Sentinel and Guide

From Fanlore
Jump to: navigation, search
Trope · Genre
Related: soulbond, slavefic, dominance hierarchy, Sentinel and Guides are Known
See Also: The Sentinel
Tropes · Slash Tropes · Tropes by Fandom
Click here for related articles on Fanlore.

This article or section needs expansion.

"Sentinel and Guide" is a popular trope that originated in The Sentinel fandom.

Extrapolating (wildly?) from a brief mention about "guides" in canon[1], the trope often posits that for each Sentinel there is one perfect Guide and the two will imprint on each other.

In canon, the Sentinel (Jim Ellison) has super-heightened senses, which can be useful tools for his job as a cop. Anthropology student Blair Sandburg helps him deal with the effects of those senses during the series.

In canon, Sentinels' super-heightened senses very often lead to the Sentinel "zoning out" or becoming overfocused on one of the senses[2] and in fanon (almost) the only thing that will help them return from a zone-out is assistance from a/their Guide.

The Trope

{below partially copied from the tropes section of the Sentinel page -- help w more rephrasing?}

In "Sentinel and Guide" fic, the terms aren't just descriptions, they're an almost mystical calling, with the Sentinel and the Guide destined to find each other and be together. This may or may not include a soulbond, and the spirit animals present in The Sentinel canon may or may not be completely ignored.

In AUs where Sentinels and Guides are Known (relatively common and the public knows about them), in some stories Sentinels and Guides are a societal institution managed by military or non-military bureaucracies, in others they are instead self-organized in pack structures, and there are probably many other variations in fanfic.

When Sentinels and Guides are a societal institution under the management of some kind of agency, either the Sentinel or the Guide is usually higher-class than the other, who may be little more than a slave.

Examples in Fanworks

For example fanworks where Sentinels and Guides are Known, see that page.

  • are there examples of "Sentinel and Guide" fanworks that focus on the One True Guide as much or more than on the societal institution AU aspects?



  1. The role of "Guide" stems from episode 7 of the first season of The Sentinel, when Blair is referred to as Jim's guide, see Episode Transcript for Rogue. (Accessed November 15, 2008.)
  2. The character Rachel Pirzad in the television series Alphas looks a lot like a fanon "fragile Sentinel."
  3. reference link.