"I've got it bad, got it bad, got it bad, I'm hot for teacher."
It is a pretty good bet that just about any show that features adults and teens interacting in an academic environment will eventually explore a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student. The basis for this type relationship - if it's actually a romance - can either be the adoration and respect toward the teacher/mentor figure or the teacher's protective and caring instincts, or both. The illicit and forbidden nature of these relationships can be mined for angst, and generally doesn't cause real life issues because the actors themselves are generally all above the age of consent thanks to Dawson Casting. There are usually different levels of moral endorsement of the relationship, depending on the gender of the older participant. Curiously, more outrage tends to occur when a male teacher engages a female student, rather than the other way around (this is probably explained by the worryingly common belief that only men can be sexual predators). An even more outrageous double standard is that emphasis is often placed on how attractive said female teacher is—one wonders would an ugly female teacher get such indulgence?
The relationship may be initiated by a Fille Fatale or sparked by someone being Hot for Teacher. Compare Mrs. Robinson. See Likes Older Women and Stacy's Mom for young people lusting after older people in general, Precocious Crush for a more innocent variant, and Mentor Ship. There's a version specific to magic users called Merlin and Nimue, which takes its cue from the Arthurian Mythos where Merlin formed such a pair with several women.
This group of tropes is among The Oldest Ones in the Book. Although generally frowned upon in Real Life today, it's had varying levels of acceptance throughout history. It was most famously acceptable in Ancient Greece, where it took the form of Lover and Beloved.
Hot for Teacher
Anime and Manga
- Cardcaptor Sakura featured a 4th grade girl, Rika Sasaki, in a relationship with her homeroom teacher, Yoshiyuki Terada. Yeah. To their credit, the manga made it clear they'll be waiting until they're married before they actually do anything sexually intimate (which would be at the age of at least 16 in Japan), and the anime made the crush completely one-sided on the girl's part.
- Also, the main character's parents. In a subversion they met when Nadeshiko was in high school and Fujitaka was working there as a teacher, and it was Love At First Sight... but they got married only after her graduation.
- Subverted with Kaho and Touya. They did have a brief fling, yeah, but only after Kaho finished her substitute teacher stint in his school. Not to mention, Kaho cut the relationship since she was going abroads to finish her education and not to mention, she already knew that in the future, they'd fall for other persons (Eriol for her, and Yukito for Touya) and become Platonic Life Partners
- In Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, Hanon has a gigantic infatuation with her music teacher, who she refers to as Tarou-chan.
- The Negima metaseries does it differently, in that the teacher is actually younger than the students... but it's deliberately set up to look like a Harem Series without actually being one.
- The entire idea is lampshaded and deconstructed on multiple occasions. Negi constantly worries about maintaining a normal student-teacher relationship.
- For added impact about Negi's Harem, when his students saw how he was speaking to his Unlucky Childhood Friend so casually and it looked like he was only using formal forms of address with them? They did not take it well.
- The classic anime Maison Ikkoku has a sequence of such relationships. The beautiful widow Otonashi Kyoko née Chigusa married her high school teacher, Otonashi Soichiro. Now one of her love interests, Godai Yuusaku, is being pursued by a student from her alma mater, Yagami Ibuki, after he did a stint as a substitute teacher there.
- A running gag in The Prince of Tennis anime series is Reiji Shinjou's obsessive loyalty to his coach, the busty and gorgeous Aoi Hanamura, which borders on a Stalker with a Crush level. In the Atobe kara no Okurimono mini-movie, Reiji is constantly spouting ... Sensei!!" at her while looking betrayed during a scene that parodies dating shows. Hanamura-sensei herself practically ogles and fangirls her own pupils when in really high spirits, both in the Jyousei and the Senbatsu arcs.
- Fushigi Yuugi's Eikoden OAV has Taka Sukinami/Tamahome working as the basketball coach of Miaka and Yui's old school; one of the girls on the team, Mayo Sakaki, falls for him.
- In Hell Teacher Nube, although Kyoko's definite love interest is Hiroshi, she still harbors an unrequited crush on the titular teacher coming from the time he saved her from an almosr fatal demonic possession.
- Played for dark laughs in Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei. The plot revolves around a suicidal teacher who accidentally wins the hearts of nearly all of his students, some more extremely devoted than others. Itoshiki himself rarely returns any of the feelings of his Harem.
- Gunslinger Girl. Maria Machiavelli discusses this trope when she hints that Triela is in love with her instructor/handler Hillshire. Triella replies that even if she was in love with him, it's not that kind of relationship.
Hilshire: Say, what did she mean by "Talk about love"?
- Henrietta and Elsa are younger than Triela and in love with their handlers. Neither case ends up well.
- Petrushka is around three/four years older than Triela and loves her handler. They sorta get their happy ending.
- In the Blue Drop anime there is Mari's infatuation with her chemistry teacher, Yuuko .
- Hayate the Combat Butler had one when one of the Haukou students confessed to Makimura.
- Mentioned in a Flash Back in Hanamaru Kindergarten. Anzu's mother got pregnant by her art teacher, married him, and dropped out of school. Generation Xerox takes effect, as Anzu has the same idea for Tsuchida, her kindergarten teacher. Sakura, Anzu's mother, approves of this.
- It's played off as a tremendous Precocious Crush, which is common with little girls and guy teachers in real life. It's never really stated whether Anzu's mom realizes this and counts the relationship as harmless (to encourage Anzu to develop feelings of love and friendship), or if she's actually serious about approving their marriage before she even turns 6.
- Kitagawa of Doki Doki School Hours has a huge crush on Mika-sensei.
- According to the guidebook, Hanabusa of Nabari no Ou was Tobari's teacher in his senior year of high school.
- Mahoromatic: Miss Shikijo seems extremely attracted to Suguru
- There is a hentai with the same name as the trope's title, but not the trope namer.
- A quite important subplot in Setona Mizushiro's Kurobara Alice. The local Hot Teacher Azusa Kikukawa and her student Kouya are secretly dating... and then, when Kouya is seriously injured in an accident, Azusa makes a Deal with the Devil (or more exactly, with a bunch of rather sui-generis vampires) to save him: they'll save Kouya's life, and in return Azusa will give her soul to them to place it in the body of a girl named Agniezka, now named Alice. Too bad "Alice" finds Kouya later, and sees in horror that he actually crossed the Despair Event Horizon and become a boerline Empty Shell.
- This was Miyabi's backstory in Great Teacher Onizuka. She had a crush on her teacher. When she found out he was engaged, she pretended he had raped her and ruined his reputation as she spread the rumor over the school. However, this would backfire on her as one of her classmates would be expelled for assaulting said teacher and the teacher quit rather than explain his innocence.
- Also in the manga Urumi Kanzaki develops a crush on Onizuka and it gets even stronger after he saves her when she tried to commit suicide.
- Ranma ½: Ranma and Hinako are accused of having this type of relationship a lot. At one point, the entire school thought he had molested her on multiple occasions. (It probably didn't help that they saw him grope her breast and say, "Let me touch you!") And later on, they were caught in bed with him on top of her. Seriously though, it's not what it looks like.
- Ukyo lampshades this trope at one point.
Akane: What's there to worry about? She's his teacher, right?
- Junkers Come Here has a variety of this. Twelve-year-old Hiromi has a typical Precocious Crush on her twenty-something stay-in tutor Keisuke.
- One of the Pandora Hearts OVA's has the implication of this between Gil and Oz.
- Makoto and Takatsuki from Wandering Son both have crushes on the same teacher in middle school, though neither know of the others. Maho, the protagonists older sister, is implied to have fallen for the same teacher when she was a freshman. There's also a background character who has a habit of flirting with one of the teachers.
- The story The First Goodbye from the hentai collection Virgin Night is a deconstructed edition. It's made pretty clear that Saki is a female Casanova, and poor Kou is riddled with uncertainty about what this relationship is really made of. Then he gets a notice of Saki's wedding at the end
- A Hentai/Romance manga called "Teacher and Student" by artist Fuuga revolves around the budding relationship between a student and his teacher when an eviction causes them to move in together. Interestingly, there's a good deal of focus on their own concerns about the relationship, as opposed to being worried about what others will think. subverted in that by the end, she's resigned and is no longer his teacher.
- In Kodomo no Jikan, third grader Rin develops a crush on her homeroom teacher. Unfortunately, the approach she takes to deal with it is "Be a Whore to Get Your Man".
- The X-Men have a few of these. Emma Frost's Backstory miniseries has a teenage Emma developing a crush on her art teacher—and when her mind-reading powers set in, she learns that he's attracted to her as well. Emma's Magnificent Bastard of a father gets the teacher fired (and forbids him from ever seeing Emma again). They later meet again when Emma ends up attending a college where he is teaching. There the teacher, Emma, her telepathic roommate, and Emma's new best friend get involved in a love rectangle where the roommate telepathically manipulates the best friend into accusing the teacher of sexual advances in order to remove the two people standing between her and Emma. In response to this revelation, Emma mind wipes her roommate, then uses her own psychic power to hijack her best friend's mind and make everyone think she's a lying, crazy stalker. Afterwords, Emma confesses to the teacher what she did in order to protect him, in the name of being honest with the man she loves in hopes that he would not hold it against her in the event he wanted to begin a relationship with her at last. Unfortunately, finding out that Emma was a mutant AND had used her psychic powers to get her best friend labeled insane causes him to reject Emma, turning her into the cold-blooded villain she would become.
- Multiple stories in Cherry Comics feature Cherry or one of her friends having sex with a teacher.
- In Gold Digger, Gina's mother reminisces with a friend about their martial arts teacher. One night, the friend was about to sneak into her teacher's quarters to bare her soul (among other things) to him, only to find that several of his other students had the exact same idea. Naturally, a fight broke out.
Films -- Live Action
- The plot of Rushmore centers around a love triangle involving a student and his teacher, though it is largely unrequited.
- In the Canadian indie film Whole New Thing, a young teenager who's been home schooled all his life by parents with somewhat lax notions about appropriateness and boundaries develops a crush on his gay male teacher. Averted in that the boy tries to push the issue and the teacher uncompromisingly shuts him down. Predictably, despite this, the film generated an outcry when it came to mainstream attention.
- This student-has-crush-on-teacher version can also be found in the movie My Girl. Unfortunately, said teacher is also engaged, and his fiancee is moving in with him the day Veda (the student) tells him how she feels--which happens to be the same day of her best friend's funeral, which is being held in the parlor of HER house (her father is the town undertaker and she lives in the funeral home). She doesn't take the rejection well.
- Performed in Valentine's Day by Edison with Julia. She gently redirects his attention to another girl closer to his age.
- One of the earliest examples must be 1931's Mädchen in Uniform. Fourteen-year-old Manuela, along with a lot of other girls at her strict boarding school, falls head-over-heels for the young female Scripture teacher. The teacher explains that she can't play favourites, but she does seem to have some reciprocal attraction to Manuela. Major problems result when Manuela accidentally gets drunk and proclaims her affections in front of the headmistress.
- Daydream Nation is a newer film that centers around a bored teenager that falls for her teacher. Maybe because she moved to a painfully small town which she hates. There, she observes her fellow high school students get wasted on drugs out of boredom, and people obsess over a serial killer who has yet to be caught. She also becomes involved with someone her age, and the rest of the film explores the insecurities that everyone, young and old, experiences in life.
- In Mr. Holland's Opus, one of Mr. Holland's students falls for him and tries to persuade him to run way to New York with her.
- In Juno, it's mentioned in passing that Juno's best friend Leah has a crush on one of her teachers.
- In Bridge to Terabithia, the male lead has a crush on his teacher (Zooey Deschanel in The Film of the Book). This is a plot point because it's the reason he doesn't invite his best friend along on their museum tour, which is why his best friend dies that day.
- In another of Paterson's books, Jip: His Story, the eleven-year-old protagonist has similar feelings for his (female) teacher.
- Of all places, this shows up in The Inheritance Cycle, with dragons. Saphira approaches the older male dragon mentoring her (they're apparently the last of their kind, BTW), but he isn't interested. Then she gets nasty...
- In Wayside School, Dameon has a crush on Mrs. Jewls. Eventually she reciprocates... but adds that she loves everyone else, too.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe Ahsoka unsuccessfully flirts with her Master, but of course he's Padmésexual.
- In The Dresden Files novel Proven Guilty, Molly ends up thinking this is what is going to happen when she becomes Harry's apprentice. He rather hilariously disabuses her of the notion though not entirely. In Changes Susan studies Molly's reaction to her and Harry. Later on when Molly leaves, Susan is surprised Harry is oblivious to Molly's feelings for him.
Susan:Molly has it bad for you, Harry.
- In The Grumpy Bunny series of books by Justine Korman and illustrated by Lucinda McQueen, Hopper the Grumpy Bunny (a teacher), is hot for Lilac, the music teacher.
- In Middle Ground by Ursula Zilinsky a gay man in his 30s mentions having been in love with his housemaster at school.
- Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. Hermione has a pretty obvious crush on Lockhart, much to the chagrin of Ron.
- Warrior Cats: Word of God has confirmed that Cinderpelt, while she was Firestar's apprentice, was Hot for Teacher. However, Firestar, being... er, Firestar, wasn't Hot for Student.
- In Anne of Avonlea, Anne receives a rather verbose love letter form one her students Annetta Bell. Although, the letter is revealed to be plagiarized from several love letters Annetta's mother's former beau wrote. Annetta insists she really does love Anne with all her heart.
Live Action TV
- Ezria, generally considered the fan-favorite ship of Pretty Little Liars is made of Ezra Fitz, better known as Mr. Fitz, and his student Aria. This is even weirder because Aria's poor, oblivious mother works at the school too. Ezra eventually quits and goes to teach at- wait for it- her father's school. Additionally, Aria's father cheated on her mother with one of his students. The mother is aware of both of these student/teacher relationships... and has done essentially nothing.
- Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer apparently had something of a crush on Giles. She never acted on it, mostly because she had much larger crushes on Xander and Oz.
- The episode "Teacher's Pet" in Buffy the Vampire Slayer shown Xander having a crush on his substitute teacher, Miss French who turns out to be a big, praying mantis creature who likes eating virgins.
- The ghosts in "I Only Have Eyes For You" were a female teacher and one of her male students in 1955. The teacher realises the relationship is wrong and tries to break it off, only to be killed by her distraught lover.
- In Degrassi Junior High, Caitlin worries that she's a lesbian because she has a crush on a female teacher.
- In Dawson's Creek, Pacey ends up having a relationship with his teacher, Tamara Jacobs.
- In an episode of Saved by the Bell, all the girls (including those in the main cast) get crushes on the substitute teacher, Tony Crane. This is strictly one sided, though—Tony doesn't return any of the girls' affections.
- In the first two seasons of Fisica O Quimica young teacher Irene had a romantic affair with young student Isaac, which was explored realistically, but they started to gravitate back towards each other before he died from a brain hemorrhage.
- In Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Amy fantasizes about her history teacher who is too old for her. She then uses a time machine to go back to 1976 so he would be the appropriate age.
- In Law and Order Special Victims Unit, a case featured a young high school teacher being raped by one of her students. The kicker? Said teacher was played by Melissa Joan Hart, and the student was played by Cassidy Casablanca.
- In the Noah's Arc movie, Brandon has a crush on his teacher Chance, who consistently ignores his advances....until Chance is having problems in his own relationship. Chance gives in for one night, but things return to the Status Quo (band) afterwards.
- In Glee; when Rachel Berry gets a crush on Mr Schuester, he reacts with horror, remembering the dreadful outcome of the last student to have a crush on him. The old student then comes into play, giving Rachel advice about why she's crushing on Mr. Schue, leading to a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming when Mr Schue tells Rachel that one day she'll find a man who values her for herself. Awwwwwwwwwwww!!
- Another three-episode arc in the third season of Glee deals with Puck's crush on Shelby Corcoran. He plays the Van Halen song "Hot For Teacher" for her (among other things). Gets Squicky when you consider she's Rachel's mom (Puck and Rachel dated briefly in the first season) and she adopted baby Beth (his daughter by Quinn).
- An episode of Teachers had the rare variant of a gay pupil having a crush on one of the teachers. Also has a jarring case of Hey, It's That Guy!, with the gay pupil in question being played by the woman-obsessed Jay from The Inbetweeners.
- In Arrested Development George Michael develops a crush on his ethics teacher. His tentative attempts to explain this to his father lead him to believe his son is trying to get them together, and he ends up dating her.
- Briefly touched in Cold Case; in one episode, a student had a crush on his idealistic teacher, who helped set his life on the right path. However, when he grew up and became a teacher himself, he understood why there was a line that teachers and students could not cross.
- Invoked by Stephen Colbert during the Wisconsin Teacher's Union Strike. Hi, Stephen!
- Both Bud and Kelly on Married... with Children had relationships with teachers.
- Ruby Buckton on Home and Away, first having a short-lived crush on her English teacher Miles, then two years later falling in love with her music teacher and songwriting partner Liam. The latter did not end well.
- In Waterloo Road, student Jonah Kirby starts a sexual relationship with Francesca Montoya, his Spanish teacher.
- In The Wonder Years, Kevin Arnold has a crush on Miss White, who later gets married. Kevin finds her name change to Mrs. Heimer and subsequent pregnancy rather jarring, as they clash with his idealized vision of Miss White.
- Throughout The Parkers, Nikki Parker, who is attending junior college with her daughter, has the hots for Professor Oglevee. The professor always hated her and avoids her whenever she chases him until by the end of the series, their relationship becomes mutual.
- In 3rd Rock from the Sun, Tommy has a crush on a teacher who rejects his advances. He arranges to sit next to her at a football game. When everyone else stands up to cheer, there is a loud slapping sound, and the fans sit down to reveal Tommy holding his cheek looking hurt while his teacher stares straight ahead looking shocked.
- A less squicky example occurs with Lena and Dwayne in A Different World since they are both adults. Lena develops a crush on Dwayne when he starts tutoring her in Calculus (he is also her teacher for the class) and she is crushed when he doesn't reciprocate. Lena later reveals, in a very heartwarming scene with Whitley, Dwayne's girlfriend, that she felt very alone at college since she had never been away from her family and friends before so she latched on to the first person who tried to befriend her.
- Busted's song "What I Go To School For" was based on a crush their bassist had on a teacher in real life. It's been covered (also Disneyfied by The Jonas Brothers which made it about a Freshman crushing on a Senior.
- The Van Halen song "Hot for Teacher" is one of the alternate Trope Namers.
- David Lee Roth claims he boned more than one of his teachers in real life as well.
- "Teacher I Need You" by Elton John.
- The music video for Boyzone's Key To My Life has the band as schoolboys, with one of them, played by Stephan Gatley, having a crush on their teacher.
- Mr. Watson from Ke$ha is about crushing on (Intercourse with You and lusting for) a teacher.
- The first verse of "Passin' Me By" by The Pharcyde.
- The music video for Traumst Du by Oomph shows the male students in this particular class deliberately doing things wrong so that they can be punished by their teacher, who's a Bastard Girlfriend. Apparently, they like it when she canes their backsides...and so does the school janitor, who's watching the whole thing via hidden cameras so he can masturbate over her.
- In the video for Aerosmith's "Livin' On The Edge", several male kids show interest in their sexy teacher. The end of the video reveals that the teacher is actually a guy in drag.
- A lesser-known example: "High School Confidential" by Rough Trade.
- The hit "Forelska i lærern" (literally, "In love with the teacher") by the Norwegian band "The Kids" (not to be confused with the Belgian band of the same name).
- This student-has-crush-on-teacher version can also be found in Peanuts'.
- Linus doesn't worship Miss Othmar, he is just very fond of the ground she walks upon...
- Persona 3, one of the "social links" the protagonist has to develop is a friendship with another student, a boy who claims to be involved with, and then engaged to, his female homeroom teacher. It turns out the relationship was all in the boy's head, with the teacher being all but unaware of his fantasy, and horrified when she discovers how the boy thinks of her. The weird thing is that in order to improve your friendship with the student (which has positive effects on your game status), the protagonist has to encourage the boy's romantic aspirations even if you realize that it's a very, very bad idea.
- Makes sense from a certain perspective, though. It's obvious from very early in the link that Kenji lives in his own little world, and has a habit of not listening to you when you try to bring him down to earth. Since you can't really change anything about it, you might as well play along until it all blows up in his face, at which point he needs his supportive friend to help him get over it. Additionally, the main character is Not So Above It All. See "Hot for student", below.
- In Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, one of Professor Layton's students has a very obvious crush on him.
- Also hinted in Eternal Diva that his former student Janice also has a crush. Or is it just Melina talking?
- Because the protagonist of Canvas 2 is a teacher, you're of course going to have several of these. Five, in fact. There are more students with a crush on Hiroki, but they're not heroines.
- In Katawa Shoujo, Lilly had feelings for her English tutor in the past, and turned down her many love confessions to save herself for him, but knew that she could never have him, and never confessed. Hisao thinks of such relationships as "taboos born of such things as purity and youth," and is glad Lilly never acted on it.
- In Red String, Sayuri Morita develops a crush on Igarashi-sensei when he's the only one who listens to her, is nice to her, etc. She attempts to kiss him when he's asleep in his office but chickens out, and then goes for it when they're singing karaoke together. He rebuffs her since, unfortunately for her, he's too professional to ever pursue such a relationship . . . and he's gay.
- In a guest-strip for Bad Machinery, Mildred has a dream about her teacher, Ryan Beckwith.
- In World of Fizz, Alex for Ms. O'Hare Even the story title is called this.
- South Park episode "Tom's Rhinoplasty": the boys have a crush on the substitute teacher, Ms. Ellen. But even besides the obvious age problem, she turns out to be a lesbian. Unfortunately, nobody told Wendy that.
- As Told by Ginger has Ginger trying to ask her teacher out on a date. During an inter-school quiz. Which is being televised.
- In Cybersix, the protagonist is pined after by one of her female students. Of course, seeing as the protagonist is a Wholesome Crossdresser and the student doesn't know, this makes for funny.
- Hey Arnold! had an episode where he had a crush on his substitute teacher. He accidentally overheard her talking to another teacher about her fiancé, also named Arnold, and of course hilarity ensued.
- Braceface had an episode with one of the characters having a crush on a substitute teacher. Rather noticeably it's one of the few kid's shows where someone points out that a teacher-student relationship would be illegal.
- Handsome Lech Kid Flash flirted with Black Canary in an episode of Young Justice during their first training session.
- And then she knocked him down. But it's cool, that's her job and it only bruised his ego.
- In the Pilot for American Dad, Francine admits she had a crush on her teacher that quickly developed to a Stalker with a Crush. To the point she locked herself in his closet and started cutting herself. She managed to pin this entire incident on said teacher, which caused him to be divorced from his wife, fired from his job, sent to prison, where he ultimately ended up killing himself.
- In the Family Guy episode Fast Times at Buddy Cianci High, Chris Griffin has a crush on his substitute teacher, Mrs Lockhart. She ends up falling in love with him, asking him to murder her husband and elope with her. Chris doesn't.
- The Simpsons has Lisa's crush on substitute teacher Mr. Bergstrom. Overall, he more fills a need for a mentor figure/role model for Lisa, but she does mention his "Semitic good looks" as one of the reasons she likes him.
- Johnny Bravo episode "Welcome Back, Bravo": Johnny is sent back to fourth grade. Naturally, the first thing he does is hit on the teacher (she responds with, "I don't date my students").
Hot for Student
Anime and Manga
- It's implied that Komoe-sensei of A Certain Magical Index has a crush on Touma. For added squick, she looks like a little girl.
- In Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu Deluxe when Hare tries to cheer up his scary Mood swinging substitute teacher after her attempted relationship with his regular teacher fails, she turns her attention to him to Hare's horror.
- In Chou Kuse ni Narisou, Nagisa is chased by a homosexual male teacher who mistakes her for a boy.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena, in which it's a deliberate psychological ploy by the Big Bad to manipulate the Tragic Hero. Very Squicky.
- Mahoromatic uses this trope to a disturbing extent, especially in the first series, with a (perhaps) twenty-five-year-old teacher lusting after the middle-school-aged male lead; fortunately, this somewhat overused source of comedy is not as prevalent in the second series. The After the End finale shows the two meeting up some 8–10 years later. She comments how he's lost his looks, then walks off with a pair of preteen male students.
- There is a squicky one-way instance in Azumanga Daioh, in which Kimura becomes obsessed with Kaorin (of all girls), declaring that they will always be together. Kimura himself is pretty squicky, since he apparently became a teacher just to ogle teenage girls. It's later revealed he has an incredibly hot and incredibly nice wife.
- Princess Tutu features a teacher (Neko-sensei) who threatens his delinquent female students (often the main character) with having to marry him. This is taken as a severe threat by everyone but the rare students who actually like him, whom he is deathly afraid of and avoids or turns down (the subversion). His actions are based on a Japanese myth, but it plays like a commentary on this trope.
- Yukari-sensei in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is constantly throwing herself at her students and generally acting inappropriately... and the students want none of it.
- In the Blue DropManga, some of the all female race Arume run various girls' schools that double as their lesbian harems.
- In Futaba-Kun Change!, Sabuyama-sensei has a completely one-side crush on the male Futaba and is disgusted when a female student with the same name as his beloved (actually the same person) joins the class.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion, this is part of Professor Kozo Fuyutsuki's backstory, with him caring greatly for his student Yui Ikari, who married his other student Gendou. His one-sided love for her remain secret for a long time, but when Fuyutsuki is turned into LCL during End of Evangelion it is Yui's face that he sees as he's about to die. .
- Boys Love example: Atsushi from Kusatta Kyoushino Houteishiki (Equation of the Perverted Teacher) has been infatuated with Masami aka Ma-chan, his neighbor and caretaker, for years. He transfers to his new highschool and finds Ma-chan... or so he thinks, as the guy he thinks it's Ma-chan is actually Ma-chan's older brother, Masayoshi, who works as the school nurse and basketball coach.
- In the Full Metal Panic!! manga, the Camp Gay substitute teacher for Sōsuke's high school's men's swim team is shown to have the hots for Sōsuke. Not that anyone can blame him. He is shown blushing and drooling over Sōsuke's body, and is very obviously jealous and shocked when he interprets Kaname's "I work well with Sōsuke because we have a bond" as being that they've done it.
- In Gokusen, Evil Teacher Miura falls for Shin. Busty teacher Fujiyama makes much of her lust for her hot students but we never actually see her do anything.
- Lets Nupu Nupu features among other randomness, a hot school nurse who acts like the grade school kid is the one who is molesting her when its blatantly obvious she's the full blown Shotacon.
- In Durarara!!, Prof. Nasujima has a rather obvious thing for his student Anri. In his case, however, it's more of an indication that he's a giant creep than a case of forbidden love (especially since it's implied that Anri is hardly his first in this regard).
- It's shown that his first relationship with a student was mutually consensual, but seriously unhealthy, and he was the one to quit it since the girl was even a bigger creep than he, and he was seriously afraid for his safety. He really should have learned his lesson that time, considering Anri's big secret.
- Naruko Yokoshima, the only teacher ever seen in Seitokai Yakuindomo, is a Christmas Cake Hard-Drinking Party Girl who's way too excited about former all-girl Ousai becoming co-ed. Her main victim is Takatoshi Tsuda, The One Guy, of whom she has high hopes liking older women. She has nearly taken advantage of him when she locked him up together with her in a room.
- In Loveless a source of major Fetish Fuel is the relationship between Ritsu and his student Soubi, he teaches Soubi lessons about how to take pain (these feature a whip and a very shirtless Soubi) and later goes on to take the boys virginity.
- In DearS, Mitsuka-sensei is pretty much hot for Anything That Moves, meaning that ALL of her students have to deal with her teaching sexually-explicit foreign language lessons (that she wrote herself) while she's wearing nothing but skimpy lingerie. Even the male students find this more annoying than anything else.
- Tenshi ni Narumon: It may look like a one-sided crush (and sexual harassment) on Raphael's part, but the truth is Mikael is as hot for his teacher as his teacher is for him. (Mikael has just huge problems with Self Denial.)
- One of Keima's captures in The World God Only Knows involved a student teacher who thinks of him as a genius but troubled student. When she was done teaching, she kissed him.
- Kyo Kara Maoh!: Gunter toward Yuuri.
- One of Professor Xavier's deepest secrets was that he was in love with Jean Grey as a student. His Super-Powered Evil Side, Onslaught, was all too happy to share this with her, much to Jean's horror.
- Professor Miles Warren was infatuated with his student Gwen Stacy, but refused to admit it, convincing himself that he saw her as the daughter he never had. Her death sent him off the deep end and led to the story that would, decades later, be revived as The Clone Saga, thus proving that teachers falling for students can never lead to anything good.
- Black Swan: The art director is a little hands-on with his instruction.
- One of the professors in Good Will Hunting makes repeated passes at his much younger female students, though he's always politely turned down.
- De man die zijn haar kort liet knippen (The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short). A teacher at girls' high school, middle-aged and married with a small daughter of his own, is madly in unrequited love with one of his teenage pupils and is heartbroken when she graduates. It's implied that years later the memory of his love is one of the things that drive him possibly crazy.
- Le souffle au cœur (Murmur of the Heart). Laurent, 14 and a half, is in confession when his priest and teacher makes a pass at him. Laurent asks to go back to class. The priest, annoyed, gives him an excessive penance: thirty Hail Marys. The priest seems to have a reputation for making passes at the boys. However, during the private lessons he later gives a convalescent Laurent nothing much, if anything, happens.
- In Lindsay Anderson's If..., a middle-aged chaplain and mathematics teacher at a boys' boarding school seems to take an interest in Jute, a pretty new boy in his class, probably 13 years old. The chaplain is skewered by Anderson's satire, as are most of the adults in the film.
- In 25th Hour, Philip Seymour Hoffman's character is hot for one of his students, played by Anna Paquin.
- A rather hilarious introduction from an extremely NSFW erotica story features the (gay) male narrator commenting on the paradox of a female teacher who indulges in romantic interludes with her students being simply reprimanded and the boys congratulated, whereas if the teacher were male but the situation the same, he'd be jailed, run out of town, and/or lynched.
- According to Word of God, Bella's science teacher in the first book of Twilight was attracted to her.
- Erik for Christine in Phantom of the Opera.
- In Michael Lowenthal's Avoidance, 28-year-old Jeremy works as assistant director of a boys' summer camp where there is a strong emphasis on men mentoring boys. Jeremy agonises over his sudden attraction to 14-year-old Max, one of his charges. Turns out that Jeremy's own former mentor Ruff and the camp director Charlie both have similar predilections, but unlike Jeremy have used the mentor role to force themselves on boys or coerce them into sex. . Things are complicated by Jeremy's recollection that when he was 14, he desired the 50-something Ruff. There's a backstory in which, a few years ago, Jeremy had a friendship with a 13-year-old boy to whom he seems to have been subconsciously attracted.
- Henry de Montherlant's Les Garçons has a priest in his 30s deep in unrequited love with a 14-year-old pupil at the boys' school where he works. The priest's attractions and emotions are directed at boys of of 12-15.
- Roger Peyrefitte's Les amitiés particulières (Special Friendships) is also set in a Jesuit school. One of the teacher-priests seems to fancy 14-year-olds Georges and Lucien, suggesting that they switch pyjamas and the like. Eventually he is caught entertaining one of the boys in his study at night and kicked out of the school. Another of the priest-teachers loves 12-year-old Alexandre and has him sit on his lap.
- In Michael Campbell's Lord Dismiss Us, 24-year-old Ashley returns as a teacher to the secondary school he attended as a boy, and where he had a homosexual love affair that left a deep impression on him. He falls in love with 18-year-old Carleton, one of his students. Carleton is in love with another boy at the school and having a relationship with him that repeats much of what went on in Ashley's schoolboy love affair. He has no idea about Ashley's affections and is initially shocked and repulsed when he finds out, but softens his opinion later. Some other men among the teachers at the school are also attracted to the boys and have little coteries. Amusingly, the chaplain has a taste for rather unwashed lads, whom he has to tea in his study. He keeps art of naked boys around, but never actually lays a finger on the real boys; their proximity is enough.
- In Ursula Zilinsky's Middle Ground, the protagonist mentions in passing that at his boys' boarding school there was a swimming coach who carried on with the boys.
- In Alexander Chee's Edinburgh, a 12-year-old boy joins the Pine State Boys' Choir as a first soprano. Turns out that the choir director sexually mistreats the boys, going so far as to drug them in order to do so.
- In Matthew Stadler's Allan Stein, a teacher is falsely accused of sleeping with a 15-year-old boy pupil of his and kicked out of his job, so he goes ahead and seduces the boy.
- In The Coming Storm, a 25-year-old teacher has an affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Both are male.
- The Dragonriders of Pern series has a relationship between Robinton and his apprentice Menolly. After Robinton's heart attack he admits to himself that his feelings aren't completely platonic and that there are moments he feels jealous of her relationship with Sebell. This makes him support their love even more.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- The seventh-season episode "Him", in which a magic jacket casts love spells on half the female cast, making Buffy, Willow, Anya, and Buffy's little sister Dawn chase after the high school football hero, R.J.. Anya is hundreds of years older than the guy, but it's Buffy who follows this trope: she's a counselor at the school now, and before she tries to kill the principal for her beloved, she gets him up on a desk with naughty things in mind... in time for her lovesick little sister to walk in and catch them (and for Xander to scold Buffy).
- Word of God states that Professor Maggie Walsh had feelings for Riley. Seeing as he views her more as a mother figure - and she's completely deranged - this is exceedingly creepy. It's even creepier when you remember that she was experimenting on Riley too. It was extra super creepy that she watched Buffy and Riley have sex from a video camera installed in his room, then decided to have Buffy killed off. Call that lady Queen Squick.
- In Veronica Mars, Veronica defends one of her favorite teachers against a claim of this. She goes through the girl's diary, and checks the dates, and so gets him off. She then finds out that it was all true, and that the girl who said she was his lover was really a friend of the actual girl, and she did get pregnant and so wasn't in school. Veronica then got him fired.
- In Series 3 of Skins Kieran makes an unsuccessful move on Naomi, his student.
- Although never outright stated, the very fact that the supposedly sweet, seemingly wholesome Selena Coombs of American Gothic is in fact a Femme Fatale, Hot Librarian, and Evil Teacher all rolled into one makes speculation about this trope inevitable. There are certainly more than a few moments where seeing this ravishing, suggestively dressed, beautiful woman speaking to her class of grade schoolers in that sultry Southern drawl left this editor feeling...uncomfortable. It doesn't help that the actress in question almost seemed aware of this fact, since she almost always focused her attention on the young boys in her classroom. Somewhat justified in Caleb's case, since Buck wanted her to keep an eye on his 'son'...but even there, considering what one of the best ways to corrupt Caleb would be, scenes of closeness between the two appear to have a deeper meaning... One lost episode, however, does offer an aversion of this. In "The Potato Boy", Ms. Coombs invites Caleb to her house, all alone, for 'special tutoring' ...but once there, she ends up confessing her tragic past, crying in Caleb's lap, and taking comfort from him in a purely platonic, if unexpected way, almost doing a Heel Face Turn because of it. Actually a very touching, surprising bit of Character Development. (Which was then promptly forgotten about for the rest of the series.)
- In Law & Order: Special Victims Unit there was the one where a principal was raping one of her students and it is found out that a brain tumor is making her act like this.
- There also was an episode involving this teenage guy and his hot older teacher. The guys congratulate him, but the SVU team wags their fingers no and try to separate them. It was sort of heartbreaking actually, considering the arm-twisting they did to her so she'd stay away from him.
- Another episode had a teacher admitting to having sex with one of his students, but claimed it was consensual while said student accused him of raping her. They never quite tell us if it was a case of Hot For Student or a mutual attraction, and ended it just before the verdict is read. This was intentional to show how ambiguous these cases are when it's only he said/she said. They later held an on-line poll to see how people would have ruled if they had been on the jury: Not Guilty was the winner.
- Yet another SVU has a male High School teacher getting arrested for having relations with one of his students. He's put through the normal wringer until it's revealed that the "student" was actually in her 20's and faking being a teenager due to an inability to face growing up.
- In Caprica, one of her husbands asks Clarice if the reason she invited Lacy to dinner was to make her another wife. It isn't; however it's hinted that the reason he asked this is because she's done this before.
- Canadian teen sitcom Mr. Young has an unusual version of this. Title character Adam Young, the new science teacher at Finnegan High School, has a huge crush on one of his fifteen year old students named Echo. However, since Mr. Young is a child prodigy who graduated University at age fourteen before returning to his home town to teach, he's actually the same age as Echo.
- In the British soap opera, Hollyoaks, secondary school teacher, Becca Dean falls in love and embarks on an affair with a teenage student, Justin Burton.
- The song itself doesn't contain any hint of this, but the video for Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" casts her as a teacher at a boy's prep school, who has... interesting dreams about her students. Brilliantly parodied here.
- My Name Is by Eminem: "My English teacher wanted to have sex in junior high / the only problem was, my English teacher was a guy / I smacked him in his face with an eraser / chased him with a stapler / and stapled his nuts to a stack of papers".
- Later the lyrics were censored to: "My English teacher wanted to flunk me in junior high / thanks a lot, next semester I'll be 35 / I smacked him in his face with an eraser / chased him with a stapler / and told him to change the grade on the paper". The following lines made it into the album release, though (only changed for the radio version).
- Referenced in the first verse of "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by ACDC: "You're having trouble with your high school head / He's giving you the blues / You wanna graduate, but not in his bed? / Here's what you gotta do..."
- Persona 3, one social link is with someone playing an online game, who turns out to be a teacher with a crush on one of her students. It turns out to be the protagonist's teacher, who has a crush on him. It never goes any further than this...
- If you max the relationship out, then she eventually finds out that she was talking to you all along, and awkwardly asks you out on a date before quickly taking it back.
- Persona 4 features
sluthomeroom teacher Noriko Kashiwagi, a Christmas Cake with so little self-esteem that she organizes a high-school beauty pageant with the sole intention of entering it herself and crushing the other contestants. Later on, while the guys are staying over at Yukiko's hotel, then accidentally stumble upon Kashiwagi and Hanako crying over their loss, who upon seeing the boys immediately throw themselves at them. Cue screams of horror from everyone save for Teddie, who's ready to go.
- Kinda weird that she would enter the pageant if she has low self-esteem since two of the participants are Yukiko, who is essentially the school idol, and Rise, who IS an actual idol.
- Unusual for an H-game, in X-Change 2 you not only don't get to see any nekkid pics of the hot teacher, but you end up getting sex forced upon you by the new male professor who does this thing a lot.
- If you play a male character in Knights of the Old Republic 2, there are hints that Atris was infatuated with the Exile. Especially apparent when she force lightnings the Handmaiden in a fit of jealous rage.
- Hell, even if you're a female Kreia tells you that Atris loved you.
- There's a rather squicky example in Atlach=Nacha. Iguchi-sensei is the swim coach for Genki Girl Watanabe Tsugumi. He also happens to stalk her and attempts to rape her. Things don't end well when the main character shows up...
- Quistis in Final Fantasy VIII infamously makes advances on her student Squall during the first part of the game. Though their age ranges are compatible (she's eighteen, he's seventeen) Squall still points out that it's incredibly unprofessional of her. Later she realizes that her feelings for Squall were not romantic at all, causing her much embarrassment.
- In World of Warcraft, Stalvan Mistmantle has one-sided feelings for his female student. The age gap is never quantified, but he claims that he's only a few years older than she is, while she refers to him as an old man. His feelings are not reciprocated and are portrayed as an obsession that turns him evil and leads him to kill her and her lover.
- In the Daria episode "Lucky Strike", one of the substitute teachers openly attempts to sexually proposition Quinn's friend Tiffany. This is more of him being a predator that any romantic feelings being involved. Daria's mother Helen learns what he is doing and gets him tossed out instantly. Daria is forced to teach the class instead.
Ms. Li: If someone asked me to teach a class, I'd be honored. Besides, we wouldn't be in this fix if it weren't for your mother.
- In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter Detention", Miss Wimple seems a little bit too affectionate towards Dexter. She faints when errs even so slightly.
- In his autobiography, Flannelled Fool, T. C. Worsley describes his career as a young secondary school teacher and his attraction to some of the boys he taught.
- In his autobiography, Escape from the Shadows, Robin Maugham describes becoming aware that at his school various teachers, all male, were having sex with boy pupils of eleven or twelve. Some of the boys were OK with it. Some definitely weren't.
- Benjamin Britten, 40, living with a long-term gay partner his own age, needed a boy to sing the part of Miles in his new opera, The Turn of the Screw. He found David Hemmings. Hemmings came to live with Britten for several months while he prepared for his role. Britten fell in love with the 12-year-old boy, who loved him back, but not that way. Even though they shared a bed sometimes, nothing ever happened. Britten had crushes on and friendships with various other boy singers of his.
- John Gambril Nicholson, a Victorian poet who wrote about almost nothing but boys, worked as an English teacher at various boys' schools and fell in love with several of his pupils, to whom he dedicated various of his books of poetry. Timothy d'Arch Smith notes of one such boy, Frank Victor Rushworth, 22 years younger than Nicholson, that "Nicholson's friendship with Victor began when the boy was thirteen. It was not altogether a happy relationship for it laboured under the usual difficulty that the boy was not able to respond to the ardour of Nicholson's passion."
Anime and Manga
- Marmalade Boy plays this trope straight with the relationship between Miki's best friend Meiko Akizuki and her teacher Shinichi Namura. Also one of the few times a match up like this is portrayed in a sympathetic manner, specially due to the crap they go through. And they do get Happily Married by the end of the series -- the last episode of the anime series features their wedding party.
- Cardcaptor Sakura
- The manga is probably the most extreme example, featuring a fourth grade teacher giving his student an engagement ring—and portraying the relationship as wholesome and innocent.
- Heck, Sakura's own parents are part of this trope. Her father Fujitaka married Nadeshiko, one of his students. They fell in love when he was her teacher, but married when she graduated high school, if that helps. It was only his first year as a teacher, and since Nadeshiko was in high school, they weren't too far apart.
- Touya's relationship with teacher Kaho Mizuki is actually an aversion, as they only confessed to loving each other after Kaho's term as student teacher had ended.
- Kaho's later relationship with Eriol is even more of an aversion, as not only was Kaho never Eriol's teacher, he's actually older than her and she's one of the few people to know that he's old enough to be a father.
- In the first movie, Clow Reed himself had a student (known only as "Madoushi," or "Sorceress"), and before long, they, too, had a relationship like this. Until she started practicing dark magic, at which point Clow sealed her up in an alternate dimension he created, and left her there. (Which, decades or centuries later, causes problems for Sakura and her friends.)
- The central relationship in Suki: A Like Story, also by CLAMP, is teacher-student as well.
- In Chobits, a secondary main character (the protagonist's friend), ends up marrying off their Cram School teacher saving her from a shaky relationship with her husband. Though in this case he was a 18-19 Ronin and she was in her mid-twenties and therefore this wasn't as iffy as usual for a CLAMP case of this trope.
- I My Me! Strawberry Eggs likewise offers the promise of a happy ending several years later after the girl in question has matured a little.
- The raison d'etre of Please Teacher.
- With the justification that the main character had a strange medical condition that, at one point, left him in a coma long enough that his body didn't age for three years - leaving him chronologically 18 though mentally (and physically) still 15. This is less of a justification for the age difference (Mizuho's age being undisclosed), and more to enable Kei to marry and live with with Mizuho legally. Ironically, the issue seems less about the age difference and more about her being Kei's teacher, making their romance an awkward situation the two are called upon to conceal as it is a breach of the school's professional propriety.
- In a humorous twist, after Kei confirms his "marriage" to the principal, the principal reveals his own May–December Romance with a former student to them, leading both Kei and Mizuho to wonder whether it was entirely legal. Their wondering aloud about the girl's age, however, has the principal coughing at their moral inconsistency, prompting them not to inquire into the matter any further.
- It's implied at the end of the anime that Koishi is also starting to get romantically involved with her teacher Yamada-sensei.
- In the classic anime Maison Ikkoku the beautiful widow Otonashi Kyoko née Chigusa successfully married her high school teacher, Otonashi Soichiro.
- Ayashi no Ceres features a minor plot involving Yuki Urakawa, a girl who's in a relationship with her science teacher. Though it turns out that he's just using her to test out the drug that awakens the latent powers of the descendants of celestial maidens.
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5 has Coco and Nozomi. Nozomi is a middle school student, and Coco is her teacher. Oh, and he's actually a small extradimensional creature resembling a plush tanuki (and Nozomi is fully aware of this from the day they met). This romance is portrayed as not being unusual in any way, and nobody ever questions it. To be fair, it's pretty clear that their romantic relationship has nothing to do with their student-teacher relationship.
- A high school romance is the main storyline of the Korean comic Unbalance x Unbalance. It has the younger male student and the older female teacher dynamic. It's more of a Will They or Won't They? thing so far, but still. There's also Les Yay version of this in the Manhwa.
- In Fruits Basket, Kyoko married Katsuya just after he finished being a student teacher there.
- Alice in the Serial Experiments Lain anime is shown masturbating to a fantasy involving her teacher. The final episode shows an older Alice married to him.
- One of the cruelest versions of this trope is showcased in Bokurano. Chizuru and Hatagai-sensei's relationship was so horrible that she broke down and ended up becoming a full-fledged Yandere
- Kouko and Yoshino from Clannad, though they only started to seriously pursue a relationship long after Yoshino graduated.
- Schoolgirl Lesbian Naitou and her teacher Hayato in Shoujo Sect.
- In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -- Gurren Academy, a manga Alternate Universe of Gurren Lagann, Dayakka and Kiyoh serve as this.
- The Shoujo manga, Chocolate Cosmos.
- Sensei and Ninomiya-kun, the Show Within a Show of Minami-ke. A major example of Stylistic Suck as well, with the 'relationship' mainly involving the principal characters shouting each other's names while in utterly cliched soap opera settings.
- In Gokusen, delinquent Bishonen student Shin falls hard for nerdy yakuza-heir teacher Kumiko not to mention ends up with her in the end, though it's after he graduates.
- In the manga Faster Than a Kiss, 16-year-old Kaji Fumino and her teacher, 24-year-old Ojiro Kazuma actually get married pre-book. It's explained that Fumino and her four year old brother are orphans, and are tired of being passed around to relatives. Her and her teacher end up in a quick spat where she challenges him and says, "Then, can you marry me and take care of us?!" He takes her seriously and they end up married. As the book progresses, they both grow to seriously fall in love with each other.
- One arc of The World God Only Knows features a Hot-Blooded student teacher as the girl Keima has to woo over. Getting her attention isn't that difficult, with his playing in class, so she views him as a troubled but brilliant student that she absolutely must help (she's that kind of person).
- As the title suggests, this is the basis of the plot for My Wife Is a High School Girl. Student Asami and teacher Kyosuke marry and have to keep their relationship a secret to outsiders. Hilarity Ensues in one episode when a woman who was told they were siblings spies on them and ends up getting an even worse idea. Also, Asami's father's response to the marriage is to make them sign a Jail Bait Wait contract until she finishes school.
- Not quite played straight in No Bra where Mizutani-sensei has started throwing herself at Masato not because she has feelings for him or actually wants him, but because she doesn't want to get kicked out of the apartment (she's been freeloading there under the pretense of keeping an eye on Masato and Yuki) and knows Masato has trouble saying no to a girl if she's getting physical with him.
- In Teacher's Pet, Misuzu-sensei ends up having sex with her fifteen-year-old student, Masahiro. Who is also the younger brother of her co-worker and boyfriend. Oops.
- In Wolf Guy Wolfen Crest, Very Hot Teacher Aoshika slowly develops feelings for Inugami Akira, the Badass Werewolf who enters her life. This would be entirely normal except for the fact that she's already divorced and he's fifteen. As a Seinen piece, this is actually played for drama and Aoshika finds the source of her defensiveness of the boy just as disturbing to her as it would be to child services. Not that it'll stop her in the end, most likely.
- This is the plot of Pure Water Adolescence, except it's with the school nurse.
- Hayate the Combat Butler we get a hint that something could have happened between Yukiji and her foster father had Hinagiku and her's parents hadn't abandoned them. He used to be her teacher and is said to still favor her.
- In Shinshi Doumei Cross, Ushio and the school doctor Senri end up together. The fact that Senri's an ehebophile and Ushio is/was an implied lesbian left a bad taste in a few reader's mouths.
- Tenshi ni Narumon has Raphael and Mikael - believe it or not, it's not as squicky as it sounds, although they are also angels, which may make it sound even worse. And it's pretty much consensual on both parties (Mikael may have problems admitting it, though)
- In Speed Grapher, 33-year-old Saiga starts as a mentor figure to 15-year-old Kagura, and teaches her about the outside world. And the saddest/worst/best/whatever thing is that, considering the Crapsack World they live in, this is actually the best relationship they have in their whole lives. And it's ultimately what saves her life.
- The Baccano!! light novels suggest that the mother of Huey's children is his former alchemy teacher, Renee.
- 20-Year-Old Girl X 30-Year-Old Maiden is a Girls Love manga about a Teacher-Student Romance, although the student in question is in college which decreases the Squick factor.
- Black Bird has a relationship between the main character, Misao, and her teacher, Kyo. To be fair, he's only her teacher because the head of a demon clan who marries Misao brings prosperity to that clan.
- In Kiss×Sis Keita and his teacher both seem to have a strong attraction towards each other, despite both knowing that a student/teacher relationship is wrong.
- In Ciel: The Last Autumn Story, one begins to develop between the main character, Yvienne, and her teacher, Krohiten. Though to be fair, there are plenty of bigger issues with their budding relationship than the fact that he's teaching her magic.
- In the manga, Gakuen Alice shows Mikan Sakura's parents, Izumi and Yuka are an example of this. Izumi was a teacher at the academy from the time Yuka was in elementary school. The attraction was eventually mutual, and was particularly developed when she was in high school.
- Yuru-Yuri throws some pretty blatant hints that Rise Matsumoto and Nishigaki-Sensei have...something going on between the two of them.
- Why are you here Sensei!? (Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!?), an Ecchi comedy revolving around this. "17-year-old Ichirou Satou is an average guy who always happens to find himself in a perverted situation with his teacher, Kana Kojima." Unfortunately for herself, "Devil Kojima" is so intimidating that only after an accidental naked meeting he noticed she is incredibly hot. She also happens to be a younger friend of his mother, which makes them meet in "unofficial" circumstances more often (such as being asked to babysit Satou's little sister… who, of course, untied the knot on Kojima's bra the moment she looked the other way). By the end of Chapter 4, his mom noticed that Satou is a bit dazed in Kojima's presence, began to tease her and things moved to the full-tsundere stage:
Kojima: I wait till you graduate, ya idiot!!"
- Then introduced another pair shortly before Satou graduated: Suzuki (Satou's friend, who is generally a cool and somewhat shy guy, but is likewise avoided by everyone, due to being huge, even though he's at least a year younger, and having a bad case of Face of a Thug Syndrome) and Matsukaze sensei (a nice teacher… and a friend of Kojima… to whom she lent a book on matters of romance and cooking) who decided to share a lunch with him. Which likewise almost immediately led to an Ecchi-grade wacky accident.
- In New X-Men: Academy X, Josh Foley aka "Elixir" has a secret relationship with Rahne "Wolfsbane" Sinclair, who is one of the youngest teachers at the Institute (being only 19, to Josh's 16). What was really disturbing about it was that Josh had a not-secret girlfriend his own age (Laurie Collins aka "Wallflower") at the same time.
- Alison Bechdel's autobiographical graphic novel Fun Home centered around her closeted gay father, a high school English teacher who over the years had affairs with his students and at one point underwent a trial for buying beer for one of them. She noted that though the offense was for buying alcohol for minors, the real offense "dare not speak its name." As Bechdel is a lesbian herself, she at one point wonders how she would have fared if she came of age in the repressive 50s like her father did... "Would I have had the guts to be one of those Eisenhower-era butches? Or would I have married and sought succor from my high school students?"
- The title character of Skim gets into a lesbian relationship with her art teacher, but as far as we know, it never gets past the kissing. The teacher is deeply troubled by it and gets herself transferred to another school.
- Very heavily implied in The X-Men fanfic Mutatis Mutandis, between teacher Wolverine and teenage student Northstar. It's on several instances and first indicated when Northstar and his friends are greeting the new student. Later, the new student notices Wolverine watching Northstar as he works out.
- Similarly, The Federation Lives Forever! from Undocumented Features strongly implies that a relationship forms between Tsumugi Kotobuki and Sawako Yamanaka after Sawako moves on from Sato Academy and is no longer actually a teacher. Amusingly, the other girls in Hokago Tea Time tease Mugi about this, but don't actually think it's real.
Films -- Live Action
- There's a coach/player version in Bend It Like Beckham, though Jess could already play soccer well enough to get her a spot on the team.
- In Cracks, a group of girls at a boarding school all seem to be crushing on their teacher (played by Eva Green). It gets creepy, though, when the teacher shows affection for the new girl - who is clearly NOT interested.
- The primary villain of The Devil's Backbone is said to have been having an affair with his school principal since he was barely a teenager. His current girlfriend is the object of a far more wholesome crush from one of the current students.
- Alexander Payne's Election has the relationship between overachiever Tracy Flick and her teacher Dave Novotny.
- The Australian movie The Heartbreak Kid (not related to any of the American movies called The Heartbreak Kid) revolves around a male student and a female teacher falling for each other while setting up a high school soccer team. Unlike many examples, the two are fairly close in age and both over the (Australian) age of consent (he's 18 and in the final years of high school, she's 22 and fresh out of university), which tends to alleviate the Squick factor inherent in this trope somewhat, if not necessarily the ethical concerns.
- College student Rain and her professor Gabe share a mutual attraction in Husbands and Wives - age difference aside, they seem quite compatible, but he ends up turning her down after a kiss, for fear of a karmic punishment of sorts.
- Lust och fägring stor (All Things Fair). Affair between a 15-year-old male pupil and his 37-year-old female teacher.
- 15-year-old Trish "the Dish" in Mallrats is sleeping with dozens of men, including some teachers, as part of a research project.
- Used in Mean Girls, where the high school coach is revealed to have been having affairs with several attractive Asian students. Cue huge catfight when the different girls find this out.
- Technically it's a sports coach rather than a teacher, but the relationship between Neil and his coach in Mysterious Skin has strong elements of this. Neil looks back on the experience positively at first, but eventually realizes he was used, and the coach himself is a Depraved Homosexual who doesn't seem to care one way another about consent. (Please note that Neil, at the time, isn't even capable of consenting, seeing as he is eight years old.)
- In Never Been Kissed, Drew Barrymore's character's teacher gets a thing for her... good thing she's actually an undercover newspaper reporter in her late 20's. When the teacher finds out, he's equal parts confused, angry, and relieved.
- Notes On a Scandal, starring Judi Dench, has this in all directions. The protagonist's new friend, a married woman with two kids of her own, falls for a delinquent. Things go badly. Interestingly, when said woman was herself a young student (though slightly less young) she became involved with her older professor, who then became her husband. Even the relationship with the protagonist, if not quite teacher/student, is younger/mentor.
- In The Pelican Brief, the main character is dating one of her law professors. We're apparently supposed to forgive this gross violation of ethics because she's a brilliant student and doesn't need an unfair advantage to get an A.
- Il sapore del grano (The Flavour of Corn). Lorenzo, a university student doing a year's teaching, develops a romantic friendship with twelve-year-old Duilio, one of the boys in his class. The Lover and Beloved dynamic is both invoked and subverted. Duilio teaches Lorenzo to drive a tractor and identify trees and offers him the simple affection which Lorenzo, who lacks a family and whose sexual relationships with women are emotionally unsatisfying, needs. When Lorenzo's girlfriend, seeing a postcard from Duilio, asks if he's one of Lorenzo's pupils, Lorenzo says, "No, he's the one who taught me everything I know."
- The Star Trek film has Spock and Uhura's relationship as this.
- Dakin has a thing for his teacher Irwin in "The History Boys" which culminates in a planned rendezvous, that ultimately doesn't happen because Irwin is injured in a motorcycle crash, rendering him paralysed from the waist down..
- A Beautiful Mind has John Nash and his wife Alicia.
- A flashback in What's New Pussycat? shows chronic womanizer Michael (Peter O'Toole) had a crush on his teacher, which was more of a full-on affair. Squick level is either toned down or heightened as O'Toole plays himself as a youth, in schoolboy uniform.
Teacher: Oh, Michael, this can't work. I'm 34 and you're 12!
- The book (and film) Notes on a Scandal involves a teacher having an affair with a 15-year-old pupil. Since the age of consent is 16 in the UK, she gets arrested and sent to prison for ten months. And even if he were sixteen, it's still illegal. Adults in a position of trust, such as teachers, aren't allowed to have relationships with any of their students while they're still in school/sixth form. However, at university level it becomes slightly more acceptable in that you won't get arrested.
- The Chinese wuxia novel Return of the Condor Heroes has Yang Guo, a young rogue martial arts student, falling in love with his master, Xiao Long Nu. The issue, however, was less of age than it was of position; in those times, it was traditional for students to revere and respect their masters in the same way one would a parent. Society's inability to accept their relationship plays a very important part in their romance.
- In Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, the main character Elaine has an affair with her art teacher, Josef.
- Barry Lyga's novel Boy Toy subverts this trope as the main plot. The main character seduced an attractive female teacher at a very young age and has to deal with the legal, social, and psychological consequences when everyone in town finds out. It's revealed to be even more twisted at the end, when said teacher tells him she intentionally seduced him, and intended to from the moment she first saw him. For the five years following that, the main character was convinced that he seduced her, and that all the resulting consequences were entirely his fault. Never mind the fact that the teacher had already made moves on high-school students in the past...
- In Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson, the main character attends High School after being home-schooled all her life where she falls in love with her art teacher and begins to babysit for him. Creepily enough, the teacher reciprocates.
- To make it slightly less creepy, he was very disapproving of how she was behaving, and was quite torn-up and confused about the fact that he loved her as well - he'd just had a child with his wife and he didn't want to ruin his marriage. When the two of them are discovered, they both lie about what happened so that he wouldn't lose his job (they claim that the crush was one-sided and that he was trying to let her down gently) and it's implied that they break up.
- This trope is all over Claudine at School; it's a wonder the oversexed staff get any work done. Claudine originally falls for teaching assistant Aimee, who gets snatched by the scary new Headmistress Mademoiselle Sergent. Sergent tells Claudine she was attracted to her to begin with. The singing master Monsieur Rabastens fancies Claudine; she plays up to him when there's nothing better to do ... No wonder the school's described as a 'filthy den of tittle-tattle'.
- In Warrior Cats, when Fernpaw's mentor was exiled and she needed a new mentor, Dustpelt, who had feelings for her (and was already mentoring her twin, Ashpaw), asked if he could be her new mentor. She was thrilled at the idea, but Dustpelt's request was denied because he wouldn't be tough enough on her, hindering her training.
- In The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, the title character actually grooms one of "her" students (Rose) for an affair with the school's art teacher (Mr Lloyd). It is ultimately another student (Sandy) who takes this teacher for her lover.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe is full of them, albeit all between adults. First we've got the Traya/Exile subtext. Then we've got Bane/Zannah. Moving away from The Dark Side, Luke is a master to both Jem and Mara.
- In Tamora Pierce's The Immortals quartet, part of the series of books set in the medieval-esque country Tortall, 16-year-old Daine hooks up with her 30-year-old teacher Numair. Admittedly, Numair had a TON of hang-ups about their age difference, and by that point Daine reads more like 20 than 16. Strangely, and Pierce even points this out when questioned about this relationship, it is actually in fact very age appropriate for the time setting. Girls were often considered of marrying age once their periods started, as it was a sign they could give birth, and often would marry even younger - and with larger age gaps - than what Daine and Numair ended with.
- J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace, with the affair ending rather badly.
- Aria and Ezra in the Pretty Little Liars books
- In Iris Murdoch's The Bell, 26-year-old teacher Michael has a brief, intense, chaste love affair with Nick, a 15-year-old pupil of his. The fallout from this pretty much spoils Michael's life.
- Heavily implied in Isabelle Holland's The Man Without a Face. 14-year-old Chuck persuades 47-year-old Justin McLeod to tutor him over the summer so he can pass the entrance exam to boarding school. Needing a father figure, Chuck becomes attracted to Justin, and Justin probably reciprocates, but Justin tries to keep things within strict bounds. It's hinted that when Justin was a teacher at the same boys' boarding school Chuck wants to go to, he may have had some sort of a relationship with a boy Chuck's age, who was killed in a car crash when Justin was drunk driving. Justin ended up in prison over this and feels deeply guilty about it—both things for reasons not entirely spelt out.
- In Mark Behr's Embrace, the 13-year-old protagonist has two simultaneous homosexual love affairs: one with his best friend, a boy the same age, the other with his 30-something choirmaster.
- In Fritz Peters's Finistère, published in 1951, one of the first mainstream novels with homosexual themes, a 15-year-old boy at boarding school has a love affair with a male teacher in his late 20s.
- In Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, Chip is an English professor who has an affair with his student Melissa. It does not end well, and he gets fired and his life gets spectacularly ruined.
- Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion has a romance between the 35-year-old protagonist and his 19-year-old student.
- Vampire Academy: Rose and Dimitri. He takes the high road and insists they can't pursue the attraction, but that obviously doesn't work.
- And he thinks her mom finding out is scarier than facing evil vampires.
- Matilda initially seems to want this in The Monk, claiming to have dressed as a man and entered the monastery to be close to Ambrosio, and even later when she starts seeking his love in return. He gives in to his growing attraction and starts a relationship with her. She seems to get bored of him about as fast as he gets bored of her, though.
- In the chinese danmei novelThe Scum Villain's Self-Saving System, Shen Yuan!Shen Quingqiu ends with Luo Binghe, his tecnically former student at the moment they hook-up. This relationship was extremely complicated due to Luo Binghe being supposed to be a heterosexual Stallion Protagnist, and the relationship between Luo Binghe and the original Shen Quingqiu in the original novel was... very bad, to put it mildly, all of this very much informed the transmigrated Shen Quingqiu interactions and eventual obvliousness of both his and his love interest feelings.
Live Action TV
- Used many times in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- When Wesley first appears in the third season, he and Cordelia circle each other. In fact, when they first met he assumed she was a teacher (possible Lampshade Hanging on the Dawson Casting), but heavy awkwardness ensues when he realized she was a student, and he promptly drops the subject. Though it is brought up a few times with him ogling her, and the episode where Buffy read minds. She was hinted at being seventeen as Faith teases him, saying "Jailbait". She evidently had a birthday before the prom though, when Giles informs Wesley she's 18. Wesley has a first dance with her, and they share a hilariously awkward kiss that obliterates half a season of romantic tension, and never brought it up again. Even three years later in the alternate universe of the Angel episode "Birthday," Wesley and Cordy still remember what a flop their "relationship" was and quickly change the subject when Gunn mentions it.
- In the first-season episode "Teacher's Pet", a new hot-babe teacher seduces boys (including Xander) and invites them to her home. Of course, she turns out to be a giant man-eating mantis who preys on virgins. Hooray for metaphors.
- In season two, there was the episode "I Only Have Eyes For You", where a pair of poltergeists repeatedly acts out moments from their teacher/student romance—including the student's anguished murder of his older lover, who tried to break it off, and suicide—by possessing hosts to play the part.
- At first Buffy's relationship with Riley should fit, or at least border on, this trope—in real life, some universities consider it very dodgy for a freshman to date any graduate student, let alone the TA of a class you're in.
- Ally McBeal defended a teacher who slept with her student in a Ripped from the Headlines case.
- In the fourth season of Degrassi the Next Generation, Paige has an affair with the hunky student-teacher Matt. Their relationship is portrayed as a completely normal and decent thing to do, except that school rules unfairly ban it. As Paige points out to him, he's only three years older than her. A girl who hates Paige discovers her secret and taunts her, but when the relationship is exposed, no kid in the entire school cares, even though Paige has plenty of enemies. Matt gets fired, and the two of them think this is a good thing since now they can be together in public. Then he suddenly moves away, in a scene that ends with Paige's classic line: "You're dumping me and giving me drugs?!"
- Darcy is struggling after being a victim of an attack, she tells Snake (Mr. Simpson) her secret. He's the only person she wants to let in and becomes desperately attached to him. And flirty. "I think I can do better."
- Degrassi faux-spinoff The Best Years has a subplot about Noah, a geeky college freshman, getting involved with the teacher of his film-studies class, and about her husband, who turns out to be the teacher of his business class, eventually finding out.
- In a subplot from the Channel 4 series Teachers, one of the female teachers gets romantically involved with a sixth-form student she mistook for a teacher. All her fellow staff (aside from the one vindictive secretary and the head who would care) know about their relationship (which continues long after she finds out his age) and don't care about it.
- Chris successfully seduces his Psychology teacher Angie in Skins.
- Played for laughs (male student/female teacher) in an episode of Blossom. When Blossom is standing for student president, her campaign team discovers her opponent had a relationship with one of his teachers. The ridiculously seductive teacher (with her face pixellated) is interviewed, and claims she hadn't realised he was a student. The interviewer points out she gave him an A, to which she replies "He earned it". Blossom's campaign team, meanwhile, work very hard at presenting it as entirely the student's fault.
- This trope was a major plot point in Saved By The Bell: The College Years, in which Kelly dated her professor. She even dropped his class in order to avoid the awkwardness. Zack was not amused, and gave Lasky a hell of a chewing-out at one point.
- Dead Like Me had George's father dating a student of his, but it's not as bad as other examples, as this is a relationship in college, not high school (or elementary school). Note that this relationship did break up a marriage, and didn't last very long anyway. Serves them right.
- In the Rumpole of the Bailey episode "Rumpole and the course of true love" the case Rumpole is defending is a young high school teacher who slept with his student. Privately none of the lawyers seem to care very much, least of all the prosecuting attorney. She reasons that the girl was almost 16 anyway and "probably asked for it."
- On Swingtown, Laurie Miller is ferociously pursuing her hot teacher Mr. Stephens. He discourages her affection and when they do get together, they avert the trope since he's not her teacher any more..
- Dawson's Creek had Pacey and his English teacher have an affair. Most of the adults involved took it seriously, while Pacey's friends, though somewhat disbelieving, didn't see anything wrong with it. Considering that they were teenagers and their friend seemed happy, that's fairly realistic no matter what the genders involved.
- Law and Order: Criminal Intent did a fairly obvious by-the-numbers Ripped from the Headlines episode based on the Letourneau case, even casting an actress (Anne Dudek) who kinda looks like her.
- This featured in Neighbours with Rachael meeting and getting the number of a cute twenty-something who turns out to be her new teacher. Initially he gets mad (he thought she was in University) and tries not to encourage her, but she persists and they date in secret for a bit, then the writers obviously got bored and had him get busted, allowing for a long court case, shortish prison stay, then another attempt at a relationship (he isn't teaching anymore of course), until the overwhelmingly negative attitudes of everyone around them prompt him to move away.
- Happened in Soap with Billy and his teacher. She just happens to leave her job at the school right as he turns eighteen, but the relationship still doesn't last. Oh, and he's the one who breaks it off (which causes her to become a Yandere).
- Grange Hill.
- There was one back in about 1998/99 or so, where two lower-sixth form students went clubbing, and one of them, Evelyn, gets flirting with a university student, whose number she gets and they go on a couple of dates. Then he turns up as a new trainee teacher for her A-Level classes....things get awkward, they agree to break off the relationship right away, but news about how they first met spreads around school anyway and he is forced to resign (not just from the position, but from his teacher training course and the teaching profession as a whole. Eventually, Evelyn discovers that while they were dating (they had slept together on one, maybe two occasions during that period) she had gotten pregnant by him; they move away and set up home together, and it's implied they got married at some point too.
- The other occurrence of this trope in Grange Hill was from the 1987 series (remember kids, Just Say No), where 5th year girl Faye falls for her teacher, and manages to seduce him into a brief romance. This one doesn't get very heavy, though they are seen together on a couple of occasions outside of school, but he eventually realises it can't end well and so, well, ends it. Faye was so distracted that she fails half her classes and has to resit them the following year while also taking her A-Levels, just to catch up, and almost gets distracted again when she spots her ex-bf (now ex-teacher too, having resigned), out on a date with a woman closer to his age.
- There was an episode of Nip Tuck about this, though the teacher and student were married. The student wanted to get surgery so he would look older so people would stop looking at them. He got some hair plugs. Then he walked in on his wife having sex with his younger brother, presumably because he still looked like a teenager.
- In Cutey Honey the Live, we have Psycho Lesbian Mayumi Karasugawa, who often seduces her female students.
- Ross and Elizabeth's relationship, though she fancied him as well... . Also, they only started dating after she was no longer in his class.
- Rachel also once described a teacher she had a crush on and whom she eventually slept with.
- Phoebe's brother Frank marries his teacher (in her 40s) less than a year after finishing school.
- Brennan had a relationship with her teacher in college. He defended it by saying she was a very advanced student. Zack seemed rather interested in the idea, commenting "I'm an advanced student" rather indignantly.
- In another case, Brennan while wondering about why the victim was into younger men casually asked her intern whether he would date a woman much older than him. The intern reacted with shock and thought she was flirting with him.
- Strangers with Candy has an episode in which Tammi Littlenut, normally the Only Sane One, is revealed to be in a relationship with her biology teacher. (During one class, he spells out "I <3 U" on her desk with an eye, a heart, and a bit of intestine.)
- That '70s Show has an episode in which Fez wants his English teacher to be his prom date. Early on at the prom, he asks her to dance and she declines. At the end on the episode, they are seen dancing. He asks Eric for the key to the hotel room that he & Donna didn't use. The teacher says she is not going to a motel with him, and he replies, "Yes, and you also said you would not dance with me." This teacher also happened to be Grey DeLisle.
- In an early episode of The Sopranos, a girl on Meadow's soccer team attempts suicide by slitting her wrists. Turns out she was having an affair with the coach, who was leaving to coach on a college team.
- Played for laughs on Reno 911! when a teacher, played by Carmen Electra is casually handcuffed by Junior and Wiegel with the student being a stereotypical nerd. To clear the confusion, of doing him, as in a nerd and not a cuter boy, the teacher explains he's a Biggus Dickus Kidanova with matching stamina, proving this when Wiegel is caught making out with him, claiming he came onto her when it was the other way around and for good measure, Junior took a cell phone pic and sent it to Dangle.
- In Numb3rs, we have the villainous duo of Crystal Hoyle and Buck Winters.
- And on the side of good and true, we have Charlie and Amita. To be fair, Amita completed her thesis in Season One, so by the time they started dating in late Season Two, they were former teacher and student. Also, Charlie's a prodigy, so their age difference is somewhere on the order of just 5 years.
- Ben and Ms. Young on the short-lived Life as We Know It.
- Pretty Little Liars has a 16 year old girl meet an attractive young man at a bar. They talk, find out that they have similiar music taste, and that he is teaching English and she is "majoring" in it. They then go to make out in the bathroom. First day back at school, guess what? He's the new English teacher. "Holy crap," are his exact words.
- In the UK Queer as Folk Stuart narrates to camera how he lost his virginity to his (male) PE teacher. When he was eleven.
- In Season Four of One Tree Hill, Brooke Davis enters into relationship with Nick Chavez, whom she met online, who later turns up as her new English teacher at Tree Hill High. They continue dating, in secret until it is revealed that he has cheated on her.
- On The X-Files, we find that Scully has done this twice—once with a professor in medical school and an instructor in the FBI Academy. The professor in medical school had a strong impact on the plot; in "all things" it's revealed that Scully was unaware that Daniel (her professor) was still married. Scully, shocked and ashamed, broke off the relationship and joined the FBI. Over 10 years later (during "all things"), they meet again. Daniel is under the impression that Scully is still in love with him, and invites her to run away with him. It ends with Scully realizing that doesn't regret the way her life turned out and marks the episode in which she and Mulder begin a sexual relationship.
- The fact that Scully has had two affairs with instructors was clumsily handled. Given that the affair with her professor shook her so badly she left medical school for the FBI makes it very unlikely she would seek something similar in the FBI Academy. Especially given that early X-Files Scully is not someone ruled by her emotions but very much by logic and reasoning.
- Both these relationships do establish Scully's obvious "type" and might partially explain her attraction to Mulder. In "En Ami", Big Bad CGB Spender points out that Scully is attracted to powerful men, but fear their power.
- In the 30 Rock episode "Queen of Jordan", Susan Sarandon plays Frank's former teacher, who was in a relationship with him when he was 14. Surprisingly(considering the Double Standard), based on Frank's apparent age and the fact that the teacher was only recently released from prison, it appears that she served a significantly longer sentence than is typically associated with female-teacher/male-student cases.
- Steven and Selina on Home and Away, and later Lucas and Naomi. In the latter case, the two had met and hooked up before she knew she'd be teaching in Summer Bay.
- In Gossip Girl Dan has an affair with his young teacher, Miss Carr when he was in his senior year at high school. For about 2 episodes.
- Also Season 4, Serena and Colin.
- Also Season 4, Serena and Ben. Who already had something quasi-romantic going on when she was sixteen.
- Implied in The L Word that Tim had a relationship with one of the girls from the swim team he coaches after he and Jenny break up. Somewhat less shocking, since it's a college team and Tim is at most in his mid-20's
- In Waterloo Road there was Jonah and his Spanish Teacher, who were in a secret relationship for months. She ended up pregnant with his child. In the end of the series, they got found out, but managed to run away to get married before the police caught them.
- Community has a rare example where the student, Jeff, is actually older than the teacher, Prof. Slater.
- The Fast Show featured the character of Janine, a Dumb Blonde teenage single mother. In one sketch she refused to disclose who the father of her baby was, because "it's not fair to grass on your headmaster."
- Little Britain had Edward and Samantha Grant, a teacher and his former student who were now married, although it's never revealed whether they had begun their relationship while Samantha was still at school.
- On Degrassi Sav and his teacher kiss.
- On How I Met Your Mother Ted briefly dates a woman who is a graduate student at the college where he is teaching architecture. College rules actually prohibit professor-student relationships. Ted finds this ridiculous in their case since he is only a few years older than her and she is an economics student and never will interact with him academically. The relationship does not last long enough for this to matter.
- However, we found out that the Mother was also in that economics class, though Ted would not date her until much later.
- Michael and Nikita on Nikita pre-Series, although flashbacks occur. Michael was Nikita's instructor during her time at Division. They fall in love with each other although their relationship doesn't progress until the start of the current series 3 years after Nikita escaped from Division and Michael is the one hunting her.
- On The Walking Dead, Shane brags to Rick about sleeping with their 30 year old female PE teacher when he was in high school.
- In an early episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a girl at the high school that Cameron and John are attending under assumed identities is exposed as having carried on a relationship with one of her teachers, and kills herself when this is made public.
- Arguably Puck and Shelby of Glee. Arguably, both because Shelby is kind of reluctant and thinks it's a really bad idea (which it is!), and because Puck's motives are kind of unclear. Shelby is the adoptive mother of his daughter, Beth, and he's expressed multiple times how much he cares about Beth and that he wants to be in her life. So, does he want to be with Shelby because of Shelby herself, or because he wants to be a family with her and Beth?
- Darker than normal example in the Criminal Minds episode I Love You Tommy Brown, a woman and Manipulative Bitch- who turns out to be an ex-con, jailed for her relationship with one of her underage students, the titular Tommy Brown- goes on a killing spree hunting for the baby, a son named Johnny, that resulted from that relationship, executing the various foster parents who cared for the child on trial bases (forcing one to strip to humiliate them, then shooting them repeatedly because they were praying, then after finding her infant boy (shooting and leaving the woman who had him for dead) goes to the home of the student and convinces him to run away with her- he chooses to stay even after he hears her shoot his teenage classmate / neighbour (who had a crush on him), but turns on her when the team informs him that she had already had another teacher-student romance before him and had actually been writing to him while she was in jail. The name of this first student? Johnny. She named the child she had with the second student after the first.
- Smallville has Lana and Jason in Season 4. Made somewhat less squicky by the fact that the two had already been dating for a while when he gets the job, and the fact that he was a football coach and had little to no involvement in the context of school.
- This trope is the underlying plot of "Don't Stand So Close to Me", by The Police. In that song, a schoolgirl develops a crush on a young teacher, and he guiltily returns her feelings. A scandal erupts when a rumour begins to spread that they slept together, though whether they actually did or not is unclear.
- Lionel Richie's video for "Hello" has a college professor follow his blind student from class to class (somehow being ignored in almost all of them) because he's in love with her. At the end, the student reveals that her own love for him has given her the ability to "see" him well enough to sculpt his face. Even with the strong stalker vibes, the last scene of him holding her hands is kind of sweet.
- The song "Scandalous Scholastics" by Gym Class Heroes is all about a 15-year-old boy pursuing a sexual relationship with his teacher, but with a humorous tone.
- The song "Sossity (You're A Woman)" by Jethro Tull, about just how psychologically disturbing such an affair could be. The exact age of the boy is unclear, but is implicitly about 12.
- "Just Sixteen" by Velvet Revolver
- "I was in a trance... When I kissed the teacher...?
- Venom has made a few Intercourse with You songs on the subject like "Teacher's Pet".
- Don't Let Me Get Me by P!nk at one point says she had a relationship with her teacher. In the video, it shows said teacher in the front of the class looking suggestively at her.
- Pretty much the whole plot of Phantom of the Opera, where the Phantom falls in love with his voice student Christine.
- One of the main plots of the play/film The History Boys. The male students like one of their teachers so much, they let him harmlessly grope them so he can get a cheap thrill. Later, another teacher attempts to start up an actual relationship with one of the boys, but it never actually gets anywhere despite mutual interest. The second teacher spends much of the film extremely aware of how inappropriate it is, and is only able to give in to the student's flirtations once the year is over.
- Leon and Sophia in Fools. Luckily they are the same age and eventually marry.
- In Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, a young man, Septimus, is the private tutor of a teenaged girl named Thomasina and they eventually fall in love. Thomasina's death the night before her 17th birthday breaks Septimus's heart and turns him into a half-mad hermit.
- Butley by Simon Gray. Butley, a lecturer in English literature at a London university, finds out that his wife of a year is leaving him for another man. He also finds out that his long term live-in friend/boyfriend is leaving him for another man. Said friend/boyfriend, now a colleague of Butley's, used to be his student and it's implied that that's when their relationship began.
- In Shakespeare's Taming Of The Shrew, Bianca falls for her tutor Lucentio, who took the job in the hope that she would.
- A really weird and rather murky version of this exists in Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. Yuko Takao, the teacher in question, is rather beloved by her students, and the Demifiend/Hitoshura in particular is singled out by her as being someone she trusts to be there for her when she really could use your help. Also, though you play a Heroic Mime, it's explicitly lampshaded by all the other characters who know her that the two of you have a very good rapport, and on the street prior to the actual start of the game, one fellow high school student points out that its quite obvious the two of you are close. However, even though its made quite clear that the main protagonist does care about her quite a lot (and you do wind up rescuing her), the exact level of the relationship (deep respect for the other all the way to outright love) between the two of you is never clearly defined.
- In the H-Game Crescendo a considerable subversion occurs. Kaori Shito, the school nurse, is a possible hook-up for your protagonist (a student), but she does not actively try to seduce you. In fact, she actually tries to avoid doing anything remotely offensive on school grounds, and off them she tries very hard not to act on her feelings for you. If you get her good ending, she caves in, but makes the responsible choice to quit her job as a school nurse because she did something against the ethics of her profession. It should be noted you both have feeling for each other, but your character tries his hardest not to act on his either, and her reasons for avoiding you are because she had a student fall for her once, (he was depressed and she tried to be a mother figure to him, but he fell for her instead) it ended with her turning him down because it wasn't ethical, and he killed himself because he couldn't handle the rejection, and as a result tried very hard to avoid the same situation with you. The above said, if you get her good ending, she will even quit an arranged marriage to be with you, and your fellow female classmates get a Crowning Moment of Awesome where they help sabotage the arranged marriage meeting, despite their own feelings for you, because they want you to be happy.
- In the H-game Heart de Roommate, the hero can start a relationship with his homeroom teacher, Yoshiko. The school ends up finding out about it and they are forced to stay away from each other until the end of the year. The weirdest part? Yoshiko got in trouble for being in a relationship with a student before.
- We're just gonna make it easy or ourselves and say that if one of the major female characters in an H-game is a teacher, you have a very good chance of getting a shot at her.
- The Les Yay between Candy Cane and Miss Spencer in Rumble Roses. Particularly blatant in Miss Spencer's Heel story line.
- In the Dating Sim True Love, one of the Chivalrous Pervert male lead's possible girlfriends is his young and beautiful teacher. Curiously, to get her attention you need to save another girl from a Near-Rape Experience
- The Sims 2: University, like any Sims game, lets you have sex ("Woo Hoo") with anyone, if you get your relationship with them high enough. This includes university professors, who are Sims that can be invited on dates or to one's home... and incidentally, doing so will increase a Sim's grades.
- In Amorous Professor Cherry (trust me, it's Exactly What It Says on the Tin), this is both played straight with supporting character Mamiko, who willingly nails students who obviously are hot for her, and slightly subverted by ultranaive Chieri, who isn't originally this way, but will eventually become this trope, depending on the ending. Said ending can then either play it straight/subvert/avert this even then, as the game has many branches that can entirely alter this trope.
- In a school assignment in Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, The Hero asks his homeroom teacher Professor Zeppel what sort of food the school nurse, also a teacher herself, would like (making food that the latter teacher liked is the assignment). Zeppel, with good reason, comes to the obvious conclusion...
- In Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, you can make an in-game selection which puts Lloyd in a romantic relationship with any female character, including Raine.
- It's just a follow up of Tales of Symphonia, where you could pair up Lloyd with any teammate depending on what choices you made during the game. It affected many cutscenes and could even alter the plot if you picked up Kratos. Of course, Lloyd being what he is, most of the flirting and romantic double entendres were lost to him.
Raine : [Snowflakes] all look like the same cold snow, but in reality, they're very sensitive to the environment around them.
- Happens in a vague sense in Tales of the Abyss. After Luke destroys Akzeriuth, Tear teaches him to control his hyperresonance, granted, the sessions are informal and Tear isn't a full-fledged teacher; they both fall in love with each other.
- The second Knights of the Old Republic could go there with Female Exile and the Jedi Disciple. Disciple was supposed to be Exile's padawan before she left for the Mandalorian Wars. However, her leaving meant he never was chosen, and he was washed out of the Order - becoming a Republic soldier instead. Ten years later, He's All Grown Up, and still has a cross of hero-worship and Hot for Teacher when it comes to the Exile...
- The same could be said of almost every implied romance in KotOR2, as most of the characters can eventually become Jedi students of the main character. And since most of those characters will only become Jedi if you increase their affection towards you, almost any opposite gender teacher/student pairing bears a degree of potential for romance. And that's not even mentioning the somewhat unwholesome attitude Kreia has toward you at times, or the implied relationship between Kreia and Sion...
- In The Old Republic, Jedi Consulars, Jedi Knights, and Sith Warriors all have attractive female padawans (apprentice in the Sith Warrior's case) who are romance options. The Sith Inquisitor is the only Force-using class that doesn't have this as an option, their apprentice being a reptilian humanoid...
- Sith Inquisitor get Ashara. She's not formally his apprentice, but that's a minor technicality reality vividly argues otherwise.
- In Tokimeki Memorial 2, the player's teacher, Asou Kasumi, is available as a love interest. Teacher-Student Romance is more common in the Girl's Side games; in "1st Love," both homeroom teacher Himuro Reiichi and school principal Amanohashi Ikkaku are available, and in "2nd Kiss," there's Wakaouji Takafumi. In all cases, the teachers are more difficult to win over than classmates, in part because they're well aware that a relationship with a student is inappropriate. In 3rd Story the teacher route plays a bit different in that the teacher, Chikara Osako, don't show any exceptional interest during the route (making an already hard route even harder as it makes difficult to gauge his affection levels), but at the end of it is the player character who gets a Love Epiphany and runs to confesses her feelings during graduation day.
- In Grim Grimoire, Opalnaria, the Necromancy teacher, is extremely distrustful of any student/teacher relationships because her former teacher was assassinated by her student lover. Opalnaria herself teaches Hiram, and the guy eventually declares his love for her, shocking the hell out of Opalnaria. She even tries to say how the relationship wouldn't work because she is actually about 100 years old, but by the end of the game one of the teachers informs the main character that Opalnaria cast a spell on herself to make herself look like a schoolgirl so that she could be with Hiram.
- In Magical Diary: Horse Hall the Horse Hall PC can end up forced into marriage with one of her professors. It's up to the player's choices whether the PC was at all interested in him, and whether or not any attachment develops between them later. Otherwise, they're lined up for a quickie divorce.
- In Fire Emblem 6, if you get an A support between Roy and Cecilia, they marry at the end of the game.
- In the pigeon Dating Sim Hatoful Boyfriend, one of your romance options is your math teacher Kazuaki. He's initially reluctant to get into a relationship with you because he believes he doesn't have room in his heart to love anyone after the emotional trauma of his brother's death, but if you successfully romance him, he promises to wait at the school so that you can come to him again when you're grown up if you still love him then.
- In Namir Deiter, Gabby's cousin is Tipper's TA, and she sets them up to get herself over Tipper for good, despite both this fact and her hating him passionately. They go to great lengths to keep their relationship secret, but it turns out that since he was only a TA at the time, it wasn't actually against policy, although it's mentioned that he might have gotten in trouble if it had come out before her graduation. They're now engaged, with the wedding planner already hired.
- The series Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo has a web novel/side story called Seeking a Sweet Bewitching Kiss which uses a lesbian version of this trope with its main pairing. The student is younger than most as she's an elementary schoolgirl although it's made extremely clear to a reader that the student is the dominant one in the relationship.
- Chaos Fighters has a few examples: Kenny with Pheryl in The Secret Programs, Irtial with Thene prior to Cyberion Strike and Enrei with Gareia in Chemical Siege.
- The Onion article "Lonely Teacher, Outcast Student Begin Somewhat Endearing Sexual Relationship".
- Taken to satiric extremes in the South Park episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", where the new teacher at school has an affair with a kindergartener, Kyle's baby brother Ike. This episode also satirizes the way reaction to such student-teacher affairs differ depending on the gender of the teacher, as the police and general public are outraged at the thought of a teacher having sex with a student... until they realize that it's a young, attractive woman having an affair with a male student, at which point they all congratulate Ike ("Nice...").
- In an episode of A Kind of Magic of Xilam between the protagonist, Tom, and his teacher, Miss Tinker, mostly thanks a spell than turns Tom in a Prince Charming.
- In an episode of The Cleveland Show, Lester reveals that his morbidly obese wife Kendra was once his guidance counselor, and had "guided" him into dropping out of school and moving in with her. He admits that she was a terrible guidance counselor.
- Former Trope Namer Mary Kay Letourneau was the teacher involved in a widely publicized case in the U.S. for engaging in a sexual relationship with her junior-high student, Vili Fualaau (and eventually marrying him and having his two daughters, after serving an eight-year prison term for molestation). The case was noted for the mixed public reaction to it, often underlining the attractive appearance of the teacher. Many condemned the breach of ethics involved in engaging in sexual acts with underage children, while at least one public official famously asked, "Where were teachers like her when I went to school?"
- The philosopher Martin Heidegger famously carried on an affair with Hannah Arendt while she was his student. Additional squick because Arendt was Jewish, and Heidegger vocally supported the Nazis during their time in power, thus adding to the power discrepancy. Perhaps not coincidentally, Arendt is best known for her writings on power and struggles between people.
- The squick is, however, reduced when you recall that (1) Heidegger was Arendt's professor at university (i.e. they met as adults) and (2) Heidegger's Nazism was based on a rather misguided understanding of the Nazi agenda—you see, he thought that Hitler was actually serious about awakening the German people to the spirit of their age, rather than using that as rhetoric as semi-respectable cover for rabid populism and venomous, uncontrollable racism. He was gradually sidelined by the regime (and the rest of the university) for his occasional criticism of the Party.
Anime and Manga
- A number of instances in Great Teacher Onizuka
- In Tona Gura, Hatsune Arisaka's former teacher Kogorou, also leading to a case of Hot for Teacher on Hatsune's part. Younger sister Kazuki's awkward pursuer Yuuji Kagura suspects he also holds these feelings for Kazuki, also a former student. Best evidence is, Yuuji's wrong, although Kogorou is flattered by her attention. Given the age difference between Hatsune and Kogorou, some feel this may make him a bigger pervert than Yuuji.
- The motive behind the murders in a Kindaichi Case Files story.
Films -- Live Action
- Loving Annabelle is a lesbian variant, and one of the most awesome-yet-heartbreaking movies ever.
- Children of a Lesser God, where the female student also is deaf and has some serious psychological issues.
- Notes on a Scandal is all about this.
- The main plot of July Rhapsody.
- The school psychologist and Micah get it on in Easy A. He's not the brightest bulb in the tree, though, and is well over the age of consent. Of course, his wildly conservative parents aren't too happy once he gets chlamydia...
- Subverted in We Need to Talk about Kevin, in which the titular character claims his teacher made advances toward him. Though we only hear about the incident through an unreliable narrator, it is likely that nothing of the sort took place, and Kevin is just trying to get the teacher fired for the hell of it.
- Doing It by Melvin Burgess subverts the hell out of this trope by showing just how psychologically messed up a teacher would have to be to want to have sex with her student and why, on the long run, this sort of relationship would be damaging to the student in question on the long run.
- The short story "Hands" revolves around a teacher who's been falsely accused of an affair with a student and run out of town.
- The protagonist of Election hates the student who had an affair with his friend and ruined his career then starts having an affair with her too, but she's already out of school by then.
- At least half of the plots on Boston Public consisted of this trope, or fake-outs (where it was revealed at the last minute that the relationship was a hoax).
- One episode of Shark involves characters theorizing that the motive a boy had for the murder of his father involved a sexual relationship with his art teacher. Stark quotes the public official alluded to a the top of this article. The theory was inaccurate.
- One episode of The George Lopez Show addressed the Double Standard of this trope.
- Happens with almost disturbing frequency in 21 Jump Street. It helps that Johnny Depp's character was in his mid-twenties, not actually a student, and in the most Egregious example, met before he was actually assigned to her school.
- Subverted in 10 Things I Hate About You; in order to shed her 'good-girl' image, Bianca fakes a rumor about her relationship with an older man, who is later though to be the Geometry teacher, Mr. Ross. Things go too far, of course, and nobody believes that Bianca was lying. Mr. Ross never heard the rumor, but was revealed to, in fact, have a relationship with another girl, and sent to prison.
- Medium: Indirectly causes a lot of emotional stress for psychic teen Ariel Dubois: Her college interviewer's dead husband fathered a child with one of his students, and asks Ariel to erase the file with incriminating photos on his (now his wife's) computer in exchange for a perfect interview with his wife. Ariel does so, but then decides to do the right thing and restore the file. The interviewer returns to tell Ariel that she's going to help the baby financially, but unfortunately for Ariel's future she also thinks that she planted the file after being dumped by her husband. Even the dead husband is stunned despite knowing what would happen. The very next episode, Ariel starts losing time Futurama-style, jumping hours, then years into the future where she's Happily Married to a friend from high school and they have an adorable daughter. She's certain the time-skips have to do with a teacher who was murdered right before the decade-long jump, and right before her mom is about to tell her how the teacher's kid ties into all this, she's thrown ahead another seven years -- where her mother is dead, killed that same night. Desperate for answers, she goes to see the dead teacher's son, who's the spitting image of high school sweetheart husband who's about to kill her -- and then she wakes up, safe in the present and a few hours before her teacher's murder by her teenage babydaddy (he had a full-ride scholarship and wasn't about to risk it for his desperate ex-lover). Needless to say, after all that Ariel really, really needs a hug.
- Franklin and Bash has episode dealing with this where the teacher unknowingly had a one-night stand with a student who seemed older. They met at a beach before she started teaching at his school, and took her to a bar so she thought he was over 21. Franklin has to defend her to the school board, and crushes on her a little during the case, leading to Bash invoking the page quote.
- There are indications of such feelings in Grissom and Sara's dialogue on CSI. They met when he was a lecturer at the college she was attending. But, they did not act on anything to do with those feelings until many years later, likely sparing both a lot of trouble.
- There is an episode of Yeralash where a boy prints photos of his female teacher. His father calls him a sycophant. However, right then, the teacher comes and complains the boy doesn't like her. They go into his room to show her wrong... turns out he's been using the photos as Dartboards of Hate. When one of the suction cup arrows intended for a photo sticks of the father's forehead, the mother's only response is "That'll teach you not to say our son's a sycophant"
- Happens in The Sparrow between student-body president/cheerleading squad captain Jenny McGrath and biology teacher Mr. Christopher. Jenny goes into Mr. Christopher's room during the Homecoming Dance to confide in him, as she is jealous of Emily Book's popularity after she used her telekinetic powers to save Jenny from falling off the Greenview banner that hangs in the gym. Jenny giggles after receiving attention from Mr. Christopher, which reminds him of his dead wife. They slow-dance, which leads them to share a kiss.
- A quest line in World of Warcraft introduces you, after the fact, to a one-sided version of this gone very, very wrong.
- In Psychonauts Milla jokingly calls Raz a "flirt" when he attempts to suck up to her.
- Parodied in Brutal Legend. The Battle Nuns are latex-clad demonic nuns who talk like very, very naughty teachers to their demonic servants.
- Freeware game don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story takes many Shoujo and Visual Novel tropes and runs with them, and this one is no exception. However, by casting the Player Character as the teacher instead of the student, it allows the player to determine whether the Trope is subverted, averted, deconstructed, or even reconstructed. This works because the Hot for Teacher student is, otherwise, the most emotionally well-adjusted member of the class.
- This is the backstory to Merlin and Morgan in the contemporary arc of Arthur, King of Time and Space, as described here. And when Morgan becomes a teacher at the school herself, Arthur is attracted to her, but it's not mutual. (Merlin and Morgan may or may not also have had a relationship in the space arc [where she was his apprentice], but that's kind of expected.)
- Magick Chicks gives us a complicated example. Jacqui is attracted to her teacher, Mr. Delatorre, but he doesn't return her affections. He does go out on a date with a new teacher who yelled at Jacqui... who is actually Jacqui in disguise.
- Short story One Gay Teacher is about a high school Graphics teacher named Mr Rheem who gets involved in these sorts of situations a lot. In the first half of the story, one of his students, Rosalynn, falls for him and attempts to seduce him, much to the chagrin of her best friend Amy. It turns out that Mr Rheem is gay, and thus the relationship could never work, but that doesn't stop Rosalynn from breaking into his house so she can be amongst his things. Mr Rheem ends up shooting both Rosalynn and Amy. In the second half of the story, Mr Rheem is now in a relationship with Michael, one of his male students, and the relationship is being kept a secret. Michael's best friend, Cali, discovers this relationship through finding photos of Michael on Mr Rheem's computer, and also photos of Amy and Rosalynn's dead bodies. The story ends with Mr Rheem shooting Michael, but not killing him and Cali arriving on the scene to find that Mr Rheem has been knocked out.
- Try to get a Hot for Student news story frontpaged on strange news repository Fark these days. Unless it's got some sort of special angle, it's not going to make it. That's right, folks: it's no longer Fark, it's news. For bonus points, farkers even cynically rate any such relationship based on the attractiveness and genders of the persons involved. (The winning combination, by the by, is hot girl-on-girl action.)
- Family Guy
- In the episode "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High," Chris crushes on his sexy, scantily clad English teacher, Mrs. Lockhart. When she learns of his feelings from Peter ("Our son would like to...plow you?"), she instructs him to kill her husband so that they can be together. (Of course, she has no intention of "being together" with Chris at all; she just wants her husband dead.) The plot was loosely based on the Real Life case of Pamela Smart.
- In one episode where Lois is running for School Council president, she refers to the fact that her opponent opposes background checks for teachers, and questions what kind of person she would hire. Cue cutaway to an algebra teacher slipping a student a note asking her "Do you like me? Yes? No? Maybe?" before grinning lecherously at her.
- Then there was the episode where Peter seceded from the US and Lois had to teach Meg and Chris. Chris tries to pass a note to Meg, Lois sees it...
Lois: Read it out, Chris.
- Skirted around by Kim Possible. The producers seem very much aware of, and quite responsive to, the Periphery Demographic that includes shippers of the teen heroine with her Dark Action Girl Arch Enemy Shego, so they surely knew exactly what the fans would make of Shego turning good, becoming Kim's teacher and friend and staying in the Possible family's spare room. Kim describes her as "like a big sister!" A thousand voices Squee in shippy joy and suddenly fall to writing Fan Fiction and drawing fanart.
- In Birdz, Eddie Storkowitz has the hots for his teacher, Miss Finch. It's entirely one-sided, though.
Remember, please list only scientific studies or events that inspired fictional examples. All The Tropes is not a gossip site.
- One topic Edward O. Wilson discussed on his book tour presentation for Consilience is research on which facial features in the opposite sex are most attractive to men and to women. There had been a hypothesis that the most attractive face would be the average of all faces, but it turns out that for men, the most attractive female face departs from the average in several ways: larger eyes, higher cheekbones, smaller chin, fuller lips: all features indicative of juvenescence. "And if you doubt it," Wilson concludes, "just ask any middle-aged professor whose second wife is a graduate student." In a largely academic audience, this generates a huge laugh because of just how common it is.