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Mentor fic is a diverse fanfic genre that focusses on the relationship of a (usually older) character who is a mentor or father figure to another (usually younger) character. Mentoring relationships are very common in canon, especially in fandoms that revolve around martial arts such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Destroyer, The Karate Kid, etc. It is rare that the older character is a woman, though sometimes the younger is, such as with Buffy and Giles. Mentor fic can be gen or involve a romantic pairing overlaid on the mentor relationship.
Some mentor fic may cater to a daddy kink or other power kinks with unequal relationship dynamics, such as teacher/student pairings. Some mentor fic may be underage or chan with the mentor aspect being an adult initiating a teenager to sex. For these reasons shipping or slashing a mentor relationship squicks other fans with the inequality, who for example may see teacher/student as a form of dub-con, or dislike such age differences.