Welcome Episode

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 Tokyo 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 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.
  • Sound of the Sky'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.
  • X-Men debuted with Jean Grey being added to the previously all male team.



  • The first several chapters of The Maze Runner start with Thomas having amnesia and being unkindly welcomed by the surviving group in the maze.
  • Discworld:
    • Guards! Guards!, the first City Watch novel, has Nave Newcomer Carrot arrive in the city and meet the rest of the Watch.
    • Going Postal, the first Moist von Lipwig novel, has Moist become the Postmaster and meet the rest of the team at the Ankh-Morpork Post Office. The second Moist novel, Making Money, while it features characters from Going Postal, would involve him becoming Master of the Mint and be introduced to an entirely different team at the Royal Bank of Ankh-Morpork. (He changes jobs again in Raising Steam, but that involves the invention of an entirely new industry, so there isn't a pre-existing team.)
  • Harry Potter going to Hogwarts.

     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.
  • Downplayed in Stand Still, Stay Silent: The story starts out with the original crew of five meeting each other, and establishing a working dynamic on their first actual mission in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 gets entirely dedicated to them getting an unexpected addition in the form of a young sheep herder who hid in one of the food crates that got delivered to them by boat, and that they have to keep around because he's not The Immune and considered in a Contamination Situation merely from being in the The Plague-ridden Forbidden Zone they are exploring.

     Western Animation