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7th Feb '17 5:44:58 PM StoneBasilisk
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* Occurs in ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers''. [[spoiler: When everything's been said and done, the surviving human protagonists are forced to keep their adventures in the Great Race of Oban a secret by a GovernmentConspiracy, and return to their normal lives.]]
27th Jan '17 1:18:58 AM EricW
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* By their nature, the ''AssassinsCreed'' series is built on this. The assassins will have their hands in historical moments, protecting or killing countless historical figures, changing history left and right, promoting figures to power or bringing them down. But because of the nature of their order, none but their own order will truly remember what they have done. Even the famous friends they make won't mention them too strongly either.
23rd Jan '17 8:03:44 PM cybertoy0
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** Subverted near the end of Thriller Bark. The Government decides that they can't let the people know that Luffy toppled ''another'' member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, and order Bartholomew Kuma to kill everyone on Thriller Bark. Luckily, Kuma decides, for his own reasons, to simply make a show of force and leave the heroes alive.
20th Jan '17 2:47:31 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gets a healthy dose of this in that Ned kept the greatest secret in Westeros. [[spoiler:Ned brings a baby boy home from the war, names him Jon, and tells everyone that Jon is his illegitimate son]] when, in reality, [[spoiler:Jon is the son of Ned's ''sister'' Lyanna Stark and Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, making Jon the nephew of Ned Stark. Ned died convincing the whole world that he fathered an illegitimate son and had broken his marital vows when, in actuality, this was a cover story Ned told to save his nephew (Jon), the only child of his beloved sister, from the wrath of the Baratheon regime. Ned spent the rest of his life protecting Jon, raising and loving him as his own son alongside his lawful children, and honoring his sister's DyingWish. This means Ned never dishonored his wife, Jon is quite possibly the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and no one, not even ''Jon himself'']] has the slightest idea about any of this, [[spoiler:except Bran -- as of the season 6 finale.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gets ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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a healthy dose of this in that Ned kept the greatest secret in Westeros. [[spoiler:Ned brings a baby boy home from the war, names him Jon, and tells everyone that Jon is his illegitimate son]] when, in reality, [[spoiler:Jon is the son of Ned's ''sister'' Lyanna Stark and Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, making Jon the nephew of Ned Stark. Ned died convincing the whole world that he fathered an illegitimate son and had broken his marital vows when, in actuality, this was a cover story Ned told to save his nephew (Jon), the only child of his beloved sister, from the wrath of the Baratheon regime. Ned spent the rest of his life protecting Jon, raising and loving him as his own son alongside his lawful children, and honoring his sister's DyingWish. This means Ned never dishonored his wife, Jon is quite possibly the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and no one, not even ''Jon himself'']] has the slightest idea about any of this, [[spoiler:except Bran -- as of the season 6 finale.]]]]
** When TheCavalry reaps all the credit for rescuing King's Landing, Tyrion (who was pivotal in holding off the attackers until they arrived) is left feeling unappreciated until Varys points out that some men will never forget.
** Jaime Lannister never told anyone (except Brienne) that the real reason he killed his king was to prevent said king from ''incinerating'' the entire city and killing half a million people out of spite.
20th Jan '17 7:08:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', this is the fate of King Eahlstan Fiskerne and his battle with the great red dragon, Shurakai. Beloved as he was, it is only known publicly that the dragon killed him, and that decades later, Prester John came and finally slew the dragon, ascending to the kingship as a result. The League of the Scroll (and [[TheFairFolk the Sithi]]), however, preserve the true secret of the Fiskerne line: ''he'' killed the dragon, taking his death-wound in the process. John took his sword Minneyar, renamed it Bright-Nail, and claimed to be the dragon's killer. This lie festers beneath the plot like an untreated wound and is largely responsible for the Sithi's [[HiddenElfVillage failure to come to the aid]] of humanity in its struggle against the Storm King until it's almost too late.

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* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', this is the fate of King Eahlstan Fiskerne and his battle with the great red dragon, Shurakai. Beloved as he was, it is only known publicly that the dragon killed him, and that decades later, Prester John came and finally slew the dragon, ascending to the kingship as a result. The League of the Scroll (and [[TheFairFolk the Sithi]]), however, preserve the true secret of the Fiskerne line: ''he'' killed the dragon, taking his death-wound in the process. John took his sword Minneyar, renamed it Bright-Nail, and claimed to be the dragon's killer. This lie festers beneath the plot like an untreated wound and is largely responsible for the Sithi's [[HiddenElfVillage failure to come to the aid]] of humanity in its struggle against the Storm King until it's almost too late.



* A secondary character in ''[[MatthewReilly Area 7]]'' is a brilliant computer analyst and mathematician, at one point cracking a supposedly uncrackable encryption for the CIA. However, since you can't let your opponent know you've broken his encryption, his highest honor was a medal and a pat on the back.

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* A secondary character in ''[[MatthewReilly Area 7]]'' ''Area 7'' by Creator/MatthewReilly is a brilliant computer analyst and mathematician, at one point cracking a supposedly uncrackable encryption for the CIA. However, since you can't let your opponent know you've broken his encryption, his highest honor was a medal and a pat on the back.
20th Jan '17 7:07:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In CthulhuMythos. None other than ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'', Gustav Johansen manages to avert Cthulhu's awakening by [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming his head with a steamship]], so he's stuck in R'yleh once more as he begins to regenerate - saving mankind from global madness. Johansen never tells anyone and only the narrator knows this from his diary.

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* In CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos. None other than ''Literature/TheCallOfCthulhu'', Gustav Johansen manages to avert Cthulhu's awakening by [[RammingAlwaysWorks ramming his head with a steamship]], so he's stuck in R'yleh once more as he begins to regenerate - saving mankind from global madness. Johansen never tells anyone and only the narrator knows this from his diary.
15th Jan '17 4:34:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''BrutalLegend'': In the ending, Lars and Lita Halford are hailed as the great heroes who defeated the Tainted Coil, brought down the slaving regime of General Lionwhyte and freed humanity. Eddie Riggs, who made it all possible, is barely acknowledged and expects to fade from history. [[HumbleHero And he wouldn't have it any other way]].

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* ''BrutalLegend'': ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'': In the ending, Lars and Lita Halford are hailed as the great heroes who defeated the Tainted Coil, brought down the slaving regime of General Lionwhyte and freed humanity. Eddie Riggs, who made it all possible, is barely acknowledged and expects to fade from history. [[HumbleHero And he wouldn't have it any other way]].
4th Jan '17 6:11:55 AM Larkmarn
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[[quoteright:350:[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/christmaswiththesuperheroes_02_page54.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} She]] saved the universe, died and nobody even remembers it... or her]]
21st Dec '16 6:17:44 PM cherrychels
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** Harry witnesses [[spoiler: Voldemort's resurrection]], duels him and sort-of defeats him. In the process, he manages to bring home [[spoiler: Cedric Diggory's body (killed by Peter Pettigrew on Voldemort's orders)]]. Unfortunately, even though the agent that sent Harry [[spoiler: and Cedric to Voldemort]] is captured, no-one believes Harry's story that [[spoiler: Voldemort is back]]. Even Dumbledore is pilloried in both the press and by the Minister for Magic for supporting Harry's version of events. This is eventually resolved when everyone [[spoiler: accepts Voldemort is back a year later]].
** WordOfGod states that [[spoiler: Snape was never fully vindicated]]; while Harry spreads the story, a good portion of the public are skeptical about his motivations and remain unconvinced.

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** Harry witnesses [[spoiler: Voldemort's resurrection]], duels him and sort-of defeats him. In the process, he Harry manages to bring home [[spoiler: Cedric Diggory's body (killed by Peter Pettigrew on Voldemort's orders)]]. Unfortunately, even though the agent that sent Harry [[spoiler: and Cedric to Voldemort]] is captured, no-one believes Harry's story that [[spoiler: Voldemort is back]]. Even Dumbledore is pilloried in both the press and by the Minister for Magic for supporting Harry's version of events. This is eventually resolved when everyone [[spoiler: accepts Voldemort is back a year later]].
** WordOfGod states that [[spoiler: Snape was never fully vindicated]]; while Harry spreads the story, story of [[spoiler:who Snape really was and everything Snape did to save him and the students of Hogwarts]], a good portion of the public are skeptical about his motivations and remain unconvinced.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gets a healthy dose of this in that Ned kept the greatest secret in Westeros. [[spoiler:Ned brings a baby boy home from the war, names him Jon, and tells everyone that Jon is his illegitimate son]] when, in reality, [[spoiler:Jon is the son of Ned's ''sister'' Lyanna Stark and Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Ned died convincing the whole world that he fathered a bastard son, Jon, and had broken his marital vows when, in actuality, this was a cover story Ned told to save his nephew, the only child of his beloved sister, from the wrath of the Baratheon regime. Ned spent the rest of his life protecting Jon, raising and loving his nephew as his own son alongside his lawful children, and honoring his sister's DyingWish. This means Ned never dishonored his wife, Jon is quite possibly the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and no one, not even ''Jon himself'']] has the slightest idea about any of this, [[spoiler: except for Bran.]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gets a healthy dose of this in that Ned kept the greatest secret in Westeros. [[spoiler:Ned brings a baby boy home from the war, names him Jon, and tells everyone that Jon is his illegitimate son]] when, in reality, [[spoiler:Jon is the son of Ned's ''sister'' Lyanna Stark and Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Targaryen, making Jon the nephew of Ned Stark. Ned died convincing the whole world that he fathered a bastard son, Jon, an illegitimate son and had broken his marital vows when, in actuality, this was a cover story Ned told to save his nephew, nephew (Jon), the only child of his beloved sister, from the wrath of the Baratheon regime. Ned spent the rest of his life protecting Jon, raising and loving his nephew him as his own son alongside his lawful children, and honoring his sister's DyingWish. This means Ned never dishonored his wife, Jon is quite possibly the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, and no one, not even ''Jon himself'']] has the slightest idea about any of this, [[spoiler: except for Bran.[[spoiler:except Bran -- as of the season 6 finale.]]



* Bates from ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' tries constantly to be this, but is increasingly thwarted by Lord Grantham and the rest of the household staff's affection and concern for him. Anna, in particular, is very good at weaseling the (always very noble) truth from Bates about his past, especially [[spoiler: once they become a couple.]] It takes nearly the entire first season of the show for the characters and the audience to find out where Bates lived before coming to Downton, and still longer for them to find out why such an evidently kind and honorable man would [[spoiler: have spent time in prison for theft. Turns out he was covering for his evil wife, who had actually stolen the silver.]]

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* Bates from ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' tries constantly to be this, but is increasingly thwarted by Lord Grantham and the rest of the household staff's affection and concern for him. Anna, in particular, is very good at weaseling the (always very noble) truth from Bates about his past, especially [[spoiler: once they become a couple.]] It takes nearly the entire first season of the show for the characters and the audience to find out where Bates lived before coming to Downton, and still longer for them to find out why such an evidently kind and honorable man would [[spoiler: have spent time in prison for theft. Turns out he was covering for his evil {{JerkAss}} wife, who had actually stolen the silver.]]
18th Dec '16 12:01:48 AM Tron80
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[[quoteright:350:[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/christmaswiththesuperheroes_02_page54.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} She]] saved the universe, died and nobody even remembers it... or her]]
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