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12:14:39 PM Jul 28th 2013
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01:12:40 AM Jan 16th 2013
The following is a Zero-Context Example.

  • Guess who the narrator in Chocolat turns out to be?
12:14:06 PM Jul 28th 2013
Did you fix it?
10:06:02 AM Feb 25th 2012
edited by SaltCat
I'm unsure which trope to put these examples under. Warnning, there are spoilers.

Narrator All Along, ...And That Little Girl Was Me, Nostalgic Narrator

These three tropes seem extremely close together. I'm not sure wich one these would best fit under, but some examples that come to mind are

Film: (Any Of The 3) In Fried Green Tomatos, Ninny Threadgoode spends the entire movie telling Evelyn Couch about Idgie Threadgoode and her friend Ruth and the people that were closest to them. One of her recounts tells where Idgie charmed some bees to collect honey, and Ruth began calling her "You ol' bee charmer." At the end of the movie, after Ninny leaves the nursing home and Evelyn catches up to her, Evelyn invites Ninny to move in with herself and her husband Ed. As the two women are walking away, Evelyn notices a grave with a jar of honey sitting there. The grave is that of Ruth, and the jar of honey is fresh, with a note reading "I will always Love You. The Bee Charmer". Since Ninny never told Evelyn what happened to Idgie, it leads the audience to believe that Ninny and Idgie are the same person (this is very different from the book "Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe" by Fannie Flagg, which tells that Ninny had been adopted by the Threadgoode family and that Idgie and her cronies are still alive and selling vegetables, catfish and honey from a roadside stand in Florida.)

(Nostalgic Narrator, Most Likely) In the Christmas Special: A Christmas Story, the audience knows from the beginning that the Narrator is recounting a child-hood event.

Anime/Japanese Animation: (Again, Possibly any of the 3) In Nadia The Secret Of Blue Water, the first and last episodes have narriaration from an elderly woman who is telling her grandchildren the story of a young girl named Nadia an orphaned circus acrobat, and Jean-Coq Raltique the boy who helped her go in search of her father. Both the commercials and innital narriation lead the audience to beleive that the story is being told by an older Nadia explaining to her grandchildren the story of how she and their grandfather came to be together, as well as the secret behind who her true family was. However, the final narriation reveals that it is not Nadia at all, but Marie en Carlsberg, the four-year-old orphan who had befriended Jean and Nadia and joined them on their journey, now all grown up.
12:32:25 AM Nov 9th 2015
edited by NNinja
They may seem that way, but they're different. Narrator All Along: Narrator is revealed as character in story. Nostalgic Narrator: Narrator is nostalgically talking about his past(we may or may not know from the begginning that this is his story) ...And That Little Girl Was Me: In-universe case of Narrator All Along, Alice tells Bob a story, and when she ends she reveals the story was about her.

As for your examples i see it this way: 1) Implied And that little girl was me.(like you said, Ninny never told if it was about her or not, we're led to believe it is, but we don't know) 2)Possibly Nostalgic narrator(if he is nostalgic, haven't seen it), certainly not any of the other two. 3)Narrator all along.

PS:sorry for the late reply.
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