Teachers and anime are something that cannot be separated. They appear in almost every genre of anime. Whether it is an adventure, slice of life, thriller, and the good old classic action anime, teacher-like figures are almost always there, to accompany their journey and give them advice whenever they get stuck.
25 Best Anime Teachers of All Time
And since this character trope is so popular, today I decided to make an article about 25 best anime teachers of all time. And since there are so many of them (worse, they are all such brilliant teachers), picking the ultimate 25 is not an easy task.
I kid you not I have to eliminate some of them because there are some amazing teachers who are just a tad bit better than them. The difference is so minor that I might have made a mistake to remove them from the list. But hey, we need to sacrifice some things to get what we one.
So, keep in mind that just because your favorite anime teachers are not here, that is not because they are bad teachers (there are definitely the bad ones but I will not allow them to get into the list), but it is simply because some others are just slightly better. That is all I promise.
With that being said, we are going to start from number 25:
25. Nariyuki Yuiga (We Never Learn)
And we are off with a literal high schooler who became a teacher because he needs a scholarship so badly. But it does not matter the motive because Nariyuki did a considerably good job teaching some of these lovable female students.
But yeah he is placed the lowest because compared to other teachers, Nariyuki still lacks experience in terms of teaching. But his motives and willingness to become a good teacher is certainly compelling enough for me to enlist him in this article.
24. Uesugi Fuutarou (Go-Toubun no Hanayome)
Oh look, another high schooler tutor but this time, he needs money. One reason why I put Uesugi higher than Nariyuki is because he teaches quintuplets who are more difficult to order and arguably have less intelligence than Nariyuki's students.
But apart from that, there are not many differences between Uesugi and Nariyuki. And with that being said, I ran out of something to say about Uesugi apart from he needs more experience when it comes to teaching. He is still a nice guy though.
23. Jigoro Kuwajima (Demon Slayer)
Zenitsu's teacher has barely any screen time throughout the series. Yet, when he appeared, it defined Zenitsu's character as a whole. And we can see how big Jigoro's influence is towards Zenitsu.
Training a person like Zenitsu is not easy (yes I have experienced it. And I wanted to quit badly). Yet Jigoro has the patience, passion, and most important thing, kindness to teach him thunder breathing. If he had more appearances like some other teachers here, Jigoro could be placed higher.
22. Nezu (My Hero Academia)
Nezu is actually the principal of UA High School. Despite not teaching directly in classes, he has shown that his method that he cultivated is the right way to guide UA students so that they can become great heroes.
And looking at the current UA students, it is safe to assume that his method works beautifully. He can be sadistic sometimes, but it does not change that Nezu is one reason why UA has a great reputation of creating big heroes and needs more recognition because of it.
21. Mafuyu Kirisu (We Never Learn)
At first, Mafuyu appeared as some sort of antagonist who tried to stop Fumino and Rizu from getting into majors that they did not master. Eventually, we got to learn about her backstory, and what she did was make sense.
Mafuyu-sensei had a dream to be an ice skater. Even though she performed well, she could not continue because an ice skater's performance normally peaked at high school. Because she chased her dream, she thought that she abandoned what she was supposed to achieve when she became an adult. That is why Mafuyu-sensei rejected the idea of “following your dreams” instead of “following your talents”.
20. Zeff (One Piece)
For Sanji, Zeff is more than a teacher who taught him cooking and stuff. He is a father figure who he has desired (terribly sorry for not including him in the best father list. I completely forgot).
But of course Sanji would not admit it. Yes he did cry after he left with Luffy. But just typical of him, he would not do that for the 2nd time and would try his best to conceal his true feeling. And that alone showed how meaningful Zeff is in Sanji's life.
19. Silvers Rayleigh (One Piece)
If there is a person that can teach a dense numbskull like Luffy, he/she definitely deserved a place on the list. And Rayleigh has mysteriously managed to teach Luffy the concept of Haki. If you are not familiar with Haki, it is quite complex to teach Haki to people, since not only do you need a brain that can actually think, you also need a sense of combat.
Which is why Rayleigh was able to teach him and even made Luffy a great Haki user. Perhaps Rayleigh is saved by Luffy's fighting sense, or else there is no way he is able to drill all of those knowledge inside his head.
18. Asano Gakuhou (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)
The principal of Kunugigaoka Junior High School would perhaps be the best teacher in the series, if it was not his tragic past that made him lose his student. It turned him into a monster whose goal is to make a number one student who will not fail in every aspect.
That is why those who do not meet his criteria will be banished to Class E. At the end of the series, thanks to Koro Sensei and Class E students, Gakuho finally realized his error and eventually turned into a better educator than before.
17. Kurosawa Minamo (Azumanga Daioh)
Azumanga Daioh is known for having 2 main teachers. One is a less capable teacher and considerably a bad role model. And one other is a capable one, and which is why this one has made it into the list.
Kurosawa-sensei mainly teaches physical education. But compared to her colleague Yukari, she is more popular due to her knowledge, patience, kindness… Basically she is literally more superior than Yukari. Just do not let her get drunk, or else you might learn her other side.
16. Master Roshi (Dragon Ball)
The legendary Turtle Hermit from Dragon Ball will of course made it into the list, although some of you might complain on how he is placed quite low on the list. But again as I mentioned, you will understand when you see who else tops him as a better teacher.
It is thanks to him that Goku and Krillin have become great martial artists. Though he has a perverted mind, it does not really matter considering his skill is literally no joke and he can teach quite well.
15. Izumi Curtis (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Teaching Edward and Alphonse alchemy was perhaps something that Izumi regretted. Who would have thought that they will use that ability to resurrect their mother. And after that, there is nothing that she can do anymore to fix the situation.
Except for the part that she is always there for Ed and Al no matter how difficult the situation is. Yes she could be scary like some of the teachers on the list. But you already know the drill. Behind that tough exterior, Izumi is a softie inside.
14. Biscuit Krueger (Hunter x Hunter)
Bisky-chama (that is how she wants to get addressed) might only play a major role in one arc. But without help, we would never ever see Gon and Killua. She is arguably the sole reason for the massive improvement of these boys.
Apart from her “shoujo-like” antics, she is a proper teacher and knows what she is doing. And for good reason, since she also the teacher of Wing (I did not put him on the list. You know the reason). Her age also means she had tons of experiences, making her a perfect teacher for the inexperienced Gon and Killua.
13. Takeda Ittetsu (Haikyuu)
Karasuno's advisor is by far (in my opinion, of course) one of the most underrated teachers on the list. But those who watch Haikyuu know how valuable Takeda-sensei is for the volleyball club.
We can start on how he is willing to put his pride aside and keep begging Ukai to coach the club. Not only that, he slowly learns on how volleyball actually works, piling up experiences. And his best attribute is that he is able to comfort the Karasuno boys with his words of wisdom. Now that is a teacher material right there.
12. Yami Sukehiro (Black Clover)
Could Yami be considered as a teacher with that kind of act and his position? Well yeah why not? Despite his status being a captain, he still taught many things to subordinates directly or indirectly. And for me, that is a good sign of a teacher if you can lecture without giving them a lecture.
Yami is that type of teacher who gives difficult exams so that their students can improve immensely. It is his way to show that he does care for his subordinates, even though of course, he would not say it in front of them.
11. Jiraiya (Naruto)
You guys might wonder where the hell is the Naruto character. Well, here we have our Pervy-Sage who has taught 2 some of the strongest characters in the series (well one of them is actually the main character, so yeah).
There is no end to Jiraiya's story when it comes to teaching. Most of the time he acts goofy and perverted, making you wonder whether or not he can teach. But once you know him, Jiraiya's skills and knowledge about the Ninja world will quickly erase your doubts because that is how good Jiraiya actually is. He is still a pervert though.
10. Karasuma Tadaomi (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)
Karasuma is not like other teachers in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. He has a knowledge and most likely ability to teach, but it is nowhere near Koro Sensei or even Gakuho (but definitely better than victh-sensei).
What makes Karasuma considered as a good teacher is his kindness and patience for teaching. He only acts like a teacher because the situation demands him to, yet he is serious and earnest doing his job. Slowly but sure, he is finally get accepted by Class E and they considered him among one of their best teachers.
9. Urokodaki Sakonji (Demon Slayer)
Tanjiro was extremely lucky to have a kind teacher like Urokodaki. I could not imagine what would happen if he got another swordsman who is strict and obeys the rules. Him and Nezuko would probably be punished heavily because of this.
Not only his kindness, Urokodaki is also known for his strict training, thus making Tanjiro and other his disciples like Giyuu and Sabito amazing demon slayers. Last thing to mention about Urokodaki is how he considered Tanjiro and Nezuko his grandchildren, something that is absolutely wholesome.
8. Hatake Kakashi (Naruto)
Here we have our 2nd Naruto character, and arguably among the best teachers in the series. Kakashi was initially portrayed as a rather cold and unforgiving teacher. But later on, we learned that it was for the sake of great teams that value comradery more than rules.
His past also influenced him to act like so. He still could not forgive himself for being unable to save his best friends. Despite of that, he is a still great teacher and character who faces everything with smile and protect his students regardless the situation.
7. Gojo Satoru (Jujutsu Kaisen)
There is no way I am going to forget about the amazing Gojo Satoru. Although he acts irresponsible most of the time, when he needs to be serious, he acts like a real teacher and assists his students to become better and better.
What fans love about Gojo is that behind his childish antics, he is actually pretty thoughtful and deceptive on what is actually going on in the Jujutsu world, making him actually one of the most responsible characters in Jujutsu Kaisen. But yeah, since Gojo Satoru is Gojo Satoru, he prefers to act like Gojo Satoru. And no one can stop him
6. Hiratsuka Shizuka (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru)
Everyone who has watched Oregairu (there is no way I am going to write the whole title every single time) have fallen in love with Hiratsuka-sensei.She could act rough at some points, but usually it was Hachiman's fault to tease or mock her.
She relentlessly gave Hachiman and sometimes the gang supports, kindness, and advices throughout the series. Her approach towards Hachiman has finally transformed him into a less soulless man and finally enjoyed his time in school.
5. Onizuka Eikichi (Great Teacher Onizuka)
And into the top 5, this list would not be completed if we skip our OG teacher figure, Onizuka. Yes he has quite a lot of problems when it comes to behavior. But in terms of teaching, Onizuka is arguably one of the best.
Surely his methods are a bit “unique”. But knowing Onizuka, when it works then it works. Problem solved. And most importantly, he taught something that even a real teacher rarely does: life-lessons. The best kind of lessons. If Onizuka is a real teacher, students might adore him because of his coolness.
4. Might Gai (Naruto)
For me personally, Gai is the best teacher in the Naruto series. Yes he is a hyperactive kind of person, but that is simply to burn his students' spirit (even though it is only effective towards Lee).
Speaking of Lee, we already know how deep his relationship with bushy brow is. But it does not mean he abandoned his other students. Gai gave Lee more attention because he had a similar past and hoped that Lee would become a great ninja despite his lack of Ninjutsu skill. He still acts the same towards Neji and Tenten, and will give them advice and protect them when the situation gets dangerous.
3. Takahashi Tetsuo (Demi-chan wa Kataritai)
Those who have watched Demi-chan wa Kataritai, there are many things to love about Takahashi-sensei. His curiosity towards new things, his politeness, his will of steel (if you understand the joke then you must have a good Japanese skill) and of course, his teaching ability.
But my favorite part about Takahashi-sensei is that he yearns for equality in school. Minor spoiler, but this series brought the bullying topic because of some differences among the race. And Takahashi-sensei did his best to stand up for these other races. We have seen a lot of students who got bullied because they are different among other students, and teachers do nothing to protect them. Takahashi-sensei's action should be followed by any teachers in school.
2. Aizawa Shota (My Hero Academia)
This beggar-like (it is harsh but kind of true you know) hero is arguably the best teacher in UA High School. His teaching methods might be harsh, but it is all to produce magnificent heroes. And his work definitely paid off. Just look at students of Class 1-A.
On top of that, he is willing to sacrifice himself to protect his students. Of course it is something that any good teacher will do. But it just proved how Aizawa-sensei deeply cared for his students, hence deserving the 2nd place.
1. Koro Sensei (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu)
I think we can rearrange all of the previous characters into whatever we like. But there is no denying that Koro Sensei deserves to be the number one for everything he has done to his students.
Starting from a killing target, he became the most beloved teacher in Class E. They are even willing to do everything to not abandon him. Koro Sensei's charisma, knowledge, patience, and perhaps his comedic timing, combined with his superpower, making him such a perfect teacher whom every real students wish to have.