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* In the 2008 Creator/DCComics miniseries ''Reign in Hell'' one of the supernatural characters who gets dragged into the infernal battle is Linda Danvers, the Earth Angel Supergirl, last seen in 1996, and who most fans assumed had been retconned out of existence following the reintroduction of Kara Zor-El.

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* In the 2008 Creator/DCComics miniseries ''Reign in Hell'' one of the supernatural characters who gets dragged into the infernal battle is Linda Danvers, the Earth Angel Supergirl, last seen in 1996, 2002, and who most fans assumed had been retconned out of existence following the reintroduction of Kara Zor-El.
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* In the 2008 Creator/DCComics miniseries ''Reign in Hell'' one of the supernatural characters who gets dragged into the infernal battle is Linda Danvers, the Earth Angel Supergirl, last seen in 1996, and who most fans assumed had been retconned out of existence following the reintroduction of Kara Zor-El.
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** Rickon Stark comes back in Season 6.
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** Bran Stark returns in Season 6.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's bus came back three times after the "UNIT era"; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E3MawdrynUndead "Mawdryn Undead"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]]" and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]]. Other buses that came back for "Five Doctors" included Susan, Jamie and Zoe (except it wasn't really them), Sarah Jane and K9, and Romana.
** Jamie really did return in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors "The Two Doctors"]], as did [[TheNthDoctor the Second Doctor]], if that counts. (If it does, then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], "The Five Doctors" again and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash "Time Crash"]] also qualify).
** Sarah Jane's bus returned again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]], [[SpinOff which led to]] ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Which featured another return for the Brig in Series 2, and Jo Grant in Series 4. ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen The Brig was also supposed to pop up once more in Series 3, but Nicholas Courtney sadly suffered a stroke at the time of filming...]] and the episode he was going to appear in was the one in which Creator/DavidTennant [[{{Crossover}} guest-starred as the Doctor]]!)
** [[spoiler:An on-screen example, at least, The Eighth Doctor returns on screen for the first time in ''17 years'' for the]] 50th Anniversary prequel, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night of the Doctor"]].
** Series 10 features the decidedly unexpected return of [[spoiler:John Simm's Master]], who'll be sharing screen time with Missy, resulting in the first [[spoiler:multi-Master story]].
* Most famously on ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', with Bo and Luke returning after being absent for most of the show's fifth season due to contract issues with [[AbsenteeActor actors John Schneider and Tom Wopat]]. (Unlike most examples of this trope, the bus brought them back not just for a visit, but for good.)
** Deputy Enos Strate, who'd left Hazzard in the third season for his own short-lived spinoff show, returned at the start of season five (just as Bo and Luke were leaving). He also stuck around for the remainder of the show's run.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Barristan Selmy storms out of the throne room in Season 1 and into Astapor in Season 3.
** Lysa Arryn and her son Robin, first seen in Season 1, return in Season 4.
** Alliser Thorne (last seen in Season 1) and Janos Slynt (last seen in Season 2) return as antagonists to Jon in Season 4.
** Littlefinger takes a notable boat-trip for six episodes between "The Climb" and "Breaker of Chains".
** Ghost wanders off in Season 2 and only turns up again in Season 4.
** Pyp and Maester Aemon re-enter the story at the end of Season 3 after a nineteen-episode absence, though since they were the only characters to remain at Castle Black, it's perhaps more fitting to say the bus left them behind.
** Hot Pie returns in Season 4 when Brienne and Pod stop by the inn where he works. It turn's out he's gotten much better at making wolf-shaped bread.
** Grenn and Dolorous Edd reappear in "Breaker of Chains" nine episodes after they were last seen fighting at Craster's Keep.
** Gregor Clegane is summoned to the capital in "Mockingbird" to serve as Cersei's champion after being unseen since Tywin left him at Harrenhal in Season 2.
** After a two-season absence, Kevan Lannister and his son Lancel re-enter the story in "The Wars to Come".
** Cersei's daughter Myrcella was put on a ship in Season 2, but returns in Season 5. Or rather, the cameras finally follows her to her destination.
** The Faceless Man Arya knew as Jaqen H'ghar in Season 2 returns in "The House of Black and White".
** Five episodes after his exile from Meereen, Jorah Mormont turns up in a brothel on the Long Bridge of Volantis whose main attraction is its own RuleThirtyFour version of Daenerys.
** After setting out early in the season, Mace Tyrell and Ser Meryn Trant finally arrive in Braavos in the season's penultimate episode, "The Dance of Dragons".
** Brynden Tully, Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion all show up in Season 6 after several seasons of absence.
* ''Series/{{One Tree Hill}}'':
** Haley returns from being on tour to work things out with Nathan in the final moments of the second season finale, "The Leavers Dance", after quite literally being put on a bus in "The Hero Dies in This One", ten episodes beforehand. Although technically Haley is still a main character throughout these ten episodes, she only makes limited appearances.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz and Riley both get these. For Oz, it's "New Moon Rising"; for Riley, it's "As You Were". They both appear again in Season 8 for a bit.
** Whistler appears in Season 9 and reveals he was behind Angel's actions in Season 8.
** Actress Elisabeth Röhm (Kate Lockley) left to be on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and was a BrotherChuck in ''Angel'' from season 2, but makes a comeback in the Season 8 comics because of course, comics aren't hindered by pesky things like acting contracts. (She appears in ''Angel: After The Fall'' as a new member of AI in ''Aftermath''.)
** Simone in Season 9; last seen executing the general at war with the Slayers, is driving around San Francisco, armed to her back teeth, promising that she won't let the world forget about the Slayers. This...this can't be good.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Cordelia got one in the last season, though it was something of a [[BackForTheDead mixed]] [[DeadAllAlong visit]].
** Kate comes back in ''After The Fall''.
** The Groosalugg returns in ''After the Fall'', long hair and all.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's bus came back three times
''Series/TwentyFour'' had Milo Pressman, who inexplicably disappeared after the "UNIT era"; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E3MawdrynUndead "Mawdryn Undead"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]]" and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]]. Other buses that came back for "Five Doctors" included Susan, Jamie and Zoe (except it wasn't really them), Sarah Jane and K9, and Romana.
** Jamie really did
Day 1, suddenly return in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors "The Two Doctors"]], a major role in Day 6, his absence explained as did [[TheNthDoctor the Second Doctor]], if that counts. (If it does, then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], "The Five Doctors" again and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash "Time Crash"]] also qualify).
** Sarah Jane's bus returned again
him having been working in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]], [[SpinOff which led to]] ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Which featured another return CTU division. [[BackForTheDead He is eventually killed]]. This caught several people by surprise since ''24'' is notorious for the Brig in Series 2, and Jo Grant in Series 4. ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen The Brig its rampant ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
** Mike Novick
was also supposed to pop up once more in Series 3, but Nicholas Courtney sadly suffered a stroke at the time of filming...]] and the episode he was going to appear in was the one in which Creator/DavidTennant [[{{Crossover}} guest-starred as the Doctor]]!)
** [[spoiler:An on-screen example, at least, The Eighth Doctor returns on screen for the first time in ''17 years'' for the]] 50th Anniversary prequel, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night of the Doctor"]].
** Series 10 features the decidedly unexpected return of [[spoiler:John Simm's Master]], who'll be sharing screen time with Missy, resulting in the first [[spoiler:multi-Master story]].
* Most famously on ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', with Bo and Luke returning after being absent for most of the show's fifth season due to contract issues with [[AbsenteeActor actors John Schneider and Tom Wopat]]. (Unlike most examples of this trope, the bus brought them back not just for a visit, but for good.)
** Deputy Enos Strate, who'd left Hazzard in the third season for his own short-lived spinoff show, returned at the start of season five (just as Bo and Luke were leaving). He also stuck around for the remainder of the show's run.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Barristan Selmy storms
written out of the throne room in Season 1 and into Astapor in Season 3.
** Lysa Arryn and her son Robin, first seen in Season 1, return in Season 4.
** Alliser Thorne (last seen in Season 1) and Janos Slynt (last seen in Season 2) return as antagonists to Jon in Season 4.
** Littlefinger takes a notable boat-trip for six episodes between "The Climb" and "Breaker of Chains".
** Ghost wanders off in Season 2 and only turns up again in Season 4.
** Pyp and Maester Aemon re-enter the story
show at the end of Season 3 after a nineteen-episode absence, though since they were the only characters to remain at Castle Black, it's perhaps more fitting to say the bus left them behind.
** Hot Pie returns in Season 4 when Brienne and Pod stop by the inn where he works. It turn's out he's gotten much better at making wolf-shaped bread.
** Grenn and Dolorous Edd reappear in "Breaker of Chains" nine episodes after they were last seen fighting at Craster's Keep.
** Gregor Clegane is summoned to the capital in "Mockingbird" to serve as Cersei's champion after being unseen since Tywin left him at Harrenhal in Season 2.
** After a two-season absence, Kevan Lannister and his son Lancel re-enter the story in "The Wars to Come".
** Cersei's daughter Myrcella was put on a ship in Season 2, but returns in Season 5. Or rather, the cameras finally follows her to her destination.
** The Faceless Man Arya knew as Jaqen H'ghar in Season 2 returns in "The House of Black and White".
** Five episodes after his exile from Meereen, Jorah Mormont turns up in a brothel on the Long Bridge of Volantis whose main attraction is its own RuleThirtyFour version of Daenerys.
** After setting out early in the season, Mace Tyrell and Ser Meryn Trant finally arrive in Braavos in the season's penultimate episode, "The Dance of Dragons".
** Brynden Tully, Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion all show up in Season 6 after several seasons of absence.
* ''Series/{{One Tree Hill}}'':
** Haley returns from being on tour to work things out with Nathan in the final moments
of the second season finale, "The Leavers Dance", after quite literally being put on a bus fired by President Palmer. He returned midway through the fourth season as the assistant to Charles Logan, lasting all the way to the end of season five where he aided Jack [[spoiler: after discovering that Logan was the BigBad.]]
** Jack's ex Audrey Raines and her father James Heller were announced to be returning
in "The Hero Dies the upcoming ''Live Another Day'' miniseries(aka "Season 9"), after both characters were written out at the end of the sixth season. Heller is the new President of the United States (and [[SanitySlippage suffering from Alzheimer's]]) while Audrey is married to the new Chief of Staff, who wants Jack out of the picture in This One", ten any way in any way possible.
** Also in ''Live Another Day'' [[spoiler: Tzi Ma]] returns as [[spoiler: recurring antagonist Cheng Zhi]] in the final three episodes.
** Charles Logan returns for last 8
episodes beforehand. Although technically Haley is still of season 8.
** Before
a main lot of these every series regular (and every recurring character throughout these ten episodes, she only makes limited appearances.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz and Riley both get these. For Oz, it's "New Moon Rising";
except for Riley, it's "As You Were". They both appear again in Season 8 for a bit.
** Whistler appears in Season 9 and reveals he
Chloe) was behind Angel's actions in Season 8.
** Actress Elisabeth Röhm (Kate Lockley) left to be on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and was a BrotherChuck in ''Angel'' from
either written out at the end of season 2, but makes a comeback 3 or got PutOnABus in the Season 8 comics because of course, comics aren't hindered by pesky things like acting contracts. (She appears interim between it and season 4. Of those series regulars, Tony, Michelle and Palmer all returned in ''Angel: After The Fall'' as a new member of AI in ''Aftermath''.)
** Simone in Season 9; last seen executing the general at war
season 4 ([[spoiler: with the Slayers, is driving around San Francisco, armed to her back teeth, promising that she won't let the world forget about the Slayers. This...this can't be good.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Cordelia got one
latter two eventually dying in season 5's first episode and Tony dying in the last season, middle of season 5 and eventually coming BackFromTheDead to create a particularly convoluted version of this trope]]) and Kim returned in seasons 5,7 and 8, while Wayne Palmer returned in seasons 5 and 6. Chase Edmunds though it was something of stayed on a [[BackForTheDead mixed]] [[DeadAllAlong visit]].
LongBusTrip.
** Kate comes back in ''After The Fall''.
** The Groosalugg returns in ''After
''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'' has the Fall'', long hair and all.return of Tony Almeida.
* More actress-wise than character-wise, but Rachel Dratch returned to ''Series/ThirtyRock'' for the first time since the first season for its season 5 LiveEpisode, this time playing a wacky foreign janitor. Liz even comments, "Haven't seen you in a while."
%%* Happens with Sam, in an episode of ''Series/AceLightning''.



* Vicki and Anna return as ghosts that can only be seen by Jeremy in ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Later, Matt can see Vicki.
* Having fled to Australia halfway through the second season of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Duncan returned for a brief cameo in the finale.

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* Vicki When René and Anna return as ghosts that can only be seen Edith of ''Series/AlloAllo'' accidentally travel to London, they meet Hans, who had been stolen away by Jeremy in ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Later, Matt can see Vicki.
* Having fled to Australia halfway through
the second season Communist Resistance to England a few seasons previously. He now works for the British government and speaks English.
* After leaving ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' as a regular, Don Knotts returned as Barney Fife for at least one episode in each
of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Duncan the remaining seasons. Not quite often enough to be CommutingOnABus, but still a notable variation of the trope.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Cordelia got one in the last season, though it was something of a [[BackForTheDead mixed]] [[DeadAllAlong visit]].
** Kate comes back in ''After The Fall''.
** The Groosalugg returns in ''After the Fall'', long hair and all.
* Young Mr. Grace
returned for a very brief cameo during a birthday celebration for his older brother in the finale.episode of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' titled "Roots".



* Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle on ''Series/{{CSI}}''; eventually, this turned into a borderline between this and CommutingOnABus. She's listed as a regular, but always misses a handful of episodes each season. William Peterson was rumored to be returning as well, but though he had a brief cameo in one ep, it was decided he wouldn't return for more yet, so as not to take the focus away from [[spoiler:Catherine getting put on the bus]].
** Sophia Curtis got a one episode return as well.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' sort of did with Aiden Burn, but it was more a BusCrash- she only showed up in a couple flashbacks and got StuffedInTheFridge in the main plot ep itself.
** Mac's ex-girlfriend Peyton, who returned in one episode a few seasons after her departure.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** After Jonas goes back to his home planet, he returns in "Fallout" and then never again. His home planet was mentioned in passing as one of a number of planets captured by the Ori, so it's possible he had a BusCrash.
** Also Daniel Jackson, who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence]] in "Meridian", then gets fed up with the Ancients' AlienNonInterferenceClause and [[DescendFromAHigherPlaneOfExistence descends back to human form]] in "Fallen".
* Denise in ''Series/TheCosbyShow''

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* Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle Dr. John Dixon on ''Series/{{CSI}}''; eventually, this turned into a borderline between this and CommutingOnABus. She's listed as a regular, but always misses a handful of episodes each season. William Peterson ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' was rumored to be returning as well, but though he had written out without explanation after actor Larry Bryggman left the show over a brief cameo in one ep, it salary dispute. Several years later, when the soap was decided he wouldn't return for more yet, so as not to take canceled, Bryggman returned, remaining the focus away from [[spoiler:Catherine getting put on the bus]].
** Sophia Curtis got a one episode return as well.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' sort of did with Aiden Burn, but it was more a BusCrash- she only showed up in a
last couple flashbacks and got StuffedInTheFridge in of weeks through the main plot ep itself.
** Mac's ex-girlfriend Peyton, who returned in one episode a few seasons after her departure.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** After Jonas goes back to his home planet, he returns in "Fallout" and then never again. His home planet was mentioned in passing as one of a number of planets captured by the Ori, so it's possible he had a BusCrash.
** Also Daniel Jackson, who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence]] in "Meridian", then gets fed up
final episodes, with the Ancients' AlienNonInterferenceClause and [[DescendFromAHigherPlaneOfExistence descends back to human form]] in "Fallen".
* Denise in ''Series/TheCosbyShow''
explanation that Dr. Dixon had taken a position at NIH.



* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "Yesterday's Enterprise" was originally supposed to be a BackForTheDead episode for Tasha (using ripple-effect time travel to get around the fact that she was ''already'' dead), but it got a CosmicRetcon into the more general version of this trope in order to allow her to have a Romulan daughter.
** ''Next Generation'' also has [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] himself, who gets [[PutOnABus Put On A Shuttle]] to Starfleet Academy before returning for three episodes: one where he fights the spread of a brainwashing game aboard the Enterprise, one where the group of stunt pilots he's part of is charged with and reprimanded for trying a dangerous maneuver that killed a member of the team and a third where he returns to the Enterprise on leave, only to resign from Starfleet in order to save a MagicalNativeAmerican settlement from getting kicked off their planet due to a Federation-Cardassian treaty. A Wesley cameo at Riker's wedding was filmed for ''Nemesis'', but mostly didn't make it into the final movie (he is visible at the edge of one scene at Riker and Troi's wedding). He also had an appearance in an episode where Worf visited a parallel universe where Wesley had the role of a tactical officer.
** Also, Wesley's mother, Doctor Crusher, put on a bus between Seasons 1 and 2 after a dispute between Gates [=McFadden=] and then-show-runner Maurice Hurley. She was referred to as being the head of Starfleet Medical. That didn't last long, as the bus came back with Dr. Crusher on it for the start of Season 3.
* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Fury" features Kes returning to the crew, [[spoiler:harboring some sort of IrrationalHatred for them]].
* Brian Cassidy of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' transferred out of the unit in mid-Season 1 and was pretty much forgotten until he showed up as an undercover officer working a case -- in the finale of ''Season Thirteen.''
** If this applies across an entire franchise, then Captain Cragen counts, with his casting in SVU being his return bus trip. He was Lt. Anita Van Buren's predecessor on the mothership show for the first three seasons.
** In other cross-franchise examples, Executive ADA Michael Cutter make four appearances in Season 13 of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' after his own show, the original ''LawAndOrder'' ended in 2010, and Lt. Alexandra Eames makes two appearances in Season 14 of L&O: SVU, her first appearance since the ending of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' in 2011.
*** Eames and Goren also get this in the Season 10 premiere of Criminal Intent, after both departing in the second episode of the ninth season.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
''Series/{{Bones}}'', Zack only really comes back once after being PutOnABus [[spoiler:to a mental institution]], in "The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond". (He appears in two other episodes, but one is a hallucination and the other is a WholeEpisodeFlashback.) He returns at the end of season 11 and then season 12.
* In ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'':
** "Yesterday's Enterprise" The bullies' leader, Harley, was originally sent to military school near the end of the second season and almost immediately wound up being replaced by Griff Hawkins. Harley returns for one third season episode which pits him against Griff (after which neither are seen again).
** During the last episode of the high school part, Minkus makes a return, lampshading the PutOnABus trope while he's there.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Oz and Riley both get these. For Oz, it's "New Moon Rising"; for Riley, it's "As You Were". They both appear again in Season 8 for a bit.
** Whistler appears in Season 9 and reveals he was behind Angel's actions in Season 8.
** Actress Elisabeth Röhm (Kate Lockley) left to be on ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and was a BrotherChuck in ''Angel'' from season 2, but makes a comeback in the Season 8 comics because of course, comics aren't hindered by pesky things like acting contracts. (She appears in ''Angel: After The Fall'' as a new member of AI in ''Aftermath''.)
** Simone in Season 9; last seen executing the general at war with the Slayers, is driving around San Francisco, armed to her back teeth, promising that she won't let the world forget about the Slayers. This...this can't be good.
* On ''Series/CharliesAngels'', Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) returned for several guest appearances after leaving as a regular following the first season. These return appearances were actually contractually obligated, as part of a settlement to a lawsuit brought by producer Creator/AaronSpelling against Fawcett over her early departure from the show.
* ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'': La Chilindrina’s absence from the show was explained as her living with her aunts in Guanajuato, in reality Maria Antonieta de las Nieves left for a work in a dramatic series in another network. The series was unsuccessful so for the next season La Chilindrina came back.
* Characters who are {{Put On A Bus}} in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' seem to come back more often than not. That's including [[spoiler: Jill (arrested early season 2, returns towards the end), Daniel Shaw (twice: in the penultimate Season 3 episode, and then again in season 5), and Alexei Volkoff (arrested mid-season 4, returns for the finale)]]
%%* Denise in ''Series/TheCosbyShow''
* Both A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster were forced out of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' by ExecutiveMeddling (reportedly because CBS needed to free up funds to bankroll the spinoff) during the sixth season. Outcries from the fans, the actors and even the writers (if one reads between the lines in "J.J.") led to the producers agreeing to bring the two of them back for Season Seven (though the cancellation of the spinoff helped there). Brewster left after Season Seven on her own accord, but Cook remains to this day.
* Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle on ''Series/{{CSI}}''; eventually, this turned into a borderline between this and CommutingOnABus. She's listed as a regular, but always misses a handful of episodes each season. William Peterson was rumored to be returning as well, but though he had a brief cameo in one ep, it was decided he wouldn't return for more yet, so as not to take the focus away from [[spoiler:Catherine getting put on the bus]].
** Sophia Curtis got a one episode return as well.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' sort of did with Aiden Burn, but it was more a BusCrash- she only showed up in a couple flashbacks and got StuffedInTheFridge in the main plot ep itself.
** Mac's ex-girlfriend Peyton, who returned in one episode a few seasons after her departure.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': After leaving Wisteria Lane in the first episode of seventh season, Orson Hodge appeared once again in "Assassins". However, it was just for that episode and his storyline with Bree wasn't resolved, so it's unknown if he'll appear again in the show.
** He did return again in the final season.
* With characters coming and going on a regular basis in the British sitcom ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequels, it is inevitable that a few buses returned.
** Robin Nedwell as Duncan Waring left after ''Doctor in the House'' to appear in ''The Lovers'', but returned for ''Doctor in Charge'' as the new central character; Waring was said to have been a research doctor in Baltimore during the events of the previous series.
** Martin Shaw as Huw Evans left ''Doctor in the House'' after one series, but returned as a nervous expectant father in the ''Doctor at Large'' episode "Mother and Father Doing Well".
** Jonathan Lynn as Danny Hooley left after the second series of ''Doctor in the House'', and returned for the ''Doctor in Charge'' finale "Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?", having been struck off (unbeknownst to his friends at St. Swithin's).
** George Layton as Paul Collier left after ''Doctor in Charge'' to start in ''Series/ItAintHalfHotMum'' (Collier was said to have gone out for coffee and not come back until after his friends Waring and Stuart-Clark had also left the hospital to become ship's doctors), but returned as a regular for the final series in the franchise, ''Doctor at the Top''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's bus came back three times after the "UNIT era"; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E3MawdrynUndead "Mawdryn Undead"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]]" and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]]. Other buses that came back for "The Five Doctors" included Susan, Jamie and Zoe (except it wasn't really them), Sarah Jane and K9, and Romana.
** Jamie really did return in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors "The Two Doctors"]], as did [[TheNthDoctor the Second Doctor]], if that counts. (If it does, then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], "The Five Doctors" again and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash "Time Crash"]] also qualify).
** Sarah Jane's bus returned again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]], [[SpinOff which led to]] ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Which featured another return for the Brig in Series 2, and Jo Grant in Series 4. ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen The Brig was also
supposed to be pop up once more in Series 3, but Nicholas Courtney sadly suffered a BackForTheDead stroke at the time of filming...]] and the episode he was going to appear in was the one in which Creator/DavidTennant [[{{Crossover}} guest-starred as the Doctor]]!)
** [[spoiler:An on-screen example, at least, The Eighth Doctor returns on screen
for Tasha (using ripple-effect the first time travel to get around in ''17 years'' for the]] 50th Anniversary prequel, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night of the fact that she was ''already'' dead), but it got a CosmicRetcon into Doctor"]].
** Series 10 features
the more general version decidedly unexpected return of this trope [[spoiler:John Simm's Master]], who'll be sharing screen time with Missy, resulting in order to allow her to have a Romulan daughter.
** ''Next Generation'' also has [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] himself, who gets [[PutOnABus Put On A Shuttle]] to Starfleet Academy before
the first [[spoiler:multi-Master story]].
%%* Ray Vecchio, in the series finale of ''Series/DueSouth''.
* Most famously on ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', with Bo and Luke
returning after being absent for three episodes: one where he fights most of the spread of a brainwashing game aboard the Enterprise, one where the group of stunt pilots he's part of is charged show's fifth season due to contract issues with [[AbsenteeActor actors John Schneider and reprimanded Tom Wopat]]. (Unlike most examples of this trope, the bus brought them back not just for trying a dangerous maneuver that killed visit, but for good.)
** Deputy Enos Strate, who'd left Hazzard in the third season for his own short-lived spinoff show, returned at the start of season five (just as Bo and Luke were leaving). He also stuck around for the remainder of the show's run.
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' has Liam Kincaid, the main character for seasons 2-4, disappear under strange circumstances in the season 4 finale in a case of NeverFoundTheBody. He finally comes back, just in time for the GrandFinale.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' had Carter return for four episodes in season 12. Susan Lewis, absent from seasons 3-7, returned as a regular in seasons 8-12 before leaving again. Jeanie Boulet showed up in an episode of Season 14. In the show's 15th and final season, ''all'' of the departed regulars from the original cast, including the deceased Mark Greene, came back for guest appearances.
** Specifically, in the final season:
*** Carter ends up essentially becoming
a member of the team and a third where he returns to the Enterprise on leave, only to resign from Starfleet in order to save a MagicalNativeAmerican settlement from getting kicked off their planet due to a Federation-Cardassian treaty. A Wesley cameo at Riker's wedding was filmed for ''Nemesis'', but mostly didn't make it into the final movie (he is visible at the edge of one scene at Riker and Troi's wedding). He also had an appearance in an episode where Worf visited a parallel universe where Wesley had the role of a tactical officer.
** Also, Wesley's mother, Doctor Crusher, put on a bus between Seasons 1 and 2 after a dispute between Gates [=McFadden=] and then-show-runner Maurice Hurley. She was referred to as being the head of Starfleet Medical. That didn't last long,
main cast as the bus came back with Dr. Crusher on it for series closes, appearing in "The Beginning of the start of Season 3.End:, "T-Minus-6", "What We Do", and "Old Times", and "And in the End...".
*** Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway reappear together in "Old Times"
*** Mark Greene and Robert Romano (who had both previously been [[KilledOffForReal killed off]]) show up in a flashback in "Heal Thyself".

* The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Fury" features Kes returning to the crew, [[spoiler:harboring some sort of IrrationalHatred for them]].
* Brian Cassidy of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' transferred out of the unit in mid-Season 1
*** Abby Lockhart and was pretty much forgotten until he showed up as an undercover officer working a case -- Ray Barnett reappear to help send Neela Rasgotra off in the finale of ''Season Thirteen.''
** If this applies across an entire franchise, then Captain Cragen counts, with his casting in SVU being his return bus trip. He was Lt. Anita Van Buren's predecessor on the mothership show
series' antepenultimate episode.
*** Kerry Weaver, Elizabeth Corday, Peter Benton and Susan Lewis all come back
for the first three seasons.
** In other cross-franchise examples, Executive ADA Michael Cutter make four
series finale to specifically meet up with John Carter's character, and all of them (minus Lewis) had made additional appearances earlier in the season.
*** Finally, several recurring characters reappeared throughout the season, including Jerry Markovic, Lydia Wright, David Morgenstern, Kem Likasu, Reese Benton and Rachel Greene (the latter, Mark's daughter, done to [[GenerationXerox help to bring the series full circle]]).
* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', you'd think sacrificing himself to save continuity would be enough to get Nathan Stark out of Carter's life for good. Nope; he comes back. [[spoiler: Turns out he was just a technology induced hallucination. But this is Eureka, after all. ]]
** Taggert was a regular recurring character throughout seasons 1 & 2, then he inexplicably disappeared after the season 2 finale. He finally made a return for 1 episode at the end of season 3, in which he alluded to his sudden departure as a [[JourneyToFindOneself Walkabout]]. He then returns twice more for the season 4 and 5 [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Specials]], but never manages to make a full return to the cast.
** Dr. Trevor Grant was the major Arc Character for season 4's first half, leaving once his arc was concluded. He makes a much welcomed (by the cast) return in the series finale as [[spoiler: the new owner of Eureka, buying the town and GD at Fargo's pleading after the government decided to pull all funding and shut them down.]]
* Richard Dawson, host of ''Series/FamilyFeud'' from 1976 to 1985, returned to host the final season of the 1988 revival (1994-95 season).
* Janette was brought back for one season 3 ''Series/ForeverKnight'' episode, though that ep is not well liked by fans.
* Happens frequently in the final two seasons of ''Series/FridayNightLights'', with Lyla Garrity, Tyra Collette, Landry Clarke, and Jason Street returning for one or two episodes apiece after departing Dillon, and Matt Saracen for an impressive six, including the series finale. In fact, the only main character not to return for a sendoff at some point after their departure was Smash Williams.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Barristan Selmy storms out of the throne room
in Season 13 1 and into Astapor in Season 3.
** Lysa Arryn and her son Robin, first seen in Season 1, return in Season 4.
** Alliser Thorne (last seen in Season 1) and Janos Slynt (last seen in Season 2) return as antagonists to Jon in Season 4.
** Littlefinger takes a notable boat-trip for six episodes between "The Climb" and "Breaker
of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' Chains".
** Ghost wanders off in Season 2 and only turns up again in Season 4.
** Pyp and Maester Aemon re-enter the story at the end of Season 3 after a nineteen-episode absence, though since they were the only characters to remain at Castle Black, it's perhaps more fitting to say the bus left them behind.
** Hot Pie returns in Season 4 when Brienne and Pod stop by the inn where he works. It turn's out he's gotten much better at making wolf-shaped bread.
** Grenn and Dolorous Edd reappear in "Breaker of Chains" nine episodes after they were last seen fighting at Craster's Keep.
** Gregor Clegane is summoned to the capital in "Mockingbird" to serve as Cersei's champion after being unseen since Tywin left him at Harrenhal in Season 2.
** After a two-season absence, Kevan Lannister and his son Lancel re-enter the story in "The Wars to Come".
** Cersei's daughter Myrcella was put on a ship in Season 2, but returns in Season 5. Or rather, the cameras finally follows her to her destination.
** The Faceless Man Arya knew as Jaqen H'ghar in Season 2 returns in "The House of Black and White".
** Five episodes
after his exile from Meereen, Jorah Mormont turns up in a brothel on the Long Bridge of Volantis whose main attraction is its own show, RuleThirtyFour version of Daenerys.
** After setting out early in
the original ''LawAndOrder'' ended in 2010, season, Mace Tyrell and Lt. Alexandra Eames makes two Ser Meryn Trant finally arrive in Braavos in the season's penultimate episode, "The Dance of Dragons".
** Brynden Tully, Thoros of Myr and Beric Dondarrion all show up in Season 6 after several seasons of absence.
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Jess apparently has several round-trip tickets. His whole slew of issues came together and he ran away from town, only to be grudgingly dragged back to town to reclaim his car and attend his mother's wedding. He leaves town again when Rory impulsively rejects him and then resurfaces in Rory's life again to see how she's doing only for Rory to sadly reject him again.
* ''{{Series/Glee}}'': Sam moved away between the second and third seasons due to contract issues with Chord Overstreet, only to return for good in "Hold Onto Sixteen".
* ''Series/GossipGirl'':
** Georgina seems to have several round-trip tickets.
** Jenny also returned briefly for a couple of episodes in season 4 after being PutOnABus in the season 3 finale.
* In ''Series/GrowingPains'', Luke (Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio) returns briefly in the final episode. Oddly enough, he didn't technically interact with the cast face-to-face. He simply spoke to Mike on the phone in one scene. He was only a part of the cast towards the end of the series so there wasn't a long time between his departure and return.
* On ''Series/HappyDays'':
** Richie and Ralph Malph returned for an episode (with Richie coming back again for the series finale).
** After having departed for their own ill-fated spinoff, Joanie and Chachi made a few guest
appearances in Season 14 of L&O: SVU, her first appearance since during the ending of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' in 2011.
*** Eames and Goren also get this
season they were absent before finally returning for good in the Season 10 premiere of Criminal Intent, after both departing in the second episode of the ninth season.series' final season, once said spinoff had been axed.



* Sharona returns for an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' in season 8.
** As well as for one of the novels, aptly titled ''Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants.''
* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'':
** Pete Ross returns for an episode... With powers! ... and for ProductPlacement.
** [[BusCrash Subverted]] with Whitney's supposed return.
** After being PutOnABus at the end of Season 7, Lana Lang returns in Season 8 for a five-episode mini-arc.
** Brainiac returns, sans evil, after what we thought to be his final defeat. He's been reprogrammed into Brainiac 5 by the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} (instead of a descendant, he is the ''fifth'' iteration of the same very-hard-to-kill machine).
* On ''Series/HappyDays'':
** Richie and Ralph Malph returned for an episode (with Richie coming back again for the series finale).
** After having departed for their own ill-fated spinoff, Joanie and Chachi made a few guest appearances during the season they were absent before finally returning for good in the series' final season, once said spinoff had been axed.
* Young Mr. Grace returned for a very brief cameo during a birthday celebration for his older brother in the episode of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' titled "Roots".

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* Sharona returns for an episode of ''Series/{{Monk}}'' in season 8.
** As well as for one of the novels, aptly titled ''Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants.''
* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'':
** Pete Ross returns for an episode... With powers! ... and for ProductPlacement.
** [[BusCrash Subverted]]
''Series/{{Highlander}}'' did this with Whitney's supposed return.
** After being PutOnABus at the end of Season 7, Lana Lang returns in Season 8 for a five-episode mini-arc.
** Brainiac returns, sans evil, after what we thought to be his final defeat. He's been reprogrammed into Brainiac 5 by the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} (instead of a descendant, he is the ''fifth'' iteration of the same very-hard-to-kill machine).
* On ''Series/HappyDays'':
** Richie and Ralph Malph returned for an episode (with Richie coming back again for
three characters. Charlie DeSalvo left the series finale).
** After having departed for their own ill-fated spinoff, Joanie and Chachi made a few guest appearances during the
in late season they were absent before finally returning for good in the series' final season, once said spinoff had been axed.
* Young Mr. Grace
3, then returned for a very brief cameo during a birthday celebration for his older brother in the episode second ep of ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' titled "Roots".season 4, where he was KilledOffForReal. Fitzcairn and Richie were variants of it. Richie was an alternate universe Richie in Duncan's visions, and Fitzcairn showed up only in flashbacks. (Fitzcairn, having been killed off in his second appearance, is in the unusual position of having shown up more often after the bus than before.) Tessa did once as well, with Alexandra Vandernoot playing her in a season 2 ep in flashbacks and playing a different character made to look like Tessa via MagicPlasticSurgery in the main plot of the ep.



* {{Series/Glee}}: Sam moved away between the second and third seasons due to contract issues with Chord Overstreet, only to return for good in "Hold Onto Sixteen".
* ''Series/SanfordAndSon'': Good ol' Grady returned, then, seemingly not learning his lesson, did an equally short-lived spinoff after the parent show was cancelled.
* Rose of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' manages to return twice. The second time offers no explanation as to where she came from and where she ended up after the episode, but that's not unusual for Rose... she's [[StalkerWithACrush a little loopy]].
* Joel Robinson and TV's Frank both returned for the tenth (and final) season premiere of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* After leaving ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' as a regular, Don Knotts returned as Barney Fife for at least one episode in each of the remaining seasons. Not quite often enough to be CommutingOnABus, but still a notable variation of the trope.
* The Ropers guested in a ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode following the death of their self-titled spinoff show.

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* {{Series/Glee}}: Sam moved away between On ''Series/{{House}}'', Cameron leaves both Princeton Plainsboro and Chase. She later comes back to finalize her divorce from the latter in a nice way.
** To a lesser extent Chase and Freeman also qualify. Never completely leaving the show, but taking new jobs and making only cameo appearances while House builds a totally new team. Both end up finding their way back onto his team and retaking their full cast member status.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Ted's first serious girlfriend in the series is Victoria, a baker he meets at a wedding. They break up near the end of season 1, and she's not seen again for 5 seasons. Ted finally runs into her again in season 7.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** In [[Series/KamenRider the original series]], after star Creator/HiroshiFujioka's leg was shattered during a stunt gone wrong, protagonist Takeshi Hongo went overseas to foil more of [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Shocker]]'s plans while Hayato Ichimonji,
the second Kamen Rider, took care of Japan. Hongo returned almost 30 episodes later and third seasons due to contract issues with Chord Overstreet, only to return the two heroes fought side-by-side for good in "Hold Onto Sixteen".
* ''Series/SanfordAndSon'': Good ol' Grady returned, then, seemingly not learning his lesson, did an equally short-lived spinoff after the parent show was cancelled.
* Rose of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' manages to return twice. The second time offers no explanation as to where she came from and where she ended up after the episode,
12 episodes, but that's not unusual then Ichimonji himself went overseas for Rose... she's [[StalkerWithACrush a little loopy]].
* Joel Robinson and TV's Frank both
training. He eventually returned for the tenth final five episodes, and the Double Riders (as they're officially known) have been an inseparable DynamicDuo ever since.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', [[SixthRanger Akira Date]] goes abroad in episode 38 to get the shrapnel in his brain removed, but returns in the final three episodes to fight alongside his former apprentice, Goto.
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'', in a special focusing on Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave, brings back three villains representing each era of the franchise: King Dark from ''Series/KamenRiderX'', Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', and most notably, [[spoiler:Foundation X from the first three post-''Decade'' seasons]].
* In ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' the character of Foggy Dewhurst, who had exited at the end of series 8 to run an egg-painting business, returned to the show in series 12. The bus quite literally came back, as the first time we see him he's riding into town on a bus. Seymour, the character he was replaced by
(and final) season is now replacing), had just left town (and the series) on a different bus.
* Brian Cassidy of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' transferred out of the unit in mid-Season 1 and was pretty much forgotten until he showed up as an undercover officer working a case -- in the finale of ''Season Thirteen.''
** If this applies across an entire franchise, then Captain Cragen counts, with his casting in SVU being his return bus trip. He was Lt. Anita Van Buren's predecessor on the mothership show for the first three seasons.
** In other cross-franchise examples, Executive ADA Michael Cutter make four appearances in Season 13 of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' after his own show, the original ''Series/LawAndOrder'' ended in 2010, and Lt. Alexandra Eames makes two appearances in Season 14 of L&O: SVU, her first appearance since the ending of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' in 2011.
*** Eames and Goren also get this in the Season 10
premiere of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
''Criminal Intent'', after both departing in the second episode of the ninth season.
** On ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Alex Cabot came back.
*** [[spoiler: But then she left again.]] And there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.
** Recently Casey Novak also came back for an episode.
* After leaving ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' as ''Series/MadMen'' gives us a regular, Don Knotts few examples.
** Of the former Sterling Cooper employees who didn't jump ship for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce at the end of Season 3, Ken Cosgrove
returned as Barney Fife for good while other characters reappear occationally
*** Ken Cosgrove shows up for one episode, disappears again, and then joins SCDP after coming to a truce with Pete. He is a regular character in season 5.
*** Duck Philips shows up twice, both times not only hammered drunk but obviously far, far OffTheWagon. Ranting and raving, he fights Don, because Don is also drunk, and came in with Peggy. At the end of season 5, Peggy meets him in a restaurant to get some career advice and this time he is actually sober.
** Paul Kinsey returns in season 5, really down on his luck and a member of the Hare Krishna. He is subsequently given a bus ticket to California so he can get away from the cult and start a new life as a movie scriptwriter.
** Two other more minor former Sterling Cooper employees show up again; both had left well before the sale of Sterling Cooper to [=McCann=] Erickson.
*** Smitty Smith resurfaces
at least the agency of Don's (self-declared) rival's Ted Chaough ([[MyNaymeIs pronounced "Shaw"]]) in "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword".
*** After being let go for drunkenly pissing himself at a meeting with Samsonite in Season 2, Freddy Rumsen reappears in Season 4, a member of AA.
** Rachel Menken popped up in
one episode after her affair with Don ended to let the viewers know she got married. Don uses her husband's name (Tilden Katz) to get into a seedy underground casino as part of Freddy Rumsen's send-off.
** Midge (the commercial artist and the first of Don's mistresses that we see) shows up again
in each Season 4, having since become a heroin addict and prostitute.
** Glen, the creepy son
of the remaining seasons. Not quite often enough to be CommutingOnABus, but still a notable variation of the trope.
* The Ropers guested
Drapers' neighbor, returns in Season 4 as a ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode following the death of their self-titled spinoff show.key player and Sally's friend.



* Happens with Sam, in an episode of ''Series/AceLightning''.

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* Happens with Sam, ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': The actor playing Steve Rhoades left in season 4, but made 3 guest appearances in later years (2 in-character, 1 as a pirate).
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' had CBI Director Gale Bertram leave at the beginning of season four so his actor Michael Gaston could join the main cast of ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}''. After ''Unforgettable'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled after its first season]], Gaston got his old role back.
* Several characters return in series 5 of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', most notably Mordred (with a TimeShiftedActor) but also Queen Annis, Princess Mithian, King Odin and the sorcerer Alator.
* Sharona returns for
an episode of ''Series/AceLightning''.''Series/{{Monk}}'' in season 8.
** As well as for one of the novels, aptly titled ''Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants''.
* Joel Robinson and TV's Frank both returned for the tenth (and final) season premiere of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.
* Presumably out of respect for Phil Hartman, Khandi Alexander returns as her character Catherine Duke (who had left the show in the previous season) in the ''Series/NewsRadio'' episode in which Hartman's character Bill [=McNeal=] dies.
* ''Series/{{One Tree Hill}}'':
** Haley returns from being on tour to work things out with Nathan in the final moments of the second season finale, "The Leavers Dance", after quite literally being put on a bus in "The Hero Dies in This One", ten episodes beforehand. Although technically Haley is still a main character throughout these ten episodes, she only makes limited appearances.



** ''PowerRangersMegaforce'' promises to rectify that with a ''lot'' of past heroes as guest stars.
* Basically everyone who'd been PutOnABus to Mandyville (except Mandy) came back for Leo's funeral in one of the last episodes of ''TheWestWing''. Ironically, one of the few departed cast members not to put in an appearance was Sam Seaborn, who would return an episode or so later, and appear in several more remaining episodes.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' had Carter return for four episodes in season 12. Susan Lewis, absent from seasons 3-7, returned as a regular in seasons 8-12 before leaving again. Jeanie Boulet showed up in an episode of Season 14. In the show's 15th and final season, ''all'' of the departed regulars from the original cast, including the deceased Mark Greene, came back for guest appearances.
** Specifically, in the final season:
*** Carter ends up essentially becoming a member of the main cast as the series closes, appearing in "The Beginning of the End:, "T-Minus-6", "What We Do", and "Old Times", and "And in the End...".
*** Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway reappear together in "Old Times"
*** Mark Greene and Robert Romano (who had both previously been [[KilledOffForReal killed off]]) show up in a flashback in "Heal Thyself".
*** Abby Lockhart and Ray Barnett reappear to help send Neela Rasgotra off in the series' antepenultimate episode.
*** Kerry Weaver, Elizabeth Corday, Peter Benton and Susan Lewis all come back for the series finale to specifically meet up with John Carter's character, and all of them (minus Lewis) had made additional appearances earlier in the season.
*** Finally, several recurring characters reappeared throughout the season, including Jerry Markovic, Lydia Wright, David Morgenstern, Kem Likasu, Reese Benton and Rachel Greene (the latter, Mark's daughter, done to [[GenerationXerox help to bring the series full circle]]).
* When René and Edith of ''Series/AlloAllo'' accidentally travel to London, they meet Hans, who had been stolen away by the Communist Resistance to England a few seasons previously. He now works for the British government and speaks English.
* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Zack only really comes back once after being PutOnABus [[spoiler:to a mental institution]], in "The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond". (He appears in two other episodes, but one is a hallucination and the other is a WholeEpisodeFlashback.) He returns at the end of season 11 and then season 12.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Alex Cabot came back.
** [[spoiler: But then she left again.]] And there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.
*** Recently Casey Novak also came back for an episode.
* ''Series/MadMen'' gives us a few examples.
** Of the former Sterling Cooper employees who didn't jump ship for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce at the end of Season 3, Ken Cosgrove returned for good while other characters reappear occationally
*** Ken Cosgrove shows up for one episode, disappears again, and then joins SCDP after coming to a truce with Pete. He is a regular character in season 5.
*** Duck Philips shows up twice, both times not only hammered drunk but obviously far, far OffTheWagon. Ranting and raving, he fights Don, because Don is also drunk, and came in with Peggy. At the end of season 5, Peggy meets him in a restaurant to get some career advice and this time he is actually sober.
** Paul Kinsey returns in season 5, really down on his luck and a member of the Hare Krishna. He is subsequently given a bus ticket to California so he can can get away from the cult and start a new life as a movie scriptwriter.
** Two other more minor former Sterling Cooper employees show up again; both had left well before the sale of Sterling Cooper to [=McCann=] Erickson.
*** Smitty Smith resurfaces at the agency of Don's (self-declared) rival's Ted Chaough ([[MyNaymeIs pronounced "Shaw"]]) in "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword".
*** After being let go for drunkenly pissing himself at a meeting with Samsonite in Season 2, Freddy Rumsen reappears in Season 4, a member of AA.
** Rachel Menken popped up in one episode after her affair with Don ended to let the viewers know she got married. Don uses her husband's name (Tilden Katz) to get into a seedy underground casino as part of Freddy Rumsen's send-off.
** Midge (the commercial artist and the first of Don's mistresses that we see) shows up again in Season 4, having since become a heroin addict and prostitute.
** Glen, the creepy son of the Drapers' neighbor, returns in Season 4 as a key player and Sally's friend.
* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', you'd think sacrificing himself to save continuity would be enough to get Nathan Stark out of Carter's life for good. Nope; he comes back. [[spoiler: Turns out he was just a technology induced hallucination. But this is Eureka, after all. ]]
** Taggert was a regular recurring character throughout seasons 1 & 2, then he inexplicably disappeared after the season 2 finale. He finally made a return for 1 episode at the end of season 3, in which he alluded to his sudden departure as a [[JourneyToFindOneself Walkabout]]. He then returns twice more for the season 4 and 5 [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Specials]], but never manages to make a full return to the cast.
** Dr. Trevor Grant was the major Arc Character for season 4's first half, leaving once his arc was concluded. He makes a much welcomed (by the cast) return in the series finale as [[spoiler: the new owner of Eureka, buying the town and GD at Fargo's pleading after the government decided to pull all funding and shut them down.]]
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Jess apparently has several round-trip tickets. His whole slew of issues came together and he ran away from town, only to be grudgingly dragged back to town to reclaim his car and attend his mother's wedding. He leaves town again when Rory impulsively rejects him and then resurfaces in Rory's life again to see how she's doing only for Rory to sadly reject him again.
* ''Series/StElsewhere'': Nurse Shirley Daniels returned to St. Eligius twice after [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus going to prison for shooting doctor-turned-rapist Peter White]]]]: once for an appendectomy, and once in the series finale.
* More actress-wise than character-wise, but Rachel Dratch returned to ''Series/ThirtyRock'' for the first time since the first season for its season 5 LiveEpisode, this time playing a wacky foreign janitor. Liz even comments, "Haven't seen you in a while."
* In ''Series/GrowingPains'', Luke (Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio) returns briefly in the final episode. Oddly enough, he didn't technically interact with the cast face-to-face. He simply spoke to Mike on the phone in one scene. He was only a part of the cast towards the end of the series so there wasn't a long time between his departure and return.
* On ''Series/{{House}}'', Cameron leaves both Princeton Plainsboro and Chase. She later comes back to finalize her divorce from the latter in a nice way.
** To a lesser extent Chase and Freeman also qualify. Never completely leaving the show, but taking new jobs and making only cameo appearances while House builds a totally new team. Both end up finding their way back onto his team and retaking their full cast member status.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': The actor playing Steve Rhoades left in season 4, but made 3 guest appearances in later years (2 in-character, 1 as a pirate).
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': After leaving Wisteria Lane in the first episode of seventh season, Orson Hodge appeared once again in "Assassins". However, it was just for that episode and his storyline with Bree wasn't resolved, so it's unknown if he'll appear again in the show.
** He did return again in the final season.
* Both A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster were forced out of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' by ExecutiveMeddling (reportedly because CBS needed to free up funds to bankroll the spinoff) during the sixth season. Outcries from the fans, the actors and even the writers (if one reads between the lines in "J.J.") led to the producers agreeing to bring the two of them back for Season Seven (though the cancellation of the spinoff helped there). Brewster left after Season Seven on her own accord, but Cook remains to this day.
* In ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'':
** The bullies' leader, Harley, was sent to military school near the end of the second season and almost immediately wound up being replaced by Griff Hawkins. Harley returns for one third season episode which pits him against Griff (after which neither are seen again).
** During the last episode of the high school part, Minkus makes a return, lampshading the PutOnABus trope while he's there.

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** ''PowerRangersMegaforce'' ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' promises to rectify that with a ''lot'' of past heroes as guest stars.
* Basically everyone who'd been PutOnABus to Mandyville (except Mandy) came back for Leo's funeral in one of the last episodes of ''TheWestWing''. Ironically, one of the few departed cast members not to put in an appearance was Sam Seaborn, who would return an episode or so later, and appear in several more remaining episodes.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'' had Carter return for four episodes in season 12. Susan Lewis, absent from seasons 3-7, returned as a regular in seasons 8-12 before leaving again. Jeanie Boulet showed up in an episode of Season 14. In the show's 15th and final season, ''all'' of the departed regulars from the original cast, including the deceased Mark Greene, came back for guest appearances.
** Specifically, in the final season:
*** Carter ends up essentially becoming a member of the main cast as the series closes, appearing in "The Beginning of the End:, "T-Minus-6", "What We Do", and "Old Times", and "And in the End...".
*** Doug Ross and Carol Hathaway reappear together in "Old Times"
*** Mark Greene and Robert Romano (who had both previously been [[KilledOffForReal killed off]]) show up in a flashback in "Heal Thyself".
*** Abby Lockhart and Ray Barnett reappear to help send Neela Rasgotra off in the series' antepenultimate episode.
*** Kerry Weaver, Elizabeth Corday, Peter Benton and Susan Lewis all come back for the series finale to specifically meet up with John Carter's character, and all of them (minus Lewis) had made additional appearances earlier in the season.
*** Finally, several recurring characters reappeared throughout the season, including Jerry Markovic, Lydia Wright, David Morgenstern, Kem Likasu, Reese Benton and Rachel Greene (the latter, Mark's daughter, done to [[GenerationXerox help to bring the series full circle]]).
* When René and Edith of ''Series/AlloAllo'' accidentally travel to London, they meet Hans, who had been stolen away by the Communist Resistance to England a few seasons previously. He now works for the British government and speaks English.
* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Zack only really comes back once after being PutOnABus [[spoiler:to a mental institution]], in "The Perfect Pieces in the Purple Pond". (He appears in two other episodes, but one is a hallucination and the other is a WholeEpisodeFlashback.) He returns at the end of season 11 and then season 12.
* On ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', Alex Cabot came back.
** [[spoiler: But then she left again.]] And there was weeping and gnashing of teeth.
*** Recently Casey Novak also came back for an episode.
* ''Series/MadMen'' gives us a few examples.
** Of the former Sterling Cooper employees who didn't jump ship for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce at the end of Season 3, Ken Cosgrove returned for good while other characters reappear occationally
*** Ken Cosgrove shows up for one episode, disappears again, and then joins SCDP after coming to a truce with Pete. He is a regular character in season 5.
*** Duck Philips shows up twice, both times not only hammered drunk but obviously far, far OffTheWagon. Ranting and raving, he fights Don, because Don is also drunk, and came in with Peggy. At the end of season 5, Peggy meets him in a restaurant to get some career advice and this time he is actually sober.
** Paul Kinsey returns in season 5, really down on his luck and a member of the Hare Krishna. He is subsequently given a bus ticket to California so he can can get away from the cult and start a new life as a movie scriptwriter.
** Two other more minor former Sterling Cooper employees show up again; both had left well before the sale of Sterling Cooper to [=McCann=] Erickson.
*** Smitty Smith resurfaces at the agency of Don's (self-declared) rival's Ted Chaough ([[MyNaymeIs pronounced "Shaw"]]) in "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword".
*** After being let go for drunkenly pissing himself at a meeting with Samsonite in Season 2, Freddy Rumsen reappears in Season 4, a member of AA.
** Rachel Menken popped up in one episode after her affair with Don ended to let the viewers know she got married. Don uses her husband's name (Tilden Katz) to get into a seedy underground casino as part of Freddy Rumsen's send-off.
** Midge (the commercial artist and the first of Don's mistresses that we see) shows up again in Season 4, having since become a heroin addict and prostitute.
** Glen, the creepy son of the Drapers' neighbor, returns in Season 4 as a key player and Sally's friend.
* On ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', you'd think sacrificing himself to save continuity would be enough to get Nathan Stark out of Carter's life for good. Nope; he comes back. [[spoiler: Turns out he was just a technology induced hallucination. But this is Eureka, after all. ]]
** Taggert was a regular recurring character throughout seasons 1 & 2, then he inexplicably disappeared after the season 2 finale. He finally made a return for 1 episode at the end of season 3, in which he alluded to his sudden departure as a [[JourneyToFindOneself Walkabout]]. He then returns twice more for the season 4 and 5 [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Specials]], but never manages to make a full return to the cast.
** Dr. Trevor Grant was the major Arc Character for season 4's first half, leaving once his arc was concluded. He makes a much welcomed (by the cast) return in the series finale as [[spoiler: the new owner of Eureka, buying the town and GD at Fargo's pleading after the government decided to pull all funding and shut them down.]]
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Jess apparently has several round-trip tickets. His whole slew of issues came together and he ran away from town, only to be grudgingly dragged back to town to reclaim his car and attend his mother's wedding. He leaves town again when Rory impulsively rejects him and then resurfaces in Rory's life again to see how she's doing only for Rory to sadly reject him again.
* ''Series/StElsewhere'': Nurse Shirley Daniels returned to St. Eligius twice after [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus going to prison for shooting doctor-turned-rapist Peter White]]]]: once for an appendectomy, and once in the series finale.
* More actress-wise than character-wise, but Rachel Dratch returned to ''Series/ThirtyRock'' for the first time since the first season for its season 5 LiveEpisode, this time playing a wacky foreign janitor. Liz even comments, "Haven't seen you in a while."
* In ''Series/GrowingPains'', Luke (Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio) returns briefly in the final episode. Oddly enough, he didn't technically interact with the cast face-to-face. He simply spoke to Mike on the phone in one scene. He was only a part of the cast towards the end of the series so there wasn't a long time between his departure and return.
* On ''Series/{{House}}'', Cameron leaves both Princeton Plainsboro and Chase. She later comes back to finalize her divorce from the latter in a nice way.
** To a lesser extent Chase and Freeman also qualify. Never completely leaving the show, but taking new jobs and making only cameo appearances while House builds a totally new team. Both end up finding their way back onto his team and retaking their full cast member status.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': The actor playing Steve Rhoades left in season 4, but made 3 guest appearances in later years (2 in-character, 1 as a pirate).
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': After leaving Wisteria Lane in the first episode of seventh season, Orson Hodge appeared once again in "Assassins". However, it was just for that episode and his storyline with Bree wasn't resolved, so it's unknown if he'll appear again in the show.
** He did return again in the final season.
* Both A.J. Cook and Paget Brewster were forced out of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' by ExecutiveMeddling (reportedly because CBS needed to free up funds to bankroll the spinoff) during the sixth season. Outcries from the fans, the actors and even the writers (if one reads between the lines in "J.J.") led to the producers agreeing to bring the two of them back for Season Seven (though the cancellation of the spinoff helped there). Brewster left after Season Seven on her own accord, but Cook remains to this day.
* In ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'':
** The bullies' leader, Harley, was sent to military school near the end of the second season and almost immediately wound up being replaced by Griff Hawkins. Harley returns for one third season episode which pits him against Griff (after which neither are seen again).
** During the last episode of the high school part, Minkus makes a return, lampshading the PutOnABus trope while he's there.
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* ''Series/GossipGirl'':
** Georgina seems to have several round-trip tickets.
** Jenny also returned briefly for a couple of episodes in season 4 after being PutOnABus in the season 3 finale.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** In [[Series/KamenRider the original series]], after star Creator/HiroshiFujioka's leg was shattered during a stunt gone wrong, protagonist Takeshi Hongo went overseas to foil more of [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Shocker]]'s plans while Hayato Ichimonji, the second Kamen Rider, took care of Japan. Hongo returned almost 30 episodes later and the two heroes fought side-by-side for 12 episodes, but then Ichimonji himself went overseas for training. He eventually returned for the final five episodes, and the Double Riders (as they're officially known) have been an inseparable DynamicDuo ever since.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', [[SixthRanger Akira Date]] goes abroad in episode 38 to get the shrapnel in his brain removed, but returns in the final three episodes to fight alongside his former apprentice, Goto.
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'', in a special focusing on Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave, brings back three villains representing each era of the franchise: King Dark from ''Series/KamenRiderX'', Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', and most notably, [[spoiler:Foundation X from the first three post-''Decade'' seasons]].
* On ''Series/CharliesAngels'', Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) returned for several guest appearances after leaving as a regular following the first season. These return appearances were actually contractually obligated, as part of a settlement to a lawsuit brought by producer Creator/AaronSpelling against Fawcett over her early departure from the show.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' : Ted's first serious girlfriend in the series is Victoria, a baker he meets at a wedding. They break up near the end of season 1, and she's not seen again for 5 seasons. Ted finally runs into her again in season 7.
* Dr. John Dixon on ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' was written out without explanation after actor Larry Bryggman left the show over a salary dispute. Several years later, when the soap was canceled, Bryggman returned, remaining the last couple of weeks through the final episodes, with the explanation that Dr. Dixon had taken a position at NIH.
* Happens frequently in the final two seasons of ''Series/FridayNightLights'', with Lyla Garrity, Tyra Collette, Landry Clarke, and Jason Street returning for one or two episodes apiece after departing Dillon, and Matt Saracen for an impressive six, including the series finale. In fact, the only main character not to return for a sendoff at some point after their departure was Smash Williams.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' did this with three characters. Charlie DeSalvo left the series in late season 3, then returned in the second ep of season 4, where he was KilledOffForReal. Fitzcairn and Richie were variants of it. Richie was an alternate universe Richie in Duncan's visions, and Fitzcairn showed up only in flashbacks. (Fitzcairn, having been killed off in his second appearance, is in the unusual position of having shown up more often after the bus than before.) Tessa did once as well, with Alexandra Vandernoot playing her in a season 2 ep in flashbacks and playing a different character made to look like Tessa via MagicPlasticSurgery in the main plot of the ep.

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* ''Series/GossipGirl'':
** Georgina seems to have several round-trip tickets.
** Jenny also returned briefly for a couple of episodes in season 4
''Series/SanfordAndSon'': Good ol' Grady returned, then, seemingly not learning his lesson, did an equally short-lived spinoff after the parent show was cancelled.
* On ''{{Series/Smallville}}'':
** Pete Ross returns for an episode... With powers! ... and for ProductPlacement.
** [[BusCrash Subverted]] with Whitney's supposed return.
** After
being PutOnABus in at the season 3 finale.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** In [[Series/KamenRider the original series]], after star Creator/HiroshiFujioka's leg was shattered during a stunt gone wrong, protagonist Takeshi Hongo went overseas to foil more
end of [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Shocker]]'s plans while Hayato Ichimonji, the second Kamen Rider, took care of Japan. Hongo returned almost 30 episodes later and the two heroes fought side-by-side for 12 episodes, but then Ichimonji himself went overseas for training. He eventually returned for the final five episodes, and the Double Riders (as they're officially known) have been an inseparable DynamicDuo ever since.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'', [[SixthRanger Akira Date]] goes abroad in episode 38 to get the shrapnel in his brain removed, but
Season 7, Lana Lang returns in the Season 8 for a five-episode mini-arc.
** Brainiac returns, sans evil, after what we thought to be his
final three episodes to fight alongside his former apprentice, Goto.
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'', in
defeat. He's been reprogrammed into Brainiac 5 by the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} (instead of a special focusing on Hiiro Kagami/Kamen Rider Brave, brings back three villains representing each era descendant, he is the ''fifth'' iteration of the franchise: King Dark from ''Series/KamenRiderX'', Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', same very-hard-to-kill machine).
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** After Jonas goes back to his home planet, he returns in "Fallout"
and most notably, [[spoiler:Foundation X from then never again. His home planet was mentioned in passing as one of a number of planets captured by the first Ori, so it's possible he had a BusCrash.
** Also Daniel Jackson, who [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence]] in "Meridian", then gets fed up with the Ancients' AlienNonInterferenceClause and [[DescendFromAHigherPlaneOfExistence descends back to human form]] in "Fallen".
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** "Yesterday's Enterprise" was originally supposed to be a BackForTheDead episode for Tasha (using ripple-effect time travel to get around the fact that she was ''already'' dead), but it got a CosmicRetcon into the more general version of this trope in order to allow her to have a Romulan daughter.
** ''Next Generation'' also has [[CreatorsPet Wesley Crusher]] himself, who gets [[PutOnABus Put On A Shuttle]] to Starfleet Academy before returning for
three post-''Decade'' seasons]].
* On ''Series/CharliesAngels'', Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) returned for several guest appearances after leaving as a regular following
episodes: one where he fights the first season. These return appearances were actually contractually obligated, as spread of a brainwashing game aboard the Enterprise, one where the group of stunt pilots he's part of is charged with and reprimanded for trying a dangerous maneuver that killed a member of the team and a third where he returns to the Enterprise on leave, only to resign from Starfleet in order to save a MagicalNativeAmerican settlement from getting kicked off their planet due to a lawsuit brought by producer Creator/AaronSpelling against Fawcett over her early departure from Federation-Cardassian treaty. A Wesley cameo at Riker's wedding was filmed for ''Nemesis'', but mostly didn't make it into the show.
final movie (he is visible at the edge of one scene at Riker and Troi's wedding). He also had an appearance in an episode where Worf visited a parallel universe where Wesley had the role of a tactical officer.
** Also, Wesley's mother, Doctor Crusher, put on a bus between Seasons 1 and 2 after a dispute between Gates [=McFadden=] and then-show-runner Maurice Hurley. She was referred to as being the head of Starfleet Medical. That didn't last long, as the bus came back with Dr. Crusher on it for the start of Season 3.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' : Ted's first serious girlfriend The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Fury" features Kes returning to the crew, [[spoiler:harboring some sort of IrrationalHatred for them]].
* ''Series/StElsewhere'': Nurse Shirley Daniels returned to St. Eligius twice after [[spoiler: [[PutOnABus going to prison for shooting doctor-turned-rapist Peter White]]]]: once for an appendectomy, and once
in the series is Victoria, a baker he meets at a wedding. They break up near the end of season 1, and she's not seen again for 5 seasons. Ted finally runs into her again in season 7.
finale.
* Dr. John Dixon on ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' was written out without explanation after actor Larry Bryggman left ''Series/StorageWars'' has Dave Hester, who departed the show over under murky but acrimonious circumstances, with him even filing a salary dispute. Several years later, when lawsuit against the soap was canceled, Bryggman returned, remaining the last A&E network. A couple of weeks through the final episodes, with the explanation that Dr. Dixon had taken a position at NIH.
* Happens frequently in the final two
seasons of ''Series/FridayNightLights'', with Lyla Garrity, Tyra Collette, Landry Clarke, later, the lawsuit was settled and Jason Street returning for one or two episodes apiece after departing Dillon, and Matt Saracen for an impressive six, including the series finale. In fact, the only main character not to return for a sendoff at some point after their departure was Smash Williams.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' did this with three characters. Charlie DeSalvo left the series in late season 3, then
Hester returned in to the second ep of season 4, where he was KilledOffForReal. Fitzcairn and Richie were variants of it. Richie was an alternate universe Richie in Duncan's visions, and Fitzcairn showed up only in flashbacks. (Fitzcairn, having been killed off in show, his second appearance, is in the unusual position of having shown JerkAss persona now cranked up more often after the bus than before.) Tessa did once as well, with Alexandra Vandernoot playing her in a season 2 ep in flashbacks and playing a different character made to look like Tessa via MagicPlasticSurgery in the main plot of the ep.eleven.



* Presumably out of respect for Phil Hartman, Khandi Alexander returns as her character Catherine Duke (who had left the show in the previous season) in the ''Series/NewsRadio'' episode in which Hartman's character Bill [=McNeal=] dies.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had Milo Pressman, who inexplicably disappeared after Day 1, suddenly return in a major role in Day 6, his absence explained as him having been working in another CTU division. [[BackForTheDead He is eventually killed]]. This caught several people by surprise since ''24'' is notorious for its rampant ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
** Mike Novick was written out of the show at the end of the second season after being fired by President Palmer. He returned midway through the fourth season as the assistant to Charles Logan, lasting all the way to the end of season five where he aided Jack [[spoiler: after discovering that Logan was the BigBad.]]
** Jack's ex Audrey Raines and her father James Heller were announced to be returning in the upcoming ''Live Another Day'' miniseries(aka "Season 9"), after both characters were written out at the end of the sixth season. Heller is the new President of the United States (and [[SanitySlippage suffering from Alzheimer's]]) while Audrey is married to the new Chief of Staff, who wants Jack out of the picture in any way in any way possible.
** Also in ''Live Another Day'' [[spoiler: Tzi Ma]] returns as [[spoiler: recurring antagonist Cheng Zhi]] in the final three episodes.
** Charles Logan returns for last 8 episodes of season 8.
** Before a lot of these every series regular (and every recurring character except for Chloe) was either written out at the end of season 3 or got PutOnABus in the interim between it and season 4. Of those series regulars, Tony, Michelle and Palmer all returned in season 4 ([[spoiler: with the latter two eventually dying in season 5's first episode and Tony dying in the middle of season 5 and eventually coming BackFromTheDead to create a particularly convoluted version of this trope]]) and Kim returned in seasons 5,7 and 8, while Wayne Palmer returned in seasons 5 and 6. Chase Edmunds though stayed on a LongBusTrip.
** ''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'' has the return of Tony Almeida.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' had CBI Director Gale Bertram leave at the beginning of season four so his actor Michael Gaston could join the main cast of ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}''. After ''Unforgettable'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled after its first season]], Gaston got his old role back.
* Several characters return in series 5 of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', most notably Mordred (with a TimeShiftedActor) but also Queen Annis, Princess Mithian, King Odin and the sorcerer Alator.
* Characters who are {{Put On A Bus}} in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' seem to come back more often than not. That's including [[spoiler: Jill (arrested early season 2, returns towards the end), Daniel Shaw (twice: in the penultimate Season 3 episode, and then again in season 5), and Alexei Volkoff (arrested mid-season 4, returns for the finale)]]
* Ray Vecchio, in the series finale of ''Series/DueSouth''.
* Janette was brought back for one season 3 ''Series/ForeverKnight'' episode, though that ep is not well liked by fans.

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* Presumably out of respect for Phil Hartman, Khandi Alexander returns as her character Catherine Duke (who had left the show The Ropers guested in the previous season) in the ''Series/NewsRadio'' a ''Series/ThreesCompany'' episode in which Hartman's character Bill [=McNeal=] dies.
following the death of their self-titled spinoff show.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' had Milo Pressman, who inexplicably disappeared after Day 1, suddenly return ''Series/TopGear'': in a major role in Day 6, his absence explained as him having been working in another CTU division. [[BackForTheDead He is eventually killed]]. This caught several people by surprise since ''24'' is notorious for its rampant ChuckCunninghamSyndrome.
** Mike Novick was written out of the show at the end of the second season after being fired by President Palmer. He returned midway through the fourth season as the assistant to Charles Logan, lasting all the way to the end of season five where he aided Jack [[spoiler: after discovering that Logan was the BigBad.]]
** Jack's ex Audrey Raines and her father James Heller were announced to be returning in the upcoming ''Live Another Day'' miniseries(aka "Season 9"), after both characters were written out at the end of the sixth season. Heller is the new President of the United States (and [[SanitySlippage suffering from Alzheimer's]]) while Audrey is married to the new Chief of Staff, who wants Jack out of the picture in any way in any way possible.
** Also in ''Live Another Day'' [[spoiler: Tzi Ma]] returns as [[spoiler: recurring antagonist Cheng Zhi]] in the final three episodes.
** Charles Logan returns for last 8 episodes of season 8.
** Before a lot of these every series regular (and every recurring character except for Chloe) was either written out at the end of season 3 or got PutOnABus in the interim between it and season 4. Of those series regulars, Tony, Michelle and Palmer all returned in season 4 ([[spoiler: with the latter two eventually dying in season 5's first
special episode and Tony dying in marking the middle 50th anniversary of season 5 and eventually coming BackFromTheDead to create a particularly convoluted version of this trope]]) and Kim returned in seasons 5,7 and 8, while Wayne Palmer returned in seasons 5 and 6. Chase Edmunds though stayed on a LongBusTrip.
** ''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'' has
the return ''Film/JamesBond'' film franchise, Richard Hammond briefly interviews one of Tony Almeida.
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' had CBI Director Gale Bertram leave at
the beginning of season four so his actor Michael Gaston could join stunt drivers on the main cast set of ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}''. After ''Unforgettable'' was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork cancelled after its first season]], Gaston got his old role back.
* Several characters return in series 5 of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', most notably Mordred (with a TimeShiftedActor) but also Queen Annis, Princess Mithian, King Odin and the sorcerer Alator.
* Characters who are {{Put On A Bus}} in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' seem to come back more often than not. That's including [[spoiler: Jill (arrested early season 2, returns towards the end), Daniel Shaw (twice: in the penultimate Season 3 episode, and then again in season 5), and Alexei Volkoff (arrested mid-season 4, returns for the finale)]]
* Ray Vecchio, in the series finale of ''Series/DueSouth''.
* Janette was brought back for one season 3 ''Series/ForeverKnight'' episode, though that ep is not well liked by fans.
''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Ben Collins, formerly [[TheFaceless The Stig]].



* Rose of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' manages to return twice. The second time offers no explanation as to where she came from and where she ended up after the episode, but that's not unusual for Rose... she's [[StalkerWithACrush a little loopy]].
* Vicki and Anna return as ghosts that can only be seen by Jeremy in ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Later, Matt can see Vicki.
* Having fled to Australia halfway through the second season of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Duncan returned for a brief cameo in the finale.
* Basically everyone who'd been PutOnABus to Mandyville (except Mandy) came back for Leo's funeral in one of the last episodes of ''Series/TheWestWing''. Ironically, one of the few departed cast members not to put in an appearance was Sam Seaborn, who would return an episode or so later, and appear in several more remaining episodes.
* Every living former main cast member and all but one living recurring character (Ziggy Sobotka from season 2) made some sort of return appearance in the last season of ''Series/TheWire''.



* ''Series/TopGear'': in a special episode marking the 50th anniversary of the ''Film/JamesBond'' film franchise, Richard Hammond briefly interviews one of the stunt drivers on the set of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', Ben Collins, formerly [[TheFaceless The Stig]].
* Every living former main cast member and all but one living recurring character (Ziggy Sobotka from season 2) made some sort of return appearance in the last season of ''Series/TheWire''.
* With characters coming and going on a regular basis in the British sitcom ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequels, it is inevitable that a few buses returned.
** Robin Nedwell as Duncan Waring left after ''Doctor in the House'' to appear in ''The Lovers'', but returned for ''Doctor in Charge'' as the new central character; Waring was said to have been a research doctor in Baltimore during the events of the previous series.
** Martin Shaw as Huw Evans left ''Doctor in the House'' after one series, but returned as a nervous expectant father in the ''Doctor at Large'' episode "Mother and Father Doing Well".
** Jonathan Lynn as Danny Hooley left after the second series of ''Doctor in the House'', and returned for the ''Doctor in Charge'' finale "Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?", having been struck off (unbeknownst to his friends at St. Swithin's).
** George Layton as Paul Collier left after ''Doctor in Charge'' to start in ''Series/ItAintHalfHotMum'' (Collier was said to have gone out for coffee and not come back until after his friends Waring and Stuart-Clark had also left the hospital to become ship's doctors), but returned as a regular for the final series in the franchise, ''Doctor at the Top''.
* ''Series/EarthFinalConflict'' has Liam Kincaid, the main character for seasons 2-4, disappear under strange circumstances in the season 4 finale in a case of NeverFoundTheBody. He finally comes back, just in time for the GrandFinale.
* In ''Series/LastOfTheSummerWine'' the character of Foggy Dewhurst, who had exited at the end of series 8 to run an egg-painting business, returned to the show in series 12. The bus quite literally came back, as the first time we see him he's riding into town on a bus. Seymour, the character he was replaced by (and is now replacing), had just left town (and the series) on a different bus.
* ''Series/StorageWars'' has Dave Hester, who departed the show under murky but acrimonious circumstances, with him even filing a lawsuit against the A&E network. A couple of seasons later, the lawsuit was settled and Hester returned to the show, his JerkAss persona now cranked up to eleven.
* Richard Dawson, host of ''Series/FamilyFeud'' from 1976 to 1985, returned to host the final season of the 1988 revival (1994-95 season).
* ElChavoDelOcho: La Chilindrina’s absence from the show was explained as her living with her aunts in Guanajuato, in reality Maria Antonieta de las Nieves left for a work in a dramatic series in another network. The series was unsuccessful so for the next season La Chilindrina came back.



* A number of characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have shown up on what seems to be a one-episode basis, only to return unexpectedly years later: Bleeding Gums Murphy, Mona Simpson (Homer's mother), Artie Ziff, even the Grimes family. Dr. Marvin Monroe even had to assert that he was still alive. Sideshow Bob might count too, but then he's appeared on the show nearly a dozen times and is basically a semi-regular by this point.
* The ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/GadgetAndTheGadgetinis'' had this with the characters of Brain and Chief Quimby. Quimby was about the same, except Gadget is now working for a different agency, while a shell-shocked Brain has retired to a riverfront house.
* In the last season of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', the prominent supporting characters from the first season came back and the newer additions like Carl and Pops stayed as well.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "The Splendid Source" has Peter and co. encountering their old buddy Cleveland in his [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow new hometown]] during a road trip.
** Similarly, Kevin, son of Joe and Bonnie Swanson, came back in season 10 during Thanksgiving when everyone had accepted that Kevin died in the Iraq war. He actually went AWOL.
* Spyke/Evan of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' was a member of the main cast until a poison made him mutate out of control, leading him to leave the X-Men and join the more seclusive mutant group known as the Morlocks. Spyke is gone for the rest of that season, and has two more appearances in the final season, one where he's the main focus and the other where he's merely part of the ensemble to help save the world from the show's final villain, Apocalypse.
* Morph in the ''90's {{WesternAnimation/X-Men}}''. He was effectively written out after the season 2 finale, returns in a season 4 cameo (compete with [[TookALevelInBadass increased badassness]]) only to disappear again until the final episode.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', many, many of the characters that were [[PutOnABus shipped off to Hoboken]] came back, complete with evil clones.
** Dr. Blowhole came back in a 1 hour special.
** Alex the Lion from the original movie makes a cameo in one episode as a SpiritAdvisor to Skipper.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'': After being written out of the show at the end of the eighth season, Shredder and Krang returned in the final season for a 3-part arc.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Shapey was almost literally put on a bus (actually a moving van) when the Puppingtons and their brief neighbors the Posabules accidentally switched them with their own son. Realizing (about ten episodes later) that Shapey has been switched, Bloberta goes to their new residence to pick him up (said mother ''doesn't'' take back Block).
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** One-shot antagonist Trixie returned after two seasons for a rematch. (Having a fan following rivaling that of some main characters helped.)
** Just like with Trixie, Gilda the Griffin appeared to be a one-shot antagonist, merely showing up to teach Rainbow Dash [[LongLostUncleAesop a moral]]. However, after four seasons, she once again appeared in an episode where Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie travelled to her hometown.
** After the major backlash regarding [[FanNickname Derpy Hooves]] in the Season 2 episode "The Last Roundup" and hasty OrwellianRetcon, it was assumed she wouldn't appear again in the show. She did pop back up again in the finale of Season 3, though given she hasn't been seen in any promotional material for either that season or for Season 4 many saw it as simply a final farewell. [[spoiler:And then she shows up again in "Rainbow Falls" as Rainbow Dash's replacement. Her continued cameos since make it apparent that they wouldn't just eliminate such a fan favorite from the show, and she even got a speaking role in the [[MilestoneCelebration one hundreth episode]] "Slice of Life".]]
** In the Season 5 episode "Tanks for the Memories", Rainbow Dash's tortoise Tank was given a sendoff by going into hibernation. Oddly, he appears a few episodes later in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', TheOwlKnowingOne Wan Shi Tong appeared in one episode, "The Library" which ended with him pulling his library back into the spirit world so its knowledge couldn't be used by humans. In the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Aang's granddaughter Jinora meets him while trapped in in the spirit world.
** In the second season finale, we learn of the ultimate fate of [[spoiler:Zhao. It turns out he's been trapped in the Fog of Lost Souls for seventy years with little else to do but ramble aimlessly about his desire to kill the moon]].
** In the first season of ''Korra'', the [[AgentPeacock flamboyant]] pro-bending {{heel}} Tahno was set up to be a minor villain. However, at the climax of the pro-bending arc, [[BigBad Amon]] showed up, [[TheWorfEffect kicked his ass]], and took away his bending. The next time Tahno is seen, later in the season, he's a [[BreakTheHaughty husk of his former self.]] Although Korra eventually learns how to return peoples' bending, he isn't mentioned or seen again (outside of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo) until the series finale, where it's revealed [[spoiler:he's actually a pretty good trombone player, headlining the band playing at Varrick and Zhu Li's wedding.]]



** The female terrorist Red Claw appeared as a relatively minor villain in "The Cat and the Claw" (which was actually about Catwoman) and then vanished - only to return a couple of years later as the BigBad in "The Lion and the Unicorn."
** Boxy Bennett, the crooked owner of a Gotham City nightclub, made a brief appearance in "Harlequinade" and then returned later for "Harley's Holiday." There's even a ContinuityNod to "Harlequinade" in the latter episode, with Boxy grumpily reminding Harley that his place got trashed the last time she visited him.
* Thanks to the valiant efforts of a brand-new writing team, several characters returned in the Seventeenth Season of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndFriends''. These characters were Duck, Bill & Ben, and Harvey. The special that came before Season 17, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheRailway'', brought back Jack the Front Loader from the aborted spin-off "Jack and the Pack". The following special, ''WesternAnimation/TaleOfTheBrave'', saw the return of Oliver the Great Western Engine, and Season 18 brought back his brakevan Toad, as well as Duncan. The special after that, ''WesternAnimation/SodorsLegendOfTheLostTreasure'', brought back Alfie, Oliver the Excavator, Max, Monty, Donald, Douglas, and Daisy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Baron Underbheit disappears after being deposed from Underland, and this was meant to be his last appearance. Two and a half seasons later, and he appears as a homeless person before joining the Revenge Society.
* When Creator/{{Toonami}} returned, it was hosted by TOM 3.5, with no sign of TOM 4. However, sometime later, TOM 4 did come back briefly to talk to TOM 3.5/5. [[spoiler: Sadly, he after suffered a BusCrash in ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'', when WesternAnimation/TheIntruder gloats about killing TOM 4.]]

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** The female terrorist Red Claw appeared as a relatively minor villain in "The Cat and the Claw" (which was actually about Catwoman) and then vanished - only to return a couple of years later as the BigBad in "The Lion and the Unicorn."
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** Boxy Bennett, the crooked owner of a Gotham City nightclub, made a brief appearance in "Harlequinade" and then returned later for "Harley's Holiday." Holiday". There's even a ContinuityNod to "Harlequinade" in the latter episode, with Boxy grumpily reminding Harley that his place got trashed the last time she visited him.
* Thanks to the valiant efforts of a brand-new writing team, several characters returned in the Seventeenth Season of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndFriends''. These characters were Duck, Bill & Ben, and Harvey. The special that came before Season 17, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheRailway'', brought back Jack the Front Loader from the aborted spin-off "Jack and the Pack". The following special, ''WesternAnimation/TaleOfTheBrave'', saw the return of Oliver the Great Western Engine, and Season 18 brought back his brakevan Toad, as well as Duncan. The special after that, ''WesternAnimation/SodorsLegendOfTheLostTreasure'', brought back Alfie, Oliver the Excavator, Max, Monty, Donald, Douglas, and Daisy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Baron Underbheit disappears after being deposed from Underland, and this was meant to be his last appearance. Two and a half seasons later, and he appears as a homeless person before joining the Revenge Society.
* When Creator/{{Toonami}} returned, it was hosted by TOM 3.5, with no sign of TOM 4. However, sometime later, TOM 4 did come back briefly to talk to TOM 3.5/5. [[spoiler: Sadly, he after suffered a BusCrash in ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'', when WesternAnimation/TheIntruder gloats about killing TOM 4.]]
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* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "The Splendid Source" has Peter and co. encountering their old buddy Cleveland in his [[WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow new hometown]] during a road trip.
** Similarly, Kevin, son of Joe and Bonnie Swanson, came back in season 10 during Thanksgiving when everyone had accepted that Kevin died in the Iraq war. He actually went AWOL.
* The ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/GadgetAndTheGadgetinis'' had this with the characters of Brain and Chief Quimby. Quimby was about the same, except Gadget is now working for a different agency, while a shell-shocked Brain has retired to a riverfront house.
* In the last season of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', the prominent supporting characters from the first season came back and the newer additions like Carl and Pops stayed as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', TheOwlKnowingOne Wan Shi Tong appeared in one episode, "The Library" which ended with him pulling his library back into the spirit world so its knowledge couldn't be used by humans. In the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Aang's granddaughter Jinora meets him while trapped in in the spirit world.
** In the second season finale, we learn of the ultimate fate of [[spoiler:Zhao. It turns out he's been trapped in the Fog of Lost Souls for seventy years with little else to do but ramble aimlessly about his desire to kill the moon]].
** In the first season of ''Korra'', the [[AgentPeacock flamboyant]] pro-bending {{heel}} Tahno was set up to be a minor villain. However, at the climax of the pro-bending arc, [[BigBad Amon]] showed up, [[TheWorfEffect kicked his ass]], and took away his bending. The next time Tahno is seen, later in the season, he's a [[BreakTheHaughty husk of his former self.]] Although Korra eventually learns how to return peoples' bending, he isn't mentioned or seen again (outside of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo) until the series finale, where it's revealed [[spoiler:he's actually a pretty good trombone player, headlining the band playing at Varrick and Zhu Li's wedding.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Shapey was almost literally put on a bus (actually a moving van) when the Puppingtons and their brief neighbors the Posabules accidentally switched them with their own son. Realizing (about ten episodes later) that Shapey has been switched, Bloberta goes to their new residence to pick him up (said mother ''doesn't'' take back Block).
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** One-shot antagonist Trixie returned after two seasons for a rematch. (Having a fan following rivaling that of some main characters helped.)
** Just like with Trixie, Gilda the Griffin appeared to be a one-shot antagonist, merely showing up to teach Rainbow Dash [[LongLostUncleAesop a moral]]. However, after four seasons, she once again appeared in an episode where Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie travelled to her hometown.
** After the major backlash regarding [[FanNickname Derpy Hooves]] in the Season 2 episode "The Last Roundup" and hasty OrwellianRetcon, it was assumed she wouldn't appear again in the show. She did pop back up again in the finale of Season 3, though given she hasn't been seen in any promotional material for either that season or for Season 4 many saw it as simply a final farewell. [[spoiler:And then she shows up again in "Rainbow Falls" as Rainbow Dash's replacement. Her continued cameos since make it apparent that they wouldn't just eliminate such a fan favorite from the show, and she even got a speaking role in the [[MilestoneCelebration one hundreth episode]] "Slice of Life".]]
** In the Season 5 episode "Tanks for the Memories", Rainbow Dash's tortoise Tank was given a sendoff by going into hibernation. Oddly, he appears a few episodes later in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', many, many of the characters that were [[PutOnABus shipped off to Hoboken]] came back, complete with evil clones.
** Dr. Blowhole came back in a 1 hour special.
** Alex the Lion from the original movie makes a cameo in one episode as a SpiritAdvisor to Skipper.
* A number of characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have shown up on what seems to be a one-episode basis, only to return unexpectedly years later: Bleeding Gums Murphy, Mona Simpson (Homer's mother), Artie Ziff, even the Grimes family. Dr. Marvin Monroe even had to assert that he was still alive. Sideshow Bob might count too, but then he's appeared on the show nearly a dozen times and is basically a semi-regular by this point.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]], [[spoiler:Sabine chooses to stay with her family and help build the Mandalorian Resistance]]. In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]], [[spoiler:she returns when Ezra comes to her and Clan Wren in search of reinforcements to help the besieged rebels on Atollon. However, she can't return permanently, having to return to the ongoing Mandalorian civil war.]]


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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'': After being written out of the show at the end of the eighth season, Shredder and Krang returned in the final season for a 3-part arc.
* Thanks to the valiant efforts of a brand-new writing team, several characters returned in the Seventeenth Season of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndFriends''. These characters were Duck, Bill & Ben, and Harvey. The special that came before Season 17, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheRailway'', brought back Jack the Front Loader from the aborted spin-off "Jack and the Pack". The following special, ''WesternAnimation/TaleOfTheBrave'', saw the return of Oliver the Great Western Engine, and Season 18 brought back his brakevan Toad, as well as Duncan. The special after that, ''WesternAnimation/SodorsLegendOfTheLostTreasure'', brought back Alfie, Oliver the Excavator, Max, Monty, Donald, Douglas, and Daisy.
* When Creator/{{Toonami}} returned, it was hosted by TOM 3.5, with no sign of TOM 4. However, sometime later, TOM 4 did come back briefly to talk to TOM 3.5/5. [[spoiler: Sadly, he after suffered a BusCrash in ''WesternAnimation/TheIntruderII'', when WesternAnimation/TheIntruder gloats about killing TOM 4.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Baron Underbheit disappears after being deposed from Underland, and this was meant to be his last appearance. Two and a half seasons later, and he appears as a homeless person before joining the Revenge Society.
* Morph in the ''90's {{WesternAnimation/X-Men}}''. He was effectively written out after the season 2 finale, returns in a season 4 cameo (compete with [[TookALevelInBadass increased badassness]]) only to disappear again until the final episode.
* Spyke/Evan of ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' was a member of the main cast until a poison made him mutate out of control, leading him to leave the X-Men and join the more seclusive mutant group known as the Morlocks. Spyke is gone for the rest of that season, and has two more appearances in the final season, one where he's the main focus and the other where he's merely part of the ensemble to help save the world from the show's final villain, Apocalypse.
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** Jason and Kimberly appeared in ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie]]''.

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** Jason and Kimberly appeared in ''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie]]''.''Film/TurboAPowerRangersMovie''.
6th Apr '17 11:54:30 AM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's bus came back three times after the "UNIT era"; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E3MawdrynUndead "Mawdryn Undead"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]]" and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]]. Other buses that came back for "Five Doctors" included Susan, Jamie and Zoe (except it wasn't really them), Sarah Jane and K9, and Romana.
** Jamie really did return in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors "The Two Doctors"]], as did [[TheNthDoctor the Second Doctor]], if that counts. (If it does, then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], "The Five Doctors" again and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash "Time Crash"]] also qualify).
** Sarah Jane's bus returned again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]], [[SpinOff which led to]] ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Which featured another return for the Brig in Series 2, and Jo Grant in Series 4. ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen The Brig was also supposed to pop up once more in Series 3, but Nicholas Courtney sadly suffered a stroke at the time of filming...]] and the episode he was going to appear in was the one in which Creator/DavidTennant [[{{Crossover}} guest-starred as the Doctor]]!)
** [[spoiler:An on-screen example, at least, The Eighth Doctor returns on screen for the first time in ''17 years'' for the]] 50th Anniversary prequel, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night of the Doctor"]].
** Series 10 features the decidedly unexpected return of [[spoiler:John Simm's Master]], who'll be sharing screen time with Missy, resulting in the first [[spoiler:multi-Master story]].



* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's bus came back three times after the "UNIT era"; [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E3MawdrynUndead "Mawdryn Undead"]], [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]]" and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]]. Other buses that came back for "Five Doctors" included Susan, Jamie and Zoe (except it wasn't really them), Sarah Jane and K9, and Romana.
** Jamie really did return in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E4TheTwoDoctors "The Two Doctors"]], as did [[TheNthDoctor the Second Doctor]], if that counts. (If it does, then [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E1TheThreeDoctors "The Three Doctors"]], "The Five Doctors" again and [[Recap/DoctorWho2007CiNSTimeCrash "Time Crash"]] also qualify).
** Sarah Jane's bus returned again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "School Reunion"]], [[SpinOff which led to]] ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. Which featured another return for the Brig in Series 2, and Jo Grant in Series 4. ([[WhatCouldHaveBeen The Brig was also supposed to pop up once more in Series 3, but Nicholas Courtney sadly suffered a stroke at the time of filming...]] and the episode he was going to appear in was the one in which Creator/DavidTennant [[{{Crossover}} guest-starred as the Doctor]]!)
** [[spoiler:An on-screen example, at least, The Eighth Doctor returns on screen for the first time in ''17 years'' for the]] 50th Anniversary prequel, [[Recap/DoctorWho50thPrequelTheNightOfTheDoctor "The Night of the Doctor"]].
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** Taggert was a regular recurring character throughout seasons 1 & 2, then he inexplicably disappeared after the season 2 finale. He finally made a return for 1 episode at the end of season 3, in which he alluded to his sudden departure as a [[JourneyToFindOneself Walkabout]]. He then returns twice more for the season 4 and 5 [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Specials]], but never manages to make a full return to the cast.
** Dr. Trevor Grant was the major Arc Character for season 4's first half, leaving once his arc was concluded. He makes a much welcomed (by the cast) return in the series finale as [[spoiler: the new owner of Eureka, buying the town and GD at Fargo's pleading after the government decided to pull all funding and shut them down.]]


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** To a lesser extent Chase and Freeman also qualify. Never completely leaving the show, but taking new jobs and making only cameo appearances while House builds a totally new team. Both end up finding their way back onto his team and retaking their full cast member status.


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* Samanosuke, the PlayerCharacter from the first game, was totally MIA from ''[[Franchise/{{Onimusha}} Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny]]'', bringing in an entirely new cast. He made his triumphant return for ''Onimusha 3: Demon Siege'' as 1 of 2 Player Characters. ''Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams'' once again appears to lack his presence, but [[spoiler: it's heavily implied, then fully revealed during the end credits, that the Supporting Character Tenkai Nankobo is in fact a very old Samanosuke.]]
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** ''Series/TwentyFourLegacy'' has the return of Tony Almeida.
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*** Of the '97 Special Team, Yamazaki and Billy would return in ''2003''. Then Billy reappeared as a secret character in the home versions of ''XIII'' and is now fully playable in ''XIV''.

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*** Of the '97 Special Team, Yamazaki and Billy would return in ''2003''. Then Billy reappeared as a secret character in the home versions of ''XIII'' and is now fully playable in ''XIV''. Yamazaki returns a DLC character for ''XIV'', bringing him back from ''2003''.
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