The Originals is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries that focuses on Klaus in New Orleans and his relationships with his elder brother Elijah and his younger sister Rebekah as well as with his former protege Marcel, who now runs the city. It first aired as a Back Door Pilot and the series was ordered April 26, 2013 to start airing on The CW on October, 3, 2013.The series centers on Niklaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and the Original Family of vampires including Elijah (Daniel Gillies), his elder brother and Rebekah (Claire Holt), his younger sister, as he returns to the supernatural crucible that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago, and is reunited with his diabolical former apprentice Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). The show will feature two new characters who are witches, as well as a human female named Camille who is a psychology student fascinated by the study of Human Behavior. Cami is allured to the aberration of the French Quarter, resolute on answering the unanswerable question - what makes someone evil?Also included are Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), a werewolf that is pregnant with Klaus's child, Sophie (Daniella Pineda), a witch who wants revenge on Marcel for killing her sister, Cami (Leah Pipes), a human psychology student searching for what makes a person evil, and Davina (Danielle Campbell), Marcel's favorite witch.It isn't long before we learn that not all is as it seems to be, and not everyone's alliances are as they appear, nor are they set in stone.
This series provides examples of:
A Lighter Shade of Black: Marcel and Klaus aren't considered saints by any means but given the witches actions in "Saints and Sinners" they're considered the lesser kind of evil in comparison.
Abandoned Hospital: Sabine and Genevieve kidnap Klaus and Rebekah and take them there . Using the familiar surroundings and a spell to force Rebekah to relive past events when she and Marcel tricked Genevieve to summon Mikael to New Orleans...
A God Am I: Recently resurrected Bastiana claims that the witches' will is nature's will and to go against one is to go against the other. Though witches are supposed to be servants of nature, Bastiana's claims are quite a bit out there.
Alas, Poor Villain: For those who considered Sophie a villain, her death is very heart wrenching; she was killed by the very niece she had spent the better part of a year trying to save.
Archnemesis Dad: While not related to eachother biologically Klaus did raise Marcel like a son but recently they're scheming to kill one another. It's also what Klaus fears his offspring will see him as.
Back from the Dead: It's a show about vampire; what did you expect? More plot relevant examples include:
The fact that the Harvest Festival would kill four witch girls and then resurrect them more powerful than ever, though that doesn't go as planned. Until one of the girls comes back as planned, all to serve Celeste's revenge plot.
Elijah's old lover Celeste, who's spirit is inhabiting Sabine's body.
Papa Tunde, Genevieve, and Bastianna, who were brought back by Celeste with the hijacked power of the completed Harvest Ritual. Papa Tunde later sacrifices himself, bringing back Monique, the aforementioned witch girl.
Beware the Nice Ones: Elijah is usually defined as the most noble out of Klaus and Rebekah but is not afraid to showcase his vicious side when his family is threatened. Which Agnes discovered the hard way.
Big Bad: Marcel is shaping up to be the villain of the series, though the episode "Sinners and Saints" reveals that there might be a Big Bad Ensemble which includes Sophie, but also see below.
By the time we get to episode 11, "Après Moi, Le Déluge", we learn that the overarching Big Bads are the witches, at least the ones who are out for a vendetta, who are being lead by Celeste, Elijah's old lover who is possessing Sabine's body and has been for over a year. To this end, she has hijacked the recently completed Harvest Ritual to resurrect three witches who are just as revenge happy as she is. Even Sophie, who was just trying to save the girls and rescue Monique was cast aside, by Monique no less, as a faithless *
read: useless to the revenge-obsessed witches
Big Bad Duumvirate: Depending on how you see their relationship to each other, Celeste, Papa Tunde, Bastianna, and Genevieve are this, united by revenge.
By episode 17, Big Bad Ensemble is in full effect, with Genevieve leading the witches and the werewolves plotting to gain full control of their transformations are still in play not to mention whether or not you choose to see Marcel or Klaus given their own agendas at taking over New Orleans as big bads.
In 1.20, one more Big Bad is added to the list. Mikael, the Originals' father, who enlists Davina's help to bring him back from the dead so he can further torment his children.
More players come into the game in "The Battle of New Orleans": Francesca Correa is revealed to be a descendant of the Guerrera Family, and is working together with Oliver of the Crescent clan to usurp control of the werewolves from Hayley and make a run for the city themselves. She has a tenuous alliance with Genevieve and the witches, who completed the werewolves' moonlight rings in exchange for Hayley and her unborn child.
Big Brother Instinct: Elijah has this towards Klaus, Rebekah and Hayley. Though with Haley, it's implied, then near confirmed if not out-right stated, that there is more than brotherly affection for her from him.
Also Marcel has this for Davina, he was willing to sacrifice his precious Kingdom and even defy Klaus in Après Moi, Le Déluge to get her to safety. And even risked death to resurrect Davina in Le Grand Guignol.
Black and Gray Morality: Klaus is far from the heroic type but he's the witches only hope in ending Marcel's control he has over them and the town. Also the only thing that keeps Klaus on the gray side of things is his family.
In fact, as the show reveals and fleshes out its characters, Black and Gray Morality becomes a mainstay staple, even more so than The Vampire Diaries. What makes a person truly good or evil seems to be an overarching theme and concept of the show as a whole.
Black Sheep: Klaus of his family. Both Elijah and Rebekah think that Klaus is rather irresponsible and impulsive, though Klaus himself doesn't do much to make a positive image of himself. Even their father, Mikael, always treated Klaus like the Black Sheep, even before they became vampires and he found out about not being his biological father.
Cain and Abel: Klaus and Elijah with Klaus as the Cain to Elijah's Abel.
The Chessmaster: Klaus, Marcel, Elijah, Rebekah. Pretty much everybody's got a scheme or three going on. And don't forget the witches.
Continuity Nod: In the pilot, Davina calls the Originals, "The Old Ones", which was what their book counterparts were called.
Curb-Stomp Battle: All over the place, Rebekah to a bunch of Vamps who where a little to disrespectful. Elijah to the Witches that tried to kill Haley. Marcel and his group slaughter a group of Witches to prevent the Harvest. Klaus when he goes full Hybrid puts down an attempt to take him down this way. And even Elijah and Klaus get stomped on when Davina goes to rescue Tim.
The Cast Showoff: Marcel is first established by singing "How Do You Like Me Now?"
Deal with the Devil: Apparently, Marcel seems to have this with the humans in New Orleans, at least the ones in the know anyway. Of course some, like Father Kieran, don't seem too happy with their arrangement.
Recently Mikael is trying to make a deal with Davina to bring him back.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: Both Klaus and Marcel want to be in charge and want to be king. Marcel in particular is always quick to point out when someone isn't giving him the respect he feels is due.
Dysfunction Junction: Given that it's a series about the Originals, this has already shown up in spades. With more sure to come.
Early-Bird Cameo: Elijah's past lover, Celeste. In the second episode, she was just a woman who was kissing Elijah who then showcased disgust at the nearby Klaus' revolting behavior with his "dinner". We didn't even know her name at the time. Of course, she becomes important later when she is revealed to be, by and large, the true Big Bad of the season.
Evil Versus Evil: Klaus against Marcel. And also both against the witches, of which there may be more than one faction with different agendas.
At the end of the season its currently the Originals and Marcel the last of the New Orleans vampires versus Esther and the fractured Witches faction versus Francesca and her Wolf pack who are backed by Drug money and moonlight rings. All three are willing to leave bodies in their wake and each with varying morality.
Evil Wears Black: Inverted with the witches, Davina, the most noble wears black whereas Monique the most wicked wears white.
Exact Words: Sophie made Elijah swear that Klaus wouldn't harm the witch elder Agnes for attempting infanticide on Hayley's baby, which he swore to do so. As Elijah points out just before he snaps Agnes' neck, Sophie never mentioned anything about anyone else harming Agnes...
Fetus Terrible: Heavily implied in the end of 1.03. One of the witches offers to use a simple, magic-free trick to determine the sex of Hayley and Klaus' baby. The woman then freaks out and, in Latin, chants This child is evil. She shall destroy us all.
When you consider the child's potential, the ability to create werewolf-vampire Hybrids without the need for a human Petrova Doppelganger's blood means that, in theory, Klaus can have his army of Hybrids after all. And since Hybrids are generally superior to regular vampires, they run the risk of extinction. And who knows what else the unborn child is capable of.
The Fundamentalist: Many of the overzealous witches are like this with their beliefs. Jane-Anne is but Sophie is pointedly not. Her trying to do what she felt was right is pretty much what sets of the majority of the plot and also what got her killed, by her newly resurrected and very Fundamentalist niece Monique.
I Did What I Had to Do: Oliver collaborated with another faction (heavily implied to be the humans) to launch the (initial) terrorist attack against his own pack, so they could get up and finally fight for the respect they don't have. And when he tearfully confesses to an injured Eve, he smothers her to death with a pillow and starts to rally the wolves.
Incest Subtext: Klaus and Rebekah already had this on The Vampire Diaries—it's only amped up here. In one episode, Rebekah reveals that Klaus has murdered virtually every man she's come close to loving, while Klaus told Marcel that he is her "constant", and essentially the only man she's allowed to love without strings. Hayley comments on how Rebekah is one of the only people Klaus seems to love (the other being Elijah, who has plenty of subtext with Klaus and Rebekah as well) while Rebekah loves him in return despite how much he hurts her. In the next episode, someone mistakes Klaus for Rebekah's boyfriend. This isn't the first time that's happened.
There's also some weird Not Blood Siblings-type subtext between Marcel (who Klaus treats as a son) and Rebekah (who helped raise Marcel). Weirdly enough, it almost comes off as weirder than the Klaus/Rebekah stuff, as Rebekah seemed like something of a cool aunt to Marcel when he was a child.
Karmic Death: Jane-Anne, who allowed her daughter to be sacrificed, was killed by Marcel in the same manner as her child died.
Like a Son to Me: Marcel to Klaus, the latter who literally raised him from boy to man. Marcel is the closest thing Klaus has to a son.
Morality Pet: We learn in 1.02 that Marcel was one for Klaus. He took him in when he was just a child, and he effectively raised him as his own. This position has since been filled by Hayley and the unborn child she's carrying.
Cami seems to be shaping up to be one for Marcel as well.
Cami also seems to be shaping up to be one for Klaus.
Noble Demon: Elijah tends to be the less vicious of Klaus and Rebekah and is usually the guy that would try to keep Klaus's ruthless nature restrained.
No Name Given: Marcel as a child, until Klaus names him. His mother wouldn't give him one until he was ten, in case disease took him. It took her instead.
Noodle Incident: Mikael strolling into New Orleans and sending the Originals back on the run. It's being heavily alluded to since the pilot aired, and Marcel mentioned something about Royal Street being on fire.
The second half of the first season gave us the full story Marcel and Rebekah called Mikael back to town in order to scare of Klaus so they could be together, Mikael then ambushed Klaus at the opera, crucified Marcel (while compelling the audience to watch the show with enjoyment) and set the whole place on fire.
Oh Crap: Several, usually involving Klaus. But, his crowning moment so far has to come in "The River in Reverse." After being lured into a trap at Marcel's, failing to turn any of the dozens of vampires against his former protege, and getting the crap beaten and/or stabbed out of him, it looks like Klaus is down for the count. Then comes the wolfed-out Kubrick stare. The look on Rebekah's face says it all.
There's also the time when Elijah kills Agnes. Her look when she realizes that he's not there to protect her, but to kill her instead, is priceless. Even Klaus is impressed!
One-Shot Character: Bar his quick appearances at the end of episode 9 and beginning of episode 11, Papa Tunde one of three witches Celeste brought back from the dead to help with her revenge scheme is killed off at the end of his introduction episode, despite seemingly being a new, dangerous player. He sacrificed himself willingly though, all apart of the aforementioned scheme.
The Other Darrin: Of the other three Harvest girls, only Monique is played by the same actress when they're resurrected
Parental Hypocrisy: Klaus is furious that Marcel has become a volatile, ambitious, overlord who holds the power of life and death. Who is also borderline Ax-Crazy when he is slighted and serves his own interests first. All in the name of family and respect.
Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Sixteen year old Davina. What she lacks in height she makes up for in power. Can easily throw around an Original like a rag doll and mind wipe them for equal measure. She gained this power by involuntarily absorbing the power of three Witch girls that were slaughtered in the Harvest Ritual right before Marcel took her away.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Marcel, being a stickler for loyalty and respect, offers Josh and his friend Tina a chance for one of them to live and Tina takes it only to have her neck broken for stabbing Josh in the back.
The Smurfette Principle: Rebekah is the token female of the Original family, though the trope is averted elsewhere in the show.
Starcrossed Lovers: Vampire Thierry and human Witch Katie. They fight for one another and are deeply in love. They both break Marcel's law for one another though they were used and tricked into doing so. Unfortunately, Thierry is in Klaus' way with being the only Vampire in Marcel's Inner circle willing to voice his distrust of the Original. It doesn't end well.
Straight Gay: Josh. Especially evident in "Bloodletting" during his conversations with Davina.
Thanatos Gambit: Jane-Anne sacrifices herself to cast a spell that will force Klaus to keep Sophie alive. The episode "Sinners and Saints" delves more into the details of why she did it.
"Après Moi, Le Déluge" is an even bigger one. Davina is dead. None of the girls sacrificed for The Harvest came back. The great evil Davina had been sensing all season is none other than Elijah's ex-lover Celeste, who's been possessing Sabine and is out for revenge.
"Crescent City" brings back Monique, Sophie's niece and also her drive to kickoff the show's plot. Celeste's revenge plot takes a nasty turn as Elijah outs Sabine for who's really running things. Father Kieran is hexed, just like his nephew and Cami's brother was, and it's only a matter of time before he goes insane like Sean did. Haley meets her family and her arranged betrothed, Jackson. Klaus and Rebekah are captured by the vendetta-seeking witches. Last but not least, Sophie is killed by Monique on account of Sophie's lack of faith right before she could get Monique out of town. Monique then walks off with said vendetta-seeking witches.
"From Cradle to Grave": the baby is born, the witches murder Hayley only for her to be turned into a hybrid, Marcel kills Monique with the weapon he was going to use to bleed Klaus, the ancestors kill Genevieve, Elijah, Klaus and Hayley give the baby away to Rebekah while telling everyone she was killed in the werewolf attack from the previous episode, Davina resurrects Mikael and it is revealed that it is Esther who is controlling the ancestors and wants the baby to be sacrificed and she comes back to life in the form of Cassie, the last harvest girl.