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1st Feb '16 7:44:34 PM GrammarNavi
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* In TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' series (a follow-up to her ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet), Kel, the main character, receives gifts from an anonymous benefactor. These gifts, like bruise balm and training weights, help her in her quest to become the realm's second Lady Knight (the first being ''[=SotL=]'''s Alanna). At the end of the third book, after two books worth of build-up, we learn the Anonymous Benefactor is [[spoiler:Alanna herself. Not a huge twist and not even supposed to be, as we know from the beginning that Alanna wanted to help Kel with practical advice and is forbidden by the King for political reasons]].
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* In TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' series (a follow-up to her ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet), Kel, the main character, receives gifts from an anonymous benefactor. These gifts, like bruise balm and training weights, help her in her quest to become the realm's second Lady Knight (the first being ''[=SotL=]'''s Alanna). At the end of the third book, after two books worth of build-up, we learn the Anonymous Benefactor is [[spoiler:Alanna herself. Not a huge twist and not even supposed to be, as we know from the beginning that Alanna wanted to help Kel with practical advice and is forbidden by the King for political reasons]].
21st Jan '16 4:15:24 AM Adept
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* Hayate in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'' has the mysterious uncle who provides for her every need ever since her parents died. He's later revealed to be [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Admiral Gil Graham]], [[ApocalypseMaiden who knew that she possessed]] [[ArtifactOfDoom the Book of Darkness]] and [[SealedEvilInACan was planning to permanently seal the book with her when the time is right]]]].
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* Hayate in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'' has the mysterious uncle who provides for her every need ever since her parents died. He's later revealed to be [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Admiral Gil Graham]], [[ApocalypseMaiden who knew that she possessed]] [[ArtifactOfDoom the Book of Darkness]] and [[SealedEvilInACan was planning to permanently seal the book with her when the time is right]]]].

* Maya Kitajima of GlassMask enjoys the attention of an anonymous fan from the very beginning of her career. "Purple Rose" (as she calls him, for the bouquets of purple roses he sends after performances) is later revealed to Maya to be [[spoiler: Masumi Hayami, a businessman whose outward persona aggravates Maya.]]
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* Maya Kitajima of GlassMask ''Manga/GlassMask'' enjoys the attention of an anonymous fan from the very beginning of her career. "Purple Rose" (as she calls him, for the bouquets of purple roses he sends after performances) is later revealed to Maya to be [[spoiler: Masumi Hayami, a businessman whose outward persona aggravates Maya.]]
7th Jan '16 9:45:38 PM nombretomado
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* Villain example. In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Kraven the Hunter receives anonymous tips about Spider-man, convincing him that Spidey is the only WorthyOpponent he'll ever find and that he should hunt him. It turns out this was all part of the Master Planner [[spoiler: aka Doc Ock's]] plan to recruit Kraven for his new Sinister Six.
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* Villain example. In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Kraven the Hunter receives anonymous tips about Spider-man, convincing him that Spidey is the only WorthyOpponent he'll ever find and that he should hunt him. It turns out this was all part of the Master Planner [[spoiler: aka Doc Ock's]] plan to recruit Kraven for his new Sinister Six.
17th Oct '15 5:10:15 AM Sapphirea2
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* In the DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales'', this is played with in "Helena and the Beast". Rather than a curse, this Beast is the victim of an accident that scrambled his DNA, and only a scientific cure can save him -- one it seems no one can formulate. The heroine winds up helping him by helping an UnexpectedCharacter, [[spoiler: the Twelfth Doctor]], serve as this trope, though neither of the lovers learns the whys and wherefores of their willingness to help, much less who they actually are.
18th Sep '15 7:20:29 PM nombretomado
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* ScroogeMcDuck tend to make charity anonymously, because the more people think he's an heartless skinflint, the less people will try and beg or mooch off him.
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* ScroogeMcDuck [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] tend to make charity anonymously, because the more people think he's an heartless skinflint, the less people will try and beg or mooch off him.
2nd Sep '15 1:50:27 PM eroock
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See also HelpYourselfInTheFuture and UnexpectedInheritance. Related to the MysteriousEmployer, where the benefactor offers the character in question steady work, at the cost of not asking too many questions.
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See also HelpYourselfInTheFuture and UnexpectedInheritance. Related to the MysteriousEmployer, where the benefactor offers the character in question steady work, at the cost of not asking too many questions. Compare MysteriousBacker.
31st Jul '15 10:31:12 PM phoenix
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* In TheMysteriousIsland, various events of good fortune happen to the impromptu colonists on Lincoln Island, which they gradually come to realize are not an accident but some unknown benevolent force assisting them. Eventually, they discover their benefactor is none other than [[spoiler: Captain Nemo himself.]]
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* In TheMysteriousIsland, Literature/TheMysteriousIsland, various events of good fortune happen to the impromptu colonists on Lincoln Island, which they gradually come to realize are not an accident but some unknown benevolent force assisting them. Eventually, they discover their benefactor is none other than [[spoiler: Captain Nemo himself.]]
10th Jul '15 5:33:52 PM nombretomado
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** It seems to mainly be a case of Hayate not referring to him by name when she mentions him to Signum in Episode 6, as she specifically asks Shamal to send her package to [[spoiler:"Graham-oji-san"]] in the last episode of [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]], and mentions him being responsible for raising her in Episode 13 of [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]], which would suggest she knows her benefactor's name.
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** It seems to mainly be a case of Hayate not referring to him by name when she mentions him to Signum in Episode 6, as she specifically asks Shamal to send her package to [[spoiler:"Graham-oji-san"]] in the last episode of [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]], ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]'', and mentions him being responsible for raising her in Episode 13 of [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]], ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS StrikerS]]'', which would suggest she knows her benefactor's name.
10th Jul '15 11:41:27 AM jgoulden
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* In ''File/TerminatorGenisys'' [[spoiler: a T-800 Terminator is sent back to Sara Connor's childhood to protect her]] and we have ''no idea'' who did it.
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* In ''File/TerminatorGenisys'' [[spoiler: a T-800 Terminator is sent back to Sara Sarah Connor's childhood to protect her]] and we have ''no idea'' who did it.
10th Jul '15 11:39:20 AM jgoulden
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* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' is this to the family of his former employer.
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