Created By: Evalana on September 5, 2010 Last Edited By: Evalana on September 5, 2010

Repeats the Narration

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Needs a Better Title. A character repeats what was just said by the narrator, word-for-word (or very nearly) for comedic effect. A stealth version can show up in a script by having the character repeat the stage directions word-for-word (i.e. "Character is sad and confused" Character: I'm sad and confused!).

  • In the dub of episode 15 of Sgt. Frog, when the others imagine Keroro and Dark Momoka teaming up to conquer the world, the narrator warns, "But their dark union was not that simple." Cut to Dark Momoka informing the platoon, "Our dark union's not that simple."
    • Used again in episode 22:
    Narrator: *coming back from the eyecatch* Ten seconds ago on Sgt. Frog, Tamama became leader of the platoon and banished the Sarge down a previously unseen well.
    Keroro: Why has Tamama dropped me down this previously unseen well?
  • The WordGirl episode "Mecha-Mouse" is narrated by the usual Interactive Narrator and his Darker And Grittier twin brother. At one point, they muse, "Will WordGirl be able to stop Dr. Two-Brain's plan to buy his own private island?" "Or will Two-Brains Island become the center of evil and villainy for all eternity?" Later on, as Dr. Two-Brains goes to buy his island, he cackles to himself, "Two-Brains Island will become the center of evil and villainy for all eternity! The narrator told me so."
  • At the start of Act Two of Spamalot, the Historian recaps the end of Act One, ending with, "King Arthur and his knights fled for their lives and were instantly scattered and lost in a dark, and very expensive, forest." Soon after, King Arthur moans, "This is a total bloody disaster. All my knights have fled, and we're lost in a dark, and very expensive, forest."
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  • June 14, 2010
  • June 14, 2010
  • June 14, 2010
    I believe there was a quote from The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop that went something like this:
    Narrator: Finally arriving at the shack, Penelope discovers that the phone call was a hoax.
    Penelope: The phone call was a hoax!
    Narrator: I just said that.
  • June 14, 2010
    It's very similar to Ironic Echo Cut, but there's no actual cutting involved so it doesn't currently fit the definition. They might be worth combining into a supertrope, though...
  • June 14, 2010
    Happened a lot in the Lucky Luke cartoon. Most of the time, it was Luke himself repeating the narration, but now and then, some other character would do it for him...
  • June 15, 2010
    The Lord Of The Rings parody Bored Of The Rings does this, then lampshades it, near the beginning of the book.
  • June 15, 2010
    Kinda reversed in Plan Nine From Outer Space, where one of the characters says of the aliens, "I wonder what their next move will be?" and the narrator says "What will their next move be?"
  • June 15, 2010
    I'm pretty sure this happened in Pushing Daisies, though can't remember when.
  • June 16, 2010
    A staple of Bad Bad Acting. Can involve That Makes Me Feel Angry.
  • June 16, 2010
    Happens throughout Forrest Gump. I once had a YKTTW based on this which I called Gump Cut.
  • June 20, 2010
    A literary example from Blessed are the Cheesemakers:
    She knew that Corrie and Fee made cheese...but Lucy assumed the cheese was made with machines, in big vats, with milk from a factory. "I thought cheese was made with machines, in big vats, with milk from a factory," she said.
  • August 30, 2010

    The music video for the Men At Work song "Down Under" has this.
  • August 30, 2010
    In an early episode of Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu, we see a one of the animals kids put on their cell phone straps lying on the ground, and the narrator gives a quick explanation of what it is and who would have it. Yoshii picks it up and starts saying the same thing, at which point the narrator angrily points out he already said that.
  • August 30, 2010
    the grene kni3t
    Something similar happens at the beginning of Magical Mystery Tour:
    Ringo on screen: Good afternoon.
    Ringo, narrating: ... said Richard. "Good afternoon," said the bus driver.
  • August 30, 2010
    It's a specific Sub Trope of Ironic Echo Cut.
  • August 30, 2010
    Except probably without the cut. But it's definitely a Sister Trope.

  • August 31, 2010
    • From Red Vs Blue as described on This Very Wiki:
      Church: Poor Jimmy was the last one to go. Tex walked up behind him, pulled Jimmy's skull out of his head and beat him to death with it.
      Tucker: Wait a second. How do you beat someone to death with his own skull? That doesn't seem physically possible.
      Church: That's exactly what Jimmy kept screaming.
      Jimmy: (While Tex is smacking him with a skull) This doesn't seem physically possible!
    • George Of The Jungle (the live action film):
      Narrator: And so, onward and upward the tired trekkers trudged on feverished footsies over perilous paths. When they beheld the mighty Ape Mountain, the reacted with awe.
      Group: Awwww...
      Narrator: I said, "Awe." A-W-E.
      Group: Ooh...
      Narrator: That's better.
  • August 31, 2010
    Happens in the Merrie Melodies short, The Scarlet Pumpernickel; the Narrator (Daffy Duck), announces, "The Lord High Chamberlain was simply furious."
    Lord High Chamberlain (Porky Pig): I'm simply furious!
    "But Milady Melissa was simply delighted."
    Melissa: I'm simply delighted!
  • August 31, 2010
    • The Middleman has a tendency to invert this with its Scene Shift Captions. For example, one episode ends with Ida smugly announcing the address she's discovered they have to go to:
      Ida: 8660 Hawkins Lane, Apt 9. God am I underpaid.
    And the caption for the next scene is:
    8660 Hawkins Lane, Apt 9.
    God am I underpaid.
  • August 31, 2010
    Done the other way round in Disgaea Infinite.
    Laharl: I got it!
    Tick Tock: [Laharl has now got it!]
  • September 1, 2010
    Not quite the same, but perhaps you could use this.
    In the short story "Rough Hew Them How We Will" in P.G. Wodehouse's The Man Upstairs, the narrator says, "Bredin [a restaurateur] was a pig. He looked like a pig; he ate like a pig; he grunted like a pig. He had the lavish embonpoint of a pig. Also a porcine soul. If you had tied a bit of blue ribbon round his neck you could have won prizes with him at a show." Later, when a policeman enters the story: "It was at about five minutes after one that afternoon that Constable Thomas Parsons, patrolling his beat, was aware of a man motioning to him from the doorway of Bredin's Parisian Cafe and Restaurant. The man looked like a pig. He grunted like a pig. He had the lavish embonpoint of a pig. Constable Parsons suspected that he had a porcine soul. Indeed, the thought flitted across Constable Parsons' mind that, if he were to tie a bit of blue ribbon round his neck, he could win prizes with him at a show.

  • September 1, 2010
    Often a sign of a Lemony Narrator or Interactive Narrator.
  • September 2, 2010
    Comedy Series
    Milkman: Right...well I should definitely say you're suffering from a severe personality disorder, sir, sublimating itself in a lactic obsession which could get worse depending on how much money you've got.
    [Cut to the office of a real psychiatrist]
    Dr. Cream: I would like to take this opportunity of complaining about the way in which these shows are continually portraying psychiatrists who make pat diagnoses of patients' problems without first obtaining their full medical history.
    [Cut back to milkman and gynecologist]
    Milkman: Mind you, that's just a pat diagnosis made without first obtaining your full medical history.
  • September 3, 2010
    This has to have happened somewhere in Stranger Than Fiction, right?