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Anime and Manga
- Black Lagoon: Between the two leads, male and female, Revy is a hardened underworld Gunslinger, while Rock is a Naďve Newcomer slowly engulfed by the life of crime.
- The first several volumes of Bleach had this dynamic as Rukia trained Ichigo in how to be a shinigami.
- Gatekeepers: Shun Ukiya and Ruriko Ikusawa.
- In Sands of Destruction, Morte and Kyrie may count. At the start of the first episode, Kyrie has zero experience as an action hero or villain - he's a petty con artist who makes a living pretending to be a beastman so he can work as a waiter. Morte, on the other hand, has wanted posters in every bar in town.
- Zoids: New Century: Between the leads, Leena Toros is the experienced female to Bit Cloud's rookie male.
- Zigzagged with the first season of the Pokémon anime, where rookie trainer Ash ends up travelling with Misty who grudgingly teaches him a lot of the basics. Misty is only relatively more capable than Ash at the beginning however (and almost equally childish and overconfident), with the even more experienced Brock later escorting them and usually playing The Straight Man to them both.
- Kate and Humphrey from Alpha and Omega. The trailer says it best: "Kate is at the top of the pack; Humphrey is at the bottom of the heap."
- Lucy to Gru in Despicable Me 2. Lucy the accomplished secret agent shows newbie Anti-Villain Gru the ropes in their mission to defeat another villain.
- How to Train Your Dragon: Hiccup and Astrid. Astrid is the best in the arena; Hiccup is new to the scene.
- Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda. Po is completely new to kung fu, having just been selected as the Dragon Warrior by Master Oogway. Tigress is the leader of the Furious Five due to her sheer expertise in kung fu.
- The LEGO Movie: Emmet and Wyldstyle.
- Puss in Boots: Kitty Softpaws' gender was not revealed until after she beat Puss in Boots in a fight. Later, due to her experience fighting and engaging in criminal activities, she becomes a member of his Power Trio.
- In Ratatouille, male newbie cook Linguini is specifically assigned to female veteran Colette for training.
- The Rescuers: Miss Bianca is the experienced member, although she has apparently never led a mission before, while Bernard is merely a janitor.
Live Action Film
- Avatar. Jake Sully just got to Pandora and is just getting used his new body and surroundings. Neytiri is selected to be his guide and teacher.
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers is a young, unproven recruit that works closely with Major Peggy Carter. Even after he becomes Captain America, he never completely loses his "greenness", and she still outranks him.
- The Matrix. When Neo joins Morpheus' team aboard the Nebuchadnezzar he's completely new and has no idea what's going on. A large fraction of the movie shows him learning how to act in the Matrix. Trinity is Morpheus' trusted second in command and thoroughly experienced and knowledgeable about the Matrix, as shown by her escape from the Agents at the beginning of the film. After Neo becomes "The One" he gains super powers and comes into his own as a hero.
- Star Wars:
- Luke is a naive farmboy who happened to get the memo from the droids he stumbled across; Leia is a senator running covert missions for the Rebel Alliance.
- Downplayed with Han and Leia; Han has experience in the criminal world, but not the Rebel Alliance.
Live Action TV
- In Blade Runner, protagonist Ray McCoy is a rookie Blade Runner, while his female colleague Crystal Steele is a hardened veteran and also the best shooter of the department.
- In Knights of the Old Republic with a male Player Character, when he joins the Jedi Order, Bastila becomes his mentor. Subverted when it turns out he's actually a very accomplished Jedi, he's just forgotten everything.