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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.

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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.

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    Anime 
  • Pokémon:
    • Ash Ketchum and his friends introduce themselves to someone new in almost every episode. It makes sense as they're usually Walking the Earth and rarely come across anyone who already knows who they are.
    • 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!"

    Comic Strips 
  • 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.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Star Wars: "My name is C-3P0, Human-Cyborg Relations (and this is my counterpart R2-D2)."
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    Live-Action TV 

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

    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 *Guitar riff* "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 JAMES, THE BAD ASS BILLY GUNN, THE NEW! AGE! OUTLAWS!"
  • The New Day has their introduction screamed by Big E.:
    "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW <city>! DON'T YOU DARE BE SOUR! CLAP FOR YOUR LONGEST REIGNING <time>-TIME CHAMPS AND FEEL THE POWER!"note 

    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!"
  • The Fairly OddParents! has Doug Dimmadome ("owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome").
  • In Our Cartoon President, Ted Cruz always yells his name whenever he shows up.
  • 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 Approved This Message."


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