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A comedy trope in which characters lip-sync with the narrator, instead of speaking their own dialogue.

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
maninahat on Aug 9th 2018 at 1:48:32 AM
Last Edited By:
maninahat on Aug 14th 2018 at 1:37:16 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

In visual media, a given person might begin recount something that happened, and that merges into a flashback sequence. During that sequence the person carries on narrating in voice-over, however when it comes to any character's dialogue, instead of that character saying their own lines, they silently mime the words, lip-syncing with whatever the narrator says. This is usually done for comical effect, with the narrator paraphrasing what people said in a manner that's inconsistent, inaccurate or inappropriate, in relation to the events we are seeing on screen.


Examples

  • Max Landis' youtube documentaries, The Death and Return of Superman and Wrestling isn't Wrestling.
  • Anytime Luis is asked to explain something in the Ant-Man movies, this tends to happen.
  • The entire shtick of Drunk History, where historical reenactors move and mime along to whatever extemporaneous gibberish the drunk narrator says, including their hiccups, burps and spoonerisms.
  • Johnny Bravo: in the episode Rashomoron, Johnny, Carl, and Suzy all tell how a certain day went. During each narration, all characters have the voice of whoever is currently telling the story.
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn has all the dialogue between characters spoken by the narrator.
  • In the episode Sir Morris and the Beanstalk of The Big Knights, Sir Boris does this whilst reading Sir Morris bedtime stories.

Feedback: 5 replies

Aug 9th 2018 at 2:05:29 AM

To elaborate: A given character might begin recount something, and that merges into a flashback. The character carries on narrating over the flashback, however when it comes to any character dialogue, instead of them saying their own lines they mime along, lip-syncing with the narrator. You can see examples of this in the Max Landis documentaries The Death and Return of Superman and Wrestling isn't Wrestling, it appears in the Ant Man movies a couple of times whenever the character Luis tells a story, and it's the entire shtick of Drunk History.

Aug 9th 2018 at 11:19:30 AM

^ Why not add those examples and the longer description to the actual draft?

Aug 9th 2018 at 5:58:41 PM

I'm with war jay. You have a good description in that reply of yours. Just work it and your examples out into the actual description box, and it will look more like a trope. While you are at it, here is another example you can add.

  • Johnny Bravo: in the episode "Rashomoron", Johnny, Carl, and Suzy all tell how a certain day went. During each narration, all characters have the voice of whoever is currently telling the story.

Aug 9th 2018 at 9:13:00 PM

  • Kirbys Epic Yarn has all the dialogue between characters spoken by the narrator.

Aug 10th 2018 at 7:55:34 AM

[nevermind, bug gone!]

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