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The Top Ten Fathers On Film
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The Top Ten Fathers On Film | 7. Jor-El, Superman
7. Jor-El, Superman

When it comes to placing his son's needs above his own, dads don't come much better than Jor-El. Not only did he figure out in the nick of time that his home planet of Krypton was about to blow up, but he also built a nifty playpen-come-spacecraft and set it off on a course for the non-explosive Earth - where his son would gain nifty superpowers. That said, he loses a few points for not having sufficient foresight to build a bigger craft so the whole family could take the trip. Jonathan Kent would never have made that mistake.

Fatherly advice: "Live as one of them, Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. Always hold in your heart the pride of your special heritage. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son."

See also: The self-sacrificing heroics of Kurt Russell in Poseidon and Harvey Keitel in Little Nicky.

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