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Transformation Name Announcement

Ben: It strikes fear into my enemies.
Kevin: ...You go right on believing that, bud.

What's the most stylish way to end a Transformation Sequence, a shapeshift, or a mode change? For some heroes, it's simply to shout the name of their new form right as the Stock Footage ends. Humongous Mecha of the transforming or combining variety are susceptible to this habit, as are Magical Girls with long, sparkly transformations.

Alternatively, the name of the form can be the activation word for the transformation, or at least part of it. Again, Super Robots do this often, simply because it's easy to Hand Wave or at least poke fun at it, and because it's style.

For another variation, the hero himself needn't announce his form change, but his commander, his spotter, or a piece of machinery can do it for him.

Compare Calling Your Attacks, By the Power of Grayskull!, Invocation and In the Name of the Moon. May be part of Transformation Sequence, Shapeshifting and/or Super Mode. In some cases, comes with a side of Hot Blood.


Examples:

Magical Girl Anime

Mecha Anime
  • GaoGaiGar. All of them, both transforming and combining, heroes and villains. Indeed, many of the Braves are this way.
    • The dragon bros. don't always do this, though. And it's very odd when Volfogg does it, as he's often working alone and has no one to announce it to.
  • Tekkaman Blade's titular character did this nearly every time. In Tekkaman Blade II, Tekkamen Vesna, Sommer and Hiver carry on the tradition.
  • Getter Robo, every single incarnation up til Armageddon. "Change, Getter-1! Switch on!"
    • Then again Ryoma compensated by holding his "Getter" part of the phrase for four freaking seconds.
    • Three words: "CHANGE GETTER EMPEROR!!!" Also known as "the voice that quakes the universe itself."
    • In the case of Getter Robo though, this is what they do at the start of the transformation, justifying it. They're combining at very high speeds, so they're likely to crash and burn if they don't know exactly which form they're supposed to be combining into, a lesson more than a few Getter Test Pilots learned fatally.
  • Zoids New Century Zero. "Liger Zero, CAS complete!"
  • Voltron. Also the original: "Let's Go Lion!"
  • "From now on, this mech's name is... GURREN-LAGANN!" The first time for each new robot, the present Hot Blooded hero would name it.
    • The pilots of every iteration of the mech tend to give a Rousing Speech whenever the thing gets bigger...and it's usually accompanied by explosions. Viral (Gurren Lagann), the orbital Mugann fleet (Arc Gurren Lagann), the face of that weird battleship thing (Super Galactic Gurren Lagann), and then a galaxy (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.)
  • In Transformers, a few incarnations will use "[name], transform!" as their transformation word.
  • Robot Romance Trilogy: The pilots of Combattler V, Voltes V and Daimos always scream the name of their machines upon combination / transformation.
    • In Super Robot Wars Advance, this gets spoofed by Gai Daigoji (if he survives), whereas after Kazuya roars Daimos' name, Gai yells out "AESTEEE!!! VALIIIISSS!!!", much to Akito's confusion.
      • Naturally, since Gai knows about it, you'd better believe Gekiganger 3 has an example. In this case, it happens in The Movie when Ken brings out the Gekiganger V- he does some poses and shouts "GEKIGANGAAAA... V!" in a similar fashion to Combattler V.
  • The Brave Express Might Gaine has one for the titular machine (both said in both regular and Great forms) mixed with In the Name of the Moon:
    Might Gaine: "Carrying hopes on silver wings, this green light glows for peace! The Brave Express Might Gaine, arriving right on time!"
  • Both Hiroshi and Kenji of Steel/Koutetsushin Jeeg would strike a pose and shout "Koutetsu Jeeg!" once all the Parts were together.
  • For a Super Robot show, Gravion somehow averts this most of the time... until Sandman himself announces the mecha's name after it finishes combining, which shocks Raven. His reply when asked why? "I've always wanted to do that at least once."
    • Well, only averted for the main Choujuu Gasshin. "Elgo Form!" should count. Also, at the end of Sol Gravion's combination the pilots shout its name.
  • The Commandos in Transformers: Robots In Disguise always cap off their combination sequence with "Ruination, awaken!"
  • Happens in Gunbuster episode 5 after the combination sequence. "GUN...BUS...TEEERRRR!"
    • And not to forget Diebuster, for both Buster Machine Number Seven and Diebuster itself. Number Seven's is particularly long, as it gives it's weapons class *and* attached unit.
  • Mazinger:
    • Mazinger Z: Kouji always yells "Mazin GO!" when he starts Mazinger-Z.
    • Great Mazinger: So does Tetsuya when he starts Great Mazinger.
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: When Duke Fleed transforms his clothes into his Latex Space Suit he always screams his own name. And when he starts Grendizer he tells: "Grendizer, Go!"
  • Daitarn3: Daitarn is a Super Robot Affectionate Parody. Hence, all usual tropes are made in an overexaggerated fashion. So, when Banjo transforms his robot, he always tells its Humongous Mecha complete name:
    Banjo: This is the Invincible Robot Daitarn-3!

Other Anime
  • The characters of Kill la Kill announce the name and/or rank of their uniform every time they transform.
    Ryuko: Life Fiber synchronize! Godrobe SENKETSU!
    Ira: Three-Star Goku Uniform! SHACKLE REGALIA!
  • Devilman: Only anime example. Akira Fudo always shouted "Devilman!" when he transformed into his diabolical, superpowerful side.
  • In the Pokémon anime, the first aspect of an evolution a Pokémon tries out is generally its voice. Pokémon cries being what they are...
    • In the Pokémon games, you get the cry directly after an evolution as well, but there, the cries consists of roars and similar things.
  • Digimon: Whenever any of the Mons change form, they say "[Old form] digivolve to... [New form]!", or in the Japanese original, "[Old form], evolve! [New form]!" That and Calling Your Attacks are done 99.9% of the time, but omitted just often enough that it's not certain it's 100% necessary.
  • Bleach: A zanpakutou releases into shikai as a result of the shinigami calling out a release activation phrase that ends with the announcement of the zanpakutou's true name, at which point the zanpakutou transforms into its true form.
    • When a zanpakutou releases into bankai, the shinigami simply announces "Bankai" and then enters the Transformation Sequence. Once the transformation has ended, the shinigami concludes with the zanpakutou's new name which sums up the nature their weapon (and any changes that have occurred to the shinigami's own appearance) has revealed as a result of entering bankai. Shinigami who have achieved bankai are also able to activate their shikai silently (but rarely do). With bankai, silent activation seems to be impossible, but announcing the name of the transformed zanpakutou is entirely optional.
    • Arrancar have their own zanpakutou and releases, which operate in the same manner as a shinigami's shikai. Despite their zanpakutou not being empathic weapons like those of shinigami.
  • Mega Man NT Warrior gave this to Megaman for Style Changes and Soul Unisons.
  • Used as an affirmation of identity in Solty Rei when Eirene keeps calling Solty by her original name of Dike: "MY NAME IS SOLTY REVANT!!!" *Full-strength Power Fist*.

Comic Books
  • In the first issue of Blue Beetle (New 52), when Jaime transforms into Blue Beetle for the first time, he involuntarily shouts "Khaji-Da!". Khaji-Da is the real name of the Scarab armor bonded to him.

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Western Animation
  • "By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!"
  • As of Alien Force, Ben 10 has started applying this to his transformations.
    • Kinda cool, at first, that he's taken the time to give names to every one of them. But later on, when he's trying to do things like sneak out of his house from his parents, you wonder if he really has to yell them out every single time.
      • As of the episode "Hero Time", we learn that he doesn't. When his Berserk Button is pressed by Captain Nemesis kidnapping his girlfriend, he transforms into Humongousaur, and then into Ultimate Humongousaur, and doesn't say anything. Also note that earlier on, he had mocked a rival for trying to imitate him on this account, calling the practice stupid. He might not be doing it consciously.
      • Except that, now that the Omnitrix/Ultimatrix has reverted to "sometimes it turns Ben into the wrong alien" mode, he yells out the wrong name and then corrects himself. Which was also lampshaded in that same episode.
    • Humorously lampshaded in the Ultimate Alien episode "Prisoner 775 is Missing", in a part where Ben turns into Wildmutt; Gwen calls out the name in a phony "Ben" voice because Ben can't speak in that form. Cue shocked looks from Wildmutt!Ben and Kevin.
      Gwen: Well, he can't talk! Somebody had to do it.
    • Word of God stated numerous times that the reason why they have Ben do this is so the younger fans will know the names of all the alien transformations.
      • To be fair, Ben has far too many forms for the casual viewer to be aware of, and even regular views will forget some.
  • The Venture Bros.: The result of two guys watching too much of this: Mecha Shiva, Mecha Shiva, Mecha Shiva!
  • Darkwolf lets off an epic one of these in Fire and Ice while holding off Mooks.
  • He-Man: "I have the power!"
  • She-Ra: "I am She-Ra!"
  • The entire Rivera family in El Tigre calls out their hero or villain name upon transforming from their civilian identities:
    • El Tigre! White Pantera! Puma Loco! Plata Peligrosa!
  • Powdered! Toast! MAN!
  • Dino Squad'': Go Dino!
  • In contrast to the above, most western made Transformers series avert this.
  • In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas", after collecting Super Leaves and transforming into their raccoon forms during an encounter with the Angry Sun, Mario and Luigi exclaim, "Super Mario Bros..!" That was the only time they did this in the series.

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