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29th Dec '17 11:38:28 PM petewarrior
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* ''Series/SabaDoll'' has a similar premise to Hannah Montana, except the 17-year-old IdolSinger is secretly a ''38-year-old teacher''.
28th Dec '17 9:05:44 AM Dwoem
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* Most superheroes and supervillians in ''{{Literature/Worm}}'' have one, though one group, the New Wave, attempts to go without. There's an unwritten rule that you don't try to expose someone else's identity, since someone without a secret identity has no way to retire and nothing to lose.



* Most superheroes and supervillians in ''{{Literature/Worm}}'' have one, though one group, the New Wave, attempts to go without. There's an unwritten rule that you don't try to expose someone else's identity, since someone without a secret identity has no way to retire and nothing to lose.
20th Dec '17 11:12:49 AM Calllack
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While [[KeepingSecretsSucks trying to protect that secret]], the superhero is often placed in the worst kind of situations that threaten to expose it. For instance, there is the BruceWayneHeldHostage scenario. In more mundane moments, the superhero often has to quickly come up with a SecretIdentityChangeTrick in order to get out of sight. He may have to cut off most relationships to prevent this necessity. ''Especially'' [[TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife romantic relationships.]] And those that survive may have to be SecretRelationship.

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While [[KeepingSecretsSucks trying to protect that secret]], the superhero is often placed in the worst kind of situations that threaten to expose it. For instance, there is the BruceWayneHeldHostage scenario. In more mundane moments, the superhero often has to quickly come up with a SecretIdentityChangeTrick in order to get out of sight. He may have to cut off most relationships to prevent this necessity. ''Especially'' [[TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife romantic relationships.]] And those that survive may have to be SecretRelationship.
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7th Dec '17 10:51:00 AM MadAnthony94
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* [[ComicBook/{{NormanOsborn}} The Green Goblin]] and other Goblin characters are ''villainous'' but there's kind of a tradition of hiding their identity from everyone (even the readers) whenever a new one debuts. This has led to more than one instance of a new Goblin character getting passed on to another writer, who completely changes the original writer's intended identity reveal.
10th Nov '17 4:23:29 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Series/Daredevil2015 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 - Series/LukeCage2016 is well-known as Harlem's hero, Series/JessicaJones2015 is a private detective, and Danny will tell anyone who'll listen that he's the Series/IronFist2017. 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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** Series/Daredevil2015 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 - Series/LukeCage2016 is well-known as Harlem's hero, Series/JessicaJones2015 is a private detective, and Danny will tell anyone who'll listen that he's the Series/IronFist2017.[[Series/IronFist2017 Iron Fist]]. 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.
10th Nov '17 4:22:57 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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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, 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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** ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Series/Daredevil2015 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 Series/LukeCage2016 is well-known as Harlem's hero, ComicBook/JessicaJones Series/JessicaJones2015 is a private detective, and Danny will tell anyone who'll listen that he's the ComicBook/IronFist.Series/IronFist2017. 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.
10th Nov '17 4:21:25 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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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, 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.



** 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]].


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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** 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, 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.
** 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]].
8th Nov '17 9:49:52 PM SSJMagus
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* [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala Khan]] is an interesting variation in that she is ''fiercely'' protective of her secret identity, but she's more than happy to hang around with her friends in ''their'' secret identities while she's in costume.

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* [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Kamala Khan]] is an interesting variation in that she is ''fiercely'' protective of her secret identity, but she's more than happy to hang around with her friends in ''their'' secret identities while she's in costume.
costume. She's also told her friends that revealing their identities ''to her'' was a bad idea, and they shouldn't just assume that fellow superheroes can automatically be trusted with that information.
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