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When a property 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 property 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 Next-Gen 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 

    Films — Animated 

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, a PS2 and Xbox sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas. It was based on a script for a film sequel that was cancelled after Tim Burton convinced Disney not to do it. They chose not to throw it away entirely and made it into a video game instead.
  • The first four levels of the Over the Hedge console game are directly taken from the climax of the movie. The rest of the game is a straight sequel where the animals raid houses and battle Dwayne the Verminator.
  • The console Meet the Robinsons game is a prequel, while the Game Boy Advance game is a sequel.
  • The Incredibles has a videogame sequel titled The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer featuring the villain who appeared at the end of the film. The official Incredibles 2 wasn't announced until 13 years later.

    Films — Live-Action 

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    Literature 

  • 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 TV series and material from the first TV series was used to make a second movie.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 

    Radio 

    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, set before the first and second games and the only novel in the saga to be directly related to the plot, and Danganronpa 3, 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.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us has a prequel set 5 years before Superman's regime, in comic book form.

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    Western Animation 


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

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