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%%* ''Anime/RingingBell'': The wolf becomes this to Chirin near the end.

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%%* * ''Anime/RingingBell'': The wolf becomes this to Chirin near the end.end. It's a ''very'' interesting and unique example because it's ''Chirin'' who initiates the relationship in a rather insane plan to surpass and kill him and by the end of it he grows to see Wor as a ParentalSubstitute.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Aero}}'', the titular character was once mentored by Madame Huang, before she learned that Huang had sinister ulterior motives.

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* Incubus from ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons''. Even though he is one of the seven Demiurges, he willingly helps Allison, the one prophesized to annihilate them all, at unlocking her potential. His motivation seems to be that he ''wants'' Allison to start a big war to shake up Creation and doesn't care if he ends up in the corpse pile as long as the other six do too, and he is certainly putting a lot of his own world-view into his lessons. Allison is mostly forced to put up with his lessons because there is no-one else who can teach her how to use her Key.


* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/farmerweathersky.html Farmer Weathersky,]]'' the boy's master teaches him magic but will keep him forever unless his father can find and recognize him, which he manages only with difficulty. Father Weathersky then tries to get the boy back with trickery.
* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/68thiefmaster.html The Thief and His Master,]]'' the father only has to pay if he can't recognize his son, but the master uses magic to prevent him. And when the father succeeds, he tries to reclaim the boy.

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* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/farmerweathersky.html ''[[https://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/ptn/ptn51.htm Farmer Weathersky,]]'' the boy's master teaches him magic but will keep him forever unless his father can find and recognize him, which he manages only with difficulty. Father Weathersky then tries to get the boy back with trickery.
* In ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/68thiefmaster.html ''[[https://www.worldoftales.com/fairy_tales/Brothers_Grimm/Margaret_Hunt/The_Thief_and_his_Master.html#gsc.tab=0 The Thief and His Master,]]'' the father only has to pay if he can't recognize his son, but the master uses magic to prevent him. And when the father succeeds, he tries to reclaim the boy.


* ''WebAnimation/TheMostEpicStoryEverToldInAllOfHumanHistory'': [[EvilIsHammyRidiculously Epic]] serves this role to Epic Fail in a more humorous way during “The Most Epic Romance” by giving him horrible “dating” advice, [[ObviouslyEvil which includes stalking and harassing]].

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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostEpicStoryEverToldInAllOfHumanHistory'': [[EvilIsHammyRidiculously [[EvilIsHammy Ridiculously Epic]] serves this role to Epic Fail in a more humorous way during “The Most Epic Romance” by giving him horrible “dating” advice, [[ObviouslyEvil which includes stalking and harassing]].

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* ''WebAnimation/TheMostEpicStoryEverToldInAllOfHumanHistory'': [[EvilIsHammyRidiculously Epic]] serves this role to Epic Fail in a more humorous way during “The Most Epic Romance” by giving him horrible “dating” advice, [[ObviouslyEvil which includes stalking and harassing]].


TheHero, or a member of the heroic band, finds a {{Mentor}} with new secret techniques to teach. The student eagerly signs on, only to learn later that there's a catch -- the mentor is evil, has a [[EvilPlan hidden agenda of their own]], and those new abilities are seriously nasty (though certainly not [[UselessSuperpowers useless]]). The student may feel [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone "soiled"]] by having learned these [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique techniques]] and might swear off ever using them again, or they might have to [[EvilFeelsGood wrestle with temptation]] against using them regularly. Of course, it's only a matter of time until there's a great need, and [[ChekhovsSkill out will come the evil technique]] because ItsTheOnlyWay. Cue the evil mentor's SoProudOfYou and and the hero's YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame.

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TheHero, or a member of the heroic band, finds a {{Mentor}} with new secret techniques to teach. The student eagerly signs on, only to learn later that there's a catch -- the mentor is evil, has a [[EvilPlan hidden agenda of their own]], and those new abilities are seriously nasty (though certainly not [[UselessSuperpowers useless]]). The student may feel [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone "soiled"]] by having learned these [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique techniques]] and might swear off ever using them again, or they might have to [[EvilFeelsGood wrestle with temptation]] against using them regularly. Of course, it's only a matter of time until there's a great need, and [[ChekhovsSkill out will come the evil technique]] because ItsTheOnlyWay. Cue the evil mentor's SoProudOfYou and and the hero's YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame.



* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': [[BigBad Tomura Shigaraki]]'s "Sensei" is All For One, [[BigGood All Might]]'s ArchEnemy, who essentialy took him off the streets after the death of his family (which Shigarki's [[MakeThemRot Quirk]] caused, [[WildMassGuessing at least according]] to [[UnreliableNarrator All For One]]), and raised him to be his successor after his and All Might's FinalBattle left him crippled. This is later revealed to be beacause [[spoiler: Shigaraiki is actually Tenko Shimura, the grandson of Nana Shimura, All Might's beloved mentor. All For One thought it would be entertaining to see All Might's reaction to that]]. This is presented as a direct {{Foil}} to [[TheHero Deku]]'s more traditional [[MentorArchetype student/teacher relationship]] with All Might.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'': [[BigBad Tomura Shigaraki]]'s "Sensei" is All For One, [[BigGood All Might]]'s ArchEnemy, who essentialy essentially took him off the streets after the death of his family (which Shigarki's [[MakeThemRot Quirk]] caused, [[WildMassGuessing at least according]] to [[UnreliableNarrator All For One]]), and raised him to be his successor after his and All Might's FinalBattle left him crippled. This is later revealed to be beacause because [[spoiler: Shigaraiki is actually Tenko Shimura, the grandson of Nana Shimura, All Might's beloved mentor. All For One thought it would be entertaining to see All Might's reaction to that]]. This is presented as a direct {{Foil}} to [[TheHero Deku]]'s more traditional [[MentorArchetype student/teacher relationship]] with All Might.



** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Darkseid intended to be this to Supergirl, so he got her kidnapped and brainwashed her. However Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman ruined his plans when they rescued her.

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** In ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Darkseid intended to be this to Supergirl, so he got her kidnapped and brainwashed her. However However, Superman, Batman Batman, and Wonder Woman ruined his plans when they rescued her.



* The Scarecrow has tried this a couple of times, encouraging young victims of bullying toward bloody revenge. He's had various degrees of success--one of his "students" prevented him from stabbing Franchise/{{Batman}}, but kept and used a can of his fear gas.

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* The Scarecrow has tried this a couple of times, encouraging young victims of bullying toward bloody revenge. He's had various degrees of success--one of his "students" prevented him from stabbing Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} but kept and used a can of his fear gas.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', the entire Fraternity serve as this to Wesley, but Solomon Seltzer and the Fox in particular. Their goal is to make him a powerful and feared {{supervillain}} like his father, but in a subversion they ''do'' have his best interests at heart. [[spoiler:Wesley's father is a more distant version, as he doesn't reveal himself until the end to complete his son's training.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', the entire Fraternity serve as this to Wesley, but Solomon Seltzer and the Fox in particular. Their goal is to make him a powerful and feared {{supervillain}} like his father, but in a subversion subversion, they ''do'' have his best interests at heart. [[spoiler:Wesley's father is a more distant version, as he doesn't reveal himself until the end to complete his son's training.]]



* ZigZagged in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''Fanfic/ThoseWhoStandForNothingFallForAnything'' where L the AmoralAttorney is this for Light the SleazyPolitician [[MindScrew but at same time]] L also plays the role of Light's MoralityPet--L wants to corrupt Light out of his [[WideEyedIdealist idealism]] and [[PureIsNotGood Light is idealistic but not good.]]

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* ZigZagged in the ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''Fanfic/ThoseWhoStandForNothingFallForAnything'' where L the AmoralAttorney is this for Light the SleazyPolitician [[MindScrew but at the same time]] L also plays the role of Light's MoralityPet--L wants to corrupt Light out of his [[WideEyedIdealist idealism]] and [[PureIsNotGood Light is idealistic but not good.]]



* In ''Film/KillBillVol2'', there's the Bride's sensei, Pai Mei. He's clearly a cruel man, and according to the film's mythology was responsible for the destruction of the Shaolin Temple because [[DisproportionateRetribution a Shaolin monk that he passed on the road didn't return the slight nod that he gave him]]. He's been known to snatch out the eyes of those who look on him with defiance and snap the backs and necks of those who give him sass like they were twigs. [[spoiler: This eventually gets him killed when he snatches out Elle Driver's right eye for calling him a "miserable old fool," and she retaliates by poisoning his fish heads]]. He hates Caucasians, despises Americans and has nothing but contempt for women. Despite this, the Bride, an [[MightyWhitey American, white]] [[LadyOfWar woman]], becomes his greatest student, the only one he teaches his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique]]. She also leans to love him like a father, [[spoiler:eventually avenging his death by snatching out Driver's ''left'' eye.]]

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* In ''Film/KillBillVol2'', there's the Bride's sensei, Pai Mei. He's clearly a cruel man, and according to the film's mythology was responsible for the destruction of the Shaolin Temple because [[DisproportionateRetribution a Shaolin monk that he passed on the road didn't return the slight nod that he gave him]]. He's been known to snatch out the eyes of those who look on him with defiance and snap the backs and necks of those who give him sass like they were twigs. [[spoiler: This eventually gets him killed when he snatches out Elle Driver's right eye for calling him a "miserable old fool," and she retaliates by poisoning his fish heads]]. He hates Caucasians, despises Americans and has nothing but contempt for women. Despite this, the Bride, an [[MightyWhitey American, white]] [[LadyOfWar woman]], becomes his greatest student, the only one he teaches his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique]]. She also leans learns to love him like a father, [[spoiler:eventually avenging his death by snatching out Driver's ''left'' eye.]]



* Gordon Gekko from ''Film/WallStreet''. In this case it's the student who pushes for the mentor's advice. As soon as Bud Fox makes himself useful to Gekko's financial schemes, Gekko takes him under his wing and gives him the life he always wanted while teaching him to be driven solely by greed and use illegal means if necessary to ensure his profits.

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* Gordon Gekko from ''Film/WallStreet''. In this case case, it's the student who pushes for the mentor's advice. As soon as Bud Fox makes himself useful to Gekko's financial schemes, Gekko takes him under his wing and gives him the life he always wanted while teaching him to be driven solely by greed and use illegal means if necessary to ensure his profits.



** Harry wonders if the reason he survived [[spoiler:his battle with He Who Walks Behind]] was because the latter was trying to ''train'' Harry, not kill him.

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** Harry wonders if the reason he survived [[spoiler:his battle with He Who Walks Behind]] was because that the latter was trying to ''train'' Harry, not kill him.



* In ''In the Midnight Hour'' by Patti O'Shea, Ryne's mentor Anise turns to the dark side. Ryne doesn't know for sure during her years-long training period with Anise that she's secretly evil, but eventually figures out that she must have been bad all along. (You'd think Anise's kinky bedroom antics would have been a clue.) As the person closest to her, Ryne is assigned to be the one who takes Anise down, and she's afraid that she may turn to the dark side as well.

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* In ''In the Midnight Hour'' by Patti O'Shea, Ryne's mentor Anise turns to the dark side. Ryne doesn't know for sure during her years-long training period with Anise that she's secretly evil, evil but eventually figures out that she must have been bad all along. (You'd think Anise's kinky bedroom antics would have been a clue.) As the person closest to her, Ryne is assigned to be the one who takes Anise down, and she's afraid that she may turn to the dark side as well.



** Morgoth claimed to be this to Feanor in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', but in reality Feanor couldn't stand him, so he was more the mentor to ''everyone else''. Which didn't help matters.

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** Morgoth claimed to be this to Feanor in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', but in reality reality, Feanor couldn't stand him, so he was more the mentor to ''everyone else''. Which didn't help matters.



* Joruus C'baoth in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' calls Luke to him, and for a few days Luke follows him around trying to learn from him, but quickly comes to believe that C'baoth was insane and had possibly fallen to the Dark Side. C'baoth believes himself to be [[AGodAmI the ultimate authority]], naturally above [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper those who are not Jedi]]. This is cinched when Luke tries to leave with Mara Jade and they are attacked, and later when they find that he was working with Thrawn.

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* Joruus C'baoth in ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' calls Luke to him, and for a few days Luke follows him around trying to learn from him, him but quickly comes to believe that C'baoth was insane and had possibly fallen to the Dark Side. C'baoth believes himself to be [[AGodAmI the ultimate authority]], naturally above [[WhatMeasureIsANonSuper those who are not Jedi]]. This is cinched when Luke tries to leave with Mara Jade and they are attacked, and later when they find that he was working with Thrawn.



* In the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' the man whose name is not Jack Bannister is a varient of this for Fisk. The skills he was teaching were along the lines of conning and burlary, so it wasn't as though Fisk didn't know he was a bad guy, he just turned out to be a much greater {{Jerkass}} than Fisk had first thought. His last lesson to Fisk is that life sucks, and when Fisk finally recovers from the schooling, Jack tries to reinforce the lesson by [[spoiler:having Michael tossed off a cliff]].

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* In the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' the man whose name is not Jack Bannister is a varient variant of this for Fisk. The skills he was teaching were along the lines of conning and burlary, burglary, so it wasn't as though Fisk didn't know he was a bad guy, he just turned out to be a much greater {{Jerkass}} than Fisk had first thought. His last lesson to Fisk is that life sucks, and when Fisk finally recovers from the schooling, Jack tries to reinforce the lesson by [[spoiler:having Michael tossed off a cliff]].



* In Sukhinov's ''Emerald City'' decalogy, The Wicked Witch of the East (Named Gingema in text) adopts Corina, a lttle Munchkin girl, and trains her in magic. Needless to say, Corina ends up massively scewed up (though not outright evil).

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* In Sukhinov's ''Emerald City'' decalogy, The Wicked Witch of the East (Named Gingema in text) adopts Corina, a lttle little Munchkin girl, and trains her in magic. Needless to say, Corina ends up massively scewed screwed up (though not outright evil).



** Zhaan is a borderline example of this trope at best, because she had ''already used her powers to kill'' her lover in her backstory, who was planning to utilize the Peacekeepers to gain control of Delvia. This is in fact what led to her imprisonment on Moya in the first place. In other early episodes of Season 1, Zhaan herself makes clear that beneath her calm surface she is a potentially ''extremely'' [[BewareTheNiceOnes violent individual]]. In fact Zhaan is asked to ''become'' the evil mentor of a band of renegade Delvians who want to learn for themselves how to use their powers to kill without going [[PowerIncontinence bonkers as a result]].

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** Zhaan is a borderline example of this trope at best, best because she had ''already used her powers to kill'' her lover in her backstory, who was planning to utilize the Peacekeepers to gain control of Delvia. This is in fact what led to her imprisonment on Moya in the first place. In other early episodes of Season 1, Zhaan herself makes clear that beneath her calm surface she is a potentially ''extremely'' [[BewareTheNiceOnes violent individual]]. In fact fact, Zhaan is asked to ''become'' the evil mentor of a band of renegade Delvians who want to learn for themselves how to use their powers to kill without going [[PowerIncontinence bonkers as a result]].



** Ruby. She spends a season being mysterious and helpful before Dean dies, and then provides the bereaved Sam with emotional support, and encourages him to develop his PsychicPowers, which are [[BadPowersBadPeople of demonic origin]], in order to avenge Dean. Even though he'd promised Dean he wouldn't use them. [[spoiler: She gets him hooked on [[PsychoSerum demon blood]], a power booster that turns out to be [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide highly addictive]] as well as revolting, and ultimately uses him to free TheDevil. She was [[ThanatosGambit Lilith's]] inside woman all along.]] Even though he showed a lot of TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget markers, he never got further than rather lukewarm WellIntentionedExtremist...unless he actually ''exsanguinated'' that poor nurse Cindy, but that ''was'' a once-off. He trespasses rather badly against his family, but almost all of it is either under [[MindControl siren venom]] or in the throes of withdrawal. Sam is actually a really good guy, but no one [[DeathSeeker including Sam]] really believes that even a little for much of season five.

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** Ruby. She spends a season being mysterious and helpful before Dean dies, and then provides the bereaved Sam with emotional support, and encourages him to develop his PsychicPowers, which are [[BadPowersBadPeople of demonic origin]], in order to avenge Dean. Even though he'd promised Dean he wouldn't use them. [[spoiler: She gets him hooked on [[PsychoSerum demon blood]], a power booster that turns out to be [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide highly addictive]] as well as revolting, and ultimately uses him to free TheDevil. She was [[ThanatosGambit Lilith's]] inside woman all along.]] Even though he showed a lot of TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget markers, he never got further than a rather lukewarm WellIntentionedExtremist...unless he actually ''exsanguinated'' that poor nurse Cindy, but that ''was'' a once-off. He trespasses rather badly against his family, but almost all of it is either under [[MindControl siren venom]] or in the throes of withdrawal. Sam is actually a really good guy, but no one [[DeathSeeker including Sam]] really believes that even a little for much of season five.



** Season six [[spoiler:Crowley to Cas]], a bit. Not that the latter isn't the more powerful, but the former leads him by the nose with the hope of knowledge he can use to end the war, and his [[DealWithTheDevil partnership with the devil's replacement]] drags him down until the MoralEventHorizon makes a faint ''whooshing'' sound as it flies by. Somewhere around the time he started killing his friends so they couldn't stop him, maybe? And then he succeeds, and goes batshit insane.

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** Season six [[spoiler:Crowley to Cas]], a bit. Not that the latter isn't the more powerful, but the former leads him by the nose with the hope of knowledge he can use to end the war, and his [[DealWithTheDevil partnership with the devil's replacement]] drags him down until the MoralEventHorizon makes a faint ''whooshing'' sound as it flies by. Somewhere around the time he started killing his friends so they couldn't stop him, maybe? And then he succeeds, succeeds and goes batshit insane.



* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', we learn that Larry "[[RunningGag Dead Larry]]" Sizemore, the man who trained Michael Westen in most of what he knows, eventually [[FakingTheDead faked his own death]] and went freelance. He's now a PsychoForHire [[ProfessionalKiller contract killer]] who enjoys using poisons and knives way too much, and thinks that MurderIsTheBestSolution to any obstacle. He's also trying to get Michael to be more like him.

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* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', we learn that Larry "[[RunningGag Dead Larry]]" Sizemore, the man who trained Michael Westen in most of what he knows, eventually [[FakingTheDead faked his own death]] and went freelance. He's now a PsychoForHire [[ProfessionalKiller contract killer]] who enjoys using poisons and knives way too much, much and thinks that MurderIsTheBestSolution to any obstacle. He's also trying to get Michael to be more like him.



** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has Shroud, who gave her student his TransformationTrinket after he lost his parents to a Dopant attack. The evil kicks in when it's revealed that she was the one who gave the Dopant ''his'' trinket as well, and both of them were her attempts at a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the BigBad. She didn't intend for the Dopant to turn out as monstrous as he did, though, and Terui eventually manages to show Shroud the error of her ways.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has Shroud, who gave her student his TransformationTrinket after he lost his parents to a Dopant attack. The evil kicks in when it's revealed that she was the one who gave the Dopant ''his'' trinket as well, well and both of them were her attempts at a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the BigBad. She didn't intend for the Dopant to turn out as monstrous as he did, though, and Terui eventually manages to show Shroud the error of her ways.



** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has its evil mentor double as its BigBad, as Wiseman and the White Wizard are proven to be one and the same, sending Phantoms to drive the VictimOfTheWeek to despair as Wiseman and having Haruto kill the Phantoms as the White Wizard. His real goal is to find four victims who become new wizards instead of new Phantoms, so that he can use them as sacrifices to resurrect his daughter.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'' has its evil mentor double as its BigBad, as Wiseman and the White Wizard are proven to be one and the same, sending Phantoms to drive the VictimOfTheWeek to despair as Wiseman and having Haruto kill the Phantoms as the White Wizard. His real goal is to find four victims who become new wizards instead of new Phantoms, Phantoms so that he can use them as sacrifices to resurrect his daughter.



* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Harrison Wells]], Barry's mentor, is apparently also [[spoiler:the man in yellow, i.e., the Reverse Flash]]. The reason for that is [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne, the Flash's nemesis from the distant future, went back in time to when Barry was 12 to try to kill him, only to be stopped by Future!Barry. Angry, Thawne killed Barry's mother out of spite, but discovered that the time jump robbed him of a stable connection to the Speed Force, stranding him in the past. Killing and taking the face of the real Dr. Wells, Thawne built the particle accelerator several years earlier than intended in order to create the Flash himself in order to eventually use Barry's connection to the Speed Force to get back home]]. Later, [[spoiler:Barry's new mentor Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth 2, turns out to be the same person as Zoom, the evil speedster of Earth 2. As Zoom, he keeps sending enemies to try and kill Barry. As Jay, he trains Barry to be faster. His end goal is to siphon away Barry's speed for himself in order to cure his degenerative condition, caused by his abuse of the Velocity SuperSerum]]. Averted with [[spoiler:the real Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth 3. It helps that Jay is the double of Barry's late father, so Barry is predisposed to trusting him]].

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', it is revealed that [[spoiler:Harrison Wells]], Barry's mentor, is apparently also [[spoiler:the man in yellow, i.e., the Reverse Flash]]. The reason for that is [[spoiler:Eobard Thawne, the Flash's nemesis from the distant future, went back in time to when Barry was 12 to try to kill him, only to be stopped by Future!Barry. Angry, Thawne killed Barry's mother out of spite, spite but discovered that the time jump robbed him of a stable connection to the Speed Force, stranding him in the past. Killing and taking the face of the real Dr. Wells, Thawne built the particle accelerator several years earlier than intended in order to create the Flash himself in order to eventually use Barry's connection to the Speed Force to get back home]]. Later, [[spoiler:Barry's new mentor Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth 2, turns out to be the same person as Zoom, the evil speedster of Earth 2. As Zoom, he keeps sending enemies to try and kill Barry. As Jay, he trains Barry to be faster. His end goal is to siphon away Barry's speed for himself in order to cure his degenerative condition, caused by his abuse of the Velocity SuperSerum]]. Averted with [[spoiler:the real Jay Garrick, the Flash of Earth 3. It helps that Jay is the double of Barry's late father, so Barry is predisposed to trusting him]].



* In {{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}}, Changelings are the daughters of humans and hags. Their wicked mothers typically leave them among humans to be raised, but at some point they will feel "the call" to join their mothers and receive training in witchcraft, and eventually have the opportunity to submit to depravity and become hags themselves. Some embrace this, some ignore the call entirely, and some accept some training ([[DarkIsNotEvil not all witches are bad, after all]]) but leave before taking the final steps.

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* In {{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}}, Changelings are the daughters of humans and hags. Their wicked mothers typically leave them among humans to be raised, but at some point point, they will feel "the call" to join their mothers and receive training in witchcraft, and eventually have the opportunity to submit to depravity and become hags themselves. Some embrace this, some ignore the call entirely, and some accept some training ([[DarkIsNotEvil not all witches are bad, after all]]) but leave before taking the final steps.



* Roy Cohn to Joe Pitt in ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica''. Despite being a hideously loathsome man, he has a genuine affection for Joe, and offers him much in the way of (what he thinks of as) advice, which later leads to problems when Joe refuses to believe his "questionable but good-at-heart" mentor could do the kind of horrible things Roy Cohn [[RealityEnsues really did]].

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* Roy Cohn to Joe Pitt in ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica''. Despite being a hideously loathsome man, he has a genuine affection for Joe, Joe and offers him much in the way of (what he thinks of as) advice, which later leads to problems when Joe refuses to believe his "questionable but good-at-heart" mentor could do the kind of horrible things Roy Cohn [[RealityEnsues really did]].



** Riku had this as a recurring problem. The power he learned from Maleficent and Ansem was too useful not to use, but gave him serious self-image issues.

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** Riku had this as a recurring problem. The power he learned from Maleficent and Ansem was too useful not to use, use but gave him serious self-image issues.



** A book in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' talks about how [[OurGodsAreDifferent Nocturnal]]'s cowl was stolen. A young thief tries to steal from a master thief, who summarily catches her but lets her be his protege. Eventually they plan a heist to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu steal the cowl of Nocturnal]]. The young thief is to wait in a nearby tree, wait for Nocturnal to remove her cowl, then let the elder make a distraction. When the distraction never comes, the young thief attempts to steal the cowl without help. After she is caught, she looks over to realize that Nocturnal's cowl is gone. When asked who she is, she says, [[IronicEcho "I'm the distraction."]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' video game ''World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia'', the PlayerCharacter is in much the same situation that Aki is in, with Divine as his/her mentor. (And plays a big part in defeating him ''and'' the Dark Signers; the storyline of the game is similar to the that of the Anime, but has your character substituting for many key characters in important roles.)

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** A book in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' talks about how [[OurGodsAreDifferent Nocturnal]]'s cowl was stolen. A young thief tries to steal from a master thief, who summarily catches her but lets her be his protege. Eventually Eventually, they plan a heist to [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu steal the cowl of Nocturnal]]. The young thief is to wait in a nearby tree, wait for Nocturnal to remove her cowl, then let the elder make a distraction. When the distraction never comes, the young thief attempts to steal the cowl without help. After she is caught, she looks over to realize that Nocturnal's cowl is gone. When asked who she is, she says, [[IronicEcho "I'm the distraction."]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' video game ''World Championship 2010: Reverse of Arcadia'', the PlayerCharacter is in much the same situation that Aki is in, with Divine as his/her mentor. (And plays a big part in defeating him ''and'' the Dark Signers; the storyline of the game is similar to the that of the Anime, Anime but has your character substituting for many key characters in important roles.)



* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', [[spoiler: villains like Captain Ginyu, Frieza and Cell]] can become TheHero's mentor. For [[spoiler: Ginyu,]] he wants to train them because he thinks they're candidates to expand [[spoiler: the Ginyu Force.]] For [[spoiler: Frieza,]] he wants the hero to become his minion, having heard so much about them from [[spoiler: Ginyu.]] And [[spoiler: Cell?]] Well, for no reason other than he's bored and wants to make a game of training an imperfect creature to become perfect -- but becomes very [[VillainTakesAnInterest intrigued]] by the hero's growing power that he now wants them to become his ''rival''.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', [[spoiler: villains like Captain Ginyu, Frieza Frieza, and Cell]] can become TheHero's mentor. For [[spoiler: Ginyu,]] he wants to train them because he thinks they're candidates to expand [[spoiler: the Ginyu Force.]] For [[spoiler: Frieza,]] he wants the hero to become his minion, having heard so much about them from [[spoiler: Ginyu.]] And [[spoiler: Cell?]] Well, for no reason other than he's bored and wants to make a game of training an imperfect creature to become perfect -- but becomes very [[VillainTakesAnInterest intrigued]] by the hero's growing power that he now wants them to become his ''rival''.



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' gives us art instructor Ichiryuusai Madarame, who is famous for his works of art. What the public is less aware of is that none of the art is truly his, but is stolen from his students, which includes his adopted son Yusuke Kitagawa. [[spoiler:Even less known is how Yusuke was adopted; Madarame was in the best position to save Yusuke's dying mother, but chose not to, instead taking the boy in for the sake of exploiting his talents.]] Needless to say, [[ThisIsUnforgivable Yusuke is fucking pissed]] when the truth about Madarame becomes known.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' gives us art instructor Ichiryuusai Madarame, who is famous for his works of art. What the public is less aware of is that none of the art is truly his, but is stolen from his students, which includes his adopted son Yusuke Kitagawa. [[spoiler:Even less known is how Yusuke was adopted; Madarame was in the best position to save Yusuke's dying mother, mother but chose not to, instead taking the boy in for the sake of exploiting his talents.]] Needless to say, [[ThisIsUnforgivable Yusuke is fucking pissed]] when the truth about Madarame becomes known.



* Bernkastel from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' serves as a meta example to the player as much of her words are actually useful ways to think of the mystery. She's essentially [[spoiler: a MUCH more malicious version]] of Kreia above. Also a rare non corruptor example

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* Bernkastel from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' serves as a meta example to the player as much of her words are actually useful ways to think of the mystery. She's essentially [[spoiler: a MUCH more malicious version]] of Kreia above. Also a rare non corruptor non-corruptor example



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAwesomes'': Dr. Turfenpeltz taught Prock to believe in himself and his intellect, but then went bad and built a giant robot suit to copy the Awesome's superpowers, including [[spoiler:Prock's ability to freeze time in 10 second increments. Prock eventually uses this against him by neglecting to mention doing so hurts after the 10 seconds are up.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAwesomes'': Dr. Turfenpeltz taught Prock to believe in himself and his intellect, but then went bad and built a giant robot suit to copy the Awesome's superpowers, including [[spoiler:Prock's ability to freeze time in 10 second 10-second increments. Prock eventually uses this against him by neglecting to mention doing so hurts after the 10 seconds are up.]]



** Bolin had three of these. The first two are Shady Shin and Varrick, neither of whom manage to do anything to corrupt him other than causing him to stretch his morals with less-than-legal tools of the trade. He also becomes one of Kuvira's lieutenants in the fourth book and unwittingly does a lot of morally grey enforcement in her campaign to reunite the Earth Kingdom. Eventually he cottons on and helps overthrow her.

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** Bolin had three of these. The first two are Shady Shin and Varrick, neither of whom manage to do anything to corrupt him other than causing him to stretch his morals with less-than-legal tools of the trade. He also becomes one of Kuvira's lieutenants in the fourth book and unwittingly does a lot of morally grey enforcement in her campaign to reunite the Earth Kingdom. Eventually Eventually, he cottons on and helps overthrow her.


The Evil Mentor's motivation for this are similar to those of an OldMaster, but with a ZenSurvivor's more elitist air: they're looking for someone to carry on their legacy, warts and all, and usually ''against'' the pupil's wishes because only ''they'' are "worthy enough" to learn it. This usually entails actively [[MoreThanMindControl corrupting the hero]] and netting him a personal [[TheDragon Dragon]], not just to spread evil and [[FallenHero deny good a powerful champion]]. The Evil Mentor is also patient enough to wait, hoping that if attempts to actively corrupt fail at forcing a FaceHeelTurn, then more passive temptation will do their work for them. Also, people who easily FaceHeelTurn also easily HeelFaceTurn. If you want quality in your minion, do it the long way.

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The Evil Mentor's motivation for this are similar to those of an OldMaster, but with a ZenSurvivor's more elitist air: they're looking for someone to carry on their legacy, warts and all, and [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes (and may actually grow to care a bit)]] usually ''against'' the pupil's wishes because only ''they'' are "worthy enough" to learn it. This usually entails actively [[MoreThanMindControl corrupting the hero]] and netting him a personal [[TheDragon Dragon]], not just to spread evil and [[FallenHero deny good a powerful champion]]. The Evil Mentor is also patient enough to wait, hoping that if attempts to actively corrupt fail at forcing a FaceHeelTurn, then more passive temptation will do their work for them. Also, people who easily FaceHeelTurn also easily HeelFaceTurn. If you want quality in your minion, do it the long way.

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* ''Series/RomperStomper'': Vic/Cackles is revealed to have inducted Kane into Neo-Nazism.


* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' gives us art instructor Ichiryuusai Madarame, who is famous for his works of art. What the public is less aware of is that none of the art is truly his, but is stolen from his students, which includes his adopted son Yusuke Kitagawa. [[spoiler:Even less known is how Yusuke was adopted; Madarame was in the best position to save Yusuke's dying mother, but chose not to, instead taking the boy in for the sake of exploiting his talents.]] Needless to say, [[MemeticMutation Yusuke is fucking pissed]] when the spoiler becomes known.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' gives us art instructor Ichiryuusai Madarame, who is famous for his works of art. What the public is less aware of is that none of the art is truly his, but is stolen from his students, which includes his adopted son Yusuke Kitagawa. [[spoiler:Even less known is how Yusuke was adopted; Madarame was in the best position to save Yusuke's dying mother, but chose not to, instead taking the boy in for the sake of exploiting his talents.]] Needless to say, [[MemeticMutation [[ThisIsUnforgivable Yusuke is fucking pissed]] when the spoiler truth about Madarame becomes known.

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* ''VideoGame/DivinityOriginalSinII'': The player characters likely resort to this to [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential unlock their Source powers]] in Act II, as their erstwhile mentor has been [[DePower De-Powered]] and their other options include a {{Soul Eat|ing}}er, the [[ProperlyParanoid paranoid]] creator of a heinous PhlebotinumBomb, an ally of the BigBad, and a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d if a PC asks the mentor if she ''really'' expects them to get lessons from {{Evil So|rcerer}}urcerers: she reminds them that the alternative is to let the world end.


** Kreia is an ex-Jedi extremely disillusioned with the Order and is quickly revealed to be a former Sith as well. Her lessons to you are mostly ones of bitter and at times ruthless pragmatism, encouraging you to only help others if it helps you and to manipulate people to your own ends. [[spoiler:She is also the BigBad, but unlike a TreacherousAdvisor she never uses her mentor position to backstab the protagonist, as she actually cares for The Exile -- her training was a legitimate attempt to groom a successor. She turns on you only as a means to impart her final lesson -- that you should forge your own path free from the manipulations of people like her.]]

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** Kreia is an ex-Jedi extremely disillusioned with the Order and is quickly revealed to be a former Sith as well. Her lessons to you are mostly ones of bitter and at times ruthless pragmatism, encouraging you to only help others if it helps you and to manipulate people to your own ends. [[spoiler:She is also the BigBad, but unlike a TreacherousAdvisor she never uses her mentor position to backstab the protagonist, as she actually cares for The Exile -- her training was a legitimate attempt to groom a successor. She turns on you only as a means to impart her final final, cynical lesson -- that mentors are {{Manipulative Bastard}}s and you should forge your own path free from the manipulations of people like her.path.]]


** Kreia is an ex-Jedi extremely disillusioned with the Order and is quickly revealed to be a former Sith as well. Her lessons to you are mostly ones of bitter and at times ruthless pragmatism, encouraging you to only help others if it helps you and to manipulate people to your own ends. [[spoiler:She is also the BigBad, but unlike a TreacherousAdvisor she never uses her mentor position to backstab the protagonist, as she actually cares for The Exile - her training was a legitimate attempt to groom a successor. She only turns on you to impart her final lesson -- that you should forge your own path free from the manipulations of people like her.]]

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** Kreia is an ex-Jedi extremely disillusioned with the Order and is quickly revealed to be a former Sith as well. Her lessons to you are mostly ones of bitter and at times ruthless pragmatism, encouraging you to only help others if it helps you and to manipulate people to your own ends. [[spoiler:She is also the BigBad, but unlike a TreacherousAdvisor she never uses her mentor position to backstab the protagonist, as she actually cares for The Exile - -- her training was a legitimate attempt to groom a successor. She only turns on you only as a means to impart her final lesson -- that you should forge your own path free from the manipulations of people like her.]]


** Kreia states fairly early that she used to be a Sith, and tries to impart upon the main character the lessons of self-reliance, how doing good rarely solves anything, manipulating others to do your bidding, and a whole lot of other lessons that run contrary to the Jedi code. [[spoiler:She is also the BigBad, but unlike a TreacherousAdvisor she never uses her mentor position to backstab the protagonist, as she actually cares for The Exile - her training was a legitimate attempt to groom a successor.]]

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** Kreia states fairly early that she used is an ex-Jedi extremely disillusioned with the Order and is quickly revealed to be a Sith, and tries to impart upon the main character the former Sith as well. Her lessons to you are mostly ones of self-reliance, how doing good rarely solves anything, manipulating bitter and at times ruthless pragmatism, encouraging you to only help others if it helps you and to do manipulate people to your bidding, and a whole lot of other lessons that run contrary to the Jedi code.own ends. [[spoiler:She is also the BigBad, but unlike a TreacherousAdvisor she never uses her mentor position to backstab the protagonist, as she actually cares for The Exile - her training was a legitimate attempt to groom a successor. She only turns on you to impart her final lesson -- that you should forge your own path free from the manipulations of people like her.]]

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