Father Figures of the Future: The 10 Best Dads in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Worlds


NerdiPop’s top Fathers in Sci-Fi and Fantasy are listed below.

Professor Farnsworth


Father of: Cubert Farnsworth


Series: Futurama

Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth is an aged, eccentric, yet accomplished inventor, founder and owner of Planet Express and an honorary Globetrotter. He is crotchety, absent-minded and sometimes brilliant, most well-known for his work in 30th century robotics.

Kyle Reese


Father of: John Connor

Series: The Terminator

Kyle Reese is the posthumous father of John Connor and the first love interest of Sarah Connor.

William Adama


Father of: Leland J. Adama  and Zak Adama †

Series: Battlestar Galactica

Admiral William Adama, a veteran of the First Cylon War, is the commanding officer of the Battlestar Galactica, and has the longest tenure as the highest ranking officer in the Colonial Fleet after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies.

Jonathan Kent


Father of: Clark Kent

Series: Superman

Jonathan Kent  is the fictional adoptive father of Superman. In most versions of Superman’s origin story, Jonathan and Martha were the first to come across the rocket that brought the infant Kal-El, with their adopting him shortly thereafter, renaming him Clark Kent. “Clark” being Martha’s maiden name.

John Winchester    


Father of: Sam and Dean Winchester

Series: Supernatural

Seeking revenge after his wife Mary was killed by the demon Azazel, John Winchester became a hunter and raised his two sons to fight the supernatural. John disappears early in Supernatural, and the first season revolves primarily around Sam and Dean trying to find him.

Rick Grimes


Father of: Carl

Series: The Walking Dead

Rick Grimes is a survivor of the outbreak in The Walking Dead. He is a former police officer of the King County Sheriff’s Department who was shot in the line of duty and fell into a coma. He wakes up and finds himself in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. He travels to Atlanta, Georgia, searching for his wife, Lori, and his son, Carl, who have travelled to Atlanta with Rick’s best friend, Shane Walsh, in search of a safe-haven.

Hermes Conrad


Father of:  Dwight Conrad

Series: Futurama

Hermes Conrad is a fictional character in the Futurama animated series. He is a Rastafarian workaholic bureaucrat with a heavy Jamaican accent, known for his 31st-century Jamaican exclamations – for instance, “Sweet manatee of Galilee!”.

Eddard Stark


Father of:  Robb, Jon Snow, Sansa, Arya, Bran and Rickon

Series: Game of Thrones

Eddard is the head of House Stark and Lord Paramount of the North. He is a dedicated husband and father, a loyal friend and an honourable lord.


Walter Bishop


Father of:  Peter

Series: Fringe

Walter Bishop was an eccentric researcher specializing in fringe science. His parents are Robert and Renata Bishop.  After seventeen years of being locked up in a mental institution, which had many negative effects on his personality, Walter was eventually recruited by the FBI to work in their Fringe Division alongside Olivia Dunham and his son, Peter Bishop.


Sam Vimes


Father of:  Sam jr

Series: Diskworld

Vimes is the Commander of the City Watch, the burgeoning police force of the Discworld’s largest city, Ankh-Morpork. Born into poverty, he is now a highly reluctant member of modern Ankh-Morpork nobility, having been made both a knight and a duke, as well as an ambassador. He is married to Sybil Ramkin, the richest woman in the city. They have a son, The Honourable Samuel Vimes II.

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