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What's the name of the trope for a sequel of a film, film series or TV series where we have some of the same characters from the original to be in the sequel but they're older by 5+ years? Usually you get the same cast whenever appropriate. It could be revival, but I'm not sure.

Some examples:

  • Boy Meets World and then Girl Meets World
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender and then Avatar: The Legend of Korra --> We didn't get the same cast, though maybe not appropriate to get the same cast
  • Rugrats (and Pre-school Daze, I guess) and then All Grown Up
  • Indiana Jones 1-3 and then Indiana Jones 4
  • Star Wars 1-6 and then Star Wars 7-9
  • Prison Break s1-4 and then Prison Break s5

Some non-examples:

  • Breaking Bad and then El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie --> The latter picks up right after the former left off.
  • Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul --> The latter is a prequel.

Edit: i think the rugrats and all grown up is kind of an exception. this case is probably just both sequel and spin-off: sequel in the case that it continues the story and spin-off in that it's a different kind of story, in particular a different flavour (but maybe the genre is the same idk). similar with avatar and korra except not a different flavour.

  • @Paulie_D Not sure what's the term. maybe not 'trope'. just wanna know how to characterise this recurring thing in the examples i gave. thanks for commenting. – BCLC Aug 6 at 11:18
  • @Paulie_D But they're much older sometimes to the point it's like a different flavour or something. it's not just like a spider man sequel that happens to be set 5 years after the first film for example, indiana jones is on the son end of father-son relationship in film 3 but on a different end in film 4. the films are of the same flavour though. similar for boy/girl meets world, but idk about flavour since i haven't seen either. another example, rugrats and all grown up have completely different flavours even if they main characters and cast are 99% identical (nancy cartwright) – BCLC Aug 6 at 11:22
  • @Paulie_D How do you know it's broad? Maybe there's some term you just haven't thought of. Or maybe the term is revival. however, all grown up is kind of an exception to this. – BCLC Aug 6 at 11:26
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    Trope might be the wrong word, but asking after the terminology of a specific way to continue a story (by following (a) character(s) after a certain time span) doesn't seem vague to me. – Joachim Aug 6 at 12:29
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    While I do think that "character aged with actor trope" is a good answer, I also think a lot of these are considered "revival" spin-offs and are often used to tell an ongoing "generational story". – Darth Locke Aug 7 at 20:19
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I think what you're looking for is the Character Aged with the Actor trope.

An old franchise comes back after many years, but, of course, now the actors are all old. Instead of recasting or making the actors up to look younger (or using Digital Deaging), it's decided to acknowledge how much time has passed and just have the characters be that much older.

Using one of the OP's examples, this is especially obvious with Star Wars episodes IV-VI vs. VII-IX with respect to Luke, Leia, Han, and Lando.

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  • this does account for the live ones and a bit of avatar and korra. i think the rugrats and all grown up is kind of an exception. this case is probably just both sequel and spin-off. i'll edit post to indicate these. thanks! – BCLC Aug 7 at 6:01

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