Revenge of the Sequel

aka: The Revenge Of The Sequel
In many sequel names, particularly in schlock horror, the title, or sub-title, describes some kind of return, revenge, reaction, counter-force, backlash, etc. that usually implies it's a direct consequence of one of the previous installments. The movie's tagline might even be something like "And this time, It's Personal."

Also expect "Son of _____" and "Bride of _____".

Compare There's No "B" in Movie. Subtrope of Stock Subtitle.


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  • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar Jafar uses Abis Mal, a foolish thief with a grudge against Aladdin and Iago switching sides to get back in power.
    • First he forces Abis Mal to waste his first two wishes to cooperate and earn his third wish by helping him seek vengeance on Aladdin. Abis Mal is more than willing to help, as he desired revenge against Aladdin as well.
    Jafar: That was two wishes, take your time with the third...or you'll wish you'd never been born.
    (Abis Mal stares at Jafar in utter fear)
    Jafar: On the other hand, If you cooperate with me, I will see that you're amply rewarded.
    Abis Mal: Rewarded?
    Jafar: First, you'll help me get revenge on a certain Street Rat by the name of...Aladdin!
    Abis Mal: (gasps in shock) ALADDIN?! I want revenge on him too! He robbed me, turned my men against me, and he fought dirty! My brilliant swordsmanship availed me not! (accidentally slices his belt, making his pants fall) Oh...I hate when I do that.
    Jafar: Let's not be too hasty, my simple-minded friend. It's not enough that we simply destroy Aladdin. After all...there are things so much worse than death! (laughs evilly, while Abis Mal smirks)
    • Then Jafar threatens the reformed Iago into luring Aladdin to his trap. Iago, having grown to like Aladdin, is utterly reluctant, but reluctantly follows his former master out of utter fear.
    Iago: Oh, yeah. Bein' one of the good guys has his advantages. Ahh, advisor to Aladdin, the new grand vizier. And when Aladdin becomes Sultan, that will make me the grand vizier! Only I'm not gonna blow it like that idiot Jafar!! (eats a cluster of grapes) I'll NEVER have to stand in his shadow again!
    (Suddenly, the lights go out, spotlight switches on over Iago, and Jafar appears out of the darkness!)
    Iago: (Spit Take) AWK! JAFAR!!!! [chuckles nervously] Uh...Buddy?
    (Jafar blasts Iago with his dark powers and ominous candelabras surround the parrot)
    Iago [backing away nervously]: Jafar! A-a-a f-f-f-funny thing happened. You see, this guy took the lamp. Y-You probably thought it was me, 'cause it sounded a lot like me! But a lot of people sound like me! Anyway, he took the lamp—
    Jafar: Calm yourself, Iago. I haven't come for revenge against you.
    Iago: He-he-he! S-So that's good to hear!
    Abis Mal: I got it! I could wish for the famed treasure chest of King Malakhan!
    (Jafar blasts Abis Mal inside a treasure chest, then promptly makes the chest disappear, releasing the thief)
    Jafar: Oh, I am dreadfully sorry, I thought that was your wish. Are you quite all right?
    Abis Mal: No, I am not quite all—
    Jafar: Good. Good to see all's well. (Jafar turns his attention to the trembling and terrified Iago) Abis Mal here is my new friend. And I couldn't help noticing that you've made some new friends, too! Like...Aladdin!
    Iago: FRIEND?! Uh...F-F-Friend is...such a strong word! He's-He's...more of an acquaintance!
    Jafar: I'm arranging a little...surprise for Aladdin...and your job is to lead him to the party!
    Iago: You know, I don't think I'm the guy for this job. You know, you should talk to...uh...the monkey! Yeah! The monkey's really got Aladdin's ear!
    Jafar: No, Iago...YOU!...
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

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  • C. J. Cherryh's novel The Kif Strike Back. Cherryh was shocked that her publisher took her joking suggestion seriously.
  • It's worth noting that Return of the King is not an example of this trope because: 1) it's not a trilogy but the third volume of a single story, 2) the titular return is something that's been hundreds (?) of years in the making, and not a direct follow-up to the two previous installments.
    • Return of the Shadow was a rejected title for The Fellowship of the Ring, and eventually turned up as the title of the sixth volume in The History of Middle-Earth, Christopher Tolkien's Making Of dodecalogy.
  • The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
  • Many Goosebumps books: "Return of the Mummy", "Say Cheese and Die - Again!", "Return to HorrorLand", "Return to Ghost Camp", "Return to the Carnival of Horrors", "Return to Terror Tower", "Revenge of the Body Squeezers" and "Bride of the Living Dummy". The "Goosebumps HorrorLand" series includes several non-numbered sequels, starting with "Revenge of the Living Dummy". The nineteenth (and last announced) book in the series is "Return to Chiller House", which is the last installment in a seven-book storyline.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle's first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories after bringing the character back to life was titled - what else? - The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
  • Likewise, Chesterton brought back his detective, Father Brown, in The Resurrection of Father Brown.
  • The final two books in Craig Shaw Gardner's Cineverse Cycle (which take place in a universe of clashing B-Movies) are called Bride of the Slime Monster and Revenge of the Fluffy Bunnies (the first is Slaves of the Volcano God).
  • Parodied in-universe. Dan decides to use his new credit card to order The Ninja’s Revenge Part VII: The Last Revenge and The Ninja’s Revenge Part VIII: The Final Last Revenge on Pay-per-view.
  • The illustrated collections of the Bastard Operator from Hell have volumes named "Son of the Bastard Operator From Hell" and "Bride of the BOFH".

    Live Action TV 
  • The Quantum Leap episodes "Return of the Evil Leaper" and "Revenge of the Evil Leaper."
  • Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? is kind of a variation on this.
  • Several Mr. Bean episodes: "The Return of Mr. Bean", "The Curse of Mr. Bean", "Mr. Bean Rides Again", etc.
  • How I Met Your Mother made a sequel episode to "Slapsgiving" called "Slapsgiving: Revenge of the Slap". Then they made a third called "Slapsgiving 3: Slappointment in Slapmarra."
  • The second Cinemax season (third Sky1 series) of Strike Back is known as Strike Back: Vengeance in Britian.
  • An in-universe example happens in Friends, when Joey mentions to have acted in a movie titled "Family Honor 2: This-a-Time-a-It's-a-Personal".
  • The Horror Host of Screaming Yellow Theater was named Svengoolie, so a few years later when another the station hired a new horror host he called himself the Son of Svengoolie.

  • The O.C. Supertones' second studio album was titled Supertones Strike Back, and their sixth was titled Revenge of the O.C. Supertones.
  • Son of Schmilsson, Harry Nilsson's followup album to Nilsson Schmilsson.
  • The Frank Zappa instrumental trilogy Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar, Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar Some More, and Return of the Son of Shut Up 'n' Play Yer Guitar.
    • The song title Return of the Son of Monster Magnet (predating the above trilogy) parodies this trope.
  • Although it's not a sequel, Genesis gave us the song "Return of the Giant Hogweed," in which the eponymous weed (which, in real life, is very unpleasant) comes to life and wreaks havoc.


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  • "Pojan koston paluu" is used quite a lot in Finnish. It literally means "The return of the revenge of the son".
  • Similarly, in Spain "X 2: La Venganza" (X 2: The Revenge) is basically the Spanish equivalent of Electric Boogaloo.


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  • One Short Circuits strip in issue #53 of Mega Man revolved a hypothetical sequel to "Curse of the Lion Men", generally considered the worst episode of the Mega Man cartoon. It was titled "Son of the Return of the Curse of the Lion Men".

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    Films — Live-Action 

  • In Carpe Jugulum, the Old Count is writing a piece of "music" entitled Return of the Bride of the Revenge of the Son of Count Magpyr.
  • Star Warped, a Star Wars parody, entitles its third part "Episode VI: Return of the Son of Jobbi Rides Again", and the sixth "Episode III: Revenge of the Return of the Son of Psmyth Rides Again: the Next Generation - The Early Years".

    Live-Action TV 
  • A Blackadder the Third episode has the title character making sacracstic reference to "Dictionary 2: Revenge of the Killer Dictionary".
  • Mr. Show had a sketch called The Return of the Curse of the Creature's Ghost - a B-Movie parody which consisted largely of the characters arguing over what it was they were supposed to be afraid of.
  • During his opening monologue for the very first episode of The Tonight Show (then known simply as Tonight) in 1954, Steve Allen noted that NBC had already had success with their morning show, Today, then joked that if Tonight was successful, they would introduce yet another program called Son of Tonight.


    Web Originals 
  • How 2 Kill a Mockingbird: Return of the Revenge.
  • Parodied by the Avatar: The Abridged Series guy.
  • Linkara names his live shows in such a manner (e.g: Return of Atop the Fourth Wall Live, Curse of Atop the Fourth Wall Live, Son of Atop the Fourth Wall Live, etc).

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