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|“||I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone.||„|
|~ Lance's epiphany|
Lancelot "Lance" Clayton is the main protagonist of World's Greatest Dad. He is Kyle's father who works as a poetry teacher at his school.
He was portrayed by the late Robin Williams, who also portrayed Mork, Popeye, John Keating, Daniel Hillard, Alan Parrish, Jack Powell, Phillip Brainard, Peter Banning, Rainbow Randolph, Genie, Batty Koda, Ramón, and Lovelace.
Initially, Lance is suffering from paranoia that he will someday end up all alone. He takes personal admiration of himself as a talented writer, but is disappointed that his previous novels had been rejected by publishers.
Lance has a rocky relationship with his son Kyle, who is annoyed by his father. Lance is constantly frustrated with Kyle's vile behavior, but still loves him nonetheless.
Following his son Kyle's death, he finally receives the fame and adoration he always desired.
However, Lance begins to feel guilty for exploiting his son's death for his own benefit and has an epiphany, confessing to the school that Kyle's death was accidental and that Lance himself wrote the suicide note and journal.
Overall, Lance meant well for his son, but simply did not consider the consequences enough due to his long-running passion for fame.