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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

2
187 83
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Karate Kid Franchise

3
226 70
John Keating is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dead Poets Society

4
188 53
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

5
235 87
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

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151 53
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
X-Men

7
130 53
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

8
133 61
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Good Will Hunting

9
145 71
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Indiana Jones

10
174 48
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Uzoamaka Obasi added Harry Potter

11
139 56
George Feeny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Boy Meets World

12
149 97
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

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113 95
Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
School of Rock

14
79 53
Miss Honey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Miss Robin Hood

15
60 71
Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
To Sir, With Love

16
87 71
Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mean Girls

17
62 63
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Kindergarten Cop

18
63 65
Glenn Holland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Holland's Opus

19
79 94
Economics Teacher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

20
58 38
Qui-Gon Jinn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

21
35 60
Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Friday Night Lights

22
33 65
Alaric Saltzman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added The Vampire Diaries

23
40 66
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Breaking Bad

24
52 30
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto

25
34 57
Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Stand and Deliver

26
58 43
Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

27
59 73
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Simpsons

28
42 39
Professor Horace Slughorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Harry Potter

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40 72
Sherman Klump is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Nutty Professor Franchise

30
20 53
Tami Taylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
ChangesDownClub added Friday Night Lights

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33 57
Sam Coulson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Never Been Kissed

32
31 28
Clara Oswald is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Doctor Who

33
49 75
Principal Skinner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Simpsons

34
30 26
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How I Met Your Mother

35
36 58
Mr. Garrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
South Park

36
28 46
William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Finding Forrester

37
22 27
Mr. Hand is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Fast Times at Ridgemont High

38
26 50
Kame-Sen'nin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dragon Ball Z

39
31 44
Louanne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dangerous Minds

40
22 26
Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How I Met Your Mother

41
33 73
Elizabeth Halsey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Bad Teacher

42
17 30
Joseph Molesley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Downton Abbey

43
22 9
Nigel Ratburn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
James Englebert added Nigel Ratburn Arthur

44
17 26
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How to Get Away with Murder

45
14 28
Ms. Darbus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added High School Musical

46
21 36
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added Friends

47
12 21
Elizabeth Hoover is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
comicspies1 added

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10 46
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
8 22
Jean Brodie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

50
11 24
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto