One of the most poignant moments of my life came when I watched a favorite wrestler reviewing footage of his kids watching his one of matches.  The children were in tears at the spectacle, leading him to ask, “Am I a Bad Dad?”  It’s a valid question, one that many fictional fathers should also be asking.  Veruca Salt’s father (Yes), Reed Richards (Yeeeap) and even protagonist vampire Angel (It’s complicated) are among the myriad pop culture parents who need to consider some introspection,  leading to today’s infernal/paternal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) can’t be too hard on Rusty Venture, as he’s at least a better parent than HIS father, asking: Who is the worst (fictional!) Bad Dad in all of pop culture?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. October 13, 2016 at 12:35 pm — Reply

    Vader is not winning any “dad of the year” prizes. Strangles his wife, goes around galaxy terrorizing it in the name of an evil empire, killing countless people, tortures his daughter, tries to kill his son. Yeah, he kinda tries to make up for it, but I dunno…

  2. DamienR
    October 13, 2016 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    Slade Wilson, Deathstroke.

    Coerced and drugged his daughter to adopt the costumed identity of his deceased elder son so she could help him kill his younger son, who was mute after having his throat slashed by daddy’s enemies when he refused to save him. She even cut out her own eye to win Daddy’s approval.

  3. October 13, 2016 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    Jack Harkness. If you’ve seen “Torchwood: Children of Earth”, you’ll understand why I feel that way.

  4. Kirby
    October 13, 2016 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    I really like the show but Don Draper as a parent makes Al Bundy look like Andy Taylor.

  5. October 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    Gendo Ikari.

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