On the pilot of a new {{spinoff}}, characters and settings from the original series will show up to give the new series a sendoff. Doing this has multiple advantages. For one, it provides the connection between the two shows making the second one canon to the first. For another, it increases the viewership from the original series as they tune in to see their favourite characters. In addition, doing so gives it some legitimacy in the eyes of the audience.

Compare PoorlyDisguisedPilot, where the new characters start off being introduced on the original series, and RequiredSpinoffCrossover, in which characters from the original series continue making appearances on the new series through the first season and beyond.

See also: PassingTheTorch.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Since ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'', the ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series has borrowed a trick used in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' in which during a post-credits segment in the final episode, the lead Pink Cure of the now-finished series [[ThankingTheViewer thanks the viewers]] for watching the past season, and meets and introduces the next Pink Cure. Prior to this, they just showed a "Thank You" sketch. Presumably for the [[MilestoneCelebration 10th anniversary of the franchise]] that ''[=HaCha=]'' marked, they wanted to do something new.
** The final episode of ''Happiness Charge'' as a result saw Cure Lovely thank viewers for watching the ending season, introduce Cure Flora of ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' and wish the viewers will keep watching the series.
** The process was repeated again a year later for Cure Miracle of ''Anime/MahoGirlsPrecure''. Things get more elaborate this time with Cure Miracle casting a spell.
** For the transition to ''Anime/KiraKiraPrecureALaMode'', they went with the Timeranger formula described below. An epilogue episode [[spoiler:[[TimeSkip set a few years later after the final battle]]]] saw the Maho Cures get help from a super-powered white-and-pink-clad bunny-eared girl. After the end credits, as Cure Miracle was thanking the viewers for watching, [[CrashIntoHello that same bunny girl smashes into her]]. Only then can Cure Whip, the next lead Cure, properly intoduce herself to who she just helped out.
* In the first episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Jaden literally bumps into a now-adult Yugi Muto from the original ''Anime/YuGiOh'' series, almost knocking him down with his skateboard. Yugi forestalls Jaden's awed reaction by simply giving Jaden a card as his blessing. Yugi's face is not shown, nor is he explicitly named, but the clothing, telltale long jagged spikes of blond hair, and theme music leave no doubt as to his identity. Especially poignant in that his adult voice sounds like Yami Yugi's voice, though with a sweeter tone, and he gives Jaden a classic Yami thumbs-up.

* For ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'' Charlton Heston was only in it as a favor to the director. He wanted to die in the first reel, but they compromised; he disappeared in the first reel and died in the last reel.
* ''Film/StarTrek'' gets one of these with Leonard Nimoy showing up to guide everything into place.
* ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' acts as a bridge between ''TOS'' and ''TNG''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Several Franchise/StarTrek novel series, just like the various TV series.
** Captain Picard and the crew of the ''Enterprise-E'' feature heavily in the first Literature/StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers novella; Geordi La Forge hangs around for a few stories more, until the new characters are established enough to carry the series.
** Picard and co are also heavily involved in the first ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' novel.
** Kirk and company play this role in the first ''Literature/StarTrekVanguard'' novel.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Each of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' spinoff series has one.
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint" has a visit from [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series']] Dr. Admiral [[Creator/DeForestKelley McCoy]], who inspects the Enterprise-D and gives it his blessing.
--->''Treat her like a lady, and she'll always bring you home.''
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'''s pilot episode "Emissary" starts with the Enterprise-D docked with the eponymous station. Captain Picard appears and the new Commander Sisko promptly tells him how much he hates him. Sisko has some epiphanies, makes peace with Picard, and Picard gives him his blessing.
*** It literally happens to TNG semi-regular Chief O'Brien, when he's sent to [=DS9=] by Picard himself, who wishes him well on his new assignment.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'''s pilot episode "Caretaker" starts docked at Deep Space Nine, with Quark trying to con Harry Kim.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' is the only one not to be sent off by the previous series, but rather by one of The Next Generation's movies, ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', with a recorded message from Zefram Cochrane.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' starts with a visit to the arctic expedition by [[Series/StargateSG1 SG-1's]] Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson.
** A variation: Teal'c shows up in Sam's first Atlantis episode to wish her well.
** ''Series/StargateUniverse'' - O'Neill picks up Eli, Jackson's on the info discs and Carter shows up commanding the Hammond.
* Connor [=McLeod=] on the pilot of ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series''.
* It wasn't during the pilot of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', but somewhere early in Season 1 Abby from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' dropped in on the Los Angeles team.
** Abby was also in an ad for ''NCIS LA'' before it first aired: "Are you guys following me?"
** Director Vance also made several appearances in the first season. [[JustifiedTrope Which is understandable,]] as he IS the Director of all NCIS.
** Bud Roberts from ''Series/{{JAG}}'' was also in a first season episode of ''NCIS''.
* ''Series/TheJeffersons'': as Louise is packing the kitchen [[Series/AllInTheFamily Edith Bunker]] comes over from next door to wish them luck in their new place.
** Years later ''Series/TheJeffersons'' would produce its own short-lived spinoff, ''CheckingIn'' featuring Florence as the main character. George drops by to wish his ex maid good luck in her new job as executive housekeeper for a hotel (and to make sure she gives his dry cleaner the hotel's cleaning business).
* In the second ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' pilot, "Sex and Violence", Kermit (who was not the host in this version) appears briefly in the "At the Dance" skit, asking his dance partner if she'd like to break into [[Series/SesameStreet children's television]]. In the second episode of the series proper, Bert and Ernie show up to perform a skit, where Bert worries that their little kid's show comedy wouldn't cut it on the new show meant for older audiences.
* Prison-based BritCom ''{{Porridge}}'' was followed by ''Going Straight''; in the first episode the protagonist Fletcher, freshly paroled from the original series' eponymous jail sentence, is escorted home on the train by prison warder [=McKay=] who had been a ''Porridge'' regular since the pilot episode.
* Inverted when Benson left ''{{Series/Soap}}'' for [[{{Series/Benson}} his own show]]; he came back to help Billy escape from the Sunnies. Jessica made him a going-away cake, they shared some tears, and he left.
* The pilot episode of ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' shows Barry Allen meeting with [[Series/{{Arrow}} Oliver Queen]], with Oliver giving Barry some helpful advice.
* The ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' franchise has been doing this since ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'' with the Red Ranger of the previous series meeting the Red Ranger of the new series after the credits of the final episode.
** It wasn't the very first, however, it's just the first season where it starts become an annual thing per season. A special episode of ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'' features the Timerangers traversing through the history of Super Sentai, and eventually came up to their successor, ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'', and the Timerangers wished the Gaorangers good luck after the former's time.
* The first episode of ''[[{{Series/DoctorWho}} Doctor Who]]'' spinoff ''[[{{Series/Class2016}} Class]]'' features an appearance by the Twelfth Doctor, giving the main characters some advice on defending Earth from alien invaders.

* VideoGame/TheWalkingDead: Both Glenn and Hershel show up in Episode 1.
* The second trailer for ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' invokes this with a recorded message from Commander Shepard, the protagonist of the original ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy, bidding farewell to the explorers heading for the Andromeda galaxy.

* Parodied and Lampshaded on ''TheSimpsons'' on the "Spinoff Showcase" episode. For Wiggum's spinoff, Troy [=McClure=] hints some familiar faces might drop by to wish Wiggum luck. In the episode, The Simpsons appear in Mardi-Gras costumes and lampshade tropes going into the parody spinoff.
** In same episode, the one with Abe Simpson as the Lovematic Grandpa has Homer drop into the bar - at which point Abe furiously berates him for how outrageously cheap Homer was in providing for Abe's funeral. This ends when point Homer pulls Abe's plug out (again) and leaves.
-->'''Grandpa''': That's the second time he pulled the plug on me...
* The pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' starts in [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Quahog]] as Cleveland tells his friends about his troubles and he decides to move away.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower She-Ra]]'' began with [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 He-Man]] journeying to Etheria to find Adora and give her the Sword of Protection allowing her to become She-Ra and do a HeelFaceTurn going from a Force Captain of the Horde to leader of the Great Rebellion.
* The first episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra The Legend Of Korra]]'' features an appearance by an elderly [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Katara]] as one of Korra's trainers. She encourages Korra in her plan to run off to Republic City, helping set the series in motion.