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The Originals is a supernatural drama television series that aired on The CW from 2013 to 2018. It is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries and the second entry in The Vampire Diaries Universe.

The series centers on Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and the Original Family of vampires including Elijah (Daniel Gillies), his older 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 Marcellus "Marcel" Gerard (Charles Michael Davis).

Also included are Hayley Marshall (Phoebe Tonkin), a werewolf that is pregnant with Klaus's child; Sophie Deveraux (Daniella Pineda), a witch who wants revenge on Marcel for killing her sister; Camille "Cami" O'Connell (Leah Pipes), a human psychology student searching for what makes a person evil; Davina Claire (Danielle Campbell), Marcel's favorite witch; Vincent Griffith (Yusuf Gatewood), a witch and a vessel of another Mikaelson sibling, Finn; Freya (Riley Voelkel), the eldest Mikaelson sibling; and Josh Rosza (Steven Krueger), a vampire ally to Marcel.

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.

The series began with a backdoor pilot ("The Originals") that aired on April 25, 2013 as part of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries. Before then, the Mikaelsons had all appeared in that series, with Klaus being a part of the main cast from season three to four. A day after the pilot aired, The CW gave a series order, and The Originals began airing on October 3, 2013, the same day as the debut of its parent series' fifth season. In July 2017, it was announced that the series would end with season five. Legacies, a spinoff focusing on Klaus' daughter, Hope (played by Danielle Rose Russell, who is part of the final season's cast), was given a series order in May 2018, and began airing that October.

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.
  • Aborted Arc: The subplot of Elijah mentoring a newly turned vampire Gia and the developed romance between the two is completely forgotten about a few episodes later.
  • Abusive Parents: Esther is this to all of her children, given her repeated attempts to kill them. Then there's her husband Mikael to Klaus.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anyone Can Die: Like its parent series, recurring characters rarely survive past a few episodes. Many regulars bite it as well, such as Sophie (who is killed halfway through the first season to set the standard) Camille, Hayley, Josh and, most important of all, Klaus and Elijah themselves in the finale.
  • 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.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Cami, referring to Lucian:
    Cami: You tortured Detective Kinney, gave him a compulsion lobotomy, not to mention you're holding me against my will. And using up all of my minutes.
  • Aw, 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 for the Finale: The series finale has a chained-up Klaus hallucinating the sight of Camille and Mikael.
  • Back from the Dead: It's a show about vampires; 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 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. Each time one of them die, a harvest girl is brought back.
    • At the end of the first season, Esther and Finn are revealed to be back by possessing two witches. The next season reveals that Kol and Mikael were brought back as well. They are all eventually resurrected into their original bodies at different points, but only Kol lives through the entire series.
  • 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.
    • Klaus and Rebekah, as well.
    • Hayley 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending:
    • The season 4 finale. The Hollow had been defeated, but the Mikaelsons have to distance themselves from each other. Hayley takes Hope to Mystic Falls and Hope enrolls in the school that Caroline built in the The Vampire Diaries Series Finale, Kol is planning to propose to Davina, Rebekah and Marcel are together in New York, and Klaus sees Elijah in Paris.
    • The series finale had this too. Klaus concocts a plan to remove the hollow’s magic from Hope and absorb the magic himself, he then will kill himself with the magic in him. Elijah has to die too when some of the magic absorbed in him. Klaus and Elijah do end up dying, but on the bright side, Rebekah and Marcel finally get engaged, but Rebekah chooses to live the rest of her life as a human, as Caroline has made a cure for her in Mystic Falls. Keelin and Freya (who got married two episodes beforehand) decide to have a child, with Vincent helping them to father the baby, and last but not least, there’s Kol and Davina, who already got their happily ever after in the previous season.
  • 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.
  • Byronic Hero: Klaus and Elijah both, to different degrees.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Hayley is carrying Klaus's child while both didn't know he could breed.
  • Bury Your Gays: Josh's boyfriend Aiden was killed by Dahlia.
  • Cain and Abel: Klaus and Elijah with Klaus as the Cain to Elijah's Abel.
  • Came Back Wrong: In the first season, being in limbo surrounded by proud, zealous witch spirits causes Monique to come back a bit off, which in turn explains why she so easily kills her own Aunt.
  • Casting Gag: In Season 2, the bodyjumped Esther and Finn, native Norwegians take American bodies, whereas Kol who was born in America takes a British body.
  • Chekhov'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.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Everyone. Absolutely everyone is plotting against everyone, and Elijah, Rebekah, and Klaus are the worst. It sometimes approaches the point of passing the Idiot Ball, when as soon as an accord is reached between the siblings one (or more) will launch a demented new plot for dubious gain.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: All over the place.
    • In the first season, 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.
    • In season two, Elijah, Hayley, Marcel and Klaus take out the entire Guerrera family, and a good chunk of their employees, over a couple of hours. Mikael crushes a pack of moonlight-ring enhanced werewolves to save Davina and afterwards curb-stomps Elijah pretty easily. Despite being a normal werewolf, Ansel gets to deliver this to an entire army of enhanced werewolves to save Oliver with just a single sword. Freya, the oldest and missing Mikaelson sibling, also gets to curb-stomp much of her opponents, until Dahlia, the so-called world's most powerful witch, comes in and repeatedly curb-stomps any and all oppositions, making Freya look weak in comparison, and the only reason she dies at the end is because Esther leaves her open.
    • Season three has Lucien Castle, the first vampire in existence, become a super original and he easily wipes the floor with anyone who tries to fight him. Even Klaus can barely hold his own before getting summarily trounced.
    • The Hollow constantly dishes this out just like Dahlia did in Season Four, showing she isn't so deeply feared for nothing. Kol also tears through an entire group of vampires at the beginning of the season. Vincent, who by this point has made it clear he is the current second most powerful witch in the Originals, displays just what he is really capable of by repeatedly curb-stomping the Hollow's followers, except when he is caught off-guard and when he is faced with the Hollow's High Priest Dominic, who matches him in their magical duel.
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • The pregnant Haley is kidnapped by the witches, causing considerable angst among the three siblings.
    • Cami, being important to all the major players of the supernatural community (friend to Davina and Haley, lover and love interest to Marcel and Klaus, respectively), but lacking any supernatural powers herself, gets kidnapped and threatened a lot.
    • Though she can frequently get herself out of the trouble, Freya is frequently targeted or otherwise badly injured by the antagonists. The problem is that she's a Mikaelson sibling, but she's not an immortal and invulnerable vampire, so anyone who wants to harm a member of the family only needs to go after her, most notably when Aurora shot her and then buried her alive as leverage against her brothers.
  • 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: Compared to The Vampire Diaries. Right off the bat the first season deals with slavery, abortion, and, with Rebekah and Marcel, borderline incest.
  • Dating Catwoman: Despite Genevieve doing some pretty awful things to Klaus and Rebekah, and still posing a real threat to...pretty much all of them, she and Klaus briefly become lovers.
  • 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 is a prominent businessman in New Orleans.
  • 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.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Marcel insists on the shortened version of the name Klaus gave him, and corrects Klaus whenever he calls him "Marcellus." Clearly Klaus is doing it to remind Marcel of their one-time roles of father and adopted son, and just as clearly, Marcel is declaring his independence.
  • The Dreaded:
    • Even most older vampires are terrified by the Mikaelsons' very reputations and how they back it up with horribly violent acts (especially Klaus) makes you realize why they're in power.
    • Conversely, the only person Klaus fears is his own father, Mikael, who has slaughtered thousands in his centuries-old quest to destroy his bastard son.
  • 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.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Most of the first season. It begins with The Originals against Marcel. Later it develops into both against the witches, of which there are more than one faction with different agendas. At the end of the season it's the Originals and Marcel versus Esther and the fractured Witches faction versus Francesca and her Wolf pack. 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...
  • Expy: Elijah and Klaus are obviously based off Stefan and Damon Salvatore, and Klaus and Davina's interactions bear a few similarities to Damon and Bonnie.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Klaus teams up with Dahlia after finding out Hayley plans to take his child away from him. Subverted as it turns out to be a Batman Gambit in his plan to defeat Dalia by gaining her trust but he does Kick the Dog several times to accomplish this including getting Haley and her wolf pack cursed to their wolf forms and killing Gia the vampire Elijah was falling for. Even then the things he does to everybody are partially implied to be his revenge for them daggering him and of course to make it that Haley can't take his kid away.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Marcel's Garden counts as one. It houses walled up Vampires who don't die, but stay pinned to walls starving and aware for however long their sentence is. Klaus taught his protégé well...
  • Feeling the Baby Kick: As Hayley is giving birth she remembers when she invited Klaus to feel baby Hope kick.
  • 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.
  • Four-Element Ensemble: The Harvest Witches - Davina, Monique, Abigail and Cassie.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Klaus can—and frequently does—trace all of his bad habits back to his father. In his defense, to say Mikael was abusive would be a colossal understatement.
    • Mikael himself is also revealed to have been a kind and loving father to Freya, his firstborn daughter. According to Esther, losing her is what turned Mikael into the cold and abusive man he is remembered as.
  • 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.
  • 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? Rebekah shares a few of these traits, too... hmm.
    • It's even stated in-universe 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: In the second season, the terrorist attack againts the Crecent Wolves is revealed to have been orchestrated by one of their own, Oliver, who collaborated with Francesca Guerrera's faction in order to motivate the wolves into "retaliating" against the vampires. Right after he tearfully confesses this to an injured Eve right he smothers her to death with a pillow and begins to rally the wolves.
  • Incest Subtext:
    • Klaus does have a tendency to murder Rebekah's love interests, and in one episode, someone mistakes Klaus for Rebekah's boyfriend. This isn't the first time that's happened.
    • Despite not being related, Marcel and Rebekah's relationship may come off as a little weird when you consider Klaus raised Marcel as a son and Rebekah seemed like something of a cool aunt to Marcel when he was a child. Though child-Marcel's comments show he always had a crush on Rebekah.
    • Finn has some sort of crush/fixation on his own mother Esther as well. He's also seem to be quite obsessed with his older sister Freyja.
    • Kol's being jealous of Klaus and Rebekah's relationship, doing everything to break them up and have Rebekah for himself, giving his sister bedroom eyes and their "competition" with Klaus in general counts as clear example of the trope. Also he died between her thighs.
    • Tristan and Aurora de Martel's whole relationship is subtext.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Klaus in Rebirth, when he uses a pair of paintbrushes to kill two of his werewolf attackers.
  • It Has Been an Honor: in 5x13, Elijah tells Klaus it has been his greatest honor before they die together.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • When asked if he wants to join the werewolves' celebration (and Hayley), Elijah replies that all he wants is "that woman to be happy."
    • The biggest compulsion Klaus ever placed on Cami was to sleep well and have sweet dreams. He says this almost verbatim in another episode; and despite blustering a bit about Cami and Marcel's hookup, he does nothing to interfere, and they even cooperate to support her during her uncles illness.
  • 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.
  • Magical Native American: The fourth season reveals that the werewolf curse was originally inflicted by Inadu, a Native American witch also known as The Hollow. She is one of the most powerful beings in the world, and every werewolf in existence today is a descendant of one of the tribes cursed during her final moments.
  • 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.
  • Mythology Gag: In the pilot, Davina calls the Originals, "The Old Ones", which was what their book counterparts were called.
  • Neat Freak: Elijah's dapper dressing is not just because he likes suits. His family members often comment ironically on how hard he works to maintain his neat appearance and civil manners, since the truth is he's committed almost as many murders as Klaus. After being forced to relive his most violent acts, he becomes blatantly obsessive-compulsive about being clean. At this point being clean is the only thing holding his sanity together, as even just a spot of blood on his clothes will cause him to go on a murder spree.
  • Never My Fault : The entire Mikaelson family constantly complains about the fact that they never have lasting moments of peace of mind and blame their problems on the cruelty of life. The fact that they are all sadistic sociopaths and mass murderers who love to take tragedy everywhere they go simply because they can never seems to cross their minds! The few times this was stated directly to all of them, they again put the full weight of their sins on a Freudian Excuse and resume their wave of terror across the world.
  • 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 gives 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.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: The three siblings have the accents of their respective actors. No explanation is given as to why ancient Europeans would have those particular accents, nor why three people who have spent their entire lives together would have accents distinctly different from each other.
  • 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.
    • Esther when she wakes up in transition.
  • 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. Klaus even kills his real father to keep her a secret. Say what you will about Klaus but he's ten times the protective father than Mikael was.
    • Marcel and Davina.
  • 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. Marcel calls him out on this many times.
  • 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.
  • Revision:
    • The existence of Freya and Dahlia. The Vampire Diaries established that the family's firstborn died from the plague, and was implied to be named Aaron based on a Freeze-Frame Bonus. The second season reveals that her name was Freya and that her death was a lie. She was actually taken away due to a Rumpelstiltskin-esque bargain with Esther's estranged sister, which Esther was forced to keep secret from the rest of her family.
    • The second season throws light on the Klaus/Elijah/Tatia love triangle alluded to in The Vampire Diaries, such as revealing that Tatia favoured Elijah. It also clears up a minor Continuity Snarl, as Tatia's blood has been mentioned as being part of both the immortality spell as well as Klaus's binding ritual, and both shows were always vague on whether either ritual actually killed her. Here it's revealed that Esther asked for Tatias blood for the immortality spell, that she was killed by a recently turned Elijah and her dead body was then used by Esther for the binding ritual.
  • 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.
  • Saying Too Much: In a flashback, Elijah tracks down Klaus in 1933 Berlin, mentioning how he's been getting letters from Rebekah on living in Chicago. Later, the brothers get into a huge argument with Klaus snarling that if Elijah doesn't back down "I'll put you in a coffin right on top of our sister!" He instantly realizes his mistake as Elijah realizes Rebekah has been "daggered" and Klaus was the one writing all the letters.
  • Series Fauxnale: The fourth season finale, "The Feast of All Sinners". Julie Plec said herself that the episode was written in case The CW didn't renew The Originals.
  • 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 she is not the only female main character. Subverted later on with the existence of Freya, her older sister.
  • 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. Also Josh's boyfriends, Aiden, introduced in season 2, and Eddie, introduced in season 4.
  • 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: Camille, being a token human in a city ruled by Vampires. She later becomes one herself. In the fifth and final season, her cousin Declan serves this role instead.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Anybody that the Originals, most likely Klaus, can twist to their use.
  • Villain Protagonist: Klaus and by extension the entire Mikalson Clan. Each of them have done their share of horrible deeds in their pasts and continue to do so in the present, for variously justified reasons. Remember they were the Big Bad Ensemble of their parent show before they were spun-off.
  • 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 viewers who don't watch Diaries have no explanation whatsoever as to what happens 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 finds 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, 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
  • Wham Line: The end of the "Gonna Set Your Flag on Fire" which reveals the ghost helping Rebekah is not that of Mary-Alice Claire, but Freya.


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Climbing Out of The Bath

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