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->''"Well, as an older mentor figure, the most likely scenario is that I'd return only to be randomly killed by an enemy of yours so that you can cradle my dying body while swearing revenge -- so don't take it personally if I say that I sincerely hope we never cross paths again."''
-->-- '''Julio Scoundrél''', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[spoiler:''(He comes back to rescue the heroes and manages not to die in the process.)'']]

A [[{{Mentors}} mentor]] who travels with the main character and often has some sort of magic powers or at least a brilliant mind. Even though this character is better skilled, faster and more experienced than TheProtagonist, they aren't TheHero, either because they are not TheChosenOne or because they have already [[RetiredBadass grown too old for the task]]. 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]]. Expect him to have a very calm attitude as if he has wisdom that he will give out in his own due time.

This character [[MentorOccupationalHazard will almost always]] [[ThePlotReaper die]] so that the protagonist can [[InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn learn to stand on his own two feet]]. Their death will also be a great motivator as it gives the protagonists [[ItsPersonal a chance for vengeance]]. Afterwards, they'll usually become a SpiritAdvisor, either as a literal "spirit" or in {{flashback}}s. If they ''don't'' die, they will stick around giving advice, but [[NonActionGuy not actively adventuring]] (unless GondorCallsForAid).

The Obi-Wan can also play MrExposition and as TheChooserOfTheOne.

The Obi-Wan is an ArchetypalCharacter. The BigBrotherMentor is a subtrope that happens when the Obi-Wan is older, but not ''too'' much older, than the protagonist. If the character is simply demoted early on in the plot, he's only a QuicklyDemotedLeader. 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]]. Compare BigGood where they tend to keep a distance on the hero's quest and run things from the throne.

See also OldMaster, EccentricMentor, CoolOldGuy.

Named for Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Franchise/StarWars,'' [[ItWasHisSled who bites it]] at the end of Act 2 in an ObiWanMoment, PassingTheTorch to the young hero who then goes on to [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning avenge his death]].

Warning: this is a DeathTrope; there be spoilers ahead.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Balgus in ''VisionOfEscaflowne'' is Van's Obi-Wan, albeit an Obi-Wan who can swing [[{{BFS}} a sword over three metres long]].
* Roy Focker from ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' and its Robotech dub is one of the most famous examples of a classic variation of this trope -- the "Veteran Ace Pilot".
* Gai Daigouji in ''MartianSuccessorNadesico''.
* Dr. Kureha and later [[spoiler: Silvers Rayleigh]] in ''OnePiece''.
** [[spoiler: Though a subversion in that neither one has ever even been in danger of dying, despite the latter fighting one of the setting's strongest characters to protect the protagonists at one point.]]
* Kamina in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. [[spoiler:And he's not immune to MentorOccupationalHazard either.]]
* Shion, Aya's primary mentor in the ''WeissKreuz'' Radio Drama ''Endless Rain'', serves the role of The Obi-Wan including his death protecting Aya during a mission gone wrong... but in the subsequent RadioDrama ''Dramatic Precious'', [[spoiler: it turns out he'd faked his death and has become a NietzscheWannabe BigBad.]]
** Kikyou from ''Endless Rain'' also qualifies as The Obi-Wan for Aya, down to playing SpiritAdvisor in Aya's dreams following his death... [[spoiler: which was at Aya's hands, Kikyou ''also'' having performed a FaceHeelTurn and gone AxCrazy. His visitations in Aya's dreams tend to involve him expressing pleasure that Aya is becoming like him and will be joining him in Hell.]]
* [[spoiler:Will Zepelli]] in the first part of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' not only dies, but admits he knew it would happen, because YouCantFightFate.
** [[CoolOldGuy Joseph Joestar]] serves this role in ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Stardust Crusaders]]'' to the rest of the protagonists. [[spoiler: He is killed by Dio Brando in the final fight, but is revived by the Speedwagon Foundation medics.]]
* Gennai from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' acts as the mentor and MrExposition. In his younger days (and post-revitalization in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''), Gennai also bears a striking resemblance to Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Episode I''. Young Gennai's robes are quite like that of a Jedi, to the point of he and his people being referred to [[FanNickname by the fandom]] as the Jedi Knights.
** Also in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', but to a limited extent, Wizardmon plays the Obi-Wan. It's his friendship and wisdom that results in Gatomon's HeelFaceTurn. Oh, [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice and then he dies]]. And comes back as a spirit in Season 2 to warn the protagonists.]]
** Still from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Leomon, who explains to the Digi-Destined about their destiny as saviors of the Digital World after they free him from [[TheCorruption the Black Gears]] and helps them out on several occasions during the series. [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice He eventually gets killed protecting them]] in his final appearance, beginning a RunningGag that continues throughout each season.]]
* ''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.
** Kakashi himself is evolving into The Obi-Wan in his own way. Ironically, he's actually doing less mentoring than he used to, but events in ''Shippuuden'' have actually placed him in almost the exact same position as none other than [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan Kenobi]] himself in ''Episode 3'', in regards to Sasuke. So he's being less the trope, and more the Obi-Wan. Bonus points for [[spoiler:technically being killed off]] during the Pain arc [[spoiler:(he even met his dead father in the afterlife!), only to recover after Pain's sacrifice]].\\
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It gets even better during the World War. [[spoiler:As the relationship between him and Obito is starting to shape up ''exactly'' like Obi-Wan and Anakin]], he ''is'' the Obi-Wan of the series.
* Miyu (and later Mai) from ''MaiOtome'' serve as Obi-Wans to Arika, but both characters ultimately survive.
* In ''SamuraiDeeperKyo,'' Muramasa acts as Kyo's Obi-Wan.
* Kaito briefly acts as one in the first chapter/episode of ''HunterXHunter'', then [[spoiler: fully endorses this role at the beginning of the Chimera Ant Arc, biting it about halfway.]]
* Meta Knight more or less takes this role in the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' anime, among with a number of other repurposed characters. Although he doesn't seem to have died yet, he's made the odd non-fatal HeroicSacrifice for Kirby's sake.
* Of all of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'''s six masters, "The Philosophical Jujutsu User" Koetsuji Akisame best fits the description of The Obi-Wan. Other eligible candidates are [[DirtyOldMan Ma Kensei]] and [[BadassGrandpa Hayato Fuurinji]].
* Sword Saint Shiba of ''RaveMaster'' passes the titular role to Haru Glory and sends Haru to the man best suited to repairing the Rave Master's blade after it's broken. True to trope, he experiences an ObiWanMoment upon his reunion with Haru. It's a variation in that [[spoiler:Shiba dies by challenging Haru to a duel to the death. Haru didn't directly kill him. The potion he took to restore his youth for the fight did.]]
** Also inverted during a Time Travel arc, in which Haru [[spoiler: saves his mentor in his youth, passing on several things Shiba would later go on to teach him]]
* [[IllBoy Toki]] in Manga/FistoftheNorthStar combines The Obi-Wan with BigBrotherMentor.
* Subverted with Hiko Seijuro, Kenshin's master in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': [[spoiler:he fully expects to die at Kenshin's hand after passing on the succession technique, but Kenshin's reverse blade sword saves his life. Hiko then goes on to pull a BigDamnHeroes moment later in the arc, arriving in the nick of time to save Kenshin's protege Yahiko from being killed.]]
* Parodied in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' when [[AuthorAvatar Nabeshin]] appears to give [[GenkiGirl Excel]] the technique needed to defeat a [[MundaneMadeAwesome bowling-themed terrorist]], complete with TrainingMontage. Afterwards, Excel gives the typical speech that one gives over the body of a fallen mentor, despite Nabeshin's protests that he isn't dead.
* Rakan in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' becomes this to Negi. He later questions whether Negi should be the type of "hero" who he'd be doing this for.
-->"You're not actin' much like a main character, are you? You're one of those characters who dies holding off the enemies three chapters before the end of the series!"
** [[spoiler:He becomes The Obi-Wan, complete with spirit form, in Chapter 279.]]
* In ''OutlawStar'', "Hot Ice" Hilda served as lead character Gene's mentor until her HeroicSacrifice against Tao Pirates, which she did by [[BadAss using a bomb to blow up the safety line keeping the pirates (and herself) from falling into a star]].
* Mentor? Check. The most best hitman in the world but does nothing except shoot the protagonist in the head? Checked. MrExposition? Check. Dies? [[spoiler:Yes, in the future]]. Reborn, the home tutor of the protagonist in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' looks awfully like one (though his size is much closer to Yoda).
* Shouyou-sensei in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' taught Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi as children. They had extremely different reactions to his death, though.
* Arguably, ''Manga/DeathNote'''s [[spoiler:Soichiro Yagami is this for Touta Matsuda.]]
* Genkai from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' plays this to the letter. Yusuke even remarks that she is the only person who ever taught him something worthwhile. Except [[spoiler:she never seems to stay very dead, or stop working even]].
** In the manga, [[spoiler:she dies at the start of the last chapter, apparently of old age]].
* Father Remington from ''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]].
* Soldier Blue from ''TowardTheTerra'' fits this awfully well.
* ''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]].
** In Trunks' timeline, Gohan fill this role to a T. He trains Trunks, [[spoiler:and dies fighting the Androids, which causes Trunks to first go Super Saiyan]].
* Katsuhito mostly fits this trope in ''TenchiUniverse'', although he winds up only badly injured rather than dead.
* 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 ''{{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.
* Kero (Small form) from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
* ''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.
* Athrun Zala to Shinn Asuka in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'', right down to the latters [[spoiler: fall into darkness.]]
** Ironically, also ends with [[spoiler: Shinn losing his limbs in a fight with Athrun. Well, his Gundam's limbs anyways.]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} has Stick, the streetwise pool shark/sensei who trained him.
* ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd''. Chief Justice Fargo takes this role to a certain extent in ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd: Origins''.
* ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' tried to do this with Matt Olsen. It didn’t work. Not to mention it seemingly ignored a rather touching part of Matt’s whole UnderstandingBoyfriend and SecretKeeper angle thing.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Magi Lune is The Obi-Wan to Crysta in ''FernGullyTheLastRainforest''.
* When composing the song "Son of Man" for Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'', Phil Collins said that he thought of Tarzan's (human, birth) father watching over him as if he were Obi-Wan and the song was about all the things Lord Greystoke (that's his name in [[Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs Burroughs's]] books) would've liked to say to him.
* ''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.]]
* Miss Lilly from ''MillionaireDogs''.
* Brother Aidan in ''TheSecretOfKells''.
* 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.]]
* Due to its comparison to ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' has two characters in the Obi-Wan role: Optimus Prime (killed by the BigBad and encourages TheHero from the afterlife) and Kup (the wise mentor).
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** Obviously, the TropeNamer is Obi-Wan Kenobi, who mentored Luke until he died at the end of Act 2 of the original film -- and [[SpiritAdvisor a while after that]].
** The prequels give us Qui-Gon Jinn, who was, ironically, The Obi-Wan to Obi-Wan himself. As well, Qui-Gon was exactly this to 9-year-old Anakin. He has a voice cameo in ''Episode II'' and it's referenced directly in ''Episode III'' that he has apparently become an Obi-Wan-like SpiritAdvisor to ''Yoda''.
* Played straight in ''Film/{{Flyboys}}'' with [[spoiler:Cassidy, whose only real purpose is to mentor the main character, and later give him something to avenge]]. Bonus points for being killed by a Darth Vader-like character, complete with black airplane and ominous music. ''More'' points for crashing into a giant Zeppelin, which can be interpreted as a WWI-era Death Star.
* Rufus in ''Film/BillAndTed[='s=] Excellent Adventure'' guides Bill and Ted while they navigate through history.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'' trilogy, Morpheus in most respects fills the role of the Obi-Wan 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 Obi-Wan 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...]]]]
* Blatantly played straight in ''Film/TronLegacy'' through Kevin Flynn. Right down to a copy of the outfit.
* In the ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' movie, Connor [=MacLeod=]'s Obi-Wan 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 ''TheMaskOfZorro'', the original Zorro, Don Diego de la Vega, plays the Obi-Wan to his chosen successor, Alejandro Murrieta.
* In ''Film/BatmanBegins'', the young [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] is mentored by a servant of Ra's al Ghul, appropriately played by Liam Neeson (who also played [[Franchise/StarWars Qui-Gon Jinn]]). [[spoiler:However,[[TheManBehindTheMan the "servant" really was Ra's al Ghul all along]], ironically making the Obi-Wan also the antagonist]].
* ''Film/TheGodfather'': Vito Corleone is a type of Obi-Wan to his son Michael.
* An interesting variation of this occurs in ''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. He also plays a huge part in Brashear's [[CrowningMomentofAwesome CMOA]].
* Mickey in the first three ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movies.
* John Wayne's character in ''TheCowboys''.
* In J.J. Abrams [[Film/StarTrek 2009 reboot of]] ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** [[spoiler:Mainline, future]] Spock plays this role to a young Kirk [[spoiler:and to this Universe's version of himself.]] Which is amazingly cool because it's... you know... [[spoiler:really him. "Spock Prime" is played by [[Creator/LeonardNimoy the original Spock himself]].]]
** Also Captain Pike plays this role, encouraging Kirk to join Starfleet.
* In ''Film/JudgeDredd'', Chief Justice Fargo has most of the qualities of The Obi-Wan (mentors Dredd, dies partway in to give him a motive for revenge, provides {{Exposition}}, etc.).
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' (and to a lesser extant in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''), Shepherd Book is this trope to the letter for our BigDamnHeroes, [[spoiler: and he appropriately dies for his troubles]].
* Whistler from the ''{{Blade}}'' films. When we see them in the timeframe of the movie Blade was far more powerful than Whistler but their history clearly states this type of relationship between them.
* In ''TheMenWhoStareAtGoats'', Lyn Cassady, a self-proclaimed Jedi played by George Clooney, acts as The Obi-Wan to Bob Wilton, played by Ewan [=MacGregor=] who was Obi-Wan in the ''Star Wars'' prequels.
* In ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'', Patches O'Houlihan serves this roll for LaFleur and his team of misfits.
* Kambei of ''SevenSamurai'' goes so far as to appear dressed as a priest and with his head shaven. He is definitely the spiritual leader and oldest of the samurai as well as their conscience. Also, [[WildMassGuessing Lucas was a huge fan of Kurosawa...]]
* Bishop from ''TheMechanic'' 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 ''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 [[IncrediblyLamePun being one-handed is a major handicap]].
* Sam the Lion in ''Film/TheLastPictureShow''.
* The film ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and the recap from the ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' series had Merrick, her first watcher.
* 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."
* Dr. Abraham Erskine in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', who advises and encourages the young weakling Steve Rogers in his efforts to be heroic because he hopes to turn him into a super-soldier. [[spoiler:Moments after Steve gets his powers, Dr. Erskine is shot by assassins. As he dies, he points to Steve's heart as a final reminder that he must act the way he always did, despite his new abilities]].
* Yinsen in ''Film/IronMan1'' is an interesting example as he acts more as Tony Stark's [[MoralityPet conscience during Tony's captivity in Afghanistan]] and inspires him to become a better person. [[spoiler: Naturally he dies protecting Tony during their escape and tells him to not waste his life as he did before, setting Tony on his path to becoming a hero.]]
* Dr. Gillespie is this initially in the ''Film/DrKildare'' series of films, as Kildare's crusty bit wise mentor who is dying of a then-uncurable disease. But that subplot was dropped over time, and the last few films in the series were renamed after him because Dr. Kildare's actor left.
* In ''Film/DjangoUnchained'', [[spoiler: Dr. King Schultz]] plays with this trope. [[spoiler: He serves as a mentor to Django and indeed dies so that Django can finish his quest on his own; but Schultz's death is ultimately senseless, caused by his own ego, and ends up putting Django and Broomhilda in mortal danger.]]
* In the first ''Film/IronEagle'', Chappy is this to Doug Masters. He gets shot down halfway in the movie, [[DisneyDeath but it is revealed that he survived, because he was picked up by American forces after he ejected from his plane.]]
* Han is this to Shaun in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift]]''.
* ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'': Elmont is this to Jack, being a more experienced soldier in the quest to save Princess Isabelle. Bonus points for being played by Creator/EwanMcGregor, who played the Trope Namer.
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[[folder:Legend]]
* The wizard Merlin to King Arthur.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Toku'' version of ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'', [[spoiler:Garia is killed.]]
* Master Po in the flashbacks in ''Series/KungFu''.
* It doesn't get much more obvious than the character of Mentor on the {{Filmation}} live-action ''{{Shazam}}!'' series, though "the Elders" (Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury) also acted in this role to a lesser extent. In the comics, however, the role is filled by the wizard Shazam (who dies right after giving Billy his powers, but whose spirit can be summoned by lighting a brazier at the Rock of Eternity), except for an [[DorkAge era of the comic where it was deliberately imitating the television show]], and Uncle Dudley, normally a lazy and incompetent bumbler, became Mentor.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}''
** A possible Obi-Wan on TV would be Methos. He was certainly smarter and more experienced than the hero, though not stronger or faster, and usually dispensed various bits of wisdom. He was somewhat odd in that he didn't appear until several years into the series, but he definitely served an Obi-Wan function once he appeared. His character was added to the show not long after Darius, a more traditional Obi-Wan, was killed off.
** Duncan had a number of Obi-Wans, starting with Connor himself.
* The dad's ghostly role in ''Series/SixFeetUnder''.
* For most of ''HappyDays''' (literal) pre-[[JumpTheShark Shark Jump]] episodes, The Fonz was The Obi-Wan to Richie Cunningham and the gang.
* Godbold, the wise old hermit reincarnated as a plumber is Adam's Obi-Wan in ''Series/TheWanderer''. In addition to being the only one who seems to understand what's going on he is a mean wrestler. But he doesn't die.
* John Winchester (the father) to his sons the Winchester Brothers on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. We never see him training them, but we know that he taught them everything they know about hunting.
** Bobby Singer fills this role 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.]]
* [[TricksterMentor Claude]] [[{{Invisibility}} Rains]] to Peter Petrelli on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', until he was PutOnABus.
* A recurring gag on ''TopGear'' is to send presenter James May (alias "Captain Slow") out to learn how to drive properly. Thus far he's been the student of racing legends Jackie Stewart and Mika Häkkinen. May explicitly compares each of them to Yoda at one point in the segment.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[spoiler:John Locke]] winds up filling this position to [[spoiler:Jack Shephard]], though it's only really obvious in hindsight, and [[spoiler:Locke]] spent most of his time on the show believing that ''he'' was the hero of the story. [[spoiler:He doesn't depart skills to Jack so much as the idea of having faith in the Island and trusting that they all have a special purpose for being there. It takes [[MentorOccupationalHazard Locke's death]] for Jack to realise he was right; afterwards, Jack becomes a "man of faith", ''really'' ascends to the role of TheHero, and fights in Locke's name. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning moments of awesome ensue]].]]
* Carter Hall/Hawkman plays this role in ''{{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 this role 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.
* Rupert Giles in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', especially [[spoiler: as of the end of the Season 8 comic]]
* Dukat plays this role to Delenn in Series/BabylonFive.
** As does Kosh to Sheridan.
* In ''TheBigBangTheory'', the recently deceased Professor Proton is not ecstatic at all about returning to act as Sheldon Cooper's literal Obi-Wan. Especially when he realises he is dressed for the part, has to have the character explained to him, and realises that [[note]]in what ''may'' be one of Sheldon's dream sequences, but this is left nicely ambiguous[[/note]] he is now Sheldon's spiritual advisor. he does find the light-sabre to be cool, though.
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* Polk the teamster, in the novels ''WhitePlumeMountain'', ''DescentIntoTheDepthsOfTheEarth'', and ''QueenOfTheDemonwebPits'' is both a literary example and a rare subversion of the trope -- a drunken porter who follows the grim, hardened Justicar around under the delusion that he can pass on the wisdom of the ages. He dies in the second book -- not making a heroic last stand, but reloading the crossbow for the character who ''is'' -- and is promptly reincarnated as a badger, his ego even further inflated by the experience.
* Lord Eddard Stark in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[DecoyProtagonist at first seeming like the protagonist]] [[SacrificialLion before having his head cut off]], plays this role to his children, particularly Arya, Jon, and Robb.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Dumbledore, the wise wizard who usually dispenses a few pieces of advice just before the hero needs it, then shows up in the epilogue to tie up any loose ends. This has started to be called the "Dumbledore Explains It All" scene. [[spoiler:Dumbledore dies at the end of book six in a seven-book series, leaving one final story for the hero to avenge his death.]] In ''Deathly Hallows'', [[spoiler:Dumbledore gets to explain it all ''one last time'', as he and Harry have a chat in an afterlife train station. Talk about sticking to the trope.]]
* In Christopher Paolini's ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', Brom (an obvious clone of Obi-Wan Kenobi) fills this role until his death midway through ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]''; in ''Eldest'', Oromis takes over the role. Oromis might be more The Obi-Wan than Brom was, since he [[spoiler:got killed by TheDragon to the BigBad at the end of the third book.]] A memory of Brom turns up late in ''Brisingr'', which would send him straight back to the Obi-Wan territory if he ever left it.
** He was himself mentored by the forest-dwelling feeble former warrior Oromis.
* Gandalf gets a bit of this, apparently dying in ''[[TheLordOfTheRings Fellowship of the Ring]]'', and [[spoiler:staying dead just long enough for the heroes to get scattered and divided. In a pre-trope subversion, [[BigDamnHeroes he is FAR FAR more active AFTER he dies than before!]]]]
* Methuselah is this to the young mouse Matthias in ''Literature/{{Redwall}}''. Compounded by the fact that [[spoiler: he is eventually killed, sending Matthias spiraling into depression when he finds out]].
* Father Zosima in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' is a mix of The Obi-Wan and the MessianicArchetype. He mentors Alyosha Karamazov for the first third of the book before his death.
* Osip Bazdeev mentors Pierre Bezukhov and turns him on to becoming a Freemason in ''WarAndPeace''.
* Randle Patrick McMurphy is The Obi-Wan to Bromden in ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.
* Chiun mentors Remo Willaims in the ''{{Destroyer}}''.
* ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' by DJ [=MacHale=] has Uncle Press, who is very much The Obi-Wan. He is the mentor to the main character, Bobby Pendragon, and teaches almost all the other Travelers of the generation. He appears to be one of the few travelers who regularly traveled before Bobby's time, and dies at the hands of the BigBad.
* Snufkin from ''TheMoomins'', though he doesn't die he is the definition of understated.
* The old priest in ''{{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, and is killed at the end of the second act.
** There is also Nawi, the old man who teaches Mau (among other things) how to scare off sharks.
* Tirandys in P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'' is The Obi-Wan for Jame, and dies tragically at the end of Book 2, ''Dark of the Moon''. A variation in that he's TheDragon's man and was supposed to raise Jame up to be a good evil minion.
* Doctor Morgenes of TadWilliams' ''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 [[MosesInTheBullrushes 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 TimeRiders, Foster is a mentor to the team and is constantly helping them, although he [[DemotedToExtra appears less and less]] until the City of Shadows, when he dies (but not before giving Maddy a crucial clue to the Agency's true nature.)
* Bluestar of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is a female version for the first two books, before going into a HeroicBSOD and finally dying. Then she continues giving advice from the afterlife.
* Kelsier in Brandon Sanderson's ''{{Mistborn}}'' plays this trope completely straight.
* DCI Nightingale in ''RiversOfLondon'' is an example of The Obi-Wan who doesn't die, although his near fatal shooting serves the same function in forcing inexperienced DC Grant to go it alone and realise his own potential. He gets better by the end of the book, after the BigBad has been defeated.
* Henry Sturges, the ethical vampire who teaches Abe his vocation, fills this role in ''AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''. Unusually, not only does Henry not die, [[spoiler:he eventually turns Abe into a fellow-vampire, and the two are fighting evil blood-suckers to this day.]]
* 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.
** Tam Al'Thor could also be considered The Obi Wan for Rand Al'Thor (he sure seems to burn through them fast, doesn't he?). He raises him, gets incapacitated after giving Rand his lightsab- oops! I mean, magically conjured sword that is hard enough to cut everything, and was a big-timer in the Grand Army of the Rep- I mean, Illian's Companions during the Clon- I mean, the Aiel War. And he comes back later on to advise both Perrin and Rand.
* The Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci to Anne Boleyn in ''Literature/MademoiselleBoleyn''.
* Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight: Syndil is set up to be this as he is an old and mysterious veteran who takes Danny under his wing. [[spoiler: It's actually Calador who fills the role and almost fufills the death aspect.]]
* Blackstone, from 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. Neither of them have died so far though.
* 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.
* Fraa Orolo to the young Edharians, particularly Fraa Erasmas, in ''{{Literature/Anathem}}''. They even call him "Pa" sometimes.
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* The Turaga elders from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' mostly stayed in their villages, but they occasionally guided the Toa on short quests, like Turaga Whenua helping Onua search for his Nuva masks. Turaga Lhikan is the "straightest" example, having spent the entirety of his short time as a Turaga mentoring and traveling with new Toa, and finally TakingTheBullet for Vakama, delivering a last mentor speech with his last words. [[spoiler:Then again, he might still be alive at the RespawnPoint.]] During the Toa's mutation into half-beasts, the six Rahaga also take up this role.
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* Saint John the Baptist takes this role in Christianity (and to a lesser extend, Islam). He is an itinerant preacher who baptizes Jesus and is ultimately put to death by the Romans.
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* According to [[http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/mike-weatherford/mystical-michael-forgets-frailities this interview]] with the director and the director of creation of the Creator/CirqueDuSoleil show ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonONE'', Music/MichaelJackson himself -- or at least his spirit -- is this to the show's misfit protagonists. The director of creation even compares him to the trope namer. (Keep in mind, as the article's author does, that it's a RoseTintedNarrative.)
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* At [[DisneyThemeParks EPCOT]], Dreamfinder from ''Journey into Imagination'' was somewhere between this and the EccentricMentor before he was removed from the ride.
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* Landon Ricketts from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' is a near perfect example. He's a crotchety old gunslinger living out in the middle of the desert who teaches John Marsten the final level of his [[BulletTime Dead Eye]] ability which borders on jedi powers anyways.
* Dr. Light to X in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games (amusingly enough, he's got the whole "force ghost" thing happening via hologram messages). Zero acted like this until X became more of an equal, and it came full circle in the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series, where X is Zero's Obi-Wan.
* Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' may qualify, since his dispensing of advice is his whole purpose in the party. He's been there, done that, and now he's back to make sure Tidus and Yuna save the world properly, when Auron and their fathers couldn't. Being the only known survivor of a successful pilgrimage, he certainly counts as experienced, his superior badassery over the hero and others is plain, and he definitely fits the bill of a spirit guide, since [[spoiler:[[DeadAllAlong he's been dead for ten years already]] when the story begins]].
* [[spoiler:Brenner/O'Brian]] in ''AdvanceWars Days of Ruin''.
* 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.
** To a lesser extent, Wolf in Star Fox Assault somewhat plays this role. He gave a life-saving advice to Fox which actually snaps Fox out of his troubles in the final mission, and [[spoiler:Star Wolf sacrificed themselves to let Star Fox move on]]. Wolf only does this because he is [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only one allowed to defeat Fox]].
* Uther the Lightbringer from ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', [[spoiler:right up until his protégé kills him]]. Kel'thuzad might also count as Arthas' Obi-Wan in the Undead campaign.
* [[spoiler:Thunder Ryu]] in ''NoMoreHeroes'' plays this role to a tee; given all the game's other [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to ''Franchise/StarWars'', this is most likely completely deliberate.
* The first ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has Jolee Bindo, 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 the amnesiac former Sith Lord, Darth Revan. He just doesn't think it's his right to say it.]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'' 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.]]
* Bogard from ''FinalFantasyAdventure''.
* Jema from ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''.
* When one thinks Mentors from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', the Profs spring to mind. But a better example is Cynthia, the Champion from the Sinnoh games. Aside from acting as a local DeusExMachina, she seems to have to taken a shine to you, and supplies you with hints and helpful {{MacGuffin}}s and PlotCoupons. In Platinum, this becomes very pronounced when you go into the Distortion World with her. Unlike the darker examples of this trope, where the Hero kills The Obi-Wan, when you defeat her at the end of the game, she says she's proud of you. This is Pokemon, after all.
* Duncan in ''Franchise/DragonAge'' acts as [[TheLancer Alistair's]] Obi-Wan; 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 arguably too limited for him to count as his/her Obi-Wan 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]].
** According to the toolset, it at least tries to make Duncan seem like a mentor figure to the player, as that's his character description.
** 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.
*** The ''Legacy DLC'' shows that 20 years ago, he was such a badass, even the [[spoiler: Grey Wardens]] came seeking his help.
** 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.
** A villainous example occurs with ''Flemeth'' arguably serving as this to Hawke. The game begins with her rescuing Hawke and company from the Darkspawn, offering to lead their family safely through the horde [[DealWithTheDevil in exchange for a favour]]. It's later revealed that she kept a fragment of her soul in the locket she gave Hawke, having prepared for her possible death at the hands of the Warden in the first game. Once resurrected, she thanks Hawke and stops to offer them some cryptic advice, before ''turning into a Dragon'' and flying away.
* [[spoiler: Master Eraqus]], from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. [[HilariousInHindsight Amusingly]], his English voice actor is MarkHamill.
** Just to further drive the Franchise/StarWars MarkHamill irony home, [[spoiler: Master Eraqus]] is struck down by a former pupil who, thanks to an EvilMentor, has embraced TheDarkSide - though it's the evil mentor himself who strikes the killing blow, revealing his true colors to the pupil.
* Kamorage of ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'' is this. Being older, and more skilled than the rest of your party. He also happens to be the main character's father. [[spoiler:Or not.]]
* Aku-Aku in the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' series.
* Mumbo Jumbo and Bottles the Mole from the BanjoKazooie series.
* The Teensie king from the ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' series.
* Anderson in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. He is revealed to have been considered for the post of first Human Spectre, but [[BigBad Saren]] sabotaged the mission that was meant to decide this. It took 20 years until Anderson's protege, Shepard, eventually rose to become humanity's first Spectre.
* Falagar (the [[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic Warlock]]) serves this role in ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VI''... from the intro and up to just before the game actually ''starts'' (there is a gap of a few years there). He doesn't die, but sticks to New Sorpigal and advice-giving after training the player characters.
* [[spoiler:Mercury]] in ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge''.
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* Mia Fey from ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' is a rare female example. She dies in the second case of the first game, only to return as a spirit, channeled by either Maya or Pearl, who gives advice in later chapters and installments.
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* Miranda West in ''TheWotch''.
* Massively lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', when, shortly after he helped Elan [[TookALevelInBadass Take a Level in Badass]], the GenreSavvy Julio Scoundrél [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0392.html knowingly hopes he never meets the bard again lest he suffer a mentor-death]], providing the page quote. [[spoiler: He later returns anyway despite his misgivings to help Elan battle his father Tarquin, with Elan persuading him to do so by pointing out how cool it would be for him to ''subvert'' this trope. It works spectacularly, as Julio keeps Tarquin busy enough for the Order to board Julio's airship and gets away without losing anything more than a flying carpet.]]
* The clone Ben Franklin in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''.
* Thaco from ''{{Goblins}}'' definitely fulfils most of this archetype, with liberal smatterings of OldMaster and CoolOldGuy. He's still alive for now, but the comic has already proven that AnyoneCanDie, so...
* Dr. Herb from ''WebComic/GoldCoinComics''.
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* Becca Stone, in the ''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 an Obi-Wan to a new younger Batman, giving advice by radio.
* Master Splinter, of the various ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' incarnations, is very much The Obi-Wan (though he nearly always survives the experience).
* 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). [[spoiler:''Alien Force'' has Max go to The Obi-Wan's inevitable fate.]]
** [[spoiler:He got better.]]
* Jaga from ''{{Thundercats}}''.
* Mosey is this to Shep, Angora and Teeny in ''WesternAnimation/{{Horseland}}''.
* Cathy's Grandpa from ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub''.
* Tux Dog from ''TheProblemSolverz''.
* The Airbending monk, Gyatso, from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Like a true Obi-Wan, he 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 also counts. He 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.
* [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII Ezio]] [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Audi]][[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations tore]] is this to Shao Jun is ''WesternAnimation/AssassinsCreedEmbers''.
* Princess Celestia from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
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