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* VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic: The party is sent down to the Kashyyyk Shadowlands. They soon stumble on Jolee Bindo, a [[spoiler self-exiled]] Jedi who is aware that he's "the crazy old man in the dangerous woods," and volunteers himself into the party in exchange for leading them to the PlotCoupon. [[spoiler: And yes, he knew exactly who the PlayerCharacter was (or is), but figured it wasn't his place to say anything.]] Jolee is nothing if not very meta about the whole concept.

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* VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic: The party is sent down to the Kashyyyk Shadowlands. They soon stumble on Jolee Bindo, a [[spoiler [[spoiler: self-exiled]] Jedi who is aware that he's known as "the crazy old man in the dangerous woods," and volunteers himself into the party in exchange for leading them to the PlotCoupon. [[spoiler: And yes, he knew exactly who the PlayerCharacter was (or is), but figured it wasn't his place to say anything.]] Jolee is nothing if not very meta about the whole concept. \n

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* VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic: The party is sent down to the Kashyyyk Shadowlands. They soon stumble on Jolee Bindo, a [[spoiler self-exiled]] Jedi who is aware that he's "the crazy old man in the dangerous woods," and volunteers himself into the party in exchange for leading them to the PlotCoupon. [[spoiler: And yes, he knew exactly who the PlayerCharacter was (or is), but figured it wasn't his place to say anything.]] Jolee is nothing if not very meta about the whole concept.


** "Requiem For Methuselah": Mr. Flint owns a planet in the Omega system. He has a number of robots as servants and a beautiful female ward named Rayna Kapec. He has tremendous technological power, enough to destroy the Enterprise. He has two dark secrets. The first is that he is an immortal man from Earth and is thousands of years old. The second is that his ward is not human, but actually an android robot in female form, and he needs to have her emotions wakened so she will love him. Her name may be a reference to Karel Čapek, who coined the word "robot".

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** "Requiem For Methuselah": Mr. Flint owns a planet in the Omega system. He has a number of robots as servants and a beautiful female ward named Rayna Kapec. He has tremendous technological power, enough to destroy the Enterprise. He has two dark secrets. The first is that he is an immortal man from Earth and is thousands of years old. The second is that his ward is not human, but actually an android robot in female form, and he needs to have her emotions wakened so she will love him. Her name may be a reference to [[Creator/KarelCapek Karel Čapek, Čapek]], who coined the word "robot".


The UnbuiltTrope from which this came may have been the KingInTheMountain.

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The UnbuiltTrope from which this came may have been the KingInTheMountain.
KingInTheMountain. Not to be confused with StumbledIntoThePlot.


* ''Film/ANewHope'' has Luke 'accidentally' meet Obi-wan Kenobi. Later it transpires that Kenobi has been keeping a close eye on Luke, and their meeting was no accident.

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* ''Film/ANewHope'' has Luke 'accidentally' meet Obi-wan Kenobi.Obi-Wan Kenobi, [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot samurai space-wizard]]. Later it transpires that Kenobi has been keeping a close eye on Luke, and their meeting was no accident.


* In the ''WorldOfWarcraft'' novel ''Literature/CycleOfHatred'', Jaina Proudmoore is looking for a place to create a settlement and stumbles on a hidden shack protected by powerful wards. After bypassing the wards, she discovers Aegwynn, the only female Guardian of Tirisfal and Jaina's childhood hero. Aegwynn ends up helping Jaina defeat a demon and becomes her secret advisor.

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* In the ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' novel ''Literature/CycleOfHatred'', Jaina Proudmoore is looking for a place to create a settlement and stumbles on a hidden shack protected by powerful wards. After bypassing the wards, she discovers Aegwynn, the only female Guardian of Tirisfal and Jaina's childhood hero. Aegwynn ends up helping Jaina defeat a demon and becomes her secret advisor.


* ''{{Babylon 5}}'': Sheridan meeting Lorien [[spoiler: on Z'ha'dum]]. Lorien had been living there for millennia, and as he was ''the'' First One, the Shadows had built their stronghold around this place out of a largely-forgotten veneration. Sheridan was the first of the young races to "come this far" and actually meet Lorien, who then became instrumental in helping him. Since he has some powers that might be described as "supernatural", one could say he's a "lost wizard" of sorts. Lorien has no sinister motive, but that doesn't stop Garibaldi suspecting him of one.

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* ''{{Babylon 5}}'': ''Series/BabylonFive'': Sheridan meeting Lorien [[spoiler: on Z'ha'dum]]. Lorien had been living there for millennia, and as he was ''the'' First One, the Shadows had built their stronghold around this place out of a largely-forgotten veneration. Sheridan was the first of the young races to "come this far" and actually meet Lorien, who then became instrumental in helping him. Since he has some powers that might be described as "supernatural", one could say he's a "lost wizard" of sorts. Lorien has no sinister motive, but that doesn't stop Garibaldi suspecting him of one.


* In Literature/{{Everworld}}, Merlin follows the characters around, trying to capture Senna; and when he is encountered, it is often this trope. He means no harm to the characters other than Senna; and even with Senna, he wishes she would understand that his attempts to capture her are for the greater good of both Everworld and Senna's own safety (she doesn't ever see it this way).

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* In Literature/{{Everworld}}, ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', Merlin follows the characters around, trying to capture Senna; and when he is encountered, it is often this trope. He means no harm to the characters other than Senna; and even with Senna, he wishes she would understand that his attempts to capture her are for the greater good of both Everworld and Senna's own safety (she doesn't ever see it this way).way).
* In ''Hour of the Dragon'', an unconscious Literature/ConanTheBarbarian is found and healed by a hermit witch. When he tells her what's happening to Cimmeria, she decides to help fight for the country's freedom.


In most cases the AffablyEvil lost scientist or wizard has either a dark secret or a sinister goal that requires the travellers. [[AlwaysMale He]] may have a supporting cast of servants or slaves, and may also have a beautiful daughter to provide romantic interest, typically introduced in a NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine scene. He may be famously lost so that one of the heroes can fill in his BackStory by starting with "I read about him at school...". Any unusual equipment that he has is justified by AWizardDidIt.

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In most cases the AffablyEvil lost scientist or wizard has either a dark secret or a sinister goal that requires the travellers. [[AlwaysMale He]] may have a supporting cast of servants or slaves, and may also have [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter a beautiful daughter to provide romantic interest, interest]], typically introduced in a NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine scene. He may be famously lost so that one of the heroes can fill in his BackStory by starting with "I read about him at school...". Any unusual equipment that he has is justified by AWizardDidIt.


* In the ''WorldOfWarcraft'' novel ''Literature/CycleOfHatred'', Jaina Proudmoore is looking for a place to create a settlement and stumbles on a hidden shack protected by powerful wards. After bypassing the wards, she discovers Aegwynn, the only female Guardian of Tirisfal and Jaina's [[GirlsNeedRoleModels childhood hero]]. Aegwynn ends up helping Jaina defeat a demon and becomes her secret advisor.

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* In the ''WorldOfWarcraft'' novel ''Literature/CycleOfHatred'', Jaina Proudmoore is looking for a place to create a settlement and stumbles on a hidden shack protected by powerful wards. After bypassing the wards, she discovers Aegwynn, the only female Guardian of Tirisfal and Jaina's [[GirlsNeedRoleModels Jaina's childhood hero]].hero. Aegwynn ends up helping Jaina defeat a demon and becomes her secret advisor.


* In {{Everworld}}, Merlin follows the characters around, trying to capture Senna; and when he is encountered, it is often this trope. He means no harm to the characters other than Senna; and even with Senna, he wishes she would understand that his attempts to capture her are for the greater good of both Everworld and Senna's own safety (she doesn't ever see it this way).

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* In {{Everworld}}, Literature/{{Everworld}}, Merlin follows the characters around, trying to capture Senna; and when he is encountered, it is often this trope. He means no harm to the characters other than Senna; and even with Senna, he wishes she would understand that his attempts to capture her are for the greater good of both Everworld and Senna's own safety (she doesn't ever see it this way).


* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': in "Riddle of the Great Beings", Tarduk and his group, on their their journey to Northern Bara Magna, encounter Surel, a warrior thought lost from the Core War.

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* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': in "Riddle of the Great Beings", Tarduk and his group, on their their journey to Northern Bara Magna, encounter Surel, a warrior thought lost from the Core War.

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* ''ComicBook/DuckTales'': During the "Gold Odyssey" arc, the heroes encounter a ReallySevenHundredYearsOld sorceror called Laird, who serves as the antagonist for that part of the story.
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* On ''WesternAnimation/SurfsUp'', after Cody gets hurt surfing, lifeguard Nani takes her to her uncle Zeke, a reclusive hermit living in the jungle, to recuperate. Eventually, Cody recognizes Zeke for who he really is - his childhood surfing idol Big Z, who [[FakingTheDead faked his own death]] to get away from the limelight.

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