For me the two characters that have risen from the ashes are Hulk and Thanos. But lets start with the Hulk. Say what you want about the Hulk and especially his fans(I have debated fiercely with them when it came to Sentry vs Hulk), but if you rewind the year to at least 2010(when I first joined) Hulk was not only hopeless but he was borderline a joke character. I mean my god there were arguments that even the Powerpuff girls can defeat him.
Even when you brought of very good Hulk feats they were ignored in favor of speed. Hulk was not even on the level of Thor or Superman for that matter. He could barely hang in there with Wonder Woman. But then for years Hulk fans united and started putting in rather good arguments for the character and now here we are... The Hulk is probably one of the most respected powerhouses in battle forums. He is not only seen in the same league as Superman but many argue above Superman. Yes, times have changed. I have to give credit where its due. As a Sentry fan if there's any Hulk fans out there I give you guys yall duos. I just wish the Sentry fanbase was like you guys until a certain someone ruined it for us. But... Let me not get off track.
Now for Thanos I feel he was even more if a bigger joke back then. No offense(I hope I don't break any rules with this) but his fanbase back then absolutely sucked back then. Most were trolls and didn't know how to debate. But worse of all people seen Thanos has BARELY above herald level. Again barely. You had people who argue he'd lose to Supergirl!
I'm sorry but no way in hell should this thread have been 25 pages long. Like Hulk many people argued that speed would be Thanos' weakness. Not only that but the main arguments were that Thanos could really win a fight against powerhouses if he had "prep." Heck I remember reading arguments saying he'd struggle with Black Adam. During that time Thanos was not seen as Darkseid's equal but his inferior. However when legendary poster @killemall came through and crushed the building that all changed along with a bunch of SMARTER Thanos fans showing up also. Now Thanos is not only seen as more powerful than Darkseid but.... The most of the most dangerous transcendent character on the battle forums.
Anyways everyone which characters you feel have a risen from the ashes?