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13 Great Movie Character Intros & Entrances

Memorable Meeting of Movie Character

By Hanso     May 04, 2010

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First impressions are everything and there is no better way to make one than with a great entrance. Today we take a look at some movie characters that made sure their intros and entrances would make them simply unforgettable.

13. Mini-Me

“Send in the clone!” And with those words, Number 2 starts telling Dr. Evil how they made a clone exactly like him in every way, a huge shadow pops up behind the door but when it opens the clone is a midget 1/8 of Dr. Evil’s size. Dubbed Mini-Me he comes equipped with his own cat, Mini-Mr. Biggelsworth. Pure comedic gold.

12. Dracula

We have met Dracula on screen many, many times but for purposes of this article we going with one of his old school entrances. Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, candle in hand, walks down the stairs of his castle, to greet Mr. Reinfeld and tell him “I’m Dracula.” “I bid you welcome.” Say what you will about the man but that Dracula was a classy cat.

11. King Kong

King Kong has been remade more times than Heidi Montag. All of his intros are pretty much the same but again we are going old school. Ann Darrow was tied up and ready to be sacrificed to the great Kong, all we could hear were trees knocking over and large thuds approaching the beauty. Then as the final tree is knocked over, the biggest gorilla anyone had ever seen steps into the light. Cut to a close up to Kong’s ugly face followed by Ann letting out a scream like she just found a pube on the soap bar.

10. Dr. Frank N Furter

Dr. Frank N Furter has the distinction of being the only transvestite on the list and the he knew how to make an entrance. He-she shows up cloaked in a black cape, starts singing while making his way to the throne-like seat. When he gets there, he turns around, drops the cloak to reveal he is wearing black lingerie as he sings, “I’m just a sweet transvestite, from Transsexual, Transylvania.”

9. Jessica Rabbit

Beautiful girls all over the world, you could be chasing but your time would be wasting because they got nothing on... Jessica Rabbit! Straight up, that animated lady is pure hotness and seeing her on screen for the first time may be the only time in your entire life where you wished to be a rabbit. This is how Mrs. Rabbit’s entrance went down: lights go down, spotlight hits the stage, a leg pops out from behind the curtain for a tease and then out comes the gorgeous red head to give the audience a little song and a funny feeling in their pants.

8. Willy Wonka

In Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory we heard of Wonka for about 20 or 30 minutes without actually seeing him and when he finally makes his entrance, Wonka is a dude limping his way to the front of his chocolate factory. That’s what we had been waiting for? Not quite, see right when Wonka gets to the gate he performs a somersault; he’s not a limp after all! Oh, Wonka, you fiendish trickster you.

7. Jaws

An hour into Spielberg's classic, the audience had seen people swim, scream and die from the Great White Shark but still no clear view of him.  Then it happened, Brody and the gang take their little boat to hunt the thing, Brody starts dropping shark bait into the ocean and suddenly out of nowhere jumps out a huge mean looking shark.  Brody scared shitless, tells Quint what the audience already knew, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”. 

6. Jack Sparrow

We know something isn’t quite right with Captain Jack Sparrow when he shows up for the first time. Sparrow stands on the top of his ship overlooking the ocean’s horizon, all seems well until the camera pulls the shot back to reveal the ship is sinking, but the time it takes for it to sink is just enough for Sparrow to step on the dock and continue his pirate ways.

5. The Wizard of Oz

Throughout the whole movie we’ve seen Dorothy’s quest to reach the fabled wizard so she could get back home. Once she gets to him everyone is expecting a bad ass, we’re talking giant floating green head amongst smoke intimidating. At first that’s what we got and it would’ve remained that way if good old Toto, hadn’t exposed that the old man behind the curtain was actually the wizard. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, indeed.

4. The Joker

After being treated to a heist where the Joker’s clown masked goons pick each other off, we are left with a single goon standing. Before the goon exits the bank, he answers the bank manger’s question by replying, “I believe what doesn’t kill you” then takes off the mask to reveal he’s actually The Joker, now with The Crow-like make up and a nasty scar as the permanent grin, and says “simply makes you stranger.” This reveal was made even better by the fact we got to witness it in glorious Imax.

3. Honey Ryder

Almost 50 years later you probably remember absolutely nothing about Dr. No or any other James Bond film for that matter, but even money says you remember the first time you met Honey Ryder. How can anyone forget Ursula Anders popping up from the ocean looking fine as hell in her white bikini? This intro was so iconic that Bond films played homage to it with Halle Berry and Daniel Craig.

2. Hannibal Lecter

Ok, so this is by no means a grand entrance but the way it played out was still memorable. First you had the lead up of FBI trainee, Clarice Sterling, walking down the hall of the insane asylum to meet Dr. Hannibal Lecter, which was creepy as hell. Then we get Lecter, hair combed back, standing at attention like he was soldier and starts talking about how he once ate a census taker’s liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. FYI, if fava beans are unavailable for your liver dish, lima beans are a great substitute.

1. Darth Vader

Awesome Star Wars moment: The rebel ship’s door gets blasted; a little shootout takes place and then in walks Darth Vader, “the blackest brother in the galaxy, Nubian god!” Vader strikes a pose and keeps walking. The Sith lord gets the number one spot because the rolls to the tune of his own theme song, every time he shows up “The Imperial March” starts playing.


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Chopsaki 5/4/2010 12:37:23 AM

I would of stopped at 10, 13 isn't a very lucky number though considering Mini Me is on this list it's more like 12 and a half jk. It's interesting that alot of the characters on this list are villians. I think a great intro is more crucial for villians as there screen time can be limited as we spend most of our time following the hero on their journey. I always thought our intro to The Bride from Kill Bill who was beaten nearly to death then shot in the head was an interesting starting point to be sure. I also loved Sean Connerys King Arthur intro in FIrst Knight, a pretty great score accopanied it as well.

DayDrumFour 5/4/2010 12:47:41 AM

The T-Rex's intro in Jurassic Park ...boom... rear view mirror shot.... boom...

"Maybe it's the power trying to cut back on." that whole scene was killer.

Betenoire 5/4/2010 1:57:05 AM

If you are going to go monsters, how about the first time we finally see an alien in Aliens.

Then there is Arnold's enterence in T2, Batman's quiet drop behind the muggers in the 89 film, Rufus the Apostle dropping in in Dogma, Blade walking into the nightclub in the first film and Brando in Apocalypse Now is his subdued and creepy into.

Some how I have only missed two of the films on the list.

egoist 5/4/2010 2:10:14 AM

This list could go on and on, but Ahnuld is def the most glaring omission. Cameron Diaz in the Mask and Selma Hayek in From Dusk Til Dawn sssmooookin!

SelectiveRealism 5/4/2010 2:29:58 AM

I'm going to add Optimus Prime's transformation and introduction to Sam in Transformers. 

Darkknight2280 5/4/2010 4:19:39 AM

Yeah #1 was RIGHT ON!!!Vader always makes and awesome entrance!

Darkknight2280 5/4/2010 4:20:14 AM


Flint521466 5/4/2010 5:20:33 AM

Jack's "Joker" entrance in Burton's Batman was just as memoable, if not more so, than Heath's. IMO

marcd30319 5/4/2010 5:21:37 AM

14.  Doc Savage

An American flag fluttering above the horizon over the whinning buz of a motorized sled and the blowing cold wind.  A solitary figure riding the sled on a barren Arctic landscape stops before a huge igloo-like structure.  The sled's motor is turned and see finally meet the tall, stalward rider - Ron Ely.  The narrator intones:  "This is Doc Savage ... The Man of Bronze!"


Admittedly, the mood and mojo is undermined by the Doc Savage March with its highly anachronistic John Phillip Sousa music by Frank de Vol and Don Black, but it is still an effective intro.


dnbritt 5/4/2010 5:22:15 AM

Not to nitpick here, because Vader's entrance is awesome, but the Imperial March doesn't even appear in A New Hope.  Man, I'm a geek.

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