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1->''"Let's get this out of the way first. If, in 1977, when I am 13, you show me a movie called ''Star Wars'', it's still called ''Star Wars'' now."''²-->-- '''Creator/RobinLaws''', ''Literature/BlowingUpTheMovies'', discussing the film now known as ''Film/ANewHope''²²''You may be looking for Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries.''²²When starting a new show, TV producers rarely can anticipate how successful it will be with the audience. But let's assume the show got popular, TheFireflyEffect didn't hit it, and a row of sequels is inbound. Now, some producers play it simple and stick with season numbering. But the more creative types go for [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo oddly named sequels]] and thus, confront the fans with a difficult question: how do you refer to the first show, if its title is already used to refer to the entire franchise? Solution: "The Original Series".²²Long time fans may well [[InsistentTerminology insist on referring to the original work by the franchise's name]].²²A subtrope of {{Retronym}}.²²----²!!Examples:²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime]]²* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', though more often referred to as ''Gundam 0079'' or sometimes ''First Gundam''.²* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.²* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime's original series mostly refers to the Kanto arc, though it technically also consists of the Orange Islands arc and the Johto arcs, although in an interesting case, the following series (''Pokémon: [[UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance Advanced]] Generation'') was a direct continuation that followed immediately.²** While the opening theme songs of later seasons are usually referred to by name, the first one is simply called [[ "Pokémon Theme."]]²** Official sources have retroactively named the first season (as in, the one based on ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'', which established the first generation of ''Pokémon'' games) ''[[ Pokémon: Indigo League.]]''²* Used straight, then averted, then used straight again by ''Franchise/PrettyCure''.²** The first installment is ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', and the [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo oddly named sequel]] was ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' plus a suffix... and so was [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the first cast reboot.]] However, later seasons dropped the "Futari wa", making the franchise ''Pretty Cure'' and freeing the first season from having to be called The Original Series.²** However, the English, German, Italian and Spanish dubs of ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' are simply called ''Pretty Cure'', which makes it The Original Series all over again.²* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoRyoOhki'', the OAV episodes, for ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''.²* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' (the Dark Kingdom arc), also known as ''Sailor Moon Classic''.²* The original series of ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' OVAs was named ''Mobile Police Patlabor''. To distinguish it it from the similarly-named movie and TV series released after, the Laserdisc rereleases added the subtitle ''Early Days''. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film]]²* The first released ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie (i.e., [[Film/ANewHope Episode IV]]) was originally titled simply ''Star Wars'' on release. The title ''A New Hope'' was added with the 1981 re-release (the first one after ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''), but it wasn't ''marketed'' as "Episode IV: A New Hope" until after the prequels were released (even the [[ 1997 Special Edition]] is called simply "Star Wars: Special Edition"). The fanbase typically used "the trilogy" to refer to the "whole" ''Star Wars'' saga prior to the release of Episode I, allowing them to continue calling the first film simply "Star Wars", but this is no longer done any more, and most everyone within the fandom now refers to the original film as "A New Hope" or "Episode IV", and the episodes IV-V-VI as the "Original Trilogy". ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* The original novel about Literature/ArtemisFowl was titled simply ''Artemis Fowl'', whereas the rest had various subtitles.²* The first ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series was simply called ''Warriors'' (or ''Warrior Cats'', depending on where you live), while all the other series and spinoffs have subtitles such as ''The New Prophecy'' and ''Omen of the Stars''. Fans usually referred to it as "the original series" or "the first arc", but it was given the official name ''The Prophecies Begin'' as of a 2015 reprint of the first series.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is probably the most famous example. In fact this very wikiword redirected to it before this page came about.²* ''Series/DoctorWho''[='=]s "classic series" refers to the original run from 1963-1989 (and sometimes its TV movie in 1996), to differentiate it from the revival from 2005. Generally everything before the revival is called "Classic Who" and everything after is "New Who", though the terminology gets fuzzier when applied to the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse.²* The ''Franchise/KamenRider Series'' has not one, but two shows simply titled ''Series/KamenRider''. In an inversion, only the original series has its name untouched.²** The second show with the name, originally intended as a ContinuityReboot but later brought into the existing universe (during the show's run, as part of a ReTool), is officially called ''Kamen Rider (New)'' in Japan and known as ''New Kamen Rider'' among English-speaking fans, though Wiki/TheOtherWiki in both languages and this wiki call it ''Series/KamenRiderSkyrider'' after a new superhero name was given to the protagonist during the ReTool.²* In the media, the first ''Series/LawAndOrder'' is commonly called the original or the flagship series.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Music]]²* Music/TheProtomen's first album is simply called The Protomen. After Act II: The Father of Death came out, it retroactively became Act I: Hope Rides Alone.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* While game series typically get a 1 tacked on for the first one as the second emerges, it's more complicated with Expansion Packs: the expansion is still part of the first game. Another convention to the rescue: base games that have expansions but don't have a subtitle of their own are referred to as vanilla to differentiate from the flavored expansions.²* As an example of the above bullet point, each expansion for ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has its own name: "World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade", "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King", and "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm." Which leaves players with a conundrum: If someone asks "In which expansion did they add thus-and-such class/race/game mechanic?", how do you answer when it was added back during the original game run, before the first expansion? Blizzard refers to this time period as "World of Warcraft Classic", but the ''de facto'' consensus among the players is to refer to it as "Vanilla World of Warcraft".²* The first game was just ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI The Legend Of Zelda]]'', and the second was ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'', but every game after that was just called ''The Legend of Zelda: (something)''. The first game, therefore, can be referred to as "Zelda 1", "the original Zelda", etc. For wiki purposes, we refer to it as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'', following the Roman numeral designation of the second game.²** The first game originally had the subtitle "The Hyrule Fantasy", but this never made it out of Japan. The corresponding text on the title screen was turned into "The Legend of".²** Happens often where the title of the first is homonymous to the series: ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''...²* A weird case is the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series: since the original game is called ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'', the second ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''... but the third is ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', and the series is more referred by that name since practically all later games followed that name (any ''Metal Gear'' game that isn't titled "Solid" from that point on is either a spin-off or non-canon).²* Since ''Franchise/MegaMan'' received lots of spin-offs, the original series are referred to as "VideoGame/MegaManClassic".²* The Creator/CoreDesign-produced ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games are usually referred to as the "Classic" series. Some don't count ''Angel of Darkness'' as one of these, and die-hard purists only count the original trilogy.²* After ''Unreal Tournament 2003'' ([=UT2k3=]) and ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' ([=UT2k4=]) came out, the original ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' was called [=UT99=] for its release year.²* The ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series has the original title simply referred to as such (as the later titles are frequently referred to by the subtitle, ''Melee'' or ''Brawl'' instead) or [[SuperTitle64Advance Super Smash Brothers 64]] in reference to the console as these games come out at [[OnceAnEpisode one title per console generation]].²* The original ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' game is referred to as ''Tiberian Dawn'' to distinguish it from its sequels.²* Remakes of the original ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy|I}}'' refer to the game as ''Final Fantasy I''.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Game Systems]]²* The original UsefulNotes/PlayStation officially became the "[=PS1=]" some time after the UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 came out. Previously, it was colloquially called the "PSX", after the abbreviation for its developmental code name, "Playstation-Experimental". Most people will still know what you mean when you call it that, although the especially pedantic will inform you that "PSX" refers to an obscure [[NoExportForYou Japanese]] [=PS2=]/DVR hybrid.²* The first UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} was referred to the "Xbox 1" by most everyone, until Microsoft announced their third console, the UsefulNotes/XboxOne. Nowadays, most people just call it the first or original Xbox.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:WesternAnimation]]²* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' (the first two seasons) are the original series. The 1978 episodes, which are part of the "''The Scooby-Doo Show''", are often mistakenly labeled as part of the ''"Where Are You!"'' series for unknown reasons.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', referred to as "[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]" by most fans (after the [[OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo oddly named sequel]] ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' came out). Hasbro has since started using it themselves.²** This also carries over to another Hasbro franchise, ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''; the initial batch and television show are "Generation 1".²* WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}, and it was the only one its creators actually had an active part in running (a different creative duo ran the [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce first]] [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien two]] sequels, and ''another'' main team runs [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse the fourth.]])²[[/folder]]²----


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