->''Somehow, I managed to [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 get myself involved]] with the incident in Raccoon City... on my first day in the force.''
-->-- '''Leon Kennedy''', ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''

Bob is entering his first day on the job at TropeCo/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. [[MustHaveCaffeine They run out of coffee]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 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 ItNeverGetsAnyEasier, in that this is clearly ''not'' part of the routine. Compare with NewJobEpisode. Contrast {{Retirony}} ("last day from hell").


[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/MenInBlack'', Jay becomes involved in a plot to save the galaxy within his first day or so. While Kay *tells* him that ItNeverGetsAnyEasier, that's hard to believe, and what we see of daily life for [=MiB=] does make it seem constantly crazy, but not always as high-stakes as when the bug was pursuing the galaxy.
* ''Film/{{United 93}}'' - see Real Life.
* ''Film/TrainingDay''
* The subway conductor in ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree''.
* Will Colson in ''Film/{{Unstoppable}}''.
* ''Film/LastShift'' - Protagonist Jessica's first night as a cop involves a shit detail babysitting a decommissioned police station overnight. A police station that [[spoiler: holds a group of murderous ghostly Manson Family expies.]]
* ''Film/RedHill'': Constable Shane Cooper arrives for his first day of work at his new posting in Red Hill. He is hoping for peace and quiet. Instead his first day coincides with a killer breaking jail and returning to Red Hill on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Gwen Cooper's first day at ''{{Series/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.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** 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.
*** Worse - Delenn [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge casts the deciding vote in whether to go to war]], as Dukhat [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in her arms.]] She spends much of the rest of her life [[TheAtoner making up for one rushed decision made while still reacting to her mentor's sudden death.]]
** Lyta Alexander is the station's first certified Commercial Telepath. Her first day on the job involves an assassination attempt on the Vorlon ambassador, her having to scan the alien ambassador's mind to find who the killer was, and ending up falsely accusing the station's commander as a result of what she was mislead to see in the scan. She gets transferred off the station soon after the incident.
** Captain Sheridan arrives on the station and has what is, by the standards of B5, a relatively sedate example, as a rogue Minbari warship attempts to goad him into firing the first shots of a new war between Earth and Minbar (Sheridan was a hero of the previous war, which ended under very odd and unexplained circumstances).
** Captain Lochley's first day as station commander involves a plot to assassinate newly-inaugurated President Sheridan (making this a two-fer, given that it's Sheridan's first day in that job as well, though he's hardly new to the insanity that is life on Babylon 5).
* In ''Series/TwentyFour'', Lynn [=McGill=]'s first day as head of CTU Los Angeles involves getting mugged by his junkie sister and her boyfriend, [[DisasterDominoes leading directly to]] a nerve gas attack on CTU headquarters. [[spoiler: Which gets him killed.]]
* In ''Series/TheSentinel'', Blair's first day with the police includes the entire police station being taken over by terrorists who take him hostage.
* Anthony Nowakowski's first day in ''Series/{{Oz}}'' as a correctional officer fell on the same day a riot took place in Emerald City. [[spoiler: He was killed by friendly fire after Devlin sent the SORT team in.]]
* School example instead of career example, but in ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'', the eponymous heroine's first day at junior high winds up being one of these (bullies, embarrassment in front of a handsome boy, the usual culprits), culminating in the GC-161 accident that both grants Alex her powers and sets the CEO of Paradise Valley Chemical, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Danielle Atron]], on her trail for the entire series.
* [[Website/SfDebris Poor, dumb]] Harry Kim of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' had the colossally bad luck of getting stationed on the ''Voygaer'' on his very first assignment out of Starfleet Academy. That first day got him and the ship stranded in hostile space ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and stuck as an ensign]]) for 7 years.
%%* About half the new characters on ''Series/{{ER}}'', particularly the medical students, had this.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'', [[CuteWitch Lillet Blan]] gets one of these on her first day at magic school, which ends with [[EverybodysDeadDave everybody dead]]... and then gets to repeat it through a sort of GroundhogDayLoop four times in a row. The game is really about Five First Days From Hell.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'':
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'': Leon Kennedy's first day with the Raccoon City PD is the day of [[ZombieApocalypse another T-Virus outbreak]].
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Leon's first day as a Secret Service agent isn't much better, though he's at least better prepared for it.
** And in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', one of the minor characters in Tall Oaks is a young cop on his first day of the job. [[spoiler: He's less lucky than Leon was.]]
** Happens to Rebecca Chambers in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0''. Her first mission involves fighting [[ZombieApocalypse the very first T-Virus outbreak]]. As TheMedic she's distinctly more overwhelmed than rookie cop Leon but fortunately she gets to share the ordeal with Billy Coen, [[SemperFi former marine]].
--->''"My first mission and I've already disobeyed orders. So much for my great law enforcement career."''
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilRevelations2'' continues the tradition with Moira Burton getting kidnapped from her first-day welcome party for her new job at [=TerraSave=].
* This is par for the course in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' and [[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2 its sequel.]] You sign up to be a night guard at an old family pizzeria, thinking it'll be essentially them paying you to sleep. [[AIIsACrapshoot Then]] [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane the animatronics]] [[CruelAndUnusualDeath stuff you into a suit intended for the titular Freddy.]] Or attempt to, at least.
* Mia Fey's very first case in ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has her getting within a hair's breadth of actually managing to get her client acquitted... then [[spoiler:he ''commits suicide on the witness stand''.]]
** Miles Edgeworth's first case doesn't fare any better. He's about to take up the prosecution, then [[spoiler:both the defendant ''and'' the previous prosecutor get murdered before the trial even resumes]], and Franziska shows up and whips him a lot.
** While not necessarily his first day on the job, in Phoenix's second case, [[MentorOccupationalHazard his own mentor gets murdered]], gets nearly destroyed in the courtroom by his childhood friend, and right as he was about to get a lead on the actual culprit, ''he'' gets accused of the murder.
** In Apollo Justice's first trial, he gets [[{{Troll}} trolled]] a lot by his client, [[spoiler:Phoenix Wright]], and [[spoiler:ends up accusing his own mentor, Kristoph Gavin, and proving with ''forged evidence'' that he committed the murder Wright was accused of, leaving poor Apollo out of a job]].
* The first flight of the SSV Normandy in ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' ends with an attack on a human colony, the death of a special forces operative, and the discovery of a massive threat to all life in the galaxy.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged''
** Played for laughs at [[IronButtMonkey Richard's]] expense, whose first assignment with S.T.A.R.S. involves surviving a helicopter crash, then being pursued by a ravenous pack of zombified Dobermans, and finally ending up trapped in the Spencer Mansion. Except it's teeming with monsters that are even worse than the ones outside. [[TheChewToy It only gets worse for him from there.]]
** It's {{downplayed}} in Rebecca's case, since she already suffered most of her hardships during [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil0 the train incident]], which was hours before she arrived at the mansion. Though she still ends up being cornered by a Hunter and would've been killed had Chris not arrived in time to save her.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/DangerZoneOne'': Reena's first day as an officer in Pallad City involves her trying to bring down a rampaging power suit.
* ''Webcomic/TheSuburbanJungle's'' sequel comic, ''Rough Housing'': Charity's first day as manager of The Rough House has her find out the place is a ramshackle dump, most of the employes work for room and board in lieu of pay and the only thing keeping the place afloat is a weekly free-for-all (highly illegal) barfight... Which happens to be that night.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman "The Man Who Killed Batman"]]: Sid Debris was a small crook before that, but the first day he worked as one of [[TheDon Rupert Thorne]]'s {{Mooks}}, he was the victim of five {{Mook Horror Show}}s: First he was set up as bait for Batman, then he was challenged to fight by GangBangers, then Detective Harvey Bullock menaced him with JackBauerInterrogationTechnique, then a vengeful Joker placed him into a DeathTrap, then Thorne menaced him with YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine & Friends'': Poor James. On his first day, the Troublesome Trucks decided to be hard on the new engine and pushed him down Gordon's Hill. His outdated wooden brake blocks were set alight from the sparks thrown up as he tried desperately to stop, and he wound up crashing in a pasture.
* Lee suffers one in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}''; on his first day back at school, a DrillSergeantNasty was made principal and he was framed for the biggest prank in high school history.


[[folder: 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 [[AsHimself played himself]] in the film, ''Film/{{United 93}}''.
* A frequent occurrence in the service sector: First day behind the register? In comes an armed robber. [[http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Stanton-Crime-Police-Investigate-String-of-OC-Robberies-151638365.html For example...]]
* Famously, Creator/TerryPratchett:
--> I became a journalist at 17. A few hours later, I saw my first dead body, which was somewhat... colourful. That's when I learned you can go on throwing up after you run out of things to throw up.
* Any Armed Forces boot camp. ''Ever''.