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The Original Darrin

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James Bond in his fifth, sixth, and seventh film appearances, as played by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, and Sean Connery.
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.

NOTE: Just because this trope is called "The Original Darrin", it doesn't necessarily apply to only the originator of the role. Just as long as they've been around long enough that they are considered the version of the character by the fandom.

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



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  • 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.
    • Lorelei's Mexican voice actress Isabel Martiñón 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 Z 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 Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, 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; he was later replaced by Ken Uo for Super.
    • Yūji 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 Z 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, at least until Super's 89th episode, where Massey took over the role again and has played it since.
    • For several years, Dameon Clarke stepped down from playing the role of Cell in the video games, and turned the reigns over to Travis Willingham. But in the English dub of Dragon Ball Kai, Clarke returned in the role, even though Willingham continued to play Cell in the games. Starting with Dragon Ball Xenoverse Clarke has returned to voicing Cell in the games as well.
    • Beginning with the video game Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Christopher Sabat has begun voicing Burter and Jeice of the Ginyu Force again after the two were respectively recast with Vic Mignogna and Jason Liebrecht for Dragon Ball Kai as well as the video games coming out at the time.
    • 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.
    • The Mexican Spanish dub of the first 98 episode of Kai infamously replaced most of the original voice actors, though Eduardo Garza, Rocío Garcel, Irwin Daayán, Mario Sauret and Humberto Solórzano returned to reprise their roles as Krillin, Bulma, Dende, Ox King and Raditz, respectively. For The Final Chapters, most of the original cast, including Mario Castañeda and René García, returned to reprise their roles; except for Sauret, who was replaced by Enrique Cervantes as Ox King and Marcos Patiño as Majin Buu due to the former living outside of Mexico City at the time.
    • In the Italian dub of Super, Dende's original voice actor Giuseppe Calvetti was replaced by Chiara Francese during the Black Goku arc's first airing. Calvetti later came back and also redubbed all of Dende's lines for the reruns.
    • In Super's Hungarian dub, Péter Beregi returned as King Kai after the character got recast for the last few episodes of DBZ (and throughout GT). This didn't last though, he quickly quit again.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: in both Latin-American Spanish dubs of the original series, Humberto Solorzano voiced Gendo. In the dub of the first two movies of the Rebuildof Evangelion series, Alan Miró would voice him. For the dub of the third movie, Solorzano returned to the role.
  • Pokémon:
    • After the change in dubbing studios from Season 9 onward, Ted Lewis (as 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, 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. Then in Journeys, Megan Hollingshead, the original voice actress, returned to the role, thanks to the dub now primarily being produced in Los Angeles.
    • Rodger Parsons (as Ken Gates) was the voice of the narrator from the 1st season up until halfway through Season 6, where he was replaced by Mike Pollock. After the aforementioned change in dubbing studios, Parsons came back as the narrator.
    • In the Italian dub Misty was originally voiced by Alessandra Karpoff, who was replaced by Benedetta Ponticelli in a redub of Seasons 1-3 and a pair of flashbacks in late Best Wishes episodes. When Misty came back in the Sun and Moon anime, Alessandra Karpoff took the role back.
    • Brock in the Latin American dub was voiced by Gabriel Gama from the beginning up to the first episodes of the Diamond & Pearl saga, with Alan Prieto having to take over the role until the final third. Gama later returned to voice Brock during the final season, and reprised his role for his guest appearances in Sun & Moon.
    • The Norwegian dub had Eirik Espolin Jonson as Brock up until Advanced Generation, in which Erik Skøld voiced the character from then on. Jonson reprised the role in Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In the original 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.
    • The German dub of Crystal brought back Sabine Bohlmann, the original voice of Usagi in the 90s anime.
  • In the Ranma ½ 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 cast Andrew Farrar before Ackles returned for the last two episodes.
  • After the "Waking the Dragons" season of Yu-Gi-Oh! was dubbed, Tara Sands left New York to move to L.A., which required Mokuba to be recast with Carrie Keranen for the final season and the short-lived uncut DVDs. Sands returned as Mokuba 12 years later for the English dub of the movie Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions.
  • The Spanish dubs for the Inuyasha movies were done in Venezuela rather than Mexico. When the Final Act dub was recorded, most of the Mexican cast returned.
  • In the American Spanish dub of Saint Seiya, Jesús Barrero voiced Shion in what doblaje wiki dubs "Hades OVA 00". From the Hades saga dub onwards, he was dubbed by various other actors. In the Soldiers Soul video game, Barrero was reinstated.
  • For the first season of the Little Busters! anime, Yuiko Tatsumi took over the role of Mio from Shiho Kawaragi, her voice actress for the original visual novel. For the second season, Little Busters! Refrain, Kawaragi voiced Mio again.
  • In the Italian dub of One Piece, Luffy was originally voiced by Luigi Rosa, but halfway through the Enies Lobby Arc he was dropped of the cast and replaced with Renato Novara. Surprisingly, it was announced that One Piece Stampede will have two different Italian audio tracks, with the main one featuring Renato Novara as Luffy and a bonus one for the DVD/Blu-Ray release featuring Luigi Rosa instead.
  • The English dub of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon brought back David Kaye as the voice of Sesshomaru, over 13 years after he last played the role, having been replaced by Michael Daingerfield for the dub of Inuyasha: The Final Act.

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    Film — Live-Action 

    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.
  • In the second season of Batman (1966), John Astin replaced Frank Gorshin as the Riddler. For the third and final season, Gorshin returned to the role.
  • Although Bob West retired from the role of Barney the Dinosaur in Barney & Friends in 1999, he reprised the role for the 2005 PBS Kids Sprout launch event due to Dean Wendt (the current voice of Barney) being unavailable.
  • The Brady Bunch: Eve Plumb (Jan) and Susan Olsen (Cindy) were both replaced in subsequent spin-offs (Eve Plumb by Geri Reischl in The Brady Bunch Hour and Susan Olsen by Jennifer Runyon in A Very Brady Christmas) before returning to their roles in The Bradys. Maureen McCormick (Marcia) was also replaced by Leah Ayres in The Bradys, but has not played Marcia since.
  • Dallas, naturally, featured a suitably melodramatic version. Barbara Bel Geddes played Miss Ellie from 1978 until 1984, when she left after being refused a raise following an absence due to heart bypass surgery. She was replaced by Donna Reed. When Bel Geddes agreed to return to the show for a higher salary, however, Reed was summarily fired. (Reed was suing the producers for breach of contract when she died in early 1986; the case was settled.) Bel Geddes returned to the role of Miss Ellie the following season and remained until the end of the show.
  • Doctor Who:
  • In Drake & Josh, Helen DuBois was played by Yvette Nicole Brown in her first appearance "Movie Job". By the time Helen was to appear again in "Little Diva", Brown was cast as a regular on a new TV series called The Big House and couldn't reprise her role, so Helen was now played by Francis Callier. The Big House was quickly cancelled and Brown returned as Helen in all subsequent appearances.
  • In Monk, Sharona's son Benjy was played by Kane Ritchotte in the pliot, while in the first season he was played by Max Morrow due to the rest of the season being filmed in the east coast in Toronto, while Ritchotte lived on the west coast where the show's pilot was filmed. In seasons two and three Ritchotte returned to play Benjy, due to the show being filmed in Los Angeles from then on.
  • 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.
  • Passions: Liza Huber was the original Gwendolyn "Gwen" Hotchkiss (later Winthrop) before her departure in 2000 when she was replaced by Natalie Zea. Huber eventually returned to the role in 2002 after Zea's own departure and remained with the show until its cancellation. Something of note: of all of the many cast changes in the series' nine-year run, she is the only actress that returned.
  • Power Rangers Turbo: While Hilary Shepard Turner played Divatox in the original movie, in the TV series she was played by Carol Hoyt due to Turner's pregnancy. After her maternity leave was over, Turner returned to playing Divatox in the second half of the series, and continued on through its direct followup Power Rangers in Space.
  • 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.)
  • 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. Lampshaded at the end of the episode in which Goranson returned with the song "Identical Beckys".
    Meet Lecy, the one you used to see / From '88 to '93 ...
    • Goranson returned to the role of Becky again in the Revival. Chalke is also back, though playing a new character, named Andrea, which they naturally lampshaded:
      Becky: (to Andrea) Look at us, we could be the same person!
  • When the Borg Queen was first shown in Star Trek: First Contact she was played by Alice Krige. Suzanne Thompson took over the role when she became a recurring character on Star Trek: Voyager. For the Series Finale, however, Krige returned.
  • 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.
  • The Worst Witch (the 1998 series):
    • Felicity Jones famously was replaced by Katy Allen for Season 2, with the in-universe explanation that Ethel Hallow had used a "witch-over" to hide her resemblance to her younger sister Sybil. In the spin-off Weirdsister College, Felicity Jones returned to play Ethel presumably because she was now at college and didn't have to worry about her sister embarrassing her.
    • The grand wizard Hellibore is played by Terence Hardiman in Season 1. For one Season 2 episode, he's replaced with Richard Durden. Terence Hardiman returns to the role in Season 3.

  • The band From First To Last reformed in 2013-2014 after a months-long Kickstarter campaign, introducing Spencer Sotelo of another band (Periphery) as the lead singer and Ernie Slenkovich as drummer, recording the Dead Trees albium. However, the two new members were replaced after 2016 by Skrillex (their most famous Face of the Band and lead singer back in 2004-2006) and Derek Bloom (their old drummer from 2002 up to his replacement by Slenkovich).

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Pro wrestling rarely recasts its characters unless the wrestlers wear masks or facepaint to hide their identities during said gimmicks.
    • Doink the Clown was originally played by Matt Osborne. However, Osborne left the WWF in December of 1993 so the role was played by a few other wrestlers in his absence, such as Steve Keirn, Steve Lombardi, Dusty Wolf, Ray Apollo, Mike Maraldo and Nick Dinsmore across multiple promotions. Osborne would reprise the role in some later guest appearances on WWE TV.
    • TNA wrestler Suicide was a defictionalized character from their 2008 video game, first portrayed on TV by Frankie Kazarian. Kazarian would go down with an injury and Christopher Daniels would fill in for him. After Daniels returned as himself, other wrestlers began accusing him of being Suicide, which is when Kazarian resumed the role.
    • After Scott Hall and Kevin Nash left the WWF for WCW, WWF made the unwise decision to reintroduce the characters of Razor Ramon and Diesel with different wrestlers playing them (as a Take That! to Hall and Nash since the names were trademarked by WWF): Rick Bognar and a pre-Kane Glenn Jacobs, respectively (unlike the previous two examples, the replacements were obvious since their faces and bodies were uncovered). Kevin Nash would wrestle under the "Diesel" name again during the 2011 Royal Rumble and Scott Hall would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as Razor Ramon.
  • Sin Cara was originally portrayed by Luis Urive better known as Mistico, but was replaced by Jorge Arias due to a suspension. Urive took back the role when he returned and played the role until his 2013 release, when Arias took it back

    Puppet Shows 
  • Frank Oz, original performer of multiple Sesame Street and Muppet Show characters (primarily Grover, Bert and Cookie Monster on the former and Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and Sam the Eagle on the latter) gradually stepped away from puppeteering in the late 90s and early 00s to focus on directing, being replaced by David Rudman for Cookie Monster and Eric Jacobson for all his other characters. Oz would occasionally reprise his Sesame Street characters throughout the 00s, and performed Grover as late as 2012.
  • On Play With Me Sesame , Steve Whitmire returned to playing Ernie in season 3 after being replaced by John Tartaglia in season 2.

  • 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • King Goobot and Ooblar from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius were originally voiced respectively by S. Scott Bullock and Paul Greenberg in the pilot short "Runaway Rocketboy", but were replaced by Celebrity Voice Actors Patrick Stewart and Martin Short in the Pilot Movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Their appearances in the actual series had Bullock and Greenberg reprise their roles.
  • The New Batman Adventures, sequel series to Batman: The Animated Series, had Jeffrey Combs replace Henry Polic II as the Scarecrow for the episode "Never Fear". However, in "Over the Edge", Scarecrow's second and final appearance in said series, Jeff Bennett replaced Combs. Combs, however, came back for the tie-in video game Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu.
  • 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 Reprise as Moll voiced Dent in Batman: The Animated Series) briefly in "Chill of the Night!" because Two-Face's appearance was minor and it'd been easier and cheaper to get Moll, who was voicing Lew Moxon, to do the voice.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse:
  • Cars: Owen Wilson usually abides by the rule of only playing Lightning McQueen in the movies, with Keith Ferguson replacing him in games and shorts, but he returned to voice the character for the last few shorts.
  • In the original ChalkZone shorts for Oh Yeah! Cartoons, Blocky was voiced by Robert Cait. When the shorts became a series, he was replaced with Candi Milo. During the second season, Robert Cait became Blocky's voice again and played him for the remainder of the series.
    • Spy Fly was voiced by Tress MacNeille in her debut episode, "Disappearing Act". Then Candi Milo played her in "Chip O' Fools" and "Lost In Chalk". From "Beanie Boys to Men" onward, Tress MacNeille returned to play her.
  • Dee Dee in Dexter's Laboratory zig-zags this. She was voiced by Allison Moore in the first season, but Allison quit the role to focus on her theater work and was replaced by Kat Cressida for the second season. After the show was revived for a third season, Allison Moore was brought back (as Genndy Tartakovsky wanted to focus on changing a few voices around), but Cartoon Network discovered that viewers preferred Kat Cressida, so she returned for the fourth and final season at the behest of Cartoon Network.
  • DuckTales (2017) had Donald Duck once again voiced by Tony Anselmo after Daniel Ross replaced him on Mickey and the Roadster Racers (If only because he was too busy with DuckTales and other works to do Roadster Racers as well).
    • On the subject of Roadster Racers, Bret Iwan, who has been the official voice of Mickey Mouse since the death of Wayne Allwine, returns to the role in animation, after having been replaced by Chris Diamantopoulos for the Paul Rudish shorts.
    • Walt Disney provided Mickey's voice from his creation through the early 1940s, with the role being inherited by sound effects artist Jimmy MacDonald. However, Walt would voice Mickey again for the original Mickey Mouse Club in 1955, and for a Disneyland, USA stage show in 1962.
  • The Emperor's New School, the spin-off to The Emperor's New Groove, saw Fred Tatasciore replacing John Goodman as the voice of Pacha. He then came back in the second season.
  • 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 (in the latter episode, Stewie lampshades it).
  • A few episodes of The Flintstones had Daws Butler stand in for Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble after the latter was inactive due to a serious car accident.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hercules: The Animated Series reverted Hercules to a high-schooler, but gave him his adult voice actor, Tate Donovan, instead of his adolescent voice actor, Josh Keaton. In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Hercules appears again as a teenager, with Josh voicing him once again.
  • 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 (though he was kept on and given a new role of Jerk Jock bully Wolfgang). He provided 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 his Arnold voice when he sang.
    • Curly's main voice actor was Adam Wylie, who was replaced and reinstated on two occasions: He was replaced by Haley Joel Osment in season 4 episode "Deconstructing Arnold", then by Michael Welch in season 5 episodes "Curly's Girl" and "Ghost Bride". Wylie returned for the season 4 episode "New Bully on the Block", then the second-to-last episode "April Fool's Day" note .
    • Monkeyman was voiced by series creator Craig Bartlett in his early cameo appearances, but in his A Day in the Limelight episode "Monkeyman!" Andy Dick provided Monkeyman's voice. Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie had Craig Bartlett voice the character yet again.
  • Mary on Johnny Test is a zig-zagged example of this trope. She was voiced by Brittney Wilson in Season 1, only to be replaced by Ashleigh Ball from Seasons 2-4. Season 5 saw Wilson return to the role only to once again be replaced by Ball for the show's sixth and final season.
  • 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.
  • Kim Possible villain Señor Senior, Senior was originally voiced by Ricardo Montalbán, who was replaced by Earl Boen when he was unable to record an episode and brought back when he was in better health.
  • Looney Tunes: Jeff Bergman initially voiced many of the Looney Tunes characters after Mel Blanc's death, only to be replaced by other voice actors such as Joe Alaskey, Greg Burson or Billy West. Starting with The Looney Tunes Show, Jeff returned to many of his roles.
  • 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".
    • In the Italian dub, Rarity was voiced by Camila Gallo from seasons 1-6, and Chiara Francese in Season 7. Gallo returned for My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) and season 8.
    • Spike's German voice actor (Hannes Maurer) moved out of Germany after Season 4. He was replaced by Jan Makino (who's a male voice actor). Maurer returned to his role in time for season 7 and the movie.
  • 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 altered 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. The "original" Bob turns out to be a fake, but the real Bob has his body and voice changed back to said form.
  • When John Kricfalusi was fired from Nickelodeon, Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show was replaced by Billy West, who also voiced Stimpy. John returned to voice Ren in the short-lived Spike TV revival Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon".
  • 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".
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • In 1997, Casey Kasem quit the role of Shaggy after his character was used in a Burger King commercial, clashing with his vegetarian lifestyle. Starting with What's New, Scooby-Doo?, he voiced Shaggy again until his retirement from the character in 2009, under the condition that Shaggy be a vegetarian as well. note 
    • Likewise, the 2003 movies Legend of the Vampire and Monster of Mexico, saw Heather North and Nicole Jaffe return to voicing Daphne and Velma.
    • After being voiced by Carl Steven in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Frank Welker returned to voicing Fred in the Scooby-Doo/Johnny Bravo crossover "Bravo Dooby Doo", and continues to do so to this day. In fact, Welker is the only VA still on the cast list from the original series' run nearly 50 years ago, replaced in the role only once, by Carl Steven (if only because Fred was a kid in A Pup Named Scooby-Doo)!
    • The "canon" Hungarian dubs zig-zag this.note  Fred received a new voice for the live-action movies, who then continued to dub him in subsequent animated movies as well. However his original voice actor still dubs him in the shows. Scooby's original VA died in 2000, but he had a consistent voice up until the late 2000s, when it was decided that he'll have a 3rd voice for the cartoon shows, and his 2nd actor would only dub him in movies.
  • The Simpsons:
    • When Roger Meyers Jr. first appeared in "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge", he was voiced by guest-star Alex Rocco. In "The Front" and several brief appearances, he was instead voiced by series regular Hank Azaria. Several seasons later, Rocco would voice Meyers again for his last two appearances in "The Day the Violence Died" and "The Itchy And Scratchy And Poochie Show".
    • Maggie Roswell left the show in season eleven over her contract not covering her commute to voice acting sessions, leading Maude Flanders to be McLeaned, while the rest of her characters (Ms. Hoover, Luanne Van Houten, and Helen Lovejoy) were recast by Marcia Mitzman Gaven. Roswell returned to voicing all her previous characters in season fifteen (only in flashbacks in Maude's case).
    • When the Latin Spanish cast of went on strike after season 15, Marina Huerta (who had voiced Bart in the first nine seasons) reclaimed her role from Claudia Motta.
    • Similarly, in Brazilian Portuguese, Homer and Marge's voice actors were replaced in season 8. Selma Lopes (Marge) returned at the end of Season 13, while Waldyr Sant'anna (Homer) returned in Season 15.
  • 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 (1984) 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.
  • 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.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
  • Star Wars Rebels:
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch: For the first time in 9 years, since Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Andrew Kishino reprises his role as Saw Gerrera, after the character since then being visually portrayed and voice-acted in his later years by Forest Whitaker.
  • 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, according to Doblaje Wiki. Mariangny Álvarez voiced her in all future appearances, except for episode 89, where Para voiced her once again.
  • 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).
  • On the subject of Ninja Turtles, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), Hun was recast with David Zen Mansley (who also voiced Agent Bishop) after the fourth season. For the final season Back to the Sewers and the film Turtles Forever, his original actor Greg Carey returned to the role.
  • Gizmo and Jinx of Teen Titans were voiced by Lauren Tom for the majority of the series, but Tara Strong voiced them in their last appearance (apparently just because they were at the limit to how many voice actors they could use at once). Lauren Tom came back to both roles in the successor series Teen Titans Go!.
    • While on the subject of Teen Titans, Dr. Light was voiced by Rodger Bumpass in Teen Titans, but Scott Menville replaced him in the Teen Titans Go! episode "The Colors Of Raven". Bumpass resumed the role in later episodes of Go! however.
  • On Tiny Toon Adventures, Buster Bunny was voiced by Charlie Adler, until the end of the third season, when Adler quit after being denied a part on Warner Bros.' next big project, Animaniacs. John Kassir voiced Buster for the remainder of the third season, the Spring Break and Night Ghoulery specials, and a few video games and promos on Kids' WB. Adler eventually returned to voice Buster for an unreleased PS2 video game, Defenders of the Universe.
  • In 1996, a short series called Toy Story Treats was produced, with sound alikes used for the cast (well, Woody and Buzz, really, since Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, and R. Lee Ermey returned to their respective roles). 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.
  • 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 in all Pooh productions until his death in 2005. The same series also had Tigger being voiced by Will Ryan instead of Paul Winchell, with Winchell also returning for New Adventures. However...
    • The third and fourth seasons of New Adventures had Jim Cummings voicing Tigger in addition to Pooh due to Paul Winchell's declining health. Winchell reprises his role as Tigger 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.
  • While the tie-in game, Young Justice: Legacy, would see a number of cast changes, the third season of Young Justice, Outsiders would see the earlier voice actors return, including Alan Tudyk as Psimon, Danny Trejo as Bane, Denise Boutte as Rocketnote , and Alyson Stoner as Oracle.
  • The animated adaptations of Garfield zig-zagged this. Originally, Garfield and Jon were voiced by Scott Beach and Thom Huge respectively. For the first of the Garfield Specials Here Comes Garfield, they were recast as Lorenzo Music and Sandy Kenyon. Huge reclaimed the role of Jon for all subequent Garfield specials, as well as Garfield and Friends (1988-94). Music similarly stayed on to be the defining voice of Garfield for all appearances including Garfield and Friends until his 2001 death (except an early-1990s Alpo ad that used Tom Smothers instead).
  • Lisa Vischer was the voice of Junior Asparagus in the VeggieTales video series, but was re-cast with Tress MacNeille in the Netflix follow-up VeggieTales in the House. Vischer would reprise the role in the Un Reboot The VeggieTales Show.


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