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- The Hovis bread company used this device for a number of adverts, to tie in with the tag line "It's as good today as it's always been". Here's a famous example.
Anime & Manga
- Horribly subverted in Bokurano: The first narrator's word choices make it sound like he's talking about the distant past, but he's actually only narrating maybe two days back, and even less time until he abruptly dies.
- Played straight in The Tibetan Dog, where the protagonist is an old man telling the story of himself when he were young.
- Songs Uncle Sings actually contains two different examples of this. One is Clopham, telling of his uncle. The other is Breeze, telling Clopham a story about his days as a warrior.
- Used in various stories of the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf series that involve flashbacks to earlier times, including the novel where Empath learns that he is Papa Smurf's only biological son.
- Stand by Me: The main events of the film are narrated by Gordie, who is writing a short story about the event in the Framing Device.
- Little Manhattan plays with this, as it's about a 12-year-old boy's first love, as narrated by himself, looking back from the ripe old age of 13.
- Amadeus, recounted by a mad Salieri.
- Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior: At the end we discover that the elderly narrator is actually the feral kid.
- The Dustin Hoffman flick Little Big Man.
- Woody Allen provides this kind of narration for Radio Days and Broadway Danny Rose.
- Thomas and the Magic Railroad originally would have featured an older Lily in this role.
- Millennium Actress is mostly told as a series of anecdotes the titular actress relates to documentary filmmakers (with some occasional interruptions by the documentary director and cameraman) and depicted as scenes from her movies, though there is no narrator as such.
- A deleted scene at the 2003 film adaptation of Peter Pan would have made Wendy this, having her go on to narrate that after she grew up, her own daughter went on adventures with Peter.
- Peter Jackson's The Hobbit is shot like this, beginning with Bilbo writing the events in his memoirs, so he can leave Frodo with the last story of his adventures.
- The Lone Ranger: Tonto in 1933.
- The Sandlot - Scott Smalls reminisces about one childhood summer revolving around baseball.
- A Christmas Story - Ralph Parker reminisces about one childhood Christmas revolving around a desire to receive a particular gift.
- Summer of '42 - A man reminisces about the summer of 1942, during which he lost his virginity at 15.
- James Joyce's short story "Araby"
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The A. E. Housman poem "When I was one-and-twenty", from the poem cycle A Shropshire Lad; actually a subversion, as the speaker is reflecting on his youthful impetuosity when he was 21... from the grand old age of 22.
- The Warhammer 40,000-based Ciaphas Cain novels use his memoirs (complete with footnotes added by a member of the inquisition (and possibly lover).
- Kvothe in The Name of the Wind is unusually young to play this trope straight, but he's looking back on himself from when he was younger nevertheless.
- Michael becomes this when recounting his student days in Vikram Seth's novel An Equal Music.
- In the Dramatic Audio version of the Left Behind book Glorious Appearing, a grown-up Kenny Williams (the son of Buck and Chloe Williams) narrates some of the events that took place in the book from sometime in the future.
- Played with in the Farseer trilogy, the first trilogy of Realm of the Elderlings: the narrator throws in occasional mentions of his physical frailty and his isolation, building up a picture of him as old and alone, but at the end of the third book it turns out that he's still quite young; his adventures have just been that hard on his body and his friendships.
Live Action TV
- The Wonder Years
- Everybody Hates Chris, narrated by comedian Chris Rock.
- How I Met Your Mother: The level of narration Older Ted provides varies from a (sometimes necessary) Mr. Exposition to a framing device to not even appearing.
- Once an Episode on My Name Is Earl, usually when Earl Hickey is describing something on The List.
- Young Indiana Jones originally did this, although the video release and DVDs got rid of it.
- The Winner
- The Waltons
- Call the Midwife
- The Goldbergs
- Frank Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year" sort of combines this with Age-Progression Song. ("When I was seventeen...")
- Eric Bogle's "Eric and the Informers" is him musically reminiscing about his first ever band (and how bad they were).
- "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is told from the point of view of a World War One veteran looking back on his service.
- In BIONICLE, Turaga Vakama is sometimes this.
- Interestingly, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time uses this; its two sequels don't, though the third frames the whole trilogy by calling back to it.
- Slightly subverted in Ōkami. At first, it seems like a disembodied voice retelling the story. It turns out that Issun is really the narrator. Similarly in Ōkamiden; however, instead of being Issun, it's Kuni
- Done rather chillingly in Age of Empires II. The Attila campaign is narrated by an old monk who was captured and rode with Attila, and sums up the experience of conquering, butchering, and looting. At the end he goes silent before saying, "Sometimes... I miss it."
- Bionic Commando: "Let me tell you about the man I met when I was young."
- Both Icewind Dale games use this. The narrator in the first game turns out to be the Big Bad Belhifet stewing over the memory of his defeat and relishing the approaching end of his century long banishment. The narrator of the second is a little girl who accompanied the party for a while on their journey who is now an adult remembering their adventure as she sets out on her own journey.
- Gunnerkrigg Court has Antimony narrating the first few chapters; so far we cannot tell precisely how far in the future she is narrating from, but it's more than two years.
... boy, things sure have changed since then, huh?
- How I Killed Your Master— shoot, it's right there in the name!
- You Damn Kid does this, sometimes comparing how different things were back then.
- A Modest Destiny kicks off with an elderly Maxim berating his grandkids, then starting to tell the story of the first time he saved the world. Every now and then, the comic cuts back to present day, such as to reveal which of his potential Love Interests he married.
- Sunstone has a now happily married Lisa writing a novel detailing how her unconventional relationship unfolded.