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->''"Having characters repeat stuff we already read in the captions was a joke he got mileage out of for 45 years."''
-->-- '''[[http://zvbxrpl.blogspot.com/2010/12/jon-dagostino.html Jaime J. Weinman]]''' on Frank Doyle of '''''Franchise/ArchieComics'''''

A character repeats what was just said by the narrator, word-for-word (or very nearly) for [[RuleOfFunny comedic effect]].

A stealth version can show up in a script by having the character repeat the stage directions word-for-word (e.g. "Character is sad and confused" '''Character''': I'm sad and confused!).

Can be combined with a SaidBookism for serious overkill: ''Tom was fuming. "I'm fuming!" he fumed.''

Often a sign of a LemonyNarrator or InteractiveNarrator, especially if said narrator retorts "I just said that." In news broadcasts, this is a sign of a bad newswriter.

Subtrope of DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment. Similar to IronicEchoCut, but with the FourthWall instead of actual cutting. Can involve ThatMakesMeFeelAngry.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'':
** In the dub of episode 15, when the others imagine Keroro and [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Momoka]] teaming up to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer the world]], the narrator warns, "But their dark union was not that simple." Cut to Dark Momoka informing the platoon, "Our dark union's not that simple."
** Used again in episode 22:
--->'''Narrator''': ''*coming back from the {{eyecatch}}*'' Ten seconds ago on ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Tamama became leader of the platoon and banished the Sarge down a previously unseen well.\\
'''Keroro''': Why has Tamama dropped me down this previously unseen well?
** And in the first beach episode.
--->'''Narrator''': And so they splashed, while Momoka stewed in the juices of her own anger.\\
'''Momoka''': Look at them... and here I am ''stewing in the juices of my own anger''...
** This is obviously one of their favorite gags. In episode 3, the narrator talks about "the foulest of funks emanating from the Hinatas' basement". Natsumi complains by saying "Man, that is one foul funk."
** They manage to invert it once.
--->'''Mois''': Well I blame that lazy narrator!\\
'''Narrator''': Sorry, I was napping. Did someone call me lazy?
* In an early episode of ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', we see a one of the animals kids put on their cell phone straps lying on the ground, and the narrator gives a quick explanation of what it is and who would have it. [[IdiotHero Yoshii]] picks it up and starts saying the same thing, at which point the narrator angrily points out he already said that.
* {{Inverted}} in an early episode of ''Manga/DragonBall'':
-->'''Yamcha''': Those fools have not heard the last of Yamcha!\\
'''Narrator''': It would seem that our heroes haven't seen the last of Yamcha...
* Used in the dub of ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Chibitalia]]'':
-->'''Narrator''': Stuffy Mr. Austria is very strict about rules and discipline.\\
'''Austria''': I am very strict about rules und discipline.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The last panel of ''Scarlet Spider'' #3:
-->'''Kaine''': ...they'll be coming for me.
-->'''Narration''': Next: They Come For Him!

* Reversed in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'', where one of the characters says of the aliens, "I wonder what their next move will be?" and the narrator says "What will their next move be?"
* Something similar happens at the beginning of ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'':
-->'''Ringo on screen:''' Good afternoon.\\
'''Ringo, narrating:''' ... said Richard. "Good afternoon," said the bus driver.
* ''Music/TheRutles: All You Need Is Cash'':
-->'''Narrator:''' It was a bombshell for the Rutles. They were shocked... and stunned.\\
'''Dirk [=McQuickly=]:''' Well, we're shocked.\\
'''Ron Nasty:''' Yeah, shocked.\\
'''Barry Wom:''' Shocked.\\
'''Dirk [=McQuickly=]:''' And stunned.\\
'''Ron Nasty''': Yeah, stunned.\\
'''Barry Wom:''' Very stunned.
* Done several times in ''Film/ForrestGump'', due to Forrest's thoughts being so straightforward.
-->'''Forrest:''' *narrating* When I got home, I had no idea, but Mama'd had all sorts of visitors.
-->'''Mrs. Gump:''' We've had all sorts of visitors.
* Done in ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'':
-->'''Narrator:''' And they responded with awe.\\
'''Cast:''' Awwwww...\\
'''Narrator:''' No. I said awe. A-W-E.\\
'''Cast:''' Oooooh...\\
'''Narrator:''' That's better.
** Also:
--->'''Narrator:''' Ursula was amazed that she was lost in the wilderness with a jungle man.\\
'''Ursula:''' Here I am, lost in the wilderness with a jungle man.
* Done in-universe in the introduction to ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''.

* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'':
** Done, then [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], near the beginning of the book.
--->They were among the most dubious-looking mushrooms Spam had ever seen, and, rather rudely, he said so.\\
"These are among the most dubious-lookin' mushrooms I'm ever a-seeing," he stated.
** And a few chapters later, more redundantly:
--->Frito toyed with the Ring and wondered at her great beauty. As he stood, as if in a trance, Lavalier turned to him and saw him toying with the Ring and wondering at her great beauty.\\
"I see, Frito," she said, "that as you toy with the Ring, you wonder at my great beauty."
* ''Blessed are the Cheesemakers'':
-->She knew that Corrie and Fee made cheese...but Lucy assumed the cheese was made with machines, in big vats, with milk from a factory. "I thought cheese was made with machines, in big vats, with milk from a factory," she said.
* In the short story "Rough Hew Them How We Will" in Creator/PGWodehouse's ''The Man Upstairs'', the narrator says, "Bredin [a ''restaurateur''] was a pig. He looked like a pig; he ate like a pig; he grunted like a pig. He had the lavish ''embonpoint'' of a pig. Also a porcine soul. If you had tied a bit of blue ribbon round his neck you could have won prizes with him at a show." Later, when a policeman enters the story: "It was at about five minutes after one that afternoon that Constable Thomas Parsons, patrolling his beat, was aware of a man motioning to him from the doorway of Bredin's Parisian Cafe and Restaurant. The man looked like a pig. He grunted like a pig. He had the lavish ''embonpoint'' of a pig. Constable Parsons suspected that he had a porcine soul. Indeed, the thought flitted across Constable Parsons' mind that, if he were to tie a bit of blue ribbon round his neck, he could win prizes with him at a show.
* Christopher Moore's ''Literature/ADirtyJob'' has a sort of delayed version: the first line of the chapter "A Fucked-Up Day" is the narrator saying "It was a fucked-up day." The first line of the following chapter is a character saying (of the day described in the previous chapter) "That was a fucked-up day."
* The Prince from "Literature/SleepingBeauty" has this as his shtick in ''There's A Princess In The Palace''. {{Lampshaded}} by a pair of mice who have been commenting on each story.
* Used a couple of times in ''The Scrambled States of America'', narrated by Uncle Sam:
-->"Well, it was just your basic, ordinary day in the good old U.S. of A. States all over the country were waking up, having their first cups of coffee, reading the morning paper, and enjoying the beautiful sunrise. All the states, that is, except for Kansas. He was not feeling happy at all. How do I know this? Because he said,"\\
* Later, after the states have all switched places*\\
"And worst of all, Kansas, who had switched places with Hawaii because he was sick of being stuck in the middle of the country, was now stuck in the middle of NOWHERE, feeling lonesome and seasick."\\
'''Kansas''': *singing* In the middle of nowhere, feeling lonesome and seasick, my guitar is soggy and I feel so blue...
* ''Legacy'' by Cayla Kluver does this all the time.
-->"I don't care much about that," Semari scoffed, not sharing my interest in the least.
* In ''Literature/RallyRoundTheFlagBoys'', Oscar Hoffa suspects that Angela is divorcing him because she has found another guy, and hires a private detective who turns up this lead: "Subject left Putnam's Landing on the 10:07 train this morning. Subject registered at the Plaza Hotel at 11:54, checked into Room 921. Man came to Room 921 at 12:15 p.m. and was admitted by subject. Man is tall, in mid-thirties, wearing tan topcoat and gray flannel suit, looked nervous, no distinguishing marks." One page later, the narration leaves Oscar behind and takes up with Harry Bannerman, described thusly:
-->A tall man in his mid-thirties, wearing a tan topcoat and a gray flannel suit, looking nervous, and bearing no distinguishing marks, raised his knuckles to rap on the door of Room 921 of the Plaza Hotel, and then changed his mind and stuck his hand in his pocket.
* Done for no comedic effect multiple times in ''A Series of Unfortunate Events''.
* The beginning of Paul Goodman's poem "The Lordly Hudson":
-->"Driver, what stream is it?" I asked, well knowing\\
it was our lordly Hudson hardly flowing.\\
"It is our lordly Hudson hardly flowing,"\\
he said...
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeaTimeOfTheSoul'':
-->A haze of light greeted Hillow ... but nothing about this struck him as odd. A haze of light was simply what he expected to see whenever he opened this door. The first time ever he had opened it he had simply thought to himself, "Oh. A haze of light. Oh well..."

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheMiddleman'' has a tendency to invert this with its {{Scene Shift Caption}}s. For example, one scene ends with Ida smugly announcing the address she's discovered they have to go to:
-->'''Ida''': 8660 Hawkins Lane, Apt 9. God am I underpaid.
::: And the caption for the next scene is[=:=]
-->8660 Hawkins Lane, Apt 9.
-->God am I underpaid.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus''. A milkman psychiatrist performs an odd psychological test on a [[strike:doctor]] gynecologist.
-->'''Milkman''': Right...well I should definitely say you're suffering from a severe personality disorder, sir, sublimating itself in a lactic obsession which could get worse depending on how much money you've got.\\
[Cut to the office of a real psychiatrist]\\
'''Dr. Cream''': I would like to take this opportunity of complaining about the way in which these shows are continually portraying psychiatrists who make pat diagnoses of patients' problems without first obtaining their full medical history.\\
[Cut back to milkman and gynecologist]\\
'''Milkman''': Mind you, that's just a pat diagnosis made without first obtaining your full medical history.
* In the ''Series/That70sShow'' episode "I Can't Quit You Baby", when Hyde tells the (false) story of how he got together with Jackie:
-->'''Hyde:''' So, I'm hangin' out in the basement like I usually do, when Jackie showed up. It was obvious she wanted me.\\
(''fantasy clip, Hyde is in the basement, Jackie walks in'')\\
'''Jackie:''' I want you.\\
'''Hyde:''' It's obvious.
* One example in ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit,'' while discussing Gandhi:
-->'''Penn:''' (''narrating'') Wait a minute! He's sleeping naked with the girls? And the girls are naked too?\\
'''Biographer:''' He's sleeping naked with the girls and the girls are naked too!\\
'''Penn:''' (''narrating'') Cool!
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'' was fond of this.
* Inverted in ''Series/HarryAndPaul'', in a ''Series/DragonsDen'' parody.
-->'''Ken:''' I've left it in the car.\\
'''[[CaptainObvious Narrator:]]''' Ken has left the solution to all the world's problems in the car.
* A regular feature of Creator/ChrisRock's narration in ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris''.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' frequently uses a variation on this in which the characters and the narrator will say the same thing at the exact same time.
* From one of [[Series/TheTwoRonnies Ronnie Corbett's]] chair monologues:
--> The man was astonished.
--> "I'm astonished!", he said.
--> There, you see? I ''told'' you he was astonished!
* Very commonly used in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'':
-->'''Dr. Rick Dagless M.D.:''' ''[narrating]'' Reed told me everything. How the monkeys now ruled Darkplace. How they'd taken over.
-->'''Thornton Reed:''' ''[flatly]'' They've taken over.
-->'''Dr. Rick Dagless M.D.:''' Oh no. Oh Jesus. They've taken over. They've taken over!
-->'''Thornton Reed:''' I know!


[[folder:Music Video]]
* The music video for the Music/MenAtWork song "Down Under" has this... sort of, by always showing the events described in the song as literally as possible. The song talks about a guy who is 6'4" and full of muscles, and shazam, a man fitting this description appears. In Creator/VH1's ''[[ILoveTheExties I Love the 80s]]'', this was joked on by Creator/PattonOswalt. "Is this just for deaf people who can't hear the song?"
* Music/JoeJackson's "Obvious Song" is full of this.

* At the start of Act Two of ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', the Historian recaps the end of Act One, ending with, "King Arthur and his knights fled for their lives and were instantly scattered and lost in a dark, and [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall very expensive]], forest." Soon after, King Arthur moans, "This is a total bloody disaster. All my knights have fled, and we're lost in a dark, and very expensive, forest."
* Michael Frayn's ''Afterlife'' inverts the variety with stage directions.
-->'''Reinhardt:''' [...] And here, on the cathedral square in Salzburg, we shall [act out parts in a play] as simply and naturally as children do in their games. No sound effects. Only the cathedral bells. Only the distant sound of traffic in the streets.

-->''Sound effects''
* ''Theatre/TheMusicalOfMusicalsTheMusical'':
-->'''Spoken Stage Direction''': Jidder trips and falls on his own knife.\\
'''June''': Oh, Jidder tripped and fell on his own knife. He's dead.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', to the point of overlapping with DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->'''[=GLaDOS=]:''' Well, this is the part where [[spoiler:he kills us]].\\
'''Wheatley:''' Hello! This is the part where [[spoiler:I kill you]].\\
On-screen Caption: ''Chapter 9: The Part Where [[spoiler:He Kills You]]''.\\
Achievement Unlocked: ''The Part Where [[spoiler:He Kills You]]'' (The achievement's subtitle: ''[[UpToEleven This is that part]]'')\\
Soundtrack: ''The part where [[spoiler:he kills you]]''

* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': When Aradia's true nature is revealed, the narrator declares that "We are all completely blown away by this stunning revelation. Wow. [[spoiler: Dead.]] Really? [[spoiler: Like a ghost?]] Huh." And, on the chat log on [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004093 the very next page...]]
* Used in a ''Webcomic/{{Femmegasm}}'' [[http://www.aorange.com/?p=37 strip]] parodying ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/RainQuest'' features an exchange like this:
-->'''Player command:''' > If all else fails, go back to the mayor and ask for the key.\\
'''Lightning bolt:''' Oh, and don't even think of going back to the mayor and asking for the key! I took it from the Town Hall while the mayor was distracted!

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' episode "Mecha-Mouse" is narrated by the usual InteractiveNarrator and his DarkerAndGrittier twin brother. At one point, they muse, "Will [=WordGirl=] be able to stop Dr. Two-Brain's plan to buy his own private island?" "Or will Two-Brains Island become the center of evil and villainy for all eternity?" Later on, as Dr. Two-Brains goes to buy his island, he cackles to himself, "Two-Brains Island will become the center of evil and villainy for all eternity! [[LampshadeHanging The narrator told me so]]."
* Happened a lot in the ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' cartoon. Most of the time, it was Luke himself repeating the narration, but now and then, some other character would do it for him...
* Happens in the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short, "WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel"; the Narrator (Daffy Duck), announces, "The Lord High Chamberlain was simply furious."
-->'''Lord High Chamberlain (Porky Pig):''' I'm simply furious!\\
'''Narrator''': But Milady Melissa was simply delighted.\\
'''Melissa:''' I'm simply delighted!
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' sketch about the Boston Tea Party contains this:
-->'''George Washington''': And so the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act, which taxed newspapers, playing cards, and all printed material imported by the colonies. The American colonists were not happy.\\
'''Charity Bazaar''': We're not happy.\\
'''Pule Houser''': Hey, this tax is unfair!\\
'''Froggo''': We won't pay! ''[Redcoats surround them with their guns.]'' Unless they make us.\\
'''George Washington''': Then in 1767, Parliament passed the Townend act, which taxed tea, paper, glass, and lots of other items. Now the colonists were even less happy.\\
''[The Redcoats surround Froggo, Charity, and Pule with their guns again.]''\\
'''Charity Bazaar''': Now we're even less happy.
* The script for the unproduced ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' episode "The Trial" includes this:
-->'''Zim''': Escape with me to the surface!\\
'''Skoodge''': ''(terrified but okay)'' Sounds terrifying, but okay!
* Inverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/ToxicCrusaders''; Toxie, in his role as the narrator, keeps repeating everything Dr. Killemoff says until he's told to shut up.
-->'''Killemoff''': Soon, hordes of pollution-breathing aliens from the planet Smogula will be arriving to take over Tromaville!\\
'''Narrator''': Soon, hordes of pollution-breathing aliens from the planet Smogula would be arriving to take over Tromaville!\\
'''Killemoff''': (angrily, towards the camera) IS THERE AN ECHO IN HERE?!\\

* Lampshaded in the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "What'd I Miss?":
-->'''Phineas''': (voiceover) It all started simply enough. I got up early to help Isabella earn her surf patch.
-->'''Isabella''': Thanks for helping me earn my surf patch!
-->'''Phineas''': (voiceover) And I told her it was no problem.
-->'''Phineas''': No problem!
-->'''Phineas''': (voiceover) It was at that point that I decided to stop narrating.