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Series: The Originals

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.
    • As the show progresses the general theme happens to be that no matter who Klaus is there is always someone more horrible than him and that can sometimes bring the audience to root for him in the process.
  • Above Good and Evil: What Klaus sees himself as.
  • 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...
  • Abusive Parents: Esther is this to all of her children, given her repeated attempts to kill them.
  • Action Girl: Hayley, Rebekah and Sophie. Davina is more of a Dark Action Girl.
  • Action Survivor: Camille seems to be shaping up to be this.
  • Affably Evil: Marcel.
  • 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.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Sophie and Davina.
  • Always Second Best: How Klaus feels in regards to Elijah.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Klaus.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Rebekah to Klaus and Elijah.
  • 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.
    • Mikael and Klaus. Mikael is shown as quite willing to kill off his other (actual biological) children, though Klaus is his primary target and outright obsession.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • Klaus shares many of these types of moments with Elijah, Rebekah, Hayley, Camille and Marcel.
    • Marcel has some of these with Davina, especially in the scenes leading up to the conclusion of the Harvest ritual.
  • 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.
  • Badass: Almost every character on this series qualifies.
  • Badass Boast
  • Badass Gay: Subverted. Josh is probably the least Badass character in the show, including the humans.
  • Badass Family: The Originals of course.
  • Badass Preacher: Kieran, while he can't fight anyone, he's not afraid to speak his mind no matter how powerful the person he's talking to is.
  • Bad Boss: Marcel, particularly when his rules are broken and/or his authority is challenged.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension:
    • Marcel and Rebekah have this.
    • Cami and Klaus.
    • Hayley and Elijah.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Elijah is the most noble of the Originals but is not afraid to showcase his vicious side when his family is threatened. Which Agnes discovered the hard way.
  • Big Bad: The first season has a major mess of it. Initially it appears to be Marcel or Klaus, and then Sophie Deveraux is revealed to be playing them both, then Sophie is killed and Celeste seems to take the role, but she proves to be Disc One Final Boss. In the last episodes of the season the Big Bad Ensemble is in full effect with Genevieve, who becomes the leader of the witches after Celeste's death, Monique, who acts as her Dragon-in-Chief, Franesca Correa, who pretending to lead the humans but is in fact setting up the werewolves to take over New Orlens, and Mikael, who spends his time up until the season finale preparing for his resurrection. Ultimately Esther is revealed to be behind everything the witches where up to, leading to her own resurrection at the end of the season.
    • Season two gives us Mikael and Esther but as of 2x06, we have a coming threat worse than both Mikaelson parents, Esther's sister, Dahlia, who can come to New Orleans due to Hope's birth.
  • The Big Easy: The series is set in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 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.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Take a wild guess.
  • 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.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Klaus.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Hayley is carrying Klaus's child while both didn't know he could breed.
  • Cain and Abel: Klaus and Elijah with Klaus as the Cain to Elijah's Abel.
  • Came Back Wrong: The show implies this, and Julie Plec states, that being in limbo surrounded by proud, zealous witch spirits has made Monique come back a bit off, which in turn explained why she so easily killed her own Aunt.
  • Chekov's Gun: In Rebirth, both the mention of Elijah's foundation and the "modern improvements" to the foundary count. We find out that Elijah used the foundation to invoke eminent domain on the Guerrera's home, allowing him to enter, and the foundry turned out to be one of the ambush sites used in the fight with the werewolves (see Curb-Stomp Battle below); the sprinkler system Elijah takes note of turned out to be filled with wolfsbane-laced water.
  • 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 introduction to season two features another when Elijah, Hayley, Marcel and Klaus take out the entire Guerrera family, and a good chunk of their employees, over a couple of hours.
  • The Cast Showoff: Marcel is first established by singing "How Do You Like Me Now?"
  • Damsel in Distress: Camille and Hayley. They are borderline Faux Action Girl.
  • Dark Action Girl: Davina. She seems to be very powerful and dangerous, though like most things on this show, there's more to her than meets the eye.
  • Darker and Edgier: Word Of God was that the spin off is going for this. So far we delved into slavery, abortion, and with Rebekah and Marcel, borderline incest.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Pretty much all of the characters in this series are capable of humour, sarcasm, and/or wit.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Klaus invokes this since Ansel knows Hope is alive
  • The Determinator: Many different characters, but especially Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah, Marcel, and Sophie.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Marcel.
  • 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.
  • The Dragon: Davina for Marcel.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Monique is shaping up to be this for Genevieve.
  • 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.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Rebekah and Camille.
  • 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.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Klaus tends to boast this towards anyone who opposes him.
  • 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 he won't let Klaus kill the witch elder Agnes for attempting infanticide on Hayley's baby, and he agreed to do so. As Elijah points out just before he snaps Agnes' neck, Sophie never mentioned anything about anyone else harming Agnes...
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Marcel's Garden counts as one. It houses walled up Vampire's who don't die, but stay pinned to walls starving and aware for however long their sentence is. Klaus taught his protégé well...
    Klaus to Agnes (referring to the cursed needle used to induce a miscarrage in Hayley): Undo its curse, or I'll show you things worse than death.
  • 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.
  • From Bad to Worse: What's worse than Esther, Back from the Dead in the body of a Harvest Girl? Mikael, Back from the Dead and in possession of the White Oak stake. Klaus's Oh, Crap face really doesn't even begin to describe it.
  • 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.
  • Girl Next Door: Camille.
  • Has a Type:
    • It seems as though Klaus is drawn to certain types of girls with a certain look (blonde with blue eyes) and attitude. Caroline and Camille anyone?
    • Rebecca shares a few of these traits, too...hmm. (see Incest Subtext below).
    • They even said in-show that Marcel may have a thing for blondes.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Klaus and Marcel, especially back in the day.
  • 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 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.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Klaus in Rebirth, when he uses a pair of paintbrushes to kill two of his werewolf attackers.
  • 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.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Marcel also saw to it to protect Davina the same way that Klaus protected to him.
  • Morality Chain: Camille seems to be this for BOTH Klaus and Marcel.
  • 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.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Hayley is a werewolf that was raised by humans.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Klaus' reaction when he realizes that he effectively put his comatose brother in the hands of a witch so powerful that she can very well find a way to kill an Original.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!:
    • As Marcel grew older, he and Rebekah began to fall in love with each other. This didn't sit too well with Klaus.
    • Klaus is very judgmental over who can be with Rebekah. No one is ever good enough for her as far as he is concerned.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Klaus and Elijah. Klaus is the Roguish Male to Elijah's Noble Male.
  • 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!
    • Francesca when she finds out that her house is public property and anyone can come in.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the Originals, Elijah. Josh is this as far as the vampires go in general.
  • Papa Wolf: Elijah and Klaus possess these traits whenever Hayley and the unborn child are being threatened. Say what you will about Klaus but he's ten times the protective father than his own father is.
    • Klaus takes it further, going as far to kill his father to keep her a secret.
  • 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.
  • Pregnant Badass: Hayley. In the third episode we see her kick some ass on her own not only despite her pregnancy.
  • Promoted Fangirl: Danielle Campbell was a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries before being cast on the show.
  • 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.
  • Shoot the Dog: Flashbacks reveal at one point, Elijah was as close young Marcel as Klaus was, maybe closer, teaching the boy how to play piano, and helping him to read. However, he realizes that this only makes Klaus jealous and angry, eventually prompting him to briefly undagger Kol. Elijah then starts acting cold to Marcel, saying he's bored with him so he'll spend more time with Klaus, in the hopes that Klaus might find something of his humanity through mentoring Marcel.
  • 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.
  • Token Human: Cami.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Anybody that the Originals, most likely Klaus, can twist to their use.
  • Villain Protagonist: Klaus.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Inverted. Tyler's return to Mystic Falls isn't so much as mentioned on The Originals. It's revealed on the main show, The Vampire Diaries, but the viewers who were no long watching Diaries had no explanation whatsoever as to what happened to him
  • We Can Rule Together: Klaus offers this to Marcel in the mid-season finale after realising that he needs Marcel's diplomacy to maintain order.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sophie.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Klaus mentality of ' With us, or against us' extends to teenagers as well. As Davina found out at the cost of Tim's life...
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Sinners and Saints" reveal that Marcel is good, or at least not as bad as we were led on to believe, and that the witches are evil, or at least don't have nearly the same moral high ground that we were led to believe.
    • "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.
    • "Wheel Inside the Wheel": Oliver dies, Klaus's father Ansel is alive, and older sister Freya did not die of the plague, and Esther's sister is coming after Hope
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: No mention is made of what happened to Cassie after Esther stopped possessing her

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