Comic Theme Time Month – Best Retroactive Insertion Character
All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.
Today’s topic is “who is the best retroactive insertion character?”
A retroactive insertion character is when a new character is inserted into continuity as though they have always been part of the continuity of the comic, just never mentioned until this point. One of the most famous examples of this is Matt Murdock’s first major love, the assassin Elektra. Matt just never mentioned the enormous impact this woman had on his life until she showed up again well into his career as Daredevil. Murdock’s teacher, Stick, also fits this pattern.
What’s your pick?