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* ''{{Film/Vamps}}'': Cisserus calling over Goody and Stacy from across town to model dresses she brought because since she can't take a picture of herself or look in a mirror, she wants to see them wearing those clothes so she can imagine how much better ''she'd'' look in them (later dialogue reveals she's been doing this for a long time and only kept Stacy alive instead of draining her to be a second model), and then summons a pizza boy who she feeds on offscreen, quickly establishing her as vain, demanding and uncaring towards human life.

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* ''{{Film/Vamps}}'': Cisserus calling over Goody and Stacy from across town to model dresses she brought because since she can't take a picture of herself or look in a mirror, she wants to see them wearing those clothes so she can imagine how much better ''she'd'' look in them (later dialogue reveals she's been doing this for a long time and only kept Stacy alive instead of draining her to be a second model), and then summons a pizza boy who she feeds on offscreen, quickly establishing her as vain, demanding and uncaring towards human life.life.
* ''{{Film/Furie}}'': Hai Phuong's first appearance has her beating the stuffing out of a poor begging man when he can't pay for his debts, immediately establishing her combat ability, career as a [[EvilDebtCollector debt collector]], and her ruthlessness.


* The first half-hour of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' is all about this. The opening scene tells us about a mad scientist with his Rube Goldberg machines, a dog, stolen plutonium, Libyan terrorists and a fascination with clocks. Then we see a young friend with his skateboard who plays guitar, has a girlfriend and is regularly late for school. Then the young friend skateboards through town, wants to be a rock star and has a miserable home life. Then we see how George is bullied by Biff, Lorraine takes comfort in alcohol, Dave and Linda live lives of quiet desperation, and Uncle Joey has no hope of parole. Eventually we meet Doc who deals with terrorists and can tell us we're going to see some serious shit, and the plot of the movie is finally started.

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* The first half-hour of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' is all about this. The opening scene tells us about a mad scientist with his Rube Goldberg machines, a dog, stolen plutonium, Libyan terrorists and a fascination with clocks. Then we see a young friend with his skateboard who plays guitar, has a girlfriend girlfriend, and is regularly late for school. Then the young friend skateboards through town, wants shows a desire to be a rock star star, and has a miserable home life. Then we see how George is bullied by Biff, Lorraine takes comfort in alcohol, Dave and Linda live lives of quiet desperation, and Uncle Joey has no hope of parole. Eventually we meet Doc Doc, who deals with terrorists and can tell us we're going to see some serious shit, and the plot of the movie is finally started.


** Clark Kent's establishing moment is when he saves a school bus of his classmates, even though they thought he was a freak and a few of them bullied him. [[spoiler: It echoes the biggest conflict of the plot, saving the Earth despite not knowing if they fully trusted him or even liked him.]] The one time he chooses not to intervene because of the possible consequences, that person dies. That scene was criticized, but it also showed just what happens when Clark doesn't use his powers. [[spoiler: And it was his father, the one person who always told him to keep his powers a secret.]]

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** Clark Kent's establishing moment is when he saves a school bus of his classmates, even though they thought he was a freak and a few of them bullied him. [[spoiler: It echoes the biggest conflict of the plot, saving the Earth despite not knowing if they fully trusted him or even liked him.]] The one time he chooses not to intervene because of the possible consequences, that person dies. That scene was criticized, but it also showed just what happens when Clark doesn't use his powers. [[spoiler: And it It was his father, the one person who always told him to keep his powers a secret.]]]]
* ''Film/TheFlintstones'': Fred is revealed to have given his and Wilma's savings to the Rubbles so they can qualify to adopt a baby. Barney is so filled with gratitude that he vows to repay him one day, and switches tests with him after seeing him struggle on a company exam. However, this results in Fred getting promoted to an executive position, and the resulting wealth unfortunately goes to his head.


* ''{{Film/Vamps}}'': Cisserus calling over Goody and Stacy to model dresses she brought because since she can't take a picture of herself or look in a mirror, she wants to see them wearing those clothes so she can imagine how much better she'd look in them (later dialogue reveals she's been doing this for a long time and only kept Stacy alive instead of draining her to be a second model), and then summons a pizza boy who she feeds on offscreen, quickly establishing her as vain, demanding and uncaring towards human life.

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* ''{{Film/Vamps}}'': Cisserus calling over Goody and Stacy from across town to model dresses she brought because since she can't take a picture of herself or look in a mirror, she wants to see them wearing those clothes so she can imagine how much better she'd ''she'd'' look in them (later dialogue reveals she's been doing this for a long time and only kept Stacy alive instead of draining her to be a second model), and then summons a pizza boy who she feeds on offscreen, quickly establishing her as vain, demanding and uncaring towards human life.


*** The film packs a whole bunch into the first few minutes after the flashback. We have [[TheRemnant Ronan]] ranting about how he will "rain Kree justice" upon his enemies, showing his zealotry, followed by crushing the skull of a captured Nova Corpsman with his hammer. Shortly afterward, we have Rocket snarking at the people of Xandar and their stupid haircuts, showing off his antisocial attitude, then he berates Groot for drinking fountain water, showing his care for Groot and Groot's own GentleGiant nature. Of course, this all pales in comparison to Star-Lord, who gets two. First, we learn he cares so deeply that he'd tries to stop other boys from torturing a frog, and can't bring himself to accept that his mother is dying, running away. When he's grown up, after a lengthy PowerWalk through rainy, deserted ruins, finally gets indoors; takes off his helmet, puts on a Walkman, and starts dancing to "[[EarWorm Come and Get Your Love]]", as well as kicking and throwing small animals around, firmly establishing him as a BunnyEarsLawyer and rather crueler than the boy we were told about before--showing what his life as a galactic outlaw has done to the sweet kid. This is also qualifies as an establishing moment for the [[EstablishingSeriesMoment series itself.]]

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*** The film packs a whole bunch into the first few minutes after the flashback. We have [[TheRemnant Ronan]] ranting about how he will "rain Kree justice" upon his enemies, showing his zealotry, followed by crushing the skull of a captured Nova Corpsman with his hammer. Shortly afterward, we have Rocket snarking at the people of Xandar and their stupid haircuts, showing off his antisocial attitude, then he berates Groot for drinking fountain water, showing his care for Groot and Groot's own GentleGiant nature. Of course, this all pales in comparison to Star-Lord, who gets two. First, we learn he cares so deeply that he'd tries to stop other boys from torturing a frog, and can't bring himself to accept that his mother is dying, running away. When he's grown up, after a lengthy PowerWalk through rainy, deserted ruins, finally gets indoors; takes off his helmet, puts on a Walkman, and starts dancing to "[[EarWorm Come "Come and Get Your Love]]", Love", as well as kicking and throwing small animals around, firmly establishing him as a BunnyEarsLawyer and rather crueler than the boy we were told about before--showing what his life as a galactic outlaw has done to the sweet kid. This is also qualifies as an establishing moment for the [[EstablishingSeriesMoment series itself.]]

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** Eddie Valiant is firmly established as a Toon-hater and TheAlcoholic when the first things we see him do are derisively say "Toons" like an ethnic slur and take a swig from a bottle.


* The first scene of Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' has him start out in a subordinate position to racist thug Lyle, but run rings around him with cunning and [[AnachronismStew anachronistic references]], getting his GuileHero credentials set up bright and early.

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* The first scene of Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' has him start out in a subordinate position to racist thug Lyle, but run rings around him with cunning and [[AnachronismStew anachronistic references]], getting his GuileHero credentials set up bright and early.early.
* ''{{Film/Vamps}}'': Cisserus calling over Goody and Stacy to model dresses she brought because since she can't take a picture of herself or look in a mirror, she wants to see them wearing those clothes so she can imagine how much better she'd look in them (later dialogue reveals she's been doing this for a long time and only kept Stacy alive instead of draining her to be a second model), and then summons a pizza boy who she feeds on offscreen, quickly establishing her as vain, demanding and uncaring towards human life.


* The very first thing you see of the titular ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' is the outline of the man's family jewels through his tights as he's tea-bagging a {{Mook}} in a paused action scene to the tune of ''Angel In The Morning''. If this doesn't tell you everything you need to know about this particular super "hero's" personality or fighting style nothing will, but don't worry because Deadpool soon [[MediumAwareness pauses and rewinds the film]] to [[NoFourthWall tell you all the details himself]].

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* The very first thing you see of the titular ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'' ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'' is the outline of the man's family jewels through his tights as he's tea-bagging a {{Mook}} in a paused action scene to the tune of ''Angel In The Morning''. If this doesn't tell you everything you need to know about this particular super "hero's" personality or fighting style nothing will, but don't worry because Deadpool soon [[MediumAwareness pauses and rewinds the film]] to [[NoFourthWall tell you all the details himself]].


** Paddington himself is introduced in the jungles of Peru eagerly celebrating Marmalade Day, but his enthusiastic attempts to begin the process end with a tumble, an orange spill, and a substantial quantity of marmalade in Uncle Pastuzo's hat. This bear is enthusiastic, friendly but clumsy, and really ''really'' likes marmalade.

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** Paddington himself is introduced in the jungles of Peru eagerly celebrating Marmalade Day, but his enthusiastic attempts to begin the process end with a tumble, an orange spill, and a substantial quantity of marmalade in Uncle Pastuzo's hat. This bear is enthusiastic, friendly but clumsy, and really ''really'' likes marmalade.marmalade.
* Murdoch in ''Film/DarkCity'', as one of his first actions, saves a goldfish he accidentally drops on the floor, making it clear that he isn't the kind of person to be a SerialKiller.
* The first scene of Bart in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' has him start out in a subordinate position to racist thug Lyle, but run rings around him with cunning and [[AnachronismStew anachronistic references]], getting his GuileHero credentials set up bright and early.


* The first quarter-hour of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' establishes the character who will be holding the camera for most of the movie as the kind of person who's just enough of an obsessive nerd to do that. This doubles as {{justifi|edTrope}}cation, since the first question anyone asks is "Who would actually keep the camera running at a time like this?"



* The first quarter-hour of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' establishes the character who will be holding the camera for most of the movie as the kind of person who's just enough of an obsessive nerd to do that. This doubles as {{justifi|edTrope}}cation, since the first question anyone asks is "Who would actually keep the camera running at a time like this?"

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* The first quarter-hour ''Film/RoadToPerdition:'' Creepy mob goon and crime scene photographer [[PsychoForHire Harlan Maguire]] is introduced dispassionately taking a photo of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' establishes some poor schmuck with a knife in his chest. Then it turns out the character who will be holding the camera for most of the movie as the kind of person who's just enough of an obsessive nerd to do that. This doubles as {{justifi|edTrope}}cation, since the first question anyone asks is "Who would victim [[NotQuiteDead isn't actually keep dead yet]], so Maguire casually ''finishes him off'' by holding his handkerchief over the camera running at guy's mouth until he asphyxiates, while Maguire has only a time like this?"[[DissonantSerenity bored expression on his face.]]


--->''' Yeah, [[FromBadToWorse my mom died too.]]

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--->''' --->'''Luis:''' Yeah, [[FromBadToWorse my mom died too.]]


** For a non-superhero character, Scott Lang's [[MotorMouth mile-a-minute]] best friend Luis has his [[ThePollyanna entire personality]] firmly established in one of their very first exchanges when he picks Scott up after the latter gets out of prison:
-->'''Scott:''' Hey, how's your girl, man?
-->'''Luis:''' Oh, [[BrutalHonesty she left me.]]
-->'''Scott:''' [[OpenMouthInsertFoot Oh.]]
-->''' Yeah, [[FromBadToWorse my mom died too.]]
-->''([[{{Beat}} Awkward silence]])''
-->'''Luis:''' [[CrossesTheLineTwice And my dad got deported.]]
-->'' ([[{{Beat}} More awkward silence]])''
-->'''Luis:''' ''([[MoodWhiplash Cheerfully]])'' [[ThePollyanna But I still got]] [[TheAllegedCar the van!]]

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** For a non-superhero character, Scott Lang's [[MotorMouth mile-a-minute]] best friend Luis has his [[ThePollyanna entire personality]] firmly established in one of their very first exchanges in ''Film/AntMan'' when he picks Scott up after the latter gets out of prison:
-->'''Scott:''' --->'''Scott:''' Hey, how's your girl, man?
-->'''Luis:''' --->'''Luis:''' Oh, [[BrutalHonesty she left me.]]
-->'''Scott:''' --->'''Scott:''' [[OpenMouthInsertFoot Oh.]]
-->''' --->''' Yeah, [[FromBadToWorse my mom died too.]]
-->''([[{{Beat}} --->''([[{{Beat}} Awkward silence]])''
-->'''Luis:''' --->'''Luis:''' [[CrossesTheLineTwice And my dad got deported.]]
-->'' --->'' ([[{{Beat}} More awkward silence]])''
-->'''Luis:''' --->'''Luis:''' ''([[MoodWhiplash Cheerfully]])'' [[ThePollyanna But I still got]] [[TheAllegedCar the van!]]

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** For a non-superhero character, Scott Lang's [[MotorMouth mile-a-minute]] best friend Luis has his [[ThePollyanna entire personality]] firmly established in one of their very first exchanges when he picks Scott up after the latter gets out of prison:
-->'''Scott:''' Hey, how's your girl, man?
-->'''Luis:''' Oh, [[BrutalHonesty she left me.]]
-->'''Scott:''' [[OpenMouthInsertFoot Oh.]]
-->''' Yeah, [[FromBadToWorse my mom died too.]]
-->''([[{{Beat}} Awkward silence]])''
-->'''Luis:''' [[CrossesTheLineTwice And my dad got deported.]]
-->'' ([[{{Beat}} More awkward silence]])''
-->'''Luis:''' ''([[MoodWhiplash Cheerfully]])'' [[ThePollyanna But I still got]] [[TheAllegedCar the van!]]

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* In the opening scene of ''Film/LeapOfFaith'', Jonas gets pulled over for speeding, without insurance or a valid registration. He immediately cold-reads the cop, [[RefugeInAudacity taunts him about his failed marriage and unhappy life and ends up getting arrested.]] While handcuffed, in the back of the police car, he gets the cop to open up, convinces him to reconcile with his estranged daughter, and walks away without so much as a ticket. Not only does this display his brilliant manipulation and penchant for risk-taking, it also [[HiddenDepths shows his softer side]]. Even when manipulating things for his own good, he still does it in a way that helps others.

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