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9th Sep '17 10:25:03 AM Malady
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* ''AnElegyForTheStillLiving'': Robin Goodfellow, when he isn't just messing with Francis for the fun of it.

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* ''AnElegyForTheStillLiving'': ''Literature/AnElegyForTheStillLiving'': Robin Goodfellow, when he isn't just messing with Francis for the fun of it.



* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] has the misfortune to have several supernatural entities of great power and mysterious natures interested in teaching him something, but he's never entirely sure ''what'' he's meant to learn. Examples include [[FairyGodmother Leanansidhe]], [[TheFairFolk Queen Mab and the Mothers]], the ArchangelUriel, [[EldritchAbomination He Who Walks Behind]], and [[ShroudedInMyth Rashid the Gatekeeper]], and since many of them appear to be on [[GambitPileup different sides]] and are quite willing for him to die if he's not strong enough to survive the lesson, he's often lost for reliable, non-lethal guidance. As of ''Literature/ColdDays'', he's finally had it spelled out to him that [[spoiler: he should just keep blundering through life, trying to sort out the problems he comes across / creates along the way, as it seems destiny has every intention of continuing to [[SpannerInTheWorks aim him in the general direction of whatever needs to get broken]]]].

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden]] Dresden has the misfortune to have several supernatural entities of great power and mysterious natures interested in teaching him something, but he's never entirely sure ''what'' he's meant to learn. Examples include [[FairyGodmother Leanansidhe]], [[TheFairFolk Queen Mab and the Mothers]], the ArchangelUriel, [[EldritchAbomination He Who Walks Behind]], and [[ShroudedInMyth Rashid the Gatekeeper]], and since many of them appear to be on [[GambitPileup different sides]] and are quite willing for him to die if he's not strong enough to survive the lesson, he's often lost for reliable, non-lethal guidance. As of ''Literature/ColdDays'', he's finally had it spelled out to him that [[spoiler: he should just keep blundering through life, trying to sort out the problems he comes across / creates along the way, as it seems destiny has every intention of continuing to [[SpannerInTheWorks aim him in the general direction of whatever needs to get broken]]]].
5th Sep '17 10:52:18 AM Tyjohnson616
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* Everything about the Old Man in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' points to this as he teaches you(both the player and character of Link, who is an AmnesiacHero this time around) most of the basics of the world while appearing to do day to day things. Once you find out that you have to leave the area, which is on a high up plateau, the Old man then gives you a goal of beating seemingly random shrines promising reward of the item that will help you leave, but even that is a teaching you about the spirit orbs you get from that. Only after all that it's revealed that The Old Man is [[spoiler: the spirit of the former King of Hyrule and testing you/Link to see if you re-adopt the mantle of hero. He then tells you the story of the fall of his Kingdom and appears to pass on after giving you the item to leave.]]
20th Aug '17 8:18:32 AM Arcana4th
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* Glossaryck from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is a deconstruction. In "My New Wand", he only gives Star cryptic advice and metaphorical images for her to figure out on her own on how to use magic and tells Marco to look for Star's secret in her Closet of Secrets. The deconstruction is that it shows how the method really doesn't work, the LiteralMinded Star can't figure his advice out and goes to her mom, who admits Glossaryck's un-helpfulness and Marco eventually tires and forces him to give him the answer.
8th Jul '17 4:30:19 PM nombretomado
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** Another example, this one taken from [[http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Sufism/Nasrudin an affiliate of]] TheOtherWiki:

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** Another example, this one taken from [[http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Sufism/Nasrudin an affiliate of]] TheOtherWiki:Wiki/TheOtherWiki:
15th Jun '17 7:21:46 AM JustTroper
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Very often overlaps with EccentricMentor.
13th Jun '17 12:05:54 AM PedanticSpeaker
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* Deconstructed. In ''FanFic/PartingWords'' Twilight is so sick and tired of being a pawn in Celestia's games that she renounces her place as Celestia's student. In spite of halting her 'cryptic mentor' tendencies with Twilight Sparkle, in ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'' Celestia still tends to be enigmatic and manipulative with a few things, not the least of which includes selecting a host of male guards for Twilight and Fluttershy in hopes that they find their 'super special somepony'. Kinda backfires with the Wonderbolts when she fails to fully debrief them on their 'true' mission with Rainbow Dash. This is also a major factor in why Sunset Shimmer fell, as she saw Celestia much like Twilight did in the beginning of Parting Words, and hated being manipulated.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', as noted elsewhere on this page, has two Trickster Mentors, and both are commonly used as such in fanfiction:
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Deconstructed. In ''FanFic/PartingWords'' Twilight is so sick and tired of being a pawn in Celestia's games that she renounces her place as Celestia's student. In spite of halting her 'cryptic mentor' tendencies with Twilight Sparkle, in ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'' Celestia still tends to be enigmatic and manipulative with a few things, not the least of which includes selecting a host of male guards for Twilight and Fluttershy in hopes that they find their 'super special somepony'. Kinda backfires with the Wonderbolts when she fails to fully debrief them on their 'true' mission with Rainbow Dash. This is also a major factor in why Sunset Shimmer fell, as she saw Celestia much like Twilight did in the beginning of Parting Words, and hated being manipulated.manipulated.
** From the fic [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/361474/going-native Going Native]] (otherwise not suitable for this site):
-->'''Applejack''': "Consarnit," she sighed, hitting her face with the palm of her hand. "We really gotta sit the Princess down one day and have an intervention. This cockamamie 'cryptic mentor' nonsense is getting old."
** ''Triptych'' from the FanFic/TriptychContinuum has Discord as the trickster mentor.
10th Jun '17 1:07:39 PM nombretomado
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* In WhateleyUniverse, Chou is 'blessed' with the Monkey King as a mentor. In "Summoning Sweeties", the Monkey King explains his/her actions all but quoting this trope.

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* In WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Chou is 'blessed' with the Monkey King as a mentor. In "Summoning Sweeties", the Monkey King explains his/her actions all but quoting this trope.
9th Jun '17 12:39:56 AM name_already_chosen
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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation To a good number of fans]], Princess Celestia, due to being a PhysicalGoddess who could easily solve many of the larger crisis that plague Equestria.

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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation To a good number of fans]], Princess Celestia, due to being a PhysicalGoddess who could easily solve many of the larger crisis crises that plague Equestria.
20th May '17 5:07:14 PM nombretomado
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* One very twisted example is the relationshp between Askeladd and Thorfinn in ''VinlandSaga''. Askeladd sees himself is this towards Thorfinn, but Thorfinn hates Askeladd with a burning passion, and would sooner die then admit he had any such relationship with the man.

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* One very twisted example is the relationshp between Askeladd and Thorfinn in ''VinlandSaga''.''Manga/VinlandSaga''. Askeladd sees himself is this towards Thorfinn, but Thorfinn hates Askeladd with a burning passion, and would sooner die then admit he had any such relationship with the man.
30th Apr '17 11:45:06 PM thesunisup
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* In the first arc of ''Anime/YuriOnIce'', Viktor is this to both [[ShrinkingViolet Yuri]] and [[BrattyHalfPint Yurio]], assigning them skating themes that are totally opposed to their personalities and putting them through a bunch of TrainingFromHell.
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