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26th Jan '16 10:20:23 AM Willbyr
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* The ''SakuraWars'' series does this every time. Even in the second game it introduces the two new characters in a chapter each. * In ''BaldursGate II'' you gather Imoen, Minsc, Jaheira and Yoshimo all in the same dungeon, once at a time and all in a row.
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* The ''SakuraWars'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' series does this every time. Even in the second game it introduces the two new characters in a chapter each. * In ''BaldursGate ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'' you gather Imoen, Minsc, Jaheira and Yoshimo all in the same dungeon, once at a time and all in a row.

* ''{{Chrono Trigger}}'': Begins by introducing Crono, Marle, and then Lucca. After that, Robo, Frog and Ayla join after a dungeon where they're a RequiredPartyMember. (Frog and Ayla have a dungeon each long before their recruitment, and another when they're about to join for real. [[spoiler:Magus]] will join you so long as you refuse to fight him).
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* ''{{Chrono Trigger}}'': ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Begins by introducing Crono, Marle, and then Lucca. After that, Robo, Frog and Ayla join after a dungeon where they're a RequiredPartyMember. (Frog and Ayla have a dungeon each long before their recruitment, and another when they're about to join for real. [[spoiler:Magus]] will join you so long as you refuse to fight him).
15th Jan '16 9:14:06 PM nombretomado
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** King handles the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in ''TheStand'' the same way. * Despite being one of the two protagonists of the ''HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy, Will is not introduced until the start of the second book.
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** King handles the LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters in ''TheStand'' ''Literature/TheStand'' the same way. * Despite being one of the two protagonists of the ''HisDarkMaterials'' ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' trilogy, Will is not introduced until the start of the second book.
13th Jan '16 11:53:56 PM WarriorsGate
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** In ''A New Hope'', every major character is introduced to the viewer at the same time R2D2 and C3PO meet them, or when met by other characters the droids have crossed paths with.
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** In ''A New Hope'', every major character is introduced to the viewer at the same time R2D2 [=R2D2=] and C3PO [=C3PO=] meet them, or when met by other characters the droids have crossed paths with.
13th Jan '16 11:51:53 PM WarriorsGate
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': ** In ''A New Hope'', every major character is introduced to the viewer at the same time R2D2 and C3PO meet them, or when met by other characters the droids have crossed paths with. ** ''The Empire Strikes Back'' continues the tradition. Yoda, Lando, and the Emperor only appear after they've interacted with established characters.
7th Jan '16 7:27:02 PM SaniOKh
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* In ''Series/ServantOfThePeople'', Vasiliy's sister and ex-wife are introduced in respectively episode 3 and 4, most of his team comes in in episode 8, and the final member of the team is introduced in the episode 10.
14th Dec '15 9:49:51 AM wootzits
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]] * In the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Sailor Mercury shows up in the eighth episode, Sailor Mars in episode ten, Jupiter in episode 25, and Sailor Venus, the last of the Inner Senshi who the rest of the series focuses on, in episode 33. * In the original {{OVA}} version of ''TenchiMuyo'', we (and Tenchi) meet Ryoko in the first episode, Ayeka and Sasami in the second, Mihoshi an episode or so after that, and Washuu in the sixth installment. [[AlternateContinuity Other versions]] of ''Tenchi'' compress this process, with the cycle of meetings becoming shorter and shorter until [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone they all happen in one fell swoop]] in ''Shin Tenchi Muyo''. * In the ''Manga/OnePiece'' anime, we meet Luffy and Nami in the first episode (though Nami doesn't join up with Luffy until episode 8, and was not introduced in the manga until the start of the Buggy arc). Zoro appears at the end of the premiere episode, meets Luffy in the second episode, and joins Luffy's crew as the first member in episode 3. Nami promises to tag along after the events of the Buggy Arc but isn't a fully-fledged member of the crew until the Arlong Park Arc completes. Usopp joins in episode 17 (along with the acquisition of the Going Merry), Sanji joins in episode 30, [[spoiler:and Tony Tony Chopper and Nico Robin join in episodes 91 and 130, respectively. Franky joins in episode 322, following events that caused Robin to become a true companion, Usopp to leave the crew but later apologize and come back, and the Going Merry to meet her demise, so Franky builds the Thousand Sunny. Brook joins in 381, in a hilariously perfunctory fashion.]] Vivi seems like a shoe-in to join, but ends up [[CantCatchUp not doing so after well over a year as a major character]], then decides to remain in Alabasta. It's debatable whether any characters past Sanji count since major plots already happen after that point. And others who had already joined have significant backstory-related arcs play out which cement them as members. * ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'', which was {{Macekre}}d into the third section of ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' does this with the ''real'' cast, after introducing and [[EverybodysDeadDave wiping out an entire separate cast]] in its first episode, with only the series protagonist surviving.
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[[folder: Anime [[folder:Anime and Manga]] Manga]] * In ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' spends the first season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Sailor Mercury shows up in several episodes simply developing the eighth episode, Sailor Mars in episode ten, Jupiter in episode 25, backstory and Sailor Venus, relationship between Aoi and Kaoru, then slowly begins adding the last of other characters over the Inner Senshi who the rest course of the series focuses on, in episode 33. * In the original {{OVA}} version of ''TenchiMuyo'', we (and Tenchi) meet Ryoko in the first episode, Ayeka season. * In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' characters are usually introduced one at a time in own story arcs, after which they become part of the main cast. * The initial story arc of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' did this, introducing the main characters while following an essentially MonsterOfTheWeek format with lots of comic relief thrown in. After the basic backstories were squared away and Sasami the cast laid out, this entirely changed and the plot became much more serious business, in a move resembling CerebusSyndrome. * ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' introduces the main characters this way. Chrono and Rosette (and in the second, Mihoshi an episode or so after that, and Washuu in the sixth installment. [[AlternateContinuity Other versions]] of ''Tenchi'' compress this process, with the cycle of meetings becoming shorter and shorter until [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone they all happen in one fell swoop]] in ''Shin Tenchi Muyo''. * In the ''Manga/OnePiece'' anime, we meet Luffy and Nami in some of the first episode (though Nami doesn't join up with Luffy until episode 8, and was not other members of the Order) are introduced in the manga until first chapter/episode. The next arc then follows them saving Azmaria, who later joins them. After that arc is over, a plot triggers flashbacks concerning the BigBad and introducing Rosette's brother, around whom Rosette and Chrono's main motivations are centered. The gang takes off to find Joshua, and at the start of the Buggy arc). Zoro appears at the end of the premiere episode, meets Luffy in the second episode, and joins Luffy's crew as the first member in episode 3. Nami promises to tag along after the events of the Buggy Arc but isn't a fully-fledged member of the crew until the Arlong Park Arc completes. Usopp joins in episode 17 (along with the acquisition of the Going Merry), Sanji joins in episode 30, [[spoiler:and Tony Tony Chopper and Nico Robin join in episodes 91 and 130, respectively. Franky joins in episode 322, following events that caused Robin to become a true companion, Usopp to leave arc is when the crew but later apologize and come back, and the Going Merry to meet her demise, so Franky builds the Thousand Sunny. Brook joins in 381, in a hilariously perfunctory fashion.]] Vivi seems like a shoe-in to join, but ends up [[CantCatchUp not doing so after well over a year as a major character]], then decides to remain in Alabasta. It's debatable whether any characters past Sanji count since major plots already happen after that point. And others who had already joined have significant backstory-related arcs play out which cement them as members. * ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'', which was {{Macekre}}d into the third section of ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' does this with the ''real'' cast, after introducing and [[EverybodysDeadDave wiping out an entire separate cast]] in its first episode, with only the series protagonist surviving.final main character, Satella, is introduced.

* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has the frogs appearing one by one over the first 13 episodes. When the last frog, Dororo, appears only a few episodes after Kururu, Aki notes that someone like that shouldn't appear until "volume seven" -- and, indeed, in the manga, that's when Dororo showed up. * ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': The team meets Zakuro AKA Renee (their last member) in the 10th episode, but she doesn't join until the next. [=4Kids=], in order to get the kiddies to know everyone ASAP, premiered with the 12th episode.
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has Almost all of the frogs appearing characters in ''Manga/DeathNote'' are introduced in this fashion. * The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series generally introduce one by one over the new [[EvolutionaryLevels evolution]] per episode in arcs where a new type or level of evolution is introduced. * ''Manga/DragonBall'', to varying definitions of "main character" as many of them become {{Ascended Extra}}s and/or DemotedToExtra. The first 13 episodes. When episode of the last frog, Dororo, appears only a few anime introduces Goku, Bulma and the arc's villains. Over the next fourteen episodes after Kururu, Aki notes Oolong, the Turtle, Master Roshi, Yamcha & Puar, Chi-Chi & the Ox-King, Krillin and Launch are gradually introduced. By the time we get to the portion of the series that someone like that shouldn't comes to mind when people think of Dragon Ball, of course, everyone but Goku, Krillin and Bulma are largely irrelevant. ** Keep in mind though, in the manga Pilaf and co. didn't appear until "volume seven" -- and, indeed, in the manga, that's when Dororo showed up. * ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': The team meets Zakuro AKA Renee (their last member) in the 10th episode, but she doesn't join [[EarlyBirdCameo until the next. [=4Kids=], in order heroes were on their way to get his castle for the kiddies to know everyone ASAP, premiered last Dragon Ball]]. * In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', the whole beginning plot was pretty much jumpstarted by this - [[GottaCatchThemAll find all the seven Celestial Warriors that are scattered around the empire]]. * ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is accused of starting s l o w l y because it took so much time introducing several characters and tools, one at a time, about every other episode. After the final piece was in place, the battle with EI-01 happened and [[GrowingTheBeard the awesome began]]. * ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'', which was {{Macekre}}d into the third section of ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' does this with the 12th episode.''real'' cast, after introducing and [[EverybodysDeadDave wiping out an entire separate cast]] in its first episode, with only the series protagonist surviving. * The first two volumes of ''Manga/GetBackers'' focus on the titular duo and introduce their support staff, but they were kind enough to introduce the other four major characters two by two in back-to-back {{Story Arc}}s.

** Actually that's only the anime that starts InMediasRes. The manga has a DebutQueue too, though. It's really not that painful because the series is focused on comedy and it's mostly episodic in the beginning. * ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' spends the first several episodes simply developing the backstory and relationship between Aoi and Kaoru, then slowly begins adding the other characters over the course of the first season.
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** Actually that's it's only the anime that starts InMediasRes. The manga has a DebutQueue too, though. It's really not that painful because the series is focused on comedy and it's mostly episodic in the beginning. * ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' spends ''Manga/InuYasha'' started this once it was a couple arcs in, acquiring [[TagalongKid Shippo]], [[WarriorMonk Miroku]] and [[LadyOfWar Sango]] in that order, and introduced [[BigBad Naraku]] immediately after Miroku. * The main girls in ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' are introduced this way. In the first several episodes simply developing episode, main character Ayumu is already living with the backstory necromancer Eucliwood, and relationship between Aoi and Kaoru, then slowly begins adding is quickly joined by Haruna, a "[[MagicalGirl Masou Shoujo]]" ('magical-equipment girl'). Vampire-Ninja Seraphim is introduced in the other next episode. Mael Strom, the final main girl vying for Ayumu's attention, isn't introduced until halfway through the series. * ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' ''loves'' this. Pretty much the whole light fluff comedy beginning consisted of introducing a bunch of new characters over that try to kill Tsuna. After the course of GenreShift, it's still done by introducing the first season.Varia and who Tsuna's [[GottaCatchThemAll guardians]] are. Even in the latest chapters, it's still introducing more {{Bishonen}} to interest fangirls ([[spoiler: "Let me introduce you to the ''real'' six Funeral Wreaths!"]]).

* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' introduces one new Cure an episode until the full quota of five is met... except it twists it slightly with the last Cure, whose [[LonersAreFreaks personality flaws]] cause [[MissedTheCall the Call to reject her]], forcing her to use up another episode to learn AnAesop and join for real. ** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' does something similar, but without the MissedTheCall part. ** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' twists it. The first seen Cure doesn't ''want'' to be part of a team. After the other Cures form a team, it takes about two to three episodes and a lot of convincing to get the first Cure to stop being such a cold fish and join up. ** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' is interesting in its Debut Queue: the second Cure we meet doesn't join the main team until ''the halfway point'' after a HumiliationConga. The last Cure shows up in the ninth episode and doesn't join until episode eleven. ** ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' introduces the first two Cures in the first two episodes. In the third episode, the characters have to search for the third Cure's TransformationTrinket. The third Cure makes her first transformation in the fourth episode, but she gives a RefusalOfTheCall until episode 5. * The initial story arc of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' did this, introducing the main characters while following an essentially MonsterOfTheWeek format with lots of comic relief thrown in. After the basic backstories were squared away and the cast laid out, this entirely changed and the plot became much more serious business, in a move resembling CerebusSyndrome. * ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' did this. Then again, ''Film/SevenSamurai'' did it first.
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* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' introduces one new Cure an episode until the full quota of five is met... except it twists it slightly with the last Cure, whose [[LonersAreFreaks personality flaws]] cause [[MissedTheCall the Call to reject her]], forcing her to use up another episode to learn AnAesop and join for real. ** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' does something similar, but without the MissedTheCall part. ** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' twists it. The first seen Cure doesn't ''want'' to be part of a team. After the other Cures form a team, it takes about two to three episodes and a lot of convincing to get the first Cure to stop being such a cold fish and join up. ** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' is interesting in its Debut Queue: the second Cure we meet doesn't join the main team until ''the halfway point'' after a HumiliationConga. The last Cure shows up in the ninth episode and doesn't join until episode eleven. ** ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' introduces the first two Cures in the first two episodes. In the third episode, bulk of the characters have to search for all at once at the third Cure's TransformationTrinket. The third Cure makes her first transformation in beginning, but inducts them into the fourth episode, but she gives a RefusalOfTheCall until episode 5. * The initial story arc of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' did this, introducing primary CastHerd in this manner. It starts out with Negi and Asuna being the the main characters while following an essentially MonsterOfTheWeek format with lots characters, and then gradually incorporates more of comic relief thrown in. After the basic backstories were squared away and class into the cast laid out, this entirely changed and the overarching plot became much more serious business, in a move resembling CerebusSyndrome. * ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' did this. Then again, ''Film/SevenSamurai'' did it first.at the rate of three or four per arc.

* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has the first three episodes each introducing one of the main [[EmpathicWeapon weapon/meister]] sets before the first {{Arc}} begins. * The first two volumes of ''GetBackers'' focus on the titular duo and introduce their support staff, but they were kind enough to introduce the other four major characters two by two in back-to-back {{Story Arc}}s.
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* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has In the ''Manga/OnePiece'' anime, we meet Luffy and Nami in the first three episodes each introducing one episode (though Nami doesn't join up with Luffy until episode 8, and was not introduced in the manga until the start of the main [[EmpathicWeapon weapon/meister]] sets before Buggy arc). Zoro appears at the end of the premiere episode, meets Luffy in the second episode, and joins Luffy's crew as the first {{Arc}} begins. * The first two volumes of ''GetBackers'' focus on member in episode 3. Nami promises to tag along after the titular duo events of the Buggy Arc but isn't a fully-fledged member of the crew until the Arlong Park Arc completes. Usopp joins in episode 17 (along with the acquisition of the Going Merry), Sanji joins in episode 30, [[spoiler:and Tony Tony Chopper and introduce their support staff, Nico Robin join in episodes 91 and 130, respectively. Franky joins in episode 322, following events that caused Robin to become a true companion, Usopp to leave the crew but they were kind enough to introduce later apologize and come back, and the other four Going Merry to meet her demise, so Franky builds the Thousand Sunny. Brook joins in 381, in a hilariously perfunctory fashion.]] Vivi seems like a shoe-in to join, but ends up [[CantCatchUp not doing so after well over a year as a major character]], then decides to remain in Alabasta. It's debatable whether any characters two by two past Sanji count since major plots already happen after that point. And others who had already joined have significant backstory-related arcs play out which cement them as members. * In ''Manga/OutlawStar'', Gene, Jim and Melfina are introduced in back-to-back {{Story Arc}}s.episode 1, Aisha in episode 3 and Sukuza in episode 6.

* In ''FushigiYuugi'', the whole beginning plot was pretty much jumpstarted by this - [[GottaCatchThemAll find all the seven Celestial Warriors that are scattered around the empire]]. * ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' ''loves'' this. Pretty much the whole light fluff comedy beginning consisted of introducing a bunch of new characters that try to kill Tsuna. After the GenreShift, it's still done by introducing the Varia and who Tsuna's [[GottaCatchThemAll guardians]] are. Even in the latest chapters, it's still introducing more {{Bishonen}} to interest fangirls ([[spoiler: "Let me introduce you to the ''real'' six Funeral Wreaths!"]]). * ''Yuusha-Oh Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is accused of starting s l o w l y because it took so much time introducing several characters and tools, one at a time, about every other episode. After the final piece was in place, the battle with EI-01 happened and [[GrowingTheBeard the awesome began]]. * ''ChronoCrusade'' introduces the main characters this way. Chrono and Rosette (and in the anime, some of the other members of the Order) are introduced in the first chapter/episode. The next arc then follows them saving Azmaria, who later joins them. After that arc is over, a plot triggers flashbacks concerning the BigBad and introducing Rosette's brother, around whom Rosette and Chrono's main motivations are centered. The gang takes off to find Joshua, and at the start of that arc is when the final main character, Satella, is introduced.
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* In ''FushigiYuugi'', ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' ** ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' introduces one new Cure an episode until the whole beginning plot was pretty much jumpstarted by this - [[GottaCatchThemAll find all full quota of five is met... except it twists it slightly with the seven Celestial Warriors that are scattered around last Cure, whose [[LonersAreFreaks personality flaws]] cause [[MissedTheCall the empire]]. * ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' ''loves'' this. Pretty much Call to reject her]], forcing her to use up another episode to learn AnAesop and join for real. ** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' does something similar, but without the whole light fluff comedy beginning consisted MissedTheCall part. ** ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'' twists it. The first seen Cure doesn't ''want'' to be part of introducing a bunch of new characters that try to kill Tsuna. team. After the GenreShift, it's still done by introducing other Cures form a team, it takes about two to three episodes and a lot of convincing to get the Varia first Cure to stop being such a cold fish and who Tsuna's [[GottaCatchThemAll guardians]] are. Even join up. ** ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' is interesting in its Debut Queue: the second Cure we meet doesn't join the main team until ''the halfway point'' after a HumiliationConga. The last Cure shows up in the latest chapters, it's still introducing more {{Bishonen}} to interest fangirls ([[spoiler: "Let me introduce you to the ''real'' six Funeral Wreaths!"]]). * ''Yuusha-Oh Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is accused of starting s l o w l y because it took so much time introducing several characters ninth episode and tools, one at a time, about every other episode. After the final piece was in place, the battle with EI-01 happened and [[GrowingTheBeard the awesome began]]. * ''ChronoCrusade'' doesn't join until episode eleven. ** ''Anime/GoPrincessPrettyCure'' introduces the main characters this way. Chrono and Rosette (and in the anime, some of the other members of the Order) are introduced first two Cures in the first chapter/episode. two episodes. In the third episode, the characters have to search for the third Cure's TransformationTrinket. The third Cure makes her first transformation in the fourth episode, but she gives a RefusalOfTheCall until episode 5. * ''Manga/RaveMaster'' begings with Haru aquiring Plue. In the next arc then follows them saving Azmaria, who later joins them. After that arc is over, a plot triggers flashbacks concerning volume (since the BigBad and introducing Rosette's brother, first volume all happens around whom Rosette his house) he runs into Elie, and Chrono's main motivations are centered. The gang has come across Musica by the end-though it takes off another volume for Musica to find Joshua, join. * In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Moka, Kurumu, Gin, and at Yukari each get a chapter/episode dedicated to their introduction, plus a chapter dedicated to them deciding which club to join. Mizore and Ruby followed a bit later. * In the start first season of that arc is when ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Sailor Mercury shows up in the final main character, Satella, is introduced.eighth episode, Sailor Mars in episode ten, Jupiter in episode 25, and Sailor Venus, the last of the Inner Senshi who the rest of the series focuses on, in episode 33. * ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' did this. Then again, ''Film/SevenSamurai'' did it first.

* In ''FushigiYuugi'', ''Manga/SgtFrog'' has the whole beginning plot was pretty much jumpstarted frogs appearing one by this - [[GottaCatchThemAll find all one over the seven Celestial Warriors first 13 episodes. When the last frog, Dororo, appears only a few episodes after Kururu, Aki notes that are scattered around someone like that shouldn't appear until "volume seven" -- and, indeed, in the empire]]. manga, that's when Dororo showed up. * ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' ''loves'' this. Pretty much ''Manga/SoulEater'' has the whole light fluff comedy beginning consisted of first three episodes each introducing a bunch of new characters that try to kill Tsuna. After the GenreShift, it's still done by introducing the Varia and who Tsuna's [[GottaCatchThemAll guardians]] are. Even in the latest chapters, it's still introducing more {{Bishonen}} to interest fangirls ([[spoiler: "Let me introduce you to the ''real'' six Funeral Wreaths!"]]). * ''Yuusha-Oh Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is accused of starting s l o w l y because it took so much time introducing several characters and tools, one at a time, about every other episode. After the final piece was in place, the battle with EI-01 happened and [[GrowingTheBeard the awesome began]]. * ''ChronoCrusade'' introduces of the main characters this way. Chrono and Rosette [[EmpathicWeapon weapon/meister]] sets before the first {{Arc}} begins. * In the original {{OVA}} version of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', we (and in the anime, some of the other members of the Order) are introduced Tenchi) meet Ryoko in the first chapter/episode. episode, Ayeka and Sasami in the second, Mihoshi an episode or so after that, and Washuu in the sixth installment. [[AlternateContinuity Other versions]] of ''Tenchi'' compress this process, with the cycle of meetings becoming shorter and shorter until [[EveryoneMeetsEveryone they all happen in one fell swoop]] in ''Shin Tenchi Muyo''. * ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': The next arc then follows them saving Azmaria, team meets Zakuro AKA Renee (their last member) in the 10th episode, but she doesn't join until the next. [=4Kids=], in order to get the kiddies to know everyone ASAP, premiered with the 12th episode. * The Four Heavenly Kings in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' all get their own introductory arcs within the first season, except for Zebra, who later joins them. After that arc is over, a plot triggers flashbacks concerning gets his some fifty episodes into the BigBad and introducing Rosette's brother, around whom Rosette and Chrono's main motivations are centered. The gang takes off to find Joshua, and at the start of that arc is when the final main character, Satella, is introduced.series.

* ''Manga/DragonBall'', to varying definitions of "main character" as many of them become {{Ascended Extra}}s and/or DemotedToExtra. The first episode of the anime introduces Goku, Bulma and the arc's villains. Over the next fourteen episodes Oolong, the Turtle, Master Roshi, Yamcha & Puar, Chi-Chi & the Ox-King, Krillin and Launch are gradually introduced. By the time we get to the portion of the series that comes to mind when people think of Dragon Ball, of course, everyone but Goku, Krillin and Bulma are largely irrelevant. ** Keep in mind though, in the manga Pilaf and co. didn't appear [[EarlyBirdCameo until the heroes were on their way to his castle for the last Dragon Ball]]. * ''Manga/RaveMaster'' begings with Haru aquiring Plue. In the next volume (since the first volume all happens around his house) he runs into Elie, and has come across Musica by the end-though it takes another volume for Musica to join. * ''Manga/InuYasha'' started this once it was a couple arcs in, acquiring [[TagalongKid Shippo]], [[WarriorMonk Miroku]] and [[LadyOfWar Sango]] in that order, and introduced [[BigBad Naraku]] immediately after Miroku. * The Franchise/{{Digimon}} series generally introduce one new [[EvolutionaryLevels evolution]] per episode in arcs where a new type or level of evolution is introduced. * In ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' characters are usually introduced one at a time in own story arcs, after which they become part of the main cast. * The main girls in ''LightNovel/KoreWaZombieDesuKa'' are introduced this way. In the first episode, main character Ayumu is already living with the necromancer Eucliwood, and is quickly joined by Haruna, a "[[MagicalGirl Masou Shoujo]]" ('magical-equipment girl'). Vampire-Ninja Seraphim is introduced in the next episode. Mael Strom, the final main girl vying for Ayumu's attention, isn't introduced until halfway through the series. * In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Moka, Kurumu, Gin, and Yukari each get a chapter/episode dedicated to their introduction, plus a chapter dedicated to them deciding which club to join. Mizore and Ruby followed a bit later. * ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' introduces the bulk of the characters all at once at the beginning, but inducts them into the primary CastHerd in this manner. It starts out with Negi and Asuna being the the main characters, and then gradually incorporates more of the class into the overarching plot at the rate of three or four per arc. * The Four Heavenly Kings in ''Toriko'' all get their own introductory arcs within the first season, except for Zebra, who gets his some fifty episodes into the series. * In ''Manga/OutlawStar'', Gene, Jim and Melfina are introduced in episode 1, Aisha in episode 3 and Sukuza in episode 6. * Almost all of the characters in ''Manga/DeathNote'' are introduced in this fashion.
14th Nov '15 5:11:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'', which was {{Macekre}}d into the third section of ''{{Robotech}}'' does this with the ''real'' cast, after introducing and [[EverybodysDeadDave wiping out an entire separate cast]] in its first episode, with only the series protagonist surviving.
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* ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'', which was {{Macekre}}d into the third section of ''{{Robotech}}'' ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' does this with the ''real'' cast, after introducing and [[EverybodysDeadDave wiping out an entire separate cast]] in its first episode, with only the series protagonist surviving.
10th Oct '15 7:56:16 AM StFan
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* A particularly prolonged example is the MarvelCinematicUniverse, where the main characters debut in their own movie each before at last banding together in ''Film/TheAvengers''. ** In the movie itself, they're also introduced in this manner with different SHIELD agents going out to recruit them.
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* A particularly prolonged example is the MarvelCinematicUniverse, Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, where the main characters debut in their own movie each before at last banding together in ''Film/TheAvengers''. ** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. In the movie itself, they're also introduced in this manner with different SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. agents going out to recruit them.


* If you don't count the micro-episodes, which merely established several character arcs, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' does this. Six episodes were spent gathering eight superheroes together to become the Avengers (and that's not counting Ms. Marvel and Vision, who join the team later on). Meanwhile, enemies of the heroes also gathered together, to become the Masters of Evil.
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* If you don't count the micro-episodes, which merely established several character arcs, ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' does this. Six episodes were spent gathering eight superheroes together to become the Avengers (and that's not counting Ms. Marvel and Vision, who join the team later on). Meanwhile, enemies of the heroes also gathered together, to become the Masters of Evil.
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* Almost all of the characters in ''Manga/DeathNote'' are introduced in this fashion.
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* We're introduced to almost all the recurring characters in ''LoveHina'' in the first few minutes of the first episode, but Shinobu and Motoko [[EarlyBirdCameo only get a minute or so]] of screen time, just enough to set them up for their more fully developed introductions in the second and third episodes, respectively.
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* We're introduced to almost all the recurring characters in ''LoveHina'' ''Manga/LoveHina'' in the first few minutes of the first episode, but Shinobu and Motoko [[EarlyBirdCameo only get a minute or so]] of screen time, just enough to set them up for their more fully developed introductions in the second and third episodes, respectively.

* ''DragonBall'', to varying definitions of "main character" as many of them become {{Ascended Extra}}s and/or DemotedToExtra. The first episode of the anime introduces Goku, Bulma and the arc's villains. Over the next fourteen episodes Oolong, the Turtle, Master Roshi, Yamcha & Puar, Chi-Chi & the Ox-King, Krillin and Launch are gradually introduced. By the time we get to the portion of the series that comes to mind when people think of Dragon Ball, of course, everyone but Goku, Krillin and Bulma are largely irrelevant.
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* ''DragonBall'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', to varying definitions of "main character" as many of them become {{Ascended Extra}}s and/or DemotedToExtra. The first episode of the anime introduces Goku, Bulma and the arc's villains. Over the next fourteen episodes Oolong, the Turtle, Master Roshi, Yamcha & Puar, Chi-Chi & the Ox-King, Krillin and Launch are gradually introduced. By the time we get to the portion of the series that comes to mind when people think of Dragon Ball, of course, everyone but Goku, Krillin and Bulma are largely irrelevant.

* This is how the original ''[[Comicbook/XMen X-Men]]'' got together, but it's only revealed in flashbacks. Professor Xavier recruited Cyclops, who in turn recruited Iceman. Together, they met Angel, and then the Beast. We see Jean Grey join them in their very first issue.
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* This is how the original ''[[Comicbook/XMen X-Men]]'' Comicbook/XMen got together, but it's only revealed in flashbacks. Professor Xavier recruited Cyclops, who in turn recruited Iceman. Together, they met Angel, and then the Beast. We see Jean Grey join them in their very first issue.
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