"Always two there are, no more, no less - a master and an apprentice."A variant of Odd Couple featuring an older veteran character, and a younger novice. Often the former is a Retired Badass who is somehow rendered powerless (or just helpless against current threats) and has to rely on a newbie, who happened to be around and accidentally shows a lot of promise, so they tutor them. Perfect setup for Red Oni, Blue Oni - the Hot-Blooded younger character is kept in check by their Older and Wiser Mentor. If they're cops, this is Old Cop, Young Cop. If they're father and son, see Badass Family. If these two are being shipped, that's a Mentor Ship. With magic users, see Merlin and Nimue. See also Sempai/Kohai. Master-Apprentice Chain is when this trope is recursed over several generations.
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- Lyrical Nanoha:
- The first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, with Yuuno getting injured and going 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 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 are elsewhere.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid, "Riot Force 6 Instructor (Nanoha) and Student (Erio) vs. Fate".
- Robin Mask and his disciple Warsman form the Choujin Master/Student Combo in Kinnikuman's Dream Tag Team Touranment arc. Though the two are on more equal footing than most examples.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: 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 want to train him by having him fight their opponents' disciple.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Across its various spin-offs and timelines Mami has been the master to three different students: Kyouko, Sayaka in A Different Story and Madoka in the main series' original timeline. She taught each one the basics of Magical Girl life and fought alongside them against witches.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! often features the team-up between the Dark Magician and his apprentice, the Dark Magician Girl.
- Both the Jedi and the Sith in Star Wars tend to work in teams like this such as Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan/Anakin, Obi-Wan/Luke, Sidious/Maul and Sidious/Vader.
- That's what happens with Aahz (who is Brought Down to Normal mage) and Skeeve (who learns magic from him) in Myth Adventures by Robert Asprin.
- Amara (student) and Fidelias (master), at least at the start of Codex Alera.
- Ding Chavez (student) and John Clark (master) from the Jack Ryan novels. They've worked together for so long that it is unthinkable for either of them to go into the field without the other.
- Wolf Hall 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.
- Dreamblood Duology:
- 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 Honor Before Reason 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.
- Doctor Who: The Doctor and his companions, although less so with the reboot's tendency for younger (-looking) Doctors. Also, there's never any suggestion of them filling his shoes, 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 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 Distaff Counterpart: 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 Highlander, where veteran immortals would train newborns.
- The 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.
- Power Rangers sometimes uses a team version, where the Mentor suits up and takes the field with his students as a Sixth Ranger. Mentors that have done this include Dr. Tommy Oliver, Commander Cruger, Daggeron (and Udonna and Leanbow on occasion), and RJ.
- Buffy and Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 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 Wolf Hall, 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.
- The 100 has Octavia form a strong bond with her warrior-mentor Indra.
- Toni Rose got her first big break as the Tag Team partner of The Fabulous Moolah, 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, The Great Muta 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 the English loving Quebec Canada area.
- Ultimo Dragon 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 NWA Pro.
- Homicide with several of his trainees, such as The Hit Squad (Dan Maff and Mosta Mack) in Jersey All Pro Wrestling, Low Ki and Julius Smokes in The Rottweilers.
- Ace Steel with his student CM Punk in the Second City Saints. Punk has also teamed with Danny Dominion, his other trainer, less frequently.
- Master: Shelton Benjamin, Student: Brock Lesnar. The Minnesota Stretching Crew.
- MsChif added her two Nightbreed proteges, Jackal and Cabal to Diabolic Kaos to turn it from a tag team to a Power Stable.
- Delirious whenever he teamed up with Daizee Haze, whom he had a personal hand training with Kid Kash or Leech Landa, whom he was one of the trainers of in the ROH Wrestling School.
- The Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling and All Pro tag team "Girls Gone Wrestling" made up of Cheerleader Melissa (master) and Tiffany (student).note
- The Dirty Rotten Scoundrel William Regal and his simple minded savant Morality Pet Eugene on Monday Night Raw.
- Chris Hero and his student Claudio Castagnoli 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 IWGP and ROH gold at once, Forever Hooligans!
- Sheamus O'Shaunessy and his loyal if unpredictable student, Mad Man Manson in Irish Whip Wrestling.
- Christina Von Eerie 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.
- Chasyn Rance has trained numerous future tag team partners and stablemates, the most frequent being Mister Saint Laurent and Santana Garrett. The latter has taken a hand training many of Rance's following students and teamed with Raquel(otherwise known as Gabi Castrovinci).
- The Pantheon Of Gods featured master, the greatest manager who ever lived, Austin Aries and student Rhett Titus. Oh, Kenny King 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 10-Minute Retirement 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 Tag Team being in a prolonged feud with 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.
- Advanced V.G. II: Invoked near the end of the game's story mode, when Yuka finally accepts Tamao as her student and teams up with her to face the Material Twins and Miranda Jahana.
- The King of Fighters has two such teams on its roster: The Kyokugen Team, which consists of Takuma Sakazaki, who's the team's patriarch and founder of their school, along with his son/heir (Ryo), his daughter (Yuri), and his other student, Robert Garcia. The other is the Psycho Soldier Team, which has Chin and his two students, Athena Asamiya and Sei Kensou.
- In Star Wars: The Old Republic, 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 Loads and Loads of Characters you can recruit. They can even do a Combination Attack called "Master-Pupil Attack", where they beat up every enemy on screen together.
- 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).
- League of Legends has a few potential team-ups:
- Master Yi (master) and Wukong (student). This pair is 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 Magikarp Power.
- 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 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.
- Batman Beyond: Years after Bruce's retirement, he meets Terry, who he trains to become the new Batman.
- Zuko and Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender, also counts as Badass Family.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars has Anakin/Ahsoka on the good side, and Darth Maul/Savage Opress on the evil side.