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* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' franchise. It's the same villain for the first few, then [[LegacyCharacter his apprentices take his place]].

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* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' franchise.franchise is driven by the PorticSerialKiller Jigsaw, who puts people in {{Death Trap}}s. It's the same villain for the first few, then [[LegacyCharacter his apprentices take his place]].
10th Apr '18 8:21:19 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', with a host of books and movies based off the bloodsucking fiend. The most famous examples include the Franchise/UniversalHorror films starting with ''Film/Dracula1931'', and the Film/HammerHorror films starting with ''Film/HorrorOfDracula''.
** This gets UpToEleven in ''Film/{{Hellsing}}'' where the Count is the titled SociopathicHero protagonist [[spoiler: who ends up victorious. Lampshading the whole 'Dracula returns' at the end]].

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* Franchise/UniversalHorror as a whole is an entire [[TheVerse universe]] composed of multiple Villain-Based Franchises, with the monsters having been marketed together by Creator/{{Universal}} ever since TheForties. They eventually tried to revive the concept as a ModularFranchise with the Dark Universe, though the BoxOfficeBomb of ''Film/TheMummy2017'', intended to lead off the franchise, has [[StillbornFranchise put its fate up in the air]].
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''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', with a host of books and movies based off the bloodsucking fiend. The most famous examples include the Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal films starting with ''Film/Dracula1931'', and the Film/HammerHorror films starting with ''Film/HorrorOfDracula''.
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''Film/HorrorOfDracula''. This gets turned UpToEleven in ''Film/{{Hellsing}}'' ''Film/{{Hellsing}}'', where the Count is the titled SociopathicHero protagonist [[spoiler: who ends up victorious. Lampshading victorious, lampshading the whole 'Dracula returns' at the end]].end.]]
** ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' is a similar case, with Universal's [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} 1931 adaptation]] spinning off a series of horror films that may or may not have featured [[MadScientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein]] or his descendants, but ''always'' featured [[FrankensteinsMonster the Monster]] front and center. This trope is best evidenced by the fact that people frequently refer to the monster himself as "Frankenstein", even though [[IAmNotShazam that was the name of his creator]]. (The movie ''Film/IFrankenstein'' had it both ways and had the monster take on Frankenstein as his last name, seeing the man who created him as his 'father'.)
** ''Film/TheMummy1932'' and its quasi-remake in 1940, ''Film/TheMummysHand'', the latter of which spawned multiple sequels. The titular {{mummy}} was named Imhotep in the original (which the [[Film/TheMummy1999 1999 remake]] also used) and played by Creator/BorisKarloff, and named Kharis in ''Hand'' and its sequels and played by Creator/LonChaneyJr, but the BroadStrokes are similar enough that ''Hand'' is often mistaken for a sequel. Save for the mummy, there are very few returning characters between films.
** ''Film/TheInvisibleMan''. Technically a LegacyCharacter, as the title character in ''Film/TheInvisibleManReturns'' was a different person, but the common denominator in both films is a man who turns invisible and uses the freedom offered by his new power to go on a rampage.
** There were three ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' films, all of which had the Gill-man (played by Ricou Browning in the underwater scenes) and no other returning characters.
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* The titular [[ZombieApocalypse Living Dead]] are the only common link in the Franchise/LivingDeadSeries by Creator/GeorgeARomero, as well as ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' (a spinoff that takes the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' as a form of FictionAsCoverUp) by John Russo and ''Film/{{Zombi 2}}'' (an unofficial sequel to ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'', which was [[MarketBasedTitle titled]] ''Zombi'' in Italy) by Creator/LucioFulci.

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* The titular [[ZombieApocalypse Living Dead]] are the only common link in the Franchise/LivingDeadSeries by Creator/GeorgeARomero, Creator/GeorgeARomero and John Russo, as well as ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' by Russo (a spinoff that takes the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' as a form of FictionAsCoverUp) by John Russo and ''Film/{{Zombi 2}}'' by Creator/LucioFulci (an unofficial sequel to ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'', which was [[MarketBasedTitle titled]] ''Zombi'' in Italy) by Creator/LucioFulci.Italy).
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* The ''Film/ChildsPlay'' series featuring Chucky, a killer doll possessed by the spirit of the SerialKiller Charles Lee Ray. Like with Freddy Krueger in ''A Nightmare on Elm Street'', Chucky has been voiced by Creator/BradDourif in every film. The later films ''Film/BrideOfChucky'' and ''Film/SeedOfChucky'' added a secondary villain in Chucky's lover Tiffany, voiced by Creator/JenniferTilly.

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* The ''Film/ChildsPlay'' series featuring Chucky, a killer doll KillerDoll possessed by the spirit of the SerialKiller Charles Lee Ray. Like with Freddy Krueger in ''A Nightmare on Elm Street'', Chucky has been voiced by Creator/BradDourif in every film. The later films ''Film/BrideOfChucky'' and ''Film/SeedOfChucky'' added a secondary villain in Chucky's lover Tiffany, voiced by Creator/JenniferTilly.



* The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films eventually became one with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Pinhead]], played by Creator/DougBradley for eight films from [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} the original]] up until ''[[Film/HellraiserHellworld Hellworld]]''. Bradley eventually left the series when the poor quality of ''[[Film/HellraiserRevelations Revelations]]'' proved to be too much even for him to take, though the part was simply [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] from there and the series kept going.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films eventually became one with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Pinhead]], played by Creator/DougBradley for eight films from [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} the original]] up until ''[[Film/HellraiserHellworld Hellworld]]''. Bradley eventually left the series when the poor quality and AshcanCopy nature of ''[[Film/HellraiserRevelations Revelations]]'' proved to be too much even for him to take, though the part was simply [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] from there and the series kept going.
10th Apr '18 3:57:27 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The ''Film/ChildsPlay'' series featuring Chucky the killer doll.
* The titular Living Dead are the only common link in the Franchise/LivingDeadSeries by Creator/GeorgeARomero, and in ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' (a spinoff that takes the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' as a form of FictionAsCoverUp) by John Russo.

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* The ''Film/ChildsPlay'' series featuring Chucky, a killer doll possessed by the spirit of the SerialKiller Charles Lee Ray. Like with Freddy Krueger in ''A Nightmare on Elm Street'', Chucky the killer doll.
has been voiced by Creator/BradDourif in every film. The later films ''Film/BrideOfChucky'' and ''Film/SeedOfChucky'' added a secondary villain in Chucky's lover Tiffany, voiced by Creator/JenniferTilly.
* The titular [[ZombieApocalypse Living Dead Dead]] are the only common link in the Franchise/LivingDeadSeries by Creator/GeorgeARomero, and in as well as ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' (a spinoff that takes the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' as a form of FictionAsCoverUp) by John Russo.Russo and ''Film/{{Zombi 2}}'' (an unofficial sequel to ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'', which was [[MarketBasedTitle titled]] ''Zombi'' in Italy) by Creator/LucioFulci.



* The ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' series with the titular character.
* The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films eventually became one with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Pinhead]].
* The sequels of original ''Film/PromNight1980'' tried to become one with [[FilM/HelloMaryLouPromNightII Mary-Lou Maloney]]. She was dropped from [[Film/PromNightIVDeliverUsFromEvil the fourth movie]].
* ''TheRing'', especially in Japan.

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* The ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' series with the titular character.
character, played by Creator/WarwickDavis in every film except the 2014 reboot ''Film/LeprechaunOrigins''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films eventually became one with [[EnsembleDarkhorse Pinhead]].
Pinhead]], played by Creator/DougBradley for eight films from [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} the original]] up until ''[[Film/HellraiserHellworld Hellworld]]''. Bradley eventually left the series when the poor quality of ''[[Film/HellraiserRevelations Revelations]]'' proved to be too much even for him to take, though the part was simply [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] from there and the series kept going.
* The sequels of to the original ''Film/PromNight1980'' tried to become one with [[FilM/HelloMaryLouPromNightII [[Film/HelloMaryLouPromNightII Mary-Lou Maloney]]. She was dropped from [[Film/PromNightIVDeliverUsFromEvil the fourth movie]].
* ''TheRing'', especially ''Literature/TheRing'' has its famous StringyHairedGhostGirl, known as Sadako Yamamura in Japan.the original book and the Japanese films and Samara Morgan in the American films.



* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' franchise. It's the same villain for the first few, then his apprentices take his place.
* The lesser-known ''Film/SleepawayCamp'' series.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' franchise. It's the same villain for the first few, then [[LegacyCharacter his apprentices take his place.
place]].
* The lesser-known ''Film/SleepawayCamp'' series. Notably, the killer's identity is the subject of [[TheReveal the big twist]] in the first film (and a famously shocking one at that), but in the [[Film/SleepawayCampIIUnhappyCampers second]] and [[Film/SleepawayCampIIITeenageWasteland third]] films, [[spoiler:Angela's face]] is [[LateArrivalSpoiler put right up on the posters]].



* In a way, the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series, with [[AIIsACrapshoot SkyNet]]. The movies do have central protagonists in John Connor and his mother Sarah. But not only is the villain always a Terminator KillerRobot - even if it's not one that looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger - but some media only feature said machines.

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* In a way, the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series, with [[AIIsACrapshoot SkyNet]]. The movies do have central protagonists in John Connor and his mother Sarah. But Sarah, but not only is the villain always a Terminator KillerRobot - -- even if it's not one that looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger - Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger -- but some media only feature said machines.
10th Apr '18 3:23:17 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The titular Living Dead are the only common link in the Romero/Russo ZombieApocalypse movies.

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* The titular Living Dead are the only common link in the Romero/Russo ZombieApocalypse movies.Franchise/LivingDeadSeries by Creator/GeorgeARomero, and in ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' (a spinoff that takes the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' as a form of FictionAsCoverUp) by John Russo.



* ''{{Dracula}}'', with a host of books and movies based off the bloodsucking fiend.

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* ''{{Dracula}}'', ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', with a host of books and movies based off the bloodsucking fiend.fiend. The most famous examples include the Franchise/UniversalHorror films starting with ''Film/Dracula1931'', and the Film/HammerHorror films starting with ''Film/HorrorOfDracula''.
10th Apr '18 3:05:47 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series featuring Jason Voorhees. [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 The first movie]] did not have Jason as the killer, but [[spoiler:his [[AxCrazy crazy]] [[MamaBear mom]]]] instead, while [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning the fifth movie]] features [[spoiler:a JackTheRipoff killer imitating the dead Jason]]. Even so, however, Jason is so deeply associated with the series that the titles of the last ''three'' films before it was [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 remade]] (''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', ''Film/JasonX'', and ''Film/FreddyVsJason'') don't even have the full title of the series in them -- but ''do'' prominently feature Jason's name.
* The ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series featuring Freddy Krueger.
** Not to forget, unlike some horror franchises, it features the same actor recurring as the villain throughout. Excluding the 2010 remake, Robert Englund has reprised his killer role as Freddy Krueger in 8 films.
* The ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series featuring Michael Myers. Notably, Creator/JohnCarpenter originally wanted to avert this and turn ''Halloween'' into an anthology series, making the third movie, ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'', about a wholly separate story from the first two. Fan and critical backlash to that film caused him to sell the rights to Moustapha Akkad, who brought back Michael with the fourth film, titled ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'' to signify that The Shape was returning. After that, there was no looking back.

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* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series featuring Jason Voorhees. [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 The first movie]] did not have Jason as the killer, but [[spoiler:his [[AxCrazy crazy]] [[MamaBear mom]]]] instead, while [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning the fifth movie]] features [[spoiler:a JackTheRipoff killer imitating the dead Jason]]. Even so, however, Jason is so deeply associated with the series that the titles of the last ''three'' films before it was [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 remade]] (''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', ''Film/JasonX'', and ''Film/FreddyVsJason'') don't even have the full title of the series in them -- but ''do'' prominently feature Jason's name.
name. Otherwise, the closest thing the series had to a recurring protagonist was Tommy Jarvis from the [[Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter fourth]], [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning fifth]], and [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives sixth]] films.
* The ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series featuring Freddy Krueger.
** Not to forget,
Krueger. While the series did have recurring heroes in Nancy Thompson in the [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984 first]] and [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors third films]] and Alice Johnson in the [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster fourth]] and [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild fifth]], Freddy is the common denominator throughout the series. Furthermore, unlike some horror franchises, it features the same actor recurring as the villain throughout. Excluding the [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 2010 remake, Robert Englund remake]] (which cast Creator/JackieEarleHaley), Creator/RobertEnglund has reprised his killer role as Freddy Krueger in 8 films.
* The ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series featuring Michael Myers. Laurie Strode and Dr. Sam Loomis did serve as heroes for most of the series, but Laurie was absent from the [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers fourth]], [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers fifth]], and [[Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers sixth]] films (the "Curse of Thorn" [[AlternateContinuity timeline]]), while Loomis was absent from the ''[[Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater H20]]'' timeline (which also includes ''Film/HalloweenResurrection''). Notably, Creator/JohnCarpenter originally wanted to avert this and turn ''Halloween'' into an anthology series, making the third movie, ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'', about a wholly separate story from the first two. Fan and critical backlash to that film caused him to sell the rights to Moustapha Akkad, who brought back Michael back with the fourth film, titled ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'' to signify that The Shape was returning. After that, there was no looking back.
4th Apr '18 10:16:48 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The ''Film/{{Hatchet}}'' films have Victor Crowley, who is notably played by Creator/KaneHodder, the most famous of the various actors/stuntmen to play the aforementioned Jason Voorhees.
4th Apr '18 10:13:44 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series featuring Jason Voorhees. [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 The first movie]] did not have Jason as the killer, but [[spoiler:his [[AxCrazy crazy]] [[MamaBear mom]]]] instead, while [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning the fifth movie]] features [[spoiler:a JackTheRipoff killer imitating the dead Jason]]. Even so, however, Jason is so deeply associated with the series that the titles of the last ''three'' films before it was [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 remade]] (''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', ''Film/JasonX'', and ''Film/FreddyVsJason'') don't even have the full title of the series in them -- but ''do'' prominently feature Jason's name.

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* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series featuring Jason Voorhees. [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 The first movie]] did not have Jason as the killer, but [[spoiler:his [[AxCrazy crazy]] [[MamaBear mom]]]] instead, while [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning the fifth movie]] features [[spoiler:a JackTheRipoff killer imitating the dead Jason]]. Even so, however, Jason is so deeply associated with the series that the titles of the last ''three'' films before it was [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 [[Film/FridayThe13th2009 remade]] (''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', ''Film/JasonX'', and ''Film/FreddyVsJason'') don't even have the full title of the series in them -- but ''do'' prominently feature Jason's name.
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* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series featuring Jason Voorhees. [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 The first movie]] did not feature Jason as the killer, but his [[spoiler:[[AxCrazy crazy]] [[MamaBear mom]]]] instead. And [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning the fifth movie]] features [[spoiler:a killer imitating the dead Jason]].

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* The ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' series featuring Jason Voorhees. [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 The first movie]] did not feature have Jason as the killer, but his [[spoiler:[[AxCrazy [[spoiler:his [[AxCrazy crazy]] [[MamaBear mom]]]] instead. And instead, while [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning the fifth movie]] features [[spoiler:a JackTheRipoff killer imitating the dead Jason]].Jason]]. Even so, however, Jason is so deeply associated with the series that the titles of the last ''three'' films before it was [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 remade]] (''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'', ''Film/JasonX'', and ''Film/FreddyVsJason'') don't even have the full title of the series in them -- but ''do'' prominently feature Jason's name.



* The ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series featuring Michael Myers.
** Averted by the [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch third movie]], which was hated by critics and fans alike.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' series featuring Michael Myers.
** Averted by
Myers. Notably, Creator/JohnCarpenter originally wanted to avert this and turn ''Halloween'' into an anthology series, making the [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch third movie]], which movie, ''Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch'', about a wholly separate story from the first two. Fan and critical backlash to that film caused him to sell the rights to Moustapha Akkad, who brought back Michael with the fourth film, titled ''Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers'' to signify that The Shape was hated by critics and fans alike.returning. After that, there was no looking back.
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