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At the beginning of many shows -- most commonly in PoliceProcedural or {{Monster of the Week}} shows -- a nameless generic character or two will wander around some deserted location, frequently either on a date or up to hijinks, and then one of three things will happen:

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At the beginning of many shows -- most commonly in PoliceProcedural or {{Monster of the Week}} MonsterOfTheWeek shows -- a nameless generic character or two will wander around some deserted location, frequently either on a date or up to hijinks, and then one of three things will happen:



* In the beginning of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold: The Lords of Luck'', several dozens of identical corpses are found by different parties all across the globe, which prompts Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/GreenLantern to investigate.

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* In the beginning of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold: The Lords of Luck'', several dozens of dozen identical corpses are found by different parties all across the globe, which prompts Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/GreenLantern to investigate.investigate.
* [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 "Song of the Silver Banshee"]] opens with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s foe [[MakeMeWannaShout Silver Banshee]] murdering an innocent, unnamed woman.



* [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 "Song of the Silver Banshee"]] opens with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s foe [[MakeMeWannaShout Silver Banshee]] murdering an innocent, unnamed woman.



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* In a rare literary example, every narrator of the various prologues and epilogues in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have ended up dead by the end of that book, often by the end of the scene. But then, [[AnyoneCanDie so does almost everybody else]].



* In a rare literary example, every narrator of the various prologues and epilogues in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have ended up dead by the end of that book, often by the end of the scene. But then, [[AnyoneCanDie so does almost everybody else]].



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* Aramir from ''Roleplay/ElementalDoom''. On his second night he found a sickly red substance that he gave a taste test to, and later he exploded into a red sludge.
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* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.

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!!!'''In General:'''
* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''.''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.''Series/{{Angel}}''.
!!!'''By Series:'''
* Almost every episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' starts with this character stumbling over a corpse.
* Nearly ubiquitous in the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''. If the episode isn't part of a multi-part serial, this ''will'' happen (and the character almost always dies horribly). And some of the multi-part stories use this as well.
%%* Steve Urkel from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' used to be one of these.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episode features three rangers of the Night's Watch, Will, Gared and Waymar Royce, heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' has them almost every episode, with the audience spending most of the teasers guessing who will be the patient and who will be this.
%%* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' does this a lot. As did ''Series/{{JAG}}'' too.
%%** Years later, Jaleel White would appear in a teaser opening of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* Most of the characters at the begining of most episodes of ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''.



* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' does this a lot. As did ''Series/{{JAG}}'' too.
* Steve Urkel from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' used to be one of these.
* Years later, Jaleel White would appear in a teaser opening of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' has them almost every episode, with the audience spending most of the teasers guessing who will be the patient and who will be this.
* Most of the characters at the begining of most episodes of ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''.



* Nearly ubiquitous in the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''. If the episode isn't part of a multi-part serial, this ''will'' happen (and the character almost always dies horribly).
* Almost every episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' starts with this character stumbling over a corpse.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episode features three rangers of the Night's Watch, Will, Gared and Waymar Royce, heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.



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* Aramir from ''Roleplay/ElementalDoom''. On his second night he found a sickly red substance that he gave a taste test to, and later he exploded into a red sludge.
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** Amusingly played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' which begins with a team of workers on an oil rig in the desert, then there's an explosion... and the frame freezes and zooms out, revealed to be a presentation put on by a CorruptCorporateExecutive.

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** Amusingly played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' which begins with a team of workers on an oil rig in the desert, then there's an explosion... and the frame freezes and zooms out, revealed to be a presentation put on by a CorruptCorporateExecutive.


* In ''Fanfic/{{Reunions}}'', the old man who brings the cart full of wildfire to Harrenhal gets murdered at the beginning of the chapter.

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Reunions}}'', the old man who brings the cart full of wildfire to Harrenhal gets murdered [[SuicideAttack blows himself up at the beginning end of the chapter.prologue]].


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* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' has a cold open in which a TV news reporter and her cameraman are murdered by a disfigured slasher. This is never returned to again [[spoiler:but the events in the film reveal that it actually happened after them, and it indicates that the film's villain survived his apparent death and [[TheEndOrIsIt became a classic slasher]].]]

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* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' has a cold open in which a TV news reporter
[[folder:Anime and her cameraman are murdered by a disfigured slasher. This is never returned to again [[spoiler:but Manga]]
* In ''Manga/{{Ooku}}'',
the events entire plot opens with a little boy wandering in the film reveal that it actually happened after them, forest and it indicates that getting mauled by a bear. Then his family was infected by the film's villain survived his apparent death and [[TheEndOrIsIt became a classic slasher]].]]Red Pox disease, the aftermath of which resulted in the storyline's setting.



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* In a rare literary example, every {{narrator}} of the various prologues and epilogues in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have ended up dead by the end of that book, often by the end of the scene. But then, [[AnyoneCanDie so does almost everybody else]].

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* In the beginning of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold: The Lords of Luck'', several dozens of identical corpses are found by different parties all across the globe, which prompts Franchise/{{Batman}} and Franchise/GreenLantern to investigate.
* Several ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' stories begin with
a rare literary example, every {{narrator}} random -often inebriated- character wandering into a dead end and getting murdered.
* [[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 "Song
of the various prologues and epilogues in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have ended up dead by the end of that book, often by the end of the scene. But then, [[AnyoneCanDie so does almost everybody else]].Silver Banshee"]] opens with ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'s foe [[MakeMeWannaShout Silver Banshee]] murdering an innocent, unnamed woman.



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* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Neatly parodied in ''Series/PoliceSquad'', where every episode had a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] who was killed while their name was being announced in the credits.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' does this a lot. As did ''Series/{{JAG}}'' too.
* Steve Urkel from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' used to be one of these.
** Years later, Jaleel White would appear in a teaser opening of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (example a).
* ''Series/{{House}}'' has them almost every episode, with the audience spending most of the teasers guessing who will be the patient and who will be this.
* Most of the characters at the begining of most episodes of ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''.
* This happens in almost every episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* Nearly ubiquitous in the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''. If the episode isn't part of a multi-part serial, this ''will'' happen (and the character almost always dies horribly).
* Almost every episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' starts with this character stumbling over a corpse.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episode features three rangers of the Night's Watch, Will, Gared and Waymar Royce, heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.

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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* Favored by In ''Fanfic/{{Reunions}}'', the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy old man who brings the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; cart full of wildfire to Harrenhal gets murdered at the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Neatly parodied in ''Series/PoliceSquad'', where every episode had a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] who was killed while their name was being announced in the credits.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' does this a lot. As did ''Series/{{JAG}}'' too.
* Steve Urkel from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' used to be one of these.
** Years later, Jaleel White would appear in a teaser opening of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' (example a).
* ''Series/{{House}}'' has them almost every episode, with the audience spending most
beginning of the teasers guessing who will be the patient and who will be this.
* Most of the characters at the begining of most episodes of ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''.
* This happens in almost every episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* Nearly ubiquitous in the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''. If the episode isn't part of a multi-part serial, this ''will'' happen (and the character almost always dies horribly).
* Almost every episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' starts with this character stumbling over a corpse.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episode features three rangers of the Night's Watch, Will, Gared and Waymar Royce, heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.
chapter.



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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** The episode "Darkheart" opens like this, with a couple of rock climbers scaling a plateau, before finding alien nanobot things. It cuts away immediately. One of them is seen answering [[GeneralRipper General Eiling's]] questions as the League arrives. As for the other, well; the teaser ends with the aforementioned partner finding their empty boot before the camera reveals the growing nanotech mass, so [[NeverSayDie draw your own conclusions]].
** Amusingly played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' which begins with a team of workers on an oil rig in the desert, then there's an explosion... and the frame freezes and zooms out, revealed to be a presentation put on by a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
** "Eclipsed" opens with a military unit hunting a warlord named Fessan. They get a few minutes of screentime before one of them gets possessed by the VillainOfTheWeek and kills them all.
* Leland Turbo from ''WesternAnimation/Cars2''.
* Used from time to time in episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', especially in its' [[WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo later years]].

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[[folder:Live-Action Film]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** The episode "Darkheart" opens like this, with
''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' has a couple of rock climbers scaling a plateau, before finding alien nanobot things. It cuts away immediately. One of them is seen answering [[GeneralRipper General Eiling's]] questions as the League arrives. As for the other, well; the teaser ends with the aforementioned partner finding their empty boot before the camera reveals the growing nanotech mass, so [[NeverSayDie draw your own conclusions]].
** Amusingly played with
cold open in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' which begins with a team of workers on an oil rig TV news reporter and her cameraman are murdered by a disfigured slasher. This is never returned to again [[spoiler:but the events in the desert, then there's an explosion... film reveal that it actually happened after them, and it indicates that the frame freezes film's villain survived his apparent death and zooms out, revealed to be [[TheEndOrIsIt became a presentation put on by a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
** "Eclipsed" opens with a military unit hunting a warlord named Fessan. They get a few minutes of screentime before one of them gets possessed by the VillainOfTheWeek and kills them all.
* Leland Turbo from ''WesternAnimation/Cars2''.
* Used from time to time in episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', especially in its' [[WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo later years]].
classic slasher]].]]


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[[folder:Literature]]
* In a rare literary example, every narrator of the various prologues and epilogues in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have ended up dead by the end of that book, often by the end of the scene. But then, [[AnyoneCanDie so does almost everybody else]].
* ''Literature/DevilsGate'':
** Subverted with Hudson Wallace: he appears in the prologue in 1951, and crashes his plane. Later we learn that he survived, and see him again as an old man in the epilogue.
** Played straight with Captain Heinrich Nordegrun who is burned alive by the Death Ray in chapter 2.
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[[folder:Roleplay]]
* Aramir from ''Roleplay/ElementalDoom''. On his second night he found a sickly red substance that he gave a taste test to, and later he exploded into a red sludge.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Neatly parodied in ''Series/PoliceSquad'', where every episode had a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] who was killed while their name was being announced in the credits.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' does this a lot. As did ''Series/{{JAG}}'' too.
* Steve Urkel from ''Series/FamilyMatters'' used to be one of these.
* Years later, Jaleel White would appear in a teaser opening of ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* ''Series/{{House}}'' has them almost every episode, with the audience spending most of the teasers guessing who will be the patient and who will be this.
* Most of the characters at the begining of most episodes of ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''.
* This happens in almost every episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''.
* Nearly ubiquitous in the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''. If the episode isn't part of a multi-part serial, this ''will'' happen (and the character almost always dies horribly).
* Almost every episode of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' starts with this character stumbling over a corpse.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episode features three rangers of the Night's Watch, Will, Gared and Waymar Royce, heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** The episode "Darkheart" opens like this, with a couple of rock climbers scaling a plateau, before finding alien nanobot things. It cuts away immediately. One of them is seen answering [[GeneralRipper General Eiling's]] questions as the League arrives. As for the other, well; the teaser ends with the aforementioned partner finding their empty boot before the camera reveals the growing nanotech mass, so [[NeverSayDie draw your own conclusions]].
** Amusingly played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' which begins with a team of workers on an oil rig in the desert, then there's an explosion... and the frame freezes and zooms out, revealed to be a presentation put on by a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
** "Eclipsed" opens with a military unit hunting a warlord named Fessan. They get a few minutes of screentime before one of them gets possessed by the VillainOfTheWeek and kills them all.
* Leland Turbo from ''WesternAnimation/Cars2''.
* Used from time to time in episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', especially in its' [[WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo later years]].
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* Used from time to time in episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', especially in its' [[WhatsNewScoobyDoo later years]].

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* Used from time to time in episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', especially in its' [[WhatsNewScoobyDoo [[WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo later years]].


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* ''Film/TuckerAndDaleVsEvil'' has a cold open in which a TV news reporter and her cameraman are murdered by a disfigured slasher. This is never returned to again [[spoiler:but the events in the film reveal that it actually happened after them, and it indicates that the film's villain survived his apparent death and [[TheEndOrIsIt became a classic slasher]].]]
[[/folder]]


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episode features three rangers of the Night's Watch heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episode features three rangers of the Night's Watch Watch, Will, Gared and Waymar Royce, heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.


* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episodes features three rangers of the Night's Watch heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episodes episode features three rangers of the Night's Watch heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.


** HBO's TV adaptation, ''Series/GameOfThrones'', preserves this with its sole ColdOpen.

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** HBO's TV adaptation, ''Series/GameOfThrones'', preserves this with its sole ColdOpen.




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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The show's sole ColdOpen in the pilot episodes features three rangers of the Night's Watch heading out beyond the great wall of ice that seperates the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros from the lands beyond. Two of them are soon killed by undead monsters and the third flees, who is later caught by Eddard Stark's men and executed as a deserter.


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* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.

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* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.



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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Darkheart" opens like this, with a couple of rock climbers scaling a plateau, before finding alien nanobot things. It cuts away immediately. One of them is seen answering [[GeneralRipper General Eiling's]] questions as the League arrives. As for the other, well; the teaser ends with the aforementioned partner finding their empty boot before the camera reveals the growing nanotech mass, so [[NeverSayDie draw your own conclusions]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** The
episode "Darkheart" opens like this, with a couple of rock climbers scaling a plateau, before finding alien nanobot things. It cuts away immediately. One of them is seen answering [[GeneralRipper General Eiling's]] questions as the League arrives. As for the other, well; the teaser ends with the aforementioned partner finding their empty boot before the camera reveals the growing nanotech mass, so [[NeverSayDie draw your own conclusions]].


* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Neatly parodied in ''Series/PoliceSquad'', where every episode had a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] who was killed while their name was being announced in the credits.

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* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Neatly parodied in ''Series/PoliceSquad'', where every episode had a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] who was killed while their name was being announced in the credits.
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[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* Favored by the ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.
* Neatly parodied in ''Series/PoliceSquad'', where every episode had a [[SpecialGuest guest star]] who was killed while their name was being announced in the credits.



* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Darkheart" opens like this, with a couple of rock climbers scaling a plateau, before finding alien nanobot things. It cuts away immediately. One of them is seen answering [[GeneralRipper General Eiling's]] questions as the League arrives. As for the other, well; the teaser ends with the aforementioned partner finding their empty boot before the camera reveals the growing nanotech mass, so [[NeverSayDie draw your own conclusions]].
** Amusingly played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' which begins with a team of workers on an oil rig in the desert, then there's an explosion... and the frame freezes and zooms out, revealed to be a presentation put on by a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
** "Eclipsed" opens with a military unit hunting a warlord named Fessan. They get a few minutes of screentime before one of them gets possessed by the VillainOfTheWeek and kills them all.



* Leland Turbo from ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]''.



* Used from time to time in episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', especially in its' [[WhatsNewScoobyDoo later years]].


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[[AC:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Darkheart" opens like this, with a couple of rock climbers scaling a plateau, before finding alien nanobot things. It cuts away immediately. One of them is seen answering [[GeneralRipper General Eiling's]] questions as the League arrives. As for the other, well; the teaser ends with the aforementioned partner finding their empty boot before the camera reveals the growing nanotech mass, so [[NeverSayDie draw your own conclusions]].
** Amusingly played with in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' which begins with a team of workers on an oil rig in the desert, then there's an explosion... and the frame freezes and zooms out, revealed to be a presentation put on by a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
** "Eclipsed" opens with a military unit hunting a warlord named Fessan. They get a few minutes of screentime before one of them gets possessed by the VillainOfTheWeek and kills them all.
* Leland Turbo from ''WesternAnimation/Cars2''.
* Used from time to time in episodes of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', especially in its' [[WhatsNewScoobyDoo later years]].


* Favored by the ''LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.

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* Favored by the ''LawAndOrder'' ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' shows, ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/TheXFiles'', ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}''. ''Buffy'' actually subverted this trope in its first episode; the opening sequence featured a good-looking teenage girl intruding on school property after hours with a date (making it both a date ''and'' hijinks). We think she's a generic soon-dead girl, but then she reveals herself as a vampire and kills and eats her date, who was the real generic victim. She then goes on to be a main RecurringCharacter throughout the history of ''[=BtVS=]'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}''.



* In a rare literary example, every {{narrator}} of the various prologues and epilogues in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' have ended up dead by the end of that book, often by the end of the scene. But then, [[AnyoneCanDie so does almost everybody else]].

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* In a rare literary example, every {{narrator}} of the various prologues and epilogues in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have ended up dead by the end of that book, often by the end of the scene. But then, [[AnyoneCanDie so does almost everybody else]].


Often overlaps DecoyProtagonist. See also StartToCorpse.

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Often overlaps DecoyProtagonist.Compare DecoyProtagonist, where the initial character is teased as the protagonist. See also StartToCorpse.

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