The standard {{Premiere}} plot, which makes up about 75% of TV premieres and {{pilot}}s, in which a single new member [[JustForFun/HowToGatherCharacters 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 NaiveNewcomer.

See also RookieRedRanger, EveryoneMeetsEveryone, OneWePreparedEarlier, DebutQueue.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
* Ranma Saotome in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''.
* Yukito in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'' comes into town and meets everyone in the first episode.
* Sasahara and Kosaka in ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}''.
* Linna in ''Anime/BubblegumCrisisTokyo2040''.
* NaiveNewcomer Ai Tanabe in the ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' anime. The manga starts several months before her arrival.
* Contrast the above with Noa Izumi of ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}''. Heck, Planetes is Patlabor [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE!!]].
* Guts in the ''second'' episode of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', as the entire anime series is set up as a HowWeGotHere for the very first episode where Guts is the Black Swordsman, a DemonSlaying, {{BFS}}-wielding [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge out for revenge]] against [[FaceHeelTurn his former best friend]].
* Ebisu from ''Manga/EbisuSanAndHoteiSan'' 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 ''Anime/{{Kirby|OfTheStars}}'' 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.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. The first episode of each series, as Taro becomes the new head of the Hanaukyo family and meets the mansion's maids.
* ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'''s first episode is about the main character meeting pretty much everyone and walking around the setting.
* The second episode of ''Manga/FairyTail'' starts with Natsu introducing Lucy to the rest of the Guild members and their quirky behavior.
* The first episode of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' 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 ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', 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'' [[BodyHorror messed]] [[UnstoppableRage up]], just like the KLF squadrons found out the hard way.
* ''Anime/HaibaneRenmei'''s early episodes have Rakka's cocoon dream, then her hatching, getting to know the other Haibane, and getting her wings and halo.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* Clark Kent in ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''.
* Toybox in the first issue of ''ComicBook/TopTen''. Later played very differently when Joe Pi joins the team.
* In the very first issue of ''ComicBook/SunnyvilleStories'', Rusty Duncan and his family are welcomed by Sam's family; Sam even introduces Rusty to many of the other children in town.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' debuted with Jean Grey being added to the previously all male team.

[[folder: Fanfiction ]]
* Calvin and Hobbes in ''FanFic/CalvinAtCamp''.
* Branson on ''FanFic/LovesJourney''.
* Sybil on ''[[ Love's Continuing Journey.]]''
* Chapter 2 of ''[[FanFic/HotspringSouls Slice of Souls!]]'' has Lady Maria join the Soulsborne Gang. Initially, she's a FishOutOfWater but Solaire helps her fit in.

[[folder: Film ]]
* J in ''Film/MenInBlack''.
* Another: Myers in ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''.
* Duke and Ripcord in the ''GIJoe'' LiveActionAdaptation.
* Wolverine and Rogue in ''Film/XMen1''.
* Brian O'Conner in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious''. Sean Boswell in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift''.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* The first several chapters of ''Literature/TheMazeRunner'' start with Thomas having amnesia and being unkindly welcomed by the surviving group in the maze.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', the first City Watch novel, has NaiveNewcomer Carrot arrive in the city and meet the rest of the Watch.
** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', 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, ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', 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 ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'', but that involves the invention of an entirely new industry, so there isn't a pre-existing team.)
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' going to Hogwarts.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Mr Parker in ''Series/McHalesNavy''
* Kyle in ''Series/KyleXY''.
* Sally in ''Series/SesameStreet.''
* PC Carver in ''Series/TheBill''.
* Carter in ''Series/{{ER}}''.
** Also the reboot of sorts with Lucy Knight at the start of season 5.
* Rachel in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' (although she already knew Monica and Ross -- [[RetCon and was subsequently revealed to have already met Chandler a few times as well.]])
* Elaine Nardo and John Burns in ''Series/{{Taxi}}''. Oddly enough, John only sticks around for one season.
* Diane in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Tim Bayliss in ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet.''
* Buffy in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* Jenny in ''Series/TheLWord.''
* Ryan in ''Series/TheOfficeUS''.
** Ricky in ''Series/TheOfficeUK''.
* Dave in ''Series/NewsRadio''.
* Lacey in ''Series/CornerGas''.
* Dr. Fleischman in ''Series/NorthernExposure''.
* Carter in ''Series/SpinCity''.
* Maya in ''Series/JustShootMe''.
* Mary in ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow''.
* Jeremy in ''Series/SportsNight''.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'' subverted this trope in a major way by having a Welcome Episode premiere which ended with NaiveNewcomer Holly Gribbs [[StuffedIntoTheFridge getting shot dead]].
** Then played straight when Sara Sidle is brought in to replace her/act as an independant investigator.
** Then played straight again when Ray Langston joined the team.
* ''{{Series/CSI NY}}'' did it with Lindsay. She kept getting all the messy jobs, even after the first ep,and eventually remarked to Mac that it was getting a little old.
* Jack Carter in ''{{Series/Eureka}}''.
* Ty Davis and Carlos Nieto join the NYPD and FDNY respectively in the first episode of ''Series/ThirdWatch''.
* Beecher in ''Series/{{Oz}}''
* Ian and Barbara in ''Series/DoctorWho'' and Rose in the 2005 relaunch. How they get introduced differs though. Ian and Barbara find the TARDIS at the beginning of the episode and immediately get introduced to time travel as the Doctor tries to run away. Rose slowly gets introduced to aliens and the Doctor and makes the decision herself to travel with him in the TARDIS at the end of the episode, setting up the time travel elements for the next episode.
* Gwen in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
* Simon, Book and River in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
* Dr. Caroline Todd in ''Series/GreenWing''.
* Vorlon Ambassador Kosh in ''Series/BabylonFive'' (Technically Lyta Alexander as well, but her character disappears for two seasons).
* Steve and Marcy Rhoades in ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
* KC in ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited''.
* Agent Cooper in ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
* Betty Suarez in ''Series/UglyBetty''.
* Andy Travis in ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati''.
* Dick and Joanna in ''Series/{{Newhart}}''.
* The first episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' featured both Jack Donaghy and Tracy Jordan meeting everyone else. This is a bit of an untraditional example in that Jack and Tracy are about the most insane characters on the show and everything was (relatively) pleasant before they came along.
* The eponymous {{Series/Merlin}}.
* Annie, and, in a sense, the flat, in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}''.
** Debatably: the pilot for ''Being Human'' is a classic WelcomeEpisode. George and Mitchell (who already know each other) move into the flat and meet its resident ghost, Annie. But while the pilot was broadcast, it was not within the main run of the show, and employs different actors for two of the main three characters. The programme creators made the perhaps unusual decision not to refilm or rewrite the pilot or write a new introductory story for the series itself, but to treat it as canon. The actual first episode of Being Human has the cast already established in their relationship to each other and settled in the flat, their jobs etc. Surprisingly, it works well as a first episode whether or not you were previously familiar with the pilot.
* ''PowerRangers'' uses this tactic with their {{Rookie Red Ranger}}s in seasons 10 (Wild Force) and 13 (S.P.D., with slight modifications to the formula).
* Chuck in ''Series/PushingDaisies''.
* Done in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', with whom is somewhat up to debate, with Robin being introduced to the existing group, but the kids being the ones who are getting the information about everyone. Robin herself doesn't really ''join'' their group until a few episodes later after she rebuffs Ted's advances a couple times and asks if they can just be friends instead.
* Will in the BritCom ''Series/TheInbetweeners''.
* Amy in ''Series/TheATeam''
* The eponymous writer in ''Series/{{Castle}}''
* Elle in ''Series/{{Criminal Minds}}''. She only lasted one season and couple of episodes into season two, Prentiss was introduced in this manner.
* Dr. Will Zimmerman in ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}''.
* Josie in ''[[Series/BlackHoleHigh Strange Days At Blake Holsey High/Black Hole High]]''.
* Frank in ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark''.
* Penny in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
* Jess in ''Series/NewGirl''.
* Kate in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Only around for the first two seasons.
* Fran in ''Series/TheNanny''.
* Winnie in ''Series/FreeSpirit''.
* Alex becoming a Division recruit on ''Series/{{Nikita}}''.
* Todd on ''Series/{{Outsourced}}''.
* Bates in ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
* Josie in ''Series/LondonsBurning''
* Skye and Grant on ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''.
* Jeff on ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* Emma on ''Series/OnceUponATime''.
* George in ''Series/DeadLikeMe''.
* Det. Lily Rush in ''Series/ColdCase''.
* Michael in ''Series/BurnNotice''.
* Reddington in ''Series/TheBlacklist''
* Cookie in ''Series/{{Empire}}''.
* Wallace in ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* ''Series/AquiNoHayQuienViva'' starts with Roberto and Lucía moving to apartment 3A.

[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In both the movie and the original Broadway production of ''[[Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix 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).


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Chapter One of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', 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 Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the intro stories for Sara Waite (Carmilla), and then Chou Lee (Bladedancer), as they meet the rest of Team Kimba.
* [[TheChick Willow]], new arrival to Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}.
* Downplayed in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': 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 TheImmune and considered in a ContaminationSituation merely from being in the ThePlague-ridden ForbiddenZone they are exploring.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheodoreTugboat''.
* Sam Dullard in ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower''.
* Doug Funnie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''.
* With the exception of a PoorlyDisguisedPilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'', the various animated incarnations of ''ComicBook/XMen'' invariably use this technique:
** Kitty Pryde in the abortive animated pilot ''WesternAnimation/PrydeOfTheXMen''.
** Jubilee in the [[WesternAnimation/XMen 1992 series]].
** Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''.
*** A new character was introduced in each of the first five episodes, making this a DebutQueue.
** Wolverine '''''and''''' Rogue in the first [[Film/XMen1 movie]]...
** ...and even Jean "Marvel Girl" Grey in the first issue of the [[Comicbook/XMen original comic]]. The introduction of the "All-New, All-Different" team in the '70s, however, was EveryoneMeetsEveryone.
* Fry in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' (2 episodes worth of welcome! The first introduces him to the trio of other central characters while the second introduces the rest-Amy, Hermes, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Zoidberg]])
* Firestorm in ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} The Legendary Super Powers Team]]''
* Cyborg in ''[[{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} Galactic Guardians]]''
* Green Arrow on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
* Kevin in ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''
* Mac and Bloo in ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''.
* Dipper and Mabel Pines in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
* Caitlin Cooke in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}''.
* [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] especially in the animated adaptation, introduces the audience to the Green Lantern Corps this way.
* Twilight Sparkle in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. This gets coupled with Twilight and her newly formed friends gathering the elements and defeating Nightmare Moon.
* Dudley Puppy in ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' pilot "Meat Fuzzy Lumkins" has narrator Creator/ErnieAnderson entreating us to say hello to Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.
* Gus Griswald in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode, "The New Kid". What's different is that it's episode 1B (following a [[ThreeShorts Two Shorts]] format) instead of episode 1A.
* Willy Zilla in ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar''. Sure, the whole family obviously suffered this but, since Willy is the main character, the effects on him are what we see the most.
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'''s pilot, "Forever Goof" (which is made up of the two episodes "Everything's Coming Up Goofy" and "Good Neighbor Goof") involves the Goof family moving to Spoonerville next door to Goofy's high school classmates, Pete and Peg (and their children).
* Tim Drake in ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries The New Batman Adventures]]''.
* Emma, Reef and Fin in ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}.''
* Blythe in ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012''.
* Though he was a one-shot character rather than part of the main cast, Yipper fulfilled this role in "The Yipper Caper", the premiere episode of ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010''. After ending up at Shelter 17, he meets Lucky, who introduces him to the rest of the Pound Puppies and fills him in on the Pound Puppies' mission of ensuring that every dog has an owner and a loving home.