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1st Sep '17 10:55:49 PM Luppercus
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* Whenever an episode of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' was set in different time setting (usually a character was being told a story by someone else via {{Flashback}}), they would use the existing cast to fill in the roles of the new characters. Whenever a story centered on Harm's father, a fighter pilot during UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, he would be placed by the same actor, plus a mustache. One episode in particular played with this: [[ActionGirl Mac]] has been researching a case where an Age of Sail captain was court martialed for summarily hanging several crewmen suspected of planning a mutiny. She ends up having a dream about the investigation, with her fiancé Mic playing the role of the Captain, Mac playing his wife, and Harmon Rabb (Mac's [[UnresolvedSexualTension unresolved love interest]] eventually revealed (just before the hanging) to be playing one of the mutineers, naturally segueing into Mac [[CatapultNightmare jumping awake]] to [[AnxietyDreams ponder the implications.]]



* The ''{{Series/Castle}}'' episode "The Blue Butterfly" does this.
* The ''{{Series/Blackish}}'' episode "Pops' Pops' Pops" does this when Pops [[SeparateSceneStorytelling tells a story]] about the Johnson family history.



* In the '90s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' series, Jubilee tells a fairy tale with her as an InUniverse [[SelfInsertFic self-insert character]], Magneto as the villain, Scott as a prince, Jean as a {{princess}} (in [[PrincessesPreferPink pink]] even).



* Each episode of ''WesternAnimation/DinoBabies'' has a character read [[AnachronismStew a story that won't be written for millions of years]], even taking place in the future setting, and the Dino Babies play the characters in the story.
* Like with the Puppet Shows folder above, ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''.



* The entire point of ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', though they only imagine themselves as being in different settings in each episode.
* This was occasionally done on ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.
** The Passover special had the babies act out the story of Moses while Tommy Pickles' maternal grandfather Boris Kropotkin told them the story.
** "Finsterella" had Chuckie imagine himself in the role of Cinderella, with his sister Kimi and Angelica Pickles as his stepsisters and Tommy as his "fairy bob-brother".
** There was a duology of direct-to-video films titled ''Tales from the Crib'', which had the babies act out the stories of "Snow White" and "Jack and the Beanstalk", with the framing device consisting of the babies being read the stories by their babysitter Taffy.
1st Sep '17 10:46:37 PM Luppercus
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* Music/{{Rammstein}}: most of their videos have some sort of plot with characters in different time periods and/or situation. The different members of the band normally play similar roles in each video, for example; Till would always be the protagonist and Flake the ButtMonkey.
26th Aug '17 9:25:49 PM Sharlee
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* Role-playing groups, if they stick together very long, often become this trope: the players know what roles each member prefers to adopt within the story, and generally play to their individual specialties, regardless of what genre of game they're playing at the moment.
26th Aug '17 9:20:50 PM Sharlee
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* Established teams of Gamers in the ''Literature/DreamPark'' Verse, like the Troglodykes from ''California Voodoo'', are implied to face all sorts of themed scenarios with only cosmetic changes to their characters' backstories, as suits the adventure milieu. They still work like a well-oiled team accustomed to relying on each others' skill sets.
20th Aug '17 2:30:38 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has two AlternateUniverse / AlternateContinuity spin offs: ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays'' and ''Gakuen Datenroku'', the former being a fluffy shojo manga and other one being an XMeetsY scenario with Persona. There is also the radio drama ''Shin Seiki Evangelion'', which is where the characters are trying to create a new show so they can continue after, you know, [[spoiler:all of humanity is destroyed at the end]]. As the title sounds, Asuka wants a sentai show.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has two AlternateUniverse / AlternateContinuity spin offs: ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays'' and ''Gakuen Datenroku'', the former being a fluffy shojo manga and other one being an XMeetsY JustForFun/XMeetsY scenario with Persona. There is also the radio drama ''Shin Seiki Evangelion'', which is where the characters are trying to create a new show so they can continue after, you know, [[spoiler:all of humanity is destroyed at the end]]. As the title sounds, Asuka wants a sentai show.
19th Aug '17 7:55:10 PM Luppercus
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* Creator/MarioMoreno played his iconic character Cantinflas (albeit often with other name) and his signature-style type of comedy in very different situations and professions, for example; Cantinflas as medic, lawyer, UN ambassador, garbage collector, rural teacher, policeman, firefighter, and so on. He also had recurrent actors that appeared in several of his movies in different, but similar, roles.

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* Creator/MarioMoreno [[Creator/{{Cantinflas}} Mario Moreno]] played his iconic character Cantinflas (albeit often with other name) and his signature-style type of comedy in very different situations and professions, for example; Cantinflas as medic, lawyer, UN ambassador, garbage collector, rural teacher, policeman, firefighter, and so on. He also had recurrent actors that appeared in several of his movies in different, but similar, roles.
19th Aug '17 7:54:37 PM Luppercus
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* Creator/MarioMoreno played his iconic character Cantinflas (albeit often with other name) and his signature-style type of comedy in very different situations and professions, for example; Cantinflas as medic, lawyer, UN ambassador, garbage collector, rural teacher, policeman, firefighter, and so on. He also had recurrent actors that appeared in several of his movies in different, but similar, roles.
9th Aug '17 4:42:29 PM ZombieAladdin
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This is one of the essential justifications for TransplantedCharacterFic, including the HighSchoolAU. TheMagnificentSevenSamurai is a specific subtrope of this. Many {{Moe}} and MerchandiseDriven works are created with this trope in mind. SeparateSceneStorytelling is often done this way. ''CommediaDellArte'', the former {{Trope Namer|s}}, is a whole subgenre of theatre based upon the concept.

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This is one of the essential justifications for TransplantedCharacterFic, including the HighSchoolAU. TheMagnificentSevenSamurai is a specific subtrope of this. Many {{Moe}} and MerchandiseDriven works are created with this trope in mind. SeparateSceneStorytelling is often done this way. ''CommediaDellArte'', the former {{Trope Namer|s}}, is a whole subgenre of theatre based upon the concept.
concept. Such a franchise is likely to have NegativeContinuity, as, with a few exceptions, it's rather difficult to explain why the characters keep changing settings, roles, and time periods from story to story.
2nd Aug '17 5:13:27 AM PrincessPandaTrope
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* ''[[http://scratchpad.wikia.com/wiki/Scratchpad Scratchpad]]'', a wiki on Wikia dedicated to creating test wikis, has parody casts, which consist of taking a work's characters and placing them as characters of another work.
9th Jul '17 5:50:18 AM ading
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* Season 8 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' transports the cast to a 1940s FilmNoir setting. It's justified as being Sterling Archer's [[AdventuresInComaland coma dream.]]

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* Season 8 of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', after having the main characters as a spy agency for its first four seasons, begins to alter the setting OnceASeason, starting with the main characters becoming a drug cartel in the fifth. S6 returns to the spy genre, S7 has them as private detectives, and S8 transports the cast to a 1940s FilmNoir setting. It's justified setting as being part of Sterling Archer's [[AdventuresInComaland coma dream.]]
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