As we get ready to celebrate Father's Day, we often reflect on the father-figures in our own lives — the ones that serve to protect us, to ease our fears, to comfort us and to teach us what's what in this complex world in which we live.
And the dads in the heart of the Disney universe are no exception!
The men at the crux of so many of the storylines are often exceptional role models for their kids. So in celebration of this very special day, let's take a look at some of these prominent characters leading the charge in the Disney world:
1. Zeus In Hercules
Best quote: “A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.”
Always one to crack a joke and bare those pearly whites, Zeus is perhaps one of the most adored dads in the Disney world. He may be king of the Olympian gods, but he remains true to his family and is willing to sacrifice his son's godly status for his yearning to be with his true love Meg.
2. Mufasa In The Lion King
Best quote: "Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope."
Mustafa is, hands down, the ultimate in dad goals. Not only is he incredibly wise and kind, but his memory also manages to guide Simba back to the Pride Lands, long after his death.
3. Fa Zhou In Mulan
Best quote: "The greatest gift and honor...is having you for a daughter."
Fa Zhou's relationship with his daughter is somewhat strained due to his traditional family values. Yet, upon Mulan proving that she herself is an honorable warrior, her father's respect and pride becomes immeasurable. Plus, let's not forget his encouraging words about her disastrous run-in with the matchmaker.
4. Thomas O'Malley In The Aristocats
Best quote: "Hey! Mee-yow! What a classy neighborhood! Dig these fancy wigwams!"
While Thomas may not be the biological father to those cute little kittens, he totally takes them under his wing to become one hell of a super-suave stepdad.
5. Powhatan In Pocahontas
Best quote: "My daughter speaks with the wisdom beyond her years. We've all come here with anger in our hearts, but she comes with courage and understanding."
Not only is Powhatan a loving father, but he's got some serious abs going on. Nice one, Pow!
6. King Triton In The Little Mermaid
Best quote: "Do you think I would want to see my youngest daughter snared by some fish-eater's hook?"
And let's not even get started on Triton's solid pair of pecs. That point aside, he's a very protective father to Ariel and in the end puts her happiness above his in letting her follow her dreams.
7. Maurice In Beauty And The Beast
Best quote: "Well, what are we waiting for? I'll have this thing fixed in no time!"
My heart weeps for Maurice, who is referred to as a "crazy old loon" by the village people. Indeed, he may be slightly eccentric, but he a wonderful father to Belle, loving her with all his heart.
8. Pongo In 101 Dalmatians
Best quote: "Lucky! Patch! Pepper! Freckles! And Rolly, you little rascal!"
Any dad who manages to save 101 puppies from being skinned alive by a mad woman deserves a medal. No question about it.
Which Disney dad is your favorite?