History EstablishingCharacterMoment / Literature

17th Apr '17 4:15:32 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheSorcererOfTheWildeeps'':
** Captain's introduction to the story consists of him conducting a training session for the entire band of brothers despite the sweltering heat and in sight of an oasis. Demane muses on how Captain is perpetually tireless, always ready to reward seeming laziness with training, but also how he actually does this to the brothers to enable them to better protect themselves in case of an attack.
** Faedou is introduced as being unable to take part in the training because he refuses to let Demane treat his injured, already infected leg. He trusts in God to save his life and calls Demane's skills witchcraft, establishing him as the old superstitious gossip slinger of the band.
** Cumalo does not even blink when Demane asks him to guard his pack while he's off training. Everyone else in the band is scared of Demane's witchered equipment, but Cumalo's laissez-faire attitude is beyong that.
3rd Mar '17 2:06:22 PM Rhodes7
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* In the superhero novel series ''Literature/TheInfected'' there are seven POV characters, and each gets one in the first scene of their respective books, whether or not they were already familiar figures.
** We meet Brian (who has the power to take the place of people about to die) fighting two serial killers, one of whom has superpowers. He is totally outmatched, unskilled in combat, and still [[TheDeterminator utterly determined to fight]] to the last breath, because an innocent life is on the line.
** Denis, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold about to embark on a RedemptionQuest opens his book sitting in a cell, snarking at the walls, but also reflecting on how his own poor decisions led him there.
** Marcia, the paranoid ex-spy, begins with a clandestine meeting in the woods to take a secret phone call, and thinking about all the ways this could be a trap.
** Penny, invisible team sociopath, starts her novel by assassinating a public figure without a trace of regret.
** Tobin, TheGrotesque, breaks the rule a bit by starting singing on a stage, as part of a PR event. His defining moment still comes in the first chapter, where he insists on leaving the tour bus and go into a convenience store himself, despite the real risks of a TorchesAndPitchforks mob.
** Bridget, to this point a hyperactive, gregarious and easily distracted LittleMissBadass, opens her book by taking on a difficult mission, and treating it as SeriousBusiness despite the many distractions along the way.
9th Feb '17 8:53:49 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'':
** Safi's first scene her her trying to rob a carriage, because she's betted all of her and Iseult's money on a card game and lost it because her opponent was dreamy.
** Merik's story opens with him barely able to stand a formal dinner before a RantInducingSlight sends him flying into fury and leaving the venture.
** Safi, Iseult and Merik all react to a man turning into a homicidal monster not by running away, but by running towards him to help.
28th Jan '17 8:27:49 AM JohnPrestwick
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** The second scene of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' introduces us to Susan Sto Helit, when her headmistress informs her that her parents have died. The headmistress then prompts her that maybe she'd like to cry or something, and Susan responds "[[EmotionlessGirl Would that help?]]" This leads into to another interview with Miss Butts, which establishes her [[PsychicPowers psychic invisibility]], and tendency to use this to avoid anything she doesn't want to do. (Which, in turn, tells us that she likes [[TheSpock Logic and Maths]], but not Language and History, because those are the classes she's visible for.)
** Tiffany Aching gets her in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' inside Miss Tick's tent. After being informed that the Queen of Elves is planning to invade the Chalk, Tiffany immediately asks "Can I stop it?", whereas most nine-year-olds would say "Can anyone stop it?" or "Can we stop it?". Miss Tick is very observant of this.
** We first meet Lord Vetinari in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''. While talking to Rincewind, he makes it quite clear that not only does he know about the wizzard's attempt to duck out of the guide job Twoflower hired him for, he also makes it clear that if something ''does'' happen to Twoflower and the Agatean Empire's armies attack Ankh-Morpork because of said something, he will make sure Rincewind is the first thing their navy ships meet. Though it doesn't demonstrate the levels of excellence he shows in later novels, our first encounter with the Partician shows us he's not a man to cross, but he does care about his city.

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** The second scene of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' introduces us to Susan Sto Helit, when her headmistress informs her that her parents have died. The headmistress then prompts her that maybe she'd like to cry or something, and Susan responds "[[EmotionlessGirl Would that help?]]" This leads into to another interview with Miss Butts, which establishes her [[PsychicPowers psychic invisibility]], and tendency to use this to avoid anything she doesn't want to do. (Which, in turn, tells us that she likes [[TheSpock Logic and Maths]], but not Language and History, because those are the classes she's visible for.)
** Tiffany Aching gets her in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' inside Miss Tick's tent. After being informed that the Queen of Elves is planning to invade the Chalk, Tiffany immediately asks "Can I stop it?", whereas most nine-year-olds would say "Can anyone stop it?" or "Can we stop it?". Miss Tick is very observant of this.
** We first meet Lord Vetinari in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''. He's then unnamed and described rather differently, although [[WordOfGod Pterry confirms it's supposed to be the same person]]. While talking to Rincewind, he makes it quite clear that not only does he know about the wizzard's attempt to duck out of the guide job Twoflower hired him for, he also makes it clear that if something ''does'' happen to Twoflower and the Agatean Empire's armies attack Ankh-Morpork because of said something, he will make sure Rincewind is the first thing their navy ships meet. Though it doesn't demonstrate the levels of excellence he shows in later novels, our first encounter with the Partician shows us he's not a man to cross, but he does care about his city.city.
*** The more familiar characterisation of Vetinari first appears in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', who makes his world view known towards the end:
--->'''Vetinari:''' A person like you thinks that there are good men and bad men... There are, always and only, bad men - but some of them are on different sides.


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** Also in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', Sam Vimes's rant to [[spoiler:Lupine Wonse]] about the collapse of the rule of law in the city after the dragon took over.
** The second scene of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' introduces us to Susan Sto Helit, when her headmistress informs her that her parents have died. The headmistress then prompts her that maybe she'd like to cry or something, and Susan responds "[[EmotionlessGirl Would that help?]]" This leads into to another interview with Miss Butts, which establishes her [[PsychicPowers psychic invisibility]], and tendency to use this to avoid anything she doesn't want to do. (Which, in turn, tells us that she likes [[TheSpock Logic and Maths]], but not Language and History, because those are the classes she's visible for.)
** Tiffany Aching gets her in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' inside Miss Tick's tent. After being informed that the Queen of Elves is planning to invade the Chalk, Tiffany immediately asks "Can I stop it?", whereas most nine-year-olds would say "Can anyone stop it?" or "Can we stop it?". Miss Tick is very observant of this.
26th Jan '17 6:36:00 AM Argon2
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** Rhett's skepticism when it comes to the South winning the war.

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** Rhett's Rhett openly expressing skepticism when it comes to that the South winning will win the war.


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* In ''[[LiveActionTV/VeronicaMars The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line]]'', Veronica cracks a joke about her father's recovery from a car accident...and, mere minutes later, is blinking away tears of relief.
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.
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