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Teacher's Pet
If you're looking for the animated series, go here.

This is the kid at school that nobody likes. Not because they're stupid, or annoying, or a bully. But because they suck up to the teacher. They'll bring the teacher the traditional apple every day, they'll always volunteer to answer any question, and more often then not they'll be The Informant to the teacher, tattling on the other students whenever they make the smallest infringement of the rules.

Needless to say, most of the other students tend to despise this person, and they're often portrayed as a traitor to the rest of the class. Typical of series that are set in elementary school. The older the kids are in the setting, the better the chance that the teacher really hates their guts.

See also: Professional Butt-Kisser.

Not to be confused with the 1958 Romantic Comedy.

Examples

Comic Books
  • The Bash Street Kids has Cuthbert Cringeworthy. The only pupil in the class who wears a uniform or gave Teacher any respect whatsoever.
    • He also looked like Teacher, a Visual Pun on his status as "pet" and Uncatty Resemblance.
      • Cuthbert was introduced after the strip had already been up and running for years. Teacher liked him on sight for no reason he could lay a finger on at the time.
  • Zipi y Zape: Peloto (although to what extent depends much on the story).

Film

Literature
  • Hermione Granger started off as this, but then got Character Development, starting when Harry and Ron saved her life and she lied to get them out of trouble.
  • Teacher's Pet by Johanna Hurwitz. Cricket initially resents the new girl, who seems to please the teacher better than she could - until she learns that the new girl is just a genuinely nice person, and that she doesn't have to be a teacher's pet to be special.
  • Agnan of French novel series Le Petit Nicolas. And in this setting where the turbulent classmates are the main protagonists, he's portrayed as a Butt Monkey.
  • Chichikov from Dead Souls became this when he had a Sadist Teacher who'd give the best grades to, well, teacher's pets and bad grades to smart kids who were even a little bit unruly - or showed too much smartness.
  • In the Rainbow Magic series, one book has Steffi, a no-nonsense sort of girl who tells the teacher about the April Fool's pranks—though part of it's because of Jack Frost taking her sense of humor away.

Live-Action TV
  • Annie in Community. For example, instead of putting his binder back, Seņor Chang drops it on the floor and orders Annie to pick it up.

Music

Video Games
  • Aqua from Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a more benevolent version. Nomura has described her as an 'Honour student-type', and she follows Master Eraqus' teachings the closest out of the three protagonists, even spying on Terra for him. This does not stop her being very loyal to the other two, however. Mess with them and she will kick your ass.
    • Also, it turns out this is a very much justified example of the trope, because Terra ends up repeatedly tricked into committing evil up to and including killing Master Eraqus, and Ven leaves home without permission and almost gets used as the X-Blade. So Aqua's path was the correct one all along.

Western Animation
  • Randall from Recess.
  • Nanette Manoir from Angela Anaconda. To the point where in Angela's fantasy, Nanette kisses Mrs. Brinks' butt...literally.
  • On Arthur when Mr. Ratburn moved in with Arthur's family for a little while (his roof needed repair) the other kids said that Arthur would now be the teacher's pet and he'd always get high marks. Then he got an "A" on a math(?) quiz, apparently confirming their suspicions, although Arthur cliamed it was because he studied. Binky taunted him with a song:
    Teacher's pet, Teacher's pet
    Something, something
    Something that rhymes with pet.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Hide from the episode "The Headband".
  • Detention has Shelley, the only kid Ms. Kisskillya likes.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a background character named Teacher's Pet. Given how names typically work in this universe, he is most likely exactly what you expect.

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