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A more experienced advisor or confidante to a young, inexperienced character, particularly to a {{hero|icArchetype}}. Named after Mentor, Telemachus' elderly advisor in ''Literature/TheOdyssey'', [[GodWasMyCoPilot who was actually Athena]] [[DisguisedInDrag in disguise]]. Not to be confused with certain [[Series/DoctorWho green slug things]] [[SpaceJews obsessed with money]]. See also IndexOfPupilsAndProteges.

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!!Tropes:

[[index]]
* AesopEnforcer
* AllPowerfulBystander
* TheAnticipator
* BigBrotherMentor
* CloserToEarth
* CoolTeacher
* CynicalMentor
* EccentricMentor
* EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity
* HerosMuse
* TheFace
* TheJudge
* LoverAndBeloved
* MaidAndMaiden
* MagicalGuardian
* MagicalNanny
* MagicalNegro
* MasterApprenticeChain
* MentorArchetype
* MentorOccupationalHazard
* MentorMascot
* MentorsNewHope
* MoochingMaster
* MrExposition
* MrFixit
* TheObiWan
* TheObiWannabe
* ObsoleteMentor
* TheOldConvict
* OldMaster
* OlderAndWiser
* OpposedMentors
* TheProfessor
* QuicklyDemotedLeader
* RebuiltPedestal
* RelegatedMentor
* RenownedSelectiveMentor
* SexyMentor (see also MentorShip)
* SinkOrSwimMentor
* SpiritAdvisor
* TheSponsor
* StealthMentor
* TokenAdult
* TricksterMentor
* WastelandElder
* TheWatcher
* WhiteMansBurden
* WitchDoctor
* ZenSurvivor

Not all Mentors have the hero's best interests at heart, however...

* BrokenPedestal
* EvilMentor
* TheFagin
* FairWeatherMentor
* SenseiForScoundrels
* TreacherousAdvisor
* {{Sabotutor}}
* TheSvengali
[[/index]]

Susceptible to RageAgainstTheMentor and the MentorOccupationalHazard.

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