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->''"Welcome to ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. After 9 years in development, hopefully it would have been worth the wait."''
-->-- '''Gabe Newell'''

A film or other literary work where a {{sequel}} is released long, long after the original work. May sometimes be a TrilogyCreep, very often related to DevelopmentHell. Does not apply to Sequels InNameOnly, SequelSeries, or [[ContinuityReboot Franchise Reboots]]. This Trope is for honest-to-goodness sequels. See also CapcomSequelStagnation, and a related Webcomic trope, ScheduleSlip.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Both in-universe and out-of-universe, there was a SequelGap between ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''. Real life: 7 years. In-universe, 5 years. This happened again later with ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'', which came out 8 years after ''Zeta'', and then after that, a couple of years later, came ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 F91]]''. Another, even bigger SequelGap is between ''Char's Counterattack'' and its direct sequel, ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'', which had its first episode launched about ''17 years'' after CCA. The Universal Century certainly loves Sequel Gaps a lot.
* ''LastExile'' (2003) and ''LastExileFamTheSilverWing'' (2011) -- 8 years.
* ''Manga/{{Mushishi}}'' (2005-06) and ''Mushishi: Zoku-Sho'' (2014) -- 8 years.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' (1995) and ''Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence'' (2004) -- 9 years.
* ''Anime/{{Slayers}} Try'' (1997) and ''Anime/{{Slayers}} Revolution'' (2008) -- 11 years.
* ''{{Gunbuster}}'' (1988-89) and ''{{Diebuster}}'' (2004-05) -- 14 years.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* A number of Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon DirectToVideo examples:
** ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' (1981) and ''Fox and the Hound 2'' (2006) -- 25 years.
** ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (1961) and ''101 Dalmatians 2: Patch's London Adventure'' (2003) -- 42 years.
** ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' (1955) and ''Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure'' (2001) -- 46 years.
** ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' (1950) and ''Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True'' (2002) -- 52 years.
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' (1942) and ''Bambi II'' (2006) -- ''64 years'', a record for the longest gap in film.
* And Disney theatrical ones:
** ''Disney/TheRescuers'' (1977) and ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' (1990) -- 13 years.
** ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' (1967) and ''Jungle Book 2'' (2003) -- 36 years.
** ''Disney/PeterPan'' (1953) and ''Return to Neverland'' (2002) -- 49 years.
** ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' (1940) and ''Disney/{{Fantasia 2000}}'' (1999) -- 59 years.
* ''TheLandBeforeTime'', where 8 years passed before the first sequel. From there, [[LongRunners the numerous sequels came like clockwork, though]], only stopping when Universal shut down their animation studio.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'' (2004) and ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water]]'' (2015) -- 11 years.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', a gap of 11 years from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' got a prequel ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' in 2013 -- 12 years after it was released.
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' (2003) will be getting a sequel called ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' in 2016 -- that will be a gap of 13 years.
* The third sequel to ''TheSwanPrincess'' comes out in 2012, 14 years after the previous sequel.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' (1982) and ''The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue'' (1998) -- 16 years.
* A [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/05/paramount-gets-rights-to-make-friday-the-13th-south-park-sequels sequel]] to ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'' has been announced by Paramount Pictures, nearly 14 years after the original 1999 film's release. If plans are to believe that this will serve as ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' 's GrandFinale, then the movie will premiere 16 years or more after the franchise's premiere episode, "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe", which aired on August 13th, 1997.
* Creator/HayaoMiyazaki's ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' was released in 1992, and he's planning on making a sequel set years later with the titular pilot being older. As of now, it's been at least 20 years.
* ''Animation/CatCity'' (1986) and ''Cat City 2: The Cat of Satan'' (2007) -- 21 years.
* ''Animation/VukTheLittleFox'' (1981) and ''Kis Vuk'' (''A Fox's Tale'') (2008) -- 27 years.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Common with the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series: 7 years to [[Film/{{Aliens}} the second]], 6 to [[Film/{{Alien 3}} the third]], and 5 to [[Film/AlienResurrection the fourth]] (plus 15 to [[Film.{{Prometheus}} the semi-prequel]]). And if you count the ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' films in the series, another 7 years to the first of those.
* Fairly common for the ''Film/ChildsPlay'' franchise: 7 years between ''Child's Play 3'' (1991) and ''Bride of Chucky'' (1998), then 6 years until ''Seed of Chucky'' (2004) and another 9 years until ''Curse of Chucky'' (2013).
* ''Film/TheLoveBug'' (1969) and ''Herbie Rides Again'' (1974) with five years and ''Herbie Goes Bananas'' (1980) and ''Herbie: Fully Loaded'' (2005) at 20 years, and the latter certainly being the last given its critical and commercial failure. This also doesn't count the 1982 miniseries nor the 1997 tv movie.
* There's a fourteen-year gap between ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'' (1990) and ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' (2004). Or, not counting the ''Alien vs. Predator'' films as legitimate, there's a 20-year gap between ''Predator 2'' (1990) and ''Film/{{Predators}}'' (2010).
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (ended in 1969) and ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' (1979) -- 10 years. Although ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' (1973-1974) was produced inbetween.
** The original broadcast of "[[StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Space Seed]]" (1967) and ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' (1982) 15 years.
** ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' and ''Film/StarTrek'': 6 1/2 years.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
** ''Franchise/StarWars: ReturnOfTheJedi'' (1983) and ''ThePhantomMenace'' (1999) -- a 16-year Prequel Gap.
** ''Franchise/StarWars: RevengeOfTheSith'' (2005) and ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' (2015) -- 10 years.
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'' (1994) ''Film/DumbAndDumberTo'' (2014) 20 years not counting the prequel which would count as well being released in 2003, 9 years after the first and 11 years before the sequel
* Common with the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series: 7 years to the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay second]], 12 to the [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third]], and 6 to the [[Film/TerminatorSalvation fourth]] and the fifth (scheduled for 2015).
* ''Film/ReturnToOz'' was made 46 years after ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. The stylistic differences are great enough that by some standards it's more of a [[ThematicSeries thematic sequel]] than a direct one. Subsequently, another 28 years elapsed until the prequel, ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' came out.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' has had several: 7 years between ''Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain'' (1955) and ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' (1962), 9 years between ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'' (1975) and ''Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla'' (1984), 5 years between ''The Return of Godzilla'' and ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'' (1989), and 10 years between ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' (2004) and ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''.
* ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue'' (1997) and ''Warriors of Virtue: The Return to Tao'' (2002) -- 5 years.
* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'' (2013) was made 6 years after ''Film/HotFuzz'' (2007), which in turn was made 3 years after ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' (2004).
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'' - the first two films appeared in 1999 and 2001 with the third installment arriving in 2008, seven years later.
* ''Film/BadBoys'' (1995) and ''[[BadBoys2 Bad Boys II]]'' (2003) -- 8 years.
* ''Film/JohnnyEnglish'' (2003) and ''Film/JohnnyEnglishReborn'' (2011) -- 8 years.
* ''SpyKids 3D: Game Over'' (2003) and ''Spy Kids 4D: All the Time in the World'' (2011) -- 8 years, by which time FleetingDemographic had set in. The franchise was [[FleetingDemographicRule more-or-less remarketed as though new]].
* Counting only the main ''AmericanPie'' films (the direct-to-DVD spinoffs are borderline InNameOnly anyway), it's 9 years between ''American Wedding'' and the 2012 ''American Reunion''.
* ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'' (2004) and ''Film/Anchorman2TheLegendContinues'' (2013) -- 9 years.
* ''Film/TheBeastmaster'' and ''Beastmaster 2: Through The Portal of Time'' -- 9 years.
* ''Film/BeforeSunrise'' (1995) and ''Before Sunset'' (2004) and ''Before Midnight'' (2013)-- 9 years between each.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'' (2004) and ''Film/{{Riddick}}'' (2013) - nine years.
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' is a direct sequel to ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' and was supposed to come out not long after, but it wasn't made until a decade later due to TroubledProduction.
* ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' (2012) was released 9 years after ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Return of the King'' (2003) (see also the Literature entry below).
* ''Film/{{Bean}}'' (1997) and ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'' (2007) -- 10 years.
* ''Film/MenInBlack III'' (2012) comes 10 years after ''Men in Black II'' (2002).
* ''Film/{{Scream 3}}'' (2000) and ''Film/{{Scream 4}}'' (2011) -- 11 years.
* ''Film/AShotInTheDark'' (1964) and ''Film/TheReturnOfThePinkPanther'' (1975) -- 11 years.
* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' (1995) and ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'' (2007) -- 12 years.
* ''[[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre]]'' (1974) and ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2'' (1986) -- 12 years
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' (2011) came out 12 years after the previous theatrical Muppet film, ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''. The franchise had been present but extremely quiet between the two films.
* ''CrocodileDundee in Los Angeles'', released 13 years after the second.
* ''Film/BasicInstinct'' (1992) and ''Basic Instinct 2'' (2006) -- 14 years.
* ''Film/TheBestMan'' (1999) and ''The Best Man Holiday'' (2013) -- 14 years.
* ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' (2001) and ''Film/JurassicWorld'' (2015) -- 14 years.
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' (1981) and ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' (1996) -- 15 years.
* ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1973'' & ''The Four Musketeers'' (1974) and ''The Return of the Musketeers'' (1989) -- 15 years. (Not unreasonable considering the latter is an adaptation of the book ''Twenty Years After''.)
* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' (1981) and ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInParis'' (1997) -- 16 years.
* ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'' (1974) and ''The Two Jakes'' (1990)-- 16 years.
* ''TheGodfatherPartII'' (1974) and ''TheGodfatherPartIII'' (1990) -- 16 years.
* ''Film/RockyV'' (1990) and ''RockyBalboa'' (2006) -- 16 years.
* ''[[{{Film/Phantasm}} Phantasm IV: Oblivion]]'' (1998) and ''Phantasm V: Ravager'' (2015) - 17 years.
* ''TheBluesBrothers'' (1980) and ''The Blues Brothers 2000'' ([[{{Trope2000}} 1998]]) -- 18 years.
* In 2009, almost 13 years after the first film, Twentieth Century Fox announced a set date of July 3rd, 2015 for ''Film/IndependenceDay''. If the filming schedule stays as it is, then the sequel will be released nearly 19 years to the date of the first film.
* ''Film/SupermanReturns'' (2006), released nineteen years after the last Superman film -- and chronologically following the second film, released 26 years before.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' (1989) and ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' (2008) -- 19 years.
* ''RamboIII'' (1988) and ''Film/{{Rambo}}'' (2008) -- 20 years.
* Universal released a sequel to the 1994 film ''TheLittleRascals'' called ''The Little Rascals Save The Day'' 20 years after the original.
* Harold Lloyd's ''The Sin of Harold Diddlebock'' (1947) was a sequel to his hit film ''TheFreshman'' (1925)- 22 Years.
* ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'' (1976) and its sequel ''Film/TheRageCarrie2'' (1999) -- 23 years.
* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' (1960) and ''PsychoII'' (1983) -- 23 years.
* ''WallStreet'' (1987) and ''Money Never Sleeps'' (2010) -- 23 years.
* ''Film/TheHustler'' (1961) and ''Film/TheColorOfMoney'' (1986) -- 25 years.
* ''WarGamesTheDeadCode''. 1983/2008 -- 25 years (with some non-trope-fitters in between).
* ''Film/DeadlyPrey'', a DTV B-movie, received the sequel ''Film/TheDeadliestPrey'' in 2013, 26 years later, and basically rehashed the plot from the first film.
* ''Film/{{Inferno}}'' (1980) and ''Film/MotherOfTears'' (2007) -- 27 years.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (1982) and ''Film/TronLegacy'' (2010) -- 28 years.
* ''Film/AChristmasStory'' (1983) and ''A Christmas Story 2'' (2012) -- 29 years.[[labelnote:*]]There was the film ''Film/ItRunsInTheFamily'' (AKA My Summer Story) released in 1994 (11 years after the first film) , Also directed by Creator/BobClark, But featuring only two of the original cast members (Tedde Morre (Miss Shields and Jean Sheapard (Adult Ralphie/The Narrator,) while the rest are [[TheOtherDarrin Other Darrins]] (Given the fact the some of the actors were too old to reprise thier roles).[[/labelnote]]
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' (1968) and its sequel ''Theatre/TheOddCouple II'' (1998) -- 30 years.
* ''The Naked Civil Servant'' (1975) and ''An Englishman In New York'' (2009) -- 34 years.
* An obscure film noir movie ''Strange Bargain'' (1949) was given a sequel 38 years later in 1987 -- in an episode of ''MurderSheWrote'', where Jessica Fletcher investigated the original crime.
* Brazilian filmmaker Josť Mojica Marins made a trilogy about his AuthorAvatar character Coffin Joe. The movies are ''At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul'' (1963), ''This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse'' (1967), and finally ''Embodiment of Evil'' (2008), only 41 YEARS after the second one. Of course, that doesn't mean he did nothing at all this years, even using Coffin joe in minor roles in his other projects.
* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'' is getting a sequel set to be released 69 years(!) after the original. The film will be called ''It's A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/IsaacAsimov
** The third book in his "Robot Trilogy", ''TheRobotsOfDawn'' was published in 1983, 26 years after the second.
** The fourth book in his ''{{Foundation}}'' series, ''Foundation's Edge'', was published in 1982, 29 years after the original trilogy.
* ''Solar Queen'' series by Creator/AndreNorton. 3rd novel ''Voodoo Planet'' appeared in 1959, then ''Postmarked the Stars'' in 1969, then ''Redline the Stars'' in 1993. That's 10 and 24 years. Granted, some of her other novels seem to be set in the same universe, but there are no direct connections.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' books: 8 years between ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'' (1984) and ''Literature/MostlyHarmless'' (1992), and 17 years between ''Mostly Harmless'' and ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'' (2009). Though the latter was due to AuthorExistenceFailure.
* There's a five-year gap between the third (2000) and fourth books (2005) of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', and a six year gap between the fourth and fifth (2011), after the first books came out in 1996, 1999, and 2000. Oddly, originally the fourth book was going to be a five-year timeskip in-universe before it was delayed, then after not coming out for five actual years, the action picks up immediately where it left off.
* The first four ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books came out on a yearly basis from 1997-2000. However, Rowling, probably kept busy managing the sudden expansion of the franchise that came with the film series, took three years to write the fifth book, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' (2003), a gap fans dubbed "the three year summer". After that, Rowling stuck to a two year interval between books, releasing ''Half-Blood Prince'' in 2005 and ''Deathly Hallows'' in 2007.
* ''TheUnicornChronicles'' had something like almost 10 years between the 2nd book and the 3rd book being published.
* Fans of Isobelle Carmody's ''Obernewtyn'' series waited 10 years for the fifth book in the sequence; the fourth book, ''The Keeping Place'' was originally published in 1998, ''The Stone Key'' in 2008.
* There was a 12-year gap between the third and fourth book in ''Literature/TheDemonPrinces'' series. The series was always planned to have 5 books.
* The ''EarthsChildren'' series had a 12 year gap between ''The Plains of Passage'' (1990) and ''The Sheltes of Stone'' (2002). Assuming ''The Land of the Painted Caves'' comes out as scheduled in 2011, that will have been another 9 year gap.
* In the ''MagicKingdomOfLandover'' series, there was a fourteen year gap between the fifth book, ''Witches' Brew'', and the sixth, ''A Princess of Landover'' (for reference, there were nine years between the release of the first book and the ''fifth'').
* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'' came out in 1978. Its sequel, ''The Book of Sorrows'', came out in 1985. A final sequel, ''Peace at the Last'', came out in 2013, a 23-year gap, alongside a rewrite of ''Sorrows''.
* ''Magicians of Literature/{{Gor}}'' (book 25 in the series): 1988 -- ''Witness of Gor'' (book 26): 2001. 13 years.
* The first ''Literature/AlexBenedict'' book, ''A Talent for War'', came out in 1989. The second, ''Polaris'', came out in 2004, 15 years later (after that, there has been no gap larger than three years).
* PeterDavid's ''[[Literature/KnightLifeSeries Knight Life]]'' (1987) and ''One Knight Only'' (2003) -- 16 years (the original did get an UpdatedRerelease in 2002.)
* In Clare Bell's ''[[TheBookOfTheNamed The Named]]'' series, the release of the first four books was spread between 1983 and 1991. Seventeen years later, the series started its re-issue because of its new fifth book, ''Ratha's Courage'' (2008). The next year also saw a [[http://www.wandsandworlds.com/community/node/7230 novelette]] written on Twitter and a short story in an anthology of speculative fiction.
* ''Literature/TheHobbit'' (1937), followed by ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' (three volumes, 1954-1955) -- 17-18 years.
** Well, unless you count the portion of the Oxford English Dictionary that Tolkein worked on in the intervening period.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin published 3rd and 4th books of Literature/EarthseaTrilogy ''The Farthest Shore'' and ''Tehanu'' in 1972 and 1990. 18 years.
* Creator/VernorVinge's ''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep'' came out in 1992; the sequel, ''Literature/TheChildrenOfTheSky'', was released in 2011 (19 years). ''Literature/ADeepnessInTheSky'' -- set in the same universe but not a direct sequel -- came out in the interim.
* ''[[Literature/{{Blackcollar}} The Blackcollar]]'' (1983), ''The Backlash Mission'' (1986) and ''The Judas Solution'' (2006). -- 20-23 years.
* Another TimothyZahn example is ''TheCobraTrilogy'': original trilogy released 1985-1988, two new trilogies released from 2009 onwards.
* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/{{Cyteen}}'' and ''Regenesis'' (1988/2009) -- 21 years. Similar to the Vinge example above, Cherryh had other Literature/AllianceUnion books come out between the two.
* ''Literature/JulieOfTheWolves'' (1972) by Jean Craighead George got its sequels ''Julie'' and ''Julie's Wolf Pack'' in 1994 and 1997, respectively (22 and 25 years).
* The ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' by Jane Yolen was originally a trilogy that was published 1982-1987. The [[TrilogyCreep fourth book]] came out in 2009 -- 22 years.
* ''Psycho'', the original RobertBloch novel (1959), and ''Psycho II'' also by Bloch (1982), which was totally unrelated to the film sequel -- 23 years.
* ''The Seventh Sword'' was written by Creator/DaveDuncan in 1984 and published as a trilogy in 1988. The 4th novel ''The Death of Nnanji'' appeared in 2012. 24 (or 28) years.
* Part I of Goethe's ''{{Faust}}'' was first published in 1808. Part II (a sequel in all but name) was released in 1832 (24 years).
* ''Literature/TheEgyptGame'' (1967) and ''The Gypsy Game'' (1997) -- 30 years. Both are set in ThePresentDay through the use of ComicBookTime.
* ''Literature/MySideOfTheMountain'' (1959) by Jean Craighead George had its sequel ''On the Far Side of the Mountain'' published in 1990, leaving a gap of 31 years. The third book, ''Frightful's Mountain'', came nine years after that.
* ''Closing Time'', the sequel to ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'', was published in 1994; 33 years after the original novel.
* Creator/StephenKing got ''Literature/TheShining'' released in 1977. It's sequel, ''Literature/DoctorSleep'', was released in 2013... 36 years later.
* ''GoneWithTheWind'' (1936) and its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gone_with_the_Wind#Sequels authorised sequel]] ''Scarlett'' (1991) have a gap of 55 years (coincidentally, so do the films based on both of them (1939/1994) and then an officially authorized POVSequel ''Rhett Butler's People'' (2007) 16 years later.
* ''[[PeterPan Peter And Wendy]]'' (1911) and its authorised sequel ''Peter Pan in Scarlet'' (2006) -- ''95'' years.
* ''The Time Ships'', an official sequel to ''TheTimeMachine'' was published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first book (1895/1995).
* ''Literature/TheIliad'' and ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' were likely composed some time around 850 BC. ''Literature/TheAeneid'', a ContinuationFic, was finished in 19 BC. If both are taken as part of ClassicalMythology, that's a SequelGap of ''over 800 years''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* EltonJohn released a ConceptAlbum in 1975 called ''Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy'', chronicling his and lyricist Bernie Taupin's rise to fame, at the height of Elton's success. In 2006, 26 years later, Elton released a sequel album, ''The Captain And The Kid'', chronicling the duo's success and personal issues.
* JethroTull frontman Ian Anderson released a followup to Tull's 1972 ConceptAlbum, ''Thick As A Brick 2'', during the 30th anniversary of ''Thick As A Brick'''s release (2012).
* Music/{{Boston}} was notorious for this, to the point where the Boston's record label actually sued the band because they were taking too long to record ''Third Stage''
* The ''Bat Out Of Hell'' trilogy by MeatLoaf. ''Bat Out Of Hell'' was released in 1977; ''Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell'' came out 16 years later in 1993, and ''Bat Out Of Hell 3: The Monster Is Loose'' rounded it off 13 years after that, in 2006.
* Metallica has fallen into this for their most recent albums. There was a six year gap between ''[=ReLoad=]'' and ''St. Anger.'' Their next album ''Death Magnetic'' (2008) took five years to come out. They've taken enough time making ''Death Magnetic's'' successor to create a third SequelGap, if one discounts their Lou Reed collaboration ''Lulu'' (2012) ([[CanonDiscontinuity most fans would definitely prefer to]]).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' (the NeoGeo version released in 1995) to ''Double Dragon Advance'' (2003) to ''VideoGame/DoubleDragonNeon'' (2012) -- 8 years and 9 years respectively.
** If we excludes the Neo-Geo version for being a competitive fighter instead of a beat-'em-up, then that leaves ''Super Double Dragon'' (1992) as the last true game in the series prior to ''Advance'', which makes it an 11-year gap instead.
** There were other Double Dragon games released between ''Advance'' and ''Neon'' though, particularly a Zeebo version by Brizo Interactive released in 2009 and an [=iOS=] version made by the same developers in 2011, but these were a bit more obscure (especially the Zeebo version, which was a game console only available in Brazil and Mexico).
* ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' (1995) to its GameCube incarnation (technically a sequel as it features different characters) in ''Nintendo Puzzle Collection'' (2003) -- 8 years. Not the case with its Westernized variants ''Tetris Attack'' and ''{{Pokemon}} Puzzle League'', which only had a 4-year gap. From ''Pokemon Puzzle League'' (2000) to ''Planet Puzzle League'' (2007) is seven years - although this only applies in the West, as the latter game came out only four years after ''NPC''. As far as games featuring the traditional fairy character designs go, however, a 10-year gap (so far) is still ongoing.
* The ''Wolfenstein'' series has seen a few gaps between titles:
** ''Beyond Castle Wolfenstein'' (1984) and ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' (1992) -- 8 years.
** ''Spear of Destiny'' (1992) and ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein'' (2001) -- 9 years.
** ''Return To Castle Wolfenstein'' (2001) and ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein}}'' (2009) -- 8 years.
* ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution EXTREME'' (2002) and ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution [=SuperNOVA=]'' (2006) -- only 4 years between those two major arcade releases, but the four years before saw no less than 7 major arcade versions of DDR, as well as Plus versions and spin-offs. However the PS2 Game ''EXTREME 2'' was released in 2005, thereby filling the gap.
* ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'' (2007) and ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' (2013) -- 6 years, in terms of a direct sequel. There were still ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' games released between them, but [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth two of them]] were {{Gaiden Game}}s and the third was a [[VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney crossover]] with the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' series.
* The ''VideoGame/DonPachi'' series was supposed to "die peacefully" with ''[=DoDonPachi Dai-Ou-Jou=]'' in 2002 ("daioujou" = "peaceful death"). But fans wanted more, so it was "resurrected" 6 years later with ''[=DoDonPachi Dai-Fukkatsu=]'' in 2008 ("daifukkatsu" = "great resurrection").
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'' (2003) and ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' (2010) -- 7 years.
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction II'' (2002) and ''Red Faction: Guerrilla'' (2009) -- 7 years.
* ''[[VideoGame/KnightsoftheOldRepublicII Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II]]'' (2004) and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' (2011) -- 7 years.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Melee'' (2001) and ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' (2008) -- 7 years.
** And Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS (2014) -- 6 years.
* ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}} III'' (2005) -- 7 years if you count ''VideoGame/RaidenFighters JET'' (1998) as the last entry, 11 if you count ''Raiden DX'' (1994) as the last.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II: Tides of Darkness'' (1995) and ''Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos'' (2002) -- 7 years.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'' (2001) and ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt!'' (2008) -- 7 years. ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' and ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'' don't count.
* ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' (1999) and ''VideoGame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'' (2006) -- 7 years. ''Dreamfall'' to ''VideoGame/DreamfallChapters'' (2014-2015) -- another 8 years. That's despite the WordOfGod claiming it ''won't'' take [[ExactWords another seven years]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Caesar}} III'' (1998) and ''Caesar IV'' (2006) -- 8 years.
* ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}: Source'' (2004) and ''Counter-Strike: Global Offensive'' (2012) -- 8 years.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' (2003) and ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' (2011) -- 8 years.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' (1990) and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (1998) -- 8 years.
* ''{{Shantae}}'' (2002) to ''Shantae: Risky's Revenge'' (2010) -- 8 years.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' (1994) and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' / ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Fusion'' (2002) -- 8 years.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}} 3: Hoodlum Havoc'' (2003) and ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'' (2011) -- 8 years. The ''VideoGame/RavingRabbids'' games are only spin-offs.
* ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' (2005) and ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'' (2013) -- 8 years.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortressClassic'' (1999) and ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' (2007) -- 8 years. (As the page quote demonstrates, the development time was actually 9 years, Classic was basically just a port of the original Quake Mod)
* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' Volume 6: The Lost Gold (2003) and ''You Don't Know Jack'' [[FanNickname 2011]] -- 8 years, although there was an online beta flash game from 2006 to 2008.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'' (1997) and ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'' (2005) -- 8 years for a proper sequel, not counting the wastly out-of-place StarFoxAdventures.
* ''{{Pikmin}} 2'' (2004) and ''Pikmin 3'' (2013) -- 8-9 years.
* ''VideoGame/BionicCommando: Elite Forces'' (1999) and ''Bionic Commando Rearmed'' (2008) -- 9 years.
* ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' (2000) and ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' (2009) -- 9 years.
* ''VideoGame/{{KAMUI}}'' (1999) and ''VideoGame/{{RefleX}}'' (2008) -- 9 years.
* ''VideoGame/{{Max Payne}} 2'' (2003) and ''Max Payne 3'' (2012) -- 9 years.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: 3rd Strike'' (1999) and ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' (2008) -- 9 years. Despite being the last "main" Street Fighter game by Capcom for nearly a decade, ''[=3rd=] Strike'' was hardly their last fighting game featuring ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' characters prior to ''IV''. The Street Fighters were still being featured in other Capcom fighting games produced between ''3rd Strike'' and ''IV'' (notably in crossovers such as ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' and the ''[[VideoGame/SNKVsCapcom Capcom vs. SNK]]'' series) and even then Arika's ''VideoGame/{{Street Fighter EX}}3'' was released only a year after ''3rd Strike''. Between ''[[VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution Capcom Fighting Jam]]'' and ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', there was really only a four-year gap.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'' (1994) and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' (2003) -- 9 years, not counting spinoff games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}} VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant'' (1992) and ''Wizardry 8'' (2001) -- 9 years. Despite the long gap, it still allowed you to [[OldSaveBonus import]] your save from the previous game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' (1998) and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' (2008) -- 10 years. Although two spinoff titles were released in between: ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}'' (2001) and ''VideoGame/FalloutBrotherhoodOfSteel'' (2004).
* ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}} III -From Legend to Myth-'' (1989) and ''Gradius IV: Fukkatsu'' (1999) -- 10 years, not including ports or spinoffs such as ''Gradius Gaiden'' and the ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' spinoff series.
* ''Spec Ops: Airborne Commando'' (2002) and ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' (2012) -- 10 years.
* ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment'' (2000) and ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishmentStarSuccessor'' (2010) -- 10 years.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' (2003) and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' (2013) -- 10 years.
* ''AmericanMcgeesAlice'' (2000) and ''Alice: Madness Returns'' (2011) -- 11 years.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' (2000) and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' (2011) -- 11 years.
* ''NightsIntoDreams...'' (1996) and ''[=NiGHTS=]: Journey of Dreams'' (2007) -- 11 years.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'' (1986) and ''Rampage World Tour'' (1997) -- 11 years.
* ''SeikenDensetsu3'' (1995) to ''[[DawnOfMana Seiken Densetsu 4]]'' (2006) is, again, 11 years. Spin-offs were produced in between but this was the first numbered game since.
* ''[[VideoGame/YoshisIsland Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island]]'' (1995) and ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' (2006) -- 11 years. Mario had kept on going in the meantime, but ''New'' was a direct return to classic 2D platforming that had been mostly abandoned since ''Yoshi's Island''. If only 2D SMB-style platformers are considered, it's 14 years, with 1992's ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand2SixGoldenCoins'' being the last game of that type.
* ''ThunderForce V'' (1997) to ''ThunderForce VI'' (2008) -- 11 years.
* ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' (1995) to ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland DS'' (2006), that's 11 years if you only count games in the direct YoshisIsland series. If you count other Yoshi games, the gap between YoshisStory (1997) and Yoshi's Topsy Turvy/Universal Gravitation (2004) would count instead, with 7 years between games.
* ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland DS'' (2006) to ''Yoshi's New Island'' (2014) -- 8 years.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear XX'' (2002) to ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear Xrd'' (2014) -- 12 years, filled in slightly [[CapcomSequelStagnation by updating and re-releasing XX many times during the gap]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}} TDR 2000'' (2000) and ''Carmageddon: Reincarnation'' (scheduled for 2012) -- 12 years.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Darius}} G-Darius]]'' (1997) and ''Darius Burst'' (2009) -- 12 years.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'' (2000) and ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' (2012) -- 12 years.
* ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'' (2001) and ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'' (2013) -- 12 years.
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' (1996) and ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan9 9]]'' (2008) -- 12 years. As with ''Sonic'', there were other ''Mega Man'' titles released, though nearly all of them falling into the various other spinoff series.
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' (1994 in Japan) and ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'' (2006) -- 12 years. It should be noted that ''MOTHER 3'' fell victim to {{vaporware}} status for a very good chunk of that time - its earliest incarnation was intended for the SNES and at one point was a heavily hyped [=N64=] project. It ultimately ended up emerging at the end of the GameBoyAdvance's lifespan.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft|I}}'' (1998) and ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' (2010) -- 12 years. As Tychus Findlay put it, ''Hell, it's about time.''
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic IX'' (2002) and ''Might and Magic X'' (2014) -- 12 years (not counting [[VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic games]] that [[MorePopularSpinoff technically are spin-offs]]).
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' (1981), ''DonkeyKong94'' (1994), and ''MarioVsDonkeyKong'' (2004) -- 13 years and 10 years, respectively.
* ''NinjaGaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom'' (1991) and ''Ninja Gaiden'' (2004) -- 13 years.
* ''[[SamAndMax Sam & Max: Hit the Road]]'' (1993) and ''Sam & Max: Culture Shock'' (2006) -- 13 years.
* ''AfterBurner III'' (1992) and ''AfterBurner Climax'' (2006) -- 14 years.
* ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry 3'' (1996) and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns'' (2010) -- 14 years. If you count ''DonkeyKong64'' (1999) in the series, it's 11 years.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe: The Duel'' (1994) to ''Golden Axe: Beast Rider'' (2008) -- 14 years.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' (1996) and ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' (2011) -- [[DevelopmentHistory/DukeNukemForever 15 years]]. There were a few games that played differently a few years after ''3D'', however. What makes ''Duke Nukem Forever'' so infamous in this regard is the fact that the unlike most titles listed here, the game was in active development the entire time!
* ''[[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts]]'' (1991) and ''Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins'' (2006) -- 15 years. Not counting the [=WonderSwan=] game Capcom licensed to Bandai, the GameBoyAdvance port of ''Super'', or the ''Gargoyle's Quest'' spin-off series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pilotwings}} 64'' (1996) and ''Pilotwings Resort'' (2011) -- 15 years.
* ''Super Punch-Out!!'' (1994) and ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (2009) -- 15 years.
* ''{{Rygar}}'' (1987) and ''Rygar: The Legendary Adventure'' (2002) -- 15 years.
* ''[[{{Gobliiins}} Goblins 3]]'' (1993) and ''Gobliiins 4'' (2009) -- 16 years.
* ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'' (1994) and ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4'' (2010) -- 16 years. Although there were many other ''Sonic'' titles released between then. Even without considering numbered sequels, ''Sonic'' also went an entire console generation without releasing a main series platform game, resulting in the five year gap between the aforementioned ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic the Hedgehog 3]]'' (1994) and ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' (1999).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' (1991) and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' (2008) -- 17 years. Note that this is in regards to a direct story sequel, as the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series is {{non linear| sequel}} with 14 titles in the main series.
* ''OutRun'' (1986) and ''OutRun 2'' (2003) -- 17 years. Although it did have a few other {{oddly named sequel}}s (notably ''Turbo [=OutRun=]'' in 1989 and ''[=OutRunners=]'' in 1992, both arcade releases).
* ''KillerInstinct 2 / Killer Instinct Gold'' (1996) and ''Killer Instinct'' (2013) -- 17 years.
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuestMaskOfEternity'' (1998) and ''[[RecycledTitle King's Quest]]'' (scheduled for 2015) -- 17 years.
* ''VideoGame/KingsBounty'' (1990) and ''King's Bounty: The Legend'' (2008) -- 18 years.
* ''X'' (1992) and ''X-Scape'' ([=DSiWare=], 2010) -- 18 years.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (1982) / ''Discs of TRON'' (1983) and ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'' (2003) -- 20 years.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarus: Of Myths and Monsters'' (1991) and ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' (2012) -- 21 years. ''Uprising'' pokes fun at this by starting the game with Pit saying "Sorry to keep you waiting!" Japan had it worse - they didn't get ''Of Myths and Monsters'' until its Virtual Console release in 2012, meaning they had to wait 26 years between installments.
* ''TheGreatGianaSisters'' (1987) and ''Giana Sisters DS'' (2009) -- 22 years.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKage'' (1985) and ''The Legend of Kage 2'' (2008) -- 23 years.
* ''VideoGame/TheFoolsErrand'' (1987) and ''The Fool and His Money'' (2012) -- 25 years.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland}}'' (1988) to ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland 2}}'' (2014[[note]]early access beta since 2013[[/note]]) -- 26 years.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tapper}}'' (1983) and ''Tapper World Tour'' (2011) -- 28 years.
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* [[WebVideo/PieGuyRulz PieGuyRulz]]: His review of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjSjLqjfo_A&index=68&list=PLjlAmr_sE-mLBuiATRkCXSw1OrX52wIyo SpongeBob Season 1]] was released to YouTube on June 20, 2013. His review of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5HB7X2jASo&list=PLjlAmr_sE-mLBuiATRkCXSw1OrX52wIyo&index=68 SpongeBob Season 2]] was released on July 23, 2013, around one month later. His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIAY8epeYLM&list=PLjlAmr_sE-mLBuiATRkCXSw1OrX52wIyo&index=69 SpongeBob Season 3]] review, however, was released on September 23, 2013, which was two months later. An even bigger gap formed with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPhQHffAEqc&list=PLjlAmr_sE-mLBuiATRkCXSw1OrX52wIyo&index=70 the SpongeBob Movie Review]], which came out on January 30, 2014.
** His first two [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh1Kcv1uZHE&index=17&list=PLjlAmr_sE-mLBuiATRkCXSw1OrX52wIyo Disney]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MFGFs4QIys&index=18&list=PLjlAmr_sE-mLBuiATRkCXSw1OrX52wIyo Rants]] were uploaded on March 1st 2009 and April 18th 2009, respectively. His [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JLPZGBGH-w&index=19&list=PLjlAmr_sE-mLBuiATRkCXSw1OrX52wIyo third Disney Rant]] was supposed to be about the Jonas Brothers, but was delayed until September 5th 2010, and by that time the Jonas Brothers had just about fallen off the face of the Earth.
* With Creator/{{Yuriofwind}}, there was a ten month gap between [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLHVfwdYg0acfrE1_sS4RG7jPkgkKZD4nv&v=cb7Jxt-sEjY the upload of this episode]] and [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLHVfwdYg0acfrE1_sS4RG7jPkgkKZD4nv&v=3ImYLiG4P68 the upload of this episode]], because Yuri kept forgetting to upload it. The second episode lampshades it with onscreen text.
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