A series title that made perfect sense when it began, but after a number of changes to the premise, no longer makes sense to people who don't go back to the beginning. Sometimes a new element is put in to justify the title.
This usually happens when a movie named after a specific MacGuffin
suddenly gets a sequel, and changing the title to something else might throw people off that this is
a sequel. One of the ways to avert this is through a Franchise-Driven Retitling
, downgrading the original to a subtitle with the main title being something more consistent. They very well couldn't have called the Indiana Jones
sequel Raiders of the Lost Ark 2
, could they?
See also The Artifact
. Often a direct result of Nothing Is the Same Anymore
. Sometimes results in New Season, New Name
. Happens often in poorly devised Alternate Universe Fan Fiction
. Eventually this could turn a title into a Nonindicative Name
. This can also happen on a larger scale with Network Decay
Not to be confused with MacGuffin Title