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List Rules Teachers or professors in TV, film, or literature

There are a bunch of movies that feature teachers prominently. In most movies, teachers are a nameless bunch who often times lurk in the background and don't play much of a role in shaping the plot line. The fictional teachers on this list are different. They play prominent roles in the movies they are in and their teaching and mentoring of the characters is an integral part of the movie. Whenever Robin Williams is sporting a thick beard, he is playing a serious role. Playing the parts of John Keating in Dead Poets Society and Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting, Williams thrived as these characters and they are considered two of the best fictional teachers in movie.

Though he's not a teacher in the traditional sense, Mr. Miyagi proved to be one of the greatest mentors in movie history. He taught Daniel LaRusso (and later Julie Pierce) discipline and how to outsmart and outthink his opponents. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Dewey Finn, played by Jack Black in School of Rock. Not a teacher by trade, Finn taught his class of 10-year-olds life lessons and how to play rock music and by the end of the film, learned a thing or two about himself.

Vote for the teach you think is the best fictional teacher. If there is anyone missing from this list, feel free to add him or her.
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Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi The Karate Kid Franchise

Fictional Pirates The Best Bars and Pubs in London

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John Keating is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
John Keating Dead Poets Society

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Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Professor Minerva McGonagall Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Yoda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Yoda Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

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Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Sean Maguire Good Will Hunting

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Professor X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Professor X X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class

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Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Indiana Jones The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Remus Lupin Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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George Feeny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
George Feeny Boy Meets World

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Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Professor Severus Snape Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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+ - 82 70
Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dewey Finn School of Rock

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+ - 45 53
Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mark Thackeray To Sir, With Love

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+ - 46 41
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Detective John Kimble Kindergarten Cop

The Greatest Fictional Bartenders 50 Incredible Pictures That Might Teach You Something

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Economics Teacher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Economics Teacher Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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Glenn Holland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Glenn Holland Mr. Holland's Opus

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Miss Honey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Miss Honey Miss Robin Hood

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Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ms. Norbury Mean Girls

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Qui-Gon Jinn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Qui-Gon Jinn Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars

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Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Eric Taylor Friday Night Lights

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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Walter White Breaking Bad

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Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Jaime Escalante Stand and Deliver

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Alaric Saltzman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Alaric Saltzman The Vampire Diaries

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Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Rupert Giles Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series, Buffyverse

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Sherman Klump is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Sherman Klump The Nutty Professor Franchise

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Sam Coulson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Sam Coulson Never Been Kissed

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+ - 14 40
Tami Taylor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Tami Taylor Friday Night Lights

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Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Edna Krabappel The Simpsons, Do the Bartman, The Simpsons Movie

The Greatest Fictional Rappers Adult Things No One Prepared You For

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Clara Oswald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Clara Oswald Doctor Who

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Principal Skinner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Principal Skinner The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, Do the Bartman

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Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

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Professor Horace Slughorn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Professor Horace Slughorn Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter

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Mr. Garrison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Garrison South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

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Master Roshi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Master Roshi Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: The Path to Power, Dragonball Evolution

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William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
William Forrester Finding Forrester

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Louanne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Louanne Johnson Dangerous Minds

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+ - 30 57
Elizabeth Halsey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Elizabeth Halsey Bad Teacher

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+ - 14 16
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ross Geller Friends

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Mr. Hand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Hand Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Ms. Darbus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ms. Darbus High School Musical, High School Musical, High School Musical 2

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Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ted Mosby How I Met Your Mother

The All-Time Greatest Fictional Mad Scientists The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Professor Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

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Haley James Scott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Haley James Scott One Tree Hill

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+ - 9 37
William Hundert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
William Hundert The Emperor's Club - The Emperor's Club

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+ - 12 24
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Zorro Zorro, Kaiketsu Zorro, The Mask of Zorro

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+ - 9 20
Joseph Molesley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Joseph Molesley Downton Abbey

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Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Jiraiya Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Palpatine Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars