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"Fetch me their souls!"
— The Demonic Announcer

The Demonic Announcer is a title given to multiple characters in Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.


The Demonic Announcer is the title given to the entity that is in control of the Aether's energy, which includes Power-Ups, the Mystery Box and the zombies. Because of this, the Announcer has been (and can be) a number of different individuals, including Samantha Maxis, Edward Richtofen, Ludvig Maxis, Willard Wyler, and Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, among others.

The Demonic Announcer is heard on every Zombies map except for Dead Ops Arcade, Dead Ops Arcade 2: Cyber's Avengening, and the Call of Duty: World at War version of Nacht der Untoten. Its voice seems to shift through different tones and pitch throughout the game mode.

Level appearances (by character)Edit

Unknown Edit


Samantha MaxisEdit

Edward RichtofenEdit

  • Moon (replaces Samantha upon completion of Richtofen's Grand Scheme easter egg)
  • Nuketown Zombies (replaces Samantha upon round 25)
  • Green Run
  • Die Rise
  • Buried (replaced by Maxis upon completion of Maxis' side of Mined Games easter egg)

Ludvig MaxisEdit

  • Buried (replaces Richtofen upon completion of Maxis' side of Mined Games easter egg)

Willard WylerEdit

Cassandra "Elvira" PetersonEdit


High Priest of ChaosEdit

Cornelius PernellEdit



  • The Demonic Announcer is not fully included (except Fire Sale and Death Machine) in the German, Austrian, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian versions of Black Ops. However, upon completion of the Richtofen's Grand Scheme easter egg, she appears for the rest of the playtime on Moon.
    • The Demonic Announcer is only present in the revamped World at War maps in the French, Italian, Spanish and Russian versions of Black Ops.
    • In the French, Portuguese and Spanish versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the Demonic Announcer on both The Giant and Shadows of Evil is Edward Richtofen instead of Samantha Maxis.
  • The zombies' eyes will change color depending on who the Demonic Announcer is. Their eyes are red under the Apothicons, Brutus and the entity in House, FacilityTemple and Overlook and whoever controls the Zombies within Tag der Toten, yellow under Samantha, blue under Richtofen, orange under Maxis and the Priest, and white under Cornelius Pernell.
    • The eyes are yellow in Shadows of Evil, Der Eisendrache, and Zetsubou No Shima, despite Samantha not controlling the zombies as of Origins.
    • There are also Zombies with white/purple eyes in the Origins cutscene, with a common theory being that these zombies do not serve the Announcer and act on basic instincts. Their eyes are blue however in-game.
  • Maxis remains silent when players pick up Power-Ups.
  • In Attack of the Radioactive Thing, Willard Wyler will occasionally taunt her and threaten to send Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson to Nightfall.
  • In Classified, Samantha's demonic announcer lines say "Zombie Announcer", rather than Samantha. What this suggests is currently unknown.
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