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* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'': Freddy gets one of these.
7th Feb '16 4:16:54 AM eroock
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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' gives us the well spoken and WellIntentionedExtremist Doctor Breen who, over the course of the game can be heard giving various speeches addressed to the Combine, citizens, and even the One Free Man himself, all in a lulling and intelligent manner.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' gives us the well spoken and WellIntentionedExtremist Doctor Breen who, over the course of the game can be heard giving various speeches addressed to the Combine, citizens, and even the One Free Man himself, all in a lulling and intelligent manner.
7th Feb '16 4:16:19 AM eroock
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--> "Rise and shine Mr. Freeman, rise and shine..."

* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': Rise and shine Mr. Freeman, rise and shine...
7th Feb '16 4:11:18 AM eroock
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Note, that this trope is for single-instance opening narrations. So if only the show's first episode has a narrative opening, it goes here. If it happens OncePerEpisode, it goes under OpeningNarration.
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Note, that this trope is for single-instance opening narrations. So if only the show's first episode has a narrative opening, it goes here. If it happens OncePerEpisode, it goes under OpeningNarration.
7th Feb '16 4:10:48 AM eroock
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::Note, that this trope is for single-instance opening narrations. So if only the show's first episode has a narrative opening, it goes here. If it happens OncePerEpisode, it goes under OpeningNarration.
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::Note, Note, that this trope is for single-instance opening narrations. So if only the show's first episode has a narrative opening, it goes here. If it happens OncePerEpisode, it goes under OpeningNarration. * In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode Swan Song, there is an opening monologue given by Chuck. -->'''Chuck:''' On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville -- a blue two-door caprice. There was a big ceremony, speeches. The lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have, because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car -- no, the most important object -- in pretty much the whole universe. She was first owned by Sal Moriarty, an alcoholic with two ex-wives and three blocked arteries. On weekends, he'd drive around giving bibles to the poor "gettin' folks right for judgment day". That's what he said. Sam and Dean don't know any of this, but if they did, I bet they'd smile. After Sal died, she ended up at Rainbow Motors, a used-car lot in Lawrence, where a young marine bought her on impulse. That is, after a little advice from a friend. I guess that's where this story begins. And here's where it ends.
7th Feb '16 4:01:43 AM eroock
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* [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI Legend of Zelda]]: "Many years ago, Prince Darkness [[GannonBanned Gannon]] stole one of the Triforce with Power..."
7th Feb '16 3:59:47 AM eroock
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' games always begin with Creator/RonPerlman's voice saying, "War... War never changes..." followed by some exposition about the nuclear war that leveled America (along with most of the rest of the planet).
7th Feb '16 3:56:35 AM eroock
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[[folder:Audio Play]] * Creator/TheFiresignTheatre parodied this trope, along with the entirety of dramatic radio, to devastating effect with their classic "Music/TheFurtherAdventuresOfNickDanger", from the album ''How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All?'': -->'''Narrator:''' Los Angeles: He walks again by night! Relentlessly...Ruthlessly... -->'''Nick Danger:''' [[IncrediblyLamePun I wonder where Ruth is?]] -->'''Narrator:''' Doggedly...(dog barks)...towards his weekly meeting with the unknown. At Fourth and Drucker he turns left. At Drucker and Fourth he turns right. He crosses Mac Arthur Park and walks into a great sandstone building. -->'''Nick Danger:''' Ow, my nose! -->'''Narrator:''' Groping for the door, he steps inside (phone starts ringing)...Climbs the thirteen steps to his office (ring)...He walks in (ring)...He's ready for mystery (ring)...He's ready for excitement (ring)...He's ready for anything (ring)...He's... -->'''Nick Danger:''' (picking up phone) Nick Danger, Third Eye. -->'''Caller:''' I want to order a pizza to go and no anchovies. -->'''Nick Danger:''' No anchovies? You've got the wrong man. I spell my name...Danger! (hangs up phone) -->'''Caller:''' What? [[/folder]]

* The animated ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' movie opens with a laughably CGI version of Felix's head giving us one. A particularly obnoxious example, because it pretty much tells you what you're going to see in this movie you're about to see; it's entirely possible the movie would have actually been improved by its omission.

* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' "Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure..."

* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' "Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure..."" * ''Film/TheWarriors'' either uses or averts this: the theatrical cut opens with a TravelMontage and then drops us into the action. The DirectorsCut has an OpeningScroll that drives home the comparison between the movie and ''Anabasis''. * The opening to ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' combines this with OpeningScroll as Dulcea tells the story of the group that would be known as the Power Rangers. * ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'': Provided by Jack Harper while we get brought up to speed on the characters and situation and see a montage of SceneryPorn (The skies and some parts of the planet that look less [[BuffySpeak wasteland-y]]), SceneryGorn (the shot of the bombed-out Pentagon (with implications of it having been [[NukeEm ground zero for a nuclear strike]] during The War) and the remains of New York and Washington, DC), TechnologyPorn ([[CrystalSpiresAndTogas Tower 49]], the [[FutureCopter Bubble Ship]], the collector vessels, [[CoolGuns the guns]] and [[CoolStarship the Tet]]), {{Fanservice}} (ShirtlessScene and ToplessnessFromTheBack) and [[spoiler: some {{Irony}} in that [[TheCakeIsALie most of the info is unwitting bullcrap]] on Jack's part.]] * ''Film/PacificRim'''s prologue is narrated by the protagonist Raleigh Beckett, who explains about the war of {{Kaiju}} and [[HumongousMecha Jaegers]]. He also briefly continues into the first action scene, to explain some key concepts like dual pilots and the Drift. * "...look for it only in books, for it is nothing more than a dream remembered. A Civilization Film/{{gone with the wind}}." * "From the Treaty of the Treason: In penance for their uprising, each district shall offer up a male and female between the ages of 12 and 18 at a public "Reaping". These Tributes shall be delivered to the custody of The Capitol. And then transferred to a public arena where they will Fight to the Death, until a lone victor remains. Henceforth and forevermore this pageant shall be known as Film/TheHungerGames." * ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': --> "For nearly forty years, this story has given faithful service to the Young in Heart, and Time has been powerless to put its kindly philosophy out of fashion. To those who have been faithful to it in return... and to the Young in Heart... we dedicate this picture." * ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'': -->"...But according to repeated statements by both the Soviet and American governments, [[BasedOnAGreatBigLie nothing of what you are about to see... ever happened."]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]] * ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' "Between "In the time when {{Grim Dark}}ness of [[TheFuture the oceans drank Atlantis, far future]], there is [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} only war]]." Enough said. ** The novels have their own longer variation: --> "It is the 41st millennium. For more than a hundred centuries the Emperor has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind by the will of the gods, and master of a million worlds by the might of his inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the Imperium for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day, so that he may never truly die."\\ "Yet even in his deathless state, the Emperor continues his eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomicon, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor's will. Vast armies give battle in His name on uncounted worlds. His soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defense forces, the ever-vigilant Inquisition and the rise tech-priests of the sons Adeptus Mechanicus to name only a few. But for all of Aryas, their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat from aliens, heretics, mutants - and worse."\\ "To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the GrimDark future there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear is only war. There is no peace amongst the jeweled crown stars, only an eternity of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of carnage and slaughter, and the days laughter of high adventure..."thirsting gods." [[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Comics]] * ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' "Between Parodied in the time when [[http://web.archive.org/web/20150320013221/http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=72249 first episode]] of ''EverydayHeroes''. * The second and third ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' stories begin with an explanation describing the oceans drank Atlantis, comic's futuristic {{Cyberspace}} setting and (vaguely) the rise four main characters. In the third story, characters' word balloons obscure large parts of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined opening narration, and it is never used again. * The first Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry comic has a narration that turns out to wear be Roll reading aloud a flyer for the jeweled crown titular business. [[/folder]] [[folder:Web Original]] * ''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance'': "The fountain of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It youth is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee real, and it's in the blood of his saga. Let me tell dozens of girls across the world..." This is shown over a montage of all the natural trait positive characters to appear in ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' and ''KateModern''. * ''WebVideo/DoomHouse'': --> My name is Reginald P. Linux, and ever since my wife died I've been very depressed. This is why I've been searching for the house of my dreams, but as a philosopher once said, "Be careful what you of the days of high adventure..."dream for because you JUST... MIGHT... GET IT." [[/folder]]

* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'': "Some people think time is like a river, that flows swift and true in one direction. But I have seen the face of time, and I can tell you... they are wrong. Time is an ocean in a storm. You may wonder who I am, and why I say this. Sit down, and I will tell you a tale like none you have ever heard."

* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': "The Chantry teaches us that it is the hubris of men that first brought the Darkspawn into our world..."
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has a narration and montage explaining the origins of the darkspawn and the Grey Wardens, followed by a narration specific to your character's origin story. --> "The Chantry teaches us that it is the hubris of men that first brought the Darkspawn into our world..."

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': "The Chantry teaches us that it The creators of ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' didn't have enough money for much of a story, but what little story (and money) they had was put into an opening video with some narration. -->"What began as a conflict over the transfer of consciousness from flesh to machines escalated into a war which has decimated a million worlds. The Core and the Arm have all but exhausted the resources of a galaxy in their struggle for domination. Both sides now crippled beyond repair, the remnants of their armies continue on ravaged planets, their hatred fuelled by over 4,000 years of total war. This is a fight to the death. For each side the only acceptable outcome is the hubris complete elimination of men the other." * The opening speech by Kratos, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. * "''VideoGame/DragonsLair'', the fantasy adventure where you become a valiant knight..." ** "''VideoGame/SpaceAce'', defender of truth, justice and the planet Earth..." * "In the year 2291, in an attempt to control violence among deep-space miners, the New Earth Government legalized no-holds-barred fighting. The Liandri Mining Corporation, working with the NEG, established a series of leagues and bloody public exhibitions. The fight's popularity grew with their brutality. Soon, Liandri discovered that the public matches were their most profitable enterprise. The professional league was formed: a cabal of the most violent and skilled warriors in known space, selected to fight in a Grand Tournament. Now it is 2341. Fifty years have passed since the founding of Deathmatch. [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament Profits from the tournament number in the hundreds of billions."]] * ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime'': "Some people think time is like a river, that flows swift and true in one direction. But I have seen the face of time, and I can tell you... they are wrong. Time is an ocean in a storm. You may wonder who I am, and why I say this. Sit down, and I will tell you a tale like none you have ever heard." * ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'': "Fifty thousand people used to live here...now it's a ghost town." * ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' has one that starts with "In a land covered with endless water..." * ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has the most awesome opening narration sequence ever. The naration is going while the player is ''fighting off a horde of angels on pieces of a destroyed clocktower that's plummeting down the side of a cliff''. [[SerialEscalation And the game only gets more awesome]]. * ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'': "In AD 2101 WarWasBeginning..." * ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': Rise and shine Mr. Freeman, rise and shine... * ''VideoGame/StarFox64'': "Corneria, fourth planet of the Lylat System. The evil Andross turned this once thriving system into a wasteland of near extinction. General Pepper of the Cornerian Army was successful in banishing this maniacal scientist to the deserted, barren planet, Venom.... * ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' begins with Kainé giving Grimoire Weiss a piece of her mind about [[spoiler: [[SpoilerOpening his helping the Shadowlord]] ]]. In the form of a [[NoIndoorVoice screaming]], [[ClusterFBomb obscenity-laden rant]]. -->'''Kainé''': Weiss, you dumbass! Start making sense, you rotten book, or you're gonna be sorry! Maybe I'll rip your pages out one by one, or maybe I'll put you in the goddamn furnace! How can someone with such a big, smart brain get brainwashed like a little bitch, huh? "Oh, Shadowlord, I love you, Shadowlord! Come over her and give Weiss a big, sloppy kiss, Shadowlord!" Now pull your head out of your goddamn ass and '''START FUCKING HELPING US!''' * VideoGame/ChronoCross: "What was the start of all this? // When did the cogs of fate begin to turn? // Perhaps it is impossible to grasp that answer now, // From deep within the flow of time... // But, for a certainty, back then, // We loved so many, yet hated so much, // We hurt others and were hurt ourselves... // Yet even then we ran like the wind // Whilst our laughter echoed, // Under cerulean skies..." * ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has an opening narration when you create a new character specific to race. They were updated after the revamp of the old world during ''Cataclysm''; even the races whose starting areas and quests, the Blood Elves and Draenei, were not radically changed got a new version. * ''VideoGame/{{Badlands}}'' uses this in Buck's case: --> Buck: Badlands. We were living a quiet life, when one day, for no reason, my wife and my children were killed in cold blood! And I was wounded, unable to help. Why this? Why us? Why? I won't let them get away with it! I'll get every last one of them! * ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'' has a rather [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrW4jkQdmjI epic one]]. * ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d6KzJhKVLo "Almost a millennium has passed since the last great plague of human kind had been wiped out from the solar system and its precious blue pearl planet Earth."]] ** Its predecessor ''X3: Reunion'' set the narration up as a news bulletin. [[http://youtu.be/94KaYtJS4qI Watch it here.]] * ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Storm of Zehir'' doesn't ''start'' with this; first brought you build your party aboard the Darkspawn ''[[CoolShip Vigilant]]''. When you go belowdecks, Volothamp Geddarm narrates an opening montage. * The game adaptation of ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' (but not the original short story) opens with AM's rant about how much he HATES, HATES, HATES humanity, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw-88h-LcTk performed]] with maximum [[LargeHam ham]] by Creator/HarlanEllison himself. * ''Super {{Metroid}}'': "The last Metroid is in captivity. The galaxy is at peace." Then a log entry by Samus, and the game begins. ** The PAL and subsequent versions of ''Metroid Prime'' open with a narration about Samus. * ''VideoGame/SpacePiratesAndZombies'' has a fairly long one, [[HeyItsThatVoice narrated by]] Creator/TheCynicalBrit. * ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic II's'' premise is explained in the intro by an unidentified narrator -- "The troubles all began three years ago, with the passing of the old king, Lord Ironfist...". * "Inspired by his never ending quest for progress, in 2084, man perfects the [[{{VideoGame/Robotron2084}} Robotrons]], a robot species so advanced, that man is inferior to his own creation..."[[note]]This on-screen variant occurs during the AttractMode.[[/note]] ** It's storyline sequel ''Blaster'' (a first person shooting game, but not necessarily [[FirstPersonShooter this kind]]) also has one[[note]]Again, occurring in the AttractMode.[[/note]]: "It is the year 2085. The Robotrons have destroyed the human race..." * "[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture The year is 1999.]][[note]]The game was originally released in 1990.[[/note]] Television has adapted to the more violent nature of man. The most popular form of television remains the game show. One show in particular has dominated the ratings. That show is ''VideoGame/SmashTV'', the most violent game show of all time..." * Yet another attract mode on-screen variant occurs in ''Rastan Saga'',[[note]]Or simply ''Rastan'' depending on where you live.[[/note]] which is given in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish.[[note]]The game was originally made and released by Creator/{{Taito}} (pronounced TIE-toe), a company whose classic arcade games usually tend to have [[GratuitousEnglish the other kind of English]].[[/note]] -->I used to be a thief and a murderer, otherwise I could not survive in such difficult times. Sit beside me and listen to my story of days full of adventure. ** In the Japanese version, there is also an additional opening narration that occurs before the first stage. * "The era and time of this story is unknown. After the mothership [[VideoGame/{{Arkanoid}} "Arkanoid"]] was destroyed, a spacecraft "Vaus" scrambled away from it. But only to be trapped in space warped by someone........" * ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'': "Why do I... know? Why... Why do I know... These things?" * ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'': "Why do people betray one another? If you can't trust anyone then everyone should DIE." * ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' opens to narration [[spoiler:provided by Creator/JaneAusten]] concerning the Third Street Saints' rise to power and stardom, as well as what it means to be a hero. * [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI Legend of Zelda]]: "Many years ago, Prince Darkness [[GannonBanned Gannon]] stole one of the Triforce with Power..." * "In another time, in another world... The Blue Crystal Rod kept the kingdom in peace / But the demon Druaga hid the rod and [[DamselInDistress the maiden Ki]][[note]]pronounced "Kai"[[/note]] in a tower / The prince Gilgamesh [[GratuitousEnglish weared]] gold armor and attacked monsters to help Ki in ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga''" ** "...The world is waiting for ''The Return of Ishtar''" * "The police cannot stop the street gangs... As a [[VideoGame/{{Vigilante}} vigilante]], you must defend your people's turf!!!" ** "The Skinheads have taken [[NamesTheSame Madonna]][[note]]Not [[Music/{{Madonna}} that]] one.[[/note]] hostage. Take the law[[note]]"Take the power" in the Turbografx-16 version.[[/note]] into our world..."your own hands!" * The first installment of ''VideoGame/TheChaosEngine'' series starts with a few screens of text describing the titular machine's rise to power and short presentation of six mercenaries who were sent to destroy it. * ''VideoGame/EshsAurunmilla'' has two narrations, which are one narration with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy1Z6fnz7nw a narrator with a low voice]] and one with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxqSVfA9NXs Don Davis as the narrator.]] * "A ''[[VideoGame/KungFuMaster Kung-Fu Master]]'' Thomas and Sylvia were attacked by several unknown guys ([[DamselinDistress Sylvia was kidnapped by them]])..."[[note]]The original Japanese version (Spartan X) refers to him as a [[GratuitousEnglish "Kanfu master"]].[[/note]]

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': "The Chantry teaches us that it is the hubris of men that first brought the Darkspawn into our world..."
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* A few ''Anime/CodeGeass'' intros describe how Britannia took over Japan, among other tidbits. * For a number of years now, the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' movies have started with an opening monologue explaining what Pokémon are and how they co-exist with humans, along with introducing us to Satoshi/Ash and pals. * The first few ''Manga/WanderingSon'' episodes end and begin with monologues. * Between the manga, the anime, and the anime's various openings, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has used different styles to describe Gold Roger's final words and his execution. The manga starts off with it, where as the first opening in the anime begins with the "Wealth. Fame. Power." speech. It seems the anime has now settled into using a longer opening, and then cutting to a "gritty old film" scene of Gold Roger being executed before the footage burns away.

* ''Series/BurnNotice'', ''Series/InPlainSight'' and ''Series/RoyalPains'' all have opening narrations. In fact, including ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', though it's not really a USA original show, a lot of USA Network's shows have opening monologues. * ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a different one every season for the first 3 seasons (and the PilotMovie). However seasons 4 and 5 started using multiple different characters contributing lines of dialog one at a time to create the effect of an monologue. * ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' is very fond of this. Every episode, except for the pilot, start with one by Sarah that frames what happens during the episode. Sometimes it's done well, others not so much. * ''Series/DoctorWho'': ** story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]] begins with the Fourth Doctor doing a short monologue. ** The Eighth Doctor does a longer one in the TheMovie. ** Rose gets one at the beginning of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]]. ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "The Last Of The Time Lords"]] opens with a warning to interstellar traffic that the Earth, conquered by the Master and the Toclafane, has been declared a no-go area. ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree "The Power of Three"]] starts with Amy Pond talking about what life is usually like for her and Rory with the Doctor, and how one time, during the "Slow Invasion" the Doctor came to stay. ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E4BeforeTheFlood "Before The Flood"]] begins with the Doctor speaking directly to the camera, talking about a time-traveler who ends up [[YouWillBeBeethoven becoming Beethoven]], describing a Bootstrap Paradox and asking [[StableTimeLoop "Who really composed Beethoven's Fifth?"]] * ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', oh so very much. In the first season it was with Mohinder's [[YouFailBiologyForever incredibly bad biology]] regarding evolution; fortunately they moved to poetry later. ** This was a good move; the use of "The Second Coming" in the first episode of the third season is probably the best part of the season. * In ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', the main character, Darian Fawkes, starts and ends each episode with a famous quote, bringing forward the basic theme of the episode. * Cade Foster, the main character of ''Series/FirstWave'', begins each episode (except for the pilot) with a quatrain from the "hidden chapters" of the prophecies of Nostradamus and spends the episode trying to interpret the archaic wording into the show's reality. * ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' opens every episode with Dr. K explaining about the Venjix Virus and the domed city or Corinth which leads into the theme song. * ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' did this with its title sequence, introducing the characters. * In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode Swan Song, there is an opening monologue given by Chuck. -->'''Chuck:''' On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville -- a blue two-door caprice. There was a big ceremony, speeches. The lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have, because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car -- no, the most important object -- in pretty much the whole universe. She was first owned by Sal Moriarty, an alcoholic with two ex-wives and three blocked arteries. On weekends, he'd drive around giving bibles to the poor "gettin' folks right for judgment day". That's what he said. Sam and Dean don't know any of this, but if they did, I bet they'd smile. After Sal died, she ended up at Rainbow Motors, a used-car lot in Lawrence, where a young marine bought her on impulse. That is, after a little advice from a friend. I guess that's where this story begins. And here's where it ends. * PanelGames often start with some sort of opening monologue, usually the host running off a few gags to warm the crowd up. * ''Series/ItsGarryShandlingsShow'' usually started with an opening monologue by Garry. * ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'': "This is the city. UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, California. My name's Friday. I carry a badge." * ''Series/VeronicaMars'' opens up with [[BrokenBird "I'm never getting married. You want an absolute? There it is."]] as a voiceover. The narrator (Veronica) then moves on to explain numerous things [[BackStory about the story and setting]], essentially telling you what has already happened while showing what's about to happen at the same time. The narration generally shifts to snarky commentary later on when the viewers don't require as much explanation. * Mulder and Scully often had a voice-over narrative for ''Series/TheXFiles'' intros. Likelihood increased dramatically for season finales, season premieres, 2-part episodes, and mythology episodes in general. * ''Series/HappyDays'' has one in the "Love, American Style" {{pilot}}, provided by Richie Cunningham himself: --> ''"It's pretty hard to be sixteen and growing up. Maybe it was easier when my parents were young, but... now it's [[TheFifties the 1950s]] and the world's really getting complicated. Now don't get me wrong, I--I have a great family. My father's in the hardware business, my mom does volunteer work for the Red Cross, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome my brother]] goes to college... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and my sister wants to go to an orthodontist]]. My sister does, however, go to piano lessons and... I always get stuck walking her home. But today I don't mind, because... today's a big day. We're gonna be the first family on the block to get a television set. Heh, my sister has to tell everybody, but... I only told my best friend Potsie."''
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* ''Series/BurnNotice'', ''Series/InPlainSight'' and ''Series/RoyalPains'' all have ::Note, that this trope is for single-instance opening narrations. In fact, including ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', though it's not really a USA original show, a lot of USA Network's shows have opening monologues. * ''Series/BabylonFive'' has a different one every season for So if only the first 3 seasons (and the PilotMovie). However seasons 4 and 5 started using multiple different characters contributing lines of dialog one at a time to create the effect of an monologue. * ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' is very fond of this. Every episode, except for the pilot, start with one by Sarah that frames what happens during the episode. Sometimes it's done well, others not so much. * ''Series/DoctorWho'': ** story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]] begins with the Fourth Doctor doing a short monologue. ** The Eighth Doctor does a longer one in the TheMovie. ** Rose gets one at the beginning of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday "Doomsday"]]. ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "The Last Of The Time Lords"]] opens with a warning to interstellar traffic that the Earth, conquered by the Master and the Toclafane, has been declared a no-go area. ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree "The Power of Three"]] starts with Amy Pond talking about what life is usually like for her and Rory with the Doctor, and how one time, during the "Slow Invasion" the Doctor came to stay. ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E4BeforeTheFlood "Before The Flood"]] begins with the Doctor speaking directly to the camera, talking about a time-traveler who ends up [[YouWillBeBeethoven becoming Beethoven]], describing a Bootstrap Paradox and asking [[StableTimeLoop "Who really composed Beethoven's Fifth?"]] * ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', oh so very much. In the first season it was with Mohinder's [[YouFailBiologyForever incredibly bad biology]] regarding evolution; fortunately they moved to poetry later. ** This was a good move; the use of "The Second Coming" in the show's first episode of the third season is probably the best part of the season. * In ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', the main character, Darian Fawkes, starts and ends each episode with a famous quote, bringing forward the basic theme of the episode. * Cade Foster, the main character of ''Series/FirstWave'', begins each episode (except for the pilot) with a quatrain from the "hidden chapters" of the prophecies of Nostradamus and spends the episode trying to interpret the archaic wording into the show's reality. * ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' opens every episode with Dr. K explaining about the Venjix Virus and the domed city or Corinth which leads into the theme song. * ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' did this with its title sequence, introducing the characters. * In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode Swan Song, there is an opening monologue given by Chuck. -->'''Chuck:''' On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville -- a blue two-door caprice. There was a big ceremony, speeches. The lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have, because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car -- no, the most important object -- in pretty much the whole universe. She was first owned by Sal Moriarty, an alcoholic with two ex-wives and three blocked arteries. On weekends, he'd drive around giving bibles to the poor "gettin' folks right for judgment day". That's what he said. Sam and Dean don't know any of this, but if they did, I bet they'd smile. After Sal died, she ended up at Rainbow Motors, a used-car lot in Lawrence, where a young marine bought her on impulse. That is, after a little advice from a friend. I guess that's where this story begins. And here's where it ends. * PanelGames often start with some sort of opening monologue, usually the host running off a few gags to warm the crowd up. * ''Series/ItsGarryShandlingsShow'' usually started with an opening monologue by Garry. * ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'': "This is the city. UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, California. My name's Friday. I carry a badge." * ''Series/VeronicaMars'' opens up with [[BrokenBird "I'm never getting married. You want an absolute? There it is."]] as a voiceover. The narrator (Veronica) then moves on to explain numerous things [[BackStory about the story and setting]], essentially telling you what has already happened while showing what's about to happen at the same time. The narration generally shifts to snarky commentary later on when the viewers don't require as much explanation. * Mulder and Scully often had a voice-over narrative for ''Series/TheXFiles'' intros. Likelihood increased dramatically for season finales, season premieres, 2-part episodes, and mythology episodes in general. * ''Series/HappyDays'' has one in the "Love, American Style" {{pilot}}, provided by Richie Cunningham himself: --> ''"It's pretty hard to be sixteen and growing up. Maybe opening, it was easier when my parents were young, but... now it's [[TheFifties the 1950s]] and the world's really getting complicated. Now don't get me wrong, I--I have a great family. My father's in the hardware business, my mom does volunteer work for the Red Cross, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome my brother]] goes to college... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and my sister wants to go to an orthodontist]]. My sister does, however, go to piano lessons and... I always get stuck walking her home. But today I don't mind, because... today's a big day. We're gonna be the first family on the block to get a television set. Heh, my sister has to tell everybody, but... I only told my best friend Potsie."''here. If it happens OncePerEpisode, it goes under OpeningNarration.

* Several Zelda games, including ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap''.

[[folder:Web Videos]] * WebVideo/EatYourKimchi: All of the videos start with Simon and/or Martina introducing the subject. [[/folder]] [[folder:Western Animation]] * Raf from ''WesternAnimation/AngelsFriends'', explaining a topic either the angels and devils or the humans will go through in the episode. OnceAnEpisode. [[/folder]]
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* Both ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' begin with Hiccup's introduction: "This is Berk..."
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* Both ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' begin with Hiccup's introduction: introduction: "This is Berk..."

** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E4BeforeTheFlood "Before The Flood"]] begins with the Doctor speaking directly to the camera, talking about a time-traveler who ends up [[YouWillBecomeBeethoven becoming Beethoven]], describing a Bootstrap Paradox and asking [[StableTimeLoop "Who really composed Beethoven's Fifth?"]]
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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E4BeforeTheFlood "Before The Flood"]] begins with the Doctor speaking directly to the camera, talking about a time-traveler who ends up [[YouWillBecomeBeethoven [[YouWillBeBeethoven becoming Beethoven]], describing a Bootstrap Paradox and asking [[StableTimeLoop "Who really composed Beethoven's Fifth?"]]
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