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* ''Literature/TheTravelersGate'': Cormac is introduced as being constantly annoyed that his commander is trying to talk instead of just murdering everyone, jumps to the opportunity for violence, and when the situation is de-escalated, he kills his commander and starts fighting again. Subverted in that this is a deliberately terrible introduction to the Damascan Kingdom as a whole. The Kingdom is a largely civilized nation that does quite a lot for its citizens and is known for not killing people who don't fight back. The sacrifices, while terrible, ''are'' for a purpose.

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* "Literature/AngelDownSussex" is the first story in the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' series to feature paranormal investigator Catriona Kaye. In her first scene, she's participating in a seance, where she keeps up a sardonic internal commentary on the PhonyPsychic's technique. When the psychic claims to be receiving a message for Catriona from the other side, perhaps from someone she lost in the war, Catriona plays along and hints the psychic toward positively identifying the message as being from her soldier boyfriend Edwin, then once the psychic has left herself no wiggle room Catriona says demurely that there's just one thing she doesn't understand: "Edwin... isn't... actually ''dead''." (In fact, he's waiting in the car outside so Catriona can make a quick getaway from the enraged psychic and her accomplices.)


** Draco Malfoy gets one when he and Harry meet in Madam Malkin's. He has no idea he's talking to "The Boy Who Lived", and responds to MyParentsAreDead with "Oh, sorry. [[FantasticRacism But they were ''our'' kind, weren't they?]]"

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** Draco Malfoy gets one when he and Harry meet in Madam Malkin's. He has no idea he's talking to "The Boy Who Lived", and responds to MyParentsAreDead with "Oh, sorry. [[FantasticRacism But they were ''our'' kind, [[FantasticRacism weren't they?]]"



** Ron Weasley is depicted in hand-me-down robes with a hand-me-down wand and a hand-me-down pet, and he starts off complaining that even if he does do something well, it won't matter because his older brothers have already done it first, setting up his jealousy and insecurity that reoccur throughout the series, but he also shows embarrassment at his curiosity over Harry's status as the Boy-Who-Lives and reassures Harry that he won't stand out at Hogwarts for his ignorance, which proves he's a good kid with a good heart. He then explains wizarding sweets and Quidditch to Harry, setting up his role as the trio's insider to the wizarding world.

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** Ron Weasley is depicted in hand-me-down robes with a hand-me-down wand and a hand-me-down pet, and he starts off complaining that even if he does do something well, it won't matter because his older brothers have already done it first, setting up his jealousy and insecurity that reoccur throughout the series, but he also shows embarrassment at his curiosity over Harry's status as the Boy-Who-Lives and reassures Harry that he won't stand out at Hogwarts for his ignorance, which proves ignorance. Ron might be insecure and jealous, but he's a good kid with a good heart. He then explains wizarding sweets and Quidditch to Harry, setting up his role as the trio's insider to the wizarding world.



** Dudley's first scene has him throwing a fit because he got thirty-four presents on his birthday as opposed to last year's thirty-six. Sets him up as a SpoiledBrat (though he later reforms).

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** Dudley's first scene has him throwing a fit because he got thirty-four thirty-six presents on his birthday as opposed to last year's thirty-six.thirty-eight. Sets him up as a SpoiledBrat (though he later reforms).


** Draco Malfoy gets one when he and Harry meet in Madam Malkin's. He has no idea he's talking to "The Boy Who Lived", and responds to MyParentsAreDead with "Oh, sorry. But they were ''our'' kind, weren't they?"

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** Draco Malfoy gets one when he and Harry meet in Madam Malkin's. He has no idea he's talking to "The Boy Who Lived", and responds to MyParentsAreDead with "Oh, sorry. [[FantasticRacism But they were ''our'' kind, weren't they?"they?]]"



** Ron Weasley, meanwhile, is the first friend Harry ever makes his own age (Hagrid being the first friend, period). It sets the tone for their relationship throughout the rest of the series, as Ron's loyalty is one of the things which gives Harry strength.

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** Ron Weasley, meanwhile, Weasley is the first friend Harry ever makes depicted in hand-me-down robes with a hand-me-down wand and a hand-me-down pet, and he starts off complaining that even if he does do something well, it won't matter because his own age (Hagrid being the first friend, period). It sets the tone for their relationship older brothers have already done it first, setting up his jealousy and insecurity that reoccur throughout the rest of the series, but he also shows embarrassment at his curiosity over Harry's status as Ron's loyalty is one of the things Boy-Who-Lives and reassures Harry that he won't stand out at Hogwarts for his ignorance, which gives Harry strength.proves he's a good kid with a good heart. He then explains wizarding sweets and Quidditch to Harry, setting up his role as the trio's insider to the wizarding world.



** Snape gets two establishing character moments: First in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone]]'', when he first lays eyes on Harry, Harry's scar burns. Snape [[RedHerring must]] be working for Voldemort! [[spoiler:Except he ''isn't''.]] [[note]]This moment is so misleading that Creator/JKRowling had to explain that Voldemort was looking at Harry through Quirrel's turban, which is why Harry's scar burned.[[/note]] His second, and the one that, in retrospect, reveals his true alliance [[spoiler: to Dumbledore]], occurs in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', when he [[Awesome/HarryPotter shows his Dark Mark to the Minister of Magic, proving that Voldemort has returned]].\\\
Also, when Snape first looks at Harry, Snape looks not at the scar on his forehead, which marks him as "The Boy Who Lived," but at Harry's eyes, [[spoiler:which are just like Lily's. Snape is instead looking for Lily Potter's son in Harry.]]

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** Severus Snape gets two establishing character moments: First in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone Philosopher's Stone]]'', when he first lays appears when he's staring so hard at Harry that Harry believes ''he's'' the one hurting his scar, all because he wants to see Lily's eyes on Harry, in Harry's scar burns. Snape [[RedHerring must]] be working for Voldemort! [[spoiler:Except he ''isn't''.]] [[note]]This moment is so misleading that Creator/JKRowling had to explain that Voldemort was looking at Harry through Quirrel's turban, which is why Harry's scar burned.[[/note]] His second, face, and the one that, then, in retrospect, reveals his true alliance [[spoiler: to Dumbledore]], occurs in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'', when he [[Awesome/HarryPotter shows his Dark Mark to the Minister of Magic, proving that Voldemort has returned]].\\\
Also, when Snape
first looks at speaking scene, he bullies Harry, Snape looks not at the scar on his forehead, which marks him as "The Boy Who Lived," but at Harry's eyes, [[spoiler:which are just like Lily's. Snape is instead looking for Neville, and Hermione, showing that even though he loves Lily Potter's and will protect her son in Harry.]]her name even after her death, he won't be nice about it.

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** Fred and George are introduced with a quick prank of [[TwinSwitch pretending to be the other]] on their mother, and then helping Harry with his trunk. This quickly sets them up as a pair of pranksters who love messing with people, but also very nice and kind-hearted guys.


** Winter is first introduced threatening to cut Moon's face off for daring to touch his [[HumanPet scavenger]]. Qibli meanwhile, is trying to light heartedly defuse the situation.

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** Winter is first introduced threatening to cut Moon's face off for daring to touch his [[HumanPet scavenger]]. Qibli meanwhile, is trying to light heartedly lightheartedly defuse the situation.



** Graystripe being a friendly, comedic sort is established when he tackles Rusty for invading his territory, but otherwise seems friendly after it turns out Rusty is just a curious kittypet.

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** Graystripe being a friendly, comedic sort is established when he tackles compliments Rusty for invading putting up a good fight and accepts his territory, but otherwise seems friendly after it turns out apology for trespassing. Since Rusty is just a curious kittypet.[[FantasticRacism kittypet]], this shows that Graystripe is unusually open-minded. (Later books illustrate ''another'' sort of apprentice Rusty could've been caught by- a glory-seeking BloodKnight who enjoys torturing kittens [[spoiler:such as Tiny]] and has to be ordered off by his superiors.)


* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'': Kinkajou runs enthusiastically into her dorm room and nearly collides with Moon in the process. She apologizes quickly, [[MotorMouth describing]] how excited she is to be at the Academy and admitting a slight [[FantasticRacism prejudice]] against [=NightWings=]...which doesn't stop her from befriending Moon and giving her a tour of the school. Energetic, kind, and a little annoying- the scene sums her up well.

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Kinkajou runs enthusiastically into her dorm room and nearly collides with Moon in the process. She apologizes quickly, [[MotorMouth describing]] how excited she is to be at the Academy and admitting a slight [[FantasticRacism prejudice]] against [=NightWings=]...which doesn't stop her from befriending Moon and giving her a tour of the school. Energetic, kind, and a little annoying- the scene sums her up well.



* ''Literature/WarriorCats:'' Bluestar describes Clan life to Rusty, and the joys of participating in it...but also warns him that a warrior's path is not an easy one, and that Rusty will be expected to follow Clan rules. This foreshadows her position as Rusty's mentor and LawfulGood beliefs.

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Bluestar describes Clan life to Rusty, and the joys of participating in it...it... but also warns him that a warrior's path is not an easy one, and that Rusty will be expected to follow Clan rules. This foreshadows her position as Rusty's mentor and LawfulGood beliefs.beliefs.
** Graystripe being a friendly, comedic sort is established when he tackles Rusty for invading his territory, but otherwise seems friendly after it turns out Rusty is just a curious kittypet.


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* ''Literature/TheWickedYears'':
** The first chapter shows that Frexspar is a [[TheFundamentalist serious man of cloth]] when it depicts him obsessing over the "scandalous" Clock of the Time Dragon. He would rather go preach to save others souls than stay with his heavily pregnant wife on the day she's due to give birth.
** The title of Glinda's entrance exam essay - "Do Flowers Regret Being Plucked For a Bouquet? Do The Rains Practice Abstinence? Can Animals Really Choose To Be Good? Or: A Moral Philosophy of Springtime" - show that, while not a DumbBlonde, she certainly isn't the most standard academic. Her FantasticRacism towards Dr. Dillamond shows that she isn't the [[AlphaBitch nicest of individuals]].
** The second line out of Nessarose's mouth is her scolding her Nanny for gossiping, saying it hurts her soul. This shows that she's inherited Frex's religious nature, unlike her older sister Elphaba.


** [[RoyalBrat Joffrey Baratheon]] gets his own when he's unpleasant to Robb after [[SoreLoser the latter beats him several times]] then requests for a duel with real swords.

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** [[RoyalBrat Joffrey Baratheon]] gets his own when he's unpleasant to Robb after [[SoreLoser the latter beats him several times]] then requests for a duel with real swords.they spar.


** Mab is one of the faerie queens, specifically of Winter, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She is pragmatic, merciless, bloodthirsty, and willing to make every underhanded deal you can imagine to get what she wants. If she ''doesn't'' get what she wants, she is a horrifying monster willing to calmly torture the offenders in ways they didn't think possible. At one point, she muses that the Romans were amateurs, and scoffs at the tortures they inflicted on [[{{Jesus}} the White Christ]]. A former minion of hers cries tears of joy when he finally gets his MercyKill. In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Mother Winter angrily describes her as a romantic.

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** Mab is one of the faerie queens, specifically of Winter, the Queen of Air and Darkness. She is pragmatic, merciless, bloodthirsty, and willing to make every underhanded deal you can imagine to get what she wants. If she ''doesn't'' get what she wants, she is a horrifying monster willing to calmly torture the offenders in ways they didn't think possible. At one point, she muses that the Romans were amateurs, and scoffs at the tortures they inflicted on [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} the White Christ]]. A former minion of hers cries tears of joy when he finally gets his MercyKill. In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Mother Winter angrily describes her as a romantic.


* ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'':
** The first part of Chapter 1.1 serves as this for series main protagonist, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jessica]] [[TykeBomb Napier]]. Her skills and [[SarcasmMode charm]] are on full display from the word go.

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* ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'':
** Father Saenz listening to deafening rock music. Often while doing autopsies. The novel even indicates his favourite bandsó"Crush with Eyeliner", by [[{{REM}} R.E.M.]], is the first song he's depicted listening to.
** Joanna Bonifacio is introduced with a decidedly unfeminine rasp that sounds like a smoker's voice, even though she's allergic to secondhand (let alone firsthand) smoke. Her first scene has her criticizing the easy questions a newbie reporter gives in an interview, establishing her as a seasoned veteran of the Philippine news world.

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* ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'':
** The first part of Chapter 1.1 serves as this for series main protagonist, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jessica]] [[TykeBomb Napier]]. Her skills and [[SarcasmMode charm]] are on full display from the word go.

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* Lilja, the petite, quiet librarian, is introduced shelving books in ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly''. She is attacked on her walk home by a very large man who intends to rape her. In short order, she gets lose, puts him in a painful hold, and calls the police to come collect him.

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* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'': The first time the [[GodIsEvil White Queen]] is summoned. When Azalea and Fractal bow down and declare loyalty to her, she casually beats them. When Renge (her summoner) interferes, the Queen brutally injures her, something that shouldn't be possible due to a summoner's [[DeflectorShields protective circle]]. She then spends the rest of her summoning time flirting with Kyousuke. It shows her obsession with Kyousuke, her complete disregard for anyone else, and her incredible power, all in one scene.

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* ''Literature/TheSorcererOfTheWildeeps'':
** Captain's introduction to the story consists of him conducting a training session for the entire band of brothers despite the sweltering heat and in sight of an oasis. Demane muses on how Captain is perpetually tireless, always ready to reward seeming laziness with training, but also how he actually does this to the brothers to enable them to better protect themselves in case of an attack.
** Faedou is introduced as being unable to take part in the training because he refuses to let Demane treat his injured, already infected leg. He trusts in God to save his life and calls Demane's skills witchcraft, establishing him as the old superstitious gossip slinger of the band.
** Cumalo does not even blink when Demane asks him to guard his pack while he's off training. Everyone else in the band is scared of Demane's witchered equipment, but Cumalo's laissez-faire attitude is beyong that.

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