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The 11 Worst Fathers in Fiction

This upcoming Sunday is the day we celebrate fathers. Dad is always there to lend a hand, provide much needed advice, and loves you unconditionally. But what if he’s not? Maybe you always sought that Hallmark relationship, never to find it. Or perhaps you’re sick to death of sappy cards, or completely unfathomable Hollywood interpretations of what a father should be. This week, we’ve collected a list of literary bad dads, from despicable and cruel to murderous and vengeful, here are some of the worst fictional fathers!
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    I Let You Go Book Cover Picture
    I Let You Go Book Cover Picture

    Patrick Mathews

    by Clare Mackintosh

    Control is what Ian wants. And if he can’t have it, nobody can.
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    I Let You Go Book Cover Picture

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  2. 2
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    The Winter Girl Book Cover Picture

    Victor

    by Matt Marinovich

    A twisted man who rubbed off on his kids.
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    The Winter Girl Book Cover Picture

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  3. 3
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    Wuthering Heights Book Cover Picture

    Heathcliff

    by Emily Bronte

    He married to spite his true love, and then takes it out on his sickly son.
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    Wuthering Heights Book Cover Picture

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  4. 4
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    Lolita Book Cover Picture

    Humbert Humbert

    by Vladimir Nabokov

    This step-father only married his wife so he could get to her daughter.
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    Lolita Book Cover Picture

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  5. 5
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    The Mayor of Casterbridge Book Cover Picture

    Michael Casterbridge

    by Thomas Hardy

    What kind of man could sell his own child?
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    The Mayor of Casterbridge Book Cover Picture

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  6. 6
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    Matilda Book Cover Picture

    Mr. Wormwood

    by Roald Dahl

    Repeatedly telling his daughter he wishes she were a boy is bad enough, but then he sabotaged her library books!
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    Matilda Book Cover Picture

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  7. 7
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    The Shining Book Cover Picture

    Jack Torrance

    by Stephen King

    Again, what’s with trying to kill your kids?
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    The Shining Book Cover Picture

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  8. 8
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    A Game of Thrones (HBO Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Tywin Lannister

    by George R. R. Martin

    Tywin is pure evil. He may be royal, but he royally screwed up his three children.
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    A Game of Thrones (HBO Tie-in Edition) Book Cover Picture

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  9. 9
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    The Great Santini Book Cover Picture

    Lt. Col. Wilbur “Bull” Meecham

    by Pat Conroy

    Too bad he wasn’t as great a father as he was a pilot.

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    The Great Santini Book Cover Picture

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