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It's fairly common in TV series to title an episode that introduces a new recurring or main character with Enter (character's name) or Enter the (attribute/title/race of the new character). This has its roots as a stage direction, so it is on the minds of writers more than viewers.

In anime, this can instead be "sono na wa", "His Name Is", or more frequently "toujou". (No, not that His Name Is....) Related to I, Noun.


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  • The official English title for Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 16 is "Enter the Little Inventor". The "little inventor" in question is Weslie, who has to build an invention for his schoolwork in that episode.

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  • Played for laughs in Cardfight!! Vanguard: "Enter the Ninja Fighter", followed by "Ninja Fighter Withdraws".
  • Digimon dub examples: episodes 1.40, "Enter the Dark Masters" and 2.1, "Enter Flamedramon."
  • Inuyasha:
    • "Enter Shippo, Plus the Amazing Thunder Brothers".
    • "Enter Sango, the Demon Exterminator"
  • Magi: Labyrinth of Magic uses this in episode titles quite a bit, at least at first.
  • Medabots: "Enter Rintaro".
  • The first disc of the Naruto dub-only DVD series is called "Enter: Naruto Uzumaki".
  • Paranoia Agent: In English, the title of episode 1 is "Enter Lil' Slugger". This is an approximation of the Japanese title, "Shōnen Batto Sanjō!" or "Shounen Bat Appears!"
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • Japan has used "Enter Champion Shirona" (Cynthia) and "Enter Contest Master Mikuri" (Wallace). In between those episodes, the episode for Ash's first confrontation with the region's villainous team was called "Their Name is Team Galaxy" in Japan while the dub went with "Enter Galactic".
    • Suffice to say, the Japanese titles do this a lot. During the show's long history, this format has also been used for the first appearances of the Squirtle Squad, Bruno, Drake's Dragonite, Gligarman, Morty, Dr. Abby, The Phantom Masked Coordinator, Savannah, the other Drake, Fantina, and Jun.
    • Also, the Pokémon the Series: Black & White episode that introduces Iris is called "Enter Iris and Axew" in the dub.
  • Ranma ˝ has a few of those: "Enter Mousse! The Fist of the White Swan", "Enter Ryōga! The Eternal 'Lost Boy'", "Enter Kunō, the Night-Prowling Knight" and "Enter Gosunkugi, the New Rival!?", as well as "Enter Shampoo, the Gung-Ho Girl!"

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  • A chapter of the English translation of The Master and Margarita is called "Enter the Hero," because it's nowhere near the first chapter of the book.
  • A Sherlock Holmes pastiche about his brother Mycroft is called Enter the Lion.
  • Fran Drescher's autobiography spoofs the trope. It's called Enter Whining.
  • A chapter of Moby-Dick: "Enter Ahab; to him, Stubb".
  • Whateley Universe: Chaka's origin story, "Enter the Chaka!"

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  • "Enter Sandman" by Metallica. Several sports teams at various levels use the song as entrance music, but the imagery of the eponymous figure is probably most invoked by the the New York Yankees's PA system blaring this song whenever Mariano Rivera (arguably the best closernote  of all time) literally enters the game from the bullpen.
  • Album title Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)

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  • ECW wrestler The Sandman always made his entrance to Metallica's "Enter Sandman".

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Examples of "His Name Is":

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  • Code Geass episode 4, which features the debut of Zero, is called "His Name Is Zero". Interestingly, if you look at the first five episode titles, they all introduce the main characters in a similar way — "The Day a New Demon Was Born" (Lelouch, getting his geass); "The White Knight Awakens" (Suzaku, getting the Lancelot); "The False Classmate" (Kallen); "His Name is Zero"; and "The Princess and the Witch" (Euphemia and C.C.). From this, it seems as if they're introducing Zero as a separate character. He ends up becoming a symbol that goes beyond who's behind the mask, but it's particularly poignant if you consider the ending of the series.
  • Dragon Ball Z had "His Name is Cell" right after the standard "Who is this new threat" at the end of the previous episode.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist (2003): Scar's last episode. Its title is "His Name is Unknown".
  • GaoGaiGar did it repeatedly. First they had "His Name Is ChoRyuJin", then later "His name is GekiRyuJin".
  • Ginga Densetsu Weed had "His Name Is Weed" as its first episode.
  • The episode/chapter in which the Boss is finally fully unveiled in Jojos Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is titled "His Name Is Diavolo". This title also calls back to an earlier chapter that shed light on his backstory, which was titled "My Name Is Doppio".
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing subverted this translation pattern: Sono na wa Epyon became the ominously prophetic-sounding And Its Name Is Epyon in the English dub.
  • The 17th chapter of Negima! Magister Negi Magi is titled "Her Name is Evangeline".