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The 10 most memorable fictional teachers

For many, this time of year brings up memories of picking out school supplies, buying new clothes that will fit only for the next four months, and plenty of nervous excitement. And, of course, what's a school without teachers? While we've all had some extraordinary teachers some of the most inspirational have come from the world of fiction. Whether its through their zany antics, strong will, big heart, or positive influence, these fictional teachers are truly memorable. - Terry Terrones

Dewey Finn (aka Mr. Schneebly), "School of Rock"

Few teachers have had a more symbiotic relationship with their classroom. Dewey Finn (Jack Black) helped his students loosen up, while they helped their teacher grow up.

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Mr. Bergstrom, "The Simpsons"

In the 1991 episode entitled, "Lisa's Substitute," substitute teacher Mr. Bergstrom (Dustin Hoffman) inspires Lisa Simpson (Yeardley Smith) to be true to herself and embrace her intelligence.

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Mr. Miyagi, "The Karate Kid"

A maintenance man/karate instructor, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) provides Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) with not just a mentor but a father figure as well.

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Ms. Norbury, "Mean Girls"

Ms. Norbury (Tina Fey), a high school teacher, was cool enough to let a student be themselves but also smart enough to give sage advice at just the right time.

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Charles Xavier, the "X-Men" franchise

Maybe its the soothing British lilt or the fact that he can read minds but Professor X (Patrick Stewart) was built for taking frustrated and angry young people and turning them into a successful team.

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Minerva McGonagall, The "Harry Potter" franchise

Tough yet fair, Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) always stood up for her students, especially when they got in over their heads.

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Mr. Keating, "Dead Poets Society"

He taught his charges the value of words and encouraged them to "seize the day." Probably the most quote-worthy fictional teacher ever.

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Ms. Frizzle, "The Magic School Bus"

Although eccentric, Ms. Frizzle (Lily Tomlin) knew the best way to keep her students interested in science was to make it fun and entertaining.

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Mr. Collins, "The Wonder Years"

He was only in one episode, and he would die off screen during it, but math teacher Mr. Collins (Steven Gilborn) had a lasting impact on at least one student, Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage).

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Mr. Garrison, "South Park"

Impulsive and with a short temper, Mr. Garrison (Trey Parker) isn't a particularly good teacher. However, his antics prove memorable for both his students and "South Park" viewers. 

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