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.

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!!Examples:

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* 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.
** Arguably, Gringoire in the French rock opera.
* Alan-a-Dale in the Disney ''{{Disney/Robin Hood}}''.

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[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* The Grave Robber from ''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, unfortunately, however, they don't do the same when explaining how he knows all about Blind Mag's contract problems.
** He hands the newspaper to Shilo. Not to mention, Mag's rival is ''standing right there'' at the time.
* The Criminologist in the ''RockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* In a non-musical version, the Radio DJ from ''Film/TheWarriors'' mostly fits into this category.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

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

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

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

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* The revolutionary narrator from ''{{Evita}}'', who is sometimes called [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "Che"]].
* The Narrator in ''IntoTheWoods''. [[spoiler:Things get considerably worse when [[InteractiveNarrator he dies]].]]
* The Narrator in ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat''.
* Officer Lockstock and Little Sally in ''{{Urinetown}}''
* The urchins/Ronettes in the musical version of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''.
* The Balladeer from ''{{Theatre/Assassins}}''.
* The Leading Player from the musical ''{{Pippin}}.''
* A non-singing example: the Stage Manager from ''OurTown''.
* Pseudolus, the main character of Stephen Sondheim's ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''
* The Cat in the Hat from ''SeussicalTheMusical''
* 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.

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

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