Mr. Miyagi's legendary mentorship of Daniel LaRusso in the Karate Kid series set a high bar for movie mentors. However, there are other exceptional examples in the world of cinema that deserve recognition. Let's explore the Rushmore (top 4) of Movie Mentors, as well as a few honorable mentions who have made a lasting impact on their pupils. Each rank is named for the president on the mountain it represents.
Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda)
Master Shifu from the Kung Fu Panda series plays a vital role in transforming the clumsy, food-loving panda Po into the Dragon Warrior. Despite initial doubts, Shifu learns to embrace Po's unique strengths and helps him realize his true potential.
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Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
As the wise headmaster of Hogwarts, Dumbledore is the guiding force behind Harry's journey. With his unwavering faith and immense knowledge, Dumbledore helps Harry uncover his true potential and face his greatest fears.
Master Splinter (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
The wise and patient rat, Master Splinter, teaches the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles both the art of ninjutsu and the value of teamwork. Under Splinter's guidance, the Turtles become a force for good in their battle against evil.
Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi share the top spot as the ultimate movie mentors. Both Jedi Masters play a pivotal role in guiding the Skywalkers – Anakin and Luke – in the Star Wars series. Despite facing their share of failures, they continue to support and teach the next generation of Jedi, leaving a lasting legacy in the galaxy far, far away.
Honorable Mentor Mentions
At The Rushmore Show, we call Honorable mentions Benjis, and here are the mentors that just missed the cut:
- Charles Xavier: mentor to the the X-Men in the Xmen Series
- Gandalf: mentor to Bilbo and Frodo in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit series
- Mary Poppins: mentor of the Banks children in Mary Poppins
- Aslan: mentor to the Pevensie children in The Chronicles of Narnia series
What about you?
Comment below with your Rushmore of movie mentors. And after that be sure to check out Kirk and Andy on their podcast every Monday for more Rushmores of pop culture and more:
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