I've got an idea for another Superhero Panel Discussion parody in which various "respected" heroes really let their hair down and talk frankly about some of their own peculiar behavior from stories that are actually "in continuity" (or used to be!). I'm not interested in way-out-of-continuity stuff that only happened in a "Worst-Case Scenario Elseworlds tale" or the like. Right now, I want people to help me think of examples of bad behavior -- negligent, abusive, clueless, wildly hypocritical, whatever -- that various superheroes have shown toward the costumed kids (teenagers or younger, let's say) who have been their "sidekicks," "proteges," "apprentices," "junior partners," "hand-picked successors," or whatever you want to call the relationship in each case. Example: As I understand it (without bothering to read the Robin series during and after the OYL issues), when Bruce Wayne went off for a year-long round-the-world tour with Dick Grayson and Tim Drake, he apparently completely blanked out on the idea that perhaps he also had some degree of responsibility toward Cassandra Cain, the latest Batgirl, who had worked so hard to follow his lead ever since she met him? If he ever made the slightest effort to find out where that poor girl had gotten to during his own year-long vacation away from Gotham, then I sure haven't heard about it! (And how much concern has he shown more recently, ever since he and Tim came back home and found out she had evidently "gone bad" in the interim, for that matter?) Anybody got other examples of adult mentors, who really ought to know better, ignoring their responsibilities to the younger generation, or "handling" those responsibilities in an incredibly bad fashion? Feel free to use examples from DC, Marvel, Image, or any other brand of superhero continuity that's included "adult mentors" and "juvenile sidekicks" at some point. Wait! Come to think of it, you needn't bother reminding me of the horrible behavior of the putatively (or do I mean "putridly"?) heroic mentors in Rick Veitch's "Brat Pack." The Midnight Mink and Judge Jury and the rest were never supposed to be viewed sympathetically by the reader in the first place, so my expectations for them were much lower than they are for Superman or Batman in "regular continuity." I don't want to hear about stories that featured characters who were deliberately created to be merciless parodies of the superheroic "ideals" -- I want stories where the hero is actually supposed to be generally liked and respected by sane readers such as you and I, despite the hero's supposedly minor character flaws! All clear? Okay! Now tell me about the times when the adult mentors really should have known better than to treat those long-suffering sidekicks so badly! P.S. For anyone who's interested: I've previously perpetrated two other efforts to show heroes "really telling it like it is." Those panel discussions are archived at: Superhero Panel: "When to tell your sweetheart your secret identity" Superhero Panel: "When should we overthrow governments?"