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HEY! You think you can just sing with my daughter like that? If you want to date her... You're going to have to go through ME first!
Daddy Dearest, Friday Night Funkin'[1]

Daddy Dearest is the antagonist of Week 1, one of the two primary antagonists of Week 5 alongside his wife Mommy Mearest, and the main antagonist of Friday Night Funkin' as a whole. His tracks include Bopeebo, Fresh and Dadbattle, and he shares the tracks Cocoa and Eggnog with Mommy Mearest. He is an ex-rockstar who serves as the demonic husband of Mommy Mearest and the father of Girlfriend, and attempts to eliminate his daughter’s boyfriend by any means possible, as he does not approve of the relationship between the two.

Appearance

Daddy Dearest has a demonic-looking appearance with lavender skin, black eyes with red glowing pupils and greyish-lilac hair vaguely shaped like a demon's horns. He wears an open black suit jacket without a shirt that reveals his grey chest and pubic hair, black pants held by a belt with a golden buckle, and a silver watch on his left wrist. He has some stubble on his chin and a mark on his forehead. He holds a microphone in his left hand.

During Week 5, he wears a green version of his attire from Week 1. He sits on Mall Santa's throne with Mommy Mearest on his lap. He wields a handgun in his right hand while holding his wife around the waist with his left hand.

Personality

Although little is known about his personality, Daddy Dearest is selfish, cruel and uncaring, as he has attempted on multiple occasions to kill Boyfriend without caring about the consequences it will have on his daughter.

Story

Daddy Dearest finds out his daughter Girlfriend was about to have sex with her new boyfriend, Boyfriend. However, he does not approve of the two dating, so he stops them before they could get it on and says to Boyfriend that if he wants to date his daughter, he's going to have to go through him first, so being an ex-rockstar, he challenges him to a rap battle, a challenge Boyfriend immediately accepts. After their first sing-off, Daddy Dearest tells the young man that his performance wasn't too shabby, and they sing again. After their second fight, he tells him that he will only consider letting the two date if he can beat him in one last song. He is eventually defeated, and Boyfriend and Girlfriend leave The Stage. However, Daddy Dearest's malicious intentions don't stop there, since in Week 3, he hires Pico as his hitman and orders him to kill Boyfriend as revenge for his defeat. However, he only gave Pico the location of his target without telling him who he had to kill, and to Pico's surprise, it turns out to be Boyfriend, his ex-boyfriend. Instead of following his task, Pico decides to rap battle with Boyfriend just like they used to in their younger days.

In Week 5, Boyfriend and Girlfriend went to the mall to meet Mall Santa. Daddy Dearest hears this news and holds Mall Santa hostage to stop him from snitching and takes his throne for himself and his wife, Mommy Mearest. Once the duo arrives, Daddy Dearest and his wife once again challenge Boyfriend to another rap battle, before they're eventually replaced by Monster as Boyfriend's opponent.

In Week 6, Daddy Dearest traps Boyfriend and Girlfriend into a dating game while they were hanging out, presumably as another attempt on Boyfriend's life. Spirit also reveals that several years ago, Daddy Dearest trapped many other people into the game, including Spirit himself. For this reason, he vows to get out of the game and "borrow" Boyfriend and Girlfriend's bodies to get revenge on Daddy Dearest and avenge everyone else stuck with him.

Right before the events of Week 7, Daddy Dearest and his wife send Boyfriend and Girlfriend on a vacation by sending them on a plane, which turns out to be another attempt at eliminating Boyfriend. The plane, however, crashes after the events of an unnamed upcoming level, and Boyfriend and Girlfriend land in the Restricted Military Zone. It later turns out that Boyfriend and Girlfriend had trackers on themselves the whole time, so the parents could be certain that Boyfriend died in the crash, and to be sure, the parents send Pico again, this time to confirm Boyfriend died. However, just like in Week 3, Pico screws his job again, this time saving Boyfriend and Girlfriend while shooting at the Tankmen army during Stress.

In a sneak peek for the upcoming level, Daddy Dearest is seen paying Pico to do something, likely to kill Boyfriend or confirm his death, as his speech bubble is seen with a small picture of Boyfriend. Later on in the trailer, Darnell and Nene are seen chasing Pico for a currently unknown reason. As Pico got in trouble with Girlfriend's parents for not killing Boyfriend, Darnell and Nene may have been hired by Daddy Dearest to kill Pico, although this is unconfirmed.

Trivia

  • Daddy Dearest is the second character who does not have a "danger" icon, the first being Girlfriend, the third being Senpai, and the fourth being Spirit. However, there is a copy of his regular icon in its place.
    • This is also true for his and Mommy Mearest's shared icon in Week 5. However, even if a different icon were to replace it, there's no programming for it to change anyway.
      • Oddly, his earlier icons did include a "danger" version but were left unused.
  • The official name for him at the moment is "Daddy Dearest," which is his name in the files of the game.
  • Daddy Dearest was the first antagonist initially programmed and designed for the game as he appeared in the Ludum Dare prototype.
  • Daddy Dearest was responsible for Pico and Boyfriend's interaction in Week 3 due to him hiring Pico as a mercenary to assassinate Boyfriend as revenge for his defeat in Week 1.
  • Daddy Dearest is one of the few characters in the game to have a known surname, the others being Mommy Mearest, Tankman and Hank.
  • Daddy Dearest is mentioned briefly during Week 6 by Spirit, hinting that he may have conflict with other characters.
  • ninjamuffin99, the game's programmer, has confirmed that Daddy Dearest will return to rematch Boyfriend in the future.
  • Daddy Dearest doesn't drink anything whatsoever.
  • According to a Tweet by ninjamuffin99, Daddy Dearest didn't play any instruments as he was only a vocalist.
  • Daddy Dearest is the only character to have a singing animation that lasts a single frame, hitting a left note. Unlike him, every other character's singing animations have at least two frames.
  • Daddy Dearest only sings with Boyfriend out of pride and to be condescending as a performer.

Unused Cutscene Dialogue

Dialogue in Bopeebo

Daddy Dearest: HEY!

You think you can just sing with my daughter like that?

If you want to date her...

You're going to have to go through ME first!

Dialogue in Fresh

Daddy Dearest: Not too shabby boy.

[Daddy Dearest's subsequent line of dialogue is blank.]

Dialogue in Dadbattle

Daddy Dearest: gah you think you're hot stuff?

If you can beat me here...

Only then I will even CONSIDER letting you date my daughter!

Gallery

View Daddy Dearest's full gallery here.

References

Characters
Main Characters Boyfriend - Girlfriend
Antagonists Daddy Dearest - Skid and Pump - Monster - Pico - Mommy Mearest - Senpai - Spirit - Tankman
Upcoming Cassette Girl - Hank J. Wimbleton - Ritz The Rat - Cassandra
Scrapped or Unused Lucky Boy
Background Characters Henchmen - Mall Santa - Background Freaks - Tankmen
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