In the movie Hot Fuzz, Nicholas Angel is a super cop. He’s so good at being a police officer that good is a vast understatement. Early in the movie, he gets promoted to sergeant; however, to a backwater perfect village where nothing bad ever happens because in the words of chief inspector “You’re making us look bad.”
So, in essence, he’s been promoted into obscurity to get rid of him.
So question #1: I’m sure this happens in real-life; however, any particularly famous examples?
Now, in the movie, the backwater perfect village isn’t so perfect and Angel busts some criminals in rather spectacular fashion. (I’m understating this somewhat, but despite the warning I’m trying to avoid big spoilers because the movie is awesome and if you’ve not seen it, then you really should)
So question #2: Any example of people being promoted into obscurity but then being even more successful than before?
I tried doing some Googling for this, but mainly what I found who should be famous, based on their accomplishments, but are obscure.