Detention? You'd be getting off easy.
: This has gone too far. *clears throat* THAT'S ENOUGH
! I've about had it with your mischief! You should be ashamed of yourselves for behaving like this. You should know better! Well, what you have to say for yourselves?
: ... They said they won't do it again, kupo.
Noel: Huh? No way?
Serah: Alright, that's a promise. Now, it's time for all of you to go home!
Sometimes you have a teacher who is not a sadist
, particularly strict
, or overly nice
. They are just a regular teacher. Until you threaten their students
. After that you might want to start praying to whatever god is out there for mercy. You do not
mess with their students. Getting away with just a lecture is not an option. Detention, even less. And don't even think about getting off with a warning. These are the teachers that make you wish they'd leave discipline up to the principal.
A Sadist Teacher
wants their students to suffer. A Badass Teacher
wants those who make their students suffer to suffer.
Usually they're the Non-Action Guy
(or Girl) type, or a Nerd
. Often they're well-respected and popular with their students (though this isn't always the case). This is also common with Evil Teachers
who actually like their day job
. Anyone who runs a martial arts school
is almost certainly also this trope, since their entire day job is teaching students how to be fight anyway.
If a Hippie Teacher
or a Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher
is prone to this, running away as fast as possible is probably a good idea.
Usually not Truth in Television
, as any real teacher who behaved this way would in most cases stop being a Badass Teacher
and start being a Fired Teacher
For the parenting equivalents, see Mama Bear
and Papa Wolf
. For an older sibling who acts like this, see Knight Templar Big Brother
. Can overlap with Beware the Nice Ones
, and occasionally Badass Normal
in worlds with Supers. For a similar character, see Badass Bureaucrat
. Contrast Sadist Teacher
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Anime & Manga
- Yoko Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann may be the queen of this trope, managing to defeat two Ganmen with just her rifle and a hoverbike in order to protect her students.
- Onizuka from Great Teacher Onizuka is the epitome of this. The guy took multiple gun shots to save a girl that's been slandering him and threatening his job, dived off a building multiple times to save students, biked through a building with an impending explosion, forced a student to give up her death wish, and destroyed multiple gangs.
- Granted, he's done insane things to his students (forcing bullies through rather extreme humiliation, for example), but only to teach a lesson to help them survive in the world (Picking on people is wrong, not just morally but also because those people sometimes get pushed too far and do much worse to you).
- If there's a questionable trait here it's "Teacher". Onizuka is a badass who has decided to start teaching to repay society for all the bad things he has done. He's not very good at teaching but he tries.
- Well, only with actual school material, really. He states once or twice that what he really tries to do is make school fun enough that his students actually enjoy coming for school, often to the point of staying hours after the last bell rang. Since he's terrible with the actual material (that he's supposed to be teaching), he works at something that he's actually capable of instilling. And he succeeds.
- Not to mention what happened in the final few chapters - upon mention that the new headmistress has trapped herself inside of the highschool and set the building ablaze, Onizuka - who was moments earlier pronounced dead - sneaks out of the hospital, steals a motorcycle from a biker gang member waiting outside of the hospital, rides said motorcycle into the burning school building, grabs the headmistress, and proceeds to ride out of a fourth story window with a maniacal grin on his face Like a Badass out of Hell.
- The same author wrote a manga called Kamen Teacher, which is implied to take place in the same universe as GTO, and focuses on a teacher who dons a Kamen Rider-style mask in order to whip his class of delinquents into shape.
- Assassination Classroom features Koro-sensei, a nonhuman teacher badass enough to destroy most of the moon, turning it into a permanent crescent, capable of moving at Mach 20, temporarily cloning himself to teach his students individually at once, and immune to all weaponry besides a specific form of Applied Phlebotinum. And his almost as badass class. Who are tasked with killing him. Because if they don't by March, he will destroy the Earth. If they do, whoever is responsible will get 10-billion yen, which equates to about 126-million US Dollars. The thing is, Koro-sensei is the best teacher these students have ever had...
- Later on, Tadaomi, their overseer sent by the world government, also joins in as their phys-ed teacher in order to sharpen their combat skills. They also get the help of Irina Jelavic, a professional hit woman and Femme Fatale to act as their foreign language instructor.
- Negi Springfield from Mahou Sensei Negima! becomes dramatically more dangerous if his students are in danger. The same goes for Takahata. If there's a queen then Negi could be considered the king; after being impaled with a stone spear he collapses in a pool of his own blood. Then person that injured him turned his attention to Negi's student... and that's when he gets mad: he tears the spear out of his body and uses it to bash the guy in the head.
- Also keep in mind that he's only 10 years old.
- Meisuke Nueno, better known as Hell Teacher Nube. Harm his students, and it doesn't matter if you're a powerful ghost or demon. He will kill you.
- Ritsuko also qualifies: despite being absolutely devoid of spiritual power, her Crowning Moment Of Awesome had her, usually portrayed as being scared to the death of even casual mention of the occult, doing what she could to protect a student endangered by an evil ghost until Nube came to rescue them both.
- And of course, there's Sexy Mentor Minako-sensei, who actually died to save little Nube's life.
- Kumiko Yamaguchi from Gokusen is the homeroom teacher for a delinquent-filled school. However, she's also the 4th Generation female heir of a notorious yakuza gang. Indeed, she does a lot to protect (and also correct) her students...
- Seki-sensei from Ojamajo Doremi isn't just a Badass Teacher, she's a Badass Biker.
- Colbert-sensei from Zero no Tsukaima is a Technical Pacifist and vehemently opposes war, but when the students are in danger he kicks major amounts of ass.
- From Fullmetal Alchemist, Izumi "I'm a Housewife" Curtis. Endanger her students/child figures and you're in big trouble. Big trouble.
- Be one of her students and you're in even bigger trouble.
- Aoki Daisuke from Kodomo no Jikan can be pretty badass when it comes to protecting Rin.
- Early on in The Law of Ueki, Kobayashi (pictured) demonstrates that he may be against violence, but if you threaten or harass his students, you will wake up in a lot of pain. Also, despite his love of justice, he is very mischievous...
- In Weiß Kreuz Gluhen, history teacher Fujimiya Aya is the only person at Koua Academy to stand up to the Absurdly Powerful Student Council when they declare their control over the school, rushing to the defense of one of his students when S Class calls out a manhunt on the boy. Of course, this is mostly because both Aya and the student are undercover assassins investigating the school, although Aya probably would also have taken action to defend other innocent students if it had ever come up.
- One of Aya's fellow teachers, Asami, is very impressed by how Aya stands up to S Class, and does her best to emulate him when she stumbles across a severely injured and obviously terrified student on the school grounds. It doesn't go well for her.
- Soul Eater has the Shibusen faculty, with Stein as a particular example.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
- Chronos-sensei. Not only does he stand up to Camula to protect the other students who are carrying Spirit Keys (and most especially the pride of the school at the time, Kaiser Marufuji Ryou), but in season three, he puts himself in between his students and a rampaging horde of duel zombies, to delay said zombies and prevent them from stopping the students from getting to where they could get the help they needed to leave the desert dimension. And both times, he knew he was going to fail. He did it anyway. He has his bad points, but when his students are threatened, he will put his foot down (and then get knocked on his ass, but he doesn't let that get him down!).
- You might also include Samejima, the school's headmaster. He was the one who originally trained Ryo, and was presumably no slouch. "Presumably" because he never actually won a duel on-camera. But then, there had to be a reason why he was running this place and a monastery devoted to the Cyber-Style of dueling before that...
- The Tales of Symphonia OVA has a scene where Raine takes out Lloyd with a piece of chalk when he was
not paying attention sleeping in class. And it knocked him down along with his seat. That or she caught him off guard. Kratos would be disappointed.
- Basically every sensei on Naruto. Especially Kakashi.
- Maito Gai is perhaps the most Badass teacher in the series. He isn't only The Ace and Rated M for Manly, but he has never lost a fight on panel and has one-shotted one of the strongest characters in the series.
- Special mention to Asuma as well, who took on a group of Sound nin about to kill his student... and beat every single one of them in under thirty seconds. While still smoking.
- They are superpowered ninjas, whose job is to teach other superpowered ninjas. This trope was guaranteed from the start.
- And let's not forget poor Iruka, a chuunin Academy teacher who in episode one completely fools an Ax-Crazy colleague and protects Naruto... after having a giant shuriken (among other things) embedded in his back.
- Jiraiya. As one of the strongest characters in the series, he's Badass from the word go; but its his students who really define him. Namikaze Minato, Yahiko, Nagato / Pain, Konan and Uzumaki Naruto.
- Professor Oak of Pokémon may qualify as he has, on one occasion during Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon, sent out a freakin' Dragonite to combat the aforementioned Mirage Pokémon. (Seriously, not many trainers in the series have been able to successfully train a Pokemon that powerful; only the strongest Gym Leaders, the Elite Four, and Frontier Brains have mons that can compare.)
- Stewart, the agent posing as a teacher in Sonic X, fell fully into the role and did everything in his power to protect the kids, most notably throwing off his orders to protect them during Chaos' rampage. Not to mention the episode where he gets captured along with some of the kids, and has to break out and protect them.
- Special mention goes to Ur of Fairy Tail who sacrificed her life in save her students.
- Kagami of Denpa Kyoshi is perfectly willing to risk his own life and freedom to protect his students' lives and freedom. Despite not being that willing to be a teacher in the first place.
- Spider-Man, for the brief time he worked as a science teacher at his old high school.
- The Huntress, of the Batfamily.
- Black Lightning is also a teacher in his day job, and spends a lot of time trying to defend his students from the dangers of the streets. Often in costume.
- Chaim Levon from the Global Guardians was a Jewish school teacher before becoming the super hero Seraph and aiding Superman to dismantle bombs in Israel.
- The X-Men are almost always Badass, and this extends to their teaching careers at the Xavier Institute as well. Emma Frost in particular is very protective of her students, probably because two of her previous classes of students were murdered.
- The teachers at PS238 are almost all retired superheroes. This follows logically.
- In Frazz, Mrs. Olsen saves one of her students, Gabriella, by knocking her out of the way of an SUV driven by a texting driver. Both Mrs. Olsen and Gabriella suffer a broken arm.
- In Oh God Not Again!, Sirius gets to become a Hogwarts professor. Yeah, you heard that right.
- Futari Wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon has Ami-sensei, who, despite her ditzy nature and constant striving for a promotion she'll never attain, is a Gadgeteer Genius who built a machine to communicate across dimensions. Oh, and she's a retired Magical Girl Warrior who's aware of the danger that her students put themselves in on a regular basis. When things get serious, especially when the Distressed Damsel to whom she is an Honourary Aunt is involved, out come the plans, the super strength, and the friendship beams of death.
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality features Professor Quirrell, who is as unlike his canon incarnation as possible. He stuns two hundred students with one spell to save Harry (It Makes Sense in Context), can cast a Shield Charm strong enough to block fifty shield-breaking curses, glues bullies to the ceiling, and has the Pioneer Probe plaque as one of his Horcruxes.
- In Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, we have Chuta Ohsugi who is about the exact opposite than his canon portrayal. Instead of a Butt Monkey, we've got a determined man who is willing to go against the woman he crushed on (Sonada) with nothing more than a slipper and a costume glove, fight his chairman head on and even proclaim that he will be the next principal of Amanogawa High. Haruka Utsugi also counts as she's willing to fight off against Leo Zodiarts with nothing more than a katana. In Month of Sundays, Takashi Satake is also stepping up to be this.
Live Action TV
- Takeshi Hongo of Kamen Rider would like to do a Rider Kick to the monsters who harms not just his students, but to those who harm other people as well. And he's a Badass Biker too!
- Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright from Doctor Who.
- Hell, the Doctor himself in the episode School Reunion. And John Smith ends up being one by sacrificing his life in "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood".
- Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- Technically he's just the school librarian, he doesn't actually teach any classes. Except private ones after hours about vampire slaying for a select audience, of course.
- Riley Finn was a badass TA.
- Harry Senate from Boston Public.
- Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers Dino Thunder. He doesn't want to be badass, he just wants to be an ordinary science teacher. Nonetheless, he shows that he's more than willing to step back onto the battlefield after years of retirement if his students are threatened.
- Santiago Mancilla in Rebelde Way. You don't mess with Third Year. Period.
- The protagonist of The Greatest American Hero
- The Hoshikawa siblings of Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman are all Badass Teachers.
- Ultra Series
- The human form of Ultraman Eighty, Takeshi Yamato, took elementary school teaching as his job. Considering what he can do in Ultraman form, it's not a good idea to threaten his students.
- Also, the original Ultraman qualifies, somewhat. Not his human host, but Ultraman himself, who was actually a university professor on his home planet.
- Mr Rimmer, headmaster of Waterloo Road.
- World History Professor Milton Fine, alias Brainiac on Smallville combines this with Evil Teacher and Badass Bookworm for truly dangerous results.
- In Teen Wolf, Ms. Morrell looks to be shaping up as one, if the end of season two is anything to go by, she's got ties to Deaton's past.
- In The Vampire Diaries Alaric Saltzman, history teacher by day, vampire hunter by night. On a few happy occasions, these two interests have synergized when he finds old documents about vampires.
- Though she never actually takes anyone down physically, Laura Roslin of Battlestar Galactica probably counts, considering she is a political badass who used to be a school teacher and will airlock anyone she sees as a threat to her people.
- Al's grade school librarian in Married... with Children
- Kamen Rider Fourze, being a Kamen Rider series set in an American-style high school, naturally has several. Movie Wars Ultimatum, which takes place five years after the end of the series, shows that Gentaro himself came back to teach at his old school and still becomes Fourze to fight the random monsters that crop up once in a blue moon.
- All three teachers in the Rival Schools series — Hayato Nekketsu of Taiyo High, and Hideo Shimazu and Kyoko Minazuki of Justice High — exhibit this trope to varying degrees.
- Raine of Tales of Symphonia continues to teach her three students Lloyd, Colette, and Genis while they are traveling across the world on their quest. Then she fights monsters and bandits and half-elves and brings down holy light on enemies with devastating power. Her role as the group's primary healer further cements her as a Badass Teacher, since she has spells that are used for the express purpose of protecting her students from harm.
- Attack the Blood Raven initiates, especially the ones trained by Cyrus, I dare you. Even if you're a Super Soldier enhanced with demonic power.
- The instructors of Garden qualify for this. Case in point: Quistis Trepe. How did she once assist her students on the field? By taking down the giant spider robot that's pursuing them with a gatling gun.
- Keine Kamishirasawa of the Touhou series. Half-Beast history teacher and protector of the human village. Best portrayed in this fanvid.
- Professor Layton, although we don't see a great deal of him interacting with his actual students in the archaeology classes he teaches, is certainly this for his apprentice Luke.
- Jack in Mass Effect 3. Also a Cool Teacher, judging by her students' comments towards her.
- Magical Diary gives us Professor Potsdam. Sweet little old lady who calls her students such things as "starshines" and "cygnet" in utter sincerity, doesn't seem to quite get the idea of discipline...and is over six hundred years old, with all the power to match. When it comes to it, Damien runs rather than face her on her own ground. Not that she can keep him from coming back for the May Ball, if you decide to take him back.
- The Wonderful 101 features Mr. Wedgewood, aka Wonder Red and the leader of the eponymous heroes. The beginning of the game shows him getting separated from his students, and the rest of the game involves him rescuing them and saving the rest of the planet as well.
- The Didact from Halo once taught at the "College of Strategic Defense of the Mantle", or simply the War College; it was in fact where he gained the name "Didact". He's also the leader of the Prometheans, the highest order of Forerunner Warrior-Servants, and one of the most capable warriors in the galaxy's known history.
- Professor Sycamore in Pokémon X and Y is unlike any Pokémon Professor in previous games in that you can actually challenge him to Pokémon battles from time to time.
- Souichirou Kuzuki in Fate/stay night in the Unlimited Blade Works route. The Drifter who randomly came to town prior to the story and stayed at the local shrine. Despite being a perfectly normal human, he becomes the suspect of who Servant Caster's Master is. Simple mission: shoot him with a sleeping spell. If he is the Master then job well done, and if not then no harm done. Of course this doesn't turn out well when Caster warps in and saves him. But the battle is on our heroes' side! They've got Saber, the woman who is the strongest Servant! She gets past Caster and goes for Souichirou! And THWACK. Souichirou counters and proceeds to unleash a Spam Attack on Fist of the North Star levels. Yes, Souichirou just beat up King Arthur with his bare hands.
- And then if you think back a day or two ago, this means he was also the one who snapped Rider's neck in twain.
- Even after Archer betrays Caster and kills her, he's back to being a normal human, he challenges Archer to a one-on-one battle despite knowing he's going to be killed in one hit.
- Although not on Kuzuki´s level, Taiga is a 5th Dan in Kendo (who could´ve gotten alot further if her little strap on her shinai didn´t ban her from most tournaments) and a swordsman on level with Shiki Ryougi.
- In the opening of Tsukihime, Shiki gets visited by Aoko Aozaki, and by the end of their little sessions, calls her Sensei from then on. Cue Melty Blood, where Aoko is a Kung-Fu Wizard specializing in Frickin' Laser Beams.
- Yumi Matsumiya from True Love Junai Monogatari doesn't look like this, but fully shows why she deserves this title when she and the MC find out that her fellow teacher Mikazaki is sexually harrassing Mayumi and when a drunkard beats the shit outta the MC when he tries to protect her from him.
- Similarly, most of the teachers at Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe, since many of them are retired superheroes. Even more frightening, some of them are retired supervillains.
- Coach Callahan from Tales of MU. Aside from teaching such mundane classes as "Mixed Melee" and "Fighting to Disable", she is also one of the worst war criminals alive today. In her past, she has committed multiple genocides, stopped giants from taking over the world more than once, and has been charged with multiple counts of attempted deicide (most nations do not have laws against successful deicide).
- Laid-back Hippie Teacher Mr. Van Dreissen attacks a guest speaker (somewhat wimpily) when Beavis And Butthead claim the speaker "touched" them.
- Some of the teachers from Recess in Recess: School's Out.
- Of the four named faculty, two were accomplished martial artists, one was able to use his Janitorial Supplies as Improvised Weapons, and the other one was a Hippie Teacher as well as The Cutie, and showed a perfect example of Beware the Nice Ones. The principal handled capture pretty nicely as well. Course, one scene had all the teachers rappelling into the cafeteria to help the kids in the fight against the Big Bad.
- Especially effective in that of the four named faculty, two are the main antagonists of the series, one an Apathetic Teacher who wants nothing more than to move up the career path and stop dealing with children, and the other is the very essence of a kids show Sadist Teacher. But if you mess with their kids, you're going down hard.
- One episode had a substitute teacher fall into this trope. The gang goes to school, expecting a free day, only to be greeted by a teacher, whom Spinelli describes, after seeing some of his actions, having "zero fear."
- The core of the Order of the White Lotus from Avatar: The Last Airbender is made up of Cool Old Guy Badass Teachers: Iroh, Pakku, Bumi, Jeong Jeong, and Piandao.
- Also, Gyatso, the Actual Pacifist air monk. He took on a platoon of powerful firebenders, while they were juiced up on the comet that made each of them into a walking, talking, armored Person of Mass Destruction. And killed. them. all. as they brought him down.
- Toph as well. She joins the group in order to teach earthbending to Aang, and she's pretty much made of badass.
- She also opened up an academy after the war to spread her knowledge of metalbending, which she invented.
- The Legend of Korra gives us Aang and Katara's son Tenzin, the world's only master airbender. He shows himself to be quite badass, taking out chi-blockers and one of Sato's mechas by himself, and has passed on his skills to his three Badass Adorable children.
- Xavier, Wolverine, and Storm in X-Men Evolution, along with Hank McCoy who was pretty tough before mutating into a blue, furry form.
- The title character of Cybersix, who's a literature teacher by day and a superhero by night. There's also her love interest, the Badass Normal biology teacher Lucas.
- Principle Seymour Skinner from The Simpsons, while more of a Retired Badass in his civilian life, Skinner is a Vietnam veteran and was a relatively successful military officer back in the day. While he usually goes out of his way to avoid conflict, he has no qualms about kicking serious ass if the situation (rarely) calls for it.
- The Gromble from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. He is a Sadist Teacher, but he'll also rain fiery vengance upon anyone who dares threaten his students.
- Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. C'mon, who wouldn't want to go one of her field-trips? (Besides Arnold, of course).
- Brian Lewis, who for most of his screen time delves into Moral Myopia as an Apathetic Teacher on American Dad!, shattered a hot pot of coffee in Steve Smith's face when he learned Steve had just punched a very young exchange student everybody liked with absolutely no provocation.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Anakin is this to Ahsoka. Pretty much every other Jedi with a Padawan counts as well.
- Master Hamma from Johnny Bravo.
- Professor Egon Spengler. Invented a portable nuclear accelerator; punched out Cthulhu and other, similar deities; led a one-man charge against an ancient demon called Achira...and mentored a new generation of Ghostbusters.
- Drill sergeants in general.
- In the Finnish Army, schoolteachers are preferred as reserve officers.
- Because of the threat of suicide bombings against a certain girls school in Afghanistan, the complex was walled with only one gate placed far away from the main school building. At this gate a single teacher would sit, watching the gate. If a suicide bomber entered the teacher would attack him and try to detonate the explosive, killing them both. And if that's not badass enough, the teachers were 50 year-old women.
- Dr. Liviu Librescu of Virginia Tech, personally kept the door shut to prevent gunman Seung-Hui Cho from entering the classroom so his students could escape. It took five shots to take him down. Of course, he had a history, since surviving the Holocaust takes a Determinator in itself...
- The same can be said for the four other (murdered) professors who attempted to confront or stop Cho from hurting their students. Although, despite the fact all of them should be considered heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice, in all honesty Librescu still is the most Badass Teacher - he held the armed and physically healthy Cho off long enough for all but one of his students to escape, being 77 years old.
- There is the Troops to Teachers program; former military members get certified to teach, then go to (generally dangerous) schools.
- Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. A university professor, he took a sabbatical to fight for the Union in the American Civil War, saved the whole Union army with a bayonet charge, was wounded a half-a-dozen times, won the Congressional Medal of Honor, became a Brigadier General (after he was given a few hours to live; he got better) and returned after the war to become head of the school and teach every subject except Mathematics. He was also the officer chosen to accept Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and where he served four terms as Governor of Maine.
- Dr. David Benke, a math teacher at Deer Creek Middle School in Denver, tackled a gunman when he tried to attack the school. In a letter to the public explaining what happened, he wrote, "If we could have told the students what we felt before the incident happened we would have said, 'Not on my watch. On my watch you are going to be as safe as I can make you.'"
- At a university-type Military Academy, many of the professors are usually commissioned officers.
- In Hanover, Germany, a 37-year-old kindergarten teacher named Ina Koenig saw one of her students fall down a mine shaft on a field trip. Immediately, she jumped in after him and kept his head above the extremely cold water at the bottom for two hours until help arrived, saving his life.
- The Sandy Hook shooting gave light to many badass teachers:
- Vicki Soto, a first-grade teacher, hid her kids in closets/cabinets and told the shooter that the kids were in an auditorium/gym. The shooter proceeded to shoot the teacher, but the kids survived. The mayor of Newtown wants to name one of the schools after her for her heroism. And she was all of twenty-seven.
- One of the teachers turned on the PA system to warn the rest of the school of the shooting.
- How did the principal die? She died lunging after the shooter, trying to stop him herself, probably knowing she was going to die.
- Jane Haining doubles as this and Badass Preacher.