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21st May '17 3:09:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has TheWasp unmask Yellowjacket to reveal that [[spoiler:her suspicions of Yellowjacket actually being [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] were true]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has TheWasp ComicBook/TheWasp unmask Yellowjacket to reveal that [[spoiler:her suspicions of Yellowjacket actually being [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] were true]].
25th Apr '17 8:15:30 AM infernape612
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', after the first phase of the fight with Shadow Shido, the Protagonist dramatically removes his mask to reveal he is the high school student who Shido framed for assault after he stopped him from sexually assaulting a woman.
18th Apr '17 8:32:24 AM infernape612
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* [[TheUnreveal Subverted]]/lampshaded in the ''[[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' Season 8 comics: Twilight starts to unmask himself, but only because his neck itches. He never lifts it past his chin.
** [[spoiler: Played straight in the penultimate story arc when he unmasks himself as Angel.]]
18th Apr '17 8:26:59 AM infernape612
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* A very emotional example from {{Futurama}} when Leela corners two hooded mutants who she belives killed her alien parents. [[spoiler: Fry, having figured out the truth, unmasks them, and reveals that they ARE her parents, having given her up to an orphanage under the guise of an alien child to give her a normal life, as aliens on Earth have the same rights as normal humans but mutants are forced to live underground in the sewers]]
** A ScoobyDoo parody episode has Daphne!Leela unmask the person she believes to be the culprit. Unfortunately, she just accidentally pulls off Zoidberg's ''head''. Of course it's played for laughs. They then capture the villain and subvert this by [[MindScrew wiping off the mask as if it were makeup]].

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* A very emotional example from {{Futurama}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' when Leela corners two hooded mutants who she belives believes killed her alien parents. [[spoiler: Fry, having figured out the truth, unmasks them, and reveals that they ARE her parents, having given her up to an orphanage under the guise of an alien child to give her a normal life, as aliens on Earth have the same rights as normal humans but mutants are forced to live underground in the sewers]]
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** A ScoobyDoo ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' parody episode has Daphne!Leela unmask the person she believes to be the culprit. Unfortunately, she just accidentally pulls off Zoidberg's ''head''. Of course it's played for laughs. They then capture the villain and subvert this by [[MindScrew wiping off the mask as if it were makeup]].
3rd Mar '17 1:47:39 AM Shaid
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** A ScoobyDoo parody episode has Daphne!Leela unmask the person she believes to be the culprit. Unfortunately, she just accidentally pulls off Zoidberg's ''head''. Of course it's played for laughs. They then capture the villain and subvert this by [[MindScrew wiping off the mask as if it were makeup]].
22nd Feb '17 12:36:08 AM LinTaylor
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* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where Roger poses as a teacher and his ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' teaching [[AdviceBackfire backfires]] and leads a student to murder his own father. Roger confesses that he's not really a professor and pulls the patches off the elbows of his jacket, to which the student reacts as if he had just unmasked.
16th Feb '17 5:06:43 PM infernape612
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* [[TheUnreveal Subverted]]/lampshaded in the ''[[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' Season 8 comics: Twilight starts to unmask himself, but only because his neck itches. He never lifts it past his chin.
** [[spoiler: Played straight in the penultimate story arc when he unmasks himself as Angel.]]



* [[TheUnreveal Subverted]]/lampshaded in the ''[[ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' Season 8 comics: Twilight starts to unmask himself, but only because his neck itches. He never lifts it past his chin.
** [[spoiler: Played straight in the penultimate story arc when he unmasks himself as Angel.]]
16th Feb '17 5:03:38 PM infernape612
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When TheHero decides to invoke the Dramatic Unmask it can be the moment they finally chose to reveal their secret identity to an ally or love interest. A gesture of trust that understandably means a lot within crimefighting circles. Their enemies will often attempt to unmask them in the hopes of making them more vunerable by endangering not only their life but that of the hero's loved ones. Exposing a hero can also have the added benefit of having the vulnerable attempting to incarcerate them. After all, they are [[VigilanteMan vigilantes]].

In the case of the {{villain|s}} the [[TheReveal big reveal]] may be the final part of their plan. A old face come to haunt the hero from [[DarkAndTroubledPast the past]] or worse [[FaceHeelTurn someone they trusted]]. Expect villainous characters to be especially [[SmugSnake smug]] if this is a complete surprise to their opponent. When the villain desires to hide behind anonymity, expect the protagonist to be the one to go about unmasking him, [[AntiHero sometimes at any cost]], so that justice is served.

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When TheHero decides to invoke the Dramatic Unmask it can be the moment they finally chose to reveal their secret identity to an ally or love interest. A gesture of trust that understandably means a lot within crimefighting circles. Their enemies will often attempt to unmask them in the hopes of making them more vunerable vulnerable by endangering not only their life but that of the hero's loved ones. Exposing a hero can also have the added benefit of having the vulnerable authorities attempting to incarcerate them. After all, they are [[VigilanteMan vigilantes]].

In the case of the {{villain|s}} the [[TheReveal big reveal]] may be the final part of their plan. A old face come to haunt the hero from [[DarkAndTroubledPast the past]] or worse [[FaceHeelTurn [[EvilAllAlong someone they trusted]]. Expect villainous characters to be especially [[SmugSnake smug]] if this is a complete surprise to their opponent. When the villain desires to hide behind anonymity, expect the protagonist to be the one to go about unmasking him, [[AntiHero sometimes at any cost]], so that justice is served.
7th Feb '17 12:58:08 PM SpinAttaxx
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* In ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'', rare startup screens show Springtrap partially unmasking himself to reveal [[spoiler:a mummified human skull]]. At the end of the game, an inversion occurs revealing why: [[spoiler:the Purple Man, cornered by the spirits, hides inside the only costume he can find -- the Springtrap suit. [[CruelAndUnusualDeath And then the springlocks break...]]]]
29th Dec '16 3:58:41 AM upupandaway42
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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', during [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Bruce's]] [[BadFuture "Knightmare"]] vision, he's unmasked by the evil future Comicbook/{{Superman}} before being executed.
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