!!!''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha'' is a redirect for the ''LyricalNanoha'' franchise page, (or the [[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable PSP games page]] if you use ''Video Game/Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha'') not for TheOriginalSeries.

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-->''"Because we both have the same goal, there might be no way we can avoid fighting like this. But I want to know! Why does she have such lonely eyes...?"''

The first series in the ''[[LyricalNanoha Nanoha]]'' franchise, simply titled ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha''.

It starts with a typical cookie-cutter plot: Twenty-one [[LostTechnology dangerous artifacts of incredible power]] called [[MacGuffin Jewel Seeds]] have fallen to [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet Earth]] following a cross-dimensional accident. A mage named Yuuno is badly injured while attempting to retrieve them, and is discovered half-dead by Nanoha Takamachi, an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ordinary 9-year-old elementary schooler]].

With no other choice, Yuuno lends his [[{{Magitek}} "Intelligent Device"]] to Nanoha, transforming her into a MagicalGirl so that she can neutralise and [[GottaCatchEmAll collect the Jewel Seeds]] on his behalf.

Just as Nanoha is getting used to her new duties, [[WhamEpisode everything changes]] when she is confronted by [[TheRival Fate Testarossa]], a DarkMagicalGirl who is also attempting to capture all the Jewel Seeds. However, Nanoha senses something [[StoicWoobie pained and fragile]] behind Fate's ice-cold exterior, and resolves to discover the truth even if she has to [[DefeatMeansFriendship beat it out of her]].

Thus ends the introduction of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, one of the most popular modern MagicalGirl anime due to the odd mix of MagicalGirl elements with incredibly flashy fight scenes. The premise of "MagicalGirl [[XMeetsY meets]] Franchise/{{Gundam}}" lead to a very unique and successful show.

A movie titled ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st'' was released in 2010 and retold the original plot, but more in the style of the later seasons. It is actually treated by canon as an InUniverse [[RecursiveCanon semi-biographical piece]], so it is considered its own continuity. A companion manga titled ''Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Movie 1st The Comics'' was also released at the same time. Initially it appeared to be a prequel to The Movie, but it was later revealed to be yet another AlternateContinuity. Both the series and the movie have supplementary SliceOfLife Drama [=CDs=] called [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stages]]. In late 2013 another manga based on the same season started, titled ''Original Chronicle Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The 1st'', aiming to be a more straightforward adaptation with more AllThereInTheManual material reincorporated.

The original anime was dubbed and is available by {{Funimation}} along with its sequel ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''.

'''NOTE:''' Only general tropes for the series are listed here. For character-specific ones, check out the [[Characters/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha character]] [[Characters/LyricalNanoha sheets.]]
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!!!The original series provides examples of:

* AnimationBump: The first episode is ''too'' smoothly done. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RokGy2iXnTo Observe.]]
* ByThePowerOfGreySkull: Averted for the most part. In the first episode, Yuno tells Nanoha a password she needs to say to activate Raising Heart but after that she doesn't need it.
* CollapsingLair: The Garden of Time, as a result of Precia's failed attempt to use the Jewel Seeds.
* ContinuityNod: The scars from Nanoha's father's "old job", Miyuki practicing her swordfighting technique, and other references to ''TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever''.
* CoolStarship: The TSAB L-class cruise patrol warship "Arthra". The {{Fan Sub}}s called it [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "Asura"]], which many fans prefer over the official spelling.
* CuteGiant: One episode had a kitten come into contact with one of the Jewel Seeds, which granted its wish of wanting to grow up... and grow it did, becoming as tall as the trees. Despite being giant, it still acted like a kitten, not aggressive at all. Provided the page image for MegaNeko.
* DramaticWind: Used to great effect during Nanoha and Fate's talk on the bridge.
* DungeonBypass: Chrono does one in the finale, apparently because he couldn't find the door to Precia's inner sanctum.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first few episodes of the original series were a standard MagicalGirl show, and it wasn't until ''A's'' that it really became a Franchise/{{Gundam}}-[[RecycledInSpace in-a-schoolgirl-skirt]] show.
* EvilPlan: A strange example as it there isn't one until Fate shows up. Yuno just needed help recovering artifacts scattered by an accident. Eventually its revealed that [[spoiler: Precia wanted the jewel seeds to revive her real daughter and go back to way things used to be.]]
* FaceFault: Nanoha gets one in the first episode, when her father asks what a ferret is.
* FalseCameraEffects: Episode 1 includes a brief sequence of Nanoha running that is made to look like it was filmed with a hand-held camera.
* HotSpringsEpisode: Episode 5.
* HumongousMecha: Precia deploys a variety of robots that clearly fall into the category to defend her lair in the finale. Nanoha proceeds to smack them down like she was an escaped SuperPrototype from a ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' show.
* GenreShift: Within the course of the original thirteen episodes, the series shifts from typical MagicalGirl fare to something more dramatic as well as becoming more action oriented in the process. By the end of the season the action and drama aspects have become central to the series.
* MechaMooks: Precia's robotic army.
* MegaNeko: Provided the image for that page. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cit_nanoha_rides_a_giant_cat_until_it_gets_wtfpwned_by_kitty-killing_Fate.jpg]]
* MonsterOfTheWeek: In the first four episodes.
* MoodWhiplash: Precia whipping Fate rapidly converts most viewers from enjoying the somewhat humorous tone and subversiveness of the series to "PRECIA TESTAROSSA MUST DIE".
* MythologyGag: Lindy's fairy wings, Chrono's SpikesOfVillainy, and other references to [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the original Nanoha game]].
* OminousFloatingCastle: The Garden of Time, Precia's fortress.
* TheOriginalSeries
* PantyShot: Several in the first episode from Nanoha.
* PeopleJars: Precia had a few.
* PowerLevels: Nanoha's average magical power is given to be 1.27 ''million'', while Fate's is 1.43 million. All other mentions use letter rankings.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Saved Fate's life arguably. Of course, given the definition of "befriend" in use by the Nanoha fandom, it can also be employed to ''blow you up''.
* SpoilerOpening: The original OP shows Fate and Arf from the start of the show, but they actually feature first in episode 4.
* StockFootage: Compared to later seasons, the usage of stock footage {{Transformation Sequence}}s is {{egregious}}ly high.
* StormingTheCastle: The season's climax is the storming the Garden of Time.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: "Take A Shot" for both Fate and Nanoha.
* ThemeTuneCameo: Used as Nanoha's cellphone ringtone.
* TheThingThatGoesDoink: Lindy's Japanese-style receiving room has one. Said room also happens to be ''on a spaceship''.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Subverted - early on a monster tries to attack Nanoha, while she's transforming and gets flung buck by a barrier.
* XanatosGambit: Nanoha and Fate's final battle is one for the Time and Space Administration: Nanoha's victory or defeat is irrelevant. They would prefer she won (and thereby arrest Fate and recover the jewel seeds) but if she doesn't Chrono will step in and finish off the worn-out Fate. If nothing else the battle will allow them to track Precia's location.

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!!!The movie provides examples of:

* AdaptationDistillation: It fixes many of the pacing and writing problems of the first season, and in general alters things to be more consistent with later seasons. It also animates some of the AllThereInTheManual material, largely about Precia, painting a clearer picture overall.
* AscendedMeme: The Movie [[AudioAdaptation Sound Stage]] Side F'', gives the popular meme known as "[[DefeatMeansFriendship Befriending]]" amongst english-speakers a nod, as [[{{Familiar}} Arf]] jokingly explains to an increasingly worried Erio and Caro that the only way to make life-long friends is to blow them up first.
* DemotedToExtra: Nanoha's family have no speaking roles in the movie, and her friends Alisa and Suzuka are just her {{Muggle Best Friend}}s without any depths.
** Yuuno never gets the opportunity to be a potential love interest to Nanoha, and Chrono's battle against the {{Mecha Mook}}s is barely seen.
* DVDCommentary: Provided by [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS Subaru, Teana, Erio, Caro, Vivio, Fate, and Nanoha]] from the ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid ViVid]]'' timeline.
* MonsterSobStory: Due to AdaptationDistillation, the movie does a much better job of explaining Precia's [[TearJerker backstory]].
* OrchestralBombing: The movie version of Starlight Breaker's {{Leitmotif}}, which is prefaced by a passage which sounds very much like it was inspired by GustavHolst's ''Mars, The Bringer Of War''.
* PantheraAwesome: The little kitten that encounters a Jewel Seed in the movie, instead of a MegaNeko, turns into a giant, demonic, black panther, which sprouts large bat wings.
* ProductPlacement: [[http://safebooru.org/index.php?page=post&s=view&id=70718 Pizza Hut supports the befriending!]]
* RecursiveCanon: Though in classic ''Nanoha'' style you won't know it [[AllThereInTheManual unless you listened to the sound stages]].
* StunGuns: Nanoha explicitly sets Raising Heart to stun. Presumably, RH's default setting is "befriend".
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The movie has the best English so far with the devices finally having learned proper grammar.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: "Don't Be Long", replacing "Take A Shot" in the same scene from the original.
* VoodooShark: The first season had a few minor plot points that were later RetConned. For example, in the original series Nanoha was the one who thought up Raising Heart's staff and cannon modes herself, but after season one all new devices have predetermined forms and require hardware upgrades for new ones. Naturally, when they remade the first season for the movie, they made sure it was consistent with the later seasons. However, this opened up a new PlotHole. While Raising Heart having its staff and cannon modes pre-loaded makes sense, it's never explained why Yuuno didn't try using either mode before handing the device over to Nanoha.

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!!!The movie manga provides examples of:
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: As a result, this version of Nanoha acquired the FanNickname "Emoha".
* TakeMyHand: After their final fight, Nanoha falls off a rooftop and Fate catches her. First she grabs her by the hand and then holds her with both arms Superman style. They were both too tired and beaten up to fly so they had an emergency water landing shortly after. Still a great rescue, especially since Fate jumped after her so fast the stretcher she was on ''disintegrated''.
* WhamEpisode: The fifth chapter of is especially shocking, when you consider the first four chapters were [[AllThereInTheManual a manual]]. It ''summarizes the entire movie'' in 21 pages. Minus Fate's and Nanoha's final big fight, which here takes place after the main conflict and is a lot more prolonged, continuing through the entire second volume.
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