In the developed world, almost everyone attends school at some point in their lives. So it's only natural that a large number of TV shows (and movies and books, etc) center around the school experience. In reality, every teacher is different. On TV, however, teachers seem to always fall into one of the following categories:
- Apathetic Teacher: A teacher who doesn't give a damn how well their students do.
- Apple for Teacher: A student gives their teacher an apple.
- Cool Teacher: A teacher who makes learning fun and is well liked by their students.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty (the coach version)
- Evil Teacher
- Fired Teacher
- Hippie Teacher: A teacher who dresses and acts like they're from The '60s.
- Hot Librarian
- Hot Teacher: A teacher who is found attractive by their students.
- Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher: A teacher who talks to everyone as if they were young children.
- Mysterious Teacher's Lounge
- Non-Giving-Up School Guy: A person who will do whatever needs to be done to keep kids from skipping school.
- Politically Motivated Teacher
- Private Tutor
- Sadist Teacher: A teacher who enjoys tormenting their students.
- Scary Librarian
- School Nurse
- Sensei-chan: A young female schoolteacher who is seen as more of a Cool Big Sis by her students.
- Stern Teacher: A teacher who can be a bit harsh at times, but in the end truly does care about their students and is only hard on them because they want them to do well.
- Teacher/Parent Romance: A teacher falls in love with the parent of one of their students.
- Teachers out of School: A student reacts to finding out that teachers have lives outside of school.
- Teacher/Student Romance: A teacher and their student fall in love.
- Teasing the Substitute Teacher: A substitute teacher is treated like a Butt-Monkey by the class they're supposed to be teaching.
In terms of rank, the authority tropes arguably equal are Badass Preacher, Corrupt Corporate Executive, Irish Priest, Preacher Man, Pedophile Priest, Sexy Priest, Sinister Minister and The Vicar. For the next step down, see Student Council President. For the next step up, see Dean Bitterman.