Created By: SergeantLuke on November 10, 2011 Last Edited By: SergeantLuke on November 12, 2011

Appropriated Title

When a franchise begins under one name, but is continued under, and better known by, a different name.

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Appropriated Title is when a franchise is better known by a different title than it was originally known as. There can be various reasons for this:


  • The first Rambo movie was actually called First Blood. It wasn't until the sequel, Rambo: First Blood Part II, that the Rambo name was used at all.
  • The first release in the Chronicles of Riddick canon was called Pitch Black. Justified in this case, since the first film was set on a very dark planet, and the sequel and spin-offs were not.
  • A subversion: Even though only two of the six Jak and Daxter games have the full Jak and Daxter title - and three of them have the Jak title - it is usually known to the gaming community under its original name.
  • The first Indiana Jones movie was just called Raiders of the Lost Ark, while all other media include Jones' name in the title. For what it's worth, later re-releases did change the title to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Early games starring Mario went under a variety of titles, the most well-known games being Donkey Kong, Mario Bros., and Wrecking Crew. It wasn't until SuperMarioBros, the 15th unique game in the series (counting Game & Watch spin-offs), that the series finally got a definitive title.
  • The ninth, tenth, and eleventh Friday the 13th movies went under the Jason name. However, this was only out of necessity, as New Line did not own the rights to the Friday the 13th title; once they bought them, the series reverted to its original name.
  • In an unusual case of entire companies doing this, DC Comics, Archie Comics, and Marvel Comics all got their names from their previous incarnation's most popular title.
  • Although Alien's third, fourth, and fifth films all went under the original title, most spin-off merchandise is known under Aliens, which was the second movie.
  • Batman Begins has two sequels, both under the Dark Knight name, in what has come be known as The Dark Knight Saga.
  • If you can believe it, the Star Wars series was originally meant to be called The Adventures of Luke Skywalker. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.
  • Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island both had sequels that went by their subtitles' names. Though, the originals weren't really sequels anyway.
  • The adaptations of Scott Pilgrim take their name from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, the second book in the series.
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  • November 10, 2011
    Would comic books which start with one title and then change count? For example, in the mid-60s Captain America appeared as one of two regular features in Strange Tales, which was renamed Captain America with issue #100. Likewise The Incredible Hulk was in Tales To Astonish, which was renamed The Incredible Hulk with issue #102. (The co-features of each book, Iron Man and Namor the Sub Mariner, each got their own books at the same time, both of which started with issue #1.)
  • November 11, 2011
    The X-COM series started as UFO: Enemy Unknown. It had to relabel itself X-COM when somebody complained there's already a game called UFO.
  • November 11, 2011
    The Soul Series was originally called Soul Blade but is now better known as Soul Calibur.
  • November 11, 2011
    Men Who Hate Woman, from The Millennium Trilogy, is most often better known as "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", as that's what the movie and books were released under.
  • November 11, 2011
    The Dark Forces title was replaced with Jedi Knight when the second game (Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight) proved more popular.
  • November 11, 2011
    Thomas Harris's series of books featuring Hannibal Lector began with Red Dragon, but it's known as the Silence Of The Lambs series due to the popularity of that film.
  • November 12, 2011
    The Dark Is Rising takes its series title from the second book in the sequence.