Sometimes, our imaginary friends take on new aspects or alter egos: Kyle Rayner went from Green Lantern to Ion, Henry Pym went from Ant-Man to Goliath, and even Robin Sparkles took her turn as Robin Daggers.  (That, by the way, is known as ‘The Day Grunge Was Born.’)  The new identity is a staple of comics and adventure stories, especially when it comes to repurposing discarded legacy heroes, like when Silver Scarab became Doctor Fate or Robin became Red Robin when Damian came along.  Even a whiny little weirdo from a backwater planet can change his name from Annie and become feared throughout the galaxy as Darth Vader, leading to today’s transformative query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) clearly remembers that Grey Cup Sunday: Wawa, Ontario…  Sour Cream Plain, asking: What’s the most successful example of a fictional character taking on a new identity?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    These things rarely stick, but one that did and I consider the most successful is Dick Grayson from Robin to Nightwing.

    • Malone_hasco on

      I’ve been thinking: Do you count cases when its obviously same character and design, but sold as totally different character, like Optimus Prime/Convoy in original Transformers -> God Ginrai in Masterforce?

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