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5th Jan '18 3:07:03 PM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', ''Literature/DustOfDreams'' Captain Ruthan Gudd, heretofore thought of to be a regular human and very intent on not being noticed, blows his cover when he summons some alien [[spoiler: Stormrider]] armour to aid him in battle. Much to his dismay, the whole army sees him use it.

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* In ''Literature/DustOfDreams'', the ninth book of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', ''Literature/DustOfDreams'' Captain Ruthan Gudd, heretofore thought of to be a regular human and very intent on not being noticed, blows his cover when he summons some alien [[spoiler: Stormrider]] [[spoiler:Stormrider]] armour to aid him in battle. Much to his dismay, the whole army sees him use it.
15th Dec '17 6:17:15 PM Sally777
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* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' has it as a core mechanic known as Refraction. In this setting, the titular Sirens received their abilities from 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 the same mistakes that lead to their original end. Unfortunately, the 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 force them into their mermaid form. This is a problem for Sirens because they have plenty of pragmatic reasons to stay hidden from Muggles as well as the fact that their mermaid form tends to be useless on land.

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* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' has it as a core mechanic known as Refraction. In this setting, the titular Sirens received their abilities from an enigmatic phenomenon known as the Song, created by the future death apocalypse of humanity and empowered by Ceto, the world in a BadFuture, and it desires to keep humanity from making the same mistakes that lead to their original end. Unfortunately, the Song ''wants'' to be heard by as many people as possible to better warn them, so Sirens possible. As such, a Siren who use their abilities uses her [[MagicMusic Verses]] or [[PartialTransformation Alterations]] in front of humans suffer an effect called "Refraction" which will force them mortals have a chance of suffering it. If it happens, it forces a Siren into their mermaid form. This is a problem for Sirens because they have plenty of pragmatic reasons to stay hidden from Muggles as well as the fact that their mermaid form tends to be useless on land.
13th Dec '17 11:44:12 AM GhostLad
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'':

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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'':''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':



** 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.

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** 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. [[spoiler:Luckily, Kaladin isn't the only secret Knight Radiant on their team.]]
** At one point, an undercover Kaladin, fighting off some invaders, has his personal gravity turned sideways by an enemy GravityMaster. Being a Gravity Master himself, he could easily cancel it - and reveal his presence in the process. Instead, he manages to catch himself on a wall and ambush a flying enemy by jumping sideways out a window onto them.
26th Nov '17 9:03:11 AM nombretomado
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* In an uncharacteristically thoughtful touch, the GameBoyColor ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' game made it so that transforming around people resulted in an instant GameOver.

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* In an uncharacteristically thoughtful touch, the GameBoyColor UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' game made it so that transforming around people resulted in an instant GameOver.
13th Nov '17 8:31:34 AM nighttrainfm
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** In the very first episode, "Pilot", [[spoiler:Clark survives being hit by Lex's car and ripped off the roof to save him. Lex was distracted, but this incident will bug him for many years to come.]]

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** In the very first episode, "Pilot", [[spoiler:Clark survives being hit by Lex's car and ripped rips off the roof to save him. Lex was distracted, is distracted at the time, but this incident will bug him for many years to come.]]
13th Nov '17 8:30:49 AM nighttrainfm
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11th Oct '17 4:20:53 PM infernape612
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* In the ''Lyrical Nanoha'' franchise:

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* In the ''Lyrical Nanoha'' ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise:



* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Ciel Phantomhive 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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* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Ciel Phantomhive preemptively averts this trope when he first [[DealWithADevil [[DealWithTheDevil 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.
8th Oct '17 8:21:41 PM BattleMaster
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* In an early issue of ''{{Spider-Man}}'', in a fist-fight with Flash, Peter dodges so fast that people think he is being cowardly and flinching away.

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* In an early issue of ''{{Spider-Man}}'', ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', in a fist-fight with Flash, Peter dodges so fast that people think he is being cowardly and flinching away.away. And then Peter retaliates with a punch that lays Flash out flat. It's only some quick-talking by Peter that convinces the bystanders that he's not Spider-Man... [[RefugeInAudacity by claiming that Flash must be Spider-Man in disguise to voluntarily take a fall like that]].
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]].
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