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->'''Lister:''' Oh, the new ''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Friday the 13th]]'' movie -- "Friday the 13th part one thousand six hundred and forty nine".\\
'''Rimmer:''' Look, ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. They've re-made ''Casablanca''.\\
'''Lister:''' Philistines! I mean, ''Casablanca''? The one starring Myra Dinglebat and Peter Beardsley was definitive.\\
'''Holly:''' I saw that one. Knockout. "Of all the space bars on all the worlds, you had to re-materialize in mine."
-->-- ''Series/RedDwarf'', s02e02 "Better Than Life"

A work set in the future will often take elements of the present day and refer to them as a way to show that it is our future and not a fictional place. One form this can take is for there to be a reference to a contemporary LongRunner, and show that it is still going strong.

The chosen long runner is usually one that is well known for having several NumberedSequels, which means all you need do is bump the number up by a few dozen.

Usually a throwaway gag, or [[EasterEgg incidental background detail]] for the eagle eyed.

But as nothing dates quite as fast as science fiction, the reference might pass a later audience by altogether.

This trope was popularised in TheEighties, and the two most common film franchises joked about in the earliest examples were ''Franchise/{{Rocky}}'' and ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', the former because it had already produced an unusually large number of NumberedSequels, and the latter because it was often regarded as a CashCowFranchise remaking the same film over and over again, so conceivably they could carry on doing it forever.

Distinct from OddlyNamedSequel, which is where the ''work itself'' has a title which plays with the NumberedSequels trope. Compare SequelSnark.

* 35th anniversary chapter of ''{{Manga/Kochikame}}'' had Ryotsu time travel 35 years into the future. One panel has future video game cases which include ''DragonQuest XXII'' and ''Franchise/FinalFantasy LI''.

* ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' is set in the 853rd Century, on the date that ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #1000000 (their oldest property) would have been published before DC decided to begin "Volume 2" of that title as part of the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''. Despite being the source of the title of the series this fact never comes up in the story line.

* ''Film/BackToTheFuture II'' had a holographic advertisement for ''Film/{{Jaws}} 19'', directed by Max Spielberg (Steven's son, who was four years old when [=BTTF2=] came out), with the tagline: "This time it's really, REALLY personal." All Marty has to say is, "The shark still looks fake."
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'' features a reference to "''Franchise/{{Rocky}} Five... '''Thousand'''''". This is a subtle BrickJoke; earlier, several ''Rocky'' sequels are [[FunnyBackgroundEvent visible on the shelf]] at the start of the "[[RecursiveReality You're looking at ''now'', sir]]" bit.
* In ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'', as Music/SonnyBono buys the bomb in the spaceport gift shop, a poster for ''Franchise/{{Rocky}} XXXVIII'' is shown behind him.
* In ''Film/RealSteel'' there is a promo for the [[http://uk.gamespot.com/xbox360/hardware/xbox-360/images/6338377/1/?path=2011%2F277%2Fxbox720realsteel_97340_screen.jpg&caption=The%2BXbox%2B720%2Bad%2Bis%2Bvisible%2Bon%2Bthe%2Bright%2Bside%2Bof%2Bthis%2Bshot%2Bof%2Bthe%2Brobot%2Bboxing%2Barena.&blog=1&cvr=43E0 Xbox 720]]
** As it was probably supposed to be the next Xbox after the {{Xbox 360}}, it ended up being an underestimate if anything: the movie is set in 2020 but the XboxOne is supposed came out in Fall 2013. By 2020 it may well be at the end of ''its'' lifespan.
* ''Film/RobotWars'' had a movie theater marquee showing ''Film/PuppetMaster 54''. Also counts as a ShoutOut, since David Allen did special effects work on both movie series.
* In [[Creator/WoodyAllen Woody Allen's]] ''{{Film/Sleeper}}'', which takes place two centuries into the future, a UsefulNotes/McDonalds sign shows the number of hamburgers served as 1 followed by a hundred zeroes (a googol). In real life, the chain ended the count at 100 million in 1994, replacing it with "billions and billions served".
* ''Film/HarleyDavidsonAndTheMarlboroMan'' at one point shows a billboard in the background advertising ''[[DieHard Die Hardest V]]'', which is a bit of an odd choice as the film came out in 1991 when there had been only two ''Die Hard'' films made so far, and it takes place in 1996 which is really overestimating the rate of churning out sequels. Good job at predicting it would turn into a long-running franchise, though!

* ''Literature/TheCompanyNovels'' have an anglophilic character a few centuries in the future who's memorized the names of all three-hundred-and-some actors to play [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]].
* In a German novel called ''2049'', [[CaptainObvious set in that year]], the protagonists see an ad for ''StarWars'' - the fourth trilogy.
** Now that the franchise has been sold to Disney and trilogy #3 is in the works, with further installments hinted at, this may become a reality... or even an underestimate.
* "Ridiculous" isn't quite the word here given the low number and the actual franchise's reach, but one story of the StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers mentions an old (mid-21st century) film: ''Franchise/{{Rocky}} VIII: The Clone Factor!''

* ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' had ''Film/{{Jaws}} 23'', in which the town of Amity has actually become dependent on shark attacks to draw the tourist trade.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' has a passing mention of ''Franchise/{{Friday The 13th}}: Part 1,649''.
* This was a common gag in the TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture show ''Series/AlienNation''.
* An episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' had a ''Film/{{Saw}}'' sequel somewhere in the double digits range.
* ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' mentions ''Franchise/MegaMan 11'' in one episode. At the time, the series only [[VideoGame/MegaMan had]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 three]] [[VideoGame/MegaMan3 entries]].
* A ''Series/DeadRingers'' sketch of a deleted scene from ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2]]'' involves several [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzeneggers]] appearing from the future to tell Arnold to stop doing Franchise/{{Terminator}} sequels (and ''Film/KindergartenCop''). Before Sarah Conner kills Arnold to avoid these sequels they're up to ''Terminator 23'', then another Arnold appears and reveals there are no more Terminator sequels, but there is now a ''Kindargarten Cop 14''.
* On one episode of ''Series/MadAboutYou'', Paul finds Creator/BruceWillis hiding out after escaping from the set of ''Film/DieHard 4: Die Already!''
** And years later we would end up having a ''[[Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard Die Hard 4]]''... well, sorta, 'cause that's not the title it used (it's unoccifially referred to as ''Die Hard 4.0'', though).
* At the beginning of the Series/DoctorWho 50th Anniversary simulcast, there was a short bit of the Eleventh Doctor showing up to introduce the show. He had just come from the show's ''100th'' Anniversary, which brought together "all 57 Doctors". For those of you who hate doing math, that means they've got fifty years to go through another 45 Doctors.
* Played with in the seventh season of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': because it is set [[NextSundayAD just two years]] after the time its made, the sequels mentioned are ridiculous, but not because of the high number. Instead, they're sequels to movies no one wants even one sequel to (''Film/{{Hitch}} 2: Son of a Hitch'', starring Jaden Smith) or have other bizarre details (a reboot of ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' '''starring Kevin James''').

* Music/WeirdAlYankovic named his parody of "Eye of the Tiger" as "Theme from Franchise/{{Rocky}} XIII".
** His song "Yoda", while not being specific, still plays off the 80s-era rumors that ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' would be the first of eight sequels:
-->I know that I'll
-->be coming back someday
-->I'll be playin' this part
-->'Til I'm old and grey
-->The long-term contract
-->I had to sign
-->Said I'll be making these movies
-->'Til the end of time....
*** And then, nearly twenty years later, Disney bought the ''Star Wars'' franchise and started production on a new series of films, which indeed take place after the original trilogy and are likely to feature the original cast as supporting characters.
* The Jonas Brothers do this to themselves in the song "Year 3000."
-->I took a trip to the year 3000
-->This song had gone multi-platinum
-->Everybody bought our seventh album
-->It had outsold Kelly Clarkson

* Don't have the book anymore to check the exact number, but an early ''{{Shadowrun}}'' supplement with mock advertisements in its margins included one for "Ramboid X__", an apparent continuation of the ''{{Rambo}}'' franchise in which he's long since become a BrainInAJar controlling a war machine.

* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': In Versalife, you can find an email from [[CreatorCameo Austin Grossman]] to Creator/WilliamGibson bragging he finally beat ''VideoGame/NetHack'' v54.3.1 with v54.3.3 coming out next week.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', set in 2027, has a poster for a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy XXVII'', a nod to Eidos' then-recent acquisition by SquareEnix. Though given when the game takes place, and the actual rate at which the games have come out ([[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV 14 as of 2011]], with a [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV 15th]] in development), the number isn't really "ridiculous", and if it keeps up the pace it's held, SquareEnix might very well be putting out a 27th game around that time.
** The poster also crops up [[spoiler:at the ultra-secret Omega Ranch, twice, in the sleeping rooms of soldiers. One can only hope the game is co-op]].
* A PDA message in ''[[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom 3]]'' says "The new {{VideoGame/Quake}}[=-43=] game blows my mind."
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' You can find a newspaper ad for ''[[{{VideoGame/Uncharted}} Uncharted]] 13''... with Music/JustinBieber [[CrowningMomentOfFunny as Drake.]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends 2'' has the "Game Cartridge" item. According to the item description, it's "Franchise/ResidentEvil 43".
* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther: Passport to Peril'': Although the exact year in which the game is set is not revealed, the in-flight movie in all the private jets is "[[SisterAct Sister Act 16]]".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C89jht89ln8 This]] early PlayStation2 commercial predicts that the PlayStation 9 will be coming in 2078.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest IV'', with its TimeTravel theme, labelled its various time periods using ''sequel numbers''. The post-apocalyptic future into which Roger was initially thrown is identified as ''Space Quest XII''; the galactic mall in the ''Space Quest X'' period also tosses a reference to ''VideoGame/KingsQuest XXXXVIII: The Quest For More Disk Space'' (back in the days before CD-ROM drives), which clocks in at a whole [[TechnologyMarchesOn 12 gigabytes]][[labelnote:*]]To put that in context, SQ4 came out at a time when hard drives, if you splurged and got the biggest one available, ''might'' have a full gigabyte of space, and you would be hard-pressed to use all of it[[/labelnote]]! It's also stated to be by ''Roberta Williams III''.
* Implied in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' with an ad for [[Music/Level80EliteTaurenChieftain "Level 800 Elite Tauren Chieftain"]][[note]] For those of you playing at home, the band's level almost always matches the current maximum level in VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft[[/note]].
* In ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheDragon'' the main character's girlfriend mentions that while he missed their date she watched Rambo 12 on the TV while waiting for him.
* In Neil Manke's ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Videogame/HalfLife Half-Life]]'' mod ''U.S.S. Darkstar'', one of the cabins on the eponymous research vessel contains a copy of ''Quake XXVI'', with the earlier games' conceit of adding pointed elements to the logo design with each number extended into a key-like shape.

* ''WebAnimation/DeclineOfVideoGaming'' did this with about everything. Though a real ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' has come out since the first video was made, the same fortunately does not apply to ''Franchise/MetalGear Solid 7: Sons of Daughters of Mothers of Best Friends of Cousins of Dogs of Fathers of Liberty'' or a ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' title with an endless jumble of Roman numerals.
* [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] invokes it in his ''Videogame/{{Peggle}}'' review:
-->'''Yahtzee:''' "Once your budget hits seven digits you're supposed to make Gun Battle Slap Fight Thirty-Seven for the {{Playstation}} Twelve...!
* The WebAnimation/{{spacemen}} watched ''Film/WeekendAtBernies 27'' in the pod, while ''Film/JamesBond'' has been on the decline since movie 200, and still hasn't cast an alien in the lead role.

* In ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', a character [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20110516.html mentions watching]] ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious 527''.
** Another character mentions an old classic shooter ''ModernWarfare 72: Oh No! More Russians!''

* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' George watches a clip from ''Franchise/{{Rocky}} 912''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' brought us ''Star Trek XII: So Very Tired'' a couple years before ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' was released, which was the seventh in the franchise.
** But that movie featured the casts of both the original ''Series/{{Star Trek| The Original Series}}'' and ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', signaling that the franchise was moving in a radically different direction. The joke presumes that they were just going to continue releasing ''Star Trek'' sequels with the actors from the original 1966 series (it should be noted that they ''did'' revert to the original ''characters'' by [[Film/StarTrek the 11th movie]]).
** And another Franchise/{{Rocky}} joke in "Lemon of Troy" (though another ''Rocky'' movie would come true, but it would just be called ''RockyBalboa'', and even if it did have a number next to it, it would be the sixth movie, not the seventh):
-->'''Bart:''' ''Film/RockyV'' plus ''RockyII'' equals... ''Rocky VII: Adrian's Revenge''!
** DonHertzfeldt's [[CouchGag/{{TheSimpsons}} couch gag]] posits a radically-altered far-future "Sampsans", whose 164,775.7th "epasode" airs Septembar 36.4 in the year 10,535
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': in ''Rocky VI'' (which came out before ''RockyBalboa'' did) Rocky goes to Mars for a fight.
-->'''Adrian:''' Rocky, please don't go to Mars and fight the Martian.\\
'''Rocky:''' I gotta do what I gotta do.\\
'''Adrian:''' But there's no oxygen on Mars.\\
'''Rocky:''' Yeah? That means there's no oxygen for him either. That Martian wants a fight, he'll get a fight.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'', the characters find themselves in the future, and come across a cinema that was showing ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} 10''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries,'' Lilo ends up in the future [[MentalTimeTravel in her own adult body]] and is excited that she is finally old enough to go see a movie by herself. Sure enough, the theater's playing ''Wasp Mummies IX: Return of Another Final Chapter Part 2.''
-->"I guess we missed a few sequels."
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', when the [=PlanEx=] crew meet the Music/BeastieBoys. The Boys' later albums are all separated by several years, but this takes it further.
--> '''Fry''': I love you guys! Back in the 20th century, I had all five of your albums.\\
'''Ad-Rock''': That was a thousand years ago. [[SelfDeprecation Now we got seven.]]