An '''appropriated title''' is when a franchise is better known by a different title than it was originally known as. There can be various reasons for this:

* The sequel was more successful, or at least [[SequelDisplacement more famous]].
* The original title would be an ArtifactTitle if the series continued to use it.
* The sequel's name [[RuleOfCool just sounded cooler]].

See also SequelTheOriginalTitle.

[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' (a.k.a. ''GTO'') was a spinoff of an earlier work by the same author titled ''Shonan Jun'ai Gumi'' (''The Pure Love Gang from Shonan Beach'') and later had its own spinoff titled ''GTO: 14 Days in Shonan''. When ''Shonan Jun'ai Gumi'' was adapted into English, it was retitled ''GTO: The Early Years''.

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* In an unusual case of entire ''companies'' doing this, Creator/DCComics, Franchise/ArchieComics, and Creator/MarvelComics all got their names from their previous incarnation's most popular title.
** DC is a bit of a recursive case. Detective Comics, Inc. was spun off from National Allied Publications in 1937 to publish ''Detective Comics'' as well as National's other two comics at the time (one of which became ''Adventure Comics''). After buying up National Allied and merging with All-American Comics, Detective Comics, Inc. became National Comics Publications, while continuing to use the DC branding on its comics, and from 1949 to 1970 the logo read [[ Superman/DC/National Comics]] (as DC had been promoting their [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} flagship character]] in the logo [[ since 1942]]). The "National Comics" branding was dropped altogether in 1970, and National Periodicals was formally renamed DC Comics, Inc. in 1977.
* The adaptations of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' take their name from ''Scott Pilgrim vs. The World'', the second book in the series.

* The first ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' movie was actually called ''Film/FirstBlood''. It wasn't until the sequel, ''Film/RamboFirstBloodPartII'', that the "Rambo" name was used at all, followed by ''Film/RamboIII''. This enabled them to call the fourth film simply ''Film/{{Rambo}}'', since that title was never technically used.
* The first release in the ''Franchise/{{The Chronicles of Riddick}}'' canon was called ''Film/PitchBlack''. This goes along with the complete change in tone and focus the series underwent after the first installment (so much so that when the movie the re-released, it was retitled ''The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black'').
* The first ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' movie was just called ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', while all other media include Jones' name in the title. For what it's worth, later re-releases did change the title to ''Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark''.
* The [[Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday ninth]], [[Film/JasonX tenth]], and [[Film/FreddyVsJason eleventh]] ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies went under the ''[[AntagonistTitle Jason]]'' name. However, this was only out of necessity, as New Line did not own the rights to the ''Friday the 13th'' title; once they bought them, the series reverted to its original name.
* Although the third and fourth films in the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise, respectively ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' and ''Film/AlienResurrection'', went under the original title, most spin-off merchandise is known under ''Alien'''s''''', which was [[Film/{{Aliens}} the second movie]].
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' started with ''Film/BatmanBegins'', as all the prior Franchise/{{Batman}} films had [[CharacterTitle the character's name on the titles]]. The sequel was titled ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' so it could stand out on its own and the third film followed suit with ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''
* The ''Franchise/StarWars'' series was originally meant to be called ''The Adventures of Luke Skywalker'' and the early tie-in novels (the novelization of ''Film/ANewHope'', ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye'' and Creator/BrianDaley's ''Han Solo'' trilogy) were released under that title. The first film's tremendous success and fame negated this.

* The English-translation titles for ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy'' books are all structured like the title of the second book, translated as ''The Girl Who Played With Fire''. The first book, whose Swedish title means ''Men Who Hate Women'', was retitled ''The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo''; the third book, literally translated as ''The Air Castle That Was Blown Up''[[note]]"air castle" is analogous to "pipe dream",[[/note]] was retitled ''The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest''. The whole series is also colloquially known as the "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" books.
* Thomas Harris's series of books featuring Hannibal Lecter began with ''Red Dragon'', but it's known as the ''[[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Silence of the Lambs]]'' series due to the [[AdaptationDisplacement popularity of that film]].
* ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' takes its series title from the second book in the sequence.
* ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' is given a series title taken from its second book (and from the setting of the first two books). However, this was contrary to the designs of the author, who [[AuthorExistenceFailure had intended]] that the series would centre around the doings of the title character of first book, ''Titus Groan'', who leaves Gormenghast Castle to journey the outside world at the end of the second book.
* Creator/JudyBlume's ''Literature/{{Fudge}}'' books actually started with ''Literature/TalesOfAFourthGradeNothing''. Of course, since TheProtagonist constantly focuses on the antics of his brother Fudge, it makes sense.
* {{Inverted}} with the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle:'' the series always had that title (well, except for [[TrilogyCreep originally being a "Trilogy"]]), but used ''Inheritance'' as the title of its final book.
* The erotica novel ''Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure'' has long been supplanted by its better-known title, ''Literature/FannyHill''.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' was a spinoff of a short-lived Creator/DisneyChannel sitcom titled ''Good Morning, Miss Bliss'', but proved to be more popular than its predecessor, to the point that not only it had two spinoffs that carried on the ''Saved by the Bell'' title (''The College Years'' and ''The New Class''), but the original series it was spun-off from was [[{{retronym}} retroactively retitled]] ''Saved by the Bell: The Junior High Years'' in syndication.

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'': The first game in the ''Gyakuten Saiban'' series was localized for the west under title of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' a year after Japan had already gotten the third game. The announcement that the fourth game would star [[VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney a new character]] prompted the English localization team to promote ''Ace Attorney'' as the name of the franchise and downplay the ''Phoenix Wright'' part of the title for the sequels.
* The ''VideoGame/XCom'' series started as ''UFO: Enemy Unknown''. It had to relabel itself ''X-COM'' to avoid confusion with the [[Series/{{UFO}} television show]] and "UFO" was a pretty generic title to begin with.
* The original ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries SoulCalibur]]'' was actually a sequel to another Namco game titled ''Soul Edge''. However, a trademark dispute over the use of the word "Edge" led to the console version being retitled ''Soul Blade'' outside Japan. The sequel was titled differently to avoid having [[MarketBasedTitle two different names]] for the same game and the ''[=SoulCalibur=]'' name stuck from that point on.
* The ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Dark Forces]]'' title was replaced with ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight]]'' when the second game (''Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight'') proved more popular.
* The ''{{VideoGame/Starsiege}}'' series is infamous for this, in combination for [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo no two games sharing the same naming scheme.]]. The first game was ''[=MetalTech: EarthSiege=]'', which then became ''[=EarthSiege 2=]''. After that came ''[=Starsiege=]'', then ''[[{{VideoGame/Tribes}} Starsiege: Tribes]]'', ''then'' came ''Tribes 2''. The two most recent games follow the ''[[{{VideoGame/TribesVengeance}} Tribes: [Verb] ]]'' naming scheme. ''[=Starsiege=] Tribes'' itself is often simply called ''Tribes'' or ''Tribes 1''.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' features about fifty different playable Marvel superheroes and the story mostly focuses on ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}. Many of the heroes were never members of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' or are not current members but due to the popular [[Film/TheAvengers2012 movie]], the game uses Avengers in the title.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' was initially titled as such because it was a [=3D=] version of the original ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games, but also to indicate its placement as the third canonical game in the series, following the [=MSX2=] versions of ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''.[[note]]The Solid is a reference to three-dimensional geometry.[[/note]] The game was a bigger success than Konami expected and the name stuck on for all the sequels, from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' and all the way up to the latest ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''. Only a few of the odd spinoffs, namely ''VideoGame/MetalGearAcid'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance Metal Gear Rising]]'', were released without the ''Solid'' branding.
* ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' was originally the subtitle of the first game, fully titled ''The Operative: No One Lives Forever''.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' was originally the American title of what was known in Japan as ''Ninja Ryūkenden'' ("The Ninja Dragon Sword Story") and in Europe as ''Shadow Warriors''. When Tecmo revived the series with the 2004 Xbox version by Team Ninja, they used the ''Ninja Gaiden'' title over the two in every region in order to have the franchise under one worldwide name.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' is known as ''Akumajō Dracula'' (''Demon Castle Dracula'') in Japan. During his tenure as producer, Koji Igarashi tried to rebrand Japanese version of the series under the ''Castlevania'' banner in order to have one name for the franchise in every region. As a result, ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Concerto of the Midnight Sun]]'', ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow Minuet of Dawn]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence Lament of Innocence]]'' (simply titled ''Castlevania'' in Japan) were all released under the ''Castlevania'' brand instead of the usual ''Akumajō Dracula''. This rebranding didn't last long due to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks negative feedback]] from longtime Japanese fans and the series went back to the ''Akumajō Dracula'' name with the Nintendo DS entries.
* The original ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' was titled ''Hyrule Fantasy: Zelda no Densetsu'' in Japan. Presumably Nintendo intended for "Hyrule Fantasy" to be the title of the franchise rather than "Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda", but that was dropped in the sequels.
* Intended for the ''Videogame/BattleZone1998'' series, whose sequel implemented a subtitle for later appropriation, ''Battlezone II: Combat Commander''. The publisher, Creator/{{Activision}}, licensed the "Battlezone" title from Creator/{{Atari}}, creators of ''Videogame/BattleZone1980''. The subtitle would have made marketing a third game simpler if Atari refused to re-license the name, so instead of ''Battlezone III'', it would be ''Combat Commander: Whatever''. The gesture proved to irrelevant, because the first game was an AcclaimedFlop and the sequel was a mixed flop courtesy of its ObviousBeta initial release, killing any chance of a third game.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Forza}}'' franchise was originally called the ''Forza Motorsport'' series, but it was officially shortened to ''Forza'' to accompany the [[WideOpenSandbox open world]] ''Horizon'' sister series, thus making each game a legitimate title and not a SpinOff. However, despite the increasing popularity and establishment of the ''Horizon'' series (especially after the critically-lauded ''Forza Horizon 3''), the ''Forza Motorsport'' games are still often referred to as "''Forza [number of Motorsport title]''" while the ''Forza Horizon'' games are shortened to "''Horizon [number of such title]''".

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' was originally a OneWordTitle; however, it has always been more well-known as ''Jem and the Holograms'', which is the name of the in-series band that Jem leads. In the early 2010s the series was officially renamed ''Jem and the Holograms''. The [[ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms comic reboot]], [[Film/JemAndTheHolograms film reboot]], [=DVDs=], and reruns use the title, though all the text in the cartoons still say ''Jem''.