|Real name:||Mr. Macready|
|First Appearance:||Kick-Ass #4 - October, 2008|
|Created by:||Mark Millar|
John Romita, Jr.
|Abilities:||Skilled in martial arts and using various weapons and firearms|
|Portrayed by:||Nicolas Cage|
Big Daddy is a primary character in the first Kick-Ass comic book story.
His real name is Damon Macready. He is a former police officer whose wife was killed on orders by mob kingpin John Genovese, who also tried to have Macready killed, but he escaped with his daughter Mindy and plotted revenge. He started to train Mindy to be a deadly assassin.
Big Daddy is later revealed to be delusional and a comic book fan, and the backstory given for his origin is false. His wife is still alive and he practically kidnapped Mindy to train her to be an assassin, justifying his actions by saying he wanted to make her life interesting. Taking on an organized crime family was justified simply by the fact that they "needed a villain."
Still, in spite of these delusions, Big Daddy did care for Hit-Girl and genuinely wanted her to be an effective force against crime, believing that taking away her childhood in the name of justice was perfectly acceptable.
In spite of being a former accountant, Big Daddy is shown to be a professional crime-fighter. Funding his crusade by selling comics and looting his victims, he has been training his daughter Hit-Girl to become a lethal vigilante. He himself is quite adept at handling firearms though most of the missions shown to the reader are mainly accomplished by Hit-Girl, with Big Daddy providing armed support as a sniper. It is revealed that he and his daughter have been living on the run for years under many false identities.
Mobster John Genovese was furious that his organization was being targetted and so he arranged for his son to become Red Mist, seemingly another superhero. They planned a double cross that led to Big Daddy's death, although Hit-Girl avenged him and, along with Kick-Ass, took down the organization.
In the film adaptation, Big Daddy is played by Nicolas Cage. His full name is given as Damon MacCready and he wears a different costume, described in the dialogue as resembling Batman's outfit. He is also shown to be as effective as Hit-Girl, brutally accomplishing at least one notable mission by himself. This mission was a raid on a warehouse occupied by several of Frank's men. In this mission, he singlehandedly kills all of the men inside in just under thirty seconds before burning down the warehouse. In the film, his purported origin as an ex-cop and his motivations for fighting crime are genuine. His death in the film features him being burnt to death. Writer Mark Millar felt that the plot twist regarding Big Daddy's background would not have worked in the film adaptation, and would have "messed up the structure of the movie".
It is shown that Big Daddy may be insane, as he turns his daughter into a murderous vigilante. He is merciless when dealing with criminals (even minor criminals) despite being a superhero. Hit-Girl has also brutally killed people with no mercy. Big Daddy also shoots his daughter in the chest twice to show her what it feels like. The film version of Big Daddy's mannerisms were based on Adam West's Batman.
- In the 2010 film adaptation, Damon (as Big Daddy) has stuck on facial hair to resemble a possible goatee with the chin hair removed, while Damon only has a small moustache.
- In the film, his daughter is 11 years old but swears in almost every scene she is in, while Damon swears only once in the film, and never swears as Big Daddy.
- In the film, Big Daddy's costume is highly similar to the DC Comics superhero Batman.
- In the comic Big Daddy's costume is brown or red mask, red shirt and pants with armor and a long black coat.
- Big Daddy is seen with a Chainsaw but in the film he has a assassian gun.