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20th Jul '16 1:37:28 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' film: Green Goblin sets a building on fire to draw in Spider-Man, then disguises himself as an old lady to get Spidey to rescue him. He's DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to know that a hero can't deny an old lady in danger.

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** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' film: Green Goblin sets a building on fire to draw in Spider-Man, then disguises himself as an old lady to get Spidey to rescue him. He's DangerouslyGenreSavvy smart enough to know that a hero can't deny an old lady in danger.
17th May '16 3:43:01 PM MarkLungo
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* Happens in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' when Daniel Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk first don their costumes - Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II - after several years of not wearing them. Almost as soon as they do, they hear of a burning apartment building and take Dan's Owlship (Archie) out to rescue them.

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* Happens in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' when Daniel Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk first don their costumes - Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II - after several years of not wearing them. Almost as soon as they do, they hear of a burning apartment building and take Dan's Owlship (Archie) out to rescue them.



* The Christopher Reeve version of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had him saving people from a variety of accidents at the beginning of the second act.
* In a superb ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'' Christmas story, the Captain, newly resigned from the military where he was ordered to be a [[TheMole Mole]] in the Justice League, finds out about a burning warehouse full of homeless people. He intervenes to save the day and finds that he likes being a superhero for its own sake and resolves to continue as such on his own.
* Used in a variation in ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'', in which Booster pulls out a elevator car full of people from a burning building and because of the smoke no one can see who he is and everyone is wondering who had saved them. The decision is that Booster consciously decided not to go down and let them know who had saved them, with out being guilted into it. A change from the beginning of the series.

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* The Christopher Reeve version of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' had him saving people from a variety of accidents at the beginning of the second act.
* In a superb ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'' Christmas story, the Captain, newly resigned from the military where he was ordered to be a [[TheMole Mole]] in the Justice League, JusticeLeague, finds out about a burning warehouse full of homeless people. He intervenes to save the day and finds that he [[GoodFeelsGood likes being a superhero for its own sake sake]] and resolves to continue as such on his own.
* Used in a variation in ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'', in which Booster pulls out a elevator car full of people from a burning building and because of the smoke no one can see who he is and everyone is wondering who had saved them. The decision is that Booster consciously decided not to go down and let them know who had saved them, with out without being guilted into it. A change from the beginning of the series.



* Cruel subversion in ''Comicbook/NoHero''. The newest member of the Front Line, Joshua Carver, prevents a disabled plane from crashing into a building... [[spoiler: then a couple of his fellow supers show up and let him know they [[EngineeredHeroics killed the pilots and hurled the plane into the building so he'd have something to earn good publicity with.]]]]

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* Cruel subversion in ''Comicbook/NoHero''.''ComicBook/NoHero''. The newest member of the Front Line, Joshua Carver, prevents a disabled plane from crashing into a building... [[spoiler: then a couple of his fellow supers show up and let him know they [[EngineeredHeroics killed the pilots and hurled the plane into the building so he'd have something to earn good publicity with.]]]]



** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' film: Green Goblin sets a building on fire to draw in Spider-Man, then disguises himself as an old lady to get Spidey to rescue him. He's crazy enough to know that a hero can't deny an old lady in danger.

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** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in the first ''Film/SpiderMan1'' film: Green Goblin sets a building on fire to draw in Spider-Man, then disguises himself as an old lady to get Spidey to rescue him. He's crazy DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to know that a hero can't deny an old lady in danger.



* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'' had him saving people from a variety of accidents at the beginning of the second act.



* In the Discworld novel ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', Death is retired (but still mostly invulnerable). When he sees a little girl trapped in a burning inn, he thinks to himself that while not interfering is normal for Death, "to Bill Door, he realized, it was so much horse elbows." He then runs into the burning building and protects the girl, despite a cask of boiling brandy exploding.

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* In the Discworld ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', Death is retired (but still mostly invulnerable). When he sees a little girl trapped in a burning inn, he thinks to himself that while not interfering is normal for Death, "to Bill Door, he realized, it was so much horse elbows." He then runs into the burning building and protects the girl, despite a cask of boiling brandy exploding.



* In the premiere of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Mike Peterson's heroic debut was climbing up the side of a burning building to rescue a woman trapped in the top floor.

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* In [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E1Pilot the premiere premiere]] of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Mike Peterson's heroic debut was climbing up the side of a burning building to rescue a woman trapped in the top floor.
* In [[Recap/Supergirl2015S1E1Pilot the premiere]] of ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'', Kara, who's previously tried to hide her powers, is forced to use them publicly to save a passenger plane that's about to crash.



* At the end ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}: The Goliath Chronicles'' the BigBad tries to destroy a train carrying arrested Gargoyles, only to provide a spectacular incident when the head hate monger against that race is revealed in front of witnesses to be a murderous madman and the Gargoyles are true blood heroes who successfully stop the train, save hundreds of humans and turn their bad public image around for good.

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* At the end ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}: The Goliath Chronicles'' the BigBad tries to destroy a train carrying arrested Gargoyles, only to provide a spectacular incident when the head hate monger against that race is revealed in front of witnesses to be a murderous madman and the Gargoyles are true blood heroes who successfully stop the train, save hundreds of humans and turn their bad public image around for good.
27th Jan '16 11:55:28 AM Piando
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* Slight variation in setting in ''{{Heroman}}''. Joey first tests out the titular robot by rescuing a friend and her father from a car collision site.

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* Slight variation in setting in ''{{Heroman}}''.''Manga/{{Heroman}}''. Joey first tests out the titular robot by rescuing a friend and her father from a car collision site.




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* The Christopher Reeve version of ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' had him saving people from a variety of accidents at the beginning of the second act.

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20th Nov '15 4:38:58 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* Both the [[ComicBook/KickAss comic]] and the [[Film/KickAss movie]] of ''Kick-Ass'' feature a literal Burning Building Rescue as Kick-Ass and Red Mist's first task as a duo.
** Not sure about the comic, but the movie is more of a subversion. Kick-Ass clearly doesn't intend to go into the building and wants to just call the fire department instead, only going in when Red Mist rushes in first. Also, everyone in the building is already dead, and for an entirely different reason. Finally, everyone in the building was there specifically to capture and kill Kick-Ass anyway.
** The first rescue in the movies (for Kick Ass alone) comes when he saves a man from muggers while everyone else just watches.
* David Dunn's battle with the Maintenance Man serves as his HerosFirstRescue in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''.

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* Both the [[ComicBook/KickAss comic]] and the [[Film/KickAss movie]] ''Film/KickAss'':
** The first heroic act
of ''Kick-Ass'' feature Kick-Ass is saving a literal Burning Building Rescue as man from muggers while everyone else just watches.
** Subverted in
Kick-Ass and Red Mist's Mist first task as a duo.
** Not sure about
duo as the comic, but the movie is more of a subversion. Kick-Ass clearly doesn't intend to go into the building and titular character just wants to just call the fire department instead, instead of entering a burning building, only going in when Red Mist rushes in first. Also, everyone in the building is already dead, and for an entirely different reason. Finally, everyone in the building was there specifically to capture and kill Kick-Ass anyway.
** The first rescue in the movies (for Kick Ass alone) comes when he saves a man from muggers while everyone else just watches.
* David Dunn's battle with the Maintenance Man serves as his HerosFirstRescue first heroic act in ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''.



* In ''{{Literature/Gone}}'', Sam runs into a burning apartment building to rescue a little girl. Subverted as this isn't Sam's first heroic act (pre-powers, though), he only ran in because no one else would and [[spoiler: the girl dies anyway]]. It does, however, mark him as a hero and a leader in the strange new world for FAYZ, [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne to his chagrin.]]

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* In ''{{Literature/Gone}}'', Sam runs into a burning apartment building to rescue a little girl. Subverted as this isn't Sam's first heroic act (pre-powers, though), he only ran in because no one else would and [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:The girl dies anyway]]. It does, however, mark anyway]] but it marks him as a hero and a leader in the strange new world for FAYZ, [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne much to his chagrin.]]



* WhateleyUniverse: the variation occurs with Phase in his origin novel "Ayla and the Late Trevor James Goodkind". He runs in to rescue his sister and ends up having to deal with an entire burning street and a flame-throwing supervillainess. He also finds out that having a supersuit with groin protection would be a really good idea for more than one reason.

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* WhateleyUniverse: the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** The
variation occurs with Phase in his origin novel "Ayla and the Late Trevor James Goodkind". He runs in to rescue his sister and ends up having to deal with an entire burning street and a flame-throwing supervillainess. He also finds out that having a supersuit with groin protection would be a really good idea for more than one reason.



* The first acta as a hero of the titular character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' is stopping a forest fire (that he started by accident) with his first transformation. However, his first instance directly saving people actually happens in the second episode where he uses Heatblast to save a woman and a little kid from a burning building. The fire later turns out to be [[WeNeedADistraction a distraction]] caused by two men so they can rob a jewelry store.

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* The first acta act as a hero of the titular character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' is stopping a forest fire (that he started by accident) with his first transformation. However, his first instance directly saving people actually happens in near the second end of first episode where he uses Heatblast Diamondhead to save a woman and a little kid the campsite he's in from a burning building. The fire later turns out to be [[WeNeedADistraction a distraction]] caused by two men so they can rob a jewelry store.giant robot that's looking for his ClingyMacGuffin.
20th Nov '15 4:30:16 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''

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** Another example occurs in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. Peter, seeing the Lizard's first rampage through New York, rescues a little boy from a burning car about to fall off a bridge. Notable in that the scene begins Peter's shift from a vigilante out to avenge Uncle Ben's death to an actual superhero.
* An aversion: In the movie ''Film/{{Jumper}}'', the teleporting DesignatedHero [[spoiler:passively watches a bunch of drowning people on TV before heading off to the nightclub]].
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. Mr. Incredible and Frozone are retired superheroes, and only go into the burning building because they want to relive the glory days.
** Only Mr. Incredible. [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Frozone]] [[DidntWantAnAdventure wanted to go bowling]].

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** Another example occurs in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''. * In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Peter, seeing the Lizard's first rampage through New York, rescues a little boy from a burning car about to fall off a bridge. Notable in that the scene begins Peter's shift from a vigilante out to avenge Uncle Ben's death to an actual superhero.
* An aversion: In the movie ''Film/{{Jumper}}'', the teleporting DesignatedHero protagonist [[spoiler:passively watches a bunch of drowning people on TV before heading off to the nightclub]].
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''. Mr. Incredible and Frozone are retired superheroes, and only go into the burning building because they want to relive the glory days.
** Only Mr. Incredible. [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Frozone]] [[DidntWantAnAdventure wanted to go bowling]].
nightclub]].



* In the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, Death performs one of these to save a child's life.

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* In the ''IncarnationsOfImmortality'' ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, Death performs one of these to save a child's life.



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Variation where Claire, in the first episode, runs into a burning train.
** And in the online comics, Nathan Petrelli flies into a burning building to rescue someone.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
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''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Variation where Claire, in the first episode, runs into a burning train.
** And in the online comics, Nathan Petrelli flies into a burning building to rescue someone.
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* Paula Carson gets her first taste of action when she fights off an intruder in her laboratory, which eventually leads to her becoming the superheroine [[Webcomic/LadySpectraAndSparky Lady Spectra.]]

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* Paula Carson gets her first taste of action when she fights off an intruder in her laboratory, which eventually leads to her becoming the titular superheroine [[Webcomic/LadySpectraAndSparky Lady Spectra.]]
Spectra in ''Webcomic/LadySpectraAndSparky''.



* [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} Ben's]] first act as a hero is stopping a forest fire (that he started by accident) with his first transformation. However, his first instance directly saving people actually happens in the second episode where he uses Heatblast to save a woman and a little kid from a burning building. The fire later turns out to be [[WeNeedADistraction a distraction]] caused by two men so they can rob a jewelry store.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has the main character struggling with his new ghost powers, wondering what on Earth he should do with 'em. After a short offscreen duo with the Ectopusses, Danny gets his first real chance to prove his worth as a hero by combating a LethalChef that was terrorizing his school. From then on, he JumpedAtTheCall.
** There is also a photo of Danny playing this trope straight in one episode.
* This is Archangel's first act of Heroism (that we see) in ''XMenEvolution''. Interestingly, he doesn't rescue someone's kid from the fire, he rescues someone's paraplegic mother.
* As bad as ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}: The Goliath Chronicles'' is, it has a satisfying end when the BigBad tries to destroy a train carrying arrested Gargoyles, only to provide a spectacular incident when the head hate monger against that race is revealed in front of witnesses to be a murderous madman and the Gargoyles are true blood heroes who successfully stop the train, save hundreds of humans and turn their bad public image around for good.

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* [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} Ben's]] The first act acta as a hero of the titular character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' is stopping a forest fire (that he started by accident) with his first transformation. However, his first instance directly saving people actually happens in the second episode where he uses Heatblast to save a woman and a little kid from a burning building. The fire later turns out to be [[WeNeedADistraction a distraction]] caused by two men so they can rob a jewelry store.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has the main character struggling with his new ghost powers, wondering what on Earth he should do with 'em. After a short offscreen duo with the Ectopusses, Danny gets his first real chance to prove his worth as a hero by combating a LethalChef that was terrorizing his school. From then on, he JumpedAtTheCall.
** There is also a photo of Danny playing this trope straight in one episode.
JumpedAtTheCall.
* This is Archangel's first act of Heroism (that we see) in ''XMenEvolution''.''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. Interestingly, he doesn't rescue someone's kid from the fire, he rescues someone's paraplegic mother.
* As bad as At the end ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}: The Goliath Chronicles'' is, it has a satisfying end when the BigBad tries to destroy a train carrying arrested Gargoyles, only to provide a spectacular incident when the head hate monger against that race is revealed in front of witnesses to be a murderous madman and the Gargoyles are true blood heroes who successfully stop the train, save hundreds of humans and turn their bad public image around for good.
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Her first rescue was because the rescuee typed the wrong website with his foot.
25th Oct '15 12:27:50 PM StFan
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* ''[[TheAstoundingWolfMan Wolf-Man's]]'' first act as a hero was this.

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* ''[[TheAstoundingWolfMan Wolf-Man's]]'' %%* ''ComicBook/TheAstoundingWolfMan'': Wolf-Man's first act as a hero was this.
21st Oct '15 12:21:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* David Dunn's battle with the Maintenance Man serves as his HerosFirstRescue in ''{{Unbreakable}}''.

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* David Dunn's battle with the Maintenance Man serves as his HerosFirstRescue in ''{{Unbreakable}}''.''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''.
12th Sep '15 7:20:00 PM nombretomado
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* In a superb ''CaptainAtom'' Christmas story, the Captain, newly resigned from the military where he was ordered to be a [[TheMole Mole]] in the Justice League, finds out about a burning warehouse full of homeless people. He intervenes to save the day and finds that he likes being a superhero for its own sake and resolves to continue as such on his own.

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* In a superb ''CaptainAtom'' ''ComicBook/CaptainAtom'' Christmas story, the Captain, newly resigned from the military where he was ordered to be a [[TheMole Mole]] in the Justice League, finds out about a burning warehouse full of homeless people. He intervenes to save the day and finds that he likes being a superhero for its own sake and resolves to continue as such on his own.
19th Aug '15 11:02:33 AM LovePsychothefirst
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* Kerowyn, the central character in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar By the Sword]]'', starts her career as an adventurer and hired sword by rescuing her brother's fiancee. Unfortunately, part of the reason she embarks on her new life is that her actions embarrassed her brother and made everyone else uncomfortable, so she had to leave home.

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* Kerowyn, the central character in ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar By the Sword]]'', starts her career as an adventurer and hired sword by rescuing her brother's fiancee. Unfortunately, part of the reason she embarks on her new life is that her actions embarrassed her brother and made everyone else uncomfortable, so she had to leave home. The fact a Bard made a song out of the event (a very popular song at that) causes no end of embarrassment for her.
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