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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.
7th Dec '16 2:08:16 PM Lemia
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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 authorities attempting to incarcerate them. Afterall they are [[VigilanteMan vigilantes]].

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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 authorities vulnerable attempting to incarcerate them. Afterall After all, they are [[VigilanteMan vigilantes]].



** Although, in [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 the 2004 adaptation]], many people found the unmasking during "The Point of No Return" more {{Narm}} than drama.
*** [[spoiler: IT'S TERRIBLE, HE HAS A BAD SUNBURN!]] Christine, run!

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** Although, in [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 the 2004 adaptation]], many people found the unmasking during "The Point of No Return" more {{Narm}} than drama.
*** [[spoiler: IT'S TERRIBLE, HE HAS A BAD SUNBURN!]] Christine, run!
drama thanks to the Phantom looking like he has a slightly bloated face instead of the horrific disfigurement he acts like he has.



*** In the UK tour celebrating the show's 25th anniversary, she only does it once. The first time she sees him unmasked, he's removed it himself with his back to her [[FaceRevealingTurn and she pulls him to face her]].

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*** ** In the UK tour celebrating the show's 25th anniversary, she only does it once. The first time she sees him unmasked, he's removed it himself with his back to her [[FaceRevealingTurn and she pulls him to face her]].
17th Nov '16 1:03:10 PM nombretomado
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* After {{Kinnikuman}} defeats Warsman with the Kinniku Buster, Warsman struggles to his feet, relates his tragic backstory (Especially dramatic as he had been TheVoiceless until then), and removes his own mask, revealing his circuit board face. As this was a mask-removal death match, it's a signal of surrender.

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* After {{Kinnikuman}} Manga/{{Kinnikuman}} defeats Warsman with the Kinniku Buster, Warsman struggles to his feet, relates his tragic backstory (Especially dramatic as he had been TheVoiceless until then), and removes his own mask, revealing his circuit board face. As this was a mask-removal death match, it's a signal of surrender.
23rd Oct '16 5:36:21 AM MeleKalikimaka
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* The extended cut of ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' reveals that the Klingon sniper at the peace conference is [[spoiler:Colonel West, the Starfleet officer who proposed rescuing Kirk and [=McCoy=] and risking war with the Klingon Empire]].
14th Oct '16 4:24:59 PM JackG
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Bane's RedRightHand ''is'' his mask, so this trope is fulfilled by having him introduced as a [[TrojanPrisoner bound and hooded prisoner]]. When the CIA agent realises his prisoner is a lot more important than some faceless goon, he takes off the hood to reveal Bane, mask and all.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
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Bane's RedRightHand ''is'' his mask, so this trope is fulfilled by having him introduced as a [[TrojanPrisoner bound and hooded prisoner]]. When the CIA agent realises his prisoner is a lot more important than some faceless goon, he takes off the hood to reveal Bane, breathing mask and all.


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** Bane unmasking Batman as Bruce Wayne in their first fight. Unlike normal variants, he does this verbally by saying, "Let's not stand on ceremony here.... ''Mr. Wayne.''"
14th Oct '16 4:13:31 PM JackG
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Bane's RedRightHand ''is'' his mask, so this trope is fulfilled by having him introduced as a [[TrojanPrisoner bound and hooded prisoner]]. When the CIA agent realises his prisoner is a lot more important than some faceless goon, he takes off the hood to reveal Bane, mask and all.
-->'''Bane:''' [[FromNobodyToNightmare No-one cared who I was before I put on the mask]].
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