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12th Jun '17 12:21:38 PM Trogdor7620
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* Scarecrow reveals Batman's identity as Bruce Wayne in the climax of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', though he's less interested in Batman's identity, and more interested in making all of Gotham experience true fear, by [[HopeCrusher destroying their symbol of hope.]] Once the cowl comes off, Scarecrow's reaction is along the lines of "Bruce Wayne? [[DidntSeeThatComing Well, that's not who I expected.]]"
10th Jun '17 1:06:05 PM nombretomado
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* Years ago, Ms. Might of the ''WhateleyUniverse'' had her husband killed, her children terrorized, and her house destroyed when an old enemy learned her secret identity. Now that she's Lady Astarte and the headmistress of Whateley Academy, she's a real stickler on the 'secret identity' and 'no threatening students' families' rules.

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* Years ago, Ms. Might of the ''WhateleyUniverse'' ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' had her husband killed, her children terrorized, and her house destroyed when an old enemy learned her secret identity. Now that she's Lady Astarte and the headmistress of Whateley Academy, she's a real stickler on the 'secret identity' and 'no threatening students' families' rules.
1st Mar '17 11:54:25 PM infernape612
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A frequent plot point in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse are the lengths to which Paperinik (DonaldDuck's superhero/antihero alter ego) goes to protect his secret identity. Sometimes he fails, at which point whoever found out his identity [[LaserGuidedAmnesia is fed a memory-erasing candy]].

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* A frequent plot point in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse are the lengths to which Paperinik (DonaldDuck's superhero/antihero alter ego) goes to protect his secret identity. Sometimes he fails, at which point whoever found out his identity [[LaserGuidedAmnesia is fed a memory-erasing candy]].
26th Feb '17 9:54:51 AM nombretomado
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* Happened in the final season of ''HannahMontana''.

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* Happened in the final season of ''HannahMontana''.''Series/HannahMontana''.
17th Oct '16 4:18:19 AM ClatoLawa
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* Happens frequently in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fanfiction. Usually between the two heroes (who have a MutualMasquerade in canon) but occasionally with their respective friends or families. There are also a few notable public reveal stories, such as ''Fanfic/SpotsOff''.
22nd Sep '16 8:23:03 PM nombretomado
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* ''Ben10UltimateAlien'', the third in a continuity of shows, starts the first episode with this trope.

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* ''Ben10UltimateAlien'', ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', the third in a continuity of shows, starts the first episode with this trope.
18th Jul '16 4:14:51 PM EDP
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A frequent plot point in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse are the lengths to which Paperinik (DonaldDuck's superhero/antihero alter ego) goes to protect his secret identity. Sometimes he fails, at which point whoever found out his identity [[LaserGuidedAmnesia is fed a memory-erasing candy]].
** He actually revealed his identity to Gyro in the second story. That's where the candies come from: Gyro, not trusting himself with the secret, revealed the memory-erasing candies' existance and took one. Since then, whenever the situation forced Paperinik to reveal his identity Gyro would take one of the candies as soon he didn't need to know anymore-or, as revealed in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', every time he found out on his own.
** Mickey actually knows, having deduced it. [[SecretSecretKeeper He never told anyone, not even to Donald]].
** A few characters in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' know and, for various reasons, cannot have their memories of it erased. This actually showed why Paperinik is so protective of his identity: a BadFuture had the time-travelling criminal the Gryphon frame him as a terrorist and expose his identity, ruining his life and forcing his family and loved ones to leave Duckburg in shame.
27th Jun '16 3:33:20 PM Morgenthaler
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** A ''DisneyAdventures'' comic featured a villain who became TheDreaded among superheroes because of his knack at unmasking them. All of his victims retired in shame. When he targets Darkwing, however, Gosalyn reminds them all why they became heroes in the first place, and they team up to take him down.

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** A ''DisneyAdventures'' ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' comic featured a villain who became TheDreaded among superheroes because of his knack at unmasking them. All of his victims retired in shame. When he targets Darkwing, however, Gosalyn reminds them all why they became heroes in the first place, and they team up to take him down.
25th Jun '16 7:37:12 AM Materioptikon
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* Happens in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' when [[spoiler:Coil]] leaks the civilian identities of every member of the Nazi supervillain group Empire 88 to the local media. This backfires ''spectacularly.'' Used again when [[spoiler: Dragon and Defiant attack supervillain Skitter in her civilian identity at a local public school.]]\\
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Overall 'unmasking' someone is widely regarded as a bad move, breaking one of the unwritten rules that keeps supervillain/superhero conflicts on a manageable scale. As with Empire 88 it makes the villains desperate and in the case of a hero can ruin their personal life.

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* Happens in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' when [[spoiler:Coil]] leaks the civilian identities of every member of the Nazi supervillain group Empire 88 to the local media. This backfires ''spectacularly.'' Used again when [[spoiler: Dragon and Defiant attack supervillain Skitter in her civilian identity at a local public school.]]\\
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]] Overall 'unmasking' someone is widely regarded as a bad move, breaking one of the unwritten rules that keeps supervillain/superhero conflicts on a manageable scale. As with Empire 88 it makes the villains desperate and in the case of a hero can ruin their personal life.



*** After rescuing Mary Jane from yet another threat as Spider-Man, he couldn't hold himself back anymore and declared his love for her. Mary rejected him saying she was already in love with Peter Parker. After hearing this, Peter decided it was time to reveal the truth. She took it pretty well after the initial shock and they eventually got married. [[spoiler:Too bad she was actually a clone of the real Mary Jane. Even worse, one with CloningDegeneration...]]

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*** After rescuing Mary Jane from yet another threat as Spider-Man, he couldn't hold himself back anymore and declared his love for her. Mary rejected him saying she was already in love with Peter Parker. After hearing this, Peter decided it was time to reveal the truth. She took it pretty well after the initial shock and they eventually got married. [[spoiler:Too bad she was actually a clone of the real Mary Jane. Even worse, one with CloningDegeneration...CloneDegeneration...]]
19th May '16 1:35:51 AM M84
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** Happened several times in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'':
*** The Sinister Six unmasked him once. Fortunately, Peter's powers were on the fritz at the time, so they thought Peter was just pretending to be Spider-Man.
*** Eddie Brock found out the truth when the Venom symbiote bonded to him since Peter was the symbiote's previous host.
*** Peter intentionally unmasked himself in one episode to a [[spoiler:terminally ill]] little girl as a parting gift after she helped him.
*** After rescuing Mary Jane from yet another threat as Spider-Man, he couldn't hold himself back anymore and declared his love for her. Mary rejected him saying she was already in love with Peter Parker. After hearing this, Peter decided it was time to reveal the truth. She took it pretty well after the initial shock and they eventually got married. [[spoiler:Too bad she was actually a clone of the real Mary Jane. Even worse, one with CloningDegeneration...]]
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