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Basic Trope: Narrating in an unconventional fashion in third-person.

  • Straight: The third-person narrator tells jokes at certain spots.
  • Exaggerated: The third-person narrator tells the entire story like a drunkard at the other end of a bar, complete with slurred speech and occasionally forgetting details told 3 minutes ago.
  • Downplayed: The third-person narrator tells the story mostly normally, with only occasional strange asides.
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  • Justified: ???
  • Inverted: A snarky FIRST-person narrator.
  • Subverted: "And Alice, being the idiot she was, the moronic, hopeless- ah fine, I'll tell it like normal."
  • Double Subverted: "...pah, I don't need to act pretentious like this."
  • Parodied: "Alice's pupils then processed the image of a glass of H2O. She then extended her arm towards the glass while rotating her hand, and opening her fingers wide apart, as if she wanted to... sorry, is this too much detail for you? Do you not need that much insight into her actions? Okay, then. Ahem. Alice saw water and drank. Then said..."
  • Zig Zagged: Some chapters, the third-person narrator narrates it normally, but on other chapters, he doesn't, be it because there are Multiple Narrative Modes or because the author wrote him inconsistently.
  • Averted:
    • The third-person narrator narrates the story normally.
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    • There is no narrator.
  • Enforced: "Hey, the audience will fall asleep if it's just a normal narrator giving the exposition dump, so we need to make them want to pay attention!"
  • Lampshaded: "While there was nothing too out of the usual on this day, there was no doubt something was up. Was it the smog being slightly denser than it usually was? Was it the powerful wind? Was it the crazy narrator trying to tell one of his stories to an unamused passerby? Who knew?"
  • Invoked: The third-person narrator is sick of telling the story the usual way, and he knows he's not particularly good at it, so he tries something different this time around.
  • Exploited: Certain cases of Interactive Narrator can do this.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed:
    Alice: Quiet, Bob! The narrator's about to tell a story!
    Bob: He's not gonna use the whole "Dark and stormy night" cliche, is he?
    Narrator: I HEARD THAT!
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  • Conversed:
    Bob: I love this narrator!
    Alice: Why?
    Bob: Because he knows he's telling a silly story but he's having fun telling it anyway!
  • Deconstructed: The narrator's narration style comes at the cost of fleshing out the rest of the characters, so consequently, nobody cares about the story.

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