Dads. What WON’T they do for us? Well if you’re like the dads on our list, then you’ll do just about anything and everything to make sure we’re safe and sound and tucked away in our beds at night. Failing that, they’ll probably end up killing lots of people at an outrageous pace. That’s one thing the Dads on our list have in common: they have the means, the know-how, and most of all, the cajones to do what is necessary to not only get their kids back, but to bury the sorry suckers that tried to harass them in the first place. So, in honor of Father’s Day, here is the Top 10 Baddest Badass Movie Dads of All Time.
Let’s start off our list with an easy one: Sure he’s just a CG creation, but thanks to the usual Pixar excellence, Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible is probably as real as most of the badass dads on our list. You don’t get any tougher than an ex-superhero hiding out in the suburbs, just barely able to contain his need to smash things and break stuff. So when it comes time to kick ass and take names, no one does it better than an invulnerable superhero. Plus, he’s got able assist from a stretchy wife and two superpowered kids, giving him a clear advantage over any foe. Okay, so this is more of a “Don’t we all wish our dads were superheroes?” entry. Call it a Fantasy Dad instead of an actual Badass Dad.
So pissed off when bad guys break into his house and kill his wife and kid, Clyde Shelton spent the next few years honing the skills to kill people for America’s shady intelligence agencies. But it didn’t take him long to return to Philadelphia and begin a campaign of terror not only against the two criminals responsible, but also the entire city for letting the bad guys get off in the first place. Just to make his point, Shelton blew up a dozen District Attorneys and kills a judge. And that’s just for starters. Talked about one pissed off dad!
When bad guys kidnap his son for ransom, self-made millionaire Tom Mullen thinks about paying — for a couple of seconds, then he goes on TV and puts a bounty on the bad guy’s heads! Now that’s what I call balls. Of course, soon after Tom regrets his decision, but you gotta admit, turning the tables on the bad guys took guts. Tell me you’d have the balls to do what he did, and I’m calling you a big fat liar.
New York’s toughest cop John McClane didn’t get a kid until the fourth “Die Hard” movie, “Live Free or Die Hard”. Fortunately for New Yorkers, having a teenage daughter (and not to mention a computer nerd tagging along) didn’t slow down John McClane any as he battled high-tech terrorists this time around. Sure, eventually the daughter got captured by the bad guys and used as bait, as inevitably happens when your dad is basically unstoppable, but that’s all just part of being a supercop like John McClane.
When bad guys invade his house, kill his wife and rape his daughter, mild-mannered New York architect Paul Kersey decides to pick up a gun and exact a little payback. Three hundred and fifty sequels later, Paul Kersey has dispatched enough bad guys to populate an entire country, and it all started because some punks decided to knock on his family’s home. Never, ever fuck with Paul Kersey’s family.
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