Relegated Mentor

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After training and teaching The Hero for years, the mentor becomes less needed and eventually leaves because, as he most likely will tell the hero, "you don't need me anymore." The mentor may say this with a proud sadness and The Hero more than likely will object to his teacher leaving, claiming that they don't have all the answers and that they will be lost and unguided without the help of the authority figure.

If the mentor is obsolete they will be relegated much more quickly, perhaps within a single episode. May overlap with Mentor Occupational Hazard or The mentor may be Demoted to Extra in which they are still on the series but mostly as an Out of Focus background character. Most cases though have the mentor being Put on a Bus.

Examples of Relegated Mentor include:

Anime and Manga

  • In the Lyrical Nanoha franchise, Yuuno Scrya played a major role in the first season, mentoring the eponymous main character in the art of magic. However, he has been all but Put on a Bus by the third season, after Nanoha became a hypercompetent badass herself.
  • Master Roshi from Dragon Ball series wins the first tournament in the shows run, loses in the final 4 during the second, and doesn't even compete in the third. By the time Dragon Ball Z starts, he has become a minor character who isn't nearly as strong as the characters he previously trained. In fact, if you watch Dragon Ball Z before Dragon Ball, you could be forgiven for not knowing that he was ever the world's number one martial arist.


  • Inverted in most adaptions of Batman (and less so with Superman) seeing as he is the main character, his sidekicks leave him once they gain enough experience and become their own heroes, i.e.: Robin becoming Nightwing and Barbara Gordon becoming Oracle.
  • Professor X from X-Men. Once his X-Men gain enough experience, they tend to leave and become part of other comic titles where they take a more central focus. Scott "Cyclops" Summers exemplifies this best when he takes over for Xavier as the team lead.


  • Happens frequently to Harry Potter in his series. All his mentors die, Dumbledore, Sirius, Lupin, leaving him alone and feeling lost. Dumbledore plays the Relegated Mentor the straightest though in that he willingly died and spent his last year preparing Harry to understand and defeat Voldemort.
  • This happens to Alaric Morgan relative to Kelson Haldane in the Deryni works. Morgan has a bigger role in the events of the Chronicles of the Deryni trilogy, but Kelson comes more to the fore in the next trilogy (called The Histories of King Kelson). It's justified in that Kelson is introduced as a boy of fourteen at the start of the Chronicles, and that entire trilogy takes place within the following year, so he lacks age and experience. The Histories take place a few years later, after Kelson has grown a bit and been on the throne for a while, and the third volume centers around Kelson's knightly accolade and the coming of age that represents. Morgan is still alive and well as a friend and advisor (the Codex lists him as such several years after the events of King Kelson's Bride), but his presence isn't as large as in the earlier works.

Live Action Television

  • Leo does this to the girls in Charmed in an episode where he becomes and Elder and can no longer be around to personally give the sisters advice and inspiration. They spend quite a bit of time whining about how they don't know what to do without Leo there to guide them and give them answers. Leo informs them that they don't actually need him and are more than capable to solve their magical problem of the day without his help.
  • Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer left the Buffy and the Scoobies because Buffy had grown to be a capable leader without his presence.