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If I am your guardian, what does that make you to me?

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“Daily Mail” perhaps? –  Konrad Rudolph Mar 9 '12 at 10:08
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Inverse? I think you mean "complement". The "inverse" of a guardian would be something like "stalker". –  Hexagon Tiling Mar 9 '12 at 23:15

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Your dependent or ward (credit to amcnabb), both of which are legal entities, but both of which apply outside the legal sphere.

Dependent connotes a relationship in which the guardian is both provider and protector, whereas ward implies that the guardian is the protector, but not much else.

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A traditional word for this would be "ward" (for example, in Dicken's Bleak House).

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The first example that occurs to me is Dick Grayson, aka Robin, who was always called Bruce Wayne's, aka Batman's, "ward" in the old comic books. –  Jay Mar 8 '12 at 19:04

I like charge:

: a person or thing committed to the care of another

from wiktionary:

The scope of someone's responsibility.

The child was in the nanny's charge.
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