Ancient archetype. Also: Advisor. The wise old man who guides and advises the Prince or Hero. As such the Mentor is an ally, and a particularly powerful archetype since he embodies the positive qualities of the Patriarch father-figure without the associated negative qualities of the old order. Famous example: Mentor (who was mentor to Telemachus, son of Odysseus). Famous modern example: Obi-Wan Kenobi. See Archetypes.