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A teacher has a relationship with a parent of one of their students

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Pichu-kun on Jun 21st 2017 at 9:28:40 AM
Last Edited By:
Pichu-kun on Oct 24th 2017 at 1:38:11 PM
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In fiction, this is commonly one of the worst nightmares for students: their bachelor/bachelorette parent dating one of their teachers. Even worse, their teacher becoming their step-parent. Even if the teacher is a Cool Teacher, it's usually awkward and embarrassing to be involved in their student's personal lives. Many students don't even think of them as actual individuals.

Teacher/Parent Romance occurs when a teacher courts, or at least falls for, the parent of one of their students. In some areas and time-periods, it's against the law, or at least is socially unacceptable to do so, leading to either a Secret Relationship or waiting until the child is no longer the teacher's student.

Compare and contrast to Teacher/Student Romance, which is when a teacher outright dates their student and is thus more of an Unequal Pairing. Related to Hot Teacher.


Examples:

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     Anime & Manga 
  • In the second chapter of Sweet Guilty Love Bites, "Guilty Love", the single mom Nina starts going out with her daughter Ryuna's preschool teacher Mayu. Ryuna is quite happy with the arrangement, however.

     Comic Books 
  • This 1950's comic from Charlton romance comic about a schoolteacher falling in love with the single father of one of her students.

     Fan Works 
  • The premise of the Frozen fanfic Teach Me is that Elsa ends up having a one-night stand with a woman she picks up at a bar, only to find out the next day that the same woman was going to be Elsa's son's teacher Anna.

     Films — Live-Action 
  • Les Choristes has prefect Clement Mathieu falling for Morhange's mother, Violette. Unfortunately...
  • In Pay It Forward, the kid hero manages to pair his Single Mom Stripper with his Cool Teacher.
  • Alles Is Liefde: Dennis cheats on his wife with the teacher of their son, Sarah; upon discovering this, his wife dumps him. During most of the movie he's still together with the teacher but at the end, he ends the relationship with her and goes back to his wife.

     Live Action TV 
  • On Full House, Danny starts dating DJ's Spanish teacher in one episode after DJ asks him to appeal to her about her failing grade and the two of them find that they have a mutual attraction. While it doesn't end up working out long-term, it does completely distress DJ for the duration of it.
  • In The Andy Griffith Show, Andy starts dating Opie's teacher Helen Crump, who later became her mother and Andy's wife. Opie never really had a problem with Andy dating her but was actually happy.
  • The Hannah Montana episode "When You Wish You Were The Star" has an alternate universe where Miley/Hannah's father Robbie Ray is in a relationship with her former homeschool teacher, who the audience can see turns out to be a Gold Digger and Evil Stepmother in the making for Hannah.
  • In the first season of Gilmore Girls, Lorelei starts dating Max Medina who is her daughter Rory's English teacher at preppy Chilton Academy. They try to keep it secret, but later date openly and even get engaged. Lorelei then breaks it off just a few days before the wedding, which is very awkward for Rory and Max.

    Webcomics 
  • The controversial Facebook-only Chilean webcomic Super MILF (not to be confused with the Spinnerette superheroine), a redhead beautiful woman in her 40s that's sexually free and also fights against injustice (mostly from "social warriors"), has one comic in which she hangs with his son's teacher, being sadly discovered by the kid after the school.

    Web Original 
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Mischief, who is a student at Whateley Academy, has her dad and her mentor and art teacher falling in love, and they knew each other before she became a teacher, as well.
    • Tansy's mom, Marissa Walcutt nee Dawson and Hot Rod, a.k.a Melvin Donner, as seen in then end of The Banshee's Tale:
    "During the tour you were so kind as to give me, I met a, um, large ... teacher ... in your engineering department. I think cars were his speciality ...? "
    ...
    "Melvin Donner?" Mrs. Carson [...] "What about him?
    "Is he seeing anyone?"
    "I don't believe Melvin is romantically involved, why?" Mrs. Carson asked with a gimlet eye.
    "My second condition is I want his phone number."

     Western Animation 

Feedback: 29 replies

Jun 21st 2017 at 7:52:48 PM

Compare that draft about your parent being your schoolteacher.

Jun 21st 2017 at 8:03:40 PM

  • On Full House, Danny starts dating DJ's Spanish teacher in one episode after DJ asks him to appeal to her about her failing grade and the two of them find that they have a mutual attraction. While it doesn't end up working out long-term, it does completely distress DJ for the duration of it.

Jun 22nd 2017 at 5:54:15 AM

Title is too long. I suggest Parent Dating Teacher or Parent-Teacher Romance.

Anyway, I've seen this a few times in some manga, but I can't remember the titles. In those cases, the kid is still a toddler/kindergartener, so they actually support the parent-teacher romance.

Jun 22nd 2017 at 3:13:03 AM

Compare that other draft about a single father marrying the nanny.

Jun 22nd 2017 at 3:41:26 AM

Live-Action Films

Jun 22nd 2017 at 8:08:27 AM

^^ I will once those get launched.

Jun 23rd 2017 at 1:36:46 AM

Film:

Jun 22nd 2017 at 6:56:51 PM

Folderizing...

Web Original:

Whateley Universe: Mischief, who is a student at Whateley Academy, has her dad and her mentor and art teacher falling in love, and they knew each other before she became a teacher, as well.

Jun 26th 2017 at 10:15:54 AM

The name of this Trope would sound better as Teacher Parent Romance instead of the other way around—like Teacher Student Romance is named too.

Example from Film — Live Action:

  • Alles Is Liefde: Dennis cheats on his wife with the teacher of their son, Sarah; upon discovering this, his wife dumps him. During most of the movie he's still together with the teacher but at the end, he ends the relationship with her and goes back to his wife.

Jun 23rd 2017 at 12:16:35 PM

In The Andy Griffith Show, Andy starts dating Opie's teacher Helen Crump who later became her mother and Andy's wife. Opie never really had a problem with Andy dating her but was actually happy.

Jul 10th 2017 at 7:09:34 PM

^ Maybe we should get more examples first? I think this happened in The Princess Diaries, but I'll go check. This may be a subtrope of Parent With New Paramour.

Jul 11th 2017 at 10:01:58 AM

Is this going on romance only or sexual relationship is allowed here too? If that's so, then I got an example from my country:

Web Comics:

  • The controversial Facebook-only Chilean webcomic Super MILF (not to be confused with the Spinnerette superheroine), a redhead beautiful woman in her 40s that's sexually free and also fights against injustice (mostly from "social warriors"), has one comic in which she hangs with his son's teacher, being sadly discovered by the kid after the school.

Jul 11th 2017 at 7:15:26 PM

^ That should be Squick, not Squirk.

Also, another Whateley Universe example:

  • Tansy's mom, Marissa Walcutt nee Dawson and Hot Rod, a.k.a Melvin Donner, as seen in then end of The Banshee's Tale:
"During the tour you were so kind as to give me, I met a, um, large ... teacher ... in your engineering department. I think cars were his speciality ...? " ... "Melvin Donner?" Mrs. Carson [...] "What about him? "Is he seeing anyone?" "I don't believe Melvin is romantically involved, why?" Mrs. Carson asked with a gimlet eye. "My second condition is I want his phone number,"

Jul 11th 2017 at 10:37:53 AM

^Thanks, fixed in my post

Jul 11th 2017 at 10:42:46 AM

I think this post is pretty much ready to go, but I do recommend (as mentioned) Teacher/Parent Romance to mirror Teacher/Student Romance.

Jul 12th 2017 at 2:11:59 PM

  • Hannah Montana episode "When You Wish You Were The Star" has an alternate universe where Miley/Hannah's father Robbie Ray is in a relationship with her former homeschool teacher, who the audience can see turns out to be a Gold Digger and Evil Stepmother in the making for Hannah.

Jul 12th 2017 at 6:04:25 PM

The Princess Diaries has a potentially good page quote - "How does my mother go to a parent-teacher conference and come back with a date?"

  • Sisters No Way's plot is kicked off when Cindy's father has to see her guidance counsellor. It morphs into a full blown romance and marriage.
  • Eight Simple Rules has Cate angst over this twice. She considers dating the coach Scott, but decides not to due to her daughter's crush on him. She also has Belligerent Sexual Tension with the principal.

Jul 14th 2017 at 6:16:59 PM

  • Henry Danger: a played with example. Ray, Henry's mentor in the hero world has an obvious crush on Henry's mom, right down to counting how many times they've spoken. But All Love Is Unrequited in this instance, as Henry's mom is Happily Married.

Aug 1st 2017 at 10:02:34 PM

  • In the second chapter of Sweet Guilty Love Bites, "Guilty Love", the single mom Nina starts going out with her daughter Ryuna's preschool teacher Mayu. Ryuna is quite happy with the arrangement, however.

Aug 8th 2017 at 4:57:50 PM

I feel the description needs a paragraph before the current one, but I can't seem to come up with anything.

Sep 5th 2017 at 8:57:23 AM

I think it's quite good as it is. What do you think should be added?

Anyway, one more example in Live action TV.

  • In the first season of Gilmore Girls, Lorelei starts dating Max Medina who is her daughter Rory's English teacher at preppy Chilton Academy. They try to keep it secret, but later date openly and even get engaged. Lorelei then breaks it off just a few days before the wedding, which is very awkward for Rory and Max.

Sep 5th 2017 at 9:08:01 AM

I added a second paragraph a few hours ago. I suppose it's okay now?

Sep 17th 2017 at 11:03:24 AM

Launching soon if everything is fine.

Sep 17th 2017 at 11:58:37 AM

Comic book

  • This 1950's comic from Charlton romance comics. About a schoolteacher falling in love with the single father of one of her students.

Sep 18th 2017 at 12:07:20 PM

  • The premise of the Frozen fanfic Teach Me is that Elsa ends up having a one-night stand with a woman she picks up at a bar, only to find out the next day that the same woman was going to be Elsa's son's teacher Anna.

Oct 24th 2017 at 1:38:11 PM

  • Animorphs: Marco's father had a mental breakdown when his wife (supposedly) died, and sank into a deep depression, even losing his job as a computer engineer. He eventually starts dating again... and his new girlfriend Nora is Marco's algebra teacher. It doesn't last - soon after they marry, Marco finds out his mother (or at least the Yeerk inside her) was Faking The Dead again, and some time after that, Nora is captured and infested, while Marco frees his mother at about the same time, allowing her to reunite with her husband as the entire family goes into hiding.

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