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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.


Examples:

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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, no sequels ever made.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • History of the World Part I: One example of when a sequel was never made, a sequel is even teased at the end, but it's ok since it was only a joke and the producers never intended to make a sequel anyway.
  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, a different kind of this trope because it's actually the fourth movie made, but the first one chronologically.
    • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is another variation on the trope, the first film in a franchise being given a number to set it up for prequels rather than sequels. Note that this is a retroactive example: it premiered in '77 as Star Wars, and only got the subtitle Episode IV: A New Hope in '81, a year after the first sequel The Empire Strikes Back came out.
  • Kill Bill: Volume 1, being one half of a Divided for Publication movie.
  • The Human Centipede: First Sequence.
  • Che: Part One, another movie divided in two parts, part two was made.
  • Atlas Shrugged: Part I. Despite the movie failing both on the critical reception and box office, Part II was made with a new cast, but it's planned to be a trilogy, and Part III is coming.
  • Rambo's first movie and first novel are called First Blood, the second movie is called Rambo: First Blood Part II, but "First Blood" is a term used in duels, and it's unclear if it means that it's the first one in the series and if sequels were planned. Remember that Rambo dies in the original novel.
  • The Rocky spoof Ricky 1, which never got a sequel.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. As per the seventh film installment in the Harry Potter franchise.
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Splitting the last book is becoming popular.
  • Loaded Weapon 1. They did plan for a sequel but it was considered a failure so the plan was scrapped.
  • The awful Italian horror film "Evil Clutch" was originally titled "Il bosco 1", but it is not known if they ever wanted to make a Part 2.
  • Kamen Rider The First - not the first installment of the whole franchise, but a re-telling of the first generation and the first in a series of movies in that universe.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Fox announced a channel named Fox Sports 1. With a number like that, sports fans must wonder if Fox can launch Fox Sports 2. Yes, Fox later announced Fox Sports 2, and both networks launched on the same day in 2013.
    • Not the first time, but Canadian channel Sportsnet (which is basically an FSN-esque group of networks) launched a national spin-off channel called, well, Sportsnet One.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • Stephenie Meyer's fourth and final Twilight book (discounting The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner and Midnight Sun) is split into three parts, the first being 'Book 1'. The Film of the Book was only two films, though; but the first was Part 1.

    Music 
  • Big Star - #1 Record
  • Colosseum - Chapter 1: Delirium
  • Hurt - Vol. I
  • Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, it was titled that as a joke, because it was intended as a one-off project and they assumed there wouldn't be any sequels, and their second album is called 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.

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    Videogames 

    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 installments; 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.


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