In the vibrant world of anime, we often celebrate courageous heroes, fierce heroines, and enigmatic villains. But there’s a special place in our hearts for the unsung heroes of many anime series—the loving and supportive fathers who provide guidance, warmth, and a dash of wisdom. In this list, we honor the Top 25 Best Anime Dad Characters, those who’ve left an indelible mark on both their fictional families and our own hearts. From the comical and overprotective to the wise and unconditionally caring, these anime dads showcase the diverse spectrum of dad love. Whether they’re guiding their children through epic adventures or simply offering a comforting presence, these dads remind us of the importance of family bonds in the world of anime. Join us as we celebrate this remarkable dads who’ve played pivotal roles in their respective series, leaving lasting impressions on viewers of all ages. Without further ado, let’s dive into the heartwarming and occasionally hilarious world of anime’s best dad characters!
25/25. Konzen Douji (Saiyuki)
Konzen Douji is a high-ranking God, he works as a supervisor in heaven. He is a young man with long blonde hair. His exact age is not known, but considering he is a God, Konzen’s age might be several thousand years (or even more) old. A meeting with Seiten, a young child who will rule heaven, changed Konzen’s life. At first, he had a hard time with the child, being short-tempered, and calling him a stupid monkey. But later on, he gives the child the name Goku. Konzen felt like a dad to Goku, he loved him very much and he would do anything to protect him, even sacrificing his own life.
24/25. Kohei Inuzuka (Amaama to Inazuma: Sweetness & Lightning)
Kohei Inuzuka is a man in his thirties, he works as a Math teacher in a nearby High School. Kohei became a single dad when his beloved wife suddenly passed away. He raised Tsumugi Inuzuka, his only child, on his own. Kohei is a simple-minded guy trying to be the best dad he can for Tsumugi, but his busy job and lack of parenting skills are not helping him much. He works hard to polish his cooking skills for the sake of his daughter.
23/25. Fujitaka Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura)
Fujitaka is a single dad to two children, Sakura Kinomoto, and Touya Kinomoto. His wife died at the early age of 27. Since then, Fujitaka has been looking after his children since her death. He is quite skilled in cooking, and other parenting stuff which earned him the nickname “Perfect Man.” Fujitaka is extremely sensitive when it comes to his children as they are his only family left in this world. His constant support of his children during the entire anime should earn him the top spot on our list of best anime dads!
22/25. Mr. Kimura (Azumanga Daioh)
Kimura is a fragile middle-aged man. He works as a teacher in an all-girls high school and has a cute daughter. Kimura cares for his students as much as he cares for his daughter. He is depicted as a pervert by his students because he likes seeing girls in swimsuits and boxers during sports. Despite his perverted deeds, Kimura is a generous dad, and kind-hearted. He is actually married to a young woman, and he expresses his love for his wife by quoting the words Mai Waifu, a popular song among anime fans.
21/25. Jiguro Musa (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit)
Jiguro is a renowned warlord in his country as the strongest warrior serving the King. He was the leader of the Nine Spears, an elite team of spear warriors operating under the order of the King. Jiguro is the dad figure and mentor of Balsa Yona. Her dad was a good friend of Jiguro. When her dad passed away, Jiguro took care of her in every possible manner. He sacrificed his honor and country to save Balsa from a tragic end which shows his fatherly love for her.
20/25. Spirit Albarn (Soul Eater)
Spirit has the looks of a teenager despite being 31. Ge works as a Death Scythe to a powerful Shinigami of Meister Academy. Spirit Albarn is quite a clumsy dad. He is silly in most situations which causes his daughter Maka Albarn to despise him. Albarn never stops caring for Maka even though she clearly hates him, which shows his concern for her as a loving dad. He is extremely sensitive when it comes to his daughter, like rushing to aid her even in normal fight situations.
19/25. Vincent Phantomhive (Black Butler)
Vincent is known for his classy looks and manners which attracted the high-class nobles very much. He owns the Phantomhive company and works secretly under Queen Victoria. Although he is a noble, he never discriminated between normal people and nobles. He got married to Rachel, a lovely woman with red hair. Vincent is extremely kind to his wife and son Ciel who follows his dad everywhere as they develop a revolutionary dad-and-son bond. Ciel treasures his father’s love for him very much.
18/25. Igneel (Fairy Tail)
Igneel is a several centuries-old fire dragon. He became the foster dad of Natsu and ended up taking care of him. He taught him various fire magic spells, including the most powerful Dragonslayer Magic. Despite having a harsh personality, he cares deeply about Natsu. Igneel ended up loving humans because of Natsu. When Natsu reached a young age, Igneel left him for various reasons. However, he still kept a close watch over his son from afar.
17/25. Orsi Orfai (Black Clover)
Orsi Orfai is a 55-year-old man serving a small orphanage as a priest. He has dedicated his whole life to raising orphans. He is a strict but kind dad doing his best to take care of his children to the best ability. Orsi is a very emotional dad and ends up crying in most situations whenever his children are involved. He became very emotional when his children received their title of Magic Knights. which shows his kindness and love for all children out there. He is the best anime dad ever, needed by every orphan in the world.
16/25. Van Hohenheim (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Van Hohenheim is a man holding the title of the legendary alchemist. He worked on forbidden rituals in an underground lab with his girlfriend Dante. However, a wrong experiment took his life, but Dante saved him by linking his soul to another nearby Human. Several years later, he got married to Trisha Elric, a normal young lady. She gave birth to two boys. At the beginning of the anime, Van doesn’t have a good relationship with his sons, Edward and Alphonse as he left them. It became known that Van left his family to save them. He wanted his children to lead a safe and ordinary life. Despite his mistakes, Van is a caring dad who loves his family more than anything else in the world.
15/25. Daikichi Kawachi (Usagi Drop aka Bunny Drop)
Daikichi is a 30-year-old bachelor living alone in a small house. He becomes a foster dad and ends up adopting Rin Kaga, the illegitimate daughter of his late grandfather. Although Daikichi takes the girl in, he struggles to raise her mostly because of his laid-back, lonely lifestyle. He eventually develops fatherly feelings for Rin and treats her like his own daughter, which shows he has a soft heart. Daikichi supported her through thick and thin times and even tried to renew his entire lifestyle just for the comfort of Rin.
14/25. Shiro Fujimoto (Blue Exorcist)
Shiro is a priest and exorcist who lives with Rin and Yuki, his adopted sons. He is known for his unparalleled powers as an exorcist. Shiro holds the glorious title of Paladin at True Cross Academy. In the past, he was ruthless and rude, but his encounter with Yuri Egin, the mother of Rin and Yuki, changed him. After the death of Yuri, He stepped in and decided to raise her children as his own. Despite Rin’s childish and mean comments, Shiro never abandoned him. When Satan took over him, Shiro sacrificed himself to protect his children from harm. He is the true embodiment of a loving dad.
13/25. Thors Snorresson (Vinland Saga)
Thors is a renowned warrior who once led a group of warriors under the name of Jomsviking. He left the battlefield long ago to live a peaceful life with his wife and children in Iceland. He has two children Thorfinn and Ylva. Despite having supreme fighting skills, Thors decided to hide his past from Thorfinn. He didn’t want him to get lost in the bloody battles that led to nothing but despair. Thor ended up sacrificing his life to save his son.
12/25. Nanashi (Sword of the Stranger)
Nanashi once served a ruthless lord as a samurai. Currently, he wanders around in search of a normal job. He is a skilled samurai who has a strong command over swordsmanship. He ends up helping Kotarou, an orphan, and his dog named Tobimaru from a group of pursuers. Kotarou offered him a gem in exchange for becoming his bodyguard, which he couldn’t resist. He accompanied them on their journey to a mysterious temple. Throughout the journey, Nanashi formed a close bond with Kotarou and began protecting him as his own child. Nanashi ends up going through trauma just to save Koutarou from deadly assassins. At that time, he genuinely rushed to save him as an anime dad would for his child.
11/25. Naofumi Iwatani (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
Naofumi is a 19-year-old boy striving in the kingdom of Melromarc. Despite being summoned as a hero, he ends up alone because his trusted fellows betrayed him. He took in Raphtalia, a slave girl suffering from illness. Naofumi looks after her like a good dad, because of the kindness in his heart. Upon growing up, Raphtalia learned sword skills and began to help him in his missions. The two of them formed a close bond with each other. Naofumi’s love for her is similar to a dad’s love for his daughter. He also took in Filo, a monster bird with the ability to turn into a human. He finally feels the lost warmth of family with the help of Raphtalia and Filo. Naofumi’s kind and caring nature put him on this list.
10/25. Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Gendo is the founding father of the powerful mechas known as Evangelion. He is blessed with a son named Shinji Ikari, but because of a lack of attention and affection, he couldn’t get together with him. Shinji suffers from the rude and ruthless actions of his dad. Despite his apparent harsh personality, Gendo is a kind man, as he wants his son to lead a luxurious life. He tries to bring back his deceased wife and ends up hurting Shinji during the whole thing. Gendo is the best anime dad character ever because he apologizes to his son for making his life a living tragedy! Shinji forgives his dad after discovering his true intentions.
9/25. Edward Newgate (One Piece)
Edward is an old man. He is also the founder of Whitebeard Pirates. He is the only pirate who has managed to get close to the Legendary Treasure of One Piece. Edward has a compassionate personality. He considers his crew like his family. He also has a fierce attitude, which is revealed during fighting enemies. He took a liking to Luffy Monkey D and began supporting him in his mission. He cares for Luffy and his crew members like the best dad ever, after all, Edward is a lonely man inside. He even forgave the pirates who came to take his life because he considered them his children.
8/25. Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist)
After retiring from the military, Maes began to work as an investigator officer in the central city. He is known for his comedic obsession with his wife and daughter. This dad has a cheerful, clumsy personality. Maes is quite bold when it comes to showing love for family, he is often considered annoying by his peers because of his habit of showing pictures of his cute girls all the time! When he passed away, little Elicia began to miss him very much, which shows the unforgettable love of Maes for his daughter.
7/25. Byakuya Ishigami (Dr. Stone)
Byakuya’s passion for space exploration enabled him to join the International Astronaut Exam. He has a kind and cheerful personality and is known for making people laugh through his jokes. He is a single dad to his adopted son, Senkuu Ishigami. Byakuya shares a strong bond with his son. When he learned that Senku loved science so much, he sold his car and other things to provide him with the latest equipment.See also: Top 10 Best Anime Big Brothers
6/25. Jouichirou Yukihira (Food Wars)
Jouichirou is a renowned chef from Totsuki Culinary Academy who travels across the world. He has a son named Yukihira Soma. The freelance chef has a caring and a bit annoying personality. Soma inherited his parent’s love for cooking. Jouichirou taught him various styles and types of cooking, even his disgusting cooking dishes. He inspired Soma to join the prestigious Totsuki Academy to polish his skills even more. Jouichirou supported his son in every situation. He is indeed one of the best anime dads on this list!
5/25. Soichiro Yagami (Death Note)
Soichiro is a kind dad with a strong sense of justice. He takes his duty as a detective very seriously. He loves his son very much. He even traded half of his life span to save the life of his daughter (Sayu Yagami). On his deathbed, Soichiro talks with his son and tells him that he believes in him. He is certainly a loving dad and a man of justice.
4/25. Jukai (Dororo)
Jukai is a middle-aged man working as a traveling doctor to heal injured people all around the world. He is quite skilled in making prosthetic limbs from the body of the deceased. Jukai once served a cruel lord, he committed various horrible deeds on orders of his lord, but he left them all to find a way to salvation. When he saw a young boy without any body parts, he saved him by giving him prosthetic limbs. Jukai adopted him and gave him the name Hyakkimaru. Despite having a horrible past, he took care of him with kindness and even trained him to survive a world of monsters. Jukai’s love for Hyakkimaru is something we can never forget.
3/25. Minato Namikaze (Naruto)
Minato is probably the youngest dad in this list of best anime dads. He is the legendary fourth Hokage of Leaf Village. He is married to Kushina Uzumaki, a fellow ninja. Minato is blessed with a son named Naruto. After the birth of Naruto, Nine Tail Fox attacked the village. To save the village and the future of Naruto, he sealed the Nine-Tails inside him. He didn’t want Naruto to lead a lonely life, but this was the only way to protect him. Although they didn’t spend time together, their bond is unbreakable. Minato sacrificed his life to save his son and village. He is the true example of a savior and what it means to be a good dad.See also: Top 30 Best Anime Moms Of All Time!
2/25. Yato (Noragami)
Yato is a freelance god. He hopes to build a shrine and a huge fan following in the future. Despite his young looks, Yato’s age is about 1050 years. He has a clumsy arrogant personality, but he can be kind and caring in serious situations. Although Yato is not married, his role in the series is relatable to that of a dad. He took in Yukine, the wandering spirit of a boy, and gave him the ability to transform into a human. After witnessing his tragic past, Yato ends up caring for him even more. Yato might not be a traditional dad, but he loves and cares for his subordinates in a daddy manner.
1/25. Golem (Somali and the Forest Spirit)
A man with a sturdy body wanders in the forest as a guardian. He belongs to the race of golems, which are known for their long life spans. When Golem passed by the forest, he found a young human girl named Somali hiding in the woods. She quickly refers to him as Dad. Despite having no emotion, he ends up protecting her from various dangers, which proves the fact that he became a dad-like figure to Somali. They make an incredible dad-daughter duo. Golem’s struggle to protect a frail human girl in a world full of monsters makes him the world’s best anime dad!