Good Titles For Essays About Recycling

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Not the same movie.

You know what future historians will say about us, right? "There were two very different games called Wolfenstein released in the same twenty year period and the second was not, strictly speaking, a remake of the first. From this we conclude that the people of the early twenty-first century were taking the piss."

Yahtzee, Zero Punctuation

Coming up with a good title for a new work is hard. No wonder so many people just take the lazy way out and just stick a number on the end. Of course, if you're really lazy, you could not bother with even the number, let alone a subtitle, and give the latest release in your series the same name as an earlier one- usually, the first installment, which will typically also be the series name. A variation includes (de-)pluralizing the previous title, or dropping the adjectives. Fans will typically give the later work a Fan Nickname. Recycling titles became very common in mid and late 2000s. This doesn't cover remakes, where the new work is explicitly a new version of the previous work. Re-imaginings, such as when a video game is released with significantly different versions on consoles and handhelds at the same time and with the same title, are borderline. Often used when it might be embarrassing to admit how many times they've milked this particular cash cow. It may also be an attempt to bring in newcomers who don't want to catch up with all the past installments, since a title like Hero Spies IV: Avenging the Aftermath sounds like it might leave non-fans lost. See also Similarly Named Works, which is when two or more entirely unrelated works happen to share the same title.


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    Comic Books 

  • Recycled titles are common in the Comic Book industry for companies to maintain copyright, especially Marvel Comics and DC Comics. When a new series is introduced with the same title as an older series, it will share the same title and be known as the next volume of that series, but, the numbering may reset at a later date as if it were continuing the numbering of the earlier series, so the series is alternately presented as both a newer series and an older series. This can be played with further when the series changes its title to something else during its run, and later spinoffs and mini-series are introduced based on the different title while the original title resumes. The titles of spinoffs and miniseries may be further recycled, sometimes with little to no connection to the prior story.
  • The Authority is a 1999 series, a 2003 series, a 2006 series, and a 2008 series.
  • DC Comics has:
  • Astonishing X-Men replaced the title of Uncanny X-Men during Age of Apocalypse. Astonishing X-Men was also a 1999 limited series, a 2004 ongoing series by Joss Whedon, and a 2017 series.
  • Captain America and the Falcon was the title of Captain America starting from issue #117. Captain America and the Falcon was also a 2004-2005 series.
  • Daredevil: The Man Without Fear was the tagline on the Daredevil ongoing series. There was also a 1993 miniseries, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear.
  • Fantastic Force is a 90s Fantastic Four spinoff and a 2009 miniseries.
  • Fantasy Masterpieces is a 1966 comic and a 1979 comic.
  • Gen¹³ is a 1994 miniseries and a 1994 series, a 2002 series, and a 2006 series.
  • Generation X is a 1994 comic, and a 2017 comic.
  • Glory is a 1993 series, a 1999 series, and a 2012 series.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy is a 1990 comic. A new Guardians of the Galaxy began in 2008 and 2013.
  • Journey into Mystery, a 1952 comic, ended with issue #125 and became Thor with issue #126. A second Journey into Mystery started in 1972. In 1996-1998, The Mighty Thor became Journey into Mystery from issue #503-521. In 2010, Thor became Journey into Mystery from issues #622-655.
  • Lady Death is a 1997 series by Chaos! Comics, and a 2010 series by Avatar Press/Boundless Comics.
  • Marvel Comics Presents is a 1988-1995 series, and a 2007-2009 series.
  • Marvel NOW! is a 2012 and 2016 Marvel tagline.
  • New Mutants is a 1982 series, a 2004 series that became New X-Men: Academy X, and a 2009 series.
  • Old Man Logan is a 2008 Wolverine storyline, a Secret Wars (2015) miniseries, and a 2017 series.
  • Uncanny X-Men was known as New X-Men in 2001. Another series, New X-Men: Academy X, was titled New X-Men from issues #20-46.
  • Phoenix Resurrection is a 1995 storyline about the Phoenix Force travelling to the Ultraverse, and a 2007 miniseries about Jean Grey's return.
  • Prophet is a 1992 series, and a 2012 series.
  • Punisher War Journal is a 1988 series and a 2007 series.
  • Secret Warriors is a 2009 series and a 2017 series.
  • Secret Wars (2015) features a whole many recycled titles, including Planet Hulk, Future Imperfect, Age of Apocalypse, The New Warriors, Armor Wars, Spider-Island, Marvel 1602, Squadron Supreme, Spider-Verse, Marvel Zombies, Runaways, Civil War, House of M, E Is for Extinction, Inferno, Infinity Gauntlet, Korvac Saga, and X-Tinction Agenda.
  • The Sensational Spider-Man was a 1996-1998 series. Marvel Knights Spider-Man was retitled The Sensational Spider-Man from issues #23-41. Another series titled Marvel Knights: Spider-Man ran from 2013-2014.
  • Vampirella is a 1969 series by Warren; a 1992 miniseries, 1997 series, and 2001 series by Harris Comics; and a 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2017 series by Dynamite Comics.
  • Web of Spider-Man ran from 1985-1995. Another Web of Spider-Man ran from 2009-2010, replacing Spider-Man Family and The Amazing Spider-Man Family.
  • Wolverine was a 1982 limited series. It was followed by a regular series starting in 1988, titled Wolverine.
  • Uncanny X-Men was known as The X-Men until issue #49, and X-Men until #113. A second series titled X-Men was given the Fan NicknameAdjectiveless X-Men.
  • X-Men Forever is a 2001 X-Men series. X-Men Forever is also a 2009 and 2010 series set in an alternate universe.
  • X-Men Prime is a tie-in to Age of Apocalypse and a tie-in to ResurrXion.
  • X-Men Unlimited is a 1993 series and a 2004 series.
  • X-O Manowar is a 1992 series, a 1996 series, and a 2012 series.
  • Youngblood is a 1992 series, and a 2004 series.

    Live-Action TV 


  • Serenity is the most overworked title around: it's The Movie, the pilot episode, the ship, and the comic miniseries (later reprinted with the subtitle "Those Left Behind"). Because Fox owns the name Firefly, Joss Whedon seems determined not to use it for anything but the actual show.
  • Alien, and then Aliens. It makes sense. First there's one alien and now there's many aliens.
  • The sixth Rocky film, Rocky Balboa. As The Angry Video Game Nerd points out, it sounds like they took the first film and added his last name.
  • Godzilla:
  • The Karate Kid, followed by a video game adaptation, an animated adaptation, and the 2010 reboot, The Karate Kid.
  • The prequel to The Thing is called The Thing. The video-game sequel is also called... The Thing.
  • The fourth Rambo film is technically the first to be titled just Rambo - the first film was actually called First Blood, while the second was Rambo: First Blood Part II and the thirdRambo III. As pointed out by The Angry Video Game Nerd, this has plenty of potential for confusion, since just the name "Rambo" alone can be used to refer to three of the four movies. At one point the fourth movie was going to be titled John Rambo, following the same pattern as Rocky Balboa, and while it ended using that title in certain foreign markets, it ultimately ended up being called just Rambo domestically.
  • Star Trek (reboot). Star Trek is already the original name of the first series and the franchise as a whole. The 2009 film is currently the only work in the Star Trek franchise to be officially known as Star Trek with no subtitle, as the series was retroactively renamed Star Trek: The Original Series, and the first film had the full title of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Fans are calling it "Star Trek 11" or "Star Trek 2009" to differentiate it. To remedy this, some releases have called it Star Trek: The Future Begins.
  • The Final Destination, whereas the first film was called Final Destination. The Final Destination is the finalFinal Destination, see. Subverted when a fifth film came out after this one, making it the single case of Stopped Numbering Sequels in this franchise.
  • Likewise, the third sequel to The Fast and the Furious is simply known as Fast & Furious.
  • Batman, a film adaptation of the Adam WestTV series, is not to be confused with the Tim Burton movie also called Batman. To differentiate between the two, the Adam West film is usually called "Batman the Movie" (since it's based on the TV series), while the Tim Burton film is simply called "Batman".
    • And then you have the two B&W serial adventures, 1943's Batman, which shares the same title as the two movies above (and is sometimes called "The" Batman to differentiate), and 1949's Batman & Robin, which has the same title as the 1997 Clooney film.
    • On a related note, Batman: The Animated Series, is actually called simply "Batman". "The Animated Series" is simply used to avoid confusion between the previous two movies (and Adam West TV series).
  • There was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and a movie in 2013 just called The Wolverine (although it's apparently supposed to be a standalone film rather than a direct sequel).
  • Several non-sequel movies in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles universe are just called "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" or "TMNT"; some TV incarnations do the same.
  • The title of the 2011 film Winnie-the-Pooh is actually shorter than that of the 1977 anthology The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and makes it seem like it should be first on top of being generally vague.




  • A famous example is Peter Gabriel, whose first four albums were self-titled, only being differentiated by their cover art. His US label got tired of it, and refused to release the fourth one unless he gave it a title, and he quickly thought of Security. It remained self-titled elsewhere. The first three albums are known by fans as Peter Gabriel I, II and III respectively, and the fourth is either known as IV or by its US title. Some also refer to the first three albums as "Car", "Scratch" and "Melt" in reference to the cover art.
  • Ditto Weezer, who have non-consecutive self-titled albums known for the color in their covers (Blue, Green and Red).
  • The Barbie album Barbie Sings! The Princess Movie Song Collection shares the title with the 1961 album Barbie Sings!.

     Video Games 

  • A Boy and His Blob - The Wii version is the only game in the series without a subtitle, as the original NES game had the subtitle "Trouble on Blobolonia". Still, the Wii version is usually referred to as A Boy and His Blob Wii.
  • Adventure Island could refer to the NES game released in Japan as Takahashi Meijin no Bōken Jima, or to the PC Engine game known as Dragon's Curse in the west, both produced by Hudson Soft. The only relation between the two games were the fact that they were both graphically modified ports of Westone games that were originally released by Sega (Wonder Boy and Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap respectively).
  • Alien Syndrome - the original 1987 arcade game that was ported to various platforms and the 2007 multi-platform sequel.
  • Alien vs. Predator - Rebellion Developments has made not one, not two, but three separate games set in the same universe: Alien Vs Predator (1994, Atari Jaguar), Aliens versus Predator (1999, PC), and...Aliens versus Predator (2010, multiplatform). That's not even counting the SNES and CPS2 arcade versions, which are both titled Alien vs. Predator as well. Note that, unlike the above Jaguar game, this one has a period after vs! That makes it completely different.
  • Alone in the Dark - The fifth game is simply titled Alone in the Dark without a number.
  • The Bard's Tale is a 2004 game named after The Bard's Tale.
  • Battletoads - The original NES game, the Game Boy game, and the 1994 arcade game (which is sometimes referred to as Super Battletoads or Battletoads Arcade). To make matters more confusing, the original game was also ported to the Game Boy under the title Battletoads in Ragnarok's World.
  • Beyond Shadowgate - the TurboGrafx-16 CD sequel to Shadowgate, and a teased sequel to the 2014 remake of the original game. Why not consider it just a remake of said sequel, then? Because it stars the hero of Shadowgate 64 instead.
  • Bionic Commando - the arcade, NES and Game Boy versions were released in Japan under the titles of Top Secret, Hitler no Fukkatsu: Top Secret (The Resurrection of Hitler) and Bionic Commando, in that order. Only the third one could be considered a port, since it's based on the NES version, which was more of a sequel/spinoff of the original arcade version than a port. Later, Capcom commissioned the development of another sequel in 2009 for the PS3 and Xbox 360 simply titled Bionic Commando as well.
  • Bishi Bashi - The 2009 entry in the series is simply called The BishiBashi.
  • Castlevania:
    • The original on the NES in 1987, then on the N64 in 1999. The latter tends to be called "Castlevania 64" to the extent that many people assume that's the actual title. Moreover, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon was known simply as Castlevania in Europe, as was Castlevania: Lament of Innocence in both, Japan and Europe.
    • In Japan, the games known in the west as Castlevania (the NES one), Vampire Killer (MSX2), Haunted Castle (arcade) and Super Castlevania IV (SNES) are all titled Akumajō Dracula, as was the X68000 game later ported to the PS as Castlevania Chronicles. On one hand, the English title change clears a lot of ambiguity between what are practically five completely different games (not just ports of the same title) by making it easier to tell each game apart by name. On the other hand, this also obscured the relation Vampire Killer and Haunted Castle had with the series (since they did not carry the Castlevania moniker overseas) and caused the common misconception that Super Castlevania IV is a continuation of the NES trilogy rather than a retelling of Simon Belmont's first venture into Dracula's castle.
    • In addition to the MSX2 game, Vampire Killer was also the title of the Japanese version of Castlevania: Bloodlines.
  • Cobra Command was the title of two different arcade games by Data East. The first one was an animated laserdisc game released in 1984 (titled Thunder Storm in Japan) and ported many years later to the Sega CD. The other was a side-scrolling shoot-'em-up released in 1988, with a NES port that same year.
  • Contra - Could refer to the 1987 arcade, its 1988 NES conversion, or the 1991 Game Boy game titled Operation C in North America.
    • In Europe, Probotector could refer to the first NES game, the Game Boy game, and the Mega Drive game.
    • The NES sequel, Probotector II: Return of the Evil Forces, is not to be confused with Probotector 2, which was the Game Boy port of Super Probotector: Alien Rebels.
  • CryEngine - The fourth major version of Crytek's proprietary engine will be dropping the number and be named simply CryEngine like the original, apparently to emphasize how different it is from the previous versions.
  • Dance Dance Revolution - Not counting ports, there's the 1998 arcade original, the US-exclusive PlayStation release (which used the DanceDanceRevolution 3rdMIX engine and featured songs from 1st through 3rdMIX), the 2010 version for consoles (namely PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii). The 2013 arcade release, with the year sometimes appended as a Fan Nickname to avoid confusion with the original 1998 release. Similarly, the 2013 versions of Guitar Freaks and DrumMania are simply called GITADORA, a common Fan Nickname for the long-running series.
  • Devil May Cry - The reboot by Ninja Theory is titled DmC: Devil May Cry. Taking the acronym into consideration: yes, it's actually called "Devil May Cry: Devil May Cry".
  • The 2015 arcade Continuity Reboot of Dissidia: Final Fantasy is simply called just that.

Importance of Recycling

Recycling is important in today’s world if we want to leave this planet for our future generations. It is good for the environment, since we are making new products from the old products which are of no use to us. Recycling begins at home. If you are not throwing away any of your old product and instead utilizing it for something new then you are actually recycling. When you think of recycling you should really think about the whole idea; reduce, reuse and recycle. We’ve been careless up to this point with the way we’ve treated the Earth and it’s time to change; not just the way we do things but the way we think.

We should recycle because:

  • To Make Environment Clean
  • Conservation of Materials
  • To Save Energy
  • Reduce Garbage in Landfills

Recycling is good for the environment, in the sense, we are using old and waste products which are of no use and then converting them back to same new products. Since we are saving resources and are sending less trash to the landfills, it helps in reducing air and water pollution. Energy saving is important if we are to reduce the future effects of global warming. If we recycle one aluminum can, we are able to save enough energy to run a TV for around 3 hours. This will obviously depend on the energy consumption of your TV, but it gives you a great idea as to just how much energy can be saved during the process of recycling products.

It is believed that (the U.S.) cut approximately 40 million newspapers each day, leading to the equivalent of about half a million trees ending in landfills every week. We’ve been careless up to this point with the way we’ve treated the Earth and it’s time to change; not just the way we do things but the way we think. Paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans are examples of some products that are recycled in large quantities.

When you think of recycling you should really think about the whole idea; reduce, reuse and recycle. Think about it; if you don’t need it, don’t get it. If you have to get it, get something that can be used again and if you get something that needs to be recycled by the professionals, put it in the recycle bin. Conservation is an important part of recycling issue. When you produce less garbage it helps in reducing the landfills and also helps in giving the land back to the nature.

Recycling serve 2 purpose: First, it avoid landfills and helps in reducing air and water pollution and secondly, valuable material like aluminum cans and plastic and glass are reused in other forms and not wasted. Be mindful of what you do, pay attention to the items you buy and always check yourself to see if you really need it or if it comes in a package with less waste. We can all do our part and we will make a huge difference.

What We People Can Do?

There are handful number of things that you could do to save this planet.

1. Throw away all the garbage in your house that is of no use to you or you think you can’t utilize it in some other way. If you don’t have these boxes, you can easily purchase a suitable container for each recyclable product (e.g. paper, plastic, and glass), and then take these down to your local recycling center.

2. Try to avoid the use of plastic bag and plastic paper as much as possible. They not only pollute the environment but also helps in filling landfills. Also, when you shop try to look out for the products that have least packaging. Every millions of dollars are spent only in packaging of these products which ultimately go to the garbage sites.


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