for this.
  • Manolios Ugly One in Teen Girl Squad. "You lay one finger on my daughter, I gut you like sheep." He actually DOES gut the unfortunate guy like sheep.
  • RWBY:
    • Ruby and Yang's father Taiyang is implied to be one. Though we have yet to see it on-screen, both sisters made comments that he wouldn't approve of the presence of boys during their first night in Beacon and Ruby said she can sympathize with Penny about having a father who is concerned for their daughter. Justified in that his first wife disappeared without a trace and his second wife died on a mission, making him understandably protective over his two daughters. True to form, in his brief appearance in the Volume 3 epilogue, he stays by both of his injured and exhausted daughters' beds and cares for them, bringing them breakfast and gets very upset when Qrow enters Ruby's room and expresses his wishes to talk to Ruby alone. He also panics when he finds out that Ruby has run away from home. Good Parent 101.
    • Blake's father Ghira instantly dislikes Sun once he notices Sun's feelings for her. He also lambasts Blake for her revealing outfit (in which case he would've likely thrown a seven if he saw her pre-Time Skip outfit, which was even more immodest).

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Spoofed by The Onion: "Underprotective Father Demands Daughter Arrive Home by 10AM"
  • Danny from Worm would be this, but he has specifically avoided it with his daughter Taylor after his wife's death, trying to give her space to grieve and mourn. Therefore, when he hears that she's made new friends, he's happy for her, enough so that he overlooks that she comes home bruised and occasionally smelling of smoke, even staying overnight with her new friends. The amount of space he gives her is likely a major contributing factor in her becoming a supervillain.

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

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: When Jake becomes a dad in "Jake the Dad", he's extremely protective of them to the point it's exhausting him to constantly keep watch because he's paranoid anything could happen to them, and also stifling attempts for the puppies to just have fun, because he doesn't want to them to risk getting hurt, sick, or scared by anything. Eventually, he realizes keeping his kids from experiencing anything isn't better than keeping them safe from everything, and the pups age into mostly-independent adults due to the Rapid Aging of Rainicorn and dog genes hybridizing.
  • Penny's father, Patrick Fitzgerald from The Amazing World of Gumball, especially in "The Kids", where he mistakes Gumball—who had a puberty spurt that made his voice change—for a creepy teenager making prank calls:
    Mr. Fitzgerald [on the phone]: You think you can call my house and freak us out? You think you've got a scary voice? [in a deep, ominous voice] This is a scary voice. Now listen to me: I have a very specific set of skills; skills I've acquired over a very long career... in real estate. If you never call my daughter again, that will be the end of it, but if you do, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will build a house around you... with no doors.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Lao Bei Fong of Avatar: The Last Airbender was extremely protective of his daughter because she was blind, and even kept her existence a secret. When he finds out she wasn't learning just basic earthbending but was instead amazingly proficient, he decides she's had too much freedom and must be monitored around the clock. When she runs away he sends two people after her, one of which had just kidnapped her hours ago.
    • Korra from The Legend of Korra gets frustrated with her dad when he tries to protect her during her stay in the Southern Water Tribe. If it weren't for him and Tenzin suggesting the compound she had to stay in for most of her life, then things would've been different.
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Golden Age of Justice", the entire Justice Society treats Black Canary as if she was made of glass and will tell her to wait back while they do all the hard work — despite the fact that she's a competent crimefighter in her own right, as well as half their age. Eventually, she learns from Wildcat that their over-protectiveness stems from a promise made to Dinah's mother, the first Black Canary, as she died in the middle of a rescue mission. Not to mention, they treat Batman kind of the same way, but not quite as severe.
  • Camp Lazlo: Commander Hoo-Ha is this to his daughter Patsy
  • Paulina's father in Danny Phantom. He threatens Danny within seconds of meeting him ("If you upset her, we're going to have a violent talk.") and then tells him he knows where Danny lives just before they leave for the school dance.
  • Disenchantment:
    • King Zog cannot stand the idea of his daughter Princess Bean dating anyone she fancies (he only sets her up with foreign princes she doesn't like), and will kill any man who tries to sleep with her. Much to Bean's dismay, nobody will dare have romance or sex with her out of fear for their lives.
    • Same deal with the Elf King, the ruler of Elfwood. When he catches his daughter Kissy in bed with Elfo, he has the poor guy sentenced to death by hanging from a tree (though fortunately, he survives the execution). And this isn't even the first time that Kissy's old man tried to kill one of her boyfriends.
  • Dr. Dimensionpants has a villainous example; Glass Skull absolutely doesn't like the idea of his daughter Rebecca getting a boyfriend, and will chase away any boy that shows interest in her.
  • DuckTales (2017): Donald Duck acting as a single father to his three nephews comes across as well meaning but stifling, making the triplets wear life vests on their own house boat when a baby sitter is to take care of them in the Pilot. In a Call-Back in the Grand Finale, when Scrooge finds out Webby is his daughter via cloning, he puts her into a life vest while they're on a plane.
  • On The Fairly OddParents, Big Daddy, Wanda's father, embodies this trope so well that he nearly got Wanda to leave Cosmo and Timmy in his first appearance. Unsurprisingly, he ends up hooking up with Mama Cosma.
  • Family Guy:
    • Carter Pewterschmidt just can't let it go. Despite decades of happiness Lois has experienced with Peter, he has and still tries to smash his skull in occasionally. He used to be this trope. Nowadays he hates Peter because Peter is a fat, annoying slob.
    • Peter's usually neglectful or abusive with Meg, but in one episode, after she ended up in a hospital, he became overprotective. Also when Quagmire tries to seduce Meg, he freaks out.
      Peter: (overlapping Meg's protest) I just wanna talk to him. I just wanna talk to him. I just wanna talk to him, I just wanna talk to him, I just wanna talk to him, I just wanna shoot him, I just wanna talk to him.
  • The Future Is Wild animated series: C.G.'s father comes off strict and demanding of his Daughter, Cassiopeia AKA C.G., but this is due to being overprotective. He is always overly considered for her safety and wellbeing and at first, keeps C.G. from learning on her own in his desire to make sure she succeeds in her mission and returns home safely. Not helping with his overprotectiveness is the fact that he doesn't at first approve of C.G. bringing her crew of 21st-century teenagers (Ethan, Emily, and Luis), often calling them primitives. Thankfully, over the course of the series, he changes his attitude for the better once he realized that C.G. needs friends her age and stepped back to give her more flexibility to lead the mission.
  • Jellystone!: Doggie Daddy is this to Augie Doggie, to the point that he couldn't register spending a single night away from her.
  • The Jetsons: George Jetson has every reason to be this way, especially when one considers how boy-crazy his daughter, Judy, is. That being said, this trope is played for laughs most of the time.
  • Kim Possible: Kim's father seems more concerned about the idea of his daughter dating boys than risking her life fighting supervillains. In the first movie, he's glad Kim's trapped in the timestream and not "messing around with boys", and his version of "the talk" in "Emotion Sickness" is a threat to stick Ron on a deep space probe if he tries anything. It seems to be lessening in season four — after all, her boyfriend is... the safest guy on the planet.
  • An episode of King of the Hill dealt with an extremely overprotective dad who treated all of his children this way, including his twin boys, who were Bobby's age. He treated them (and the rest of the boy scouts) like babies just because one had ADHD and the other was hyperglycemic. To the point he kicked Bobby out of the scouts simply because he was playing a fighting game, considering him a bad influence.
  • Amusingly subverted in The Legend of Zelda cartoon. The king catches Link about to swing into Zelda's room for a kiss and tells him not to... until he has flowers, because "girls are crazy about flowers."
  • Tennie's father in Motorcity doesn't like her hanging around Dutch, since he knows he's part of Mike Chilton's Burners.
  • The father of one-off love interest Angela D'Angelo in My Dad the Rock Star is both completely neurotic and extremely overprotective. He's so overprotective that no-one has ever dated his daughter because every boy who ever tried got scared away during the "pre-date"... interrogation. Willy, the main character, fares no better in trying to woo Angela. Even when Angela decided to defy her father's decision, his response was to move the entire family out of town just to make sure he kept his daughter "protected". Appropriately enough, his wife is also an equally extreme example of a Beloved Smother.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • When a biker hits on Vanessa in "Vanessasary Roughness", Dr. Doofenshmirtz snaps "She's sixteen!" and sends him to another dimension.
    • In the DVD Commentary for "The Chronicles of Meap", Dr. Doofenshmirtz states that he doesn't trust Ferb and disapproves of his crush on Vanessa when it comes up during the episode.
  • Oscar Proud of The Proud Family:
    Oscar: (to Penny) No dating, until after you're married.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: "Let me tell you something; you lay ONE PAW ON MY DAUGHTER AND YOU'LL BECOME MY PERSONAL TOOTHPICK, YOU HEAR ME!"
  • Rugrats: Chas Finster, Chuckie's father, shows shades of this regarding his son. A major example occurs in "Mr. Clean," where he's so concerned about his son getting sick that he gives Chuckie excessive baths and tells him about germs. He meant well, but with his son's worried nature, he ended up making the poor kid Terrified of Germs. His overprotective tendencies may well be justified considering his wife Melinda has died and Chuckie is all he has left of her.
  • The Simpsons: Mr. Stanky from "Bart's Friends Falls in Love" is Samantha Stanky's strict and overprotective father. After Bart calls him on the phone with new concerning Samantha, Mr. Stanky shows up to the Simpson residence and immediately goes up Bart's treehouse. Shock to see Milhouse and Samantha together, he let's out a prolonged "Noooooooooooooo!" that is powerful enough to make birds flee from the tree. Mr. Stanky then snatches her out of the tree and nervously asks her what happened. Before Samantha can even fully explain, he yells at her. As Mr. Stanky carries her off on his back, he tells her that she will be put in an all-girl school and that she will never see Milhouse again. After Milhouse and Samantha cry out for each other, Mr. Stanky puts her in the car, slams the door, and bitterly drives off, leaving Milhouse heart-broken.
    Mr. Stanky: (to Samantha Stanky) I'm putting you in an all-girl school! You're never gonna see that boy again!
  • Subverted on Spongebob Squarepants, when SpongeBob agrees to chaperon Mr. Krabs' daughter to the prom. When he's dropping her off, Krabs runs out the door screaming "GET AWAY FROM ME PRECIOUS FLOWER!!!"... which turns out to be an actual flower that SpongeBob was in danger of stepping on. Also, another episode has Krabs worried sick that boys will show up to his daughter's sleepover, though his overriding concern isn't anything the boys would do to Pearl, but the thought that boys would destroy any of his property and beloved possessions. It should also be noted that in the prom episode, Mr. Krabs totally subverts the trope by telling Pearl not to mess SpongeBob up too much. (because he needs him for work)
  • The second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series includes a gender-reversed example in Casey Jones' mother, who, upon first meeting April, subjects her to an increasingly aggravating series of chores, all while being rude and bossy to her. When an exasperated April finally completes the tasks, Mrs. Jones becomes much nicer, even inviting April to call her "Mom", implying that the whole thing was a Secret Test of Character to see if April's devotion to Casey was strong enough that she'd be willing to go through anything for him.
    • An earlier episode of the series parodies the trope: when Casey picks up April for a date, Splinter and the Turtles take on the respective roles of Overprotective Dad and big brothers, jokingly asking Casey stock questions associated with this trope.
  • El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera: Emiliano Suarez, the father of Frida, is not only the chief of Miracle City's police, but also the only policeman in the city to avert Police Are Useless. This is unfortunate for Manny, who is constantly on the receiving end of Chief Suarez's ire because of how close he is to Frida. Given the supervillains who plague Miracle City, Chief Suarez is not unjustified in being protective of Frida, but he usually blames Manny for the messes Frida gets them into.
  • In The Venture Bros.. Dr. Orpheus is shown to be very overprotected of his only daughter Triana. Where when Pete White tried to flirt with her at the Xmas Party (complete with mistletoe headband) he caused the mistletoe to burst into flames while giving Pete the Death Glare.
    Triana Orpheus: Dad, I can take care of myself, you know.
    Byron Orpheus: I'm sorry, pumpkin. I trust you to defend your honor. It's just that... MY PUMPKIN'S MAIDENHEAD IS NOT A PRIZE TO BE...
    Triana Orpheus: DAD!

    Real Life 
  • Barack Obama backed his words of warning for the The Jonas Brothers with the weight of being Commander-In-Chief of the U.S. armed forces:
    Obama: Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don't get any ideas. Two words for you: Predator drones. You will never see it coming.
  • Lyndon Johnson personally had the FBI investigate actor George Hamilton, who was at the time dating LBJ's daughter. The insane part about this investigation was that it was actually spearheaded by then-Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas and J. Edgar Hoover himself. The reason for the investigation? Hamilton worked in Hollywood and acting, so he (GASP) knew gay people!!!
  • Nikki Sixx said in a Howard Stern interview that when he saw his 13-year-old daughter dressed to go on a date he told her:
    "Not till you're 35. Get back upstairs, you're grounded!"
  • Eminem said he dreads his daughter Hayley dating and that he's going to "kill boys". Funnily enough, when Machine Gun Kelly had the bright idea of insulting Hayley, Eminem devoted his next song to Machine Gun Kelly, appropriately called "Kill Shot".
  • Bruce Willis told Jonathan Ross that he will tell his daughter's dates that they better bring her back "in the same state" she left because "you're a young guy and I'd hate to have to kill you."
  • Terrence Howard threatened to kill his daughter's boyfriend and told interviewers he would take her away where there are no phones.
  • Snoop Dogg also said his daughter can't have any boyfriends until she's 25.
  • Hulk Hogan gave his daughter's date a polygraph (a lie detector).
  • Jenna Jameson's father used to answer the door to her dates in his cop uniform.
  • Cybill Shepard's father used to nail planks to her window to prevent her from sneaking out at night when she was a teenager.
  • Meat Loaf once met one of his daughter Pearl's dates with a baseball bat "casually" in hand and told the young man what he would do with said bat if anything happened to his daughter. They came home early.
  • Bill Engvall: Boy, look at me. You see that little girl there? That's my only little girl, man. She's my life. So if you have any thoughts about hugging, or kissing, you remember these words: I got no problem going back to prison.
  • Christopher Titus was on the receiving end of this trope when he started dating his current girlfriend, whose father is a Marine veteran, and she's got two brothers in the Alphabet Agencies (FBI, CIA, etc.). Her dad explicitly said "If you ever hurt her... one shot, one kill" to Titus after their first meeting.
    Titus: If I piss this family off, you're gonna see it on CNN. ""Hi, Wolf Blitzer for CNN reporting. Comedian Christopher Titus, who disappeared three months ago, was found today, his body spread across four states. Federal agents are baffled."
  • Oddly subverted by Charlemagne: although (while not on campaign) he refused to dine unless all of his available children (he accepted that sometimes, his sons would be out on kingdom business) were at the table with him and forbade all but one of his daughters from marrying, he also was more than happy to let his daughters have children out of wedlock with various courtiers.
  • Reportedly, in her youth, Susan Boyle's father chased away her only boyfriend.
  • Unsurprisingly, Josef Stalin had his daughter Svetlana's boyfriend, Aleksei Kapler, sent to a Gulag for ten years (Though this may have had something to do with him being 38 and her being 16). More infamously, however, when he once learned that Svetlana has been left alone with Lavrentiy Beria, The Spymaster of the Soviet Union and a serial rapist and pedophile, he sent a kill squad of Soviet soldiers to Beria's house, with orders to assassinate Beria if he was seen assaulting Svetlana. However, this being Stalin we're talking about, Beria tried nothing of sort with Svetlana.


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