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[[caption-width-right:350:Sixty elephants, llamas galore, bears and lions, a brass band and more. [[SarcasmMode Subtle]], Aladdin.[[note]][-Don't forget his forty fakirs, his cooks, his bakers, his birds that warble on key-]...[[/note]]]]

->'''Applejack:''' That gal probably just wants to make some sort of grand entrance.\\
''[doors burst open to show Rarity carried by the Diamond Dog Boys on a grand piano]''\\
'''Rarity:''' TA-Daaaaaa!\\
'''Applejack:''' Told ya.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', "Player Piano"

A Big Entrance is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. 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 CrowningMomentOfAwesome 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...

* BigDamnHeroes: Because if someone is going to save everyone from the MonsterOfTheWeek, they're going to have a dramatic entrance.
* DynamicEntry: When the entering character has their foot buried in another character's temple, you can be damn sure you have everyone's attention.
* GrandStaircaseEntrance: Often understated, but no less awesome, when someone descends from a great staircase.
* HammyHerald: Why chew the scenery when you hire someone to do it for you?
* IncomingHam: It helps ''a lot.''
* OneLiner: Occasionally, they help.
* PowerWalk: When done ''right''.
* SuperWindowJump: With the loud crash and broken glass falling like rain, it's literally impossible to make this kind of entrance without being noticed.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Often playing in conjunction with an UnflinchingWalk, ThreePointLanding, ThereWasADoor, PowerWalk, or DynamicEntry.
* ThereWasADoor: It's really hard for your entrance to go unnoticed when you make your entrance by smashing through the wall.
* ThreePointLanding: With entrances involving a great height, this helps to say "nothing can hurt me."
* UnflinchingWalk: Only when walking ''into'' a situation.

The diametric opposite of the "Stealth Hi" in a StealthHiBye.

Although many {{Dynamic Entr|y}}ies 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 EstablishingCharacterMoment. Contrast JobberEntrance. Not to be confused with BigDoor.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The first ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' OVA has Riki being a BigDamnHero with a BigEntrance using [[CarFu Bike Fu]] against a squad of police to save his old gang from being arrested or shot to death.
* An understated one in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' - when one-off character Doohan first enters frame, you can instantly [[EstablishingCharacterMoment 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 ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'' 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.
* ''Manga/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 ''Manga/MaidenRose'', 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 DeathGlare, [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] drawn, wearing a BadassLongcoat as a CoatCape blowing in the DramaticWind 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 ''Manga/OnePiece''. 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 ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' -- 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.
-->[[CatchPhrase PREPARE FOR TROUBLE!]]\\
[[DynamicEntry MAKE IT DOUBLE!]]
* In the second episode of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' Domon Kasshu summons the Shining Gundam by calling out to it so loudly that Creator/TomokazuSeki and/or Creator/MarkGatha 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 Statue of Liberty, letting the viewer know that ''[[RefugeInAudacity NOTHING]]'' is sacred.
* In ''LightNovel/{{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 HumanoidAbomination from that point on. [[spoiler:They're right.]]
-->'''Ennis:''' Excuse me... Mr. Ronnie. Who... ''What'' are you?
* This is common in the ''Anime/PrettyCure'' franchise, but special mention goes to ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' 's movie where Cure Happy gets her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu5bVUv2eDU Ultra Form]] and the whole world goes from GaiasLament to an {{Arcadia}} in just ''seconds''. The song is even called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmoIPf-KenU Ultra Cure Happy Tanjou!]] [[labelnote:Translation]] "Tanjou" is Japanese for "Enter". [[/labelnote]]
* In Episode 11 of ''Anime/CrossAnge'', Arzenal is under attack by a large swarm of DRAGONS. The Normas are initially successful at repelling the invasion, but then they hear a soothing song that conspicuously makes the DRAGONS back off and retreat around the dimension gap where they came from. From the same gap three Para-Mails dramatically make their descent, the first of which is the red-colored Yang Dragon piloted by [[TheRival Sala]], who proceeds to activate the mecha's GoldenSuperMode via singing and wipe out an entire squadron of Norma Para-Mails, as well as half of Arzenal's island, with a single WaveMotionGun.
* The animated adaptation of ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' is so rife with over-the-top introductions that you can instantly tell exactly what [[WorldOfHam kind]] [[WorldOfBadass of]] [[RuleOfCool approach]] the creators are going for.
** Oda Nobunaga is introduced to Masamune and Yukimura by holding at gun point the cowardly Yoshimoto on top of a cliff, with dark clouds swirling in the sky and Music/HiroyukiSawano's soundtrack blasting the scenery to bits with GratuitousGerman. When you're looking for the advent of an ObviouslyEvil villain, look no further.
** Hideyoshi Toyotomi first appears before the other lords by circling their already engaged armies with an even bigger army of his own and overlooking the scene from atop a hill. The Uesugi and Takeda factions, defiant as they are, order a volley of arrows on him. Hideyoshi's answer? One wave of his arm to deflect it all back, then a skyward punch that clears the clouds, all to the sound of his tailor-made {{leitmotif}}.
* Sailor Venus' debut in the main ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga consists of her [[BigDamnHeroes saving Sailor Moon from Zoisite]] by [[spoiler:''cutting him into pieces with a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang'']], and ''then'' appearing on a rooftop smiling.
** In the [[Anime/SailorMoon 90's series]] she may not have [[spoiler: cut Zoicite to pieces]], but it was still rather nice. Zoicite was giving the Senshi and Tuxedo Kamen a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech as he had the girls trapped and Kamen was seriously wounded... but then Venus [[ShutUpHannibal shut him up]], [[KirkSummation told the heroes to not give up]], undid the girls' trap with her CrescentBeam, and then jumped in to join the group.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Italian ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse story "Uncle Scrooge and the Last Adventure" has the grand visir of the Maharajah of Howduyustan enter Duckburg with an immense parade complete with elephants. Made even grander when you find out it was actually ''Scrooge [=McDuck=] and Jubal Pomp in disguise'', making such an entrance as part of the plan to [[spoiler: retake Killmotor Hill and Scrooge's industries from Glomgold and Rockerduck]]. It works like a charm.
* The ''Cleopatra'' example below under films is parodied with the ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}}'' version of Cleo, who ''always'' makes an entrance like this, even when she's "just popping in incognito".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/MyImmortal'', the immortal line...
-->"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU [[PrecisionFStrike MOTHERFUKERS!"]] It was....... Dumbledore!
* In ''FanFic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', Sunset is in the habit of doing these when she enters Ponyville for parties. She uses illusion magic to lower the ambient light, make her voice reverberate, and otherwise make her entrances far more dramatic than they would otherwise be.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''/''Manga/OnePiece'' crossover ''FanFic/AGemInTheRough'', the Crystal Gems tend to do this quite a bit. Their most notable entrance would be at the end of "The Seastone Cage:" Steven and the Straw Hats are captured by Crocodile and Sanji has just been knocked out by Mr. 3. Just when Crocodile is confident that nothing will stand in his way, Mr. 3 reveals that he understands the price of what failure in Baroque Works means and has brought partners who are most eager to talk to him. With that, the ceiling came crashing down and said partners adopted a battle stance, ready to take on the Shishibukai.
---> '''Garnet''': "I'm going to tell you this once: Give. Us. Steven!"
* In ''FanFic/JustAnUnorthodoxThief'', Rider makes a big entrance by crashing a truck through a warehouse wall.
* In ''Fanfic/AWandForSteven'', the cue to reveal that Ruby woke up was when Alexandrite appears and turns the tide at the Battle of Hogwarts.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the Disney ''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 [[TheDoorSlamsYou into Jafar's face]]). 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 ''WesternAnimation/SinbadLegendOfTheSevenSeas'', Eris shows up after [[spoiler: Sinbad's execution and HeroicSacrifice]]. Said entrance involved the clouds spiraling into a tornado, creating a water sprout, and Eris emerging from the mist in a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever fifty-foot version of herself]]. And the spectators were [[OhCrap scared shitless.]]
* Maleficent of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' gets a really [[EvilIsCool cool one]], by blowing the doors open, filling the palace with DramaticWind and lightning, and slowly coalescing out of green flame. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl8RY7Bm-Ew Seen here.]] It's subtle, understated, and threatening as all hell.
* The competitors for Pirate of the Year in ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesInAnAdventureWithScientists''. 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' has the "This Is Halloween'' music number, which climaxes at Jack's big entrance to the film.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/{{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:''' [[LargeHam PRESENTATION!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternEmeraldKnights'': Mogo's BigDamnHeroes moment. Arisia sums it up: "He may not socialize, but he sure does know how to make an entrance."
* Dave the Octopus as Dr. Brine shows up at the end of ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' riding on top of his submarine as if he was dashing through the water.
* The Bog King from ''WesternANimation/StrangeMagic'' after his minions sneak in and subdue everyone. They start a rock song and comes in singing [[JukeBoxMusical 'Mistreated' by Deep Purple]] as the stage pyrotechnics go off.
* The concept of the dramatic entrance is discussed by Shifu in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' as an integral part of any battle, as it prepares the mind as much as the body. He shortly after demonstrates the [[InvertedTrope dramatic exit]], which is just telling the others to GoLookAtTheDistraction.
* In ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies The Lost Treasure]]'', Tink, Terence, and Blaze make an unplanned grand entrance in a cotton boll balloon. Queen Clarion even comments "Now ''that's'' how you make an entrance".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{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.
* ''Film/IronMan2'':
** Tony [[ThreePointLanding lands stylishly]] at the site of his Stark Expo in his ComicBook/IronMan [[PoweredArmor suit]] to the cheers of many admirers after skydiving out of his personal carrier. For added effect, he's surrounded by a group of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rockettes The Rockettes]]-esque [[FanserviceExtra women]] in garb meant to resemble his armor who are performing the Can-Can.
** Also Ivan Vanko/ Whiplash as he [[UnflinchingWalk calmly walks down the track]], casually slashing cars in half as his equipment burns his shirt off. {{MassOhCrap}}ing ensues.
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':
** Loki's first appearance: 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 S.H.I.E.L.D. 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 ThreePointLanding. "Make your move, Reindeer Games."
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', whenever he wants/needs the attention, and isn't using his StealthHiBye shtick. Lampshaded by the Riddler in ''Film/BatmanForever'' after Batman bursts through the skylight... ''After'' Two-Face merely kicked in the front door followed by his mooks.
-->'''[[Creator/JimCarrey The Riddler]]:''' (''to Two-Face'') Your entrance was good. ''His'' was better. The difference? ''[[DoingItForTheArt Showmanship!]]''
* Dr. Frank N. Furter's first appearance in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc80tFJpTuo "Sweet Transvestite"]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeJVNQ4ngfo entrance of Harry]] Lime in ''Film/TheThirdMan'' is considered to be one of the best entrances of all time.
* Referenced in ''Film/IndependenceDay''. "You know me." "Yeah, I know, you always like to make a big entrance." The first case was pretty mild; [[Creator/WillSmith Steven Hiller]] just stole a helicopter to rescue his fiancee and the other survivors of the alien invasion. The second case, where Hiller and [[Creator/JeffGoldblum David Levinson]] crash-landed in the desert after blowing up the main alien ship causing streaks of burning rubble? ''That's'' 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.
* ''Film/RoboCop1987'' 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? ''Film/FrenchCancan'' takes this trope UpToEleven 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 [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome leaping off the band's elevated bandstand into a rescue blanket.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'':
** ''Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla'' 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 BreathWeapon. We then go back to that silhouette as the lighting increases to reveal Godzilla.
** ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII'' has a scene where a team of scientists investigating an irradiated island are suddenly attacked by [[GiantFlyer 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 ''Film/{{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 GiantFootOfStomping that [[AlwaysABiggerFish 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.
* In ''Film/IntoTheWoods'', when the Witch enters the Baker's house, she blasts the door off its hinges with her magic.
* ''Film/JurassicPark'' introduces the ''TyrannosaurusRex'' this way, starting with her [[BadVibrations audible footsteps]] leading up to her tearing through the (no longer) electrified fence and culminating with her MightyRoar.
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' features the triumphant return of [[spoiler:the original ''TyrannosaurusRex'']], who makes her entrance by [[spoiler:barreling through the '' Spinosaurus'' skeleton and shattering it to pieces,]] before giving a truly MightyRoar.

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Nicodemus does this in ''Literature/DeathMasks''. 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 [[LivingShadow shadow]], and declares "[[TimeAbyss No matter how]] [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld many times I]] [[PhraseCatcher hear that, it's always a]] [[TortureTechnician fresh challenge."]]
** Harry himself gets in on this in ''Literature/WhiteNight''. Afer hearing the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent 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 ''Literature/TurnCoat'' qualify. They show up in a helicopter, which is no big deal. But they simply jump out without zip-lines, and [[UnflinchingWalk 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 ''Literature/DeadBeat'', as seen by the Wardens and the Kemmlerites. It's not too much to brag about, it's just, you know... [[MemeticBadass the dinosaur.]]
** Harry does this in ''Literature/StormFront'' 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 Music/RideOfTheValkyries at top volume.
** Again, in ''Literature/ColdDays'', when Harry arrives at the [[EldritchLocation Island]] with TheWildHunt in tow. Anyone and anything on those barges ''had'' to be crapping their metaphorical pants.
* Kelson and Dhugal in ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} 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 ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', 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 ''Literature/CatRoyal'' book, the title character and her friend Pedro [[spoiler: crash an upper class party, on horseback, with Cat dressed as a Native American]]. It gets exactly the stunned reaction one would expect.
* ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible''. Spoofed when Dr. Impossible goes to an AbandonedWarehouse to meet other supervillains; he has to hide outside in the bushes while changing from his street clothes into cape and mask before entering.
* Literature/MaryPoppins 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.
* ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' lampshades and mocks this trope with [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense Pucci Lavish]] and her attempt to steal [[LovableRogue Moist's]] thunder at the bank. Moist notes to himself that she intended to majestically "sweep" in, (and had the henchmen, dogs on leashes, dress and arrogance to make a good show of it,) but she misjudged how densely packed the crowd was, meaning her flunkies couldn't clear a path for her fast enough and so she just got stuck in the crowd along with everyone else.
* King Solomon makes one in the third chapter of ''Literature/SongOfSongs'' in Literature/TheBible, coming on the scene carried on a litter with sixty men surrounding him, armed with swords, and with incense wafting in the air.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** One of the Fourth Doctor's particular quirks is that he would never enter a room the same way twice. Between this and how much of a LargeHam and AttentionWhore this incarnation of him was, this makes practically every time his character went through a door an example of this trope. Creator/TomBaker often explains about this that he is extremely bad at coming through doors convincingly in a way that isn't funny even in real life.
** The Tenth Doctor, in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]], enters by crashing through a mirror, on horseback, into a crowded ballroom. Just in time to save the day.
** In "The End of Time", Ten barges in on [[spoiler: Rassilon and the Master]] by throwing himself out of a low-flying spaceship and falling hundreds of feet, smashing through a skylight, then falling another fifty feet to the (marble) floor. [[RealityEnsues He spends most of the conflict on the floor, crippled with pain]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor"]]: The three Doctors (War, Ten, Eleven) enter the Black Archive by sonicking a Dalek through the glass of the ''Gallifrey Falls'' 3D painting.
-->'''War:''' Hello.\\
'''Ten:''' I'm the Doctor.\\
'''Eleven:''' Sorry about the Dalek.\\
'''Clara:''' ''[exiting the painting]'' And the showing off.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice "The Magician's Apprentice"]], Twelve carries on this fine tradition and in fact takes it UpToEleven when he rolls into a medieval arena on a tank, playing the electric guitar.
** Twelve does this again in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E8TheLieOfTheLand The Lie of the Land]]" when escaping from a prison ship. Bill comments that they ''could'' have gone for the stealthy approach, but "the Doctor being the Doctor", he decides to ram the entire ship into the dock while standing on the front and cackling like a maniac.
* In ''Series/FatherTed'', Bishop Brennan makes an unforgettable entrance [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEIjXU7baSc&feature=player_detailpage#t=239s running towards the camera screaming with his 10ft-wide cloak billowing behind him]] once he figures out the title character really ''did'' kick him up the arse.
* [[http://youtu.be/TLgetLmlggA The Entrance]] is an advertisement produced by Heineken based entirely on the concept.
* In the ''Series/ICarly'' episode ''iStill Psycho'', [[MamaBear Mrs. Benson]] and [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass T-Bo]] arrive to make their BigDamnHeroes moment by driving T-Bo's motorcycle straight through [[AxCrazy Nora's]] front door.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'': 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 OhCrap. 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 [[BigDamnHeroes Big Dang Hero]] moment.
** Some of the classic villains got some decent entrances too. [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Lord Zedd]], Master Vile, and [[Series/PowerRangersZeo 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 ''Series/StargateSG1'', 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 CoolChair, simply because he ''can''.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Castiel's first scene. All the lights start flickering and bursting, the roof starts rattling, and the barn door breaks open, and Castiel [[UnflinchingWalk casually strolls in]] amidst the howling wind and sparks.
--->'''Dean:''' (''panicked'') Who are you?\\
'''Castiel:''' [[BadassBoast I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from Perdition.]]
** [[spoiler: Gabriel]]'s [[DynamicEntry opening move]] against Lucifer and his PreAsskickingOneLiner, seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egjb0eNNUzU here]].
--->'''[[spoiler: Gabriel:]]''' Lucy. I'm home.
** [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Death]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDzIS26aDK8 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 CoolCar, and the inadvertent TouchOfDeath (no pun intended). Subverted? Zigzagged?
* On Series/TheChase, this is standard issue for a Chaser. After each Cash Builder round, they will come out from behind a corner, and walk across a walkway in a 'C' shaped tunnel, with the studio lighting turning red and orange, giving a flame-like look, as a dramatic jingle plays. [[https://youtu.be/N7hBmu6mQMo See for yourself]].

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This is part and parcel of the spectacle. All wrestlers would have music and theatrics, some would have pyros, fireworks, explosions. Some example would include Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and the zipline, Wrestling/{{Sting}} and the helicopter absail, Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} standing in the fireworks, Wrestling/{{Kane}} using fire and explosives, and Wrestling/{{Rey Mysterio|Jr}} using trapdoors or Wrestling/SinCara using a trampoline.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker 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.
* The trapdoor backfired in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, where Wrestling/UltimateWarrior's ended up leading to several injuries, though it usually worked for entrances.
* At the 1999 Wrestling/{{FMW}} tenth anniversary show, {{tag team}} partners Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Hisakatsu Oya had separate big entrances, Kuroda riding in with a biker gang and Oya having Tomomi Tanimoto perform his entrance music live.
* At ''Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003'', Wrestling/AntonioInoki parachuted his way to the ring.
* Prior to ''Wrestlemania 21'', Wrestling/{{Carlito C|olon}}aribbean Cool returned to his home promotion, WWC, for his first match since his injury on Smackdown, a rematch with little brother Eddie, and arrived to the arena in a helicopter!
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in Wrestling/RingOfHonor when The Lovely Lacey was trying to get Wrestling/JimmyJacobs to abandon his ring gear and wear a "flashy" robe when she made him and Whitmer her "angels".
* For Wrestling/WrestleMania, Wrestling/JohnCena 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.
* Fireman Luther Black has been flanked by other firefighters and lowered into arenas in the basket of fire engines since at least Spring of 2014.
* Defending title holder Leah Von Dutch was driven to a September 2014 Classic Championship Wrestling event in a Firetruck.
* Joe Hendry is known for memorable entrances. At Insane Championship Wrestling's ''Fear And Loathing VIII'' he came down the ramp in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh0JbulJZYQ ball]].

[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* Miss Piggy in ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' is fond of these:
** Her arrival at the farmhouse in ''Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas'' is on a dog sled driven by Doc dressed as a Mountie. Doc himself is at a loss to explain where any of this came from. (The last time we checked in on Piggy, she was trying to get her car out of a ditch.) Kermit just says that Piggy always knows how to make an entrance.
** In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', her appearance as "Benjamina Gunn" is heralded by native drums, dancers, chanting statues, and a ''real elephant'', before she emerges in slow motion from a floral howdah. "''BOOM''-Shakalaka!"
** Both of these are then immediately undercut by her [[{{Slapstick}} falling over]]: in ''Family Christmas'' she slips on the RunningGag icy patch, and in ''Treasure Island'' she trips over her pet anteater, Flaubert.

* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Team Rocket has a big entrance; they even repeat it to get the audience to cheer for them.
* ''Theatre/TheWarriorsAtHelgeland'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen has the largest opening line in any play written by Ibsen. Cue a massive sword fight and a lot of people speaking in chorus.
-->'''Retreat, Warrior!'''
* In ''Theatre/{{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.
* Escamillo, the toreador from ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'', enters from a distance with a large chorus singing about how great he is. When he arrives onstage, ''he'' then proceeds to sing about how great he is in a song that is as flamboyant, pompous and likable as he is, complete with lots of percussion, dramatic descriptions of bullfighting and possibly the catchiest tune in this catchiest of operas.
* Wagner's ''[[TheRingOfTheNibelung Die Walküre]]'' features one of the most dramatic entrances ever seen on a stage: ''The Ride of the Valkyries''. Maiden goddesses riding chargers and singing about battle practically barge onto the stage (in the best way possible) to the sound of Wagner's most universally recognizable and bombastic piece. Hojotoho!
* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' features a double subversion at the end of Act 1 when it's time for the tour of Willy Wonka's factory to begin. The stage-spanning factory gates slowly open as the crowd sings his name, but the little door beyond opens to reveal an anxious Wonka dressed in a black overcoat pleading in an old, quavering voice for someone to help him walk down a flight of steps. Then he changes his mind and declares he'll do it himself, almost topples over with that first step -- then strikes a pose that causes the coat to ''vanish'', revealing his wildly colorful suit, able body, and LargeHam personality. Cue the {{Showstopper}}.
* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': ''"Everyone give it up for [[UsefulNotes/MarquisDeLafayette America's favorite fighting Frenchman]]!''"

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Subverted in the former ''Ride/{{Disaster}}'' attraction at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Studios Florida]], as Frank Kincaid tries to make a big entrance with an explosion, but it doesn't work as he had planned.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Balrog from ''VideoGame/CaveStory''. 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 [[{{Leitmotif}} theme music]].
* ''Inverted'' in VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII by the Esper, Chaos. As you enter, the Esper telekenetically slams the door shut, [[MagicalGesture by clapping it's hands together]]. The thing isn't even the one doing the entering, and you have that [[ThisIsGonnaSuck sense of dread]] even before the fight starts.
* In ''VideoGame/{{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!
* [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] being Dante does this in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' 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 ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Deathwing]]'s [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq4Y7ztznKc entrance]] in ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft World of Warcrsaft: Cataclysm]] was so big it actually ''BROKE'' Azeroth. (Several zones were completely changed because of his explosive return)
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII''[='=]s ''Crown of the Ivory King'' DownloadableContent, your final battle in the Old Chaos sounds little more than clearing wave after wave of EliteMooks, with up to four NPC allies and two phantom summons at your disposal. A few minutes into the fight, however, a thundering noise will be heard, and two massive pillars rise from nothingness to form a {{Hellgate}} larger than the ones spawning the mooks. From the flaming gate, you can make out a silhouette coming out of it with a MenacingStroll: it's the titular Ivory King, and his hellish {{Leitmotif}} starts blaring once he starts coming out of the portal, initiating the true phase of his BonusBoss fight.
* In [[VideoGame/EliteDangerous Elite: Dangerous]], whenever [[MileLongShip a capital ship]] [[OhCrap jumps into]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q28DDLwMpo the battlefield.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'' short "Player Piano", the Rainbooms are waiting for Rarity to practice, and Applejack comments, "That gal probably just want to make some sort of grand entrance." Cue the doors bursting open with Rarity being carried in on a grand piano by the humanized Diamond Dogs.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'':
** Dr. [=McNinja=] makes a pretty good entrance [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/3p6/ here]], mainly as a ShoutOut to Franchise/{{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.''
** [[CrazyAwesome King Radical]]. Chris Hastings [[WordOfGod has claimed]] that he could do a whole book on the entrances and exits of King Radical.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Elan at various points. Two points that come to mind are when he bursts through the window to rescue Haley from Nale (which is slightly dampened by Thog following while [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext dressed like a leprechaun]]), and doing the same when confronting Kubota over his plan to dethrone Hinjo and kill the Kato family. The latter is hilariously lampshaded, as Therkla has left the door open for Elan, so Elan has to go around and find a good window to jump through.
** Also, Vaarsuvius, when [[AmbiguousGender he/she]] attacks Xykon. V just teleports in, which is normally no biggie. But since the whole area is covered in epic-level magic to prevent teleportation, it is somewhat of a big deal. Between that and the loud boom V makes when entering, the elf has ''everyone's'' immediate and rapt attention.
--->'''Xykon:''' Someone tell the [=TeeVo=] to cancel Movie Night... I think we've got our own little action-comedy-drama here.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', during the Cinderella parody, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081215 Agatha has a nice one.]] When in doubt, go with the classics. Nicely lampshaded at the bottom [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081217 of the next page.]]
* Done, and lampshaded in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow,'' [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2012-04-01/comic/the-bookend-of-unimaginable-power/dynamic-entry/ here]].
-->'''Virus:''' Hal! That was fucking awesome!\\
'''Eastwood:''' Shut uuuup! You're ruining my big entrance!\\
'''Virus:''' Sorry! Carry on!
* In ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'', Agent 7, né Thunderfist, enters with a GroundPunch.
* In ''Webcomic/TheGlassScientists'', Jekyll enters in a sparkling couch that would be more fit to a fairy tale than TheCityNarrows he's in, pulled by a sparkling, snow-white horse with shining long mane, capturing everyone's attention and having entire TorchesAndPitchforks crowd stare in stunned silence before they even see him emerging from the carriage and chatting with policemen like it's no big deal.
* In ''Webcomic/AliceAndTheNightmare'', Rougina ramps up the ham when entering the main hall to give an inauguration speech to the new students, complete with ''amazing'' dress, a light show and magic dust everywhere. It's so big, she gets an [[http://www.aliceandthenightmare.com/comic/chapter-1-page-21 entire page]] just to the moment she comes on the stage.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck 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..."
* In the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', ComicBook/{{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. [[EvilOverlord Darkseid Is indeed.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'': Ms. Frizzle has a tendency to do this, showing up in various episodes by hang gliding in, hopping in on a pogo stick, riding an inflatable alligator on a wave out of the closet and zipping into frame from offscreen.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Princess Luna's entrance in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E4LunaEclipsed "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 BlackCloak and accompanied by DramaticThunder. 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsEwY7L9GHg F-ING METAL!!!]]'''''"
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E24TheManeAttraction The Mane Attraction]]", pony pop star [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiaXZTqqrpc Countess Coloratura shows up]] on a palanquin carried by four backup dancer stallions, on a throne adorned with her cutie mark inside a gem-shaped structure that opens like a flower, with appropriate light show and background music. Subtle.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' 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!
* This has been {{Lampshaded}} on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when [[TheScrooge 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 [[BuffySpeak snake-charmy]] music. Smithers asks him why he wanted to make an entrance like that, to which he replies, "[[LargeHam I'm a showman!]]"
* General Grievous from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars''. His first appearance (which, incidentally, was his RealLife 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 [[GoombaStomp jumping on the Jedi's back, killing him instantly]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E20TwilightOfTheApprenticePartII "Twilight of the Apprentice"]]: Darth Vader enters standing on top of his TIE Advanced as it slowly descends, with his lightsaber ignited and his [[BadassCape cape]] billowing behind him.
** In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E14LegacyOfMandalore "Legacy of Mandalore"]], Fenn Rau has a BigDamnHeroes moment by [[SuperWindowJump flying through a glass wall]], shattering it spectacularly.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Birthmark" starts off with [[LightIsNotGood Dr. Light]] fighting the Titans. At first he seems to be holding his own, until [[DarkIsNotEvil Raven]] makes her entrance. She mimics the last time the two of them encountered each other, with scaling up her size a fair bit, GlowingEyesOfDoom, and tentacles made of shadow.
-->'''Raven: ''Remember me?'''''\\
'''Dr. Light:''' (''goes BlueWithShock, turns and raises hands'') I'd like to go to jail now, please.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', these are given to TheDragon and the BigBad respectively.
** In "Omens Part One" {{Catfolk}} General Grune arrives in a CaptainMorganPose atop a [[TreasureIsBiggerInFiction gigantic]] geode hauled by a [[WorkingOnTheChainGang chain gang]] of four-dozen LizardFolk [[MadeASlave slaves]] because he's TooImportantToWalk.
** In "Omens Part Two" SorcerousOverlord Mumm-Ra is revealed WreathedInFlames while a vortex with swirling [[RedSkyTakeWarning red clouds]] opens in the sky above his head, DramaticThunder booms and a DramaticWind blows, all backed by his personal {{Leitmotif}} featuring ConLang OminousLatinChanting.
* Played with on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' The Monarch and his henchman execute a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz4PdpfI7zY badass, minty-fresh entrance ]] on what he thought was the Venture compound, turns out it was just his accountant's office.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[UsefulNotes/HMTheQueen Queen Elizabeth II]] entered the 2012 Olympics Arena in London '''by paradropping from a hovering helicopter! [[RuleOfCool Alongside]] Film/JamesBond!''' [[spoiler:Okay, it was 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.
* DragQueen Tandi Iman Dupree's [[RuleofCool incredible]] performance of "Holding Out for a Hero" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0kUeQDPaGU must be seen to be believed]].
* At any official military gathering (briefings, formations, etc.) the Commander's entrance will usually be announced with a SergeantRock [[HammyHerald 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 [[{{Leitmotif}} a fanfare]] to accompany the entrance at any publicized gatherings.