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A more experienced advisor or confidante to a young, inexperienced character, particularly to a {{hero|icArchetype}}.

Even though this character is better skilled, faster and more experienced than TheProtagonist, they aren't the Hero, either because they are not TheChosenOne, because they have already [[RetiredBadass grown too old for the task]] or [[HeroOfAnotherStory have their own]] job [[RelegatedMentor to do]]. Their role is to [[ChekhovsSkill introduce a new skill]] or [[TrainingFromHell sharpen the current skills]] of the protagonist, often hoping to [[PassingTheTorch pass the torch]] because they know their career is [[EndOfAnAge coming to an end]]. This character [[MentorOccupationalHazard may die]], so that the protagonist can [[InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn learn to stand on their own two feet]].

Compare BigGood where they tend to keep a distance on the hero's quest and run things from the throne.

Named after Mentor, Telemachus' elderly advisor in ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', [[GodWasMyCoPilot who was actually Athena]] [[DisguisedInDrag in disguise]]. For more information concerning "The Mentor" and other narrative archetypes, see [[http://www.everything2.org/index.pl?node_id=947547 Vladmir Propp's theory of narrative.]]

A list of subtypes can be found on the MentorIndex page.


[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' interestingly has multiple characters like this on both the hero and villain sides.
** [[TheHero Izuku Midoriya's]] primary mentor is All Might, the world's greatest hero, who passes on the Quirk called One For All to Izuku after deciding that he's a worthy successor. He also has a secondary mentor in [[OldMaster Gran Torino]], a contemporary of All Might's predecessor who also trained All Might himself. Both fulfill different needs, as while Izuku derives his power and ideals from All Might, Gran Torino is better at teaching him how to use One For All without destroying himself.
** On the villain side, [[TheHeavy Tomura Shigaraki]] is mentored by All Might's arch-enemy, All For One. All For One knows full-well that he fulfills this trope, having taken in and raised Shigaraki from a young age [[spoiler:after killing his grandmother]] and uses the twisted bond between them to encourage Shigaraki to be a better villain. [[spoiler:Even after his arrest, he chides All Might for not embodying the trope as well as he has, because while All Might won and continues to be there for Izuku, Shigaraki's loss of a beloved mentor is going to motivate him to grow stronger and more independant.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Everything Uryuu knows and believes about Quincies comes from what his grandfather taught him, including the attitude that it's wrong to blame the Soul Reapers for the Quincy massacre 200 years before. His grandfather died when Uryuu was a young child, right in front of Uryuu's eyes. Throughout the story, Souken's teachings continue to guide Uryuu via the power of flashback.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Third]] [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Hokage]], Hiruzen Sarutobi, one of the more notable [[BadassGrandpa elders]] in his village (and in anime in general). He even dies at the hands of his renegade student Orochimaru.
** We also have [[spoiler:Jiraya; after he dies,]] Naruto goes to learn under ''his'' teacher, [[spoiler:a frog]], to become as powerful as him.
* Father Remington from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', who (once he's finished training [[TheHero Rosette]]) is so determined to make sure that Rosette does things on her own power that he ''purposefully'' keeps it a secret from her when they happen to be traveling to the same city, for fear she'll depend on him too much if she knew he was around. However, when she gets in a bind he shows up to be a [[BigDamnHeroes Big Damn Hero]].
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Piccolo plays this somewhat in the first arc where he decides to train Gohan, not only to get him ready for the Saiyans who were coming, but also because he sensed his death is near and wants someone to pass on his knowledge to. [[spoiler:He's brought BackFromTheDead]].
* With the exception that he merely makes his swords and doesn't train him in using them, since he's a [[TheBlacksmith blacksmith]], and he doesn't travel along with him, this is Godo from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' and how he acts toward Guts. He lets Guts stay with him for a year to train, gives him all sorts of neat weapons and equipment, and gives him plenty of insight on personal ambitions and life in his own way. He's the only guy that actually manages to make Guts [[WhatTheHellHero shut up and think about his actions for once]] and puts him in his place, something that the Skull Knight can't even succeed in doing. This is one of his last great feats [[spoiler: before he dies of old age, [[YourDaysAreNumbered something that he is well aware of]]. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this when Guts comes back to his house for the first time in two years to check on Casca.]] Because of all of this, Godo's in CoolOldGuy territory.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'' has Kuroh Yatogami's late master, Ichigen Miwa, the [[SuperEmpowering Colorless King]], a wise old seer who found him dying in the woods as a child, [[EmergencyTransformation made Kuroh his Clansman]], and [[HappilyAdopted took him in]]. He taught Kuroh swordsmanship, and plenty of other skills, like cooking, and [[CrazyPrepared piloting a helicopter]] - possibly because he foresaw that Kuroh would need them. He also foresaw Kuroh's [[ShipTease relationship with]] the main character (mentioned in the [[AllThereInTheManual novels]]), and possibly sent him on his mission so that they would find each other. There's also Kuroh's senior pupil, Yukari Mishakuji, the one who went bad. Both of them [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee are fond of]] shoehorning Miwa's haiku poetry into every possible situation. ([[RunningJoke Creepy.]])
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Rynith was [[{{Familiar}} specifically created]] by Precia to be this for Fate, complete with her [[MagicallyBindingContract contract]] expiring [[MentorOccupationalHazard together with her life]] once she's finished training Fate. When a pseudo-revived version of hers appeared in ''The Gears of Destiny'', she showed just how much more skilled she was compared to Fate, beating everyone she met from [[TheHero Nanoha]], to [[MasterSwordsman Signum]], to [[PersonOfMassDestruction Reinforce]] (albeit a weakened one) despite not taking the fights too seriously, and eventually being the only one capable of defeating a similarly pseudo-revived version of [[BigBad Precia]].
** Speaking of which, the ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'' games showed that, [[spoiler:had she skipped the HeroicSacrifice in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'']], [[PersonOfMassDestruction Reinforce]] would have served as this for Hayate, spending [[YourDaysAreNumbered the precious few years she had]] teaching Hayate how to effectively use her newly-received powers before she finally dies.
* Clef of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' gives the girls magic power and instructs them on its use, but leaves them to complete their journey on their own except when he is speaking to them remotely through Mokona. The anime has him TakenForGranite in the first episode and eventually become unable to communicate. [[spoiler:He gets better in the second half.]]
* There was a mysterious old man in ''Manga/DestroyAndRevolution'' where Makoto had learned about the One-ness and disappeared. He was alone and had no friends or family. No one, not even Makoto knows his name.
* Tepec, in Literature/ElConquistador. He saves Quetza of being sacrificed in the Temple, and he is a wise and intellectual teacher, a sage whom achieved his position in the Elders Council by his own sapience, not by his age or connections. He is a tutor of the Golden Age, as he misses the Toltec wisdom over the Aztec warmongery.
* Aunt Tekla in ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' with {{Deadpan Snark|er}}iness added. Shamans are incredibly rare and she was the previous one, so she teaches Ida about her powers and trains her to use it properly. She also manages to skirt the MentorOccupationalHazard by [[spoiler:dying two years before the story started and aiding Ida as a ghost.]]

[[folder: Comic Books]]
%%* Shazam, from ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}!''
* Surprisingly, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is this to several generations of X-Men, being a father-figure to a number of the teenaged female members.
* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} has Stick, the streetwise pool shark/sensei who trained him.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''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".
* The ''Vocaloid'' fanfiction ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7002672/Vocal_Vision Vocal Vision]]'' has Luka as this for Miku. Also Gakupo for Luka and Haku.
* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'': The archetype is continually referred to as "the mysterious old wizard." Harry gets two, Quirrel and Dumbledore, and Hermione has some frustrations finding someone willing to mentor her. "Dumbledore refused to be my mysterious old wizard, do you know where I can write to request another one?" In the end, they decide [[spoiler:that since Hermione is actually the hero of the story, that means Harry is her mysterious old wizard. It helps that it turns out he's technically sixty]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Guardian}}'', Lady Ginnem--the first summoner Lulu guarded in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''--is portrayed this way for Lulu, taking an interest in her while Lulu is living in the temple orphanage and teaching her magic. (Sadly, her MentorOccupationalHazard is preinstalled by canon.)
* In ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-30277-13/TattleTail+Per-Verse.htm Per-Verse]]'', Mayor Wilkins acts as Xander's mentor after his life is turned into a videogame. Wilkins explains that in Xander's first life, he was already playing and decided to be a villain for a change of pace. He teaches Xander some of the basics of the game including how servers work, such as the fact that since he's on a public server, Xander will earn more points but he's might be joined by anywhere from one to thousands of other players at any given time.

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Mufasa to his son Simba, as he teaches him to become king.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Master Oogway fills this character trope, being the OldMaster to Shifu. He seems addle-minded [[spoiler:until he dies]], but the heroes realize at the end he knew ''exactly'' what he was doing. Afterwards, [[spoiler:Shifu takes Oogway's place and plays the role of the OldMaster to Po.]]
* Doc Hudson hates Lightning in Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. However, [[spoiler:Lightning discovers that Doc was a famous and successful race car in his day. After teaching lessons in driving and humility, Doc eventually becomes his racing coach and helps him in the final race.]]

[[folder: Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is a recurring theme throughout the ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga, having been heavily influenced by the Hero's Journey.
** The most obvious example is the former TropeNamer Obi-Wan Kenobi, who mentored both [[TheChosenOne Anakin Skywalker]] ([[FaceHeelTurn with]] [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil tragic]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare results]]), and his son [[TheHero Luke]] (which [[LoveRedeems went better]]).
** Another well known example is [[BadassGrandpa Jedi Grandmaster]] [[EccentricMentor Yoda]] After Obi-Wan's [[ObiWanMoment death]] Yoda took over Luke's training, and states that he has been training Jedi for over ''800 years''.
** Obi-Wan himself was trained by Qui Gon Jinn, who was noted to not get along with the Jedi Council and disagreed with several of their views. Jinn was the one who originaly wanted to train a young Anakin, but after his death Obi-Wan took the responsibility.
** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Han Solo of all people, take this role on for rising heroes [[DefectorFromDecadence Finn]] and [[AscendedFanGirl Rey]], an irony given his rocky relationship with Obi-Wan in his younger days. [[spoiler:He even suffers from MentorOccupationalHazard.]]
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': [[EvilMentor Sebastian Shaw to Magneto]]. [[CoolTeacher Professor X to the team]]. [[MentorShip Magneto to Mystique]].
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Haymitch Abernathy.
* Rufus in ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' guides Bill and Ted while they navigate through history.
* In ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' trilogy, Morpheus in most respects fills the role of the mentor but [[spoiler:is the only one of the three regulars to survive to the end]]. He tries to sacrifice himself for Neo as early as the first film, but gets rescued.
* Fr. Merrin in ''Film/TheExorcist'' is the mentor to Fr. Karras, showing up with a wealth of experience and skill and then dying in time for Karras to finish the demon all on his own. [[spoiler:[[HeroicSacrifice It doesn't end up too well for Karras either...]]]]
* In the first ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' movie, Connor [=MacLeod=]'s mentor is Ramirez, played by Sean Connery. He's killed by the Kurgan, leaving Connor himself to face him more than five hundred years later.
* In ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'', the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, plays the Mentor to his chosen successor, Alejandro Murrieta.
* An interesting variation of this occurs in ''Film/MenOfHonor''. The racist Bill Sunday (RobertDeNiro) makes Carl Brashear's (Cuba Gooding Jr.) life miserable but still guides him in his quest to be a Navy diver. He even coaches Brashear personally when he's disabled and must re-hab in order to continue.
* In ''Film/JudgeDredd'', Chief Justice Fargo has most of the qualities of The Mentor (mentors Dredd, dies partway in to give him a motive for revenge, provides {{Exposition}}, etc.).
* Bishop from ''Film/TheMechanic1972'' is this to [=McKenna=], giving him the skills or "tools of the trade" to become a good ProfessionalKiller. At least, until the TwistEnding...
* Chubbs from ''Film/HappyGilmore'' is a comedic but very straight version of this trope. He helps Happy get his start in golf, teaches him the basic techniques, tries to teach Happy maturity, [[MentorOccupationalHazard dies]], then puts in a kinda-sorta appearance as a SpiritAdvisor. Also, the fact that he's not TheHero is better justified than in many stories: he may know the game and techniques much better than Happy, but in golf being one-handed is a major handicap.
* Timothy Spall's character (a mentor to Mark Wahlberg) in ''Film/RockStar''. On the DVD commentary (Word of God), the director describes him as "a demented Obi-Wan Kenobi."
* In ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'', veteran secret agent Harry Hart acts as a mentor to Gary Unwin, aka Eggsy, and persuades him not to waste his life and talent in crime and join the undercover espionage agency Kingsman to save the world from ''Film/JamesBond'' type villains.
* [[BadassGrandpa Veteran Irish street cop]] Jim Malone teaches the younger Treasury agent Eliot Ness how to deal with Capone's forces in Chicago beyond conventional legal methods in ''Film/TheUntouchables''.
-->'''Jim Malone:''' You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. ''That's'' the ''Chicago'' way! And that's how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I'm offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?
* ''Film/MarvelCinematicUniverse'': Tony Stark demonstrates some elements of this in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' when he recruits Peter Parker (AKA Spider-Man) and helps him upgrade his suit. However, by the end of the movie Tony has realized that he dragged Peter into a fight that had nothing to do with him, and resolves to keep him from getting involved further. In ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', Tony has continued this stance, giving Peter as much advice as he can, while also trying to keep him from getting in over his head.
-->'''Tony:''' Don't do anything I ''would'' do.\\
''[Peter nods]''\\
'''Tony:''' And definitely don't do anything I ''wouldn't'' do.\\
''[Peter looks confused]''\\
'''Tony:''' There's a little grey area in there, and that's where ''you'' operate. Alright?

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/DragonQueen'', the old man tries to be this, but is hilariously ineffective.
* TropeNamer: Mentor himself [[spoiler: or possibly Athena herself]] in ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* The Sisters of Orion, especially Vasja'ri, in ''{{Literature/Alterien}}'' filled this role for Oberon and the other early Alteriens.
* A few people played this role for Caspian in ''{{Literature/Astral Dawn}}''. The most notable mentors he had were Magali, Peleus and Ixchel.
* Gandalf in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheHobbit'' plays this role to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, and indeed to many of the Fellowship in ''Lord of the Rings.''
* Haymitch Abernathy to Katniss and Peeta in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. All past victors are brought back each year to mentor the new tributes from their district, though Haymitch definitely keeps this up long after the Games themselves are over.
* ''[[Literature/AMagesPower A Mage's Power]]''
** Basilard is a squad five senior. His job is to teach Eric, Tiza, and Nolien how to be proper mercenaries and develop their respective skills.
** Dengel is a classical example in that he is both older than dirt and regarded as a sage. He teaches Eric high-level and esoteric forms of magic.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard and Isengrim play this role to several characters throughout the series. Notably, Isengrim ''mentors'' Reynard, and vice versa.
* ''Literature/SoulSeekers'': Paloma, Daire's grandmother, is this.
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', Lone Star was this to the Junior Rangers. Alex realizes how much when he comes to talk Alex out of his MyGodWhatHaveIDone reaction to having [[spoiler:caused a death.]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Ebenezar [=McCoy=] was this to Harry when he was still learning how to use magic. While his previous guardian, Justin [=DuMorne=], taught him how to use magic through direct methods (such as throwing baseballs at him to teach him how to make a physical barrier), Ebenezar taught him that the power of magic comes from passion and emotions, and how important it is to follow the Laws of Magic. [[spoiler:It comes to a shock to Harry when he learns that his teacher, who taught him the importance of the Laws of Magic, was the Blackstaff, or the one person on the planet who can legally break them if he feels he needs to.]]
* Osip Bazdeev mentors Pierre Bezukhov and turns him on to becoming a Freemason in ''Literature/WarAndPeace''.
* Chiun mentors Remo Willaims in the ''Literature/{{Destroyer}}''.
* The old priest in ''Literature/{{Nation}}''. Defied by the fact that the young hero, Mau, doesn't want to hear a damn thing he has to say -- in the wake of the tsunami that devastates their area of the Great Pelagic Ocean, the old priest is clinging to his faith, while Mau violently rejects it... [[FlatEarthAtheist despite being continually harassed by the spirits of his ancestors and Locaha, the god of death]]. Played straight, though, in that he helps Mau become the leader the refugees desperately need.
* Doctor Morgenes of Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' plays this role for Simon, taking the wayward kitchen boy under his tutelage and giving him some rudimentary schooling. He's really a member of the League of the Scroll, a group of scholars dedicated to preventing the [[SealedEvilInACan return]] of the [[BigBad Storm King]], and Simon isn't [[MosesInTheBulrushes quite what he seems either]]. Then, Morgenes dies in a HeroicSacrifice to allow Simon to escape from EvilSorcerer Pryrates. True to the trope, he continues to appear to Simon in [[DreamingOfThingsToCome dreams]], attempting to warn him of the PropheticFallacy that is about to befall the heroes.
* In ''Literature/TimeRiders'', Foster is a mentor to the team and is constantly helping them, although he [[DemotedToExtra appears less and less]] until ''City of Shadows'', when he dies, but not before giving Maddy a crucial clue to the Agency's true nature.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Moirane Damodred Sedai mentors all the Two Rivers youths, Rand in particular, and "dies" protecting him from Lanfear as a result. Predictably, she comes back in a weaker form in Towers of Midnight.
** Thom Merrilin to Mat Cauthon and Rand Al'Thor. He helps them escape from Trollocs and is the reason they survive "in the real world." He then "sacrifices" himself by battling a Fade, giving them time to escape. He even gives Rand some knowledge about Aes Sedai and channelers later on and gives Mat a great deal of mentoring from the time of the Band onward.
** Elyas Machera to Perrin Aybara. He even has the "hermit" characteristic, seeing as how he freaking lives and speaks with wolves. He mentors Aybara in coming to terms with being a Wolfbrother and in using his abilities.
* Blackstone, from ''Literature/WearingTheCape'' and ''Villains Inc.'', was a retired US Marine when he had his breakthrough and became one of the founders of the Sentinels. Ten years later, as the [[spoiler: last surviving and active Sentinel of the original five]], he is both the spiritual mentor to the newer Sentinels and the team leader.
* Vatra and Noble provide this role in ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'', mentoring the group and helping them out in certain situations, on top of dragging them all along on their epic journey to begin with.
* Literature/CreationManAndTheMessiah by Norwegian poet Creator/HenrikWergeland has an exaggerated version: A nameless sage that teaches all of humanity in the essential wisdom of religion, God, trade, politics and social relations.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the Literature/RailwaySeries [[spoiler: Sir Handel/Falcon and Peter Sam/Stuart assume Duke is 'dead' in the present day of the books, (or it's heavily implied), but it turns out in book 25 that he's fine and rescued.]]
* ''Literature/WolfHall'' portrays the relationship between Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell as that of mentor and protege. The two share an affinity as extremely intelligent but lowborn men having to deal with the gameplaying and tantrums of {{Upper Class Twit}}s and {{Social Climber}}s in Henry VIII's court. Even years after Wolsey's death, Cromwell often remembers tidbits of his advice and frequently asks himself what Wolsey would do in a given situation, and comes to regard him as having been a ParentalSubstitute. Cromwell also serves in this role himself for his ward Rafe Sadler and the small army of apprentices, orphans, and urchins he looks after at his family home, wanting to give other smart but resourceless boys the same good fortune he had.
* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOftheFallen'' K'rul chose Kruppe, of all people, to confide in, visiting him in his dreams, giving well meaning advice and even [[spoiler: fighting off the Jaghut Tyrant for a while]].

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Lorne, sort of.
* Giles, ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', is a watcher. His job is to train a slayer.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jeor Mormont to Jon Snow, who he'd been grooming to become the next Lord Commander.
** Syrio Forel to Arya Stark in Season 1. He was a master sword fighter and instructor hired by Eddard Stark to train her.
* Megan in ''Series/{{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.
* In ''The Shazam!/Isis Hour'' there was a character actually named (or at least ''called'') "Mentor." And he drove around the country in his RV with a young kid he wasn't related to. And no one ever seemed to find that odd.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** John Winchester (the father) to his sons the Winchester Brothers. We never see him training them, but we know that he taught them everything they know about hunting.
** Bobby Singer becomes a mentor figure after [[spoiler:John dies]] for several seasons until [[spoiler:Bobby dies, and continues to guide Sam and Dean from the afterlife until they put him to rest.]]
* Carter Hall/Hawkman plays this role in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''. As one of the last surviving members of the previous generation of superheroes, he becomes a mentor to the current generation of superheroes, most notably Clark Kent. In the show's tenth season, Carter informs Clark that he has fought against and defeated that season's BigBad Darkseid on at least two previous occasions, [[spoiler:but is then killed in battle by another villain who had unknowingly become a minion of Darkseid later in that very same episode.]]
* Chin often plays the mentor to his cousin Kono in the new ''Series/HawaiiFive0''. Suitable since he's an experienced if disgraced cop, and she is just coming up to graduation to the HPD at the start of the series.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Rikidozan}} to BI Cannon in the Japan Wrestling Association. Unfortunately, he never got to finish the job as he died from a stab infection after a {{Yakuza}} attack, causing his two disciples, Giant Baba and Wrestling/AntonioInoki, [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling to tear]] the promotion [[Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling apart]] in his absence.
* When his in ring career began to wind down Wrestling/BoboBrazil took to mentoring the hot new talent and potential superstar Rocky Johnson.
* Wrestling/KentaKobashi served as one to Wrestling/KentaKobayashi, the future ace of Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, prior to his learning excursion to South America. The name similarity was just a coincidence, with the latter going by KENTA to distinguish himself.
* The Wrestling/{{Mistico}} gimmick originated around Fray Tormenta mentoring one of his orphans who desired to become a luchador. Wrestling/{{CMLL}} had planned for there to be multiple mentored luchadors, starting with El Sagrado, but when he proved to be unconvincing, the angle was abandoned, with Místico being [[TheArtifact the only reminder of it's existence]] due to his [[BreakOutCharacter breakout status]].
* In Gateway Championship Wrestling's latter days, Wrestling/MsChif mentored Jackal and Cabal, originally for the purpose of defeating her enemies, her own mentor Johnny Greenpeace and Wrestling/DaizeeHaze, the trainee of her [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston tag team partner.]] Jackal ended up taking her place in the light heavyweight division when she left too.
* Since the fall of Generation Next, Alex Shelley has sought to guide many promising wrestlers to greater heights, in New Japan, Wrestling/RingOfHonor and others, while not repeating his mistakes, most notable case being being in 2016 with KUSHIDA, ACH, Jay White and Lio Rush when [[TheChessMaster he manipulated]] a three on three TagTeam Tournament to give the four of them a technical numerical advantage in hopes it would off set the inevitable cheating The Cabinet, The Kingdom and Wrestling/BulletClub would engage in while himself and Sabin went after Wrestling/TheYoungBucks and [[Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels The]] [[Wrestling/FrankieKazarian Addiction]](though Kingdom and the club prevailed).

[[folder: Toys]]
* The six original Turaga from ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' to their respective Toa warriors and the adventure-seeking Takua.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Wynne in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' if the player wishes. Verges on a parent/child relationship with a mage protagonist.
* Kyu in ''VideoGame/HuniePop''... in regards to teaching the player to become a {{Casanova}}.
* Peppy from ''VideoGame/StarFox'', as he is stated to be the oldest one on the team, was a member of the original Star Fox crew with Fox's father and also acts somewhat as a mediator between the more hot-headed Falco and the other teammates.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** While [[OldMaster Jolee Bindo]] seems to fit in terms of character, in terms of the role in the plot [[DefrostingIceQueen Bastilla]] actually serves this role. She is the one who shows the PlayerCharacter that they are a Jedi and serves as his/her mentor throughout the game, despite probably being younger. This is justified by both her raw power in the Force as well as the fact that she was [[PsychicLink bonded in the Force]] with the protagonist. [[QuicklyDemotedLeader Though she fails to stay in charge]], it is for a reason as [[spoiler: she was never meant to be in charge. Her purpose was not to act as a mentor but to utilize the protagonist's visions to find the mysterious Star Forge, as he turns out to be the amnesiac former Sith Lord Darth Revan. ]]
** Jolee Bindo does however serve as something of the Yoda role as a wise and seasoned former Jedi (and a hermit, to boot) who left the order because he found its refusal to acknowledge [[ThePowerOfLove love's influence in a Jedi's life]]. It's never made clear just how much of Jolee's GrumpyOldMan routine is really an act, but he is shown to be the wisest follower you meet. [[spoiler:He even figures out, on his own, that the protagonist is actually Darth Revan. He just doesn't think it's his right to say it.]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'':
** This game puts your character, a Jedi exile severed from the Force and rediscovering his/her power, in the hands of Kreia, a mysterious Force-user who's apparently neither Jedi nor Sith. She's a considerable subversion of the trope however: although she genuinely grows to love you, [[spoiler:she also lies to you constantly, manipulating you (and everybody else) to achieve her Machiavellian purposes. Eventually, she reveals herself as the BigBad, forcing you to take her down yourself]].
** The player character him/herself can actually be this as well. There are a handful of party members whom the Exile can train in the ways of the Force. It's most noticeable with Handmaiden, since [[spoiler: Atris herself will call Handmaiden out on jumping ship from Atris's mentorship to the Exile's, and in cut content where Handmaiden has to fight her fellow sisters, she remembers the lessons she learned from sparring with the Exile in order to win.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Duncan acts as [[TheLancer Alistair's]] Mentor; having been his Senior in the Grey Wardens and a surrogate father figure for months by the time you meet him in your Origin Story. Duncan's involvement with the player character is too limited for him to count as his/her Mentor too, though he does save your ass in each of the Origin Stories. [[spoiler:He has an ObiWanMoment in the disastrous Battle of Ostagar, however, they NeverFoundTheBody]].
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', despite having been deceased for several years prior the start of the game, Malcolm Hawke is frequently referred to as being this to a Mage!Hawke and Bethany. Despite [[RetiredBadass giving up his magic]] when he married Leandra, when he discovered that his children possessed his gifts, he immediately set about teaching them to hone their abilities and how to blend in, so they could keep their magic a secret from the Templars, [[ComesGreatResponsibility in addition to teaching them how to use their magic responsibly]].
** Keeper Marethari serves as this to Merrill, having trained her to eventually succeed her in leading their Dalish Clan. Even though Merrill enters a self-imposed exile, Marethari still offers her advice to her and relies on Hawke to curb her growing obsession with the Eluvian.
* Lavitz Slambert from VideoGame/LegendOfDragoon is an older somewhat wiser character than [[TheHero Dart]] who uses his general life experience to try and guide the younger adventurer its also [[spoiler:his death]] that drives the heroes quest for most the game.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena'', Ria Silmane was summoned by the PlayerCharacter prior to the events of the game to train him in the magical arts. [[MentorOccupationalHazard She was killed]] and he was imprisoned, kicking off the events of the game. She is still able to guide the hero from afterlife, however.

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* WebAnimation/ADayWithBowserJr: Kamek serves as a wise mentor to both Ludwig and Bowser Jr. (Not that Ludwig ever listens to him, though...)

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* 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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* Becca Stone, in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', is summoned by the Tao to come to [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] and teach Bladedancer how to become one with the Tao. Becca doesn't fight, though: she's way over a hundred and was trained as a nurse back when she was a normal human.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': In the future, Batman, the ultimate badass (and still an elder badass if forced by circumstances), became a mentor a new younger Batman, giving advice by radio.
* Grandpa Max, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', was a [[TheMenInBlack Man in Black]] when he was younger, and retired to have some peace and quiet, spend time with his grandkids... Once the ImportedAlienPhlebotinum the show revolves around latches onto his grandson's wrist, Max's experience is invaluable (especially since the sender intended it to go to Max in the first place).
* From ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** The Airbending monk, Gyatso, is a kind mentor to protagonist Aang, then [[spoiler:eventually dies. When Aang discovers his death [[ItMakesSenseInContext 100 years later]], it sends him into HeroicBSOD mode and awakens the Avatar State]].
** Uncle Iroh is a mentor to Prince Zuko and not only helps to protect him, but also helps him in his destiny to side with Aang to stop the Fire Nation's conquests. Interestingly, he is also the Obi-Wan to Zuko's Anakin Skywalker.
* Princess Celestia from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Located and taught protagonist Twilight Sparkle toward her coronation.
** Sunset Shimmer is this as well as TheLeader towards the human counterparts of the [[FanNickname Mane Six]] in the spin-off ''Equestria Girls'' films and specials, being the only "human" with a deep understanding of the magic that has leaked in their dimension from the main MLP universe.