Tough Travelling hosted by Fantasy Review Barn.
Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.
This week’s topic is FATHERS
Comes in two types in fantasyland. Either a semi-mystical figure proving impossible to live up to or the overbearing type who doesn’t understand why his daughter doesn’t accept the traditional princess role. He may be tough to get along with but usually does think he has his kids interests in mind.
My list is a bit different: 🙂
Two of the most prominent fathers in the Elfquest comic have pretty much opposite fathering styles:
Bearclaw was a real character. He enjoyed tricking humans, drinking and gambling with the trolls, and hunting. He had a bad temper and he even struck his son Cutter once or twice.
Cutter is a very supportive father. He lets his children be what they are without pressuring them. He’s fiercely protective of his family and tribe but he also knows when he has to let his daughter go and live her own life.
Oberon from Roger Zelazny’s Amber series is very much a mysterious father. He vanished without naming an heir and left his children fighting over the throne of Amber. He has over twelve children, most of them half siblings so the fighting was fierce.
Lord Allandale, the father of William Laurence, is perhaps the epitome of an overbearing father. Nothing Laurence did pleased him. The Earl didn’t approve when his son joined the Navy and he approved even less when Laurence got his dragon Temeraire and joined the Aerial Corps.
Everyone in the steampunk Seattle thinks that Levitictus Blue was an evil genius who was responsible for the destruction of Seattle’s city center and inventing the blight gas that turn people into zombies. However, his son Zeke didn’t believe that and ran away to find any proof that he could to clear his father’s name in Boneshaker by Cherie Priest.
Jesse Dawson is a modern day samurai who tries to save people’s souls from demons. He’s also a loving father and husband who always wants to return to his family in K. A. Stewart’s Devil in the Details. His daughter Annabelle is still very young.
Magneto was the leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and his children were members. He’s manipulated his daughter Wanda a couple of times to join his Brotherhood even after she joined the Avengers.
Speaking of intimidating fathers, Aral Vorkosigan is a very difficult act to follow. Even if his only son Miles didn’t have a lot of physical problems due to a soltoxin attack, Aral is still the greatest general in Barrayar, the Prime Minister who kept the county together until the young Emperor was old enough to ascend to the throne, and later the Viceroy of an entire planet. And an excellent father, to boot.
Zeus fathered a lot of kids but was a very negligent father. In fact, gods in general aren’t terribly good parents.
Pa Kent is one of the most decent humans around. After all, he raised Superman. Even though Superman was technically an orphan, he was raised by pretty great humans.
Edited to add: Rick Castle. Another great dad.