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Anime and Manga

Fakir: What do you know?
Autor: Everything you want to know.

Noa: (during police chase) Arrgh! I'm a country girl, I can't keep up with all this geographical data!
Asuma: (calmly) Don't worry, I'll explain it two pages later.
(exactly two pages later, Asuma pulls out a map of Tokyo and exposits directly to Noa and the readers)
Patlabor, manga chapter 1

Comic Books

Supergirl: He was there for me from the day I reached Earth, you know...
Batgirl: Everybody knows this story.


Basil Exposition: Hello, Austin. This is Basil Exposition, Chief of British Intelligence. You're Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, and you're with Agent Mrs. Kensington. The year is 1967, and you're talking on a picture phone.
Austin Powers: We know all that, Exposition.
Basil: I just wanted to be extremely clear so that everyone knows what's going on at any given time.

Carol: Do you really think these atomic weapons could change Bill back?
General: You like to talk, Doc. You tell her!

Miss Piggy: Um, why are you telling me all this?
Lady Holiday: It's plot exposition. It has to go somewhere.


Hermione: Aren't you two ever going to read "Hogwarts: A History"?
Ron: What's the point? You know it by heart, we can just ask you.

Live-action TV

You're like a textbook with arms.
Buffy on Giles.

Angel: What do we know about telekinesis?
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Ahh, yes. The power of moving things with one's mind. (beat) That's pretty much it.
Angel, "Untouched"

"Meandering exposition is kind of my thing."

Sam: Oh, my guess is, he'll take the Trans-Canada Highway to New Brunswick, then maybe catch the 1 and take the scenic route along the coast of Maine. 95 through New Hampshire to the Mass Pike, and then cut over to the Merritt Parkway round Milford.
Toby: (pregnant pause) Something really kinda freakish about you, you know that?
Sam: Yeah.
The West Wing, "Celestial Navigation"

Hathaway: I wouldn't read too much into the absence of a 'Goodbye Cruel World', sir. Statistically, the instances of suicide notes in Graham's demographic is in the 12-to-20% range.
Lewis: Where do you get this stuff?
Hathaway: The back of cereal boxes.
Lewis: Some days, I'm grateful you're on our side.


"A sense of humor is not my forte
A sense of purpose is all-important
I'm the man with the answer"
Telex, "The Man With the Answer"

Video Games

I'm spouting exposition again, aren't I? Apologies.
Sir Hammerlock, Borderlands 2

Amy: Oh, Omochao, you're the master exposition!
Omochao: Yeah. It's kinda my deal, isn't it?

Web Original

Every actor to have played the Doctor eventually hits the episode where they go on complete autopilot. Capaldi deftly avoided it in Under the Lake/Before the Flood, where it would have been easy, but here, forced to do the same sort of filler dialogue only with the added constraint of having to stare down a camera lens for most of it he finally finds himself defeated by a the time he has to wistfully quote Macbeth and then deliver an urgent moral lecture on the importance of sleep he has visibly just given up caring about anything but what’s for lunch.
El Sandifer on Doctor Who, "Sleep No More"

Web Video

Narrator: "An example of this is Saya Takagi, from Highschool of the Dead, who, due to her outstanding intellect, will often analyze the group's condition and sum it up for the audience."
—from's Top 10 Anime Cliches (from 2:20-2:31 here)

Western Animation

The year, blah blah blah. The place, blah blah blah.
Father Time, Histeria!

Lisa: Dad! The flash must have scrambled their circuits!
Homer: What are you, the narrator?

Stan: Just one thing, Morgan Freeman - how come every time something convoluted needs explaining, you show up?
Morgan Freeman: Because every time I show up and explain something, I earn a freckle.

Shredder: Only mutants are immune to the Mesmerizer's beam; humans like myself can't be near it when they set it off!
Krang: You don't have to explain it to me; I invented it, remember?
Shredder: I wasn't explaining it to you! (points at the camera) I was explaining it to them.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, "Super-Rocksteady and Mighty-Bebop"

Thank you, Mr. Exposition.
Slappy Squirrel, Animaniacs

Grim: What is this place?
Grim: A writer's convenience? What's that?
(right on cue, a scientist shows up to explain the situation)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, "Which Came First?"

Real Life

Tony has all the exposition, which is always the hardest part of doing any script... It's like in a theatre piece: actors really hate having to deliver exposition. It's called 'heavy lifting', and that's his job. Spike's a badass, because he said so. Tony does that great.

Interviewer: Will Harry and Ron ever read “Hogwarts, a History”?
J. K. Rowling: Never. [Laughter.] It’s a gift to me, because all my exposition can be dressed up as, “When are you going to read it?” So Hermione fills in the reader as well, so I could never let them read it.


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