Created By: Freezer on September 10, 2012 Last Edited By: Freezer on October 3, 2012
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First Day From Hell

Disaster strikes on a character's first day in a new job.

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Bob is entering his first day on the job at Tropeco Industries. He expects to spend the first few days getting his feet wet, learning what his responsibilities are, getting to know his co-workers.

And before he can really get settled in, all hell breaks loose. Criminals break in and take hostages. Massive equipment failures. Aliens invade. War breaks out. They run out of coffee and can't get more until tomorrow. Bob then either takes up responsibility for dealing with the crisis or the responsibility is already part of their job. No guarantees they're up to the challenge.

Distinct from It Never Gets Any Easier, in that this is clearly not part of the routine. Compare with New Job Episode. Contrast Retirony ("last day from hell").

Examples

Video Games
  • Half-Life Gordon Freeman's first day at in his new position at Black Mesa is the day The Combine invades.
  • Resident Evil 2: Leon Kennedy's first day with the Raccoon City PD is the day of another T-Virus outbreak.

Real Life
  • Ben Sliney's first day as the FAA's National Operation Manager (basically the Air Traffic Controller-in-chief) was September 11, 2001. It was his call to ground every civilian aircraft in America for four days (over 4,200). He played himself in the film, United 93.

Live Action TV
  • Gwen Cooper's first day at Torchwood starts with a meteor hitting Cardiff, moves on to Gwen accidentally releasing an alien being, and progresses to serial murder and alien possession. Because it's Torchwood, the job never really gets easier.
  • In Babylon 5, Delenn's first day as a full-member of the Minbari Grey Council was the day the Minbari encountered the Earth ship Prometheus. An encounter that resulted in the botched first contact-turned-battle that killed Delenn's mentor, Dukhat, and sparked the Earth/Minbari War.
  • Lynn McGill's first day as head of CTU Los Angeles involves his getting mugged by his junkie sister and her boyfriend and that mugging leading directly to a nerve gas attack on CTU headquarters.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • September 10, 2012
    MCE
    I'm pretty sure half life wasn't Gordon Freemans first day, he had been working there for a while given how many of the people there know him.
  • September 10, 2012
    Tallens
    Kind of a trial by fire thing?
  • September 10, 2012
    Freezer
    According to The Half-Life Saga Story Guide, Gordon was new to his position, if not to Black Mesa itself.
  • September 10, 2012
    nitrokitty
    The opposite of this trope would be Retirony.
  • September 10, 2012
    TheNinth
    Gwen Cooper's first day at Torchwood starts with a meteor hitting Cardiff, moves on to Gwen accidentally releasing an alien being, and progresses to serial murder and alien possession. Because it's Torchwood, the job never really gets easier.
  • September 10, 2012
    ccoa
    The description needs to be an actual description of the trope. Example As Thesis is frowned upon.

    I can't even tell if this is a good example due to the poor description, but in case it is:

    • In Dead Like Me, George's first day on the job is probably the worst day of her life. Her mother yells at her to get her ass out of bed, she's forced to wear a terrible suit from a funeral, she gets the worst job the job agency provides people with, drops important papers down the elevator shaft, gets informed she only gets forty minutes for her lunch "hour", and, to top it all off, gets killed by a deorbiting toilet seat when she goes out to eat.
  • September 10, 2012
    spacemarine50
    Title implies that every day on the job would be like Hell, not just the first.
  • September 10, 2012
    SKJAM
    Remembering a movie on the film festival circuit, but not its name: Guy's first day on the job involves hints the previous owner of his desk was a porn addict, OCD sufferer (post-it notes everywhere) and possibly Ax Crazy; being told he must fax an item before he can go home (and a surly co-worker is camping over the fax machine) and getting locked on the floor when everyone else leaves for the night...and it only gets worse from there.
  • September 10, 2012
    Freezer
    Leaving this here instead of the main write-up, for someone to verify I've got the facts right:

    In Babylon 5, Delenn's first day as a full-member of the Grey Council was the day the Minbari encountered the Earth ship Prometheus. And the botched first contact-turned-battle that killed her mentor, Dukhat, and sparked the Earth/Minbari War.
  • September 10, 2012
    Tallens
    ^^Yeah that's right.
  • September 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    This happened multiple times with multiple characters on Twenty Four. I'm sorry to say though that I can't name any specific examples. (Not Jack.)
  • September 26, 2012
    SKJAM
    The movie I mentioned above was The New Guy. And to spoil the ending, subsequent days are better if he's in fact the same person.
  • October 3, 2012
    Koveras
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