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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 merits its own entry on the Crowning Moment Of Awesome
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, including, but not limited to...
- 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.
- Grand Staircase Entrance: Often understated, but no less awesome, when someone descends from a great staircase.
- Unflinching Walk: Only when walking into a situation.
- One-Liner: Occasionally, they help.
- Incoming Ham: It helps a lot.
- Hammy Herald: Why chew the scenery when you hire someone to do it for you?
- Theme Music Power-Up: Often playing in conjunction with an Unflinching Walk, Three-Point Landing, There Was a Door, Power Walk and Dynamic Entry.
- 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 Hi" 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).
May become an Establishing Character Moment
. Contrast Jobber Entrance
Anime and Manga
Film - Animated
Film - Live Action
- In the Disney Aladdin, Aladdin gets an extended Big Entrance with the "Prince Ali" music number. Elephants, dancers, the Genie's magic, and practically kicking the 200-foot door down (and into Jafar's face for Bonus Points). The whole thing was mainly meant to impress the Sultan and woo Jasmine, but an entrance doesn't get much bigger than having the entire city focused on you during a musical number.
- In Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Eris shows up after Sinbad's execution and Heroic Sacrifice. Said entrance involved the clouds spiraling into a tornado, creating a water sprout, and Eris emerging from the mist in a fifty-foot version of herself. And the spectators were scared shitless.
- Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty gets a really cool one, by blowing the doors open, filling the palace with Dramatic Wind and lightning, and slowly coalescing out of green flame. Seen here. It's subtle, understated, and threatening as all hell.
- The competitors for Pirate of the Year in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. Peg Leg Hastings swings in on a rope, Cutlass Liz blasts a hole in the wall, and Black Bellamy arrives inside a whale, which crashes into the tavern, opens its mouth for him to step out, and then starts disgorging gold dubloons like a fruit machine.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas has the "This Is Halloween'' music number, which climaxes at Jack's big entrance to the film.
- The titular character of Megamind does this several times during the film. Usually, he has his robot minions doing a light show set to classic rock.
Megamind: (to Titan) Oh, you're a villain all right. Just not a supervillain.
Titan: Oh yeah?! What's the difference.
- Cleopatra, the 1963 version with Elizabeth Taylor, has a 9-minute Big Entrance scene. The preliminaries include a cavalry company, chariots, archers, and four different dance troupes. Then a hundred slaves tow in a giant stone sphinx with Cleopatra on a throne.
- In Iron Man 2, Tony lands stylishly at the site of his Stark Expo in his Comic Book/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.
- Loki's first appearance in The Avengers: a portal to the other side of the universe opens up in a crackle of blue lightning, and suddenly Loki is standing there in front of several stunned SHIELD agents. Whom he promptly starts attacking.
- Tony makes his by hacking the Quinjet's stero to blast AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill", blasting Loki, and then making his Three-Point Landing. "Make your move, Reindeer Games."
- Batman, whenever he wants/needs the attention, and isn't using his Stealth Hi/Bye shtick. Lampshaded by the Riddler in Batman Forever after Batman bursts through the skylight... After Two-Face merely kicked in the front door followed by his mooks.
- Dr. Frank N. Furter's first appearance in The Rocky Horror Picture Show during "Sweet Transvestite".
- The entrance of Harry Lime in The Third Man is considered to be one of the best entrances of all time.
- Referenced in Independence Day. "You know me." "Yeah, I know, you always like to make a big entrance."
- This occurs in many Wild West movies when an important character enters the saloon, smashing the swinging doors in the process, the piano suddenly stops playing, everyone turning to look at him etc.
- RoboCop (1987) had a special version of this answer concerns that a simple open entrance could make the title character look silly. Instead, Verhoeven had Robo's entrance teased out with first with his support crew coming and as the Desk Sgt. protests, he is suddenly silenced by the sound of heavy mechanical footsteps of some figure entering the station, barely visible through frosted glass. That is followed by teasing looks that become more and more revealing until you are eagerly following the running cops through the halls trying to get a good look at this thing. At the end, you get to see Robocop towering in his maintenance chair and looking completely kickass.
- You know how performances of the cancan often start with the dancers running to the stage, shrieking and waving their skirts? French Cancan takes this trope Up to Eleven for its climactic performance: the dancers surge through the crowds, rappel down ropes into patrons' laps, and burst through a wall poster. Featured dancer Nini makes her entrance by leaping off the band's elevated bandstand into a rescue blanket.
- Terror Of Mechagodzilla has Titanosaurus going on a rampage in one scene. The camera pans over to a separate set of buildings as a familiar, spiny silhouette appears. Titanosaurus is shown again as he is promptly blasted by a blue Breath Weapon. We then go back to that silhouette as the lighting increases to reveal Godzilla.
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II has a scene where a team of scientists investigating an irradiated island are suddenly attacked by Rodan. Their retreat brings them to a cliff overlooking the coast, where they see the ocean violently bubbling up. As Rodan catches up, a blue beam shoots from the bubbling area and hits the giant pterosaur. Godzilla himself emerges from the ocean and goes into battle with Rodan.
- In Godzilla (2014), a MUTO is introduced demolishing a Honolulu airport. At one point, it causes a long chain reaction of exploding aircraft. The last explosion dissipates, revealing a Giant Foot of Stomping that manages to dwarf the entire MUTO. We then get a sweeping shot of Godzilla's whole body as he roars. It's also done in San Francisco just when he's about to face off against the female MUTO.
- 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."
- Speaking of the White Court, Lara's entrance with her sisters in Turn Coat qualify. They show up in a helicopter, which is no big deal. But they simply jump out without zip-lines, and casually walk up to the assembled White Council forces. In heels. Harry laments that if there were any justice in the world, it would have gone in slow-motion so he could have had a subjective eternity to watch.
- Arguably, Harry's entrance to the climactic battle of Dead Beat, as seen by the Wardens and the Kemmlerites. It's not too much to brag about, it's just, you know... the dinosaur.
- Harry does this in Storm Front to Marcone, blowing down the door. Marcone has remembered this and now puts flimsy doors at all dramatic entry points. All strategic entrance points have doors of solid steel.
- Sigrun Gard and her habit of showing up in helicopters playing Ride of the Valkyries at top volume.
- Again, in Cold Days, when Harry arrives at the Island with The Wild Hunt in tow. Anyone and anything on those barges had to be crapping their metaphorical pants.
- 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.
- Towards the end of the fourth Cat Royal book, the title character and her friend Pedro crash an upper class party, on horseback, with Cat dressed as a Native American. It gets exactly the stunned reaction one would expect.
- Soon I Will Be Invincible. Spoofed when Dr. Impossible goes to an Abandoned Warehouse to meet other supervillains; he has to hide outside in the bushes while changing from his street clothes into cape and mask before entering.
- Mary Poppins demonstrates a knack for this. To name but one example, her first-ever appearance involves the East Wind blowing her through the Banks family's gate and onto their doorstep.
- In Tosca, Baron Scarpia makes one of grand opera's baddest of bad-ass entrances. He and his secret police crash an enormous chorus number in mid-note, which swerves like a skipped record needle into the bad guy's signature theme.
- A chorus of happy children, to be precise. Really putting bad in bad-ass.
- This is part and parcel of the spectacle. All wrestlers would have music and theatrics, some would have pyros, fireworks, explosions. Notable example would include Shawn Michaels and the zipline, Sting and the helicopter absail, Goldberg standing in the fireworks, Kane using fire and explosives, and Rey Mysterio using trapdoors or Sin Cara using a trampoline.
- The Undertaker already has a spectacular entrance using any manner of smoke, pyros, explosions, controlling the lights at will, lightning, or riding a Harley Davidson to the ring. For special occasions he will be led to the ring by druids, make use of a hearse or horse drawn cart, or teleportation.
- For WrestleMania, John Cena has used the likes of gangsters and Tommy Guns, Ford Mustangs driving through glass, an army of lookalikes and the US Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team to help make his entrances.
- In Pokémon Live!, Team Rocket has a big entrance; they even repeat it to get the audience to cheer for them.
- The Warriors at Helgeland by Henrik Ibsen has the largest opening line in any play written by Ibsen:
- Cue a massive sword fight and a lot of people speaking in chorus.
- Queen Elizabeth II entered the 2012 Olympics Arena in London by paradropping from a hovering helicopter! Alongside James Bond! Okay, it were actually stunt people standing in for her and Daniel Craig, but that didn't make her entrance any less awesome.
- 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 standing ovation.
- Drag Queen Tandi Iman Dupree's incredible performance of "Holding Out for a Hero" must be seen to be believed.
- At any official military gathering (briefings, formations, etc.) the Commander's entrance will usually be announced with a Sergeant Rock loudly calling the gathered troops to attention (standing ramrod-straight and silently awaiting orders). So even though the officer in question is usually quietly walking into the room, the effect is the same complements of the NCO getting everyone's attention first. In the US military, Generals, Admirals, and the President will usually have a band playing a fanfare to accompany the entrance at any publicized gatherings.