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->'''Thetis:''' Why then, child, do you lament? What sorrow has come to your heart now? Tell me, do not hide it in your mind, and we shall both know.\\
'''Achilleus:''' You know; since you know why must I tell you all this?
-->-- ''Literature/TheIliad'', Book I

''[[DescribeTopicHere As you know, we are Describing the trope As You Know Here.]]''

This is a form of {{exposition}} where one character explains to another something that they both know, but the audience doesn't or may have forgotten.

->''"As you know, Alice, my Death Ray depends on codfish balls."''

->''"Damn it, Bob, you know full well that Alice hasn't been the same since [[NoodleIncident that tragic codfish incident]]."''

In discussions of science fiction, this is often "As You Know, Bob" (abbreviated AYKB), or occasionally, "Tell me, Professor [[ExpoSpeak [about this marvelous invention we all use every day and have no reason to be talking about except to inform the audience]"]]. Other common variations involve a newspaper reporter sent to cover events, or a conversation between two supporting characters -- hence [[IHaveManyNames another name]], "maid and butler dialogue". Creator/TerryPratchett refers to the fantasy fiction version as the "As you know, your father, the king..." speech.

This is also a common feature of pilot episodes, where characters' backgrounds and relationships need to be established for the first time. Likewise, when new characters are introduced or the writers believe a reminder is in order, characters will explicitly refer to each other by name during a regular conversation, when this is rarely done in real life: "Say, Alice, how are you enjoying your coffee?" "Why, it's delicious, Bob, thanks for asking. How are you coming along, Charlie?"

This is also quite common on medical drama shows like ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', and ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', where common medical phenomena and simple procedures must be explained to the laymen in the audience. In most cases, this is achieved by explaining the disease or procedure to [[TheWatson an intern or non-professional character]].

On some shows, characters will "As You Know" in order to provide information that was already provided in a previous episode (that viewers might have missed) or even [[ViewersAreGoldfish earlier in the show]] (for those who just tuned in), to the great annoyance of dedicated fans. (e.g. Just Tuned In: "Remember, Bob, you only have 20 minutes to defuse the bomb..." or Previous Episode: "Alice is really mad at you for running over her dog last week, isn't she?") Soap operas or adventure-type shows will often circumvent this with a "[[PreviouslyOn When we last left our heroes]]" recap at the beginning of each two-parter.

This may also happen with solitary characters (in thought rather than in speech), who, apparently, have such bad memory problems that they have to constantly remind themselves what they're doing right now and what happened in the near past.

Although writers try to avoid this by using TheWatson (since not explaining anything sometimes results in the audience being too busy trying to figure out what's going on to enjoy the show), [[TropesAreTools using this trope is not always a bad thing]]. Also, the most common alternative is to [[EasyAmnesia give the protagonist amnesia]] so he ''doesn't'' know, which isn't really considered a better option. The IdiotHero and FishOutOfWater are also acceptable tropes to employ to make this trope more believable, though shoehorning in such a character may be worse. A third form is to have two characters comparing information to each be sure that the other does in fact know. A fourth is to have the characters have an argument, since arguments are among the few real-life situations in which people remind each other of things they both already know.[[note]]"How could you do X? You know perfectly well that Y..."[[/note]] BreakingTheFourthWall to have the characters know they are informing the audience is OlderThanFeudalism in its own right, but obviously suitable only for broadly comic works.

It was ridiculously common in post-World War II literature, to the point that readers expected it and could become confused if the writer left it out. This might be the most universal trope found in postwar literature; you find it in works by everyone from Creator/GeorgeOrwell to Creator/BarbaraCartland to Creator/RexStout. (One wonders which one of the three would be most insulted by that grouping.)

Generally more acceptable when dealing with characters who are in situations where exposition is actually going on in-universe, e.g. military briefings or scientific lectures. In these cases, the phrase is less used to explain something and more to bring focus to a particular fact. ("As you know, we lost contact with Delta Squad this morning..." or "As you may know, the proton has a mass of...")

'''Specific variants:'''
* AndAnotherThing
* IveNeverSeenAnythingLikeThisBefore
* LetMeGetThisStraight
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe
* TellMeAgain

See also: MrExposition, TheWatson, {{Expospeak}}, CaptainObvious, ExactEavesdropping, ViewersAreMorons. A subtrope of ShowDontTell.

* AsYouKnow/LiveActionTV
** ''AsYouKnow/GameOfThrones''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/Berserk2016'': In episode 2, when Farnese is interrogating Guts, she basically recaps the history of the Band of the Hawk to him, who knows it better than anyone because he's one of the only people who survived their destruction. The [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Watsonian]] reason is that she wants to emphasize that she already knows everything about him and that he'll only drag out the inevitable by refusing to confess to his "crimes", but the [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] reason is to get viewers who haven't seen the Golden Age adaptations caught up on the backstory.
* '80s anime series ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' employed this trope regularly. This was mostly because, unlike many other '80s cartoons, it featured an on-going storyline that frequently built upon events from previous episodes. Children couldn't be expected to watch a show that patiently, so cue many long conversations with characters telling each other "Yes, you may remember the golden condor we discovered underneath the Inca ruins," etc., etc. This trope is only present in the English version, however; in the original French (the show is a France/Japan co-production and the writing team was French) characters never use this trope. At best it's them applying what they previously learned to new situations (if X was solar powered, then Y must also be!).
* The anime version of ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' tends to occasionally fall back on this.
* [[TheSyndicate Team Aqua and Team Magma]] meet for the first time onscreen in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Advanced'', and not only speak in an As You Know, but also make an {{Introdump}} at the start of that dialog.
* Early chapters of the ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' manga have Lucia constantly being reminded she's a princess, a mermaid, forbidden to date humans, can't go into water in public, and various things she already knows. Then again, she's always been a bit headstrong about these limitations anyway. The anime got rid of this by tacking on a prologue on every episode explaining the whole situation.
* ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'':
** Hit hard by ''Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone'', during the scene in which Ritsuko explains the specifics of Operation Yashima to Misato, the ''person who came up with the plan in the first place''. The dub tries to fix this by turning it into a LetMeGetThisStraight. It helps... a bit.
** Mari in 2.22 frequently gives exposition... ''to herself''.
* In episode 112 of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Urahara and Isshin Kurosaki have an extended conversation telling each other things they both already know about the two new sets of bad guys on the plot horizon, for the benefit of both the audience and some other characters standing off to the side. What is most inexplicable is that they don't just tell the other characters instead of talking to each other, which would have made the scene make sense!
* Used rather neatly in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' with the explanation that the main character is an idiot who never paid attention in school. Things frequently have to be explained to him several times in gradually simpler terms. This is usually done during training segments, so it has a natural feel to it. Sasuke, on the other hand, is improbably ignorant given his backstory. Plenty of other characters among the rookies are clueless about things they absolutely should know as well, especially the members of team "[=InoShikaCho=]," whose fathers have been grooming them as heirs.
* ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' uses this trope right off the bat in the first episode to set up the show's premise.
* In Episode 14 of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', Fate quizzes her adopted children Erio and Caro on history as a way of providing the viewer with exposition on the origins of the TSAB.
* In the first chapter ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', Sakura and Shaolan tell each other how they first met and for how long they've been friends, obviously to fill in the reader on their backstory. In this case, they are simply revelling in memories.
* This way of recapping is constantly and irritatingly used in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' manga. A commander telling his fellow warriors about the great battle in which they all participated...
* There's a strange example from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. After the first arc, Touma [[spoiler:has had his memory erased]], so whenever someone like Stiyl starts talking about something that happened then, Touma is more or less completely in the dark, even though it's something he ''should'' know. It'd be a fine example of As You Know if he actually ''did'' know.
* In the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' franchise, every time an effect is activated, the player has to explain exactly what it does -- sometimes more than once for the same card in the same duel in the same episode. [[TruthInTelevision Either this is because most players do this in real life, or it caused most players to do this in real life]]. The Chicken or the Egg? Strictly speaking, this is actually a rule of the game. Made no less funny when Kaiba lampshaded it as unnecessary in The Movie, [[HypocriticalHumor then explained it anyway]].
** In the third episode of the [[Anime/YuGiOh second anime]], Yugi and Jonouchi revel in memories of how they became friends. Since the anime skipped almost everything of the first ''seven'' volumes, it is the only way to explain what happened in chapter 1.
* In the first two episodes of ''Anime/SailorMoon S'', the Professor retells his plan to Kaolinite for the audience's benefit, even though she, as his second-in-command, should already know it in the first episode and definitely knows by the second.
* ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix'' does this at the end of episode one. As Team Satomi prepares to race Team Sledgemamma in the first race of the IGPX-1, equivalent to the major league, the announcer Benjamin Bright explains the rules of IGPX to thousands of fans, and the racers. In the English dub, he actually says, "Let's recap the rules of the IGPX for those two or three of you who don't know."
* ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'': At the start of episode 1, Luluco manages to remind Keiji of everything he already knows but the audience doesn't, in response to him praising her for turning out so normal growing up in an abnormal environment:
-->'''Luluco:''' You're part of the Space Patrol that upholds Ogikubo's law and order, and hardly get any time off. Mom left home after a fight and took all the furniture with her, so now we live in this run-down apartment. [[SarcasmMode Yeah, we're super normal alright]]."
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** When Lucy meets Natsu and Happy for the first time, she goes into detail explaining to them what guilds are and that she wants to join the most popular guild around (the eponymous Fairy Tail guild), and then laughs it all off as something the two wouldn't be interested in. She doesn't realize until later that the two are ''from'' the guild she's trying to join. Granted, Lucy doesn't refer to Fairy Tail by name in her description, and Natsu and Happy really don't seem very interested in what she has to say, but considering how ''everyone'' in the series seems to know what guilds are (in fact, there probably isn't a character in the series who ''hasn't'' heard of Fairy Tail) it's all the more obvious that she's explaining it to the audience. This comes off a touch better in retrospect once Lucy's educated but sheltered backstory is known, as at the time she probably ''wouldn't'' know just what the average citizen knows and has reason to expect there are a lot of topics she'd know more about (this just isn't one of them). And while the city they're in does get mage traffic the plot implies it's well off the beaten path for guild members.
** Master Hades has one later on, explaining the nature of the wizards in his guild -- to nobody but himself.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Invoked during Impel Down when Bon Clay, in the disguise of the vice-warden Hannyabal, wants to know more about the phenomenon "demoning away" that has apparently taken away his great hero Ivankov. He asks a jailer to explain it, and when the jailer confusedly says that Bon Clay already knows, Bon Clay asks him to tell it again since it is "such a great story". Fortunately, the real Hannyabal is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weird like that]], so the jailer doesn't get suspicious.
** Lampshaded and Played for Laughs. As Rayleigh limited Luffy's access to the outside world during his two years of training, Luffy, and, by extension, us, missed out on several major events in ''One Piece'' universe. Notable events are [[spoiler:the fall of every island of Whitebeard, the Battle between Akainu and Aokiji, Aokiji's resignation and Akainu's promotion to Fleet Admiral, Sengoku and Garp's resignation, Law and Buggy as the new Warlords of the Sea, the new danger to the Devil Fruit users, Blackbeard's usurping of Whitebeard's Four Emperors seat, his crew's rise to power, the moves of the Revolutionaries, and most notably ''how exactly'' [[CurbStompBattle Blackbeard usurped the above mentioned seat]]]]. But, these above events changed the power of the world so much, that these are household talks. Quoth Usopp:
--->'''Usopp:''' ''[to Luffy]'' This was huge news!! Where were you eh, hiding under a rock???
* In ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', Robotnik begins his exposition by stating that the world the story takes place in is split in two- the outer half called the Land of the Sky, and the inner half called the Land of Darkness. At the Land of the Sky part, Sonic says, "Tell us something we DON'T know." and Robotnik snarls, "Shut up! Heed me!"
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', the villains Scanty and Kneesocks often explain their plans to each other, saying they both already know but like to hear themselves talk.
* The BigBad of the 2003 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' reveals her backstory by explaining it to literally the only other person in the world who already knows. You'd think it would have been easy to avoid that.
* Played straight in ''Anime/SwordArtOnline'', where veteran MMORPG players feel a need to explain things among themselves from the major gameplay elements to the very basic ones such as [[CaptainObvious "use potions to heal HP."]] Granted, it's {{justified|Trope}} sometimes if they're talking to newbie players who are still getting a handle on the mechanics (and the fact said mechanics are now [[TheMostDangerousVideoGame literally life and death]] means an occasional refresher isn't too out there), but it doesn't help when they're doing it between each other.
* Lampshaded in the first episode of ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'' when Haruhiko describes [[{{Youkai}} Phantoms]] to Izumi, noting, "It's common knowledge, but I'll explain anyway."
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Mostly averted since the 104th Trainee Corps would logically have explained things to them for the first time during training and at the start of service in their branch. At one point, though, the DrillSergeantNasty yells at Connie for screwing up the salute ("I've already explained to you that the salute represents..."). Going by what it represents (see StrangeSalute), he likely [[TheDitz thought his heart was on the right side of his chest]].
* In the first episode of the third season of ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'', one of the BridgeBunnies is seen explaining to his co-worker everything that happened to the organization they work for in the 3 months TimeSkip after the episode's opening scene.
* An amusing example of a JustifiedTrope in ''Anime/TurnAGundam''. When {{Identical Stranger}}s Queen Dianna and Kihel Heim get trapped in their TwinSwitch, they use this kind of conversation to brief each other on what they're supposed to know and how they should act.
* ''Manga/CaseClosed'' :
** The series has frequent recaps in the manga due to the chapter format and original magazine publication. While it's both an established convention for mysteries and believable for a detective at ''some'' point to sketch out the case, suspects and evidence, at times this ends up happening multiple times to an identical audience in a remarkably short period of in-universe time. And as in this series the detective doing the recap is rarely a major factor in the investigation s/he may not even know about developments in the case and have anything new to say, or be audibly working anything out.
** Men in Black at times do the same thing (explain their plans and situational knowledge to each other) when they show up, usually about things they've long since communicated with each other previously and more securely. While going over the plan isn't unreasonable, especially as "the plan" often involves somebody being killed, at times this also gets suspiciously repetitive. Sometimes even those ends up as plausible, because their ''modus operandi'' includes constantly testing to see if somebody's aware of their existence or the details of their discussions.
* The recap at the start of the ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' anime's second season is framed as a letter to one of All Might's mentors, Gran Torino, but includes details about the mechanics of All Might's quirk, One For All, that are both closely guarded secrets and information Gran Torino is already well aware of.

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* The AudioAdaptation of ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' is, for much of the time, narrated by Maurice himself. Towards the end, it becomes apparent that he's telling the story to Dangerous Beans. Who a) was right there for most of it and b) is [[spoiler: [[OnlyMostlyDead mostly dead]]]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Lampshaded in one issue of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics.
-->'''Cyclops:''' This isn't good, Emma. Warren isn't answering and I can't even tell if my calls are going through.\\
'''Emma Frost:''' You needn't narrate, dearest. I'm sitting right here.
* ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'':
** Lampshaded (via emphasis) and subverted: Beast begins an As You Know introduction of Hansel to Prince Charming, but Charming protests he really has no idea who Hansel is.
** Since ''Fables'' primarily focuses on a small community, the members of whom have lived together for centuries, early issues in particular are prone to this trope, as the author tries to catch the reader up without benefit of a NaiveNewcomer. This gets lampshaded in the very first issue; Bigby Wolf is talking to Snow White about Rose Red, and refers to her as "your sister, Rose Red" and Snow promptly tells him that she ''does'' in fact know who her sister is.
* Lampshaded in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' with General Glory, an old [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicbooks Golden Age]] superhero. The Leaguers are all shocked by his "comic booky" dialogue and wonder aloud how he can possibly cram so much pointless exposition into his sentences.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The comic-book adaptation of ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' features Lando Calrissian telling Chewbacca about the adventures they just had off-screen (on-screen in the novels). For all we know, Chewbacca is reprimanding him for being Mr. Exposition; [[TheUnintelligible we'll never know.]]
* Done endlessly in [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] comic books, particularly those involving Franchise/{{Superman}} or ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}. Sometimes the villains would explain their plan to each other after they had carried it out. As often as not, Superman would overhear this conversation and swoop down to capture them, having had no clue prior to this what had been going on.
* Used all the time in ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' comics, usually clumsily as anything; the picture at the top of the page shows a rare lampshading from Creator/DonRosa's ''The Last Lord of Eldorado''.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' largely avoids this, but some examples still stands out:
** One is the story of Madcoil told around a campfire, which allows the main character's love interest to find out about his {{backstory}} (through eavesdropping). It's told because of tradition, and because the children present haven't heard it yet.
** A ''far'' more jarring example is found in the ''Discovery'' books (written by the same original author, but a good three decades later) in which the characters... well, talk like [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/DISC/DisplayDISC.html?page=14 this]].
** Another jarring example occurs in the first issue of ''Siege at Blue Mountain'', the second print series which began after a 2-year hiatus. In lieu of a synopsis, the Wolfriders explain the whys and wherefores of the story so far to each other, ostensibly as part of their decision-making process. Later series got a lot better at integrating the {{backstory}} into the dialogue.
* In an early ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Season 8 comic, Willow is visiting Buffy and Xander, and asks about their love life. Xander replies jokingly that all women desire him, a statement which Willow appears to take seriously, as she gratuitously adds that she herself had once been attracted to him. Given that the only people in the room were both there at the time of Willow's infatuation (in Seasons 1-3), the only reason for this line to be included was to remind the audience that Willow wasn't always a lesbian.
* ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' frequently uses this as a simple ploy to avoid having to show them travelling: one panel in an early comic has Sam saying "We're off to the Philippines!" In the next panel they're standing in front of a bunch of weird buildings:
-->'''Sam:''' Well, here we are in the Philippines.\\
'''Max:''' [[WhoWritesThisCrap Drawn without reference material, apparently.]]
* The first issue of ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' is especially guilty of this, having Light explain to [[ObviouslyEvil Wily]] that he lost his credintals years ago, and to Mega Man and Roll about their origins.
* Turned into a RunningGag by ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': as it is stated in every book (and, in many editions, explained on the presentation page), Obelix isn't allowed any of Getafix's magic potion because he fell into a cauldron full of the stuff when he was little. Obelix himself remarks in one story "We'll never hear the end of it!" A few times they skip the story, with Obelix grumbling "Of course, I don't get any because [-grumble grumble-]..."
* Cleverly played in ''ComicBook/DeadpoolWadeWilsonsWar''. Many times, Deadpool explains the context of the operation, and the senator cuts him saying that he knows. The brilliance is that every time, what Deadpool explained is true in the real world (America's implication in Soviet/Afghan war...), but readers may not know this stuff as a senator does.[[note]]Since Deadpool has [[MediumAwareness Medium Awareness]] this may be one of those rare cases where the character as well as the author is deliberately explaining things for the audience's benefit[[/note]]
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' comic "The Forgotten", Turlough goes to the effort of explaining the rules of cricket to Tegan, who already knows them since she's Australian.
* One of ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'' comics has Bart telling Lisa what had happened as exposition for the reader. When Lisa asks why he's telling her what she already knows, Bart says he's filling in the readers, which confuses Lisa until he further explains [[FourthWallPsych he's filling in their new neighbors, whose last name is Reader, on the situation]].
** Spoofed, in another instance, when a Radioactive Man villain stops going over her plan, and announces "I have a sudden, irrelevant desire to recount my origin!" Cue her henchmen groaning and complaining about how she did this at breakfast.
** And earlier than that, in another Radioactive Man story, a creature is expositing his plans, only to stop and angrily announce "why am I doing this? I ''know'' what my plan is!"

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Frequently turns up in ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}''[='s=] earliest days. "Well, here I am..."
* Lampshaded in the newspaper comic ''ComicStrip/{{Sally Forth|Howard}}'': the title character asked her daughter what she was doing "for Earth Day next week", and was told that was the most obvious bit of exposition she had pitched since "As you know, Hilary, you are my daughter."

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** At the beginning of a scene in Episode 21:
--->'''Yugi:''' Your brother's been kidnapped?\\
'''Mokuba:''' Yes, that is exactly what I just finished telling you.
** Episode 25:
--->'''Tea:''' Now we are at the museum!\\
'''Yami:''' (''annoyed'') I know.
** Episode 42 takes the lampshading to new extremes:
--->'''Mai:''' I can't believe Joey is dueling Marik!\\
'''Yugi:''' Yep, that sure is the current situation.
* An interesting variation appears in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' SelfInsertFic ''Fanfic/MassVexations''. AuthorAvatar Art has already heard all of the exposition in the game prior to experiencing it himself; however, the characters giving the exposition aren't aware of this fact, so to them they're just telling the story of the game as it happens. It's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the first time it happens, and a few times it cuts away before said exposition can be said. It's played straight later to help him prove that he really is from another dimension.
* The early chapters of ''Fanfic/HogwartsExposed'' are full of [[JustForPun (well)]] {{expospeak}} which often takes this form, even using the actual phrase "As You Know" at one point.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
** Lampshaded:
--->'''[[SnarkyNonHumanSidekick Jack:]]''' Yeah, and if I recall correctly, that's all the stuff we already knew.
** This is later played straight when Calvin describes [[LethalLavaLand Planet]] [[APlanetNamedZok Zok]]'s living conditions.
* ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'': Lampshaded and justified during Drago's first confrontation with Karasu. Karasu sums up Drago's BackStory [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble from the future]], and when Drago asks why he's discussing what they both already know, Karasu comments that he's just keeping Drago distracted long enough for the heroes to show up and deal with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/92428/forever Forever]]'': "Are you ready?" "Are you asking me if I'm ready to leave tomorrow, or are you asking me if I'm ready for this party Colgate's throwing us?" Two As You Know-s in one.
** ''Fanfic/TheDearSweetieBelleContinuity'': "Dear Scootaloo" uses this word for word when Feather Duster points out, to his former weather team coworker Rainbow Dash, the storm cloud production engines [[spoiler:that he plans to overload]].
** Used in ''Fanfic/TheImmortalGame'', when [[MookLieutenant the Cadet]] begins a report to [[TheDragon General Esteem]] with this exact phrase, and goes on to quickly sum up what happened during the one month TimeSkip. The trope is then lampshaded by the narration, which points out that, yes, Esteem does know all this already.
** This is often parodied in ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTotallyLegitRecap'':
*** He says this word-for-word when the Crystal Heart is destroyed in Season 6 Episode 1, but then goes on to explain a concept that no one in the audience could've even ''expected'', especially since the episode had more or less been a straight recap before that.
*** This pretty much turns into a RunningGag in the preceding episodes, either having the characters [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall lean on the fourth wall]] by bringing up the possibility of "having an expository conversation", or by Starlight questioning ''why'' everyone is acting like she doesn't know stuff.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** In ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'', Heather invokes this trope when she explains to a fellow show alumnus how she happened to be near enough to the camp to drop by on a whim.
--->'''Heather:''' Muskoka is a major summer colony, you know.
** ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'' has several examples:
*** Chris invokes the trope during the orientation, when he grants the contestants amnesty to surrender forbidden electronic gadgets.
*** When two contestants are in urgent need of medical attention, Chef Hatchet reminds a couple of interns that the infirmary can only handle one patient at a time.
*** At a certain elimination ceremony, Chris reminds the contestants and the audience that there is no set procedure for breaking tie votes.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'': The ritual for the Queen to create new Shadowkhan starts with [[HighPriest Sanshobo]] reciting the [[InfoDump origins of the race]]. Ikazuki [[LampshadeHanging comments to himself]] that they all know this already, as it's one of the first things they learn.
* Played with in ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'' when Malachite tells one of the monsters that he must again tell her the plan he detailed to her before they went to find the Sailor Scouts, because the viewers didn't hear the plan yet, but flashing back to when he said it earlier might feel too jarring. The monster then tells Malachite that he didn't properly explain the plan before.
* Lampshaded in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical''.
** Their first scene together features [[spoiler:Quirrell]] doing an {{Expospeak}} of their plan for the audience, to which Voldemort replies "Yesss, no one must know any of that." Whenever [[spoiler:Quirrell]] delivers some bit of exposition to Voldemort, Voldemort replies, "I know, [[spoiler:Quirrel]]! I hear everything you hear!"
** Also:
-->'''Hermione:''' Professor Snape, what exactly is the point of this lecture?\\
'''Snape:''' Oh, just important things that ALL of you should know. (''points to a person in the audience'') Especially YOU!
* Repeatedly Averted in the LightNovel/{{Slayers}} story FanFic/FlamGush. Lina and Gourry each run into people run their pasts who know the gruesome story. Each time one of them discusses it alone with the old friend, they keep to oblique references and partial explanations for the most part. Justified both to preserve suspense and because Lina and Gourry each have a troubled past that left them traumatized, and thus they don't want to talk about it.
* ''Webcomic/{{Guardian}}'' has Wakka point out that Yuna's father was a summoner. Lulu cuts him off with an angry "'''I know.'''"
* Played with in ''FanFic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain''. Naruto asks Guy how Lee's training weights work just so everyone else can hear. Naruto already knows, but Guy doesn't know that Naruto knows.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9283538/7/The-Black-Star The Black Star]]'':
-->'''Sirius:''' Harry, there's something I want to talk about. Since the end of your third year we have met in secret so I could train you both magically as well as regarding pureblood culture and everything you need to know to be a lord of your house.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11237394/8/One-Thread-Pulled One Thread Pulled]]'':
-->'''Blaise:''' You know that after Peter Pettigrew stole your blood from the wizarding blood bank Voldemort came back to power last summer.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11995519/9/Harry-Potter-Air-Elemental Harry Potter: Air Elemental]]'':
-->'''Robards:''' As you know, sir, Obliviations can only be overridden and the memories restored by the same caster or by someone who's more powerful magically, a group casting would only cause the patient to go insane as it would essentially shred his mind.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'':
** Although there is some debate as to how long exactly the Dazzlings have been banished in the human world, in the prologue Adagio's comment about how it is lacking Equestrian magic and Aria's discussion about their banishment are something they should know already.
** Likewise, Sunset Shimmer and the Humane Five discussing the events of the first movie is for the audience's benefit; you'd think Sunset especially wouldn't want to dwell so much on it. Pinkie Pie's intervention is then just rubbing it in, but that's in character for Pinkie.
-->'''Sunset Shimmer:''' A demon. I turned into a raging she-demon.\\
'''Pinkie Pie:''' And tried to turn everyone here into teenage zombies for your own personal army! (''smile'')
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' has one when King Candy explains the nightly roster race. Lampshaded when he says "We all know this," with an AsideGlance, to boot.
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'': The viewers learn about the Rescue Aid Society's origin when their current head reminds the other members about it. He even starts with "As you know,".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Films/{{Aliens}}'' has the military variation, with the lieutenant informing the troops that "all we know is that there's still no contact with the colony" despite them being aware of why they're there - this has the double effect of curtailing the rampant speculation of the marines as to '''why''' there's no contact, and filling in the audience of the situation. His follow up statement that a xenomorph may be involved comes as a surprise to the marines, but just confirms the audience's knowledge.
* There is a lot of this in the final courtroom scene of ''Film/{{Amistad}}''. Adams repeatedly refers to contemporary politicians by both their name and title, i.e.: "our president, Martin Van Buren."
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' has the CorruptCorporateExecutive explain to Dr. Augustine -- who has been there for years -- why they are on Pandora, how much {{unobtainium}} is worth, and the Na'vi problem. Given his tone, though, he's probably doing this to remind her that he's the guy in charge, not her, and she'll have to use whatever he gives her.
* The ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy:
** The [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film]] has to drop a lot of "As You Know" exposition on the audience, where characters discuss past events that we the audience will soon witness when Marty travels back in time. For example, Lorraine tells the story of how she and George met, which elicits a groan from daughter Linda: "You've told this story a thousand times." Once Marty travels to 1955, he finds himself embroiled in the events his mother is narrating.
** In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Lorraine recalls to her granddaughter how Marty lost his guitar skills in an automobile accident. ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' later shows Marty avoiding this accident.
* At the beginning of ''[[Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey]]'', Rufus brings several famous musicians from across history to his classroom. If the audience already knows who the musician is, he just introduces them by name, if they don't (i.e., the musician is from after 1991), he explains what they did, which is somewhat jarring. It's then played with:
-->'''Rufus:''' And a special treat from the 23rd century, Miss Ria Paschelle. Miss Paschelle, as you all know, was the inventor of the [[AppliedPhlebotinum statiophonic oxygenetic amplifier]] [[TechnoBabble graphiphonideliverberator]]. Kind of hard to imagine the world before we had them, isn't it?
* Parodied during a flashback in ''Film/BlackDynamite'': "I am 18-year-old Black Dynamite, and you are my 16-year-old brother!"
* ''Film/BladeRunner'' has an awkward early scene where Captain Bryant gives entry-level exposition about replicants to Rick Deckard, an experienced hunter of replicants. It's an odd exception to the rule, for most of the rest of the film does an excellent job of showing or implying rather than telling outright; for instance, the prohibitive cost of owning real live pets is alluded to repeatedly, but it's left to the viewer to figure out that real animals (besides pigeons, evidently) are scarce in this super-urbanized world. [[spoiler: This could be an oblique reference towards the fact, in some versions, that Deckard is a replicant himself and may have no further knowledge above them. His whole history as hunter may be only faked.]]
* Done in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' just to set up a joke. Everyone in the town is gathered in the church to discuss what to do about the bandits ransacking the town - and the preacher begins by letting everyone know that bandits are ransacking the town. He even begins his speech by saying that he doesn't have to tell them any of this: sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, women stampeded, and cattle raped.
* ''Film/CabinFever'': There's a deadly disease going around and at one point, only two healthy people are left in the cabin - everyone else having fled or being at death's door. For reasons that are hard to fathom, and difficult to write convincing dialogue for, they characters [[CoitusEnsues impulsively have a screw.]] Mid-way through the activity (i.e. '''after''' penetration has occurred) the man asks the woman with surprise if she doesn't use condoms. Both parties involved would clearly be aware that they aren't using one. But the filmmakers need to be clear about it because [[spoiler:it turns out the woman already (unknowingly) has the disease and as it's quite explicit that the sex was ''unsafe'', we realize that she has sexually passed the disease to the man]].
-->'''Paul:''' Don't you use condoms?\\
'''Marcy:''' It's okay. I'm healthy.
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Daggett explains the function of the Clean Slate Drive to Selina even though she obviously knows what it does. Mitigated in that, not only does Daggett explain its abilities in a sarcastic tone of voice, he adds, "Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?", implying he had been lying about it all along and is now mocking Selina for having been stupid enough to believe such a thing could exist.
* ''Film/{{Disraeli}}'' is an early talking film from 1929. In the silent movie days filmmakers could just insert a title card to explain who a character was, but that easy shortcut went away with the transition to sound. So instead we get awkward exposition, like when someone asks Lord Probert "What does the director of the Bank of England say?", only for Lord Probert to answer "I say..." in order to let the audience know who he is.
* Flawless example in the movie ''Dragonfly'': a speaker at a funeral says of the deceased, "From her colleagues at the university to her young patients here in Chicago Memorial's pediatric oncology ward, she will be sorely missed" -- ''speaking to'' the deceased's family, her colleagues from the university and her associates from the pediatric oncology ward, none of whom needed to be informed what city they were in, what hospital she was associated with, or what field of medicine she specialized in.
* In ''Film/DrinkingBuddies'', Kate goes back to Chris after they'd broken up. Up to this point, the audience is led to believe she dumped him for kissing another girl. However, when he sees Kate he says "we've been over this..." and goes on about how he had in fact dumped her.
* ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb]]'': "As you know, the Premier loves surprises."
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Film/EvilDead2013'', as significant bits of exposition are given to the audience in the form of the other characters telling David things he bloody well ''should'' know about his sister Mia like her drug habits, but doesn't because he ran off and left her alone with their mother who was suffering with dementia, the issues of which led her to becoming addicted in the first place.
* In ''Film/TheGame'', a secretary reminds Van Orton that he is trying to be reached by a certain Elizabeth. She then reminds him that it's his ex-wife. He replies with a bitter "I '''know''' that!". After she is gone, [[LampshadeHanging he comments on how little he likes her for that]].
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', when the Janjira reactor collapses and starts venting radioactive gas into the structure, Joe feels the need to remind his wife (and, by extension, the audience), that she has to hurry out of there, otherwise she "won't last five minutes, with or without the suits". Never mind that she's one of the (if not ''the'') lead technicians at the plant and is probably more aware of the risks than he is.
* In the beginning of ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'', while Lyra spends minutes telling a pointless boasting tale, she doesn't have the time to show that she and her best friends are, well, best friends. Instead she just points this out by saying that they are.
* The first ten or so minutes of ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' is packed with this kind of dialogue on Scarlet's ways with men, her pining for Ashley, her father's dangerous style of horseback riding, her father's Irish heritage...
* In ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' Ives reminds Hilts that the problem in tunnel-making is not only digging but also shoring up with wood and getting the dirt out.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGames'', the adaptation to film removes Katniss' first-person perspective and thus in-universe explanations. The film gets around this by featuring scenes with announcers explaining certain aspects of the games to new viewers. [[JustifiedTrope Justified in that]] every year, there will naturally be new viewers ''somewhere'' in Panem, the arena is different each year, and not everyone will be able to tell on sight that (for example) [[spoiler:the stinging insects are tracker jackers, not just bees or wasps]].
* At the start of ''Film/IndependenceDay'', the SETI worker locating the source of the signal says the distance means that it's coming from the Moon. (As the initials stand for "'''S'''earch for '''E'''xtra-'''T'''errestrial '''I'''ntelligence", they would have all known how far away the Moon is from Earth.)
* Bill in ''Film/KillBill'' bringing up his love for comic books.
* ''Film/TheLastAirbender'' puts on an As You Know clinic! Perhaps it's because, As You Know, they had to condense 20 episodes of show into 103 minutes of film....
* ''Film/LightsOfNewYork'', being the first [[UsefulNotes/RiseOfTheTalkies talkie]], made sure to have lots and lots of talking. The very first dialogue is an elaborate "As You Know", and it sets just the right mood for the rest of the film.
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' wears this trope on its shoulder from the very first scene, in which several Union soldiers recite to the titular president the Gettysburg Address verbatim.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Gandalf, upon seeing a Palantìr, says to Saruman -- his ''superior'' -- "They are not all accounted for, the lost seeing-stones".
*** Justified in that Saruman is behaving in a way that only someone who Doesn't Know would feel safe in behaving, and has asked a question that only someone who Doesn't Know would need to ask. Gandalf's As You Know is the most polite way he has to say "Because Sauron might be watching us right now, you idiot." If it had been anyone else, Gandalf would have just said ''that''. Meanwhile, Saruman is just engaging in a bit of ObfuscatingStupidity as he leads up to [[FaceHeelTurn some important news]].
** Saruman beats Gandalf at the As You Know game, though, hands down. At another point in the same encounter, there's this summary of things Gandalf knows at least as well as Saruman.
--->'''Saruman:''' Concealed within his fortress, the lord of Mordor sees all. His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh. You know of what I speak, Gandalf: a great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame.
** There's even a point at which Saruman solemnly tells Gandalf, who's leading the Fellowship toward the mines of Moria, that "you know" what evil lurks beneath them (the Balrog) -- except Saruman is in his tower, hundreds of miles away, talking to himself, so it's really more of an "As I Know":
--->'''Saruman:''' You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum: shadow and flame.
** In ''The Two Towers'', Galadriel repeats back to Elrond ''his own prophecies'':
--->'''Galadriel:''' The strength of the Ringbearer is failing. In his heart, Frodo begins to understand. The quest will claim his life. You know this. You have foreseen it.
* Discussed, then defied in ''Film/TheLostSkeletonReturnsAgain'' as aliens Kro-bar and Lattis explain their part in the previous film and why they've come back to Earth for this film.
-->'''Kro-bar:''' And, as you know, our instruments tell us that they may be in great danger.\\
'''Lattis:''' ... But we waste time explaining things we already know.\\
'''Kro-Bar:''' We waste time acknowledging that we already know these things.\\
'''Lattis:''' You're wasting time even saying that.\\
'''Kro-Bar:''' Very well, Lattis, let us accept that we both waste time and cease this wasting of time!
* Done effectively in ''Film/MortalKombat'':
** When Shang Tsung taunts Raiden by pointing out the limits to his dominion.
--->'''Shang Tsung:''' ...until we reach the island, where you have no dominion.\\
'''Raiden:''' My dominions are well known to me, sorcerer!
** Done much more clumsily later on as Shang Tsung explains to Goro, who should know the hierarchy of Outworld as well as backs of his four hands:
--->'''Shang Tsung:''' Princess Kitana is ten thousand years old! She is the lawful heir to the throne of Outworld!
* In ''Film/MurderOnTheOrientExpress1974'', Hercule Poirot tells Colonel Arbuthnott that in his opinion the late Colonel Armstrong should have been awarded the VC, "which stands, as you may know, for Victoria Cross and is awarded for valor."
* Early in ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', the Professor presides over a meeting of national security types and explains the situation, so that we in the audience can be ahead of Roger Thornhill, who is still clueless at this point. He explains what's going on (that Roger Thorhill's been mistaken for secret agent George Kaplan, that there ''is'' no such person as George Kaplan, and that the real secret agent is someone else entirely) in exacting and repetitive detail -- to an assembly consisting of the only people in the world who already know all this. Clumsy, awkward, excruciating.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'': The two comic relief pirates, watching the main characters duke it out in an epic battle over the MacGuffin, wonder exactly how they got into this situation and briefly recap the whole movie up to that point for the benefit of anyone still watching. For extra points, they couldn't have possibly known everything they recapped.
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' "It's odd, [Evil Right-Hand-Man who was in on the plot], but when I hired Vizzini to have her murdered on our engagement day..." This conversation is made even more awkward by being so close to Inigo's drunken "You told me to go back to the beginning" exposition rant.
* In [[TheMovie the film version]] of ''Literature/TheReader'', Michael's daughter asks "Where are we going" while they're on a train. He replies with "I said I'll tell you when we get there."
* In ''Film/RoadToMorocco'', when Jeff and Turkey are thrown in jail, Turkey gives a speech recapping all the events that have led up to this point in the story:
-->'''Turkey''': A fine thing. First, you sell me for two hundred bucks. Then I'm gonna marry the Princess; then you cut in on me. Then we're carried off by a desert sheik. Now, we're gonna have our heads chopped off.
-->'''Jeff''': I know all that.
-->'''Turkey''': [[MediumAwareness Yeah, but the people who came in the middle of the picture don't.]]
-->'''Jeff''': [[ItsAllAboutMe You mean they missed my song?]]
* Parodied and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', when Colonel Sandurz unnecessarily explains the evil plan to Dark Helmet, who turns to the camera and asks, "Everybody got that?" According to Mel Brooks, filmmakers are obliged to provide the audience with a Minimum amount of plot. That was it.
* In ''Film/{{Roxanne}}'', this trope is used to explain the inevitable FridgeLogic that comes with transporting Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac into modern times: why doesn't he just get a nose job? In an early scene, CB visits the local plastic surgeon, who must remind him that he's allergic to anaesthetic, and therefore can't get a nose job.
* Used painfully in ''Film/SharkAttack3Megalodon'' when two coworkers explain their job to one another, laughing uproariously after every line to inform us that they are jovial people.
* In ''Film/SmilesOfASummerNight'', Fredrik's coworkers quickly summarize the characters' backstories and relationships to each other at the beginning of the film.
* In ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'', Batiatus greets Crassus, Glabrus, and their consorts by reeling off their names and personal histories to them (and the audience).
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** In ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'', the Federation, Klingon, and Romulan ambassadors spend several minutes describing each other's backstories and the purpose and history of the planet they're sitting on, which they must already have known, ''while a revolutionary army is taking possession of their city.'' There are a lot of other examples throughout the movie, but this scene is especially ridiculous because the fact that they're occupied explaining things to each other that they already know means they're caught unprepared by the insurgents.
--->'''Website/TheAgonyBooth''': So what are the rules for this Dueling Infodumps game, anyway? Is this like Trivial Pursuit? Do you win pies? Big, indigestible, incompetently baked pies?
** Used in ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'', when Valeris demonstrates that firing an unauthorized phaser aboard ship sets off an alarm. The reason it's particularly painful is that she's demonstrating it for Commander Chekov, the ship's ''Chief of Security'' and the one who probably set the system up in the first place.
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': Because the film begins InMediasRes with the crew on an action-filled away mission, Sulu has to tell his co-pilot that the shuttle wasn't designed for the heat of a volcano, Spock has to tell everyone that the volcano will destroy the planet, Uhura has to tell Spock that he might die, Sulu has to tell Spock that the shuttle wasn't designed for this amount of heat, [[CaptainObvious Spock has to tell everyone that his device will detonate when the timer reaches zero]], and [[OverlyLongGag Sulu and Scotty have to tell Kirk that the ship won't withstand the heat]]. They should've covered that in the pre-mission briefing, and some dialogue indicates they have.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/ANewHope'' has a pretty egregious one when Vader and Tarkin discuss the escape of the Falcon from the Death Star:
--->'''Tarkin:''' You're sure the homing beacon is secure aboard their ship?
** Count Dooku pulls this in the middle of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
--->'''Obi-Wan:''' Qui-Gon Jinn would never join you.\\
'''Dooku:''' Don't be so sure. You forget... he was once my apprentice just as you were once his.
* ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Lois Lane to a Native American chief she's interviewing.
-->'''Lois Lane:''' As you know, my newspaper, the Daily Planet, is very interested in that dam, Chief.
* Sort of done in ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie''. In one story, a hitman lectures an elderly billionaire on how addictive the pharmaceutical that made him rich was. The strange thing with this was that, while the billionaire should have known this already, it seems bizarre that the hitman, even having looked into his client's past, would have researched such a trivial and tangential detail.
* ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries'':
** In ''[[Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen Revenge of the Fallen]]'' Galloway recaps the events of the [[Film/{{Transformers}} first movie]] over a secure video link. Or not so secure, since Soundwave is linked to the satellite and monitoring most broadcasts on Earth. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero He now knows exactly]] where the NEST base and the last Allspark piece is.
** Occurs in ''[[Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon Dark of the Moon]]'', when the new intelligence director appears for her first scene and hurriedly informs somebody about all of the important things she is in charge of.
* ''Film/WarGames'' has an early scene that consists mostly of two senior-level military-industrial-complex types saying things they both must already know since they run the program in question. In the DVD commentary, the screenwriters point out that this is less bad if the characters are getting into an argument (which they were), since arguments are about the only time someone will say things the person he is talking to already knows.
* ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' journalists will explain things to characters who already know them.
** During Adrian Veidt's introduction, a reporter begins the scene by explaining Veidt's past to Adrian himself. Justified, as reporters will often do this in real life to confirm that their information is correct.
** During the press conference scene, another reporter stands up and explains the entire purpose behind the Doomsday Clock to Dr. Manhattan before actually asking the question. Since they're on live television, he's probably just doing it for the sake of the more ignorant members of the audience who are only watching because it's Dr. Manhattan on the telly.
* ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'' had to introduce Mulder and Scully for cinemagoers who hadn't watched the series, so Mulder spills his {{backstory}}/woes to a bartender while Scully falls into this, telling Mulder about the last few years.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/TheWolverine'': When Logan sees the old pit where he saved Ichirō, he is about to tell Mariko what had happened there... and [[DefiedTrope she stops him]]; she already knows that story.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbJwFE319Yk Scott's teacher]] begins her lecture with, "As everyone knows, the existence of mutants was first discovered during the Paris Peace Accords after UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar in 1973."
* Almost every Creator/AlfredHitchcock film has an expository {{Infodump}} near the beginning, and they're almost always done in very heavy-handed "as you know" style. Another particularly grating example is in ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', when Scottie Ferguson and Midge Wood are discussing why he had to leave the police force [[spoiler:-- it's TitleDrop.]]
* The 1964 political drama ''Seven Days in May'' includes a scene where the President of the United States explains to his best friend, a United States Senator -- in a speech studded with repetitions of the phrase "you know" -- the concept of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_football nuclear football]].
-->"You know who that gentleman is down there with the black box. There are five of them -- you know that one of them sits outside my bedroom at night? You know what he carries in that box. The codes. The codes by which I, Jordan Lyman, can give the orders sending us into a nuclear war."
* ''Film/WeddingCrashers''. John surely doesn't need Jeremy to explain exactly what the idea is behind crashing weddings, especially since they've been doing it for years.
* In the old ''Film/TheGreenHornetSerials'', after shooting an enemy with his signature KnockoutGas gun the titular hero [[OncePerEpisode always]] made a point of reminding anyone who happened to be with him at the time that "he's not dead, just unconscious".
* In the 2005 ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'', Mrs Bennet stresses to her daughters that if and when Mr Bennet dies, their daughters will be left without an inheritance and no roof above their heads if they do not marry well. However, Elizabeth exasperatedly groans that it's early in the morning, indicating that Mrs Bennet makes these types of statements frequently.

* In Creator/VictorHugo's ''Literature/LesMiserables'' it is very, very common to insert a large portion of RealLife historic data that the reader is expected to already know, but Hugo still would like to remind them.
-->'''Narrator:''' The arrest of the pope took place, as we know, on the night of the 5th of July.
* Dicken's ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' and any parody/homages to it. Because of the time travel aspect of voyeuring into people's lives it somewhat requires them to explain the situation to each other in order to further the plot.
* Within the first chapter of the original ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' book a character tells shares "As you know, [Entire history of the world]".
** For in-universe purposes, it's used as a CallForward, as the narrator later tells the "real" history of the universe, adding in things that were omitted from the widely-known history.
* Subverted in the ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos Orphans of Chaos]]'' trilogy: "Headmaster Boggin" starts off on one of these at the appropriate time to provide valuable backstory to the eavesdropping protagonists, but is immediately headed off by the audience, who point out that they already know what he's talking about.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/IRobot'' and ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' were rife with it, as a result of the serialized format in which the stories originally appeared. As it was possible that a magazine buyer reading one of the stories had not read the previous ones, Asimov felt it necessary to re-summarize the Three Laws of Robotics, or the Seldon Plan, through {{Expospeak}} in the early parts of each story.
** The fact that one character needed Seldon's plan explained to him actually served as a plot point in one ''Foundation'' story -- his lack of knowledge revealed that he wasn't who he claimed to be.
** Somewhat justified in ''Foundation'' because the stories happen centuries apart, and Seldon frequently misled everyone, leading to a lot of skepticism regarding the Plan.
** Asimov also wrote that the Three Laws are actually a cheap {{technobabble}} way of explaining more complicated terms... which is really [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Print]]. An atom is like a solar system... [[LiesToChildren except it ain't]]. Repeat it enough and people will stop asking why.
** The robot stories often have Powell and Donovan going over the Three Laws to each other, though being professional robot field testers they're both well aware of them. This mostly functions as a PlaceboEurekaMoment for one or both of them, as stating the principles helps to figure how their interaction is causing a robot to behave unexpectedly.
* Done in the first chapter of ''Literature/TheGreatPacificWar''. The Japanese cabinet meets to discuss the dangerous riots and the seeds of revolt that are gaining strength, and the Premier opens by saying "As you know, our country is experiencing dangerous riots, and the revolts are gaining in strength."
* Beaten to death by Creator/DavidWeber. Every single ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' book has this at least once, maybe twice. It's particularly painful, because most of these recaps appear to be at the end of a meeting that ''just talked about the recapped stuff''. These meetings often take up a chapter, and their sole purpose is just to recap the situation, tell the reader what everyone's going to do, and [[PurpleProse use more adjectives than anyone ever would in a normal conversation]].
* ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin'': S.D. Towers fills the reader in on the entire {{Backstory}} of the Empire of Durdane by devoting most of a chapter to covering a History class.
* OlderThanFeudalism: Occurs in ''Literature/TheBible'', when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son: "Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest..." According to commentaries, the extensive exposition was given either a) to soften the blow of the request to sacrifice him, or b) to increase Abraham's reward, as he was rewarded for every word of the request.
** Alternative c): to hit hard the sacrifice God is demanding, emphasizing strongly that "You really don't want to do this." i.e. the opposite of a).
** Or, just as a reminder. The stories in Genesis-2 Kings were originally a bunch a disconnected episodes that were compiled and edited multiple times over several centuries. Readers/hearers may not have known every detail of the final story, only bits from earlier versions. Alternatively, it may have been intentional irony on the part of the writer/editor, who would have known that Abraham DID have another son at this point, but Ishmael apparently didn't count.
** Also "for Rachel thy younger daughter." This last one has become ''an idiom'' in spoken Hebrew.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novel ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'' opens with a meeting of Howard Foundation members where one character goes on for several pages, detailing the history of the foundation, its goals, and his plans for the future. While very interesting (to the reader), the entire monologue is framed as an As You Know. As the characters are all extremely long-lived and therefore very patient, they don't mind too much. He is however called on it by Lazarus Long, who has better things to do - [[LovableSexManiac mostly involving sex]].
* Inverted in Heinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers''. It's used toward the reader as an excuse to skip exposition. Specifically, Rico's narration skips over a lot about the powered armor by telling the reader "But if you really are interested in the prints and stereos and schematics of a suit's physiology, you can find most of it, the unclassified part, in any fairly large public library."
* Novelist Creator/HarryTurtledove has a tendency to fall into this trap in his multi-volume alternative history epics (such as the ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' and ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' series); he will often recap complicated alternative histories and the plots of two, three or more previous novels in the series by having characters engage in conversations or think to themselves about things that they would already know.
* In the novel ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', the title character receives a letter from his sister which tells him his own life story in nauseating detail. The phrase "You will recall..." pops up a few times.
** Likewise there's one that begins along the lines of, "I'm sure you remember our young maid, Justine, but in case you don't..."
* James Hogan rather neatly avoids this trope while still managing to do huge Infodumps in his ''Ganymede'' series, by managing things so that there's always someone present who justifiably needs the infodump, whether it's a biologist getting briefed on extremely advanced physics, a physicist being brought up to speed on political matters, or a businessman being briefed on the fine points of biochemistry. It helps that Hogan's got a huge multi-disciplinary team to work with, and better, the main character is a man whose biggest talent is his ability to cross-correlate information from many areas without being a specialist in any of them himself. This means he often specifically ''requests'' an infodump from a specialist.
* In early 20th century dystopian sci-fi, Yevgeny Zamyatin's ''Literature/{{We}}'' averts this: the novel, written as a journal, is addressed to an alien readership; therefore, it's natural that the narrator explains some of the most basic facts of his everyday world.
* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', Orwell uses the very clever trick of getting the basic facts explained to us by the [[FictionalDocument secret book]] of [[LaResistance the Brotherhood]], which works as a subversive primer to the indoctrinated population. We learn later on that [[spoiler: the Brotherhood and the Inner Party are the same, so everything in the book could be wrong too..]].
* In ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' by Creator/ArthurCClarke, the character Jan Rodricks explains the theory of relativity to his sister in a very long letter, which she should already know, seeing as how this was a highly scientifically advanced society, almost to the point of dystopia.
* In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's ''[[Literature/HuntersSandwormsOfDune Hunters of Dune]]'', the old couple Daniel and Marty do this ''a lot'' in the last chapters (when it is revealed that they are really [[spoiler:Omnius and Erasmus]].)
* This is lampshaded in ''Literature/KingHaraldsSaga'' by Creator/SnorriSturluson.
-->'''Svein:''' I will believe in the banner's magic power, only when you have fought three battles against your nephew King Magnus and won all three of them.\\
'''Harald:''' (''angrily'') I am well aware of my kinship with Magnus without needing you to remind me of it...
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** At the very beginning of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Dumbledore and [=McGonagall=] have a discussion about things each one of them knows in detail. Of special mention are the specifics of the war they have just been fighting, the introduction of the villain's name, which has a vague justification, and telling Dumbledore he's noble, just to establish him as a [[BigGood good guy]] in the books. Also, they refer to each other by last names, while they are on first-name terms in later books and have known each other for decades. The scene with Dumbledore and [=McGonagall=] is mostly gratuitous, in that most relevant details in that scene are also covered later, being told to Harry directly; and it refers to a lot of things that aren't apparent until later books, [[ChekhovsGunman like Sirius Black.]]
** This also shows up in a peculiar form (you might call it an inversion) partway through ''Philosopher's Stone'', when Hermione is telling Ron and Harry about the Philosopher's Stone, which can be used to achieve immortality. [[ParrotExposition Ron repeats the word "immortal" in surprise]], only for Hermione to explain "It means you'll never die," just in case any of the kids in the audience don't know that word. Ron gets indignant and says "I ''know'' what it means," because there's really no reason for him not to.
** There's a strange in-universe example in the first chapter of ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]''; a school textbook Harry is reading feels the need to explain to its readers what "Muggle" means.
* Susanna Clark's ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' has an [[FootnoteFever unending supply of footnotes]] stuffed with as-you-know facts about the world of British magic, as well as strange anecdotes, discussions of magical theories and other "as you might already know but may well find interesting" divergences from the main story.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' is as appallingly loaded with As You Know as any book ever written.
** The chapter where the villain first appears consists entirely of As You Know dialogue, complete with having the villain ''introduce himself'' to his chief henchman: "Is it not a magnificent thing that I, the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, do?"
** "The Spice must flow!" (Usually accompanied by a summary of its multipurpose nature.)
* Lampshaded in a ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book where an important tribal custom is explained to the ''son of the recently deceased chieftain'' [[note]]For the record, there's a sword with a wavy edge (the sea) and a straight one (the land). The chieftain throws the sword, and whichever side lands up determines the way they travel[[/note]]. He yells at the minion telling him this to get to the point [[note]]The minion is showing him how make the sword land the way he wants it to[[/note]].
* CS Forester neatly justifies it in a couple of places in the ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'' books, where a junior officer begins an explanation to a senior officer with this in order to maintain a properly deferential tone while in fact telling the senior officer something he probably didn't know, but should have known.
* SF writer Creator/PoulAnderson called this an "idiot lecture", in the sense that either the lecturer must be an idiot, or the lecturer must think the lecturee is an idiot. Nevertheless Anderson used the device often at the beginning of short stories, usually to establish historical details when an operative was briefed by a superior. Lampshaded at least once via the lecturee thinking to himself "He must think I'm an idiot!" and similar. In more than one Anderson story, such a speech is delivered ''to an enemy'' and reveals something that really ought not to be revealed to an enemy ("and that's why we 'elves' can't stand iron"), followed by "added hastily" in a blatant (yet always successful) attempt to distract from said revelation.
* [[UsefulNotes/HugoAward Hugo Gernsback's]] classic SF novel ''Ralph 124C 41+ '' frequently uses this phrase to explain how the future works.
* The T'ang Chinese characters in the ''Literature/JudgeDee'' mysteries spend a surprising amount of time explaining their own [[ImperialChina culture and customs]] to each other for the benefit of the Western readers.
* The problem is routinely -- and hilariously -- lampshaded by narrator Bertie Wooster in the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' stories by Creator/PGWodehouse, since the plot arcs often span several books.
* In ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'', the first meeting between the Grail Brotherhood that the readers see is liberally peppered with As You Know, despite occurring close to the culmination of their EvilPlan. Justified by having Dedoblanco play TheWatson by having failed to ReadTheFreakingManual, much to the exasperation of Jongleur, the group's leader.
* About half of Creator/FredricBrown's short story "Keep Out" is one character giving backstory to a group of other characters, including the narrator, who then tells the reader, "Of course we had known a lot of those things already."
* Justified in the ''Literature/LordDarcy'' books, where Master Sean natters on about the underlying principles of whatever spell he uses to examine crime scenes and clues, even though Darcy's surely heard all this before. Darcy actually ''insists'' that Sean do this, as it helps him overcome his own innate {{Muggle|s}} mental blocks about how magic operates; plus, as Master Sean is also a professor, he performs best while in classroom-lecture mode. Darcy also claims to almost always learn some new little tidbit of information each time.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Played with in ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'', where Ponder, speaking to the senior wizards, precedes his [[MrExposition explanation]] of [[MagicAIsMagicA fundamental Discworld physics]] with "As I'm sure you know", but only out of politeness. A footnote explains that what he actually means is "I'm not sure you know this..."
** ''{{Discworld/Wintersmith}}'': Tiffany ends up having to do this to KnowNothingKnowItAll Anagramma, because just asking her to show you how to do something just results in a lot of stalling until she says she has a migraine.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'':
** The fundamentals of furycrafting are presented by Tavi to Max as if it's a necessary refresher because he's such a bad student.
** The author has noted that there were some significant bits of backstory and world-building that he ended up leaving out or delaying in order to avoid slipping into this trope. He took four books to explain that "-ar" at the end of someone's surname name meant they were illegitimate, and never got round to explaining that the line of Gaius had restarted at "Primus" dozens of times in the past (with Gaius Sextus being the fourth First Lord with that name) because all of the viewpoint characters would have already known all about it from basic history classes.
* Creator/DavidFosterWallace mentions this in a footnote in ''Literature/ThePaleKing'', calling it an irksome and graceless dramatic contrivance.
* Sort of, in ''Literature/SplinterOfTheMindsEye''. Luke Skywalker, pretending to be a local miner, asks a real local a question about the locale. The response starts with an as you know -- the real local thinks Luke knows the first part of what he's imparting, though just like the readers, he does not.
* Played with during the last part of George Stewart's ''Literature/EarthAbides''. The protagonist, Ish, is now an old man, spending most of his time in a mental fog, cared for by others. When this fog lifts, Ish discusses the current state of the Tribe with Jack, his great-grandson and caretaker. Almost every answer Jack offers is punctuated with, "...as you yourself well know, Ish," even though Ish is, at this point, as clueless as the reader.
* Subverted by Robert Jordan: he seems to beat this trope to death with the copious amounts of exposition in his ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series to recap events already firmly established in previous novels in the series, many of which was delivered through character dialogue; somewhat justified by the Door Stopper size of the series and difficulty in keeping track of the myriad of dangling plot threads one might think. But the reiterations most often are either new information for one or more of the people present, discussions about different opinions, or depictions of events that were influenced by the ones shown in earlier books.
* From the book ''Literature/{{Wonderstruck}}'', we have this clunky bit of exposition (granted, considering that part of the story was told entirely in pictures, it was hard to do it any other way):
-->'''Girl:''' (''writes'') Thank you!\\
'''Man:''' (''writes'') You're welcome, sister!
* An in-universe example at the beginning of ''Literature/TheRubyKnight'':
-->''[Sparhawk takes cover as a troop of soldiers marches by]''\\
'''Lieutenant:''' It's that place in Rose Street where the Pandions try to hide their ungodly subterfuge. They know we're watching, of course, but our presence restricts their movements and leaves his Grace, the primate, free from their interference.\\
'''Corporal:''' We know the reasons, Lieutenant. We've been doing this for over a year now.
* A top secret memo in ''Icons'' by Margaret Stohl explains "as we all know, the Lords activated the Icons and [killed one billion people]," just in case the ambassador to the aliens forgot that they conquered the planet.
* ''[[Literature/TheFirstLaw Before They Are Hanged]]'' includes an early briefing for military officers ending, "That fortress, as we all know, is already in the hands of the enemy." This is an aversion, as the officers in question are useless nobles who have only the faintest grasp of the war. The briefing officer is a commoner who rose through the ranks and has enough sense not to say, "as you ought to know."
* Used to lead off the briefing [[spoiler:on the VX nerve gas]] at the beginning of ''[[Literature/PaladinOfShadows A Deeper Blue]]''. Given a LampshadeHanging a few paragraphs later with the acknowledgement of the speaker that he's covering old ground for those at the briefing.
* MrExposition tells the protagonist her own life story in ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground''.
* The final novel in the ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' series by Creator/AnneMcCaffrey opens with a scene in which not only do the characters recap the previous novels to each other, but in order to make it clear to the reader who he's talking about, Thian Raven-Lyon refers to his grandparents as "Jeff Raven and Angharad Gwyn, a.k.a. the Rowan".
* Averted in ''Literature/SheepsClothing''. While the ''reader'' probably knows a thing or two about vampires, Doc--and most frontier folks west of the Mississippi--isn't familiar with them at all.
* Played with in ''Literature/StarCarrier: Earth Strike'' when Rear Admiral Koenig explains to his [[ThePoliticalOfficer Senate liaison]] John Quintanilla why the way [[AlcubierreDrive their engines]] work means they can't reinforce the twelve [[SpaceFighter SG-92 Starhawks]] they sent on a near-''c'' AlphaStrike at the start of the book. Quintanilla's a civilian and probably ''doesn't'' understand this stuff.
* Aunt Jocelyn in ''Literature/StrengthAndJustice: Side: Justice'' says this phrase word for word while telling Teremy the reason why anyone can possess a superpower. It's very clearly for the benefit of the reader, since Teremy obviously knows it already.
* In ''Literature/DestinedToLead'' book 2, ''Healing'', Resurge, the ProudWarriorRaceGuy uses this trope to explain why he knows who on Mysterium 'Gakkar' is, and by extension the giant stone golem they are conversing with.
* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' have the character narrating the book explain the Animorphs' origin story and what the Yeerks are at the beginning of just about every book in the series, as well as sometimes discussing it with the other characters. By the last few books the narrating characters start throwing in "but you know this already."
* In ''Literature/TheTerminalMan'' by Creator/MichaelCrichton, a forensic pathologist tells psychiatrist Janet Ross "As you know, the male pubic hair" is different from the female pubic hair. Ross replies, "No, I didn't know that." The pathologist offers a reference.
* Broud, the newly selected leader of ''The Clan of the Cave Bear'', calls a meeting of the Clan, and begins by stating, "As you know, I am now your leader." This causes the clan members to exchange puzzled looks, since they obviously did know.
* Creator/OrsonScottCard's manual ''How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy'' includes an entire chapter about how to how to handle exposition in a SpeculativeFiction tale without resorting to this trope. Card notes that this trope was very common in the early days of SF, and he provides a humorous example of what it often sounded like:
-->"As you know, Dr. Smith, the rebolitic manciplator causes the electrons of any given group of atoms to reverse their charge and become anti-electrons."\\
"Yes, Dr. Whitley, and of course that will cause an immediate explosion unless the rebolitic manciplation is conducted inside an extremely powerful Boodley field." \\
"And the only facility in Nova Scotia that is capable of maintaining a Boodley field of sufficient power is--" \\
"That's right. Dr. Malifax's lab on his houseboat in the Bay of Fundy."
* The novel ''Mirage'' by Creator/JamesFollett is based on the real-life espionage by Israel of the blueprints of the Mirage fighter aircraft after France stopped supplying the aircraft and parts after the initial sale and Israel wanted to keep the ones they had in flying condition (and eventually built their own version, the Kfir). During the briefing given during the planning of the operation a politician asks why they can't simply reverse-engineer or copy parts from their existing stocks or by removing them from planes. While one engineer who obviously knows why has a "for god's sake" reaction a second, more people-savvy engineer cuts him off saying that from a layman's perspective it's a reasonable question and deserves an answer. He then explains about while they might be able to physically copy the shape of a particular part it's much harder to exactly duplicate the alloy used and the manufacturing processes, such as the correct hardening and tempering required to make the part able to correctly handle the stresses involved in combat flight conditions. He uses the analogy of his pocket lighter, saying that if they made their best efforts, they could eventually duplicate the lighter but its performance would be inferior to the production model and prone to malfunction and unexpected failures. Multiplying the few components of the lighter up to thousands of parts in a modern jet fighter makes the entire idea untenable. The politician then understands why detailed blueprints with all of the technical specifications of each part are required and gives the go-ahead for the espionage attempt.
* Justified in ''Literature/FitzpatricksWar'' as the general history of how the world turned into a post-apocalyptic steampunk Neo-British Empire-dominated dystopia [[LectureAsExposition is recited in a verbal exam]] by the novel's protagonist, Robert Mayfair Bruce. Coincidentally, Bruce was shocked to have gotten such an easy topic.
* In ''Literature/StarDarlings'', one of the first things learned in the books and web series is the basics of wish-granting, which the characters know already.
* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': The Inquisitor reminds Severo the Inquisition's authority overreaches that of the local cardinal where heresy is concerned, something Severo retorts he already knows.
* A ''lot'' of {{exposition}} in the ''Literature/AlexisCarew'' series is done by having people explain things to the protagonist. {{Justified|Trope}} since Alexis grew up on a backwater colony world and until joining the New London Royal Navy had cared more about crop prices and farming and logging techniques than about space travel and international politics and history.
* Subverted by Deule, the narrator of ''Literature/CantataInCoralAndIvory'', who prefaces some of his exposition this way. He's actually presenting new information to the person he's talking to, but it would be improper for Deule to admit that his new lord doesn't know something he should.
* One of Creator/HPLovecraft's literary quirks was his extreme aversion to writing dialogue. In result, when he absolutely had to write about two characters talking, he instead only wrote one person's lines, which inevitably contained all the content of the other party's responses, as well.
* ''{{Literature/Timeline}}'': This is used frequently, with the exact words, all throughout the book.
* Justified in the Literature/JohnRain series by Barry Eisler by having Rain be ProperlyParanoid, so he keeps explaining things to his co-workers (much to their annoyance) to ensure that they are all thinking on the same page or understand the need for his excessive security precautions.
* In ''Literature/TheFurtherAdventuresOfBatman'', the short story "Literature/SubwayJack" has Bruce explaining rather obvious things to Alfred, such as mud getting tracked in by the murderer, who then treats him to [[ServileSnarker a bit of snark]].

* Frequent in radio drama, where characters not only have to detail the back-story, but frequently have to describe things everyone there can see.
* Spoofed in the ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' spin-off ''The Doings of Radio/HamishAndDougal'':
-->'''Dougal:''' Well, here we are on London's busy Oxford Street.\\
'''Hamish:''' Why did you say that?\\
'''Dougal:''' Well, it doesn't do any harm.
* ''Radio/WarhorsesOfLetters'' used this extensively and knowingly.
-->"You must remember that all horses are arbitrarily given the same birthday, January 4th. Oh wait... you do not have to remember, as you are also a horse."
* ''[[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook That Mitchell and Webb Sound]]'' frequently plays the trope for laughs. In later series it becomes somewhat of a RunningGag to have one character sum up things that the others already know, and when called out on it claim that [[BlatantLies "it's realistic"]] for them to do it.

* Creator/{{Plautus}}:
** Spoofed as early as ''[[MilesGloriosus The Braggart Soldier]]'' (2nd century BC): Palaestrio insists on explaining the plan to Acroteleutium again; she repeatedly protests that she's not an idiot and not only does she understand the plan, she actually devised much of it.
** Similarly, the exposition in ''The Brothers Menaechmus'' is presented in such a ludicrous manner (essentially, "Tell me, Menaechmus, what have we been doing for the last six years?") that it's obviously a big wink to the audience.
* The classic instance is in the PlayWithinAPlay in Sheridan's ''The Critic''. Hatton asks Raleigh what the military preparations for the Spanish attack mean, and Raleigh replies in a series of speeches all beginning with the assertion that "You know...", while Hatton agrees that he indeed knows. Finally Mr. Dangle interrupts to ask "as he knows all this, why does Sir Walter go on telling him?" Mr. Puff retorts that "the audience are not supposed to know anything of the matter, are they?..... Here, now you see, Sir Christopher did not in fact ask any one question for his own information."
* The first act of the musical ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' ends with the two main characters having sex on stage. In case, during intermission, the audience forgets this, the opening of the second act is them still going at it. (The continuous action is used to inform the audience that no time has passed since Act I, unlike in many if not most plays and musicals, time passes between acts.)
* ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''. When Oberon explains to Puck for the audience's benefit that fairies do not vanish when the sun rises.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare:
** Done to establish location, since the theatres of his time didn't have painted scenery. "So, this is the forest of Arden!" "Yes, now are we in Arden."
** In ''Theatre/{{Cymbeline}}'', the first act begins with two gentlemen discussing events in the kingdom before stopping to note that this happened twenty years ago and how it is [[LampshadeHanging strange that twenty years later, they still haven't solved the mystery, but that's not important because the king is coming]].
** The very first line of ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' is this trope.
--->"As I remember, Adam..."
** ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'': "'Tis not unknown to you, Antonio/How much I have disabled mine estate..."
** The opening lines (not counting the FrameStory) of ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' have Lucentio telling his servant, Tranio, all about how he was born in Pisa, raised in Florence, and has now arrived in Padua to study the arts. (He even tells Tranio all about what a great, trustworthy servant he is, just so we're aware.) Made even more ludicrous later in the play, when we find out that Tranio has been living with Lucentio's family ''since he was three years old''.
* Lampooned unmercifully in ''Theatre/TheRealInspectorHound'' by Mrs. Drudge (The Help). Virtually every single line she has is an As You Know. A sample:
-->'''Mrs Drudge:''' (''to Simon Gascoyne'') I'm Mrs Drudge. I don't live in, but I pop in on my bicycle when the weather allows to help in the running of charming though somewhat isolated Muldoon Manor. Judging by the time (''she glances at the clock'') you did well to get here [[ClosedCircle before high water cut us off for all practical purposes from the outside world]].
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': In Act V Scene I, for the audience's Sister Claire asks Mother Margarita if Cyrano has been visiting Roxane in the nunnery for the last decade, and Mother Margarita answers that it has been for 14 years.
* In ''[[Film/ForbiddenPlanet Return to the Forbidden Planet]]'' the second act starts with a news reporter giving a recap of the first act. After the recap the action really starts with a repeat of the last scene from act 1.
* Happens a few times in ''Theatre/{{Medea}}''. Mostly for the audience's sake, although at one point Medea and Jason have an argument where they each recount the backstory again from their point of view.
* In Creator/{{Aristophanes}}'s ''The Wasps'', one guard does this to the annoyance of the other, until the first points out that the audience doesn't know. Arguably an UnbuiltTrope as it was deconstructed, still among the first known examples. On the other hand, given that Aristophanes is the only comic playwright whose work has survived, may indicate it was ''already'' an Undead Horse trope.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'': The ''Are You With Us'' trailer starts off like this, with Winston sending a message to his old teammates asking them to get back together. He initially plans on making a grand dramatic speech recounting the history of Overwatch, but stops half-way through when he dejectedly sighs that they already know all of this, so instead he cuts to the chase: "The world is going to hell without us, I think we should do something about it, who's in?"
* ''Videogame/TraumaCenter'':
** ''Trauma Team'' has Gabe's computer, RONI. Lampshaded by Gabe at many points.
--->'''Gaebe:''' Yeah, thanks for giving me a tour of '''my own office'''.
** Done in the first ''Trauma Center'' game and its remake, where the player character is given a tutorial and infodump despite having just finished his residency. The character giving said tutorial is the senior nurse who was training Derek up until that point, though, and she admits it was only out of habit once she realizes she's rambling.
** The mainline ''Trauma Center'' games also have the nurses, Angie and Elena. While some players [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper find them annoying and redundant]], they're actually a justified example. As Elena points out at one point, it's they job to know what has to happen during the procedure, so the surgeon can focus on actually doing it.
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive: I've Found Her'' game tutorial this was deftly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]: engineer filling in (instead of instructor) explained controls to presumably experienced pilot as introduction to new craft, with implications of Newtonian dynamics smuggled in as reminder about consequences of said craft's propulsion superiority.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** In an attempt to reduce this in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'', Kojima had a player character who ''didn't'' know as much information, allowing the other characters to tell the player things as the character was also learning them. In terms of conveyance, it sufficed but there were issues that made it less than perfect -- partly because [[ReplacementScrappy many player hated the new guy]], and partly because Kojima infodumps are so [[AuthorTract exhaustive]].
*** ''Sons of Liberty'' also plays it straight in the prologue act, where Otacon gives Snake a lecture on what organisation he is working for and what they do, which Snake should know perfectly well seeing how he is a ''co-founder'' of said organisation.
** Done in a redundant manner in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'' during the 4th chapter briefing. It opens with video footage gathered by the MKII of Liquid Ocelot [[spoiler: explaining his plan to go to Shadow Moses island and use Metal Gear Rex to launch a nuclear warhead at the core of the patriots AI in orbit]]. The video concludes, and Snake, Otacon and Campbell then proceed to spend a considerable timespan reiterating Liquid's plan in the process of discussing their next move against him.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' does this, though it does get lampshade hung in the cutscene at the start of the Abkhazia insertion mission, where Raiden tries to say that he's been through the briefing material, only for Kevin to insist by reminding him of a NoodleIncident presumably brought about by Raiden previously averting this.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar: Soulstorm'':
** "As you know, most of our Battle Brothers..." Boreale reminds Space Marines of the reinforcements waiting in orbit to be used against enemy forces invading their stronghold. However, due to the weird timing and accent, [[MemeticMutation it ends up]] [[{{Narm}} sounding hilarious]]. (see here: [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Indrick_Boreale http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Indrick_Boreale]])
** Also the Imperial Guard mission, where a Commissar tries to pull this on General Vance Stubbs and fails miserably.
--->'''Commissar:''' Tank crew, munitions, and parts are arriving on schedule, sir. As you know, it takes only the most highly trained crew to properly operate a--\\
'''Stubbs:''' I know.\\
'''Commissar:''' Very good general.
** The ''Retribution'' expansion pack of its sequel ''Dawn of War II'' plays with this trope during the intro level of the Blood Ravens campaign. After reviving an incapacitated sergeant who [[LeeroyJenkins went in solo to attack a Chaos position]], Diomedes will reprimand the sergeant and ask him to explain himself. Martellus will then remind Diomedes that the sergeant in question would not say anything since [[TheAtoner he had taken an oath of silence out of penance for deeds committed]].
* This trope is used to explain the Zero Gravity mechanic to the player character in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''. It's especially weird however, because the player would have already dealt with zero gravity by that point and the character himself has operated in that kind of environment for a good few years! Even more jarring, Hammond had just been complaining that the radio was full of static moments before. However, his "As you know..." transmission comes through loud and clear. Immediately after Hammond's perfectly clear transmission, tutorial text pops up telling you how to jump in Zero-G.
* From the original ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'''s [[AllThereInTheManual manual]]:
-->"As you know, Dr. Kleiner, your former professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ..."
* Done to death in ''VideoGame/InfiniteUndiscovery''. Every other scene, someone is stopping to explain to the main character something that the rest of the cast takes for common knowledge.
* Shuji Ikutsuki does it verbatim in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. "As you know, I can't summon a persona." Of course, he's MrExposition. At least, in the beginning part of the game.
* Used interestingly in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}''. The entire first half of the game is [[FramingDevice framed as]] the PlayerCharacter being interrogated. Occasionally, when the scene snaps back to the present, the interrogator will ask for more details on a person or plot point that was just met/mentioned, only for Joker to brush her off or tell her to wait until he (and the story in flashback) gets to that. Justified, as the protagonist was drugged prior to the interrogation and putting everything together in order is the only way he can get the story straight himself, to the point that [[spoiler:he doesn't even remember that his capture was a deliberate attempt to engineer this exact situation until he gets up to right before his story gets to the opening sequence]].
** A much straighter example occurs between two of the main villains of the game ([[spoiler:Goro and Shido]]) who spend ten minutes telling each other about their shared history, modus operandi, motivations and current plans, all of which they both know perfectly well -- to the point that they finish each other's anecdotes. The InfoDump is purely for the player's benefit, to straighten out a part of the plot that has happened behind the scenes.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** Used in the first game and played with in the second. The first NPC you meet in ''[=KotOR=] 1'' spends a few minutes telling you things your character would obviously know [[spoiler:unless the Jedi mind-wipe only just cleared up]]. In ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII 2]]'', however, in many cases it is avoided as your character can respond in ways that imply you know the information, given that they have a real history with a lot of the events mentioned.
** Also, in the first game, there are limits to what the first NPC will tell you before even he starts to think it's stupid. Specifically, he'll react to your not recognising the name of the ship you're on (which the player can only guess at that point and so may well ask about) by asking if you'd recently suffered a head injury.
** In the second game it's played with, as Atton and the player character are MrExposition back and forth to each other about the events of the first game, which the player can either agree with or correct and explain what really happened. This is used by Obsidian to avoid having to make use of an OldSaveBonus to maintain consistency with the somewhat customizable nature of the plot of the first game.
** HK-47 lampshades this if the player character asks him about the Mandalorian Wars or Revan, pointing out that as a veteran of the Mandalorian Wars that served under Revan he's surprised that he should even have to explain any of this.
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'', the first person you meet hits you with a triple whammy: "Good morning, . How are you? Almost two years have passed since you started working for me, the Commander of Mota. As you know, Algo has been brought up by Mother Brain..."
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Fallen into in the unskippable tutorial in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', which seems perfectly plausible until you realize that while you as the player really need the information on basic controls, your current character is a soldier in the middle of battle who really should not have to be told how to attack enemies, open gates, and run away from battle. The military cannot have been that desperate.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
*** Actually done as an EstablishingCharacterMoment right at the beginning of the game. Barret asks Cloud if it's his first time in a Reactor. Cloud says no. Barret launches into an explanation of what a Reactor is, ignoring Cloud entirely. Cloud gets understandably annoyed and tells Barret he doesn't care about any of this and he's just here to do his job.
*** Inverted. Cloud can enter a tutorial hall to brush up on the basics, but when [=NPCs=] offer to give him pointers, he will decline and instead offer to teach ''them''. He makes it clear that he knows his stuff.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Tidus is an accomplished blitzball player; before the big game, Wakka offers him a recap of the rules of Blitzball. Slight modification in that since Tidus is slouching and looks rather bored in the scene afterward, it's implied he wasn't really paying attention and that Wakka was just drilling his team, who are uniformly awful. Additionally, given Tidus has been insisting he's really from an ancient, ruined city that hasn't been inhabited for centuries, Wakka may think he's taken a heavy blow to the head and needs some reminding.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', Hope gives Vanille an explanation of relations between Pulse and Cocoon, the nature of fal'Cie and l'Cie, and why a Cocoon resident ''really'' doesn't want to wind up a l'Cie of a Pulse fal'Cie. The trope is played with a bit in that Hope clearly believes that Vanille ''ought'' to know all of this, but she's not acting like he thinks she should if she knew it.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' as well as ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'' occasionally did this during the tutorials with characters asking if they needed to explain things and otherwise say things like "Oh sorry, ''of course'' you know how to do that! Silly me!" (After all, HeKnowsAboutTimedHits.)
* Rather JustForFun/{{egregious}} in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'', which begins with an "As you know..." where the events of the second game are related to the main character, who actually caused all of them to happen (and mere days earlier, at that.) Either he has Swiss cheese memory, or Aziza does.
* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'': At one point it's necessary to ask your mother what furniture was in your house before the start of the game. She tells you, but also wonders aloud why you can't remember what your own house is supposed to look like.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Done in the games. Much of it is optional, and there are things brought up that it's not unreasonable to believe your character is unfamiliar with, but once in a while, you can ask about something your character really should know all about[[note]]Usually through phrasing such as "Tell me about..."[[/note]]. Though often, if you do that, the NPC you're talking to will be surprised at your ignorance about the topic.
** More egregious in the sequels, when returning characters often introduce themselves with way too much detail ("Hello, I'm Shiala. You met me on Feros. You saved me from the Thorian".) Which would make sense for newcomers to the series who don't know the backstories as much -- but unfortunately they will get generic characters anyway, so it is not even of use to the player. However, given that acts of heroism and life-saving can very much be a case of ButForMeItWasTuesday from several years ago to Shepard (and thus the player) a brief reminder (both in and out of universe) is not entirely unreasonable. This particularly helps when many characters look alike with only minor cosmetic differences.
* Your engineer and personal shopkeeper in ''VideoGame/RedFactionGuerrilla'', Samanya, is all about this trope. Because you'll be popping in to buy upgrades roughly every twenty to forty minutes throughout the campaign, the game feels that this is a good time to remind you of vital plot points. Unfortunately this can lead to Sam telling you that the Hydra is coming and that we're all [[DoomyDoomsofDoom doomed]] about thirty times, and the player character Mason demonstrates repeatedly through his actions that he's aware of the plot points in question.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', Axel recaps what happens when a person turns into TheHeartless. Annoyed, Larxene points out she already knows this, and then Axel gets to his point that unlike a normal person, Sora was able to retain his feelings when this happened to him.
*** Similarly, Sora and company recap the events of the first game multiple times, although it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because they're losing their memories and they want to remind themselves why they're in Castle Oblivion.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', if you choose to hear the Struggle rules during the prologue, the NPC who explains them will begin "You already know the rules, but a refresher can't hurt." Later, Master Yen Sid recaps the Heartless to Sora, Donald, and Goofy before introducing the Nobodies.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D'', Sora's side of the Prankster's Paradise chapter starts with [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} Jiminy Cricket]] talking to himself and recapping Pinocchio's origins and quest to BecomeARealBoy as part of a "what was that boy thinking, running off on his own like that?" lament.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts02BirthBySleepAFragmentaryPassage'' has Yen Sid recapping the events of ''Birth by Sleep'' and Xehanort's plot from ''Dream Drop Distance'', something Riku and Mickey are aware of. However, it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]] -- he's also explaining it to [[spoiler:Kairi]], who wasn't around and therefore needs to be brought up to speed.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'': How many times has Lan gone through some sort of homework assignment, field trip, lecture from his dad, etc., learning the basics of battling against a bunch of Mettaurs? Slightly justified in the first game that he hasn't done any serious net battling yet -- though it's implied he's still rather knowledgeable on the subject -- but it gets increasingly odd as the series goes on seeing as how he's used these exact skills to save the world multiple times before...
* In ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', you, the senior student at the Two Rivers school of martial arts, can quiz a junior student serving as a guard for information on health, chi, focus and other topics. This is at least preceded with telling the student that if he's to be a gate guard he should be able to endure a little testing. Choose not to test Si Pat, and it never comes up.
* If you Talk to Froderick in ''VideoGame/AVampyreStory'', you don't have a conversation with him then and there; instead, Mona has a flashback to when they were just shooting the breeze and doing nothing in particular. The conversation is laden with exposition, but, bafflingly, Mona has chosen to flask back to a conversation where she and Froderick were talking about stuff they already know; particularly the story of how the two met, which Froderick seems to be getting a little sick of telling over and over.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** In the new Goblin starting area, Sassy Hardwrench tells your character things about their life that they should already know about themselves. That you're in the running to be a Trade Prince and that you're very close to doing so.
** Justified a bit more in the Gnome starting area. A couple characters give you some pointers about Gnomish culture and the more important Gnomes around, then mention that they're telling you this because the radiation in the city you had just escaped from could have resulted in memory loss.
* In ''VideoGame/LANoire'', when [[spoiler:you are playing as Jack Kelso]], the receptionist at his place of work tells him where to find his own office.
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' has this due to how much continuity piles up in Creator/TelltaleGames. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in "The Penal Zone", when Grandpa Stinky complains about Sam doing this.
-->'''Sam:''' Max is all short-term memory; I occasionally have to bring him back up to speed.\\
'''Max:''' Aah! GIANT TALKING DOG!
** Also occurs in season one, episode 5:
-->'''Max:''' It's a good thing your protective hat and my non-compatible brain render us both impervious to hypnotism!
-->'''Sam:''' [[LampshadeHanging And it's a good thing you've been taking those classes in subtle exposition.]]
* In the beginning of ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII: Shadows of Amn'', you can say you are having temporary amnesia from the cruel experiments you've been subjected to just prior, but the first characters you meet -- some of your party members from the first game -- are inclined to recap their relationship with you even if you don't.
* In ''VideoGame/IcewindDale II'', the first time the mayor of Targos will actually talk to you - after clearing the docks of goblins and collapsing their insertion point - he starts with "As you no doubt already know, Targos has been under siege from the goblinoids for months now..." but this is just a preface for him to start filling you in on useful information.
* Justified in ''Sudeki''. While the combat tutorial is excessive basic for season soldier Tal, he's putting on a show for a visiting dignitary. And while using her staff and combat magic to smash pots is overkill for Ailish, she's showing off for someone at the time.
* Lampshaded hilariously in ''VideoGame/GrimFandango''. Manny clearly has been working as a [[TheGrimReaper Reaper]] for years, but since the game dumps you into the plot without much backstory, the basics still have to be explained. The first character you meet that you can talk to is [[RunningGag Manny's boss's secretary Eva]], who, if you keep bothering her with questions in order to figure out what to do, asks Manny if she has to explain his job to him again. Answering "yes" leads to her describing Manny's job like a movie plot, in the third person, complete with "our hero." It's revealed Manny is just hitting on Eva, and Eva eventually tells him to stop wasting time doing that and go to the poisoning already.
* The flash game ''VideoGame/{{Gyossait}}'' plays with this in a very ominous fashion. A sudden and brief ExpositionBreak ends with "but you know all of this" [[WhamLine in red font]] - [[spoiler:because the mid-boss has figured out who and what the main character, Oyeatia, is. The very next area is the BossRoom]].
* Played with in ''VideoGame/{{Harvester}}''. The main character Steve has amnesia, but no matter how many times he says it, [[CassandraTruth nobody will believe him.]] Not that they won't play along anyway and answer any questions about things Steve should already know if he didn't have amnesia.
* Played with all over the place in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''. Aquaman asks an Atlantian historian about Superman's rise to power, something that is common knowledge. When the historian is confused, Aquaman explains that a recap might help him gain a new perspective for his upcoming diplomatic talks. In actuality, Aquaman is from an alternate dimension and has no clue as to how Superman took over the world. Further complicating the matter, the tie-in comics suggest that the historian was actually the Martian Manhunter in disguise, who would have telepathically known this.
* ''VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople'': Subverted in "Homestar Ruiner". When Strong Bad tries to run the Race to the End of the Race in disguise as Homestar, he asks Coach Z to explain the rules. Coach Z refuses because Homestar should already know the rules, having trained for weeks beforehand. As a result, Strong Bad (and the player) is forced to blunder through all three obstacles without instruction, and between that and Strong Bad being out of shape he does horribly.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has a justification in terms of the main quest. As an outlander, the PlayerCharacter isn't going to be any more aware of the local Dunmer politics and religion than the player in the real world. Even the non-natives living in Morrowind can be ignorant of such things, since a common response to asking a non-Dunmer about the Nerevarine Prophecy is "some Dark Elf superstition." So as the character learns more about these things, so does the player. (This applies to a Dunmer player character as well, since they were born and raised outside of Morrowind).
* The final case in ''{{Series/Murder She Wrote}} 2: Return to Cabot Cove'' begins with Jessica telling an employee of the place how very much she appreciates being able to use the library at "St. Brigid's College here in beautiful Waterford, Ireland."
* The introduction to the flash game Specter Knight is a spirit telling the Specter Knight who s/he is and how s/he died.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'', Enzo recaps how Bayonetta woke up in a coffin 20 years ago with amnesia except knowing how to fight and that she needs to kill angels every day or else she goes to hell. Bayonetta snarks that she didn't ask for her biography.
* In ''VideoGame/MindJack'', {{Deuteragonist}} Rebecca Weiss exposits at one point about the mind-hacking technology that the main character ''has been using the entire game''. [[spoiler:Part of this exposition is that [[{{Foreshadowing}} someone who's being mind-hacked is entirely unaware that they've been mind-hacked in the first place]].]]
* All over the place during a conversation with Executioner Alfred in ''VideoGame/BloodBorne.'' Alfred tells the player all about the healing church, even beginning his exposition with 'As you know...' It seems to be justified because the player is an outsider to Yharnam and presumably knew little about the healing church, but Alfred had no way of knowing that, and thinks he is telling an established Yharnamite hunter things they should already know. Unless the player [[HeroicMime silently]] told him they were a foreigner, in which case why did he say 'As you know?!'
* ''Videogame/BendyAndTheInkMachine'': The note from Joey specifies that he and Henry worked at the animation studio thirty years ago and have fallen out of touch.
* Stated verbatim in Chapter 2 of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' by [[BaldBlackLeaderGuy Hammond]] upon entering [[spoiler:Zero-G Therapy to retrieve the shock pad needed to break through the barrier to the Morgue]]; "As you know, the Ishimura is able to set it's gravity locally. Your grav-boots will kick in when you enter a zero-g area."
* In ''VideoGame/MedievalCop 7: Adam and Eva'' Dregg encounters Eva at a murder site.
-->'''Dregg:''' Eva, the soldier from Balboa who killed the lawyer E. Vil and tried kidnapping the Princess.\\
'''Eva:''' Aww, you remembered me... I am flattered...
* All but invoked in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' [[ButThouMust when asked by your mom if you know how to use the Pokégear]], as she says practically the same thing even when you say you know how to use it:
--> '''Mom (when answered no)''': I'll read the instructions. Turn the Pokégear on and select the Phone icon. Phone numbers are stored in memory. Just choose a name you want to call. Gee, isn't that convenient?
-->'''Mom (when answered yes)''': Don't you just turn the Pokégear on and select the Phone icon? Phone numbers are stored in memory. Just choose a name you want to call. Gee, isn't that convenient?
* ''Spirits of Mystery 8: Illusions'':
-->'''Nanny:''' Princess, as you know, the kingdoms of our land have been fighting Queen Mortis for over 500 years.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** The first case in each game requires the player to get a quick introduction to the gameplay details. This makes perfect sense in the first game because Phoenix Wright has just come out of college, but not so much in the next two games, considering they still star him after a good number of trials. The second game features a bout of amnesia, whereas the third one is actually a flashback to the second case of Mia Fey, Phoenix's mentor (when you actually get to play her first case, though, she doesn't get any As You Know assistance). The fourth game introduces a new protagonist, Apollo Justice - but you can actually skip the tutorial here, as Apollo has watched Kristoph Gavin cross-examine several witnesses and is fully aware of the process.
** The Miles Edgeworth spin-off uses his partner, CluelessDetective Gumshoe, to handle this as TheWatson. Still, several characters keep reminding Edgeworth how to ''use logic'' (a gameplay mechanic exclusive to the spinoff).
** The fifth game ''Dual Destinies'' has this as an option and it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. If the player opts to get an introduction on the mechanics of the game, Phoenix (a seasoned lawyer at this point) asks his rookie partner Athena Cykes to explain how the court system works in the game. However, it's done not so much for Phoenix's sake but for Athena's since she just suffered a HeroicBSOD moments before. Phoenix believes that having Athena explain the rules to him will bring her confidence back up.
** And, again, in ''Spirit of Justice''. This time, however, the justification is that Phoenix has to explain the process of cross-examination to ''the judge'', who hasn't had to preside over a cross-examination for a witness's testimony in over twenty years, and has forgotten the protocol for the process. This happens again in the third case, where Maya asks if Nick should be reminded of how to cross-examine Rayfa's insights for her divination séances, a new gameplay feature that was only shown for the first time two cases ago.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Parodied in the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon "A Decemberween Pageant". It opens with Homestar talking to Marzipan about how the night of the titular pageant has arrived "After all the weeks and weeks of rehearsing and practicing and memorizing lines," when Marzipan tells him "Homestar, I don't think those are your lines." A RevealShot shows Homestar and Marzipan are standing on the stage, and [[TheDitz Homestar]] has been delivering his exposition in the middle of the performance.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Parodied somewhat, where the exposition is for another character's benefit rather than the audience. Church, Tucker and Tex are held at gunpoint by Wyoming. Church uses his radio to [[MultitaskedConversation try and surreptitiously tell Caboose what's going on]], but none of the other characters present know he's doing this and can only wonder why he's suddenly become "the narrator". Par for Caboose, he fails at figuring out the massive hints.
-->'''Church:''' (''deadpan'') We're at Red Base. Wyoming. You found us and are holding us prisoner. At the Red Base. Wyoming.\\
'''Caboose:''' Uh, Red Base, no, I'm in the ship.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Spoofed/lampshaded repeatedly in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. At one point, [[GenreSavvy Elan]] compliments Roy for working the exposition into his angry tirade so smoothly. (He also cries at weddings, but only when there's really good exposition.)
* Spoofed in ''Webcomic/KillroyAndTina'' [[http://www.graphicsmash.com/comics/killroyandtina.php?name=killroyandtina&view=single&ID=4113 here]] with a fourth wall lampshading.
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/StarslipCrisis'':
-->'''Admiral:''' I know what it is! There was no reason for you to say that out loud!
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', the character playing R2-D2 gives an awesome recap in [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0098.html this strip]].
** ''Darths and Droids'' is absolutely full of this stuff, as one of the characters or [=NPCs=] regularly recaps the convoluted IdiotPlot resulting from the players' actions.
* Jokes about recaps are one of the most common running themes on ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': an As You Know is ''never'' played straight. Some jokes played on the concept include:
** "Quit recapping and keep your eyes on the road!"
** The legacy of the ancient Greek island of Wrekappe, home of the primeval festival that eventually became America's Thanksgiving, is upheld by the Recappers, warriors dressed as pilgrims who will recap at the slightest opportunity.
** "But Sweral, you quit your recapping habit years ago!"
** A different kind of example, but still a {{subver|tedTrope}}sion: In "Years of Yarncraft" (See: ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''), Torg is in the game fighting an NPC enemy who talks mostly in character [[MediumAwareness (even though he knows he's an NPC)]] and tries to start talking about the backstory that brought Torg to fight him. Torg interrupts him and says he [[PlayTheGameSkipTheStory doesn't care about the story, only the loot]].
** A fairly straight but till humorous example is found in "Chapter 21: The Hunt" when a bunch of action ([[ItMakesSenseInContext involving a demon at a Halloween costume party]]) is skipped over with such an exposition:
--> "What did I miss?"
--> "The Red Ranger got the demon by the face with the hand of his robot arm, but the demon got him in the face with a squid-on-a-stick. Then the demon grabbed the human taco by the leg which started a tug of war with the dragon-decoration that sprung to life to save him. Then, as the generic super hero tried to pry the squid tentacles off Riff's face, they all collapsed on each other and are stuck in this big knot of bodies. Oh, and the demon hunter's narrating things from the ceiling fan."
--> "Well, I sure picked the wrong time to take a leak."
* A footnote in ''Webcomic/{{Intragalactic}}'' lampshades this [[http://intragalacticcomic.com/2009/01/30/045-meet-the-pest/ here]].
-->"... this is more or less the equivalent of a customs inspector lecturing people on what an orange is."
* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'':
** Played for drama and done very well in [[http://www.goblinscomic.com/03202008/ this]] strip.
** ''Goblins'' also has "As you know Bob comic strips" consisting of nothing but info-dumps.
** Psimax delivers one to his version of Kin [[http://goblinscomic.com/02222011-2/ here]].
* Lampshaded in one of ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''' many AlternateUniverse panels;
-->"Wow, personal jetpacks are so compact, efficient, safe and easy to control!"\\
"Uh, obviously I already know that, we live in the same universe! Duhhh..."
* As you know, ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on its use of tropes, and then gives us a ShoutOut in the AltText. And [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/2374.html they've done it again]].
* Lampshaded in [[http://antiheroforhire.com/d/20091002.html this]] ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'': "I'm just making sure we're on the same page."
* PlayedForLaughs in a ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'' strip, aptly titled [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/03/17 "Relive those memories"]].
* Head Alien from the ''Webcomic/WalkyVerse'' loves this. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20000111.html one strip]].
-->'''Alien:''' Hey, Boss? We know all this.\\
'''Head Alien:''' Hush. I enjoy this.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': One of the immortals following Elliot [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=20080825 recaps]] the plot points related to them. When her companion [[LampshadeHanging calls her on it]], she points out that it helps compensate for their EasyAmnesia.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://www.sdamned.com/2010/12/12042010/ this]] ''WebComic/SlightlyDamned'' strip.
--> "My master spared your life [[spoiler:and allowed your 'children' to remain in hell as long as you acted as TheGrimReaper.]]" \\
"Yes, I remember. I also remember your punishment for abandoning your post. [[spoiler:He decapitated, cursed and ordered you to help fulfill my promise in disguise.]] \\
"Rub it in, why don't you?" \\
"Sorry, I thought we were supposed to explain things we already knew to each other."
* ''WebComic/ExterminatusNow'': Sometimes it's because your co-conspirators just [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-07-29/comic/facilitating-your-demise/distracting-derriere/ weren't]] paying [[http://exterminatusnow.co.uk/2005-08-02/comic/facilitating-your-demise/too-long-didnt-listen/ attention]].
* ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'' [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=693 does it]] as unsubtly as possible in the fourth movie. In the very first scene after the credits.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Used very tongue-in-cheekly in the Act 6 Act 3 Intermission walkaround. Through the first part of the flash, Meenah, who has been missing for a ''really long time'', has been playing something of TheWatson to the other characters, allowing them to fill her (and the audience) in on what has happened in the meantime. At the end of the first part, however, Aranea starts explaining at length about things that she does know but the audience doesn't. Why? Because Aranea is an extremely wordy writer and a very dedicated [[MrExposition Ms Exposition]], so much so that she offers to ''pay Meenah'' to listen to her lecture. Meenah agrees reluctantly, though not without complaining about the pointlessness of the whole thing.
* [[http://hannaisnotaboysname.blogspot.com/2009/06/21-thanks-mr-cross.html Used]] in ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName,'' though it's really more a case of DontExplainTheJoke:
-->'''[[CaptainObvious Hanna]]:''' Whoa. She just called you a pussy. Sorry, dude.\\
'''[[TheSnarkKnight Conrad]]:''' YES, Mr. Cross, I know. ''I was there.''
* Website/ShiftyLook's ''WebComic/{{Katamari}}'' does this twice with the Future!Prince. First he feels obligated to explain to his present self how their cousins like to hang out on the Space Mushroom from [[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy the original game]], then later summarizes the plot of ''Katamari Forever'' while explaining how [[spoiler:the [=RoboKing=] pulled a FaceHeelTurn afterwards]].
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Slightly parodically done in "A Cumberland Ninja in King Radical's Court":
-->"You're familiar with Cumberland's zombie defense system, put in place by the late mayor Chuck Goodrich?"\\
"Yes, the city retrofitted every single building with defense equipment, and networked them all together so that the mayor's office could activate them all at once should it have to."\\
"Yes, I know that. I was just asking if ''you'' knew that."\\
"I know that."
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', Tagon pretends to provide a slice of exposition for the crew, [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2012-02-27 who already know all that]]. He's not recapping for the benefit of the audience, however, as Pi seems to think: it's a neat little ploy to renegotiate their contract with the Gavs.
* ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons:'' When our heroine Allison agrees to a drinking contest with a demon, she gets a glowing spot on her wrist. This calls forth this comment from a bystander:
--> A devil's kiss. A parasitic piece of the pure hot black flame. Granter of the art. Mark of a contract. But surely you know this, Magister Usagi.
* ''Webcomic/StarMares'' endeavors to only go into expository mode when it's information that at least one of the other characters in the scene ''doesn't'' know, but it's still phrased in such a way as to make it obvious that it's for the benefit of the audience.
* ''Webcomic/BeneathTheClouds'' starts an ExpositionDiagram page with the remark:
-->Don't you know that illness is caused by wandering spirits of the dead?

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/HalfInTheBag'': Played straight and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in Episode 73 by Future!Mike and Future!Jay, who give an InfoDump about the BadFuture where Carol took over the world.
-->'''Mike:''' Wait, why are we telling each other this? We ''know'' all this information. What is this, ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''?
* In the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUEFxSOVd6A first episode]] of ''WebOriginal/CauseOfDeath'', it seems the killer is about to tell the audience and the man why he's come to the house, but then simply drops the subject and then [[spoiler: kills him. Brutally.]]
* Spoofed in [[http://notes.greaterthanorequalto.net/post/3963193805/note-ive-been-wanting-to-link-to-this-for-a Shrove Tuesday Observed's]][[note]]story is missing from original source[[/note]] "If All Stories Were Written Like Science Fiction Stories".
-->"There are more people going to San Francisco today than I would have expected," he remarked.\\
"Some of them may in fact be going elsewhere," she answered. "As you know, it's expensive to provide airplane links between all possible locations. We employ a hub system, and people from smaller cities travel first to the hub, and then to their final destination. Fortunately, you found us a flight that takes us straight to San Francisco."
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': In Linkara's review of ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen #424'', he mentions how the Church of Humanity decides the best time to discuss their plan even though they would undoubtedly know about it is just before the X-Men arrive.
* How Creator/DavidWeber [[http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=635193 orders pizza]].
* MLB Trade Rumors has a tendency to repeat things that regular readers are fully aware of like if a player has received a qualifying offer or not.
* While ''Series/{{Noob}}'' has heavy use of TheWatson and ForgetfulJones, some cases of referring to characters by anything else than their OnlineAlias fall into this. First of all, two of the characters are brothers, their respective teammates know it, yet they frequently get called "your brother" by these very same people or "my brother" by each other. [[TheCracker The hacker]] and the [[RealMoneyTrade gold farmer]] of the setting also frequently get their role attached to their OnlineAlias when they are spoken about in conversations where the audience needs the reminder much more than the characters do (and the hacker's alias alone has three syllables, so picture the mouthful).
* Creator/AllisonPregler:
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in Allison's review of ''Witchcraft XI.'' "[[SarcasmMode You don't need to establish anything in a movie, okay?]]"
** From ''Witchery:'' "Leslie and Gary explain helpfully to the audience and apparently each other that the two of them are here to do research on a witch's life, which I guess has to do with this hotel. Thank goodness they stated the exposition to each other! It was seamlessly awkward."
* In ''WebVideo/BradJonesDemoReel'', Braddie gets Gretchen to introduce herself this way.
* The reviews at {{OAFE}} do this regularly, usually using the phrase as a {{pothole}} link to a source where the information is more thoroughly explained.
* In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic review of ''Film/TheHappening'', Tamara is affected by "[[NotHimself the Shyamalizing]]" by spouting "as you know…" followed by sloppy {{Exposition}} and even sloppier FauxlosophicNarration.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat cartoons, the second half of each episode has a quick recap of what happened just moments ago in the first part of the episode. The reason for this is because the shows episodes were originally aired in two parts, so a quick recap was warranted since the second part of the episode wouldn't always follow up the first part right away. The [[EditedForSyndication syndicated reairings]] and DVD rerelease of the cartoons edit both parts of the episodes together into single episodes, making the recaps come off as very superfluous.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'':
** One episode lampshades this practice. A character from an earlier episode returns, and Charles/Mambo (siamese twins who have one body with two heads) tell Duckman it's that woman he used to date, who used to be hideous but became gorgeous through plastic surgery and left him. Duckman responds to the effect of "Don't you think I know that?", to which the twins respond with "That wasn't for you. That was exposition for the 99.9 percent of the audience who are usually out having a life on Saturday night instead of staying home and flipping through obscure cable channels hoping to catch a little softcore pornography"
** Another example: To suggest how ordinary his life is, Duckman describes the ironically ridiculous premise of the show to Cornfed in one sentence: "I'm just another duck detective, who works with a pig and lives with the twin sister of his dead wife, has three sons on two bodies, and a comatose mother-in-law whose got so much gas she's fire hazard."
** Bernice: "As I explained to you before and will repeat now, not as clunky exposition but just because it feels so damn good..."
--->'''Expositor:''' (''yelling to everyone in earshot'') Make way for the Princess of Dendron! Make way for the Princess of Dendron!\\
'''Duckman:''' Thanks for the exposition. Who's tall, dark and creepy?\\
'''Expositor:''' Beware! Beware! That is the Sultan's Fahaer Achmed Amazher. An evil man full of tricks and tourchers and torments. It is said when the moon is full he...\\
'''Duckman:''' All right. Thank you. We'll be in touch. (''dismissing the character who has completed his purpose and will not appear again'')
* Subverted in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', where Flash, [[FreakyFridayFlip in Lex's body]], asks for an As You Know recap from Dr. Polaris over the "Big Plan". Polaris, on the other hand, is angry that "Luthor" couldn't remember the plan he announced to them that morning.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Drakken is very fond of this trope. It is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Shego in the episode "Clean Slate".
-->'''Drakken:''' Shego, at last! Pure nanotronium is mine! The smallest, most powerful energy source known to m--\\
'''Shego:''' Are you for real? ''I was with you''. I ''know'' what it is, [[MrExposition Dr. Exposition]].
* Spoofed on the old ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' cartoon. In the episode "Super Rocksteady and Mighty Be-Bop", Shredder explains that he had to entrust the job of setting up a mind-control device to his bungling mutant lackeys Rockstead and Bebop because they're immune to the device, while Shredder would fall under its sway if he set it off himself.
-->'''Krang:''' You don't have to explain it to me! I invented it, remember?\\
'''Shredder:''' I wasn't explaining it to ''you''... (''[[NoFourthWall he points to the audience]]'') I was explaining it to ''them''.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' {{crossover}} with the Franchise/MarvelUniverse -- "[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbMissionMarvel Mission Marvel]]" -- Doofenshmirtz {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by telling Perry the Platypus that his brother is the mayor, and then completing: ''"I know I may have touched upon the subject from time to time, but, you know, I figured, why not mention it again just for clarity?"''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** An incident features Sokka bumbling through an explanation of his battle plan, finally getting so nervous that he just starts recapping the entire series, getting to the sixth episode before his father steps in.
** The show featured some elegantly natural subversions or LampshadeHanging, as well: in the very first episode, Katara irately tries to exposit at Sokka, who cuts her off with an "I know, I know..." before [[DoubleSubversion delivering the exposition himself]]. Similarly, Zuko asks Azula a question almost anyone in-universe would know the answer to, prompting her to ask "Didn't you pay attention in school?" while giving the exposition anyway.
** At the end of the episode, Zuko, having been told by Iroh to find the secret history of how his great-grandfather died, [[LampshadeHanging angrily complains about having been told to look for something everyone in the Fire Nation knows]], [[spoiler:but it turns out Iroh was talking about his ''other'' great-grandfather, Avatar Roku]].
** Another good example occurred on The Day of Black Sun, when Zuko is finishing up in the throne room confronting his father, and about to leave. Fire Lord Ozai tries to keep Zuko around long enough for the sun to come back with a mention of his Missing Mom. The story starts with: "My father, Fire Lord Azulon..." Did Ozai not expect Zuko (much like the vast majority of the audience at home) not to know who has been his grandfather, and Fire Lord, for the vast majority of his life? They were likely trying to rope in new viewers at the time, and were probably trying to explain things to them, but the words still sounded weird.
** It was even exploited by the villains. While disguised as Kyoshi Warriors, Ty Lee and Mai gave some quite clunky exposition to each other. After a spy scurried off to give this information to his boss, it was revealed they knew he was listening, and wanted to leak their identities.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Lampshaded in the episode "24 Minutes" (which was a ''24'' parody), where Lisa begins some exposition...
--->'''Lisa:''' Principal Skinner, as we both know but you may need reminding, the Bake Sale represents [[SuckySchool 90% of the school's annual revenue]]...
** Spoofed outright in another episode in which Homer needlessly recounts step-by-step his ''purchase of an ice cream cone'' with no plot significance whatsoever, to his family, who were there, a few minutes ago. And when he's called out for it by Bart, he starts ''narrating this very same dialogue that just happened'', before being interrupted by the plot.
** In a ShowWithinAShow: "I hope nothing unsavory happens during my visit. As you know, I am the president of the United States."
*** A Movie Within A Show has a slightly more subtle example, as, after [[Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington Mr. Smith]] [[BloodierAndGorier kills all of the other congressmen]], a man burst into the room and says "I'm the President of the United States and I demand to know what's going on here!"
** Another obvious spoof:
--->'''Homer:''' Well, here we are at the Brad Goodman lecture.\\
'''Lisa:''' We know, Dad.\\
'''Homer:''' I just thought I'd remind everybody. After all, we did agree to attend this self-help seminar.\\
'''Bart:''' What an odd thing to say.
** And yet again:
--->'''Marge:''' How exciting! Watching a movie outside with the whole town!\\
'''Comic Book Guy:''' Yes, thank you for talking to all of us like we just tuned in.
** In the episode, "Lisa the Simpson", Lisa imagines a bad future where she's an obese white trash mother who's married to Ralph Wiggum. When Ralph walks in he says, "Hi Lisa. It's me Ralph, your husband" as if she didn't already know. This gets spoofed later in the episode, when present day Homer goes, "Hi Lisa. It's me, your father, Daddy."
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', during a conversation that came with captions indicating which of the statements were "IMPORTANT" or "NOT IMPORTANT". The As You Know conversation eventually degraded into spewing frivolous things like "I'm wearing blue socks" (captioned with "NOT IMPORTANT") and "You know, if you mix baking soda and vinegar together, you can make a little volcano." ("NOT IMPORTANT... BUT INTERESTING")
* This comes up rather often in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' Season 1, since the series starts InMediasRes. Jérémie is usually the one stuck with frequently reminding his friends about information that they would already know -- like the basic properties of the world of Lyoko, the monsters' stats, the fact that they couldn't let anyone die before a Return to the Past or that their main goal is to materialize Aelita.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** {{Parodied|Trope}} in the episode "Meter Made", when Stan is eavesdropping while Francine is on the phone:
--->'''Francine:''' I didn't know what to do, sis! ... What? I've never called you "sis" before? ... You're right, [[LampshadeHanging it is oddly clunky and expositional]]. I mean, ''I'' know you're my sister, so who am I saying it for? Weird.\\
'''Stan:''' She thinks she married a nobody! ... I appreciate you saying that, bro. ... I've called you "bro" before. That's what we are, we're half-brothers. ... Well, I don't care how they say it in New Glarus, Wisconsin, where you live on a lake and have nothing in common with me!
** In another episode, "Stan's Night Out", CIA agent Dick discovers that his car is on Fernando Jaramillo's property.
--->'''Everyone:''' ''(gasps)''\\
'''Stan:''' Oh, good, we all know who Fernando Jaramillo is, so we don't have to waste time explaining it to each other!\\
'''Janitor:''' ''(appearing from nowhere)'' I don't know who he is.\\
'''Stan:''' [[DoubleSubversion Oh, well let me explain it to you]].
** In a different episode, we have this exchange:
--->'''Hayley:''' They think you're Kevin Bacon!\\
'''Roger:''' Yes, Hayley, I understand things that happen around me.
** In yet another episode ("You Debt Your Life"):
--->'''Hayley:''' You saved Roger's life? I guess you guys are even now.\\
'''Stan:''' "Even"?\\
'''Hayley:''' Yeah, you know; [[ContinuityNod the life debt.]]\\
(''everyone remembers'')\\
'''Francine:''' I understand too, Hayley, but would you explain it anyway? I love to hear things summarized.
* ''WesternAnimation/Sealab2021'' has a similar DoubleSubversion:
-->'''Captain:''' You know what that means Stormy? (''Stormy nods'')\\
'''Someone else:''' But I don't know, Captain, what does it mean?
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' makes fun of this trope whenever a character comes back and some exposition is needed for any viewers who aren't up to date. Rather than simply say the character's name, Mr. or Ms. Exposition also has to spout out a long-winded explanation of who they are. The most blatant example is when they explained to the audience that Mark was an alien and now living on Earth disguised as a human, even going so far as to have Timmy place a device in front of the fourth wall that lets the viewer see Mark under his disguise.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Quagmire's "That one was also sexual" line. Initially it looks like DontExplainTheJoke, but according to the DVD commentary, it was a spoof of characters saying things that no-one would really say to explain the plot, like "I can't wait for the bake sale this afternoon!"
** Another parody of the trope comes in the episode "Prick Up Your Ears", when in a sketch by the "Opal Ring Crusaders" the school brought in to teach sex ed, a joking reference is made to a Jefferson High. Everyone laughs, then one student turns to the one next to them and explains "they're our rivals!". Not two minutes later, at the end of the sketch, another joke is made at Jefferson High's expense, everyone laughs, and then the same student turns to the same one next to him and says the same thing again.
** InUniverse example: Brian writes a play, which begins with the main character coming on-scene and saying "Donna, it's Brent, your new husband!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Lampshaded by having Bender defeating Elzar on an episode of ''Series/IronChef'', then pulling back to show him turning off the TV as his win is being broadcast.
--->'''Bender:''' And that's how I defeated Elzar!\\
'''Leela:''' We know. We were there. And we just got done watching it again on TV.
** PlayedForLaughs in "Bender's Game":
--->'''[[TheProfessor Farnsworth]]:''' I'm sure I don't need to explain that [[TechnoBabble all dark matter in the universe is linked in the form of]] [[AppliedPhlebotinum a single non-local meta-particle]].\\
'''[[GeniusDitz Amy]]:''' ''[[FutureSlang Guh]]!'' Stop patronizing us!
** {{Subverted|Trope}} by Cubert: "As you probably already DON'T know..."
* Occasionally justified in ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}'' since Tom started out as a newbie, so he shouldn't have known about some of the things in Chaotic and Perm. But everytime a piece of battle gear more complex than a torwig (jetpack) or a creature special ability is used someone has to explain it. [[FacePalm The forehead slapping begins however]], in that in order to make it to Chaotic, one must become highly ranked in the online card competitions.
* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}''. After Chowder asks Mung several questions pertaining to the plot, Chowder asks him why he asks so many questions. Mung replies that it's the easiest way for [[BreakingTheFourthWall their loyal fanbase]] to learn about the episode's plot.
-->'''Chowder:''' ''(waving to the screen)'' Hi, loyal fanbase!
* In the episode "High Noon" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', when the Weird Sisters show up at the end they spend the entire scene explaining to each other why they orchestrated everything they did in that episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Normally averted. The Crystal Gems are for a long stretch of the series not keen on explaining their history to Steven, so it's only through subtle clues in the background and some very easy to miss bits of dialogue that there's more going on than it seems. Since the series is largely from his point of view, Steven typically only gets the finer details explained when the audience would be completely lost otherwise. Some very brief recaps are given to him in plot-important episodes, both to remind any viewers on obscure events that could have happened dozens of episodes ago, or more commonly the excuse that as an excitable kid, he needs a few nudges to catch him up to speed. It also helps that the series is structured in such a way that we learn the situation bit by bit instead of the backstory being known from the start. ''The whole premise'' isn't known right away, is revealed in bits, and makes the story much darker once we do know just ''why'' this kid lives with these three {{Magical Girl Warrior}}s and occasionally must warp around to things we didn't understand at the time while fighting weird monsters.
* 1973/74 ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' episode "Too Hot to Handle". Professor Von Knowalot explains basic solar system astronomy to the Superfriends.
-->'''Professor:''' As you know, all the planets revolve around the Sun, staying in their precise orbits because of a delicate balance -- a balance between the Sun's gravitational pull on the planets and the centrifugal force trying to pull the planets away as they speed around the Sun. If this delicate balance between the Earth and the Sun was upset, we might fly away from our own solar system.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'', Huey sets up a NoodleIncident as to how "because of [Ed Wuncler Sr.], [Huey] gave a girl a 'permanent and severe limp'". Grandad even says "Look, nobody needs to be reminded of that tragic day you gave that girl a 'permanent severe limp'" right before telling the story.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'':
** The recap episode "Grill" gives a decent justification. Agent Fowler is being interrogated for what happened with Nemesis Prime, and he's giving a report not only to his direct superior, but is also being recorded for the sake of those higher up the chain of command. The guy he's speaking to knows what's going on, but the people who would be watching the video wouldn't necessarily.
** It also happens when Megatron is using the Forge of Solus Prime to craft the Dark Star Saber, and the onlooking Knock Out and Dreadwing explain the Forge's abilities to no one in particular by FinishingEachOthersSentences.
* Lampshaded in the pilot movie of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand:'' one of Zurg's not-particularly-bright scientists is called on to tell Zurg how things are going. He then explains in some detail how they believe that [[spoiler:since the Unimind allows the [=LGMs=] to share a HiveMind, they should be able to alter it to give Zurg mental control over other people]]. Zurg replies:
-->'''Zurg''': You're telling me my plan. I already ''know'' my plan. I made up the plan. [[OverlyLongGag It's MY plan]]. What I ''DON'T'' KNOW, is how close you are to [[ChewingTheScenery ACCOMPLISHING MY PLAN!]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', when [[KidHero Finn]] and [[NonHumanSidekick Jake]] are [[MuggedForDisguise disguised as Fire Kingdom actors]]:
-->'''Finn:''' What's going on with the costumes?\\
'''Actor:''' This is a theater troupe! We're getting ready to perform for the King! Everyone in the Kingdom shall be in attendance! Of course, you know all this, being fellow actors of the exact same troupe.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' establishes the reason for the animosity between [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] and [[Comicbook/AntMan Hank Pym]] by having Hank remind Tony that five years before the Avengers' founding, the two of them worked on creating a robot controlled by the human mind, but Tony tried to sell it as a weapon without Hank's consent. It seems apparent that Tony didn't need Hank's help remembering this, especially since he brings up the robot first.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale2'', a news report recaps the events of [[WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale the first film]].
* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'': Randy and the viewers learned about Terry [=McFist=] (Hannibal's big brother) being the real heir to [=McFist=] Industries and yearly signing over the company to Hannibal when he overheard Viceroy reminding Hannibal of that fact.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': This happens fairly often on the show, generally whenever an episode relies on the events of a previous one they get a brief re-iteration ("It's great we got invited to the [plot device]!" "I know! Thanks for inviting us, [character]". This is due to WordOfGod stating they wanted the episodes to be watchable in any order.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]", Twilight mentions how [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E2TheCrystalEmpirePart2 Spike helped save the Crystal Empire]], something he should be fully aware of for obvious reasons. Probably justified because Spike isn't used to being treated like a national hero (he's usually a NoRespectGuy), and Twilight and Cadance had to explain to him how much the Crystal Ponies adore him.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 Twilight's Kingdom - Part 1]]": "I can't believe we had to give up the Elements of Harmony."
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E16ItAintEasyBeingBreezies It Ain't Easy Being Breezies]]":
--->'''Fluttershy:''' Okay, everypony. ''As you know'', the adorable fairy creatures known as Breezies are about to come through Ponyville.
* PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' when the characters are signing each other's yearbooks:
-->'''[[DumbBlonde Brittany]]:''' Just make it out to me -- Brittany!\\
'''[[ExtracurricularEnthusiast Jodie]]:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Gee, thanks for clearing that up]].
* PlayedForLaughs and abused to hell and back in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChinaIL'', where advice on picking up women (gaining her trust with the phrase "I know. And if you want, you can talk to me.") leads Frank into a Soap Opera-esque LoveTriangle between a SouthernBelle and her scarred sister. The two feud endlessly while spouting exposition to each other, but it's directed at Frank as they repeatedly use the phrase "As You Know." Frank, however, (and by extension the audience) ''doesn't know anything'', so the feud becomes very confusing and unsettling.
* Many ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' episodes and movies have the gang expositing why they're in or on their way to some place.
* In the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/InfinityTrain'', Tulip outlines her predicament to One-One, even though they've been on the train for a week and would surely have discussed this before.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' has Toby kidnapped by his brothers who then introduce themselves to us. Even the slow-witted Toby is quick to question the fact that they are introducing themselves when he is their brother; he knows who they are already.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape from Reality" begins this way, with [[TheSmartGuy Dipper]] telling [[ManChild Soos]] and [[CoolBigSis Wendy]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt what happened]] in Part 1 and that they're currently trying to save [[TheHeart Mabel]], despite the two of them already knowing this.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Education:
** Talking like this can be a hazard of the teaching profession, as relating things to students who ''don't'' know things can become such a habit that you slip into "lecture mode", even with colleagues already aware of the facts.
** This trope can also be justified for students: asking someone to explain something you already know is one way of testing whether ''they'' know it. If the student does know, explaining something to someone that already knows it will naturally follow.
** This is also a rather standard occurrence in places with a 'spiral' school system. That is, every few years every subject comes back with a bit more detail and a bit more backgrounds and a bit different connections. As in: "We did tell you about this a few years ago. This is what we left out." Which will usually result in being told about any given subject multiple times, all but the first of them starting with a short re-introduction to the subject, frequently done in an 'as you know' style.
* There is a word in several European languages which has this purpose: Swedish ''ju'', Danish ''jo'', Polish ''tak'' and German ''ja'' (not to be confused with cases where ''ja'' or ''tak'' simply means "yes"). They are used when stating a fact that you assume that other party to already be a familiar with:
-->'''Swedish:''' Bussen anländer ju klockan nio.\\
'''Polish:''' Tak, autobus przyjeżdża o dziewiątej.\\
'''German:''' Der Bus kommt ja um neun Uhr.\\
'''English:''' The bus ''does'' arrive at nine o'clock, as you know.
* "As you know" is often used in business correspondence to avoid insulting the recipient's intelligence, especially when the writer is not sure whether or not the recipient actually knows the information. It is especially common when at least one of the correspondents is Japanese and can sometimes become an empty formalism.
** Outside of business correspondence, it can also be used when reiterating a point or reminding someone of something, again for the purpose of avoiding sounding condescending.
** Conversely, it can be used to convey a subtle hint of annoyance: "As I wrote in my previous email..." (translation: if you had bothered to pay attention earlier I wouldn't have to explain it again, you jerk) or "As you know, [recipient's proposed course of action] is considered bad-faith litigation and may lead to sanctions and an award of attorney's fees" (translation: Did you really think you could get away with that?).
* "You just plugged a device into the audio jack."
* Used a great deal in politics to convince the audience that they've always agreed with the candidate "As you all know my opponent hates freedom and only I can save this nation." Crowd: "Oh yeah, we, uh, knew that."
* Often a pitfall of a real-life CaptainObvious -- much to the chagrin of said Captain's friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances.
* When addressing a class or other group, this can mean "As most of you know, but for the benefit of those who weren't paying attention, ..."
* Sometimes used in the military to make sure everyone knows the ''exact same'' version of the intelligence or orders given.
* Another use for this approach in real life is to make sure that the listener is thinking about the same things as the speaker. A professional physicist doesn't need to have Newton's laws of motion explained to him, but opening a presentation on ballistics with "As you know, a body in motion remains in motion unless acted on by an external force" is a good way to get your audience thinking about the laws of motion instead of, say, electromagnetism or their smartphones.
* People with autism often lecture as a form of stress relief. The topic can be anything from something the lecturing person is particularly interested in to something that just happened in front of the lecturer and their audience. Saying "we already know this" isn't very likely to stop the lecture.
* Academic/technical papers sometimes slip into this, since (a) your audience ''probably'' knows, but you can't necessarily rely on it, and (b) it's sometimes really hard to introduce or sum up your research without a dose of near-meaningless boilerplate to get the prose started. From an Intel [[http://download.intel.com/pressroom/pdf/computertrendsrelease.pdf paper]] on computational electrical efficiency:
--> The performance of electronic computers has shown remarkable and steady growth over the past 60 years, a finding that is not surprising to anyone with even a passing familiarity with computing technology.
* ThisMeansWar is not diplomatic. As a consequence, Charles Francis Adams, the American ambassador to England during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar, sent a note to the British government with the sentence: "It would be superfluous of me to point out to your Lordship that this is war."
* Championships, events like the Olympics, or sports that are not usually on Network TV can do this throughout the broadcast. While rule changes, late injuries, or time (in the non-annual events like The World Cup, Olympics, Ryder Cup, or Commonwealth Games) justifies this to a point, the broadcast has to balancing this from [[Main/ViewersAreMorons completely dumbing down the product]].
** The worst offenders can be during pre-game shows that can last longer then the event themselves. Those viewers are usually [[Main/ViewersAreGeniuses way into the event.]]