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 TheOtherDarrin and SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute 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.

Please note that while some characters can be played by the same actor for a significant amount of time, it only counts as a Role Reprisal if the original actor resumes playing the character in a different adaptation or if it has been a while since they last played the character.

Compare RegularCharacter, TheOriginalDarrin, RecurringCharacter, RemakeCameo and BackForTheFinale.


* RoleReprisal/{{Anime}}
* [[RoleReprisal/AnimatedFilms Films - Animation]]
** RoleReprisal/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies
* [[RoleReprisal/LiveActionFilms Films - Live-Action]]
* RoleReprisal/LiveActionTV
* RoleReprisal/VideoGames
* RoleReprisal/WesternAnimation


* The ''Advertising/BatmanOnStarCommercials'' sees the late Michael Gough reprise his role from the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film series as Alfred.
* Ad bumpers for Creator/MeTV feature stars of the shows they broadcast saying "Watch me on ME." Some are done AsHimself but others are in character: Alan Brady from ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'', and Ed Asner and Betty White as Lou Grant and Sue-Ann Nivens from ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* While not the case in the actual game, Creator/CoreyBurton reprises his role as Shockwave from the [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Generation 1 Transformers cartoon]] and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' for [=GameStop=]'s DLC commercial for ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron''.
* Ian [=McDiarmid=] repraised his role as The Emperor for an VideoGame/AngryBirdsStarWars II Commercial.
* Yuya Miyashita reprises his role as [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds Yusei Fudo]] for the [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V]] Synchron Extreme commercial.
* Ford has been doing a number of commercial series called ''Overdubs'', bringing in various actors to reprise roles when they can. Probably one of the more surprising ones is [[ this commercial]], which brings back Creator/JasonDavidFrank, Creator/JohnnyYongBosch, David Fielding, Kerrigan Mahan and Creator/WendeeLee to reprise their ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' roles as Tommy, Adam, Zordon, Goldar and Scorpina respectively.
* Creator/JuneForay's reprisal, in a 2014 Advertising/{{Geico}} commercial titled "The Gecko's Journey", was one of the last of her many performances as [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Rocky the Flying Squirrel]], having voiced the character since the show first premiered in 1959. (Her actual swan song was a short from that same year that was to precede ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' in theaters, but was instead shafted to the DVD.)
* The short ''Dueling Skeletors'', for the ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'' fanclub Club Eternia features Alan Opperheimer and Creator/BrianDobson reprising [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 their]] [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 respective]] versions of Skeletor.

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* In the Animated FanFilm, ''Batman: New Times'', Creator/AdamWest reprises his role from ''Series/{{Batman}}'' as the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} titular Caped Crusader]] and Creator/MarkHamill reprises his ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' role as ComicBook/TheJoker.
* ''[[Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical A Very Potter Senior Year]]'' sees Creator/EvannaLynch reprising her role from the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films as Luna Lovegood.
* Josh Mandel voiced King Graham in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV''. While he was a programmer and not a professional voice actor by any stretch (the game's voices were all {{Creator/Sierra}} staff), his was one of the best showings, and he was able to reprise it for ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'', which ''did'' have professional-grade voice talent. Later on, Creator/AGDInteractive had him return in the role for their {{Fan Remake}}s of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestI'', ''VideoGame/KingsQuestII'', and ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIII'' (he also voiced Graham in Infamous Adventures' version).
* The ''WebVideo/{{Sonic}}'' FanFilm sees Jaleel White reprise his role from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' and ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' as the titular Sonic the Hedgehog.
* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' parody, ''Power/Rangers'' sees [[spoiler:Carla Perez reprise her (physical) role from Season 2 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' to ''[[Series/PowerRangersInSpace In Space]]'' role as Rita Repulsa.]]
* ''WebVideo/SuperPowerBeatDown'' features Creator/JasonDavidFrank reprising his role as Tommy Oliver from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. He dons the mantle of the White Ranger once more in a fight against [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Scorpion]], and of the Green Ranger in a fight against [[VideoGame/StreetFighter Ryu]].
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' FanFilm "Devious" includes a scene with Creator/JonPertwee as the soon-to-be Third Doctor. It was his last acting role.
* ''Film/DirtyLaundry'', a fan film about ComicBook/ThePunisher, sees Creator/ThomasJane reprise his role from [[Film/ThePunisher2004 the 2004 film]] as Frank Castle himself.
* The Italian animated fan film ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Night of Shadows'' gets some reprisals from various DC productions.
** From ''Film/ManOfSteel'': Gianfranco Miranda as Superman and Luca Ward as Jor-El.
** From ''Film/BatmanReturns'': Giorgio Lopez as Penguin.
** From ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Massimo Rossi as Two-Face.
* While ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' usually casts different actors or use sound clips from shows or games, The "[[WebAnimation/{{Rwby}} Yang Xiao Long]] vs. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Tifa Lockhart]]" and "[[Franchise/{{Naruto}} Naruto Uzumaki]] vs [[Franchise/{{Bleach}} Ichigo Kurosaki]]" episodes respectively featured [[Characters/RoosterTeethOthers Barbara Dunkelman]] as Yang and Creator/JohnnyYongBosch as Ichigo.
* ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues'', a FanSequel to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', had the episode "Pilgrim of Eternity", a SequelEpisode to "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E2WhoMournsForAdonais Who Mourns for Adonais?]]", which saw Michael Forest, who played Apollo in that episode, reprise the role (it should be noted that there was 46 years between the productions of the episodes).

* Twenty years after the original TV version of ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'', Creator/PatersonJoseph reprised the role of the Marquis de Carabas for the radio adaptation of "Literature/HowTheMarquisGotHisCoatBack", with a brief explanation about why he sounds like "[[TheNthDoctor his younger self]]", rather than David Harewood from the radio version of ''Neverwhere''.
* The original radio cast of ''Radio/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' (1978-80) reprised their roles in the Tertiary to Quintessential Phases (2004-05). Sandra Dickinson, Trillian in the TV version (1981) sort of reprised the role in the Quintessential Phase as an AU Tricia Macmillan. For the [[MilestoneCelebration 40th anniversary]] in 2018, an adaptation of ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'' has been announced, with most of the original radio cast, but Dickinson as the "regular" Trillian. Also returning from the later Phases are Samantha Bèart as Random Dent, Jane Horrocks as Fenchurch and Toby Longworth as Prosthetic Vogon Jeltz and Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged. Music/MitchBenn, who played Zaphod Beeblebrox on some dates of the 2012 stage play, takes the role of Left Brain, Zaphod's former second head.

* In an odd form of this trope, Jonathan Freeman, who voiced Jafar in Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' in 1992, returned to the role for the live action Broadway production of the film in 2014.
* ''Theatre/TheWiz'' had a short-lived 2009 Off-Broadway production starring Music/{{Ashanti}} as Dorothy Gale, a role she played another interpretation of in [[Film/TheMuppetsWizardOfOz The Muppets' 2005 take]] on ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''.
* ''Theatre/AnnieGetYourGun'': Creator/EthelMerman reprised her starring role in the 1966 Lincoln Center revival (for which Music/IrvingBerlin wrote a new CounterpointDuet for her) and in Creator/{{NBC}}'s televised version the following year.
* ''Theatre/PalJoey'': Vivienne Segal appeared in both the original 1940 production and the 1952 revival, though neither she nor the new Joey, Harold Lang, were on the revival cast album due to Creator/ColumbiaRecords having recorded ''Pal Joey'' with them in 1950.
* In the 1952 {{revival}} of the 1934 play ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'', Katherine Emmet reprised her role as Amelia Tilford.
* Harvey Fierstein, who played Edna in the original cast of ''Theatre/{{Hairspray}}'', reprised the role for the 2016 NBC live production of the same show.
* Creator/LinManuelMiranda, who wrote and starred in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' as, well, Hamilton, reprised the role for a charity run in Puerto Rice following Hurricane Irma.
* The 2012 stage tour of ''Franchise/TheHitchHikersGuideToTheGalaxy Radio Show Live!'', had Simon Jones, Geoffrey [=McGivern=], Susan Sheridan and Stephen Moore reprise Arthur, Ford, Trillian and Marvin, with Mark Wing-Davey returning as Zaphod on some dates. In addition, Samantha Bèart reprises the role of Random Dent from the Quintessential Phase and Toby Longworth and Andy Secombe reprise -- among other characters -- Prosthetic Vogon Jeltz and Colin the Robot.