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28th Apr '16 3:28:24 PM KlawKalash
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* ''Franchise/DocSavage'': In ''Devil on the Moon'', the true identity of the Man on the Moon turns out to be this. It is [[spoiler:Bob Thomas, a bystander seemingly killed by the Man on the Moons mooks in the opening chapters]].

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* ''Franchise/DocSavage'': In ''Devil on the Moon'', the true identity of the Man on the Moon turns out to be this. It is [[spoiler:Bob Thomas, a bystander seemingly killed by the Man on the Moons Moon's mooks in the opening chapters]].
28th Apr '16 3:26:08 PM KlawKalash
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28th Apr '16 3:25:22 PM KlawKalash
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* Often done by Fred Vargas : in quite a few of her novels, the murderer is a very inconspicuous and/or sympathetic character. [[spoiler:Ariane Lagarde]], in ''This Night's Foul Work'', [[spoiler:Lawrence]] in ''Seeking Who He May Devour'' and [[spoiler:Louis Nicolas Emeri]] in ''The Ghost Riders of Ordebec'' are notable examples. The latter gets extra points for [[spoiler:being the cop initially tasked with the investigation of the Ordebec murders]].

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* Often done by Fred Vargas : Vargas: in quite a few of her novels, the murderer is a very inconspicuous and/or sympathetic character. [[spoiler:Ariane Lagarde]], in ''This Night's Foul Work'', [[spoiler:Lawrence]] in ''Seeking Who He May Devour'' and [[spoiler:Louis Nicolas Emeri]] in ''The Ghost Riders of Ordebec'' are notable examples. The latter gets extra points for [[spoiler:being the cop initially tasked with the investigation of the Ordebec murders]].
28th Apr '16 3:22:21 PM KlawKalash
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* In ''The Burglar in the Rye'' by LawrenceBlock, Literature/BernieRhodenbarr has to find out who stole Gulliver Fairborn's letters and murdered Anthea Landau and Karen Kassenmeier so that he doesn't get sent to prison for the crimes. Karen, the second murder victim and absent owner of the hotel room in which Bernie hides from the police, was the thief with some help from the [[BeneathSuspicion hotel clerk]]. Erica, Bernie's best friend's overly-controlling new girlfriend, is the murderer.

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* In ''The Burglar in the Rye'' by LawrenceBlock, Lawrence Block, Literature/BernieRhodenbarr has to find out who stole Gulliver Fairborn's letters and murdered Anthea Landau and Karen Kassenmeier so that he doesn't get sent to prison for the crimes. Karen, the second murder victim and absent owner of the hotel room in which Bernie hides from the police, was the thief with some help from the [[BeneathSuspicion hotel clerk]]. Erica, Bernie's best friend's overly-controlling new girlfriend, is the murderer.



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* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' when ([[SignatureStyle what else?]]) a cow suddenly stands up in court and says, "All right, I confess! I did it! That's right! The cow! Ha ha! And I feel great!"
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] and subverted in ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}''. In the arc where two of the teachers (acting as chaperones) ended up dancing with each other, and getting recorded by an anonymous student via cell phone and posted on the internet and getting in trouble with the principal, one of the teachers thinks Luann did it, while another felt it was more likely that [[AlphaBitch Tiffany]] did it. The male teacher's reason was because of this trope, to which the female teacher pointed out that he would also qualify for that exact trope to prove that it shouldn't be used. It turns out Tiffany really did do it, after Luann [[YouJustToldMe tricked her into revealing to her deed]] by claiming credit as being between her and herself, although she ultimately wasn't able to reveal it after Tiffany recorded her changing and then used her old cell phone as a decoy in case Luann did attempt to tell her.
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* {{Parodied|Trope}} in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' when ([[SignatureStyle what else?]]) a cow suddenly stands up in court and says, "All right, I confess! I did it! That's right! The cow! Ha ha! And I feel great!"
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] and subverted in ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}''. In the arc where two of the teachers (acting as chaperones) ended up dancing with each other, and getting recorded by an anonymous student via cell phone and posted on the internet and getting in trouble with the principal, one of the teachers thinks Luann did it, while another felt it was more likely that [[AlphaBitch Tiffany]] did it. The male teacher's reason was because of this trope, to which the female teacher pointed out that he would also qualify for that exact trope to prove that it shouldn't be used. It turns out Tiffany really did do it, after Luann [[YouJustToldMe tricked her into revealing to her deed]] by claiming credit as being between her and herself, although she ultimately wasn't able to reveal it after Tiffany recorded her changing and then used her old cell phone as a decoy in case Luann did attempt to tell her.
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28th Apr '16 3:17:46 PM KlawKalash
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* In ''Literature/HushHush'', it turns out that the person trying to murder Nora was [[spoiler:Jules]]. Given how he was virtually nonexistent in the story, it was rather...jarring.

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* In ''Literature/HushHush'', it turns out that the person trying to murder Nora was [[spoiler:Jules]]. Given how he was virtually nonexistent in the story, it was rather... jarring.
28th Apr '16 2:29:33 PM KlawKalash
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* ''Manga/ShugoChara'' has one. Who was TheManBehindTheMan? [[spoiler:Hikaru Ichinomiya]].

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* ''Manga/ShugoChara'' has one. Who was TheManBehindTheMan? [[spoiler:Hikaru Ichinomiya]].Ichinomiya, the little kid]].
28th Apr '16 1:15:16 PM KlawKalash
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* Homaged in Bongo Comics' [[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Radioactive Man]] series which generally parodied most of the major cliches in comics, superhero especially, and had the final issue reveal that Radioactive Man's deadliest foe was Radioactive Worm, an {{Expy}} of Mister Mind, who reveals it was caught in the same explosion that created RM. Indeed, as pointed out in a footnote, if you look back at the first issue's splash page of Claude caught in the atomic explosion, you can see a tiny earthworm crawling up from the ground right below him and being in it as well, thus planting the reveal as this rather than one of the StrangerBehindTheMask variety

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* Homaged in Bongo Comics' [[ComicBook/TheSimpsons Radioactive Man]] series which generally parodied most of the major cliches in comics, superhero especially, and had the final issue reveal that Radioactive Man's deadliest foe was Radioactive Worm, an {{Expy}} of Mister Mind, who reveals it was caught in the same explosion that created RM. Indeed, as pointed out in a footnote, if you look back at the first issue's splash page of Claude caught in the atomic explosion, you can see a tiny earthworm crawling up from the ground right below him and being in it as well, thus planting the reveal as this rather than one of the StrangerBehindTheMask varietyvariety.



* ComicBook/TheAvengers once encountered a mysterious super-villain called The Crimson Cowl; upon being unmasked, the Cowl was revealed to be "merely a robot", the "real" Cowl being Tony Stark's butler Jarvis; later, Jarvis confessed that he had been forced to impersonate the Cowl under duress, and he begged the "real" Cowl not to kill the Avengers "in the name of humanity"; the Cowl replied "What makes you think I am human?", and unmasked himself to reveal....that he was really the robot all along! (this was the first appearance in comics of the Avengers' enemy ComicBook/{{Ultron}}).

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* ComicBook/TheAvengers once encountered a mysterious super-villain called The Crimson Cowl; upon being unmasked, the Cowl was revealed to be "merely a robot", the "real" Cowl being Tony Stark's butler Jarvis; later, Jarvis confessed that he had been forced to impersonate the Cowl under duress, and he begged the "real" Cowl not to kill the Avengers "in the name of humanity"; the Cowl replied "What makes you think I am human?", and unmasked himself to reveal....reveal... that he was really the robot all along! (this was the first appearance in comics of the Avengers' enemy ComicBook/{{Ultron}}).
28th Apr '16 12:38:16 PM KlawKalash
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* For roughly the first half of ''TenshiNiRarumon'', the main villain is the campy, hammy Dispel, who spends most of his time launching attacks on Noelle, indulging in weird antics, and constantly mistreating his emotionless maid Silky. Then Silky just up and decides that Dispel is boring her, turns him back into a doll, and puts him away before resuming her role as the main villain.

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* For roughly the first half of ''TenshiNiRarumon'', ''Tenshi Ni Rarumon'', the main villain is the campy, hammy Dispel, who spends most of his time launching attacks on Noelle, indulging in weird antics, and constantly mistreating his emotionless maid Silky. Then Silky just up and decides that Dispel is boring her, turns him back into a doll, and puts him away before resuming her role as the main villain.
28th Apr '16 7:16:10 AM damus2300
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** On "What's My Line?", the third mercenary hired to kill Buffy is thought to be the girl who stowed away on a cargo plane. She is revealed to be Kendra the other Slayer. The mercenary is the police woman seen at the job fair.
** On " Earshot", the one planning to commit mass murder at the high school is the lunch lady.
** On "Doublemeat Palace", the monster is disguised as an old woman with a bad wig.
28th Apr '16 5:19:13 AM KlawKalash
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* The lesser-known ''Anime/LilyCAT.'' takes all of the tropes from the movie ''{{Film/Alien}}'' and puts them in a blender. There's even a cat on board the ship, and a secret android working to bring back the murderous alien at the expense of the crew. The catch...is that the cat ''is'' the android.

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* The lesser-known ''Anime/LilyCAT.'' takes all of the tropes from the movie ''{{Film/Alien}}'' and puts them in a blender. There's even a cat on board the ship, and a secret android working to bring back the murderous alien at the expense of the crew. The catch... is that the cat ''is'' the android.
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