History Main / TreacheryCoverup

14th Mar '17 3:55:58 PM Premonition45
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* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Worf's father is made a scapegoat for treason actually committed by Duras' father, because the Klingon government does not dare offend Duras' powerful family. When they did actually get around to cutting the family out (after Worf killed Duras), it resulted in civil war.
** In "The Wounded", both Picard and Captain Macet of the Cardassians are eager to stop Captain Ben Maxwell when he goes on the warpath, destroying two Cardassian ships and a science station. Macet believes Maxwell is carrying out a personal vendetta, and Picard eventually concurs, while Maxwell claims the Cardassians are gearing up for war. Maxwell breaks down, surrenders and calls off another attack, but Picard realizes [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight he was right]]. He tells Macet this, but assures him he'll keep it between them so as to preserve peace between their races.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
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In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', "Sins of the Father", Worf's father is made a scapegoat for treason actually committed by Duras' father, because the Klingon government does not dare offend Duras' powerful family. When they did actually get around to cutting the family out (after Worf killed Duras), it resulted in civil war.
war in the 2-part episode "Redemption".
** In "The Wounded", both Picard and Captain Macet of the Cardassians are eager to stop Captain Ben Maxwell when he goes on the warpath, destroying two Cardassian ships and a science station. Macet believes Maxwell is carrying out a personal vendetta, and Picard eventually concurs, while Maxwell claims the Cardassians are gearing up for war. Maxwell breaks down, surrenders and calls off another attack, but Picard realizes [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight [[TheExtremistWasRight he was right]]. He tells Macet this, but assures him he'll keep it between them so as to preserve peace between their races.
7th Mar '17 1:33:16 PM PlasmaTalon
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* After Haazan's manipulations are revealed in ''Comicbook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', the Jedi realize that they cannot let anyone know a sith rose within their own ranks. Or that he was able spark a small scale civil war. Keeping it a secret among themselves and blaming the damage to the Coruscant temple on the Mandalorians.
16th Feb '17 6:19:30 AM benda
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* The entire premise of Creator/GKChesterton's short story ''[[Literature/FatherBrown Sign of the Broken Sword]]'' (1910), which may be one of the earliest examples of this trope. The motivations of those covering up are neatly summarized by Father Brown:
--> And then, for the honour of England and of his daughter, they took an oath to seal up for ever the story... Perhaps Heaven help them they tried to forget it.
16th Feb '17 6:10:31 AM benda
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* In ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'', that's what John decides to do with [[spoiler: Dr. Villega's]] treachery, due to the latter's [[TortureAlwaysWorks breaking only under torture]] and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath deliberate self-sacrifice to atone his deed]].
5th Feb '17 4:40:38 AM Dawnwing
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** When Hollyleaf apparently dies in the tunnels after trying to escape from her Clan and everything that had gone wrong, Lionblaze and Jayfeather cover up her treachery by telling the Clan she had died chasing a squirrel into the tunnel, so that she would be remembered as a brave hunter rather than Ashfur's killer.
** It's hard to judge whether or not they did this for [[spoiler:Hawkfrost]]. They did cover up the fact that [[spoiler:Brambleclaw]] killed him, but there is conflicting evidence on whether or not they covered up why he was killed. In ''The Sight'', some warriors have a conversation about the mysterious circumstances of his death, and say that his Clanmates mourned him, and [=RiverClan=] seems relatively ignorant of his treachery in other books, which would suggest he did get a cover-up. But then in ''After Sunset: We Need To Talk'', Cloudtail says to a [=WindClan=] patrol [[spoiler:that Hawkfrost tried to kill Firestar]], which suggests everyone knows about it.
** The Clan does not reveal [[spoiler:Ashfur]]'s treachery after ''Long Shadows'', nor Tigerstar's after he is exiled in ''Forest of Secrets'', possibly because it will make their Clan seem weak.
2nd Jan '17 5:36:06 PM isk2837
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2419807/1/The-Riddle-of-Jim-Lillian The Riddle Of Jim Lillian]], Hermione claims that it was Draco Malfoy who killed Ron, Neville and Luna, tortured Ginny, broke Harry's wand and leaked the Prophecy to Voldemort. In the final chapters, however, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Ron was the one who committed most of those crimes, with Ginny accidentally killing him when she attacked him in a rage after he revealed his treachery. Harry convinces Ginny and Hermione to lie that Draco committed Ron's crimes to protect the Weasleys, who would be vilified as the family of the traitorous Ron and blame themselves for Ron's turn to evil.]]

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2419807/1/The-Riddle-of-Jim-Lillian The Riddle Of Jim Lillian]], Hermione claims that it was Draco Malfoy who killed Ron, Neville and Luna, tortured Ginny, broke Harry's wand and leaked the Prophecy to Voldemort. In the final chapters, however, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Ron was the one who committed most of those crimes, with Ginny accidentally killing him when she attacked him in a rage after he revealed his treachery. Harry convinces Ginny and Hermione to lie that Draco - who has already committed numerous crimes as a Death Eater - committed Ron's crimes to protect the Weasleys, who would be vilified as the family of the traitorous Ron and blame themselves for Ron's turn to evil.]]
2nd Jan '17 5:33:54 PM isk2837
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2419807/1/The-Riddle-of-Jim-Lillian The Riddle Of Jim Lillian]], Hermione claims that it was Draco Malfoy who killed Ron, Neville and Luna, tortured Ginny, broke Harry's wand and leaked the Prophecy to Voldemort. In the final chapters, however, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Ron was the one who committed most of those crimes, with Ginny accidentally killing him when she attacked him in a rage after he revealed his treachery. Harry convinces Ginny and Hermione to lie that Draco committed Ron's crimes to protect the Weasleys, who would be vilified as the family of the traitorous Ron and blame themselves for Ron's turn to evil.]]
14th Dec '16 12:20:21 AM PaulA
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* Twisted a bit in the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}''. The person who's been blackmailed into trying to murder Sparhawk for half a book [[CyanidePill takes poison]] before confessing, and expects to be outed as a traitor. Instead, Sparhawk and Kurik arrange matters so everyone will think one of the besieging army shot him.

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* Twisted a bit in the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}''.''Literature/TheElenium''. The person who's been blackmailed into trying to murder Sparhawk for half a book [[CyanidePill takes poison]] before confessing, and expects to be outed as a traitor. Instead, Sparhawk and Kurik arrange matters so everyone will think one of the besieging army shot him.
2nd Dec '16 7:55:18 PM TheWanderer
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The villain has betrayed his team, or his country, or the entire human race. Now, he's been defeated... but there's just one complication. If the traitor's guilt is revealed, there will be consequences -- perhaps his friends will seek revenge, or perhaps good people will also be dragged down, or perhaps the people's confidence in the whole system will be shaken.

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The villain has betrayed his team, or his country, or the entire human race. Now, he's been defeated... but there's just one complication. If the traitor's guilt is revealed, there will be consequences -- perhaps his friends will seek revenge, or perhaps good people will also be dragged down, or maybe the traitor in question was a RegretfulTraitor and his old friends still mostly think well of him, or perhaps the people's confidence in the whole system will be shaken.
shaken as a result of these actions.



Subtrope of InternalRetcon. Compare NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead and ThePowerOfLegacy.

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Subtrope of InternalRetcon. Compare NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead and ThePowerOfLegacy. The inversion is the DeceasedFallGuyGambit, where a dead person is made a scapegoat for crimes or actions they didn't do.
22nd Sep '16 9:12:20 PM GottaHaveFaith
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** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by Admiral Fujitora at the end of the Dressrosa arc. After hearing the aforementioned Smoker's frustrations about the Alabasta incident, he ensured that the government could not repeat this for Dressrosa (and give him the credit) by publicly broadcasting the truth (that the Straw Hats and their allies were the ones who brought down the Donquixote Family and saved the kingdom) to all neighboring islands ''before'' reporting the incident to his superior, meaning that the Government has no choice but to publicly acknowledge the real version of the story. Said superior, Fleet Admiral Sakazuki/Akainu, is ''not'' happy.

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** [[DefiedTrope Defied]] by Admiral Fujitora at the end of the Dressrosa arc. After hearing the aforementioned Smoker's frustrations about the Alabasta incident, he ensured that the government could not repeat this for Dressrosa (and give him the credit) by publicly broadcasting the truth (that the Straw Hats and their allies were the ones who brought down the Donquixote Family and saved the kingdom) to all neighboring islands ''before'' reporting the incident to his superior, meaning that the Government has no choice but to publicly acknowledge the real version of the story. Said superior, Fleet Admiral Sakazuki/Akainu, is was ''not'' happy.
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