"I will not celebrate meaningless milestones."
Show pilots are a very tricky process. They are made, and even if they get a chance on the air, the vast majority of them fail within a few weeks. With other shows, they sometimes will build up a dedicated audience that will fail to keep the show alive long enough. Most of the time
Most full television seasons are between 20 and 26 episodes long. There are various exceptions, animated shows can go from 13 episodes to well over 40 episodes. With such a vicious market, the ability to reach the 100
episode mark is a rare and coveted thing. So when a show does achieve that milestone, they plan something big to not only draw ratings, but to break out into the three digit episodes
This will often coincide with the Very Special Episode
, but it could also be the Tonight Someone Dies
or other similar episodes. It may avoid all of that and the episode is just given an additional polishing to make it one of the best episodes of the series. It may also result in an Internal Homage
, when elements (or even the entire plot) of the series' first installment is directly homaged in celebration of the event.
In the case of Long Runners
and shows where a hundred episodes is not that big of a deal, the celebration is sometimes in the form of "10 Year Anniversary" or something similar.
Part of the celebration is that pure money is offered with syndication rights, which a general rule of thumb is to have 100 episodes to air in certain time slots like Nick at Nite
does. Because the show was already financed and produced, this will bring in the nostalgic viewers without much effort.
But no matter what, remaining in the public view for five years is an impressive event in any form of media.
Remember, Examples Are Not Recent.
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- Inuyasha did a special retrospective type episode for its 100th. All the characters got stuck in demon moth cocoons and thinking about how InuYasha always helped them out while InuYasha was trying to rescue them.
- Sailor Moon ended with episode 200.
- Pokémon had a special episode made in part to celebrate 10 years since the franchise launched with the Pokemon Red And Blue Game Boy games in Japan in 1996. The kicker, it aired in the U.S. (with new voice actors) first, where the fans there only had Pokémon since 1998.
- Diebuster was made to commemorate Gainax's 20th anniversary.
- The Naruto manga celebrated its ninth anniversary with a page showing Gaara and Naruto posing with a certain group of seven other people◊.
- They did this yet again for its tenth anniversary in chapter 434 with a cover of Naruto clones working on a puppet of his newly-acquired Sage-Mage enhanced Rasenshuriken technique.:◊
- The anime had an omake for the 349th episode about the characters celebrating the 350th episode...which the title character himself wasn't invited to because he was not in it (the whole episode was about Sasuke and Itachi), and then noting that before this he was absent for the 100th episode (which was about Might Guy, Rock Lee, and Tsunade) and the 300th (the episode of the fight against Hidan and Kakuzu right before he showed up). Which is funny, because most of the characters who were invited there weren't in that episode either.
- To celebrate Shonen Jump's 40th anniversary, there was a special anime tour moving through ten cities in Japan, showing anime movies that had been made just for the occasion. This included a new Dragon Ball special, which concluded its anime run (in Japan anyway) eleven years ago, making it a bit of a milestone celebration for Dragonball as well.
- The Gundam franchise has had several over the course of its long life:
- The 10th anniversary was marked by the All That Gundam special and the OAV Gundam 0080.
- The 15th anniversary was celebrated with G Gundam, the first AU Gundam series.
- The 20th anniversary saw the "Gundam Big Bang Project", which included movie versions of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz and Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, culminating with Turn A Gundam and the live-action movie, G-Saviour.
- The 25th anniversary saw the Zeta Gundam movie trilogy (which also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the series), Gundam SEED Destiny, and Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War.
- The 30th anniversary was celebrated with the Gundam 00 film, A wakening Of The Trailblazer, the first feature-length Gundam film in 19 years. It also featured a special animation showing all the protagonist Gundams in action together. And of course, they built a life-size statue of the original.
- The 35th anniversary will be celebrated with the anime adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin, as well as Gundam Reconguista In G, Yoshiyuki Tomino's first original Gundam work since Turn A Gundam, and the final episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED celebrated its 10th anniversary with the release of the HD Remasters.
- Macross Frontier was originally planned as a 25th anniversary for Super Dimension Fortress Macross. It ended up a year late, but the show was still full of references to the number 25: the new fighter was the VF-25, Frontier was the 25th fleet, the main Macross ship was the Macross Quarter (25%), etc. The show also related to elements of all the previous Macross series.
- The Yu-Gi-Oh! Tenth Anniversary Movie marks the ten years of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series (not including the Toei series), featuring the main protagonists of the original, GX, and 5Ds series teaming up.
- One Piece Film: Strong World, the 10th movie corresponding to the series' 10th year anniversary, was penned by Eiichiro Oda himself; as confirmed by Word of God, this means that this is part of the manga's canon. However, this is largely averted in the One Piece anime itself. No milestones in the series are particularly heralded as special events, and significant events only happen on episodes 250 (end of Franky's origin flashback), 300 (Zoro's defeat of CP9's Kaku) and 400 (Silvers Rayleigh talking about Gold Roger).
- For Azumanga Daioh's tenth anniversary, the manga was re-released with updated artwork and new chapters.
- The Slayers franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary with re-releases: both new cover art and slight changes in dialogue for the light novels and new boxart complete with new supplementary materials for the anime.
- Earlier in 2006, for its 15th anniversary, Megumi Hayashibara released a new single, Meet Again, and it was accompanied with a new animated music video of the characters, making it the first animated feature for the franchise since the Slayers Premium movie in 2001.
- For the 30th anniversary (2008) of both Rumiko Takahashi's first published short story (Katte na Yatsura) and the manga version of Urusei Yatsura, three new OVA episodes (one for each of Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ˝, and InuYasha) were made, along with an animated short crossover of those three series. (The Inu Yasha OVA episode, which covered the Black Tessaiga arc, was later reused as part of the second TV series.) These were initially shown during that year at a gallery show, called "It's a Rumic World", which also featured manga manuscript pages and other illustrators' drawings of Takahashi's characters on display.
- Pretty Cure actually had two 5th anniversary celebrations, both beginning the Pretty Cure All Stars film series. The first was the short Go Go Dream Live, which had the first team up between the Futari Wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, Futari Wa Pretty Cure Splash Star and Yes! Pretty Cure 5 GO!GO! teams. The full movie Pretty Cure All Stars DX is a big screen revamp of that short, including the Fresh Pretty Cure! team. Pretty Cure All Stars DX 3 celebrated 10 Pretty Cure movies (quite the feat for a magical girl series).
- Dragon Ball Kai was released in Japan in 2009 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Dragon Ball Z. Five years later in 2014, after the series had previously been cancelled in 2011 with one arc left to be redone, it was brought back to do the final arc, just in time for its 25th Anniversary. That same year, Americans got to join in on the celebration: not only was it announced that Kai would now be airing uncut on Toonami, but Funimation announced that they were giving the Battle of Gods film an English dub and giving it a limited run in theaters.
- Digimon had a sequel series to Digimon Adventure announced on August 1, 2014, 15 years to the day the seven main characters were brought to the Digital World.
- On April 10, 2014, for the tenth anniversary of A Certain Magical Index and his debut as a writer, Kazuma Kamachi made ten announcements about his various works, including a Massive Multiplayer Crossover between his novels.
- For the 40th anniversary of the Time Bokan franchise, Tatsunoko Production released Yoru No Yatterman, a Continuity Reboot of the franchise's second series. Karas was made for the 40th anniversary of the studio itself.
- In Spawn #100, Malebogia, the Big Bad of the first 99 issues, is killed off. Spawn's nemesis/occasional ally, Angela, is also killed.
- Sonic the Comic celebrated its 100th issue (and, by extension, 200th week in existence) by ending the Robotnik Rules arc, which had been going on since issue 9. Some argue it Jumped the Shark then.
- The Archie Sonic comics celebrated #200 with Sonic's defeating Eggman, who promptly goes medically insane (though he eventually recovers).
- Issue #50 of the Archie comic concluded the End Game story arc and killed off Dr. Robotnik. Issue #75 then replaced him with a alternate-universe counterpart that looks like the games' "Eggman" version, rather than the cartoon incarnation the comic incarnation was originally based on. The alternate Robotnik has been in charge ever since.
- Other Sonic anniversary issues:
- Issue #25: Sonic CD adaptation
- Issue #100: Freedom Fighter reunion
- Issue #125: Sonic is apparently killed
- Issue #150: Evil Sonic mucking things around
- Issue #175: Eggman destroys Knothole and completely defeats Sonic.
- Issue #200: Sonic foils another one of Eggman's schemes which causes him to go through a massive Villainous Breakdown that he completely loses what left of his sanity and put out of commission. Leaving the way for Snively to take over and kickstart the Iron Dominion arc.
- Issue #225: Sally is apparently killed and kicks off the Sonic: Genesis storyline
- Issue #250: The beginning of the third and final act of the Crisis Crossover Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, setting up the massive Cosmic Retcon that would befall the "Prime" Zone after the crossover ended. Ironically, the narrative of the issue as a standalone would be more befitting a Mega Man milestone than a Sonic one, as the bulk of it is a Big Badass Battle Sequence against nearly every Robot Master to have ever existed.. Originally, it was supposed to have been the conclusion of the Mecha Sally storyline.
- Sonic Universe was supposed to celebrate its 50th issue with a tale set outside of the Archie continuity: an epilogue story for Sonic Underground. (The story will still occur, albeit later.)
- Sonic Universe #25 kicked off Silver's storyline.
- Knuckles The Echidna #25 had Knuckles be fully reunited with his father Locke.
- Cerebus the Aardvark ended with issue #300. This event had been planned for 27 years.
- The previous centennial issues each featured major turning points in his life: issue 100 introduced Cirin, the Big Bad of the series, and revealed that she was an Aardvark like Cerebus. Issue 200 has Cerebus meet his creator in space, and upon his return he gives up on adventuring and settles into the life of a barfly.
- Legion of Super-Heroes had a #300 in 1983 which was the 25th anniversary, which put to rest the AdultLegion story and brought back artists (and even logos) from various eras of the Legion. Natural for a comic published every month for 25 years—except it wasn't. The Legion had moved between comics and ended up getting the numbering of the Superboy comic, which wasn't monthly throughout its run; the fact that issue #300 was the 25th anniversary was pure coincidence.
- Also, the 10th anniversary (Superboy #147, 1968) finally revealed the origin of the Legion. The 30th anniversary (volume 3, #45, 1988) brought back the older artists again. The Legion has also done standard anniversary issues according to the cover numbering, meaning that V3 #50 was an anniversary issue with a letter column commenting on another anniversary issue.
- Amazing Spider-Man #50 was the famous "Spider-Man No More!" story where Peter quits being Spider-Man (duh), but finds himself unable to quit as the Kingpin (the future Daredevil Rogues-Gallery Transplant) rises to power.
- Issue 100: Peter tries to remove his powers, has an acid-trip dream where he fights the Vulture, the Lizard, the Kingpin, Doctor Octopus, and the Green Goblin before seeing an image of the deceased George Stacy. When he wakes up, Spidey discovers he has six arms, kicking off the Six-Arm Saga that introduced Morbius.
- Issue 200: Spider-Man faced Uncle Ben's killer, the Burglar (who was now working with Mysterio) once more.
- Issue 300: First full appearance of Venom.
- Issue 365: Celebrated the 30th anniversary of the web-spinner with a story that had Spider-Man fighting the Lizard again, the re-introduction of Peter's parents (who would later be proven to be androids), a sick poster of Spidey, Venom, and Carnage, and a preview of Spider-Man 2099.
- Issue 400: Ended with the death of Aunt May and the revelation that she'd known Peter was Spider-Man for years. Most of the fandom agreed it was a fitting sendoff for the character. Naturally, this was retconned a little over a year later...
- Issue 500: Spidey helps Doctor Strange and several other heroes deal with a demon invasion in New York, magically revisits several moments in his past, and gets to meet Uncle Ben's ghost for five minutes thanks to Strange.
- Issue 600: An upgraded Doctor Octopus attempts to make up for his past misdeeds by taking electronic control of New York City, the idea being that he can make everything far more efficient. Unfortunately, his subconscious mind attacks Spider-Man, endangering everyone around him, and tries to ruin the arrangements for Aunt May's wedding to J. Jonah Jameson Senior. Spidey beats Doc Ock at the site of their very first battle, and May and JJJ Sr are married by Jonah himself. Oh, and Mary-Jane shows up to catch the bouquet.
- For Spidey's 50th anniversary in 2012, Marvel did:
- The first-ever crossover between the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Marvel universe; as Peter Parker faces a world where he was killed in action and Miles Morales (the new Ultimate Spidey) sees what his predecessor might have grown up to be.
- A separate storyline where Spider-Man took on a Kid Sidekick which ended badly; the kid quickly became a Smug Super and Spidey had to depower him before he became even worse.
- Issue 700: Amazing Spider-Man's final issue leading into its Marvel NOW! replacement Superior Spider-Man; the conclusion of a long-running subplot where Doctor Octopus was dying from injuries accumulated from his many fights with Spider-Man - but not before pulling a "Freaky Friday" Flip on Peter and wearing mind-swap-protection armor to secure his position; unable to regain his true body, Peter implants his memories into Doc Ock and convinces him to not ruin the reputation of Spider-Man as Doc Ock's former body passes away, taking Peter's mind down with it. This turns the villain into the Superior Spider-Man.
- Don Rosa has done quite a few of these for various characters in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
- For the 60th anniversary of Donald Duck's creation, he wrote "The Duck That Never Was", an It's a Wonderful Plot story set on Donald's birthday.
- He also did "W.H.A.D.A.L.O.T.T.A.J.A.R.G.O.N", a story for the 60th anniversary of Huey, Dewey, and Louie's first appearance that was a Whole Episode Flashback to the day the nephews joined the Junior Woodchucks.
- For Scrooge McDuck's 50th anniversary, Rosa wrote a story "A Little Something Special", where Scrooge's biggest enemies plot to rob him during a celebration of the anniversary of the day Scrooge arrived in Duckburg. It took ten years for the story to be published in Brazil and it served not only to celebrate Scrooge's 60th anniversary but also to celebrate issue 500 of his Brazilian comic book line.
- Even Gyro Gearloose got a 50th anniversary special, "Gyro's First Invention", which featured a Whole Episode Flashback that explained where his little robot Helper came from, and explained how he helped Scrooge get the money in his money bin out of the sinkhole it fell into after the events of Carl Barks' "A Christmas for Shacktown".
- Furthermore, there is Gladstone Gander's 50th anniversary special, "The Sign of the Triple Distelfink", wherein he tries to avoid his own birthday party, in order to hide the fact that his birthday is the one day of the year when his legendary luck leaves him. A flashback in this story reveals he was literally Born Lucky, having inherited his good luck from his mother.
- Most Archie Comics digests will have special stories for their Milestones, where the characters discuss exactly how they should celebrate said milestone.
- Archie Double Digest #200 celebrated 200 issues with the start of a 4 part "New Look" story entitled Archie Goodbye Forever, and even bigger than that, Archie #600 celebrated 600 issues with the start of a 6 part story entitled Archie Marries Veronica (of which the final three parts switched to Archie Marries Betty).
- In 1985, DC Comics celebrated their 50th anniversary with Crisis on Infinite Earths, which brought a Cosmic Continuity Reboot upon the DC Universe.
- In the DC Universe, several Post-Crisis titles hit #100 at about the same time in The Nineties. All of them were given special prismatic covers. In addition:
- Superman launched "The Death of Clark Kent" arc, in which Superman temporarily gave up his secret identity.
- Wonder Woman had the death of Diana's Anti-Hero Substitute, Artemis, leading to the restoration of the status quo.
- Justice League America gave honorary membership to the entire DC Universe, and then had a big fight against Lord Havok (revealed to the reader, but not the team, to be Maxwell Lord). And then Guy Gardner showed up, kicking off the "Way of the Warrior" Cross Over between JLA, Guy's own title and Hawkman.
- Green Arrow had the title character killed and replaced by his son. (He got better, but not for a decade).
- The Flash discovered the Speed Force, the source of all super-speedsters' powers which continues to affect the series to this day. He then used it to give himself a serious power upgrade and save his city from the brink of annihilation.
- In Green Lantern (Vol. 3) #100, then-current Green Lantern Kyle Rayner teams up with a time-displaced Hal Jordan, prior to his Face-Heel Turn as Parallax. It's also the prelude to the "Emerald Knights" story arc.
- In July 1986, Marvel Comics celebrated their 25th anniversary (the 25th anniversary of the Fantastic Four, their flagship Silver Age title) with a cover theme - every comic published in that month had a portrait of a character on it surrounded by a border containing various characters. Even the licensed comics got in on the act.
- In 2009 when Marvel celebrated their 70th Anniversary note , many comics were published with Variant Covers with a style very similar to the 25th Anniversary listed above.
- The Dandy and The Beano celebrated their 60th birthdays and 1997 and 1998 respectively. Both put out double-length issues in which The Dandy resurrected numerous older strips, while The Beano printed a series of stories based around the number 60.
- Both also hit issue 3000 around the year 2000. The Beano's honouring of this was nothing special, but The Dandy featured a series of stories based around trouble caused by the '3000 bug', a spoof of the then-recent millennium bug scare.
- 2000 AD has done a few:
- For the 10th anniversary, a badge reading '10 years of Thrills' was inserted somewhere in each strip.
- For the 30th anniversary, which was also the 30th anniversary of the first Judge Dredd strip, they began the "Origins" story, which explains how the world of Judge Dredd came to be. John Wagner had been planning on writing that story for a while, but figured that the 30th anniversary was the right time to publish it.
- The 10th anniversary of 2000 AD's sister title, Judge Dredd Megazine, ran Judge Death's Origin Story.
- In 2010, the Meg's 300th issue and 20th anniversary occurred within two issues of each other, and so issues 300, 301, and 302 were all double-length (and the price was raised by a pound; issue 303 was still 50p more than 299, grumble grumble). Across all three were run two special features:a three-part in-depth interview with Carlos Ezquerra, and past writers and artists reminiscing about their favourite parts of the Meg. Issue 302's Judge Dredd strip was full of all sorts of continuity nods and the final panel, while making perfect sense in the context of the story, was clearly a happy birthday message to the Meg.
- For its 80th anniversary, Dick Tracy ran a storyline from September 18 to October 23, 2011, which doubles as a follow up on a 1948 story arc and an update of the first storyline (as recounted by Sam Catchem to Lizz Worthington).
- The 70th Anniversary of Captain America, in addition to being right around the time the movie was released, featured Steve Rogers once again donning the identity after previously leaving his former sidekick James Buchanan Barnes to fill in the role. Marvel also released multiple variant covers to comics released in July which featured everyday Americans and real American heroes alike all bearing Cap's signature red-white-and-blue colors.
- Superman returned to his trademark look and had his classic powers restored after the controversial energy being storyline for his 60th anniversary in the one-shot "Superman Forever."
- The final part of The Death of Superman fell on Superman #75. The issue that kicked off his return? The Adventures of Superman #500. The issue that brought him back to Metropolis? Superman: The Man of Steel #25.
- Batman Eternal is a year-long weekly series taking place as part of Batman's 75th anniversary.
- As a Long Runner, Doctor Who and its Doctor Who Expanded Universe have a plethora of anniversary stories. Uniquely, since the show was largely off the air during the anniversary periods of 1993 to 2003, it was up to the expanded universe to pick up the slack during those years.
- 10th anniversary (1973): "The Three Doctors", a Reunion Show that concludes the Doctor's exile on Earth since 1970. Interestingly, it didn't mark the actual date of the anniversary, being aired almost a year beforehand; instead, it marked the beginning of the show's tenth season.
- Averted with "The Stones of Blood", which was the 100th story and aired on the show's 15th anniversary (1978). It was going to start with the Doctor and Romana celebrating his birthday with a cake, but the production team wisely vetoed it as too self-congratulatory. The staff did eat a cake during production of the serial, though.
- 20th anniversary (1983): "The Five Doctors", another Reunion Show. Unlike the other two canon TV anniversary reunion episodes, this one didn't mark a major status quo change for the Doctor.
- 25th anniversary (1988): "Remembrance of the Daleks", which had the Doctor revisiting the site of the first episode the next day (albeit hundreds of years later in his own timeline), and "Silver Nemesis", which was about a 25th anniversary, aired over the anniversary date, and had a cameo of Nicholas Courtney and some program staff.
- 30th anniversary (1993):
- The fiftieth Doctor Who New Adventures novel is Happy Endings (1996) by Paul Cornell, in which a new logo is introduced, Benny gets married, a whole host of characters from previous novels are invited, a lot of dangling plot threads get resolved, and nearly every NA writer contributes a paragraph to the reception.
- Doctor Who Magazine marked its 250th issue (1997) with the comic "A Life of Matter and Death", bringing back many of its characters in a battle inside the TARDIS' mind.
- 35th anniversary (1998):
- Novels: The Past Doctor Adventures (sort of) novel The Infinity Doctors, which features an unspecified Doctor and is filled with continuity nods.
- Doctor Who Magazine comics: "Happy Deathday", which pits the then-Eight Doctors against a Legion of Doom of their greatest enemies. The story turns out to be actually a video game the Doctor's companion Izzy has been playing on her spare time.
- Doctor Who Magazine celebrated its 20th anniversary (issue 283, 1999) with "TV Action!", a metafictional comic strip where the Eighth Doctor and Izzy chase Beep the Meep to October 12, 1979note in a parallel universe where Doctor Who is just a TV show; there, they team up with none other than Tom Bakernote .
- 40th anniversary (2003):
- TV: The revival of the series was announced in that period.
- Big Finish Doctor Who: The main event was "Zagreus" (also the 50th Big Finish audio), a Wham Episode that concludes the Anti-Time Story Arc which began back at the Eighth Doctor's audio beginning, sets the stage for the Divergent Universe story arc and casts a number of previous Doctor and companion actors in completely new roles. There was also the thematic Villains Trilogy of "Omega", "Davros" and "Master", which explores just how Not So Different the Doctor is from his recurring enemies, and a web-animation of the unfinished Fourth Doctor story "Shada", substituting the Fourth Doctor for the Eighthnote . The "Doctor Who Unbound" series of What If? stories also began that year.
- Doctor Who Magazine comics: "The Land of Happy Endings", which revisits the settings and characters of the TV Comic strips via All Just a Dream.
- Novels: The Past Doctor Adventures novel Deadly Reunion, penned by Third Doctor era architects Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks. The first half of it tells the early years of the Brigadier before meeting the Doctor.
- Other: The animated webcast Scream of the Shalka, which was intended to be the official revival of the series. The above announcement reduced it to an non-canon Alternate Universe tale.
- 45th anniversary (2008): The show itself (which was revived by then) did nothing explicitly celebratory, but that didn't stop the Expanded Universe any.
- Big Finish Doctor Who: "Forty-Five", a Seventh Doctor audio anthology where the number 45 is littered everywhere. There is an in-universe rationale in the last story for that.
- IDW comics: "The Forgotten", which featured an amnesiac Tenth Doctor flashing back to all of his previous incarnations in order to regain his memories.
- Subtly done for the 200th story, "Planet of the Dead" (2009), which features a number 200 bus, which the Doctor refers to as "The mighty 200!"
- For Bernice Summerfield's 20th birthday (2012), she had the charity special audio play Many Happy Returns, which brings back a number of characters and writers, and an audio adaptation of her debut Doctor Who New Adventures novel Love and War.
- 50th anniversary (2013):
- TV: "The Day of the Doctor" and its associated prequels "The Night of the Doctor" and "The Last Day", a Wham Episode Reunion Show that aired 50 years to the day of the show's premiere and laid down a new plot strand for the Doctor to follow in the next 50 years to come; "An Adventure in Space and Time", a docudrama about the creation of the show, and "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", a parody Reunion Show short feature.
- Big Finish Doctor Who: The Big Finish continuity was made a Canon Immigrant thanks to a line of dialogue in "The Night of the Doctor". For the celebratory audio plays, there was "The Light at the End", a classic series-style Reunion Show; "The Beginning", which tells the tale of the TARDIS's first flight; "Destiny of the Doctor", a series of Cross Through audiobooks involving the then-Eleven Doctors (and also the only time Big Finish has been able to outright use new series elements), and the thematic 1963 trilogy of "1963: Fanfare for the Common Men" (which is pretty much a Brick Joke to a background element in the first episode), "1963: The Space Race" and "1963: The Assassination Games".
- Novels: A series of 11 ebook short stories for each of the then-Eleven Doctors published by Puffin Books. BBC Books also saw fit to reissue a number of Past Doctor Adventures novels.
- Doctor Who Magazine comics: "Hunters of the Burning Stone", which saw the Eleventh Doctor reunited with the very first companions, Ian and Barbara, in a battle against an unexpected old foe, and "John Smith and the Common Men", published on the anniversary month of November 2013.
- IDW comics: Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, where an unexpected newer foe is disrupting the Doctor's timeline by removing his companions from his timestream. On a somber note, IDW's Doctor Who contract ran out that year.
- Other: A Doctor Who game adorned Google's home page on November 22, 2013.
- Transformers has had quite a few of these:
- The UK version of the Marvel The Transformers comic, due to a quirk of publishing, ended up with over four times as many issues as the US comic. Issues 100 (1987), 200 (1989), and 300 (1990) all featured wraparound covers and double-length stories.
- Issue 50 of the US comic featured Starscream wiping out a large chunk of the cast before biting the dust himself. This was done to pare down the Loads and Loads of Characters, though many of them (including Starscream himself) would be brought back (most, but not all, being due to new toys, of course).
- Issue 75 saw the big battle against Unicron. Unsurprisingly, there were many more casualties.
- 20th Anniversary (2004):
- Toys: A huge transformable figure of Optimus Prime, complete with his trademark gun, laser axe, a miniature Megatron in gun mode, and of course, the Matrix of Leadership.
- Transformers Energon had the episode "Distribution" being the 500th episode (arguably) of Transformers to be shown on Japanese TV. It was a weird, pointless episode that spoofed Professional Wrestling.
- Beast Wars 10th Anniversary (2006): a rerelease of several figures along with two new figures of Optimus Primal and Megatron. All the toys had pieces which could be used to build Trans-Mutate.
- Transformers Energon was supposed to be the huge 20th anniversary series. Results, though, were....mixed, to be polite. Animation errors, inconsistent naming, character de-evolution, an extreme focus on selling toys, fluctuating art and animation, bad editing and awful dubbing were all common for Energon. The only remaining awesome factor of Energon from its Japanese counterpart (Super Link) was the music...and not even the toyline was safe, because that also carried over the flaws of the Armada toyline.
- 25th Anniversary (2009):
- Toys: The original Optimus Prime toy was rereleased with the inclusion of a DVD of the first three episodes of the original series and a copy of the first issue of the Marvel comic book. Also, new toys were produced based on characters from throughout the franchise, from G1 to Transformers Armada.
- The airing of Transformers Animated (2007-2009) coincided with this period. It celebrated by paying homage to every single Transformers incarnation previously made, even the obscure ones that were barely even released in Japan and not at all outside. Granted, many of those nods and references were All There in the Manual, but that said, the manuals (that is, the Allspark Almanac, volumes 1 and 2) are extensive and full of Mythology Gags.
- 30th Anniversary (2014): Both Hasbro and TakaraTomy are featuring 30th Anniversary lines (Hasbro dubbing theirs "Thrilling 30", which began with releases in fall 2013).
- Transformers: Age of Extinction was released, marking the beginning of an expected second film trilogy.
- The sequel series to Transformers Prime was announced, though it won't debut until 2015. The new series is named Transformers: Robots in Disguise (though the name was previously used for the English dub of Car Robots in 2001, not to mention one of IDW's ongoing comic books).
- The IDW series's mega-event Dark Cybertron and the follow-up in the ongoing series, Dawn of the Autobots, which includes the Windblade miniseries. Windblade herself was the culmination of a fan poll for the creation of a new character.
- Toys: the Generations toyline features characters from non-G1 continuities (such as Rattrap, Waspinator, Tankor, Armada Starscream, and Fall of Cybertron Skywarp) who are represented in the IDW continuity (with their Hasbro figures including reprints of Dark Cybertron chapters). Hasbro debuted Masterpiece Soundwave to open the Thrilling 30 toyline, along with Acid Storm (an MP-11 Starscream redeco), and is reissuing MP-10 Optimus Prime (in a special "Year of the Horse" deco) and Grimlock, and debuting Prowl. Takara issued MP Soundblaster with Ratbat, and will be issuing MP versions of Wheeljack, Bumblebee (with Spike in his exosuit), Ultra Magnus, and Star Saber.
- Warner Bros. and DC Comics have a lot on the plate across a number of their branches for the 75th anniversary of Batman in 2014:
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has an in-universe example in "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon", wherein G.R.O.S.S. celebrates its second anniversary and its 500th water balloon attack.
- A significant chapter of Mega Man Reawakened was posted just before the fic's second anniversary.
Films — Animated
- Tangled has a Logo Joke for the Disney Animation Vanity Plate proclaiming the film as being the 50th movie in the Disney Animated Canon.
- Cars came out during Pixar's 20th anniversary. To commemorate this, the Pixar logo fades into "Celebrating 20 Years" written against a black background, with Luxo Junior's light bulb forming the zero in the 20. Cars 2 celebrated Pixar's 25th anniversary with a Creator Cameo of Pixar head John Lasseter. (It also introduced an uncelebratory first for Pixar, but that's neither here or there.)
Films — Live-Action
- Movie studios often get updated Vanity Plates on their anniversaries. Movies released during the first year of the updated logos also contain messages denoting the anniversary. (eg, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010 begins by panning up from the 20th Century Fox structure to some lights spelling out, "Celebrating 75 Years"note .)
- Universal celebrated its 75th anniversarynote by opening each movie released in 1990 with the logos that graced their works from 1927-1990, and a then-new logo (though they skipped the version that refers to them as Universal International). Fittingly, this montage first appeared at the beginning of Back To The Future Part III.
- Universal released a similar video for their 100th anniversarynote , preceding another new logo with the ones used from 1927-2012 (they did not exclude the Universal International ident this time), but showed this montage online instead of during movies.
- Anniversaries are generally a good excuse for Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition video releases of beloved films, dating back to the VHS era.
- Skyfall commemorated the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films with a bunch of Mythology Gags (one of which gets some importance in the final battle) and a status quo change for Daniel Craig's Bond. It also considered having a Sean Connery cameo but the director felt that Connery appearing as not Bond felt wrong.
- Man of Steel was released in June 2013, the 75th anniversary of Superman's debut in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).
- It's actually very common for superhero films to be released during special anniversaries of the characters they're adapting. The original Superman movie was released in 1978, celebrating the character's 40th anniversary. The first Batman movie was released in 1989 in time for the 50th anniversary of his first appearance in #27 of Detective Comics. The first Spider-Man film was released in 2002 for Spidey's 40th anniversary, Spider-Man 3 for the 45th, and the reboot The Amazing Spider-Man was released in ten years after the original in 2012 for the 50th. Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011 celebrating the 70th anniversary of his first appearance in 1941, with the announced third film coming out in 2016, in time for his 75th. Iron Man 3 was released in 2013, 50 years after his first appearance in Tales of Suspence #39 back in 1963.
- The first Hellboy movie was released in Spring 2004, on the 10th anniversary of the character's first appearance in comics (Dime Press #4, March 1994).
- Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series as a Grand Finale that reunited the entire original cast one last time and ended the conflict with their old arch-enemies, the Klingons.
- Star Trek: First Contact was released during the franchise's 30th anniversary, which was also being celebrated by the two TV series on air at the time(seen below in the TV section). The film sees the Next Generation crew go back in time to stop the Borg from changing history and as a result shows humanity's first contact with the Vulcans, pretty much serving as the major starting point of Trek history.
- Godzilla has had several since the first movie, which have featured Retools, Continuity Reboots and/or Grand Finales for whichever series of films Toho was working on.
- Mothra VS Godzilla was the 5th anniversary, and the first movie to cross two Toho properties (King Kong vs. Godzilla was the first film to cross Godzilla over with another movie monster, but of course Kong isn't a Toho property). Interestingly enough, Mothra VS Godzilla and Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster were produced pretty much right in succession.
- Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster, the 10th anniversary film, was the first time Godzilla teamed up with other Kaiju and the first time he was portrayed as defending humanity. As another note, this was also the first film to cross over more than two Toho kaiju; crossing over a total of three different kaiju movies; a record of which wouldn't be broken until 1968's Destroy All Monsters.
- The original Mechagodzilla duology (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla and Terror Of Mechagodzilla), for the 20th anniversary, removed many of the Lighter and Softer elements that made the immediately preceding films so disliked while also concluding the Showa series.
- The Return Of Godzilla, as its name implies, brought Godzilla back for the 30th anniversary along with better special effects and a Darker and Edgier tone.
- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, the 40th anniversary film, ended the Heisei series by having Godzilla fight a monster with origins related to the Oxygen Destroyer that killed him in the original film and then killing Godzilla off again; the film even ended with a brief montage of clips from the first film.
- Godzilla Final Wars ended the Millennium series on the 50th anniversary by having Godzilla fight and kill almost every other monster he had ever faced.
- Godzilla (2014) was released 60 years after the original film (though it's 6 months too early to be an exact anniversary). The months before the movie came out saw a promotional toy fair that featured models of the numerous designs of Godzilla and other monsters over the course of the franchise, along with a limited theatrical run of the original 1954 film. Ironically, it was also released just a month too late to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mothra VS Godzilla (which was released in April of 1964).
- Warner Bros. did a limited theatrical reissue of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to mark its 25th anniversary in 1996, and the soundtrack was finally given a CD release. When the film hit 30 in 2001, it received a special edition DVD release (as opposed to the previous Vanilla Edition) that brought back many cast and crew members for its special features, and a making-of book (Pure Imagination). For the 40th anniversary in 2011, they went the full Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition route with a Blu-Ray package that included the previous disc's bonus features, the book, and a few other physical extras.
- The Mr. Men and Little Miss books celebrated their 35th (Mr. Men) and 25th (Little Miss) anniversaries with "Mr. Birthday" and "Little Miss Birthday".
- The 1111th and the 2222nd volume of the long-running weekly German Sci-Fi series Perry Rhodan were both quite nice in-character and in-continuity parodies of the series, both written by Horst Hoffmann, who went on to announce his retiring from being a regular author.
- Sweet Valley High celebrated its 100th book (well, actually its 97th through 100th) with its first Story Arc, a Genre Shift to horror. It worked surprisingly well, leading to more story arcs and more fantastical story elements in the future.
- Return to Firetop Mountain celebrated both the 50th installment in the Fighting Fantasy series and the tenth anniversary of the publishing of the first book. It took the reader back to the same dungeon of the original The Warlock of Firetop Mountain to defeat a resurrected Zagor.
- Pan Books commissioned And Another Thing for the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- The tenth anniversary of Warrior Cats in 2013 marks the release date of the prequel series Dawn Of The Clans.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's 50th anniversary in 2014 ("50 Whipple-Scrumptious Years") was marked with a variety of events and offerings. This milestone celebration specifically kicked off on January 31st, since that's the day Charlie finds his Golden Ticket in the novel.
- Penguin Books added the novel to their adult-oriented Penguin Modern Classics line — a ploy that went awry due to its unique, controversial Contemptible Cover featuring a girl with Uncanny Valley makeup and dress.
- The novel had several kid-friendlier anniversary editions published too, including deluxe reissues of both the Joseph Schindelman and Quentin Blake-illustrated editions — the latter in full-color for the first time.
- The retrospective book Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory was published.
- There were contests in the U.S. and U.K., and the annual Puffin Virtually Live school webcast that marks Roald Dahl's birthday was centered on the book.
- While the 2013 West End stage musical adaptation of the novel was not specifically launched to tie in to the anniversary, it was incorporated into several of the U.K.-based events, such as the aforementioned webcast and an Easter-season window display at the Piccadilly Circus Waterstone's bookstore that recreated its sets and characters in miniature via decorated chocolate biscuits. "Celebrate Fifty Years of Pure Imagination" was a tagline for the show for a while too.
- James Bond novel Devil May Care was released on the hundreth anniversary of the birth of the character's creator, Ian Fleming.
- Many artists celebrate anniversaries of their best known albums by rereleasing them in remastered or upgraded versions. At times entire catalogues can get this treatment (such as John Lennon's one at 2010, when he would complete 70 years).
- The Beatles released Greatest Hits Album 1, with all their number ones, on the 30th anniversary of their break-up in 2000.
- The Rolling Stones celebrated 40 years with Forty Licks, a Greatest Hits Album that as the title indicates had 40 tracks (4 of them new). 10 years later they did the same with the 50-track (two of them new, and one of the old ones being from Forty Licks) GRRR!, whose only disadvantage upon the predecessor was a Contemptible Cover.
- Pearl Jam celebrated 20 years of debut album Ten with the documentary Pearl Jam Twenty.
- blur released a box set containing all of their albums for the 21st anniversary of their first one.
- Michael Jackson examples:
- He threw two all-star tribute concerts to himself at Madison Square Garden in September 2001 to mark the 30th anniversary of his first release as a solo artist, though these and remastered/mostly expanded reissue of his first four albums for Epic Records was more to promote his forthcoming Invincible than anything.
- In 2007, Thriller 25 was a second expanded reissue of that particular album that added new versions of several tracks, pairing Jackson up with contemporary hitmakers.
- In 2012, Bad 25 was a second expanded reissue of Bad that had a tie-in documentary helmed by Spike Lee.
- David Bowie examples:
- He marked his 66th birthday in 2013 with the surprise announcement of his first studio album in ten years, The Next Day, via the relaunch of his official website and the release of its first single/video, "Where Are We Now?"
- In 2014, the 3-disc Greatest Hits Album Nothing Has Changed marked 50 years of Bowie recordings, featuring the new single "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" to bookend his first single, 1964's "Liza Jane". (This is the first Bowie compilation to encompass his entire career, as previous efforts never included pre-"Space Oddity" songs.)
- In Destroy The Godmodder, actions are more powerful and far more likely to succeed when they happen on milestone posts. The first post of a page milestone, or a number of posts milestone, a slight bonus is even given if someone calls their page claim.
- There was also a very big and interesting event involving time travel shenanigans on the one year anniversary.
- Cirque du Soleil milestone celebrations:
- Alegria launched in 1994 as the company's 10th anniversary show; the year also saw the retrospective documentary A Baroque Odyssey.
- The 20th anniversary of the company was marked with, among other things, the retrospective book 20 Years Under the Sun and the Midnight Sun concert in Montreal. The latter doubled as a 25th anniversary marker for the city's international jazz festival, which the concert was held at.
- The 25th anniversary ("The Dream Continues") included a stilt-walking event centered on Las Vegas, a two-disc Greatest Hits Album featuring songs from almost every show produced up to that point, and a book on the company's costumes over the years.
- The 30th anniversary was marked with the two-plus week run of a choral concert of Cirque music performed in Montreal's Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church and the photo book Backstage Cirque du Soleil.
- Individual shows often mark their 1st, 5th, 10th, etc. anniversaries with a curtain call celebration during the performances that fall on the date in question, and perhaps a small gift for audience members that night (a 15th anniversary pin at "O", for instance). In Las Vegas, ads that year will include a special logo noting the milestone. Celebrations are also been held to mark a show reaching 100, 500, 1000, 1500, etc. performances.
- There was also a special celebration for a single performer in 2012. Longtime circus performer and Mystere principal clown Brian Dewhurst's 80th birthday fell on a performance night, so a giant surprise party (yes, Surprise Party) was arranged for him, which played out over and after the two performances.
- The 20th anniversary of the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera was marked with the BBC documentary special Behind the Mask. The 25th anniversary was marked with a mega-staging of the entire show at Royal Albert Hall (140 cast members as opposed to the usual 40, etc.), followed by a "grand finale" featuring appearances by most of the original London cast and a performance by Sarah Brightman (the original Christine); this was filmed and released on video.
- The tenth anniversary of Les Misérables was celebrated with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and the 25th with a staging in the O2 arena.
- Miss Saigon received a West End revival in 2014 to mark its 25th anniversary, and even got a new song for the occasion ("Maybe"). There was also a gala performance featuring both original and revival cast members, and tickets were dialed back to 1989 prices for that particular show.
- The Disney Theme Parks have interesting anniversary promotions for whenever a park reaches the 10th, 25th, etc. anniversary of its opening day, usually debuting new rides/additions to the parks, new/updated shows and parades, and usually a large gimmick. Examples:
- For its 25th year, Disney World's Cinderella Castle was transformed into a gigantic pink cake.
- Mickey Mouse's 60th birthday was acknowledged at Florida's Magic Kingdom with a whole themed "land", Mickey's Birthdayland, in 1988. The park kept it and tweaked its theme over the years — first it became Mickey's Starland, then Mickey's Toontown Fair — until it was torn down in The New Tens to make way for the Fantasyland expansion.
- Averted with Universal's Islands of Adventure. There were plans to do a park-wide celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2009, but it was cut due to there being virtually no budget for it, as at the time most of it was going into the construction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There was no 20th Anniversary celebration of Universal Studios Florida either, presumably for the same reason.
- Nendoroids are adorable, pseudo-bubblehead figurines primarily aimed at otaku. With that in mind, the 100th release in the line is a character who falls outside of that demographic: Mickey Mouse, who is quite jarring when put next to franchises such as Touhou note or Vocaloid.
- BIONICLE got a line of six small sets called the Stars, a collection of remakes of characters from across the series' decade of existence. They also happened to be the last sets before the line got the can. They tend to be perceived as a rather weak way to both celebrate a milestone and end the line.
- Barbie's 50th anniversary brought the My Favorite Barbie line of toys. Each set contains a reproduction of a famous Barbie doll, an extra outfit from the same era, and a retro pamphlet of other Barbie clothes and accessories sold at the time.
- Capcom loves 'em:
- Capcom celebrated Mega Man's 15th anniversary by releasing the Anniversary Collection, a Compilation Re-release of all of the console classic Mega Man games (1-8, plus the arcade games Power Battle and Power Fighters).
- Mega Man X 7 was also part of the 15th anniversary celebration. Between the GameCube version of the Anniversary Collection with its unpopular switched controls and just how godawful X7 was, this didn't end well.
- In fact, Capcom celebrated all things Mega Man for two years. It was odd.
- And before that, Mega Man 8 itself was a 10th anniversary special, with an art booklet of previous games, and an animated intro that was a callback to the whole series at that point.
- Despite everything that had happened suggesting otherwise, it was confirmed that Capcom would be celebrating Mega Man's 25th anniversary. See Rockman X Over. Despite this, evidence is that it isn't appropriate for celebrations, like with Sonic 2006. They then supported the fan-made Street Fighter X Mega Man as an anniversary game for both franchises, which is being better received.
- Capcom also celebrated Street Fighter's 15th anniversary by releasing the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection, which had Hyper Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. Oddly enough, the original Street Fighter wasn't present.
- For the twentieth anniversary of the release of Bionic Commando (1988), a 2.5-D remake of the original was released in 2008, with a fully 3-D sequel following in early 2009.
- RuneScape celebrated its 100th quest with a continuation of the first one, divided in several segments with their own rewards. It was basically the biggest quest until that point.
- Contra 4 was released at the 20th anniversary game for the series, emphasized with its heaps of series Fanservice (although the other type is unlockable).
- Square Enix had a group of Final Fantasy games released under the 20th Anniversary banner of the series, including a PSP Updated Re-release of the original and the Massive Multiplayer Crossover Dissidia: Final Fantasy.
- EA Sports listed Madden NFL 2005 at the 15th anniversary of the series, and released a collector's edition with earlier versions of the game updated with modern rosters. Oddly enough, Madden 2009 was billed as the 20th anniversary, and the would-be Madden 2014 was billed as Madden 25. Math never was EA's strong suit. note
- Sonic the Hedgehog's tenth anniversary was celebrated with Sonic Adventure 2. The fifteenth, with Sonic the Hedgehog Genesis and Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) - though neither were in any way appropriate for celebrations (but the latter has some justification in being rushed for both it and a Christmas release).
- The 20th anniversary game, Sonic Generations, builds off the successes of Sonic Colors and Sonic the Hedgehog 4 one year prior. Its biggest selling point is the return of the classic, Black-eyed Sonic, running alongside the modern, Green Eyed one, each with their respective, seperate gameplay in a time travel plot that revisits areas from the preceding nine main games of the series. The plot is even based on a time-altering villain crashing Sonic's birthday party.
- It's not just the hedgehog celebrating his 20th birthday —- the Vocaloids get in the act in a minor way, as the third title of Sega's Project Diva series of Vocaloid Licensed Games, released just a few days after Generations, includes a Vocaloid cover of "Live & Learn" in the bundled bonus CD and an in-game Sonic costume for Miku because of Generations (in contrast the other Sega-themed costumes in the seriesnote were included merely for the sake of Shout Outs).
- Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin was released in 2006, 20 years after the release of 1986's Akumajo Dracula for the Famicom Disk System in Japan. The game includes plenty of references to series history and pre-order bonuses included an artbook, timeline, and soundtrack CD, all of which containing art/information/music spanning the entire series.
- Super Mario Bros. celebrated its anniversary note with "Happy! Mario 20th". They had a website (now defunct) and a soundtrack (with selections from the original game, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine) to celebrate with it, and they even offered a "20th Happy Mario!"◊ Sonic shirt!
- Space Invaders celebrated their 30th anniversary with Space Invaders Get Even, where the eponymous invaders become Villain Protagonists. They also released Space Invaders Extreme, which is a modern revamping of the game.
- The King of Fighters XII was rushed to market to mark the series' 15th anniversary. As Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)'s equal circumstances had already demonstrated, results were disappointing.
- Harvest Moon had two Spin-Off games made for the series' 10th anniversary: Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon and Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon. The former proved popular enough to become its own series.
- Also for their 10th anniversary Marvelous released two Harvest Moon games, DS and Magical Melody. Both games were throwback games with the former taking place in Forget-Me-Not Valley 100 years in the future, and the latter featured characters from previous games (mostly from the first game of the series). Both games are often cited as being the end of the "classic" Harvest Moon period, due to future games being vastly different from the older Harvest Moon style. The odd part is though, the games were released in 2005 when their anniversary was in 2006.
- The SaGa series celebrated its 20th anniversary by remaking SaGa 2 as SaGa 2 Hihou Densetsu -Goddess of Destiny-...and releasing a 20-disc compilation of all the SaGa soundtracks.
- Pac-Man World was released for the 20th anniversary of Pac-Man — the plot is even based on a villain crashing Pac-Man's birthday party. Pac-Man World 3 would later be released for his 25th anniversary.
- The first game got a graphically revamped Updated Re-release with bonus story content and a Halo: Reach Nostalgia Level map pack (which could also be obtained as a seperate DLC) for its tenth anniversary. The rerelease was one of the first games developed by 343 Industries, the Halo studio established after Bungie became an indie studio.
- They did it again for the ten year anniversary of the second game, not just by graphically revamping Halo 2 and adding further story content, but by compiling together the most recent versions of the first four numbered entries (including the before-mentioned H1 and H2 rereleases) into Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes support for all four multiplayers (including every map ever released), the digital feature Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.
- The Legend of Zelda celebrated its 25th year with four games in 2011: Skyward Sword, remakes of Ocarina of Time and Four Swords, and a rerelease of Link's Awakening that helped launch the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console service. Plus a worldwide orchestral concert tour, promotional items for Skyward Sword and Ocarina, and even a tribute level in Super Mario 3D Land. The anniversary concluded with the Japanese art book Hyrule Historia, which revealed the complete timeline of the franchise for the first time ever.
- Solatorobo is considered to be CyberConnect2's 15th anniversary celebration, being a Spiritual Sequel to the very first game they developed.
- Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance marks the 10th anniversary of the Kingdom Hearts series, noted in-game with a story recap feature to prevent Continuity Lockout. Coincidentally, it also has a tip of the hat to the 30th anniversary of TRON on the same year with the inclusion of a TRON: Legacy world.
- Parodied in Team Fortress 2: Valve meant to commemorate their 100th update with the medals that showed how long it was since you first started playing the game, but they had to put a bunch of other, minor updates before then. So when it finally came out, it was the 119th update, and they acted as if this was some major milestone to celebrate. It's also worth noting that the 300th update was a fairly major update that came with the release of Meet the Pyro, the last Meet the Team video.
- Half-Life came out in November 1998. In November 2008, Valve offered the game to anyone who still didn't own it on Steam for 98 cents.
- Similar to the way they celebrated Mario's 25th anniversary, Nintendo created a similar package for Kirby's 20th anniversary, complete with book and soundtrack. However, since Nintendo didn't previously make a Kirby anthology, this release is all-new, including a museum mode giving details about the series.
- The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff. Since it was released around the time of The Sims franchise's 10th anniversary, 3 items from the original game were included in the pack: the giant fish tank, the electric guitar, and the vibrating love bed.
- Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault was released to commemorate the duo's 10th anniversary.
- The Super Robot Wars franchise celebrated its 20th anniversary with the release of Super Robot Wars Z2: Rebirth Chapter, which brought in the original Super Robot, Tetsujin-28 Go, among others.
- The Metal Gear series had two anniversary campaigns dedicated to it:
- The 20th Anniversary campaign (the official logo being a pair of dog tags) saw a plethora of merchandises being released such as collectable figurines, soundtracks, t-shirts and of course, anniversary-themed reissues of the games themselves.
- For the 25th Anniversary campaign (the logo this time being Snake hiding under a cardboard box with his legs sticking out) saw a similar influx of collectables, most notably "PlayArts Kai" figures based on characters from the original Metal Gear Solid, as well as an entire event dedicated to showing off the next entry in the series, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (which later evolved into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain).
- Drakengard 3 was meant as this for the series marking the series 10th anniversary.
- Puyo Puyo Has two games for their 15th and 20th anniversary. Both games notably brought back some characters from some of the older installments, and the fans reacted positively enough to have some of them stay in the main series.
- Star Trek Online has done a number of these for each year and then some.
- Year One Celebration - the alteration of Earth Spacedock into one more canonlike.
- Year Two Celebration - the introduction of the Odyssey and Bortasqu'-class ships
- Year Three Celebration - the "Temporal Ambassador" event, reintroducing Tasha Yar and the Enterprise-C. The Ambassador-class and Kamarag-class ships joined the collection.
- Year Four Celebration - the introduction of Season 8.5, the mission "A Step Between Stars", which reintroduces Tuvok and introduces the Dyson Science Destroyer.
- There was also a celebration for Star Trek: The Next Generation's 25th Anniversary, which gave players Worf's Season One sash.
- Homestar Runner: Strong Bad tried (and failed) to answer 50 emails in a row for his 50th Strong Bad E-mail, presented his 100th email (a flashback of how he met Homestar) in widescreeeeen!, and traveled to meet alternate universe versions of himself for #150. For #200, there was a big build-up only for the resulting email to be addressed to Homestar rather than Strong Bad- it's then revealed that Homestar has had his own email show all along, which Strong Bad tries to ruin.
- Homestar Runner started as a children's book made by the creators in 1996, "The Homestar Runner Enters the Strongest Man in the World Contest". Ten years later, they did a cartoon remake of the children's book, with the characters retaining their current, more over-the-top personalities:
Homestar Runner: Everybody loves the me! I'm a terrific athlete!
- Also parodied in Issue 10 of Teen Girl Squad. Keep in mind that in Teen Girl Squad, everyone dies Once an Episode:
It's our tenth issue-versary! Let's do a Clip Show
Let's have a wedding
! The Ugly One:
Let's have a baby! What's Her Face:
Let's kill someone off
! Narrator Strong Bad:
Okay! (everyone dies suddenly in bizarre ways
- This practice was thoroughly mocked by Zero Punctuation. His 100th episode opened with him celebrating the event, complete with party hats and noisemakers. So, to commemorate the event, he reviews a very special game; Call of Juarez: Bound in blood. Which...is exactly the game he had scheduled anyway.
It's just a number. 101 is also a number. And so is 99, and at least that one looks like someone getting bumfucked.
- How It Should Have Ended has a parody of Titanic, the second highest-grossing movie of all time, as the 100th video.note
- In the hundredth Twisted Toyfare Theater strip, "Tonight, one of these characters will die!" Quoth Mego Spidey: "Hope it's me."
- Note that the characters themselves have a huge party to commemorate the event - but Reed Richards secretly confides in Spider-Man that this isn't actually the 100th strip, technically speaking, due to some miscellaneous strips featured in Toyfare's sister magazines like Wizard and Inquest Gamer. As such, at the very end Spider-Man goes back in time to three issues ago and gives the huge cake from the party to the stars of the real 100th strip, the motley bunch of Stormtroopers.
- 8-Bit Theater never does anything special for its milestones, even for its 1000th. Although the titles do sometimes reference the number, such as "Episode 255: Maximum 8-bit Hexadecimal Value is FF. Coincidence?", "Episode 404: Comic Not Found", "Episode 666: Is Just Another Comic, Calm Down", "Episode 911: It's A Conspiracy", "Episode 912: For Real Emergencies", "Episode 913: The Last Of The 9XX Jokes", and "Episode 1000: I can't believe someone was asshole enough to make 1,000 sprite comics" followed by "Episode 1001: I can't believe someone was asshole enough to make more than 1,000 sprite comics".
- The 300th one may count, as it gave a sneak peek of the Light Warriors' class changes and major character Sarda. It also had a big Time Skip gag.
- The Order of the Stick was intended to have the group meeting Xykon on the hundredth strip, but the writer messed up the timing, and had one character complaining about it ("And I was expecting something impressive for the hundredth episode.") Every other hundredth was something special, though. The two hundredth was the very long battle with Miko, the 300th revealed Xykon's massed army, the four hundredth was a kiss between two major characters, the five hundredth was the start of Roy watching the rest of the Order, and the six hundreth is when the POV switched back to Roy, though they repeat the same "I thought there'd be something special..." joke from the 100th episode, and then hang a lampshade on it. However, the 700th and 800th comics had nothing particularly special about them, and it wasn't even lampshaded.
- 1/0, in addition to ending with comic #1000, dedicated comic #251 to its "1000th panel" celebration.
- MegaTokyo used its comic #1000 to show Kimiko having a critical part of the nature of the world around her revealed to her, and revealed Miho's Little Miss Badass status in strip #1024 (#1 KB).
- And comic 1337 is triple length, showing an Image Spot of Largo ammasing an army of Ph33rb0ts.
- Captain SNES: The Game Masta managed to work its 200th story comic celebration into the plot. The 500th was slightly clumsier.
- Narbonic had this very silly one-year anniversary celebration.
- Questionable Content #666: Spontaneous metal interlude!
- VG Cats had a flash animation for the 100th comic, and actually skipped the 200th comic with a note reading "TBA 2009".
- Which now reads "TBA - Never".
- Adventurers had hundreds of comics numbered 999 so that the final chapter would be number 1000.
- Awkward Zombie has its 100th comic, in which Master Hand kills the recently returned Roy in one hit.
- Sluggy Freelance includes a piece of simple animation every year on its anniversary (usually making someone dance to the song "X Years of Nifty Darn Comics"). The tenth anniversary featured this plus a bonus comic that referenced the "spam Satan" joke from the very first strip.
- Darths & Droids celebrates every 50th strip by adding another level to the string of "What our webcomic is in this universe, since the thing we're parodying doesn't exist" strips following the 50th strip.
- The KA Mics is usually sarcastic about it's milestones, comic #500 is a good example of this.
- Every hundredth Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic strip is in color.
- The 200th comic of Brawl in the Family had a musical accompaniment, dedicated to all the Mooks that died at the hands of gamers everywhere.
- XKCD skipped comic number 404, so that a 404 'File not found' error appears if someone tries to access it.
- And for the 1000th comic, a binary joke: only 24 comics till a nice round number!note
- In honor of Platypus Comix's 10th anniversary, accessing the site during the week of February 7, 2011 brought up a page which resembled the homepage used in 2001. Through the Wayback Machine, the page even included links to old comics and articles, as well as a dated homepage for Platypus Comix's parent site, Toon Zone. Clicking, "Click here to restore status quo" brought up the usual website, decked out with a vertically-oriented banner, which featured characters from both ongoing and discontinued comics partying together.
- During the 10th anniversary of Toon Zone, Peter Paltridge released an Electric Wonderland comic in which the main characters find themselves in Toon Zone's domain while pursuing a thief.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: "Happy first anniversary, Dr. McNinja!" It's a Wham Strip.
- El Goonish Shive, used to celebrate each year of the comic with a filler comic featuring the whole main cast. It stopped doing this after the 6th anniversary but acknowledged the 9th with this filler which has links to previous milestone celebration comics.
- For the 10th anniversary, it celebrated with a filler comic that mimics the setup and dialog of the very first comic but is in color, features transformations, references the anniversary and has a different ending.
- Sonic the Comic – Online! celebrated the 250th issue of the series with a mega-packed issue. The issue is the largest so-far in the series, the online fancomics or the original Sonic the Comic; it also featured more artists in one issue then any other issue. It feature various cameos from characters that haven't appeared in a long time.
- Arthur, King of Time and Space ended its first year with the Battle of Beldegraine and Arthur learning who Morgan is. It ended its second year with a timetravel flashforward. The third and fourth aniversaries just get mentioned in passing, and the fifth aniversary is the pre-Time Skip Wham Episode. Sixth passed without comment (except in The Rant), and seventh wasn't even mentioned there.
- Played straight in Square Root of Minus Garfield in 1000th Root of Minus Garfield and parodied in Party Like It's #999 (the comic immediately afterwards).
- Mountain Time celebrated its 500th episode with an extended-length comic, followed by 25 more comics which, seemingly in defiance of the series' norm, were pretty much straight-up Continuity Porn.
- There's the general case of "1 million hits", "1 million subscribers", etc. This usually has some celebration or special comment on sites that consider those relevant.
- For their 100th episode Talk Radar put together a six hour long podcast that was half original content, half clip-show.
- Most of the That Guy with the Glasses team flew into Chicago to film the conclusion to the feud between The Nostalgia Critic and The Angry Video Game Nerd. The result was the 1 Year Anniversary Brawl that pitted the site's critics (led by the Nostalgia Critic) against the site's gamers (led by the Angry Video Game Nerd). It has to be seen for the amount of awesome to be believed.
- Celebrating the site's anniversary with a gigantic crossover is a traditional event. The second anniversary of the website featured the six-part miniseries Kickassia. The third one had the seven-part web video Suburban Knights with more effects and callbacks to Kickassia. The fourth one was an eight-part film known as To Boldly Flee, containing more continuity and improved CGI effects.
- Linkara (A part of That Guy With The Glasses) celebrated his 1 year anniversary by reviewing Maximum Clonage, a story from the infamous Spider-Man Clone War saga. The 100th episode had him review a Sonic the Hedgehog comic book, (specifically Sonic Live!) one of his most requested comics to review.
- And for the 200th episode, he finally decided to rip into the one people have been clamoring for him to tear to shreds since the beginning. That's right, he finally went after One More Day.
- For the 250th, he did a really bad Tandy Computer Whiz Kids PSA/advertising comic and got into an argument with the camera for using the "Merry Christmas from Atop the Fourth Wall" banner again instead of a 250th episode one, which led the mystery editor to crudely cross out the Christmas message and substitute the desired message without removing the snow or Jingle Bells. The real effort apparently went into the editing for one of his Combine Harvester breakdowns.
- For the 300th episode, Linkara reviewed Frank Miller's Holy Terror, which is another installment in "Miller Time". Linkara actually claimed that he hated Holy Terror more than any other comic he's reviewed and that it's the complete antithesis to everything he believes in. The episode's ending also features Linkara fighting his Mirror Universe doppelganger, using various weapons and skills from the past 300 episodes.
- Likewise, The Nostalgia Critic celebrated his 100th episode by...showing a half-assed clip show featuring a scene from his Captain Planet review. But said clip show argued with him, forcing him into reviewing Battlefield Earth.
- For her third year anniversary of being on the site, Lindsay did an in-depth commentary on her first ever review, Pocahontas.
- The Angry Video Game Nerd himself had a special episode as his 100th. Action 52? No. Nintendo World Championships? No. It's about R.O.B.
- Generally, critics on TGWTG treat their 50th and 100th reviews as such- Kyle reviewed Melancholia, and JesuOtaku reviewed the FMA Anime, for instance.
- The 100th Episode of We're Alive was accompanied by a revamp of the show's website, launching a new iPhone app for downloading the podcast and new merchandise in the online store. In story the episode ended with the destruction of the safe-zone in Boulder.
- Eat Your Kimchi: The 200th video was A Day in the Life and the 100th Music Monday had an 18 minute "best of" compilation video.
- Game Grumps downplays this heavily in The Stinger to the hundredth Sonic 2006 episode, wherein Arin briefly mentions it.
- Glove and Boots celebrated 100k subscribers by including (almost) all of them in a two-and-a-half hour video!
- The Simpsons had a special 300th episode...sorta. "Barting Over" was actually the 302nd episode, but Fox insisted on a special event episode to coincide with the Daytona 500. Nothing too special about the episode itself, other than guest shots by Tony Hawk and Blink 182, but there is a gag where Lisa mentions that this is the 300th time that Homer has done something crazy with Marge saying she counted 302.
- Its 500th episode had a couch gag that showed all the previous 499 couch gags, all continuing to pan skyward as they play out until it stops with the multiple incarnations of the family sitting at their couch, forming a mosaic "500". In addition, the chalkboard gag is Milhouse writing "Bart's earned a day off" and the opening logo includes a caption declaring "The most meaningless milestone of all!", referencing the chalkboard gag from the 100th episode. Also, Lisa's playing a sousaphone for some reason.
- The gag for the 499th episode was a surprise 500th episode party. When Lisa points out the error, Moe replies, "Well, guess what? Fox isn't doing this again."
- They also spoofed their actual 100th episode — all they did was have Bart write the lines "I will not celebrate meaningless milestones."
- The 400th episode, "You Kent Always Say What You Want", opens with The Tracey Ullman Show short "Family Portrait".
- They also parodied this trope with "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular", the third Clip Show episode.
- Episode 167 was the episode that tied the show with The Flintstones as the longest-running animated prime time show. "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" featured a lot of Lampshade Hanging on various Animation Tropes. Some versions of the episode use the couch gag where the family find the Flintstones already sitting there.
- The 20th anniversary was marked with the documentary The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice!, directed by longtime fan Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and broascast on January 10, 2010, following the 451st episode (which Fox promoted as the 450th for whatever reason; had they not promoted it as such, the documentary would have aired on January 14, the original broadcasting date of "Bart the Genius").
- Their 550th episode has Springfield reimagined as LEGOs. Notably, the LEGO aspect was promoted and not the episode count.
- In addition, a contest was held for fans to introduce a new character to the show. The winning entry was Ricardo Bomba, a South American ladies' man who works as a safety inspector at the nuclear power plant. The episode where he made his debut killed him off before anything could be established about him. However, executive producer Al Jean said it's possible Ricardo might appear again.
- Spoofed in-story in "I Love Lisa" with The Krusty the Klown 29th Anniversary Show.
- South Park's 97th episode "Canceled" was clearly intended to be the 100th (with the Leaning on the Fourth Wall moment and all), but it was instead aired as the 97th so as to be the Season 7 premier, taking advantage of its Mind Screw opening that mirrored the Pilot Episode. The actual 100th episode, "I'm A Little Bit Country", had a tacked-on "100 episodes" acknowledgement at the end.
- The 200th episode is the first of a two-parter and features a story involving every celebrity the town has ever pissed off; the second part is also a Wham Episode for Cartman: His true father is also Scott Tennorman's.
- Spoofed in the Looney Tunes short "Blooper Bunny", which celebrates Bugs Bunny's 51 1/2 anniversary with a brief dancing number. Most of the cartoon is behind-the-scenes footage and Hilarious Outtakes of said dance number.
- Spoofed in Animaniacs, with the Warners' 65th Anniversary Special (referring to their backstory of being created in The Thirties). This being the 65th episode as well helps. In a more literal sense, the direct-to-video movie Wakko's Wish is essentially the show's 100th episode.
- Spoofed in Space Ghost Coast to Coast with its 37th Episode Anniversary.
- Family Guy:
- The 100th episode (excluding the splitting of the DVD movie into seperate episodes for broadcasting) was Stewie Kills Lois, kicking off a two-parter in which Stewie finally realizes his ambition to kill his mother and conquer the world...or so it seems.
- The 150th episode was an experimental story called Brian and Stewie in which only the two title characters appear, the entire episode is confined to a single scene, and there are no cutaway gags or even music.
- The 200th episode, "Yug Ylimaf", involves Stewie and Brian accidentally reversing time and revisiting moments from older episodes.
- SpongeBob SquarePants' 10th anniversary special was an hour long and featured live action appearances by Will Ferrell, Craig Ferguson, Tina Fey, Rosario Dawson, LeBron James, P!nk, and Robin Williams. And Ricky Gervais was the narrator.
- The plot for the episode itself was that the Krusty Krab was celebrating its eleventyseventh anniversary. This prompted the characters to reminisce, only instead of a standard Clip Show, the flashbacks are all new.
- The Fairly OddParents 100th episode was the final part of the Big Damn Movie "Wishology". Plus, for it's 10th anniversary celebration, a live-action movie, "A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!", was released, in which we see the characters 13 years in the future.
- While the series itself never reached 100 episodes (unless you count Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z), The Powerpuff Girls had a 10th anniversary special years after the show ended, which celebrated everything fans loved about the show compressed into 25 minutes. That would be wordplay, self-referential humor, homages & parodies, wit, and the occasional song.
- For those wondering it ended with Mojo Jojo creating a tranquil world free of all the past old problems of war and starvation (much to the girls surprise). Then gets bored by all the peace, so everything returns to the status quo.
- Turtles Forever, a celebration of 25 years of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that also serves as both a Grand Finale for the 2003 series and a fitting send-off to the Mirage era of the franchise as a whole, what with it being sold to Nickelodeon shortly before its airing.
- Also, the 100th episode of the 2003 series is a special episode depicting the story of Master Splinter's owner Master Hamato Yoshi.
- Spoofed on KaBlam!. The show is all set for its 100th episode, complete with a stadium, dancers, red carpet, fancy dress, etc. Then, maybe thirty seconds after the show starts, a stagehand tells Henry and June that it's only the 17th episode.
- Futurama's 100th episode is another spin on the RMS Titanic tragedy (this was done before in the show's 10th episode, which featured a spaceship version of the cruiser as its main setting, but this episode uses a "Land Titanic" for its backstory), but nonetheless shook up the status quo a bit by having Leela's heritage as a mutant accidentally outed, giving the mutants equal rights, and even pulling a Like You Would Really Do It by making it look as if Fry mutated himself. And of course, the Lead In for this episode is the Planet Express crew making their 100th delivery, and the party celebrating it serves as a minor B-plot.
- American Dad! begins its 100th episode with Roger dressed as the Grim Reaper, telling viewers that to celebrate the milestone, they're going to kill off 100 characters. There's even an on-screen counter to keep track of the deaths. The show keeps its promise, though 97 of those deaths belong to background characters who are killed all at once in a bus crash.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force's 100th episode paid homage to Scooby-Doo, and also features a subplot of Master Shake visiting the show's executives (in the form of Dana Snyder, no less), trying to bring the show into syndication. However, since the show is only a Quarter Hour Short, it only has fifty half-hours of material.
- The 100th episode of Regular Show, "A Bunch of Full-Grown Geese", is full of call backs, starting with the return of the baby ducks from "A Bunch of Baby Ducks" (which is also alluded to in the episode's title). Later, when Mordecai, Rigby and the ducks merge into a Humongous Mecha, various items from previous episodes (the magic keyboard from "The Power", the trucker hat from "Eggcelent", etc.) make an appearance.
- The 100th episode of Total Drama "Zeke and Ye Shall Find".
- For The Legend of Korra, there's the episode "Venom Of The Red Lotus". Not only is it the 39th episode in this show, but it's also the 100th episode in the entire Avatar: The Last Airbender franchise. And the episode ends with Jinora becoming the first master Airbender in the newly-remade Air Nomads, having shaved her head and looking just like her grandpa Aang.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The 100th episode will star all the background characters.