An '''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 [[SequelDisplacement more famous]].
* The original title would be an ArtifactTitle if the series continued to use it.
* The sequel's name [[RuleOfCool just sounded cooler]].

See also SequelTheOriginalTitle.
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!!Examples:

* 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, followed by ''Rambo III''. This enabled them to call the fourth film ''Rambo'', since that name was never actually used.
* The first release in the ''Franchise/{{The Chronicles of Riddick}}'' canon was called ''Film/PitchBlack''. This goes along with the complete change in tone and focus the series underwent after the first installment (so much so that when the movie the re-released, it was retitled ''The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black'').
* The first ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movie was just called ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', 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 ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', ''VideoGame/MarioBros'', and ''Wrecking Crew''. It wasn't until ''[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Super Mario Bros.]]'', the fourth starring role in the series (excluding Game & Watch spin-offs), that the series finally got a definitive title.
* The [[Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday ninth]], [[Film/JasonX tenth]], and [[Film/FreddyVsJason eleventh]] ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies went under the ''[[AntagonistTitle 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, DCComics, ArchieComics, and MarvelComics all got their names from their previous incarnation's most popular title.
* Although the [[Film/{{Alien 3}} third]] and [[Film/AlienResurrection fourth]] films in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise went under the original title, most spin-off merchandise is known under ''Alien'''''s''''', which was [[Film/{{Aliens}} the second movie]].
* ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has [[Film/TheDarkKnight two]] [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises sequels]], both under the ''Dark Knight'' name, in what has come be known as ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.
* If you can believe it, the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was originally meant to be called ''The Adventures of Luke Skywalker''. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.
* ''SuperMarioLand 3: WarioLand'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld 2: YoshisIsland'' both had sequels that went by their subtitles' names. Though, the originals [[ArtifactTitle weren't really sequels anyway]].
* The adaptations of ''ScottPilgrim'' take their name from ''Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'', the second book in the series.
* The ''{{X-COM}}'' series started as ''UFO: Enemy Unknown''. It had to relabel itself ''X-COM'' to avoid confusion with the [[Series/{{UFO}} television show]] and "UFO" was a pretty generic title to begin with.
* The ''[[SoulSeries Soul]]'' series started with ''Soul Edge'' which was retitled ''Soul Blade'' on home consoles (at least [[MarketBasedTitle outside Japan]]) due to legal issues with the word "Edge." As a result, Namco titled the sequel ''[=SoulCalibur=]'' and that name has been used for every new installment since then.
* The English-translation titles for TheMillenniumTrilogy books are all structured like the title of the second book, translated as ''The Girl Who Played With Fire''. The first book, whose Swedish title means ''Men Who Hate Women'', was retitled ''The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo''; the third book, literally translated as ''The Air Castle That Was Blown Up''[[note]]"air castle" is analogous to "pipe dream",[[/note]] was retitled ''The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest''. The whole series is also colloquially known as the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" books.
* The ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces]]'' title was replaced with ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight]]'' when the second game (''Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight'') proved more popular.
* Thomas Harris's series of books featuring Hannibal Lecter began with ''Red Dragon'', but it's known as the ''[[SilenceOfTheLambs Silence of the Lambs]]'' series due to the [[AdaptationDisplacement popularity of that film]].
* ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' takes its series title from the second book in the sequence.
* ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' is given a series title taken from its second book (and from the setting of the first two books). However, this was contrary to the designs of the author, who [[AuthorExistenceFailure had intended]] that the series would centre around the doings of the title character of first book, ''Titus Groan'', who leaves Gormenghast Castle to journey the outside world at the end of the second book.
* In North America, the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series began with the game ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', with the intention of the series being called ''Phoenix Wright''. The announcement that the fourth game would star [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney a new character]] prompted the North American publishers to release all future releases under the ''Ace Attorney'' title, leaving the first game the odd one out.
* JudyBlume's 'Literature/{{Fudge}}' books actually started with ''TalesOfAFourthGradeNothing''. Of course, since TheProtagonist constantly focuses on the antics of his brother Fudge, it makes sense.
* {{Inverted}} with the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle:'' the series always had that title (well, except for [[TrilogyCreep originally being a "Trilogy"]]), but used ''Inheritance'' as the title of its final book.
* The ''{{VideoGame/Starsiege}}'' series is infamous for this, in combination for [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo no two games sharing the same naming scheme.]]. The first game was ''[=MetalTech: EarthSiege=]'', which then became ''[=EarthSiege 2=]''. After that came ''[=Starsiege=]'', then ''[[{{VideoGame/Tribes}} Starsiege: Tribes]]'', ''then'' came ''Tribes 2''. The two most recent games follow the ''[[{{VideoGame/TribesVengeance}} Tribes: [Verb] ]]'' naming scheme. ''[=Starsiege=] Tribes'' itself is often simply called ''Tribes'' or ''Tribes 1''.
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' was originally the subtitle of the first game, fully titled ''The Operative: No One Lives Forever''.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' features about fifty different playable Marvel superheroes and the story mostly focuses on ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. Many of the heroes were never members of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' or are not current members but due to the popular [[Film/TheAvengers movie]], the game uses Avengers in the title.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was originally the third canonical game in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, following the [=MSX2=] games ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake]]'', the title being Creator/HideoKojima's subtle way of indicating it was the third installment without actually titling it "[[StoppedNumberingSequels Metal Gear 3]]". The ''Metal Gear Solid'' branding has been carried over to every sequel since then, aside from a few odd spinoffs such as ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance]]''.
* ''[[Series/SavedByTheBell Saved by the Bell]]'' was a spinoff of a short-lived DisneyChannel sitcom titled ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'', but proved to be more popular than its predecessor, to the point that not only it had two spinoffs that carried on the ''Saved by the Bell'' title (''The College Years'' and ''The New Class''), but the original series it was spun-off from was [[{{retronym}} retroactively retitled]] ''Saved by the Bell: The Junior High Years'' in syndication.
* ''GreatTeacherOnizuka'' (a.k.a. ''GTO'') was a spinoff of an earlier work by the same author titled ''Shonan Jun'ai Gumi'' (''The Pure Love Gang from Shonan Beach'') and later had its own spinoff titled ''GTO: 14 Days in Shonan''. When ''Shonan Jun'ai Gumi'' was adapted into English, it was retitled ''GTO: The Early Years''.
* ''NinjaGaiden'' was originally the American title of what was known in Japan as ''Ninja Ryūkenden'' (''The Ninja Dragon Sword Story'') and in Europe as ''Shadow Warriors''. When Tecmo revived the series with the 2004 Xbox version by Team Ninja, they used the ''Ninja Gaiden'' title over the two in every region in order to have the franchise under one worldwide name.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' is known as ''Akumajō Dracula'' (''Demon Castle Dracula'') in Japan. During his tenure as producer, Koji Igarashi tried to rebrand Japanese version of the series under the ''Castlevania'' banner in order to have one name for the franchise in every region. As a result, ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Concerto of the Midnight Sun]]'', ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow Minuet of Dawn]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Lament of Innocence]]'' (simply titled ''Castlevania'' in Japan) were all released under the ''Castlevania'' brand instead of the usual ''Akumajō Dracula''. This rebranding didn't last long due to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks negative feedback]] from longtime Japanese fans and the series went back to the ''Akumajō Dracula'' name with the Nintendo DS entries.
* The original ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOFZelda Legend of Zelda]]'' was titled ''Hyrule Fantasy: Zelda no Densetsu'' in Japan. Presumably Nintendo intended for "Hyrule Fantasy" to be the title of the franchise rather than "Legend of Zelda", but that was dropped in the sequels.
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