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World’s Best 25 Anime Dads!

Sometimes, anime dads are evil to the core, but others love their children so much they would sacrifice their own lives to save them. Today, we pick all the Best Anime Dads that truly deserve appreciation. Anime characters are always unique and dynamic in one or more ways. However, these characters wouldn’t be the same without a strong loving daddy. Let’s dive into the life of these anime fathers and recognize their struggle and wholesome love for their children.

World’s Best 25 Anime Dads!

25/25. Konzen Douji (Gensoumaden Saiyuuki (Saiyuki)

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25/25. Konzen Douji

Konzen Douji is surely one of the best anime dads because he saved Goku from a tragic fate by sacrificing his own life. He is also high-ranking God in heaven. He appears to be 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). He works as a supervisor in heaven. Despite his easy job, he is quite bored with it. He met Seiten Taisei, a young child who will rule heaven under the name of Son Goku. Kanzeon. At first, they didn’t get together because of their different personalities. However, with time, Konzen ends up caring for him and names him Goku.

24/25. Kohei Inuzuka (Amaama to Inazuma: Sweetness & Lightning)

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24/25. Kohei Inuzuka

Kohei Inuzuka is a man in his thirties. He works as a Math teacher in a nearby High School. Kohei suffers from the sudden death of his beloved wife (Tae Inuzuka). He is raising Tsumugi Inuzuka, his only child, alone after the death of his wife. Kohei is a simple-minded man trying his best to care for Tsumugi, but his busy job and lack of parenting skills are not helping him much. He must polish his cooking skills for the sake of his daughter. Kohei Inuzuka’s struggle and genuine love for Tsumugi is an undeniable fact.

23/25. Fujitaka Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura)

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23/25. Fujitaka Kinomoto

Fujitaka is a single anime dad to two children, the magical girl Sakura Kinomoto (Daughter) and Touya Kinomoto (Son). His wife (Nadeshiko Kinomoto) died at the early age of 27. 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 of Perfect Man. Fujitaka is extremely sensitive when it comes to his children as they are his only family left in this world. Fujitaka’s constant support of his children during the entire anime should earn him the title of best anime dad!

22/25. Mr. Kimura (Azumanga Daioh)

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22/25. Mr. Kimura

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, this anime dad is generous and kind at heart. Kimura is actually married to a hot young girl. Kimura expressed love for his wife by quoting the words Mai Waifu which became very popular among anime fans.

21/25. Jiguro Musa (Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit)

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21/25. Jiguro Musa

Jiguro is the father figure and mentor of Balsa Yona, a young girl swordswoman. Her father was a good friend of Jiguro. After the death of her father, Jiguro took care of her in every possible manner. He is renowned in his country as the strongest warrior serving the King. Jiguro leads  Nine Spears, an elite team of warriors operating under the order of the King. 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)

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20/25. Spirit Albarn

Spirit Albarn is quite a clumsy anime dad. He is silly in most situations which causes his daughter Maka Albarn to despise him. Albarn is extremely sensitive when it comes to his daughter, like rushing to aid her even in normal fight situations. Spirit Albarn is a man with the looks of a teenager despite having the age of 31. He is a hybrid human and works as a Death Scythe to a powerful Shinigami of Meister Academy. His wife leaves him upon witnessing him flirting with other bar girls, much to his dismay. Albarn never stops caring for Maka even though she clearly hates him, which shows his concern for her as a loving father.

19/25. Vincent Phantomhive (Black Butler)

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19/25. Vincent Phantomhive

Vincent is known for his classy looks and manners that 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 father everywhere as they develop a revolutionary father and son bond. Ciel treasures his father’s love for him very much.

18/25. Igneel (Fairy Tail)

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18/25. Igneel

Igneel is a several centuries-old fire dragon. He became the foster anime 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 watch on him from afar, which shows his deep fatherly-hearted love for him.

17/25. Orsi Orfai (Black Clover)

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17/25. Orsi Orfai

Orsi Orfai is a 55 old man serving a small orphanage as a priest. He tends to look after orphans as his own children. Orsi is very emotional and ends up crying in most situations whenever his children are involved. In the anime, he took in Asta and Yuno, who was left in front of an orphanage by their real parents. Orsi always works hard to bring his children up to the best of his ability. He became very emotional when Asta and Yuno received their title of Magic Knights. Orsi dedicated his whole life to raising orphans, which shows his kindness and love for all children out there. He is a father needed by every orphan in the world.

16/25. Van Hohenheim (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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16/25. Van Hohenheim

Van Hohenheim is a man holding the title of the legendary alchemist. He worked on forbidden rituals in an underground lab with his girlfriend named 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 from Dante. He also wanted his children to lead a safe and ordinary life. Despite his mistakes, Van cared about his family more than anything else in the world.

15/25. Daikichi Kawachi (Usagi Drop: Bunny Drop)

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15/25. Daikichi Kawachi

Daikichi from the josei anime Bunny Drop is a 30 years old bachelor living alone in a small house. He earns a good salary and lives alone, maybe because of his boring personality and nature. He ends up adopting Rin Kaga, the illegitimate daughter of his late grandfather. Although Daikichi took her in, he struggles to raise her mostly because of his laid-back, lonely lifestyle. He eventually developed 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 living style just for the comfort of Rin.

14/25. Shiro Fujimoto (Blue Exorcist)

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14/25. Shiro Fujimoto

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, Shiro 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 proving this guy is one of the best anime dads ever! When Satan took over him, Shiro sacrificed himself to protect his children from harm. He is the true embodiment of a loving anime dad.

13/25. Thors Snorresson (Vinland Saga)

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13/25. Thors Snorresson

Thors from the medieval anime Vinland Saga 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 blood and rage of battles that lead to nothing but despair. Upon the continued insistence of Thorfinn, he took him on his journey. Thors sacrificed his life to save Thorfinn from some mercenary pirates, which shows his unbelievable love for him.

12/25. Nanashi (Sword of the Stranger)

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12/25. Nanashi

Nanashi once served a ruthless lord as a samurai. Currently, he wanders around in search of a normal job. He has a strong command over swordsmanship. He ends up helping Kotarou, an orphan, and his dog named Tobimaru from a group of pursuers. Nanashi helped them out of nothing. 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 a father would for his child.

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11/25. Naofumi Iwatani (The Rising of the Shield Hero)

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11/25. Naofumi Iwatani

Naofumi is the MC Op who hides his powers. He is a 19 years old guy 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 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 father’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.

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10/25. Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

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10/25. Gendo Ikari

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 father. Despite his apparent harsh personality, Gendo is a kind man, as he wanted 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 a great anime dad because he apologizes to his son for making his life a living tragedy. Shinji forgives his father after discovering his true intentions.

9/25. Edward Newgate (One Piece)

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9/25. Edward Newgate

Edward is an old man and one of the strongest characters in One Piece. He is also the founder of Whitebeard Pirates. Edward is the only pirate who has managed to get close to the Legendary Treasure of One Piece. He has a compassionate personality. He considers his crew like his family. Edward 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 a father, after all, Edward was a lonely man inside. Edward even forgave the pirates who came to take his life because he considered them his children.

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8/25. Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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8/25. Maes Hughes

After retiring from the military, he began to work as an investigator officer in the central city. Maes is known for his comedic obsession with his wife and daughter. This anime dad has a cheerful, clumsy personality. He is often considered annoying by his peers because of his habit of showing pictures of his cute daughter all the time. Maes is quite bold when it comes to showing love for family. He is not hesitant to show pictures of his daughter and wife to everyone. After his death, little Elicia begins to miss him very much, which shows the unforgettable love of Maes for his daughter.

7/25. Byakuya Ishigami (Dr. Stone)

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7/25. Byakuya Ishigami

Byakuya’s passion for space exploration enabled him to join the International Astronaut Exam. Although he is not married, he has an adopted son named Senkuu Ishigami who is the isekai anime OP MC. He has a kind and cheerful personality and is known for making people laugh through his jokes. Byakuya shares a strong bond with his son. After witnessing Senku’s love for science, he sold his car and other things to provide him with the latest equipment. Byakuya returned to earth and started a civilization, hoping one-day Senku will recreate science and technology from scratch. This anime dad transcends the limits of space and time. He created a whole civilization to aid Senku in reviving humanity.

6/25. Jouichirou Yukihira (Food Wars)

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6/25. Jouichirou Yukihira

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, which again showed his fatherly love for Souma. He is indeed one of the best anime dads.

5/25. Soichiro Yagami (Death Note)

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5/25. Soichiro Yagami

Soichiro is a kind of anime dad with a strong sense of justice. He takes his duty as a detective very seriously. He loves his son Light very much. And when Soichiro suspected Light to be Kira, he refused to acknowledge it and even decided to prove it by investigating on his own. Soichiro even traded half of his life span to save the life of his daughter (Sayu Yagami). On his deathbed, Soichiro talks with Light and tells him that he believes in him. He is certainly a loving father and a man of justice.

4/25. Jukai (Dororo)

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4/25. Jukai

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. He saved a young boy without any body parts by giving him prosthetic limbs. He 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 make Hyakkimaru a man capable of surviving in this world of monsters. Jukai’s love for Hyakkimaru is something we can never forget.

3/25. Minato Namikaze (Naruto)

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3/25. Minato Namikaze

Minato is probably the youngest father in this list of best anime dads. He is the legendary fourth Hokage of Leaf Village, and one of the strongest characters in Naruto. 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. When Naruto met him in the Fourth Ninja War, Minato was relieved to see him fine. 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 a father. He embodies the essence of fatherhood.

2/25. Yato (Noragami)

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2/25. Yato

Yato is a freelance purple-haired anime character 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 father. 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 father, but he loves and cares for his subordinates like Yukine in a fatherly manner.

1/25. Golem (Somali and the Forest Spirit)

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1/25. Golem

A man with a sturdy body wandering in the forest as a guardian. He belongs to the race of golems, they 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 father-like figure to Somali. Golem’s struggle to protect a frail human girl in a world of monsters makes him the world’s best anime dad! Somali and Golem make an incredible father-daughter anime duo.

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