->''"Always two there are, no more, no less - a master and an apprentice"''
-->-- '''Yoda''', ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ThePhantomMenace'', on the [[TheDarkSide Sith]] and the RuleOfTwo

A variant of OddCouple featuring an older veteran character, and a younger novice. Often the former is a RetiredBadass who is somehow [[BroughtDownToNormal rendered powerless]] (or just [[ObsoleteMentor helpless against current threats]]) and has to rely on [[YoungGun a newbie]], who happened to be around and accidentally shows a lot of promise, so they [[{{Mentors}} tutor them]].

Perfect setup for RedOniBlueOni - the HotBlooded younger character is kept in check by their OlderAndWiser {{Mentor}}.

If they're cops, this is OldCopYoungCop. If they're father and son, see BadassFamily. If they happen to be a gay male couple, see LoverAndBeloved, and if {{Shipping}}, see MentorShip. With magic users, see MerlinAndNimue.

See also SempaiKohai. MasterApprenticeChain is when this trope is recursed over several generations.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
%%* [[BadassNormal Mireille]] and [[ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl Kirika]] from ''Anime/{{Noir}}''.
%%* Manga/{{Bleach}} starts out like this, with Rukia losing her shinigami powers to Ichigo.
* The first season of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', with [[QuicklyDemotedLeader Yuuno getting injured and going]] [[MentorMascot ferret mode]] to recuperate, requiring him to rely on the then ordinary elementary school student Nanoha. Except that Nanoha completely overshadows him in a few eps.
** The [=StarS=] and Lightning Teams in ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'' consisted of ''two'' experienced instructors and two students. However, Vita is the only instructor to help the students during the missions, and Nanoha and Fate end up situations where they are rescued by their students in the GrandFinale.
** In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'', "Riot Force 6 Instructor (Nanoha) and Student (Erio) vs. Fate".
* Robin Mask and his disciple Warsman form the Choujin Master/Student Combo in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'''s Dream Tag Team Touranment arc. Though the two are on more equal footing than most examples.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': When ever Kenichi gets thrown into one of these with any of his masters (and it happens a lot), it's not because he's needed, its because the masters [[TrainingFromHell want to train]] him by having him fight their opponents' disciple.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Across its various spin-offs [[spoiler: and timelines]] Mami has been the master to three different students: Kyouko, Sayaka in ''A Different Story'' and [[spoiler: Madoka in the main series' original timeline.]] She taught each one the basics of MagicalGirl life and fought alongside them against witches.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' often features the team-up between the [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark Magician]] and his apprentice, the [[CuteWitch Dark Magician Girl]].
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' fic ''FanFic/{{Eternity}}'', due to manpower shortage and general inexperience of the late-Pacific War carriers, the IJN Carrier Shipgirls work in teams of two: One veteran and one rookie, with the former training the latter until deemed combat-ready by herself.
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[[folder: Film]]
%%* J and K from ''Film/MenInBlack''.
* Both the Jedi and the Sith in ''Franchise/StarWars'' tend to work in teams like this such as Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/Anakin, Obi-Wan/Luke, Sidious/Maul and Sidious/Vader.
%%* T.J. and Principal Prickly in ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut''
%%* Buffy and her Watcher Merrick ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
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[[folder: Literature]]
%%* Numair and Daine in ''Literature/TheImmortals'' quartet. Then she gets HotForTeacher.
%%* OlderThanFeudalism: Elijah and Elisha in ''Literature/TheBible''.
%%** Also Paul and Timothy
* Vimes and his younger self in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/NightWatch''.
%%** Lu-Tze and Lobsang in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime''.
** Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany in ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky''. Nanny Ogg and Tiffany in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}''. Interestingly, not Tiffany's official witchcraft teachers, who are helpful, but don't exactly fit the trope. Other times the witches fall into TheHecateSisters ensemble.
* That's what happens with Aahz (who is BroughtDownToNormal mage) and Skeeve (who learns magic from him) in ''Literature/MythAdventures'' by Robert Asprin.
%%* Remo and Chiun from ''TheDestroyer''.
* Amara (student) and Fidelias (master), at least at the start of ''Literature/CodexAlera''.
%%* Will (student) and Halt (master) from ''Literature/TheRangersApprentice'' novels.
* Ding Chavez (student) and John Clark (master) from the ''Literature/JackRyan'' novels. They've worked together for so long that it is unthinkable for either of them to go into the field without the other.
* ''Literature/WolfHall'' has Cromwell going about with a few of his apprentices, but the most prominent is his ward Rafe Sadler. Rafe learns how to maneuver in court politics as a teenager (such as when Rafe says he believes Catherine of Aragon's account of her first marriage and Cromwell advises him to believe no one). By the time Anne Boleyn is Queen, Rafe is an experienced and clever young man who is a very effective agent.
* ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'':
** Nijiri and Ehiru have to team up to uncover what's going on within the city and the Hetawa. While Ehiru is officially Nijiri's master, after his first gathering of the story goes awry and he begins to suffer dreamblood withdrawal due to refusing to gather any more, Nijiri becomes something like his caretaker, doing his best to get Ehiru away from danger. However, while Nijiri is both young and rash and awfully in love with Ehiru, the latter is too caught up in his HonorBeforeReason mindset to be of any use. Eventually, they both manage to overcome their respective faults and work together to prevent a war between Gujaareh and Kisua.
** Sunandi and master Kinja worked as a team before Kinja's untimely and suspicious death. Kinja took Sunandi along with him on his diplomatic (and spying) mission to Gujaareh and made her his successor as the Kisuati ambassador in Gujaareh, just in case something happened to him.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor and his companions, although less so with the reboot's tendency for younger ([[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld -looking]]) Doctors. Also, there's never any suggestion of them filling his shoes, [[WeAreAsMayflies for obvious reasons]].
** With a few almost exceptions - Romana leaves to serve a similar role in another universe, while the never completed plot arcs '''may''' have had Ace eventually becoming a Time Lord. Sarah Jane also gained a similar role in her [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures own spin-off]], complete with apprentices of her own.
** To date, however, only one companion has been treated not only as the student, but also a DistaffCounterpart: Clara Oswald, who ends her association with the Doctor in possession of her own time machine, a similar form of immortality, ''and'' a companion of her own.
* A staple of ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', where veteran immortals would train newborns.
* The [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] episodes "Master Ninja" and "Master Ninja II" feature a team like this, in the form of Lee Van Cleef and Timothy Van Patten, as does "The Master," the TV show from which the movies were hastily spliced.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' sometimes uses a team version, where the Mentor suits up and takes the field with his students as a SixthRanger. Mentors that have done this include [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dr. Tommy Oliver]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD Commander Cruger]], [[Series/PowerRangersMysticForce Daggeron (and Udonna and Leanbow on occasion)]], and [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury RJ]].
%%* ''KickinIt'': Jack and Rudy entered a tournament where each team had to be this.
* Buffy and Giles in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the television adaptation of the film mentioned above. The job of a Watcher is to train and look after The Slayer, though the Watcher doesn't always engage in combat.
* In the television adaptation of ''Series/WolfHall'', Rafe Sadler remains Cromwell's apprentice. Since the series was filmed over 17 weeks, Rafe doesn't appear to age and remains more of Cromwell's sidekick than in the books, less independent but still assisting him as an interrogator and spy.
* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' has Octavia form a strong bond with her warrior-mentor Indra.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Toni Rose got her first big break as the TagTeam partner of Wrestling/TheFabulousMoolah, who was billed as her trainer and at the very least helped her get a foot in the business. Also, Beverly Shade and her student, Natasha, who she trained alongside her husband Billy Blue River.
* While not a ''particularly'' noteworthy {{tag team}}, Wrestling/TheGreatMuta and Akebono are such legends that the fact one was trained by the other and they have teamed together makes them worth mentioning.
* Fresh and Master, a {{tag team}} who wrestled for International Championship Wrestling in [[GratuitousEnglish the English loving]] Quebec Canada area.
* Wrestling/UltimoDragon teamed on and off with his mentor, El Gran Hamada, for twenty four years.
* Navajo Warrior and his trainee Shooting Wolf, the Ultimate Pro Wrestling tag team known as Native Blood. Shooting Wolf later shed his master's likeness and became Hawaiian Lion, but they still acted as a tag team, now going by The Native Warriors in Impact Zone Wrestling and Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Pro.
* Homicide with several of his trainees, such as The Hit Squad (Dan Maff and Mosta Mack) in Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Wrestling/LowKi and Julius Smokes in The Rottweilers.
* Ace Steel with his student Wrestling/CMPunk in the Second City Saints. Punk has also teamed with Danny Dominion, his other trainer, less frequently.
* Master: [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]], Student: Wrestling/BrockLesnar. The Minnesota Stretching Crew.
* Wrestling/MsChif added her two Nightbreed proteges, Jackal and Cabal to Diabolic Kaos to turn it from a {{tag team}} to a PowerStable.
* [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] whenever he teamed up with Wrestling/DaizeeHaze, whom he had a personal hand training with Kid Kash or Leech Landa, whom he was one of the trainers of in the Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH Wrestling School.
* The Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling and All Pro tag team "Girls Gone Wrestling" made up of Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa (master) and Tiffany (student).[[note]]Cheerleader Melissa also tagged with a wrestler named Tiffany in Mexico but that Tiffany had been wresting long before she met Melissa[[/note]]
* The Dirty Rotten Scoundrel Wrestling/WilliamRegal and his simple minded [[IdiotSavant savant]] MoralityPet [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] on Monday Night Raw.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero and his student Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli have frequently teamed as the "Kings Of Wrestling" and are the group's two most consistent members. Another student of Hero's who has teamed with him is Nadia Nyce, whom he aided against one of her other trainers, Dave Prazak.
* Alex Koslov is a student of Rocky Romero, who is also his partner, them being the first team to hold [[Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling IWGP]] and ROH gold at once, Forever Hooligans!
* Wrestling/{{Sheamus}} O'Shaunessy and his loyal if unpredictable student, Mad Man Manson in Irish Whip Wrestling.
* Wrestling/ChristinaVonEerie student of and backup to Big Ugly in the Northwest Wrestling Alliance.
* The Australian Pink Ladies, Jessie [=McKay=] and Madison Eagles, after a year long student-teacher feud.
* [[ShapedLikeItself The Pantheon Of Gods]] featured master, the greatest manager who ever lived, Wrestling/AustinAries and student Rhett Titus. Oh, Kenny King [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg was a member too.]]
* Two thirds of Trouble 2 Maker, Yoshiko and her teacher Natsuki*Taiyo. The third wheel, Act Yasukawa, ended up turning on them. Also, after Yoshiko's TenMinuteRetirement she returned in [=SEAdLINNG=] to challenge and then team with Nanae Takahashi.
* The Kimber (Leah) Bombs aligned in SHINE mainly due to Leah Von Dutch's mission to "defend" the youth coinciding with the TagTeam being in a prolonged feud with [[PowerStable Legendary]] but Cherry Bomb being credited as Von Dutch's teacher was a bonus.
* Across NJPW and ROH Alex Shelley has this relationship with KUSHIDA, ACH, Lio Rush and Jay White, all of whom were already wrestling before they met Shelley but comparatively inexperienced and willing to be guided to "the next level" by him.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G. II]]'': {{Invoked}} near the end of the game's story mode, when Yuka finally accepts [[{{fangirl}} Tamao]] [[AscendedFanboy as her student]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhMfp-jADZY teams up with her]] to face [[CoDragons the Material Twins]] and [[BigBad Miranda Jahana.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' has two such teams on its roster: [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting The Kyokugen Team]], which consists of Takuma Sakazaki, who's the team's patriarch and founder of their school, along with his son/[[HeirToTheDojo heir (Ryo)]], his daughter ([[GenkiGirl Yuri]]), and his other student, [[SharpDressedMan Robert Garcia.]] The other is the Psycho Soldier Team, which has Chin and his two students, Athena Asamiya and Sei Kensou.
%%* Kreia and YOU in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords''.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', if you play as either a Jedi or a Sith (regardless of the class), one of your companions will be your apprentice. Sith Inquisitors get two of them: the Light Side-leaning Ashara and the very Dark-Sided Xalek.
* In ''{{Suikoden}}'', the hero's mentor is one of the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters you can recruit. They can even do a CombinationAttack called "Master-Pupil Attack", where they beat up every enemy on screen together.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' has an entire mechanic where characters can serve as mentors to other characters they were used to create with useful advantages for both (for example masters can use the skills of any apprentices that are nearby).
%%* The Kung Fu chapter of ''LiveALive'' has the master and his surviving student seeking revenge together.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' has a few potential team-ups:
** Master Yi (master) and Wukong (student). This pair is [[{{MassOhCrap}} terrifying for the enemy team,]] as Wukong is able to create picture-perfect setups for Master Yi, and both champs have a great deal of MagikarpPower.
** Aatrox and Tryndamere are a twisted version of this, though Aatrox considers Tryndamere a work of art more than a student.
** Singed ''was'' the apprentice of Warwick in the past, though whether this still holds true after [[{{RetCon}} Retcons]] is anyone's guess.
** Yasuo (master) and Taliyah (student). Though the two don't have a lot of synergy in-game...which, given their respective masteries over wind and earth, makes perfect sense.
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[[folder: Visual Novel]]
* In a similar vein would be ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' where we have Arcueid The Ultimate Vampire Hunter who loses her powers and has to rely on OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Shiki, who just happens to have the Ultimate Evil Eyes.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture Years after Bruce's retirement]], he meets Terry, who he trains to become the new Batman.
* Zuko and Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' also counts as BadassFamily.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has Anakin/Ahsoka on the good side, and [[spoiler:Darth Maul]]/Savage Opress on the evil side.
** The SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', has the team of Kanan Jarrus (the master) and Ezra Bridger (the apprentice).
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