The Originals, also known as the Original Vampires or the Old Ones, was a species of extremely powerful Vampires that acted as the progenitors of the entire Vampire species in the Return of Royalty series. The Mikaelson family, the oldest and first Vampire Coven in the world, was the only notable family to be made of fully Original Vampires.
The Originals are extremely stronger, faster, agiler and durable than ordinary Vampires. They are described as three times greater in all attributes than ordinary Vampires, most of the First Generation Originals were the children of powerful Witches and so had special abilities based on their Witch genetics even if they didn't have the capacity to learn magic, those with the capacity to learn magic could retain it so long as they practised Dark Magic (Sorcerers and Sorceresses) while those that practice Light Magic would forever be incapable of regaining their magic prowess.
The Originals don't have a "Newborn Phase", for a year their super-heightened emotions and senses drive them up the walls with the act of tasting blood being described as "Euphoric", Originals are a third stronger than New Born Vampire while being three times as fast, agile and durable.
- Magnus Mikaelson - A dark Magic sorcerer and the only one of his kind, was the oldest child of Esther and Mikael, he is the current Patriarch of the Mikaelson family.
- Elijah Mikaelson - The second son of Esther and Mikael, he represents the family out to the public and tries to aid the control over the rest of the family, he is the second child of the Mikaelson family.
- Niklaus Mikaelson - The third son of Esther and step-son to Mikael, Klaus was actually the son of Esther and an unnamed Shape-shifter, he was also the one to kill Esther and Mikael.
- Kol Mikaelson - The forth son of Esther and Mikael, he was described as the most vicious and looks up to Niklaus for the chaos his brother creates, Kol seems interested in Paul Lahote and wants to see the animal inside the youth be unrestrained furthermore by the Pack.
- Rebekah Mikaelson - The only daughter of Mikael and Esther as well as the sixth sibling of the Mikaelson family, Rebekah was described as stubborn with her father's temper, she was upset that her mother was killed but likewise dispirited with her memory upon learning she intended to kill them all.
- Aedan Mikaelson - The fifth son of Mikael and stepson of Esther, he was in a relationship with Paul Lahote and was also a shape-shifter prior to becoming an Original Vampire.
- Super Strength - Originals are much stronger than normal vampires, Shape-shifters, werewolves, and humans. They are able to decapitate other species with a single chop and shatter windows and doors with small objects.
- Super Speed - Originals are much faster than normal vampires, Shape-shifters, werewolves, and humans or almost any Vehicle that has come to be. They are able to stop other supernatural species in their tracks and run miles in mere minutes, at their fastest they seem to move at near-teleporation speed.
- Heightened Senses - Original vampires have extremely keen senses of hearing, sight, smell, and taste than any other Supernatural species.
- Super Agility - Originals possess superhuman agility. They can move, jump, climb, and run incredibly fast without difficulty or exhaustion.
- Accelerated Healing Factor - Originals injuries heal faster than normal vampires, Shape-shifters, werewolves, and humans.
- Durability - Originals can take far more trauma than normal vampires, Shape-shifters, werewolves, and humans can without much discomfort or injury. Originals can heal faster than normal vampires when exposed to vervain and wood does not seem to weaken them.
- Mind Compulsion - Originals can compel the minds of humans, vampires, Werewolves, and Non-Original hybrids.
- Vervain Detection - They able to detect when vampires and humans are on vervain. It's unknown if it's due to their advanced age or one of their abilities.
- Immortality - Originals do not physically age, they have eternal youth and beauty, also have amazing voices, they have perfect white teeth and flawless smooth skin a don't need to breathe eat or drink, are nearly indestructible, and will live forever. Originals also have eidetic memory.
- Mental Shielding - The Originals have mental shields against most Special Vampires and their powers, this includes: Telepathy (Aro and Edward), Mental damaging (Jane's Illusion of Pain and Alec Sensory damaging), emotional manipulation (Jasper), physiological manipulation (Chelsea's relationship manipulation and Jasper's pathokinesis) and blur premonition visions (Alice).
- Dream Manipulation - Original Vampires can control dreams and subconscious. The vampires can produce and modify dreams, bestow nightmares or lucid dreaming. Other effects of this ability is the distortion of reality and trapped in the dreams.
- Emotional Control- Vampires, especially Originals, have a limited degree of control over their own emotions, allowing them to switch off their humanity to make killing easier.
- White Oak Stake - Was the only thing that can permanently kill an Original, It comes from an Ancient White Oak tree during the time of the genesis of the Vampire Race, at this point there is no more of them since the only one was used on Kyan.
- Silver Dagger dipped in White Ash Wood- A Silver Dagger dipped in the ash of the white oak tree will kill an Original but only as long as the dagger remains in their heart.
- Wood/Wooden Stakes - Stakes will not permanently kill an original but it does neutralize them for a few hours.
- Vervain - Vervain burns originals just like it does with the other vampires, although an original will heal very fast to the point where the damage done by the vervain is gone in seconds.
- Magic - The Originals are susceptible to the power of witchcraft. Witches are the only known group of people who are able to influence and kill any supernatural species, including The Originals, although with Originals it takes a massive amount of Magic that would exhaust the human body of life in the attempt.
- Uninvited Invitation - In order to enter any house owned by human/s, they had to be invited by that person. Once invited the vampire cannot be uninvited. If a vampire lives in a house, other vampires can enter freely and if vampire is in the house without being invited in it will become disoriented and will begin to suffocate.