Created By: Superior on August 21, 2010 Last Edited By: Superior on August 21, 2010
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A common Japanese media character type, the female high school teacher who is fairly young, attractive, and on friendly terms with her students.

On the other hand, she is still unmarried, and very conscious about it, as well as about the lack of respect she gets. She is usually extremely childish, even her own students appear more mature than her.

She might be Hot for Student, in a comical way.

See also: Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher, and Hippie Teacher.


Examples:

  • Nyamo and Yukari-chan, from Azumanga Daioh are probably the Trope Codifiers.
  • Sawa-chan, from K-On!
  • Kuroi-sensei from Lucky Star.
  • Koigakubo-sensei from Toradora!.
  • Played with, Hinako Ninomiya from Ranma 1/2. She's got a weird condition (caused by Happosai doing something odd to her when she was a sickly child to help alleviate her illness) where she oscillates between a sweet-cute child form and a voluptuous adult form depending on how much battle aura/ki she's drained from her students recently. The interesting part is that she undergoes a personality change with the size change -- she's mentally a child when in child form, and far more sophisticated as an adult.
  • Kiryuu-sensei from Kissx Sis, from the perverted Hot for Student Covert Otaku type.
  • Yokoshima-sensei from Seitokai Yakuindomo, also from the perverted Hot for Student kind.
  • Yukari in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. Acts very immature, constantly hits on the male students - particularly the main character, who's the younger brother of her best friend and drinking-buddy - and they all completely ignore her.
  • In Persona4 Kashiwagi seems to think she's this.
  • Taiga from Fate/Stay Night.
  • Mika-sensei from Doki Doki School Hours (whose original manga version predated Azumanga Daioh by a few years) is probably one of the more extreme examples: Despite being 27, she looks and (for all intents and purposes) acts like a twelve-year-old, and as such her students have a hard time taking her seriously.
  • There is Hibiki-chan from I My Me! Strawberry Eggs, of course she is a Wholesome Crossdresser.
  • Subverted with Tsukuyomi Komoe from To Aru Majutsu no Index. She looks like a ten-year old girl who sleeps in cute pajamas and is friendly with her students. However, she also smokes, drinks beer, and most importantly of all, is an actually smart and competent teacher who acts as a mentor for Touma.
  • Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima! would definitely be a gender-inverted version of this.
  • Tonchan/Tom-Tom from Air Gear is so young that one of her colleagues, who's in his mid 40s at the most, was her teacher when she previously attended the school. And she's incredibly childish and naive.
  • Vera Collins from Heroman.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • August 4, 2010
    SmashingMelons42
    Kuroi-sensei from Lucky Star.

    Also, in Persona4 Kashiwagi seems to think she's this.
  • August 5, 2010
    goodtimesfreegrog
    • Mika-sensei from Doki Doki School Hours (whose original manga version predated Azumanga Daioh by a few years) is probably one of the more extreme examples: Despite being 27, she looks and (for all intents and purposes) acts like a twelve-year-old, and as such her students have a hard time taking her seriously.
  • August 5, 2010
    TheChainMan
    Subverted with Tsukuyomi Komoe from To Aru Majutsu No Index. She looks like a ten-year old girl who sleeps in cute pajamas and is friendly with her students. However, she also smokes, drinks beer, and most importantly of all, is an actually smart and competent teacher who acts as a mentor for Touma.
  • August 5, 2010
    Vree
    To Aru Majutsu No Index's Sensei is not just young-ish, she's shameless lolibait. How'd a person who looks and acts like a kindergartener got made a teacher anyway?
  • August 5, 2010
    EponymousKid
    Tonchan/Tom-Tom from Air Gear is so young that one of her colleagues, who's in his mid 40s at the most, was her teacher when she previously attended the school. And she's incredibly childish and naive.
  • August 5, 2010
    BlackDragon
    I don't remember her name, but the main teacher of the Two Teacher School in Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu. Acts very immature, constantly hits on the male students - particularly the main character, who's the younger brother of her best friend and drinking-buddy - and they all completely ignore her.
  • August 5, 2010
    TheChainMan
    @Vree: Being actually a competent teacher when it comes to it, I guess. Academy City is kinda weird anyway.

    @BlackDragon: Her name's Yukari. Wonder where I've heard that before...

    Also, another example: Vera Collins from Heroman.
  • August 5, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Would the teacher from Ranma 1/2 count?
  • August 5, 2010
    Superior
    Is everyone OK with the title? I guess the TRS would tear it apart, for being japanese, and everything, but I'm also kinda proud of it.
  • August 5, 2010
    GKJG
    Rebecca Miyamoto from Pani Poni Dash takes this to an extreme.
  • August 6, 2010
    Yora
    Minamo-sensei in Azumanga Daioh is an aversion. While many of the kids call her by her given name, they usually correctly add the sensei and she's very responsible and highly respected. She's just so good she doesn't have to insist on being called Kurusawa-sensei.
  • August 6, 2010
    LooneyToons
    > Would the teacher from Ranma 1/2 count?

    Hinako Ninomiya, and I think she's intended as a subversion of, or maybe just playing with, the trope. For those who don't know, she's got a weird condition (caused by Happosai doing something odd to her when she was a sickly child to help alleviate her illness) where she oscillates between a sweet-cute child form and a voluptuous adult form depending on how much battle aura/ki she's drained from her students recently. The interesting part is that she undergoes a personality change with the size change -- she's mentally a child when in child form, and far more sophisticated as an adult.
  • August 6, 2010
    LooneyToons
    Oh, and Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima would definitely be a gender-inverted version of this.
  • August 6, 2010
    Superior
    ^^^ Nyamo is still an example. She is a relatively young, attractive, female, Christmas Cake teacher, who is very informal with her students.

    Childishness is just one of the many parts of the trope, she can still generally fit without it, just as others can also fit without being a desperate Christmas Cake, or maybe even being female, as long as they fit for a general majority of the characteristics.

    By the way, Nyamo has her fair share of immaturity, it's just harder to notice near Yukari. "Drunken sex-ed incident" anyone?
  • August 10, 2010
    Superior
    Ok, I think we are almost done with this. A good page picture would be good, for example one of the above ladies stading in front of a class and obviously being a teacher, while doing something childish.
  • August 20, 2010
    CrypticMirror
    There is Hibiki-chan from I My Me Strawberry Eggs, of course she is a Wholesome Crossdresser.
  • August 20, 2010
    Meophist
    ...I can't say I like the title, it's combining two honourifics together, which just sounds wrong to me. That said, I wish I could think of another title.
  • August 20, 2010
    Superior
    ^ I know that it is Gratuitous Japanese, but it really gets the trope across to anyone who ever watched Anime. Unfortunatelly, I can't even make up an Exactly What It Says On The Tin title, as it is a complex, "you know it when you see it" archetype with about half a dozen equally important parts, (just like Tsundere or Moe) but unlike those, it lacks a pre-existing name.
  • August 20, 2010
    Geargrinder
    Gratuitous Japanese it is. But since I don't see any examples NOT from anime/manga (at least I think so), it can be allowed to exist.
  • August 21, 2010
    Geargrinder
    Also, looks pretty launchable.
  • August 21, 2010
    CrypticMirror
  • August 21, 2010
    Geargrinder
  • August 21, 2010
    Superior
    OK, I'm launching it in a few hours, right now I won't have the time for it.
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