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8th Aug '17 8:09:30 PM Sally777
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* ''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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* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' has it as a core mechanic. mechanic known as Refraction. In this setting, the titular Sirens received their abilities from a Sea Goddess so they could prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt an enigmatic phenomenon known as the Song, created by the future death of humanity and empowered by Ceto, and it desires to keep humanity from making sure humans won't accomplish any mistake the same mistakes that could lead to it. their original end. Unfortunately, because of this the Goddess' "Song" 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 force them into their human disguise to break and reveal them for what they are. mermaid form. This is a problem for Sirens because they have plenty of pragmatic reasons to stay hidden from Muggles.Muggles as well as the fact that their mermaid form tends to be useless on land.
23rd Jul '17 11:48:53 AM Premonition45
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** 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]].

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** During one unlucky occasion in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': In "Night of the Ninja", Bruce Wayne and a reporter Summer Gleeson are [[BruceWayneHeldHostage held captive by Kyodai Ken, a ninja]].ninja]] and former rival of Bruce's. 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 The later episode "Day of the Samurai" reveals that the ninja himself Ken 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 In "Revenant", 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, in "The Late Mr. Kent", 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]].
6th Jul '17 6:37:12 AM Couran
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* 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/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.
28th Jun '17 9:41:04 PM PaulA
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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.

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* In ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith'', ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'', 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.
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]].
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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.



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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]].
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