Let’s hear it for the dads: 14 of our favorite pop-culture fathers

Let’s hear it for the dads: 14 of our favorite pop-culture fathers

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Fathers in movies, books and TV can range from heroes to goofballs to menaces. This Father’s Day, we want to focus, of course, on the best of the best. The guys who defeat evil, protect the innocent, change the world.

Some of the most popular fictional dads have been people like Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Moral, hardworking, heroic. Problem is, although he obviously loves Scout and Jem and is a great role model, who does most of the child rearing? It’s Calpurnia, the family’s black cook, who tends to Scout while the Southern lawyer is fighting for social justice.

Another popular literary dad is Mr. Bennet of “Pride and Prejudice.” He supports the story’s main character, Elizabeth, when she doesn’t want to marry the insufferable Mr. Collins. His sense of humor is welcome, but he’s not terribly supportive to his wife or his four other daughters. So is his love for his favorite enough to make him Dad of the Year?

The days of “Father Knows Best” may be past, but it turns out that some of our favorite dads still show traditional traits like devotion, stability and honesty. Nowadays, they may also know how to braid hair or laugh at their own dad jokes. Changing the world is just a bonus.

Here are some of the dads who are setting an example.

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