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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.
9th Oct '16 5:31:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance'': "The fountain of youth is real, and it's in the blood of 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''.

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* ''WebVideo/LG15TheResistance'': "The fountain of youth is real, and it's in the blood of dozens of girls across the world..." This is shown over a montage of all the natural trait positive characters to appear in ''{{lonelygirl15}}'' ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' and ''KateModern''.''WebVideo/KateModern''.
28th Sep '16 8:24:28 AM siberia82
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*** It's paired with a closing monologue: "The past: a new and uncertain world, a world of endless possibilities and infinite outcomes. Countless choices define our fate; each choice, each moment, a ripple in the river of time. Enough ripples, and you change the tide, for the future is never truly set."
16th Sep '16 7:59:47 PM Dravencour
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* One of these begins ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'':
-->''Isaac and his mother lived alone in a small house on a hill. Isaac kept to himself, drawing pictures, and playing with his toys, as his mom watched Christian broadcasts on the television. Life was simple, and they were both happy. That was until the day Isaac's mom heard a voice from above...''
6th Aug '16 12:21:18 PM ACW
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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 ''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 first episode]] of ''EverydayHeroes''.''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''.
30th Jul '16 6:20:03 AM contrafanxxx
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** In ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', Max gives a brief one with a GutturalGrowler voice.
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