The Mentor Figure is a vital element of the Hero's Journey and the television landscape is awash with these venerable and respected teachers, coaches, guides, and bosses.
Some are warm and fuzzy. Others come with a bit more of an edge.
The unifying trait is always the understanding that they care about what happens to their charges. We would like to think all their motivations are noble and self-less but that would be pretty unrealistic, wouldn't it? Not to mention BOOOORING.
We've collected here some of the most memorable mentors whose secret (and not-so-secret) flaws came to light. Whether a Watcher with a wicked childhood, a captain with capricious aspirations, or a doctor with a dark side, we thank them for their service and appreciate their humanity, spots and all.
1. Daredevil: Stick
2. Bull: Dr. Jason Bull
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Rupert "Ripper" Giles
4. C.S.I.: Gil Grissom
5. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Melinda "The Calvary" May
6. The Wire: Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin
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