->''"Think of me as Yoda. Only instead of being little and green, I wear suits and I'm awesome. I'm your bro. I'm ''Bro''da."''
-->-- '''Barney Stinson''', ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''

Are you a ChewToy, A [[TheWoobie Woobie]], a DoggedNiceGuy or just generally [[ButtMonkey pathetic]]? Are women avoiding you like plague? Do you feel existentially lost in a [[CrapsackWorld cruel and uncaring universe?]]

The Sensei for Scoundrels might be the answer to your prayers. He is everything you wish you could be as a man: strong, attractive, fearless and a huge success with women. Of course, he's also probably [[CrazySurvivalist deeply]] [[NietzscheWannabe disturbed]], and possibly [[EvilMentor very evil.]] You'll probably find him at the ThugDojo.

The main character winds up following The SenseiForScoundrels in the hopes of becoming the kind of man he always wanted to be. In a LighterAndSofter story, the main character will very often end up rejecting the sensei's advice by the end and win the girl on his own terms. In DarkerAndEdgier works, the hero very often ends up becoming as bad as the mentor and loses all of his positive characteristics in the process.

Of course, it's also possible the mentor is perfectly respectable and our protagonist will end up better for the experience.

These guys also exist in real life, though they're usually not quite as psycho and probably are financially motivated.

Compare and Contrast the BigBrotherMentor whose relationship with the protagonist is a bit more friendly and has fewer unfortunate drawbacks. There's a certain amount of overlap with the ManicPixieDreamGirl, considering both are slightly unhinged characters who encourage a tightly-wound protagonist to relax and have a little more fun in his miserable life.

See also EvilMentor.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' Bount arc. Maki Ichinose left the Soul Society in despair after his Captain was killed. While wandering he was almost killed by a hollow but was saved by Jin Kariya. Ichinose swore to follow Kariya and help him defeat the Soul Society. He eventually learned that Kariya planned to destroy the entire Soul Society and turned on him.
* Kensei Ma and Sakaki Shio of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Their training methods often involve [[DirtyOldMan perversion]] and getting drunk, respectively.
* Jack Rakan of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. He [[ObfuscatingStupidity might be smart]], but he's ''definitely'' crazy and [[DirtyOldMan perverted]], to the point that they only techniques he doesn't make up on the spot are the ones used to [[PantyThief harass females]]. Of course, Negi specifically begins training with him because [[InvokedTrope he wants to learn how]] [[IdiotHero to be more of an idiot.]]
** Considering how many girls are already tripping over each other just to be near Negi, he doesn't need the help.
* The {{Hentai}} anime ''The God of Groping''.
* Kozue Takanashi does this for Yachiyo Todoroki in ''Manga/{{Working}}'' - Yachiyo is looking for advice on what she should do to get ready to hang out with a male co-worker, without any designs on romance. Kozue, a HardDrinkingPartyGirl who isn't shy about, well, anything, basically gives advice on how to get laid. Most of it flies over Yachiyo's head, though what doesn't manages to be useful.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Subverted in ''Comicbook/GreenArrow'' during [[ComicBook/FiftyTwo DC Comics Missing Year]] when, feeling he's gone soft, he hires a literal sensi for Scoundrels to teach him and his family to fight dirty. He becomes a SinkOrSwimMentor when he recruits his former student to give Green Arrow a trial by fire.
* {{Comicbook/Taskmaster}} is a literal, for-hire version of this trope, providing combat training to Mooks and aspiring Super-Villains.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Tyler Durden from ''Film/FightClub''. See literature for more information.
* Frank T.J. Mackey from ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'', is definitely one of these, though we don't learn much about any of his students. His famous mantra is "Respect the cock and tame the cunt."
* Dr. P from ''Film/SchoolForScoundrels'' is also this kind of guy.
* The titular Roger of ''Film/RogerDodger''.
* Trent and Sue from ''Film/{{Swingers}}''.
* Robert Morse's character to Walter Matthau's in ''Film/AGuideForTheMarriedMan''.
* Will Ferrell's part in ''Film/WeddingCrashers''.
* Talby in ''Day of Anger''. He takes [[{{Keet}} Scott]], the much-abused young hero, on as a sidekick and turns him into a [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]]; it takes Scott most of the movie to realise that his mentor is evil.
* ''Film/ChangingLanes'': Gavin's father-in-law and senior partner, Stephen Delano (played by Sydney Pollak.) Part of Gavin's CharacterDevelopment throughout the film is his realization that Delano is grooming him to become an AmoralAttorney, while getting Gavin to do the majority of the firm's dirty work.
* Stanley Ipkiss' unrestrained SuperpoweredAlterEgo in ''Film/TheMask'', depending on the adaptation.
* Creator/PeterCook's Satan is this to Dudley Moore's hapless Everyman Stanley, in ''Film/Bedazzled1967'', where he offers the standard Eternal Soul contract to a guy hungry for the love of a particular woman.
* ''Film/CedarRapids'': [[Creator/JohnCReilly Dean Ziegler]], a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed JerkWithAHeartOfGold, to [[Creator/EdHelms Tim Lippe]]. Tim does his best to reject Dean's tutelage, only to learn that despite his flaws, Dean's a stand-up guy who does right by his friends (and that most of Tim's other "friends" don't).


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Yunior from ''Literature/TheBriefWondrousLifeOfOscarWao'' tries to be this to Oscar, but fails miserably.
* This trope was initially named for Tyler Durden in ''Literature/FightClub'', who teaches the nameless protagonist to stop being so emasculated and to go FightClubbing as well as [[WesternTerrorists some other... matters]].
** Tyler is an especially interesting example of this trope, as [[spoiler:he's not actually a real person, but rather a wish-fulfilling, [[SplitPersonality disassociated identity]] of the protagonist that does all of the things the protagonist ''wishes'' he could do]].
* ''Literature/TheGame'' is based off of Neil Strauss attending seminars on how to become a pickup artist. He eventually became one of the teachers himself.
* This features in the plot of ''Macho Man'' (German title) by Moritz Netenjakob. Daniel, the protagonist, has no success with women because he is "too soft" to be taken seriously as a potential boyfriend. When he meets Aylin, who is a very attractive Turkish entertainer at the hotel where he's staying, he is very surprised that she is attracted to him. They start dating and he discovers that Turkish culture values different gender roles and a more "dominant" kind of masculinity. He learns to fit in due to the influence of Turkish men. [[spoiler:This leads to his breakup with Aylin since she was originally attracted to his softness and non-macho behaviour. But he apologizes by singing the Smurf song to her and thus regaining his softer image.]]
* Dean Moriarty in ''Literature/OnTheRoad'' is the first type, where the narrator eventually becomes disillusioned with this character. The ending portrays Dean as actually being rather pathetic.
* Lord Henry to the titular character in ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray''. It ends badly.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Illyria can't believe Angel is ''wangsting'' over ''being the head of a multi-billion dollar conglomerate''. She sets him straight with this speech.
--> '''Illyria:''' So much power here! And you quibble at its price. If you want to win a war, you must serve no master but your own ambition.
* Tully is this to George on ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', but with added HoYay and {{Squick}}.
* Sam Adama from ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' is this to his nephew Willie Adama.
* Jordan Chase in the 5th season of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' is [[spoiler:the [[EvilMentor evil]] version of]] this trope.
* The ''Series/CSIMiami'' episode "The Score" featured a man who ran classes on how to pick up women.
* Parodied in ''Series/TheFastShow'' 's Swiss Toni.
* Barney really ''wants'' to be this to Ted on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Ted rarely listens.
* Russell acts as one to an Amish boy on his Rumspringa in the ''Series/RulesOfEngagement'' episode "Twice".
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Garak. More than once, he responds to an idealistic character being suspicious of him with, "You're learning," or, "There may be hope for you yet," to the point where the latter is almost a catch-phrase for him.
* ''Series/CobraKai'' has [[Film/TheKarateKid Johnny Lawrence]] grow up into one, reforming Cobra Kai's image but teaching his new students how to fight with dirtier and more pragmatic methods. [[spoiler: unfortunately, he doesn't reform the underlying philosophy, and his students turn to bullying, themselves.]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyBraveExvius'', Jake attempts to take this role with Rain, when the latter is confused by [[spoiler: Dark Fina's]] {{Tsundere}}-like reactions, due to the fact that Rain is ObliviousToLove. Jake, a CasanovaWannabe to a ludicrous extent, attempts to give Rain advice on how to resolve the issue in perhaps the most perverted way possible - to the extent that another party member dashes in to prevent him from giving any further advice - [[DynamicEntry feet first, into Jake's torso.]]


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The perfectly-respectable variant is used in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' preceding Elan's literal [[TookALevelInBadass level in badass]]. The mentor in question is named Julio Scoundrél.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Zap}}'', Gunner Strife tried to be one of these to Zap while training him in the use of psychic powers. It worked up until Gunner told him to use his psychic powers to make Leona fall in love with him. Zap decided to block Gunner from telepathically contacting him instead. Gunner didn't take it very well.
* Sam Starfall decides to take this role to Florence in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', although by his scavenger species' BlueAndOrangeMorality, this is simply being a good mentor. Prior to the comic starting, he had also provided similar education to RobotBuddy Helix.
-->'''Chief:''' Breaking and entry. Unauthorised access to cyber assets. Assault. Theft. Trespassing.\\
'''Sam:''' She was law-abiding before she met me. Am I a good teacher or what?


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://mydamnchannel.tv/Wainy_Days/Season_2/16ThePickup_494.aspx This episode]] of ''WainyDays'', which demolishes real-life pickup artist "Mystery" with a knock-off played by Paul Rudd.
* The ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3512 SCP-3512]] features a pick-up artist's guide written by such an individual, which takes a sharp turn for the arcane and the unhinged from the twelfth chapter onward. Following its instructions does [[BodyHorror strange things]] to you, and [[AndIMustScream worse]] to the women you try its teachings out on.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* A Pimp Named Slickback from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is this in his second appearance, in which he teaches Tom to stand up to his wife (who he suspects of being unfaithful with Usher). It backfires and HilarityEnsues.
* Parodied in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Venture Bros.]]'' by the character ''Henry Killinger''
* Hondo sees himself as this in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels''.
-->'''Hondo:''' Wait, wait! Does this mean I am not getting my finder's fee?\\
'''Ezra:''' You never were.\\
'''Hondo:''' Perfect answer. I am SoProudOfYou right now. I never had a student learn this quickly.