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Big Entrance
Sixty elephants, llamas galore, bears and lions, a brass band and more. Subtle, Aladdin.note 

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 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, including, but not limited to...

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

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • The first Ai no Kusabi OVA has Riki being a Big Damn Hero with a Big Entrance using Bike Fu against a squad of police to save his old gang from being arrested or shot to death.
  • An understated one in Cowboy Bebop - when one-off character Doohan first enters frame, you can instantly tell what kind of person he is by the fact that he's on fire and apparently doesn't even care enough to put it out.
  • In Hanaukyō Maid Tai episode 5, Konoe, the head of the security division, is introduced by having her return to the mansion from a business trip together with a whole squadron of fighting helicopters.
  • InuYasha: Sesshoumaru is fond of these. If there's a sudden explosion slamming into the earth from the sky involving flashing lighting, shaking ground and an overload of raw power, it's usually Sesshoumaru landing in a manner that ensures everyone pays attention. He even brought a life-or-death battle between Inuyasha's group and Mouryoumaru to a stop when everyone on both sides turned to give his entrance their full attention.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Team Rocket of Pokémon — oh, they've used every big entrance on the list and several more besides. They like to bring their own spotlights, sound system, costumes and fireworks.
    PREPARE FOR TROUBLE!
    MAKE IT DOUBLE!
  • In the second episode of G Gundam Domon Kasshu summons the Shining Gundam by calling out to it so loudly that Tomokazu Seki and/or Mark Gatha must have shattered some glass in the booth delivering the line, but that's not even the best of it oh no, the Shining Gundam then explodes on to the scene from within the ruins of the Statue of Liberty, letting the viewer know that NOTHING is sacred.
    • Actually the Statue of Liberty appears to be intact to a large degree. Which makes one wonder how they got the Shining Gundam in there to begin with.
  • In Baccano!! 1933 - The Slash, Ronnie Schiatto opens a door and walks into a room. This incredibly basic entrance nonetheless effectively stops time and terrifies every damn man and woman in the room, leaving everyone thoroughly convinced he's some terrifying Humanoid Abomination from that point on. They're right.
    Ennis: Excuse me... Mr. Ronnie. Who... What are you?
  • This is common in the Pretty Cure franchise, but special mention goes to Smile Pretty Cure! 's movie where Cure Happy gets her Ultra Form and the whole world goes from Gaia's Lament to an Arcadia in just seconds. The song is even called Ultra Cure Happy Tanjou! Translation 

Fan Works
  • In My Immortal, the immortal line...
    "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU MOTHERFUKERS!" It was....... Dumbledore!

Film - Animated
  • 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.
    Megamind: PRESENTATION!

Film - Live Action
  • 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.
    The Riddler: (To Two-Face) Your entrance was good. His was better. The difference? Showmanship!
  • 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.
  • Godzilla:
    • 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.

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."
    • 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.

Live-Action TV
  • In Supernatural, Castiel's first scene. All the lights start flickering and bursting, the roof starts rattling, and the barn door breaks open, and Castiel casually strolls in amidst the howling wind and sparks.
    Dean: (Panicked) Who are you?
    Gabriel: Lucy. I'm home.
    • Death is an interesting case. On one hand, his entrance is nothing special in of itself, but manages to make a considerable impression with the incredibly appropriate music, the Cool Car, and the inadvertent Touch of Death (no pun intended). Subverted? Zigzagged?
  • In Father Ted, Bishop Brennan makes an unforgettable entrance running towards the camera screaming with his 10ft-wide cloak billowing behind him once he figures out the titular character really did kick him up the arse.
  • The Entrance is an advertisement produced by Heineken based entirely on the concept.
  • In the iCarly episode iStill Psycho, Mrs. Benson and T-Bo arrive to make their Big Damn Heroes moment by driving T-Bo's motorcycle straight through Nora's front door.
  • Power Rangers Samurai: In "The Master Returns", Xandred arrives on Earth in style. Rocks pile together into his shape to create a gate for him. The sky darkens as he proclaims "Day shall become night as I escape from the Netherworld to face my enemies!". Everyone present from the Rangers to even Serrator goes Oh Crap. Xandred follows up on this by sending Serrator running and beating the living crap out of the Rangers while drying out.
    • Prior to this, Antonio deliberately tries to engineer a dramatic entrance in his debut episode. He even runs away from the other Rangers when they wind up tracking him down ahead of time, just so he can come back and show off at an opportune Big Dang Hero moment.
    • Some of the classic villains got some decent entrances too. Lord Zedd, Master Vile, and King Mondo come to mind. Mondo notably made his entrance with Quadrafighters attacking Rita and Zedd's palace, sending them running to another galaxy.
  • In Stargate SG-1, Thor is often fond of these. Even when doing something minor such as beaming down, he often makes a point to do so whilst sitting comfortably in his Cool Chair, simply because he can.
  • One of the Fourth Doctor's particular quirks in Doctor Who is that he would never enter a room the same way twice. Between this and how much of a Large Ham and Attention Whore this incarnation of him was, this makes practically every time his character went through a door an example of this trope.

Opera
  • 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.

Professional Wrestling
  • 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.

Theater
  • 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:
    Retreat, Warrior!
    • Cue a massive sword fight and a lot of people speaking in chorus.

Video Games
  • Balrog from Cave Story. In his first appearance, there's an ominous pounding on a door, then he smashes down the door and the wall around it, shouting (depending on the translation) either "Huzzah!" or "Oh yeah!" (a la the Kool-Aid Man) He even gets his own distinct theme music.
  • Inverted in Final Fantasy XII by the Esper, Chaos. As you enter, the Esper telekenetically slams the door shut, by clapping it's hands together. The thing isn't even the one doing the entering, and you have that sense of dread even before the fight starts.
  • In Runescape, one quest has you rescue a gnome who has been a prisoner for about 200 years. After you rescue the guy, the gnome you've been escorting throughout the quest calls in air support for a quick ride out. Everyone present discusses landing in the Gnome Tree Village, even though the local king has declared that no gnome gliders may be used over the village. The pilot uses this trope as part of his rationale for going to the Gnome Tree Village on a glider anyway.
    Captain Belmondo: You need to make a big entrance when you've got the king's long-lost brother in tow!
  • Dante being Dante does this in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne where he intoduces himself by jumping of a 60 storie building and landing neatly (if a bit loudly) behind Hitoshura before begining his boss battle.
  • Almost everyone recruitable in Mass Effect 2.

Web Comics
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: 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.
  • Elan from The Order of the Stick at various points. Two points that come to mind are when he burst through the window to rescue Hayley from Nale (which was slightly dampened by Thog following while dressed like a leprechaun), and doing the same when confronting Kubota over his plan to dethrone Hinjo and kill the Kato family. The latter was hilariously lampshaded, as Therkla had left the door open for Elan, so Elan had to go around and find a good window to jump through.
    • Also, Vaarsuvius, when he/she attacked Xykon. V just teleported in, which is normally no biggie. But since the whole area was covered in epic-level magic to prevent teleporting, it was somewhat of a big deal. Between that and the loud boom V made when entering, the elf had everyone's immediate and rapt attention.
  • In Girl Genius, during the Cinderella parody, Agatha has a nice one. When in doubt, go with the classics.
  • Done, and lampshaded in Exterminatus Now, here.
    Virus: Hal! That was fucking awesome!
    Eastwood: Shut uuuup! You're ruining my big entrance!
    virus: Sorry! Carry on!
  • In Spinnerette, Agent 7, ne Thunderfist, enters with a Ground Punch.

Western Animation
  • 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."
  • 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..."
  • General Grievous from Star Wars: Clone Wars. His first appearance (which, incidentally, was his Real Life first appearance in any Star Wars media) involves his droid army ambushing and surrounding a group of Jedi. From off-screen, Grievous tells the droids to stop attacking, and then calls out to the Jedi, urging them to make peace with the Force and promising to personally grant them a warrior's death. One of the Jedi panics and charges out to attack, and Grievous finally shows himself by jumping on the Jedi's back, killing him instantly.
  • The Teen Titans episode "Birthmark" starts off with Dr. Light fighting the Titans. At first he seems to be holding his own, until Raven makes her entrance. She mimics the last time the two of them encountered each other, with scaling up her size a fair bit, Glowing Eyes of Doom, and tentacles made of shadow.
    Raven: Remember me?
    Dr. Light: (Goes Blue with Shock, turns and raises hands) I'd like to go to jail now, please.
  • In ThunderCats (2011), these are given to The Dragon and the Big Bad respectively.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Princess Luna's entrance in "Luna Eclipsed". She comes in on a Batmobile-looking chariot drawn by pegasi with wing armor and helmet crests that look like bat wings, wearing a Black Cloak and accompanied by Dramatic Thunder. She does an awesome drop from the chariot and dramatically flips the hood off her head. Finally, her cloak dissolves into bats. Because of this, many Bronies now refer to her as "Princess Luna, Princess of F-ING METAL!!! "
  • In the penultimate episode of Justice League Unlimited, Darkseid has been resurrected by Lex Luthor (it was an accident). Since his death, a civil war has been raging on Apokalips as to who would take his place. Just as the final battle is about to take place, Darkseid immediately puts a stop to the war by making a literal explosive entrance of epic proportions. Without him even saying a word, everyone from both sides immediately redeclares allegiance to him without a single protest. Darkseid Is indeed.
  • This has been Lampshaded on The Simpsons, when Mr. Burns makes his first appearance before his new Indian employees at the outsourced power plant. He comes out of a basket to dancing like a charmed snake, with appropriate snake-charmy music. Smithers asks him why he wanted to make an entrance like that, to which he replies, "I'm a showman!"
  • Played with on an episode of The Venture Bros. The Monarch and his henchman execute a badass, minty-fresh entrance on what he thought was the Venture compound, turns out it was just his accountant's office.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Temple of Juatchadoon", Doofenshmirtz makes a big entrance, only for Perry the Platypus to make a BIGGER entrance.
    Doofenshmirtz: Perry the Platypus, you totally one upped my entrance!

Real Life
  • 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.


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