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* William Kraft is this to John Rumford in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}''. Extremely knowledgeable about politics and war, he also marches around in a [[KaiserReich WWI Prussian dress uniform]], obsessively models his home life and the aesthetics of his house after the 1950s, and is perfectly happy to [[BreadEggsMilkSquick slaughter liberal academics]] ''en masse''.


* Ian [=McKellen=] plays this up in ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' (although, like in [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the books]], he [[LetsGetDangerous becomes a more serious character]] in the following two installments). He was even asked to play [[Film/HarryPotter Professor Dumbledore himself]] at one point.

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* Ian [=McKellen=] plays this up in ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' ''Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheFellowshipOfTheRing'' (although, like in [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the books]], he [[LetsGetDangerous becomes a more serious character]] in the following two installments). He was even asked to play [[Film/HarryPotter Professor Dumbledore himself]] at one point.


** [[GodEmperor Princess]] [[BigGood Celestia]] is an unusual case. Unlike most other examples, whose eccentricity often causes other characters to unfairly discredit them, Celestia is [[HundredPercentAdorationRating highly regarded by all of her subjects]] -- too highly, in fact, as it leads them to frantically worship the ground under her hooves while feeling terrified that any tiny mistake on their part will provoke her royal fury. In reality, Celestia is not only the most easy-going character in [[SugarBowl the whole series]] despite her position, but enjoys pranks and despises formality to such a degree that [[spoiler:the Season 1 finale has her inviting the Mane Six to the illustrious Grand Galloping Gala purely to enjoy the chaos [[BatmanGambit she knew their presence would wreak]]]]. Then in Season 4, it's revealed that the old castle that she and Luna used to inhabit is ''full'' of secret passages, trapdoors, an organ (that controls the secret passages and trapdoors), and numerous other oddities (the hallway with legs sticking out of the walls) that are pretty much solely designed to turn the place into a gigantic funhouse.

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** [[GodEmperor Princess]] [[BigGood Celestia]] is an unusual case. Unlike most other examples, whose eccentricity often causes other characters to unfairly discredit them, Celestia is [[HundredPercentAdorationRating highly regarded by all of her subjects]] -- too highly, in fact, as it leads them to frantically worship the ground under her hooves while feeling terrified that any tiny mistake on their part will provoke her royal fury. In reality, Celestia is not only the most easy-going character in [[SugarBowl the whole series]] despite her position, position (to a point: [[BewareTheNiceOnes she's nice]] but can be [[GoodIsNotSoft utterly merciless]] when need be. Cozy Glow, a child, [[DraggedOffToHell learned that the hard way]], [[TakenForGranite twice]]), but enjoys pranks and despises formality to such a degree that [[spoiler:the Season 1 finale has her inviting the Mane Six to the illustrious Grand Galloping Gala purely to enjoy the chaos [[BatmanGambit she knew their presence would wreak]]]]. Then in Season 4, it's revealed that the old castle that she and Luna used to inhabit is ''full'' of secret passages, trapdoors, an organ (that controls the secret passages and trapdoors), and numerous other oddities (the hallway with legs sticking out of the walls) that are pretty much solely designed to turn the place into a gigantic funhouse.


Combines aspects of CoolOldGuy, TheMentor, OldMaster (sometimes), CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, BunnyEarsLawyer, often {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and ZenSurvivor into one cranky, tough old biscuit. If they are an authority figure, they are TheWonka. May overlap with LoonWithAHeartOfGold, if they are not villainous. They may fill any of a number of mentor roles, such as TricksterMentor or ReasonableAuthorityFigure, related to their personality and their role in the story. As such, no matter how much power they have, they want the heroes to solve the problem. MentorOccupationalHazard will likely happen at some point.

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Combines aspects of CoolOldGuy, TheMentor, OldMaster (sometimes), CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, BunnyEarsLawyer, often {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and ZenSurvivor into one cranky, tough old biscuit. If they are an authority figure, they are TheWonka. May overlap with LoonWithAHeartOfGold, if they are not villainous. They may fill any of a number of mentor roles, such as TricksterMentor or ReasonableAuthorityFigure, related to their personality and their role in the story. As such, no matter how much power they have, they want the heroes to solve the problem. MentorOccupationalHazard will likely happen at some point. \n Compare SimpleMindedWisdom, when a "simple" (uneducated or mentally handicapped) character [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin displays uncommon wisdom]].


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* Rafiki in Disney's ''Disney/TheLionKing'' always seems a bit insane, but has all the answers... and knows how to kick some serious hyena tail.
* Merlin, in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''. The WizardDuel -- CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, indeed.

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* Rafiki in Disney's ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionKing'' always seems a bit insane, but has all the answers... and knows how to kick some serious hyena tail.
* Merlin, in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''.''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone''. The WizardDuel -- CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, indeed.


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* Ghost in "Fanfic/YetAgain" teaches Naruto various skills by [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking throwing him off cliffs, throwing exploding cows at him, covering him with women's underwear and dropping him in the middle of the female baths... and teaching him the importance of a well rounded breakfast.]] He also insists upon [[ObfuscatingInsanity acting as random as possible to fool people on your true intentions and mindset.]]

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* Ghost in "Fanfic/YetAgain" ''Fanfic/YetAgainWithALittleExtraHelp'' teaches Naruto various skills by [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking throwing him off cliffs, throwing exploding cows at him, covering him with women's underwear and dropping him in the middle of the female baths... and teaching him the importance of a well rounded breakfast.]] He also insists upon [[ObfuscatingInsanity acting as random as possible to fool people on your true intentions and mindset.]]



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* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Professor Oak's eccentricity is taken up to eleven.

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* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Professor Oak's eccentricity ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Harrad is taken up to eleven.a wise mage but he's also obsessed with building the perfect candy machine and often does weird things which his students simply can't fathom. Despite his quirks he's very good at reaching and magic (except finishing the candy machine [[RunningGag which keeps malfunctioning no matter how much he improves and tweaks the design]]).



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* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Professor Oak's eccentricity is taken up to eleven.
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Pick a teacher from [[AcademyOfAdventure Beacon Academy]]. ''Any'' teacher. Their all extremely eccentric in different ways. They're also all former or ''active'' [[HunterOfMonsters Huntsmen and Huntresses]], all ''very'' badass, and often [[HiddenDepths surprisingly wise]]. [[TheTeam Team RWBY]] would've never made it to this point without their help.
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Harrad is a wise mage but he's also obsessed with building the perfect candy machine and often does weird things which his students simply can't fathom. Despite his quirks he's very good at reaching and magic (except finishing the candy machine [[RunningGag which keeps malfunctioning no matter how much he improves and tweaks the design]]).

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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Harrad is a wise mage but he's also obsessed with building the perfect candy machine and often does weird things which his students simply can't fathom. Despite his quirks he's very good at reaching and magic (except finishing the candy machine [[RunningGag which keeps malfunctioning no matter how much he improves and tweaks the design]]).
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Pick a teacher from [[AcademyOfAdventure Beacon Academy]]. ''Any'' teacher. Their all extremely eccentric in different ways. They're also all former or ''active'' [[HunterOfMonsters Huntsmen and Huntresses]], all ''very'' badass, and often [[HiddenDepths surprisingly wise]]. [[TheTeam Team RWBY]] would've never made it to this point without their help.


** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', should you choose to join [[TheClan Great]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive House]] [[ProudMerchantRace Hlaalu]], your sponsor will be Crassius Curio, a LoveableSexManiac CampGay (though technically [[DepravedBisexual bisexual]]...[[AnythingThatMoves and then some]]) Councilor who writes a pornographic play in his spare time. Despite his...excentricities...he is very much a ReasonableAuthorityFigure actively working against the corruption in the House and he deeply cares for the PlayerCharacter.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', should you choose to join [[TheClan Great]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive House]] [[ProudMerchantRace Hlaalu]], your sponsor will be Crassius Curio, a LoveableSexManiac CampGay (though technically [[DepravedBisexual bisexual]]...[[AnythingThatMoves and then some]]) Councilor who writes a pornographic play in his spare time. Despite his...excentricities...eccentricities...he is very much a ReasonableAuthorityFigure actively working against the corruption in the House and he deeply cares for the PlayerCharacter.



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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', should you choose to join [[TheClan Great]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive House]] [[ProudMerchantRace Hlaalu]], your sponsor will be Crassius Curio, a LoveableSexManiac CampGay (though technically [[DepravedBisexual bisexual]]...[[AnythingThatMoves and then some]]) Councilor who writes a pornographic play in his spare time. Despite his...excentricities...he is very much a ReasonableAuthorityFigure actively working against the corruption in the House and he deeply cares for the PlayerCharacter.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''[='s=] ''Shivering Isles'' expansion has the series' resident MadGod Sheogorath in this role. You are his chosen champion to save his realm against [[ViciousCycle cyclic destruction]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''[='s=] ''Dragonborn'' DLC puts Master Neloth in this role. The self-proclaimed "greatest wizard you will ever meet" is indeed a powerful [[TheArchmage Archmage]], but he is also a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]] BadBoss InsufferableGenius JerkWithAHeartOfJerk prone to ComedicSociopathy.


* Though introduced with some foreboding, Fa'lina of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is RareFemaleExample #4 (but as a [[HornyDevils succubus]] she [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld doesn't exactly show her age]]). She [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave does look older than most of the cast though]]. Hell, she even has the biggest bustline in the comic!

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* Though introduced with some foreboding, Fa'lina of ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is RareFemaleExample #4 (but as a [[HornyDevils succubus]] she [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld doesn't exactly show her age]]). She [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave [[SilverFox does look older than most of the cast though]]. Hell, she even has the biggest bustline in the comic!



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* Wataru in ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'' is this for Hokuto and Tomoya in the Theatre Club - he's an ''incredibly'' talented actor who is considered a young prodigy, but he is also an unpredictable LargeHam who never seems to take anything seriously. He ''does'' take mentoring his juniors seriously, but even when he shows this effort, his methods are hard to keep up with - in ''Cinderella'' he helps Tomoya out with his difficulties getting into character by giving him a totally different script (as Anzu had edited a standard Cinderella script to be more comical while Tomoya was given an OriginalFlavour one) so he'd be forced to improvise based on how the actual Cinderella would act under these circumstances.

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* ''Literature/CradleSeries'': Eithan often gives Lindon and Yerin bizarre orders that make no sense, such as locking Lindon in a room with monsters for two weeks. He will explain himself when pressed, and everything he does ultimately has a reason behind it. Yerin grudgingly admits that this isn't too different from how her master trained her; the difference is she doesn't trust Eithan enough to obey his seemingly random orders.


** Monk Gyatso, Aang's guardian at the Southern Air Temple. He was a major reason for Aang's cheerful, happy-go-lucky demeanor. And, like most people, he died while Aang was frozen, and took a surprisingly large group of super-charged Firebenders with him. Surprisingly large, because Airbending is a ''defensive'' art. He killed them with ''defensive'' bending.

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** Monk Gyatso, Aang's guardian at the Southern Air Temple. He was a major reason for Aang's cheerful, happy-go-lucky demeanor. And, like most people, he died while Aang was frozen, and took a surprisingly large group of super-charged Firebenders with him. Surprisingly large, because Airbending is a ''defensive'' art. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome He killed them with ''defensive'' bending.bending]].

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** And then, in the sequel, he demonstrates this more directly, when he starts teaching [[spoiler: Harry]] directly. This comes shortly after a period when - for a number of entirely understandable reasons - he sort of lost his marbles.


* Glossaryck, from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', is the living embodiment of Star's spell book, and her instructor in magic. He often gives bizarre or cryptic advice, has a fixation on pudding, and sometimes even refuses to help out of disinterest. It's later revealed that he didn't always use this method of instruction, but he uses it because he believes it's the most effective way to teach [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Star.]]

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* Glossaryck, from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', is the living embodiment of Star's spell book, book (and magic in general), and her instructor in magic. the craft. He often gives bizarre or cryptic advice, [[ChekhovsGag has a fixation on pudding, pudding]], and sometimes even refuses to help out of disinterest. It's later revealed that he didn't doesn't always use this method of instruction, instruction when teaching owners of the spell book, but he uses it because he believes it's the most effective way to teach [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Star.]]]] Many of the seemingly random things he says and does over the course of the series ends up coming back in some important way. Yes, even the pudding.


* Most ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' and ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'' books featuring Yoda make him entirely serious, but ''Yoda: Literature/DarkRendezvous'' portrays him as very ''odd'' when things aren't serious. The kind of character that you could see fighting with R2-D2 over a flashlight in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. At one point, he rolls around incognito in a fake R2 shell and steals a small child's soda. Then, he gets into a fight with the cafeteria droid, who doesn't accept Yoda's self-made food as even "edible." ''Then'', he wipes out an army of battle droids without breaking a sweat, and {{Breaking Speech}}es Count Dooku to a standstill.

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* Most ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' and ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Legends]]'' books featuring Yoda make him entirely serious, but ''Yoda: Literature/DarkRendezvous'' portrays him as very ''odd'' when things aren't serious. The kind of character that you could see fighting with R2-D2 over a flashlight in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. At one point, he rolls around incognito in a fake R2 shell and steals a small child's soda.soda (the child was [[BigBrotherBully bullying another kid]]). Then, he gets into a fight with the cafeteria droid, who doesn't accept Yoda's self-made food as even "edible." ''Then'', he wipes out an army of battle droids without breaking a sweat, and {{Breaking Speech}}es Count Dooku to a standstill.


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** The Seventh Doctor served as a combination mentor and ParentalSubstitute to his companion Ace. He was as bonkers as any other incarnation, playing the spoons, rolling his Rrrrrs, acting the LargeHam, and getting his metaphors mixed up ("a stitch in time...saves space"), amongst many, many other acts of eccentricity. He's also renonwned as being the {{Chessmaster}} Doctor, master of the BreakingSpeech, and capable of being very, ''very'' ruthless. Just ask Davros. Or all of the Daleks on Skaro. Or the Cybermen. Or Lady Peinforte. Or Fenric...

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