History Main / SequelEscalation

15th Apr '17 4:42:48 AM Ryulong
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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' contains one of the most notable examples of this in all of anime. [[Manga/DragonBall The first series]] was a rather light-hearted ScienceFantasy martial arts series with a lot of slapstick and [[CerebusSyndrome (at least initially)]] [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain goofy, weak-willed villains]]. Starting with [[Manga/DragonBallZ the sequel]], the franchise routinely featured villains (and heroes) who could [[PersonOfMassDestruction casually atomize planets and even entire solar systems with their attacks]], eventually ending at the point where the heroes and villains ''[[PhysicalGod surpassed the the setting's gods in power]]'' and could destroy the universe if so inclined. With it's two sequels - the non-canon ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', and definitely-canon ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' - [[UpToEleven this trend continued in both cases]].

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' contains one of the most notable examples of this in all of anime. [[Manga/DragonBall The first series]] was a rather light-hearted ScienceFantasy martial arts series vaguely based on ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' with a lot of slapstick and [[CerebusSyndrome (at least initially)]] [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain goofy, weak-willed villains]]. Starting with [[Manga/DragonBallZ the sequel]], the franchise routinely featured villains (and heroes) who could [[PersonOfMassDestruction casually atomize planets and even entire solar systems with their attacks]], eventually ending at the point where the heroes and villains ''[[PhysicalGod surpassed the the setting's gods in power]]'' and could destroy the universe if so inclined. With it's two sequels - the non-canon ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', and definitely-canon ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' - [[UpToEleven this trend continued in both cases]].
3rd Apr '17 10:31:20 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne'' increases the scope set by ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' by having the sharknados made by, rather than just a hurricane, a hurricane combined with a blizzard into a superstorm. And instead of just focusing on the anti-shark struggles of a small handful of characters, the sequel sees the sharks fought by the NYC mayor, the police, scores of survivors armed with chainsaws and other melee weapons, and the folks at Creator/TheWeatherChannel.

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* * ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'':
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''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne'' increases the scope set by ''Film/{{Sharknado}}'' the first movie by having the sharknados made by, rather than just a hurricane, a hurricane combined with a blizzard into a superstorm. And instead of just focusing on the anti-shark struggles of a small handful of characters, the sequel sees the sharks fought by the NYC mayor, the police, scores of survivors armed with chainsaws and other melee weapons, and the folks at Creator/TheWeatherChannel.



* The ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series keeps upping the odds and the drama with each case. The first of the Phoenix arc is simply rescuing your long-lost best friend from a false murder charge, the second involves intrigue in show business and [[spoiler: the kidnapping of your assistant/friend Maya as insurance against the (guilty) client being found guilty.]], and the third has Phoenix facing off against [[spoiler: the vengeful spirit of his serial killer ex-girlfriend]] before the true murderer is even found. Apollo Justice deals with a seven-year-old BatmanGambit and pushing through a completely new trial system, while ''Investigations'' puts Edgeworth against a smuggling ring that [[spoiler: is responsible for or connected to every murder in the game.]]
** If the rumors are true, ''Investigations 2'' starts off with [[spoiler: the assassination of the Zheng Fa president.]] And since it probably only ramps up from there, the end case will probably involve Miles Edgeworth saving the world.
*** In fact, ''Investigations 2'' does begin with [[spoiler: an unsuccessful attempt on said president.]] It ends with [[spoiler: a successful one. Of a body double, that is, who pulled a successful one on the ''real'' president years ago. (And you get to solve that case too!)]]

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* The ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' series keeps upping the odds and the drama with each case. case.
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The first of the Phoenix arc is simply rescuing your long-lost best friend from a false murder charge, the second involves intrigue in show business and [[spoiler: the kidnapping of your assistant/friend Maya as insurance against the (guilty) client being found guilty.]], and the third has Phoenix facing off against [[spoiler: the vengeful spirit of his serial killer ex-girlfriend]] before the true murderer is even found. Apollo Justice deals with a seven-year-old BatmanGambit and pushing through a completely new trial system, while ''Investigations'' puts Edgeworth against a smuggling ring that [[spoiler: is responsible for or connected to every murder in the game.]]
** If the rumors are true, ''Investigations 2'' starts off with [[spoiler: the assassination of the Zheng Fa president.]] And since it probably only ramps up from there, the end case will probably involve Miles Edgeworth saving the world.
*** In fact, ''Investigations 2'' does begin with [[spoiler: an unsuccessful attempt on said president.
]] It ends with [[spoiler: a successful one. Of a body double, that is, who pulled a successful one on the ''real'' president years ago. (And And you get to solve that case too!)]]too.]]



** And even ''more'' UpToEleven with ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', which start with Phoenix taking on trials in a country that made ''being a lawyer'' '''punishable by death''', and deals with a full-on revolution. Oh, and who's the BigBad of the game? [[spoiler: The current ''Queen'' of said country, who controls the entire legal system and can re-write the law whenever she wants. By the end of the trial, everyone is held up at gunpoint by her guards. And yes, you ''do'' get to take her down.]]

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** And even ''more'' UpToEleven with ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', which start ** ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' starts with Phoenix taking on trials in a country that made ''being a lawyer'' '''punishable by death''', and deals with a full-on revolution. Oh, and who's the BigBad of the game? [[spoiler: The current ''Queen'' of said country, who controls the entire legal system and can re-write the law whenever she wants. By the end of the trial, everyone is held up at gunpoint by her guards. And yes, you ''do'' get to take her down.]]
2nd Apr '17 11:26:38 PM BigKlingy
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*** In fact, ''Investigations 2'' does begin with [[spoiler: an unsuccessful attempt on said president.]] It ends with [[spoiler: a successful one.]]

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*** In fact, ''Investigations 2'' does begin with [[spoiler: an unsuccessful attempt on said president.]] It ends with [[spoiler: a successful one.]] Of a body double, that is, who pulled a successful one on the ''real'' president years ago. (And you get to solve that case too!)]]


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** And even ''more'' UpToEleven with ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', which start with Phoenix taking on trials in a country that made ''being a lawyer'' '''punishable by death''', and deals with a full-on revolution. Oh, and who's the BigBad of the game? [[spoiler: The current ''Queen'' of said country, who controls the entire legal system and can re-write the law whenever she wants. By the end of the trial, everyone is held up at gunpoint by her guards. And yes, you ''do'' get to take her down.]]
30th Mar '17 8:35:15 AM mkmlp
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' is an example of season escalation. The first season was a parody of reality shows, and the cast did standard ''Survivor''-style challenges on an island. The second season, ''Total Drama Action'', put them on a larger abandoned film set where the challenges were based on movie genres. The third season, ''Total Drama World Tour'', was about (you guessed it) the contestants going around the world, and every episode had a no-excuse rule that contestants had to break out into song spontaneously, since Chris wanted to piggyback on the success of ''Series/Glee''. The fourth season, ''Total Drama Revenge of the Island'', had a new cast on the same island as before, but this time everything was radioactive and there were mutant animals all over the place. Chris [=McLean=], the host of the show, also gets gradually more sadistic as the series goes on. Case in point: Season 1's eliminated contestants left the island by boat. Season 4's left by ''catapult''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' is an example of season escalation. The first season was a parody of reality shows, and the cast did standard ''Survivor''-style challenges on an island. The second season, ''Total Drama Action'', put them on a larger abandoned film set where the challenges were based on movie genres. The third season, ''Total Drama World Tour'', was about (you guessed it) the contestants going around the world, and every episode had a no-excuse rule that contestants had to break out into song spontaneously, since Chris wanted to piggyback on the success of ''Series/Glee''.''Series/{{Glee}}''. The fourth season, ''Total Drama Revenge of the Island'', had a new cast on the same island as before, but this time everything was radioactive and there were mutant animals all over the place. Chris [=McLean=], the host of the show, also gets gradually more sadistic as the series goes on. Case in point: Season 1's eliminated contestants left the island by boat. Season 4's left by ''catapult''.
15th Mar '17 8:35:17 PM Rytex
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** ''Battle for Naboo'', a spinoff of ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron'', is all about destroying a single battle droid construction factory and then moving to help out at the Battle of Naboo. ''VideoGame/JediStarfighter'' is about shutting down all production of a synthetic virus that could wipe out beings in mere seconds, and then moving to prevent the Separatist scientist who invented it from using it in the Battle of Geonosis or after.
** In another case, in ''Battle for Naboo'' you can't destroy the Trade Federation landers no matter what, and the last level revolves around the battle against the Droid Control Ship, the only capital ship in the game. In ''Jedi Starfighter'', you destroy one TF Lander in the first level, and several capital ships over the course of the game, including three in the last level alone.

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** ''Battle for Naboo'', a spinoff of ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron'', [[VideoGame/StarWarsStarfighter The first game]] is all about destroying a single battle droid construction factory and then moving to help out at the Battle of Naboo. ''VideoGame/JediStarfighter'' is about shutting down all production of a synthetic virus that could wipe out beings in mere seconds, and then moving to prevent the Separatist scientist who invented it from using it in the Battle of Geonosis or after.
** In another case, in ''Battle for Naboo'' the first game, you can't destroy the Trade Federation landers no matter what, and the last level revolves around the battle against the Droid Control Ship, the only capital ship in the game. In ''Jedi Starfighter'', you destroy one TF Lander in the first level, and several capital ships over the course of the game, including three in the last level alone.
15th Mar '17 8:54:49 AM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Mission: Impossible'': The first film excels in how much more subtle it is compared to the other movies, which got more and more action oriented as the series moved forward. In fact, in the first movie, Ethan Hunt only ever loaded, held and pointed a gun in one or two scenes in the movie and never fired it once. You definitely can't say the same thing about the films to come.

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* ''Mission: Impossible'': ''Flim/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'': The first film excels in how much more subtle it is compared to the other movies, which got more and more action oriented as the series moved forward. In fact, in the first movie, Ethan Hunt only ever loaded, held and pointed a gun in one or two scenes in the movie and never fired it once. You definitely can't say the same thing about the films to come.
14th Mar '17 11:03:50 PM gurotrash
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** In Film/SharknadoThe4thAwakens the series adds [[spoiler:a lavanado, bouldernado, electricitynado, cownado, and nuclearnado to the mix]].
9th Mar '17 10:40:18 AM futuremoviewriter
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* ''Mission: Impossible'': The first film excels in how much more subtle it is compared to the other movies, which got more and more action oriented as the series moved forward. In fact, in the first movie, Ethan Hunt only ever loaded, held and pointed a gun in one or two scenes in the movie and never fired it once. You definitely can't say the same thing about the films to come.
8th Mar '17 11:56:19 PM omegafire17
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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' contains one of the most notable examples of this in all of anime. [[Manga/DragonBall The first series]] was a rather light-hearted ScienceFantasy martial arts series with a lot of slapstick and [[CerebusSyndrome (at least initially)]] [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain goofy, weak-willed villains]]. Starting with [[Manga/DragonBallZ the sequel]], the franchise routinely featured villains (and heroes) who could [[PersonOfMassDestruction casually atomize planets and even entire solar systems with their attacks]], eventually ending at the point where the heroes and villains ''[[PhysicalGod surpassed the the setting's gods in power]]'' and could destroy the universe if so inclined. With the anime-only sequel, ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', [[UpToEleven this trend continued]].

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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' contains one of the most notable examples of this in all of anime. [[Manga/DragonBall The first series]] was a rather light-hearted ScienceFantasy martial arts series with a lot of slapstick and [[CerebusSyndrome (at least initially)]] [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain goofy, weak-willed villains]]. Starting with [[Manga/DragonBallZ the sequel]], the franchise routinely featured villains (and heroes) who could [[PersonOfMassDestruction casually atomize planets and even entire solar systems with their attacks]], eventually ending at the point where the heroes and villains ''[[PhysicalGod surpassed the the setting's gods in power]]'' and could destroy the universe if so inclined. With it's two sequels - the anime-only sequel, non-canon ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', and definitely-canon ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' - [[UpToEleven this trend continued]].continued in both cases]].
7th Mar '17 9:45:17 PM mlsmithca
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' features cool teammates, [[CutscenePowerToTheMax action cutscenes]], [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epic]] [[BadassCrew badassery]], [[TearJerker emo]][[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments tion]] and [[OneOfUs geek]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments humor]]. ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' features more teammates, more [[CutscenePowerToTheMax action cutscenes]], MoreDakka, more [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epic]] [[BadassCrew badassery]], [[TearJerker more]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments emotion]] and more [[OneOfUs geek]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments humor]]. You may guess [[SoCoolItsAwesome the]] [[EvenBetterSequel results]]. ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is taking this [[DarkestHour even]] [[ApocalypseHow further]] by ''starting'' the game with the massive invasion of [[spoiler:a race of EldritchAbomination AbusivePrecursors by the thousands who have wiped out all galactic civilization countless times before]], who are ''very'' angry with the player character.

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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' features cool teammates, [[CutscenePowerToTheMax action cutscenes]], [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epic]] [[BadassCrew badassery]], [[TearJerker emo]][[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments tion]] and [[OneOfUs geek]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments humor]]. ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' features more teammates, more [[CutscenePowerToTheMax action cutscenes]], MoreDakka, more [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome epic]] [[BadassCrew badassery]], [[TearJerker more]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments emotion]] and more [[OneOfUs geek]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments humor]]. You may guess [[SoCoolItsAwesome the]] [[EvenBetterSequel the results]]. ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is taking this [[DarkestHour even]] [[ApocalypseHow further]] by ''starting'' the game with the massive invasion of [[spoiler:a race of EldritchAbomination AbusivePrecursors by the thousands who have wiped out all galactic civilization countless times before]], who are ''very'' angry with the player character.
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