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7th Mar '17 10:46:49 AM mhnospa
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* ''[[Series/Lucifer2016 Lucifer Morningstar]] only needs a couple of seconds to show the audience what sort of character he is. Lucifer gets pulled over for speeding, he's asked for his license and registration, so he pulls out a wad of bills and starts counting them.
-->'''Cop:''' Are you trying to ''bribe'' me, sir?\\
'''Lucifer:''' [[BluntYes Yes, of course]]. ''[continues counting]''
31st Jan '17 2:47:11 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'': ADA Rafael Barba's introductory episode culminates with Barba goading a defendant into ''strangling him with a belt'' from the witness stand -- in front of the judge, jury, and courtroom gallery. He wins the case. (Unsurprisingly, the actor, Raul Esparza, was [[BreakoutCharacter promoted to series regular]] at the beginning of the next season, and becomes the first ADA since Novak to stick around for more than a year.)

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'': ADA Rafael Barba's introductory episode culminates with Barba goading a defendant into ''strangling him with a belt'' from the witness stand -- in front of the judge, jury, and courtroom gallery. He wins the case. (Unsurprisingly, the actor, Raul Esparza, was [[BreakoutCharacter promoted to series regular]] at the beginning of the next season, season and becomes became the first ADA since Novak to stick around stay for more than a year.)
31st Jan '17 2:46:13 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'': ADA Rafael Barba's introductory episode culminates with Barba goading a defendant into ''strangling him with a belt'' from the witness stand -- in front of the judge, jury, and courtroom gallery. He wins the case. (Unsurprisingly, the actor, Raul Esparza, was [[BreakoutCharacter promoted to series regular]] at the beginning of the next season, and becomes the first ADA since Novak to stick around for more than a year.)
19th Jan '17 8:28:52 PM Fourze99
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* Series/KamenRiderExAid: First time we meet Taiga Hanaya, he merely witnesses the protagonist's fight and makes a little finger gun gesture. So, basically nothing. Second time, we see him [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney use enormous wads of cash to get a piece of extremely dangerous technology.]] Okay, still not much. Third time? He's approaching a kid who he's just been told is scared of doctors in his labcoat, and the kid's also infected with a disease that generates dangerous monsters as he grows more stressed. Once the monster's separated from the kid, he does absolutely jack to help him with his phobia, even when it's generating more monsters. By now, [[NominalHero it's clear he's doing this because wants to play the game,]] [[ItsAllAboutMe and he doesn't care about anyone else.]]
13th Jan '17 2:20:57 PM gb00393
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* Having a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters fairly extensive cast]], it is a requirement in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' to have the characters being quickly and firmly established in their first scene or episode. Some of the most memorable moments are :
** For [[TheBrute Ser Gregor Clegane]], beheading his horse after losing a joust, and then trying to murder his opponent, ''in front of the king''.
** For [[ThePatriarch Lord Tywin Lannister]], calmly skinning a [[RuleOfSymbolism stag]] while explaining to his elder son Jaime what family means.

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* Having a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters fairly extensive cast]], it is a requirement in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' to have the characters being quickly and firmly established in their first scene or episode. Some of the most memorable moments are :
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** For [[TheBrute Ser Gregor Clegane]], beheading his horse after losing a joust, and then trying to murder his opponent, ''in front of the king''.
king''. When he is re-introduced in "Mockingbird" he is using lowborn prisoners as practice dummies.
** For [[ThePatriarch Lord Tywin Lannister]], calmly skinning a [[RuleOfSymbolism stag]] while explaining to his elder son Jaime what family means.means and telling him to DoWrongRight. He also makes it clear that his goal of empowering House Lannister won't be hampered by honour or morality.



** For [[HonorBeforeReason Lord Eddard Stark]] it's beheading a deserter and then explaining to his son Bran that by their people's customs the man who passes the sentence should be the one to carry out the sentence.
** Tyrion indulging in the Winterfell brothel, having headed straight there instead of greeting everyone else. Then when he finally shows up to the feast, it's immediately clear that his nephew and niece [[CoolUncle adore him]], showing the audience that despite being a Lannister, he's one of the [[TokenGoodTeammate good guys]].
** Arya sneaking out of needlework, stealing a bow and landing a perfect bullseye that her brother Bran had repeatedly failed to hit, from ''[[LittleMissBadass further away]]''.
** We meet Oberyn Martell in a brothel, selecting a female prostitute who appeals to both him ''and'' his girlfriend, then selecting a ''male'' prostitute on [[BiTheWay the same criteria]]. Moments later he's distracted by two Lannister soldiers, one of whom he then stabs in the wrist for having annoyed him and being a Lannister soldier.

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** For [[HonorBeforeReason Lord Eddard Stark]] it's grimly beheading a deserter while his sons watch and then explaining to his son Bran that by their people's customs the man who passes the sentence should be the one to carry out the sentence.
sentence. This scene tells you all you need to know about his values of strength, duty, honor, and justice.
** Tyrion indulging in the Winterfell brothel, having headed straight there instead of greeting everyone else.else, where his conversation with Ros cements him as a witty and affable dwarf. Then when he finally shows up to the feast, it's immediately clear that his nephew and niece [[CoolUncle adore him]], showing the audience that despite being a Lannister, he's one of the [[TokenGoodTeammate good guys]].
** Arya sneaking out of needlework, where she is deathly bored, stealing a bow and landing a perfect bullseye that her brother Bran had repeatedly failed to hit, from ''[[LittleMissBadass further away]]''.
** We meet Oberyn Martell in a brothel, selecting a female prostitute who appeals to both him ''and'' his girlfriend, then selecting a ''male'' prostitute on [[BiTheWay the same criteria]]. Moments later he's distracted by two Lannister soldiers, soldiers singing a pro-Lannister song, one of whom he then stabs in the wrist for having annoyed him and being a Lannister soldier. His intelligence, Dornish sexuality, hatred of Lannisters, and violent unpredictability are all established immediately.


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** After riding into Winterfell like a stern, proud king, Robert Baratheon immediately shows his boisterous, jovial nature and brotherly affection for Ned in three words and a laugh: "''You got fat''." Their time together in the crypts cements the first impression.
** Jon's conversations with Tyrion and his Uncle Benjen establish him being slightly resentful of his illegitimate status but as an aspiring warrior with dreams of joining the Night's Watch for the sake of honor and duty and to become a ranger like his uncle. In an earlier scene, his love for his family is also shown in his willingness to discount himself so each of his siblings can have a direwolf pup (but, being part of the family, Jon ultimately finds his own pup too - an albino pup).
** Daenerys is introduced as a timid maiden without even the courage to resist to her brother's fondling, yet also shows her intelligence by recognizing that their host must want something from them, even though he hasn't asked.
** Viserys is introduced feeling up his little sister and forcing her into an ArrangedMarriage in exchange for an army, even saying he would let all 40,000 of Khal Drogo's Dothraki and their horses fuck her if it won him the Iron Throne.
** Littlefinger gives an InfoDump on his background and ''raison d'etre'' framed as a speech to his whores about making their customers forget their true nature.
** Lysa Arryn breastfeeding her much-too-old son Robin establishes her as quite mad and overbearing and Robin as developmentally stunted.
** Balon chastising Theon for wearing a gold necklace he bought with money establishes their cultural alienation and that Balon suffers from the ironborn version of HonorBeforeReason: he would rather ''take'' land and riches than let someone give it to him.
** Roose Bolton is introduced reporting battle casualties and recommending the torturous interrogation of prisoners in a dispassionate, clinical tone.
** Brienne of Tarth is introduced winning a tourney melee comprised of the best warriors in Renly's army, including the renowned tourney knight Ser Loras Tyrell. Then she takes off her helmet.
** Hoster Tully's funeral provides two. Edmure tries his best to light his father's boat pyre with a fire arrow, but fails repeatedly until his uncle Brynden "Blackfish" shoves him out of the way and dismissively hits the target with ease (not even bothering to watch it to confirm he scored a hit), establishing Edmure as well-meaning but somewhat incompetent and the Blackfish as a badass OldSoldier.
** Styr and the other Thenns are established as ObviouslyEvil by their shaven heads, ritual scars, and eating habits.
10th Jan '17 10:29:27 PM TimeLordVictorious
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**** His "rotation of the Earth" speech also counts.
21st Dec '16 5:41:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', a criminal had a cop hostage, demanding his pills. Jim Gordon distracted him with a bottle of aspirin before taking him out with the hostage out of harm's way and then tried to stop the other cops from unnecessarily beating the unarmed criminal.

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* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', a ''Series/{{Gotham}}'':
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criminal had a cop hostage, demanding his pills. Jim Gordon distracted him with a bottle of aspirin before taking him out with the hostage out of harm's way and then tried to stop the other cops from unnecessarily beating the unarmed criminal.
21st Dec '16 5:40:58 AM Morgenthaler
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** In the film, ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', the Operative's first scene is him killing the doctor who let Simon and River escape, citing the Roman practice of having generals fall on their sword. Using a PressurePoint technique, he gives the doctor a little help, and comforts him as he dies. And when the doc's assistant starts to run for help, he stops her with a word and asks for help getting some more records. We know he's dangerous, practical, and has an odd sense of honor. TheOner which follows introduces the uninitiated to Serenity's crew in a similar fashion.
21st Dec '16 5:40:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* At the end of the first aired episode of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', Mal [[spoiler:kicks TheDragon (already defeated) into the ship's engine rather than bother arguing when he swears revenge on him]].

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
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At the end of the first aired episode of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', episode, Mal [[spoiler:kicks TheDragon (already defeated) into the ship's engine rather than bother arguing when he swears revenge on him]].



* Series/{{House}} manages to have a few of these in the pilot, showing off his assholishness ("Brain tumor, she's gonna die, boring"), his pride ("Patients don't want a sick doctor") and his need to butt into other people's lives. But what really stands out for most people is this little bit of conversation:

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* Series/{{House}} ''Series/{{House}}'':
** Dr. House
manages to have a few of these in the pilot, showing off his assholishness ("Brain tumor, she's gonna die, boring"), his pride ("Patients don't want a sick doctor") and his need to butt into other people's lives. But what really stands out for most people is this little bit of conversation:



* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' is full of all kinds of CharacterDevelopment, but the opening scene with main character [[TheStoic Lucius]] [[HonorBeforeReason Vorenus]] is fairly defining of his character. He suggests, under duress, that the best way to find a thief among the conquered tribes would be to crucify members of each clan one by one until they talk. He shows no pleasure at this, even slightly pained by their screams, but still does it, but when one gives him the information, he orders all of them to be taken down (while lamenting his own situation - pretty rich for a guy at the foot of a currently occupied cross). This sets up the [[ValuesDissonance moral overtones]] of most of the series, and shows how honorbound Vorenus is.

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* ''Series/{{Rome}}'' ''Series/{{Rome}}'':
** The show
is full of all kinds of CharacterDevelopment, but the opening scene with main character [[TheStoic Lucius]] [[HonorBeforeReason Vorenus]] is fairly defining of his character. He suggests, under duress, that the best way to find a thief among the conquered tribes would be to crucify members of each clan one by one until they talk. He shows no pleasure at this, even slightly pained by their screams, but still does it, but when one gives him the information, he orders all of them to be taken down (while lamenting his own situation - pretty rich for a guy at the foot of a currently occupied cross). This sets up the [[ValuesDissonance moral overtones]] of most of the series, and shows how honorbound Vorenus is.



* Rachel Menken's two scenes in the pilot episode of ''Series/MadMen'' establish her character wonderfully. But if you have to pick just one moment, it would have to be when she puts out her cigarette in the cocktail shrimp.

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Rachel Menken's two scenes in the pilot episode of ''Series/MadMen'' establish her character wonderfully. But if you have to pick just one moment, it would have to be when she puts out her cigarette in the cocktail shrimp.



* ''Series/TheWestWing'' has President Bartlet enter a meeting with Religious Right representatives quoting, "I am the Lord your god; thou shalt worship no other god before me!" He then blows right through the demands they were making of his staff (they were wanting compensation for being publicly insulted by Josh), relays a story of an implied death threat being sent to his 12-year-old granddaughter by an extremist Christian group, and then demands that they publicly denounce said group -- "...and until you do, you can all get your fat asses out of my White House. CJ, show these people out." Not only was it an EstablishingCharacterMoment, it ''made'' the character; before then, the plan was to focus mainly on the White House staff with the president only appearing about four times a season, but Martin Sheen turned in such an impressive performance that they made Bartlet a regular.

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* ''Series/TheWestWing'' has ''Series/TheWestWing'':
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President Bartlet enter enters a meeting with Religious Right representatives quoting, "I am the Lord your god; thou shalt worship no other god before me!" He then blows right through the demands they were making of his staff (they were wanting compensation for being publicly insulted by Josh), relays a story of an implied death threat being sent to his 12-year-old granddaughter by an extremist Christian group, and then demands that they publicly denounce said group -- "...and until you do, you can all get your fat asses out of my White House. CJ, show these people out." Not only was it an EstablishingCharacterMoment, it ''made'' the character; before then, the plan was to focus mainly on the White House staff with the president only appearing about four times a season, but Martin Sheen turned in such an impressive performance that they made Bartlet a regular.



* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' pilot episode "Extreme Aggressor" gives us a few ECM's. Gideon has two, first when he has a bit of SensoryOverload and completes the profile hours before anyone else, and second, when he takes on the Footpath Killer completely unarmed. Morgan's is his flirting with the FBI trainees. Reid's is his rattling off of his eidetic memory, IQ level, and the fact that he can read 20,000 words a minute and concluding with a deadpan "yes, I'm a genius". Hotch's is when he confesses to Gideon that the reason he keeps shooting down Haley's choices for baby names is because they're all first names of well-known serial killers. Elle's is her startling transformation from InnocentBystander to ActionGirl when she gets the [=UnSub=] to walk into a house with her, then cuffs him before he can flee. Garcia's is her phone banter with Morgan:

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
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pilot episode "Extreme Aggressor" gives us a few ECM's. Gideon has two, first when he has a bit of SensoryOverload and completes the profile hours before anyone else, and second, when he takes on the Footpath Killer completely unarmed. Morgan's is his flirting with the FBI trainees. Reid's is his rattling off of his eidetic memory, IQ level, and the fact that he can read 20,000 words a minute and concluding with a deadpan "yes, I'm a genius". Hotch's is when he confesses to Gideon that the reason he keeps shooting down Haley's choices for baby names is because they're all first names of well-known serial killers. Elle's is her startling transformation from InnocentBystander to ActionGirl when she gets the [=UnSub=] to walk into a house with her, then cuffs him before he can flee. Garcia's is her phone banter with Morgan:



* In the first episode of ''Series/TheWire'', narcotics cop Shakima "Kima" Greggs is part of an operation to arrest some drug dealers in possession. Which they do. Carver pulls a pistol out of the car, when Kima casually walks to the car and pulls out a shotgun. "Two guns."

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In the first episode of ''Series/TheWire'', episode, narcotics cop Shakima "Kima" Greggs is part of an operation to arrest some drug dealers in possession. Which they do. Carver pulls a pistol out of the car, when Kima casually walks to the car and pulls out a shotgun. "Two guns."



* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the first thing we see of Kira Nerys is her shouting match with a member of the provisional government. Although her character [[DefrostingIceQueen softens]] over the course of the series--and we find out [[DarkAndTroubledPast why she is]] the [[BrokenBird way she is]]--she never loses that [[HotBlooded fire]]. Or, for that matter, her contempt for most of the provisional government.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
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first thing we see of Kira Nerys is her shouting match with a member of the provisional government. Although her character [[DefrostingIceQueen softens]] over the course of the series--and we find out [[DarkAndTroubledPast why she is]] the [[BrokenBird way she is]]--she never loses that [[HotBlooded fire]]. Or, for that matter, her contempt for most of the provisional government.



* Guinevere's introduction in the BBC series ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was particularly sweet and understated. While Merlin is put in the stocks for assaulting [[JerkAss Arthur]], she introduces herself and playfully banters with him but assures him that what he did was heroic. Especially lovely is the fact that she dismisses Arthur as "a bully" and later says to Merlin (about Morgana): "Some people are just born to be queen! Not that I'd want to ''be'' her. I mean, [[ForegoneConclusion who'd want to marry Arthur]]?" Oh delicious irony.

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* The BBC series ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'':
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Guinevere's introduction in the BBC series ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was particularly sweet and understated. While Merlin is put in the stocks for assaulting [[JerkAss Arthur]], she introduces herself and playfully banters with him but assures him that what he did was heroic. Especially lovely is the fact that she dismisses Arthur as "a bully" and later says to Merlin (about Morgana): "Some people are just born to be queen! Not that I'd want to ''be'' her. I mean, [[ForegoneConclusion who'd want to marry Arthur]]?" Oh delicious irony.



* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is at a party where he is signing the breasts of an attractive woman. His teenage daughter and his mother are both present: doing her homework and scouting for singles, respectively. As Castle mentions his boredom of the celebrity life to his daughter, someone taps on his shoulder. He turns around, and immediately likes what he sees. He asks her where she'd like ''her'' signature...and Beckett flashes her badge and drags him down to the precinct. Thus begins a beautiful partnership.

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' ''Series/{{Castle}}'':
** Castle
is at a party where he is signing the breasts of an attractive woman. His teenage daughter and his mother are both present: doing her homework and scouting for singles, respectively. As Castle mentions his boredom of the celebrity life to his daughter, someone taps on his shoulder. He turns around, and immediately likes what he sees. He asks her where she'd like ''her'' signature...and Beckett flashes her badge and drags him down to the precinct. Thus begins a beautiful partnership.



* Series/{{Angel}} tries to chat up a girl he believes is in danger but fails showing his sexy, brooding isn't gonna work on city girls.

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* Series/{{Angel}} ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Angel
tries to chat up a girl he believes is in danger but fails showing his sexy, brooding isn't gonna work on city girls.



* The first episode of ''Series/{{Life}}'' begins with a series of clips talking about how Detective Charlie Crews was imprisoned for murdering his best friend and said friend's family after the friend was skimming money from the bar they owned together. After serving twelve years and being treated horrifically for being a cop in jail, he was released, sued the police department and got his job back (along with millions of dollars). Then we see Charlie in action: he spends several seconds staring at the sun, looks at the crime scene, ignores his partner and finally asks if anyone talked to the victim's dog. For a few seconds, it looks like he'll stab the dog (who got shot) and then he digs into the dirt, revealing that the dog bit off the man's finger. Crews in a nutshell: eccentric, headstrong, intuitive and generally refuses to follow anyone else's path but his own.

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* ''Series/{{Life}}'':
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The first episode of ''Series/{{Life}}'' begins with a series of clips talking about how Detective Charlie Crews was imprisoned for murdering his best friend and said friend's family after the friend was skimming money from the bar they owned together. After serving twelve years and being treated horrifically for being a cop in jail, he was released, sued the police department and got his job back (along with millions of dollars). Then we see Charlie in action: he spends several seconds staring at the sun, looks at the crime scene, ignores his partner and finally asks if anyone talked to the victim's dog. For a few seconds, it looks like he'll stab the dog (who got shot) and then he digs into the dirt, revealing that the dog bit off the man's finger. Crews in a nutshell: eccentric, headstrong, intuitive and generally refuses to follow anyone else's path but his own.



* The first dialogue from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' showed Monica as a hopeless dater, Chandler as a DeadpanSnarker, Phoebe as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and Joey's blunt views on relationships.

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The first dialogue from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' showed Monica as a hopeless dater, Chandler as a DeadpanSnarker, Phoebe as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and Joey's blunt views on relationships.



* Captain Ron Speirs on ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' has a very memorable first scene, wherein he offers cigarettes to a group of German [=POVs=] and then [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene promptly guns them all down]]. This cements his reputation as a BloodKnight, in-universe as well.

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* ''Series/BandOfBrothers'':
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Captain Ron Speirs on ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' has a very memorable first scene, wherein he offers cigarettes to a group of German [=POVs=] and then [[ObligatoryWarCrimeScene promptly guns them all down]]. This cements his reputation as a BloodKnight, in-universe as well.



* Mike Nelson's moment in his first episode as "host" of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is when he makes Dr. Forrester wait in ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E13TheBrainThatWouldntDie The Brain That Wouldn't Die]]'' to show that he would be much more belligerent towards the Mads and wouldn't take being imprisoned lying down, unlike Joel, who never showed any ill-will towards them.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
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Mike Nelson's moment in his first episode as "host" of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is when he makes Dr. Forrester wait in ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E13TheBrainThatWouldntDie The Brain That Wouldn't Die]]'' to show that he would be much more belligerent towards the Mads and wouldn't take being imprisoned lying down, unlike Joel, who never showed any ill-will towards them.



* The very first scene of ''Series/BreakingBad'' is of Walter White recording a video confession to his family when he thinks that he's about to be busted for cooking meth. Though seemingly innocuous on first watch, Walt's argument in his own defense--that he only had the best intentions, and wanted to provide for his family--gives valuable insight into how he rationalizes his criminal acts; [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain the series that follows]] is essentially one long dismantling of that claim, as we gradually find out that it's not nearly as true as Walt wants it to be.
** As several people have pointed out, [[ExactWords the specific phrasing of Walt's claim]] ("I only had you in my heart!") is particularly telling, as it can be understood both as "I only wanted to help you!" and "I don't care what happens to anyone but you!"

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* The very first scene of ''Series/BreakingBad'' is of Walter White recording a video confession to his family when he thinks that he's about to be busted for cooking meth. Though seemingly innocuous on first watch, Walt's argument in his own defense--that he only had the best intentions, and wanted to provide for his family--gives valuable insight into how he rationalizes his criminal acts; [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain the series that follows]] is essentially one long dismantling of that claim, as we gradually find out that it's not nearly as true as Walt wants it to be. \n** As several people have pointed out, [[ExactWords the specific phrasing of Walt's claim]] ("I only had you in my heart!") is particularly telling, as it can be understood both as "I only wanted to help you!" and "I don't care what happens to anyone but you!"



* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': John Druitt aka Jack the Ripper aka Helen Magnus' ex-fiancé is first seen as murdering a prostitute (very subtle, show, ''very subtle'') after which he longingly looks at an old photo of Helen. Cue the crazy, romantic serial killer.

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* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'':
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John Druitt aka Jack the Ripper aka Helen Magnus' ex-fiancé is first seen as murdering a prostitute (very subtle, show, ''very subtle'') after which he longingly looks at an old photo of Helen. Cue the crazy, romantic serial killer.
21st Dec '16 2:47:23 AM Morgenthaler
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** Teal'c had a good ECM in ''Series/StargateSG1'' as the leader of a Jaffa raiding party into what turned out to be a nearly deserted top-secret storage facility. His men mop the floor with the guards, abduct one and leave. Teal'c is clearly a particularly BadAss ProudWarriorRaceGuy... but as you can tell from his facial expressions throughout this scene, he's really not happy about this. He gets another one in the second part, when he finally performs his HeelFaceTurn to help them escape.

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** Teal'c had a good ECM in ''Series/StargateSG1'' as the leader of a Jaffa raiding party into what turned out to be a nearly deserted top-secret storage facility. His men mop the floor with the guards, abduct one and leave. Teal'c is clearly a particularly BadAss badass ProudWarriorRaceGuy... but as you can tell from his facial expressions throughout this scene, he's really not happy about this. He gets another one in the second part, when he finally performs his HeelFaceTurn to help them escape.
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