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19th Jan '17 10:39:07 PM Kotomikun
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* Double-subverted at the very end of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', when Doc finally removes his mask... offscreen. But then, the last few pages TimeSkip to a hospital, where a doctor who resembles him (same eye and eyebrow color) appears with gunk on his face. He cleans himself off, and his face is shown... and then he meets another doctor. The second guy just finished putting a nameplate on his door that says [[spoiler:"Patrick Goodrich"]] so it's undoubtedly Doc and, of course, we don't get to see what he looks like after all.
6th Jan '17 5:56:01 PM nombretomado
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** In the civil war story arc of {{Image}} comics, Serpentor removes Cobra Commander's helmet only to reveal a balaclava underneath. He lampshades a bit by making fun of CC's paranoia issues. And then the [[spoiler:helmet explodes, killing Serpentor and proving that Cobra Commander is CrazyPrepared.]]

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** In the civil war story arc of {{Image}} comics, Creator/ImageComics, Serpentor removes Cobra Commander's helmet only to reveal a balaclava underneath. He lampshades a bit by making fun of CC's paranoia issues. And then the [[spoiler:helmet explodes, killing Serpentor and proving that Cobra Commander is CrazyPrepared.]]
2nd Jan '17 3:59:45 PM Justadoo444
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* In the second-to-last part of the Gooey Bomb story on ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', Dedede suggests taking Meta Knight's mask off while he's asleep, to which he wakes up, and threatens them. They ignore this, and the camera shows the back of Meta Knight, stabbing the Gooey Bomb as Adeline looks at Meta Knight's face with an astonished look. In the Turnabout Kirby story, Meta Knight references the indecent and shows the judge the "scars" from it, although again the camera shows the back of him, although the judge looks very disgusted. However, Meta Knight without his mask has been seen clearly in many Kirby games, [[spoiler: looking exactly like Kirby's, but with a blue face and yellow eyes.]] although the look could be different in [=BitF=]'s case.

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* The reveal of Meta Knight's mask in ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' has been treated this way multiple times:
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In the second-to-last part of the Gooey Bomb story on ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', arc, Dedede suggests taking Meta Knight's mask off while he's asleep, to which he wakes up, up and threatens them. They ignore this, and the camera shows cuts to the back of Meta Knight, stabbing the Gooey Bomb as Adeline looks at Adeleine takes the mask off. [[labelnote:Aftermath, for the curious]]: In the final part itself, Meta Knight's face cast essentially covers for his mask, covering all of his body with the exception of an astonished look. ''even smaller'' eye window.[[/labelnote]]
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In the Turnabout Kirby story, arc, Meta Knight references the indecent incident and shows the judge the "scars" from it, although again the camera shows the back of him, although him.
** Subverted (partially) at
the judge looks very disgusted. However, end of [[spoiler:the Cocoon Academy arc]], where Meta Knight without Knight's eyes are seen in full, with everything below them obscured by a bedsheet.
** Finally averted with the Final Destination arc, where he throws
his mask has been seen clearly in many at Kirby games, [[spoiler: looking exactly like Kirby's, but and King Dedede to get their attention. [[spoiler:His maskless appearance is the same as in his official appearances - The same as Kirby, with a dark blue face skin and yellow eyes.]] although eyes. [[labelnote:Although...]]His eyes are colored white here due to said comic's [[ItMakesSenseInContext "normal" sections]] being in the look could be different in [=BitF=]'s case.comic-as-a-whole's usual blue-monochrome colors.[[/labelnote]]]]
1st Jan '17 12:30:56 PM darkabomination
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* ''AnimeDennouCoil'' wraps up most of the series' mysteries to satisfaction, but a few things are left vague.

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* ''AnimeDennouCoil'' ''Anime/DennouCoil'' wraps up most of the series' mysteries to satisfaction, but a few things are left vague.
1st Jan '17 12:27:40 PM darkabomination
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* ''AnimeDennouCoil'' wraps up most of the series' mysteries to satisfaction, but a few things are left vague.
** The biggest one is the nature of Yuco Yasako and Yuco Amasawa's relationship. [[spoiler:The series ends with Amasawa admitting with the complicated history they have, she can't say if she thinks of her as a friend, a partner, a sister, or something else. Given the lengths Yasako went to get her digital body back, it's possible it might even be romantic in nature, as her friend Ken has definite subtext and shares a similarly aloof personality hiding emotional vulnerability after losing a loved one in an accident]].
** The nature of the Illegals ultimately goes unanswered as well. Ken theorizes they're [[spoiler:strong emotions left by the collective unconscious, a few seem to be digital pets that have been left behind, or possibly the minds of users that have drifted too far with Imago,]] or a combination of all of these.
** For that matter, what is [[spoiler:Densuke? He's not a normal digital pet, he's survived data wipes, Cryptography attacks, and guided both Amasawa and Kyoko back from the Other Side when this should have been impossible. And each time it looks like he's gone for good, he keeps coming back okay]].



* ''Series/TeenWolf'': "Hey look! They're showing us the Alpha transforming into a human— ...Oh wait. You can't tell who it is with that shadowy silhouette."

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* ''Series/TeenWolf'': "Hey look! They're showing us the Alpha transforming into a human— ...human? ...Oh wait. You can't tell who it is with that shadowy silhouette."



** One story arc has Haley start speaking in a cypher as a result of trauma partly caused by her (at the time) unrequited love for Elan. A cleric tells her that her affliction will clear up when she is ready to reveal the secret, so in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0309.html this strip]], she tries to tell Elan various secrets (but none of them is ''the'' secret that will cure her). Decrypted, her secrets are: "Elan, I'm in love with you. Completely in love. – My dad is being held ransom by an evil dictator. – I'm not really in the Thieves' Guild anymore. – I cheat at solitaire. – I have a tattoo you've never seen. – I kissed a girl once. – OK, OK, more than once! – Elan, it turns out i may not be exactly what you would call..."

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** One story arc has Haley start speaking in a cypher as a result of trauma partly caused by her (at the time) unrequited love for Elan. A cleric tells her that her affliction will clear up when she is ready to reveal the secret, so in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0309.html this strip]], she tries to tell Elan various secrets (but none of them is ''the'' secret that will cure her). Decrypted, her secrets are: "Elan, I'm in love with you. Completely in love. – ? My dad is being held ransom by an evil dictator. – ? I'm not really in the Thieves' Guild anymore. – ? I cheat at solitaire. – ? I have a tattoo you've never seen. – ? I kissed a girl once. – OK, OK, more than once! – ? Elan, it turns out i may not be exactly what you would call..."
29th Dec '16 9:40:18 AM nombretomado
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** It is known that South African Airways Flight 295, the subject of "Fanning the Flames", was brought down by an on-board fire. But whether it was accidential or the result of [[TheApartheidEra Apartheid Era]] espionage remains unknown.

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** It is known that South African Airways Flight 295, the subject of "Fanning the Flames", was brought down by an on-board fire. But whether it was accidential or the result of [[TheApartheidEra [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra Apartheid Era]] espionage remains unknown.
21st Dec '16 11:16:21 AM Xtifr
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* This affects both the protagonist and antagonist of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''. Taran, the protagonist, is an orphan with no family linage in a land where familial descent is ''everything''. It starts weighing on him so much he eventually goes GeneHunting, but comes up empty. It's finally revealed that even his mentor, BigGood Dallben, has no idea who his real parents are ([[RedHerring it had been alluded to previously]] that Dallben was keeping the information secret, but that turns out to be nothing but unfounded speculation on Taran's part). Meanwhile, Arawn, the antagonist, is notable for being a {{shapeshifter}}. One of the key facts of his villain mythology is that only one person has ever seen his true face and lived to tell the tale, setting up a ChekhovsGun regarding his true appearance. When he's finally defeated, he reverts to his true form, which falls face-down on the ground, but because he's a LoadBearingBoss, his fortress begins to crumble just as Taran goes to turn him over and see his true face.

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* This affects both the protagonist and antagonist of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''. Taran, the protagonist, is an orphan with no family linage in a land where familial descent is ''everything''. It starts weighing on him so much he eventually goes GeneHunting, but comes up empty. It's finally revealed that even his mentor, BigGood Dallben, has no idea who his real parents are ([[RedHerring it had been alluded to previously]] that Dallben was keeping the information secret, but that turns out to be nothing but unfounded speculation on Taran's part). Meanwhile, Arawn, the antagonist, is notable for being a {{shapeshifter}}. One of the key facts of his villain mythology is that only one person has ever seen his true face and lived to tell the tale, setting up a ChekhovsGun regarding his true appearance. When he's finally defeated, he reverts to his true form, which falls face-down on the ground, but because he's a LoadBearingBoss, his fortress begins to crumble just as Taran goes to turn him over and see his true face.
12th Dec '16 7:45:45 AM Prfnoff
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* The "Charles Dance Version" of ''The Phantom of the Opera'' has the Phantom twice removing his mask with his back to the viewer. We see the shocked reactions to his deformity, but not the deformed face itself.



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* In ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', Christine gets to see the Phantom's real face early in the show, but the audience is prevented from seeing it until later.
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9th Dec '16 5:21:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' movie ''Film/PlanetTerror'', leading {{Badass}} El Wray has a mysterious past that accounts for his remarkable skill with knives and firearms. During the plot, the mystery is revealed. Unfortunately the relevant scenes take place in the never-filmed "missing reel".

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* In the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' movie ''Film/PlanetTerror'', leading {{Badass}} badass El Wray has a mysterious past that accounts for his remarkable skill with knives and firearms. During the plot, the mystery is revealed. Unfortunately the relevant scenes take place in the never-filmed "missing reel".
2nd Dec '16 12:55:25 AM GoldenKeyblade
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** [[TheFaceless Master Chief]] takes off his helmet at the end of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' just in time for the cockpit of his ship to obscure his face as the camera pans upwards. However, in the PC version it's possible to take control of the camera. Leaving it in the ship results in MC revealing [[spoiler:[[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything his head to be graphically represented with another helmet]]]], like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAOo8nE8_Jg this?]]

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** [[TheFaceless Master Chief]] takes off his helmet at the end of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' just in time for the cockpit of his ship to obscure his face as the camera pans upwards. However, in the PC version it's possible to take control of the camera. Leaving it in the ship results in MC revealing [[spoiler:[[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything his head to be graphically represented with another helmet]]]], like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAOo8nE8_Jg this?]]this]].



* The same thing as in the ''Halo'' ending happens in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when Tali takes off her helmet. People have made so many speculations about what Quarians look without their suits, that the designers decided that nothing they could come up with would really do it justice. [[spoiler: Which considering the reaction to the reveal in Mass Effect 3, was correct.]]

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* The same thing as in the ''Halo'' ending happens in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when Tali takes off her helmet. People have made so many speculations about what Quarians look without their suits, that the designers decided that nothing they could come up with would really do it justice. [[spoiler: Which Which, considering the reaction to the reveal in Mass Effect 3, was correct.]]



** In the first case of the second game, you recieve [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep the Judge's]] business card, but examining it reveals that Phoenix can't read the fancy calligraphy in it, thus, not revealing the judge's name.
** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', [[spoiler:[[MasterOfDisguise the phantom]] is shot by a sniper right as he takes off his final mask, and collapses into the shadows of the courtroom, leaving his true face obscured.]]
* When late for school one day in ''VisualNovel/AProfile'', Rizu accidentally puts on some underwear that doesn't belong to her. We're not told what it is, but we're told that it's not a thong. It's implied to be more embarrassing than ''that''.

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** In the first case of the second game, you recieve [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep the Judge's]] business card, but examining it reveals that Phoenix can't read the fancy calligraphy in it, it's written in, thus, not revealing the judge's Judge's name.
** In ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', [[spoiler:[[MasterOfDisguise the phantom]] is shot by a sniper right as he takes off his final mask, mask and collapses into the shadows of the courtroom, leaving his true face obscured.]]
* When late for school one day in ''VisualNovel/AProfile'', Rizu accidentally puts on some underwear that doesn't belong to her. We're not told what it is, but we're told that it's not a thong. It's implied to be [[TakeOurWordForIt more embarrassing embarrassing]] than ''that''.



*** WordOfGod is that Robin's real name happens to be the name of Larry the Titan's real name but spelled backwards. [[spoiler: Larry's real name is Nosyarg Kcid = a backwards Dick Grayson.]]

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*** WordOfGod is that Robin's real name happens to be the name of Larry the Titan's real name but spelled backwards. [[spoiler: Larry's real name is Nosyarg Kcid = a backwards Kcid: Dick Grayson.Grayson backwards.]]



** The joke isn't so much that we don't find why Duncan was sent to juvie but that unexpectedly Heather did something ''worse'' than Duncan, only to be topped by the revelation that worst NoodleIncident of all was done by ''Gwen'' (If that's even her real name.)
** And in another episode, someone tries to shed some light on what really happened to [[spoiler: Izzy, after her elimination in ''Up the Creek''.]] However, before the beans can be spilled, the accused cuts off the accuser and denies everything.

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** The joke isn't so much that we don't find why Duncan was sent to juvie but that unexpectedly Heather did something ''worse'' than Duncan, only to be topped by the revelation that worst NoodleIncident of all was done by ''Gwen'' (If (if that's even her real name.)
name).
** And in another episode, someone tries to shed some light on what really happened to [[spoiler: Izzy, Izzy after her elimination in ''Up the Creek''.]] However, before the beans can be spilled, the accused cuts off the accuser and denies everything.



** We never really find out why Korra couldn't Airbend [[spoiler: or why she suddenly could when Amon robbed her of her other bending gifts]], contact the Spirit World intentionally or use the Avatar State (even in full freak-out/self-defense mode). The last minutes of the final episode of Season 1 subtly implies an answer, but leaves the actual question unanswered. WordOfGod is that [[spoiler: Amon couldn't sever her connection to Airbending]] because it wasn't fully established yet, and she could suddenly use it because she was [[spoiler: selflessly defending Mako, as opposed to her usual motivation, which is at least partly driven by her own gratification.]] No word on the last one, though.

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** We never really find out why Korra couldn't Airbend [[spoiler: or (or why she suddenly could ''could'' when Amon robbed her of her other bending gifts]], gifts)]], contact the Spirit World intentionally or use the Avatar State (even in full freak-out/self-defense mode). The last minutes of the final episode of Season 1 subtly implies an answer, but leaves the actual question unanswered. WordOfGod is that [[spoiler: Amon couldn't sever her connection to Airbending]] because it wasn't fully established yet, and she could suddenly use it because she was [[spoiler: selflessly defending Mako, as opposed to her usual motivation, which is at least partly driven by her own gratification.]] No word on the last one, though.


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* In Episode 25 of ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', we finally get to see [[BigBad Hawk Moth]] in his un-transformed state...except his face (and most of his body) is in silhouette the entire time; we only hear his voice talking to [[spoiler:his kwami, Nooroo]] and see his gloved hand. Admittedly it's pretty obvious by this point who he really is (a previous episode had hinted ''very'' strongly towards his identity, to the point that it would be ''more'' surprising if the actual answer was something different), but it really seemed like we were finally going to get confirmation.
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