Created By: LiamM32 on March 1, 2013 Last Edited By: thewriter on July 18, 2013

Trilogy squared

This is a set of 3 smaller trilogies which form a bigger trilogy, and an ennealogy in total.

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A squared trilogy is an ennealogy (series of 9) split into 3 trilogies, making it a trilogy of trilogies.

The 3 installments in each of the 3 smaller trilogies are normally direct sequels, but may in rare cases be prequels, parallels, etc (but never spin-offs). The one large trilogy is more flexible; It may be distant sequels, prequels, prequels, interquels, and others. It can still apply if there were single spin-offs or prequels etc added (which is likely), as long as they are outside of the 3 main trilogies.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • Jeff Smith's Bone is known more as an enneilogy, but it is split into 3 trilogies with slightly different themes; Vernal Equinox, Solstice, and Harvest

Film
  • Star Wars, now owned by Disney, has a third trilogy planned. It currently has 2 trilogies; the Original Trilogy, and the Prequel Trilogy.

Literature
  • Sheri S. Tepper's True Game series is a trilogy of trilogies, each with a different protagonist.

Video Games
  • The Mega Man X series has a trilogy on each of 3 game consoles. A trilogy on the SNES (1-3), a trilogy on the PS1 (4-6), and a trilogy on the PS2 (7, 8, and Command Mission).
  • The original Ultima series was a trilogy of trilogies, each of which was themed around a different motif: Age of Darkness (games one through three) were mainly straight-up hero-vs-villain plots; Age of Enlightenment (four through six) concerned your quest for the Avatarhood and spreading the Eight Virtues throughout Britannia; Age of Armageddon (seven through nine) centered on a new Big Bad who was actively corrupting the Virtues.
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Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • March 2, 2013
    Koveras
    I dunno if this is common enough to be be tropable, but here is another example:

    • The original Ultima series was a trilogy of trilogies, each of which was themed around a different motif: Age of Darkness (games one through three) were mainly straight-up hero-vs-villain plots; Age of Enlightenment (four through six) concerned your quest for the Avatarhood and spreading the Eight Virtues throughout Britannia; Age of Armageddon (seven through nine) centered on a new Big Bad who was actively corrupting the Virtues.
  • March 2, 2013
    DracMonster
    This would be a trivia item, I believe.
  • March 2, 2013
    lakingsif
    Trivia and it needs a lot of work.
  • March 2, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Film
    • It is yet to be seen how things work up, but Disney is at least planning to turn Star Wars into this.

    EDIT: No wait, you already got that one. Oops.
  • March 2, 2013
    thewriter
    I dislike the name with 'squared' at front because the thing being squared goes before te exponent. Maybe Trilogy Squared or Triple Trilogies or Three By Threequels

    Also with the expansion of Cassandra Clare's original Mortal Instruments trilogy series of books to include a sequel and prequel trilogy series' it'll eventually fit into this.
  • March 2, 2013
    Duncan
    Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, until the next book comes out.
  • March 2, 2013
    MaxWest
    Star Wars was said to have been written as a trilogy of trilogies. In fact, it's probably going to be a reality now that work is getting underway with Star Wars Episode VII.
  • March 4, 2013
    thewriter
    people really Star Wars mentioned...

  • March 4, 2013
    LiamM32
    • Sheri S Tepper's True Game series is a trilogy of trilogies, each with a different protagonist.
  • March 5, 2013
    Koveras
    @OP: I have edited the write-up to fix the formatting in my Ultima example. For the record, you can copy the original write-up of the YKTTW comment if you click on the pen symbol next to it. If you then click on it again, the edit form will close without saving anything.
  • March 5, 2013
    GeminiSparkSP
    The Mega Man X series can be considered as such. A trilogy on the SNES (1-3), a trilogy on the PS 1 (4-6), and a trilogy on the PS 2 (7, 8, and Command Mission).
  • March 5, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ...But it's not really.

    Now where titles are concerned I really like the sound of Triple Trilogy.
  • July 17, 2013
    Generality
    Metatrilogy?

  • July 17, 2013
    StarSword
    Seconding Triple Trilogy.

    Literature:
  • July 17, 2013
    Prfnoff
    • Commander Keen was to have been three trilogies of games titled Invasion of the Vorticons, Goodbye Galaxy and The Universe is Toast; however, the third trilogy was never produced.
  • July 17, 2013
    DAN004
    Why not simply Ennealogy?
  • July 17, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Because this isn't just a nine-work series (I don't think that's tropeworthy in any case), but specifically an enneology intentionally subdivided into three trilogies.
  • July 18, 2013
    DAN004
    Ah, I see. :P
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