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1st Nov '15 9:26:22 AM bwburke94
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When starting a new show, TV producers rarely can anticipate how successful it will be with the audience. But let's assume the show got popular, TheFireflyEffect didn't hit it, and a row of sequels is inbound. Now, some producers play it simple and stick with season numbering. But the more creative types go for [[{{OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo}} oddly named sequels]] and thus, confront the fans with a difficult question: how do you refer to the first show, if its title is already used to refer to the entire franchise? Solution: "The Original Series".
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When starting a new show, TV producers rarely can anticipate how successful it will be with the audience. But let's assume the show got popular, TheFireflyEffect didn't hit it, and a row of sequels is inbound. Now, some producers play it simple and stick with season numbering. But the more creative types go for [[{{OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo}} [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo oddly named sequels]] and thus, confront the fans with a difficult question: how do you refer to the first show, if its title is already used to refer to the entire franchise? Solution: "The Original Series".

* The first StarWars movie (i.e., Episode IV) was originally titled simply "Star Wars." The title "A New Hope" was added with the 1981 re-release (the first one after ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''), but it wasn't ''marketed'' as "Episode IV: A New Hope" until ''after'' the prequels were released (even the [[http://swhomevid.site40.net/vhs_anh6.jpg 1997 Special Edition]] is called simply "Star Wars: Special Edition"). The fanbase typically used "the trilogy" the refer to the "whole" ''Star Wars'' saga prior to the release of Episode I, allowing them to continue calling the first film simply "Star Wars", but ([[TrilogyCreep for obvious reasons]]) this is no longer done anymore, and most everyone within the fandom now refers to the original film as "A New Hope" or "Episode IV", and the episodes IV-V-VI as "the original trilogy".
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* The first StarWars ''Film/StarWars'' movie (i.e., [[Film/ANewHope Episode IV) IV]]) was originally titled simply "Star Wars." ''Star Wars'' on release. The title "A ''A New Hope" Hope'' was added with the 1981 re-release (the first one after ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''), but it wasn't ''marketed'' as "Episode IV: A New Hope" until ''after'' after the prequels were released (even the [[http://swhomevid.site40.net/vhs_anh6.jpg 1997 Special Edition]] is called simply "Star Wars: Special Edition"). The fanbase typically used "the trilogy" the refer to the "whole" ''Star Wars'' saga prior to the release of Episode I, allowing them to continue calling the first film simply "Star Wars", but ([[TrilogyCreep for obvious reasons]]) this is no longer done anymore, and most everyone within the fandom now refers to the original film as "A New Hope" or "Episode IV", and the episodes IV-V-VI as "the original trilogy".

* ''Series/DoctorWho'''s classic series refers to the original run from 1963-1989 (and sometimes its TV movie in 1996), to differentiate it from the revival and continuation from 2005. ** Generally everything before the revival is called "Classic Who" and everything after is "New Who", though the terminology gets fuzzier when applied to the Expanded Universe.
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'''s classic series "classic series" refers to the original run from 1963-1989 (and sometimes its TV movie in 1996), to differentiate it from the revival and continuation from 2005. ** 2005. Generally everything before the revival is called "Classic Who" and everything after is "New Who", though the terminology gets fuzzier when applied to the Expanded Universe.

* In the media, the first ''LawAndOrder'' is commonly called the original or the flagship series.
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* In the media, the first ''LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrder'' is commonly called the original or the flagship series.

* In KingdomHearts, the original game is usually referred to as Kingdom Hearts 1 or [=KH1=] by the fans.
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* In KingdomHearts, ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', the original game is usually referred to as Kingdom Hearts 1 or [=KH1=] by the fans.

** Happens often where the title of the first is homonymous to the series: ''{{Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''... * A weird case is the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series: since the original game is called ''Metal Gear'', the second ''Metal Gear 2''... but the third is ''Metal Gear Solid'', and the series is more referred by that name since practically all later games followed that name (''MGS 2\3\4'', ''MGS: Portable Ops'', ''MGS: The Twin Snakes''). * Since Franchise/MegaMan received lots of spin-offs, the original series are referred to as "VideoGame/MegaManClassic". * The Creator/{{Core Design}}-produced ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games are usually referred to the "Classic" series. Some don't count Angel of Darkness as one of these, and die-hard purists only count the original trilogy.
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** Happens often where the title of the first is homonymous to the series: ''{{Metroid}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''... * A weird case is the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series: since the original game is called ''Metal Gear'', the second ''Metal Gear 2''... but the third is ''Metal Gear Solid'', and the series is more referred by that name since practically all later games followed that name (''MGS 2\3\4'', 2/3/4'', ''MGS: Portable Ops'', ''MGS: The Twin Snakes''). * Since Franchise/MegaMan ''Franchise/MegaMan'' received lots of spin-offs, the original series are referred to as "VideoGame/MegaManClassic". * The Creator/{{Core Design}}-produced Creator/CoreDesign produced ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games are usually referred to the "Classic" series. Some don't count Angel of Darkness as one of these, and die-hard purists only count the original trilogy.

* The ''SuperSmashBrothers'' series has the original title simply referred to as such (as the later titles are frequently referred to by the subtitle, ''Melee'' or ''Brawl'' instead) or [[SuperTitle64Advance Super Smash Brothers 64]] in reference to the console as these games come out at [[OnceAnEpisode one title per console generation]].
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* The ''SuperSmashBrothers'' ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series has the original title simply referred to as such (as the later titles are frequently referred to by the subtitle, ''Melee'' or ''Brawl'' instead) or [[SuperTitle64Advance Super Smash Brothers 64]] in reference to the console as these games come out at [[OnceAnEpisode one title per console generation]].

* The original {{Playstation}} officially became the "{{PSOne}}" and its games "{{PSOne}} games" some time after the Playstation2 came out. Previously, it was colloquially called the "[=PSX=]", after the abbreviation for it's developmental code name, "Playstation-Experimental". Most people will still know what you mean when you call it that, although the especially pedantic will inform you that the PSX was actually an obscure Playstation 2 / DVR hybrid [[NoExportForYou sold only in Japan]]. * Interestingly, the original {{Xbox}} was referred to the "Xbox 1" by most everyone until Microsoft announced their third console, the XboxOne. Now the most common colloquial name for it is "the original Xbox."
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* The original {{Playstation}} UsefulNotes/PlayStation officially became the "{{PSOne}}" and its games "{{PSOne}} games" "[=PS1=]" some time after the Playstation2 UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 came out. Previously, it was colloquially called the "[=PSX=]", "PSX", after the abbreviation for it's developmental code name, "Playstation-Experimental". Most people will still know what you mean when you call it that, although the especially pedantic will inform you that the PSX was actually an obscure Playstation 2 / DVR [=PS2=]/DVR hybrid [[NoExportForYou sold only in Japan]]. * Interestingly, the original {{Xbox}} UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} was referred to the "Xbox 1" by most everyone until Microsoft announced their third console, the XboxOne. Now the most common colloquial name for it is "the original Xbox."UsefulNotes/XboxOne.
24th Jul '15 2:49:11 PM AmayirotAkago
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* The original ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' game is referred to as ''Tiberian Dawn'' to distinguish it from its sequels.
5th Jun '15 10:04:04 AM Rjinswand
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Removed misuse of Mad Lib Thriller Title
* The original novel about Literature/ArtemisFowl was titled simply ''Artemis Fowl'', whereas the rest had [[MadLibThrillerTitle Mad Lib Thriller Subtitles]].
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* The original novel about Literature/ArtemisFowl was titled simply ''Artemis Fowl'', whereas the rest had [[MadLibThrillerTitle Mad Lib Thriller Subtitles]].various subtitles.
4th Jun '15 10:22:55 PM MechWarrior
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When starting a new show, TV producers rarely can anticipate how successful it will be with the audience. But let's assume the show got popular, TheFireflyEffect didn't hit it, and a row of sequels is inbound. Now, some producers play it simple and stick with season numbering. But the more creative types go for {{Oddly Named Sequel}}s and thus, confront the fans with a difficult question: how do you refer to the first show, if its title is already used to refer to the entire franchise? Solution: "The Original Series".
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When starting a new show, TV producers rarely can anticipate how successful it will be with the audience. But let's assume the show got popular, TheFireflyEffect didn't hit it, and a row of sequels is inbound. Now, some producers play it simple and stick with season numbering. But the more creative types go for {{Oddly Named Sequel}}s [[{{OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo}} oddly named sequels]] and thus, confront the fans with a difficult question: how do you refer to the first show, if its title is already used to refer to the entire franchise? Solution: "The Original Series".

** The first installment is ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', and the OddlyNamedSequel was ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' plus a suffix... and so was [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the first cast reboot.]] However, later seasons dropped the "Futari wa", making the franchise ''Pretty Cure'' and freeing the first season from having to be called The Original Series.
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** The first installment is ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', and the OddlyNamedSequel [[{{OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo}} oddly named sequel]] was ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' plus a suffix... and so was [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the first cast reboot.]] However, later seasons dropped the "Futari wa", making the franchise ''Pretty Cure'' and freeing the first season from having to be called The Original Series.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', referred to as "[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]" by most fans (after the OddlyNamedSequel ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' came out). Hasbro has since started using it themselves.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', referred to as "[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]" by most fans (after the OddlyNamedSequel [[{{OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo}} oddly named sequel]] ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' came out). Hasbro has since started using it themselves.
4th Jun '15 10:21:07 PM MechWarrior
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', referred to as "[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]" by most fans (after the OddlyNamedSequel ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' came out). Hasbro has since started using it themselves.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', referred to as "[[TransformersGeneration1 "[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]" by most fans (after the OddlyNamedSequel ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' came out). Hasbro has since started using it themselves.
5th May '15 7:42:08 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Used straight, then averted, then used straight again by ''PrettyCure''. ** The first installment is ''FutariWaPrettyCure'', and the OddlyNamedSequel was ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' plus a suffix... and so was [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the first cast reboot.]] However, later seasons dropped the "Futari wa", making the franchise ''Pretty Cure'' and freeing the first season from having to be called The Original Series.
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* Used straight, then averted, then used straight again by ''PrettyCure''. ''Franchise/PrettyCure''. ** The first installment is ''FutariWaPrettyCure'', ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', and the OddlyNamedSequel was ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' plus a suffix... and so was [[FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the first cast reboot.]] However, later seasons dropped the "Futari wa", making the franchise ''Pretty Cure'' and freeing the first season from having to be called The Original Series.
3rd May '15 4:36:20 PM Smurfton
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* The first game was just ''TheLegendOfZelda'', and the second was ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', but every game after that was just called ''The Legend of Zelda: (something)''. The first game, therefore, can be referred to as "Zelda 1", "the original Zelda", etc. For wiki purposes, we refer to it as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'', following the Roman numeral designation of the second game.
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* The first game was just ''TheLegendOfZelda'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI The Legend Of Zelda]]'', and the second was ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', but every game after that was just called ''The Legend of Zelda: (something)''. The first game, therefore, can be referred to as "Zelda 1", "the original Zelda", etc. For wiki purposes, we refer to it as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'', following the Roman numeral designation of the second game.

* Each expansion for ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has its own name: "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade", "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King", and "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm." Which leaves players with a conundrum: If someone asks "In which expansion did they add thus-and-such class/race/game-mechanic?", how do you answer when it was added back during the original game run, before the first expansion? Blizzard Entertainment sometimes refers to this time period as "World of Warcraft Classic", but the ''de facto'' consensus among the players is to refer to it as "Vanilla World of Warcraft".
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* Each expansion for ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has its own name: "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade", "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King", and "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm." Which leaves players with a conundrum: If someone asks "In which expansion did they add thus-and-such class/race/game-mechanic?", how do you answer when it was added back during the original game run, before the first expansion? Blizzard Entertainment sometimes refers to this time period as "World of Warcraft Classic", but the ''de facto'' consensus among the players is to refer to it as "Vanilla World of Warcraft".
14th Feb '15 10:52:25 PM jormis29
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', referred to as "[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]" by most fans (after the OddlyNamedSequel ''TransformersGeneration2'' came out). Hasbro has since started using it themselves.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', referred to as "[[TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]" by most fans (after the OddlyNamedSequel ''TransformersGeneration2'' ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' came out). Hasbro has since started using it themselves.
28th Jan '15 3:56:28 PM StFan
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* ''[[TenchiMuyo Tenchi Muyo!]] [[{{Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki}} Ryo-Ohki]]'', the OAV episodes.
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* ''[[TenchiMuyo Tenchi Muyo!]] [[{{Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki}} Ryo-Ohki]]'', ''Anime/TenchiMuyoRyoOhki'', the OAV episodes.episodes, for ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''.
20th Dec '14 2:22:05 PM nombretomado
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** Happens often where the title of the first is homonymous to the series: ''{{Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''FinalFantasy''...
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** Happens often where the title of the first is homonymous to the series: ''{{Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''FinalFantasy''...''Franchise/FinalFantasy''...
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