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->''You know what future historians will say about us, right? "There were two very different games called ''Wolfenstein'' released in the same twenty year period and the second was not, strictly speaking, a remake of the first. From this we conclude that the people of the early twenty-first century were taking the piss."''
-->-- '''Yahtzee''', ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''

Coming up with a good title for a new work is hard. No wonder so many people just take the lazy way out and [[NumberedSequels just stick a number on the end]].

Of course, if you're ''really'' lazy, you could not bother with even the number, let alone a subtitle, and give the latest release in your series the same name as an earlier one- usually, the first installment, which will typically also be the series name. A variation includes (de-)pluralizing the previous title, or dropping the adjectives. Fans will typically give the later work a FanNickname.

Recycling titles became very common in mid and late 2000s.

This doesn't cover [[TheRemake remakes]], where the new work is explicitly a new version of the previous work. Re-imaginings, such as when a video game is released with significantly different versions on consoles and handhelds at the same time and with the same title, are borderline.

Often used when it might be embarrassing to admit how many times they've milked this particular cash cow. It may also be an attempt to bring in newcomers who [[ArchivePanic don't want to catch up with all the past installments]], since a title like ''Hero Spies IV: [[RevengeOfTheSequel Avenging the Aftermath]]'' sounds like it might leave non-fans lost.

See also SimilarlyNamedWorks, which is when two or more entirely unrelated works happen to share the same title.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' is a 1999 series, a 2003 series, a 2006 series, and a 2008 series.
* Creator/DCComics has:
** ''[[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Batgirl]]'', ''[[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Batgirl]]'', ''[[ComicBook/Batgirl2011 Batgirl]]'', and ''[[ComicBook/BatgirlRebirth Batgirl]]''.
** ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl]]'', ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} Supergirl]]'', ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2005}} Supergirl]]'', ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 2011}} Supergirl]]'' and ''[[Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth Supergirl]]'', featuring Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}.
** ''ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'' and ''[[ComicBook/BatwomanRebirth Batwoman]]''.
* ''Astonishing X-Men'' replaced the title of ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' during ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse''. ''Astonishing X-Men'' was also a 1999 limited series, and a 2004 [[ComicBook/AstonishingXMen ongoing series]] by Creator/JossWhedon.
* ''Captain America and the Falcon'' was the title of ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' starting from issue #117. ''Captain America and the Falcon'' was also a 2004-2005 series.
* ''Daredevil: The Man Without Fear'' was the tagline on the ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' ongoing series. There was also a 1993 miniseries, ''Daredevil: The Man Without Fear''.
* ''Fantastic Force'' is a 90's ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' spinoff and a 2009 miniseries.
* ''Fantasy Masterpieces'' is a 1966 comic and a 1979 comic.
* ''[[ComicBook/Gen13 Gen¹³]]'' is a 1994 miniseries and a 1994 series, a 2002 series, and a 2006 series.
* ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' is a 1994 comic, and a 2017 comic.
* ''ComicBook/{{Glory}}'' is a 1993 series, a 1999 series, and a 2012 series.
* ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is a 1990 comic. A new ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' began in 2008 and 2013.
* ''Journey into Mystery'', a 1952 comic, ended with issue #125 and became ''Thor'' with issue #126. A second ''Journey into Mystery'' started in 1972. In 1996-1998, ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'' became ''Journey into Mystery'' from issue #503-521. In 2010, ''Thor'' became ''Journey into Mystery'' from issues #622-655.
* ''ComicBook/LadyDeath'' is a 1997 series by Creator/ChaosComics, and a 2010 series by Creator/AvatarPress/Boundless Comics.
* ''Marvel Comics Presents'' is a 1988-1995 series, and a 2007-2009 series.
* ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' is a 1982 series, a 2004 series that became ''Comicbook/NewXMenAcademyX'', and a 2009 series.
* ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' was known as ''ComicBook/NewXMen'' in 2001. Another series, ''Comicbook/NewXMenAcademyX'', was titled ''New X-Men'' from issues #20-46.
* ''ComicBook/{{Prophet}}'' is a 1992 series, and a 2012 series.
* ''Punisher War Journal'' is a 1988 series and a 2007 series.
* ''The Sensational Spider-Man'' was a 1996-1998 series. ''Marvel Knights Spider-Man'' was retitled ''The Sensational Spider-Man'' from issues #23-41. Another series titled ''Marvel Knights: Spider-Man'' ran from 2013-2014.
* ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'' is a 1969 series by Warren; a 1992 miniseries, 1997 series, and 2001 series by Harris Comics; and a 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2017 series by Creator/DynamiteComics.
* ''Web of Spider-Man'' ran from 1985-1995. Another ''Web of Spider-Man'' ran from 2009-2010, replacing ''Spider-Man Family'' and ''The Amazing Spider-Man Family''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' was a 1982 limited series. It was followed by a regular series starting in 1988, titled ''Wolverine''.
* ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'' was known as ''The X-Men'' until issue #49, and ''X-Men'' until #113. A second series titled ''X-Men'' was given the FanNickname ''ComicBook/AdjectivelessXMen''.
* ''X-Men Forever'' is a 2001 ''ComicBook/XMen'' series. ''X-Men Forever'' is also a 2009 and 2010 series set in an alternate universe.
* ''X-Men Unlimited'' is a 1993 series and a 2004 series.
* ''ComicBook/XOManowar'' is a 1992 series, a 1996 series, and a 2012 series.
* ''ComicBook/{{Youngblood}}'' is a 1992 series, and a 2004 series.
* Zig-zagged with both Creator/MarvelComics and Creator/DCComics. When a new series is introduced with the same title as an older series, it will share the same title and be known as the next volume of that series, but, the numbering may reset at a later date as if it were continuing the numbering of the earlier series, so the series is alternately presented as both a newer series and an older series. This can be played with further when the series changes its title to something else during its run, and later spinoffs and mini-series are introduced based on the changed title while the original title resumes.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has two episodes named "Day One", the second of the first season and the first of the [[Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth third season]].
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has two episodes named "Galentine's Day", one in season 2 and one in season 6.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has started reusing episode titles about OnceASeason since the 17th season.
** "Three's a Crowd" was used in both ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' and ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''.
** "Something Fishy" is both a ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' episode and a ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'' episode.
** In the closest air date gap to date (4 years), "End Game" was the penultimate ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' episode and the season one finale for ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce''.
** "A Date with Danger" was a DatingCatwoman episode of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' and a TwoPersonLoveTriangle episode of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoCharge''.
** The abbreviation of '''PRNS''' is used for both 2003's ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' and 2017's ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaSteel''. '''PRMF''' just barely escapes this due to [[Series/PowerRangersMegaforce Megaforce]] being only one word in the 2013 series.
* The Series/ArrowVerse has two episodes titled "Out of Time": an episode from ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and the season 2 premiere of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. Coincidentally or not both episodes feature [[spoiler:The Reverse-Flash]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' is the most overworked title around: it's TheMovie, the pilot episode, the ship, and the comic miniseries (later reprinted with the subtitle "Those Left Behind"). Because Fox owns the name ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Joss Whedon seems determined not to use it for anything but the actual show.
* ''Film/{{Alien}}'', and then ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd It makes sense. First there's one alien and now there's many aliens.]]
* The sixth ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' film, ''Film/RockyBalboa''. As WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd points out, it sounds like they took the first film and added his last name.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'':
** In Japan, ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' was "Gojira" just as [[Film/{{Gojira}} the original film]].
** The series also has entries titled ''Film/MothraVsGodzilla'', ''[[Film/GodzillaAndMothraTheBattleForEarth Godzilla vs. Mothra]]'', ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'', ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'', ''Film/GodzillaAgainstMechagodzilla''.
** Other films with just the title ''Godzilla'' include ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' (not part of any continuity) and ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' (seems to be in the same universe as the original).
* The prequel to ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}'' is called ''Film/{{The Thing|2011}}''. The video-game sequel is also called... ''VideoGame/{{The Thing|2002}}''.
* The fourth ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' film is technically the first to be titled just ''[[Film/RamboIV Rambo]]'' - the first film was actually called ''First Blood'', while [[ElectricBoogaloo the second]] was ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'' and [[OddlyNamedSequel the third]] ''Film/RamboIII''. As pointed out by WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, this has plenty of potential for confusion, since just the name "Rambo" alone can be used to refer to three of the four movies. At one point the fourth movie was going to be titled ''John Rambo'', following the same pattern as ''Film/RockyBalboa'', and while it ended using that title in certain foreign markets, it ultimately ended up being called just ''Rambo'' domestically.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ([[Film/StarTrek reboot]]). ''Star Trek'' is already the original name of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the first series]] and [[Franchise/StarTrek the franchise as a whole]]. The 2009 film is currently the only work in the ''Star Trek'' franchise to be officially known as ''Star Trek'' with no subtitle, as the series was retroactively renamed ''Star Trek: The Original Series'', and the first film had the full title of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture''. Fans are calling it "''Star Trek 11''" or "''Star Trek 2009''" to differentiate it. To remedy this, some releases have called it ''Star Trek: The Future Begins''.
* ''[[Film/FinalDestination4 The Final Destination]]'', whereas the first film was called ''Film/FinalDestination1''. ''The Final Destination'' is the [[SeriesFauxnale final]] ''Final Destination'', see. Subverted when [[Film/FinalDestination5 a fifth film]] came out after this one, making it the single case of StoppedNumberingSequels in this franchise.
* Likewise, the third sequel to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' is simply known as ''Fast & Furious''.
* ''[[Film/BatmanTheMovie Batman]]'', a film adaptation of the Creator/AdamWest [[{{Series/Batman}} TV series]], is not to be confused with the Creator/TimBurton movie also called ''Film/{{Batman}}''. To differentiate between the two, the Adam West film is usually called "Batman the Movie" (since it's based on the TV series), while the Tim Burton film is simply called "Batman".
** And then you have the two B&W serial adventures, [[Film/TheBatman 1943's Batman]], which shares the same title as the two movies above (and is sometimes called "The" Batman to differentiate), and [[Film/BatmanAndRobinSerial 1949's Batman & Robin]], which has the same title as the [[Film/BatmanAndRobin 1997 Clooney film]].
** On a related note, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', is actually called simply "Batman". "The Animated Series" is simply used to avoid confusion between the previous two movies (and Adam West TV series).
* There was ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', and a movie in 2013 just called ''Film/TheWolverine'' (although it's apparently supposed to be a standalone film rather than a direct sequel).
* Several non-sequel movies in the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles universe are just called "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" or "TMNT"; some TV incarnations do the same.
* The title of the 2011 film ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' is actually shorter than that of the 1977 anthology ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' and makes it seem like it should be first on top of being generally vague.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'':
** Virgin used the title ''Twilight of the Gods'' twice: A Second Doctor ''Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures'' novel by Christopher Bulis and their final ''Franchise/BerniceSummerfield'' novel by Mark Clapham and Jon de Burgh Miller.
** There are two short stories with the unlikely title of "Snow White and the Seven Keys to Doomsday", one in the 2012 annual and one in ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales'', and both written by Justin Richards.
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[[folder: Multiple]]
* ''Film/TheMuppets'', the 2011 movie, is not to be confused with ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''. Or ''Series/TheMuppets'', the 2015 series. Or Franchise/TheMuppets, the cast of characters. Good luck trying to use it in a sentence.
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[[folder: Music]]
* A famous example is PeterGabriel, whose first four albums were self-titled, only being differentiated by their cover art. His US label got tired of it, and refused to release the fourth one unless he gave it a title, and he quickly thought of Security. It remained self-titled elsewhere. The first three albums are known by fans as Peter Gabriel I, II and III respectively, and the fourth is either known as IV or by its US title. Some also refer to the first three albums as "Car", "Scratch" and "Melt" in reference to the cover art.
* Ditto Music/{{Weezer}}, who have non-consecutive self-titled albums known for the color in their covers (Blue, Green and Red).
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''ABoyAndHisBlob'' - The Wii version is the only game in the series without a subtitle, as the original NES game had the subtitle "Trouble on Blobolonia". Still, the Wii version is usually referred to as ''A Boy and His Blob Wii''.
* ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland'' could refer to the NES game released in Japan as ''Takahashi Meijin no Bōken Jima'', or to the PC Engine game known as ''Dragon's Curse'' in the west, both produced by Hudson Soft. The only relation between the two games were the fact that they were both graphically modified ports of Westone games that were originally released by Sega (''VideoGame/WonderBoy'' and ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIITheDragonsTrap'' respectively).
* ''VideoGame/AlienSyndrome'' - the original 1987 arcade game that was ported to various platforms and the 2007 multi-platform sequel.
* ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' - Rebellion Developments has made not one, not two, but '''three''' separate games set in the same universe: ''Alien Vs Predator'' (1994, Atari Jaguar), ''Aliens versus Predator'' (1999, PC), and...''Aliens versus Predator'' (2010, multiplatform). That's not even counting the SNES and [=CPS2=] arcade versions, which are both titled ''Alien vs. Predator'' as well. Note that, unlike the above Jaguar game, this one ''has a period after vs''! That makes it completely different.
* ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'' - [[Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008 The fifth game]] is simply titled ''Alone in the Dark'' without a number.
* ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' - The original NES game, the Game Boy game, and the 1994 arcade game (which is sometimes referred to as ''Super Battletoads'' or ''Battletoads Arcade''). To make matters more confusing, the original game was also ported to the Game Boy under the title ''Battletoads in Ragnarok's World''.
* ''Beyond VideoGame/{{Shadowgate}}'' - the UsefulNotes/TurboGrafx16 CD sequel to ''Shadowgate'', and a teased sequel to the 2014 remake of the original game. Why not consider it just a remake of said sequel, then? Because it stars the hero of ''Shadowgate 64'' instead.
* ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' - the arcade, NES and Game Boy versions were released in Japan under the titles of ''Top Secret'', ''Hitler no Fukkatsu: Top Secret'' (The Resurrection of Hitler) and ''Bionic Commando'', in that order. Only the third one could be considered a port, since it's based on the NES version, which was more of a sequel/spinoff of the original arcade version than a port. Later, Capcom commissioned the development of another sequel in 2009 for the [=PS3=] and Xbox 360 simply titled '' Bionic Commando'' as well.
* ''VideoGame/BishiBashi'' - The 2009 entry in the series is simply called ''The [=BishiBashi=]''.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' - The original on the NES [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI in 1987]], then on the N64 [[VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}} in 1999]]. The latter tends to be called "Castlevania 64" to the extent that many people assume that's the actual title. Also, the Japanese and European releases of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' from 2003 had the subtitle dropped, leaving it as a third game just called ''Castlevania''. Moreover, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon'' is also just ''Castlevania'' in Europe.
** In Japan, the games known in the west as ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}}'' (the NES one), ''Vampire Killer'' ([=MSX2=]), ''VideoGame/HauntedCastle'' (arcade) and ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV'' (SNES) are all titled ''Akumajō Dracula'', as was the X68000 game later ported to the [=PS=] as ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChronicles''. On one hand, the English title change clears a lot of ambiguity between what are practically five completely different games (not just ports of the same title) by making it easier to tell each game apart by name. On the other hand, this also obscured the relation ''Vampire Killer'' and ''Haunted Castle'' had with the series (since they did not carry the ''Castlevania'' moniker overseas) and caused the common misconception that ''Super Castlevania IV'' is a continuation of the NES trilogy rather than a retelling of Simon Belmont's first venture into Dracula's castle.
** In addition to the [=MSX2=] game, ''Vampire Killer'' was also the title of the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines''.
* ''Cobra Command'' was the title of two different arcade games by Creator/DataEast. The first one was an animated laserdisc game released in 1984 (titled ''Thunder Storm'' in Japan) and ported many years later to the UsefulNotes/SegaCD. The other was a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up released in 1988, with a NES port that same year.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' - Could refer to the 1987 arcade, its 1988 NES conversion, or the 1991 Game Boy game titled ''Operation C'' in North America. In Europe, ''Probotector'' could refer to the first NES game, the Game Boy game, and the Mega Drive game.
* [=CryEngine=] - The fourth major version of Crytek's proprietary engine will be dropping the number and be named simply [=CryEngine=] like the original, apparently to emphasize how different it is from the previous versions.
* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' - Not counting ports, there's the 1998 arcade original, the US-exclusive [=PlayStation=] release (which used the ''[=DanceDanceRevolution=] [=3rdMIX=]'' engine and featured songs from 1st through ''[=3rdMIX=]''), the 2010 version for consoles (namely [=PS3=], Xbox 360 and Wii). The 2013 arcade release, with the year sometimes appended as a FanNickname to avoid confusion with the original 1998 release. Similarly, the 2013 versions of ''Guitar Freaks'' and ''[=DrumMania=]'' are simply called ''VideoGame/{{GITADORA}}'', a common FanNickname for the long-running series.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' - The reboot by Ninja Theory is titled ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC: Devil May Cry]]''. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Taking the acronym into consideration: yes, it's actually called "Devil May Cry: Devil May Cry".]]
* The 2015 arcade ContinuityReboot of ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is simply called just that.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' - The original 1981 arcade game, and the 1994 Game Boy version. Could be said to be a remake, since the first four stages of the GB game are based on the arcade, but the mechanics are changed and there's about 96 more levels after that. The GB game is generally known as ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' or ''Game Boy Donkey Kong''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' - The first game and [[VideoGame/Doom2016 the fourth game]] are both simply known as ''Doom''.
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' - The original 1987 arcade beat-'em-up and the 1995 Neo-Geo head-to-head fighting game [[RecursiveAdaptation based on]] [[Film/DoubleDragon the movie]]. The former got several redesigned ports on 8-bit platforms (namely the NES, Master System and Game Boy), as well as a few legitimate remakes on the Game Boy Advance and smartphones.
* The 2014 MobilePhoneGame ''Dungeon Keeper'' is named after the original ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper''.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Mother}} EarthBound]]'' - Nintendo of American planned to localize the original ''Mother'' for the NES under the title of ''Earth Bound'' (spelled as two words) in 1991, but then canceled it so they could focus all their marketing budget on the launch of the Super NES. They would reuse that title for the English version of ''Mother 2'', spelling it as one word (''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'') instead of two. When the NES prototype was leaked in the late [=1990's=], certain ROM hacks had the title screen altered to ''[=EarthBound=] Zero'' to distinguish it from its SNES sequel. When the original ''Mother'' was finally released on the UsefulNotes/WiiU Virtual Console, it was given the title of ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' overseas.
* The fourth core installment of the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'' is simply called "''[[VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4 God of War]]''", reflecting the change of setting (from Myth/GreekMythology to Myth/{{Norse|Mythology}}).
* ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' - The sixth entry is the first one that is simply titled ''Hitman''. The original game in the series bore the subtitle of ''[[VideoGame/HitmanCodename47 Codename 47]]''.
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' - [[SequelGap Seventeen years]] after the release of ''Killer Instinct Gold'' (the last release) and nineteen years after the namesake it recycles was released, Microsoft understandably did not dub the Xbox One installment ''Killer Instinct 3'' and instead opted for just the plain title.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' - A new game is planned for 2015, simply called ''King's Quest''. This will be the ninth official game and the first since 1998.
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor'' - The first on the UsefulNotes/{{PlayStation}} in 1999 and then in 2010 on the UsefulNotes/XBox360, UsefulNotes/{{PS3}} and {{PC}}.
* ''VideoGame/MansionOfHiddenSouls'' is the title of both the Sega CD original and its Saturn sequel.
* ''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Mega Man]]'' (the original series) - Differentiating the numbered NES and Game Boy titles can get a bit tricky. With the exception of the first Game Boy game, which was subtitled ''Dr. Wily's Revenge'', [[http://www.retrogamenetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/mmeshop.jpg all the sequels used Roman numerals on their title screens,]] until Capcom began unifiying the title logos with ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/playstation/mega-man-8-anniversary-edition/screenshots/gameShotId,109013/ Mega Man 8,]]'' ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/xbox360/mega-man-9/screenshots/gameShotId,341358/ 9]]'' and ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/xbox360/mega-man-10/screenshots/gameShotId,430520/ 10.]]'' Fan communities generally use Arabic numerals for the NES versions (due to the logos used on their packaging art, which are designed differently from the title screen versions) and Roman numerals for their Game Boy counterparts. This was never an issue in Japan, where the ''Rockman'' sequels on the Famicom used Arabic numerals and subtitles (e.g. ''Rockman 2: Dr. Wily no Nazo''), whereas the Game Boy versions were actually part of a separate spinoff brand titled ''Rockman World''.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' - The two ''VideoGame/MegaManXtreme'' spinoffs were titled ''Rockman X: Cyber Mission'' and ''[=Rockman X2=]: Soul Eraser'' in Japan. Which makes sense, since they are more or less straight ported-down versions of ''Mega Man X 1-3'' with a new story.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' - Only outside Japan, where ''VideoGame/MetalGearGhostBabel'' (released for the GameBoyColor in 2000) was simply titled ''Metal Gear Solid'' in the west. Most fans simply stick with the Japanese title though.
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' - the original 1994 side-scrolling action shooter for the UsefulNotes/NeoGeo (which was ported to various platform) or the 2006 3D third-person shooter for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' - [[VideoGame/MortalKombat1 The 1992 original]] and the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 the 2011]] ([[ContinuityReboot a reboot]]). Netherrealm Studios calls the latter "Mortal Kombat 9" informally, taking into account ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'' as the eighth game in the series.
* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed: Hot Pursuit'' (2010) is a sequel to ''Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit '''II''''' (2002), itself a sequel to ''Need For Speed '''III''': Hot Pursuit'' (1998). Confused?
** Criterion Games seems to have a penchant for doing this with regard to their ''NFS'' entries. The ''NFS'' game for 2012 is called "''Most Wanted''", which is the same as the 2005 installment.
** The 2015 ''Need for Speed'' reboot is actually the [=21st=] game in the series since the 1994 [=3DO=] game (although this is more like a SubvertedTrope since there has never been a game simply called "''Need for Speed''" in the series history, the original game being titled ''Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed'' or simply ''The Need for Speed''; the only other thing in the franchise simply named "''Need for Speed''" to date has been the [[Film/NeedForSpeed the 2014 movie]]).
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' - This 2002 PC game recycled the title of a 1991 MMORPG on the VideoGame/GoldBox engine.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' - The arcade and NES versions, both released in 1988, were completely different games, the former being a side-scrolling beat-'em-up and the latter an action-platformer similar to the ''Castlevania'' series. There were also licensed conversions for the Sega consoles: the 1991 Game Gear version and the 1992 Master System were completely different games, but both patterned after the NES version, while the canceled 1992 Mega Drive version was a beat-'em-up similar to the arcade game. Eventually Team Ninja rebooted the series on the original Xbox in 2004 with yet another game simply titled ''Ninja Gaiden'', this time as a [=3D=] action game.
* ''Prey'': The [[Videogame/Prey2006 2006 game]] or the [[VideoGame/Prey2017 2017 reboot]].
* ''Prince of Persia'' - The [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1 original]] was released on numerous computer and gaming platforms, starting with the Apple II in 1989. [[VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008 A reboot]] was released in 2008, debuting on Xbox 360, [=PS3=] and PC.
* ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' - There were ''three'' games called ''Punch-Out!!'': the 1984 arcade game, the 1987 NES game (which at least has the courtesy of being ''Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!'' in the original port), and the 2009 Wii game. There were also two sequels titled ''Super Punch Out'': the one for the arcades in 1985 and one for the Super NES in 1994.
* ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' and its [[MarketBasedTitle overseas title]] ''Puyo Pop'': the former could refer to a 1991 UsefulNotes/MSX2 / {{UsefulNotes/Famicom}} game and a radically different 1992 UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame, while the latter could refer to a 1999 UsefulNotes/NeoGeoPocket Color game, 2002 GameBoyAdvance game, or 2003 UsefulNotes/NGage game.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'' - Could refer to the 1994 one or the 2013 one.
* ''Rocket Knight'' is the fourth game in the ''VideoGame/RocketKnightAdventures'' series, which consists of ''Rocket Knight Adventures'' and ''Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2'' for the Genesis, as well as an SNES game simply titled ''Sparkster''.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' - The series had a trilogy of [=3D=] games during the late [=90s=]. These were, ''Samurai Shodown 64'' and ''Samurai Shodown 64: Warrior's Rage'' for the arcade, which both ran on the Hyper Neo-Geo 64 hardware, and ''Samurai Shodown: Warrior's Rage'' for the [=PlayStation=]. To avoid confusion, the last two are called ''Samurai Shodown 64 Part II'' and ''Samurai Shodown: Warrior's Rage''.
** In addition, there were two Samurai Shodown games for ''UsefulNotes/NeoGeo Pocket'': ''Samurai Shodown!'' and ''Samurai Shodown! 2'' (the exclamation marks are part of their titles).
* ''VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' - The 1987 side-scrolling action platformer for the arcade, the 2002 [=3D=] action game for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2, and a 2011 side-scrolling sequel for [=3DS=] (also known as ''Shinobi [=3D=]''). May also apply to ''The G.G. Shinobi'' for the UsefulNotes/GameGear, which was simply titled ''Shinobi'' on the American cover art (but still kept the original title in the actual game).
** Also applies to ''The Revenge of Shinobi'', which was the title of the 1989 UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis sequel to the original ''Shinobi'', and an [[InNameOnly unrelated]] GameBoyAdvance game released in 2002 to cash-in on the above-mentioned [=PS2=] version.
* ''VideoGame/SimCity'''s first sequel was ''Simcity 2000'' after [[{{Trope2000}} the fashion of its time]]. The next followed logically with ''3000'', the next dropped the extraneous zeros, and the [[VideoGame/SimCity2013 fifth entry]] is just ''Sim City''.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' - There's the original 16-bit game on the Genesis in 1991 (along with a really different 8-bit conversion for the Game Gear and Master System), and the MilestoneCelebration game for Xbox 360 and [=PS3=] in 2006. The 2006 game was commonly referred to as ''Sonic [=NextGen=]'', although that has since fallen out of use for ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', mainly due to the fact it's no longer on a 'next' generation system.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' - The first video game, developed by Pandemic Studios and published by Creator/LucasArts; and the 2015 ContinuityReboot ''[[VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront2015 Star Wars Battlefront]]'' (no colon punctuation mark), developed by DICE and published by [[Creator/ElectronicArts EA]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' could refer to: the 1989 arcade game by Capcom, the NES version released during the same year based on the Moto Kikaku manga, or the 2014 reboot by Double Helix.
** ''Strider II'', the 1990 Tiertex-developed home computer sequel to ''Strider'', is not to be confused with the similarly titled ''Strider 2'' (aka ''Strider Hiryu 2''), the 1999 Capcom-developed arcade sequel. The former was remade for Sega Genesis and Game Gear under the U.S. title of ''Journey From Darkness: Strider Returns''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperDodgeBall'' - The 1987 arcade original, the 1988 NES version (which is technically a port, but very different from the original), and the rare 1996 Neo-Geo sequel.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' for Atari 2600, ''Superman: The Game'' for Commodore 64, ''Superman'' for [=NES=], ''Superman'' for arcade, ''Superman'' for Sega Genesis, ''Superman'' for Game Boy, and ''Superman'' for Nintendo 64 are all different games, which is likely why the latter is almost universally called ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}''. For good measure, there are also three different games called ''Superman: The Man of Steel''.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has the [[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles NES game]] and [[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame the arcade game]], both based on the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first animated series]] and released roughly at the same time in 1989 (as such, the NES port of the arcade game was rebranded ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II'') and the 2003 multiplatform game by Konami based on the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 second animated series]]. The 2007 multiplatform game by Ubisoft based on the [[WesternANimation/{{TMNT}} CGI film]] is simply titled ''TMNT'', much like the movie itself.
** And then two games with the title of just "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" released in 2013 (based on the Nickelodeon CGI series) and 2014 (based on the film reboot) - both by the same developer and publisher!
** Three distinct games were released with the title "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters" at the same time, for three different consoles. The character lineups for each one other than the Turtles themselves were vastly different, the sprites, moves and stories were completely original for each one, too. In Japan, only the Genesis version was called Tournament Fighters, with the SNES version being subtitled "Mutant Warriors" (the NES version never released there).
*** The 1987 animated series are themselves an example in America, but not in Europe, where the 1987 series was called Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles for censorship reasons.
*** The 2003 and 2012 cartoons are both called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles everywhere.
* ''VideoGame/TestDrive'' - The seventh installment.
* ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' - The fourth game (originally known as ''[[Letters2Numbers Thi4f]]'') is technically the first one to be called just ''Thief''. The original 1998 PC game was titled ''Thief: The Dark Project''.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider'' - The original game in 1996 and the ninth game in 2013 which is a ContinuityReboot.
* ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' - A bordline example, since the 2008 multiplatform reboot is the first game in the series to be simply titled ''Turok''. The 1997 original had a subtitle (''Turok: Dinosaur Hunter''), but it was often just called Turok, which is of course the accepted series name.
* ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'' - The 1995 [=PlayStation=] original and the 2012 [=PS3=] sequel to ''Twisted Metal Black''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' - The 2009 game doesn't have the "[[VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D 3D]]" in its title (not to mention the "Castle" from Silas Warner's [[VideoGame/CastleWolfenstein 1981 Apple II game]]), but still....
* UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} - The "Xbox 1" used to be a common nickname for the original Xbox after the release of the UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} until the unveiling of the actual UsefulNotes/XboxOne.
* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' - The original was released in 1995. It had its share of sequels and expansion packs, then it laid low for about eight years until a new one was released in 2011 with the same name as the original. Most fans just append "2011" to the name.
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' is a 1987 animated series and a [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017 2017 animated series]].
* Subverted by the 1984 ''[[WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats Heathcliff]]'' series (often nicknamed ''Heathcliff & The Catillac Cats'') by [=DiC=]. It is the third Heathcliff animated series, but the only one that was simply called ''Heathcliff''. The two earlier Ruby-Spears series, ''Heathcliff & Dingbat'' and ''Heathcliff & Marmaduke'', had Heathcliff sharing the title with a different canine.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 The 2017 movie]] based on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' recycles the older title ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie1986 My Little Pony: The Movie]]'', which is understandable when you consider the two movies are 30 years apart from each other.
* ''Pound Puppies'' is a 1985 animated movie and a [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s 1986 animated series]], and a [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 2010 animated series]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' is a 1998 animated series and a [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016 2016 animated series]].
* 2004's ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' was followed by 2015's ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'', though all the publicity seems happy to refer to it only as "The [=SpongeBob=] Movie" and treat it like it is unprecedented.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': "Flaming Moe's" (named after the drink the plot is about) and "Flaming Moe" (about Moe turning his bar into a gay bar).
* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise has used the title ''Transformers: Robots in Disguise'' both for the American title of [[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise a 2000 anime]] and a 2015 cartoon set in the same continuity as ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Between those two, there was a comic set in G1 continuity released call ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise''.
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* ''ComicBook/AgeOfUltron'' is a 2013 comic storyline. ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is not an adaptation of the storyline, but does introduce Ultron to the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''.
* ''[[ComicBook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]'' is a comic starting in 1963, a [[ComicStrip/SpiderMan comic strip]] starting in 1977, a 1978 TV series, a [[Pinball/TheAmazingSpiderMan 1980 pinball]], a 1990 computer game, a 1990 handheld game, a [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan 2012 movie]], and a [[VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan 2012 video game tie-in]] to the movie.
* ''The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes'', the tagline of the comic ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', is a 2005 comic series, a 2007 comic series, and a [[WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes a 2010 animated series]].
* ''ComicBook/CaptainAmericaWinterSoldier'' is a 2005 comic storyline. ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' is not a direct adaptation of the storyline, but does adapt a major plot element from the comic story.
* ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' is a 2006-2007 comic crossover. ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' does not adapt the comic story, but loosely carries the theme of superheroes fighting each other, especially Captain America and Iron Man fighting each other.
* ''Contest of Champions'' is a [[ComicBook/ContestOfChampions 1982 comic miniseries]], a [[VideoGame/MarvelContestOfChampions 2014 video game]], and a 2015 ComicBookAdaptation of the game.
* ''ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast'' is a 1981 ''ComicBook/XMen'' storyline and a [[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast 2014 movie]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' inspired by the comic storyline.
* ''[=DragonStrike=]'' is a 1990 video game in the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] Literature/{{Dragonlance}} setting, a 1993 D&D board game, and a Creator/MarvelComics tie-in to the board game, having no relation to the ''[=DragonStrike=]'' game by Creator/{{Hasbro}}.
* ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is a 1990 comic series. A second comic series started in 2008, considered ''Guardians of The Galaxy'' vol. 2, followed by a 2013 series and a 2014 series of the same name. ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' is a 2014 movie based on the vol. 2 series. The sequel, ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'', may be a ShoutOut to how the comic series is referred to as ''Guardians of The Galaxy'' vol. 2 to distinguish it from the 1990 comic series.
* ''Infinity War'' is a Creator/MarvelComics sequel story to ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', and is an ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' [[Film/AvengersInfinityWar 2018 movie]] in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''.
* ''Jurassic World'' is a compilation of the novels ''Literature/JurassicPark'' and ''[[Literature/TheLostWorld1995 The Lost World]]'', and ''Film/JurassicWorld'' is a 2015 movie in the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' franchise.
* ''Film/TheLastJedi'' is a 2017 movie, and the title of ''ComicBook/MarvelStarWars'' issue #49.
* ''Logan'' is a 1996 comic miniseries, a 2008 comic miniseries, and a [[Film/{{Logan}} 2017 movie]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.
* ''Marvel Super Heroes'' is in the title of the 1966 animated series ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelSuperHeroes'', the 1966 comic ''Marvel Super Heroes Special'', the 1967 comic series ''Marvel Super-Heroes'', formerly known as ''Fantasy Masterpieces'', ''Marvel Superheroes'', a 1979 Marvel UK series known as ''The Mighty World of Marvel'' and ''Marvel Comic'', the 1990 comic ''Marvel Super-Heroes'', the 1994 comic ''Marvel Super-Heroes Megazine'', the 1984 Creator/{{TSR}} RPG ''Marvel Super Heroes'', the Creator/{{TSR}} 1998 ''Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game'' RPG, the [[VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroes 1995 video game]], the 1996 game ''VideoGame/MarvelSuperHeroesWarOfTheGems'', and the 2013 video game ''VideoGame/LEGOMarvelSuperHeroes''.
* ''Mutant X'' is a [[Series/MutantX 2001 TV series]] by Marvel Studios, sharing the same name as a [[ComicBook/MutantX 1998 comic]].
* ''The Punisher: War Zone'' is a 1992 series, a [[Film/PunisherWarZone 2008 movie]], a 2009 series, and a 2012 series.
* ''Comicbook/SecretWars'' is a 1984 crossover, a toyline based on the crossover, a story arc in the [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries 1994 animated series]], and a [[ComicBook/SecretWars2015 2015 crossover]], not to be confused with the 2004 crossover ''ComicBook/SecretWar''.
* ''Spider-Man Unlimited'' is a 1993 comic series, a [[WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited 1999 animated series]], a 1999 ComicBookAdaptation of the animated series, a 2004 comic series, and a [[VideoGame/SpiderManUnlimited 2014 endless runner game]].
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' had a cancelled sequel with the working title ''Superman: The Man of Steel''. The 2013 reboot was titled ''Film/ManOfSteel''. Both take their title from the 1986 comic mini-series by Creator/JohnByrne, ''Comicbook/TheManOfSteel'', and the 1991 comic series ''Superman: The Man of Steel'', also the title of a 1989 video game, 1993 video game, and 2002 video game.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' is a 2000 ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' comic, a [[VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan 2005 video game]], and a [[WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan 2012 animated series]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' is a 2009 animated series, a 2009 toyline based on the animated series, a 2011 comic series, and a 2014 comic series.
* ''VideoGame/XMenChildrenOfTheAtom'' is a 1994 video game and a 1999 comic miniseries.
* ''X-Men: First Class'' is a 2006, 2007 and 2009 comic, and a [[Film/XMenFirstClass 2011 movie]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''. Both share the theme of the X-Men's early years.
* ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is a 2009 movie, a video game tie-in, and a Hasbro toyline tie-in.
* ''X-Men vs the Avengers'' is a 1987 crossover, not to be confused with the 2012 crossover ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen''.
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* UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows apparently will drop the version title after Windows 10, to be known simply as Windows.
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