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27th Jun '16 7:15:39 PM sorako
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* In ''ToLoveRu'', the fact that Lala is an alien is treated like this for quite a while, as everyone either already knows, or doesn't care when they find out.
* In ''{{Naruto}}'' a law exists that forbids anyone revealing that the titular character is the vessel of the Nine-Tailed Fox. While this means that Naruto's generation and those younger are ignorant of the Nine-Tails, every person able to remember the attack knows about it. The secret becomes even more open in ''Shippuden'' where several members of Naruto's generation openly discuss the matter. As of the [[spoiler: Fourth Ninja World War]] it is officially not a secret anymore. [[spoiler: Part of the coalition's main objectives is to protect Naruto (and Killer Bee)]].

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* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'':
** The more the story progresses, the more it looks like ''everyone'' knows what happened ten years ago -- except Legna, whom everyone does their utmost best to keep in the dark. Some assume he also knows already, but the Senate especially are hell bent on keeping the truth from him.
** The fact that His Majesty often comes to the laboratory to enjoy himself while inventing or just talking to Jasmin or Lante seems to be an open secret everyone keeps from Legna as Legna has a reputation as a joy killer.
* In ''ToLoveRu'', ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', the fact that Lala is an alien is treated like this for quite a while, as everyone either already knows, or doesn't care when they find out.
* In ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' a law exists that forbids anyone revealing that the titular character is the vessel of the Nine-Tailed Fox. While this means that Naruto's generation and those younger are ignorant of the Nine-Tails, every person able to remember the attack knows about it. The secret becomes even more open in ''Shippuden'' where several members of Naruto's generation openly discuss the matter. As of the [[spoiler: Fourth Ninja World War]] it is officially not a secret anymore. [[spoiler: Part of the coalition's main objectives is to protect Naruto (and Killer Bee)]].



* In ''Manga/UQHolder'', Kuromaru does his best to hide the fact that he has NoBiologicalSex, but he doesn't exactly do a good job of hiding it. Furthermore, it's implied that the fact is listed in his UQ Holder file and isn't that difficult to access. Basically the only person who isn't aware of the fact is Touta.



* {{Anime/Metropolis}}: Everybody knows that Rock is Duke Red's [[TheDragon Dragon]], even though there are no official links between the two. Pero even name-drops this trope when discussing it.
* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'':
** The more the story progresses, the more it looks like ''everyone'' knows what happened ten years ago -- except Legna, whom everyone does their utmost best to keep in the dark. Some assume he also knows already, but the Senate especially are hell bent on keeping the truth from him.
** The fact that His Majesty often comes to the laboratory to enjoy himself while inventing or just talking to Jasmin or Lante seems to be an open secret everyone keeps from Legna as Legna has a reputation as a joy killer.

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* {{Anime/Metropolis}}: ''{{Anime/Metropolis}}'': Everybody knows that Rock is Duke Red's [[TheDragon Dragon]], even though there are no official links between the two. Pero even name-drops this trope when discussing it. \n* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'':\n** The more the story progresses, the more it looks like ''everyone'' knows what happened ten years ago -- except Legna, whom everyone does their utmost best to keep in the dark. Some assume he also knows already, but the Senate especially are hell bent on keeping the truth from him.\n** The fact that His Majesty often comes to the laboratory to enjoy himself while inventing or just talking to Jasmin or Lante seems to be an open secret everyone keeps from Legna as Legna has a reputation as a joy killer.
9th Jun '16 11:09:15 PM gewunomox
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* Composer YokoKanno has long collaborated with a reclusive singer named Gabriela Robin. It is an open secret that Gabriela Robin is really Yoko Kanno's singing persona; nevertheless Kanno refuse to officially comment, though she finally outed herself somewhat by performing Gabriela Robin's songs live in 2007.

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* Composer YokoKanno Music/YokoKanno has long collaborated with a reclusive singer named Gabriela Robin. It is an open secret that Gabriela Robin is really Yoko Kanno's singing persona; nevertheless Kanno refuse to officially comment, though she finally outed herself somewhat by performing Gabriela Robin's songs live in 2007.
9th May '16 12:25:00 AM Tahaneira
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** On a less serious note, the best way to romance [[LadyOfWar Cassandra]] is to pull off a GrandRomanticGesture. She'd rather die than admit that she's a hopeless romantic, but if you go to your party members for advice about starting a relationship with her half of them will bring it up anyways.
5th May '16 2:12:35 AM aye_amber
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The Sovereign is the leader of the guild, and his identity is a well kept secret… except almost everyone knows he's DavidBowie. Yes ''David Bowie''. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope A later episode then revealed he isn't David Bowie, but a shape shifter who knew him]].]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Green Isn't Your Color" had Spike confess his deepest secret to Twilight and Pinkie… his crush on Rarity. A secret everyone in town was already aware of… except for [[CloudCuckooLander Pinkie]] of course.
* A ''HouseOfMouse'' episode had Clarabelle about to reveal a big secret and everybody in the Club is worried it's going to be his/her secret. By asking Clarabelle what the secret is, they accidentally reveal their own secrets to Clarabelle instead: Mickey reveals he does something with his ears so they look the same no matter angle you see them from, while Donald reveals he's part goose. When it's Goofy's turn, he disregards Mickey's and Donald's secrets since everybody already know them, but his secret, according to him, is bigger: [[spoiler: He's rather clumsy. And can prove it!]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': The Sovereign is the leader of the guild, and his identity is a well kept secret… except almost everyone knows he's DavidBowie.Music/DavidBowie. Yes ''David Bowie''. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope A later episode then revealed he isn't David Bowie, but a shape shifter who knew him]].]]
him.]]]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Green Isn't Your Color" had Spike confess his deepest secret to Twilight and Pinkie… his Pinkie... His crush on Rarity. A secret everyone in town was already aware of… of... except for [[CloudCuckooLander [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie]] of course.
* A ''HouseOfMouse'' ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' episode had Clarabelle about to reveal a big secret and everybody in the Club is worried it's going to be his/her secret. By asking Clarabelle what the secret is, they accidentally reveal their own secrets to Clarabelle instead: Mickey reveals he does something with his ears so they look the same no matter angle you see them from, while Donald reveals he's part goose. When it's Goofy's turn, he disregards Mickey's and Donald's secrets since everybody already know them, but his secret, according to him, is bigger: [[spoiler: He's rather clumsy. And can prove it!]]
15th Apr '16 6:10:58 PM emeriin
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* Malcolm's in-universe crush on WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. He asks Hyper to keep it a secret, but later on Critic [[TheTease teases him]] and Tamara is a ShipperOnDeck.
14th Apr '16 10:03:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[UsefulNotes/TheSamsonOption Israel's nukes]]. They haven't ''officially'' revealed them yet, but when then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accidentally (or perhaps accidentally on purpose) said (or at least implied with barely less subtlety than actually setting off one of the nukes) that Israel had nukes in a speech in 2006, the world barely noticed. Of course, there isn't much reason to keep a nuclear arsenal secret--the main point of having it is intimidating the other side not to attack, something a [[DrStrangelove secret doomsday device]] isn't so good at. The reason for Israel going this route is strategic. Israel's potential regional enemies (e.g. Iran, Iraq, Egypt[[note]]We should note here that Egypt was never particularly serious about developing a bomb, whatever Music/TomLehrer might say. And that whole "regime change" makes Iraq highly unlikely to try again any time soon.[[/note]]) know it has nukes, and are thus deterred from military action that would threaten Israel's existence. They can't acquire their own nukes because they're parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forbids owning any (except for the US, Soviet Union/Russia, China, the UK and France) and subjects them to IAEA inspections. And they can't withdraw from the NPT without an "imminent threat" to their security (such as a nearby rival having nukes already), which officially doesn't exist because Israel officially refuses to confirm anything.[[note]]In theory, at least. In practice, any nation can unilaterally withdraw from a treaty at any time. But doing so with the NPT would be such a diplomatic nightmare (and very likely a trigger to war), being the obvious signal that it is, that not even Iran at its most defiantly nationalistic (during the Ahmedinejad era, 2005-13) ever showed any willingness to risk it.[[/note]] In other words, it's an endless cycle of IKnowYouKnowIKnow and WillfulBlindness on both sides. This serves the interests of both Arabs and Israelis: the Israelis get their security and their neighbors get a good reason not to fight Israel and also keep the Middle East a nominal nuclear-weapons-free zone; the ambiguity also spares the regional powers the expense of developing their own weapons programs. (Israel's interest, by the way, does ''not'' include the fear of IAEA inspections, as many Israelis claim; Israel is ''not'' a party to the NPT and unlikely to become one in the foreseeable future, so it's not subject to inspections, and declaring its stockpile would have no effect on that (after all, both India and Pakistan, also non-NPT countries, openly have nuclear weapons and nobody's ever even tried to inspect ''them'')--any Israeli politician mentioning inspections is just trying to scare you.)

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheSamsonOption Israel's nukes]]. They haven't ''officially'' revealed them yet, but when then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert accidentally (or perhaps accidentally on purpose) said (or at least implied with barely less subtlety than actually setting off one of the nukes) that Israel had nukes in a speech in 2006, the world barely noticed. Of course, there isn't much reason to keep a nuclear arsenal secret--the main point of having it is intimidating the other side not to attack, something a [[DrStrangelove secret doomsday device]] device isn't so good at. The reason for Israel going this route is strategic. Israel's potential regional enemies (e.g. Iran, Iraq, Egypt[[note]]We should note here that Egypt was never particularly serious about developing a bomb, whatever Music/TomLehrer might say. And that whole "regime change" makes Iraq highly unlikely to try again any time soon.[[/note]]) know it has nukes, and are thus deterred from military action that would threaten Israel's existence. They can't acquire their own nukes because they're parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forbids owning any (except for the US, Soviet Union/Russia, China, the UK and France) and subjects them to IAEA inspections. And they can't withdraw from the NPT without an "imminent threat" to their security (such as a nearby rival having nukes already), which officially doesn't exist because Israel officially refuses to confirm anything.[[note]]In theory, at least. In practice, any nation can unilaterally withdraw from a treaty at any time. But doing so with the NPT would be such a diplomatic nightmare (and very likely a trigger to war), being the obvious signal that it is, that not even Iran at its most defiantly nationalistic (during the Ahmedinejad era, 2005-13) ever showed any willingness to risk it.[[/note]] In other words, it's an endless cycle of IKnowYouKnowIKnow and WillfulBlindness on both sides. This serves the interests of both Arabs and Israelis: the Israelis get their security and their neighbors get a good reason not to fight Israel and also keep the Middle East a nominal nuclear-weapons-free zone; the ambiguity also spares the regional powers the expense of developing their own weapons programs. (Israel's interest, by the way, does ''not'' include the fear of IAEA inspections, as many Israelis claim; Israel is ''not'' a party to the NPT and unlikely to become one in the foreseeable future, so it's not subject to inspections, and declaring its stockpile would have no effect on that (after all, both India and Pakistan, also non-NPT countries, openly have nuclear weapons and nobody's ever even tried to inspect ''them'')--any Israeli politician mentioning inspections is just trying to scare you.)
11th Apr '16 1:39:00 PM towercurator
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* In ''Literature/VoidDomain'', the existence of magic is known to {{Muggles}} thanks to a revealing incident fifteen years prior to the start of the story. No one talks about it on either side of the {{Masquerade}}, leaving many mundane humans still skeptical.
10th Apr '16 12:05:47 PM Derkhan
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* ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'':
** The more the story progresses, the more it looks like ''everyone'' knows what happened ten years ago -- except Legna, whom everyone does their utmost best to keep in the dark. Some assume he also knows already, but the Senate especially are hell bent on keeping the truth from him.
** The fact that His Majesty often comes to the laboratory to enjoy himself while inventing or just talking to Jasmin or Lante seems to be an open secret everyone keeps from Legna as Legna has a reputation as a joy killer.
5th Apr '16 2:56:06 PM nightkiller
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* It's fairly well-known that Cheyenne Mountain is the command center of NORAD. This does not tell anybody [[Series/StargateSG1 just what goes on down there,]] and it deflects attention from more important and more secret sites elsewhere. Misdirection, donchaknow. And just to show that they're [[{{Troll}} trolling us]], a door in Cheyenne Mountain with multiple locks on it, labeled "Stargate Command." It leads to [[spoiler: a broom closet.]] This was especially funny to anybody who worked in fast food in the nearby town. For years practically every night Domino's Pizza, KFC, and a number of other fast food joints would send a driver up the mountain trail with a massive order that they would hand off at a guarded gate to guards that officially weren't there to feed people that [[http://www.norad.mil/about/CMOC.html technically didn't exist]]. It does make people wonder if the people in NORAD just keep the charade going as a joke.

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* It's fairly well-known that Cheyenne Mountain is the command center of NORAD. This does not tell anybody [[Series/StargateSG1 just what goes on down there,]] and it deflects attention from more important and more secret sites elsewhere. Misdirection, donchaknow. And just to show that they're [[{{Troll}} trolling us]], a door in Cheyenne Mountain with multiple locks on it, labeled "Stargate Command." It leads to [[spoiler: a broom closet.]] This was especially funny to anybody who worked in fast food in the nearby town. For years practically every night Domino's Pizza, KFC, and a number of other fast food joints would send a driver up the mountain trail with a massive order that they would hand off at a guarded gate to guards that officially weren't there to feed people that [[http://www.norad.mil/about/CMOC.html mil/AboutNORAD/CheyenneMountainAirForceStation.aspx technically didn't exist]]. It does make people wonder if the people in NORAD just keep the charade going as a joke.
23rd Mar '16 3:23:09 PM bwburke94
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* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Dumbledore knows that this trope is in full force when he says "What happened in the dungeons between [[spoiler: Harry]] and [[spoiler: Professor Quirrell]] is a complete secret--so, naturally, the whole school knows."

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* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Dumbledore knows that this trope is in full force when he says "What happened in the dungeons between [[spoiler: Harry]] Harry and [[spoiler: Professor Quirrell]] is a complete secret--so, naturally, the whole school knows."



** Some people believe that TheMasquerade was broken early on, if not before the show started. This is made much more clear in the Third Season episode "The Prom", during which Buffy is given the "Class Protector" award. Johnathon mentions while he's presenting that everyone present knows that Sunnydale isn't like other schools, but it's an unwriten rule that no one ever talks about it.

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** Some people believe that TheMasquerade was broken early on, if not before the show started. This is made much more clear in the Third Season episode "The Prom", during which Buffy is given the "Class Protector" award. Johnathon Jonathan mentions while he's presenting that everyone present knows that Sunnydale isn't like other schools, but it's an unwriten unwritten rule that no one ever talks about it.



** In the seventh season, after the band, led by noted singer/songwriter [[TheCameo Aimee Mann]], finishes performing their set at The Bronze (only momentarily interrupted by a vampire being dusted ''in the middle of the club'') Mann can be seen walking off complaining about how she hates performing in "Vampire Towns".

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** In the seventh season, after the band, led by [[TheCameo noted singer/songwriter [[TheCameo Aimee Mann]], finishes performing their set at The Bronze (only momentarily interrupted by a vampire being dusted ''in the middle of the club'') Mann can be seen walking off complaining about how she hates performing in "Vampire Towns".
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