History Main / RevealingCoverUp

5th May '18 6:12:09 AM Daeolus
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Instead of having your agent sneak into the embassy to [[SpyCam photograph the codebook]], you're going to make huge splashy headlines to get everyone looking the other way. Why, with your plan to fake aliens landing and [[FieryCoverup blowing up the embassy]], surely no one will notice a code book gone missing. It would be the ''last'' thing they'd suspect.

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Instead of having your agent sneak into the embassy to [[SpyCam photograph the codebook]], you're going to make huge splashy headlines to get everyone looking the other way. Why, with your plan to fake aliens landing and [[FieryCoverup blowing up the embassy]], surely no one will notice a code book codebook gone missing. It would be the ''last'' thing they'd suspect.



** Light's decision to kill the fake L appearing on television not only failed to catch the real target, but revealed both his general location and the fact that he killed by supernatural means.

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** Light's decision to kill the fake L appearing on television not only failed to catch the real target, target but revealed both his general location and the fact that he killed by supernatural means.



* Used to extreme effect in the eleventh volume of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles.'' The killer followed Kindaichi throughout the two-parter mystery, killing people after they provided messages which was supposed to lead to a manuscript he wanted to keep from being published. What neither the killer nor Kindaichi realize until after the last message was a dead end is that the message itself was irrelevant. The real clue was hidden in the order of the now dead message givers. Because of the murders meant to silence them, the newspaper following the last murder would inevitably print them in order of killing, providing the same clue to ''everyone'' who read the paper, guaranteeing ''someone'' would figure it out before the killer could and prompting a desperate grasping of the VillainBall.

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* Used to extreme effect in the eleventh volume of ''Manga/TheKindaichiCaseFiles.'' The killer followed Kindaichi throughout the two-parter mystery, killing people after they provided messages which was were supposed to lead to a manuscript he wanted to keep from being published. What neither the killer nor Kindaichi realize until after the last message was a dead end is that the message itself was irrelevant. The real clue was hidden in the order of the now dead message givers. Because of the murders meant to silence them, the newspaper following the last murder would inevitably print them in order of killing, providing the same clue to ''everyone'' who read the paper, guaranteeing ''someone'' would figure it out before the killer could and prompting a desperate grasping of the VillainBall.



* The UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper conspiracy graphic novel ''Comicbook/FromHell'', and the real-life Prince Albert Victor-centric conspiracy theory it dramatizes, hinges on the monarch of the world's most powerful nation being so threatened by the possibility of unsubstantiated (though true) allegations from four London prostitutes that she has them all murdered. Not only murdered, but killed in such a needlessly elaborate and gruesome way that it inevitably attracts the attention of half the country, never mind the obsessive detective. Though Victoria only wanted the situation quietly taken care of. It was her bad luck that the man she picked to do it turned out to be an increasingly insane psychopath who insisted on mutilating the bodies in an ever more shocking and attention drawing fashion.

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* The UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper conspiracy graphic novel ''Comicbook/FromHell'', and the real-life Prince Albert Victor-centric conspiracy theory it dramatizes, hinges on the monarch of the world's most powerful nation being so threatened by the possibility of unsubstantiated (though true) allegations from four London prostitutes that she has them all murdered. Not only murdered, murdered but killed in such a needlessly elaborate and gruesome way that it inevitably attracts the attention of half the country, never mind the obsessive detective. Though Victoria only wanted the situation quietly taken care of. It was her bad luck that the man she picked to do it turned out to be an increasingly insane psychopath who insisted on mutilating the bodies in an ever more shocking and attention drawing fashion.



** In another case involving Superman, a group of crooks were running a scam with one pretending to be the Man of Steel and asking for money to guard various valuables. This attracts ComicBook/JimmyOlsen's attention, as not only did the fake Supes fail to recognize him, but also he was aware that Superman would never ask for money for his services. The scam attracts further suspicion when Jimmy attacks and is easily able to give the fake Superman trouble, causing the crook to yell for his partners to shoot him "before he ruins everything!" A little late for that...
* In a Silver Age story, Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor sets in motion a bullying campaign to cover up her uncle Lex's latest ploy to kill Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} as luring the Girl of Steel out. Her bullying spree indeed drew Supergirl's attention... so she spied on Nasty and found out about Comicbook/LexLuthor's whole sceme.
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' storyline "Blind Justice", an investment banker who thinks his favourite employee may have overheard his unsavoury business dealings has him arbitarily fired so he won't be a target. This is a revealing cover-up ''twice''; it attracts his criminal associates' attention to the employee, which is exactly what he wanted to avoid, and the employee himself goes straight to Matt Murdock to talk about a wrongful dismissal suit.

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** In another case involving Superman, a group of crooks were was running a scam with one pretending to be the Man of Steel and asking for money to guard various valuables. This attracts ComicBook/JimmyOlsen's attention, as not only did the fake Supes fail to recognize him, but also he was aware that Superman would never ask for money for his services. The scam attracts further suspicion when Jimmy attacks and is easily able to give the fake Superman trouble, causing the crook to yell for his partners to shoot him "before he ruins everything!" A little late for that...
* In a Silver Age story, Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor sets in motion a bullying campaign to cover up her uncle Lex's latest ploy to kill Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} as luring the Girl of Steel out. Her bullying spree indeed drew Supergirl's attention... so she spied on Nasty and found out about Comicbook/LexLuthor's whole sceme.
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* In the ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'' storyline "Blind Justice", an investment banker who thinks his favourite favorite employee may have overheard his unsavoury unsavory business dealings has him arbitarily arbitrarily fired so he won't be a target. This is a revealing cover-up ''twice''; it attracts his criminal associates' attention to the employee, which is exactly what he wanted to avoid, and the employee himself goes straight to Matt Murdock to talk about a wrongful dismissal suit.



* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': At the climax of the battle for the High temple of Crowned Death, Ami gets posessed by both [[BattleInThecenterOfTheMind Crowned Death's Lesser Aspect]], and her [[BigDamnHeroes sister Tiger]]. As a result, scrying no longer works on her. Furthermore, due to the high percentage of the Light-affiliated mages distracted by the battle, Ami's Lightworlder allies immediately suspect something. Ami, of course, didn't intend this at all. However, in light of her reputation as a class-one MagnificentBastard, she decides correcting them to be more trouble than it's worth.

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* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': At the climax of the battle for the High temple of Crowned Death, Ami gets posessed possessed by both [[BattleInThecenterOfTheMind Crowned Death's Lesser Aspect]], and her [[BigDamnHeroes sister Tiger]]. As a result, scrying no longer works on her. Furthermore, due to the high percentage of the Light-affiliated mages distracted by the battle, Ami's Lightworlder allies immediately suspect something. Ami, of course, didn't intend this at all. However, in light of her reputation as a class-one MagnificentBastard, she decides correcting them to be more trouble than it's worth.



* In ''Fanfic/DespairsLastResort'', the mastermind doesn't want the other students to try and guess that their true identity is [[spoiler: Saemi Sasagawa]], so they blank out the name and any information on [[spoiler: Shuuya Kuronaga]] in documents so if they find out his talent they'll think it's him. Takara isn't fooled though, and points out how Monokuma's behavior is strange for as [[spoiler:assassin]].

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* In ''Fanfic/DespairsLastResort'', the mastermind doesn't want the other students to try and guess that their true identity is [[spoiler: Saemi Sasagawa]], so they blank out the name and any information on [[spoiler: Shuuya Kuronaga]] in documents so if they find out his talent they'll think it's him. Takara isn't fooled though, though and points out how Monokuma's behavior is strange for as [[spoiler:assassin]].



** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', SPECTRE could have completed their scheme if they hadn't given themselves away on ''three'' separate occasions, all but red flags to James Bond and Tiger Tanaka. The first was one where Bond finds a photo of a cargo vessel with a secret message saying the tourists who took the photo were killed, leading him to wonder what in the photo was worth killing for (of course, the photo was in a safe in an office building Bond broke into, perhaps a reasonable level of security...but it makes one wonder why they bothered to save the photo in the first place). In the second, Bond was doing an aerial search and was about to give up when he was attacked by 4 choppers. They obviously had to have come from SPECTRE, whose base therefore had to be in the general area. Lastly Bond learns of a local woman's mysterious death in a cave, which leads to him and Kissy to investigate it, dodge the poison gas trap and find SPECTRE's base.

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** In ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', SPECTRE could have completed their scheme if they hadn't given themselves away on ''three'' separate occasions, all but red flags to James Bond and Tiger Tanaka. The first was one where Bond finds a photo of a cargo vessel with a secret message saying the tourists who took the photo were killed, leading him to wonder what in the photo was worth killing for (of course, the photo was in a safe in an office building Bond broke into, perhaps a reasonable level of security...but it makes one wonder why they bothered to save the photo in the first place). In the second, Bond was doing an aerial search and was about to give up when he was attacked by 4 choppers. They obviously had to have come from SPECTRE, whose base therefore base, therefore, had to be in the general area. Lastly Bond learns of a local woman's mysterious death in a cave, which leads to him and Kissy to investigate it, dodge the poison gas trap and find SPECTRE's base.



* An incompetent version of this was behind the whole Roswell mystery. When a rancher discovered some strange debris on his property, the top brass realized that it was actually a balloon from a secret government project called Project Mogul (the balloons were supposed to be an early-warning system in the event of a nuclear strike). Since Project Mogul was top secret, the government quickly confiscated the debris and ordered a press conference denying that it was anything but a weather balloon. Sometime after that, word got out that the weather balloon story was a cover up. Project Mogul was still classified, so they could only confirm that yes, the weather balloon story was a cover up, and no, they couldn't disclose what it ''was'' covering up. Bear in mind that this was the height of UFO sightings in the USA, and you have the explanation from how things went from "a few plastic strips and metal rods found on a ranch" to "OMG ALIENS!!!"

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* An incompetent version of this was behind the whole Roswell mystery. When a rancher discovered some strange debris on his property, the top brass realized that it was actually a balloon from a secret government project called Project Mogul (the balloons were supposed to be an early-warning system in the event of a nuclear strike). Since Project Mogul was top secret, the government quickly confiscated the debris and ordered a press conference denying that it was anything but a weather balloon. Sometime after that, word got out that the weather balloon story was a cover up. Project Mogul was still classified, so they could only confirm that yes, the weather balloon story was a cover up, cover-up, and no, they couldn't disclose what it ''was'' covering up. Bear in mind that this was the height of UFO sightings in the USA, and you have the explanation from how things went from "a few plastic strips and metal rods found on a ranch" to "OMG ALIENS!!!"
27th Feb '18 7:15:47 AM JJHIL325
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** The manager in [[https://notalwaysright.com/taking-stock-harassment-claims/97823/ this story]] fires an employee under completely fabricated sexual assault claims, to cover for [[{{Nepotism}} his son]] botching the inventory check. The problem is, [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant senior management]] suddenly has to investigate the reported sexual assault...

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** The manager in [[https://notalwaysright.com/taking-stock-harassment-claims/97823/ this story]] fires an employee under completely fabricated sexual assault claims, to cover for [[{{Nepotism}} his son]] botching the inventory check. The problem is, [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant senior management]] suddenly has to investigate the reported sexual assault...assault. It doesn't take long for Human Resources to discover what actually happened, and they fired the manager and son.
11th Feb '18 6:26:11 PM TheSinful
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** Even his less powerful methods of hiding himself are easily noticeable to the Jedi. When Harry puts up protections to hide his magic use, the Jedi can no longer sense his actions but they can easily sense the empty void in the Force where he is.
1st Feb '18 10:28:17 PM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': After illegal use of the Arch of Kresnik, Ponix fudges the records of such use, and then he fudges his previous fudge. This is because defying this trope was part of his training as an intelligence officer.
13th Jan '18 8:54:37 PM JackG
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* ''Film/BestSeller''. Meecham doesn't believe Cleve's story about being a corporate hitman until someone tries to blow up their taxi. Later Cleve takes Meecham to a woman who helped carry out one of his hits, only for her to be murdered by Pearlman, ostensibly a 'public relations' man for Kappa Industries. Cleve is furious until Meecham points to the now-dead Pearlman and says, "You asshole, ''he's'' your corroboration!"
10th Jan '18 3:49:18 PM sgamer82
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* A lot of the murderers in ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' do this. As do about half of the murderers in ''Series/{{Monk}}'' and the various ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' spin-offs.
1st Jan '18 3:37:28 PM StrixObscuro
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** "Serendipity" has a double example; desperate to avoid being fingered for the death of a woman he impregnated, a plastic surgeon inserted a fake vein filled with blood from one of his patients into his own arm in order to beat a paternity test. Unfortunately for him, the patient was a serial rapist who targeted children, and thus he experienced even ''more'' scrutiny, leading to him being murdered by his wife and posthumously being implicated for the crime for which he was originally being investigated.
** In "Ritual", a white pedophile anthropologist attempted to hide his double life from his wife by murdering his victim and arranging the body in such a way that it looked like a Santerian-style sacrifice. However, the police consulted with actual Santerians who pointed out that the "sacrifice" was not consistent with their methods, leading the police to search for someone who would be familiar enough with Santeria to attempt to reproduce the sacrifice but not familiar enough to do the sacrifice correctly, and thus they came upon the white anthropologist.
8th Dec '17 7:37:33 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Klara first came to the Runaways' attention when they stopped a fire in a factory where she happened to be working. Afraid that they were one of the two gangs that were hunting for people with superpowers, she fled the scene via a hole in the back of the factory, rather than going out through the front with the other children who'd been caught in the fire. Had she gone through the front with the rest, nobody would have paid attention to her, but her attempts to hide attracted Karolina's attention, leading her to discover Klara's horrible home life.
8th Dec '17 7:05:32 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' is all about averting this trope. Rather than being KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade, anyone who finds out about {{Eldritch Abomination}}s is conscripted into the Laundry's bloated bureaucracy. If you start killing off your own citizens because [[YouKnowTooMuch they know too much]], sooner or later something will go wrong and the associated publicity will cost more than just giving them a public service job.

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* ''Literature/TheLaundrySeries'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' is all about averting this trope. Rather than being KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade, anyone who finds out about {{Eldritch Abomination}}s is conscripted into the Laundry's bloated bureaucracy. If you start killing off your own citizens because [[YouKnowTooMuch they know too much]], sooner or later something will go wrong and the associated publicity will cost more than just giving them a public service job.
1st Dec '17 10:11:42 AM CrypticMirror
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* This was often used in ''Series/{{Quincy}} M.E.'' but the episode "Visitors in Paradise" was a real standout example, where Quincy was convinced that the death was exactly what was claimed until the bad guys started trying to run him out of town and made him go back over everything in greater detail.

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* This was often used in ''Series/{{Quincy}} M.E.'' ''Series/QuincyME'', but the episode "Visitors in Paradise" was a real standout example, example; where Quincy was convinced that the death was exactly what was claimed until the bad guys started trying to run him out of town and made him go back over everything in greater detail.
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