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* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', it's revealed that the lessons that set [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King]] to become the [[TheDreaded feared walord]] he's known as were originally learned centuries ago from [[AscendedExtra Arawn]], the [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/{{Nouns}} Death]] [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/{{Titles}} Lord]] of [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain Annuvin]] (whose spirit is [[SealedEvilInACan trapped]] inside [[ArtifactOfDoom the Black Cauldron]]).

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* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', it's revealed that the lessons that set [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron [[WesternAnimation/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King]] to become the [[TheDreaded feared walord]] he's known as were originally learned centuries ago from [[AscendedExtra Arawn]], the [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/{{Nouns}} Death]] [[NamesToRunAwayFrom/{{Titles}} Lord]] of [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain Annuvin]] (whose spirit is [[SealedEvilInACan trapped]] inside [[ArtifactOfDoom the Black Cauldron]]).

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/705578/1/Genma-s-Journal Genma’s Journal]] '' has the cast of Manga/RanmaOneHalf learn that Genma was ObfuscatingStupidity to conceal his motives to turn Ranma into TheUnfettered WorldsBestWarrior.

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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 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 ''Manga/TheDemonGirlNextDoor'', Lilith acts as one to Yuko, teaching the latter how to use their familial DreamWalker powers, yet often denigrating her modesty and integrity as unbecoming of a demon.


->''"What? Do you reproach me for being cold? You? You should know. I am what you have made me. Take all the praise, take all the blame; take all the success, take all the failure; in short, take me."''
-->-- '''Estella''', ''Literature/GreatExpectations''

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->''"What? Do you reproach me for being cold? You? ->'''Ra's Al-Gul''': You were my greatest student. It should know. I am what be you have made me. Take all standing by my side, saving the praise, take all world.\\
'''Bruce''': I'll be standing where I belong -- between you and
the blame; take all the success, take all the failure; in short, take me."''
people of Gotham.
-->-- '''Estella''', ''Literature/GreatExpectations''
''Film/BatmanBegins''


** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo Ren offers to be one for Rey, but [[NiceJobFixingItVillain unwittingly gives her the resolve to find her calm and defeat him]]. Ren himself had one in [[spoiler:Supreme Leader Snoke, who lured him to the Dark Side while he was training to be a Jedi, with much the same results as the Palpatine-Anakin mentorship.]]

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** In ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', Kylo Ren offers to be one for Rey, but [[NiceJobFixingItVillain unwittingly gives her the resolve to find her calm and defeat him]]. Ren himself Ben Solo had one in [[spoiler:Supreme Leader Snoke, who lured him to the Dark Side while he was training to be a Jedi, with much the same results as the Palpatine-Anakin mentorship.]]


* When Wrestling/RingOfHonor decided to officially launch its own women's division in 2015, Kelly Klein signed on as a chance to reinvent herself. BJ Whitmer, who had come to embrace the fact he was an "evil man", jumped on this chance to ensure someone would carry on his evil legacy and turned out to be [[SoProudOfYou very proud]] of the results.[[/folder]]

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* When Wrestling/RingOfHonor decided to officially launch its own women's division in 2015, Kelly Klein Wrestling/KellyKlein signed on as a chance to reinvent herself. BJ Whitmer, who had come to embrace the fact he was an "evil man", jumped on this chance to ensure someone would carry on his evil legacy and turned out to be [[SoProudOfYou very proud]] of the results.[[/folder]]

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* ''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.


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 his or her 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.

The Evil Mentor will lead them down the path to the DarkSide. This can involve teaching the character BlackMagic, a DangerousForbiddenTechnique, how to use a DeadlyUpgrade (while downplaying the costs), advanced PsychicPowers like MindRape or [[{{Brainwashed}} Mind Control]], and generally introduce them to abilities or substances that are [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil painfully addictive]] and make PsychoSerum seem safe to use by comparison.

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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 his or her 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.

The Evil Mentor will lead them down the path to the DarkSide. This can involve teaching the character BlackMagic, a DangerousForbiddenTechnique, how to use a DeadlyUpgrade (while downplaying the costs), advanced PsychicPowers like MindRape or [[{{Brainwashed}} Mind Control]], {{Brainwashed}}, and generally introduce them to abilities or substances that are [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil painfully addictive]] and make PsychoSerum seem safe to use by comparison.



** Master Asia of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' [[TrainingFromHell trained]] [[TheHero Domon]] since childhood (''before'' he became evil, though), and is revealed to be the BigBad. He remains so for a good part of the show.

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** Master Asia of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' [[TrainingFromHell trained]] {{train|ingFromHell}}ed [[TheHero Domon]] since childhood (''before'' he became evil, though), and is revealed to be the BigBad. He remains so for a good part of the show.



* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has Celestia's [[FallenAngel Fallen Alicorn]] brother [[SatanicArchetype Morning Star]] having taught Discord how to be an effective ManipulativeBastard. Though, naturally, Discord was already evil before he ever started learning from Morning Star. [[spoiler:Discord becomes this to Diamond Tiara later on, simultaneously breaking her mind to raise her into his new TheDragon.]]

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* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has Celestia's [[FallenAngel Fallen Alicorn]] {{Fallen A|ngel}}licorn brother [[SatanicArchetype Morning Star]] having taught Discord how to be an effective ManipulativeBastard. Though, naturally, Discord was already evil before he ever started learning from Morning Star. [[spoiler:Discord becomes this to Diamond Tiara later on, simultaneously breaking her mind to raise her into his new TheDragon.]]



--> '''Larry:''' Well it's nice to see you too, Michael, and Sam! I also see you... seriously, pal, we do twenty missions on three continents and this is how you greet me?
--> '''Michael:''' Well, that was before you [[FakingTheDead faked your own death]] and came back [[InLoveWithYourCarnage without a]] [[BloodKnight soul.]]

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--> '''Larry:''' '''Larry''': Well it's nice to see you too, Michael, and Sam! I also see you... seriously, pal, we do twenty missions on three continents and this is how you greet me?
--> '''Michael:'''
me?\\
'''Michael''':
Well, that was before you [[FakingTheDead faked your own death]] and came back [[InLoveWithYourCarnage without a]] [[BloodKnight soul.]]



-->'''Morden:''' It's like knocking over an anthill. Every new generation gets stronger. The anthill gets redesigned, made better.\\
'''Sheridan:''' So that's what [[spoiler:the Shadows]] do. Come out every few thousand years, and kick over all the anthills, start wars, destroy entire races.\\
'''Justin:''' A few get lost along the way, yes, and that's unfortunate. I don't think it was ever easy, but you can't let that get in the way of the dream.

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-->'''Morden:''' -->'''Morden''': It's like knocking over an anthill. Every new generation gets stronger. The anthill gets redesigned, made better.\\
'''Sheridan:''' '''Sheridan''': So that's what [[spoiler:the Shadows]] do. Come out every few thousand years, and kick over all the anthills, start wars, destroy entire races.\\
'''Justin:''' '''Justin''': A few get lost along the way, yes, and that's unfortunate. I don't think it was ever easy, but you can't let that get in the way of the dream.



* [[spoiler:[[TheMaster Al Mualim]]]] in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI.''

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* [[spoiler:[[TheMaster Al Mualim]]]] in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI.''''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI''.



* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'', [[spoiler: villains like Captain Ginyu, Frieza and Cell]] can become [[TheHero the hero'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 and Cell]] can become [[TheHero the hero's]] 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''.



* Amical from ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]''.

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* Amical from ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]''.''Webcomic/{{morphE}}''. Though this is more due to Amical's BlueAndOrangeMorality than having malevolent designs -- not that that's any consolation to his victims.



* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[spoiler:Eddy's Brother was this to Eddy]].
** And Eddy to Jimmy.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' [[spoiler:Eddy's Brother was this to Eddy]].
Eddy. Besides being a cruel bully, he seems to have been the one who fostered Eddy's bad attitude and conman mentality.]]
** And Eddy to Jimmy.Jimmy in "Ed in a Halfshell". Eddy tries to make Jimmy a scammer like himself.



-->'''Raven:''' It's dark magic! You've been teaching me dark magic!\\
'''Malchior:''' Is it dark, or is it simply misunderstood... like you?

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-->'''Raven:''' -->'''Raven''': It's dark magic! You've been teaching me dark magic!\\
'''Malchior:''' '''Malchior''': Is it dark, or is it simply misunderstood... like you?



-->'''Dr. Venture:''' He thinks I'm a... Brock, am I a... bad person?\\
'''Brock:''' What the hell just happened?\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' Am I, Brock?!\\
'''Brock:''' [[NonAnswer Ehhh...]]

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-->'''Dr. Venture:''' Venture''': He thinks I'm a... Brock, am I a... bad person?\\
'''Brock:''' '''Brock''': What the hell just happened?\\
'''Dr. Venture:''' Venture''': Am I, Brock?!\\
'''Brock:''' '''Brock''': [[NonAnswer Ehhh...]]


* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''
** In the Second Age, Sauron taught Celebrimbor and his smiths the art of ring-craft, but never told them that the rings included binding magic (and could be controlled by the One Ring). He was also a full-on Evil Mentor to the last king of Númenor.
** Morgoth was this to Fëanor in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', and was reasonably successful until he implied he wanted Fëanor's treasure.
*** Well, sort of. Morgoth claimed this, 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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* ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''
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** In the Second Age, Sauron taught Celebrimbor and his smiths the art of ring-craft, but never told them that the rings included binding magic (and could be controlled by the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One Ring).Ring]]). He was also a full-on Evil Mentor to the last king of Númenor.
** Morgoth was claimed to be this to Fëanor Feanor in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', and was reasonably successful until he implied he wanted Fëanor's treasure.
*** Well, sort of. Morgoth claimed this,
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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* In ''Comicbook/RedHoodTheLostDays'' Talia searches these out to teach Jason how to use a gun, and how to effectively maim and kill in a fight. Jason requested Talia be one to him but she's really using the training time to stall as she has no desire to see Jason or Bruce die.

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* In ''Comicbook/RedHoodTheLostDays'' ''Comicbook/RedHoodTheLostDays'', Talia searches these out to teach Jason how to use a gun, and how to effectively maim and kill in a fight. Jason requested Talia be one to him but she's really using the training time to stall as she has no desire to see Jason or Bruce die.


* The [[BiggerBad Female Changeling]] from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' serves as this to Odo, with a strong dose of [[TheVamp vamp]]. In "The Search", she teaches him about the history of the Changeling race and helps him hone his shapeshifting abilities. When Odo discovers that she and the other Founders lead the tyrannical Dominion, he leaves her. Later, during the occupation of Deep Space Nine, she teaches him more about his people and [[GRatedSex links with him.]]

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* The [[BiggerBad Female Changeling]] Changeling from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' serves as this to Odo, with a strong dose of [[TheVamp vamp]]. In "The Search", she teaches him about the history of the Changeling race and helps him hone his shapeshifting abilities. When Odo discovers that she and the other Founders lead the tyrannical Dominion, he leaves her. Later, during the occupation of Deep Space Nine, she teaches him more about his people and [[GRatedSex links with him.]]



** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' repeats Gaim's trick in a more complex manner: all sides of the show's conflict, including the one that acts like the BiggerBad otherwise, are pushed and prodded along in their LensmanArmsRace by Blood Stalk, who seems oddly unconcerned with gathering any more power of his own. While he favors Sento and Banjou as the main targets of his pushing, he'll just as gladly hand other characters the keys to more power in order to give them a steady stream of appropriate rivals to fight.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' repeats Gaim's trick in a more complex manner: all sides of the show's conflict, including the one that acts like the BiggerBad otherwise, conflict are pushed and prodded along in their LensmanArmsRace by Blood Stalk, who seems oddly unconcerned with gathering any more power of his own. While he favors Sento and Banjou as the main targets of his pushing, he'll just as gladly hand other characters the keys to more power in order to give them a steady stream of appropriate rivals to fight.


* ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} of the DCU does this as a hobby. He once acted as an Evil Mentor to Terra, before he realized too late that she was [[EvilerThanThou even more evil than him]]. He also tried to turn Nightwing evil in the "Renegade" storyline, but Nightwing turned that around by acting as a ''Good'' Mentor to Slade's daughter Rose which led to her HeelFaceTurn. He also founded an EvilCounterpart to the ComicBook/TeenTitans ''twice''. Slade in general has a disturbing interest in corrupting the next generation of superbeings.

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* ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} of the DCU does this as a hobby. He once acted as an Evil Mentor to Terra, before he realized too late that she was [[EvilerThanThou even more evil than him]]. He also tried to turn Nightwing ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} evil in the "Renegade" storyline, but Nightwing turned that around by acting as a ''Good'' Mentor to Slade's daughter Rose which led to her HeelFaceTurn. He also founded an EvilCounterpart to the ComicBook/TeenTitans ''twice''. Slade in general has a disturbing interest in corrupting the next generation of superbeings.


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* ''ComicBook/RedRobin'': Following Bruce's "death" when Tim is on his own Comicbook/RasAlGhul tried to step in as a mentor figure for Tim, and did for a little while but ''both'' of them had ulterior motives and Tim blew up multiple League of Assassins bases while ruing their computer network on his way out the door. He is concerned he may have slipped a little too close to breaking Batman's golden rule while working with Ra's but he doesn't plan on doing so again.

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* In ''Comicbook/RedHoodTheLostDays'' Talia searches these out to teach Jason how to use a gun, and how to effectively maim and kill in a fight. Jason requested Talia be one to him but she's really using the training time to stall as she has no desire to see Jason or Bruce die.

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