Teachers are a great influence in the lives of people. Being a teacher is never easy and it is also a thankless job that does not pay great money either. Teachers inspire, motivate, guide and understand their students and ask for very little in return. Fiction has also often relied on the examples of great teachers to show us how they inspire people to bring out the best in them. While nothing could ever replace a real life teacher, some fictional characters have managed to embody the spirit of a teacher well enough to rival the doings of a teacher. Keeping that in mind, here is our list for the top 10 most popular teachers in fiction.
10. Mr. Miyagi (The Karate Kid):
Mr. Miyagi is the loved teacher figure from The Karate Kid. Although he does not teach any subjects, Mr. Miyagi teaches his students that understanding the basics is very important and sometimes more important than knowing how to pull off the fancy moves. He is inspiring in many ways as he does well as a teacher who can not only teach but can also show the way. The character of Mr. Miyagi is played by the late actor of Japanese-American descent Pat Morita.
9. Mr. Feeny (Boy Meets World):
Mr. George Feeny is a sixth grade teacher who is a mentor to the main character and his friends in this TV series, Boy Meets World. In the television series, Mr. Feeny is a constant presence in the boys’ lives all the way through to college. In what is one of the most well known and most loved roles played by a teacher on TV, William Daniels portrays the versatile teacher as well as anyone could.
8. Miss Jennifer Honey (Matilda):
Matilda is a girl who has never had anyone care about her, when she comes to school which is run by the evil headmistress, Miss Honey finds that this little girl is special indeed. The beautiful story shows how a teacher can be enthusiastic, motivated and kind. The way in which she loves her students is shown when she adopts Matilda to help her learn more and get more out of a life that had been so cruel to that little girl. Miss Honey is the perfect example of what a loving teacher can achieve.
7. Dewey Finn (School of Rock):
Is the character of Dewey Finn played by Jack Black worth mentioning among teachers at all? Yes, indeed he is. He inspires a bunch of school kids to find their rock roots and then leads them to win a major competition. A rock fan by heart, the fake substitute teacher is not only able to inspire his students but is also able to bring the parents and the children closer together. An inspiring story and one that has lots of great music in it; such a great combination to go with Jack Black’s uncanny style of acting. Although his character in uncanny but he definitely ranks among’st the most popular teachers in fiction.
6. Miranda Bailey (Grey’s Anatomy):
One of the best teachers on television today, Dr. Miranda Bailey is one of the surgeons at Seattle Grey Hospital on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy. Since Seattle Grey is a teaching hospital, Miranda has to take in interns under her belt during the first few seasons and she does a great job with most of them. Her undeniable dedication towards saving lives and her uncanny ways to teaching her students makes her one of the best teachers on TV today. She is also funny and witty at most times which makes it all the more enjoyable to watch her on the show.
5. Yoda (Star Wars):
Yoda is the teacher of teachers, as the leader of the Jedi and the trainer for Luke Skywalker he has always been blunt and inspiring. Yoda having lived for more than 900 years certainly has the fictional experience to qualify as a great teacher. Add the fact that he is also the greatest master Jedi that the Star Wars universe has, Yoda is indeed among the most popular teachers in fiction.
4. Charles Xavier (The X Men):
Dr. Charles Xavier who is also known to his students as Professor X is a high level telepath in the fantasy animated series the X-Men. He is also a brilliant scientist and a considerate teacher. As founder of the Xavier institute for gifted children he deals with difficult mutants who have never felt like they belong anywhere in the school and makes them feel at home.
3. Albus Dumbeldore (Harry Potter):
Albus Dumbeldore is one of the most powerful wizards in the movie series Harry Potter and is also always a constant guide, protector and teacher to Harry Potter. The headmaster of Hogwarts uses his tact to deal with many situations very well and helps out his students sometimes without them even knowing about it. He has a special place for Harry in his heart as he nurtures him through a difficult time in his life.
2. Jane Eyre:
Jane Eyre is among the most well known teacher figures in all of fiction. She is a resilient character who has had her share of struggles and as a teacher to the very difficult Adele Varens, she does an excellent job of it as her governess. She is without a doubt one of the most popular teachers in fiction to have ever existed.
1. William Forrester (Finding Forrester):
William Forrester is the reluctant teacher to a young boy who manages to reach out to this brilliant writer who has been away from the world for a long time. Jamal is a boy who feels out of place at a private school and the teachers there also do their best to make him feel uncomfortable. In William Forrester, this boy finds a teacher and a much needed friend who can guide him through some troubled times.