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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' BonusBoss Raiko Horikawa numbers her magical attacks: First Drum, Second Drum, etc. Her fourth attack is "Death Drum."

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' BonusBoss Raiko Horikawa numbers her magical attacks: First Drum, Second Drum, etc. Her fourth attack is "Death Drum."Drum".
25th Apr '16 6:05:09 PM REV6Pilot
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** Naruto's SuperpoweredEvilSide becomes dominant and goes into "kill everyone" mode when he grows four fox tails.

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** Naruto's SuperpoweredEvilSide becomes dominant and goes into "kill everyone" mode when he grows four fox tails. At this point, he can't tell friend from foe anymore and has to be forced to simmer down.
15th Apr '16 7:01:15 PM ThePocket
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* The dreaded Error 404 page.

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* The dreaded Error 404 page. Actually one of the more benign error codes -- the 4XX series is reserved for trying to access something the site can't or won't provide them (as opposed to the 5XX series which indicate the site is having technical problems), and 404 in particular just means the page you're looking for isn't there -- but its most common cause is following a "dead link".


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** People were legitimately surprised that Sony released a UsefulNotes/PlayStation4 for this very reason. The more superstitious among them were probably quite surprised when it became their fastest-selling system ever and so far the biggest success of this generation.
12th Apr '16 2:32:12 AM Wuz
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: Seisen no Keifu'', halfway through the game, [[spoiler: your army falls into Alvis' trap. Most of the army dies including the main character, Sigurd. The female characters who escaped the trap die rather quickly after having their children as well]].

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: the fourth ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' game, ''Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu'', halfway through the game, [[spoiler: your army falls into Alvis' trap. Most of the army dies including the main character, Sigurd. The female characters who escaped the trap die rather quickly after having their children as well]].
12th Apr '16 2:31:32 AM Wuz
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* In ''Fire Emblem 4 Seisen no Keifu'', halfway through the game,[[spoiler: your army falls into Alvis' trap. Most of the army dies including the main character, Sigurd. The female characters who escaped the trap die rather quickly after having their children as well]].

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* In ''Fire Emblem 4 ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: Seisen no Keifu'', halfway through the game,[[spoiler: game, [[spoiler: your army falls into Alvis' trap. Most of the army dies including the main character, Sigurd. The female characters who escaped the trap die rather quickly after having their children as well]].
6th Apr '16 11:26:52 PM merotoker
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* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', there are four heirs of the Hokuto school of combat. And there is a reason if Kenshiro, the ''fourth'' of them, is the TropeNamer for YouAreAlreadyDead.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the fourth Evangelion unit (really the fifth unit if you count the prototype 00, but being called the 04 was all it took) disappeared into a Dirac sea during a startup experiment, taking a large chunk of the Mojave Desert with it. Also, Unit 03 -- the ''real'' fourth Evangelion -- [[spoiler:got taken over by an Angel and had to be destroyed, nearly (and in the manga, ''actually'') killing Toji too, who was, of course, the Fourth Child.]] And if that wasn't enough, Toji shortly prior became the fourth person that Hikari makes lunches for. Ouch. Unit-04 was always referred to as ''yon''-gouki in dialogue. Even ''Rebuild'' does this. And when Shinji achieves a synchronization ratio of 400%, [[spoiler:his body dissolves into LCL. Don't worry, he came back.]]

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* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', there are four heirs of the Hokuto school of combat. And there is a reason if Kenshiro, the ''fourth'' of them, is the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} for YouAreAlreadyDead.
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the fourth Evangelion unit (really the fifth unit if you count the prototype 00, but being called the 04 was all it took) disappeared into a Dirac sea during a startup experiment, taking a large chunk of the Mojave Desert with it. Also, Unit 03 -- the ''real'' fourth Evangelion -- [[spoiler:got taken over by an Angel and had to be destroyed, nearly (and in the manga, ''actually'') killing Toji too, who was, of course, the Fourth Child.]] And if that wasn't enough, Toji shortly prior became the fourth person that Hikari makes lunches for. Ouch. Unit-04 was always referred to as ''yon''-gouki in dialogue. Even ''Rebuild'' does this. And when Shinji achieves a synchronization ratio of 400%, [[spoiler:his body dissolves into LCL. Don't worry, he came back.]]back]].



** Unohana Retsu, the captain of the Fourth Division is TheDreaded. [[spoiler:She is also the ''First'' Kenpachi of the Eleventh Division, and the '''''worst''''' criminal to ever exist in Soul Society. Meaning that she was (and still is) worse than '''''Aizen'''''. Her actual name is Unohana Yachiru, the person Zaraki Kenpachi respected the most, and Yachiru's namesake. The name "Yachiru" means 8000 styles, referring to the fact that she has mastered ''every'' sword style in Soul Society. To top it all off, she is the inventor of the Art of ''Killing'', which she plans on teaching to her tenth successor. She is probably the most blatant example in all of ''Bleach'']].

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** Unohana Retsu, the captain of the Fourth Division is TheDreaded. [[spoiler:She is also the ''First'' Kenpachi of the Eleventh Division, and the '''''worst''''' criminal to ever exist in Soul Society. Meaning that she was (and still is) worse than '''''Aizen'''''. Her actual name is Unohana Yachiru, the person Zaraki Kenpachi respected the most, and Yachiru's namesake. The name "Yachiru" means 8000 styles, referring to the fact that she has mastered ''every'' sword style in Soul Society. To top it all off, she is the inventor of the Art of ''Killing'', which she plans on teaching to her tenth successor. She is probably the most blatant example in all of ''Bleach'']].''Bleach''.]]



** The second season of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' seems to go to complete overkill with regards to the number four: it takes place 4 years at the end of the first season, the main Gundam Meisters are still composed of 4 members, the protagonist unit's designation number is 0000 and it is also the only 4th generation model at the start of the series. And if you want to take things further, the said unit is powered by two GN-Drives, one's from the very first (O) Gundam, while the other is from the protagonist's previous unit which is part of the third generation. Thus 1 + 3 = 4. And [[spoiler:the [[ArtificialHuman Innovades]] are '''four''' pairs, and it includes the BigBad and Tieria.]]

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** The second season of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'' seems to go to complete overkill with regards to the number four: it takes place 4 years at the end of the first season, the main Gundam Meisters are still composed of 4 members, the protagonist unit's designation number is 0000 and it is also the only 4th generation model at the start of the series. And if you want to take things further, the said unit is powered by two GN-Drives, one's from the very first (O) Gundam, while the other is from the protagonist's previous unit which is part of the third generation. Thus 1 + 3 = 4. And [[spoiler:the [[ArtificialHuman Innovades]] are '''four''' pairs, and it includes the BigBad and Tieria.]]Tieria]].



** In the anime, Tsukune arrives at the bus stop at 4:44 pm and is attacked by rivals for Moka's love. Later on, 4:44 pm is the scheduled time for [[spoiler:his execution for being human.]]

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** In the anime, Tsukune arrives at the bus stop at 4:44 pm and is attacked by rivals for Moka's love. Later on, 4:44 pm is the scheduled time for [[spoiler:his execution for being human.]]human]].



** Though they haven't all had screen time yet, the seies has four superpowerful pirates known as the Four Emperors (one of whom happens to be someone extremely important to Luffy) who act as a counterbalance to the Marines and the [[LuckySeven Seven Warlords of the Sea]]. [[spoiler:Whitebeard ended up dying among the four, and Blackbeard usurped the empty spot he left.]]

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** Though they haven't all had screen time yet, the seies series has four superpowerful pirates known as the Four Emperors (one of whom happens to be someone extremely important to Luffy) who act as a counterbalance to the Marines and the [[LuckySeven Seven Warlords of the Sea]]. [[spoiler:Whitebeard ended up dying among the four, and Blackbeard usurped the empty spot he left.]]



* Albert Heinrich, aka Manga/{{Cyborg 00|9}}4, is the most heavily reconstructed and had most of his body replaced with various weapons. The original manga even saddled him with the nickname "[[{{Shinigami}} God of Death]]", and his original personality was that of a rather frightening vengeance-seeker that enjoyed battling Black Ghost. However, his character evolved over the years, and in the 2001 version, he's more of a [[GermanicDepressives withdrawn]], BigBrotherMentor who's very disturbed by his enhancements.

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* ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'': Albert Heinrich, aka Manga/{{Cyborg 00|9}}4, Cyborg 004, is the most heavily reconstructed and had most of his body replaced with various weapons. The original manga even saddled him with the nickname "[[{{Shinigami}} God of Death]]", and his original personality was that of a rather frightening vengeance-seeker that enjoyed battling Black Ghost. However, his character evolved over the years, and in the 2001 version, he's more of a [[GermanicDepressives withdrawn]], BigBrotherMentor who's very disturbed by his enhancements.



* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', there are four models of MechaMooks used by the BigBad. Types I through III are relatively benign: sure, they might hurt you and knock you out for a bit, but they are not really meant to kill people. [=Type IVs=], on the other hand, are the HeroKiller kind, designed specifically to make people (especially mages) very dead. In addition to redshirts, their rap sheet almost included the title character herself and [[spoiler:Vita]] by the end of the series. And it's also probable that they killed [[spoiler:Subaru and Ginga's mother Quint when they showed up, and Lutecia's mother Megane barely survived]].

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', there are four models of MechaMooks used by the BigBad. Types I through III are relatively benign: sure, they might hurt you and knock you out for a bit, but they are not really meant to kill people. [=Type IVs=], on the other hand, are the HeroKiller kind, designed specifically to make people (especially mages) very dead. In addition to redshirts, their rap sheet almost included the title character herself and [[spoiler:Vita]] by the end of the series. And it's also probable that they killed [[spoiler:Subaru and Ginga's mother Quint when they showed up, and Lutecia's mother Megane barely survived]].



* The four of spades in the Creatpr/OsamuTezuka ReusedCharacterDesign playing card deck is Kiriko, the doctor of death from ''Manga/BlackJack''.

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* The four of spades in the Creatpr/OsamuTezuka Creator/OsamuTezuka ReusedCharacterDesign playing card deck is Kiriko, the doctor of death from ''Manga/BlackJack''.



* Parodied in episode 2 of ''HaruhiChan'', when a dying [[KnifeNut Asakura]] claims to be part of a 'Radical Big Four', the [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil rest of whom will soon attack]]. [[DeadpanSnarker Kyon]] proceeds to call her story cheesy. They never come, nor are they ever mentioned again.

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* Parodied in episode 2 of ''HaruhiChan'', ''Manga/HaruhiChan'', when a dying [[KnifeNut Asakura]] claims to be part of a 'Radical Big Four', the [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil rest of whom will soon attack]]. [[DeadpanSnarker Kyon]] proceeds to call her story cheesy. They never come, nor are they ever mentioned again.



* In the KoreanWebtoon ''HelloHellper'' there's a group of four Asian GrimReaper[=s=] known as the Four Poisons (smoking, drinking, gambling, and women). The Gambler asserts that the phrase was named after them, not the other way around, because they were so terrifying not even [[{{reincarnation}} reincarnated souls]] could forget them.

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* In the KoreanWebtoon ''HelloHellper'' there's a group of four Asian GrimReaper[=s=] [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reapers]] known as the Four Poisons (smoking, drinking, gambling, and women). The Gambler asserts that the phrase was named after them, not the other way around, because they were so terrifying not even [[{{reincarnation}} reincarnated souls]] could forget them.



* ''Film/{{Juon}}'', the Japanese movie on which ''Film/TheGrudge'' is based, features a scene in which Mizuho goes back to her school to meet her boyfriend, Tsuyoshi, only to find that he isn't there. All she discovers is a mysterious cell phone that happens to be lying around. She ends up having to wait inside the school whilst a member of staff searches the building - [[spoiler:suddenly, the room goes dark, Toshio starts running around out of her eyesight, and the cell phone she found earlier begins to ring when she is hiding underneath a desk. The number displayed on the screen is simply "4444444444". And when she takes the call, she only hears Toshio's creepy mewing noise. Of course, Toshio also happens to be ''right behind her'' at this point. Obviously, these are ghosts who like making culturally appropriate dark jokes.]] There's also the ''Film/{{Juon}}'' short film, which is simply titled ''4444444444''. It is set during the first movie, and is directly connected to the scene above - it details just what happens to poor Tsuyoshi after he also discovers the mysterious phone.

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* ''Film/{{Juon}}'', the Japanese movie on which ''Film/TheGrudge'' is based, features a scene in which Mizuho goes back to her school to meet her boyfriend, Tsuyoshi, only to find that he isn't there. All she discovers is a mysterious cell phone that happens to be lying around. She ends up having to wait inside the school whilst a member of staff searches the building - [[spoiler:suddenly, the room goes dark, Toshio starts running around out of her eyesight, and the cell phone she found earlier begins to ring when she is hiding underneath a desk. The number displayed on the screen is simply "4444444444". And when she takes the call, she only hears Toshio's creepy mewing noise. Of course, Toshio also happens to be ''right behind her'' at this point. Obviously, these are ghosts who like making culturally appropriate dark jokes.]] jokes]]. There's also the ''Film/{{Juon}}'' short film, which is simply titled ''4444444444''. It is set during the first movie, and is directly connected to the scene above - it details just what happens to poor Tsuyoshi after he also discovers the mysterious phone.



* Japanese horror film ''Gakkou No Kaiden'' revolves around things that haunt an abandoned school when the clock hits... 4:44AM. 4:44AM typically is more horrifying than 4:44PM, where it's HandWaved that it's actually 16:44.

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* Japanese horror film ''Gakkou No Kaiden'' revolves around things that haunt an abandoned school when the clock hits... 4:44AM. 4:44AM typically is more horrifying than 4:44PM, where it's HandWaved {{handwave}}d that it's actually 16:44.



''Franchise/SuperSentai:''

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' gives us Sasuke Samurai #4, the very definition of DemonicSpider. When it battles an enemy, if the player gets a coinflip right, [=SS4=] instantly destroys that enemy without actually battling it. If you're playing one of the video games, expect [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard the computer to ALWAYS FREAKIN GET THE RIGHT FLIP]].

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' gives us Sasuke Samurai #4, the very definition of DemonicSpider.{{Demonic Spider|s}}. When it battles an enemy, if the player gets a coinflip right, [=SS4=] instantly destroys that enemy without actually battling it. If you're playing one of the video games, expect [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard the computer to ALWAYS FREAKIN GET THE RIGHT FLIP]].



* MachineRobo's MR-4, Gyro Robo, was designated as an Enemy character in the American ''Gobots'' line.

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* MachineRobo's Franchise/MachineRobo's MR-4, Gyro Robo, was designated as an Enemy character in the American ''Gobots'' line.



** Also, Master Tonberry, a robed green lizard like thing carrying a butcher knife and lantern that will slowly advance on your party before one hit killing you with said knife, or attack with 'Everyone's Grudge' doing 1 damage for each enemy a character has killed in the game, had 44,444HP in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''

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** Also, Master Tonberry, a robed green lizard like thing carrying a butcher knife and lantern that will slowly advance on your party before one hit killing you with said knife, or attack with 'Everyone's Grudge' doing 1 damage for each enemy a character has killed in the game, had 44,444HP in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.



* In ''Fire Emblem 4 Seisen no Keifu'', halfway through the game,[[spoiler: your army falls into Alvis' trap. Most of the army dies including the main character, Sigurd. The female characters who escaped the trap die rather quickly after having their children as well.]]

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* In ''Fire Emblem 4 Seisen no Keifu'', halfway through the game,[[spoiler: your army falls into Alvis' trap. Most of the army dies including the main character, Sigurd. The female characters who escaped the trap die rather quickly after having their children as well.]]well]].



** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', Link must visit four dungeons, kill the four boss monsters, and retrieve their four masks. It turns out, though, that [[spoiler:the four masks hold the spirits of the Four Giants of Termina, who are good guys that help stop the moon from falling into the world at the end of the game.]] Also, including the Fierce Deity's Mask, there are four transformation masks (and being the fourth mask, it's the deadliest). The dungeons lie in the four compass directions. If you draw lines connecting the temples/areas in the order you visit them in on the map, it will be a big four (on its side). And the goal of the game itself is to save Termina before the dawn of the fourth day. The number is ''very'' important to this game.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', Link must visit four dungeons, kill the four boss monsters, and retrieve their four masks. It turns out, though, that [[spoiler:the four masks hold the spirits of the Four Giants of Termina, who are good guys that help stop the moon from falling into the world at the end of the game.]] game]]. Also, including the Fierce Deity's Mask, there are four transformation masks (and being the fourth mask, it's the deadliest). The dungeons lie in the four compass directions. If you draw lines connecting the temples/areas in the order you visit them in on the map, it will be a big four (on its side). And the goal of the game itself is to save Termina before the dawn of the fourth day. The number is ''very'' important to this game.



* Courtroom 4 bore witness to the mid-trial suicide of Terry Fawles in Case 3-4 of ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.

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* Courtroom 4 bore witness to the mid-trial suicide of Terry Fawles in Case 3-4 of ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.



** Subverted, when presented with the initial choice of going through Door 5, which someone has just died behind, or Door 4 which features a much more comforting environment overall [[spoiler:and leads to the best ending in which none of the main characters die.]] [[spoiler:And then played straight with Clover, who either kills almost everyone in the Axe Ending, kills Junpei in the [=iOS=] port's Syrine Ending, or ends up being killed herself in the Sub and Safe Endings.]]
** Played straight in its sequel game, VirtuesLastReward, [[spoiler:wherein Clover's ending again leads to the death of everyone.]]

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** Subverted, when presented with the initial choice of going through Door 5, which someone has just died behind, or Door 4 which features a much more comforting environment overall [[spoiler:and leads to the best ending in which none of the main characters die.]] [[spoiler:And And then played straight with Clover, who either kills almost everyone in the Axe Ending, kills Junpei in the [=iOS=] port's Syrine Ending, or ends up being killed herself in the Sub and Safe Endings.]]
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** Played straight in its sequel game, VirtuesLastReward, ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', [[spoiler:wherein Clover's ending again leads to the death of everyone.]]everyone]].



5th Apr '16 2:14:35 AM 4444jdm
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* In ''[=TXR0=]'' and ''Import Tuner Challenge'', the number for the final boss is "400", connecting the number "4" to the unlucky and demonic number.

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* In ''[=TXR0=]'' ''VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer Zero'' and ''Import Tuner Challenge'', the number for the final boss is "400", connecting the number "4" to the unlucky and demonic number.
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* In ''[[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Animal Crossing: New Leaf]]'', the music that plays at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjMO1-AZfmM 4 AM]] is ''very'' creepy and a potent source of NightmareFuel, to the point of inspiring several CreepyPasta Dream Towns. Also, [=Club LOL's=] Japanese name, "Club 444", actually reads as "Club Shisho" (who is run by Dr. Shrunk, whose his Japanese name is Shisho). But an alternative reading of the Japanese name, if read directly, can actually mean [[PlayedForLaughs "Club Death-Death-Death"]].

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* In ''[[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Animal Crossing: New Leaf]]'', the music that plays at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjMO1-AZfmM 4 AM]] is ''very'' creepy and a potent source of NightmareFuel, to the point of inspiring several CreepyPasta Dream Towns. Also, [=Club LOL's=] Japanese name, "Club 444", actually reads as "Club Shisho" (who is run by Dr. Shrunk, whose his Japanese name is Shisho). But an alternative reading of the Japanese name, if read directly, can actually really mean [[PlayedForLaughs "Club Death-Death-Death"]].
3rd Apr '16 5:06:25 PM MyFinalEdits
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It is also worth noting that the 4th installment often spells doom for a franchise with NumberedSequels. The RuleOfThree generally means that the 3rd installment is either the much-anticipated conclusion to the {{Trilogy}} or simply the pinnacle of SerialEscalation; in comparison, the 4th is [[TrilogyCreep frequently an afterthought]] brought out by a desire to wrestle more money out of a CashCowFranchise. Since it can't compete with its predecessor directly, it frequently relies on gimmicks, prompting calls of JumpingTheShark, {{Sequelitis}} or "TheyChangedItNowItSucks". As production executives are well aware of the effect, the unfortunate number 4 in the title is often [[StoppedNumberingSequels replaced with some subtitle instead]].
15th Mar '16 3:58:23 PM drunkrobot
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* A strangely literal example: while the previous three ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books contained Death as a [[AnthropomorphicPersonification character]], it took until the fourth book, ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', to feature him as a main character. This is doubly so in French-speaking countries, where 'Mort' is a word for 'death', so to them, the fourth Discworld book ''is'' Death.
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