Created By: Seiryu on July 7, 2011 Last Edited By: Seiryu on August 10, 2011
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Big Entrance

Damn, this guy knows how to make an entrance!

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A Big Entrance is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. An entrance so over-the-top and so cool, ensuring that every character's eyes are on that entrance, that the entrance itself makes it's own entry on the Crowning Moment of Awesome page.

The absolute most important things in the entrance are that the entrance itself has to be loud, it has to be overly dramatic, it has to catch the attention of all characters present and it has to be cool. There are many other tropes that can help achieve this. Such as...

  • Big Damn Heroes: Because if someone is going to save everyone from the Monster of the Week, they're going to have a dramatic entrance.
  • Super Window Jump: With the loud crash and broken glass falling like rain, it's literally impossible to make this kind of entrance without being noticed.
  • Dynamic Entry: When the entering character has their foot buried in another character's temple, you can be damn sure you have everyone's attention.
  • Unflinching Walk: Only when walking into a situation.
  • One-Liner: Occasionally, they help.
  • Incoming Ham: It helps a lot.
  • Three-Point Landing: With entrances involving a great height, this helps to say "nothing can hurt me."
  • There Was a Door: It's really hard for your entrance to go unnoticed when you make your entrance by smashing through the wall.
  • Power Walk: When done right.

The diametric opposite of the "Stealth Bye" in a Stealth Hi/Bye. While many Dynamic Entries are part of this trope, not all are. A dynamic entry is an entrance plus violence. This trope is an entrance plus drama/awesome (violence optional).


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Maiden Rose, Hasebe is about to kill Klaus when suddenly his sword is shattered. Following this is a two page spread of an ill Taki standing in the doorway, sporting a Death Glare, katana drawn, wearing a Badass Longcoat as a Coat Cape blowing in the Dramatic Wind against a stream of white light, with some flower petals floating around for good measure. The shocked looks from the others are pretty well warranted at that point.
  • In Hanaukyo Maid Team Konoe, the head of the security division, is introduced by having her returning to the mansion from a busniness trip together with a whole squadron of fighting helicopters.
  • Invoked by Monkey D. Garp in One Piece. How did he make his entrance? Busting straight through a wall when there was a door. Why? Because it was cooler that way. He then goes on to fix the wall.

Fan Works

Film

Literature
  • Nicodemus from The Dresden Files does this in Death Masks. After hearing a minor character state "There's nothing that anyone can do to hurt me anymore," Nick blows down the wall, steps through with his two Mooks and shadow, and declares "No matter how many times I hear that, it's always a fresh challenge."
    • Harry himself gets in on this in White Night. Afer hearing the White Court convene, one vamp states "Who is going to call us to task [for our crimes]?" Harry takes this as his cue to blast the door, send in a rolling red carpet of flames, and challenge the vamp to a duel right then and there to the death. Quoth Harry, "Damn, there's nothing like a good entrance."
  • Kelson and Dhugal in The Quest for Saint Camber were thought to be dead after a mountain trail washed out beneath them. When they return to Gwynedd's capital Rhemuth, they arrive with their entourage via Transfer Portal (which permits instantaneous travel) in the sacristy of the cathedral on Easter Sunday morning no less.
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore makes one of these after professor Trelawney has been sacked, by opening the castle's huge double doors by himself and striding through them. Harry notes how impressive he can make the simple act of walking through a door.

Live Action TV

Real Life
  • Mere months after being shot in the head, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returned to the floor of the US House of Representatives to vote on a debt ceiling measure. She was greeted with a round of applause.

Video Games
  • Balrog from Cave Story. In his first appearance, there's an ominous pounding on a door, then he smashed down the door and the wall around it, shouting (depending on the translation) either "Huzzah!" or "Oh yeah!" He even gets his own distinct theme music.

Web Comics
  • Dr. McNinja makes a pretty good entrance here, mainly as a Shout-Out to Batman.
    • Although, his entrance is rendered rather moot when you take into account that the gang he dropped in on had nothing at all to do with the plot.
    • King Radical. Chris Hastings has claimed that he could do a whole book on the entrances and exits of King Radical.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • July 7, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    You mean like the gorram Kool-aid man?
  • July 7, 2011
    fluffything
  • July 7, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Green Lantern Emerald Knights: Mogo's Big Damn Heroes moment. Arisia sums it up: "He may not socialize, but he sure does know how to make an entrance."
  • July 9, 2011
    MiinU
    Western animation

    • Darkwing Duck is a master of this. His entrances are always preceded by a cloud of smoke, followed by his signature phrase; complete with ominous echo: "I am the terror that flaps in the night..."
  • July 10, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
  • July 10, 2011
    hotrods4ben
    In a more realistic sense, Kramer, who does this constantly.
  • July 11, 2011
    Fanra
    Music: "You're So Vain":

    You walked into the party
    Like you were walking onto a yacht
    Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
    Your scarf it was apricot
  • July 11, 2011
    KamenZero
    Naruto has a Taijutsu move based on this called "Dynamic Entry." The user makes a dramatic entrance by delivering a flying kick to the enemy.
  • July 11, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    ^ Hence the trope Dynamic Entry. Clearly distinct from Big Damn Heroes, Dynamic Entry and Incoming Ham, but definitely Needs A Better Description. Again, this troper thinks Big Damn Entrance would be a good name.
  • July 17, 2011
    Seiryu
    Could still use something more in the description...
  • July 24, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Kelson and Dhugal in The Quest for Saint Camber were thought to be dead after a mountain trail washed out beneath them. When they return to Gwynedd's capital Rhemuth, they arrive with their entourage via Transfer Portal (which permits instantaneous travel) in the sacristy of the cathedral on Easter Sunday morning no less.

    BTW I concur with EmbracingShadows on the need for a distinction. My example in particular lacks the third trait (overt violence) of Dynamic Entry, but it's still a big deal in terms of surprise and emotion.
  • July 24, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    This count? Someone already actually did enter among Elliot's grand total of three C Mo A. Four, technically.

    • Scrubs: Carla, Turk, and JD spend quite a while trying to get Moyer to let them use the machines he's strangely possessive of. Elliot comes in with a strange burst of new found confidence and a complete makeover, fixing the problem.
  • July 24, 2011
    KevinKlawitter
    How could you have forgotten the entrance of Harry Lime in The Third Man? It's generally considered to be the best movie entrance of all time.
  • July 24, 2011
    whereismytea
    • In Maiden Rose, Hasebe is about to kill Klaus when suddenly his sword is shattered. Following this is a two page spread of an ill Taki standing in the doorway, sporting a Death Glare, katana drawn, wearing a Badass Longcoat as a Coat Cape blowing in the Dramatic Wind against a stream of white light, with some flower petals floating around for good measure. The shocked looks from the others are pretty well warranted at that point.
  • July 25, 2011
    FastEddie
    Just go with Big Entrance. That doesn't come off as a snoclone.
  • July 26, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Does it have to be the first time the viewers see the character? If not, then "Prince Ali" from Aladdin might qualify.
  • July 31, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    ^I'd think not, since characters make entrances a lot. It may be the first entrance in-universe, but not for the audience, or it may just be for a big occasion in the plot.

  • July 31, 2011
    X2X
    Three Point Landing is a trope that could be used to achieve this effect.
  • July 31, 2011
    Generality
    • Referenced in Independence Day. "You know me." "Yeah, I know, you always like to make a big entrance." Although Steve is actually more prone to making a big exit in the film.
    • In Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, Dumbledore makes one of these after professor Trelawney has been sacked, by opening the castle's huge double doors by himself and striding through them. Harry notes how impressive he can make the simple act of walking through a door.
  • July 31, 2011
    warpy
    We have this one. Most of this is covered by the trope Dynamic Entry.
  • August 1, 2011
    Seiryu
    @ X 2 X: Can you point out any good entrances that do use the Three Point Landing?
  • August 1, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    I think this one includes Dynamic Entry and other less-violent-yet-still-attention-grabbing entrances. Perahps DE is a subtrope, along with the others listed above.
  • August 2, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Real Life: Months after being shot in the head, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returned to the floor of the US House of Representatives to vote on a debt ceiling measure. She was greeted with a round of applause.
  • August 3, 2011
    X2X
    @ Seiryu: Off of the top of my head, I have one, although I know there are more.

    In Iron Man 2, Tony lands stylishly at the site of his Stark Expo in his Iron Man suit to the cheers of many admirers after skydiving out of his personal carrier. For added effect, he's surrounded by a group of The Rockettes-esque women in garb meant to resemble his armor who are performing the Can-Can.
  • August 6, 2011
    Seiryu
    @ X 2 X: Ooh, good point. I think your entry for Iron Man 2 was better than mine, so I'm gonna swap it out.
  • August 6, 2011
    henke37
  • August 6, 2011
    MetaFour
    Another related trope: There Was A Door. It's hard to go unnoticed when you make your entrance by smashing through a wall.

    Video Games
    • Balrog from Cave Story. In his first appearance, there's an ominous pounding on a door, then he smashed down the door and the wall around it, shouting (depending on the translation) either "Huzzah!" or "Oh yeah!" He even gets his own distinct theme music.
  • August 7, 2011
    DannebrogSpy
    In Hanaukyo Maid Team Konoe, the head of the security division, is introduced by having her returning to the mansion from a busniness trip together with a whole squadron of fighting helicopters.
  • August 10, 2011
    QuestionMarker
    Maybe include Power Walk in the description?
  • August 10, 2011
    Prime_of_Perfection
    Another anime example: Invoked by Monkey D. Garp in One Piece. How did he make his entrance? Busting straight through a wall when there was a door. Why? Because it was cooler that way. He then goes on to fix the wall.
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