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8 Great Manhwa With Children Protagonists

Highlights

  • Good teachers put in as much effort as their students, growing together.
  • Mentor figures are essential, even if not as common in manhwa.
  • Teachers like Mr. Kim are willing to go to any lengths for their students.

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What makes a good teacher? Many protagonists need to be taught by someone before they can become the hero of their story, but that doesn’t mean all these teachers are good. A good teacher will put in just as much effort as their student, and together, they should both continuously grow.

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In manhwa, especially in recent years, characters are often more focused on private growth and training, raising their strength in secret, so they don’t necessarily have teachers. However, that doesn’t mean mentor characters cease to exist; they’re just not as common. It’s also possible they are the main characters themselves.

8 Mr. Kim

Teacher Out For Revenge

Mr. Kim as the Red Man In Red Line

Red Line

Author

Inkhead

Illustrator

Kiminteu

Genres/Themes

Action, Fantasy

Status

Completed

Chapters

40

MyAnimeList Score

N/A

Living in the slums was difficult for everyone, but it was even worse for children. Despite having nothing for himself, Mr. Kim put his all into raising and caring for all the students living in the elementary school. They were family to him. However, his moderately peaceful life is disrupted when an unknown organization kidnaps the children.

Mr. Kim is taken over by the vengeful spirit of the “Red Man,” filled with fury and aggression. He becomes dead set on saving his kids, and he doesn’t care by what means he does it. There aren’t many teachers who would kill for their students.

7 Mr. Kwon

Children’s Gang Boss

Mr. Kwon in Children's Teacher Mr. Kwon

Children’s Teacher, Mr. Kwon

Author

Woo Ho

Illustrator

Woo Ho

Genres/Themes

Drama, Slice of Life, Childcare, School, Workplace

Status

Completed

Chapters

83

MyAnimeList Score

7.68

Mr. Kwon is a gang boss on the run. After running into trouble within the mafia, he needed a place to lie low. Luckily, a teaching position in a remote village in the countryside opened up. Despite all this, Mr. Kwon looks like an average middle-aged man. The most intimidating thing about him is his stoicism.

While the story takes place at school, much of the conflict occurs outside of it in the children’s homes. Despite being a total stranger in the village, Mr. Kwon helps with the domestic problems his students face, providing support in some cases and being a parental figure in others.

6 Desir Arman

Genius Regressor

Desir Arman In A Returner's Magic Should Be Special

A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special

Author

So-nan Yu

Illustrator

Uk-jakga

Genres/Themes

Action, Fantasy, School, Time Travel

Status

Ongoing

MyAnimeList Score

7.53

Despite not being a formal teacher, Desir has proven on multiple occasions that he’s able to teach magic concepts and put them into practice. Desir was already known for being a genius at magical analysis, studying the structures and equations that produce magic, but with information from the future, he was able to introduce technology that would be established later.

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Desir taught his entire party how to improve their magic skills. The core members of the Starling party all increased their abilities under his tutelage, and when the party grew, Desir personally trained the new recruits. He’s also intelligent enough to research and study with the master of the Magic Tower, Zod Exarion.

5 Na Hwajin

Representative From The Ministry Of Education

Na Hwajin in Get Schooled

Get Schooled

Author

Yongtaek Chae

Illustrator

Garam Han

Genres/Themes

Drama, Action, School

Status

Ongoing

MyAnimeList Score

7.61

Technically, Na Hwajin works for the government, but anyone can teach a lesson. Hwajin’s job is to go to dysfunctional schools and reeducate those who disrupt the learning environment. This can be a school bully, a teacher abusing authority, or a parent trying to feel superior.

Usually, a nonviolent solution is preferred, but Na Hwajin is first and foremost a soldier. His style of teaching is incredibly physical, leaving a lasting impression on those he’s taught a lesson. However, he is compassionate and will do anything to make sure a victim is safe.

4 Doctor Frost

Genius Psychologist

Dr. Frost

Dr. Frost

Author

Jong-bum Lee

Illustrator

Jong-bum Lee

Genres/Themes

Drama, Medical, Psychological

Status

Completed

Chapters

258

MyAnimeList Score

7.93

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Under his tutelage is Yoon Seong-Ah, a junior college student who is passionate about psychology and counseling. Though they start at odds, she comes to appreciate his knowledge and his dedication to solving certain cases. He’s an expert and has plenty to teach.

3 Baek Suryong

Reincarnated To Be A Teacher

One Hit Instructor Baek

Best Teacher Baek

Author

Ganjjajang

Illustrator

Oribori

Genres/Themes

Action, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Reincarnation

Status

Ongoing

MyAnimeList Score

7.43

Baek Suryong is a young martial arts teacher from the countryside, but he’s also the reincarnation of someone who learned from the four greatest masters in the world. He later becomes an instructor at Azure Dragon Academy to earn money. Despite his self-serving motivations, he’s still a responsible and morally upright teacher.

He prioritizes being a good teacher to his students over anything else. Using his great observation skills, he’s able to deduce a person’s past and fighting style, so he can guide his students toward the path most suited to them.

2 Kayden Break

Awakened Battle Genius

Kayen Break as Casein Nitrate in Eleceed

Eleceed

Author

Jae-Ho Son

Illustrator

Hye-Jin Kim

Genres/Themes

Action, Super Power

Status

Ongoing

MyAnimeList Score

8.42

Before the start of the story, Kayden made his name known by challenging the world’s strongest awakened fighters and never backing down from a challenge. While anyone can challenge anyone else, Kayden has seldom lost a fight. Without any formal training, Kayden is a genius among geniuses.

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Kayden is responsible for teaching Seo Jiwoo about being an awakened. From terminology to social etiquette, he helps Jiwoo understand that the world is much harsher than he believes and doesn’t hesitate to protect his young student when things get dicey. Their relationship is one of the best in manhwa.

1 Gwi Myeondok

Strongest Member Of The Black Flower League

Gwi Myeondok in Weak Teacher

Weak Teacher

Author

Cheolbeom

Illustrator

Ulpen

Genres/Themes

Action, Martial Arts, Murim

Status

Ongoing

MyAnimeList Score

N/A

Based on his appearance, Gwi Myeondok is often mistaken as a beggar because of his frail build, pale skin, and sickly face. It also doesn’t help that he faints at the slightest gust of wind and constantly falls over. However, he’s actually one of the strongest martial artists in the realm, far surpassing anyone else in the story.

As a teacher, he’s observant and patient. Training the snake group, he was able to understand the flaws of each student and lead them on a path to correct them after just one week. While his methods are harsh, he always makes sure his students understand the reason for his lessons.

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