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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- The 2014 remake Sailor Moon Crystal sees the return of Kotono Mitsuishi, the original Japanese voice actress of Usagi/Sailor Moon. Notably, she's the only one of the original senshi actresses to return, the Inners are given new voices.
- 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.
- 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.
- And 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tessho Genda and Seizo Kato the Japanese voice actors for Optimus Prime and Megatron in TransformersG1 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, Teddie, Naoto, and for the second half, Kanji.
- 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.
Films — Animated
- The Toy Story series managed to have the same actor (John Morris) who played Andy as a kid, adolescent and young adult through all three films, with the third movie being made 11 years after the second movie. The characters grew up in approximate real time, 15 years have passed in real life and Andy aged about 12 years. All of the main characters are also voiced by the same actors, with only one (Slinky) being recast due to Jim Varney's death.
- Everyone in The Hunchback of Notre Dame II except Laverne the gargoyle, due to the death of actress Mary Wickes, and The Archdeacon, whose one line leaves him relegated to The Other Darrin status.
- M. Bison and Sonic the Hedgehog's voice actors, Gerald C. Rivers and Roger Craig Smith respectively, reprised their characters for Wreck-It Ralph.
- The Barbies in the Toy Story films are all voiced by Jodi Benson. There's a good chance this wasn't just some random casting choice — at the time Toy Story 2 was being made, she was the last person to give Barbie a voice, in a video released way back in 1992.
- The DC Universe Animated Original Movies have very often featured voice actors from the DCAU reprising their roles, as well as other series. Of note, we've so far had:
- Batman Gotham Knight: Kevin Conroy as Batman.
- Green Lantern: First Flight: Olivia d'Abo as (albeit pre-Star Sapphire) Carol Ferris
- Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Both movies saw Conroy return as Batman and Tim Daly return as Superman. Public Enemies also saw Clancy Brown return as Lex Luthor, CCH Pounder reprise the role of Amanda Waller, and Jennifer Hale reprise the role of Killer Frost, while Apocalypse sees Susan Eisenberg reprise the role of Wonder Woman and Edward Asner reprise the role of Granny Goodness.
- Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam: George Newbern and Jerry O'Connell in the respective roles of Superman and Captain Marvel.
- Green Lantern: Emerald Knights: Grey DeLisle reprises her role from Duck Dodgers as Boodikka.
- Batman: Year One: Jeff Bennett reprises his role from Young Justice as Alfred.
- Justice League: Doom: Not only do Daly, Conroy, and Eiseberg return, but Carl Lumbly, Phil Morris, Olivia d'Abo, Alexis Denisof, and David Kaufman reprise their respective roles as Martian Manhunter, Vandal Savage, Mirror Master, and Jimmy Olsen. Nathan Fillion also reprises his role from Green Lantern: Emerald Knights as Hal Jordan. Also, despite, voicing the Flash, Michael Rosenbaum does not count as this, as the Flash in Doom is Barry Allen, not Wally West.
- Superman vs. the Elite: George Newbern as Superman and David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsen
- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox sees Conroy back as Batman and Dana Delany back as Lois Lane. It also sees Vanessa Marshall reprise her Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths role as Wonder Woman, Ron Perlman reprise his Teen Titans role as Deathstroke, Nathan Fillion return yet again as Hal Jordan, and Kevin Michael Richardson and Dee Bradley Baker reprise their respective Batman: The Brave and the Bold roles as the President and Ertigan.
- Justice League: War: Zach Callison reprises his role from Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam as Billy Baston. Its sequel, Justice League Throne Of Atlantis once again Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan.
- Son of Batman: Jason O'Mara reprises his Justice League: War role as Batman and David McCallum reprises his Batman: Gotham Knight role as Alfred.
- Batman: Assault on Arkham sees Kevin Conroy as Batman again, CCH Pounder reprise the role of Amanda Waller, Jennifer Hale reprise her role as Killer Frost, Troy Baker reprise his Batman: Arkham Origins role as the Joker, Hynden Walch reprise her The Batman role as Harley Quinn.
- After Robin Williams made peace with Disney he agreed to appear on the third movie, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, with the producers even discarding Dan Castellaneta (who replaced him before and afterwards)'s recorded voice track for that.
- Most of the original voice cast of The Little Mermaid returned in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (Pat Carroll voiced Ursula in he original film, but plays a character related to her, and Flounder has a new voice actor).
- Dom De Luise was big on doing this. In every sequel or spinoff series done to whatever movie he voiced in, he was always there to reprise his roles.
- Related to the above, the An American Tail sequels were remarkably consistent in their voice actors, the main exceptions being when Phillip Glasser outgrew the role of Fievel after Fievel Goes West, and Tanya's constant change of voice actors (Cathy Cavadini reprises her for the TV series though).
- JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time sees Diedrich Bader and Kevin Michael Richardson reprise their respective roles from Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Batman himself and Black Manta.
Films — Live-Action
- 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.
- When Charlie's Angels was revived as a film two decades after the series ended, the same actor returned to play Charlie.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 FakeShemped).
- 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. (though a Fake Shemp was used for new scenes)
- John Colicos reprised his role as Kor in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, decades after playing him in the original series, alongside Koloth and Kang. Kor would become a recurring character in DS9, and Kang would return in Voyager, too (alongside Sulu and Rand!)
- 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 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 Repusla 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 saying the character was the woman formerly known as Rita Repulsa!
- 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.
- In an odd form of this trope, Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in Disney's Aladdin in 1992, is reprising the role for the live action Broadway production of the film in 2014.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum: Kevin Conroy would return to reprise his role of Batman, Mark Hamill would reprise his role of The Joker and Arleen Sorkin would reprise her role of Harley Quinn. The sequel, Arkham City, would only see the return of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill; Arleen Sorkin was replaced with Tara Strong. While the prequel, Arkham Origins doesn't see any of the three return, it does see Robert Costanzo reprise his role from the same series as Harvey Bullock and C.C.H. Pounder reprise her role from Justice League as Amanda Waller. City also sees Grey DeLisle reprise the role of Vicki Vale from the Animated Adaptation of Batman: Year One (which was released the same day as City), in addition to voicing Catwoman. In addition to DeLisle reprising the role of Vale in Origins, Jon Polito would also reprise his role from Year One as Gillian Loeb. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate sees Adam Baldwin and Gary Anthony Sturgis reprise their respective roles from Justice League and Batman: The Brave and the Bold as Rick Flag and Bronze Tiger and C.C.H. Pounder yet again as Amanda Waller.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us, being so big on Mythology Gags, is naturally chock full of this. In addition to Kevin Conroy once again reprising his role as Batman, we have:
- Phil LaMarr, Susan Eisenberg, George Newbern, Carl Lumbly, and Adam Baldwin reprising their Justice League/Justice League Unlimited roles as Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Martian Manhunter, and Hal Jordan.
- Khary Payton and Tara Strong reprising their roles as Cyborg and Raven from Teen Titans.
- Grey DeLisle, Tara Strong, and Fred Tatasciore reprising their roles as Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Bane, and Solomon Grundy (the last two are both Tatasciore) from Arkham Aslylum and Arkham City.
- Jennifer Hale reprising her role as Killer Frost from both Justice League and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
- Richard Epcar reprising his role as The Joker from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
- Lacey Chabert, Alan Tudyk, and Mark Rolston reprising their Young Justice roles as Zatanna, Green Arrow, and Lex Luthor.
- Stephen Amell from Arrow also returned to voice Green Arrow, but only as an alternate, downloadable skin.
- In double examples, Phil LaMarr and Grey DeLisle also voice Aquaman and Green Lantern's ring, respectively, reprising their roles from Young Justice and the Green Lantern movie's tie-in video game.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Cliff Stephens reprises his role as Bob Page, 10 years after the release of the original Deus Ex.
- Kingdom Hearts used the Disney voice actors in several languages.
- Of special note, while characters from older Disney films had their current official voice actors, Kathryn Beaumont, who voiced Alice in Alice in Wonderland and Wendy in Peter Pan, returned to voice both characters in the original game.
- Not only is Peter Cullen back in the Transformers film series as Optimus Prime, but he also voiced Optimus Prime in Transformers: War for Cybertron
- Michael Gough would return in Diablo 2 and Diablo III, reprising his role of Deckard Cain in both games. Lani Minella would reprise her role as Adria the Witch in the latter game.
- StarCraft II brought back Jim Raynor from the original StarCraft. Best of all, Robert Clotworthy returns to voice Raynor James Harper also returns as Mengsk, though all other named characters are replaced.
- While Sonic the Hedgehog was known for its ''Other Darrin'' status (First from the original voice cast to the 4Kids cast to the current cast), only one voice actor from the 4Kids realm returned to join the new cast, and that was Mike Pollock as Dr Eggman.
- Sega and Sumo Digital went above and beyond with Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing and its sequel to have the voice actors for charactersfrom dormant Sega franchises reprise their roles: Corey Marshall as Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue, Apollo Smile as Ulala and Sumalee Montano as Pudding from Space Channel 5, Kent Frick as BD Joe from Crazy Taxi, and Christopher Sullivan as Vyse from Skies of Arcadia. The last example is all the more notable in that they already had the VA for Vyse as he appeared in Valkyria Chronicles, Roger Craig Smith (also the voice of Sonic), on hand.
- Here's an interesting approach for Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3. The Japanese dub of the game features the return of Mami Koyama as Arale Norimaki.
- 007: From Russia with Love featured, for the first time since Never Say Never Again, the return of Sean Connery as James Bond.
- ''Clayfighter 63 1/3'' brought in many well-known voice actors like Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Charlie Adler and Frank Welker. Ironically, there was one reprisal, and that's by Dan Castellaneta as Earthworm Jim from the animated cartoon series
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game brought back all 4 Ghosbusters: Dan Aykroyd(Ray), Harold Ramis(Egon), Bill Murray(Peter), and Ernie Hudson(Winston) from the original 2 movies to voice their respective characters. Others like Max von Sydow, William Atherton, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Annie Potts also returned to voice their respective characters from the movies. Sadly, Rick Moranis declined, which wrote his character out of the game.
- No matter the language (namely English and Japanese), Square Enix strives to stay consistent with voice reprisals. If actors or actresses aren't reprising their roles, chances are that it's strictly one of the circumstances listed in this page's description and not because "Square Enix didn't feel like hiring them and hired some talentless hack instead", which bitter fanboys with nostalgic bias seem to believe.
- One notable example of this is Steve Burton, the English voice actor of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII. Ever since he first voiced Cloud in the original Kingdom Hearts back in 2002, Steve continues to reprise the role each time Square Enix makes a video game (and a movie) with Cloud and voice acting, except for the Last Order OVA, which only had Japanese voice acting. They also used archived audio of his voice from the first Kingdom Hearts for Chain Of Memories and its PS2 remake. Steve's latest reprisal as Cloud was in Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy in 2011.
- Released in 2001, Final Fantasy X is the first Final Fantasy game to have voice acting. Since then, several characters from that game made appearances in other games and their respective voice actors reprise their roles. The latest example would be the appearance of Tidus, Jecht, and Yuna in Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy, where they're voiced by James Arnold Taylor, Gregg Berger, and Hedy Burress, respectively.
- Yumi Kakazu is the only seiyuu for a Final Fantasy VII character to appear in the 1998 game Ehrgeiz that reprised her role (as Yuffie, by the way) in all future titles to date. Everyone else (such as Nozomu Sasaki as Cloud and Shinichiro Miki as Sephiroth) was darrin'd.
- For a non-Final Fantasy example, 5 characters from The World Ends with You make an appearance in Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]. 4 of them are voiced by their original voice actors (Jesse David Corti as Neku, Heather Hogan as Shiki, Aaron Spann as Joshua, and Crawford Wilson as Beat). Only Kate Higgins as Rhyme didn't return, as Rhyme is now voiced by Ashley Rose Orr. This is largely because the original game had Voice Grunting, with a few key instances of full voice acting. Rhyme, however, was limited to simply instances of Voice Grunting, so, in both English and Japanese, she shared her VA with another cast member. Because she was finally going to have fully voiced dialogue in the Kingdom Hearts game, they decided to re-cast her, wanting to find a voice specifically for her.
- The Legend of Zelda series has this with Ganondorf. Takashi Nagasako, the voice of Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time would reprise his role of the King of Evil in The Wind Waker. He did not play Ganondorf at all in Twilight Princess.
- Max Payne 3 was released nearly a decade after the previous game, but James McCaffrey still returned to voice the title character.
- A particularly interesting example comes from PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. PaRappa the Rapper's voice actor Dred Foxx hadn't been active in any acting roles since the last PaRappa game in 2001 over a decade earlier, yet the developers made a point of seeking him (and his co-stars for a few lines) out.
- DuckTales Remastered, an HD remake of the NES DuckTales game features almost all of the voice talent from the original DuckTales cartoon, including the 94 year old Alan Young and the 95 year old June Foray.
- The exception being the voice actors that had passed away since the original show: Hal Smith (Gyro & Flintheart Glomgold), Hamilton Camp (Fenton/Gizmoduck), and Joan Gerber (Mrs. Beakley).
- While most of the characters in the Wacky Races video game for the Sega Dreamcast were voiced by soundalikes, three of them were voiced by the original actors: Janet Waldo as Penelope Pitstop, and John Stephenson as Luke and his co-pilot Blubber Bear.
- Almost every single Resident Evil character has had his/her voice actor changed for various reasons throughout the series, although there is consistency for some characters lately (Roger Craig Smith as Chris Redfield comes to mind). However, Alyson Court has always been the voice of Claire Redfield since the 1998 release of Resident Evil 2.
- There's also Ingrid Hunnigan, a character that debuted in Resident Evil 4. She has been voiced by Salli Saffioti since said game.
- The Telltale Games Back to the Future games have Christopher Lloyd reprise his role from the films as Doc Brown.
- While Michael J. Fox doesn't voice "regular" Marty, mostly because he's far too old, he does appear in the last episode as both Marty's great-grandfather (the one he saw as a baby in III) and as three different future timeline Martys.
- While the 3DS Remake of Star Fox 64 features new voice actors, they brought back Mike West for the voice of Fox and James McCloud, along with Lyssa Browne for the voice of Slippy Toad and Katt Monroe.
- A couple of Star Wars games have done this. The two most notable examples are Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, which saw the return of Denis Lawson returning to his role as Wedge Antilles, and Jedi Outcast with Billy Dee Williams reprising his role as Lando Calrissian.
- Star Trek Online has featured a number of reappearances by Ink-Suit Actor versions of TV-canon characters, voiced by the original actors. So far we've gotten Denise Crosby returning to play Empress Sela and Natasha Yar, Michael Dorn playing Worf, and Tim Russ playing Tuvok.
- SD Gundam G Generation Wars has almost every Gundam Voice Actor reprising a role for an original character, from the somewhat obscure to a well known Gundam character.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee has Marth be voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa, who originally voiced the character in a two episode Original Video Animation adaptation of Fire Emblem.
- 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.
- 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 featured a Pre-episode short called Space Safari, which was a crossover between Batman and Space Ghost. To sweeten the deal, Gary Owens, the original voice of Space Ghost, returns to reprise his role.
- The Super-Batman of Planet X episode was more of an interesting point as it featured Kevin Conroy reprising his role as Batman, though a different Batman: The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh.
- Given the Rodon of Zur-En-Arrh gave Earth's Batman the powers of Superman for that world, it wasn't surprising that the resident Lois Lane, known as "Visli Vaylar," was reprised by Dana Delany. Or Rothul, the Zur-En-Arrh version of Lex Luthor, was reprised by Clancy Brown.
- 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.
- Shawn Ashmore, who portrayed Iceman in the original X-Men trilogy and X-Men: Days of Future Past, returned to voice Iceman in 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 departing 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 voices all reprised their roles for the 2008 and 2014 specials.
- 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 De Vito 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's second animated adaption in 1992 featured a whole new voice cast, but one person would reprise their character, and that would be John Astin as Gomez Addams.
- 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.
- 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 Brick," Kenneth Colley and Julian Glover reprised their roles as Captain Piett and General Veers, respectively.
- Over a decade after The Phantom Menace, Liam Neeson reprised his role of Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.