In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday, here is a list of the best and worst fathers in pop culture.
5 Clark Griswold: “National Lampoon” franchise
He humiliates himself time and time again, but he does it for his family. Except maybe the gambling. I think that’s for himself.
4 Mufasa: “The Lion King”
It takes guts to fight hyenas, sacrifice your life for your son, and then come back for a spectral pep talk. And then doing it again for the remake.
3 Dr. Henry Jones Sr.: “Indiana Jones” franchise
He teaches you to recover ancient sacred treasures and fight Nazis, and it doesn’t hurt that he is also Sean Connery.
2 Marlin: “Finding Nemo”
He traversed the entire ocean to rescue his only son, taking advantage of only one forgetful fish along the way.
1 Atticus Finch: “To Kill a Mockingbird”
OK, it’s been said a million times, but he really is a brilliant and kindhearted man. With a very cool name, I might add.
5 The Unnamed Father of Charlie Brown: “Peanuts”
The boy is constantly bullied, embarrassed and depressed, and all his dad does is imitate an old trombone.
4 Zeus: Greek mythology
For the god of justice, he doesn’t do much about a homicidal wife trying to kill every child he has.
3 Eon: “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise
Let him be forever known as the demonic David Hasselhoff.
2 Jack Torrance: “The Shining”
Making your kid live in a garishly decorated old hotel is bad enough without trying to murder him with an ax.
1 Darth Vader: “Star Wars” franchise
Actually, I can understand becoming a galactic super villain just so you don’t have to deal with that whiny farm boy.