Created By: MichaelKatsuro on July 7, 2012 Last Edited By: MichaelKatsuro on July 8, 2012

Differently Named Sequel

A movie sequel whose name doesn't include the full title of the first movie.

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When a sequel to a movie is released, it's important that people understand that it's not the first part in the series, and that they know what movie they's supposed to have watched first. For that reason, movie sequels usually have the same name as the first movie but with some addition to make these things clear. Most commonly, the movie people add the number 2 to the title. But sometimes we have a Differently Named Sequel. That's a movie that doesn't include the first movies complete title in its name.

Keep in mind that it's perfectly possible to use Idiosyncratic Episode Naming and still use this trope. This trope is about the title of a sequel not including the entire title of the first movie from start to finish. So if the sequel to Alice and Bob Save The Day is called Alice and Bob Save The Day... Again! this trope isn't used. But if it's called Alice and Bob Save The Queen it's still used.

A subtrope to Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo.


  • The sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark is called Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
  • The Dark Knight, which was the sequel to Batman Begins. It's also notable for being the first comic book hero movie that wasn't named after the hero.
  • The first movie in the Rambo series is called First Blood. The third one is called Rambo III.
  • Interview with the Vampire was followed by Queen of the Damned, though you might wonder why.
  • The first Bridget Jones film is called Bridget Jones' Diary; the sequel is called Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. In Swedish, the first title was directly translated while the second one was retitled På spaning med Bridget Jones (On the lookout with Bridget Jones).
  • Every James Bond film uses this trope.
  • The Sequel of Diary of a Mad Black Woman is Madea's Family Reunion.
  • An interesting non-movie example is Riven: The Sequel to Myst. Just "Riven" is the official title (even the Wikipedia article is titled thus); the subtitle was added to avoid confusion.
  • The sequel to Romancing the Stone is called Jewel of the Nile.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • July 7, 2012
    Uhhhhh... does not? Sounds like it is getting its own.
  • July 7, 2012
    I changed the text at the bottom right before the examples; hopefully it's a bit clearer now.
  • July 7, 2012

    I feel terrible for knowing this.
  • July 7, 2012
    I think it would probably be worth having a trope about sequels with completely different names from the original, but the title and description should relate to that. The way this is currently set up is confusing as it talks about something very broad (Numbered Sequel and Word Sequel cover it in part) then goes on to give examples of films that don't do what it was just talking about.
  • July 7, 2012
    No need to list aversions, which are on Appropriated Title.
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  • July 7, 2012
    This is about same-named sequel. Subtitled Sequel perhaps?
  • July 7, 2012
    Why make a trope and then just list aversions? Just go ahead and make a trope for Differently Named Sequels like TB Tabby suggested. Or maybe Uniquel or something like that.

    Hm, no, I think Uniquel would be for something like "Sequel in name only".
  • July 8, 2012
    Routerie: I get what you're getting at, but that's not the same thing really. Appropriated Title is about when a franchise is known by a different name than it used to be, this is about a movie getting a title that's doesn't include the entire title of the earlier movie start to finish, and not about franchises that change names.

    TB Tabby, bwburke94 and surgoshan: If all of you think I should do that the it's pretty clear it's a better idea, especially for the sake of clarity. I'll go ahead and change it from "Sequel does not get its own name" to "Differently Named Sequel."
  • July 8, 2012
    Btw, we have Oddly Named Sequel. Would ONS be a supertrope to this?

    • The sequel to Myst was titled Riven: The Sequel to Myst. However, all three later sequels had titles like "Myst number".
  • July 8, 2012
    Thanks for the example, but it does include the entire title of the first one. And I'd say yeah, it's a supertrope.
  • July 8, 2012
    This was Standard Operating Procedure before The Godfather Part II
  • July 8, 2012
    ^^ Actually, it doesn't... it's complicated. Just "Riven" is the official title (even the Wikipedia article is titled thus), while the subtitle was added to avoid confusion.
  • July 8, 2012
    The sequel to Romancing The Stone is called Jewel of the Nile.