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February 18th, 1976
180 cm (5 ft. 9 in.)
Holy Forest Academy (Formerly)
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He is a teacher in Holy Forest Academy. His subject is math.
He's nicknamed from Onizuka "Tessy" or "Tadai-kun", because he keeps pronouncing wrong his name.
He is secretly obsessed with Azusa Fuyutsuki (he even spies on her and has a room full of photos of her). Although on the surface he usually behaves politely with almost anyone, on the inside he's rather vicious and manipulative.
He suffers from an inferiority-complex caused by both his genius brother and father, who are successful politicians.
Suguru Teshigawara was born into a family of politicians (father side of the family), in Inogashira. In his youth, he aspired to be an entomologist. His father was always impressed by Suguru's older brother, who excelled in all areas of life, but looked down on Suguru's grades and weak body. This led his father to send Suguru to cram schools to improve his grades, and sent Suguru to swimming classes to improve his body. However Suguru was unable to meet his father's expectations, which led to more stressful activities being added onto his lifestyle.
Suguru always went to an old woman in order to relieve some of his stress by talking about his problems. The old woman told Suguru that he shouldn't listen to what his father tells him, and have courage to not listen what his father tells him to do. Later Suguru got in trouble at school for stabbing a person in the leg who was bullying him. His father became extremely angry at him, so he went to talk to the old woman only to discover that she had passed away in her house.
After the old woman's cremation, Suguru came to the conclusion that the old woman didn't die but had merely became a butterfly after shedding its cocoon. Suguru felt that he was only a larva which hadn't become a butterfly, which led him to dedicate all his time and effort into studying to be a politician like his successful father and big brother. Suguru Teshigawara graduated from the good Tōdai (Tokyo Daigaku) University. Afterwards Suguru tried with extreme effort to pass the government test which would lead him to become a politician, but discovered that he had failed the test. (revealed later that government higher-up had rigged Suguru to fail because of the scandal surrounding his family)
Suguru later went on to be a teacher at the Holy Forest Academy, which he thought was the best alternative position that he could attain. Suguru would meet Onizuka and try to get him fired or killed, to keep Onizuka away from his love-interest. Suguru would repeatedly fail to discredit Onizuka, and push his mind to the breaking point of insanity.
Later, Teshigawara would kidnap Azusa, hoping to marry her by force. However this plot was foiled by the combined efforts of Onizuka and Azusa's little sister. Teshigawara's failure pushed him over the edge, resulting in him losing his mind. In his insanity, he shot Onizuka, hurt many pedestrians on the streets, and later tried to take over Holy Forest Academy. Teshigawara, self-righteous and delusional, justified himself by blaming society and his circumstances for his misery and refusing to take responsibility for any of his actions which had landed him in his position. He hence became a wanted criminal.
Teshigawara, carrying bombs and a pistol, would then get beaten up by Onizuka and Saejima(who was there as a policeman) after being found. Before he could be apprehended, his elder brother, Takeru, appeared, telling Suguru didn't have to feel inferior to him and their father because they were both fired from their political positions. This recent news led Teshigawara into complete insanity, which led him to try and bomb those gathered on the school roof but failed. Suguru in his despair realized that he didn't have the courage to take control of his life, and was too afraid of his father to disobey his orders. Suguru at that revelation tried to commit suicide, but was saved by Onizuka and made peace with him.
Suguru was later arrested by the police and dismissed from Holy Forest Academy. Suguru briefly visited his father before being taken into custody for the damage that he had caused. However Suguru's father was completely delusional and believed that he and Suguru's older brother were still politicians, and didn't show any attention to Suguru at all-- unlike Takeru, who had swallowed his pride and moved on with his life.
Suguru was last seen carving a buddha statue in his prison room, and sensed that danger had fallen onto Onizuka (when Onizuka almost died from his head injuries).
Anime & Manga Differences
- In the anime he leaves for a while when he gets a nervous breakdown after Onizuka beats him in a test.
- In the manga he goes to jail for shooting a policeman but redeems himself with Onizuka's help.