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12th Mar '17 2:03:08 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' narrator explains all the scientific Keys to Victory without really letting emotion into it. He doesn't need to - explaining ''how'' the MonsterOfTheWeek will be getting its ass(es) handed to it in through what is basically the Japanese version of MorganFreeman is enough.

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* The ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' narrator explains all the scientific Keys to Victory without really letting emotion into it. He doesn't need to - explaining ''how'' the MonsterOfTheWeek will be getting its ass(es) handed to it in through what is basically the Japanese version of MorganFreeman Creator/MorganFreeman is enough.
31st Jan '17 9:02:05 AM JamesAustin
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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.

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* Pick a character played by Creator/MorganFreeman. ''Any'' character played by Morgan Freeman. Taken The habit of Creator/MorganFreeman playing narrators was 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.
28th Jan '17 10:04:58 PM LadyNorbert
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* Richard Dean Anderson would sometimes serve as a narrator in ''Series/MacGyver'', either to reveal a chunk of backstory or to describe the principles of his BambooTechnology.

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* Richard Dean Anderson would sometimes serve serves as a narrator in ''Series/MacGyver'', either to reveal a chunk of backstory or to describe the principles of his BambooTechnology.BambooTechnology.
** Lucas Till does the same thing in the [[MacGyver2016 reboot series]].



** Or "In case you're wondering what's going on, So. Am. I."

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** Or "In case you're wondering what's going on, So.so. Am. I."



* Earl Hamner Jr. as the voice of the older John-Boy Walton in ''TheWaltons.''

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* Earl Hamner Jr. as is the voice of the older John-Boy Walton in ''TheWaltons.''Series/TheWaltons.''



* Main character Zack Morris did this at least once in every episode of ''Series/SavedByTheBell''.

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* Main character Zack Morris did this at least once in every episode of ''Series/SavedByTheBell''. Unlike many examples, instead of narrating over the activity, he would actually talk directly to the camera.



* Burl Ives' Snowman character in the ChristmasSpecial ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' is a hybrid of Narrator and GreekChorus.

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* Burl Ives' Snowman character in the ChristmasSpecial ''RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'' is a hybrid of Narrator and GreekChorus.GreekChorus.
** Creator/FredAstaire fills the same role in ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown''.



* The obscure canadian kids show ''Series/ChickenMinute'' had Ulysses, an [[EggshellClothing eggshell-clothed]] chick, as the narrator.

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* The obscure canadian Canadian kids show ''Series/ChickenMinute'' had Ulysses, an [[EggshellClothing eggshell-clothed]] chick, as the narrator.



* The FramingDevice of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' features TheNarrator, Varric Tethras, being interrogated by a person who is after the true story of Hawke, the PlayerCharacter and Varric's old friend/rival. Notably, every now and then Varric lapses into {{Tall Tale}}s, making the interrogator interrupt him and demand to return back to the truth. [[UnreliableNarrator How much more exaggeration Varric manages to sneak in without her noticing remains open.]] He even, at one point during the game, narrates Hawke's actions ''to Hawke,'' prompting him/her to remind him how much s/he hates it when he does that - suggesting he does it a lot.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins,'' the voice of Duncan provides narration at the very beginning, explaining how the Grey Wardens first began to fight the darkspawn, and again near the end, announcing the heroes' victory and the joy of the people at the coronation of whomever the {{player character}} chose to rule Ferelden.
* The FramingDevice of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' features TheNarrator, Varric Tethras, being interrogated by a person who is after the true story of Hawke, the PlayerCharacter and Varric's old friend/rival. Notably, every now and then Varric lapses into {{Tall Tale}}s, making the interrogator interrupt him and demand to return back to the truth. [[UnreliableNarrator How much more exaggeration Varric manages to sneak in without her noticing remains open.]] ]]
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He even, at one point during the game, narrates Hawke's actions ''to Hawke,'' prompting him/her to remind him how much s/he hates it when he does that - suggesting he does it a lot.



* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', public radio host Cecil is always the narrator (we rarely even hear other characters speak), often a bystander to events, and occasionally a protagonist in them. And hooboy is he [[LemonyNarrator Lemony]] at times, although he tries to maintain at least the pretence of journalistic distance.

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* In ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'', public radio host Cecil is always the narrator (we rarely even hear other characters speak), often a bystander to events, and occasionally a protagonist in them. And hooboy hoo boy, is he [[LemonyNarrator Lemony]] at times, although he tries to maintain at least the pretence pretense of journalistic distance.
28th Jan '17 9:39:11 PM LadyNorbert
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* The FramingDevice of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' features TheNarrator, Varric Tethras, being interrogated by a person who is after the true story of Hawke, the PlayerCharacter and Varric's old friend/rival. Notably, every now and then Varric lapses into {{Tall Tale}}s, making the interrogator interrupt him and demand to return back to the truth. [[UnreliableNarrator How much more exaggeration Varric manages to sneak in without her noticing remains open.]]

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* The FramingDevice of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' features TheNarrator, Varric Tethras, being interrogated by a person who is after the true story of Hawke, the PlayerCharacter and Varric's old friend/rival. Notably, every now and then Varric lapses into {{Tall Tale}}s, making the interrogator interrupt him and demand to return back to the truth. [[UnreliableNarrator How much more exaggeration Varric manages to sneak in without her noticing remains open.]]]] He even, at one point during the game, narrates Hawke's actions ''to Hawke,'' prompting him/her to remind him how much s/he hates it when he does that - suggesting he does it a lot.
** Unsurprisingly, Varric's voice actor Creator/BrianBloom was drafted to reprise this role when BioWare established the ''Dragon Age Keep.'' After the player establishes the choices they made (or wish they had made) in the first two games, they have the option of sitting back and listening to Varric narrate their adventures.
11th Dec '16 3:01:58 PM WillKeaton
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* The ''Manga/DragonBall'' series. Recaps the previous episodes. And closes the final scene. On occasion, he narrates in the middle of episodes. The Funimation Texas dub narrators are infamous for gravely voiced, "Last time, on Dragon Ball Z!". The Japanese dub sounds like an elder man telling a story.

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* The ''Manga/DragonBall'' series. Recaps the previous episodes. And closes the final scene. On occasion, he narrates in the middle of episodes. The Funimation Texas dub narrators are infamous for gravely voiced, "Last time, on Dragon Ball Z!". Z!" The Japanese dub sounds like an elder man telling a story.
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.
Jones.



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