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Named after the common scenario found in the adventures of [[Franchise/{{Batman}} the Dark Knight Detective]], this is the short two-to-three page [[TheTeaser Cold Open]] sequence that opens a super-hero comic, depicting the vigilante engaging in some crime-fighting on BitPartBadGuys.

Typically, this is a bank-robbery or a mugging, usually unrelated to the plot-at-large, meant to illustrate the crime-fighting abilities of our hero, and often giving him the chance to brood about whatever is/will be bothering him for the extent of the issue. It can also help offset TheWorfEffect by showing that the hero is competent before having him beaten by the serious threat later in the story. The opening titles for the TV series ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' also used this trope, as does ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''.

In a practical sense, it allows for a reasonable amount of action in an issue that may be very talky, especially if it's the start of a StoryArc. Speaking of story arcs, plot-driven series sometimes devote entire episodes/issues/chapters at the beginning to {{exposition}} of the heroes' powers and routine assignments, as well as any kind of AppliedPhlebotinum, before said plot takes over. If nothing really exciting happens and we are instead treated to [[NormalPeople normal life]] at the beginning before trouble starts, it overlaps with DayInTheLife.

Sometimes involves LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe.

Subtrope of TheTeaser. See also ActionPrologue, DangerRoomColdOpen and DramaticChaseOpening. Contrast AndTheAdventureContinues, which is essentially the opposite, done at the end of the series, and OnPatrolMontage, which is something similar during an episode instead of at the start.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Both seasons of ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' devote their first episodes to series protagonists Misaka Mikoto and Shirai Kuroko apprehending and beating up rogue espers or terrorists in showcases of their [[ShockAndAwe respective]] [[TeleportersAndTransporters powers]]. Conversely, the main series ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' subverts this trope by starting off with its protagonist, [[UnluckyEverydude Kamijou Touma]], running away from pursuing thugs after a misguided attempt to keep them from harming Misaka [[spoiler:(actually, to keep her from harming '''them''')]].
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' kicks off with Rosette and Chrono doing an exorcism job in a haunted ship... So the audience understands that in this 'verse "exorcism" involves less use of holy symbols and more use of [[MoreDakka guns]].
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is like this: the first chapters/episodes depict Clare going about the usual yoma-slaying business (until her first [[spoiler:almost-Awakening]]).
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'':
** TheMovie opens with bounty hunters Spike and Jet apprehending a few criminals robbing a liquor store.
** The series does this (at least) once with a plane hijacking.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' opens with one of these and also serves to introduce the concept of [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals Contractors]], when a man who can defy gravity at the price of breaking his own fingers is subdued, interrogated and killed by a black-coated person with a white mask. The masked man is the protagonist, although the show doesn't tell us until the end of the two-episode arc (which contains a lot of {{Expospeak}}).
* The very first chapter of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' opens this way, the first hint of any on going plot being a {{call back}} to ''Manga/CMonDigimon'' before the reader learns any events relevant to the current series.
%%* ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' opens with the Elric brothers on a normal mission, where they explain the principles of alchemy, before the BackStory is explained and the prime plot kicks in. [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist The first anime]] adapts this as the first two episodes. ''Brotherhood'', instead, adapts it in the third, after some other events; but then, ''its'' first episode, an original story, fills this same purpose.
* The first ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' film as well as the first episode of [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex the series]] begin with two Batman Cold Open, the first shows the Major arresting a random bomber, the second is the whole Section 9 rescuing a bunch of officials taken hostages by robots, although in the series this last event is related to the plot of the first episode it is still essentially just to show how badass Section 9 is.
* ''Anime/{{Grenadier}}'' spends the first episodes expositioning the series' world, such as the structure of the Empire and the position of gunslingers in it.
* The ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' anime opens with Seras attempting to escape a vampire and his army of ghouls, while Alucard hunts down and kills them.
** Hell, a straighter example occurs ''before'' that: The first episode opens with [[DirtyOldMan a creepy old guy]] and a [[DisposableSexWorker young-looking woman dressed like a prostitute]] walking into a hotel room. After some dialogue from the old guy, they realize that Alucard has been there the whole time. Cue Alucard pointing his gun at the two of them [[spoiler: and shooting the woman, [[BaitAndSwitch who turns out to be a vampire]].]]
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'', who occasionally opens stealing a priceless artifact and getting away, leaving her "victim" to cry out without thinking about how hard ''he'' worked to steal it in the first place and being heard by her detective pursuers.
* The opening chapters/first few episodes of ''Manga/SoulEater'' have the main casts carrying out a typical mission in both the ColdOpening and the episode (Soul and Maka succeed at gaining a soul, Black Star and Tsubaki fail due to BS' egomania and Kid fails because of his SuperOCD, then in the episode Maka and Soul fail because they succeed, BS and Tsubaki fail because Black☆Star's really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and Kid succeeds despite his OCD but does so much collateral damage he has to give the souls up).
** Although this is because the artist was hired to do a couple one-shot stories, which eventually took off and became the series proper.
* ''Anime/SummerWars'' has, in Kenjis long voyage with Natsuki at the beginning of the film, several scenes with King Kazam kicking all kinds of ass as a then background event or action opener that turns out to have shown off how capable the user of King Kazma is when we find out who he is, making this some kind of Batman Cold Open.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', which is a show about comic book-styled superheroes, opens with the entire main cast having turns at trying to catch a group of escaping bank robbers.
* The first couple of episodes of ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' don't do anything for the story except introduce some of the main characters and establishing the conflict between TheChurch and the vampires.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' does this all the time, hence the trope name.
** ''Batman'' #608 (the first part of the "Hush" arc) has a particularly cool version, depicting Batman (with CrazyPrepared BadassNormal stats turned UpToEleven) sneaking around a shipyard and taking down four of Killer Croc's thugs in rapid succession to save a small boy who happens to be heir to an enormous fortune.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' combines this with ArcWelding: one plot deals with the "BigBad" sending a group of Mercenaries to bring Spider-Man to him so he can find out how Spider-Man knows about all the attempts on his company and why he's been helping to stop them. Spidey has no idea what the guy is talking about, until he shows footage of several Batman Cold Opens from previous issues.
** Comicbook/SpiderMan does this pretty often in the comics; often, an issue will begin with him trouncing some random [[{{Mooks}} gangsters]] that have nothing to do with the issue's plot.
*** Also, given that it's Spider-Man, he may just be pretending to be dumb to get the guy riled up.
** Shocker exists pretty much solely to get beaten up in the first two pages. This leads to an arc where Peter starts wondering what he's accomplishing, if this guy keeps getting out of jail so easily. It also creates a WhamEpisode, when [[spoiler: Shocker manages to capture Spider-Man.]]
* When [[http://johnnysaturn.com Johnny Saturn]]is first seen in ''Johnny Saturn No.1'', he is putting the beat down on a gang of thugs called the ''Charlie Blockers'' or ''C Blockers.'' This battle is little more than foreplay before the first Johnny Saturn / Utopian confrontation.
* ''Deadpool'' and later ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'' do this quite often: the books often opened with a splash page of [[ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} the title character ]] engaged in a spectacular fight against a considerably large group of {{Mooks}} [[TalkingIsAFreeAction while making]] [[CrazyAwesome absolutely random remarks]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Bookhunter}}'' opens with Agent Bay leading a SWAT team to apprehend a "freelance censor".
* ThePunisher engages in this quite a lot. Being The Punisher, it [[MurderIsTheBestSolution seldom ends well]].
* The first issue of Creator/PhilFoglio's ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'' mini-series is pretty much a standalone plot of the kind that the old ongoing series did a lot. Then, on the second-last page, the real plot of the mini-series begins.
* The ''ComicBook/SinCity'' miniseries "A Dame To Kill For" opens with the main character spying on an AbusiveBoyfriend (he's a PI) and having to save his mistress from getting killed. This is the main character's introduction and has nothing to do with the main story.
* The beginning of Issue #6 of ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'' is the end of some sort of escapade Red Hood has gotten into on a Nuclear Submarine!
** In many ways the beginning of Issue #1 can be considered this as well, as we witness Arsenal getting busted out of jail by Red Hood and Starfire.
** And done again in Issue # 8

[[folder: FanFic]]
* In fanfic ''Fanfic/BloodstainedHeroesOfHumanity'' the story begins with Todoriki and Izuku defending Yaoyorozu, Kirishima and Iida from a feral werewolf that used to be their classmate.

* ''Film/JamesBond'' movies, [[BondOpeningSequence typically]], although they often do have some relation to the main plot of the movie.
** The first movie to open like this, ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'', is a subversion: [[spoiler:the man who appears to be Bond is actually [[LatexPerfection a mook dressed up as Bond]] for Grant to kill to demonstrate his assassination abilities, making basically a villains' DangerRoomColdOpen.]]
** The pre-title sequence of ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' plays this straight, and is arguably the finest example of this in the series.
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' subverts this heavily, opening with Bond on a mission in North Korea... which he actually ''fails''. He ends up getting captured and spends a year and a half in a torture camp before his superiors can spring him.
** The opening of ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' plays with this as its ColdOpen is almost fifteen minutes long and ties directly into the main plot without even a time jump between the two. The whole thing causes a bizarre sort of [[EndingFatigue Cold Open Fatigue]] that makes you question why, save for tradition, there needed to be one at all.
*** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen The opening originally ended after the sequence in Spain]], but audiences felt that it was too short. Proof that TropesAreTools.
** The opening of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' has Bond attacked by [[LawyerFriendlyCameo a bald man stroking a cat]], who he drops into an industrial smokestack. It doesn't directly relate to the plot, [[FridgeBrilliance though it ties into an important theme in the film]]: do we really have the right to avenge our lost loved ones?
** The cold opening of ''{{Film/Moonraker}}'' showed Jaws, TheDragon of ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'' trying to kill Bond by pushing him from an airplane without a parachute. ''His'' 'chute fails but lucky for him ([[MakesSenseInContext and Bond]]), there's a nearby circus tent.
** As a ContinuityReboot, ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' shows Bond getting his first two kills, thus achieving "double-0" status.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' probably has one of the best, a really spectacular pursuit through Istanbul featuring no less than ''three'' separate chase scenes.
* In ''Film/SevenSamurai'', we're introduced to Kambei as he rescues a boy being held hostage in a barn. The trope was a custom of Japanese swordfilms called "chambara," though this film was probably the western world's first introduction to the trope.
* In a direct {{homage}} to the above, ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'' features [[TheHero Chris]] and [[TheLancer Vin]] escorting the hearse of a "halfbreed" to the local cemetery when the rest of the town is dead-set against him being buried in their graveyard.
* ''Film/{{Django}}'' follows this pattern.
* The second live-action ''Guyver'' movie uses this trope.
* ''Film/BlownAway'' has Jimmy Dove demonstrating his bomb-defusing badassary skills on a not-related-to-main-plot bomb.
** The mid-80s Pierce Brosnan film ''Livewire'' does exactly the same thing with its bomb-defusing protagonist.
* ''Film/WildWildWest'' spends a good twenty minutes in an opening saloon scene where both West and Gordon fail to catch DiscOneFinalBoss Bloodbath [=McGrath=].
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', especially his attempt at retrieving the golden idol at the start of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' and the flashbacks of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
** ''Film/{{UHF}}'' parodies the opening of the former, and, in doing so, is an example of the trope.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'':
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' had one where Batman takes on [[spoiler:Scarecrow]], and (though a villainous example) the bank heist at the beginning, (largely) unrelated to ComicBook/TheJoker's larger schemes over the rest of the movie, but used to show the audience how devious, manipulative and ruthless he is.
** Meanwhile, in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler:Bane shows off his extremely organized and loyal army by making them crash a CIA plane just to fake the death of one character. It did have some small effect on the overall plot, but it was mostly a parallel to ComicBook/TheJoker's introduction.]]
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989) had one too, after the opening credits. It introduced the audience to Batman in action, as he attacked two small-time muggers on the rooftops.
* ''Film/{{Banlieue 13}}'' actually has one of these about twenty minutes into the movie to introduce the second hero, a supercop. The cop has a huge martial arts brawl in an illegal casino to establish his badass credentials before he gets fit into the main plot.
* In ''Film/StreetsOfFire'', the hero is introduced by beating up some local toughs who are breaking up his sister's diner.
* All the ''Film/DirtyHarry'' movies have a scene in the beginning where Harry stops a crime unrelated to the main plot. In the first one, it was a bank robbery, ''Film/MagnumForce'' it was a plane hijacking,''Film/TheEnforcer'' it was a liquor store holdup. A diner was being robbed in ''Film/SuddenImpact'' and in ''Film/TheDeadPool'' it was mob hitmen out to kill him.
* The beginning of ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore'' shows two bounty hunters, Colonel Mortimer and Manco separately tracking and killing wanted criminals and collecting their bounties.
* ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' starts with Axel Foley undercover trying to bust a cigarette smuggling operation and turns into a big chase with him hanging from the back of a speeding semi and dozens of police cars.
* ''Film/MinorityReport'' starts off with Pre-Crime going off after a double murder foreseen by the Pre-Cogs. It really lacks impact into the story afterwards with the exception of telling the audience that Pre-Crime fundamentally works by avoiding the homicides.
* ''The Expendables''
** ''Film/TheExpendables'' show the team rescuing a group of hostages from African pirates, just to show how good they are at what they do.
** ''Film/TheExpendables2'' opens with them raiding a stronghold to rescue a Chinese billionaire.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' not only uses this trope but also introduces us to a major character of the film as being the target.
* The first few minutes of ''Film/TheMarine'' show Wrestling/JohnCena (or, rather, a character played by him) fighting terrorists (or at least terrorist sympathizers) in a Middle Eastern country. This cold opening actually serves two purposes: 1) establishing John Triton as a badass and 2) showing him disobeying a direct (although unreasonable) order from his commander, thus justifying his being discharged from the service and sent home to the United States, where the ''real'' plot takes place.
* While ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'' technically opens with a scene from the main character's past, the next scene is very much this trope.
* ''Film/InTheLineOfFire'' begins with an introductory scene of Frank busting some counterfeiters while undercover, which has no relation to the rest of the movie. It also acts as a ShownTheirWork scene for the writers to demonstrate that they're aware the Secret Service still has a few functions other than protecting the President.
** It does play into the plot a little later on, when it's revealed that Frank's colleague Al is having some difficulty coping with the pressures of the job (in the ColdOpen he comes very close to getting killed), which leads to the film playing with the {{Retirony}} trope.
* The investigation of Old Man [=McGinty=] in ''Film/MysteryTeam''.
* The opening sequence on the planet Nibiru in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', which drops the viewer right in the middle of a scene in which Kirk and Bones are ChasedByAngryNatives.
* ''Film/TheProfessional'' begins with a scene showing the title character on a routine job, killing a gang of drug dealers in a matter of minutes. The entire scene only exists to establish how proficient he is and has nothing to do with the rest of the film.
* ''Film/CloakAndDagger'' begins with Jack Flack on an espionage mission, then reveals that it's all been the plot of game being played by our kid hero Davey, who soon gets embroiled in a real spy caper.
* The exceptionally long cold opening of ''Film/SuperTroopers'' starts off with two of the troopers toying with and eventually busting some stoners, then getting drawn into a high-speed chase [[spoiler: by another trooper playing a prank on them]].
* ''Film/TheBlackCobra'' starts with CowboyCop Robert Malone going after some bank robbers who've taken hostages.
* ''Film/LethalWeapon'' gives Riggs one where he leads a cocaine bust.
* ''Film/WerewolvesOnWheels'' opens with biker gang the Devil's Advocates kicking the asses of a couple punks who tried to run them off the road.
* ''Film/TwentyNineteenAfterTheFallOfNewYork'': Parsifal gets one where he participates in a gladiatorial demolition derby.

* Except for the first book, each installment of the Literature/SeekersOfTruth series starts this way.
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' novels will often open this way, especially when bringing Holly Short into the story. One example: ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Lost Colony'' starts off with Holly tracking a smuggler, though in true Literature/ArtemisFowl fashion it ends up becoming a ChekhovsGun.
* Creator/SimonRGreen starts off many of his novels like this, particularly in his {{Literature/Nightside}} and Hawk & Fisher series.
* ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' introduces both Carrot and Angua with one of these
* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' opens with a prologue in which Dave and John are lured to a remote cabin and attacked by a monster made of meat.
* ''Literature/MarginPlay'' by Creator/EricPlume opens with a chapter about Amber serving court papers on Thom Cullen. It's completely unrelated to the main plot.
* ''[[Literature/EddieLaCrosse The Sword-Edged Blonde]]'' begins with the protagonist being hired for a relatively typical assignment: retrieve a [[RebelliousPrincess teenage aristocratic runaway]] who has fallen in with the wrong crowd in a rough border town. This serves to show the kind of unglamorous thing that he ''normally'' does, before the book moves on to the main plot (which involves royal infanticide and goddesses.)
* In the prologue of ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', Obi-Wan intervenes in a bar fight while on his way to drop Luke Skywalker off at the Lars's. A very drunk old man finds himself holding an infant and watching as an [[LaserBlade odd blue light]] takes out several of Jabba the Hutt's thugs in the dimness.
* ''Literature/{{Ra}}'' starts with the heroine getting accosted in an alley by a group of thugs, and taking them out with her magic skills.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Episodes of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' frequently start with Buffy killing a random vampire on patrol. Occasionally doubles as a CouchGag; for instance, "Halloween" starts with Buffy fighting a vampire in a pumpkin patch.
** Ditto ''Series/{{Angel}}'' saving innocent girls from vampires -- though here the trope was subverted more often than it was played straight. It would turn out to be a dream, or someone would interrupt Angel, or [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Spike would be nearby doing colour commentary...]]
* The "opening gambits" of ''Series/MacGyver1985''--especially for the first few episodes--had little to do with the rest of the plot, and were often directed by a separate team. This particular style of opening was important in the pilot, as it was our first glimpse of [=MacGyver=] in action. A good portion of the episode was devoted to this gambit: Mac scaled a sheer cliff, disarmed a missile, and made an impromptu rescue, all while his internal monologue brought us up to speed, via a series of somewhere between home-spun and down right corny analogies about hockey, riding horses or people he knows.
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' frequently opened in the middle of a battle with a [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster-of-the-week sort of construct]], which sometimes led to the villains immediately coming up with a new plan (and the true monster for this episode) to avenge the thwarting of the old one.
* A few PowerRangers series have been known to do this:
** Series/PowerRangersZeo has at least two. The first has Adam being pursused by 4 "ninjas" who are later revealed to be the other Rangers. The second has the [[SixthRanger Gold Ranger]] protecting the team from a group of Cogs.
** Series/PowerRangersTimeForce uses this extensively to make use of StockFootage that they couldn't use any other way.
** The premier of Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder has Tommy escaping from an exploding island before anything else in the season.
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' likes to do this, often starting in the middle of a megazord battle before moving on to the plot o' the episode, which is usually unrelated. The main purpose is pretty much to emphasize just how much of a war of attrition is going on, and how relentless the machines are.
*** Also, to get the [[MerchandiseDriven merchandising]] for the giant robots out of the way as soon as possible, so they don't have to interrupt the plotty action scenes with stock [[strike:advertising]] footage.
* The series opener of ''Series/TheWire'' begins this way. Detective Jimmy [=McNulty=] is introduced while investigating the murder of a guy named Snotboogie. The little episode makes a statement about the America Dream, a major theme of the series, but the Snotboogie murder itself has nothing to do with the plot of the rest of the season.
* In ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'', Seth Bullock is introduced as he faces down a Montana lynch mob and executes a prisoner on the porch of his Sheriff's office. Immediately afterward, he retires from his post and departs for Deadwood, starting the show proper.
* Creator/JossWhedon shows have a tendency to be feature these as a result of ExecutiveMeddling - Series/{{Firefly}} was due to start with a double length origins episode, featuring the arrival of River Tam, Simon and Book. Instead, a train heist episode was adjusted to become a first episode, in order to show the normal hijinks of the Firefly crew on a job. The prequel story was later shown out of order without warning, causing mild temporary confusion for some viewers. Later, ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' was also subject to some meddling, and the first five episodes were 'Imprint of the Week' style standalone stories, before any kind of StoryArc kicked in.
* Season Two of ''{{Series/Daredevil}}'' starts out like this, showing the titular hero beating up a few common criminals. Besides showing how badass he is, the scene also shows that he became [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight part of the day to day life of Hell's Kitchen]], as he was mostly unknown through a good chunk of Season One.

[[folder: Theatre]]
* In the ''Theatre/MrsHawking'' play series, part III: ''[[https://vimeo.com/201477887 Base Instruments]]'' opens with the team finishing a case up by beating up a gang of ruffians, in order to lead into the otherwise fairly cerebral plot of the main mystery.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The entire first day of ''VideoGame/TexMurphy - Under a Killing Moon''. Also serves as an introduction to most of the regular characters.
* The first stage of ''VideoGame/XMen2CloneWars'' on Sega Genesis. Literally a ColdOpen, too; you are dropped right into the stage with a random character the instant you power on the console, and only see the title screen once you've beaten the stage. Plus, [[JustForPun it's]] [[SlippySlideyIceWorld snowing]].
* The first ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' game has a tutorial, followed by a mission on freighter (ending with an epic VideoGameSetPiece) related to the main plot (It helps set up Al-Asad having [[spoiler:the nuke]] later on), then the credits play over a ScenicTourLevel.
** Similarly, ''Modern Warfare 2'' starts with a tutorial, then a typical middle-eastern urban warfare mission that's completely unrelated to the plot (except that it seems to occur on the tail end of the war that begins in the first game), and then "[[WhamEpisode No Russian]]" is where the game's plot really starts.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', the first ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', and all the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games had Mario fighting Bowser in some form (and in one of them... [[spoiler: Bowser wins]]).
* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' starts the Prologue off with Faith delivering a package, setting her own job as {{Parkour}} "courier" in-universe. That really only serves to explain why she has the flexibility, speed and energy of a monkey overdosed in Redbull before she goes off to clear her sister's name.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' begins with a normal day in Ryu's childhood. After a timeskip, Ryu and Bow are shown taking on a normal job.

[[folder: Web Comic]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Acrobat}}'' plays it straight and made into a hot closing with Magnum and a villain in issue 4.
* The online version of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' begins with the party effortlessly trouncing a bunch of random goblins before the game system is updated. It was later revised in the print version to begin earlier, with a voice-over about the Order and their goals.
* The first few pages of ''Webcomic/OnceStung'' cover Queen Bee foiling a robbery before flashing back to her origin story.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has some of these. For instance, "Some Assembly Required" (which takes place almost immediately after the Avengers' founding) begins with the team confronting Mandrill after a bank robbery.
* Batman, naturally including several in the DCAU [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries series]]
** As stated above, ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' used this as its opening sequence. It succeeded at ShowDontTell to such a degree that it was only after seeing the finished product that the producers realized that they never actually showed the title.
** In particular, this is done in an unusual way in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' where we see one short adventure before the credits, often unconnected to the main story, with a different villain and partner. There are still occasions in the main story as well, where Batman will meet his team up during or just after defeating a minor villain. During the second season, the cold opens involved their own ongoing story, where one of Batman's past partners encounters Starro and gets mind controlled by him which eventually led to the Siege of Starro two-parter season finale.
* Many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' had Throttle, Vinnie, and Modo heckling and messing with the main villain Lawrence Limburger in the beginning just before the opening title. The 2006 revival did the same with the series' new villains the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump.
* The ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" opens with the Rangers already in dire peril, having to defend themselves against a giant octopus while being tied up. It is not explained how they got into this situation, and this is not that episode's actual case either.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "13" had this with the hero combating various animal ghosts in the beginning. He ends up losing thanks to the MonsterOfTheWeek's [[LivingShadow bad luck shadow]].
* Exists in the original but mostly cut out from the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', where the widely broadcast version only shows him turning in the criminals.
* The first handful of episodes of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' begin this way, showcasing Rex's EVO-defeating chops.
* ''WesternAnimation/HellboyAnimated: Storm of Swords'' opens with Hellboy, Liz, and Abe Sapien taking down giant bat-monster in Latin America.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' began with Green Arrow foiling a supermarket robbery before being beamed up to the JL Watchtower and asked to join the all new expanded Justice League.
* A common occurrence on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', although the "action" teasers would occasionally have exposition about Kim's personal subplot as a lead in.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' had this kind of ColdOpening in its early episodes.
* Most episodes of the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' AnimatedAdaptation had one of these, though it sometimes lead into the main plot.
* About half the episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' begin with the Ghostbusters in the middle of busting one or more ghosts. You can pretty much count on these ghosts to have nothing to do with the main plot, and they are often the same ghosts used in crowd scenes or cold opens in other episodes, since the animators worked from a small pool of stock ghosts. But every so often they ''do'' figure in to the main plot later in the episode when they're released from the containment unit by the ghost-of-the-week or phenomenon-of-the-week.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' often begins this way, with Spider-Man mid-battle with criminals.
* Doctor Light in introduced to the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' in this manner, only to be immediately [[{{Mindrape}} traumatised]] [[MookHorrorShow for the rest of the series]] by [[CreepyGood Raven]].
* Episodes of ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 series]]'' focusing on super-hero guest-stars would often open this way, replacing the show's usual InMediasRes teasers.
* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' video ''[=LarryBoy=] and the Rumor Weed'' uses one of these, with [=LarryBoy=] catching a thief who's been stealing kids' milk money. It ends with [=LarryBoy=] inadvertently creating the VillainOfTheWeek.