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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

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191 88
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Karate Kid Franchise

3
235 74
John Keating is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dead Poets Society

4
195 59
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

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247 93
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

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156 59
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
X-Men

7
134 59
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

8
138 66
Sean Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Good Will Hunting

9
147 76
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Indiana Jones

10
186 51
Remus Lupin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Uzoamaka Obasi added Harry Potter

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143 59
George Feeny is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Boy Meets World

12
153 104
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers

13
118 99
Dewey Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
School of Rock

14
83 57
Miss Honey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Miss Robin Hood

15
61 75
Mark Thackeray is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
To Sir, With Love

16
91 74
Ms. Norbury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mean Girls

17
62 67
Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Kindergarten Cop

18
63 68
Glenn Holland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Mr. Holland's Opus

19
79 99
Economics Teacher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

20
61 41
Qui-Gon Jinn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Star Wars

21
35 63
Eric Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Friday Night Lights

22
36 66
Alaric Saltzman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added The Vampire Diaries

23
42 68
Walter White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Breaking Bad

24
63 46
Rupert Giles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

25
34 60
Jaime Escalante is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Stand and Deliver

26
52 33
Kakashi Hatake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto

27
62 75
Edna Krabappel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Simpsons

28
45 43
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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35 59
Sam Coulson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Never Been Kissed

30
41 75
Sherman Klump is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Nutty Professor Franchise

31
52 77
Principal Skinner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
The Simpsons

32
20 56
Tami Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
ChangesDownClub added Friday Night Lights

33
32 27
Lily Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How I Met Your Mother

34
32 32
Clara Oswald is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Doctor Who

35
31 48
William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Finding Forrester

36
37 60
Mr. Garrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
South Park

37
27 52
Kame-Sen'nin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dragon Ball Z

38
22 29
Mr. Hand is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Fast Times at Ridgemont High

39
25 28
Ted Mosby is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How I Met Your Mother

40
31 46
Louanne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Dangerous Minds

41
34 75
Elizabeth Halsey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
Bad Teacher

42
25 11
Nigel Ratburn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
James Englebert added Nigel Ratburn Arthur

43
16 29
Ms. Darbus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added High School Musical

44
17 32
Joseph Molesley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
david-p-griffith added Downton Abbey

45
18 27
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added How to Get Away with Murder

46
23 39
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
VeryCloseTalking added Friends

47
13 22
Elizabeth Hoover is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
comicspies1 added

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10 47
William Hundert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
wiabux added The Emperor's Club - The Emperor's Club

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8 23
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 25
Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Teachers
shaurya-kapoor added Naruto