Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites’. I nearly did fictional schools but, I thought it might have a lot of people doing that so I went for the only very slightly more obscure teacher route. The parameters with this one were I could only have one teacher per fandom, or else we’d have ended up with a lot of the Hogwarts faculty. I also noticed as my list began to come together that the lines between Mentor and Teacher blurred so I treated them as synonymous for the purpose of this list.
10. Leroy Flinn
This is a modern entry really, from Marissa Meyer’s Renegades series Leroy Flinn is the main mentor and guide for the female protagonist, Nova. Encouraging criminal behaviour aside, I think he does a good job of helping Nova do what she thinks is best.
9. Dr. Dillamond
My favourite Animal around, Dr. Dillamond had to make an appearance for me. He is a teacher that stands up in the face of ignorance and adversity (until of course, he can’t) and tries to instill acceptance and good values in his students, where others clearly haven’t bothered.
8. Alfred Pennyworth
The baddest butler around it would be ludicrous to name a greater influence of Bruce Wayne’s life than Alfred. At this point the terms ‘butler’ and ‘servant’ are just for show because Alfred is so much more than that, raising and guiding Bruce through his best and darkest times and pulling him back on track whenever he falls off.
7. Rubeus Hagrid
Is the fun teacher whose lessons you look forward to and usually end up learning a lot from without even realising it. Even if, maybe, what you learn is to not buy books that are also monsters.
6. Mr. Bennett
As well as being a stellar father to Miss Elizabeth Bennett, Mr. Bennett is also her mentor and a calming influence in what I’m certain is a house that would make bedlam look tame. He also has the patience of a saint, he’d need it being married to Mrs. Bennett though, wouldn’t he?
5. Douglas Richardson
Clearly using … alternate teaching methods, Douglas is a type of mentor to his much younger and inexperienced Captain, Martin Crieff. Martin is lacking in confidence and skills in the piloting department (not what you want to hear really) but Douglas’ sage advice, sandwiched between biting sarcasm, taunts and witty remarks at Martin’s expense is a key factor in his development over the course of the show.
Mentor to all the stars of Greek Mythology Chiron has a long track record that proves his ability to teach and train heroes that speaks for itself but I especially love his portrayal in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
Another guy with unusal teaching methods that tend to run along the lines of ‘No time like the present!’ [pushes untrained hobbits into the proverbial, metaphorical and sometimes literal deep end]. But it works! His burglars save the day and his fellowship survives(ish), hurrah and when all else fails, he shows up just in the nick of time with a giant eagle to save them all.
2. Father Chains
Father Chains is the Gang Leader and teacher of The Gentleman Bastards, the most unassuming and brilliant gang in all of Camorr. Though he does steer more towards tough love, his students get an education so extensive and useful it rivals royalty and the ultimate successes of those wards are down only to Chains’ teachings.
1. Abbé Faria
The Abbé Faria is the teacher behind great men such as Sinbad the Sailor, the Abbé Busoni, Lord Wilmore, and last but not least The Count of Monte Cristo. Yes, indeed I crown the Abbé Faria the greatest teacher and mentor because not only was he the man who educated the executor of the greatest revenge plot ever, he did it all in a prison. Yep, teachers that complain about lack of resources ought to try it from a cell with nothing but your memory and some handcrafted paper, quill and your own blood for ink. That, good friends, is a true passion for teaching.
You may have noticed the absence of a certain wizard with a beard and half-moon spectacles but I assure you, it was completely intentional – you will see him on the list of ‘worst’ teachers namely for his failure to uphold simple safeguarding principles and leaving an orphan in an abusive household.
Who is your favourite fictional teacher or mentor? Any of these? Or someone I missed? let me know and don’t forget to post your Top Ten Tuesday links in the comments!
Until next time!