Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) – Taken
You are a retired government operative who retires to spend more time with your daughter. Of course you ex-wife has re-married some wealthy tool and you don’t get a long that well with either of them. Of course when your daughter goes on a European vacation to follow U2, without your permission, and is kidnapped into a sex trade ring who do you think they will call? Well Bryan warns the men taking his daughter that he will do some nasty stuff to them ,but they don’t listen. Movie is non-stop action and Bryan is a dad you want on your side if you ever get involved in an international sex trade that has connections into some very high circles.
Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) – The Patriot
Benjamin Martin is just trying to mind his own business during the Revolutionary War. He has a mysterious and dark past from his time fighting some Indians that he doesn’t want to open up about, but you know will become a big issue for someone. Well after he takes in some troops and cares for them he has his house burned to the ground and his son killed for his troubles. Well that was a big mistake because Ben goes all killing machine and basically wins America its freedom. Not bad for a guy that was unwilling to fight.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) – Die Hard
John McClane is either to most bad ass dad/cop in the world or just the unluckiest guy you will ever meet. in Live Free or Die Hard he just has to go pick up some kid in Jersey – why was he in Jersey? He was doing some spying on his daughter at Rutgers. You forget about his daughter with all the explosions, shoot outs, and near death experiences going on. Well John pisses off the bad guy by killing his lady friend so he kidnaps he daughter. Guess what happens next? Yep you don’t make thing personal with Mr. McClane because you know he will go all NYPD on your ass.
Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) – Star Wars
Sure he was an evil bad ass for most of his time and if you count parts I-III he was even annoying, but in part VI he really comes into his own. His son is being all lit up by the Emperor and Darth is checking out the scene. I mean lighting bolts are shooting out of the guys finger like he was working the main stage at Caesars or something. After you go all don’t die Luke Darth just steps you and tosses that old bastard down some bottomless pit — who the hell designs that onto a ship anyway? No only did he kill his creator he kills himself in the process to save his son — that is Bad Ass!
Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) - Terminator
Kyle Reese has to travel back in time to save the life of the mother of his commander. He doesn’t even know that he also has to charm the pants off Sarah Connor and get her knocked up. If you ask me defeating a Terminator robot, traveling through time, making bombs, and having to get some lady pregnant with your future commander just makes you a very dangerous dad.
Maximus (Russell Crowe) – Gladiator
There is nothing like taking vengeance for the death of a son and wife to make for one pissed off dad. Maximus was the toast of Rome. Leader of the armies of the North and loyal to Caesar – what good did that do for him? Yep he is betrayed by Caesar’s son, sent off to die, and is taken into slavery where he must fight as a gladiator. Fortunately he has some skills with a sword and will see to it that everyone dies. Dad with a sword and a score to settle — Dangerous!