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So you have a cruel, mean bully of a teacher, say the most banal sort of evil, that's got to make school life pretty harsh, right? Well, it could be worse, they could actually be evil on a much grander scale with much loftier plans.

This includes Mooks and murderers whose day job is teaching, all the way up to Big Bads who pose as teachers as part of the Masquerade. Not too uncommon in Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World situations, but can also appear in other works which are set in a school or University.

Sometimes this does overlap with the Sadist Teacher, but it isn't too uncommon for some iteration of supposedly "nice", and/or well liked, teacher to be secretly evil. Perhaps so secretly even they don't know.

If the Evil Teacher teaches in a Wizarding School, chances are that he's likely an Evil Sorcerer, a Sorcerous Overlord, or a Necromancer.

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If they don't like teaching, a Sadist Teacher can result. If they do like it, they'll often end up a Badass Teacher. They may also be More than Just a Teacher. One rank up is the Evil Principal.

Also not to be confused with the Rule of Two or the Evil Mentor, who is not only evil, but also corrupts his disciples with evil teachings. Teachers found in an Academy of Evil are usually evil, but so are the students, so they don't count.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Kuzuki of Fate/stay night is a downplayed example. He's well-liked among the students, and isn't actually evil. He's just amoral and has no problem going along with Caster's plans, which involve mass murder.
  • Dante of Fullmetal Alchemist (2003). She's introduced as a kind old lady who was once Izumi's alchemy tutor, but it is eventually revealed that she is the Big Bad behind the homunculi.
  • Great Teacher Onizuka has several:
    • Suguru Teshigawara is a Yandere Stalker with a Crush on his fellow teacher Azusa, and eventually kidnaps her. When Onizuka and Azusa's sister Makoto foil his plans, he goes off the deep end and barricades himself inside the school with hostages and molotov cocktails.
    • Creepy Gym Coach Hajime Fukuroda is mainly a Harmless Villain, but he still has an unhealthy obsession with the teenage girls he teaches.
    • Tadashi Sakurai takes it one step further by being The Peeping Tom and recording photos and videos of schoolgirls in the bathrooms and locker rooms. He's been doing this for decades, and yet he's never fired, though at least some of the students use this to blackmail him.
  • Professor William James Moriarty of Moriarty the Patriot is actually a Cool Teacher who is protective of his students, but when he's not teaching or doing mathematics research, he's actively plotting or committing murders and views himself as the devil.
  • Harumi Saotome of the Higa team in The Prince of Tennis. This is a guy who actually orders his pupils to throw balls at the rival coaches to injure them, and throws tantrums when they don't go along with it.
  • GTO: The Early Years: Yoko "Nanno" Minamino is not only a Sadist Teacher, he's also a pedophile. His students use this information to blackmail him.
  • Yuu Nikaidou-sensei of Shugo Chara!, who is only a teacher as it involves screening children from Seiyo Academy to see if they possess the legendary "Embryo" as their "Hearts Egg". As the best way to draw out a "Hearts Egg" is to make a child become filled with self doubt about their aspirations for life and usually means that without outside help they get their dreams crushed, and he is a Child Hater, he's presented as evil.
  • The teacher in A Silent Voice, who not only actively allows for a deaf student of his to be bullied and tormented constantly, he finds it fun to watch and even encourages it. When he and the class are in danger of being called out for this, he uses one of his students as a scapegoat, shifting all blame onto him. Said student spends the rest of the year facing worse torment than the deaf girl, and once again the teacher allows and encourages it readily.
  • Yuri Shibasawa in Boy's Abyss is the protagonist Keiji's homeroom teacher who becomes a yandere after starting a sexual relationship with him and does everything in her power to keep him all to herself, from stalking to trying to alienate him from his other loved ones. She even calls a parent-teacher conference to subtly tell his mother to back off. What makes it especially tragic is that she was a Cool Teacher with genuinely good intentions in the beginning but her own fears and insecurities took over.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • In [the original manga, it's hard to find a teacher in Domino High who isn't evil, or who at least isn't a creep. The worst is probably Ms. Chono (called "The Wicked Witch of Expel" by her co-workers behind her back for the sadistic way she punishes students), who is so bad that Yami actually inflicts a Penalty Game on her to teach her a lesson. (And compared to most of them, she actually gets off easy.)
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
      • Professor Viper, the Big Bad Wannabe of Season 3. He's a teacher at Duel Academy's west branch and presents his Disclosure Duels as a required academy course. His true motive is to use the Disclosure Duels to drain energy from the students and restore Yubel so they can revive his son.
      • Mr. Stein has shades of being a Well-Intentioned Extremist because he feels he has to eliminate Jaden, thinking that he, despite being a hero, is a bad influence on the other students. However, even with this in mind, Stein doesn't care at all that Viper is willing to let Alexis drown in order to help him win a duel. He fails to realize that he's little more than an Unwitting Pawn for Viper, and it costs him in the end.
      • Fonda Fontaine normally isn't an example, being one of the sweetest members of the faculty of Duel Academy. However, when much of the cast becomes Duel Zombies during Season 3, she's one of the most dangerous.

    Comic Books 
  • In Invincible, one of the first villains Mark fights is his Physics teacher, Mr. Hiles. Initially he doesn't seem so bad aside from him humiliating Mark and Eve for talking in class, but moments later it's revealed that he turned several of the popular boys at their high school into unwilling suicide bombers because he was bitter about kids like them driving his son to suicide. He then tries to blow the three of them up, only for Mark to use his Super Speed to let him detonate over Antarctica.
  • Sensation Comics: Don Enrago is hired as a fencing instructor at Holliday College, but unknown to everyone, he despises women and is disgusted at the idea of women being competent fighters. He uses his position to sabotage fencing gear prior to a competition in the hopes that his students and those they're fighting will be killed and captures one student with plans to torture her to death, though she is rescued in the nick of time by Wonder Woman.

    Fanfiction 
  • Harry Potter fanfiction. Way too many people like to portray Dumbledore as a Manipulative Bastard who's setting up Harry as a Heroic Sacrifice to defeat Voldemort, in some cases with Dumbledore planning to take all the glory immediately after. A few fanfics also have him paying off Ron/Hermione/Ginny/whoever to be Harry's "friend" as a way for Dumbledore to spy on him.

    Film 
  • Kitano in Battle Royale. Although this is almost justified by the fact that the world has gone to hell and the students are unruly to the point of stabbing him at random in the hall. He doesn't actually do anything malevolent to them until after they've left school and he enrolls them in the BR program to force them to battle each other to the death.
  • In The Faculty, the teachers are all gradually infected by Puppeteer Parasites, before they move on to the student body.
  • In Hot Fuzz, the schoolteacher is one of the members of the villainous NWA, who kill off anyone who makes the town look bad.
  • The Peanut Butter Solution has the Signor, an evil art teacher who kidnaps a student to make paintbrushes out of his magical hair. Yeah, it's that kind of film.
  • The Big Bad of Prom Night (2008) was originally a teacher who took a sexual interest in one of his students. Three years after being incarcerated for murdering said student's family, he escapes and starts carving through her classmates to get to her at the senior prom.
  • All the movies in The Substitute series will usually reveal that one of the other teachers (except for the first film, in which it's the principal) is actually controlling the criminal operation that the Action Hero teacher needs to dismantle.
  • One member of the biker gang that threatens the protagonists' dream girls in Weird Science indicates that he is this as the bikers are retreating from Wyatt's house:
    Biker: Could we keep this between us? I'd really hate to lose my teaching job.
  • Terence Fletcher from Whiplash is a more realistic example. Fletcher's goal is to train the next great jazz musician, but he will stoop to any low to achieve that goal. Even if it includes lying, harsh language, intimidation, or even physical violence.
  • Sam Lombardo in Wild Things is a guidance counselor at a prestigious Florida high school who rapes one of his students when he gets the chance. Before it's revealed that he's a different kind of bad, as they were working together to con the girl's rich mom out of millions of dollars. Sam just seems to be a lying sleazeball... but at the end we learn that he's been sleeping with Kelly for a long time, thereby committing statutory rape.

    Literature 
  • Played With in Animorphs — Vice Principal Chapman is a high-ranking Controller whose Yeerk, Iniss Two-Two-Six, is a recurring foe, especially in the early books; however, the real Chapman is generally characterized by being a Papa Wolf who gave himself to the Yeerks to spare his daughter. (Then again, a prequel book shows that someone with his surname, presumably supposed to be him, willingly sold out the Earth to the Yeerks as a teenager For the Evulz, though that seems so out of character that some fans try ignore it.)
  • Vice Principal Nero from The Austere Academy is a true sadist. He makes Sunny, a baby, work as his secretary and punishes people by taking away silverware and tying people's hands behind their backs during lunchtime.
  • Devin and the Teacher has the narrator insisting all teachers are evil.
  • Harry Potter: Given that it's set in a Wizarding School this isn't surprising.
    • The Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher often turns out to be this on account of the position being cursed:
      • Quirrell is The Mole for Lord Voldemort and acts as a host to his spirit, trying to locate the Philosopher's Stone and kill Harry under the latter's instruction.
      • Lockhart isn't working for the villains, but the degree of selfishness it takes to steal others' memories for fame and be willing to let an eleven-year-old die to maintain his reputation probably counts as a banal kind of evil.
      • "Moody" is actually the Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise, and is manipulating things for the sake of his plan to fully resurrect Lord Voldemort.
      • Umbridge, former trope namer for Tyrant Takes the Helm, is a government stooge and Fantastic Racist whose idea of detention involves students magically carving words into their own hands by writing lines and who forcibly removes every staff member who disagrees with her politics.
      • The Carrows were installed by Voldemort and aren't so much teachers as anti-Muggle propagandists. They're less subtle in their prejudice than Umbridge, and even more sadistic. Umbridge tortured students herself, while they encourage their favourites to torture other students.
    • Snape is presented as an Evil Teacher but proves not to be. He's actually a Double Agent who spies on Voldemort on behalf of Dumbledore. He's still a Sadist Teacher though.
  • In Into the Wild, Tigerclaw — Ravenpaw's mentor, and partial mentor to Firepaw before Bluestar — is a Villain with Good Publicity: He secretly murdered the Clan deputy in the hope of being chosen for the role, and intends to continue killing his way to leadership. He even tries to kill his apprentice Ravenpaw (who witnessed the murder) by assigning him dangerous tasks (hunting in enemy territory, or at the rocks where poisonous snakes live).
  • Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda isn't just a Sadist Teacher, it becomes obvious at the end that she probably either herself murdered Miss Honey's father/her brother-in-law or at least had him assassinated.
  • In the picture book My Teacher is a Monster!, a young boy named Bobby thinks that his teacher is one of these and visualizes her as a giant green-scaled monster. However, when he gets to know her better, he slowly realizes that she's really just a Stern Teacher who can be friendly with him and her appearance gets progressively less monstrous until she's completely human-looking at book's end... well, except for when Bobby misbehaves in class.
  • In Point Blanc, the eponymous Point Blanc is an exclusive boarding school for the troubled sons of wealthy families. There are only two teachers: Mad Doctor Dr. Hugo Grief and his Dragon, the freakishly strong Mrs. Stellenbosch. Aside from being unrepentant white supremacists, Grief is secretly replacing the boys under his care with clones of himself to allow them to control the world in a generation.
  • Salamander features Maridon, one of the teachers in the story's College of Magic. He's not presented as a bad teacher, just as a teacher who wants to be a Person of Mass Destruction.
  • The criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes was a mathematics professor until dark rumors forced him to resign. The nature of these rumors and how true they were is unknown, but presumably, they were not pleasant and not entirely inaccurate.
  • Michael Rosen's story "Strict" is about a teacher so strict, students aren't allowed to breathe in her lessons. Any student caught violating this rule gets sent to an underground prison where they are strung up from the wall bars for weeks while rats nibble on their toes.
  • The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and its many, many sequels would qualify as the best example if The X-Files hadn't taken that honor. "This is a whole boy. This is half a boy. Now you've learned fractions."
  • Professor Denovo, the protagonist's former mentor in Three Parts Dead, is a monster in ways that take most of the book for the reader to really appreciate. He once stripped Tara of free will, then tried to have her killed when she rebelled. He is a self-made Humanoid Abomination. And he has a completely plausible plan to make himself something rather greater than a god.
  • Wayside School:
    • Mrs. Gorf, who turns students into apples.
    • Mrs. Gorf's son, who steals the students' voices and uses them to call their parents and tell them they hate them.
    • Ms. Nogard, who uses her mind-reading ability to make the students miserable and turn them against one another.
  • Miss Gaunt in Who's Been Sleeping in my Grave?. She's good at teaching, it just so happens that she wants to pull students into the grave to teach them forever, which is where the evil part comes in. There's also the matter of makin their usual teacher sick so she can take over the class.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • "Teacher's Pet" has "Ms. French", a praying mantis demon who seduces her male students to mate with them and bite their heads off. She's the one who starts Xander's streak of attracting demon women.
    • In season four, there's the Knight Templar Psychology professor Maggie Walsh, head of the Initiative.
  • Choujuu Sentai Liveman: Great Professor Bias preys on promising young university students and coerces them to join the Volt with the promise of gaining more knowledge, all while coercing them to give up their humanities and become more cold-hearted.
  • Doctor Who: In "School Reunion", Deffry Vale School has the teachers (and kitchen staff, and nurse) new headmaster Mr. Finch brought with him. They're human-eating aliens who are both exploiting and killing the students in a plot to become gods.
  • Family Ties: Mr. Tedesco from "The Harder They Fall", thanks to his sadistic, insulting personality. Several students have complained to their parents about his abrasiveness and sometimes cruel behavior in the classroom, including the parent of a student he says is a "loser" and a "pimple-faced liar", while advising that another student and her mother need to lose weight. At one point, when family patriarch Steven is trying to get an explanation from Tedesco, he makes crude remarks about Elyse, who had earlier punched him out.
  • The Flash (2014) has The Thinker, aka Clifford DeVoe, who is a former professor who becomes the Big Bad of Season 4.
  • Itch: Dr. Flowerdew, who gets one of his students sent to hospital, and later kidnaps them.
  • Played for Laughs in the "Self-Defence Against Fresh Fruit" skit in the Monty Python's Flying Circus episode "Owl Stretching Time". The teacher teaches the students how to defend themselves against fresh fruits, more dangerous than pointed sticks by telling them to attack him with fruits, and then he kills the students one by one in the name of "self-defense", in increasingly crazy ways (first shooting the student with a gun, then dropping a 1-ton anvil on another, then releasing a tiger to devour the rest).
  • Mr. Sweeny in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, most notably in the teacher's episode where he's actually labeled as the evil teacher who wants nothing more than to see you fail. Subverted later on, though, when Ned comes to the conclusion that no teachers are evil, and they just want to see you succeed. Along with this, Mr. Sweeny shows moments where he is actually a nice guy, just strict.
  • In the The Outer Limits (1963) episode "The Special One", Mr. Zeno, an alien in human form, tutors gifted children, planning to indoctrinate them and use their advanced scientific skills to help his planet conquer Earth. Zeno kills one father who discovers what's going on, and almost kills another before his current pupil (the son of Zeno's intended target) turns the tables on him.
  • In The Sarah Jane Adventures story "Revenge of the Slitheen", the Slitheen pose as teachers worldwide during their revenge plot.
  • In Smallville, Brainiac mixes this with Badass Bookworm, Evil Mentor, and Omnicidal Maniac. No, he's not your average History Prof.
  • Mrs. Argent and Kate Argent from Teen Wolf. Both are part of a hunter family that is out to kill most of the main characters. Kate even burned down a house that contained all of Derek's family members, and Mrs. Argent blatantly threatens Scott with death if he continues to date her daughter.
  • Alaric Saltzman becomes this at the end of the third season of The Vampire Diaries, complete with torturing one of his vampire students in his classroom.
  • Ms. Paddock from the The X-Files episode "Die Hand Die Verletzt". She is actually a manifestation of the demon Azazel.

    Music 
  • An evil teacher is featured in the music video for Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock". The teacher is seen giving his student's three hours of detention in the basement and trying to murder Twisted Sister with explosives.

    Video Games 
  • Baldi from Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning is a teacher who seems innocuous at first. He forces you to solve math problems to progress through the game, but if you get even a single question wrong, Baldi will kill you. To make things worse, some of the problems are unsolvable on purpose, so you are forced to make him come after you.
  • Kindergarten: Mrs. Applegate will give you gold stars for expelling students from her class, usually by violent and/or fatal means. She also wants to start a kiddie fighting ring.
  • In Life Is Strange, Mark Jefferson seems to be a nice guy at first, but turns out to be the Big Bad by the end.
  • Little Nightmares II has, well, the Teacher. She's a Monstrous Humanoid who can stretch her neck to extreme limits. She is implied to be abusive towards her students both within the game itself and in promotional material, and she will attempt to catch and kill Mono if she finds him wandering throughout her school.
  • Love of Magic:
    • Sarah is a 95-year-old Ceremonial Magician who attempts to cause trouble by throwing MC and Emily together in ways likely to cause Emily's father to want MC dead. She then attempts to blackmail MC, gets her mind blown, and eventually becomes a necromancer.
    • Torman is Thor, Katie's grandfather. He tries to kill MC in an attempt to cripple the Courts in order to make them a more tempting target for the Outsiders. He got the job by ambushing Booker, the actual Evoker professor.
  • The first main antagonist you encounter in Persona 5 is Suguru Kamoshida, a PE teacher and the volleyball team coach at your school. He has been physically abusing his male team members and sexually harassing female team members; it's even implied that he raped one of his students, resulting in the latter attempting suicide. He has gotten away with all of these simply because he was a former Olympic medalist, and everyone who knows his atrocious acts are either too scared to tell or are turning a blind eye due to his past achievement.
  • In one trailer for WildStar, the android teacher is rather cruel in her vivid descriptions of the brutal, gory deaths her students will likely suffer on Nexus, but then offers them an alternative (as in, a Mercy Kill).

    Visual Novels 
  • In Chaos;Child, it is revealed both in Hana's and Serika's routes that Shuuichi Wakui is a ruthless assassin for the Committee of 300 that has no problem killing or torturing whoever gets in their way.
  • In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies: Professor Aristotle Means is a seemingly friendly law teacher that teaches his students that "The ends justify the means", and that a defense lawyer should use any methods necessary to win a court case. It turns out that he's taking bribes, and murdered another teacher when she found out, trying to get one of his students convicted in his place.

    Webcomics 
  • Aisopos: The teacher in Agoge. He beats up Lenius just because he was late, threatens him to cut one of Aesop's limps and then, Daross to bring him back, or else he will kill his brother.
  • Angel Moxie has the Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher Mrs. Merriweather, who turns out to be a demonic underling of the villains.
  • DICE: The Cube That Changes Everything: Teacher Kim Youngsuk accidentally becomes a Dicer after picking a Dice from dead Sungchul, and argues with X that adults are forgetting what fun is. He joins the War Quest on the Attack's side, commenting he'd hate a boring life and nearly kills the targeted teacher Chun Sobong, who's confirmed to pass away later.
  • As shown in the page image above, The Perry Bible Fellowship has Mr. Rex, a tyrannosaurus rex who serves as a teacher for a school of dinosaurs. And as parasaurolophus student Pete ends up learning the hard way after being called by Mr. Rex to "see him after class" for throwing a paper airplane at him in the middle of a lesson, he eats his students for misbehaving.
  • The Wotch has Ms. Dahlet, the leader of the Militant Feminist Group D.O.L.L.Y.

    Western Animation 

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