12 Iconic Fictional Dads, From Jean Valjean to Gomez Addams—and Their Best Quotes
For Father’s Day, we take a look back at some of pop culture’s most beloved dads
The way fathers have been portrayed in film, literature, and TV has evolved throughout the decades. While sitcoms tend to box them into having more goofy, bumbling personalities (a departure from the more macho, strict figures of years’ past), there’s no one way to paint a father in pop culture, as the stark difference between Captain von Trapp and Gomez Addams will show. For Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up 12 iconic fictional dads from books, movies, and TV shows, and peppered in their best quotes as well.
12 Iconic Fictional Dads
12 Iconic Fictional Dads
Jean Valjean, Les Misérables
His best quote: “I am reaching, but I fall, and the night is closing in, as I stare into the void, into the whirlpool of my sin. I’ll escape now from the world, from the world of Jean Valjean. Jean Valjean is nothing now! Another story must begin!”
George Bailey, It’s A Wonderful Life
His best quote: “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”
Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird
His best quote: “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Captain von Trapp, The Sound of Music
His best quote: Is not actually a quote, and is instead a wordless, angry shot of him ripping apart a Nazi flag.
Gomez Addams, The Addams Family
His best quote: “I would die for her. I would kill for her. Either way, what bliss.”
Maxwell Sheffield, The Nanny
His best quote: “If I found a woman who loved my children, could make me laugh and that I found attractive, well, I’d never let her go.”
Uncle Phil, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
His best quote: “Will is not a coat that you hang in the closet then pick it up when you’re ready to wear it. His life goes on! He’s not supposed to be here for you, you’re supposed to be here for him!”
Uncle Ben, Spider-Man
His best quote: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Gus Portokalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
His best quote: “Give me a word, any word, and I show you that the root of that word is Greek.”
Luke Danes, Gilmore Girls
His best quote: “Today, whatever you want, on the house,” he tells Rory on her birthday. “Wow, I feel important,” she says. “You are important,” he replies.
Sam, Bill, and Harry, Mamma Mia!
Their best quotes: “Look what you’ve done with the place,” Bill tells Sophie. Her husband, Sky, jumps in. “She wanted to make her mum proud,” he says. “As if she hasn’t done that all her life,” Harry interjects, and there are tears streaming down my face.
Randall Pearson, This Is Us
His best quote: “All you can do as a parent is try to pack the days with as much good stuff as possible and hope that it outweighs the bad.”
Lead photos and gallery photos from IMDb