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"Everybody listen to me! My name is Armando, Alejandro, Essssstrrrrrada! And this is my, Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga!"

Someone significant is about to enter the scene. They may or may not be a Large Ham themself, but the character who announces their arrival is, and takes full advantage of that with a suitably over-the-top introduction.

Compare Inadvertent Entrance Cue and Large Ham Announcer. Contrast Incoming Ham, where a Large Ham enters and announces themself.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The guy who announces the incoming guests in Rose of Versailles. Justified, because he has to yell through the entire palace of Versailles.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
    • Kenichi's father uses this with his shotgun, Sebastian. He presses a button, and the gun starts sliding slowly out of a hidden panel in the wall, while he yells:
    • Also, Nijima. He's the one who coined the term "History's Strongest Disciple", a claim Kenichi adopted for when he needs a good boast.

    Comic Books 
  • In On the Origin of PCs, a prequel book for The Order of the Stick, Elan is quite the Hammy Herald for his liege, Sir François the Paladin. Including when it's wholly inappropriate, like while entering a Bad-Guy Bar.
    Elan: Behold, wretched hive of scum and villainy! The noble Sir François is here!
    Your days of seedy backroom dealings and poor personal hygiene are at an end, for he is here to wash this corrupt city clean!
    He is much like a giant scrub in that respect. He also has bristles — again, like a scrub brush.
    However, he is not easily held in one's hand and used to scrub cutlery, so that's one way he is different. I'm sure I cant think of other ways.
    Sir François: Um, Elan?
    Elan: Yes, oh vanquisher of unpleasantness?
    Sir François: Yeah, see, the thing is that this was supposed to be a low-profile visit.
    Elan: Oh! I can fix that!
    Attention, scum and villainy! If at all possible, please ignore the dashing and righteous Sir François as he goes about his business of making a few Gather Information checks regarding your illicit activities, to better shut them down at a later date.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Prince Ali number in Aladdin is a multi-minute act of hammy heralding by the Genie.
    "Prince Ali! Fabulous he! Ali Ababwa!"
  • In The Little Mermaid, there is a a seahorse herald who announces the presence of King Triton, their king, as he enters the underwater concert venue as an honored guest. Then he proceeds to announce Sebastian, the king's chancellor, with a considerable degree more hamminess than the announcement of the king had gotten, even doing underwater flips during the extended introduction. Although the fact that Sebastian is the conductor of the concert that everyone is attending means that he is part of the spotlight.
  • The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland announcing "Her Highness, Her Excellency, Her Most Royal Majesty, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS" and in a much smaller voice, "and the King."
  • In The Emperor's New Groove, Emperor Kuzco has a personal Theme Song Guy, voiced by Tom Jones, who introduces him in a bombastic song.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • William's friend Geoffrey in A Knight's Tale. He whips the crowd into a frenzy for the pseudo-knight to do his thing. Chaucer, that's it — Geoffrey Chaucer.
    • In the final joust, Adhemar's herald finally starts to ham it up as well and in turn gets more applause. Apparently hammy heralds are the way of the future.
  • In Spider-Man, the wrestling announcer decides that Peter's stage name isn't cool enough and announces him dramatically as "the amazing SPIDER-MAN"! Naturally, he's played by Bruce Campbell.
  • The introduction of a star in All That Jazz.
    O'Connor Flood: The word superstar is greatly overused in this business. But for my next guest, the word superstar is totally inadequate. [snip] I feel humbled in his presence. From deep, deep in here, ladies and gentlemen, let me lay on you... A great entertainer. A great humanitarian. And my dearest, dearest friend for 20 years.
  • Davy Jones' introduction of the Kraken in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
  • Mad Max: "Greetings from the Humongous! The Lord Humongous! The Warrior of the Wasteland! The Ayatollah of Rock-and-Rollah!"
  • In TRON: Legacy, Jarvis's speech introducing Clu to the light cycle arena.
    Jarvis: And who best to battle this singular opponent? Perhaps one who has some experience in these matters? Oh yes indeed, programs! Your liberator! Your luminary! Your leader and beacon! The one who vanquished the tyranny of the user those many cycles before... Cllluuuuuuuuuu!
  • The tournament announcer in The Wizard.
  • The Old Windbag from The Ten Commandments.

  • The bit in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where everybody starts to think that Harry is the descendant of Salazar Slytherin, so Fred and George start marching in front of Harry and crying out, "Make way for the Heir of Slytherin! Seriously evil wizard coming through!" and stuff like that, in order to mock the notion.
  • The nameless bankvole in Lord Brocktree who works as King Bucko Bigbone's herald can cover an enormous crowd when he announces the rules.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus. An announcer at a nightclub introduces the next act.
    Kenny Lust: You know, once in a while it is my pleasure, and my privilege, to welcome here at the Refreshment Room, some of the truly great international artists of our time. And tonight we have one such artist. Ladies and gentlemen, someone whom I've always personally admired, perhaps more deeply, more strongly, more abjectly than ever before. A man, well more than a man, a god, a great god, whose personality is so totally and utterly wonderful my feeble words of welcome sound wretchedly and pathetically inadequate. Someone whose boots I would gladly lick clean until holes wore through my tongue, a man who is so totally and utterly wonderful, that I would rather be sealed in a pit of my own filth, than dare tread on the same stage with him. Ladies and gentlemen, the incomparably superior human being, Harry Fink!
    Club worker: He can't come!
    Kenny Lust: Never mind. He's not all he's cracked up to be.
  • Happens several times in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, usually in the form of Jii or Ryuunosuke giving a long-winded and boastful description of their Lord Takeru, only for Takeru to cut them off. Happens again when Kaoru receives the same treatment from her retainer, Tanba.
  • Forever Knight. When LaCroix takes over vampire-hangout and gothic nightclub "The Raven", he decides to give it a more human look with a dose of Large Ham and blatant Fanservice.
    LaCroix: It's time to peel away the layers and reveal our inner selves. Yes, it's Amateur Night at the Raven, and tonight our amateurs will reveal their inner selves by GETTING NAKED!

  • One of Ray Stevens' novelty song openings: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, it is indeed a great pleasure to introduce to you — held over three weeks and getting rave reviews — BRIDGET....THE MIDGET... the Queen of the Blues! Woooooo!"
  • At the end of Sgt. Peppers lonely hearts club band's titular first track, Ringo's alter ego Billy Shears performing vocals on the next track is introduced loudly.
  • K.I.L.R.O.Y.: "We are your heroes! We are your salvation! We are your hope! We are... The Protomen!"

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Plenty of ring announcers, Michael Buffer and Lilian Garcia, especially.
  • The incredibly hammy Alberto Del Rio gets an even hammier introduction courtesy of his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez.
  • Theodore Long was this for Rodney Mack, Mark Henry, Jazz and Mark Jindrak. The two names in the middle were pretty hammy themselves but in general, the purpose of an announcer in wrestling is to provide ham to one who lacks it.
  • Paul Bearer acted as this for The Undertaker.
  • Armando, Alejandro, Estrada! The unsung hero (or not) who helped Umaga get over. WWE thought it worked too well and dropped him.
  • Joel Gertner was this for The Dudley Boys in ECW.
  • Dr. Harvey Wippleman was this for Kamala in WWE in 1992.
  • Jim Cornette was this for The Midnight Express. At NWA WrestleWar 90, for example:
    "Please welcome the Kings of the Ring, the Gangster of Lovenote  and the Sultan of Swingnote , Beautiful Bobby and Sweet Stan, the Midnight Express!"
  • Paul Heyman will serve up a few meals worth of ham when he gets down to it.
    "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and I am the One Behind The One in Twenty-One and One, the advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the Beast Incarnate, the Conqueror, BRRROOOCK LLLLESNAAARRR!"

    Puppet Shows 
  • On Sesame Street, this applies to Norm, herald to the Grand High Triangle Lover.

  • In Hamilton, Aaron Burr, who serves as the All-Knowing Singing Narrator, does this no fewer than four times:
    • For Alexander Hamilton, in the titular song:
    "...and the world's gonna know his name! WHAT'S YOUR NAME, MAN?"
    • In "Right Hand Man":
    "Ladies and gentlemen! The moment you've been waiting for! The pride of Mount Vernon— GEOOOOOORGE WASHINGTON!"
    • In "Guns and Ships" for the Marquis du Lafayette:
    "Everyone give it up for America's favorite fightin' Frenchman!"
    • And in "What'd I Miss?" for Thomas Jefferson:
    "But someone's gotta keep the American Promise— you simply must meet Thomas, THOMAS!"
  • Norwegian theatre had a natural Large Ham named August Oddvar. He fitted the trope when he announced the name of at least one particular Norwegian poet:

    Video Games 
  • One of the many variations the randomly generated Uruk Captains in Middle-earth: Shadow of War can have is the addition of a hype orc; a generic mook who will take over the Captain's intro, singing praises and boasts while the Captain himself just stands in the background.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • In Noob, Gaea's Instant Fan Club member Meuhmeuh seldom gets to act as a herald to her, but when he does, he does it in an over-the top way.

    Western Animation 
  • In Yankee Doodle Daffy, Daffy Duck plays the agent for a kid duck singer. Daffy plays it up as if the kid were the greatest thing since sliced bread, although he turns out to be not so hot. The kid even holds up a picture of a ham while Daffy is praising him.
    Daffy: He's colossal, stupendous! One might even go so far as to say he's mediocre.