A character type of stern, usually elderly nun, who acts as a Stern Teacher
at a Catholic school (possibly even a Sadist Teacher
at a Boarding School of Horrors
variety) but may (or may not) be looked back upon with some affection. A Discredited Trope
nowadays, since a good many teachers at Catholic schools are now laypeople. (Not to mention that after about The Seventies
or so, any
teachers beating students would not go over well with parents or administrators, whether those teachers have taken vows or not.)
See also Stern Teacher
Anime and Manga
- Dee from Fake was raised in an Orphanage of Love by one of these. He even calls her "Penguin" out of affection (and to rile her up), and encourages the other kids to do so as well.
- This trope played a part in the origin of Alpha Flight's Aurora / Jeanne-Marie Beaubier. The not-so-fond memories kind.
- Although they were nurses, not teachers, the nuns at the hospital in Angela's Ashes fit the trope perfectly.
- The Mother Superior in Bless Me Father
- Ronald-Ann had one of these in her Catholic school in Berkeley Breathed's Outland.
- Sister Steven in 9 Chickweed Lane.
- Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You by Christopher Durang.
- The popular "interactive play" Late Night Catechism is based upon this trope.
- In the musical remake of Sister Act, reverend mother once again takes up this role.