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13th Oct '17 10:07:55 PM compro01
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** The in-universe charity Heroes Without Borders has a light form as part of their organizational culture. Everyone who works for them, powered or not, adopts a codename.
7th Oct '17 10:56:27 AM SFH
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** ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} notably ''does'' have a SecretIdentity, perhaps the first example in the MCU. ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' makes a point of how he's the odd man out in this regard - ComicBook/LukeCage is well-known as Harlem's hero, Jessica Jones is a private detective, and Danny will tell anyone who'll listen that he's the ComicBook/IronFist. Matt is the only one who wants (or needs) to keep his two lives separate.

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** ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} notably ''does'' have a SecretIdentity, perhaps the first example in the MCU. ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' makes a point of how he's the odd man out in this regard - ComicBook/LukeCage is well-known as Harlem's hero, Jessica Jones ComicBook/JessicaJones is a private detective, and Danny will tell anyone who'll listen that he's the ComicBook/IronFist. Matt Murdoch is the only one who wants (or needs) to keep his two lives separate. ''The Defenders'' actually ends up {{Reconstruct|edTrope}}ing Secret Identities: because the others never bothered with one, [[spoiler:the Hand]] [[RealityEnsues knows the identities of their loved ones]], forcing them to gather Claire Temple, [[ComicBook/PatsyWalker Trish Walker]], and Malcolm [=DuCasse=] and hide them, with [[spoiler:the Hand]] actually making attempts on Claire and Trish, which result in ComicBook/ColleenWing injured and Jessica nearly killed. Matt also hides Karen Page and Foggy Nelson because he can't take the risk [[spoiler:the Hand]] have figured out who he is.


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** In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', the only reason the whole world doesn't know Robbie Reyes is ComicBook/GhostRider is because he transforms into a flaming skeleton when he hunts criminals, and doesn't leave them alive after he's done. The only reason he isn't openly declaring it is because he doesn't want his brother Gabe to learn that he's murdering criminals out in the streets. [[spoiler:And when he does, it's a huge BrokenPedestal moment]].
28th Sep '17 6:57:47 AM Jeduthun
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One of the archetypal Secret Identities is that of the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob. The family and friends of such a hero are usually at risk of [[VillainOverForDinner having tea with the villain]].

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One of the archetypal Secret Identities is that of the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob. The family and friends of such a hero are usually at risk of [[VillainOverForDinner having tea with the villain]].
villain]]. Other good personas include the RidiculouslyAverageGuy, TheNondescript, or TheGenericGuy.
20th Sep '17 1:25:39 PM nighttrainfm
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** ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} notably ''does'' have a SecretIdentity, perhaps the first example in the MCU.

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** ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} notably ''does'' have a SecretIdentity, perhaps the first example in the MCU. ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' makes a point of how he's the odd man out in this regard - ComicBook/LukeCage is well-known as Harlem's hero, Jessica Jones is a private detective, and Danny will tell anyone who'll listen that he's the ComicBook/IronFist. Matt is the only one who wants (or needs) to keep his two lives separate.
13th Sep '17 12:48:39 AM PaulA
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* ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'': "Is it lame that I'm still excited about having a secret identity?"

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* ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'': ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'':
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"Is it lame that I'm still excited about having a secret identity?"identity?"
** The 1960s incarnation of Blue Beetle kept a separation between his ordinary life as Ted Kord and his heroic life as Blue Beetle, but he was an exception to the usual business about keeping things secret even from the hero's loved ones: only a couple of issues in, he decides his girlfriend deserves to know, and tells her the whole thing. In subsequent issues, she helps cover for him when he needs it.
8th Sep '17 6:34:20 AM CosmicFerret
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** Of course, by that point, "everyone" was just himself, Clark and Wally (finally confirming that TheFlash of this series ''was'' Wally West). None of the others had secret identities. Clark, J'onn, Shayera and Diana all knew Bruce's, and Bruce, J'onn and presumably Shayera knew Clark's.

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** Of course, by that point, "everyone" was just himself, Clark and Wally (finally confirming that TheFlash ComicBook/TheFlash of this series ''was'' Wally West). None of the others had secret identities. Clark, J'onn, Shayera and Diana all knew Bruce's, and Bruce, J'onn and presumably Shayera knew Clark's.
1st Sep '17 8:17:54 AM nighttrainfm
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** Sentai rarely bothers with Secret Identities except when the Rangers are still in school such as [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Turboranger]] or [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megaranger]], and this is solely to prevent alienating them from their peers at school. [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] plays this straight (in early episodes a least, but despite Bouken Pink's efforts her teammates often relax the secret) and [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Goseiger]] plays this straight as well with The V-Cinema special revolving around their Identities becoming public knowledge. Otherwise the teams are either military-sponsored with the members belonging to the military ([[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger]], [[Series/JAKQDengekitai JAKQ]], [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman Changeman]], [[Series/HikariSentaiMaskman Maskman]], [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger]], etc), the teams abandon their civilian lives after becoming Rangers and live and operate solely out of the team's base ([[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Bioman]] & [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Liveman]]), or the teams are not from Earth and have no civilian lives at all, and operate out of their bases ([[Series/ChoushinseiFlashman Flashman]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]] & [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Gingaman]]).
*** [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryuger]] is worth special mention. After their first battle together, [[TheHero Daigo]] immediately de-transforms and gladly introduces himself, but the other four refuse to do likewise, making this a rare ''internal'' secret identity case. However, in short order Daigo's [[MagneticHero magnetic]] personality inspires the others to open up to each other and start working as a real team.
*** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' also has the characters keep their identities secret from the world, although, as they are a family, they all are aware of eachother.

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** Sentai rarely bothers with Secret Identities except when the Rangers are still in school such as [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Turboranger]] or [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megaranger]], and this is solely to prevent alienating them from their peers at school. [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] plays this straight (in early episodes a at least, but despite Bouken Pink's efforts her teammates often relax the secret) and [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Goseiger]] plays this straight as well well, with The the V-Cinema special revolving around their Identities becoming public knowledge. Otherwise the teams are either military-sponsored with the members belonging to the military ([[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger]], [[Series/JAKQDengekitai JAKQ]], [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman Changeman]], [[Series/HikariSentaiMaskman Maskman]], [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger]], etc), the teams abandon their civilian lives after becoming Rangers and live and operate solely out of the team's base ([[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Bioman]] & [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Liveman]]), or the teams are not from Earth and have no civilian lives at all, and operate out of their bases ([[Series/ChoushinseiFlashman Flashman]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]] & [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Gingaman]]).
*** ** [[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryuger]] is worth special mention. After their first battle together, [[TheHero Daigo]] immediately de-transforms and gladly introduces himself, but the other four refuse to do likewise, follow suit, making this a rare ''internal'' secret identity case. However, in short order Daigo's [[MagneticHero magnetic]] personality inspires the others to open up to each other and start working as a real team.
*** ** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' also has the characters keep their identities secret from the world, although, as they are a family, they all are aware especially since the youngest of eachother. them is still in high school. This doesn't stop them spending a lot of time in team-colored jackets.
1st Sep '17 8:14:58 AM nighttrainfm
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* In the first few seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', all the heroes maintained "secret identities," even though all the villains knew full well who they were (and often attacked them as they went about their civilian lives). Since then, most seasons keep up the tradition, with several finales where the group is found out or where they deliberately morph in public. A few seasons, however, do away with this and let themselves be publicly known, due to the Rangers also functioning as a public law enforcement or rescue service.
** ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' rarely bothers with Secret Identities except when the Rangers are still in school such as [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Turboranger]] or [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megaranger]], and this is solely to prevent alienating them from their peers at school. [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] plays this straight (in early episodes a least, but despite Bouken Pink's efforts her teammates often relax the secret) and [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Goseiger]] plays this straight as well with The V-Cinema special revolving around their Identities becoming public knowledge. Otherwise the teams are either military-sponsored with the members belonging to the military ([[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger]], [[Series/JAKQDengekitai JAKQ]], [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman Changeman]], [[Series/HikariSentaiMaskman Maskman]], [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger]], etc), the teams abandon their civilian lives after becoming Rangers and live and operate solely out of the team's base ([[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Bioman]] & [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Liveman]]), or the teams are not from Earth and have no civilian lives at all, and operate out of their bases ([[Series/ChoushinseiFlashman Flashman]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]] & [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Gingaman]]).

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* In the first few seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', all the heroes maintained "secret identities," even though all the villains knew full well who they were (and often attacked them as they went about their civilian lives). Since then, most seasons keep up the tradition, with several finales where the group is found out or where they deliberately morph in public. A few seasons, however, do away with this and let themselves be publicly known, due to the Rangers also functioning as [[Series/PowerRangersSPD a public law enforcement enforcement]] or [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue rescue service.
service.]]
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'':
** ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' Sentai rarely bothers with Secret Identities except when the Rangers are still in school such as [[Series/KousokuSentaiTurboranger Turboranger]] or [[Series/DenjiSentaiMegaranger Megaranger]], and this is solely to prevent alienating them from their peers at school. [[Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger]] plays this straight (in early episodes a least, but despite Bouken Pink's efforts her teammates often relax the secret) and [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Goseiger]] plays this straight as well with The V-Cinema special revolving around their Identities becoming public knowledge. Otherwise the teams are either military-sponsored with the members belonging to the military ([[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger]], [[Series/JAKQDengekitai JAKQ]], [[Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman Changeman]], [[Series/HikariSentaiMaskman Maskman]], [[Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger Ohranger]], etc), the teams abandon their civilian lives after becoming Rangers and live and operate solely out of the team's base ([[Series/ChoudenshiBioman Bioman]] & [[Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman Liveman]]), or the teams are not from Earth and have no civilian lives at all, and operate out of their bases ([[Series/ChoushinseiFlashman Flashman]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]] & [[Series/SeijuuSentaiGingaman Gingaman]]).
30th Aug '17 2:50:36 PM nighttrainfm
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** ComicBook/BlackWidow has an alias, as fitting a government spy, but there is no proper secret identity. She's not even called "Black Widow" most of the time. At the end of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', however, [[spoiler:she admits that revealing all S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets destroyed all of her various cover identities, but she's going to work on a new one in the meantime]].
** ComicBook/{{Thor}} goes by his real name and never hides who he is and where he is from, which prompts most people to simply think he is insane. His friends briefly give him an alias to fool S.H.I.E.L.D. agents... but it doesn't work. By the end of his [[Film/{{Thor}} first film]], it's no secret to anyone what his true nature is.

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** ComicBook/BlackWidow has an alias, as fitting a government spy, but there is no proper secret identity. She's not even called "Black Widow" most of the time. At the end of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', however, [[spoiler:she admits that revealing all S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets destroyed all of her various cover identities, but she's going to work on a new one in the meantime]].
meantime.]]
** ComicBook/{{Thor}} [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] goes by his real name and never hides who he is and where he is from, which prompts most people to simply think he is insane. His friends briefly give him an alias to fool S.H.I.E.L.D. agents... but it doesn't work. By the end of his [[Film/{{Thor}} first film]], it's no secret to anyone what his true nature is.



** ComicBook/TheVision has no need for a secret identity, as his creation and existence are tied to The Avengers.

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** ComicBook/TheVision has no need for a secret identity, as his creation and existence are tied to The Avengers. Plus, he's a green and red android.



** So far, along with Daredevil, ComicBook/SpiderMan is one of the few characters in the setting to work at keeping his identity a secret from the public, and Tony is the only one in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' to have traced it to nerdy high-schooler Peter Parker. Part of his reasoning is that he doesn't want his aunt May to be worried about him and "freak out". He's quick to web Tony's hand to his doorknob right in his own bedroom when the prospect of outing his exploits comes up, and it's implied by the end of ''Civil War'' that it's still his secret to keep. Then in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', he ends up being outed to his friend Ned, [[spoiler:the ''villain'', and finally Aunt May herself]].

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** So far, along with Daredevil, ComicBook/SpiderMan is one of the few characters in the setting to work at keeping his identity a secret from the public, and Tony is the only one in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' to have traced it to nerdy high-schooler Peter Parker. Part of his reasoning is that he doesn't want his aunt May to be worried about him and "freak out". He's quick to web Tony's hand to his doorknob right in his own bedroom when the prospect of outing his exploits comes up, and it's implied by the end of ''Civil War'' that it's still his secret to keep. Then in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', he ends up being outed to his friend Ned, [[spoiler:the ''villain'', and finally Aunt May herself]].herself.]]
30th Aug '17 8:24:37 AM SteveMB
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* Batman occasionally uses the "Matches Malone" persona as an additional secret identity to infiltrate the criminal underworld.
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