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A popular character\'s successor loses his job (maybe even his point) when the original returns.
(Formerly "The Wally West Zone") This trope is usually a comic-book phenomenon, but can occur in other episodic media. A classic character passes the torch to a successor, who starts putting his own mark on the character, and eventually gains a fandom of his own. In time, though, someone decides to reintroduce the original character--maybe out of nostalgia, maybe to shake things up. In stirring fashion, Hero #1 makes his return! However, Hero #2 is now in an awkward fix. With the original back in the house, that torch he supposedly passed has reverted. Suddenly, Hero #2 is out of the spotlight, and it's often unclear what to do with him. The solutions vary--comic-book creators usually choose one of the following tactics: