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->''"According to my calculations, Mr. Spicoli, you wasted a total of eight hours of my time this year. And rest assured that is a kind estimate. Now, Mr. Spicoli, comes a rare moment for me. Now I have the unique pleasure of squaring our account. Tonight, you and I are going to talk in great detail about the Davis Agreement, all the associated treaties, and the American Revolution in particular. Now if you can just turn to Chapter 47 of'' Lord of Truth And Liberty. "
-->-- '''Mr. Hand''', ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' (on prom night)

A subtrope of {{Determinator}}, this is an educator (often a principal, though sometimes just a teacher) who, by all gods, swears that you WILL get an education, by all means necessary. This teacher will thus spend time hunting down students who try to skip school, to drag them back to class. If played with restraint, this means the principal spends his days patrolling the corridors of the school (rather than knee-deep in paper work and meetings as they would be in real life), maintaining a vigil for children roaming the halls without a hall pass, or worst, those that are late for class. The more serious examples of this trope will go on a quest when they learn that a student is not in class, tracking them across the city or even the country. They will brave the elements and the law, resorting to breaking and entering if they have to, all to make sure you go back to school. Often a DesignatedAntagonist (how dare they want to teach our kids!), which is usually justified by making the character a JerkAss into the bargain. May also be a SadistTeacher who takes pleasure in the hunt and punishing his absconding students, although he's also likely to be just a SternTeacher.

If the character in question is a principal, he may also be DeanBitterman if he is doing out of a sense of authority or obsession with order - though not always, as sometime they may be doing it out genuine concern for their charges. Depending on how determined Non-Giving-Up School Guy is, he may prove to be a BadassTeacher with his determination to track his charge down.

More FridgeLogic occurs when one considers how apparently negative consequences for non-attendance only occur if Non-Giving-Up School Guy finds TheProtagonist. Not actually showing up to class multiple times really results in F's, phone calls, letters to parents, etc. (Usually {{Handwaved}} by them being tricky enough to forge excuses, but in RealLife this can only go so far.)

This character may have/be the following: HeroicSpirit, {{Determinator}} and ImplacableMan.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Invoked by Souichi Nishimura, aka [[InSeriesNickname Iron Man/Tetsujin]] of ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', by showing up out of the blue anywhere an avatar has "died", whether in a school battle, or even while taking a bath at a bathhouse, to take them to remedial classroom. Resident ButtMonkey Ahikhisa Yoshii is often victim to this.
--> '''Tetsujin:''' [[CatchPhrase "Those who died, meet me in the remedial classroom!"]]
* Parodied in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' - The Principal is TheDeterminator... when it comes to enforcing haircuts.
* ''Manga/UltimateTeacher'' provides the perfect way to create a teacher that will never give up: cockroach DNA.
* The Principal in ''Manga/YandereKanojo''. He hates delinquents with a fervor, and will do anything to clean them from the school. Surprisingly, he's also a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'''s Despair Arc gives us Chisa Yukizome, who spends the whole first episode wrangling up the stragglers of the 77th Class in order to teach them how to enjoy their youth. She accomplishes this by using other students as bait, physically dragging and restraining them, and by analyzing their profiles to figure out where they would most likely be.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A comic version of the cartoon where WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck was a truant officer. His nephews tricked him into thinking there was class that day. Creator/CarlBarks didn't like the idea of a comic story where kids defy the law and get away with that, so he had Donald use the school keys to open it and his authority as the nephews' uncle to force them in and write at the blackboard "Crime doesn't pay". He even corrected one of the nephews on how to write "crime".
* An out of continuity gag in the French comic ''Les Profs'' (''The Teachers'') imagine the teachers as wild west outlaws, taking control of small towns to force people to go to school.

* ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' Scootaloo claims Cheerilee is one, and that when she once tried playing hooky, the mare pursued her "halfway to Cloudsdale" before catching her.


* Principal Dick Vernon in ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''. Granted, Bender is a real pain in his backside both in the movie and in their backstories, but Vernon starts giving out detentions every time anyone talks back, locks Bender in his office, and treats all of the students in detention, not just Bender, with disdain. A conversation with the AlmightyJanitor later further enforces the idea that Vernon is obsessed with order because he doesn't want to admit that he's bad at his job.
* The Dean of Students in ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' spends half the movie hunting down Ferris. To enforce his DesignatedAntagonist status, this tendency seems to be limited only to Ferris (it's implied that no one even realized Cameron was missing, and when Jeannie ditches school later on, it only gets a brief acknowledgement from the secretary), and that he's motivated more out of a personal vendetta against Ferris than any desire to give an education -- he merely wants to prove Ferris is skipping school (as opposed to being genuinely sick) so that he can keep Ferris from graduating. He also takes it upon himself to ''break into the Buellers' house.''
* Mr. Hand in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh''. On the night of the graduation dance he comes to Spicoli's house. See the page quote above.
* Mr. Strickland in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. It is shown that in the 30 years he's been working at the school, he spent most of it patrolling the corridors, watching for late students whom he calls "slackers".
** [[RealityIsUnrealistic Turns out Mr. Strickland's job is a real thing]] called a "Disciplinarian." Many schools have them to help keep order and cut down on delinquency.
* Creator/ZhangYimou's film ''Not One Less''. Wei Minzhi is told not to lose any students. When one of the boys takes off in search of work in the big city, she goes looking for him.
* The progtagonist of ''[[Film/GoodbyeMrChips Goodbye, Mr. Chips]]'' continues teaching his class, reading them a translation of Ceasar, while they're all crouched under their tables ''during a German air raid''.
* ''Film/LeanOnMe'' plays Principal Joe Clark as a [[GoodIsNotNice heroic]] example of this.
* ''[[Film/EscapeToWitchMountain Return from Witch Mountain]]'' has Yo-yo, a bus driver who doggedly pursues the gang of truant kids. He's a good guy, though, and eventually gets them to agree to go back to school.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Principal Snyder on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' fits this trope, except that he doesn't actually care if they get educated.
* Principal Blackman on ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' is a parody example. He's more obsessed with himself than his students, but when crossed, [[spoiler:''he blows up the entire school''.]]
* If ''Series/WaterlooRoad'' wasn't half full of these, [[DysfunctionJunction most of the students wouldn't be in the school]]. Rachel Mason was a prominent example, as is Chris Mead.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' strip, Pogo is taking the Pup-Dog and the Rackedy-Coon Child fishing, and Deacon Mushrat shows up to tell them they ought to be in school. In his own words, "I'm everything from truant officer to principal."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The teachers and prefects in ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' turn into this if they see you truanting or breaking curfew.
* The teachers in ''VideoGame/SkoolDaze'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/BackToSkool'' can normally be knocked down with a well-placed catapult pellet, but if you get given too many lines, or meet one of the instant game over conditions, they will pursue you relentlessly, catapult pellets pinging harmlessly off them, until they catch and expel you.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Similar to the ''Ranma'' parody, the Moperville North Principal in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is fanatical about his new uniforms (right up until parents complain[[note]]about the extra laundry it would generate - no other issues were considered important[[/note]]), and the importance of murals. He seems to think everything else will follow naturally from that.
* ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' has a truancy bot collect children [[http://www.pbfcomics.com/178/ on the spring break]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Ex-Green Beret Principal Skinner of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is our TropeNamer. In episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E20TheBoyWhoKnewTooMuch The Boy Who Knew Too Much]]" he tracked Bart across Springfield (even climbing a cliff and [[Film/WestWorld walking straight through a river after Bart cut the rope bridge over it]]) to get him back to class. Bart, upon seeing this, gives us the BuffySpeak TropeNamer [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chm_SzSWaCA line.]] ([[DontExplainTheJoke The joke being that]] [[BaitAndSwitch he was set up to say]] [[SublimeRhyme "Invincible Principal."]])
* Mrs. Puff in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is relentlessly determined to continue teaching [=SpongeBob=] how to drive a boat, despite the mass destruction and post-traumatic stress his terrible boating skills cause. She founded her boating school by pledging, "as long as a student is willing to learn, I shall never give up!" [[spoiler:She ''has'' tried to get him killed a few times, though, because she's ''that'' fed up with him.]]
* Mr. Lancer in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' is bent that his students focus on the [[AchievementTestOfDestiny Northwestern Nine standardized testing]] that he calls SWAT teams on them when they get distracted by a popular singer so they can all be house arrested (and presumably, study in preparation). Both Lancer and the principal installed advanced tutoring computers in order to get all the students to pass.
* In some of the older Disney cartoons, DonaldDuck was often seen playing an implacable truant officer trying to get his nephews to school (sort of ironic considering Donald himself had a truancy problem in an earlier short, and had to have his good angel literally boot him in the butt to be well behaved).
** Once he finally managed to get his nephews to school, but it turned out to be closed for the summer holidays.
* ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'': Like in the above case, Little Audrey spent most of an episode trying to avoid a truant officer. Once he finally caught her, he learned the school was closed for a holiday. To make up for it, he helped Audrey with her fishing.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Truant Officer Shallowgrave goes to whatever length to ensure kids go to school. But the principal has to pay extra to bring them back alive. Shallowgrave appeared in two episodes so far. In the first, he spent most of it chasing Timmy Turner, only to learn Timmy was with Adam West and that Timmy's parents don't mind it. In the second episode, it was revealed the incident cost Shallowgrave his job as a truant officer and he became a drill sergeant at [[FunWithAcronyms F.U.N.]] ('''F'''or '''U'''nruly '''N'''e'er-do-well) Academy.
* On ''WesternAnimation/RicochetRabbitAndDroopALongCoyote'', Ricochet Rabbit and his deputy once acted as truant officers to take Dastardly Dolton to school. (He's a suspected criminal as well but nothing has been proven). Once they caught him, the teacher read the records and found out they also hadn't finished school.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow'' Huck once spent most of an episode trying to catch a pair of twin truants. In the end, his efforts paid off and the principal comments that it should have been no problem for someone who went to school. Huck said he's never been to school and was forced to attend.
* In the non-silent era of ''WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther'', there was a story where Pink was a teacher and the Principal ordered him to make a troublemaker interested in school. Pink took the boy to a park and the Principal followed them to get proof to convince his superior to fire Pink. In the end, not only an accident destroyed his proof but his superior, who was [[OhCrap the boy's grandmother]], fired him.
* ''The Screwy Truant'' has ScrewySquirrel pursued by a truant officer dog-- who only finds out after catching him that Screwy was out of school due to having measles.
* Character/BugsBunny impersonated a truant officer in "Bewitched Bunny". Subverted in that he was rescuing Literature/HanselAndGretel from Witch Hazel.
* Truant Officer Langley Turk in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' episode "Field Trip of the Just". He plunges all the way into InspectorJavert territory, hunting Fillmore all the across the city and ignoring the fact that Fillmore had a note from the principal permitting him to be out of school; having decided on the basis of Fillmore's old record that it must be a forgery.
* WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest had to deal with one in the episode "Johnny's Day Off".