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27th Jun '16 6:06:12 AM Dimensio
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** Later, Lex Luthor, Jr. and his hired lackey find a recording of Lex Luthor revealing Superman's identity. Both are dead by the end of the three-part arc.
** Somewhat surprisingly averted with Jason Masick, who finds a diary written by a time traveling villain who knew Superman's identity. While he uses the knowledge to blackmail Clark for a time, Clark eventually finds and destroys the diary and believes that the lack of proof will be sufficient to keep Jason's knowledge from being a problem. Jason himself simply goes to prison and nothing more ever comes from it. The same episode plays it straight with Luthor's former right-hand man, Nigel, who worked with Jason: Jason [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness poisons him]] rather than share the spoils of his criminal acts.
** Perhaps the fastest discovery-to-death example is District Attorney Mayson Drake: badly injured in a car bomb, her death was all but assured when she noticed that the blast had ripped open Clark's shirt, revealing the Superman suit beneath.
27th Jan '16 4:54:12 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': When the Count returns in Season 2, he catches Felicity investigating his operation, and from her working relationship with Oliver and Oliver posing as a Vertigo buyer the previous season, the Count quickly deduces that Oliver is the Arrow. One hostage situation later, and he's been KilledOffForReal via three arrows to the chest and a [[DisneyVillainDeath multi-story drop]] out of [[DestinationDefenestration a window]].

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': When the Count returns in Season 2, he catches Felicity investigating his operation, and from her working relationship with Oliver and Oliver posing as a Vertigo buyer the previous season, the Count quickly deduces that Oliver is the Arrow. One hostage situation later, and he's been KilledOffForReal via three arrows to the chest and a [[DisneyVillainDeath multi-story multi-storey drop]] out of [[DestinationDefenestration a window]].
20th Dec '15 8:04:44 PM nombretomado
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* In a SilverAge ComicBook/GreenArrow story, a petty criminal stumbles upon the heroes' secret lair and discovers their secret identities. He uses the knowledge to blackmail them into letting him hide out there, and gives his criminal buddies their patrol schedule so they can commit crimes without worrying about running into the archers. When he discovers they plan to kill Green Arrow and Speedy, not just avoid them, he performs a HeroicSacrifice to save their lives.

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* In a SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ComicBook/GreenArrow story, a petty criminal stumbles upon the heroes' secret lair and discovers their secret identities. He uses the knowledge to blackmail them into letting him hide out there, and gives his criminal buddies their patrol schedule so they can commit crimes without worrying about running into the archers. When he discovers they plan to kill Green Arrow and Speedy, not just avoid them, he performs a HeroicSacrifice to save their lives.
18th Oct '15 2:12:56 AM Anddrix
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** ComicBook/TheRiddler learnt during the ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'' storyline after using one of Ra's al-Ghul's lazarus pits, and was convinced not to blab it since a riddle ("Who is Batman?") is worthless if everyone knows it, not to mention that doing so would alert Ra's al-Ghul that he used a pit without permission. Later, he got both EasyAmnesia and a HeelFaceTurn as well.

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** ComicBook/TheRiddler The Riddler learnt during the ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'' storyline after using one of Ra's al-Ghul's lazarus pits, and was convinced not to blab it since a riddle ("Who is Batman?") is worthless if everyone knows it, not to mention that doing so would alert Ra's al-Ghul that he used a pit without permission. Later, he got both EasyAmnesia and a HeelFaceTurn as well.
24th Sep '15 6:17:44 PM nombretomado
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* In a SilverAge GreenArrow story, a petty criminal stumbles upon the heroes' secret lair and discovers their secret identities. He uses the knowledge to blackmail them into letting him hide out there, and gives his criminal buddies their patrol schedule so they can commit crimes without worrying about running into the archers. When he discovers they plan to kill Green Arrow and Speedy, not just avoid them, he performs a HeroicSacrifice to save their lives.

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* In a SilverAge GreenArrow ComicBook/GreenArrow story, a petty criminal stumbles upon the heroes' secret lair and discovers their secret identities. He uses the knowledge to blackmail them into letting him hide out there, and gives his criminal buddies their patrol schedule so they can commit crimes without worrying about running into the archers. When he discovers they plan to kill Green Arrow and Speedy, not just avoid them, he performs a HeroicSacrifice to save their lives.
24th Sep '15 12:44:40 AM jormis29
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** ComicBook/TheRiddler learnt during the Hush storyline after using one of Ra's al-Ghul's lazarus pits, and was convinced not to blab it since a riddle ("Who is Batman?") is worthless if everyone knows it, not to mention that doing so would alert Ra's al-Ghul that he used a pit without permission. Later, he got both EasyAmnesia and a HeelFaceTurn as well.

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** ComicBook/TheRiddler learnt during the Hush ''ComicBook/BatmanHush'' storyline after using one of Ra's al-Ghul's lazarus pits, and was convinced not to blab it since a riddle ("Who is Batman?") is worthless if everyone knows it, not to mention that doing so would alert Ra's al-Ghul that he used a pit without permission. Later, he got both EasyAmnesia and a HeelFaceTurn as well.
7th Sep '15 7:29:18 AM jormis29
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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.



* 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.
7th Sep '15 7:12:01 AM jormis29
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** In the "Mike and Allie" issue, three thieves try to break into [[BigFancyHouse Wayne Manor]] by digging in from the sewers, accidently come across the [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Batcave]] and put two plus two together to figure out Batman's true identity. The thieves make their way back to the sewers, thinking that they can make a fortune selling the information. Two of the crooks are killed by the boss for tying [[OldRetainer Alfred]] up instead of killing him (plus she gets a bigger share of the profits that way) while the boss meets her end when she pisses off a girl who has a PsychicLink with a very large SewerGator.

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** In the "Mike and Allie" issue, three thieves try to break into [[BigFancyHouse Wayne Manor]] by digging in from the sewers, accidently come across the [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Batcave]] and put two plus two together to figure out Batman's true identity. The thieves make their way back to the sewers, thinking that they can make a fortune selling the information. Two of the crooks are killed by the boss leader of the trio for tying [[OldRetainer Alfred]] up instead of killing him (plus she gets a bigger share of the profits that way) while the boss she meets her end when she pisses off a girl who has a PsychicLink with a very large SewerGator.
7th Sep '15 7:09:50 AM jormis29
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** Averted by Ra's al Ghul. He knows Batman is Bruce Wayne, but has no desire to tell anyone. Not because he wants to protect Bats, he just thinks it's irrelevant. Bane knows as well, but like Ra's, doesn't really care.

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** Averted by Ra's al Ghul.ComicBook/RasAlGhul. He knows Batman is Bruce Wayne, but has no desire to tell anyone. Not because he wants to protect Bats, he just thinks it's irrelevant. Bane knows as well, but like Ra's, doesn't really care.care.
** In the "Mike and Allie" issue, three thieves try to break into [[BigFancyHouse Wayne Manor]] by digging in from the sewers, accidently come across the [[ElaborateUndergroundBase Batcave]] and put two plus two together to figure out Batman's true identity. The thieves make their way back to the sewers, thinking that they can make a fortune selling the information. Two of the crooks are killed by the boss for tying [[OldRetainer Alfred]] up instead of killing him (plus she gets a bigger share of the profits that way) while the boss meets her end when she pisses off a girl who has a PsychicLink with a very large SewerGator.
29th Aug '15 6:34:03 AM jormis29
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* The main story in ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Contracts''. The BigBad Albert Fournier discovers 47 at the start and tries to kill him. [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]] it later comes back to bite him as 47 kills him by the end of the game in order to protect his identity.

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* The main story in ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Contracts''.''VideoGame/HitmanContracts''. The BigBad Albert Fournier discovers 47 at the start and tries to kill him. [[SarcasmMode Surprisingly]] it later comes back to bite him as 47 kills him by the end of the game in order to protect his identity.
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