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24th Aug '16 8:54:16 AM Saveelich
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* ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Trilogy]]'' with its fourth installment, ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'', where Jason Bourne is only named. And then there's confirmation of a fifth with Matt Damon attached.

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* ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Trilogy]]'' with its Film/TheBourneSeries was seemingly a full-circle trilogy... until a SpinOff fourth installment, ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'', where Jason Bourne is only named. And then there's confirmation of ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' came out in 2012. Then a fifth with Matt Damon attached.film came out in 2016 [[ProductionPosse by the same team as the first three films]] (minus scriptwriter Tony Gilroy).
20th Aug '16 12:00:02 AM jormis29
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It has far more than tripled now. In addition to ''The Mortal Instruments'' and the ''The Infernal Devices'', there are three new trilogies in the works; ''The Dark Artifices'', ''The Last Hours'' and ''The Wicked Powers''. Note that all of these are separate series within the same universe, and each trilogy (not including the double-trilogy of ''The Mortal Instruments'') is written so that it can be read on its own.

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It has far more than tripled now. In addition to ''The Mortal Instruments'' and the ''The Infernal Devices'', there are three new trilogies in the works; ''The Dark Artifices'', ''Literature/TheDarkArtifices', ''The Last Hours'' and ''The Wicked Powers''. Note that all of these are separate series within the same universe, and each trilogy (not including the double-trilogy of ''The Mortal Instruments'') is written so that it can be read on its own.
14th Aug '16 10:36:13 PM ZombieAladdin
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* For a long while, ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' consisted strictly of three short films: ''WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut'', ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'', and ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave''. Many years later, there would be a full-length fourth entry, ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'', as well as a fifth short film, ''WesternAnimation/AMatterOfLoafAndDeath''.
9th Aug '16 12:38:15 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is an interesting case, as it was originally planned to be only '''two''' games; [[ExecutiveMeddling Microsoft wanted a third game]] and development time for ''Halo 2'' ran short, so they stretched it out over ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. Then there's ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' (planned, but expanded) and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' (never planned), which roughly fit into the same "trilogy". In 2012, ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' was released, which is the beginning of a second ''Halo'' trilogy.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' is an interesting case, as it was Creator/{{Bungie}} originally planned for it to be only be '''two''' games; [[ExecutiveMeddling Microsoft wanted a third game]] and development time for ''Halo 2'' ran short, so they stretched it out over ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}''. Then there's ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' (planned, but expanded) and ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' (never planned), which roughly fit into the same "trilogy". In 2012, ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' was released, which is the beginning of a second ''Halo'' trilogy.saga, this time with Creator/ThreeFourThreeIndustries as the developers.
27th Jul '16 12:15:10 AM PaulA
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* ''The Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'', expanded with ''Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea''. Then it was renamed to ''The Earthsea Cycle''. The series expanded to six books (and one of those is a short story collection).

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* ''The Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'', expanded with For many years there were three novels in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's Literature/{{Earthsea}} setting, and they were called the Earthsea Trilogy. Then came ''Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea''. Then it Earthsea'', and the series was renamed to ''The the Earthsea Cycle''. The series expanded to six books (and one Cycle. "The Last Book of those is a Earthsea" has been followed by another novel. And that's without mentioning the short story collection).stories.
26th Jul '16 10:38:11 PM darksoul4242
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* After the release of ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals'', series creator Al Lowe insisted that there wouldn't be a ''Larry [[ExactWords 4]]'', partly thanks to how Lowe essentially wrote himself into a corner without any idea how Larry 3's ending could lead into a sequel. Instead, he chose to skip the fourth installment (retroactively referred to as ''Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies'') completely and carry on straight into ''Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work'', where the absence of a fourth game is actually a ''plot point'', and both Larry and Patti have amnesia because the BigBad stole the Larry 4 disks.

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* After the release of ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 3: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals'', series creator Al Lowe insisted that there wouldn't be a ''Larry [[ExactWords 4]]'', partly thanks to how Lowe essentially wrote himself into a corner without any idea how Larry 3's ending could lead into a sequel. Instead, he chose to skip the fourth installment (retroactively referred to as ''Leisure Suit Larry 4: The Missing Floppies'') completely and carry on straight into ''Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does a Little Undercover Work'', where the absence of a fourth game is actually a ''plot point'', and both Larry and Patti have has amnesia because the BigBad stole the Larry 4 disks.disks, and weaseled out of paying Patti for her work on the score.
1st Jul '16 8:35:39 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'': It was a trilogy, then along came the announcement of a prequel. The page is still called "The Bartimaeus Trilogy", even after the release of the prequel. This is reasonably fair, though, as the prequel book is very much a self-contained story and only features two characters seen in the original novels: Bartimaeus himself and his long-time antagonist, Faquarl.

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* ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'': ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'': It was a trilogy, then along came the announcement of a prequel. The page is still called "The Bartimaeus Trilogy", even after the release of the prequel. This is reasonably fair, though, as the prequel book is very much a self-contained story and only features two characters seen in the original novels: Bartimaeus himself and his long-time antagonist, Faquarl.
26th Jun '16 6:31:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' was planned to be a trilogy ("Belgarion", "Ce'Nedra" & "Torak"). Eddings explains in ''The Rivan Codex'' that due to length and the publishing standards of large book chains at the time, his publisher convinced him to do a pentalogy instead. Then, when he was writing book four, he realised that he was going to have plenty of material left over, and the second pentalogy was planned. And when that wasn't enough, they went and planned a prequel, that in fact saw the light as two... Of two books each. ''TheElenium'', on the other hand, ''was'' a trilogy that received ''another'' trilogy of sequels.
* Creator/PiersAnthony lampshades this by marveling at how long the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' "trilogy" has become in the afterword to one of the books. He then mentions the possibility of working on more books in the ''Apprentice Adept'' series, since that trilogy was "looking a little sparse" at only three books. It eventually reached seven. The first Xanth "trilogy" happens to have 27 books, with the last of these being titled "Cube Route" (and since 3 cubed is 27, this is another of Piers' in/famous puns). In fact, this seems to happen to Anthony a lot. The Cluster trilogy ended up being supplemented with two {{Interquel}}s. The ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, though never a trilogy, ended up three books longer than originally planned. As for the Literature/ApprenticeAdept Trilogy - it's now two trilogies and a seventh standalone.

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* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' was planned to be a trilogy ("Belgarion", "Ce'Nedra" & "Torak"). Eddings explains in ''The Rivan Codex'' that due to length and the publishing standards of large book chains at the time, his publisher convinced him to do a pentalogy instead. Then, when he was writing book four, he realised that he was going to have plenty of material left over, and the second pentalogy was planned. And when that wasn't enough, they went and planned a prequel, that in fact saw the light as two... Of two books each. ''TheElenium'', on the other hand, ''was'' a trilogy that received ''another'' trilogy of sequels.
* Creator/PiersAnthony lampshades this by marveling at how long the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' "trilogy" has become in the afterword to one of the books. He then mentions the possibility of working on more books in the ''Apprentice Adept'' series, since that trilogy was "looking a little sparse" at only three books. It eventually reached seven. The first Xanth "trilogy" happens to have 27 books, with the last of these being titled "Cube Route" (and since 3 cubed is 27, this is another of Piers' in/famous puns). In fact, this seems to happen to Anthony a lot. The Cluster trilogy ended up being supplemented with two {{Interquel}}s. The ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, though never a trilogy, ended up three books longer than originally planned. As for the Literature/ApprenticeAdept Trilogy - it's now two trilogies and a seventh standalone.



* Anne Bishop's [[BlackJewels The Black Jewels Trilogy]] has six books (and a short story/novella) collection. Averted in that the first three books are a coherent trilogy (all with titles Noun of the Noun), followed by a prequel, followed by the collection which has prequel, inter, and epilogue stories, followed by two epilogue novels.

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* Anne Bishop's [[BlackJewels [[Literature/BlackJewels The Black Jewels Trilogy]] has six books (and a short story/novella) collection. Averted in that the first three books are a coherent trilogy (all with titles Noun of the Noun), followed by a prequel, followed by the collection which has prequel, inter, and epilogue stories, followed by two epilogue novels.
7th Jun '16 2:34:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}''. Several of his more well-known stories are actually one [[TheVerse universe]], through CanonWelding. He was a tremendously prolific writer, so only a small fraction of his actual work fits into the background and timeline of the Robots/Foundation [[TheVerse 'verse]], but that fraction includes some of his most popular stories. It should be noted, though, that the familiar trilogy was originally published in ''eleven'' installments[[note]]Book 1 is the first four stories, plus a framing story; Book 2 is two stories, one of which was published as a two-part serial, and book 3 is also two stories, one of which was published as a three-part serial[[/note]].
* When Bernard Cornwell was inspired by the popularity of the ''{{Sharpe}}'' television series to write some more novels, he wrote three books set prior to the Peninsular War setting of the existing novels. They were quickly dubbed the prequel trilogy by fans. Then he wrote two more. (Although as the first three concerned Sharpe's adventures in India and the other two dealt with the earlier part of the Napoleonic conflict, they seemed to have been rebranded the India trilogy.) In the end, he only moved on to other projects when he ran out of early 19th century wars for [[TheGump Richard Sharpe]] to fight in. [[TropesAreNotBad The quality of writing remained consistently good throughout.]]

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}''.''Literature/{{Foundation}}''. Several of his more well-known stories are actually one [[TheVerse universe]], through CanonWelding. He was a tremendously prolific writer, so only a small fraction of his actual work fits into the background and timeline of the Robots/Foundation [[TheVerse 'verse]], but that fraction includes some of his most popular stories. It should be noted, though, that the familiar trilogy was originally published in ''eleven'' installments[[note]]Book 1 is the first four stories, plus a framing story; Book 2 is two stories, one of which was published as a two-part serial, and book 3 is also two stories, one of which was published as a three-part serial[[/note]].
* When Bernard Cornwell was inspired by the popularity of the ''{{Sharpe}}'' ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'' television series to write some more novels, he wrote three books set prior to the Peninsular War setting of the existing novels. They were quickly dubbed the prequel trilogy by fans. Then he wrote two more. (Although as the first three concerned Sharpe's adventures in India and the other two dealt with the earlier part of the Napoleonic conflict, they seemed to have been rebranded the India trilogy.) In the end, he only moved on to other projects when he ran out of early 19th century wars for [[TheGump Richard Sharpe]] to fight in. [[TropesAreNotBad The quality of writing remained consistently good throughout.]]



** The ''[[TheDarkswordTrilogy Darksword]]'' "trilogy" by Weis and Hickman consists of four books. The fourth is written in a somewhat different style than the rest (taking place after a TimeSkip and being narrated by a new character), but does conclude important plot threads that the third book left dangling. There is also another book (Darksword Adventures) which is half novella set in the same setting as the trilogy, and half {{RPG}} system.

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** The ''[[TheDarkswordTrilogy ''[[Literature/TheDarkswordTrilogy Darksword]]'' "trilogy" by Weis and Hickman consists of four books. The fourth is written in a somewhat different style than the rest (taking place after a TimeSkip and being narrated by a new character), but does conclude important plot threads that the third book left dangling. There is also another book (Darksword Adventures) which is half novella set in the same setting as the trilogy, and half {{RPG}} system.
30th May '16 8:22:30 PM Doug86
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* Creator/HarryTurtledove, particularly since it was unexpected: his [[Literature/{{Timeline191}} TL-191]] series started with a one-off prequel, ''How Few Remain'', then a trilogy called ''The Great War''. All of which fitted the planned releases that had been "Coming Soon" in the fronts of his novels for years. Then suddenly the one round-up book that would have dealt with events later on, called ''The Great War: Settling Accounts'', grew to '''seven huge books''', the ''American Empire'' trilogy and then the ''Settling Accounts'' tetralogy. The vast amount of padding and repetition involved in these seven, along with what is broadly considered to be a significant decline in writing quality, has led [[AlternateHistoryDotCom some]] to accuse Turtledove of deliberately writing {{Doorstopper}}s to put his kids through college.

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* Creator/HarryTurtledove, particularly since it was unexpected: his [[Literature/{{Timeline191}} TL-191]] series started with a one-off prequel, ''How Few Remain'', then a trilogy called ''The Great War''. All of which fitted the planned releases that had been "Coming Soon" in the fronts of his novels for years. Then suddenly the one round-up book that would have dealt with events later on, called ''The Great War: Settling Accounts'', grew to '''seven huge books''', the ''American Empire'' trilogy and then the ''Settling Accounts'' tetralogy. The vast amount of padding and repetition involved in these seven, along with what is broadly considered to be a significant decline in writing quality, has led [[AlternateHistoryDotCom [[Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom some]] to accuse Turtledove of deliberately writing {{Doorstopper}}s to put his kids through college.
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