Created By: VictorDamazio on November 15, 2012 Last Edited By: VictorDamazio on December 1, 2012
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Title 1

The first installment of a franchise, is numbered the first one in the title.

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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.

Examples

Films -- Live-Action

  • 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.

Films -- Animation

  • PokÚmon: 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.

Live-Action TV

  • 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.

Literature

  • 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.

Music

  • 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 - Fijaciˇn Oral Vol. 1, followed by Oral Fixation Vol. 2.

Video Games

Real Life

  • World War I, it got this name when World War II came by, but some people called it the "The First World War" before.
Community Feedback Replies: 66
  • November 15, 2012
    reub2000
    Chronological Album Title lists a few examples.
  • November 15, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Thanks, I wasn't looking for music examples.
  • November 15, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Ah, I was looking for a trope, that lists examples of when a title is changed, but I can't find it, where is it?
  • November 15, 2012
    Nocturna
    ^ Try asking in Lost And Found.
  • November 15, 2012
    Medinoc
    So it's like the reverse of Retronym?
  • November 15, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Yep, that was what I was looking for.

    But let's make clear which examples were always named like this and what were renamed.
  • November 15, 2012
    MrRuano
    Barkley Shut Up And Jam Gaiden: Part One of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa
  • November 15, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Thanks, just added it.
  • November 15, 2012
    PaulA
    Additional information about couple of these:

    • Zork I is a case where they knew for certain there'd be a sequel, because Zork was Divided For Publication.
    • The Traveling Wilburys Volume One was titled that as a joke, because it was intended as a one-off project and they assumed there wouldn't be any sequels.
  • November 15, 2012
    StarSword
    See also Stillborn Franchise, the failed first entry of which may use this trope.
  • November 15, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Film

    Kill Bill Volume 1.
  • November 16, 2012
    Xtifr
    ^ Zero Context Example. Needs some explanation. Note that zero context examples are subject to being deleted on sight, so y'all might want to flesh out some of the other examples while you're at it.

    Literature
  • November 16, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Okay, Kill Bill Volume 1 is the first installment of the two Kill Bill movies. Thought that was self-explanatory. Sorry.
  • November 16, 2012
    Xtifr
    ^ That doesn't say why or how the trope was used. In fact, as you probably guessed, that's just being redundant. More like this:

    • Kill Bill was deliberately released as a two-part movie, so the first part, logically enough, was called Kill Bill Volume 1.
  • November 16, 2012
    MorganWick
    Or:
  • November 16, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    I never watched Kill Bill from start to finish, but I think it doesn't fit here because you just said the two movies are actually one single story divided in parts.

    If it's Divided For Publication, then it doesn't really count.

  • November 16, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Changed my mind, now you can add examples of when it's Divided For Publication, but you have to make that clear.
  • November 16, 2012
    m8e

    Needs to be deZCEed. Atlas Shrugged is based on the novel and it's going to be a trilogy. Che is probably a Divided For Publication movie.
  • November 16, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^^^ Actually the two movies are quite different from each other style-wise. Volume 1 is a choreographed martial arts action tour-de-force, while Volume 2 has more character exposition as it deals with the backstory, and is generally more "drama" than "action". The "feel" of the two are quite different. Not sure if it was once a whole that was divided due to movie length convention, but it seems more like Tarantino telling two halves of the story in two different genres, almost--so at least IMHO, the two should be regarded as distinct movies, at least no less so than any other movie-sequel series.
  • November 16, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Yeah, looks like there isn't this trope already, so I guess it's ready to publish, Wiki Magic will make it better.

    I don't know much about the rules of YKTTW, so it's ok to discuss here if it's ready or not?
  • November 16, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Title needs to be something like Numbered First Installment, not just "numbered first".
  • November 16, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    I think "Numbered First" is ok, but if more people think the name is not ok, please tell me.
  • November 16, 2012
    Stratadrake
    ... I think I see what you're going for there, you mean "first" as a noun and I'm reading "first" as an adjective.
  • November 16, 2012
    Nocturna
    I agree with Stratadrake here; I think Numbered First Installment (or somesuch) would be clearer.
  • November 16, 2012
    MorganWick
    Kill Bill was, in fact, originally intended to be one film, and was split only in post-production, according to The Other Wiki.
  • November 16, 2012
    Nocturna
    Oh, and Victor, in regards to your question about launching, a few things:
    1. It's perfectly fine to discuss in comments whether something is ready or not to launch. However,
    2. It's generally frowned upon to launch YKTTWs before they have five hats.
    3. A YKTTW cannot be launched until at least three days after it was created, and generally needs (significantly) longer than that to actually be ready.
    4. There's no rush to launch things. It is far, far better for something to be in YKTTW for months, being refined and improved, before being launched, than it is for something to be launched too quickly, before it's really polished.
  • November 17, 2012
    robinjohnson
    • The spoof cop film Loaded Weapon 1, though it did it as a joke and never got, or really wanted, a sequel.
  • November 17, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    According to Wikipedia, a sequel to Loaded Weapon 1 was planned:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loaded_Weapon_1

    Is it true?
  • November 18, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    3 days old, can be launched, but I don't want it right now.

    Keep suggesting more examples, but I think the name is ok, the description is good enough, needs more hats now.
  • November 18, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    I just added Half-Life 2: Episode One, I wasn't looking for episodic works at first, but now I've decided it can fit here.
  • November 18, 2012
    Stratadrake
    "3 days old, can be launched..."

    But of course, "can" doesn't mean "should". Description gets a final polish, finish adding/reviewing correct examples, resolve any objections/issues if they were brought up in discussion, the more hats the better ... then it's really ready for launch.
  • November 20, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    I'm not in a hurry to launch the page, but I think it's ready even tough it's very new.

    The description is good, the page doesn't exist already, there enough examples, after all this is not a very common trope, and the title is OK for me, after all, this is probably not going to be a huge page with hundreds of examples since it's a rare case, I think it only needs an image now, or maybe it doesn't even need.

    I'm thinking of launching today, is it ok?
  • November 20, 2012
    Nocturna
    No, it's not okay.

    You've had two people tell you they have problems with the title, and no one agree that the current title is okay, which means the title needs to be addressed.

    The description needs to be put into proper paragraphs.

    You cannot have "see also"s in the middle of the examples.
  • November 20, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Fine, let's keep this page here for more time then.
  • November 20, 2012
    GKaiser
    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.
  • November 20, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    "The description needs to be put into proper paragraphs. "

    What do you mean by that? I think the description is OK.
  • November 20, 2012
    Nocturna
    You have each sentence as a single paragraph. A paragraph should be a grouping of sentences on a single topic, generally 3-7 sentences in length. It is rare that a paragraph in a prose description should be one sentence long, let alone all of them.
  • November 21, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    OK, I merged some paragraphs, but some of them should keep with only one sentence.
  • November 21, 2012
    MorganWick
    I'd break up the first run-on sentence somewhere near the "but" and merge the next three paragraphs, putting the middle one at the end.
  • November 21, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    I made a few changes in the description.

    And I removed the "See also" section, I think it's better because the description has links to the pages like Stillborn Franchise, except for Chronological Album Title.
  • November 22, 2012
    Tuomas
    I don't think the first Rambo movie counts as an example. "First Blood" is an expression related to duels, not an indicator of the movie's position in a series. The movie is based on a book of the same name, and it certainly doesn't look like its author David Morrell meant it to be the first of a series: he did eventually write sequels to it, but only because the first movie had two popular sequels, whose novelisations his books are.
  • November 23, 2012
    PaulA
    ^ I agree.

    (Also, if "First" was meant in that sense, wouldn't the second film have been called Second Blood?)
  • November 23, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Changed to:

    • Rambo's first movie is called First Blood, the second 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.

    OK?
  • November 23, 2012
    robinjohnson
    Title One for a title?

    Also, ^^^^^(lost count)^^: I didn't know a sequel was planned for Loaded Weapon 1, I assumed the '1' was just a joke, so I sit corrected.
  • November 24, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Well, I guess the description is ok now and the examples are enough and explained well.

    I guess we only need to find a good name now, I insist that the current name is good, but let's find more names then.
  • November 24, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    There, just added some alternative titles.

    I think there's another place to add them, can someone tell me?

    And also, keep suggesting more titles, and if you think the current title is ok, tell me and add a hat.
  • November 25, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    I have to BUMP the discussion again, because looks like the page is almost ready to launch, we only need to choose a good name now.

    Well, I insist that the current name is good, but if we're going to finish it, we need more name suggestions and the users should tell which names they prefer, and also, if you think the current name is ok, just add a hat.

  • November 25, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Good, another hat.

    3 more hats with this name and I'm going to launch the page.
  • November 26, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Well, finally I changed my mind, I started to think the title "Numbered First" is not that good, the meaning was ambiguous.

    I think "Numbered as First" is better, it is a small change, but I think it makes the title more clear.

  • November 26, 2012
    JoeG
    The Stephanie Plum novels all have a number as part of their title, starting with One for the Money and increasing by one with each subsequent title.
  • November 27, 2012
    Koveras
    Contrast The Original Series, where the first installment doesn't have a number or subtitle and referred as "TOS" or something alike by the fans.
  • November 27, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Thanks for that, just added a "See also" in one of the paragraphs.

    It can be there? Or I will have to make a paragraph just for "See also"s?
  • November 28, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Good, another hat.

    I think the name of the page is good enough, but if you still think the name is not good, please tell me.
  • November 29, 2012
    m8e
    Numbered As First have the same problems as Numbered First. Too long, ambiguous, and not clever at all.

    We need something like Title One / Title 1 / Title I or maybe Title Part I. It's short, clear and This Trope Name References Itself.
  • November 29, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Changed the name to "Numbered the First".

    Well, but I am considering changing the name for something else different.
  • November 29, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Yeah, I decided to change the name to "Title 1".

    Now, everyone that added "Better Name" Tags, please tell me if the title is good now, and if you think the title is good, remove the tags, and also please add a hat.

    And everyone that added hats before the name changed, remove the hat if you think the new name is not good, but if you think it is, keep the hat.
  • November 29, 2012
    jbrecken
    Would Sue Grafton's "A is for Alibi" qualify? It's not numbered, but it is recognizable as the first in a series. Perhaps it's an example of an as yet undeclared sister trope, "Title A," but offhand I can't think of any other examples.
  • November 29, 2012
    TheHomaDude
    • Gumby: The Movie was alternatively called "Gumby 1", despite not receiving a sequel yet.
  • November 29, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    About the Gumby movie, maybe there is a trope about works that have one name in the cover but another name in the screen, just like Gyromite for the NES being called Robot Gyro in the title screen.
  • November 29, 2012
    TompaDompa
    • The Rocky spoof Ricky 1, which never got a sequel.
  • November 29, 2012
    PaulA
    I'd say A is for Alibi qualifies. Tropes Are Flexible.
  • November 29, 2012
    Nocturna
    Because of how the wiki parser works, I would recommend using Title One rather than Title 1. The former can be linked with a straightforward Wiki Word (TitleOne), but the latter requires curly brackets ({{Title 1}}), making it harder to link.
  • November 30, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Edit.
  • November 30, 2012
    arromdee
    Tobal no. 1 video game for the Playstation. Although I'm not sure if this was a Justified Title.
  • November 30, 2012
    VictorDamazio
    Justified Title? Why?

    Is there something in the game that justifies the "No. 1"?
  • December 1, 2012
    lakingsif
    Also in Music, Shakira's 'Fijación Oral' (Oral Fixation) Vol. 1, followed by Fijación Oral Vol. 2.
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