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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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* 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".
** Used by Kevin Bishop on his Channel 4 sketch show, when spoofing unnecessary sequels: "Shindler's List 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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* 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, a clone of MedievalJapan) 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=].
* ''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]].
* ''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 ''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''.
* ''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-.''
* ''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."
* ''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 ''FutariWaPrettyCure'' had ''[=MaX=] Heart'' tacked onto the end of the title. Similarly, ''YesPrettyCure5'' continued with the rather punny ''[[OneTwoThreeFourGo Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GoGo]]''.
** Similarly, the ''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".
* ''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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* 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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* 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''.
* 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'' and ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', with the upcoming fourth film announced as ''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.
** ''Paranormal Activity 5'' will be released the following October.
* 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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* 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]].
* 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]])?
* 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.
* {{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."
* 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.
* KillswitchEngage's second self-titled release was known among fans as ''Killswitch Engage II'' even while the title was just rumored.
* {{Metallica}}'s 1996 album ''Load'' was followed the next year with ''[=ReLoad=]''.
* The 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 {{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: Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield}}'' series goes as thus: ''Battlefield 1942'', ''Battlefield: Vietnam'', ''Battlefield 2'' (which was spun off onto consoles as ''Battlefield 2: Modern Combat''), ''Battlefield 2142'', ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'', ''VideoGame/BattlefieldHeroes'', ''Battlefield 1943'', ''Battlefield: Bad Company 2'' (which now has an ExpansionPack titled ''[[ColonCancer Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam]]''), ''VideoGame/BattlefieldPlay4Free'', ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'', [[SubvertedTrope and now]] ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 4}}'', [[DoubleSubversion and as of 2014,]] Battlefield: Hardline. The numbers don't indicate proper order at all, and there's bound to be a lot of confusion over the two games set in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar now.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories''
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'' is a perfect example. Just so you know, that's pronounced Kingdom Hearts Three-Five-Eight Days Over Two. Some people just call it Kingdom Hearts Three hundered fifty eight and a half days. Or just "Kingdom Hearts: Days", for short.
** Not that the series hadn't gotten itself into trouble with numbers before. Due to the fact that ''ChainOfMemories'' is ''not'' a GaidenGame, a side story, nor even a FillerArc. It's a full-blown continuation of the plot, just with a different battle system. ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is the third game of the series.
** ''Kingdom Hearts χ [chi]'' is another great example. Worse than ''358/2 Days'', it's a VisualPun title. The Greek letter "χ" is transliterated as "chi," but pronounced "key," as in [[IconicItem keyblade]]. The game delves into the so-called "Keyblade War," a significant chapter from the series' lore.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Halo}} Halo 3:ODST]]'' actually takes place concurrent with ''Halo 2'' and has next-to-nothing to do with ''Halo 3'', but because it was built on the ''Halo 3'' engine it got ''Halo 3'''s number.
** That said, throughout ODST, there are references to the fact that the Covenant has established a dig-site in New Mombasa to uncover...something they want really badly. [[spoiler:Turns out, it's an artifact that creates a portal to The Ark, which is a major plot point for Halo 3. The Legendary version of the epilogue even gives an up-close view of the Artifact.]]
* The ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' series does this for each AlternateContinuity; ''Super Robot Wars F'', ''Super Robot Wars Alpha'', and ''Super Robot Wars: Original Generation'' are among the variations.
** ''Super Robot Wars: Original Generation'', and ''Super Robot Wars: Original Generation 2'' were combined as a remake ''Super Robot Wars: Original Generations''. Now, the ''combined remake'' is getting a sequel: ''2nd Super Robot Wars: Original Generation''. So the second game is the 4th release and set after the one numbered 2. Okay.
* The ''HarvestMoon'' series has done this almost to an extreme. Except for some versions on Nintendo portables (which are simply named ''Harvest Moon 1'', ''2'', ''3'' and ''DS'') and the PSP version, every sequel has a new name: ''Harvest Moon: Back to Nature'', ''Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town'', ''Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life'', ''Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland'', ''Harvest Moon: Magical Melody'', ''Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility'', ''Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness'', ''Harvest Moon: Animal Parade'', and ''Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands''. Also, many of these have a ''For Girls'' version, with a twisted name (such as ''Harvest Moon: Another Wonderful Life''); the Japanese versions of these just tacked on a [[GratuitousEnglish "For Girl"]].
** Also,"Harvest Moon ''DS'' Cute".
*** Because as you know, Cute = girl.
* The ''VideoGame/DukeNukem'' series: not counting spinoffs, ''Duke Nukem, Duke Nukem II, VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' and ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''. As a funny note, it started out as Duke Nuk'''e'''m, but was quickly released as Duke Nuk'''u'''m because of a ''CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'' character with the "Duke Nukem" name. When the sequel was being developed, the developers discovered that the Captain Planet character's name had not been registered, so the sequels all use the original Duke Nukem name.
** A little historical background: the first two ''DN'' games were [[PlatformGame 2D platformers]] and the third one gaining an extra dimension was part of the general [[VideoGame3DLeap transition of games into 3D]] in the [[TheNineties late 1990s]]. For whatever reason, said transition [[ThirdIs3D often happened in the third installment of a given series and the many devs slapped the word "3D" onto its title]] (geddit?). It started all the way back with ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' in 1992, and was merely continued with ''[=DN3D=]'' in 1996, as well as later games (e.g. ''PrinceOfPersia 3D'' and ''SimonTheSorcerer 3D'', both third installments in their respective series). As for ''Forever'', the fourth installment of the main series, it also makes sense if you write it this way: ''Duke Nukem [[Letters2Numbers 4ever]]''.
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'': the original game was titled ''The Operative in No One Lives Forever'' however for the sequel they turned the original subtitle into the main title, resulting in ''No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way''.
** Let's not even mention the terrible [[{{Interquel}} sequel/prequel]] known simply as ''Contract J.A.C.K.''
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was actually the third official entry in the Franchise/MetalGear series, being preceded by the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''. The word "Solid" on the title was a way of signifying that it was the third installment without actually being called "Metal Gear 3." Since ''MGS'' ended up being [[SequelDisplacement more popular than its 2D predecessors]], it spawned off [[MorePopularSpinoff its own series of numbered sequels]] in the forms of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', [[ArtifactTitle reducing the original meaning of "Solid" into an artifact.]]
** There's also the portable side-game, ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' (which at one point was considered ''Metal Gear Solid 5'' by the development team), as well as the {{multiplatform}} release ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' (switching from Arabic to Roman numerals), before which ''Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes'' was thought to be the next game in the series until it was revealed to just be the prologue chapter.
** The series also spawned other titles, including remakes and expanded editions of the main entries, an "unofficial" (i.e. developed by Konami without Kojima's involvement) NES sequel titled ''VideoGame/SnakesRevenge'' and numerous official spinoffs such as ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' was followed by ''Marathon 2: Durandal'' which was followed by ''Marathon Infinity''. ''Infinity'' was then given a joke award by ''[=MacFormat=]'' for "largest version number increase." As if this wasn't enough, the game engine for ''Marathon 2'' was subsequently released and developed into an open-source version named ''Aleph One'', thereby restoring/continuing sequential numbering at the expense of not being understandable by anyone who wasn't a math major. (Partially justified in that much of the "plot" of ''Infinity'' was based on [[TheMultiverse universe hopping]] and the game was released with the creators' level-design, physics-editing, and graphics-editing tools so that players could make their own stories, making the game "infinite.")
* ''VideoGame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'' was followed by ''Banjo-Tooie'', which made in-game mention of a ''Banjo-Threeie'' that led some people to believe that the third game would be called that. The third game instead ended up being called ''Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts''.
* ''VideoGame/PanzerDragoon'' was followed by ''Panzer Dragoon [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment II Zwei]]'', ''Panzer Dragoon Mini'', ''Panzer Dragoon Saga'', and ''Panzer Dragoon Orta''.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', after doing the quest "Here Fishy Fishy", you get a followup involving an eel egg booby trapped with explosives. The quest name? Why, "Here Fishy Fishy 2: Eel-egg-trick Boogaloo," of course.
** Also, [[ItMakesSenseInContext there is a quest to use an explosive eel egg to save a surprisingly buoyant Dwarf from certain death]]. The quest is named The Brothers Digsong 2: Eel-Egg-Trick Boogaloo. There is no Brothers Digsong 1.
* While the standard ''FinalFantasy'' games are regularly named, its side-game names are getting progressively weirder.
** The problem developed when they started making sequels when [[NonLinearSequel they hadn't before]]. The trend started with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', which is pronounced, according to WordOfGod, as "Final Fantasy Ten Two."
** ''FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles: Ring of Fates/My Life as a King/The Crystal Bearers''. Too many subtitles.
** The worst offender is, without a doubt, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2: Grimoire of the Rift''. It's a SpiritualSuccessor to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', which is a spiritual successor to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''. But because the new game isn't ''on'' the GameboyAdvance the way [[SuperTitle64Advance Tactics Advance]] was, they couldn't call it Final Fantasy Tactics Advance 2, so instead they dropped the -dvance but kept the A, ''[[SerialEscalation AND THEN]]'' added the subtitle ''Grimoire of the Rift'', leaving us with the absolutely bonkers WordSaladTitle we have today.
** Though ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' might challenge that title. The sequel (which was a movie) was ''FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' (And not just ''FinalFantasy: Advent Children'', despite what some people think). Then there's the numerous prequels, ''Before Crisis: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', ''VideoGame/CrisisCore: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''Last Order: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', which add to the confusion by reversing the title and subtitles. And then add on the side game ''Dirge of Cerberus: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the Japan-only side game expansion ''Dirge of Cerberus Lost Episode: VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and the Blu-ray remake of the movie, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: Advent Children Complete''. '''Not to mention''' ''On the Way to a Smile'' (which doesn't have the words VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII anywhere in the title, but is still part of the series), a series of novels that acts as a sort of interquel between ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: Advent Children''. Whew!
** Also ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings''.
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' started off as merely suffering from GratuitousLatin. But then the sequel is named ''Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy'' (where ''Dissidias 2'' through ''11'' went we'll never know). Except it's supposed to be pronounced ''Dissidia Duodecim: Final Fantasy'', because once again, GratuitousLatin. To really drive the point home and avoid another ''358/2 Days'' confusion, they've helpfully included the correct pronunciation in the game's logo. Only now it actually gets MORE confusing because the logo now reads ''Dissidia [duodecim] 012: Final Fantasy''. ''Just calling it Dissidia 2 would have been perfectly fine, Square-Enix.''
*** The first ''Dissidia'' is ''Dissidia 13''; that is, in ''Dissidia'', the war between Cosmos and Chaos is an endlessly repeating cycle, with the original ''Dissidia'' chronicling the thirteenth repetition of said cycle. ''Duodecim'' is a prequel covering the twelfth repetition. [[SarcasmMode Which is not confusing at all]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' make perfect sense (at least from a past precedent standpoint). The third game in the series, however, was not titled ''XIII-3'', but instead became ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros.'' was followed up with ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'' and ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl''. The upcoming release(s) being "Super Smash Bros. for Wii U" or "for 3DS" (but when you think about it for and four are pronounced the same)
** The Japanese naming conventions are even weirder. ''Nintendo All-Star: Dairantou Smash Brothers'' [sic], ''Dairantou Smash Bros. DX'' (DX is short for "Deluxe"), and ''Dairantou Smash Bros. X''. All words in English in the title are actually that way, by the way. "Dairantou" roughly translates to "Melee" or "Brawl."
* ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'': More a case of [[OddlyNamedSequel Oddly Named]] [[NonLinearSequel Non Linear]] [[NumberedSequel Numbered Sequels]], there are three second-installments (''Rainbow Islands'', ''Bubble Symphony'', '''''Part''' 2'') and two third-installments (''Parasol Stars'', ''Bubble Memories'') in the series.
** ''[[VideoGame/BubbleBobble Puzzle Bobble]]'' aka Bust-A-Move, [=PB2 aka Bust-A-Move Again, PB3 = BAM '99, PB4=BAM4=]. Not to mention an UpdatedRerelease [[NoExportForYou of Puzzle Bobble 2 named 2X]].
* In North America, the sequel to ''VideoGame/RivalSchools: United By Fate'' was named simply ''Project Justice''. In all other regions, the connection was made more clear - in Japan, the game was titled ''Moero! Justice Gakuen'' (the original game was ''Shiritsu Justice Gakuen'') while other regions used the ''Project Justice'' name but tacked on ''Rival Schools 2'' at the end.
** It didn't help that the Japan-only UpdatedRerelease of the original game was titled ''Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2''. The number was for the updated character creation mode (the ''Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki'' part of the title) included in the game, but the number's inclusion caused everyone outside of Japan to mistake it for a sequel.
* In the ''TalesSeries'', ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' both had gaiden sequels named ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia: Narikiri Dungeon'', ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia: Summoner's Lineage'', and, depending on where you live, ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' or ''Knight of Ratatosk''.
** (Add the fact that ''Symphonia'' is a {{prequel}} to ''Phantasia'' and we start entering MindScrew territory.)
** Another interesting issue is that there is a VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny II and a VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny 2; the former is the North American rename of VideoGame/TalesOfEternia for purposes of WritingAroundTrademarks, and the latter is the actual sequel to VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny.
** And then there's VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia. Considering that, from what this troper can tell, there is little to no (besides bonus bosses) relation to the other Tales games.
* Despite five entries (split in 19 games) in the main series, there has never been a ''{{Pokemon}} 2'', let alone 3, 4 or 5, despite the fact that the second generation was indeed a direct sequel to the first one, and that the Sinnoh games (Generation IV) were a semisequel to Generation II. Every game after the first generation (whose games were named after colors) is merely titled "Pokémon" plus a precious material (gold, silver, crystal, ruby, sapphire, emerald, diamond, pearl and platinum) for subtitle. Since Pokemon games come in pairs (and by the end of the generation they end up being a trio), non-hard-core fans might have a hard time when trying to figure out which versions are paired with each other and distinguish the generations. Generation V switching back to colors (Black and White) sort of made things easier, but still is a non-indicative name (and after three generations of metal/jewel based titles, it becomes itself an odd theme). For those wondering, terms like the "second generation" or "Generation V" are only {{Fan Nickname}}s for groups of games and the Pokémon within them (which also distinguish remakes from the originals).
** Among the spinoffs, the original ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger'' is followed by ''Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia'' and ''Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs'', ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Pokémon Mystery Dungeon]]'' had its ''first'' games bear the subtitles "Red Rescue Team" and "Blue Rescue Team: (which, even more confusingly, aren't even on the same system as one another), followed up by "Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky" and then the [[NoExportForYou Japan-exclusive]] "Adventure Squad", and ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'''s sequel is called ''Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness''.
** Within the series' context, the main series titles have their own Oddly Named Sequels in the form of ''[[NumberedSequels Black 2 & White 2]]''.
*** And the trope is even parodied in the latter: in the game you can find a pile of "old rejected movie scripts". One of them is titled "Galvantula's Travels 2: Eelektrik Boogaloo".
* All three ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' games take their subtitles from Nietzche: ''Der wille zur Macht'', ''Jenseits von Gut und Bose'', and ''Also Sprach Zarathustra''. They also precisely reversed the order Nietzche originally wrote them in - ''Also Sprach Zarathustra'' was first published from 1883-1885, ''Jenseits von Gut und Bose'' in 1886, and ''Der Wille Zur Macht'' was compiled, edited, and published post-humously by his sister. Presumably, the planned Episodes 4-6 would have continued to borrow from his earlier and earlier works for titles as well.
* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' has this. While the Japanese sequels are ''Gyakuten Saiban 2-4'' and ''Gyakuten Kenji'' for the spinoff, they were translated as ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney'', ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All'', ''Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations'', ''Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney'', and ''Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth''. [[ColonCancer We may need an oncologist in here.]]
** Probably has to do with the fact that the localization staff chose the title for the first game before learning that the fourth game would have a new protagonist. Thus, the ''Ace Attorney'' part was promoted as the main title for the rest of the series, while ''Phoenix Wright'' was demoted to a subtitle in the sequels.
* No less a video game personnage than {{Mario}} has been responsible for this, multiple times. First, the sequel to ''VideoGame/MarioBros.'' was named ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros.'' This was numbered sanely until the SuperNintendo came along, when his fifth console game became ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' (although it was actually known as ''Super Mario Bros. 4: Super Mario World'' in Japan). The sequel to that was called ''Super Mario World 2: VideoGame/YoshisIsland'', and then the series split - the ''Yoshi's Island'' games became their own series, while Mario stopped even bothering with numbering them in sequence (until ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2''). Something similar to the ''Yoshi's Island'' rename happened to the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' games for the GameBoy, in which the third game was ''Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land'', which spun off into the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series.
** The initial ''Super Mario Bros.'' series is numbered sanely only in the Western markets: the game released in the West as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' was released as "Super Mario Bros. USA" in Japan -- the game known in Japan as ''Super Mario Bros. 2'' was released as part of a compilation game in the West years later under the title ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels''.
*** And then there are the remakes for the GBA. Super Mario Bros. 2 became Super Mario Advance. The worst offender is the GBA remake of Super Mario Bros. 3, titled "Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3".
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'' was intended to be the true sequel to ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', but since the game was originally being developed on the {{Dreamcast}} instead of the PlayStation like the previous games, Sony threw a hissy fit, forcing Capcom to relabel the game as a spin-off and leave it off the numbered series. At the same time, ''Resident Evil: Nemesis'', a side-story game that was being developed on the ''Resident Evil 2'' engine, ended up being released as ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' instead. Funnily enough, ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' ended up being developed for the NintendoGameCube when Capcom eventually got around to making it.
** Another oddity is that the logo of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' actually gives the number first, making it technically "4 Resident Evil."
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' is the ninth main-series game.
* The game series now known as ''LegacyOfKain'' started with the game ''Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain'' with the weighting making it apparent the 'Legacy of Kain' part was a subtitle. A few years later the next game came out called ''Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver'' (blood no longer being much of a big deal to the wraithlike new hero Raziel). It was followed by ''Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2''...but then came ''Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2'', which thoroughly confused everyone. The 2 sub-series finally converged in the final game, ''Legacy of Kain: Defiance''- to everyone's great relief.
* The numerous ''StreetFighter'' installments by Capcom with their various adjectives, suffixes, and subtitles can be a bit confusing to first-time fans of the series. This is because {{Capcom}} considers every Roman numbered entry in the franchise after the [[Videogame/StreetFighter first game]] to be its own sub-series, making it a bit harder to number specific entries in each sub-series.
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII: The World Warrior'' was followed by ''Street Fighter II ([[MarketBasedTitle Dash]]): Champion Edition'', ''Street Fighter II ([[MarketBasedTitle Dash Turbo]]): Hyper Fighting'', ''Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers'', and ''Super Street Fighter II Turbo'' (aka ''[[MarketBasedTitle Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge]]''). Those are just the original arcade releases. Some of the console-specific variants include ''Street Fighter II Turbo'' for the SNES, ''Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition'' for the Genesis (both were compilations of ''Champion Edition'' and ''Hyper Fighting''), ''Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival'' for the GBA (a portable version of ''Super Turbo''), ''Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition'' for the [=PS2=] and Xbox (a pseudo-compilation of the five arcade games), and ''Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix'' for the [=PS3=] and Xbox 360.
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha: Warriors' Dream'' (aka ''[[MarketBasedTitle Street Fighter 0]]'') was followed by ''Alpha 2'' and ''Alpha 3'' on the arcades. ''Alpha 2'' and ''Alpha 3'' both had their share of minor upgrades. ''Alpha 2'' had ''Alpha 2 Gold'' for the [=PS1=] and Saturn (aka ''[[MarketBasedTitle 0 2 Dash]]'', which in turn was based on a minor Asia-only arcade upgrade called ''0 2 Alpha''), while ''Alpha 3'' was followed by ''Alpha 3 Upper'' for the GBA (which took its title from ''0 3 Upper'', a Japan-only arcade upgrade with the roster additions from the console ports) and ''Alpha 3 MAX'' (aka ''[[MarketBasedTitle 0 3 Double Upper]]'').
** The ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' series consists of ''EX'', ''EX Plus'', ''EX Plus Alpha'' (a [=PS1=] port of the previous game), ''EX 2'', ''EX 2 Plus'' (which also had a [=PS1=] port), and ''EX 3'' (a [=PS2=]-exclusive).
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: New Generation'' was followed by ''Street Fighter III 2nd Impact: Giant Attack'' and ''Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future''. Sometimes, the ''2nd Impact'' and ''3rd Strike'' portions of their respective titles are treated as subtitles rather part of the main titles (in such cases, the actual subtitles of ''Giant Attack'' and ''Fight for the Future'' are omitted).
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' was followed by ''Super Street Fighter IV'', which was followed by ''Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition''. There's also the ''3D Edition'' of ''Super'' for the [=3DS=].
* In Japan, the ''[[VideoGame/SaturdayNightSlamMasters Slam Masters]]'' (or ''Muscle Bomber'') series is comprised of ''Muscle Bomber'', ''Muscle Bomber Duo'', and ''Super Muscle Bomber''. The corresponding English versions of these three games are ''Saturday Night Slam Masters'', ''Muscle Bomber Duo'', and ''Ring of Destruction: Slam Masters II''. In other words, the series got its title changed to ''Slam Master'' for the English version of the first game, and then changed back to ''Muscle Bomber'' for the second, only to be changed back to ''Slam Masters'' for the third.
* ''TheLegendOfZelda'' series only had one numbered sequel: ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''. The remainder of the series are distinguished by their subtitles (i.e: ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''). Sort of justified since ''Zelda II'' was the only true sequel to the first ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' in the series' fictional chronology and every game since then has been a relative NonLinearSequel, with only a few of them having their own direct (and still non-numbered) sequels.
* ''SamuraiShodown: Warriors Rage'' for the PlayStation is not a port, but a distant sequel to the similarly titled Hyper Neo Geo 64 arcade game ''Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage'' (which itself was a sequel to the original ''[[SuperTitle64Advance Samurai Shodown 64]]''). The Japanese versions averted this by being named differently.
* The European/Japanese-only sequel to ''Trace Memory'' (''Another Code'' in those regions) was titled ''Another Code R: A Journey Into Lost Memories'' (''Gateway of Memory'' in Japan.)
* Due to legal issues, the [=PlayStation=] version of ''[[SoulSeries Soul Edge]]'' was renamed ''Soul Blade'' in America and Europe. To sidestep this legal hurdle, the sequels were released under the ''[=Soul Calibur=]'' name instead. Thus ''[=Soulcalibur V=]'' is actually the '''sixth''' game in the series.
** It gets even more confusing in terms of capitalization. The "Soulcalibur" series started off as ''Soul Calibur'', and its sequel, ''Soul Calibur II'' reflects this. With the game's third entry, the series was renamed ''Soulcalibur'' (all one word), so the the title of the game became ''Soulcalibur III''. In addition, the previous two games were retroactively renamed under this system (''Soulcalibur'' and ''Soulcalibur II'', respectively). Thankfully, the nomenclature has remained since III.
** The SoulSeries isn't immune to subtitles, too - the arcade revision of ''Soulcalibur III'' was named (you guessed it) "''Soulcalibur III: Arcade Edition''". The re-release of ''Soulcalibur IV'' for the PSP was titled "''Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny''".
** Averted in a different way with ''Soulcalibur V'': series director Daishi Odashima [[http://www.vg247.com/2011/05/16/soul-calibur-v-was-almost-soul-edge-2/ very nearly named the game ''Soul Edge 2'']], but was shut down by Namco.
* The sequel to ''BattleClash'' is titled ''Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge''. The only indicator on the title that ''Metal Combat'' is a sequel is the fact that the hero's mecha in both games is called the "ST Falcon".
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' (aka ''Vampire'' in Japan) was followed by ''Night Warriors'' (''Vampire Hunter'') and ''Vampire Savior'' (which was almost titled ''Jedah's Damnation'' in America until they decided to stick with ''Vampire Savior''). To make matters more confusing, Japan received two simultaneously released {{updated rerelease}}s of ''Vampire Savior'' titled ''Vampire Savior 2'' and ''Vampire Hunter 2''; [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo the main difference between the three games are in their character roster]]. The [=PlayStation=] game ''Darkstalker 3'' (aka ''Vampire Savior: EX Edition'') is actually a pseudo compilation of ''Vampire Savior'', ''Vampire Savior 2'', and ''Vampire Hunter 2''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}''. The 2009 sequel of ''ReturnToCastleWolfenstein''.
** Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'', which in itself received a sequel titled ''Spear of Destiny''.
*** Which were inspired by the original ''CastleWolfenstein'' and ''BeyondCastleWolfenstein''.
* Capcom's first ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' fighting game for the arcades was released internationally under the shortened title of ''Jojo's Venture''. The sequel, which was titled ''Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Heritage for the Future'' in Japan, was released under the manga's full title of ''Jojo's Bizarre Adventure'' internationally. The [=PlayStation=] and Dreamcast ports had no such titling issues.
* The ''AnnoDomini'' series of historical city builders (known as ''A.D.'' in some markets) goes back and forth between the centuries. First there was ''Anno 1602'', followed by ''Anno 1503'', then ''Anno 1701'', ''Anno 1404'' and finally ''Anno 2070''. Even odder since the numeration could lead a newbie to think ''1701'' is the first, with the series going backwards 99 years with each installment.
** In addition to all this in some markets the latest installment ''Anno 1404'' is sold as ''Dawn of Discovery''. This in turn has an expansion pack which is known as both ''Anno 1404: Venice'' and ''Dawn of Discovery: Venice''.
** Interestingly, the dates always add up to the number nine.
* ''Shinobi III'' may sound like a sensible name for a sequel, until you realize it's not literally the third game in the {{Shinobi}} series at all. Although, it is the third Shinobi game for the SegaGenesis, the first two Genesis games were already sequels to previous Shinobi games. The first Genesis game, ''The Revenge of Shinobi'', is a sequel to the MasterSystem version of the first ''Shinobi'', which itself was based on an arcade game, while ''Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi'', the second Genesis game, was itself a loose sequel to the arcade's ''Shadow Dancer'', which was the arcade sequel to ''Shinobi''. That's not even counting ''The Cyber Shinobi: Shinobi Part 2'', the European-exclusive Master System sequel to the first ''Shinobi''. So which game could be considered the "true Shinobi II"? The game system of ''Shinobi III'' is clearly based on ''The Revenge of Shinobi'' and the Japanese versions of both games makes their relation a lot less ambiguous, since they're titled ''The Super Shinobi'' and ''The Super Shinobi II''.
* Tradewest's fighting game based on the ''WesternAnimation/DoubleDragon'' cartoon was titled ''Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls'', which was released for the SNES and Genesis (as well as the Jaguar), even though it had nothing to do with the previous Technos-developed games and there was no "Double Dragon IV". While technically there was a fourth ''Double Dragon'' game, it was an SNES-exclusive installment titled ''Super Double Dragon'', meaning that the owners of the other consoles would've not been aware of it.
* The second ''TetrisTheGrandMaster'' game's name is a source of minor confusion; fans have a hard time decising whether it's ''Tetris: The Grand Master 2 - The Absolute'' or ''Tetris: The Absolute - The Grand Master 2''. Then there's ''Tetris: The Grand Master 3 - [[WordSaladTitle Terror-Instinct]]'', ''Tetris: The Grand Master ACE'' (a spinoff of TGM), and ''Tetris: The Grand Master 4 - [[{{Engrish}} The Masters of Round]]'' (technically the fifth game in the series).
* ''{{DJMAX}} Portable'', ''[[NumberedSequels DJMAX Portable 2]]'', ''[[LicensedGame DJMAX Portable Clazziquai Edition]]'', ''DJMAX Portable Black Square'', and the [[NoExportForYou US-only]] ''DJMAX [[strike:Portable]] Fever''.
* The sequel to ''{{Galaga}}'' was called ''Gaplus'', then was rereleased under the name ''[[MarketBasedTitle Galaga 3]]''. There is no ''Galaga 2''.
** And then, of course, ''Galaga '88''. Does the absence of intervening numbers need to be brought up again?
* The virtually unknown RealTimeStrategy ''Earth 2140'' has a much more successful sequel named ''{{Earth 2150}}'' (or ''Earth 2150: Escape from the Blue Planet''), which itself has 2 stand-alone [[ExpansionPack Expansion Packs]] named ''Earth 2150: The Moon Project'' (some editions drop ''Earth 2150'') and ''Earth 2150: Lost Souls''. The third full game in the series is, consequently, named ''Earth 2160'', even though Earth itself is gone by that point in an EarthShatteringKaboom, and the entire game takes place on other planets. Apparently, it is a rule in the series that a major conflict has to take place every 10 years.
* ''VideoGame/MushihimeSama'''s sequel is called ''Mushihime-sama Futari''. "Futari" means "''two'' people."
* The ''Divinity'' series gets to be oddly named from the very beginning, but the sequels make their own kind of nonsense. In order: ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'', ''VideoGame/BeyondDivinity'', ''VideoGame/DivinityIITheDragonKnightSaga'' (which is itself made up of ''Divinity II: Ego Draconis'' and ''Divinity II: Flames of Vengeance''). ''Divine Divinity'' was meant to be ''Divinity: Sword of Lies'', and ''Beyond Divinity'' was a spinoff; ''Ego Draconis'' was the original ''Divinity II'' game, which was rereleased as ''The Dragon Knight Saga'' as a bundle or as just the expansion, ''Flames of Vengeance''.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Deception}} Tecmo's Deception]]'' was followed by ''Kagero: Deception II'' and ''Deception III: Dark Delusion''. Okay, at least they're numbered. Then Tecmo calls the fourth game ''Trapt''. Now they're publishing the newest game abroad as ''Deception IV: Blood Ties''.
* The ''VideoGame/PanzerGeneral'' series, as released in Germany. The first one was still ''Panzer General'', the (''Panzer General II'') became ''Panzer General 3D'' (even though it wasn't 3D), and then the actual ''Panzer General 3D'' became ''Panzer General 4''. [[{{Facepalm}} Faces where palmed]].
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' gets a normal numbering for its first sequel ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve2'', but the next game is named ''VideoGame/{{The 3rd Birthday}}''. Not ''Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday''. Just... ''The 3rd Birthday''.
** According to the developers, this is due to it being set in the same universe, but having few connections to the previous games besides the main character.
* In the case of ''NeedForSpeed'', ordering the ''Hot Pursuit'' subseries while give you a headache: ''Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit'', then ''Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit II'', and then ''Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit''. Yes, the completely unnumbered title is the sequel to the game that's number two.
* ''LovePlus'' then Love Plus+ and now for the 3DS Project Love Plus.
* In Japan, the third game of the ''{{Strikers 1945}}'' series is called ''Strikers 1999'' to reference the SettingUpdate. Everywhere else, it's called ''Strikers 1945 III''.
* ''Franchise/WonderBoy'' probably has the most confusing series of sequels out of all the examples listed here thanks to the numerous alternate titles the games had between different platform ports and regional releases.
** [[VideoGame/WonderBoy The first game]] itself, originally an arcade release, is also known as ''Super Wonder Boy'' on the Japanese MasterSystem (since it has a few enhancements from the arcade version and there was also an earlier ''Wonder Boy'' port released in Japan for the SG-1000, Sega's first game console) and ''Revenge of Dracon'' on the American GameGear (it was still called ''Wonder Boy'' everywhere else).
** The second entry in the series was ''Wonder Boy: Monster Land'' for the arcade, which was ported to the MasterSystem in Japan under the name of ''Super Wonder Boy: Monster World'' and that particular version was released in the west as ''VideoGame/WonderBoyInMonsterLand'' (the "in" was not present in the arcade version's title).
** The third and last of the arcade releases was titled ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIIMonsterLair''. The console ports for the TurboGrafx16 and MegaDrive both kept the same name this time, although the cover artwork for the [=TG16=] version omits the "Wonder Boy III" portion.
** The fourth entry is when things start to get confusing. The game was released for the Master System in the west as ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIITheDragonsTrap'' (titled as such since it was the third Master System game in the series), which is a distinct game from the aforementioned ''Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair''. The Master System version was supposed to be released in Japan as ''Monster World II'', but that version got canceled. Instead, the later GameGear port (which was simply titled ''Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap'' in the west, dropping the numeral altogether) came out there as ''Monster World II: Dragon no Wana''.
** The next entry was ''Wonder Boy V: Monster World III'' for the MegaDrive (simply titled ''VideoGame/WonderBoyInMonsterWorld'' in the west, not to be confused with the aforementioned ''Super Wonder Boy: Monster World'', the Sega Mark III version of ''Wonder Boy in Monster Land''). Despite its Japanese title, ''Monster World III'' is actually the fourth game in the series released in Japan, since ''Monster World II'' (which fills the position of "Wonder Boy IV") [[SequelFirst was only released a few months later in Japan]], unless we count the ''Dragon's Curse''/''Adventure Island'' remake by Hudson Soft (which opens a whole 'nother can of worms).
** ''VideoGame/MonsterWorldIV'' is the sixth and final game in the series. It drops the ''Wonder Boy'' name completely since the protagonist in this one is a girl.
* The ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' franchise is actually handed back and forth between two developers, after the fourth installment the sequels changed as each went in their separate directions. ''Call of Duty 4: ModernWarfare'' begat ''Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2'' (the "Call of Duty" was largely omitted from advertising) which begat ''Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3''. ''Call of Duty: World at War'' followed ''4'', then ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', and then ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2''.
* Upon the success of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', the original ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' was subtitled ''Tiberian Dawn'' to differentiate it from the ''Red Alert'' games and from its own sequel, ''Tiberian Sun''.
** The name ''Tiberian Dawn'' had been used by Westwood in pre-release materials, and even appeared in the readme.txt file, but didn't appear anywhere in the original game or its packaging, so didn't see widespread use among fans until it became necessary to differentiate the first game from the series as a whole.
** While not oddly named by general standards, ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' and later ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer4TiberianTwilight'' were oddly named in the context of the series, since [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2 the only game of the five previous C&C games that had been released]] to have put a sequel-indicating number in the title had put it ''after'' the subtitle (3's very subtitle was also a retcon to previously established nomenclature).
* Sega's ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' series played off Romero's ''Dawn of the Dead'' series, including ''Typing of the Dead'' and ''VideoGame/ThePinballOfTheDead''.
** The main series has always had {{Numbered Sequel}}s, up until the prequel ''[[VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDeadOverkill OVERKILL]]''. There's also the small oddity of ''3'' being set ''after 4'' (apparently huge {{time skip}}s were all the rage at the time of ''3'''s release, only for Sega, like everyone else in that bandwagon, to realize now there was nowhere left to go except backwards).
* The ''Franchise/StarWars: [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces]]'' games have a strange number sequence. They start with ''Dark Forces'', followed by ''Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II'', then ''Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast'' and finally ''Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy''. [[ColonCancer Even worse]] when you see that [=LucasArts=] (and no one else) considers the full titles to all be prefixed with "Star Wars."
* The first sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' was called ''Riven: The Sequel to Myst''. Later games adopted a more conventional numbering scheme, resulting in ''Myst III: Exile'', ''Myst IV: Revelation'', and ''Myst V: End of Ages''. A spinoff also exists, which went through enough name changes between its development, release, the cancellation of its online component, the resurrection of its online component through [=GameTap=] and its second cancellation that it probably deserves its own trope. The last name it had was ''Myst Online: Uru Live''.
** This is largely because "Riven: The Sequel to Myst" is five words, and [[ArcNumber the game has a thing about five.]]
** As a side note, ''Myst V: End of Ages'', although named in the Myst continuity, actually continues (and ends) the ''Uru'' storyline.
* ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}}'' was followed by ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'', ''Hexen II'' and ''Heretic II''.
** Originally, ''Hexen II'' was to be named ''Hecatomb'' - the trilogy's names was apparently decided by John Carmack himself. ''Heretic II'' is a sidestory unrelated to the larger Serpent Riders StoryArc.
* Many game franchises were simply given the subtitle "3-D" for their first 3-D title. (As were quite a few that ''started'' around this time.) [[ThirdIs3D Even more likely if this also happened to be the third installment.]]
** One such series was ''VideoGame/DukeNukem''. Continuing this, the title "VideoGame/DukeNukemForever" was meant to be a play on the number four. Little did they know it would come to have [[HilariousInHindsight unexpected symbolism]] [[VaporWare of another kind]].
** See also: [[SuperTitle64Advance 64]]. [[SarcasmMode Even more likely if this also happened to be the sixty-fourth installment.]]
* Apparently the English-speaking world ''needs'' their sequels to have subtitles. ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts 2'', as it is called in Japan, was changed to ''Shadow Hearts: Covenant'' for the English version. The third game followed suit, and was called ''Shadow Hearts: From the New World'' in all versions.
** And let's not forget that they're all sequels to a game called ''Koudelka''.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Unreal}}'' series, the second installment of the main line (after ''VideoGame/UnrealI'', not counting the ExpansionPack) is called ''VideoGame/UnrealIITheAwakening''. Likewise, the successor of ''[[VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004 Unreal Championship]]'' is called ''VideoGame/UnrealChampionship2TheLiandriConflict''.
** The ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' series was an odd one - the first two sequels were numbered by year (in the vein of sports releases, given [[BloodSport the games were a different kind of sport]]), ''[=UT2003=]'' and ''[=UT2004=]'' - but then after lying dormant for a while as Epic started on ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'', they decided the fourth ''UT'' should also be ''Unreal 3'', and so we got ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII''.
* ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'', as the picture above indicates, has some idiosyncratic titling. The series goes as thus: ''Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell'', ''Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow'', ''Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory'', ''Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent'', ''Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials'' (which, despite the name, isn't a remake package with the original games), and ''Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction''.
** Though to their credit, they never tried to mix numbers in with their subtitles. Considering how the naming schemes of some other series turn out, that is probably a good thing.
** This was actually caused by ExecutiveMeddling. Originally Chaos Theory was supposed to be the sequel to Splinter Cell and thus known as Splinter Cell 2. Pandora Tomorrow was only supposed to be an expansion pack to the original. When it was decided that Pandora Tomorrow would be a stand-alone title they released it without any numbering to avoid confusing people.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'', ''VideoGame/III'', then ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories'', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories'', and then ''[[CapcomSequelStagnation finally]] VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. And after that, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'' before ''VideOGame/GrandTheftAutoV''.
* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' series goes through several changes in formatting across the series: ''VideoGame/{{Saints Row|1}}'', ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' and finally ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV''.
* The original ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series consists of ''VideoGame/TombRaider'', ''Tomb Raider II'', ''Tomb Raider III'', then ''Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation'', ''Tomb Raider Chronicles'' and ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAngelOfDarkness''. The Crystal Dynamics ContinuityReboot of the franchise continues this trend, with ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'', ''VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary'', and ''Tomb Raider: Underworld''. Then it was rebooted ''again'', with just "VideoGame/{{Tomb Raider|2013}}".
* The ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series has ''VideoGame/{{Silent Hill|1}}'', ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', then ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room'', ''[[VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins Silent Hill: Řrigins]]'' (which is called ''Silent Hill Zero'' in Japan), ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming'', ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'', and ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour''.
* ''Franchise/PrinceOfPersia''. The first game was followed by the Sequel ''Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame'' then ''Prince of Persia [[ThirdIs3D 3D]]'' followed, when the series [[PolygonCeiling jumped to 3D]] and a new story was begun. Four years later came ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'', starting a new story yet again, which continues in the direct sequels ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaWarriorWithin'' and ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones''. Then, the story resets again, with ''VideoGame/{{Prince of Persia|2008}}'' in 2008, followed by an {{interquel}} between ''Sands of Time'' and ''Warrior Within'' with ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaForgottenSands''.
* The early ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' sequels were numbered with Roman numerals (at least on the title screens), but this became problematic when Capcom released a spin-off game for the SNES named ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' (as in the letter "X", not a Roman numeral 10), which was followed by its own series of numbered sequels. Because of this, Capcom switched to Arabic numerals for both the box art and title screens in the original series starting with ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' in order to avoid any confusion, as the franchise eventually had a real ''VideoGame/MegaMan10''. This was never a problem in Japan, where the original ''Rockman'' games always used Arabic numerals.
** While the games for the GameBoy shared the same names as the ones that were released for the NES (except the first one, which was titled ''Mega Man in Dr. Wily's Revenge''), there were not actually ports of their corresponding NES games, but remixed versions that combined bosses from the corresponding NES game with those from its succeeding installment (i.e. ''Dr. Wily's Revenge'' has bosses from the [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 first]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 two]] NES games, the Game Boy version of ''II'' has bosses from the NES version of ''II'' and ''III'', and so on). The only exception was the Game Boy version of ''Mega Man V'', which features all new bosses instead of borrowing the ones from the NES games. The Japanese versions of these games were released under the ''Rockman World'' name, helping Japanese fans tell them apart.
* Lampshaded in the fourth chapter of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', with a souvenir pin reading "Trial of the Century II: Electric Voodooloo".
** ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' itself does this. The first game was called ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'', then ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge'', followed by ''VideoGame/TheCurseOfMonkeyIsland'' and ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland''. According to WordOfGod, ''Tales of Monkey Island'' takes place "sometime after an imaginary ''Monkey Island 5''", so ''Tales'' is [[NoodleIncident actually the sixth game in the series]].
* You would think ''Franchise/DragonAge'' would be going this way with the first game being called ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and the expansion being called ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening''. But nope, in a reversal of Michael Bay's thoughts, the devs opted to call the sequel ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' just to make things less complicated on the audience. Next up is ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. It was originally announced as ''Dragon Age III: Inquisition'', but the III was dropped at E3 2013.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series had been getting on just fine without the need for any if these fancy subtitles: ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and... ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. Oh. There was also a game with different gameplay that didn't fit into the chronology called ''VideoGame/FalloutTacticsBrotherhoodOfSteel'', and another, with yet a different style of gameplay, called just ''VideoGame/FalloutBrotherhoodOfSteel''.
** Bethesda have explained that ''New Vegas'' isn't a sequel to ''3'', so it doesn't follow in number (if anything, it's more of a sequel to the [[VaporWare never-released]] ''VideoGame/FalloutVanBuren''). Bethesda are apparently planning their own sequel at some point, so presumably that'll be ''4''.
* Oh, boy. ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' is chock full of these, too. The second ''Guilty Gear'' game is ''Guilty Gear X'', and the X sure doesn't stand for the Roman numeral (apparently it's pronounced "Zex"). After that, it's ''Guilty Gear XX'' (pronounced "Igzex"). And then come its [[CapcomSequelStagnation re-releases]], ''#Reload'' (pronounced Sharp-Reload), ''Slash'', and ''Λ Core'' (Accent Core). And ''Accent Core Plus'', the updated release of an updated release (that's right, the full title is "Guilty Gear Igzex Accent Core Plus"). There's also the spin-offs ''Isuka'', ''Judgment'', and ''Dust Strikers'' (they aren't preceded by the XX, though), but they're more like {{Mission Pack Sequel}}s. ''Guilty Gear X [By your side "G. Gear"]'' too.
** Technically, the true sequel to ''Guilty Gear'' is ''Guilty Gear 2: Overture''.
** ''XX'' later received a ''fifth'' update, entitled ''[[LongTitle Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus]] '''[[LongTitle R]]'''''. In an attempt to outdo themselves again, Creator/ArcSystemWorks then announced a new installment, ''Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-'', which mixes this trope with SequelNumberSnarl (the Xrd, pronounced "igzird", can be read as "X third", and thus "three Xs", following the lead of the ''X'' and ''XX'' subseries, despite the fact that ''Xrd'' is essentially ''[=GG3=]'').
* Ever wondered why the ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry'' series jumped from ''III'' to ''V''? After making ''III'', series creator Al Lowe famously stated that [[UnInstallment there would never be a Larry IV]]. [[ExactWords He kept his word.]] Kinda.
** After ''Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail!'', the series was spun-off into a new direction with a new character (Larry's nephew, also named Larry), and the numbering scheme was abandoned. The nephew's games (which sometimes have the original Larry voice letters sent to his nephew) include ''Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude'', ''Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust'', and the cancelled ''Leisure Suit Larry: Cocoa Butter''.
* After ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' retroactively sequelized to follow the defunct ''Slaves to Armok: God of Blood'', it is now ''Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress'', subverting ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin since it doesn't feature Armok in any way and dwarves do not keep slaves.
** Technically ''Dwarf Fortress'' is followed by yet [[ColonCancer another random subtitle]], ''Histories of and '', ie. ''Slaves to Armok: God of Blood Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress: Histories of Gluttony and Determination''.
* ''Franchise/StarOcean'' games have ''Star Ocean'', ''Star Ocean: The Second Story'', ''Star Ocean: Blue Sphere'', ''Star Ocean: Till the End of Time'' and ''Star Ocean: The Last Hope'' (simply titled ''Star Ocean 4'' in Japan). The first two games were later remade under the titles ''Star Ocean: First Departure'' and ''Star Ocean: Second Evolution''. Not to mention TheAnimeOfTheGame, ''Star Ocean EX'', which is apparently based on ''The Second Story''.
* There were actually two ''Wonder Boy III'' games. The first, ''Monster Lair'', is an InNameOnly ShootEmUp sequel to the arcade version of ''Wonder Boy in Monster Land'', which has a different ending than the SMS version, while the second, ''The Dragon's Trap'' (''Dragon's Curse'' on the TurboGrafx16), is a direct sequel to the SMS version of ''Monster Land''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}: Hard Corps'' was eventually followed by a "''Contra''"-less ''VideoGame/HardCorpsUprising''.
* The ''VideoGame/TotalWar'' ''Series'' is an interesting take on this, not only does it usually put the series name after the subtitle but it uses numbers and/or sub-subtitles for some games but not for others. In order of release the games go, ''Shogun: Total War'', ''Shogun: Total War: Mongol Invasion'', ''Medieval: Total War'', ''Medieval: Total War: Viking Invasion'', ''Rome: Total War'', ''Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion'', ''Rome: Total War: Alexander'', ''Medieval II: Total War'', ''Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms'', ''Empire: Total War'', ''Napoleon: Total War'' and just to make the naming even more confusing ''[[{{VideoGame/Total War Shogun 2}} Total War: Shogun 2]]'' and ''[[{{VideoGame/Total War Rome II}} Total War: Rome II]]''.
* ''{{Trackmania}}, Trackmania Sunrise, Trackmania Nations, Trackmania United Forever, Trackmania Nations Forever...'' and the brand new ''Trackmania 2!'' (Not counting console spinoffs)
* The GuitarHero saga, only counting home consoles releases *deep breath*: ''Guitar Hero'', ''Guitar Hero II'', ''Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80's'' (spin-off), ''Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock''', ''Guitar Hero: Aerosmith''(band-focused), ''Guitar Hero: World Tour'', ''Guitar Hero: Metallica'' (again, band-focused), ''Guitar Hero: Smash Hits'' (another spin-off), ''Guitar Hero 5'', ''Band Hero'' ([[RuleOfThree yet another spin-off]]), ''Guitar Hero: Van Halen'' ([[RuleOfThree yep, band-focused again]]) and ''Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock''.
** And there's the portable games: ''Guitar Hero: On Tour'', ''Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades'' and ''Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits''.
* The ''WWF Smackdown'' games start off with the first one and the second ones using numbers (Smackdown 2: Know Your Role), but as of the third one stopped using numbers, as of the sixth one started using the title "Smackdown vs. Raw" instead, and as of the seventh one started including the year a la Madden.
* In Japan, the ''SamuraiSpirits'' games in general have their own WordSaladTitle such as II being "Shin Samurai Spirits: Haohmaru Jigokuhen" (True Samurai Spirits: Haohmaru's Vision of Hell), III is Samurai Spirits: Zankuro Musouken (Peerless Sword of Zankuro), IV is Samurai Spirits: Amakusa Kourin (Amakusa's Advent), and V is actually known as "Samurai Spirits Rei" (Samurai Spirits Zero). It helps to know that the order of the main games (I-V) is V, I, III, IV, II. The two SS64 games take place after II, and Sen takes place after the 64 games.
* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series isn't exactly the most understandable in terms of naming, but ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' was released as a duology, ''Innocent Sin'' and ''Eternal Punishment'', making ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' the 4th and 5th in the series respectively. ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' got the subtitle ''Lucifer's Call'', which admittedly made far more sense.
* ''Theme Park'' was ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a management game in which you run a theme park. The title of the SpiritualSuccessor, ''Theme Hospital'', made less sense.
* ''GargoylesQuest'' and ''Gargoyle's Quest II'' came out for the Game Boy and NES, respectively. They were followed by ''Demon's Crest'' on the Super NES. Their Japanese names weren't any better, the first two games being named ''Red Arremer I'' and ''II'', and then the third game being called ''Demon's Blazon''.
* The ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' series started out with ''[[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super]] Mario Kart'', followed by ''Mario Kart [[{{Nintendo 64}} 64]]''. Then it went to subtitles with ''Mario Kart: Super Circuit'' (for GameBoyAdvance) and ''Mario Kart: Double Dash[[ExcitedShowTitle !!]]'' (for NintendoGameCube). It then returned to SuperTitle64Advance with ''Mario Kart [[NintendoDS DS]]'' and ''Mario Kart {{Wii}}'' before finally falling into NumberedSequels with ''Mario Kart 7'' (for Nintendo3DS) and ''Mario Kart 8'' (for WiiU).
* ''VideoGame/{{Assassins Creed|I}}''s sequels are: ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'', ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'', and finally ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag''.
** It seems that the developers want to keep changing the numbers only for games when a new main character is introduced. On the other hand, some naming choices, such as ''Assassin's Creed III: Liberation'', which features a completely different character unrelated to the others (except also being an ancestor of Desmond), do help throw off some people.
* ''{{Gex}}'' was followed up by ''Gex[[SequelNumberSnarl :]] Enter the Gecko'' and then ''Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko''.
* The PuzzleGame ''Tant-R'' had sequels named ''Ichidant-R'' and ''Sando-R''. "Ichidan" means "more" and "sando" means "three times."
* The ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'' games, whose first and second games were "The Battle of Aces" and "The Gears of Destiny" respectively.
* During the 90s, ElectronicArts released a series of helicopter-based shooters named the "Strike series". The series consists of ''DesertStrike'', ''Jungle Strike'', ''Urban Strike'', ''Soviet Strike'' and ''Nuclear Strike''.
* Not counting the {{spinoff}}s Sonic seemed to make sense with ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog 1]], [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 2]] and [[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles 3]]. Then ''Sonic & Knuckles'' came out which was basically [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo the second half]] of Sonic 3. Then things got confusing when they jumped over into 3D it was ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' and then ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''; however the Adventure title got dropped when ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' appeared which was then followed up by [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006 Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)]]. After that point the games have been a series of very loosely connected games with ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Secret Rings]]'', ''[[VideoGame/SonicStorybookSeries Sonic and the Black Knight]]'', ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''. Not forgetting the downloadable series ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 Sonic 4]]: Episode 1'' and ''Sonic 4: Episode 2''.
* The ''Dranchise/MortalKombat'' series started off with fairly standard numbering, even if it did switch from Roman numerals to numbers between the second and third games, but it became more and more this trope as the series went on. The main games are: ''VideoGame/{{Mortal Kombat|1}}'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' (re-released as ''Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3'', and then the first three games were combined to make ''Mortal Kombat Trilogy''), ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' (re-released as ''Mortal Kombat Gold''), ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''. The most recent game in the series is just called ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat]]'', as it's a ContinuityReboot, although [[FanNickname fans]] (and this wiki) have taken to calling it ''Mortal Kombat 9'' for disambiguation purposes. This, of course isn't getting into the side-games, ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero'', ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks'', which only serve to create even more confusion for new fans of the series. To further increase the problem, the [[Film/MortalKombat film]], and [[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatTheJourneyBegins its]] [[Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation sequels]] all had their own (number-free) names, as did the [[Series/MortalKombatConquest live-action series]], the [[WesternAnimation/MortalKombatDefendersOfTheRealm animated series]] and the [[WebVideo/MortalKombatLegacy web series]]. If all ''that'' wasn't confusing enough, the sequel to 2011's rebooted ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Mortal Kombat]]'' is being developed under the working title ''Mortal Kombat 2''. It'd later be announced as ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''.
* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' has three sequels so far: ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros2'', and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU''. ''[=NSMB2=]'' is actually the third game.
* ''VideoGame/MagicalDrop F: Daibouken mo Rakujanai!'', where "F" stands for four.
* The ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' series gets this, mainly due to localisation:
** The first game, known as just ''Clock Tower'' in Japan, remained untranslated on the Super Famicom, and was not released internationally until the year after it came out, as a port on the Playstation, being named ''Clock Tower: The First Fear''. This was considered necessary, because...
** Not much later, another game, called ''Clock Tower 2'' in Japan, was released internationally as just ''Clock Tower''.
** Later, an offshoot game with little to do with the previous games, called ''Clock Tower: Ghost Head'' in Japan, was named ''Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within'' in international releases.
** Thankfully, this ended with ''Clock Tower 3'', which has the same name for everyone.
* ''[[SeriousSam Serious Sam: The Second Encounter]]'' (or "''TSE''") and ''[[SeriousSam Serious Sam 2]]'' (sometimes referred to as "''[=SS2=]''"" or "''II''") are actually two different games. The former is a MissionPackSequel to the original, while the latter is a completely new installment—released well after ''The Second Encounter''—with its own art style, setting and story line. Both of these were followed by ''[[SeriousSam Serious Sam 3: BFE]]'' ("''Before the First Encounter''") a prequel to the original game (referred heretofore as "''TFE''", or "''The First Encounter''"). And that's not counting ''Serious Sam HD'' and ''Serious Sam: The Second Counter HD'' which are {{Updated Rerelease}}s of ''TFE'' and ''TSE'', respectively.
* The arcade version of ''VideoGame/SilentScope 2'' was titled ''Dark Sillhouette: Silent Scope 2'', although the PS2 version switched the titles back around.
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' usually uses the structure ''X#: Subtitle''. We have ''X: Beyond the Frontier'' and its ExpansionPack ''[[StealthPun X: Tension]]'', ''X2: The Threat'', ''X3: Reunion'', and ''X3: Terran Conflict'' and its ExpansionPack ''X3: Albion Prelude''. The latest game breaks the pattern and is simply titled ''VideoGame/XRebirth''.
* The ''{{VideoGame/Starsiege}}'' HumongousMecha RealRobot series began with ''[=MetalTech: Earthsiege=]'', then moved to ''[=EarthSiege II=]''. The sequel to [=ES2=] was ''{{VideoGame/Starsiege}}''. After ''[=Starsiege=]'' came ''[[{{VideoGame/Tribes}} Starsiege: Tribes]]'', which was related to the previous games InNameOnly, dropping the mechs entirely for fast paced infantry combat in which you use {{JetPack}}s and [[AbnormalAmmo shoot exploding blue frisbees]] at enemies. The sequel to ''[=Starsiege: Tribes=]'' dropped the "[=Starsiege=]" tag entirely, simply becoming ''[[{{VideoGame/Tribes}} Tribes 2]]''. The prequel (which actually has a plot!) to ''Starsiege: Tribes'' is ''[[{{VideoGame/TribesVengeance}} Tribes: Vengeance]]''. The latest ''Tribes'' game is ''[[{{VideoGame/Tribes}} Tribes: Ascend]]''.
* VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines contains an InUniverse example and ShoutOut to the TropeNamer: The in-game radio station runs an ad for a movie named ''Hoover 2: Hydroelectric Boogaloo''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'' series seemingly follows no naming convention whatsoever. It started with ''Elite'', then the sequel was ''[[SequelTheOriginalTitle Frontier: Elite II]]'', followed by ''Frontier: First Encounters'', and now ''Elite: Dangerous'' is in the works.
* ''Videogame/{{Sacred}} 2: Fallen Angel'' has no FallenAngel in the entire game, [[NonindicativeName nor its theme has something to do with the fallen angel concept]]. The only character that could be considered one is the relatively minor dark Seraphim in Seraphim's side quest.
* The sequel to ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' is ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''. While either the "super" or the "2" would not be unusual, the presence of both is odd.
* The sequel to ''[[VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent Amnesia: The Dark Descent]]'' is titled ''[[VideoGame/AmnesiaAMachineForPigs Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs]]''. The developers even mentioned how the name stuck just because of how ''odd'' and memorable it was.
* A slight example in ''SpaceQuest''. Each game is consistently named with a Roman numeral followed by a subtitle (except the first game that doesn't feature a number, of course). Starting with the fourth game, the developers have decided to include the main character's name in the subtitles, even when removing it would sound better (e.g. ''Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers'', ''Space Quest V: Roger Wilco – The Next Mutation''). The sixth game uses an Arabic numeral out of the blue (''Space Quest 6: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier''). The working title for the cancelled seventh game was ''Space Quest VII: Return to Roman Numerals'' as a nod to the break in numbering.
* The [[{{VideoGame/BitTrip}} BIT.TRIP series]] was named consistently, starting with ''BIT.TRIP BEAT'', then ''BIT.TRIP CORE'', ''BIT.TRIP VOID'', ''BIT.TRIP RUNNER'', ''BIT.TRIP FATE'' and ''BIT.TRIP FLUX'', until came ''BIT.TRIP Presents... Runner2: Future Legend Of Rhythm Alien'', justified since the latter can be considered a spin-off, but can also be considered a sequel to RUNNER.
* The sequel to ''Speedball'' was titled ''Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe'', where "Brutal Deluxe" was the name of the player team. (The subtitle could have been something like "Electrobounce Boogaloo"; mercifully it wasn't.)
* In Japan, Creator/{{Toaplan}}'s sequel to ''Tatsujin'' (''Truxton'' elsewhere) was titled ''Tatsujin-Oh'' ("Expert King"), written in kanji rather than romaji as with the first game.
* ''VideoGame/SolomonsKey 2'' was subtitled ''Coolmin Tou Kyuushutsu Sakusen'' [[labelnote:Translation]]"Coolmin Tower Rescue Mission"[[/labelnote]] in Japan.
* The sequel to ''Videogame/HotlineMiami'' is titled ''Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number''.
* ''VideoGame/IkariWarriors'' was followed by ''Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road'' and ''Ikari III: The Rescue''. Though only the NintendoEntertainmentSystem version of ''Victory Road'' carried the ''Ikari Warriors II'' title, the original Japanese title, ''Dogosoken'', had a kanji title beginning with the same character as "ikari."
* The VideoGame/KingsField series can be confusing, because the first game was [[NoExportForYou only released in Japan]], so "King's Field" and "King's Field II" outside Japan are "King's Field II" and "King's Field III" in Japan. The last one is variously called "King's Field: the Ancient City" or KF III or KF IV.
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* 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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* ''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 [[SuperMarioBros Super Mario]] [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Guy]] [[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).
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* 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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* [[Toys/CSToys CSToys The Alternatives]] is an oddly named {{spinoff}} of a live show done by a toystore in Japan.
* 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.
* 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 Palm pilot series of handheld organizers: "Pilot" "Palm Pilot" "Palm III" "Palm V" and ''then'' "Palm IV"
** Similarly, the Voodoo line of graphics accelerators also skipped 4 and 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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