History Main / DeathBySecretIdentity

30th Jun '17 10:34:07 AM Silverblade2
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** Perhaps a reason why SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has JokerImmunity is that he has had opportunities to learn Batman's secret identity, but for the most part, he does not ''care'' to know. For him, matching wits against Batman is what interests him most and having that air of mystery removed from his nemesis would make him less entertaining a foe.

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** Perhaps a reason why SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker has JokerImmunity is that he has had opportunities to learn Batman's secret identity, but for the most part, he does not ''care'' to know. For him, matching wits against Batman is what interests him most and having that air of mystery removed from his nemesis would make him less entertaining a foe.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', shortly after Wrath and Scorn threaten to reveal Bruce's and Dick's secret identities, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker doses them with his Joker Venom because ''he'' wants to be [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the one who destroys Batman]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', shortly after Wrath and Scorn threaten to reveal Bruce's and Dick's secret identities, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker doses them with his Joker Venom because ''he'' wants to be [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the one who destroys Batman]].
24th Jun '17 5:44:54 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Double-Subverted. [[spoiler:Scarecrow unmasks Batman on live television. Batman thoroughly crushes Scarecrow's ass. Batman arrests Scarecrow. Batman blows up his house. Batman either (A) takes Batman 2.0 to the next level or (B) fights crime somewhere else]]. It's not actual death, but his life as an upper-class socialite is over.
** Ra's is resurrected by his followers, who vivisected Talia's corpse to harvest the necessary Lazarus Vector. At this point, Batman must choose between indirectly executing Ra's and saving him. Either way, someone who knows about Bruce dies.
* {{Subverted}} and {{Inverted}} in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight. The Scarecrow lost his mind to his fear toxin shortly after unmasking Batman as Bruce Wayne, reduced into a gibbering wreck unlikely to function anytime soon. But he had the foresight to broadcast the unmasking live on television, and unlike most examples, he successfully pulled it off without a hitch. With everyone (including the surviving members of his RoguesGallery) now knowing Batman's secret identity, Bruce and Alfred are forced to go underground after their work is done, [[FakingTheDead destroying Wayne Manor with them seemly inside]].

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Double-Subverted. [[spoiler:Scarecrow unmasks Batman on live television. Batman thoroughly crushes Scarecrow's ass. Batman arrests Scarecrow. Batman blows up his house. Batman either (A) takes Batman 2.0 to the next level or (B) fights crime somewhere else]]. It's not actual death, but his life as an upper-class socialite is over.
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** Ra's is resurrected by his followers, who vivisected Talia's corpse to harvest the necessary Lazarus Vector. At this point, Batman must choose between indirectly executing Ra's and saving him. Either way, someone who knows about Bruce dies.
* {{Subverted}} and {{Inverted}} in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight.
Played with. The Scarecrow lost his mind to his fear toxin shortly after unmasking Batman as Bruce Wayne, reduced into to a gibbering wreck unlikely to function anytime soon. But he had the foresight to broadcast the unmasking live on television, and unlike most examples, he successfully pulled it off without a hitch. With everyone (including the surviving members of his RoguesGallery) now knowing Batman's secret identity, Bruce and Alfred are forced to go underground after their work is done, [[FakingTheDead destroying Wayne Manor with them seemly inside]].seemingly inside]].
** Averted with Hush, who forces Batman to unmask during his side-quest. Bruce and Lucius Fox simply knock him out and stow him somewhere until the current cris is resolved. As the above example indicates, the finale makes his knowledge a moot point.
** Ra's al Ghul returns, as is his habit, during a DLC mission. Whether he survives ''that'' is down to you.
7th May '17 2:57:33 PM Gamermaster
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* Inverted in ''Manga/{{Superior}}''. The king figures out that Sheila is the demon queen after he's been fatally injured and is too weak to tell anyone.
26th Apr '17 5:11:07 PM smalltime
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** Averted in ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan'' by Lupin III and his gang, who somehow figured out Conan's true identity but kept his secret.
4th Jan '17 3:03:53 AM TitaniumDragon
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* Played humorously in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' when Luthor is in Flash's body and decides to lift the mask to see his secret identity.
-->'''Luthor:''' ... I have no idea who that is.
5th Nov '16 5:52:44 AM kikiandlala
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** To show his renewed ruthlessness in Season 5, Ollie escapes his bonds while a crooked cop is tormenting him. He easily overpowers the cop and the cop pleads for mercy when he realizes Ollie is trying to break his neck. Ollie apologizes but says he can't let the cop live as he now knows his secret.
28th Oct '16 2:35:24 PM nombretomado
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* In an issue of GoNagai's ecchi superhero manga, ''Maboroshi Panty'', when Waki, the Villain of the Week, unmasks the title heroine ([[AssShove in a most unusual way]]), she immediately [[{{Hammerspace}} pulls out a hunting rifle]] and offs him.

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* In an issue of GoNagai's Creator/GoNagai's ecchi superhero manga, ''Maboroshi Panty'', when Waki, the Villain of the Week, unmasks the title heroine ([[AssShove in a most unusual way]]), she immediately [[{{Hammerspace}} pulls out a hunting rifle]] and offs him.
27th Sep '16 4:19:01 AM kome360
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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Double-Subverted. [[spoiler:Scarecrow unmasks Batman on live television. Batman thoroughly crushes Scarecrow's ass. Batman arrests Scarecrow. Batman blows up his house]]. It's not actual death, but his life as an upper-class socialite is over.

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* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Double-Subverted. [[spoiler:Scarecrow unmasks Batman on live television. Batman thoroughly crushes Scarecrow's ass. Batman arrests Scarecrow. Batman blows up his house]].house. Batman either (A) takes Batman 2.0 to the next level or (B) fights crime somewhere else]]. It's not actual death, but his life as an upper-class socialite is over.
27th Sep '16 4:18:01 AM kome360
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** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Ra's is resurrected by his followers, who vivisected Talia's corpse to harvest the necessary Lazarus Vector. At this point, Batman must choose between indirectly executing Ra's and saving him. Either way, someone who knows about Bruce dies.

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** * ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Double-Subverted. [[spoiler:Scarecrow unmasks Batman on live television. Batman thoroughly crushes Scarecrow's ass. Batman arrests Scarecrow. Batman blows up his house]]. It's not actual death, but his life as an upper-class socialite is over.
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Ra's is resurrected by his followers, who vivisected Talia's corpse to harvest the necessary Lazarus Vector. At this point, Batman must choose between indirectly executing Ra's and saving him. Either way, someone who knows about Bruce dies.
27th Sep '16 4:14:29 AM kome360
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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', Hugo Strange deduces Batman's secret identity, but is killed by R'as al Ghul before the game ends. R'as and Talia also know and are also killed later, but may revive in the Lazarus Pits.

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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'': Hugo Strange deduces Batman's secret identity, but [[WhatAnIdiot lords it over him instead of revealing or copying his knowledge]], and is killed by R'as Ra's al Ghul before the game ends. R'as Ra's and Talia also know and are also killed later, but may revive in along with the local Lazarus Pits.Pit for good measure.
** ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Ra's is resurrected by his followers, who vivisected Talia's corpse to harvest the necessary Lazarus Vector. At this point, Batman must choose between indirectly executing Ra's and saving him. Either way, someone who knows about Bruce dies.
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