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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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304 84
Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

2
195 95
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Karate Kid Franchise

3
241 82
John Keating is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dead Poets Society

4
203 63
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

5
254 100
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

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162 63
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
X-Men

7
140 63
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

8
141 73
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Good Will Hunting

9
149 81
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Indiana Jones

10
193 53
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Uzoamaka Obasi added Harry Potter

11
149 65
George Feeny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Boy Meets World

12
159 109
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

13
121 104
Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
School of Rock

14
88 60
Miss Honey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Miss Robin Hood

15
62 81
Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
To Sir, With Love

16
93 79
Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mean Girls

17
64 74
Glenn Holland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Holland's Opus

18
62 74
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Kindergarten Cop

19
80 107
Economics Teacher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

20
64 45
Qui-Gon Jinn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

21
37 69
Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Friday Night Lights

22
38 71
Alaric Saltzman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added The Vampire Diaries

23
43 75
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Breaking Bad

24
65 51
Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

25
34 65
Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Stand and Deliver

26
54 38
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto

27
65 80
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Simpsons

28
49 46
Professor Horace Slughorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Harry Potter

29
22 60
Tami Taylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
ChangesDownClub added Friday Night Lights

30
35 65
Sam Coulson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Never Been Kissed

31
41 80
Sherman Klump is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Nutty Professor Franchise

32
54 83
Principal Skinner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Simpsons

33
33 37
Clara Oswald is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Doctor Who

34
32 32
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How I Met Your Mother

35
39 66
Mr. Garrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
South Park

36
32 54
William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Finding Forrester

37
28 56
Muten-Rôshi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dragon Ball Z

38
32 51
Louanne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dangerous Minds

39
22 35
Mr. Hand is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Fast Times at Ridgemont High

40
25 34
Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How I Met Your Mother

41
36 80
Elizabeth Halsey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Bad Teacher

42
28 14
Nigel Ratburn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
James Englebert added Nigel Ratburn Arthur

43
18 32
Ms. Darbus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added High School Musical

44
17 36
Joseph Molesley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Downton Abbey

45
14 26
Elizabeth Hoover is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
comicspies1 added

46
18 32
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How to Get Away with Murder

47
24 45
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added Friends

48
10 51
William Hundert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added The Emperor's Club - The Emperor's Club

49
12 28
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto

50
12 32
Haley James Scott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added One Tree Hill