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10th Nov '16 7:29:48 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Subverted in Music/RandyTravis's ''Three Wooden Crosses'' where a preacher is telling the story of "A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher" where a crash leaves "three wooden crosses". It sounds like the preacher would be the survivor telling the story, but he's actually [[spoiler:the son of the hooker, who received the initial preacher's bloodstained Bible and raised her son by it]].
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* In Manga/{{Claudine}}, the story is narrated by [[spoiler: Claudine's therapist. Claudine himself [[TheHeroDies died several years ago]].]]

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* In Manga/{{Claudine}}, the story is narrated by [[spoiler: Claudine's therapist. Claudine himself [[TheHeroDies died several years ago]].]]ago]]]].



-->'''Narration:''' "...until the sky-fire stole midgard and her twin, burned both and ended ''all''." *[[{{beatpanel}} next page]]* "All save this telling. All save the ''teller''-- he who is ''Moon-King'', trickster, wanderer, ''free'' and ''unfettered''... '''Loki''' his name. Would you know more?" *and at this point Loki stopped narrating and [[MonumentalTheft pocketed the story]]*

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-->'''Narration:''' "...until the sky-fire stole midgard and her twin, burned both and ended ''all''." *[[{{beatpanel}} *[[BeatPanel next page]]* "All save this telling. All save the ''teller''-- he who is ''Moon-King'', trickster, wanderer, ''free'' and ''unfettered''... '''Loki''' his name. Would you know more?" *and at this point Loki stopped narrating and [[MonumentalTheft pocketed the story]]*



* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' ends with the revelation that the narrator, who we think is Willie Wonka's father (played by Creator/ChristopherLee), is [[spoiler: one of the Ooompa-Loompas.]]
* ''Film/TheLastBroadcast'' has the narrator obvious all along do the documentary style. The twist is that [[spoiler: he was the murderer in the case the documentary is about.]]

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* ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' ends with the revelation that the narrator, who we think is Willie Wonka's father (played by Creator/ChristopherLee), is [[spoiler: one of the Ooompa-Loompas.]]
Ooompa-Loompas]].
* ''Film/TheLastBroadcast'' has the narrator obvious all along do the documentary style. The twist is that [[spoiler: he was the murderer in the case the documentary is about.]]about]].



* In the very last scene, ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' turns out to be narrated by TheAtoner. [[AsLongAsThereIsOneMan Also, he has the most badass sword short of]] [[NamedWeapons giving it a name]].

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* In the very last scene, ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' turns out to be narrated by TheAtoner. [[AsLongAsThereIsOneMan Also, he has the most badass sword short of]] [[NamedWeapons giving it a name]].name.]]



* At the end of ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', the narrator is revealed to be Aurora, who now rules as TheHighQueen of the human kingdom [[spoiler: and [[LandOfFaerie the Moors]] ]].

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* At the end of ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', the narrator is revealed to be Aurora, who now rules as TheHighQueen of the human kingdom [[spoiler: and [[LandOfFaerie the Moors]] ]].Moors]]]].



* At the end of ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', we learn that the narrator at the beginning is [[spoiler: the same strange man who gave James the "crocodile tongues" that led to the creation of the Peach and transformation of the bugs.]]

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* At the end of ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', we learn that the narrator at the beginning is [[spoiler: the same strange man who gave James the "crocodile tongues" that led to the creation of the Peach and transformation of the bugs.]]bugs]].



* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Lemony Snicket at first appears to be a standard-issue third-person omniscient narrator, but over the course of the series (in particular, through paratexts like the dedications and "in the next volume..." teasers), he gradually reveals more and more information about how he himself is involved in the story. Not all the questions raised by his hints are answered in the series, but by the end it's pretty clear that [[spoiler: he was the third sibling of Jacques and Kit Snicket, a member of the VFD before the schism (and almost certainly on the opposite side to the Baudelaires), and the lover of Mrs Baudelaire before she got married.]] Though, really, that just raises further questions...

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* In ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', Lemony Snicket at first appears to be a standard-issue third-person omniscient narrator, but over the course of the series (in particular, through paratexts like the dedications and "in the next volume..." teasers), he gradually reveals more and more information about how he himself is involved in the story. Not all the questions raised by his hints are answered in the series, but by the end it's pretty clear that [[spoiler: he was the third sibling of Jacques and Kit Snicket, a member of the VFD before the schism (and almost certainly on the opposite side to the Baudelaires), and the lover of Mrs Baudelaire before she got married.]] married]]. Though, really, that just raises further questions...



* Irvine Welsh's novel ''Literature/{{Filth}}'' appears to have four narrators: [[AntiHero the main character]] Bruce Robertson, a [[DirtyCop crooked]], [[NobleBigotWithABadge racist]], [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero misogynistic]], {{ma|gnificentBastard}}nipulative, and [[AnythingThatMoves promiscuous]] policeman; his estranged wife Carole, whose chapters are written in bold; the unnamed murderer, whose crime Bruce is investigating, and whose only chapter is also written in bold; and an unusually self-aware tapeworm living in Bruce's intestines, whose narrations are inside tube-like structures that interrupt Bruce's narrations in some places. In the end it turns out that [[spoiler: the "Carole" chapters are in fact narrated by Bruce [[VillainousCrossdresser wearing her clothes and make-up]] as a way of coping with their separation. What is more, the "murderer" was also Bruce dressed as Carole and the victim was the man who had had an affair with the real Carole]].

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* Irvine Welsh's novel ''Literature/{{Filth}}'' appears to have four narrators: [[AntiHero the main character]] Bruce Robertson, a [[DirtyCop crooked]], [[NobleBigotWithABadge racist]], [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero misogynistic]], {{ma|gnificentBastard}}nipulative, and [[AnythingThatMoves promiscuous]] policeman; his estranged wife Carole, whose chapters are written in bold; the unnamed murderer, whose crime Bruce is investigating, and whose only chapter is also written in bold; and an unusually self-aware tapeworm living in Bruce's intestines, whose narrations are inside tube-like structures that interrupt Bruce's narrations in some places. In the end it turns out that [[spoiler: the "Carole" chapters are in fact narrated by Bruce [[VillainousCrossdresser [[CreepyCrossdresser wearing her clothes and make-up]] as a way of coping with their separation. What is more, the "murderer" was also Bruce dressed as Carole and the victim was the man who had had an affair with the real Carole]].



%%* In a series of Swedish slice-of-life YA books for tween girls framed as the main character's diary, once a book there is a chapter where her [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling obnoxious little brother]] has [[MarySue a marvelous adventure with his friends]]. In the next chapter, we learn that the annoying little twit got ahold of her diary again...

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%%* In a series of Swedish slice-of-life YA books for tween girls framed as the main character's diary, once a book there is a chapter where her [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling obnoxious little brother]] has [[MarySue a marvelous adventure with his friends]].friends. In the next chapter, we learn that the annoying little twit got ahold of her diary again...



* In the novel ''Soglyadatay'' (translated as ''The Eye'') by Vladimir Nabokov, it turns out that the narrator is [[spoiler: Smurov himself, who has serious problems with detachment from his own identity. He's a compulsive liar and has a driving desire to observe himself from the outside. Possibly his disassociation was brought on by being a [[FreudianExcuse closeted homosexual]].]]
* In Marilyn French's ''[[Literature/TheWomensRoom The Women's Room]]'', the narrator is revealed to be [[spoiler:Mira.]] We don't find this out until the last two or three pages of the book, after she explains what happened to all the other members of the group.
* In the ''Literature/BookOfTheLongSun'', the narrator appears to be in the omniscient, third-person. [[spoiler: Half-way through the fourth and final volume it is revealed that the narrator is actually Horn, one of the students of the protagonist, who has a very limited perspective on events. ]]

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* In the novel ''Soglyadatay'' (translated as ''The Eye'') by Vladimir Nabokov, it turns out that the narrator is [[spoiler: Smurov himself, who has serious problems with detachment from his own identity. He's a compulsive liar and has a driving desire to observe himself from the outside. Possibly his disassociation was brought on by being a [[FreudianExcuse closeted homosexual]].]]
homosexual]]]].
* In Marilyn French's ''[[Literature/TheWomensRoom The Women's Room]]'', ''Literature/TheWomensRoom'', the narrator is revealed to be [[spoiler:Mira.]] [[spoiler:Mira]]. We don't find this out until the last two or three pages of the book, after she explains what happened to all the other members of the group.
* In the ''Literature/BookOfTheLongSun'', the narrator appears to be in the omniscient, third-person. [[spoiler: Half-way through the fourth and final volume it is revealed that the narrator is actually Horn, one of the students of the protagonist, who has a very limited perspective on events. ]]



* Sort of inverted in the first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. The character Dalinar has periodic visions of ancient history narrated to him by an unknown presence. At the end of the book he has two revelations: the narrator's identity ([[spoiler:the God of his religion]]) and [[spoiler:that he is not actually narrating to him, it's just an anonymous recording like a message in a bottle, because he's already dead. So in this case a narrator that was thought to play a direct role in the story is revealed not to.]].

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* Sort of inverted in the first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. The character Dalinar has periodic visions of ancient history narrated to him by an unknown presence. At the end of the book he has two revelations: the narrator's identity ([[spoiler:the God of his religion]]) and [[spoiler:that he is not actually narrating to him, it's just an anonymous recording like a message in a bottle, because he's already dead. So in this case a narrator that was thought to play a direct role in the story is revealed not to.]].to]].



* In ''Literature/GoMutants'', the narrator turns out to be [[spoiler:the protagonist, J!m's, father, previously believed to be dead.]]

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* In ''Literature/GoMutants'', the narrator turns out to be [[spoiler:the protagonist, J!m's, father, previously believed to be dead.]]dead]].



* In ''The Stone Canal'', part of Creator/{{Ken MacLeod}}'s Literature/FallRevolution series, the odd chapters are about (amongst other things) a man called Jon Wilde being cloned by a [[BrainUploading robot with his personality]] called Jay-Dub. The even chapters are Wilde's memoir. It's not until chapter 18 that [[spoiler:it becomes clear the Wilde narrating the even chapters is the robot, not the clone]].

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* In ''The Stone Canal'', part of Creator/{{Ken MacLeod}}'s Creator/KenMacLeod's Literature/FallRevolution series, the odd chapters are about (amongst other things) a man called Jon Wilde being cloned by a [[BrainUploading robot with his personality]] called Jay-Dub. The even chapters are Wilde's memoir. It's not until chapter 18 that [[spoiler:it becomes clear the Wilde narrating the even chapters is the robot, not the clone]].



* PlayedWith in ''Literature/FightClub''. The PlotTwist is that [[spoiler:Tyler Durden reveals himself to be a split personality of the Narrator's]]. While the Narrator ''himself'' didn't learn this until late in the game. Really though, it'd be bigger twist [[PopculturalOsmosis if you didn't already know that]].

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* PlayedWith in ''Literature/FightClub''. The PlotTwist is that [[spoiler:Tyler Durden reveals himself to be a split personality of the Narrator's]]. While the Narrator ''himself'' didn't learn this until late in the game. Really though, it'd be bigger twist [[PopculturalOsmosis [[PopCulturalOsmosis if you didn't already know that]].



* "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now", by Mindy [=McCready=] and [[Music/{{Lonestar}} Richie McDonald]]: The story is about a woman who leaves her man behind, taking a painting off the wall and leaving a note for him in its place. This leads into the chorus "Maybe he'll notice her now / Maybe he'll open his eyes / Sometimes it takes somebody leaving / For a man to realize…" At the end, after he calls and apologizes, Mindy ends the final chorus with "I'm coming home / Maybe you'll notice me now".

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* "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now", by Mindy [=McCready=] and [[Music/{{Lonestar}} Richie McDonald]]: The story is about a woman who leaves her man behind, taking a painting off the wall and leaving a note for him in its place. This leads into the chorus "Maybe he'll notice her now / Maybe he'll open his eyes / Sometimes it takes somebody leaving / For a man to realize…" realize..." At the end, after he calls and apologizes, Mindy ends the final chorus with "I'm coming home / Maybe you'll notice me now".



* "Underdog" by The Lost Trailers. The first two times around, the chorus mentions "The shy kid who gets the prom queen / Who’s never been the star of anything / And those two lovers hitched at city hall / They’ve got each other, so they’ve got it all…" In the final chorus, these lines become "A guy like me could get the prom queen / I’ve never been the star of anything / We were two lovers hitched at city hall / We still got each other, so we got it all…"

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* "Underdog" by The Lost Trailers. The first two times around, the chorus mentions "The shy kid who gets the prom queen / Who’s Who's never been the star of anything / And those two lovers hitched at city hall / They’ve They've got each other, so they’ve they've got it all…" all..." In the final chorus, these lines become "A guy like me could get the prom queen / I’ve I've never been the star of anything / We were two lovers hitched at city hall / We still got each other, so we got it all…"all..."



* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'''s Barbarossa campaign, a man in a tavern is telling the story of Frederick Barbarossa, and at the end, mentions that with Barbarossa gone, no one was stopping Henry the Lion from returning to the empire. And then he says: "But [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor I am an old man now]]. [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder What harm could I possibly do]]?", revealing himself to be Henry the Lion.

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* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'''s Barbarossa campaign, a man in a tavern is telling the story of Frederick Barbarossa, and at the end, mentions that with Barbarossa gone, no one was stopping Henry the Lion from returning to the empire. And then he says: "But [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor I am an old man now]]. [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder What harm could I possibly do]]?", do?]]", revealing himself to be Henry the Lion.



** Lampshaded in the Website/SomethingAwful [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/IWD2/ Icewind Dale 2]] LetsPlay in which the narrator is [[spoiler:The druid character, originally a stoner who comes to understand that they are in a computer game as he approaches enlightenment, dying in the final battle and subsequently delivering the epilogue]].

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** Lampshaded in the Website/SomethingAwful [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/IWD2/ Icewind Dale 2]] LetsPlay in which the narrator is [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:the druid character, originally a stoner who comes to understand that they are in a computer game as he approaches enlightenment, dying in the final battle and subsequently delivering the epilogue]].



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' has an interesting subversion that, for some players, is a little hard to place. Yuna narrates the plot in past-tense, as if recounting what has happened after it is already over. In the regular ending, no real reason is given for why she was narrating in the past tense, after the fact- it appears to just be a design choice. But if you do the right things during the plot, you get an extra cutscene at the end of the game where [[spoiler: Tidus is once again summoned by the Fayth, as a sort of reward for Yuna's efforts. Yuna sees him, jumps into the sea, and runs to meet him. Turns out that she was narrating to him the entire game, recounting the things that happened since they were last together. Granted, she DOES say "you" in reference to someone the entire game, but it's still a surprise to realize that she's not talking to herself or Tidus despite his "death", and that he actually came back, and she is actually talking TO him.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' has an interesting subversion that, for some players, is a little hard to place. Yuna narrates the plot in past-tense, as if recounting what has happened after it is already over. In the regular ending, no real reason is given for why she was narrating in the past tense, after the fact- it appears to just be a design choice. But if you do the right things during the plot, you get an extra cutscene at the end of the game where [[spoiler: Tidus is once again summoned by the Fayth, as a sort of reward for Yuna's efforts. Yuna sees him, jumps into the sea, and runs to meet him. Turns out that she was narrating to him the entire game, recounting the things that happened since they were last together. Granted, she DOES say "you" in reference to someone the entire game, but it's still a surprise to realize that she's not talking to herself or Tidus despite his "death", and that he actually came back, and she is actually talking TO him.]]him]].



* The ending of ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' reveals that the narrator of the game is none other than [[spoiler:Creator/JaneAusten]].
* Lampshaded in ''Videogame/PennyArcadeAdventures'', where the narrator at the beginning of the first game asks you not to dwell on his identity. [[spoiler:This isn't brought up again until near the end of the fourth (last) game, where he is revealed as the last God for the group to fight]].

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* The ending of ''Videogame/SaintsRowIV'' ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' reveals that the narrator of the game is none other than [[spoiler:Creator/JaneAusten]].
* Lampshaded in ''Videogame/PennyArcadeAdventures'', ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures'', where the narrator at the beginning of the first game asks you not to dwell on his identity. [[spoiler:This isn't brought up again until near the end of the fourth (last) game, where he is revealed as the last God for the group to fight]].



* In Dirty Dolls Creations' retelling of ''[[http://www.dirtydollcreations.com/animations/Red%20Ridding%20Hood.html Little red riding hood]]'' the narrator is revealed at the end to be [[spoiler:the wolf, who has just finished off the hunter after killing the grandmother and Hood.]]

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* In Dirty Dolls Creations' retelling of ''[[http://www.dirtydollcreations.com/animations/Red%20Ridding%20Hood.html Little red riding hood]]'' the narrator is revealed at the end to be [[spoiler:the wolf, who has just finished off the hunter after killing the grandmother and Hood.]]Hood]].



* In the Creator/TexAvery short "The First Bad Man", which tells the rather colorful story of the first Texas outlaw, Dinosaur Dan. At the very end in modern Dallas, [[spoiler:the camera zooms in to a small stone jail; Dan with the same voice as the narrator says "When y'all gonna let me out of here"]]

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* In the Creator/TexAvery short "The First Bad Man", which tells the rather colorful story of the first Texas outlaw, Dinosaur Dan. At the very end in modern Dallas, [[spoiler:the camera zooms in to a small stone jail; Dan with the same voice as the narrator says "When y'all gonna let me out of here"]]here?"]]



* In the Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}} special ''The First Easter Rabbit'', G.B. the narrator turns out to be [[spoiler: Stuffy, the titular first Easter Rabbit, now much older.]]

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* In the Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}} special ''The First Easter Rabbit'', G.B. the narrator turns out to be [[spoiler: Stuffy, the titular first Easter Rabbit, now much older.]]older]].
13th Sep '16 9:20:29 PM NESBoy
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* The twist in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Woodland Critter Christmas" is that the entire plot is a Christmas story being told in class by [[spoiler:Eric Cartman]] (who never appears in the story himself, but has clearly set up the plot as a way of [[spoiler:making fun of Kyle yet again]]). Despite [[spoiler:Kyle's]] objections, the story continues after the revelation.

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* The twist in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Woodland Critter Christmas" is that the entire plot is a Christmas story being told in class by [[spoiler:Eric Cartman]] (who never appears in the story himself, but has clearly set up the plot as a way of [[spoiler:making fun of Kyle yet again]]). Despite [[spoiler:Kyle's]] [[spoiler:Kyle]]'s objections, the story continues after the revelation.



* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where revealed at the end that a gargoyle is telling the story of "how Papa earned his freedom" to his offspring--even though it's only revealed that there even ''was'' a narrator in that same scene.

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* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', where revealed at the end that a gargoyle (who escapes from Professor Farnsworth at the beginning, and doesn't show up again until near the end to rescue him) is telling the story of "how Papa earned his freedom" to his offspring--even though it's only revealed that there even ''was'' a narrator in that same scene.scene.
** A similar stunt was done at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story", revealing that the Simpsons' visit to Carl's Dad's Caverns was being narrated all along, specifically by Bart, which adds yet another layer to the episode's NestedStory gimmick.
22nd Aug '16 4:50:31 AM Mhazard
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This is especially likely to happen in fictional film and television works made after, say, 1990. Since the camera itself is usually omniscient, having an omniscient independent narrator on top of it seems to be frowned on by scriptwriters, even when one might be useful. So the filmmakers have what ''sounds'' like an omniscient narrator, and then flippantly ID the character in the last pre-credits reel.

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This is especially likely to happen in fictional film and television works made after, say, 1990. Since the camera itself is usually omniscient, having an omniscient independent narrator on top of it seems to be frowned on by scriptwriters, even when one might be useful. So the filmmakers have what ''sounds'' like an omniscient narrator, and then flippantly ID the character in the last pre-credits reel.
reel. In video games, it is likely the narrator was the FinalBoss themselves should this trope kicks in.
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21st Aug '16 2:23:39 AM eroock
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* In the epilogue of ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' it is revealed that Lady Alvane, who told the bulk of the story, actually is the heroine April Ryan in her later years.
20th Aug '16 4:28:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* Happened on a meta level with JanisJoplin and ''Me and Bobby McGee''. For many people, the realization that Joplin was actually Bobby McGee, and the narrator the song's writer KrisKristoffersen, did not happen until well after Joplin's death.

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* Happened on a meta level with JanisJoplin Music/JanisJoplin and ''Me and Bobby McGee''. For many people, the realization that Joplin was actually Bobby McGee, and the narrator the song's writer KrisKristoffersen, did not happen until well after Joplin's death.
20th Aug '16 1:19:08 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''{{ComicBook/Crimson}}'' ends with the [[TheLancer Joe]] being revealed to have recounted the whole series to a friend in a bar.
20th Aug '16 12:31:26 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''{{ComicBook/Crimson}}'' ends with the [[TheLancer Joe]] being revealed to have recounted the whole series to a friend in a bar.
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