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** ''Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate'' (2017 Japan, 2018 elsewhere) marks the return of Lao-Shan Lung, who hadn't appeared in a ''[=MonHun=]'' game in 8 years (''Monster Hunter Freedom Unite'' in 2008 for Japan and 2009 elsewhere).

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** ''Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate'' (2017 Japan, 2018 elsewhere) marks the return of Lao-Shan Lung, who hadn't appeared in a ''[=MonHun=]'' game in 8 9 years (''Monster Hunter Freedom Unite'' in 2008 for Japan and 2009 elsewhere).


** ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' (2018 worldwide) not only brings back Lunastra, who also had been absent since ''Freedom Unite'' while her mate Teostra would appear in ''Monster Hunter 4'', ''4 Ultimate'', and ''Generations'', but also gives her a big dose of [[DivergentCharacterEvolution differentiation from Teostra]].

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** ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' (2018 worldwide) not only brings back Lunastra, who also had been absent since ''Freedom Unite'' while her mate Teostra would appear in ''Monster Hunter 4'', ''4 Ultimate'', and ''Generations'', but also gives her a big dose of [[DivergentCharacterEvolution differentiation from Teostra]].Teostra]] to give her a reason to come back.

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** ''Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate'' (2017 Japan, 2018 elsewhere) marks the return of Lao-Shan Lung, who hadn't appeared in a ''[=MonHun=]'' game in 8 years (''Monster Hunter Freedom Unite'' in 2008 for Japan and 2009 elsewhere).
** ''VideoGame/MonsterHunterWorld'' (2018 worldwide) not only brings back Lunastra, who also had been absent since ''Freedom Unite'' while her mate Teostra would appear in ''Monster Hunter 4'', ''4 Ultimate'', and ''Generations'', but also gives her a big dose of [[DivergentCharacterEvolution differentiation from Teostra]].

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***As of this edit however, Jun ISN'T in the Tekken 7 roster.

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* ''Film/GodsNotDeadALightInDarkness'': Josh reappears in this movie, after having not been seen since the [[Film/GodsNotDead first one]]. It seems he chose not to pursue a legal career, and went into the ministry with Dave.


** Princess Daisy first appeared in 1989 in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' for the Gameboy. She made an appearance as Luigi's caddy in ''NES Open Tournament Golf'' in 1991, and then disappeared for 9 years until ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'' in 2000.

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** Princess Daisy first appeared in 1989 in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' for the Gameboy. She made an appearance as Luigi's caddy in ''NES Open Tournament Golf'' in 1991, and then disappeared for 9 years until ''VideoGame/MarioTennis'' in 2000. Also, she returns to main Mario Series on ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRun'' on 2017 December Update.

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* In ''Manga/{{Touch}}'': Several chapters after being sent to South America, Takeshi Yoshida's back, he's ace pitcher for a different school, and loses embarrassingly against Meisei. After that, we never see him again.

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* The ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaReflection'' manga had a rather extreme example when it had a cameo of Misato Mikami, who hadn't been seen since the ''VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' [=OVAs=], a whopping 15 years earlier (making the bus trip in question longer than the ''Lyrical Nanoha'' franchise as a whole).


* Samanosuke Akechi, the PlayerCharacter from the first ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}'' game ''[[VideoGame/OnimushaWarlords Warlords]]'', was totally MIA from ''VideoGame/Onimusha2SamuraisDestiny]], bringing in an entirely new cast. He made his triumphant return for ''VideoGame/Onimusha3DemonSiege'' as 1 of 2 Player Characters. ''VideoGame/OnimushaDawnOfDreams'' once again appears to lack his presence, but [[spoiler: it's heavily implied, then fully revealed during the end credits, that the Supporting Character Tenkai Nankobo is in fact a very old Samanosuke.]]

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* Samanosuke Akechi, the PlayerCharacter from the first ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}'' game ''[[VideoGame/OnimushaWarlords Warlords]]'', was totally MIA from ''VideoGame/Onimusha2SamuraisDestiny]], bringing in ''VideoGame/Onimusha2SamuraisDestiny'', which featured a different lead character and an entirely new supporting cast. He made his triumphant return for ''VideoGame/Onimusha3DemonSiege'' as 1 of 2 Player Characters. ''VideoGame/OnimushaDawnOfDreams'' once again appears to lack his presence, but [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's heavily implied, then fully revealed during the end credits, that the Supporting Character key supporting character Tenkai Nankobo is in fact a very old Samanosuke.]]

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* ''VideoGame/PersonaQ2NewCinemaLabyrinth'' marks the triumphant return to the franchise of the female protagonist of ''VideoGame/Persona3 Portable'', who hadn't been seen since 2009.


->''After months and months of rumors, flat-out denials, and almost certainly some begging by the producers, Michael Rosenbaum has agreed to reprise his role as Lex Luthor for the series finale of ''{{Series/Smallville}}''. When asked why he finally relented after refusing to return for so long, the actor explained that someone reminded him he was Michael fucking Rosenbaum, and what the fuck else did he have going on.''

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->''After months and months of rumors, flat-out denials, and almost certainly some begging by the producers, Michael Rosenbaum Creator/MichaelRosenbaum has agreed to reprise his role as Lex Luthor for the series finale of ''{{Series/Smallville}}''. When asked why he finally relented after refusing to return for so long, the actor explained that someone reminded him he was Michael fucking Rosenbaum, and what the fuck else did he have going on.''



* During the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' BatFamilyCrossover, "Officer Down", Jim Gordon retired and was succeeded as Police Commissioner by Michael Akins. The "One Year Later" TimeSkip after ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' revealed that Gordon was back as the GPCP Commissioner, but there was no word about Akin's whereabouts. However, TheBusCameBack in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'', with Akins replacing the corrupt [[CorruptPolitician Sebstain Hady]] as Gotham's mayor.

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* During the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' BatFamilyCrossover, "Officer Down", Jim Gordon retired and was succeeded as Police Commissioner by Michael Akins. The "One Year Later" TimeSkip after ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' revealed that Gordon was back as the GPCP GCPD Commissioner, but there was no word about Akin's whereabouts. However, TheBusCameBack Akins came back in ''ComicBook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'', with Akins replacing the corrupt [[CorruptPolitician Sebstain Hady]] as Gotham's mayor.


* Samanosuke, the PlayerCharacter from the first game, was totally MIA from ''[[Franchise/{{Onimusha}} Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny]]'', bringing in an entirely new cast. He made his triumphant return for ''Onimusha 3: Demon Siege'' as 1 of 2 Player Characters. ''Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams'' once again appears to lack his presence, but [[spoiler: it's heavily implied, then fully revealed during the end credits, that the Supporting Character Tenkai Nankobo is in fact a very old Samanosuke.]]

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* Samanosuke, Samanosuke Akechi, the PlayerCharacter from the first game, ''Franchise/{{Onimusha}}'' game ''[[VideoGame/OnimushaWarlords Warlords]]'', was totally MIA from ''[[Franchise/{{Onimusha}} Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny]]'', ''VideoGame/Onimusha2SamuraisDestiny]], bringing in an entirely new cast. He made his triumphant return for ''Onimusha 3: Demon Siege'' ''VideoGame/Onimusha3DemonSiege'' as 1 of 2 Player Characters. ''Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams'' ''VideoGame/OnimushaDawnOfDreams'' once again appears to lack his presence, but [[spoiler: it's heavily implied, then fully revealed during the end credits, that the Supporting Character Tenkai Nankobo is in fact a very old Samanosuke.]]


** A far bigger Star Wars example is [[spoiler: Darth Maul, who seemingly dies at the end of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and does not reappear at all throughout the rest of the prequel trilogy or sequel trilogy. He is finally brought back at the end of [[Film/{{Solo}}]] NINETEEN years later, with new robotic legs and a new profession as a crime boss. Somewhat averted for fans who kept up with the series outside of the films, as he had already returned for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' much earlier.]]

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** A far bigger Star Wars example is [[spoiler: Darth Maul, who seemingly dies at the end of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and does not reappear at all throughout the rest of the prequel trilogy or sequel trilogy. He is finally brought back at the end of [[Film/{{Solo}}]] ''Film/{{Solo}}'' NINETEEN years later, with new robotic legs and a new profession as a crime boss. Somewhat averted for fans who kept up with the series outside of the films, as he had already returned for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' much earlier.]]


** A far bigger Star Wars example is [[spoiler: Darth Maul, who seemingly dies at the end of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and does not reappear at all throughout the rest of the prequel trilogy or sequel trilogy. He is finally brought back at the end of Solo NINETEEN years later, with new robotic legs and a new profession as a crime boss. Somewhat averted for fans who kept up with the series outside of the films, as he had already returned for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' much earlier.]]

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** A far bigger Star Wars example is [[spoiler: Darth Maul, who seemingly dies at the end of ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and does not reappear at all throughout the rest of the prequel trilogy or sequel trilogy. He is finally brought back at the end of Solo [[Film/{{Solo}}]] NINETEEN years later, with new robotic legs and a new profession as a crime boss. Somewhat averted for fans who kept up with the series outside of the films, as he had already returned for ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' much earlier.]]


* Yoda, a wise sage who guided the main characters throughout the first three episodes of ''Franchise/StarWars'', is absent from Episode IV, ''Film/ANewHope'', due to his humiliating defeat and exile at the end of ''Episode III'' by the evil Emperor Palpatine. He reappears in [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V]] and [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI]] once ''A New Hope'''s protagonist learns where Yoda is exiled and goes to seek his wisdom.

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* Yoda, a wise sage who guided the main characters throughout the first three episodes of ''Franchise/StarWars'', is absent from Episode IV, ''Film/ANewHope'', due to his humiliating defeat and exile at the end of ''Episode III'' by the evil Emperor Palpatine. He reappears in [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Episode V]] and [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Episode VI]] once ''A New Hope'''s protagonist learns where Yoda is exiled and goes to seek his wisdom. [[spoiler: Oh, and he also made a surprise cameo in ''Film/TheLastJedi''.]]

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