Large Ham Announcer
aka: Anythings Awesome With Announcers
Large Ham announcers are particularly effective. For a variant, rather than one of the loud announcer styles, you can go with the whispering golf-announcer style instead. See also In a World. For being applied to works of fiction, see Lemony Narrator. May overlap with Cuckoolander Commentator. Compare Large Ham Radio and the Hammy Herald.
open/close all folders
Announcers in Particular
- Don LaFontaine is probably the Trope Maker.
- Peter Cullen does some Toonami promos, even including the Hamtaro promo. Despite it being about cute hamsters, Cullen managed to make it sound rough and tough.
- Mark Elliot for Disney trailers.
- Don LaFontaine apparently enjoyed lampooning himself:
- For Geico: Can futbol announcer, Andres Cantor, make any sport exciting?
- Do the meats scare you? Are you intimidated by the meats?
Anime and Manga
- Many 70s-80s Mecha shows.
- Dragon Ball
- Hajime No Ippo: Justified since it's a boxing anime and, well, boxing matches have announcers.
- In Lucky Star, the announcers on the bridge take Yui's race to pass some random vehicle who passed her and make it more awesome.
- Future GPX Cyber Formula, being a racing anime, has announcers that often shouted "goal in" whenever racers cross the finish line.
- GUNDAM FIGHT ALL SET! READY? GOOOO!
- The Inazuma Eleven anime has Ascended Extra Kakuma Keita in this role, and later his father, who's a professional soccer announcer. It later turns out It Runs in the Family.
- Benjamin Bright (Voiced in full ham mode by Tom Kenny) from IGPX
Films — Live-Action
- Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace: That two-headed announcer for the podraces wouldn't shut up about how awesome everything was. And, funnily enough, the podrace announcer speaking Basic was voiced by Greg Proops, who was also Howard "Buckshot" Holmes.
- Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story notably does something to this trope — possibly Not a Subversion — by having announcers make everything funnier. Jason Bateman's character in particular is an absolute riot.
- The announcers in Best in Show make the dog show even funnier, especially as they're an Odd Couple - one a genteel English dog-breeding expert and the other a desperately misplaced American Football commentator.
- In Plan 9 from Outer Space, the short narration by The Amazing Criswell at the beginning of the movie.
- Al Michaels and Bob Costas in Baseketball, perhaps so because they are usually shown in-scene.
Al Michaels: LAY-zeee-boy has PAHPPED!
- Sports announcers.
- Marc Summers, the host of Double Dare (1986). He had to talk about things like giant PB&J sandwiches, human tacos, balloons filled with jelly, and banana split cars and make it all sound like an extreme sport. All while being obsessive/compulsive. Man's got balls.
- The show's off-screen announcer, Harvey, was plenty hammy himself, introducing the prizes for the winners in a "But wait - that's not all!" sort of voice and kicking off the show with a description of the opening scene that often descended to a Hurricane of Puns.
- Peter Schickele's sportscast version of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.
- Peter Dickson from The X Factor is so much like this it is a borderline parody.
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide does this.
- Pretty much any Game Show that offers a large array of prizes has to have a dynamic announcer who can make even a waffle iron or digital clock-radio sound exciting. The Price Is Right is a prime example.
- "But naaaiii on the UTV..." - what viewers in Northern Ireland usually get before Coronation Street.
- Power Rangers Jungle Fury has Flit, a fly that resides in Camille, who goes around being like this during the Zord battles. This became less frequent as the series progressed.
- Andy Richter's overenthusiastic introductions for Conan.
- A "Scenes from a Hat" sketch on Whose Line Is It Anyway? had Ryan playing one of these on his day off:
"I'll have a cheeseburger, some fries, and a COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKE!"
"You forgot my COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKE!"
"Where the hell's my COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKE?"
- The Japanese automotive video series Best Motoring was originally narrated by Akira Kamiya, a famous hammy anime voice actor.
- Rome Kanda, especially as alter-ego Kei Kato on Unbeatable Banzuke.
- The jousting announcer from Medieval Madness.
- The soccer announcer in World Cup Soccer, of course.
- The announcer from Flipper Football, unsurprisingly.
- 3-D Ultra Pinball: Thrill Ride: Whenever the male announcer yells "THRILL ZONE!"
- The male announcer in Rollergames is incapable of announcing anything in less than 90 decibels. Appropriately enough, he's voiced by designer Steve Ritchie, who also voiced Shao Khan.
- Professional Wrestling makes particular use of this trope, alternating between flat-out amazement at things they see every week and patter about the ongoing storylines. A few of the most memorable examples:
- "It's the irresistible force meeting the immovable object!"
- "Good God Almighty! They've killed him! As God is my witness, he is broken in half!"
- "Hulk Hogan can go to Hell! Straight to Hell!" (at Bash at the Beach '96)
- Gauntlet is, of course, one of the earliest and well-known examples.
- Any multiplayer oriented First-Person Shooter whose backstory revolves around the Tournament Arc falls into this, such as Quake III: Arena and the Unreal (Tournament/Championship) series.
- M-M-M-MONSTER KILL!
- The Hungarian fan translators of the original Unreal Tournament had a lot of fun with this, instead of going for a straight translation. "Multi Kill!" became "Brutal animal on the field!", "Mega Kill!" became "Death, DEATH, DEATH!!!" and "M-M-M-MONSTER KILL!" became "ON YOUR KNEES, CHICKEN! GOD IS HERE!"
- Skulltag announcer
- Capcom vs. Whatever, especially the Fountain of Memes in Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium. This battle is about to explode! FIGHT!
- Pokemon Stadium and Pokémon Battle Revolution try for it.
- The Super Smash Bros. announcers. The announcer changes with each game, and each is hammier than the last. SETTLE IT IN SMASH!
- DJ Atomika, your eye in the sky on EA Radio BIG in SSX 3 doesn't actually commentate on events as they occur, but gives listeners the lowdown on the throwdowns after the fact while taking song requests and reporting local news. Looks like the dreaded snow snakes are back...
- MadWorld features Kreese Kreeley and Howard "Buckshot" Holmes giving the audience slay-by-slay coverage of the brutal Deathwatch bloodsport. Frankly, their interactions are some of the best parts of the game. The fact that they are voiced by John DiMaggio (Kreese) and Greg Proops (Howard) makes it even better.
Howard: Well, it looks like there are no more people left for Jack to kill.Kreese: Yeah, but he could still defile the bodies.Howard: How so?Kreese: You know, take trophies and shit; check out my necklace of human ears!Howard: Check out my stream of projectile vomit! *vomiting noises*Kreese: Aw, dude, did you have potatoes and corn?Howard: Yes, I did.
- Video games based on Professional Wrestling seem to have far more storage space dedicated to announcer patter than any other audio in the game. And yet they still manage to repeat lines multiple times in the same match.
- The Blood Bowl video game that was released in 2010 would probably be a lot less amusing without the color commentary provided by two offscreen announcers, which include a former-player ogre and a nebbishy-sounding vampire. "Ooh! Bob, I haven't seen a hit like that since the time I walked in on an argument between you and your wife!" "What can I say, Jim, that little lady sure packs a punch!"
- Eggman, of all people, in Sonic Colors. Snarky announcements from Sonic's nemesis will often play over a PA system in each level (coinciding with the theme that all the stages are part of Eggman's "amusement park"). Since the game's script was written by the guys behind MadWorld, these, too, are some of the best parts of the game.
Eggman: We here at Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park consider ourselves the universe's first fully Green amusement park! Although the green is from all the nausea and vomiting, but still, green is green!
- Omochao in Sonic Free Riders.
- The Halo multiplayer announcer.
- The Administrator from Team Fortress 2, who started out just as The Voice. Then Makani, a Big Name Fan, designed the actual character...then Valve adopted the design officially. What really makes her character is the poisonous contempt she displays for the teams.
- Speaking of which, some people have taken voice clips and effectively used them to make hilarious commercials: Scout Advertised Slap Chop, Heavy Sells Kaboom
- On the 2014 and 2015 Halloween event maps, the regular announcer is replaced with Merasmus the Magician, who is as hammy as ever. Especially during the bumper car segments. "Bonus ducks!"
- Portal has its own hilarious announcer. And an actual automated Announcer in the sequel.
"This next test applies the principles of momentum through movement through portals. If the laws of physics no longer apply in the future, God help you."
- Star Wars: The Old Republic has Baron Deathmark, the Huttball announcer.
"Perhaps the worst throw in Frog-dogs history, RRREAALLY RREAALLLY TERRRIBLE!"
- The Joker takes up the role of announcer in Batman: Arkham Asylum. Hilarity Ensues.
- The announcer from S4 League. CRITICAL! CRITICAL! TOUCHDOWN! STRRRRRIIIIIKE!!
- F-Zero: "You've got boost power! ALL RIGHT, FIRST PLACE!"
- He even makes a surprise appearance in Mario Kart 8 on the Big Blue DLC course to announce the final lap!
- The Announcer from Theme Hospital, providing both vital announcements and Announcer Chatter in a chirpy Esturine accent.
"Today's special offer: half-price hair replacement!"
- "FINISH HIM!" Mortal Kombat's very own Shao Kahn even announces when he's the one fighting.
- Killer Instinct: "C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!"
- Fossil Fighters has P.A. Leon and Slate Johnson, giving you their professional, totally unbiased commentary... as they cheer you on.
- Dance Dance Revolution. Even if the announcer is turned off, he will still ham it up at the results screen. His ham overrides the setting. The announcer introduced on DDR X is by far the hammiest of them all.
- ModNation Racers has two commentators, Biff Tradwell and Gary Reasons. Biff is a hammy, arrogant jerk (who never wears pants behind the desk for some reason) while Gary is rather timid and constantly having to fend off Biff's insults. At the end of the career mode, Gary retaliates by administering a Vulcan Neck Pinch on Biff The dialogue is quite funny.
- The announcer from Unreal Tournament was so memorable, the voice clip was stolen for Warcraft III genre-changing mod Defense Of The Ancients.
- Dota 2, (the sequel to the aforementioned mod) being itself a World of Ham. While the general announcer manages to come off as fairly reserved, the "Mega Kill" announcer is a definite example of this trope. What's more, this only takes into account the defaults, which is to say nothing of the multitude of custom "cosmetic" announcers available from the in-game store, some of whom are outstanding hams even while narrating general events. Notable examples include the hero announcer packs for Axe and Storm Spirit.
- The menu announcer of Hydro Thunder is commonly known for yelling absolutely everything you do, including naming any track or boat you choose.
- Mickey Cantor in Monday Night Combat, who is a direct descendant of Andres Cantor, the soccer announcer pictured at the top of the page. Not only is he an extremely energetic play-by-play announcer, he's also an expert corporate mouthpiece. He seems to especially enjoy encouraging the pros — and any fans who happen to have brought their sniper rifles from home — to kill MNC mascot Bullseye.
- Super Monday Night Combat has him replaced by straight-laced professional GG Stack and bombastic former competitor Chip Valvano. They both get very excited when announcing, say, a kill streak or turret going down.
- The DJ's of Ridge Racer series are this in general, Ridge Racer 6 and 3D take the cake, though.
- The Taris Duel Arena announcer in Knights of the Old Republic.
Announcer: "And now, the moment we've all been waiting for... LET THE DEATH MATCH... BEGIN!"
- X-Men Legends has one. "COMBO!"
- Rock And Roll Racing. "LET THE CARNAGE BEGIN!"
- With a name like Super Meat Boy, it's only fitting that the game has a ham-tastic announcer. See the title screen? SUUUPER MEAT BOOOY! Use a cheat code to play as a secret character? POOSH DA BUTTONS! Enter a warp-zone? WARP ZOOOOOONE!
- Destruction Derby offers a commentator with maybe 30 things to say, mostly focusing on the car carnage. Two of the memorable lines are "It's like rush hour in LA!" and (in the hot-potato Bomb Mode) "Get rid of that bomb!"
- beatmania IIDX has a variety of announcers, ranging from the formal to this trope. Notable examples include SUPER STAR MITSURU and the very manly default announcer of beatmania IIDX 21 SPADA.
- The announcer from the Soul Calibur series is slightly more subdued than many of the other examples on the list, but just as hammy in an In a World kind of way.
Welcome back to the stage of history.
- The announcer from Fuzion Frenzy will always declare the winner at the top of their lungs and announce a Title Drop whenever he gets the chance.
- THE WHEEL OF FATE IS TURNING! REBEL 1! ACTION!!!
- Counter! Counter! Counter! Rapid! Fatal! Counter! ASTRAL FINISH!
- BlazBlue games also tend to have DLC that allows you to replace the announcer with any of the voice actors, both in and out of character, leading to a wide range of hamminess to choose from. Meanwhile, the default announcer for each game is always hammier and worse at speaking English than the last one.
- Ladies and gentlemen(?), it's... SHOWTIME!
- The announcer of the first two Metal Slug games is pretty tame, but from X onwards he's replaced by a much more hammy announcer.
- The introductory episode 0 of International Competition Miss Mars, a fetish fiction centering on two announcers that later appear to cover recaps of the following episodes. The competition? Extreme Pregnancy that makes Octomom look like an everyday case.
- The Announcer from Homestar Runner, who appeared in the early toons and made a return in 2006.
- Improv Everywhere made a major improvement when they gave a major league set up, which included sports announcers, to a kids' baseball game.
- The decibel murdering intro announcer from Epic Rap Battles of History
- ABadFeeling's "E-sports" video of Intruder - a Splinter Cell-esque stealth/combat game - has Boon narrating his every move by yelling it over his microphone, where every nearby enemy player can hear him.
Boon: Here he comes around the bend. Is this guy dead or alive? Let's find out - hes dead. Let us keep checking the area. We'reUAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
- Dynomutt Dog Wonder has Ron Feinberg, a gloriously spastic announcer.
- The narrator from The Powerpuff Girls.
- While the show itself didn't have one, Invader Zim's crew gave Zim's computer the voice of a monster truck show announcer.
- Futurama, mostly in their...TALES! OF! INTEREST!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Spike, who through the course of the first season discovers his enjoyment of announcing things like footraces and/or fisticuffs (hooficuffs?) and fashion shows. He takes great pride and hamminess in this.
- The Legend of Korra's Pro-Bending commentator, Shiro Shinobi, who also narrates the Previously On segments.
Grab your snacks and grab your kids, because this next match is gonna be a doozy!
- Taken Up to Eleven in a late Season 2 episode, where his reactions to an actual, serious fight between a main character and some would-be kidnappers start to resemble his commentator patter, despite the fact that he has no mic nor any audience other than the man who happens to be sitting next to him.
- Old-time circus ringmasters - as well as their podunk counterparts, the traveling carnival barkers (popularly portrayed shouting "Hurry, hurry, hurry!" in an exaggerated Northeastern accent).
- In the early days of radio and television, all newscasters were hammy. (This is the main reason why most of the classic newsreels have dated very badly.) Today this behavior is restricted to sports commentators. And newscasters who used to be sports commentators (e.g. Keith Olbermann).
- In Atlanta, GA, Gary Owens - the actor who is most commonly known as the voice of Space Ghost (as well as having been a DJ (surprised?) before Laugh In et al) - is not only hammy, but uses the Space Ghost voice when announcing for other products or events for the recognition factor.
- Noli de Castro of ABS-CBN is quite a hammy announcer himself. In fact, every time he does his announcement, it consumes the scene.
- Sports announcer Howard Cosell was a major real-life Large Ham Announcer, most famous for his years as an announcer to Monday Night Football. Cosell was instantly recognizable for his steady, punctuated style of speaking. He's often the subject of parodies when someone attempts to announce sports, simply because his voice was so unforgettable.
- Larry Munson, long time commentator for the Georgia Bulldogs, was very excitable — especially when Georgia was close in a game — also add a dash of bias. His most classic calls were also the most hammy.
- Dave Niehaus, long-time announcer for the Seattle Mariners baseball team, was something of a local legend because of how excited he got during a game, particularly when the Mariners were winning. In particular, he was famous for his Catch Phrases: "My Oh My!" and "Get out the rye bread and the mustard, Grandma, this one is going to be a grand salami!" (After a Grand Slam was hit.)
- The Pittsburgh Penguins' commentator Mike Lange, famous both for excitability and for coining rather random but colorful phrases to exclaim like "Scratch my back with a hacksaw!"
- John Sterling, radio announcer for the New York Yankees, tends to get over the top when calling a Yankees home run—"That ball is high! It is far! IT! IS! GONE! A home run for (insert player name here)! (One or two phrases customized for that player, usually involving bad puns)!" and at the end of a Yankees win. "Ballgame over! Yankees win! Theeeeeeee Yankees! WIN!" The greater the magnitude of the win, the longer the word "the" is drawn out, with the longest being the final game of the 1996 World Series.
- Cleveland's radio announcer, Tom Hamilton, can also get pretty hammy at times when Cleveland scores, or at the very least, very loud. Just imagine how exciting a comeback from a 12-run deficit at the 7th-inning stretch could get. (That's not him announcing the 7th inning.)
- The known news anchor from North Korea has to be the largest ham in the eastern hemisphere.
- Foreign football commentators (especially Spanish and South American ones, including Trope Codifier Andrés Cantor) always try to see who can do the longest and most drawn out "GOOOOOOAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL~!" The point of this? It was so you'd know if someone scored if you were away from the TV or radio. However, to English speakers, it's more of a Memetic Mutation and proof that the beautiful game is Serious Business down there.