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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 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.


If they don't like teaching, a Sadist Teacher can result. If they do like it, they'll often end up a Badass 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 
  • Harumi Saotome of the Higa team in The Prince of Tennis. This is the guy who actually orders his pupils throw balls at the rival coaches to injure them, and throws tantrums when they don't go along with it.
  • Kuzuki of Fate/stay night is a bit of a subversion. 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.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • In the original manga, it was hard to find a teacher in Domino High who wasn't evil, or who at least wasn't a creep. The worst was probably Ms. Chono (called "The Wicked Witch of Expel" by her co-workers behind her back for the sadistic way she punished students) who was so bad that Yami actually inflicted a Penalty Game on her to teach her a lesson. (And compared to most of them, she actually got off easy.)
    • Professor Cobra, the Big Bad Wannabe of Season 3 of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
    • Calling Napolean (also from GX) evil may be a stretch; he was certainly a Jerkass, but he did have some good points. Eventually, he made a complete Heel–Face Turn.
    • Professor Chronos was much the same.
    • Then there was Professor Satou. He probably could be considered a Well-Intentioned Extremist because he felt he had to eliminate Judai, thinking that Judai (who was a hero despite being a poor student) was a bad influence on the other student. (He failed to realize that he was little more than an Unwitting Pawn for Cobra, and it cost him in the end.)
      • He didn't care at all that Cobra was willing to let Asuka drown in order to help him win the duel. Definitely evil.
    • Ayukawa wasn't evil in the least; she was one of the sweetest members of the faculty of Duel Academy. However, when much of the cast became Duel Zombies during Season 3, she was one of the most dangerous, and probably should be mentioned.
    • There was also Professor Ukyo from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. He really wasn't any more evil than anyone else who was corrupted by a Number but he probably deserves notice.
    • Himika Akaba from Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, the chairwoman of LDS is a morally dark-grey variant. She attempted to take over You Show by rather predatory means of pinning an incident on Yuya, but she intends to add his Pendulum Summoning to her school network to better combat Academia. Even then, there's her relationship between her and Reira...
  • Dante of the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist. 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.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Shonan Jun'ai Gumi!: Yoko "Nanno" Minamino is not only a Sadist Teacher, he's also a pedophile. His students use this information to blackmail him.
  • 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.

    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.

    Fan Fiction 
  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 (in the first film, it was the principal) is actually controlling the criminal operation that the Action Hero teacher needs to dismantle.
  • The Assistant Principal, and the super-teachers he hires, in Korean action-comedy Volcano High.
  • One of the biker gang in Weird Science indicates 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 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.

  • The Demon Headmaster - kinda evident from the title. He's only a teacher in the first book, but the protagonists keep calling him "the Headmaster" because that's how they met him.
  • Harry Potter: given that it's set in a Wizarding School this isn't surprising. Most of the books had one, usually the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Snape is presented as an Evil Teacher but proves not to be. He's still a Sadist Teacher though.
  • 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.
  • Coach Genghis - who is really Count Olaf in disguise - from A Series of Unfortunate Events. (Not spoilered because... well, it's Count Olaf we're talking about).
    • Vice Principal Nero from the same book in the series is a true sadist. He makes Sunny (A BABY) work as his secretary, punishes people by taking away silverware and tying people's hands behind their backs during lunchtime.
  • On of the Diamond Brothers novel Public Enemy Number Two has Sadist Teacher Mr. Palis turn out to have been "The Fence" all along
  • Madame Morrible from Wicked. Both the musical and the book.
  • Miss Gaunt in Ghosts of Fear Street: Who's Been Sleeping in my Grave?.
  • 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."
  • Mrs. Gorf in the Wayside School series, who turned students into apples. There were several other evil teachers as well, including Mrs. Gorf's son who stole the students' voices and used them to call their parents and tell them they hated them and Ms. Nogard who used her mind-reading ability to make the students miserable and turn them against one another.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • Professor James Moriarty.
  • The Young Bond novel Blood Fever has Professor Peter Haight, who appears to be a Reasonable Authority Figure but it as actually a member of a secret society dedicated to restoring the Roman Empire and who poisons the teenaged James Bond when he gets too close to the truth.
  • Brother Leon in The Chocolate War.
  • Devin and the Teacher has the narrator insisting all teachers are evil.
  • 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.
  • Alex Rider: 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.
  • 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.
  • In the picture book My Teacher is a Monster!, a young boy named Bobby thinks 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 the first Warrior Cats book, 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).

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • The first season episode "Teachers Pet" had Praying Mantis Lady (who started Xander's streak of attracting demon women).
    • Principal Snyder reported to the Mayor and hinted that he knew more about events than he let on, but never got beyond "oblivious flunkie" territory.
    • In season four, there was the Knight Templar Psychology professor Maggie Walsh, head of the Initiative.
  • The Doctor Blake Mysteries: When Blake and Lawson investigate a murder at their old school, they discover the deputy headmaster is a Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up who still enjoys tormenting those weaker than himself.
  • Doctor Who: In "School Reunion", Deffry Vale School has new headmaster Mr. Finch, and the other teachers (and kitchen staff, and nurse) he 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, in the 1983 episode "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.
  • All teachers in House of Anubis tend to fall into this trope, most notably Victor, Vera and Miss Denby.
    • Also tends to be subverted, as this is mostly just a title, and many of the teachers still do genuinely care for the students despite being part of the 'evil' group, most notably Jason, who had actually tried to HELP Patricia in the beginning and still cared about her well-being even after his Face–Heel Turn. Later it was revealed that he had only joined Victor and the others because he was suffering a degenerative illness and immortality was the only way to save his life. Other examples of this are Mrs. Andrews, who quits the society and leaves the school as she feels the students should come first and Mr. Sweet, who despite almost always taking Victor's side, is Eddie's father and whenever the students are in trouble, chooses them over Victor. He also left the society in the second season to focus on being a good principle.
  • Itch: Dr. Flowerdew, who gets one of his students sent to hospital, and later kidnaps them.
  • Played for Laughs in Monty Python's Flying Circus skit "Self-Defence Against Fresh Fruit". 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 killed the students one by one in the name of "self-defense", in an 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 was 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.
  • Power Rangers Dino Thunder - Principal Randall, aka aka Elsa, The Dragon to Big Bad Mesogog. While Mesogog's human alter ego, Dr. Anton Mercer, also stood in as a teacher for a while, he doesn't count as Mercer was good and resisting Mesogog's control.
  • 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 part of a hunter family that is out to kill most of the main characters and Kate even did burn down a house that contained all of Derek's family members and Mrs. Argent blatantly threating 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 second season The X-Files episode "Die Hand Die Verletzt". She actually is a manifestation of demon Azazel.

  • 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.

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    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.
  • 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 this 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).
  • 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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 he's taking bribes, and murdered another teacher when she found out, trying to get one of his students convicted in his place.
  • In Chaos;Child, it is revealed both in Hana's and Serika's routes that Shuuichi Wakui was secretly working for the Committee of 300 all along.

  • Angel Moxie has the Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher Mrs. Merriweather.
  • The Wotch has Ms. Dahlet, the leader of the Militant Feminist Group D.O.L.L.Y.
  • Aisopos: The teacher in Agoge. He beat up Lenius just because he was late, threatened him to cut one of Aesop's limps and then, Daross to bring him back, or else he would kill his brother.
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: Episode 52 Part 2: "Perfect" had a mysterious old teacher approaches him, and strictly trains him into becoming a perfect dog. It's particularly notable for unleashing this memetic nightmare fuel unto the world.
  • Denzel Q. Crocker from The Fairly OddParents slides from a simple pathetic Sadist Teacher to truly evil depending on the episode. Compare the Sympathetic P.O.V. Crocker in "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker!" to the maniacal dictator he becomes in the Made-for-TV Movie episode Abra Catastrophe.
    • The episode "No Substitute for Crazy" features a new seemingly friendly substitute teacher; however after Timmy wishes for her to become his permanent teacher the Cool Teacher façade drops and she is revealed to be a more ruthless and cruel fairy hunter than Crocker, torturing her students until she finds out which one has fairies.
  • Headmistress from ¡Mucha Lucha!. (Well, most of the time. She does have a softer side that she occasionally shows.)
  • X-Men: Evolution has Bayville High's Principal Darkholme that is, Raven Darkholme, a.k.a. Mystique. Kelly was no slouch, either, especially after mutants were exposed.
  • While you would have expected this type of villain to have been common in Codename: Kids Next Door (the heroes fought evil adults, after all), the team tended to have bigger problems with evil students than with teachers. In fact, the closest they ever came to a villain like this was Mrs. Thomson, the Were-Dog Queen, and she was a subversion, having been inflicted by the curse of lycanthropy by an angry ex-husband. She turned out to actually be a rather decent sort in the end.
  • The fill-in for Ms. Keane in The Powerpuff Girls episode "Substitute Creature" subverts this. The girls assume he's mean and villainous because he's, well, monstrous looking. But his credentials as a qualified teacher show the girls otherwise.
  • Mother Goose from Teenage Fairytale Dropouts bullies the main trio after they pushed her Berserk Button.
  • Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: The Big Bad Rippen works has the art teacher at the heroes' school when not working as a part-time villain, while his minion Larry is the school principal. Although, for what it's worth they keep their evil out of the school, with Rippen being an Apathetic Teacher who is only there to pay the bills until he can become a full-time villain and Larry not being very evil in the first place.
  • The Simpsons: In 'Nightmare Cafeteria', the third segment of "Treehouse of Horror V", the faculty of Springfield Elementary become cannibals to solve the overcrowding of students in detention and food budget cuts.