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"From now on, there are no more secrets in this family."
Optimus Prime, Transformers Animated

The opposite number to the Team Mom, more often than not the disciplinarian, lead-by-example-kind of character in contrast to the warm, nurturing tendencies of a Team Mom. The Team Dad tends to be the oldest member of The Team, but it's more about attitude than age, because if he isn't The Leader, he's certainly The Mentor. He tends to be strict and gruff, but he never hesitates to put his life on the line for his team members. Sometimes the facade might even crack and he'll show undisguised pride over his "kids", particularly if the team members are True Companions.

Like the occasionally male Team Mom, Team Dads aren't Always Male, but female ones are very rare.

If a team has a Team Mom and a Team Dad, expect them to either play a Good Cop/Bad Cop routine on the rest of the team or come in conflict over their "parenting" philosophies. Cue "Mom and Dad are fighting" jokes from the "kids" if Team Mom and Team Dad aren't a couple, quickly followed by "It's not like that, we swear"-Bonus points if the response is in unison from them (but they're very likely to end up together, anyway).


Compare Papa Wolf, whose children are his Protectorate; while the tropes can overlap, the Team Dad strives to make the "children" (who also tend to be older than the Papa Wolf's, and are less likely to be blood relatives) able to fight and defend themselves. A stern version of The Face since no one's going to argue when he says not to and will take the responsibility of speaking for the group.

Compare also A Father to His Men.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • This trope is very common in sports anime, with the captains and/or coaches acting as if they were the fathers of their teammates or pupils (and possibly working alongside a Big Brother Mentor and/or a Cute Sports Club Manager):
    • Bamboo Blade — Toraji "Kojiro" Ishida, for the Muroe High School kendo team.
    • Captain Tsubasa — Roberto Hongo (Nankatsu Elementary), Kouzou Kira (Meiwa Elementary), Takashi Furuoya (Nankatsu Junior High) and Makoto Kitazume (Tohou Junior High).
      • Tatsuo Mikami and later Gamo Minato are Team Dads to the Japanese National Squad. To a degree, so is Munemasa Katagiri, but in a more distant way.
    • Future GPX Cyber Formula — Tetsuichiro Kurumada of Sugo Asurada, whom Hayato calls him Oyaji-san, and in turn, sees Hayato as a son to him. Edelhi Bootsvorz of Missing Link, after his Heel–Face Turn, becomes a fatherly figure to his teammates.
    • Haikyuu!! — Karasuno's captain Daichi was the closest thing the team had to adult supervision before Coach Ukai and Takeda came to supervise them. He is probably the most responsible and level-headed member of the team and can be quite strict compared to his vice-captain and Team Mom counterpart Koushi Sugawara, but cares a lot about the rest of the team and makes sure they don't overwork themselves.
    • Hajime no Ippo — Genji Kamogawa (Kamogawa Gym). Sendoh's trainer Yanaoka (Naniwa Gym), Ozma's coach Hachinohe (Hachinohe Gym; Ozma does nickname him "dad" in canon), Volg's trainer Ramuda and Eiji Date (Nakadai Gym) after he retires are quite younger versions of the trope.
    • The Prince of Tennis — Captains Kippei Tachibana (Fudomine) and Kunimitsu Tezuka (Seigaku), alongside vice-captain Genichirou Sanada (Rikkai), are Team Dads for their school tennis teams. If we check on coaches, the best example is Ojii from Rokkaku, whereas Taro Sakaki from Hyoutei and Osamu Watanabe from Shotenhouji are younger versions. Also Mikiya "Banji" Banda from Yamabuki, though he's more of a Trickster Mentor.
    • Slam Dunk — Coach Mitsuyoshi Anzai and captain Takenori Akagi from Shohoku, as well as coaches Moichi Taoka from Ryounan (who specially shows his Team Dad ID by counseling freshman!Uozumi when he almost leaves the team due to his upperclassmen's bullying) and Riki Takato from Kainan.
  • Attack on Titan has Reiner Braun and Marco Bott, though their styles are slightly different. Marco plays it straighter, primarily keeping order among the trainees while offering occasional support or advice to them. In contrast, Reiner is something of a Big Brother Mentor, and blends some of the nurturing elements of the Team Mom through his efforts to keep morale up or encourage them to excel. Marco ends up as a Sacrificial Lion, killed during the defense of Trost. On the other hand, Reiner is actually The Mole and his attachment to the others causes him to begin suffering Sanity Slippage due to guilt.
  • Black Lagoon: Dutch very much fills this role to his employees on the Lagoon.
  • Captain Jushiro Ukitake in Bleach acts more like a father than a captain towards his subordinates.
    • In a huge subversion, so did Sousuke Aizen... before he faked his own death and then was revealed to be the Big Bad
  • In Brave10, Kakei is older, more conservative, and tends to vocally correct the misbehaviours of the Braves around him. Naturally he gets along quite well with the Team Mom, Rokuro, both of them being fairly orthodox people in a cast of eccentrics.
  • A rather sui-generis one is Akira Mimasaka form Boys over Flowers. He doesn't particularly care about forcing morality on the group (and probably couldn't if he wanted to) but is the general mediator for conflicts and seems to take it upon his shoulders when the group isn't getting along, eventually leading to him getting in a fistfight with Tsukasa when the latter won't stop stirring up drama with Rui.
  • Tomoya Okazaki from CLANNAD, as the Only Sane Man in his group.
  • In Classi9, Bach is Class S-'s resident dad friend: he is the one indulging Haydn and his antics the most, he makes sure Ren understands the lessons and passes her his notes, watches out for Chopin, repairs the pianos Liszt has broken, makes sure Mozart and Tchaiko keep it in their pants at least while inside the school... His Berserk Button is hurting or insulting his family ones, and yes that includes his classmates. Mozart constantly lampshades it by calling him by dad-themed names and the first part of chapter 11 focuses on his fatherly habits.
  • Cowboy Bebop: Jet Black, who also is the male Team Mom.
  • Cyborg 009 — Dr. Isaac Gilmore and Dr. Koizumi. Chang Changku (Cyborg 006) has traits of both this and a male Team Mom (hilariously lampshaded in an episode of the 2001 series).
  • Senshi of Delicious in Dungeon views himself as one. When the party runs low on food, he blames himself for "not being able to provide food for the youngsters".
  • Digimon:
    • Digimon Adventure brings us the current page image, Jou/Joe Kido. There was a very good reason he was appropriately chosen to be the bearer of the "Crest of Reliability" as the dub calls it, and pretty much all of the possible translations for its Japanese name (Honesty, Faith, Sincerity) are fitting too. Despite being scared out of his wits and always vouching for the "safest" option, he was often the first to throw himself at attacking Digimon to protect the other Chosen children (aka Digidestined) and his own partner Digimon, even though said partner Digimon was there to protect him! His top priorities were always to make certain everyone was safe, getting along, and would give emotional support and advice when needed. This carried over into the sequel too - despite being regularly bogged down with the rigors of Japanese higher education, Jou/Joe was always there as a figure of guidance and support for Iori/Cody, the youngest of the Digidestined, whenever he needed him.
    • Digimon Data SquadCaptain Satsuma. Better known as a stern disciplinarian to everyone else in DATS, he is also a Badass Longcoat and very dangerous when the need arises.
  • Dragon Ball — Master Roshi, at least until the Saiyan arc of Dragon Ball Z. Piccolo also qualifies in the Cell and Buu arcs.
  • Eyeshield 21 — Youichi Hiruma fits the trope quite well... If you don't pay attention to his: blackmailing everyone he wants to, screaming and shouting, constant evil laughing, harsh training, shooting his own teammates, and adding a certain swear word to every noun he says. Also, his ability to turn his head 180 degrees, spiky dyed hair and teeth that are just as sharp, his habit of spinning his AK 47 like a pencil and shooting it at the same time. As long as you don't pay attention to that, he fits the bill.
  • Fairy Tail: Master Makarov is the prime example, to the entire guild.
  • In Fang of the Sun Dougram, this role is split between Professor Samarin and Dick Raltaff. Samarin is the leader the liberation movement, but is especially close to the protagonist and his team, while Raltaff is more of a mentor.
  • Houshou Takigawa, aka Bou-san or Monk, from Ghost Hunt, with Ayako as Team Mom.
  • In Gintama, Gintoki acts as a father figure towards Shinpachi and Kagura, when he's not acting like a child himself, that is.
  • Hellsing's Alexander Anderson has his moments with his people. Surprisingly, so does Alucard in the manga in a twisted way, towards his interaction with Seras, Bernadotte and mercenaries. He's also known to lecture the vampire punks before he kills them, and when he starts calling Seras by her name he actually pats her on the head almost like a dad praising his little girl.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: Even after The American Revolution, England can't fully get his former protege America off his back. And even more after the Allies are formed and he often has to be the Only Sane Man... if you stretch the "sane" part a bit.
    • Austria also is like this towards North Italy and The Clan. As a bonus, he marries the local Cool Big Sis and makes her his Team Mom.
    • Among the Asians, China tries to be this... but the straightest example seems to be Macau instead. Specially when he has to deal with China and Hong Kong.
    • Denmark sees himself as the leader and "older brother" (re: this) of the Nordics. The others don't seem to agree.
    • France insists on being called "big brother" by everyone younger than him, and in a deleted strip he denies America alcohol because of his age (though it may have been to insult him). This makes the strip "Even if I depart, You Shall Remain" all the more of a Tear Jerker, as it shows France's immortality will prevent him from being a true father. When he sees the human protagonist with a son, he makes a sad smile.
    • Though Russia is childish, he sees himself as this towards his subordinates and his people, in a twisted way. In "Lithuania's Out-Sourcing", he acts like a concerned parent when telling America to take care of Lithuania...until he pulls a Slasher Smile and calls Lithuania his "ex". Then there was "Bloody Sunday", where he snaps and decides the only way to make the best for his citizens is to gun down some rebels, because "we don't want children who can't play nice."
  • Inuyasha's title character, believe it or not. He's pretty unorthodox, but he tries to give The Chick / The Lancer / Team Mom emotional support, physically prevents the Action Girl from giving up on her brother and The Smart Guy from throwing his life away, and is an example for both the Tagalong Kid and the aforementioned Team Mom's little brother.
  • Kalos Eido, boss of the Kaleido Star troupe. To a smaller degree, Marion's father; makes sense since while Kalos handles the big decisions, Mr. Begnini is the one in charge of the stagehands and technical issues.
  • In Lyrical Nanoha, despite being female, The Stoic Blazing General Signum often takes this role in the teams she's in, leading by example and taking responsibility for the things her group did, as well as being the one most willing to discipline a team member who's out of line; when Teana starts complaining about being taken off active duty (more because she's not in the right physical or mental shape for it than as a punitive measure), Signum punches her in the face and says that she will only get spoiled if her whining is tolerated. This gets a Lampshade Hanging in the Real Trailer, Fake Movie Magical Family Lyrical Wolken Omake included in the Special Edition of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd As, where she was assigned the father role while Shamal was assigned the mother role.
  • Mazinger Z: Prof. Yumi was Team Dad by the heroes (and Parental Substitute for Kouji and Shiro). He was mature, serious and disciplined, and tried to lead through those traits.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam — Bright Noah. Who ends up married to the local Team Mom, Mirai Yashima.
  • Jiraya eventually becomes this to Naruto which also fits on how Tsunade is the Team Mom for him. Turns out Jiraiya is technically Naruto's godfather, but was not available for his early years for many reasons (being a spy master protecting the village along with his own lechery being prime examples.)
    • Iruka Umino, being actually responsible for most of the pre-ninja training of the kids, bounces between Team Dad and Team Mom (specially to Naruto). Also Kakashi and Asuma, as team leaders.
    • Interestingly enough, Shikamaru seems to be developing into this for the Konoha 11 Group. Makes sense, they lost their Team Dad Asuma to Hidan.
    • Let's not forget that Hiruzen Sarutobi aka the Third Hokage was the Team Dad for most of Konoha, barring his former teammates and Danzo, his former friend.
    • To a degree, it can be said that every male Kage plays the Team Dad role for their village, in their own ways. As the new Kazekage, Gaara is still too young, but he's got Baki-sensei to back him up. Baki himself wasn't exactly the Team Dad for the Sand siblings at first, but acts more like that after the Time Skip.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi has some odd examples.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Kouzou Fuyutsuki and Gendo Ikari would be the Team Dads... if the series was, well, NOT Neon Genesis Evangelion.
    • Gendou deconstructs the trope big time (he's Shinji's father and team leader all right, but his actions are only remotely dad-like towards his adoptive daughter of sorts Rei), but Fuyutsuki plays it straight as he's still got some degree of concern for others around him. That's what gets him arrested by SEELE.
  • One Piece: Franky towards his original True Companions before he left, and now, as confirmed by Word of God, towards Luffy's crew. Though he's a particularly... immature example.
    • Zoro and Sanji though younger than Franky, have shades of this trope towards their more immature and childish crewmates. Both Zoro and Sanji give Chopper in particular guidance in “how to be manly“, and they also give him shoulder rides sometimes.
    • Whitebeard as a Father to His Men was literal example for the Whitebeard Pirates, even when Squard stabs him Whitebeard just hugs his “foolish son” and forgives him immediately causing Squard to cry.
    • Smoker similar to Whitebeard was this for the G-5 Marines and Tashigi thus Smoker was extremely pissed when he learned The Mole Vergo had attacked and nearly killed all of them.
    • Charlotte Katakuri invokes this towards his siblings, not only will he use his Devil Fruit powers to aid them in battle but will protect them ferociously. Luffy learned this the hard way.
    • Kozuki Oden was this to his True Companions the Nine Scabbards and plenty of others in Wano country, even some of his most badass samurai friends gave Oden The Glomp, much to his annoyance. Oden’s death protecting his family and friends still brings tears to his followers’s eyes.
  • Ouran High School Host Club — Tamaki Suoh is the self-proclaimed Team Dad (and assigns Kyouya the Team Mom role), but the rest of the team pretty much just play along because they feel like it; when they boycott him, Tamaki throws tantrums about why they're being so disobedient. This gets even more complicated once Tamaki starts developing feelings for Haruhi that he keeps handwaving as "fatherly concern".
    • This, of course, leads to Ho Yay courtesy of the Twins: "Mommy kept a secret from Daddy."
  • Kanba Takakura from Penguindrum, who has to take care of both his younger siblings and their penguins. With his sister Himari as the Team Mom.
  • Brock in the Pokémon anime, who like Jet Black does double duty as both the Team Dad and the Team Mom.
    • In BW, Cilan makes a strange aversion, considering how similar he is to Brock.
    • Pikachu takes up the role when no humans are present, mostly to take care of the younger Pokemon.
    • In XY, Ash himself is the one who has the Team Dad role as this is the series where he's at his most mature.
    • For the Sun and Moon series, the Team Dad role usually goes to Professor Kukui, but Kiawe also takes up the role when its just Ash and his classmates.
  • Romeo X Juliet — Conrad, with the bonus of having his grandson Antonio in the group and having raised Juliet and Cordelia after the Capulet massacre.
  • Mamoru Chiba acted like one from time to time in Sailor Moon, mostly to the Inner Senshi since he was older and more responsible than them, being a mentor figure towards Ami in particular and always taking care of Chibiusa, his future daughter.
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman — Kozaburou Nambu, also The Professor.
  • Soul Eater: Dr. Stein, oddly enough. In the last chapter of the manga, it turns out he Marie are going to be an actual mom and dad.
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Robotech — Captain Bruno J. Global/Henry J. Gloval.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- — Kurogane, to go along with the overwhelming sea of Ho Yay between him and (male) Team Mom Fai. This becomes particularly visible around the Wham Chapters in which everything goes to hell and Kurogane does quite a bit of stepping up and taking charge in order to keep the team together.
  • Enho from The Twelve Kingdoms mixes this and Old Retainer. Keiki also has some shades of the trope.
  • X/1999Wind Master Aoki Seiichirou is this with Kasumi Karen taking on the role of "Team Mom".

    Comic Books 
  • Batman to his whole extended Bat-family, particularly to the Robins, who are his adopted sons (except for Damian, his biological kid, and Steph). Alfred, the Wayne family butler, also has a bit of this going on, though he tends to be a lot more empathetic than Bruce.
  • The Avengers once had a discussion about Captain America and Iron Man over who was Team Mom and who was Team Dad.
    • They're still doing this; as recently as Issue 7 of the 2011 volume of The Avengers, there's a scene where Spider-Man says "This is uncomfortable." Another character assumes he's talking about half of Avenger-dom being on a single Quinjet, and he says "No, I was talking about Mommy and Daddy fighting," in reference to the fact that Cap is pissed at Tony for his secrecy about the Infinity Gems.
  • Captain Atom was this for the Justice League Europe. This was helped by the fact that he was also the Only Sane Man and was romantically involved, at least for a while, with the Team Mom, Catherine Cobert. But he was also the one responsible for keeping the team's ridiculous antics under control, counseling them when they were depressed or otherwise in need of advice or just a reassuring ear, and of leading them into combat.
  • Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) of the Fantastic Four (and he's married to the Team Mom).
  • Rainbow Rowell's Runaways moves Chase into this position, as he and established Team Mom Nico become the group's providers and (thanks to one of Nico's spells) Molly's legal guardians.
  • Robin (Tim) ends up as the team dad for Young Justice mostly due to his Only Sane Man status among the founders. Superboy (Kon) may have tried to claim the role, but was just nowhere near mature enough nor in the right mindset for giving direction, even if he thought himself to be in comparison to Cloudcuckoolander Fearless Fool Impulse.
  • In Superman, Perry White is sometimes depicted as this to other the reporters at the Daily Planet. He once even went so far as to say that Lois in particular was like a daughter to him.
  • Splinter considers himself the adopted father of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In some versions this is extended to the turtles' additional friends, including April and Casey.
  • Long-time Teen Titans foe Deathstroke is an evil version of this for the Titans teams he has put together. During the Titans East storyline, he even acted more fatherly towards Inertia than he did to his own children as part of his plan to get the Titans to accept them. He gave the little psycho the serum he needed for Super Speed while warning him not to abuse it, advised him to dump his even more psychotic girlfriend, and hooked him up with the Rogues in Central City once everything went south for Titans East.
  • X-Men:

    Fan Works 
  • Most BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle fan works have Ragna as this to Yu, Hyde and Ruby due to his status as the oldest and most experienced of them (he's in his 20's while they're all teenagers), it helps that his interactions with them in the game proper also show some shades of this mixed with Cool Big Bro. Of course, with Ragna being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold with a Hair-Trigger Temper, he's portrayed as a notably more grumpy and moody version of this trope.
  • Steve and Thor take turns at this with the Avengers in Child of the Storm. Steve is The Paragon who can (mostly) get Tony, Loki, and the rest of the wisecrackers to shut up and listen. Thor, being 1500 years old and possessing a lot of experience with the universe in general and his brother in particular (plus being an actual dad), can provide sage advice and perspective for the others that Steve, being biologically less than 30, can't.
  • George Westinghouse in Children of Time: in the season 1 finale, he finds himself in a fatherly role towards a large band of True Companions, consisting of his own friend Nikola Tesla, Sally Sparrow, Beth Lestrade, and the Baker Street Irregulars. So much so that he gives the bride away at Beth's official wedding.
  • The Dwarven Noble protagonist assumes this role in Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns. Alim, the elf, sometimes fills the role too.
  • In Fly Free, Kakashi plays this role to Team Seven far more than in canon. What makes it funny is that the Team Mom is Robin, and the Team (and other genin) very much ship the two.
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, Atticus, King of Corginia is this between himself, Chloe Cerise and Lexi. Justified since Chloe herself is only ten and Lexi is — at least emotionally — the equivalent of a teenager. He makes sure to comfort the two when both are in need of support with their problems.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Weiss is this for Team MNVW, being the strict, no-nonsense Foil to Izuku's nurturing positivity and enthusiasm. She's in charge of reining in her teammates' worst impulses, particularly Izuku's self-destructive Chronic Hero Syndrome and Workaholic tendencies, disciplining him and Nora with a spray bottle and threatening Izuku with harm should he try to take on too much at once.
  • The Internet has seen fit to turn Overwatch's Soldier:76 into one (and Mercy as Team Mom and Reinhardt and Ana as team Grandparents), but emphasizing the "Dad" part (making sure the kids eat their vegetables, wearing socks with sandals, and of course dad jokes). It's amazing how much emotion he can communicate with just his eyebrows. Some fan works go further and send 76 down the Bumbling Dad route, with dad jokes and socks-with-sandals fashion sense galore.
  • Reggie towards most of the main team of heroes in Pokéumans except Brandon, to whom he is the Big Brother Mentor.
  • In Taaroko's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Giles meets Hank Summers, he explicitly states that he views Buffy and Dawn as his own daughters when Hank implies that there might be anything 'inappropriate' about Giles's relationship with them.
  • In Vocaloid fanon, Kaito tends to be this, when not being an idiot. This is primarily due to his shared status as the oldest with Meiko, however.
  • What You Already Know has Jacob keep this unofficial role in his interaction with SG-1, but it becomes a bit more explicit with Daniel after he learns about the archaeologist’s feelings for Sam. There is also a semi-weird moment where Jack acts more ‘Team Dad’ than he ever did in canon by observing that Daniel is the only one of Sam’s potential partners who would have passed Jack’s ‘boyfriend test’ if Sam had been his daughter, which neither Sam or Daniel are sure how to react to considering Jack and Sam’s former feelings for each other.
  • In X-Men: The Early Years, Professor Xavier is the team's teacher and father figure who tries to keep his crazy students under control (and from killing each other).

    Films — Animation 
  • The Incredibles: Robert "Bob" Parr, a.k.a. Mr. Incredible (also a literal/biological father).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Sam Gerard from The Fugitive manages to be both Team Mom and Team Dad: he's incredibly caring but also expects nothing less than excellence, his team works like a well-oiled machine at the slightest snap of his finger, and he's snippy and dramatic when things go wrong but lavish with praise when they go right. He also refers to his team as his kids, and they clearly adore him right back.
  • The Goonies: Brand, as the oldest, tries to be the Team Dad. He makes a point of trying to take charge of the younger kids, but this doesn't work out so well.
  • Thorin in The Hobbit may also qualify, at least to the younger dwarves. None of them are his children, but half of them are fairly closely related to him: four of them are his third cousins (and brothers or first cousins to each other), and Fíli and Kíli are his nephews.
  • In Jurassic World, Owen Grady is this to his four Velociraptors. He's the only person they listen to and won't attack on sight, which Owen attributes to maintaining a mutually respectful relationship with them. It also helps that Owen raised them since birth and all four of the raptors (who were given bird DNA instead of frog) have imprinted on him.
  • Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings. Also doubles as A Father to His Men.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Chris Hemsworth (Thor) describes Tony Stark as "the godfather of The Avengers" because of how closely he works with S.H.I.E.L.D. to get the team together, as seen in The Stinger of The Incredible Hulk. This would explain why Stark always clashes with The Leader Captain America over how to "raise the kids," so to speak. Lampshaded in Captain America: Civil War as Tony (along with Team Mom Black Widow) behaves less like a concerned teammate, but more like a scolding parent whose kids are trouble with the law.
    • Nick Fury seems to invoke this to S.H.I.E.L.D and by extension the Avengers. Black Widow and Maria Hill in particular look up to him and greatly care for his safety. Word of God also reveals this is the reason why Fury was made to be absent in Civil War since he’s presence would’ve given a bit of control to the hectic scenario.
    • Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy is a very passionate Father to His Men especially towards Peter Quill. He’s also quite the Papa Wolf as seen in sequel when Tazerface kills his loyal men and when he learns Peter is with his evil father Ego.
      • Quill himself along with Drax (when they aren’t being silly) invoke this among the Guardians, particularly towards Baby/Teen Groot and Mantis.
    • Villainous example in Avengers: Infinity War with Thanos, the Black Order is made up of his “adopted” children from different planets and with the exceptions of Gamora and Nebula they all worship the ground Thanos walks on and truly believe his lunacy. It’s taken in even further as one of his children Ebony Maw implies that Thanos thinks he’s the Team Dad for the whole universe which is given some credence later when Thanos calls Scarlet Witch (a complete stranger) “my child” and brushes her head affectionately.
  • Prime Cut has Lee Marvin as a tough old gangster leading a squad of younger hitmen.
  • David from We're the Millers takes longer to fully grow into this role than Rose does to adapt to her corresponding Team Mom role, but he gets there. Best displayed at the film's climax, but hinted many other times as well.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Professor Charles Xavier. Best shown in X-Men: The Last Stand during his funeral, where a massive amount of his students cried during it. His tombstone reads, "Father, Teacher, Friend", and naturally "Father" is listed first because he was viewed by the youngsters (especially those who are orphans or have been disowned by their families) as primarily a paternal figure.
    • X-Men: First Class: Erik Lehnsherr has a "tough love" approach with the young mutants (Sean Cassidy learns this the hard way). Charles Xavier might qualify as well, but he tends to act more like the nurturing Team Mom. Insert witty commentary here.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: James McAvoy stresses in the June 2016 issue of F*** magazine that Professor X, for all of his kindness and altruism, has a profound psychological need to be the "king of the castle," so to speak. Xavier genuinely loves his friends and his students and he cares deeply about them, but it's also very important to him to hold a certain amount of authority over them.
      McAvoy: That's partly why he's building a school and he wants that family that he never really had, and he wants to be the father. He's got that slight... he's a good man, but he's got a little bit of a god complex as well. He wants to be at the head of the table. It's a good thing, but it's his flaw as well.

  • Jake in Animorphs, also the team leader. Marco teases him about this mercilessly, especially since the Team Mom, Cassie, is his girlfriend.
    Cassie: Now what?
    Marco: Yeah, now what, Dad?
  • Chiron from The Camp Half-Blood Series trains each new generation of demigods, helps them through the process of understanding who they are, listens when they have problems, and keeps them more or less in line. He's been doing it for a few thousand years, by now.
  • Roland Deschain of The Dark Tower is this to his team of Gunslingers, and is a more literal adoptive father to Jake Chambers. This is lampshaded by his title in the group, "Dinh," which means "lord," "leader," or "father" in the High Speech.
  • Both Vimes and Carrot play this for the Discworld Ankh-Morpork City Watch. Vimes with his practically legendary anger (has killed at least two werewolves with his bare hands, and can lift a 300 lb ape without realising it), and Carrot with his royal charisma, or his strength (can stick a sword through a stone pillar, and punch out a troll).
  • Remus Lupin is like this in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
    • This is lampshaded repeatedly, since Harry never had a true father figure before. It becomes quite important later, when the Generation Xerox-trope is subverted.
    • Dumbledore is also implied to be this for the Order of the Phoenix, given that it's a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits whose one connection is, basically, him.
  • Haymitch in The Hunger Games, right down to being asked to walk Katniss down the aisle at her wedding.
  • In Death: Feeney. Roarke has even said to Feeney in Divided In Death that Feeney has been more of a father to Eve than Richard Troy, that son of Satan, ever was.
  • The Little Men of Plumfield:
    • Franz — oldest student, part-time teacher, President of The Club, and their mentor's and Team Mom's nephew.
    • Dr. Alexander Mackenzie Campbell, aka Uncle Alec, from Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom.
  • North from Of Fear and Faith is the leader of the team, the oldest member, the first one most of the others come to for comforting advice about their emotional problems and he calmly mediate arguments within the group. He definitely qualifies as this, and even has some shades of being the Team Mom.
  • Peter Pan: As Team Mom to the Lost Boys, Wendy tries to shoehorn Peter into this role. It doesn't work as well as she would like.
  • In Ranger's Apprentice the taciturn, gruff Halt O'Carrick is this for most of the younger protagonists.
  • In The Silmarillion, Maedhros fills this role, keeping his nastier brothers in check (for the most part).
  • Lieutenant Panga in Someone Else's War, to the team of ex-Child Soldiers.
  • In Uncle Tom's Cabin, main character Tom takes up this role pretty much towards everyone in the places where he works. Yes, even at Simon Legree's horrible manse, where he helps the other slaves and they call him "Father Tom" — even the local Broken Bird, the cynical and arrogant Cassie.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Phil Coulson, especially towards the younger members of his team. Skye even refers to him as such. One particularly notable occasion has him buying groceries and cooking a meal for Simmons after looking in her fridge and realizing how poorly she was eating due to the stress of being undercover.
  • The A-Team: Col. John "Hannibal" Smith smiles at (and sometimes plays along with) Murdock's antics like a parent watching their young child act out fantasies, he can keep B. A. under control, and he reminds Face to keep his wandering eye in check and focus on the task at hand. He also has this cute habit of referring to the other members of the A-Team by their military ranks (Captain, Lieutenant, and Sergeant, respectively), even though they've all technically been discharged, and they often refer to him as "Colonel". He always has unwavering faith that his men will get the job done, and his Nerves of Steel are likelier to be rattled by something threatening Face, B.A., or Murdock than him.
  • While Leonard on The Big Bang Theory is a Deadpan Snarker at times, when it comes down to it he's the go to guy for moral support. Fittingly, his on-again off-again girlfriend and later wife is the Cool Big Sis /Team Mom.
    • Most notably, they're this with Sheldon, Leonard's roommate. While Leonard is unusually exasperated if not always annoyed with his roommate, he cares deeply for him.
  • The Bill — Sgt. Bob Cryer (for uniform branch) and DCI/Supt Jack Meadows (for the CID).
  • At times, Dr. Goodman seemed to be something of this in the first season of Bones.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Captain Raymond Holt acts as the strict parental figure to the precinct, getting every member to reach their potential through discipline, and he is willing to put his team first in every decision he makes.
  • Buffyverse:
    • Giles, particularly with respect to Buffy. ("Wish I could play the father, and take you by the hand." — "Once More With Feeling")
      • For Giles, it helps that he's a Parental Substitute for a bunch of kids with few if any parents, especially fathers. Buffy and Dawn's father is in another country with his secretary, Willow's father was mentioned once and basically never again, Xander's is an alcoholic, Anya's has been dead for centuries, and Tara's is an abusive bastard. Giles is literally the only positive adult male in any of their lives.
    • Xander to the new Slayers in Season 8. Any Slayer who ever seems depressed or on the verge of a Heroic BSoD is always quickly cheered up by Xander.
    • Angel villain Holtz tries to be this, but ends up forming a cult.
    • Angel himself. Lampshaded early on, in which Angel addresses to a bickering Cordelia and Wesley as "children."
  • Sam Axe from Burn Notice though he prefers to be Cool Old Guy and a best friend/Plucky Comic Relief, when one of Team Weston is in trouble, going crazy or approaching either the Moral Event Horizon or Despair Event Horizon he will step in and either pep talk or start a "what is wrong with you" fight, though usually he leaves it to Maddie.
  • Charlie's Angels — Charlie; in the TV series, he is just Voice with an Internet Connection and acts as Mission Control, but the movies emphasize the parental relationship he has with his "Angels".
  • Community — Jeff Winger is the de facto Team Dad, with Shirley acting as the Team Mom. Lampshaded with both of them really acting like the parents of unruly children in "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples."
  • Criminal Minds — Gideon and Rossi, the latter's status as Team Dad being lampshaded by one of the team asking ''"Where are Mom and Dad?" "Oh, Hotch and Rossi are still at the conference."
  • Crossing Jordan — Dr. Garret Macy.
  • The CSI Verse almost always has a Team Dad:
  • Dead Like Me — Rube.
  • Doctor Who — the Doctor, depending on which incarnation we're talking about. The Doctor is almost always a Parental Substitute to his companions, and as such is generally this when he has more than one companion at a time. Notable examples include the First, Second, Fifth (who was a little less off-the-wall than normal), and Thirteenth Doctors with their respective TARDIS teams (despite the Thirteenth being a woman, she still acts like a man more often than not), while the Eleventh Doctor is an aversion due to how he treated Amy and Rory more like friends than children. Which turns out to be appropriate, given that they're his sort-of parents-in-law. However, even then he still has moments of being a Parental Substitute, such as going full Papa Wolf when Amy is kidnapped, acting as a Shipper on Deck to them, and referring to them as "the kids" while talking to the TARDIS.
  • Engine Sentai Go-onger — Renn. Well, technically, he says "stopping children from fighting is a mother's job", but you get the idea.
  • Firefly — Mal Reynolds.
    • Demonstrated especially well in the episode "Out of Gas," when he handles each of his people differently during a crisis.
    • "You're on my crew."
      • "Why are we still talking about this?"
      • "One of you is gonna fall and die and I'm not cleaning it up!"
  • The character "Competitive Dad" from The Fast Show takes the concept and blows it up to a ludicrous extreme.
  • Dr Harrison Wells of The Flash (2014). He's the head of S.T.A.R. Labs, making him Caitlin and Cisco's boss, but his relationship with the younger members of Team Flash is much more than that of boss and employee. He talks to Cisco about his problems with his family, helps Caitlin to deal with the loss of her fiance, and guides Barry through the ups and downs of being the Flash. Cisco in particular is like a son to him, and he tells him as much when talking him out of quitting the team after he was forced to tell Captain Cold Barry's secret identity. At the end of the first season, this gets nastily subverted when he turns out to be Eobard Thawne, the Reverse Flash, though it's indicated that he still cares about Cisco to a certain extent, and somewhat less so Caitlin.
    • Detective Joe West (already Barry's foster father) slowly evolves into this for the rest of Team Flash, and provides a more human perspective to counter Dr Wells' For Science! tendencies.
  • House, M.D. — Dr. Gregory House, with Wilson and/or Cuddy as his Team Mom. Wilson and Cuddy also often act strikingly like they're House's parents.
    House: *calling Wilson on the phone*Hi, honey. How are the kids?
  • Ted in How I Met Your Mother, who often lectures and bosses the others around when they're uncooperative or behaving stupidly, and always seems to be the go-to guy whenever anyone needs advice.
    • This is lampshaded in the episode dealing with Lily and Marshall having a kid. He denies it, but we're then treated to flashbacks of him telling cheesy jokes and chastising Barney and Robin for breaking a model ship. He retorts with a sharp, "I don't like your tone, young lady."
    • His most definitive example of dad-ness is probably "False Positive", where he after the group begin making large life-changing decisions, only to begin chickening out at the last minute, he finally snaps and gives them one hell of a chastising speech to their group of friends (and a brief moment later, Punchy on the phone) to get them to stop being cowards and pursue said life-changing decisions — a move which drastically improves all of their lives for the rest of the show. Comes complete with Barney snickering "Marshall and Lily got in troooouble!"
  • JAG: Rear Admiral AJ Chegwidden, the Judge Advocate General of the Navy (boss of the team) and a former Navy Seal.
  • Law & Order — Jack McCoy; previously, Adam Schiff and Arthur Branch were his Team Dads.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Captain Donald Cragen; his role in the show is more that of Mission Control, but his relationship with his subordinates is Dad-like. At one point, Fin lampshades the trope by greeting Stabler and Benson with "Dad's mad." When he's temporarily reassigned after the nightmare that was Season 8, he bids the team farewell with, "Try to behave yourselves."
  • Leverage — Part of Nathan's Character Development is his growth from mere Mission Control to surrogate father for a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. Cemented by his romantic tension with Sophie, who becomes the Team Mom : in a Christmas episode, he has gotten Parker, Harrison, and Elliot gifts, which he and Sophie watch them play with, the parallel to parents watching their kids play obvious.
  • Station Officer Sidney Tate in the first three series of London's Burning.
  • Makito in Mahou Sentai Magiranger, due to the team's real dad being MIA. It turns out their Dad is actually The Dragon, only brainwashed, and he joins the team for good later.
  • M*A*S*H — Colonel Potter. Before Potter took over, Colonel Blake was a sort of "older brother" figure filling this role: at least the officers in the main cast almost invariably called Blake "Henry" except when deliberately speaking formally or to third parties; only very rarely did anyone dare to call Potter "Sherman".
  • The Monkees — Insofar as the group has one, it's definitely Mike.
  • Joel of Mystery Science Theater 3000 treats the Bots like wayward children, offering support when they're down (or struggling to keep their sanity through the terrible movies) and admonishing them when they go too far. Of course, he also built the Bots, so in a sense he actually is their father.
  • NCIS — Jethro Gibbs is often seen as this, though it is debated as to which characters see him in this light.
    • Abby also spells out the entire "Mom and Dad" setup with Jenny Shepard, preempting an oncoming argument with a pretty accurate summary of what's about to happen, and ending:
      Abby: The kids don't like it when Mommy and Daddy fight.
    • When trying to calm down an unwitting human bomb, Gibbs says "My son, Tony, plays that same game" as a way to start a conversation.
    • Not to mention Ziva calling him, with tears in her eyes, "the closest thing I have to a father".
    • Later, Gibbs directly calls Ziva his "kid".
    • When Ziva was considering marrying her boyfriend in Season 9, Tony tells Gibbs that he "should be getting ready to play father of the bride."
    • Gibbs also easily stepped into the "father of the groom" role at McGee and Delilah's wedding.
  • Noah's Arc: Chance, being the typically more rational, level-headed leader. Also is the oldest of the main 4 characters.
  • NUMB3RS: Don Eppes. He cultivates a slightly less authoritarian manner than Gibbs — not quite first among equals but not as forbidding. Kind of "team big brother".
    • Alan Eppes also plays out aspects of this trope despite not actually being a member of the team in question. By midway through the series, various members of the team are coming to him for advice, and the entire group is regularly included in family dinners.
  • Many Power Rangers teams had team dads:
    • Mighty Morphin through Turbo: Zordon
    • Lightspeed Rescue: Captain Mitchell, who literally was the father of two rangers.
    • Ninja Storm: Sensei Watanabe, also Cam's dad... who managed to pull this even in the days when he was turned into a Guinea pig.
    • Dino Thunder: Dr Tommy Oliver.
    • SPD: Doggie Kruger
    • Operation Overdrive: Andrew Hartford and/or Spencer.
    • Jungle Fury: RJ
  • Scrubs — Dr. Cox, mostly unwillingly.
  • Shadowhunters — Magnus and Alec act as the Team Dad couple to the rest of the characters, Magnus is most notably a father-figure to Raphael and Simon.
  • DI Greg Lestrade often plays this role in Sherlock fanfiction, due to being the show's leader type/cool older guy (relative to John and Sherlock)/Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World — George Challenger. Summerlee could be considered the Team's grandfather.
  • Sliders — Professor Arturo.
  • Stargate SG-1 — O'Neill and Hammond both qualify.
    • Jacob Carter has this role to a degree, particularly when he actually is the father of Samantha Carter.
    • As well as Landry in the last two seasons.
  • In Stargate Atlantis John Sheppard picks up the role, with Weir as his Team Mom counterpart.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation — Jean-Luc Picard.
  • The reality show The Surreal Life featuring former celebrities living under one roof, always seemed to develop a Team Dad (although not always a Team Mom, curiously). Celebrities such as MC Hammer, Dave Coulier (Joey from Full House), Christopher Knight (Peter from The Brady Bunch), and the lead singer of Smash Mouth all acted as the dad in their respective seasons.
    • This is lampshaded by Christopher Knight who lamented that he was "the dad" despite never having been a father or being in a similar position.
  • Red Foreman (played by Kurtwood Smith) from That '70s Show. Much to his own displeasure.
    Red: This house is always littered with kids! It's like we're... Mormons!
  • Malcolm Tucker of The Thick of It is Her Majesty's Government's Team Dad. The scariest, most abusive one imaginable.
    "Never mind what Mummy says, just do what Daddy says"
  • Jeff Tracy in Thunderbirds is literally and figuratively the daddy of the team.
  • Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness (at least to the team members he's not actively hitting on).
  • Warehouse 13: Artie, so much, particularly to Claudia. Even outright stated by Pete in one of the Christmas specials:
    Pete: I'm like your big brother, Myka is like your big sister, and Artie is so much like your dad it's kinda annoying.
  • Waterloo Road: Tom Clarkson. This teacher has acted as a father figure for numerous kids at the school: Chlo and Mika Grainger (Series 3-4); all the Kellys (series 4 onward); his biological son Josh (series 5 onwards); plus other kids experiencing moments of distress. Sambuca Kelly openly declares that she "found her dad" in him just before her death.
  • President Bartlet on The West Wing, countering Leo's non-female Team Mom. (Hilariously, Martin Sheen and John Spencer acknowledged this in interviews, but each said the other was actually the Team Mom.)
  • White Collar: Peter is the team dad of the FBI's white-collar division. All the agents, especially Jones and Diana, are 100% loyal to him. And he has to practice tough love with Neal. A lot.


    Pro Wrestling 
  • Ric Flair served as such for Fourtune in Impact Wrestling, hoping to mold the group into another version of The Four Horsemen.
  • KENTA served as such for No Mercy when he tore his ACL for the second time and became their manager.
  • Randy Savage tended to play this role in locker rooms, especially during the 1990s and especially in WCW where he was the most generous among those with "creative control" written into their contracts. He also tore into Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon for not sticking to their time limit, resulting in 10 wrestlers losing their Wrestlemania paycheck.

    Video Games 
  • For a good-aligned party in Baldur's Gate II, Keldorn can come across very strongly as a Lawful Good, evil-smiting paladin Team Dad. His age helps — his daughter is about the same age as most party members, including the protagonist.
  • Aveline, from Dragon Age II is a female example. She's a Da Chief and your Friend on the Force. She often butts heads with the more lawless members of the main group, but it becomes very clear that she's doing her best to protect them. The same group also has a male Team Mom, Varric.
    • Occasionally she'll butt heads with certain types of Hawke, who can also play this role.
  • Dragon Quest IV: In the chapter two, Borya acts like a mentor/guardian towards Kyril and mainly Alena, often wishing he could do more to get her to act like a lady.
  • Captain Basch fon Ronsenberg in Final Fantasy XII becomes quite warm and fatherly towards Vaan and Penelo. Some would say creepily so. He maintains a rather odd indifference towards Ashe for most of the game, however.
  • Sazh Katzroy of Final Fantasy XIII towards Hope and Vanille.
  • Fire Emblem tends to give us more than one example, and for some reason several of them double as the Crutch Character.
    • In Genealogy of the Holy War, formerly adorable kid Oifey grows into this in the second part. Lewyn may fill in partially, though he's not that much of a good dad to his own kids if he gets paired up (not completely his fault, as it's implied he suffers of a bad case of Laser-Guided Amnesia).
    • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade has Marcus the Paladin, who might be more of a team granddad given his old age.
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade:
      • Marcus, twenty years younger than his previous appearance, takes this role once again for the Phereans.
      • Oswin the Knight is a Team Dad towards Hector (who lampshades the trope by calling him "old man"), Serra (whom he can marry through supports) and Matthew. It's even more evident in Hector's route, in which Uther sends him after the runaway Hector with this trope in mind.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones:
      • Seth the Silver Knight. Bonus for being a Paladin too.
      • King Hayden, Moulder the Priest and Gerik the Mercenary.
    • In Path of Radiance, the Greil Mercenaries had their leader, Greil, who was also the biological father of Ike and Mist. However, Mist only really became part of the team after Greil's death.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
    • Fire Emblem Fates:
      • The warrior princes Xander and Ryoma are the team "fathers" for the armies of Nohr and Hoshido respectively. Xander helped raise all of the younger family members in the middle of a Decadent Court and is much more of a stern disciplinarian than his Team Mom sister Camilla, though he still has a compassionate heart; in the meantime, Ryoma is incredibly caring for those under him while also being very serious and focused, and as a bonus two of his prospect love interests fall under the Team Mom mantle including Xander's aforementioned sister Camilla.
      • The Second Gen group has a team dad of their own: Prince Shiro who is Ryoma's son and can be the nephew of Xander; as one of the oldest of the group, if not the oldest, he naturally fits into this role. It helps that he also has a very brotherly instinct towards his peers, especially the younger ones (like Kiragi and the Kanas), always doing his best to help them out whenever they need him.
  • Halo: Reach: Jorge-052 acts as this for Noble Team. Since he is a Spartan-II who is almost a decade older than the team's oldest Spartan-III, this makes sense.
  • Samos from the Jak and Daxter series fills this role. In addition to being the gruff Parental Substitute for the titular duo, he's Keira's actual father as well as a source of wisdom for the group.
  • Kingdom Hearts series:
    • Terra has shades of this in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, to go along with Team Mom Aqua and Ventus, who is more or less their son despite being only two or three years younger.
      • This is even lampshaded in the original Japanese text when Scrooge gave Ven the passes to Disney Town. As opposed to the translation, where Ven was told "to take two grown-ups," he was told to "bring his parents."
    • Xigbar kind-of acts like this toward Roxas in 358/2Days, although he falls under the "twisted" variety due to being a massive troll who likes knowing more than other people. He keeps up the condescendingly-paternal thing when he meets Sora in KHII.
    "Have you been a good boy? Oh... it sounds like you haven't."
    • Sora himself shows shades of this whenever he is dealing with Pinocchio, as he is always trying to keep the latter from trouble.
    • Deconstructed with the Master of Masters to the Foretellers. He shares a close relationship with his disciples, having inculcated an unquestioning loyalty to him within them, and treats them affectionately, though his eccentricity often baffles them. In spite of this, he manipulates them into starting the Keyblade War, without any apparent qualms, and they all either respect him too much or are too loyal to him to suspect his manipulations.
  • Chin Gentsai, Maxima, Takuma Sakazaki, Kim Kaphwan, and Heidern from The King of Fighters. Out of them, only the second is not technically a father: Chin has a granddaughter, Takuma has a teenage daughter and a young adult son (plus he helped to raise his kids's best friend), Kim's two sons are pre-teens [and older teenagers in Garou Mark Of The Wolves] and Heidern is both a biological and adoptive father. [Though his bio daughter died])
    • Ironically, Maxima isn't pleased by people pointing out that he's a father/uncle figure to K' and Kula. Terry horrifies him when he directly lampshades the trope via asking him for parental tips, and when NESTS!Kyo does it he snarks back at him.
    • While he doesn't really play the role in KOF canon, Kyo Kusanagi's father Saisyu fits in very well in the KOF: KYO media. The scene in which he tells Kensou, Athena and Yuki about the Kusanagi/Yagami rivalry and its origins strongly reminds of a dad telling a bedtime story to a bunch of children. (Except that the kids are his teenage son's friends and girlfriend and said stories aren't exactly fairy tales.)
  • Coach from Left 4 Dead 2, especially towards Ellis and Rochelle.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, Rean Schwarzer is this to his students as he will make sure they're taken care of, scold them if they do something wrong, or help them out when they're troubled.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Shepard has to take on this role for his (or her) crew, helping them get through their issues and serving as an example. Both Paragon and Renegade versions of Shepard take on the poppa role, especially when conflicts within the crew arise, like the one between Legion and Tali, or Jack and Miranda. Paragon is the "Let's all calm down and talk this out kids, because we have to work together," sort of father, while Renegade Shepard is more of the "Shut up, you stupid kids, you're acting like idiots! Now do what I say before I beat the crap out of you!" father.
  • Metal Gear Solid — Big Boss, while he wasn't exactly the world's greatest dad to his clone-sons, has improved the lives of just about everyone who works for him by giving them sanctuary at Outer Haven. Then Solid Snake showed up in a cardboard box.
    • Solid Snake himself becomes Team Dad in Metal Gear Solid 4 after adopting Sunny and having acted as Raiden's mentor (especially since he grows a fatherly moustache).
    • The Boss was a female version of this to Naked Snake and the Cobras (as well as Team Mom).
  • The protagonist of Persona 4 slides between this and Team Mom. His biggest team dad moment happens on the road to the true ending when the team is debating whether to throw Namatame into the TV in revenge for his crimes; the protagonist eventually loses his temper and orders them all to "calm the hell down" before they do something they can't take back.
  • Persona 5 gives us the Hierophant confident, Sojiro Sakura. The man who takes the P5 protagonist in during his year of probation, he starts out as a gruff and mildly cynical cafe owner/curry chef, but he's revealed to be a very cool and reliable man who ends up bonding with the protagonist as you go through his arc. It's heavily hinted that Sojiro was once very much like Joker as a young man and he ends up viewing him like the son he never had, even if does get flustered at the thought of Joker calling him dad should the protagonist pursue a relationship with Futaba (though he admits he's not uncomfortable with the idea.) He also has everyone call him "Boss" and while it's not visible, it's clear all of the Thieves have deep respect for him in a paternal sense (very noticeable since all of the lack father figures in their life and their parents in general aren't much involved, barring Ryuji's mom and even then she never makes an appearance.) Heck, Sojiro is the adoptive father of Futaba, whose mother was a former co-worker and long had a soft-spot for.note  He's such a strong example of thus that the fanbase calls him "Coffee Dad" alongside "Sojibro" and "Brojiro."
  • Phoenix Wright becomes this in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies. He's the boss of two younger attorneys, Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes, and even has an adopted daughter of his own, Trucy.
  • Vashyron from Resonance of Fate is at least ten years older than his partners, possibly around his thirties. He'd be better if he didn't teach his teenage companions to kill mooks indiscriminately.
  • RosenkreuzStilette beings us Graf Michael Sepperin, the kind of Affably Evil Team Dad who became the Big Bad at first by making a Deal with the Devil, becoming a vampire, and learning the dark arts, among them necromancy, just to (supposedly) protect his biological daughter and because he cares for his own fellow magi that much. As he himself would say, "Creating a world for Magi and ensuring my daughter's safety are one and the same."
  • Peppy Hare from the Star Fox series is the oldest member of the current team, having been a member of the original team alongside Fox McCloud's father, James. More recently, he has retired from piloting duties but still offers tactical advice and acting as mentor to the team. He is also very much a father figure (especially to Fox) and at one point, Falco even jokingly calls him "Gramps".
  • Super Robot Wars Original Generation — Kai Kitamura; his deceased mentor Kar-Wai Lau must've rubbed on him a lot. Captain Daitetsu is more like the Team Grandpa, but otherwise fits.
  • Asbel from Tales of Graces is this to the team (mostly to Sophie) being the calm, understanding yet coddling "dad" to Cheria's stern, gentle and sometimes overprotective Team Mom. Pascal even lampshaded it:
    Pascal: We could be like a family. Asbel could be the dad and Cheria the could be the mom...
  • Kratos during the Journey of Regeneration in Tales of Symphonia. When he leaves the party later on, Regal eventually joins and fulfills the role to a lesser, if more traditional, degree.
  • In Tales of the Abyss, Jade Curtiss will categorically deny any such title, but mostly fulfills the role anyway out of sheer necessity, while Guy and Tear alternate the Team Mom role.
  • Female example from Tales of Xillia in Milla. Prefers to alternate between strict, goofy or playful parenting styles while Team Mom Jude uses the more gentle approach.
  • This trope is mentioned outright in Wild ARMs 5, with Greg being referred to as the team dad.
  • Dunban fulfills this role in Xenoblade Chronicles, being the team's oldest Homs member, most experienced fighter, and main Smart Guy. Though not technically a father, Dunban has been responsible for taking care of younger sister Fiora from a fairly young age, and similarly acted as a role model for the similarly orphaned Shulk and Reyn even before the adventure. There are also a few moments where the Older Than He Looks Nopon Riki - who's at first glance much more like a Team Pet - shows shades of this, much to the surprise of the others. It makes sense, given Riki is the only member of the party who is an outright parent.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has several characters who fit. Azurda is more of a Team Grandpa, but still nonetheless acts as a wise figure in the group and more or less raised orphaned protagonist Rex prior to the game. Dromarch fills a similar role and often acts as a peaceful and mature Voice of Reason, especially next to his rather catty driver Nia. Given he was both a blade belonging to her father and has been with her since shortly after his death, this isn't too surprising. Vandham is likely the straightest example, acting as a tough but kind father figure towards the group, especially Rex, who he acts as a more straightforward The Mentor towards than Azurda and goes so far as to sacrifice his life to protect - it's heavily implied in some battle dialogue that Vandham himself lost a child, likely explaining his affinity for the role.

    Web Animation 
  • David from Camp Camp, often tries to be this to the campers under his care, especially Max, who he often tries to discipline in a stern fatherly manner (much to the latter's annoyance) - the fans have even nicknamed him "Dadvid". He finally seems to be making progress, as of the season two finale, where Max reluctantly hugs him.
  • Mori Calliope of hololive English is a rare female example. Her deep voice and stern yet supportive personality as the token responsible member of the group has made large sections of her fanbase start referring to her as "dad" or "Daddiope", much to her annoyance. The fact that her relationship with Team Mom Takanashi Kiara is one of, if not the most popular ship in the agency does not help.
    Gura: [Calli and Kiara are arguing while playing Minecraft] Mommy and daddy are fighting...
    Ina: It's okay. We can just stay in the closet until they're done.
    • Likewise, Shishiro Botan of the Japanese branch's fifth generation is another female example. Gender aside, her calm levelheadedness and more stereotypically boyish hobbies have lead to her to be viewed as gen 5's cool dad figure to pair with Lamy's Team Mom, a title both Coco and Kanata agreed was fitting. It was most noticeable when the group gave their thoughts on Aloe's graduation from hololive: while Lamy and Nene struggled to speak through tears and Polka was too dispirited to talk much, Botan took the reins and emceed the video with a composure that still made her sadness clear.
  • Villainous example with Amaroq of No Evil. In the episode where this comes to the forefront, he forbids Charles from "goin' out commandin' dark abysses after midnight".
  • Ben of Puffin Forest mentions in one story, he was playing as a 76-year-old human wizard - Doctor Solomon - in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign with friends. After a while of trying to be the Cool Old Guy of the group who took care of everybody, he was alarmed to discover that he was in fact the youngest person in the group: he was with a 96-year-old halfling and an elf pushing 260.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • Agent North Dakota somewhat played this role for the Freelancers, in addition to a cool big-brother figure. Which makes it all the more tragic when Agent South Dakota - his own twin sister - gets him killed out of jealousy and to save herself from The Meta.
    • Sarge becomes a version of this to the Reds and Blues post season 8.
    • Played with in regards to Washington. His attempts to be this to Connie are unsuccessful but his efforts work much better with the Reds and Blues from season 10 onwards, balancing the team's craziness with Carolina's Ax-Crazy tendencies, trying to keep them alive by managing their limited supplies and training Tucker and Caboose to be more effective soldiers.
    • The late Captain Flowers of Blue Team was shown to be this before the show began, either through flashbacks or when resurrected by an alien later in the Blood Gulch Chronicles. It's shown that the blues cared for him too, as despite him being forgotten almost immediately after Tucker claimed his armor when he was found dead, Church attempted to prevent his apparent death by heart attack when he's blown backwards through time midway through season three. This ironically ended up being what killed him as he was allergic to aspirin. Despite being well liked by Tucker and Church, he tended to be a bit creepy at times though this could possibly be explained by the revelation in season ten that he was really Freelancer Agent Florida, assigned to Blood Gulch to protect the Alpha AI, who was now inhabiting a robot body believing himself to be a soldier named Leonard Church.

  • The Captain from Cloudscratcher, especially towards Felix.
  • Orrig from Daughter of the Lilies is an orc who has to deal with a foul-mouthed elf and a loud-mouthed quarter-orc who get on each other's nerves all the time, and later a mage of unknown (at first) species with crippling anxiety and privacy issues. Despite the potential for Beleaguered Boss, he does a very good job of it (and is even sarcastically referred to as "Dad" by Lyra, the aforementioned elf).
  • Mr. Verres of El Goonish Shive is this to the main characters and is the father of one of them.
  • General Protection Fault — Dwayne. He's the owner of the company and commonly also the Only Sane Man.
  • Homestuck: Karkat Vantas. Yes, the bossy, misanthropic, foul-tempered leader Karkat. He was surprisingly effective in the role — he actually cares about the trolls in his charge, is determined to keep the team together and functional, and quite effectively helps them deal with personal issues. He's also their literal father, having created them all through ectobiology and weird time shit, even himself.
    • Vriska suggests that this actually doomed their SGRUB session since trolls are so naturally combative that three out of their four different kinds of romance revolve around managing hate as the basis (or demise, in the case of moirallegiance) of interpersonal relationships; trolls, she says, aren't meant to work together. Of course, then there's the times when it implies that much of the conquest and hate that has defined the species is a cultural choice made by rulers generations ago, and that under leaders like Feferi or Karkat the species could actually thrive. It's fuzzy which direction Hussie's decided to go with this.
    • John fills this role for the pre-Scratch human kids. All the trolls, and all the humans except John, regard John as the leader of the pre-Scratch human team. John insists he's their friend, not their leader, to which everyone's response has been "That's why you're the leader." John is nominally the youngest of the pre-Scratch kids by a few months, though the days each of them regard as their birthdays actually aren't due to time shenanigans, and they were all "born" at the same time to within a couple of minutes at most.
  • Durkon of The Order of the Stick is relatively laid-back (for a dwarf), and his Cleric class kind of makes him the moral centre by default. He's often seen giving fatherly advice and direction to side characters. It helps that his patron deity is Thor; a deity that gets up to the kind of shenanigans Thor does tends to be pretty lax on the fire and brimstone unless you really, really fuck up.
  • Brother Sweden, in Scandinavia and the World is this to the other Nordics.Brother England tries to be this to his "children", the grown-up colonies of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
  • In Stand Still, Stay Silent: this role is filled expertly by Captain Sigrun Eide, who is The Leader of the team. Not afraid to lay down the law when she has to, but supportive and encouraging to her subordinates. And she charges a troll armed with only a knife to save one of her men.
  • Rich out of Thespiphobia fits certain points, especially the Papa Wolf at times. However he's usually too peppy and sweet to fit either of these.
  • Parodied with Shibisu in Tower of God, whose dearest wish is apparently to be called the team dad. While he does eventually show himself fit to be The Leader for his team, everyone finds it really awkward how he tries to apply family metaphors from the start, especially with people who are probably older than him. (The anime leaves out the "wannabe father figure" aspect, while still having him beg for shows of camaraderie.)

    Web Original 
  • Skippy's List has examples:
    89. Must not refer to the Commander as "Dad".
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Stormwolf, for the Wild Pack.
    • And in the later stories (especially the Ayla stories), Lancer to Team Kimba. In the sims, he ends up playing the Straight Man quite a bit and tries to keep everyone on track.
    • Jadis is a female example for the Bad Seeds, being their de facto leader and frequently the Only Sane Man.

    Web Videos 
  • Santa Christ from That Guy with the Glasses, although even he finds dealing with thirty overgrown children hard to cope with.
  • Geoff of Achievement Hunter has been considered the father of the Lads and Gents at various times.
  • The character of Oin Lightbringer fills this role in the YouTube videos of the Brony D And D campaign Welcome to the Show.
  • Philza often serves as the Straight Man whenever he's in a group setting, like in Sleepyboisinc (a group which consists of himself, Technoblade, Wilbur Soot, and later TommyInnit), and is generally quite calm. This is exaggerated in his solo streams, where his chat calls him "dad" more often than they call him by his name, and he even refers to himself as "dad". This directly results in his wife being called "mom", his mother being called "grandma" and his sister being called "auntie".
    • His incarnation on the Dream SMP has Wilbur as his only biological son, but he acts as a father figure in the lives of Tommy, Tubbo and Ranboo, and has a fatherly demeanor towards pretty much anyone he interacts with. As a result, "Dadza" is one of his most popular nicknames, both in and out of the SMP.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers — Zachary Foxx is not only raising his two children after his wife met A Fate Worse Than Death at the hands of the series Big Bad, but often acts as a father figure to his team, especially Shane and Niko, who do not have parents.
  • Mr. Charlie Chan in The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan is an obvious example, but sometimes Henry acts as this when there's more than just him and Stanley in a group.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has Prince Zuko — Kids, you can have your beach party after you save the world! The team unanimously follow him when The Hero disappears. They seem to be emphasizing this trait in the new comics. Even before that, there was his "You're a talented kid" speech in "The Firebending Masters". The camera angles, which exaggerated the height difference between him and Aang, clearly were meant as a reference to this trope. Did not help to stop those who shipped him with Katara, the Team Mom. Or Aang himself.
    • Before he came along, Sokka tried to serve as the group's dad, which Katara even lets him know he's not good at it.
  • Bionic Six — Jack Bennet aka Bionic-1. The Bionic 6 are made up of him, his wife and Team Mom Helen, and their children — biological and adopted.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: Kwame, as the most mature and level-headed of the five teens, is this.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Hank the Ranger.
  • Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy sometimes behaves this way towards the other two- for instance in one episode when Ed and Double D are arguing, Eddy's first response is to seperate them with a, "SHUT UP! Both of you!"
  • Gargoyles — Goliath (also Action Girl Angela's father) and Hudson. (Who really is the father of Broadway, according to Word of God.)
  • Ivanhoe: The King's Knight has the titular character as this to Wamba and Rebecca.
  • In The Legend of Korra, both Tenzin and Mako have tried their hands at this, with different degrees of success. Bonus points for Tenzin since not only he is Aang's son, but he himself is the father of three Airbending kids. And later his fourth child is born, though we don't know if Rohan is an Airbender or not.
    • Ironically, while Tenzin and Mako tries to be the Team Dad (in the end, they're both really more of a male Team Mom to the team), it's really Lin Beifong who serves as the most effective Team Dad, as a female example.
  • Jacob in Motorcity. The oldest of the group (most of who are teens) and was originally supposed to have been Mike's grandpa.
  • Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a rare female example. She's the most down-to-earth member of the heroes (most of the time), has good leadership and planning skills, and also shows some parenting skills when looking after Spike.
  • Garmadon in Ninjago: he is the father of one of the five Ninja, and he takes on his brother's role as sensei to the Ninja in Season 4. He is also, without question, a Papa Wolf — his protective love for his son has always been one of his defining traits.
  • Onyx Equinox: by the end of the first season, Yaotl would die for any of the kids he's traveling with.
  • The Secret Saturdays — Solomon "Doc" Saturday (also a literal/biological father).
  • Stan from South Park has some shades of this usually. He's the oldest from the group, but not by much and it's rarely brought up. However he is basically the leader and often the Only Sane Man, as well as a determinator who tries to set an example. He can be quite protective towards the others (not so much towards Cartman though) and is also prone to scolding them if he disagrees with what they are doing. From the group he fights the least with Cartman, the latter showing some respect towards him, but that's not saying much.
  • Skeleton Warriors has Ursak, who is actually the uncle of the other three heroes.
  • Space Ghost in Space Ghost to Jan, Jace, and Blip.
  • Kanan from Star Wars Rebels is this alongside Hera. The fandom has nicknamed them Space Dad and Space Mom.
  • In Steven Universe, Garnet is a (sort of) female example of this trope. She is the de facto leader of the Crystal Gems, be the serious one who reins in the team and they all look up to her. However, she's mainly this with Steven (while Pearl is the Team Mom and Amethyst is the Cool Big Sis to him.) Greg somewhat functions this as Steven's dad, though the others have awkward friendships with him, at least in the beginning. They begin respecting him more over time, including Pearl.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has Master Splinter to the turtles.
  • Transformers Animated — Optimus Prime. Most versions of Optimus could count (especially Primal), but Animated Optimus is the most explicitly dad-like.
  • Brock Samson from The Venture Bros., despite being a macho brute of a badass Action Hero, has quite clearly taken up the role of Hank and Dean's parental figure; he's responsible for the feeding and clothing of the kids (and their father) and in one episode can be seen checking the boys over for head lice as he outlines a combat plan to one of his colleagues. Hank, at least, also looks up to him and asks him for advice.
  • Shiro of Voltron: Legendary Defender fits the mold so well that fans and staff alike have taken to calling him Space Dad. His voice actor, Josh Keaton, even noted in an interview that he channeled his own experience as a father into his portrayal.
  • Aqualad took on this role early in Young Justice. Since he's the most mature of the group, he often ends up playing mediator between his teammates' conflicting egos. He's also a Big Brother Mentor to both Robin and Superboy.
    • Batman. Besides being an actual foster father to the Robins, he attempts to counsel Aqualad regarding his homesickness (correctly guessing it's more about a person than the place), pays for Artemis to attend the same prestigious private school as Robin, and keeps a close watch on kid Leaguer Captain Marvel, revealing that he knew all along and, in the tie-in comics, gift-wrapping him an opportunity to come clean.
    • Batman's also responsible for Superboy. In one of the episodes Superman mentions that Batman has been responsible for helping Superboy adjust to his powers/get used to being on the Team. He also makes an effort to assure Connor he's doing good work at least once, regardless of what Superman's silence looks like. And let's not forget Batman also speaks to Superman to try and make him stop ignoring his clone. When Batman is giving Superman parenting advice you know it's serious.


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