Created By: Spithead on November 2, 2012
Your Mantle is a Legacy
An established character finds out that he's the latest person to take on a persona that he thought was his own.
A well-established hero has worked under their iconic persona for some time. They, like the audience, have simply assumed they're the first and only individual to work under this mantle. That is until someone comes along and informs them otherwise. As it turns out, the hero is actually the latest in a long legacy of other individuals who've worked under the same mantle. It's only taken until now for the hero to discover this. A subtrope of Retcon that has seen a lot of use in recent years. Not to be confused with Legacy Character, wherein this trope is invoked from the beginning.
Hello, Unknown Troper. You'll need to get known to lend a hand here.