PLAYED BY: Liam Neeson
HIS SITUATION: When his teenage daughter — with who he is trying hard to build a relationship — is kidnapped during an ill-advised trip to Europe, ex-CIA field agent Bryan Mills will stop at nothing to get her back.
PARENTING TRAIT WE ADMIRE: Protectiveness. The matter-of-fact way he talks during a desperate phone call in which his daughter is taken from a Paris apartment tells you that he is a professional — and quite good at what he does.
TO HIS DAUGHTER’S KIDNAPPERS, AFTER TELLING THEM ABOUT HIS “PARTICULAR SET OF SKILLS”: “If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”