Created By: TheEarthlySunSeptember 16, 2013 Last Edited By: DAN004June 18, 2015

Sequel In Another Medium

When a property continues in a different medium

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When a property leaves room for continued adventures or ends on an outright Sequel Hook, but is continued in a different medium.

This is most likely due to the original property not doing well financially, but has enough interest to merit continuation in a cheaper medium. Alternatively, they were Screwed By The Network of the original medium and they have to continue it in another. In case of movie continuation from other media, it may also mark a special part of the whole story.

See also The Resolution Will Not Be Televised and its inverse Recycled The Series. Related to Expanded Universe when the other media-sequels are treated as a lesser canon. Compare Anime First and Comic Book Adaptation, as well as Continuation, Fan Sequel and Next Gen Fic for Fan Fic examples.

Note that cases of prequels and interquels also count here; the point is, the works are all part of the same timeline.


Examples by the original medium

Anime And Manga

Comic Books

Film

Literature
  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green Sky Trilogy was followed up with Below the Root, a video game conclusion to the series.

Live Action TV

Radio

Video Games
  • Final Fantasy VII recieved a direct sequel in the form of an animated film, Advent Children, not to mention the various sequels and prequels,one of which was an anime short titled Before Crisis.
  • Crysis 2 is the sequel but set at a altogether different time and place with a (mostly) new cast of characters. The events of Crysis and Crysis: Warhead were continued in a six issue comic book series endorsed by EA and published by IDW intending to fill the gap.

Western Animation
  • Samurai Jack is getting a comic series to continue its storyline, and is apparently suppose to be getting a movie to finish the series.
  • ReBoot was cancelled (for good) after a Season 4 cliffhanger, but the story continued years later in an official webcomic format hosted by Rainmaker Entertainment.
  • Avatar The Last Airbender has a number of comics that continue Aang and company's story after the events of the series, but before The Legend Of Korra.
  • Boom Studio's Darkwing Duck is a continuation of the Darkwing Duck animated series.
  • Gargoyles was continued as a comic that picked up after the end of the second season, as the fans as well as the creators like to pretend the third season never existed.
  • The Critic was continued as online webisodes several years after it was cancelled by FOX.
  • In terms of Sequel Episodes, "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" from The Simpsons had a sequel in the comic series, dubbed the "Quickly Cancelled Comic Book Cavalcade". The stories are continuations of the three spinoffs proposed in the original episode, and true to form, they are as hokey as ever. In the "Wiggum, P.I." story, Wiggum becomes undead and Skinner suspects Big Daddy is behind it. Meanwhile, the eponymous "Lovematic Grandpa" finds his soul switched with that of Moe's Girl Of The Week. Finally, "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" is forced to hold their salute to Rock And Roll on an island due to Homer crashing their plane on the way to their gig in Hollywood.
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  • September 16, 2013
    MetaFour
  • September 16, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • September 16, 2013
    Arivne
  • September 17, 2013
    Koveras
    • The X Files started off a TV series with a couple of live-action movies but is continued as a comic book.
  • September 17, 2013
    DAN004
  • September 17, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ As is Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force. It's up for debate which one is the "true" sequel to the anime seasons...
  • September 17, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ As far as I can see, Force takes place after Vivid (i.e Force is the 5th installment). :P
  • September 18, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work titles, grouped examples by media.
  • September 18, 2013
    aurora369
    Related to Expanded Universe, when the other-media sequels are some kind of inferior canon.
  • September 18, 2013
    m8e
    Does this includes prequels and stuff too?

  • September 18, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Many Star Trek comics by Gold Key Comics and DC Comics which were published between the end of the original series and Star Trek The Motion Picture.
  • September 18, 2013
    TheTitan99
  • October 6, 2013
    nrjxll
    Also on the subject of Star Trek, there's a "relaunch" novel series for all of the spin-offs (although the Next Generation one is set post-Star Trek Nemesis, not post-series as such).

    If films count - which I don't think that they should, since I'm pretty sure there's already a trope for that (Wrap It Up?) - all the pre-reboot Trek movies would also count.
  • October 6, 2013
    DRCEQ
    Anime & Manga:

  • October 7, 2013
    Alvin
    Many radio programs became television programs(and at least one television program became a radio program).
  • October 7, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Two Thousand One A Space Odyssey had a Marvel Comics adaptation followed by a continuation.
  • October 7, 2013
    Kernigh
    This is a subtrope of Expanded Universe. Even if it is just one sequel, if it is in a different medium, it already counts as an Expanded Universe.
  • October 9, 2013
    allboyband
    Could also be a subtrope of Comic Book Adaptation, as it's mentioned there, too.
  • October 9, 2013
    reflaxion
    Western Animation:
    • ReBoot was cancelled (for good) after a Season 4 cliffhanger, but the story continued years later in an official webcomic format hosted by Rainmaker Entertainment.

    That reminds me... I need to read that webcomic.
  • October 9, 2013
    StarSword
    We sorting by medium of original work, or by medium of adaptation?

    • After Stargate Atlantis was cancelled rather suddenly a continuation novel series was started. It's even considered canon.
  • October 9, 2013
    Skylite
  • October 10, 2013
    DAN004
    ^^ Medium of original work, for me. Just for convenience.
  • October 18, 2014
    GovernorExplosion
  • October 18, 2014
    BKelly95
    After NBC cancelled Community, it was later picked up as a web series to air on Yahoo Screen.
  • October 18, 2014
    DAN004
  • October 20, 2014
    rexpensive

    (the same may be true for their rescue rangers and duck tales books but I never read them)
  • October 20, 2014
    patches365
  • October 20, 2014
    Skylite
    • Pacific Rim has the prequel "Tales from Year Zero", and it's supposed to be getting a comic book series and an animated series.
  • October 20, 2014
    Kellor
    All the expansions of The Matrix- the video games, comics, the Animatrix- were intended by the creators to be canon to the films. This includes the The Matrix Online, which picks up where the movie trilogy left off.
  • October 20, 2014
    Snicka
    I'd say Sequel In Another Media or Different Medium Sequel sounds less academic and more fitting with this wiki's causal style. Plus, "sequel continuation" is kind of redundant, as sequel is, by definition, a continuation. Not to mention that "Trans-Media" can be misinterpreted as media about Transsexuals.
  • October 21, 2014
    Alvin
    Several Live Action Television shows used to be Radio (for example Guiding Light). I think one went the other direction, but I don't remember which.
  • October 21, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Medium Hop?

  • October 21, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ may be confusable with Body Surf
  • October 21, 2014
    acrobox
    Why not just Transmedia Sequel
  • October 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Who manages this, anyway? Might gonna grab this if someone doesn't beat me to it.
  • October 21, 2014
    acrobox
    Just keep the word Transmedia. That's like my favorite buzzword.
  • October 21, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ may not provably be everyone's.
  • November 3, 2014
    robinjohnson
    Pedantry: "media" is a plural or a mass noun, so it should be "in another medium".
  • November 13, 2014
    Omeganian
  • November 13, 2014
    NESBoy
  • November 13, 2014
    JonnyB
    I understand Firefly/Serenity has been continued in comic book form?

    The Sky Crawlers had a prequel in the form of a video game called The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces.
  • November 13, 2014
    maxwellsilver
    Several examples need to be properly headspaced.
  • November 14, 2014
    addikt
    How about all the scifi series that had continuations in novels after they ended?

    Those are just the tip of the iceberg....
  • November 14, 2014
    OmarKarindu
    The MCU isn't really a spin-off of the Ultimate Universe, more a blend of elements from both the Ultimate and original-flavor Marvel Comics. In short, they're adaptations.
  • November 14, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ they count here.

  • November 14, 2014
    jormis29
    The Tron entry needs to be changed to:

  • November 14, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    The Back To The Future trilogy got follow-ups in Back To The Future The Animated Series and a set of video games.

    Star Trek The Original Series and The Karate Kid were also given follow-up animated series.
  • November 15, 2014
    Darksilverhawk
    First two bullets under Live-Action TV need some reformatting so the Firefly universe examples are under the same bullet.

    • Firefly had some of its remaining plot threads resolved in the film Serenity after the show's cancellation. It was then continued further in a series of comics, including both prequels and sequels to the other two installments.
    • Buffy The Vampire Slayer received a direct continuation in comic book form.
  • November 18, 2014
    NESBoy
  • November 18, 2014
    professormetallica
    • Final Fantasy VII recieved a direct sequel in the form of an animated film, Advent Children, not to mention the various sequels and prequels,one of which was an anime short titled Before Crisis.
  • November 20, 2014
    jormis29
  • November 20, 2014
    jormis29
  • November 22, 2014
    Morgenthaler

  • November 23, 2014
    Omeganian
    An eleventh season of Smallville was released in comic book form.
  • December 8, 2014
    henke37
    Does this cover video games released on a different console? If not, do we have that trope?
  • December 8, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ That's called "multiplatform game", try searching it
  • December 8, 2014
    jormis29
    Can I suggest changing Star Wars ( ''ComicBook/StarWars'' ) to Star Wars ( '''[[ComicBook/MarvelStarWars Star Wars]]'' ) since the current link doesn't lead anywhere.
  • December 9, 2014
    StarSword
    Video Games:
  • December 11, 2014
    Duncan
    Tv series The Prisoner had a comic book sequel called Shattered Visage.
  • December 11, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    Many of the examples do not seem to fulfill the definition of the draft, but a different trope: An adaptation continues past the original work. This would be the Inverted Trope to Cut Short.
  • January 1, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Which ones?
  • January 1, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    Offhand: Naruto, Star Wars, Hitch Hiker's Guide.
  • January 1, 2015
    Crowfeatherwolf
    I think it falls under western, but it might be under games: Wakfu. The MMO came first, with a special episode of the anime being how they advertised the opening of a new class in game.
  • January 1, 2015
    CrobarCommander
    How about Crysis? Crysis 2 is the sequel but set at a altogether different time and place with a (mostly) new cast of characters. The events of Crysis and Crysis:Warhead were continued in a six issue comic book series endorsed by EA and published by IDW intending to fill the gap.
  • January 2, 2015
    emillang1000
  • January 2, 2015
    NateTheGreat
    I'm seeing overlap between this and Expanded Universe. Usually an Expanded Universe has stories featuring the same characters, but not all stories necessarily "happened" to the "real" cast, right? Isn't this trope about when the adaptation in a different media is treated as equally canon? That is why "sequel" is in the title, right? Because if this is merely "a franchise has entries in multiple forms of media", it'll quickly degenerate into a bloated list.
  • January 2, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Yeah, I can see that. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a ton of comics based on the show, but only the Buffy Season 8, Buffy Season 9 and Buffy Season 10 comics (following the seven seasons it aired on TV) are canon.
  • January 2, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    That looks like how the examples should be written.
  • January 2, 2015
    Arivne
    ^^^^ The titles of these works should be italicized before they're added.
  • January 3, 2015
    Snicka
    Recycled The Series is one of the most common ways of doing this: a movie is continued as a television series.
  • January 3, 2015
    emillang1000
    I do think that the description should blatantly say that this only applies for works in which the alternate-medium sequel is canon, rather than an Alternate Universe.

    The Gundam descriptions above, for example, apply because all works using the Universal Century timeline are some manner of Sequel to the original Gundam and/or a Prequel to another work within that timeline.

    Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, however, is NOT an example of this trope, as it's not a "sequel" to Gundam, since it has no narrative relation to Universal Century at all; it's explicitly an Alternate Universe to the UC timeline. Oddly enough, though, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz and the myriad manga and novels following Wing are examples of this trope - wrap your head around that.
  • January 3, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ Ooooh, and The Movie!

    ^^^ And the Example Indentation fixed.
  • January 3, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Explain how Naruto, Star Wars etc isn't this trope.
  • January 3, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    • Sequel in another medium:
      • Original Medium has storylines A, B, and C.
      • Adapted Medium has storylines D, E, and F.
    • An adaptation continues past the original work:
      • Original Medium has storylines A, B, and C.
      • Adapted Medium has storylines A, B, C, and D.
    • Expanded Universe:
      • Original Medium has storylines A, C, and E.
      • Adapted Medium has storylines B, D, and F.

    The two ideas aren't the same. The Movie is when a tv series gets a movie sequel. Overtook The Manga is when the adaptation starts at the same point as the original, but continues past it.
  • January 3, 2015
    MiinU
    Anime and Manga
  • January 3, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^ Yeah, I'm seeing a problem with the Star Wars one. Still not seeing any for Naruto though.
  • January 3, 2015
    Snicka
    ^^^ Does A, B, C, etc. refert to the in-universe chronological order or the production order? If it's the in-universe chronology, then prequels, midquels and interquels make the distinction murkier.
  • January 3, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    Yes, prequels, midquels and interquels make the distinction murkier. For the trope played straight, can we assume production order and in-universe chronological order is the same?
  • January 3, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    ^^^ Naruto is a manga. The anime has done it's best to keep pace with the manga. The manga ended, but the anime didn't: Overtook The Manga, or the second bullet I used.
  • January 3, 2015
    emillang1000
    The problem really comes around when the work keeps hopping around from medium to medium and time period to time period.

    To wit, the Avatar The Last Airbender comics are a direct, canonical sequel to ATLA in print form - no denying this, all Avatar comics are, by Word Of God, canon. However, the majority of these comics concerning the Gaang were produced while The Legend Of Korra was in production and airing.

    So, then, are the comics a case of this trope, of Expanded Universe (because they end up being Interequels), both?

    —-

    Perhaps the dividing point should be this:

    Expanded Universe: deals with stories/characters within the universe of franchise, but not following the exploits of the main cast of a previous work and/or directly continuing the narrative line of that work.

    Alternate Medium Sequel: deals directly with the main characters of a previous work, and often is a direct continuation of their narrative. Alternatively can be an Alternate Medium Prequel/Interequel, as it deals directly with the characters/plot of the previous work without going off into it's own tangent of exploring the universe.

    Going with my Gundam example above:
    • Char's Counterattack and Gundam Unicorn are Alternate Medium Sequels of Gundam, Zeta Gundam, and ZZ, because a single linear narrative line can be drawn from Gundam > Zeta > ZZ > Char's Counterattack > Unicorn.
    • IGLOO, 08th MS Team, War in the Pocket, Stardust Memory, and Ecole du Ciel are Expanded Universe, as do not follow the main characters and are peripheral material (even if they create a more-cohesive view of the universe in being so)
    • F91 may count as Expanded Universe or Alternate Medium Sequel because it's a Next Generation story - none of the characters from the "Bright Noa" time period show up at all (I'll call it that since he's the one constant character from Gundam to Unicorn, after all). However, Crossbone Gundam is 100% Alternate Medium Sequel to F91, as well as being effectively EA to the "Bright Noa" timeline.
      • Victory Gundam is a Next Next Generation story, as well, and falls into the same bucket of "EA or AMS" as F91.
  • January 3, 2015
    emillang1000
    Elaborating on this a bit:

    Prior to the purge of the EU, Star Wars had both an Expanded Universe and Alternate Medium Sequels.
    • Comics and novels dealing with the aftermath of the fall of the Empire, the lives of Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin Solo, and the rest of the Skywalker line or other members of the crew of the Millennium Falcon (like Chewie, R2, and 3PO), are Alternate Medium Sequels, especially those following a direct narrative line of what happened after the Empire fell.
    • The Expanded Universe concerns just about everything from 30 years BBY (Before Battle of Yavin) and back, including the Old Republic, the history of Obi-Wan, the formation of the Jedi Order and Sith, etc.

    —-

    The major problem with differentiating Expanded Universe and Alternate Medium Sequel will be that, these days, you can all but expect a franchise to have BOTH an EU and an AMS, as I demonstrated with both Gundam and Star Wars. Star Trek also runs into this, Doctor Who, Dragonball, and a whole slew of others.
  • January 3, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    As we discuss trying to figure out where to draw the lines, I've thought of a simplified example that contains this multimedia problem.

    • The original work is Who Censored Roger Rabbit. (Storyline A in literature)
      • Who Framed Roger Rabbit is an adaptation that changes many aspects, the title character is alive at the beginning of the film is a big one. (Storyline A in film)
      • Who P-P-P-Plugged Roger Rabbit? is the sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. (Storyline B in literature)
  • January 3, 2015
    garrisonskunk
    Star Trek The Original Series episode "Space Seed" -> Star Trek Ii The Wrath Of Khan

    I don't recall the episode title, but there was a late season Murder She Wrote that featured surviving actors reprising their roles from an old movie, solving a plot left over from the film.
  • January 3, 2015
    CrobarCommander
    I see you guys added a entry for Crysis but I wasn't sure it would fit, otherwise I'd just have wrote a formatted entry for it.

    The issue is that Crysis ended with Nomad, Psycho, and Helena going after Prophet who has mysteriously decided to return to the Korean island that they've just escaped from while Crysis 2 begins with Prophet as the lone survivor of the Korea operation saving Alcatraz in a alien infested New York

    Now to bridge these two together EA commissioned IDW to print a 6 issue Crysis comic, however this comic was written and released after the launch of Crysis 2 but takes place immediately after the ending of Crysis. So it's technically a midquel?
  • January 3, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    ^^ the Star Trek there isn't a sequel; there were many storylines between the two. The shift from TV series to movies would count.
  • January 4, 2015
    snag
    Western Animation: Green Lantern: The Animated Series moved to comics
  • January 5, 2015
    GiorgioDaneri
    • The classic animated film Blood The Last Vampire got manga sequel, and said manga sequel got a video game sequel.
  • January 25, 2015
    DAN004
    Do we still have issues with the examples?
  • January 25, 2015
    FurAndStone
    • The live action film Kangaroo Jack got an animated sequel called Kangaroo Jack: G'Day USA.
    • The live action film Stuart Little had two sequels, the last of which, Call of the Wild, was completely animated as opposed to being a mix of live action and animation.
    • The animated series Fairly Oddparents, got a live action made-for-TV movie finale, called Grow Up Timmy Turner.
  • January 25, 2015
    randomsurfer
    The Critic was continued as online webisodes several years after it was cancelled by FOX.
  • January 25, 2015
    FerrousFaucet
    Live-action Film example:

    • Super Mario Bros notoriously ended in a sequel hook, but no sequel came after the film went on to be a critical and financial failure. The sequel eventually came in the form of a webcomic.
  • February 18, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump plz
  • February 18, 2015
    Dalillama
    Literature
  • February 19, 2015
    marcoasalazarm
    Multiple stories of the Expanded Universe books of Space1999 continued the story of the series between the last televised episode and the Distant Finale / Where Are They Now Epilogue featurette "Message From Moonbase Alpha".

    As well, IDW Comics has published "Season 3" and "Season 4" of Jericho, a continuation comic book for The X Files and is about to launch a continuation comic book for Millennium.
  • March 20, 2015
    NESBoy
    In terms of Sequel Episodes, "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" from The Simpsons had a sequel in the comic series, dubbed the "Quickly Cancelled Comic Book Cavalcade". The stories are continuations of the three spinoffs proposed in the original episode, and true to form, they are as hokey as ever. In the "Wiggum, P.I." story, Wiggum becomes undead and Skinner suspects Big Daddy is behind it. Meanwhile, the eponymous "Lovematic Grandpa" finds his soul switched with that of Moe's Girl Of The Week. Finally, "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" is forced to hold their salute to Rock And Roll on an island due to Homer crashing their plane on the way to their gig in Hollywood.
  • April 26, 2015
    DracMonster
    • Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green Sky Trilogy was followed up with Below the Root, a video game conclusion to the series.
  • April 26, 2015
    DAN004
    This seems to be a trivia to me, am I wrong?
  • April 26, 2015
    StrixObscuro
    Literature
  • April 26, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Uh, it looks like, well, an adaptation to me.
  • April 26, 2015
    StrixObscuro
    From what I've been able to gleam on the game, Nylon Angel, you can replicate the events of the novels, but there are also other scenarios...
  • April 27, 2015
    crazysamaritan
    That's still an adaptation. Adaptations are not required to tell only the stories from the original medium.
  • June 14, 2015
    Koveras
    • The story of Judie from the animated movie Heavy Metal 2000 is continued in the video game Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.2, while an animated sequel has been stuck in Development Hell for decades.
    • The Witcher video game trilogy is a direct continuation of the original Witcher novel septology, although the original author has since declared the games non-canon and wrote an eighth book to continue his series.
  • June 18, 2015
    Koveras
    ^ Likewise...

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