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The very first page of Don Rosa's very first story, and he's already throwing several references to Carl Barks' stories at you.

A single shot, scene, line or panel full of Continuity Nods. This gives long-time viewers satisfaction that the previous exploits they saw are in this entry's canon, and encourages newer readers to Archive Binge to see what they missed, without getting in the way of the current plot too much.

Sometimes shows up as an extreme form of Back for the Finale, where everybody in the show comes back for the Grand Finale.

When a work is made primarily of these, or is driven by continuity concerns, it's known as Continuity Porn.

Superhero Trophy Shelf is a sub-trope. Fully Automatic Clip Show is a Sister Trope, where previous events are shown, instead of referenced, in rapid succession.



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  • A 2017 Disneyland commercial, which promoted the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, takes place in a warehouse filled with remnants of various former attractions, including the original park entrance sign, Skyway cabins, RX-12 from the original Star Tours, and Sam the Eagle from America Sings.
  • One of the "What Happens In Vegas...." commercials shows a bus leaving the city. All the riders are characters from previous commercials in the series.
  • A Toys R Us commercial in 1996 showed all the kids (except one, who was played by Jaleel White) from a 1982 commercial (now 14 years older) doing the same stuff they did in the original, showing that growing up doesn't mean you grow out of Toys R Us.

    Anime and Manga 
  • In Assassination Classroom, just about every minor character from previous mini-arcs (who wasn't a major Arc Villain) shows up at Class E's cafe at the school festival: the high school punks from the Kyoto field trip, old rivals from the main building, Yuuji and the assassins from the island hotel, and the old man and his daycare kids, to name a few.
  • In episode 25 of Best Student Council, almost every one-shot character from the previous episodes shows up to act as a distraction when the Student Council storms the Jinguuji Conglomerate.
  • The second OVA of Fairy Tail has snippets of the series in a High School AU setting.
  • A series of reaction shots over the multi-episode finale of Fairy Musketeers eventually features everyone ever seen in the series that's still alive and not an enemy.
  • Naruto features Kabuto resurrecting nearly every deceased character in the series, along with nearly every living character fighting in the Shinobi War.
  • In the Crayon Shin-chan episodes based on Star Wars, the Cantina scene has appearances of many characters from the Big Damn Movies, who otherwise never appear on the series proper.
  • Persona 4: The Animation, like the Video Game example below, has a scene in episode 15 filled with callbacks to Persona 3.
  • A mini cavalcade occurs at the end of the first arc of Digimon Adventure, with a bunch of characters from across the arc showing up to help the chosen children build a raft.
  • Almost all the one-shot characters from Digimon Savers, and more, can be seen helping in episode 47.
  • In Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time, characters from all the previous seasons' universes return to help in the last two episodes.
  • In Trigun Maximum, right before Vash heads out for the final battle against Legato and Knives, he has a brief 3-page flashback to everyone he's met over the course of the series... and even some characters that only appeared in the anime!
  • As Yahiko prepares to face off against Kenshin in the final chapter of Rurouni Kenshin, he is instructed to "think back to all the battles he's fought" before striking; this of course is an excuse for a two-page spread with portraits of nearly every villain and supporting character to have appeared in the series (even ones Yahiko never met).
  • The final chapter of Franken Fran features Fran's Dying Dream (almost), in which she dreams to attend a party where the guests are every single character who ever appeared during the manga. When she's about to meet her "father", Professor Madaraki... she is saved and wakes up.
  • Medaka Box has had the various one off characters or defeated villains show up every so often in a neat example of the creator remembering the entirety of the story, but chapter 187-189 have every single named character, no matter how small, show up. Chapter 190 goes a step further and shows each one of them left individualized well wishes for Medaka. A true accomplishment for the creator, to have made and juggled the personalities, no matter how shallow, of all of these characters. For those not in the know, this totals to a stupendous one hundred individual and easily recognizable characters.
  • The Pokémon Best Wishes ending theme, "Te o Tsunagō" (lit. "Let's Join Hands"), has nearly every major character and nearly all their Pokémon making an appearance.
  • Gundam Build Fighters is filled with references to previous Gundam series, with main characters from previous shows making cameo's in the background of scenes, every robot in the series being based on mobile suits from older Gundam shows, and numerous characters repeating quotes from previous series.
  • A chapter of Black Jack (possibly intended to be the series finale, but eventually new chapters were written) has the titular Black Jack board a train and meet every recurring character he's come across during the series.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, old cards may be used as "extras" in crowd shots of duels, and any other situation where random cards would be shown. The last OP of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, for example, begins with a bunch of cards flying across the screen, all of which are famous cards from the first two series.
  • In Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!'s second-to-last episode (which began a two-part finale) gave a cameo to each student who had been transformed into a Monster of the Week in a previous episode. Other than that they were each a One-Shot Character.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War:
    • In chapter 100, Kaguya thinks back to all the photos that were lost when her phone was destroyed. Every single one of them had been previously seen by the reader. And when the rest of the student council forms a group album so she has photos to put on her new smartphone in the following chapter, every single one of them is new, but they can all be identified at a glance for which chapter they came from and (for all but one) who took them.
    • The ending for episode 3 of the anime is a song sung by Fujiwara with most of her poses and lines taken directly from the manga.

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  • Big Finish Doctor Who: In "The Screaming Skull" from the UNIT: Tales From the Vault subseries, on Captain Yates' first visit to the Vault he recognises various things from his own UNIT career including plastic daffodils and the Devil's End gargoyle. There's also things he doesn't recognise, including a chess set that plays by itself. He also mentions that the Vault used to be run by C19 and that it's a sister site to the Black Archive. There's another rundown of his UNIT career when Rees attempts to take over his mind, which also mentions Mrs. Wibsy and Nest Cottage, confirming that the AudioGO Fourth Doctor stories are still canon.

    Comic Books 
  • The cover of JLA/Avengers #3 shows everyone who had ever been an Avenger or JLAer to that point, even if they're not otherwise involved in that particular Intercontinuity Crossover. Although the plot was as such that every one of them was technically involved in the conflicts of issues 3 and 4. Especially 4, which is filled with these - it's George Perez drawing a battle that involves every Avenger, every Leaguer, and possibly every supervillain ever culled from the timestream.
  • The cover for issue #24 of the ongoing Batgirl series, the final issue before the DC relaunch in September 2011, contains every single character to ever appear in the series. This includes villains, allies, civilians and people who only appeared in individual issues.
  • Grant Morrison's Batman series took this to new heights in every panoramic shot of the Batcave, showing almost every Batmobile, numerous helicopters, and trophy cases with outfits worn for only a few comics (including Stephanie's Robin outfit).
  • The comic for Buffy the Vampire Slayer restarted with issue #51. The storyline Note From The Underground, running from #47 to #50, brought nearly everyone Back for the Finale. Angel and Faith played major parts and the rest of Angel Investigations got cameos. There were references to Riley Finn, Spike and Maggie Walsh, and a splash page of former foes included the Mayor, the Master, former Slayer Yuki, the Gentlemen and Glory. A vampire from the first issue of the comic was brought back from the dead to fight Buffy again, which was acknowledged in-universe but not explained. Kendra and the First Slayer appear as part of a vision sequence also featuring the historical Slayers from Tales of the Slayers, and there's a flashback recap of the TV show. There's even the return of Pike as a major character, and the Big Bad leading the Scourge turns out to be Adam.
  • In the Fear Itself tie-in, The Deep, Doctor Strange summons a two-page spread of "Defenders, Secret Defenders, even those who were only Defenders-for-a-Day" to stop Attuma from crushing Namor and his allies.
  • Having previously established that Superman villain Dominus has the power to create pocket universes around Superman (in his first appearance, he created four, homaging The Golden Age of Comic Books, The Silver Age of Comic Books, The Bronze Age of Comic Books, and Superman-of-the-Future Imaginary Tales), their final battle in Superman: King of the World is an Alternate Continuity Cavalcade, in which Superman briefly becomes Kingdom Come Superman, DC One Million Superman, and others.
  • The first volume of The Sandman has a scene where Morpheus goes to an old storage room of the JLA to recover one of his missing regalia. It is full of references to other JLA adventures.
  • The celebration in the first part of Asterix in Corsica brings back friends from a wide range of earlier Asterix adventures, and includes numerous references to those stories. In order of arrival:
    • Petitsuix, the Helvetian innkeeper from Asterix in Switzerland.
    • Huevos y Bacon, father and son, leaders of the lone Hispanian holdout village against the Romans from Asterix in Spain.
    • Instantmix, the Rome-based Gaulish restaurateur from Asterix the Gladiator.
    • From Asterix in Britain, Asterix' cousin once removed Anticlimax, Hibernian chieftain O'Veroptimistix, Caledonian chieftain McAnix, Anticlimax' village chieftain Mykingdomforanos, and British innkeeper Dipsomaniax.
    • From Asterix and the Banquet, resistance leader Jellibabix from Lugdunum (Lyon), innkeeper Drinklikafix from Massilia (Marseilles), and boat captain Seniorservix from Gesocribatum (Le Conquet).
    • Winesanspirix, the Arvernian innkeeper from Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield.
  • An issue of Adventure Time: Candy Capers has Peppermint Butler recruiting a ridiculously large number of Z-list characters from different episodes of the TV show to go on a quest which turns out to be to reclaim Princess Bubblegum's dry-cleaning.
  • Little Annie Fanny from Playboy had an installment celebrating the strip's 20th anniversary, which featured appearances by many minor and back-ground characters from previous strips.
  • In one of newer volume of Polish series Kayko & Kokosh the heroes meet a barkeeper who collects wanted posters. When he show them his collection on the wall it's includes almost all of the one-shot villians from the series. He even ask the character have they even seen such rouges gallery.

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    Films — Animation 
  • In the The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which was based on the Tintin comic books, the walls of Tintin's room are covered with newspaper clippings referencing his previous adventures, and the opening credits are animated into a sequence referencing many characters and landmarks from the books.
  • Po's room in Kung Fu Panda 3 is filled with references to the previous films, including the old dummy from the training hall, the Furious Five action figures, the drawings of Tigress and the Five from Po's old room, and a painting of Master Thundering Rhino and the Tower of Sacred Flame, among others.
  • Toy Story 3 has quite a few scenes filled with hardly anything but references to the first two movies. Most notably, the opening scene consisted of a combination of Toy Story's "Andy playing with toys"-themed opening and Toy Story 2's fake-out action opening, with references to another short scene in Toy Story 2 where Andy played with his toys.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle features appearances from every single significant character of the previous six books (the exception is Susan, who is mentioned but doesn't appear).
  • The Chronicles of Prydain: In the final book, The High King, almost every character that's appeared in the series comes back, a few characters that have only been spoken of up to that point actually appear, and almost every dead character is referenced in some way. Everyone that comes back does something, except for Glew, who comes back and does nothing.
  • All the Discworld witches from previous books (and a few other major characters from other lines like Ridcully and Vetinari) react to the death of Granny Weatherwax in The Shepherd's Crown and most of them return for the final battle against the elves.
  • Dragaera: Practically every friend, ally, or frenemy Vlad Taltos has ever met in the previous books plays a role in Hawk, whether by taking direct action, providing necessary equipment and materials, or by inspiring Vlad's plan through something they'd taught him years ago.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe: Near the start of the Time Lord Victorious novel All Flesh is Grass, it's mentioned that Brian the Ood has made various modifications to the flagship of the Vinctis Fleet, each one salvaged from a different Dark Times race. These include a Racnoss web-gun, a Jagaroth warp thruster, Uxaerian doomsday particles and Daemon shielding. And the Soul Orbs of Grelsh, which might be a reference to a throwaway line in a Bernice Summerfield audio.
  • Franny K. Stein:
    • The fourth book The Fran That Time Forgot had Franny see glimpses of the Pumpkin-Crab Monster, the 50-Ft. Cupid and the two-headed robot from the previous three books when she goes back in time to change her Embarrassing Middle Name.
    • In the eighth book Bad Hair Day, Franny's mom hears about Franny's pigtails (having come to life and grown gigantic from engorging themselves on Franny's growth formula) from a news report on TV and asks her daughter if she knows anything about this. Franny answers that of course she does because rampaging creatures are her thing. The accompanying illustration shows Franny remembering her encounters with the Pumpkin-Crab Monster, the 50-Ft. Cupid and the two-headed robot like in The Fran That Time Forgot, with the addition of the titular creature from the seventh book The Frandidate.
  • Harry Potter
    • The final task of the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire featured an obstacle course / maze in which Harry was forced to recall many different spells and creatures he'd been shown to have learned about in the previous three books.
    • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, every single surviving character from previous books comes back and does something. The most major exception is Gabrielle Delacour, who comes back but does nothing. The audiobook broke the world record for "most characters performed by one voice actor in an audio book".
  • The Once and Future King
    • In the ending of The Sword in the Stone, all the animals Wart had met during his lessons under Merlin show up to advise him on pulling out the sword.
    • The ending of The Ill-Made Knight has all the knights from the novel react and cheer as Lancelot manages to pull off a miracle after all.
  • Every book in the series Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot ends with the villain getting thrown in jail next to the villains from the previous books.
  • The Rotten Ralph book The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph has Ralph reference the events of several previous books when he explains to his owner Sarah how he lost eight of his nine lives.
  • The final trilogy in The Sword of Truth brings back a significant number of characters from throughout the series in major and minor roles. Even dead characters and some that barely got a mention after their book play a part.
  • In Warrior Cats, during the big battle in the then-Grand Finale The Last Hope, most characters from the original series, several minor characters who hadn't appeared for a while, and a ton of other characters from the backstory of the series, all show up as Backup from Otherworld.
  • In the final book of The Wheel of Time series, Rand and Mat reunite after spending many books apart, and almost immediately begin bragging to each other about all of their accomplishments since they'd last met. Rand's feats are certainly more impressive in the grand scheme of things ("I cleansed saidin, I win."), but Mat's the one who gets the last word ("By the way, I'm the one who rescued Moiraine.").

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the premiere of 24: Live Another Day, when Mark Bodreau, the White House Chief of Staff, opens Jack's file we briefly see a list of confirmed kills Jack's made throughout the course of the original series.
  • Bones: Season 11, Episode 18, "The Movie in the Making". A television crew is following the cast around, documenting the relationship between the Jeffersonian and the FBI, and this provides plenty of opportunities for everyone to reminisce about past plots and deceased characters.
  • In the first episode of the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Lessons", where a shape-shifting villain takes, in quick succession, the form of every Big Bad from the past six seasons (barring Angelus and Willow in favor of Drusilla and Warren), and finally, Buffy herself.
    • Season 5 finale "The Gift"'s Previously On… turns into a rapid-fire clip show of the entire series up until this point.
  • The Series Fauxnale of Charmed has the girls discuss several of their past adventures as they try to come up with a way to defeat Zankou, and in particular has several references to Prue.
  • The entire series finale of Chuck is one big parade of Continuity Nods, bringing back: Fulcrum, the Ring, the Wienerlicious, Jeffster!, Casey's Desert Eagle, and Mama B, and heavily focuses on the entire history of the Intersect mythology including references to Bryce, Stephen, Ted Roark (virtually unmentioned since Season 2) and Hartley/ Volkoff. In fact, much of the entire final season itself serves the purpose including appearances by Daniel Shaw, Director Graham and Sarah's adopted little sister who was mentioned once in the series's fourth episode, and was never brought up again prior to that point!.
  • The CSI final-season episode "Merchants of Menace" heavily featured the trade of 'murderobilia' (memorobilia connected to serial killers), allowing the writers to make Continuity Nods to multiple serial killers previously featured in the series. The first scene alone makes mention of the Strip Strangler (a somewhat forgettable serial killer from the first season), the Blue Paint Killer (who hadn't even been mentioned for several seasons), and Nate Haskell, and one of the Miniature Killer's miniatures plays an important role later in the episode.
  • Desperate Housewives:
    • In season 6 premiere there's a shot from Paul Young's earlier life filled with this. It's then taken Up to Eleven in a brief scene of a garden party, where practically everyone from season 1 is present despite of some of them not being seen in the series in six years. This means they hired several actors years past to sit in a garden chair for three seconds.
    • Shows up again in the series finale — the very last scene shows the ghosts of many of the major and supporting characters who have died over the course of the show, watching as Susan moves away from Wisteria Lane.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Likewise, the final episode of Farscape served up a Continuity Cavalcade during it's "previouslyOn" segment, by showing clips of almost every one of the previous episodes in about five seconds.
  • The Frasier episode "Don Juan in Hell Part Two" has Frasier hallucinate that Lilith, Diane, his first wife Nanette and his mother are all giving him unhelpful advice about his love life. At one point he opens the door to escape and sees "every woman I ever dated!" as numerous previous Girls of the Week crowd in the doorway.
  • Game of Thrones: Tyrion's trial in "The Laws of Gods and Men". In addition to being a Darker and Edgier echo of Tyrion's trial in Season 1, Ser Meryn Trant recalls how Tyrion "educated" his nephew in "Garden of Bones", Cersei recounts his threat to turn her joy to ashes in "The Prince of Winterfell", Varys brings up his threats to Joffrey in "Mhysa", Tyrion himself brings up Varys' reassurance that some men will never forget he saved the city, Shae brings up numerous details of their affair throughout the series, and Jaime brings up Tywin's thousand year dynasty speech from "You Win or You Die".
  • In the first mid-season finale of Glee, the kids do a performance for Mr. Schue after winning Sectionals - with all the choreography being a mashup of previous numbers. In the series Grand Finale "Dreams Come True", everyone who was a member of New Directions for more than an episode appears in the final number "I Lived" note .
  • Gossip Girl's finale "New York I Love You XOXO" features cameos by nearly every major recurring character (plus Hilary Duff shot a poster), most during the reveal of Gossip Girl's identity.
  • One scene in the House finale featured several familiar faces from the past. The episode as a whole saw the return of every former team member plus Stacy. That's every significant character who appeared in a double digit number of episodes (plus Dominika, who appeared in 6), except Cuddy. They just couldn't get Lisa Edelstein.
  • The final episode of season 6 of How I Met Your Mother has references throughout to a variety of gags, such as Lily's body-pillow of Marshall and the return of the driver, Ranjit.
    • One episode of Season 9 has a "where are they now" sequence for many of the characters throughout the series.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
    • In "Thunder Gun Express", Frank commandeers a tour boat and begins regaling the Japanese Tourists with plots from previous episodes.
    • "The High School Reunion" features wall-to-wall references to past episodes, bringing back a lot of one-off characters and referencing things that happened previously in the series.
    • "The Gang Recycles Their Trash" is entirely based on continuity nods. The gang starts rehashing their old jokes, causing Dee to keep asking, "Haven't we done this before?" In response, the gang starts actively recreating some of their past schemes. Many of the jokes from past episodes are recreated with a new twist.
    • "Frank Falls Out the Window" features a range of references to previous episodes. Frank and Charlie make Grilled Charlies and Rum Ham before Frank falls out the window and thinks that the year is 2006. The gang tries to reenact scenes from early episodes with a new twist to convince Frank that it's still 2006 and get him to give them all his money. Frank has flashbacks to the original scenes until he finally figures out that it's the present day.
  • Kamen Rider Double's summer movie Forever A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate has several of the people that W has helped (be they former Clients, Victims, or reformed Monsters of the Week) crowded together at the base of Fuuto Tower watching the Final Battle. Their belief in Double seems to be what helps unlock CycloneJokerGoldXtreme.
  • Kamen Rider Fourze's movie Everyone, It's Space Time! has a scene where Gentaro is getting curb-stomped by the villains and his friends reach out to all the people he's helped over the course of the series, using The Power of Friendship to create the Fusion Switch.
  • Murdoch Mysteries
    • In the episode "Winston's Lost Night", Winston Churchill is surprised by the other names in Inspector Brackenreid's autograph book, all Historical Domain Characters from previous episodes.
    • In the episode "Murdoch on the Corner", an Establishing Shot of Constable Crabtree's home includes his shares ("Who Killed the Electric Carriage?"), his Business Machines Co. stock ("Invention Convention") and his novel Curse of the Pharaohs("The Evil Eye of Egypt").
    • The episode "The Incurables" is really one long Continuity Cavalcade, as Murdoch and Dr Odgen try to solve a murder in the incurable women's wing of the local Bedlam House. All the inmates are returning characters who were put there in previous episodes.
  • In a 10th-season episode of NCIS, the team goes through a box of props and costumes from past undercover cases, calling back to at least three previous episodes. These include Tony and Ziva passing themselves as married assassins, Tony spying on arms dealers disguised as a street performer, and Abby briefly getting a tech support job for an online sex site.
  • Every episode of Police Squad! ended with Frank listing all the other arrestees that that episode's culprit would be joining in prison, although this never got to very high levels as the show only had 6 episodes.
  • The Legend War is one of the Gokaiger concepts brought over to Power Rangers Megaforce, which starts as an adaptation of Tensou Sentai Goseiger. At first, it's seen only as Troy's dream, but it's yet to be seen (although very likely) if it wasn't exactly a dream. Also, the small Power Ranger figures lining the walls of the team's base (which are modified Ranger Keys from the teams that were adapted for Western audiences) counts as this too, at least while the show is going about adapting Goseiger.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • Back to Earth featured a continuity cavalcade when the boys from the Dwarf are transported to the real world.
      • In the sci-fi shop They Walk Among Us, Rimmer finds a piece of artificial snake skin, "like the one the polymorph turned into", a reference to the Series 3 episode "Polymorph". A moment later, when Kryten beams a photo of the Red Dwarf cast onto a nearby television screen, the TV is showing the iconic clip from "Polymorph" in which Kryten is removing Lister's rapidly shrinking boxer shorts (actually the polymorph) when Rimmer walks in on them.
      • Noddy, the clerk at They Walk Among Us, has a number of suggestions on how the crew can find propmaker Swallow's business establishment, Nose World:
        Noddy: I know! Holly HOP Drive!note 
        Rimmer: Back on Red Dwarf. (others ad-lib similar comments)
        Noddy: Er... matter paddle!note 
        Lister / Rimmer: It's on the Dwarf! / Back on Red Dwarf!
        Noddy: Timeslides, where you walk into a photograph and (makes slurping noise)!note 
        Kryten / Lister: It's on Red Dwarf, sir. / Back - on - Red Dwarf!
        Noddy: Got it! Beam there!
        (the Red Dwarf crew groan)
        Lister, Rimmer: (in unison) That's Star Trek!
        Cat: Yeah!
        Kryten: That's not us, sir. We don't do that, sir.
    • Earlier, the episode "Demons and Angels" had Lister refer to visiting a parallel universe (in "Parallel Universe"), seeing time run backwards (in "Backwards"), playing pool with planets (in "White Hole") and giving birth to twins (between "Parallel Universe" and "Backwards"). None of which is as amazing as an edible Pot Noodle.
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures, a spinoff of Doctor Who, shows and mentions many of Sarah Jane and Jo's prior adventures with the Doctor in "Death of the Doctor". The ending alludes to the status of many previous Doctor Who companions.
  • The ending of the Scrubs episode "My Finale" has JD walking down a hallway full of every character who appeared in more than one episode, and a few that only appeared in one. Except Franklin.note 
  • The final episode of Seinfeld had a lot of minor characters on the show coming back to testify against the main four.
    • And the season four finale featuring the culmination of the year-long story arc about the Show Within a Show featured various characters from the season watching the pilot.
    • In the episode "The Andrea Doria", George tries to prove that he's suffered more hardships in his life than Mr. Eldridge, an Andrea Doria survivor. He tells the stories of what happened to him in various earlier episodes.
  • With the exceptions of Lana Lang, Pete Ross, and Whitney Fordman, just about every original cast member came back for the Smallville series finale.
  • In Stargate SG-1, one episode required every Stargate in the galaxy to be linked together. A dozen Stargates from various worlds that SG-1 had visited in the past, including Earth's main Stargate and the original Alpha Site, were then shown opening.
  • The Star Trek: Voyager episode "Shattered" is all about revisiting the events of previous episodes thanks to a Negative Space Wedgie.
  • Super Sentai:
    • In GoGo Sentai Boukenger, there's a fight in the Precious bank, where every Artifact of Doom from the whole season is kept. Satoru and Ryuuwon do battle with many a MacGuffin of the Week that hadn't been mentioned since its original appearance.
    • In the opening scene of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger all the teams from the previous 34 series are shown (minus some Sixth Rangers) creating a Badass Army. The series itself is one big Continuity Cavalcade, as characters from the past 34 series makes a return practically every other episode. Between the actual episodes and the tie-in movies, all 34 have at least one returning character making an appearance.
  • A lot of spells the Russos have used over the course of Wizards of Waverly Place come back in the Grand Finale, either as an answer to a quiz question or a spell that they use in the competition.

  • Frank Zappa was fond of doing this. He made a Continuity Nod to his previous albums on the album covers and lyrics of most of his later albums.
  • The Beatles' song "Glass Onion" is full of references to previous Beatles numbers.
  • Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" video is a cavalcade of callbacks to her previous videos, including "California Gurls", "One of the Boys", "Firework", "The One that Got Away", "ET", "Hot & Cold", and "Teenage Dream".
  • Taylor Swift crammed a lot of references to her older events, appearances, and music videos in her "Look What You Made Me Do". Not even the most diehard Swiftie could catch them all on the first viewing.
  • Yes' "Tempus Fugit" from Drama, the first album not to feature Jon Anderson on lead vocals, nevertheless contains lots of references to previous Yes songs.
  • Pink Floyd has had two of them:
    • The front and back cover photos of their "Best Of" collection, Echoes.
    • The "Back Catalog" poster, depicting their album covers painted on the backs of models.
  • It's common for the CD booklets of Greatest Hits Albums to have lists of an artists other albums to entice more back catalog purchases.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering's Time Spiral expansion. Nearly every card in the set contains a reference to one or more famous (or not-so-famous) older cards. Its sequel Planar Chaos could also count, though it instead focuses on Alternate Universe versions of things. Even the third set in the block, Future Sight, built on the theme of exploring possible futures, managed to get in on the act. All three sets are themselves named after cards from earlier sets.

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    Video Games 
  • The pawn shop in King's Quest VI contains loads of items that reference puzzles from the previous games—and would have easily solved them had you come here first.
  • Dragon Age is fond of this trope.
    • The final battle of Dragon Age: Origins includes this; several of the characters you met earlier in the game will show up to help you kick the Archdemon's ass, in addition to the many unnamed Red Shirt members of your army.
    • Depending on choices made throughout Dragon Age II, a number of characters you encountered earlier in the game will show up to fight at your side during the final battle, possibly including Nathaniel Howe, Zevran, and Hawke's surviving sibling.
    • As the heroes prepare to march on the Arbor Wilds in Dragon Age: Inquisition, the player is treated to an extensive cutscene which shows various allies preparing to participate. This includes dozens of the Inquisition's own soldiers and scouts, masked soldiers in the Orlesian army, and members of the Blades of Hessarian (a warrior cult who consider the Inquisitor their leader).
    • Additionally, the second and third games contain a slew of references to the first and second games, which seasoned players will recognize, including many cameos by and letters from familiar characters.
  • Roger's quarters on the SCS DeepShip 86 in Space Quest VI: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier features mementos from all his past adventures, including the Xenon Army Knife from SQ1, the Labion Terror Beast Mating Whistle from SQ2, and the SQ4 Hintbook.
    • Another part features a database which has entries for all the races and creatures previously encountered in the other five games, no matter how minor they are.
  • Persona 4 has the characters go on a trip to Tatsumi Port Island, including a jaunt to Gekkoukan High School.
  • Mass Effect dove head-first in this direction, judging by all the effects of importing your Old Save Bonus from the first game into the second, which then pass into the third.
    • From major decisions affecting the overall plot, to receiving emails from one-off characters who were previously Quest Givers, you have a very good reason to continue a given version of Commander Shepard in his/her quest to save the galaxy. Unfortunately, bugs or designer oversight do tend to show up in these situations. In Mass Effect 2, regardless of how you handled him in Mass Effect, Conrad Verner will claim that you shoved a gun in his face. Other than that and a few other examples the writers have been very diligent about transferring your decisions from the first game to the second and third. Some bugs in the first two games have since been addressed in Mass Effect 3. If in the original Mass Effect you did not threaten him, he will apologize about making the claim that you did.
    • There's the instance just before the final battle sequence in Mass Effect 3, where you can call up all of your former party members and chat with them about their role in the upcoming fight.
    • The final DLC, Citadel (set before the finale), climaxes with Shepard and every surviving party member from the series getting together and throwing a party. The rest consists almost entirely of Call-Back jokes and Lampshade Hanging.
  • Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, surprisingly enough, brings back almost every Gym Leader and Champion from the series in one massive bonus Boss Rush. Including Red.
  • In Max Payne 3, one of the Nostalgia Levels takes Max through a cemetery where four dead characters from previous games are buried. In addition, the title of every achievement is a quote from the first two games.
  • In Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, the "Greatest Five" Dual Crush attack summons the five Belmonts: Richter, Leon, Trevor, Juste, and Simon to attack all enemies. Occasionally, Trevor and Simon would appear in their original NES sprites.
  • The museum in Ultima IX is a repository for artifacts that had fallen from the Avatar's Bag of Spilling over the Ultima series.
  • Mother 3 features a boat ride through a museum of sorts filled with items from the previous game (EarthBound).
  • In Tomb Raider III, in Lara's mansion, there's a trophy room with several artifacts from the previous Tomb Raider games.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus: In the last world, there's a museum that features not just some of the worlds visited and weapons used, but all the (canon) villains and even some animals from all the series.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, you can visit a recreation of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which lists almost every in-universe entertainment personality from the entire series.
  • The GCPD evidence room in Batman: Arkham Knight holds most of the gadgets/weapons/other personal items of the various villains of the previous games.
  • At the end of the tutorial in Hitman (2016), we're treated to a montage of various targets from Hitman: Codename 47, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, and Hitman: Blood Money being assassinated in the most popular ways you could do so in those games while narration talks about 47's past success.
  • Final Remixes in the Rhythm Heaven series are usually a Final-Exam Boss in that they're made entirely of short moments in every stage in the game (excluding other remixes). The Final Remix of Rhythm Heaven Megamix, taking it Up to Eleven, becomes this trope in its latter half, with the music turning into a medley of the main themes of each Rhythm Heaven game in order of their release (including Megamix), with stages from those games as the main themes play.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy features several references and callbacks to characters and events from the series, such as Billy's dad Harold being playable as his Mogar persona from "Battle of the Bands" and the tree from "The Taking Tree" appearing as a background hazard in the level taking place at Billy's house. In addition, Boogey's Mojo Meltdown, his alternate costumes, the Boogey Bay level, and the alternate costumes Billy and Mandy get from completing two of the missions in mission mode allude to the TV Movie Billy and Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure (even though the movie was released less than a year after the game).
  • Upon beating the Final Boss in Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, six souls from series protagonist Adol Christin's memories appear to help him end the titular Grimwald Nox. While the game doesn't explicitly name these souls, Word of God states they are Feena, Reah and Dark Fact from Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished - Omen, Eldeel from Ys Memories Of Celceta, Tia from Ys SEVEN and Dana Iclucia from Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, all of whom are central characters from their respective installments.


    Web Original 
  • Burnie Burns describes the finale of Red vs. Blue: Revelation as a scene where the protagonists "win by saying Red vs. Blue quotes to each other."
    • Happens again in the penultimate episode of season 10, with the references (ranging from the first to the current season) taken up a notch or two. It's quite effective.
    • Any time we see Malcom Hargrove's trophy room in Season 13. There are a number of items in there from past seasons, including the Grif Shot, the Monitor that Epsilon-Church inhabited in seasons 7 and 8, the magnum that the Director killed himself with, and the Meta's armor. Turns into a massive Chekhov's Gun come the season finale, with our heroes getting a Lock-and-Load Montage in this room.
  • Near the end of the "Bob Ross vs. Pablo Picasso" episode of Epic Rap Battles of History, Pablo Picasso flips through the channels on his TV to bring up PBS, where Bob Ross is rapping from the TV screen. Along the way, we see him flip past Billy Mays (from "Billy Mays vs. Benjamin Franklin"), Mr. Rogers (from "Mr. T vs. Mr. Rogers"), and the Fourth Doctor (from "Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who").
    • In the "Lewis and Clark vs. Bill & Ted" episode, most of the historical figures that Bill and Ted encountered on their adventure (Abraham Lincoln, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Napoleon Bonaparte, Genghis Kahn and Joan of Arc) had already been in at least one previous rap battle, so for the end of Bill and Ted's first verse, all five of them appear to support B&T.
  • In Multiverse Mayhem, the interactive first anniversary special of The Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids, the player character visits the locations of several previous stories, and basically all of the Cupids' allies introduced thus far (including ones from stories not otherwise referenced in the story) are mentioned to be present at the Dance Party Ending.
  • In the "Darkwing Duck for the TurboGrafx16" review of The Angry Video Game Nerd, the Nerd reveals his "Shit Scale", which measures how horrible a game is. All the examples represent his previous reviews. On the lowest end are debatably bad games (Metal Gear for Nintendo Entertainment System, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for NES, and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest), followed by games that are horrible yet still playable (Dick Tracy for NES, Super Pitfall, and Top Gun for NES), then the more traumatizingly horrible ones (most of the LJN Toys lineup, the Virtual Boy, and Link: The Faces of Evil), then games that he claims could kill a person (Action 52, Dark Castle for Sega Genesis, The Wizard of Oz for Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and the many handheld LCD games from Tiger Electronics), then a section dedicated solely to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the NES, and finally, games that don't even qualify as games (Desert Bus from Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors, CrazyBus, Hong Kong '97, and Plumbers Don't Wear Ties).
  • Taco-Man Plays a Video Game:
    • Taco-Man Plays Atari 2600 begins with Taco-Man drinking at a bar populated by characters from previous episodes of Taco-Man Plays a Video Game, as well as the girls from his Night Trap parody.
    • Taco-Man's 2015 Halloween special has characters who appeared in some of his other cartoons and reviews stop by while he waits for part two of the game (the aforementioned Night Trap parody) to load, and after he completes the game. He naturally Lampshades this, with Flat Joy, after Blobert from A Boy and His Blob pops up to request some jellybeans:
      Taco-Man: Oh, look. It's a character from a previous episode. How original.
  • The brief animated segment at the beginning of episode 6 of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is covered with items and characters from the previous episodes. The episode also features Red Guy reprising the "creative song" from episode 1. Additionally, all of the previous teachers make short cameos near the end, as Red Guy is messing with a machine that controls them.
  • When Ruby tries to settle herself into the correct frame of mind for invoking the power of her silver eyes in the Volume 6 finale of RWBY, she tries to think of her family and friends to evoke the feelings of the beauty and preciousness of life and how it must be protected. The images that flash across the screen cover family scenes that predate the show as well as happy or bonding scenes from the show itself, such as the Volume 2 food fight or when Teams RWBY and JNPR are eating noodles during the tournament. When she struggles to maintain the happier memories and begins drifting into unhappier moments, traumatic scenes from previous episodes also appear, such as Pyrrha and Penny's deaths.
  • In the Father Tucker short "Judgment Day", several of the children Father Tucker has molested or shown interest in in the previous shorts can be seen in the background during his trial.

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama:
    • The Robot Devil's wheel with the name of every robot ever seen on the show in the episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings".
    • During Fry's funeral in "The Sting", every character who had ever been romantically involved with him during the show appeared in one shot.note  Including an inanimate radiator.
    • The scene from "Into the Wild Green Yonder"—it was planned to have literally every previously shown character in it, but to keep continuity with a line in script, it's instead every adult character.
    • In "The Late Phillip J. Fry", when Fry, the Professor and Bender jump through to the birth of a new universe, they quickly go through several Futurama events, including the two destructions of New York seen in "Space Pilot 3000".
  • The Simpsons:
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • During the Invasion in "Day of Black Sun", several characters whom Team Avatar has worked with over the course of the show are there.
    • "The Ember Island Players" is one huge continuity nod, with a good dash of parody thrown in for good measure. As the last episode before the four-part finale, it served to recap the entire series up to that point.
    • The end of "Sozin's Comet Part 4: Avatar Aang" shows shots of the crowds cheering at Zuko's coronation, where fans see a smørgåsbord of minor characters from throughout the show in attendance.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • "Beginnings" references almost every single thing known about the lore from the previous series surrounding the nature of the Avatar, and it also references important scenes from the series finale of The Last Airbender.
    • In "The Stakeout", Zaheer references Korra's separate encounters with President Raiko and the Earth Queen, the Air Nomad genocide done by the Fire Nation, the characters of Wan and Vaatu, the spirit portals, and Unalaq all in one sitting.
    • "Venom of the Red Lotus" has crystal caves similar to the ones found in the Book 2 finale of The Last Airbender, a battle setting reminiscent of the final battle also in the original series, the villains of the previous seasons making cameos, and there is an important Call-Back to a central weakness of the Avatar State.
  • The final episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends has several of these:
    • Throughout the episode, the background is full of occasionally-seen objects like the secret door the Scribbles use to be in, the door to the room the imaginary fleas stay in, and the Extremosaur pen.
    • Bloo tries to find something great to do with Mac, but all the things he lists are things they'd done already.
    • The episode ends with goodbye card for Mac, which is signed by every imaginary friend to have appeared on the show (and Craig McCracken). The inside of the card is only visible for a few seconds, so it's something of a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • South Park:
    • The 200th episode, "200", which not only features a plot that was just a pastiche of a few previous episodes to feature the biggest continuity gag ever, it also features 200 celebrities the people of South Park have parodied (including some who had not previously been shown like Tim Burton), with an epic redux of Mecha-Streisand.
    • The following episode, "201", does it again, continuing the story while connecting it to just as many previous episodes' plots, culminating in Scott Tenorman from "Scott Tenorman Must Die" as The Man Behind the Man led by his army of ginger-haired people from "Ginger Kids".
  • Codename: Kids Next Door
    • Much of the scavenger hunt sequence of the finale was loaded with references to previous episodes.
    • In addition, this seems to be Mr. Boss's schtick. Any time he is the episode's antagonist, expect to see an entourage of at least a dozen previously-seen villains, if not more.
    • The season 1 episode "Operation QUIET" had reappearances of Toilenator, Lola, Lizzie, Wally's Numbuh 1 disguise, Professor Tripleextralarge (who had finally developed the ultimate snowcone), Stickybeard, and the Common Cold, as well as Lizzie mentioning how she wants to take Nigel to The Point.
    • "Operation IT" has appearances from every single KND operative, as well as every single treehouse seen to date.
  • All the guests attending the wedding in the Duckman episode "Four Weddings Inconceivable".
  • Phineas and Ferb's "Rollercoaster: The Musical" episode in its entirety, especially the last song, "Carpe Diem".
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Several episodes were concluded with the Monster of the Week being sent to Hoboken, so when the penguins end up there in "The Hoboken Surprise", they run into all their previous enemies (and Lulu, who was shipped there for different reasons).
    Skipper: What in the name of returning guest characters? It's villain-mageddon!
  • The Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Ball of Revenge" had Eustace bring several villains from previous episodes (Katz, Le Quack, the Weremole, the Cajun Fox, the Clutching Foot, and the Queen of the Black Puddle) together to gain revenge on Courage.
  • "'Til Nephews Do Us Part", the finale to the first season of DuckTales (1987), featured appearances from just about every character that had appeared in the show to date at Scrooge's thankfully failed wedding to Millionara Vanderbucks, from supporting characters to one-shots.
    • Continuing the theme, Scrooge's treasure room in the pilot of DuckTales (2017) contains many items from the previous series, including Armstrong the robot and the lamp from the movie (although, this being a Continuity Reboot, these events could not have happened the same way).
  • The Family Guy episode "Yug Ylimaf", in which Brian and Stewie reverse time and several past events are recalled.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The episode "Apple Family Reunion", as you might guess from the title, has an appearance from nearly every single Apple Family member from the first three seasons. There are even a few ponies at the reunion that weren't previously connected with the Apple family, such as recurring background ponies Cherry Berry, Golden Harvest, and Cloudchaser, as well as Hayseed Turnip Truck from "Sweet and Elite".
    • The episode "Magical Mystery Cure" features Princess Celestia showing Twilight how far she's come with floating clips from just about every previous episode. Also, when the members of the Mane Six are changed back to their true destinies, clips of them doing their jobs fly in rapid succession through their eyes.
    • In "Pinkie Pride", Pinkie looks through photos of parties she's thrown in past episodes, including her very first party shown in "The Cutie Mark Chronicles", Twilight's welcoming celebration in the first episode, her pet alligator Gummy's birthday party in "Party of One", and the royal wedding ceremony in "A Canterlot Wedding".
    • "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" is an onslaught of callbacks to gags and plot points from previous episodes during the final dream sequence, from major ones like Flutterbat and the Power Ponies to incredibly minor ones like Beefcake Spike from his imagine spot from "A Dog and Pony Show" and even the classy lamp brought to life by Discord's sneeze in "Three's A Crowd".
    • "The Cutie Remark" features all the previous major villains (and the Flim Flam Brothers) as rulers of increasingly worse Bad Futures caused by Starlight Glimmer changing the past so that the Mane Six never became friends.
    • "The Beginning of the End" has all of Twilight's friends listing all the villains they've defeated without the help of Celestia and Luna.
  • The Mega Babies episode "Balemtine's Day" brings back every surviving villain seen in the show to that point.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • "The Time Traveler's Pig": we see numerous previous episode events both during the episode proper (when Dipper and Mabel are fighting over the time-travel device) and again during the credits (when the time traveler is assigned to clean up the messes Dipper and Mabel left!). The montage was set up by minor details in the episodes themselves.
    • The episode "Dreamscaperers" takes place in Stan's mind, so moments from previous episodes are scattered throughout. Plus, the episode makes references to some Noodle Incidents as well as some of the symbols seen in the book.
    • In "Into the Bunker", The Shapeshifter takes forms of previous antagonists of Season 1.
    • In "Sock Opera", Bill Cipher tries to persuade Dipper into making a deal with him that will affect Mabel's efforts, stating "What has she ever done to return the favor?" whilst showing flashbacks of his sacrifices in Season 1.
    • The three-part "Weirdmageddon" Grand Finale has almost every character and mythical creature/oddity encountered in the previous thirty-seven episodes appear to some degree.
  • In the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Blythe's Big Idea," most of the 42 passengers in the imaginary jet are animals previously seen in the series up to that point. Not including main characters, they include: Madame Pom, the storefront tortoise, and the storefront snake from "Eve of Destruction"; the snarky bluebird from "Summertime Blues"; Olive Shellstein from "Helicopter Dad"; Esteban from "Blythe's Crush"; the pug at Minka's art show, Oscar, and Genghis from "Bad Hair Day"; Mary Frances from "Russell Up Some Fun"; Scout from "Books & Covers"; Ollie from "Eight Arms to Hold You"; Tiger from "Gailbreak!"; two of Zoe's competitors from "Terriers & Tiaras"; the mother white tiger and her three cubs from "Lights, Camera, Mongoose!"; Digby from "Trading Places"; Wiggles McSunbask from "Alligators and Handbags"; Sugar Sprinkles from "Sweet (Truck) Ride"; and two of Pete's friends (but not Pete himself, oddly) from "What Did You Say?"
  • In the Archer Season 5 premiere "White Elephant", after the characters in the main cast are all arrested for treason by the FBI, all of them—with the exception of Lana and Archer—immediately start blabbing to their interrogators in hopes of escaping prison time. Cue a long montage of everyone recounting past missions from about twenty previous episodes, to a gaggle of increasingly perplexed FBI agents.
  • Inverted in Batman: The Animated Series; the Batcave is full of nods to trophies that appear in its counterpart in the comics, and some episodes of this and other DCAU shows (such as the Two-Face segment on "Almost Got Him" and Superman fighting a robotic T-Rex in the pilot to Superman: The Animated Series) retroactively explain how they got there. Played straighter in Batman Beyond, where the Batcave will often display trophies from B:TAS such as Mr. Freeze' freeze gun or the uniforms of Bats' various sidekicks.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated does this in the Season 2 episode "Wrath of the Krampus", where the ending reveals that the entire episode's Monster of the Week plot was actually a Massive Multiplayer Scam that the gang pulled off with the help of several of their previous adversaries to steal the three pieces of the Planespheric Disc from Mr. E's vault. The Krampus turns out to be Charlie the Robot (from the original series episode "Foul Play in Funland") remotely controlled by Jason Wyatt (from "Howl of the Fright-Hound"), who pretends to pursue Mary Anne Gleardan (from "The Song of Mystery") to distract Mr. E and his allies while Marcy "Hot Dog Water" Fleach (a recurring character who was the Monster of the Week in "Menace of the Manticore" and "Night on Haunted Mountain") burgles the vault (using the knowledge of Mr. E's headquarters that she obtained while serving as his operative in "House of the Nightmare Witch"), with the now-incarcerated Mayor Jones (not seen since "All Fear the Freak") safe-guarding the gang's Planespheric Disc pieces while they switch them out with a set of fake pieces. For bonus points: Grady and Greta Gator (from "The Creeping Creatures"), Alice May (from "The Legend of Alice May" and "Pawn of Shadows"), Grandma Moonbeam (from "When the Cicada Calls"), Dan Fluunk (from "Night Terrors") and Ernesto (from "The Shrieking Madness" and "The Siren's Song") can all be seen in the prison cafeteria, and the Green Ghosts (from the original series episode "A Night of Fright is No Delight") show up as enemies in an arcade game.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show, at the joke factory, Eddy pranks Ed by offering him a stick of electric gum. When Ed gets shocked, he flashes between several of the forms and outfits that he's had over the course of the series.
    • In the episode "The Good Ol' Ed", the Eds decide o create a time capsule and bring multiple objects from past scams and episodes.
  • The Rugrats spinoff All Grown Up! made several callbacks to the original series in the episode "Curse of Reptar". While reminiscing on their fondest memories with Reptar, the gang bring up that Reptar was the subject of their first movie (a callback to the original series episode "At the Movies"), they once went to an ice show about Reptar (referencing "Reptar on Ice"), and that Reptar was indirectly responsible for Chuckie getting a new mother and sister (a reference to Rugrats in Paris).
  • Samurai Jack
    • In the episode "The Aku Infection", the scene where Jack becomes motivated to fight Aku's influence when his parents remind him of his noble deeds features appearances by many of the allies Jack made and the people he helped out thus far, including the Scotsman, the Woolies, and the Triseraquins.
    • The 2017 revival does this in the sixth episode, where Ashi searches for Jack and on her journey encounters a lot of people Jack encountered in the original show, including the Woolies, Da Samurai, the three archers that were cursed by a wishing well, and Olivia.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius had this happen in the episode "Who Framed Jimmy Neutron?", where Sheen asks if several villains Jimmy encountered in previous episodes are the ones who framed him for stealing a million dollars.
  • Kaeloo: In Episode 105, Kaeloo, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat see multiple screens showing almost every time in the series so far where they made fun of or abused Stumpy.
  • One of the last episodes of Regular Show, "Meet the Seer", has scenes from dozens of the show's previous episodes play on television monitors as the episode's titular seer describes the past adventures of the main characters to them in Leaning on the Fourth Wall terms.
    • Later in the season, the characters outright record their memories of the past eight seasons in a Blu-Ray boxset (that includes two bonus discs).
  • The final season of Transformers: Robots in Disguise is basically a "greatest hits" collection for both the previous seasons and the other shows in the same continuity. Not only do numerous characters make return appearances or get mentioned, but various notable locations and gadgets are revisited. This culminates in the series finale, in which all the guest Autobots return to help thwart the Greater-Scope Villain.
  • In the Ready Jet Go! episode My Fair Jet, one of the tasks that Jet has to do in order to be a regular Earth kid is to sort a bunch of pictures that Sunspot took in previous episodes, such as the butt picture from "Satellite Selfie", and the Great Red Spot Club group picture from "Sunspot and the Great Red Spot".
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: The song "Nobody's a Nobody", from "The Compilation", references many past episodes.
    • The chorus features a fish from "The Man", a bunny from "The Voice", a DVD from "The World", and a bird from "The Extras".
    • Miss Simian is in the same museum she went to in "The Apology", and in the exact same place, which has her dead dad's fossil exposed.
    • Idaho gets out of the earth like he did in "The Bumpkin".
    • William decreases his pupil and makes the lightless hallway tremble in the same way he did in "The Voice".
    • The Clown from "The Procrastinators" appears on the Wattersons' house's window again.
    • Granny Jojo and Louie are still Happily Married since "The Man".
    • Penny and Gumball are floating in space, like they did in "The Shell" after The Big Damn Kiss, and she references breaking her shell like she did in that episode.
    • Some ghosts from "Halloween" make a reappearance at the haunted house.
    • Ocho is seen at the arcade from "The Name".
    • The spoons and forks from "The Night" sing.
    • Leslie sings at a cafeteria table. His debut in "The Third" was in a cafeteria table too, but it's not the same one.
    • Gargaroth from "The Scam" is seen (though in the USA, "The Scam" premiered after "The Compilation", thus making it a Call-Forward).
    • The pig doctor from "The Saint" returns.
    • The Space Invaders Expy from "The Phone" sings, but without words and only in a tune.
    • Mike the News Reporter and Cam the Cameraman sit on the same bench they did in "The Oracle", before noticing something good to report.
  • The ChalkZone music video segment "I Need a Song" at one point shows a list of musical numbers from previous episodes.
  • The Tom Terrific episode "The Everlasting Birthday Party" has villains from previous episodes invited to Crabby Appleton's birthday party: Isotope Feeney, Captain Kidney Bean, Mr. Instant, and Sweet Tooth Sam.
  • The Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop episode "Word of Horror" has Dr. Zitbag put on trial for being nice. Several one-shot characters from previous episodes can be seen among the jury.
  • The Series Fauxnale of King of the Hill has several side characters who appeared over the series returning for Luanne and Lucky's wedding. For emphasis, the episode even had a long, panning shot as Luanne walked down the aisle showing many of those characters.
  • In Central Park, Season 1 "A Fish Called Snakehead", the song "Die Trying" is not only Reprise Medley that features songs from "Own It", "Weirdos Make Great Superheroes", "Momma's Got This", and "Central to My Heart", back also moments from previous episodes in Season One. The Tillermans skating with Glorious Gary, while Owen still struggles, and they're doing the "Side Slide" from "Skater's Park". The Tillerman are looking at the hot lips turtleheads and then later watch Brendan fly his kite at the same spot where Molly watches him while she draws from "Episode One". The Tillermans watching an owl in a tree from "Rival Busker". Zoom can be seen doing his sequel tour at Bethesda Fountain and later Elwood is seen holding a temporary house with his pet worm, Diane, inside from "Live It Up Tonight". And a Freeze-Frame Bonus shows a "SHART" tag on a tree from "Dog Spray Afternoon".
  • The G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "Not a Ghost of a Chance" has Hector Ramirez list several of the schemes Cobra attempted in previous episodes.

    Real Life 
  • On historical anniversaries, civic groups sometimes organize gatherings of all surviving holders of a particular office, many of whom may have not been seen in a public forum for many many years. For example, see this 2009 photo-op featuring all the surviving governors of Alaska. It became standard for the new President of the US to get a photo taken with all the living former presidents.
  • Other times, people do big group photos of related individuals simply because it's cool. The most notable is probably A Great Day in Harlem, a 1958 image of 57 of the greatest Jazz musicians alive at the time.
  • This picture from the 1927 Solvey conference is a similarly gobsmacking collection of great physicists from Albert Einstein to Marie Curie.
  • At some sports Halls of Fame, they will introduce all the living Hall of Famers who made the trip. The most notable of these is the Baseball Hall of Fame, since they usually get the most people to show up, including some in poor health and others who rarely make public appearances.
  • At the Academy Awards ceremony in early 1998, the Academy celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Oscars by having all still-living Oscar-winning actors and actresses (including Best Supporting winners) stand on the stage together, with that year's winners taking their places last. Amusingly, Jack Nicholson won his third acting Oscar that year, so he essentially joined...himself.
  • Similarly, the 2010 Junior Eurovision Song Contest featured all of the previous winners performing a medley of their winning songs. These kids returned at the end of the night to hand the trophy to that year's winner, Vladimir Arzumanyan.
  • It is popular in the culture to portray Heaven this way, especially if it is a Fluffy Cloud Heaven (or Hell, for all of history's villains).
  • Photo albums.
  • The 50th Super Bowl, in 2016, began with a personal appearance of every previous Super Bowl MVP who was still alive and the NFL could get a hold of. Notably, when Tom Brady came out, the crowd booed him.


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Die Trying Continuity Nods

"Die Trying" features several moments from past episodes in Season One.

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