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24th Sep '16 8:44:09 AM Valiona
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* Played up for all its worth on ''Anime/CodeGeass'', which came to its head in episode 16 (the one before all TheMasquerade started to unravel). That episode featured a conversation between Princesses Cornelia and Euphemia about how much Prince Clovis cared about his dead little sister and brother and how capturing Zero would avenge the deaths of all three of their siblings Clovis, Lelouch, and Nunnally. Not only are the latter two still alive, but Lelouch IS Zero - and worst of all, Euphemia's reactions in previous episodes show that not only is the audience aware of the irony, but she's catching on to it, too. It also saw Kallen saying she has no interest whatsoever in him, though she is infatuated with Zero, who is arguably more the real Lelouch than Lelouch is. But the highest amount of irony had to do with the interaction between Lelouch and Suzaku which saw the two of them teaming up to defeat Mao and save Nunnally, they said they trusted each other completely and agreed to help protect each other, completely unaware of the other's SecretIdentity.

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* Played up for all its worth on ''Anime/CodeGeass'', which came to its head in episode 16 (the one before all TheMasquerade started to unravel). That episode featured a conversation between Princesses Cornelia and Euphemia about how much Prince Clovis cared about his dead little sister and brother and how capturing Zero would avenge the deaths of all three of their siblings siblings- Clovis, Lelouch, and Nunnally. Not only are the latter two still alive, but Lelouch IS Zero - and worst of all, Euphemia's reactions in previous episodes show that not only is the audience aware of the irony, but she's catching on to it, too. It also saw Kallen saying she has no interest whatsoever in him, though she is infatuated with Zero, who is arguably more the real Lelouch than Lelouch is. But the highest amount of irony had to do with the interaction between Lelouch and Suzaku which saw the two of them teaming up to defeat Mao and save Nunnally, they said they trusted each other completely and agreed to help protect each other, completely unaware of the other's SecretIdentity.



* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fulfills this trope from very early on -- as in ''Scar's first appearance'' early. Another big one is [[spoiler:Ed and Winry talking about Lt. Colonel Hughes right after his death]].

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fulfills this trope from very early on -- as in ''Scar's first appearance'' early. Another big one is [[spoiler:Ed and Winry talking about Lt. Colonel Hughes right after his death]].death, when Ed mentions that despite finding Hughes annoying, he likes him and wants to see him again some time]].



* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Natsu spends a good portion of the Nirvana arc chasing down a [[NotQuiteDead resurrected]] Jellal to keep him from meeting Erza, not knowing that Jellal has [[EasyAmnesia lost his memories]] and, in fact, bumps into Erza. Even after Erza talks him into having a HeelRealization, Natsu still thinks he is another enemy on the lose. [[spoiler:This trope then becomes [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverted]]: Jellal regains his memories of Natsu shortly before running into him again, and the readers are led to believe he has reverted to his evil ways, only for it to turn out otherwise when he gives Natsu a PowerUp that helps him defeat [[ArcVillain Zero]]]].

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Natsu spends a good portion of the Nirvana arc chasing down a [[NotQuiteDead resurrected]] Jellal to keep him from meeting Erza, not knowing that Jellal has [[EasyAmnesia lost his memories]] and, in fact, bumps into Erza. has encountered Erza by the time Natsu finds him. Even after Erza talks him into having a HeelRealization, Natsu still thinks he is another enemy on the lose.loose. [[spoiler:This trope then becomes [[DoubleSubversion doubly subverted]]: Jellal regains his memories of Natsu shortly before running into him again, and the readers are led to believe he has reverted to his evil ways, only for it to turn out otherwise when he gives Natsu a PowerUp that helps him defeat [[ArcVillain Zero]]]].



** Perhaps the biggest example of this is the reveal of the true identity of E.N.D., the strongest BigBad of the series. His real name? [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror Natsu Dragneel]].]]
* In the second arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Lyfa is helping Kirito reach TheWorldTree. She's slowly falling in love with him ([[ChickMagnet as tends to happen]]), unaware that he's on a quest to rescue his wife. On the other hand, they are both unaware [[spoiler:that Lyfa is actually his cousin, due to the anonymized nature of virtual reality]]. So she ''really'' never had a shot with him. The whole thing is presented as a tragedy, and is often described as "a train wreck in slow motion."

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** Perhaps the biggest example of this is the reveal of the true identity of E.N.D., the strongest BigBad of the series. His real name? [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror Natsu Dragneel]].]]
]] It's further compounded in Gray's case, since he repeatedly expresses his desire to destroy E.N.D., not realizing that [[spoiler:he's talking about one of his closest friends]].
* In the second arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Lyfa Leafa is helping Kirito reach TheWorldTree. She's slowly falling in love with him ([[ChickMagnet as tends to happen]]), unaware that he's on a quest to rescue his wife. On the other hand, they are both unaware [[spoiler:that Lyfa Leafa is actually his cousin, due to the anonymized nature of virtual reality]]. So she ''really'' never had a shot with him. The whole thing is presented as a tragedy, and is often described as "a train wreck in slow motion."



* From the very beginning of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' the audience is aware that Hayate is the Master of the Book of Darkness. This is used as a joke in episode 6 when Nanoha and Yunno discuss what type of person the master might be, Nanoha even wonders if it's someone their age (which Yuuno dismisses). She then receives a text from Suzuka, who want's to introduce her to her new friend... Hayate.

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* From the very beginning of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' the audience is aware that Hayate is the Master of the Book of Darkness. This is used as a joke in episode 6 when Nanoha and Yunno Yuuno discuss what type of person the master might be, Nanoha even wonders if it's someone their age (which Yuuno dismisses). She then receives a text from Suzuka, who want's to introduce her to her new friend... Hayate.



** Case 3 of ''Investigations 2'' takes this up even further, you get to play as Gregory Edgeworth during his last case, going up against Manfred von Karma. By now, most players will know [[spoiler: [[DoomedByCanon just how this ends...]]]] It's made all the worst by the fact Gregory realizes von Karma is a monster the moment he meets him, [[spoiler: he just doesn't realize how much...]] Similar to the 4th game's example above, the final deduction you have to make in the past segment is one the player ''knows'' will have horrible consequences, but the game won't continue until you present it. In case it wasn't obvious by now, it's [[spoiler: "von Karma forged the autopsy report."]] And since von Karma still has his perfect record by the time of 1-4, you know Gregory won't be able to get the defendant cleared, and that the real killer will get away with it. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Miles manages to resolve everything when the case is re-opened in the present day.]]

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** Case 3 of ''Investigations 2'' takes this up even further, you get to play as Gregory Edgeworth during his last case, going up against Manfred von Karma. By now, most players will know [[spoiler: [[DoomedByCanon just how this ends...]]]] It's made all the worst worse by the fact Gregory realizes von Karma is a monster the moment he meets him, [[spoiler: he just doesn't realize how much...]] Similar to the 4th game's example above, the final deduction you have to make in the past segment is one the player ''knows'' will have horrible consequences, but the game won't continue until you present it. In case it wasn't obvious by now, it's [[spoiler: "von Karma forged the autopsy report."]] And since von Karma still has his perfect record by the time of 1-4, you know Gregory won't be able to get the defendant cleared, and that the real killer will get away with it. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Miles manages to resolve everything when the case is re-opened in the present day.]]
11th Sep '16 9:26:45 AM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', ''Comicbook/LexLuthor'' sees himself as the man who talked ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}'' into opening Gotham after keeping her city closed off during one decade. However it is ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' who manages to do this when she befriends Batgirl. Even in universes where [[spoiler:Luthor gets rid of Superman]], the Man of Steel and his family always manage to wreck his plans.
8th Sep '16 9:11:05 PM TheShadow
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* From ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid:
-->Butch: Hey, wait a minute. You didn't see Lefors out there, did ya?
-->Sundance: Lefors? No.
-->Butch: Oh good. For a moment there, I thought we were in trouble.
The pair, however, are painfully unaware that a sizeable battalion of the Bolivian Army has come to kill them.
6th Sep '16 12:39:34 PM Eddy1215
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** Another example is that after the Order's first encounter with Xykon, Roy was under the belief that Xykon had been destroyed and he had finally fulfilled his father's blood oath, unaware that Xykon's [[SoulJar phylactery]] would enable him to regenerate a new body. Roy remained in the dark about this fact until the Azure City arc where his father's spirit told him (rudely and harshly, for that matter) that Xykon was still alive.
6th Sep '16 12:33:07 PM Eddy1215
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** Used both humorously and awesomely during the Enies Lobby arc. For the majority of the arc, Spandam was under the impression that the Straw Hats had been slaughtered without even making it past the island's gate, due in part mostly to his Transponder Snail being off the hook, unaware that not only had the Straw Hats managed to reach the courthouse, but they turned their giant gatekeepers against them and caused over 2,000 casualties, resulting in the very first crisis in Enies Lobby's history. Upon finally getting word that the main island was calling him, Spandam believed that it was a report on the Straw Hats' defeat, which he mocked Robin in the face over before answering. His [[JawDrop reaction]] upon learning the truth was gratifying to both Franky ''and'' the audience.

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** Used both humorously and awesomely during the Enies Lobby arc. For the majority of the arc, Spandam was under the impression that the Straw Hats had been slaughtered without even making it past the island's gate, due in part mostly to his Transponder Snail being off the hook, unaware that not only had the Straw Hats managed to reach the courthouse, but they had also turned their the island's giant gatekeepers against them the Marines and caused over 2,000 casualties, resulting in the very first crisis in Enies Lobby's history. Upon finally getting word that the main island was calling him, Spandam believed that it was a report on the Straw Hats' defeat, which he mocked Robin in the face over before answering. His [[JawDrop reaction]] upon learning the truth was gratifying to both Franky ''and'' the audience.
6th Sep '16 12:20:05 PM Eddy1215
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** Used both humorously and awesomely during the Enies Lobby arc. For the majority of the arc, Spandam was under the impression that the Straw Hats had been slaughtered without even making it past the island's gate, due in part mostly to his Transponder Snail being off the hook, unaware that not only had the Straw Hats managed to reach the courthouse, but they turned their giant gatekeepers against them and caused over 2,000 casualties, resulting in the very first crisis in Enies Lobby's history. Upon finally getting word that the main island was calling him, Spandam believed that it was a report on the Straw Hats' defeat, which he mocked Robin in the face over before answering. His [[JawDrop reaction]] upon learning the truth was gratifying to both Franky ''and'' the audience.



** This also applied to Ash and his friends who were previously unaware that "Squishy" was actually the immensely powerful Zygarde, with Team Flare, Team Rocket, the audience, and to a lesser extent Pikachu being the only ones fully aware of the fact. Ash and his friends themselves didn't learn the truth until after Team Flare's plot began.

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** This also applied applies to Ash [[spoiler:Ash and his friends who were previously previous unaware that "Squishy" was actually the immensely powerful Zygarde, with Team Flare, Team Rocket, the audience, and to a lesser extent Pikachu being the only ones fully aware of the fact. Ash and his friends themselves didn't learn the truth until It was only after the Team Flare's plot began.began that Ash and his friends learned the truth themselves, much to Bonnie's surprise]].
6th Sep '16 12:00:46 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon XYZ]]'', [[spoiler:Alain is working for Team Flare to gather Mega Evolution energy and help them capture the Zygarde cores because he believes they intend to harness all that power for peaceful purposes, unaware of their [[TakeOverTheWorld true intentions]].]]
** As of the episode where he first receives the latter assignment, Team Flare, Team Rocket, the audience, and to a lesser extent Pikachu are fully aware of Zygarde's immense power and transforming capability. Meanwhile Bonnie and her friends continue to obliviously dote on "Squishy".

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* In ''[[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Pokemon XYZ]]'', [[spoiler:Alain is working for [[spoiler:prior to the Kalos League, Alain helped Team Flare to gather Mega Evolution energy and help them capture one of the Zygarde cores because he believes cores, believing they intend intended to harness all that power for peaceful purposes, unaware of their [[TakeOverTheWorld true intentions]].intentions]]. Upon learning about how [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he helped make the destruction of Kalos possible]], he was [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone naturally guilt-ridden]] until [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan Ash snapped him out of it]].]]
** As of This also applied to Ash and his friends who were previously unaware that "Squishy" was actually the episode where he first receives the latter assignment, immensely powerful Zygarde, with Team Flare, Team Rocket, the audience, and to a lesser extent Pikachu are being the only ones fully aware of Zygarde's immense power the fact. Ash and transforming capability. Meanwhile Bonnie and her his friends continue to obliviously dote on "Squishy".themselves didn't learn the truth until after Team Flare's plot began.
4th Sep '16 10:55:03 AM Gamermaster
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** After Tooru showed up in retaliation for him hurting Kobayashi, Cremene tried calling Elma for help. It's far more likely that -if Elma had shown up- she would have struck an EnemyMine situation with Tooru and killed him instead due to [[SenpaiKohai her own relationship]] with Kobayashi.
3rd Sep '16 6:54:01 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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** The fifth book, ''Victory of Eagles'', begins with Temeraire banished to a breeding ground in Wales and Lawrence imprisoned in the brig of a warship in the English Channel off Dover. Temeraire bribes a Winchester to check the gossip chain among couriers and confirm Lawrence's survival, is informed that the ship he was on sank when France launched a successful cross-channel invasion, [[HeroisBSOD has a near breakdown]], [[{{Revenge}} resolves to take the battle to the invaders]], [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits organizes the inmates of the breeding ground into a militia]], drafts the human herders[=/=]minders there for a logistics train, and heads for the fighting. Meanwhile Lawrence makes it to the lifeboats (his cell having been opened by a stray cannonball), is briefly jailed in Dover before Admiral Roland has him brought to the main forces south of London and convinces the high command that Temeraire is needed on the front lines badly enough to send Lawrence to get him, and is shuttled to the breeding ground... to find it abandoned by human and dragon alike mere hours before.

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** The fifth book, ''Victory of Eagles'', begins with Temeraire banished to a breeding ground in Wales and Lawrence imprisoned in the brig of a warship in the English Channel off Dover. Temeraire bribes a Winchester to check the gossip chain among couriers and confirm Lawrence's survival, is informed that the ship he was on sank when France launched a successful cross-channel invasion, [[HeroisBSOD [[HeroicBSOD has a near breakdown]], [[{{Revenge}} resolves to take the battle to the invaders]], [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits organizes the inmates of the breeding ground into a militia]], drafts the human herders[=/=]minders there for a logistics train, and heads for the fighting. Meanwhile Lawrence makes it to the lifeboats (his cell having been opened by a stray cannonball), is briefly jailed in Dover before Admiral Roland has him brought to the main forces south of London and convinces the high command that Temeraire is needed on the front lines badly enough to send Lawrence to get him, and is shuttled to the breeding ground... to find it abandoned by human and dragon alike mere hours before.
3rd Sep '16 6:52:34 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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** The fifth book, ''Victory of Eagles'', begins with Temeraire banished to a breeding ground in Wales and Lawrence imprisoned in the brig of a warship in the English Channel off Dover. Temeraire bribes a Winchester to check the gossip chain among couriers and confirm Lawrence's survival, is informed that the ship he was on sank when France launched a successful cross-channel invasion, [[HeroisBSOD has a near breakdown]], [[{{Revenge}} resolves to take the battle to the invaders]], [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits organizes the inmates of the breeding ground into a militia]], drafts the human herders[=/=]minders there for a logistics train, and heads for the fighting. Meanwhile Lawrence makes it to the lifeboats (his cell having been opened by a stray cannonball), is briefly jailed in Dover before Admiral Roland has him brought to the main forces south of London and convinces the high command that Temeraire is needed on the front lines badly enough to send Lawrence to get him, and is shuttled to the breeding ground... to find it abandoned by human and dragon alike mere hours before.
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