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All-Knowing Singing Narrator

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And a one, and a two, and a one-two-three-four!

There goes Bob and Alice, their mortgage is way past due. There goes Bob and Alice, and soon their day shall be misconstrued. There goes Bob and Alice, General Dusk is watchin' you! There goes Bob and Alice — why hello! I was just doin' a number, a musical number, yessiree!

Y' see, I may be a narrator but I am also a talented vocalist, a singer if you will. Now, if you biddly-boppers pay heed to the Trope Title, then you oughta know that I’m aware of everything that's going to happen in the plot. And what better for me (though not necessarily all the time) to step in for a musical; what good is a musical if the guy tellin' the story ain't singin' along?


Say, baby, if you gon' be lookin' for the singin' narrator ensemble, then go 'head and check out Greek Chorus. For a more general, how do ya put it, categorization of folks with an awareness of the work's fictionality, why don't you go on and take a look at Fourth-Wall Observer. Anyway, back to my mel-o-dee!

There goes Bob and Alice, I know everything they're gonna do. There goes Bob and Alice, I play didgeridoo. There goes Bob and Alice, they'll never make it up to you! OW!!!



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    Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 
  • Clopin in the beginning of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, considering he opens it with the story of how Frollo killed Quasimodo's mother and "adopted" Quasi — despite the fact that Clopin 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. However, for the rest of the film he's just a standard character who knows no more than anyone else. In the Berlin musical production based on this film, Clopin stays the narrator throughout.
  • 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. Of course, he doesn't actually sing (but he does do spoken word accompaniment during the Time Warp song.)
  • 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.
  • In Rancho Notorious, the ballad "The Legend of Chuck-a-Luck" is heard during the opening credits and throughout the film, using the lyrics as narration. According to the American Film Institute, this is the first American film to use a song in this manner.
  • The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men: Alan-a-Dale wanders through the early parts of the film singing about events that have just taken place. Even after he joins the Merrie Men, he plays no real part in the action.

  • A book of Classical Mythology featured a script-version of the story of Achilles. "Chorus" is described as the "Narrator who knows everything".

    Live-Action TV 
  • Used (and Lampshaded) in "The Day They Shot Agarn" episode of F Troop.
  • Doctor Who: "The Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon" in "The Gunfighters".



    Western Animation 
  • Parodied in the Arthur episode "The Ballad of Buster Baxter": "Mom, there's a singing moose in front of the house!"
  • Pinky and the Brain: Pinky does this briefly in "Brainy Jack", until Brain tells him to stop in a Left the Background Music On moment.
  • Birdie in Central Park is a busker who also serves as the show's narrator. He explains to the audience there are certain rules to being a "narrator", and he actually gets briefly replaced in one episode after he breaks these rules.


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Birdie the Narrator

Birdie introduces himself as the narrator of the show and introduces the main characters by peeping through their windows, which isn't creepy at all.

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