Timon: Waaaait, wait wait wait, hold on a second. Three? What's with the three? No, no, no, the three has got to go.Also called a Midquel, this can be one of two things: when a new entry in a series is a sequel to one existing entry, and a prequel to another, or when it takes place during a Time Skip in an earlier entry rather than continuing the story. This device is often used to expand a portion of the story only touched upon in other entries, or if more story is desired but there's no logical place for it either before the beginning or after the end. Happens a lot in Video Games, since story has only recently become a major part of design. A more cynical creator might use it to cash in on a franchise without having to advance the Story Arc. Not that we want to name names, or anything... Some people differentiate the two terms, referring to an "Interquel" as an entry happening strictly between two previous ones of the Franchise (it is a Sequel for one and a Prequel for the other), with a Midquel taking place within a single work of the Franchise (it is more like a subsection). But continuity may be sometimes so convoluted (depending of whether it is an Immediate Sequel or not), that establishing a work is in-between two others is probably fine enough. Compare Prequel, P.O.V. Sequel. Not to be confused with Simultaneous Arcs which is a story that takes place at the same time as another story, but focusing on different characters.
Pumba: Timon, you can't use Two! There's already been a Two!
Timon: Mmm, you've got a point there, big fella. It's not a sequel, anyway.
Pumba: Yeah, more like a Behind-the-scene-quel!
Timon: A what-a-who-quel?
Pumba: Oh, you know, an Inbetween-quel!
Pumba: Timon, you can't use Two! There's already been a Two!
Timon: Mmm, you've got a point there, big fella. It's not a sequel, anyway.
Pumba: Yeah, more like a Behind-the-scene-quel!
Timon: A what-a-who-quel?
Pumba: Oh, you know, an Inbetween-quel!
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Anime and Manga
- Cowboy Bebop The Movie is set sometime during the last third of the TV series and features the team at the high point of their arc before things all start coming apart. Specifically, it occurs between episodes 22 and 23, judging from background details ("Cowboy Andy" has a cameo in the samurai getup he adopted after 22, while the Show Within a Show "Big Shots" has not yet been cancelled as it was during 23).
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos is set during the events of Fullmetal Alchemist.
- One of the manga adaptations of Darker Than Black, Jet Black Flowers, is set between the two seasons, as are the side-story OVAs to be included on the second season DVDs.
- Getter Robo manga has two. Shin Getter Robo was made because Ken Ishikawa wanted to explain how things went from Getter Robo G to the shape they were in Getter Robo Go and answer such question as why Ryoma was scared of Getter Rays in Go or what happened to Benkei. Then there's Getter Robio Hien: An Earth Suicide, based on Ishikawa notes, set between Go and Getter Robo Ark.
- Gundam is full of those, most notably with Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, set between the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, explaining the origins of Titans, antagonists from Zeta. There are also several sidestories taking place during first Gundam.
- Gundam SEED on similiar note has Gundam SEED Astray manga, which takes place during events of SEED and tie several of it's loose ends. Which itself has two interequels, who were published at the same time as original manga - Red Frame manga and Blue Frame novel, focusing more on the pilot of titular mecha, overlaping with Astray at several points.
- Great Teacher Onizuka: After ending up the series, the creator published Shonan - 14 Days, which happens between two arcs of the original run.
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, and Dragon Ball Super take place after the Buu saga, but before the actual end of the manga, which was a Distant Finale.
- The true Grand Finale ending to Naruto, The Last: Naruto the Movie, takes place between the second-to-last chapter and the Distant Finale epilogue.
- Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation takes place during a Time Skip in between Phantasy Star Online 2: EPISODE 3 and EPISODE 4 where the Player Character is in Cold Sleep. However, thanks to a combination of featuring a nearly-completely original cast and introducing Phantasy Star Online 2 in-universe, you wouldn't know unless you followed both and picked up the hints.
- All of the Firefly comics, apart from Float Out take place between the end of the series and The Movie.
- The "Spike" comics take place near the end of the last season of Angel... sort of. They're not exactly canon, which is lampshaded.
- The Arrival takes place between and during episodes of season 1 of Transformers Animated, except the last issue, Rise of Safeguard, which takes place between the third and seventh episodes of season two.
- Disney used the term "inbetweenquels" for all the "B" (and in one case, "C") chapters of Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
- Some of the Gargoyles comics have references to the show's episodes, giving a rough idea of where the comics fall into the continuity.
- Marvel Comics produced Amazing Fantasy #16-18 in the 1990s to bridge the gap between Spider-Man's debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 and The Amazing Spider-Man #1, where his adventures continued due to Amazing Fantasy being canceled.
- Nightmares on Elm Street is set between the fifth and sixth Elm Street films, and gives a closure to most of the previous main characters.
- In between Avatar: The Last Airbender and its Sequel Series The Legend of Korra are several comic book series, consisting of The Promise, The Search, Rebound and The Rift. All of them bring back characters who were Put on a Bus, explain what the main characters did after the original series ended, and overall tie both series together. Rebound is notable for not only giving Mai A Day in the Limelight, but also being an interquel within an interquel, as it takes place either in-between or alongside the plots of The Promise and The Search.
- The original series also has comic stories of its own, that take place in between episodes of the actual show. Even though they aren't needed to understand the story, they do give important info about canonical characters and what happened to them before the end of the show, and expand on what said show couldn't elaborate on.
- The Avengers World storyline "Before Time Ran Out" takes place between the eight month Time Skip the sets up "Time Runs Out", the lead-in to Secret Wars (2015)
- Superman & Batman: Generations starts in 1939 and jumps forward a decade each chapter. Generations II starts in 1942 and jumps forward eleven years each chapter, interweaving with the earlier story.
- Several of Marvel's post-Disney buyout Star Wars comics. Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader and Star Wars: Princess Leia take place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, with Star Wars: Lando between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Star Wars: Kanan between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars Rebels, and Star Wars: Shattered Empire between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
- Marvel usually publishes prequel comics for their Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Barring the ones for films that are the first entries in their respective franchises, the comics usually serve as a bridge between the character's last cinematic appearance and their upcoming one.
- Many fanfics are interquels to segments of their canon, meant to explore Time Skips or omissions.
- Into The Hedge is this for Divided Rainbow, taking place between its 25th and 26th chapters.
- "Shakedown Shenanigans" is set two years after From Bajor to the Black and three months or so before Bait and Switch, detailing how Eleya got the USS Bajor.
- The Framing Device in "Remembrance of the Fallen" means that its semi-sequel "The Only Way to Go" takes place between the two timeframes depicted in the previous story. Additionally the story takes place between two of the novella-length stories that make up the main series of The War Of The Masters, Faces In The Flames and The Sign At The Crossroads.
- In the Contractually Obligated Chaos series, Meteor Shower is a one-shot interquel, taking place during and slightly after the last three chapters of The Bug Princess.
Film — Animated
- The Direct-to-Video installments of the An American Tail series can be viewed as interquels between the first and the second movie, as Fievel's family are still living in New York instead of the western frontier.
- Batman: Gotham Knight is an Animated Anthology film consisting of six-interlocked short episodes that is (theoretically) set between the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight films of the The Dark Knight Saga.
- BIONICLE 3: Web of Shadows takes place within the last ten minutes of the previous movie (which is itself a Prequel, making it an Interquel on two levels
- Sequels to the Disney Animated Canon:
- Most deliberately coined with the title The Lion King 1˝ — although ironically in TV Tropes terms, it's more of a P.O.V. Sequel.
- With a touch of Point-Of-View prequel since some of it takes place before the movie (the section before Timon meets Pumbaa).
- The two Beauty and the Beast direct-to-video titles, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and Belle's Magical World, are these, taking place during Belle's long stay in the Beast's castle in the original film. This is likely because the nature of the Happily Ever After ending, in which everyone in the castle changes back into humans, makes sequels pointless. Considering Disney has done quite a few sequels set after the characters had their happily ever afters, it's more likely that they thought nobody would want a B&tB movie without a Beast and singing furniture in it. Which is a fair assement, seeing how many people prefer the Beast over his human form.
- Bambi 2 is an interquel because it takes place right inbetween when Bambi's mom dies and when it instantly shifts to happy springtime songs. Apparently more than a few people thought the first movie was a little too quick in the mood change.
- The same goes for The Fox and the Hound 2.
- And Tarzan 2.
- Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch and its accompanying short film The Origin of Stitch both take place after the first movie and before The Series' Pilot Movie, Stitch! The Movie.
- Most deliberately coined with the title The Lion King 1˝ — although ironically in TV Tropes terms, it's more of a P.O.V. Sequel.
- At the end of Ice Age, you have a gag with Scrat being stuck in an ice cube. The film skips two thousand years to show how he eventually defrosts and loses his famous acorn for the umpteenth time. And yet, this lone scene means that technically, all the sequels should be considered as a Midquel series of the first film. However, the gag only makes sense in the context of the first film (as a continuation of the previous scene when he got stuck), so despite it is not impossible to imagine he got frozen twice, it is also necessary to take in account that sequels were not intended at the time, and considering the little importance of the character, who is just a running gag to fill ellipses, most viewers prefer to flatly ignore this detail.
- The Madagascar franchise has two direct-to-DVD specials that take place in between the franchise's main movies; Merry Madagascar, and Madly Madagascar. The former takes place in between the first and second films, and the latter takes place in between the second and third films.
Film — Live-Action
- Technically, 300: Rise of an Empire is set concurrently to 300, as the Battle of Salamis took place before the battle of Plataea. As such, scenes from 300 are mentioned as happening off screen (as they are happening simulatenously in-universe), as well as a number of in-jokes.
- Dead Rising: Watchtower is set between the Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3 games, during the rise of the Phenotrans corporation and Frank West's short-lived brush with fame.
- The Fast and the Furious series has done this twice.
- A short film released on the 2 Fast 2 Furious DVD set chronicles police officer Brian's journey from Los Angeles, as he's become a wanted man for helping Dominic escape at the end of the first film. He ends up in Florida, which is where the sequel begins.
- This has been the basic pattern for films four through six, respectively Fast and Furious, Fast Five and Fast and Furious 6. In the sixth movie the timelines converge with the previously last chronological installment when Han dies, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The seventh film is the first straight sequel again.
- Every single Hellraiser movie after Hellraiser: Bloodline takes place in between that film's 1996 and 2127 segments.
- L: change the WorLd is a variation of this. The bulk of it doesn't take place between the two Death Note movies, but between two scenes of the second movie.
- The Direct-to-Video Marley and Me: The Puppy Years is about what the title says. Also, Marley is Suddenly Voiced.
- Although the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are standalone for the most part, their internal chronology makes Iron Man 2 an interquel as it takes place before and during the events of The Incredible Hulk and Thor. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also takes place between the first film and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- The short Rings, available on the The Ring Special Edition DVD, chronicles the journey of the deadly VHS made to get into the hands of the unlucky victim in The Ring Two.
- Star Wars works:
- The All-CGI Cartoon Star Wars: The Clone Wars is set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Which themselves are interquels between The Phantom Menace and A New Hope.
- Rogue One is set just before A New Hope.
- The upcoming anthology film about Han Solo is also set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.
- The Chronicles of Narnia - The entirety of the fifth (or third) book, The Horse and His Boy, occurs in the middle of the Time Skip before the final chapter of the first (or second) book, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. The Pevensie siblings are twentysomething kings and queens, and they haven't returned to England and de-aged yet.
- The Redwall series has a bunch of these, particularly for Martin's lifetime. He was one busy mouse.
- Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman are currently releasing a new Dragonlance trilogy (The Lost Chronicles) that fill in the gaps between the books in the original Dragonlance Chronicles trilogy.
- The eighth novel of The Dark Tower, The Wind Through the Keyhole takes place chronologically between the fourth and fifth novels of the series.
- Because the books in Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos (Dragaera) novels are not written in chronological order, the majority of them are interquels. Dragon deserves special mention, as due to its telling of multiple separate-but-related plots, it takes place both before and after the book Yendi.
- Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series: The entire "Shadow" series (Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant) all take place alongside/in-between Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, and Xenocide. Ender in Exile then goes back and expands on the last chapter of Ender's Game.
- The Alan Quatermain books by H. Rider Haggard. The first, King Solomon's Mines, introduces the character, already an old man; the second, Alan Quatermain, kills him off. Some of the other books in the series fall between them, although most tell of his younger days.
- This trope is a major feature of the Deryni portion of Katherine Kurtz's works. Several short stories, the Heirs of Camber trilogy (published 1989-1994) and the Childe Morgan trilogy (first published in 2003 and still incomplete as of 2011) are set between the Camber trilogy (published 1976-1981) and The Chronicles of the Deryni trilogy (published 1970-1973).
- Both volumes of Brian Lumley's aptly-titles Necroscope: The Lost Years take place during the timeskip between the second and third Necroscope books.
- Robert Lynn Asprin's Myth Adventures series got one, Myth-ion Improbable, published in 2001 and set between the third and fourth books (released in 1982 and 1983, respectively). The previous book, published in 1995, had ended on a cliffhanger, and Asprin felt he needed to get used to writing the characters again before he could deal with the situation properly.
- In a probably rare occurrence, The Han Solo Trilogy of the Star Wars Expanded Universe manages to be an interquel, an outerquel, and a prequel. The trilogy as a whole was a prequel to A New Hope as it ended just before Han met Luke and Obi-Wan. But there were already books that told of Han's adventures before A New Hope. The "Han Solo Trilogy" puts these older novels between the second and third new novels. So the third new novel is an interquel between the old novels and the movie and the trilogy is an outerquel to the older novels.
- The Star Wars EU is packed with interquels, really. Timothy Zahn's The Thrawn Trilogy took place five years after Return of the Jedi; the New Republic was still fighting a defiant Empire, the Empire's capital world had been taken over, Han and Leia had married. When this trilogy jumpstarted the EU, and a lot of novels explored the years after that, others took on the intervening space. And there's always intervening space and new stories to tell.
- Shadows of the Empire is worth noting as a multimedia interquel designed to have every tie-in a movie set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi would have - a Novelization, a video game, a six-issue comic book, a soundtrack, toys, trading cards - without the movie. There was even a trailer.
- Years after Galaxy of Fear was concluded, the story/homework assignment Death in the Slave Pits of Lorrd, or How I Spent My Inter-Term Break, was written to fill the gap between Army of Terror and The Brain Spiders.
- The Dresden Files book Side Jobs contains several short stories and novellas that take place between one book and another, and quite conveniently tells the reader exactly where they fall in the series chronology.
- All the Doctor Who Missing Adventures and Past Doctor Adventures are in the gaps between TV episodes. The final Eighth Doctor Adventures novel, The Gallifrey Chronicles, was released in June 2005, when the revival series and its New Series Adventures tie-in line with the Ninth Doctor had started.
- The Mary Russell series, in O Jerusalem, goes back and explores what Holmes and Russell did while they were hiding out in Jerusalem in the middle of the first book.
- More than a third of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels were written to slot between the existing stories, often expanding on NoodleIncidents or historical events that occurred geographically and temporally close to previous novels.
- The first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series actually starts the chronologically latest arc (9th Pass). Everything since then has been an interquel between a chronologically earlier title and the 9th Pass.
- A majority of the Warrior Cats Expanded Universe is made of interquels, many of which take place between The Original Series and The New Prophecy.
- Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman is set 80 years after the second part of A Canticle for Leibowitz, but over five centuries before the third and final part.
- The Honor Harrington series has been a briar patch of sequels and interquels since book 10, as a dramatic expansion of the plot led to the creation of not one but two subsidiary series that overlap with the main plot books, which themselves overlap each other- for instance, the thirteenth book begins about a month before the twelfth book ended, only catching up about a third of the way in. If one didn't get into the series before the expansion they'll have a hard time understanding it all.
- Book four of Ranger's Apprentice has Will going back to Araluen, still Halt's apprentice. Book five skips about five years and sees Will getting his first assignment as a fully-fledged Ranger. John Flanagan said that while he was writing book six, he realised missed an entire story there, so he wrote book seven, which details Will's final months as an apprentice and his graduation. Book eight continues where six left off.
- Mary Poppins in the Park contains stories set in between various chapters of the first three books.
- Captain Blood: His Odyssey has a very satisfying final. Continuing after that would have diluted the effect. Not to mention a possible moral dilemma of Peter Blood going against his former friends. But readers wanted more Captain Blood, and Rafael Sabatini wrote 15 shorter stories set between the chapters of the original novel. Those were collected as Captain Blood Returns (retitled The Chronicles of Captain Blood in Britain) and The Fortunes of Captain Blood.
- Lois McMaster Bujold has several times backtracked and filled the gaps between her earlier novels of Vorkosigan Saga. Given that Bujold originally hoped to skip decades and centuries between novels, but ended up chronicling the life of Miles, there had to be a lot to fill:
- Barrayar (1991), set between her debut Shards of Honor and The Warrior's Apprentice (both 1986), shortly after Shards. Retconned several details mentioned in passing in The Warrior's Apprentice, but becoming important in post-Barrayar books.
- Mountains of Mouring novella (1989), set shortly after The Warrior's Apprentice (1986). The scope of the story is so small, its events affect nothing and only get revisited once, in Memory (1997), which is choke full of continuity nods and callbacks. However, the story defines the subject of mutations and mutation phobia, a Barrayar's hat, which was rather hazy in earlier novels.
- The Vor Game (1990), between The Warrior's Apprentice and Ethan of Athos (both 1986). The latter seemed to imply that the transition from Oseran Free Mercenary Fleet to the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet was easy and Naismith's authority wasn't challenged later. The Vor Game tells how far from the truth that is. Amazingly, nothing was retconned.
- Cetaganda (1996), midway between The Vor Game (1990) and Ethan of Athos (1986). Drastically changed the nature of Barrayar's arch-enemy — Cetagandan Empire — profoundly affecting every subsequent book. Also explained Dendarii involvement in the events of Ethan of Athos.
- Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (2013), between Diplomatic Immunity (2002) and Cryoburn (2010). Since Cryoburn is set far from Barrayar, it is plausible that the evens of Alliance are never mentioned.
- Star Trek Expanded Universe:
- Star Trek: Federation follows story threads in three different time periods that eventually merge. Of those, two storylines qualify. The TOS storyline picks up just after "Journey to Babel" in the middle of season 2, with Kirk recuperating in sickbay from being stabbed by Thelev. The TNG storyline starts in the epilogue of "Sarek" near the end of season 3 as Sarek and Perrin are leaving the ship.
- All 23rd and early 24th century-set novels are interquels, either set between episodes/movies of Star Trek: The Original Series or between the TOS movies and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel Hollow Men was published in 2005, long after the series, but set during the Dominion War. To make the point, it used the "classic" DS9 logo, rather than the version from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Relaunch novels.
- The Palace Tiger takes place between chapters 27 and 28 of Ragtime in Simla. There is a time skip between chapters during which Sandilands goes from Simla to a steamship bound for France, and mentions in passing that he was sent to deal with 'an incident in the northwest' while aboard. The Palace Tiger covers that incident.
- The Sherlock Holmes novella The Hound of the Baskervilles was written as an explicit Interquel as the author had ostensibly killed Holmes off in the short story "The Final Problem" but felt like revisiting the character. He revived Holmes for real in "The Empty House" three years later.
- James Bond
- John Gardner's last Bond novel COLD is divided into two parts, the first being set 1990, which is right after the ninth and before the tenth book of his, and has Bond learning about the eponymous organization. The second half of the novel is set right after the his previous non-novelization effort, SeaFire.
- Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz is set right after Goldfinger, placing it in the exact middle of Ian Fleming's original 14-book run.
- Charlie Higson's last work in the Young Bond spin-off series was the short story "A Hard Man to Kill", which is set between the fourth and fifth books of his, as it details Bond's return from his adventure in Mexico.
- Brotherband takes place in the same universe as Ranger's Apprentice. It takes place after book 4 (where Erak was elected Oberjarl), and before book 10 (where Hal's achievements are discussed).
- The Year Of The Flood takes place in the same universe, and in the same time period, as Oryx and Crake, as does most of the third volume in this series, Madd Addam.
- In Elizabeth Lowell's medieval romance trilogy, the first book, "Untamed", ends with the heroine announcing her pregnancy to her husband, and the epilogue features the birth of their son. However, in the two subsequent books, the character is still pregnant, meaning that they take place in the interval between the two chapters.
- Due to retroactive connections and serializing vs finalized novels a significant portion of Isaac Asimov's output are in an ambiguous relation to this classification, but the two Foundation prequels, (Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation) and the Robots/Bailey sequel Robots and Empire fall here. The prequels were written after the series were explicitly connected to one another, and picked up on Robots plot thread while covering Seldon's struggles with psychohistory and Trantorian society. Robots and Empire were part of connecting the series, and served to show how the Bailey setting (non-radioactive Earth, interstellar society dominated by the robot-using Spacers) began to transition towards the radioactive Earth and complete absence of robot-use of the Empire (set prior to, during the rise of, and at the height of, Trantor's Galactic Empire) and Foundation series.
- Tales From Watership Down is about two-thirds prequel and/or story within a story focusing on the adventures of rabbit folk hero El-ahrairah (sometimes using the Watership rabbits for a Framing Device, sometimes not) to one-third stories filling in the gap between the last full chapter of Watership Down and the Distant Finale epilogue.
- Star Control: Interbellum takes place between the games Star Control II and the nonexistent Star Control 3.
- Agent Carter takes place between Captain America: The First Avenger and the rest of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Two of the Babylon 5 movies, Thirdspace and The Lost Tales, are both interquels. Thirdspace takes place somewhere in the fourth season, and The Lost Tales takes place between the final season's penultimate episode and the series finale (mind you, there was an eighteen year Time Skip between the last two episodes).
- Battlestar Galactica: Razor has an A plot which takes place between the Season Two episodes The Captain's Hand and Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I, a B plot that takes place between the time of the Miniseries pilot and the first eight-or-so episodes of Season One, and a C plot that takes place during the Cylon War.
- Technically, every Power Rangers series between Power Rangers S.P.D. (taking place in the year 2025) and the actual year 2025 will be one of these.
- A twenty-minute midquel released before season 6 of The Shield follows up on the events of the fifth-season finale. The Strike Team attends the funeral of their colleague, Curtis "Lem" Lemansky, and reflect on his time with the group.
- Star Trek:
- The Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback" has Tuvok flashing back to his time on the USS Excelsior during the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In his recollection, the Excelsior was being pursued by the Klingon captain Kang while they were to rendezvous with the USS Enterprise at Khitomer.
- Star Trek: Discovery has been confirmed to be taking place in the century between Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: The Original Series.
- The Thorn Birds miniseries has a Time Skip after the birth of Dane, Meggie's son, till when he and his sister Justine are in their late teens. A 1996 miniseries titled, appropriately, The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years was meant to depict the events of those 19 years. The problem is, none of the original cast, save Richard Chamberlain, was present, and the storyline and characterizations were completely inconsistent with both the original miniseries and the book on which it was based.
- The graphic novel series Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise bridges the gap between the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and its Sequel Series The Legend of Korra.
- The two-part comic Portal 2: Lab Rat bridges the gap between the video games Portal and Portal 2.
- Star Wars Legends:
- The comic Tron Betrayal, the game TRON: Evolution, and the upcoming Tron Uprising animated series spell out what happened between the two movies.
- Torchwood: The Lost Files was set between series 2 of Torchwood and the miniseries Children of Earth except the last one since the team ceases to exist at the end of Children of Earth and wasn't reformed until Torchwood: Miracle Day. Also, this means that Ianto can be in it.
- The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and post-2005, Eighth Doctor Big Finish Doctor Who stories are set in the gap between episodes of the Doctor Who TV series that have already been chronicled. There's also a series of Fourth Doctor audio dramas produced by BBC Audio released from 2009 onwards.
- Blade Runner takes place during the events of the 1982 film, and several characters from the film, such as Tyrell and Leon, will be encountered.
- The Street Fighter Alpha series is set between the very first Street Fighter and the Street Fighter II series. The more recent Street Fighter IV series is a Non-Linear Sequel set after Street Fighter II, but before the Street Fighter III. And the most recent Street Fighter V is an interquel between IV and 'III.
- Given that the Castlevania series covers nearly 950 years of time, the majority of entries are interquels of two pre-existing games.
- The Legend of Zelda as a whole is a series of both disconnected and connected stories on a branching timeline, with Skyward Sword at the very beginning and Zelda II, Four Swords Adventures, and Spirit Tracks at the end of their respective branches (denoted as Downfall Era/Child Era/Adult Era, branching off from Ocarina of Time).
- As for explicit Interquels (i.e, having the same Link), the Oracle games not only take place between A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening, but also hold the distinction of being direct sequels to each other via New Game+.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds takes place centuries after The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and acts as an indirect sequel to it, but still takes place before the first two games.
- Metroid has all games with the Prime moniker take place between Metroid and Metroid II: Return of Samus. Within that, there's Metroid Prime: Hunters, which takes place between Prime and Prime 2.
- Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is both a prequel and a sequel Resident Evil 2. The first half takes place a day before the events of RE2, but then Jill falls unconscious for a whole day after she gets infected by the Nemesis. The events of RE2 transpire during the whole day that Jill is asleep and she regains consciousness after those events are over.
- Resident Evil: Revelations 2: The main game is set in between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. The bonus episodes are set between episodes 3 and 4 of the main game.
- Devil May Cry 4 takes place between the first game and the second. Likewise for Devil May Cry: The Animated Series, set between the first game and the fourth.
- Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (the fifth Fire Emblem released) takes place between shortly before chapter six and the end of chapter eight of the previous game, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
- Daxter shows how the eponymous sidekick managed to bust Jak out between the first Jak and Daxter and Jak II: Renegade.
- Ace Attorney Investigations takes place before and after the events of the third game, Trials and Tribulations, and is itself a prequel to Apollo Justice.
- Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days is an interquel taking place near the end of Kingdom Hearts, overlapping Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, and ending right before the beginning of Kingdom Hearts II.
- Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks is an interquel that starts with a retelling of the first game and leads up to the events of the second game.
- The Unnkulia games had a prequel (Unnkulia Zero), followed by an Interquel (Unnkulia One Half).
- Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom is actually an interquel set between the first NES game and Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos. While the English version's manual does somewhat imply that the game is set before Ninja Gaiden II, most people didn't notice it and assumed that Ninja Gaiden III was a standard sequel. The Japanese version always had it clear that it was an interquel.
- Mega Man Network Transmission's story takes place between the events of Battle Network and Battle Network 2. The game was released after Battle Network 3.
- Most of the Caverns of Time missions in World of Warcraft fit this description. The Caverns of Time allows players to visit points in Azeroth's history mostly to help the Bronze Dragonflight prevent the mysterious Infinite Dragonflight from altering the past. Of the four Caverns of Time instances, one takes place before any of the Warcraft games (Opening the Dark Portal), making it a Prequel. Two more instances recreate and expand on key campaigns in Warcraft III (Culling of Stratholme and Battle for Mount Hyjal), making them arguably Interquels or arguably POV Sequels, depending on whether you regard the original versions as the real timeline or the Caverns of Time versions. The remaining one, Escape from Durnholde Keep, is definitely an Interquel, set years after Warcraft II and years before Warcraft III and featuring a storyline never shown in any released game.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 4 takes place after the classic games and before Sonic Adventure.
- Since Knuckles was introduced in-story in Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Metal Sonic was destroyed in Sonic the Hedgehog CD and wasn't rebuilt until Sonic the Hedgehog 4, classic games featuring both Metal and Knuckles such as Knuckles Chaotix and Sonic Triple Trouble must take place between Sonic 3 and Sonic CD. Sonic 3 would also effectively be this between Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic CD.
- Or the more likely alternative (given Sonic CD's release date vs. Sonic 3) the games featuring Metal Sonic and Knuckles take place between Sonic the Hedgehog 4 and Sonic Adventure. Either way, those games still count.
- Halo 3: ODST takes place during Halo 2. Specifically, right after Master Chief goes through a slip space rupture from Earth to the second Halo after the second level of the latter game.
- Halo: Reach could possibly be considered this, as it chronologically takes place between Halo Wars and Halo: Combat Evolved.
- Trilby's Notes and 6 Days A Sacrifice, the final two games of the Chzo Mythos, are both interquels to the first two games. What is interesting is that 6 Days A Sacrifice includes a part that makes takes place after the second game, set after 6 Days, technically making it part-sequel.
- Both versions of Ys IV are set after I and II, but before Wanderers From Ys / The Oath in Felghana.
- God of War - Ghost of Sparta on PSP is set between the 1st and 2nd games in the series.
- In between Dead Space and Dead Space 2 are Dead Space: Extraction developed for the Wii and an interquel also named Dead Space for the iPhone.
- Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions has a plot which works its way between existing story arcs of the comics, evidenced by the presence of certain characters who died in their canon. Deadpool even lampshades this by asking Ultimate Spider-Man where he thinks the game fits into the canon.
- Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge took place in-between the two Nintendo 64 games Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie.
- Forever Kingdom is an interesting example. It is a Prequel to Evergrace, chronicling the events of the main character Darius before the original game. However, those events are happening concurrently to Sharline's path through Evergrace, which took place before Darius', making it both a Prequel AND an Interquel to the original game.
- The House of the Dead 4 is an interesting case. Although ostensibly a midquel taking place before 3, it's probably more accurate to call it a replacement for 3. Apparently big time skips were all the rage at the time 3 came out (cf. Tekken 3, Garou: Mark of the Wolves); Sega realized that there really wasn't anywhere to go from there, and so decided to make 4 a more traditional follow-up to 2. That doesn't stop one of the endings from telling you continue the adventure on House of the Dead 3, however.
- Star Wars video games are just as prone to this as other media:
- The Force Unleashed provides a look at the time between the Star Wars prequel and original trilogies.
- The first Dark Forces is essentially an outerquel to A New Hope in particular, with the first mission involving Kyle Katarn stealing the plans to the Death Star for the Rebellion, and the rest taking place after they've put those to good use and blown it up.
- The video game adaptation of Shadows of the Empire is in effect one of these to itself, with a few levels showing events that weren't featured in the novel or comic, or showing them from Dash's point of view (Unreliable Narrator notwithstanding, such as the Gall Spaceport level).
- Star Wars: Battlefront II's campaign stretches from all across the finale of Attack of the Clones (the optional training mission is set during the Battle of Geonosis) to the opening of The Empire Strikes Back (the final mission is set during the Battle of Hoth).
- Republic Commando as well, with its first mission set during Geonosis from Attack of the Clones, the second mission set sometime later, and the third mission set just before the proper battle for Kashyyyk from Revenge of the Sith.
- The third and fourth generations of Pokémon take place at the same time as respectively the first and second generations; in the third generation it's just sort of implied, but the fourth makes it explicit by starting with your character watching a news report about the red Gyarados created by Team Rocket in Gold/Silver and Crystal. The fifth one is a pure sequel, taking place a few years after Gen II/IV.
- Darksiders II is set in the same timeframe as Darksiders. In this case, it follows Death's adventures through the underworld while War is busy on what's left of Earth.
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker are both interquels set between Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and the very first Metal Gear, covering Big Boss' exploits between his Cold War days and the Outer Heaven crisis. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is said to be the last of these interquels, being set only seven years prior to the original Metal Gear.
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was originally to be an interquel between Sons of Liberty and Guns of the Patriots, explaining how Raiden become a cyborg, and the story itself much darker than the final version. After Kojima handed the concept to PlatinumGames, it became a sequel to Guns of the Patriots.
- The basically unobtainable Metal Gear Solid Mobile was set between Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 and pits Snake against an AI version of Otacon, amongst other things.
- The Mega Man 8-Bit Deathmatch adaptation of Mega Man & Bass plays this up for what it's worth, according to the teaser trailer. Taking place after the events of Mega Man 8, a robot expiration date law would be coming into existence in weeks in response to Dr. Wily's repeated robot reprogrammings, and King initiates a campaign for robot rights. Of course, by Mega Man 9, the law is already in effect.
- The Game Boy Mega Man games could be Interquels, set between the main games. Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge between 2 and 3; Mega Man II between 3 and 4; Mega Man III between 4 and 5; Mega Man IV between 5 and 6; and Mega Man V probably between 5 and 6, but could be anytime between 5 and 9. Or they could be Gaiden Games. It's not really clear.
- The Walking Dead: 400 Days explores the game world from a perspective outside of the main duo of Lee and Clementine, subtly bridging the overarching storyline between the seasons 1 and 2 as well as setting up future threads to be explored.
- Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! takes place between the first and second game and deals with Handsome Jack's rise to power with the help of four lieutenants, two of which are bosses in the second game and one of which is from the General Knoxx DLC of the first game. Tales from the Borderlands reveals that the Pre-Sequel is also an interquel to the Tales games, with episode 3 showing Athena being captured by Brick and Mordecai in order to set up the Framing Device of the Pre-Sequel.
- Assassin's Creed:
- Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere decided to make the jump from maybe one year ahead of release like the previous two games to a full 40 years in the future. With the exception of Ace Combat Zero (a prequel to the fifth game), Assault Horizon Legacy (a remake of 2) and the ones set in the real world, every game in the series since has technically been an interquel between Ace Combat 2 and 3.
- Skies of Incursion and Northern Wings are explicitly interquels, with the former putting you in control of a pilot you flew with for one mission in Skies of Deception, and the latter consisting of your squadron covertly influencing the wars depicted in the fourth through sixth games.
- Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is set in 2020, making its conflict concurrent with the Leasath-Aurelian War from Skies of Deception/Incursion.
- Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear is technically an add-on to the first Baldur's Gate, but story-wise, it's an interquel to bridge the gap between that game and the sequel (both of which were released more than a decade earlier).
- Persona 4: Arena and its sequel Persona 4: Arena Ultimax take place between Persona 4's ending and Golden's epilogue.
- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is an odd example: it takes place in a Place Beyond Time, but the characters (the main casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4) are transported there from around the third quarter of their original games' timelines.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution has an expansion appropriately called The Missing Link, about a particular period of time spent by the protagonist unaccounted for in the main game.
- Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 manages this twice over. The prologue mission is set in 2005, the same year that the events of the earlier Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield began. The rest of the game is in early July 2010, during the same time period as the first Vegas: four missions are set a few hours beforehand, one mission is set concurrently, and then the final mission is set a day or so afterwards.
- Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (released 2009) takes place between Trials and Tribulations (2004) and Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney (2007). Specifically, one month after the events of the former and seven years before the latter.
- The Steins;Gate 0 is this for Steins;Gate.
- Zero Time Dilemma takes place 1 year after Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and 45 years before Virtue's Last Reward, although this is complicated by Sigma and Phi experiencing the events of VLR before ZTD. The release order of the games was 999 > VLR > ZTD.
- Nebula has "Nix", a short story from Pluto's perspective. It takes places at some point between #10 (Black Hole first contacting Pluto) and #14 (Black Hole finally making her move).
- The Animatrix bridges the gap between the first and second films of The Matrix trilogy.
- Batman: Assault on Arkham is set in the Batman: Arkham Series, taking place between Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and Arkham Asylum (two years before the latter, in fact, according to Word of God on a behind-the-scenes featurette).
- Dragons: Race to the Edge is set between Dragons: Riders of Berk and How to Train Your Dragon 2, filling in some of the gaps in how things have changed.
- Star Wars: Clone Wars, broadcast from 2003-2005 (in 2D), is the bridge/interquel for Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Since it was released between the premieres of the two movies, however, it technically isn't an interquel. It was rendered non-canon after the Disney buyout, however.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars, serving as a replacement for the above series, also takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.
- Star Wars Rebels is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It also takes place before Rogue One, although since that movie came out during the show's third season, the movie could be considered a "sequel" of sorts.