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20th Aug '16 8:03:33 AM anza_sb
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* Midway through ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Johann Schmidt dramatically peels off his face to reveal himself as the ComicBook/RedSkull.
19th Aug '16 1:23:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. The title character, while masquerading as an elderly janitor and [[spoiler:JamesBrown]].

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* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. The title character, while masquerading as an elderly janitor and [[spoiler:JamesBrown]].[[spoiler:Music/JamesBrown]].
4th Aug '16 10:14:57 AM Willbyr
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* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon,'' while Tuxedo Mask's identity]] is known rather early to the audience, some versions still do this scene. The first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] has Zoicite knock off his mask - but in a subversion, nobody ''except'' Beryl and Zoicite see his face. The [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] actually does this out of order - after rescuing an unconscious Sailor Moon in battle, Tuxedo Mask takes her back to his apartment. When she wakes up, she sees Mamoru, still wearing some of his uniform but otherwise already unmasked. He lets her put his mask on his face as she puts two and two together.
** In the Live Action version, ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon,'' Moon realizes who he is when they unknowingly replay an arguement they've had earlier on in their civilian guises. She slowly reaches to unmask him and Mamoru realizing the jig is up, doesn't resist.

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* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon,'' ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', while Tuxedo Mask's identity]] identity is known rather early to the audience, some versions still do this scene. scene.
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The first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] has Zoicite knock off his mask - but in a subversion, nobody ''except'' Beryl and Zoicite see his face. face.
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The [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] actually does this out of order - after rescuing an unconscious Sailor Moon in battle, Tuxedo Mask takes her back to his apartment. When she wakes up, she sees Mamoru, still wearing some of his uniform but otherwise already unmasked. He lets her put his mask on his face as she puts two and two together.
** In the Live Action version, ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon,'' ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', Moon realizes who he is when they unknowingly replay an arguement argument they've had earlier on in their civilian guises. She slowly reaches to unmask him and Mamoru realizing the jig is up, doesn't resist.



* In ''{{Medabots}}'', Space Medafighter X gets badly injured, and his golden mask begins to crack. When it is broken it reveals... [[spoiler:a second, white mask! Space Medafighter X is really the Phantom Renegade!]]

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* In ''{{Medabots}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'', Space Medafighter X gets badly injured, and his golden mask begins to crack. When it is broken it reveals... [[spoiler:a second, white mask! Space Medafighter X is really the Phantom Renegade!]]
10th Jul '16 3:46:59 AM Hylarn
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* [[McNinja Schwarz Bruder]] from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' is eventually seen without his mask near the end of the series ([[TheUnreveal although one character had already seen his face before that point]]) and at th story arc, the Flash was forced to unmask when he was on the witness stand. Fortunately, he had just been in a horrific battle with a baddie, destroying his face, and had taken the opportunity to get plastic surgery; so he reveals a face that looks nothing like Barry Allen's.
* [[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.]]

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* [[McNinja Schwarz Bruder]] from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' is eventually seen without his mask near the end of the series ([[TheUnreveal although one character had already seen his face before that point]]) and at th story arc, the Flash was forced to unmask when he was on the witness stand. Fortunately, he had just been in a horrific battle with a baddie, destroying his face, and had taken the opportunity to get plastic surgery; so he reveals a face that looks nothing like Barry Allen's.
* [[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
this point it past his chin.
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is revealed [[spoiler: Played straight in the penultimate story arc when he unmasks himself as Angel.that Schwarz Bruder is actually Kyoji Kasshu.]]


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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.]]
4th Jul '16 4:55:20 PM MikeW
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* A unique version is the famous ending of the first issue of ''ComicBook/Thunderbolts'' as Citizen V enters with his face unmasked to reveal a horribly scarred visage. Seeing the discomfort of his team, V decides to put on another mask...the mask of Baron Helmut Zemo, revealing the Thunderbolts are the Masters of Evil in disguise.

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* A unique version is the famous ending of the first issue of ''ComicBook/Thunderbolts'' ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' as Citizen V enters with his face unmasked to reveal a horribly scarred visage. Seeing the discomfort of his team, V decides to put on another mask...the mask of Baron Helmut Zemo, revealing the Thunderbolts are the Masters of Evil in disguise.
4th Jul '16 4:54:53 PM MikeW
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* A unique version is the famous ending of the first issue of ''ComicBook/Thunderbolts'' as Citizen V enters with his face unmasked to reveal a horribly scarred visage. Seeing the discomfort of his team, V decides to put on another mask...the mask of Baron Helmut Zemo, revealing the Thunderbolts are the Masters of Evil in disguise.
27th Jun '16 3:25:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* A ComicBook/DarkwingDuck comic in DisneyAdventures had [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Mondo the Mad Mask Misappropriator]], who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin unmasks heroes]]. He almost gets Darkwing but he had [[CrazyPrepared several masks on under his]] DominoMask.

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* A ComicBook/DarkwingDuck comic in DisneyAdventures Magazine/DisneyAdventures had [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Mondo the Mad Mask Misappropriator]], who [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin unmasks heroes]]. He almost gets Darkwing but he had [[CrazyPrepared several masks on under his]] DominoMask.
27th May '16 2:56:31 PM SilentStranger
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** Invoked but averted during the FreakyFridayFlip episode -- Lex Luthor, while in The Flash's body, decides to take off his mask and check a mirror. However, [[AntiClimacticUnmasking he has no idea who he's looking at]].

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** Invoked but averted during the FreakyFridayFlip episode -- Lex Luthor, while in The Flash's body, decides to take off his mask and check a mirror. However, [[AntiClimacticUnmasking he has no idea who he's looking at]]. Makes sense, as The Flash's identity, Wally West, is just a white collar worker in the DCAU, a forensics expert in Keystone City, not somebody Luthor would have any reason to even know he exists.



* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had Terry pull off his mask during a rescue attempt in order to convince a kid that it was okay to trust him. Bruce is understandably livid, explaining that because: a) the kid knows what Terry looks like and b) he said he saw Batman's face when he was interviewed afterwards, every villain in the city will be after him for that information. It gets subverted when, subjected to a mental probe, the kid has already replaced Terry's face with the face of his favorite cartoon hero.

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* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had Terry pull off his mask during a rescue attempt in order to convince a kid that it was okay to trust him. Bruce is understandably livid, explaining that because: a) the kid knows what Terry looks like and b) he said he saw Batman's face when he was interviewed afterwards, every villain in the city will be after him for that information. It gets subverted when, subjected to a mental probe, the kid has already replaced Terry's face with the face of his favorite cartoon hero. However, its implied that this was only to throw off the villain, and the kid really did remember Terry's face but fooled the probe to protect Terry.


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* In an episode of ''RegularShow'', Muscle Man's trailer is confiscated by a corrupt health inspector, who reveals himself to be the runner-up from the hot dog eating contest Muscle Man had won the trailer in years ago. Played for laughs as his "disguise" is literally just a pair of glasses, and the viewer didnt know he had existed 10 minutes ago when he was briefly seen in a flashback and no animosity of any sort was implied. What makes it even funnier is the dramatic music and Muscle Man's realization when the inspector reveals himself.


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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]]
26th May '16 12:55:04 PM Willbyr
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* In Phi's ending of ''VirtuesLastReward'', K takes off his mask and armor to reveal that he is [[spoiler: the old woman]]. This is surprising because in K's own ending, which is required in order to unlock the Phi ending, [[spoiler:Sigma took off K's mask and saw his own face]].

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* In Phi's ending of ''VirtuesLastReward'', ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', K takes off his mask and armor to reveal that he is [[spoiler: the old woman]]. This is surprising because in K's own ending, which is required in order to unlock the Phi ending, [[spoiler:Sigma took off K's mask and saw his own face]].



* Vega of ''StreetFighter'' has scenes like this. Though his identity is known anyway and the mask is only to protect his face, several adaptations of the games still make a big deal out of him being unmasked by other people and thus having to show his face. Some of the games let the player knock off the mask themselves. He also has a taunt where he takes off his mask himself, and his Time Over defeat pose has him remove the mask and crush it in his hand.

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* Vega of ''StreetFighter'' ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has scenes like this. Though his identity is known anyway and the mask is only to protect his face, several adaptations of the games still make a big deal out of him being unmasked by other people and thus having to show his face. Some of the games let the player knock off the mask themselves. He also has a taunt where he takes off his mask himself, and his Time Over defeat pose has him remove the mask and crush it in his hand.



* In K's ending of ''VirtuesLastReward'', Sigma takes off K's mask only to find [[spoiler:his own face behind it.]]

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* In K's ending of ''VirtuesLastReward'', ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', Sigma takes off K's mask only to find [[spoiler:his own face behind it.]]
19th May '16 9:50:59 AM Doug86
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* Partly ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' during Marvel's ComicBook/CivilWar arc. While it has this effect on the people watching him in the story (and is a Dramatic Unmask in delivery), the readers already know who he is.

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* Partly ''ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' during Marvel's ComicBook/CivilWar arc. While it has this effect on the people watching him in the story (and is a Dramatic Unmask in delivery), the readers already know who he is.



* Roger Stern's original run on the ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} comics of the 1980s introduced the Hobgoblin, the fourth replacement of the then-deceased original Green Goblin. Unfortunately, the mystery of the Hobgoblin's true identity was dragged out for literally years on end and as various writers and editors took the place of Stern and Danny Fingeroth, it was forgotten whom Roger Stern had intended the Hobgoblin to be. The way Tom [=DeFalco=] continued the saga made many people think that it was Ned Leeds, only Christopher Priest (then Jim Owsley) sabotaged that by summarily killing off Ned Leeds in ''Spider-Man vs. Wolverine'' #1. In the end the matter was dropped into Peter David's lap to resolve at short notice in one issue, and he decided that Leeds had been the Hobgoblin all along. It wasn't until Stern returned for a few issues to the Spider-titles years later that he had the ''real'' Hobgoblin returned and Spider-Man unmasked him as [[spoiler:fashion mogul Roderick Kingsley]]. Many fans cheered, but many others reacted with: "Who???" The "real Hobgoblin" subsequently had his ass handed to him by the original Green Goblin (returning from the dead) and wasn't used in the mainstream Spider-books for the years, not returning until a brief appearance during "Big Time".

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* Roger Stern's original run on the ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} ComicBook/SpiderMan comics of the 1980s introduced the Hobgoblin, the fourth replacement of the then-deceased original Green Goblin. Unfortunately, the mystery of the Hobgoblin's true identity was dragged out for literally years on end and as various writers and editors took the place of Stern and Danny Fingeroth, it was forgotten whom Roger Stern had intended the Hobgoblin to be. The way Tom [=DeFalco=] continued the saga made many people think that it was Ned Leeds, only Christopher Priest (then Jim Owsley) sabotaged that by summarily killing off Ned Leeds in ''Spider-Man vs. Wolverine'' #1. In the end the matter was dropped into Peter David's lap to resolve at short notice in one issue, and he decided that Leeds had been the Hobgoblin all along. It wasn't until Stern returned for a few issues to the Spider-titles years later that he had the ''real'' Hobgoblin returned and Spider-Man unmasked him as [[spoiler:fashion mogul Roderick Kingsley]]. Many fans cheered, but many others reacted with: "Who???" The "real Hobgoblin" subsequently had his ass handed to him by the original Green Goblin (returning from the dead) and wasn't used in the mainstream Spider-books for the years, not returning until a brief appearance during "Big Time".
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