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My Name Is Inigo Montoya

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
The Princess Bride (in one of the most trope-heavy statements in the history of film; incidentally, it named most of them)

Before a duel begins, one character announces himself to his opponent without any prompting because he wants his target to know who is about to pound him.

Causes can be Genocide Backfire, You Killed My Father, or there could be nothing personal and the hero is just doing this For Great Justice. It can lead to But for Me, It Was Tuesday.

This trope is also very common in Japanese anime, manga and videogames regardless of situation: It was part of the Samurai code of honour to tell your opponent your name before fighting them and not doing so was considered rude.

May directly accompany a Heroic Second Wind.note 

Compare Transformation Name Announcement, In the Name of the Moon, I Am X, Son of Y. See also My Name Is ???.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Occurs a lot in Bleach.
    • Most of the Arrancar seem to have some sort of honor hangup where they need to know their opponent's name. Byakuya flat out refuses to give his because he doesn't see any point in giving his name to someone who's about to die, and Mayuri only asks Szayel's name because he wants to know what to label the jar he'll be in. Yes, all of them are guilty of adding in their rank for no real reason. Only Ulquiorra and Yammy were late on it; Ulquiorra didn't bother with his last name until he'd already killed Ichigo, and Yammy did it when he off-screened Rukia, Renji, and Chad.
    • This trope is directly invoked by Ikkaku, who believes that you should only introduce yourself to an opponent if you intend to kill them. Which makes this line all the more badass.
    "I'm the 3rd seated officer of Zaraki's division, Madarame Ikakku! You don't have to tell me your name, you just have to remember mine...because it's the name of the man who'll kick your ass!"
    • Ichigo's inner Hollow: I have no name!
      • Later, Ichigo's inner Hollow reveals that this statement was false, and tells Ichigo his actual name. The true significance of this isn't revealed to the readers for another six years.
      "I am... Zangetsu!"
    • Zigzagged with the Vandenreich, as its members have varying degrees of Combat Pragmatism. The Stern Ritter who fights Kyouraku during the first assault clearly feels no need to introduce himself, as 40 chapters later we STILL don't know his name. On the other hand, Haschwalth, Kyouraku's opponent in the second assault, makes a very formal introduction, which Kyouraku reciprocates.
    • An epic example when Ichibei erases Yhwach's name, greatly reducing his power. Just when Ichibei thinks he's about to win, Yhwach counters the ability, declares his name, and kills him.
  • Tower of God: Ren introducing himself to Anak.
    "From the Royal Enforcement Division, no. 67, my name is Ren. I am your nemesis.''
  • In Digimon Xros Wars, Shoutmon tends to begin a fight with something along the lines of "We are the ones who will change this world! We are Xros Heart!"
  • Played for Laughs in Rurouni Kenshin:
    "I, Misao Makimachi, see no compelling reason to give villians like you my name!"
  • Dragon Ball Z (technically Dragon Ball Kai): "I'm a proud Saiyan who calls Earth home, and I'm here to defeat you. I am the warrior you've heard of in legends, pure of heart and awakened by fury. That's what I am. I AM THE SUPER SAIYAN, SON GOKU!"
  • Fate/Zero: Rider particularly does this, in the form of exposing himself as Iskandar, the King of Conquerors.
  • GaoGaiGar: "My name is J! Soldat J!"
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: Played straight and inverted.
    • ''My name is Haruhi Suzumiya and I'm from east Junior high. I have no interest in ordinary humans! if any of you are aliens, time travelers, sliders or espers, come join me. that is all.
    • She introduces herself to the Computer President after drop-kicking him. Also, she was accepting his challenge instead of delivering one.
  • Jojos Bizarre Adventure: Polnareff gets in an epic one when he figures out how to beat Hanged Man:
    Polnareff:Hey, Kakyoin. You don't say things like that in this kind of a situation. Listen! In situations like this, you've got to say something more like this before you get your revenge. My name is Jean Pierre Polnareff. For my sister's honor, and so that my friend Avdol can rest in peace... I'm going to hurl you into the depths of despair, Centerfold!
    • Immediately after, Kakyoin gets one as well.
    Kakyoin:Polnareff, that's not what you say here. When taking revenge, you shouldn't say, "Why, you...". You say this. My name is Noriaki Kakyoin. To avenge my friend, Avdol, and so the soul of Polnareff's sister may rest in peace, I will have you pay with your life.
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: Hibarin from Monster Tamer Tsuna, "I am Hibarin, the dreadful vampire. My address is Demon Valley 2-4. I love Salisbury steak and coconut juice. My hobby is to have fun by myself. And to bite weak people to death. And to play with birds." Cue Tsuna lampshading this trope, "He's giving an introduction when nobody asked for one! And it's taking forever." And Hibari finishing his monologue with this: "And to patrol my castle. That's right. I have one last thing to say. I'm not much of a talker.
  • Light Yagami from Death Note informs Naomi Misora that he is Kira, approximately one second before her death kicks in.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's: "Time-Space Administration Bureau Part-time mage, Fate Testarossa." She does this right after saving Nanoha and right before attempting to place Vita under arrest.
    • Done again by both parties during ep 12.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! Accompanying a Heroic Second Wind:
    Nodoka: I am Miyazaki Nodoka, treasure hunter and member of Ala Alba. My counterattack starts here.
  • Naruto: "My name is Naruto Uzumaki, and I'm gonna beat every one of ya!"
  • This happens a lot in the Pokémon anime, especially during gym battles.
  • Ranma ˝: I am Ranma Saotome of the Saotome School of Anything-Goes Martial Arts (here, hold my bag a sec). I accept your challenge!
  • Shakugan no Shana: "I am a Flame Haze, one who swore and chose to protect the balance of the world!"
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    Simon: My Name is Simon. Leader of Team Dai-Gurren. If you've decided to be a wall that's standing in my way, I've got something that will open a hole in you every time. And that something is MY DRILL!
  • In A Certain Magical Index, magicians have a Magic Name, which they typically only reveal in a very serious situation, like when they declare they will kill someone, or when they need to use their full power.
  • Romeo X Juliet: "I am Juliet Fiamatta Ars Di Capulet!"

    Comicbooks 
  • When a brainwashed and tortured Wolverine first recovers his memories and powers in the "Insane in the Brain" storyline:
    Dr. Rot: This is your last chance, Patient X. Do you hear me? Patient X?
    Wolverine: No...
    (snikt)
    Wolverine: My name... is Logan!
  • This gem from Superman: Man of Steel #96 in 2000, as Eradicator was trying to get him to turn away from his Human upbringing.
    Superman: My name is Clark Kent. Get out of my home. Get off my planet.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise, after someone throws a rock at Sokka, Toph comes to defend him with this:
    "That's it! Don't you dunderheads know who I am? I'm Toph Bei Fong, the greatest earthbender of all time! When my friend tells you to calm down, you calm down!"
  • This classic from 'The Mighty Thor' Vol 1, #379 in 1987, by Thor himself to Jormungand.
    But I have many names, serpent, even as you. Vingthor the Hurler, Longbeard's Son, have I been called. Hrodr's foeman, too. In Tyr's ancestral home, wisest Hymir knew my name as Veur; unhappy Hrungnir's playmate some have called me. East of Elvigar in Gianthome they whisper Hloriddi's name. My father called me son. My mother called me darling. And beneath the vaults of Heaven, I am Thor Odinson, the Thunderer, Jormungand's Fear!

    Fan Works 
  • In .hack Trilogy Abridged, Haseo's version of this is: "My Name Is Haseo the Terror of Death, you killed my Shino, Prepare to Die!!", and he says it when he battles Tri-Edge.
  • Konata Productions' Neon Genesis Evangelion Abridged Series introduces Touji Suzahara with him saying "My name is Touji Suzahara. You killed my screen time. Prepare to die!!"
  • A cult classic, Pokémon Revisited, has Ash burst into every gym with the line "My name is Ash, and I'm here to KILL YOU!" in way of challenging the gym leader.
  • In Total Drama Battlegrounds, Ezekiel uses this trope in the virtual reality game after zombies kill his girlfriend, Heather.
  • The Elemental Chess Trilogy gives Roy Mustang a short speech like this, when confronting The Mole of the second story.
  • The Immortal Game: Twilight Sparkle has a brief, but epic, moment like this when Titan is torturing her, while referring to her as "pony", "unicorn", and by the name of one of her ancestors who fought him the first time around. The pain causes her mind — which had previously fractured from trauma earlier in the story — to fuse back together, restoring Twilight to her true personality and power. Cue asskicking.
    "My name is not Coruscare. My name is not unicorn. My name is not pony. My name is Twilight Sparkle."
  • Ace Combat The Equestrian War: Fluttershy, before unleashing a beatdown on Night Raven and after he scoffs at her.
    Night Raven: Who do you think you are, you wimp?
    Fluttershy: My name is Fluttershy! I’m a member of the Mirage squadron! And I've sworn to protect Equestria and my friends! I’m a pony that represents the Element of Kindness! But, to you... I will show no mercy!
  • The Wizard in the Shadows: Harry, Deadpan Snarker that he is, considers that he should have used a variation on the original to Voldemort: "Hello. My Name is Harry Potter. You killed my parents. Prepare to die."
    • This is after he quotes the 'to the pain' speech to the Mouth of Sauron.
  • In the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades sidestory, Month of Sundays: "I am Akiko Narumi-Terui, daughter of the famous Souichi Narumi... and the new Kamen Rider Skull! Prepare to die!"
  • In the fan film The Jedi Hunter, which spoofs the Star Wars franchise in the form of The Crocodile Hunter with Boba Fett in the Steve Irwin role, Boba utters the trope almost word-for-word in his climactic showdown with Mace Windu:
    Boba Fett: G'day, mate! My name is Boba Fett. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

    Films — Animation 
  • Monsters vs. Aliens: "My Name...is Ginormica!"
  • Brave: "I am Merida, firstborn of the Clan DunBroch. And I'll be shooting for my own hand!
  • The Book Of Life: "My name is Joaquin! Son of Captain Mondragon! Tonight, the town of San Angel, is under my protection. Prepare to be defeated."

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • In The Princess Bride all the way through the book Inigo has been practicing his speech. After a huge buildup, when he finally gets to deliver it in the climax to his lifelong search, honing his sword skills for the battle of his life, his enemy runs away like a little girl. Of course, Inigo then chased Rugen down, and then repeated the speech several times with increasing volume as they dueled.
  • Original Conan the Barbarian loved this. Best known example is probably in The Frost Giant's Daughter, where Conan and his opponent exchange this.
    "Man," said he, "tell me your name, so that my brothers in Vanaheim may know who was the last of Wulfhere's band to fall before the sword of Heimdul."
    "Not in Vanaheim," growled the black-haired warrior, "but in Valhalla will you tell your brothers that you met Conan of Cimmeria."
  • Used to great effect in the Codex Alera book Captain's Fury, when Tavi reveals that he is Princeps Gaius Octavian. Happens to be punctuated by a purely coincidental, plot relevant, volcanic eruption hundreds of miles away.
  • In 1634: The Galileo Affair, by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis, there's a line something like "My name is Ruy Sanchez de Casador y Ortiz. Prepare to die," then subverts the reference's Heroic Second Wind. Our friendly neighborhood old fart proceeds to slaughter and get cut up, while his much-younger girlfriend-from-the-future wonders when he had a chance to read The Princess Bride and another uptimer realizes he didn't — he's Inigo Montoya's prototype.
  • The Dresden Files:
    Harry: My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk.
  • Averted in Cordwainer Smith's "On the Sand Planet", where Casher O'Neill, after gaining enlightenment on his quest, does NOT use any of the scenes he has mentally rehearsed for years.
  • In what George R. R. Martin admits is a homage to Inigo Montoya, A Song of Ice and Fire has Oberyn Martell doing this when he manages to arrange a duel with Gregor Clegane, who 15 years earlier raped and murdered his sister and her infant son.
    Oberyn: Have they told you who I am?
    Gregor: Some dead man.
    Oberyn: I am Oberyn Martell, a prince of Dorne. Elia was my sister.
    Gregor: Who?
    Oberyn: Elia of Dorne. You raped her. You murdered her. You killed her children.
    • To which Gregor, after a few repetitions of the phrase, shouts, "Be quiet. Shut your bloody mouth!" - in other words, "Stop saying that!"
    • Also deconstructed hard. Oberyn had very nearly won and could have killed Gregor, but he stopped to get a murder confession. This gave Gregor the opportunity to kill him.
    • Inverted in A Dance with Dragons, after Theon Greyjoy pulls a Crowning Moment of Awesome by saving Jeyne Pool from Ramsay Bolton and getting both of them to reach Stannis's army safe and sound
    Theon: You have to know your name.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    Strider: I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and I am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dunadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil's son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!
    • For greater Bad Ass-itude, he later calls out Big Bad Sauron via Palantír, saying much the same (except for the aid or thwart me bit).
  • Played with in the Discworld novel Thief of Time, where it's done in third-person after a lowly janitor dares to enter the dojo of an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy.
    Old Master: Hold! Do you not want to know the name of the man you are about to destroy?
    Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: I don’t need to know the name of a sweeper.
    Old Master: It is always wise to know the name of a sweeper, boy. And my question was not addressed to you.
  • The incuels in Tough Magic have the combatants announcing their names to each other while bowing, in a more formal use of this trope.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Smallville
    Clark: My name is Clark Kent.
    • And also...
    Clark, "reprogrammed" by Jor-El: I am Kal-El from Krypton.
    • A chilling example from Harvest: "My name is Lex."
  • Highlander
    Duncan: I am Duncan Mcleod, of the clan Mcleod.
  • Scrubs does this in Season 7's "Finale", where Dr. Cox is telling a Bedtime story to his son. Cox, as a brave knight, says to a monster (in reality an illness affecting a patient):
    Cox: My name is Percival Cox. You're killing my friend. Prepare to die.
  • Babylon 5
    "Who am I? I am Susan Ivanova. Commander. Daughter of Andrei and Sophie Ivanov. I am the right hand of vengeance, and the boot that is going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am Death Incarnate, and the last living thing that you are ever going to see. God sent me."
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor himself has done this on many occasions, especially post-Time War when he is the only living Time Lord. Some examples:
  • In Andromeda's "Music of a Distant Drum", a season one episode. Tyr loses his memory after a crash, and slowly regains it bit by bit. When he finally remembers:
  • NCIS Season 7, episode 1 does this with a slight twist. Towards the end, after McGee tries and fails to kill Saleem, Tony says to Saleem, "I told you about every member of the team, except myself. The part I play... I'm the wild card. I'm the guy who looks at the reality in front of him and refuses to accept it." (Technically Tony tells Saleem his name much earlier, but this is the point where he really tells Saleem WHO he is, and right before Saleem is killed.)
    • Done as strait as an arrow in season 8, episode 23 with Mike Franks' last stand.
    Franks: My name is Mike Franks! I figure I got one more fight in me... You want it?
  • Seinfeld: In the episode where George does the opposite of what he normally does, he meets an attractive woman. Since George normally gives fake identities when meeting people, he ends up doing this. It actually works
    George: Hi, my name is George. I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.
  • Nikita: Alex does this to Vlad, the man who sold her into white-slavery.
    Alex: I am Alexandra Udinov, daughter of Nicholai Udinov. And this is your reward.
  • Mook Guard: You work, and you live. That is all. You do not complain or laugh or do anything besides work. Whatever you thought, whatever you were does not matter. You are no one now. You mean nothing. (to boy) Who are you?
    Action Girl: (perky) I'm Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And you are...? (Talk to the Fist ensues)
  • Skins does this in series four. Arguably Katie's Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    Katie: I'm Katie fucking Fitch, who the fuck are you?
  • LOST: Season 5, episode 12, Ben Linus upon approaching Penny Widmore: "Hello. My name is Benjamin Linus". He wasn't prepared to duel her, though; He was about to kill her when Desmond, whom he just tried to neutralized by shooting him, attacked him from behind.
  • Mitchell from Being Human uses a non-violent version of the same style of threat to get a room full of Vampires to shut up and listen to him.
    My name is John Mitchell! And I've killed more people than you've met.

    Music 
  • Johnny Cash as the title character singing "A Boy Named Sue" when he meets his father, who gave him that name that caused guys to beat him to a pulp: "My name is Sue. How do you do? Now you're gonna die!"
  • Also, Johnny Cash at the start of every show he ever did:
    "Hello. I'm Johnny Cash."
  • In The Distillers' "The Young Crazed Peeling", one of the lines in the first verse of the song goes like this:
    My name is Brody, I'm from Melbourne
    Fitzroy Melbourne, Fitzroy Melbourne
    I grew up on Bell St. then on Bennett St.
    My mom kicked out my dad for battery

    Myths & Religion 
  • In The Odyssey, Odysseus just kicked the butt out of a Cyclops, Polyphemos. As he leaves he brilliantly declares "Kyklops,/if ever mortal man inquire/how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him/Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye:/Laertes' son, whose home's on Ithaka!" He may as well have given him the precise longitude and lattitude of his house, and just thrown in his social security number, too.
    • Protip: if you live in Greece's "Age of Heroes" and you're already well acquainted with several mean-tempered gods, wounding the son of Poseidon is almost as dumb as killing Inigo Montoya's dad.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Saying hello and introducing himself was the gimmick of Dolph Ziggler in WWE up until he met Vince McMahon, who wanted to know who he was but Dolph was to flabbergasted to answer.
  • Boogeyman wants you to know who he is and that he's coming to get you.

    Video Games 
  • Chrono Trigger has Frogs' heroic speech. "My name is Glenn! Long have I carried Cyrus's hopes and dreams, and now I bear the Masamune as well! Henceforth, I claim them as my own! I shall slay the Fiendlord Magus and restore our honor!"
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep: "My name is Master Aqua. Now return my friend's heart or pay the price!"
  • Mass Effect has countless great moments, but a great Moment Of Awesome is in the third game when Wrex leads the Krogans to take back the nuclear wastelands of their Death World Tuchanka from the Reapers, just after they got a cure for the disease that drove them to the brink of extinction:
  • The Secret Of Monkey Island has "My name is Guybrush Threepwood! Prepare to die!"
  • Shadows Of The Damned brings us: "My name is Garcia Hotspur, hunter of demons, my wrath is your hell!"
  • Hakumen from BlazBlue does this all the time.
    Hakumen: I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword. With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it in the fires of destruction. I am Hakumen! The end has come!
  • Used by Viktor Reznov in Call of Duty: Black Ops during the Rebirth Island Mission when you break into Friedrich Steiner's Lab. Only, it's not Reznov who said it, but Mason.
    Reznov: My name is Viktor Reznov. AND I WILL HAVE. MY. REVENGE!!''
  • Assassin in Fate/stay night introduces himself formally on initiating a duel, though he doesn't insist Saber identify herself.
  • In Super Robot Wars, anyone who's about to be on the receiving end of Sanger's BFS will at least get to know that "I am Sanger Zonvolt, the sword that cleaves evil!" Wodan Ymir does pretty much the same thing.
  • Sir Ano does this in one of the Oaklore quests in Dragon Fable.
    Sir Ano: My name is Sir Ano de Berg'rac. You're planning to kidnap my princess. Prepare to die.
  • Ezio in Assassins Creed II after he stabs Uberto Alberti to death: "The Auditore are not dead! I'm still here! ME! Ezio! Ezio Auditore!"
  • From Fire Emblem, we get KIERAN, LEADER OF THE FIFTH PLATOON OF THE CRIMEAN ROYAL KNIGHTS! / SECOND COMMANDER OF THE CRIMEAN ROYAL KNIGHTS!.
  • Dwarf Fortess does this in Adventure Mode with anyone you can talk to, especially the ones you've been sent to kill. Speeches typically have their name, relation to other histrorical figures, kill list, and then the obligatory "prepare to die" if they're trying to kill you.
  • Gruntz: when a grunt carries a sword and is forced to walk around non-stop for longer periods of time, you can hear him saying this: "My name is Grunt Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!"
  • From Xenoblade, Dunban says sometimes the following in battle :
    Dunban: I am Dunban! Attack me, if you dare!

    Visual Novel 
  • Inverted in Umineko no Naku Koro ni Episode 6; when Erika delivers her dramatic introduction to Crowning Music, the battle is already over, she's lost badly and is prepared to die. She uses a similar line as a straight example for an intro in Ougon Musou.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Even Wilbur Finletter pulled this trope in one episode!
    Wilbur Finletter: I am Wilbur Finletter. You killed my business. Prepare to die!
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Ben 10: Alien Force: Said by Kevin. "My name is Kevin Ethan Levin. You killed my father. Prepare to die." Too bad it didn't work. As usual. Though Kevin does eventually manage to kill the guy at the end of the episode.
    • Word of God says that Kevin's mom actually read The Princess Bride to him when he was little.
  • Transformers Animated Final episode "Endgame, Part II":
    Megatron: You're a persistent little Autobot.
    Optimus: My name is OPTIMUS PRIME!
  • In X-Men, both Gambit and Cable invoke this trope while fighting Apocalypse.
  • Veggie Tales had a take on the story of Israel's conquest of Jericho. After the walls collapsed, Joshua marches into the destroyed city, faced the two characters that had been taunting them from atop the wall this whole time, and shouted in an appropriately let's-try-this-again-shall-we tone: "Hello! My name is Joshua! And God has given us this land!" At which point they scream in terror and run for the hills.


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