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* ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'': Tris, a teenager, ends up teaching an adult, in magic, as she's the one who discovered him.

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* ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'': Tris, a teenager, ends up teaching an adult, adult in magic, as she's the one who discovered him.him. Later, she teaches an even older adult man how to scry, as his magic went undetected for years and was [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight mistaken for insanity]].

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* In ''Fanfic/HeroicMyth'', Bell is several years younger than Emma, but has been an adventurer for several months compared to Emma's newbie status on top of being two levels ahead of her, leading to him walking her through the steps of adventuring despite the age gap.


* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': After the Yeerks are defeated, Jake ends up teaching American soldiers how to morph. He hasn't even graduated high school, but everyone (including people twice his age) calls him Professor.

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': After the Yeerks are defeated, Jake ends up teaching American soldiers members of a multinational anti-terrorism force how to morph. He hasn't even graduated high school, but everyone (including people twice his age) calls him Professor.


* For older adults who are returning to education to finish a degree or gain new skills, this can be the case, with them being their 50s or even 70s while the professors are in their 30s.

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* For older adults who are returning to education to finish a degree or gain new skills, this can be the case, with them being their 50s or even 70s while the professors are in their 20s and 30s.

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** While VagueAge is in full effect, this may be true of Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer. Twilght was a young adult when she started teaching Starlight about friendship, and while there is no concrete age given for Starlight, it is very plausible that she is notably older than Twilight given her past, having founded a village as a full adult and ruling over it for an extended length of time.


Something to note is that if the mentor [[OlderThanTheyLook looks younger than their pupil]], but is actually older than them, it is NotThisTrope. That being said, this trope can come into play from the opposite spectrum, especially if the student looks younger than the mentor but is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.

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Something to note is that if the mentor [[OlderThanTheyLook looks younger than their pupil]], but is actually older than them, it is NotThisTrope.a case of Administrivia/SquarePegRoundTrope. That being said, this trope can come into play from the opposite spectrum, especially if the student looks younger than the mentor but is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.

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* Leonie Martin of Lisieux, France (known as Sister Fracoise-Therese in her convent) was a disciple of her younger sister, St. Therese.

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* Downplayed in ''Webcomic/HowToBeAWerewolf'': Elias is a 22 years old born as and to a werewolf among werewolves, serving as an aide and personal agent to his mother the alpha of a fairly important pack. Malaya is a 25 year old quasi shut-in who was bitten by a mysterious beast as a five year old girl and whose parents managed to teach her self-containment despite having to work things out as they went along. He caught her scent while she was behind the counter at her father's coffee shop, determined she was not involved in the murders he was investigating, figured out how clueless she was, and [[NiceGuy offered to help]].
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* "L'Alchimista" by Creator/NKJemisin: The elderly MysteriousStranger who visits SupremeChef Franca's kitchen eventually asks to become her apprentice, even though he's not personally interested in the culinary trade. [[spoiler:He's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld so long-lived]] that the rules of {{Alchemy|IsMagic}} have changed underneath him, and he needs her fresh, new perspective to keep the Art alive.]]


* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'' and its sequel, [[FusionDance Gotenks]] can serve as a mentor for the protagonists. While no age is specified for [[CharacterCustomization him/her]], it is safe to believe they are older than Goten and Trunks.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse'' and its sequel, [[FusionDance Gotenks]] can serve as a mentor for the protagonists. While no age is specified for [[CharacterCustomization him/her]], it is safe to believe they are older than Goten and Trunks. Pan (specifically her 10-year-old GT incarnation) also counts, and Xenoverse 2 gives us Kid Gohan, at the age he was during the Saiyan to Planet Namek sagas, as a possible mentor.

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* In the epilogue of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fanfiction, "Anarchy for All," thirty-something Selina Kyle asks twelve year-old Damian to teach her how to sword fight as a way to bond with him [[spoiler:now that she's engaged to his father]]. He gets more into it than expected, channeling a DrillSergeantNasty and ordering her to call him "Master." Either Damian is a great teacher or Selina is a prodigy, because two volumes later, [[spoiler:she can keep up in a duel with Damian's EvilAunt Nyssa, albeit still needing dirty tricks to actually beat her]].
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* For older adults who are returning to education to finish a degree or gain new skills, this can be the case, with them being their 50s or even 70s while the professors are in their 30s.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLegendOfKorra'', Jinora, Avatar Aang's [[SpinOffspring grandaughter]], is Korra's Spirit Guide. While it isn't a huge age difference, Korra is in her late teens, and Jinora is pre-pubescent.



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* ''Literature/TheRedTent'': Meryt states many times that, despite being significantly older than Dinah and having more practical experience, she considers herself Dinah's apprentice in the arts of midwifery, owing to the latter's more advanced skills.



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* ''Film/JacobsLadder'': Jacob's deceased toddler son Gabe guides him to Heaven, now infinitely wiser from his time in the Afterlife.

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