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When a work leaves room for continued adventures or ends on an outright Sequel Hook, but is continued in a different medium.

This is most likely due to the original work not doing well financially, but has enough interest to merit continuation in a cheaper medium. Alternatively, they were Screwed by the Network of the original medium and they have to continue it in another. In case of movie continuation from other media, it may also mark a special part of the whole story.

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See also The Resolution Will Not Be Televised and its inverse Recycled: The Series. Related to Expanded Universe when the other media-sequels are treated as a lesser canon. Compare Anime First and Comic-Book Adaptation, as well as Continuation, Fan Sequel and Flash Forward Fic for Fan Fic examples. If the continuation is in the same medium that the predecessor was itelf adapted from, see Recursive Adaptation.

Note that cases of prequels and interquels also count here; the point is, the works are all part of the same timeline.


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Examples by the original medium

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Book 

    Films — Animated 

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    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • The Dark Tower was adapted into a film of the same name, with all marketing pointing to it being a loose adaptation. It was actually a Stealth Sequel.
  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder's Green-Sky Trilogy was followed up with Below the Root, a video game conclusion to the series.
  • The same company also consulted with Ray Bradbury to make an authorized text adventure sequel to Fahrenheit 451.
  • The first book and two chapters from the second book about Madicken were first adapted into a TV series in six parts. The rest of the second book was adapted into a movie. And to make things complicated, material from the first TV series was used to make a second movie and material from the first movie was used to make a second TV series.
  • Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club eventually got a sequel, Fight Club 2, published as a monthly comic book series later collected in trade paperback. A threequel, Fight Club 3, was also released in this format.
  • The Witcher games are the continuation of the books series. That being said, the author of the books doesn't consider the games to be canon.
  • Several of H.P. Lovecraft's works have received this treatment.
    • At the Mountains of Madness has two sequels in tabletop game format, with the Beyond the Moutnains of Madness campaign in Call of Cthulhu and the Assault on the Mountains of Madness campaign in Achtung! Cthulhu. The source book for the later even references the former, letting the keeper decide whether the two campaigns are canon with each other.
    • The Shadow Over Innsmouth also has a prequel/sequel tabletop campaign in the "Escape from Innsmouth" scenario from Call of Cthulhu. It greatly expands on the federal government's raid on Innsmouth that was only briefly mentioned in the original story, while also extrapolating on what happened to both Innsmouth and the horrors it contained after the raid's conclusion. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a somewhat loose adaptation of this scenario.
  • Ringworld was given a 1992 PC game sequel titled Ringworld: Revenge of the Patriarch.
  • High★Speed! was given a sequel in the form of the anime franchise Free!.
  • Nnedi Okorafor's comic miniseries LaGuardia is a sequel to her prose novel Lagoon, although there is no character overlap.
  • Harry Potter was given a prequel in the form of the Fantastic Beasts film series. Unlike the film adaptations of the books, Fantastic Beasts tells an entirely original story, and is thus considered completely canon to the original book series.

    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Crysis 2 is the sequel but set at an altogether different time and place with a (mostly) new cast of characters. The events of Crysis and Crysis: Warhead were more directly continued in a six-issue comic book series endorsed by EA and published by IDW intending to fill the gap.
  • The Titan Comics-published Assassin's Creed Origins four-part comic mini-series details the fall of Cleopatra 14 years after the game.
  • The 1998 shooter SiN was originally followed by a 2000 anime movie in which Blade's partner died and was replaced by his sister, though this movie was later rendered non-canon when a sequel game came out in 2006.
  • First Encounter Assault Recon had two prequels in other mediums. The "Alma Interviews" was a live-action short movie depicting an interview with a young Alma before she really started on the spooky business from the game, while the "Director's Edition" of the game also came with a Dark Horse-drawn adaptation of the beginning of Fettel's rampage from the game's opening cinematic.
  • The Hope's Peak Saga of Danganronpa (most of which consisted of visual novels and video games) had two: one was Danganronpa Zero, a novel set before the first and second games and the only novel in the saga to be directly related to the plot, and Danganronpa 3, an anime which served as the conclusion chapter. The third cardinal game tells a completely separate story.
  • Life Is Strange has a comic continuation taking place after one of the two possible endings, in particular the one where Max saves Chloe and let the storm destroy Arcadia Bay. They go on with their lives, least until Max's time rewinding power suddenly start acting up to which they must find out why.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us has a prequel set 5 years before Superman's regime, in comic book form.
  • The Maverick Hunter X PSP remake of Mega Man X features an OVA prequel called "Day of Sigma", revealing when Sigma became the Big Bad.
  • Melty Blood got a sequel through the manga Back Alley Nightmare, which also added Fate/Grand Order to the list of Nasuverse crossovers in the game.
  • Sakura Wars:
  • Infamous: A midquel example, the comic is set in between the first and second game and covers the plot points that the first game Left Hanging. Namely what happened with Alden, Moya and Sasha.
  • The IDW comic of Sonic the Hedgehog, while likewise being a Continuity Reboot following the cancellation of the Archie version, acts as a follow up of Sonic Forces, covering the aftermath of that game and what happened to Eggman after he was defeated before veering off into the usual good vs evil business. But not Infinite, oddly enough, whom in the game just vanished after Sonic and the Rookie beat him. This was due to a mandate by Sega that the writers weren't allowed to cover his fate, apparently wanting to do this themselves for a future game.
  • The PlayStation 4 remake of MediEvil released alongside a comic tie-in that acts as a sequel to MediEvil 2, and uses plot elements from what would have been the third game in the series, MediEvil: Fate's Arrow.
  • Although it wasn't as apparent when it released, NieR had a sequel in the stage play YoRHa, which told of a robot war in the setting's distant future and the androids that fought it. When NieR: Automata eventually elaborated on these plot points, YoRHa was expanded and converted into a series of side story plays.
  • Kemono Friends was a bit weird about this. While it started out as a mobile game before getting an anime, for most of the story the anime went on as if it was an Alternate Continuity. However, after a certain point it gets revealed that the anime was actually a Stealth Distant Sequel, albeit one that's vague about exactly how much time has passed between the two. This wound up being done again several years later, where the anime got a new mobile/arcade game called Kemono Friends 3, set after the second anime season.

    Web Comics 
  • The Homestuck Epilogues is a novel continuation of the webcomic Homestuck, telling two different versions of what might have happened to the characters after the original comic ended. Notably, the Epilogues repeatedly call their own canonicity as the "true ending" of Homestuck into question, and they make very clear that the controversial original ending is intended to stand on its own. The Epilogues themselves would get a sequel in the original medium three years later.

    Western Animation 
  • Samurai Jack: From 2013 to 2015, a comic book series was made which continued Jack's adventures and with Jack and his allies preparing to confront Aku in one final battle. This was at a time when it was uncertain if the show would ever get an ending, with it would a few years later with a fifth and final season. There are fans who still view the comics as being canon, squeezing them into the Time Skip between seasons.
    • Said fifth season’s finale received a canonical interquel, Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, a video game depicting an adventure set between Jack and Ashi jumping through Ashi’s portal to the past to actually arriving in the past, with the game’s Golden Ending adding onto the series finale by showing Ashi surviving and getting to live happily ever after with Jack in the past.
  • ReBoot was cancelled (for good) after a Season 4 cliffhanger, but the story continued years later in an official webcomic format hosted by Rainmaker Entertainment, ReBoot: Code of Honor.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Avatar: The Last Airbender has had several following the end of the show, which run the gamut of exploring plot threads the series left hanging to laying down the foundation for various plot and setting elements present in The Legend of Korra.
    • The Legend of Korra: Following in its predecessor's footsteps, the comics explore the immediate aftermath of the show's fourth season. Namely the issue of the new spirit portal in the middle of Republic City and the remnants of the Earth Nation army still making a bid for power in Kuvira's absence.
  • Darkwing Duck: Like Rescue Rangers, the show got a comic book from Boom in 2010 set many years after the TV series and Drake taking up the Darkwing persona once more. Again however, sadly cancelled when Disney revoked Boom's license due to now having Marvel under their belt.
  • Gargoyles: A comic continued the story, headed by main show runner Greg Weisman no less, in 2006, ignoring the show's third season, The Goliath Chronicles. It even got a spin-off, Bad Guys, which as the title states focuses on the villains of the series. Despite great reception from fans, the comics ended up being cancelled when Disney increased their licensing fees and publisher Slave Labor Graphics had to drop the series.
  • The Critic was continued as online webisodes several years after it was cancelled by FOX.
  • In terms of Sequel Episodes, "The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase" from The Simpsons had a sequel in the comic series, dubbed the "Quickly Cancelled Comic Book Cavalcade". The stories are continuations of the three spinoffs proposed in the original episode, and true to form, they are as hokey as ever. In the "Wiggum, P.I." story, Wiggum becomes undead and Skinner suspects Big Daddy is behind it. Meanwhile, the eponymous "Lovematic Grandpa" finds his soul switched with that of Moe's Girl of the Week. Finally, "The Simpson Family Smile-Time Variety Hour" is forced to hold their salute to Rock & Roll on an island due to Homer crashing their plane on the way to their gig in Hollywood.
  • Teen Titans had a tie-in comic, Teen Titans Go! (not to be confused with the 2013 show of the same name, or the comic based on that show), which ran alongside it. The comic continued after the show ended and told stories taking place after the series finale, even introducing characters they either couldn't use or had no time to cover (like Ravager, Wildfire and both Wonder Girls: Donna Troy and Cassie). It also reveals Terra's past and answers the Ambiguous Ending from the final episode of if the girl Beast Boy ran into was Terra or not, with it being confirmed by her brother, Geo Force, that it is indeed her.
  • The Fairly OddParents got three live-action movies set after the main series in the form of A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, A Fairly Odd Christmas, and A Fairly Odd Summer. Considering how wonky their inclusion would be in the TV series (especially in later seasons), they're pretty much considered an Alternate Continuity.
  • Prior to the show being Un-Cancelled, Star Wars: The Clone Wars had some of its unmade story arcs adapted into other mediums; the comic book miniseries Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir and the novel Dark Disciple were made in a time when it seemed all but certain the show was dead.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Season 11: A "proposed" season set after the series finale. Despite the title, it doesn't really cover much of anything new, was cancelled after six issues, and Word of God states they're non-canon anyway.
    • Simon & Marcy: A spin-off that covers Simon, aka the former Ice King, suddenly regressing and Marcy's quest to help him culminating in trying rescue Betty who took on the GOLOB form in the series finale to save everyone.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers got one in 2010 that continue where the series left off where the rangers regroup once more. Lasted for only for eight issues due to Disney revoking Boom's license after gaining Marvel.
  • Gravity Falls received a single volume dubbed Lost Legends that, while covering stories during the events of the show and even before it, likewise has a few set in-between when Bill was defeated and Dipper and Mabel leaving for home.
  • Invader Zim: The comic continues on where Season 2 left off, usually in a lot of self-contained adventures though a few things did stick. Elements of the comics also showed up in the TV movie, Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes had its own comic series, Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century, which kept going after the show's end and had some stories taking place after it.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The existing comic line has a "Season 10" starting in 2020.
  • Over the Garden Wall has a number of tie-in comics by KaBOOM! Comics, some of which are set after the show's end.
  • Regular Show received a six issue mini called 25 Years Later in which a now older Mordicai and Rigby get into a situation where their kids are taken from them by a magical imp and their quest to get them back.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM): This one is a more complicated example. The comic book came first before the TV series but was more light-hearted against the darker themes of the TV show. After the TV series ended, the comic ended up taking on the more mature theme of the TV series as well as using some of the plotlines that was intended for the show's proposed third season. Thus some fans consider the comic a continuation of the TV series.
  • Mega Man: Fully Charged has a six-issue comic book mini-series that takes place after the first season's ending. It is written by the show's writers and introduces story ideas originally planned for the second season before its cancellation. It also has a notably Darker and Edgier tone compared to the series it is based on.
  • Before the release of Young Justice: Outsiders, DC released a two-issue digital comic book that took place between the previous season and Outsiders, written by series showrunner Greg Weisman. During the DC Fandome virtual event, a audio play called "The Prize" premiered that Weisman also wrote and was performed by the show's voice cast. It canonically takes place between Outsiders and Phantoms.
  • The Dragon Prince has a comic book called Through The Moon, which takes place after season three.


Alternative Title(s): Prequel In Another Medium, Interquel In Another Medium, Comic Book Continuation

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