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23rd Nov '16 6:38:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played straight with the first trilogy of Literature/TheRiftwarCycle: the first book, ''Magician'', stands alone while the second two, ''Silverthorn'' and ''A Darkness at Sethanon'', tell a two-part story. Inverted with one of the later trilogies, ''Conclave of Shadows''; the first two books, ''Talon of Silver Hawk'' and ''King of Foxes'', tell a two-part story, while the third, ''Exile's Return'', features a PerspectiveFlip, change of setting and a separate story of redemption for the earlier parts' villain, as well as setting up a later series.
* Literature/TheKaneChronicles by RickRiordan are also an example of this. The first book ends with Carter and Sadie defeating Set and essentially neutralizing him as a threat. Then it turns out that [[spoiler:Set's [[TheDragon dragon]] was actually possessed by Apophis, the god of chaos. Apophis then directly becomes the antagonist for books 2 and 3.]]
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]] is an ''inverse'' of the way it usually happens - the first two books form a more complete and coherent story, with the third one being more seperate.

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* Played straight with the first trilogy of Literature/TheRiftwarCycle: ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'': the first book, ''Magician'', stands alone while the second two, ''Silverthorn'' and ''A Darkness at Sethanon'', tell a two-part story. Inverted with one of the later trilogies, ''Conclave of Shadows''; the first two books, ''Talon of Silver Hawk'' and ''King of Foxes'', tell a two-part story, while the third, ''Exile's Return'', features a PerspectiveFlip, change of setting and a separate story of redemption for the earlier parts' villain, as well as setting up a later series.
* Literature/TheKaneChronicles ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' by RickRiordan Creator/RickRiordan are also an example of this. The first book ends with Carter and Sadie defeating Set and essentially neutralizing him as a threat. Then it turns out that [[spoiler:Set's [[TheDragon dragon]] was actually possessed by Apophis, the god of chaos. Apophis then directly becomes the antagonist for books 2 and 3.]]
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]] Chronicles]]'' is an ''inverse'' of the way it usually happens - the first two books form a more complete and coherent story, with the third one being more seperate.
23rd Nov '16 6:27:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[TheVampireChronicles Interview with the Vampire]]'' is basically a stand-alone memoir of Louis's life in the nineteenth century with Daniel's search for Lestat making for an ambiguous SequelHook. Starting with ''The Vampire Lestat'', Louis and Daniel are [[DemotedToExtra pushed aside]] in favor of a multi-part storyline detailing Lestat's plot to [[spoiler:awaken Queen Akasha]], the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero resulting disaster]], and his search for redemption.

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* ''[[TheVampireChronicles Interview with the Vampire]]'' ''Literature/InterviewWithTheVampire'' is basically a stand-alone memoir of Louis's life in the nineteenth century with Daniel's search for Lestat making for an ambiguous SequelHook. Starting with ''The Vampire Lestat'', Louis and Daniel are [[DemotedToExtra pushed aside]] in favor of a multi-part storyline detailing Lestat's plot to [[spoiler:awaken Queen Akasha]], the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero resulting disaster]], and his search for redemption.



* The first novel in ''TheHungerGames'' trilogy wraps up after the conclusion of, well, [[TitleDrop The Hunger Games.]] The second two books deal with the fallout of the first book and the [[spoiler: revolution]], with the last line of the second book, ''Catching Fire,'' being a WhamLine.

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* The first novel in ''TheHungerGames'' ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy wraps up after the conclusion of, well, [[TitleDrop The Hunger Games.]] The second two books deal with the fallout of the first book and the [[spoiler: revolution]], with the last line of the second book, ''Catching Fire,'' being a WhamLine.



* ''{{Hornblower}}'' began with a single self-contained book, ''The Happy Return'' (or ''Beat To Quarters'', [[MarketBasedTitle if you're American]]), which detailed [[GuileHero Captain Hornblower's]] adventures commanding a frigate far from home. This was followed by ''A Ship of the Line'', taking place [[TimeSkip several years later]], with Hornblower captaining a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ship of the Line]] in the Mediterranean. One CliffHanger Ending later, the plot proceeded directly into ''Flying Colours''. [[LongRunners Of course]], this was followed by seven [[AuthorExistenceFailure and a half]] books and several short stories.

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* ''{{Hornblower}}'' ''Literature/{{Hornblower}}'' began with a single self-contained book, ''The Happy Return'' (or ''Beat To Quarters'', [[MarketBasedTitle if you're American]]), which detailed [[GuileHero Captain Hornblower's]] adventures commanding a frigate far from home. This was followed by ''A Ship of the Line'', taking place [[TimeSkip several years later]], with Hornblower captaining a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ship of the Line]] in the Mediterranean. One CliffHanger Ending later, the plot proceeded directly into ''Flying Colours''. [[LongRunners Of course]], this was followed by seven [[AuthorExistenceFailure and a half]] books and several short stories.
11th Nov '16 11:46:49 PM JulianLapostat
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* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' and ''VideoGame/Dishonored2'' has an unusual example. The first game's central arc of Corvo Attano's loss of his good name, his quest to clear his name and rescue Emily Kaldwin from conspirators is a fairly self-contained story. However the 2-Part DLC for the first Dishonored game and the sequel ''Dishonored 2'' introduces in detail the new arc: the Rise of Delilah Copperspoon as a would-be EvilOverlord who seeks to claim the throne of Dunwall and usurp Emily Kaldwin, she was thwarted in the DLC but the entirety of the sequel deals with her return, her origins and elevates her to big bad.
4th Nov '16 5:06:38 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* The VideoGame/RAYSeries is composed of three games, but while ''[=RayForce=]'' (first) and ''[=RayCrisis=]'' (third) are part of the same continuity, with ''[=RayCrisis=]'' being a {{Prequel}}, ''[=RayStorm=]'' is in a separate continuity form from the other two games.
4th Nov '16 5:02:54 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* The VideoGame/RAYSeries is composed of three games, but while ''[=RayForce=]'' (first) and ''[=RayCrisis=]'' (third) are part of the same continuity, with ''[=RayCrisis=]'' being a {{Prequel}}, ''[=RayStorm=]'' is in a separate continuity form from the other two games.
20th Oct '16 4:22:36 PM SunriseWarrior
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* The original ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' was intended to be a standalone film, with its SequelHook intended as a joke. WordOfGod says it was inserted in the spirit of the heroes metaphorically RidingIntoTheSunset. ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' were filmed back-to-back, and were originally written as a single movie with the WorkingTitle ''Paradox''. The movie had four compressed acts[[note]]2015, the alternate 1985, back to 1955, then 1885[[/note]], resulting in serious over-length. Instead of cramming it all into one movie, they split the fourth act off and made it ''Part III'', allowing them to introduce, define, and develop the totally new characters and plot. The finished films are all fairly equally connected to each other and each have mostly separate main plots.

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* The original ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' was intended to be a standalone film, with its SequelHook intended meant as a joke. WordOfGod says it was inserted in the spirit of the heroes metaphorically RidingIntoTheSunset. ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' and ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' were filmed back-to-back, and were originally written as a single movie with the WorkingTitle ''Paradox''. The movie had four compressed acts[[note]]2015, the alternate 1985, back to 1955, then 1885[[/note]], resulting in serious over-length. Instead of cramming it all into one movie, they split the fourth act off and made it ''Part III'', allowing them to introduce, define, and develop the totally new characters and plot. The finished films are all fairly equally connected to each other and each have mostly separate main plots.
20th Oct '16 4:18:01 PM SunriseWarrior
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* A lot of readers feel the ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' trilogy is one of these; the difference being that it's the ''third'' book, ''Allegiant'', that seems to feel out of sync with the other two, to its discredit alternating between two narrators where the first two books were told entirely in Tris's voice, ([[spoiler:Tobias actually concludes the narrative after Tris' death]]) sacrificing the narrative energy of the first two books for a lot of exposition which shouldn't really be necessary at that point. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/the-problem-with-divergent-is-allegiant-veronica-roth A piece]] in ''Buzzfeed'' when the first movie adaptation came out called it "listless, anti-climactic, and you really get the sense that Roth didn't know where she was going with the story," noting that the four top-rated reviews of the book on Amazon share this assessment. It's been suggested that Roth's publisher got her to lengthen the first book into enough for two; the producers of the films have announced they're splitting ''Allegiant'' into two (''Allegiant'' is coming out in 2016, and the final entry - called ''Ascendant'' - in 2017), suggesting they see the same problem.

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* A lot of readers feel the ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' trilogy is one of these; the difference being that it's the ''third'' book, ''Allegiant'', that seems to feel out of sync with the other two, to its discredit alternating between two narrators where the first two books were told entirely in Tris's voice, ([[spoiler:Tobias actually concludes the narrative after Tris' death]]) sacrificing the narrative energy of the first two books for a lot of exposition which shouldn't really be necessary at that point. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/the-problem-with-divergent-is-allegiant-veronica-roth A piece]] in ''Buzzfeed'' when the first movie adaptation came out called it "listless, anti-climactic, and you really get the sense that Roth didn't know where she was going with the story," noting that the four top-rated reviews of the book on Amazon share this assessment. It's been suggested that Roth's publisher got her to lengthen the first book into enough for two; the producers of the films have announced they're splitting ''Allegiant'' into two (''Allegiant'' is coming out in 2016, and the final entry - called ''Ascendant'' - in 2017), suggesting they see the same problem.
10th Oct '16 8:33:11 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''{{Film/REC}}'' ended up being an example of a trilogy in four parts. The first part stands quite easily on its own, though Filmax got the two directors to work on a sequel before its success at home was even assured, and it's only from the second film onwards that [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]] abound. The two worked on ''REC 2'' together before drafting two more films to finish the series off and splitting up the workload so each one solo-directed one of the two movies (Plaza with ''REC 3: Genesis'' and Balagueró with ''REC 4: Apocalypse''). The experience of each movie back-to-back certainly gives the four-part-trilogy feeling.

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* ''{{Film/REC}}'' ended up being an example of a trilogy in four parts. The first part stands quite easily on its own, though Filmax got the two directors to work on a sequel before its success at home was even assured, and it's only from the second film onwards that [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]] abound. The two worked on ''REC 2'' together before drafting two more films to finish the series off and splitting up the workload so each one solo-directed one of the two movies (Plaza with ''REC 3: Genesis'' and Balagueró with ''REC 4: Apocalypse''). The experience of each movie back-to-back certainly gives the four-part-trilogy feeling.feeling, with many viewers commenting that the other three films aren't as good as the first which ended where it was supposed to and didn't need sequels.
10th Oct '16 2:53:35 PM MyFinalEdits
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** According to WordOfGod via directors Anthony and Joe Russo, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' and the upcoming ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' were both envisioned as a "two-part story" from the beginning. This makes sense since the original movie, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is a PeriodPiece set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII that sets up [[SuperHeroOrigin Cap's character and relationships]], while the two sequels are modern day political thrillers that deal with him trying to cope with the being a FishOutOfTemporalWater.

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** According to WordOfGod via directors Anthony and Joe Russo, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' and the upcoming ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' were both envisioned as a "two-part story" from the beginning. This makes sense since the original movie, ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is a PeriodPiece set during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII that sets up [[SuperHeroOrigin Cap's character and relationships]], while the two sequels are modern day political thrillers that deal with him trying to cope with the being a FishOutOfTemporalWater.



* ''{{Film/REC}}'' ended up being an example of a trilogy in four parts. The first part stands quite easily on its own, though Filmax got the two directors to work on a sequel before its success at home was even assured, and it's only from the second film onwards that [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]] abound.[[note]]Seriously, have you ever wondered how they could make a sequel to a movie that [[spoiler:ends the way ''REC'' does]]?[[/note]] The two worked on ''REC 2'' together before drafting two more films to finish the series off and splitting up the workload so each one solo-directed one of the two movies (Plaza with ''REC 3: Genesis'' and Balagueró with ''REC 4: Apocalypse''). The experience of each movie back-to-back certainly gives the four-part-trilogy feeling, with many commenting that the other three films aren't as good as the first which ended where it was supposed to and didn't need sequels. Valid universe expansion or [[{{Sequelitis}} needless attempts to cash in on the success of the first film]]? You be the judge.

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* ''{{Film/REC}}'' ended up being an example of a trilogy in four parts. The first part stands quite easily on its own, though Filmax got the two directors to work on a sequel before its success at home was even assured, and it's only from the second film onwards that [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]] abound.[[note]]Seriously, have you ever wondered how they could make a sequel to a movie that [[spoiler:ends the way ''REC'' does]]?[[/note]] The two worked on ''REC 2'' together before drafting two more films to finish the series off and splitting up the workload so each one solo-directed one of the two movies (Plaza with ''REC 3: Genesis'' and Balagueró with ''REC 4: Apocalypse''). The experience of each movie back-to-back certainly gives the four-part-trilogy feeling, with many commenting that the other three films aren't as good as the first which ended where it was supposed to and didn't need sequels. Valid universe expansion or [[{{Sequelitis}} needless attempts to cash in on the success of the first film]]? You be the judge.feeling.



* Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan is probably the biggest example on this page, being a twelve-part saga divided into four trilogies which form their own story-arcs. ''Vampire Blood'' is about Darren becoming a half-vampire, coming to terms with his transformation and encountering a member of the vampire offshoot, the vampaneze. ''Vampire Rites'' is about Darren travelling to the home of the vampire clan and trying to gain acceptance by them, while uncovering a conspiricy to destroy the clan. ''Vampire War'' is the hunt for the Vampaneze Lord, whose death can end the war between the two clans. ''Vampire Destiny'' is about Darren learning disturbing revelations about the implications of the war, while it comes to its conclusion. Strangely, ''Vampire War'' and ''Vampire Destiny'' form their ''own'' Two-Part Trilogy, as the last two books of each form a complete storyline in contrast to the first, which are more establishing the change in the story after the TimeSkip from the halfway point (in the case of ''War'') and briding the Grand Finale with the WHAMEpisode that ended ''War'' (in the case of ''Destiny'').

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* Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' is probably the biggest example on this page, being a twelve-part saga divided into four trilogies which form their own story-arcs. ''Vampire Blood'' is about Darren becoming a half-vampire, coming to terms with his transformation and encountering a member of the vampire offshoot, the vampaneze. ''Vampire Rites'' is about Darren travelling to the home of the vampire clan and trying to gain acceptance by them, while uncovering a conspiricy to destroy the clan. ''Vampire War'' is the hunt for the Vampaneze Lord, whose death can end the war between the two clans. ''Vampire Destiny'' is about Darren learning disturbing revelations about the implications of the war, while it comes to its conclusion. Strangely, ''Vampire War'' and ''Vampire Destiny'' form their ''own'' Two-Part Trilogy, as the last two books of each form a complete storyline in contrast to the first, which are more establishing the change in the story after the TimeSkip from the halfway point (in the case of ''War'') and briding the Grand Finale with the WHAMEpisode that ended ''War'' (in the case of ''Destiny'').



** Series 9 did this again! "Face the Raven" was written as a standalone story -- and is often listed as such -- but it becomes the opening salvo of a three-part finale in the final 10 minutes, which see the Doctor captured and handed over to a mysterious enemy and Clara, his beloved companion, [[spoiler: Killed Off for Real]]. "Heaven Sent" and "Hell Bent" follow the Doctor's resultant ProtagonistJourneyToVillain as he is DrivenToMadness, escapes the prison, [[spoiler: returns to Gallifrey]], punishes his enemy, and [[spoiler: tries to bring Clara back from the grave]], ending with his return to the side of right. For bonus points the ChristmasEpisode that follows, "The Husbands of River Song", aired less than three weeks later and serves as a coda to the finale, as its denouement hinges on the personal growth the Doctor experiences in "Hell Bent".

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** Series 9 did this again! 9: "Face the Raven" was written as a standalone story -- and is often listed as such -- but it becomes the opening salvo of a three-part finale in the final 10 minutes, which see the Doctor captured and handed over to a mysterious enemy and Clara, his beloved companion, [[spoiler: Killed Off for Real]]. "Heaven Sent" and "Hell Bent" follow the Doctor's resultant ProtagonistJourneyToVillain as he is DrivenToMadness, escapes the prison, [[spoiler: returns to Gallifrey]], punishes his enemy, and [[spoiler: tries to bring Clara back from the grave]], ending with his return to the side of right. For bonus points the Tthe ChristmasEpisode that follows, "The Husbands of River Song", aired less than three weeks later and serves as a coda to the finale, as its denouement hinges on the personal growth the Doctor experiences in "Hell Bent".



* Unlike ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has suffered the opposite. The ending of the first game is quite clear, [[spoiler:the player has either saved the day, defeated the ''BigBad'', destroyed the Death Star knock off and is universally loved, or has kept the Death Star knockoff for themselves and unleashes their new fleet on the galaxy to take over.]] At the end of [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords the sequel]] though, good or evil ending, [[spoiler:it just ends with the character's ship flying off into space, presumably to go and find the True Sith.]] That was in 2004, and the plot threads were only recently followed up on with the release of a sequel/spinoff {{MMORPG}}, ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. In relation to the classic example of the original trilogy, ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' does this as well despite being only one game: each class has a personal story questline which is divided into three acts or chapters; the first chapter ends with the character triumphantly achieving their goal so far, while the second chapter tends to end inconclusively with a setback and a direct lead into the third and final chapter.

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* Unlike ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has suffered the opposite. is an inversion. The ending of the first game is quite clear, [[spoiler:the player has either saved the day, defeated the ''BigBad'', BigBad, destroyed the Death Star knock off and is universally loved, or has kept the Death Star knockoff for themselves and unleashes their new fleet on the galaxy to take over.]] At the end of [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords the sequel]] though, good or evil ending, [[spoiler:it just ends with the character's ship flying off into space, presumably to go and find the True Sith.]] That was in 2004, and the plot threads were only recently much later followed up on with the release of a sequel/spinoff {{MMORPG}}, ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. In relation to the classic example of the original trilogy, ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' does this as well despite being only one game: each class has a personal story questline which is divided into three acts or chapters; the first chapter ends with the character triumphantly achieving their goal so far, while the second chapter tends to end inconclusively with a setback and a direct lead into the third and final chapter.
9th Oct '16 7:59:57 PM BackgroundGuy
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* ''{{Film/REC}}'' ended up being an example of a trilogy in four parts. The first part stands quite easily on its own, though Filmax got the two directors to work on a sequel before its success at home was even assured, and it's only from the second film onwards that [[SequelHook Sequel Hooks]] abound.[[note]]Seriously, have you ever wondered how they could make a sequel to a movie that [[spoiler:ends the way ''REC'' does]]?[[/note]] The two worked on ''REC 2'' together before drafting two more films to finish the series off and splitting up the workload so each one solo-directed one of the two movies (Plaza with ''REC 3: Genesis'' and Balagueró with ''REC 4: Apocalypse''). The experience of each movie back-to-back certainly gives the four-part-trilogy feeling, with many commenting that the other three films aren't as good as the first which ended where it was supposed to and didn't need sequels. Valid universe expansion or [[{{Sequelitis}} needless attempts to cash in on the success of the first film]]? You be the judge.
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