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Films — Animation
- Clopin in the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He establishes this in the first five minutes of the film, considering he opens it with the story of how Frollo killed Quasimodo's mother and "adopted" Quasi — despite the fact that he wasn't even there at the time, and the two men (or possibly more, if you count the staring masonry) who were certainly wouldn't have told anyone about what happened.
- Alan-a-Dale the rooster minstrel in Disney's Robin Hood.
- Arne in Terkel In Trouble.
- The Muses of Hercules, starting their takeover for the original narrator, who they say is too boring.
Films — Live-Action
- The Grave Robber from Repo! The Genetic Opera. Of course, he's reading a newspaper about the events of the Opera, so even though he wasn't there, he still knows about certain events. Unfortunately, however, they don't do the same when explaining how he knows all about Blind Mag's contract problems. He actually hands off the newspaper to Shilo while Mag's rival is standing right there at the time.
- The Criminologist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- In a non-musical version, the Radio DJ from The Warriors mostly fits into this category.
- Stubby Kaye and Nat King Cole in Cat Ballou.
- A book of Classical Mythology featured a script-version of the story of Achilles. "Chorus" is described as the "Narrator who knows everything".
- The revolutionary narrator from Evita, who is sometimes called "Che".
- The Narrator in Into the Woods. Things get considerably worse when he dies.
- The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
- Officer Lockstock and Little Sally in Urinetown
- The urchins/Ronettes in the musical version of Little Shop of Horrors.
- The Balladeer from Assassins.
- The Leading Player from the musical Pippin.
- A non-singing example: the Stage Manager from Our Town.
- Pseudolus, the main character of Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
- The Reciter in Pacific Overtures sings of Japan's feudal ways and the country's modernization and encounters with the West.
- The Cat in the Hat from Seussical the Musical.
- The Lecturer in the musical adaptation of Reefer Madness.
- The Narrator in Blood Brothers.
- Lonny from the jukebox musical Rock of Ages.
- Bert in the musical adaptation of Mary Poppins
- The Narrator in The Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera.
- Aaron Burr in Hamilton
- The Narrator from the musical MURDER BALLAD.
- Basically everyone in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.
- Fester in the musical The Addams Family.