Playing With / Sequel Displacement

Basic Trope: A sequel of a work is so good that it overshadows the first work.
  • Straight: Tales of Troperia 2 is considered vastly superior to the first Tales of Troperia, to the point where the first installment is virtually never brought up in popular conversation.
  • Exaggerated: Official listings show Tales of Troperia 2 as the first game, with Tales 1 as little more than a tech demo.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: The sequel has vastly improved upon the original, and has gotten a better marketing campaign to boot.
  • Inverted: The sequel is considered a major step down from the original, and in a few years is mostly forgotten.
  • Subverted: When there is a remake of Tales of Troperia, the higher quality makes fans appreciate it as much as the second work.
  • Double Subverted: When Tales of Troperia 2 is remade, it's considered a masterpiece and people again forget about the first installment in the shadow of Tales of Troperia 2.
  • Parodied: On the sitcom Alice and Bob, Alice has memorized every single detail of the first Troperia Tales. When the sequel comes out, she remembers absolutely nothing about it.
  • Zig Zagged: The sequel becomes bigger than the prequel, until an extended edition of the first Tales of Troperia is released, causing people to mostly forget about 2. Until the special edition of that is released, causing fans to go back to it. Then years later, fans consider the first to be better than the second once again.
  • Averted: All installments in the Tales of Troperia series are remembered by its fans.
  • Enforced:
    • Because the first Tales of Troperia was a failure, the executives put more pressure on the writer(s) to do a better job this time.
    • The first Tales of Troperia was more or less testing the water, but the executives decide to make the sequel still connected to the first one, but also make it able to stand on its own.
  • Lampshaded: "And this is the part where, despite there being number 2 in the name, everybody forgets it's a sequel."
  • Invoked: The producers realise the faults of the first Tales of Troperia, and thus take steps to make sure they don't happen again.
  • Exploited: The higher-ups know that the sequel outclasses the original, so they give it a bigger marketing campaign, resulting in more people seeing it and agreeing with them.
  • Defied: "Hmm, we don't want anyone forgetting about the first Tales of Troperia. Let's make it so you have to know the first installment to get every detail of the second one."
  • Discussed: "Now with some luck, our battle with Emperor Evulz will be remembered more fondly this time around. What, we fought him before? It's better we forget about that..."
  • Conversed: "With all these new developments, it'll be surprising if anyone remembers the first Tales of Troperia at all."
  • Implied: Tales of Troperia is pretty loose in continuity and later, when its fame picks up, there's reason to believe that the "2" in the name refers to something that happens in-story.
  • Deconstructed: Despite all the hard work the producers put into it, nobody remembers the beginning of the series. Uncomfortable with this, the producers simply keep working on Tales of Troperia to the point of seeming to be a Franchise Zombie because of the producers' refusal to try anything new.
  • Reconstructed: Despite everybody remembering the sequel over the first, the producers know that if they never try anything new they won't be able to replicate a success like Tales of Troperia. Instead they always prepare for their first installment to be much less popular than the sequels.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: There are numerous points in the beginning installment that add subtle, but major, implications for the story. The producers realized that the sequel was most likely going to outshine the original, so they made it look like there were a few plot holes or unresolved plots if the person never watched the first.
  • Played For Laughs: "Wait, you mean there's a first? So that's what the two in the title meant!"
  • Played For Drama: Due to nobody remembering the first, the producers always resigned themselves to being a failure for the first attempt, and eventually their quality goes down as they stop even trying for the first one because they stop getting the feedback necessary to make the sequels the great pieces that they are.

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