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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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310 85
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

2
197 97
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Karate Kid Franchise

3
247 84
John Keating is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dead Poets Society

4
210 63
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

5
258 101
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

6
165 63
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
X-Men

7
145 63
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

8
145 74
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Good Will Hunting

9
155 81
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Indiana Jones

10
202 53
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Uzoamaka Obasi added Harry Potter

11
153 66
George Feeny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Boy Meets World

12
165 109
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

13
123 105
Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
School of Rock

14
92 60
Miss Honey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Miss Robin Hood

15
96 79
Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mean Girls

16
62 82
Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
To Sir, With Love

17
65 75
Glenn Holland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Holland's Opus

18
63 75
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Kindergarten Cop

19
66 45
Qui-Gon Jinn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

20
81 108
Economics Teacher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

21
37 72
Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Friday Night Lights

22
39 74
Alaric Saltzman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added The Vampire Diaries

23
44 77
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Breaking Bad

24
66 53
Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

25
34 67
Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Stand and Deliver