Pop Culture’s Best Surrogate Father/Daughter Relationships

Why are surrogate parent-child relationships so pervasive in pop culture? Is it the hope that even if your parents die or hate us or don’t know how to solve our problems, someone else will pick up the slack and help us out? Or do we just enjoy watching strong, independent people be all vaguely touchy-feely and stuff, to kids that don’t happen to be their own? Either way, the surrogate father-daughter relationship has become a particularly popular one recently. For this Father’s Day, we thought we’d celebrate all the pop-culture heroes who aren’t necessarily dads but who act like them anyway sometimes, as well as the badass girls who benefit from their paternal instincts. Let us know your favorites in the comments.

Arya Stark and Tywin Lannister, Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones‘ second season involved quite a bit of interaction between the head of the Lannister household and the youngest Stark girl in disguise. Tywin even told Arya that she reminds him of his daughter (which is funny because we know his daughter and… yeah, no). Wouldn’t you just love to see a crazy spin-off that’s just the two of them? It would end horribly, of course, but it would be a pretty fun ride!