Anime certainly has no shortage of bad parenting figures, so this Father’s Day, we’re taking a look at some of anime’s worst dads. Not all of them are biological parents, but they have assumed the paternal role, but without success.
Seems like the bad dad trope is especially prominent in stories aimed at a shonen-style audience. Below are some of the worst anime dads we’ve picked, along with a brief reasoning. And no, we won’t talk about the bunny drop manga end.
Endeavor (My Hero Academia)
Endeavor is a great hero, but a bad father with abusive tendencies. He projects his ideals onto his children and even drives his wife to a nervous breakdown. As he gets older, he tries to fix his mistakes and bond with his remaining children, but the excuses somehow pale in comparison to what he’s done in the past.
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Sho Tucker (Full Metal Alchemist)
We literally can’t have a list of worst anime dads without Sho Tucker. A whole generation of anime fans grew up with a burning hatred for this poor excuse of a human who sacrificed his own daughter and wife (and dog!) for his selfish cause. 10/10 would hit.
Grisha Yeager (Attack on Titan)
At first glance, Grisha doesn’t look so bad. Yes, he left Eren all alone and disappeared, but as we learn the truth about the titans his disappearance starts to make sense and it becomes hard to blame him for the consequences. However, we then get to know his other family and his first son, whom he has neglected and imposed on his ideals and all the excuses are gone.
Without getting into the success of the Berserk adaptations – Gambino definitely deserves a spot on this list. Although he took in young Guts, he abused him and even sold him to Donovan who assaulted him. Guts eventually gets his revenge but remains haunted by the events of his childhood.
Charles zi Britannia (Code Geass)
Code Geass is something of a classic and Charles definitely deserves a place among the worst anime dads. Although he fathered 15 children, he wasn’t exactly a good parent to any of them and often used them as sacrifices to gain power.
Ging Freecss (Hunter x Hunter)
While Ging isn’t as bad as some of the other names on this list, he’s not exactly what you would consider a good dad. He left Gon alone and went off to do his own thing. This led Gon on a dangerous journey to find his father, which yes was a good start, but his father abandoned him.
And who do you think is the worst anime dad?
While there are some amazing examples of anime/manga dads out there, there’s also an abundance of bad ones. From neglectful to abusive and downright psychotic, some of these characters linger in your memory long after you’ve finished watching or reading the series in question.