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Basic Trope: A character's first scene introduces the audience to just who this character will be.

  • Straight: Spencer, the Genius Bruiser, shows off this trait in his introductory scene by reading a book on quantum physics before single-handedly fighting off a bunch of mooks.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Every character's first scene tells you exactly who they'll be.
    • All of Spencer's prominent traits are revealed in his first scene.
  • Downplayed:
    • Spencer being a Genius Bruiser is an important part of his character, but his most well-defined trait is showing that Real Men Wear Pink, which isn't revealed until later.
    • Spencer's first real appearance is a minor cameo, but his first full appearance is a better look at who he really is.
  • Justified: Being a Genius Bruiser is Spencer's defining trait, so why wouldn't he show this at an early moment?
  • Inverted: The audience doesn't get to find out who Spencer is until his last appearance in the series.
  • Subverted:
    • Spencer's first appearance shows him jumping out of a helicopter to fight off the villains... but then he turns out to be The Woobie.
    • Spencer is set up as a Genius Bruiser, but eventually undergoes flanderization to the point in which he loses the "genius" part and becomes more of a Dumb Muscle.
  • Double Subverted:
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  • Zig-Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The first scene doesn't show the audience what Spencer is like.
  • Enforced: The creators want the audience to know right off the bat what kind of character Spencer will be.
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed:
    • "I suppose first impressions really do matter. Spencer's first appearance on that show had him read that book on quantum physics before beating up those guys, and I just knew he was gonna be a smart, strong guy."
    • "I wonder why the first scene a character is in will always tell you just who they're gonna be."

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