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* In the LegendsOfTomorrow episode [[Recap/LegendsOfTomorrowS2E5Compromised "Compromised"]], the Legends discover that Damian Darhk is working with a speedster.
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa only discovers that [[PowerIncontinence her powers have triggered]] an EndlessWinter two thirds of the way through the film, when Anna arrives to tell her during [[DarkReprise For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)]]. [[HeroicBSOD This only makes things even worse.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa only discovers that [[PowerIncontinence her powers have triggered]] an EndlessWinter two thirds of the way through the film, when Anna arrives to tell her during [[DarkReprise "[[DarkReprise For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)]].(Reprise)]]". [[HeroicBSOD This only makes things even worse.]]
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the audience is well aware that [[spoiler: Havoc's]] girlfriend is actually an evil, quasi-immortal being who's only using him to feel out what the good guys know about the bad guys' plan. The fall-out of the reveal itself is horrific, but with the twist that [[spoiler: emotionally, Havoc wasn't all that upset, and not being an idiot, he hadn't told his girlfriend anything that was sensitive information. What really upset him was her stabbing him through the spine and paralysing him.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' - The audience knows all along that the boy Ako falls in love with is really Negi [[OvernightAgeUp magically aged up]], but she doesn't find out until over 100 chapters later. Cue ShowerOfAngst before Ako's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Also, the audience knew that [[spoiler: the Asuna that's with Ala Alba in later chapters is an impostor long before Rakan revealed it to Negi and Chisame during his ObiWanMoment.]]

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the audience is well aware ''VideoGame/{{Aikatsu}}'', it's known from early on that [[spoiler: Havoc's]] girlfriend is actually an evil, quasi-immortal being who's only using him to feel out what the good guys know about the bad guys' plan. The fall-out Ichigo's mother was one half of the reveal itself is horrific, but with the twist that [[spoiler: emotionally, Havoc wasn't legendary idol duo Masquerade. Ichigo herself (and all that upset, and not being an idiot, he hadn't told his girlfriend anything that was sensitive information. What really upset him was her stabbing him through the spine and paralysing him.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' - The audience knows all along that the boy Ako falls in love with is really Negi [[OvernightAgeUp magically aged up]], but she
other young idols) doesn't find out learn of this until over 100 chapters later. Cue ShowerOfAngst before Ako's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Also, the audience knew that [[spoiler: the Asuna that's with Ala Alba in later chapters is an impostor long before Rakan revealed it to Negi and Chisame during his ObiWanMoment.]]
episode 47.



* It was long suspected and eventually revealed that ''{{Naruto}}'''s father was the Fourth Hokage. Naruto himself didn't discover it until a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind nearly 80 chapters after it was revealed to the audience in a conversation between Tsunade and Jiraiya.
** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Naruto is surprised to find out that [[spoiler:Hinata is in love with him, even though his friends and a good portion of the general public have known about it for ''years'', especially after Hinata confessed to him during the Invasion of Pein arc ''two years ago'' -- and that's in-universe. If one were to go by real time, it'd be at least ''six years ago'']].
* In ''OnePiece'', when the Straw Hats were brought to the Sabaody Islands, they were in search of a man who could prep their ship for Fishman Island. Then the readers were told that this person was the Pirate King's NumberTwo, which made fans eagerly await his inevitable meeting with Luffy.
** After Luffy's bounty goes up from 30 to 100 million Berries, and Zoro gets his first bounty of 60 million Berries, no one catches on for almost the entire Jaya arc, not even the Straw Hats themselves. Seeing Luffy's new bounty prompts an OhCrap reaction from one member of Bellamy's crew, and Luffy only learns about his new bounty when Blackbeard's pursuing him to the Knock-Up Stream.
** On Amazon Lilly, Luffy gets the first news that his brother has been sentenced to death. He had realized that Ace was in trouble after seeing the Vivre card burning, but didn't realize how bad it was until then, although the execution had been announced days earlier.
* Much of the drama (and even some of the comedy) throughout the first season of ''CodeGeass'' stems from Lelouch trying to conceal his identity as the terrorist leader Zero from both his friends and his enemies, while of course the audience knows from the very beginning. The situation is made more complex by his Geass power, which allows him to erase memories, but which [[ItOnlyWorksOnce only works once]] on any given person. The major InternalReveal occurs in the final seconds of the season finale.
** Due to a TimeSkip and some amnesia induced by [[spoiler: TheEmperor's Geass]], the situation is mostly reset for the second season, with many of the characters who were previously aware of Lelouch's identity either once again oblivious or at least unsure of whether Lelouch is the "new" Zero.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''
** While the audience knew from the start that the [[ApocalypseMaiden master of the season's villains]] was the IllGirl who was the friend of Nanoha's friend, the protagonists and [[AntiVillain antagonists]] didn't know this. Much of the tension comes from seeing just how soon before both sides realize [[LivingWithTheVillain just how close they actually were]].
** The eponymous 9 year old heroine finally confesses to her parents that over the past half a year, she has been working part-time as a ChildSoldier for HumanAliens on a job that could have very well left her crippled for life or dead. They take it surprisingly well (but then again, given [[MasterSwordsman her dad's]] [[VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever background]], they must have been very proud of her).
* ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'': After a number of silhouette outlines and hints for the reader's benefit, the only person who didn't know the identity of the Leader of the West before the [[spoiler:Scavenger Hunt Arc]] was Ikuto.

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* It was long suspected and eventually revealed that ''{{Naruto}}'''s father was the Fourth Hokage. Naruto himself didn't discover it until a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind nearly 80 chapters after it was revealed to the audience in a conversation between Tsunade and Jiraiya.
** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Naruto is surprised to find out that [[spoiler:Hinata is in love with him, even though his friends and a good portion of the general public have known about it for ''years'', especially after Hinata confessed to him during the Invasion of Pein arc ''two years ago'' -- and that's in-universe. If one were to go by real time, it'd be at least ''six years ago'']].
* In ''OnePiece'', when the Straw Hats were brought to the Sabaody Islands, they were in search of a man who could prep their ship for Fishman Island. Then the readers were told that this person was the Pirate King's NumberTwo, which made fans eagerly await his inevitable meeting with Luffy.
** After Luffy's bounty goes up from 30 to 100 million Berries, and Zoro gets his first bounty of 60 million Berries, no one catches on for almost the entire Jaya arc, not even the Straw Hats themselves. Seeing Luffy's new bounty prompts an OhCrap reaction from one member of Bellamy's crew, and Luffy only learns about his new bounty when Blackbeard's pursuing him to the Knock-Up Stream.
** On Amazon Lilly, Luffy gets the first news that his brother has been sentenced to death. He had realized that Ace was in trouble after seeing the Vivre card burning, but didn't realize how bad it was until then, although the execution had been announced days earlier.
* Much of the drama (and even some of the comedy) throughout the first season of ''CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' stems from Lelouch trying to conceal his identity as the terrorist leader Zero from both his friends and his enemies, while of course the audience knows from the very beginning. The situation is made more complex by his Geass power, which allows him to erase memories, but which [[ItOnlyWorksOnce only works once]] on any given person. The major InternalReveal occurs in the final seconds of the season finale.
** Due to a TimeSkip and some amnesia induced by [[spoiler: TheEmperor's [[spoiler:TheEmperor's Geass]], the situation is mostly reset for the second season, with many of the characters who were previously aware of Lelouch's identity either once again oblivious or at least unsure of whether Lelouch is the "new" Zero.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''
** While the audience knew from the start that the [[ApocalypseMaiden master of the season's villains]] was the IllGirl who was the friend of Nanoha's friend, the protagonists and [[AntiVillain antagonists]] didn't know this. Much of the tension comes from seeing just how soon before both sides realize [[LivingWithTheVillain just how close they actually were]].
** The eponymous 9 year old heroine finally confesses to her parents that over the past half a year, she has been working part-time as a ChildSoldier for HumanAliens on a job that could have very well left her crippled for life or dead. They take it surprisingly well (but then again, given [[MasterSwordsman her dad's]] [[VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever background]], they must have been very proud of her).
* ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'': After a number of silhouette outlines and hints for the reader's benefit, the only person who didn't know the identity of the Leader of the West before the [[spoiler:Scavenger Hunt Arc]] was Ikuto.
Zero.



* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Takato eventually shows Guilmon to ''his entire class''. What follows is an episode of middle schoolers playing with a little red dinosaur. [[HeartwarmingMoments Dawwwww.]] This case is unique in that there was no real reason for doing so until later, when Takato wanted to sneak Guilmon on the school camping trip.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Aikatsu}}'', it's known from early on that Ichigo's mother was one half of the legendary idol duo Masquerade. Ichigo herself (and all other young idols) doesn't learn of this until episode 47.



* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Takato eventually shows Guilmon to ''his entire class''. What follows is an episode of middle schoolers playing with a little red dinosaur. [[HeartwarmingMoments Dawwwww.]] This case is unique in that there was no real reason for doing so until later, when Takato wanted to sneak Guilmon on the school camping trip.



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the audience is well aware that [[spoiler: Havoc's]] girlfriend is actually an evil, quasi-immortal being who's only using him to feel out what the good guys know about the bad guys' plan. The fall-out of the reveal itself is horrific, but with the twist that [[spoiler: emotionally, Havoc wasn't all that upset, and not being an idiot, he hadn't told his girlfriend anything that was sensitive information. What really upset him was her stabbing him through the spine and paralysing him.]]
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''
** While the audience knew from the start that the [[ApocalypseMaiden master of the season's villains]] was the IllGirl who was the friend of Nanoha's friend, the protagonists and [[AntiVillain antagonists]] didn't know this. Much of the tension comes from seeing just how soon before both sides realize [[LivingWithTheVillain just how close they actually were]].
** The eponymous 9 year old heroine finally confesses to her parents that over the past half a year, she has been working part-time as a ChildSoldier for HumanAliens on a job that could have very well left her crippled for life or dead. They take it surprisingly well (but then again, given [[MasterSwordsman her dad's]] [[VideoGame/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever background]], they must have been very proud of her).
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': The audience knows all along that the boy Ako falls in love with is really Negi [[OvernightAgeUp magically aged up]], but she doesn't find out until over 100 chapters later. Cue ShowerOfAngst before Ako's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
** Also, the audience knew that [[spoiler:the Asuna that's with Ala Alba in later chapters is an impostor long before Rakan revealed it to Negi and Chisame during his ObiWanMoment.]]
* ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou'': After a number of silhouette outlines and hints for the reader's benefit, the only person who didn't know the identity of the Leader of the West before the [[spoiler:Scavenger Hunt Arc]] was Ikuto.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** It was long suspected and eventually revealed that Naruto's father was the Fourth Hokage. Naruto himself didn't discover it until a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind nearly 80 chapters after it was revealed to the audience in a conversation between Tsunade and Jiraiya.
** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', Naruto is surprised to find out that [[spoiler:Hinata is in love with him, even though his friends and a good portion of the general public have known about it for ''years'', especially after Hinata confessed to him during the Invasion of Pein arc ''two years ago'' -- and that's in-universe. If one were to go by real time, it'd be at least ''six years ago'']].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', when the Straw Hats were brought to the Sabaody Islands, they were in search of a man who could prep their ship for Fishman Island. Then the readers were told that this person was the Pirate King's NumberTwo, which made fans eagerly await his inevitable meeting with Luffy.
** After Luffy's bounty goes up from 30 to 100 million Berries, and Zoro gets his first bounty of 60 million Berries, no one catches on for almost the entire Jaya arc, not even the Straw Hats themselves. Seeing Luffy's new bounty prompts an OhCrap reaction from one member of Bellamy's crew, and Luffy only learns about his new bounty when Blackbeard's pursuing him to the Knock-Up Stream.
** On Amazon Lilly, Luffy gets the first news that his brother has been sentenced to death. He had realized that Ace was in trouble after seeing the Vivre card burning, but didn't realize how bad it was until then, although the execution had been announced days earlier.



* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: had one juxtaposed with a shocking [[TheReveal reveal]]. Tailgate finds out that Orion Pax, badass hero and cop became... Optimus Prime benevolent leader of the Autobots, a twist already known throughout many stories. He's amazed, [[spoiler:just like the audience was when they find out that his friend and all around NiceGuy Senator was really [[StartOfDarkness Shockwave]].]]

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* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': had one juxtaposed with a shocking [[TheReveal reveal]]. Tailgate finds out that Orion Pax, badass hero and cop became... Optimus Prime benevolent leader of the Autobots, a twist already known throughout many stories. He's amazed, [[spoiler:just like the audience was when they find out that his friend and all around NiceGuy Senator was really [[StartOfDarkness Shockwave]].]]



* FanFic/AGrowingAffection has a few of them.

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* FanFic/AGrowingAffection ''FanFic/AGrowingAffection'' has a few of them.



* Luso reveals the fact that he was from another world to his clan mates after the events of the Mistwalker arc in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire.

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* Luso reveals the fact that he was from another world to his clan mates after the events of the Mistwalker arc in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire.''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire''.



* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa only discovers that [[PowerIncontinence her powers have triggered]] an EndlessWinter two thirds of the way through the film, when Anna arrives to tell her during ''[[DarkReprise For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)]]''. [[HeroicBSOD This only makes things even worse.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Elsa only discovers that [[PowerIncontinence her powers have triggered]] an EndlessWinter two thirds of the way through the film, when Anna arrives to tell her during ''[[DarkReprise [[DarkReprise For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)]]''.(Reprise)]]. [[HeroicBSOD This only makes things even worse.]]



* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'': The kids obviously have to explain things to their mother when Elliot falls ill from E.T.'s PsychicLink. And this is moments before the government stepped in and placed their entire house under quarantine.
* In ''Film/{{Gilda}},'' the audience learns that Mundson survived the plane explosion immediately. Our lovebirds need to wait until the climax.
* The ending of ''Film/KillBill Volume 1'' reveals that [[spoiler:the Bride's daughter is still alive]]. She herself doesn't find out until the end of ''Volume 2'', during her final confrontation with Bill.
* ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing'': Maria only learns that Louise is Frenchie King near the end of the movie, while the audience already knows this since nearly the start of it.
* In ''{{Film/Matilda}}'', Miss Honey responds to a particularly vile taunt from Miss Trunchbull with "[[spoiler:I am ''not'' seven years old anymore, Aunt Trunchbull!]]", revealing to her students something Matilda and the viewers had learned about half the movie ago.



* Halfway through ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', the audience learns that [[spoiler:Judy, who initially only seems to be a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Scottie's dead love Madeleine, actually ''is'' Madeleine. More accurately, the "Madeleine" Scottie met was only Judy impersonating as her.]] The audience's knowledge of [[spoiler:Judy]]'s secret makes [[spoiler:her eventual giving in to Scottie's demands to make her into his lost love's image]] even more ironic.
** Hitchcock explained his motivation for this reveal in his interviews with Creator/FrancoisTruffaut; once the audience knows the truth, their sympathies are divided between the protagonists.
* The ending of ''Film/KillBill Volume 1'' reveals that [[spoiler: the Bride's daughter is still alive]]. She herself doesn't find out until the end of Volume 2, during her final confrontation with Bill.

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* Halfway In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': The audience fully knows that Nathan is the killer from the beginning, and yet it is treated as a major plot twist when Shilo finds out near the end.
* ''Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner'' and its remake ''Film/YouveGotMail'' are built around this trope, with two Internal Reveals. Half-way
through ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', Alfred/Joe finds out that rival Klara/Kathleen is actually his secret sweetheart, and the rest of the film sees the audience learns that [[spoiler:Judy, who initially only seems to be a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Scottie's dead love Madeleine, actually ''is'' Madeleine. More accurately, the "Madeleine" Scottie met was only Judy impersonating as her.]] The audience's knowledge of [[spoiler:Judy]]'s secret makes [[spoiler:her eventual giving in to Scottie's demands to make her into his lost love's image]] even more ironic.
** Hitchcock explained his motivation
waiting for this reveal in his interviews with Creator/FrancoisTruffaut; once the audience knows the truth, their sympathies are divided between the protagonists.
* The ending of ''Film/KillBill Volume 1'' reveals that [[spoiler: the Bride's daughter is still alive]]. She herself doesn't
Klara/Kathleen to find out until the end of Volume 2, during her final confrontation with Bill.truth.



* ''Film/TheShopAroundTheCorner'' and its remake ''Film/YouveGotMail'' are built around this trope, with two Internal Reveals. Half-way through Alfred/Joe finds out that rival Klara/Kathleen is actually his secret sweetheart, and the rest of the film sees the audience waiting for Klara/Kathleen to find out the truth.
* In ''Film/{{Gilda}},'' the audience learns that Mundson survived the plane explosion immediately. Our lovebirds need to wait until the climax.



* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'': The kids obviously have to explain things to their mother when Elliot falls ill from E.T.'s PsychicLink. And this is moments before the government stepped in and placed their entire house under quarantine.
* In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': The audience fully knows that Nathan is the killer from the beginning, and yet it is treated as a major plot twist when Shilo finds out near the end.
* In ''{{Film/Matilda}}'', Miss Honey responds to a particularly vile taunt from Miss Trunchbull with "[[spoiler:I am ''not'' seven years old anymore, Aunt Trunchbull!]]", revealing to her students something Matilda and the viewers had learned about half the movie ago.

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* ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'': The kids obviously have to explain things to their mother when Elliot falls ill from E.T.'s PsychicLink. And this is moments before Halfway through ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', the government stepped in and placed their entire house under quarantine.
* In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': The
audience fully learns that [[spoiler:Judy, who initially only seems to be a woman with an uncanny resemblance to Scottie's dead love Madeleine, actually ''is'' Madeleine. More accurately, the "Madeleine" Scottie met was only Judy impersonating as her.]] The audience's knowledge of [[spoiler:Judy]]'s secret makes [[spoiler:her eventual giving in to Scottie's demands to make her into his lost love's image]] even more ironic.
** Hitchcock explained his motivation for this reveal in his interviews with Creator/FrancoisTruffaut; once the audience
knows that Nathan is the killer from truth, their sympathies are divided between the beginning, and yet it is treated as a major plot twist when Shilo finds out near the end.
* In ''{{Film/Matilda}}'', Miss Honey responds to a particularly vile taunt from Miss Trunchbull with "[[spoiler:I am ''not'' seven years old anymore, Aunt Trunchbull!]]", revealing to her students something Matilda and the viewers had learned about half the movie ago.
protagonists.



* More than once in ''Literature/AllForTheGame''.
** When Neil tells Kevin that he is the Butcher's son.
** Kevin announces in an interview that his hand wasn't broken in a skiing accident in ''The King's Men''.
* Lori and Dimity together do this in ''Literature/AuntDimity's Death''. Lori has just discovered Dimity is writing to her from beyond the grave, and Bill finds her just after the first time this happens. Lori tells him about it and shows him the journal page, which looks blank to him—until Dimity writes something to Bill which only he can read. Later in the series, Lori demonstrates the journal link to Emma Harris, and Dimity addresses herself to her as well.
* The opening chapters of Jane Linskold's ''Literature/BreakingTheWall - Thirteen Orphans'' were ''meant'' to be this for the main character Brenda, being brought into the full knowledge of lore that her father and others have inherited over the generations. What was planned as a gradual reveal turned into a crash course fairly quickly though.
* While ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' never makes a secret of Karyl's and Melodía's fates - they're both POV characters - Felipe, Jaume and Falk are shocked to learn that one is still alive and the other now fights for Providence.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry slowly starts revealing details of the magical world to his BadassNormal friend Karrin, when he needs her help.



* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, there are a few.

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* In Played with in ''Literature/GoneGirl''. [[spoiler: Nick and Margo]] find out that [[spoiler: Amy is a sociopath]] around the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, there are same time we do, but while they only get the general idea of what [[spoiler: Amy]] has done, [[spoiler: Amy herself tells us exactly how she did it, down to the sickest detail.]] Still, the police don't know yet.
* ''Literature/TheHeirChronicles'': Jack and friends do have to explain their magical powers to their parents (and the local police chief) in the final book. The Roses had [[spoiler:formed
a few.truce and]] begun to launch a full-scale assault on their hometown, you see...
* ''Literature/WarriorCats''



* ''Literature/TheHeirChronicles'': Jack and friends do have to explain their magical powers to their parents (and the local police chief) in the final book. The Roses had [[spoiler:formed a truce and]] begun to launch a full-scale assault on their hometown, you see...
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry slowly starts revealing details of the magical world to his BadassNormal friend Karrin, when he needs her help.
* In ''Deep Wizardry'', the second book in the ''YoungWizards'' series, Nita and Kit repeatedly break curfew while trying to make sure that a SealedEvilInACan ''stays'' sealed, forcing them to come clean about being wizards to her parents. At first the adults think that it's a combination of trickery and hypnosis, so Nita and Kit up the ante by taking them on a trip to the Moon (Nita's younger sister Dairine is not happy about having been left out of the trip). Nita's parents (and eventually Kit's parents) seem to be unusually undisturbed about their children risking their lives to fight evil, but given that the only way to stop them would be to keep them permanently unconscious, that might just be the adults dealing with the hand they've been dealt.
* The opening chapters of Jane Linskold's ''[[Literature/BreakingTheWall Thirteen Orphans]]'' were ''meant'' to be this for the main character Brenda, being brought into the full knowledge of lore that her father and others have inherited over the generations. What was planned as a gradual reveal turned into a crash course fairly quickly though.
* Lori and Dimity together do this in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity's Death]]''. Lori has just discovered Dimity is writing to her from beyond the grave, and Bill finds her just after the first time this happens. Lori tells him about it and shows him the journal page, which looks blank to him—until Dimity writes something to Bill which only he can read. Later in the series, Lori demonstrates the journal link to Emma Harris, and Dimity addresses herself to her as well.
* Played with in ''Literature/GoneGirl''. [[spoiler: Nick and Margo]] find out that [[spoiler: Amy is a sociopath]] around the same time we do, but while they only get the general idea of what [[spoiler: Amy]] has done, [[spoiler: Amy herself tells us exactly how she did it, down to the sickest detail.]] Still, the police don't know yet.
* While ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' never makes a secret of Karyl's and Melodía's fates - they're both POV characters - Felipe, Jaume and Falk are shocked to learn that one is still alive and the other now fights for Providence.
* More than once in ''Literature/AllForTheGame''.
** When Neil tells Kevin that he is the Butcher's son.
** Kevin announces in an interview that his hand wasn't broken in a skiing accident in ''The King's Men''.

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* ''Literature/TheHeirChronicles'': Jack and friends do have to explain their magical powers to their parents (and the local police chief) in the final book. The Roses had [[spoiler:formed a truce and]] begun to launch a full-scale assault on their hometown, you see...
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry slowly starts revealing details of the magical world to his BadassNormal friend Karrin, when he needs her help.
* In ''Deep Wizardry'', the second book in the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, Nita and Kit repeatedly break curfew while trying to make sure that a SealedEvilInACan ''stays'' sealed, forcing them to come clean about being wizards to her parents. At first the adults think that it's a combination of trickery and hypnosis, so Nita and Kit up the ante by taking them on a trip to the Moon (Nita's younger sister Dairine is not happy about having been left out of the trip). Nita's parents (and eventually Kit's parents) seem to be unusually undisturbed about their children risking their lives to fight evil, but given that the only way to stop them would be to keep them permanently unconscious, that might just be the adults dealing with the hand they've been dealt.
* The opening chapters of Jane Linskold's ''[[Literature/BreakingTheWall Thirteen Orphans]]'' were ''meant'' to be this for the main character Brenda, being brought into the full knowledge of lore that her father and others have inherited over the generations. What was planned as a gradual reveal turned into a crash course fairly quickly though.
* Lori and Dimity together do this in ''[[AuntDimity Aunt Dimity's Death]]''. Lori has just discovered Dimity is writing to her from beyond the grave, and Bill finds her just after the first time this happens. Lori tells him about it and shows him the journal page, which looks blank to him—until Dimity writes something to Bill which only he can read. Later in the series, Lori demonstrates the journal link to Emma Harris, and Dimity addresses herself to her as well.
* Played with in ''Literature/GoneGirl''. [[spoiler: Nick and Margo]] find out that [[spoiler: Amy is a sociopath]] around the same time we do, but while they only get the general idea of what [[spoiler: Amy]] has done, [[spoiler: Amy herself tells us exactly how she did it, down to the sickest detail.]] Still, the police don't know yet.
* While ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' never makes a secret of Karyl's and Melodía's fates - they're both POV characters - Felipe, Jaume and Falk are shocked to learn that one is still alive and the other now fights for Providence.
* More than once in ''Literature/AllForTheGame''.
** When Neil tells Kevin that he is the Butcher's son.
** Kevin announces in an interview that his hand wasn't broken in a skiing accident in ''The King's Men''.
dealt.



* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "The Wrong Mrs. Boynton", Miss Brooks offers to pretend to be Mrs. Boynton in order to impress the dean of the local college. She thinks she's getting an opportunity to act as Mr. Boynton's wife, but the audience already know that she has unwittingly agreed to play the part of Mr. Boynton's ''mother''.
** In "Mrs. Davis Reads Tea Leaves", Miss Brooks overhears a conversation between Mr. Boynton and Harriet, and jumps to the conclusion that Mr. Boynton is finally going to marry her and move with her to honeymoon cottage on the edge of town. [[spoiler:It turns out that he wants to open a summer camp. Cue her stunned reaction when he proposes they have twenty kids. Not to mention the fact that Mr. Conklin tries to outbid him.]]
** In "June Bride", Walter Denton and the Conklins assume that Mr. Boynton has finally proposed to Miss Brooks, and the two are to be married that same day. In actuality, Miss Brooks had agreed to be the proxy for Monsieur [=LeBlanc=]'s French bride.
** In "Radio Bombay", a newscast on Walter's homemade radio forecasts the imminent arrival of a strong hurricane. Unfortunately, nobody is around to hear that the newscast originates from Bombay, India.
** In "Spare That Rod", Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass alter a ten year old letter they find addressed to a previous principal. The letter was from the head of the board, accusing the principal of being "flagrantly dictatorial" in his management of the school. They use a typewriter to readdress the letter to Principal Conklin.
** In "Bobbsey Twins in Stir" Mrs. Davis had been arrested after having unwittingly sold forged tickets to the [[RefugeInAudacity policeman's ball]], but fortunately released soon thereafter. Upset, she goes to visit her sister Angela. [[spoiler:Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Stone end up being drawn into the scheme as well.]]
* ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' has made this its main strategy for driving ratings over the past 10 years (or even longer). Examples:
** Grant Mitchell finding out about the affair between his wife Sharon and brother Phil.
** Kat Slater telling her "sister" Zoe that they were actually mother and daughter.
** Bradley Branning finding out on Christmas Day that his dad had an affair with Bradley's wife Stacey when the two of them briefly split up.
** Phil Mitchell finding out that his ex-girlfriend Lisa's daughter was also his daughter, not her new husband Mark's.
** Phil finding out - on his wedding day - that his fiance Stella was psychologically abusing his son Ben.
** Bianca Jackson finding out that her boyfriend Tony was sleeping with her 14-year old step-daughter Whitney.
** Ronnie Mitchell finding out that Danielle Jones was the daughter that she gave away as a teenager.
** The audience found out who was blackmailing Syed before anyone in the story did. [[spoiler: it was Lucy Beale.]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** "The One Where Rachel Finds Out" that Ross has a crush on her, followed by "The One Where Ross Finds Out" after UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo.
** Monica and Chandler's relationship was treated like this a bit, too. The audience knew by the morning after, but they tried to keep it secret from other characters. Joey found out after several episodes so they were forced to confide in him, until the secret got out to Rachel and Phoebe in one episode, and finally Ross later that episode. Amusingly, Joey was the only one to figure it out just by connecting dots.
* The ''Series/{{Lost}}'' audience found out Claire was Jack's half-sister more than a season before Jack did.
** Not to mention Richard's immortality, the extent of the Smoke Monster's abilities and influence, and characters like Christian Shepherd and Libby having met various Losties before their arrival on the Island. Mostly they're due to the flashback/flashforward structure of the story and the characters inability to communicate whatever new information they've learned (seriously, half the mysteries on the show would've been solved in season 1 if people had just compared notes).
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': The audience finds out that Nathan is Claire's father before Claire does.
** Don't forget most of the second season, like Hiro finding out that Adam killed his father when it was already incredibly obvious in Peter's storyline.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had the episode where Lois Lane finally figures out that Clark Kent and Superman are the same person.
* Niles was in love with Daphne on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' for years and years before she finally found out.
* Boomer was revealed to be a Cylon sleeper agent at the end of the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' miniseries. Most of the cast, including Boomer herself, didn't find out until the end of season one.

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* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "The Wrong Mrs. Boynton", Miss Brooks offers to pretend to be Mrs. Boynton in order to impress
''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' "Turn, Turn, Turn" brought the dean of show's characters (and any viewers who missed the local college. She thinks she's getting an opportunity movie) up to act as Mr. Boynton's wife, but speed on what happened in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': [[spoiler:HYDRA had infiltrated SHIELD, the Triskelion (SHIELD HQ) was destroyed, and Nick Fury was dead]]. The next episode had Coulson learn that [[spoiler:Nick Fury was secretly alive]].
** Also in "Turn, Turn, Turn,"
the audience already know learns that she has unwittingly agreed to play the part of Mr. Boynton's ''mother''.
** In "Mrs. Davis Reads Tea Leaves", Miss Brooks overhears a conversation between Mr. Boynton and Harriet, and jumps to the conclusion that Mr. Boynton is finally going to marry her and move with her to honeymoon cottage on the edge of town. [[spoiler:It turns out that he wants to open a summer camp. Cue her stunned reaction when he proposes they have twenty kids. Not to mention the fact that Mr. Conklin tries to outbid him.]]
** In "June Bride", Walter Denton and the Conklins assume that Mr. Boynton has finally proposed to Miss Brooks, and the two are to be married that same day. In actuality, Miss Brooks had agreed to be the proxy for Monsieur [=LeBlanc=]'s French bride.
** In "Radio Bombay", a newscast on Walter's homemade radio forecasts the imminent arrival of a strong hurricane. Unfortunately, nobody is around to hear that the newscast originates from Bombay, India.
** In "Spare That Rod", Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass alter a ten year old letter they find addressed to a previous principal. The letter was from the head of the board, accusing the principal of being "flagrantly dictatorial" in his management of the school. They use a typewriter to readdress the letter to Principal Conklin.
** In "Bobbsey Twins in Stir" Mrs. Davis had been arrested after having unwittingly sold forged tickets to the [[RefugeInAudacity policeman's ball]], but fortunately released soon thereafter. Upset, she goes to visit her sister Angela. [[spoiler:Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Stone end up being drawn into the scheme as well.]]
* ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' has made this its main strategy for driving ratings over the past 10 years (or even longer). Examples:
**
[[spoiler:Agent Grant Mitchell finding out about the affair between his wife Sharon and brother Phil.
** Kat Slater telling her "sister" Zoe that they were actually mother and daughter.
** Bradley Branning finding out on Christmas Day that his dad had an affair with Bradley's wife Stacey when the
Ward]] is TheMole. It's not until two of them briefly split up.
** Phil Mitchell finding out that his ex-girlfriend Lisa's daughter was also his daughter, not her new husband Mark's.
** Phil finding out - on his wedding day - that his fiance Stella was psychologically abusing his son Ben.
** Bianca Jackson finding out that her boyfriend Tony was sleeping with her 14-year old step-daughter Whitney.
** Ronnie Mitchell finding out that Danielle Jones was the daughter that she gave away as a teenager.
** The audience found out who was blackmailing Syed before anyone in the story did. [[spoiler: it was Lucy Beale.]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** "The One Where Rachel Finds Out" that Ross has a crush on her, followed by "The One Where Ross Finds Out" after UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo.
** Monica and Chandler's relationship was treated like this a bit, too. The audience knew by the morning after, but they tried to keep it secret from other characters. Joey found out after several
episodes so they were forced to confide in him, until the secret got out to Rachel and Phoebe in one episode, and finally Ross later that episode. Amusingly, Joey was the only one to figure it out just by connecting dots.
* The ''Series/{{Lost}}'' audience found out Claire was Jack's half-sister more than a season before Jack did.
** Not to mention Richard's immortality, the extent of the Smoke Monster's abilities and influence, and characters like Christian Shepherd and Libby having met various Losties before their arrival
someone on the Island. Mostly they're due to the flashback/flashforward structure of the story regular team finds out, and the characters inability to communicate whatever new information they've learned (seriously, half the mysteries on the show would've been solved in season 1 if people had just compared notes).
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': The audience finds out that Nathan is Claire's father before Claire does.
** Don't forget most
rest of the second season, like Hiro finding main cast find out that Adam killed his father when it was already incredibly obvious in Peter's storyline.
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had
the episode where Lois Lane finally figures out that Clark Kent after that.
* The plot of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' begins when Sydney reveals her status as a spy to her fiance,
and Superman are the same person.
* Niles was in love with Daphne on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' for years and years before she finally found out.
* Boomer was revealed to be a Cylon sleeper agent at the end of the ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' miniseries. Most of the cast, including Boomer herself, didn't find out until the end of season one.
he is promptly killed by SD-6.



* Boomer was revealed to be a Cylon sleeper agent at the end of the ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' miniseries. Most of the cast, including Boomer herself, didn't find out until the end of season one.
* In the second series of ''Series/BeingHumanUK'', the audience knows that Lucy is Dr. Jaggat as soon as the latter appears on screen. Mitchell remains in the dark until she's killed his vampire charges and the priest he's interrogating about her whereabouts refers to her by her surname.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Half the drama comes from Walt trying to keep his new life as a meth cook a secret - particularly from his wife, son and [=DEA=] agent brother-in-law. [[spoiler: Skyler is the first to figure it out, while Hank doesn't realize until halfway through the last season. Walter Jr / Flynn is the very last to learn the truth.]]
** On top of that, the show sat on the reveal that Walt watched Jane die for three and a half seasons. Much of the tension between Jesse and Walt was heightened with the viewer's knowledge that the truth would eventually out. The episode where Walter reveals the truth is widely regarded as the best episode of the entire show ([[DramaBomb for a number of other reasons as well]]).



* This happens gradually for ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' with his close circle. The only two people still LockedOutOfTheLoop? [[ThoseTwoGuys Jeff and Lester]].
* The format of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' is ''built'' on internal reveals. Every episode begins by showing the audience ''exactly'' who murdered the VictimOfTheWeek, how they did it, how they covered their tracks, and usually their motive as well. Then Lt. Colombo shows up knowing none of these things, and we get to [[ReverseWhodunnit watch him figure it out]].



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' first reveals to the audience that Sam's been powering up by drinking demon blood. Dean is the ''last'' person to know.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' - Peter finding out that he is [[spoiler: Walter's ReplacementGoldfish from the AlternateUniverse]]. The reveal to the audience happens at the end of the first season, but once Olivia figures it out in the middle of the second, the audience knows it's only a matter of time until the beans are spilled, and the writers milked it for all the tension they could. Peter's reaction to the reveal does not disappoint.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Doctor K creating Venjix. The Rangers don't find out until a few episodes after the audience did, and [[ColonelBadass General Truman]] and co don't find out for quite some time after that.
* In the second series of ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', the audience knows that Lucy is Dr. Jaggat as soon as the latter appears on screen. Mitchell remains in the dark until she's killed his vampire charges and the priest he's interrogating about her whereabouts refers to her by her surname.
* ''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'' is built around this, with the ending of each of its seasons featuring the reveal to the chosen schmo (or schmoes in season two) that the entire reality show they've been participating in was fake and everyone they were supposedly competing against was actually an actor.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'':
** Anyone who has been exposed to popular media in the last 20 years knows that the title character is a serial killer who will later be known as "Hannibal the Cannibal". Part of the drama in the series is when and how Will Graham will figure it out.
** It's also played as a bit of a wink to the audience in one episode when Jack Crawford is having a meal at Lecter's and innocently asks what the meat is. Mads Mikkelson draws out the pause before saying it's just pork. Not to mention the lion in the room metaphor, and the little in-jokes Hannibal likes to make.

to:

* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' first reveals to ''Series/{{Eastenders}}'' has made this its main strategy for driving ratings over the audience past 10 years (or even longer). Examples:
** Grant Mitchell finding out about the affair between his wife Sharon and brother Phil.
** Kat Slater telling her "sister" Zoe
that Sam's been powering up by drinking demon blood. Dean is they were actually mother and daughter.
** Bradley Branning finding out on Christmas Day that his dad had an affair with Bradley's wife Stacey when
the ''last'' person to know.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' - Peter
two of them briefly split up.
** Phil Mitchell
finding out that he is [[spoiler: Walter's ReplacementGoldfish from his ex-girlfriend Lisa's daughter was also his daughter, not her new husband Mark's.
** Phil finding out - on his wedding day - that his fiance Stella was psychologically abusing his son Ben.
** Bianca Jackson finding out that her boyfriend Tony was sleeping with her 14-year old step-daughter Whitney.
** Ronnie Mitchell finding out that Danielle Jones was
the AlternateUniverse]]. daughter that she gave away as a teenager.
**
The reveal to the audience happens at the end of the first season, but once Olivia figures it found out who was blackmailing Syed before anyone in the middle of the second, the audience knows it's only a matter of time until the beans are spilled, and the writers milked it for all the tension they could. Peter's reaction to the reveal does not disappoint.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Doctor K creating Venjix. The Rangers don't find out until a few episodes after the audience did, and [[ColonelBadass General Truman]] and co don't find out for quite some time after that.
* In the second series of ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', the audience knows that
story did. [[spoiler:it was Lucy is Dr. Jaggat as soon as the latter appears on screen. Mitchell remains in the dark until she's killed his vampire charges and the priest he's interrogating about her whereabouts refers to her by her surname.
* ''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'' is built around this, with the ending of each of its seasons featuring the reveal to the chosen schmo (or schmoes in season two) that the entire reality show they've been participating in was fake and everyone they were supposedly competing against was actually an actor.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'':
** Anyone who has been exposed to popular media in the last 20 years knows that the title character is a serial killer who will later be known as "Hannibal the Cannibal". Part of the drama in the series is when and how Will Graham will figure it out.
** It's also played as a bit of a wink to the audience in one episode when Jack Crawford is having a meal at Lecter's and innocently asks what the meat is. Mads Mikkelson draws out the pause before saying it's just pork. Not to mention the lion in the room metaphor, and the little in-jokes Hannibal likes to make.
Beale.]]



** Moya's pregnancy, first revealed to the audience in the season one episode "They've Got A Secret," has significant implications for multiple villains of the week when they discover this over the rest of the season, such as sending [[spoiler: Durka]] into a full-on VillainousBreakdown when he realizes Moya's condition prevents her from utilizing Starburst to escape a Nebari vessel he ''really'' doesn't want to go back to.
** Harvey's existence has the distinction of not only getting played as TheReveal, but an Internal Reveal as well. For the same character! [[spoiler: Harvey first reveals himself to Crichton as a bizarre EnemyMine to help Crichton escape capture by the Scarrans in "Won't Get Fooled Again," but by the end of the episode has erased his existence from Crichton's mind. Later in season 2, Scorpius himself reveals Harvey's presence to Crichton, which ultimately sets up the season finale.]]
** [[spoiler: Zahn discovers Aeryn is still alive as TheReveal, sacrificing her own life to bring her back. The InternalReveal occurs later in the episode, when Aeryn pulls a BigDamnHeroes to save Crichton and D'Argo from a Scarran agent.]]
** [[spoiler: Chiana and Jothee sleep together. The following episode D'Argo finds out, which completely destroys his relationship with Jothee and isn't repaired again until the finale miniseries.]]

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** Moya's pregnancy, first revealed to the audience in the season one episode "They've Got A Secret," has significant implications for multiple villains of the week when they discover this over the rest of the season, such as sending [[spoiler: Durka]] [[spoiler:Durka]] into a full-on VillainousBreakdown when he realizes Moya's condition prevents her from utilizing Starburst to escape a Nebari vessel he ''really'' doesn't want to go back to.
** Harvey's existence has the distinction of not only getting played as TheReveal, but an Internal Reveal as well. For the same character! [[spoiler: Harvey [[spoiler:Harvey first reveals himself to Crichton as a bizarre EnemyMine to help Crichton escape capture by the Scarrans in "Won't Get Fooled Again," but by the end of the episode has erased his existence from Crichton's mind. Later in season 2, Scorpius himself reveals Harvey's presence to Crichton, which ultimately sets up the season finale.]]
** [[spoiler: Zahn [[spoiler:Zahn discovers Aeryn is still alive as TheReveal, sacrificing her own life to bring her back. The InternalReveal occurs later in the episode, when Aeryn pulls a BigDamnHeroes to save Crichton and D'Argo from a Scarran agent.]]
** [[spoiler: Chiana [[spoiler:Chiana and Jothee sleep together. The following episode D'Argo finds out, which completely destroys his relationship with Jothee and isn't repaired again until the finale miniseries.]]



** After Crichton is "twinned" in "Eat Me," a substantial part of the season splits the crews between Moya and Talyn, with one Crichton on each. [[spoiler: Talyn!John dies, sacrificing himself to destroy a Scarran Dreadnought. Moya!John learning of this when the crews finally reunite several episodes later severely impacts his relationship with Aeryn.]]
** A ''big'' one is set up by TheReveal that [[spoiler: Aeryn is pregnant]] in the season 3 finale. Noranti tells [[spoiler: Crichton]] immediately, while the Internal Reveal to various other characters ([[spoiler: including Crichton revealing to Aeryn that he knows]]) drives a fair bit of interactions between [[spoiler: Aeryn and the rest of the crew]] for much of season 4, as well as further damaging [[spoiler: Crichton and Aeryn's relationship]].
** [[spoiler: Crichton taking drugs supplied by Noranti over most of the season to suppress his feelings for Aeryn does ''not'' go over well with her when she finds out. Her furious confrontation with him and outright ''ordering'' him to stop taking them ultimately reconciles them and leads to them [[TheyDo finally getting together for good]].]]
* The first episode of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' reveals there's much more to Harrison Wells than meets the eye. As the audience learns more and more about him, the other characters gradually become suspicious. It all comes out in "Who is Harrison Wells", when the heroes find pretty indisputable evidence that [[spoiler: the real Wells has been dead for years and the guy impersonating him is also the Reverse Flash.]]

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** After Crichton is "twinned" in "Eat Me," a substantial part of the season splits the crews between Moya and Talyn, with one Crichton on each. [[spoiler: Talyn!John [[spoiler:Talyn!John dies, sacrificing himself to destroy a Scarran Dreadnought. Moya!John learning of this when the crews finally reunite several episodes later severely impacts his relationship with Aeryn.]]
** A ''big'' one is set up by TheReveal that [[spoiler: Aeryn [[spoiler:Aeryn is pregnant]] in the season 3 finale. Noranti tells [[spoiler: Crichton]] [[spoiler:Crichton]] immediately, while the Internal Reveal to various other characters ([[spoiler: including ([[spoiler:including Crichton revealing to Aeryn that he knows]]) drives a fair bit of interactions between [[spoiler: Aeryn [[spoiler:Aeryn and the rest of the crew]] for much of season 4, as well as further damaging [[spoiler: Crichton [[spoiler:Crichton and Aeryn's relationship]].
** [[spoiler: Crichton [[spoiler:Crichton taking drugs supplied by Noranti over most of the season to suppress his feelings for Aeryn does ''not'' go over well with her when she finds out. Her furious confrontation with him and outright ''ordering'' him to stop taking them ultimately reconciles them and leads to them [[TheyDo finally getting together for good]].]]
* The first episode of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' reveals there's much more to Harrison Wells than meets the eye. As the audience learns more and more about him, the other characters gradually become suspicious. It all comes out in "Who is Harrison Wells", when the heroes find pretty indisputable evidence that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the real Wells has been dead for years and the guy impersonating him is also the Reverse Flash.]]



* The premise of the first season of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is that all of the people in Storybrooke are fairy tale characters magic'd into thinking they're not. The audience learns this quickly. [[spoiler: The Huntsman starts to understand, but then he's killed. Much later Emma gets a proper Internal Reveal, and then the whole town]].
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' "Turn, Turn, Turn" brought the show's characters (and any viewers who missed the movie) up to speed on what happened in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': [[spoiler:HYDRA had infiltrated SHIELD, the Triskelion (SHIELD HQ) was destroyed, and Nick Fury was dead]]. The next episode had Coulson learn that [[spoiler:Nick Fury was secretly alive]].
** Also in "Turn, Turn, Turn," the audience learns that [[spoiler:Agent Grant Ward]] is TheMole. It's not until two episodes later that someone on the regular team finds out, and the rest of the main cast find out in the episode after that.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Half the drama comes from Walt trying to keep his new life as a meth cook a secret - particularly from his wife, son and [=DEA=] agent brother-in-law. [[spoiler: Skyler is the first to figure it out, while Hank doesn't realize until halfway through the last season. Walter Jr / Flynn is the very last to learn the truth.]]
** On top of that, the show sat on the reveal that Walt watched Jane die for three and a half seasons. Much of the tension between Jesse and Walt was heightened with the viewer's knowledge that the truth would eventually out. The episode where Walter reveals the truth is widely regarded as the best episode of the entire show ([[DramaBomb for a number of other reasons as well]]).
* The plot of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' begins when Sydney reveals her status as a spy to her fiance, and he is promptly killed by SD-6.
* This happens gradually for ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' with his close circle. The only two people still LockedOutOfTheLoop? [[ThoseTwoGuys Jeff and Lester]].
* ''GameOfThrones'' does this constantly, due to the complicated plot and the slow speed at which news travels in medieval Westeros. The 1st and 2nd seasons had numerous cases of characters finding out the big reveal from the first episode: that the queen has been [[BrotherSisterIncest nailing her brother]] and all three of her children are [[SuccessionCrisis his bastards]]. Other examples include:

to:

* Niles was in love with Daphne on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' for years and years before she finally found out.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** "The One Where Rachel Finds Out" that Ross has a crush on her, followed by "The One Where Ross Finds Out" after UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo.
** Monica and Chandler's relationship was treated like this a bit, too.
The premise audience knew by the morning after, but they tried to keep it secret from other characters. Joey found out after several episodes so they were forced to confide in him, until the secret got out to Rachel and Phoebe in one episode, and finally Ross later that episode. Amusingly, Joey was the only one to figure it out just by connecting dots.
* ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' - Peter finding out that he is [[spoiler: Walter's ReplacementGoldfish from the AlternateUniverse]]. The reveal to the audience happens at the end
of the first season of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is that all season, but once Olivia figures it out in the middle of the people in Storybrooke are fairy tale characters magic'd into thinking they're not. The audience learns this quickly. [[spoiler: The Huntsman starts to understand, but then he's killed. Much later Emma gets a proper Internal Reveal, and then the whole town]].
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' "Turn, Turn, Turn" brought the show's characters (and any viewers who missed the movie) up to speed on what happened in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': [[spoiler:HYDRA had infiltrated SHIELD, the Triskelion (SHIELD HQ) was destroyed, and Nick Fury was dead]]. The next episode had Coulson learn that [[spoiler:Nick Fury was secretly alive]].
** Also in "Turn, Turn, Turn,"
second, the audience learns that [[spoiler:Agent Grant Ward]] is TheMole. It's not knows it's only a matter of time until two episodes later that someone on the regular team finds out, beans are spilled, and the rest of the main cast find out in the episode after that.
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Half the drama comes from Walt trying to keep his new life as a meth cook a secret - particularly from his wife, son and [=DEA=] agent brother-in-law. [[spoiler: Skyler is the first to figure
writers milked it out, while Hank doesn't realize until halfway through the last season. Walter Jr / Flynn is the very last to learn the truth.]]
** On top of that, the show sat on the reveal that Walt watched Jane die
for three and a half seasons. Much of all the tension between Jesse and Walt was heightened with they could. Peter's reaction to the viewer's knowledge that the truth would eventually out. The episode where Walter reveals the truth is widely regarded as the best episode of the entire show ([[DramaBomb for a number of other reasons as well]]).
reveal does not disappoint.
* The plot of ''Series/{{Alias}}'' begins when Sydney reveals her status as a spy to her fiance, and he is promptly killed by SD-6.
* This happens gradually for ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' with his close circle. The only two people still LockedOutOfTheLoop? [[ThoseTwoGuys Jeff and Lester]].
* ''GameOfThrones''
''Series/GameOfThrones'' does this constantly, due to the complicated plot and the slow speed at which news travels in medieval Westeros. The 1st and 2nd seasons had numerous cases of characters finding out the big reveal from the first episode: that the queen has been [[BrotherSisterIncest nailing her brother]] and all three of her children are [[SuccessionCrisis his bastards]]. Other examples include:



** Various characters finding out that [[spoiler: Daenerys has dragons.]]
** Various characters, especially Stannis and Davos, finding out that [[spoiler: the [[BiggerBad White Walkers]] are real.]]
** [[LockedOutOfTheLoop Jaime]] finding out that [[spoiler: the capital was besieged by Stannis's army.]]
** Gendry finding out that [[spoiler: he's the [[HeroicBastard bastard son]] of the late king.]]
* The format of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' is ''built'' on internal reveals. Every episode begins by showing the audience ''exactly'' who murdered the VictimOfTheWeek, how they did it, how they covered their tracks, and usually their motive as well. Then Lt. Colombo shows up knowing none of these things, and we get to [[ReverseWhodunnit watch him figure it out]].
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', many members of the audience guess fairly early (earlier than the first character who discovered it actually) that [[spoiler: Kouta's missing friend Yuya was turned into an Inves, and was the first one Kouta killed.]] Once Kouta learns however, [[HeroicBSOD his reaction isn't pretty.]]

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** Various characters finding out that [[spoiler: Daenerys [[spoiler:Daenerys has dragons.]]
** Various characters, especially Stannis and Davos, finding out that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the [[BiggerBad White Walkers]] are real.]]
** [[LockedOutOfTheLoop Jaime]] finding out that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the capital was besieged by Stannis's army.]]
** Gendry finding out that [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's the [[HeroicBastard bastard son]] of the late king.]]
* The format ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'':
** Anyone who has been exposed to popular media in the last 20 years knows that the title character is a serial killer who will later be known as "Hannibal the Cannibal". Part
of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' the drama in the series is ''built'' on internal reveals. Every episode begins by showing when and how Will Graham will figure it out.
** It's also played as a bit of a wink to
the audience ''exactly'' who murdered in one episode when Jack Crawford is having a meal at Lecter's and innocently asks what the VictimOfTheWeek, how meat is. Mads Mikkelson draws out the pause before saying it's just pork. Not to mention the lion in the room metaphor, and the little in-jokes Hannibal likes to make.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': The audience finds out that Nathan is Claire's father before Claire does.
** Don't forget most of the second season, like Hiro finding out that Adam killed his father when it was already incredibly obvious in Peter's storyline.
* ''Series/TheJoeSchmoShow'' is built around this, with the ending of each of its seasons featuring the reveal to the chosen schmo (or schmoes in season two) that the entire reality show they've been participating in was fake and everyone
they did it, how they covered their tracks, and usually their motive as well. Then Lt. Colombo shows up knowing none of these things, and we get to [[ReverseWhodunnit watch him figure it out]].
were supposedly competing against was actually an actor.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', many members of the audience guess fairly early (earlier than the first character who discovered it actually) that [[spoiler: Kouta's [[spoiler:Kouta's missing friend Yuya was turned into an Inves, and was the first one Kouta killed.]] Once Kouta learns however, [[HeroicBSOD his reaction isn't pretty.]]



* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' had the episode where Lois Lane finally figures out that Clark Kent and Superman are the same person.
* The ''Series/{{Lost}}'' audience found out Claire was Jack's half-sister more than a season before Jack did.
** Not to mention Richard's immortality, the extent of the Smoke Monster's abilities and influence, and characters like Christian Shepherd and Libby having met various Losties before their arrival on the Island. Mostly they're due to the flashback/flashforward structure of the story and the characters inability to communicate whatever new information they've learned (seriously, half the mysteries on the show would've been solved in season 1 if people had just compared notes).
* The premise of the first season of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is that all of the people in Storybrooke are fairy tale characters magic'd into thinking they're not. The audience learns this quickly. [[spoiler:The Huntsman starts to understand, but then he's killed. Much later Emma gets a proper Internal Reveal, and then the whole town]].
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "The Wrong Mrs. Boynton", Miss Brooks offers to pretend to be Mrs. Boynton in order to impress the dean of the local college. She thinks she's getting an opportunity to act as Mr. Boynton's wife, but the audience already know that she has unwittingly agreed to play the part of Mr. Boynton's ''mother''.
** In "Mrs. Davis Reads Tea Leaves", Miss Brooks overhears a conversation between Mr. Boynton and Harriet, and jumps to the conclusion that Mr. Boynton is finally going to marry her and move with her to honeymoon cottage on the edge of town. [[spoiler:It turns out that he wants to open a summer camp. Cue her stunned reaction when he proposes they have twenty kids. Not to mention the fact that Mr. Conklin tries to outbid him.]]
** In "June Bride", Walter Denton and the Conklins assume that Mr. Boynton has finally proposed to Miss Brooks, and the two are to be married that same day. In actuality, Miss Brooks had agreed to be the proxy for Monsieur [=LeBlanc=]'s French bride.
** In "Radio Bombay", a newscast on Walter's homemade radio forecasts the imminent arrival of a strong hurricane. Unfortunately, nobody is around to hear that the newscast originates from Bombay, India.
** In "Spare That Rod", Walter Denton and Stretch Snodgrass alter a ten year old letter they find addressed to a previous principal. The letter was from the head of the board, accusing the principal of being "flagrantly dictatorial" in his management of the school. They use a typewriter to readdress the letter to Principal Conklin.
** In "Bobbsey Twins in Stir" Mrs. Davis had been arrested after having unwittingly sold forged tickets to the [[RefugeInAudacity policeman's ball]], but fortunately released soon thereafter. Upset, she goes to visit her sister Angela. [[spoiler:Miss Brooks, Mr. Boynton, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Stone end up being drawn into the scheme as well.]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Doctor K creating Venjix. The Rangers don't find out until a few episodes after the audience did, and [[ColonelBadass General Truman]] and co don't find out for quite some time after that.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' first reveals to the audience that Sam's been powering up by drinking demon blood. Dean is the ''last'' person to know.



* Edmund of ''Theatre/KingLear'' outs himself to the audience as a ManipulativeBastard out to banish his brother Edgar and usurp his father, Duke of Gloucester early on in Act I. The latter two only find out about it during Act III, when things come to a head [[spoiler:and Edmund has [[MoralEventHorizon Goneril and Regan gouge his father's eyes out]]]].
** Similarly (and perhaps more importantly) Goneril and Regan discuss getting rid of their father - or at the very least, putting him in his place - as early as the first scene. Lear only realises his daughters have turned on him at the end of Act II, [[spoiler:just in time for them to turn him out into a storm]]. This, coupled with the added realisation that he banished his only ''loving'' daughter, Cordelia (yet another piece of knowledge the audience was already privy to), [[spoiler:[[GoMadFromTheRevelation drives him to madness]]]].



* Similarly, Edmund of ''Theatre/KingLear'' outs himself to the audience as a ManipulativeBastard out to banish his brother Edgar and usurp his father, Duke of Gloucester early on in Act I. The latter two only find out about it during Act III, when things come to a head [[spoiler:and Edmund has [[MoralEventHorizon Goneril and Regan gouge his father's eyes out]]]].
** Similarly (and perhaps more importantly) Goneril and Regan discuss getting rid of their father - or at the very least, putting him in his place - as early as the first scene. Lear only realises his daughters have turned on him at the end of Act II, [[spoiler:just in time for them to turn him out into a storm]]. This, coupled with the added realisation that he banished his only ''loving'' daughter, Cordelia (yet another piece of knowledge the audience was already privy to), [[spoiler:[[GoMadFromTheRevelation drives him to madness]]]].



* An interesting and common variation on this trope is to have the big secret hid from the ''player character'', typically by means of showing a cutscene from elsewhere. For example, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', Link and Ezlo don't find out until near the end that [[spoiler:Vaati has been impersonating the King since they had headed off toward the swamp]].



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the opening chapter is a flash-forward that reveals [[HelloInsertNameHere The Avatar]] is destined to kill [[TheHero Chrom]] and bring about the BadFuture. The Avatar themself doesn't find out until late into the game [[spoiler: when Lucina tries to kill them to change the future.]]
* An interesting and common variation on this trope is to have the big secret hid from the ''player character'', typically by means of showing a cutscene from elsewhere. For example, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', Link and Ezlo don't find out until near the end that [[spoiler:Vaati has been impersonating the King since they had headed off toward the swamp]].



* Defied depending on the players actions in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. In Episode 3 Lily will point out that [[TheProtagonist Lee]] is a convicted murder after Kenny [[spoiler:calls her a murderer for shooting Doug/Carley]]. If Lee did not tell anyone about his conviction, Lilly will be surprised that Kenny did not know, where as if Lee did tell Kenny privately, she will be surprised he did know.



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', the opening chapter is a flash-forward that reveals [[HelloInsertNameHere The Avatar]] is destined to kill [[TheHero Chrom]] and bring about the BadFuture. The Avatar themself doesn't find out until late into the game [[spoiler: when Lucina tries to kill them to change the future.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Defied depending on the opening chapter players actions in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. In Episode 3 Lily will point out that [[TheProtagonist Lee]] is a flash-forward that reveals [[HelloInsertNameHere The Avatar]] is destined to kill [[TheHero Chrom]] and bring convicted murder after Kenny [[spoiler:calls her a murderer for shooting Doug/Carley]]. If Lee did not tell anyone about the BadFuture. The Avatar themself doesn't find out until late into the game [[spoiler: when Lucina tries to kill them to change the future.]]his conviction, Lilly will be surprised that Kenny did not know, where as if Lee did tell Kenny privately, she will be surprised he did know.



* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - It is known from the beginning that Baam is an Irregular, i.e. somebody who entered the Tower uninvited and thus is a terrifying existence to most. But when he boldly announces that during an assembly of most of his generations regulars, jaws drop even though you already knew that.



* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' - It is known from the beginning that Baam is an Irregular, i.e. somebody who entered the Tower uninvited and thus is a terrifying existence to most. But when he boldly announces that during an assembly of most of his generations regulars, jaws drop even though you already knew that.



* The identity of Mr. E in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is revealed to the audience in the final third of the first season, but the characters themselves aren't made aware of this until the early parts of the next season.


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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': In episode 6 when [[spoiler:Pidge reveals that she's actually a girl]]. Played with in that most of the characters had either figured out or at least suspected it (except [[IdiotHero Lance]]).
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', toward the end of the Tartaros arc, Zeref reveals that E.N.D., the strongest demon he created, is actually [[spoiler:Etherious Natsu Dragneel]], and in a flashback an arc later, also reveals that [[spoiler:Natsu is his younger brother]]. In the arc after that, Natsu learns about [[spoiler his identity as E.N.D. and relationship to Zeref]] during his fight with Zeref, and Gray, [[spoiler:after defeating Invel, who'd intended to manipulate him into killing E.N.D.]], learns that E.N.D., whom he'd sworn to destroy, [[spoiler:is actually Natsu]].

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', toward the end of the Tartaros arc, Zeref reveals that E.N.D., the strongest demon he created, is actually [[spoiler:Etherious Natsu Dragneel]], and in a flashback an arc later, also reveals that [[spoiler:Natsu is his younger brother]]. In the arc after that, Natsu learns about [[spoiler his [[spoiler:his identity as E.N.D. and relationship to Zeref]] during his fight with Zeref, and Gray, [[spoiler:after defeating Invel, who'd intended to manipulate him into killing E.N.D.]], learns that E.N.D., whom he'd sworn to destroy, [[spoiler:is actually Natsu]].
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** Also, Elsa's powers are revealed to the world only during her coronation, while they have been central to the plot since the beginning.
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** There's also the moment where Iris realizes that Barry is the Flash, which the audience spent most of a season waiting for.
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', toward the end of the Tartaros arc, Zeref reveals that E.N.D., the strongest demon he created, is actually [[spoiler:Etherious Natsu Dragneel]], and in a flashback an arc later, also reveals that [[spoiler:Natsu is his younger brother]]. In the arc after that, Natsu learns about [[spoiler his identity as E.N.D. and relationship to Zeref]] during his fight with Zeref, and Gray, [[spoiler:after defeating Invel, who'd intended to manipulate him into killing E.N.D.]], learns that E.N.D., whom he'd sworn to destroy, [[spoiler:is actually Natsu]].



* Because of CaptainObviousReveal, TheReveal for Count Logan's true identity was rendered into this in ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds''.

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* Because of CaptainObviousReveal, TheReveal for Count Logan's true identity identity- Garfield "Beast Boy" Logan- was rendered into this in ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds''.



** Rikku's identity as an Al Bhed is this for the majority of the rest of the party in at two different points; Auron and Lulu find out when she joins the main party, and Wakka and possibly Kimahri find out after fighting her brother's machina.

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** Rikku's identity as an Al Bhed is this for the majority of the rest of the party in at two different points; Auron and Lulu find out when she joins the main party, and Wakka and possibly Kimahri find out after fighting her brother's machina.machina, during which Rikku speaks in Al Bhed and calls her opponent "brother."
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* More than once in ''Literature/AllForTheGame''.
** When Neil tells Kevin that he is the Butcher's son.
** Kevin announces in an interview that his hand wasn't broken in a skiing accident in ''The King's Men''.
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* Cops shows perform these all the time, when a suspect is set up by police acting the part of a potential victim or co-conspirator. In one example from ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'', a social worker suspected of taking advantage of welfare-seeking homeless women starts making moves on undercover Benson, touching her from behind as he's showing her how to fill out an application for food stamps. Olivia reveals she's a cop by reciting aloud what she's writing in for "Most Recent Employer": ''Special... Victims... Unit''.
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