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6th Feb '18 4:34:25 PM nombretomado
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** Frank Carveth in ''Film/TheBrood''. The actor, Art Hindle, isn't even mentioned on the cover, while Samantha Eggar and OliverReed (who were both bigger-name actors and play more interesting characters) get top billing.

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** Frank Carveth in ''Film/TheBrood''. The actor, Art Hindle, isn't even mentioned on the cover, while Samantha Eggar and OliverReed Creator/OliverReed (who were both bigger-name actors and play more interesting characters) get top billing.
4th Jan '18 2:10:21 PM stuthehistoryguy
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* ''The Mad Scientist's Club'' by Bertrand R. Brinley; Charlie serves as the narrator, while Henry Mulligan serves as the protagonist.

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* ''The Mad Scientist's Club'' by Bertrand R. Brinley; Brinley. Charlie serves as the narrator, while narrator and sixth member of the eponymous group, but we know little about him. The other members have easily discernable characteristics (Jeff is the pragmatic leader, Henry Mulligan serves as is the protagonist.brilliant thinker, etc.), but it takes a close read of the series to even tease out the narrator's name.
18th Dec '17 9:45:03 AM Veanne
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* ''Film/{{Jasminum}}'' is narrated by Eugenia, a five-year old daughter of one protagonist and [[IntergenerationalFriendship friend of the other]]. Since the plot deals mainly with LoveHurts, this is to be expected (although even little girls feel sad to leave their friends).
25th Oct '17 10:43:37 AM shawnmstewart
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* Most of Creator/DamonRunyon's short stories are told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator who is given no physical description and self-describes as "a guy who is just around". His purpose is to follow around observing the antics of more interesting characters. He ''does'' occasionally assist in the events of the stories, but is never the focus, and never kicks off the action. He's just as likely to have the entire story told to him after the fact by someone else.
15th Sep '17 7:38:51 PM gurkle2
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* All [[{{Doorstopper}} twelve books]] of Anthony Powell's ''Literature/ADanceToTheMusicOfTime'' are narrated by Powell's AuthorAvatar, Nick Jenkins, but he spends most of the time observing other people, and rarely participates directly in the story.
** Powell's choice of the name "Nick" was a ShoutOut to [[Literature/TheGreatGatsby one of the most famous first-person peripheral narrators of all]].
14th Sep '17 10:15:51 AM MaulMachine
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* While the first and third games are more focused on [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]], s/he is essentially this for most of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', which is basically an anthology of 10 different character stories (12 with DLC, and 14 if you include Joker and EDI). The game mainly revolves around the CharacterDevelopment these squadmates, with [[MagneticHero Shepard]] and the SuicideMission being the thing that [[YouALLShareMyStory links them all together.]]

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* While the first and third games are more focused on [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]], s/he is essentially this for most of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', which is basically an anthology of 10 different character stories (12 with DLC, and 14 if you include Joker and EDI). The game mainly revolves around the CharacterDevelopment between these squadmates, with [[MagneticHero Shepard]] and the SuicideMission being the thing that [[YouALLShareMyStory links them all together.]]
7th Sep '17 1:09:13 PM igordebraga
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* Red from ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' narrates the story, partly because his melancholy introspectiveness offers a more interesting perspective on the stolid, straightforward main character of Andy Dufresne than Dufresne would likely have on himself, and partly [[spoiler: to preserve TheTwist, which is that Dufresne has been slowly chipping away at an escape tunnel from Shawshank prison for decades.]]

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* Red from ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' narrates the story, partly because his melancholy introspectiveness offers a more interesting perspective on the stolid, straightforward main character of Andy Dufresne than Dufresne would likely have on himself, and partly [[spoiler: to preserve TheTwist, the twist, which is that Dufresne has been slowly chipping away at an escape tunnel from Shawshank prison for decades.]]



%%* Kim and Peg in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.

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%%* * Kim and Peg in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.''Film/EdwardScissorhands''. The latter finds the title character, the former (her daughter) is the he falls for [[spoiler:and the narrator in the framing device]].



%%** Veronica Quaife (Gina Davis) in ''Film/TheFly1986''.

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%%** ** Veronica Quaife (Gina (Geena Davis) in ''Film/TheFly1986''.''Film/TheFly1986'', a good AudienceSurrogate in being as equally weirded out by what happens to her boyfriend Seth Brundle.



* ''300'' has Dilios as the narrator, despite the main character being Leonidas, so that [[spoiler: the narrator can be present for the framing device of a storyteller passing down (an [[UnreliableNarrator exaggerated version of]]) the tale to a younger generation, even though Leonidas dies in a HeroicSacrifice during the events of the film]].
%%* [[spoiler:Sweet Pea]] in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.

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* ''300'' ''Film/ThreeHundred'' has Dilios as the narrator, despite the main character being Leonidas, so that [[spoiler: the narrator can be present for the framing device of a storyteller passing down (an [[UnreliableNarrator exaggerated version of]]) the tale to a younger generation, even though Leonidas dies in a HeroicSacrifice during the events of the film]].
%%* [[spoiler:Sweet Pea]] in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' plays with it, as Babydoll is the character driving the plot, deciding to concoct an escape plan - [[spoiler:until she "realizes" that Sweet Pea is the true protagonist of the story, while she was only the means to help her escape the asylum.]]



* The night guards from the ''[[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Five Nights at Freddy's]]'' series act like this. Yes, the game is about their survival against the [[HomicideMachines killer animatronics]], but they really don't have a big impact on the plot or backstory - at best, they can discover it. [[spoiler:''3'''s unnamed Fazbear's Fright guard ''might'' have burned down the building, but it's only slightly implied, with no confirmation.]] ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'' and ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' avert this, however, with ''4's'' child protagonist - who is substantially more involved in the plot - and ''Sister Location's'' enigmatic "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Eggs Benedict,]]" who [[spoiler:[[AmbiguousSituation may or not be]] [[SerialKiller William]] [[TheDreaded Afton]] - as in, the BiggerBad of ''the entire series'' - or his [[CameBackWrong formerly-dead]] [[TheDutifulSon son,]] [[AmbiguouslyEvil Michael,]] who seems to be on track to becoming the series' HeroAntagonist.]]

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* The night guards from the ''[[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Five Nights at Freddy's]]'' ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series act like this. Yes, the game is about their survival against the [[HomicideMachines killer animatronics]], but they really don't have a big impact on the plot or backstory - at best, they can discover it. [[spoiler:''3'''s unnamed Fazbear's Fright guard ''might'' have burned down the building, but it's only slightly implied, with no confirmation.]] ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'' and ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' avert this, however, with ''4's'' child protagonist - who is substantially more involved in the plot - and ''Sister Location's'' enigmatic "[[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Eggs Benedict,]]" who [[spoiler:[[AmbiguousSituation may or not be]] [[SerialKiller William]] [[TheDreaded Afton]] - as in, the BiggerBad of ''the entire series'' - or his [[CameBackWrong formerly-dead]] [[TheDutifulSon son,]] [[AmbiguouslyEvil Michael,]] who seems to be on track to becoming the series' HeroAntagonist.]]
7th Sep '17 1:17:32 AM PaulA
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%%* Happens with moderate frequency throughout the works of Creator/HPLovecraft. "Herbert West Reanimator", "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "TheThingOnTheDoorstep" are noteworthy examples.

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%%* Happens with moderate frequency throughout the works of Creator/HPLovecraft. "Herbert West Reanimator", "The Dreams in the Witch House" and "TheThingOnTheDoorstep" "Literature/TheThingOnTheDoorstep" are noteworthy examples.
31st Aug '17 3:29:24 PM nighttrainfm
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* There are two main viewpoint characters in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''; neither of them is the real protagonist of the story, Carrot. Originally Carrot was going to be the viewpoint character, but then Pratchett decided it would be more interesting to leave his thoughts out of the narrative, and shifted the viewpoint to Vimes. This ended up having [[EnsembleDarkhorse very interesting results]]. In fact, in the entire series, there is exactly one page written from Carrot's point of view, even if the story is revolving around him. Sometimes the book spends some time on other characters' thoughts on what Carrot is thinking, because he's like a well: both extremely simple, and extremely deep.

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* There are two main viewpoint characters in ''Discworld/MenAtArms''; ''Discworld/GuardsGuards''; neither of them is the real protagonist of the story, Carrot. Originally Carrot was going to be the viewpoint character, but then Pratchett decided it would be more interesting to leave his thoughts out of the narrative, and shifted the viewpoint to Vimes. This ended up having [[EnsembleDarkhorse [[BreakoutCharacter very interesting results]]. In fact, in the entire series, there is exactly one page written from Carrot's point of view, even if the story is revolving around him. Sometimes the book spends some time on other characters' thoughts on what Carrot is thinking, because he's like a well: both extremely simple, and extremely deep.
20th Aug '17 6:13:52 AM jormis29
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* Fanny, the narrator of NancyMitford's ''Literature/LoveInAColdClimate'' and ''The Pursuit of Love'', tells the stories of Linda, Polly and Cedric and only mentions concurrent events in her own life - such as her marriage and the birth of her children - in passing.

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* Fanny, the narrator of NancyMitford's Creator/NancyMitford's ''Literature/LoveInAColdClimate'' and ''The Pursuit of Love'', tells the stories of Linda, Polly and Cedric and only mentions concurrent events in her own life - such as her marriage and the birth of her children - in passing.
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