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Basic Trope: A work of fiction is given a follow-up starring the children of the main characters of the original work.

  • Straight: Trope Adventure Heroes is given a Sequel Series called Trope Adventure Heroes: The Next Generation, with the main characters being the children of the previous show's heroes Bob, Alice, Charlie, and Catherine.
  • Exaggerated: The follow-up stars the original heroes' descendants.
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  • Downplayed: The follow-up's main characters aren't exactly the children of the original heroes, but are still younger people related to the original heroes in other ways, such as being nephews, nieces, or cousins once removed.
  • Justified: The heroes' children are continuing their parents' legacy because aspiring to do good deeds was in their genetics.
  • Inverted: The original work is given a prequel starring the original heroes' parents.
  • Subverted: The heroes' children are only the central characters in the pilot. The next episode has their parents back in the spotlight.
  • Double Subverted: The heroes' children become the central focus again after their parents are killed off or forced to retire.
  • Zig Zagged: The follow-up establishes that the heroes of the original series have children, but gives equal spotlight to both generations.
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  • Averted: The new show either just has the same cast of the original show appear older and wiser or focuses on a new team with no connection to the heroes from the previous series.
  • Enforced: "We want to have younger characters star in the new show so that younger audiences can identify with the heroes more, but we don't want to risk alienating fans of the original series, so how about we compromise by making the new heroes the offspring of the original heroes?"
  • Lampshaded: "So, since we're heroes like our parents, we're basically following in their footsteps."
  • Invoked: The heroes decide to have children so that there can be a new generation of heroes to fight evil when they get too old to continue fighting.
  • Defied: The heroes never have children and instead rely on training younger people to take their place.

Back to Spin-Offspring, so the heroes' children can defend the world from the same threats their parents were up against.

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