Created By: StevenT on April 6, 2013 Last Edited By: thewriter on July 15, 2014

Requel

A sequel that is just a rehash of the original.

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People watch sequels to see where the characters go next after the events of the original story.

This trope is when they go right back to the start and do almost the same things again.


Examples:

Film
  • Teen Wolf Too is pretty much a remake of the original movie, only with boxing instead of basketball.

Video Games
Community Feedback Replies: 52
  • April 6, 2013
    Duncan
    Evil Dead 2, with extra material, but the first act of the movie is the same plot as the original film.
  • April 6, 2013
    AP
    • Every Home Alone movie has an almost identical plot.
  • April 6, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    This is Recycled Script. Also, we have enough complaining tropes already anyway...
  • April 6, 2013
    AmyGdala
    I normally oppose all complaining tropes, but Recycled Script could do with a split. Right now it covers:

    • A sequel shares the structure of the original to the point of appearing a remake (Requel)
    • Two episodes in a series literally use the same script
    • A short story, years later, is expanded into a novel
    • Two episodes in different series share similarities (probably coincidence)
  • April 6, 2013
    acrobox
    After the original Star Fox on the SNES, a Star Fox 2 was in development but it ultimately got scrapped. On the N64, Star Fox 64 wasn't a sequel to the original, but an expanded remake with some salvaged Star Fox 2 elements thrown in.
  • April 6, 2013
    Sackett
    I'm not sure this is even a complaining trope.

    Sequels can be out to deliver different things. Some sequels provide a continuation of the story. Think Star Wars series.

    Others are clearly intended to simply retell the previous story again. For example Home Alone. Did any think that Home Alone 2 was going to be something different than the first film?

  • April 6, 2013
    DunDun
    Grease and Grease 2 are practically the same movies with the genders of the main love interests flipped.

    Or as the first film's page puts it: "which has practically no characters in common with the original ('cept for Frenchy who was held back a year), but the plot is almost entirely the same except that now the nice foreign kid is male, with a bad-girl love interest."
  • April 6, 2013
    acrobox
    On the Super Mario angle. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is to Super Mario Galaxy as Super Mario Bros The Lost Levels is to Super Mario Bros. Same engine, different often more difficult levels, Luigi gets a slightly bigger role than just being a replacement Mario, and few new items. The two Galaxy games even have roughly the same plot, and its ambiguous whether the second is a retelling or if one happens after the other.
  • April 6, 2013
    Maxaxle
    This sounds like a Ridiculously Similar Trope to Remake, to me.
  • April 6, 2013
    AmyGdala
    Remakes aren't billed as sequels.
  • April 6, 2013
    helterskelter
    I think this is a different trope. A lot of people complained about The Hangover and its sequel were basically identical in premise. There was very little difference. They weren't remakes, it's just that they were pretty much the same thing.

    That said, I say make the criteria for this trope very strict, or it will turn into a YMMV complaining trope where people bitch it's more of the same and so on.

    I also think this should maybe exclude video games, or perhaps there should be a separate trope for video games. Video games tend to be similar based on the gameplay more than anything else, but that's a lot different than recycling a plot.
  • April 6, 2013
    MaxWest
    I'm inclined to agree that this could be a separate trope from Recycled Script or Remake.

    Averted with Back To The Future Part 2; early drafts of the script was going to have the film set in The Sixties where Marty Mc Fly endangers his own conception and having to set things right again. In the end, the producers realized it was too much like the first film and gave us the film we have now.
  • April 6, 2013
    AmyGdala
    ^ Similarly averted with The Matrix. Early drafts of The Matrix Reloaded focused on a new "The One" (also played by Keanu Reeves) who again learns about the matrix and goes through training - this time, at the hands of Agrent Smith. The eventual movie scrapped this in favor of a new story.
  • April 6, 2013
    CaveCat
  • April 6, 2013
    SharleeD
    This troper would dispute the Evil Dead suggestion above, as the first and second films are at opposite ends of the Sliding Scale Of Comedy And Horror, which makes them very different even when their plots run parallel.
  • April 6, 2013
    thewriter
    This was the Nostalgia Chick's point when reviewing against Disney's animated Direct To Video Sequels. Some of the sequels tend to rehash the plot of the original movies. Notably The Little Mermaid 2 has Melody, the daughter of Ariel, wishing to go to the sea, but forbidden because of reasons she is not allowed to know. Eventually, Melody makes a pact with a sea witch to become a Mermaid, as an unwitting pawn of the evil witch so that she may get the King Triton's trident and then rule the seven seas. This is essentially the reversal of the first movie's plot. Made worse by the Sea Witch being Ursula's younger sister.
  • April 6, 2013
    normp571
  • April 6, 2013
    SharleeD
    ^ Dredd was about as different from the Stallone movie as a film could get and still be set in the Judge Dredd Verse, plus it wasn't a sequel in any case.

    ^^ This trope seems to be a common issue with film series that are aimed at little kids, Disney or otherwise.
  • April 6, 2013
    pixelpunk
    This would actually be a good trope if it's used right, but some tropers don't seem to understand it. A Requel should fulfill these two requirements:
    • Must, by definition, be a sequel of the movie it's ripping off. It's not a Remake.
    • It has the same plot, point for point, with the original, and tries to have the same mood and feel (Evil Dead 2 wouldn't count because even if the plot is similar, it goes for a completely different mood. Dredd wouldn't count because it doesn't fulfill either of these requirements. Also, it's not a sequel.)

    Consider The Hangover 2 the Trope Codifier, since that was the movie that people were complaining from day one was a rehash of the original.

    Here are some common features: For it to be a Requel it MUST be a sequel of what it's ripping off with NO major changes from the first installment's formula.
  • April 7, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Agree with everything except The Hangover 2 being the Trope Codifier. You need to go look that up: it's a trope example that provides a template followed by subsequent uses of the trope.

    Film:
    • Get Shorty and its sequel Be Cool could easily be mistaken for each other if you squint hard enough. In both cases Chili Palmer tangles with weirdo criminals while trying to get a project made (a gangster film in Get Shorty and a pop album in Be Cool), using the skills of his former trade, loan sharking, to get the job done. Both films also have a blonde whom Chili apparently knew peripherally before and ends up dating.
  • April 7, 2013
    Nemmington
    • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation went over so much old ground from the original film that, until a continuity reference at the very end, it wasn't clear whether it was meant to be a sequel or a remake.
  • April 7, 2013
    Adbot
    Crash Bandicoot The Wrath Of Cortex was the first of the Crash series to be released on the PS 2 console. It was also seen by many fans as a slightly dumbed down version of Crash Bandicoot Warped. The same thing happened again with Crash Nitro Kart, being again a PS 2 equivalent of Crash Team Racing
  • April 7, 2013
    arromdee
    The Tim Burton Alice In Wonderland might count, since they play it as somewhat between a sequel and a remake. Also Tin Man, which is supposedly a dystopian working of the Wizard of Oz but reveals that the Wizard of Oz actually happened, making it a sequel as well. (Or so I heard--I never saw it, someone who did will have to verify this.)
  • April 8, 2013
    helterskelter
    I think that might be a separate trope in the same way we're getting 'gritty' fairy tale reboots nowadays with Hansel and Gretel and Snow White and so forth. Sometimes they relate directly to the tale as a sequel/prequel, sometimes they're just retellings.
  • April 9, 2013
    Stratadrake
    I've never heard this term before, though it does score over half a million on Google. However, the term's definition (according to Wiktionary) says it is (strictly speaking) neither a remake nor a sequel/prequel, which doesn't seem to leave room for much else. Urban Dictionary on the other hand says it's like a remake but contains so much new material it may as well also be a sequel.

    Anyway, for titles, I just want to say Suspiciously Similar Sequel.
  • April 10, 2013
    polarbear2217
    Airplane 2 is a blatant rehash of Airplane. The characters Lampshade this multiple times.

    Most of the "Night of the Living Dummy" sequels in Goosebumps follow the same plot: young girls get a dummy named Slappy, bring it to life, strange things happen for which the girls are blamed, and they find out that Slappy was responsible for the pranks.
  • April 10, 2013
    AmyGdala
    ^^In any case, "requel" isn't an intuitive name. It combines the "re" of rehash with the "quel" of sequel - but "re" also belongs to "reboot," "relaunch," "retcon" and any number of other related words.
  • April 10, 2013
    StarSword
    I like Stratadrake's suggestion of Suspiciously Similar Sequel.
  • April 10, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    I vote for Suspiciously Similar Sequel.
  • April 10, 2013
    SharleeD
  • April 10, 2013
    Stratadrake
    ^ How so?
  • April 10, 2013
    DunDun
    ^^The series suffers extreme Sequelitis but the plots change from movie to movie, which is why it didn't completely flop after the first few sequels.
  • April 11, 2013
    Arivne
  • April 11, 2013
    RossN
    Would Suspiciously Similar Sequel cover films like the Bring It On sequels or the Mean Girls sequel which contain none (or at least very few) of the original cast/characters but use identical themes and plotlines?
  • April 11, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    The Laconic of the Trope is that the story on the sequel of a work is, by all means and purposes, a ripoff of the first work.

    If enough elements of the first work are rehashed onto the sequels... yeah, it could work (haven't seen the Bring It On sequels well enough (just snips here and there), but the only things that are changes (or so I think) are the lack of the 'one team copied the other's routine' plot point and the addition of Underdogs Never Lose (which, surprisingly, the original *lacked*, instead going for an Aesop of "if you did your best and still lost, then feel good that you at least gave it all"). All of the movies have a Sudden Musical Ending, as well).

    I haven't seen the Mean Girls sequel, sorry. But if the plot is still pretty much the same (Transfer Student srrives to new school and gets in power-play shenanigans with the Alpha Bitch and her Girl Posse that get to the point that it's hard to tell (in-universe and out) who is the Alpha Bitch anymore), then yeah, it's a Suspiciously Similar Sequel.
  • April 12, 2013
    NESBoy
    Both of The Human Centipede films share the same plot: crazy guy kidnaps other people for the purpose of sewing their mouths to other asses. In the second film, it is justified: the character who creates the film's centipede was inspired by the previous movie, which exists in-universe. He even got one of the actresses from the first movie as part of his centipede.
  • April 12, 2013
    NESBoy
    Both of The Human Centipede films share the same plot: crazy guy kidnaps other people for the purpose of sewing their mouths to other asses. In the second film, it is justified: the character who creates the film's centipede was inspired by the previous movie, which exists in-universe. He even got one of the actresses from the first movie as part of his centipede.
  • April 12, 2013
    FalconPain
    The Game Boy game Kid Dracula is a sequel in terms of plot to the Famicom game Akumajo Special: Boku Dracula-Kun, but the stages are essentially the same. It's just as well, as the original was never released outside Japan.
  • April 13, 2013
    robinjohnson
  • April 25, 2013
    bwburke94
    Metal Gear Solid 2 is intended to be this. Maybe.
  • April 25, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    • The Hangover Part 2 has a main character get lost after a drug-induced blackout during a bachelor party, forcing the remaining characters to look for him all over the city. Only in Bangcok.
  • April 26, 2013
    ryanasaurus0077
    Sister Streetfighter: Hanging by a Thread is basically the first SSF film with diamonds being smuggled inside women instead of heroin being smuggled inside wigs.
  • April 4, 2014
    needsanewhobby
  • Film
    • Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Home Alone movies, admits that he and writer John Hughes were accused of basically remaking first Home Alone when making Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, and also confesses that he is aware that both movies are basically the same, only in a different location (New York City as opposed to the McAllister house) and a slight change in characters (the Central Park pigeon lady instead of Old Man Marley).
  • April 4, 2014
    DAN004
  • April 4, 2014
    MercenX
    Ahem... anyway... I second the idea that Tin Man counts toward this trope as it is notably a sequel but follows the same formula of the original fairytale (stranger to Oz arrives and meets three oddballs, a wizard, and an evil witch).
  • April 5, 2014
    Koveras
  • April 5, 2014
    Snicka
    Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland is, technically, an inversion of this. The title implies it's a remake, but it is actually a sequel.
  • April 6, 2014
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Steven Brust's Dragaera series. The first two books in the series, Jhereg and Yendi, are very similar in tone and plot. Vlad stumbles into a conspiracy, he and his friends get battered around by villains, he figures out what's really going on, then plans how to take out the Big Bad and does so. Later books in the series were much more different from each other.
  • April 6, 2014
    DAN004
    Oh come on...
  • July 14, 2014
    marcoasalazarm
    bump
  • July 15, 2014
    DAN004
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