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* ''Fanfic/InfinityTrainBlossomingTrail'' spends most of its first chapter detailing all of Chloe Cerise's struggles at school and at her father's lab, along with how she's resenting Ash, Goh and her father for how they love Pokémon while she doesn't, before she finally snaps, call them out for being ignorant of her and then runs away to be sucked onto the Infinity Train.
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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' starts off with the hero and his two best friends trying to unravel the mystery of the ruins nearby his hometown. After about two and a half hours of exploring and puzzle solving, you finally fight your first enemy. [[spoiler:It's a [[SeriesMascot slime]].]]

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'':
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''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' starts off with the hero and his two best friends trying to unravel the mystery of the ruins nearby his hometown. After about two and a half hours of exploring and puzzle solving, you finally fight your first enemy. [[spoiler:It's a [[SeriesMascot slime]].]]]]
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestXI'' has you go around helping your neighbors in your home village prior to starting your adventure and meeting the king. There was also the coming-of-age-ceremony you went through with your childhood friend.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}'' starts with you waking up and running late for your graduation. Once you get there, things go south and you're catapulted into adventure. This prologue is also skippable (although you'll miss out on a few unique items).


* A few ''Zelda'' games have done stuff like this, most notably ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', which started out by making you close up the barn and help out a few villagers.

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* A few ''Zelda'' games have done stuff like this, most notably ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', which started ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' opens with Link getting his green tunic and a telescope for his birthday before the action with the Helmaroc King dropping Tetra kicks off.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' starts with Link and Zelda going through a festival in Hyrule Castle Town on their way to deliver a shield.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' starts
out by making you close up the barn and help out a few villagers.villagers.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' starts off with Link preparing for a [[GiantFlyer Loftwing]] race and doing various tasks for the people of Skyloft.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'' starts with Link delivering a sword to soldier.


** Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', where the main character starts the game having just performed a heist. This is hopefully not what his typical day looks like.

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** Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', where the main character starts the game as an experienced trainer with evolved Pokemon and having just performed a successful heist. This is hopefully not what his typical day looks like.

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** Averted in ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', where the main character starts the game having just performed a heist. This is hopefully not what his typical day looks like.

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** Although [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E1ThePilot "The Pilot"]] involves the Doctor from the beginning, he happens to be working as a university professor because he's taken up an obligation that requires him to stay in one place for a long time. Thus, Bill knows the Doctor for months before she even learns that he's an alien time traveller.


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The first minute or two of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]] is like this, but the other post-2005 companion introduction episodes more or less involve the Doctor straight away.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The first minute or two Most of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]] is like this, but the other post-2005 {{revival}} series' companion introduction episodes more or less involve the Doctor straight away.away, except for...
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]], the very first episode of the new series, spends its first few minutes showing us Rose's ordinary life before she's asked to deliver the lottery money to the chief electrician in the basement, leading to her being attacked by Autons and meeting the Doctor.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS37E1TheWomanWhoFellToEarth "The Woman Who Fell to Earth"]]: The Doctor doesn't even appear until around 15 minutes in, before which we are introduced to Sheffield locals Ryan, his grandmother Grace and step-grandfather Graham, and rookie cop Yaz living their ordinary lives before the weird things start happening.



* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' begins with [[GoodMorningCrono Crono's mother waking him up in the morning]] so he can go to the fair and meet his friend. It even starts off with a lovely little tune called "Town Life."

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* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' begins with [[GoodMorningCrono Crono's mother waking him up in the morning]] so he can go to the fair and meet his friend. It even starts off with a lovely little tune called "Town Life."Life".


This is so common in [=RPGs=], be they Western or Eastern, that they might as well patent it -- the "faffing about" part makes for great tutorial material.

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This is so common in [=RPGs=], be they Western or Eastern, that they might as well patent it -- the "faffing about" part makes for great tutorial material.






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* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'' spends about 15 minutes showing the audience how Liana and Alexa live before they find [[SealedGoodInACan the magic mirror]] which leads to [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive their home getting destroyed]] and the rest of the plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieOfSwanLake'' has about 20 minutes before Odette is turned into a swan.
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* OlderThanRadio: In ''Kidnapped'' (1886) by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson and ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' by Creator/RobinMcKinley, the hero is kidnapped from his home. Most of [=McKinley's=] novels follow the same template, so one way or another, the misfit heroine gets dragged into the magical world against her will.

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* OlderThanRadio: In ''Kidnapped'' ''Literature/{{Kidnapped}}'' (1886) by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson and ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' by Creator/RobinMcKinley, the hero is kidnapped from his their home. Most of [=McKinley's=] novels follow the same template, so one way or another, the misfit heroine gets dragged into the magical world against her will.



* The first minute or two of "Rose" in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is like this, but the other post-2005 companion introduction episodes more or less involve the Doctor straight away.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The first minute or two of "Rose" in ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]] is like this, but the other post-2005 companion introduction episodes more or less involve the Doctor straight away.



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* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'' spends about 15 minutes showing the audience how Liana and Alexa live before they find [[SealedGoodInACan the magic mirror]] which leads to [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive their home getting destroyed]] and the rest of the plot.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieOfSwanLake'' has about 20 minutes before Odette is turned into a swan.


* Most of the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games start out with Lan and Mega Man either a) performing an errand on the net or b) just playing there. This helps you get use to the way the net is set up.

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* Most of the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games start out with Lan and Mega Man either a) performing an errand on the net or b) just playing there. This helps you get use used to the way the net is set up.


* The first ''Literature/GrailQuest'', ''The Castle of Darkness'', introduces Pip as a farmboy (or possibly [[FeaturelessProtagonist farmgirl]]) having a fistfight with the local bully (to introduce the combat rules) before he or she meets with Myth/{{Merlin}}, gets starting spells & magic items, and is sent on an adventure.

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* The first ''Literature/GrailQuest'', ''Literature/GrailQuest'' book, ''The Castle of Darkness'', introduces Pip as a farmboy (or possibly [[FeaturelessProtagonist farmgirl]]) having a fistfight with the local bully (to introduce the combat rules) before he or she meets with Myth/{{Merlin}}, gets starting spells & magic spells/magic items, and is sent on an adventure.


Heroes come in all shapes and sizes; there are those who [[JumpedAtTheCall Jump at the Call]], those who [[RefusalOfTheCall Refuse the Call]], and those who MissedTheCall. Whether reluctant or adventurous, stories with these heroes can start Easing into the Adventure by introducing the hero well before they get their [[WithThisHerring wooden sword]] and very first FetchQuest in their peaceful hometown; with a young Bob doing chores, playing with friends, having a heart to heart promise with Alice, fighting and losing to the JerkJock who teases them. The usual.

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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes; there are those who [[JumpedAtTheCall Jump at the Call]], those who [[RefusalOfTheCall Refuse the Call]], and those who MissedTheCall. Whether reluctant or adventurous, stories with these heroes can start Easing into the Adventure by introducing the hero well before they get their [[WithThisHerring wooden sword]] and very first FetchQuest in their peaceful hometown; with a young Bob doing chores, playing with friends, having a heart to heart heart-to-heart promise with Alice, fighting and losing to the JerkJock who teases them. The usual.



* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' begins with the title character going through the motions of his dull, directionless life, with only tiny, sporadic hints of the coming ZombieApocalypse; passing a "crazy hobo" on the streets who's actually one of the first zombies, trying to change the channel on a TV without noticing that they're all showing coverage of the zombie outbreak, etc.
** The scene is actually played twice: first on a normal day, before Shaun goes to work; and then the next day it's recreated ''frame for frame'', only after the outbreak. Shaun, being hungover, [[CrossesTheLineTwice is oblivious to every sign that things have changed for the worse.]]

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* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' begins with the title character going through the motions of his dull, directionless life, with only tiny, sporadic hints of the coming ZombieApocalypse; passing a "crazy hobo" on the streets who's actually one of the first zombies, trying to change the channel on a TV without noticing that they're all showing coverage of the zombie outbreak, etc.
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etc. The scene is actually played twice: first on a normal day, before Shaun goes to work; and then the next day it's recreated ''frame for frame'', only after the outbreak. Shaun, being hungover, [[CrossesTheLineTwice is oblivious to every sign that things have changed for the worse.]]



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* The first ''Literature/GrailQuest'', ''The Castle of Darkness'', introduces Pip as a farmboy (or possibly [[FeaturelessProtagonist farmgirl]]) having a fistfight with the local bully (to introduce the combat rules) before he or she meets with Myth/{{Merlin}}, gets starting spells & magic items, and is sent on an adventure.
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* OlderThanRadio: In ''Kidnapped'' (1886) by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson and ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' by Creator/RobinMcKinley, the hero is kidnapped from his home.
** Most of [=McKinley's=] novels follow the same template, so one way or another, the misfit heroine gets dragged into the magical world against her will.

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* OlderThanRadio: In ''Kidnapped'' (1886) by Creator/RobertLouisStevenson and ''Literature/TheBlueSword'' by Creator/RobinMcKinley, the hero is kidnapped from his home.
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home. Most of [=McKinley's=] novels follow the same template, so one way or another, the misfit heroine gets dragged into the magical world against her will.



** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' starts with the player character's birth. It continues showing the [=PC's=] life, introducing different gameplay mechanics. The game teaches you the basic controls and lets you choose the character's statistics. Then it cuts to 9 years later to show you how to shoot guns. It jumps again when the player character is 16 years old and you have to choose your tag skills. The final sequence of the "tutorial" is when the PC is 19 years old and escapes the vault.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' starts with the player character's birth. It continues showing the [=PC's=] life, introducing different gameplay mechanics. The game teaches you the basic controls and lets you choose the character's statistics. Then it cuts to 9 years later to show you how to shoot guns. It jumps again when the player character is 16 years old and you have to choose your tag skills. The final sequence of the "tutorial" is when the PC is 19 years old and escapes the vault.



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While we've seen it frequently already, [[TropesAreNotBad it's still a classic]].

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While we've seen it frequently already, [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools it's still a classic]].


* The first three chapters of the ''Tome of VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' each introduce facets of the gameplay: Pious' chapter introduces combat with its included targeting, Ellia's introduces the SanityMeter, and Anthony's introduces {{magick}}. Ellia and Karim's chapters also give you items which restore your health, since you won't have all three Ancients' runes to cast all the possible recovery spell variations until Max's chapter.

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* The first three chapters of the ''Tome of VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' each introduce facets of the gameplay: Pious' chapter introduces combat with its included targeting, Ellia's introduces the SanityMeter, and Anthony's introduces {{magick}}. Ellia and Karim's chapters also give you items which restore your health, since you won't have all three Ancients' runes to cast all the possible recovery spell variations until Max's chapter.

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