Most franchises with Numbered Sequels
are like this: The first ever made has a title and the sequels just add numbers and/or subtitles in front of the title, like this → "Title", "Title 2", "Title 3", and if it's a prequel, sometimes it's "Title 0"
But a rare case, is when the first one it's literally numbered the first, like "Title 1", or "Title One", or "Title I", or "Title: Part 1/One/I" or "Title: The First", obviously, this is often a sign that sequels are planned, or in development or even ready, thus avoiding Sequelitis
And of course, the worst part of this trope is, that's right, when a sequel is never made and the first one keeps as the only one
Sometimes we're talking about a work Divided for Publication
, if it has a "Part 1/One/I" in the title because they want to divide a single story in parts to make it easier to follow or fit in the time schedule, keep that clear, and there are also cases of when the title didn't have it originally, and then it was added as a Retronym
, when adding examples, keep clear which titles were always called like this and which ones were renamed, see also: The Original Series
It's a common practice in Fan Nicknames, but they don't count here.
Films -- Live-Action
Films -- Animation
- History of the World Part I: One example of when a sequel was never made, a sequel is even teased at the end, but it's ok since it was only a joke and the producers never intended to make a sequel anyway.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, a different kind of this trope because it's actually the fourth movie made, but the first one chronologically.
- Kill Bill Volume 1, being one half of a Divided for Publication movie.
- Che: Part One, another movie divided in two parts, part two was made.
- Atlas Shrugged: Part I, despite the movie failing both on the critical reception and box office, Part II was made with a new cast, but it's planned to be a trilogy and only time will tell if a Part III is coming.
- Rambo's first movie and first novel are called First Blood, the second movie is called Rambo: First Blood Part II, but "First Blood" is a term used in duels, and it's unclear if it means that it's the first one in the series and if sequels were planned, remember that Rambo dies in the original novel.
- The spoof cop film Loaded Weapon 1, another example of when the sequel was never made.
- The Rocky spoof Ricky 1, which never got a sequel.
- Pokémon: The First Movie, the first one of a series of 15 movies and counting, this trope was used in the North American title, the Japanese title doesn't have it, a safe decision since the sequel was ready when the movie came to America.
- Doug's 1st Movie, also Doug's last movie.
- Gumby: The Movie was alternatively called "Gumby 1" on the screen, no sequels made yet, even though the movie was successful at the box office.
- Kamen Rider The First - not the first installment of the whole franchise, but a re-telling of the first generation and the first in a series of movies in that universe.
- The first novel of Melisa Michaels' Skyrider series was published as Skyrider 1: Skirmish. Amusingly, none of the sequels had numbers.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events has 13 books, the first is called The Bad Beginning, with Book the First written on the cover.
- The Stephanie Plum novels all have a number as part of their title, starting with One for the Money, then Two For The Dough and Three To Get Deadly and so forth.
- "A" Is for Alibi of the Kinsey Millhone series, while the title doesn't have a number, each book of the series starts with a letter in the title and they are ordered by the alphabet.
- Big Star - #1 Record
- Colosseum - Chapter 1: Delirium
- Hurt - Vol. I
- Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, it was titled that as a joke, because it was intended as a one-off project and they assumed there wouldn't be any sequels, and their second album is called Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.
- Johnny Winter - First Winter
- ZZ Top - ZZ Top's First Album
- Michael Jackson - HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, Book II was never made, but there was Blood on the Dance Floor: HI Story in the Mix.
- The Sisters Of Mercy - Greatest Hits Volume 1: A Slight Case of Overbombing, the last album they released.
- George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1, no Vol. 2 ever made.
- The OC Supertones - Live, Vol. 1. They meant to record at least one followup live album, but have yet to do so.
- Shakira - Fijación Oral Vol. 1, followed by Oral Fixation Vol. 2.
- Zork I
- Star Ocean: First Departure, a remake of the first Star Ocean which didn't have that subtitle originally.
- The original PlayStation was re-released and the new version was called PSone.
- Tales of Game's Presents Chef Boyardee's Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa, a sequel is in the works.
- Pryzm Chapter One: The Dark Unicorn, thanks to low sales, a Chapter Two was never made.
- Nightshade Part 1: The Claws of Sutekh, no Part 2 ever made.
- Half-Life 2: Episode One, a weird example because there is a game called just Half-Life 2, it's the first game of the episodic sequels to HL2, Half-Life 2: Episode Two was made, Half-Life 2: Episode Three however...
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I, another episodic example, Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II was made but even more are supposed to come and we can only wait for them.
- Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic, once again a sequel was never made, but there was a Spiritual Successor.
- The original The Legend of Zelda was released in Japan for the Famicom Disk System with the name Zelda no Densetsu: The Hyrule Fantasy, when the game got a cartridge version in Japan, the name was Zelda no Densetsu 1.
- Tobal no. 1, a sequel was made, but released only in Japan.
- World War I, it got this name when World War II came by, but some people called it the "The First World War" before.