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22nd Apr '17 5:52:32 AM LB7979
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* Film/{{Sunshine}}: Starts with Robert Capa, Creator/CillianMurphy's character, explaining the situation and how the protagonists got there and what their goal is, in a voice-over during the first minute. To summarize:
-->'''Capa:''' [We're] ...eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb.



29th Mar '17 9:09:00 PM WildeOscar
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* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' opens up with a brief introduction to Pepperland.
5th Mar '17 10:53:16 AM tropesinreadiness
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** The exposition for ''Theatre/HenryIVPartII'' is delivered by Rumor, personified as a character "full of tongues."

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** The exposition for ''Theatre/HenryIVPartII'' ''Theatre/HenryIVPart2'' is delivered by Rumor, personified as a character "full of tongues."
5th Mar '17 10:52:52 AM tropesinreadiness
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* [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples Naturally,]] the plays of Creator/WilliamShakespeare have numerous examples, including:
** ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' starts out with Orlando giving a whopping AsYouKnow speech containing more or less the entire backstory of the play.
** ''Theatre/RichardIII'' begins with our BigBad title character covering most of the exposition with his "Now is the winter of our discontent..."
** ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' and ''Theatre/HenryV'' each feature a famous opening monologue delivered by an anonymous narrator, the so-called "Chorus" (the name being a holdover from ancient Greek theatre).
** The exposition for ''Theatre/HenryIVPartII'' is delivered by Rumor, personified as a character "full of tongues."
28th Feb '17 9:08:38 PM TheBigBopper
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* The {{hentai}} OVA ''Urotsukidouji'' opens with a narrator summarizing the Legend of the Overfiend, over images of a [[FireAndBrimstoneHell fiery hell]] where [[HornyDevils demons are having sex]].
6th Jan '17 8:17:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheDeparted'': "I don't wanna be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me." Hearing that in JackNicholson's gruff yet acidic voice sends chills up one's spine.

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* ''Film/TheDeparted'': "I don't wanna be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me." Hearing that in JackNicholson's Creator/JackNicholson's gruff yet acidic voice sends chills up one's spine.
22nd Dec '16 5:25:43 PM GhostOfAGeek
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* Parodied in the [[http://web.archive.org/web/20150320013221/http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=72249 first episode]] of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''.

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* Parodied in the [[http://web.archive.org/web/20150320013221/http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=72249 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1888372/signature-of-heroism/ first episode]] of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''.
9th Dec '16 7:20:25 AM crazysamaritan
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Sometimes you just don't have the time, budget or energy to show the nuclear war that destroyed your main city, or the orc invasion that lead to the heroic elves being enslaved.

Now ordinarily you could turn to MrExposition, or rely on AsYouKnow dialogue, but this is the kind of stuff that the audience ''needs'' to know from the very start in order to put things in context. And since the other options aren't practical, [[EnforcedTrope you'll have to rely]] on the Opening Monologue.

Just show a montage of a few small-scale scenes of whatever dramatic event you're talking about, with the hero (or possibly the film's [[{{Mentors}} mentor]]) explaining everything before the film proper begins.

Sometimes this can be used in an interesting way, by revealing that the narrator is actually someone the audience does not expect (e.g., ''Film/TheRoadWarrior''). The opening monologue may be paired with a closing monologue, or continued through the rest of the film as an InnerMonologue or [[{{Narrator}} narration]].

Compare OpeningScroll. See OpeningNarration when this trope is used OncePerEpisode.

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Sometimes you just don't have A (short) monologue at the time, budget or energy to show beginning of the nuclear war that destroyed your main city, or work (usually during the orc invasion that lead to the heroic elves being enslaved.

Now ordinarily you could turn to MrExposition, or rely on AsYouKnow dialogue, but this is the kind of stuff that the audience ''needs'' to know from the very start in order to put things in context. And since the other options aren't practical, [[EnforcedTrope you'll have to rely]] on the Opening Monologue.

Just show a montage of a few small-scale scenes of whatever dramatic event you're talking about, with the hero (or possibly the film's [[{{Mentors}} mentor]])
TitleSequence) for briefly explaining everything before the film proper begins.

Sometimes this
show's premise. Their role is to provide the quick {{Exposition}} to help the viewer adjust to the changes in the setting, relative to the audience. The monologue can be used in delivered by any characters or even a {{narrator}}. Major characters who fulfill this job may be doing an interesting way, by revealing InnerMonologue. When minor characters fulfill this job, that may be an indication they will act as a GreekChorus for the narrator is actually someone work.

Frequently,
the audience does monologue can take place over a {{Montage}}, but this element is not expect (e.g., ''Film/TheRoadWarrior''). required. The opening monologue may be paired with a closing monologue, or continued through the rest of the film as an InnerMonologue or [[{{Narrator}} narration]].

Compare OpeningScroll.
by whatever character/narrator that began the story.

See also ExpositoryThemeTune (for a theme song that provides the work's background exposition) and OpeningScroll (the exposition is provided in text on the screen). Sister-trope to OpeningNarration when this trope is used OncePerEpisode.
(where a recurring work uses an opening monologue OncePerEpisode).
20th Oct '16 4:45:01 PM siberia82
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* ''Film/XMen'': All are voiced by Professor Charles Xavier.

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* ''Film/XMen'': ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'': All are voiced by Professor Charles Xavier.
11th Oct '16 7:17:37 AM TerasOde
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' Discovery Family broadcast is preceded by an additional scene of Sunset narrating the two previous movies and parts of "The Science of Magic" and "Pinkie Spy" shorts in a letter to Princess Twilight.
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