Created By: BelieveItOrNotAugust 30, 2010 Last Edited By: BelieveItOrNotAugust 30, 2010
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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.


Examples:

Anime/Manga

Film
  • 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 Pythons 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.

Live Action TV
  • 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.

Theater
  • Evita: Appropriately used to mirror Real Life, one of the songs is even entitled "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada".

Western Animation
  • 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".

Video Games
  • Tropico 3: This is an ability your dictator character can perform. It can improve morale.

Real Life
  • 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.

Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • August 27, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    • The King in The Wizard Of ID often addresses his subjects from the balcony. One of them often shouts a snarky comment back at him.
    • Aladdin: the Sultan 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 embarrasment.
  • August 27, 2010
    Sweet Madness
    • In The Princess Bride, Prince Humperdink announces Buttercup as his bride-to-be from a balcony.
  • August 27, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • August 27, 2010
    AlexRandom
    Peron and Evita are a famous Real Life example, using the balcony of the Pink House (Argentina's House of Government). I don't know if it is used in the musical too.

    Also, Mr. Burns does it a couple of times in The Simpsons, such as when he gives the award to the Inanimate Carbon Rod in "Deep Space Homer".
  • August 28, 2010
    Fanra
    The Pope makes speeches From The Balcony.
  • August 28, 2010
    Geargrinder
    Balcony Speech or something along the lines? 'From' the balcony makes me think of jumping off it as well. Maybe it's just me but still.
  • August 28, 2010
    dotchan
    Balconies are also often used for Putting On The Reich, as in Quo Vadis.
  • August 28, 2010
    BelieveItOrNot
    I was thinking something along the lines of Appeal To The Masses, but that doesn't include the key aspect of this trope which is having a balcony or overhang of some kind that the person is standing on over the people below.
  • August 28, 2010
    Duncan
    • It is used in The Musical Evita, one of the songs is even entitled "On the Balcony of the Casa Rosada".
    • Moon Over Parador
    • The Beautician and the Beast (Used as a parody of Evita)
  • August 28, 2010
    TheJackal
    Pontious Pilate does this in Monty Pythons Life Of Brian.
  • August 28, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Most recently, in The Expendables with General Garza speaking to his soldiers.
  • August 28, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
  • August 29, 2010
    Jordan
    General Morcerf does this in Gankutsuou during a military coup; definitely the Putting On The Reich version
  • August 29, 2010
    Almafeta
    The classic Three Stooges short You Natzy Spy! satirizes Hitler's and Mussolini's use of it.
  • August 29, 2010
    Thormy
    • Tropico3 has this as an ability your dictator character can perform. It can improve morale.
  • August 30, 2010
    bbofun
    In a Dream Sequence on Gilligans Island, Gilligan was a dictator of a Banana Republic. He addressed his people like this promising them "this, that, and the other thing!' They roared their approval.
  • August 30, 2010
    Nate The Great
    "From The Balcony" doesn't seem precise enough. Balcony Speech To The Masses?
  • August 30, 2010
    BelieveItOrNot
    Talk about word overload! I like the title, but it seems a little long. How about just Balcony Speech? The "to the masses" isn;t actually required and could actually be absent if this were Played For Laughs.
  • August 30, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In the Monty Python Hitler scene (where Hitler is hiding out as Mr. Hilter) he's running in the North Minehead by-election for the National Bocialist party, and stands on a balcony addressing a cast of one man & 3 children.
  • August 30, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Almost sure the Woody Allen film Bananas has such a scene.

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