Being a dad isn’t easy and that’s doubly true for video game dads. If there’s a father in a video game, chances are his child or spouse has been killed or kidnaped or he's raising his progeny during an alien invasion, a post-apocalyptic fallout or bloody siege. It’s no wonder so many games are based around fatherly revenge.
Luckily, there are some guys who, even at the darkest of times, manage to succeed as father figures. Some characters take in orphans, others struggle with fatherhood and strive to be better while some pass down wisdom on the best way to eviscerate an enemy. Regardless of the situation, these characters achieve true dad status - and all without busting out dad jokes or bad dance moves.
Kazuya Kiryu (Yakuza Series)
The Yakuza series central protagonist is a street brawler with a heart of gold and a soft spot for orphans. His harsh exterior and impressive fighting skills might scare some people off, but Kiryu is always ready to help someone in need.
Kiryu’s relationship with Haruka Sawamura is one of the emotional centerpieces of the Yakuza series and after her parents die, he takes her under his wing, realizing his potential as a father in the process. Kiryu is so inspired by his newfound paternal status that he eventually starts an orphanage where he can live out his days helping children in need. Kiryu might not have any children of his own, but he’s no less a father than any other character on this list because of his dedication to the dad lifestyle.
Octodad faces the same problems any father does. He has to balance work with family, raise his kids right and hide the fact that he’s actually an octopus from the rest of his family. Perfectly normal.
Octodad might not be human and might struggle to accomplish even the most mundane tasks, but his family loves him all the same. When a nefarious sushi chef tries to kill him, octodad’s kids come to the rescue -even when the chef exposes Octodad's secret. Sure, Octodad can’t perform basic human activities, but none of that matters to his family. He’s a great dad and that’s what matters most.
How far would you go to rescue your child? For Silent Hill dad Harry Mason, the answer is to another dimension to fight an ancient demon.
Harry's problems begin when he and his adopted daughter Cheryl travel to the little town of Silent Hill for a quiet vacation. Cheryl is kidnaped and Harry charges headlong into a series of nightmares to get her back. Unlike other characters on this list, Harry is a normal guy. He doesn't have martial arts skills or weapons training, just an incredible amount of devotion and perseverance. Even as Silent Hill reveals its true hellish nature, Harry pushes forward, traveling to the Otherworld to a battle a demon know as Incubus and navigating a world of evil spirits and curses that make coaching your daughter's soccer team look easy.
Before becoming an assassin, Assassin's Creed Origins hero Bayek was a father. He loved hunting with his son Khemu, teaching him the joys and struggles of Siwan life in ancient Egypt. But when the Order of Ancients kill Khemu, Bayek dedicates his life to vengeance.
Bayek's path to revenge starts with the assassination of leaders of the Order of Ancients such The Vulture and The Snake and eventually crosses paths with Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. In the end, the series’ titular creed is born as much out of Bayek’s desire to free people from the Order of Ancients as it is to avenge his son.