Created By: moocow1452 on October 29, 2011 Last Edited By: moocow1452 on December 18, 2011

Expository Opening Narration

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My Name is Trope-tan, and this is my website. For this sort of Opening Narration, we talk about what kind of tropes we're dealing with, and how long we have been doing so. It's a bit like an Expository Theme Tune, but with a monologue instead of lyrics. Leaning on the Fourth Wall is normal, so don't get yourself in a bind if I sound like I'm addressing the audience directly, cause I most likely am. Anyway, that's how I roll and this is where we start the examples.


Examples:

Film
  • Bonnie and Clyde
    This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks.
  • Sunset Boulevard
    Yes, this is Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California. It's about 5 0'clock in the morning. That's the homicide squad, complete with detectives and newspaper men.

Literature
  • The Dresden Files
    My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange... give me a call. I'm in the book.

Live Action Television
  • American Pickers
    I'm Mike Wolfe and I'm Frank Fritz, and we're pickers...
  • American Restoration
    Remember back in the day when things were made by hand and people took pride in their work? My name is Rick Dale, and I bring these things back to life...
  • Dirty Jobs
    My name is Mike Rowe, and this is my job...
  • Doctor Who (International Opening)
    When I was little girl, I had an imaginary friend, and when I grew up he came back. He's called The Doctor and he comes from somewhere else. He's got a box called the TARDIS that's bigger on the inside and can travel anywhere in time and space. I ran away with him, and we've been running ever since.
  • My Name Is Earl:
    That's when I realized that I had to change, so I made a list of everything bad I've ever done and one by one I'm gonna make up for all my mistakes. I'm just trying to be a better person. My Name Is Earl.
  • MythBusters
    Who are the Mythbusters? Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Between them over thirty years of special effects experience...
  • Pawn Stars
    I'm Rick Harrison, and this is my pawn shop. I work here with my old man, and my son, Big Hoss. Everything in here has a story and a price. One thing I've learned after twenty-one years—you never know what is gonna come through that door.
  • Star Trek TOS
    These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
  • Seven Days
    Ever wish you could live your last week over again? Well, my name's Frank B. Parker and I get to all the time. I work for a secret government project experimenting in time travel. When things really get messed up, I'm the guinea pig they send back to fix everything. Catch is, I can only go back seven days.
  • Chuck, every episode.
    Hi, I'm Chuck. Here's a few things you need to know about me.
  • ''Alias had a similar thing in the intro.
    My name is Sydney Bristow. Seven years ago I was recruited by a secret branch of the CIA called SD-6. I was sworn to secrecy, but I couldn't keep it from my fianc". And when the head of SD-6 found out, he had him killed. That's when I learned the truth: SD-6 is not part of the CIA. I've been working for the very people I thought I was fighting against. So, I went to the only place that could help me take them down. Now I'm a double agent for the CIA, where my handler is a man named Michael Vaughn. Only one other person knows the truth about what I do, another double agent inside SD-6. Someone I hardly know - my father.
  • Burn Notice
    My Name is Michael Weston and I used to be a spy
  • Cake Boss:
    This is Carlo's Bakery ... This is the crew, mia famiglia. We're going to take this bakery to the top. They call me Buddy. I'm the boss.

Western Animation
  • The Looney Tunes "Bunny and Claude," a parody of Bonnie and Clyde.
    We're Bunny and Claude. We rob carrot patches.

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • October 29, 2011
    LuxExterior
    What you've described in the laconic is called a Credibility Statement in public speaking courses. It's not really considered a "boast" because the word "boast" carries some negative connotations.
  • October 29, 2011
    moocow1452
    Best name I could come up with, given that we have precedent with Badass Boast, but you're welcome to a different name.
  • October 31, 2011
    moocow1452
    Seriously, nothing?
  • October 31, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    Does this qualify?

    • Star Trek TOS: These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's 5 year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before
  • October 31, 2011
    Koveras
    The first book of The Dresden Files opens with Harry revealing his True Name and daring anyone to conjure by it.
  • October 31, 2011
    ArtFever
    I'd prefer Intro Boast.
  • October 31, 2011
    moocow1452
    I guess we can open it up to fictional characters, but we'll have to make sure it isn't just a list of Opening Narration that we like, so I guess that would take Mythbusters off the list then?
  • November 25, 2011
    moocow1452
    Dusting this one off and Kicking the Tires. Maybe a new name will do it some good?
  • November 25, 2011
    Insignificant
    Yeah, it needs a new name. We can't name new tropes after lines of dialogue.
  • November 25, 2011
    CompletelyDifferent
    In Doctor Who, the main-character often introduces himself as "I'm the Doctor, and this is my companion/assistant/friend/traveling partner Insert Name Here."
  • November 25, 2011
    moocow1452
    Insignificant, is that a rule or a guideline? Because the original title was Opening Boast and that was a bit ambiguous.

    Completely Different, not quite. Y is more of a career thing than an actual item, and this trope is mostly reserved for the Opening Narration. You could make a case for his "Voyage of the Dammed" spiel, but it's sure not your average conversation starter.
  • November 25, 2011
    Insignificant
    It's a rule. And the current title isn't any less ambiguous than Opening Boast - if anything, it's more ambiguous.

    I suggest Character Introduction Opening.

    Also, all of the examples you have are simply just listing the names of works. That will not do. You have to explain how they're examples of the trope. Read X Just X for more details.
  • November 26, 2011
    moocow1452
    Disambiguated, and gonna keep the title for YKTTW purposes. Plus, it's about as spoon as it gets when it comes to names.
  • November 27, 2011
    moocow1452
  • November 27, 2011
    Insignificant
    Doesn't have to be a motive. Also "accrediation" is not a word. Did you mean "accreditation"? If so, then I don't understand how that title makes sense.
  • November 27, 2011
    moocow1452
    Was thinking that accreditation implied that the character was acknowledged in their profession or trade by other craftsmen and it was a play on Opening Credits, but if that doesn't work, I guess it could be retooled. Kinda want to call this one the Pawn Stars Opening and make it easy, but I'm sure that would go over well.

    Let Me Introduce Myself? Introduction Introduction? Maybe just go with Host Introduction Opening and limit it to non-fiction?
  • November 28, 2011
    Insignificant
    Let Me Introduce Myself is unintuitive and a line of dialogue, so that won't work. Introduction Introduction relies on the reader known which kind of introduction each one refers to, so that won't work either. Limiting it to nonfiction would just be wrong, and besides, Host Introduction Opening is no less SPOON than Character Introduction Opening.
  • November 28, 2011
    moocow1452
    Fair enough, but a real life person isn't a character, per se. Can we split the difference at Person Introduction Opening?
  • November 29, 2011
    moocow1452
    Bump with a new title. I really like this one, flows better than PIO, in my opinion.
  • December 1, 2011
    darkapothem2000
    Would Fresh Prince Of Bel Air qualify? "Now, this is a story all about how / My life got flip-turned upside down / So I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there / I'll tell you how I became the Prince of a town called Bel-Air."

    EDIT: nvm, just realized that's Expository Theme Tune, which is probably separate.
  • December 2, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Hmmm. William Holden's opening voiceover in the film Sunset Boulevard? He's explaining about his corpse being removed from a swimming pool (which the audience sees while he says it) and how it got there.
  • December 2, 2011
    nielas
    • Burn Notice (My Name is Michael Weston and I used to be a spy)
  • December 2, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Chuck, every episode.
    Hi, I'm Chuck. Here's a few things you need to know about me.
    • ''Alias had a similar thing in the intro.
      My name is Sydney Bristow. Seven years ago I was recruited by a secret branch of the CIA called SD-6. I was sworn to secrecy, but I couldn't keep it from my fianc". And when the head of SD-6 found out, he had him killed. That's when I learned the truth: SD-6 is not part of the CIA. I've been working for the very people I thought I was fighting against. So, I went to the only place that could help me take them down. Now I'm a double agent for the CIA, where my handler is a man named Michael Vaughn. Only one other person knows the truth about what I do, another double agent inside SD-6. Someone I hardly know - my father.
    • Bonnie And Clyde
      This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks.
    • The Looney Tunes "Bunny and Claude," a parody of Bonnie and Clyde.
      We're Bunny and Claude. We rob carrot patches.
  • December 2, 2011
    moocow1452
    Now enabling Rolling Updates. Will try and get the formating worked out, but it's Up For Grabs if anyone else wants to take a shot at taming that mess.
  • December 3, 2011
    Antigone3
    I have most of the examples sorted, but one question -- was the Dresden Files entry from the TV series? I know it's a catch phrase in the books.
  • December 3, 2011
    moocow1452
    Thanks Antigone. Looks like books only on the Dresden Files.
  • December 9, 2011
    Antigone3
    Cake Boss:
    This is Carlo's Bakery ... This is the crew, mia famiglia. We're going to take this bakery to the top. They call me Buddy. I'm the boss.
  • December 18, 2011
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • The Big O. Most episodes start off with Roger Smith identifying himself and saying he's a negotiator in Paradigm City, the city of amnesia. The wording varies a little bit each time.

    Live Action TV
    Two American scientists are lost in the swirling maze of past and future ages, during the first experiments on America's greatest and most secret project, the Time Tunnel. Tony Newman and Doug Phillips now tumble helplessly toward a new fantastic adventure, somewhere along the infinite corridors of time.
    This is the city. Los Angeles, California.
    [Date, weather description, current assignment, names of superior and partner]
    My name is Friday. I carry a badge.
  • December 18, 2011
    randomsurfer
    As I read it there's a fine line between this and Opening Narration which needs to be identified explicitly in the writeup.

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