History Main / RevealingCoverUp

20th Aug '16 11:02:19 PM Premonition45
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** The scheme to steal nuclear weapons in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' would have had a greater chance to succeed if a SPECTRE agent hadn't tried to off Bond while he was on leave and alerting him that something was up. Said SPECTRE agent was then killed for getting Bond's attention, or at least for failing to kill Bond.

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** The scheme to steal nuclear weapons in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' would have had a greater chance to succeed if a SPECTRE agent hadn't tried to off Bond while he was on leave and alerting him that something was up. [[YouHaveFailedMe Said SPECTRE agent was then killed for getting Bond's attention, or at least for failing to kill Bond.Bond]].
5th Aug '16 10:14:47 PM JackG
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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'' is all about averting this trope. Rather than being KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade, anyone who finds out about Eldritch {{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.
5th Aug '16 10:14:23 PM JackG
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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.
3rd Aug '16 7:19:05 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': Judge Matthew Helms tries to cover up his past bribe-taking to throw a case by killing the person who found it out, but this leads to the revelation later when her murder is investigated.

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* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': [[spoiler: Judge Matthew Helms Helms]] tries to cover up his past bribe-taking to throw a case by killing the person who found it out, but this leads to the revelation later when her murder is investigated.
3rd Aug '16 7:18:31 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/{{Suspect}}'': Judge Matthew Helms tries to cover up his past bribe-taking to throw a case by killing the person who found it out, but this leads to the revelation later when her murder is investigated.
30th Jul '16 12:40:26 AM KeithM
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* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' super agent Wo Fat had a cunning plan to distract archenemy Steve [=McGarret=]...which alerted the good guys something was up and allowed them to discover Wo Fat's real operation which, up until then, they had no idea was actually going on. It turns out China wanted to test a new missile but keep the Americans from analyzing it via radar, so Wo Fat was sent to disable the Pacific radar net for a critical few seconds, which he does by kidnapping the daughter of one of the men responsible for the system. Absolutely no one on the American side realizes this is happening. For some reason, Wo Fat believes [=McGarret=] will find out, and launches his distraction plan that he'd previously prepared in case he ever needed it. Once Wo Fat's involvement is known, police, intelligence, and military get together to try to figure out what Wo Fat is up to, discover a glitch in the radar system that had occurred a few days earlier (during a test to make sure that the system could be brought down), and while investigating it, on the off chance it has something to do with Wo Fat, uncover the kidnapping and blackmail.

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* ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' Chinese super agent Wo Fat had a cunning plan was assigned to distract archenemy Steve [=McGarret=]...which alerted prevent the good guys something was up and allowed them United States from using their radar network to discover Wo Fat's real operation which, up until then, they had no idea was actually going on. It turns out China wanted to test a new analyze an upcoming missile but keep the Americans from analyzing it via radar, so Wo Fat was sent to disable the Pacific radar net for a critical few seconds, test, which he does planned on doing by kidnapping the daughter of one of the men responsible for maintaining the system. Absolutely system and making it suffer an apparently random technical malfunction for a critical few seconds. With absolutely no one on the American side realizes having the slightest idea this is happening. For was happening, for some reason, Wo Fat believes reason he thinks archenemy Steve [=McGarret=] will find out, interfere and so launches his a distraction plan against [=McGarret=] involving fake Swiss bank accounts and lookalikes that he'd previously prepared has been in place for years in case he ever needed it. Once Wo Fat's involvement is known, discovered while investigating the distraction plan, police, intelligence, intelligence agencies, and the military get together to try to figure out what Wo Fat is up to, discover a glitch in the radar system that had occurred a few days earlier (during a test to make sure that the system could be brought down), and while investigating it, on the off chance it has something to do with Wo Fat, uncover the kidnapping and blackmail.blackmail and arrange to rescue the girl and ensure the system is up and running during the test while allowing Wo Fat to beleive his plan succeeded.
26th Jul '16 5:55:39 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Played with in ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain''. The lead characters are quick to publish a book on what happened to them during the movie, specifically they're GenreSavvy enough to know TheGovernment can't touch them without validating their claims.

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* Played with in ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain''. The lead characters are quick to publish a book on what happened to them during the movie, specifically they're GenreSavvy enough to they know TheGovernment can't touch them without validating their claims.



** "Linchpin" somewhat averts this. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Knowing that Castle will solve it eventually anyway]] and can't let go of a mystery, Sophia Turner decides to [[spoiler: JustShootHim]].

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** "Linchpin" somewhat averts this. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Knowing that Castle will solve it eventually anyway]] anyway and can't let go of a mystery, Sophia Turner decides to [[spoiler: JustShootHim]].
8th Jul '16 1:30:53 PM Javertshark13
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** Once L began investigating him and started putting pressure on his mass murder schedule, Light killed people in even higher measures each day, as if to contradict his adversary's hypothesis (he reacted to something that should have prompted no change were he not Kira by killing excessively). He tells Ryuki that this was supposed to make L investigate the police, which would make them resent L and investigate him as well, and find his real name. Ryuk has a good laugh at his expense.

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** Once L began investigating him and started putting pressure on his mass murder schedule, Light killed people in even higher measures each day, as if to contradict his adversary's hypothesis (he reacted to something that should have prompted no change were he not Kira by killing excessively). He tells Ryuki Ryuk that this was supposed to make L investigate the police, which would make them resent L and investigate him as well, and find his real name. Ryuk has a good laugh at his expense.
28th Jun '16 8:05:52 AM res20stupid
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* Border control agencies become highly suspicious of packages being sent over the border, either through the postal service or by being carried by passengers, the second they see carbon paper. This is due to an urban myth that carbon paper absorbs X-Rays and makes whatever is hidden within invisible to X-Ray machines. Criminals attempting to smuggle drugs this way only end up giving themselves away.
5th Jun '16 5:15:53 PM eroock
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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]] photograph the codebook, 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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