Parenting isn’t easy.  But really, there are a lot of our fictional friends who don’t even get close to getting it right.  Does anybody have it worse in the father department than Luke Skywalker?  In the New 52, both Jor-El and his brother Zor-El are back as villains for their super-children, while Teen Titan Raven gets a raw deal with a giant demon father from the great beyond.  The question of which Bad Dad is the worst forefather, though, is a much more complex deal, leading to today’s patriarchal query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would say Ra’s Al Ghul, but he’s really only a father-in-law at best, depending on how you view it, asking: Which fictional father most deserves the title of Bad Dad?


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  1. I’m gonna go left field for this one and say Kronos/Cronus from Greek mythology. When he learned that one of his sons would one day overthrow him, he began swallowing all of his children as soon as they were born.

  2. Big Boss from Metal Gear series. Well, he’s only a “genetical” father, but not only does he tries to murder all his three sons, he trains child soldiers in South America and Africa, while threatening the world with nuclear weapons if they interfere.

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