"But I loved her first I held her first And a place in my heart Will always be hers"
— Heartland, "I Loved Her First"
We've all seen it. Usually, it's where the daughter utterly adores the father-figure and at times the mother (if there is one) feels completely left out. The daughter, who is usually, but not always, either a single child or the only girl in the family, is likewise the father's favorite. In extreme instances, this can all be part of Wife Husbandry or can result in the daughter becoming obsessed with her father to the point of developing an Electra Complex. Due to their close contact to the male parent, Daddys' Girls can sometimes acquire boyish traits and interests at odds with expected female personality types like One of the Boys. On the opposite end of the spectrum, she might be especially girly like his sweet little princess. The third possible character is the socially awkward one who gets understanding and encouragement from her father, and of course any girl who looks up to her father so much that she wants to follow in his footsteps like in Never a Self-Made Woman. In the likely chance that she has a younger brother, she is very protective of him.
Daddy is typically very protective of his girl as well, ranging from Twerp Sweating potential suitors to going full Papa Wolf on men who wrong her.
At times, the girl can also end up as a Bratty Teenage Daughter (or Spoiled Brat if the father is rich).
If the family consists of a girl, a boy, a mother and a father, the girl will most likely be Daddy's Girl and the boy will be a Momma's Boy, causing conflict in the entire family.
It's the flip-side of Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas and Momma's Boy. Often associated with Lineage Comes From The Father.
If the Daddy's Girl acquires a stepmother, there will most likely be tension between the two, as one (or each) will be jealous of the other and the woman will either become or be seen as a Wicked Stepmother.
Compare Daddy's Little Villain.
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Anime and Manga
In the manhwa, "Ragnarok", Lord Irine is often a clam, respected, dignified, and powerful ruler, but as soon as he sees his daughter, Iris, he resorts to passionate hugging, baby talk and constant spoiling of his daughter, at least when his wife is not looking.
From Slayers, there is Princess Amelia, who adores and admires her father Phillionel. It helps that her mother was killed when she was young and her sister ran away because of it.
Rally Vincent from Gunsmith Cats. Rally does not fit the trope exactly because she's a Daddy's Girl who's since grown up, although she still keeps the same passions for the things that her father taught her about. However, the character Jeena Smart (introduced in Chapter 44 of the manga) is an entirely conventional Daddy's Girl.
Akito from Fruits Basket was raised as a boy instead of her born gender because her mother feared her becoming a Daddy's Girl. Which Akito did, because her mother was an Evil Matriarch who made her life miserable, while her dad loved her. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy much?
Very much subverted with Tohru. Her father Katsuya loved her like heck and one would think that a sweet girl like Tohru would hold her deceased father in very high regard. Instead, Tohru hardly thinks of her father at all, and holds her memories of her mother Kyouko to near-worshipful levels. She later confesses that this is because when she was a child, she secretly thinks that her father was a "bad man" and would take her mother away, leading to her quietly hating him, though she knows there's no reason for it. It's also a little more understandable when we recall that Katsuya died when Tohru was a little child, whereas Kyouko (who raised Tohru on her own after this) died few before the story started.
Karin and Yuzu Kurosaki in Bleach, considering that their and Ichigo's dad Isshin is the only close family they have (their mom Masaki has been dead for a while). Though, admittedly, Yuzu bonds more with her father than her other siblings.
In Dragon Ball Z, Gohan's girlfriend (and later wife) Videl is sort-of like this to her dad, Mr. Satan/Hercule.
From Dragon Ball, don't forget Goku's wife, Chi-Chi with her father, the Ox-King.
Bra from Dragon Ball GT has her father Vegeta wrapped around her little finger - a stark contrast with how he treats his son Trunks.
Although it's actually her step-father, Yukiji of Hayate the Combat Butler has this style of relationship with her father. We don't yet know about Yukiji's relationship with her step-mother, but it's likely not antagonistic.
It's hinted rather strongly that Izumi also has this place in her father's heart.
Ibuki Momoi, Dai Guard's navigator, is shown to have been this before her father died during the first Heterodyne attack.
ChibiUsa of Manga.Sailor Moon is a perfect example, monopolizing her future father Mamoru's time and fighting over him with her future mother Usagi. Her unfortunate transformation into Black Lady even twists her innocent need for approval and love for Mamoru into a vision of her kissing him (anime) and her actually taking him hostage and kissing him (manga). Even in the future, ChibiUsa appears to have a more normal relationship with her father Endymion; while she loves her mother Neo-Queen Serenity dearly, she also idolizes her to the point of an inferiority-complex. Which is really not helped by how Usagi/Serenity got seriously injured and then frozen in crystal in the Bad Future of Crystal Tokyo... by Taking the Bullet for Chibi-Usa during the Black Moon invasion.
Usagi herself is very much a Daddy's Girl and one of the things about Mamoru she likes the most is that he reminds her of her father.
The album Lunarock has a song called "Daddy's Girl", which could be about either Serena or Rini.
Blade of the Immortal has an extreme example in Ryo, the illegitimate daughter of disgraced samurai lord Habaki Kagimura. Having a bastard child in such a rigid, honor-bound tradition as the samurai caste is a big taboo, so Ryo understands what it means for a man of her father's station to acknowledge her as his own. She responds to his necessarily distant but very real affection by dedicating herself to training as a swordsman, so she might better follow and serve him. Other characters have mentioned how single-minded Ryo's obsession with defending Habaki and his reputation is, with one character noting that such a complex relationship cannot end well.
The Golden AgeGreen Lantern and his daughter Jade. In this case, the excluded figure wasn't a mother (a long dead schizophrenic supervillain) but The Unfavorite twin Obsidian (also a schizophrenic).
In instances where they're actually portrayed as family, Wanda is this to Magneto of the Marvel Universe. Lorna is this in many ways, although it generally seems that she wants to be Daddy's Little Girl, and Wanda is. Reality-warping and alternate universes make it hard to say for certain.
The few times Magneto interacts with his granddaughter Luna makes it clear that they love each other — despite the fact that Luna is effectively a normal human just like the ones Magneto despises on principle. Luna's relationship with her father Quicksilver is about as far from this trope as it can get — Luna pretty much disowned him after he lied about his culpability in his past crimes, claiming that a Skrull impersonated him.
Panda Delgado and her father Mack in Body Bags. They nearly kill each other at one point, but eventually reconcile, and it's clear that Panda has always idolized her daddy.
Valeria Richards for Reed Richards in the Fantastic Four, especially as the two of them share an incredibly advanced intellect.
To some extent Mayday Parker aka Spider-Girl. She gets along very well with her mother, but having inherited her father's nerdish propensities and his super-powers, she is clearly following in her father's footsteps, and her web-slinging activities cause Mary Jane to worry a lot about her daughter.
Subverted in The General's Daughter. We're initially led to believe that Campbell was an archetypal father's daughter military brat who emulated his choosing a career in the army, but as Brenner and Sunhill discover, they viciously hated each other and evolved into mortal enemies because of what happened at West Point.
Danielle was very much Daddy's Girl in Ever After, which was the main reason for her stepmother's intense dislike of her.
A Truth in Television where King George adores his two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret in The King's Speech and he makes it very clear that he loves them very much, kissing and hugging them when he gets the opportunity to.
In a change from the Grimm tale and the Disney film, not only does her father feature in the story, but Lilli is his pet in Snow White A Taleof Terror. His not taking action to save his daughter from his wife is thoroughly justified by Claudia's manipulation and a timely injury.
A tragic example in Angela's Ashes, In the beginning of the book a daughter is born to the McCourt family. The normally alcoholic father Malachy McCourt dedicates himself to his daughter. A week later the daughter dies sending Malachy back to alcohol.
Merry in Louisa May Alcott's Jack and Jill. Expected, since Merry is the youngest member of the Grant family... and has three much older brothers.
Also from Alcott, Rose Campbell is Uncle's Girl in Eight Cousins and its sequel, Rose in Bloom. She was Daddy's Girl until Daddy George died; then, George's bachelor brother Uncle Alec becomes her Parental Substitute as he promised to George before he kicked it and she grows to love him just as much.
Cleo Judson, the wealthy but insecure socialite from Dorothey West's The Living is Easy, is a rare overtly negative version of this trope. As a child, her father recognizes her manipulative, callous ways, which he admits he cannot bring himself to correct.
"A man who loved his wife couldn't help loving his first-born best, the child of his fiercest passion. When that first-born was a girl, she could trample on his heart, but he would swear on a stack of Bibles that it didn't hurt."
Princess Danae is this to Sparhawk in the Elenium and Tamuli trilogies by David Eddings. This isn't playing the trope entirely straight, however; Sparhawk is the only one who knows that Danae is really the Child-Goddess Aphrael, and she became his daughter through sheer self-determination. Doesn't change the fact that they adore one another, though.
A few of the Oz books imply this sort of relationship between Dorothy and her beloved Uncle Henry.
Meggy and her father Mo from Inkheart are very close, she is everything to him. But no jealous mom, since she is a Missing Mom.
A Wrinkle in Time's Meg Murry idolizes her father and misses him very much since he disappeared.
Princess Elizabeth in Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor in the historical fiction series The Royal Diaries completely adores her father but she feels that he never notices her. For a moment though she is truly his favorite when she defends her weak brother and he tells her that she is the true Tudor rose. Possibly a Double Subversion as he loved her when she was born and he thought she would have brothers but then he declared her illegitimate but then he saw that his sought after son didn't have the will of a prince. Many other princesses in the series count as well, looking up to their king and father.
Shakuntala was a reconstruction. Her father was a Sugar and Ice Personality who had trouble showing affection. However she knew her daddy loved her because he had done something even better then hugging her; he had gotten the greatest Warrior Poet in India as her trainer, bodyguard, mentor and (unintentionally) eventually her husband.
Eon's wife was the daughter of an Arab sheik and loved her father so much that she could hardly bear to leave even to marry a king. Her father had been a Doting Parent that actually taught her to read in defiance of custom.
Trapped on Draconica: Daniar, being The Cape, looks up to her Good King father Alister. This later causes conflict between her and her older sister Zarracka, who sees her as a goody-two-shoes attention whore because she herself isn't this trope.
In The Kitchen Gods Wife, Pearl was always closer to her late father Jimmy. Jimmy adored her, calling her his "perfect Pearl". Pearl notes that she was more like a constant irritation to her mother Winnie. Painfully subverted when Jimmy's terminal cancer robbed him of his vitality and mental faculties. Pearl couldn't bring herself to cry during his funeral because she refused to acknowledge the withered broken shell of a man as the same person as the father she loved. Her mother slapped her repeatedly when Pearl muttered that Jimmy wasn't her father, which shocked Pearl since this was the first time her mother ever hit her. She didn't know the real reason Winnie was so horrified by her words. Pearl only cries after she actually sees her father's body one last time.
Live Action TV
Emily Thorne (formerly Amanda Clarke) is this to her father, David Clarke, on Revenge- enough so to dedicate her entire life and fortune to avenging his wrongful conviction and murder.
The daughters in Full House (having only father figures around makes it sort of hard not to be a Daddy's Girl). Michelle is even gradually getting her father's obsession with cleanliness.
Veronica Mars and her father, Keith Mars. Also Trina Echolls and her father Aaron, made all the more disproportionate because he physically abuses his son/her brother Logan.
Richard Castle may be a horndog, an egotist, and a bestselling writer of pulp noir mysteries, but he'd move heaven and earth for his daughter Alexis. For her part, Alexis is (against all odds and most understandings of genetics and environment) a sensible, studious, smart young girl who loves and understands her father. It pretty much gets summed up in their first scene:
Castle: When I was your age... I can't tell that story, it's wildly inappropriate. Which, oddly, is my point—don't you want to have wildly inappropriate stories you can't tell your children when you're older? Alexis (affectionately): Don't worry, I think you'll have enough for both of us.
A later episode opens with them fencing, quoting Robin Hood, and talking about Alexis's new crush (at the same time); another has them playing laser tag. Both times, it's clearly an absolute blast for both. Say what you want about Richard Castle, but he's a great father.
Abby Sciuto to Gibbs in NCIS, despite them not actually being related.
Allison Argent to her father, Chris Argent, in Teen Wolf. Although, not always:
Lydia Martin: Someone's Daddy's little girl. Allison: Sometimes. But not tonight.
In the 2000s Battlestar Galactica, Kara Thrace is a Daddy's Girl to Bill Adama, even though they're not related (she was engaged to his son, and he took her under his wing after said son's death). She's also revealed to have been an actual Daddy's Girl as a child before her father Dreilide left her mother Socrata for his musical career.
Zoe Bartlet in The West Wing, even moreso than her sisters. Also, since the show takes the True Companions idea very seriously, CJ's relationship with the President qualifies as well.
In Firefly River is kind of a big brother's girl. Possibly she always was and in any case the curious situation had led to a Promotion to Parent for her doting big brother.
Sally Draper on Mad Men. This might at first seem peculiar to those of us who know Don, but Season 4 (for which Kiernan Shipka was Promoted to Opening Titles) reveals that she is like her father in many ways and that Betty has been abusing her physically and emotionally. While Don is a bit distant, he is trying to be a good dad in his own way.
Almost once a season, there tends to be a Father-Daughter team on The Amazing Race. Gary and Mallory, from Seasons 17 and 18, are a text book example of this. Heck, Mallory has even stated she's the only girl (has three brothers) and is the youngest.
Heroes: Claire ("Claire-Bear") Bennet is the most important person in the world to her completely bad-ass adoptive father, Noah Bennet. It's a double-edged sword, because while Noah would do absolutely anything to protect her, he is also not above lying, manipulating and treating her like a far younger child. Although he's often revealed to be right about whatever point he's trying to make. And Claire has this whole pendulum reaction to her father - she loves him, she hates him, she knows he's right, she'll never trust him again, he's her Daddy, he's the Devil, lather rinse repeat - that can wound him like nothing and no one else.
Princess Mary is alternately this and not this to her temperamental father, Henry VIII, in The Tudors. Princess Elizabeth gets the same treatment, but has a smaller role in the series. Truth in Television; see below.
Lady Mary Crawley clearly loves her father very much, even if he can't leave Downton Abbey to her because she's a girl; she's distraught at the idea that he might prefer her Cousin Matthew, and always does her best to make him proud, even though her status as his beloved eldest daughter means that she's often the one left to tell him off for being a jerk, since no-one else could get away with it. She is also this with Carson the Butler, who admits that "even butlers can have favourites", and always supports Mary's decisions, however dumbassed, prejudiced or patently wrong. When Mrs Hughes asks why he adores this cold, stubborn, entitled young woman, Carson tells an adorable story about Baby Lady Mary. His devotion is paid off when Mary marries Matthew. When she comes down the stairs in her wedding dress, both her father and Carson are waiting for her. The first thing she says is "Carson, will I do?".
Dolly in Family Circus — being the only daughter out of four kids probably helps.
In case 5-4 of the Ace Attorney series, large portions of the case relate directly to how Byrne Faraday dotes over his daughter Kay. Unfortunately that case is his murder. Poor Kay.
From the same case, we also have Franziska and Manfred von Karma.
One game earlier, there is Trucy Enigmar/Wright, who, prior to her adoption by Phoenix, adored her biological father to a such great degree that she copied his way of speech, moving, his outfit and even designed her puppet, Mr. Hat, to resemble him. She appears to hold a simmilar admiration for Phoenix later on (even though not quite to the same extent), as her signature colored changed from red to blue (mirroring Phoenix' infamous blue suit) over the 7 year time gap.
Both Yukari Takeba and Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3. Yukari is specifically portrayed as having been much closer to her father than her mother, and Mitsuru's mother is not mentioned, but she's very protective of and devoted to her father.
Ina from the Samurai Warriors series. Lampshaded by a few people who interact with either her or her father, Tadakatsu.
in Jak X, Keira is irritated by her status as Samos' "little girl" because he won't let her compete in the tournament her life depends on. Of course, she does it anyway.
Queen Anora and her father, Lohgain Mac Tir in Dragon Age: Origins. Lohgain has a touching farewell to Anora concerning the trope should you choose to execute him.
Though largely identical in dialog to the Male counterpart, Human Noble Female Warden could also be one, considering Dad calls her "pup"*
Flora's backstory in Professor Layton and the Curious Village shows that she was this to her late father, Baron Reinhold. After the events of this game, she's unofficially adopted by Layton himself, and becomes Daddy's Girl all over again; the third game in particular makes this clear, and reveals Layton as a Papa Wolf to boot.
Though their interaction is brief, it's evident in The Witcher 2 that between King Foltest's two bastard children, Anais and Boussy, the former is much closer and more accepting of her father than the latter, going so far as to immediately rush out to hug him when he appears, and reaches out for him as she walks away.
Lucina as well, though only thanks to time travel, as her father was killed early in her childhood. She more than makes up for lost time, though.
Jane from Plumbers Don't Wear Ties is apparently one - the game's box even describes her as "a Daddy's Girl". Said father calls her in the morning demanding she "get on the stick and make some babies for your poor old father", but she remains friendly to him regardless, calling him 'Daddy-O'.
Faye and her father in Questionable Content. The fact that he committed suicide in front of her was hence extremely traumatic.
In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, this was Jean's stated reason for inviting cute little artificial creature Molly to live with her instead of returning to Bob's house where she was raised; Jean is her mother (after a fashion), and felt left out. It's also notable that Molly had an Elektra Complex, briefly, though this turned out just to be a misunderstanding (she was only a month old, and didn't properly understand what romantic love is).
In the Teen Titans series, the villain Killer Moth had a spoiled brat daughter named Kitten who interrupted his plans to conquer the city to make Robin take her to prom.
Trigon tried to hold this over Raven in the 4th season finale, if only to make a cruel point that she's his biological daughter.
Trigon: No matter what you do, you'll always be daddy's little girl.
A few in Danny Phantom. Damon Gray's relationship with Valerie is the biggest one in the series; one obviously filled with love and the show emphasizes that to its fullest. Quite heartwarming really. Paulina's father is more straightforward, even giving the If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her... speech to Danny. Considering his BIG build, it's best to stay on his good side. And of course Jack Fenton who has shown several scenes of adoration to his daughter (not that he ignores his son), so much to the point that Jazz's often obsessive personality may have been received by Jack's influence—no matter how much she would deny it.
The Simpsons, Lisa may be a more subverted example. While her father is a complete idiot and often manages to embarrass her, she still loves him no matter what. Examples: In Lisa's future episode, she stops her own wedding because her British fiance was disgusted with her family (that, and he wasn't wearing her father's cufflinks. Which look like pigs.) Homer even - not once, twice - sacrificed buying an air conditioner for his family to buy Lisa a new saxophone.
Maggie is also an example. In fact, her first (and thus far only) spoken word throughout the series was "daddy."
Sasha Caylo from Titan Maximum. Like the Pizzazz example above, her father is also unable to deal with her bullshit and just throws money at her to keep her out of his hair.
Karai from the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series has a huge blind spot when it comes to her father, Oroku Saki (a.k.a. series Big Bad the Shredder), which overlaps with My Master, Right or Wrong; even knowing the full extent of his crimes, she'll try her damnedest to keep him from harm, even if that means fighting her friends.
Gosalyn has shades of this regarding her father, Darkwing Duck. He's not quite as eager for her to follow in the family business. Notably, her tomboy traits predate her meeting him; this was greatly appreciated when she was Grandpa's Little Girl.
There are a handful of Phineas And Ferb episodes which suggest that Candace has this relationship with her stepfather, Lawrence. They enter a father-daughter contest together and he teaches her to drive, among other situations. Unlike her mom, he doesn't think Candace is crazy and is actually aware of Phineas and Ferb's antics. He doesn't stop them, but she loves him anyway.
Vanessa, to Doofenshmirtz. Their father-daughter relationship is somewhat strained, Doof being an incredibly embarrassing Overprotective Dad who's divorced from Vanessa's mom, but she clearly cares a whole lot about him.
Doofenshmirtz goes to crazy lengths to make his daughter happy, even if he's wrong about what would make her happy. The one slam dunk he made was finding a Mary MacGuffin doll for years after Vanessa had given up looking for one and she was so happy she sang a song about how he's "Not so bad a dad after all."
Bizarrely enough, the otherwise utterly unloving Gaz from Invader ZIM. One day a year, she gets to hang out with her distant father, and she's not going to let Dib's alien-chasing obsession ruin that. For his part, Membrane is a lot closer to Gaz than he is to his "poor, insane son".
Catholic scholar Michael Novak shares a great affection with his daughter Jana and they have co-written several books.
Journalist Lucinda Franks who wrote a book "My Father's Secret War" researching her father's experience as a spy in World War II. In her case it was the book that made her Daddy's Girl because he had been too much of a Shell Shocked Senior for her to like, and she hadn't understood why until then.
While the Gilbreth parents loved all of their twelve children, Cheaper by the Dozen mentions that Frank Gilbreth was very close with their first four daughters, despite his wish for a son, affectionately dubbing them his "harem".''
King George VI, father to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, had a genuine and well-documented affection for both of his daughters (as shown most touchingly in The King's Speech). Queen Elizabeth also adored her father; she gets her sense of duty from him, in particular, and their monarchies have certain key qualities in common.
Henry VIII's daughters, Mary I and Elizabeth I, both desperately wanted to be this. Mary was this for the early portion of her life, when her parents were still happily married and she was her father's only legitimate heir. After Elizabeth was born, she had the spot for a time. Then it went back to Mary again for a while, and so forth and so on. (Of course, Henry's real favorite was his son Edward, but Mary and Elizabeth also both adored their baby brother so there wasn't nearly as much rivalry there.)
Underground Comics artist Dori Seda. He influenced her to become an artist herself - whether this was for better or for worse, is another question.
Grace "Daisy" Dupee Allen, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's daughter was this. He would write letters to her while serving in the war, and she would organize his papers on his desk if he left them unorganized.
Paris Jackson, second child and only daughter of Michael Jackson. She's his biggest fan and his biggest defender; she often vehemently defends her father against attacks from random people on Twitter (and recently, against certain members of their own family as well) and proudly showed off a picture of the numerous photos of her father she has on the wall above her bed.