Created By: Belfagor on September 7, 2011 Last Edited By: Hero_Gal_2347 on February 10, 2014

Inappropriate Introduction

A character is introduced revealing something embarrassing about them.

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Melvin: Carol the waitress, Simon the fag.

There are many ways to introduce a person in a proper fashion. And there are as many to introduce said person in the most embarrassing way ever.

The Inappropriate Introduction happens when a character is introduced (generally by another one, though some of them are really good at giving a bad first impression by themselves) providing some unnecessary and out-of-place details. Said details may vary from sexual habits to awkward past moments, which usually involve also the person the character is introduced to.

Can be related to The Last of These Is Not Like the Others, when used to introduce various members of a group. Brutal Honesty can result in this.

Examples

Film
  • As quoted above, from As Good as It Gets: "Carol the waitress, Simon the fag."
  • Bridget Jones' Diary really loves this trope.
    • When Bridget's friends are giving her hints about her demeanor at the presentation:
      Shazzer: Introduce people with thoughtful details. Such as: "Sheila, this is Daniel. Daniel, this is Sheila. Sheila enjoys horse-riding and comes from New Zealand. Daniel enjoys publishing and comes..."
      Bridget: ...all over your face?
    • Later, during said presentation:
      Perpetua: Anyone going to introduce me?
      Bridget: (thinking) Ah, introduce people with thoughtful details. Perpetua, this is Mark Darcy. Mark's a prematurely middle-aged prick with a cruel-raced ex-wife. Perpetua's a fart-ass old bag who spends her time bossing me around... Maybe not.
    • Also:
      Mark: Ah, Natasha. This is Bridget Jones. Bridget, this is Natasha. Natasha is a top attorney and specializes in family law. Bridget is in advertising and used to play naked in my paddling pool.
  • In The Royal Tenenbaums, the father always introduced his daughter as "my adopted daughter, Margot".

Live-Action TV
  • The Doctor frequently does this to himself.
    Amy Pond: You're worse than my aunt!
    11th Doctor: I'm the Doctor; I'm worse than everybody's aunt! And that is not how I'm introducing myself.
  • Blackadder II. Baldrick comes to Blackadder to wake him up, and discovers he's not alone.
    Mollie: Aren't you going to introduce me to your friend?
    Edmund: Oh very well, but I think you're making a terrible mistake. Baldrick, I'm delighted to introduce you to ... I'm sorry, I've forgotten your name.
    Mollie: Mollie!
    Edmund: Of course, Mollie. Baldrick, this is Mollie, a dear friend of mine.
    Mollie: I'm not dear. I'm very reasonable actually, Baldrick. Most girls would charge an extra sixpence for all the horrible things he wants to do.
    Edmund: Alright, alright. Baldrick, this is Mollie, an inexpensive prostitute. Mollie, this is Baldrick, a pointless peasant. Now let me get some sleep.
  • Eli Loker from Lie to Me in the first season practiced what he called "Radical Honest" which basically meant saying whatever was on his mind. Anyways, this is his how his introduction to Torres went:
    Eli Loker: I would like to sleep with you.
    Dr. Cal Lightman: Eli Loker, Ria Torres. He's harmless. Just always speaks the truth about what's on his mind. What do you call it again?

Web Comics
  • Anevka-clank in Girl Genius is a mean, mean girl, but sometimes she's kind of fun — especially at Tarvek's expense. If the choice was his, Agatha won't know he kept buttoning his shoes together (when he wasn't five yet) before knowing he's secretly the Storm King's heir. Or ever.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Zuko's introduction to the Gaang, which definitively cemented his Adorkable status. Bonus point for being and Inconvenient Self-Introduction.
    Zuko: Hello. Zuko here, but I guess you probably already know me, sort of... Uh so, the thing is, I have a lot of firebending experience, and I'm considered to be pretty good at it. Well, I guess you've seen me. You know, when I was attacking you? Uh, yeah, I guess I should apologize for that But anyway, I'm good now. I mean, I thought I was good before, but now I realize I was bad but anyway... I think it's time I joined your group and taught the Avatar firebending.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • September 7, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
  • September 8, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    We don't use Trope Namers anymore because they tend not to be evocative of the definition. Awkward Introduction?
  • September 9, 2011
    batty3108
    Awkwardly Honest Introduction?
  • September 9, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    I just noticed, the Ghostbusters example is My Friends And Zoidberg.
  • September 13, 2011
    AP
    In The Royal Tenenbaums, the father always introduced his daughter as "my adopted daughter, Margot".
  • September 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Blackadder II. Baldrick comes to Blackadder to wake him up, and discovers he's not alone.
    Mollie: Aren't you going to introduce me to your friend?
    Edmund: Oh very well, but I think you're making a terrible mistake. Baldrick, I'm delighted to introduce you to ... I'm sorry, I've forgotten your name.
    Mollie: Mollie!
    Edmund: Of course, Mollie. Baldrick, this is Mollie, a dear friend of mine.
    Mollie: I'm not dear. I'm very reasonable actually, Baldrick. Most girls would charge an extra sixpence for all the horrible things he wants to do.
    Edmund: Alright, alright. Baldrick, this is Mollie, an inexpensive prostitute. Mollie, this is Baldrick, a pointless peasant. Now let me get some sleep.
  • September 14, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    The Doctor frequently does this to himself.
    Amy Pond: You're worse than my aunt!
    11th Doctor: I'm the Doctor; I'm worse than everybody's aunt! And that is not how I'm introducing myself.

  • September 14, 2011
    TBeholder
    • Anevka-clank in Girl Genius is a mean, mean girl, but sometimes she's kind of fun -- especially at Tarvek's expense. If the choice was his, Agatha won't know he kept buttoning his shoes together (when he wasn't five yet) before knowing he's secretly the Storm King's heir. Or ever.
  • September 16, 2011
    ChaosVincent1
  • April 30, 2012
    Met
    I know "inconvenient" isn't the word you're looking for. An inconvenience is something that gets in your way or forces you to spend more time or money than you otherwise would. Awkward or embarrassing might be better.
  • May 1, 2012
    reub2000
    • Eli Loker from Lie To Me in the first season practiced what he called "Radical Honest" which basically meant saying whatever was on his mind. Anyways, this is his how his introduction to Torres went:
      Eli Loker: I would like to sleep with you.
      Dr. Cal Lightman: Eli Loker, Ria Torres. He's harmless. Just always speaks the truth about what's on his mind. What do you call it again?
  • May 13, 2012
    chelonianmobile
    "Inappropriate Introduction" might work as a better title.
  • February 10, 2014
    XFllo
    Bumping...
  • February 10, 2014
    DAN004
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