21 Surrogate Fathers Who Are Better Than The Real Thing

Because being a dad has nothing to do with blood relations.

1. Uncle Jesse and Joey from Full House

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Admit it, you always wanted Jesse and Joey to sing you the “Teddy Bear” song before bedtime.

2. Alfred Pennyworth from Batman

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“Why do we fall sir? So we might learn to pick ourselves up” — Alfred Pennyworth

3. Wilson from Home Improvement

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Though not always conventional, Wilson gives advice to the entire Taylor clan, all without ever showing his face.

4. John Keating from Dead Poets Society

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“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys — to woo women — and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

5. Sirius Black from the Harry Potter Series

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When he’s not a dog, Sirius Black is Harry Potter’s godfather, giving him the strength to build an army and (spoiler alert!) defeat Lord Voldemort.

6. George Feeny from Boy Meets World

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Topanga Lawrence says it best: “You were more of a father to me than my own dad.”

7. Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King

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Two dads are better than one.

8. Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights

That awkward moment when you’re caught between wanting Coach Taylor to be your dad and wanting to see him naked.

9. Bobby Singer from Supernatural

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Bobby Singer proves that you’re never too old to have someone check for monsters under the bed.

10. Professor Xavier from X-Men

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What better way to raise a group of people than by reading their minds?

11. Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


“Before you criticize someone, you find out what he’s all about.” — Phillip Banks

12. Uncle Ben from Spider-Man

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“Remember, with great power comes great responsibility.” — Uncle Ben

13. Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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“I encourage you to always challenge me when you feel it’s appropriate; you should never be cowed by authority.” — Rupert Giles

14. Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars

Obi-Wan Kenobi acts as a mentor to both Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Forget the fact that Anakin turns out to be Darth Vader.

15. Will Schuester from Glee

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Who doesn’t want a sweater-vest-clad surrogate dad?

16. Dr. Sean Maguire from Good Will Hunting

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“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself.” — Sean Maguire

17. Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell

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“Hey, hey, hey — what is going on here?” Mr. Belding was always in the know.

18. Master Splinter from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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“The path that leads to what we truly desire is long and difficult, but only by following that path do we achieve our goal.” — Master Splinter

19. The Tramp from The Kid

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For a tramp, Charlie Chaplin is a surprisingly good surrogate father.

20. Kermit the Frog from The Muppets

“Life’s like a movie. Write your own ending.” — Kermit the Frog

21. Mr. Miyagi from The Karate Kid

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Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel Larusso and Julie Pierce (yeah, don’t forget about The Next Karate Kid) the importance of self-defense, whether you’re waxing a car, fighting a skeleton, or trying to protect a hawk.

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