Last month, I focused on the five best fathers in anime. This time, I will be focusing on the worst fathers in anime.
This list features the worst fathers that have appeared in the anime that I have personally seen. I’m not ranking these choices into numbers, because it’s just too hard to figure out which fathers rate worse than the others.
Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Gendo may be a brilliant scientist, but he’s very cold toward his son, Shinji. After Shinji’s mother dies during a test of an Evangelion unit, Gendo abandons his son. Gendo doesn’t have much contact with Shinji until he is 14, when he summons his son to come to Tokyo-3 to become the pilot of an Eva unit. Gendo uses an injured Rei as a way to force a reluctant Shinji to become a pilot. But even after Shinji becomes a part of Gendo’s world, his father is still very cold and distant to him. As the series progresses, we learn that Gendo isn’t just a bad father he’s also a very ruthless individual.
Genma Saotome (Ranma 1/2)
Genma is the father of Ranma, and he started showing himself as a bad father when Ranma was a young child. He took Ranma on a decade-long training voyage to improve their martial arts skills, and he told his wife that if Ranma could not prove himself as a man after his training they would both perform seppuku. During their journey, Genma would constantly make deals with fathers of young girls for their daughter to be betrothed to Ranma in order to gain something he wanted, which was usually food. Genma also decided to teach Ranma “cat-fu” by throwing him into a pit full of cats after only reading one page of a training manual, and this caused Ranma to develop a lifelong fear of cats. And Genma is also the one who took them to the cursed springs at Jusenkyo even though he couldn’t read Chinese and didn’t pay attention to the tour guide.
Shou Tucker (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Shou is the Sewing-Life Alchemist who had supposedly produced a chimera capable of human speech. When Ed Elric and his brother, Al, go to see him to pore over his library of texts, they meet his daughter, Nina and their dog, Alexander. The Elric boys learn that Nina’s mother had left the family two years earlier, but it’s later revealed that this was a lie perpetuated by Shou. While Ed and Al are at Shou’s home, Shou is desperately trying to pass his yearly State Alchemist assessment since he hasn’t had a breakthrough since his chimera two years earlier. Shou becomes so desperate that he uses his alchemy to create another chimera by merging Nina and Alexander into one being. Ed then learns that Shou’s first chimera had been created by merging his wife with an animal. Ed becomes rightfully angry, and this incident plays an important role for Ed’s development as a character.
But Shou is an absolute jerk who only cares about himself and is willing to sacrifice his family in order to get what he wants. He easily makes the worst father list because he used his own young daughter as a test subject to create a lie just to keep his standing as a State Alchemist.
Sabato Rokudo (RIN-NE)
Sabato is the father of series protagonist, Rinne. Sabato is the head of the Damashigami Company, an illegal business where renegade shinigami steal the souls of people who are not yet ready to die. When Rinne was a child, he was sent to live with his grandparents, and Sabato would be seen sneaking into Rinne’s room to steal money from his son’s piggy bank. When he’s caught one day and Rinne says he’s saving money to see his mother, Sabato cheerfully informs his son that his mother is dead. Now that Rinne is older, Sabato takes out IOUs in Rinne’s name and burdens his son with a mountain of debt.
In the series, Sabato also tries to force Rinne to take over his company that is essentially in business to murder people, even though Rinne hates his father and has no interest. Sabato is a very greedy man, and has no scruples with doing whatever he wants to try to achieve his goals.
Charles zi Britannia (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
He is the emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire and is the father of Lelouch. Charles fathered children with 108 consorts, and installed almost all of his offspring into important positions in the empire to see their true abilities. But he didn’t view his children as people much, although he did seem to care for a select few of them.
When Lelouch was 10 years old, he questioned his father and Charles disowned his son right then and there. As part of being disowned, Lelouch and his sister Nunnally were sent to Japan as political hostages. In the second season, we see Charles using his ability to rewrite memories on Lelouch.
This list represents my personal opinion, and it is not meant to be a definitive list. Are there any fathers that you believe have been overlooked? Let us know in the comments.