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* ''The False Prince'', the first book of The''Literature/AscendanceTrilogy'' is basically a stand-alone story with a SequelHook tagged on to the very end. While there is some foreshadowing of future conflicts, and a few things are left uncertain, almost all of the conflicts and questions are resolved to a degree that if a few paragraphs were taken out of the last five pages, readers might not even expect a sequel. ''The Runaway King'' introduces a looming war with another country, several characters, and establishes new relationship dynamics between several characters, which all continue on into ''The Shadow Throne.'' ''The Runaway King'' also ends with a massive cliffhanger which directly plays into the beginning of ''The Shadow Throne,'' although several months lapse between them.
30th May '17 9:21:34 AM MyFinalEdits
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* An interesting comparison between the kinds of trilogy is the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogies; in the original trilogy, ''Film/ANewHope'' is clearly made as a movie that can stand by itself (although the narrative is open to the possibilities of later movies), whereas ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' - greenlit after the success of the first - are more closely linked together and separated by a sequel hook (in fact in the original theatrical release of ''A New Hope'', neither the subtitle "A New Hope" nor the "Episode IV" designation were a part of the opening crawl, they were only added to later releases following the next two episodes). In the prequel trilogy, it was obvious to all that all three movies were going to be made, so all are incorporated together more tightly as a trilogy, but even still, ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I]]'' could be a stand-alone movie, ending on a happy note, while ''[[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]]'' and ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith III]]'' are more tightly linked through a cliffhanger ending in ''II'' (the Clone Wars begin).

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* An interesting comparison between the kinds of trilogy is the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogies; in the original trilogy, ''Film/ANewHope'' is clearly made as a movie that can stand by itself (although the narrative is open to the possibilities of later movies), whereas ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' - greenlit after the success of the first - are more closely linked together and separated by a sequel hook (in fact in the original theatrical release of ''A New Hope'', neither the subtitle "A New Hope" nor the "Episode IV" designation were a part of the opening crawl, they were only added to later releases following the next two episodes). In the prequel trilogy, it was obvious to all that all three movies were going to be made, so all are incorporated together more tightly as a trilogy, but even still, ''[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Episode I]]'' could be a stand-alone movie, ending on a happy note, note and also being chronologically much older than all other movies (Anakin Skywalker is a child), while ''[[Film/AttackOfTheClones Episode II]]'' and ''[[Film/RevengeOfTheSith III]]'' are more tightly linked through a cliffhanger ending in ''II'' (the Clone Wars begin).
30th May '17 7:37:22 AM Sapphirea2
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** Series 4 does something similar with its final three episodes -- "Turn Left" has a standalone plot and is a separate story officially, but leads directly into "The Stolen Earth" which is a two-part story with "Journey's End". The series of specials that follows this also does such -- after two standalone stories with no real connection to the MythArc (barring some ArcWords), "The Waters of Mars" functions as a standalone story that sets up the two-part GrandFinale of the Tenth Doctor's run, titled "The End of Time".
** Series 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. 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".
** Series 10: The mid-season "Monks Trilogy" starts with "Extremis", a TwoLinesNoWaiting / MeanwhileInTheFuture episode. One plot is set in the past, as the nature of the mysterious Vault the Doctor has been guarding is revealed, and the second in ThePresentDay as he learns of an impending AlienInvasion of Earth via [[spoiler: his equivalent in a computer simulation said aliens have set up]]. It can work as a standalone story: An exploration of what exactly makes the Doctor the Doctor via his actions in two very different circumstances. But it also introduces him and the audience to the villains of "The Pyramid at the End of the World" and "The Lie of the Land", which chronicle their invasion and its undoing and are connected by a conventional {{Cliffhanger}}.

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** Series 4 does something similar with its final three episodes -- "Turn Left" has a standalone plot and is a separate story officially, officially but leads directly into "The Stolen Earth" Earth", which is a two-part story with "Journey's End". End".
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The series of specials that follows followed this also does such -- after two standalone stories with no real connection to the MythArc (barring some ArcWords), "The Waters of Mars" functions as a standalone story that sets up the two-part GrandFinale of the Tenth Doctor's run, titled "The End of Time".
** Series 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. 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".
** Series 10: The mid-season "Monks Trilogy" starts with "Extremis", a TwoLinesNoWaiting / MeanwhileInTheFuture episode. One plot is set in the past, as the nature of the mysterious Vault the Doctor has been guarding is revealed, and the second in ThePresentDay as he learns of an impending AlienInvasion of Earth via [[spoiler: his equivalent in a computer simulation said aliens have set up]]. It can work as a standalone story: An exploration of story that explores what exactly makes the Doctor the Doctor via his actions in two very different circumstances. Doctor. But it also introduces him and the audience to the villains of leads directly into "The Pyramid at the End of the World" and "The Lie of the Land", which chronicle their said invasion and its undoing and are connected by a conventional {{Cliffhanger}}.
30th May '17 4:36:41 AM Kadorhal
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* Originally, ''Film/TheToxicAvengerPartII'' and ''[[Film/TheToxicAvengerTheLastTemptationOfToxie III]]'' were one long movie, but got split up, due to being ''too'' long.

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* A literal, but surprisingly unintended example: Originally, ''Film/TheToxicAvengerPartII'' ''Film/TheToxicAvenger Parts II'' and ''[[Film/TheToxicAvengerTheLastTemptationOfToxie III]]'' ''III'' were one long movie, but which got split up, in half, due to being ''too'' long.



* Inverted in the Dominican ''Nueba Yol'' films. There were only two, but the second film was called ''Nueba Yol 3'' because of al superstition regarding second films.
* Many people assumed that this would happen with Creator/ChristopherNolan's series of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films but ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' has a rare variant where the [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises third movie]] is more a sequel to the [[Film/BatmanBegins first movie]] than [[Film/TheDarkKnight the second]]. ''Film/BatmanBegins'' was (as the title implies) a setup of the protagonist, using a few obscure villains from the comic, and ends on a minor SequelHook. The second movie ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is a largely stand-alone story about Batman's battle with the Joker, Two-Face and the Gotham Mob. It picks up some loose threads of the first film, pits Batman against SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and develop the DA Harvey Dent as a hero. Nolan's intention was to have the sequel go on to feature the Joker on trial, making it more closely linked with TDK, but with HeathLedger's death they decided on a completely new direction for the third film. Both the first and third movies are about Batman fending off the League of Shadows' attempts to destroy Gotham. [[spoiler: The story is brought full circle when it turns out that Bruce's love interest in the third movie is actually the daughter of the first movie's BigBad.]] Ultimately, ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' manages to bridge together a BigBad connected to ''Batman Begins'' while also riding story arcs set up by the ending of ''The Dark Knight,'' wrapping up the series as a whole instead of sticking with the story of just one movie.

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* Inverted in the Dominican ''Nueba Yol'' films. There were only two, but the second film was called ''Nueba Yol 3'' because of al a superstition regarding second films.
* Many people assumed that this would happen with Creator/ChristopherNolan's series of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films but ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' has a rare variant where the [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises third movie]] is more a sequel to the [[Film/BatmanBegins first movie]] than [[Film/TheDarkKnight the second]]. ''Film/BatmanBegins'' was (as the title implies) a setup of the protagonist, using a few obscure villains from the comic, and ends on a minor SequelHook. The second movie ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is a largely stand-alone story about Batman's battle with the Joker, Two-Face and the Gotham Mob. It picks up some loose threads of the first film, pits Batman against SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and develop the DA Harvey Dent as a hero. Nolan's intention was to have the sequel go on to feature the Joker on trial, making it more closely linked with TDK, but with HeathLedger's Creator/HeathLedger's death they decided on a completely new direction for the third film. Both the first and third movies are about Batman fending off the League of Shadows' attempts to destroy Gotham. [[spoiler: The story is brought full circle when it turns out that Bruce's love interest in the third movie is actually the daughter of the first movie's BigBad.]] Ultimately, ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' manages to bridge together a BigBad connected to ''Batman Begins'' while also riding story arcs set up by the ending of ''The Dark Knight,'' wrapping up the series as a whole instead of sticking with the story of just one movie.



* ''{{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, 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.

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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]] {{Sequel Hook}}s 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, 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.
29th May '17 11:48:28 PM Kadorhal
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* ''Film/TheDisappearanceOfEleanorRigby'' was originally intended to be this with ''Him'' and ''Her'', telling the romance from the perspectives of man and woman involved. Later, however, a third film was made, ''Them'', that incorporated the differing perspectives into a single storyline.

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* ''Film/TheDisappearanceOfEleanorRigby'' is an inverted version. It was originally intended meant to be this with just two movies, ''Him'' and ''Her'', telling the romance from the perspectives of man and woman involved. Later, however, a third film was made, ''Them'', that incorporated the differing perspectives into a single storyline.
26th May '17 10:05:20 AM Sapphirea2
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* Series 10: The mid-season "Monks Trilogy" starts with "Extremis", a TwoLinesNoWaiting / MeanwhileInTheFuture episode. One plot is set in the past, as the nature of the mysterious Vault the Doctor has been guarding is revealed, and the second in ThePresentDay as he learns of an impending AlienInvasion of Earth via {{Humanoid Abomination}}s via [[spoiler: his equivalent in a computer simulation said aliens have set up]]. His realization that he and his friends must prepare to battle a mighty threat leads directly "The Pyramid at the End of the World" and "The Lie of the Land", which chronicle the invasion and its undoing. But "Extremis" at heart is an exploration of what exactly makes the Doctor the Doctor via his actions in two very different storylines, and it has a different approach to storytelling than the latter two episodes, which are connected by a conventional {{Cliffhanger}}.

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* ** Series 10: The mid-season "Monks Trilogy" starts with "Extremis", a TwoLinesNoWaiting / MeanwhileInTheFuture episode. One plot is set in the past, as the nature of the mysterious Vault the Doctor has been guarding is revealed, and the second in ThePresentDay as he learns of an impending AlienInvasion of Earth via {{Humanoid Abomination}}s via [[spoiler: his equivalent in a computer simulation said aliens have set up]]. His realization that he up]]. It can work as a standalone story: An exploration of what exactly makes the Doctor the Doctor via his actions in two very different circumstances. But it also introduces him and his friends must prepare the audience to battle a mighty threat leads directly the villains of "The Pyramid at the End of the World" and "The Lie of the Land", which chronicle the their invasion and its undoing. But "Extremis" at heart is an exploration of what exactly makes the Doctor the Doctor via his actions in two very different storylines, undoing and it has a different approach to storytelling than the latter two episodes, which are connected by a conventional {{Cliffhanger}}.
26th May '17 9:59:15 AM Sapphirea2
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* Series 10: The mid-season "Monks Trilogy" starts with "Extremis", a TwoLinesNoWaiting / MeanwhileInTheFuture episode. One plot is set in the past, as the nature of the mysterious Vault the Doctor has been guarding is revealed, and the second in ThePresentDay as he learns of an impending AlienInvasion of Earth via {{Humanoid Abomination}}s via [[spoiler: his equivalent in a computer simulation said aliens have set up]]. His realization that he and his friends must prepare to battle a mighty threat leads directly "The Pyramid at the End of the World" and "The Lie of the Land", which chronicle the invasion and its undoing. But "Extremis" at heart is an exploration of what exactly makes the Doctor the Doctor via his actions in two very different storylines, and it has a different approach to storytelling than the latter two episodes, which are connected by a conventional {{Cliffhanger}}.
21st May '17 9:37:16 PM immblueversion
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* The MadeForTVMovie ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' was made with no ideas for a sequel in mind. Despite its AudienceAlienatingPremise of relocating the cast of ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship Is Magic]]'' to a HighSchoolAU, the movie was a surprise hit and launched a chain of sequels, each with a standalone story while feeding a certain character thread introduced in the previous movie through. The first sequel, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', continues the [[HeelFaceTurn redemption arc]] of Sunset Shimmer, the first movie's BigBad, as the rest of the cast fights a gang of power-hungry sirens in a BattleOfTheBands; the second, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]]'', follows the previous movie's {{Stinger}} that introduced an alternate counterpart of the first two movies' main character, Twilight Sparkle, who also happens to be the others' opponent in a sports tournament for this movie, and its climax has [[HourglassPlot something of a role reversal with her and Sunset Shimmer from the first movie]]; and the third, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree Legend of Everfree]]'', sees the AU Twilight replace her counterpart entirely as she and her friends try solving a magical mystery at summer camp. Interestingly, director and writer commentary states that they didn't even count on continuing Sunset Shimmer and AU Twilight's stories from the first and third movies, respectively, intending to keep them mostly self-contained.

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* The MadeForTVMovie ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' was made with no ideas for a sequel in mind. Despite its AudienceAlienatingPremise of relocating the cast of ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship Is Magic]]'' to a HighSchoolAU, the movie was a surprise hit and launched a chain of sequels, each with a standalone story while feeding a certain character thread introduced in the previous movie through. The first sequel, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', continues the [[HeelFaceTurn redemption arc]] of Sunset Shimmer, the first movie's BigBad, as the rest of the cast fights a gang of power-hungry sirens in a BattleOfTheBands; the second, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]]'', follows the previous movie's {{Stinger}} that introduced an alternate counterpart of the first two movies' main character, Twilight Sparkle, who also happens to be the others' opponent in a sports tournament for this movie, and its climax has [[HourglassPlot something of a role reversal with her and Sunset Shimmer from the first movie]]; and the third, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree Legend of Everfree]]'', sees the AU Twilight replace her counterpart entirely as she and her friends try solving a magical mystery at summer camp. Interestingly, director and writer commentary states commentaries state that they didn't even count on continuing Sunset Shimmer and AU Twilight's stories from the first and third movies, respectively, intending to keep them mostly self-contained.
21st May '17 9:36:10 PM immblueversion
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* The season three finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was being developed at a time when no one was certain that the series would continue, and thus was [[SeriesFauxnale written like it were the last episode of the series]], closing the door on Twilight Sparkle's series-long character arc while leaving the door for future possibilities open, and making for a solid SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon. Then the show was renewed for a fourth season with a two-part opener, giving an opportunity to continue the story and wrap up some of the dangling plot threads that couldn't be resolved. Then-showrunner Meghan [=McCarthy=] even went so far as calling the third season finale the first of a trilogy.


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* The MadeForTVMovie ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' was made with no ideas for a sequel in mind. Despite its AudienceAlienatingPremise of relocating the cast of ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship Is Magic]]'' to a HighSchoolAU, the movie was a surprise hit and launched a chain of sequels, each with a standalone story while feeding a certain character thread introduced in the previous movie through. The first sequel, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'', continues the [[HeelFaceTurn redemption arc]] of Sunset Shimmer, the first movie's BigBad, as the rest of the cast fights a gang of power-hungry sirens in a BattleOfTheBands; the second, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]]'', follows the previous movie's {{Stinger}} that introduced an alternate counterpart of the first two movies' main character, Twilight Sparkle, who also happens to be the others' opponent in a sports tournament for this movie, and its climax has [[HourglassPlot something of a role reversal with her and Sunset Shimmer from the first movie]]; and the third, ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree Legend of Everfree]]'', sees the AU Twilight replace her counterpart entirely as she and her friends try solving a magical mystery at summer camp. Interestingly, director and writer commentary states that they didn't even count on continuing Sunset Shimmer and AU Twilight's stories from the first and third movies, respectively, intending to keep them mostly self-contained.
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23rd Mar '17 3:35:08 AM Rik-B
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* Music/FrankZappa's ''Hot Rats'' got two sequels released close to each other, ''Waka / Jawaka'' and ''The Grand Wazoo''. Then, several years after that, there was the unoffically named ''Läther''([[BilingualBonus German for leather]]) trilogy, consisting of ''Studio Tan'', ''Sleep Dirt'' (sometimes ''referred to'' as ''Hot Rats III''), and ''Orchestral Favorites'', making up a three-part sexology. Confused yet?

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* Music/FrankZappa's ''Hot Rats'' got two sequels released close to each other, ''Waka / Jawaka'' and ''The Grand Wazoo''. Then, several years after that, there was the unoffically named ''Läther''([[BilingualBonus German for leather]]) ''Läther'' trilogy, consisting of ''Studio Tan'', ''Sleep Dirt'' (sometimes ''referred to'' as ''Hot Rats III''), and ''Orchestral Favorites'', making up a three-part sexology. Confused yet?
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