Top Ten Fictional Families
Top Ten Fictional Families
We are going to kick off August with my favorite families from fiction! To make the list, the family must be completely intact, meaning there is a married (and alive) couple, and at least one child. You won't find any orphans or widows here. Personally, it brings me a lot of joy to see healthy families portrayed in fiction, whether in a book or a film. If you enjoy that, too, read on! Be on the lookout for some SPOILERS as well!
~ Number Ten ~
There don't seem to be a whole lot of intact families within Disney films, especially those revolving around princesses. However, what I liked so much about this movie was how it explored the relationship between Merida and the rest of her family. She's obviously very close to her father, loves her mother, and has that perfect hate/ love balance with her triplet brothers, juts like all siblings do. As the oldest of three myself, I relate to her on a basic level; my younger siblings can get away with pretty much anything, while there's an eye on me at all times.
~ Number Nine ~
They may be creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, but there is no doubt that they all love each other, flaws and all. They don't care how different they are from everyone else. What strikes me most about them is the relationship between Morticia and Gomez, the parents. They have one of the most healthy on- screen relationships, discussing the best way to raise their children and not being shy about their affections for each other. By extent, Wednesday and Pugsley are well- behaved (as they can be), and aren't afraid to go to their family with problems or woes of life.
~ Number Eight ~
Spider- Man: Into the Spiderverse
This criminally underrated movie gives us a twist on the classic Spider- Man trope. Miles Morales, the lead character, actually has two living parents. Gasp. There may be some strain between them, but it's very clear that all three members are truly trying their best to love and support each other. What I also love is that Miles' father is African American, while his mother is Latina, making them one of the most diverse families on the list. I love seeing them coming closer together at the end after too many tragedies.
~ Number Seven ~
Harry Potter series
Their trademark red hair and poor social status have catapulted this family to literary fame. With a slew of sons and one daughter, they are an iron fist of justice throughout the series. Their parents, Molly and Arthur, definitely raised them right, which is hard when there are so many to keep track of at once. They are also very close knit, as Ron seems to know where his siblings are all the time, even when they've moved out. It's no wonder Harry felt so at home with them after having no true family of his own.
~ Number Six ~
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this was one of the first Disney films to focus primarily on the concept of family. They may be super powered, but they have all the struggles of any family, maybe even more so. The kids fight. The parents fight. There's conflicting opinions. This is perfectly normal and actually typical, not something normally captured. The movies aren't afraid to deal with heavier themes, too, like alluding to cheating or showing one parent trying to raise children by himself. Of course, it's clear they all love each other unconditionally and would die for each other without hesitation.
~ Number Five ~
Maybe this family was only with us for a short time, but I don't think there was anyone watching this who wasn't completely blown away by this. Tony Stark, the man known to get around, as it were, is married to a great woman and has a small daughter. Despite doubting and questioning himself if he's good enough, Tony makes both a great father and husband. I will forever weep over the fact that he will never see his girl grow up, or have any more kids with Pepper. But they were beautiful while it existed.
~ Number Four ~
This is probably the most obscure pick on the list. We're all familiar with the story of a great white shark that terrorizes a beach town. What gets overlooked is Marcus Brody's family. He's not the lone hero stereotype, he has a wife and two young sons. Why they make it so high on the list is two reasons. First, the husband/ wife relationship is a masterpiece of acting, as the two make it seem so natural you'd think they were actually married in real life. Second is the adorable scene between Marcus and one of his sons, in which they sit at the dinner table and the little boy copes everything his father does. Love it.
~ Number Three ~
Artemis Fowl series
We don't get to see a lot of family interaction here, as the story is told from Artemis' point of view and he's constantly off on some adventure or other. But, thanks to the recent spin- off series, we got a lot more insight into the inner workings of the Fowl family. For a while, Artemis was the only child. After restoring his mother's sanity and getting his father back, he wound up with a special gift, one that he doesn't take lightly. Younger twin brothers. They use their name to try and do good and erase their criminal past. To be honest, my favorite series needs a top spot.
~ Number Two ~
First off, I will say that i absolutely love Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, so, there's that. I adore this family dynamic. He's the first Avenger shown to have a family of his own, which isn't surprising, as he's one of the most mature of the group. Even as a superhero, he makes time for his wife and family. His wife, Laura, supports him 100% in his work and maintains their large house and raises three kids by herself. Their kids obviously love and adore their father. I won't ever forgive Marvel for the opening scene of Endgame, ripping that family away. At least it was restored. But still.
~ Number One ~
A Whole Nother Story trilogy
Wacky and fun right down to their last name, the time travelling Cheeseman's take the meaning of family to the next level. The family features a genius husband, a genius wife, three kids, and a psychic dog. They may not be the most realistic portrayal of family out there, but they are by far the most fun and endearing. For those of you wondering, the Cheesemans come from a book trilogy geared towards kids. However, it deals with a few serious themes, and I read them as an adult, and I have never laughed harder in my whole life.
What are some of your favorite families? Do you agree with my picks? Comment below and let me know! Don't forget about this month's House Special. If you want to see a specific character, throw a comment my way and I can make it happen.