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9th Oct '17 12:16:27 PM MrItty
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** The readers learn in the opening pages that magic is real, and that Harry Potter survived something terrible and so will be incredibly famous in the wizarding world. Harry himself does not learn any of this until Hagrid provides him with an {{infodump}} that his guardians had been trying to hide from him for 11 years.
** It is not until the end of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]] that the wizarding world in general learns and comes to accept what the audience witnessed happening at the end of [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Book 4]], that [[spoiler: Voldemort has returned to full power]].
21st Sep '17 3:44:42 PM Qrow
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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 realtes 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]].
8th Sep '17 2:11:05 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': Richard doesn't learn why he can't be with Kahlan (it might cause the release of her power during passion, Confessing him) until long after the audience does (aside from book readers of course, who already know this).
28th Aug '17 12:16:06 AM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/{{Superior}}'' is built on the DramaticIrony of Sheila trying to keep her identity as the demon queen a secret from Exa, because she knows that all hell with break loose when he finds out. He finally learns the truth in the second to last volume of ''Superior Cross'', and the results are ''not'' pretty.
16th Aug '17 4:38:50 PM Prfnoff
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* In the third scene of ''Theatre/TheAddingMachine'', the Zeroes get together with the Ones, Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives and Sixes for an evening of gossip and bigotry in which Zero doesn't participate much, though the others don't suspect him of anything other than thinking too much and being a LazyHusband. When a policeman comes looking for Zero, he's ready to go, and calmly tells the others why: "I killed the boss this afternoon."
26th Jul '17 10:03:09 PM DrOO7
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* A frequent SoapOpera trope. Viewers are often privy to things that the characters aren't, sometimes for ''years''.
18th Jul '17 6:38:34 AM nighttrainfm
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* 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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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
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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.]]
5th Jun '17 11:52:13 AM AthenaBlue
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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.]]

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the audience is well aware that [[spoiler: Havoc's]] [[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, [[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.]]



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* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Rapunzel sees the Corona's sun emblem - which she'd only seen for the first time after leaving the tower - hidden subliminally throughout her own artwork, which along with a healthy dose of NoInfantileAmnesia leads her to to the conclusion that she's the lost princess. Of course, the audience has known since the introduction.

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* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Rapunzel sees the Corona's sun emblem - which she'd only seen for the first time after leaving the tower - hidden subliminally throughout her own artwork, which along with a healthy dose of NoInfantileAmnesia leads her to to the conclusion that she's the lost princess. Of course, the audience has known since the introduction.
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* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Rapunzel sees Corona's sun emblem - which she'd only seen for the first time after leaving the tower - hidden subliminally throughout her own artwork, which along with a healthy dose of NoInfantileAmnesia leads her to to the conclusion that she's the lost princess. Of course, the audience has known since the introduction.



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* 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.

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* 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 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.



* In ''Deep Wizardry'', the second book in the ''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.



** Merik only learns that Safi - one of the POV characters - is a LivingLieDetector three-quarters through the first novel.
** The readers know from the start that Leopold is part of the scheme to get Safi out of Emperor Henrick's hands, but it takes Aeduen a whole book to figure this out.

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** Merik only learns that Safi - -- one of the POV characters - -- is a LivingLieDetector three-quarters through the first novel.
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** The readers know from the start that Leopold is part of the scheme to get Safi out of Emperor Henrick's hands, but it takes Aeduen Aeduan a whole book to figure this out.out.
* In ''Deep Wizardry'', the second book in the ''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.



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** 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 the episode [[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.
--->'''Mr 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 the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]] we met 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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** 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 the episode [[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.
--->'''Mr --->'''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 the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E1AsylumOfTheDaleks "Asylum of the Daleks"]] Daleks"]], we met 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.



* It's plainly obvious to the viewer from the very first episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' that Nancy Gribble is cheating on Dale with John Redcorn and Joseph isn't Dale's son, but it's treated as a shocking revelation nonetheless when Peggy Hill figures it out for herself in season 3.



* It's plainly obvious to the viewer from the very first episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' that Nancy Gribble is cheating on Dale with John Redcorn and Joseph isn't Dale's son, but it's treated as a shocking revelation nonetheless when Peggy Hill figures it out for herself in season 3.


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24th Apr '17 8:42:22 AM Memetic
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* It's plainly obvious to the viewer from the very first episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' that Nancy Gribble is cheating on Dale with John Redcorn and Joseph isn't Dale's son, but it's treated as a shocking revelation nonetheless when Peggy Hill figures it out for herself in season 3.



* It's plainly obvious to the viewer from the very first episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' that Nancy Gribble is cheating on Dale with John Redcorn and Joseph isn't Dale's son, but it's treated as a shocking revelation nonetheless when Peggy Hill figures it out for herself in season 3.
24th Apr '17 8:41:47 AM Memetic
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* It's plainly obvious to the viewer from the very first episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' that Nancy Gribble is cheating on Dale with John Redcorn and Joseph isn't Dale's son, but it's treated as a shocking revelation nonetheless when Peggy Hill figures it out for herself in season 3.
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