Episode 0: The Beginning

Putting "Zero" in the title of a work, or episode of that work, can be a good shorthand that a work is a prequel, prologue, or even a remake of a first chapter. Some comic book origin stories are shown in issues numbered 0.

Subtrope of Numbered Sequels. Compare Title 1. See also Unusual Chapter Numbers, Year Zero.

Note: If "Zero" is in the title for any other reason, it doesn't count (as it wouldn't be the beginning). So works like Mega Man Zero and Phantasy Star Zero wouldn't be an example. Also, the names have to be official, not fan nicknames.


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  • "Zero Month" following DC Comics' Zero Hour is a borderline case; the #0s all retell the heroes' origins, but in Flash Back, with a Framing Story in the present.
    • There was another "Zero Month" for the one-year anniversary of the New 52 reboot.
      • Before the New 52, there was an Issue #0 of Batwoman, which consists of Batman observing the heroine to get confirmation on her identity, eventually deeming her a worthy candidate for Batman Inc. It is included in the collected edition of the comic's first storyline. Funnily enough, this means that Batwoman has two Issue #0s in this continuity.
      • Averted with in Green Lantern #0 and Green Lantern: The New Guardians #0; featuring new present-day origins (of Earth's newest Green Lantern and an overhauled New Guardians roster) instead of flashbacks.
    • The New 52 version of Bruce Wayne first taking on the Batman identity is titled Batman Zero Year.
  • "Chapter 0: Of Ducks, Dimes, and Destinies", part of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Made after the series concluded, but given the "Chapter 0" moniker because it was a retelling of the first chapter detailing Magica de Spell's involvement during her time travel.
  • In an interesting use of this trope and Unusual Chapter Numbers, every volume of Resident Alien begins with an issue #0 normally, as if #0 were the actual #1.
  • Marvel Comics had a "Flashback Month" in which every comic published an #-1, set before the origin stories.
    • More specifically, in most cases they were set before Fantastic Four #1, which started the Silver Age of Marvel.
  • The Flash: Season Zero is a comic book prequel to Season 1 of The Flash (2014).
  • Spider-Girl's first issue was numbered 0, and was a reprint of What If? v2 #105, the issue she first appeared in.
  • Ninja High School received a Chapter 0, many years after it first began. It was an Interquel for Ichi-kun (after her grandfather defeated her in Chapter 1, but before her trip to America) and Asrial (after she was made aware of who she was being sent to marry, but before being transformed into a human form), but a Prequel for Jeremy (showing him the day before his introduction in Chapter 1).
  • Robert Crumb's Zap Comix came out with an issue zero: he had lost the art to the first issue and made a new one, then discovered the missing artwork and released it later.

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  • 24: Day Zero. A series of animated webisodes. It's a prequel series, focusing on Jack Bauer's first 18 months at CTU.
  • TOME has Episode 00: /File:Zero. It focuses on the Netkings rather than the main players and showcases the Netkings as they first make the game and inadvetendedly play a hand in the creation of the Forbiddn Power by introducing negative emotions to the core of the game, SOFDTI.

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  • Freeman's Mind released an Episode 0 between 34 and 35, showing Gordon going through the hazard course and refusing to finish after being told to jump two stories onto concrete.
  • On the Origin of PCs, the first The Order of the Stick prequel, was published as issue number 0. Start of Darkness, the second prequel, takes place even earlier, so it's issue number -1.
  • xkcd's print edition starts with volume 0. It's not a prequel, the author just likes zero-indexing.

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