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* Another is ''Fantastic Voyage II'', written by Creator/IsaacAsimov, who novelized the original ''Fantastic Voyage'' and is often mistaken for its original creator because the novelization came out first. This may not technically be considered a sequel because Asimov only used the basic concept.

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* Another Creator/IsaacAsimov:
** ''Literature/IsaacAsimovTheCompleteStories'': The title for each [[{{Anthology}} collection]]
is ''Fantastic Voyage II'', written by Creator/IsaacAsimov, who novelized ''The Complete Stories'', while ''[[{{Title 1}} Volume 1]]'' and ''Volume 2'' are subtitles to distinguish [[MultiVolumeWork between volumes]].
** ''Literature/FantasticVoyageII'': Dr Asimov wrote
the original ''Fantastic Voyage'' {{Novelization}} of ''Film/FantasticVoyage'' and is often mistaken for its as the original creator because the novelization [[Literature/FantasticVoyage his book]] came out first. This may It is not technically be considered a sequel {{sequel}} because Dr Asimov only used the basic concept.concept, completely changing the characters.


** Notably, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' is the only direct sequel of a game to be named like that. All the others (''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Revenant Wings]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears The After Years]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'') are sticking with just a subtitle.
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' may have started a trend within the franchise since ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' received a direct sequel named ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''. Also, ''XIII'' got a SECOND SEQUEL, named ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'', making the ''XIII ''games a mini trilogy.

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** Notably, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' is the only direct sequel of a game to be named like that. All the others (''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Revenant Wings]]'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears The After Years]]'', ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'') are sticking with just a subtitle.
*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' may have started a trend within the franchise since
subtitle... until ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' received a direct sequel named ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''. Also, ''XIII'' Which itself got a SECOND SEQUEL, sequel named ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'', making the ''XIII ''games ''XIII'' games a mini trilogy.mini-trilogy within the greater franchise.



* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series [[SequelNumberSnarl can get confusing.]] Only console releases are numbered, so that ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is the third game released and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' is the tenth. However, the handheld games are not spinoffs, but full entries in the series, and most are vital for understanding the plot. The [[CompilationRerelease compilations]], in turn, are numbered 1.5, 2.5 and 2.8. Complicating matters further, the games [[AnachronicOrder are not released in chronological order.]] Creator/TetsuyaNomura has stated that ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX'' is "0", as it is chronologically first, ''Birth by Sleep'' is "0.1" since it comes after that, and ''Dream Drop Distance'' is "2.6" because it happens after all of the games contained in ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]''. Following this, the standalone installment of the ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue'' compilation, following the adventures of Aqua after the events of ''Birth by Sleep''[='s=] Secret Episode, is titled ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage 0.2 Birth by Sleep]]''.

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* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series [[SequelNumberSnarl can get confusing.]] Only console releases are numbered, so meaning that ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is was the third game released and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' is the tenth. However, [[FandomBeserkButton as fans constantly stress]], the handheld games are not spinoffs, SpinOffs, but full entries in the series, and most series that are vital for understanding the plot. The [[CompilationRerelease compilations]], in turn, are numbered 1.5, 2.5 and 2.8. Complicating matters further, the games [[AnachronicOrder are not released in chronological order.]] Creator/TetsuyaNomura has stated that ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX'' is "0", as it is chronologically first, ''Birth by Sleep'' is "0.1" since it comes after that, and ''Dream Drop Distance'' is "2.6" because it happens after all of the games contained in ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]''. Following this, the standalone installment of the ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue'' compilation, following the adventures of Aqua after the events of ''Birth by Sleep''[='s=] Secret Episode, is titled ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage 0.2 Birth by Sleep]]''. ''Kingdom Hearts III'' explicitly pokes fun at this naming convention, by having the game's first world preceded by a title card telling the player that this is... ''Kingdom Hearts 2.9''.



* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games are similar to the ''Fire Emblem'' games in the lack of numbers in the titles; only the second game ever released was a numbered sequel -- ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', which was a direct sequel to the original game. As with the ''Fire Emblem'' series, most of the others are [[AnachronicOrder Nonlinear Sequels]], which probably accounts for the lack of numbers, although fans sometimes do refer to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' as "Zelda III".

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games are similar to the ''Fire Emblem'' games in the lack of numbers in the titles; only the second game ever released was a numbered sequel -- ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', which was a direct sequel to the original game. As with the ''Fire Emblem'' series, most of the others are [[AnachronicOrder Nonlinear Sequels]], which probably accounts for the lack of numbers, although older fans sometimes do refer to ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' as "Zelda III".


* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Three episodes involving Lion as a driving force are titled "Steven's Lion", "Lion 2: The Movie", "Lion 3: Straight to Video", and "Lion 4: Alternate Ending". Despite their titles, the latter three are not {{Sequel Episode}}s to the first, the second is not TheMovie, the third is not a direct-to-video special, and the fourth is not a RevisedEnding for another episode. The subtitles actually describe the plot of those particular episodes.

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* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Three episodes involving Lion as a driving force are titled "Steven's Lion", "Lion 2: The Movie", "Lion 3: Straight to Video", and "Lion 4: Alternate Ending". Despite their titles, the latter three are not {{Sequel Episode}}s to the first, the second is not TheMovie, the third is not a direct-to-video special, and the fourth is not a RevisedEnding for another episode. The subtitles actually describe refer to the plot plots of those particular episodes.episodes (Steven going to the movies, finding an old video tape, and finding ''another'' old video tape, respectively).


Some series use Arabic numerals, some use Roman numerals, and some use either. The distinction between Roman numerals and Arabic seems to be the distinction between grand-scale affairs that take themselves very seriously (and thus borrow a bit of grandeur from the western world's most prominent VestigialEmpire), and stories that either don't take themselves entirely seriously, or have a futuristic bent that makes the Arabic numerals look all sciency and mathematical. On occasion, [[TakeAThirdOption the number in question is spelled out in word form]], this can be either for an air of [[Film/JohnWickChapterTwo irony]], [[Film/JackassNumberTwo parody]], [[{{Film/Che}} pretension]], or some combination.

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Some series use Arabic numerals, some use Roman numerals, and some use either. The distinction between Roman numerals and Arabic seems to be the distinction between grand-scale affairs that take themselves very seriously (and thus borrow a bit of grandeur from the western world's most prominent VestigialEmpire), and stories that either don't take themselves entirely seriously, or have a futuristic bent that makes the Arabic numerals look all sciency and mathematical. On occasion, [[TakeAThirdOption the number in question is spelled out in word form]], this can be either for an air of [[Film/JohnWickChapterTwo [[Film/JohnWickChapter2 irony]], [[Film/JackassNumberTwo parody]], [[{{Film/Che}} pretension]], or some combination.



* Many ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans were rather confused when the 1977 original, simply titled ''Star Wars'', was followed by Episode '''Five''', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. A rerelease of the original rechristened it "Episode Four: Film/ANewHope", paving the way for later prequels. Despite the initial confusion, there was a level of optimism that resulted from the episode numbering system that opened the door for prequels. In the meantime, the Classic Trilogy continued to be marketed by the movies' original release names: ''Star Wars'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', with the episode numbers confined strictly to the opening crawls. ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' began the trend of prominently featuring the episode number in marketing the movies, to the point where theaters often listed it as "Star Wars Episode I" rather than "The Phantom Menace". When the Classic Trilogy received its first DVD release in 2004, the movies were now labeled ''Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope'', etc.
** The first film of the sequel trilogy was marketed simply as ''Star Wars: The Force Awakens'', in contrast to the prequel films. Unlike the prequels, this is also its official title although it is still called ''Star Wars: Episode VII:'' ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' in its opening crawl. Likewise for the next film, ''Film/TheLastJedi Star Wars: The Last Jedi''.

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* Many ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans were rather confused when the 1977 original, simply titled ''Star Wars'', was followed by Episode '''Five''', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. A rerelease of the original rechristened it "Episode Four: Film/ANewHope", paving the way for later prequels. Despite the initial confusion, there was a level of optimism that resulted from the episode numbering system that opened the door for prequels. In the meantime, the Classic Trilogy continued to be marketed by the movies' original release names: ''Star Wars'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', with the episode numbers confined strictly to the opening crawls. ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' began the trend of prominently featuring the episode number in marketing the movies, to the point where theaters often listed it as "Star Wars Episode I" rather than "The Phantom Menace". When the Classic Trilogy received its first DVD release in 2004, the movies were now labeled ''Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope'', etc.
**
etc. The first film of the sequel trilogy was marketed simply as ''Star Wars: The Force Awakens'', in contrast to the prequel films. Unlike the prequels, this is also its official title although it is still called ''Star Wars: Episode VII:'' ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' in its opening crawl. Likewise for the next film, ''Film/TheLastJedi Star Wars: The Last Jedi''.''Film/TheLastJedi''.



* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is a is an example of this trope, along with ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', though using the "Part" titling is pretty appropriate as the sequels are direct continuations of the first film, complete with a "To Be Concluded" at the end of the second (the third actually says "The End"). Ten two sequels were shot back-to-back, a practice that has become more common since the films' release.

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* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' is a is an example of this trope, along with ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', though using the "Part" titling is pretty appropriate as the sequels are direct continuations of the first film, complete with a "To Be Concluded" at the end of the second (the third actually says "The End"). Ten The two sequels were shot back-to-back, a practice that has become more common since the films' release.


* Each of the sequels to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' uses a different title format, most of which incorporate the movie's number in some way. The [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo second movie]] was titled ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious''. The next two were unnumbered: ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift'' and ''Film/FastAndFurious'' these names make more sense than it appears, as ''Tokyo Drift'' is a sequel InNameOnly while the fourth film is a return to the original cast and setting. Then the fifth movie goes back to numbers is called ''Film/FastFive'', followed by ''Film/FastAndFurious6'', then ''Film/FuriousSeven''. The eighth movie ''Film/TheFateOfTheFurious'' is technically unnumbered but does incorporate the sound of the number in its title (i.e. "F'''ate'''").

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* Each of the sequels to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' uses a different title format, most of which incorporate the movie's number in some way. The [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo second movie]] was titled ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious''. The next two were unnumbered: ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift'' and ''Film/FastAndFurious'' these names make more sense than it appears, as ''Tokyo Drift'' is a sequel InNameOnly while the fourth film is a return to the original cast and setting. Then the fifth movie goes back to numbers is called ''Film/FastFive'', followed by ''Film/FastAndFurious6'', then ''Film/FuriousSeven''. The eighth movie ''Film/TheFateOfTheFurious'' movie, ''Film/TheFateOfTheFurious'', is technically unnumbered but does incorporate the sound of the number in its title (i.e. "F'''ate'''").



* The second to fourth''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' books are numbered and [[ElectricBoogaloo subtitled]] as ''The Science of Discworld II: [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare The Globe]]'', ''The Science Of Discworld III: [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin Darwin's]] Watch'' and ''The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day''.

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* The second to fourth''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' fourth ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' books are numbered and [[ElectricBoogaloo subtitled]] as ''The Science of Discworld II: [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare The Globe]]'', ''The Science Of Discworld III: [[UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin Darwin's]] Watch'' and ''The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day''.



* An early episode of ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' was called "Closure." In the second season, the victim from that episode was brought back as a vigilante. The follow-up episode was called "Closure 2."
** Which is kind of an oxymoron if you think about it.

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* An early episode of ''[[Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit Law & Order: SVU]]'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' was called "Closure." In the second season, the victim from that episode was brought back as a vigilante. The follow-up episode was called "Closure 2."
** Which is kind of an oxymoron if you think about it.
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* Music/{{Metallica}} released the song "The Unforgiven" on their self-titled album. Six years later, on the album ''Reload'', came the song "The Unforgiven II". Subverted a bit in the lyrics; they are about the Unforgiven from the previous song finding a lifemate and asking "are you unforgiven [[{{Pun}} too]]?".
** And another twelve years later, on ''Death Magnetic'', Metallica released "The Unforgiven III". Strangely enough, it's the only song in the cycle that ''doesn't'' contain the word Unforgiven in any of the lyrics, and musically and lyrically it has very little to do with the other two.
*** Although it doesn't contain the musical motif or the word "Unforgiven" it does have the lyrics "And how can I blame you, when it's me I can't ''forgive''?"

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* Music/{{Metallica}} released the song "The Unforgiven" on their self-titled album. Six years later, on the album ''Reload'', came the song "The Unforgiven II". Subverted a bit in the lyrics; they are about the Unforgiven from the previous song finding a lifemate and asking "are you unforgiven [[{{Pun}} too]]?".
** And another
too]]?". Another twelve years later, on ''Death Magnetic'', Metallica released "The Unforgiven III". Strangely enough, it's the only song in the cycle that ''doesn't'' contain the word Unforgiven in any of the lyrics, and musically and lyrically it has very little to do with the other two.
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two. Although it doesn't contain the musical motif or the word "Unforgiven" it does have the lyrics "And how can I blame you, when it's me I can't ''forgive''?"



* The ''VideoGame/SimCity'' series has had a lot of fun with this one: the first sequel was named ''VideoGame/SimCity 2000'', presumably in homage to the year 2000, one of the game's optional starting dates. The third game was then named ''VideoGame/SimCity 3000'', presumably because it would be odd to go from 2000 to 3 in terms of sequel numbering. (Though nobody told that to the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movie people.) Of course, the fourth game was called ''VideoGame/SimCity 4''.
** And now the game that should be VideoGame/SimCity 5 is simply titled VideoGame/SimCity because it's a reboot of the series.

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* The ''VideoGame/SimCity'' series has had a lot of fun with this one: the first sequel was named ''VideoGame/SimCity 2000'', presumably in homage to the year 2000, one of the game's optional starting dates. The third game was then named ''VideoGame/SimCity 3000'', presumably because it would be odd to go from 2000 to 3 in terms of sequel numbering. (Though nobody told that to the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movie people.) Of course, the fourth game was called ''VideoGame/SimCity 4''.
** And now the
4''. The game that should be VideoGame/SimCity 5 is simply titled VideoGame/SimCity because it's a reboot of the series.



* Subversion: '''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' was followed by ''Marathon 2'' which was followed by ''Marathon Infinity''. ''Infinity'' was then given a joke award by ''[=MacFormat=]'' for "largest version number increase." As if this wasn't enough, the game engine for ''Marathon 2'' was subsequently released and developed into an open-source version named ''Aleph One'', thereby restoring sequential numbering at the expense of being understandable by anyone who wasn't a math major. The subversion was partially justified, if that's the right term, in that much of the "plot" of ''Infinity'' was based on [[TheMultiverse universe hopping]] and the game was released with the creators' level-design, physics-editing, and graphics-editing tools so that [[GameMod players could make their own stories]], making the game "infinite."
* The sequel to the original ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' was ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', but that was followed ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''.

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* Subversion: '''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' was followed by ''Marathon 2'' which was followed by ''Marathon Infinity''. ''Infinity'' was then given a joke award by ''[=MacFormat=]'' for "largest version number increase." As if this wasn't enough, the game engine for ''Marathon 2'' was subsequently released and developed into an open-source version named ''Aleph One'', thereby restoring sequential numbering at the expense of being understandable by anyone who wasn't a math major. The subversion was partially justified, if that's the right term, in that much of the "plot" of ''Infinity'' was based on [[TheMultiverse universe hopping]] and the game was released with the creators' level-design, physics-editing, and graphics-editing tools so that [[GameMod players could make their own stories]], making the game "infinite."
* The sequel to the original ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' was ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', but that was followed by ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''.



* The Franchise/StarWars ''VideoGame/{{Dark Forces|Saga}}'' series seems to be afraid of the number 3, instead numbering both the second and third game "2": after the original ''VideoGame/DarkForces'' was ''VideoGame/JediKnightDarkForcesII'', and then ''VideoGame/JediKnight2JediOutcast'', dropping the "Dark Forces". They then dropped the numbers entirely with ''VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy'' (not ''Jedi Outcast II'' or ''Dark Forces III'').

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* The Franchise/StarWars ''VideoGame/{{Dark Forces|Saga}}'' series seems to be afraid of the number 3, instead numbering both the second and third game "2": after the original ''VideoGame/DarkForces'' was ''VideoGame/JediKnightDarkForcesII'', and then ''VideoGame/JediKnight2JediOutcast'', ''VideoGame/JediKnightIIJediOutcast'', dropping the "Dark Forces". They then dropped the numbers entirely with ''VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy'' (not ''Jedi Outcast II'' or ''Dark Forces III'').



* WebVideo/TheAdventuresOfSheepAndChicken:Part Three of the first series is titled Part III
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' spoofs this with its movie, "Dangeresque 2: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque 1". The end of that e-mail announced "Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective" (in 3D). In an e-mail concerning Dangeresque 3, Dangeresque 1 was revealed as "Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too?" (not in 3D).
** Also, in the Halloween cartoon "Three Times Halloween Funjob", Coach Z tells Homestar he's dressed as Kool Moe Dee of the Treacherous Three (and not "Wesley Snakes"), and Homestar remarks "I only saw Treacherous 1 and 2, so I wouldn't know."

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* WebVideo/TheAdventuresOfSheepAndChicken:Part ''WebVideo/AnAdventureOfSheepAndChicken'': Part Three of the first series is titled Part III
III.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' spoofs this ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** Parodied
with its the movie, "Dangeresque 2: This Time, It's Not Dangeresque 1". The end of that e-mail [[WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail e-mail]] announced "Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective" (in 3D). In an e-mail concerning Dangeresque 3, Dangeresque 1 was revealed as "Dangeresque 1: Dangeresque, Too?" (not in 3D).
** Also, in In the Halloween cartoon "Three Times Halloween Funjob", Coach Z tells Homestar he's dressed as Kool Moe Dee of the Treacherous Three (and not "Wesley Snakes"), and Homestar remarks "I only saw Treacherous 1 and 2, so I wouldn't know."


* William Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryIV, part 2'', and ''Henry VI, parts 2 and 3''

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* William Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/HenryIV, part 2'', and ''Henry VI, parts 2 and 3''3''.


* Trying to arrange the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games in chronological order [[SequelNumberSequel can get confusing]]. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' is the first ''Kingdom Hearts'' game by canon, despite coming out 8 years after ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', which was the first released title. ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', the only game with a straightforward numbered subtitle, was neither the second game released nor the second chronologically (''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' being both). The most recent game (as of this writing), ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', while the direct sequel to ''II'', is ''not'' the long-awaited ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''. According to [[Creator/TetsuyaNomura Nomura]], ''III'' is to be release next after the HD remasters, and it will be the ''eighth'' game in the series (ignoring updated re-releases).
** To make things even more fun, Nomura has stated that ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX'' is "0", as it is chronologically first, ''Birth by Sleep'' is "0.1" since it comes after that, and ''Dream Drop Distance'' is "2.6" because it happens after all of the games contained in ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]''. Following this, the standalone installment of the ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue'' {{compilation|Rerelease}}, following the adventures of Aqua after the events of ''Birth by Sleep''[='s=] Secret Episode, is titled ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage 0.2 Birth by Sleep]]''.

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* Trying to arrange the The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series [[SequelNumberSnarl can get confusing.]] Only console releases are numbered, so that ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is the third game released and ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII'' is the tenth. However, the handheld games are not spinoffs, but full entries in the series, and most are vital for understanding the plot. The [[CompilationRerelease compilations]], in turn, are numbered 1.5, 2.5 and 2.8. Complicating matters further, the games [[AnachronicOrder are not released in chronological order [[SequelNumberSequel can get confusing]]. ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'' is the first ''Kingdom Hearts'' game by canon, despite coming out 8 years after ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'', which was the first released title. ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', the only game with a straightforward numbered subtitle, was neither the second game released nor the second chronologically (''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' being both). The most recent game (as of this writing), ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'', while the direct sequel to ''II'', is ''not'' the long-awaited ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsIII''. According to [[Creator/TetsuyaNomura Nomura]], ''III'' is to be release next after the HD remasters, and it will be the ''eighth'' game in the series (ignoring updated re-releases).
** To make things even more fun, Nomura
order.]] Creator/TetsuyaNomura has stated that ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX'' is "0", as it is chronologically first, ''Birth by Sleep'' is "0.1" since it comes after that, and ''Dream Drop Distance'' is "2.6" because it happens after all of the games contained in ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 [=ReMIX=]''. Following this, the standalone installment of the ''Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue'' {{compilation|Rerelease}}, compilation, following the adventures of Aqua after the events of ''Birth by Sleep''[='s=] Secret Episode, is titled ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage 0.2 Birth by Sleep]]''.



* The only numbered sequels to the original ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}}'' were ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'' for the NES, as well as the oddly named ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV'' for the SNES. Ironically ''III'' is actually a ''prequel'' to the first game in terms of setting, while ''IV'' is often seen as a remake; neither had a numbered title in Japan. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheAdventure'' for the UsefulNotes/GameBoy had its own sequel, titled ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIBelmontsRevenge''. The rest of the series simply used subtitles (most of the time).

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* The only numbered sequels to the original ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania|I}}'' were ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIISimonsQuest'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'' for the NES, as well as the oddly named ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV'' for the SNES. Ironically ''III'' is actually a ''prequel'' to the first game in terms of setting, while ''IV'' is often seen as a remake; neither had a numbered title in Japan. ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheAdventure'' for the UsefulNotes/GameBoy had its own sequel, titled ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIBelmontsRevenge''. The rest of the series simply used subtitles (most of the time).time), until the ContinuityReboot ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow''.


* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has two sequels but the first uses Roman numbers (''Film/MenInBlackII'', stylized ''MIIB'') and the latter using regular Arabic ones (''Film/MenInBlack3'', stylized ''MIB[[superscript:3]]''). [[Film/{{MIB}} The 2019 spinoff movie]] averts the numbered sequel structure, however.

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* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has two sequels but the first uses Roman numbers (''Film/MenInBlackII'', stylized ''MIIB'') and the latter using regular Arabic ones (''Film/MenInBlack3'', stylized ''MIB[[superscript:3]]''). [[Film/{{MIB}} [[Film/MenInBlackInternational The 2019 spinoff movie]] averts the numbered sequel structure, however.


** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' was originally a two-part film with numbered halves (Part 1 & Part 2), but it was later decided they would have their own titles. Part 1 retained ''Infinity War'', while the new title of Part 2 (''Film/{{Avengers 4}}'') wasn't revealed until months after the former.

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** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' was originally a two-part film with numbered halves (Part 1 & Part 2), but it was later decided they would have their own titles. Part 1 retained ''Infinity War'', while the new title of Part 2 (''Film/{{Avengers 4}}'') (''Film/AvengersEndgame'') wasn't revealed until months after the former.

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* ''VideoGame/Gamer2'' is an unusual case, as the original ''Gamer'' was an unfinished short story, not a video game.


* The first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' game is actually the third ''Franchise/MetalGear'' game, following ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' on the [=MSX2=], but uses the word "Solid" as a substitute for the number "3" in the same manner multiple other games entering their third iteration around that time would [[ThirdIs3D call themselves 3D]]. The subsequent sequels kept the word "Solid" as part of the title and began a new line of numbered sequels (''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty MGS2]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater MGS3]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots MGS4]]''). ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', a PSP side-entry similar to the earlier ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Portable Ops]]'', at one point carried the {{working title}} of ''Metal Gear Solid 5'', likely to emphasize series's creator Creator/HideoKojima's involvement with the title (in contrast to the minimal involvement he had with ''Portable Ops''), but the numbering was dropped from the final title. Despite this, ''Peace Walker'' does set up the plot for what eventually became the official ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV''.

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* The first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' game is actually the third ''Franchise/MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' game, following ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake'' on the [=MSX2=], but uses the word "Solid" as a substitute for the number "3" in the same manner multiple other games entering their third iteration around that time would [[ThirdIs3D call themselves 3D]]. The subsequent sequels kept the word "Solid" as part of the title and began a new line of numbered sequels (''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty MGS2]]'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater MGS3]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots MGS4]]''). ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker Peace Walker]]'', a PSP side-entry similar to the earlier ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps Portable Ops]]'', at one point carried the {{working title}} of ''Metal Gear Solid 5'', likely to emphasize series's creator Creator/HideoKojima's involvement with the title (in contrast to the minimal involvement he had with ''Portable Ops''), but the numbering was dropped from the final title. Despite this, ''Peace Walker'' does set up the plot for what eventually became the official ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV''.


* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies did this starting with ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]'' and ending with ''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Undiscovered Country]]'', spanning all of the films based on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]]. Movies based on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' abandoned it though they are sometimes referred to as 7 through 10 by the fans. As the [[Film/StarTrek 2009 film]] is simply called ''Star Trek'', it is also unofficially referred to as ''Star Trek XI''.

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* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies did this starting with ''[[Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]'' and ending with ''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Undiscovered Country]]'', spanning all of the films based on [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the original series]]. Movies based on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' abandoned it though they are sometimes referred to as 7 through 10 by the fans. As the [[Film/StarTrek [[Film/StarTrek2009 2009 film]] is simply called ''Star Trek'', it is also unofficially referred to as ''Star Trek XI''.


* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' is a notable aversion. Officially, the games are primarily identified by their subtitles, not numbers. However, the internal programming for most of the games [[http://www.nintendo.co.jp/fe/few_series.html and official sites]] do use numbered titles reflecting their placement in the series (i.e: the GBA games are numbered 6 to 8) and the English speaking fandom do use numbered titles as a shorthand for the sake of simplicity.

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' is a notable aversion. Officially, the games are primarily identified by their subtitles, not numbers. However, the internal programming for most of the games [[http://www.nintendo.co.jp/fe/few_series.html and official sites]] do use numbered titles reflecting their placement in the series (i.e: the GBA games are numbered 6 to 8) and the English speaking fandom do use numbered titles as a shorthand for the sake of simplicity.simplicity due to the lack of any consistent localized titles for the first six games.


** Spoofed in the British slasher satire ''UnmaskedPart25'', which also ends with the killer shouting a BigNo upon seeing ''Unmasked Part 26'' on a cinema marquee.

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** Spoofed in the British slasher satire ''UnmaskedPart25'', ''Film/UnmaskedPart25'', which also ends with the killer shouting a BigNo upon seeing ''Unmasked Part 26'' on a cinema marquee.



* Each of the sequels to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' uses a different title format, most of which incorporate the movie's number in some way. The [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo second movie]] was titled ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious''. The next two were unnumbered: ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift'' and ''Film/FastAndFurious'' these names make more sense than it appears, as ''Tokyo Drift'' is a sequel InNameOnly while the fourth film is a return to the original cast and setting. Then the fifth movie goes back to numbers is called ''Film/FastFive'', followed by ''Film/FastAndFurious6'', then ''Film/Furious7''. The eighth movie ''Film/TheFateOfTheFurious'' is technically unnumbered but does incorporate the sound of the number in its title (i.e. "F'''ate'''").

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* Each of the sequels to ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' uses a different title format, most of which incorporate the movie's number in some way. The [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo second movie]] was titled ''Film/TwoFastTwoFurious''. The next two were unnumbered: ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift'' and ''Film/FastAndFurious'' these names make more sense than it appears, as ''Tokyo Drift'' is a sequel InNameOnly while the fourth film is a return to the original cast and setting. Then the fifth movie goes back to numbers is called ''Film/FastFive'', followed by ''Film/FastAndFurious6'', then ''Film/Furious7''.''Film/FuriousSeven''. The eighth movie ''Film/TheFateOfTheFurious'' is technically unnumbered but does incorporate the sound of the number in its title (i.e. "F'''ate'''").



* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has two sequels but the first uses Roman numbers (''Film/MenInBlackII'', stylized ''MIIB'') and the latter using regular Arabic ones (''Film/MenInBlack3'', stylized ''MIB[[superscript:3]]''). The 2019 spinoff movie will likely avert the numbered sequel structure, however.

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* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has two sequels but the first uses Roman numbers (''Film/MenInBlackII'', stylized ''MIIB'') and the latter using regular Arabic ones (''Film/MenInBlack3'', stylized ''MIB[[superscript:3]]''). [[Film/{{MIB}} The 2019 spinoff movie will likely avert movie]] averts the numbered sequel structure, however.


* Likewise, the second live-action ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' film was titled ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians''. Although there was a straight-to-video follow-up to the original animated film (42 years later!) called ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansIIPatchsLondonAdventure''.

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* Likewise, the second live-action ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' film was titled ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians''. Although there was a straight-to-video follow-up to the [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians original animated film film]] (42 years later!) called ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansIIPatchsLondonAdventure''.

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