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. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking 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 ItNeverGetsAnyEasier, in that this is clearly ''not'' part of the routine. Compare with NewJobEpisode. Contrast {{Retirony}} ("last day from hell").
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* 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.
* In ''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 gets the casting vote in whether to go to war]], as Dukhat 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-inaugerated 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 {{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.]]

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* 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.
* ''{{United 93}}'' - see Real Life.
* ''TrainingDay''
* The subway conductor in ''Film/TheTakingOfPelhamOneTwoThree''.
* Will Colson in ''Film/{{Unstoppable}}''.

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* 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."''

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* ''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.

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[[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 {{MookHorrorShow}}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.
* ''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.

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[[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, ''{{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...]]
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