* ''Manga/DeathNote''
** L is introduced as a character when he tricks Light into killing Lind L. Tailor, and then uses various pieces of circumstantial evidence to discover that Light is not omniscient or all-powerful; he does, in fact, have limits on his ability to kill people, and ''L now knows where "Kira" lives''. He also ''openly taunts'' Light, becoming the first person in the series thus far to truly make him angry.
** The anime introduces Mello and Near in the same scene, having the former freak out in reaction to what he's told while the latter remains calm, nicely setting up the RedOniBlueOni dynamic between them.
* [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Haruko Haruhara]] of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' fame gets this in the first few seconds, just to let the audience (and the characters around her) know that she's insane: After finishing a piece of bread that she was implied to have stolen, she revs up her moped, gives us a smirk and a cry of "Awright! '''''LUUUUUNCHHHH.... TIIIIIIMMMMEEEE!!!!'''''", and blasts off at breakneck speeds, running over our main character (which she doesn't even ''notice'' until she stops), completely freaks out about "killing" who she believes to be "Tarou-kun", defying all laws of physics in the process, and then proceeds to give her version of [[CPRCleanPrettyReliable CPR]] (actually, just planting one long, passionate kiss on the mouth) knocking said protagonist out of shock, proceeding to bean him square on the head with a bass guitar, shake him upside down (even though she had just told the protagonist's friend not to do this) frustrated that "it's not coming out," then proceeding to call him useless and driving off faster than when she arrived.
* In ''Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro'', Lupin and Jigen triumphantly drive off with stolen cash. However, they quickly realize the bills are impressive forgery of the Goat Bills. The disappointment doesn't last long and they just joyfully throw all of the (probably spendable) cash out and decide to find the source of the forgery.
* The very first thing Ryuko Matoi does in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is [[{{Badass}} take a bite out of a raw lemon]]. Without even peeling it.
** Her enemy Satsuki first appears standing on the tallest building in the school, radiating blinding light and making a dramatic speech about how [[TheSocialDarwinist absolute her rule is.]]
** Satsuki's enforcer Gamagoori first appears kicking down a heavy steel door and then entering a room as if he is a giant [[LargeHam while declaring that he is there on official business.]]
*** When said steel door is kicked at him, the teacher, Mr Mikisugi, who had previously been giving an incredibly dull lecture, [[ObfuscatingStupidity is the only person who manages to avoid it]].
*** Ryuko's best friend Mako is seen in the same scene, sleeping in class, unaffected by Gamagoori's rampage or even the tear gas bomb being dropped afterwards.
** Nui, a later antagonist, introduces herself by intervening a fight between Ryuko and Sanageyama in a way that makes you [[LimitedAnimation wonder if they ran out of animation budget when it came time to draw her in]], [[MediumAwareness touching Satsuki's cheek across a split screen]], [[TheWorfEffect effortlessly defeats Saganeyama with]] [[FingerPokeOfDoom just one]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext pinkie]], [[spoiler:[[WhamShot then proceeding to pull out the other half of the Scissor Blades]] and reveal that [[StrangerBehindTheMask she's the one who killed Ryuko's dad]]]]. Keep in mind: this is all within five minutes of her debut.
* Yusuke Urameshi in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' spends his first scene, and in fact the first several episodes, dead. This is far from defining, as he gets better, but the true EstablishingCharacterMoment here is him getting rather irritable at the people gathered around his corpse, even taking a swing at one of the paramedics there to take his body away. He is a ghost at the time, so it really comes to nothing.
** All of this happens AFTER he had sacrificed his own life to save a child (more or less...), which goes a long way to establish him as a good-natured thug.
** Kurama walking out on Hiei and that other guy after acquiring the magic mirror.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Luffy's first appearances in both the manga and anime pretty solidly define his personality and approach towards life, albeit at different angles. In the manga, we see him as a small child giving himself a scar on his cheek to show how tough he was, and is ''cheerful'' in the next scene. The anime shows him bursting out of a barrel cheerfully screaming about his great nap.
** [[BadassNormal Zoro's]] first appearance in the manga is being tied to a pole, starving for 9 days and '''''smiling'''''. Also, when he eats the dirty riceball that a little girl left him (who he had earlier rescued despite not knowing her and was why he was captured in the first place) and asks Luffy to tell her that it tasted good, you know he's a good guy at heart.
** Nami's first appearance in both the anime and manga does this - in the manga, she's running away from some pirates who she's just stolen from, and when Luffy falls out the sky in front of her, she uses him as a scapegoat so she can run away. In the anime, she's sweet-talking a guy on a rich passenger ship, only to sneak off to steal things the second everyone's distracted.
** Sanji is introduced serving Fullbody and his date, making advances on the date. When Fullbody tries to get him in trouble in revenge for being humiliated, and ends up spilling the soup that Sanji made on the floor, Sanji beats him up, as wasting food is a BerserkButton for him.
** [[MasterSwordsman Mihawk]] is introduced by effortlessly destroying Don Krieg's flagship, already having destroyed the rest of his fleet. When asked why he followed them, he stated it was to kill time.
** Captain Smoker gets an interesting introductory scene -- a little girl spills her ice cream on him, initially causing him to set his DeathGlare off on her. But rather than snarl at her or KickTheDog he kindly [[PetTheDog offers to buy her a new one]]. This establishes him as a more morally complex character than many of the other Marine characters in ''One Piece'' who doesn't adhere to the Marine's "Absolute Justice" doctrine, and hence mainly serves as a WorthyOpponent later on for the crew.
** Ace is introduced as having fallen asleep in a restaurant, while eating and while in the middle of the conversation, making it look like he'd died mid-sentence from spider poison. The first thing he does upon waking up is wipe his face on a lady's dress, wonder why everyone's panicking...and immediately fall back to sleep in the same position as before. His following conversation with Smoker also shows his more serious side.
** The first thing Admiral Akainu does onscreen is blowing up a ship full of evacuees that the Marines had promised to spare just because of the slim chance that one of the criminals they were after might be onboard. This happened in Robin's backstory, ''20 years ago''.
** Movie 7 ''[[Anime/TheGiantMechanicalSoldierOfKarakuriCastle The Giant Mechanical Soldier of Karakuri Castle]]'' establishes the original seven Straw Hats fairly well within the first minute.
*** [[MrViceGuy Nami]] is excited about finding such a huge treasure chest.
*** [[HandsomeLech Sanji]] gushes about how beautiful Nami is before arguing with Zoro.
*** [[DeadpanSnarker Zoro]] snarks at Sanji and points out how are they going move the treasure chest.
*** [[CowardlyLion Usopp]] is worried that if they don't stay focused, they'll die.
*** [[GeniusDitz Chopper]] panics at Usopp's words.
*** [[TeamMom Robin]] calms Chopper and assures him they'll make it.
*** Luffy cheerfully agrees and says things will work out. [[IdiotHero Before knocking the tent covering them from the rain.]]
** Many of the Eleven Supernovas get fairly interesting reveals. Law is introduced as a level-headed yet creepy pirate who doesn't hesitate to flip off the supernova with the highest bounty.
* Within minutes of first appearing in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Crow steals from a warehouse, pulls off a one-turn-kill against a Mook, then flips out some wings on his motorcycle to fly over a ramp to safety. [[SpotlightStealingSquad Get used to such moments]].
* While it may not appear this way at first, the initial appearance of Priscilla in ''{{Manga/Claymore}}'' sets up a lot of what will happen later. We hear that she's a new Claymore who's recently ranked # 2...and then she's late, and when she does show up she [[{{Dojikko}} trips and falls over]] while apologizing for being late because of some Yoma. Just as the other Claymores and the audience are prepared to write her off, we look around and see that the alley she just came out of is ''covered from top to bottom with dead Yoma'', which she just plowed through, ''by herself'', without alerting the others. This establishes Priscilla's naive and innocent nature while giving a glimpse of just how ridiculous her powers are, so it's no surprise that she later becomes what may be the most powerful awakened being '''''ever'''''.
* Precia Testarossa's first scene in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' involves her [[EvilMatriarch sadistically whipping her daughter]] [[TheWoobie Fate]] for not bringing her enough [[MineralMacguffin Jewel Seeds]]. Say hello to the BigBad of season 1, and by far ''the'' cruelest villain of the series.
* Before she even makes it to her first audition in ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', Sora shows her colors as a [[PluckyGirl spirited and determined youth]] by chasing down a man who stole her luggage using some [[strike:impressive]] ''[[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming amazing]]'' [[LeParkour acrobatics]]. When a girl is able to chase after a guy at full speed through heavy traffic and ''catch up to him'', don't think she'll be one to give up her greater goals (becoming a full-fledged member of the Kaleido Stage troupe) so easily.
* In ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', Guts is first seen [[spoiler: having sex with a woman who turns into a demon, then shooting her with his arm cannon]], then killing a bunch of thugs in a tavern with his crossbow and chopping one in half with one blow of his {{BFS}}. The purpose of this is to let the reader know just how ruthless Guts is, and to demonstrate his {{Badass}} qualities.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'':
** In the first episode Kamina challenging a giant robot to a fight on foot ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome with nothing but a katana]]'', while self narrating, clearly displays the level of HotBlooded {{determinat|or}}ion the audience is to expect.
** In the same episode, Yoko comes in swinging down on a rope and blasting the Gunmen with a sniper rifle. Then Simon [[FunbagAirbag falls on her]], and she ''doesn't'' deliver the slap-in-the-face gut reaction you'd expect from [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion a Gainax heroine]].
* Lelouch gets two critical ones in the first episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass''; firstly, after using his MagicalEye to make the soldiers threatening him kill themselves, he flashes an [[PsychoticSmirk Evil Grin]]. More importantly, and more commonly overlooked, is the fact that when he thinks he's about to die, he thinks of his [[MoralityPet little sister]].
** In his flashbacks we see he is not physically fit when Suzaku beats him in a race up a hill as well. During a chess game he moves his king first showing his penchant for bold, audacious and borderline reckless moves. When he is trapped in the truck Lelouch deduces he is in Tokyo's old subway system by ear showing his brilliant mind.
** In the first episode, Suzaku proceeds to give Lelouch his only gas mask when the (supposed) container of poison gas opens, and then gets shot for refusing to kill Lelouch for [[HeKnowsTooMuch witnessing something he shouldn't]]. This becomes a lot more significant once we get TheReveal about [[DeathSeeker Suzaku's motivations]].
*** Suzaku is such a dynamic character that he gets multiple [=ECM=]s. [[spoiler: His admittance to Kallen about killing his father, his willingness to use Nunnally to manipulate Lelouch, his LaughingMad moment after the FLEIJA goes off]]. Exactly ''which'' moments properly establish his constantly evolving character is best left to personal opinion.
** When Cornelia is introduced, the very first thing we see her do is lead an army of elite Knightmare pilots to a stunning victory against clearly outmatched foes. The generic bad guys are blown to smithereens, and the viewer is treated to a visual of her Knightmare standing triumphantly over her fallen foes, surrounded by flames. At that point, it's quite obvious she's not to be trifled with.
** Nunnally referring to Sayoko as Japanese and not Eleven.
** In ''[[Manga/CodeGeassNightmareOfNunnally Nightmare of Nunnally]]'', Alice is first introduced using her SuperSpeed powers to steal the skirts of the bullies harassing Nunnally. Later chapters reveal that this is not the first time she has done something like this.
* ''[[Manga/GetterRobo New Getter Robo]]'' is an absolute ''goldmine'' for amazingly memorable ECMs. To wit:
** Ryoma successfully prevents a Yakuza boss from stabbing him by grabbing his wrist in time...only to grip down on the blade with his free hand anyway, just to show how {{badass}} he is. "Come on, push or pull. You'll save face if you at least chop off a finger." This sets the tone for the rest of the series, which is mostly composed of CrazyAwesome and {{Slasher Smile}}s.
** Ryouma: Walking into a multinational Martial Arts tournament, insulting everyone there, ''[[BadAss beating the shit out of everyone there]],'' declaring that its revenge for the way the showboating modern martial artists had destroyed his father's career as a Dojo master, and then fighting off a hit-squad even after getting stabbed in the shoulder.
** Professor Saotome: After Hiring above-mentioned hitsquad to test Ryouma's capabilities, his response can be summed up as such: "Good job, you proved you're a badass. Now shut up and get in the giant robot."
** Hayato: Ripping a dude's face off with his bare hands for not being willing to follow him.
** Musashi: After Ryouma crashes the Getter Falcon in a forest full of de-evolved humans, Musashi rolls in, saves his life, and then proceeds to help repair the eagle with a squad of monkeymen that he cowed into submission by beating the shit out of them until they followed his lead, and then helping the Injured Ryouma pilot the Getter. What makes this establishing is that [[ManChild at no point in this entire sequence does Musashi ever stop acting like a dangerously cheerful 8 year old]].
** Prof. Shikishima: While being used as a Human Shield, he proceeds to recommend that Ryouma use a particular gun on the nearby workbench to [[ShootTheHostage shoot the Dinosaur Assassin through him]], describing in gory detail how he wants to get shot in the head and die in a massive explosion of gore, [[CrossesTheLineTwice going on for so long that the Assassin gets freaked out and runs away]]. After Ryouma compliments him on his bluff, Shikishima responds in confusion that he wasn't bluffing.
** Go: After it is established that Go deliberately underperforms in everything he does and hangs around in a bad crowd, a seven foot tall supermuscled cyborg monstrosity arrives on his front door. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny His mother immediately sighs, turns around, and yells to Go that one of his friends has come by before said Cyborg demolishes the front end of the house]].
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' opens in the manga with Yukari-sensei boisterously introducing herself...to the ''wrong class''. The anime opens with her [[HeroStoleMyBike stealing a student's bike]] to get to class on time. Actually, ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is very good at setting up what a character will be like on first meeting: Chiyo-chan tutors a very embarrassed older student in her second scene; Sakaki makes Chiyo nervous at first...and then we see her "preferred jobs" list includes "Veterinarian" and "Toy store clerk"; Tomo volunteers to [[StandingInTheHall stand in the hall with buckets]] and fails.
** The opening sequence of the anime introduces the girls in manners befitting their personalities as they are tossed into the air: Chiyo-Chan [[CheerfulChild is loving it]], Osaka [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} looks surprised]], Sakaki [[ShrinkingViolet seems confused]], Yomi [[StraightMan tucks and rolls]], and Tomo [[GenkiGirl enjoys it]]...until the logo smacks into her.
*** Kimura's defining moment is the page quote for {{Joshikousei}}, when he loudly declares how much he likes high school girls.
* Our introduction to Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is a scene of her brutally murdering about thirty five guards. While [[NakedFirstImpression naked]].
** Thirty-five guards and a [[PluckyComicRelief scatter-brained]] {{Dojikko}} secretary, who had in the previous scene received a little character building, making this an [[AnyoneCanDie establishing moment for the]] ''[[AnyoneCanDie show]]'' [[AnyoneCanDie as well.]]
* In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', Keigo Atobe, captain of the Hyoutei team, walks onto the tennis court for his match against Seigaku's Kunimitsu Tezuka amidst cheers and cries of "The winner will be Atobe! The loser will be Tezuka! The winner will be Hyoutei! The loser will be Seigaku!" from his large crowd of supporters. When he reaches the center of the court he raises his hand and snaps his fingers, silencing the crowd at "The winner..." He then flings off his jersey and exclaims "Will be me!" His supporters go nuts. And that tells you everything you need to know about him.
** Our main character Ryoma Echizen establishes himself quickly in the first few scenes. First by telling off some bullies(mostly for being noisy), and then correcting them on their tennis grip.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Kamille Bidan]] quickly establishes just how hot headed he can be when he assaults an elite officer of the Federation. This is the first of many rash actions he takes before maturing into a respectable man and soldier.
** [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Allenby]] has this defining her as an ActionGirl by pitting her in an arcade simulation battle against Domon. The machine broke down before either of them called it quits.
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', the five Gundam Pilots each get their EstablishingCharacterMoment in the first episode, where four of them get brief scenes showing their initial battles on Earth and parts of their personalities (Duo's enthusiasm and glibness, Trowa's cool head and [[TheStoic stoicism]], Quatre's nice guy with an edge, and Wu Fei being an ArrogantKungFuGuy). Lead character Heero gets his at the very end when [[{{Ojou}} Relena]] invites him to her birthday party; in rapid succession, he tears up the invite, wipes away the tears that previous action caused, then whispers his CatchPhrase into her ear: "I'll kill you."
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'''s Woolf Enneacle has an episode for this. He struts out of the shower declaring that he's the best and challenges Flit to a contest for the Gundam. Then in the second half, we see that his massive ego [[LetsGetDangerous is actually justified]] because of his skills on the battlefield. TheHero of the second generation Asem is introduced when he beats up the bullies who are harrassing his friends and then worries about the mobile suit contest because [[WellDoneSonGuy he wants to impress his father]]. And third generation protagonist Kio proves his heroic credential by unhesitatingly staying in danger zone to rescue some left behind children amidst an attack on his home city.
* The ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' anime [[ActionPrologue started]] with a mysterious [[RedheadedHero redheaded girl]] angrily escaping from a huge [[strike:shadowy monster]] panda, [[WaifFu dexterously dodging its attacks]] and [[SupernaturalMartialArts countering with a flying kick and an impossible-looking throw]], then loudly complaining about being forced into an ArrangedMarriage (quite rudely in the Japanese version, too) and claiming to be looking for [[IJustWantToBeNormal the cure to]] [[CursedWithAwesome a curse]]. The manga merely delayed it a bit by introducing the Tendo family first, but Ranma's first appearance to the world was very memorable and quickly defined his basic traits to the audience at large. (It also indicated that something [[WeirdnessMagnet very weird]] was about to begin.)
** Kodachi Kuno gets a very distinctive one as well, as when Ranma meets her for the first time, she's been cornered by three rival gymnasts attempting to get revenge on her for previous times ''she'' had ambushed ''them.'' Kodachi responds by feigning innocence, defeating them effortlessly, and then continuing to beat on them even whilst lecturing them on how "if I weren't a ''lady''" she would ''really'' do something awful.
* In the second episode and chapter of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Rosette gets hurt during a battle and is briefly knocked unconscious. Chrono then jumps to conclusions and assumes she's either badly injured or dead and has a FreakOut, trying to break the seal on his demonic powers on his own. In both versions it serves to establish Chrono's true nature as a demon, and also how fiercely protective he is of Rosette. In the {{manga}} it also establishes Chrono's FatalFlaw--his temper--which pays off in volume 5, when he [[spoiler:breaks his seal when confronted with Aion and tries to kill him--nearly killing Rosette with his powers and setting half of San Francisco on fire in the process]].
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' Jack Rakan is introduced when he interrupts Negi's fight against Kagetarou and proceeds to end it with [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_sensei_negima/v22/c200/8.html a sword the size of a building]].
** After Kurt Godel's first appearance, it is quite clear that he is a manipulative asshole and a blatant liar ("Where have I seen your face? Couldn't ''possibly'' have been on Megalomesembria's Most Wanted...") -- and that he is not one to be trifled with, politically or on the battlefield.
* Firo's first appearance in the anime version of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has him taking out an old homeless man that was trying to stab him--even though Firo had given him money a moment earlier--after said homeless man cuts off a couple of Firo's fingers...which immediately [[PullingThemselvesTogether reattach themselves.]]
** The light novel introduces him this way, as well, except it replaces his fingers being cut off with him simply disarming his opponent and knocking him out (since at the point in the novel when he's introduced, he's still a BadassNormal).
** Although it's not his first scene, Luck Gandor's establishing moment in the anime comes when he recites the first few lines of EdgarAllanPoe's poem "Spirits of the Dead," and reflects that where previously his fear of death made the poem terrifying to him, now that he is immortal he would no longer be afraid to die if he could.
*** In the novels, Luck and his brothers are introduced forcing a man to play RussianRoulette with a fully loaded revolver; when he panics and tries to shoot Keith, Luck sorrowfully informs him that [[FalseRoulette the cartridges were all empty]], that they know he's been embezzling from them, and the whole thing was a SecretTestOfCharacter which he has just [[YouHaveFailedMe failed miserably]].
--->'''Luck:''' This is truly regrettable.
** Right from the get-go, you know Isaac and Miria are [[TheDitz complete, lovable morons.]] It might have something to do with their year-long stint searching for gold in a mine. Before impulsively [[OutlawCouple stealing from the mafia to]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship give their buddy an expensive gift.]]
* The very first thing Scar does in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is break into a guarded house in a very leisurely manner and slaughter [[HumanResources Shou Tucker]] by BLOWING HIS HEAD APART. [[spoiler:He then turns his attention to his daughter Nina Tucker, whom Shou Tucker [[BodyHorror has alchemically fused with her dog.]] Scar then [[MercyKill kills her as gently as he can]] [[WarriorMonk and then prays]] [[BadassPreacher to God to accept her father and her.]]]]
** The side story where Fuery finds a puppy in the rain is one for Hawkeye. She tells him to find the dog an owner by the end of the day, or he'll have to put the dog back. At the end of the day he tells her he couldn't find anyone - at which point she promptly adopts the dog herself. (At this point, Hawkeye was only a side character, and thus the reader believed she ''really would'' make him put the dog back in the rain.)
** Izumi Curtis first appears as a bed-ridden woman. She then welcomes Edward by slamming her foot into his face. Then she happily greets Al. Then she judo-throws him. Then, as she's berating them for being out of shape, she suddenly spits a lot of blood. And finally she hugs her comforting husband in a lovey-dovey manner. There, that's (almost) everything you need to know about teacher Izumi.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' has Sagara Sousuke established right from his entrance to be an [[TheStoic emotionless]] {{Badass}} that doesn't have any particular feeling or compassion towards people dying. The whispered girl that he rescues asks him if he feels sad that one of his brave comrades died, to which he blankly replies that he doesn't really know or feel anything particular.
** [[BigBad Gauron's]] establishing moment during the first episode he's shown...where he has shady dealings and smugglings with the KGB. When the [[GiantMook huge, muscled lieutenant]] gets angry at him for raising his rates, calling him a "Chinaman" and threatening to throw him into the labor mines, Gauron calmly and smilingly takes out his gun and pumps the man's head full of lead. He then proceeds to happily go up to the terrified colonel and continue discussing business. It certainly sets the idea and tone for the rest of the story that Gauron is a complete AxCrazy psychopath that won't hesitate to kill anyone [[ForTheEvulz for the heck of it]].
* Balalaika gets one of these at the end of the third episode of ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', when she calls the Lagoon Company in order to tell them a "very funny joke," the punch line of which is [[spoiler:her firebombing the apartment of that arc's antagonist]]. While there were a couple of hint in the two previous episodes, this scene is the moment that clearly establishes her as the AffablyEvil SociopathicHero BloodKnight that she is.
** The first episode has a number of examples: Dutch with his cool-and-in-control persona as he competently manages a group of hostages. Revy's establishing moment during the next scene shows her as a psychotic woman with a HairTriggerTemper, and caps off with Revy trying to ''shoot'' Rock while looking away before being corralled by Dutch, the only person on the crew who can handle her. Rock is initially portrayed as a quite fearful FishOutOfWater, but in the Yellow Flag scene, the first clue we're shown that he is more than he seems is when he drains his rum in one gulp before Revy's shocked eyes, leading to a drink-off between the two. And then the shootout, which shows Revy sporting a SlasherSmile while capping a group of hardened mercs with GunsAkimbo, establishing just why she's called "Two Hands."
** Benny also gets one when he comforts Rock in a later episode [[spoiler: regarding the fates of Hansel and Gretel]], showing that while he's a nice guy, he's utterly desensitized to the violence.
* Aside from kicking ass (in most cases, anyway), the Suzaku and Seiryuu Seishi from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' commonly make an entrance while their body symbols are glowing.
* The anime of ''{{Trigun}}'' pulls this off beautifully with its main character, Vash the Stampede. His very first first appearance, where he survives a saloon being blown to pieces, belies his later appearances as an incompetent goofball, giving the audience brief but profound proof that, despite his immature behavior, he really could be the legendary outlaw.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', all the main charachters get one
** Haruhi's very first line cements her character: "I have no interest in ordinary humans. If there are any aliens, time travellers, espers, or sliders, come join me. That is all."
** Kyon quickly establishes his [[DeadPanSnarker snarky]] [[LemonyNarrator narrator]] status with his initial monologue
** Yuki Nagato easily establishes her status as a [[TheQuietOne quiet]], [[ExtremeDoormat passive]], EmotionlessGirl by allowing Haruhi to use her club room and replying to 4 questions with eight words (two of which are her name).
** Mikuru Asahina's introduction is her getting [[TheChewToy kidnapped and molested]] by Haruhi because she is cute.
** Itsuki's intro "Oh, I get it. As expected of Ms. Suzumiya" establishes his MrExposition role.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is filled with them:
** Shinji Ikari - an introvert concealing large amounts of rage at his father over being abandoned yet still returning when his father calls, and then submitting to his father's manipulation of protecting others while putting himself at risk both physically and emotionally. An amazingly complex character, but all pretty well established in the first episode.
** Misato Katsuragi - Wild party girl in her picture, drives like crazy, sympathetic in a motherly or CoolBigSis way towards our hero, established in the first episode.
** Gendo Ikari - a cold hearted bastard who manipulates everyone, and willing sends his own children into mortal combat, first episode.
** Rei Ayanami - mysterious, magical, stoic, obedient, all in the first episode ''with only a single line of dialogue''.
** Asuka Langley Sohryu - the '''infamous''' introduction, following her skirt blowing in the air: *SMACK* *SMACK* *SMACK* "What was that for?" "Viewing fee."
*** That's only half of her character, though. In the next episode, she is shown crying in her sleep about the loss of her mother, which displays her sweeter, almost completely hidden side.
** Kaji - "Is she still wild in bed?" While playing footsie under the table. Oh Kaji you HandsomeLech you.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion 2.0'' opens with a fight between the previously unseen Third Angel and new character Mari Illustrious Makinami. In the space of the first few minutes, we witness Mari [[{{Nerdgasm}} gushing over her Eva's controls]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} casually singing to herself while heading into battle]], ''[[CrazyAwesome trying to ]]'' '''GIGA DRILL BREAK''' ''[[CrazyAwesome the Angel]]'', [[BloodKnight wincing in pain then exclaiming that it's fun]] and [[SelfDestructiveCharge finishing the battle by arming the self-destruct and ejecting]].
** Shortly afterward, we get Asuka's introduction, which is much more...er, ''theatrical'' than her series one.
*** ''Theatrical'' meaning she leaps from a plane in a giant robot, and tears one of the largest Angels shown so far a new one before she ever touches the ground. It was dead by the time she landed.
* From the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' manga, the very first image of Yami No Yuugi, or the Pharoh, has him dressed in [[HellBentForLeather leather]], casually perched on a brick wall, and giving a bully, who had beaten the crap out of his [[SplitPersonality host]] hours before, what can really only be described as the mutant offspring of a Rape Face and a Death glare. Within the next few pages, he challenges the bully to a game that consists of nearly stabbing their hands with a huge hunting knife through a stack of dollar bills. The bully loses. The Pharoh does [[MindRape something]] to convince the bully a pile of leaves is really a pile of cash. It's implied that the Bully never recovers from this. You now know everything there is to know about the Pharoh.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' first shows Henrietta, the quiet little girl with a violin case, break a mans' neck with said violin case, before opening fire up on a group of thugs with a P90 submachine gun...[[DissonantSerenity ''remaining completely expressionless.'']] It quickly switches to a montage of her training, which she tackles in the same emotionless, mechanical fashion. The next scene, though, has her puddling up when her handler admonishes her for being reckless, effectively demonstrating that for all the killing, she's still a little girl.
** In the first episode featuring Triela we see her acting as a CoolBigSis to Henrietta, then it changes to her running down a Mafia mook who she takes down with a few aimed blows, then shoots without orders when he draws a gun, then she backchats her handler over the matter when he reprimands her -- all establishing Triela as a kind, mature, skilled ActionGirl with a touch of independence and rebelliousness unusual in these brainwashed cyborg killers.
* ''Manga/KOn'' has the main character Yui oversleep, almost drop her cell phone in an attempt to pick it up, panic, race to school, (falling over on the way out), saying goodbye though a mouthful of food. Even in her rush to get to school on time, she doesn't neglect to pat an adorable puppy and help an old lady across the street..... and when she does get there, she finds out that she got there early by mistake, having read the clock wrong.
* ''Literature/SpiceAndWolf'' does a great job with Horo, who, first and foremost, howls. Then she asks for some ale, grabs some food, messes with Lawrence's head, plays with his emotions a bit, announces she'll be traveling with him, and then goes back to sleep, in about three minutes flat. A second moment shows a more fragile side, as Horo reflects on how she's no longer needed by the people she had watched over.
* ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' introduces Izaya Orihara by having him orchestrate the rescue a teenage girl from a kidnapping attempt...[[BaitTheDog which he]] ''[[BaitTheDog also]]'' [[BaitTheDog orchestrated]]. Why? [[{{Troll}} He just wanted to see how she'd react.]] It's a bit of an experiment for him, the question being whether he can get her to commit suicide. Why? Because he loves humans, [[MagnificentBastard and it's so interesting to see what they'll do.]]
** And in the very next scene, Celty gets hers: "The world isn't as cruel as you make it out to be."
** In the light novel and the manga, Izaya manages to do this to ''two'' girls ''at the same time''. Oh, he also drugs them and stuffs them into suitcases. Then he stands on a rooftop and [[LaughingMad laughs like an absolute lunatic]] while declaring his love for humanity. He's also the most popular character in the series, natch.
** His and Shizuo's characters are pretty well established by just the ''opening credits,'' which shows [[HairTriggerTemper Shizuo]] [[SuperStrength lifting up a vending machine, and throwing it at Izaya.]] Who smirks, and steps to the side, [[{{Troll}} causing a pipe to break, which gushes water and Shizuo and sends him flying backwards.]]
* In DragonBall Z, [[FutureBadass Future Trunks]] cemented both his [[{{Badass}} Badassery]] by [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomping]] [[BigBad Frieza and King Cold]] and then his [[TheCape kind nature]] by politely offering assistance to the Z-Fighters to find Goku.
* The very first moment of Omega Shenron from ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' involves him killing his own fellow Shadow Dragon for actually sticking to an honor code.
** Actually he was aiming for Goku but Nuova Shenron jumped in front of the blast. It was never his intention for Nuova Shenron to die.
** Pan's fight with the bank robbers manages to condense her cockiness, compassion (trying to get the person she though was a little kid out of there), ability to fight and bravery (remember, she's supposed to be 10, and is already at least stronger than Android 20 (Dr. Gero).
* ''{{Manga/Eyeshield 21}}'' has a few:
** The first time we see Hiruma he's got a gleefully manic smile and tricks the protagonist into revealing his cell phone number so he can learn his name and address [[{{Troll}} JUST so he can spam him with fliers to join the Football Team.]]
** Kurita walks into the Football Ball club room and sees a trio of delinquents about to beat up the protagonist. The delinquents then proceed to try and attack him. His conclusion? They must be hear to join the football team! [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength He then accidentally (and effortlessly) throws them to the side in an attempt to show them how to be a lineman.]] [[GentleGiant Just as Kurita is running to them to apologize, the bullies run away in fear.]]
** Shin's establishing character moment has him declaring he's not content with just being a normal person...[[TrainingFromHell WHILE DOING VERTICAL PUSH UPS WITH HIS THUMBS.]] Normal, ''right''.
* The ''Manga/WanderingSon'' anime adaptation has Chiba smacking a boy with a book on the head when he taunts Nitori, the object of her affections, about if he and his {{platonic life partner|s}} dated. At that period in time Chiba had a disliking that person, and she walked out of the classroom after attacking him. This scene shows off her ViolentlyProtectiveGirlFriend and ClingyJealousGirl behavior. A different variation happens in the manga where she's introduced asking Nitori if he was involved with a girl, to which he replies no. This makes her happy and she leaves, which makes Nitori monologue about how she's strange; this scene sets the mood for her social awkwardness.
** The manga is pretty good at this. Chizuru is introduced in both medias as wearing the male uniform on the first day of school, and later essentially hitting a girl; this shows off her calm {{Cloudcuckoolander}} nature and her GenkiGirl attitude. Her best friend Momoko is first seen clingy at her side, Oka is first seen asking Nitori if he has any masculine interests before dismissing him, Yuki is first seen seemingly flirting with a ten year old..
* The first sight the audience gets of [[TheLastDJ Kotetsu]] in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' is him standing on the rail in his Wild Tiger costume, waiting to intercept a hijacked monorail. When the producer of [=HeroTV=] instructs him to wait until after the commercial break to make his move, he refuses, telling us more or less everything we need to know about his role in the series.
** There's a moment for both title characters while [[WhatYouAreInTheDark they're out of costume and the camera isn't running]]. When passing by a child whose balloon was stuck in a tree, [[IceKing Barnaby]] walks on without sparing the scene a second glance. Kotetsu, on the other hand, immediately retrieves the balloon.
** Barnaby gets a [[PetTheDog positive one]] when he saves Kaede (though he had no idea she was Kotetsu's daughter) from certain death -- it's the first indication that despite his apparent coldness and indifference, he's not heartless.
* Hei of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' is introduced viciously [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogating]] and then killing a Contractor, showing that he's not at all a typical hero. He then gets a very different establishing scene in his [[ObfuscatingStupidity civilian identity as Li]], where he's a nice, gentle guy. The series is all about reconciling the two moments.
* Haku's first action in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' was to tell Chihiro to leave the spirit world for her own safety and distracting the other spirits, despite (seemingly) not knowing her. Later, when he gave her some food to stop her from disappearing, he lets her touch his hand to prove that it worked. It was a quick blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment but Haku's tender expression towards Chihiro proves that he isn't as cold as he seems.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'' opens with one for protagonist Konata. After an impressive run on the track, she is asked by Tsukasa why she doesn't go ahead and join the club. Konata's response? [[OtakuSurrogate It would get in the way of her anime]].
** Miyuki telling Konata of a better way of eating her chocolate cornet.
** Kagami getting mad at Konata for staring at her while she sleeps then [[{{Tsundere}} going into an internal monologue about how touched she is Konata visited her]].
** Tsukasa walking in on Kagami and Miyuki while still in her pajamas.
* In ''Anime/{{Mai-Hime}}'', Shiho is first established as a ClingyJealousGirl when she punches Yuuichi out of the way when he tries to give Mikoto CPR, saying that "(his) eyes look indecent".
** Haruka's first scene has her yelling at Mai for the property damage caused by her arrival at Fuuka Academy, while the other student council members are calmer and more welcoming of Mai.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': Kenshin's first act is to dodge Kaoru's attack easily, then feign ObfuscatingStupidity after realizing she's not a threat. His first mission statement, in the same chapter, is to state that while "the sword that protects life" is a foolish ideal, he prefers it over the reality that is the killing art of swordsmanship.
** Sanosuke is introduced as a restless figther who almost seems like a typical bully in his thirst for fights. His subsequent appearance in the Akabeko then establish him as more of a heroic if cynical figure after he beats up some noisy drunks. He also shows how observant he is with Kenshin's ObfuscatingStupidity.
** Saitou Hajime takes at least two to establish himself. In his debut, he shows off just how deadly he is by effortlessly defeating Sanosuke. Once his true colors are revealed, he tells his former employers that though they can bribe and tame anyone else, he only operates on his own code.
* In the very first scene of ''{{Manga/Bakuman}}'', Moritaka Mashiro is sitting in class, bored and pessimistic about his prospects if he gets a "normal" job while drawing a detailed sketch of his crush Miho Azuki.
* Akito Takagi appears in the classroom holding Mashiro's notebook. Instead of making fun of him or blackmailing him, he simply Mashiro if he wants to make a manga series with him.
** Eiji Nizuma's first mention is when he wins an honorable mention in a manga contest, and says that he won because he was drawing while other kids his age played video games. This comes off as somewhat arrogant to Mashiro and Takagi, but it also shows the depths of Eiji's passion for manga, especially when Eiji later confirms that he had to draw because he didn't live near others and his family couldn't afford video games.
** The editor in chief, in response to Eiji asking to cancel one series he doesn't like if he becomes the top-ranked manga artist, says he will consider the request if he still wants to do it after he learns about the difficulty of becoming a professional and becomes the top-ranked manga artist, showing his respect for determination.
* Christine from ''Manga/DaaDaaDaa'' seems like a quiet girl until the end of the episode. First she voices her concern that Kanata and Miyu have not returned to class then [[ClingyJealousGirl she starts talking to herself about what they are doing together]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} and imitates their voices]] and finally [[{{Yandere}} she trashes her desk in a fit of rage]].
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' gives us Kurosaki Ichigo who is seen beating up a bunch of thugs because they knocked over a vase which was an offering to a little girl who died recently. It would turn out Ichigo was doing all of this for the little girl, who came back as a ghost. He later tells the ghost girl that he will bring her new flowers and to hurry up and go to heaven.
** Ginjou was introduced by bumping into Ichigo and acting like a spaz as his bag was dropped. But as soon as Ichigo hands the bag to him and leaves, he flashes a smirk and [[FaceFramedInShadow his face was framed in shadow]].
** Nanao finds Kyoraku sleeping and tells him intruders have broken into Seireitei. He lazily responds with "What do you want me to do about it?" This was significant for another reason because Kyoraku's EvilCounterpart Starrk has the exact same exchange with Lilinette during the Hueco Mundo arc.
** Gin's first appearance involves him slicing off Jidanbo's arm and declaring that [[YouHaveFailedMe for a gatekeeper, losing means death]]. He then stays around long enough to confirm Ichigo's identity, then starts to walk away, only casually knocking Ichigo back and forcing the gate shut when Ichigo plans on fighting him.
** Chad's first scene in the manga has him catch a steel bar before it can hit the parakeet his friends just gave him, shrugging off any damage.
** Aizen gets one as well, but not when we first see him. In fact: his moment comes when he [[spoiler: stabs Momo after revealing he's alive]], and effectively saying in his calm tone that he really didn't care what he just did to her. The rest of the Soul Society arc forever establishes him as the main villain and [[BigBad Big Bad]].
** One of the Zero Squad members gets hers by way of Mayuri - she reveals that she broke into his lab and then calls him out for his lack of security. He ''sits there and takes it''. Considering we know that a) Mayuri ''hates'' having his lab messed with and b) is rather lacking in sanity, that he'd react in such a way nicely highlights what kind of badass we're dealing with.
** Mayuri himself gets his when, after his human bombs that he sicced on Uryu fail, blows them up anyway. "A bomb isn't supposed to come back."
* In his first minute on screen [[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Garrod Ran]] hijacks a Mobile Suite, ''with nothing but a 9mm and a homemade flash bang'', he then goes on to "rescue" a girl from kidnappers, steal a Gundam, wipe out an army with his Gundam's WaveMotionGun and put his girl into a coma, [[http://s978.photobucket.com/albums/ae270/Kytrix/Gundam%20X/?action=view¤t=GarrodRan.jpg&newest=1 and that's just the first two episodes.]]
* Anime/AkazukinChaCha botching her spell.
* ''Manga/SchoolRumble''
** Harima monologuing about the wonder of love after he had just beaten the tar out of a bunch of delinquents.
** Harima and Hanai try to impress their boss with their strength while working part-time as movers. The boss says they're not as strong as "Ichi-san" who they picture is a big burly dude. Turns out [[SamusIsAGirl she's a tiny girl]] [[CuteBruiser who can lift a piano]].
* ''Manga/SetoNoHanayome'': Lunar-papa's super action packed entrance.
* In ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', [[LovableSexManiac Yoichi]] is first introduced performing a SkinshipGrope on Nana.
* How does ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' introduce us to [[HotBlooded Sanada]] [[LargeHam Yukimura?]] Oh, just by having him blow open a giant door with his DualWielding spears, making a dramatic speech while whooping some {{Mook}}s, and eventually summoning a spiraling tornado of ''fire'' to impress his badass mentor!
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has several of these in the first chapter. America shows his ManChild personality and how they can make a huge hero to defend the earth. Switzerland irritably snaps at Japan for agreeing with America. England first appears to be the OnlySaneMan (with [[BritishStuffiness a hint]] of {{Tsundere}} towards [[HoYay America]]), only to lose his temper when France speaks up and then get into a fight with him.
** Then [[TeamMom China]] attempts to calm things down but [[ButtMonkey is ignored.]] Greece shows his [[ThePhilosopher philosophical]] side while being surrounded by cats and later is seen sleeping when the rest of the countries argue amongst themselves. Russia mentions enjoying seeing [[TheWoobie Lithuania]] begging to him in tears with [[PsychopathicManchild a cheerful smile]] and then asks if [[FragileFlower Latvia]] agrees (while [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon Belarus]] holds [[KnifeNut a knife]] to his throat). Poland jumps in to protect [[HeterosexualLifePartner Lithuania]] from Russia. [[DrillSergeantNasty Germany]] yells at everyone to shut up and strictly proceeds on with business. [[TheDitz Italy]], when chosen to speak first, shouts out his trademark food "PASTA!!!!!!!!!!!"
*** Italy gets another one when he first meets Germany; he's found hiding in a tomato crate, tries and fails to convince Germany [[ItMakesSenseInContext he's a fairy]], then tearfully surrenders and begs for his life.
** In Canada's first appearance, he apologizes for being late ... with no one realizing who he is.
* Manga/{{Naruto}}'s introduction establishes his nature as a prankster well enough, but the first scene that shows how there's more to him than that is when he sits on the swing, looking on at all the other kids who graduated get congratulations from their parents, while he is the ''only'' one who failed, showing the depths of his loneliness and isolation.
** In Iruka’s second scene, he tells Naruto that he can’t go home until he cleans the monuments, and Naruto sullenly responds that he has no one to go home to. Iruka ponders it for a moment, then tells Naruto that if he finishes, they’ll go out for ramen, effectively showing that Iruka may be strict, but also cares for Naruto.
** Gaara’s pre-HeelFaceTurn character is established when he breaks up the fight between Kankuro and Team 7 by threatening to kill Kankuro, ''his own brother''.
*** Then episode 34 comes by... Hoo boy! [[spoiler: He kills three people who he claims looked at him the wrong way, wants to kill Team 8 and threatens to kill his own SIBLINGS when they try to reason with him!]] Good grief! And he only gets ''worse'' before he gets better thanks to Naruto!
** Might Guy appears in a puff of smoke, brags about his rivalry with Kakashi, punches Lee for using [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique the Primary Lotus]] in a sparring match, then tearfully hugs him and assigns him laps.
** Jiraiya is introduced peeping on women in the baths, then knocks out Special Jonin Ebisu with one attack.
** Sai is introduced kneeling before Danzo, with a smile Danzo knows is fake. When told to stop it, Sai apologizes, saying that he read smiles are good for such situations.
** Hidan and Kakuzu's introduction indicates their conflicting personalities as a psychotic religious zealot and a practical, greedy mercenary. Hidan confesses that he might kill the Two-Tailed Beast's host in a rage, prompting Kakuzu to remind him that the mission is everything, to which he responds that his religion forbids not killing opponents.
** Suigetsu, shortly after being released from his tank, complains about the other two members Sasuke is planning on recruiting for what he then calls Team Snake. He then tells Sasuke that he isn't necessarily any better than the others who tried to take down Orochimaru- he only had more opportunities- while making threatening gestures at him, before backing down when Sasuke is unfazed, signifying that Suigetsu is not much of a team player.
** A is lifting a barbell one-handed while being told that Killer Bee has been captured. He then smashes his desk in anger, vowing to go after his little brother.
** Killer Bee first appears writing down rap lyrics and insisting that he be called Hachibi-sama (or Jinchuuriki-sama depending on translation) then fighting Sasuke by wielding [[CrazyAwesome seven swords, none of which he holds in his hands]].
* In ''{{Anime/Mai-Otome}}'', Nina's introduction involves her getting a drink as a gift from some admirers among the passengers of the sand ship. A desperately thirsty Arika then runs into her, spilling part of the drink on her and gulping down what's left, resulting in her adoptive father getting a look at her panties and [[DaddysGirl her]] being mortified.
** Shiho tells some Corals gossiping about Nina possibly facing expulsion for the incident in Episode 1 that they shouldn't talk about their classmate like that. When they're out of earshot, she gleefully holds up her "spiraling" stick and declares that this is Nina's punishment for not accepting her offer to be her room attendant.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has TeenGenius Shinichi solving a case and cannot resist the challenge. He meets up with his childhood friend Ran, who after he casually insults her father, ''punches'' a metal pole while cheerfully smiling.
* The first minutes of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'''s first episode could be considered the TropeCodifier, from [[LoveFreak Fuura Kafuka]]'s introduction where she happily dances beneath sakura trees on her way to school whildst praising spring, love and hope, to [[TheEeyore Itoshiki Nozomu]] interrupting her happy stroll by [[DrivenToSuicide hanging himself from one of the trees]] in front of her very eyes, setting the tone of these two characters straight, [[BlackComedy and then]] [[PlayedForLaughs playing the]] [[GallowsHumor suicide attempt]] [[HilarityEnsues for laughs]], setting the tone for the show.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the episode that debuted Makoto Kino had her effortlessly beating up three punks who were about to assault Usagi for running into them. This is her very first scene, and well before she even knew she was Sailor Jupiter, and before she even knew who Usagi was.
** ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' establishes Minako as not your typical MagicalGirl and a BunnyEarsLawyer when her mascotte Artemis shows up to tell her she's a Magical Girl and she ''kicks him out of the bathroom while calling him a pervert'', then leaves wondering since when cats can talk.
** Usagi's first scene is her sleeping in late, nearly forgetting her lunch, and running to school while still half asleep. That's it. That's all you need to know about Usagi.
* In ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', the eponymous heroine is first seen with her [[CoolShip glider]] coming to rescue Master Yupa from a rampaging Ohmu, which she [[BadassPacifist approaches peacefully and successfully calms down so that no one needs to be harmed]].
* Koichi Shidou of ''HighschoolOfTheDead'' first appears to be a well meaning teacher concerned for the safety of his students. But when one of said students breaks his ankle and pleads for help, Shidou responds "Oh well, that's it for you!" and ''stomps him on the face'' before casually walking away and leaving the boy as zombie food. [[{{Jerkass}} What a dick!]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' gives a pretty unique one to its main villain, Zeref. After building him up for 200 chapters as the ultimate evil the readers are shown a scene of him (though he goes unnamed at the time) about to be attacked by a pack of wolves. After killing them without trying he [[spoiler:apologizes for having taken their lives, and in fact tried to ward them off before they could attack so that they'd remain unharmed.]] It was such a drastic difference from what readers expected that despite earning the nickname "killing mage" virtually no one considered he may have been the anticipated villain.
** In the scene where Fairy Tail guild master Makarov is introduced, he scolds the members for the huge number of complaints regarding their reckless behaviour that he has received from the council, and ''immediately'' proceeds to burn away all those complaint letters and tells the members not to care about the council.
** The first chapter/episode showcases Natsu and Lucy quite well. Lucy seems to be an average fan girl but shows courage in confronting the villain of the episode with her stellar spirits. Natsu shows off his many IdiotHero traits before revealing his true power as "Salamander".
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', we have Faye first moments on screen, which are [[MaleGaze a quick show up]] [[MsFanservice of her ''assets'']], her [[TheLadette smoking a cigar]], getting attacked and [[ActionGirl defending herself quite well]] but [[FailureIstheOnlyOption getting captured at the end]]; all in barely a minute.
** The first episode shows off Spike's badassery as a martial artist practioner and experienced bounty hunter, before revealing his bullheaded destructive tendencies in his conversation with Jet.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'': When the two girls are first called into duty, we see Panty sleeping with a man who had been in her bed; establishing her as a [[ReallyGetsAround village bicycle.]] Stocking is eating a piece of cake, establishing her love of sweet foods. These become the catalysts of their behavior for the rest of the show.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': The first trio of episodes has these for the main characters, while also establishing the main flaws in the partnerships:
** Maka and Soul Eater are introduced fighting and defeating a kishin egg, demonstrating they're capable [[AlmightyJanitor students]]. Only afterwards do they start [[VitriolicBestBuds arguing]].
** Black☆Star is first shown in the darkness reciting the Assassin's code... and [[HighlyVisibleNinja promptly jumping on his targets' dinner table and announcing]] that he's going to "'''[[LargeHam ASSASSINATE YOU ALL!]]'''". With Tsubaki as a microphone.
** Death the Kid enters the story apparently having no trouble hunting down a monster he's cornered in an alley. Then he's [[SuperOCD distracted]] by his partners ''slightly'' inaccurate {{Super Sentai Stance}}...and gets so upset he fails to notice his target is running away.
* A few in ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''
** Mako Reizei is first seen staggering to school, complaining about how painful mornings are. When she arrives, she's met with a Disciplinary committee member who says she's been late over 200 times, and for whom she has a nickname of her own.
** The first thing [[JerkAss Erika]] [[TheLibby Itsumi]] says to Miho is "Vice captain... Ah, I mean, ''former'' vice captain" in a highly sarcastic and patronizing tone of voice. As she's leaving, she says Oarai is going to lose the tournament, with it only being a question of how badly, and it should not even be entering in the first place.
** Maho's moment comes in Episode 5 when she tells Erika to [[spoiler:fly Mako to the hospital so she can see her grandmother]], and justifies her decision by saying that doing so is also part of tankery. This not only shows her kinder side, but also her belief that adherence to a SeriousBusiness ideology of tankery and acts of kindness are not mutually exclusive, especially not when [[spoiler:she is motivated to live up to the expectations for her as Nishizumi Heir out of a desire to allow Miho to live and do tankery her own way]].
** Miho and Maho's mother Shiho is first shown berating Miho for [[spoiler:abandoning the flag tank to save the crew of another]], telling her that she's expected to live up to the family standards, and that it's impossible to win without sacrifice.
** Nonna's second line of dialogue has her telling the short-tempered Katyusha to wipe her face, indicating her motherly behavior towards Katyusha, and her being close enough to Katyusha to be able to correct her.
** In ''Little Army'', Miho's tank crew gets establishing moments in rapid succession after their class gets news that Miho's older sister, an alumna of their elementary school, won a tankery tournament. [[GenkiGirl Hitomi]] runs over to Miho, falls on her face and asks to become one of Miho's sister's fans. [[TeamMom Chihiro]] apologizes to Miho for Hitomi's eager questioning. [[BrutalHonesty Emi]] is the only one in the class who is openly displeased at the fact that Maho won the tournament, and by commenting on the strength of German tanks, reveals her knowledge about tanks not only to the viewer, but also to Miho.
* Kenshiro of ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. First we see that he is TheStoic, a FriendToAllChildren, and a generally decent NiceGuy. He's imprisoned due to the fear of the innocent people of the wasteland, but doesn't take it out on them. He helps others in his own way, including using a PressurePoint technique to restore the speech of a little girl who was [[DumbStruck rendered mute by the trauma of watching her parents die]], and doesn't even leave the prison when it's implied he could... until his PapaWolf tendencies are invoked by the utter cruelty of the village's attackers. At this point, he demonstrates, among other things, that he is a OneManArmy, and he is a BullyHunter who attacks his enemy's PressurePoint via RapidFireFisticuffs to reduce them to LudicrousGibs. He only has four words for the thugs who oppress others: "YouAreAlreadyDead." In spite of the fact that he shows how GoodIsNotSoft, he is still an AllLovingHero and the HopeBringer. We can get all of this in just the first episode of the anime. Whew.
* Tokiwa from ''AskDrRin'' first appears at the end of episode 1, staring at a photo of Meirin with [[RemovedFromThePicture Asuka's face scribbled out]]. Guess who he spends the next few episodes trying to win the affections of and who he spends the next few episodes trying to murder? [[spoiler:This is subverted later, however. It's a good Character Establishing Moment for the first few episodes, while he's possessed by a demon, alone. Once the demon's been exorcised, he becomes much nicer, more like VitriolicBestBuds with Asuka, though he still has affections for Meirin]].
* In ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato2199'', [[FourStarBadass Erich]] [[WorthyOpponent Domel]]'s first scene has him inflicting a CurbStompBattle on the Comet Empire, warning one of his subordinates to never underestimate the enemy and then telling him to finish destroying the enemy ships, talking with another on how this last victory should rid them of the Comet Empire for a while, and protesting being recalled home to get decorated and promoted because he has a job to do until the ''commander in chief'' tells him that Dessler has a problem he needs Domel to take care of.
* In Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle, [[{{Badass}} Kurogane]] is introduced when he kills an attacking army of assasins, [[HairTriggerTemper shouts at]] his loli [[ShipTease girlfriend]], and then is immediately sent off to another dimension.
* In ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', Mihoko, after winning the first round of the prefecturals along with the Kazekoshi team, prevents [[DrillSergeantNasty her coach]] from slapping her close friend and teammate Kana for making a minor mistake late in her match, telling her that Kana is skilled and that if she makes any mistakes, she will take responsibility. After the coach storms off, Mihoko hugs and comforts Kana, showing her motherly and protective relationship with the Kazekoshi team.
** In Achiga-Hen, Toki and Ryuuka's first scene involves Toki falling to her knees, prompting the Achiga girls to rush over to help her, only for her close friend Ryuuka to leap to her side from even farther away.
** Yuu's first scene shows her under a kotatsu in the middle of summer. She's shy enough to be startled by her sister bringing along two guests, one of whom she knows. After she gets over that and her initial shock at her sister telling her that they're reforming the Achiga girls' mahjong club, she says she's happy, as she always wanted to be in the same club as her sister but didn't feel as though she could join.
* Amelia, the chef of ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' attempts to commit suicide, fails, and tries to poison a hotel guest so she won't die alone. When Elena foils her murder attempt, she quietly goes back to work. This is pretty much her entire life. [[BlackComedy And it is hilarious.]]
* [[WorldsStrongestMan Levi]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has a moment that showcases his three main attributes. He [[{{Badass}} takes out a pair of Titans in a bored manner]] before being annoyed with having to clean Titan blood from his hands - [[SuperOCD being a neat freak]]. But he doesn't hesitate to grab a dying subordinate's bloody hand [[AFatherToHisMen to comfort him]].
** The first action of [[spoiler:Eren's Titan form]] is to deliver a massive punch to a Titan about to eat Mikasa, then proceed to stomp its neck to death.
** [[spoiler:The Beast Titan]]'s first order of business is to casually terrify [[spoiler:Mike Zakarius]], one of the most powerful members of the Survey Corps, before ordering a group of Titans to tear him apart.
*** Hell, the simple fact that [[spoiler: it can talk]] is a pretty big indicator of his character.
* The first three episodes of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' essentially establish that, unlike the previous Pink-type leaders and their Blue-type best friends, Tsubomi Hanasaki was a very timid and shy girl and that Erika Kurumi was the GenkiGirl of the series. The opening scene of episode 2 also showed that Tsubomi had a ''long'' way to go before she could be established as a respectable Cure.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'':
** The very first scenes of the manga show a purple haired girl onstage making a grand speech. In a few panels, she states her grand purpose to help the student body with all their problems using only a suggestion box. Thus we are introduced to our titular character Medaka Kuromkami, our ambitious all-loving heroine
** Zenkichi takes a few scenes to establish his character. Among all the students, he's the one who claims cynically that she's only "standing over everyone". Yet this same student is the childhood friend of Medaka and at the start of the series the only one who talks to her normally.
** Shiranui appears to be just a goofy friend of Zenkichi. But during one conversation she chides Zenkichi on misinterpreting Medaka's motives, showing there's more to her than it seems
** Kumagawa Misogi has perhaps the most unsettling introduction in the series. While there were certainly a few earlier scenes discussing his character, his actual debut comes right after the protagonists have finished taking on the Flask Plan. What do they see? [[spoiler: Twelve bloodied fighters pinned to the walls with screws]]. Out comes an unassuming boy who proclaims "It wasn't my fault".
* ''Manga/GokukokuNoBrynhildr'':
** You know the villains aren't going to be sympathetic when one of them (Chisato Ichijiku) has a captured girl subject to a CruelAndUnusualDeath and watches it without horror or remorse.
** The first scene of "Valkyria" has her speak in a cutesy manner, then turn around... to reveal [[CurbStompBattle multiple bloodily killed witches with not a scratch on herself]], after which she gives a SlasherSmile.
* Within the first 30 seconds of ''Anime/OuranHighschoolHostClub'', we've learned that Haruhi dislikes social activity in school, has a dead mother, and just wants to study.
* Kyo Sohma's introductory scene in the ''Anime/FruitsBasket'' anime involves him crashing in through the roof and challenging Yuki to a fight.
* LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru:
** Hachiman Hikigaya's first monologue establishes just how jaded and spiteful he is regarding High School life. But his later speech regarding "hard work providing consolation" shows he's not as hopeless as he seems.
** Hiratsuka's first scenes include exasperatedly insulting Hachiman, nearly punching him, before finally deciding to put him in the service club.
** Yukino Yukinoshita seems to be your typical bookish regal girl, until she launches into her brutal snarkfest upon seeing Hachiman.


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