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3rd Dec '17 2:31:02 PM StFan
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* Frequently occurs in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comic books. A caption will say, "Captain Whizbang overtakes the locomotive!", while in the same panel Captain Whizbang says or thinks, "Got to--overtake--the locomotive!", and the art shows Captain Whizbang--guess what?--overtaking the locomotive.
** The trope carried over into the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] as well. Since the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], this has become a DiscreditedTrope, and a likely contributing factor to the DecompressedComic.
* Sometimes comics seem to invoke this as a result of unease to show panels without text.

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* Frequently occurs in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] comic books. A caption will say, "Captain Whizbang overtakes the locomotive!", while in the same panel Captain Whizbang says or thinks, "Got to--overtake--the locomotive!", and the art shows Captain Whizbang--guess what?--overtaking the locomotive.
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locomotive. The trope carried over into the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] as well. Since the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]], this has become a DiscreditedTrope, and a likely contributing factor to the DecompressedComic.
* Sometimes comics seem to invoke this as a result of unease to show panels without text.
DecompressedComic.



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* The author of ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'' tends to spell out everything, such as outright telling the audience how a mirror-based monster has the power to reflect attacks right back after it's been shown to the audience multiple times already.

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* The author of ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'' ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn'' tends to spell out everything, such as outright telling the audience how a mirror-based monster has the power to reflect attacks right back after it's been shown to the audience multiple times already.



* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' has a running gag where Joey keeps announcing "Here we are at the (place of interest)" to everyone else's great annoyance.



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* The recut versions of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', in particular the Miramax cut, decided to make a few mute characters non-mute. How, you ask? By making them narrate their thoughts. However, the original director had already made sure that the audience would know what they were thinking. As a result, you get lines such as:
-->"As Zigzag's guards were taking me inside the royal palace, I gazed upon the princess for the first time."\\
"Finally, I was free."



* ''Film/{{Dogville}}'' can be found guilty of this, with the narrator filling us in on every single development and telling the viewer everything that is happening. Then there is this part towards the end"
--> [[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds Grace]]: That's Moses!
--> Narrator: "That's Moses!" she said, jumping out of the car.
* The beginning of ''{{Film/Elysium}}'' has a bit of this: onscreen text explains that Earth is an overpopulated WretchedHive, while Elysium is an idyllic space station where the rich hide from the masses, but the accompanying flyover visuals and first couple of scenes make all this perfectly clear.

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* ''Film/{{Dogville}}'' can be found guilty of this, with the narrator filling us in on every single development and telling the viewer everything that is happening. Then there is this part towards the end"
--> [[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds Grace]]:
end:
-->'''[[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds Grace]]:'''
That's Moses!
--> Narrator:
Moses!\\
'''Narrator:'''
"That's Moses!" she said, jumping out of the car.
* The beginning of ''{{Film/Elysium}}'' ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' has a bit of this: onscreen text explains that Earth is an overpopulated WretchedHive, while Elysium is an idyllic space station where the rich hide from the masses, but the accompanying flyover visuals and first couple of scenes make all this perfectly clear.



-->"They're chasing us!"\\
"Oh, really, you think?"

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-->"They're -->'''David Levinson:''' They're chasing us!"\\
"Oh,
us!\\
'''Capt. Steven Hiller:''' Oh,
really, you think?"think?



--> "Those people are trying to kill us!"
--> "I KNOW, DAD!"
--> "Well, it's a new experience for me!"

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--> "Those -->'''Henry Jones Sr.:''' Those people are trying to kill us!"
--> "I
us!\\
'''Indiana Jones:''' I
KNOW, DAD!"
--> "Well,
DAD!\\
'''Henry Jones Sr.:''' Well,
it's a new experience for me!"me!



-->'''Jane:''' He has a gun.
-->'''Frank:''' I... can see that.
* ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars: Return of the Jedi]]'' spends a few good minutes setting up the Emperor's plan, complete with the delightful reactions of the pilots as they stumble right into it... and then Admiral Akbar declares, "[[MemeticMutation It's a trap!]]"
* The recut versions of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', in particular the Miramax cut, decided to make a few mute characters non-mute. How, you ask? By making them narrate their thoughts. However, the original director had already made sure that the audience would know what they were thinking. As a result, you get lines such as:
-->"As Zigzag's guards were taking me inside the royal palace, I gazed upon the princess for the first time."\\
"Finally, I was free."

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-->'''Jane:''' He has a gun.
-->'''Frank:'''
gun.\\
'''Frank:'''
I... can see that.
* ''[[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Star Wars: Return of the Jedi]]'' ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' spends a few good minutes setting up the Emperor's plan, complete with the delightful reactions of the pilots as they stumble right into it... and then Admiral Akbar declares, "[[MemeticMutation It's a trap!]]"
* The recut versions of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', in particular the Miramax cut, decided to make a few mute characters non-mute. How, you ask? By making them narrate their thoughts. However, the original director had already made sure that the audience would know what they were thinking. As a result, you get lines such as:
-->"As Zigzag's guards were taking me inside the royal palace, I gazed upon the princess for the first time."\\
"Finally, I was free."
trap!]]"



* Film/{{Dune}} is rife with this, including but not limited to: the internal monologues of one-off characters, characters describing exactly what they have just done/ are doing/ are going to do shortly, and infodumps a plenty.
* Dorothy narrates Toto's escape in Film/TheWizardOfOz. "He's getting away! He got away!"

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* Film/{{Dune}} ''Film/{{Dune}}'' is rife with this, including but not limited to: the internal monologues of one-off characters, characters describing exactly what they have just done/ are doing/ are going to do shortly, and infodumps a plenty.
* Dorothy narrates Toto's escape in Film/TheWizardOfOz.''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. "He's getting away! He got away!"



* The first few books in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' have a pretty bad case of this when it comes to character descriptions. Harry ''always'' tells us that he is a wizard, even though it's mentioned on the blurb. He tells us who Murphy is, even though we've known that for more than four books. He repeatedly tells us how he's tall and lanky. And so on. And obviously, many long running book series are guilty of this. They obviously write it that way so that if someone obviously starts reading the series without reading book one, they will obviously not be lost. Obviously, this entry and the one above fall under this trope. Obviously.

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* The first few books in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' have a pretty bad case of this when it comes to character descriptions. Harry ''always'' tells us that he is a wizard, even though it's mentioned on the blurb. He tells us who Murphy is, even though we've known that for more than four books. He repeatedly tells us how he's tall and lanky. And so on. And obviously, many long running long-running book series are guilty of this. They obviously write it that way so that if someone obviously starts reading the series without reading book one, they will obviously not be lost. Obviously, this entry and the one above fall under this trope. Obviously.



** During [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]] the protagonists are chased through time by a group of Daleks in their own time machine and make a brief stop on a sailing ship, and when the Daleks show up they fight and kill the crew before resuming the chase. The camera then pan over the now deserted ship before stopping on the name plate, which reads "Mary Celeste". That's kinda funny, right? Cut to inside the TARDIS, where Ian tells Barbara that the ship was, in fact, the Mary Celeste. Maybe the writers were afraid the audience looked away at the wrong moment.

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** During [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]" the protagonists are chased through time by a group of Daleks in their own time machine and make a brief stop on a sailing ship, and when the Daleks show up they fight and kill the crew before resuming the chase. The camera then pan over the now deserted ship before stopping on the name plate, which reads "Mary Celeste". That's kinda funny, right? Cut to inside the TARDIS, where Ian tells Barbara that the ship was, in fact, the Mary Celeste. Maybe the writers were afraid the audience looked away at the wrong moment.



-->'''Miss Brooks''': Well, as they used to say before television, let's go in.

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-->'''Miss Brooks''': Brooks:''' Well, as they used to say before television, let's go in.



-->'''Dougal''': Well, here we are at the Laird's house.
-->'''Hamish''': Why did you say that?
-->'''Dougal''': It doesn't do any harm.

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-->'''Dougal''': -->'''Dougal:''' Well, here we are at the Laird's house.
-->'''Hamish''':
house.\\
'''Hamish:'''
Why did you say that?
-->'''Dougal''':
that?\\
'''Dougal:'''
It doesn't do any harm.



-->'''Victoria Wood as Susan''': It's Joe Grundy coming in on his legs. Hello, Joe Grundy.
* Every single RadioDrama, as required by the medium. Tends to make the actors sound really [[LargeHam hammy]] to listeners used to visual media.
** But no radio drama ever handled it better than Creator/OrsonWelles did with his famous ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' broadcast. Welles' decision to stage the show as a PhonyNewscast (for the first two acts, anyway; Act III is a reading from a diary) justified this trope InUniverse. Instead of characters narrating what they're seeing for an audience, radio broadcasters are describing what they're seeing as they would naturally.

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-->'''Victoria Wood as Susan''': Susan:''' It's Joe Grundy coming in on his legs. Hello, Joe Grundy.
* Every single RadioDrama, as required by the medium. Tends to make the actors sound really [[LargeHam hammy]] to listeners used to visual media.
**
media. But no radio drama ever handled it better than Creator/OrsonWelles did with his famous ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' broadcast. Welles' decision to stage the show as a PhonyNewscast (for the first two acts, anyway; Act III is a reading from a diary) justified this trope InUniverse. Instead of characters narrating what they're seeing for an audience, radio broadcasters are describing what they're seeing as they would naturally.



* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' has a running gag where Joey keeps announcing "Here we are at the (place of interest)" to everyone else's great annoyance.



-->'''Stumpy''': [[spoiler: [[SanitySlippage Kaeloo's lost it!]]]]

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-->'''Stumpy''': -->'''Stumpy:''' [[spoiler: [[SanitySlippage Kaeloo's lost it!]]]]



And then you, the reader, reached the bottom of this very page.

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And ->And then you, the reader, reached the bottom of this very page.page.
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25th Nov '17 7:18:55 PM Willbyr
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24th Nov '17 3:51:47 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Played for laughs in an episode of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', when Detective Boyle finds himself slipping into this at a moment of great tension:
-->'''Detective Boyle:''' Terry called him?! He's shaking Terry's hand! Now I'm just describing everything that's happening. What the hell's going on?!\\
'''Captain Holt:''' I do not know.\\
'''Detective Boyle:''' Now Captain Holt doesn't know!
6th Oct '17 8:43:40 AM mimitchi33
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* ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' has The Ruby Reds and The Do-Wop Penguines, two sets of characters whose only roles in the show are to do this in the form of a short song. For example, when a toy told the others that the goblins escaped in the first episode, the former group sang "Not the goblins!".
3rd Oct '17 3:39:31 PM GhostLad
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* Creator/{{Netflix}} shows have this [[TropesAreNotBad as a feature]] in the form of audio description tracks, presumably so that the visually impaired can have an indication of what's happening on screen.

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* Creator/{{Netflix}} shows have this [[TropesAreNotBad as a feature]] in the form of audio description tracks, presumably tracks so that the visually impaired can have an indication of what's happening on screen.
16th Sep '17 6:33:07 AM tvlegend
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12th Aug '17 3:42:13 PM Fluid
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* Creator/{{Netflix}} shows have this [[TropesAreNotBad as a feature]] in the form of audio description tracks, presumably so that the visually impaired can have an indication of what's happening on screen.
4th Aug '17 7:06:50 PM eroock
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See also CaptainObvious, LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe. Contrast UnreliableVoiceover, NarrationEcho.

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See also CaptainObvious, LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe. LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe, NarrationEcho. Contrast UnreliableVoiceover, NarrationEcho.UnreliableVoiceover.
4th Aug '17 7:05:52 PM eroock
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See also CaptainObvious, LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe. Contrast UnreliableVoiceover.

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See also CaptainObvious, LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe. Contrast UnreliableVoiceover.UnreliableVoiceover, NarrationEcho.
26th Apr '17 12:41:13 AM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': At the end of the episode "Let's Play Spies", [[TheDitz Stumpy]] does this.
-->'''Stumpy''': [[spoiler: [[SanitySlippage Kaeloo's lost it!]]]]
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