Mr. Staples is a sixth grade math teacher at P.S. 38.


Not much is known about Mr. Staple's personal life. According to Francis, he was born in China.

"And the duck said. "Put it on my bill!"
―Mr. Staples in Big Nate: On A Roll


Big Nate: In A Class By Himself

Mr. Staples is first mentioned on the announcements. He makes his first physical appearance when, in his class, the class takes a pop quiz. Nate thought he finished first, but did not see the back side until it was time to pass it in. He tried to finish it, but Mr. Staples grabbed his quiz. Nate pulled back, and it ripped. Nate got another detention (he already had five of them) for this.

Big Nate: On A Roll

As part of Nate's plan to behave for the day, Mr. Staples appeared telling a joke and Nate was aside him, laughing.

Big Nate: Goes For Broke

He was shown in Nate's comics as a bad dancer when he does the robot.

Big Nate: Flips Out

He says Nate's math homework was the Mona Lisa of bar graphs. This was when Uncle Pedro's hypnosis turned Nate into a school success.


Physical appearance

Mr. Staples has a square face and a crooked nose.

Personality and traits

Mr. Staples is known to tell jokes to his students, many of whom thinks his jokes are corny.


  • He was first seen on May 28, 1992. His major appearance was January 05, 1997.
  • Mr. Staples is the facilitator of the math team, probably because he is the math teacher.
  • He is not good at telling jokes, as described by Nate.
  • He is also known to have said: "Math is all around us! You'll use math every day for the rest of your life!"
  • He is bad at doing the robot when it comes to dancing,as shown in the book.
  • He is a bit different in the comics than in the book.
  • On May 28, 1992, It's revealed he was born in China.
  • He used to be the cafeteria monitor.
  • He is rated as 'upset monthly' in Nate's 'P.S. 38 ANGERGRAPH!'
  • He was the team statician for the 1979 North Alabama Lions men's basketball team.

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