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14th Aug '16 6:33:27 PM PaulA
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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Vorkosigan universe MilesVorkosigan undergoes this, somewhat on purpose. He is basically a highly decorated covert ops agent, while in his public persona he projects a spoiled noble who got a cushy job because of his father's influence. ''"Trying so hard, no wonder he'd succeeded in convincing everyone, even himself, that Lord Vorkosigan didn't... count."'' So what does he do in ''Memory'' when the new security chief has him physically thrown out of the HQ and threatens to do much worse if he ever comes back? [[spoiler: He goes home, puts on his uniform and ALL his medals, including multiple of the highest medal his empire could give, the highest given by their mortal enemies, a row and a half of purple hearts and assorted high honors from the many planets he'd saved. Then he goes to see one of the few people who knew he earned all of those. Also a fun scene when the new chief sees him like that. ''"I didn't clean out my father's desk drawer, if that's what you're asking. Everything here is accounted for, in my classified files. You may be one of the few men on the planet who doesn't have to take my word for it."''.]]
** The capper is Haroche's line: "Is that ''really'' a Cetagandan Order of Merit?"
*** This is in fact typical of the exploits of [=ImpSec=] covert operatives. Very few people outside of [=ImpSec=] ever hear about them. Miles just has a lot more of these stories than anyone else in the business.
*** And Gregor's reaction: ". . .Good God. . .I don't think I've ever seen you come the Vor lord with ''intent''."

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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Miles Vorkosigan universe MilesVorkosigan undergoes this, somewhat on purpose. He is basically a highly decorated covert ops agent, while in his public persona he projects a spoiled noble who got a cushy job because of his father's influence. ''"Trying so hard, no wonder he'd succeeded in convincing everyone, even himself, that Lord Vorkosigan didn't... count."'' So what does In ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', to make a point, he do in ''Memory'' when the new security chief has him physically thrown out of the HQ and threatens to do much worse if he ever comes back? [[spoiler: He goes home, puts on his dress uniform and ALL all the medals he's accrued over the course his medals, including multiple of career, the highest medal his empire could give, the highest given by their mortal enemies, a row first time they've been displayed together in one place, and a half of purple hearts and assorted high honors from the even he is surprised by how many planets he'd saved. Then he goes to see one of the few people who knew he earned all of those. Also a fun scene when the new chief sees him like that. ''"I didn't clean out my father's desk drawer, if that's what you're asking. Everything here is accounted for, in my classified files. You may be one of the few men on the planet who doesn't have to take my word for it."''.]]
** The capper is Haroche's line: "Is that ''really'' a Cetagandan Order of Merit?"
*** This is in fact typical of the exploits of [=ImpSec=] covert operatives. Very few people outside of [=ImpSec=] ever hear about them. Miles just has a lot more of these stories than anyone else in the business.
*** And Gregor's reaction: ". . .Good God. . .I don't think I've ever seen you come the Vor lord with ''intent''."
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13th Aug '16 4:38:47 PM Ainzee
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gets a healthy dose of this in that Ned [[spoiler:brings a baby boy home from the war and everyone just ''assumes'' that it is his bastard,]] when in reality [[spoiler:he is the son of Ned's ''sister'' Lyanna and Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, meaning that Ned never dishonored his wife, Jon is quite possibly the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and no one, not even ''Jon himself'']] has even the slightest idea about it.
10th Aug '16 8:20:11 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': The story of ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', being [[GaidenGame a mere aside]] to the fantastic adventures of the Master Chief. ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' shares this to some extent with Noble Team's role, though [[AllThereInTheManual bonus materials]] indicate that their heroics became famous after the war, to the point where the public even built a statue to honor them.

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The story of ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', being [[GaidenGame a mere aside]] to the fantastic adventures of the Master Chief. Chief.
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''VideoGame/HaloReach'' shares this to some extent with Noble Team's role, though [[AllThereInTheManual bonus materials]] indicate that their heroics became famous after the war, to the point where the public even built a statue to honor them.them.
** ''VideoGame/HaloWars'' ends like this; [[spoiler:with the ''Spirit of Fire'' left adrift without an FTL drive, its crew have no way of telling their friends back home that they stopped the Covenant from acquiring a fleet of Forerunner ships.]]
6th Aug '16 3:27:36 PM nombretomado
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* In the DCUniverse, ComicBook/BoosterGold is going through ''his entire superhero career'' as TheGreatestStoryNeverTold, as he deals with TimeTravel, [[ObfuscatingStupidity so he has to be an idiot]] in the history books in order to prevent anyone messing with the timeline from having 'Eliminate Booster Gold' as step one. Batman knows, because Booster's failed attempt to prevent Batgirl's handicapping as per ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' results in Joker's camera having pictures of a beaten Booster. When he revealed this to Booster, he offered himself as a SecretKeeper. Later on, Booster would explain himself to Dick Grayson, Bruce's successor as Batman. Dick also kept the secret.

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* In the DCUniverse, Franchise/DCUniverse, ComicBook/BoosterGold is going through ''his entire superhero career'' as TheGreatestStoryNeverTold, as he deals with TimeTravel, [[ObfuscatingStupidity so he has to be an idiot]] in the history books in order to prevent anyone messing with the timeline from having 'Eliminate Booster Gold' as step one. Batman knows, because Booster's failed attempt to prevent Batgirl's handicapping as per ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' results in Joker's camera having pictures of a beaten Booster. When he revealed this to Booster, he offered himself as a SecretKeeper. Later on, Booster would explain himself to Dick Grayson, Bruce's successor as Batman. Dick also kept the secret.
25th Jul '16 10:11:23 PM JulianLapostat
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' did this thrice. In "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" Fry, the only person on Earth not affected by the flying brains, is the only one who remembers them after he defeats them. When he saves the universe a second time in "The Why of Fry," the Nibblonians erase his memory of both incidents, although they do give him a flower for Leela. A smaller-scale example occurs in "Time Keeps on Slippin'": due to temporal shifts Fry finds himself married to Leela: neither of them have any memory of the really nifty thing he did to win her love. He finds out just before the evidence of his act is destroyed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' did this thrice. many times:
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In "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid" Fry, the only person on Earth not affected by the flying brains, is the only one who remembers them after he defeats them. When he saves the universe a second time in "The Why of Fry," the Nibblonians erase his memory of both incidents, although they do give him a flower for Leela. A smaller-scale example occurs in "Time Keeps on Slippin'": due to temporal shifts Fry finds himself married to Leela: neither of them have any memory of the really nifty thing he did to win her love. He finds out just before the evidence of his act is destroyed.


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** Fry's own life is this. In the 20th Century he was an underachieving, overworked bullied kid who one day mysteriously vanished, and nobody who was alive and knew him ever learned, or could learn what happened to him. Later episodes such as "Jurassic Bark, Game of Tones" and "The Luck of the Fryish" deal with how his family reacted to his disappearance in many ways.
5th Jul '16 4:00:45 PM Pichu-kun
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** Itachi assassinating the entire Uchiha clan to protect Konoha from a civil war and another Ninja World War that would inevitably follow it.

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** Itachi assassinating the entire Uchiha clan to [[spoiler:to protect Konoha from a civil war and another Ninja World War that would inevitably follow it.it]].



** Miles "Tails" Prower's early appearances. He had several comic where he would return to the Nameless Zone or join the Zonerunners in Chemical Plant Zone where he would perform great feats (usually by fluke), save the day, but on return not be able to say anything to Sonic either because it's hard for him to explain what happened or because Sonic is just too damn eager to move onto the next thing. A Summer Special issue continued this tradition by having a comic where Tails took out a whole swarm of badniks, only to have the last one catch him off guard and have Sonic to save him from it. Sonic admonishes Tails for not being able to defeat "one measly badnik" and doesn't believe Tails' protests that there were many more of them.

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** Miles "Tails" Prower's early appearances. He had several comic comics where he would return to the Nameless Zone or join the Zonerunners in Chemical Plant Zone where he would perform great feats (usually by fluke), save the day, but on return not be able to say anything to Sonic either because it's hard for him to explain what happened or because Sonic is just too damn eager to move onto the next thing. A Summer Special issue continued this tradition by having a comic where Tails took out a whole swarm of badniks, only to have the last one catch him off guard and have Sonic to save him from it. Sonic admonishes Tails for not being able to defeat "one measly badnik" and doesn't believe Tails' protests that there were many more of them.



* In Creator/DonRosa's DonaldDuck stories, Donald saves the feathers of his uncle and his nephews numerous times on each of Scrooge's treasure ventures. Most of the time no-one seems to notice his involuntary self-sacrifices, though the trope might feel a bit ignored, as Scrooge often observes the hapless heroics while commenting calmly on the situation. The answer might be that Donald has saved them so many times the bravado has lost all effect.
** Finally, ''finally'' subverted in Rosa's final Donald story, ''[[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Rosa/show.php?s=date&loc=D2004-032 The Magnificent Seven (Minus Four) Caballeros]]'', in which Pancho Pistoles and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Jose Carioca]] are flabbergasted by Donald's off-hand comments about his adventures with his rich uncle, particularly when he backs it up by saving their bacon repeatedly. Actually being ''noticed'', much less 'praised'', did wonders for Don's self-esteem (as opposed to his ego).

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* In Creator/DonRosa's DonaldDuck WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck stories, Donald saves the feathers of his uncle and his nephews numerous times on each of Scrooge's treasure ventures. Most of the time no-one seems to notice his involuntary self-sacrifices, though the trope might feel a bit ignored, as Scrooge often observes the hapless heroics while commenting calmly on the situation. The answer might be that Donald has saved them so many times the bravado has lost all effect.
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effect. Finally, ''finally'' subverted in Rosa's final Donald story, ''[[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Rosa/show.php?s=date&loc=D2004-032 The Magnificent Seven (Minus Four) Caballeros]]'', in which Pancho Pistoles and [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Jose Carioca]] are flabbergasted by Donald's off-hand comments about his adventures with his rich uncle, particularly when he backs it up by saving their bacon repeatedly. Actually being ''noticed'', much less 'praised'', did wonders for Don's self-esteem (as opposed to his ego).


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* It's noted at the end of the first ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety'' book that the government covered up the children's achievements saving the world. They're disappointed but don't mind too much.
26th Jun '16 8:35:45 PM nombretomado
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* The very nature of the [[SecretWar Oblivion War]] in TheDresdenFiles makes all battles the [[AncientTradition Venatori]] fight to protect humanity this trope by default. In fact, if any of said battles became known to an outsider, it would automatically become a sound defeat.

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* The very nature of the [[SecretWar Oblivion War]] in TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' makes all battles the [[AncientTradition Venatori]] fight to protect humanity this trope by default. In fact, if any of said battles became known to an outsider, it would automatically become a sound defeat.
6th Jun '16 4:15:53 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'' applies this to the entire fic. [[spoiler: While the protagonists are likely seen as heroes and saviors to the citizens of Arcadia, they specifically ask that the news of their heroics be kept on its shores, in effect, forfeiting any fame or glory, even going so far as to give the Shadow Spawn Cortez's horde. They realize no-one would likely believe them, and might think they were crazy.]]
22nd May '16 11:48:20 PM Ramona122003
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Ron's heroism in "Exchange" has to be kept secret to protect the secrecy of the ninja school he saved. Unlike most other instances, this is actually followed up on: In "Gorilla Fist", Kim is all, "Hey, who's that girl, why does she think Ron is a hero, and why the heck won't Ron say anything about her?" when she meets the girl from that episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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Ron's heroism in "Exchange" has to be kept secret to protect the secrecy of the ninja school he saved. Unlike most other instances, this is actually followed up on: In "Gorilla Fist", Kim is all, "Hey, who's that girl, why does she think Ron is a hero, and why the heck won't Ron say anything about her?" when she meets the girl from that episode.
22nd May '16 11:47:46 PM Ramona122003
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* [[TropeNamer Named]] for an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', where glory-grabbing newbie hero ComicBook/BoosterGold saves the world while everyone else is off saving the world from something ''else'' (specifically, from a powerful sorcerer named Mondru). Afterwards, Franchise/{{Batman}} lectures him for not following orders.
** Between this and Booster's main series, he really likes this trope. It's no accident he's called, "The Greatest Hero History Will Never Know."
** At least he got the girl in the end, who was the ''one'' person who actually knew what he had done... not to mention a HotScientist.
*** "Squeaky wheel, buddy."
*** He also got out of the subversion of HeroInsurance by the other Leaguers.

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* [[TropeNamer Named]] for an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', where glory-grabbing newbie hero ComicBook/BoosterGold saves the world while everyone else is off saving the world from something ''else'' (specifically, from a powerful sorcerer named Mondru). Afterwards, Franchise/{{Batman}} lectures him for not following orders.
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orders. Between this and Booster's main series, he really likes this trope. It's no accident he's called, "The Greatest Hero History Will Never Know."
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" At least he got gets the girl in the end, who was is the ''one'' person who actually knew knows what he had has done... not to mention a HotScientist.
*** "Squeaky wheel, buddy."
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HotScientist. He also got out of the subversion of HeroInsurance by the other Leaguers.
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