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->''If you're familiar with things like Popeye and some of the old comic characters, you would oftentimes see this cast of characters that takes on different roles depending on the comic or cartoon. They might be businessman in one [cartoon] or a pirate in another. Depending on the story that was being told, they would change roles. So, to a certain degree, I look at [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros our characters]] in a similar way and feel that they can take on different roles in different games. It's more like they're one big family, or maybe a troupe of actors.''
-->-- '''Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto''' on [[http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2012/09/24/miyamoto-tezuka-interview.aspx the Mario spinoffs]]

You have a set of characters. They work well as an ensemble; so well, in fact, that they can be slotted into just about any scenario you care to imagine, within the constraints of genre. So you can see them, identical but for different trappings (this character was wielding a sword, now it's a blaster pistol...), in places as diverse as [[JidaiGeki Feudal Japan]], the Modern Era, SpaceOpera, etc., etc., etc.

What you have is a Universal-Adaptor Cast: an ensemble is cast into an odd situation and yet fits in perfectly because their roles and characters are so well-defined. They have the same personalities and the same relationships, but play out the conventions of that genre regardless of how bizarre it would be for them normally.

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. 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.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''VisualNovel/YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito'' is a straight {{anime}} example; this one a Yuri series set in a bunch of settings with the same basic characters due to reincarnation.
* Every episode of ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'' has the characters playing different roles in a parody of a given genre.
* The various incarnations of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', exemplified by the spinoff of the ''Anime/PrettySammy'' series.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** The various ''Gurren Lagann Parallel Works'' music videos seem to suggest that the cast is one of these, with the exception of the 8th one, which is canon and tells the story of [[spoiler:Lordgenome's StartOfDarkness]].
** As does HighSchoolAU [[http://community.livejournal.com/gurren_lagann/157779.html Audio drama]] and {{manga}}.
** And its BuddyCopShow [[FanFicRecommendations equivalent]], ''Webcomic/{{DOUBLE K}}''.
* This dates back to the beginnings of anime, with Creator/OsamuTezuka's troupe of characters. They were a little more versatile than the standard ''commedia'' troupe (several of them "played" both heroes and villains), but the idea remains that they are "actors" portraying characters.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' spinoff manga ''Strange Tales of the Bakamatsu'' places the cast of characters in pre-Meiji Japan, with LaResistance being the nationalist rebels and Lelouch himself leading UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi as a cover identity. Oh, and in this universe, "Geass" means the ability to summon Knightmare Frames.
* ''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 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.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' frequently puts the Straw Hats into alternate universes, such as one in which they are all fantasy monsters and another in which they -- even the males -- are middle-aged women. The most frequently used setting is one in 19th Century Japan, in which Luffy is in the police force of Japan under the rule of Cobra. The Chopperman setting, in which Chopper acts as a superhero with Nami as his assistant and Luffy as his HumongousMecha against Usopp, Franky and a QuirkyMinibossSquad composed of the rest of the crew, initially started out as special that was a few minutes long, but got a full-length filler episode after the Ice Hunter Arc.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' tried this a few times as well. Even more so in its short sequel of sorts, ''School Rumble Z'' which was mostly composed of the cast in various different alternate universe or possible future settings.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' has its [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters large cast]] take on the roles of Japanese historical figures like UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi, or fight in the [[UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce Heian Self-Defense Force]]. Of course Kintaro is an recurring character in the [[UrbanFantasy modern age]], so yeah... As usual, HilarityEnsues.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' and his crew (and you can add Zenigata, too) have found themselves facing pretty much anything that Creator/TMSEntertainment can come up with for them. From the 15th century to the 22nd century, they've found themselves in all sorts of situations.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Most major superhero teams have had "[[{{Elseworld}} imaginary stories]]" where they were medieval knights, steampunk warriors, etc.
* ''ComicBook/MarvelFairyTales'' retells various {{Fairy Tale}}s with the ComicBook/XMen, Franchise/SpiderMan and ComicBook/TheAvengers.
* ''Marvel Noir'' does the same, but with FilmNoir-style tales.
* ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. It helps to be the Freelance Police.
* [[ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics Disney comics]] often feature the characters in various different settings, such as medieval fantasy, science fiction and parodies of famous books or movies. In one MickeyMouse story, Mickey and pals performed what was supposed to be a play by Molière but was actually a parody of one.
* The ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' gang. Including for a while, various spinoffs where they were in space, in the past, or superheroes.
* The Brazilian equivalent of Archie, ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'' -- helps that there alongside the core group there are LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in various settings, such as Chuck Billy 'n' Folks (hillbillies), Lionel's Kingdom (jungle animals), the Funnies (an astronaut's adventures and encounters during his space travels), and the Cavern Clan (cave people).
* The ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd Alternity Special'' put several characters from the Dreddverse into various alternate historical periods, such as Dredd taking on UsefulNotes/AlCapone, Shimura facing off against the Angel Gang during the Old West and Mean Machine Angel in a FilmNoir PrivateDetective parody.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the past twenty-plus years, the cast of several older anime/manga series (most triumphant being ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' and ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'') have been slotted into every possible scenario in FanFic, ranging from bizarre {{fusion fic}}s (''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', ''Franchise/StarTrek'') to original plots of every possible stripe. See TransplantedCharacterFic for specific examples.
* In general terms, the internet also offers fan artworks of the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es line-up in numerous roles -- as boys, as zombies, steampunk, etc.
* The premise of {{Alternate Universe Fic}}s, especially the ubiquitous HighSchoolAU, taking established characters from a work of fiction and putting them in wildly different scenarios.
* The [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive and diverse cast]] of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is this. Common fan fics and fan adventures involve taking the characters and transplanting them into different settings or genres. Some of the most popular examples include ''Fanfic/{{Trollcops}}'' (a homage to {{Buddy Cop Show}}s and crime thrillers) and ''Fanfic/{{Brainbent}}'' (where the cast are patients and staff at a mental hospital, [[DysfunctionJunction rather fittingly]]).
* ''Fanfic/{{Drakigo}}'' re-tells the story of the 1992 film ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' with the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' cast. This is pretty much how many ''Kim Possible'' fanfics work. Due to Kim's personality and her status as "the girl who can do anything", fans are able to work her into stories of many genres.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The ''Film/CarryOn'' movies are a great example of this. A group of comedy actors (that did change gradually over the years, as people joined, left, or came back) made films together in a wide variety of settings and parodying a wide variety of genres.
* Likewise, the Creator/MarxBrothers. The brothers, plus Margaret Dumont, always play the same basic characters under different names, transplanted into any number of settings -- race course, opera house, a very thinly-disguised Nazi Germany, and so on.
* Film/TheThreeStooges, in much the same vein as the above two examples.
* Crosby, Hope and Lamour in the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies.
* The French comedic foursome "Les Charlots" played basically the same characters within several movies during the '70s/'80s, in various settings. Among other things, this included them fighting {{Dracula}} (''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0194748/ Les Charlots contre Dracula]]''), a spoof of ''Film/JamesBond'' flicks (''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072722/ Bons baisers de Hong Kong]]'') or a [[AffectionateParody retelling]] of ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' (''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072052/ Les Quatre Charlots mousquetaires]]'' and its [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454427/ sequel]]).
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* [[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.

* Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''[[Literature/TheCorneliusChronicles Jerry Cornelius]]'' novels do this explicitly. Many of the characters are clearly identified with their original Commedia dell'Arte counterparts, with Jerry as Harlequin [[spoiler:until the final stages of the saga where Una Persson becomes Harlequin and Jerry morphs into Pierrot]], and swung through a wide variety of settings and situations without clear explanation.
* Hal Duncan's ''Literature/TheBookOfAllHours'' does this extensively with its central cast. This is an interesting case, because each character is the living embodiment of an archetype superimposed upon multiple realities. So by the second book, where reality has degenerated into isolated wells of time and space, and the characters move from one reality well to another, they all become savvy, having absolutely no qualms about screwing all possible realities to their advantage. This results in them routinely sitting around a table and leafing through the "script" for the next reality, deciding who is going to play what.
* ''Literature/TheYearsOfRiceAndSalt'' is an AlternateHistory of the 700 years following TheBlackDeath, the "alternative" being thrown in by the idea that all Europeans died, not just 1/3 of them.[[note]]Not counting a few isolated populations in places like the Orkney Islands.[[/note]] The same group of characters are reincarnated as characters with the same first letters of their names, until 2002 CE.
* Keith Roberts' ''Kaeti and Company'' series. Each story has a prologue in which Roberts literally casts Kaeti in a new story.
* Established teams of Gamers in the ''Literature/DreamPark'' Verse, like the Troglodykes from ''Literature/TheCaliforniaVoodooGame'', 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' series, including the final movie.
* ''Series/NorthernExposure'' did this a few times, once casting all the series regulars as the turn-of-the-century founders of Cicely, and once all showing up in a dream sequence Joel had about returning to New York.
* The cast of ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'' enacted different roles in other shows (most notably in ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'') but often looked and acted almost the same as their Chavo characters.
** Series/{{Chespirito}}, when not doing his usual characters, can be from Christopher Columbus to Sancho Panza. The rest of the cast tend to be this outside ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', where only Chespirito's character is recurring.
* Both ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' and ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', with their frequent crossovers and overlapping supporting casts, did this from time to time, setting stories during UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, 1930s AdventureArchaeologist stories, bizarre [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids with human husbands soap opera]], or having the [[SelfDeprecation supporting cast playing the production staff]].
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' had several episodes in which the usual modern day trio were inexplicably transplanted to some historical era and played characters from that era.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' offers an interesting interpretation of this: [[spoiler:the title character is meant to [[WalkingTheEarth wander between the parallel universes]], becoming whatever each needs in time: hero or villain, savior or destroyer, policeman, lawyer, door-to-door salesman, etc]]. When in the GrandFinale [[spoiler:he dies, his friends are told that this means he's KilledOffForReal, but they say ScrewDestiny and find a way to revive him.]]
* An in-universe example in a ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' episode in which a prisoner on Death Row states that it's all his dream, and the people in his dream are all from his waking life -- and they swap roles every night (i.e. The Judge becomes a guard, the priest becomes his lawyer, etc.).
* Paul Shane (working class LoveableRogue), Jeffrey Holland (Shane's morally upright StraightMan) and Su Pollard (TheDitz) in ''Series/HiDeHi'' (1950s holiday camp), ''Series/YouRangMLord'' (1920s manor house) and ''Series/OhDoctorBeeching'' (1960s railway station).
* The ''Series/NewsRadio'' cast was placed in a sci-fi setting and on the ''Titanic''.
* The Holodeck on the various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series allowed for this, and several "Holodeck gone awry" episodes featured the cast doing this either deliberately or unknowingly.
* Several episodes of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and its SpinOff ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' had the cast as fighters in the American Revolution, superheroes/supervillains, members of a ''Star Trek''-style future, and characters from various fairy tales.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has lasted [[LongRunners more than fifty years]] thanks to this trope, as the premise of the series (go anywhere in time and space) means the same characters can perform wildly different roles from episode to episode. SpaceOpera or UrbanFantasy, SurvivalHorror or TheCaper, DomCom or CostumeDrama, campy AlienInvasion story or gritty WarIsHell story, MysteryFiction or [[AnAesop morality tale]], the Doctor has done it all ([[RecycledScript and then some]]).

* Music/{{Vocaloid}} characters. De-facto, they are ''tabula rasa'' (Miku did have a manga series, though) and it's up to the producers just ''what'' they are supposed to be-- which is largely the point of having virtual songstresses. Even the official merchandise is in it: [[CashCowFranchise the sheer variation of Miku figmas is staggering]], and these are based on the most popular imagining of Miku.
* 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.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Franchise/TheMuppets, who manage to play themselves whether [[Series/TheMuppetShow on a vaudeville stage]] or in ''[[Film/MuppetTreasureIsland Treasure Island]]''. Yet, and this is the unique part, they ''still capture the roles they're playing''. ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' is widely regarded as one of the best adaptations of the book ever made. The trick is that the most iconic characters are played by humans playing it more or less straight, for instance [[Creator/MichaelCaine Scrooge]] in ''Christmas Carol'' and [[Creator/TimCurry Silver]] in ''Treasure Island'', providing an anchor for all the wacky side characters.
* Similarly, many sketches in ''Series/SesameStreet'' would use the characters in a variety of settings.

* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' has the same troupe of characters in a different setting every episode.

* ''Podcast/FilmReroll'' uses the same (rotating) cast but puts them in a different "reroll" of a movie every campaign.

* The best example is ''CommediaDellArte'', an Italian theater tradition that uses a group of characters whose characteristics and attributes are ''so'' well-known that the ''entire play'' is ad-libbed.
* The ''Theatre/SeraMyu'' has a sequence where Chibi-Moon and Saturn are transported to the Edo Era of Japan. The other characters show up as apparently past life versions of themselves. Usagi and the Inner senshi (sans mercury) are a group of noble thieves, Setsuna appears as a traditional comedian/announcer complete with a paper fan, Mamoru as a local playboy who is secretly the magistrate, and Ami as a village girl who has a crystal ball similar to the one carryed by the Inner Senshi and is thus destined to be their companion. One of villains shows up as an apparently time-displaced Mexican named "This is a pear".
* ''Theatre/TheMusicalOfMusicalsTheMusical'' features the same four characters with only slightly different names in all five segments, each of which is a pastiche of a different style.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is why TabletopGame/CostumeFairyAdventures doesn't really have an experience system unless you choose to put it in - it keeps them from developing traits that don't fit in certain milieus. You're supposed to be able to take the same small group of fairies and apply them to an enchanted forest, a steampunk city, a generic space opera ship, a spoof dungeon crawl and the pie contest at a small village, and those are just the ones in official published material. It helps that the game objective is to be a disruptive element to whichever poor setting is hosting the mischief that week, because it means that not quite fitting just means the pranks are funnier.
* The system TabletopGame/HongKongActionTheatre is built around this. Your character as built is essentially an actor and will always have the same Martial Arts style and physicality but their skill set will depend on if their role is that of a cop or a scientist or whatever in that particular story.
* 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.
* An article in ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine proposed this as a way of playing multiple settings; the "same character" might be a wizard in [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms the Realms]], an Adept on [[TabletopGame/MasqueOfTheRedDeath Gothic Earth]] and a scientist in [[TabletopGame/StarDrive the Verge]], but with the same mannerisms and roughly equivalent skills.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Beatmania}}'' series has background animations that show the same characters in different settings.
* Each Mecha's Story Mode in ''VideoGame/TechRomancer'' basically features them as if they were the star of their own MechaShow, with the other fighters as secondary characters.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan''; particularly the original, ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' and some parts of ''[[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Legends]]''. (Let's not get into continuity, please.)
* The various ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' spin-offs provide best examples for the video game industry. I.E. they don't just adapt to narrative genres, they adapt to video game and gameplay genres too. The ones below are just the popular ones that got sequels; they've also guest starred in ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'', ''SSX'' and ''NBA Street''. [[WordOfGod Shigeru Miyamoto]] once said that he considers the characters in the Mario franchise as being essentially being less like characters in a single coherent story, and [[http://www.polygon.com/gaming/2012/9/25/3407672/miyamoto-the-mario-cast-is-a-troupe-of-actors-and-bowsers-kids-are more like a troupe of actors]] that can be cast in a wide variety of roles depending on the game.
** PlatformGames: Their default genre for the main series
** {{Sports Game}}s, including Tennis, Golf, Soccer, and Baseball and regularly competing in the Olympics ever since 2008;
** RolePlayingGames (''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG, VideoGame/PaperMario, VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'')
** Party Games (''VideoGame/MarioParty'')
** [[{{Driving}} Kart racing]] (''VideoGame/MarioKart'')
** Fighting Games (''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'')
** PuzzleGames (''VideoGame/YoshisCookie'', ''VideoGame/DrMario'')
** Moreover, the series has been doing this from the very beginning. ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' was about a mean ape tormenting Mario (then called "Jumpman"), where the second game cast Mario as a cruel owner who caged DK. The player controlled DK Jr. to save him.
** Mario even did a RailShooter in ''VideoGame/YoshisSafari'' on the SNES.
* The ''VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries'' has ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' characters filling fairytale roles (save Sonic himself, who gets pulled into the adventures ''as'' himself). For instance, Knuckles is Sinbad the Sailor in ''Sonic and the Secret Rings'' and Sir Gawain in ''Sonic and the Black Knight''. On another note, Sonic is almost as successful as Mario when it comes to adapting to other gameplay styles for spinoffs, having appeared in fighting games, racing games, a party game, and a {{Metroidvania}} among other things.
* In ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' there are many different incarnations of Link and Zelda that occur in different time periods. The in-universe explanation is {{reincarnation}}, but the original meta-level explanation was Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto expanding his ''Super Mario'' statement to encompass the ''Zelda'' series as well.
* The enemies in the ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' franchise are always intelligent apes that adapt to wherever they're stationed, no matter the country, time period, or even TV genre they're stuck in. This applies not just to the voiceless Mook monkeys, but the FiveBadBand, the Freaky Monkey Five. These boss characters will build giant robot dragons or become ninja masters just to fit in with their station.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' are supposed to be the same characters 'playing' different roles. Some are seen younger (Selphie, Wakka, Tidus, Seifer, Zack); some older (Squall); others are totally different (in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud was Sephiroth's cocky StalkerWithACrush and the bodyguard of Aeris and Tifa; in ''Kingdom Hearts'' both [[EnemyWithout Sephiroth]] and Tifa are part of Cloud's LiteralSplitPersonality, and Aeris is a member of Squall's team).
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' recycles certain characters even when the universes are entirely different. There's always cuddly giant bird mounts called Chocobos; always a funny, eccentric middle-aged man named Cid, who has some connection to airships; always ThoseTwoGuys who [[ShoutOut happen to be]] named [[Franchise/StarWars Biggs and Wedge]]; and the same Summoned monsters reappear (Shiva, Ifrit, Ramuh, Titan, Leviathan, Bahamut, and so on). They may have radically different designs and roles in the story, but they're the same character on some higher level.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', as seen by the many many alternative settings (futuristic Japan, medieval times, 1930s US just to name a few) and premises.
* The Website/SomethingAwful ''Peezle Ward'' series of Flash Tub cartoons are various movies that place the same four characters in various movie "adpatations" of a fake author's stories, ranging from Fire Fighters to Astronauts to Time Travelers.
* As ''VideoGame/GarrysMod'' and Source Filmmaker both come with models for characters from various Creator/{{Valve|Software}} games, said characters are frequently used this way in video made with either program, especially the cast of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''. Lumpy alone has been a carnie, butcher, teacher, doctor, genie, farmer, fairy tale giant, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick organ trader]], and everything in between.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' slots its cast into science-fiction, the contemporary world, super-heroics, and various more specific parodies (i.e. ''Series/{{Mash}}''), and it always works. How much of this is the versatility of the cast, and how much is [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/1539.htm not stretching settings farther than it works]] is debatable. Still, just as impressive, either way. In some settings characters are gender-flipped, and still work just as well.
* The "[[StickFigureComic Stick Figures in Space]]" FillerStrips from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' take this approach, transplanting the main ''Sluggy'' cast into a space opera spoof.
** Later on, they (at least, Torg and Riff) became comic book superheroes in [[ComicBook/TheAvengers The Harassers.]]
** The main Sluggy Freelance strips contain so many diverse setpieces, from aliens to time travel to [[AlternateUniverse alternate dimensions]] to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], that they could be considered this on their own.
* ''Webcomic/LightningMadeOfOwls'' may well set the record for range of different settings used. In theory, at least; its small archive size might not give it room to be there in practice, yet.
* Aaron Williams' ''Q-4orce: The Mighty Moderately Average Superteam'' converts the cast of ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' from a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventuring party to a ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' superhero team.
* David Willisís ''Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}'' and ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' use the same cast in different settings with different backstories. (Essentially, ''[=DoA=]'' relocates everyone to the ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}'' university setting and removes all the aliens, Drama Tags and general weirdness.)

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/{{Glowfic}}'' has this. The [[{{Alternate Self}} "templates"]] are put in various different worlds/settings and then in some cases [[{{Crossover}} they meet]].
* ''Script/AHDotComTheSeries'' likes to do this with SomethingCompletelyDifferent episodes such as "Story Hour" (which inserts the cast into ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'') and "Movie Night" (which inserts them into a 1950s B-movie). There are also full-fledged spin-offs starring the same cast, such as ''AH Dot Com Wars'' (''Franchise/StarWars'' parody) and ''Luaky Commer'' (''Literature/HarryPotter'' parody).
* Mario's numerous roles are evidence of a multiverse in ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s #15 [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_388_27-science-lessons-as-taught-by-famous-video-games/ Science Lesson As Taught by Famous Video Games.]]
* ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'' has been shown in various time periods, in the video game world, as a viking, in medieval Europe, in a [[BlandNameProduct Not-Professional Wrestling]] ring, in a spoof of Literature/TheHungerGames, as a cop, as a Youtube video presenter, and so much more.
* ''[[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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Many characters that originated during UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation are this. Notable examples include:
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''
** The Warner Bros. ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' stable
** WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}, and any other character from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts, as quite completely proven by ''Franchise/KingdomHearts.'' Also of note is an Italian comics story entitled "[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Mickey's Inferno]]". Yes, it's a parody of ''exactly'' what you think.
* The whole series of French animated TV shows ''WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois...'' is a definite example of such a cast. It started with ''Il était une fois... l'Homme'', which followed a cast of similar characters throughout the ages (though with variable nationalities and ethnicities). The same cast was then used in a SpaceOpera (''Il était une fois... l'Espace''), as anthropomorphized cells in the human body (''Il était une fois... la Vie''), and other edutainment entries.
* Most of the "Steven Spielberg Presents" series of animated shows during the 1990s, most notably ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''.
* Weirdly, ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' tries this route in its animated version... though all of the different settings remain in the Mushroom Kingdom. Made even weirder by the fact that Mario and his crew were always unambiguously themselves -- while Koopa and his Troop more often than not completely built themselves around the theme of that episode's world. Some themed version of Koopa was used far more often than the simple "vanilla" one.
* ''The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo'' has WesternAnimation/MrMagoo (and a few other recurring "actors") play various well-known stories, like ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', ''Myth/KingArthur'' or ''Myth/RobinHood''.
* , who might be in Ancient Rome for one cartoon and then play Aladdin in another. Bluto, likewise, might be himself, Sindbad, Hercules, or someone else to fit the theme.
* Weirdly, ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' tries this route in its animated version... though all of the different settings remain in the Mushroom Kingdom. Made even weirder by the fact that Mario and his crew were always unambiguously themselves -- while Koopa and his Troop more often than not completely built themselves around the theme of that episode's world. Some themed version of Koopa was used far more often than the simple "vanilla" one.
* The central cast of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is often worked into the central cast of whatever they're parodying in the "WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror" episodes (such as the episode where Bart has [[YouWannaGetSued the Shinning]]) or other ThreeShorts specials: one has the family starring in [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] stories, another has them in {{Tall Tale}}s, other episodes featured Homer as literary characters like [[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]] or the [[Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo Count of Monte Fatso]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** The ''Franchise/StarWars'' parodies use the cast for ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball''.
** The episode "Three Kings" uses this technique for adaptations of Creator/StephenKing stories.
** And "High School English" does this again, adapting three novels often studied in high school.
* Franchise/{{Barbie}} was this in her earlier CGI movies. She has been Literature/{{Rapunzel}}, [[Theatre/SwanLake Odette]], [[Theatre/TheNutcracker Clara]], a [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebnezer Scrooge]], [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers D'Artagnan]] and [[Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper The Prince and the Pauper]]. Not to mention all the different professional Barbies that have been produced over the decades. Doctor, nurse, dentist, vet, rock musician, scuba diver, geisha (Japan only), RCMP officer (Canada only), infantryman, fighter pilot...
* ''Walter Melon'', from the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/AchilleTalon''. That "hero for hire" does replacements for heroes (like Franchise/{{Superman}}, Casanova, [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]], Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, Franchise/{{Rambo}}...) and (in later seasons) historical figures, despite the fact that he's overweight and don't look like a typical hero. His friend Bitterbug is the usual sidekick, his love interest Amelia plays the main female character (ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Tinkerbell, Lois Lane, Princess Leia, Snow White...) and Walter's nemesis, [[MonsterClown Sneero]], is playing the villains (ComicBook/LexLuthor, Darth Vader, ComicBook/TheJoker, Captain Hook, Doctor Octopus...)
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In an example that's half InUniverse and half straight, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]" put the core cast on a pageant about the founding of Equestria, and the historic figures they play all have exaggerated versions of their own personalities.
** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E6PowerPonies Power Ponies]]" forces them into the roles of superheroes while they are [[TrappedInTVLand trapped in an enchanted comic book]].
** Their human counterparts in the ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'' movies and shorts give us the AlternateUniverse {{High School|AU}} version, with their respective personalities still unchanged.
** The addition of Starlight Glimmer to the core cast in season 6 allows her to take the spot of semi-villainous roles, which is taken advantage of in the YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E8AHearthsWarmingTail A Hearth's Warming Tail]]".
* In any given episode in the ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' series, most of the characters will be played by one of the stock cast members.
* This was pretty much the point of ''WesternAnimation/HelloKittysFurryTaleTheater'', a short-lived cartoon where Kitty and her friends played out various stories like "The Ugly Duckling".
* Certain episodes of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' have seen the cast living in ancient China ("Doof Dynasty"), the stone age ("Tri-Stone Area"), a swords-and-sorcery fantasy ("Excaliferb"), an Indiana Jones-like setting ("Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon"), and a turn-of-the-century Danville ("[[{{Steampunk}} Steampunx]]"). They've also been to the WesternAnimation/MarvelUniverse and traveled to [[Franchise/StarWars a galaxy far far away]]. Then, of course, there was the WholePlotReference to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''...
* This is the premise behind the animated ''Series/{{Alf}}'' spinoff, ''WesternAnimation/AlfTales''.
* Three ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' specials put different versions of the characters in different settings, including "Ugh" (in prehistoric times), "[[Recap/SpongebobSquarePantsS4E6DuncesAndDragons Dunces and Dragons]]" (in a medieval setting) and "Pest of the West" (in TheWildWest).
* ''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 as part of Sterling Archer's [[AdventuresInComaland coma dream.]]