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When the logo for a sequel is very weathered-looking compared to the first version.

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Proposed By:
Abodos on Aug 10th 2017 at 11:33:50 AM
Last Edited By:
Abodos on Aug 12th 2017 at 10:53:19 PM
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Whenever the sequel for a work goes in a Darker and Edgier direction, there is a tendency to advertise it with a more weathered and battered looking variation of the first work's logo. This is a convenient visual shorthand for the extra death and/or destruction that will take place in the sequel.



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Aug 10th 2017 at 1:34:59 PM

  • BioShock 2 is set ten years after the original. The sequel's logo is significantly more corroded and even encrusted with barnacles, indicating how badly Rapture has decayed between the two games.

Aug 11th 2017 at 8:16:37 AM

  • Mass Effect 1's logo is the franchise's title written in soothing blue letters, the second game's logo is the same but with a slightly-corroded "2" on a red square while the third game's is like the second but even more corroded. Sure enough, each game's tone is darker than the previous.

Aug 12th 2017 at 3:17:07 AM

Gave you a hat, definitely a trope.

I'm not sure if it counts, but in the Harry Potter series, the logo of the franchise grew progressively darker and more desaturated with each instalment.

Aug 12th 2017 at 3:19:56 AM