->''"And as 'Superman' came on the screen, I swear to God, if you listen carefully, it literally, the music speaks the word."''
-->-- '''Creator/RichardDonner''' (on the opening theme for ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'')

A type of MoodMotif that was traditionally used in medieval Europe to celebrate the arrival of [[RoyalBlood a royal person]]. The form usually involved trumpets played in a bombastic and stirring manner.

Today, it is still present in music as a form of celebrating something. A fanfare today also uses brass instruments, or the closest digital music equivalent, and if not bombastic, it is still meant to be stirring and uplifting.

A SisterTrope to VictoriousChorus. May often accompany a HellYesMoment or a MomentOfAwesome.

Compare OrchestralBombing, DramaticTimpani, DrumRollPlease, ErmineCapeEffect (having the same effect for royalty, but with clothes).

Contrast LosingHorns.



* In commercials for Imperial margarine, whenever someone ate something spread with the product, a fanfare would sound and a crown appeared on the person's head.
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb7sN7axblc theme song]] for Advertising/SegataSanshiro begins with a triumphant fanfare.

* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW8JKCouIA4 original opening]] for ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' is a very uplifting fanfare. Also used by several adaptations, like the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOO3LgzXdYg French]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQERjZOCtvM Arabic]] versions.
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' replaced ''Anime/GoLion'''s simple theme song insert with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZZv5Z2Iz_s a fanfare]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' played with this. The traditional fanfare is followed by one guy playing the ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'' theme. "Enough, Reggie!" indeed. In fact, the traditional fanfare was itself a stylized portion of the ''Hawaii Five-O'' theme.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Triton first appears to a fanfare. Sebastian is introduced with the same fanfare, only played on a kazoo.
* The recobbled version of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' has many, most memorably:
-->"Beautiful! Princess! Yum Yum!"
* The EarWorm-y "March of the Cards" from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ABoyNamedCharlieBrown''. "Champion Charlie Brown" is such a triumphant, catchy tune, the instrumental is used for the production credits bumper.
* After Genie makes Disney/{{Aladdin}} into a prince, "Prince Ali" is given a burst of fanfare when being introduced to Agrabah before the horns become a full-on musical number.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This has been around for about as long as film had original music. Studios tried to have a fanfare as their theme, but only Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox's theme has lasted.
* ''Film/OurMissBrooks'', the [[TheMovie cinematic]] [[GrandFinale series finale]] to the long running radio and television program of the same name, dispenses with the usual series theme, and opens with a fanfare heavy composition.
* The late, great Music/JerryGoldsmith was the master of fanfares. He notably composed the music for:
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNJW113tbKk Universal Logo]] is nothing short of EPIC.
** The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bho_zzm1ALE Fanfare for Oscar]]'' which was commissioned for the Academy Awards ceremony.
** ''Film/AirForceOne''
** ''Film/CapricornOne''
** ''Film/OmenIIITheFinalConflict''
** ''Film/FirstKnight''
** ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines''
** ''[[UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart Lionheart]]''
** ''Film/{{The Mummy|Trilogy}}''
** ''Film/{{Supergirl}}''
** ''Film/TotalRecall1990''
** ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie''
** ''Film/TheWindAndTheLion''
* The Warner Bros. one made a brief return in ''Pee-Wee's Big Adventure'' (though within the movie itself, and not the opening). It was also once used in synthesized form for the Warner Home Video logo. Warner nowadays uses an excerpt of "[[Film/{{Casablanca}} As Time Goes By]]", though it appears more on their TV logo than on movies.
* Paramount had one that was rarely used; it mostly appeared on their VHS-era home video releases. ''Film/DeepImpact'' and ''Film/MeanGirls'' began with this fanfare, which was replaced in 2013.
* Music/JohnWilliams is fond of this.
** ''Franchise/StarWars''. The opening music, and the medal ceremony at the end of ''Film/ANewHope''. And all parodies worth their salt, including ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''.
** Theme to ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''.
** ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
** ''Film/JurassicPark''
** ''Film/HarryPotter'' is an evolving piece that is growing into a fanfare.
* At this point we really should acknowledge Maurice Murphy, principal trumpeter of the London Symphony Orchestra at the time they recorded the original ''Star Wars'' score. John Williams was so impressed by Murphy's "heroic brass sound" that he personally asked for him as lead trumpet on several of his film scores, including all the rest of the ''Star Wars'' series.
* Parts of the theme to ''Film/TheLastStarfighter''.
* Music/MiklosRozsa and his magnum opus music for ''Film/BenHur''. Seriously, he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L_z2OcL8-U out-fanfares John Williams in the fanfare department.]]
* ''Film/IndependenceDay''
* Music/ElmerBernstein also made some memorable fanfares.
** ''Film/TheTenCommandments''
** The theme to ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''.
** The Creator/{{National Geographic|Channel}} Fanfare, which can be usually heard during the introduction of their TV programs.
* The theme to ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' is on the dramatic end of this, but still has the elements.
* ''Film/{{Rocky}}''
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The theme to ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' and ''Film/{{Star Trek II|The Wrath of Khan}}'' were fanfares (the former becoming the theme for ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'').
** The Klingon theme from ''The Motion Picture'' was not a fanfare at first, but after the Klingons became the greatest warriors of the franchise (even when they were not good guys), the theme was remixed into a fanfare.
* Humperdinck's entrance in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' gets a sinister fanfare.
* The background trumpets of "Comedy Tonight" from ''A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Forum'' counts, or at least does during the final reprise. The stage version has fanfares heralding the grandiose entrance of Miles Gloriosus. A portion of the following song ("Bring Me My Bride") is recognizable in the fanfare that opens the show.
* In ''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad'', a fanfare is played for the Grand Vizier of Marabia.
* In ''Film/{{The Three Musketeers|1973}}'' (1973), a fanfare is to be played for the King of France. One of the Musketeers (D'Artagnan?) needs a distraction, so he tries to play the fanfare and fails badly. However, the other musicians think it's time and play the fanfare correctly.
* Music/ErichWolfgangKorngold's composed several for ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' (the Creator/ErrolFlynn version).
* The opening of ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves''.
* Hilariously {{parodied|Trope}} in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'':
** First, there's the scene where the Sheriff and the soldiers ride up to Robin after his castle gets taken by the repo guys, where the fanfare is the soldiers miming trumpet noise.
** Later when an actual trumpet fanfare is played directly into Prince John's ears at full blast.
* The ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' theme.
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' scores of Music/JohnBarry are practically ''made'' of fanfare.
** Heck, there's a track on the ''Film/AViewToAKill'' score that's called "Fanfare", listenable [[http://www.indyarocks.com/videos/Fanfare-A-View-to-a-Kill-with-FXs-2250172 here.]]
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}''
** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''
** ''Film/AViewToAKill''
** ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''
* Several {{leitmotif}}s in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' get the fanfare treatment, most notably the Fellowship theme and the themes for Gondor and Rohan.
* ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon''
* Despite being labeled as a march in the title, the main theme from ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' (called the Captain America March) certainly opens as a fanfare.
* ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''

* Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/{{Kull}}'' story ''The Shadow Kingdom'' opens with "the blare of the trumpets."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ9xfNn09eQ The famous theme tune]] for ''Series/HawaiiFiveO''. The 2010 remake ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' at first attempted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLKdYXyQa90 a techno remix]], but the backlash was ''intense''. So, the producers brought back [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUt558jdHqk most of the original band members]] for a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwhvByj8YG8 much closer version]] that stays a fanfare!
* The original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' InstrumentalThemeTune. Reused in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 2003 revival]] as the [[MythologyGag Colonial Anthem]].
* The first season opening credits of ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' start with a grand fanfare, heralding the arrival of... Martin Landau and Barbara Bain.
* "Song of the High Seas", the InstrumentalThemeTune from ''Series/VictoryAtSea''.
* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' has a massive fanfare as part of its opening theme.
* As does the opening theme of that other Creator/DonaldPBellisario creation named ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* One of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s {{Running Gag}}s involves someone (usually Tom Servo) announcing "The King approaches!" in a pompous tone of voice whenever the movie plays a fanfare.
* Popular with British TV companies for their opening logos, particularly in the 1960s-80s. Anglia Television, [=ATV=], Creator/Channel4, [=LWT=], Rediffusion, Thames, TVS and Yorkshire Television all used fanfares at one time or another. Hilarious in the US, where many viewers exposure to British programming was limited to ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' and ''Series/TheBennyHillShow''. The stirring fanfare of Thames Television was followed by a half-hour of watching a pudgy guy chase half-naked women around.
* ''Series/EntertainmentTonight'', composed by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Mark_%28musician%29 Michael Mark.]]
* The Theme Tune for ''Series/LoisAndClark'', clearly inspired by the Music/JohnWilliams score from the ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie.

* Several {{Leitmotif}}s in Music/RichardWagner's ''Theatre/RingCycle'' have a fanfare-like character, such as the Sword motif and the Valkyries' theme (exploited in the famous "Music/RideOfTheValkyries"). Of Siegfried's two themes, one is only slightly fanfare-like; the other (the famous horn call) is much more so.
** In ''Parsifal'', Parsifal's theme is very much a {{Fanfare}}, indicating that while he may be a fool, he's TheHero nonetheless.
** In ''Lohengrin'', there is a simple fanfare that plays whenever [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Henry the Fowler, King of Germany]], enters the scene.
* The theme to ''Masterpiece Theatre'' is actually an old piece titled "Fanfare for trumpets, timpani, violins and oboes". It's on the more relaxing and graceful end, but it is a fanfare.
* The Triumphal Chorus from Verdi's ''Aida''.
* ''Fanfare for the Common Man'' by Aaron Copland. Composed in WWII, it even got a rock version by Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
* Rimsky-Korsakov's ''Mlada'' has the "Procession of the Nobles".
* Music/TheMoodyBlues' ''Days of Future Past''.
* ''Mirdautas Vras'' by Music/{{Summoning}}. Perhaps the only example of a fanfare for a '''villain'''. Listen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5IMCH7INcE here]].
* Rimsky-Korsakov's arrangement of ''Night On Bald Mountain'' by Mussorgsky features a fanfare that announces the entrance of Chernobog/Devil.
* Music/FelixMendelssohn's "Wedding March" opens with a fanfare that is repeated at intervals, though the main body of the piece relies rather more heavily on strings than the other examples here.
* In settings of the Requiem Mass, "Tuba mirum" is a good place to look for fanfares combined with OminousLatinChanting. Mozart's only has a relatively tame trombone solo, but the Berlioz and Verdi Requiems pile on the brass magnificently.
* Tchaikovsky's ''Capriccio Italien'' opens with the reveille call that he heard while on vacation in Spain.
* Gustav Mahler's music is filled with fanfares and marches, thanks to growing up in a town with a barracks.
* "Fanfare" from Music/{{Kiss}}' ''Music/MusicFromTheElder''.
* Music/JohnWilliams again, for his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWdOFgDQIn0 Olympic Fanfare and Theme]]. He has made other contributions to the Olympics in years to come; this one was his first.
* The classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' theme gets [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6DdbgaGf_4 revamped as a fanfare]] for the intro to ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie Doctor Who: The TV Movie]]''.

* ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' has a recurring fanfare derived from the title song ("Ca-me-lot!").
* ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'' has a trumpet fanfare derived from its title song, which plays before various important entrances and announcements. This is subverted in the final scene by RuleOfThree.
* Da-da-da-DAH! Arguably the best overture of a musical ever written, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim's ''Gypsy'' revolves around four notes and four central words: "I had a dream!"
* ''Literature/{{Candide}}'':
** Similarly, the overture of Leonard Berstein's version is so epic and widely regarded it is performed by symphonies as a modern classical piece completely separate from the musical. Its opening fanfare is [[EpicRiff instantly recognizable]].
** There's also the Governor's fanfare, derived from his song "My Love", and a shofar-like Inquisition fanfare which sounds quite scary.
* In Rodgers & Hammerstein's ''Theatre/{{Cinderella}}'', "The Prince Is Giving a Ball" opens with a trumpet fanfare based on the first line of the song; a variation on this fanfare is repeated throughout.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The aptly-named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP-G87M-RzQ Victory Fanfare]], which has appeared in almost every game of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', the victory fanfare also plays when the player wins a chocobo race. If the player loses a chocobo race, a minor key version of the fanfare is played.
** In ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', a heavy-rock version is played when you win a match playing as an evil character.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'' have fanfares that sound completely unlike previous mixes of it. [[FanDumb Oh, how the fandom raged.]]
* The ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' overture ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcDniHIc3Bc especially obvious]] in ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII VIII]]''). It also has several triumphant themes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Va2XO3f0NA mostly heard when scoring in the casino.]] Finally, the series consistently uses the same fanfare for when a character gains a level.
* "The Musashi Legend" from ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi''.
* The theme to ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. Which was rearranged for ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn''. [[MemeticMutation Yo dawg, I heard you like fanfares]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRgg5a63n2A so I put a fanfare in your fanfare...]]
* Part of the ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' main theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U88zyFLzIXQ&list=QL&playnext=2 from about 0:15 to 0:50 here]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Luftrausers}}'', the normal wubs in the soundtrack will eventually change to a synthetic fanfare sounds while you hear an army marching in the background. It does really give you the Main/WarIsGlorious feel of the game, while you mow down enemies as an ace dogfighter.
* The victory music in the first ''VideoGame/StarFox'' game. The reprise during the [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=O7wkh1oHqqY Credits]] also qualify, as well as the ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl]]'' [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=hZzbjtzeDXA remix.]]
* The victory tune in Capcom's ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheRound''. Oddly, it's just the SNES port, not the arcade version, which sounds more like chimes than trumpets.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'':
** "Lucca's Theme." In fact, one of the things that annoyed some gamers about ''Cross'' was that even though that tune was upgraded to a full victory tune, and given two remixes, both of them ''slowed the tempo down''.
** A different sort of fanfare is "Courage and Pride", the castle theme -- there is a remix of it that plays it as it would be in "real life", outdoors with chattering voices.
* The theme to ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series may have been intended as a fanfare at first, but the audio limitations of the Famicom/[=NES=] made it difficult to make clear. The ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' series made it clear that the theme is a fanfare, and was also played as one in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. There is also the major [[ItemGet item-finding]] cues in the games.
* From 1:40 onward, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIJFXt_erac The Greatest Journey]]" from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' is a Fanfare version of the original Halo Theme.
* ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'' plays victorious fanfares whenever you're winning a battle, as well as during the victory debriefing screen.
* ''Kessen'' is absolutely overloaded with sweeping fanfares, both for victory and for battles. ''Kessen III'' replaced some of the fanfares with odd rock/techno orchestral mixes though, which sort of worked, but didn't make your hair stand on end like some previous songs in the series did.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' has "item acquired" and "boss defeated" fanfares.
* The victory music (especially the "defended town" one) in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic III''.
* Numerous games released by Apogee Software in the early-to-mid 90s opened with a screen displaying the company's logo accompanied by the "Apogee Fanfare."
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Xa6XECzSg title screen music]] for the original ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has been a recurring fanfare and main theme for the series. There are few various victory fanfares as well, but this is without the most recognizable one from the games.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' has the music played whenever Mario/Luigi touches a flagpole at the end of a level. A different fanfare is used at the end of each Castle level after he defeats a Fake Bowser (or the real one at the end of the final level) and rescues a Toad (or Princess Peach, again at the end of the final level).
* The [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Classic]] ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' games feature jingles used when introducing the Robot Master bosses and after defeating them. The pieces frequently used for this originate respectively from [[VideoGame/MegaMan1 the original game]] and [[VideoGame/MegaMan2 its sequel]]. The individual iterations also feature their own fanfare, such as the weapon obtained, password/load/save, and fortress map screens.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fJV0l-UGbY "LOG-O-TYPE,"]] which plays at the conclusion of the prologue. It later becomes the {{Leitmotif}} of the Pigmask Army rearranged as "His Highness' Theme."
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' has always had a subdued ambient soundtrack, so the short drumroll and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7frZL4xM8Q fanfare]] that plays when you level up might not seem very amazing, but in context of the game, it is nothing short of triumphant.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQtiSjGb74U Listen to the theme]] that first plays when a character is promoted in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', and swell with pride. It doesn't matter who you are or even if you've ever played this game... You'll find a reason to be proud.
* ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' has an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJkJbUbvYJA#t=0m25s especially]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsWcy2M_EgI memorable]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRfEdcy-buw one]] as its main theme. In the second game, the Kilrathi get [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyV-6_-sij4 an evil minor-key fanfare]] of their own.
* ''VideoGame/FrozenFreeFall Icy Shot'' uses the chorus of "Let It Go" when you win a level, as an instrumental with triumphant brass horns.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk3t180w8j8 Great Revival]] from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series also qualifies. Even if you weren't a fan of Edgeworth, this song got your attention.

* ''Webcomic/GrimTrigger'': the second arc's title sequence shows the Grey Prince and plays a short fanfare

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The openings to ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' and ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** The show has one, enhanced by the fact that there is a few seconds of darkness as the fanfare begins, before the outlines of the heroes slowly come into view.
** The old ''Superman'' and ''Batman: TAS'' themes also come in whenever Superman or Batman do something incredible; like Batman taking on Kalibak.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' introduced the character of [[MeaningfulName Silverbolt]] in its second season. His statements concerning his honor code, and [[KnightInShiningArmor knightly]] actions were often accompanied by a medieval-style fanfare. Even his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment first appearance]] has him silhouetted in the moon as his fanfare played.
* From Season 2 on (when they started Flash animation), ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' overused fanfares.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' has one that plays during the heroic and triumphant moments.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://youtu.be/IizWc4cJwbw Bugler's Dream]] by Leo Arnaud is the most famous of the various songs used as themes for the UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. The version linked was arranged by John Williams and added to the beginning of his Olympic Fanfare Medley, which as indicated by the title follows it up with a fanfare of Williams' own.
* Williams' [[http://youtu.be/ckGB_mLrheM "Summon the Heroes"]], the 1996 Atlanta Olympic theme, also draws heavily on the fanfare.