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The Best Fictional Teachers 

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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 movies.

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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Yoda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars
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Professor Minerva McGona... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
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Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Uzoamaka Obasi added Harry Potter
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John Keating is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dead Poets Society
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Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Karate Kid Franchise
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Professor Albus Dumbledo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
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Professor X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
X-Men
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Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars
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Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Indiana Jones
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Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Good Will Hunting
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George Feeny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Boy Meets World
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Professor Severus Snape ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
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Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
School of Rock
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Miss Honey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Miss Robin Hood
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Qui-Gon Jinn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars
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Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mean Girls
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Walter White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Breaking Bad
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Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Kindergarten Cop
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Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Simpsons
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Clara Oswald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Doctor Who
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Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto
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Professor Horace Slughor... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Harry Potter
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Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
To Sir, With Love
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Nigel Ratburn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
James Englebert added Arthur