LAUNCHING TODAY UNLESS THERE ARE OBJECTIONS
Let's say you're a king or queen that has a special announcement for your loyal subjects to hear and rejoice upon...how do communicate it? Simple! You gather all your underlings into a large courtyard outside your castle walls while you stand in all your glory high above them relaying the goods news. This serves the purpose of communicating to hundreds of people at once, while simultaneously demonstrating your utter magnificence.
Fictional and actual
royal families, along with other people of significance, have been using this method for centuries to spread the word. Surprisingly, in the fictional world at least, the royalty is never at a loss for poor sods to fill the courtyard below, even if they are less-than-popular
. Of course, if that's the case, expect The Hero
and his crew to stage a very appropriate interruption of the events.
The message needn't be all that positive either. Perhaps the king wishes to appear sympathetic to the country's recent outbreak of The Plague
or maybe the almighty emperor wishes to fire up his troops
before going off to war. No matter the reason, it seems that leaders can't help but stick to the good, old castle balconies when it comes to the presentation.
Since it pertains primarily to royalty and nobility, this trope creeps up quite often in fantasy-related
material, but can be found anytime a leader has a castle, fortress, tower, or similarly large structure.
Compare Rousing Speech
Live Action TV
- Aladdin: The Sultan, when announcing the wedding of Jasmine and "Prince Ali". Al is then pushed out into the balcony and in front of the cheering crowd, for extra embarrassment.
- Bananas: Has such a scene.
- The Beautician and the Beast: Used as a parody of Evita
- The Expendables: General Garza, when speaking to his soldiers.
- The Lion King: While not a balcony in the strictest sense, Simba is presented to the entire animal kingdom in such a manner.
- Lord of the Rings: In the film version, Saruman makes such a speech to his army before they march for Helm's Deep.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian: Pontious Pilate does this.
- Moon Over Parador : Features an example of this.
- The Princess Bride: Prince Humperdink announces Buttercup as his bride-to-be from a balcony.
- Shrek: Lord Farquaad is a fan of this.
- The Wizard Of ID: The titular character often addresses his subjects from the balcony. One of them often shouts a snarky comment back at him.
- Monty Python: The Hitler scene, where Hitler is hiding out as Mr. Hilter, has the titular character running in the North Minehead by-election and addressing, from a balcony, a cast of one man & 3 children.
- Three Stooges: The classic short You Natzy Spy! satirizes Hitler's and Mussolini's use of it.
- Evita: Appropriately used to mirror Real Life, one of the songs is even entitled "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada".
- The Simpsons: Mr. Burns does it a couple of times, such as when he gives the award to the Inanimate Carbon Rod in "Deep Space Homer".
- Tropico 3: This is an ability your dictator character can perform. It can improve morale.
- Benito Mussolini: Did this quite a lot.
- Evita: Along with her husband, President Juan Perón of Argentina, she famously used the balcony of Argentina's House of Government (see picture).
- The Pope: Uses his papal balcony for special events and celebrations.