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26th Nov '16 7:54:24 PM Prfnoff
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* The NES bootleg version of ''[[VideoGame/ContraIIITheAlienWars Contra Spirits]]'' inexplicably adds to the original opening sequence this scrolling placeholder text:
-->WELCOME\\
THE WORLD OF GAME\\
A GAME\\
END
20th Nov '16 3:03:14 AM StFan
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* Episode 2 of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' uses one of these when [[OnceAnEpisode Koshi Rikdo gives premission to]] [[GenreShift turn Excel Saga into a sci-fi anime]], obviously as an homage to Star Wars.

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* Episode 2 of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' uses one of these when [[OnceAnEpisode Koshi Rikdo gives premission permission to]] [[GenreShift turn Excel Saga into a sci-fi anime]], obviously as an homage to Star Wars.



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** In the Star Wars spoof ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', as the expository scroll is disappearing into the distance, a small line of text suddenly appears at the end: "If you can read this, you don't need glasses."
** In the ''Thumb Wars'' parody, the spacecraft involved in the opening battle sequence end up crashing into the text which of course is still floating through space ahead of them.
** Ironically averted, of all places, in ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'' pilot movie, where it is instead replaced with an OpeningMonologue.

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** * In the Star Wars ''Star Wars'' spoof ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', as the expository scroll is disappearing into the distance, a small line of text suddenly appears at the end: "If you can read this, you don't need glasses."
** * In the ''Thumb Wars'' parody, the spacecraft involved in the opening battle sequence end up crashing into the text which of course is still floating through space ahead of them.
** Ironically averted, of all places, in ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'' pilot movie, where it is instead replaced with an OpeningMonologue.
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* Probably the worst filmic offender of all: Creator/UweBoll's film adaptation of ''[[Film/AloneInTheDark2005 Alone In The Dark]]'' delivered its entire backstory in a fade-in-fade-out series of title cards that took almost ''seven minutes'' of screen time; as warned above, it's dull enough to kill most viewers' enthusiasm for the film about ninety seconds in. If there's any enthusiasm left, it's shortly thereafter extinguished by the fact that it's an Creator/UweBoll movie.
** And the worse part? The opening crawl in the final movie was the ''improved'' version where they added a narrator to read the text out loud after test audiences complained that the opening was too wordy.
** And the ''worst'' part? The narrator ''is'' Creator/UweBoll. The combination of dry line reads and white-on-black title cards have been clocked at killing enthusiasm in 32.83 seconds.

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* Probably the worst filmic offender of all: Creator/UweBoll's film adaptation of ''[[Film/AloneInTheDark2005 Alone In The Dark]]'' ''Film/{{Alone in the Dark|2005}}'' delivered its entire backstory in a fade-in-fade-out series of title cards that took almost ''seven minutes'' of screen time; as warned above, it's dull enough to kill most viewers' enthusiasm for the film about ninety seconds in. If there's any enthusiasm left, it's shortly thereafter extinguished by the fact that it's an Creator/UweBoll movie.
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movie. And the worse part? The opening crawl in the final movie was the ''improved'' version where they added a narrator to read the text out loud after test audiences complained that the opening was too wordy.
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wordy. And the ''worst'' part? The narrator ''is'' Creator/UweBoll. The combination of dry line reads and white-on-black title cards have been clocked at killing enthusiasm in 32.83 seconds.



* This is common in "based on a true story" films, to provide suitable historical context. These films also often have a closing scroll to tell us what happened to the real people after the story's end.



* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' opens with one of these, describing how Fidel Castro sent Cubans who wanted to join their families to the United States in 1980, along with the dregs of his jails.

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* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' opens with one of these, describing how Fidel Castro sent Cubans who wanted to join their families to the United States in 1980, along with the dregs of his jails.



** Even more {{Narm}}y in [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo the sequel]] where it's read by [[LargeHam Zordon]].



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* The titular video game in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' has one of these, described at one point as "the bit that [the developers] stole from ''Franchise/StarWars''".

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* The titular video game in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind'' has one of these, described at one point as "the bit that [the developers] stole from ''Franchise/StarWars''".



[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* An OpeningScroll appeared at the start of ''Series/RedDwarf'' season three explaining a number of things that happened off-camera, including the (male) main character giving birth to twins, a bit character from the second season being recovered and added to the main cast, and Holly having a "head sex change". The bulk of the scroll, however, [[UnreadablyFastText passes so quickly that it can only be read via freeze-frame]].
** The writers were planning to do an episode before this one tying up all the loose plots but couldn't make it funny enough, so they made do with a parody.
** The scroll also includes the bizarre phrase "The saga continuums..." which many fans take as an indication that the series from this point on follows an alternative continuity based on the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', which changes several previous claims about Lister's background.

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* An OpeningScroll appeared at the start of ''Series/RedDwarf'' season three explaining a number of things that happened off-camera, including the (male) main character giving birth to twins, a bit character from the second season being recovered and added to the main cast, and Holly having a "head sex change". The bulk of the scroll, however, [[UnreadablyFastText passes so quickly that it can only be read via freeze-frame]].
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freeze-frame]]. The writers were planning to do an episode before this one tying up all the loose plots but couldn't make it funny enough, so they made do with a parody.
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parody. The scroll also includes the bizarre phrase "The saga continuums..." which many fans take as an indication that the series from this point on follows an alternative continuity based on the novel ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', which changes several previous claims about Lister's background.



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* Some episodes of ''VideoGame/CommanderKeen''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Karateka}}''

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* ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'': A text scroll opens the ''Star Wars'' games review, naturally. With plot points actually calling back to the "Alpha V Gelga Nek" storyline from a previous episode.



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* Ironically averted, of all places, in ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'' pilot movie, where it is instead replaced with an OpeningMonologue.



* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball'' parodies this - the second installment starts off normally, before BreakingTheFourthWall halfway through.
--> "Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have - okay, you know what? I realize space is vast, but [[LampshadeHanging this scrolling text is still littering]]. I mean, somebody's gonna run into this thing eventually. Yeah, it might be a thousand years from now, but does that make it okay?"
* Parodied in one of the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' Star Wars specials, where the opening crawl suddenly devolves into LeetSpeak.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuyPresentsLaughItUpFuzzball'' parodies this - -- the second installment starts off normally, before BreakingTheFourthWall halfway through.
--> "Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have - -- okay, you know what? I realize space is vast, but [[LampshadeHanging this scrolling text is still littering]]. I mean, somebody's gonna run into this thing eventually. Yeah, it might be a thousand years from now, but does that make it okay?"
* Parodied in one of the ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken Star Wars Wars'' specials, where the opening crawl suddenly devolves into LeetSpeak.
31st Oct '16 8:54:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VidoGame/BodyHarvest'': The game starts with an opening scroll explaining the AlienInvasion and TimeTravel themes.

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* ''VidoGame/BodyHarvest'': ''VideoGame/BodyHarvest'': The game starts with an opening scroll explaining the AlienInvasion and TimeTravel themes.
31st Oct '16 8:54:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VidoGame/BodyHarvest'': The game starts with an opening scroll explaining the AlienInvasion and TimeTravel themes.
20th Sep '16 8:25:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' made a RunningGag of this in episode 25. The scroll would always begin, "In (year), (noun) lay in ruins," to introduce subjects such as Hungarians entering tobacco shops, WorldWarI, or TheEnd of the episode.

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' made a RunningGag of this in episode 25. The scroll would always begin, "In (year), (noun) lay in ruins," to introduce subjects such as Hungarians entering tobacco shops, WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, or TheEnd of the episode.
8th Aug '16 5:25:54 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' uses one of these. Notable as the only game in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise (at the time of its release) to do so.

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* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'' uses one of these. Notable as the only game in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' franchise (at the time of its release) to do so.
22nd Apr '16 11:57:38 AM pinkdalek
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* Every ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' from ''I'' to ''VI'' has one. One was written for ''VII'' and remains in the demo version, but was excised for the final game, resulting in the [[LeaveTheCameraRunning notoriously extended blank shot of stars]] at the beginning of the opening FMV.
14th Apr '16 10:02:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''DrStrangelove'' opens with an opening scroll which was a basic disclaimer telling patrons that the film was a cautionary tale.

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* ''DrStrangelove'' ''Film/DrStrangelove'' opens with an opening scroll which was a basic disclaimer telling patrons that the film was a cautionary tale.
10th Apr '16 6:15:58 PM AjWargo
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* The Creator/DiC dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' added one of these: "From a far away place and time Earth's greatest adventure is about to begin" at the start of the show up until Jadite's death and Nephrite replacing him. After that, the scroll was abandoned.

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* The Creator/DiC dub of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' added one of these: "From a far away place and time Earth's greatest adventure is about to begin" at the start of the show up until Jadite's Jadeite's death in Episode 10 (three episodes in his arc were skipped) and Nephrite replacing him. After that, the scroll was abandoned.
5th Apr '16 8:30:54 AM Prfnoff
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* ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'': The game itself averts this trope by placing the opening text ("In another time in another world...") on a static screen in AttractMode. However, a [[https://youtu.be/-lXV9eanpBY?t=1126 promotional video]] gives it the epic scrolling treatment, with a narrator reading the text in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish.
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