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The standard Premiere plot, which makes up about 75% of TV premieres and pilots, in which a single new member comes into an established group. This gives the writers an easy way to introduce the characters and all the most relevant facts about them as the new member, as ignorant as we are, gathers information. If the group is a workplace, more often than not the new member is a Nave Newcomer.

See also Rookie Red Ranger, Everyone Meets Everyone, One We Prepared Earlier, Debut Queue.


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     Anime and Manga  

  • Ranma Saotome in Ranma .
  • Yukito in AIR comes into town and meets everyone in the first episode.
  • Sasahara and Kosaka in Genshiken.
  • Linna in Bubblegum Crisis 2040.
  • Nave Newcomer Ai Tanabe in the Planetes anime. The manga starts several months before her arrival.
  • Contrast the above with Noa Izumi of Patlabor. Heck, Planetes is Patlabor IN SPACE!!.
  • Guts in the second episode of Berserk, as the entire anime series is set up as a How We Got Here for the very first episode where Guts is the Black Swordsman, a Demon Slaying, BFS-wielding Badass out for revenge against his former best friend.
  • Ebisu from Ebisu-san and Hotei-san is introduced this way when Ebisu transfers from a corporate city head office to a local suburban branch office.
  • In the very first episode of the Kirby anime, Kirby crash-lands in Dreamland and is introduced to Cappy Town by Tiff, Tuff, Lololo and Lalala and welcomed to it by the Cappies. They even build him a new house for him to live in in the second episode.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai. The first episode of each series, as Taro becomes the new head of the Hanaukyo family and meets the mansion's maids.
  • Sora No Woto's first episode is about the main character meeting pretty much everyone and walking around the setting.
  • The second episode of Fairy Tail starts with Natsu introducing Lucy to the rest of the Guild members and their quirky behavior.
  • The first episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion features Shinji Ikari first arriving in Tokyo-3 to join NERV at the behest of his father and finding himself immediately thrust into the battle with the Angels
  • In episode 2 of Eureka Seven, newcomer Renton Thurston becomes part of the Gekkostate. Unfortunately, the entire crew save Eureka seems to be locked into asshole mode and screw around with him for the next few episodes... until a handful of episodes later, it becomes clear pushing Renton will get you seriously messed up, just like the KLF squadrons found out the hard way.
  • Haibane Renmei's early episodes have Rakka's cocoon dream, then her hatching, getting to know the other Haibane, and getting her wings and halo.

     Comic Books  

  • Clark Kent in Legion of Super-Heroes.
  • Toybox in the first issue of Top 10. Later played very differently when Joe Pi joins the team.
  • In the very first issue of Sunnyville Stories, Rusty Duncan and his family are welcomed by Sam's family; Sam even introduces Rusty to many of the other children in town.



  • The first several chapters of The Maze Runner start with Thomas having amnesia and being unkindly welcome by the surviving group in the maze.

     Live Action TV  


  • In both the movie and the original Broadway production of 1776, Dr. Lyman Hall of Georgia is only a supporting character, but his arrival in Philadelphia provides an excuse for the rest of the cast to introduce themselves to him (and to the audience).

     Web Comics  

  • Chapter One of Everyday Heroes, where Mr. Mighty and family meet the neighbors. Also in Chapter Three, where he finally gets around to meeting the rest of his teammates.
  • In the Whateley Universe, the intro stories for Sara Waite (Carmilla), and then Chou Lee (Bladedancer), as they meet the rest of Team Kimba.
  • Willow, new arrival to Earthsong.

     Western Animation  

Twang HelloCharacter Introduction IndexYou All Meet in a Cell
Weather Report NarrationBeginning TropesWhen It All Began
New Job EpisodeI Need an Index by MondayNon-Promotion
Walk On The Wild Side EpisodeEpisodes"What Do They Fear?" Episode

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