Role Reprisal

There is an unwritten expectation that actors can only play the same character for so long, maybe they got sick of the role, contract negotiations fell through, scheduling didn't work out or they simply died. We tend to view things like The Other Darrin and Suspiciously Similar Substitute as normal and common. But there is something to be said for when an actor sticks with or comes back to a role. This tends to come as a surprise, just because of the length of time involved and scheduling issues.

This tends to happen one of three ways:
  • Single Continuity- Time has continued from the last time we saw the character.
  • Alternate Continuity- A reboot of some sort is created, and instead of recasting the role they keep the same actor despite that.
  • Marathon Run- Every few years there is a new appearance that reminds us that they are still around, and have no intention on leaving the character alone.

Compare Regular Character, Recurring Character, Remake Cameo and Back for the Finale.


Examples:

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    Anime 
  • The fans rejoiced when it was revealed that pretty much the entire voice cast from the Tenchi Muyo! series would reprise their roles for the new OVA in 2005, especially since very few of them were even ACTIVE in the industry since the original show ended. Unfortunately, this miracle was ruined when it was also revealed that Ryoko would be exception to this...
  • Dragonball Kai got together most every possible voice actor who worked on the original series to voice the same character in the Re Cut, both Japanese and English versions. Masako Nozawa and Sean Schemmel voice Goku and Christopher Sabat voices Vegeta. It provided a marked example of Vocal Evolution.
    • Of special note, in the Japanese version Masaharu Satou was the very first voice actor to voice Master Roshi after the original voice actor Kouhei Miyauchi passed away, voicing him for his brief scene in the 13th film. Since then Hiroshi Masuoka mainly did his voice (with Kinya Aikawa handling the 4th Dragon Ball movie), but beginning with Kai Satou returned in the role and has been doing Master Roshi's voice in all media since.
    • Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods did this as well, bring back not only the surviving cast members from Kai but also the cast members from the Buu saga who had yet to returnnote . The most noteworthy return for the Japanese version was Yuko Minaguchi, who again voiced Videl for the film but was absent from Kai due to her studying abroad. On the English dub's side, Meredith McCoy and Brad Jackson respectively returned to voice Android 18 and Oolong, both of whom had been absent from the original Kai dub.
      • In Italy, the Dragon Ball movies initially got a dub with a cast of voice actors different from the one from the series which also was adapted more faithfully to the original, but some years later they were all redubbed with the regular voice cast and adaptation choices. The Italian dub of Battle of Gods, surprisingly enough, featured the cast of the more faithful dub of the movies. The motivation for this choice is because they wanted a faithful dub of the movie, so they just got the faithful dub cast. Fans (and Vegeta's regular voice actor) were not pleased. The same cast came back again for Resurrection of F, of course.
    • The Brazilian dub of the live-action Dragon Ball Evolution movie uses the same voice actors from the anime. The dub of Dragon Ball Kai, however, doesn't.
  • The voices for Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Luna, Artemis, Ikuko, and Sammy reprised their roles for the third and fourth seasons of Cloverway's American dub of Sailor Moon (done years after the first two). Unfortunately, they were pretty much the only ones.
  • Inverted in the Japanese version of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, where most of the roles were recast despite only a few years passing after the first anime finished. The English dub, by contrast, uses almost the exact same cast as the 2003 adaptation; the only major exceptions were Al, Scar, Hohenheim, and (partway into the series) Greed.
    • The Italian dub of Brotherhood kept one third of the cast from the original dub. A particular case is Hughes's wife, which initially haves a different voice actress in the Brotherhood dub until episode 58, where the voice actress from the original series takes her role back.
  • Spike Spencer was brought in to reprise his role as Shinji Ikari in the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, even though he's now a West Coast VA and FUNimation is located in Texas. Tiffany Grant still voices Asuka in the second film, though she had already been doing some work for FUNimation since ADV Films closed down. Likewise, there's Allison Keith, who returned to voice Misato in the English dubs, despite having since entered into a teaching career. John Swasey playing Gendo in the Rebuild films is also a smaller case of role reprisal: while he was not Gendo's first English voice actor (that was Tristan MacAvery), he had previously voiced Gendo in the dub of the Evangelion Director's Cut. However, The entire Japanese VA team returned for Rebuild of Evangelion.
  • Super Dimension Fortress Macross features a bizarre variation. For the role of Lynn Minmay in the English dub of the show, ADV cast Mari Iijima—who had voiced the character in the Japanese version more than 20 years prior.
  • The entire English cast for Berserk reprised their roles for the trilogy of movies about 10 years after dubbing the TV series (including the very minor roles). Unfortunately, the Japanese cast wasn't so lucky.
  • Trigun: Badlands Rumble saw the entire cast from the TV series reprise their roles in the Japanese version. In the English dub's case, only Johnny Yong Bosch returned as Vash.
  • The entire English voice cast reprised their roles for InuYasha: The Final Act about seven years after the original series came to an end. Kagome, Sesshomaru, and Kaede were the only notable exceptions, with Kira Tozer replacing Moneca Stori as Kagome, Michael Daingerfield replacing David Kaye as Sesshomaru, Linda Harlow replacing Pam Hyatt as Kaede. Danny McKinnon was also replaced by Aidon Drummond as Kohaku, but then again, had already gotten The Other Darrin treatment once before as McKinnon replaced Alex Doduk.
  • When Funimation acquired the English rights to the first YuYu Hakusho movie after Media Blasters' (who had originally dubbed the film in the late 90s) license expired, they proceeded to redub it with the TV series cast, six years after the TV series dub had ended.
  • An interesting example: Richard Cansino voiced the title role in Rurouni Kenshin for the original Sony dub (titled Samurai X) and reprised the role for the Bang Zoom! Entertainment dub years later.
    • Likewise, J Shannon Weaver, who voiced Kenshin in the movies and OVAs will be returning for the new OVA.
  • Giovanni's voice actor, Ted Lewis, was replaced in Pokémon with the rest of the cast, but returned to voice the role after his replacement left the show.
    • In addition, Roger Parsons returned to narrate the show at the beginning of Battle Frontier after being away for several seasons where Mike Pollock was the narrator instead.
  • Tesshō Genda and Seizō Katō, the Japanese voice actors for Optimus Prime and Megatron in The Transformers, reprised their respective roles in the Transformers parody episode of Panty And Stocking With Garter Belt.
  • The voice actors for the lead Slayers characters (Lina, Gourry, Amelia, and Zelgadis) returned to reprise their roles in both Japanese and English for Slayers Revolution and Slayers Evolution-R.
  • It was recently revealed that the Black Lagoon cast will be reprising their roles for the "Roberta's Blood Trail" OVA.
  • The voice cast from the Persona 4 video game reprised their roles in the anime TV series. The only notable exceptions are Chie (originally Tracey Rooney, Darrin'd by Erin Fitzgerald, Teddie (originally Dave Wittenberg, Darrin'd by Sam Riegel), Naoto (unknown original VA darrin'd by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn), and for the second half, Kanji (originally Troy Baker, darrin'd by Matthew Mercer).
  • The entire voice cast of the original Hellsing anime returned to reprise their roles for the 10 Hellsing Ultimate OVAs.
  • The entire cast from the Fate/stay night anime returned to reprise their roles in the Unlimited Blade movie... except Saber in the English dub.
    • The English dub of the Fate/Zero anime has a bizarre subversion in that two major characters that appear in both the Zero and the Stay Night anime have their voice actorsnote  reappear... but both voice completely different charactersnote . Rin, however, remains voiced by Mela Lee.
  • The cast for Revolutionary Girl Utena reprised their roles for the last 26 episodes and movie several years after the original episodes were released.
  • Funimation's English dub of Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine features multiple role reprisals: Not only is Michelle Ruff reprising her role as Fujiko from Geneon's dub of the TV series and first movie, but Sonny Strait, Christopher Sabat, and Mike McFarland are respectively reprising their roles from Funimation's movie and TV special dubs. Richard Epcar is voicing Zenigata this time around, amusingly making this the third character in the series he's voiced (previously he was Goemon in The Castle of Cagliostro and Jigen in Geneon's dub).
  • Eureka Seven AO has Kaori Nazuka and Stephanie Sheh reprise their role from the original series as Eureka. The dub also sees Johnny Yong Bosch back as Renton, too.
  • Gunslinger Girl Teatrino uses the same English voices as Gunslinger Girl.
  • GeGeGe no Kitaro's Medama Oyaji has been voiced by Isamu Tanonaka in all five incarnations of the series, he even voices Medama Oyaji in the 2008 series Hakaba Kitaro, Following Tanonaka's death in 2010, Nurarihyon's regular voice actor Takeshi Aono took the role of Medama Oyaji for the TV Special Kitarō: The Happy Journey. However, with Aono having also passed away in 2012, it is unknown who will be taking over the role.
  • The Italian dub of Digimon Xros Wars haves Alessio Cigliano reprising his role as Greymon from the original series.
    • In the final episodes of the series, during the massive teamup, almost everyone keeps his original voice actor. The only exceptions were Gomamon, Tentomon, Ken and Veemon (first three got new voices, the latter's only line was given to Davis taking advantage to the fact that no moving lips were shown in that scene). Takuya got a new voice too, but only because his voice actress was already voicing Davis. Alessio Cigliano reprises also the role of Tai's Agumon, albeit with a totally different voice because he can't do the old one anymore.
  • For the dub of Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation, FUNimation managed to hire most of the L.A. based voice talents from the games, including Melissa Fahn, Erin Fitzgerald, Tara Platt, Wendee Lee, and Christine Marie Cabanos.
  • In the dub of BlazBlue: Alter Memory, FUNimation actually managed to hire nearly all of the original dub voice actors from the games to reprise their roles in the English dub, which is being recorded at FUNimation itself. Some of the voice actors include Patrick Seitz (the voice of Ragna) (who is frequently a regular at Funimation, despite being L.A. based), David Vincent (who voiced Jin Kisaragi). Cristina Valenzuela (the voice of Noel Vermillion), and Mela Lee (who voiced Rachel Alucard). The only exception is Platinum the Trinity, in which Alexis Tipton replaced Laura Bailey, a former FUNimation employee.
  • Birdy the Mighty: Decode features Mako Hyōdō reprising her role from the OVA series as Christella Revi.

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    Films — Animated 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • TRON
  • Star Trek
    • A major coup for the movies was getting all of the original series actors to play by their characters. Various bit characters played by bit actors also appeared in the movies as well, such as Yeoman Rand and Lieutenant Kyle.
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan has Ricardo Montalban reprise his role as the one-off villain Khan from the original series episode "Space Seed," filmed 15 years earlier.
    • Leonard Nimoy reprising Spock in the 2009 Star Trek film, after not having played the character since 1991's Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. This is somewhat ironic, as he almost didn't show up in the original movies due to not being interested in playing Spock anymore. He ended up playing his character longer than anyone else.
    • The other returning role was Majel Barrett (who had previously returned as Christine Chapel - promoted from Nurse to Doctor - in the movies), as the ship computer voice - she had died the year prior, but most of her recordings were already done.
  • Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, reprised his role in the live-action Transformers films, to much rejoicing.
    • While Frank Welker was replaced as Megatron in the films, Welker performed the role in the related material such as the video games. He eventually retakes the role properly as Galvatron, Back from the Dead as Megatron, in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
  • When Charlie's Angels was revived as a film two decades after the series ended, the same actor returned to play Charlie. Original Angel Jaclyn Smith (Kelly Garrett) also returned for a brief scene in the second film, 22 years after the fact.
  • Quite a few Star Wars actors from the original movies showed up again for the prequels. Probably the most impressive example is Ian McDiarmid; having played the Emperor under heavy aging makeup in his mid-30s, he ended up being just about the right age to play the younger version with no makeup at all by the time the prequels rolled around.
    • Anthony Daniels also returned as C-3PO and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca in Episode III (he was also a direct consultant on his animated version seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars). As a respect to the actor who portrayed the shakes and movements of R2-D2, Kenny Baker, they credited him in the prequels although by that time R2 was largely motorized or CG.
    • While something of an open secret long before it was announced, pretty much all major actors from the original trilogy (Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew) were set to reprise their roles in Episode VII, which most had not touched since 1983.
    • In the Italian dub of the extra scenes added in the various Special Editions, Darth Vader is the only one who kept the original voice actor.
  • Despite the length of time from the first to the fourth, Bruce Willis played John McClane of the New York Police Department in all the Die Hard movies.
  • Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones in the first three movies (1981, 1984 and 1989), and then reprised the role in the fourth movie from 2008. Karen Allen also reprised the role of Marion Ravenwood from the first movie.
  • Jeffrey Combs as Herbert West in Beyond Re-Animator. Explaining in an interview that West had been in prison for 13 years, the interviewer asked Combs if he'd be wearing aging make up. The answer was no, he was actually 13 years older.
  • The Halloween films:
  • After George Lazenby's only role as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Sean Connery came back as James Bond for Diamonds Are Forever before Roger Moore took over in Live and Let Die. In 1983, Sean Connery came back as Bond in the unofficial James Bond film Never Say Never Again.
    • Speaking of Live and Let Die, that movie's Felix Leiter, David Hedison, returned 16 years later in Licence to Kill as a Continuity Nod (even if in the previous movie it was another actor).
    • When the series rebooted with Casino Royale, replacing Pierce Brosnan's Bond and dropping Samantha Bond's Moneypenny and John Cleese's Q (both roles would be recast in Skyfall), Judi Dench stayed on as M.
  • Nine years after the end of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, and Andy Serkis prominently reprise their roles as Gandalf, Elrond, and Gollum, respectively, in Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. The films also insert Ian Holm as the elderly Bilbo Baggins as a Continuity Cameo (the younger Bilbo is played by Martin Freeman), and sneak in Elijah Wood (Frodo), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Christopher Lee (Saruman), and Orlando Bloom (Legolas) for a few Early Bird Cameos.
  • When Lost in Space got a movie in 1998, they hired an all new cast to portray the roles of the Robinson Family, Major Don West, and Dr Zachary Smith. Dick Tufeld, however, would reprise his role of Robot for the movie.
  • Paul Newman played "Fast Eddie" Felson in The Hustler and then 25 years later, reprised the role in The Color of Money.
  • Though only for one song, only for a theatre skit, and in a lab coat instead of a corset, Tim Curry reprised his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The song was "Sweet Transvestite", no less, and everyone loved it.
  • In the Latin-American Spanish dub of the first live-action Flintstones movie, Jorge Arvizu reprised his role as "Pedro Picapiedra" (Fred Flintstone; played here [on screen] by John Goodman).
  • In the Italian dub of the two Smurfs movies, Fabrizio Mazzotta, Marco Guadagno, Rossella Izzo and Paolo Buglioni reprise their roles as Clumsy Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Smurfette and Gargamel from the original cartoon.
  • Quite common for Brazilian dubs of a Live-Action Adaptation: most of the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 and X-Men (even if the Wolverine fits the cartoon, but not Hugh Jackman), both Megatron and Starscream in Transformers... and in an animated-to-motion capture example, the Tintin from the TV cartoon was retained for the feature film.
  • Romy Schneider played Elizabeth of Austria in a trio of films beginning with 1955's Sissi and the reprised her role for a cameo in 1972's Ludwig playing her later on in life.
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa portrayed Shang Tsung in the 1995 Mortal Kombat movie. He reprises his role as the evil sorcerer in the web series Mortal Kombat Legacy.
  • Momoko Kochi played Emiko Yamane in the 1954 Gojira. She returned as Emiko in 1995's Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Naomi Grossman plays Pepper in the second season of American Horror Story, Asylum, and then again in the fourth, Freak Show. This is notable because the series is an anthology, and the actors play different characters each season (so far, three actors have shared scenes with Pepper in both seasons as different characters). This has led to speculation that each season takes place in a shared universe, notwithstanding the fact that there would currently be four identical Jessica Langes, Sarah Paulsons, Frances Conroys and Evan Peterses running around that universe.
    • This was confirmed in Episode 10 Orphans of Freak Show when it is shown that the two characters are within the same continuity.
  • Mac McDonald made three guest appearances as Captain Hollister in the first two series of Red Dwarf and then reprised his role as a Recurring Character in all but one episode of Series VIII, broadcast eleven years later. Clare Grogan also made numerous appearances in the first two series as the original Kochanski and then returned for a brief scene in Series VI five years later.
    • Selby and Chen, Lister's buddies seen twice in Series 1, also return eleven years later for the premiere of Series 8 with the same actors. Alas, Petersen wasn't there to complete the trio, but is referenced more than once.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer pulled off a rather impressive string of actors reprising their characters in a single scene in the 7th season opener, with all previous Big Bads being impersonated by the new enemy who can take on the appearance of anyone dead or once dead. While one of them, Spike, had become a regular character on the series all of the others were reprised by the same actors.
    • Buffy may also hold the record for the shortest role reprisal, bringing back Elizabeth Anne Allen to play recurring character Amy Madison for less than 4 seconds in season 4 after accidentally turning herself into a rat in season 3. (She later got a proper reprisal in season 6.)
    Willow: I mean, first she's a perfectly normal girl... [Amy, behind her, becomes human again and looks overjoyed]...then POOF! — She's a rat. [Amy's a rat again] I could never do something like that.
  • As a long-runner, Doctor Who has done this several times.
    • The 2005 revival includes Elisabeth Sladen reprising her role as Sarah Jane Smith in "School Reunion", and later in spinoff The Sarah Jane Adventures, which also featured appearances from Jo Grant and the Brigadier.
    • Peter Davison reappeared as the Fifth Doctor in "Time Crash".
    • An amusing example of this is with Michael Kilgarriff as the Cyber-Controller; originally appearing in "The Tomb of the Cybermen" (though voiced by another actor), when the character returned two decades later, Kilgarriff reprised the role in both body and voice.
    • The 50th Anniversary led to an increased number of reappearances:
      • Paul McGann reprised his role as the Eighth Doctor for the mini-episode The Night of the Doctor", essentially giving his incarnation a proper send-off after 17 years of mystery over his regeneration.
      • In the special itself, "The Day of the Doctor", Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor, made his first reappearance since departing the show, to the joy of many fans.
    • All anniversary episodes do this by bringing past Doctors back. The tenth brings back William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton and the twentieth Patrick Troughton and Jon Pertwee (the others were Fake Shemped).
  • Smallville: Michael Rosenbaum was brought back as Lex Luthor for the Grand Finale, despite having been Killed Off for Real several seasons earlier.
  • The Pilot of Star Trek: The Next Generation featured a cameo of Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy played by DeForest Kelley under heavy makeup.
    • Zephram Cochrane was played by James Cromwell in Star Trek: First Contact, and reprised the role 5 years later in a video cameo that bridges the events of that movie with Star Trek: Enterprise. Recycled footage from First Contact was used in a later episode dealing with the Mirror Universe, with a Fake Shemp used for new scenes.
    • John Colicos reprised his Original Series role as Kor in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, decades after playing him in the original series, alongside William Campbell as Koloth and Michael Ansara as Kang. Kor would become a recurring character in DS9, and Kang would return in Voyager. The same Voyager episode, "Flashback," had George Takei return as Sulu re-enacting elements of Undiscovered Country, which includes Grace Lee Whitney as Lieutenant Rand and a one-off background character in a more pivotal role.
    • Carolyn McCormick playing a memorable holographic character named Minuet in a first season episode, then reprised the role in a very brief but pivotal cameo 2 years later.
    • Wife of creator Gene Rodenberry Majel Barrett voiced the ship computer in all series (including the original, where she also played Nurse Chapel).
  • The 200th NCIS episode "Life Before His Eyes" featured cameos from main and minor charaters from previous seasons, even the dead ones. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Raymond Burr and Barbara Hale reprised their roles from the original Perry Mason series in the TV movies, 19 years later.
  • Power Rangers and Super Sentai often has the previous years' cast reprise their roles for a crossover with the current Ranger. It also sometimes brings back older characters into later series as semi-regulars. For example:
    • Jason Lee Scott (role reprised by Austin St John) in Power Rangers Zeo
    • Almost all former Red Rangers returned for Power Rangers Wild Force's Milestone Celebration episode, "Forever Red". The only Red Rangers not played by their original actors were Aurico (who was a Fake Shemp) and Rocky (who simply didn't show up).
    • Tommy Oliver (role reprised by Jason David Frank) in Power Rangers Dino Thunder
    • Bulk (role reprised by Paul Schrier) in Power Rangers Samurai. Skull (reprised by Jason Narvy) also made a cameo in the finale.
      • Bulk and Skull also made a reappearance in Forever Red.
    • For the 15th Anniversary special, the show got 5 Rangers from previous series to return as part of a grand alliance of veterans. While four of these were from the most recent series, the team was led by Adam Park, a Ranger from the earliest days of the franchise. This required Johnny Yong Bosch to reprise the role for the first time in 9 years.
    • The adaptation process caused two weird examples involving Machiko Soga, who played Bandora in Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger and whose footage was reused as Rita Repulsa in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
      • First, when MMPR was dubbed back into Japanese, Machiko was brought back as Rita's voice actor. It's not unheard of for Super Sentai alums to dub their Power Rangers counterparts like this, but this is one of the few if only times that the person dubs over all of their own old footage.
      • Machiko returned to play a bit part in Mahou Sentai Magiranger, though a different character from Bandora. Power Rangers Mystic Force then turned this into a role reprisal by making Rita a Composite Character.
  • It's fairly common for past Kamen Rider characters to return in crossover movies and anniversary specials, though this is often done via Fake Shemps since many of the actors have moved on to other projects. The Kamen Rider Gaim film Kamen Rider Taisen is a notable exception, since it features Hiroshi Fujioka reprising his role as the original Kamen Rider from way back in 1971, as well as Ryo Hayami reprising his role as Kamen Rider X. A number of the actors from more recent productions like Kamen Rider Faiz, Kamen Rider Decade, Kamen Rider W, and Kamen Rider Wizard are returning as well.
  • William Sadler actually played The Grim Reaper first in an obscure comedy sketch show called Assaulted Nuts. Then came the more famous portrayal in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, after which he played the Grim Reaper for a third time in the Tales from the Crypt episode The Assassin, this time as co-host with the Crypt Keeper.
  • Twenty years after he played Miser Smee in Hook, Bob Hoskins reprised the role in Neverland.
  • Jon Lovitz reprised his guest role from Friends eight years after his first appearance, revealing that his drug habits had since cost him his job.
    • Likewise, after appearing as a Guy of the Week for Phoebe in Season 1, Hank Azaria reprised his role of David several times in the latter years of the show's run, first in a one-off appearance in Season 7, and then as a recurring character in Season 9 before losing out on Phoebe's affections to Mike.
  • Keiko Han voiced the cat version of Luna in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, reprising her role from the original anime.
  • The 1980's revival of Mission: Impossible featured the return of Peter Graves as Jim Phelps. Additionally, Greg Morris reprised his role of Barney for a 2-part episode.
  • The The X-Files pilot featured alien abductees Billy and Theresa, who returned years later in the season 7 finale, and even had some appearances in the following season. FBI agent Jeffrey Spender, after having apparently died in Season 6, came back horribly disfigured in one of the last episodes. All were played by the same actors.
  • The one-off special Still Open All Hours had Granville, Mavis, Mrs Featherstone and Nurse Gladys Emmanuel all played by the original actors, nearly 20 years after the previous series.
  • The Flash (2014) reboot has Mark Hamill reprising his role as the Trickster from the 1990 live-action show and Justice League Unlimited, while Amanda Pays reprises her role as Tina McGee.
  • Girl Meets World, the Sequel Series to Boy Meets World, features Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel reprising their roles as Cory and Topanga, now raising a family of their own. Additionally, characters from throughout the run of Boy Meets World have been brought back, always with the original actor playing them - with the sole exception of Cory's younger brother Josh, who is given The Other Darrin treatment (to be fair, he was a toddler at the end of the original show's run, and played by a non-actor to boot).
  • Sam & Cat was a spin-off/crossover/sequel series to iCarly and Victorious, so it was only really a matter of time before some of the actors from the parent show reprised their characters in this series. This resulted in Eric Lange as Cat's odd improv teacher Sikowitz appearing in #MommaGoomer, Liz Gillies as Cat's close friend Jade West, Matt Bennett as Cat's friend and crush Robbie Shapiro, and Nathan Kress as Sam's close friend and ex boyfriend Freddie Benson in #TheKillerTunaJump, and Danielle Morrow as crazy ex-iCarly fan Nora Dershlit, Reed Alexander as blogger and long time iCarly enemy Nevel Papperman, and Noah Munck as the loveable but idiotic Gibby Gibson in #SuperPsycho.
  • Once that Frozen characters were introduced in Once Upon a Time, most foreign dubs had the voice actors from the local dubs of the movies reprise their roles.
  • The Addams Family had a 1977 Reunion Show called Halloween with the New Addams Family, which had most of the actors from the original show reprise their roles (they even have Ken Weatherwax and Lisa Loring play adult versions of Pugsley and Wednesday). The only actors who weren't able to reprise their roles were Blossom Rock and Margaret Hamilton, who played Gomez's mother Grandmama Addams and Morticia's mother Hester Frump repsectively.

    Theater 
  • In an odd form of this trope, Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in Disney's Aladdin in 1992, returned to the role for the live action Broadway production of the film in 2014.

    Videogames 

    Western Animation 
  • While it was obvious that Peter Cullen would once again voice Optimus Prime in Transformers Prime, the biggest surprise was that they also got Frank Welker back as Megatron. This time, he did change the "iconic" G1 Megs voice, trading the "wheezy old man" voice for something more Badass. "Minus One", much like Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon, also saw Welker reprise the role of Soundwave, who otherwise was The Voiceless.
    • Transformers Animated brought an interesting perspective. While Corey Burton became the voice of Megatron, he would also reprise his role as Spike Witwicky (though in brief background cameos) and Shockwave. Another of his characters appeared (Brawn), though he went voiceless.
      • Also joining him was Susan Blu as Arcee, John Moschitta as Blurr and Judd Nelson for Rodimus Prime.
    • Every TF series brings back someone from series past to play characters they've played before, even when not connected by continuity. The Unicron Trilogy has the Beast Wars Optimus and Megs return.
    • In the Italian dub of The Ultimate Battle (a DVD recap of the Unicron Trilogy included with a 2-pack of Classics Optimus Prime Vs Megatron toys), Marco Balzarotti voices Optimus Prime. Since then, he took the role of Optimus Prime in every Transformers cartoon and videogame, but not in the live action movies... albeit he managed to be The Other Darrin for the live action voice actor in toy commercials and in the videogame adaptations of the first two movies.
    • In the Italian dub of Prime, Gianluca Iacono reprises his role as Starscream from Transformers: War for Cybertron, while Tony Fuochi reprises the role of Megatron he had back in Beast Wars.
    • In the Italian dub of Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Gabriele Calindri reprises his role as Jazz from Transformers Animated.
  • The Looney Tunes Show brought back Jeff Bergmann from Tiny Toon Adventures and early 90s Looney Tunes Shorts for Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety and Foghorn Leghorn. Jim Cummings is back as Taz, Bob Bergen is back as Porky and June Foray is back as Granny. Sadly, due to her aging voice, she was unable to voice Witch Hazel(Now Witch Lezah)
    • The latter is most likely due to the character being completely revamped. It's unlikely Foray would be able to sound anything like Roz Ryan, regardless of her age.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series brought back the entire original cast from Star Trek: The Original Series, with the exception of Walter Koenig (interesting, his character doesn't show up at all.). In addition, two new characters were added: Lt. Arex (voiced by James Doohan who played Scotty) and M'Ress (voiced by Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who voiced Nurse Chapel).
    • To add to this, Walter Koenig wrote one episode for the series: The Infinite Vulcan
    • The characters of Sarek, Cyrano Jones, and Harry Mudd return for the animated series with their roles reprised by Mark Lenard, Stanley Adams and Roger C. Carmel respectively.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
  • While Ryan Drummond provided the voice of Sonic in Sonic Adventure in 1998, Jaleel White would reprise his role of Sonic in Sonic Underground. Furthermore, he also provided the voice of Sonic's two siblings: Sonia and Manic.
  • The upcoming cartoon Sonic Boom will feature the voice actors from the games since 2010 reprising their roles: Roger Craig Smith as Sonic, Kate Higgins as Tails, Travis Willingham as Knuckles, Cindy Robinson as Amy, and Mike Pollock as Dr. Eggman (this counts as Pollock's second reprisal, since he was among the 4Kids voice actors and was the only one to retain his role after the voice actors were changed).
  • Captain N: The Game Master brought back Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda in a couple of episodes with Jonathan Potts reprising his role of Link and Cyndy Preston reprising her role of Zelda. Furthermore, Ganon also made one appearance in the series, all with Len Carlson reprising his role of the evil wizard.
  • While The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 had an all new voice cast for Mario (Walker Boone), Luigi (Tony Rosato) and Princess Toadstool (Tracey Moore), Toad and Bowser kept their voice actors from The Super Mario Bros. Super Show (Harvey Atkins for Bowser and John Stocker for Toad)
  • Larry Kenney and Lynne Lipton reprised their roles as Lion-O and Cheetara for a Family Guy Cutaway Gag.
  • Because of a short amount of time for casting, George Newbern, Dana Delany, and Clancy Brown reprise their DCAU roles as Superman, Lois Lane, and Lex Luthor on The Batman.
  • Over half a decade after the original cartoon ended, the cast from Teen Titans reprised their roles for a series of minute-long shorts as a part of Cartoon Network's DC Nation block, which later expanded into the full Teen Titans Go! series. This lappses into other series, as Cyobrg's voice actor, Khary Payton also reprises his role as the Kaldur'ahm Aqualad and, as mentioned below, Raven's voice actress, Tara Strong also reprise the role of Batgirl.
    • The Italian dub gets back Alessio De Filippis, Ilaria Latini and Monica Bertolotti as Robin, Starfire and Raven. Cyborg and Beast Boy were replaced, sadly.
  • The Super Hero Squad Show:
  • The 2001 revival of Dexter's Laboratory saw the return of the entire voice cast. However, Christine Cavanaugh only reprised the title role for a few episodes before retiring from voice acting and was replaced with Candi Milo for the remainder of the show.
    • Likewise, Allison Moore, the original voice of Dee Dee, got her role back for a few episodes before the role was reverted back to Kathryn Cressida for the final season.
  • The revival of Johnny Bravo got all of the original cast (Johnny, his mom, and the neighbor Suzy) voiced by the same people.
  • Dee Bradley Baker originally voiced Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in the early 2000s Spider-Man games for the Playstation. He would reprise the role again nearly a decade later in both The Spectacular Spider-Man and Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Frank Welker has played Fred Jones from the Scooby-Doo series since its inception in 1969. But when Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island came out in 1998, it was the first time Fred had been featured in the series in close to 20 years, and he was the only one of the surviving original cast to reprise his role (starting with Witch's Ghost, he would take up the role of Scooby-Doo as well).
    • In the direct-to-video movies "Monster of Mexico" and "Legend of The Vampire", Heather North and Nicole Jaffe, the second voice (but first permanent voice) of Daphne and the original voice of Velma respectively, reprised their roles.
    • The films also saw the return of Casey Kasem as Shaggy, who had been absent from the role for several years.note  Unlike North and Jaffe, his reprisal was permanent, and only came to an end with his retirement in 2009.
    • Interestingly, after Casey Kasem retired as Shaggy, he was replaced by The Other Darrin Matthew Lillard, who amusingly is reprising his live-action role of Shaggy, starting with Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated.
  • In the 1987 Garfield TV special "A Garfield Christmas" Jon's brother Doc Boy was voiced by comedian David L. Lander, more than 20 years later, he reprised his role for The Garfield Show.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • The 2009 special "The Powerpuff Girls Rule" and the 2014 special "Dance Pantsed" both had every actor from the original show return to reprise their roles.
    • While Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup have been recast for the 2016 reboot, Tom Kenny will reprise his roles as the Mayor of Townsville and the Narrator, Roger L. Jackson will return to play Mojo Jojo, and Jennifer Hale will reprise her role as Ms. Keane, but not as Princess.
  • All of the Recess voice actors reprised their roles for the 2003 Direct-to-Video films, Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade and Recess: All Growed Down, with the exceptions of T.J. and Becky, who were voiced by Myles Jeffrey and Tara Strong replacing Andrew Lawrence (Who had replaced Ross Malinger in 1998) and Melissa Joan Hart.
    • When the main characters from Recess all crossed over into the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Lax" in 2006, Rickey D'Shon Collins, Pamela Adlon, Ashley Johnson, and April Winchell all reprised their roles of Vince, Spinelli, Gretchen, and Miss Finster, respcetivly. However, since Myles Jeffrey, Jason Davis, and Courtland Mead's voices had completely broke, their roles of T.J., Mikey, and Gus ended up going to Axel Alba, Zack Shada, and Zach Ewing.
  • Speaking of Lilo & Stitch the TV series had cast nearly all the VAs from the original save Ving Rhames though his character was scarcely used anyway. The only time this was subverted was in the 2nd movie where a young Dakota Fanning subbed for Daveigh Chase as Lilo.
  • Everyone apart from Danny DeVito and Rip Torn (plus Charlton Heston's narrator) returned for Hercules: The Animated Series - though Tate Donovan, who played adult Herc, voices the teenage one that protagonizes the series instead of Josh Keaton. This was caused by James Woods' return, and to show how he loves Hades, apart from a small scene in House of Mouse it's always him when Hades appears (such as in Kingdom Hearts). The crossover with Aladdin: The Series also has Aladdin, Jasmine, and Jafar again voiced by the same actors.
  • Sid Raymond returned to voice Baby Huey in the 1994 revival, 35 years after his last animated appearance (but only in the first season; for the second, Joe Alaskey took over the role).
  • Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille reprised their respective roles as Yakko, Wakko, and Dot for promos for The Hub's airing of Animaniacs.
  • On House of Mouse, many of the living voice actors would return to voice their respective Disney characters.
  • In The Emperor's New School, the role of Pacha was passed from John Goodman to Fred Tatasciore. Starting with the second season, Goodman took up the role once more.
  • The Addams Family had this happen in nearly all animated incarnations:
    • John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Ted Cassidy, and Jackie Coogan reprised their roles as Gomez, Morticia, Lurch, and Uncle Fester for the Addams Family's guest appearance on The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
    • In the 1973 cartoon, most members of the family had been recast, but Jackie Coogan and Ted Cassidy again played Uncle Fester and Lurch.
    • The 90's animated series again recast nearly everyone, but had John Astin reprise his role as Gomez Addams once more.
  • The Incredible Hulk featured the voice of Lou Ferrigno as the Hulk. Ferrigno famously portrayed the Hulk in the iconic 70's live-action show.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse:
    • An unusual example is Vilgax across several different Ben 10 series: Steve Blum voiced him in the original series, but not in Alien Force or Ultimate Alien. In Ben 10: Omniverse, he's once again voiced by Blum, but using a very different, much higher voice. He also reprises the roles of Zs'kayr and Ghostfreak.
    • Jennifer Hale returns as Rojo, after being replaced by Kari Wahlgren in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.note 
    • Other cartoons also got in on it as "T.G.I.S.", the episode where The Secret Saturdays guest stars, sees Corey Burton reprise his role as the resurrected V.V. Argost and "Store 23" features a gag where Charlie Adler reprise his roles as Cow and Chicken. Sadly, regarding the former, the Saturdays themselves were subject to the The Other Darrin with Burton replacing Diedrich Bader as Fiskerton.
  • The Jetsons brought back the entire cast 20 years later to produce another season of shows for first run syndication along with the classics. This was going to happen in Jetsons: The Movie as well, but for two things: First, Daws Butler died shortly before recording began, meaning Elroy had to be recast. Second, Executive Meddling resulted in Janet Waldo being replaced as Judy by pop idol Tiffany, who was originally just going to do her singing voice – to add insult to injury, Waldo had actually recorded all her lines for the movie; she had no idea she'd been replaced until she saw the movie's premier. It was George O'Hanlon (George Jetson) and Mel Blanc's final voice roles: both died shortly after recording their parts.note 
  • Super Best Friends Forever, Teen Titans Go! (in addition to Raven), and Beware the Batman all see Tara Strong reprise her The New Batman Adventures role as Barbara Gordon, though BtB sees Barbara as Oracle, which Tara hadn't voiced before, whereas SBFF and Go once again see Barbara as Batgirl.
  • For the LEGO Star Wars episode "The Empire Strikes Out," Kenneth Colley and Julian Glover reprised their roles as Captain Piett and General Veers, respectively. In addition, BRIAN BLESSED returned as Boss Nass.
  • Over a decade after The Phantom Menace, Liam Neeson reprised his role of Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
    • The sequel/Spiritual Successor, Star Wars Rebels, has James Earl Jones reprising his role as Darth Vader from the original trilogy. Not only that, but they also got Frank Oz to return as the voice of Yoda, and in possibly the most unexpected reprisal of all, Paul Reubens to reprise his role as RX-24 "Rex" from the original version of Disney's Star Tours Ride. Since then there's also been confirmation that Billy Dee Williams will return to voice a younger (but still the coolest guy in the galaxy) version of Lando. As a sequel to The Clone Wars, it also sees the return of James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Phil LaMarr as Bail Organa, Stephen Stanton as Tarkin, and Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano.
  • "A Miser Brothers Christmas", sequel/spinoff to "The Year Without a Santa Claus", had George S. Irving play Heat Miser again and Mickey Rooney back as Santa Claus.
  • Young Justice sees Bruce Greenwood reprise his Batman: Under the Red Hood role as Batman, Jeff Bennett reprise his Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Abra Kadabra, and Gregg Rainwater reprise his Justice League Unlimited as Apache Chief Expy (Tye) Longshadow.
  • Nearly a decade after the live action Batman series went off the air, Adam West and Burt Ward returned as the Dynamic Duo for Filmation's The New Adventures of Batman. West would again reprise his role as the Caped Crusader during the final two seasons of Super Friends, replacing Olan Soule.
  • Legion of Super Heroes sees Corey Burton reprise his Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League role as Brainiac.
  • G.I. Joe: Renegades sees Charlie Adler reprise his role as Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe: Resolute. However, this is the only role he reprised (Gung-Ho didn't appear and Hard Master, Flint, and Stalker One had different voice actors).
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series:
    • Neil Ross and Linda Gary from the 80s solo Spider-Man cartoon reprised their respective roles as Norman Osborn and Aunt May (at least until Gary died, regarding the latter).
    • It also saw reversal of The Other Darrins in other '90s Marvel cartoons as James Avery reprised his role from the first season of Iron Man as War Machine (likely, in part, due to his replacement, Dorian Harewood voicing Tombstone) and Iona Morris reprised her role from the first season of X-Men as Storm. That said, Storm is also an example of The Other Darrin in the series, as the X-Men's guest appearance earlier in the series had Storm voiced by her voice actress from Season 2 of X-Men onwards, Alison Sealy-Smith.
  • Márcio Simőes, who voiced the Joker in the Brazilian dub of The Dark Knight, returned to voice the Joker in the dub of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, he also voiced the Joker in the dubs of Batman: Arkham Origins and LEGO Batman 3.
  • The 2006 revival of Biker Mice from Mars had Rob Paulsen, Ian Ziering, and Dorian Harewood reprise their roles as the titular Biker Mice Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo. The few episodes featuring the original show's main villain Lawrence Limburger and Dr. Karbunkle also had W. Morgan Sheppard and Susan Silo reprise their roles and Luke Perry even returned to play Napoleon Brie in one episode.
  • In the Brazilian dubs of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
  • Extreme Ghostbusters, a Sequel Series to The Real Ghostbusters, had Maurice LaMarche reprise his role as Egon Spengler and also had David Coulier, Frank Welker, and Buster Jones reprise their roles as Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore in the Grand Finale.
  • The Italian dub of every Batman cartoon since Batman: The Animated Series (excluding the movies) keeps the same voice actors for the main characters: Marco Balzarotti as Batman, Davide Garbolino as Robin (he actually voiced both Dick Grayson and Tim Drake during The New Batman Adventures, with the former getting a different voice actor once he grew up and became Nightwing), Enrico Bertorelli as Commissar Gordon, Riccardo Peroni as Joker and Debora Magnaghi as Batgirl. Other characters suffered voice changes between various series, but some voice changes were later kept as the standard voices (Mario Zucca as Mr. Freeze, introduced first in TNBA) and some older voice actors came back in later series (Marina Thovez as Catwoman, replaced in The Batman but came back in Batman: The Brave and the Bold)
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes has quite a few. While Fred Tatasciore as the Hulk and Steve Blum as Wolverine were no brainers, there are others...
  • Tales from the Crypt Keeper, an animated and kid-friendly spinoff of Tales from the Crypt, had John Kassir reprise his role as the Crypt Keeper.