Fictional Characters The Greatest Fictional School Principals  

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List Rules Film and TV appearances only

Listen up, students. We're ranking the best fictional school principals of all time. You probably didn't like your middle or high school principal all that much growing up. Maybe you had a few choice words you would have liked to have given them but never said (for obvious reasons). Now’s your chance to finally give your favorite (or least favorite) fictional principal a little karma.

Some of these principals may be stricter than others, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter series, is easily one of the most iconic school principals of all time. He's always willing to give out a few more house points at the end of the school year - just as long as you saved the world from the ultimate evil. Seymour Skinner from The Simpsons may be out of the loop, but that doesn’t mean he’s out to ruin Bart and Lisa’s lives. Too bad we can't same the same about Principal Rooney from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Which principal character is your favorite?

Do your homework and vote up the characters who put the "pal" in "principal," so they can reach the top of the list.

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Principal Skinner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, Do the Bartman
Principal Seymour Skinner is a fictional character in the American animated sitcom The Simpsons, who is voiced by Harry Shearer. He is the principal of Springfield Elementary School, which he ...more
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18 6
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. For most of the series, he is the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts. ...more
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7 1
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class
Charles Xavier is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and is the founder and leader of the X-Men. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, ...more
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11 6
Ed Rooney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ed Rooney is a fictional character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
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12 8
Principal Himbry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Principal Himbry Scream
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10 6
Principal Duvall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Principal Duvall Mean Girls 2
Principal Duvall is a fictional character from the 2011 film Mean Girls 2.
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7 3
Principal McGee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Grease 2, Grease, Grease
Principal McGee is a fictional character from the musical Grease and its film adaptation of the same name.
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7 3
George Feeny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World
George Feeny (William Daniels) is a constant mentor to Cory and his friends. He first appears on the show as their school teacher, principal, and neighbor, and eventually toward the later years, ...more
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6 2
Principal Joe Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Lean on Me
Principal Joe Clark is a fictional character from 1989 film Lean on Me.
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8 5
Richard Belding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style
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7 4
Richard Vernon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
The Breakfast Club, Not Another Teen Movie
Richard Vernon is a fictional character from the 1985 film The Breakfast Club.
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6 4
Principal Victoria is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
South Park
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4 2
Mr. Strickland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II
Mr. Strickland is a fictional character from parts I and II of the Back to the Future film trilogy.
14
8 7
Principal Moss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Principal Moss King of the Hill
Principal Moss is a fictional character from the tv series King of the Hill.
15
7 7
Principal Snyder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Buffyverse
Principal R. Snyder is a fictional character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, played by Armin Shimerman. Shimerman originally auditioned for the role of Principal Flutie, but ...more
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3 3
Susan Skidmore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Susan Skidmore A.N.T. Farm
Susan Skidmore is a fictional character from the television series A.N.T. Farm.
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3 5
Principal Flutie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Principal Flutie Buffyverse
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2 4
Agatha Trunchbull is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Matilda
Agatha Trunchbull is a fictional character from the 1996 film Matilda.
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4 7
Principal Figgins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Glee, Glee Universe
Principal Figgins is a fictional character from the TV program Glee.
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0 4
Marcia Donnelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional School Principals
Marcia Donnelly The Wire