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"Normally people have trouble with sequels after their first idea is so, and I'll say it, so transcendentally brilliant. But not me! I have ideas for basically infinite sequels. Basically infinite out-of-genre cover sequels that is!"

So the film was a massive success, and the studio wants you to make a sequel! Trouble is, you killed off all your main characters for real, blew up the Earth, destroyed the Time Machine and stopped the Big Bad from ever being born. So where do you go from here? Well, there was that one really cool side character - perhaps we could retell the story from his perspective!

The P.O.V. Sequel, sometimes called a "Parallel", is a sequel, Interquel, or Spin-Off which, instead of putting your initial main characters in a new situation, simply retells a previous one from a different perspective (point-of-view) typically from another character or new protagonist. Done well, it can help you flesh out your side characters that the audience may have felt deserved more attention, and add new perspectives to the story up to and including making your Card-Carrying Villain into a sympathetic guy. Done badly, it reeks of laziness.

Very similar to Simultaneous Arcs, which tell several different stories happening in the same storyline of a single work. Although, if it must be very rare to have a P.O.V Sequel telling no events simultaneous to the previous installment, strictly speaking, it's not impossible. The converse is more frequent however (simultaneous stories featuring unrelated characters). In some cases, it can be from the POV of the initial main character or characters somehow revisiting those events.

Compare the Perspective Flip and the Elsewhere Fic, the non-canon equivalents (for canon or original characters, respectively); A Day in the Limelight, where the P.O.V. changes but tells an original story; Changing of the Guard, where the main character shifts to tell an original story; Been There, Shaped History, when the sequel protagonist does something that retroactively affects the original's plotline; and "Rashomon"-Style, where the character's opinions can color what the audience sees. Gaiden Game can be a video game specific version. Another Side, Another Story is a video game specific subtrope where the P.O.V. Sequel is another game mode unlocked after you complete it the first time. Can also be an exploration of But for Me, It Was Tuesday.

Not to be confused with Synchronous Episodes, where two episodes are set at the same time, but their plots don't overlap. Contrast Adaptational Protagonist, when either minor or major characters acquire the main lead role in an adaptation or Continuity Reboot.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA, which is the spinoff to Aria the Scarlet Ammo, takes place around the same time as the first season, but this time focusing on a set of new characters.
  • The first 93 chapters of Caterpillar are a prequel to Arachnid set a year earlier. After a Time Skip, chapter 94 begins a retelling of the Arachnid Hunt from Imomushi's perspective.
  • The manga A Certain Scientific Railgun revolves around Mikoto "Railgun" Misaka, a supporting character from the A Certain Magical Index novel series. Most of Railgun's story arcs are at least tangentially related to characters or events introduced in Index, though Mikoto's ignorance of magic and the city's "dark side" (initially) mean that they tend to be more down-to-earth. This is most prominent during Railgun's version of the Sisters arc, which covers the same events as Index but significantly expands Mikoto's side of the story as she uncovers the "dark side" of Academy City firsthand and shows what leads her to the point she's ready to die fighting Accelerator to stop the Level 6 experiment.
  • Cross Days is a retelling of School Days from the point of view of new male protagonist Yuuki, where we discover that Kotonoha was cheating on Makoto with him.
  • The most common (supported by Word of God) interpretation of End of Evangelion and the final two episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion is that they show the same events, objectively (mostly) in End and as a Journey to the Center of the Mind for the show.
  • Gankutsuou is a Science Fiction retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo told from Albert's POV. According to Word of God, one of the reasons Albert (the son of one of the men that betrayed Edmund Dantès) was chosen as the viewpoint character instead of the Count was to put the focus on the consequences of revenge rather than the satisfaction of it, as the creators worried about glorifying revenge.
  • The "Eye Opening" story arc in Higurashi: When They Cry shows the events of, as well as leading to, the earlier "Cotton Drifting" arc from the perspective of Shion Sonozaki, who was portrayed as one of the victims of a kidnapping/murder spree by her twin sister Mion until it is revealed that she is in fact the villain and killed up to six people, including her sister, to avenge the unexplained disappearance of a boy she liked but knew only for about three days. It's called "Eye Opening" for a reason.
  • Infinite Ryvius has a two-volume manga which presents an abbreviated view of the story from Aoi's perspective.
  • The second half of the 22nd episode of Kira Kira Happy Hirake Cocotama takes place concurrently with the first half and depicts Tuxy and Dressy trying to get food from Pantonio before Haruka asks Pantonio to sweeten the medicine a young boy refuses to take.
  • The original Mobile Suit Gundam has one in the manga Iron Mustang. It's a particularly unexpected one for a couple of reasons: One, it's about a group of Zeon soldiers who only appeared in a single episode of the TV series and weren't even included in the much more popular Compilation Movies and two, the main character doesn't even pilot a mobile suit, he rides a hoverbike.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: The Edge is a manga that retells the events of SEED Destiny from the point of view of Athrun Zala, the only character to be a part of both heroic forces. Somewhat complicating matters is the Word of God statement that Athrun was the focus character of SEED Destiny anyway, though one expects Word of God was tired of hearing the endless Kira vs Shinn debates and just said that to shut them all up.
  • On The Way To A Smile: Denzel's story is an OVA that shows many of the original game's major events (The Sector 7 Plate falling, Meteor, the early stages of Geostigma) from the perspective of a little kid (he was six when the plate fell) born and raised on the plate, who was eventually taken in by Cloud and Tifa after he contracted Geostigma.
  • Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon had the episode "A Timeless Encounter!" which featured Ash and his Torracat traveling through time. The following episode, "Pikachu's Exciting Adventure", featured Ash's other Pokémon trying to look for him during the previous episode's events.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Seisōhen is the series told from Kaoru's POV.
  • Soul Eater Not! is a POV prequel of Soul Eater, focusing on entirely new main characters, with some from the original series making cameo appearances.
  • Sword Art Online has a retelling of the Aincrad Arc in much greater detail in the form of the manga series Sword Art Online: Progressive. The main difference, however, is that the story is told from Asuna's perspective, NOT Kirito's.
  • We Want to Talk About Kaguya is a POV Spin-Off of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. It mostly covers the same events as the main series, but from the student council fangirls Karen and Erika instead of the student council themselves. In fact, much of the spinoff's humor come from the readers knowing exactly what's happening in the main story and seeing Karen and Erika grossly misinterpret it.
  • Wiegenlied of Green is this to Cloture Of Yellow, focusing on a woman named Michaela who, while playing a minor role in the latter, ultimately has enormous influence on the plot.

    Audio Drama 
  • Big Finish Doctor Who:
    • The Five Companions is set during "The Five Doctors", revealing that Ian, Stephen, Sara, Polly and Nyssa were also picked up by the Timescoop, but ended up in a different version of the Death Zone. The Fifth Doctor is diverted there when he tries to use the transmat and helps them escape before continuing his own adventure.
    • The Diary of River Song Vol. 6: After four volumes of "River meets classic series Doctors" and one of "River meets various Masters", this volume has the concept "River meets companions and supporting characters while getting involved in the background of classic stories"; specifically "An Unearthly Child", "The Web of Fear", "Carnival of Monsters" and "The Talons of Weng-Chiang".

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    Films — Animation 
  • The Lion King 1 ½ was partly The Lion King (1994) from Timon and Pumbaa's POV. Because the initial film is Disney's Hamlet and The Lion King II: Simba's Pride is its Romeo and Juliet, this film is considered to be the franchise's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
  • Crossing with Interquel, Once Upon a Snowman revisits Frozen to focus on what Olaf was up to between his creation during the famous "Let It Go" sequence and his first meeting with Anna and Kristoff.
  • Pixar:
    • BURN-E, a short on the Wall E home video releases, shows how events on the movie affect one character, a repair robot left outside the ship in a throwaway gag.
    • The short Jack-Jack Attack was released on The Incredibles DVD. It shows the misadventures of Kari the babysitter as Jack-Jack begins manifesting his superpowers and why she was leaving all the frantic voicemails that Helen Parr listens to during the main movie.
    • For Up, they did two shorts: Dug's Special Mission, released on home video, about what Dug the dog was doing up to the point where he meets Carl and Russell; and George and A.J., shown on the internet, about the two orderlies who came to take Carl to the retirement home.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Parts of Back to the Future Part II retell some events of the first film from the POV of Marty himself, time-looping back over the same few days again (for an entirely different reason this time).
  • The Bourne Legacy is a sidestory told from the perspective of Aaron Cross, a Treadstone-affiliated operative who works to discover the roots of a conspiracy at the same time as the events of The Bourne Ultimatum (even using several of the same supporting characters).
  • Diary of the Dead:
    • It apparently is from the POV of a group of film students on the first night of a Zombie Apocalypse show in Night of the Living Dead (1968). However, because both movies were set in the "present" and Night was released in the '60s, it might be more accurately described as taking part in an Alternate Continuity. Also, Night took place in the spring (Barbra's comments about the time change and days getting longer), while Diary took place during the autumn (the foliage and climate).
    • Diary's sequel Survival of the Dead in turn focuses on a group of soldiers who showed up only briefly in that film to steal some of the main characters' supplies.
  • Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers tells the story of Iwo Jima from the point of view of the men who raised the famous flag, while Letters from Iwo Jima tells the story from the perspective of the Japanese defenders. None of the actors in either film appeared in the other.
  • Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control was made at the same time as the Get Smart movie and released 10 days later. It takes place simultaneously to the movie and is about two techies at CONTROL that also appear in the main movie. There is some interaction with the main storyline, but mostly it tells a different story
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle: John Cho and Kal Penn, the actors playing the main characters, had played Funny Foreigner characters in other gross-out comedies and the movie is sort of a perspective shift to focus on them; Harold's coworkers are a parody of the Jerkass Designated Heroes of most of these films and amusingly, all of their adventures happen offscreen. Similarly, the two have a pair of even nerdier (and Jewish) friends, Rosenberg and Goldstein who also have adventures off-screen, alluding to the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead which is a famous example of this.
  • Mary Reilly is a retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from his maid's POV.
  • Paranormal Activity 2 takes place mostly before, partly during, and immediately after the first movie.
  • A scene towards the end of The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause retells the events that led to Scott becoming Santa from the POV of his future self, who is fighting to keep Jack Frost from altering the past.
  • The climax of Saw IV reveals that most of its events have been taking place at the same time as Saw III, but in different locations. This is only explicitly shown when Strahm runs into Jeff, the protagonist of III, in the Gideon Meatpacking Plant. Rigg, despite also entering the plant, doesn't witness anything related to the plot of III, with the exception of Kerry's corpse (which was outside the plant).
  • In an in-story example from Wag the Dog, film producer Stanley Motss (Dustin Hoffman) claims to have made an extremely successful film re-telling Moby-Dick from the perspective of the white whale.
  • Introduced in Wild at Heart, where she had a somewhat small role in the events, the character of Perdita Durango was promoted to the lead in 1997's Perdita Durango, loosely based on a 1993 novel by the same author, Barry Gifford; she was played by Rosie Perez this time around, and had a severe case of Adaptational Villainy.

  • .hack//AI Buster is about the adventures of system administrator Albiero as he is forced into an Escort Mission by Lycoris and is joined by Naïve Newcomer Hokuto. AI Buster 2 features a chapter which retells the story from Hokuto's perspective, which reveals that she's not a newbie after all, but an experienced player pretending to be a newbie.
  • The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell. The first three tell the same story from different POVs: Justine (1957), Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1958). Clea (1960). was a regular sequel to the story told three ways in the previous three novels. It was Durrell's conceit to tell the story in four dimensions with the fourth being, of course, time.
  • Ender's Shadow tells the story of Ender's Game but from the perspective of Bean, the youngest of Ender's generals.
  • "Crossroads of Twilight", the tenth book in the Wheel of Time series, spends a great deal of time showing what all the characters who weren't present at the ninth book's Grand Finale were up to at the time. The answer: absolutely nothing.
  • Midnight Sun (2020), from the Twilight series, is a retelling of the first book from Edward's perspective. It ended up coming out more than a decade later than planned: Stephenie Meyer gave the early incomplete draft to someone who leaked on to the internet, and she got so upset over the leaking that she refused to continue to work on it. She later published the incomplete draft on her website so her fans at least would get it legally, and finally finished the book and had it published in 2020.
    • The novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is definitely a straight example. It prevents some Alternative Character Interpretation in Eclipse as to whether the Volturi secretly wanted the Cullens dead or sincerely wanted Victoria stopped.
  • Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian and Darker: Fifty Shades Darker As Told by Christian which tells the events of the first two books in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy from Christian Grey's perspective.
  • Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern:
    • Nerilka's Story is a retelling of Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern from Nerilka's perspective.
    • The Harper Hall trilogy has significant overlap with the original trilogy that began with Dragonflight, writing from different characters' perspectives.
    • Masterharper of Pern overlaps slightly with Dragonflight, ending as Lessa leaves Ruatha for Benden Weyr.
  • McCaffrey also did this in her Dinosaur Planet series, which she later came back to with co-writers to retell from the point of view of another character in the Planet Pirates trilogy.
  • And again with Tower and the Hive: The first half of Damia was basically The Rowan through Afra Lyon's eyes.
  • The Incarnations of Immortality series does this in a big way, with most major events covered in two or more of the eight books, each time from the POV of that book's protagonist. A big one is book six, which covers all the major events of the series to that point from the POV of the character who had seemed, until then, to be the Big Bad.
  • Chainer's Torment, the second book in the Odyssey Cycle, is a retelling of Odyssey from Chainer's perspective.
  • Some Dragonlance books are these. For example, the short story "Hunting Destiny" in Dragonlance Tales: Love and War is partly chapters 9 to 13 of Dragons of Autumn Twilight from the perspective of the white stag.
  • The Baccano! Light Novels do this regularly with the larger stories, although they're always planned in advance. For example, "Local Episode" of Grand Punk Station focuses on Jaccuzi, Ladd, and Chane while "Express Episode" goes for Czeslaw, Rachel and the self-proclaimed Rail Tracer.
  • Belgarath The Sorcerer and Polgara The Sorceress view many events from The Belgariad from a much longer perspective.
  • Star Wars:
    • The second half of the 2007 Star Wars Legends novel Death Star is basically Star Wars: A New Hope told from newly identified extras' POV's. It takes place during the Rebels' time aboard the Death Star and the battle afterwards, and includes the guy who said 'stand by' long enough for Luke to blow it away.
    • From a Certain Point of View is a collection of 40 short stories, each of them being exactly this. They all take place during A New Hope (with two exceptions: the first one happens just before it, during the final moments of Rogue One, and the last one, being somewhat meta, takes place at an indeterminate point in the future) and they all feature a protagonist that was decidedly not one of the main characters of the film, telling their perspective on the story. This ranges from rather notable supporting characters like Grand Moff Tarkin and Mon Mothma to minor one-scene ones like the droid Uncle Owen almost bought before it short-circuited in an act of Heroic Sacrifice and the stormtrooper who gets mind-tricked by Obi-Wan in Mos Eisley, to those who were little more than background crowd like one of the Tusken Raiders who tried to capture Luke and R2 and the rebel stationed on the watchtower on Yavin 4 watching ships arrive and depart, and to characters who weren't even in the film like Yoda, Palpatine and Qui-Gon's ghost. There are also five different retellings of the cantina scene.
    • The 2012 novel Darth Plagueis begins as a prequel to the movies, but later on shows us the events of Episode I and beyond from the POV of Palpatine such as killing his master Darth Plagueis, showing exactly how the Sith orchestrated their Evil Plan first hand.
  • Evan S. Connell's Mrs. Bridge and Mr. Bridge.
  • In John Scalzi's Old Man's War series, the book Zoe's Tale is a retelling of the events of The Last Colony from the POV of the main character's adopted daughter.
  • Lo's Diary. The story of Lolita from the girl's point of view; it ignores the idea that the original had an Unreliable Narrator. The family of the original author disliked it for this reason.
  • Margaret Atwood's companion novels Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood move along similar timelines, showing the same events from different perspectives. They occasionally intersect, with characters who were the protagonists in one book being peripheral characters in the other.
  • The Doctor Who Expanded Universe
    • The novel Who Killed Kennedy examines the myriad alien invasions and whatnot of the Jon Pertwee (1970-1974) run of Doctor Who from the perspective of a New Zealander journalist named James Stevens who is trying to expose a secret organisation called UNIT and its "Doctor" agents. Stevens is the protagonist while the Doctor himself is barely featured at all, though he is mentioned throughout.
    • The two text stories in the 2012 Doctor Who Annual: "Amy's Escapade" and "Rory's Adventure". The Ponds split up at a space mall and both contribute to defeating an invasion without ever realising the other's involvement.
    • The Past Doctor Adventures novel Face of the Enemy is a UNIT story set while the Doctor and Jo are away on Peladon, with the Brigadier having to make difficult decisions to deal with the absence of his scientific advisor.
  • Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles:
    • Some of the sequels have significant portions that retell events from the first book (Interview with the Vampire) as seen by the protagonist of the sequel in question.
    • There's also The Vampire Armand and Blood & Gold, which overlap quite a bit, but from the perspectives Armand and Marius, respectively.
  • John Marsden's So Much To Tell You is told from the point of view of Marina, a teenage girl who hasn't spoken since she suffered from a disfiguring acid burn. A later book, Take My Word For It, is written from the point of view of her classmate Lisa in the same diary format. It covers a longer period of time, ending long after Marina has started talking again, but clarifies several events briefly alluded to in Marina's diary. Thankfully, Marina doesn't hijack the story, as Lisa's character arc remains the focus to the end.
  • There have been several tie-in Disney storybooks which had the movie told from another character's perspective (besides the Lion King example mentioned above), such as Sebastian the crab, Mrs. Potts, the Genie, Meeko the raccoon, and Mushu the dragon. Also, there have been two tie-in storybooks based on Atlantis: The Lost Empire which had the movie's plot told from Kida's point of view. And then there's the "My Side of the Story" series books, which had the film's plots told from the villain's point of view.
  • The second book of the Green-Sky Trilogy is mostly about the events of the first book from Teera's point of view, but after the second act, it takes a new direction and sets up Until The Celebration.
  • The e-book of Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel, which is told in first person from a single POV, includes several bonus scenes written from the POV of the narrator's love interest; given that she misunderstands his motivations for most of the story, it's interesting to see his side of the story.
  • A fair-sized chunk of Robert A. Heinlein's last novel, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, is devoted to retelling selected events from Time Enough for Love and The Number of the Beast from Maureen Johnson Smith's POV.
  • A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons from A Song of Ice and Fire take place largely at the same time though only one event is fully covered from the viewpoint of two different characters.
  • The StarCraft Expanded Universe novel Queen of Blades retells the first two-thirds of the zerg campaign in StarCraft from Jim Raynor's perspective. It splits into its own storyline after the Player Character leaves Char for Aiur, then joins the protoss campaign for the last chapter.
  • The War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches story "The Martian Invasion Journals of Henry James" retells the events from H.G. Wells War of the Worlds from the point of view of Henry James.
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon's Styxx is this for Acheron, telling the story from the perspective of Acheron's not evil twin brother.
  • A Little In Love is Les Misérables from the point of view of Eponine.
  • The Black, the second book of the Morpheus Road series, tells the story from the same time as The Light, but from Cooper's perspective rather than Marshall's.
  • David Levithan's Another Day is a retelling of Every Day from the perspective of Rhiannon, A's love interest.
  • Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo is a lighthearted look at the horrifying events of Alien from the perspective of Jones the cat.
  • Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound shows the events of Your Name from the perspectives of Tessie, Yotsuha and Toshiki in addition to expanding on Taki's side of the body-swapping.
  • 5 Centimeters per Second: One more side gives us Akari's perspective on the events of the first act and Takaki's view on the second.
  • The short story "Know Thy Enemy" in the Aeon 14 universe retells the climactic battle of Destiny Lost as a Mook Horror Show from the perspective of the admiral commanding the losing side, a Consummate Professional who goes in cautiously confident, and comes out shattered.
  • I'm In Love With the Villainess has the POV spinoff She's So Cheeky for A Commoner, which retells the story from Claire's perspective, instead of Rae's, and includes events that Rae wasn't privy to for one reason or another.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Formula-Breaking Episode Doctor Who story "Love & Monsters", for the most part A Day in the Limelight story, also contains Flashbacks to several past events in New Who season from the POV of a Muggle.
  • The direct-to-DVD Battlestar Galactica (2003) movie The Plan retells the events of the Re-Imagined series's first two seasons from the POV of the Cylons. It also helps explain Cavil's Remember the New Guy?-style introduction at the end of Season Two.
  • Lost does this occasionally. The episodes "Man of Science, Man of Faith", "Adrift", and "Orientation" all have segments covering the same confrontation from different perspectives. There are also whole episodes which are done like this in the style of the show's flashbacks, such as "The Other 48 Days", "3 Minutes", and "Maternity Leave". The plane crash is covered from a number of different perspectives. The first two episodes that focus on Sun and Jin individually ("House of the Rising Sun" and "...In Translation") tell the story of their romance and marriage before the island from their respective points of view. Scenes shown in Sun's episode are seen in a different light in Jin's.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback", we see events from the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country from the perspective of a young Tuvok, whose first Starfleet assignment was aboard the Excelsior under the command of Captain Sulu during the events of the movie.
  • The third season Heroes episode "Villains" retells key parts of the story from season one from the perspective of the villains.
  • NCIS sometimes does a variant of this where the beginning of one episode is basically the end of the last one from another character's perspective. Examples include "Kill Ari, Part I" which shows Ari's perspective of Kate's death in "Twilight" (he shot her) and "Aliyah" which shows Ziva walking into the end of "Semper Fidelis" and seeing that Tony shot Rivkin.
  • Most episodes of season 4 of Arrested Development showed basically the same events as the other episodes but seen through different POV characters' eyes.
  • The Class (2016) Bottle Episode "Detained" only features Miss Quill at the beginning (locking the others in detention) and the end (where she has a scarred face, is free of her Restraining Bolt, and just says "It's been a long day"). The following episode is "The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did", which is about what Quill did.
  • The ITV series The Durrells is based on Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals but is from the perspective of his mother, Louisa.
  • The season seven episode "The Burning Beekeeper" in How I Met Your Mother shows events from the same party over the course of five minutes, with Future Ted telling three stories about what was happening in each room of the house during the time. You have to know all three stories to understand what was happening in each of them.
  • Supergirl (2015):
    • The episode "Man of Steel" is Agent Liberty's Start of Darkness, including how the previous three Season Finales affected him.
    • The episode "Deus Lex Machina" shows the events since Crisis from Luthor's perspective.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
    • Season 12's "A Cricket's Tale" shows the previous two episodes, "PTSDee" and "The Gang Tends the Bar" from Cricket's perspective.
    • Season 13 has two episodes that take place during the Super Bowl, the first focused on Charlie and the second focusing on the rest of the Gangnote .
  • The second episode of Runaways (2017) retells the events of the first episode from the viewpoint of the parents.
  • The Pacific covers roughly the same timeframe as Band of Brothers, only showing the events in the Pacific theater of war and (mostly in Basilone's case) the homefront as well.

  • mothy's Vocaloid song The Escape of Salmhofer, the Witch is this to Moonlit Bear
  • A "scene" shared Sound Horizon's "Eru no Tenbin" and "Yorokobi to Kanashimi no Budōshu" wherein Abyss mutters, "What a pity," while presumably killing a man and kicking him into the water heavily implies that both songs are about the same event, each focusing on different actors ("Eru no Tenbin" focused on Abyss while "Yorokobi to Kanashimi no Budōshu" focused on the Runaway Bride Abyss was hired to retrieve).
  • In the Evil series, Daughter of Evil tells the tale of the princess, while Servant of Evil is written from the viewpoint of her brother and Black Knight.
  • Greg Champion's "I Made a Hundred in the Backyard at Mum's" has a sequel sung to the same tune by Ian Macnamara, "I Took That Wicket".
    I took a wicket in the backyard at mum's.
    I bowled out my brother when he'd scored a hundred runs.
    I trapped him LBW with a ball that skidded low
    And everyone they kissed me and they shouted out "Good show!"
  • Uncle Bonsai's Concept Album Doug, which tells the story of joe average Doug from birth to death, features a song about his wedding ("Doug Gets Married"), immediately followed by "I Never Learned How To Waltz," retelling the event from the bride's perspective.
  • Marty Robbins' "Faleena (From El Paso)" is a retelling of his famous Western ballad "El Paso" told from the perspective of Faleena, the love interest of the unnamed cowboy who narrates "El Paso".

  • Episode 19a of Welcome to Night Vale tells the story of a sandstorm blowing through the desert and bringing with it doppelgangers of the people of Night Vale. 19b, rather than a separate story, is an episode of Welcome To Desert Bluffs narrated by Desert Bluffs Community Radio announcer Kevin, who looks almost exactly like, and is implied to be the double of, Cecil.


    Video Games 
  • The third Escape the Museum game, Escape the Museum 2, centers around David, the husband of the first game's protagonist Susan. David journeys across his earthquake-torn neighborhood in order to rendezvous with his family, who were last known to be at a nearby museum. The first game, meanwhile, was about Susan and their daughter Caitlin escaping that museum.
  • The first GBA Golden Sun took place through Isaac's perspective, while Felix was the main antagonist. However, once Golden Sun: The Lost Age, came out, it started out with Jenna and Kraden escaping Venus Lighthouse, around the same time as Isaac's final battle with Saturos and Menardi, which Felix and Sheba saw with their own eyes. Once the sequel's prologue ends, the player switches control over to Felix, as now said player is the one being chased by the very characters they controlled in the previous game!
  • In a weird way, the Online portion of Grand Theft Auto V can be considered this to Story Mode. In the main game, Michael and co. are usually employed by the FIB, while in Online, the protagonist's main government contract is the IAA. Agent ULP and Karen, two minor villains in Story Mode, re-appears in Online as allies.
  • The Half-Life expansion packs Blue Shift, Opposing Force, and Decay, which show the Black Mesa Incident from the POV of a security guard, an HECU Marine, and two scientists, respectively.
  • Little Nightmares later received a three-part DLC titled Secrets of The Maw, which takes place during the events of the main game from the point of view of The Runaway Kid, a character who briefly appeared in Six's journey as the Nome that Six ends up eating.
  • Shining Force III: Scenario II tells some of the story of Scenario I, but from the Empire's point of view instead of the Republic's.
  • Resident Evil
    • Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is set at roughly around the same time period as Resident Evil 2. The starting portion of the game is actually set a day before RE2 begins and at one point, Jill falls unconscious for two days and awakens after the events of RE2 have already transpired.
    • The two Resident Evil: Outbreak games feature numerous scenarios set during the fall of Raccoon City depicted in RE2 and RE3.
    • The spin-off games for the Wii, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, featured numerous scenarios set during the events of the first few Resident Evil games (including Resident Evil – Code: Veronica).
    • From the PS2 version of Resident Evil 4 onwards (minus the oculus) featured an extra scenario called "Separate Ways" which depicted certain specific events of the story from Ada's perspective, providing background information and details pertaining to how some specific events came about and how certain items were placed in the locations they were.
  • Heart of the Alien, the Sega CD sequel to Another World, was originally intended to be set during the events of the first game, but played through the perspective of Buddy (Lester's alien friend, although technically Lester is the alien). Interplay vetoed this idea, but still included an extensive flashback which shows everything Buddy did during the first game.
  • Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 follows a different team (sort of; you play a different character as team leader, but your squadmates are the same people throughout most of both games) during the same terrorist attack on Las Vegas shown in the first game. Most of it takes place in the hours before the first game, before the penultimate mission has your teammates recalled to help the protagonist of the first game (who lost his original team partway through the first mission), and you do a solo mission concurrently with the first game's events before the finale moves on to the day after.
  • The video game Enter the Matrix highlights what side characters Ghost and Niobe are doing during the events of The Matrix Reloaded, popping in and out of the actual plot of the film as needed.
  • .hack//Another Birth, the novels for people who didn't have the console or couldn't track down the original four games to save their lives, tells the story (originally Kite's) from BlackRose's perspective. It also ticks off Kite/BlackRose shippers by giving her a boyfriend, which may be why some don't consider it up to standard, although she does ditch him for no apparent reason near the end of the book.
  • Crysis has a POV expansion pack that shows what Psycho was off doing while Nomad was busy swimming around inside the alien mothership.
  • Rolling Thunder 3 for the Sega Genesis was set during the events of Rolling Thunder 2 and focused on a third WCPO agent named Jay. While Albatross and Leila were occupied with chasing Gimdo during the second game, Jay was assigned to track down Gimdo's second-in-command Dread.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV's 2 DLC, The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, do this well. The main game and both DLC all have a different protagonist and interconnecting storylines, telling you more about the events you already saw, and fleshing out some rarely seen characters.
  • F.E.A.R.'s second expansion, Perseus Mandate, is set concurrently to both the original game and the earlier Extraction Point expansion. For the most part it focuses on its own story, but you also see or hear about several events from the original game and Extraction Point.note 
    • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin only incidentally fits this, as its first level ends with the nuclear explosion that ended the first game, and the events of the expansions are ignored. Its Reborn DLC shifts the focus to one of the Replica soldiers some time after they're reactivated, sometime around the third or fourth Interval.
  • Blaze Union is a POV prequel to Yggdra Union, taking place a few years before the main game and telling the story of how Gulcasa (Yggdra Union's Hero Antagonist) saved his country from its previous Emperor.
  • The director's cut version of the Tales of Destiny PS2 remake includes Leon Side; a mode where you play through the events of the first half of the game prior to Leon's death from his perspective rather than Stahn's. The additional scenes flesh out the relationships between Leon and other characters and the events leading up to his betrayal.
  • Halo 3: ODST is set in New Mombasa, the city from the second and third levels of Halo 2, immediately following the jump into slipspace the Covenant warship made from within the city at the end of said levels.
  • Road of the Dead 2 follows two soldiers trying to escape a zombie-infested city. In the original game, soldiers were as commonplace enemies as zombies.
  • Suikoden III does this to itself. Most of the game is played switching between three POVs (four if you count the dog). At the end you go back to play through several key events of the game from one of the villains' perspective.
  • Darksiders II is this for the original game, with Death as the protagonist during the events of the first game; likewise, Darksiders III with Fury.
  • Done twice with Dead Space series:
    • Whilst Dead Space consisted of Issac Clarke finding himself upon an already overrun Ishimura trying to uncover what happened, Dead Space: Extraction shows the aforementioned outbreak not only as it happens, but from several interchanging perspectives at once.
    • Though it takes place alongside the main plotline, the Dead Space 2 add-on Severed shows the outbreak occurring in reversenote  from the perspective of Extraction's survivors instead.
  • The Earth 2150 stand-alone Expansion Pack called The Moon Project takes place at the same time as the campaign of the original and has a more chronological feel to its missions than the original (where the only goal was to amass enough resources to build an evacuation fleet to escape from the dying Earth). The campaign of The Moon Project involves the Lunar Corporation finding something under the surface of the Moon and a secret United Civilized States force heading to stop them. All this while the main forces of the three powers are fighting tooth and nail to get the last remaining resources on Earth.
  • Jurassic Park: The Game takes place during and after the events of the first film, but from the perspective of Gerry Harding, Nima Cruz, and several other characters who weren't able to get off Isla Nublar along with John Hammond and company.
  • Presentable Liberty takes place during the events of Exoptable Money and has some recurring characters. However, the letter-sending mechanic is the only gameplay similarity the two games share.
  • The Flash game Humbug is about eccentric thief Ziggy Fraud making a daring escape from the palace dungeons after attempting to steal the crown. The first sequel Humbugger is about his loyal riding chicken making her way along the outside of the palace to be in place for the Land in the Saddle ending.
  • The second and third DLCs to Dishonored are told from the perspective of Daud, the man who assassinated Empress Jessamine Kaldwin in the main game. The first DLC starts with a cutscene showing the assassination from Daud's perspective, and the first and final scene of the second DLC shows the fight between Corvo and Daud near the end of the main game from Daud's perspective, although neither necessarily play out like they did in the main game: the first fight ends with Daud killing Corvo, and the second ends with Corvo either sparing or killing Daud depending on the chaos level in the DLCs, regardless of how you played it the first time. Other than those instances, however, the game's storylines are mainly seperate, and Daud's story ties more closely with Dishonored 2 than the main game due to the introduction of the sequel's villain, Delilah Copperspoon/Kaldwin. Several events in the DLC do tie into the main game, however, like the security at Coldridge being tightened following Corvo's escape, or references made to the Boyle's party.
  • Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion DLC campaign takes place during the events of the game's main story and follows an Octoling who awakens with no memory in an old subway system that is now being used as a underground testing facility. The Octoling, dubbed Agent 8, must undergo a series of tests and collect four "thangs" in order to make it to the "promised land" while Cap'n Cuttlefish, Pearl, and Marina give them support. The events of the campaign are actually more important than that of the main story as the group finds themselves having to stop a villain who despises Inklings and Octolings, and aims to commit mass genocide in order to restart life on Earth for a third time in hopes of creating a better successor race to humanity. The plots also show no overlap, with the main campaign having Marie simply note that her grandfather and Agent 3 are away on a mission and the Octo Expansion having a bonus chat log where she and Cuttlefish chat briefly about dinner.
  • The BFG Edition of Doom³ has a campaign called The Lost Mission. It takes place partway through the original game when a bunch of soldiers get massacred. You get to play a soldier who somehow survived it and go from there.
  • Valkyria Chronicles III takes place during the same war that the original Valkyria Chronicles took place in, with the protagonists being a penal legion rather than the original Squad 7.
  • Natsuki Chronicles takes place around the same time as Ginga Force, showing Natsuki's Heel–Face Turn after learning the truth about the Magni Corporation from Margaret and how Natsuki took care of things on her end while Alex and Margaret deal with Viridian.
  • Downplayed; the Epilogue of Assassin's Creed Rogue and the Prologue of Assassin's Creed: Unity detail the same sequence of events; Shay Patrick Cormac's assassination of Charles Dorian, with Rogue presenting the events from Shay's perspective, while Unity displays it from the perspective of Dorian's son, Arno.
  • Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name takes place during the events of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, focusing on what Kiryu was doing during around that timeframe. The climax of the game is the dissolution of the Omi Alliance and Tojo Clan, which is when Kiryu revealed himself in LAD.

    Web Animation 
  • Ducktalez: Episode 7 shows that all of Scrooge and Vegeta's appearances in episodes 4, 5 and 6 were sequential and they were off on their own adventure.

    Web Comics 
  • Brock of the Undead is a sequel to Braceface Fangface, showing Brock's perspective after being bitten and turned into a vampire.
  • Daily JoJo: The first eight episodes of the "Acting Different" arc show the events of "Executioner" from A-yeong's POV instead of Josh's.
  • Dinosaur Comics pokes fun at the concept with "infinitely many out-of-genre cover sequels", where you see the same event from a different perspective each time with the help of judicious Genre Roulette (disaster film, gross-out comedy, road trip, Western).
  • Pixie and Brutus: The first comic of the series shows Pixie's perspective when her human brings home a new pet. Another comic, much later, shows Brutus meeting Pixie for the first time and deciding that sharing a house with a civilian (and a cat, at that!) won't bother him as much as he first thought.

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  • lonelygirl15 has done this twice with episodes. "Is He Out There", shown from Daniel's perspective, was directly followed by "Proving Bree Wrong", the same events from Jonas' perspective. Later in the series, "Uncle Dan" was shown from Jonas' perspective and directly followed by "Uncle Dan (D-Bone Remix)" (ommitted from the official website), told from Daniel's perspective. This was also the central concept behind the four part story "Prom: It's To Die For".

    Western Animation 
  • The Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "The Little Peas" tells the same story as "The Big Cheese" through the eyes of a very small character trying to help.
  • The Fairly OddParents! episode "The Big Scoop" shows the events from "A Wish Too Far" (when Timmy wishes to be popular) from Chester and A.J's point of view, albeit updated to their current voice actors and characterization.
  • Parodied in Family Guy with a Real Trailer, Fake Movie for Brokeback Mountain from the POV of the horses.
  • Phineas and Ferb has done episodes which show what other characters were doing during the Time Skip of another episode, making for a borderline examples.
    • "Isabella and the Temple of Sap" shows how the Fireside Girls got the tree sap that the title characters use in "Bubble Boys," which takes place during the same day.
    • The two "Unfair Science Fair" episodes do the same, the "redux" episode showing how Candace used the portal which caused her to become the queen of the martians.
    • "Bee Day" and "Bee Story" in Season 2. The former focuses on P&F working to construct a mega wading pool while Doofenshmirtz tries to rid the town of bees. The latter focuses on Isabella and the Fireside Girls trying to win a beekeeping patch before the pool party, and get trapped by Doof.
    • In addition, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars kicks off when they discover the Death Star plans fell out of R2 on Tatooine, following which they have a largely separate adventure with A New Hope happening in the background.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Games Ponies Play" (which focuses on the main cast) occurs in the same timeframe as "Just for Sidekicks" (which focuses on Spike).
  • The Thomas & Friends episode, "Toad's Bright Idea" takes place during the events of the special, Tale of the Brave, with the episode's story focusing on Gator and Toad as they deliver Oliver's freight cars when Oliver breaks down.
  • Wander over Yonder episodes "The Gift" and "The Gift 2: The Giftening" tell the same story, the former being told from Wander and Sylvia's perspective (who are is giving presents to Hater and the Watchdogs to teach them how to feel happiness), the latter from Lord Hater and Commander Peepers (who are trying to escape the happy invasion). Funnily enough, "The Gift 2" was broadcast before "The Gift", while "The Gift" continues slightly past where its sister episode ended.
  • The Ben 10: Omniverse episode "Mud is Thicker Than Water" has Kevin and Rook leave for an intergalactic auto show at the beginning, leaving Ben and Gwen on Earth to deal with a Plumber situation. During the episode, Rook calls Ben at two separate points, with Ben becoming increasingly worried during each call, noting that their problem sounds far worse than what he and Gwen have to deal with. The next episode, "OTTO Motives", follows Kevin and Rook at the show, and we discover just what is happening on their end.
  • The Arthur episode, "D.W.'s Baby" shows the events of its brother episode, "Arthur's Baby" from D.W.'s point of view.
  • The BoJack Horseman episode, "The Telescope" shows the events of the previous episode, "Say Anything" from BoJack's perspective.
  • The episodes "Just Add Water" and "The Creepslayerz" in Trollhunters show events from the same stretch of time. The former focuses on Jim and his friends, while the latter shows the story from the perspective of Steve and Eli, who are just discovering the magical underground world of Arcadia. Both stories will occasionally intersect.
  • Steven Universe: Part of the episode "Now We're Only Falling Apart" is "The Answer" from the perspective of Rose and Pearl; the flashbacks in each episode converge on the moment where Garnet first met Rose Quartz and Pearl.
  • The Chowder episode "The Wrong Customer" tells the same story as its sister episode "The Wrong Address" from Shnitzel's point of view.
  • The Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation H.A.M.S.T.E.R." focuses on the point of view of various hamsters (with a hamster team called the Hamsters Next Door) inside the Sector V treehouse in which it takes place during its sister episode "Operation R.E.C.E.S.S.".
  • Every episode of Zootopia+ is set during the movie, focusing on a different character: Stu and Bonnie during Judy's train journey; Fru-Fru before and after the Big Donut incident; Duke Weaselton after being released; Mr Big during Fru-Fru's wedding; Clawhauser just before Judy calls for backup; and an otter waitress named Sam just before the final scene and the Dance Party Ending.


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Fallen Kingdom Opening Scene

The ninth episode of Season three "Whatever It Takes" sees the events of the opening to Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom from the perspective of Darius, Brooklyn and Yaz as they witness the mercenary getting chased by the Tyrannosaurus before being eaten by the Mosasaurus.

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