It’s a well known fact that family is the most important thing. And no one is more important in a family than parents. They are your guardians, your teachers, your protectors – and it could be argued that your view of the world will be determined based on what your parents are like. And for the most part, parents are awesome! They will do whatever it takes to protect their children and make sure they have a great start in life.
That being said, there are some out there that REALLY need to reconsider their options when it comes to parenthood. Fiction is full of terrible characters that really give mothers and fathers a bad name. And since we recently had Father’s Day – where I remembered how amazing my own Dad was – I decided to look back at five of those terrible fictional parents.
These are the Top Five parents that make you go “Hey, my parents may get on my nerves – but at least I ain’t stuck with these guys!” And here they are in no particular order!
The King and Queen of Arendelle
At the beginning of Frozen, Elsa accidentally hits Anna in the head with ice magic and her parents take her to the magical trolls to heal her. It’s here that the trolls warn the King and Queen that Elsa’s powers are great – but they have a terrible darkness to them. Essentially what boils down to is Jedi-like “Fear is the path to the Dark Side” kinda thing – and if Elsa gives into her fear her powers will spiral out of control.
Hearing that fear could cause Elsa to lose control, this tells the King and Queen that they should teach Elsa not to be afraid of her powers – that having them makes them no less different to anyone else. That way, she can learn to use her powers only for the good of the Kingdom and help people. So, what do they do?
They lock her away in the castle, keeping her away from her sister and preventing her from having any contact with the outside world.
Ok, so I guess you COULD argue that they were doing this to keep her protected, knowing that the people of Arendelle could be afraid of her – and maybe to protect Anna from any danger Elsa could be to her. But correct me if I’m wrong – didn’t the trolls say that FEAR could lead to Elsa going bat**** crazy? How is locking her away supposed to help? If anything, it’s just going to make matters worse as Elsa could end up feeling so insecure and worried that her powers turn the entire country into a frozen wasteland. And spoiler alert… that’s what happens.
I suppose in fairness the King and Queen aren’t really doing what they did out of spite – but ultimately, their actions lead to the events in Frozen, which could have been prevented had they just listened to the trolls and maybe taken an alternative approach. Great parenting guys!
But it kinda worked out well for them I guess. I mean they did get to have a second chance with Tarzan – if you believe the fan theory that is. So I guess they made up for it? Maybe?
On arrival in Silent Hill, Harry Mason loses his daughter Cheryl and has to enter the fog ridden town to save her – only to discover it’s being dominated by the horrific Otherworld. There he meets Dahlia, a creepy old woman, who at first appears to want to help Harry – but later on its revealed Dahlia is responsible for this the whole time this the whole time!
Let that sink in for a moment.
As if that’s not dickish enough, she then calls out to Aleyssa’s “other” self (Cheryl) and then forces them to join together to complete her plan of bringing the God back, manipulating Harry every step of the way. Eventually, she does help bring the God back (depending on the ending you get) – but in an ironic twist, she herself gets burned alive. Poetic justice for the win!
Using your own daughter as part of a weird ritual is bad enough – but burning her alive and keeping her in endless pain and suffering is just plain evil. If this were real life, she’d had been taken away by child protection agencies years ago! This woman clearly has no idea of what being a mother is truly about, more focused on her religion than being a proper parent!
In the film Silent Hill, her role is changed to make her more of a sympathetic character that unwillingly took part in Aleyssa’s torment – which angered some fans of the series. But it’s the video game character that fans will remember most. Mother of the year she is not!
Known as The Sewing Life Alchemist, the Elric’s are first introduced to him by Colonel Mustang in the hope that his research on alchemy might help get Al’s body back. Tucker lives alone with his daughter Nina and their dog Alexander, both of whom Ed and Al become friends with. Tucker is known for being one of the only alchemists to create a chimera (a mixture of different animals) that was able to talk. Somewhat puzzlingly, it’s also about the time his wife left him – can you see where this is going?
Initially, he appears very homely and willing to help the boys in their research. But when his State Alchemist assessment is coming up for renewal, Mr Tucker becomes depressed that he hasn’t created anything of late to prove himself worthy of that title. Fearing he will lose his privileges, he does one of the most horrific things in the whole series.
Coming to visit Mr Tucker another day, the Alric Brothers discover he has created ANOTHER talking chimera – a dog like creature. Only Nina and Alexander are nowhere to be found. It’s with horror that Ed realises that he has fused his daughter and their dog together – in the same way that he used his wife as his previous chimera experiment!
This for me is one of the most horrific things in Full Metal Alchemist. Using his own daughter as part of his sick experiments! What’s even worse is that he shows NO remorse for his actions, believing it part scientific enhancement. What follows is an utterly heartbreaking scene with the brothers and Nina, realising that they cannot help Nina – and that Mr Tucker is just as guilty for breaking taboos as they are.
Shou Tucker is eventually murdered by Scar, who also kills Nina, but his encounter has lasting effects on the duo as they realise how dangerous it is to use alchemy to play God. I can’t watch this episode without being chilled. I don’t care if what he did was for science – you should NEVER hurt any child, especially your own!
Considering the Homunculi are supposed to be the main antagonists, I would say what this guy does is far more horrific than anything they do! And considering the Homunculi are responsible for the death of Maes Hughes (oh god… why? Just… WHY? #feels) that’s saying a lot!
Margot was married to an Al-Qaeda commander and was a pretty notorious terrorist in her own right, staging many bombings even before the events of 24 Live Another Day. When her husband was killed in a bombing, approved by James Heller, she swore revenge. Flash forward a few years and she’s now planning a drone strike on London whilst President Heller is in town.
Margot is as nasty as they come – focused only on revenge and not caring who she has to harm to get that revenge. Even if it’s her own children! She uses her daughter Simone for various “errands” – some of these include seducing (and eventually killing) a computer expert to make a module for taking over the drones and then making her husband hack into the drone computers. However, when said husband starts to have moments of doubt and makes a plan to turn away, Margot convinces him to stay – by torturing her own daughter in front of him and then cutting off her finger.
What makes this even worse is that Margot later tells Simone it’s not her fault. It’s not HER fault for forcing her mum to cut off her finger? Bitch you crazy! XD
Ok, so unlike a lot on this list, she’s not entirely a monster – in fact she does love her children to a huge extent. However, much like Dahlia from Silent Hill, she’s focused more on her goals and is even prepared to hurt or abandon her own children if the situation calls for it. As far as I’m concerned, if you focus on your own needs over your children – then that makes you a massive douchebag! XD
However I do think that Margot is one of the best villainess 24 has ever produced – in fact next to Stephen Saunders she’s one of my favourites. Her motivations and desire for revenge make her a dangerous character that you love to hate. But as a parent, I somehow doubt she’ll be getting many “Best Mother Ever” cards on Mother’s Day. That being said, Michelle Fairley plays her with such vigour that it’s hard not to be drawn in by her. More roles like that please, Michelle! And PLEASE come back to Game of Thrones as Lady Stoneheart! I’m really missing you.
Speaking of Game of Thrones
The brother of Robert Baratheon, after he heard of Robert’s death he began a campaign to take back the Iron Throne – but he wasn’t alone. A Red Priestess named Melisandre comes to Stannis, telling him that he has been charged to stop the coming of a great evil (The White Walkers) and that he is the one true King. Stannis renounces his previous faith and embraces this new religion. What follows is a series of events where Stannis has his brother Renly murdered and even burns people as part of a sacrifice. But ultimately, when Stannis returns to the North to recapture Winterfell from the Boltons, the harsh weather and lack of resources prove to be too tough for his men.
It’s here that Melisandre tells him that in order to win, they need a sacrifice of “King’s Blood” to see victory – and suggests his daughter Shirleen.
Now previously in the series, Stannis had a really emotional scene with his daughter – telling her that no matter what, he loves her. It was one of the crowing moments for Stannis in my opinion, because it made me think “He genuinely does care about his family.” But when his camp is attacked by Bolton men, he pulls one of the most horrific asspulls in Game of Thrones so far – and has his daughter burned alive.
Honestly guys, no scene in Game of Thrones affected me so much than Shirleen’s death. Even Ned Stark’s beheading and the Red Wedding didn’t make me feel so cold afterwards. I actually remember my brother asking me “Do you need a moment?” after that scene. After this I hated Stannis so much. In a similar theme to a lot of the others on this list. He cared more about his own desire to become King rather than that of his own family. I don’t care if people say he was manipulated by Melisandre – Stannis could have just told her to get lost. It was his daughter! And he threw her onto the fire! A child! This makes Stannis a monster in my eyes! All he cared for was the throne and nothing else. He went from being one of my favourite characters to one of my most hated. It says a lot for Stannis when I was rooting for Ramsey Bolton to win in the next battle – and that guys a murderer and a rapist!
Maybe it’s just some secret fatherly instinct I have, but I hate seeing children hurt or killed. Nothing gets my blood boiling more than that. Thankfully, Stannis does get what he deserved. Half his army leaves him, his wife kills herself, Melisandre buggers off and his army is basically crushed by the Boltons. He then meets his end at the hands of Brienne of Tarth and honestly, I think it was justly deserved!
I’ll sum up my thoughts on Stannis the same I did on Facebook after that scene happened. Stannis, you sir are a massive ****!
So those are five parents that I’m sure you’re glad you’re not stuck with! Any I missed? Let me know. Thanks for reading guys!
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