Sequel Snark

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"God willing, we'll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money."
Yogurt, Spaceballs

Comedies in general (and parodies in particular) often target popular genres and the conventions thereof. Of course, one of the many reasons these genres are so ripe for parody in the first place is because the conventions of them have been repeated to the point of ridiculousness by sequel after sequel after rip off after remake.

As a result, it's not uncommon for parodies of these genres to make a joke about having a sequel. Oddly enough, the movies that make these jokes rarely if ever end up actually having sequels made to them. This is probably because the jokes are inserted for the purpose of making fun of sequels, and actually creating one after that would be missing the point.

Compare Ridiculous Future Sequelization.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • Very common in the films of Mel Brooks:
    • Even the title of History of the World Part I implies a sequel, and they do "previews" to Part Two (including "Hitler On Ice!!!"), but it's clear they don't mean to make one.
    • The rapping Greek Chorus in Robin Hood: Men in Tights jokes about reappearing in Robin Hood 2. No sequel has been announced.
    • In Spaceballs, Yogurt jokes that he and Lone Starr will meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search for More Money, as part of the movie's Running Gag about merchandising. No sequel has been made, though an animated series had a short run in the mid 2000s.
      • In an interview with Clive James, Brooks denied vehemently that he would ever make Spaceballs II but might consider making "Space Balls III - The Search for Spaceballs II".
  • Airplane II: The Sequel ended with the announcement "Coming Soon from Paramount Pictures: Airplane III" followed by William Shatner saying "Wait! That's exactly what they'll expect us to do!"
  • Characters from Kevin Smith's movies will sometimes make jokes about sequels or about the type of films and the order they're made in: "No, first you do the safe picture, THEN you do the art picture, then sometimes you have to do the pay-back picture because your friend says you owe him!" Cue characters casting a glance at the camera.
  • In the sports movie parody The Comebacks after winning the climactic football game and vowing to leave the sport forever, the main character is offered a job coaching basketball at "Sequel University". There have been no plans to make a sequel to The Comebacks, and considering its quality, that's probably a good thing.
  • I'm Gonna Git You Sucka: During the climax Mr. Big acknowledges that his character is an exploitation villain in a movie.
    Mr. Big: I'm sorry, boys, but there ain't gonna be a sequel to this one.
  • The original Jackass movie pulls out a final skit after the credits, hinting at a sequel dubbed Son of Jackass, where the now-elderly cast runs a march of death while getting maimed and killed in increasingly gory ways. While there was a sequel, it wasn't called Son of Jackass.
    • Bam in the credits of Jackass 2 begs "Please, God, don't let there be a Jackass Three!" Sure enough...
  • Kung Pow! Enter the Fist spent a good deal of time at the end of the movie showing a full trailer for the sequel, made up mostly of scenes deleted from the first movie. Naturally, it didn't happen (though a sequel is currently in Development Hell).
  • Mac and Me ends with a promise that "We'll be back!" Oh, no you won't.
  • Chris Tucker, in an outtake from Rush Hour 2, upon seeing a bad guy plummet to his death, declares: "Damn! He ain't gonna be in Rush Hour 3!"
    • Turns out he wasn't.
  • Occurred in the outtake of Toy Story 2 when Stinky Pete said to the Barbie doll twins that he could get them a part in Toy Story 3. Also just before the mentioned outtake above when Flik from A Bug's Life thought to Heimlich that they were shooting for A Bug's Life 2 what turns out wasn't, cut to Buzz Lightyear clearing the bushes.
  • An odd case involves the Scary Movie franchise. The Tag Line of the first movie was "No mercy. No shame. No sequel.", but this didn't stop a sequel from being released the very next year (with the Tag Line "We Lied"). Similarly, the Tag Line of Scary Movie 3 ("Great Trilogies Come in Threes") didn't stop a fourth ("The fourth and final chapter of the trilogy"), and fifth movie from being released.
  • From Scream (1996): "No, please don't kill me, Mr. Ghost face! I wanna be in the sequel!"
  • Maggie Simpson's second (and currently last) word, spoken at the end of the credits in The Simpsons Movie, is "sequel?".
  • In the British slasher spoof Unmasked Part 25 (whose very title implies this trope), several snarky comments are made throughout regarding the probability of another sequel.
  • In an outtake of the original ending for Little Shop of Horrors, as Seymour is about to be devoured by Audrey II, he shouts, "The sequel! What about the sequel?!"
  • The Live-Action Adaptation of Japanese anime Yatterman ends with a phony preview for "next week's episode".
  • Doctor Detroit ends with the stinger "Doctor Detroit will return in Doctor Detroit 2: The Wrath of Mom."
  • The very first song of Muppets Most Wanted is about how they're doing a sequel to the last Muppet film. It includes a line about how the sequel's never quite as good, a spoken bridge about trying to find a half decent plot, among other things.
    Bunsen Honeydew: I don't mean to be a stickler, but this is the seventh sequel for our original motion picture.
  • The final exchange of the film Geek Charming is the two protagonists, Josh and Dylan, discussing whether or not Josh should make a sequel to his documentary. Dylan vetoes it because "sequels are never as good as the original."
  • The end of 22 Jump Street has an extended gag in which increasingly outlandish and lazily made (judging from the posters) sequels are presented even past 29 Jump Street until it finally stops at 42 Jump Street.

Music
  • The last line of Mitch Benn's "Macbeth (My Name Is)".
    "Shakespeare": So last you hear from me all things are bein' equal.
    "Shakespeare": Unless some dumb motherfucker decides to write a sequel.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Gravity Falls features an in-universe example in "Into the Bunker". A list of B-movies in The Stinger includes both "Help! My Mummy's a Werewolf" and "Help! My Mummy's a Werewolf 2: This Again"

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