Obsolete Successor YKTTW Discussion
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:
- Put him on a bus, or worse
- Reinvent him, maybe shifting his name or focus
- Leave him as is, but decrease his appearances and importance to the plot
- The Flash: Wally West
- The Atom: Ryan Choi
- Green Lantern: John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner
- Batman: Jean-Paul Valley and Dick Grayson
- Iron Man: James Rhodes
- On The Dukes of Hazzard, replacements Coy and Vance were supposed to hang around after the return of the original stars, but they vanished after the first returning episode.