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->''"I recently saw the ''{{Film/Darkman}}'' trilogy again simply for the reason I wanted to see ''Darkman III: DIE DARKMAN DIE.'' Why? Because ''DIE DARKMAN DIE'' is one of the best titles for a sequel ever. The movie could have been about Darkman making quilts and I wouldn’t care because the title made me laugh."''\\
--'''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Miles Antwiler]]'''

Sequels have a tendency to be burdened with bizarre subtitles or inconsistent naming.

This is sometimes to distance it from more conventionally NumberedSequels of low quality, but just as often seems to be applied at random.

A subset of the trope is when later installments drop the affix of earlier installments, commonly creating the illusion that a series is smaller than it really is. The reverse of this is, of course, when earlier installments are retroactively renamed to better fit in with their descendants.

Adding multiple subtitles is likely to cause ColonCancer. When it is added in translations, it is called TheForeignSubtitle. May overlap with NumberedSequels, LetteredSequel and SequelGoesForeign. Combining ColonCancer and NumberedSequels or LetteredSequel can lead to CapcomSequelStagnation. Sometimes they don't even bother with adding subtitles or numbers and just re-use the same title with a non-remake; see RecycledTitle.

When a bizarre phrase ''is'' the title, see WordSaladTitle. For more literal subtitles, see InWhichATropeIsDescribed. For awe-inspiring subtitles, see MadLibFantasyTitle. For odd title changes in an ongoing series, see NewSeasonNewName. Supertrope to SequelTheOriginalTitle.

See also StockSubtitle.

[[WhatTheHeckIsAnAglet And just in case you're wondering]]: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_boogaloo Electric Boogaloo]].
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* [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo/VideoGames Examples from Video-games]]

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* The trope is named for the movie ''Breakin2ElectricBoogaloo''. The subtitle struck many as hilarious (incidentally, the "electric boogaloo" is an actual style of dance), and since then, "Electric Boogaloo" has been used as a spoof subtitle for a sequel to just about anything, especially a sequel perceived or expected to be of inferior quality, or sequels with unwieldy subtitles.
** The second MST3K fan convention was called "Conventio-Con Expo-Fest-A-Rama 2: Electric Bugaloo" [sic].
*** At least one episode of MST3K has used the "Electric Boogaloo" name as a riff, for instance, the second half of the short ''Film/{{Hired}}'' starts with Tom Servo going "Hired! 2: Electric Boogaloo!"
** Fans were deeply, deeply saddened when no amount of letter writing could convince Creator/MichaelBay to name his sequel ''Film/{{Transformers}} 2: Electric Boogaloo''.
** In an episode of the ''{{Clerks}}'' animated series, Randall described Dante's relationship as "Caitlin and Dante 2: Electric Boogaloo."
** In an episode of ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'', [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] was about to kill The Ugly One with "Arrowed 2: Electric Boogaloo" before realizing he had drawn her hot.
** Also referenced in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' of all things, when Chazz plays "Beatron 2: Electric [[{{Pun}} Bug]]aloo, uhhh, what I meant was Beetle Turbo".
** Naturally references in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' when Jean-Claude Magnum ends the list of movies he's starred in with "and ''Devil Ninja 2: '''Electric Boogaloo'''''."
** Used by Kevin Bishop on his Channel 4 sketch show, when spoofing unnecessary sequels: ''SchindlersList 2: Electric Boogaloo''
** One of the tutorials in [[HolyInvasionofPrivacyBadman Badman 2]] is titled "Demons 2: Electric Boogaloo".
** The English adaptation of the ''Pokémon'' manga ''TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'' that roughly follows the plot of the TV show's second volume was ''Electric Pikachu Boogaloo''.
** In an episode of ''Series/MrShow'', a director is described as "the best thing to come out of Hollywood since sliced bread, not to mention its sequel, Sliced Bread II: Electric Boogaloo."
** ''CloneHigh'''s second episode is titled "Episode Two: Election Blu-Galoo".
** Music/TheGreatLukeSki has a song about [[BaconAddiction bacon]], titled [[http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=42 “Bacon”]]. Devo Spice wrote a parody about KevinBacon, titled [[http://www.thefump.com/fump.php?id=1039 “Bacon 2: Electric Boogaloo”]].
** An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' parodies this with the title "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo". It was the second episode to feature time travel. It was also the second episode to feature Phineas and Ferb's giant roller coaster. For the record, the original title the creators wanted to go with was "Time Machine 2: Quantum Boogaloo".
** Parodied [[OverlyLongGag once again]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''; the [[InUniverse in-universe]] sequel to ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' has this subtitle.
** FiveIronFrenzy named one album ''Five Iron Frenzy 2: Electric Boogaloo'' after this trope. It was their ''fourth'' full-length studio album, and the only one to be self-titled. By contrast, their ''actual'' second album is called ''[[ArtifactTitle Our Newest Album Ever]]''.
** The Kingdom of Loathing parodies this by naming a skill for the Disco Bandit class "Disco Dance II: Electric Boogaloo"
** ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' references it. Belkar mentions the possibility for Thanh to become [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0524.html "Miko 2: Electric Bugaloo"]].
** Referenced in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'' of all places. If you finish all the movies in Pokéstar studios, you get access to your own dressing room containing some old scripts one of which is ''[[Literature/GulliversTravels Galvantula's Travels]] 2: Eelektrik Boogaloo''.
** [[Music/DoctorSteel Dr Steel's]] second album was, of course, "Dr Steel II: ''Eclectic'' Boogaloo". The album art, a parody of the poster art for ''Breakin2ElectricBoogaloo'', also [[http://www.toysoldiersunite.com/images/albums/album_drsteeliieclecticboogaloo.jpg has to be seen to be believed.]]
** Minus the Bear's first album, ''Highly Refined Pirates'', contains a song called "Get Me Naked 2: Electric Boogaloo" - the supposed sequel to the song "Hey Wanna Throw Up? Get Me Naked" which appeared on their first EP called ''This is What I Know About Being Gigantic''. Remaining true to the form of this trope, the "sequel" is not related to the original at all, and neither song has any correlation to its title.
** In an issue of the comic book miniseries '''Loners''', Ricochet points out that he's technically the second Ricochet, and refers to himself as "Ricochet 2: Electric Boogaloo."
** One of the considered titles for the sequel of ''Webcomic/EnsignSueMustDie'' was ''Ensign 2: Electric Sue-galoo''. While the final product was titled (probably more appropriate to the subject matter) ''Ensign Two: The Wrath of Sue'', the former was used as a [[http://kevinbolk.deviantart.com/art/Ensign-Two-The-Wrath-of-Sue-FINAL-PROMO-342818817 promotional image]]
** ''[[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Team Fortress 2]]'' had an update called "Robotic Boogaloo", consisting of mostly robotic-themed items.
** Referenced in ''TwitchPlaysPokemonRed''. Since the starter was released early on, during most of the run the Mob depended solely on a Pidgeot, who had grown powerful enough to gain the nickname "Bird Jesus". When they captured [[OlympusMons Zapdos]], who was similarly high level and also extremely powerful, one of the most popular nicknames for it was [[http://i0.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/704/913/c51.png Bird Jesus 2: Electric Boogaloo]]. (Hilariously enough, [[ShockAndAwe Zapdos is actually an Electric type]]).
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* The clearest example is ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', which begat a whole host of series and {{Alternate Universe}}s, many of which are distinguished by letters, years, or combinations of one or both: ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta (Z) Gundam]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket Gundam 0080]]'', ''GundamF91'', ''{{Gundam 0083}}'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory (V) Gundam]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing (W)]]'', ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'', ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' and its spinoffs, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]'', and ''GundamUnicorn''.
** ''Z'', ''ZZ'', ''Char's Counterattack'' and maybe ''Unicorn'' are in a direct line of sequels to the original series, if you ignore the huge leaps and new recast so are F91 and Victory. 0080 and 08th MS Teams are side-stories to the original series that take place at the same time, 0083 is considered a side-story but it is technically an interquel taking place between the original series and Zeta, giving a brief origin to the Titans at the end. G, X, Turn A and AGE are alternate universe series without any other media besides manga and compilation movies (only for the latter two). 00 gets a movie, Awakening of the Trailblazer whereas Wing got an OVA, the Endless Waltz that was compiled into a movie. SEED remains the only alternate universe to get a sequel television series, SEED Destiny.
*** It's worth noting that in many cases, the series are named for the latest variant of the eponymous Mobile Suit.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' was followed by ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', which in turn was followed by ''Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid'', making it the ''third'' series, not the second. (On the other hand, ''Fumoffu'' was more of a side story anthology than a true second chapter.)
** Following the manga reveals that the sidestories in "Fumoffu" should have taken place ''during'' the first season, interspersed with the more serious episodes, so it's not really a sequel at all.
* The second season of {{Freezing}} is called Freezing Vibration, which at this moment doesn't make sense.
* ''[[JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu Haré+Guu]]'' begat two {{OVA}} series, ''Haré+Guu DELUXE'' & ''Haré+Guu FINAL''.
* ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' gave us ''Saber Marionette J Again'' and ''Saber Marionette J To X''. The logical followup ''Saber Marionette X'' never made it to an AnimatedAdaptation, however. There was also a ''Saber Marionette R''.
** Some of the suffixes actually make sense. The "J" stands for Japoness, one of the six nations (yes, {{Wutai}}, a clone of Medieval Japan) and the main theater in the first series. The "Again" is just an OVA follow-up. The X stands for "Xian", another nation (representing China), which plays some role in J-X, and the "R" stands for Romana (representing Italy), the center of the R series.
*** ''J to X'' can also refer to [[spoiler: the X chromosome]] since this season deals a lot with the marionettes' desires to [[spoiler: become human girls.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' series 2, 3, 4 and 5 were named ''NEXT'', ''TRY,'' ''REVOLUTION'' and ''EVOLUTION-R'' respectively.
** [[TheMovie The movies]] are titled ''Slayers Perfect'', ''Slayers Return'', ''Slayers Great'', ''Slayers Gorgeous'', and ''Slayers Premium''.
** The OVA prequels are titled ''Slayers Excellent'' and ''Slayers Special''.
** The novels are titled ''Slayers Special'', ''Slayers Smash'', ''Slayers Delicious'', and ''Slayers VS Orphen''.
** Tha manga are named ''Slayers Medieval Mayhem'', ''Slayers Super-Explosive Demon Story'', ''Slayers Special'', ''Slayers Premium'', ''Slayers Knight of the Aqualord'', ''Slayers Revolution'', ''Slayers Evolution-R'' and ''Slayers Legend''.
** The radio dramas are named ''Slayers Extra'', ''Slayers N'extra'', ''Slayers Premium'', ''Slayers VS Orphen'', and ''The Return of Slayers Ex''.
** The video games were ''Slayers Royal'' for SegaSaturn, ''Slayers Royal 2'' for SegaSaturn and PlayStation, ''Slayers Wonderful'' for [=PlayStation=].
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' does this in both original and dub. The series has two sequels, an OVA and a sequel series; in the original Japanese version, the OVA's two parts are titled ''Weiss Kreuz: Verbrechen'' ("crime") and ''Weiss Kreuz: Strafe'' ("punishment"), and the sequel series is ''Weiss Kreuz: Gluhen'' ("glowing" - in German, "weiss gluhen" or "weissgluhend" means "white-hot"). The series was dubbed as ''Knight Hunters,'' and although the OVA has not been licensed, ''Gluhen'' has been released in English as ''Knight Hunters: Eternity''.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' spawned ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. It is worth mentioning that while ''GX'' takes place some time after the first series, it has [[SpinOff little]] in common with it aside from the card game and a few [[TheGhost mostly unseen]] cameos from a few characters from the first series (such as Yugi and his grandfather, and Seto Kaiba). On the manga side, there is also ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', a side story taking place between Battle City and Millennium World.
** To add confusion, the original name of the anime series known outside Japan as ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' was originally titled ''Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters'' in Japan, and was the semi-sequel to the unsuccessful anime ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', produced by an entirely different company and adapting the manga from the beginning up to the Pegasus arc. That series, which never made it to English-speaking shores, is referred to as "Season 0" by Western fans.
** And then they followed ''GX'' with ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
*** Which, in turn, was followed up by ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''.
* The second series of the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' TV Series was dubbed ''"Manga/AhMyGoddess: Sorezore no Tsubasa"'' ("Many Wings"); the English subtitle is ''Flights of Fancy''. The third OVA was subtitled ''Tatakau Tsubasa'', or "Fighting Wings", and was never released outside of Japan.
* The second series of ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' was ''"Manga/AiYoriAoshi: Enishi"'', ''enishi'' being the word for the [[RedStringOfFate bonds]] [[TrueCompanions between people]].
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' tacked on "Pure".
* The various ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack]]'' installments have suffixed names as well; ''none'' of them are exempt from this, because the first few (''tasogare no udewa densetsu, SIGN'' and the first games) ran at the same time, so there is no true "original".
* The ''Anime/MaiOtome'' OVA sequel was named ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'', the most obvious rationale for which is because "zwei" (German for two) starts with a Z, allowing the logo designers to superimpose it with the Z-like kanji (乙) in the original title. An oddly named ''prequel'' has also been announced, alternatively titled ''Mai-Otome 0'', ''S.ifl'', or ''S.ifr'' ("sifr" being Arabic for zero).
** In fact, ''Mai-Otome'' itself qualifies despite not strictly being a sequel, if the original Japanese titles for ''{{Mai-HiME}}'' and ''Mai-Otome'' are compared (舞-[=HiME=] and 舞-乙[=HiME=], respectively).
* Likewise for the manga versions of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' and ''Shin Tenchi Muyo'' (New Tenchi Muyo), released in English as "All-New" Tenchi Muyo. This is not to be confused with the ''anime'' versions, which are ''TenchiMuyoRyoOhki'', ''Tenchi Muyo TV'' (or ''TenchiUniverse'' in the US) and a completely-unrelated-to-the-manga ''Shin Tenchi Muyo'' (which is ''TenchiInTokyo'' in the US).
* The first season of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was technically a separate show from seasons two through seven which was called ''Ranma 1/2: Nettohen''.
* The ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' anime after the time skip has the new name ''Naruto Shippuden'' (roughly translated: Hurricane Chronicles), even though there was no break between the original series in Japan and this one (as opposed to the manga where it was just ''Naruto: Part 2''). Was mostly likely done to notify that the 85 {{filler}} episodes were over.
* The second half of the ''SorcererHunters'' anime was initially released by Creator/ADVFilms as "Spell Wars" and marketed as a separate sequel series; both halves were released as a single series on DVD.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' was renewed four times, and the following seasons were called ''Ojamajo Doremi # (Sharp)'', ''Mo~tto! Ojamajo Doremi'', ''Ojamajo Doremi Dokkan!'' and ''Ojamajo Doremi Naisho'', respectively.
* The ''Manga/MinamiKe'' anime was followed by a sequel series called ''Minami-ke: Okawari'' (literally meaning "Seconds") immediately after. A third season, ''Minami-ke: Okaeri'' ("Welcome Home"; it's what people in Japan say when someone else comes home) followed a year after that. Most recently, there was an OVA called ''Minami-ke: Betsubara'' ("second stomach", an idiom used for [[BigEater someone who can eat dessert even after a huge meal]]). The fourth season is called ''Minami-ke: Tadaima'' ("We're Home"; it's what Japanese people say when they themselves return home). Confused yet?
* The ''{{Appleseed}}'' movie was followed up by ''AppleseedExMachina''.
* ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' was later followed up by ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess Repure''.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew a la Mode'' where "a la mode" is supposedly used in the sense "with ice-cream" and refers to the signature color of the new team leader.
* The manga ''Gensoumaden Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' became ''Saiyuki Reload'' when it switched magazines; the anime also included this distinction, as the second anime series was produced quite some time after the first one ended, and the animation and artwork styles between the two are noticeably different. The anime then took this a step further, by producing the final season as ''Saiyuki Reload GUNLOCK.'' There's also the movie ''Saiyuki Requiem'', and the [=OAV=], ''Saiyuki Reload -burial-.''
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' was quickly followed by a second season, with the full title ''(Zoku:) Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei'', where ''Zoku'' is a dictionary term used to designate slang words and vulgarities, but is also a pun on the word for "continuation". Then there's the {{OVA}}, ''Goku: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei'', where ''Goku'' means "prison." And a third season, ''Zan'' this time.
** In a similar vein, ''Natsume Yuuijincho'' earned a second season with ''Zoku'' tacked on to the beginning of ''its'' name as well.
* ''MeineLiebe'' has a second season that goes by the name of ''wieder''
** "Meine Liebe wieder" just means "My love again" in (broken) German, so perhaps that's just a case of GratuitousGerman.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The anime is notable for the fact it gets a new subtitle every season starting with season 3 in the dub version. The original Japanese series has only changed its name, twice. ''Pocket Monsters'' added the subtitle ''Advanced Generation'' when it began the storyline based on the Pokémon games released for the GameBoyAdvance. The subtitle then changed to ''Diamond & Pearl'' when the storyline became based on said games, although it adapted elements of ''[[UpdatedRerelease Platinum]]'' and the DS remakes of the ''Gold'' and ''Silver'' games as well. The adaptation for ''Pokémon Black and White'' takes the cake, though, for being subtitled ''Best Wishes!''.
** The original ''Pocket Monsters'' was dubbed as ''Pokémon'' for two seasons, then was subtitled with ''The Johto Journeys'', ''Johto League Champions'' and finally ''Master Quest'', one season each.
** The seasons based on ''Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation'' was subtitled ''Advanced'', ''Advanced Challenge'', ''Advanced Battle'', and ''Battle Frontier''
** The seasons based on ''Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl'' is subtitled as ''Diamond and Pearl'', ''Diamond and Pearl Battle Dimension'', ''Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles'', and ''Diamond and Pearl Sinnoh League Victors''
** Currently, ''Pocket Monsters Best Wishes!'' is dubbed as ''Pokémon Black and White''.
** ''Pokémon Black and White: Rival Destinies'' (season 15) and ''Pokémon Black and White: Adventures In Unova and Beyond'' (season 16).
** The DVD releases have remedied the problem for the first two seasons: season 1 is now "Indigo League" and season 2 is now "Adventures on the Orange Islands."
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'''s second season is titled ''RosarioToVampire Capu2'', a play on the onomatopoeia "[[KissOfTheVampire kapuchuu~]]".
* The sequel seasons of ''{{Manga/ARIA}}'' are called ''The Natural'' and ''The Origination''.
* The second season of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'' had ''[=MaX=] Heart'' tacked onto the end of the title. Similarly, ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' continued with the rather punny ''[[OneTwoThreeFourGo Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo]]''.
** Similarly, the ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' series is like this. The original five-minute short was just called "Pretty Cure All Stars". When it became a movie franchise, it became "Pretty Cure All Stars DX". When they rebooted the franchise, it became "Pretty Cure All Stars New Stage".
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'', on the other hand, went with ''Shugo Chara Doki''. "Doki" is the Japanese word for a heartbeat sound.
** Also, ''Shugo Chara Party''
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' titled its follow-up seasons ''Knight of the Twin Moons'' and ''The Princess' Rondo''. "Rondo" being a musical movement that repeats a key idea three times.
* ''Anime/HellGirl'' has two follow-up seasons, each with a title incorporating its number.
** Season 2 is ''Hell Girl: Futakomori''. This means something like "The Two Prisoners", but there's no consensus on ''which'' two are intended. They could be Ai and Kikuri, who are both used by [[spoiler:the King of Hell]]; or they could be [[spoiler:Ai's parents, whose souls are held hostage to keep Ai working]]; or they could be "the hater and the hated", a duality that's emphasized in the intro. We don't know.
** Season 3 is ''Hell Girl: Mitsuganae'', which means "Cauldron of Three". Wanyuudou explains this one for us halfway through. "Hatred, suffering, and envy: like legs of a cauldron, they say these become a support for people's hearts." (Kikuri protests, "They don't say that!")
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has a bit of a history with this, due to RecycledTitle and FranchiseDrivenRetitling.
** The ''New Lupin III'' manga was released in English as ''Lupin III: World's Most Wanted'', and was then promptly cancelled halfway through its run.
** The second and third ''Anime/LupinIII'' TV series were released in Japan as ''[[Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket New Lupin III]]'' and ''[[Anime/LupinIIIPinkJacket Lupin III: Part III]]''. Since [[Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket the first series]] was never released anywhere outside the country (except for Italy), when most people are talking about "Lupin III", they mean the ''second'' series. The US DVD release acknowledges that it's not the first Lupin series, but none of the animation does. To clarify which series is which, TVTropes uses the FanNickname for the original three series, which identifies the colour of the sports jacket Lupin primarily wears. (Green, Red, and Pink)
* ''{{Shuffle}}'' and ''SHUFFLE! Memories'', though most fans [[FanonDiscontinuity discard]] ''Memories'' as a sequel because episodes 1-11 were merely thematic recaps of each character's relationship with Rin a la ''ToHeart2'', with episode 12 being the only episode having [[FanService original material]].
* The Japanese name of the second anime adaptation of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is ''Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Fullmetal Alchemist''. They used the English name for the first series as a subtitle for second one. Obviously this would make no sense in English, so it was christened ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]''.
** Which makes even less sense considering that [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]] OvertookTheManga and went off on its own tangent about 1/3rd of the way through, and yet carries the same name as the manga, whilst the sequel is based entirely from the manga storyline, but has a different name. Hmm...
* The second season of ''{{Himawari}}'' was differentiated from the first season with the addition of a second exclamation point.
** As was the second season of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''
** And now the second season of ''KOn'' applies too.
* ''{{Bakugan}}'' started out with the name ''Bakugan Battle Brawlers'' for two seasons, then followed it up with a third season called ''Bakugan: New Vestroia'', then a fourth season called ''Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders'' and a fifth called ''Bakugan: Mechtanium Surge''.
* In Japan, the 1985 ''VampireHunterD'' film was known as ''Kyuuketsuki Hunter D''. When they released a second film 15 years later, they simply titled it ''Vampire Hunter D'' in Japan. To avoid confusion, the second film was retitled ''Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust'' for its English release.
** In Japan, the 2nd film is referred to as ''Vampire Hunter D: TheMovie'', as it was released theatrically. The first Vampire Hunter D was an {{OVA}}.
* The ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' sequels are named in this order: ''Z, A, AA, S, X.'' Just try making sense of that. Not that the order you watch them in [[NegativeContinuity matters the slightest]].
* After the TV series ended, ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has four OVA sequels: ''11'' (pronounced "Double One" instead of "Eleven") ''Zero'', ''Saga'' and ''Sin''. For example, ''11'' refers to [[MidSeasonUpgrade Asurada's upgrade]] to the even more powerful Super Asurada AKF-11 and the title for 2 consecutive championship wins, and ''Zero'' refers to the SuperMode.
* ''Film/RebuildOfEvangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone'' and ''Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance''.
** And in 2012, ''Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo''. The aptly-named finale, ''Evangelion: Final'', is set to be released in 2015.
** At the end of the DVDCommentary for ''TheEndOfEvangelion'', Taliesin Jaffe and Jason C. Lee joke about the (un)likelihood of ''Eva 2: Electric Boogaloo'', which now that the ''Rebuild'' films and in particular the increasingly popular "sequel theory" exist is particularly HilariousInHindsight.
* Although not another season, TsubasaChronicle had two sets of [=OAVs=] released. The first was titled Tsubasa TOKYO REVELATIONS, and the second was Tsubasa Shunraiki. Other than to differentiate them from the original animated series another production company had been given the rights to Tsubasa after Creator/{{CLAMP}} was displeased with BeeTrain's work on the television series.
* ''SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' was followed by ''MacrossII''. That was logical enough, but since [[CanonDiscontinuity the series' creators were not consulted with Macross II]], to avoid accepting its existence the "official" sequels have followed this trope ever since: ''MacrossPlus'', ''{{Macross 7}}'', ''MacrossZero'', ''MacrossFrontier''. Yes, that's in order.
** ''MacrossFrontier'' is also something of an in universe example. The ''New Macross Class'' long range colony fleets are numbered at least up to eleven (this is where {{Macross 7}} gets its title) but at some point after that they start naming them, hence the twenty-fifth fleet is the titular MacrossFrontier Colony Fleet, rather than the Macross 25.
* The ''{{Gatekeepers}}'' sequel series is named ''Anime/{{Gatekeepers 21}}''. The story occurs in the 21st century as opposed to the main story, which occurred during 1969.
* The second season of ''HidamariSketch'' is ''HidamariSketch x365'' (pronounced "san-roku-go" or "three-six-five". The third season is "HidamariSketch [[LuckyCharmsTitle x***]]" (pronounced "hoshimittsu" or "three stars").
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'''s story is split into several parts, with each one given a very Electric Boogaloo-ish title. Starting from the beginning we have: Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency, Stardust Crusaders, Diamond is Unbreakable, Vento Aureo, Stone Ocean, Steel Ball Run, and Jojolion.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': Seasons 2 through 5 are titled ''Sailor Moon R'' (nobody can agree what this stands for the popular choices are either 'Romance' or 'Returns'), ''Sailor Moon S'' (Super), ''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]'' (i.e. nultiple supers), and ''Sailor Moon Sailor Stars''. Also it's not official but many fans call the original series ''Sailor Moon Classic''.
** The new anime series coming in 2014 has been named ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal.'' We can only speculate happily on what, if any, sequels will be named after that [[StealthPun gem]].
* VampireKnight, and its second season, Vampire Knight Guilty. This one probably happened because Japanese people [[GratuitousEnglish really like the word "guilty"]] (''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''...).
* The second season of YuruYuri is named [[LuckyCharmsTitle YuruYuri]]♪♪ (Apparently pronounced ''Fuwa Fuwa Yuru Yuri'').
* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'''s second season is called ''CLANNAD ~After Story~'' [[LuckyCharmsTitle (tildes mandatory)]].
** Similarly, ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'''s second season is named 'Little Busters ~ Refrain'. Which makes even less sense as nothing in the anime has anything to do with music or any other definition of refrain. [[spoiler:There is, however, a symbolic meaning in that a refrain is a verse that repeats through a song, and Refrain is when it's made clear that the characters have been caught in a repeating time loop.]]
* The second season of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' is called ''Haiyore! Nyarko-San W'' in yet another of the series' many tokusatsu references (this time to [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Kamen Rider W]]). The precursor flash series also used this trope, with ''Haiyoru! Nyarani'' followed by ''Haiyoru! Nyarani Remember my Love(craft-sensei)''.
* The second season of ''Manga/{{Working}}'' is called ''WORKING'!!''[[note]]Which would be pronounced "WORKING DASH!!"[[/note]]
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* ''MagicTheGathering'' publishes "Core Sets," collections which provide a foundation of basic cards for players to build off of. These Core Sets were called "Limited," "Unlimited" (which [[NonIndicativeName went out of print relatively quickly]]), "Revised," then switched to numbers (4th Edition - 10th Edition), and ''then'' switched to model years ('10, '11, etc). Just to add to the confusion, there is both a 10th edition and a Magic 2010 (though at least one uses the Roman numeral X as its symbol, the other a stylized "M10" icon).
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* ''The Eyeball Kid'' miniseries by Eddie Campbell was later subsumed into its spin-off, ''Bacchus''.
* The miniseries ''Kev'' was followed by ''More Kev'', ''The Magnificent Kevin'' and, finally, ''A Man Named Kev''.
* ''TheDarkKnightReturns'' was followed up years later with ''The Dark Knight Strikes [[strike:Back]] Again''.
* The earliest ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' albums went: ''Tintin in the Land of the Soviets'', ''Tintin in the Congo'', ''Tintin in America'' and... ''Cigars of the Pharaoh''. From that point on, though, the "Tintin in Geographic Location" formula was discarded for many years until ''Tintin in Tibet''.
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* The sequel to the {{Pokemon}} fan fic ''LatiasJourney'' is called ''FanFic/BraveNewWorld''.
* In addition to a reference to the TropeNamer above, ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has another InUniverse example: "Tornado Sharks 2: I Think Things Just Got A Little More Windy".
* The sequel to ''TheIntercontinentalUnionOfDisgustingCharacters'' is titled ''The Sick Kids.'' And the sequel to that is called ''The Intercontinental Proliferation of Disgusting Characters.''
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Any Anime/{{Pokemon}} movie! Except the 3rd and 4th.
* The sequel to ''AGoofyMovie'' was called ''An Extremely Goofy Movie''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' sequels did this. ''An American Tail: Fievel Goes West'' wasn't such a bad title, the later direct-to-video titles became just a ''little'' too long; ''An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island'' and ''An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The ''{{Rambo}}'' series: ''First Blood'', ''Rambo: First Blood Part II'', ''Rambo III'', and ''Rambo''. Yes, ''in that order''. In Brazil, the second film is called ''Rambo II - A Missăo''. Since then, "A Missăo" ("The Mission") has become the Brazilian equivalent of "Electric Boogaloo."
* The first five ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' sequels are numbered. The sixth is simply titled ''Rocky Balboa''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' film series goes: ''Film/{{Alien}}'', ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', ''[[Film/{{Alien 3}} Alienł]]'' [[note]]Yes, "Alien to the third power", NOT "Alien 3"[[/note]], and ''Film/AlienResurrection''. The SpinOff is called ''Film/{{Prometheus}}''.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'', ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'', ''Film/{{Predators}}''.
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' was followed by rather plain ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''. The fourth drops the numbers entirely (''Film/TerminatorSalvation'').
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has gone through several title formats as the source material changed:
** The movies based on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]'' started with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' and were thereafter numbered with clear and consistent Roman numerals: ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' and ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''.
** Subsequent movies based on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' were not numbered: ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' and ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.
** The 2009 film is just called ''Film/StarTrek'' with no qualifier or subtitle, because it takes place in a different continuity. Its sequel is called ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', with no colon (meaning it's pronounced Star '''Trek Into Darkness''' -- that's an awkward title on its own right).
** On the early theatrical prints, the second movie's opening title said simply "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan", presumably to help people forget the first film. The "II" was added later in the theatrical run (though the film was promoted as "Star Trek II" from fairly early on).
** Curiously, for several years the only print of the fourth movie doing the rounds in the UK had the title card ''The Voyage Home: Star Trek IV'', although no-one actually called it that.
** The ''Next Gen'' films don't continue the numbering to differentiate between their films and the original cast (and also, one suspects, because the numbering was getting a bit high). However, DVD releases from around the time the 2009 movie came out inserted the numerals VII through X into the titles.
* This has been taken to the point of absurdity with ''TheFastAndTheFurious'' film franchise, in which no two movies use the same numbering system. The series goes ''The Fast And The Furious'', ''2 Fast 2 Furious'', ''The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift'', ''Fast & Furious'', ''Fast Five'' (known as ''Fast & Furious 5'' in the UK). Just to confuse things further, every film after the third film are {{Midquel}}s fitting between the second and third films, and the main characters are inconsistent across the series as well. The sixth movie is ''Fast and Furious 6'' with the upcoming seventh movie being ''Fast and Furious 7'', so the naming ''might'' be getting saner.
* Another VinDiesel series, ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', has somewhat different issues. It all started with the 2000 film ''Film/PitchBlack''. This was followed by a sequel called ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' in 2004 and an accompanying video game and animated special subtitled ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'' and ''WesternAnimation/DarkFury'', respectively. A second video game subtitled ''VideoGame/AssaultOnDarkAthena'' was released in 2009. All other entries aside from the second film at least style themselves as "The Chronicles of Riddick: Title of Entry", even ''Pitch Black'' retroactively. This is set to be followed by a third theatrical film in 2013 simply called ''Film/{{Riddick}}''. Word is still out on how this will play out, since it has also been called ''The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking'' by the creators.
* In order, ''Film/DieHard'', ''Film/DieHard2'' (with the tagline/unofficial subtitle ''Die Harder''), ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' -- which has been released outside the US as ''Die Hard 4.0'' and ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard''. Can ''Die Hard [[Franchise/JamesBond Another Day]]'' or ''[[Music/{{Wings}} Live and Let]] Die Hard'' be far behind?
** ''Pičge de cristal''[[note]]Crystal Trap[[/note]], ''58 minutes pour vivre''[[note]]58 Minutes (in order) To Live[[/note]], and ''Une journée en enfer''[[note]]A Day In Hell[[/note]] -- and going the ColonCancer way with ''[[GratuitousEnglish Die Hard]] 4: Retour en enfer''[[note]]Return to Hell[[/note]].
** The Spanish version was specially stupid; the first film was called "La Jungla de Cristal" (The Glass Jungle). Of course, the second one is "La Jungla de Cristal 2", and the third one "La Jungla de Cristal 3"... even if the original name was derived from it taking place in a skyscraper. The fourth film bettered it by removing the "glass" part of it and was called "La Jungla 4.0", and the second and third films' names were retranslated as simply "La Jungla 2" and "La Jungla 3" (with the relevant sub-titles) in DVD releases.
* The ''AmericanPie'' films: ''American Pie'', ''American Pie 2'' ... then ''American Wedding''.
** Although the international release was called ''American Pie: The Wedding''.
** The subsequent direct-to-DVD films then went back to the original ''Pie'' name but replaced the numbers with subtitles (''American Pie Presents: Band Camp'', ''American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile'' and ''American Pie Presents: Beta House'').
** And now going back to the original cast with ''American Reunion''. (Which was retitled ''American Pie: Reunion'' in the international release.)
* The first 5 ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' films were ordered numerically [[StoppedNumberingSequels until]] 1995's ''[[Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers]]''. The following film was then titled ''[[Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later]]'', killing two birds with one stone by commemorating the franchise's 20th anniversary while also making you think of the molecular composition of water.
** An alternative tagline to ''H20'' even makes a humorous allusion to it: '''''"Blood is thicker than water"'''''.
* ''DominionPrequelToTheExorcist'', probably the only movie in history to have a declarative statement in the title informing you that it's a sequel/prequel to another film.
** The sequels themselves fit: ''Film/TheExorcist'' was followed by ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' and ''Film/TheExorcistIII'', then got prequels in both ''Exorcist: The Beginning'' (done by Renny Harlin after Paul Schrader's film was relegated to TheShelfOfMovieLanguishment) and ''Dominion'' (Schrader's film).
* The ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' films: ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'', ''Film/X2XMenUnited,'' and ''Film/XMenTheLastStand.'' The second film goes by a few different titles, perhaps because "X-Men United" sounds like a soccer team to viewers outside the U.S.
** Then there's the prequels and spinoffs: ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' (2009), a prequel, was intended to start a spinoff "X-Men Origins" franchise [[StillbornFranchise which never materialised]]; ''Film/TheWolverine'' (2013) was a mostly stand-alone story set after the original trilogy. However, the sequential films ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (2011), ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' (2014)[[note]]which also partially follows on from the original trilogy and ''The Wolverine''[[/note]] and the upcoming ''X-Men: Apocalypse'' (2016) all have a consistent title-subtitle format.
* After two numbered sequels, the fourth ''Film/FinalDestination'' movie - in somewhat of a similar vein to what happened to ''The Fast And The Furious'' series is called '''''The''' Final Destination''. And yes, it's not a {{Remake}}/[[ContinuityReboot Reboot]] either. The following film, ''Final Destination 5'', went back to numbering.
** To further confuse things Final Destination 5 (originally titled F5nal destination) was [[spoiler: a prequel, ending with the crash of flight 180 in the first film, you even get to see the main characters of the first film as they leave the plane.]]
* The original ''PinkPanther'' films never used numbers. The first three films all had completely separate titles (''The Pink Panther'', ''A Shot in the Dark'' and ''Inspector Clouseau''). Then the fourth film (''Return of the Pink Panther'') reintroduced the Pink Panther diamond, and after that all the sequels worked the phrase "Pink Panther" into their titles even when the actual Pink Panther diamond didn't figure in their plots. Then the ContinuityReboot with Steve Martin started numbering its sequels, with no subtitle. Keeping all nine films in order can be tricky.
* Oh dear, the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series. ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening, Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer, Film/HighlanderEndgame'' and ''Film/HighlanderTheSource''...
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'': ''Film/TheMummy1999'' was followed by ''Film/TheMummyReturns'' and then ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor''.
** ''The Mummy Returns'' spawned a prequel: ''Film/TheScorpionKing'', which in turn spawned a prequel of its own (and soon yet another [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1781896/ sequel]]).
* The full title of the first ''Film/TheNakedGun'' movie is ''The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!'', to identify it as a TV-movie spin-off. The sequels were numbered "2˝: The Smell of Fear" and "33⅓: The Final Insult," spoofing both this and NumberedSequels (which led to ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' jokingly wondering how the second film incorporates half the plot from the third, and where the other 31 ''Naked Gun'' movies can be found).
** Subsequent to the release of ''Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult'', long before speculation of a continuation gave way to the concept of the inevitable reboot, the unmade fourth installment was tentatively titled "Naked Gun 5."
** Also bandied about - "Naked Gun 4 Score: And 3 Sequels Ago". Now sadly impossible due to LeslieNielsen's death.
* ''Film/HotShots'' was followed by ''Hot Shots, [[GratuitousFrench Part Deux]]''. Note that the announcer in the trailers specifically pronounced that "Deux" the way many English speakers trying to speak French would: "Duh".
* ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'' followed by ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead'' as separate branches, followed respectively by ''Film/DayOfTheDead'' and ''Return of the Living Dead, Part 2,'' and so forth.
** And then there are the Italian {{Dolled Up Installment}}s, ''{{Zombi 2}}''/''Zombie Flesh Eaters'' and sequels.
** George A. Romero at least started to follow a form. Night. Dawn. Day. Then he came with... ''Film/LandOfTheDead''? Then ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''. And ''Film/SurvivalOfTheDead''.
* Upon its release in 1977, ''Franchise/StarWars'' was called simply that. Its first sequel was titled ''Episode '''V''': Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and a re-release (in 1981) of the original retroactively added the subtitle ''Episode IV: Film/ANewHope''. This was all decades before Lucas got around to making the {{Prequel}} Trilogy. (Note that none of these movies were referred to by episode number anywhere but the opening crawl until the prequels came out.)This was due to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, because the series was supposed to be called "The Adventures of Luke Skywalker" for a while, as the complete title of the first movie's novelization was ''Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker.''
** This always leads into TitleConfusion when trying to mention one of the movies not by subtitle or number. For example, the "first ''Literature/StarWars'' movie" is either Episode I or Episode IV.
* HammerHorror is the patron saint of this trope. Their ''Film/HorrorOfDracula'' begat ''Film/TheBridesOfDracula'', followed up with ''Film/DraculaPrinceOfDarkness'', which brought ''Film/DraculaHasRisenFromTheGrave'', and so on.
** These, of course, were following in the footsteps of the older UniversalHorror (''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'', ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein'').
* When Christopher Nolan gave the Batman films a ContinuityReboot with ''Film/BatmanBegins'', the film's title appeared to be following the format set by the earlier Burton/Schumacher series (''Film/{{Batman}}'', ''Film/BatmanReturns'', ''Film/BatmanForever'' and ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''[[note]]with the cancelled fifth installment ''Batman Triumphant''[[/note]]). Then the sequel to ''Film/BatmanBegins'' was titled ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Followed by ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' films were simply numbered up until the fourth installment, ''[[Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace Superman IV: The Quest For Peace]]''. A partial reboot of the series and quasi-sequel to ''Film/SupermanII'' was ''Film/SupermanReturns'', which was followed by the full-fledged reboot, ''Film/ManOfSteel'', because Franchise/{{Batman}} [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga proved]] you don't need the superhero's name in the title anymore.
* The sequel to ''Film/StepUp'' was ''Step Up 2 The Streets.'' This could also be considered a NumberedSequel.
* The sequel to ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' was the aptly titled ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel''.
* Another movie that inexplicably felt the need for such a subtitle would be ''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne''.
* The "Thin Man" referred to in the title of the Creator/DashiellHammett novel and William Powell-Myrna Loy screwball comedy-mystery film ''Film/TheThinMan'' was actually a missing person that Nick Charles was retained to find, [[spoiler:and turns out to be the victim of the murder Nick and Nora wind up solving]]. For some reason, audiences started associating "the Thin Man" with Nick Charles (note that Nick isn't thin at all in the book, while William Powell was quite thin indeed), and the ''Thin Man'' sequels pretty much gave in to this and became references to the erroneous "Nick Charles" = "Thin Man" equation. This is most obvious in the fifth movie in the series, ''The Thin Man Goes Home'', in which Nick Charles returned to his boyhood home to visit his parents (and, of course, managed during that visit [[AmateurSleuth to get involved in a murder case]]).
* Apparently, deciding to make a sequel to ''Film/{{Cube}}'' wasn't silly enough. They had to call the sequel ''Film/Cube2Hypercube''. The third movie was called ''Film/CubeZero''.
* This happened to Creator/JackieChan films in the USA a ''lot'', because they were originally released only on home video here, where they were underground cult favorites, but not part of mainstream culture. Then his film ''RumbleInTheBronx'' was released theatrically and became a hit, so many of his earlier films got re-released on video or finally given a theatrical release. However, several of his films were part of long-running series, the earlier films typically had cheap sets and special effects, were shot on poor-quality film stock, and/or were not originally written with worldwide release in mind, and so the studios and distributors didn't think [[EagleLand American]] audiences would [[ViewersAreMorons understand the Chinese cultural concepts]]. So the later films in those series, which had better production values and more [[LowestCommonDenominator universal appeal]], got theatrical releases under new titles, with the earlier films re-released on home video... retitled as if they were follow-on sequels to the later films that got theatrically-released first here in the states.
** ''Armor of God 2: Operation Condor'' was released theatrically in the US first, so it was re-titled ''Operation Condor''. When that did well, the earlier film in the series was retitled from ''Armor of God'' to ''Operation Condor 2: The Armor of the Gods''.
** ''Police Story 3: Supercop'' was similarly released theatrically as simply ''Supercop'', leading to the several other films in the series being re-titled "Supercop 2" through ''Supercop 5'' for home video releases.
** ''Drunken Master 2'' was retitled ''Legend of the Drunken Master'' when released in the US. You could be forgiven for thinking there wasn't a ''Drunken Master 1'', given that nobody these days really associates Jackie Chan with his earliest fare.
* ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks: The [[{{Pun}} Squeakquel]]''.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' series has a fairly consistent ''Godzilla vs. Whatever'' or ''Whatever vs. Godzilla'' formula, but strange titles pop up from time to time. In Japan, there are two films called ''Godzilla'', one of which is [[Film/{{Gojira}} the original]] and the other of which is [[Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla its direct sequel]] that erases the movies that came in between. Also, some of the later movies replaced the "vs." in the titles with an "X" for no apparent reason.
** Before they settled on the "Vs." format, though, the filmmakers got somewhat...creative...with the titles. The fifth film, ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster'' dropped Godzilla from the title entirely, and the international titles for 3 of the next 4 films didn't reference Godzilla at all (''Film/SonOfGodzilla'', the 8th film, being the exception).
* Surprisingly averted for almost the entire run of the ''{{Saw}}'' series, which were simply consistently numbered with successive roman numerals and no subtitles. The filmmakers explicitly noted that they were not going with sequel names like ''Saw 2: Hacksaw'' or ''[[Letters2Numbers S4w]]'' to avoid this. This lasted until the seventh film, which instead of being ''Saw VII'' is ''Saw 3D''. The DVD release has renamed it ''Saw: The Final Chapter''.
* Creator/MichaelBay said ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' wouldn't have {{Numbered Sequel}}s. It was followed by ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'' ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', and ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''. It's at least consistent so far, but this does create the obvious problem of not being able to know the correct order without any prior knowledge or research.
* ''Film/MissionImpossible'' had two numbered sequels. The fourth drops them: ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol''.
* The sequel to ''Film/Piranha3D'' is titled ''Piranha3DD''.
* ''AVeryBradySequel''
* ''Almost'' played straight with ''Film/{{Tron}}'''s sequel, ''Film/TronLegacy'', which was originally going to be called [=TR2N=]. How it was supposed to be pronounced is anyone's guess.
* Gradually happened with ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}''. There's ''Leprechaun'', followed by ''Leprechaun 2'' and ''Leprechaun 3'', then introducing subtitles with ''Leprechaun 4: In Space'', followed by dropping the number for ''Leprechaun: In The Hood'' and ending with ''Leprechaun: Back 2 Da Hood'' by mimicking ''[[TheFastAndTheFurious 2 Fast 2 Furious]]'''s ridiculous title.
* ''Camp Blood, Camp Blood 2'' and... ''Within the Woods''.
* Parodied in an early opening of ''Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', in which DaffyDuck attempts to rename the film "''[[LongTitle The Return of Super-Daffy Meets Gremlins 2 Part 6: The Movie]]''".
* ''HomeAlone'' got a SettingUpdate sequel (''Home Alone 2: Lost In [[BigApplesauce New York]]''). Then came a sequel with [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute another character]], ''Home Alone 3''. Then one that's ''supposedly'' with the same character from the original, ''Home Alone 4''.
* ''Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness'' was followed ''Wicked Games, Screaming for Sanity: Truth or Dare 3'' and ''Deadly Dares: Truth or Dare Part IV''.
* The fifth ''ParanormalActivity'' movie, the "Latino SpinOff" set in Oxnard, California is called ''Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones''. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]] it was to be titled ''The Oxnard Tapes'', with no mention of the ''Paranormal Activity'' name. The next film, ''Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension'' will be released in March 2015.
* There's very little consistency in the sequel naming used by ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' franchise. The first sequel was just a {{Numbered Sequel|s}}, but the next movie went the ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' direction by calling itself ''Film/LeatherfaceTheTexasChainsawMassacreIII''. Part 4 then switched the numbers for subtitles. The [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 remake series]] has too few entries to really say it's inconsistent, but 2013 saw the release of ''Film/TexasChainsaw3D'', which also [[CanonDiscontinuity ignores every film after the original]].
* The [[EvilDead Evil Dead]] spawned two sequels, ''Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn'' and ''Army of Darkness.'' The Remake is simply titled ''Evil Dead.''
* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' followed by...''[[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo]]: A Power Rangers Movie''.
* The Literature/LeftBehind film series of 2000-2005 had ''Left Behind: The Movie'', ''Left Behind II: Tribulation Force'',...and ''Left Behind: World At War'', justified in that case since ''World At War'' was simply the MovieMultipack second half of ''Left Behind II'', both of which covered the second book.
* ''The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia''. Maybe the ghosts took a road trip...?
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* While some teams returning to ''Series/RobotWars'' give their robot a [[NumberedSequels numbered sequel]] name (Chaos 2, for example, which was [[AdaptationDistillation much more successful]] than Chaos) others use an OddlyNamedSequel name (for instance [[Series/RedDwarf Scutter's Revenge]] being followed by Spawn of Scutter, which in turn was followed by Spawn Again).
* Each season of ''Series/BabylonFive'' has its own subtitle: 'Signs and Portents', 'The Coming of Shadows', 'Point of No Return', 'No Surrender, No Retreat' and 'The Wheel of Fire'. However, this subtitle does not appear in the credits and was strictly informal until the DVD releases, when the subtitle was included on the front cover packaging.
** The season titles were also the titles of the most significant episodes in that season, which did appear on screen. (Thus Season I was named ''Signs and Portents'' after the episode that introduced Morden and really kicked off the MythArc, and so on.)
* ''AshesToAshes'' is a sequel series to ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' set in London, eight years later. Both are DavidBowie song titles. The ironic thing is that the song "Ashes to Ashes" is a sequel to the song "Space Oddity," which is not the name of a TV show. Yet.
* The British musical comedy/drama series ''Series/{{Blackpool}}'' had a two-part sequel, ''Viva Blackpool''. The original ''Blackpool'' series was called ''Viva Blackpool'' for US distribution.
* ''Grace and Favour'', the short-lived sequel series to ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'', was marketed in the U.S. as ''Are You Being Served? Again!'' Some believe that this is due to ViewersAreMorons, but others argue that if it were more clearly identified as a sequel to ''Are You Being Served?'', it might not have been short-lived.
** Well, it would still have been as short-lived, but you may be right in the sense that it may have been more popular. Billy Burden (Mr. Moulterd) died just after the series ended.
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'' was followed by ''[=AfterM=]*A*S*H''.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was followed by ''Series/PowerRangersZeo''. "Zeo" was the name of the crystal that gave the heroes their new powers.
** In Japan, ''Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger'' was followed by ''Series/JAKQDengekitai'' and ''Series/BattleFeverJ'' before every Franchise/SuperSentai season followed the same "[[AdjectiveNounFred [Adjective] Sentai [Name]]]" template (with only [[Series/ChoudenshiBioman two]] [[Series/ChoushinseiFlashman exceptions]]).
* Parodied by the Portuguese comedy show ''Paraíso Filmes'', about a Toilet shop/Movie studio (no that's not a typo) where the plot of every episode revolves around shooting a Z grade movie. In one episode they shoot their newest production, a ninja movie entitled "The Return of the Vengeance of the Red Dragon 6"
* ''Series/TheMole 2: The Next Betrayal''
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaBloodAndChrome''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/TerryPratchett's second book, ''The Light Fantastic'', was originally subtitled "The Sequel to ''The Colour of Magic''" in its UK print. As Pratchett became more prolific, it was changed to "A Sequel to ''The Colour of Magic''" and, later, "A Literature/{{Discworld}} Novel."
** For a while, they were all subtitled as "The nth Literature/{{Discworld}} Novel" until the numbers [[LongRunner got ridiculous]] and "A Literature/{{Discworld}} Novel" was born.
* Similar to the Discworld example, the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' books were labelled "Book n of the Dresden Files" for about the first six books. Since ''Dead Beat'', the seventh installment, they've been "A novel of the Dresden Files".
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' has a sequel named ''Literature/AnansiBoys''. Narrator in ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' has a fun with this trope at one point.
-->'''Narrator:''' Nothing was happening. Still nothing was happening. Another Nothing. The Return Of Nothing. Son Of Nothing. Nothing Strikes Back. Nothing, AbbottAndCostello Meets The Werewolf.
* The {{Thursday Next}} series contains 7 books to date, with no discernible naming convention. The fifth one is called "First among Sequels"
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[[folder:Music]]
* The first three [=LPs=] released by LedZeppelin were called simply ''Led Zeppelin'', ''Led Zeppelin II'' and ''Led Zeppelin III''. Their fourth album, which has NoTitle aside from a sequence of unpronounceable symbols, is informally referred to as ''Led Zeppelin IV'' in keeping with this pattern.
** The fourth album is also sometimes called "Zoso" due to the fourth unpronounceable symbol looking vaguely like that word.
* Early in their career, FranzFerdinand had intended to title all their albums simply ''Franz Ferdinand'', and differentiate them only by their cover art. Their producer talked them out of the idea.
** Their second album, ''You Could Have It So Much Better'', was originally going to be called ''You Could Have It So Much Better...with Franz Ferdinand,'' which is [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a much better title]]. Specially as the third had the band in its title (''Tonight: Franz Ferdinand'').
** Similarly, {{Weezer}} currently has three (out of six) self-titled albums. They're identified by the colors of the cover: blue, green, and red.
** That's most likely a reference to [[Music/TheBeatles The White Album]].
* Music/PeterGabriel's first four solo albums were all named ''Peter Gabriel''. To avoid insanity, they've since been given nicknames based on their covers: ''Car'', ''Scratch'', ''Melt'', and ''Security''.
** Gabriel said he wanted each cover to look like the next issue of a magazine (thus the identical [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typeface]]/layout on those four [=LPs=]). His American label regarded this as a marketing nightmare. As a minor concession, Gabriel agreed to allow a sticker reading "Security" to appear on the shrinkwrap of the fourth: a disposable title. The label then unilaterally decided to put the "title" on the spine, the record's label, etc. (Some reissues have conformed with the artist's original intentions.) BTW how would the title "''Security''" correspond to the cover art (a video capture of...[[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible something]])?
* Music/FleetwoodMac released ''two'' self-titled albums - one during the years when Peter Green was the frontman, and another during their decidedly more successful Buckingham-Nicks years.
* The Soviettes subvert the usual practice of bands naming their albums with actual titles, and made LP I, LP II and LP III.
** Portending at least a six-album career, these Minnesotans strove to create a "rainbow" of album art. LP I sported a red scheme, LP II featured orange, and LP III was yellow. Theoretically, [=LPs=] IV-VI would have been green-, blue- and violet-themed (indigo having been stricken from the spectrum long ago). This was confirmed both in an interview and in the fact that the band's post-career online-only release, ''Rarities'', had the green color scheme LP IV ''would'' have had.
* Music/{{Seal}}'s first two albums were self-titled.
** His third self-titled album (but fourth album) is called ''Seal IV''.
* The supergroup Traveling Wilburys first album was called simply ''Volume One''; their second and final album was named, of course, ''Volume Three''.
** ''Volume One'' was given this name for deliberately ironic reasons; i.e., the unlikelihood of there ever being a ''Volume Two''. Of course, when a new album was in the works, that would have ruined the joke, so they had to give it an equally ironic title.
** In the late Nineties, George Harrison said that if there was ever another Wilburys album, it would be called "Volume Five."
** Spoiling the joke somewhat, a Russian label put out Tom Petty's "Full Moon Fever" as "The Traveling Wilburys, Volume Two." This actually works - the album was released between Volumes One and Three, and has Harrison, Orbison and Lynne making appearances.
** ''[[ZooeyDeschanel She & Him]]'' titled their first album ''Volume One'' in tribute to Traveling Wilburys. However, in their distinctly non-ironic style, they decided to call the next album ''Volume Two''.
* TheyMightBeGiants' self-titled debut album has been nicknamed "The Pink Album" because of its cover art. And as a Beatles reference.
** And to differentiate it from the band's widely-known 1985 demo, which was also titled "They Might Be Giants."
* Music/CoheedAndCambria's entire discography thus far is full of this. In order: ''The Second Stage Turbine Blade'', ''In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3'', ''Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness'', ''Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World for Tomorrow'', and ''Year of the Black Rainbow''. There is an explanation for all this: Their whole discography is basically one long ConceptAlbum broken up into parts, and they started with "two" because they intended from the beginning to eventually make a prequel album. ''Year of the Black Rainbow'' is that prequel album, and while it broke with the chronological album titles altogether, the first track is titled "One".
* Music/{{Chicago}} has subverted this numerous times, making album titles with nothing but roman numerals. They're up to XXXII; that includes the greatest hits but DOESN'T include a few non-numbered releases like "Live in Japan" so they really have closer to 40 releases over the years.
* Music/KillswitchEngage's second self-titled release was known among fans as ''Killswitch Engage II'' even while the title was just rumored.
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s 1996 album ''Load'' was followed the next year with ''[=ReLoad=]''.
* The Music/BeastieBoys latest album is called "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2". There is no "Part One", though there was supposed to be. Supposedly the boys were busy making "Part One" when MCA was diagnosed with cancer, thus the album was delayed. Part 2 was released because the boys said they were going to release it on a certain date, so it kind of makes "Part One" a case of "The Missing Floppies".
* Also boasting two self-titled albums is the band Rancid. The first was released in 1993, the second in 2000.
* {{Periphery}} followed up their self-titled debut album with ''Periphery II: This Time It's Personal''.
* ''Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses'' by Music/{{SlipKnot}} is actually the band's fourth. ''[[SelfTitledAlbum SlipKnot]]'' is their second. Their first was a limited, self-issued album called ''Mate, Feed, Kill, Repeat'', released in 1996.
* Music/{{The Cure}}'s list of albums are not numbered (though Robert Smith tried to claim at least three were a trilogy). However, it took over twenty years and twelve albums for them to finally have an album called....The Cure. It was not quite fittingly their last one, only second to last, as of 2013; the last (as of now) is 4:13 Dream.
* {{Korn}}'s 2010 album release was named "Korn III: Remember Who You Are" despite being the band's 9th album. The reason for this name was because the band wanted to return to their mid 90s NuMetal roots (and retroactively saying that their second album, "Life is Peachy," is now considered "Korn II") after going through years of experimentation that caused some older fans to drop off (their previous attempts at trying to draw back older fans, including an album that actually has no official name, yielded mixed results).
* {{Meatloaf}} had a classic album titled "Bat Out Of Hell" after one of its songs. Decades later, he released the sequel album, "Bat Out of Hell II: [[{{Metaphorgotten}} Back into Hell]]" and third, "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose."
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[[folder: Pinball]]
* Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pin*Bot'' was followed by ''[[Pinball/TheMachineBrideOfPinbot The Machine: Bride Of Pin*Bot]]'' and ''[[Pinball/JackBot Jack*Bot: A [=PinBot=] Adventure]]''.
* ''[[Pinball/TheGetawayHighSpeed2 The Getaway: High Speed II]]'' is the sequel to ''Pinball/HighSpeed''.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* In 1985, the World Wrestling Federation held a pay-per-view called WrestleMania. Since then, they've bounced back and forth in number conventions for each year's edition of the show. Each show name, in order:
** WWF WrestleMania, followed by WWF WrestleMania 2, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, [[ThirteenIsUnlucky 13]], XIV, XV, [[{{Trope2000}} 2000]] (actually the 16th incarnation; go figure), [[NoPronunciationGuide X-Seven (pronounced "Seventeen"), and X8 (pronounced "Eighteen").]]
** After the name-change to World Wrestling Entertainment, they had WWE WrestleMania XIX, XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, "WWE 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania" (aka XXV), XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, 29 (aka "NY NJ"), and XXX.
* In 2005, WWE held an Extreme Championship Wrestling reunion event called ECW One Night Stand. The event was held again the next year under the same name as the first show of the newly-relaunched ECW brand. The year after that, WWE decided to drop the ECW-exclusive nature of the event, and it became WWE One Night Stand. Two years later, it was again renamed WWE Extreme Rules.
* Every year from 2001 to 2006, WWE held an event called "Vengeance." The 2007 edition was called "Vengeance: Night of Champions," and for 2008 through 2010, the show was just "Night of Champions." To confuse matters further, 2011 saw both "Night of Champions" and "Vengeance."
* WCW's SuperBrawl event was pretty consistently called "WCW SuperBrawl [Roman numeral]" aside from WCW SuperBrawl 2000 and the next year's WCW SuperBrawl Revenge.
* When WCW ran a motorcycle-themed pay-per-view in 1997 called Hog Wild, they ran afoul of a Harley Davidson group which owned that name. All subsequent editions of the show were called Road Wild.
* WWE's "interactive pay-per-view" event (where viewers could vote on elements of the matches) was originally branded as "Taboo Tuesday" (unusually happening, as per the title, on a Tuesday; presumably simply for the [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal alliterative potential]]). This lasted for two years until 2006, when the event was shifted to the more sensible Sunday and rebranded "Cyber Sunday" until it went defunct after 2008. As the original title made no reference to being related to Internet voting whatsoever (adding more credence to the notion that it was chosen just because it started with the same letter as "Tuesday"), this may be an inversion (as the later sequels were ''sensibly'' named).
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Due to a disagreement between the game's two creators, ''DungeonsAndDragons'' was split into two games, a stripped-down version also called Dungeons & Dragons, and an expanded version called Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. This was later revised into Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition, while the second Dungeons & Dragons was still being published in parallel. Then the publisher folded and the rights were bought by Wizards of the Coast, who unified the two lines as Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition. So is this the 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons, which incorporated a bunch of concepts from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons? Or is it the 3rd edition of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, making it the 4th edition in order (since the original AD&D was a sequel to the original D&D, with the second version of D&D as a GaidenGame).
** Then they followed 3rd Edition with a minor rewrite called Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, which was not so much "confusing" as "stupid" naming.
** The current edition has returned to whole numbers, with a very revised rules system released as the 4th Edition. Meanwhile, former publishing partner Paizo has taken the style of D&D's 3rd Edition and 3.5 rules and slightly revised it into a system they call Pathfinder; the deliberate similarities have earned Pathfinder the nickname "D&D 3.75", especially among players who disdain the alterations made for 4th Edition D&D.
* Rolemaster was followed by Rolemaster Standard System, which split the fandom to the point that the publisher re-released the original as Rolemaster Classic, at the same time renaming the Standard System to Rolemaster Fantasy Roleplaying. They also released a stripped-down set of light rules as Rolemaster Express, after creating a completely different and incompatible stripped-down, simplified game as HARP.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' has had (in order) 1st edition, 2nd edition, 5th edition ([[CanonDiscontinuity later declared]] an "[[{{Unperson}} unproduct"]], 3rd edition (unpublished), [[MicrosoftWindows XP]] (formally dropped after Microsoft complained, so this version was just called "Paranoia"), and 25th Anniversary Edition (a reprint of XP with some additional material).
** In the interest of fairness, 5th edition was an intentional spoof of this very trope.
* The editions of ''{{Traveller}}'' are, in direct line: Traveller, [=MegaTraveller=], Traveller: The New Era, Marc Millar's Traveller, Traveller, Traveller 5. Note that Traveller 5 is the 6th. A completely unrelated science fiction game from the same company was released as Traveller: 2300 - it's actually a sequel to Twilight: 2000. This also doesn't count the ports of the setting to generic rules systems: GURPS Traveller, Traveller 20 and Traveller HERO.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Parodied in [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3428 this]] ''{{sinfest}}'' strip: "Reloaded Full Throttle with a Vengeance"!
* Parodied in [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=314 this]] ''HarkAVagrant''. Kate Beaton apparently wants "The Legend of Curly's Gold" to be the next "Electric Boogaloo".
* I present to you: [[Webcomic/EnsignSueMustDie Ensign 2]]: [[http://www.interrobangstudios.com/potluck/index.php?strip_id=1485 Electric Sue-galoo]]. The final product was titled (probably more appropriate to the subject matter) ''Ensign Two: The Wrath of Sue'', the former was only used as a promotional image. And the announced third part will be titled ''Ensignł: Crisis of Infinite Sues'' (yes, not 3, cubed).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'''s parody of such trends was ''Dangeresque 2: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque 1''
** And ''Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective'', which was released as part of ''Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People''. Not forgetting the original, which was titled ''Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too?'' and the prequel ''Dangeresque 0: The Prequel Begins''.
* ''ChaosFighters'' has a few novels with such titles. ''[[NonLinearSequel Chaos Fighters II]]'' is a major offender with subtitles ''Cyberion Strike'' and its sequel ''Chemical Siege''. However, it helps that the former is [[spoiler:the name of the final attack launched by the big bad of the novel]] while the latter refers to the chemical hollows which pollutes the city of Murio. Both titles are set as a TimeSkip to the ''main series''.
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd gives [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEVzPCY2T-g a long diatribe]] about both this topic and MarketBasedTitle.
* Discused in [[Videogame/SuperMarioBros Super Mario]] [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Guy]] [[Videogame/SuperMarioRPG RPG]]
-->Mario/Peter Griffin: By the way Mallow, which movie had the exploding arrows?"
-->Mallow/Chris Griffin: {{Rambo}}
-->Mario: Rambo, ok it was Rambo, and then was Rambo 2, right?
-->Geno/Brian Griffin: Actually its full title is Rambo:First Blood Part 2
-->Mario:First Blood Part 2? That doesn't make any sence.
-->Mallow: Yeah they should have called it Second Blood
-->Mario: Seriosly, why do movie sequels have to screw around with the titles?
-->Geno: You mean how VideoGame/CallOfDuty ModernWarfare 2 is actually Call of Duty 5?
-->Mario: Yeah, exactly.
* From ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'':
--> "ARROW'D 2! [[LampshadeHanging ELECTRIC BOOGA-]] wait a sec..."
* In an [[OutOfCharacter OOC]] Q&A, [[WebVideo/BenDrowned Jadusable]] replied to a question asking about the name of the movie he's filming with "ben 2: electric boogaloo." [[http://jadusable.wikia.com/wiki/1/28/12_Chatango_Q%26A Here]] is a transcript of that Q&A if you want it.
* The DarwinsSoldiers short story ''Card of Ten'' is supposed to have a sequel. The sequel is named ''Ship of State''.
* [[Creator/StuartAshen Ashen]] reviewed a garbage game called ''Oriental Hero'' on his ''Terrible Old Games You've Probably Never Heard Of'' segment and pointed out that the title had nothing to do with the game's forerunner ''Ninja Master'' (and indeed, they are very different games from one another).
* ''Podcast/IrregularPodcast #17'': "Arlington Wolfe 2: Parachronic Boogaloo"
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The sequel to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' was going to be called ''The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra''. Not only did it make no sense whatsoever because Korra isn't the last Airbender (she's not even a native airbender), it's a mouthful. Stranger yet, it was originally going to be called ''Avatar: The Legend of Korra'' (which would have made a lot more sense), but they had to change it due to legal issues with [[Film/{{Avatar}} a certain movie]]. Prior to release, it was shortened down to simply ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
** In the UK the original show was always known as ''Avatar: The Legend of Aang'' (probably to avoid using the word "bender" which has...implications in the UK) so the sequel series being called ''The Legend of Korra'' fits very well.
* Happened to ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' in Japan; while ''[[TransformersHeadmasters Headmasters]]'' had sense, there's no excuse for ''[[TransformersMasterforce Super-God Masterforce]]'' or ''[[TransformersVictory Victory]]''. They did this very often, spawning no less than ''fourteen'' differently named series (not all televised, or even given fiction at all; Operation Combination is a toyline only, for example.) in Japan, though "only" seven in English-speaking countries.
* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. When the family temporarily get filthy rich, they move. Jack wants to call their new home "Fenton Works 2: This Time, it's Personal".
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'''s second season was called ''Total Drama Action'' (shift to movie-themed challenges on an abandoned film lot) and the third season was named ''Total Drama World Tour'' (traveling the world ''and'' spoofing musicals). Season four will be titled ''Total Drama Revenge of the Island'' (original location, different cast).
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' is getting cancelled and relaunched as ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' with a new line-up.
* Originally named ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' for no particular reason, the show was 'rebooted' (to exactly the same thing) and renamed ''Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1'', then 're-rebooted' (to exactly the same thing ''again'') and renamed ''Aqua Something You Know Whatever''. And then again to ''Aqua TV Show Show''. The only real change is the opening credits.
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[[folder:Other]]
* [[Toys/CSToys CSToys The Alternatives]] is an oddly named {{spinoff}} of a live show done by a toystore in Japan.
* Microsoft has a history of these:
** Windows NT started at version 3.1, to coincide with Windows 3.1.
** Microsoft Windows 7 is an oddly numbered release. Since Windows 3.x, Microsoft abandoned the numbering system but released more than four iterations of Windows, including Windows 95, NT, 98, 2000, Millennium Edition, XP, Server 2003, Vista before returning to the numbering system with Windows 7. Even if we are selective in which editions we count as actual significant releases, the latest Windows should still be higher than the 7th major release.
** Windows 95, 98, and ME were all [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo technically the same operating system]]. 98 and ME just being feature added versions (95 = 4.0, 98=4.10, ME = 4.90). Also, NT isn't a single release. NT 4.0 was concurrent with Win95. Windows 2000 is NT 5.0. XP is NT 5.1. Server 2003 is 5.2. Vista is NT 6.0. Windows 7 is NT 6.1. None of this is clear from the labelling, as the release names are driven by Marketing and not technical concerns. Still counts as Oddly Named Sequels of course.
** It has got weirder with the 8.x versions. Windows 8 is actually NT 6.2, and the recently released Windows 8.1 is NT 6.3. Logic would dictate that Windows 8 should be NT 7, and Win 8.1 be NT 7.1. Instead, the kernel is now suffering from CapcomSequelStagnation.
** Microsoft have recently announced that Windows 8.1 would now be followed by Windows 10, thus bypassing 9 altogether. This was actually done somewhat pragmatically to avoid conflicts with legacy programs designed for older versions that would identify 95 and 98 with strings such as if(version.[=StartsWith=]("Windows9")). The name "Windows One" was floated to provide consistent branding with their many other products with "One" in the name such as XboxOne, [=OneDrive=], [=OneNote=], etc. but decided against because of confusion with Windows 1.0 and likely based on the response to the Xbox One name.
** [=DirectX=] 4 was skipped due to it being a stopgap version and all the developers were waiting for [=DX5=] to ship.
* The {{Xbox}}, followed by the [[XboxThreeSixty Xbox 360]], probably to suggest equivalence to the [=PlayStation 3=] and [=Nintendo Wii=] (at the time still known by its code name, Revolution). Microsoft's third console followed the trend with the XboxOne.
** And of course the Nintendo series of consoles: Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, and Nintendo Wii. And then there's the portables (Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP Micro DSi Lite XL?).
*** Mostly averted with the WiiU.
* Similarly, try to figure out how old a camera is by model numbers. Sometimes these model numbers will change ''depending on what country the camera is being sold in''. Even for the more expensive Digital SLR cameras such as the Rebels, the 60D, and the 1DmkIV, the model numbers don't seem to do much to tell you the cameras' relation to eachother, aside from additional digits in the EOS model numbers implying that the camera is progressively cheaper (A few years ago, a Canon Rebel EOS 450D ran for about seven or eight hundred bucks. The Canon 1DmkII at the time ran for something close to ''five thousand'' dollars.)
** Canon's release scheme is: the more numbers in a name, the cheaper the camera (the 1000D or XS is the cheapest option, where the 1D is the most expensive); the higher the number in the series, the newer (20D is older than the 60D). The single-digit cameras are the top of the line pro-bodies with top of the line tech at the time of the release, many of which have had multiple iterations (7D; 5D vs. 5D Mk. II; 1D vs. 1D Mk. IV vs. 1Ds Mk. III)
* After the Radeon 9000 series, ATI changed to card numbers beginning with X. When DirectX10 came around and ATI redesigned their chips from the ground-up, the numbering started at HD 2000 and went from there. And then after the HD 7000 series, they redid the numbering to an even more confusing level: the Radeon Rx 200 series. Also applies to the names given to the GPU chips themselves: with the Evergreen/HD 5000 series, ATI dropped the rXXX chip naming scheme in favor of just using the development code names.
* Nvidia's [=GeForce=] cards are just as confusing. The first one was "256," then there were some 3000s and 4000s followed by "FX [number]," then more numbers up to 9800, after which the 9XXX cards were rebranded as 1XX, and later releases counted up from there. Many of them have "GT," "GTX," "Ti," etc. stuck on to indicate improved performance or...something. The top card at time of writing drops the number part entirely in favor of the [[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords ambiguous word "Titan,"]] apparently because it's in the 6XX series but they already released a "GTX 690."
** The desktop version skips the 800 series, due to NVIDIA jumping the gun on releasing the Maxwell architecture for laptops. When the next generation of Maxwell came out, rather than have an 800 series for Desktops and possibly a 900 series for laptops, they just bumped the desktop series up to 900.
* The Palm series of handheld organizers went through quite a few different numbering/naming schemes over the years:
** "Pilot" (two numbered models) was followed by "Palm Pilot" ("Personal" and "Professional") which became the "Palm III" (III, IIIe, IIIx, IIIxe, IIIc) followed by the "Palm V" and "Palm VII". ("Palm IV" was skipped because FourIsDeath.)
** Later, the m100, m500, and i700 lines replaced the III/V/VII, followed by the Tungsten E/T/W/C lines, the TX and Zire, and a series of Treo phones before the end.
* The Voodoo line of graphics accelerators also skipped 4, then went back to it as a budget variation of the Voodoo 5 (and then there's the Voodoo Banshee).
* Desktop IBM and compatible computers. The early versions were named based on their Intel microprocessor chip [[NumberedSequel number]]: 8086 and 8088, followed by the 80186 (which almost nobody ever even heard of, superceeded almost immediately by) 80286, 80386, and 80486. Intel complained that AMD and other knockoffs were using their names but were informed that one couldn't trademark a number, so with the 80586 they changed the name to "Pentium," followed by the Pentium II, III, etc.
** The 80386 and 80486 also came in "SX" versions, the SX being a cheaper (and less powerful) version - except that it was exactly the same chip, it just had some of the programming deactivated.
** AMD's Athlon series: Athlon, Athlon XP, Athlon 64, Athlon X2/X3/X4, Athlon II X2/X3/X4.
** Intel did this for the Core series. It started as Core then Core 2, but settled on Core iX. Though this helps in both marketing and utility (whatever number is in X represents its performance tier).
* Ubuntu uses a version name based on the year and month of release, with major releases every six months. This is then followed by an alliterative adjective-noun name with the first letters going up through alphabetical order for each release. For example, 10.10 Maverick Meerkat was released in October of 2010, followed next April by 11.04 Natty Narwhal and then 11.10 Oneric Ocelot.
* What about The Great War, also known as the War to End All Wars? It had a "sequel" - also known as the second World War. Nowadays we have WorldWarI and WorldWarII, respectively. As the third parts of the trilogy usually suck despite the biggest effects and explosions, let's hope we'll never see WorldWarIII.
* Looking at the model names in the iPhone line (iPhone > iPhone 3G > iPhone 3GS > iPhone 4 > iPhone 4S > iPhone 5 > [=iPhone=] 5S/C) it would seem [[UnInstallment they skipped the second installment]]. In reality, the 3G and 3GS models are generally considered to be iPhone 2 and 3 respectively. However, 4S is considered iPhone 4 (just like its predecessor) rather than iPhone 5, making the naming convention oddly inconsistent. Moreover, iPhone 5 is actually the sixth gen iPhone, not fifth gen like its name would have one believe. [=iPhone=] 5C is actually a cheaper, plastic version of the 5 with reduced capabilities.
* UsefulNotes/MacOS X is usually more known by its codename more than its version number (which just increments past the decimal). Except they started with big cats. As of 10.9, they're using locations in California starting with the odd-sounding Mavericks (after a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavericks,_California major big-wave surfing area in San Mateo County]]).
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