This is a magical being who's in charge of a group of children, whether as a [[MagicalNanny nanny]], [[CoolTeacher teacher]], or some other form of custodian. Has some overlap with the MagicalNanny, but while a MagicalNanny is focused on improving family dynamics and behavior and may or may not be really magic, a MagicalGuardian is really magic and may or may not do anything about behavior and family. They may instead use their powers for the more broad purpose of education, or even just for the pure sake of adventure. Having this character around allows children to get up to all kinds of impossible and wacky hijinks without audiences wondering [[ParentalAbandonment where the parents are]].

Such a character may be InexplicablyAwesome.

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!!Examples
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* Film/MaryPoppins
* NannyMcPhee

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* Creator/SusanCooper's ''Literature/OverSeaUnderStone'', the first book in ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' series. While the Drew children are on holiday in Cornwall they're taken care of by their great uncle Merriman Lyon. He's a powerful magical being whose duty is to protect them from the forces of the Dark.
* In the AlternateHistory {{Magitek}} novel ''Literature/OperationChaos'' by Creator/PoulAnderson, Virginia is a witch with a cat familiar named Svartalf. When she and her husband go out to dinner and a show, Svartalf gets to babysit their child. Being that Svartalf is quite intelligent and responsible, as well as magical, it's not as neglectful as it seems. When [[spoiler:the child is stolen by a demon, you can't blame Svartalf, especially since Svartalf fought it until he was half dead]].
* The Cat In The Hat from Dr. Suess. All the tension in the story is will the children recover from the outlandish stuff before Mom and Dad find out what went on?
* On the Literature/{{Discworld}}, Susan Sto-Helit works as a governess and later a schoolteacher. She's also the granddaughter of Death.
* Bast from ''TheKaneChronicles''.
* The gecko/dog from ''Literature/IAmNumberFour''.

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* [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney the Dinosaur]]

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* ''TheMagicSchoolBus'''s Miss Frizzle, the former TropeNamer for InexplicablyAwesome.
* A villainous example: Mother Mae Eye from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' forced herself on the heroes and even used mind-controlling pie to insure they obeyed her.
** Another ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode involved Raven escorting three child superheroes to a safehouse as their protector.