Created By: PaulA on February 24, 2011 Last Edited By: PaulA on February 18, 2012

Old Trainer

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In the stock plot about the rookie in some sport trying for the championship, this is the character who helps the rookie develop his potential.

He may not be (and often isn't) a professional trainer; what he is always is a washed-up former competitor in whatever the sport is. He may be helping out as a way of recapturing his glory days. It may specifically be that he tried for and never quite won the championship himself, so this is a way of winning it vicariously.

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  • February 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    • Mickey from Rocky was a former boxer as I recall
      • And Rocky himself in Rocky V, who trains Tommy Gun.
    • On The Simpsons Moe trains Homer as a boxer, and was a former boxer himself.
    • Rip Torn in Dodgeball
  • February 24, 2011
    TonyG
  • February 24, 2011
    Koveras
    How is this different from Old Master?
  • February 24, 2011
    TonyG
    Old Master is speciefic to martial arts, and the gist of the trope is that he still has the skills. The Old Trainer is generally no longer able to perform.
  • February 24, 2011
    bluepenguin
    I want to say Haymitch from The Hunger Games, but he's not really retired; victors don't participate in the Games more than once anyway (neither do the losers, because they're dead). He does have the "washed-up former competitor" thing going though.
  • February 27, 2011
    TTurtle
    Mickey Rooney's role in The Black Stallion may be even a better example of this than his role in National Velvet.
  • February 27, 2011
    Stratadrake
    "Trainer" is non-indicative (and me playing too much Pokemon lately certainly does not help). The guy was a star player before something ended his career, and he generally hasn't become known for training rookies. Depending on their personal Sliding Scale Of Idealism Vs Cynicism, sometimes they just want to be left alone, but the plot calls them back to their old days.
  • February 28, 2011
    SKJAM
    The protagonist's father in Star of the Giants, who was a pro baseball player, but suffered career-ending injuries in World War Two. His was very much a case of vicarious living.
  • February 28, 2011
    PaleHorse87
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Bump.

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