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28th Jan '16 2:41:47 AM crazysamaritan
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* Because it had to actually bring together the ragtag group of [[ImpossibleThief Impossible Thieves]], the pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is missing several of the hallmarks of later episodes. The crew initially get together for a fairly simple heist in exchange for money, rather than for their later-standard Robin Hood motives. The more philanthropic reasoning behind their jobs doesn't factor in until the second episode. [[JustifiedTrope Unlike many examples, there's a valid in-story reason for this]]: they made so much on their first job [[note]]over $32 million ''each''[[/note]] they didn't need to pull off scams for monetary reasons later.
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* Because it had to actually bring together the [[CaperCrew ragtag group of [[ImpossibleThief Impossible Thieves]], thieves]], the pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is missing several of the hallmarks of later episodes. The crew initially get together for a fairly simple heist in exchange for money, rather than for their later-standard Robin Hood motives. The more philanthropic reasoning behind their jobs doesn't factor in until the second episode. [[JustifiedTrope Unlike many examples, there's a valid in-story reason for this]]: they made so much on their first job [[note]]over $32 million ''each''[[/note]] they didn't need to pull off scams for monetary reasons later.
21st Jan '16 8:29:31 PM Adept
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* ''MurderPrincess'' is an example where the first example is ''darker'' than the rest of the series.
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* ''MurderPrincess'' ''Manga/MurderPrincess'' is an example where the first example is ''darker'' than the rest of the series.
20th Jan '16 10:04:10 AM Willbyr
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* The DVD box art combined with the first episode of the anime ''{{Gungrave}}'' makes you think this will be a GrimDark show about an old lone gunman fighting evil, right? Guess what, the majority of the series from that point on is a giant flashback that shows how two small-time thieves rise up through a mafia-like organization to the point where it reaches the time of the first episode.
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* The DVD box art combined with the first episode of the anime ''{{Gungrave}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' makes you think this will be a GrimDark show about an old lone gunman fighting evil, right? Guess what, the majority of the series from that point on is a giant flashback that shows how two small-time thieves rise up through a mafia-like organization to the point where it reaches the time of the first episode.

* ''RumblingHearts'' begins as a sweet, almost saccharine story of young lovers coming together despite awkwardness and misgivings, promising to overcome their initial mistakes. And then in the last five minutes of episode two, it goes wrong.
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* ''RumblingHearts'' ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts'' begins as a sweet, almost saccharine story of young lovers coming together despite awkwardness and misgivings, promising to overcome their initial mistakes. And then in the last five minutes of episode two, it goes wrong.

* The very first episode of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is chock full of magical girl cliches. The deconstructions start immediately in the second episode.
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* The very first episode of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is chock full of magical girl cliches. The deconstructions start immediately in the second episode.
12th Nov '15 2:13:08 PM Willbyr
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* The first few episodes of ''ChronoCrusade'' make the show out to be a fairly breezy comedy with pretty nuns and a friendly devil. Then it gets darker and darker until [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding 3 of the 4 main characters die]], and the BigBad survives the final battle because he has an AsLongAsThereIsEvil escape clause]].
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* The first few episodes of ''ChronoCrusade'' ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' make the show out to be a fairly breezy comedy with pretty nuns and a friendly devil. Then it gets darker and darker until [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding 3 of the 4 main characters die]], and the BigBad survives the final battle because he has an AsLongAsThereIsEvil escape clause]].

* ''LuckyStar'' admittedly does this with their first episode, misleading many viewers curious about its SurrealThemeTune on whether or not this is actually a series about food.
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* ''LuckyStar'' ''Manga/LuckyStar'' admittedly does this with their first episode, misleading many viewers curious about its SurrealThemeTune on whether or not this is actually a series about food.

* ''FromEroicaWithLove'' at first appears to be a typical shoujo manga, about a PowerTrio with PsychicPowers, one of whom is accused of being the GentlemanThief Eroica. But it's really an action packed ''Film/JamesBond'' Spoof, with the two leads being Eroica and "Iron Klaus".
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* ''FromEroicaWithLove'' ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'' at first appears to be a typical shoujo manga, about a PowerTrio with PsychicPowers, one of whom is accused of being the GentlemanThief Eroica. But it's really an action packed ''Film/JamesBond'' Spoof, with the two leads being Eroica and "Iron Klaus".
11th Oct '15 8:10:37 PM KeithM
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* Because it had to actually bring together the ragtag group of [[ImpossibleThief Impossible Thieves]], the pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is missing several of the hallmarks of later episodes. The crew initially get together for a fairly simple heist in exchange for money, rather than for their later-standard Robin Hood motives. The more philanthropic reasoning behind their jobs doesn't factor in until the second episode. [[JustifiedTrope Unlike many examples, there's a valid in-story reason for this]]: they each made so much on their first job they didn't ''need'' to do it for mercenary reasons later.
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* Because it had to actually bring together the ragtag group of [[ImpossibleThief Impossible Thieves]], the pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is missing several of the hallmarks of later episodes. The crew initially get together for a fairly simple heist in exchange for money, rather than for their later-standard Robin Hood motives. The more philanthropic reasoning behind their jobs doesn't factor in until the second episode. [[JustifiedTrope Unlike many examples, there's a valid in-story reason for this]]: they each made so much on their first job [[note]]over $32 million ''each''[[/note]] they didn't ''need'' need to do it pull off scams for mercenary monetary reasons later.
11th Oct '15 8:02:49 PM KeithM
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* Because it had to actually bring together the ragtag group of [[ImpossibleThief Impossible Thieves]], the pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is missing several of the hallmarks of later episodes. The crew initially get together for a fairly simple heist in exchange for money, rather than for their later-standard Robin Hood motives. The more philanthropic reasoning behind their jobs doesn't factor in until the second episode.
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* Because it had to actually bring together the ragtag group of [[ImpossibleThief Impossible Thieves]], the pilot of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is missing several of the hallmarks of later episodes. The crew initially get together for a fairly simple heist in exchange for money, rather than for their later-standard Robin Hood motives. The more philanthropic reasoning behind their jobs doesn't factor in until the second episode. [[JustifiedTrope Unlike many examples, there's a valid in-story reason for this]]: they each made so much on their first job they didn't ''need'' to do it for mercenary reasons later.
21st Sep '15 10:17:23 PM R3GARnator
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That Word Does Not Mean What You Think It Means. Besides that they had to fly the space station closer to the wormhole.
* The opening of the premiere episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' begins with a flashback to one of the biggest battles in franchise lore (indeed, the most detailed canon depiction yet) and then promptly goes... to a broken-down space station the Federation recently inherited. It then looks like that the series is going to be about the Federation dealing with cooperation with the relatively primitive Bajorans, who were just liberated from occupation by another alien race. But then near the end of the episode, all of a sudden this wormhole starts to open up ''literally'' right next door....
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* The opening of the premiere episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' begins with a flashback to one of the biggest battles in franchise lore (indeed, the most detailed canon depiction yet) and then promptly goes... to a broken-down space station the Federation recently inherited. It then looks like that the series is going to be about the Federation dealing with cooperation with the relatively primitive Bajorans, who were just liberated from occupation by another alien race. But then near the end of the episode, all of a sudden this wormhole starts to open up ''literally'' right next door....
20th Aug '15 1:07:24 AM Jokubas
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* In a very minor example, the first episode of ''Anime/ACertainScientificRailgun'' has some subtle differences that don't match the tone of the rest of the series. Mikoto is a lot more bold, blatantly breaks laws in front of her law enforcer friend for no particular reason, and when faced with a criminal about to run her down with a car, casually stands in the way and fires her railgun ''directly at the car'', causing it to spin several times before landing in a ''crater'', ''vertically''. In the rest of the show, fights are handled much more realistically, with Mikoto flinching at an expected punch, a later fight involving a vehicle ending more [[GutPunch how you'd expect]], and her refusing to use her railgun against a power armor suit for fear of injuring the person inside. This becomes more than EarlyInstallmentWeirdness when the first episode of the second season does it again, in a plot [[CallBack nearly parallel to the first]]. In this episode, multiple criminals are trying to get away and they're doing so in a helicopter, which she still fires her railgun at despite the wide range of explosive variables that entails. The rotor just barely misses her head as it flies off and she still doesn't flinch, while the rest of the helicopter luckily crashes into an empty body of water while her teleporter friend saves the criminals who managed to not get injured by any of the explosions.
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* In a very minor example, the first episode of ''Anime/ACertainScientificRailgun'' has some subtle differences that don't match the tone of the rest of the series. Mikoto is a lot more bold, blatantly breaks laws in front of her law enforcer friend for no particular reason, and when faced with a criminal about to run her down with a car, casually stands in the way and fires her railgun ''directly at the car'', causing it to spin several times before landing in a ''crater'', ''vertically''. In the rest of the show, fights are handled much more realistically, with Mikoto flinching at an expected punch, a later fight involving a falling vehicle ending more [[GutPunch how you'd expect]], and her refusing to use her railgun against a power armor suit for fear of injuring the person inside. This becomes more than EarlyInstallmentWeirdness when the first episode of the second season does it again, in a plot [[CallBack nearly parallel to the first]]. In this episode, multiple criminals are trying to get away and they're doing so in a helicopter, which she still fires her railgun at despite the wide range of explosive variables that entails. The rotor just barely misses her head as it flies off and she still doesn't flinch, while the rest of the helicopter luckily crashes into an empty body of water while her teleporter friend saves the criminals who managed to were conveniently not get injured by any of the explosions.explosions. While the rest of the series has comparable action, those two episodes stand out for ignoring the consequences in favor of RuleOfCool.
20th Aug '15 12:57:27 AM Jokubas
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* In a very minor example, the first episode of ''Anime/ACertainScientificRailgun'' has some odd, yet subtle differences from the rest of the series. Mikoto is a lot more bold, blatantly breaks laws in front of her law enforcer friend for no reason, and when faced with a criminal about to run her down with a car, casually stands in the way and fires her railgun ''directly at the car'', causing it to spin several times before landing ''vertically in a crater''. In the rest of the show, fights are treated much more realistically, with Mikoto flinching at an expected punch, at one point refusing to use her railgun against a power armor suit for fear of injuring the person inside, and a later fight involving a vehicle ending more [[KnightOfCerebus how you'd expect]]. What makes this different than simply EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is that the first episode of the second season does it again, in a plot [[CallBack nearly parallel to the first]]. In this episode, multiple criminals are trying to get away and they're doing so in a helicopter, which she still fires her railgun at despite the wide range of dangerous variables that entails. The rotor just barely misses her head as it flies off and she still doesn't flinch, while the rest of the helicopter luckily crashes into an empty body of water while her teleporter friend saves the criminals.
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* In a very minor example, the first episode of ''Anime/ACertainScientificRailgun'' has some odd, yet subtle differences from that don't match the tone of the rest of the series. Mikoto is a lot more bold, blatantly breaks laws in front of her law enforcer friend for no particular reason, and when faced with a criminal about to run her down with a car, casually stands in the way and fires her railgun ''directly at the car'', causing it to spin several times before landing ''vertically in a crater''. ''crater'', ''vertically''. In the rest of the show, fights are treated handled much more realistically, with Mikoto flinching at an expected punch, at one point a later fight involving a vehicle ending more [[GutPunch how you'd expect]], and her refusing to use her railgun against a power armor suit for fear of injuring the person inside, and a later fight involving a vehicle ending inside. This becomes more [[KnightOfCerebus how you'd expect]]. What makes this different than simply EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is that when the first episode of the second season does it again, in a plot [[CallBack nearly parallel to the first]]. In this episode, multiple criminals are trying to get away and they're doing so in a helicopter, which she still fires her railgun at despite the wide range of dangerous explosive variables that entails. The rotor just barely misses her head as it flies off and she still doesn't flinch, while the rest of the helicopter luckily crashes into an empty body of water while her teleporter friend saves the criminals.criminals who managed to not get injured by any of the explosions.
20th Aug '15 12:51:10 AM Jokubas
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* In a very minor example, the first episode of ''Anime/ACertainScientificRailgun'' has some odd, yet subtle differences from the rest of the series. Mikoto is a lot more bold, blatantly breaks laws in front of her law enforcer friend for no reason, and when faced with a criminal about to run her down with a car, casually stands in the way and fires her railgun ''directly at the car'', causing it to spin several times before landing ''vertically in a crater''. In the rest of the show, fights are treated much more realistically, with Mikoto flinching at an expected punch and at one point refusing to use her railgun against a power armor suit for fear of injuring the person inside. What makes this different than simply EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is that the first episode of the second season does it again, in a plot [[CallBack nearly parallel to the first]]. In this episode, multiple criminals are trying to get away and they're doing so in a helicopter, which she still fires her railgun at despite the wide range of dangerous variables that entails. The rotor just barely misses her head as it flies off and she still doesn't flinch, while the rest of the helicopter luckily crashes into an empty body of water while her teleporter friend saves the criminals.
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* In a very minor example, the first episode of ''Anime/ACertainScientificRailgun'' has some odd, yet subtle differences from the rest of the series. Mikoto is a lot more bold, blatantly breaks laws in front of her law enforcer friend for no reason, and when faced with a criminal about to run her down with a car, casually stands in the way and fires her railgun ''directly at the car'', causing it to spin several times before landing ''vertically in a crater''. In the rest of the show, fights are treated much more realistically, with Mikoto flinching at an expected punch and punch, at one point refusing to use her railgun against a power armor suit for fear of injuring the person inside.inside, and a later fight involving a vehicle ending more [[KnightOfCerebus how you'd expect]]. What makes this different than simply EarlyInstallmentWeirdness is that the first episode of the second season does it again, in a plot [[CallBack nearly parallel to the first]]. In this episode, multiple criminals are trying to get away and they're doing so in a helicopter, which she still fires her railgun at despite the wide range of dangerous variables that entails. The rotor just barely misses her head as it flies off and she still doesn't flinch, while the rest of the helicopter luckily crashes into an empty body of water while her teleporter friend saves the criminals.
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