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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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Professor Minerva McGonagall is listed (or ranked) 1 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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154 69
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi The Karate Kid Franchise

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186 59
John Keating is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
John Keating Dead Poets Society

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154 39
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 4 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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120 36
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 5 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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188 68
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 6 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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103 38
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 7 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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113 46
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Sean Maguire Good Will Hunting

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124 52
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 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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127 36
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
TracyObasi added 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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99 42
George Feeny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
George Feeny Boy Meets World

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124 73
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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93 77
Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dewey Finn School of Rock

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74 51
Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ms. Norbury Mean Girls

Fictional Pirates

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51 57
Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mark Thackeray To Sir, With Love

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56 37
Miss Honey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Miss Honey Miss Robin Hood

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48 48
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Detective John Kimble Kindergarten Cop

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48 24
Qui-Gon Jinn is listed (or ranked) 18 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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52 54
Glenn Holland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Glenn Holland Mr. Holland's Opus

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62 74
Economics Teacher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Economics Teacher Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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25 48
Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Eric Taylor Friday Night Lights

The Hardest Languages to Learn

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27 51
Alaric Saltzman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Alaric Saltzman The Vampire Diaries

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29 46
Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Jaime Escalante Stand and Deliver

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38 17
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Kakashi Hatake Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Naruto the Movie: Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

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29 52
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Walter White Breaking Bad

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48 33
Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Rupert Giles Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy the Animated Series, Buffyverse

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49 67
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Edna Krabappel The Simpsons, Do the Bartman, The Simpsons Movie

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30 28
Professor Horace Slughorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Professor Horace Slughorn Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter

The Greatest Fictional Bartenders

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34 62
Sherman Klump is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Sherman Klump The Nutty Professor Franchise

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23 19
Clara Oswald is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Clara Oswald Doctor Who

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27 48
Sam Coulson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Sam Coulson Never Been Kissed

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15 45
Tami Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
ChangesDownClub added Tami Taylor Friday Night Lights

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42 65
Principal Skinner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Principal Skinner The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, Do the Bartman

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22 19
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added Lily Aldrin How I Met Your Mother

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29 50
Mr. Garrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Garrison South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

The 12 Weirdest Ways Kids Are Getting High Lately

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23 43
Kame-Sen'nin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Kame-Sen'nin Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball: The Path to Power, Dragonball Evolution

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22 42
William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
William Forrester Finding Forrester

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32 63
Elizabeth Halsey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Elizabeth Halsey Bad Teacher

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26 39
Louanne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Louanne Johnson Dangerous Minds

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15 18
Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added Ted Mosby How I Met Your Mother

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13 22
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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12 21
Ms. Darbus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Ms. Darbus High School Musical, High School Musical, High School Musical 2

The Greatest Fictional Rappers

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17 26
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added Ross Geller Friends

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13 25
Joseph Molesley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Joseph Molesley Downton Abbey

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13 19
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added Professor Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

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11 21
Haley James Scott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added Haley James Scott One Tree Hill

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10 18
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Jiraiya Naruto Shippūden, Naruto, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

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14 5
Nigel Ratburn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
James Englebert added Nigel Ratburn Arthur

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9 41
William Hundert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added William Hundert The Emperor's Club - The Emperor's Club

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8 18
Elizabeth Hoover is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
comicspies1 added Elizabeth Hoover