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May 17th, 2009 | EarthBound, MOTHER 1, MOTHER 3, Polls

Last week, we looked at who the most popular main mother in the MOTHER series is. This week, let’s see who the most popular main father figure is!

Yes, I know there are many other fathers in the game, but for now, let’s just compare the fathers of the main characters. We’ll get to all the other people later on 😀

So, who is your favorite? Click here to vote!

POLL: Who's your favorite main father in the MOTHER / EarthBound games?

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112 Comments to The Fathers of MOTHER

IWontGetOvertheDam said on May. 17, 2009

I like Ness’ dad. He’s one long running joke.

Shaon said on May. 17, 2009


Chimera said on May. 17, 2009

I chose Flint, he owns.

Briianz said on May. 17, 2009

Flint, He has more character development.

Leirin said on May. 17, 2009

Flint, as he has always seemed the most realistic of the dads to me. Second choice would’ve been Ninten’s, ’cause he talks on the phone longer than Ness’s dad does. plus, you see his back in an epic light :O

rayefrenzy said on May. 17, 2009

Flint was a terrible dad. He neglected Lucas for Claus THE ENTIRE TIME. So, my vote goes for Ness’ dad.

MagicCake said on May. 17, 2009

Couldn’t wait ’til Father’s Day? Jeez.
(Anyways Flint is the BEST.)

PSInesslove93 said on May. 17, 2009

i chose Ness’ dad because I find him humorous and like in the game, i can only communicate with my dad via phone since he works day and night shifts. i would’ve voted for Flint if he didn’t neglect Lucas for so long

Mato said on May. 17, 2009

MagicCake: Actually, I already have another poll planned for then. Jeez 😛

Teal said on May. 17, 2009

Flint because he beat people up when he found out about Hinawa. XD

tiradefaction said on May. 17, 2009

I’m going to have to say Flint, because he was at least…there!

Godaigamer said on May. 17, 2009

I’d choose Flint, but he’s too occupied with Claus to be a good dad to Lucas. Then again, it seems like none of the dads are there for their kids… 🙁

kevinchai said on May. 17, 2009

Yeah, what’s with Japan and fathers never being present?

motherfan said on May. 17, 2009

Flint, because he’s based on Clint Eastwood.

Deraj626 said on May. 17, 2009

I voted for Flint because he’s actually there! Plus, he’s your leader in chapter 1! That’s way better then only being able to call the other 2 via phone(don’t say you see Ninten’s dad at the end, I don’t count that because it’s not a figure, plus I thought he was just a random guy untill now!)

Saturnome said on May. 17, 2009

I want a father who gives you money for beating up hippies.

Darien said on May. 17, 2009

I’ll give you money if you beat up some hippies.

ULTD8 said on May. 17, 2009

Everyone in M3 was just flawed, flawed, flawed!!! Ness’ dad because I haven’t played Zero yet (that sprite looks cool though) and Ness’ dad is awesome. The father of a hero.

Darien said on May. 17, 2009

Isn’t that kind of, like, the point of the characterisation in Mother 3? That nobody’s perfect? Calling out Flint for being “flawed” and just leaving it like that seems a bit weird, since being flawed is what make him an interesting character rather than just a dude with a hat.

Aisu said on May. 17, 2009

I vote for Flint, because… well, he beats things up with a stick 😐

Rockin'Ness said on May. 17, 2009

I voted for Flint because any Cow Boy who uses a stick and can survive 2 PK Love Omega’s deserves to be voted for. Also, I like his hat! 😛

Calvin Sanvee said on May. 17, 2009

Ninten’s dad was an ass.

Lozinc said on May. 17, 2009

I chose Ninten’s Dad cause he builds suspense for a sequel

CrouchingMouse said on May. 17, 2009

Flint, because he is the most BA. It’s a shame you only get to play as him in one chapter =(

sg_06 said on May. 17, 2009

Weird, I like Ness’s dad more than Flint. I never really thought about that.

I wonder if that’s due to Earthbound-came-first bias. . . probably.

Deiphobus said on May. 17, 2009

flint, because he actually kills people. plus he’s the only one who doesn’t spoil his children xD

santiagoff said on May. 17, 2009

Ninten’s dad was an ass and gave an open end >:0
Ness’ dad was better , but not much.
Now Flint… he is THE Flint.

Jimmy said on May. 17, 2009

Flint, because in the other games, your talking to a phone(you don’t even get to see their sprite when you talk to them!)

Cuflock said on May. 17, 2009

Flint, by far

Flygon said on May. 17, 2009

Ninten’s Dad simple but….awesome

Halfsan said on May. 17, 2009

Gotta go with Flint, he’s like Chuck Norris, but not. He’s just too cool. <3

Dumbo said on May. 18, 2009

Ness’s dad, as he was always there right from the start. And, he cared for both the player and Ness (Reminding you that you’ve been playing the game for more than two hours is just brilliant).

leommj said on May. 18, 2009

Flint is a cowboy, and at least appears on the game… But I really disliked the way he forgets Lucas the entire game… He lost a son, and looking for him almost lost the other one (didn’t you let Lucas die not even once during the game??)

weegee said on May. 18, 2009

Ness’s dad, He gives 2000 $ just because he called him
on a unrealted note Mato, I’ve downloaded Jhack and Java so how do I start PKhack?

NintenGodot said on May. 18, 2009

Ness’s Dad. Phone fashion.

fullsilverwolf said on May. 18, 2009

I voted for Ness’ dad. I found the phone thing very funny and different. XD

ZEROGRAVITY-A01! said on May. 18, 2009


Alxprit said on May. 18, 2009

I like Ninten’s Dad for his odd yet unique personality. Also because he’s a cliffhanger.

Digitalized said on May. 18, 2009

Ninten’s, all the way.

He’s just cool, and makes MOTHER’s ending awesome. And all of Ninten’s Parents are being neglected.

I don’t like Ness’ because as IWontGetOverTheDam said, Ness’ is a long running joke, but I mean it the other way.

And Flint, well, he just said his son was ‘Foolish’ when he died, and it didn’t appear as if he cared.

Millhouse said on May. 18, 2009

It should have said THE Flint.
C’mon, he just owns them all with his chuck Norris like powers.

Schrodinger said on May. 18, 2009

Flint. Even though he did totally neglect Lucas after Claus’s disappearance, anybody who smashes people in the face with firewood just because they offered their condolences is fine by me (actually, no, I just found that morbidly hilarious).
In The Third Lie of The Notebook Trilogy, Lucas disappears and Klaus goes to live with his mother, who constantly talks of Lucas and what a great son he would be if he would find them again, just like Flint does in Mother 3. I never realized how much Mother 3 was based off that series.

PikachuMan said on May. 18, 2009

Flint, simply because he makes an honest living as a farm man…

And you actually know him instead of him being an extra in the game :p

Claus said on May. 18, 2009

Flint Norris!!

DiamondizedLucas said on May. 18, 2009

Ninten’s Dad…Meh, He just foreshadowed Mother 2.
Ness’ Dad…Saves Money, Saves your Progress. He makes the “Save”. *Rim shot*
Flint…Embodiment of Chuck Norris? Maybe.

All in all, I pick Ness’ Dad.

Ultimate Phoenix said on May. 18, 2009

Flint although he does spend more time looking for Claus than taking care of Lucas.

Jeeves said on May. 18, 2009

Flint, because he’s the most “human”, believable character.

Wil said on May. 18, 2009

I feel for Flint, unlike the other fathers.

Mother said on May. 18, 2009

Flint is my favorite father by far of the mother series.

Wutman said on May. 18, 2009

I choose Ness’s dad, He give FREE MONEy to his son :D.
btw mato, I need help starting up PK hack so What do i click to start it/

motherfan said on May. 18, 2009

made this get on the popular posts

Shamu said on May. 19, 2009

I’d vote Flint if he didn’t neglected Lucas and hit people.
So my vote goes to Ness’ dad.

creepy white supremacist said on May. 19, 2009

Ness’s Dad gave me a thing for telephones

FuzzyPicklez said on May. 19, 2009

Now, Flint is awesome, but after his wife died and his son ran away, he went CRAZY and never did anything awesome again until the very end of MOTHER 3. Yes, I know that the situation was a freak accident, but he could at least try to shape the only remaining member of his family into another awesome dude. And Lucas DID become awesome, but Flint had nothing to do with it.

Ness’ dad wasn’t there at all, and was represented as a telephone in the credits. Honestly, a PHONE. What the heck was he doing during EarthBound!? But I give him credit for giving Ness so much money.

Ninten’s dad is much the same as Ness’ dad, both in pros and cons. But, he’s actually SEEN in the very end, and it actually seems that he’s doing something secret and behind-the-scenes awesome. He might be a SECRET AGENT, for all we know, especially regarding his dialogue. And his outfit somewhat contributes to this. It’s one of the reasons I believe that Flint=Ninten.

So, my vote goes to Ninten’s dad, since he manages to stay shady and awesome throughout the entire game.

Digitalized said on May. 19, 2009

Woo! FuzzyPicklez!

Someone feels the same way I do!

biehlza said on May. 19, 2009

Flint. The other two are really just phones to us. Unless you count the end of Mother. At least Flint was seen with his son.

wants_latios_lots said on May. 20, 2009

The only thing we have to ask ourselves in determining which father is the best is: Who is a Man and a Half?!

Anonymous said on May. 20, 2009

Ninten’s dad is obviously the best dad, he plants a phone in Ninten’s head just to tell him he outta take a break. Flint’s Dad was most likely a loving father before the Pigmasks came, but he neglected him too much after Claus died.

motherfan said on May. 20, 2009

Hey! Who was using my name earlier, anyways Flint is awesome.

Mother 3 rockz said on May. 20, 2009

Flint is awesome, he is the only dad that actually shows up in the game, besides Ninten’s dad, but i don’t count that.

RCat said on May. 20, 2009

Everybody who voted for Ness’ dad on the basis that he gives out money for beating up animals, old ladies, taxis, and puke, is a GREEDY CAPITALIST PIG.

And that’s precisely why EarthBound is awesome.

motherfan said on May. 20, 2009

sorry! I didn’t know that was your name…

motherfan mark 2 said on May. 20, 2009

this is my new name and I’m sorry still, every since I put that name in I WAS thinking I got it off someone else

motherfan said on May. 20, 2009

Oh, thanks. Yeah, kinda uncreative name I have here huh?

M-Warrior said on May. 20, 2009

Flint. You get to play as him, and generally is the most human out of all of them.
I can understand him neglecting Lucas in the second half of the game. As I would think with the death of his beloved wife and one of his sons missing, he probably went insane with grief.
Also, he beats dragons up with A PIECE OF WOOD, tell me how that is not awesome!

LuigiandClaus! said on May. 21, 2009

I obviously chose Flint. He’s awesome!

Luchadore 64 said on May. 23, 2009

Flint seems like an actual blue collar guy you would meet. Also had a very normal reaction to what happened to his sons.

[spoiler]Bald, bald as a bean.[/spoiler]

Best line in the series.

killa400 said on May. 24, 2009

i think ninten is ness dad

Artillery said on May. 26, 2009

Augh, I vote for Flint, poor guy! :C Friggin’ making me cry. He did kinda neglect Lucas though, but maybe he saw that Lucas could take care of himself. Who knows.

Anyways, Ness’ dad is also awesome, because he’s a phone that goes to bed whenever you talk to him. And is also exorbitantly rich. (I wanna see if someone will keep count of how much money Ness’ dad gives him over the course of the game! o__o;)

Roido said on May. 29, 2009

Flint cause he beats up the baddies
also he protected lucas From PK Love attacks in chapter 8…
Flint didn’t neglected Lucas for Claus, he just was depresed and in a Rage.

Shamu said on May. 29, 2009

Are we stupid for not voting Flint?

Jared said on May. 30, 2009

Ness’s dad was a telephone?! 😛 I cose Flint, because he is the only dad you get to play as in the whole Mother/EarthBound series.

HazyShadows said on May. 30, 2009

Flint. He’s realistic, and has much more character development. Sure, He neglected Lucas, but he was going through alot, which is a human trait that we are all familiar with.

Roido said on Jun. 1, 2009

stop saying that Flint neglected Lucas!!!
he didn’t he just was depresed and in a rage
many fathers do that when they have hard times!!!!

Chaoinspace said on Jun. 9, 2009

I would say Flint because, you got to play as him unlike the past games. “Ness’ mom made love to a phone!?!” one of Chugaaconroy’s famous lines

adam said on Jun. 11, 2009

hay all you dumb dumbs . you can also play a Flint in the debug room!

adam said on Jun. 11, 2009

ps I love all of the fathers . also fint was checking on dragos a lot ! b(

Joshua Johnson said on Jun. 16, 2009

they should do a poll on who was the best dogs in mother

BlueLightning said on Jun. 17, 2009

flint norris! again!

Koyuki said on Jul. 1, 2009

Sorry. I like Flint as a character, but not as a parent. (unlike Hinawa, who I respect as a character and a parent.) Ness’ Dad (though we never see him) is at least trying to be a parent (unlike someone who went out searching for his other son because he couldn’t get over what happened and be a parent) even though he’s never home.

Random guy said on Jul. 10, 2009

Flint hes like chuck norris lol

Mr. Jupiter said on Jul. 12, 2009

Flint. I think Flint should have been the last name and Fred be the first.

Nitromatic said on Jul. 15, 2009

Old poll maybe,but I vote for Flint!

Just compare him with Chuck Norris. 🙂 We get Flint Norris!

PSIchopath said on Jul. 16, 2009

I think Ness’s Dad might actually be Ninten!

PKSTARMAN said on Jul. 16, 2009

Ness’ dad… just because hes Ness’ dad and hes only phone! Hes a long… joke.

Mr. S said on Jul. 19, 2009

I love how Ness’ dad is just a black phone 😀

Jeagle101 said on Jul. 25, 2009

Flint because… well, he wasn’t speaking on a phone the entire game 😀

Ilana_ said on Dec. 9, 2009

I won’t vote in any. ¬¬

Ness’s father is funny and all (who cares? Almost everything in that game is funny) but he sicks me for the fact that he barely cares for his son and never shows up to help him or something. They say Ness’s mother don’t talk to him properly…but what can we say about his dad? O.O He just say hi-here-is-some-money-take-care-bye. I don’t like him.

The same goes to Flint. He is cool and all but i really hate the fact that he was so overtaked by Hinawa’s death and didn’t care for Lucas. And Lucas suffer so much… i know that he was suffering too, but come on! He has a responsability as a father! He HAD to take care of Lucas, suffering or not!

And i don’t know Ninten’s father so… XDDD

I vote none. XDD

MuthaTweeFan said on Dec. 30, 2009

Gotta be Flint Norris.

ghostgirl21696 said on Jan. 8, 2010

well seriously, one’s a random looking guy, ones a phone, and ones an awesome tough guy who could still live after half his family dies. take your pick.

Anonymous said on Jan. 30, 2010

Ninten’s dad always creeped me out.

TheMr.SaturnGuy said on Aug. 14, 2010

I chose Flint. Because he can save children from burning houses, Beat an entire drago by himself, And look like Chuck Noris

TheMr.SaturnGuy said on Aug. 14, 2010

Lets see who’s better…

Ninten’s dad talks on a phone

Ness’ Dad talks on a phone

Flint doesn’t talk on a phone and he is a playable charecter

Chose your pick

CC said on Aug. 14, 2010

Hm..Flint IS epic, I mean, Beating a drago, not just breaking down and leaving when he found out that both his wife and son had died, and looking like Chuck Norris. So..I choose Flint.


Because both Ness’s and Ninten’s dads are phones for almost all the games. Just saying.

thomas1up said on Sep. 21, 2010

I understand flint doesnt talk about Lucas but did ness/nintens dads one talk about their daughter(s)

The Famous Aqua Dragon said on Nov. 14, 2010

Ness’ dad, not because of the free money, but because, if you think about it, he’s Ninten. “‘Working to exhaustian at a young age.’ Have you ever heard of a wierd saying like that?” -Ness’ dad

Youjo said on Dec. 2, 2010

Ness’ dad! Money, a save point, and he can call him anytime!

Flint abandon’s Lucas.

I don’t know Ninten’s dad.

thomas1up said on Dec. 3, 2010

Flint he protected Lucas at the end of the game and the poor guy went nuts 🙁

Mr.T said on Dec. 4, 2010

Welllllll… actually Nintens dad never really showed up in Japan only America until it got dumped into a rom. So Nintens dad never really shows up in a fully released copy. Ness well his dad is a phone. And like the banner says she married him! And they had kids! and Flint actually shows up so I have 2 go wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiith FLINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! because he actually shows up in a full release! SOOOOOOOOOO SMAAAAAAASH and I WIN!

TGP said on Dec. 5, 2010

They’re all abusive, neglectful fathers. But Flint… See, you’re all missing the point. He did care or else he wouldn’t have kept Lucas behind while he went looking for Claus. He didn’t want to lose his only remaining family member, and he just wanted to keep whatever family he had left by heading up the mountains.

He’s not crazy or anything, he’s just doing his moral duty as a father.

Ninten and Ness’s dad never would have done anything like that.

CLM said on Dec. 19, 2010

Well, Ninten’s dad is just…strange. Ness’s dad is-HIS MOM SLEPT WITH A PHONE.*hem*
And there’s Flint Norris,the epic father of awesome. Smashing people, taking on a mecha Drago, and even having an amazing family.
As you can see, I voted for Flint.

machopikarai99 said on Feb. 22, 2011

flint norris is awesome!

starwars890 said on May. 15, 2011

I just found this:

RCat said on May. 20, 2009

Everybody who voted for Ness’ dad on the basis that he gives out money for beating up animals, old ladies, taxis, and puke, is a GREEDY CAPITALIST PIG.

And that’s precisely why EarthBound is awesome.

“Greedy Capitalist Pig?” Sound like Pokey/Porky to anyone?

RadicOmega said on Sep. 17, 2011


Poe said on Sep. 17, 2011


RadicOmega said on Sep. 17, 2011

@Poe Still how can Ness’ dad be a flippin phone! Even so, if you answer the phone it would just go Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepppppppppppppppppppppppp! It wouldn’t be a person! Therefore Ness’dad is not a phone

Zoom! said on Sep. 25, 2011

I always found it funny how Dr. Andonuts is either completely aware or completely unaware of what a bad father he is.

Zoom! said on Sep. 25, 2011

@Zoom! Damn, commented on the wrong poll

Minifig2401 said on Feb. 1, 2012

Wow so many people voted for flint norris. why do we refer ness’s dad as the phone anyway? would that mean ness is part phone? or are we just crazy as usaul?

NickelDime said on Jun. 22, 2012

Well, I voted neither. I’m stuck. I really don’t give a d@#n about how awesome Flint is or how he looks like Chuck Norris, I couldn’t just pick FLINT OMG HES BOSS LIKE CHUCK NORRIS, or NESS’ DAD FREE MONEY FROM BEATING UP HIPPIES. No, I ruled them out.

Ness’ father really seemed like a nice guy to me, really. Throughout Ness’ adventure, he tries to support him in one way or another. He’s not there, but it sounds like he generally WANTS to be there. He works really hard to make sure his son succeeds in his quest, and that’s what I like about him. (Also, I’m pretty sure he’s not aware Ness beats up hippies or old men or dogs. It’s all coincidence. :D)

Ninten’s dad is also all of the above, and it also seems like some sort of shady agent, in danger all the time. So maybe he’s risking his life, and can’t spend time with his son. Or he’s just busy. Like Ness’ dad.

And I kind of understand Flint. He never got to say goodbye to his wife before she died, and he never sees her again. So I understand his viewpoint. I would also think Flint spends SOME time in the morning or in the afternoon with Lucas, not just “wake up, look for Claus, sleep”. Or at least I don’t think so. And he’s generally a nice guy, just torn up and apart, really.

And judging all of them, they all have their pros and cons. So I decided I wouldn’t pick anything.
Good day,
-Picksel 😀

NickelDime said on Jun. 22, 2012

Aaaaand woops. I forgot to enter Picksel as my name. DX
My bro typed my name in….How did I not notice?

Alex Dyson said on Jul. 15, 2012

Ness’ dad because he reminds me of my dad (exept for the killing money!)

jinxkatty7 said on Jul. 19, 2012

Sorry that this is SO long… Lucas was walking on train tracks and then he worked at a factory. Lucas went to a place called CLUB TITIBOO! Lucas was walking on a highway with a hot girl. Then they climbed a tower and fell down ALL the way from the TOP! Then he got chased by the ultimate chimera and clibed a snowy mountain while wearing shorts. D: He went into a volacno and fought Fassad… After that he almost drowned. Then the whole party got tripped out on mushrooms… And then we FINALLY see Flint again in chapter 8! Child neglect?


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