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7th May '17 11:33:20 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Film/LethalWeapon'' gives Riggs one where he leads a cocaine bust.
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* Creator/SimonRGreen starts off many of his novels like this, particularly in his {{Nightside}} and Hawk & Fisher series.

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* Creator/SimonRGreen starts off many of his novels like this, particularly in his {{Nightside}} {{Literature/Nightside}} and Hawk & Fisher series.
10th Dec '16 9:29:35 PM Lloigor
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* Film/{{Batman}} (1989) had one too, after the opening credits. It introduced the audience to Batman in action, as he attacked two small-time muggers on the rooftops.

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* Film/{{Batman}} ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989) had one too, after the opening credits. It introduced the audience to Batman in action, as he attacked two small-time muggers on the rooftops.



* The opening sequence on the planet Nibiru in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness', which drops the viewer right in the middle of a scene in which Kirk and Bones are ChasedByAngryNatives.

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* The opening sequence on the planet Nibiru in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness', ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', which drops the viewer right in the middle of a scene in which Kirk and Bones are ChasedByAngryNatives.
10th Dec '16 7:24:30 AM rafi
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* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'', who occasionally opens stealing a priceless artifact and getting away, leaving her "victim" to cry out without thinking about how hard ''he'' worked to steal it in the first place and being heard by her detective pursuers.

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* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'', who occasionally opens stealing a priceless artifact Both seasons of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' devote their first episodes to series protagonists Misaka Mikoto and getting away, leaving Shirai Kuroko apprehending and beating up rogue espers or terrorists in showcases of their [[ShockAndAwe respective]] [[TeleportersAndTransporters powers]]. Conversely, the main series ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' subverts this trope by starting off with its protagonist, [[UnluckyEverydude Kamijou Touma]], running away from pursuing thugs after a misguided attempt to keep them from harming Misaka [[spoiler:(actually, to keep her "victim" to cry out without thinking about how hard ''he'' worked to steal it from harming '''them''')]].
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' kicks off with Rosette and Chrono doing an exorcism job
in a haunted ship... So the audience understands that in this 'verse "exorcism" involves less use of holy symbols and more use of [[MoreDakka guns]].
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is like this:
the first place and being heard by chapters/episodes depict Clare going about the usual yoma-slaying business (until her detective pursuers.first [[spoiler:almost-Awakening]]).



* ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' kicks off with Rosette and Chrono doing an exorcism job in a haunted ship... So the audience understands that in this 'verse "exorcism" involves less use of holy symbols and more use of [[MoreDakka guns]].
* The opening chapters/first few episodes of ''Manga/SoulEater'' have the main casts carrying out a typical mission in both the ColdOpening and the episode (Soul and Maka succeed at gaining a soul, Black Star and Tsubaki fail due to BS' egomania and Kid fails because of his SuperOCD, then in the episode Maka and Soul fail because they succeed, BS and Tsubaki fail because Black☆Star's really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and Kid succeeds despite his OCD but does so much collateral damage he has to give the souls up).
** Although this is because the artist was hired to do a couple one-shot stories, which eventually took off and became the series proper.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is like this: the first chapters/episodes depict Clare going about the usual yoma-slaying business (until her first [[spoiler:almost-Awakening]]).
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' opens with the Elric brothers on a normal mission, where they explain the principles of alchemy, before the BackStory is explained and the prime plot kicks in. [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist The first anime]] adapts this as the first two episodes. ''Brotherhood'', instead, adapts it in the third, after some other events; but then, ''its'' first episode, an original story, fills this same purpose.
* ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' spends the first episodes expositioning the series' world, such as the structure of the Empire and the position of gunslingers in it.
* The first couple of episodes of ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' don't do anything for the story except introduce some of the main characters and establishing the conflict between TheChurch and the vampires.



* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', which is a show about comic book-styled superheroes, opens with the entire main cast having turns at trying to catch a group of escaping bank robbers.
* ''Anime/SummerWars'' has, in Kenjis long voyage with Natsuki at the beginning of the film, several scenes with King Kazam kicking all kinds of ass as a then background event or action opener that turns out to have shown off how capable the user of King Kazma is when we find out who he is, making this some kind of Batman Cold Open.

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* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', which is The very first chapter of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' opens this way, the first hint of any on going plot being a show about comic book-styled superheroes, {{call back}} to ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' before the reader learns any events relevant to the current series.
%%* ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
opens with the entire main cast having turns at trying to catch Elric brothers on a group normal mission, where they explain the principles of escaping bank robbers.
* ''Anime/SummerWars'' has,
alchemy, before the BackStory is explained and the prime plot kicks in. [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist The first anime]] adapts this as the first two episodes. ''Brotherhood'', instead, adapts it in Kenjis long voyage the third, after some other events; but then, ''its'' first episode, an original story, fills this same purpose.
* The first ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' film as well as the first episode of [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex the series]] begin
with Natsuki at the beginning of the film, several scenes with King Kazam kicking all kinds of ass as a then background event or action opener that turns out to have shown off how capable the user of King Kazma is when we find out who he is, making this some kind of two Batman Cold Open.Open, the first shows the Major arresting a random bomber, the second is the whole Section 9 rescuing a bunch of officials taken hostages by robots, although in the series this last event is related to the plot of the first episode it is still essentially just to show how badass Section 9 is.
* ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' spends the first episodes expositioning the series' world, such as the structure of the Empire and the position of gunslingers in it.



* The first ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' film as well as the first episode of [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex the series]] begin with two Batman Cold Open, the first shows the Major arresting a random bomber, the second is the whole Section 9 rescuing a bunch of officials taken hostages by robots, although in the series this last event is related to the plot of the first episode it is still essentially just to show how badass Section 9 is.
* Both seasons of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' devote their first episodes to series protagonists Misaka Mikoto and Shirai Kuroko apprehending and beating up rogue espers or terrorists in showcases of their [[ShockAndAwe respective]] [[TeleportersAndTransporters powers]]. Conversely, the main series ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' subverts this trope by starting off with its protagonist, [[UnluckyEverydude Kamijou Touma]], running away from pursuing thugs after a misguided attempt to keep them from harming Misaka [[spoiler:(actually, to keep her from harming '''them''')]].
* The very first chapter of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' opens this way, the first hint of any on going plot being a {{call back}} to ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' before the reader learns any events relevant to the current series.

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* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'', who occasionally opens stealing a priceless artifact and getting away, leaving her "victim" to cry out without thinking about how hard ''he'' worked to steal it in the first place and being heard by her detective pursuers.
* The opening chapters/first few episodes of ''Manga/SoulEater'' have the main casts carrying out a typical mission in both the ColdOpening and the episode (Soul and Maka succeed at gaining a soul, Black Star and Tsubaki fail due to BS' egomania and Kid fails because of his SuperOCD, then in the episode Maka and Soul fail because they succeed, BS and Tsubaki fail because Black☆Star's really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and Kid succeeds despite his OCD but does so much collateral damage he has to give the souls up).
** Although this is because the artist was hired to do a couple one-shot stories, which eventually took off and became the series proper.
* ''Anime/SummerWars'' has, in Kenjis long voyage with Natsuki at the beginning of the film, several scenes with King Kazam kicking all kinds of ass as a then background event or action opener that turns out to have shown off how capable the user of King Kazma is when we find out who he is, making this some kind of Batman Cold Open.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', which is a show about comic book-styled superheroes, opens with the entire main cast having turns at trying to catch a group of escaping bank robbers.
* The first ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' film as well as the first episode couple of [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex the series]] begin with two Batman Cold Open, the first shows the Major arresting a random bomber, the second is the whole Section 9 rescuing a bunch of officials taken hostages by robots, although in the series this last event is related to the plot of the first episode it is still essentially just to show how badass Section 9 is.
* Both seasons of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' devote their first
episodes to series protagonists Misaka Mikoto and Shirai Kuroko apprehending and beating up rogue espers or terrorists in showcases of their [[ShockAndAwe respective]] [[TeleportersAndTransporters powers]]. Conversely, ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' don't do anything for the story except introduce some of the main series ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' subverts this trope by starting off with its protagonist, [[UnluckyEverydude Kamijou Touma]], running away from pursuing thugs after a misguided attempt to keep them from harming Misaka [[spoiler:(actually, to keep her from harming '''them''')]].
* The very first chapter of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' opens this way,
characters and establishing the first hint of any on going plot being a {{call back}} to ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' before conflict between TheChurch and the reader learns any events relevant to the current series. vampires.



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* Batman does this all the time, hence the trope name.

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* Batman ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' does this all the time, hence the trope name.









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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has some of these. For instance, "Some Assembly Required" (which takes place almost immediately after the Avengers' founding) begins with the team confronting Mandrill after a bank robbery.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' often begins this way, with Spider-Man mid-battle with criminals.
* About half the episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' begin with the Ghostbusters in the middle of busting one or more ghosts. You can pretty much count on these ghosts to have nothing to do with the main plot, and they are often the same ghosts used in crowd scenes or cold opens in other episodes, since the animators worked from a small pool of stock ghosts. But every so often they ''do'' figure in to the main plot later in the episode when they're released from the containment unit by the ghost-of-the-week or phenomenon-of-the-week.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' often begins this way, with Spider-Man mid-battle with criminals.
* About half the
Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' begin with the Ghostbusters in the middle of busting one or more ghosts. You can pretty much count on these ghosts to have nothing to do ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' had Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo heckling and messing with the main plot, and they are often villain Lawrence Limburger in the beginning just before the opening title. The 2006 revival did the same ghosts used in crowd scenes or cold opens in other episodes, since with the animators worked from a small pool of stock ghosts. But every so often they ''do'' figure in to series' new villains the main plot later in the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''
episode when they're released from "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" opens with the containment unit by the ghost-of-the-week or phenomenon-of-the-week.Rangers already in dire peril, having to defend themselves against a giant octopus while being tied up. It is not explained how they got into this situation, and this is not that episode's actual case either.



* Exists in the original but mostly cut out from the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', where the widely broadcast version only shows him turning in the criminals.
* The first handful of episodes of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' begin this way, showcasing Rex's EVO-defeating chops.
* ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated: Storm of Swords'' opens with Hellboy, Liz, and Abe Sapien taking down giant bat-monster in Latin America.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' began with Green Arrow foiling a supermarket robbery before being beamed up to the JL Watchtower and asked to join the all new expanded Justice League.
* A common occurrence on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', although the "action" teasers would occasionally have exposition about Kim's personal subplot as a lead in.



* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" opens with the Rangers already in dire peril, having to defend themselves against a giant octopus while being tied up. It is not explained how they got into this situation, and this is not that episode's actual case either.
* A common occurrence on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', although the "action" teasers would occasionally have exposition about Kim's personal subplot as a lead in.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" opens Most episodes of the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' AnimatedAdaptation had one of these, though it sometimes lead into the main plot.
* About half the episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' begin
with the Rangers already Ghostbusters in dire peril, having the middle of busting one or more ghosts. You can pretty much count on these ghosts to defend themselves against a giant octopus while being tied up. It is not explained how have nothing to do with the main plot, and they got into are often the same ghosts used in crowd scenes or cold opens in other episodes, since the animators worked from a small pool of stock ghosts. But every so often they ''do'' figure in to the main plot later in the episode when they're released from the containment unit by the ghost-of-the-week or phenomenon-of-the-week.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' often begins
this situation, and way, with Spider-Man mid-battle with criminals.
* Doctor Light in introduced to the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' in
this is not that episode's actual case either.
* A common occurrence on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', although
manner, only to be immediately [[{{Mindrape}} traumatised]] [[MookHorrorShow for the "action" teasers rest of the series]] by [[CreepyGood Raven]].
* Episodes of ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 series]]'' focusing on super-hero guest-stars
would occasionally have exposition about Kim's personal subplot as a lead in.often open this way, replacing the show's usual InMediasRes teasers.



* Episodes of ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' focusing on super-hero guest-stars would often open this way, replacing the show's usual InMediasRes teasers.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' began with Green Arrow foiling a supermarket robbery before being beamed up to the JL Watchtower and asked to join the all new expanded Justice League.
* Doctor Light in introduced to the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' in this manner, only to be immediately [[{{Mindrape}} traumatised]] [[MookHorrorShow for the rest of the series]] by [[CreepyGood Raven]].
* The first handful of episodes of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' begin this way, showcasing Rex's EVO-defeating chops.
* Exists in the original but mostly cut out from the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', where the widely broadcast version only shows him turning in the criminals.
* Most episodes of the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' AnimatedAdaptation had one of these, though it sometimes lead into the main plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has some of these. For instance, "Some Assembly Required" (which takes place almost immediately after the Avengers' founding) begins with the team confronting Mandrill after a bank robbery.
* ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated: Storm of Swords'' opens with Hellboy, Liz, and Abe Sapien taking down giant bat-monster in Latin America.
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' had Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo heckling and messing with the main villain Lawrence Limburger in the beginning just before the opening title. The 2006 revival did the same with the series' new villains the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump.
16th Nov '16 3:07:03 PM LondonKdS
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Subtrope of TheTeaser. See also ActionPrologue, DangerRoomColdOpen and DramaticChaseOpening. Contrast AndTheAdventureContinues, which is essentially the opposite, done at the end of the series.

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Subtrope of TheTeaser. See also ActionPrologue, DangerRoomColdOpen and DramaticChaseOpening. Contrast AndTheAdventureContinues, which is essentially the opposite, done at the end of the series.
series, and OnPatrolMontage, which is something similar during an episode instead of at the start.
20th Oct '16 2:16:58 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Film/TheBlackCobra'' starts with CowboyCop Robert Malone going after some bank robbers who've taken hostages.
8th Oct '16 11:50:06 PM DustSnitch
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* The first few minutes of ''Film/TheMarine'' show Wrestling/JohnCena (or, rather, a character played by him) fighting terrorists (or at least terrorist sympathizers) in a Middle Eastern country. This cold opening actually serves two purposes: 1) establishing John Triton as a {{Badass}} and 2) showing him disobeying a direct (although unreasonable) order from his commander, thus justifying his being discharged from the service and sent home to the United States, where the ''real'' plot takes place.

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* The first few minutes of ''Film/TheMarine'' show Wrestling/JohnCena (or, rather, a character played by him) fighting terrorists (or at least terrorist sympathizers) in a Middle Eastern country. This cold opening actually serves two purposes: 1) establishing John Triton as a {{Badass}} badass and 2) showing him disobeying a direct (although unreasonable) order from his commander, thus justifying his being discharged from the service and sent home to the United States, where the ''real'' plot takes place.
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* ''Literature/{{Ra}}'' starts with the heroine getting accosted in an alley by a group of thugs, and taking them out with her magic skills.
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* In the prologue of ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Obi-Wan intervenes in a bar fight while on his way to drop Luke Skywalker off at the Lars's. A very drunk old man finds himself holding an infant and watching as an [[LaserBlade odd blue light]] takes out several of Jabba the Hutt's thugs in the dimness.
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* Season Two of ''{{Series/Daredevil}}'' starts out like this, showing the titular hero beating up a few common criminals. Besides showing how badass he is, the scene also shows how he became part of the day to day life of Hell's Kitchen, as he was mostly unknown through a good chunk of Season One.

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* Season Two of ''{{Series/Daredevil}}'' starts out like this, showing the titular hero beating up a few common criminals. Besides showing how badass he is, the scene also shows how that he became [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight part of the day to day life of Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen]], as he was mostly unknown through a good chunk of Season One.
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