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I mean, how cocky do you have to be to literally call your first movie THE FIRST MOVIE? It's like they knew they were gonna have a bajillion sequels so they decided to call it the FIRST movie just to make it easy for us. That's like naming the first Lord of the Rings movie, "Lord of the Rings: Don't Worry, We're Gonna Have a SHIT Load of Sequels."

Most franchises with Numbered Sequels are like this: The first ever made has a title and the sequels just add numbers and/or subtitles in front of the title, like this → "Title", "Title 2", "Title 3", and if it's a prequel, sometimes it's "Title 0".

But a rare case is when the first one it's literally numbered the first, like "Title 1", or "Title One", or "Title I", or "Title: Part 1/One/I" or "Title: The First"; obviously, this is often a sign that sequels are planned, or in development or even ready, thus avoiding Sequelitis.

And of course, the worst part of this trope is, that's right, when a sequel is never made and the first one keeps as the only one.

Sometimes we're talking about a work Divided for Publication; if it has a "Part 1/One/I" in the title because they want to divide a single story in parts to make it easier to follow or fit in the time schedule, keep that clear. There are also cases of when the title didn't have it originally, and then it was added as a Retronym; when adding examples, keep clear which titles were always called like this and which ones were renamed after the fact.

A subtrope of Title by Number. See also The Original Series.

It's a common practice in Fan Nicknames, but they don't count here.


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    Films — Animated 
  • Pokémon: The First Movie, the first one of a series of over 15 movies and still counting. Notably, it did not have the "First" in its title in Japan; the decision to include it in the North American release was a safe one, though, since the sequel had been released in Japan months before the first movie came to America, and the third movie was already in development.
  • Doug's 1st Movie, which is also Doug's last movie.
  • Gumby: The Movie was alternatively called "Gumby 1" on the screen, but no sequels were ever made.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Fox announced a channel named Fox Sports 1 (as a replacement for Speed Channel). With a number like that, sports fans must wonder if Fox can launch Fox Sports 2. Yes, Fox later announced Fox Sports 2 (as a replacement for extreme-sports channel Fuel TV), and both networks launched on the same day in 2013. (Naming the channel Fox Sports 1 gives it precedence above the regional Fox Sports channels.) They took the idea from sister company Sky, which labels its sports nets as Sky Sports (number), including channels 1-5; the special F1 channel, and Sky Sports News (HQ) are excluded.
  • Sky itself was simply called "Sky Channel", but became Sky One in 1989; although there was Sky News and Sky Movies at the time, it would be seven years before there was a Sky Two.
  • Canadian channel Sportsnet launched a national spin-off channel called Sportsnet One.

  • The first novel of Melisa Michaels' Skyrider series was published as Skyrider 1: Skirmish. Amusingly, none of the sequels had numbers.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events has 13 books, the first is called The Bad Beginning, with Book the First written on the cover.
  • The Stephanie Plum novels all have a number as part of their title, starting with One for the Money, then Two For The Dough and Three To Get Deadly and so forth.
  • "A" Is for Alibi of the Kinsey Millhone series, while the title doesn't have a number, each book of the series starts with a letter in the title and they are ordered by the alphabet.

  • Big Star - #1 Record
  • Colosseum - Chapter 1: Delirium
  • Flo Rida - Only One Flo, Part One. Even stranger that the intended sequel, Only One Rida, Part Two had its name changed to Wild Ones.
  • Hurt - Vol. I
  • The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 was titled that as a joke, because it was intended as a one-off project, and they assumed there wouldn't be any sequels. When they defied their own expectations and made a second album, they called it Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.
  • Johnny Winter - First Winter
  • ZZ Top - ZZ Top's First Album
  • Michael Jackson - HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, Book II was never made, but there was Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix.
  • The Sisters of Mercy - Greatest Hits Volume 1: A Slight Case of Overbombing, the last album they released.
  • George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1, no Vol. 2 ever made.
  • The OC Supertones - Live, Vol. 1. They meant to record at least one followup live album, but have yet to do so.
  • Shakira - Fijación Oral Vol. 1, followed by Oral Fixation Vol. 2.
  • Madness had The Dangermen Sessions, Volume One. There has been no Volume Two yet, but if they ever do another covers album it's quite likely they'll return to the title.
  • David Bowie had 1. Outside. It was to have been the first in a series of concept albums, but he lost interest in the project.
  • Barenaked Ladies - Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits 1991-2001.
  • Eluveitie's Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion, their first acoustic album. They announced the sequel in 2012 but stopped talking about it the following year; they've since made other non-acoustic albums, but the fans are still waiting for Evocation II.
  • Daniel Amos: ˇAlarma!: The Alarma Chronicles Volume 1. They planned from the beginning for The Alarma Chronicles to be a four-album series—and they actually did follow through with it.
  • The Dream Theater song "Metropolis, Part 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper" was one of these, as they added the "Part 1" to the title as a joke, having no intention of making a part 2. Later on they created an entire album to serve as a sequel.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • Diana Rising: Episode 1 ~Boppatsu~ Earthquake Reconstruction Charity - Day 1. There was never a "rising" episode two, but episode 1 did last 8 days. Diana Dojo Show on the other hand exceeded 40, though they weren't consistently numbered.


    Web Original 
  • Invoked by necessity on a number of TV Tropes pages. When a page exists for a first game of a series of the same name, the page's title may be "Namespace.Series Installment 1" (or roman number "I", in some rare cases).

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy episode "Viewer Mail #1," which was the last episode before it was cancelled the first time. It would be ten years before there was a "Viewer Mail #2."
  • Futurama has "Anthology of Interest 1" in season 2 in anticipation of yearly instalments; the series only got to 2 (in season 3 out of the original 4-season run). (The general idea of an annual triplet of non-canonical stories like the original A.O.I.s came back in the four Comedy Central half-seasons, almost always before a hiatus, but didn't use the same title scheme or framing device.)

    Real Life 
  • World War I: it got this name when World War II came by, but some people called it the "The First World War" before. However, this can also be interpreted as "There have been many wars, but this is the first world war." The War of the Spanish Succession had also been called "the first world war" before the big one.
  • Almost all monarchs and rulers don't get to become "the First" until there's at least a second. Pope John Paul I, however, did use "the First" in his title, and actually signed his name Ioannes Paulus Primus. In contrast, Pope Francis, the only other pope in a thousand years with an original papal name, won't be Pope Francis I until there's a Francis II.

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