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A more experienced advisor or confidante to a young, inexperienced character, particularly to a HeroicArchetype.

A list of subtypes can be found on the {{Mentors}} page.

See also: TheObiWan
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Mentor, ''{{Shazam}}!''

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[[folder: Fan Fiction ]]

* Fanfic/TakamachiNanohaOf2814: Superman is an older advisor for Nanoha. She smugly notes how her mentor can actively assist her "which other {{Magical Girl}}s only dream about".

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[[folder: Film]]
* [[TheObiWan Obi-Wan Kenobi]] from StarWars
** And Yoda
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': [[EvilMentor Sebastian Shaw to Magneto]]. [[CoolTeacher Professor X to the team]]. [[MentorShip Magneto to Mystique]].
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* TropeNamer: Mentor himself [[spoiler: or possibly Athena herself]] in ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* Gandalf in "Literature/LordOfTheRings" and "Literature/TheHobbit" plays this role to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and indeed to many of the Fellowship in LotR.
* ''Literature/SoulSeekers'': Paloma, Daire's grandmother, is this.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Lorne, sort of.
* Giles, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* Megan in ''{{Privileged}}'' becomes this to the twins as well as their tutor.
* Hornblower has two important mentor figures in the miniseries adaptation ''Series/HoratioHornblower'':
** Captain Pellew takes a special interest in Hornblower because he sees a promising officer in him. It's with the interesting twist that he sometimes [[ChewOutFakeOut pretends to be furious with Horatio just to mess with him]]. It takes Horatio some time to figure out when Pellew is joking.
** Matthews is Da Man among lower deck characters. He can offer his insight even to officers who respect him and listen to him because Matthews is experienced, reasonable, respectful and concerned for the good of the ship.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* The six original Turaga from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' to their respective Toa warriors and the adventure-seeking Takua.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Wynne in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' if the player wishes. Verges on a parent/child relationship with a mage protagonist.

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[[folder: Webcomic ]]

* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00864.htm Florence explains to Helix]] that space is unforgiving and he must learn from Sam, who has been there before, and ask Florence whenever he doesn't understand why Sam is doing something. Sam finds it briefly cool to be a mentor before he realizes that it could also be Florence assigning him a watchdog.
* Lord Frey from ''Webcomic/AlfdisAndGunnora'' seems to be something of a mentor to young Alfdis.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is this to Zuko.

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