Created By: Flabyo on June 2, 2011 Last Edited By: Flabyo on July 21, 2011
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Ridiculous Future Sequelisation

You can tell we're in the future, because we're up to sequel number 30 of 'insert 20th century work'

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A work set in the future will often take elements of the present day and refer to them as a way to show that it is our future and not a fictional place. One form this can take is for there to be a reference to a contemporary Long Runner, and show that it is still going strong.

The chosen long runner is usually one that is well known for having several Numbered Sequels, which means all you need do is bump the number up by a few dozen.

Usually a throwaway gag, or incidental background detail for the eagle eyed.

But as nothing dates quite as fast as science fiction, the reference might pass a later audience by altogether.

Distinct from Oddly Named Sequel, which is where the work itself has a title which plays with the Numbered Sequels trope.

A cropped version of the image here would be a potential page image.

Examples:

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  • June 2, 2011
    Allronix
    Space Quest IV does this with its own series.
    • And in the Bargain Bin at the Galleria, there's a Kings Quest LXXVII
  • June 2, 2011
    TooBah
    Any Incredible Hulk fans out there? I remember seeing a Hulk comic with a marquee in one of the panels announcing that the movie Jaws 37 or something was playing. Don't remember any more than that.
  • June 2, 2011
    dalek955
  • June 2, 2011
    Micah
    • The Company Novels have an anglophilic character a few centuries in the future who's memorized the names of all three-hundred-and-some actors to play the Doctor.
  • June 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons "Rocky VII" was only a gag about Bart figuring out how to read Roman numerals, I'm not sure that it meant there was an actual Rocky VII film.
    "Rocky II" plus "Rocky V" equals "Rocky VII: Adrian's Revenge!"
    A straighter example would be "Star Trek XII: So Very Tired."

    • Family Guy: in Rocky VI (which came out before Rocky Balboa did) Rocky goes to Mars for a fight.
      Adiran: Rocky, please don't go to Mars and fight the Martian.
      Rocky: I gotta do what I gotta do.
      Adiran: But there's no oxygen on Mars.
      Rocky: Yeah? That means there's no oxygen for him either. That Martian wants a fight, he'll get a fight.
  • June 2, 2011
    fulltimeD
    This was a common gag in the Twenty Minutes Into The Future show Alien Nation.
  • June 2, 2011
    Cidolfas
    EDIT: Never mind, I see it's already there. 8-)
  • June 2, 2011
    JonnyB
    I think they used this gag in Demolition Man but I can't recall the exact line.
  • June 2, 2011
    c0ry
    Back To The Future II had a holographic advertisment for Jaws 19, directed by Max Spielberg, with the tagline: "This time it's really, REALLY personal."
  • June 2, 2011
    BioTube
    The Decline Of Video Gaming did this with about everything.
  • June 2, 2011
    Leaper
    It should be, IMO, Numbered Sequels Joke. When I saw "parody," I thought the entire work was revolving around the numbered sequels thing, like Leonard Part 6.
  • June 2, 2011
    Prfnoff
    SCTV: "Jaws 23".
  • June 2, 2011
    hevendor717
    Title is too specific. The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and 33 1/3 apply to the name, but not your trope.
  • June 3, 2011
    BlackDragon
    Done recently in SSDD - a character mentions watching The Fast And The Furious 527 here.
  • June 3, 2011
    Flabyo
    Ay, wasn't very happy with the trope name at all but couldn't think of anything better at the time. The trope is more about mocking a long runner for getting into high sequel numbers, and sometimes using that to demonstrate that 'this is the future!'.

    So do I broaden the definition to allow in things like the Naked Gun numbering, or narrow it to only examples where it's the 'Long Runner' nature that's being referenced?

    (I did think of using 'In The Future We Will Still Number Sequels', but it's a bit glib).
  • June 3, 2011
    Leaper
    So would Leonard Part 6 fit into this trope? Perhaps not the way it's written now... So should it?
  • June 3, 2011
    bbofun
    There are two different tropes here- the one in the description, and the one some others have suggested.

    This one is how, in a scenario specifically set in the future, a movie title is shown from a current Long Runner.

    The other is when a movie has a joke number in it's own title, OR a series that takes place in the present uses a joke "Part Infinity" title.

    These are two distinct tropes, and should be treated as such,
  • June 3, 2011
    Flabyo
    Yeah, that does make it more clear. I'll rework the draft during my lunchbreak so it's just the 'set in the future and referencing a long runner' version, which is a distinct trope. The others are more of a 'playing with' of the Numbered Sequels trope itself.

  • June 3, 2011
    Flabyo
    Ok, hows that looking? Still think the name could be much better.
  • June 3, 2011
    TooBah
    You may want to mention that this is not Oddly Named Sequel (like the Naked Gun examples by havendor, above).
  • June 3, 2011
    Aielyn
    How is the Naked Gun example not an example of a parody of numbered sequels? Personally, I'd suggest that Naked Gun is more appropriately listed under this trope, and the trope itself expanded to include all cases where it's a parody of numbered sequels, whether it's the name of an actual product, or a fictional product.

    It's better to generalise this trope, rather than either messing with the trope name to try to make it distinct, or putting in some sort of caveat in the description that says "sure, <that> is also a parody of numbered sequels, but it is classified as an Oddly Named Sequel, just because."
  • June 3, 2011
    BlackMageJ
    How about Ridiculous Future Sequelisation, as a play on Ridiculous Future Inflation (since both tropes involve 'proving' it's the future with arbitrarily inflated numbers)
  • June 3, 2011
    Bisected8
    I'll second Ridiculous Future Sequelisation or something similar.
  • June 3, 2011
    Techhead
    Also, Weird Al named his parody of "Eye of the tiger" as "Theme from Rocky XII"
  • June 3, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    Should add quote to the Back to the Future II example:

    Marty: The shark still looks fake.

  • June 4, 2011
    Dcoetzee
  • June 4, 2011
    Flabyo
    I'll flip the name to Ridiculous Future Sequelisation for the moment, as it's a more accurate name and shows why the Naked Gun one isn't an example.
  • July 20, 2011
    Octagon8
    bump
  • July 20, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Wasn't there a Rocky XXXVIII poster (with an old man in boxing trunks and gloves) in an Airplane! movie? You know, Easter Egg fashion.
  • July 20, 2011
    Stratadrake
    • Space Quest IV, with its Time Travel theme, labelled its various time periods using sequel numbers: The post-apocalyptic future into which Roger was initially thrown is identified as "Space Quest XII"; the galactic mall in the "Space Quest X" period also tosses a reference to "Kings Quest XXXXVIII: The Quest For More Disk Space" (back in the days before CD-ROM drives) stated to be by "Roberta Williams III".
  • July 21, 2011
    AFP
    In Robot Wars, there was a background gag where a group of people are walkign through an abandoned city, and you can see a theater marquee with something like "Puppet Master 57". I'll have to find a copy of the movie and check (mmmm delicious cheezy giant robot battles)

    (Got my giant robot movies mixed up)
  • July 21, 2011
    Aerryi
    In a German novel called 2049, set in that year, the protagonists see an ad for Star Wars - the fourth trilogy.

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