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"Hi, [[AliceAndBob Bob]], glad you could make it. Look, here come Ted and Sarah and Sean and Drew and Dan and Erin. You already know Ron and Jeremy and MarySue and Peter and Ben and [[OneSteveLimit Steve]]. Come sit down next to Ken and Eric and Lee, and then Jim and Frank and Maxwell and [[AerithAndBob Aeris]] can call the meeting to order."

[[TropeNamers Named by]] [[{{Wiki/TFWikiDotNet}} TFWiki]], an [=Introdump=] is a type of {{Infodump}} specific to [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters a large ensemble show]], in which hordes of characters are introduced and immediately all referred to by name. They may be new characters, they may be old characters being reintroduced after a break, but they're all standing in a line and they're all perfectly happy to say their own names.

Intro Dump is a cross between DramatisPersonae and EveryoneMeetsEveryone in the middle of a scene. It's different than AvengersAssemble because everyone is already in one place. Sometimes each character will say their own name during a TrainingMontage. Other times, the head of their CastHerd segment will call everyone by name - and always by the order they're already standing in.

This often averts NominalImportance by giving names to people who happen to be on the same team as the principal characters but afterwards fade back into the ensemble and receive no further characterization.

May be called as a sub-process during the bridge of an ExpositoryThemeTune. If the characters introduced are from a MerchandiseDriven work, then it's a ProductPromotionParade. Also see ThemeTuneRollCall.

In comics, this is sometimes simplified by having a page at the front, outside the actual story, which simply shows a picture of each character along with their name and superpowers. The advantage here is that long-time fans can skip this page entirely, without having to worry that they missed part of the story.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* This happens in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' in the form of Negi's class register, including the class' clubs and special notes on certain students. The new teacher himself wonders how he'll remember all this. ([[WiseBeyondTheirYears he figures it out by the next volume]])
* The first episode of the second season of ''Anime/QueensBlade'' has Nanael looking through her magical book and listing off every major character from the first season to quickly get the audience back up to speed.
* This is parodied in episode 17 of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' when a group of 8 gang leaders are introducing themselves to Akeno. After the third one, a card pops up explaining that they're just going to skip right to the last one.
* The second episode of the second season of Anime/Bakugan spends a significant segment describing the main villains.
* ''[[LightNovel/CrestOfTheStars Banner of the Stars]]'': The intro shows pictures of the various military commanders involved in the campaign, along with their name, rank, title, and fleet commanded
* In episode 7 of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' when Kamina and Simon meet their soon to be allies.
* At the end of the English opening of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles'', there is a scene dedicated to Ash's party Pokémon (of the time) suddenly shouting out their names. Later on, starting with the episode "The Lonely Snover!", said [=Introdump=] is removed in favor of a revised, updated opening that includes scenes from the Japanese openings of "High Touch!" and "Pillars of Friendship!".
* PlayedForLaughs in the first episode of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan W'', in which Nyarko explains the central premise of the series (that the gods of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos were aliens and Creator/HPLovecraft's [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis works were based on stories they told him]]) and she, Cuuko, and Hasuta identify themselves. [[OnlySaneMan Mahiro]] asks what they heck they're doing, and Nyarko explains that they're playing ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''Franchise/GIJoe'' was particularly fond of this one, in both the comics and cartoons.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' did this [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/File:Introdump_decepticons_marvelus01.jpg quite blatantly]] (and [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Introdump quite often]]) in the [[Comicbook/TheTransformers Marvel comics]], almost always as part of a ProductPromotionParade.
** In the live action movie has a scene where the Decepticons perform a roll-call for Megatron across America, and the scene in "exposition alley" where Prime introduces the other Autobots to Sam and Mikaela.
** This was even [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:PrimusAllGoodThings-introdump.jpg parodied]] by the [[Comicbook/TheTransformersIDW IDW book]] when it had a story done in the style of the Marvel series.
** It's mercilessly parodied in ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'' when [[{{Motormouth}} Misfire]] introduces Fulcrum to the Scavengers at rapid speed, prompting Fulcrum to mutter "that was relentless", and Krok to explain that Misfire is ''very'' high at that point.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics usually averted this only by spreading it around: Creator/ChrisClaremont used TalkingIsAFreeAction to have everyone announce who they were and what they could do - just not all at once.
** ''ComicBook/{{Ultimate X Men}}'', however, is not so successful. They do [=introdump=] with ''every other sentence,'' to the point where is becomes crossed with DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' does this in the first issue; while the characters are in different areas, they're all called with "sending" (telepathy) and drawn in a single panel, each with their name. The only ones absent are the chief who calls them and the few characters who'd been introduced in the Universe''.
* ''[[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League Detroit]]'' does this at the end of issue 1 of ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]'' when they show up to deal with Brimstone, much to the benefit of Cosmic Boy from the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* Generally inevitably in stories taking place in other time-periods than the source material. A ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fic about his father's time at Hogwarts for example requires a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters lot of new characters (students and teachers)]] to fill the world. Inexperienced authors also often introduce too many {{original character}}s at once.


[[folder: Film ]]

* In "Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy", we get introduced to 3/5 of the titular Guardians via police lineup. Quill and Drax get their own earlier and later in the film, respectively.
* In ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', Captain Von Trapp has trained his children to march around and introduce themselves at the sound of a whistle: "Liesl! Friedrich! Louisa! Kurt! Brigitta! Marta! Gretel!"
* The opening credits of ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'' has a roll call of all the "Dozen" as they stand before Major Reissman (Lee Marvin). An MP reads each members name and his prison sentence while his face is in closeup.
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' has a particularly elegant one to introduce viewers unfamiliar with ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' to nine people with varied personalities and some significant [[{{Backstory}} backstories]] who already know each other and live in a star system distant from EarthThatWas with its own considerable history, including a GreatOffscreenWar. A lot to get through without resorting to something like an OpeningScroll.
* ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows: Part I'' does this in the second scene in an {{infodump}} meant to cover {{plot hole}}s left by the previous movies; Bill Weasley in particular manages to claw his way out of the memory hole.
* ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}'' has Zeus address all the gods by their name and what they are god of just so the audience won't be confused.
* Morpheus does this in ''Film/TheMatrix'' when he introduces Neo to the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar. It gets a minor subversion, though. Since Morpheus has been going in the order everyone is standing in as the camera pans across them, the viewer naturally assumes that Tank is TheBigGuy lurking in the background between two other characters. In fact, Tank is the considerably smaller guy on his right, the big guy is his older brother Dozer.
* ''[[Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld Turkish Star Wars]]'' starts with one, and none of it ''[[MindScrew makes any sense at all]]''. Apparently there's a wizard, who wants to destroy the Earth, which has apparently already been destroyed but is also protected by a [[FlatWhat force field of human brains]]. There's actually ''even more'' exposition in this IntroDump, including about our heroes, but you get the picture by now.
* ''Film/JohnCarter'' has this once the hero gets to Mars. Too many alien terms and people are introduced (at times with the explanation only coming later), to the point the viewer might feel LostInMediasRes.
* Happens in universe to Karen Hill ''at her own wedding'' in ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''. Fortunately for her, almost everyone she was introduced to was either {Paul, Paulie, Pete} or {Marie, Mary}.
* Most ''Film/BringItOn'' movies have a roll-call song, used to introduce the characters that make the cheer squad. The third one even had an embarassing "ghetto" version of it, being set in an InnerCitySchool, lead by none other then Solange Knowles.
* The show inside the movie/musical ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' features a very fast paced version of a roll call in the song "Nicest Kids in Town". It features some character establishing moments - [[AlphaBitch Amber]] stealing screen time, [[MrFanService Link]] as the star of the show, flaunting his trademark pelvic gyrations, and in the second time - features Tracy as the underdog new star of the show.
* In ''Film/MissionToMoscow'', U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union Joseph Davies and his family are introduced to such personages as Bukharin, Tukachevsky, and Yagoda at a party thrown to welcome Davies to Moscow. All of those characters are shortly thereafter defendants in treason trials.


[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath'': Columbine's boyfriend Petya takes her to her first meeting at the suicide club, where she is introduced to almost all the other main characters in the narrative.
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' does this in the beginning of each book, to the point where the first two chapters are completely formulaic- the first chapter will establish the main character and the plot, the second chapter will be a club meeting and will describe each character. It's easy to just skip the first two chapters and still comprehend what's going on.
* Ditto with ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' - just about every book begins with a quick summary of the premise and the heroes' most obvious character traits. In fact, most serial Scholastic books probably begin with an [=introdump=].
* In Chapter 3 of ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber Nine Princes in Amber]]'', the amnesiac main character stumbles onto a deck of cards bearing the images of his 12 living siblings. This simultaneously jogs his memory and serves to allow the author to name each sibling, physically describe them, and tell the reader what the protagonist thinks about them.
* After ''Betrayed'' in the ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' series, this happens in every book. Usually with the same stock descriptors, such as describing Jack and Damien as gay, describing Erin and Shaunee being exactly alike except for their race, describing Zoey's best friend Stevie Rae, and in later books, describing Aphrodite.
* ''Series/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse'':
** The Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations tend to start with a quick rattling-off of the name and backstory of the companion and a physical description of the Doctor. Due to the formulaic nature of the books and the need to quickly and transparently establish which Doctor the story is about, the physical descriptions are kept almost identical (no LeftFieldDescription to speak of), leading to fandom in-jokes and quick code-phrases used to establish Doctor identity even in much more carefully-crafted bits of the ExpandedUniverse -- especially the Fourth Doctor's 'all teeth and curls' and 'beaky' nose and the Fifth Doctor's 'pleasant, open face'.
*** This is spoofed in ''Literature/ThePirates'' series of books, which always introduces the Pirate Captain on the second or third page as 'all teeth and curls and with a pleasant, open face', which at least makes for some fun ComicBookFantasyCasting mental images if you get the ShoutOut. Some books (like ''In An Adventure With Communists'') make it more obvious that this is actually how the Captain himself likes to describe his appearance in writing or conversation, [[HerCodenameWasMarySue emphasising his hackiness]].
*** This is also spoofed in the fanzine "Five Hundred Eyes", which made a write-a-Creator/TerranceDicks-intro [[http://www.fivehundredeyes.co.uk/one/terrance.htm generator table]]:
---->[Somewhere in the space-time continuum there was a police box which was not a police box at all.] [Inside was a large ultra-modern control room. By a many-sided central console] was [a tall man with a flopped hat jammed on top of a mop of curly brown hair]. [[ButThouMust The man was that mysterious traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.]]
** ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTimewyrmGenesys Timewyrm: Genesys]]'', the first book of ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' series starts off with the Seventh Doctor rattling off to a conveniently amnesic Ace his identity, her identity, her real name, her background, the premise of ''Doctor Who'' itself, key locations like the TARDIS and Gallifrey, and even adds in a {{Cameo}} from the Fourth Doctor (the most iconic Doctor, easily recognised by even non-fans) in the form of a recorded message so the Doctor can explain to Ace and the reader that he and that person are the same character.
* Spoofed in Michael O'Donaghue's humorous essay "How to Write Good." For the sake of brevity, the example won't be printed on this page, but you can find it [[http://www.workableweb.com/_pages/tips_how_to_write_good.htm here.]] ("Lesson 4--Exposition")


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Zoom'''s theme song is always one of these, dumping both the names of the revolving door cast and the show's mailing address.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': "Cambot! Gypsy! Tom Servo! Crooooooooooooooow!"
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': "Hello, Bruce!"
* ''Series/TheMickeyMouseClub''[='=]s "Mouseketeer Roll Call!"
* The [=Gen2=] opener of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' does this ''twice in the same episode''; first when everybody is allocated their classes in the gym hall, and then during the name-and-something-about-yourself bit in Sociology class.
* ''Series/{{Viper}}'' did this quite often, where a character would explain in length something mundane [[AsYouKnow that the other characters already knew]], just to 'expose' it to the audience. It was often just awkward.
* "(Player 1) from (town) in (county), (Player 2) from (town) in (county), (Player 3) from (town) in (county), (Player 4) from (town) in (county), (Player 5) from (town) in (county), (Player 6) from (town) in (county), [[OverlyLongGag (Player 7) from (town) in (county), (Player 8) from (town) in (county), (Player 9) from (town) in (county), (Player 10) from (town) in (county), (Player 11) from (town) in (county), (Player 12) from (town) in (county), (Player 13) from (town) in (county), (Player 14) from (town) in (county), and (Player 15) from (town) in (county)]] are all here to play ''Series/FifteenToOne'', introduced by William G. Stewart."
* In ''Series/Unreal2015'', a satire of reality television with ShowWithinAShow ''Everlasting'', several of the contestants/characters are introduced as they get out of limos one-by-one in the pilot.


[[folder: Theatre]]

* The first third of the musical ''Theatre/StarlightExpress'' is one giant [=IntroDump=], where each of the 20+ characters gets at least a verse to introduce themselves.
* In the original production of ''Theatre/{{Starmites}}'', the eponymous band of heroes had four members aside from their leader, and they briefly introduced themselves to [[AscendedFanboy AscendedFangirl]] Eleanor in their [[IAmSong We Are Song]]. Four names, each followed by "At your service, miss!" isn't so bad and is a pretty concise introduction, but subsequent youth theater productions have expanded the mites' ranks to sometimes as many as ''twenty kids''. And they all say their names in the song. Every. Last. One of them.
* The song "Jacob & Sons" in ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'' (originally the opening number) introduces all 12 sons by name.
** An early song idea for ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'' would have done the same with the 12 Apostles.
* "It Sucks to Be Me" introduces the residents of ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' along with their various grievances.
* After the audition in ''Theatre/AChorusLine'' is narrowed down to the principal cast, Zach has them go down the line and introduce themselves.
* The dress rehearsal at the beginning of ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' partially serves as an excuse to introduce the new managers to several other principal cast members (and vice versa).
* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', the victory pageant put on by the townspeople of Angel's Roost for the twelve heroes returning from the UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar introduces all of them by name in rhyming couplets, with protagonist Ulysses coming "last but not least."
* ''Theatre/TheRiseAndFallOfTheCityOfMahagonny'' introduces its ensemble of protagonists this way in the fifth number of the first act.
* ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'' gets into the action with "Fancy Dress", the opening number of the eponymous [[ShowWithinAShow Play Within a Play]]. Each of the main characters introduces themselves and gives a brief explanation of what they're doing at the resort that serves as the show's setting, showing off a bit of their personality while filling in the audience on the basic premise. Fortunately, it's a relatively small cast, and the introductions are about two sentences apiece, so it doesn't overstay its welcome.
* [[Theatre/NatashaPierreAndTheGreatCometOf1812 Balaga is fun, Bolkonsky is crazy, Mary is plain, Dolokhov is fierce, Hélène is a slut, Anatole is hot, Marya is old school, Sonya is good, Natasha is young, and Andrey isn't here... but what about Pierre?]]

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'''s opening cutscene has Colonel Campbell reel off to the player the names of the terrorists, their roles, the hostages (including Meryl), their roles, and the support team and their roles.
-->There are six members of FOXHOUND involved in this terrorist activity. Psycho Mantis, with his powerful psychic abilities. Sniper Wolf, the beautiful and deadly sharpshooter. Decoy Octopus, master of disguise. Vulcan Raven, giant and shaman. And Revolver Ocelot, specialist in interrogation and a formidable gunfighter. And finally, in charge of them, FOXHOUND's squad leader... Liquid Snake.


[[folder: Visual Novel ]]

* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has the infamously long airport scene, just after the opening credits, where most of the Ushiromiya family is introduced through cheerful mundane conversations (although the names and explanations are given in the narration rather than the dialogues). Both the anime and manga adaptations removed the scene, putting bits of it on the boat, during the lunch on Rokkenjima, or even in Episode 2. The story get to the point much faster as a result.
* ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'' frequently will introduce the other students with a long pan of them all standing in a room together, with the protagonist being the last to arrive while several unmarked voices talk. [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} The first game]] had everyone getting their introductions out of the way right there with your own protagonist already knowing some basic data on them from his previous night's research on the internet. Meanwhile [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 the second game]] had everyone introduce themselves before you woke up and subsequently scatter across the island, while the one student to stay by your side guides and gives background information on everyone [[{{Expy}} that he learned on the internet]].


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' plays it straight up in this comic where the main character is dumped in a magic school against his will. http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=050828
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' doesn't do this immediately... until the eponymous Reality Show's Series Premiere, which [[http://www.lastres0rt.com/2007/08/there-will-not-be-a-pop-quiz-on-this/ introduces all the players in short order]]. Mostly justified in that, well, it's what Reality Shows DO, even if we already know a few of the players that were introduced earlier.
* [[http://www.scarygoround.com/scare/?date=20111121 This page]] of ''[[Webcomic/ScaryGoRound Murder She Writes]]''.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' movie ''Bender's Big Score'' begins with a roll call of the main cast - just in case viewers forgot who was who in the years since the show went off the air, or for the benefit of some poor schlub who bought the DVD without seeing the show first.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'', Lex Luthor would frequently [=introdump=] the Legion of Doom. This was memorably parodied in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGQEAiZJMco Cartoon Network commercial.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' has an [[ExpositoryThemeTune expository]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAZn8iiChcM opening song]] which begins with the five main characters [[ThemeTuneRollCall introducing themselves]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' had an [=Introdump=] during its opening sequence as well, with the six members of the eponymous Hyperforce (if Chiro counts as one) shouting out their names.
* The first episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' quotes the not-very ExpositoryThemeTune: "Gentlemen: Skwisgar Skwigelf, taller than a tree. Toki Wartooth, not a bumblebee. William Murderface Murderface Murderface.Pickles the Drummer, doodeley-doo, ding-dong, doodeley-doodeley-doo. Nathan Explosion. I'm afraid that's all we know, gentlemen."
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}, as pictured above. Heck, [[Wiki/TFWikiDotNet their wiki]] [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/[=Introdump=] has a page]] just for this.
** Any episode of the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon]] introducing a new subgroup will have a scene where all of them gets a line or two and says their name (such as "Heavy Metal War" where Scrapper feels the need to call out all the Constructicons instead of just saying "We're all here.")
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' opening 2 parter has LOTS of this. First the Maximals picking their own new names (Based off their beast modes). Every transformation sequence in the two parter is also this, with a character being zoomed upon, saying his name and activation code as he transforms.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has a scene in the first episode where most of the Decepticons are named and show off their personalities.
** ''Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise'' does this in "Battle Protocol!" while the Autobot Brothers are responding to Optimus Prime.
** The ''opening sequence'' to every episode of ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' has Optimus Prime announce six Autobots' names - these six only form the main team at the start of the series, meaning it gets less useful as time goes by.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode ''The Twisted World of Marge Simpson''. Cletus buys 300 pretzels to feed his children, and then proceeds to call them all out of the house by name... [[OverlyLongGag all twenty-six of them.]] Cletus' children, of course, aren't consistent from episode to episode, with only a few appearing more than once.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' begins its second season premiere with Dr. Doom's assistant delivering him information about the Avengers and their powers.
* "Just Like Their Names" from the United States English dub of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute'' (and "Personality" from the United Kingdom English dub) is Papa Smurf's [=Introdump=] of the Smurfs to Johan and Peewit set in song.
* ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'' does this, not so much with season 2, but seasons 1 and 3 do give you an idea of the plot which will follow in the episodes. In the first season, this also couples with a backstory of how the season kicks off.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Meeting any group of new people and being told each of their names in turn. The CentipedesDilemma often makes this harder than it otherwise would be, if you panic about being socially obligated to ''remember'' all these names. That's why good icebreaking sessions usually either make a game out of it or encourage people to meet each other one by one or in small groups so they have a chance to match a personality to each name/face.