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* As the first superhero, Franchise/{{Superman}}, has of course been adapted over and over again since the first animated version in the 1940s - The Other Wiki's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman_(franchise) article on that]] opens with a laundry list of actors and voice actors who were the Man of Steel at some point! In live-action alone, the 2010s had the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', and the version in the ''Series/Arrowverse'', and also a Superboy in ''Series/{{Titans}}''.



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': There's the original games, the spinoff titles (which itself has a load of diverse examples, ranging from [[VideoGame/PokemonSnap rail shooter where you take photographs]] to a [[VideoGame/DetectivePikachu a visual novel that stars a talking Pikachu]]), the [[VideoGameRemake remakes]] of the older games (which both [[AdaptationExpansion expand upon]] the originals and [[CanonDiscontinuity retcon certain aspects of them]]), the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]], a collectible card game, at least three manga adaptations of the anime and several movie-specific ones, various adaptations of the games, over 40+ other manga which seem to do their own thing separate of other continuities. And that's just the beginning.

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'': There's the original games, the spinoff titles (which itself has a load of diverse examples, ranging from [[VideoGame/PokemonSnap rail shooter where you take photographs]] to a [[VideoGame/DetectivePikachu a visual novel that stars a talking Pikachu]]), the [[VideoGameRemake remakes]] of the older games (which both [[AdaptationExpansion expand upon]] the originals and [[CanonDiscontinuity retcon certain aspects of them]]), the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} anime]], [[Film/PokemonDetectivePikachu a movie inspired by that visual novel]], a collectible card game, at least three manga adaptations of the anime and several movie-specific ones, various adaptations of the games, over 40+ other manga which seem to do their own thing separate of other continuities. And that's just the beginning.


* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' has 16 different film adaptations, including two by [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Disney]], a DarkerAndEdgier [[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice video game]], a [[Series/{{Alice|2009}} TV miniseries]], an anime remembered in many places that aren't the States, a re-imagining book series, Sci Fi...

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* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' has 16 different film adaptations, including two by [[Disney/AliceInWonderland [[WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland Disney]], a DarkerAndEdgier [[VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice video game]], a [[Series/{{Alice|2009}} [[Series/Alice2009 TV miniseries]], an anime remembered in many places that aren't the States, a re-imagining book series, Sci Fi...


* ''Literature/LittleWomen'' has been made into several stage plays, movies (see 1933 film [[Film/LittleWomen1933 here]], TV miniseries, anime, an opera and a Broadway musical.

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* ''Literature/LittleWomen'' has been made into several stage plays, movies (see 1933 film [[Film/LittleWomen1933 here]], here]]), TV miniseries, anime, an opera and a Broadway musical.


* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' originated as a stage play that debuted in 1965 and has been adapted into a film that got released in 1968, a well-known 1970-75 TV series, a 1975-76/77 animated series adaptation, a 1982-83 reboot TV series with black leads, along the way a rewrite of the original play for female leads that debuted in 1984, a 1993 TV movie followup to the '70s series, a 1998 theatrical sequel to the 1968 film, a 2002 rewrite of the original male version, and a 2015-17 reboot series. There's also been a lot of merchandise for mostly the 1970s series, including a mid-1970s comic book adaptation that Neil Simon told Paramount to halt after its first issue, as he'd only signed away the rights to adapt the original male play into movies and TV series. Keep in mind, this is only a list of all the official, recorded adaptations originally in English. This entry doesn't even ''start'' getting into all the foreign adaptations, parodies, spiritual adaptations/sucessors, and usage of the basic character archetypes and plotline within other works. Neil Simon spawned an entire fucking ''genre''. Now that he has died and is no longer around to tell Paramount not to step outside the formal bounds of his 1963/64 sale of the IP's adaptation rights to them, who ''knows'' how many more adaptations and mercahdise are yet to come?

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* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' originated as a stage play that debuted in 1965 and has been adapted into a film that got released in 1968, a well-known 1970-75 TV series, a 1975-76/77 animated series adaptation, a 1982-83 reboot TV series with black leads, along the way a rewrite of the original play for female leads that debuted in 1984, a 1993 TV movie followup to the '70s series, a 1998 theatrical sequel to the 1968 film, a 2002 rewrite of the original male version, and a 2015-17 reboot series. There's also been a lot of merchandise for mostly the 1970s series, including a mid-1970s comic book adaptation that Neil Simon told Paramount to halt after its first issue, as he'd only signed away the rights to adapt the original male play into movies and TV series. Keep in mind, this is only a list of all the official, recorded adaptations originally in English. This entry doesn't even ''start'' getting into all the foreign adaptations, parodies, spiritual adaptations/sucessors, and usage of the basic character archetypes and plotline within other works. Neil Simon spawned an entire fucking ''genre''. Now that he has died and is no longer around to tell Paramount not to step outside the formal bounds of his 1963/64 sale of the IP's adaptation rights to them, who ''knows'' how many more adaptations and mercahdise are it can spawn and how much merchandise is yet to come?


* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos seems to be falling prey to this. Batman was already one of the most commonly-adapted character, with three adaptations/series in the 2010s alone (''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie''). But then there's the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', the ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'' film, ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', ''Series/{{Pennyworth}}'', ''Series/{{Titans|2018}}'' and numerous animated series (there's been ''three'' different live action incarnations of Bruce Wayne in 2019 alone with ''Gotham'', ''Joker'' and ''Titans'') . And that's not even counting the WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies. And the death of Bruce Wayne's parents isn't done being reenacted in many cases.

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* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos seems to be falling prey to this. Batman was already one of the most commonly-adapted character, characters, with three adaptations/series in the 2010s alone (''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie''). But then there's the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', the ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'' film, ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', ''Series/{{Pennyworth}}'', ''Series/{{Titans|2018}}'' and numerous animated series (there's been ''three'' different live action incarnations of Bruce Wayne in 2019 alone with ''Gotham'', ''Joker'' and ''Titans'') . And that's not even counting the WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies. And the death of Bruce Wayne's parents isn't done being reenacted in many cases.


* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' spawned numerous {{animated series}}, including a SpinoffBabies series, as well as many animated movies (''Reluctant Werewolf'' and ''The Ghoul School''), several live action movies, more animated movies (''Zombie Island'', ''The Alien Invaders'', etc.), another animated series with a modern update, and many more animated movies based off of that series.

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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' spawned numerous {{animated series}}, including a SpinoffBabies series, as well as many animated movies (''Reluctant Werewolf'' and ''The Ghoul School''), several live action movies, more animated movies (''Zombie Island'', ''The Alien Invaders'', etc.), another animated series with a modern update, and many more animated movies based off of that series. The latest, ''WesternAnimation/{{Scoob}}'', is even intended to launch a SharedUniverse with Creator/HannaBarbera properties.

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* ''Franchise/TheAddamsFamily'' started as one-panel cartoons, then became [[Series/TheAddamsFamily a TV show]] in 1964 and many other adaptations followed, including [[Film/TheAddamsFamily two live-action theatrical films]], [[WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily1973 two animated]] [[WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily1992 TV series]], [[Theatre/TheAddamsFamily a Broadway musical]] and, after a relatively long period of quietitude, [[WesternAnimation/TheAddamsFamily2019 an animated film]].

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* ''VideoGame/MediEvil'' (1998) was remade as ''VideoGame/MediEvilResurrection'' (which was halfway between a remake and a ReformulatedGame) in 2005 and then remade again faithfully in 2019 for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. Not to mention the various re-releases and ports. Meanwhile, the actual sequel ''[=MediEvil=] II'' is almost forgotten and the planned third game remained vaporware.


* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos seems to be falling prey to this. Batman was already one of the most commonly-adapted character, with three adaptations/series in the last ten years (''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie''). But then there's the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', the ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'' film, ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' and numerous animated series. And that's not even counting the WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies.

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* The Franchise/{{Batman}} mythos seems to be falling prey to this. Batman was already one of the most commonly-adapted character, with three adaptations/series in the last ten years 2010s alone (''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'', the Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse, and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie''). But then there's the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', the ''Film/{{Joker|2019}}'' film, ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', ''Series/{{Pennyworth}}'', ''Series/{{Titans|2018}}'' and numerous animated series.series (there's been ''three'' different live action incarnations of Bruce Wayne in 2019 alone with ''Gotham'', ''Joker'' and ''Titans'') . And that's not even counting the WesternAnimation/DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies. And the death of Bruce Wayne's parents isn't done being reenacted in many cases.

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** WebVideo/{{Phelous}} joked about this in his review of the animated ''Cricket on the Hearth'' film, also adapted from Dickens, by running down other Christmas stories that Dickens wrote and adaptations of them. When he gets to ''A Christmas Carol'', he glitches out and explodes because of how many times it's been adapted.


This is ''[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not]]'' about works that simply have [[LongRunners lots of sequels]] or vast {{expanded universe}}s within the same continuity; in other words, ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek'' are not examples. ''Star Wars'' almost could count as an example for the sheer number of times the individual storyline of each film has been adapted. ''Film/ANewHope'', for example, has two {{novelization}}s, three comic strip versions, a {{manga}} version, a RadioDrama version, some journals written from the POV of the characters, is retold in part of the ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame LEGO Star Wars]]'' video games, and a version written InTheStyleOf Creator/WilliamShakespeare. However, all but the Lego and Shakespeare versions [[RetCon supposedly]] take place in the same continuity.

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This is ''[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant not]]'' about works that simply have [[LongRunners lots of sequels]] or vast {{expanded universe}}s within the same continuity; in other words, ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Franchise/StarTrek'' are not examples. [[note]] ''Star Wars'' almost could count as an example for the sheer number of times the individual storyline of each film has been adapted. ''Film/ANewHope'', for example, has two {{novelization}}s, three comic strip versions, a {{manga}} version, a RadioDrama version, some journals written from the POV of the characters, is retold in part of the ''[[VideoGame/LegoAdaptationGame LEGO Star Wars]]'' video games, and a version written InTheStyleOf Creator/WilliamShakespeare. However, all but the Lego and Shakespeare versions [[RetCon supposedly]] take place in the same continuity.
continuity. [[/note]]


* Literature/SherlockHolmes definitely deserves to be mentioned separately, having been played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptations_of_Sherlock_Holmes over 75 different actors in 211 films]].

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes definitely deserves to be mentioned separately, having been played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptations_of_Sherlock_Holmes over 75 different actors in 211 films]]. Not to mention the book adaptions and [[{{Pastiche}} pastiches]]... and the TV shows... and the occasional graphic novel....


* ''Literature/LittleWomen'' has been made into several stage plays, movies, TV miniseries, anime, an opera and a Broadway musical.

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* ''Literature/LittleWomen'' has been made into several stage plays, movies, movies (see 1933 film [[Film/LittleWomen1933 here]], TV miniseries, anime, an opera and a Broadway musical.


* Of all the superhero properties, ComicBook/SpiderMan has been rebooted the most frequently in recent years: his appearance in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' and subsequent solo film ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' has marked the [[Film/SpiderMan third]] [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan iteration]] of the character in just over ten years.

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* Of all the superhero properties, ComicBook/SpiderMan has been rebooted the most frequently in recent years: his appearance in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' and subsequent solo film ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' has marked the [[Film/SpiderMan [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy third]] [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderManSeries iteration]] of the character in just over ten years.

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* The baseball series ''LightNovel/{{Battery}}'' has had an audio drama in 2000, a manga in 2004, a live-action film, a live-action series, and an anime.

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