10. The “evil” teacher or principal
Notable example: The Breakfast Club (1985), Back to the Future (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Summer School (1987)
No one likes their teachers in high school, and, in all honesty, the teachers don’t like the students much, either. So when Hollywood is putting together these high school comedies, it’s vital that the ongoing struggle between educator and pupil be present. But instead of giving audiences anything close to reality, high school comedies often make the teachers and principals at these schools as cartoonishly evil as an entire faculty of Bond villains.
The most famous of these vile educators has to be Jeffery Jones as Principal Edward Rooney in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Filled with rage and malice, Rooney is an ulcer waiting to happen, and the perfect foil for the rebellious Bueller. He quickly became the blueprint for all other two-dimensional teen comedy villains to follow.