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Proposed By:
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr on Oct 8th 2018 at 4:35:39 PM
Last Edited By:
Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr on Oct 13th 2018 at 5:54:05 PM
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Some characters are famous for always introducing who they are, whether it's a stock introduction whenever they meet someone new, or an unnecessary introduction to people they're already familiar with. These introductions may be done so often that they become a Catchphrase.

This trope can be played one of two ways:

  • A person always meets a lot of new and different people. It could be part of their line of work, or they're just very friendly and outgoing. Therefore, they would need to introduce themselves often, and become known for that.

  • A person is famous and well-known, or at the very least is known to everybody in the room, but that doesn't stop them from needing to introduce themselves every time they appear. Maybe it's because they're insecure, or maybe they have a huge ego. Either way, they subject others to unnecessary introductions.

This trope could also apply to people who are forgotten by everyone, due to a lack of personality or, in some genres, being the victim of a curse. Therefore, they need to constantly tell people who they are because no one remembers them.


Examples

Anime

  • Pokémon: The Team Rocket motto, which used to be repeated by the trio in every appearance, included their names at the end.
    "Prepare for trouble, and make it double. To protect the world from devastation, to unite all peoples within our nation, to denounce the evils of truth and love, to extend our reach from the stars above. Jesse! James! Team Rocket blast off at the speed of light! Surrender now, or prepare to fight! Meowth, that's right!"

Films - Live-Action

  • The phrase "The name's Bond... James Bond", uttered at least once per film as the character is constantly having to introduce himself, has become one of the most iconic parts of the franchise, is perhaps the phrase most associated with Bond himself, and has been quoted and parodied too many times to count. It even resulted in its own trope: The Name Is Bond, James Bond.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy takes this Up to Eleven with Groot. The only thing he ever says is "I am Groot." until he sacrifices himself to save the others when he says "We are Groot." However, he says it with different inflections and tones so it's possible to get a vague idea of what he's trying to say.
  • Star Wars: "My name is C-3P0, Human-Cyborg Relations (and this is my counterpart R2-D2)."

Live-Action TV

  • Harriet Jones as a Running Gag in Doctor Who, even after she becomes Prime Minister.
  • The Golden Girls: Dorothy's ex-husband Stan always says "Hi, it's me, Stan" whenever he drops in on the girls, despite all of them (especially Dorothy) knowing who he is.
  • Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: Claire Sawyer, "Future Lawyer", always introduces herself in this manner. Her friends always respond with "Claire, we've known you since pre-K".
  • Newhart: Larry would always introduce himself and his two brothers Darryl and Darryl whenever they came by the Stratford Inn.
  • Saturday Night Live: In the "Brian Fellows' Safari Planet" sketches, Brian Fellows (played by Tracy Morgan) would always say "I'm Brian Fellows!" after his guests introduced themselves.
  • During his Sesame Street days, it was typical to hear, "Hi ho! Kermit the Frog here."
  • Shake It Up!: Gunther and Tinka always feel the need to loudly introduce their presence, despite everyone knowing them and having been in their class since first grade.

Music

  • The chorus of Eminem's "My Name Is" consists of him repeating that his name is Slim Shady.

Newspaper Comics

  • While Johnny Hart drew the newspaper strip B.C., an occasional character was the apteryx, who always pointedly introduced himself thusly: "Hi, I'm an apteryx, a large flightless bird with hairy feathers." This intro has faded from use once Johnny's grandson, Mason Mastroianni, took the reins of the syndicated strip.

Professional Wrestling

  • Enzo Amore during his WWE tenure, introducing himself, Big Cass, and Carmella:
    "My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G and a bonafide stud! And you can't teach that! And this right here?! This is Big Cass, and he's seven foot tall! And you can't teach that! And this right here?! This is Carmella, and she's hot as hell! And you can't teach that! Bada-boom! Realest guy/guys in the room! How you doin'..?!"
  • Elias (formerly Elias Samson) always introduces himself with "Hello, I am Elias, and I have one question for all of you: WHO WANTS TO WALK WITH ELIAS?"
  • Ric Flair, the "limousine-ridin', jet-flyin', kiss-stealin', wheelin'-dealin' son of a gun".
  • Zack Gibson always starts his promos with "I am Zack Gibson, Liverpool's number one! Soooooon to be recognized as <promotion>'s number one! Soooooon to be recognized as UK's number one! Sooooooon to be recognized as the world's number one!"
  • Paul Heyman always introduces himself with "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman".
  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson always starts his promos with "Finally, The Rock has come back to <city>!". Less frequently, he introduces himself as "The Great One, the most electrifying man in sports entertainment" and "the jabroni-beatin', pie-eatin', Hell-raisin'/Eyebrow-raisin', trailblazin', (...) people's champion"
  • John Laurinaitis, during his time as Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live general manager, always introduced himself as "Executive Vice-President of Talent Relations and General Manager of Raw and Smackdown".
  • John Morrison, during his tenure in WWE as a Jim Morrison expy: "Hello/Hi, I'm John Morrison, and <insert rambling here>".
  • The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg), during their time with D-Generation X, would introduce themselves with this paragraph:
    "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, D-Generation X is proud to present the current/future and (previous reigns)-time TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD... THE ROAD DOGG JESSE JAMMES, THE BAD ASS BILLY GUNN, THE NEW! AGE! OUTLAWS!"

Video Games

  • In Kingdom Hearts, Sora always introduces himself, Donald and Goofy when meeting people, in that order whenever they meet someone new.
  • In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Daisy says "Hi I'm Daisy" every time you swap her to the back of your kart, meaning she will likely use this line multiple times a race.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Played straight with Rourke, who always introduces himself by name and rank each time he issues new orders to his subordinates, via comlink. Every message begins with: "This is Commander Rourke..."

Web Video

  • During his limited tenure on Campaign One of Critical Role, Tiberius Stormwind would always introduce himself with "(Greetings and salutations!) I am Tiberius Stormwind from Draconia!"
  • The Nostalgia Critic: The opening line of nearly every video is "Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to."
  • In Sword Art Online Abridged, Klein apparently has introduced himself so often to people he meets that his guild believe the phrase "His name is Klein!" is how he greets people. He only does this because his account name is BallsDeep69, an account he made to mess around and learn the mechanics of the game before he made his main.

Western Animation

  • Darkwing Duck would always introduce himself beginning with "I am the terror that flaps in the night!" followed by another chilling, yet humorous, introduction that would change each time, then ending with "I am Darkwing Duck!"
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Boris usually says "Allow me to introduce myself" when appearing before our heroes in disguise.
  • In The Simpsons, Troy McClure always introduces himself with "Hi! I'm Troy McClure," followed by a list of movies people might remember him from.
  • TaleSpin: Colonel Spigot of Thembria would always introduce himself upon arrival, followed by "Perhaps you've heard of me?"

Real Life

  • In the United States, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 required that political ads (which play repeatedly during the campaign season) contained a message from the candidate along the lines of "I'm <insert candidate name> and I approve this message."

Feedback: 26 replies

Oct 8th 2018 at 4:45:37 PM

  • Shake It Up: Gunther and Tinka always feel the need to loudly introduce their presence, despite everyone knowing them and having been in their class since first grade.

  • Neds Declassified School Survival Guide: Claire Sawyer, "Future Lawyer", always introduces herself in this manner. Her friends always respond with "Claire, we've known you since pre-K".

These introductions may be a Catchphrase.

Oct 8th 2018 at 7:33:29 PM

It looks more like "Always Introduces Themselves" rather than "Always Needs Introduction", because the latter might count title cards (i.e meta, Out Of Universe way of introducing) appearing each time the character's on screen.

Oct 9th 2018 at 5:47:30 AM

Professional Wrestling examples:

  • Paul Heyman always introduces himself with "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman".
  • John Laurinaitis, during his time as Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live general manager, always introduced himself as "Executive Vice-President of Talent Relations and General Manager of Raw and Smackdown".

Oct 9th 2018 at 8:11:28 PM

Rocky And Bullwinkle: Boris usually says "Allow me to introduce myself" when appearing before our heroes in disguise.

Oct 9th 2018 at 8:23:57 PM

Comic Strips

  • While Johnny Hart drew the newspaper strip BC, an occasional character was the apteryx, who always pointedly introduced himself thusly: "Hi, I'm an apteryx, a large flightless bird with hairy feathers." This intro has faded from use once Johnny's grandson, Mason Mastroianni, took the reins of the syndicated strip.

Oct 9th 2018 at 11:23:36 PM

Star Wars: "My name is C-3P0, Human-Cyborg Relations (and this is my counterpart R2-D2)"

Oct 10th 2018 at 12:14:38 AM

  • In Mario Kart Double Dash, Daisy says "Hi I'm Daisy" every time you swap her to the back of your kart, meaning she will likely use this line multiple times a race.

Oct 10th 2018 at 1:37:25 AM

Harriet Jones as a Running Gag in Doctor Who, even after she becomes Prime Minister.

Oct 10th 2018 at 5:12:45 PM

@4tell0life4 Thanks for the suggestion. I was trying to go for the opposite of the phrase "needs no introduction" when I titled the trope. I also thought characters always introducing themselves was separate from what I was suggesting, because it implied they were just using a stock introduction (such as the C-3P0 example mentioned above) with people who didn't know who they were. Maybe the laconic could be rewritten as "People who always introduce themselves unnecessarily"? Or the trope can be rewritten to include everybody who introduces themselves repeatedly?

Oct 10th 2018 at 6:13:27 PM

^ I'd go with the latter

Oct 11th 2018 at 4:37:31 AM

Another Professional Wrestling example (there are many wrestlers/characters who can fit here, I'll add as I remember them):

  • Zack Gibson always starts his promos with "I am Zack Gibson, Liverpool's number one! Soooooon to be recognized as <promotion>'s number one! Soooooon to be recognized as UK's number one! Sooooooon to be recognized as the world's number one!"

Oct 11th 2018 at 7:08:31 AM

No James Bond??

  • The phrase "The name's Bond... James Bond", uttered at least once per film as the character is constantly having to introduce himself, has become one of the most iconic parts of the franchise, is perhaps the phrase most associated with Bond himself, and has been quoted and parodied too many times to count.

Also I agree that expanding the trope to include any instance of repetitive introduction is better because you'll be able to get far more examples this way. You can just mention that this trope can be played two ways: one for drama where the introduction is an iconic phrase, and the other for comedy where a character is introducing themselves to people who already know them.

Oct 11th 2018 at 4:56:05 PM

Thanks for the advice, all. I re-edited the trope.

Oct 11th 2018 at 6:39:08 PM

Here's another example of Professional Wrestling, a genre very fond of the trope:

Does this other example of Professional Wrestling count?

  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson always starts his promos with "Finally, The Rock has come back to <city>!". Less frequently, he introduces himself as "The Great One, the most electrifying man in sports entertainment" and "the jabroni-beatin', pie-eatin', Hell-raisin'/Eyebrow-raisin', trailblazin', (...) people's champion"

Oct 11th 2018 at 6:54:24 PM

Western Animation

  • In The Simpsons, Troy McClure always introduces himself with "Hi! I'm Troy McClure," followed by a list of movies people might remember him from.

Oct 11th 2018 at 8:24:16 PM

Live Action TV

  • During his Sesame Street days, it was typical to hear, "Hi ho! Kermit the frog here."

Oct 12th 2018 at 9:28:59 AM

Film

  • Guardians Of The Galaxy takes this Up To Eleven with Groot. The only thing he ever says is "I am Groot." until he sacrifices himself to save the others when he says "We are Groot." However, he says it with different inflections and tones so it's possible to get a vague idea of what he's trying to say.

Oct 12th 2018 at 9:47:15 AM

Web Video

  • In Sword Art Online Abridged, Klein apparently has introduced himself so often to people he meets that his guild believe the phrase "His name is Klein!" is how he greets people. He only does this because his account name is BallsDeep69, an account he made to mess around and learn the mechanics of the game before he made his main.

Oct 12th 2018 at 10:40:54 AM

Video Games

In Kingdom Hearts, Sora always introduces himself, Donald and Goofy when meeting people, in that order whenever they meet someone new.

Oct 13th 2018 at 5:36:31 AM

And even more, you guess... Pro Wrestling!

  • The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg), during their time with D Generation X, would introduce themselves with this paragraph:
    "Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, D-Generation X is proud to present the current/future and (previous reigns)-time TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD... THE ROAD DOGG JESSE JAMMES, THE BAD ASS BILLY GUNN, THE NEW! AGE! OUTLAWS!"
  • Enzo Amore during his WWE tenure, introducing himself, Big Cass, and Carmella:
    "My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G and a bonafide stud! And you can't teach that! And this right here?! This is Big Cass, and he's seven foot tall! And you can't teach that! And this right here?! This is Carmella, and she's hot as hell! And you can't teach that! Bada-boom! Realest guy/guys in the room! How you doin'..?!"
  • Ric Flair, the "limousine-ridin', jet-flyin', kiss-stealin', wheelin'-dealin' son of a gun".
  • Elias (formerly Elias Samson) always introduces himself with "Hello, I am Elias, and I have one question for all of you: WHO WANTS TO WALK WITH ELIAS?"

Oct 13th 2018 at 6:23:13 AM

Choosing a page quote is going to be difficult since every example could serve as one.

Oct 13th 2018 at 9:37:24 AM

Video Game

  • Shadow Of The Tomb Raider: Played straight with Rourke, who always introduces himself by name and rank each time he issues new orders to his subordinates, via comlink. Every message begings with: "This is Commander Rourke..."

Oct 13th 2018 at 12:04:45 PM

Web Video

  • During his limited tenure on Campaign One of Critical Role , Tiberius Stormwind would always introduce himself with "(Greetings and salutations!)I am Tiberius Stormwind from Draconia!"

Oct 13th 2018 at 12:28:57 PM

  • The Nostalgia Critic: The opening line of nearly every video is "Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to."

  • Pokemon: The Team Rocket motto, which used to be repeated by the trio in every appearance, included their names at the end.
    "Prepare for trouble, and make it double. To protect the world from devastation, to unite all peoples within our nation, to denounce the evils of truth and love, to extend our reach from the stars above. Jesse! James! Team Rocket blast off at the speed of light! Surrender now, or prepare to fight! Meowth, that's right!"

Oct 13th 2018 at 1:07:41 PM

  • Saturday Night Live: In the "Brian Fellows' Safari Planet" sketches Brian Fellows (played by Tracy Morgan) would always say "I'm Brian Fellows!" after his guests introduced themselves.

Oct 13th 2018 at 1:31:45 PM

The Name Is Bond James Bond has been copied and/or parodied enough to be its own trope. It's probably worth linking to in the James Bond example - in that context it's effectively a subtrope.

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