Its an inevitable fact that at some point in a film therell have to be some exposition. In fantastical movie worlds theres naturally going to be a multitude of elements that have to be set up before the actual story can begin, but even the most simplistic of concepts still require some level of set up. How ham fisted it ends up being really depends on how skilled the screenwriter is and thats exactly what Ill be looking at today. You never notice when its been done well because it comes across as natural to both the characters and the narrative, but the moment you spot it done badly thats you immediately sucked out of the action. Otherwise brilliant scripts can fall apart when the characters suddenly break out of the world and all but scream facts at the audience. But some films take it one further and create characters who exist solely to divulge or reiterate the plot to us. While this can work if an effort is made to add depth and purpose (what are Obi-Wan Kenobis lines in the original Star Wars trilogy if not a constant stream of plot points), sometimes the offenders just coming across as annoying. And it is nine of those attempts that well be looking at today.
In a direct parody of M, who fits the bill completely across all the Bond films (except for Skyfall), Basil Exposition appears throughout the Austin Powers trilogy and in his few brief appearances manages to send up the exact sort of characters were looking at this list, as well as providing plenty of jokes beside. Neither M nor Basil are particularly annoying so stand out as examples of exposition driven characters who actually work. Click next to explore ones that dont.