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->''"I've gotta run, but as soon as you're ready to talk about your family problems with an art teacher you can call me!"''
-->-- '''Geoffrey Jellineck''', ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'''s parody of this trope

In addition to teaching, this teacher solves ''all'' of his or her students' problems. Whether it's ordinary teen angst or dealing with divorcing parents, no problem is too small or too large to be handled by this benevolent, all-knowing schoolteacher.

A type of CoolTeacher. Often the protagonist of a SaveOurStudents plot.

Compare with TheShrink. Definitely contrast SadistTeacher.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Kaho Mizuki occasionally gives clues to Sakura in her dealings with the Clow Cards. As a {{Miko}}, Kaho knows a thing or two about the supernatural, and [[spoiler: uses her Shrine Bell to give Sakura a second chance at the Final Judgment against Yue and avert [[AdultFear everyone losing their memories and relationships.]]]]
* Kumiko in ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'' is constantly trying to fix the problems in her delinquent charges' lives. Amusingly, she does this largely by employing the {{Yakuza}} moral code and getting into fights, but it goes beyond that.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Mr. Onizuka kinda fits this trope [[BunnyEarsLawyer but he is rough at times.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'', for while Ritsuka's sweet teacher Hitomi would like to solve all her students' problems, [[ShrinkingViolet she's too shy to really do anything]].
* Inverted in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. The students help little Negi overcome all sorts of problems, from angst to ParentalAbandonment.
* Takashi Hayashida of ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' tries to be one for his student, Rei Kiriyama. Aside from talking about shogi-related matters with him, he tries to help Rei out with some of his social and emotional issues when given the opportunity by imparting some of his wisdom so Rei has something to think about.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Miss Johnson in ''Film/DangerousMinds''. Arguably the whole point of the movie was that THESE kids needed a teacher like this, because they and the system had given up on them achieving anything in school (or afterward).
* Mr. Keating in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'', especially to Neil, although it didn't exactly end well. [[spoiler:Given that, ya know, Neil kills himself.]]
* Dr. Sweeney in ''Film/AmericanHistoryX'' chose to be the principal of a Venice Beach high school despite his high credentials and is a law enforcement liason on the local youth gang activity. He is familiar enough with the Vinyard family that he goes through some effort to turn the two sons Derek and Danny away from their Neo-Nazi racism, but he makes it clear that [[DeconstructedTrope he's not a saint]]; his help is not unconditional and the Vinyards ultimately have to effect their own salvation.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': In Creator/JamesMcAvoy's words, [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Professor X]] is a social worker in addition to being a principal and a teacher. Charles cherishes everyone under his care, so he invests a substantial amount of his effort to aid his students in coping with their psychological issues (especially the ones caused--or at least exacerbated--by their mutations), and when possible, to find solutions for them. As a telepath, he can employ his empathy to ascertain what kind of nurturing works best on a particular youngster. By catering to their individual needs, Xavier steadily wins their affections, and he also becomes their paternal figure.
%%* Mr. Duncan from ''Bang, Bang You're Dead''.

* Mr. Merchant in Gene Kemp's "Cricklepit School" novels.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Professor Snape attempts this with Draco in the ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', [[spoiler:though it's less trying to save Draco from the day-to-day problems of a teenager and more to save his soul from murdering Dumbledore.]]
** Also, Professor Dumbledore plays the role of Harry's confidant and they often discuss his angst over losing his parents, his friends being in constant danger and [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne having to be the one to take on Voldemort himself.]]
* Miss Honey, from Roald Dahl's ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'': Subverted when Matilda realizes her teacher needs as much help (or more) as she herself does, and makes it her goal to help her. Double subverted with the ending, when [[spoiler:Miss Honey adopts [[HappilyAdopted Matilda]]]].
* Also Miss Perumal, Reynie's tutor, from ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety''.
* ''Literature/NotesOnAScandal'' had a clever subversion: Sheba initially tries to help Steven overcome his problems, but then starts to sleep with him instead. And later, it's revealed that he made up most of the aforementioned problems just so he could get closer to her.
* The titular character in ''Literature/TuesdaysWithMorrie.''
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'''s protagonist is this to [[spoiler:Molly]], his second apprentice. Most notably, he encourages her to reconcile with her parents.
* In Eduard Limonovs "The Other Russia", he describes some of the great leaders of the hippie movement and the new left, (for example the German left wing politician and "Kommune 1" leader Rainer Langhans, as well as [[DracoInLeatherPants Charles Manson]]) as well as himself this way. He wrote that most people enjoy your leadership and teaching if the first thing which is taught is to talk openly about feelings, needs and wants.
* Apparently, ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' couldn't afford a guidance counselor, because the kids all went to Mr. Collins, the English teacher, for advice.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* About half the teaching staff in ''Series/BostonPublic'', but Mr. Senate especially.
* Mr. Feeny on ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. He tries to avoid it in the early shows, imparting life lessons begrudgingly outside of the classroom. After Mr. Turner [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappears between seasons]], Feeny fits this trope much more readily, having given up any semblance of trying to maintain a professional distance in his relationships with the main cast of students (to the point that, when he resists telling them he loves them in the GrandFinale, none of them believe him). It gets to the point that he gets upset after an incident involving Cory pushing his father, because nobody sought his advice about it.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** Parodied with a Professor Whitman, who (in "Introduction to Film") devotes his classes to trying to [[Film/DeadPoetsSociety get students to "seize the day."]]. He theoretically teaches accounting. It's also played straight to a degree, however, since for all that he comes across as a bit of a deluded clown, he's actually savvy enough to realize that Jeff, who has joined his class for an easy grade, is just coasting and has no real idea how to seize the day.
** Averted with the actual psychology teacher Professor Duncan, who's completely apathetic to his students apart from Jeff.
* Mr. Schuester in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' would probably like to ''think'' he's this. In fact, though, the only student whose problems he's canonically shown to take much interest in or do much of anything about is Finn Hudson - who's basically Will's mini-me. He's less an actual PsychologistTeacher than a deconstruction of the trope.
* Mr. Moore on ''Series/HeadOfTheClass''.
* Another one is the title character in the long-running Japanese drama ''San-Nen B-Gumi Series/KinpachiSensei''.
* Miss Bliss from ''Good Morning Miss Bliss'', the precursor to ''Series/SavedByTheBell.''
* Mr. Kotter on ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter''.
* In ''Series/TheWire'', Prez tries to be one of these for his students (to the extent that he even starts taking home a neglected kid's laundry), but [[{{Deconstruction}} gradually realizes that he can't invest himself in them so much]].
* Subverted and deconstructed in ''Series/BigSchool'' by Miss Postern (Creator/CatherineTate) who strives to be ''seen'' as a Psychologist Teacher who is in tune with the kids, but is so self-centred and full of her own importance that she fails miserably.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has an imperfect example with Mr. Wyatt in "After School Special". He's the first person to ask Sam what he wants in life and encourages him to pursue his own goals. However, he's oblivious to Sam's life as a hunter (and all that it entails), so he ultimately fails to provide long-term solutions to Sam's problems.

* The teenaged Stephen K. Amos's teacher in ''What Does The K Stand For?'' is a parody of the trope. She's really excited when he comes out as gay, because she did a course on that and was looking forward to using it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. Yuko appears to be the perfect teacher, with her students speaking of her in glowing terms and three of them being close enough to visit her in the [[AbandonedHospital hospital]]. During [[BigDamnHeroes her first appearance]], she literally saves your life and seems to be the one in charge. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:it turns out she has a crippling lack of self-confidence that leads to her being effortlessly manipulated by Hikawa and then Aradia. The irony is that she could have been one of the strongest characters in the game, but ends up being the weakest]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mr. O'Neil tries to be this in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', often failing miserably.
* [[spoiler:Parodied in the]] ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode 'Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High', which has Brian becoming the substitute teacher of the remedial class, where he inadvertently inspires the inner-city youths that they can achieve their dreams [[spoiler: as long as their dreams involve low-paying, unskilled labor.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Occasionally parodied with Mr Garrison, who has given terrible/misguided advice (to Stan, when he was worried about his gay dog Sparky), shown little concern for his students' problems and mocked them for it (when he found out Stan was being beaten up by his sister and not one of his parents), or "helped" them as part of his own, not so altruistic agenda (joining the intervention to send Cartman to Fat Camp "just so (he) could see the look on (Cartman's) face".
** Also spoofed in "Eek, A Penis!" when Cartman teaches at an InnerCitySchool in a parody of ''Film/StandAndDeliver''. He encourages his students to lie and cheat shamelessly, and counsels a tearful teenaged girl who has just discovered that she is pregnant to have an abortion, which is "like cheating ''life itself''!"
* Rather than thinking Jim is lazy like your by-the-books teacher, Strickler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' could tell that Jim is simply distracted by his busy life and offers his council should he ever need it, and could even tell that Jim likes Claire and advices him to simply tell her instead of staring all day. Safe to say, Strickler legitimately cares about Jim to a degree, even after finding out that [[spoiler:he was the new trollhunter]].
* Professor Schneider in ''WesternAnimation/GravedaleHigh'' does this to all [[AllGhoulsSchool his monster students]], getting involve in all their personal problems.