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->''-- I can't believe we've lost a bet and have to spend the night in this old haunted house!''\\
''-- That's an oddly complete summary of our predicament.''
-->-- '''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'''

Exposition is a literary tool that is used to give information to the audience through {{dialogue}}, description, {{flashback}}, or [[NarratorTropes narrative]].

In {{nonfiction}}, exposition is commonly found in essays, directions such as recipes and instructions, encyclopedias, and {{biograph|y}}ies. Exposition in nonfiction is usually achieved through description.

In {{fiction}}, exposition can be given in multiple ways. Sometimes it's as simple as a character observing a headline on a newspaper and sometimes as complex as the narrator giving an overview of the full history of the fictional world.

Exposition is a two-edged sword. While it is extremely useful for establishing setting, plot, and characterization, too much exposition at once can bog down a story and slow the pace to a crawl. An exposition that is overly long or wordy is known as an Information Dump (or {{Infodump}} for short) and is very difficult to do well.

See InformationDesk for where ''characters'' learn things; may overlap with this, considerably.

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See also:
+ {{Dialogue}}
+ NarratorTropes
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[[index]]
* AsideComment
* AsYouKnow
** AndAnotherThing
** RecapByAudit
** RecapEpisode
** TellMeAgain
* BeforeTheDarkTimes
* CaptainObvious
* CaptainsLog
* CassetteCraze
* CombatCommentator
* ConstantlyCurious
* DescriptionInTheMirror
* DescriptionPorn
* EncyclopediaExposita
* EnRouteSumUp
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy
* ExpoLabel
* ExpositionBeam
* ExpositionBreak
* ExpositionDiagram
** TheBigBoard
* ExpositionFairy
* {{Expospeak}}
** ExpospeakGag
* ExpositionIntuition
* ExpositionOfImmortality
* ExpositionParty
* ExpositoryGameplayLimitation
* {{Flashback}}
* FlavorText
* FictionalMedia
** FictionalDocument
* HappyFlashback
* HauntedHouseHistorian
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits
* {{Infodump}}
** {{Introdump}}
** ItGetsBetter
* InfoDrop
* InnerMonologue
* InnerMonologueConversation
* JustBetweenYouAndMe
* KeepReading
* LethallyExpensive
* LectureAsExposition
* LetMeGetThisStraight
* LittleJimmy
* LondonEnglandSyndrome
* LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe
* MrExposition
* NaiveNewcomer
* NarratingTheObvious
* {{Narrator}}
* NewspaperDating
* ObstacleExposition
* OpeningMonologue
* OpeningNarration
* OpeningScroll
* OrMyNameIsnt
* ParrotExposition
** ParrotExpowhat
* PostponedQuestion
* RamblingOldManMonologue
* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear
* {{Sexposition}}
* SoundingItOut
* SoundsOfScience
* SpeakingInPanels
* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse
* StoryBreadcrumbs
* TalkingIsAFreeAction
* ThinkingOutLoud
* ThirdPersonFlashback
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback
* TVTelephoneEtiquette
* TwoScenesOneDialogue
* UnreliableExpositor
* WarWasBeginning
* TheWatson
* WhatIsGoingOn?
* WhatYearIsThis
* WeHaveBeenResearchingPhlebotinumForYears
* WelcomedToTheMasquerade
* YouGotYourExpositionInMyArgument
[[/index]]

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