7 Worst Soap Opera Dads

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As the old saying goes, anyone can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a dad. These words ring true in everyday life, but also in the land of daytime soap operas. There are soap dads who have gone to jail for their offspring, given up on true love, and spend hordes of money spoiling their kids. Then, there are those soap dads who haven’t been the best role models for the children. The best of the worst, when it comes to soap opera fathers, are listed below:

7. Frisco Jones – General Hospital

Frisco is certainly not a bad guy, and in a lot of ways, he is a true American hero for sacrificing a normal life in the name of super-spying to save the world. Still, he was never there for his daughters Maxie and Georgie Jones while they were growing up, and he left another man (Mac Scorpio) to raise them. Frisco didn’t even have the decency to show up to his own daughter’s funeral, when Georgie passed on at a young age, years ago. He isn’t a terrible person, but he certainly won’t be winning the father of the year award anytime soon.

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6. Clyde Weston – Days of Our Lives

Drug dealer, abusive (both mentally and physically) to his children, and just an all-around scumbag who doesn’t feel bad that poor Ben and Jordan had to grow up with Clyde Weston as a father-figure and role model. They both tried to escape him, but in the end, he (thanks to Kate Roberts) found them in Salem. Once he was reunited with his estranged son and stepdaughter, one can add blackmail and murder to the horrible list of things this father has done. It’s no wonder Ben has turned out the way he has.

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5. Colin Atkinson – Young and the Restless

Colin’s son Cane has done everything in his power to disassociate himself from dad, from turning to a humbler (yet less lucrative) life, to pretending to be Phillip Chancellor to escape his father’s mob ties. It’s hard for Cane not to be embarrassed by Colin’s action. Not only was he a mob boss (that was constantly trying to lure his children into the family business), but he’s also a con man. In fact, in the past, Colin even planned to kill his son, just to save himself. Not a good dad at all.

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4. Stavros Cassadine – General Hospital

With a mom like Helena, it’s no shocker that Stavros has landed on the worst soap opera dads list. First off, he became a father to Nikolas, by raping his mother Laura Spencer. While he was frozen (thank to Helena) for most of Nikolas’ life, when he did come back thawed and he wasn’t exactly the perfect father figure. Stavros kidnapped Lulu, Nikolas’ half-sister and held her hostage, trying desperately to procreate with her. When those attempts were thwarted, Stavros actually shot his own son.

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3. Victor Newman – Young and the Restless

Victor truly has a heart buried somewhere deep in his body, and he does have an extreme love for his children. However, his constant struggle to control every situation he is in, not to mention his on-going feud with the Abbotts (specifically Jack and Billy), leaves him on the top worst soap opera dads list. Let’s see, trying to stop his daughter Victoria from marrying Billy (and becoming an Abbott herself) Victor had her arrested during her wedding. The two also had a terrible fight, and she miscarried shortly afterward. He married his son’s (Nick) wife and high school sweetheart (Sharon) twice. He wasn’t around while Adam was growing up, in fact, he tried to convince his mom Hope to abort the baby, to avoid the risk of the child becoming blind. Victor has also tried to frame Adam for murder. Thank goodness he has enough money to buy his own father’s day gift come June.


2. Cesar Faison – General Hospital

Evil villain and stalker, Cesar Faison spent years tormenting Anna Devan and her daughter Robin, in crazy hopes that one day they could be a family. It actually turns out, he had a family (daughter and girlfriend) the entire time. Not only did Cesar ignore his offspring Britt Westbourne in favor of Anna and Robin, he (through her mother Liesl Obrecht) actually convinced her to steal Lulu and Dante’s embryo and pawn it off as Patrick’s child (who happened to be Robin’s husband)…see a trend here?

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1. Stefano DiMera – Days of Our Lives

You know the more dastardly soap opera villain of all time would certainly be awarded the worst soap father of all time as well. Writing all his ill deeds would require more space than there is to offer, but there are a few things that have landed Stefano on this list include. First, meddling in his children’s love lives, keeping them from their true soul mates. He’s also pulled them into his crazy schemes against the Bradys, Blacks and Hortons. Not to mention the countless times he has kidnapped or hurt his children’s mothers. Probably the worst thing he did was being the root cause behind his daughter Lexie’s cancer. While he’s been an incredibly awesome villain for the show over the years, he’s been a terrible father, stepfather and adoptive father and in a lot of ways he’s an even worse grandfather, which has landed him on the top spot of this list.

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Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass is an avid fan of daytime drama and has been watching Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and Young and the Restless for over two decades now. As a full-time freelance writer, she gets to combine her love of soap operas and writing through her Fame 10 articles. Also a mother of two busy girls and a mommy blogger, she's been published multiple times over in Huffington Post Parents and Scary Mommy.