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A hippie, a drugged-out rock star, an overly-friendly coach, and an emotionally distant stepfather, all armed with mystical powers...What Could Possibly Go Wrong??

Dungeons and Daddies is a live Dungeons and Daddies drama/comedy Actual Play podcast started in 2019, hosted by Freddy Wong as Glenn Close, Will Campos as Henry Oak, Matt Arnold as Darryl Wilson, Beth May as Ron Stampler, and Anthony Burch as the DM (Daddy Master).

The series follows four fathers who wind up being sucked into a mystical and forgotten realm after taking their sons to soccer practice one quiet morning. Separated from their children and armed with very little knowledge or the world around them or their own newfound powers, the four fathers set off in their mini-van on a quest to find and rescue their children and perhaps even become better people.


This podcast contains examples of:

  • Action Dad: Naturally.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Ron has a heart-to-heart with Terry Jr. After the dads have gone through D&D adventures to save him.
  • Adult Fear: On a normal trip to a soccer game, the Dads unwillingly get transported to a dangerous, unfamiliar world with their sons nowhere to be found. Even worse, when they do eventually find them one by one, a mysterious entity takes them away again.
  • Aerith and Bob: Early on, Anthony began taking names submitted from Patreon supporters. This resulted in NPCs having normal names like Erin O'Neal, whereas others are named Goose Moose Van Gloose or Sexcalibur Horsepower.
  • All for Nothing: What it seems like every time the Dads go through a huge effort to find their sons, since every time they've encountered them thus far, their sons are teleported away from them again.
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  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Played straight between Darryl and Grant.
  • Archnemesis Dad: The purple robes to Ron, Henry, and Glenn.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The purple robes desire to become Omega Daddies.
  • Backstory Invader: More or less becomes the entire plot of episode 34, when a fifth dad, Dennis Anderson (voiced by Ashly Burch) is suddenly a part of the story. He even gets a dad fact in the intro and is treated as if he's always been a part of the dads by everyone except Ron, who seems to be alone in noticing that something's off. In the end, he turns out to be Scam Likely's brother Mark Likely, out for revenge.
  • Bag of Holding: In this case, it's The Fanny Pack of Holding.
  • Battle of the Bands: The dads have to participate in a fantasy world-equivalent of this in episode 9.
  • Bears Are Bad News: As the druid of the group, Henry gains the ability to shapeshift into different animals, including a bear. Carnage ensues.
  • Black Comedy: Definitely dips into this at times. One of the primary examples of this is the UFC, aka Unfortunate Foster Children, which still operates much like the actual UFC.
  • Body Horror: More prominent in the horror spin-off/prequel mini series "At the Mountains of Dadness", but the main podcast has its moments as well:
    • The Library, an NPC which at first appears to be a normal humanoid, but soon reveals himself to be more of an Eldritch Abomination that walks like a spider, can store books within his own flesh and use his own tongue as a chainsaw. When the Dads finally fight him, some of his physical descriptions are aptly downright horrifying. His skin almost seems to have a mind of its own, starting to reach for Ron's hand when Ron tickles him (as if in hunger). He also can unhinge his jaw at will—specifically so he can shoot his Overly Long Tongue out of it.
  • Breather Episode: In episode 30 the dads get a chance to rest and debrief everything happened in the series after fighting a trio of bosses.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Henry, when the group comes face-to-face with the purple robes.
  • Calling Parents by Their Name: Ron did this to Willie and Terry Jr. does this to Ron.
  • Cards of Power: The Deck of Many Things.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Played with. The Dads encounter a human-sized snake who disappears without any explanation.
    • played straight when it returns in episode 32
  • Check, Please!: Will does one for comedic effect at the end of episode 10.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Too many instances to count. Usually committed by the citizens of the Forgotten Realms.
  • Courtroom Antic: Many many during the Courtroom Episode
  • Courtroom Episode: Episode 46 The People vs. Glenn Close
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Ron does this to Darryl to keep him from falling in an episode recorded on Good Friday
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: Played with. The For Knights game has a giant toilet where the loot is either amazing or literal shit.
  • Disregard That Statement: Used a lot during episode 46.
  • Double Entendre: There's Water Deep and then there's Ball's Deep
  • Dream Sequence: Every time the Dads go to sleep, they're pulled into a shared dream in a dimension filled with purple smoke and wind up interacting with the figure in the purple robe that brought them to the Forgotten Lands.
  • Eco-Terrorist: The witch Erin O'Neil isn't opposed to people getting wiped out and replaced by trees.
  • Expy: This isn't the first time Freddie Wong has played a neglectful father who is known for his rock music
  • Family Theme Naming: Glenn Close and his grandfather Meryl Streep are named after female actresses. Glenn's wife is named after Male actor Morgan Freeman, also falling under this trope.
  • At the end of episode 49 we meet Nicolas's alternate-reality father Jodie Foster.
  • Fantastic Drug: The Water Mice live around plants that cause people to feel paranoid, think they are dead, and more! Glenn thinks about starting an empire with his son based around dealing these.
  • Fantastic Rank System: Played with. Ron gives his friends military authority and a couple of them are promoted to "General-Colonel."
  • Father's Quest: The whole premise of the podcast.
  • Fictional Sport: Supper Bowl.
    • and later Glenn Bowl
  • Fighting with Chucks: Glenn is excited to find nunchaku and immediately starts using them as his primary weapon. He uses varying degrees of success.
  • Fisticuff-Provoking Comment: Insinuating that Paeden can't fight or beat someone is an easy way to get him to try to fight or beat them. Scratch that: all he needs is pointing out that fighting someone, or even something, is fun, and he'll try to fight it.
  • Four-Man Band:
  • Full-Frontal Assault: The dads strip down when they are about to fight in the pits of Neverwinter.
  • Groin Attack: Happens a lot with Glenn while using his nunchucks and when he kicked himself in the balls.
  • Happily Married: Henry and Ron appear to have this relationship. Glenn's wife passed away. Darryl's wife is thinking of divorcing him
  • Hired Swords: The Bad Dog Mercenaries.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Although the mechanics change throughout the campaign, the dads are simultaneously rewarded and punished for making dad jokes.
  • I Owe You My Life: Happens for a short while with Cern and his "Wookie/Gungan Life Debt" towards the dads.
  • It's Personal: Cern goes after the fathers with this motivation after his return at the end of episode 18.
  • Junkie Parent: Played for Laughs when Nick is caught with a joint Glenn smokes some and they put it in their mailbox for later.
  • Level Ate: Anthony Burch mentions rivers that smell like chocolate as a throwaway line and the dads stop to check it out.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Subverted with most of the dads/sons, but played straight with Glenn and Nick. They are the ones that resemble each other the most, with Nick copying his fathers love for drugs, rock 'n' roll and overall rebellious behavior. (Perhaps not surprising, considering that Glenn is a single widower that acts more like a buddy than a proper dad to Nick.)
  • Living Drawing: The blood pact contract that Darryl is tricked into signing features a living picture of Grant screaming in agony.
  • Lizard Folk: Cern.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The purple robes are the dads' parents, except for Darryl
    • Paeden is Darryl's dad
  • Mood Whiplash: Even in the most dramatic and tear-jerkingly serious moments, be sure to expect one of the dads breaking up the mood with a silly dad joke or one-liner.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Dennis Anderson, according to his Dad Fact in episode 34, and an Innocent Fanservice Guy at that. Although, that may not be true for his actual identity.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In the heat of battle Darryl throws magic beans and one of them creates a pyramid which erupts and kills hundreds of people.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: Turns out some bassists really enjoy this fact during the battle of the bands.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Sheriff Boreanaz, who also happens to look exactly like Season 2 of Angel-era David Boreanaz.
    • J. J. Abrams in the mini-series "At the Mountains of Dadness".
  • Nonindicative Name: Walter the Immoral is actually a very good guy.
  • No Such Thing as Dehydration: Henry: "We've forgotten to eat for two years!"
  • Production Foreshadowing: The Mountains of Dadness prequel.
    • Anthony makes it clear that Hildy is alive when she is thrown through the portal at the end.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Played with. Scam likely is wearing a moustache when the dads meet him. The moustache turns out to be sentient although doesn't show mind control abilities.
  • Pushover Parents: Henry and Mercedes Oak-Garcia are conducting free-range parenting with Lark and Sparrow.
  • Redshirt Army: The Bad Dog Mercenaries are professional, have 100% completion (if not success) rate, and are disposable soldiers.
  • Reincarnation: Of sorts. Paeden has the soul of Darryl's father.
  • Riddle Me This: Happens to the dads when they finally meet Scam Likely.
  • Sadistic Choice: The dads have to play a game of truth or dare. Each time they fail to answer a truth or do a dare then they would lose thousands of gold worth of gems. The truths and dares cut at the core of who the characters are as people: Henry has to answer if he loves Lark or Sparrow more. Glenn loses his rock star ability and becomes a DJ for his least favorite band. Darryl has to answer why he isn't a good father. And Ron has to stop wearing pants.
    • The Purple Robes give Glenn the option to never have been Nick's father and bring his wife back to life.
    • At the end of episode 48 Glenn has to choose between execution or no longer being Nick's Father.
  • Sadistic Game Show: The Tournament for Knights ends with a lot of people dead.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: In the BDSM bonus-episode, Mistress Hardball Coughdrop more or less explains BDSM to the dads in this way.
  • Shout-Out: Many. To name a few:
  • Surprise Witness: During the People v Glenn Close the dads aren't notified of who any of the witnesses will be.
  • Talking Animal: Near Oakvale.
  • The Intern: Doug the unpaid intern from the Bad Dog mercenaries.
  • The Cameo: Ashly Burch as Dennis and Mark Likely
  • The Old Gods: Fought in The Mountains of Dadness
    • And its name is The Doodler
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • The purple robes tend to give the dads one of these every time they meet.
    • Henry also has a tendency to lash out and give one of these when he disagrees with one of the other dads(usually Darryl or Glenn) on some moral/ethical issue.
  • The Reveal: In episode 28 Ron pulls off the hood of the medium sized purple-robed man to reveal Barry Oak, Henry's father. The tall and short ones pull off their own hoods to reveal they are Willie Stampler and Bill Close. Ron and Glenn's fathers.
    • Also the mummies in the pyramid are actually Henry, Darryl, and Ron's wives from the future who fell into a time vortex of magic looking for the dads and the kids.
    • The Old God threat from The Mountains of Dadness is named The Doodler
  • The Trickster: Scam Likely.
  • Totem Pole Trench: The Lord of Chaos is actually Lark and Sparrow doing this. It doesn't last long.
    • Returns with their trip to Oakvale.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Darryl has a secret stash of Charleston Chews.
    • Paeden even finds his last one and returns it to him.
  • Trapped in Another World: The four Dads getting sucked into the Forgotten Realms and separated from their sons in the process is what kicks off the plot.
    • When the dads try to drive home they are anchored to the Forgotten Realms by Daddy Magic.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Darryl's specialty as a barbarian.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Played with to varying degrees. After being sold into slavery, the sons don't appear to be in distress when the dads find them.
    • Lark and Sparrow ruled as The Lord of Chaos
    • Nick joins a gang that he is on good terms with.
    • Terry Jr. Is happy with a vampire who is pretending to be his biological father.
    • Grant voluntarily joined the game For Knights after surviving it already.
  • Vague Age: Discussed by the players. The kids either have very different levels of maturity, or their soccer team has a wide range of different aged kids. The dads are also "dad-age."
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: In Neverwinter, Darryl accidentally "spares" a Lizardfolk guard named Cern who joins the dads because of the Wookie/Gungan life debt. They have to deal with the aftermath of the pyramid they dropped on the rest of the mooks when they return to Neverwinter.
  • Wham Episode: In "Carry On My Wayward Son", the usual hijinks of making silly jokes, a fight involving a 2-D dragon breaks out, and the Dads appear to be on the verge of getting away. Then the gavel comes down and Glenn is forced to decide if he will die, or stay alive but have reality re-written so that he has never been Nicks' father. He chooses to stay alive to spare Nick the trauma of loosing another parent, and wakes up in a maximum-security prison, meanwhile the rest of the Dads discover Nick with a brand new father.
  • Would Hurt a Child: "We did not think about how many children could get stabbed when we started this podcast."
    • Even the dads aren't immune to this trope when said child is a vampire.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Lampshaded in episode 30. The players decide to pretend to be a party of new adventurers. Anthony even says they see another party filled with a disproportionate number Rogues because nobody wanted to be a cleric.
  • You Won't Like How I Taste: Attempted by some of the dads in episode 32 when Orcs begin cooking them.
    • Averted with Ron who said Henry tastes delicious.
  • You're Not My Father: Terry Jr. to Ron.

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