In many musicals, there is a character who acts as the narrator, knowing everything about everyone's business despite the fact that he often is a character in the story himself, and shouldn't really be able to know this.

See also GreekChorus, FourthWallObserver.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Slim Strings in the CowboyEpisode section of ''ComicBook/AdventureTimeTheFlipSide''.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Clopin in the Disney version of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''. He establishes this in the first five minutes of the film, considering he opens it with the story of how Frollo killed Quasimodo's mother and "adopted" Quasi -- despite the fact that he wasn't even ''there'' at the time, and the two men (or possibly more, if you count the staring masonry) who were certainly wouldn't have told anyone about what happened.
* Alan-a-Dale the rooster minstrel in Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''.
* Arne in ''WesternAnimation/TerkelInTrouble''.
* The Muses of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', starting their takeover for the original narrator, who they say is too boring.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The Grave Robber from ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. Of course, [[LampshadeHanging he's reading a newspaper about the events of the Opera]], so even though he wasn't there, he still knows about certain events. Unfortunately, however, they don't do the same when explaining how he knows all about Blind Mag's contract problems. He actually hands off the newspaper to Shilo while Mag's rival is ''standing right there'' at the time.
* The Criminologist in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. Of course, he doesn't actually sing.
* In a non-musical version, the Radio DJ from ''Film/TheWarriors'' mostly fits into this category.
* Stubby Kaye and Nat King Cole in ''Film/CatBallou''.

* A book of Myth/ClassicalMythology featured a script-version of the story of Achilles. "Chorus" is described as the "Narrator who knows everything".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Used (and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]) in "The Day They Shot Agarn" episode of ''Series/FTroop''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': "The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon" in "The Gunfighters".

* {{Exaggerated|Trope}} in ''Music/SchweigtStillePlaudertNicht''. The narrator has no part in the story apart from narration, and since it's an opera, all he does is sing.

* The revolutionary narrator from ''Music/{{Evita}}'', who is sometimes called [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Che"]].
* The Narrator in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''. [[spoiler:Things get considerably worse when [[InteractiveNarrator he dies]].]]
* The Narrator in ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat''.
* Officer Lockstock and Little Sally in ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}''
* The urchins/Ronettes in the musical version of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
* The Balladeer from ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}''.
* The Leading Player from the musical ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}''.
* A non-singing example: the Stage Manager from ''Theatre/OurTown''.
* Pseudolus, the main character of Stephen Sondheim's ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''
* The Reciter in ''Theatre/PacificOvertures'' sings of Japan's feudal ways and the country's modernization and encounters with the West.
* The Cat in the Hat from ''Theatre/{{Seussical}} the Musical''.
* The Lecturer in the musical adaptation of ''Film/ReeferMadness''.
* The Narrator in ''Theatre/BloodBrothers''.
* Lonny from the jukebox musical ''Theatre/RockOfAges''.
* Bert in the musical adaptation of ''Film/MaryPoppins''
* The Narrator in ''AudioPlay/TheDollsOfNewAlbion: A Steampunk Opera''.
* Aaron Burr in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''
* The Narrator from the musical MURDER BALLAD.
* Basically everyone in ''Theatre/NatashaPierreAndTheGreatCometOf1812''.
* Fester in the musical ''Theatre/TheAddamsFamily''.
* Bridget in ''Theatre/{{Lizzie}}''.
* Luigi Lucheni in ''Theatre/{{Elisabeth}}''. He's also an InteractiveNarrator, particularly in the Takarazuka version where, at minimum, he takes pictures of the audience so Sisi can collect images of the great beauties. Sometimes accompanied by a ShoutOut if there happens to be any (current or former) Takarasienne in attendance.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "The Ballad of Buster Baxter": "Mom, there's a singing moose in front of the house!"
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': Pinky does this briefly in "Brainy Jack", until Brain tells him to stop in a LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn moment.