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Differently Named Sequel
A movie sequel whose name doesn't include the full title of the first movie.
(permanent link) added: 2012-07-07 10:25:43 sponsor: MichaelKatsuro (last reply: 2012-07-08 16:15:29)

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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.
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