Said of a FanFic that attempts to [[{{Pastiche}} emulate the tone, atmosphere and style of its inspiration as closely as possible]]. The goal of the Original Flavour fic is to seem as though the original production team could have thought it up. Even if it heads off into previously unknown and unexplored territory for that property, the story will emphasize the use of ''existing'' gimmicks and devices rather that introducing totally foreign ones.

If you are writing an Original Flavour fic, you (usually) don't introduce or kill core characters, revise continuity, or do anything that is non-canon beyond the events of your story. To an extent, it is possible to pull off and still maintain this trope, but only if it's in a way that the canon itself could have evolved (as opposed to anything drastic). Original Flavor is exactly like writing a spec script you could submit to the showrunner, but not necessarily in script form.

Note that some fandoms, especially those with looser story arcs, are easier to write in Original Flavour than others. It's also more popular for works with a distinctive style of writing and/or dialogue, as this is a particularly easy element to imitate. If the original work was CutShort, anyone would be glad to read how the rest of the series could have played out if a fanfiction continuation assumes this trope.

Original Flavour has been the direct polar opposite of most other FanFic types at one time or another. Because of the widespread prevalence of labyrinthine FixFic, our old friend MarySue, and florid {{Shipping}}, Original Flavor can be ''incredibly'' rare. Fun is also found in a self-imposed challenge to see how far a writer can go out of the lines [[ArmedWithCanon without technically deviating from "canon"]], without becoming an overt {{Elseworld}}.

For when this treatment is done for individual characters rather than entire stories, see SailorEarth. For fanfics that [[ExaggeratedTrope take this up a notch]], see ScriptFic. Cousin trope of SpiritualLicensee, in which a brand new work or franchise attempts to emulate an existing one, due to appreciation for what the latter was as a whole, and could be considered a symbolic installment for that franchise.

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!!Examples:

* [[Fanfic/{{Cenotaph}} Cenotaph]] is considered one of the best [[Literature/{{Worm}} Worm]] fanfics ever written, and emulates the original style so seamlessly that some consider it equal to the original. The Hero to Wildbow's Villain.
* In ''Fanfic/AShadowOfTheTitans'', a ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover, and a part of the collection of fics referred to as ''Fanfic/ProjectDarkJade'', it has been commented that both Jade and the TT characters are kept very much in character.
* Rob "Kenko" Haynie's ''[[Fanfic/GirlDays Girl]] [[http://www.knology.net/~kenjiko2/Textfile.html Days]]'' is an excellent Original Flavour ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fic.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5567724/1/Lost_in_Translation Lost in Translation]]'', which makes up a fairly realistic origin myth that all the four nations would know... and then [[DerailedFairyTale creates a new version]] for the fire nation under Fire Lord Ozai's rule.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1792265/PlatinumYoshi4000000000 Edan R.]] wrote a series known as ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon PMD]][[Fanfic/PMDLegendaryNAncientDiscoveries : Legendary & Ancient Discoveries]]''.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/322425/1/ The White Dog]]'' for an ''Manga/InuYasha'' Original Flavour fic.
* [[http://fyredancer.net/misc/index.html Talya Firedancer's]] ''{{Manga/Gravitation}}'' fanfics were explicitly written to read like a typical script taken from the anime.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Manga/ReTake'' has the same sort of occasionally MindScrew-ey plot as the original ''Evangelion'', the art is as good or BETTER than the canon source, the characters are all perfect, and the [[spoiler:eventually happy]] ending is completely believable, taking into account the characters and the situation. Asuka fans consider it to be the true continuation and ending of ''End of Evangelion'', while others feel conflicted about the plot direction it takes, particularly during the later stages of the story. Original Flavour [[TropesAreNotGood may not always be a good thing]], especially when it's based on an already divisive series.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3426342 Not He Who Tells]]'', an original short story written in the style of Creator/StephenKing. The author is G. Norman Lippert, who has also written a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' continuation series.
* Online FanFic pioneer Ryan Mathews once participated in a hoax wherein an unfinished ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' fanfiction was released on Usenet as the purported "transcript" of a lost [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]]. Apparently, it was Original Flavour enough for those who read it -- the record shows some of the readers engaged in several weeks of frantic research.
* The ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' sprite comic ''Webcomic/KristophGavinAceAttorney'' does a very good job of emulating the original's style.
** So does ''ApolloJusticeAceAttorneyCase5TurnaboutSubstitution''.
** Often cited as one of the main sources of appeal of ''FanFic/ACompleteTurnabout'', ''despite'' it being a AlternateUniverseFic.
** ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7527431 Phoenix Wright: Adept Attorney]]'', imagining the first game with Phoenix mentored by Redd White and partnered with April May.
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5135354/1/Turnabout-Lockdown Turnabout Lockdown]]'', which reads like an actual case taking place after the events of Apollo Justice and brings together characters from both the PW generation and the AJ generation.
* The longer the ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' [[GameMod romhacking]] scene sticks around, the more its participants rely on different graphics, new music, and unusual game mechanics in order to make their creations stand out from the pack. [[http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/120/ Return to Dinosaur Land]], on the other hand, is a hack consisting almost entirely of levels that could have been in the original game. These sort of hacks are usually referred to as "vanilla" hacks by other members of the scene.
* Some of the later works of [[http://www.futurama-madhouse.com.ar/fanfic/indexj.shtml#jberges JBERGES]] in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' FanFic community read exactly like a {{canon}} episode, only with the [[AuthorAppeal science and math gags]] turned up to 11. ''[[http://www.futurama-madhouse.com.ar/fanfic/miceandmensans1.shtml Of Mice and Mensans]]'' is probably the best-written example, despite being ScriptFic.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' [[FanficRecs/{{Firefly}} fanfic writers]] seem to be obsessed with fulfilling this trope, a possible side effect of ''Firefly'' [[ScrewedByTheNetwork never getting enough of its own "Original Flavor" in the first place]].
** ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'' captures the characters and the setting so well that many reviewers consider it as good as (or ''better'' than) an official {{Continuation}} of the series.
* ''Revenge of the Old Queen'' is a cleverly written fanfic for the ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* Screennameless's ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4787211 Reconnoiter]]'' is praised for its borderline obsessive maintenance of the canon character's personalities even as new characters are introduced.
* The whole purpose of the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' [[GameMod Level Editor]] project ''Back to Basics 2009'' -- all levels must be built with only the resources given when the editor was released to the public nine years ago.
* Rich Drushel added to ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' parodies of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'''s [[http://users.stargate.net/~drushel/b_app_a.html Appendix A]] and [[http://users.stargate.net/~drushel/b_scour.html Scouring of the Shire]]. The latter is intended to be fitted into the text between the final two chapters.
* Though she dislikes being recognized for only this, The Creator/IllustriousCrackpot did one of the best ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' fanfics in the entire fandom: ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4374251 The Great Danville Cold Wars]]''.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5427778 Emperor's Ward: A Ciaphas Cain Story]]'' captures the style of the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' yarns nigh-perfectly.
* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise'' attempts to faithfully create a full ''Franchise/SilentHill'' game as an [[InteractiveFiction interactive]] web comic.
* The ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fanfic entitled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4988226 The Love Affair of Nagato Yuki]]'' (whose [[NonIndicativeName title]] doesn't prepare you for [[DidntSeeThatComing the various surprises inside]]--well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin except]] [[FanPreferredCouple one]]), received various praises comparing it with both the series and the novels.
* Though it starts out roughly, ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2419314 The Clone Wars: Commando's Dirge]]'' winds up having several readers proclaiming it not only tastes just like Karen Traviss' Literature/RepublicCommandoSeries (without all the Jedi-bashing, too), it seamlessly brushes against a chapter of ''Triple Zero'', without changing the scene at all.
* Astrokath has a particularly good take on the events shortly after Dragonsdawn in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2854662 Dragon Days]].
* In which [[Franchise/{{Dune}} Frank Herbert's ellipses]] are severely abused: ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3707981 Good Surprises]]''.
* Neutronium Dragon's ''Sojourn'' would make a dark (and relatively short) installment of ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'', but as a story, it would fit right in -- out-of-left-field goofy moments included.
* Todd Smitts' ''Series/ColdCase'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/161464/t-smitts fanfics]], written as conventional episodes of the series down to the use of music of the period in the flashbacks.
** Smitts and others also began to write a fictional [[{{Continuation}} 8th season]] after the series was cancelled, picking some of the lines left loose at the end and even proposing actors for the new roles. [[http://www.coldcasevirtualseason.net/ You can read it here]].
* Lord Amadeus's ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5135022/1/A_Calvin_For_All_Seasons A Calvin for All Seasons]]'' manages to convey the heart of ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes' friendship.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4571670 Neko Love Hina]]'' is a take on the ''Manga/LoveHina'' franchise by Kytranis that aims for humor with every chapter.
* ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'' is a webcomic with an art style in the tournament chapters very similar to official art from ''DragonBall'', Akira Toriyama. However, later chapters have been drawn by several different artist, each putting their own spin on certain facial expressions.
* The ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fic ''An Incident and Jerusalem/Increments of Jerusalem'' play out (for the most part) like a classic Franchise/SherlockHolmes story, going so far as to capture Sir Arthur C. Doyle's narrative style. This stays consistent all throughout, even as [[spoiler:Arthur casually outwits Holmes.]]
* ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs''. Barring the {{Mythology Gag}}s, everything is as Original Flavor to Film/TheDarkKnightSaga as can be. This is multiplied to the nth degree considering the Joker's characterization, and his performance is so good that a lot of commenters jokingly(?) think that Creator/HeathLedger has come back from the dead.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1435470/ This author]] seems to have a taste for Original Flavour. Besides for a few quirks, most of the stories are obvious (but apparently highly effective) attempts at writing actual episodes.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3455875 This Pendent Heart]]'' is a ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' fanfic stunningly similar to the tone of the original show, even despite being overtly [[{{Shipping}} shippy]] at times (it helps that the anime is, after all, a {{shojo}} work). It also ties together and expands on a few plot threads, while continuing to develop the characters.
* ''FanFic/TheStepbrotherSitch'' and all its follow-up stories are as close to ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' as possible, with plenty of LampshadeHanging, {{Continuity Nod}}s (possibly bordering on ContinuityPorn at times), and some thoughts on various pieces of CanonFodder.
* There are ''many, many'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''-derivative fanworks. However, probably the most Original Flavor of them all is ''[[http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?28079-Housetrapped Housetrapped]]'', which carefully copies the art style of the original with different characters, and which is being used as the basis for a fan-game.
* ''[[FanFic/TilTheSunGrowsCold Til the Sun Grows Cold and the Stars Grow Old]]'' is written with this trope in mind; it was intended to be so close to canon that it could be read almost as a novelization of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''.
* ''FanFic/TheOllivanderChildren'' attempts to write in the style of the later ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, or that failing, some of the best fanfiction - such as seen [[http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=191&chapno=1 Harry Potter and the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus]] and ''[[http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=304&chapno=1 Interwoven.]]''
* The ''FanFic/ElementalChessTrilogy'', a series of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfics, was intended to be this. It apparently succeeded, since a few reviewers questioned whether the author was really Hiromu Arakawa writing under a fake name.
* ''[[FanFic/TheJoyOfBattle The Joy of Battle: Historical Espionage Action]]'' is a ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'' fanfic that presents the adventures of the Cobra Unit in a similar style to a ''Franchise/MetalGear'' game. The story does not change any of the existing canon and includes the [[OncePerEpisode Once Per Game]] torture scene as well as a prison escape, dramatic "ultimate weapon" reveal, and quirky villains. The main break from the style of the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games is a [[AnachronicOrder non-linear]] plot.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4786942 Spreading Their Wings]]'' and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4807322 Another New World]]'' are two ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' fanfics that follow the style and canon of the series.
* The Fanfic/ColinMallorySeries of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' fanfics. Although it takes place in the fifth season, the plot of the fanfics are similar to the plot of the first season episodes.
* ''[[http://fiction.majic-12.com/mado/ Mado Of Stone Mill]]'' is a great ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'' original flavour that takes place a little after the events of the anime.
* ''Fanfic/OfScienceAndMagics'' is one for the ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' franchise, with Touma becoming childhood friends with Mikoto.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5270478 Meet Nadeshiko]]'', a ''Manga/ShugoChara'' fanfic. It starts out as a generic rimahiko fanfic, but as the story progresses, it becomes a great sequel to the series.
* ''FanFic/BetweenMinds'' by 3theCaptain is one for the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' and ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' universe. "If all goes according to plan, this story will not interfere at all with the canon material."
* While a number of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' hacks shoot for ambitious story telling, changes to the overall badge collecting formula, or otherwise veer off the main series's very narrow design concept, the ''Emerald'' and ''[=FireRed=]'' hacks ''Altair'', ''Sirius'', and ''Vega'' are designed to mirror the main games in every way, from the stat spreads of their new Pokémon down to the style of music, trainers, and towns. About the only thing that's out of place from the typical games is the last of the three hack's extreme difficulty, and their choice of an eighth Gym Leader.
* WordOfGod says one of the main goals with ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' is to emulate ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. They've stated that the events of the real episodes take place before, after, or, if at all possible, during the events of the fic.
* Most ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' fanfics try for something close to this, but remove the 80s cartoon [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar radar system]].
* ''FanFic/TalesFromTamriel'' does this with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''.
* There's a short one for ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8182472 Whenever You're Ready]]'' by Tropers/InfinityOrNone. Despite being about the OfficialCouple having their first night of marital bliss, it manages to be rated T.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3137871 Hero]] [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3875254 High]] [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267279 Series]] pretty much reflects the first episode but then goes off in an entirely new story line with strong character development and stories.
* Although some could be interpreted as FixFic, [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3541767 this author]] tends to get the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' formula down pat.
* ''Fanfic/HitmanMiami'' is an unusual example, as it is a text fanfiction of a video game and attemps to convey the feeling of actually playing a ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' game. It is written like a {{walkthrough}}, with each chapter being a different mission, the plot being advanced in "cutscenes".
* ''Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers'' for ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', so much that many of the reviewers were claiming that the author Silverblood was Creator/GeorgeRRMartin himself.
* ''Fanfic/{{Interstitium}}'' is filled with scenes that easily fit within ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', and the flashbacks and CharacterFocus just as easily fit in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' setting as a whole.
* ''FanFic/TheManWithNoName'' somehow manages to be Original Flavor to both ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' and ''Series/DoctorWho'', despite the two series having widely varying tones (though granted, ''Doctor Who'' itself has widely varied its tone over [[LongRunners the decades]]).
* ''Blog/TwilightUnbound'' is a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' Original Flavor ''blog.'' Despite the storyline taken from ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' and characters have a tendency to [[NoFourthWall break the fourth wall while answering questions]], it stays true to the show's world and the characters that live in it.
* '''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1895209/A-A-Pessimal A.A. Pessimal]]'s''' work in the ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}'' and ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fanfic universes is essentially Original Flavour fan fiction. Even when introducing and elaborating on concepts which have not yet appeared in the canon, Pessimal is at pains to explain they are firmly rooted there and will show his working. For instance, "Rimwards Howondaland" - a Discworld expy of [[TheApartheidEra South Africa]] - is kind of there in the canon, as he collated eight or nine clear hints in the published books that point to its existence. Terry Pratchett just hasn't developed it past those few hints and throwaway jokes. Noting, not unreasonably, that originally the Discworld Australia was no more than three or four throwaway gags which paved the way for its later introduction, [[Creator/AAPessimal Pessimal]] felt at liberty to introduce Southern Africa to the Discworld. The author also focuses on bit-part players and incidental characters in the canon, some of whom have not even had one line yet, as so much more can be creatively done with them.
* Many of the {{Game Mod}}s for the original 1993 ''Videogame/{{Doom}}'' are "episode replacements", level packs which emulate the look and feel of one of the original game's episodes.
** Of special note are [[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Doom_the_Way_id_Did Doom the way id Did]] and its sequel [[http://www.doomworld.com/vb/thread/58757 Doom 2 The Way id Did]], where the mappers took great pains to emulate the styles of specific IdSoftware staff.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/553966/bebop-aria bebop-aria's]] [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1772138/1/Left-Eye ''Left Eye'']] is a brilliant ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' fic assembled from still photos in the anime series. It is a mature, detailed outline of Spike, Vicious, and Julia's lives pre-Bebop that ties together some of the series' unresolved plot points, and provides a deeper look into the trio's characters.
* ''Webcomic/SecretAgentMen'' strives for this in its approach to the series that inspired it, ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}''.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5029771/1/A-Cluster-of-Stars A Cluster of Stars]]. Especially recommended for people who want more of what LuckyStar itself could have offered.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8864207/1/Unlucky-Black-Holes Unlucky Black Holes]], about what kinds of Witches the LuckyStar girls would become if they were fallen Magical Girls in PuellaMagiMadokaMagica. Despite being not only a crossover, but only one by borrowing the ''concept'' of witches from Madoka-verse, it does a fine job capturing the essence of witches. One reviewer even commented that it would be interesting to see everything described in each Witch's profile in the spinoff game Grief Syndrome.
* [[{{Mother4}} Mother 4]] is a purely fan-made game, intended to capture and emulate the style and themes of the [[{{Mother}} Mother trilogy]] and feel like a true, official sequel. The game is still in development, however, so only time will tell if it lives up to the name.
* Many feel that the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' series ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'' fits the tone so good that they feel it's an unofficial fourth season.
* Some ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanfics fall into this:
** ''FanFic/TouhouTonari'': Does this in the attempt to shed some light on Yuyukos backstory.
** The same applies to ''Though the Wind Cries'' but focusing on Suwako, Kanako and Sanae.
** ''Fanfic/DiamondInTheRough'' provides an absolutly brutal {{Deconstruction}} of the Gappy Stu archetype simply by using nothing else than Touhou cannon.
* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2451057/1/Warrior-s-Secret Warrior's Secret]] reads like a [[DarkFic somewhat darker]], but still true-to-canon continuation of the {{Kirby}} [[Anime/KirbyOfTheStars anime]]. Unsurprising, because the author was also the main translator for the anime's fansub, and thus knows the canon quite well.
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/2485949 San Tropez]] by [[http://archiveofourown.org/users/Breakinglight11/pseuds/Breakinglight11 Breakinglight11]] is a Radio/{{Cabin Pressure}} fan fic designed to be like just another episode of the series. Not only does it fit in with the continuity, the voices of the characters and the style of humor are a very close imitation of how original author John Finnemore writes them. San Tropez is even written in audio drama script format.
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