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"Can't think of something to do? Just go to Europe!"

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. Compare Contrasting Sequel Setting.

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, Madagascar. But in the second film, the setting is Africa, and the third film is set in Europe).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The first three seasons of Cardfight!! Vanguard overDress, including the first season of will+Dress, take place solely in Japan. Season 2 of will+Dress instead partially takes place in the United States, with half the cast going there for a series of exhibition matches against the American champions of Vanguard Deluxe.
  • 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. The Love Live! Sunshine!! movie has the cast go to Italy.
  • The second series of Lupin III has the main characters going globe-trotting, where the first season was mostly set within Japan. Later series would follow suit, such as Part IV being set in Italy (it's even officially subtitled The Italian Adventure) and Part 5 being set in France (similarly carrying the subtitle Misadventures in France).
  • Ash Ketchum's journeys in Pokémon: The Series largely follow the pattern of the video games — he starts in his homeland of Kanto, then tours the neighboring region of Johto, and from there goes to farther areas. Also, if the regions in the anime are like they are in the games (in which they're based on real-life locations), then Hoenn and Sinnoh are still somewhat close to Kanto and Johto while Unova and subsequent regions are very far overseas.
  • Psycho-Pass: The Movie gets out of Japan and goes to Southeast Asia for its main plot.
  • Saber Marionette J: The main setting of the whole series is an Earth-like planet whose major countries are named after those of the original Earth. The first series takes place in Japaness (named after Japan), and so does the OVA follow-up J Again. The second full series, Saber Marionette J to X, starts in Japaness but takes the main characters into Xian (named after China) during the second Story Arc. The distant follow-ups Saber Marionette R and the manga-exclusive Saber Marionette Z take place in Romana (named after Rome, the capital of Italy), but they star different characters since they're distant sequels (500 years after J to X).
  • One of the You're Under Arrest! OVAs has Natsumi and Yukari transferring to Los Angeles.
  • Inverted in Yu-Gi-Oh!: The first major tournament takes place on an island called Duelist Kingdom, while the next season's Battle City Tournament is held in the heroes' hometown of Domino.

    Fan Works 
Omen IV: The Awakening
  • Always Visible: A sequel is a big word, but the third act (which is actually the fourth part) takes place not in Portland, North America, but in London, England.

    Films — Animation 
  • An American Tail: Fievel Goes West: Downplayed. While technically still the same country, there is a world of difference between the wild west and New York.
  • 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.
  • Cars 2 takes McQueen, Mater and their friends out of Radiator Springs and across the globe, with stops in Tokyo, Paris, Italy and London.
  • Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie: Arnold and his friends on a class trip that takes them out of their regular city setting of Hillwood and to the fictional South American country of San Lorenzo.
  • Madagascar: Only the first movie takes place in Madagascar (and, in the first quarter, in New York City). In the first two sequels, the main characters go to mainland Africa, then to Europe. The Penguins of Madagascar spin-off, which continues from the third film, 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.
  • The sequel to The Rescuers (which takes place in Louisiana), 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. Similarly, the third film Rugrats Go Wild!, a crossover with The Wild Thornberrys, takes place in Africa.
  • The Smurfs 2 involves the titular creatures with their human friends and allies from the first film trying to stop Gargamel by going to France.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The sequel to Agent Cody Banks was set squarely in London.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard takes place in The New Russia.
  • Annie: A Royal Adventure! takes place in England.
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember is set in Japan.
  • The gag Sequel Hook in Baby's Day Out involves a book called Baby's Trip to China.
  • The Bad News Bears Go To Japan.
  • A Better Tomorrow is set entirely in Hong Kong. The second film have one-third of it's scenes set in New York. The third film (a prequel set in the 70s) meanwhile is set almost entirely in Saigon, save for five minutes back in Hong Kong.
  • Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian came very close to being made. Highly downplayed though as Hawaii wouldn't be foreign to U.S. (the first film was set in Connecticut).
  • Blade II takes place in Prague (with one scene at the end in London), while the first film was set in the USA.
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason: London, Thailand, Australia
  • The second Cheetah Girls Made-for-TV Movie takes place in Barcelona, while the third takes place in India.
  • The Conjuring 2 sees the Warrens travel to the United Kingdom to investigate another haunting.
  • Inverted with "Crocodile" Dundee, where the protagonist goes to New York for the first movie and the sequel seems him back home in Australia. Played straight for part three, Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
  • The Dark Knight has an extensive sequence in Hong Kong, which is further than Batman goes during Batman Begins, excluding the prologue.
  • Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights takes place in Cuba.
  • The 1975 softcore film Emmanuelle 2 begins with the lead character taking a boat trip to Hong Kong, where she stays as an expat for the rest of the film.
  • The first two films in the Evil Dead series are set in a small cabin somewhere in the U.S., while Army of Darkness ups things by having Ash stuck in Medieval Europe.
  • A case of "Prequels go foreign" with the Fantastic Beasts films. The original Harry Potter books and films all took place in the United Kingdom, while Fantastic Beasts shows off different parts of the world.
  • The Fast and the Furious:
    • Fast 8 primarily takes place on the NYC streets. Some scenes take place in Berlin, Russia, and Havana.
    • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Tokyo Drift takes place in Tokyo after Fast 6, just before the 7th movie.
    • Fast & Furious 4 mainly takes place in L.A. and it's crowded city streets. The opening scene is set in the Dominican Republic, and a scene shows Dom living in Panama. Some scenes towards the end of the movie (especially the climactic car chase through the Mexican desert) take place in Mexico.
    • And again with Fast Five, which takes place on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (actually filmed in Puerto Rico). Some scenes show Washington DC, Germany, Monaco, and So Cal.
    • Fast & Furious 6 is also set abroad in. The movie primarily takes place in London, England and Spain, including the Canary Islands. A few scenes show L.A. while a scene also takes place in Russia and China.
    • Furious 7 is primarily set in L.A. (mainly filmed in Atlanta). A scene shows the team rescuing Ramsey by air dropping their cars over the Caucasus mountains in Azerbaijan (filmed in Colorado). The next 30 minutes take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE in the Middle East before the team returns to their home turf of L.A. for the final showdown.
  • Flodder in Amerika (America)
  • The French Connection II has Popeye Doyle in France, to pursue the drug lord who evaded capture in the first film.
  • Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties, which is set in London, where Garfield gets his life mixed up with that of an English cat.
  • Glass Onion, the sequel to Knives Out, leaves the USA and takes Great Detective Benoit Blanc to Greece.
  • As part of the third series of Goodness Gracious Me, the cast recorded a "Back Where They Came From" special filmed in India.
  • The Hangover Part II, which takes place in Thailand and includes the characters lampshading the fact that the same circumstances happened in a foreign country.
  • The first two Hellraiser films take place in the United Kingdom. Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth is the first one to move the action to the United States. The seventh film Hellraiser: Deader is set in Romania.
  • Twice in the Herbie series with Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977) and Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) where he competes in Mexico.
  • Ip Man 4 has the titular character duking it out in San Francisco, USA.
  • While the James Bond films are known for having the titular character travel around the world on his missions, Dr. No basically took place only in Jamaica, which makes many of the subsequent films (particularly starting with The Man with the Golden Gun, although From Russia with Love had already set this template) examples for the trope.
  • John Wick had the titular character in the U.S. fighting local mobsters, while the sequel sees him head to Rome.
  • In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this has become Inverted. After four whole films taking place in a fictional island chain near Costa Rica in Central America (with a brief action sequence in San Diego), everything from the halfway mark onwards takes place (and sets things up so any possible future dinosaur-related action may happen) in California. Played straight in Jurassic World Dominion, with a plot that leads the protagonists to major action set pieces in Malta and Switzerland.
  • The Karate Kid Part II is set in Okinawa, Japan because Mr. Miyagi returns to his hometown to visit his dying father, as well as settle an old score, and Daniel decides to tag along.
    • The reboot mainly takes place in China.
  • French-Canadian film Les Boys 2 is set in a hockey tournament in France.
  • French film Les Visiteurs had a sequel Les Visiteurs II, followed by a US foreign remake, Just Visiting. The remake was released in France as a semi-sequel, Les Visiteurs en Amérique.
  • London Has Fallen. Sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, which takes place in Washington, D.C.
  • The Men in Black spin-off Men in Black: International focuses on the Men In Black's London branch and two of its agents being sent all over the world.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe has covered many corners of the world throughout its films:
    • Inverted with the Captain America movies. The First Avenger starts in the United States, but primarily takes place in the WWII battlefields in Europe, while The Winter Soldier largely takes place in and around Washington DC (with Steve and Natasha also taking a road trip to New Jersey). Inverted back again with Civil War, which takes place in several different European countries.
    • Mostly averted in Iron Man 2: While most of the action takes place in the United States, parts of the first act of the film (including Anton Vanko's first attack on Tony Stark) take place in Monaco.
    • The Avengers (2012) features some globetrotting but the ultimate battle involves defending New York City from the Chitauri.
    • The big climactic battle of Avengers: Age of Ultron takes place in the fictional Eastern European nation of Sokovia, and before that the Avengers track Ultron to South Korea and South Africa.
    • Avengers: Infinity War has its climax set in Wakanda, while also featuring plenty of sequences away from Earth.
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming is, as usual, a New York-based Spider-Man adventure (with a small part in Washington DC). Its sequel, however, is remarkably the first Spider-Man feature to not primarily take place in New York, or even the United States - its plot involves Peter Parker's Europe school trip.
    • Thor takes place in a small New Mexico town, Thor: The Dark World spends a significant amount of time in London. The third installment is set almost entirely outside of Earth, with Thor and Loki only visiting Earth during the first act while trying to locate Odin.
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is set in China.
  • National Lampoon's European Vacation.
  • The Nativity! series: Downplayed in Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, which takes the St Bernadette's pupils from Coventry to Wales. Played straight in Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey? where they go to New York.
  • Ocean's Twelve went to Europe, justified by the title gang being too high profile to work in the USA without raising alarms (Not that it stopped them in Ocean's Thirteen).
    • By the time the third movie rolled around, most of the gang had settled down and those that still worked had gone straight.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
  • Pitch Perfect 2 takes the Barden Bellas to Denmark for a worldwide a cappella championship. Downplayed in that they don't actually go to Denmark until the final act. But in Pitch Perfect 3, they reunite and leave America after the first act to join a USO tour of American army bases in Europe.
  • Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow, pictured above.
  • Rambo: The first film is set in the Northwestern United States. In the sequels, he's doing his battles in Asia, the second film sending him (back) to Vietnam, the third to Afghanistan, and the fourth to Myanmar/Burma. The fifth, meanwhile, instead sends him to Mexico.
  • Red 2: Most of the action takes place in Paris, London, and Moscow.
  • Rich and Famous have a sequel, Tragic Hero which is set mostly in Malaysia.
  • The second half of Rocky IV is set in Moscow.
  • Rush Hour: Jackie Chan is a Hong Kong cop Fish out of Water in LA. Rush Hour 2 is set in Hong Kong - now his partner is the one out of water. Rush Hour 3 takes place in Paris, where they're both out.
  • Sex and the City 2 has its New Yorker cast taking a trip to Abu Dhabi.
  • Shaft in Africa
  • Shanghai Knights, the sequel to Shanghai Noon, is set in London. A third installment, Shanghai Dawn, would have taken the protagonists to Russia, but it was never made.
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took Sherlock Holmes out of London and across the Continent to France, Germany, and then Switzerland.
  • Speed 2: Cruise Control takes place in the Caribbean.
  • The Suicide Squad sends our "heroes" to South America, but also subverts this in several ways - it's Corto Maltese, a Banana Republic and Wretched Hive, which means Amanda Waller has no problem leaving it to its fate when Starro is unleashed. Incidentally, Task Force X is often deployed off US soil in the comics.
  • The second Super Troopers film takes the protagonists across the border into Canada, although that chunk of Canada is about to become US territory due to an old mix-up.
  • Inverted for Taken: The first film primarily takes place in France and the second in Istanbul, but the third and final film is mainly set in Los Angeles.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III ups the ante by taking place in ancient Japan. Of course they are ninjas.
  • Three Men and a Little Lady, the sequel to Three Men and a Baby, takes place mostly in London.
  • The Thompsons, the sequel to The Hamiltons, takes place in England.
  • Much of The Toxic Avenger Part II takes place in Japan, where Toxie goes to search for his missing father.
  • Tremors
    • Tremors 2: Aftershocks takes place in Mexico instead of Nevada.
    • Tremors 5: Bloodlines is the second movie to take place outside the United States, being set in a South African wildlife preserve that is attacked by a Graboid subspecies.
  • V/H/S/2 has a segment, "Safe Haven", set in Indonesia with most of the dialogue subtitled. One of its directors, Timo Tjahjanto, is Indonesian, and the other one, Gareth Evans, had previously made the Jakarta-set action film The Raid.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • The Wolverine takes place almost entirely in Japan.
    • Although X-Men: First Class was the first X-Men movie to make forays outside of North America, X-Men: Days of Future Past goes further, with all of the future scenes taking place either in Russia or China, and much of the '70s action unfolding in Paris and Saigon.

  • Irvine Welsh's Filth was set in Scotland while the Crime was a spin-off about one of the officers vacationing in Miami.
  • A sequel to Good Burger was written where Ed goes to Paris to track down a customer to give him the correct change with Dexter following. Instead of a movie though, the sequel was released as a book called Good Burger 2 Go.
  • MASH 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.
  • The Mummy Monster Game: After book 1 took place in Josh and Amy's home in Australia, the second has them going on a Nile cruise in Egypt with their cousin Harry and his mother.
  • Topper by Thorne Smith was followed by Topper Takes a Trip, set on the French Riviera. Both were later turned into movies.
  • Witches Abroad plays with this tradition and pertinent cliché.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Atlanta took place in the titular city for its first two seasons, but the third season follows the main characters on a tour across Europe. (It does contains three anthology episodes that are set in Atlanta, as well as one taking place in New York). The fourth and final season returns to Atlanta in its entirety.
  • 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 7 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.
  • Childrens Hospital
    • The show was mostly set in an hospital in Brazil, except Season 5 which is set on a military base in Japan.
    • Its sequel, Medical Police, is a globe-trotting action/adventure drama spoof.
  • Crazy Like a Fox: The made-for-TV movie "Still Crazy Like a Fox" takes place during a family vacation to England.
  • 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.
  • Inspector Rex was an Austrian series, but when it was revived in 2008, the setting of the majority of cases was Rome.
  • Joe Millionaire Season 2 went to Italy and cast female contestants from Europe, because everyone in the U.S. would be Genre Savvy enough after the first one that they couldn't pull the same trick again.
  • Downplayed in NCIS: Hawaiʻi — unlike its three predecessors, which take place in the continental United States, it takes place in Hawaii, a state that's nowhere near North America. It's also Played Straight on NCIS: Sydney, which is set in Australia.
  • 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 Star Trek franchise pulls something similar on a galactic scale.
    • The Original Series and The Next Generation mostly take place in the Alpha Quadrant, the home turf of The Federation, with a few forays into the Beta Quadrant involving the Klingons and Romulans.
    • Deep Space Nine is still set mostly in the AQ, but involves frequent trips into the Gamma Quadrant and run-ins with the Dominion.
    • Voyager takes place almost exclusively in the Delta Quadrant, where the titular starship is stranded 70,000 light-years from home.
  • 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • When Holidead and Thunder Rosa won the NWA Western States Tag Team Title belts they took the belts to World Wonder Ring ST★RDOM in Asia and renamed them the NWA International Tag Team Titles... though they were later renamed the Vendetta Pro Wrestling International Tag Team Titles by Five Most Wanted after Cody Hawk and Sean Casey won them due to the fact there already was a set of NWA International Tag Team Title belts, in Asia! In All Japan Pro Wrestling to be more specific.
  • The third Full Impact Pro Heavyweight Champion, Roderick Strong, would declare his belt a World Title after successfully defending against Pac at ROH's fifth year festival in Liverpool.
  • 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.

    Puppet Shows 

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • The premise of The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures is that Ryunosuke Naruhodou, a young man from Meiji-era Japan with aspirations in defense law, goes overseas to Victorian England.
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice happens in a kingdom called "Khura'in", as opposed to Phoenix Wright's usual setting (which can either be Los Angeles or Tokyo, depending on the localization). Parts of the game are still set in the usual city, though.

    Western Animation 
  • Amphibia:
    • The first half of the second season of has Anne and the Plantars leave Wartwood for the mystical city of Newtopia to unlock the secrets of the Calamity Box which transported Anne and her girlfriends there.
    • The first half of the final season takes place on Earth, in which Anne and the Plantars hide out with Anne's parents, where she tries to keep their identities as frogs hidden from the townsfolk, and tries to keep Andrias' invasion a secret from her parents as much as possible while fighting various dangerous encounters Andrias sends against her.
  • Big City Greens: Season 3B shifts the series from Big City to the Greens' old hometown of Smalton, after Bill sees their old house up for sale and buys it back, causing them plus Remy to return to the country.
  • Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight zig-zags with this. While the China-set franchise has included characters from other Asian nations such as Japan before, the first season introduces European characters — specially the knight Wandering Blade and the Mages Klaus and Veruca. However, the first season remains firmly in China, with the exception of a few flashbacks to England. Trailers for Season 2 show, however, that the action is set to move to India.
  • In the final season of The Lion Guard, Kion, the Guard and Makini leave the Pride Lands in search of the Tree of Life, which will heal Kion and Ono of their respective injuries in the final battle against Scar. This season explains where they were during the second act of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, with the final two episodes serving as an epilogue.
  • The final two seasons of Star vs. the Forces of Evil shifts its focus to Star's home kingdom of Mewni, where she learns more in-depth and shocking reveals about her family.
  • The second season of Tangled: The Series has Rapunzel, along with Eugene and Cass, leave Corona and follow the path of Black Rocks to the mysterious Dark Kingdom so Rapunzel can unlock her destiny.
  • While Winx Club is mostly set in a magic universe, Season 4 shifts the central location to Earth, particularly Bloom's hometown Gardenia, as they work to help mortals believe in fairies and magic with the Believix power and defeat the Wizards of the Black Circle.

Alternative Title(s): Third Movie Goes To Asia


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