From Atticus Finch to Cliff Huxtable to Mr. Incredible
Ned Stark, 'Game of Thrones'
Played by: Sean Bean
Kids: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Rickon, Jon Snow
What makes him a best dad: The Lord of Winterfell's strength was honor, to a fault. His hesitancy to take up the Iron Throne himself was predicated on his love for the land and his family, to live a quiet and peaceful life of lordship. "A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is," he reservedly explained in season one, showing that if you're going to sentence a man to death, you should be the one to "swing the sword" in the heavy burden of leadership. He loved his wife, he loved his kids and... due to the mystery surrounding his parentage, we'll just say it's pretty dope that "the bastard" Jon Snow was raised alongside all his other kids, too.
- Katie Hasty