One of the ongoing problems with comics is somethat that often gets called ‘The Illusion of Change.’  Peter Parker may graduate college and get a great job, but eventually something will happen to bring him back to ESU.  Dick Grayson had a particularly impressive run as Batman, but eventually Bruce Wayne returned.  Even The Transformers, whose continuity is as loose as their concept of scale, had Bumblebee graduate into Goldbug, only to return him to his original form, leading to today’s retrograde query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is still a bit perturbed that the New 52 designated that Tim Drake was never actually a *real* Robin in the name of adhereing to their arbitrary 5-year timeline, asking: Which in-story demotion felt most disrespectful to the character being demoted?


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  1. Karl “Helo” Agathon from Battlestar Galactica. That character couldn’t catch a break when it came to promotions. He fell into command roles at various points throughout the show and always stepped up to the job with competence, but then whichever commanders were AWOL during said part of the story would return to the ship and he’d end up getting bumped back down to pilot again.

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