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20th May '17 9:37:37 AM lillolillo
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''''Franchise/DragonBall''



*** This particular one is a bit ridiculous anyway, since while deciding where to throw the ball, he's effectively ''hanging in midair.'' That's not suspicious at all...



* Both Nanoha and Fate in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' are forced to rescue their friends Alisa and Suzuka when the pair are attacked by the Book of Darkness. The Book of Darkness removed all non combatants in the area already ... except Alisa and Suzuka, leading some to wonder whether they have special abilities of their own.
** Averted at the end of the third Sound Stage of [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the first season]]. Nanoha shoots off some magical fireworks for Fate, but realizes Yuuno has forgotten the barrier that was supposed to make them InvisibleToNormals. Arisa and Suzuka notice them but don't realize what they are.

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* In the ''Lyrical Nanoha'' franchise:
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Both Nanoha and Fate in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' are forced to rescue their friends Alisa and Suzuka when the pair are attacked by the Book of Darkness. The Book of Darkness removed all non combatants in the area already ... except Alisa and Suzuka, leading some to wonder whether they have special abilities of their own.
** Averted at the end of the third Sound Stage of [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the first season]].season]]''. Nanoha shoots off some magical fireworks for Fate, but realizes Yuuno has forgotten the barrier that was supposed to make them InvisibleToNormals. Arisa and Suzuka notice them but don't realize what they are.



* How Manga/TigerMask recognizes Great Zebra as [[spoiler:Giant Baba]] after seeing him fight in the Maskmen World Championship: Zebra was about to kick when he realized that him kicking would have blown his cover, but this exact kind of Genre Savvyness is so typical of [[spoiler:Baba]] that Tiger Mask realizes his identity as soon as he has the time to ask himself why didn't he use kicks with those enormous feet of his.

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* ''Manga/TigerMask'': How Manga/TigerMask Tiger Mask recognizes Great Zebra as [[spoiler:Giant Baba]] after seeing him fight in the Maskmen World Championship: Zebra was about to kick when he realized that him kicking would have blown his cover, but this exact kind of Genre Savvyness is so typical of [[spoiler:Baba]] that Tiger Mask realizes his identity as soon as he has the time to ask himself why didn't he use kicks with those enormous feet of his.



-->'''Ciel:''' If anyone else catches sight of you doing such things, [[LampshadeHanging it will arouse their suspicion]].
-->'''Sebastian:''' Then I should do everything step-by-step as mere humans do?
-->'''Ciel:''' I'm not telling you to do it all to the letter, but at least ''[[TheMasquerade pretend]]'' you are. Average people can't make anything without the necessary materials and time.

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-->'''Ciel:''' If anyone else catches sight of you doing such things, [[LampshadeHanging it will arouse their suspicion]].
-->'''Sebastian:'''
suspicion]].\\
'''Sebastian:'''
Then I should do everything step-by-step as mere humans do?
-->'''Ciel:'''
do?\\
'''Ciel:'''
I'm not telling you to do it all to the letter, but at least ''[[TheMasquerade pretend]]'' you are. Average people can't make anything without the necessary materials and time.



* Franchise/{{Superman}}:

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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** In a story, Supergirl discovers who stole her powers when she lends a book to a girl and she finishes it overnight. That girl couldn't have done that unless she read it at super-speed.
** In another story, Linda Danvers gets hospitalized as temporarily depowered and has to sneak out of the hospital before her powers come back and everyone realizes her skin is invulnerable and her injuries heal instantly.



* Demonstrated by Superman on several occasions in ''WesternAnimation/AllStarSuperman'' ([[ComicBook/AllStarSuperman the comic]] on which the film was based showed most of the same incidents), most notably in the prison scene where he saves the guards from the rioting prisoners, Lex Luthor, and ultimately stops Parasite, all without breaking cover.

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* Demonstrated by Superman on several occasions in ''WesternAnimation/AllStarSuperman'' ([[ComicBook/AllStarSuperman the comic]] on which the film was based showed most of the same incidents), most notably in the prison scene where he saves the guards from the rioting prisoners, Lex Luthor, Comicbook/LexLuthor, and ultimately stops Parasite, all without breaking cover.



* In ''Film/SupermanII'', Lois suspects Clark is Superman and tries to force Clark to reveal his identity by jumping into a river. Clark quietly uses his laser eyes to get a branch to Lois so she can get out. Later, Clark accidentally trips and falls into a fireplace in front of Lois and the lack of injury proves her original suspicions, but what really clenches it in a way that Clark can't explain his way out of is when she ''shoots'' him and he doesn't fall over dead. (He calls her out on this.)

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* In ''Film/SupermanII'', Lois suspects Clark is Superman and tries to force Clark to reveal his identity by jumping into a river. Clark quietly uses his laser eyes to get a branch to Lois so she can get out. Later, Clark accidentally trips and falls into a fireplace in front of Lois and the lack of injury proves her original suspicions, but what really clenches it in a way that Clark can't explain his way out of is when she ''shoots'' him and he doesn't fall over dead. dead (He calls her out on this.)this).



* ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Wizard's First Rule]]'' includes a scene where Kahlan hesitates to user her power in a fight so as not to expose her nature to Richard. [[spoiler:Then she gets stabbed, and uses it anyway. Luckily Richard's back was turned at that moment. Of course, by then he had long since started catching on that ''something'' is up anyway.]]

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* ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Wizard's ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'': "Wizard's First Rule]]'' Rule" includes a scene where Kahlan hesitates to user her power in a fight so as not to expose her nature to Richard. [[spoiler:Then she gets stabbed, and uses it anyway. Luckily Richard's back was turned at that moment. Of course, by then he had long since started catching on that ''something'' is up anyway.]]



* In MargaretWeis's ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', this is basically the story of Alfred Montbank. He is one of the last of the "Sartan", a race with godlike magical power, and is always nervous about doing magic in public for fear of being taken advantage of. The fact that he has a spine like a wet noodle doesn't help.

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* In MargaretWeis's Creator/MargaretWeis's ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'', this is basically the story of Alfred Montbank. He is one of the last of the "Sartan", a race with godlike magical power, and is always nervous about doing magic in public for fear of being taken advantage of. The fact that he has a spine like a wet noodle doesn't help.



* In TheNexusSeries, if you're running [[BrainComputerInterface nexus]], and someone near you is running nexus, ''they can tell you're running nexus''. It makes espionage kind of difficult.

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* In TheNexusSeries, ''Literature/TheNexusSeries'', if you're running [[BrainComputerInterface nexus]], and someone near you is running nexus, ''they can tell you're running nexus''. It makes espionage kind of difficult.
18th May '17 11:28:17 AM HighCrate
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* How Manga/TigerMask recognizes Great Zebra as [[spoiler:Giant Baba]] after seeing him fight in the Maskmen World Championship: Zebra was about to kick when [[GenreSavvy he realized that him kicking would have blown his cover]], but this exact kind of Genre Savvyness is so typical of [[spoiler:Baba]] that Tiger Mask realizes his identity as soon as he has the time to ask himself why didn't he use kicks with those enormous feet of his.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Ciel Phantomhive [[GenreSavvy preemptively averts]] this trope when he first [[DealWithADevil hires]] Sebastian (as seen in Chapter 62 of the manga). The devil-of-a-butler repairs the Phantomhive manor (which had been set aflame) in the time it takes Ciel to get up from kneeling before his parents' graves, and generates a full-course meal while setting a tablecloth. Ciel quickly gets over being shocked and reprimands him for it.

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* How Manga/TigerMask recognizes Great Zebra as [[spoiler:Giant Baba]] after seeing him fight in the Maskmen World Championship: Zebra was about to kick when [[GenreSavvy he realized that him kicking would have blown his cover]], cover, but this exact kind of Genre Savvyness is so typical of [[spoiler:Baba]] that Tiger Mask realizes his identity as soon as he has the time to ask himself why didn't he use kicks with those enormous feet of his.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Ciel Phantomhive [[GenreSavvy preemptively averts]] averts this trope when he first [[DealWithADevil hires]] Sebastian (as seen in Chapter 62 of the manga). The devil-of-a-butler repairs the Phantomhive manor (which had been set aflame) in the time it takes Ciel to get up from kneeling before his parents' graves, and generates a full-course meal while setting a tablecloth. Ciel quickly gets over being shocked and reprimands him for it.
6th Apr '17 8:57:14 PM Omeganian
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** Earlier, when Richard and Kahlan arrive in Zedd's house, Richard says a quad chasing Kahlan should show up soon, and Zedd tells her she is safe here. That's Richard's final hint that Zedd is the wizard they are looking for... no way your regular old guy can keep a guest ''safe'' from a band of four trained assassins.
3rd Apr '17 4:59:08 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Just how many times has Danny nearly blown his cover by using his powers in human form? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint There's the numerous times he slipped up when he first got his powers (invisibility and intangibility), using ecto-blasts on things like Dash's shoes, purposely turning his chin intangible to avoid Dash's fist, and a crap load of other stunts that should have gotten him noticed before the series finale.]]
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
** During one unlucky occasion in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Bruce Wayne and a reporter are [[BruceWayneHeldHostage held captive by a ninja]]. Bruce is put in the unenviable position of having to fight his captor at about half-strength to keep his companion (who knew of his ninja training, but not his identity) from putting two and two together. He probably would have lost had Robin not rushed her out of sight before he got too beaten up. Not to mention the fear Bruce almost certainly felt when facing the ninja, who according to Alfred was the only guy who could beat him at the Japanese dojo where Bruce learned the martial arts. It's worth noting that Robin didn't seem to have any trouble fighting the ninja, and it's just as likely that knowing Robin had his back was what allowed Bruce to fight back and win. A later episode reveals that the ninja himself was not fooled by the ruse in the long run. Having fought both Batman and Bruce Wayne (even holding back), he could tell that they were the same man.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Based on a hunch, Terry throws a glass of water right at [[TookALevelInBadass Willy Watt's]] head. Yup, Willy has telekinesis and halts the glass mere inches from his face. And since it was caught on a security camera, Terry doesn't have to worry about blowing his own cover, as the guards immediately rush in.
** ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': In an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope, Clark Kent's car is destroyed by a car bomb and he is thrown off a cliff into the ocean. Everybody believes that Clark was killed in the explosion, and took the only evidence of a condemned man's innocence with him, so he, as Superman, has to figure out how to catch the assailant and exonerate the innocent man before his execution, without using Clark's information or identity. [[spoiler:Luckily, it turns out the only witness to the event is extremely nearsighted, and wasn't even wearing his glasses when it happened, allowing Clark to claim he managed to swim to safety and spent his missing time recuperating at Lana's (who knows his secret) home. Ironically, just as the dirty cop that set this all up was a few seconds from getting gassed, he put two and two together and realized that Clark was Superman]].



* During one unlucky occasion in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Bruce Wayne and a reporter are [[BruceWayneHeldHostage held captive by a ninja]]. Bruce is put in the unenviable position of having to fight his captor at about half-strength to keep his companion (who knew of his ninja training, but not his identity) from putting two and two together. He probably would have lost had Robin not rushed her out of sight before he got too beaten up. Not to mention the fear Bruce almost certainly felt when facing the ninja, who according to Alfred was the only guy who could beat him at the Japanese dojo where Bruce learned the martial arts. It's worth noting that Robin didn't seem to have any trouble fighting the ninja, and it's just as likely that knowing Robin had his back was what allowed Bruce to fight back and win. A later episode reveals that the ninja himself was not fooled by the ruse in the long run. Having fought both Batman and Bruce Wayne (even holding back), he could tell that they were the same man.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Based on a hunch, Terry throws a glass of water right at [[TookALevelInBadass Willy Watt's]] head. Yup, Willy has Telekinesis and halts the glass mere inches from his face. And since it was caught on a security camera, Terry doesn't have to worry about blowing his own cover, as the guards immediately rush in.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Just how many times has Danny nearly blown his cover by using his powers in human form? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint There's the numerous times he slipped up when he first got his powers (invisibility and intangibility), using ecto-blasts on things like Dash's shoes, purposely turning his chin intangible to avoid Dash's fist, and a crap load of other stunts that should have gotten him noticed before the series finale.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': In an [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope, Clark Kent's car is destroyed by a car bomb and he is thrown off a cliff into the ocean. Everybody believes that Clark was killed in the explosion, and took the only evidence of a condemned man's innocence with him, so he, as Superman, has to figure out how to catch the assailant and exonerate the innocent man before his execution, without using Clark's information or identity. [[spoiler:Luckily, it turns out the only witness to the event is extremely nearsighted, and wasn't even wearing his glasses when it happened, allowing Clark to claim he managed to swim to safety and spent his missing time recuperating at Lana's (who knows his secret) home. Ironically, just as the dirty cop that set this all up was a few seconds from getting gassed, he put two and two together and realized that Clark was Superman]].
28th Mar '17 3:05:51 PM StFan
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* ''Series/LoisAndClark'', all the time. Usually Clark will use his powers and come up with some other excuse to cover it up, such as claiming he can read lips to explain how he knows something he picked up via super-hearing, or explaining that the ropes he tore through with his super-strength were frayed.
** In particular the season 1 episode "Fly Hard", in which terrorists take hostages at the ''Daily Planet''--including Clark, all his friends, ''and'' Lex Luthor.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', the title wizard must constantly save the day while keeping his powers secret, since magic is banned in Camelot on pain of execution.

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* ''Series/LoisAndClark'', all the time. Usually Clark will use his powers and come up with some other excuse to cover it up, such as claiming he can read lips to explain how he knows something he picked up via super-hearing, or explaining that the ropes he tore through with his super-strength were frayed.
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frayed. In particular the season 1 episode "Fly Hard", in which terrorists take hostages at the ''Daily Planet''--including Planet'' -- including Clark, all his friends, ''and'' Lex Luthor.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'', the title wizard must constantly save the day while keeping his powers secret, since magic is banned in Camelot on pain of execution.



** Unfortunately, as the very next episode proved, the strategy didn't fool Monasterio.
21st Mar '17 9:13:09 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsSparkOfRebellion "Spark of Rebellion"]], the heroes find themselves in a tight situation while on Kessel rescuing a group of Wookiees from the Empire, so Kanan makes the decision to use his lightsaber to provide cover for everyone else, thus announcing to the Imperials that he's a Jedi, and thus a valuable target.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
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In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsSparkOfRebellion "Spark of Rebellion"]], the heroes find themselves in a tight situation while on Kessel rescuing a group of Wookiees from the Empire, so Kanan makes the decision to use his lightsaber to provide cover for everyone else, thus announcing to the Imperials that he's a Jedi, and thus a valuable target.target.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E09IdiotsArray "Idiot's Array"]] subverts it: Ezra pulls out his lightsaber, which he built in the previous episode, during the firefight at Lando's farm, and Kanan panics, because he told Ezra no lightsabers except in really dangerous situations -- and Ezra reveals that [[SwissArmyWeapon it's a lightsaber-blaster hybrid]].
11th Mar '17 10:58:46 AM AthenaBlue
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* More of a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, but in ''{{Series/AgentsOfSHIELD}}'' Lance Hunter and Melinda May have to go undercover at Hydra and are trying to pose as arms traders to work their way in at the bottom (as the current head of Hydra is Grant Ward, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who would immediately recognise them). To get a meeting with a Hydra contact, one of them needs to win at an underground fight club. May, who is by far the better combatant, wants to do it, but Hunter points out that she's ''so'' good that it would blow their cover; a tiny Asian woman annihilating her opponents while demonstrating years of combat training is noteworthy and may get back to Ward, but a muscular man winning in a relatively unskilled brawl won't draw any attention.

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* More of a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, but in ''{{Series/AgentsOfSHIELD}}'' ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' Lance Hunter and Melinda May have to go undercover at Hydra and are trying to pose as arms traders to work their way in at the bottom (as the current head of Hydra is Grant Ward, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who would immediately recognise them). To get a meeting with a Hydra contact, one of them needs to win at an underground fight club. May, who is by far the better combatant, wants to do it, but Hunter points out that she's ''so'' good that it would blow their cover; a tiny Asian woman annihilating her opponents while demonstrating years of combat training is noteworthy and may get back to Ward, but a muscular man winning in a relatively unskilled brawl won't draw any attention.
11th Mar '17 12:50:15 AM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', Jane Smith reveals herself to be an assassin when she reflexively catches a bottle of wine her husband drops. She gets the most priceless "OhCrap" look on her face and drops it, but by then it's too late. He specifically dropped the bottle to test her reflexes.



* The trailer for ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' has [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] show up in [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]]'s "command center". When Barry tries to deny who he really is, Bruce throws a batarang straight at Barry's head, forcing Barry to step aside and catch it at SuperSpeed (the audience sees it all in BulletTime). The interesting thing about this scene is that in order to make Barry reveal who he really is, Bruce has to do the same. Of course, had Bruce been wrong about Barry, Barry wouldn't have been around to tell the tale and probably found later with a strange hole in his forehead.
* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'', superspy Illya Kuryakin has to be reminded that since he's posing as a mild-mannered architect, he can't just show off his advanced fighting skills. It tears him up inside when he and his "fiancée" get mugged and he's forced to surrender his stuff without resisting. When he finally snaps and does lash out at the mooks, he rationalizes it afterwards by saying that ''any'' Russian would have fought back and he still maintained his cover because a Russian ''soldier'' would have killed them.
* In ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', Jane Smith reveals herself to be an assassin when she reflexively catches a bottle of wine her husband drops. She gets the most priceless "OhCrap" look on her face and drops it, but by then it's too late. He specifically dropped the bottle to test her reflexes.
* While it didn't happen in the film, the [[AllThereInTheManual now-defunct official website]] of ''Film/TheOne'' reveals that [[BigBad Yulaw]] was finally exposed when another agent, who's been suspecting him for months, asks Yulaw to help him carry a closed box up some stairs. Yulaw carries the box without a problem only to find out after the fact that the box was full of heavy weights that couldn't have been lifted by a normal person. The agent confronts Yulaw, but ends up getting thrown down several flights of stairs and becoming paralyzed. Having several black belts doesn't really match up against someone who has that as well as superstrength and superspeed.



* In ''Film/StarWars'', anyone in the film (and any complete newcomers) might believe Chancellor Palpatine is just a normal guy who knows old legends. That is, until we actually see him using Jedi powers.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In ''Film/StarWars'', ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', anyone in the film (and any complete newcomers) might believe Chancellor Palpatine is just a normal guy who knows old legends. That is, until we actually see him using Jedi Force powers.



* While it didn't happen in the film, the [[AllThereInTheManual now-defunct official website]] of ''Film/TheOne'' reveals that [[BigBad Yulaw]] was finally exposed when another agent, who's been suspecting him for months, asks Yulaw to help him carry a closed box up some stairs. Yulaw carries the box without a problem only to find out after the fact that the box was full of heavy weights that couldn't have been lifted by a normal person. The agent confronts Yulaw, but ends up getting thrown down several flights of stairs and becoming paralyzed. Having several black belts doesn't really match up against someone who has that as well as superstrength and superspeed.
* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'', superspy Illya Kuryakin has to be reminded that since he's posing as a mild-mannered architect, he can't just show off his advanced fighting skills. It tears him up inside when he and his "fiance" get mugged and he's forced to surrender his stuff without resisting. When he finally snaps and does lash out at the mooks, he rationalizes it afterwards by saying that ''any'' Russian would have fought back and he still maintained his cover because a Russian ''soldier'' would have killed them.



* The trailer for ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' has [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] show up in [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]]'s "command center". When Barry tries to deny who he really is, Bruce throws a batarang straight at Barry's head, forcing Barry to step aside and catch it at SuperSpeed (the audience sees it all in BulletTime). The interesting thing about this scene is that in order to make Barry reveal who he really is, Bruce has to do the same. Of course, had Bruce been wrong about Barry, Barry wouldn't have been around to tell the tale and probably found later with a strange hole in his forehead.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Data, while stuck in 19th century San Francisco, accidentally lets his bellboy see him carry a heavy anvil one-handed. Realizing his mistake, he quickly drops it and pretends to have strained himself.
* A variation in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'''s fourth season; [[spoiler:Noranti has given John drugs to deaden his emotional connection to Aeryn ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]), and during a fight he shoves one into the alien's mouth, stunning it; no immediate awkwardness, as John is able to just wave it off and there's the distraction of a rampaging monster, but not long afterwards Aeryn confronts Noranti and then John about this]].
** Another example occurs when [[spoiler:Sikozu]] reveals herself as a Bioloid (and android created by the Kalish to fight Scarran oppression) by killing a bunch of Scarrans and saving the good guys.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Data, More of a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, but in ''{{Series/AgentsOfSHIELD}}'' Lance Hunter and Melinda May have to go undercover at Hydra and are trying to pose as arms traders to work their way in at the bottom (as the current head of Hydra is Grant Ward, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who would immediately recognise them). To get a meeting with a Hydra contact, one of them needs to win at an underground fight club. May, who is by far the better combatant, wants to do it, but Hunter points out that she's ''so'' good that it would blow their cover; a tiny Asian woman annihilating her opponents while stuck demonstrating years of combat training is noteworthy and may get back to Ward, but a muscular man winning in 19th century San Francisco, accidentally lets his bellboy see him carry a heavy anvil one-handed. Realizing his mistake, he relatively unskilled brawl won't draw any attention.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' John Diggle is hired to be the bodyguard for millionaire playboy Oliver Queen and
quickly drops realizes that there is more to Oliver than it seems. Oliver keeps slipping away from Diggle in ways that a spoiled rich kid with no training should not be able to. The clincher comes when Laurel is attacked by Triad assassins and pretends to Oliver saves her life by throwing a knife at an attacker's hand. Throwing a knife that precisely is very hard and this was an ordinary unbalanced table knife rather than a custom made throwing knife. The level of skill Oliver displayed could only have strained himself.
* A variation in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'''s fourth season; [[spoiler:Noranti has given John drugs to deaden his emotional connection to Aeryn ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]),
been acquired after years of training and during a fight he shoves one into practice.
* Invoked and subverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - in
the alien's mouth, stunning it; no immediate awkwardness, episode "Phases", Buffy participates in self-defense classes as John is able to just wave it off part of P.E., and there's Willow reminds her before they begin not to use her super-strength. ("Remember, you're supposed to be a meek little girly-girl like the distraction rest of a rampaging monster, but not long afterwards Aeryn confronts Noranti and then John us!") Buffy grumpily complies for about this]].
** Another example occurs
10 seconds, until [[ArmoredClosetGay Larry]] gropes her, at which point she lets loose and flips him over her shoulder onto the mat. Not directly cover-blowing, in that [[WeirdnessCensor Sunnydale Syndrome]] stops anyone directly commenting on it, but it probably didn't stem the rumors that she was part of a violent girl gang, or help her case when [[spoiler:Sikozu]] reveals herself as a Bioloid (and android created by the Kalish to fight Scarran oppression) by killing a bunch she was suspected of Scarrans and saving the good guys.murder a few weeks later.



* In Season 3 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Nathan is pretending to be powerless, but Danko suspects him of being a super, and in an attempt to try to get him to reveal himself, [[spoiler:Danko pushes him out a window, and Nathan is forced to use his flight ability to save his life.]] What commonly gets overlooked in Danko's scheme is that being a super doesn't necessarily imply that you can survive getting thrown out of a window.
* This happens to Don Diego de la Vega in the original ''Series/{{Zorro}}'' TV series. Once, having no time to slip away and get into the Zorro outfit, he must enter a swordfight without blowing up his RichIdiotWithNoDayJob cover before Captain Monasterio, thus pretending to be a clumsy swordsman but still blocking every of the villain's attacks. He then, for Monasterio, tries to pass off his success as sheer luck. Keep in mind the villain was considered the best swordsman in the province. The final "move" he pulls in the fight is as follows: Don Diego goes in for a clumsy but powerful thrust which is easily parried by the villain, causing Diego to "jam" his own sword into a rock crevice. As Diego is pretending to desperately try to yank the sword out, the villain gloats a little and goes for the fatal blow. At that precise moment Diego summons all his strength and "finally" pulls his weapon free, causing him to stagger backwards and "flail" his sword, knocking his unsuspecting opponent's weapon out of his hand and over the side of the cliff, winning the fight.
** Unfortunately, as the very next episode proved, the strategy didn't fool Monasterio.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'', all the time. Usually Clark will use his powers and come up with some other excuse to cover it up, such as claiming he can read lips to explain how he knows something he picked up via super-hearing, or explaining that the ropes he tore through with his super-strength were frayed.
** In particular the season 1 episode "Fly Hard," in which terrorists take hostages at the ''Daily Planet''--including Clark, all his friends, ''and'' Lex Luthor.

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* In Season 3 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Nathan is pretending to be powerless, but Danko suspects him of being a super, and in an attempt to try to get him to reveal himself, [[spoiler:Danko pushes him out a window, and Nathan is forced to use his flight ability to save his life.]] What commonly gets overlooked in Danko's scheme is that being a super doesn't necessarily imply that you can survive getting thrown out of a window.
* This happens to Don Diego de la Vega
Yoon Sung in the original ''Series/{{Zorro}}'' TV series. Once, having no time to slip away and get into the Zorro outfit, he must enter a swordfight without blowing up his RichIdiotWithNoDayJob cover before Captain Monasterio, thus pretending KoreanSeries ''Series/TheCityHunter'' pretends to be a clumsy swordsman but still blocking every of the villain's attacks. He then, for Monasterio, tries to pass off his success as sheer luck. Keep in mind the villain was considered the best swordsman in the province. The final "move" he pulls in the fight is as follows: Don Diego goes in for a clumsy but powerful thrust which is easily parried by the villain, causing Diego to "jam" his own sword into a rock crevice. As Diego is pretending to desperately try to yank the sword out, the villain gloats a little at judo and goes for the fatal blow. At that precise moment Diego summons all his strength and "finally" pulls his have poor weapon free, causing him skills when in fact he is a human weapon. All to stagger backwards and "flail" keep his sword, knocking his unsuspecting opponent's weapon out of his hand and over the side of the cliff, winning the fight.
** Unfortunately, as the very next episode proved, the strategy didn't fool Monasterio.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'', all the time. Usually Clark will use his powers and come up with some other excuse to cover it up, such as claiming he can read lips to explain how he knows something he picked up via super-hearing, or explaining that the ropes he tore through with his super-strength were frayed.
** In particular the season 1 episode "Fly Hard," in which terrorists take hostages at the ''Daily Planet''--including Clark, all his friends, ''and'' Lex Luthor.
[[ClarkKenting identity secret]].



* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', John has to warn [[RobotGirl Cameron]] to avoid doing obviously superhuman things (like lifting a huge box of computer equipment unaided) in public, as she's supposed to be a normal human being.

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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TheFallen'', Aaron must constantly avoid using his [[HalfHumanHybrid Nephilim]] or [[ChosenOne Redeemer]] abilities, as this allows the Powers to track him. Unfortunately, he can't seem to keep himself from doing it. One thing he keeps doing constantly is talking to his dog, since Nephilim are able to speak any language, which also includes animal "languages". While we hear him talking normally, it's not clear if he's speaking English or actually barking at Gabriel. The first episode implies the former, as Gabriel says that Aaron always talks to him.
* A variation in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'''s fourth season; [[spoiler:Noranti has given
John drugs to deaden his emotional connection to Aeryn ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]), and during a fight he shoves one into the alien's mouth, stunning it; no immediate awkwardness, as John is able to just wave it off and there's the distraction of a rampaging monster, but not long afterwards Aeryn confronts Noranti and then John about this]].
** Another example occurs when [[spoiler:Sikozu]] reveals herself as a Bioloid (an android created by the Kalish to fight Scarran oppression) by killing a bunch of Scarrans and saving the good guys.
* Sister Bertrille from ''Series/TheFlyingNun'' doesn't like advertising that she can fly.
* In ''Series/{{Forever}}'', Henry
has to warn [[RobotGirl Cameron]] to constantly avoid doing obviously superhuman things (like lifting others finding out about his ResurrectiveImmortality. For example, in the pilot, he ends up being in a huge box subway crash. He is fine after reappearing in the Hudson River (he always appears in a nearby body of computer equipment unaided) water), but the detective investigating the crash finds his antique pocket watch and wants to know how it got there. His arch-nemesis Adam even does him a favor once, after a suspect causes Henry a slow but fatal wound. As the cops are closing in, Adam slits Henry's throat as a favor, in public, order to keep his immortality (as well as she's supposed Adam's own) a secret, resulting in Henry dying (and vanishing) before the cops get there. In the finale, [[spoiler:this happens one too many times, so his detective partner demands to know the truth. The episode ends with him starting to tell her]].
* In Season 3 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Nathan is pretending to be powerless, but Danko suspects him of being a super, and in an attempt to try to get him to reveal himself, [[spoiler:Danko pushes him out a window, and Nathan is forced to use his flight ability to save his life.]] What commonly gets overlooked in Danko's scheme is that being a super doesn't necessarily imply that you can survive getting thrown out of a window.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', DaChief is replaced by a new boss, who suspects that Darien may have certain abilities. He walks into Claire's lab, playing with a Bunsen burner... then turns it up all the way at Darien. Darien jumps back and instinctively activates the gland, going invisible. The new boss ends up trying to force Darien to be his personal assassin.
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', Zedd is pretending
to be a normal human being.puppeteer to a petulant teenage monarch (using his magic to animate the puppets). It seems to work, but then [[BigBad Darken Rahl]] arrives for a visit and wishes to see the puppeteer perform. He immediately realizes that powerful magic is at work here and is able to deduce Zedd's name by the fact that there are only two wizards of the First Order left, and the other one works for him.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'', all the time. Usually Clark will use his powers and come up with some other excuse to cover it up, such as claiming he can read lips to explain how he knows something he picked up via super-hearing, or explaining that the ropes he tore through with his super-strength were frayed.
** In particular the season 1 episode "Fly Hard", in which terrorists take hostages at the ''Daily Planet''--including Clark, all his friends, ''and'' Lex Luthor.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', the title wizard must constantly save the day while keeping his powers secret, since magic is banned in Camelot on pain of execution.



* Yoon Sung in the KoreanSeries ''Series/TheCityHunter'' pretends to be clumsy at judo and have poor weapon skills when in fact he is a human weapon. All to keep his [[ClarkKenting identity secret]].



* Sister Bertrille from ''Series/TheFlyingNun'' doesn't like advertising that she can fly.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', the title wizard must constantly save the day while keeping his powers secret, since magic is banned in Camelot on pain of execution.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', DaChief is replaced by a new boss, who suspects that Darien may have certain abilities. He walks into Claire's lab, playing with a Bunsen burner... then turns it up all the way at Darien. Darien jumps back and instinctively activates the gland, going invisible. The new boss ends up trying to force Darien to be his personal assassin.
* In ''Series/TheFallen'', Aaron must constantly avoid using his [[HalfHumanHybrid Nephilim]] or [[ChosenOne Redeemer]] abilities, as this allows the Powers to track him. Unfortunately, he can't seem to keep himself from doing it. One thing he keeps doing constantly is talking to his dog, since Nephilim are able to speak any language, which also includes animal "languages". While we hear him talking normally, it's not clear if he's speaking English or actually barking at Gabriel. The first episode implies the former, as Gabriel says that Aaron always talks to him.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' John Diggle is hired to be the bodyguard for millionaire playboy Oliver Queen and quickly realizes that there is more to Oliver than it seems. Oliver keeps slipping away from Diggle in ways that a spoiled rich kid with no training should not be able to. The clincher comes when Laurel is attacked by Triad assassins and Oliver saves her life by throwing a knife at an attacker's hand. Throwing a knife that precisely is very hard and this was an ordinary unbalanced table knife rather than a custom made throwing knife. The level of skill Oliver displayed could only have been acquired after years of training and practice.
* Invoked and subverted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - in the episode "Phases", Buffy participates in self-defense classes as part of P.E., and Willow reminds her before they begin not to use her super-strength. ("Remember, you're supposed to be a meek little girly-girl like the rest of us!") Buffy grumpily complies for about 10 seconds, until [[ArmoredClosetGay Larry]] gropes her, at which point she lets loose and flips him over her shoulder onto the mat. Not directly cover-blowing, in that [[WeirdnessCensor Sunnydale Syndrome]] stops anyone directly commenting on it, but it probably didn't stem the rumors that she was part of a violent girl gang, or help her case when she was suspected of murder a few weeks later.
* More of a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, but in ''{{Series/AgentsOfSHIELD}}'' Lance Hunter and Melinda May have to go undercover at Hydra and are trying to pose as arms traders to work their way in at the bottom (as the current head of Hydra is Grant Ward, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who would immediately recognise them). To get a meeting with a Hydra contact, one of them needs to win at an underground fight club. May, who is by far the better combatant, wants to do it, but Hunter points out that she's ''so'' good that it would blow their cover; a tiny Asian woman annihilating her opponents while demonstrating years of combat training is noteworthy and may get back to Ward, but a muscular man winning in a relatively unskilled brawl won't draw any attention.
* In ''Series/{{Forever}}'', Henry has to constantly avoid others finding out about his ResurrectiveImmortality. For example, in the pilot, he ends up being in a subway crash. He is fine after reappearing in the Hudson River (he always appears in a nearby body of water), but the detective investigating the crash finds his antique pocket watch and wants to know how it got there. His arch-nemesis Adam even does him a favor once, after a suspect causes Henry a slow but fatal wound. As the cops are closing in, Adam slits Henry's throat as a favor, in order to keep his immortality (as well as Adam's own) a secret, resulting in Henry dying (and vanishing) before the cops get there. In the finale, [[spoiler:this happens one too many times, so his detective partner demands to know the truth. The episode ends with him starting to tell her]].
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', Zedd is pretending to be a puppeteer to a petulant teenage monarch (using his magic to animate the puppets). It seems to work, but then [[BigBad Darken Rahl]] arrives for a visit and wishes to see the puppeteer perform. He immediately realizes that powerful magic is at work here and is able to deduce Zedd's name by the fact that there are only two wizards of the First Order left, and the other one works for him.

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* Sister Bertrille from ''Series/TheFlyingNun'' doesn't like advertising that she can fly.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'', the title wizard must constantly save the day
''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Data, while keeping stuck in 19th century San Francisco, accidentally lets his powers secret, since magic is banned in Camelot on pain of execution.
* In an episode of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', DaChief is replaced by
bellboy see him carry a new boss, who suspects that Darien may have certain abilities. He walks into Claire's lab, playing with a Bunsen burner... then turns it up all the way at Darien. Darien jumps back and instinctively activates the gland, going invisible. The new boss ends up trying to force Darien to be heavy anvil one-handed. Realizing his personal assassin.
* In ''Series/TheFallen'', Aaron must constantly avoid using his [[HalfHumanHybrid Nephilim]] or [[ChosenOne Redeemer]] abilities, as this allows the Powers to track him. Unfortunately,
mistake, he can't seem to keep himself from doing it. One thing he keeps doing constantly is talking to his dog, since Nephilim are able to speak any language, which also includes animal "languages". While we hear him talking normally, it's not clear if he's speaking English or actually barking at Gabriel. The first episode implies the former, as Gabriel says that Aaron always talks to him.
* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' John Diggle is hired to be the bodyguard for millionaire playboy Oliver Queen and
quickly realizes that there is more to Oliver than drops it seems. Oliver keeps slipping away from Diggle in ways that a spoiled rich kid with no training should not be able to. The clincher comes when Laurel is attacked by Triad assassins and Oliver saves her life by throwing a knife at an attacker's hand. Throwing a knife that precisely is very hard and this was an ordinary unbalanced table knife rather than a custom made throwing knife. The level of skill Oliver displayed could only pretends to have been acquired after years strained himself.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', John has to warn [[RobotGirl Cameron]] to avoid doing obviously superhuman things (like lifting a huge box
of training and practice.
* Invoked and subverted
computer equipment unaided) in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' - in the episode "Phases", Buffy participates in self-defense classes public, as part of P.E., and Willow reminds her before they begin not to use her super-strength. ("Remember, you're she's supposed to be a meek little girly-girl like the rest of us!") Buffy grumpily complies for about 10 seconds, until [[ArmoredClosetGay Larry]] gropes her, at which point she lets loose and flips him over her shoulder onto the mat. Not directly cover-blowing, in that [[WeirdnessCensor Sunnydale Syndrome]] stops anyone directly commenting on it, but it probably didn't stem the rumors that she was part of a violent girl gang, or help her case when she was suspected of murder a few weeks later.
normal human being.
* More of a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, but in ''{{Series/AgentsOfSHIELD}}'' Lance Hunter and Melinda May have to go undercover at Hydra and are trying to pose as arms traders to work their way in at the bottom (as the current head of Hydra is Grant Ward, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who would immediately recognise them). To get a meeting with a Hydra contact, one of them needs to win at an underground fight club. May, who is by far the better combatant, wants to do it, but Hunter points out that she's ''so'' good that it would blow their cover; a tiny Asian woman annihilating her opponents while demonstrating years of combat training is noteworthy and may get back to Ward, but a muscular man winning in a relatively unskilled brawl won't draw any attention.
* In ''Series/{{Forever}}'', Henry has to constantly avoid others finding out about his ResurrectiveImmortality. For example, in the pilot, he ends up being in a subway crash. He is fine after reappearing in the Hudson River (he always appears in a nearby body of water), but the detective investigating the crash finds his antique pocket watch and wants to know how it got there. His arch-nemesis Adam even does him a favor once, after a suspect causes Henry a slow but fatal wound. As the cops are closing in, Adam slits Henry's throat as a favor, in order to keep his immortality (as well as Adam's own) a secret, resulting in Henry dying (and vanishing) before the cops get there. In the finale, [[spoiler:this
This happens one too many times, so to Don Diego de la Vega in the original ''Series/{{Zorro}}'' TV series. Once, having no time to slip away and get into the Zorro outfit, he must enter a swordfight without blowing up his detective partner demands to know the truth. The episode ends with him starting to tell her]].
* In ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'', Zedd is
RichIdiotWithNoDayJob cover before Captain Monasterio, thus pretending to be a puppeteer clumsy swordsman but still blocking every of the villain's attacks. He then, for Monasterio, tries to a petulant teenage monarch (using pass off his magic to animate success as sheer luck. Keep in mind the puppets). It seems to work, but then [[BigBad Darken Rahl]] arrives villain was considered the best swordsman in the province. The final "move" he pulls in the fight is as follows: Don Diego goes in for a visit and wishes to see the puppeteer perform. He immediately realizes that clumsy but powerful magic thrust which is at work here and is able to deduce Zedd's name easily parried by the fact villain, causing Diego to "jam" his own sword into a rock crevice. As Diego is pretending to desperately try to yank the sword out, the villain gloats a little and goes for the fatal blow. At that there are only two wizards precise moment Diego summons all his strength and "finally" pulls his weapon free, causing him to stagger backwards and "flail" his sword, knocking his unsuspecting opponent's weapon out of his hand and over the side of the First Order left, and cliff, winning the other one works for him.fight.
** Unfortunately, as the very next episode proved, the strategy didn't fool Monasterio.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Peter Parker successfully dodges several water balloons thrown by Flash Thompson. He notices a crowd is gathering, admiring his skills, so he has to stop dodging and let himself get soaked.



* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Just how many times has Danny nearly blown his cover by using his powers in human form? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint There's the numerous times he slipped up when he first got his powers (invisibility and intangibility), using ecto-blasts on things like Dash's shoes, purposely turning his chin intangible to avoid Dash's fist, and a crap load of other stunts that should have gotten him noticed before the series finale.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Peter Parker successfully dodges several water balloons thrown by Flash Thompson. He notices a crowd is gathering, admiring his skills, so he has to stop dodging and let himself get soaked.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsSparkOfRebellion "Spark of Rebellion"]], the heroes find themselves in a tight situation while on Kessel rescuing a group of Wookiees from the Empire, so Kanan makes the decision to use his lightsaber to provide cover for everyone else, thus announcing to the Imperials that he's a Jedi, and thus a valuable target.



* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Just how many times has Danny nearly blown his cover by using his powers in human form? [[ComicallyMissingThePoint There's the numerous times he slipped up when he first got his powers (invisibility and intangibility), using ecto-blasts on things like Dash's shoes, purposely turning his chin intangible to avoid Dash's fist, and a crap load of other stunts that should have gotten him noticed before the series finale.]]
* In the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', the heroes are in a tight spot thanks to TheEmpire, and Kanan makes the decision to put his Lightsaber and Jedi powers into play, thus announcing to everyone that he's a Jedi and therefore a high-value target.
1st Mar '17 5:35:15 AM ChronoLegion
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* The trailer for ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' has [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] show up in [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]]'s "command center". When Barry tries to deny who he really is, Bruce throws a batarang straight at Barry's head, forcing Barry to step aside and catch it at SuperSpeed (the audience sees it all in BulletTime). The interesting thing about this scene is that in order to make Barry reveal who he really is, Bruce has to do the same.

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* The trailer for ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' has [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] show up in [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]]'s "command center". When Barry tries to deny who he really is, Bruce throws a batarang straight at Barry's head, forcing Barry to step aside and catch it at SuperSpeed (the audience sees it all in BulletTime). The interesting thing about this scene is that in order to make Barry reveal who he really is, Bruce has to do the same. Of course, had Bruce been wrong about Barry, Barry wouldn't have been around to tell the tale and probably found later with a strange hole in his forehead.
28th Feb '17 7:58:26 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'': Kanna was able to track down Tooru after she used a WaveMotionGun to clear some rain clouds and used her super strength and speed to catch a purse snatcher.

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* ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon'': ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'': Kanna was able to track down Tooru Tohru after she used a WaveMotionGun to clear some rain clouds and used her super strength and speed to catch a purse snatcher.
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