When a show's title incorporates the year it was released — more or less. Forward-dating shows by using next year is somewhat common, especially if the release is late in the year. Back-dating is less heard of, since it implies the show is falling behind the times; usually annual titles get incremented in case production slips behind schedule.
Affixing a contemporary year to the title of a familiar story often implies a Setting Update
, though not necessarily.
Fans will often do this with Similarly-Named Works
and Recycled Titles
. Since those are Retronyms
rather than official, they may or may not have their place here.
Compare Title by Number
and Trope 2000
- Godzilla 1985 and Godzilla 2000.
- Hammer Horror Dracula A.D. 1972
- Dracula 2000 (Released in Europe as Dracula 2001).
- Amityville 1992: It's About Time
- Movie studios in The Thirties used Annual Titles more often for formula musical comedies:
- Gold Diggers of 1933, Gold Diggers of 1935, Gold Diggers of 1937 (Warner Bros.) Released in 1932, 1934 & 1936, respectively.
- Broadway Melody of 1936, Broadway Melody of 1938, Broadway Melody of 1940 (MGM)
- The Big Broadcast of 1936, The Big Broadcast of 1937, The Big Broadcast of 1938 (Paramount)
- Where the Boys Are '84
- Airport 1975, Airport 1977 and The Concorde—Airport '79
- Fantasia 2000
- Fictional example: In Sullivans Travels, Ants in Your Plants of 1939 is one of a string of successful comedy pictures directed by Sullivan. Sullivan now wants to film something more serious and artistic, though the studio would rather have him make Ants in Your Plants of 1941.
- The 1960s revival of Dragnet: Dragnet 1967, Dragnet 1968, Dragnet 1969 and Dragnet 1970. However, the Made-for-TV Movie Dragnet 1966 was not broadcast until 1969.
- The infamous Galactica 1980
- Match Game '73, '74, etc.
- Wheel 2000, which debuted on CBS in 1997, was a children's version of Wheel of Fortune.
- Password Plus was originally to be named Password '79.
- The song "Freedom '90" by George Michael, named this way to differentiate it from the (otherwise completely unrelated) song "Freedom" which he made in 1984.
- Beatles '65 was Capitol Records' U.S. release culled mainly from the Parlorphone album Beatles For Sale.
- Magic: The Gathering core sets are all named after their year (forward-dated), a trend that began with 2009's Magic: The Gathering 2010 Core Set, or Magic 2010 for short.
- The Trope Maker in musical theatre was the Ziegfeld Follies, whose first edition was titled Follies of 1907. It set the standard for titling musical revues to the extent that many revues which never would created a series used annual titles, and most series of revues were referred to with annual titles whether they used them or not. Initially it produced new editions every year, but it and all its imitators stopped coming out yearly by the late 1920s.
- Time Pilot '84
- Galaga '88, also known as Galaga '90 on its American TurboGrafx-16 release and as Galaga '91 on the Game Gear.
- Bomberman '93 & '94
- Hector '87
- Final Fight was originally meant to be Street Fighter '89, but Capcom settled for the new title because it played nothing like Street Fighter.
- Madden NFL. Every year, it comes out with the next year's year in the title.
- And the FIFA Soccer/NHL Hockey games. The Madden bit was parodied by one webcomic by having the changes for a sequel consist of updating the number... and that's it.
- Colin McRae Rally 04 was actually released in September 2003.
- The King of Fighters did this every year from The King of Fighters '94 to The King of Fighters 2003. Since the next game was not released in 2004, the main series stopped using this, though it didn't stop King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 from being retitled The King of Fighters 2006 in the U.S.
- Most 2K Sports games, with 2Kn as an abbreviation for (2000 + n). They are usually released in the preceding year, though. This was started by Sega Sports, the company's predecessor.
- Spyro: Year of the Dragon is a variant; the year it was released was a Year of the Dragon in the Chinese zodiac.
- Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000. Microsoft Office, too (95, 97, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010).