Nothing made our childhoods complete quite like cartoons. Some of us were practically raised on them, making a bunch of the dads we saw on our TV screens feel like they were a part of our own families.
So, in honor of Father's Day, here's some of our favorite animated father figures that kept us entertained for years!
1) Homer Simpson - The Simpsons
He's nearly ruined his wife and kids' lives more than once. He also has an unfortunate tendency to strangle his 10 year old son. At the end of the day though, this lovable doofus loves his family more than anything.
Look no further than the reason he stays at his soul-crushing job at the Nuclear Power Plant. When Maggie was born, he gave up his dream job to return to one that he hates because it was the only way to provide for her. He keeps photos of her in his station to remind him of that every day.
2) Chas Finster - Rugrats
Cartoons don't always have a ton of examples of single dads, so Chas definitely sticks out from the rest. A widower with a two year old, it's clear from the start of the series that he absolutely loves his son Chuckie and would do anything for him.
The episode where he shows Chuckie letters from his mom is absolutely gut-wrenching in a series that's normally silly. Thankfully, all works out well for Chas; he gets remarried, and Chuckie gets a step-sister.
3) Splinter - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Born Hamato Yoshi in Japan before being exiled to America, the same mysterious Ooze that turns the turtles into wise-cracking humanoids turns the human Splinter into a giant rat. Undeterred, he teaches his adopted sons the art of ninjutsu and philosophy, and even gives them names after his favorite Renaissance painters.
Always ready with advice and warnings for his sons, Splinter devotes himself to caring or them above all else. Of course, he's also a warrior himself, so he isn't above stepping in to kick some ass when they're in danger.
4) Professor Utonium - The Powerpuff Girls
As the opening to each episode describes, Professor Utonium tried to make the perfect daughters by combining sugar, spice, and of course, everything nice. But when he accidentally added Chemical X to the mix, he created the perfect daughters who also happen to be superheroes.
Despite the fact that Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup have the strength of a hundred adults and can fly, Professor Utonium is always ready to worry about his little girls and look after them when things go wrong.
5) Hank Hill - King of the Hill
Yeah, he's a bit of a stick in the mud when it comes to letting his son be himself, and he could stand to lighten up a lot. None the less, Hank loves his family (even if he doesn't always admit it) and wants the best for them.
He may stifle Bobby's creativity, but he's also saved him from ridicule and embarrassment. He also keeps his friends in line when they do something nuts, and ultimately they love him for it.
6) Grandpa Phil - Hey Arnold!
With Arnold's parents lost in the African wilderness, Grandpa Phil is the closest he has to a father. Thankfully, his grandfather absolutely adores his grandchild, and gives him all the guidance Arnold could ever need.
In "Parents Day," one of the most heartbreaking episodes of the series, Arnold ultimately learns about what happened to his parents, but more importantly, comes to realize his grandparents are all he's ever wanted.