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30th May '16 10:34:10 AM Korados
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Except for one problem: It will expose their SecretIdentity to friends and enemies with all the awkward consequences that such a reveal might entail. Maybe a LoveInterest is watching and this isn't the time they want to reveal their powers to them yet. Or maybe they are not quite certain they could fix the situation without someone getting hurt or something else going wrong.

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Except for one problem: It will expose their SecretIdentity Secret Identity to friends and enemies with all the awkward consequences that such a reveal might entail. Maybe a LoveInterest is watching and this isn't the time they want to reveal their powers to them yet. Or maybe they are not quite certain they could fix the situation without someone getting hurt or something else going wrong.
28th May '16 9:10:41 PM spiritsunami
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*** At least, if you're facing a human opponent. [[AIBreaker Computer-controlled opponents never will.]]
21st May '16 5:03:15 PM smalltime
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** When Bob snaps and throws his JerkAss boss through several walls, all the witnesses need to have their memories wiped.
18th Mar '16 1:40:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', 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 ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''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.



* Yoon Sung in the KoreanSeries ''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]].

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* Yoon Sung in the KoreanSeries ''TheCityHunter'' ''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]].



* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', 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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* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', ''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.
2nd Mar '16 4:32:15 PM Wyldchyld
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** Yumichika Ayasegawa, Ikkaku's HeterosexualLifePartner, intentionally calls his EmpathicWeapon by a fake, derisive name to [[BerserkButton piss it off]] and keep it from releasing into its [[CoverBlowingSuperpower true form]] which is [[FunctionalMagic kido-centered]], something the [[BloodKnight melee-loving]] 11th Division considers a taboo weapon type. When called by the fake name, the zanpakutou releases into a basic direct-combat form, but shaves off most of its actual power. This results in Yumichika using none of his abilities in battle and [[WillfullyWeak fighting]] on sheer [[{{Determinator}} willpower]] alone. WordOfGod has stated that Yumichika is actually Ikkaku's equal in strength despite Yumichika not having a bankai...which makes sense because Yumichika's true shikai is probably in the top 10 of the best ones revealed to date, while Ikkaku has one of the weaker bankai.

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** Yumichika Ayasegawa, Ikkaku's HeterosexualLifePartner, intentionally calls his EmpathicWeapon by a fake, derisive name to [[BerserkButton piss it off]] and keep it from releasing into its [[CoverBlowingSuperpower true form]] which is [[FunctionalMagic kido-centered]], something the [[BloodKnight melee-loving]] 11th Division considers a taboo weapon type. When called by the fake name, the zanpakutou releases into a basic direct-combat form, but shaves off most of its actual power. This results in Yumichika using none of his abilities in battle and [[WillfullyWeak fighting]] on sheer [[{{Determinator}} willpower]] alone. WordOfGod has stated that Yumichika is actually Ikkaku's equal in strength despite Yumichika not having a bankai...which makes sense because Yumichika's true shikai is probably in the top 10 of the best ones revealed to date, while Ikkaku has one of the weaker bankai.strength.
6th Feb '16 2:17:01 AM gadeel
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* In ''FanFic/TheCommission'', Ruby's rifle marksmanship combined with the particular caliber of Crescent Rose clues Glynda in to her return to Vale when the former covers [[TheStationsOfTheCanon Roman's escape from the first episode dust store robbery]].
30th Jan '16 6:57:15 AM Willbyr
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* Kira Sakuya from ''AngelSanctuary'' gets killed on a near regular basis. "Uh... yeah. [[UnexplainedRecovery I got better.]]"

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* Kira Sakuya from ''AngelSanctuary'' ''Manga/AngelSanctuary'' gets killed on a near regular basis. "Uh... yeah. [[UnexplainedRecovery I got better.]]"
6th Jan '16 1:41:43 PM Discar
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* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', Shallan Davar is attacked by an assassin and must use her [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblade]] to survive. Problem is, she's seen with it. Shardblades are so rare and powerful that having one is basically the equivalent of having access to nuclear weaponry in terms of social and political weight. Oh, and for a woman to fight is considered about as inappropriate as if she were to have sex in a public square. With someone to whom she is not married.

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* In ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'':
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Shallan Davar is attacked by an assassin and must use her [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblade]] to survive. Problem is, she's seen with it. Shardblades are so rare and powerful that having one is basically the equivalent of having access to nuclear weaponry in terms of social and political weight. Oh, and for a woman to fight is considered about as inappropriate as if she were to have sex in a public square. With someone to whom she is not married.married.
** Kaladin gets into a parallel problem when he [[spoiler:helps Adolin]] during an ill-considered duel. He could ''probably'' defeat all four opponents by himself if allowed to go full out, but since his powers are considered mythical at best and abominations at worst, he can't do anything obviously superhuman. Worse, his opponents are all wearing [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]] and wielding [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblades]], so he can't fight them at a baseline level and expect to survive. He contents himself with mostly using his passive abilities to dodge with superhuman skill, though at one point he uses his GravityMaster powers to "fall" at several gravities and kick a guy so hard his nigh-indestructible armor explodes. It does break Kaladin's legs, but his HealingFactor brings him up to snuff before anyone notices.
2nd Jan '16 7:07:25 PM Doug86
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* While it didn't happen in the film, the [[AllInTheManual 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.

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* While it didn't happen in the film, the [[AllInTheManual [[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.
31st Dec '15 11:39:46 AM JBK405
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* 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, and he later tries to argue that anybody could have beaten those chumps.

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* 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, 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 later tries to argue that anybody could still maintained his cover because a Russian ''soldier'' would have beaten those chumps.killed them.
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