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5th Jan '17 2:45:01 AM Theokal3
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* A subtle risk for werewolves in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken''. Urathra regeneration means they can quickly heal from injuries, and thus survive damage that would be fatal to a human -- with enough time and will, they can even regrow severed limbs. The problem is that this draws considerable suspicion if an Uratha is involved in some manner of accident and then turns out to not have a scratch on them -- especially if medical personnel were attending to them when they genuinely did have serious injuries minutes ago. "Blood of the Wolf" actually features a short bit of fiction depicting a werewolf who struggles to keep from regenerating damage because he's being tended to by well-meaning human paramedics, only to lose control when they inject him with a painkiller. The same book also mentions, and depicts in a short bit of fiction, that this same regeneration gives werewolves a much longer lifespan than humans (in theory, a werewolf could live forever if they got powerful enough) and they don't start visibly aging until late in their life (according to the book, a werewolf basically looks in their late 20s to early 30s until they're about ''75-80 years old''). Again, this can be problematic if humans start looking into a werewolf's paperwork.[[/folder]]

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* A subtle risk for werewolves in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken''. Urathra regeneration means they can quickly heal from injuries, and thus survive damage that would be fatal to a human -- with enough time and will, they can even regrow severed limbs. The problem is that this draws considerable suspicion if an Uratha is involved in some manner of accident and then turns out to not have a scratch on them -- especially if medical personnel were attending to them when they genuinely did have serious injuries minutes ago. "Blood of the Wolf" actually features a short bit of fiction depicting a werewolf who struggles to keep from regenerating damage because he's being tended to by well-meaning human paramedics, only to lose control when they inject him with a painkiller. The same book also mentions, and depicts in a short bit of fiction, that this same regeneration gives werewolves a much longer lifespan than humans (in theory, a werewolf could live forever if they got powerful enough) and they don't start visibly aging until late in their life (according to the book, a werewolf basically looks in their late 20s to early 30s until they're about ''75-80 years old''). Again, this can be problematic if humans start looking into a werewolf's paperwork.paperwork
* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' has it as a core mechanic. In this setting, the titular Sirens received their abilities from a Sea Goddess so they could prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by making sure humans won't accomplish any mistake that could lead to it. Unfortunately, because of this the Goddess' "Song" ''wants'' to be heard by as many people as possible to better warn them, so Sirens who use their abilities in front of humans suffer an effect called "Refraction" which will cause their human disguise to break and reveal them for what they are. This is a problem for Sirens because they have plenty of pragmatic reasons to stay hidden from Muggles.
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2nd Jan '17 7:32:12 PM AuraXtreme
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* ''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.
-->'''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.



* In ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', Detective Josephine "Jose Mac" [=MacDonald=] has the superhuman ability to "hear" inanimate objects, which comes in handy when investigating a crime scene. However, [[FantasticRacism she fears how she will be treated if her secret is ever discovered]], so she has to think of explanations for her "hunches" and "gut." This is predominantly played for humor (Such as her ability to find her missing coffee mug when her coworkers hide it each morning) and light drama (Such as when she worries over her secret being discovered), but becomes a critical plot point in the "Corrigan" arc which closes the series. Though she knows for a ''fact'' that the gun she found is the murder weapon, the gun itself ''told her so'', she has no way of convincing her superiors when the ballistics results come back negative. She begins to explain that she ''knows'' it is the right gun, but when [[DaChief Captain Maggie Sawyer]] asks her what she means by that, Josie Mac looks away and does not elaborate. [[DownerEnding Corrigan ends up walking on all charges]].

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* In ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', Detective Josephine "Jose Mac" [=MacDonald=] has the superhuman ability to "hear" inanimate objects, which comes in handy when investigating a crime scene. However, [[FantasticRacism she fears how she will be treated if her secret is ever discovered]], so she has to think of explanations for her "hunches" and "gut." This is predominantly played for humor (Such (such as her ability to find her missing coffee mug when her coworkers hide it each morning) and light drama (Such (such as when she worries over her secret being discovered), but becomes a critical plot point in the "Corrigan" arc which closes the series. Though she knows for a ''fact'' that the gun she found is the murder weapon, the gun itself ''told her so'', she has no way of convincing her superiors when the ballistics results come back negative. She begins to explain that she ''knows'' it is the right gun, but when [[DaChief Captain Maggie Sawyer]] asks her what she means by that, Josie Mac looks away and does not elaborate. [[DownerEnding Corrigan ends up walking on all charges]].
2nd Jan '17 3:39:02 PM Xtifr
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* In lots of AlexRider fanfictions, terrorists will attack his school, forcing Alex to use his spy/martial arts abilities to take them out in front of his classmates.
22nd Nov '16 3:01:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Just how many times has [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom 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.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Just how many times has [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny]] Danny nearly blown his cover by using his powers in human form?
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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.]]
22nd Nov '16 2:36:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Michael Westen of ''Series/BurnNotice'' is a {{Badass}}, but frequently spends episodes undercover in notably un-Badass personas. This gets annoying when it would be tactically advantageous to not win fights, which means Westen has to forgo using his skills and get an ass-kicking instead. This is usually played straight, but sometimes for comedy, as the camera cuts to his face to show him bored and disdainful of his opponent's flailing failure to hurt him.

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* Michael Westen of ''Series/BurnNotice'' is a {{Badass}}, badass, but frequently spends episodes undercover in notably un-Badass personas. This gets annoying when it would be tactically advantageous to not win fights, which means Westen has to forgo using his skills and get an ass-kicking instead. This is usually played straight, but sometimes for comedy, as the camera cuts to his face to show him bored and disdainful of his opponent's flailing failure to hurt him.
20th Nov '16 1:31:37 PM Tron80
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* In a humorous scene from ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', Clark Kent must fight Parasite, while not blowing his cover. To complicate things, he is interviewing his arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. He does this by [[spoiler:convincing Luthor that his (Luthor's) brilliant intellect vanquished Parasite]].
* {{Superman}}'s invulnerability, since he can't switch it off. During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, ComicBook/LoisLane often tried to cut Clark Kent's hair to find out if he was Superman.

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In a humorous scene from ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', Clark Kent must fight Parasite, while not blowing his cover. To complicate things, he is interviewing his arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. He does this by [[spoiler:convincing Luthor that his (Luthor's) brilliant intellect vanquished Parasite]].
* {{Superman}}'s ** Superman's invulnerability, since he can't switch it off. During UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, ComicBook/LoisLane often tried to cut Clark Kent's hair to find out if he was Superman.
15th Oct '16 11:57:49 AM nighttrainfm
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* The trailer for ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'' has [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]] show up in [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]]'s "command center". He then 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). However, as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7sQR3X9MK0 shown in this 8-bit video]], Bruce bases his guess that Barry is a speedster after watching a grainy security cam footage that ''may possibly'' indicate that a guy, who looks vaguely like him (with facial hair and a different haircut), might have moved fast and stopped a robbery in progress. Had he been wrong, he would've killed the poor sap.
** The mid-credits scene for Suicide Squad shows that Bruce has acquired quite a bit more info on the speedster, including a clear photograph with no facial hair, which proves he was absolutely sure of who Barry was and what he was capable of. 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". He then 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). However, as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7sQR3X9MK0 shown in this 8-bit video]], Bruce bases his guess that Barry is a speedster after watching a grainy security cam footage that ''may possibly'' indicate that a guy, who looks vaguely like him (with facial hair and a different haircut), might have moved fast and stopped a robbery in progress. Had he been wrong, he would've killed the poor sap.
** The mid-credits scene for Suicide Squad shows that Bruce has acquired quite a bit more info on the speedster, including a clear photograph with no facial hair, which proves he was absolutely sure of who Barry was and what he was capable of.
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.
11th Oct '16 6:06:08 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds: Year 2'', [[spoiler:Alice]] thinks that [[DreamWeaver Rich]] has [[spoiler:played with her mind using the memory of her late mother]]. [[spoiler:She]] goes off on Rich at a public place and [[spoiler:accidentally discovers her GravityMaster powers by causing lights to fall from the ceiling. Luckily, the situation is explained away, and Alice avoids being expelled from the HCP]]. This trope is actually grounds for expulsion from the Hero Certification Program, whose students are required to keep the fact that they're Supers and in the program a secret from everyone outside the program. This doesn't apply to non-HCP Supers and [[PowerIncontinence Powereds]], though, who are free to use their powers as they wish, as long as they don't harm anyone else.

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* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds: Year 2'', [[spoiler:Alice]] thinks that [[DreamWeaver Rich]] has [[spoiler:played with her mind using the memory of her late mother]]. [[spoiler:She]] goes off on Rich at a public place and [[spoiler:accidentally discovers her GravityMaster powers by causing lights to fall from the ceiling. Luckily, the situation is explained away, and Alice avoids being expelled from the HCP]]. This trope is actually grounds for expulsion from the Hero Certification Program, whose students are required to keep the fact that they're Supers and in the program a secret from everyone outside the program. This doesn't apply to non-HCP Supers and [[PowerIncontinence Powereds]], though, who are free to use their powers as they wish, as long as they don't harm anyone else. In ''Year 3'', this is also why Chad and Roy, who are working as bartenders in a club, have to remember to limit themselves to only carrying at maximum of two beer kegs at a time, lest they expose their SuperStrength.
10th Oct '16 9:32:29 AM Dreadjaws
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* 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 Monastorio, thus pretending to be a clumsy swordsman but still blocking every of the villain's attacks. He then, for Monastorio, 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.

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* 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 Monastorio, Monasterio, thus pretending to be a clumsy swordsman but still blocking every of the villain's attacks. He then, for Monastorio, 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.fight.
** Unfortunately, as the very next episode proved, the strategy didn't fool Monasterio.
10th Oct '16 9:28:38 AM Dreadjaws
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** The mid-credits scene for Suicide Squad shows that Bruce has acquired quite a bit more info on the speedster, including a clear photograph with no facial hair, which proves he was absolutely sure of who Barry was and what he was capable of. 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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