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Basic Trope: Something goes seriously wrong on a character's first day at a new job.

  • Straight: Bob starts his new job at Trope Co. Inc. A few hours into his workday, the sewer backs up, with predictable results. And since there's No Such Thing as H.R., everyone has to keep working.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • These problems have been imminent for a long time; Bob was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    • Bob got Kicked Upstairs, and has no idea what to do, but everyone looks to him for answers because of his high rank within the company.
  • Inverted:
    • After many years working at Trope Co. Inc., Bob from Accounting is finally ready to retire and move to a beach condo in Florida with his wife Alice. Unfortunately, on his last day of work, the building collapses, killing everyone inside.
    • Advertisement:
    • Bob's first day at work goes so well that he's given a raise and a promotion before he even takes a lunch break.
  • Subverted:
    • The disaster is quickly averted, or isn't nearly as bad as it seemed.
    • Bob's first day goes without a hitch.
    • Bob has been working for Trope Co. for many years.
  • Double Subverted:
    • An even worse one happens.
    • But the next day is a total disaster.
    • It's his first day in a new department.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Some people encounter a major disaster on their first day, others a moderate-sized one, others a minor one, and still others have no problems whatsoever.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Some first day this turned out to be!"
  • Invoked: Bob is starting a new career in a field or department he has little experience in.
  • Exploited: Alice is upset that she didn't get the promotion she wanted (because it went to Bob), so she makes his work life a living hell in hopes that he'll abandon the position and she can get promoted.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob takes his disastrous first day as a bad omen and quits on the spot.
    • Managment takes Bob's disastrous first day as a bad omen and fires him on the spot.

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