All Madoff has to do is project the caring image of a father figure, like Charlie Manson did with his followers.
On Friday Night Lights, Coach Taylor is as much a father figure to the boys on the Dillon Panthers as he is their play caller.
"He was regarded by Cressida as a father figure," a friend of Miss Bonas told the Daily Beast.
A president might eschew the role of father figure in Chief, instead addressing schoolchildren about his constitutional duties.
I'm hopeful that I'll find someone willing to be a role model and a father figure for my children.
He appeared to be the real adult on the stage, the father figure or wise uncle.
In court a witness for the defense called the coach a ‘father figure.’
So it was like meeting some sort of father figure, whose approval you always wanted.
“Her father figure,” says another, a confidante in the entertainment business.
The similarities, the way that Jerry Sandusky had become like a father figure to his victims, were almost too much to bear.