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Stock Subtitle
Once Upon a Time, the idea behind Sequels was created, and it was good. To differentiate sequels from original movies, the use of the simple subtitles "2", "3", and so on were used.

But then one day, some studio executives became annoyed at how utterly numerical these simple numbers sounded. They started developing new subtitles, which were often just as technically irrelevant to the actual movie as the numbers were, but hey, these words looked cool. And then everybody lived happily ever after. Well, except the creative people anyway.

...All kidding aside, Stock Subtitles do serve a useful purpose with Long Runners in that when there's several dozen iterations of an individual work, coming up with new titles can get to be a pain-in-the-neck. Additionally, on occasion the stock works do assist in explaining what the gimmick is in this iteration as compared to the other ones, especially those that mark a prequel like "The Beginning", "Origins", etc. With most works that need subtitles, differentiation is the main helpful aspect of this trope, and in that sense the trope usually works.

See also Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo when both a number and a subtitle are used, and Stock Episode Titles for frequently used TV show episode titles. See also Super Title 64 Advance and Title: The Adaptation.

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Examples of Stock Subtitles:

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    Awakening 
Film

Video Game

    The Beginning 
Comics
  • Time Warriors: The Beginning (comic book)

Film

Literature

Video Game

    Chronicle(s) 
Anime and Manga

Literature
  • Animorphs
    • The Andalite Chronicles
    • The Ellimist Chronicles
    • The Hork-Bajir Chronicles
    • Visser, made in the vein of the aforementioned Chronicles series.
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles

Live-Action TV

Video Game

Western Animation

    Dawn of 
Anime

Film

Video Games

    Evolution 
Anime and Manga

Film

Video Game

Western Animation

    Extreme/X-treme 
Video Game

Western Animation

    Forever 
Anime and Manga

Comics

Film

Live-Action TV

Video Game

Western Animation

    Generations 

    Genesis 
Film

Video Game

    Heroes 

    Legacy 
Comic Books
  • X-Men: Legacy
  • Star Wars: Legacy

Film

Live-Action TV

Video Game

    Legend(s) 
Anime and Manga

Video Game

    Legend of 
Anime and Manga
  • Naruto The Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel

Film

Video Game

Western Animation

    Liberation 
Video Game

    Nemesis 

    The Next Generation 
Film

Live-Action TV

    Origins 
Anime
  • Pokémon Origins (the Japanese title is slightly different - Pocket Monsters: The Origin.)

Comics

Film

Video Game

    Rebirth 
Film

Video Game

Web Video

    Reborn 

    Redemption 
Film

Video Games

    Reloaded 
Film

Video Game

    Resurrection 
Anime and Manga

Film

Video Game

    Returns 
Anime and Manga

Comics

Film

Literature

Live-Action TV

Video Game

Western Animaton

    Revelation(s) 
Anime and Manga

Film

Video Game

    Revolution(s) 
Anime and Manga

Film

Video Game Note: Many Wii games use Revolution in their titles because it was the Wii's working title.

    Rise of 
Anime and Manga

Film

Video Game

    Rising 
Anime

Film

Video Game

    Saga 

Anime and Manga
  • Mazin Saga

Video Games

    Unleashed 
Comics

Film

Video Game

Western Animation

    Unlimited 
Anime and Manga

Comics

Video Game

Western Animation

    Uprising 
Video Game

Western Animation

    Wars 
Live-Action TV

Video Game

Western Animation

    World(s) 
Video Games

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Stillborn FranchiseDerivative WorksSuggested By
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