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So you have a cruel, mean, bully of a teacher, that's got to make school life pretty harsh right? Well it could be worse, they could actually be evil.

This includes Mooks and Murderers whose day job is teaching, all way up to Big Bads who pose as teachers as part of the Masquerade. Not too uncommon in Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World situations, but can also appear in other works which are set in a school or University.

Sometimes this does overlap with the Sadist Teacher but it isn't too uncommon for some iteration of supposedly "nice", and/or well liked, teacher to be secretly evil. Perhaps so secretly even they don't know.

If they don't like teaching, a Sadist Teacher can result. If they do like it, they'll often end up a Badass Teacher.

Also not to be confused with Evil Mentor, who is not only evil, but also corrupts his disciples with evil teachings.

Examples of Evil Teacher include:


  • Harumi Saotome of the Higa team in The Prince of Tennis. This is the guy who actually orders his pupils throw balls at the rival coaches to injure them, and throws tantrums when they don't go along with it.
  • Kuzuki of Fate/stay night is a bit of a subversion. He's well-liked among the students, and isn't actually evil. He's just amoral and has no problem going along with Caster's plans, which involve mass murder.
  • Professor Cobra of Season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.Also Professor Crowler during season 1 fits this trope as well.
  • Dante of the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist. She's introduced as a kind old lady who was once Izumi's alchemy tutor, but it is eventually revealed that she is the Big Bad behind the homunculi.
  • Yuu Nikaidou-sensei of Shugo Chara, who is only a teacher as it involves screening children from Seiyo Academy to see if they possess the legendary "Embryo" as their "Hearts Egg". As the best way to draw out a "Hearts Egg" is to make a child become filled with self doubt about their aspirations for life, and usually means that without outside help they get their dreams crushed and he is a Child-Hater, he's presented as evil.


  • The Faculty
  • Kitano in Battle Royale. Although this is almost justified by the fact that the world has gone to hell and the students are unruly to the point of stabbing him at random in the hall. He doesn't actually do anything malevolent to them until after they've left school and he enrolls them in the BR program
  • Matt Dillon's character in Wild Things.
  • The Assistant Principal, and the super-teachers he hires, in Korean action-comedy Volcano High.
  • In Hot Fuzz, the schoolteacher is one of the members of the villainous NWA.

Fan Fiction

  • Harry Potter fanfiction. Way too many people like to portray Dumbledore as a Manipulative Bastard Complete Monster who's setting up Harry as a Heroic Sacrifice to defeat Voldemort, in some cases with Dumbledore planning to take all the glory immediately after. A few fanfics also have him paying off Ron/Hermione/Ginny/whoever to be Harry's "friend" as a way for Dumbledore to spy on him.


  • The Demon Headmaster kinda evident from the title.
  • Harry Potter: given that it's set in a Wizarding School this isn't suprising. Most of the books had one, usually the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Snape is presented as an Evil Teacher but proves not to be.
    • Philosophers/Sorcerers Stone - Quirrell, though he was The Mole so he didn't act harshly to the students.
    • Chamber Of Secrets - Lockhart wasn't working for the villains, but the degree of selfishness it takes to steal others' memories for fame and be willing to let an eleven-year-old die to maintain his reputation probably counts as a banal kind of evil.
    • Prisoner of Azkaban - none Lupin certainly wasn't evil...well maybe for one night every few months if he didn't get his wolfsbane potion...
    • Goblet of Fire - Moody (though he's Not Himself, but Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise), and Igor Karkaroff as Ex-Death Eater turned coward Headmaster
    • Order of the Phoenix - Umbridge, former trope namer for Tyrant Takes the Helm, whose idea of detention involves students magically carving words into their own hands by writing lines.
    • Deathly Hallows - The Carrows, who were installed by Voldemort and aren't so much teachers as anti-Muggle propagandists. They're less subtle in their prejudice than Umbridge, and even more sadistic. Umbridge tortured students herself, while they encourage their favourites to torture other students.
  • Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda isn't just a Sadist Teacher, it becomes obvious at the end that she probably either herself murdered Miss Honey's father/her brother-in-law or at least had him assassinated.
  • Coach Gengis - who is really Count Olaf in disguise - from A Series of Unfortunate Events. (Not spoilered because... well, it's Count Olaf we're talking about).
  • The Guardians of Time trilogy tries to do this and fails miserably.
  • As does The German Harry Potter/The Neverending Story/The Lord of the Rings knock-off The Laura Cycle
  • On of the Diamond Brothers novel Public Enemy Number Two has Sadist Teacher Mr. Palis turn out to have been "The Fence" all along
  • Madame Morrible from Wicked. Both the musical and the book.
  • Miss Gaunt in Ghosts of Fear Street: Who's Been Sleeping in my Grave?.
  • Vice Principal Nero from A Series of Unfortunate Events is a true sadist. He makes Sunny (A BABY) work as his secretary, punishes people by taking away silverware and tying people's hands behind their backs during lunchtime.
  • The Teacher From The Black Lagoon and its many, many sequels would qualify as the best example if The X Files hadn't taken that honor. "This is a whole boy. This is half a boy. Now you've learned fractions."
  • Mrs. Gorf in the Wayside School series, who turned students into apples. There were several other evil teachers as well.
  • Vice-Principal Chapman from Animorphs, who's high up in the Yeerk front organization The Sharing (which is similar to a scouting group or something) and often tries to recruit students, including the protagonists. He acts like a nice guy, though.
  • Salamander features Maridon, one of the teachers in the story's College of Magic. He's not presented as a bad teacher, just as a teacher who wants to be a Person of Mass Destruction.
  • Professor James Moriarty.
  • The Young Bond novel Blood Fever has Professor Peter Haight, who appears to be a Reasonable Authority Figure but it as actually a member of a secret society dedicated to restoring the Roman Empire and who poisons the teenaged James Bond when he gets to close to the truth.

Live Action TV

  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder - Principal Randall aka Elsa, The Dragon to Big Bad Mesogog... who, in his civilian identity, would also briefly try his hand at teaching when Dr. Tommy Oliver is out.
  • Half the faculty (including a few dinner ladies) in the Doctor Who episode "School Reunion".
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures story Revenge of the Slitheen.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Teachers Pet"
    • In season four of Buffy, there was the Knight Templar Psychology professor Maggie Walsh.
  • Ms. Paddock from the second season X-Files episode "Die Hand Die Verletzt". She actually is a manifestation of demon Azazel.
  • He's only briefly a teacher, but Cromartie from The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • In the Outer Limits episode "The Special One", Mr. Zeno, an alien in human form, tutors gifted children, planning to indoctrinate them and use their advanced scientific skills to help his planet conquer Earth. Zeno kills one father who discovers what's going on, and almost kills another before his current pupil (the son of Zeno's intended target) turns the tables on him.
  • In Smallville Brainiac mixes this with Badass Bookworm, Complete Monster, Evil Mentor, and Omnicidal Maniac. No he's not your average History Prof.
  • The headmaster Mr. Finch and the new staff he installed in the Deffry Vale School in the Doctor Who episode "School Reunion".

Video Games

  • Persona 4 has Mr. Morooka, a.k.a "King Moron", a rather snobbish (and hideous) man with a grudge against women as well as the main character. He treats his students rudely (putting the main character on his "Shit List" within minutes of meeting him), and has a tendency to get drunk on school fieldtrips. He ends up murdered about half-way through the game.

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Western Animation