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In many musicals, there is a character who acts as the narrator, knowing everything about everyone's business despite the fact that he often is a character in the story himself, and shouldn't really be able to know this.

Examples of All-Knowing Singing Narrator include:

Film - Animated

  • Clopin in the Disney version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He establishes this in the first five minutes of the film, considering he opens it with the story of how Frollo killed Quasimodo's mother and 'adopted' Quasi, despite the fact that he wasn't even there at the time and the two (or possibly more, if you count the staring masonry) who were certainly wouldn't have told anyone.
    • Arguably, Gringoire in the French rock opera.
  • Alan-a-Dale in the Disney Robin Hood
  • The Muses in the Disney adaptation of Hercules

Film - Live-Action


  • A book of Greek Mythology featured a script-version of the story of Achilles. "Chorus" is described as the "Narrator who knows everything".[please verify]

Live-Action TV


Western Animation

  • Parodied in the Arthur episode "The Ballad of Buster Baxter": "Mom, there's a singing moose in front of the house!"