T5W – Favourite Fathers/Father Figures

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

This week’s topics for the Top 5 Wednesday series honours the upcoming Father’s day via Favourite Fathers/Father Figures discussion.

Today also happens to be my dad’s Birthday.

My dad is my hero. He showed me that I could do anything regardless if I am a girl or not. He was there to teach my to ice skate before I could barely walk, he never told me to be careful and to think twice before taking a risk. He was there to brush dirt off my knees after I had fallen down over and over again. He taught me how to think analytically via giving me puzzles and letting me question them whilst working them out. He also encouraged me to think for myself. He would happily discuss Plato or Taoism with me till early morning hours… But the most importantly: he has given me two of his biggest gifts – his unconditional love as well as my freedom to spread my wings and fly. I love you to the moon and back dad, Happy Birthday! 

Now without further ado, let’s take a look at my favourite Fathers/Father Figures:

  • Guido Orefice from Life Is Beautiful

life is beautiful

“This is my story. This is the sacrifice my father made. This was his gift to me.”

I cried my eyes out watching this movie.

It is set during the WWII. Guido is a gentle Jewish-Italian waiter that happens to suffer the faith of many Jewish people during that time – him and his family are taken to a concentration camp. Guido decides to protect his son, Giosué,  via making a concentration camp’s survival into a game. He sets Giosué ‘game objectives’ in order to protect him against those horrors happening all around him.

“Giosué Orefice <son>: When can I see Mama?

Guido <father>: When the game’s over.”

His unconditional love for his child mixed with his selflessness as well as gentle attitude made me fall in love with this character big time.

  • Lord Eddard Stark (Ned Stark) from Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin

ned stark

“Bran: Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?

Eddard (Ned): That is the only time a man can be brave.”

Oh Ned, the honourable, loving and law abiding character. I adore him for his unquestionable morals, for his fierce love for his children, for his goodness and for everything he did for John Snow. May his legacy continue…

  • Uncle Ben from Spiderman

uncle ben

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Peter Parker would never be the man he became had it not been for his uncle Ben. Ben’s morals combined with his strong faith of protecting the weaker ones, gave Peter the foundation to become a great hero.

  • “Man” from The Road, Cormac McCarthy

the road

“You have to carry the fire.”
I don’t know how to.”
Yes, you do.”
Is the fire real? The fire?”
Yes it is.”
Where is it? I don’t know where it is.”
Yes you do. It’s inside you. It always was there. I can see it.” 

Well, my love/hate relationship with The Road continues… The “Man” is facing the end of the world. Everything around him is dying, there is no hope, the remaining human survivors are cannibals and the bleakness of that situation is something I can barely stomach. But…. the “Man” is there to shield his son. He is not giving up even though I could not blame him should he decide to do so… He keeps his son alive, he gives him hope and purpose (despite having none of those himself). For that, he belongs to my favourite fictional Father category for sure.

  • Jack Bartlett, Heartland


“I hope you know you can always call this home”

Heartland is my guilty pleasure. I love it for that “feel good” factor, for those family values that are very close to my heart and of course for those horses as well.

Jack aka “Grampa“, is what is holding Heartland together. He believes that family is what matters the most and would do anything to protect those he loves. He can be stubborn and short-tempered but despite those (or maybe become of them?), he truly is a well beloved character.

That’s is from me my friends.

Now over to you:

  • Who are your favourite fictional Fathers/Father Figures?

Fancy sharing them with me? 🙂

30 thoughts on “T5W – Favourite Fathers/Father Figures”

  1. What a lucky daughter you are, and what a lucky father you have! Oh, and what great choices, the Good Life, I think, is a must. It’s simply beautiful while heartwrenching at the same time. As for father figure? I think I would like Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache, as mine, thanks!

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    1. Thank you Alex, I feel extremely lucky and am very grateful for such a privilege.

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that movie too. I will check Louise Penny out as I don’t know that character. Thanks! 😊

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  2. Aww, sounds like you have such a warm relationship with your father ❤ I wish him a very (belated?) happy birthday! Also, I shall totally add Life Is Beautiful to my list of movies to watch; I need a good cry every now and then. 😉
    Lovely list! I really enjoyed reading through all your picks!

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    1. Thank you, I am very lucky and am extremely grateful such such a privilege. ❤️
      I’m so happy you enjoyed my list. Life is Beautiful is sad… but is also full of love. Note to myself: rewatch it sometime soon. 😊💞

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    1. Just read your list. Yay to the Man from the Road. I like how you included a wide diversity of father characters! 👌

      And thank you for the wishes. 😊


    1. I know, poor Ned. 😊 His unfortunately fate made me realise that George would be getting rid of characters I quite like… 😊

      Thank you so much! 😊❤️


    1. I’m so happy you like Guido too. 😊 And Uncle Ben. And thank you! 💕

      I know, when I realised the coincidence I thought to myself – I got to take part in t5w this week, the universe is telling me something here… 😊❤️ Thank you for the wishes. 💕


  3. Your dad does sound like a superhero! Happy birthday to him! Also, I love ALL of these choices. Life Is Beautiful is one of my favourite movies ever, and I’ve never seen a WW2 film done in quite such a heartwarming way. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a non-Canadian talk about Heartland before! I adored that show when I was a teen! ❤

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    1. Oh thank you so Kathy for both the wishes and your kind words. 💕

      I’m so happy you love Life is Beautiful – I so agree with your description. It’s sad but in this beautiful heartwarming way. ❤️

      Oh, I adore Hearland. 😊 I started horse riding because of that, hoping to become the next ‘Amy’ he he. 😂😂😂

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