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8th Jun '17 9:34:03 AM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** ComicBook/LexLuthor has [[FreakyFridayFlip swapped bodies]] with Franchise/TheFlash. As he's being chased through the Watchtower by the rest of the League, he stops in a bathroom and muses that at the very least, he has the opportunity to learn Flash's secret identity.
--->'''Lex Luthor:''' If nothing else I can at least learn the Flash's secret identity... ''[removes mask]'' ...I have no idea who this is.
** The director's commentary for this episode reveals that they'd been wanting to do this joke for a while, since [[RealityEnsues there's no way that Lex would know everyone in the entire world]]. Wally West is neither from the same area nor remotely famous, and that would be the case for most masked heroes. Very few superheroes are celebrities like billionaire Bruce Wayne or award-winning journalist Clark Kent in their civilian lives.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Peter is BroughtDownToNormal and is facing off against the Insidious Six because they realized the dude who was always taking Spider-Man's pictures might have a connection to him, and kidnapped Aunt May. Because Peter lacks most of his powers and is facing off against six super-powered foes, he is quickly beaten and unmasked before the Kingpin and dissatisfied members of his criminal empire like Silvermane... only for Doctor Octopus to declare that Peter Parker could not be Spider-Man as Peter did not have any powers. This pisses off Silvermane and he accuses the Kingpin of kidnapping an old woman and strong-arming her desperate nephew to play along.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** ComicBook/LexLuthor has [[FreakyFridayFlip swapped bodies]] with Franchise/TheFlash. As
In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger uses one of his personas to cover his antics although everyone knows it's him. At the end when he's being chased through defeated he pulls off the Watchtower by the rest of the League, he stops in a bathroom disguise and muses that at the very least, he has the opportunity to learn Flash's secret identity.
--->'''Lex Luthor:''' If nothing else I can at least learn the Flash's secret identity... ''[removes mask]'' ...I have no idea who this is.
** The director's commentary for this episode reveals that they'd been wanting to do this joke for a while, since [[RealityEnsues there's no way that Lex would know everyone in the entire world]]. Wally West is neither from the same area nor remotely famous, and that would be the case for most masked heroes. Very few superheroes are celebrities like billionaire Bruce Wayne or award-winning journalist Clark Kent in their civilian lives.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Peter is BroughtDownToNormal and is facing off against the Insidious Six because they realized the dude who
says "It was always taking Spider-Man's pictures might have a connection to him, and kidnapped Aunt May. Because Peter lacks most of his powers and is facing off against six super-powered foes, he is quickly beaten and unmasked before the Kingpin and dissatisfied members of his criminal empire like Silvermane... only for Doctor Octopus to declare that Peter Parker could not be Spider-Man as Peter did not have any powers. This pisses off Silvermane and he accuses the Kingpin of kidnapping an old woman and strong-arming her desperate nephew to play me, Roger, all along." Duh.



* ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCOWBoysOfMooMesa'': When Shock Holiday was captured and unmasked, the characters witnessing the unmasking were disappointed by the lack of any special features at his face. Then again, it was overshadowed by the previous unmasking of the criminal's impersonator. (Marshall Moo Montana and Sheriff Terribull made a bet over who captures Shock Holiday and agreed the loser would leave Cow Town).



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger uses one of his personas to cover his antics although everyone knows it's him. At the end when he's defeated he pulls off the disguise and says "It was me, Roger, all along." Duh.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger uses one of his personas to cover his antics although everyone knows it's him. At the end when ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** ComicBook/LexLuthor has [[FreakyFridayFlip swapped bodies]] with Franchise/TheFlash. As
he's defeated being chased through the Watchtower by the rest of the League, he pulls stops in a bathroom and muses that at the very least, he has the opportunity to learn Flash's secret identity.
--->'''Lex Luthor:''' If nothing else I can at least learn the Flash's secret identity... ''[removes mask]'' ...I have no idea who this is.
** The director's commentary for this episode reveals that they'd been wanting to do this joke for a while, since [[RealityEnsues there's no way that Lex would know everyone in the entire world]]. Wally West is neither from the same area nor remotely famous, and that would be the case for most masked heroes. Very few superheroes are celebrities like billionaire Bruce Wayne or award-winning journalist Clark Kent in their civilian lives.
* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlackTheSeries'': Frank is an alien who spends most of his time disguised as a dog. When he reveals himself without the suit to J after teasing it for an episode, it turns out Frank looks like the same dog with blue skin and antenna. J isn't impressed.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Peter is BroughtDownToNormal and is facing
off against the disguise Insidious Six because they realized the dude who was always taking Spider-Man's pictures might have a connection to him, and says "It kidnapped Aunt May. Because Peter lacks most of his powers and is facing off against six super-powered foes, he is quickly beaten and unmasked before the Kingpin and dissatisfied members of his criminal empire like Silvermane... only for Doctor Octopus to declare that Peter Parker could not be Spider-Man as Peter did not have any powers. This pisses off Silvermane and he accuses the Kingpin of kidnapping an old woman and strong-arming her desperate nephew to play along.
* ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCOWBoysOfMooMesa'': When Shock Holiday
was me, Roger, all along." Duh.captured and unmasked, the characters witnessing the unmasking were disappointed by the lack of any special features at his face. Then again, it was overshadowed by the previous unmasking of the criminal's impersonator. (Marshall Moo Montana and Sheriff Terribull made a bet over who captures Shock Holiday and agreed the loser would leave Cow Town).
20th Apr '17 12:26:45 PM Quanyails
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* In her first appearance, non-''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' Paperinik villain Zafire hypnotizes our hero into committing a caper, and he later gives her the loot in his secrey identity of DonaldDuck... But, being from out of town, she has no idea of who Donald Duck is. Knowing Paperinik's fondness for [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiping the memory of anyone who finds out his secret identity]] and that she's captured immediately after, we can guess she never got a chance to find out (and in fact in her next appearance the point doesn't come up).

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* In her first appearance, non-''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' Paperinik villain Zafire hypnotizes our hero into committing a caper, and he later gives her the loot in his secrey secret identity of DonaldDuck... But, being from out of town, she has no idea of who Donald Duck is. Knowing Paperinik's fondness for [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiping the memory of anyone who finds out his secret identity]] and that she's captured immediately after, we can guess she never got a chance to find out (and in fact in her next appearance the point doesn't come up).
13th Apr '17 12:56:31 AM SomeName
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* The Lone Ranger should be the trope namer for this. Why is he wearing a mask at all. Who would recognize him. Without the mask he's just some guy. With the mask, he's the guy with the mask who gets too much attention.
5th Nov '16 2:38:10 PM Xlsfd
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** And in ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', [[spoiler:when Commissioner Gordon unmasks Batman on live [=TV=], Scarecrow (who held Robin at gunpoint to force Gordon to unmask Batman) only expresses mild surprise at Batman's SecretIdentity. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as Dr. Jonathan Crane doesn't have any personal grudge against Bruce Wayne.]]
8th Oct '16 4:28:14 AM SSJMagus
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** The director's commentary for this episode reveals that they'd been wanting to do this joke for a while, since [[RealityEnsues there's no way that Lex would know everyone in the entire world]]. Wally West is neither from the same area nor remotely famous.

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** The director's commentary for this episode reveals that they'd been wanting to do this joke for a while, since [[RealityEnsues there's no way that Lex would know everyone in the entire world]]. Wally West is neither from the same area nor remotely famous.famous, and that would be the case for most masked heroes. Very few superheroes are celebrities like billionaire Bruce Wayne or award-winning journalist Clark Kent in their civilian lives.
1st Jul '16 2:46:23 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': When Rey calls Kylo Ren a "creature in a mask", he takes his helmet off to show her that he's entirely normal-looking. It's not covering a deformity, concealing his identity, or serving a practical purpose, it's just part of his obsession with emulating Darth Vader. His intention, which is to unnerve her, pays off, as Rey realizes that she could've passed him in the street and not realized who he was. [[spoiler:She does give him a scar by the end of the movie, which would justify wearing the mask later.]]

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* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': When Rey calls Kylo Ren a "creature in a mask", he takes his helmet off to show her that he's entirely normal-looking. It's not covering a deformity, concealing his identity, or serving a practical purpose, it's just part of his obsession with emulating Darth Vader. His intention, which is to unnerve her, pays off, as Rey realizes that [[TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse she could've passed him in the street and not realized who he was.was]]. [[spoiler:She does give him a scar by the end of the movie, which would justify wearing the mask later.]]
28th Jun '16 11:54:40 AM Vir
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28th Jun '16 11:54:21 AM Vir
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* Much like the quote [[Quotes/AntiClimacticUnmasking here]], ComicBook/TheJoker defies this trope in ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamCity'' when Harley Quinn tries to remove Franchise/{{Batman}}'s mask.

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* Much like the quote [[Quotes/AntiClimacticUnmasking here]], ComicBook/TheJoker defies this trope in ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamCity'' ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' when Harley Quinn tries to remove Franchise/{{Batman}}'s mask.



* In ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'', The Collector pulls off Spider-Man's mask and angrily rants that he's so ordinary looking that it's a wonder why he would bother concealing his face.
* In an episode of American Dad, Roger uses one of his personas to cover his antics although everyone knows it's him. At the end when he's defeated he pulls off the disguise and says "It was me, Roger, all along." Duh.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'', ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSmash'', The Collector pulls off Spider-Man's mask and angrily rants that he's so ordinary looking that it's a wonder why he would bother concealing his face.
* In an episode of American Dad, ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger uses one of his personas to cover his antics although everyone knows it's him. At the end when he's defeated he pulls off the disguise and says "It was me, Roger, all along." Duh.
16th Jun '16 4:41:38 PM nmn3r3
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* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': When Kylo Ren is called a "creature in a mask", he takes his helmet off to show he's entirely normal-looking. It's not covering a deformity, concealing his identity, or serving a practical purpose, it's just part of his obsession with emulating Darth Vader. [[spoiler:He does get a scar by the end of the movie, which would justify wearing the mask later.]]

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* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': When Rey calls Kylo Ren is called a "creature in a mask", he takes his helmet off to show her that he's entirely normal-looking. It's not covering a deformity, concealing his identity, or serving a practical purpose, it's just part of his obsession with emulating Darth Vader. [[spoiler:He His intention, which is to unnerve her, pays off, as Rey realizes that she could've passed him in the street and not realized who he was. [[spoiler:She does get give him a scar by the end of the movie, which would justify wearing the mask later.]]
9th Jun '16 5:51:32 PM Peteman
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Peter is BroughtDownToNormal and is facing off against the Insidious Six because they realized the dude who was always taking his pictures might have a connection to Spider-Man, and kidnapped Aunt May. Because he lacks most of his powers and is facing off against six super-powered foes, he is quickly beaten and unmasked before Kingpin and dissatisfied members of his criminal empire like Silvermane... only for Doctor Octopus to declare that Peter Parker could not be Spider-Man, as Peter did not have any powers. This pisses off Silvermane and he mocks Kingpin for supposedly kidnapping an old woman and forcing her desperate nephew to play along.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', Peter is BroughtDownToNormal and is facing off against the Insidious Six because they realized the dude who was always taking his Spider-Man's pictures might have a connection to Spider-Man, him, and kidnapped Aunt May. Because he Peter lacks most of his powers and is facing off against six super-powered foes, he is quickly beaten and unmasked before the Kingpin and dissatisfied members of his criminal empire like Silvermane... only for Doctor Octopus to declare that Peter Parker could not be Spider-Man, Spider-Man as Peter did not have any powers. This pisses off Silvermane and he mocks accuses the Kingpin for supposedly of kidnapping an old woman and forcing strong-arming her desperate nephew to play along.
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