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They all have one, but we often don't know what work they're from. The Ur-Example is the oldest known example of any given trope. "Ur-" is a German prefix meaning "proto-, primitive, or original".

Often, an Ur-Example doubles as the TropeMaker - but not always, and far less often with [[TheOldestOnesInTheBook ancient tropes]], which often evolved over a long period of time rather than suddenly bursting forth from someone's head, fully formed. When they're distinct, a Trope Maker differs from an Ur-Example in that the latter becomes an example of that trope only in retrospect.

For instance, one of the pivotal Trope Makers of the DetectiveStory is Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's collection of Literature/CAugusteDupin stories; before Dupin, there is no story ''genre'' of fictional detectives going about the business of solving crimes. Nevertheless, while you may or may not know Poe's Dupin stories, you've [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples probably encountered]] a certain Danish Prince named Theatre/{{Hamlet}}[[labelnote:Date:]] between 1599 and 1602.[[/labelnote]], who not only sets about to ensnare his uncle [[VillainWithGoodPublicity King Claudius]], but even incorporates into his plans a [[MetaFiction play-within-a-play]] he dubs "The Mousetrap". But half-a-millennium earlier still, "The Tale of the Three Apples" is a proto-DetectiveStory from [[Literature/ArabianNights The Book of One Thousand and One Nights]] [[labelnote: Date:]] The earliest known extant copy of the Arabian Nights is a fragment that dates to the early 9th century CE, so, sometime in the early 800's[[/labelnote]] - which would make "The Tale of the Three Apples" the Ur-Example of the DetectiveStory, or at least a possible candidate. But wait, there's more! Theatre/OedipusRex, first performed in 429 BCE, depicts Oedipus investigating the cause of the plague that has struck his realm. Which will give you an idea of the depth of the rabbit-hole a quest for the Ur-example can lead you down[[note]]Even more brain-twistingly, Oedipus Rex's mystery is also an example of TheKillerInMe, which is generally seen as a twist on the expectations of the detective genre, despite appearing in one of the oldest recorded "detective stories"![[/note]].

Wherever a trope has evolved gradually, determining the Ur-Example can be a complicated and contentious business. In many cases a trope has more than one Ur-Example, because determining the "earliest use of the trope" depends on subjective choices as to which aspects of the trope are its defining qualities.

This doesn't just apply to tropes, many times an idea is created by different people simultaneously or discovered and forgotten only to be rediscovered later. For example, who invented the telephone? Alexander Graham Bell, you might say. Wrong. Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray both independently invented the telephone, but Bell got to the patent office first. Thomas Edison had the idea of wireless transmission of voice and signals but considered it unimportant, and it was forgotten until Marconi independently invented radio years later. And if this is the situation with something as concrete as an invention, imagine how easy it is with something as intangible as an idea for a concept in fiction.

Ur-Examples are unfortunately highly susceptible to the SeinfeldIsUnfunny trope - not only because they dreamed up conventions that have been around practically forever but both because, since at the time they ''were'' so new, the creators [[ItWillNeverCatchOn didn't really appreciate what they were making]] and thus didn't conform to the standards of an aesthetic or gimmick that hadn't even existed yet, and because (sometimes) they were trading on novelty value and suffer by comparison when we have alternatives to compare them to. See UnbuiltTrope and BeamMeUpScotty for more on this.
!Notable Ur-Examples:


* ''Literature/TheBible'':
** The Literature/BookOfJob, if, as some Biblical historians claim, it was written before the Pentateuch, is probably the Ur-Example of RageAgainstTheHeavens.
** Literature/TheFourGospels are the inspiration behind every PassionPlay, since the Gospels were the first written accounts of the event.
* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' provides a possible Ur-Example of the FemmeFatale, Ishtar - and a hero who is somehow smart enough to recognize her as such!
* Where was the first use of ByWallThatIsHoley? Not in Creator/BusterKeaton films, not in animated shorts, but [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans in an ancient Pima]] story of creation perhaps millennia before the creation of film, in which the creator god Juhwertamahkai twice destroys the world by letting the sky fall to crush everybody, while avoiding such a fate himself by breaking a hole in the sky with his staff.
* TimeTravel is yet another of those very murky tropes that it's impossible to give one single Ur-Example to.
** Stories in which people are thrust ''forward'' long periods of time trace back to ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'', in the eighth century B.C, the Ur-Example of YearOutsideHourInside. Similar ancient tales about traveling forward in time include the story of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honi_HaM%27agel Honi HaM'agel]] in the Literature/{{Talmud}} (by way of RipVanWinkle) and the Japanese tale of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urashima_Taro Urashima Taro]] (another Year Outside, Hour Inside).
** An early story with hints of backwards TimeTravel is Memoirs of the Twentieth Century (1733) by Samuel Madden.
** "Missing One's Coach: An Anachronism", written for the Dublin Literary Magazine by an anonymous author in 1838, is a very early quasi-TimeTravel story.
** In Creator/CharlesDickens' 1843 book ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', we follow Ebenezer Scrooge into his own past and then back to the present. However, he is only able to ''view'' the past and unable to interact with it.
*** If non-interactive viewing of another time counts, there are examples in the Bible, most famously The Revelation of Jesus Christ. "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this."
** A clearer example of time travel is found in the popular 1861 book ''Paris avant les hommes'' (or ''Paris before Men'') by the French botanist and geologist Pierre Boitard. In this story the main character is transported into the prehistoric past by the magic of a "lame demon" (a French pun on Boitard's name), where he encounters such extinct animals as a Plesiosaur, as well as Boitard's imagined version of an apelike human ancestor, and is able to actively interact with some of them.
** The 1862 play by Hungarian OneHitWonder playwright Imre Madách titled ''The Tragedy of Man'' (''Az ember tragédiája'' in Hungarian) is possibly the ur-example of interactive MentalTimeTravel to the future. While it is revealed at the end that ItWasAllJustADream, the scenes set in the past (relative to 1862) are historically accurate (mostly).
** The 1881 short story "The Clock That Went Backward", by an anonymous author later identified as [[http://www.unwinnable.com/2010/09/27/the-man-that-time-forgot-%E2%80%93-edward-page-mitchell-and-the-burden-of-anonymity/#.Uo6J5C3sFhE Edward Page Mitchell]], is almost forgotten today. A broken clock sends a few men to the past.
** The first story to feature TimeTravel by means of a time machine was Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau's 1887 book ''El Anacronópete''.
** One year later, in 1888, Creator/HGWells published the first story to feature TimeTravel by means of a time machine which allowed its operator to navigate through time purposefully and selectively: "The Chronic Argonauts".
** Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' (1889), in which the protagonist finds himself in the time of KingArthur after a fight in which he is hit with a sledge hammer, was another early time travel story which helped bring the concept to a wide audience, and was also one of the first stories to show history being changed by the time traveler's actions.
** Creator/HGWells also coined the term "time machine," which was popularized (and eventually universalized) through his story ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' (1895).
* The origin of the phrase EatTheRich dates back to around the time of UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution, when Jean-Jacques Rousseau reportedly said, "When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich."
* Sobekneferu, who reigned in the 12th dynasty of Egypt, around 1800 years B.C., is the first known case of SheIsTheKing – though it is possible a handful of female pharaohs predated even her... by up to a thousand years or more.
* While the legends of ElizabethBathory are widely considered to be the TropeMaker for the BloodBath, the story of Siegfried from the ''Literature/{{Nibelungenlied}}'' bathing in the blood of the slain dragon to become invulnerable predate Bathory's ties to the trope by at least 500 years.
** The trope has a real life predecessor in the taurobolium, in which an initiate was bathed in the blood of a sacrificed bull. The ritual, dedicated to Magna Mater, is attested in Italy in A.D. 134, but it originated in Asia Minor earlier.
* GodwinsLaw: William Jennings Bryan, an opponent of the theory of evolution in the 1920s, argued that it would lead to [[TheSocialDarwinist social Darwinism]] like in UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany. Arguably a use of Godwin's law [[UnbuiltTrope that predates the Nazis themselves]].
* [[TheDreaded Typhon]] from Myth/ClassicalMythology is likely the Ur-Example of a HeroKiller, driving the gods from Olympus by himself, and defeating Zeus in their first encounter, ripping out his sinews, and leaving him to rot. He covers all the requirements for the trope and is easily OlderThanFeudalism.
* The [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/1/first-assassination-attempt unidentified assassin of Pharaoh Amenemhat I]] from ''Papyrus Millingen'', believe it or not, is the Ur-Example of a {{Ninja}}.
* ''Literature/IAmLegend'' is the Ur-Example of a ZombieApocalypse. The novel contains most if not all of the hallmarks of a modern Zombie Apocalypse. Creator/GeorgeARomero's ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' was based on this novel.
* ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' is considered to be the Ur-Example of BrainFood in zombie films.
* ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', with its clean, monochromatic technological design, is the Ur-Example of EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture. In fact, the Apple iPod is named after the film's space shuttles of the same name.
* ''ComicBook/KidPaddle'' might be this for the TwoGamersOnACouch trope as it is the first time that a gamer ever was the main character in a comic book. The main difference is that only one guy is playing video games (mostly Kid Paddle, but the comic book implements a subversion from time to time for humor) and the fact that the humor based on phenomena is done outside of the couch.
* The TropeMaker for SecretIdentity is ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel''. However, in medieval ChivalricRomance, several characters work in a menial position at a StandardRoyalCourt only to emerge as a KnightInShiningArmor at TheTourney, or in war: Robert the Devil, Gowther, Roswall in ''Roswall and Lillian''. (It also appears in FairyTales such as "Iron Hans" and "The Golden Crab" - OralTradition making it hard to figure out when it first appeared.) With the armor serving the same purpose as a superhero's mask, only more plausibly, and the princess frequently falling in love with the hero and guessing his identity, the major difference is that the identity is only secret until he has saved the day three times, after which he is revealed.
* The {{GIFT}} was predicted in Plato's ''Literature/TheRepublic'' [[OlderThanFeudalism a couple thousand years before the Internet]], in the context of an InvisibleJerkass.
* ''Theatre/TheFrogs'' by the Greek playwright Creator/{{Aristophanes}} may be the Ur-example of the recognition of the existence of {{Dead Horse Trope}}s. The opening scene involves two characters, one telling the other essentially "Go ahead and do whatever bits you want, but please, not [list of things that he considers overdone]".
* Music/JohannSebastianBach created the Ur-Example of MustHaveCaffeine with ''Music/SchweigtStillePlaudertNicht''.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The Ur-Example of {{Animesque}} is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japonism Japonisme]]. Granted, it predated anime itself (which, ironically, began as an imitation of Western artists such as Disney and Fleicher), but it was the first instance in which Western artists began to use Japanese styles.
* A less ancient Ur-Example: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpNb2kDhHSo the 1963 opening]] for ''Anime/AstroBoy'', the first AnimeThemeSong.
* ''Anime/AstroBoy'' is also generally considered the first true anime.
* ''Tetsujin #28'' (Known in the US as ''Anime/{{Gigantor}}'') was the founder of the SuperRobotGenre, and the go-to example of TheKidWithTheRemoteControl.
* ''Codename: Sailor V'' and ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' are often credited as the first MagicalGirlWarrior series. However both follow ''Manga/PrincessKnight'' and ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', the former generally considered the Ur-Example for the MagicalGirlWarrior sub-genre, and the latter the TropeMaker. As it is ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' stands as a good example of how easy it is to confuse the TropeCodifier with the UrExample.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders'' originally created the series signature Stands just as a more creative way to show psychic powers, in 1989. Since then the concept of heroes partnering with powerful monsters, spirits or even robots has evolved into the Trope/{{Mon}} genre. Stardust Crusaders predates: ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Franchise/YuGiOh'', ''Manga/ShamanKing'', ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.

* Despite technically being predated in publication by Superman, the Ur-Example for the FlyingBrick in superhero comics would be Namor the ComicBook/SubMariner. Superman couldn't fly until the forties (he could just jump ''really'' high or a ''really'' long way - "able to leap tall buildings in a single bound", remember?), but Namor was airborne from day one.
* ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'' contained the first VampireDetectiveSeries, following Hannibal King.
* ''[[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} Popeye the Sailor]]'' is the Ur-Example of the comic book superhero. He's heroic only to Olive Oyl however, many others (sometimes including innocent bystanders) are often brutally killed.
* As mentioned in Trope Makers, The Clock was the first costumed crimefighter in comics, making him the Ur-Example of comicbook superheroes. Additionally, he had a female teenage SideKick named Butch, creating the Ur-Example of the superhero sidekick. It's generally accepted that Comicbook/{{Robin}} is the TropeMaker since he was a more traditional superhero sidekick.
** Also, it is often believed that ComicBook/SpiderMan is the creator of a non-sidekick teen superhero. While Spider-Man is certainly the TropeCodifier and his creation led to many of the popular tropes that concept usually entails, the first non-sidekick teenage superhero was the Star Spangled Kid who first appeared in 1941. Ironically enough, he had an adult sidekick named Stripesy who was probably the originator for that particular trope.
* John Constantine the ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' started the urban blue collar, supernatural [[TrenchcoatBrigade Trenchcoat Brigadier]].

* The first ever Gangster Picture was the [[TheRoaringTwenties 1927]] [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfHollywood silent film]] ''Underworld.''
* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': Snake Plissken was a DarkerAndEdgier NinetiesAntiHero in 1981! That the film is itself is [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture set in 1997]] is somewhat HilariousInHindsight.
* ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' was the first ever CyberPunk film, before CyberPunk even became a genre. In fact, it used '''''a lot''''' of tropes before they became popular.
* Ur-Example of the X-rated film? ''A Free Ride'' (1915). Not only was it genuine porn, but it even had a [[TheSeventies Seventies]]-sounding title!
** Contested; ''A Free Ride's'' actual year of creation is subject to debate, with some scholars thinking it was created later than 1915. Additionally, two other early porn films (''El Satario'' and ''Am Abend'') were supposedly created earlier, although exact dates for those two films are fuzzy as well.
* ''Film/DonJuan'' (1926) was the first ever feature-length film to be released with a prerecorded soundtrack (no dialogue, but synchronized music and sound effects).
* ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' (1927) was the first ever feature-length film to be released with synchronized recorded dialogue.
* ''Film/TheBurningOfRedLotusTemple'' (1928) was the first {{Wuxia}} film.
* ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080931/ Nightmare City]]'' (1980) was the first [[ZombieApocalypse zombie film]] to feature zombies that move as fast as living humans (as opposed to classic, lumbering zombies).
* ''Film/WarGames'' was probably the first movie to use EverythingIsOnline, right down to the first cinematic reference to the term "firewall". In fact, practically every hacking-related trope from the past 30 years owes its existence to this movie.
* ''Film/TheSiege'' was the first PostNineElevenTerrorismMovie... [[HarsherInHindsight three years before 9/11 actually happened]].
* The ''Film/DrKildare'' series (16 films between 1937 and 1947) was the UrExample of the MedicalDrama, establishing tropes like the idealistic young doctor and the one who served as his crotchety mentor, and the PatientOfTheweek with a mysterious illness that the doctor would have to diagnose and cure.
* ''Film/TheBigHouse'' is the UrExample of prison films, with the new convict arriving, the hardened killer convict, the convict that's trying to reform, the GreatEscape, the discontent over terrible food, and many more tropes associated with prison settings.
* ''Film/ReeferMadness'' (1936) is the UrExample of the SoBadItsGood trend in film.
* The ''Film/ConfessionsOfA'' series is the ur-example of the AwfulBritishSexComedy, which was very popular throughout the 1970s and '80s. However, many say that the ''Film/CarryOn'' film series was this as well, but there was only about two movies that played the trope straight, whereas the other movies just relied on coarse sexual innuendo and double entendre.
* ''Film/GameOfDeath'' shows the first nunchaku vs. nunchaku fight in cinematic history.

[[folder:Games (all kinds)]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senet Senet]] is the Ur-Example of the [[BoardGames Board Game]]. There probably existed others before, but this is the oldest known. Ironically, there ''is'' a game called "The Royal Game of Ur", and while it is very old, Senet still predates it by about 900 years or so.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was the first TabletopRPG, and a precursor to every video RolePlayingGame.
* Wikipedia lists several candidates for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_video_game first video game]]. Depends on how one defines "video game".
** The VideoGame/CathodeRayTubeAmusementDevice is an electronic game from 1947. Might count as a "video game" even though it is not a computer program and has no digital logic. It also produced no video signal.
** ''VideoGame/{{OXO}}'' seems to be the first video game to use a digital graphics display. ''OXO'' implemented TabletopGame/TicTacToe (Noughts and Crosses) in a computer program for the EDSAC. It never had many players, because the only EDSAC was at the University of Cambridge.
** The the first known video game to interface with a television (hence "video") was the UsefulNotes/MagnavoxOdyssey.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}} II: Lost Caverns'' was the Ur-Example of {{Metroidvania}}.
* Probably the first role-playing video game was ''VideoGame/{{pedit5}}'' on the PLATO system from 1975. Rumors exist of an earlier program called m199h but ''pedit5'' is the earliest confirmed one and served as the basis for a later program called ''VideoGame/{{dnd}}'' (or The Game of Dungeons).
* ''Main/InteractiveFiction'' usually dates back to ''VideoGame/ColossalCave'' (1976), but there was in fact one other parser-based adventure by Peter Langston called ''VideoGame/{{Wander}}'' from 1973, written in HP BASIC.
* The Ur-FirstPersonShooter is the 1974 game [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maze_War Maze War]]. (''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D'' is the TropeMaker and ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' the TropeCodifier).
* The first StealthBasedGame is ''VideoGame/CastleWolfenstein'' by Silas Warner in 1981 which predates the arcade game ''005'' by Creator/{{Sega}}.
* ''{{Franchise/Pokemon}}'' may be responsible for [[TropeCodifier popularizing]] the [[{{Mon}} monster catching]] craze worldwide. However both it and the TropeMaker ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Megami Tensei]]'' grew out of an Edo period OlderThanTelevision CollectibleCardGame called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karuta#Obake_karuta Obake Karuta]]'' (''"Monster Cards"''). In the game, a set of cards with depictions of various monsters from Myth/JapaneseMythology would be placed on a table. Each round, players would be given a clue, and attempt to grab the card of a monster who met that clue before their opponents could. At the end of the game, [[GottaCatchThemAll the player with the most cards won]].
* {{Creator/Bungie}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' is the Ur-Example for the 'mouselook' control scheme, where instead of only using a keyboard to control an FPS character, you control the view with a mouse as well. ''Terminator Future Shock'' is the TropeMaker, but due to ''Marathon'' being on the apple platform, and ''Terminator Future Shock'' just not being popular, it took until Quake and it's innovative online multiplayer before the mouselook feature became codified.
* The Ur-Example of an EasterEgg is often believed to be ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}'', a 1980 game for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}. However, it was preceded by the "Demo Cart" for the Fairchild Channel F console (released in 1976), in which a key combination could bring the programmer's name, Michael Glass, up on screen. Both ''Alien Invasion'' and ''Video Whizball'' (1978) also had a code to display their programmer's last name (Reid-Selth, for Brad Reid-Selth) on the screen.
** Preceeding this was the arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Starship1}}'' (1977) by Atari which has a secret button combination which will output the phrase "HI RON!" (Ron being designer Ron Milner of Atari's Cyan Engineering).
* ''VideoGame/{{Adventure}}'' is, however, the Ur-Example of the ActionAdventure game and the WideOpenSandbox gameplay style.
* ''VideoGame/TheOrionConspiracy'', realeased in 1995, is the Ur-Example of the ComingOutStory in VideoGames, though LGBT material has been present in video games since at least the 1980s.
* ''VideoGame/VibRibbon'', released in 1999 for the [=PlayStation=], was the first game to generate levels in real-time based on the music on a CD supplied by the player. This genre became popular years later when technology had advanced enough to make the games more visually appealing. However, ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'', a game in which monsters are generated through the music (or other data) on a CD supplied by the player, predates ''VideoGame/VibRibbon'' by two years.
* ''VideoGame/{{Recca}}'', an NES game made in 1992, is the Ur-Example of BulletHell.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Ultima}} Akalabeth: World of Doom]]'', released in 1980, marked the beginning of the Computer Western Role-Playing Game.
* The SpaceMarine trope: ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' was the tabletop game Ur-Example, ''VideoGame/{{DOOM}}'' the videogame version.
* While ''VideoGame/{{Rogue}}'' is the TropeMaker and TropeNamer for the {{Roguelike}} genre, the genre has its Ur-Example a bit earlier: ''VideoGame/{{dnd}}'' features all the elements that would later be associated with Roguelikes. It is also (arguably) the first video game with {{boss battle}}s.
* ''VideoGame/{{Populous}}'' is the first example of the [[SimulationGame God Sim]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Vette}}'' was the first true 3D [[WideOpenSandbox open-world]] {{driving game}}.
* ''VideoGame/IRobot'' was the first video game to use filled polygon graphics (as opposed to vectors).
* ''VideoGame/HauntedHouse'' was the first SurvivalHorror game.
* Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Caveman}}'' is the Ur-Example of a VideoMode in {{Pinball}} games. It was a pinball/video arcade game hybrid with the screen embedded in the pinball playfield. When the player shot a ball into either side of the screen, a MazeGame would start, whereupon the player can move the caveman with a joystick to hunt dinosaurs. The player could return to the pinball game if he exited the maze, but getting eaten by a T. rex would drain the ball.
* ''VideoGame/PinballConstructionSet'' is the UrExample and TropeMaker for {{Game Maker}}s.
* ''VideoGame/BattleZone1980'' is the UrExample of both simulation games and of military training software, with ''The Bradley Trainer'' (modified from the Battlezone arcade cabinet) [[BackedByThePentagon being commissioned by the U.S. Army]].
* All games on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Max Action Max]] are Ur-Examples of FMV games.
* Kemco's NES game ''Rescue: The Embassy Mission'' was this for the TacticalShooter genre.
* ''VideoGame/TheOregonTrail'' was the first EdutainmentGame.
* ''Wilderness: A Survival Adventure''(1985) was the first SurvivalSandbox game, over two decades before ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' popularized the genre. It also was one of the first games, if not the first, to feature a [[ProceduralGeneration procedural]] [[RandomlyGeneratedLevels terrain generator]].

[[folder:Literature, Poetry]]
* ''Baifa Monu Zhuan'' contains the first portrayal of the [[PrehensileHair white hair witch]] seen in many {{Wuxia}} films such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfeSngO2s7I The Bride With White Hair]] and ''Film/TheForbiddenKingdom''.
* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', being among the first recorded stories known to man, is the Ur-Example, or at least one of the very earliest {{Trope Codifier}}s, of the heroic epic poem and a lot of the related tropes. That Gilgamesh was the king of Uruk, not far from Ur, just makes it sweeter. One could even say that this is the Ur-Example of the Ur-Example.
* ''Literature/TheIliad'', sub-titled ''[[UnstoppableRage The Wrath of Achilles]]''. Achilles and Patroclus have an insane amount of HoYay. Of course, it's AncientGreece, so EveryoneIsBi. May represent the UrExample of {{Shipping}} and a FanPreferredCouple, as debates go as far back as the Classical period (i.e. almost 2,500 years) as to whether or not the two were actually lovers and people still argue over it in the present day! The main sticking point, at least for the Classical Greeks, having been more that Achilles and Patroclus were about the same age, rather than fitting the [[LoverAndBeloved age structured homosexual relationships]] favored in that later era.
* Marking the first novel is a rather ambiguous and arbitrary endeavor given the long evolution of literary tradition that eventually becomes what we now define as novels. The Roman novel ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Ass The Golden Ass]]'', by Lucius Apuleius Platonicus in 160 [=AD=] is perhaps the oldest work that could be considered a novel. Murasaki Shikibu's ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' (1010) is the oldest that is universally accepted as a novel. ''Literature/DonQuixote'' is widely considered to be the first ''modern'' novel, divided into chapters and two parts.
* The character Dante in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' might be the Ur-Example of AuthorAvatar.
** As might Lucius, the protagonist of Lucius Apuleius Platonicus's novel [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golden_Ass The Golden Ass]], written more than a millennium earlier.
** You could consider Creator/{{Socrates}}[=/=]Creator/{{Plato}} of ''Literature/TheRepublic'' to be the Ur-Example. Just don't get hung up on who the author was.
* The Ur-Example of the DetectiveStory might be "The Tale of the Three Apples," from ''[[Literature/ArabianNights The Book of the One Thousand and One Nights]]'' (Arabic: كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة‎ - kitāb 'alf layla wa-layla; Persian: هزار و یک شب - Hezār-o yek shab). While it's difficult to say exactly how ancient the roots of the story go, we can say it dates back ''at least'' to the fourteenth century CE., since that's the date of the earliest known copy of the ''[[Literature/ArabianNights The Book of One Thousand and One Nights]]'' as we know it. It could date back as far as, or farther than the early 9th century CE.
** The ''One Thousand and One Nights'' has at least one other detective story (of the ReverseWhodunnit variety), "Ali Khwajah and the Merchant of Baghdad" where a thief is caught with the help of logic and [[spoiler:olive experts]].
** The deuterocanonical (or apocryphal, according to Protestants) extended Book of Daniel has a story where Daniel figures out a locked room mystery. Essentially a Detective Story in the way that it's played out.
* The ''Literature/TrueHistory'' by Lucian of Samosota, written at some point in second-century Greece, is sometimes considered the Ur-Example of ScienceFiction, as well as the TallTale. Discussing whether or not it counts is SeriousBusiness for academia. Also, it ends with a ToBeContinued.
* George Chesney's story ''The Battle of Dorking'' (1871) can be considered the Ur-Example of military science fiction.
* The ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' Series gave us power armor and space marines. Basically the first MilitaryScienceFiction.
* Several of Creator/LordDunsany's stories provide the Ur-Examples of the SwordAndSorcery fantasy subgenre. To give one example, one story concerns the gods Chu-bu and Sheemish and the names and personalities of these gods are quite similar to those that turn up in Creator/RobertEHoward, Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith, and in Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser. The story itself is an example of GodsNeedPrayerBadly which turns up in similar ways in a lot of later fantasy.
* ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'' and to a lesser extent ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' and ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' prefigures {{cyberpunk}} - you have [[MegaCorp mega corps]], dark anti-heroes, and every thing you'd expect from the genre.
* Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/BleakHouse'' is possibly the first instance of SpontaneousHumanCombustion showing up in a work of '''fiction'''; however, several stories of this phenomenon [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie "really happening"]] in RealLife predate ''Literature/BleakHouse'', the oldest dating back to 1654 in the book ''Historiarum Anatomicarum Rariorum'' by Thomas H. Bartholin, which provides a report of such an incident that is dated from the late 1400's.
* ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' for OminousFloatingSpaceship.
* The fin-de-siècle Viennese writer Arthur Schnitzler is usually credited with pioneering the stream-of-consciousness, internal monologue, 1st-person style with his short story "Leutnant Gustl".
* Creator/SamuelTaylorColeridge wrote ''Christabel'', a poem involving a lesbian vampire, in the 1790s. Joseph Le Fanu's ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'' borrowed from Coleridge this aspect.
* In a strange example of a Ur-Example switching media, ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel'' is probably the Ur-Example of a SuperHero or at least a costumed crimefighter using a SecretIdentity.
* [[Creator/AndreNorton Andre Norton's]] ''Quag Keep'' (1978) was the world's first ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' novel (it's set in the world of TabletopGame/{{Greyhawk}} and dedicated to Gary Gygax), before ''D&D'' novels were a thing. It was also probably the first story to use the plot "gamers get magically transported to the supposedly-fictional world of the game they play".
* [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Edgar Allan Poe's]] only full length novel ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket'', provides the Ur-Example of CosmicHorror, in its final chapters, where the titular Arthur Gordon Pym and two other men sail through the surreal Antarctic waters.
* ''DeathComesAsTheEnd'' by Agatha Christie (1944), was the first historical whodunnit; the first full-length novel to combine historical fiction and a detective story plot.

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* ''Series/NewYorkUndercover'' was the first American PoliceProcedural to feature two people of color in the starring roles.
* Upscale, urban sitcoms featuring Jewish - or AmbiguouslyJewish - characters have become [[YouHaveToHaveJews so run-of-the-mill nowadays]] that it's easy to forget how uncommon they were as recently as TheEighties. That's why ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' was such a hit (and also arguably [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny why it is "unfunny"]]). But the very first Jewish sitcom? ''The Goldbergs'', which came along in the ''late 1940s''.
* The Ur-Example of the reality-TV show? If you consider game shows to be reality shows, you can go back all the way to television's beginnings in the 1940s. But the first reality show in the modern sense, with a camera voyeuristically following people around, was ''Series/{{Cops}}'', in 1988. The writers' strike in Hollywood that year forced the Fox network to come up with something really impromptu, and in the process an entire genre of entertainment was born.
** In terms of a (presumably more serious) documentary-style reality show, one can go back further to PBS' ''An American Family'' which goes all the way back to 1973 (filmed in '71). A TransatlanticEquivalent, Creator/TheBBC's ''The Family'' was shown a year later.
* For teen protagonists you can go back to the adventures of Andy Hardy, which started in 1937 when Mickey Rooney was 17 and Judy Garland was 15.
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' was likely the first television comedy to [[AvertedTrope lack]] either a LaughTrack or a StudioAudience. Being a StealthParody helps.

* The first pop-music star of any kind? Bernart de Ventadorn (1135?-1195?) is as good a candidate as any. He was a ''troubador'' from the town of Correze in France, and composed love poems set to music in the Occitan language (a dialect that sounds like French and Spanish mixed together). Not only was Ventadorn popular throughout France and widely imitated during the medieval period, he is one of the earliest composers of Western secular music (not to mention instrumental music) for whom we still have transcripts of written compositions. Even more striking, [[ValuesResonance Ventadorn's songs sound remarkably contemporary to the modern ear]], at least if one is familiar with 1960s folk-rockers like Music/BuffaloSpringfield and Music/LedZeppelin, who often sound as if they were trying to ape Ventadorn (and may in fact have done so).
* The prime example of AvantGardeMusic as we consider it today: loud noises, dissonance, sometimes frightening sounding is Music/IgorStravinsky's ''Theatre/TheRiteOfSpring'' from 1913. Compare the music in that piece with all the other classical music that was around that time and you quickly understand why it caused a riot during its premier. The only thing that sounded quite that loud before was Music/RichardWagner, but even that was still quite melodic and harmonic.
** Creator/FranzLiszt, mostly known for his piano showpieces, wrote pieces with jarring dissonances as well (for example the ''Totentanz'', the nearly atonal third movement of his ''Faust-Sinfonie'', or the ''Mephisto Waltzes''). In the last years of his life, Liszt even composed legitimately atonal music (''Bagatelle sans tonalité''). Among critics, he is recognized as the UrExample of Modern Classical, while Stravinsky (along with Arnold Schoenberg) is the undisputed TropeCodifier.
* Jim Morrison, the frontman for Music/TheDoors, is credited with inventing the modern rock-star image.
* Music/{{Venom}}'s ''Black Metal'' album is considered the Ur-Example of BlackMetal. They never intended to create a sub-genre of metal, they just thought it was a cool name for an album. They are also an early example of ThrashMetal (some consider them the first).
* The first modern MusicVideo is often (though not universally) considered to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGxjIBEZvx0 this thing]] for Music/BobDylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" from ''Music/BringingItAllBackHome'', produced in 1965, which was filmed in the documentary ''Film/DontLookBack''. That depends on how one defines "modern," as the music videos of Music/TheBeatles (among others) predate this. So-called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illustrated_Songs illustrated songs]]" - early precursors of the music video - date back to the beginning of the 20th century, and "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_short musical shorts]]" were hugely popular by 1926, before the official end of the "silent" era of film.
* Ougenweide was the first band to play Medieval Rock
* The Music/VelvetUnderground has often been considered the very first AlternativeRock artist to have existed, though one could argue that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Walker_(singer) Scott Walker]], who began his solo career at around the same time as the Velvet Underground began their career, was another early "alternative" artist. Not to mention Music/TheFugs, who started recording in 1965 with ''Music/TheFugsFirstAlbum'' and ''Music/TheFugsSecondAlbum'' and were the first ''underground rock'' band thanks to their explicit lyrics about sex, drugs and politics, which even caused them to be shadowed by the F.B.I. for many years. And Music/FrankZappa, whose ''Music/FreakOut'' (1966) was the most insane and crazy record ever put out at that time.
* The early 1960s hit "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S13mP_pfEc Runaway]]" by Del Shannon was the first popular song to use what was essentially a proto-synthesizer as an instrument. The first instance of an ''actual'' synthesizer used in popular music was 1967's ''Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.'' by Music/TheMonkees.
** Technically, the Hammond B3 and C3 organs were additive synthesizers (this is why organ is one of the easiest sounds to synthesize), and had already appeared on many recordings by the early 1960s.
*** This is one of those discussions that can get rather involved... An electronic synthesiser generates its tones with entirely electronic oscillators. The Hammond organs are electromechanical, the tones being generated by magnetic tone wheels being rotated next to pickup coils. Both can be considered "tonal synthesisers", though the name tended to be applied more to electronic synthesisers after Dr. Moog's equipment became established in the public mind, the Hammonds and other similar keyboards retaining the name "organ" because that is how they were marketed and most commonly used. As for Ur-Examples, well... prior to Moog's synthesiser (itself a customisable collection of modules that you had to know how to connect together) a great many people had combined musicality and electronics expertise to cook up their own electronic synthesisers. The first electronic synthesiser to be patented and manufactured was Leon Theremin's contactless wonder (the oscillator was controlled by capacitative proximity sensing), invented in 1919. The first Hammond organ appeared in 1934, though the tone wheel concept was first patented in 1897. Like I said, it can get involved.
** Toni Fisher's "The Big Hurt" used an electronic phaser as early as 1959 - over a decade before progressive rock made it popular.
* 60s GarageRock was sometimes known as PunkRock. The name didn't catch on, but those 60s garage rock bands went on to inspire what is now known as punk rock.
* The earliest punk-rock song of any type could be said to be "Black Leather Trousers and Motorcycle Boots" by The Cheers in 1955. Although it was quickly and sadly CoveredUp by Vaughn Monroe in a very vanilla, Fifties-pop style, the song in its original form not only was about a literal punk, but was played at what was a ''blazing'' tempo for 1955 (even with some punk-style drumming) and was probably the first pop song in which the lyrics were shouted more than they were sung and the vocalists sounded tough and angry.
* Perhaps the Ur-Example of Speed Metal is Music/{{Queen}}'s 1974 song "Stone Cold Crazy", which has all the trademarks, just in rather primitive form. An even earlier candidate is "7 Screaming Diz-Busters", which was performed by Music/BlueOysterCult on their 1973 ''Tyranny & Mutation'' album. Although "7 Screaming Diz-Busters" clearly owes more of a debt to psychedelic and folk-rock, toward the end of the song there is an insanely fast guitar riff that sounds a lot like what Music/{{Metallica}} would be doing a decade later.
* Music/BlackSabbath or Music/JudasPriest usually get credit for having the first thrash metal songs with "Symptom of the Universe" and "Dissident Aggressor," respectively. Before either of those songs was the 1974 surprise hit "Parasite" by Music/{{Kiss}} (yes, ''that'' Kiss). It was later covered by Anthrax.
** Music/{{Judas Priest}} is also often cited as the Ur-Example for both SpeedMetal and The New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Music/{{Rainbow}} sometimes also gets some credit.
* The Ur-Example of HeavyMetal is much debated, but honors go to (among others): Link Wray's "Rumble," Music/TheKinks' "You Really Got Me," Music/TheBeatles' [[Music/TheWhiteAlbum "Helter Skelter,"]] Blue Cheer's cover of "Summertime Blues," Music/IronButterfly's ''Music/InAGaddaDaVida'' and Music/{{Steppenwolf}}'s "Born to Be Wild."
* The Ur-Example of HairMetal? Music/AliceCooper and Music/{{Aerosmith}} are good candidates, since they more or less invented or at least trademarked many of the conventions (showmanship being as important as the music itself, SillyLoveSongs done in a heavy style, etc.), and also because they were still growing strong when the hair genre actually went mainstream in TheEighties, releasing new songs right alongside the bands they had inspired. Several Music/{{Kiss}} songs from the mid-to-late 1970s anticipate the "hair-band" style, "Flaming Youth" and "See You in Your Dreams" in particular. But the best candidate is probably Music/VanHalen, since they started late enough in TheSeventies (1978) to still be current when the hair scene officially kicked off in 1983 with Music/QuietRiot and Music/MotleyCrue. Bands that attained fame in the hair subgenre prior to 1983 include the Music/{{Scorpions}} (who were already playing Eighties-style metal in the mid-'70s), Music/DefLeppard, and Music/JudasPriest (during their 1980-1981 "pop" phase).
* Very first example of HeavyMithril? Was it Music/{{Rainbow}}? Music/BlackSabbath? Music/LedZeppelin? Music/TheDoors? Perhaps the hippie folk-rockers of TheSixties? No, no, no, no, and no. Before all of those guys came American pop songwriter and musician Jimmie Rodgers (''not'' the country-music singer), who recorded two songs with medieval/mystical themes - "Make Me a Miracle" and "The Wizard" - in ''1958''.
* Music/FranzLiszt's ''Literature/{{Faust}} Symphony'' opens with a theme consisting of all the 12 notes of the chromatic scale, each appearing only once. The theme returns at various points during the symphony. The rest of the work is tonal and there are no permutations, but it's still the progenitor of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-tone_technique twelve-tone technique]]. He also wrote the progenitor of atonal music in general, the ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bagatelle sans tonalité]]''.
* RockOpera is a hard concept to define, but two of the candidates for the Ur-Example seem to be ''The Story of Simon Simopath'' by the British psychadelic band Nirvana ([[NamesTheSame not to be confused with]] the far more popular American grunge band of the same name) and ''Music/SFSorrow'' by Music/ThePrettyThings, depending on the line between RockOpera and ConceptAlbum. Both of these are predated by ''Music/AQuickOne'' by Music/TheWho which was a Rock Opera in all but length.
** There was also the unreleased ''A Teenage Opera'' by Mark Wirtz, recorded in 1966 but unreleased until 1990, except for two singles, ''Grocer Jack'' and ''Sam'', released that year.
* The oldest ConceptAlbum is ''Music/DustBowlBallads'' (1941) by Music/WoodyGuthrie, which is a series of songs about the troubles of farmers during TheGreatDepression. ''Music/InTheWeeSmallHours'' (1955) by Music/FrankSinatra is another strong candidate as all the songs on that record are about loneliness and feeling sad about a breakup. ''Music/FreakOut'' (1966) by Music/FrankZappa dealt with themes such as alienation and criticism of American politics and society. But it's ''Music/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand'' (1967) by Music/TheBeatles that really popularized the ConceptAlbum.
* Music/KillingJoke are the first example of IndustrialMetal and are cited as an influence by Music/{{Ministry}}, Music/GodFlesh, Music/NineInchNails, and Music/MarilynManson.
* The Ur-Example of Music/{{Grindcore}} is usually considered to be either HardcorePunk band Siege's ''Drop Dead'' EP or DeathMetal band Repulsion's ''Horrified'' album.
** There is also the cover of Music/TheRollingStones' ''I Can't Get Not Satisfaction'' by Music/TheResidents, which fits the mold of a Grindcore song and was released in ''1978''.
* Music/{{Kraftwerk}} just might be the Ur-Example of new wave/synthpop, as well as the TropeMaker for electronic music in general.
** However, a year before Music/{{Kraftwerk}} formed, the Psychedelic band ''White Noise'' released the first true Electronic Album, ''An Electric Storm''.
** Although never a band, the lads and lasses at the [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Radiophonic_Workshop BBC Radiophonic Workshop]] were messing about with all sorts of unbuilt electronic newness almost ten years before Kraftwerk or Whitenoise picked the ball up to play with. Including doing very interesting things with splicing, sampling and remixing, all while finding melodic uses for the weirdest gizmos. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dEHeWWE10g Case in point,]] the ''Series/DoctorWho'' theme, entirely made from pitch-shifted tape loops of rubber band noises and test tones.
* "Sampling" is most commonly associated with 1990s rap and hip-hop, but it traces its lineage back to 1956, when Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman recorded "The Flying Saucer," which was less an original work than a clever splicing of numerous pop songs from the era - "Long Tall Sally", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Tutti Frutti" and "Blue Suede Shoes" among them - with a humorous "radio announcement" of an invasion by aliens delivered by Buchanan and Goodman. (Goodman had another radio hit 19 years later with "Mr. Jaws", a similar comedic sampling parodying the first ''Franchise/{{Jaws}}'' movie.)
* NuMetal is generally agreed to have began with Music/{{KoRn}}'s SelfTitledAlbum in 1994, which spawned a [[FollowTheLeader wave of imitators]] that [[FromClonesToGenre formed it into its own genre]]. However, even before [=KoRn=], acts like Music/FaithNoMore and Music/RageAgainstTheMachine were hugely influential to the genre and some site ''them'' as the Ur-Example.
** The term ''nu metal'' originates from an interview with Coal Chamber.
* Music/NeilYoung's ''Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere'' is the Ur-Example of {{Grunge}}.
* Music/KingCrimson, in addition to being TropeCodifier for ProgressiveRock, is often cited as the UrExample for ProgressiveMetal (if Music/{{Rush}} isn't cited instead). In addition, "Starless" could be considered the UrExample for PostRock.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folktronica Folktronica]] is usually used to mean a cross between folk and electronic music. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badly_Drawn_Boy ''Badly Drawn Boy'']] (the band was formed in 1995, but their first album was released in 1997) is often considered the first band to incorporate elements of the genre, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfE7ojgFsO0 Get a Life by Ian Anderson]] could be considered an UrExample of the genre and proves that cross-overs between folk and electronica already existed.
* "Heroin" by Music/TheVelvetUnderground is considered to be an UrExample of PostRock.
* Lone Rager's single "Metal Rap," [[OneBookAuthor the only thing they've ever recorded,]] was the first known instance of RapMetal, dating back all the way to 1984, 3 years before Anthrax's "I'm The Man."
* Music/TheBeatles have another example here with "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", in which they effectively played DoomMetal at least a few months before Music/BlackSabbath did. "Helter Skelter", as mentioned above, is a possible UrExample for metal in general (and has arguably had a pretty big influence on speed and thrash metal in particular). The Beatles are pretty much JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples for rock music.
* Similarly, "I Am The Walrus" could be seen as the Ur Example for HipHop, having a very similar beat and cadence to the genre.
* Music/JeanMichelJarre's 1976 [[BreakthroughHit breakthrough album]] ''Music/{{Oxygene}}'' was the ur-example of {{trance}}.
* "[[Music/WishYouWereHere Welcome to the Machine]]" by Music/PinkFloyd was this for {{industrial}} songs.

* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Ares of Greek Mythology]] may be the first case of AdaptationalBadass. He was often little more than a [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]] [[TheBully bully]]; while he couldn't be killed and he was stronger than anyone else on the battlefield, but as soon as someone injured him he'd [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere throw a temper fit and go home]]. The Romans later identified him with their god Mars elevating him to be the divine father of Rome, second most important god to [[TopGod Jupiter]], ideal soldier, and all-around badass.
* ''Myth/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' provides an example of TragicBromance, in which Gilgamesh's HeterosexualLifePartner Enkidu dies, and afterwards Gilgamesh becomes an ImmortalitySeeker. Also, Ishtar threatens she will open the gates of the underworld, so the dead will "go up and eat the living, and the dead will outnumber the living" (i.e., a ZombieApocalypse).
* [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Bastet]] is the Ur-Example of the CatGirl.
* [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] is the Ur-Example for WizardClassic.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Athena]] is the Ur-Example of the BadassBookworm ''and'' DaddysGirl.

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* Josie Wahlford is the first pro wrestler recognized as a "World Champion" on record. The exploits of Wrestling/GeorgeHackenschmidt are far better documented, due to Wahlford being better known as a weight lifter, and were the model for Wrestling/LouThesz and the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance, making Hackenshmidt the TropeMaker and Thesz the TropeCodifier.
* Arena Coliseo was the first arena built exclusively for lucha libre, it's construction funded by [[Wrestling/{{CMLL}} EMLL]], although it has long since been used for boxing events as well. Arena Mexico, which EMLL built later when Lutteroth won the lottery, is what became known as [[FanNickname the citadel of lucha libre]].[[/folder]]

* If the ''Literature/ArabianNights'' contained the first DetectiveStory, then ''Theatre/OedipusRex'' by Creator/{{Sophocles}} could be considered the first ReverseWhodunnit. The myth of Oedipus would have been very well known among the audiences, which explains the almost ridiculous amount of DramaticIrony. (In universe, it can be considered a "straight" detective story, with Oedipus investigating the cause of the plague and trying to discover the murderer of Laius.)
* In an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, Theatre/TheCompleteWorksOfWilliamShakespeareAbridged is the Ur-Example of TheAbridgedSeries. It predates the TropeMaker (WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries) by 19 years and has the same basic concept, as well as many AbridgedSeriesTropes.
* And playing Zeroth Law straight, Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is possibly based on a previous play by another author, since lost, which is referred to by theater historians as ''Ur-Hamlet''.
* Speaking of the Bard, Shakespeare's plays contain the Ur-examples of many common English words and idioms, including the first use of the word "assassin" in the English language
* ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'' was one of the first, if not the first, work to unabashedly portray TheFifties nostalgically.
** The '50s were barely over (and in cultural terms, you could argue they weren't over yet) when the play was written (1960), so this might not be an example.

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* ''[[http://www.4gamer.net/weekly/charagame/006/charagame_006.shtml Graduation]]'' introduced [[TropeMakers the now common]] school setting and rival female classmates that is the ClicheStorm of the visual novel genre.
* ''Night Life'' was the first eroge, released in 1982 for the venerable PC-8801 by {{Creator/Koei}}. It was not much of a success, lacking a cohesive plot and attractive visuals, but featured complex objectives to bed women and "win" the game.
* ''VideoGame/PrincessMaker'' was the first modern presentation of a galge with romantic elements aimed directly towards the player (released in 1991). It combined what were then experimental PC-9800 game concepts into a single title: anime inspired artwork, intricate character menus, heroine to player dialog, and multiple endings.
* ''Franchise/{{Angelique}}'' was the first OtomeGame.

* Accounts of [[http://www.tcj.com/the-history-of-webcomics/ the history of Webcomics]] mention some online comics from before the web.
** ''Witches in Stiches'' takes the claim of "first online comic", because it appeared on [=CompuServe=] in 1985. It was not an internet comic, because [=CompuServe=] was not part of the internet back then. This comic has since disappeared into obscurity.
** ''[[http://www.shadowculture.com/wtbr/ Where The Buffalo Roam]]'' calls itself "The Internet's First Comic Strip". It launched in 1991 in its Usenet group alt.comics.buffalo-roam, had regular updates, and later moved to the web (though ''Doctor Fun'' got there first).
* ''[[http://www.ibiblio.org/Dave/drfun.html Doctor Fun]]'' is the first webcomic. It launched in 1993, after web browsers learned how to display images.
* ''Webcomic/NeglectedMarioCharacters'' is the first SpriteComic. It launched with "The EVIL-Luigi Story", Part 1, from September 6, 1998.

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* There is a minor Internet phenomenon known as "Black MIDI" where MIDI users attempt to make the most chaotic piano arrangements of various songs. Early, non-MIDI-related examples can be found in Quebecois pianist/composer Marc-Andre Hamelin's player piano rearrangements of C.P.E. Bach's "Solfeggietto" and the traditional "Pop Goes The Weasel", entitled ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzFOkGfqaeE Solfeggietto a cinque]]'' and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb3eLFjWTlk Pop Music?]]'', respectively.
* Some fans of WebOriginal/{{Retsupurae}} think that [[WebOriginal/GamingInTheClintonYears George Wood]] is the earliest example of a let's player, as he was the first to fully narrate and comment over video game footage. His first video's are in fact from the 1990's. It is very hard to define however how much of a "let's player" he is. He did this type of narration after all mainly to review video games, even though quite a few are better defined as "walkthroughs" and in some others it is next to impossible to define what the man attempts to do.
* Rotten.com was an early example of internet shock-media, where it contains really gross and shocking news stories (often accompanied by graphic imagery), but unlike other shock sites such as Goatse and Tubgirl, there was real information beyond the graphic imagery.
* Commercials I Hate, which debuted in 1997, is at least one of the earliest examples of CausticCritic web media. Nathan Alexander once ran a website and a forum (originally a guestbook) that was for highlighting the worst in the advertising world.

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* The first animated shorts with stories exhibited to an audience were [[WesternAnimation/ReynaudFilms the works of Charles-Emile Reynaud]], which date back to the 1890s. Only two have survived.
* Animation pioneer Creator/WinsorMcCay was responsible for several of these. First popular animated cartoon character? ''WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur'', from the UsefulNotes/WorldWarI era. First animated cartoon with an episodic narrative? An adaptation of ''Film/LittleNemoInSlumberland'', done just before the war. First WartimeCartoon and first example of escaping the AnimationAgeGhetto? ''WesternAnimation/TheSinkingOfTheLusitania'' (1918), propaganda for the American war effort.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Insektors}}'' was the first televised AllCGICartoon. It predated ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' by a few months.
* ''El Apóstol'' is the Ur-Example of a feature-length animated film.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Practical Joker" featured ''Franchise/StarTrek'''s first Holodeck and correspondingly its first HolodeckMalfunction.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is often said, for better or for worse, to have popularized referential humor in animated shows, specifically jokes that play on nostalgia or pop culture minutae that are mostly if not entirely unconnected from the characters or the plot and that are set up by character flashbacks. In its early years ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had some of this kind of humor, but really such referential humor being a core part of a show started with the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' (which not coincidentally was started by two former ''The Simpsons'' showrunners).
** Or more accurately, Family Guy could be seen as the TropeCodifier, with WesterAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends, WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures, and WesternAnimation/Animaniacs having debuted years before Family Guy, with Garfield likely as the TropeMaker. Possible candidates for the Ur-Example would be WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones or WesternAnimatoin/TheJetsons, which often had pop culture references that weren't always plot relevant and occasional snippets of Depression-era and WWII-era nostalgia.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', and to that extent all of Creator/{{Pixar}}, is the crowning pioneer for AllCGICartoon. Before ''Toy Story'', computer animation was mainly used in special effects or commercials and short films and in 1995 the idea of a fully computer animated film was preposterous. And nowadays they're considered the norm.

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* Many academic disciplines have one work that's considered to clearly be the first "proper" example of its type.
** The ''Cairo Annals Stone'' from the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt contains the oldest surviving transcript of battlefield tactics and strategy. They are collectively considered to be an almanac and instructional material for the ruling class, as it contains a wealth of information ranging from construction to census and the aforementioned warfare.
** ''Literature/TheHistories'' by Herodotus; which recounts the Persian Wars in a way most people today would still recognize as a "history textbook" (and is one of the original sources.)
*** ''The Peloponnesian Wars'', by Creator/{{Thucydides}}, is generally considered the first "proper" history, since it's the first history of any scale to use logic and reasoning rather than anecdotes. He even states that these words aren't what people said, but what they ought to have said (for the following events to occur.)
*** Followed by Creator/{{Xenophon}}'s ''Literature/{{Anabasis}}'', in which Xenophon wrote about history that he himself actually experienced, making him the Ur war correspondent.
*** Edward Gibbon's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_History_of_the_Decline_and_Fall_of_the_Roman_Empire History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire]]'', published in 1776, is the first ''modern'' historical work, and [[TropeCodifier largely codified]] the principles of historical research - most notably, the reliance on and preference for primary sources, combined with the rigor of Thucydides' logical methodology.
** Plutarch's ''Parallel Lives'', written in the late 1st century, is the first set of [[{{Biography}} biographies]], and made a point of focusing less on grand historical events and more on small happenings that give insight into the individual's character.
*** Note that all of the above dates only hold true in the West; in China, the ''Shiji'' (Records of the Grand Historian) by Sima Qian was completed in 91 B.C.; 102 out of 120 volumes were biographies of notables in China. (The other 18 were timelines, histories and treatises). That said, the focus of Chinese history and historiography was rather different from those of many Western writers, particularly Thucydides, Xenophon, and Plutarch (who were strongly influenced by Socratic philosophy).
*** ''Agesilaus'' by Creator/{{Xenophon}} is likely the first text to solely cover the events of a single historical figure's life. However, this was a very short work of little historical importance. As such, people tend to focus on the more thorough and influential works of Plutarch.
** The ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muqaddimah Muqaddimah]]'' (''Introduction'') of Ibn Khaldun, published in 1377, was the first attempt to treat politics, economics, and history in a scientific manner, thus more or less inventing the social sciences (it is often said to be the first book on sociology). This approach informed Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli's ''[[Literature/ThePrince Prince]]'' and ''Literature/DiscoursesOnLivy'' a hundred years later, as well as the aforementioned ''Decline and Fall'' and Adam Smith's ''The Wealth of Nations'' in 1776.
*** Creator/{{Aristotle}} gave some thoughts to economics in his ''Politics'', too, but it is much less systematic than the ''Muqaddimah'', and does not quite take the same kind of skeptical approach that characterizes both the ''Muqaddimah'' and modern social science.
** Creator/{{Socrates}} was the first [[ThePhilosopher philosopher]] in our modern sense of the term. Greece had "philosophers" before him, but they were essentially studying science, or debate. Socrates was the first to turn philosophy into a study of morality, logic, and the like. Then Creator/{{Plato}} wrote Socrates' thought down, with his own additions, and the rest is history.
** Gottlob Frege is the Ur-Example of an analytic philosopher, with Creator/BertrandRussell as the TropeMaker.
* In Germany, ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Archaeopteryx]]'' is known as the Urvogel (first bird), though Archeopteryx's status as the Ur Bird has since fallen under dispute.
* The primitive Argentinian theropod Herrarasaurus from the Late Triassic Period could be considered one of the Ur-Example of dinosauria.
* In taxonomy, the Ur-Example of a newly-classified species is called a "type specimen". It retains this special status permanently, even if other specimens are subsequently collected which are of better quality; many long-extinct species have fragmentary pieces for their type specimens, even though complete fossils have since been found.
* The city of Ur comes quite close to being the Ur-Example of civilization itself. This is a coincidence, however; the prefix "Ur-" comes from German, and has nothing to do with the Sumerian city.
* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper is commonly considered the Ur-Example of the modern serial killer; before that it was all people who were just bloodthirsty and had excuses for getting away with it like being at war, or being a person in a position of power who liked to watch people die.
** It may be simply that there weren't newspapers around to report them. Some of the earlier examples became werewolf legends.
*** More likely newspapers ''and'' quicker forms of communication like the telegraph, without which news would possibly take days to circulate. The ''Times'' had been around for a century by the time Jack the Ripper came along.
** The first known serial killer total was Liu Pengli, a Han Dynasty prince who led his servants in killing iver 100 people between 144-116 BC.
* ''Psychopathia Sexualis'' is considered to be the first study of sex. The first study of sex to not call other people perverts, though, is probably Havelock Ellis' ''Studies in the Psychology of Sex''. [[CreatorProvincialism But that's irrelevant; the first American study of sex]] was the infamous Kinsey Report.
* The first recorded medical circumcision was Lewis Sayre using it to cure a paraplegic.
* The Ur-Example of macroeconomics is [[TheAce Hume's]] ''Of the Balance Trade'', which argued that international trade ... [[CaptainObvious balances]]. This undermined the GottaCatchEmAll ideas of the mercantilists. The TropeMaker is [[AbsentMindedProfessor Adam Smith]] and TropeCodifier probably [[TheSmartGuy Walras]].
* The Ur-Example of a modern computer would be the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analytical_engine Analytical Engine]], designed by the engineer Charles Babbage in the 1800's. While it wasn't ever actually ''built''[[note]]a working version of his (slightly different) Difference Engine was finally built in 1991, but as of 2013, no full Analytical Engine has ever been constructed[[/note]], the design was later shown to be Turing-complete - that is, it could, in theory, compute any function a modern computer could (although it would do so so slowly that it would make early electronic computers like ENIAC look like today's most up-to-date supercomputer by comparison).
* The Ur-Example of the shopping mall could be anything, depending on whom you ask — some argue that the overall concept dates back to markets in ancient Rome, and many towns had "shopping arcades" in the 19th century, which consisted of enclosed walkways lined with stores. The one that usually gets the credit as "America's oldest enclosed shopping mall" is the Westminster Arcade in Providence, Rhode Island, which opened in 1828 and is still operational as a mall today (albeit one that's far more modest than the huge Providence Place Mall a half-mile away). Much of its structure is taken up by trendy lofts, but there's still several stores and restaurants on the first floor.
** Another early example is Lake View Store in Morgan Park, Minnesota, which had the overall idea of "stores on an enclosed walkway" in 1915. But the first mall that really resembled a modern one, in terms of having an enclosed walkway ending in an anchor store, was Valley Fair in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1955. Many early suburban shopping centers also claim to be the "first mall" (such as Northland Center in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, or Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Washington), but they were open-air and did not become enclosed until later. The first suburban mega-mall that ''was'' enclosed from the get-go was Southdale Center in Edina, Minnesota in 1956.
** The first food court opened at Plymouth Meeting Mall in Pennsylvania in 1971, but it was a small, cramped thing with few restaurants and never took off. The same developer tried again with one at Paramus Park in New Jersey, and it's still there. (Plymouth Meeting has since gotten a more successful food court.)
** First outlet mall: VF Outlets in Reading, Pennsylvania, 1974. Still there.
** The first ''dead'' mall? Fans of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' and mall geeks may go for Dixie Square Mall in the Chicago suburb of Harvey, which closed in 1978, had fake storefronts set up for the "cop car through the mall" scene in that film, and remained abandoned until it was finally demolished in 2013. But Bayside Mall in Boston beats it by two years — it closed in 197''6'' and was gutted in 1983 for an exposition center.
** The first mall to be portrayed in motion pictures? Many would say the Sherman Oaks Galleria in ''Film/FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh'' (1982), but there are plenty of prior examples (such as the aforementioned Dixie Square above, although that one is contingent on whether or not a real, abandoned mall with fake storefronts counts). ''[[Film/DawnOfTheDead1978 Dawn of the Dead]]'' had a mall as its ''primary setting'' as early as 1978.
* The first multiplex theaters (one in Ontario, one in Los Angeles) began in the 1940s when the theater owner opened a second theater in an adjacent storefront and decided to show different movies on it. The first one that was ''purpose-built'' as a multiplex was AMC's Parkway Twin at Ward Parkway Center in Kansas City; it resulted from a sort of ThrowItIn because the structure could not support one large screen, so two smaller ones were made instead, and the owner quickly realized he could make better profits by showing different movies at the same time.
* Egyptian wrestling (dating back to 2300 B.C.) is the oldest recorded martial art. However, it should be noted that there is no single grandfather of martial arts; while some historians claim that Egyptian wrestling is the root of Eastern martial arts, that wrestling was developed by the Egyptians, later adopted by the Greeks (as pankration) and eventually spread to Asia by UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, where it was finally developed into Asian martial arts, this theory does not take into account the historical fact of simultaneous contrivance of fighting systems in many cultures which predated the Indo-Aryan migrations. While it would be nice and simple to draw a straight line from Egypt to Greece to India to China and beyond, a more accurate assessment would be all the aforementioned cultures created their own indigenous martial arts, then later, when cultural exchanges took place between them, each of their martial arts influenced the continued development of each others' martial arts.
* The Ur-Example of a firearm, referred to as a "HandCannon", was developed in 1260 in China, and was used to fire a firework. Later, the design was refined to include a primitive stock, safer loading mechanisms and systems, and ultimately the development of the matchlock musket, the Ur-Example of a modern firearm.
** The blunderbuss is the Ur-Example of a shotgun.
** The Whitworth rifle is the Ur-Example of a sniper rifle.
** The Gatling Gun is the Ur-Example of a machine gun.[[note]]Actually, the French had developed the ''mitrailleuse'' weapon over a hundred years earlier: up to a dozen rotating pre-loaded musket barrels that could be fired in fast sequence. reloading took an eternity, though. Arguably, the Roman repeating crossbow might qualify as a pre-gunpowder example.[[/note]]
** The Fedorov Avtomat, designed for UsefulNotes/RussiansWithRifles, is the Ur-Example of an assault rifle.
* The Chevrolet Suburban, which debuted in 1936, was the Ur-Sport Utility Vehicle.
* The AMC Eagle was the ur-example of a crossover SUV, nearly two decades before the term was coined.
* The 1949 DKW Schnellaster was the first mass-produced minivan, beating Volkswagen's Type 2 "Microbus" to the punch by a year. The Stout Scarab, first manufactured in 1935, is considered by some to be a prototypical minivan, although [[RareVehicles only 11 units were produced.]]