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->''"Film/{{Grease 2}}: The Musical Based on the Sequel to the Movie Based on the Musical"''
-->-- '''Sign''' outside of Springfield Community Theater, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Monkey Suit"

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Something that can happen when a work is adapted, and then ''that'' is adapted, and it's repeated, to the point where it gets adapted back into the original medium. Often because the original version [[InNameOnly is so far from the adapted version]] that it's useless as a tie-in, so the work ''had'' to be adapted back. It can also be due to AdaptationDisplacement, however. Other reasons are quite possible, as this trope cares not for motives of the recursive adapter, merely that the adaption "stack" curves back on itself (for example, book->movie->TV show->book).

This is the result of making a {{novelization}} of a movie based on a book, or making a movie out of a ScreenToStageAdaptation, effectively [[TheRemake remaking]] the original movie. See also RecursiveImport, RecursiveFanfiction, ThirdOptionAdaptation, and CanonImmigrant.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita: Last Order]]'', manga → game → manga.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'': Novel (''Hi-Streamer'') → Movie → Novel (''Beltorchika's Children''). Note that both novels were written by series creator Creator/YoshiyukiTomino, and none of these are straight adaptations.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' had a double recursive adaptation: the fourth ''Dragon Ball Z'' {{RPG}} for the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem Family Computer]] was titled ''[[GaidenGame Dragon Ball Z Gaiden]]'', which featured a new storyline written specifically for the game. A two-part video guide for the game was then released that was essentially a ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' {{OVA}} with footage of the Famicom game spliced in between. The animated segments of the video guide were then reused for two [[FullMotionVideo FMV games]] released for Bandai's short-lived Macintosh-based Pippin game console in Japan.
** ''Manga/DragonBall'' Jump Festa special, ''Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!'', was adapted into a one-shot manga by Ooishi Naho.
** The ''Anime/DragonBallZBardockTheFatherOfGoku'' featured an original storyline that wasn't in the original manga, years later Naho Ooishi wrote a manga miniseries called ''Manga/DragonBall: Episode of Bardock'' set after the events of the TV special which got [[Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock adapted into a TV special]]. That makes it an OVA adapted from a manga which is a sequel to an anime TV special which was spun-off from a manga. Also, just to make it more confusing, Bardock as a character received CanonImmigrant status in a flashback in Toriyama's original manga.
** And then of course there's the "animanga", which is a manga that uses screenshots of the TV series, which itself is based on the manga. Its main upside was that it was colour while the original manga was black and white, but then it became "[[RunningGag redundantly redundant]]" with the release of Dragon Ball Colour, which colours in the original manga panels at a much higher quality.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is an anime inspired by the original ''Manga/GhostInTheShell'' that establishes it's own continuity. This anime series received a manga adaptation, which makes it a manga based on an anime inspired by a manga.
* ''Manga/LupinIII'' is a [[SeriesFranchise multi-media franchise]] that began as a serial manga. After making its way to Anime, some of the stories have become full-colour manga volumes.
** Comic Souris has made full-colour manga from: ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'' (a three-book set) and Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket (Volumes 2 through 12). The best example of recursion is when a Green Jacket episode was aired based on a manga chapter, and turned into a manga volume.
** Action Comics made a four-volume set from ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (manga) → ''[[Anime/NegimaSecondSeason Negima!?]]'' (anime) → ''Negima!? Neo'' (manga).
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' had a video game adaptation that had an original story, and the story of the game later got adapted into a {{Filler}} arc in the anime.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' is a strange beast; it began as a manga, which ended prematurely due to publication issues but shortly after was adapted as an anime with a definite conclusion to the story; but later the original manga was republished under a different magazine, and continued on while borrowing story elements from ''its own adaptation''.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'' was originally a manga which was adapted into an [[Anime/YuGiOh anime]]. The anime received a spinoff, ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', which was adapted back into a [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]], though this is not a full example of this trope as the manga is almost completely different from the anime, sharing only characters, setting, and the card game. The same goes for [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds subsequent]] [[Anime/YuGiOhZexal spinoffs]] too, the first of which also has decent amount of changes from the anime, starting with the rules of the game (certain cards are not required and monsters are summoned differently).
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** The {{Novelization}} of Levi's backstory, ''A Choice with No Regrets'' being adapted into a {{Manga}}, then being adapted into a two-part OVA.
** The music composer for the anime was heavily inspired by the Dutch SymphonicMetal band Music/{{Epica}}. In 2017 Epica covered several ''Attack on Titan'' songs on an EP.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' (anime) → ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' (manga) → ''Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin'' (anime adaptation of new manga material as a {{Prequel}} series)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Various non-comic Creator/DCComics properties have received their own continuing comic book series:
** The Franchise/{{DCAU}} is a famous example, with ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]] Adventures'', ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]] Adventures'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Adventures'', ''Justice League Unlimited'', and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
** ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' had its own comic book tie-in.
** ''WesternAnimation/DCSuperFriends'' goes an extra step. Comic → Toys → Cartoon → Comic. And it's adorable and fun.
** DC once had a comic based around a Bruce Timm-inspired animated world called ''Adventures in the DC Universe'', with its own version of the Justice League. This was before ''Justice League Unlimited'' but seemingly taking place in the world of WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries and [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Superman]]. So it was a comic series based on a cartoon that would later have its own [[Franchise/{{DCAU}} cartoon equivalent]].
** ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' was a popular LighterAndSofter comic, which was adapted thematically into the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon, which got a comic book version called ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'' drawn by the former artist of the YJ comic. There was later a ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' cartoon based on the DarkerAndEdgier TT comic, which in turn received its ''own'' tie-in comics. To complete the loop, the TT cartoon was spun off into the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' cartoon, which is a comedic series unrelated to the comic by that name: the full loop is comic → cartoon → comic → two cartoons → comic.
** ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' was adapted into ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', which had a continuation comic for a comic → series → comic loop.
** The Super Powers toy line from the 80s and the Total Justice toy line from the 90s had comic book mini-series as tie-ins.
** DC Comics used to have a title called ''ComicBook/HumanTarget'', about MasterOfDisguise Christopher Chance who would disguise himself as people whose lives were in danger in order to draw out their attacker. This recently got an InNameOnly TV adaptation, where Chance isn't a MasterOfDisguise, he's just an undercover bodyguard. Creator/DCComics have released a new ''ComicBook/HumanTarget'' comic based on this.
** DC has launched ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'', a comic based on a popular line of {{Animesque}} figurines of comic characters, which would make it a comic based on merchandise based on comics.
** 2013's ''ComicBook/Batman66'' comic is an adaptation of the 1966 Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series, which of course was itself an adaptation of the Franchise/{{Batman}} comics that had been printed up to that time.
*** The success of the series led to DC launching ''Wonder Woman '77'', a continuation of the live-action ''Series/WonderWoman'' TV show.
*** A Brazilian GagDub [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4aO5V8ovsQ of one episode]] [[http://batimahq.blogspot.com.br/ was adapted into a webcomic]]. Comic → series → GagDub → (web)comic.
** The comic ''Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse'' is based on the video game ''VideoGame/InfiniteCrisis'', which is based on the comic book ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'' and similar {{Crisis Crossover}}s.
** ''Series/TheFlash1990'' received tie-in comics, which ended up having a major influence on ''Series/TheFlash2014''.
** Similarly, ''ComicBook/BatmanArkhamUnhinged'' is a comic book set in the universe of the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' of video games, which was inspired by comics focused on Arkham like ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' and ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumLivingHell''. Several other comics based off the ''Arkham'' game continuity have been released since then.
* Dark Horse had ''Adventures of the Mask'', adapting the [[WesternAnimation/TheMask animated series]] based on [[Film/TheMask the film]] based on [[ComicBook/TheMask the comic]].
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' went [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage comic book]] → [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 animated series]] → [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures Archie comic book]]. Eventually occurred with the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 second cartoon]] as well, although the resulting comic book ended up having a much shorter shelf-life than its predecessor. Now there's a comic based on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the current cartoon]], courtesy of IDW, which started in 2013 and is still running.
** There's also comic book → first movie → comic book adaptation written and drawn by the original creators, resulting in the slightly weird case of the Turtles looking just like they do in the [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Mirage stories]], but behaving like their [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles movie counterparts]] (ordering pizza, for example).
* In a slightly different case, the plot of the ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'' game was adapted back into the comic as the "War of the Symbiotes" StoryArc.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' comic book series is a comic book based on a [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales cartoon]] based on a [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse comic book]] based on a [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts cartoon]].
** The [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017 new reboot series]] is continuing the tradition by having a comic book series based on it.
** In addition, the theatrical cartoon movie ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'' is based on the television cartoon based on the comic book based on the original theatrical cartoon shorts.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' comics were adapted into the ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated'' direct-to-DVD films, which were then adapted into a ''Hellboy Animated'' comic series.
* ''Series/TheMiddleman'' started off as a TV pitch that ended up a series for Viper Comics which became a TV show on ABC Family which returned to comic form for the show's [[TheResolutionWillNotBeTelevised unaired 13th and final episode]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has a comic book adaptation. The animated version incorporated elements from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, and the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Naturally, it went by the name ''ComicBook/MarvelUniverse - ComicBook/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' animated series also has a comic adaptation called ''Marvel Universe-Ultimate Spider-Man''. That's a comic retold as [[UltimateUniverse another comic]], adapted into WesternAnimation, adapted back into a comic. The cartoon also incorporates unique elements of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, which itself is an adaptation of both the MarvelUniverse and ComicBook/UltimateMarvel.
** Incidentally, ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' had an original character, a new ComicBook/WhiteTiger, become a CanonImmigrant to the MarvelUniverse before the series even premiered.
* The films in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse usually have comic book tie-ins that either outright adapt the events of the movies, or [[AllThereInTheManual explain what went on in-between each installment]]. For example, there's a comic set in-between ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' and ''Film/IronMan3'' that explains where ComicBook/WarMachine was during the Chitauri invasion of New York.
* Likewise, there were a few one-shot comic prequels published for ''Film/XMen1'' and ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. A lot of them were pushed into CanonDiscontinuity by the later films in the franchise.
* IDW have announced they're publishing a comic based on ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', which was based on the short-lived Creator/ImageComics title ''M. Rex''.
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' had a prequel comic printed in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd Megazine'' which told [[BigBad Ma-Ma's]] origin story. There's also an upcoming series carrying on from the film's continuity.
* ''Spidey Super Stories'' was a LighterAndSofter Spider-Man series adapted from the skits of the same name that appered in the PBS show ''Series/TheElectricCompany1971'' (which of course had picked them up from the original franchise).
* Marvel's [[ComicBook/SHIELD2014 S.H.I.E.L.D. comic]] is an adaptation of the ABC series ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', which was written to be set in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse of films based on the original Marvel comics. The show's main cast of [[CanonForeigner Canon Foreigners]] ([[spoiler:barring Grant Ward, who turned out to be TheMole in the show, and Skye, who turned out to be the MCU version of [[ComicBook/SecretWarriors Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake]]]]) are now [[CanonImmigrant Canon Immigrants]].
* Marvel has announced a comic adaptation of the ''Contest of Champions'' video game, which was named after and loosely inspired by the ''ComicBook/ContestOfChampions'' comic from 1982. The new series will adapt the events of the game into the official Marvel continuity.
* ''Disney/BigHero6'', the Disney movie loosely based on a Marvel comic book series, later got its own comic series by Creator/IDWPublishing, as well as a prequel manga.
* ''Smurfs: The Village Behind The Wall'' is a five-story comic book album based on the movie ''WesternAnimation/SmurfsTheLostVillage'', which in turn is based on the original comic book franchise ''Franchise/TheSmurfs''.

* Literature/TheCatInTheHat: book → [[Film/TheCatInTheHat movie]] → book
* ''Film/TheProducers'': movie about a musical (1968) → Broadway musical (2001) → movie of the musical (2005).
* ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'': movie (1988) → Broadway musical (2002) → movie musical (2007).
* ''Little Shop of Horrors'': [[Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors movie]] (1960) → [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors off-Broadway musical]] (1982) → [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors movie]] (1986) → [[WesternAnimation/LittleShop animated series]] (1991).
* ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'' (1939) became the Broadway musical ''Silk Stockings'', which was in turn filmed in 1957.
* The musical ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' was based on the 1938 movie version of ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' [[LostInImitation as much as on George Bernard Shaw's original play]]. It was made into a movie in 1964.
* Federico Fellini's 1957 film ''Film/NightsOfCabiria'' was adapted into the Broadway musical ''Theatre/SweetCharity'', which was filmed in 1969.
* Fellini's ''Film/EightAndAHalf'' became the Broadway musical ''Theatre/NineMusical'', a film adaptation of which was released in 2009.
* ''Film/ReeferMadness: The Movie Musical''
* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' is a borderline example. It started out as a movie, then Creator/OsamuTezuka made a manga that was [[SuggestedBy inspired by a single still from that movie of a female robot being born]], and then someone made [[Anime/{{Metropolis}} a feature film]] out of ''that'' -- which actually resembled the original film more than the manga did, as it heavily emphasized the elements of the manga that were ''already'' coincidentally similar to the film.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' produced the AlternateContinuity TV spinoff ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', which stars the EnsembleDarkHorse penguins from the film. And in 2014, the Penguins got [[WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar their own film]] in canon with the original movies.
* ''Film/RoadToPerdition'': ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' manga → ''Lone Wolf and Cub'' movies → ''ComicBook/RoadToPerdition'' graphic novel → film.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'': Construction toys → Video Game Tie-in → movie → [[http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/The_LEGO_Movie_%28Theme%29 construction toys]].
* ''Film/{{Elf}}'': movie (2003) → stage musical (2010) → animated TV special (2014).
* The four additional songs from the film version of ''Film/{{Grease}}''; "Grease", "Sandy", "Hopelessly Devoted To You", and "You're The One that I Want"; were later incorporated into the revival productions of the stage musical.
* Creator/WarnerBros, being determined to promote the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie through every medium possible, unsurprisingly produced a ComicBookAdaptation.
* The James Bond story ''Thunderball'' began life as an unproduced screenplay. It was then adapted by Creator/IanFleming as the novel ''Novel/{{Thunderball}}'' (leading to a highly publicized court case with the co-writers of the original script) which was then adapted as the 1965 film ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', which was in turn remade in 1983 as ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''.
* ''Film/{{Fanny}}'': Started out as a couple of stage plays, which were adapted into movies, which were adapted into a 1954 stage musical, which was adapted into the 1961 film ''Fanny''.
* Creator/TommyWiseau's ''Film/TheRoom'' received a "making of" story in the form of actor Greg Sestero's book ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist.'' Creator/JamesFranco went on to make a FilmOfTheBook [[Film/TheDisasterArtist in 2017]].

* Both the films ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' and ''Film/MaryShelleysFrankenstein'' had new {{novelization}}s written, despite being based on classic novels themselves. ''And'' having included the original author's name [[InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt in the title of the movie]], as if to give an air of authenticity. Creator/FredSaberhagen wrote the novelization of ''Bram Stoker's Dracula''; Saberhagen reportedly offered his services on the Frankenstein novel as well, solely for the purpose of being able to put "''Mary Shelley's Frankenstein'': From the author of ''Bram Stoker's Dracula''" on the cover. Ah, WhatCouldHaveBeen...
* ''Film/TheThing1982'' also had a {{novelization}}... making it a novel based on a film based on a short story (ignoring the previous film version of the short story which had little to do with the original).
* Hollywood producers offered Philip K. Dick the chance to write the {{novelization}} of ''Film/BladeRunner'', itself a loose FilmOfTheBook (the screenwriters had not read the original book) of his ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'' They would have paid him a lot of money to do this, but feeling insulted he refused. This led to the release of tie-in editions of ''Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'' re-titled and looking for all the world like ''Film/BladeRunner'' novelizations. Later, his short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" [[AdaptationDisplacement inspired]] the movie ''Film/TotalRecall1990''. Having gone through DevelopmentHell and many screenwriters, the script was essentially an original script with even less in common with its source material than ''Film/BladeRunner''. By the time of the film's release, Creator/PiersAnthony had written a novelization of ''Total Recall''. The novelization came out in 1989. The movie came out in 1990.
* ''Literature/BlackBeauty'', originally a novel, had a movie made out of it. And then the movie was novelized into a children's book with pictures from the movie in the middle.
* Several movies based on children's books wind up getting adapted into children's books again. Recent examples include ''Literature/TheTaleOfDespereaux''.
* Creator/AnthonyTrollope's six-volume Literature/{{Palliser}} series (long) was adapted into a twenty-six episode miniseries (also long) only to be novelized again in a single volume (very, very short).
* Creator/FritzLeiber adapted ''Tarzan and the City of Gold'' starring Mike Henry into a prose {{Tarzan}} novel. He took pains to footnote past Tarzan adventures by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs to make this a canonical continuation of the Tarzan continuity of Burroughs.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' example: the episode "The Slaver Weapon" was adapted by Larry Niven from his own original (unrelated to Star Trek) short story "The Soft Weapon". The episode itself was then subsequently novelised by Alan Dean Foster as a Star Trek novel. This means that there are two print versions of the exact same story, both of which are similar but also startlingly different from each other.
* Many ''Series/TheSaint'' comic strip arcs and TV episodes received prose adaptations by Leslie Charteris and other writers. These adaptations fit into the Saint's [[Literature/TheSaint literary continuity]]. Examples include The Saint in Trouble (has a footnote to the events of The Last Hero) and Salvage for the Saint.
* Will Murray wrote some Remo Williams comic books, at least one of which he adapted into a prose novel.
* Max Allan Collins wrote a ''Series/{{Bones}}'' novel. This counts as a recursive adaptation as the Bones TV series adapts Kathy Reichs' concepts from her novels.
* Carl Dreadstone adaptations of the Universal, many of whom started in prose.
* 1977 novelization of Lancaster version of ''Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau''.
* The novelization of Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Planet of the Apes|2001}}'' remake was a novelization of a remake of a film adapted from an English translation of a French novel. Yikes.
* Joy Hakim's ''A History of US'' middle-school textbook series was adapted into a PBS documentary series ''Freedom: A History of US,'' which was released concurrently with a history book (not quite written for middle-schoolers, but for all casual readers) adaptation of the documentaries, sharing the revamped title with the documentaries. So Textbook → Documentary → history book.
* The run-up to the Jackson ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' adaptation inspired [[http://www.revolutionsf.com/article.php?id=838 this memorable parody]].
* The ''Literature/MagicSchoolBus'' series had books based on the TV series based on the book. They were by far the least educational of the versions.
* Both ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Franklin}}'' began their lives as popular book series. Both have since been made into television series. In turn, episodes of those series have been released as books, though they've generally avoided releasing episodes as books that were adapted from books in the first place.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon: The Chapter Book.'' Seriously, that's the actual title.
* The ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' series by R.L. Stine was [[Series/{{Goosebumps}} adapted into a TV show]], which then was adapted back into books based on the episode (though, these books were written by someone else).
* ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' has an interesting history as a book → movie → book. It was the third ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel by Creator/IanFleming. It was then adapted into [[Film/{{Moonraker}} a film in 1979]]... but the film only incorporated the villain (Hugo Drax) and the idea of a rocket from the novel. The screenwriter, Christopher Wood, adapted his screenplay into a book of the movie, titled ''James Bond and Moonraker'' to differentiate it from the original novel.
** Previously done to a greater extent with ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. Fleming only licensed the title to Eon due to his being unhappy with the novel and with Bond only appearing in the final third of the book. An entirely new plot was created for the film and a novelization commissioned; the first for James Bond. As with ''Moonraker'', the novelisation was also written by screenplay writer Christopher Wood.
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', based on a children's picture book, was adapted into a young adult novel.
* Mary Roberts Rinehart adapted her detective novel ''The Circular Staircase'' in collaboration with Avery Hopwood into the play ''Theatre/TheBat'', whose runaway success led to a novelization.
* ''Literature/TheFoxAndTheHound'', a novel by Daniel P. Mannix, and obviously literature to begin with, was very very loosely adapted into a [[Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound Disney movie]] which was then further adapted into another series of books.
* ''Literature/WhereTheWildThingsAre'' started as a picture book, then was adapted into [[AdaptationExpansion a much longer and more detailed movie]], and the movie has its novelized version, titled ''Wild Things.''
* ''Conan the Barbarian'', both the [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 1982]] and [[Film/ConanTheBarbarian2011 2011]] versions, received novelizations. (Admittedly, an unusual entry, since the films did not especially specifically adapt the tales from the 1950s reprint volume ''Conan the Barbarian''.) Robert Jordan also wrote a novelization of ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'', but no anthology or novel had used that title.
* Significant changes were made to ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Princess of Mars]]'' to get the movie ''Film/JohnCarter'', but at least the novelization included the original novel as an added feature in the back of the book!
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' was based off the book ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit''. The film then led to the book ... ''Who Framed Roger Rabbit''. Not a straight example because only the characters were used but rather close.
* The first ''Film/JurassicPark'' film was based fairly directly on Creator/MichaelCrichton's [[Literature/JurassicPark novel]], though differed in several major respects -- including just which characters [[SparedByTheAdaptation survive]] or [[DeathByAdaptation not]]. Crichton's subsequent book ''Literature/TheLostWorld1995'' was written more as a sequel to the movie, rather than the novel, given the sudden UnexplainedRecovery experience necessary for one major protagonist to appear after his [[NotQuiteDead apparent]] fate in the original novel. This new book was itself swiftly followed by a movie of (partly) the same name, although adapted more loosely still. A second sequel movie was then produced titled ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', combining some characters from the first book/film with the setting of the second and at least one major inspiration (the pterosaur 'cage') from the original novel. By the time we got to the third movie we're 4 steps away from the original book in general, though.
** As a straighter example, the film adaptation of ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' was given the junior novelization treatment. So, book of the film of the book. The same is true of ''Westernanimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'', ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' and ''Film/{{Zathura}}''.
* Pretty much any fairy tale that Disney adapted was later released by them as either picture books, a movie novelization, a manga, or all of the above, including ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' and ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', to name just a few.
* Robert Sheckley novelized ''Condorman'', loosely based on his novel ''The Game of X''.
* Some Ellery Queen film adaptations received novelizations.
* The dramatic novel by Peter George ''Red Alert'' was adapted to the Kubrick film ''Film/DrStrangelove'' with a lot of satirical elements. George would go on to make a novelization of the film.
* Literature/JaneAndTheDragon was a series of children's books that got an animated series, which in turn had a few episodes get the {{Novelization}} treatment.
* David Morell wrote ''Literature/FirstBlood'', which was adapted into the ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' series of films. Morell then penned novelizations of the first two sequels, which have more in common with the films than the original book since [[spoiler: Rambo dies at the end of the original story.]]
* ''Film/ReturnToOz'', loosely based on ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'' and ''Literature/OzmaOfOz'', received a novelization.
* Julie Burchill's novel ''Sugar Rush'' was adapted into [[Series/SugarRush a popular TV show]] that ran for [[BritishBrevity two series]]. Burchill was inspired by the performance of the two leads to write a follow-up novel, ''Sweet'', that incorporated aspects of both the original novel and the TV show but wasn't canonical to either, essentially creating a third version of the story.
* If you guessed this has happened to any of the {{Live Action Adaptation}}s to Dr. Seuss' books, give yourself some green eggs and ham!
* ''[[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen]]'': Began as an unfilmed script for the series, later [[DolledUpInstallment dolled-up]] into the third ''[[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's]]'' novel, and now adapted into a Doctor Who novel based on the original script, with a few subtle {{Shout Out}}s to the ''Hitchhiker's'' novel.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Television (''Series/TheTwilightZone'') → theme park ride (''[[Ride/DisneyThemeParks The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror]]'') → television (MadeForTVMovie ''Film/TowerOfTerror'')
* Creator/TheHistoryChannel MiniSeries of ''Series/TheBible2013'' released a {{novelization}} called ''The Story of God and All of Us''.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' recieved a series of non-canon tie-in novels set throughout the series. Two of the plots from these novels (''Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse'' and ''Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu'') were later loosely adapted into episodes of the main television series (''Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing'' and ''Mr. Monk and the Badge'', respectively), albeit with some differences (the most significant being the main plot point of ''[[TemporaryBlindness Can't See a Thing]]'').
* After ''Series/DoctorWho'' was revived on TV, there were quite a few cases of ExpandedUniverse stories being remade as television episodes.
** Full-scale adaptations are "Human Nature"/"The Family of Blood" (a Tenth Doctor TV story based on the Seventh Doctor novel ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresHumanNature Human Nature]]''), "Blink" (a Tenth Doctor TV story based on the prose Ninth Doctor annual short story "What I Did on my Summer Holidays, by Sally Sparrow") and "The Lodger" (an Eleventh Doctor TV story based on a Tenth Doctor ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic story of the same title).
** Looser adaptations are "Dalek" (a Ninth Doctor TV story loosely based on the Sixth Doctor AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho drama ''Jubilee'', earlier drafts of which were reportedly much more heavily based on the audio), and "The Shakespeare Code" (a Tenth Doctor TV story loosely based on the Ninth Doctor ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip story "A Groatsworth Of Wit").
** The Third Doctor was partially based on Film/JamesBond, who was allegedly partially based on actor Jon Pertwee.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'''s novel "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" had some plots used for episodes of the TV show, notably in "White Hole". The book also explains a lot of what happened before most of the crew were killed, and some of it was adapted into Series 8. The book is often inconsistent with the show's plot, but this was done deliberately (it is inconsistent in show too). The other books "Better Than Life", "Backwards" and "Last Human" had some features put into the show too, but none as much as the first book.
* ''Muffin the Mule'' puppet show had a book based upon it. Some of the shorts from the book were remade into cartoons in the Soviet Union.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' inspired two television movies, ''The Brady Girls Get Married'' and ''A Very Brady Christmas'', which each had a spin-off series (''The Brady Brides'' and ''The Bradys'', respectively).

* Music/LudwigVanBeethoven's Violin Sonata No.9 in A major, known as the ''Kreutzer'' sonata after its dedicatee,[[note]] Even though he never played the sonata (calling it "outrageously unintelligible"), only met Beethoven once, and didn't care for his music.[[/note]] inspired the novella ''The Kreutzer Sonata'' by Creator/LeoTolstoy about an adulterous affair between a violinist and pianist who perform the Beethoven work. Tolstoy's novella was then adapted back into music as Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No.1, also called ''Kreutzer Sonata'', which paraphrases a theme from the first movement of the original ''Kreutzer'' sonata in its third movement.
* Any time a song, album, musical artist, or musical genre inspires a movie, musical, etc. a soundtrack album is inevitably produced. For example:
** The music of Music/TheBeatles inspired the film ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'', which of course had a soundtrack album.
** Music/TheWho album ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' was adapted as a musical in the 1990s, and produced an album of the original cast recording.
** ''Music/AmericanIdiot'' spawned a Broadway Musical in 2009, which in turn spawned an album of the original cast recording. It even won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
* Music/FrankZappa's ''200 Motels'', originally conceived as a classical music piece (and performed in fragments at various Zappa shows over a span of two years), then made into a [[Film/TwoHundredMotels film in 1971]], which was also going to be performed in concert at the Royal Albert Hall around the time of the film's release, until the orchestra and organizers balked at the [[BawdySong bawdy]] lyrics. Eventually a newly-adapted version, ''200 Motels: The Suites'', with elements of the film and of Zappa's [[{{Doorstopper}} 300-page]] original score, was performed by the LA Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2013.

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* The role-playing game phenomenon inspired the Niven & Barnes novel ''Literature/DreamPark'' and its sequels. R. Talsorian Games then adapted the novel into an actual tabletop RPG.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' sells a few of the decks used in its ''Duels of the Planeswalkers'' video game as pre-made decks. Of course, there's nothing [[CrackIsCheaper but money]] preventing the dedicated player from making the decks himself.
* ''Words With Friends: The Boardgame.'' Zynga copies the concept of Scrabble to make a video game, then licenses it back to Hasbro, the company they copied it from.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': tabletop game → [[WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons animated series]] → "Dungeons & Dragons Animated Series Handbook", a third-edition supplement that statted out several characters and races exclusive to the cartoon.
* ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD20'' strongly influenced the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' video game series, which, in-turn, spawned a Campaign Guide for the tabletop game a few years later.
* TabletopGame/{{Scrabble}}: {{Board Game|s}} → [[Series/{{Scrabble}} game show]] → [[HomeGame board game]].
** ''TabletopGame/TrivialPursuit'' followed a similar path.

* The 1939 Broadway play ''The Philadelphia Story'' was adapted to [[Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory a film of the same name]] in 1940. In 1956, the movie was remade as a musical film called ''Film/HighSociety''. In 1997, ''High Society'' was adapted to a Broadway musical.
* In 1952, French playwright Marcelle Maurette wrote the play ''Anastasia'', based on [[DidAnastasiaSurvive the claims of Romanov imposter Anna Anderson]]. Four years later, it was adapted into the film ''{{Film/Anastasia}}'', starring Creator/IngridBergman and Creator/YulBrynner. In 1997, the 1956 film was loosely remade by Creator/DonBluth as the [[{{Disneyfication}} Disneyfied]] animated musical ''{{WesternAnimation/Anastasia}}''. The 1997 animated film inspired, in turn, a [[{{Theatre/Anastasia}} 2016 Broadway musical]].
* ''The Rocky Horror Show'', a 1973 stage musical was adapted into the movie, ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' in 1975 which got a sequel called ''Film/ShockTreatment'' in 1981, which was adapted into a play in 2015.
* ''Grease'' was a 1971 stage musical, turned into [[Film/{{Grease}} a movie]] in 1978, which got a sequel, ''Film/Grease2'' in 1982, which was adapted into the play, ''Cool Rider'' in 2014.

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* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' inspired a LiveActionAdaptation simply titled ''Film/StreetFighter'', which in turn inspired two fighting games based on it, both titled ''Street Fighter: The Movie''. The arcade version was made by Incredible Technologies. The console version, often mistaken to be a port of the arcade version, plays more like a standard ''Street Fighter'' game (specifically like a slower ''Super SF II Turbo'') and it's generally considered a decent game, albeit not at the same level as the other games in the series.
** ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'' also had its own game version, albeit one that [[NoExportForYou came out only in Japan]]. Instead of being a traditional fighting game, it was some weird pseudo-life sim where you controlled the newest model of Shadaloo's Monitor Cyborgs and develop his fighting abilities by watching [[FullMotionVideo FMV footage]] of the actual movie (along with new scenes made for the game) and "analyzing" the characters' special moves. There is a ''Super Turbo''-style fight sequence in the end, but the Cyborg's moves are the same ones that Ken has in ''Super Turbo'' (including his ''Shoryu Reppa'').
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Video game → [[TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}} collectible card game]] → [[VideoGame/PokemonTradingCardGame video game]]. And the promotional cards that came with the game and its strategy guide are based on those from the video game, adding another layer.
*** Also worth noting that several aspects of the TCG directly affected later generations of the main series. The move [[TakingYouWithMe Destiny Bond]] and Rain Dance, as well as the "Pokemon Powers" becoming abilities being prime examples.
** Also, ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Pokémon Yellow]]'' is video game → [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] → video game. This eventually went double-recursive when Ash and Gary finally battled each other in the anime: Ash uses Pikachu while Gary uses an Eevee, which are the Pokémon their game counterparts start with in ''Yellow''.
** The Surfing Pikachu card is a reference to the anime via ''Pokémon Yellow'', and is included in the video game version of the TCG. That's video game → [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]] → video game → trading card game → video game.
** Cinnabar Island has been, from the start, said to be a volcano, but no such volcano is visible in the original games. The anime made the volcano very visible, and even had the city's Gym situated ''inside'' it. Come ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', where that volcano erupted and destroyed the city during the TimeSkip, and the eruption is very clearly shown to have originated from the point where the Gym once stood. Another case of video game → anime → video game.
** ''Pokémon Puzzle League'', aside from being an updated version of ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'', is a pretty massive recursive adaptation in its own right, given that the Puzzle Master is Mewtwo from [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the movie]]. So the adaptation goes: game --> anime --> movie --> game.
* ''VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo'' was loosely [[TheAnimeOfTheGame adapted into]] [[Anime/VariableGeo a 3-part OVA]] by Creator/{{KSS}} in 1996. Part of which was used for the beginning of ''Advanced V.G. II's'' (released in '98) story mode. Specifically, by reusing the exact same footage of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoRvUOdUbzo Yuka's match with Jun]] to explain how Tamao [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EybYE3jQPDY first saw Yuka in action.]]
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' inspired an animated series produced by Creator/DiCEntertainment and Bohbot Entertainment, which had an American-developed fighting game tie-in titled ''Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls''. [[Film/DoubleDragon The Movie]] also had its own fighting game version for the Neo-Geo, which was developed by Technos themselves.
* Hoo boy, ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''. Initially a series of games centered around anime [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossovers]] which eventually got a sub-series of games based on its OriginalGeneration. Said subseries got its own AnimatedAdaptation and an OVA sequel. And ''then'' the first two OG games got a remake that changed plot elements to accomodate scenes from the anime, and a bonus segment based on the OVA. And after ''that'', a GaidenGame was released that continued the plot of the bonus segment and threw in elements from what was essentially a ''radio play''. Together with all the {{Canon Immigrant}}s getting tossed around between series and mediums, ''Super Robot Wars'' has more loops than your average roller coaster ride.
* ''[[VideoGame/DoctorRobotniksMeanBeanMachine Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine]]'', which was a [[DolledUpInstallment creative localization]] of ''VIdeoGame/PuyoPuyo'' based off the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' animated series, which was based off of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' ''games''.
** If you want to stretch it that far, ''VideoGame/SonicSpinball'' is a video game loosely based on (read: has cameos from) the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'', ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'', and the Archie Comics series (which were, as above, based on the original games), which eventually got its own comic adaptation.
** There was going to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnsn0_w6K9Q a straight example of this]]--that is, a ''Sonic'' game based on the ''[=SatAM=]'' cartoon, which in turn was based on the video games--but it was canceled.
** ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles: The Dark Brotherhood'' was very heavily inspired by [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Comics' comic line]], and the comic has recently been taking in idea from the game.
** ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' is a reimagining of the Sonic universe as an animated CGI cartoon series with the [[VideoGame/SonicBoom companion video games]] ''Rise of Lyric'' and ''Shattered Crystal'' acting as a prologue to the story of the former.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider'' has an interesting example, in that it started as a game, and then became a movie which was a failure for fans of the game. And then the games became failure for fans of the game. Eventually, they borrowed elements from the movie to make the new game series (also putting a "Lara Croft" before the title, similar to the movies), which has actually made it more successful and relevant than its been in years.
** Which also has its InterQuel comic book series first written by Creator/GailSimone and now by Creator/RhiannaPratchett.
* ''VideoGame/FZero GP Legend''--a video game based on the anime of the same name, based upon the ''F-Zero'' franchise of video games.
* ''VideoGame/PacMan'' → the Saturday morning cartoon ''Pac-Man'' → ''Pac-Land'', a sidescrolling platformer based on the cartoon.
** In Japan however, it became a (slightly) DolledUpInstallment. It was still ''Pac-Land'', but with changes made to certain sprites, including Pac-Man himself, where he looks more like Namco's official artwork.
** ''VideoGame/PacMan'' game franchise → ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'' cartoon → ''VideoGame/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures'' LicensedGame
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', the ''VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever'' added mini-scenario (game) → ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' series (anime) → ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'' [[UsefulNotes/PlayStationPortable Portable]] - The Battle of the Aces (game)
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' started out as [[VideoGame/MetalGear1 a PC]] [[VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake game]] for the {{UsefulNotes/MSX2}} computers, and it has some sequels made for the video game consoles after the demise of MSX, and some of them have even ported back to [=PCs=] running UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows. Considering Windows a SpiritualSuccessor to MSX, it could helped playing this example even straighter. [[AdaptationFirst Unfortunately]], [[NoExportForYou no one knows]].
** Hell, some of the sequel games even had PC ports released in Japan ''as a tribute to the series' roots''.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' had a 12-issue ComicBookAdaptation published by IDW, which was then adapted into a PSP game titled ''Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel''.
* The 2006 installment of Midway's ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'' series was actually based on the movie that was based on the game series. Except the ''Spy Hunter'' movie upon which the game was based ''never ended up being released''. Apparently they got tired of waiting, and decided to just release the game with no context.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' → ''Anime/BombermanJetters'' → ''VideoGame/BombermanJetters'' video game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series (video game) → ''Strange and Bright Nature Deity'' ({{manga}} spinoff) → ''Fairy Wars'' (video game continuation of a story from the ''[=SaBND=]'' manga)
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' goes ComicBook > MMORPG > ComicBook.
* Not across mediums, but across companies: Konami's ''Guitar Freaks'' → Harmonix's ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' → Konami's ''VideoGame/RockRevolution''.
** Another RhythmGame non-pure example; Pac Man and other old arcade games → ''Music/PacManFever'' by Buckner and Garcia → ''Pac Man Fever'' on ''Rock Band'', including a song about Donkey Kong available on Xbox 360 and [=PS3=].
* ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic'' (novel) → ''Stalker'' (short story[[note]]expanded into a script, by the same people plus Tarkovsky[[/note]]) → ''Film/{{Stalker}}'' (Tarkovsky movie) → ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' (video game) → numerous novelizations → movie based on one of them.
* ''VideoGame/TakAndThePowerOfJuju'' started out as its own game series, became a [[WesternAnimaton/TakAndThePowerOfJuju cartoon]], them Tak from the cartoon appeared in ''VideoGame/NicktoonsUnite'' and got two games based loosely off the cartoon.
** It goes deeper than that. The games were meant to launch with the cartoon, but the cartoon ended up getting stuck in DevelopmentHell while the games went on to become a trilogy. So, there are games based off a cartoon, which are based off a series of games, which were meant to tie-in with a cartoon.
* ''Autobahn Raser'': racing game (1998) → InNameOnly [[TheMovie movie adaptation]] (2004) → racing game based on the movie (2004).
* The additional cars and tracks from the home versions of ''VideoGame/SanFranciscoRush 2049'' were incorporated into the UpdatedRerelease [=/=]SpecialEdition of the arcade version, as well as two of the BGM's from the Dreamcast version to go with the new tracks. The tracks also had new shortcuts added.
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' films lead to the space simulator ''VideoGame/XWing'', which lead to the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' starring Wedge Antilles and his Rogue Squadron, which lead to the ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron'' series of games.
* ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland'' → ''Honey the Bug'' (anime) → ''Takahashi Meijin no Bugutte Honey'' (video game)
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' → ''The King of Fighters Kyo'' (manga) → ''The King of Fighters Kyo'' (video game)
* ''VideoGame/WhereInTheWorldIsCarmenSandiego'' → ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' (cartoon) → ''Carmen Sandiego Junior Detective'' (PC game)
* ''Arcus'' (early RPG series by [[Creator/TelenetJapan Wolf Team]]) → gag {{Yonkoma}} in ''Micom BASIC Magazine'' → ''[[http://mercenaryforce.web.fc2.com/x68k/x68000/00584.html Arcushu]]'' (adventure game)
* After making his debut in the crossover MOBA game ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', Lucio from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' gained new features in his native game based on his appearance in HOTS: namely, a visual indicator for the range of his auras and increased movement speed while wall-riding.
* Parodied with ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'': The Movie: The Game.
** It also is the source of an extremely unusual example. The creator of ''I Wanna Be The Guy'' [[FollowTheLeader was inspired to create the game]] when he played an unfinished Japanese flash game entitled ''The Life-Ending Adventure''. The creator of ''The Life-Ending Adventure'' must have noticed, because they finished the game by adding a ''I Wanna Be The Guy'' section.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'': GBA games → [[Anime/MegaManNTWarrior anime]] → UsefulNotes/WonderSwan games
* ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' → TheAnimeOfTheGame → ''Virtua Fighter Animation'' for the UsefulNotes/GameGear.
* ''{{VideoGame/Metro 2033}}'' is based on the [[{{Literature/Metro 2033}} novel of the same name]], and the game's sequel ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'' is getting a novelization by the original author called ''Metro 2035''.
* ''VideoGame/RavingRabbids'' → ''WesternAnimation/RabbidsInvasion'' cartoon → ''Rabbids Invasion'' game
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002'' → ''WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank'' film → ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2016'' video game. [[LampshadeHanging Its tagline is even "the game, based on the movie, based on the game."]] In addition, there was also an in-universe holo-film made which was based on the adventure of Ratchet and Clank (which had already happened in-universe; the game you're playing is the story being retold by Captain Qwark), which spawned a holo-game based on that film.
* An unusual one is ''[[VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft Hearthstone]]'', which follows the unusual path of ''VideoGame/Warcraft'' (The original PC RTS) -> ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' (The MMO) -> the ''World of Warcraft CCG'' -> ''Hearthstone'' (video game)
* ''Mighty Bomb Jack'', the NES adaptation of the arcade game ''VideoGame/BombJack'' was backported to arcades as ''Vs. Mighty Bomb Jack''. Similarly, the NES version of ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' had the recursive arcade port ''Vs. Gradius''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Zanac}}''(MSX)->''Zanac''(NES)->''Zanac EX''(MSX)
* ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' → TheAnimeOfTheGame → ''[[UpdatedRerelease Steins;Gate Elite]]''. What makes this interesting is that ''Elite'' is an UpdatedRerelease of both the game ''and'' the anime; it contains a visual novel-adapted version of the anime's version of the game in its entirety, all 24 episodes, but also adds new routes on top of that.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'' the arcade game -> ''Film/{{Rampage|2018}}'', the film adaptation of the arcade game -> Rampage, the arcade game based off the film , based off the arcade game

* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': [[Ride/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Theme park ride]] → movie → revamped theme park ride.
* Epcot's ''Mission: SPACE'': a theme park ride based on a movie (''Film/MissionToMars''), which itself was based on a ride (''Mission to Mars'').
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' started out as toys, went to an animated series, which then introduced new toys, some of which were used for new Transformers series, or for TheMovie, which got ''its own'' line of toys. Another Hasbro franchise to which something similar happened is ''MyLittlePony''. It started out as a line of plastic toy ponies with accessories, and in order to boost sales, an animated series was produced. Three generations later, since ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was launched, the toys are more and more based on the animated series which in turn is based part on the first generation toys (or how Creator/LaurenFaust characterized them), part on the third generation (InNameOnly, though).
* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': [[Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Radio play]] → [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Series of books]] → [[AudioAdaptation Radio plays based on the last three books that didn't start as radio plays]]. Plus, a fondly-recalled 1980s [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy television series]] based on the first two books (and, by extension, on at least the first radio series), and a [[DevelopmentHell forever delayed]] but finally-released 2005 [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy film version]] of the first book, which varied enough from the 'original' for a BrokenBase to result. Plus, a towel. Um, don't ask, but it's AllThereInTheManual. Oh, and recently the canon has added [[Literature/AndAnotherThing a sixth book]] [[TrilogyCreep in the trilogy]] by another author, several years after the AuthorExistenceFailure (a term based on a phrase of his from ''Hitchhiker's'', ironically) of Creator/DouglasAdams, the man behind most of the above.
* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'': [[BoardGames Civilization]] → [[VideoGames Sid Meier's Civilization]] → [[TheBoardGame Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game]].
* A recurring {{MST}} suggestion for Podcast/RiffTrax is... ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 TheMovie''! Which kind of came true in places which never had ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' on TV, but where suddenly its treatment of ''Film/ThisIslandEarth'' appeared on an official DVD, looking like a movie adaptation.
* The game of [[{{Calvinball}} Mornington Crescent]] on ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' inspired two books detailing the history of the game: ''The Little Book of Mornington Crescent'' and ''Stovold's Mornington Crescent Almanac''. The later radio {{Mockumentary}} ''In Search of Mornington Crescent'' is essentally an AudioAdaptation of these books.
* The theatrical version of Disney's ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. The theatrical version was notably DarkerAndEdgier than the LighterAndSofter Disney adaptation, keeping the dark tone of the book (having Esmeralda and Quasi die at the end, Frollo being a (former) priest, etc.) whilst keeping the plot points from the Disney version (Clopin being a sort of narrator, Frollo being a bastard, the lack of Gringorie, etc.)
* Japanese pro soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata cites the ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' manga and anime as his inspiration for pursuing a career in soccer. He got a cameo in ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven 2'' via a secret character based on and named after him. Said character became an AscendedExtra in the third game and consequently also appeared in the corresponding arc of the anime adaptation. In short, anime → real life → game → anime.
* ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'': RealLife → book (''Berlin Stories'') → fictional play (''I Am A Camera'') → Musical → Movie (which is a closer plot to the play, but uses songs from the musical).
* ''Literature/AdrianMole'' started out in 1982 as a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] radio play called ''The Diary of Nigel Mole''. The ''Adrian Mole'' books were then adapted for Radio 4, with the same voice actor, Nicholas Barnes. In 1985 Sue Townsend wrote some original ''Adrian Mole'' material for Radio 4's summer holiday programming (again with Barnes), which later became "Adrian Mole at Creator/TheBBC" in her ''True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole'' book. So radio → book → radio → radio → book. Further books have come out at random intervals every few years since, featuring Adrian's diaries from the age of 13 3/4 to over 40.
* "Baby's Tears" started out as a Konami original song in ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution [=SuperNOVA=]''. It got drastically remixed (different instrumentals, different lyrics, slower tempo; about the only thing that stayed the same was the melody) into an AnimeThemeSong as the opening theme for the ''Anime/SkyGirls'' OVA. The anime version subsequently appeared alongside the original in ''DDR [=SuperNOVA=] 2'', listed as "Baby's Tears (Sky Girls Opening Theme)".
* ''Rice Krispie Treats Cereal'': cereal → dessert → cereal.
* A weird one occurred after ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' cosplay at various convention: A bystander [[http://ib.skaia.net/post/view/5003 appeared on a photo]] and quickly went memetic with [[http://ib.skaia.net/post/view/12447 fanart]], [[http://ib.skaia.net/post/view/23203 cosplay]], and [[http://ib.skaia.net/post/view/23311 fanart of the cosplay.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Battleship}}'': {{Board game|s}} → [[Film/{{Battleship}} Film]] → Video game.
* Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos are being adapted into Doritos Locos Tacos flavored chips. It's a mix of either nacho cheese or cool ranch and "taco flavor" chips. The world quietly weeps, but also gets ready to go grocery shopping.
* [=Radicalfaith360=] is a Website/YouTube user known for his re-enactments of WebAnimation/YouTubePoop. Since becoming popular, his re-enactments have become sources for poops on their own — often by the very same users who made the poops he was re-enacting in the first place.
* The [[CoolGuns/BattleRifles Heckler & Koch G3 rifle]]: Unproduced Nazi German gun ([=StG-45=]) → Spanish gun based on its plans (CETME Modelo B) → licensed German copy. Likewise for the [[CoolGuns/RocketsMissilesAndGrenadeLaunchers M20 Super Bazooka]]: Original American rocket launcher (M1 and M9 "Bazooka") → upscaled German copy (Raketenpazerbüsche 43 and 54 "Panzerschreck") → upgraded, further-upscaled original American rocket launcher based on the Panzerschreck.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius Radio Theatre'' strips: Webcomic → live performances and podcasts → webcomic.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' garnered its own promotional magazine series, with some of its original stories actually adapted into episodes of the show itself in Seasons Three and Five. Incidentally the magazine's writer at the time eventually ended up lead writer for the show come Season Seventeen.
* Combining this with HeyItsThatSound -- Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''VideoGame/{{Defender}}'' reused sound effects from several of Williams' early solid-state {{Pinball}} games. When the game became a smash hit, Williams released ''Pinball/{{Defender}},'' a solid-state PinballSpinoff that used the video game's sound effects.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpooktacularNewAdventuresOfCasper'' was a cartoon based on the film ''Film/{{Casper}}'', which in turn was based on the cartoon ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost''.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', where Will is hired to write a novelization of the Peter Jackson ''Lord of the Rings'' movies.
* A strange example in regards to ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': The show got a ShoddyKnockoffProduct entitled ''Miracle Star'' that ripped off scenes from the show wholesale. The show, in turn, then made CaptainErsatz versions of those characters in the episode [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS5E11TheCopycats "The Copycats"]].
* ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'': The mascot character meant to be modeled after a Hatsune Miku Nendoroid figure became memetic for its strange look and awkward movements, gaining the nickname Mikudayo. [[AscendedMeme This became her official name,]] and she got made into a figure of her own. She was adapted from [[http://images.goodsmile.info/cgm/images/product/20121213/3787/21955/large/d114faa3771efe0eb01e9f57b4ea4688.jpg figure]] → [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/vocaloid/images/8/8e/Image_Mikudayo_byWonderFest.png mascot]] → [[http://images.goodsmile.info/cgm/images/product/20121102/3734/21205/large/84336bacd68947232e71df419a2619e5.jpg figure.]]
* Through an elaborate set of videos, Creator/TheFineBrothers gave us [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg3hHaSzz08 Kids React to Poppy Reacts to Kids React to]] [[Music/ThatPoppy Poppy]]. As Poppy is more or less performance art which invokes UncannyValleyGirl, it actually turned out to be a pretty good practical joke.
* British supermarket Morrisons once sold own-brand Cola Cube flavour soft drink. In other words, a ''soft drink'', based on a ''sweet'', based on a ''soft drink'', which tasted nothing like their actual own-brand cola. Wrap your brain around that one.
* Anyone knowledge on cuisine would understand that American Chinese food is far removed from "true" Chinese food, which is why it was a notable risk for [[http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34877507 an American Chinese restaurant to open in Shanghai]]. In spite of its challenges - mainly its reliance on international exports and incompatibilities with local tastes - it was an overall success, with the owners planning on opening additional restaurants in Shanghai.
* ''Wrestling/{{TNA}}'' somehow managed to pull of the improbable-sounding ProfessionalWrestling → VideoGame → ProfessionalWrestling adaptation. In 2008 they released an (awful) video game based on their product, the story mode of which culminated with the player character adopting the persona of a masked wrestler named Suicide. This character somehow ended up making its way onto TNA television, portrayed by various performers.[[/folder]]