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Top 10 Cartoon Dads You Are Glad Are Not Yours

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Jaime Leslie When it comes to parenting, these guys are completely hopeless. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 cartoon dads you're glad aren't yours. For this list, make no mistake: while our Top 10 Cartoon Dads From TV list focused on iconic fathers, this time around we will highlight the ones you're glad aren't raising you. Special thanks to our users MikeyP for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Jaime Leslie

Top 10 Cartoon Dads You Are Glad Are Not Yours


When it comes to parenting, these guys are completely hopeless. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 cartoon dads you’re glad aren’t yours.

For this list, make no mistake: while our Top 10 Cartoon Dads From TV list focused on iconic fathers, this time around we will highlight the ones you’re glad aren’t raising you.

#10: Trigon the Terrible
“Teen Titans” (2003-06)

While some people can say they have bad fathers, not everyone can relate to one that threatened the fate of the universe. Later on in this animated series, it’s revealed that Trigon is the real father of Teen Titan member Raven, and it’s safe to say that they haven’t seen eye to eye on a majority of issues ever since she was born. The omnipotent demon king possesses absolutely no empathy and seeks to conquer Earth in spite of his own daughter’s vow to protect it. Perhaps the only thing Raven has inherited from dear old dad is his powerful demonic power, which also prevents him from besting her in combat.

#9: Robert ‘Big Bob’ Pataki
“Hey Arnold!” (1996-2004)

The king of Big Bob’s Beepers has two daughters – however, the way that he raves about his eldest child would lead most to believe he only has one. When not absorbed in his chain of beeper emporiums, Big Bob can be seen blatantly favoring Olga over his younger and lesser-achieving daughter Helga. This has resulted in Helga adopting a rebellious and even resentful attitude toward her father, and has also driven a wedge between her and her big sister.

#8: Mr. Krabs
“SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-)

Most dads couldn’t put a price on the happiness of their daughters... but this crustacean isn’t like most dads. There happens to be nothing in the seven seas that Mr. Krabs enjoys more than money, which can often pose a problem to Pearl. Despite the fact that she’s his one and only daughter, Mr. Krabs can’t bring himself to sacrifice a dime for her, and will obtain the crudest substitute for her many requests. But as the owner of Krusty Krab is also unable to see Pearl disappointed, Mr. Krabs will often send his own employees as scapegoats in attempts to take the heat off of him.

#7: Randy Marsh
“South Park” (1997-)

You don’t get to be this father’s age without learning a thing or two about being a good dad... or how to at least try – and fail at it - completely. Randy’s higher education in geology would lead most to believe he’s an insightful fellow. However, his alcoholism, among his many other addictions, has turned him into the town idiot. Stan and Shelly, Randy’s two children, often become fed up with their father’s half-baked schemes, but are usually too sympathetic to call him out on them.

#6: Homer Simpson
“The Simpsons” (1989-)

Unfortunately for this cartoon dad, you don’t get an “A” for simply showing up. Homer can be described as a very simple man with a less than stellar childhood, which he often cites as the cause of his poor parenting skills. When he’s not at work or sitting on the couch with a cold one, he’s incredibly lost when trying to effectively communicate with his kids. Homer often employs harsh disciplinary actions against his misfit of a son Bart, is in no way supportive of his daughter Lisa’s mental gifts and we’re still not sure if he even knows of his infant Maggie’s existence.

#5: Martin
“Adventure Time” (2010-)

Being separated from your father at birth can be tough, but it can be even tougher once you find out why. With his true father’s identity a mystery to him for most of his life, Finn finally receives the opportunity to rescue Martin Mertens from the Citadel. However, upon coming face to face with his long lost son, Martin displays no signs of happiness - though he does show plenty of signs of relief about escaping. A truly selfish and uncaring guy, the truth is soon revealed: Martin never lost Finn to begin with, but actually abandoned him in the woods after which his son was later found and raised by Joshua, who pushed Finn and his adoptive brother Jake to fight when they needed to.

#4: Sterling Archer
“Archer” (2010-)

International spies often don’t receive dad of the year awards, and Sterling Malory Archer is proof of this. After going through great lengths to escape custody of an illegitimate child, Archer soon finds himself attached to the “Wee Baby Seamus,” who is later revealed to not have even been his to begin with. Due to his basically parentless childhood, Archer’s ideas on how to raise a child are a bit skewed, as he treats the baby as one of his best buds rather than as a son. Despite Seamus still being in infancy, Archer finds little to nothing wrong with getting his son a tattoo or even feeding him alcohol.

#3: Dr. Thaddeus S. ‘Rusty’ Venture
“The Venture Bros.” (2004-)

Going on adventures across the world as a super scientist can be fun, but these don’t necessarily make for a safe and productive environment if you’re traveling with your twin boys. Unable to leave the long shadow cast by his father, Dr. Jonas Venture, Rusty engulfs himself in his scientific research. He neglects his two sons Hank and Dean, much like his father did to him. Dr. Venture’s ability to replace his sons after they’ve died contributes to his apathy toward them, with his lack of supervision often resulting in their deaths.

#2: Fire Lord Ozai
“Avatar: The Last Airbender” (2005-08)

There’s tough love, then there’s just being a horrible father. Ozai subjected both his son Zuko and daughter Azula to a cruel and harsh upbringing in hopes that one of them would one day succeed him as Fire Lord. As Azula harbored some of the same sadistic properties as her father, she soon became highly favored, while Zuko became horribly disfigured and was banished from the Fire clan. Azula would soon recognize the evil in her father’s ways though, as his lack of compassion or approval later caused her to go completely mad.

Before we unveil our pick for top cartoon dad you’re glad aren’t yours, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Mr. Turner
“The Fairly OddParents” (2001-)
- Cotton Hill
“King of the Hill” (1997-2010)
- LeVar ‘Freight Train’ Brown
“The Cleveland Show” (2009-13)
- Clay Puppington
“Morel Orel” (2005-08)
- Jack Smith
“American Dad!” (2005-)

#1: Peter Griffin
“Family Guy” (1999-2003; 2005-)

If a grown man must regularly be fathered himself, it’s safe to say he shouldn’t have any kids of his own. Peter’s incompetence may only be matched by his carelessness, making his own wife untrusting of his supervision over his kids. Unlike his father in law, Carter Pewterschmidt, Peter doesn’t have the means to buy his children’s affection, and has even admitted to not having any interest in them. Whenever he isn’t ignoring his kids, Peter is regularly seen tormenting or insulting them, which is a fate that more than often falls on his least favorite, Meg.

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