The Big Prank
The Big Game
The Gym is Burning
Revenge on Mr. Burton
|Voice Actor||Michael Boyle|
- "Ah, dodgeball! How I love the sound of boys crying in the morning."
- — Mr. Burton, at the start of Dodgeball games
Mr. Burton has the frame of an athlete gone to seed, still muscular but with a gut. He is bald on top but has a horseshoe of red hair, along with a red mustache. His character art shows him as having chest hair. He normally wears a white tank top and blue gym shorts with white trim, and a navy blue track suit with white trim in the winter. He wears a whistle on a string around his neck, and has a watch on his right wrist.
Mr. Burton wanted to play professional American Football, but no one drafted him and so he turned to teaching at Bullworth. Sometimes he blames this on an arthritic or injured knee. He speaks loudly most of the time and is usually angry and aggressive.
Burton had a harsh upbringing. When he was a child, his father regularly beat him, and he was hazed badly while in college. Now, he has a drill sergeant-like approach to teaching gym. He believes that pain builds character, and so encourages bullying to this end. He also bullies students himself. He calls Pedro to his office to yell at him, and according to unused content found in the game files, he bullies Pete and threatens to make the gym class beat him up the next day.
Burton is also a lech. He complains about the lack of attractive women at Bullworth, and sometimes brags about how much women like him, although they actually don't. He displays an inappropriate sexual interest towards the older girls at Bullworth, including Zoe Taylor, who was expelled for complaining about Burton. Angie also claims that it's best to avoid Burton's gym class because "he's just not nice". He also reads dirty magazines and appears to have a perverse interest in dirty panties.
His pride and joy is the school football team, the Bullworth Bullhorns. It is strongly implied that he gives the students on the team steroids.
The alpha version of Mr. Burton version was named "Neil" and had a slightly hunched back. The name Neil was later given to the shop teacher.
His insults of choice are "degenerate" and "girl" or "lady".
Role in game
Burton appears in small roles steadily over the course of the game. In Chapter 1, Mr. Burton is first seen coaching the Jocks on the football field during the mission The Slingshot. He orders the Jocks to keep running laps even after Jimmy knocks them out with the slingshot. Later in that chapter he is the unfortunate victim of The Big Prank.
During Chapter 4, Burton can be seen on the football field during the mission Nice Outfit. Here he acts as a standard authority figure, chasing Jimmy down if Jimmy causes trouble within his line of sight. He also appears in the mission The Big Game shouting at the Cheerleading Squad as they run off after Jimmy finishes his Cow Dance.
In Chapter 5, he appears in the mission The Gym is Burning. He accuses Jimmy of setting his gym on fire for not making the team and says he called the police on him. Later, after Zoe tells Jimmy that she got expelled for complaining about Burton hitting on her, they come up with a prank to push Burton over the edge of a cliff while he's in a port-a-potty. Burton ends up covered in human waste and claims he's going to have to shower for days with bleach. At the very end of the chapter, after Jimmy confronts Dr. Crabblesnitch on Burton's behavior, he fires him for causing Zoe to drop out, and subsequently re-enrolls Zoe. Despite being "fired", Burton continues to appear in the game, teaching Gym class and occasionally wandering around campus. This could be because Burton is to be completely replaced in the upcoming school year. Small talk from the students says that Burton threw a temper tantrum after Crabblesnitch fired him.
Burton also sometimes appears when Jimmy is running his Paper Route in Old Bullworth Vale. As long as Jimmy ignores Burton, Burton leaves him alone, and if he has an empty trouble meter Burton will even chase people who try to attack Jimmy.
A deleted part of the Halloween mission was to have Mr. Burton and Dr. Slawter talking. Burton mocks Pete horribly for wearing (and allowing Gary to make him wear) the pink bunny costume. Both he and Slawter were subsequently pranked with itching powder.
- After Revenge on Mr. Burton, students can be heard discussing rumours about him smelling. Russell, for example, can be heard saying "Russell heard Mr Burton will smell like that for seven years."
- Earlier in the development of the game, Mr. Burton was supposed to patrol the Boys' Dorm, much like Mrs. Peabody patrols the Girls' Dorm. However, this feature did not make it to the final game.