Transformation Name Announcement
aka: I Am Hero Hear Me Roar
Ben: It strikes fear into my enemies.
: ...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
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!
and In the Name of the Moon
. May be part of Transformation Sequence
and/or Super Mode
. In some cases, comes with a side of Hot Blood
Magical Girl Anime
- The ur-magical girl example, from the original transforming Magical Girl: "Ai no senshi, Cutey Honey sa!"
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha's machines announce their own mode changes, such as "Barrier Jacket: Aggressor Mode."
- Though the Transformation Sequence itself goes without it. Mode changes are only announced when already in battle gear.
- Every Pretty Cure team does this, individually and in groups.
- The Powerpuff Girls Z. "Hyper Blossom!", etc.
- Akazukin Chacha has "Let Love, Courage and Hope — Magical Princess, Holy Up!". As an aside, the name of Chacha's Magical Girl Warrior form is Magical Princess, not Holy Up as a lot of people seem to think.
- Ojamajo Doremi has "Pretty Witch [insert name]-chi!".
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch: "[insert name] Pearl Voice!" Well, in the manga, at least. The anime changed it so the phrase was just for transforming, and they just used their regular names.
- Sailor Moon's Sailor Jupiter does it the first time she transforms.
- The manga version of Princess Tutu has the titular magical girl stating her name after every transformation—"I am Princess Tutu! I dance to guide your heart!" In the anime, she generally doesn't do this.
- Nurse Angel Ririka SOS ends the heroine's transformation sequence with this: "Nurse Angel! Messenger from heaven!"
- 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*.
- 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.
- Nearly every Super Sentai series makes regular use of a "roll call" where the heroes shout first their names, then the name of the team in unison. Later shows expanded this into a full In the Name of the Moon, but their names are still part of it. Some older shows also had the heroes simply say their names as their Activation Phrase.
- It's also a Super Sentai tradition for the heroes to announce the names of their mecha, both while summoning/combining it and right after it's been summoned/combined, often with a couple of words added to it. A few recent examples:
- Power Rangers doesn't have them say the same thing every time unless they're sticking very close to Sentai, but the formation of a Megazord calls for something, even if it's just "Power up!" or "Let's do it!" Often, it's the name of the formation (especially in series with numerous formations, in which case the Rangers have to help the audience keep it straight. "Predazord: Blue Moon!" "Isis Megazord: Predator Mode!")
- Though they have been known to mess this up: The second season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers kept referring to Thunder Megazord as Mega Thunderzord.
- And they don't just do this for their mecha. In about half of the seasons, the team has a habit of doing individual Transformation Name Announcements and ending with a group In the Name of the Moon (and the other half still have at least one or two roll calls, even without the group ending).
- Wild Force embodies this trope with its call: "Guardians of the Earth, UNITED WE ROAR! Power Rangers Wild Force!"
- Of course, in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the Rangers would often pose beneath the Power Coin symbols after morphing and yell "Power Rangers!" Back when the original Rangers were the only Rangers, there was no need to differentiate.
- Ninja Storm and Dino Thunder didn't have one for the whole teams, but it did have each Ranger yelling "Power of *element here!*" or "*Dinosaur here* Power!" after the morph stock footage ended. This is the sort of bit of Ranger ceremony that's different from season to season - which shouted phrases are for coolness' sake and which are necessary to activate gear, and whether the just-because yells come before or while posing after.
- "I am the child of the sun, Kamen Rider Black RX!"
- In Kamen Rider Den-O, Kamen Rider Decade,and every series after, the Transformation Trinkets announce the names of the forms the Riders take. In Kamen Rider Double, this even goes for the Monsters of the Week. In Kamen Rider OOO it's only for single color combos.
- In Zoboomafoo, Zoboo changes from normal lemur form to fully talking puppet form by eating a snack from the snack machine. To better describe this process, he eats the snack, belches, then spins around shouting "Zoboomafooooooooooo!!!!!" and he can talk from there.
- In .hack//G.U., Haseo shouts, "SKEITH!" when releasing his Avatar. Ditto Kuhn and Pi.
- Megaman Battle Network 5: Twin Leaders for the Nintendo DS has Megaman doing this with Soul Unisons, similar to the anime.
- And Star Force 2, which introduced voice acting to that series, has Subaru invoking the names for all of his Tribe Ons, Double Tribes and yeah, Tribe King (combining all three possible forms). For the alternative Burai forms, he says instead, "I'm... the only one I can trust."
- "I AM TUROK!"
- Though Super Robot Wars includes practically every Humongous Mecha example above, the Original Generation series does surprisingly little of this despite the Loads and Loads of Characters. It's all good, though, since the one character who does this often is Fighter Roar from Banpresto's Great Battle series. It's even part of his name.
- Sanger also gets an epic yet delayed one that comes with its own title card when Dygenguard finally becomes combat-ready. It was absurd enough that the villain even broke the fourth wall to call him out on it (in the English version).
- Which was put back in the Japanese remake and the anime.
- "I am Crimean Royal Knight, Fifth Platoon Captain Kieran! See me and tremble!"