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->'''Miranda''': ''O, wonder!\\
How many goodly creatures\\
are there here!\\
How beauteous mankind is!\\
O brave new world,\\
That has such people in't!''\\
'''Prospero''': ''Tis new to thee.''
-->--''Theatre/TheTempest''

Character whose inexperience with the world presented by the show allows them to act as the AudienceSurrogate. Often it is through their eyes that we are introduced to the show's principal characters and milieu (see WelcomeEpisode). Sometimes incorporates qualities of TheWatson and FishOutOfWater. May lack GenreBlindness.

They may be TrappedInAnotherWorld, new additions to a WizardingSchool, [[NewMeat the fresh recruit]], or just TheIntern, but the device is the same.

In dangerous situations, this character may condemn himself as a coward for feeling fear, until [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre a sager head tells him]] that only the FearlessFool avoids that.

A popular character type in SpeculativeFiction, because it allows the reader or viewer to explore the world as the character does, meaning the character is still an AudienceSurrogate, but is a little more instrumental to the story because of the greater amount of details being presented.

Done poorly these characters may just become flimsy justifications for an InfoDump, making them a sort of inverse MrExposition.

Can overlap with CountryMouse, KidAppealCharacter (who is also there to draw in younger audiences), WelcomeToTheBigCity (their usual introduction to city life), OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent (impressionable person applied to an odd situation). Accidental errors may lead to a BewilderingPunishment.

A SuperTrope to RookieRedRanger (the newcomer is also TheHero), EnsignNewbie (the newcomer is an officer presiding over a more experienced enlisted crew), and TheWatson (the newcomer's purpose is to get information for the audience by proxy).

Compare UnfazedEveryman.

Contrast TeamPrimaDonna.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''TowerOfGod'': [[FishOutOfWater Twentyfifth Baam]], who spent years living in a cave with only a single girl as social contact, enters the secluded world of the Tower, which is an alien environment for most, and finds out that it can get a little rough when everybody is aiming for the same.
* Novice tennis player Eiichirou has to learn the basics of the sport in ''Manga/BabySteps''.
%%* Rokuro Okajima, [=AKA=] Rock, from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''.
* The virginal Kate Curtis in the {{hentai}} ''Bondage Queen Kate''.
* Soah from ''TheBrideOfTheWaterGod'', a literal CountryMouse now living at court with the Water God, and dealing with the intrigues of the Emperor.
%%* Mikado Ryugamine in ''Literature/{{Durarara}}''. [[spoiler: Or is he?]]
%%** Played straight with Yoshimune from the game 3 Way Standoff.
%%* Ito Keita in ''GakuenHeaven''.
%%* Mai in ''Manga/GhostHunt''.
* In ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'', Rakka acts as the Naive Newcomer, appearing in the Haibane's world and having to have everything explained to her by the seasoned residents.
* Keiichi in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' is played as this in the first time loop, but in later ones it seems like he knows more about Hinamizawa.
%%* Arika Yumemiya in ''{{Mai-Otome}}''.
* Madoka and Sayaka in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' start out thinking they're in a typical MagicalGirl series. Cue abrupt disillusionment when the idealistic [[spoiler:Mami is killed in action in the ''third episode'']]. Sorry girls, it's not [[{{Deconstruction}} that kind of series.]]
* Shinji Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. However, he is a lot less of a WideEyedIdealist than many examples. He also possibly already knows at least one of the hideous secrets of the Evas, though he does choose not to remember it. It was how [[spoiler: his mother ended up "dying"- she was turned into a pool of LCL and her soul got sucked into Unit 01 during a test run- with him watching as a young tyke. Ouch.]]
* Luffy tends to get most of these moments in ''Manga/OnePiece'', as he honestly doesn't care how the world works unless it's directly relevant to him somehow. The other members of the Straw Hat crew also occasionally get moments of it, being among the very few denizens of the relatively tame East Blue to travel the considerably more deadly Grand Line, and thus having heard precious little about it beforehand.
%%* Haruhi in ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''.
%%* Ai Tanabe in ''{{Planetes}}''.
* Ahiru in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' since she's a duck that was magically turned into a girl.
%%* Ayato Kamina from ''RahXephon''.
%%* Utena early on in ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.
%%* Tsukune in ''RosarioToVampire''.
%%* Manta/Morty in ''ShamanKing'', though Morty is inflicted with [[{{Bowdlerise}} an annoying fanboy mentality in]] [[{{Macekre}} the translation.]]
%%* Linna Yamazaki in the ''BubblegumCrisis'' remake, ''Tokyo 2040''.
* Noelle from ''TenshiNiNarumon''. Might be slightly subverted in that she is the heroine but the plot is told from her love interest's point of view.
* Takumi from ''InitialD'' is an interesting variation on this for at least the first couple seasons. Despite being nearly godlike in his abilities, he's often having basic racing techniques and auto facts/mechanics explained to him because he's developed his skills in isolation on his own and has no actual background. Later on, the racers he's defeated (despite being high-level themselves) often serve as the audience to explanations.
* Mitsuki Koyama/Fullmoon in ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite''. Justified since [[IllGirl she's been fighting a]] [[LittlestCancerPatient cancerous tumor most of her life.]]
* Hayato Kazami from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' at the beginning of the TV series. This is justified as he has no previous experience in racing (outside of motorcycle racing).
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Taro is this throughout both series as he's continually hit by new information and surprises.
* New people who were killed get transported into the Tokyo condominium inhabited by the black sphere {{Gantz}} every time the old batch get killed during their alien hunting missions. In this case, having the more battle experienced members explain the rules from the get-go could mean the difference between successfully completing the mission (barely) alive and immediately getting turned into a bloody smear on the sidewalk (or get their heads blown off by the distance activated bombs placed in their noggins).
* Renton Thurston starts out as one in ''EurekaSeven'' when he joins the Gekkostate. He's a jovial kid who hates his dull life and wishes to have more freedom. Too bad Gekkostate sees him as a gawky, timid, 14-year old snot nose whose sole purpose is to be their ButtMonkey. Renton is enraged that the crew sees him as an immature baby whom they give no respect. Come several episodes later, he's had enough, blows his stack in a firefight, and slaughters a whole KLF squadron ''very'' horrifically. Shortly afterward, Eureka's pissed at the whole crew for egging him all this time, which causes them to drop all ideas of messing with him and treat him as an equal.
* In ''GurrenLagann'', Simon appears to be this when it comes to being flung into hot-blooded mecha battles with his badass "bro" Kamina, freaking out most of the time when trouble rears its ugly head. Whenever he does something awesome, usually Kamina encouraged it. However, when [[spoiler: Kamina dies in the battle to take the Dai-Gunzan from Thymilph]], Simon goes into a HeroicBSOD that turns him DarkerAndEdgier for a short while and wipes out his cowardice in place of grief and anger. However, when he gets over it... he, too, becomes a triumphant badass who's by no means a naive kid, but a man. Post-TimeSkip, he's 18 years old and effectively a mature, well-versed leader in battle. Government, however, is another story.
** When first introduced, Nia isn't even aware of what a human is despite she and her father being ones themselves.
* Astral in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', although he has become less naive as the series has progressed.
* ''CardfightVanguard'' brought in LargeHam Naoki in the third season, ''Link Joker'', to act as an AudienceSurrogate [[MerchandiseDriven learning the game for the first time]], since the regular guy, [[IneffectualLoner Aichi]], had not only already learned the game, but had also completed his character arc fully.
* Z in ''FromEroicaWithLove'' is the newest addition to the infamous Alphabet Team.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** Nanoha was this for the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first season]], where she first realized the existence of mages and of other worlds. She became this again in the ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaInnocent'' AlternateUniverse, where she's a newbie to that continuity's latest gaming craze, Brave Duel.
** ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' passed this role over to Subaru and Teana, the latest recruits of Riot Force Six.
** In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', [[DefeatMeansFriendship newly befriended]] co-protagonist Einhart Stratos takes this role for [=CompAce=] readers unfamiliar with the rest of the ''Nanoha'' franchise.
** Thoma of ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', who was not only a newly infected Eclipse Driver, but also became a newly hired recruit of Special Duty Section 6.
* Lucy Heartfilia, and later Wendy Marvel from ''Manga/FairyTail''. Downplayed in that it's still a fun universe - it's a world built up on how awesome it is to test magic with your friends - but it takes a while for it to sink in that a lot of these missions are really dangerous.
* Most of the 104th Trainee Corps in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' were woefully naive about just how terrifying Titans were. Even after their hellish training, most start panicking during their first mission and die like flies.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Matty Roth from ''ComicBook/{{DMZ}}''. Long story short contest: imagine an AlternateHistory with a DividedStatesOfAmerica and a continuing CivilWar between the two sides. Imagine that the island of Manhattan is the line between the two sides, a No Man's Land that neither side can take, neither side will give up, and where the locals hate both sides and are trying to continue living as best they can. Now imagine a naive photographer who has just graduated college with little interest in politics or history, got himself an internship with a news corporation, and within a week wound up stranded and alone in Manhattan when the story he was going to be part of went terribly wrong. Good luck, Matty.
%%* Agent J in incarnations of ''Men In Black'': [[Comicbook/MenInBlack comics]], and in [[Film/MenInBlack the first movie]].
%%* Robyn "Toybox" Slinger at the start of ''TopTen''.
%%* Kitty Pryde (later Shadowcat) filled this role in the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics. This is notably averted with teenage girls [[HeelFaceTurn Rogue]], [[BadFuture Phoenix II]], and arguably [[StreetUrchin Jubilee]].
%%** Rogue, in the movie adaptation of ''Film/{{X-Men}}''.
%%** Jean Grey served as this in the very first issue of X-Men.
%%** Alison Crestmere (aka Magma) is this in ''{{X-Men Legends}}''.
%%* Wee Hughie from ''Comicbook/TheBoys'' is entirely based around this trope.
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] in regards to [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]]. His cluelessness on the workings of the land gets him in trouble a few times.
%%* The four in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]] is on a planet-wide scale in Fanfic/ShepardsRR, at least to the [[Franchise/MassEffect Mass Effect Universe]]. In particular, Twilight Sparkle assumes a [[RobotBuddy Virtual Intelligence hologram]] [[ClarkesThirdLaw to be a familiar]], Rainbow Dash complains that the bleeding-edge [[CoolStarship Normandy SR-2]] "[[RealityIsUnrealistic doesn't looks spaceshipey enough]]," and overall they're unaware of the scale of the destruction the galaxy underwent at the hands of the Reapers.
%%* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Roll is this on the battlefield and at home.
* ''FanFic/TheCaptainOfTheVirtualConsole'' has Ash the Pikachu, who lived in a forest for most of her life. She's never seen an ocean, among other things.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/DasBoot'': The presence of a war correspondent aboard the titular vessel means that there is a proper excuse for explaining various aspects of submarine operations to the audience, by having crewmembers explain them to this character, who could reasonably be expected not to already know it.
%%* Bethany from ''Film/{{Dogma}}''.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' Winston Zeddemore is not a scientist, let alone a parapsychologist, and applies for the job after seeing an ad put in the paper by the seriously over-worked Ghostbusters. His interview is a small moment of comic relief suggesting that he has no idea what he's getting himself into...and then he has no problem with the job, even going so far as to suggest a paranormal explanation for ''why'' the Ghostbusters were so over-worked in the first place.
%%* Agent John Meyers in the first ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film adaptation.
%%* Rookie cop Ellie Burr in ''Film/{{Insomnia}}''.
%%* Ariadne in ''Film/{{Inception}}.''
%%* Cady in ''Film/MeanGirls''.
* Will Smith in ''Film/MenInBlack'' learns that his experience as a [=NYPD=] cop means precisely dick when he enters the new world of alien policing.
* In the film version of Astrid Lindgren's ''Mio, my Mio'' the titular character serves as the Naive Newcomer as he was taken from the Land of Faraway as a newborn and doesn't return until nine years later. After a while it gets a bit tedious that he constantly needs to have the world explained to him, but it also leads to a rather funny moment (largely thanks to Christian Bale's delivery). It involves Mio (Nicholas Pickard) and Jum-Jum (Bale) gallopping along a bridge that's being raised, and Mio panicks when he can't get the horse to stop. The horse then proceeds to fly across the gap in the bridge, and then the following exchange:
-->'''Mio''': It felt like we were flying! I didn't know Miramis could do that!
-->'''Jum-Jum''': (in a kids-are-stupid tone) What you know does not amount to much, Mio.
* Shilo from ''RepoTheGeneticOpera''. She was locked in her bedroom for 17 years. A large chunk of the story is about her entering the real world for the first time, and the trouble being naive gets her into.
* Lt. Saavik in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. In [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock the next film]], she was taken out of this capacity, but [[TheArtifact stuck around anyway]]. And [[TheOtherDarrin was recast]] with [[PoorMansSubstitute a less charismatic actress]].
* Norvile Barnes in ''TheHudsuckerProxy'' is a naive midwesterner, fresh from business school. He arrives in New York for work and finds everything requires experience, and he winds up in the mailroom.
%%* Skorpan in ''Literature/TheBrothersLionheart''.
* Dr. Reeves in ''{{Twister}}''. As a psychiatrist riding with tornado chasers, she asked questions on behalf of the audience like "What's a Category IV?".
* Adam Webber from ''BlastFromThePast''. Living in a bomb shelter with your parents for 35 years will do that to ya.
* Steve Rogers[=/=]Film/{{Captain America|TheFirstAvenger}} in ''Film/TheAvengers''. Compared to the rest of the Avengers, he is inexperienced with the new world and with SHIELD. He's the [[WideEyedIdealist least jaded]] of the Avengers and the youngest. The trope is subverted in that he's their [[YoungAndInCharge best leader]].
* Anderson plays this role in ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', but the movie inverts the usual mechanic; rather than Anderson asking Dredd questions, Dredd gives Anderson pop quizes throughout the film as part of her assessment.
* ''HigherLearning'' gives us three in the form of college freshmen Malik, Kristen, and Remy. Of those three, Kristen remains naive the longest.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Lemuel Gulliver from ''Literature/GulliversTravels''. Not exactly his fault, though; how the hell was ''he'' supposed to know that giants and pygmies existed? Indeed, he turns out to be a fast learner and settles into a comfortable routine in each new kingdom.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'', in most of the first book and every so often thereafter.
** Given the fact that they are attending a school, nearly all the students count as this to a degree, especially Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Draco. Ron and Hermione both have the humorous dichotomy of being both the one asking the question and the one answering the others' questions, depending on the subject. Further exacerbated since Harry and Hermione were raised by non-wizards, so there's quite a lot of the wizarding world that they simply do not know exists (such as [[Literature/TheTalesofBeedleTheBard wizard fairy tales]]).
* Dr. Maturin in Patrick O'Brian's ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' novels often serves as an excuse to explain naval lingo, especially in ''Master and Commander.'' Otherwise avoided because Maturin is otherwise the most sophisticated character on board.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', Eustace on his first trip to Narnia in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader''; likewise, Jill on her first trip in ''Literature/TheSilverChair''.
%%* Harry Crewe in ''Literature/TheBlueSword''.
%%* Claire Lyons in the ''TheClique''.
* Paul Carpenter in Tom Holt's ''Literature/ThePortableDoor'' (and subsequent novels). Considering the entire place pretty much is having fun keeping him thinking he's insane due to all the crazy things happening, he doesn't really fall into this trope as much as sink horrifyingly into it as it slowly closes its inky black waters around him.
%%* John the Savage in ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''.
* Thursday Next herself in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series. She's an apprentice in the [=BookWorld=], and is always being educated in its many intricacies.
* The viewpoint character of nearly every utopian novel ever written (often combined with TheWatson.
* Most fantasy novels do this to some extent. If the lead character isn't [[SummonEverymanHero summoned from another world]], he's almost certainly from a small town and hasn't experienced the larger world. Either way, many things must be explained to him and, thus, the reader. Examples are numerous.
* In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', Bilbo and Frodo Baggins grew up in the Shire, isolated from things that made you late for breakfast.
* In ''TheBelgariad'', Garion grew up on a small farm, specifically isolated from the larger world by his "aunt".
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand al'Thor and his friends Perrin and Matt grew up in a small town far from the turmoil of the world.
* In ''MythAdventures'', Skeeve grew up in an isolated, backward ''universe''.
%%* The Ohmsfords from ''Literature/{{Shannara}}''.
* ''{{Foundation}}'': "His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before."
%%* Skorpan in ''Literature/TheBrothersLionheart''.
%%* Gavin Darklighter in the first two or three books of the ''Literature/XWingSeries''.
%%* George Fewkoombey in Creator/BertoltBrecht's novelisation of his play ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera''. [[spoiler: He doesn't survive it.]]
* Adam of the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}''. Maybe. He looks like it at first, but then he was able to shoot a zombie without so much as blinking, so maybe he doesn't really count for the "naive" requirement.
%%* In Teresa Frohock's ''Literature/MiserereAnAutumnTale'', Lindsey.
* In ''Literature/TheMonk'', Antonia is so unused to life in the city that she doesn't know her custom of wearing a veil in public is considered old-fashioned.
* In ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'', [[ActualPacifist Matteo]] has been newly conscripted into the [[ChildSoldiers Lord's Resistance Army]] and must quickly learn to adapt to life as a combatant... until he decides [[LaResistance otherwise]].
* Dill, in Harper Lee's ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' is a way to introduce to the reader the secrets and history of a self-contained and private community and family.
* In ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime'', Ian Arnstein, a visitor from the West Coast, serves as this, helping to introduce the reader to Nantucket.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* ''TwoBrokeGirls'': Caroline.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'': The aliens, who are quite unaware of how humans work.
%%* ''Series/TheBill'': PC Jim Carver.
%%* ''Series/BlueHeelers'': Constable Maggie Doyle.
%%* ''BuckRogers''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy was new in town and had to be introduced to everyone and to all significant locations. [[FridgeLogic Gets a little odd]] when she's already been there for a few years and still doesn't know anyone outside of the main cast in any of her classes at their supposedly tiny school.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'': Ben who is the butt of many a joke among the carnival folk at the beginning of the series.
%%* ''{{Cheers}}'': Diane Chambers.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': Elle was this in the first episode. She only stayed on for one season, and the show never used this trope again.
* ''{{CSI}}'': Holly Gribbs shapes up to be one of these in the first episode. [[SubvertedTrope She's promptly shot at the end of the episode]], dies in the second, and [[SecondEpisodeIntroduction is replaced by Sara Sidle]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Just about all of the Doctor's companions, but especially Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright in the original show, and Rose Tyler in the current revival. In those case we get introduced to the Doctor through their eyes, whereas in other companion introductions we already know the Doctor when we see him meet them.
%%* ''DontTrustTheBInApartment23'': June.
%%* ''Series/{{ER}}'': Dr. John Carter (also later Lucy Knight and to a lesser extent Neela Rasgotra).
* ''{{Eureka}}'': Jack Carter. Later season episodes justify this continued status by focusing more on his inability to understand complicated science rather than his lack of comfort with the many world-ending experiments performed in the city, though he may also be evolving into TheWatson.
%%* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': John Crichton.
%%* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Simon.
%%* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': Taken to its fullest potential, where the main quintet (that's FiveManBand dressed up) are all {{Naive Newcomer}}s.
* ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'': Detective Tim Bayliss is this for most of the run. Ultimately a SubvertedTrope [[spoiler: at the end of the series and in the subsequent movie, where he guns down a serial killer set free in the former and confesses to his ex-partner in the latter and presumably goes to jail.]]
* ''KyleXY'': Kyle, who is essentially a 16-year old infant. The same goes for Jessie when she's introduced.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'': Detective Brian Cassidy, in the first season. Played with in that he does not last the season.
%%* ''McLeodsDaughters'': Tess.
%%* ''TheMeetingPlaceCannotBeChanged'': Vladimir Sharapov.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'': Alex is a new recruit of the covert assassin operation known as "Division" in this action series.
%%* ''Series/{{Oz}}'': Tobias Beecher in the first season.
* ''PowerRangers'': This show is rather fond of this, typically putting one of these in as Red Ranger. This in contrast to ''SuperSentai'', more fond of having the same ranger be TheAce, leading to occasional amusing dissonance between character and behavior in the American version.
%%* ''Series/RememberWENN'': Betty Roberts.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Charlie Matheson. JustifiedTrope, because she has spent years of her life living in an isolated town in a territory that is effectively a third world country ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot Pilot]]"). While the naive part sometimes reaches to TooDumbToLive levels, she has gotten better by the end of the first season ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower The Dark Tower]]").
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': Will Zimmerman. Eventually he had to pass this torch to Kate, but he still gets his chances at it occasionally.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Quinn, so very much. She [[CharacterDevelopment becomes less so]] as the series progresses, however.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Dr. Daniel Jackson. But he quickly fit in.
** Jackson's SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute, Jonas Quinn, did much of the same thing, oddly enough, long after the show and other characters had all been well-established to the audience.
--->'''Sam''': How come you're not smiling?
--->'''Jonas''': Should I be?
--->'''Sam''': Well, it is your first time being captured by a Goa'uld.
--->'''Jonas''': Funny.
** Colonel Mitchell makes this an AvertedTrope nicely when he joins SG-1 by having read all the mission reports. In fact, he ends up giving a lot of the background exposition, which is a nice change from Sam and Daniel always having to do it.
%%* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Harry Kim.
%%* ''Series/{{Taxi}}'': John Burns in the first season. Elaine Nardo was one, too, in the pilot episode.
%%* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Gwen Cooper.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'': Donna's orientation by her predecessor in a flashback sequence. She's not only tricked into thinking there's a nuclear warhead on the White House grounds, she reveals her surprise of this "fact" in an interview with a teen magazine, showing her "bambiesque naivite" to the world ("I'm too stupid to live!").
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Scully is a doctor and trained FBI agent, but is totally unprepared for what she's facing on her new assignment....
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Arthur Dent in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', particularly since he was in space for the first time owing to Earth's destruction.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign settings:
** In ''{{Planescape}}'' natives and veterans to the setting can instantly tell one of these (A "prime", as said people are typically fresh off one of the various Prime Material planes) from other people, simply by how much they stare at Sigil's [[CloudCuckooLand utter bizarreness]].\\
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And "Prime" is the in-game polite term. The not-so-polite term is the far more telling "Clueless." It's quite appropriate based on how much the setting deconstructed the typical D&D experience. It also happened in the metagame. A player new to the setting was quite likely to find the typical way he thought about D&D turned upside down.
** RavenLoft, a Gothic horror setting which took inspiration from 18th-20th century horror literature and HammerHorror films, had an equally disorienting effect on players who approached it following the tropes and logic of other settings or "general" D&D.
* The Tau Empire in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Imagine a tiny, multi-cultural alien empire that holds up a belief called the Greater Good, promoting peace and co-operation between all races. Now, put them in one of the biggest and scariest [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Galaxies]] ever devised, with hordes of [[GuiltFreeExterminationWar genocidal]], [[AbsoluteXenophobe xenocidal]] and even one or two [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]] factions all waging constant war. The results are expected, and the fluff plays this up often: on two separate occasions, the Tau have [[TooDumbToLive stupidly]] tried to ally with the [[RobotWar Necrons]] and the [[TheFairFolk Dark Eldar]] and both occasions things ended extremely badly for them. That said, recent updates seem to show that the grim reality of the universe they inhabit is slowly starting to sink in, and while they're one of the weaker factions on a galactic scale, it's still [[MoreDakka not a good idea]] to trifle with their ground settlements.
** This is an inherent problem with newly-founded [[RedShirtArmy Imperial Guard]] regiments, as stated in the spin-off tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar''. There is much pomp and glory in joining a Guard regiment and fighting for the glory of the Imperium, and new Guardsmen are often very proud of being inducted. The reality of actual service against the various terrifyingly advanced aliens and daemonic horrors of the galaxy is [[{{Understatement}} a bit more miserable]] than most of the poor bastards expect. This is especially true of regiments founded on agri-worlds; unlike hive worlds and feral worlds where the recruits tend to have backgrounds as [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores tough criminals and gangsters]] or [[HadToBeSharp grizzled hunters and survivalists]], agri-world recruits tend to be simple farm-hands who grew up in a (relatively) sheltered environment, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation wholly unprepared for what nightmarish things dwell outside their little agrarian homes]].
** In the backstory, the Imperium itself was this during the Emperor's reign and mankind's golden age. Almost everyone else is ''amazed'' to learn that they had no idea what Chaos is at all.
* Some of the ''Weird Wars'' settings for ''SavageWorlds'' have a Hindrance for simulating this trope called F-ing New Guy.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* CyranoDeBergerac: At Act I, Christian has scarcely been twenty days in Paris and begs Ligniere to introduce him to Roxane. He also will join the Guards in the Cadets the next day.
* OlderThanSteam: In ''Theatre/TheTempest'', the situation is inverted: the new world is brought to Miranda.
-->'''Miranda''': ''O, wonder!\\
How many goodly creatures\\
are there here!\\
How beauteous mankind is!\\
O brave new world,\\
That has such people in't!''\\
'''Prospero''': ''Tis new to thee.''
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* The first two ''ShadowHearts'' games have the female lead be a Naive Newcomer to the world of monsters and the supernatural, while Yuri is a relative old hand--and the CoolOldGuy is very much an old hand. ''From the New World'' inverts this, with the male lead being the Naive Newcomer, and the female lead the old hand, while the CoolOldGuy is likely as or more naive than the male lead, although he's too crazy to show it.
* Tidus from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. His father Jecht, while not a Point-of-view character, also suffered from this several years earlier.
%%* Though an antagonist rather than a viewpoint character, Elena of the Turks in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
%%* And Vaan of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', though he's barely even an AudienceSurrogate in the actual plot.
* ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia: Duel Saga]]'' has the protagonist filling this role. Which is really, ''really'' irksome when, after playing for twenty hours, you realize he's entirely oblivious about everything, when ''everything'' quite literally revolves around him.
* Shirou in ''FateStayNight'' has no training as a magus except a basic grasp of strengthening and a rather intuitive knowledge of projection. Tohsaka gets pretty annoyed that he knows next to nothing about magic and nothing at all about the Grail War. He's drastically unprepared for the violence going on, so it's a good thing he's TheHero and has a Servant so brokenly strong that she's still a match/superior to any of the other Servants except Berserker and possibly Lancer.
* ''CallOfDuty 4'' starts off by new S.A.S. member Soap [=MacTavish=] showing his proficiency at a firing range and making his way through a 'killhouse' shooting pop-up terrorist targets. The game suggests a difficulty based on how well you manuever through said killhouse. That he soon starts [[TakeALevelInBadass taking levels in badassery]] needs not to be said.
* ''GearsOfWar 2'' features the main characters leading a 'green as grass' new recruit on his first patrol - who, by bizarre coincidence, is [[BackupTwin one of the three brothers of the redshirt on Marcus's squad in the previous game]].
* Like Winston Zeddemore discussed under "Films" above, the Rookie in ''[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Ghostbusters: The Video Game]]'' doesn't have much of a problem adjusting to the job of catching ghosts and stopping a supernatural apocalypse. The trope is played straight at the same time, however, as he's caught somewhat off-guard when told his job description in layman's terms is to test new gear on the off-chance it explodes. Interestingly, it's suggested that Winston has ''become'' a scientist in the time between the first movie and the game.
* Theo Decabe, from the final game of the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'', is a naive newcomer. Trapped in the building of an evil occult organization Theo mostly just tries to figure out what's going on and to find a way out. Outside forces, however, conspire him to AFateWorseThanDeath.
* Phoenix Wright starts off as this in the first ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game. He gets nervous, but doubly becomes so when the prosecution gets the upper hand in court or if Phoenix loses his advantage in the case. On top of this, he's always looking to someone to bail him out of a jam if he gets stuck, such as Mia. Despite characters that tell Phoenix that he is blind to how things really work, he still does what he think is right by just sheer determination. By the next two games, Phoenix slowly starts to shed off his newcomer skin and by ''Apollo Justice'', Phoenix is a lot wiser and more mellow, but still fierce in finding the truth.
* [[CloudCuckooLander Merrill]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has little experience with anything outside the Dalish, and is inordinately fascinated by the Kirkwall Alienage.
* James Vega in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is a subversion, as he is a veteran soldier who is only naÔve in galactic politics.
* In a very odd way, the [[PlayerCharacter Nameless One]] of ''PlanescapeTorment''; despite being hundreds of years old at minimum, everything in his bizarre world is new to him because of his amnesia.
* When Arnie first meets Richard and Saya in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'', they act like a bunch of comedians to fool him, and not long after he finds out they're the UX, but he still believes they're capable of living as actors/comedians (comic story tellers) rather than mercenaries.
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%%* Amity Vii of ''Webcomic/{{Miamaska}}''.
* Calix plays this role in the "Oceans Unmoving" arc from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Most of the explanations he gets about Timeless Space are done in the form of ''extremely'' boring informational videos, even when the people around him could answer his questions far more quickly. Calix gets kinda pissed about this.
%%* Alice the main character of ''NowhereUniversity''
%%* Faevv in ''{{Juathuur}}''.
%%* Taylor Quinn/Onca in ''{{Panthera}}''.
%%* Go in ''MushroomGo.''
%%* [[StrangerInAStrangeSchool A-san]] in ''OverlordAcademy''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-09-28 Tangerine acts this.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-05-16 the green succubus serves little of the functions but definitely fits the role]], arriving to replace Fucshia and get the brunt of Baby Blue's anger. [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-09-02 Later, she is also unaware of many aspects of her new job.]]
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-06-08 Criminy in "Japan."]]
* In ''TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-55/ the Baron's new secretary]] introduces us to the ''ubermenschen'' as she arrives.
** Also, Max, [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-77/ when he first meets the other Specialists]], but somewhat easier than her, because some of them make him welcome.
* Jack in ''{{Thornsaddle}}''. He's a muggle-born entering a WizardingSchool for the first time without knowing anything about the wizarding world.
* Ann and Annette in ''Webcomic/CreativeRelease''. [[spoiler: Actually, Player 1 would be the real one - they appear to have much better a grasp of what is going on when they aren't being controlled by Player 1.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SturgeonsLaw'', not only has Rakesh not figured out that the rest of the company [[http://sturgeonslaw.net/comic/44-soliloquy/ doesnít share]] his altruistic streak, but heís unaware that the company is anything more than a law firm.
* In ''TrueVillains'', Bayn fills in new villain apprentice Sebastian about Xaneth's past.
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%%* Todd in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wayside}}''.
* Fry from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' was a prime example of this trope...but he adapted too quickly and the writers decided to make him TooDumbToLive.
%%* Jubilee in the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon.
* WesternAnimation/{{Doug}} was this slightly when he moved to Bluffington in the first (chronological) episode.
* [[HumanAlien Starfire]] from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is new to earth, but since the audience is already familiar with earth this doesn't lead to {{infodump}}s. Mostly [[RuleOfFunny it's just funny]] to watch her suggest putting mint frosting on pizza and drinking mustard.
%%* Thomas from ''RegularShow''.
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