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* In ''TheWorstWitch'', Katy Allen replaced Felicity Jones as Ethel Hallow for Seasons 2 and 3, which was explained by Ethel having given herself a "witch-over". She undoes this spell for the fourth season(''Weirdsister College''), when Jones returns to the role.
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*** They go through it again in "The Copycat".
1st May '17 2:37:43 PM PhantomRider
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** Alpha 6's voice chip was damaged when the Power Chamber was destroyed at the end of ''PowerRangersTurbo'', necessitating a repair that gave it a new personality, a new voice and familiar mannerisms, also explaining away the voice actor switch from Katerina Luciani to Wendee Lee. Alpha 6 would get Other Darrined without explanation in ''Power Rangers Operation Overdrive'', where it is voiced by New Zealand-based American actor Campbell Cooley with a deeper voice than ''any'' Alpha has had before, with a flanging effect that makes him sound more like he's going for Alpha 5.

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** Alpha 6's voice chip was damaged when the Power Chamber was destroyed at the end of ''PowerRangersTurbo'', necessitating a repair that gave it a new personality, a new voice and familiar mannerisms, mannerisms (from TotallyRadical {{Scrappy}} to Alpha 5 {{Expy}}), also explaining away the voice actor switch from Katerina Luciani to Wendee Lee. Alpha 6 would get Other Darrined without explanation in ''Power Rangers Operation Overdrive'', where it is voiced by New Zealand-based American actor Campbell Cooley with a deeper voice than ''any'' Alpha has had before, with a flanging effect that makes him sound more like he's going for Alpha 5.
28th Apr '17 4:58:46 PM AthenaBlue
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Parodied in the animated film ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''. [[spoiler:When Penny decides to quit acting, the TV show she works for replaces her and explains her change in appearance as the result of reconstructive plastic surgery. Not explained, though, was her sudden de-aging, as she is shorter and has not gone through puberty like the original Penny.]]

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* Parodied in the animated film ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''. [[spoiler:When Penny decides to quit acting, the TV show she works for replaces her and explains her change in appearance as the result of reconstructive plastic surgery. Not explained, though, was her sudden de-aging, as she is shorter and has not gone through puberty like the original Penny.]]



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* ''[[Film/{{War}} Rogue Assassin]]'' had the whole point of the mystery of the eponymous Assassin having plastic surgery to remain unknown. [[spoiler:We don't actually see any of the eponymous Assassin's face and instead the one we THINK is the Assassin was actually his last target who took over his identity.]]
* ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'': Mary Alice replaced Gloria Foster as The Oracle because the character's appearance had changed due to The Merovingian being given her "termination code". In reality, this was an ad hoc handwave made up by the writers because Gloria Foster had died.
* Creator/HeathLedger's [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]] was dealt with in his unfinished movie ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' this way. Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/JudeLaw, and Creator/ColinFarrell played his character in different dimensions.

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[[folder:Films [[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''[[Film/{{War}} Rogue Assassin]]'' had the whole point of the mystery of the eponymous Assassin having plastic surgery to remain unknown. [[spoiler:We don't actually see any of the eponymous Assassin's face and instead the one we THINK is the Assassin was actually his last target who took over his identity.]]
* ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'': Mary Alice replaced Gloria Foster as The Oracle because the character's appearance had changed due to The Merovingian being given her "termination code". In reality, this was an ad hoc handwave made up by the writers because Gloria Foster had died.
* Creator/HeathLedger's [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]] was dealt with in his unfinished movie ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' this way. Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/JudeLaw, and Creator/ColinFarrell played his character in different dimensions.
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* Creator/TerryOQuinn declined reprising the role as the eponymous AxCrazy in ''[[Film/TheStepfather Stepfather III]]'' and was replaced by Robert Wightman; the change in appearance is dealt with via a {{Squick}}y [[BackalleyDoctor backalley]] [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery scene]] at the beginning of the film.

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* Creator/TerryOQuinn declined reprising the role as the eponymous AxCrazy in ''[[Film/TheStepfather Stepfather III]]'' and Creator/HeathLedger's [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]] was replaced by Robert Wightman; the change in appearance is dealt with via a {{Squick}}y [[BackalleyDoctor backalley]] [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery scene]] at the beginning of the film.in his unfinished movie ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' this way. Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/JudeLaw, and Creator/ColinFarrell played his character in different dimensions.



* Manga/{{Tomie}} from the live-action adaptations of Creator/JunjiIto's comic of the same name is this. Due to cloning and regeneration no two Tomies look alike.

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* Manga/{{Tomie}} ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'': Mary Alice replaced Gloria Foster as The Oracle because the character's appearance had changed due to The Merovingian being given her "termination code". In reality, this was an ad hoc handwave made up by the writers because Gloria Foster had died.
* The twist in ''Film/{{Predestination}}'' is that [[spoiler:Ethan Hakwe and Sarah Snook's characters are the same person
from the live-action adaptations of Creator/JunjiIto's comic different parts of the same name timeline.]] The change is this. Due the result of a skin graft after the character is badly burned attempting to cloning contain an explosion.
* ''[[Film/{{War}} Rogue Assassin]]'' had the whole point of the mystery of the eponymous Assassin having plastic surgery to remain unknown. [[spoiler:We don't actually see any of the eponymous Assassin's face,
and regeneration no two Tomies look alike.instead the one we THINK is the Assassin was actually his last target who took over his identity.]]



* The twist in Film/{{Predestination}} is that [[spoiler:Ethan Hakwe and Sarah Snook's characters are the same person from different parts of the same timeline.]] The change is the result of a skin graft after the character is badly burned attempting to contain an explosion.

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* The twist Creator/TerryOQuinn declined reprising the role as the eponymous AxeCrazy in Film/{{Predestination}} is that [[spoiler:Ethan Hakwe ''[[Film/TheStepfather Stepfather III]]'' and Sarah Snook's characters are was replaced by Robert Wightman; the same person change in appearance is dealt with via a {{Squick}}y [[BackalleyDoctor backalley]] [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery scene]] at the beginning of the film.
* Manga/{{Tomie}}
from different parts the live-action adaptations of Creator/JunjiIto's comic of the same timeline.]] The change name is the result of a skin graft after the character is badly burned attempting this. Due to contain an explosion.cloning and regeneration no two Tomies look alike.



* The TropeNamer is the Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'', as mentioned above. It has its [[TheNthDoctor/DoctorWho own page]].
* On ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', Quinn Mallory's replacement by his non-identical counterpart from another universe, when Jerry O'Connell left the show, is half this and half SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
** They actually almost never refer to the replacement as "Quinn" or "Q-Ball" (Rembrandt's nickname for the original). Instead, it's always "Mallory". He doesn't seem to mind. Remmy eventually takes to calling him "Fog Boy."
** However, before she warmed up to the gang, Maggie called Quinn "Mallory." As she [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] she gets to FirstNameBasis. Now she gets to go back to calling him "Mallory" despite being on friendlier terms.
** On the other hand, third-season BigBad Rickman is replaced by a new actor after his first appearance, and this is explained as a side-effect of his vampiric medical condition: in his first appearance, his facial features change momentarily whenever he injects brain tissue from his victims. This transformation turns out to have a small but cumulative permanent effect as well. In reality, Roger Daltrey was simply too expensive to keep on as a recurring character.
* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Replacement of voice actors/puppeteers for the robots, as in most puppetry and animation, was usually unexplained. However, the difference in Tom Servo's voice from one actor to another was so severe that it was given an on-screen nod as Joel replaced Servo's voice module. Similarly, in the eighth season Crow T. Robot was the only one who'd stayed on the satellite for five-hundred-odd years, and thus had gone slightly mad; any other vocal differences were given a HandWave in the tenth season when Joel (appearing as TheCameo) suggested that Crow had replaced the bowling pin that formed his mouth.
** This was also lampshaded in episode 905, where Mike cut himself on Crow, becoming a Were-Crow. In giving Mike the rundown of what being Crow would entail, Crow mentioned that "your voice is gonna change inexplicably every seven years or so."
*** This was also joked about in an interview with Bill Corbett where he explained his initial lack of puppetry skills (as compared to Trace Beaulieu) by stating that "Crow had a stroke."
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' replaced Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax with Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax. It was already a well established part of the show's {{canon}} that the character of "Dax" was a symbiote that attached itself to a new humanoid host, thus explaining the new face and somewhat-different personality.
** This replacement is also a partial SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, since the show established that while the symbiote carried its memories from host to host, the hosts themselves were distinct individuals with their own personalities.
** Interestingly, the episode "The Host" from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' plays this trope completely straight with regard to the Trill symbiotes; however, as a result it contradicts greatly with ''Deep Space Nine'''s portrayal.
** The Borg Queen's hard to tell. She appears to be destroyed in almost every appearance -- even by way of ''retcon,'' revealing herself to have been on the cube in "The Best of Both Worlds". Yes, her ''debut'' is an UnexplainedRecovery. She's indicated and proven repeatedly that physical death is a minor inconvenience to her, and it's easy to imagine that her data just goes elsewhere when one body's in mortal danger, though that's not said outright. Coincidentally or not, she's sometimes Alice Krige and sometimes Susanna Thompson, and with so much make-up it's hard to tell who is who.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', the recurring character Morgan Edge is initially played by Rutger Hauer, and after a near-fatal accident and MagicPlasticSurgery, he is played by Patrick Bergen, leading to this priceless quote:
-->'''ComicBook/LexLuthor''': You can change your face, your hair, your voice... but not your DNA. You still sweat the same.
* In Series 1 and 2 of ''Series/MyParentsAreAliens'', Sophie Johnson was played by blonde Barbara Durkin. From Series 3 onwards, she was played by brown-haired Carla Mendonça, having 'got stuck' morphed that way.
* Holly, the A.I. from ''Series/RedDwarf'', became a female character at the end of series 2 and stayed female for the next three series, before later switching back to male.
** Less noticeable was the recasting of the android Kryten (with Robert Llewellyn replacing David Ross, who originally was to return but was unavailable). This was mainly achieved when the look of the series was entirely redesigned, with a greatly improved budget allowing for better costumes and prosthetics, plus the fact that Kryten was only in one episode previously. Llewellyn played the part very differently, with this being explained in an OpeningScroll as Lister rebuilding him but being unable to restore his personality, this was further explored in Series VIII Episode 2 "Back in the Red: Part 2" when Kryten's behaviour is 'reset' and his actions and mannerism noticeably revert to the 'Ross' Kryten (before being restored to his old new self).
* British children's comedy ''Series/MikeAndAngelo'' had Angelo - an alien - go through a regeneration process into another actor that was a direct reference to ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'', the character of Travis (first played by Stephen Greif in the first season, then replaced by Brian Croucher in season 2) was given a combination of plastic surgery and psychological re-conditioning.

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* The TropeNamer is the Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho'', as mentioned above. It The show has its [[TheNthDoctor/DoctorWho own page]].
* On ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', Quinn Mallory's replacement by his non-identical counterpart from another universe, when Jerry O'Connell left the show, is half this and half SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
** They actually almost never refer to the replacement as "Quinn" or "Q-Ball" (Rembrandt's nickname for the original). Instead, it's always "Mallory". He doesn't seem to mind. Remmy eventually takes to calling him "Fog Boy."
** However, before she warmed up to the gang, Maggie called Quinn "Mallory." As she [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] she gets to FirstNameBasis. Now she gets to go back to calling him "Mallory" despite being on friendlier terms.
** On the other hand, third-season BigBad Rickman is replaced by a new actor after his first appearance, and this is explained as a side-effect of his vampiric medical condition: in his first appearance, his facial features change momentarily whenever he injects brain tissue from his victims. This transformation turns out to have a small but cumulative permanent effect as well. In reality, Roger Daltrey was simply too expensive to keep on as a recurring character.
* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Replacement of voice actors/puppeteers for the robots, as in most puppetry and animation, was usually unexplained. However, the difference in Tom Servo's voice from one actor to another was so severe that it was given an on-screen nod as Joel replaced Servo's voice module. Similarly, in the eighth season Crow T. Robot was the only one who'd stayed on the satellite for five-hundred-odd years, and thus had gone slightly mad; any other vocal differences were given a HandWave in the tenth season when Joel (appearing as TheCameo) suggested that Crow had replaced the bowling pin that formed his mouth.
** This was also lampshaded in episode 905, where Mike cut himself on Crow, becoming a Were-Crow. In giving Mike the rundown of what being Crow would entail, Crow mentioned that "your voice is gonna change inexplicably every seven years or so."
*** This was also joked about in an interview with Bill Corbett where he explained his initial lack of puppetry skills (as compared to Trace Beaulieu) by stating that "Crow had a stroke."
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' replaced Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax with Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax. It was already a well established part of the show's {{canon}} that the character of "Dax" was a symbiote that attached itself to a new humanoid host, thus explaining the new face and somewhat-different personality.
** This replacement is also a partial SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, since the show established that while the symbiote carried its memories from host to host, the hosts themselves were distinct individuals with their own personalities.
** Interestingly, the episode "The Host" from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' plays this trope completely straight with regard to the Trill symbiotes; however, as a result it contradicts greatly with ''Deep Space Nine'''s portrayal.
** The Borg Queen's hard to tell. She appears to be destroyed in almost every appearance -- even by way of ''retcon,'' revealing herself to have been on the cube in "The Best of Both Worlds". Yes, her ''debut'' is an UnexplainedRecovery. She's indicated and proven repeatedly that physical death is a minor inconvenience to her, and it's easy to imagine that her data just goes elsewhere when one body's in mortal danger, though that's not said outright. Coincidentally or not, she's sometimes Alice Krige and sometimes Susanna Thompson, and with so much make-up it's hard to tell who is who.
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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', the recurring character Morgan Edge is initially played by Rutger Hauer, and after a near-fatal accident and MagicPlasticSurgery, he is played by Patrick Bergen, leading to this priceless quote:
-->'''ComicBook/LexLuthor''': You can change your face, your hair, your voice... but not your DNA. You still sweat the same.
* In Series 1 and 2 of ''Series/MyParentsAreAliens'', Sophie Johnson was played by blonde Barbara Durkin. From Series 3 onwards, she was played by brown-haired Carla Mendonça, having 'got stuck' morphed that way.
* Holly, the A.I. from ''Series/RedDwarf'', became a female character at the end of
''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' TV series 2 and stayed female for the next three series, before later switching back to male.
** Less noticeable
Lex Luthor was the recasting of the android Kryten (with Robert Llewellyn replacing David Ross, who originally was to return but was unavailable). This was mainly achieved when the look of the series was entirely redesigned, with a greatly improved budget allowing for better costumes and prosthetics, plus the fact that Kryten was only in one episode previously. Llewellyn played the part very differently, with this being explained in an OpeningScroll as Lister rebuilding him but being unable to restore his personality, this was further explored in Series VIII Episode 2 "Back in the Red: Part 2" when Kryten's behaviour is 'reset' and his actions and mannerism noticeably revert to the 'Ross' Kryten (before being restored to his old new self).
* British children's comedy ''Series/MikeAndAngelo'' had Angelo - an alien - go
Nth Doctored through a regeneration process into another actor that was a direct reference to ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* In ''Series/BlakesSeven'', the character of Travis (first played by Stephen Greif in the first season, then replaced by Brian Croucher in season 2) was given a combination of
plastic surgery while Superboy himself was Other Darrined.
* ''Series/AlaDina'': When Paz Padilla exited the series
and psychological re-conditioning.was replaced by Miriam Díaz-Aroca in the role of the titular genie, it was explained as her body transforming through some form of ThePowerOfLove.
* On ''Series/AlloAllo'', Herr Flick was played by Richard Gibson until series 9, when he was replaced by David Janson. To explain the change in actors (who looked NOTHING alike) Herr Flick had plastic surgery to radically alter his appearance so he would not be captured by Allied forces.
* Trance from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' is interesting in that it was to change her ''makeup design'' instead of her actress. Part way through season two she's replaced with a future version of herself who looks completely different (even having a different ''skin colour''), but she's still the same actress behind the makeup.
** She still does act fairly differently however (presumably due to her being older and more mature than her previous self).
** Indeed, the change is so convincing, and done in such a way that is ''seems'' like a straight-up example of the trope, you really have to go over the credits to convince yourself it's the same actress!



*** Helped that they had a convenient replay of the only scene [[spoiler: Anna Sheridan]] had been in, with the new actor instead of the old. JMS ALMOST did an OrwellianRetcon on DVD.

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*** Helped that they had a convenient replay of the only scene [[spoiler: Anna [[spoiler:Anna Sheridan]] had been in, with the new actor actress instead of the old. JMS ALMOST did an OrwellianRetcon on DVD.



* The death of Philip Gilbert shortly into Creator/BigFinish's ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' line was framed by having TIM require some repair work after damage received in Gilbert's last episode. John had to rebuild TIM's voice synthesizer, and couldn't quite reproduce the original voice. Gilbert's other recurring roles (He also voiced a family of clones on whose voice TIM had been modeled) were not so lucky, and became {{Fake Shemp}}s.
* In ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', the change from Zev Bellringer to Xev Bellringer was explained via the former dying and melting into a puddle of goo, from which the latter was incarnated via the sacrifice of a few hapless astronauts. The reason given for her being so different in behavior and appearance after the resurrection is that the alien who brought her back was working from the imperfect memories of Zev's friends. It's worth noting that Xev still appears to have all of Zev's original memories, and is still part cluster-lizard due to Zev's botched love-slave transformation. Also, in a later episode Xev is briefly reverted to her original "ugly Zev" body, but later restored to Xev.

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* The death German 90's TV show ''Balko'' used this. Following the departure of Philip Gilbert shortly Jochen Horst, the first actor to play the main character, the next season started with a near fatal car accident, forcing the till then unseen character to undergo plastic surgery, turning him into Creator/BigFinish's ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' line was framed by having TIM require some repair work after damage received in Gilbert's last episode. John had to rebuild TIM's voice synthesizer, and couldn't quite reproduce new actor Bruno Eyron (among the original voice. Gilbert's other recurring roles (He also voiced a family of clones on whose voice TIM had been modeled) were not so lucky, and became {{Fake Shemp}}s.
* In ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', the change from Zev Bellringer to Xev Bellringer was explained via the former dying and melting into a puddle of goo, from which the latter was incarnated via the sacrifice of a few hapless astronauts. The reason
possible new faces given for her being so different in behavior and appearance after the resurrection is that the alien who brought her back was working to choose from the imperfect memories of Zev's friends. It's worth noting that Xev still appears to have all of Zev's original memories, and is still part cluster-lizard due to Zev's botched love-slave transformation. Also, in was also a later episode Xev is briefly reverted to her original "ugly Zev" body, but later restored to Xev.famous German shepherd dog, '[[Series/InspectorRex Kommissar Rex]]').



* Subverted in a HUGE way by the Australian lifestyle show parody ''Series/LifeSupport''. In Season 3, Doctor Rudi changed actors, from Simon Van Der Stap to Jack Finsterer. However, it turned out that this new Dr. Rudi, who had allegedly had MagicPlasticSurgery, was actually an impostor, and the old Dr Rudi was out for revenge. It culminated in [[spoiler:a fist-fight between the Rudis at the new Dr. Rudi and Sigourney's wedding.]]
* On ''Series/AlloAllo'', Herr Flick was played by Richard Gibson until series 9, when he was replaced by David Janson. To explain the change in actors (who looked NOTHING alike) Herr Flick had plastic surgery to radically alter his appearance so he would not be captured by Allied forces.
* Used for numerous minor characters on ''Series/StargateSG1'', as the characters themselves are parasitic aliens (Goa'uld or Tok'ra) living in changable human hosts.
* Used in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' for [[spoiler: Elizabeth Weir. Previously played by Torri Higginson, Weir returned first as a faceless, fuzzy-voiced VirtualGhost, who then built herself a replicator body played by Michelle Morgan, who had in the previous season played F.R.A.N., a replicator [=McKay=] made. This allowed them to explain that to save time, Weir simply used the last template in the replicator machine, rather than try to remake her own appearance from scratch]].
** Interestingly, [[spoiler: Elizabeth Weir was also a TheOtherDarrin, played by Jessica Steen in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "The Lost City", before becoming a lead character on ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', played by Torri Higginson]].
* German 90's TV show ''Balko'' used this. Following the departure of Jochen Horst, the first actor to play the main character, the next season started with a near fatal car accident, forcing the till then unseen character to undergo plastic surgery, turning him into new actor Bruno Eyron (among the possible new faces given to choose from was also a famous German shepherd dog, '[[Series/InspectorRex Kommissar Rex]]').
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Demons can possess different human bodies, so any demon character can be played by more than one actor. It happened with Lilith in Season 3 and 4, and then with [[spoiler: Ruby/"Kristy"]] between seasons 3 and 4.
** It also occurred with villains Azazel and Alastair, and the possibility exists for this to happen with the angels as well. However, it's explicitly avoided with the character of Anna, whose human body was destroyed when she became an angel again, but replaced with an identical one as she'd become attached to it and arranged for it to be remade.
** The angels don't just switch bodies, they also don't care about the sex of their physical vessels. Castiel's alternative vessel was a 12 year old girl, Lucifer appeared as a woman in both Sam and Nick's dreams, and [[spoiler: Raphael's second vessel was female]]. Fan theories vary on whether angels simply don't recognize gender in the way humans do or if they have a particular gender preference. But whatever you do, [[InternetBackdraft don't bring up the question of what this means for the hetero/homosexuality of ships involving angels]].
** Meg has also gone through several, including Sam's.
** The difference with demons is that they used to be human, so they understand gender perfectly well.
* The Terminator known as Cromartie is reduced to a metal skeleton in the first episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', and slowly creates a new flesh covering for himself over the course of the first season, being played by a second actor in the interim stages, and a third actor once the work is complete. This was due to RealLifeWritesThePlot, as the third actor was always the showrunners' first choice for the role, but was unavailable for the recording of the pilot episode.
* Trance from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' is interesting in that it was to change her ''makeup design'' instead of her actress. Part way through season two she's replaced with a future version of herself who looks completely different (even having a different ''skin colour''), but she's still the same actress behind the makeup.
** She still does act fairly differently however (presumably due to her being older and more mature than her previous self).
** Indeed, the change is so convincing, and done in such a way that is ''seems'' like a straight-up example of the trope, you really have to go over the credits to convince yourself it's the same actress!
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', MasterOfIllusion Candice's favourite form was originally played by Missy Peregrym, but in her brief appearance in season 2 she had decided to change identities, and her new preferred form was Rachel Kimsey. When she died at the hands of Sylar, her true body was revealed as neither of the two.
* Most SoapOpera actor changes are simply TheOtherDarrin (or the result of SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome for the younger set), but occasionally they can be Nth Doctors. Example: Jerry Jacks of ''Series/GeneralHospital'' had his MagicPlasticSurgery turn him from Julian Stone to Sebastian Roche...and it was good enough for him to successfully use an alias for a few months.
** One of the most infamous (and convoluted) versions of this occurred on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': When Wayne Northrop - the actor portraying Roman Brady - left the show in 1984, his character was PutOnABus via [=shooting/=][[NeverFoundTheBody body snatching]]. Two years later, the younger, taller Drake Hogestyn took over the role. Playing this trope straight, they [[HandWave explained his physical differences]] by plastic surgery needed to recover from the injuries suffered at the hands of [[BigBad Stefano DiMera]]. Then Northrop returned four years after that... ''as Roman Brady''. He'd been held prisoner by [=DiMera=], while [=DiMera=] sent brainwashed mercenary John Black (who, in an extra dash of Soap Operaness, turned out to be Stefano's half-brother) to take over Roman's life and be his spy ([[BecomingTheMask that didn't work so well for Stefano]]). But Northrop only stuck around three more years before leaving again. This time they went straight TheOtherDarrin and brought in Josh Taylor to play Roman (and has since 1997).
*** Parodied on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' (and crossing over with TheBusCameBack) where ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' exists as a ShowWithinAShow when Joey is brought back to the show by having his character (who had been in a coma for 5 years) receive a brain transplant from a female character who was being killed off. Dr. Drake Ramoray was back, but with Jessica Lockhart's mind.



* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' and ''Series/TheCollector'' have different actors play {{God}} & TheDevil, respectively. Lampshaded in the first example, where God points out that he/she/it is in reality, beyond all comprehension and so is simply taking AFormYouAreComfortableWith, one that's not always going to look the same. Sometimes they're [[DeadpanSnarker even snippy]], because it's what [[StealthInsult Joan understands]].
* Two cases in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': When Hana's actress Yuriko Shiratori [[RealLifeWritesThePlot left the show for unknown reasons]], she was replaced by the much-younger Tamaki Matsumoto, and it was explained that [[TimeyWimeyBall her timeline had been rewritten]] to [[FountainOfYouth make her younger]]. When Ryotaro's actor Takeru Satoh moved on to other roles after the third movie, he was replaced with Takuya Mizoguchi (who previously played [[MyFutureSelfAndMe Ryotaro's younger self]] in the first movie), and the TimeyWimeyBall was again used to explain it. Interestingly, both Matsumoto and Mizoguchi bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors, a fact which becomes more pronounced as they [[SheIsAllGrownUp grow up]].
* Played with in ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. Many of the 'characters' are, or become, artificial constructs (imprints) that can be moved from body to body. Multiple actors interpret Topher, Dominic, 'Taffy', [[spoiler: Dr. Saunders, Clyde Randolf, 'Kiki', Margaret, the serial killer in 'Belle Chose', and Caroline]] in this way. Generally as much as possible is done to retain the voice and mannerisms of the original, with the exceptions of [[spoiler: Clyde and Dr. Saunders]], who change and evolve as they go along.

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* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' and ''Series/TheCollector'' have different actors play {{God}} & TheDevil, respectively. Lampshaded In ''Series/BlakesSeven'', the character of Travis (first played by Stephen Greif in the first example, where God points out that he/she/it is season, then replaced by Brian Croucher in reality, beyond all comprehension season 2) was given a combination of plastic surgery and so is simply taking AFormYouAreComfortableWith, psychological re-conditioning.
* At the conclusion of the 10th season of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Victoria Principal chose to leave the series and as a result her character Pam was severely burned in a tanker explosion. Pam later reappeared in
one episode two seasons later, now played by Margaret Michaels, with [[MagicPlasticSurgery some plastic surgery]] to explain the change in appearance.
* ''Series/DeadRingers:'' The TropeNamer was parodied in one sketch, when Tony Blair collapses during an interview, and regenerates into ''Creator/DavidTennant''.
-->'''"Tony Blair":''' New Labour...
that's not always going to look the same. Sometimes they're [[DeadpanSnarker even snippy]], because it's what [[StealthInsult Joan understands]].
* Two cases in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': When Hana's actress Yuriko Shiratori [[RealLifeWritesThePlot left the show for unknown reasons]], she was replaced by the much-younger Tamaki Matsumoto, and it was explained that [[TimeyWimeyBall her timeline had been rewritten]] to [[FountainOfYouth make her younger]]. When Ryotaro's actor Takeru Satoh moved on to other roles after the third movie, he was replaced with Takuya Mizoguchi (who previously played [[MyFutureSelfAndMe Ryotaro's younger self]] in the first movie), and the TimeyWimeyBall was again used to explain it. Interestingly, both Matsumoto and Mizoguchi bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors, a fact which becomes more pronounced as they [[SheIsAllGrownUp grow up]].
weird.
* Played with in ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''. Many of the 'characters' "characters" are, or become, artificial constructs (imprints) that can be moved from body to body. Multiple actors interpret Topher, Dominic, 'Taffy', [[spoiler: Dr. "Taffy", [[spoiler:Dr. Saunders, Clyde Randolf, 'Kiki', "Kiki", Margaret, the serial killer in 'Belle Chose', "Belle Chose", and Caroline]] in this way. Generally as much as possible is done to retain the voice and mannerisms of the original, with the exceptions of [[spoiler: Clyde [[spoiler:Clyde and Dr. Saunders]], who change and evolve as they go along.



** In the post-apocalyptic episodes, [[spoiler: Ambrose and Harding]] are played by different actors than normal, explaining that they now jump bodies ("getting a new suit") regularly and have multiple copies of each other. The same thing was done to [[spoiler: Rossum founder Clyde]] when Rossum was first starting.

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** In the post-apocalyptic episodes, [[spoiler: Ambrose and Harding]] are played by different actors than normal, explaining that they now jump bodies ("getting a new suit") regularly and have multiple copies of each other. The same thing was done to [[spoiler: Rossum [[spoiler:Rossum founder Clyde]] when Rossum was first starting.starting.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' is a rare non-scifi example of this trope: after being UnCancelled for a third season, it transpired that David Marciano, who played Raymond Vecchio, had already relocated with his family and been hired for a new role and so wasn't able to rejoin the show. This being a BuddyCopShow between Marciano and Paul Gross's character Fraser, they were left with something of a problem, but came up with a unique twist. Marciano was replaced by the utterly dissimilar Callum Keith Rennie... and only Fraser, who's just come back from vacation, appears to notice that his partner has become a completely different person. He spends the entire first episode believing he's the OnlySaneMan while "Vecchio" and all their co-workers, and even Vecchio's own sister, profess ignorance to anything unusual. [[spoiler:His boss eventually sets him straight: the real Ray Vecchio has been sent deep undercover in the mob due to his [[IdenticalStranger uncanny resemblance]] to a [[NeverFoundTheBody presumably deceased]] boss whose gang he's infiltrating. The new Ray is a cop with the same first name and no family ties following a recent divorce, who's been brought in to take his place, so that if anyone gets suspicious and goes looking they'll find a Ray Vecchio active within the Chicago PD.]]
** [[spoiler:Not entirely true because the given and presumably legal first name of the second "Ray" isn't Ray. It's Stanley. His full name is Stanley Raymond Kowalski. He just says that he goes by Ray as his first name, instead of using Stanley. He never says he legally changed his first name to Ray. But Raymond, or Raimondo, the Italian version, is Ray Vecchio's actual first name. Also, Kowalski's parents were shown on the show, so he does have family ties.]]
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', MasterOfIllusion Candice's favourite form was originally played by Missy Peregrym, but in her brief appearance in season 2 she had decided to change identities, and her new preferred form was Rachel Kimsey. When she died at the hands of Sylar, her true body was revealed as neither of the two.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' and ''Series/TheCollector'' have different actors play {{God}} & TheDevil, respectively. Lampshaded in the first example, where God points out that he/she/it is in reality, beyond all comprehension and so is simply taking AFormYouAreComfortableWith, one that's not always going to look the same. Sometimes they're [[DeadpanSnarker even snippy]], because it's what [[StealthInsult Joan understands]].
* Two cases in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'': When Hana's actress Yuriko Shiratori [[RealLifeWritesThePlot left the show for unknown reasons]], she was replaced by the much-younger Tamaki Matsumoto, and it was explained that [[TimeyWimeyBall her timeline had been rewritten]] to [[FountainOfYouth make her younger]]. When Ryotaro's actor Takeru Satoh moved on to other roles after the third movie, he was replaced with Takuya Mizoguchi (who previously played [[MyFutureSelfAndMe Ryotaro's younger self]] in the first movie), and the TimeyWimeyBall was again used to explain it. Interestingly, both Matsumoto and Mizoguchi bear a striking resemblance to their predecessors, a fact which becomes more pronounced as they [[SheIsAllGrownUp grow up]].
* In ''{{Series/Lexx}}'', the change from Zev Bellringer to Xev Bellringer was explained via the former dying and melting into a puddle of goo, from which the latter was incarnated via the sacrifice of a few hapless astronauts. The reason given for her being so different in behavior and appearance after the resurrection is that the alien who brought her back was working from the imperfect memories of Zev's friends. It's worth noting that Xev still appears to have all of Zev's original memories, and is still part cluster-lizard due to Zev's botched love-slave transformation. Also, in a later episode Xev is briefly reverted to her original "ugly Zev" body, but later restored to Xev.
* Subverted in a HUGE way by the Australian lifestyle show parody ''Series/LifeSupport''. In Season 3, Doctor Rudi changed actors, from Simon Van Der Stap to Jack Finsterer. However, it turned out that this new Dr. Rudi, who had allegedly had MagicPlasticSurgery, was actually an impostor, and the old Dr. Rudi was out for revenge. It culminated in [[spoiler:a fist-fight between the Rudis at the new Dr. Rudi and Sigourney's wedding.]]



* In the ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' TV series Lex Luthor was Nth Doctored through plastic surgery while Superboy himself was Other Darrined.
* In the Disney sitcom ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. Max is struck with a spell that turns him into a little girl and is replaced by said actress for five episodes until they managed to reverse the spell.
* At the conclusion of the 10th season of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Victoria Principal chose to leave the series and as a result her character Pam was severely burned in a tanker explosion. Pam later reappeared in one episode two seasons later, now played by Margaret Michaels, with [[MagicPlasticSurgery some plastic surgery]] to explain the change in appearance.
* ''Series/DeadRingers:'' The TropeNamer was parodied in one sketch, when Tony Blair collapses during an interview, and regenerates into ''Creator/DavidTennant''.
-->"''Tony Blair:''" New Labour... that's weird.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' is a rare non-scifi example of this trope: after being UnCancelled for a third season, it transpired that David Marciano, who played Raymond Vecchio, had already relocated with his family and been hired for a new role and so wasn't able to rejoin the show. This being a BuddyCopShow between Marciano and Paul Gross's character Fraser, they were left with something of a problem, but came up with a unique twist. Marciano was replaced by the utterly dissimilar Callum Keith Rennie... and only Fraser, who's just come back from vacation, appears to notice that his partner has become a completely different person. He spends the entire first episode believing he's the OnlySaneMan while "Vecchio" and all their co-workers, and even Vecchio's own sister, profess ignorance to anything unusual. [[spoiler:His boss eventually sets him straight: the real Ray Vecchio has been sent deep undercover in the mob due to his [[IdenticalStranger uncanny resemblance]] to a [[NeverFoundTheBody presumably deceased]] boss whose gang he's infiltrating. The new Ray is a cop with the same first name and no family ties following a recent divorce, who's been brought in to take his place, so that if anyone gets suspicious and goes looking they'll find a Ray Vecchio active within the Chicago PD.]]
** [[spoiler:Not entirely true because the given and presumably legal first name of the second "Ray" isn't Ray. It's Stanley. His full name is Stanley Raymond Kowalski. He just says that he goes by Ray as his first name, instead of using Stanley. He never says he legally changed his first name to Ray. But Raymond, or Raimondo, the Italian version, is Ray Vecchio's actual first name. Also, Kowalski's parents were shown on the show, so he does have family ties.]]
* ''Series/AlaDina'': When Paz Padilla exited the series and was replaced by Miriam Díaz-Aroca in the role of the titular genie, it was explained as her body transforming through some form of ThePowerOfLove.

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* In the ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' TV series Lex Luthor was Nth Doctored British children's comedy ''Series/MikeAndAngelo'' had Angelo -- an alien -- go through a regeneration process into another actor that was a direct reference to ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* In Series 1 and 2 of ''Series/MyParentsAreAliens'', Sophie Johnson was played by blonde Barbara Durkin. From Series 3 onwards, she was played by brown-haired Carla Mendonça, having 'got stuck' morphed that way.
* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Replacement of voice actors/puppeteers for the robots, as in most puppetry and animation, was usually unexplained. However, the difference in Tom Servo's voice from one actor to another was so severe that it was given an on-screen nod as Joel replaced Servo's voice module. Similarly, in the eighth season Crow T. Robot was the only one who'd stayed on the satellite for five-hundred-odd years, and thus had gone slightly mad; any other vocal differences were given a HandWave in the tenth season when Joel (appearing as TheCameo) suggested that Crow had replaced the bowling pin that formed his mouth.
** This was also lampshaded in episode 905, where Mike cut himself on Crow, becoming a Were-Crow. In giving Mike the rundown of what being Crow would entail, Crow mentioned that "your voice is gonna change inexplicably every seven years or so."
*** This was also joked about in an interview with Bill Corbett where he explained his initial lack of puppetry skills (as compared to Trace Beaulieu) by stating that "Crow had a stroke."
* Holly, the A.I. from ''Series/RedDwarf'', became a female character at the end of series 2 and stayed female for the next three series, before later switching back to male.
** Less noticeable was the recasting of the android Kryten (with Robert Llewellyn replacing David Ross, who originally was to return but was unavailable). This was mainly achieved when the look of the series was entirely redesigned, with a greatly improved budget allowing for better costumes and prosthetics, plus the fact that Kryten was only in one episode previously. Llewellyn played the part very differently, with this being explained in an OpeningScroll as Lister rebuilding him but being unable to restore his personality, this was further explored in Series VIII Episode 2 "Back in the Red: Part 2" when Kryten's behaviour is 'reset' and his actions and mannerism noticeably revert to the 'Ross' Kryten (before being restored to his old new self).
* On ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', Quinn Mallory's replacement by his non-identical counterpart from another universe, when Jerry O'Connell left the show, is half this and half SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute.
** They actually almost never refer to the replacement as "Quinn" or "Q-Ball" (Rembrandt's nickname for the original). Instead, it's always "Mallory". He doesn't seem to mind. Remmy eventually takes to calling him "Fog Boy".
** However, before she warmed up to the gang, Maggie called Quinn "Mallory". As she [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] she gets to FirstNameBasis. Now she gets to go back to calling him "Mallory" despite being on friendlier terms.
** On the other hand, third-season BigBad Rickman is replaced by a new actor after his first appearance, and this is explained as a side-effect of his vampiric medical condition: in his first appearance, his facial features change momentarily whenever he injects brain tissue from his victims. This transformation turns out to have a small but cumulative permanent effect as well. In reality, Roger Daltrey was simply too expensive to keep on as a recurring character.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', the recurring character Morgan Edge is initially played by Rutger Hauer, and after a near-fatal accident and MagicPlasticSurgery, he is played by Patrick Bergen, leading to this priceless quote:
-->'''ComicBook/LexLuthor''': You can change your face, your hair, your voice... but not your DNA. You still sweat the same.
* Most SoapOpera actor changes are simply TheOtherDarrin (or the result of SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome for the younger set), but occasionally they can be Nth Doctors. Example: Jerry Jacks of ''Series/GeneralHospital'' had his MagicPlasticSurgery turn him from Julian Stone to Sebastian Roche... and it was good enough for him to successfully use an alias for a few months.
** One of the most infamous (and convoluted) versions of this occurred on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': When Wayne Northrop -- the actor portraying Roman Brady -- left the show in 1984, his character was PutOnABus via [=shooting/=][[NeverFoundTheBody body snatching]]. Two years later, the younger, taller Drake Hogestyn took over the role. Playing this trope straight, they [[HandWave explained his physical differences]] by
plastic surgery needed to recover from the injuries suffered at the hands of [[BigBad Stefano DiMera]]. Then Northrop returned four years after that... ''as Roman Brady''. He'd been held prisoner by [=DiMera=], while Superboy [=DiMera=] sent brainwashed mercenary John Black (who, in an extra dash of Soap Operaness, turned out to be Stefano's half-brother) to take over Roman's life and be his spy ([[BecomingTheMask that didn't work so well for Stefano]]). But Northrop only stuck around three more years before leaving again. This time they went straight TheOtherDarrin and brought in Josh Taylor to play Roman (and has since 1997).
*** Parodied on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' (and crossing over with TheBusCameBack) where ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' exists as a ShowWithinAShow when Joey is brought back to the show by having his character (who had been in a coma for 5 years) receive a brain transplant from a female character who was being killed off. Dr. Drake Remoray was back, but with Jessica Lockhart's mind.
* Used for numerous minor characters on ''Series/StargateSG1'', as the characters themselves are parasitic aliens (Goa'uld or Tok'ra) living in changeable human hosts.
* Used in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' for [[spoiler: Elizabeth Weir. Previously played by Torri Higginson, Weir returned first as a faceless, fuzzy-voiced VirtualGhost, who then built herself a replicator body played by Michelle Morgan, who had in the previous season played F.R.A.N., a replicator [=McKay=] made. This allowed them to explain that to save time, Weir simply used the last template in the replicator machine, rather than try to remake her own appearance from scratch]].
** Interestingly, [[spoiler:Elizabeth Weir was also an [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrin]], played by Jessica Steen in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "The Lost City", before becoming a lead character on ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', played by Torri Higginson]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' replaced Terry Farrell as Jadzia Dax with Nicole de Boer as Ezri Dax. It was already a well established part of the show's {{canon}} that the character of "Dax" was a symbiote that attached itself to a new humanoid host, thus explaining the new face and somewhat-different personality.
** This replacement is also a partial SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, since the show established that while the symbiote carried its memories from host to host, the hosts themselves were distinct individuals with their own personalities.
** Interestingly, the episode "The Host" from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' plays this trope completely straight with regard to the Trill symbiotes; however, as a result it contradicts greatly with ''Deep Space Nine'''s portrayal.
** The Borg Queen's hard to tell. She appears to be destroyed in almost every appearance -- even by way of ''retcon,'' revealing herself to have been on the cube in "The Best of Both Worlds". Yes, her ''debut'' is an UnexplainedRecovery. She's indicated and proven repeatedly that physical death is a minor inconvenience to her, and it's easy to imagine that her data just goes elsewhere when one body's in mortal danger, though that's not said outright. Coincidentally or not, she's sometimes Alice Krige and sometimes Susanna Thompson, and with so much make-up it's hard to tell who is who.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Demons can possess different human bodies, so any demon character can be played by more than one actor. It happened with Lilith in Season 3 and 4, and then with [[spoiler: Ruby/"Kristy"]] between seasons 3 and 4.
** It also occurred with villains Azazel and Alastair, and the possibility exists for this to happen with the angels as well. However, it's explicitly avoided with the character of Anna, whose human body was destroyed when she became an angel again, but replaced with an identical one as she'd become attached to it and arranged for it to be remade.
** The angels don't just switch bodies, they also don't care about the sex of their physical vessels. Castiel's alternative vessel was a 12 year old girl, Lucifer appeared as a woman in both Sam and Nick's dreams, and [[spoiler: Raphael's second vessel was female]]. Fan theories vary on whether angels simply don't recognize gender in the way humans do or if they have a particular gender preference. But whatever you do, [[InternetBackdraft don't bring up the question of what this means for the hetero/homosexuality of ships involving angels]].
** Meg has also gone through several, including Sam's.
** The difference with demons is that they used to be human, so they understand gender perfectly well.
* The Terminator known as Cromartie is reduced to a metal skeleton in the first episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', and slowly creates a new flesh covering for
himself over the course of the first season, being played by a second actor in the interim stages, and a third actor once the work is complete. This was Other Darrined.
due to RealLifeWritesThePlot, as the third actor was always the showrunners' first choice for the role, but was unavailable for the recording of the pilot episode.
* The death of Philip Gilbert shortly into Creator/BigFinish's ''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' line was framed by having TIM require some repair work after damage received in Gilbert's last episode. John had to rebuild TIM's voice synthesizer, and couldn't quite reproduce the original voice. Gilbert's other recurring roles (He also voiced a family of clones on whose voice TIM had been modeled) were not so lucky, and became {{Fake Shemp}}s.
* In the Disney sitcom ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. Max is struck with a spell that turns him into a little girl and is replaced by said actress for five episodes until they managed to reverse the spell. \n* At the conclusion of the 10th season of ''Series/{{Dallas}}'', Victoria Principal chose to leave the series and as a result her character Pam was severely burned in a tanker explosion. Pam later reappeared in one episode two seasons later, now played by Margaret Michaels, with [[MagicPlasticSurgery some plastic surgery]] to explain the change in appearance.\n* ''Series/DeadRingers:'' The TropeNamer was parodied in one sketch, when Tony Blair collapses during an interview, and regenerates into ''Creator/DavidTennant''.\n-->"''Tony Blair:''" New Labour... that's weird.\n* ''Series/DueSouth'' is a rare non-scifi example of this trope: after being UnCancelled for a third season, it transpired that David Marciano, who played Raymond Vecchio, had already relocated with his family and been hired for a new role and so wasn't able to rejoin the show. This being a BuddyCopShow between Marciano and Paul Gross's character Fraser, they were left with something of a problem, but came up with a unique twist. Marciano was replaced by the utterly dissimilar Callum Keith Rennie... and only Fraser, who's just come back from vacation, appears to notice that his partner has become a completely different person. He spends the entire first episode believing he's the OnlySaneMan while "Vecchio" and all their co-workers, and even Vecchio's own sister, profess ignorance to anything unusual. [[spoiler:His boss eventually sets him straight: the real Ray Vecchio has been sent deep undercover in the mob due to his [[IdenticalStranger uncanny resemblance]] to a [[NeverFoundTheBody presumably deceased]] boss whose gang he's infiltrating. The new Ray is a cop with the same first name and no family ties following a recent divorce, who's been brought in to take his place, so that if anyone gets suspicious and goes looking they'll find a Ray Vecchio active within the Chicago PD.]]\n** [[spoiler:Not entirely true because the given and presumably legal first name of the second "Ray" isn't Ray. It's Stanley. His full name is Stanley Raymond Kowalski. He just says that he goes by Ray as his first name, instead of using Stanley. He never says he legally changed his first name to Ray. But Raymond, or Raimondo, the Italian version, is Ray Vecchio's actual first name. Also, Kowalski's parents were shown on the show, so he does have family ties.]]\n* ''Series/AlaDina'': When Paz Padilla exited the series and was replaced by Miriam Díaz-Aroca in the role of the titular genie, it was explained as her body transforming through some form of ThePowerOfLove.
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** The third season premiere "The Kids" has Gumball and Darwin's voices (both provided by child actors that were outgrowing the character) cracking extensively, leading them to [[GrowingUpSucks come to terms with becoming adults.]] At the end of the episode, their voices finally break even with new voice actors... who sound ''[[NotAllowedToGrowUp younger]]'' than they did before. They then realize they're part of the previously mentioned 1% of people in the world ("[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall most of them on TV]]") that don't age.

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** The third season premiere "The Kids" has Gumball and Darwin's voices (both provided by [[ChildrenVoicingChildren child actors that were outgrowing the character) character]]) cracking extensively, leading them to [[GrowingUpSucks come to terms with becoming adults.]] At the end of the episode, their voices finally break even with new voice actors... who sound ''[[NotAllowedToGrowUp younger]]'' than they did before. They then realize they're part of the previously mentioned 1% of people in the world ("[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall most of them on TV]]") that don't age.
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* Retro-actively applied in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': at the end of season two Bob is sucked into [[EldritchLocation the Web]], and when he came back in season three, slightly degraded by his experience, he switched voice actor from Michael Benyaer to Ian James Corlett because the former was unavailable. When Benyaer became available again while producing season four they had him do the voice for Bob in a flashback, a second Bob (possibly the original, possibly a copy, [[spoiler:actually Megabyte]]), and [[spoiler:the real Bob after the damage done to him by the Web is repaired]], implying the different voice was caused by said degradation.

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* Retro-actively applied in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': at the end of season two Bob is sucked into [[EldritchLocation the Web]], and when he came back in season three, slightly degraded by his experience, he switched voice actor from Michael Benyaer to Ian James Corlett because the former was unavailable. When [[TheOriginalDarrin Benyaer became available again again]] while producing season four they had him do the voice for Bob in a flashback, a second Bob (possibly the original, possibly a copy, [[spoiler:actually Megabyte]]), and [[spoiler:the real Bob after the damage done to him by the Web is repaired]], implying the different voice was caused by said degradation.



** In "The Nemesis", Darwin and Gumball help Rob become a better villain. Part of this involved [[ItMakesSenseInContext using a remote control to change Rob's voice]] to sound [[EvilBrit "more evil"]], which changes his voice from Hugo Harold-Harrison to Creator/DavidWarner.

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** In "The Nemesis", Darwin and Gumball help Rob become a better villain. Part of this involved [[ItMakesSenseInContext using a remote control to change Rob's voice]] to sound [[EvilBrit "more evil"]], which changes his voice from Hugo Harold-Harrison to Creator/DavidWarner. When he tires of this voice at the end of the same season, he uses another remote control to change it back.
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This is a catch-all for the recasting of a character using an in-continuity explanation. It takes its name from ''Series/DoctorWho'', whose eponymous Doctor is an alien capable of "[[ResurrectiveImmortality regenerating]]" into a new form whenever he is mortally wounded. This trope, both in the original show and others which employ it, has two benefits; not only can it increase the series' run by offering a method to depict an immortal main character on a long-running show, it is also a wonderful way to derive drama. With the added bonus of implying that AnyoneCanDie, without having to lose major characters.

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This is a catch-all for the recasting of a character using an in-continuity explanation. It takes its name from ''Series/DoctorWho'', whose eponymous Doctor is an alien capable of "[[ResurrectiveImmortality regenerating]]" into a new form whenever he is mortally wounded. This trope, both in the original show and others which employ it, has two benefits; not only can it increase the series' run by offering a method to depict an immortal main character on a long-running show, it is also a wonderful way to derive drama. With the added bonus of implying that AnyoneCanDie, without having to lose major characters.
characters. Depending on the importance of the character, changing him or her in such a way can serve as a "soft reboot" of an ongoing production.
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* ''Series/AlaDina'': When Paz Padilla exited the series and was replaced by Miriam Díaz-Aroca in the role of the titular genie, it was explained as her body transforming through some form of ThePowerOfLove.
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* John Ostrander's run on ''ComicBook/TheSpectre'' applies this to Uncle Sam of the ComicBook/FreedomFighters. Over the centuries, the Spirit of America has taken physical form as the current masculine AnthropomorphicPersonification of the United States: the Minuteman, Brother Jonathan, Billy Yank and Johnny Reb, and Uncle Sam. It was Patriot for a brief period in the late 90s, but soon reverted to Uncle Sam again.



* Creator/HeathLedger's [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]] was dealt with in his unfinished movie ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' this way. Creator/JohnnyDepp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell played his character in different dimensions.

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* Creator/HeathLedger's [[AuthorExistenceFailure death]] was dealt with in his unfinished movie ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' this way. Creator/JohnnyDepp, Jude Law, Creator/JudeLaw, and Colin Farrell Creator/ColinFarrell played his character in different dimensions.



* Creator/TerryOQuinn declined reprising the role as the eponymous AxCrazy in ''[[Film/TheStepfather Stepfather III]]'' and was replaced Robert Wightman; the change in appearance is dealt with via a {{Squick}}y [[BackalleyDoctor backalley]] [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery scene]] at the beginning of the film.

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* Creator/TerryOQuinn declined reprising the role as the eponymous AxCrazy in ''[[Film/TheStepfather Stepfather III]]'' and was replaced by Robert Wightman; the change in appearance is dealt with via a {{Squick}}y [[BackalleyDoctor backalley]] [[MagicPlasticSurgery plastic surgery scene]] at the beginning of the film.



* A tie-in comic released after ''StarTrekIntoDarkness'' shows [[spoiler:Khan]] getting MagicPlasticSurgery to explain why he [[RaceLift used to look Indian]] (well, [[FakeNationality Mexican]]) but is now white.
* The twist in Film/{{Predestination}} is that [[spoiler:Ethan Hakwe and Sarah Snook's characters are the same person from different parts of their same timeline.]] The change is the result of a skin graft after the character is badly burned attempting to contain an explosion.

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* A tie-in comic released after ''StarTrekIntoDarkness'' ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' shows [[spoiler:Khan]] getting MagicPlasticSurgery to explain why he [[RaceLift used to look Indian]] (well, [[FakeNationality Mexican]]) but is now white.
* The twist in Film/{{Predestination}} is that [[spoiler:Ethan Hakwe and Sarah Snook's characters are the same person from different parts of their the same timeline.]] The change is the result of a skin graft after the character is badly burned attempting to contain an explosion.



* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Replacement of voice actors/puppeteers for the robots, as in most puppetry and animation, was usually unexplained. However, the difference in Tom Servo's voice from one actor to another was so severe, that it was given an on-screen nod as Joel replaced Servo's voice module. Similarly, in the eighth season Crow T. Robot was the only one who'd stayed on the satellite for five-hundred-odd years, and thus had gone slightly mad; any other vocal differences were given a HandWave in the tenth season when Joel (appearing as TheCameo) suggested that Crow had replaced the bowling pin that formed his mouth.

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* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Replacement of voice actors/puppeteers for the robots, as in most puppetry and animation, was usually unexplained. However, the difference in Tom Servo's voice from one actor to another was so severe, severe that it was given an on-screen nod as Joel replaced Servo's voice module. Similarly, in the eighth season Crow T. Robot was the only one who'd stayed on the satellite for five-hundred-odd years, and thus had gone slightly mad; any other vocal differences were given a HandWave in the tenth season when Joel (appearing as TheCameo) suggested that Crow had replaced the bowling pin that formed his mouth.



** Less noticeable was the recasting of the android Kryten (with Robert Llewellyn replacing David Ross, who originally was to return but was unavailable). This was mainly achieved when the look of the series was entirely redesigned, with a greatly improved budget allowing for better costumes and prosthetics, plus the fact that Kryten was only in one episode previously. Llewellyn played the part very differently, with this being explained in an OpeningScroll as Lister rebuilding him but being unable to restore his personality, this was further explored in Series VIII Episode 2 "Back in the Red: Part 2" when Kryten's behaviour is 'reset' and his actions and mannerism noticeable revert to the 'Ross' Kryten (before being restored to his old new self).

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** Less noticeable was the recasting of the android Kryten (with Robert Llewellyn replacing David Ross, who originally was to return but was unavailable). This was mainly achieved when the look of the series was entirely redesigned, with a greatly improved budget allowing for better costumes and prosthetics, plus the fact that Kryten was only in one episode previously. Llewellyn played the part very differently, with this being explained in an OpeningScroll as Lister rebuilding him but being unable to restore his personality, this was further explored in Series VIII Episode 2 "Back in the Red: Part 2" when Kryten's behaviour is 'reset' and his actions and mannerism noticeable noticeably revert to the 'Ross' Kryten (before being restored to his old new self).



* Subverted in a HUGE way by the Australian lifestyle show parody ''Series/LifeSupport''. In Season 3, Doctor Rudi changed actors, from Simon Van Der Stap to Jack Finsterer. However, it turned out that this new Dr. Rudi, who had allegedly had MagicPlasticSurgery, was actually an impostor, and the old Dr Rudi was out for revenge. it culminated in [[spoiler:a fist-fight between the Rudis at the new Dr. Rudi and Sigourney's wedding.]]

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* Subverted in a HUGE way by the Australian lifestyle show parody ''Series/LifeSupport''. In Season 3, Doctor Rudi changed actors, from Simon Van Der Stap to Jack Finsterer. However, it turned out that this new Dr. Rudi, who had allegedly had MagicPlasticSurgery, was actually an impostor, and the old Dr Rudi was out for revenge. it It culminated in [[spoiler:a fist-fight between the Rudis at the new Dr. Rudi and Sigourney's wedding.]]



* German 90's TV show ''Balko'' used this. After the first actor Jochen Horst playing the main character left, the next season started with a near fatal car accident, forcing the till then unseen character to undergo plastic surgery, turning him into new actor Bruno Eyron (among the possible new faces given to choose from was also a famous German shepherd dog, '[[Series/InspectorRex KommissarRex]]').

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* German 90's TV show ''Balko'' used this. After Following the departure of Jochen Horst, the first actor Jochen Horst playing to play the main character left, character, the next season started with a near fatal car accident, forcing the till then unseen character to undergo plastic surgery, turning him into new actor Bruno Eyron (among the possible new faces given to choose from was also a famous German shepherd dog, '[[Series/InspectorRex KommissarRex]]').Kommissar Rex]]').



** One of the most infamous (and convoluted) versions of this occurred on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': When Wayne Northrop - the actor portraying Roman Brady - left the show in 1984, his character was PutOnABus via [=shooting/=][[NeverFoundTheBody body snatching]]. Two years later, the younger, taller Drake Hogestyn took over the role. Playing this trope straight, they [[HandWave explained his physical differences]] by plastic surgery needed to recover from the injuries suffered at the hands of [[BigBad Stefano DiMera]]. Then Northrop returned four years after that... ''as Roman Brady''. He'd been held prisoner by [=DiMera=], while [=DiMera=] sent brainwashed mercenary John Black (who, in an extra dash of Soap Operaness, turned out to be Stefano's half-brother) to take over Roman's life and be his spy ([[BecomingTheMask That didn't work so well for Stefano]]). But Northrop only stuck around three more years before leaving again. This time they went straight TheOtherDarrin and brought in Josh Taylor to play Roman (and has since 1997).

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** One of the most infamous (and convoluted) versions of this occurred on ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'': When Wayne Northrop - the actor portraying Roman Brady - left the show in 1984, his character was PutOnABus via [=shooting/=][[NeverFoundTheBody body snatching]]. Two years later, the younger, taller Drake Hogestyn took over the role. Playing this trope straight, they [[HandWave explained his physical differences]] by plastic surgery needed to recover from the injuries suffered at the hands of [[BigBad Stefano DiMera]]. Then Northrop returned four years after that... ''as Roman Brady''. He'd been held prisoner by [=DiMera=], while [=DiMera=] sent brainwashed mercenary John Black (who, in an extra dash of Soap Operaness, turned out to be Stefano's half-brother) to take over Roman's life and be his spy ([[BecomingTheMask That that didn't work so well for Stefano]]). But Northrop only stuck around three more years before leaving again. This time they went straight TheOtherDarrin and brought in Josh Taylor to play Roman (and has since 1997).



* {{Villain}} Al Hawke returns to ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' played by a different actor, his new face is explicitly the result of MagicPlasticSurgery to erase the scars of his burns from a previous episode. Unlike other examples, this doesn't explain why his personality, height, etc. all change between appearances, but hey.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' and ''Series/TheCollector'' where different actors play {{God}} & TheDevil, respectively. Lampshaded in the first example, where God points out that he/she/it is in reality, beyond all comprehension and so is simply taking AFormYouAreComfortableWith, one that's not always going to look the same. Sometimes they're [[DeadpanSnarker even snippy]], because it's what [[StealthInsult Joan understands]].

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* {{Villain}} Al Hawke returns to ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' played by a different actor, his new face is explicitly the result of MagicPlasticSurgery to erase the scars of his burns from a previous episode. Unlike other examples, this doesn't explain why his personality, height, etc. all change between appearances, but hey.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' and ''Series/TheCollector'' where have different actors play {{God}} & TheDevil, respectively. Lampshaded in the first example, where God points out that he/she/it is in reality, beyond all comprehension and so is simply taking AFormYouAreComfortableWith, one that's not always going to look the same. Sometimes they're [[DeadpanSnarker even snippy]], because it's what [[StealthInsult Joan understands]].



* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'' the player can do this to Shepard between the games. The second game justifies this with Shepard dieing in the opening and then being reconstructed by Cerberus. The third game, however, has no justification. Other characters will also easiely recognize you just by your voice.
** Ashley gets this between the second and third game. Her AmbiguouslyBrown got swapped for a hotter, obvious hispanic look.

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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'' the player can do this to Shepard between the games. The second game justifies this with Shepard dieing dying in the opening and then being reconstructed by Cerberus. The third game, however, has no justification. Other characters will also easiely easily recognize you just by your voice.
** Ashley gets this between the second and third game. Her AmbiguouslyBrown got swapped for a hotter, obvious hispanic obviously Hispanic look.



* ''Videogame/{{Ingress}}'': Whatever the Shapers did that brought Roland Jarvis back from the dead also changed his appearance significantly, as the Roland Jarvis that died and the one that came out to greet his agents, thanking them for his revival were entirely different, despite being the same mind.

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* ''Videogame/{{Ingress}}'': Whatever the Shapers did that brought Roland Jarvis back from the dead also changed his appearance significantly, as the Roland Jarvis that died and the one that came out to greet his agents, thanking them for his revival revival, were entirely different, despite being the same mind.



* According to ''VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite'', the Prism Rangers often die and people are often recruited or kidnapped to replace to them, explaining why their voice actors constantly change throughout the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series.

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* According to ''VisualNovel/DisgaeaInfinite'', the Prism Rangers often die and people are often recruited or kidnapped to replace to them, explaining why their voice actors constantly change throughout the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series.



* The ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'' uses the trope mentioned below to justify characters being represented by new toys. The most major would be Dreadmoon's [[http://www.insecticons.com/insecticomics/tfcon2005.html upgrade to a repaint of Energon Mirage]] from a [[http://www.insecticons.com/insecticomics/troubleparadise1.html sculpted model]], although Starscream's gone through several new bodies as better toys for him have come out.

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* The ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'' uses the trope mentioned below to justify characters being represented by new toys. The most major would be Dreadmoon's [[http://www.insecticons.com/insecticomics/tfcon2005.html upgrade to a repaint of Energon Mirage]] from a [[http://www.insecticons.com/insecticomics/troubleparadise1.html sculpted model]], although Starscream's gone through several new bodies as better toys for him have come out.



* In the Luna arc of ''Webcomic/QuantumVibe'' Dr. Seamus O'Murchadha undergoes a treatment to fix his screwed up metabolism from his last rejuvenation treatment. It also makes him look less like Tom Baker with a weight problem and more like an eight-foot-tall William Hartnell. [[spoiler: A later arc showed that he's changed his appearance, with both rejuvenation and conventional plastic surgery, several times in the past.]]

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* In the Luna arc of ''Webcomic/QuantumVibe'' Dr. Seamus O'Murchadha undergoes a treatment to fix his screwed up metabolism from his last rejuvenation treatment. It also makes him look less like Tom Baker Creator/TomBaker with a weight problem and more like an eight-foot-tall William Hartnell.Creator/WilliamHartnell. [[spoiler: A later arc showed that he's changed his appearance, with both rejuvenation and conventional plastic surgery, several times in the past.]]



** The third season premiere "The Kids", has Gumball and Darwin's voices (both provided by child actors that were outgrowing the character) cracking extensively, leading them to [[GrowingUpSucks come to terms with becoming adults.]] At the end of the episode, their voices finally break even with new voice actors... who sound ''[[NotAllowedToGrowUp younger]]'' than they did before. They then realize they're part of the previously mention 1% of people in the world ("[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall most of them on TV]]") that don't age.

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** The third season premiere "The Kids", Kids" has Gumball and Darwin's voices (both provided by child actors that were outgrowing the character) cracking extensively, leading them to [[GrowingUpSucks come to terms with becoming adults.]] At the end of the episode, their voices finally break even with new voice actors... who sound ''[[NotAllowedToGrowUp younger]]'' than they did before. They then realize they're part of the previously mention mentioned 1% of people in the world ("[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall most of them on TV]]") that don't age.
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