10 of the Sweetest and Kindest Fathers in Disney Movies

Updated on December 1, 2017
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Poppy Reid is a proofreader for Japan Info and a video game enthusiast. She lives in Tokyo and has two hamsters named Zelda and Hemingway.

Who is your favourite Disney character? No doubt it's a difficult question to answer, as there are so many to choose from! Most people have wonderful memories of watching Disney's classics as children no matter what their age is.

Some like Aladdin, the homeless orphan who used a genie's wish to become a prince so he could marry the princess he loved. Other fans like Mulan, the brave Chinese girl of legend who impersonated a man to save her father from sure death in the army. Others prefer Disney villains for their sarcasm and smooth British accents.

Most girls have their favourite princess, and even as adults we can appreciate good character development and even mature humour in some of the cartoons.

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A lot of our favourite heroes are actually orphans. Snow White and Cinderella are both orphan girls (with horrible stepmothers) whose parents died young. Aladdin and Peter Pan don't have any mentioned parents at all, and Anna and Elsa (Frozen) and Tarzan's parents died as part of their story.

That being said, there are a lot of characters who have fathers, and very kind and sweet fathers at that who added to the story and were supportive and cute to their daughters and sons. Here are the best fathers in Disney's animated classics.

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10. Geppetto (Pinocchio)

Geppetto in the 1940 classic Pinocchio only ever wanted a son, and the kind fairy listens to his wish when he asks for the wooden puppet he built to come alive. Geppetto seems to be a lonely yet cheerful man, and is fond of his pet cat, Figaro, and his goldfish, Cleo.

He loves Pinocchio with all his heart and is broken when Pinocchio leaves to join the circus. He packs up his belongings and leaves for the sea to search for his son, where he gets trapped in the stomach of a whale, Monstro.

Geppetto's funny antics are hard to forget. He's definitely one of the cutest Disney dads.

9. Chief Powhatan (Pocahontas)

Despite the ghastly historical inaccuracy of the 1995 movie Pocahontas, it's nevertheless an enjoyable movie with great music and a heartwarming story line. Pocahontas' father gives his daughter a necklace and wants to choose a strong husband for her to help lead the tribe when he passes on.

When the English come to their land, he commands his people to fight them after one of their tribe members is killed. However, towards the end of the movie, he listens to his daughter's pleas and proves himself an understanding and kind father.

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8. Simba (The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride)

The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride was one of those sequels to a classic that wasn't half bad. Simba, whom we all know and love from the first movie, has a daughter of his own in 2 and teaches her about the circle of life and their kingdom, just like his father did before him.

We continue to love Simba and also enjoy his daughter, Kiara's adventures in the second film.

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7. Pongo (101 Dalmatians)

Pongo is a dalmatian and a very sweet character from 101 Dalmatians (1961). He sets out to find his master, Roger, and himself a mate, and after they're happily married, his wife Perdita has several cute puppies.

After they go missing, Pongo leads the search to rescue them. He's a lovely father who clearly loves his kids very much.

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6. Marlin (Finding Nemo)

Another Disney film from the perspective of the parent, Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003) is another great father. After his wife and most of their eggs perish in an attack by a bigger fish, Marlin is somewhat overprotective of his only son, Nemo. When Nemo is kidnapped, he has to face his fears and risks everything to save his son.

Despite being a bit of a nervous wreck, Marlin bravely searches the entire ocean for Nemo and learns a lot along the way. He's definitely a great dad who deserved a spot on this list!

5. Mufasa (The Lion King)

Simba could be such a good father to Kiara because Mufasa was such a lovely dad as well! Mufasa is the mighty king of Pride Rock, and a terrifyingly powerful cat, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have time for his son.

What makes Mufasa a great dad is that you see his disciplinary side, his kind and fun side, and his wise side. Thousands of people in the cinema and at home shed a tear when Simba lost his dad to a stampede.

4. Fa Zhou (Mulan)

Mulan (1998) is one of Disney's best movies. Mulan feels that she doesn't fit in and that she is disappointing her parents by not doing what's expected of her. Even when she makes a mess of her day with the matchmaker, her father is still supportive, and even encourages her by saying that the rarest and most beautiful flower is often the one that blooms late.

When she saves China and comes home, he embraces her in a touching scene and tells her how proud and honoured he is to have her as a daughter. Fa Zhou is definitely one of the nicest dads in Disney.

3. Professor Porter (Tarzan)

Another fantastic '90s Disney movie is Tarzan (1999). When a British father and daughter land on Tarzan's island in search of gorillas, Tarzan befriends them and starts to learn how to speak and behave like a human while falling in love with Jane.

Professor Porter is a lively and endearing old man who shares Jane's excitement when they find evidence of monkeys and gorillas in the jungle. He's also enthusiastically supportive of Jane's relationship with Tarzan, and cheerfully joins them to live in the jungle at the end of the movie. He's a sweet father and clearly has a great relationship with Jane.

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2. The Sultan (Aladdin)

The Sultan and ruler of Agrabah is the father of Aladdin's love interest, Jasmine. The polar opposite to his advisor and movie villain, Jafar, the Sultan is a cheerful, bubbly, and just adorable character.

He welcomes Aladdin when he arrives at his palace, cheerfully claps along to the Genie's music, and towards the end of the movie when Aladdin has been turned back into a homeless orphan, the Sultan changes the law so that Jasmine can marry him anyway. He brings smiles to audience's faces with his happy aura and support of Jasmine and Aladdin's love.

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1. Maurice (Beauty and the Beast)

In both the 1991 and the 2017 versions of Beauty and the Beast, Belle's father, Maurice, is a total sweetheart. He has a very good relationship with his daughter, and when she is shunned for not fitting in with the townsfolk, he reminds her how wonderful and special she really is.

You can see how much she loves him, too, when she takes his place as the prisoner of the Beast's castle. Maurice risks his life again to save Belle, and even after everything, happily supports her and the prince's love. He's definitely the sweetest father in Disney movies!

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Honourable Mentions

These ten sweet fathers aren't the only great parents in Disney. Honourable mentions include King Triton, lord of the seas and the father of Ariel from The Little Mermaid (1989), who gave her legs so she could be with the man she loved; there's George Darling from Peter Pan (1953) who, although strict and short-tempered, is nevertheless endearing and quite sweet.

It's great to see so many darling father figures in the much loved Disney movies! Who is your favourite?

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      Poppy 5 days ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Dads are important too! :D

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      Angel Guzman 5 days ago from Joliet, Illinois

      I loved Coco and great to see an article about dads :)

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      UrbanQuack 2 weeks ago

      Nice article!!

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      Poppy 2 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Haha do ittt!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

      What a delightful topic and a well written article. It makes me want to go watch all those Disney movies for old times’ sake.

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      Poppy 2 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Aww yeah it is!

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      Louise Powles 2 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      I've seen quite a few of these films. I do love 101 Dalmatians. It's a lovely film.

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      Poppy 2 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thanks, Patricia. It’s great when you have good memories associated with movies.

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      Patricia Scott 2 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      You have selected a number of excellent choices. One that stands out the most for me is the Lion King ...as my eldest grandson was born as this was becoming known. And we felt about him and still do as his father felt about his new son. and hopefully his Nana and his Momma have given him wise counsel like this father did (My grandson's father was not up to being a father...enough said.). Great read pinned Angels are on the way this morning ps

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