Marlin is an overprotective parent, but his love for Nemo is palpable. And I mean, what kid wouldn’t hope that their dad would face all his own fears in order to find and save them when they are lost? Well, Nemo doesn’t hope that, because he doesn’t think it’s possible. But learning the depths of his dad’s love is the journey that he himself goes on in the film, while Marlin is out facing sea monsters and detours. Marlin is a great dad.