Outside of the fact that James Gandolfini delivered the performance of a lifetime as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos, the character is unique among fictional dads for one big reason. Though Tony starts out as a “bad dad,” his arc in The Sopranos mostly finds himself sliding closer to being good as the series goes on. Instead of a fall-from-grace, ala’ Walter White or Anakin Skywalker, Tony Soprano starts off as an adulterer who thinks little of the impacts of his status as a mobster. But, by the end of the series, he’s a loyal husband and father, trying to make his small, flawed, corner of the world a safer place for his family.
Eliminated: Sweet 16