As a child, I was often kept out of the adults’ hair by being distracted with a steady stream of cartoons, including the adventures of the Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Dangermouse. (Jem was an occasional guilty pleasure, due to my crush on hottie keyboard player Kimber, but I never admitted to watching that show.) After the moderate success of the Transformers animated movie, the creators of the cartoon bumped their continuity forward in time to match the series future setting, the far-flung year of 2005! Unfortunately, they also chose to undo the movie’s most dramatic moment, bringing Optimus Prime back to life and demoting his successor Rodimus back down to Hot Rod. It seemed like a waste of good character development to me, but it seems that the reversal of legacy characters to restore the original is now the rule rather than the exception.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) expects that the long-term comics fans might have something to say about this one *coughwallywestcough*: What’s your most disappointing example of reversed character development?