The 21 Greatest Anime Mentors of All Time

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How do anime characters learn the skills they need to achieve their goals? Often, up-and-coming protagonists require mentors to help them grow emotionally and unlock new powers. Anime mentors can impart all kinds of knowledge and abilities, ranging from cooking skills to fighting styles. They can be soft and kind, or they can have brutally high expectations; either way, they make their mentees work hard. 

There's no telling which anime characters will make good mentors, as even some teachers end up being totally lame advice-givers. Some of these mentors are elderly, while others are closer to their protege's age. Whether they have greater life experience or a wider skill set, the best anime mentors make sure that the people who look up to them are well-equipped to handle whatever the universe might throw at them.