History Main / InternalReveal

15th May '18 10:08:35 PM PaulA
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* In ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'s run on ''Creator/DetectiveComics'', Katherine "Kate" Kane's cousin Bette Kane guest-starred in several issues, culminating in a three-part arc where she was kidnapped by a serial killer that Batwoman was tracking. At the end of the arc, after she has been rescued, Bette reveals to her cousin that she is Flamebird, and wishes to be Kate's sidekick. The fact that she was a costumed character had been featured several issues earlier, and her history with the Comicbook/TeenTitans would have revealed it even earlier to readers who were familiar with that series, but she only reveals her secret to Batwoman at the end of the arc.

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* In ComicBook/{{Batwoman}}'s run on ''Creator/DetectiveComics'', ''ComicBook/DetectiveComics'', Katherine "Kate" Kane's cousin Bette Kane guest-starred in several issues, culminating in a three-part arc where she was kidnapped by a serial killer that Batwoman was tracking. At the end of the arc, after she has been rescued, Bette reveals to her cousin that she is Flamebird, and wishes to be Kate's sidekick. The fact that she was a costumed character had been featured several issues earlier, and her history with the Comicbook/TeenTitans would have revealed it even earlier to readers who were familiar with that series, but she only reveals her secret to Batwoman at the end of the arc.
11th May '18 6:29:15 PM Andyroid
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** "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows" starts with Pinkie finding out that Cadance and Shining Armor are having a baby. The rest of the episode centers around her crazy antics to avoid telling Twilight until Cadance and Shining Armor are ready to tell her themselves.

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** "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows" starts with Pinkie finding out that Cadance and Shining Armor are having a baby. The rest of the episode centers around [[KeepingSecretsSucks her crazy antics to avoid telling Twilight Twilight]] until Cadance and Shining Armor are ready to tell her themselves.
9th Apr '18 3:40:08 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash gets a pretty big one in [[WhamEpisode Chapter 34]]. [[spoiler: Throughout the main story and several sidestories, Ash's father had been built up as a sociopathic career criminal who sired hundreds, perhaps ''thousands'', of bastard children, and when she confronts Sabrina, she tells him everything she knows in order to push Ash's buttons and force him to use his full power against her. Of course, she leaves out the most important detail: namely, that he's the ''Bloodline King''.]]
25th Mar '18 5:56:03 PM Willbyr
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** [[spoiler: Bradley's true nature as Wrath is revealed long before anybody finds out.]]

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** [[spoiler: Bradley's [[spoiler:Bradley's true nature as Wrath Wrath]] is revealed long before anybody finds out.]]
24th Mar '18 9:13:09 AM RacattackForce
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* The audience clearly knows that in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', Marinette and Adrian are Ladybug and Cat Noir. Only problem is, they don't know. But it will surely fall under this trope when they eventually find out.

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* The audience clearly knows that in In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', the audience knows from the start that Marinette and Adrian are Ladybug and Cat Noir. Only problem is, Noir, respectively, and entangled in a [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two-Person Love Square]]. Naturally, they don't know. But it the show will surely fall under this trope when they eventually find out.
24th Mar '18 9:05:39 AM RacattackForce
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TheReveal occurs when the writers reveal a secret to the audience. Sometimes, however, the audience already knows, but one or more characters in the story don't know. Maybe it is the fact that one of the story's main characters is in love with another character. Or perhaps we already know who the serial killer is, or that two characters are having an affair. When the other characters find out, the audience knows that the ramifications will be huge.

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TheReveal occurs when the writers reveal a secret to the audience. Sometimes, however, the audience already knows, but one or more characters in the story don't know. Maybe it is the fact that one of the story's main characters is in love with another character. Or perhaps we already know who the serial killer is, or that two characters are having an affair. When An Internal Reveal is a form of DramaticIrony that is almost exclusively used to create tension and concerns a major plot element, with the other characters find out, story making it clear to the audience knows that the ramifications will be huge.
huge when the relevant characters finally find out.



May involve a SecretIdentity or TheMasquerade. See also DramaticIrony, which often occurs before said reveal, and ReverseWhodunnit when applied to detective stories. See also CassandraTruth, for when a secret is revealed but isn't believed.

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May involve a SecretIdentity or TheMasquerade. See also DramaticIrony, which often occurs before said reveal, and ReverseWhodunnit ReverseWhodunnit, when applied to detective stories. See also CassandraTruth, for when a secret is revealed but isn't believed.
23rd Mar '18 3:22:35 AM LB7979
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* 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).

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': The ''Series/{{Lost}}'' audience found finds out Claire was is Jack's half-sister more than a season before Jack did.
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does. Plus, 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 these are due to the flashback/flashforward structure of the story and the characters 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).learned.
13th Mar '18 9:35:50 PM papyru30
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** [[spoiler: Bradley's true nature as Wrath is revealed long before anybody finds out.]]
7th Mar '18 4:12:09 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** 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]].

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** 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 MainCharacters 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]].



** 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.

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** 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.MainCharacters.



* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The readers know from the start that Robin is a mole in the protagonists' group, but they don't find this out until much later in the book.

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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': The readers know from the start that Robin is a mole in the protagonists' MainCharacters' group, but they don't find this out until much later in the book.book.
*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': It is made clear to both the readers and Tiza's teammates that her biological parents are Sathel and Retina, but she herself doesn't learn this until the second book in the series. [[AmnesiacHero They were hoping she would remember on her own.]]
7th Mar '18 8:58:14 AM StFan
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':



* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''

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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'':



** Thanks to several {{retcon}}s over the years, Peter Parker has had to do this with many characters on more than one occasion. Most notably, ''twice'' with the Comicbook/FantasticFour.
* ''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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** Thanks to several {{retcon}}s over the years, Peter Parker has had to do this with many characters on more than one occasion. Most notably, ''twice'' with the Comicbook/FantasticFour.
ComicBook/FantasticFour.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': 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]].]]



* In ''FanFiction/RacerAndTheGeek'', [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn Sunny is Telny,]] but his love interest doesnt know that, and he is terrified by the [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn prospect of her]] finding out the truth.

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* In ''FanFiction/RacerAndTheGeek'', ''Fanfic/RacerAndTheGeek'', [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn Sunny is Telny,]] but his love interest doesnt know that, and he is terrified by the [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn prospect of her]] finding out the truth.



* ''FanFic/NightOfTheShy'': [[BigBad Nightmare]] possesses Fluttershy in chapter 2, but the other characters don't find out about it until chapter 4 (except Zecora, who witnesses it, and spends the next two chapters on the run).

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* ''FanFic/NightOfTheShy'': ''Fanfic/NightOfTheShy'': [[BigBad Nightmare]] possesses Fluttershy in chapter 2, but the other characters don't find out about it until chapter 4 (except Zecora, who witnesses it, and spends the next two chapters on the run).



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

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



* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Robert reveals the full truth of his half-human, half-robot nature to Quentin Emerald, stunning him.

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* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', ''Fanfic/MegaManReawakened'', Robert reveals the full truth of his half-human, half-robot nature to Quentin Emerald, stunning him.



* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', in episode 11, chapter 6, Wily finds out about [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan's=] betrayal, courtesy of Bass]].

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* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', ''Fanfic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', in episode 11, chapter 6, Wily finds out about [[spoiler:[=ProtoMan's=] betrayal, courtesy of Bass]].



* Because of CaptainObviousReveal, TheReveal for Count Logan's true identity- Garfield "Beast Boy" Logan- was rendered into this in ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds''.
* ''FanFic/TheTwilightChild'': A running situation throughout the story is the main character's inability to reveal who she is to the rest of the cast. Most of them don't find out until the latter third of the story.

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* Because of CaptainObviousReveal, TheReveal for Count Logan's true identity- Garfield "Beast Boy" Logan- was rendered into this in ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds''.
''Fanfic/TheEndOfEnds''.
* ''FanFic/TheTwilightChild'': ''Fanfic/TheTwilightChild'': A running situation throughout the story is the main character's inability to reveal who she is to the rest of the cast. Most of them don't find out until the latter third of the story.



* Luso reveals the fact that he was from another world to his clan mates after the events of the Mistwalker arc in ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire''.
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', this happens several times. Eddard tells Catelyn and Jon about the latter's true ancestry (Jon's parents are Rhaegar and Lyanna), and Daenerys learns about the events of Robert's Rebellion.

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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''.
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', ''Fanfic/RobbReturns'', this happens several times. Eddard tells Catelyn and Jon about the latter's true ancestry (Jon's parents are Rhaegar and Lyanna), and Daenerys learns about the events of Robert's Rebellion.



* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'':

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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'':''Fanfic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'':



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* ''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]].

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
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"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]].



** Any time there are reasonably knowledgeable alien lifeforms in the show, we wait eagerly for them to realise that this is ''that'' Doctor.
** The first season episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]] for example, has two for anyone who knew the episode title -- first when the Doctor realises that there is a Dalek, and then when the rest of the characters realised how dangerous Daleks are.
** Done to powerful emotional effect in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor "Vincent and the Doctor"]]. The episode features the Doctor meeting Vincent van Gogh, who is portrayed as full of self-doubt and insecurity. After the MonsterOfTheWeek has been defeated, the Doctor takes Vincent to the Musée D'Orsay in the present day, and leads him up to the van Gogh collection. There, he asks a tour guide, in earshot of Vincent, where he thinks van Gogh rates in the history of art.
--->'''Dr. Black:''' Well... big question! But to me, van Gogh was the finest painter of them all. Certainly he is the most popular great artist of all time. The most beloved. His command of colour the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. To portray pain is easy, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world... no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world's greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]], we meet Oswin Oswald, a girl trapped on the Daleks' asylum planet who served as the Doctor's VoiceWithAnInternetConnection. We see her in her base, but because we eventually learn [[spoiler:she was forcibly converted into a Dalek]], the Doctor himself never sees her face. Due to this, in [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen a later episode]], when the Doctor meets Clara Oswald, he fails to recognize her even though the audience is perfectly aware it's the same person. Only after [[spoiler:Clara dies]] does the Doctor realize she was the same person and [[spoiler:she died ''both'' times he encountered her]], setting off the big mystery of season seven.

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** Any time there are reasonably knowledgeable alien lifeforms in the show, we wait eagerly for them to realise realize that this is ''that'' Doctor.
** The first season episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek Dalek]]" for example, has two for anyone who knew the episode title -- first when the Doctor realises realizes that there is a Dalek, and then when the rest of the characters realised realize how dangerous Daleks are.
** Done to powerful emotional effect in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor "Vincent "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor Vincent and the Doctor"]].Doctor]]". The episode features the Doctor meeting Vincent van Gogh, who is portrayed as full of self-doubt and insecurity. After the MonsterOfTheWeek has been defeated, the Doctor takes Vincent to the Musée D'Orsay d'Orsay in the present day, and leads him up to the van Gogh collection. There, he asks a tour guide, in earshot of Vincent, where he thinks van Gogh rates in the history of art.
--->'''Dr. Black:''' Well... big question! But to me, van Gogh was the finest painter of them all. Certainly he is the most popular great artist of all time. The most beloved. His command of colour the most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. To portray pain is easy, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world... no one no-one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one no-one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world's greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks Asylum of the Daleks"]], Daleks]]", we meet Oswin Oswald, a girl trapped on the Daleks' asylum planet who served as the Doctor's VoiceWithAnInternetConnection. We see her in her base, but because we eventually learn [[spoiler:she was forcibly converted into a Dalek]], the Doctor himself never sees her face. Due to this, in [[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen a later episode]], when the Doctor meets Clara Oswald, he fails to recognize her even though the audience is perfectly aware it's the same person. Only after [[spoiler:Clara dies]] does the Doctor realize she was the same person and [[spoiler:she died ''both'' times he encountered her]], setting off the big mystery of season seven.



* ''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:

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' does this constantly, due to the complicated plot and the slow speed at which news travels in medieval Westeros. Examples include:
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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:



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* 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]]]].

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* ''Theatre/KingLear'':
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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]]]].



* ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' - The audience knows from the beginning that Iago is a ManipulativeBastard, but the majority of the other characters don't find out until the play's climax.

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* ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' - ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': The audience knows from the beginning that Iago is a ManipulativeBastard, but the majority of the other characters don't find out until the play's climax.



* In ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms'', it's known only to {{player character}} Marcus and her adoptive brother Nick that Marcus is [[SweetPollyOliver really a girl]]. But it falls to Nick to inform her that she's not just a girl, she's [[spoiler:the rightful Queen]].

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* In ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms'', it's ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms'':
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known only to {{player character}} Marcus and her adoptive brother Nick that Marcus is [[SweetPollyOliver really a girl]]. But it falls to Nick to inform her that she's not just a girl, she's [[spoiler:the rightful Queen]].



* 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.

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* Defied depending on the players actions in ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''. In Episode 3 Lily will point out that [[TheProtagonist Lee]] is a convicted murder murderer 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.



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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': "A Much Needed Talk" has [[spoiler: Qrow finally revealing to Ruby and JNR the truth about the Maidens, how it relates to Beacon's fall, and Pyrrha's death (the last of which Jaune is [[WhatTheHellHero particularly upset over]]), all of which the audience saw play out in the last Volume]].
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': "A Much Needed Talk" has [[spoiler: Qrow finally revealing to Ruby and JNR the truth about the Maidens, how it relates to Beacon's fall, and Pyrrha's death (the last of which Jaune is [[WhatTheHellHero particularly upset over]]), all of which the audience saw play out in the last Volume]].

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': "A Much Needed Talk" has [[spoiler: Qrow finally revealing to Ruby and JNR the truth about the Maidens, how it relates to Beacon's fall, and Pyrrha's death (the last of which Jaune is [[WhatTheHellHero particularly upset over]]), all of which the audience saw play out in the last Volume]].
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