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A trend in movie sequels that pops up frequently. The first one is good enough to warrant a sequel and in either the second or third installment the action takes place in a foreign country.

Depending upon why the characters are in a foreign country, this may turn out to functionally be a longer Vacation Episode and/or a Busman's Holiday if the characters end up doing the same thing abroad that they would do at home.

It could also possibly result in an Artifact Title if the name of the original film is also the name of its setting (for example, The first Madagascar film took place in... well, guess. But in the third film, the setting is Europe).



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The second series of Lupin III has the main characters going globe-trotting, where the first season was mostly set within Japan.
  • The third Digimon movie involves some of the Japanese Chosen Children meeting Wallace in the U.S.
  • In K-On! the movie, the gang goes to England.
  • The Love Live! movie has the cast go to New York.
  • Psycho-Pass: The Movie gets out of Japan and goes to Southeast Asia for its main plot.
  • One of the You're Under Arrest! OVAs has Natsumi and Yukari transferring to Los Angeles.

    Films — Animation 
  • The sequel to The Rescuers, The Rescuers Down Under, is set in Australia.
  • Rugrats in Paris takes place, obviously, in Paris compared to the series that takes place in the USA.
  • Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown takes place in London and France while the main comic strip and previous feature films are all set in the USA.
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: While technically still the same country, there is a world of difference between the wild west and New York.
  • Cars 2 takes McQueen, Mater and their friends out of Radiator Springs and across the globe, with stops in Tokyo, Paris, Italy and London.
  • Madagascar: Only the first movie takes place on Madagascar (and, in the first quarter, in New York). In the two sequels the characters go to mainland Africa, then to Europe. Penguins of Madagascar takes place all over the world, including stops in Europe, China, Africa and North America.
  • One of the Monster High CGI specials, Scaris: City of Frights (as well as the accompanying short, From Fear to Eternity), involves the protagonists traveling to a monsterfied version of Paris.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Witches Abroad plays with this tradition and pertinent cliché.
  • M*A*S*H had a number of sequels titled M*A*S*H Goes To _____, starting with Maine (Hawkeye returns home, Trapper decides to come with him) and hitting, before that particular horse was flayed beyond recognition, New Orleans, Paris, London, Las Vegas, Morocco, Hollywood, Miami, San Francisco, Montreal, and Moscow.
  • Topper by Thorne Smith was followed by Topper Takes a Trip, set on the French Riviera. Both were later turned into movies.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Joe Millionaire season 2 went to Italy and cast female contestants from Europe, because everyone in the US would be Genre Savvy enough after the first one that they couldn't pull the same trick again.
  • The seventh and final season of Elementary moves from New York City to London after Sherlock gets banned from the US.
  • Escape of the Artful Dodger has the characters from Oliver Twist in Australia. In the title character's case it was actually somewhat justified, as "Transportation to the Colonies" was a normal penalty in that era for petty theft: The presence of Oliver, Fagin et al is less easily explicable.
  • 24 was mainly set in the United States. A little bit of the third season was set in Mexico and the TV movie Redemption that served as a prequel to season seven had Jack in Africa, but a lot of the action, mainly the political stuff, was still set in the U.S. Live Another Day, which follows up on the series after it originally ended, is set entirely in England.
  • Inspector Rex was an Austrian series, but when it was revived in 2008, the setting of the majority of cases was Rome.
  • S Club 7's TV series is a strange example. It was a British band on a British TV show, but the first three series all took place in the United States, specifically Miami and L.A. The fourth season, however, took place in Barcelona, Spain.
  • The original run of The Wrong Mans was set almost entirely in Berkshire, England. The second series, while still featuring Berkshire a fair bit, had the characters go to Texas, USA due to witness protection. Subsequently, they ended up in Eastern Europe and then France before returning to the UK.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The third Ring of Honor Champion, Samoa Joe, would take the title to Europe and declare his Ring Of Honor singles belt was a world title after successfully defending it there. The tag team belts actually were taken to Asia when Roderick Strong and Austin Aries of Generation Next decided to upgrade them to world status.
  • The third Full Impact Pro Heavyweight Champion, Roderick Strong again, would declare belt a World Tile after successfully defending against Pac at ROH's fifth year festival in Liverpool.

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Alternative Title(s): Third Movie Goes To Asia


The Toxic Avenger Part II

Toxie goes to Tokyo!

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