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14th Nov '16 5:16:31 AM StFan
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* Kuzco in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. Eventually, the ''onscreen'' Kuzco tells him to shut up.
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** The narrator was also parodied with in the old ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' cartoons, including one point where he made a character in the cartoon crash his plane into the top of the mountain with the warning, "Let that be a lesson to you: never monkey around with a narrator."
* ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]''. At the end of the film, the {{Narrator}} turns out to have been [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis relating the entire tale]] to his fellow Spartans.

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** The narrator was also parodied with in the old ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' cartoons, including one point where he made a character in the cartoon crash his plane into the top of the mountain with the warning, "Let that be a lesson to you: never monkey around with a narrator."
* ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]''.''Film/ThreeHundred''. At the end of the film, the {{Narrator}} turns out to have been [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis relating the entire tale]] to his fellow Spartans.



* ''StrangerThanFiction'' is very meta about this: the narrator is an author writing about the main character. [[InteractiveNarrator The character can hear the narrator]], and most of the film is spent trying to find out who she is. [[spoiler:They meet.]]
* In the vein of that film is Film/{{Click}}, in which the main character's life becomes a DVD of sorts. The narrator is James Earl Jones.
* Pick a character played by MorganFreeman. ''Any'' character played by Morgan Freeman.
** Taken to its logical conclusion in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' sketch, where Morgan Freeman stars in a show called ''The Narrator'', and each episode is nothing but him talking.

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* ''StrangerThanFiction'' ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'' is very meta about this: the narrator is an author writing about the main character. [[InteractiveNarrator The character can hear the narrator]], and most of the film is spent trying to find out who she is. [[spoiler:They meet.]]
* In the vein of that film is Film/{{Click}}, ''Film/{{Click}}'', in which the main character's life becomes a DVD of sorts. The narrator is James Earl Jones.
* Pick a character played by MorganFreeman. ''Any'' character played by Morgan Freeman.
** Taken to its logical conclusion in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' sketch, where Morgan Freeman stars in a show called ''The Narrator'', and each episode is nothing but him talking.
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* In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' Jonathan the archivist serves as narrator for the series as a whole, reading out each statement about an alleged supernatural encounter and giving his comments. Through him, each statement-maker is also the first-person narrator of their own story (occasionally we instead hear it in their own voice, when the archivist makes a recording of a new statement instead of one he found in the archive, though Jonathan still adds comments of his own).

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* In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' Jonathan The obscure canadian kids show ''Series/ChickenMinute'' had Ulysses, an [[EggshellClothing eggshell-clothed]] chick, as the archivist serves as narrator for the series as a whole, reading out each statement about an alleged supernatural encounter and giving his comments. Through him, each statement-maker is also the first-person narrator of their own story (occasionally we instead hear it in their own voice, when the archivist makes a recording of a new statement instead of one he found in the archive, though Jonathan still adds comments of his own).narrator.



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* The obscure canadian kids show ''Series/ChickenMinute'' had Ulysses, an [[EggshellClothing eggshell-clothed]] chick, as the narrator.
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* Spoofed in a [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060722 summer 2006 installment]] of the webcomic ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
** spoofed again [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080714 in the summer of '08]]

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%%* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
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Spoofed in a [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=060722 summer 2006 installment]] of the webcomic ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
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installment]].
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spoofed again [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080714 in the summer of '08]]



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* In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' Jonathan the archivist serves as narrator for the series as a whole, reading out each statement about an alleged supernatural encounter and giving his comments. Through him, each statement-maker is also the first-person narrator of their own story (occasionally we instead hear it in their own voice, when the archivist makes a recording of a new statement instead of one he found in the archive, though Jonathan still adds comments of his own).



* The narrator in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' (as well as the two spin-off movies) was not only a narrator but often a character. The cast frequently spoke to him, the characters talked about him, and at one point the villains robbed him.
** And, in TheMovie, being reduced to moving in with his mother and narrating his own life when the show was cancelled, as shown above.

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* Pick a character played by Creator/MorganFreeman. ''Any'' character played by Morgan Freeman. Taken to its logical conclusion in a ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' sketch, where Morgan Freeman stars in a show called ''The Narrator'', and each episode is nothing but him talking.
* The narrator is parodied with in the old ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' cartoons, including one point where he makes a character in the cartoon crash his plane into the top of the mountain with the warning, "Let that be a lesson to you: never monkey around with a narrator."
* The narrator in ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' (as well as the two spin-off movies) was not only a narrator but often a character. The cast frequently spoke to him, the characters talked about him, and at one point the villains robbed him.
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him. And, in TheMovie, being reduced to moving in with his mother and narrating his own life when the show was cancelled, as shown above.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'' has a French-accented narrator inspired by Jacques Cousteau, who seems to be "studying" [=SpongeBob=] and friends. He rarely interacts with the characters, save for one memorable moment where, as he was narrating, [=SpongeBob=] [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou ran over him.]]
** One OverlyLongGag had him waiting so long that he quit, and a new narrator was hired.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has a French-accented narrator inspired by Jacques Cousteau, who seems to be "studying" [=SpongeBob=] and friends. He rarely interacts with the characters, save for one memorable moment where, as he was narrating, [=SpongeBob=] [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou ran over him.]]
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]] One OverlyLongGag had has him waiting so long that he quit, quits, and a new narrator was is hired.



* In WesternAnimation/WordGirl, other than opening and closing each episode, the disembodied narrator oftentimes interacts with the titular hero to help her and sometimes the villains, also.
* Kuzco in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. Eventually, the ''onscreen'' Kuzco tells him to shut up.

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* In WesternAnimation/WordGirl, ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'', other than opening and closing each episode, the disembodied narrator oftentimes interacts with the titular hero to help her and sometimes the villains, also.
* Kuzco in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''. Eventually, the ''onscreen'' Kuzco tells him to shut up.
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-> And so, on that note of -- triumph? ends our description. I hope you'll join me again for our next episode of ''{{TV Tropes}}.''

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-> And so, on that note of -- triumph? ends our description. I hope you'll join me again for our next episode of ''{{TV Tropes}}.''Wiki/TVTropes.''
6th Nov '16 1:42:00 PM wootzits
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* The narrator of ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' is a typical narrator, usually summing up the episode with a little piece of wisdom at the end of each segment. However, everyone is aware of his existence. He even appears on screen [[TheFaceless (wearing a mask) ]] and is sometimes called upon by the characters. He's offered Natsumi fashion advice, tried to keep a stranded Keroro company, and even [[ItMakesSenseInContext provided his voice for a fake invasion video]].

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* The narrator of ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' ''Manga/SgtFrog'' is a typical narrator, usually summing up the episode with a little piece of wisdom at the end of each segment. However, everyone is aware of his existence. He even appears on screen [[TheFaceless (wearing a mask) ]] and is sometimes called upon by the characters. He's offered Natsumi fashion advice, tried to keep a stranded Keroro company, and even [[ItMakesSenseInContext provided his voice for a fake invasion video]].
26th Oct '16 5:17:28 AM JackG
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* PlayedForLaughs in the short film ''The Gunfighter'' (2014). The unnamed gunfighter walks into a Western saloon, only to find a mysterious voice describing everything that's about to happen, such as an impending gunfight. When the gunfighter urges everyone not to listen to the voice, the narrator keeps describing embarrassing secrets everyone else in the bar is hiding until the gunfight breaks out anyway.

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* PlayedForLaughs in the short film ''The Gunfighter'' (2014). The unnamed gunfighter walks into a Western saloon, only to find a mysterious voice describing everything that's about to happen, such as an impending gunfight. When the gunfighter urges everyone not to listen to the voice, voice because he has no intention of killing anyone, the narrator keeps starts describing embarrassing secrets everyone else in the bar is hiding until the gunfight breaks out anyway.
26th Oct '16 5:16:10 AM JackG
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* PlayedForLaughs in the short film ''The Gunfighter'' (2014). The unnamed gunfighter walks into a Western saloon, only to find a mysterious voice describing everything that's about to happen, such as an impending gunfight. When the gunfighter urges everyone not to listen to the voice, the narrator keeps describing embarrassing secrets everyone else in the bar is hiding until the gunfight breaks out anyway.
25th Oct '16 10:05:27 AM Outis
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[[folder:Podcasts]]
*In ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'' Jonathan the archivist serves as narrator for the series as a whole, reading out each statement about an alleged supernatural encounter and giving his comments. Through him, each statement-maker is also the first-person narrator of their own story (occasionally we instead hear it in their own voice, when the archivist makes a recording of a new statement instead of one he found in the archive, though Jonathan still adds comments of his own).
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5th Oct '16 1:04:09 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Stage Manager of Thornton Wilder's play ''OurTown'', who routinely addresses the audience and offers commentary on the characters' actions.

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* The Stage Manager of Thornton Wilder's play ''OurTown'', ''Theatre/OurTown'', who routinely addresses the audience and offers commentary on the characters' actions.
22nd Sep '16 5:41:40 PM nombretomado
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* Chris, of ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' fame. In the early days of the show, she had a good deal more air-time and personality, and occasionally interacted with the characters as well as introducing the story and setting the scene. By now, though, she has spent the better part of the series briefly introducing the show, then showing up at the end to explicitly state the moral of the day and relevant Bible verses before moving on to the credits.

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* Chris, of ''AdventuresInOdyssey'' ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey'' fame. In the early days of the show, she had a good deal more air-time and personality, and occasionally interacted with the characters as well as introducing the story and setting the scene. By now, though, she has spent the better part of the series briefly introducing the show, then showing up at the end to explicitly state the moral of the day and relevant Bible verses before moving on to the credits.
13th Aug '16 5:55:14 PM AHI-3000
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' was narrated by Huey Freeman, [[OutOfFocus though mainly in the first season]]. Later on in the series, other characters occasionally took the narrator role in certain episodes, such as his brother Riley, his grandfather Robert, Uncle Ruckus, and even Colonel Stinkmeaner.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' was narrated by Huey Freeman, [[OutOfFocus though mainly in the first season]].season [[OutOfFocus due to his diminished role in later seasons]]. Later on in the series, other characters occasionally took the narrator role in certain episodes, such as his brother Riley, his grandfather Robert, Uncle Ruckus, and even Colonel Stinkmeaner.
12th Aug '16 12:58:52 PM AHI-3000
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' was narrated by Huey Freeman, [[DemotedToExtra though mainly in the first season]]. Later on in the series, other characters occasionally took the narrator role in certain episodes, such as his brother Riley, his grandfather Robert, Uncle Ruckus, and even Colonel Stinkmeaner.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' was narrated by Huey Freeman, [[DemotedToExtra [[OutOfFocus though mainly in the first season]]. Later on in the series, other characters occasionally took the narrator role in certain episodes, such as his brother Riley, his grandfather Robert, Uncle Ruckus, and even Colonel Stinkmeaner.
11th Jul '16 7:42:48 PM RAMChYLD
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* ''WesternAnimation/WordParty'' has an interactive one that can converse directly with the viewer.
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