Cameron Diaz in 'Bad Teacher'
They didn't call her 'Bad Teacher' for nothing. Cameron Diaz's middle school teacher Ms. Halsey is a pot-smoking, foul-mouthed, blackmailing embezzler whose main mission as an educator is to snag a man and raise enough money for breast implants. And people say the American school system is broken.
Mrs. Krabappel in 'The Simpsons'
Springfield Elementary's chain-smoking fourth grade teacher Mrs. Krabappel, whose resume includes having affair with her boss Principal Skinner (making babies in the closet, no less), going on strike (purple monkey dishwasher, pass it on), and making Bart Simpson's life a living hell, is so indifferent about being a teacher she even has her own catchphrase of utter disdain and disbelief: "HA!"
Pam Ferris in 'Matilda'
Pam Ferris' Ms. Trunchbull in 'Matilda' was the thing Sunday night nightmares were made of. The downright evil and abusive (both mentally and physically, just ask anyone who had to endure the "Chokey") headmistress was the polar opposite of the sweet Ms. Honey. While the intimidating Ms. Trunchbull was a terrifying dream-crusher (not to mention a murderer!), she simply couldn't be bested by the magical Matilda.
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Paul Gleeson in 'The Breakfast Club'
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Coining one of the most smug, irritating (albeit memorable) threats in movie history ("You mess with the bull, you get the horns") is Paul Gleeson's bitter, skull-crackin' principal Richard Vernon (who also likes to go through his coworker's private files). He doesn't inspire his troubled students to do better as much as attempt to break their spirits. Not to mention ruin a perfectly good Saturday. Well, eight Saturdays for Bender.
Jane Lynch in 'Glee'
While one could argue that Mr. Schuester is McKinley High's most pitiful educator (he's a Spanish teacher that doesn't know Spanish... or teach), Jane Lynch's Sue Sylvester is the worst teacher on 'Glee' by a longshot. From blackmailing and manipulating her fellow teachers to physically and verbally assaulting students ("Sloppy freak show babies!"), the tyrannical cheerleading coach hellbent on bringing down the Glee club would have been fired by now. And that's how Hollywood.com sees it.
Matthew Broderick in 'Election'
Dealing with a student like Tracy Flick would drive any teacher to the edge, but Matthew Broderick's Mr. McAllister goes completely over it. Not only does he make a mess of his personal life by cheating on his wife, but the frustrated, bee-stung, and morally corrupt Mr. McAllister rigs the school's student body president election by throwing away ballots, thus forcing him to resign.
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Imelda Staunton in the 'Harry Potter' series
Imelda Staunton's Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge may have looked sweet on the outside, but on the inside she was one of Hogwarts' most corrupt and evil staff members. As one of Voldemort's minions, she was not only a traitor, but she tormented Harry Potter. HARRY. POTTER.
Billy Bob Thornton in 'Mr. Woodcock'
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Maybe Billy Bob Thornton should just stay away from youths full stop. From 'Bad Santa' to 'The Bad News Bears,' he's proven time and time again that he's not exactly the best adult influence to be around. Case in point: his turn as the bully of a gym teacher in 'Mr. Woodcock' who goes beyond tormenting kids in the classroom when he dates a former student's mother. Talk about crossing a line.