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21st Jun '17 4:40:16 PM ectostar
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* How Tsume got his scar in ''Anime/WolfsRain''. When his old pack was [[spoiler:attacked by humans, he ran away, leaving his friends to die because he was afraid. He was exiled,]] and in the process he got his scar.

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* How Tsume got his scar in ''Anime/WolfsRain''. When his old pack was [[spoiler:attacked by humans, he ran away, leaving his friends to die because he was afraid. He was exiled,]] exiled]], and in the process he got his scar.



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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', where the butler Mr Carson has a deep dark secret that will lose him Lord Grantham's respect, which turns out to be....[[FelonyMisdemeanor that he used to be a song-and-dance stage performer when he was young.]] When he confesses this in anguish, loudly curses himself for being worthless, and declares that he will resign in disgrace, Lord Grantham merely sighs and says "Oh do stop being so melodramatic, you're not playing [[Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities Sydney Carton]] now, are you?"

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', where the butler Mr Carson has a deep dark secret that will lose him Lord Grantham's respect, which turns out to be....be... [[FelonyMisdemeanor that he used to be a song-and-dance stage performer when he was young.]] young]]. When he confesses this in anguish, loudly curses himself for being worthless, and declares that he will resign in disgrace, Lord Grantham merely sighs and says "Oh do stop being so melodramatic, you're not playing [[Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities Sydney Carton]] now, are you?"



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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Calgar is hiding the secret to Ultramarines' invincibility,
and Web Original ]]the mere possibility that someone may figure it out makes him panic.
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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Calgar is hiding the secret to Ultramarines' invincibility, and the mere possibility that someone may figure it out makes him panic.
8th Jun '17 2:00:28 AM Az_Tech341
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Some characters that just have some dark terrible secret in their pasts that they don't want anyone to know. Sometimes they killed someone close to them. Sometimes they're secretly a double agent. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Sometimes they took the last cookie from the cookie jar]]. It doesn't matter how big or small the secret is, it just matters that the person keeping it thinks that it's vitally important that it stay hidden.

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Some characters that just have some dark dark, terrible secret in their pasts that they don't want anyone to know. Sometimes they killed someone close to them. Sometimes they're secretly a double agent. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Sometimes they took the last cookie from the cookie jar]]. It doesn't matter how big or small the secret is, it just matters that the person keeping it thinks that it's vitally important that it stay hidden.



When it's a whole town that's doing this it's a TownWithADarkSecret. When you get even bigger in scale you get an EmpireWithADarkSecret. MyGreatestFailure is a particularly common type of Dark Secret, and it is often an element of a DarkAndTroubledPast or a MysteriousPast and revealed in a TroubledBackstoryFlashback. Related to TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason. See OpenSecret for when your secret is not so secret. When they cause you to be suspected of unrelated crimes they become the BigSecret.

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When it's a whole town that's doing this it's a TownWithADarkSecret. When you get even bigger in scale you get an EmpireWithADarkSecret. MyGreatestFailure is a particularly common type of Dark Secret, and it is often an element of a DarkAndTroubledPast or a MysteriousPast and revealed in a TroubledBackstoryFlashback. Related to TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason. See OpenSecret for when your secret is not so secret. When they cause you to be suspected of unrelated crimes crimes, they become the BigSecret.
31st May '17 6:04:02 AM Daedalis
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* The small-town America of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' seems quiet because most of the citizens are silently carrying one of these. At least a dozen citizens are in a love triangle of one kind or another. Thang Vang stole an item of enormous emotional importance from her employer. The sheriff [[spoiler:crashed his bike while drunk, killing his wife]]. The Check brothers [[spoiler:murdered their transgender father]]. These are all from before the Revival sets off the action of the series...
23rd Apr '17 10:10:58 AM nombretomado
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* ''SwordOfTheStars II: Lords of Winter'' reveals that the [[SapientCetaceans Liir]] have been harboring a dark secret: the [[spoiler:Suul'ka]] are really Liir Elders who have refused to die and became DrunkWithPower. The bit about the [[spoiler:Liir killing all Suul'ka with a bio-engineered plague]] is complete bull.

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* ''SwordOfTheStars ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars II: Lords of Winter'' reveals that the [[SapientCetaceans Liir]] have been harboring a dark secret: the [[spoiler:Suul'ka]] are really Liir Elders who have refused to die and became DrunkWithPower. The bit about the [[spoiler:Liir killing all Suul'ka with a bio-engineered plague]] is complete bull.
21st Apr '17 7:56:20 PM eroock
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-> "My swashbuckling fop cannot take the flaw Dark Secret: Not Gay."

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-> "My ->''"My swashbuckling fop cannot take the flaw Dark Secret: Not Gay.""''
1st Mar '17 7:31:05 PM nombretomado
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* In the first ElleryQueen novel, "The Roman Hat Mystery", the murder victim is a blackmailer. No one familiar with the rules of Golden Age mystery novels will consider "murderer is being blackmailed" a spoiler. The secret worth killing over? [[spoiler:One of the murderer's ancestors married a black woman. The line is so diluted that there are no visible signs of African descent in the murderer's appearance, but that "drop" of blood would ruin him socially and professionally.]]

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* In the first ElleryQueen Creator/ElleryQueen novel, "The Roman Hat Mystery", the murder victim is a blackmailer. No one familiar with the rules of Golden Age mystery novels will consider "murderer is being blackmailed" a spoiler. The secret worth killing over? [[spoiler:One of the murderer's ancestors married a black woman. The line is so diluted that there are no visible signs of African descent in the murderer's appearance, but that "drop" of blood would ruin him socially and professionally.]]
28th Feb '17 10:47:30 AM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Literature/ChainLetter'': The plotline is similar to ''Literature/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' in that a group of friends killed a man with their car, and agree to never tell anyone about it. Then, they start getting blackmailed.
27th Feb '17 7:41:50 AM Spindriver
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* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had a one point flaw called Dark Secret. That it's only worth one point tells a lot about the setting.



* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' had a one point flaw called Dark Secret. That it's only worth one point tells a lot about the setting.



** Meanwhile, Ruby tries to keep anything faintly embarrassing or just slightly unconventional about herself, such as her brief (and quite credible) adventure in male disguise, or her liking for {{yaoi|Fangirl}}, secret from Amber. Apparently, her self-image as the serious, respectable one in [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry their relationship]] is vitally important to her, or she assumes for some reason that Amber would taunt her mercilessly given half a chance.

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** Meanwhile, Ruby tries to keep anything faintly embarrassing or just slightly unconventional about herself, such as her brief (and quite credible) creditable) adventure in male disguise, or her liking for {{yaoi|Fangirl}}, secret from Amber. Apparently, her self-image as the serious, respectable one in [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry their relationship]] is vitally important to her, or she assumes for some reason that Amber would taunt her mercilessly given half a chance.
8th Jan '17 11:48:36 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Cersei and Jaime's twincest.
4th Jan '17 8:14:10 AM DannWoolf
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* In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'' pretends he is a good guy and a philanthropist, backing the Justice Society and treating ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' like a daughter. However, ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' knew that he [[spoiler:murdered baby Kal-El several years before the beginning of the story and got many people murdered, including her own parents]]. And she saw that everyone found out about it.

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* In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'' Comicbook/LexLuthor pretends he is a good guy and a philanthropist, backing the Justice Society and treating ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} like a daughter. However, ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} knew that he [[spoiler:murdered baby Kal-El several years before the beginning of the story and got many people murdered, including her own parents]]. And she saw that everyone found out about it.
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