Where [[TheHero the most powerful member]] is the NaiveNewcomer. In some series, the protagonist starts his adventure by joining a group that's already been in business for a while before the events of the story. This is often to help the audience to relate to the hero more, as we're meeting the main ensemble with him. Because the ensemble are already close to each other, but not the protagonist, expect him or her to receive a ChillyReception.

Compare EnsignNewbie.

Contrast TeamPrimaDonna.
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* There have been several ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' series where the Red Ranger is last one of the FiveManBand to join up.
** ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'': Borderline example, as none of the Rangers had superhero experience and few of them each other beforehand. That said, like in ''Gingaman'', Leo wasn't the one who initially retrieved the sword from the stone; Mike was. Damon knew Alpha and worked the Astro Megaship. Maya had ancient knowledge of the Quasar Sabres and had a connection to the Galactabeasts. Kai, Kendrix and Mike were already stationed on Terra Venture and had experience in the military forces and in science, whereas Leo was an illegal stowaway who had no such experience to rival the others.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'': Wes didn't even appear until the second part of the two-part season premiere (and didn't officially join the team until the episode after that); the rest of the team were trained TimePolice. The only reason they bothered involving him was because they needed a DNA match for the previous Red Ranger.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'', Taylor, Alyssa, Max and Danny were actively fighting monsters for a year, six months, six months, and two months respectively before Cole even joined up. And Cole's a RaisedByNatives orphan who made his way from South America to Turtle Cove by boat. He's not just new to Rangering, he's new to ''modern civilization''.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', [[TheLancer Sky]], [[CloudCuckoolander Bridge]] and [[SpoiledSweet Syd]] had been going through training for a good while before [[JustLikeRobinHood Jack and Z]] were drafted into the Ranger program as the Red and Yellow Rangers. Though while Z JumpedAtTheCall, Jack took a while longer to heed it.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', while the entire team was new to magic and superheroics, Nick was TheDrifter passing through Briarwood, while the other four were already a tight group of friends. Nick was also the last one to activate his powers.
** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' had it deconstructed with Casey assigned to be one of the Order of the Claw's guardians, even though he was just a "cub" with years less training than Theo and Lily, and thus, constantly worries about [[CantCatchUp not catching up]].
** ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' mirrored ''Mystic Force'' in having Troy as the new kid in town, recruited for superhero duty alongside two best-friend pairs who were already acquainted. He does initially mention that he has reservations about being picked to be team leader right off the bat, but he quickly proves himself and it doesn't come up again after the premiere.
** Inverted in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Red Space Ranger Andros was the experienced one, having been operating in outer space for some time, and the other four (who had already established themselves as TrueCompanions in the prior series ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'') joined ''him''.
** Averted in Season 2 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', when the original Red Ranger (and Yellow and Black Rangers) were [[PutOnABus sent to a peace conference]], and three teenage martial arts experts joined the team in their place. Rocky was a Rookie, and the Red Ranger, but doesn't count for the trope because the leadership role was passed to established Ranger Tommy instead of the newcomer.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' also has had its fair share as well.
** ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'': Ryou was the last to be recruited. Rin was simply the last to ''arrive'', but she'd had prior training.
** ''Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman'': Ryouma wasn't the first choice as Gingared, and only received his powers from the actual first choice, his brother Hyuga, when the latter [[spoiler:presumably]] died.
** ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger'': Tatsuya met the team completely by accident, and they recruited him solely because the first use of the Chrono Changers required five people.
** ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'': Kakeru was the last of his team recruited and made [=GaoRed=] because [=GaoLion=] chose him.
** ''Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger'': Ban was a newcomer in the Earth branch SPD.
** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'': Kai is passed over in becoming a Magiranger at first over his older siblings because their mother didn't believe him to have enough courage to be the Red Magician.
** ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'': Jan was picked up months after Retsu and Ran began training with Master Shafu.
** ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'': Hiromu joins the team later because his sister wouldn't let him train with the others. though he does train on his own.
** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': Daigo was the last to tame his Zyuden partner, yet he's the one who manages to make the Kyoryugers work as a team by getting through to them.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** Davis of ''Anime/{{Digimon Adventure 02}}''. He was pretty much thrust into the leader role from the beginning despite the fact that Kari and T.K. [[Anime/DigimonAdventure had already done most of this before]], whereas Davis hadn't. Tai even symbolically gives Davis [[GogglesDoNothing his old goggles]] in a PassingTheTorch moment as part of this.
*** In fairness, Davis was the only one to get a Digi-Egg in the first episode, making this more of an inversion of the trope. Kari and T.K. remained [[SoLastSeason unable to do anything significant]] until the third episode.
*** Another issue is that despite [[InNameOnly being told]] Davis is the leader, until the finale he never once gave the rest of the team orders. [[NoRespectGuy That they listened to, at least.]] [[ButtMonkey They even leave him behind on pretty important missions without him knowing.]]
** Takato of ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' was the last to get his partner, the last to have it evolve, and the last to learn how to fight, let alone win a fight on its own. However, he seeks to learn as much as he can from Henry and Rika, and they make for a fairly balanced PowerTrio. Also, he's the first one to reach Ultimate (Mega in the dub).
** Marcus of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' was hired by DATS specifically because of this - within less than a day of meeting Agumon, he had already manged to activate his D.N.A. and evolve him, taking down a rampaging Cockatrimon where seasoned agent Yoshi was [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything pretty much useless]]. Upon witnessing this, Sampson remarked that he absolutely needed someone like Marcus ''because'' of his ability to do that so quickly. After some consternation with Thomas, Marcus eventually becomes the de-facto leader of their DATS field team PowerTrio.
** Tagiru of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime''. He'd been on the Xros Heart basketball team for a while, but he had no idea that the other two members were part of a different kind of team. He doesn't really act as the leader of the team [[spoiler:until the CrisisCrossover finale where Taiki is wounded and the responsibility of joining the other five legendary heroes (including the aforementioned Davis, Marcus and Takato) in combating Quartzmon is up to him.]]
* [[spoiler: Kyrie]] in ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', though you don't know that until the last episode.
* Matsumoto from ''Manga/SpecialDutyCombatUnitShinesman''. He's also the only one to think of red as a good sentai color in the first place.
* Joe Shimamura, the titular ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. As the ninth prototype, he's the most recently converted member of the team; while the other eight have all had time to adjust and adapt to what's been done to them, he's literally thrown into the midst of their escape attempt with no idea what's going on and has to be brought to speed on the fly. He also happens to be the most powerful, as the organization learned as they worked. [[spoiler: And the later cyborgs just keep getting stronger with each new model...]]
* This can also apply to Ash in the original season of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}''. He is a beginning trainer just starting his journey when he gathers together his first group of friends, who, incidentally, are experienced Gym Leaders.
* Amu Hinamori of ''ShugoChara'' is an interesting case: She's the last to join the Guardians, but the first to reach full power.
* Koji Kabuto in ''[[ShinMazinger Shin Mazinger Z]]'' is basically this.
* Deconstructed with ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''[='=]s Shinji Ikari. He's the last of the pilots to be recruited and, without any prior experience, performs the allegedly nigh impossible feat of activating one of the titular mechas upon the first try (With even an ArtificialHuman created specifically for piloting taking over 7 months), quickly catches up to his the most experienced fighter in the group and eventually trumps her. By episode 19, he's a good enough fighter to effortlessly ravage a monster that neither Asuka nor Rei had any chance against, only failing to defeat it because he ran out of power before he could deliver the killing blow. Regardless, his lack of military training left him completely unprepared for [[WarIsHell the psychological consequences of actual life and death battles]], and for all his talent, he has the worst possible personality for the job, being a timid, delicate young boy who panics and/or burst into tears at the slightest provocation. By the time the show is over, he's a complete nervous wreck waiting to be relieved of his misery. Episode 12 puts it like this:
--> '''Random NERV Techie''': These readings are incredible! It's like he was born to pilot [=EVAs=].
--> '''Misato''': [[BlessedWithSuck ...Except that he hates it.]]
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'': Despite being the captain, Luffy is one of the youngest and most childish members of the crew, often requiring other members to mention even the simple basics of pirating. His main strengths lie in his charisma and strength to compensate.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' has two different instances of this trope:
** In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', the Rookie is Tsubomi (pink) while the Veteran is Yuri (purple). Naturally enough, Tsubomi find it difficult to earn Yuri's respect. It doesn't help that Tsubomi is, by WordOfGod, the ''weakest'' pink cure in the history of Precure. [[spoiler:And then there is Cure Flower, who was the previous generation's Pretty Cure]].
** In ''Anime/DokidokiPrecure'', the Rookie is Mana (pink) while the Veteran is [=MakoPi=] (purple). ([[{{Expy}} How very original...]]) It goes the other way from the above example: Mana is quickly proven to be one of the very best pink cure in the history of Precure, enough to surpass [=MakoPi=] in several ways. [[spoiler:Mana's meteor rookie status is even more reinforced by TheReveal of Jonathan Klondike and Cure Ace sometimes later.]]
*** The thing that separates the two, though, is circumstances: Yuri isn't an active Precure at the start of ''Heartcatch'' [[spoiler:due to the fact that she lost everything due to her over-self confidence in doing things by herself]], while [=MakoPi=] is trying to be TheAtoner for [[MyGreatestFailure Her Greatest Failure]]. Yuri just doesn't give anyone the time of day until she finally gets back in the saddle while [=MakoPi=] does when she finds out Mana has ''massive balls of steel'', which doesn't take long.
* The second ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' series, ''Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode,'' features a protagonist called Berii who replaces the original leader of the Mew Mew girls. Berii has the DNA from two different animal species, unlike the other girls who only have one species per person. She's made the leader of the team as soon as she joins them, even though any other member would have had more experience. For that reason, she's [[{{Understatement}} not universally loved]] by the Mew Mew fandom.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The early issues of the ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comic book show in an origin story that Princess Sally had been leading a band of Freedom Fighters for a while before she and Sonic first met.
** The Genesis Arc (and most likely the post-CosmicRetcon) seems to go back to this
* While ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is the most famous leader of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers,'' it's often a surprise to both readers and occasionally other characters that he wasn't a founding member in the core Marvel timeline (he actually didn't join until issue #4). The reader confusion is helped by his being a founding member in most other timelines, such as ''ComicBook/TheUltimates'' or in the various animated series. Justified since he honed his skills in WWII and is the most natural leader, despite being a relative newcomer.
** Officially, since the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] has trouble playing nice with others 3/4 of the time, the other founders once mentioned that they transferred the official 'Founder' status that the Hulk would normally have to Rogers.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* Too many to list. [[TropesAreTools Often but not always]] a sign of favoritism or MarySue.
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] joining the rebellion in ''Film/ANewHope''.
** It should be noted, though, that 90% of his story (that we see) takes place away from the group. He doesn't join the ranks until the end of ANH.
* In ''Film/{{Wanted}}'', Wesley (JamesMcAvoy) learns that his late father belonged to a secret assassin organization. He joins the organization and trains to be a professional killer himself, partially to avenge his father's death.
* Neo is this trope in ''Film/TheMatrix''
* Part of the entire point of ''Film/CrimsonTide''. Lt. Commander Hunter is replacing the USS Alabama's XO, who has appendicitis. Naturally, most of the crew (except for Weps) doesn't really have any sense of loyalty toward him.
* The Reboot ''Film/StarTrek'' has Kirk acting in this role.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' has Po the Dragon Warrior, having proven himself, fights with the Furious Five and for all his remaining naivety, he has proven an asset to the team.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* d'Artagnan and ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers''.
* Max in ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'' by Max Frei joined the "Minor Secret Investigative Force" much later than other personnel; half of them worked there from the group's creation, and that was more than a century ago.
* In ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'', one of the two viewpoint characters is Fatale, a rookie {{cyborg}} superhero who is asked to join the most famous superteam in the world. Much is made of the fact that she's so new on the scene that many people can't pronounce her name right (and the villain keeps forgetting it entirely).
* Vin from ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'' was a new recruit to Kelsier's thieving crew; the other members were all much more experienced and familiar with each other.
* Boamund in ''Literature/{{Grailblazers}}'' is appointed leader of the Order of the Grail Knights after awakening from a magical sleep. The other Knights have been in business for nearly '''1500 years'''.
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[[folder:LiveActionTelevision]]
* "Most powerful" is up for debate, but with Cameron Mitchell becoming the leader of [[Series/StargateSG1 SG1]] for seasons nine and ten, he definitely fits. However, thanks to a liberal dose of RememberTheNewGuy and the personalities of the original characters, he is accepted into the group immediately.
* Any MedicalDrama where the protagonist is introduced as a new medical intern or resident.
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[[folder:Sports]]
* NHL player Sidney Crosby was touted as the next Wayne Gretzky prior to joining the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005. At the time, the Penguins were pretty much an entire team of mooks on ice so Crosby was instantly thrust into the role of their main goal-scorer. To further drive him into this, he was named [[TheLancer Alternate Captain]] in his rookie season and Captain the following season, becoming the youngest one in NHL history at the time. This lead to [[HockeyNightInCanada Don Cherry]] famously stating "[[EnsignNewbie An 18-year-old kid]] says he's going to give us ideas. What, from the Quebec League, he's going to give them ideas? Come on. That's ridiculous." Then he lead them to a Stanley Cup, and then he helped lead Canada to an Olympic gold medal.
* Due to the nature of the quarterback position in [[AmericanFootball American football]], rookie quarterbacks who end up as starters become this. As the entire offense flows through this position, the quarterback becomes the de facto leader out on the field, even if more experienced players exist at other positions as well as the more experienced but less talented (or physically declining due to age) backup quarterback. It's considered ideal to let the rookie quarterback spend a couple of years as a backup to make the transition from college to the pros, but teams rarely have enough salary cap space to keep an established star as the starting QB ''and'' pay an expected future superstar to sit on the bench and as a result rookie starting quarterbacks are becoming more common. The results of a rookie starting QB are usually mixed, at best, but a few prime examples from NFL history stand out:
** 1983 - Dan Marino starts 10 games for the Miami Dolphins, setting numerous rookie passing records in the process. He went 9-1 as a starter, earning the Dolphins a spot in the playoffs.
** 1999 - Shaun King becomes the first "true" (straight out of college) rookie QB in the Super Bowl era to lead his team to a playoff victory for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [[note]]Pat Hayden won a playoff game for the Los Angeles Rams in 1976 during his rookie year in the NFL, but had played a professional season previously in the World Football League.[[/note]]
** 2004 - Ben Roethlisberger leads the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 15-1 record and breaks many of the records previously set by Dan Marino in the process.
** 2012 - A record five rookie quarterbacks begin the seasons as starters for their teams (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, and Russell Wilson for the Colts, Redskins, Dolphins, Browns, and Seahawks respectively). Numerous records were broken by these quarterbacks with Luck, Griffin, and Wilson all leading their teams to surprise playoff appearances.
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* As ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101'' is in part a love letter to ''Sentai''/''Power Rangers'' series, the main protagonist Wonder Red follows this tradition, having only been an agent for a year--yet easily the most efficient of all the Wonderful One-Double-Oh. Another reason he's put in charge is because the enemy attack is focused on his assigned {{Protectorate}} of Blossom City.
* Used in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time/Darkness/Sky'': TheHero and their Partner join the Wigglytuff Guild as its newest members, allowing for introductions and for the player to be taught all about Treasure Town and the ins and outs of exploring mystery dungeons.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekBridgeCommander'' provides a couple of interesting cases for this, depending on who you view as the "Main character". Commander Larsen says in her first Log entry that while the player controlled character spent many years as a first officer, he'd only been on [[CoolStarship The USS Dauntless]] for four months. Larsen herself is the newest member of the Dauntless' crew, and she is often considered TheHero of the game's FiveManBand.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' combines this with a hefty dose of EnsignNewbie. The player character is given command of a starship at the rank of ''Ensign''. The game attempts to justify this by saying that the player is the only officer left, and by the end of the tutorial, you're at least promoted to Lieutenant (not much better).
** The circumstances for this vary between each faction. The Federation player gets it due to circumstances (pre-Season 8, it was because of a Borg invasion, post-Season 8 [[spoiler:it's because you're forced to kill the Klingons and your captain after the captain gets kidnapped by said Klingons)]]... if you play the tutorial. If you don't, they just say that you did ''so well'' on your Starfleet Academy tests that they're bumping you up that high. The Klingons use, natch, KlingonPromotion, while the Romulans pretty much force you to gather a crew and use a very old starship.
* It's not so jarring when Squall is made the leader of the team right after graduation. His teammates, Zell and Selphie, are also new graduates. Quistis has more experience, though, but she joins the team later after Squall has already been established as the leader. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' nevertheless contains a ''major'' instance of this: [[spoiler: Squall is named ''leader of Balamb Garden'', despite still being a fairly new graduate, around the middle of the game.]] This is mostly [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by the fact that Headmaster Cid [[spoiler:is working off of Edea's foreknowledge of Squall's role in defeating Ultimecia]]. The fact that he's extremely competent helps too.
* Both ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' involve the respective protagonists joining a pre-existing clan. That said, both clans start out with one significant character each and a bunch of generics before the heroes join.
* Cloud Strife from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is given this position ''after'' the group get out of Midgar and most of the original AVALANCHE members are dead. It's more realistic than most cases, though; at this point of the game, only two of the five group members were a part of the original AVALANCHE, the new group doesn't have much continuity with the old one, Cloud is a battle hardened military veteran, and Barret Wallace is a domestic terrorist who got 3/5 of his crew wiped out.
** Later on, when [[spoiler: Cloud is out of commission]], Cid Highwind, the last member to join, is nominated by Barret to lead the group, because despite his seniority, Barret admits that he really isn't leadership material, and Cid is an experienced veteran of Shinra's space program. Well, that, and the fact that the [[CoolAirship Highwind]] belongs to him.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' suddenly promotes Ike to leader of the Greil Mercenaries, despite almost everyone else having more experience than him. This actually is a sore point for many characters who leave the squad as a result. Later event prove this was a good idea.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' has Lyn, who never knew she was royalty and is suddenly Lord Caelin when her Grandfather dies a few years after she finds out (her parents having died years earlier). Justified in that, well, that's kind of how royalty works. Also, the player character, technically, being trusted to guide pretty much an army when he/she has zero experience in the matter.
** The player character role is repeated in the New Mystery remake and in Awakening. But as a man at arms or tactician (respectively) rather than the main lord this may make him the [[BadSnowClone Rookie]] [[RedOniBlueOni Blue]] [[NumberTwo Ranger]] instead, or [[{{Metaphorgotten}} Green maybe...]]
* When the PlayerCharacter of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is named official field leader of SEES, he (or she, in the PSP UpdatedRerelease) isn't ''quite'' the newest member, but might as well be thanks to being a NewTransferStudent on top of being new to SEES and the concepts of Personas and the Dark Hour.
** After Akihiko heals up, he opts to let things stand, partially because he wants to focus on training against the shadows, and partially because he admits to having very little experience in fighting as a group. The matter isn't even brought up by the time Mitsuru joins the front lines, as the MC has been leading the team for several months, and doing a darn good job at it. Mitsuru still acts at the ''strategic'' leader, but follows orders in the combat team.
* [[VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars Ryusei]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration Date]] is the last member to join the original [=SRX=] Team. He's pretty much the ''de facto'' leader of the group, mostly because [[LeaderFormsTheHead his machine is the head]] of their team's robot.
** Kyosuke Nanbu is this to the ATX Team. Excellen, Sanger, and Bullet is already a member before Kyosuke joined the team. In the end, not only he ended up s the ''de facto'' leader of the team, he is the acting commander of the player army.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' has the main character Touya Shun who is a relative newcomer to the team, and to mecha combat in general.
* Zero joining LaResistance in ''VideoGame/MegaManZero''. The other members look up him as a field leader (Ciel, the actual leader, is more of a pacifist) because he's a legendary hero.
* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' features the [[PlayerCharacter Rookie]], who is also the HeroicMime. It's zig-zagged a bit, since he's still a veteran who's actually both higher-ranked and more experienced than the squad's demolition expert; [=ODSTs=] don't allow actual rookies to join their unit.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series loves doing this with the PlayerCharacter in each of the games' various guilds and factions. In each of the games, it is possible for the player to catapult his or herself from total newcomer to head of the faction within just a few in-game weeks. This is especially jarring with some of the political factions where some [=NPCs=] have spent years getting to their respective positions, only to have the PC leap past them in terms of rank.
* Seth, the main character in ''VideoGame/AtlantisTheLostTales'', is the newest recruit of the Queen's Companions and the hero of the story.
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[[folder: Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', both team RWBY and [[{{Deuteragonist}} JNPR]] are led by their least experienced member, Ruby Rose and Jaune Arc, respectively. A bit more justified than most, as both of them showed the most competent leadership skills during the team assignment test by being able to analyze the situation and use their teammates' respective strengths.
** It does get slapped with the DeconReconSwitch in Episode 10, when Weiss gets bitter about her being more experienced and passed over for the role. Ozpin gently explains that Ruby has to continually demonstrate her worth as leader if she wants the respect that comes with it while Weiss is told by Professor Port that it would be healthier to focus on being the best at what she's got, rather than complain about what she doesn't. Both of them are then inspired to focus harder and earn their respective roles.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Willow of ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}'' is very much this, as she is missing all of her memories since that's what happens on Earthsong[[spoiler:, and she's also a completely new being]]. So, minor skills aside, she is as rookie as they come.
* Keti of ''{{Webcomic/Footloose}}'' could be argued as this. Although she's not a hero, per se, and is certainly [[http://footloosecomic.com/footloose/bios.php?page=8 not]] [[http://footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=53 the]] [[http://footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=54 most]] [[http://footloosecomic.com/footloose/pages.php?page=79 talented]] of the group, she is the protagonist of the story (thanks to the in-universe "Primary Protagonist Syndrome") and her arrival at the dojo places her well behind her friends who have been there training already for a number of years.
* Sydney of ''{{Webcomic/GrrlPower}}'' has an unprecedented suite of super powers available to her due to her powers coming from a set of mysterious orbs she found (or they might have found her), rather than having been born with those powers.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* By extension of D'Artanian, ''WesternAnimation/DogtanianAndTheThreeMuskehounds''.
* It was intended that the ''WesternAnimation/TheodoreTugboat'' episode ''Theodore and The Big Harbour'' be the series pilot. It shows Theodore arriving as a NaiveNewcomer to the Big Harbour and finding out about the [[TheMagnificent V-Word]] system.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' series had planned a SpinOff series about a team of construction machines. In the PoorlyDisguisedPilot episode Jack, who was to be the main character, is introduced to the rest of the pack machines.
* Aang in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. While he's the youngest ([[HumanPopsicle despite also technically being the oldest]]), he's also seen the most of the world, and is the most powerful, since he's a master airbender compared to Katara's rudimentary waterbending and Sokka's...[[TheTeamNormal boomerang]].
** It carries over to his successor, Korra in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', who has a "bend first, ask questions later" approach to solving problems.
* From ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'', Lion-O had the misfortune of being a [[YoungerThanTheyLook twelve-year-old in a twenty-four-year-old's body]], thanks to [[PlotRelevantAgeUp a malfunctioning cryosleep pod]]. He adapted pretty well, all things considered (the sanity of his teammates placing him in charge before the trials to prove his capability as leader can be questioned, however).
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Miss Martian joins the Team [[AffirmativeActionGirl after their first adventure]], and at that point had only been on Earth [[NaiveNewcomer for about a month]]. Nevertheless she has [[SuperPowerLottery the most superpowers]] and is eventually revealed to have psychic abilities [[UnskilledButStrong even greater]] than the norm of her species. [[RotatingProtagonist She's not really the protagonist more than anyone else, though]].
** Inverted and deconstructed with Robin. He's the obvious choice for leader, to the point where Aqualad outright says that he's only filling in for Robin until he's old enough. The problem is, working with Batman for so long has left him absolutely horrible at teamwork. [[spoiler: He does become team leader as Nightwing, five years later]].
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