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.
ExamplesFilm - Live Action
- Mickey Rooney's character in National Velvet. - Zero-Context Example
- Mickey Rooney's character in The Black Stallion. - Zero-Context Example
- Hugh Jackman's character in Real Steel, judging by the promo material. - Zero-Context Example
- Rocky franchise
- Rip Torn's character in Dodgeball. - Zero-Context Example
- Philocetes from Hercules. - Zero-Context Example
- Old Jingle from Robbie the Reindeer. - Zero-Context Example
- The Simpsons, "The Homer They Fall": Moe trains Homer as a boxer, and was a former boxer himself.
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