When a franchise begins under one name, but is continued under, and better known by, a different name.
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 sequel was more successful, or at least more famous.
- The original title would be an Artifact Title if the series continued to use it.
- The sequel's name just sounded cooler.
- 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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