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The Original Darrin

The Other Darrin is an inevitable part of showbiz: actors are only human, and sometimes their health, schedule, and contracts don't let them hang around and reprise their roles. But that doesn't always mean the actor has been blacklisted and the studio finds their heinous abandonment unforgivable: sometimes they're asked back. Usually this is met with much rejoicing... though probably not from the replacement.

In general, ever since Celebrity Voice Actor became the standard for animated films, it's common to see Poor Man's Substitute used for a film's spin-offs, such as video games and TV series, only for the original actors to return when an actual theatrical sequel is made.

Despite being the Trope Namer, Dick York, the original Darrin Stephens unfortunately never reprised his role after being replaced.


  • In Saber Marionette J, Panther was voiced by Kikuko Inoue. She could not reprise her role in J Again on account of maternity leave, so Emi Shinohara replaced her. Inoue was able to return for J to X.
    • Similarly, Lorelai's Mexican voice actress Isabel Martinon was replaced in the Spanish dub by Elsa Covián for the duration of J Again, and returned during J to X.
  • Dragon Ball
    • In the Japanese dub of Dragon Ball Kai, Yuko Minaguchi did not voice Videl due to her studying abroad, so she was played by Shiho Kakinuma instead. Minaguchi returned as Videl for both Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Dragon Ball Super.
    • Masaharu Satou was the original voice actor for Master Roshi following Kohei Miyauchi's death, but was replaced shortly afterward by Hiroshi Masuoka. Satou returned as Roshi for Kai and has continued to provide his voice since.
    • Ichirō Nagai was the original voice actor for Master Karin, but did not return for the Buu Saga in Dragon Ball Z, with Naoki Tatsuta filling in. When Kai aired Nagai played Karin again and continue to do so until his death.
    • Yuji Mitsuya, the original voice actor for Kaioshin, did not return for Dragon Ball GT, with Shin'ichiro Ota taking over. Mitsuya would return for all the Dragon Ball video games released in the 2000s as well as the Kai cut of the Buu Saga... but then left again when Super began airing, with Ota taking over as Kaioshin once more.
    • When the English dub of Dragon Ball Kai was originally recorded, Brad Jackson had temporarily left Funimation during that time period, so Bryan Massey played Oolong for its original run as well as the dub of the first film, Curse of the Blood Rubies. By the time the "Final Chapters" season was dubbed Jackson had returned to Funimation and resumed his role as Oolong, also playing him in the English Dubs of both Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super.
    • Meredith McCoy also did not return for the Kai dub, with Colleen Clinkenbeard filling in as Android 18. She returned for the dubs of both films and Super
    • Chris Cason was the original voice of Mr. Popo for Funimation's in-house dub, but left after the Freeza Saga was over, and Christopher Sabat took over when the Android Saga began. Cason resumed his role as Mr. Popo when Dragon Ball Kai was dubbed, 11 years later.
  • Median voice actor Humberto Solorzano's most famous role is arguably Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion, and was the only other actor apart from Víctor Ugarte to return for the Renewal dub (even serving as The Other Darrin for young Gendo). Despite this, he did not return for Rebuild of Evangelion... until the third movie came out that is.
  • Pokémon:
    • After the change in dubbing studios from season 9 onwards, Ed Paul and Mike Pollock were both replaced with Craig Blair as Giovanni and Mr. Contesta. However, when Blair quit working for the studio, the two were brought back to reprise their respective roles.
    • Since the change in actors, Nurse Joy has been voiced by multiple actresses. But as a Mythology Gag in one episode, former actress Erica Schroeder was bought back as an older Nurse.
  • In the original Sailor Moon dub from DiC, Emilie-Claire Barlow replaced Katie Griffin as Raye/Sailor Mars midway through the R season, after the show was Un-Canceled following a 2-year hiatus. When the dub was once again revived with the S and SuperS seasons 3 years later, Griffin returned to voice Raye, while Emilie replaced Stephanie Morgenstern as Mina/Sailor Venus.
    • Serena/Sailor Moon herself was recast with Terri Hawkes after Tracey Moore had originated the role for the first 11 episodes, however Tracey returned for episodes 15 and 21 because the dub was recorded out of order.
  • In the Ranma ˝ dub, Angela Costain quit her role of Nabiki during the fifth season, supposedly because she was too busy attending flight school. Her sister Elaina Wotten-Costain took over the role through the sixth season, until Angela returned for the final season, once her schedule worked out.
  • The entire English cast of Ikki Tousen changed for Season 2 after dubbing moved from New Generation in Los Angeles to Headline in New York. When FUNimation licensed Seasons 3-4, they chose to get the better-received Season 1 cast back, although some members of the Season 2 cast did return if their characters debuted in that season.
  • Supernatural: The Animation couldn't get Jensen Ackles to voice Dean Winchester for the first 20 episodes so they casted Andrew Farrar before Ackles returned for the last two episodes.

  • James Bond:
  • In Phantasm II, James LeGros replaced A. Michael Baldwin for the role of Mike but eventually Baldwin returned for the next films.
  • In Child's Play 3, Alex Vincent was replaced by Justin Whalin for the role of Andy Barclay but returned in Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky.
  • Parodied in-universe in 22 Jump Street. For the fictional sequel 29 Jump Street Jonah Hill's character Schmidt is recast with Seth Rogen, with Jenko being the only one to notice the change. When 30 Jump Street comes out Hill is Schmidt again.

Live Action TV
  • In the first season of Babylon 5, Na'Toth was played by Caitlin Brown; she left the show at the end of the season, and was replaced by Mary Kay Adams. The showrunner thought Adams' performance didn't suit the character as well, and Na'Toth was written out. She returned for a single guest appearance in the final season, once again played by Caitlin Brown.
  • On Two and a Half Men, Delores Pasternak was originally played by Missi Pyle. When she returned two years later, she was played by Alicia Witt. In brief appearances in later seasons, Missi Pyle came back.
  • Roseanne. Lecy Goranson played the role of Becky for the first five seasons. Sarah Chalke took over the role for the 6th and 7th seasons. Lecy Goranson returned to the role in the 8th season, and Sarah Chalke took over again in the 9th season.
  • Red Dwarf: Holly was played by Norman Lovett in Seasons 1 and 2, changed to Hattie Hayridge in seasons 3 to 5, was absent in season 6, then was back to being Norman Lovett in 7 and 8 (and disappeared again in Back to Earth and 10.)
  • Doctor Who:
    • K9 was voiced by John Leeson in Seasons 14-16, and then by David Brierley in Season 17. Leeson, however, returned in Season 18 and in all of the character's intermittent returns to the franchise since.
    • Alpha Centauri was voiced by Ysanne Churchman in the Third Doctor stories "The Curse of Peladon" and "The Monster of Peladon". Jane Goddard voiced the character in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays; Churchman returned (at the age of 92) for the Twelfth Doctor story "Empress of Mars".
  • In the second season of Batman, John Astin replaced Frank Gorshin as the Riddler. For the third and final season, Gorshin returned to the role.
  • In Neighbours, Louise "Lolly" Carpenter was played by Jiordan Anna Tolli from 1994 (shortly after the character was born) to 2001. She returned in 2007 for a few months, now played by Adelaide Kane before leaving again. Jiordan later reprised the role for an episode in 2013.
  • In Drake & Josh, Helen DuBois was played by Yvette Nicole Brown in her first appearance "Movie Job". Due to Brown being unavailable to reprise her role (as she was working on a new TV series at the time), Helen was played by Francis Callier in "Little Diva". Brown returned as Helen in all subsequent appearances.

  • A snarly example from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Trillian was played in the original radio show by Susan Sheridan, and in the TV adaptation by Sandra Dickinson (despite most of the radio cast being kept on). In the relaunched radio series made much later, both Trillians were cast, with Sheridan as the "original" Trillian and Dickinson as her alternate-universe counterpart from Mostly Harmless.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • In Aladdin, Robin Williams reprised his role as the Genie for the second sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, which came after Dan Castellaneta had played the role in the first sequel and the TV series. Williams was persuaded to return when King of Thieves was already in production, making him Castellaneta's Other Marty.
  • Return To Never Land, the sequel to Disney's Peter Pan, would have featured Kathryn Beaumont playing an older Wendy in a fifty-year Role Reprisal, but she got Other Marty'd by Kath Soucie. Later that same year, Beaumont did get to be Wendy again in Kingdom Hearts I.
  • On Futurama, the Robot Devil is usually played by Dan Castellaneta, but was replaced by Maurice LaMarche in one episode where his appearance was merely a throwaway gag.
  • Cars: Owen Wilson usually abides by the rule of only being in the movies, with Keith Ferguson replacing him in games and shorts, but he's started to voice the role in side projects more often.
  • In 1996, a short series called Toy Story Treats was produced, with Poor Man's Substitute used for the cast. Post-Toy Story 3, new short films called Toy Story Toons and TV specials are being produced that leave the series' All-Star Cast intact.
  • The Emperor's New School, the spin-off to The Emperor's New Groove, saw Fred Tatasciore replacing John Goodman. Goodman took over in the second season.
  • Gargoyles
    • Maria Chavez was usually played by Rachel Ticotin, but replaced by Elisa Gabrielli for just one episode.
    • In the first (and only canon) episode of the third season, John Castaway was voiced by Alan Cumming. In subsequent appearances, he was voiced by Scott Cleverdon. This didn't seem particularly significant, until the comic book series (canon unlike the rest of the season) revealed that Castaway is actually Jon Canmore, who was voiced by Cleverdon.
  • When the Barbie film series received an Animation Bump and started tackling more modern storylines, they also intended to get a fresh voice actress for Barbie, so Kelly Sheridan was let go after almost ten years in the role, and replaced with Diana Kaarina. Kaarina lasted barely more than a year before fan demand brought Sheridan back.
  • Bulk Biceps of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was voiced by director Jayson Thiessen back when all he ever said was "YEAH!" When he became an Ascended Extra with actual dialogue for the episode "Rainbow Falls", Michael Dobson was used. Thiessen's "YEAH!" returned in "Equestria Games".
  • Ben 10: Omniverse:
  • Kim Possible villain Señor Senior, Senior was originally voiced by Ricardo Montalban, who was replaced by Earl Boen when he was unable to record an episode and brought back when he was in better health.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series:
    • War Machine's appearance falls into this, with James Avery, War Machine's original voice actor on Iron Man reprising the role (likely due to Dorian Harewood, his successor, voicing Tombstone).
    • While The Other Darrin within the show, Storm's original voice actress in X-Men Iona Morris, reprised the role during the Secret Wars adaptation instead of Alison Sealy-Smith as Morris lived in LA and the original guest appearances of the X-Men proved expensive, as X-Men was recorded in Toronto and the voice cast was flown to LA.
  • Scooby-Doo:
  • Looney Tunes: Jeff Bergman initially voiced many of the Looney Tunes characters after Mel Blanc's death, only to be replaced by Joe Alaskey. Starting with The Looney Tunes Show , Jeff returned to many of his roles.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh:
    • The 1983-1986 Live Action Puppet Show Welcome to Pooh Corner had Piglet being voiced by Phil Baron instead of John Fiedler. Fiedler returned to the role in The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and continued to voice Piglet until his death in 2005.
    • The third and fourth seasons of New Adventures had Jim Cummings voicing Tigger in addition to Pooh because Paul Winchell's health was declining. Winchell reprises his role in Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too!, Pooh's Grand Adventure, A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving and Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine For You. Cummings took over the role permanently from The Tigger Movie onwards.note 
    • The 2011 Winnie-the-Pooh film saw Bud Luckey replace Peter Cullen as Eeyore. Six years later, the Doc McStuffins/Winnie The Pooh crossover saw Cullen back in the role.
  • Lacey Chabert voiced Meg for the first 10-12 episodes of Family Guy before being replaced by Mila Kunis. The episodes "Back To The Pilot" and "Yug Ylimaf", both of which involve time travel, brings back Lacey to voice past Meg.
  • A very unique case happened with the series finale of Samurai Jack. Mako, the original voice of Aku, had been dead for roughly 11 years by the time the episode aired and was already replaced by Greg Baldwin for the long-overdue fifth season. However, the opening moments of the final episode feature archival footage of the show's first opening, complete with Mako's original narration, a role he receives credit for as "Past Aku."
  • Reboot: Guardian Bob, the main character of the first two seasons, was voiced by Michael Benyaer until the second season finale. After an extended absence for much of the third season, he returns in an upgraded form now voiced by Ian James Corlett. In the feature-length film that comprises half of the fourth season, however, both versions appear voiced by their respective actors.
  • Hey Arnold!: Arnold's first voice actor (not counting the theatrical pilot) Toran Caudell, was recast after season 1 due to puberty changing his voice. He returned to provide Arnold's singing voice in the season 2 episode "What's Opera Arnold?" because his replacement, Phillip Van Dyke, wasn't a good singer and Toran still sounded like Arnold when he sang.
  • In the Latin American dub of Steven Universe, Karrina Para quit the role of Sadie during the show's third season due to personal reasons. Mariangny Álvarez took over from here on out... Except in episode 89, where Para voiced her one last time.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold had Two-Face voiced by James Remar in two of his three appearances, "The Fate of Equinox!" and "The Mask of Matches Malone!". However, his second of the three, "Chill of the Night!", the character is voiced by Richard Moll (a case of Role Reprisal as Moll voiced Dent in Batman: The Animated Series) briefly in "Chill of the Night!" because Two-Face in didn't have a lot to do and it'd been easier and cheaper to get Moll, who was voicing Lew Moxon, to do the voice.
  • During the Justice League episode "Hereafter", Corey Burton replaced Malcolm McDowell, Bud Cort, and Miguel Ferrer in the respective roles of Metallo, Toyman, and Weather Wizard. While Ferrer wouldn't come back, later during the final Unlimited season, McDowell and Cort would reprise their respective roles.
  • Spongebob Squarepants had an example in the Latin-American Spanish dub, where Luis Perez Pons, voice of Mr. Krabs (or Don Cangrejo as he's called there) was replaced after the fifth season by Carlos Vitale, only to come back in the middle of the ninth season after Vitale's retirement.
  • The Lego Justice League movie, "Lego DC Comics: Justice League Vs Bizarro League", had Wonder Woman voiced by Kari Wahlgren instead of Grey De Lisle Griffin. Once the sequel, Attack Of The Legion Of Doom, came out, Grey returned to the role.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars had Ahmed Best reprise his role of Jar Jar Binks, only for BJ Hughes to replace him after a single episode. Hughes only lasted three episodes, and Best was brought back for all of Jar Jar's subsequent appearances.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987):
    • The '87 incarnations have appeared in crossovers with the 2003 and 2012 incarnations. For the 2003 crossover the original actors (Cam Clarke, Rob Paulsen, Townsend Coleman, and Barry Gordon) could not reprise their roles because of legal issues (the 2003 show was non-union, and recorded in New York) and had to be replaced by soundalikes. When the 1987 Turtles crossed over with the 2012 series, it did not have the same legal troubles due to being recorded in LA (and union), thus allowing the original '87 Turtles actors to return.
    • Speaking of Rob Paulsen, he left the original series after the ninth season, so Raphael was voiced by Michael Gough instead for the tenth and final season. Paulsen's return for the crossover with the 2012 cartoon allowed him to play Raphael again in almost 20 years (it helps that he also voices the 2012 incarnation of Donatello).