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6th Nov '16 4:48:51 PM dlchen145
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* In her first scene, Literature/KateDaniels is drinking alcohol alone in her dark kitchen in the middle of the day, only to whip around and throw a knife into the throat of the vampire sneaking up on her. Her status as a {{Badass}} fighter and her hatred of vampires are constant throughout the series, and her loneliness, depression and alcoholism are all CharacterDevelopment arcs she struggles with.

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* In her first scene, Literature/KateDaniels is drinking alcohol alone in her dark kitchen in the middle of the day, only to whip around and throw a knife into the throat of the vampire sneaking up on her. Her status as a {{Badass}} badass fighter and her hatred of vampires are constant throughout the series, and her loneliness, depression and alcoholism are all CharacterDevelopment arcs she struggles with.



** Morgan grieves for Kelson's father Brion, and recalls the harrowing events of the past several days. This is appropriate for Deryni, whose powers are partly psychic and partly [[TheEmpath empathic]], and his reverie functions as an ExpositionBeam between the author and the reader, akin to those used by Deryni in-universe. We also learn of an ambush which Morgan survived largely uninjured, establishing his [[{{Badass}} martial credentials]].

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** Morgan grieves for Kelson's father Brion, and recalls the harrowing events of the past several days. This is appropriate for Deryni, whose powers are partly psychic and partly [[TheEmpath empathic]], and his reverie functions as an ExpositionBeam between the author and the reader, akin to those used by Deryni in-universe. We also learn of an ambush which Morgan survived largely uninjured, establishing his [[{{Badass}} martial credentials]].credentials.
24th Oct '16 2:42:35 PM Vampireandthen
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**Jesus has one. His first when he is when Mary and Joseph take him to Passover in Jerusalem, and as they leave, he stays behind. Once they realise he is missing, they become frantic, and are looking for him everywhere, worried sick, and find him listening and asking questions with the teachers in the temple. The teachers are impressed by his wisdom, and Mary and Joseph are astonished. When Mary tells him off, he answers "Why is that you are looking for me? Did you not know I would be in my Father's house?" He goes home with them, and is very obedient to his parents. This event shows his wisdom, his humility, and his close relationship with God.
26th Sep '16 5:49:20 AM WillBGood
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** Morgan's ministrations to Derry are rudely interrupted by a whip-wielding giant-sized Connaiti mercenary announcing "His Loftiness" the Supreme of Howicce. Morgan stops Derry from retaliating (noting the giant was accompanied by six more just like him), but cannot resist indulging his sense of humour. When Derry asks, "By all the devils in hell, what is a Supreme of Howicce?" Morgan replies in a penetrating stage whisper, "I'm not certain. I don't think it's as high as a Quintessence or a Penultimate. Probably some minor ambassador with delusions of his own importance." At a glare from the last of giant mercenaries, Morgan puts on an innocent expression, but once the party has proceeded down the street, he discreetly uses his powers to entangle the whip-wielder's whip round his horse's legs, bringing down both man and beast and forcing the Connaiti to cut the whip to rescue his horse. If life for Gwynedd's Deryni is a dangerous game of [[http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/grandmother%27s+footsteps Grandmother's Footsteps]], Morgan is an expert player.

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** Morgan's ministrations to Derry are rudely interrupted by a whip-wielding giant-sized Connaiti mercenary announcing "His Loftiness" the Supreme of Howicce. Morgan stops Derry from retaliating (noting the giant was accompanied by six more just like him), but cannot resist indulging his sense of humour. When Derry asks, "By all the devils in hell, what is a Supreme of Howicce?" Morgan replies in a penetrating stage whisper, "I'm not certain. I don't think it's as high as a Quintessence or a Penultimate. Probably some minor ambassador with delusions of his own importance." At a glare from the last of giant mercenaries, Morgan puts on an innocent expression, but once the party has proceeded down the street, he discreetly uses his powers to entangle the whip-wielder's whip round his horse's legs, bringing down both man and beast and forcing the Connaiti to cut the whip to rescue his horse. If life for Gwynedd's Deryni is a dangerous game of [[http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/grandmother%27s+footsteps [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statues_(game) Grandmother's Footsteps]], Morgan is an expert player.
12th Aug '16 11:32:48 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Literature/HaloTheColeProtocol'', Thel 'Vadamee (better known as ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] Arbiter) is shown being elected to basically king of his state (in a society established as running on AsskickingEqualsAuthority). Then, he stays up all night after his election in wait for any assassination attempts, then [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] three assassins without suffering a single wound. Afterwards, he tricks the elder who sent the assassins into confessing, gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech regarding his failure to be remembered in the family saga, kills the elder when he finally attacks Thel directly, and tells his clan to get the hell out of his keep or he'd put them to death as well (and also telling them that had the elder not salvaged their honor by directly fighting back, he would have killed them all regardless). All of this establishes not just his badassery, but his cunning, arrogance, and obsession with honor.

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* In ''Literature/HaloTheColeProtocol'', Thel 'Vadamee (better known as ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] Arbiter) is shown being elected to basically king of his state (in a society established as running on AsskickingEqualsAuthority). Then, he stays up all night after his election in wait for any assassination attempts, then [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] three assassins without suffering a single wound. Afterwards, he Thel tricks the elder who sent the assassins into confessing, gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech regarding his failure to be remembered in the family saga, kills the elder when he finally attacks Thel directly, and tells his the elder's clan to get the hell out of his keep or he'd put them to death as well (and also telling them that had the elder not salvaged their honor by directly fighting back, he would have killed had them all regardless). ''all'' put to death (but as such, Thel decides to show mercy by simply exiling them on pain of death). All of this establishes not just his badassery, but his cunning, arrogance, ruthlessness, and obsession with honor.
12th Aug '16 11:28:40 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Literature/HaloTheColeProtocol'', Thel 'Vadamee (better known as ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''[='s=] Arbiter) is shown being elected to basically king of his state (in a society established as running on AsskickingEqualsAuthority). Then, he stays up all night after his election in wait for any assassination attempts, then [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] three assassins without suffering a single wound. Afterwards, he tricks the elder who sent the assassins into confessing, gives him a ReasonYouSuckSpeech regarding his failure to be remembered in the family saga, kills the elder when he finally attacks Thel directly, and tells his clan to get the hell out of his keep or he'd put them to death as well (and also telling them that had the elder not salvaged their honor by directly fighting back, he would have killed them all regardless). All of this establishes not just his badassery, but his cunning, arrogance, and obsession with honor.
15th Jul '16 5:28:54 AM Ymirsdaughter
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** Voldemort gets one before the series actually begins when he murders Harry Potter's parents.

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** Voldemort gets one before the series actually begins when he murders kills Harry Potter's parents.
28th Jun '16 1:50:31 PM HeraldAlberich
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--> The Dursleys were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

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--> ---> The Dursleys were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.



** Hermione Granger introduces herself by speaking very quickly, showing excitement for school, dispensing information others don't know, and -- this is key -- helping a fellow student who's lost something.

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** Hermione Granger introduces herself by speaking very quickly, showing excitement for school, dispensing information others don't know, and -- this and--this is key -- helping key--helping a fellow student who's lost something.



** Snape gets two establishing character moments: First in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone]]'', when he first lays eyes on Harry, Harry's scar burns. Snape [[RedHerring must]] be working for Voldemort! [[spoiler:Except he ''isn't''.]] [[note]]This moment is so misleading that Creator/JKRowling had to explain that Voldemort was looking at Harry through Quirrel's turban, which is why Harry's scar burned.[[/note]] His second, and the one that, in retrospect, reveals his true alliance [[spoiler: to Dumbledore]], occurs in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', when he [[Awesome/HarryPotter shows his Dark Mark to the Minister of Magic, proving that Voldemort has returned]].
*** Also, when Snape first looks at Harry, Snape looks not at the scar on his forehead, which marks him as "The Boy Who Lived," but at Harry's eyes, [[spoiler:which are just like Lily's. Snape is instead looking for Lily Potter's son in Harry.]]

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** Snape gets two establishing character moments: First in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone]]'', when he first lays eyes on Harry, Harry's scar burns. Snape [[RedHerring must]] be working for Voldemort! [[spoiler:Except he ''isn't''.]] [[note]]This moment is so misleading that Creator/JKRowling had to explain that Voldemort was looking at Harry through Quirrel's turban, which is why Harry's scar burned.[[/note]] His second, and the one that, in retrospect, reveals his true alliance [[spoiler: to Dumbledore]], occurs in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', when he [[Awesome/HarryPotter shows his Dark Mark to the Minister of Magic, proving that Voldemort has returned]].
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returned]].\\\
Also, when Snape first looks at Harry, Snape looks not at the scar on his forehead, which marks him as "The Boy Who Lived," but at Harry's eyes, [[spoiler:which are just like Lily's. Snape is instead looking for Lily Potter's son in Harry.]]



--> The man who speaks the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words, and if you cannot bring yourself to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.

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--> ---> The man who speaks the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words, and if you cannot bring yourself to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.



** Davos himself is first introduced as Maester Cressen's friend. Maester Cressen is the only person in Stannis's service who sees [[EvilRedhead Melisandre]] for what she is - except Davos. His brief introduction as Cressen's friend, whose primary goal is to overthrow Melisandre, establishes him as the voice of reason, a genuinely good person, and very much against The Red Woman.

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** Davos himself is first introduced as Maester Cressen's friend. Maester Cressen is the only person in Stannis's service who sees [[EvilRedhead Melisandre]] for what she is - except is--except Davos. His brief introduction as Cressen's friend, whose primary goal is to overthrow Melisandre, establishes him as the voice of reason, a genuinely good person, and very much against The Red Woman.



* In Creator/TadWilliams's ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', EvilSorcerer Pryrates goes to some [[{{Anvilicious}} rather extreme]] lengths to establish his character -- in his introductory scene, he deliberately [[KickTheDog crushes a puppy to death]] beneath his boot.

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* In Creator/TadWilliams's ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'':
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EvilSorcerer Pryrates goes to some [[{{Anvilicious}} rather extreme]] lengths to establish his character -- in character--in his introductory scene, he deliberately [[KickTheDog crushes a puppy to death]] beneath his boot.



* In ''Rogue Squadron'', first book of the ''[[Comicbook/XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' series, Wedge has that entire scene where he walks into the hangar, inspects his X-Wing, [[NiceToTheWaiter compliments his new chief mechanic]], and takes off to attend a training exercise. Beyond this trope and providing a vehicle for Stackpole's worldbuilding, there's no point to the scene. It establishes that he's very conscious of his authority, he's good at math, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure good to his subordinates]], aware of what he needs to teach new people, and an AcePilot of such skill that his kill silhouettes include two Death Stars, a lot of big ships, and so many fighters that they couldn't fit on the side of his X-Wing, so some had to be rendered in [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]], representing a squadron's worth of kills. He'd appeared in two scenes before that one, but in those instances he mostly served to take Corran down a peg, be annoyed that half the squadron was politically appointed, and state his absolute, unswerving trust in Tycho Celchu.

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* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
**
In ''Rogue Squadron'', first book of the ''[[Comicbook/XWingSeries X-Wing]]'' series, Wedge has that entire scene where he walks into the hangar, inspects his X-Wing, X-wing, [[NiceToTheWaiter compliments his new chief mechanic]], and takes off to attend a training exercise. Beyond this trope and providing a vehicle for Stackpole's the author's worldbuilding, there's no point to the scene. It establishes that he's very conscious of his authority, he's good at math, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure good to his subordinates]], aware of what he needs to teach new people, and an AcePilot of such skill that his kill silhouettes include two Death Stars, a lot of big ships, and so many fighters that they couldn't fit on the side of his X-Wing, X-wing, so some had to be rendered in [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red]], representing a squadron's worth of kills. He'd appeared in two scenes before that one, but in those instances he mostly served to take Corran down a peg, be annoyed that half the squadron was politically appointed, and state his absolute, unswerving trust in Tycho Celchu.



** In ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Annileen Calwell is a DeterminedWidow {{Shopkeeper}} who's not afraid to be sharp with her customers. Her ''very first line'' is a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] AskAStupidQuestion response to a customer who can never remember her name or position at the store, even though she comes in every day.
--->'''Erbaly Nap'tee:''' Do you work here?\\
'''Annileen:''' No, I come in here and do inventory in my spare time. Wait. ''[looks around]'' Counter. Cashbox. Title deed. I'm sorry, I guess I ''do'' work here.



--->'''Rincewind''': It's horrible.
--->'''Death''': [[AC:I'm inclined to agree.]]
--->'''Rincewind''': I would have thought you'd be all for it!
--->'''Death''': [[AC: Not like this. The death of the old man or the warrior or the child, this I understand, and I take away the pain and suffering. I do not understand this death-of-the-mind.]]
* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' opens with Scarlett O'Hara flirting with not one, but two beaux at the same time. Naturally, both men are spellbound by her.

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--->'''Rincewind''': --->'''Rincewind:''' It's horrible.
--->'''Death''': --->'''Death:''' [[AC:I'm inclined to agree.]]
--->'''Rincewind''': --->'''Rincewind:''' I would have thought you'd be all for it!
--->'''Death''': --->'''Death:''' [[AC: Not like this. The death of the old man or the warrior or the child, this I understand, and I take away the pain and suffering. I do not understand this death-of-the-mind.]]
* ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'':
** The book
opens with Scarlett O'Hara flirting with not one, but two beaux at the same time. Naturally, both men are spellbound by her.



--> '''Inner Percy''': "She glanced at the minotaur horn in my hands, then back at me. I imagined she was going to say, You killed a minotaur! or Wow, you're so awesome! or something like that"\\
'''Annabeth''': "You drool when you sleep."

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--> '''Inner Percy''': "She --->'''Inner Percy:''' ''She glanced at the minotaur horn in my hands, then back at me. I imagined she was going to say, You killed a minotaur! or Wow, you're so awesome! or something like that"\\
'''Annabeth''': "You
that.''\\
'''Annabeth:''' You
drool when you sleep."



-->''"I have seen a beautiful Philistine girl in the next village. I will marry her''".

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-->''"I -->'''Samson:''' I have seen a beautiful Philistine girl in the next village. I will marry her''".her.



** Mab is one of the faerie queens, specifically of Winter, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She is pragmatic, merciless, bloodthirsty, and willing to make every underhanded deal you can imagine to get what she wants. If she ''doesn't'' get what she wants, she is a horrifying monster willing to calmly torture the offenders in ways they didn't think possible. At one point, she muses that the Romans were amateurs, and scoffs at the tortures they inflicted on [[{{Jesus}} the White Christ]]. A former minion of hers cries tears of joy when he finally gets his MercyKill. In ''Cold Days'', Mother Winter angrily describes her as a romantic.

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** Mab is one of the faerie queens, specifically of Winter, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She is pragmatic, merciless, bloodthirsty, and willing to make every underhanded deal you can imagine to get what she wants. If she ''doesn't'' get what she wants, she is a horrifying monster willing to calmly torture the offenders in ways they didn't think possible. At one point, she muses that the Romans were amateurs, and scoffs at the tortures they inflicted on [[{{Jesus}} the White Christ]]. A former minion of hers cries tears of joy when he finally gets his MercyKill. In ''Cold Days'', ''Literature/ColdDays'', Mother Winter angrily describes her as a romantic.



*** In the first book, one of his first scenes involves accepting a job as a PI then frantically rushing off to assist the cops, who he mocks in the process.

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*** In [[Literature/StormFront the first book, book]], one of his first scenes involves accepting a job as a PI then frantically rushing off to assist the cops, who he mocks in the process.



*** And finally, in ''Ghost Story'', we have our first chronological moment when Harry flashbacks to the night he escaped from his EvilMentor--who had tried to kill him--and had to fight a powerful Outsider. He initially tries to run away from the Outsider, until it kills an innocent bystander. Seeing this, Harry gets angry [[DarkAndTroubledPast as he never has before]], and fights back with his first true fire-based attack spell.

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*** And finally, in ''Ghost Story'', ''Literature/GhostStory'', we have our first chronological moment when Harry flashbacks to the night he escaped from his EvilMentor--who had tried to kill him--and had to fight a powerful Outsider. He initially tries to run away from the Outsider, until it kills an innocent bystander. Seeing this, Harry gets angry [[DarkAndTroubledPast as he never has before]], and fights back with his first true fire-based attack spell.



* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': The very first scene takes place in the Garden of Eden, and features Aziraphale, an angel, and Crawly, a fallen angel/demon in serpent form - in fact ''the'' serpent who convinced Eve to eat the apple. You would expect these moral enemies to be engaged in some epic battle, right? Nope, they're just hanging out together having a discussion about morality and ineffability while watching Adam and Eve leave the garden, setting up their FriendlyEnemy status later on.
** In addition, we learn that Crawly wasn't ''planning'' to get them kicked out of the garden, he was just told "Get up there and cause some trouble." so he did. And the first description we get of him is "An Angel who did not fall so much as saunter vaguely downwards." Even though he's a demon, he's more of a PunchClockVillain than an embodiment of evil.

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* ''Literature/GoodOmens'': ''Literature/GoodOmens'':
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The very first scene takes place in the Garden of Eden, and features Aziraphale, an angel, and Crawly, a fallen angel/demon in serpent form - in form--in fact ''the'' serpent who convinced Eve to eat the apple. You would expect these moral enemies to be engaged in some epic battle, right? Nope, they're just hanging out together having a discussion about morality and ineffability while watching Adam and Eve leave the garden, setting up their FriendlyEnemy status later on.
** In addition, we learn that Crawly wasn't ''planning'' to get them kicked out of the garden, he was just told "Get up there and cause some trouble." trouble," so he did. And the first description we get of him is "An Angel who did not fall so much as saunter vaguely downwards." Even though he's a demon, he's more of a PunchClockVillain than an embodiment of evil.



* ''Literature/TheWolfChronicles'' gives us Ruuqo and Kaala's moments in the opening scene. Ruuqo is culling the pups of a she-wolf who mated outside his pack, and Kaala is one of those pups. When Ruuqo moves to pick her up, Kaala realizes that "cringing and pleading had done my brother and sisters no good", and ''growls'' at Ruuqo, an alpha wolf at least three times her size. This foreshadows her [[HotBlooded courage]] and [[DoNotGoGentle unwillingness to back down even when fighting seems hopeless]].

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* ''Literature/TheWolfChronicles'' gives us Ruuqo and Kaala's moments in the opening scene. scene.
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Ruuqo is culling the pups of a she-wolf who mated outside his pack, and Kaala is one of those pups. When Ruuqo moves to pick her up, Kaala realizes that "cringing and pleading had done my brother and sisters no good", and ''growls'' at Ruuqo, an alpha wolf at least three times her size. This foreshadows her [[HotBlooded courage]] and [[DoNotGoGentle unwillingness to back down even when fighting seems hopeless]].



-->''He stood still, watching me for a long moment as I snarled with as much fury as I could summon.''
-->''"I'm sorry, littlewolf," he said softly, "but, you see, [[TheChainsOfCommanding I must do what's right for the pack]]. [[AntiVillain I must do my duty]]," and he bent his head and opened his jaws to crush me.''

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-->''He ---> He stood still, watching me for a long moment as I snarled with as much fury as I could summon.''
-->''"I'm
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"I'm
sorry, littlewolf," he said softly, "but, you see, [[TheChainsOfCommanding I must do what's right for the pack]]. [[AntiVillain I must do my duty]]," and he bent his head and opened his jaws to crush me.''
19th Jun '16 2:32:21 PM nombretomado
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** The VillainOpeningScene in ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'' sets up that Pellaeon is professional, dutiful, and feeling his age, while Grand Admiral Thrawn is alien, brilliant, and very much in charge.
** ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Specter of the Past]]'' opens with Pellaeon too, and shows us that in ten years, the traits he displayed at the start of TheThrawnTrilogy have magnified a hundredfold. Resignation to the inevitable has also been added. This can't be called a VillainOpeningScene, partly because few villains have such a sense of exhaustion, partly because the scene ends with him planning [[PeaceConference peace with the New Republic]].

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** The VillainOpeningScene in ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'' ''Literature/HeirToTheEmpire'' sets up that Pellaeon is professional, dutiful, and feeling his age, while Grand Admiral Thrawn is alien, brilliant, and very much in charge.
** ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Specter of the Past]]'' opens with Pellaeon too, and shows us that in ten years, the traits he displayed at the start of TheThrawnTrilogy Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy have magnified a hundredfold. Resignation to the inevitable has also been added. This can't be called a VillainOpeningScene, partly because few villains have such a sense of exhaustion, partly because the scene ends with him planning [[PeaceConference peace with the New Republic]].
12th May '16 4:18:56 PM Silverblade2
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** [[RoyalBrat Joffrey Baratheon]] gets his own when he's unpleasant to Robb after [[SoreLoser the latter beats him several times]] then requests for a duel with real swords.
7th May '16 4:15:46 PM nombretomado
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* GoodOmens: The very first scene takes place in the Garden of Eden, and features Aziraphale, an angel, and Crawly, a fallen angel/demon in serpent form - in fact ''the'' serpent who convinced Eve to eat the apple. You would expect these moral enemies to be engaged in some epic battle, right? Nope, they're just hanging out together having a discussion about morality and ineffability while watching Adam and Eve leave the garden, setting up their FriendlyEnemy status later on.

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* GoodOmens: ''Literature/GoodOmens'': The very first scene takes place in the Garden of Eden, and features Aziraphale, an angel, and Crawly, a fallen angel/demon in serpent form - in fact ''the'' serpent who convinced Eve to eat the apple. You would expect these moral enemies to be engaged in some epic battle, right? Nope, they're just hanging out together having a discussion about morality and ineffability while watching Adam and Eve leave the garden, setting up their FriendlyEnemy status later on.
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