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five favourite fictional fathers

In celebration of today’s occasion here’s five of my favourite dads who are not real, in no particular order:


Harry Osborn

If you’ve only ever seen the Spider-Man movies you may not know that Harry Osborn is a Dad, but he very much is. He has two sons, Normie and Stanley. Normie is named after Norman (Harry doesn’t seem to have ever gotten a chance to rethink that, oh well) and Stanley is… possibly named after Stan Lee? Who knows. Stanley is also never drawn as mixed race even though his mother is black, sigh.

Yeah you can probably tell I don’t really do comics anymore but I love Harry in almost all his forms and he deserves more recognition of the fact that he managed to be a pretty good dad when his own childhood was abusive as hell.


Rory Williams

Rory is more on this list for what was, sigh, his eventually almost completely untapped Dad Potential. We knew he’d be a good dad. Amy knew he’d be a good dad. Then he BECOMES a dad and nothing. He gets one scene with a baby and barely gets more than a couple scenes with his magic time-travel now-adult daughter. It’s so terribly unfair, why? God season six of Doctor Who was a MESS.

Thankfully the showrunners did at least release one canon story of Rory being a dad, this from the Doctor Who Lockdown project. Arthur Darvill came back and everything. That’s something. But gah.


Jean Valjean

I shall ignore the BBC’s Les Mis adaptation, as you should, and focus instead on the JVJ/Cosette relationship as portrayed in the book and musical. It is probably not exactly HEALTHY but it is good. It is also of course very, very Miserable.

“And remember, the truth that once was spoken, to love another person is to see the face of God…”


Simon Petrikov

EVERY DAY I FEEL SORRY FOR SIMON PETRIKOV! He had SO MUCH bad stuff happen to him, not least the actual apocalypse, and yet he was still a good adoptive father to Marceline for as long as he was able. Please watch Adventure Time if you want to see one of the most tragic character arcs to ever exist in cartoon form.

(There are many people who think that Simon’s condition is a metaphor for Alzhemier’s or dementia and I’m among them. Sadly the real thing can’t be taken away the way it was in the show. :( )


Yondu Udonta

Ah, Yondu. Forever my problematic fave. He is not remotely deserving of a World’s Best Dad mug but hey, he knew that, and he did his best to apologize to Peter before the end, and basically just oh my god his death scene I can’t even now I just dissolve into a puddle of tears.

(There is so much meta about Yondu and his arc all over this blog, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.)



Bonus round! All the Star Wars dads. I can’t really choose between them because since Star Wars is basically a story about fatherhood they all have their roles to play. So a little shout-out to Anakin (the other problematic fave), Han Solo, Bail Organa, Qui-Gon Jinn (read Jedi Apprentice ok?), Jango Fett, Galen Erso, Lando Calrissian, Owen Lars, and so many more I forgot.

Happy Father’s Day!

HomeCon 2.0: Michael Rooker Panel — Cape & Castle

Homecon 2.0 was off to a great start with an Orphan Black panel followed by an Anime Voice actors panel! Another exciting panel of the day was the Michael Rooker (Yondu, Guardians of the Galaxy) Panel! We were so excited to hear what he had to say! So keep reading for the panel highlights! Michael’s Favorite Roles […]

HomeCon 2.0: Michael Rooker Panel — Cape & Castle

Ahh thank you for writing this up! This sounds like it was great!

James Gunn and co on Guardians of the Galaxy 2

The Guardians of the Galaxy crew did a watchalong of the second movie just like I wanted, and it was at 2am my time. Aw no. But, just like last time, I decided to put all the most substantive tweets together!

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Kevin Smith Wanted Michael Rooker To Play Lex Luther in the SUPERMAN LIVES Movie

WHAT. Oh my gosh that would’ve been… kinda amazing, actually.

(I didn’t know they knew each other. That explains that video of Smith, bless him, crying his eyes out over Yondu’s death scene back in 2017.)

Entertainment Updates:

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Way back in the 1990s, actor and director Kevin Smith was hired to write the script for a Superman movie called Superman Lives. The movie was being produced by Tim Burton, who was also set to direct. Nicolas Cage was famously in line to play the Man of Steel, and while all these big names were attached, the movie never came to be, and fans have always wondered what would have come of it.

All these years later, Smith was recently participating in a Mallrats viewing party, where he mentioned that Michael Rooker, who played Svenning in the movie, was his first choice for the role of Lex Luthor in Superman Lives.“When I wrote my Superman Lives script, Rooker was who I saw in my head as Lex Luthor. So his head shaving became yet another comic book reference.?

He even said that was why…

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Michael Rooker Open To Returning For Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, But Not As Yondu — Entertainment Updates

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still a ways away from seeing theaters, but one actor from the franchise is open to returning. Just not as the same character. Michael Rooker, who played Yondu Udonta, is always keen to work with director James Gunn. So when asked on the Inside of You with Michael […]

Michael Rooker Open To Returning For Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, But Not As Yondu — Entertainment Updates

No-one’s floated the idea of him returning as Yondu in a flashback/vision/whatnot? That’s what I wanna see. Hey, he was a ghost on the GOTG ride even!

silvre-musgrave:Reblogging because Yondu has a freakin knife on…

silvre-musgrave: Reblogging because Yondu has a freakin knife on his left wrist bracer! I never noticed. Goes to show that Ravager captain is prepared for anything!

silvre-musgrave:Reblogging because Yondu has a freakin knife on… — 80’s Trash

I know nothing about how wrist bracers work but that one looks like, if Yondu ever wanted to actually use it as a weapon, it would have to be pulled out blade-first.

Which is incredibly in-character.

James Gunn and co on Guardians of the Galaxy 1

Apparently there was a watch-along of the first GOTG yesterday and James Gunn and the cast shared some stuff! I missed it all being in the wrong timezone and all, but here’s the highlights! I had a blast reading them, I hope they do Vol 2 next.

(Awww. :( )

I really don’t like that Quill ran out on his grandparents, never have, but it does make for good fanfiction fodder I guess. I doubt they were close.

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MCU Photo-Recap Countdown; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

I had an absolute blast reading this. I DO want a Ravager spin-off SO DAMN BADLY and also that “jerk-off” line should have been in the movie.

Toni Watches:

Well if it isn’t the Guardians of the Galaxy, back for another funny, action-packed comedy adventure, shockingly rooted in deep, painful and beautiful emotion. On a scale of 1 to MY HEART EXPLODED, how awesome was it to see the gang again? The sequel was highly anticipated after the success of the original, which, let’s be honest, was a bit of a gamble in itself.

Sequels are hard, especially when the original was so beloved. But, Vol 2 knocked it out of the park, bringing us everything we have come to expect from this rag-tag group of lovable dickheads.

AND it solved the mystery of Quill’s parentage!

The movie began with a peek into the whirlwind romance of Peter’s parents, with her being awesome and him being CGI. He showed her a glowing flower-type thing in the forest (I’m sure it’s nothing), and then they made out a bunch.

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James Gunn is Using Custom Michael Rooker Toilet Paper — Nerdist

Toilet paper wouldn’t have been our number one guess for which items would be hardest to come by during a global pandemic. (Well, depending on the global pandemic, of course. If a violent strain of the stomach virus were going around, we assume buying Charmin would be similar to living inside Mad Max: Fury Road.)…

James Gunn is Using Custom Michael Rooker Toilet Paper — Nerdist

*long pause*

That is quite something.