Created By: NoirTheExecutioner on October 2, 2010 Last Edited By: Alucard on January 11, 2016

Introductory Credits

Opening Credits show the character, with their name besides them.

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Opening credits that show the character, with their name besides them. Differs from Video Credits in that these usually contain original footage, and the actors names are often not displayed. When the actors name is shown it will often be in smaller letters close to the characters names.

Can become a Evolving Credit in long running shows where characters is Promoted To Opening Titles. Can have Diagonal Billing by showing two characters at the same time.

Related to Framed Face Opening, Video Credits, Fun with Subtitles, on occasion, and Boss Subtitle.

Needs More Examples, or at least examples from more than just anime. Rolling Updates.


Examples from specific series:

Anime & Manga
  • Air
  • A version is used in Axis Powers Hetalia. In the opening sequence of the first episode, all of the countries are named + their flag is shown when they begin speaking.
  • Baccano!
  • The opening credits of the 2nd season of The Big O had this for the major characters (Roger - Negotiator, R. Dorothy - Android, Norman - Butler, Dastun - Officer, Angel - ?). See it here.
  • CLANNAD, both seasons.
  • Durarara!! In the style of Baccano!, above.
  • Gokujou Seitokai does a unique version of this: the more prominent cast members are shown in the panels of what looks like a tarot card, with their name displayed at the bottom of the card; the secondary cast members are shown just doing things regularly, with a small caption in the corner with their name on it.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: The 2009 anime OP, Super Driver.
  • Hidamari Sketch
  • K-On! (Though they're harder to see here because the hiragana are partially obscured by the designs on-screen.)
  • Love Hina
  • Magikano
  • The English dub of Sailor Moon had a variation of this in that the Inner Senshi were called out in the opening song as they appeared on screen (no text, though, which differentiates it from the other examples on this page).
  • Soul Eater does this with its third ending song, Bakusou Yume Uta (clearing up some Spell My Name with an "S" issues in the process).
  • Toradora!

Film
  • The Movie spinoff of Brit Com On The Buses has captions giving the names and occupations of the lead characters, even though most of the audience should be familiar with them from the TV series.

Live-Action TV
  • On The Monkees they showed the boys with their names (since they were all The Danza, character names = actor names). They were all first misidentified as Peter, then by their actual names. (Except Peter of course.)
  • Psych

Video Games
  • Borderlands: [character name] as [class name]. Brick as himself.
  • Devil Survivor
  • The PV for Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kizuna, which elaborates on Hanyuu's past does this with it's central characters (relevent to Hanyuu's past).
    • The fifth volume of the Umineko: When They Cry motion graphic is basically a stand alone version of this: all of the characters that appeared from Legend to Alliance are shown and named.
  • Early promotional videos of Team Fortress 2 had this.
  • Yume Miru Kusuri: a particularly spoilerific one. While Aeka being bullied isn't particularly surprising once you get into the game, Nekoko being a drugged-up social recluse most certainly is.
  • Cave Story's end credits display the name, sprite, and a brief description for every character, enemy, and boss.

Western Animation

Overall examples:

  • Many Dating Sim games introduce their female characters this way.
    • Konata of Lucky Star does this in a parody of Dating Sims, though she only introduces herself.
  • The English version of Shounen Jump magazine, and Viz Media in general [or do the Jp publications do these too? Correct me if I'm wrong, please] tends reserve a page in front of the chapters/tankoubon for showing a picture of the characters current to it, and their names, plus a small synopsis of what's happened so far.
Community Feedback Replies: 41
  • September 4, 2010
    Vree
    In the majority of dating sims the girls are introduced like this. (I think. It's not like I actually played a lot...any.)
  • September 5, 2010
    Nyperold
    Well, when Konata imagines the new spring, it's (according to the liner notes) done as a parody of Dating Sims, and it does that... but it's only with Konata herself.

    • The opening credits for Hidamari Sketch do this with the main characters in the regular episodes, and Yoshinoya-Sensei, the principal, the landlord, and Ume-Sensei (some sort of representation of the mangaka) in the bonus episodes.
  • September 25, 2010
    SmashingMelons42
    Non-anime example:
  • September 25, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    If I am correctly understanding you, the opening of Robin Hood does this, though it does include the actors' names.
  • September 26, 2010
    Arutema
    Borderlands [character name] as [class name]. Brick as himself.
  • September 26, 2010
    MegTheMaggot
    Psych does this
  • September 26, 2010
    DorianMode
    The first Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei opening has a sort of Shaped Like Itself version, where a character is listed as being played by that character.
  • September 26, 2010
    CodeMan38
  • September 26, 2010
    Sweet Madness
    A lot of times this takes the form of an A Team Montage.
  • September 26, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • September 30, 2010
    NoirTheExecutioner
    @Dorian Mode: I don't think SZS would count, as they don't show the girls beside their names.

    @Arutema: Do they show the characters with their names? I tried looking up Borderlands but got only a trailer.
  • September 30, 2010
    Arutema
    The intro FMV of Borderlands does indeed show "Mordecai as The Hunter", "Lilith as The Siren", "Roland as The Soldier", and "Brick as Himself"
  • October 1, 2010
    LeeM
    • Thunderbirds
    • The Movie spinoff of Brit Com On The Buses has captions giving the names and occupations of the lead characters, even though most of the audience should be familiar with them from the TV series.
  • October 1, 2010
    TooBah
    This is somewhat related to Fun With Subtitles. A subtrope, perhaps?
  • October 1, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Live Action TV: On The Monkees they showed the boys with their names (since they were all The Danza, character names = actor names). They were all first misidentified as Peter, then by their actual names. (Except Peter of course.)
  • October 1, 2010
    dotchan
    One of the early promotional videos for Team Fortress 2.
  • October 2, 2010
    PhoenixFire
  • October 2, 2010
    Starry-Eyed
    • X Men Evolution had this for the first season lineup. In subsequent seasons, some of the team members left and many more joined up (and became important), but the introductory part of the credits stayed the same.
  • October 2, 2010
    EponymousKid
    Saying Baccano is one of the more well known versions of this is almost as ridiculous as those characters' names.

    Anyway, this is also closely related to Boss Subtitles.

    The Spectacular Spider Man's opening identified a handful of key characters - which changed depending on who plays the most important roles in a given episode.
  • October 2, 2010
    Pratham005
    Snatch.
  • October 3, 2010
    nashimi
    Fillmore

    CodenameKidsNextDoor, somewhat. The number of the character introduced is displayed before they enter the screen in the intro.
  • October 4, 2010
    Arivne
    Anime And Manga
    • The opening credits of the 2nd season of The Big O had this for the major characters (Roger - Negotiator, R. Dorothy - Android, Norman - Butler, Dastun - Officer, Angel - ?). See it here.
  • March 27, 2011
    Kaoy
    Yume Miru Kusuri - A Drug That Makes You Dream has a particularly spoilerific one. While Aeka being bullied isn't particularly surprising once you get into the game, Nekoko being a drugged social recluse most certainly is. YMMV, but I was half way thru her route before realizing there was an opening cinematic, and I just hadn't happened to think of that possibility until it just says it right there.
  • March 27, 2011
    Kaoy
    Urp. Again with my typos. I appologize. It should be ' drugged up social recluse.
  • February 19, 2012
    Catbert
    Do we not have this already? Bumping and adding Up For Grabs
  • February 19, 2012
    Loquacia
    In Final Fantasy X 2, it's not quite the intro-credits, but in the first mission, whenever anybody does anything badass, the camera freezes as they do a cool grin, goes a funny colour, and displays the girl's name.
  • November 30, 2012
    m8e
    Bump.

    So do we have this one already? Can't find it in Credits Tropes or Title Sequence.
  • November 30, 2012
    JoeG
    Gilligans Island: The opening credits show each character with the actor's name below while the theme song describes the character.
  • December 1, 2012
    m8e
    Changed the description. Made it into opening credit only as I don't see how characters can be introduced at the end of a show/movie/whatever. They should also be covered by Video Credits.(?)

    oh, and the important/central bit in this trope is that the characters are shown together with their names. Not that the actors name is shown or not.

    There are some Zero Context Examples and some examples might not fit this trope.
  • December 6, 2012
    Chernoskill
    • This is done with the characters in the bar at the beginning of Feast
  • October 12, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
  • January 6, 2016
    eroock
    So what to do here?
  • January 6, 2016
    shimaspawn
    Discard I think. This is full of duplicate tropes, and ZCEs.
  • January 9, 2016
    SquirrelGuy
    The classic '70s kids show ZOOM, on PBS, self-introduced each kid in the opening credits ("I'm _____!), with each one doing some sort of stunt. https://youtu.be/ctGiZgXY2hM?t=19
  • January 9, 2016
    DAN004
    If this is really Dramatis Personae then I don't see any "introducting op credits" example there. Does that trope really count credits or not? I wish it does though.
  • January 10, 2016
    Snicka
    How to provide context for this one to avoid ZCE-s? By telling which characters are introduced this way, for example?
  • January 10, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ perhaps.
  • January 10, 2016
    mariovsonic999
    The XMen cartoon listed the heroes in the opening credits.
  • January 11, 2016
    randomsurfer
    ^^^^^Zoom has its own page here BTW. (And man, you just had to link to season 3, my least favorite! Friggin' Mike.)
  • January 11, 2016
    gallium
    Film

    • This was very common in the early days of talking films, i.e., the early 1930s, possibly because the early talkie era saw a lot of new stars being introduced as many stars of silent cinema faded. Warner Bros did this routinely. For examples, see The Public Enemy and Forty Second Street.
  • January 11, 2016
    DAN004
    • Each opening of Blaz Blue games show the shots and the names of the playable characters.
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