->'''Marty [=McFly=]:''' Oh, this is heavy, Doc. I mean, it's like I was just here yesterday.
->'''Doc Brown:''' You ''were'' here yesterday, Marty!
-->-- ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII''

A sequel where the plot picks up immediately after the previous part. Either literally immediately, to such degree that it's possible to edit the two parts together without it looking noticeably strange, or at most within a couple of hours or so. Sometimes an '''Immediate Sequel''' would open with the final moments of the previous installment as a kind of recap which then leads into the plot of the sequel. {{Prequel}}s may also occasionally end with a scene that immediately precedes or even flows into the opening of a previous installment making it an Immediate Prequel.

Not to be confused with a sequel which is produced or released shortly after the previous part, while actually taking place later.

The last third of a TwoPartTrilogy often fits. Related to ExtremelyShortTimespan.

'''Be wary of spoilers of the ending of an installment'''


[[folder: Anime ]]
* ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' ends with Syaoran and Sakura meeting again in Tomoeda and hugging. The Clear Card Arc, a sequel to the manga, picks up from exactly that point, with them still hugging when the manga starts.
* ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'''s sequel ''[=MaX=] Heart'' picks up where the original ends.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' picks up exactly where ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' left off.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise'' starts off ''exactly'' where [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the original show]] ended, with Aang and Katara's BigDamnKiss, which is interrupted by Sokka accidentally walking in on them and immediately declaring them SickeninglySweethearts.
** ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfKorraTurfWars'' also starts off where the show ended: [[spoiler:Korra and Asami on their date in the Spirit world]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs2'' continues from the last scene (apart from TheStinger) of [[WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs the original]] following a small intro.
-->'''Flint''': Sam Sparks, in the eight minutes since we've saved the world, I've had time to reflect.
* Though the scene is slightly different, ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'' begins as ''Disney/TheLionKing'' ended, with the presentation of Simba's cub Kiara to the animal kingdom.
* After a flashback detailing how [[AMinorKidroduction the Penguins became a team]], ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' begins during the ending of ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted''.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Shrek 3D]]'', where Princess Fiona is kidnapped by Lord Farquaad's ghost as revenge for being eaten by a dragon, and as a result Shrek and Donkey had to stop him again and save Fiona. This happens while they are still in the onion carriage they drove away in at the end of the film.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'' ends in a Predalien chestburster appearing out of the corpse of the final Predator, as his comrades are leaving Earth. The sequel ''[[Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem Requiem]]'' starts with the chestburster morphing into the drone form and causing the ship to crash back on Earth.
* Both ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' sequels. ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Part 1]]'' ends with Doc Brown coming to take Marty and Jennifer back to the future with him to avert problems with their future family, and ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII Part 2]]'' begins with that scene (albeit reshot given [[TheOtherDarrin Jennifer was recast]]) and then them arriving in the future. ''Part 2'' ends with Marty trapped in 1955 and visiting the Doc Brown of said time period, and ''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII Part 3]]'' begins with that scene followed by Marty driving Doc home after the initial meeting.
* ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'' continues with Taylor and Nova riding along the beach.
* ''Film/TheBourneSeries'':
** ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' begins (not counting the final scene in ''The Bourne Supremacy'', which is seen in this film in its proper chronological order) immediately after the wounded Bourne said his condolences to Irena Neski, and is trying to flee the immediate area after the chase with the assassin.
** ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' starts ''during'' the events of ''Ultimatum''.
* ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' starts with the [[TorchesAndPitchforks villagers]] concluding that the Monster has died in the burning windmill.
* ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIITheFinalSacrifice'' starts with authorities alerted by [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984 the previous film's]] protagonists going through Gatlin's tragedy, and relocating the remaining children to the neigboring town of Hemingford.
* ''Film/DeadSnow'' ends with remaining character realizing that he has the remaining piece of the treasure that the Nazi zombies are looking for, and being attacked by them. The sequel ''[[Film/DeadSnowRedVsDead Red vs. Dead]]'' starts with him escaping this predicament.
* ''Film/DraculasDaughter'' starts with two constables finding the aftermath of ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'', and arresting Prof. Van Helsing for murder, not knowing that his "victim" was a vampire.
* All three original ''Franchise/EvilDead'' movies lead directly into one another. Creator/BruceCampbell has noted that, with a little judicious editing to remove the recaps and some minor contradictory stuff between the [[Film/EvilDead2 second]] and [[Film/ArmyOfDarkness third]] films, one can make a near-seamless 4 1/2-hour movie out of the trilogy.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''
** ''Film/FridayThe13thPartIII'' starts the day after ''Film/FridayThe13thPart2'', with the previous movie's incident being mentioned in the news.
** ''Film/FridayThe13thTheFinalChapter'' starts with police and paramedics arriving at the scene of ''Part III'' and taking Jason's NotQuiteDead body to the morgue.
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''
** ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' starts with Dr. Loomis running out on the lawn and starting to look for the disappeared Michael. Slight continuity error in that he fell from the balcony in the back in [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} the original]], while the sequel changes it to the front of the house. Laurie spends most of the movie out of action in the hospital from the injuries sustained in the original.
** The opening scene of ''Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers'' shows how Michael survived the climax of [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers the previous film]], before falling into a coma and waking up [[ContrivedCoincidence exactly]] [[HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday one year later]].
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'' opens approximately an hour or two after the ending of [[Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle the first film]]: just enough time for the two to eat a couple dozen burgers each, drive home, and for Harold to start running a shower, and the burgers to work their way through Kumar's digestive system all before they head off to Amsterdam.
* The ''Hatchet'' trilogy:
** ''Film/{{Hatchet}}'' abruptly cuts to black on one of the characters, mid-scream. The [[Film/HatchetII sequel]] opens with a smash cuts into the second half of the scream.
** Similar thing happens between the sequel and the [[Film/HatchetIII third movie]] as well, showing what happened after the villain was supposedly killed for good (spoiler: he wasn't).
* Played with in ''Film/TheHumanCentipede'' series. The second film does begin with the last scene of the first one... being watched by somebody in RealLife who decides to make their own Human Centipede.
* ''Film/IronMan2'' starts as Ivan Vanko (Whiplash) watches as Tony Stark admits on-camera to being Iron Man at the end of [[Film/IronMan1 the first movie]]. Although the next scene picks up six months later.
* Uniquely among ''Film/JamesBond'' films, ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' follows immediately on from ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', with Bond transporting Mr. White to M after capturing him at the end of the previous film.
* ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII'' begins with the aftermath of the tournament (a sequence written for then cut out of the first movie), before doing a TimeSkip to six months later.
* ''Film/LookWhosTalking'' has Julie's conception and birth happening over the end credits. ''Look Who's Talking Too'' starts with those events, as well as Mikey's potty training.
* The second and third movies in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' series start exactly where the previous film left off, due to basically being one big, three part movie.
** Ditto for ''Film/TheHobbit'' movies, since each movie is one part of the same book.
* ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' picks up where ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' ended off. This contributes to the TwoPartTrilogy feel of the series.
* The first ''Film/MortalKombat'' film ends with the protagonists celebrating the end of the tournament, and preparing themselves to fight the suddenly appearing Shao Khan. ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' picks up from this setup, but changes a bit that Shao Khan's appearance is now accompanied by an extra-dimensional invasion.
* The first thing seen in ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'' is the "The End" title from [[Film/TheMuppets the previous movie]]. It also instantly establishes that the previous movie was a movie in-universe and only loosely canon.
* Each of the ''Film/{{Phantasm}}'' sequels pick up immediately where the preceding film ended.
* ''Film/{{Porkys}}'' is followed by ''Porky's 2: The Next Day''.
* ''Film/{{REC}} 2'' starts five minutes after the end of the first. It then zig-zags the trope, as Part 3, ''Genesis'', is a prequel, but ''Apocalypse'', the next sequel picking up exactly where ''Part 2'' left off.
* ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}''
** ''Film/RockyII'' starts with the aftermath of the [[Film/{{Rocky}} first film]]'s climactic fight.
** ''Film/RockyV'' begins minutes after ''Film/RockyIV'', with Rocky suffering the effects of Drago's blows.
* While time can pass to some degree within the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' movies, parts ''[[Film/SawIII III]]'', ''[[Film/SawIV IV]]'', ''[[Film/SawV V]]'', ''[[Film/SawVI VI]]'' and ''[[Film/Saw3D The Final Chapter]]'' all start of within minutes or hours of the previous ending.
* ''Film/SeeNoEvil2'' begins with the villain Jacob Goodnight being pronounced dead on his way to the hospital after his defeat in the previous film. He doesn't stay that way for long.
* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' opens with the last set of events of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' and picks up shortly thereafter with the damaged ''Enterprise'' making its way back to Earth spacedock following the Battle of the Mutara Nebula [[spoiler:and Spock's funeral above the Genesis Planet]]. Of all the entries in the ''StarTrek'' film series, ''Star Trek III'' is the only one to immediately follow its predecessor.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** As a cross-media example, ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' begins a few hours after the end of the original ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars Clone Wars]]'' series (after Palpatine had been scooped up by Grievous and the Separatist forces and the Jedi launch a rescue operation). Unfortunately this was rendered as CanonDiscontinuity due to the [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars CGI series]] (and that series was CutShort so it doesn't even get to explain what happens prior to the battle above Coruscant that kicks off ''Episode III'').
** The ending scene to ''Film/RogueOne'' [[spoiler:directly leads to the opening of ''Film/ANewHope'' with the rebels making a run for it aboard the ''Tantive IV'' having acquired the Death Star plans after the climactic Battle of Scarif with a Princess Leia cameo onboard]].
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' ends with protagonist Rey [[spoiler:face-to-face with Luke Skywalker, who has been missing for many years]]. ''Film/TheLastJedi'' picks up just a few seconds after that.
* All of the ''Film/{{Subspecies}}'' films take place immediately after the last.
* Although the original cut of ''Film/SupermanII'' takes place some time after the ending of the first movie, the Richard Donner version released in 2006 begins ''during the events of the first film'', where the nuclear missile Superman launches into space winds up releasing Zod, Ursa, and Non from the Phantom Zone.
* ''[[Film/TheThing2011 The Thing]]'' (2011) [[spoiler:ends with Lars figuring out the alien creature had disguised itself as one of the Alaskan Malamute husky dogs as it's escaping from Thule Station. He then orders his pilot friend who just arrived to start up the resupply helicopter where he tries to shoot the "dog" down leading into the opening scene of ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'' (1982)]].
* ''Film/AfterTheThinMan'' takes place several hours after ''Film/TheThinMan'', when the train Nick and Nora were on with Dorothy and her new husband Tommy arrives in San Francisco.
* ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'' starts with Selene and Michael on the run, the morning after the first film's climax. In fact, discounting the [[Film/UnderWorldRiseOfTheLycans Prequel]], and the TimeSkip (during which time Selene is in suspended animation), from her perspective the movies all take place over the course of about a week.
* ''Film/WaxworkIILostInTime'' starts immediately after the first film's SequelHook, with the crawling zombie hand causing trouble. Although the effect is a little odd, because one of the surviving characters from the original is now TheOtherDarrin.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* The ''Creator/VCAndrews'' novel ''Literature/PetalsOnTheWind'' picks up right where ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic'' left off, with the three surviving Dollanganger siblings on a bus heading out of town, having escaped their attic prison.
* Several books in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' begin just as the previous one finishes. A notable example is New Testament Volume 18, which begins exactly 5 seconds after 17 ends.
* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator'' picks up immediately after the ending of ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', with Willy Wonka and the Bucket family headed back to the factory in the elevator -- but the process of doing so is screwed up by the frightened, still-bedridden grandparents, and the elevator ends up ''in orbit''.
* Camber's body is found at the end of ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} Camber the Heretic]]''; ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} The Harrowing of Gwynedd]]'' opens with his son and daughter discussing the fact that [[spoiler:his body shows no signs of decay]].
* The ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' series' second book, ''Insurgent'', takes place immediately after the first, specifically, just as Tris and co. arrive at the Amity sector.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': ''Literature/GhostStory'' continues from the moment ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' ended, at least, from Harry's POV. [[spoiler:Turns out, half a year has passed while he hung out in the AfterlifeAntechamber.]]
* Creator/KyellGold does this between ''Literature/OutOfPosition'' and ''Isolation Play'' with only about a five minute passing between the two books.
* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' ends with Melanie's death. 55 years later, the sequel ''Scarlett'' picks up just a few days afterwards, at her funeral.
* Creator/TerryGoodkind loves this trope. The breaks between his books in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series rarely take place more than a few instants after the end of the previous one. On several occasions, the new book starts while the characters are still busy celebrating their victory in the previous book. One exception is ''Faith of the Fallen'', but even then, the bulk of the time passing is a timeskip after the book starts. Even the break between the end of the main ''Sword of Truth'' series (''Confessor'') and the start of the new ''Richard and Kahlan'' series (''The Omen Machine''), several years in real time, is maybe half an hour in-universe.
* Zilpha Keatley Snyder does this between the books of the ''[[Literature/BelowTheRoot Green-Sky Trilogy]]''. ''And All Between'' starts out with Teera and her life underground, but the Kindar part of the tale picks up just minutes after the events that close off ''Below the Root''. ''Until the Celebration'' starts on the evening after the events that close ''And All Between''. Raamo climbs into the farheights of the tree city to think things over, [[{{Bookends}} as he does at the beginning of ''Below The Root''.]]
* The last three books of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' series break the series tradition of a one-year-gap between each novel by having it immediately pick up from where the previous one left off. ''The Mark of Athena'' begins ''immediately'' after ''The Son of Neptune'' ends, albeit from a different perspective. ''The House of Hades'' begins maybe a day at most after ''TMA'' ends. Finally, ''The Blood of Olympus'' picks up the next afternoon after ''THH'' ends. It's justified, since there's a prophecy to fulfill and only a few weeks to spare since the end of ''TSN''.
* ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'' picks up right where ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1'' left off.
* A couple of Literature/HonorHarrington novels:
** Book 3, ''A Short Victorious War'', ends with Honor and her crew returning to Manticore; Book 4, ''Field of Dishonor'', begins with their arrival back home.
** Book 8, ''Echoes of Honor'', ends with Admiral White Haven getting Honor's message that she survived and is back in the system; Book 9, ''Ashes of Victory'', begins a couple hours later when Honor actually arrives.
* The second half of John Gardner's ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/{{COLD}}'' picks up right after the [[Literature/SeaFire previous non-movie-novelization one]], with Bond leaving Puerto Rico with his battered girlfiend Fredericka von Grüsse on a helicopter.
* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko does this with two of his duologies: ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'' and ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'', where the gap between the stories is extremely small. ''Star Shadow'' starts mere hours after the end of ''The Stars Are Cold Toys''. The start of the second ''Seekers of the Sky'' novel makes it appear as if this trope is averted, but it's then revealed that less than a day passed after the end of the first novel. This makes it seem like the duologies are DividedForPublication.
** Ditto for Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''Literature/WolfishNature'' duology.
* ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'': the second ends with Lisbeth being airlifted to a hospital, the third with her arriving.
* ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'': ''Syren'' starts immediately where ''Queste'' ends.
* From ''The Vile Village'' onward, each book of ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' directly leads into the next one and the TimeSkip in the earlier books were a few days at most. It's pointed out a few times that the Baudelaires' previous adventures happened one or two day prior.
* ''Slan Hunter'' starts within hours of the end of ''Literature/{{Slan}}'', preventing our heroes from being able to put what they learned in the first book to use before multiple disasters strike.
* One tie-in storybook based on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' revealed that Maleficent had survived being stabbed by the Sword of Truth as a dragon, and as a result she kidnaps Princess Aurora again and turns everyone except Prince Phillip and the three fairies to stone as revenge, only to be defeated again for a second time.
* Very little time passes between books in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''; the time passed between the end of one book and the start of the next is no different to the time passed between some chapters. Special mention must go to the gap between [[Literature/AStormOfSwords book 3]], which ends with the night of the death of Lord Tywin Lannister, and [[Literature/AFeastForCrows book 4]], which opens with the other Lannisters finding his body before dawn has broken.
* In ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'', ''Literature/TheTruceAtBakura'' begins shortly after the destruction of the Death Star in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. The Rebel Alliance is still camped on Endor's Sanctuary Moon. Leia and Han share some Ewok wine, and Luke has to spend several hours in bed in order to recover from the Force Lightning he'd been zapped with on the Death Star.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' starts the day after the end of ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' and their prologues take place at the same time, in the same place. Early preview of book three shows that it starts two days after the end of book two.
* Creator/AndreiBelyanin's ''Literature/SwordWithNoName'' ends with a short TimeSkip after the protagonist returns home, following a phone call from the MedievalEuropeanFantasy world he visited with a request to come back. Guess how the sequel starts. It should be noted that time flows differently in the fantasy world, so this trope is averted for the people there.
* ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext The Well of Lost Plots]]'' also takes up where ''[[Literature/ThursdayNext Lost in a Good Book]]'' leaves off.
* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Trevelyan's Mission]]'' series, the end of the second novel has the titular protagonist convinced to travel to planet Inferno to deal with the crisis there. The third novel starts with him traveling to Inferno on an AI-controlled ship as the only passenger. After dealing with the book's crisis, he continues on his way to Inferno. Naturally, the fourth novel starts with him arriving to the planet.
* ''Literature/TwoGraves'' opens by following the last chapter of ''Literature/ColdVengeance'' from a different character's POV, then immediately follows up on its cliffhanger mere minutes after the book ended.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, the most notable examples are:
** The end of ''Rising Storm'' and beginning of ''A Dangerous Path'' - ''Rising Storm'' ends with a cliffhanger, and ''A Dangerous Path'' picks up at the same moment. In fact, you could stick the first line of chapter 1 of ''A Dangerous Path'' after the last line of ''Rising Storm'', and not know that there was meant to be a break.
** ''Starlight'' begins minutes (at the longest) after ''Dawn'' ends - the Clans arrive at the lake just at the beginning of dawn, and Starlight's first page describes how they're staring down at the water, and it still describes it as very early dawn.
** ''Twilight'' and ''Sunset'' have a bit of a cliffhanger as well - Twilight ends at the end of a battle, with Brambleclaw seeing two characters he never thought he'd see again, and Sunset begins with him walking over to them.
* ''The Return of Tarzan'', the first sequel to ''Literature/TarzanOfTheApes'', picks up during the same conversation on which the first novel ended... or, more accurately, [[CliffHanger randomly stopped mid-conversation with no ending or closure whatsoever]].

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* The framing story of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' picks up from the exact moment the first game ended. In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', the framing story opens with Desmond in the van as the assassins flee their hideout, at most a few hours after ''II'', and Ezio's story starts with him escaping the Vatican, exactly where we left him. The 'present' plot also continues in this fashion in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' and ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''.
* ''Videogame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'': [[spoiler:After the credits, it's revealed the game takes place right before ''Videogame/SuperMario3DWorld'' showing the opening and then Captain Toad falling down the clear pipe, revealing how he is in 3D World and also making the game a StealthPrequel.]]
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''
** ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack'' starts with Dr. Cortex discovering the plot-driving Power Crystals by accident after his defeat in ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot1996''.
** ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'' starts with the remains of Cortex's space station from the second game crashing on Earth, releasing [[SealedEvilInACan Uka Uka]] from his prison.
* In ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'', the intro of the second game picks up almost literally after the end of the first one.
* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty 3'' starts off several in-universe seconds after ''Distorted Travesty 2'''s cliffhanger ending.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' starts as Duke is coming home from his abduction in ''Duke Nukem II''.
** ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' parodies this by starting with Duke ''playing'' the previous game and beating the final boss.
* ''[[VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin Ecco: The Tides of Time]]'' picks up with Ecco frolicking among his podmates just after rescuing them... and with the final boss of the first game following the escaping dolphins back to Earth.
* The end of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'' has the Titans scaling Mount Olympus to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens wage war against the gods]]. ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' picks up as they're still climbing. The last line Kratos says in ''II'' is also the first line he says in ''III'', and it comes after Zeus gives a RousingSpeech to the gods in both games.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunTheLostAge'' opens up where the previous game left off, minus the epilogue (which saw the PlayerParty sail off) since the main character is now the antagonist of the previous game. It begins at the point where Felix and his TrueCompanions (minus [[KnightTemplar Saturos and Menardi]], since they were the previous game's FinalBoss) were last seen; leaving the Venus tower.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' doesn't fully qualify as about two decades have passed ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', but since Gordon Freeman was frozen in time, from his frame of reference they follow on immediately. Episodes One and Two play it straight, each starting more or less immediately where the previous game left off; it's still possible Gordon was knocked out for some time, but for all intents and purposes it doesn't matter.
* ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'' starts with Master Chief performing a RocketlessReentry after jumping off the Forerunner Dreadnought that he ended ''VideoGame/Halo2'' on as it lands on Earth.
* ''The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer'' picks up directly where [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles the movie]] ended, with the heroes facing the titular villain.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIII'' ends with Graham tossing his adventurer's cap to his children. ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIV'' opens with the same scene.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts:''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' ends with [[TheHero Sora]], [[WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck Donald]] and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} walking through a grassy plains, wondering what to do next. When ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' rolls around... they're still in the grassy plains. [[spoiler: They don't stay there for long.]]
** The Secret Episode of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' ends with Aqua running into the Castle of Dreams from Cinderella. ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage'' opens with her still in front of it.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'''s First Chapter ends with Estelle being sedated by Joshua and left to sleep on her bed. The Second Chapter begins the next day as she's waking up. If not for a few subtle changes to the game's interface and font, you'd not know they weren't part of the same game. Seeing as its a TwoPartTrilogy, it makes sense.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has Link joining with Tetra and her crew to go explore the ocean. Not long after, Link gets caught in a maelstrom that knocks him overboard, [[BagOfSpilling separates him from his equipment]], and washes him ashore to where ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' takes place.
* ''Videogame/SuperMetroid'' recounts the story of Samus finding a baby metroid at the end of the previous game, then explains that she took it to a laboratory, before said laboratory was attacked. The minute she arrives back at the lab is when the game actually begins.
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' ended with the protagonist Talion promising to forge a new Ring of Power. ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'' opens with him and Celebrimbor setting out to do just that.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' has done this a few times.
** The challenge for the tournament in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' is issued within hours of the end of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''
** Sindel is resurrected in Earthrealm during the events of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' deals with Eathrealm & Outworld forcibly merging because of this.
** ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception Deception]]'' takes place immediately after ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance Deadly Alliance]]'', right after the heroes confront the titular EnemyMine of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi. [[DownerBeginning Things don't look too good for our heroes.]]
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'''s [[AlternateContinuity Story Mode]] shows the aftermath of [[VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon the Battle of Armageddon]].
* ''VideoGame/PsychonautsInTheRhombusOfRuin'' takes place immediately after the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', and ''VideoGame/Psychonauts2'' is set to happen shortly after that.
* Most games in the ''Videogame/QuestForGlory'' franchise take place immediately following one another; ''Videogame/QuestForGloryI'' ends with the Hero departing Spielberg with Khameen, Shema, and Abdulla on their flying carpet, with ''Videogame/QuestForGloryII'' picking up in its credits with their flight and arrival in Shapeir. ''Videogame/QuestForGloryIII'' ends with the Hero trapped in a spell, while ''Videogame/QuestForGloryIV'' begins with him arriving in Mordavia (somewhat played with in that the malfunctioning spell requires a couple weeks to get him to Mordavia thanks to the Dark One's influence). ''IV'' in turn ends with the Hero spirited off to Silmaria, and ''Videogame/QuestForGloryV'' begins with his arrival in Erasmus's house. The only break the Hero gets in the entire series is the time he spent lounging around Shapeir between ''II'' and ''III''.
* ''The Return of Ishtar'' begins with Ki and Gil right where they were at the end of ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga''; i.e., at the top of the tower. They have to go down.
* The Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog series:
** ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic 3]]'' takes place immediately after the 16-bit version of ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Sonic 2]]''. Sonic rides Tails's biplane back down to sea level to escape the Death Egg that ended ''Sonic 2''. The first land sighted happens to be the Floating Island, where guardian Knuckles the Echidna ambushes Sonic and steals his Chaos Emeralds, kicking off the plot of ''Sonic 3''. The Death Egg crash-landed here too, and Dr. Eggman wants those Emeralds to relaunch it. ''Sonic 3'' ends and ''Sonic & Knuckles'' begins when Eggman finds the Hidden Palace and its Super Emeralds (although this is a subversion since ''Sonic 3'' and ''Sonic & Knuckles'' are actually OneGameForThePriceOfTwo so they were never meant to be separate installments in the first place).
** ''VideoGame/SonicMania'' ends with [[spoiler:the Phantom Ruby opening a dimensional portal and traveling through it, pulling Sonic into it in the process. The both of them wind up in the dimension of Modern Sonic, where Dr. Eggman uses the Phantom Ruby to TakeOverTheWorld before ''Sonic Mania'''s Sonic could arrive there, kicking off the story for ''VideoGame/SonicForces'
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestIIIThePiratesOfPestulon'' takes place with Roger [[spoiler:still in cold sleep which he entered at the end of the second one, although this trope could be averted for everyone but Roger, since we're not told how much time has passed.]] ''Space Quest IV'' opens with Roger stopping off at a bar on his way home from ''Space Quest III'''s ending. ''Space Quest 6'' starts with Roger being court-martialed for his actions in ''Space Quest V'', implying that not much time passes between the games.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}: Liberation Day'' picks up right after the end of ''Sunrider: Mask Of Arcadius'', with [[TheDragon Veniczar Fontana]] having just [[JustForPun unmasked]] the titular [[BigBad Arcadius]] as [[spoiler:one of the [[ArtificialHuman Prototypes]], a cabal of hive-minded clones bent on ruling the galaxy from the shadows]], and Chigara freaking out at the realization that [[spoiler:said Prototypes [[TomatoInTheMirror look exactly like her]]]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 5'' begins after Jin leaves Hon-Maru in his ending of ''4''. Kazuya and Heihachi wake up from their beatings with just enough time to be greeted by an invasion of Jack robots. The actual tournament begins a month later.
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' ends with Silvia getting a V-watch and [=UFOs=] invading Movie Land. ''Viewtiful Joe 2'' picks up right then, in the final scene of the first game, with Joe and Silvia making their way toward the new enemy.
* ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIITheDragonsTrap'' starts with beating the previous game's final boss.
* The second part of ''{{VideoGame/Xenosaga}}'' begins right where the first part left off.
* ''Videogame/YoshisNewIsland'' takes place immediately after the original albeit with a RetCon: the parents who were brought the Mario Bros. are actually not their parents.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' trilogy directly picks up where you finished the last adventure. The second game has you getting up after you've fallen into a barrow. The third installment has you tumbling down the enchanted staircase where the second ends.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Oddworld}} Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee]]''s good ending ends with Abe attending a ceremony celebrating his rescue of the Mudokon slaves. ''Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus'''s opening cutscene is Abe falling off the stage at that ceremony and getting knocked unconscious, where he has a PropheticDream that kicks off the game's plot. Gameplay itself starts a couple days later when Abe travels to the location mentioned in the dream.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An AnimatedAdaptation case happened in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Citizen Ghost", which takes place immediately after the events of the [[Film/Ghostbusters1984 live-action film]], explaining how Slimer came to be their TeamPet.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''
** The season 2 premiere, "Full Disclosure", picks up immediately after the season 1 finale "Jail Break", with Steven and the Crystal Gems standing near the ruins of Peridot's ship and Connie calling Steven to find out what happened.
** The season 3 premiere, marketed as a special event titled "In Too Deep", ups the ante: [[spoiler: after the first episode, ''every one'' of the next four is an Immediate Sequel, essentially making the entire story a five-parter.]]
*** The same season's finale arc (minus the 100th episode special) ups the ante by essentially being a ''six-parter'', with the first two-thirds serving as a character arc for Amethyst, and because the last third of this one takes us off planet, the season 4 premiere takes us back to the desert canyon where there were still a few loose plot threads from the second-third, basically making it a ''seven''-part story!.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' ends on the last day of summer vacation. The sequel series ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' starts on the first day of school.