" On some occasions, it's obvious to everyone that the Overprotective Dad is merely using that as a (fairly weak) excuse to keep the suitor away from his baby girl. Depending on how this is played and how much you want to dissect it, this trope can carry all of the same problems as My Girl Is Not a Slut, and may imply that the woman in question is less an agent of her own destiny than her male relatives or, worse yet, that she's somehow their property.
In the rare event that he finds a suitor he can tolerate, he will still threaten the boy with dire consequences If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her.... The concept can also easily become even Squickier with a Pervert Dad.
Though they are polar opposites; her need of stability is fulfilled with him, his need of optimism is fulfilled with her.
This trope is especially common in stereotypes of the Deep South, where every sweet Georgia Peach has a very large (usually fat, hairy, and drunk) father in a white tank top that usually keeps a rifle or shotgun with him at all times. Ironically, if the father has a son, he may applaud or encourage him if he treats girls in the exact way he doesn't want other guys to treat his own daughter.
If Adults Are Useless, then he'll probably just be comic relief as he huffs and puffs ineffectually. Gender Flips are less common; i.e., fathers more concerned about the girls/women their sons date.
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