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** It gets deconstructed in "Tacking Into The Wind" when Ezri Dax points out how Worf doing this, such as in TNG's "Sins of the Father", among other episodes, [[InherentInTheSystem has only enabled or encouraged the Klingon Empire's corruption]].
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', [[spoiler:Dorian was blackmailed by his former Yiga Clan superiors into spying on Kakariko Village and eventually stealing the Shrine Orb that Paya had been guarding. Once Link defeats the Yiga Blademaster who planned to kill Dorian after this anyway and finds out about all this, he agrees to keep Dorian's past connections with the Yiga Clan and recent actions under wraps.]]
31st May '17 4:29:12 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': After Haazen'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 to spark a small-scale civil war. So they keep it a secret amongst themselves, and blame the damage to the Coruscant Jedi Temple on the Mandalorians.



* 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.



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* In ''Film/TheRock'', a threat by a much-decorated Marine General to use chemical weapons against San Francisco was covered up, helped by the fact that the General threatened to launch the gas if the FBI alerted the media.
* In ''Film/XXxStateOfTheUnion'', the Secretary of Defence plotted to overthrow the government and kill the President, but was given a hero's funeral for rescuing the President because of just how massive an embarrassment that would have been. It certainly helped that the Secretary had every witness murdered, leaving only the people that would cover for him.
* Adcox in ''Film/{{Backdraft}}''.

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* In ''Film/TheRock'', a threat the film ''Film/TheArtOfWar'', Creator/WesleySnipes' character is set up for the murder of the Chinese ambassador in the middle of US-China trade talks. After finding out that [[spoiler:a UN Liaison/Covert Mission Control]] who was involved in the talks is the mastermind, he reveals the truth to the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. She is murdered by a much-decorated Marine General member of the Triads and is lauded as a hero, who gave her life to use chemical weapons against San Francisco ensure the success of US-China trade relations. Of course, this also serves as a big "fuck you" to her, as she was covered up, helped by secretly working on sabotaging the fact that talks.
* ''Film/{{Assassination}}'': The mastermind behind
the General threatened to launch assassination attempts on the gas if the FBI alerted the media.
* In ''Film/XXxStateOfTheUnion'', the Secretary of Defence plotted
First Lady is a [[spoiler: high-ranking White House official]]. His death is reported as a medical condition to overthrow the government and kill the President, but was given avoid a hero's funeral for rescuing the President because of just how massive an embarrassment that would have been. It certainly helped that the Secretary had every witness murdered, leaving only the people that would cover for him.
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scandal. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_(1987_film)]]
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Adcox in ''Film/{{Backdraft}}''.



* ''Film/{{Telefon}}'': Grigori Bortsov is sent to kill [[RenegadeRussian Nikolai Dalchimsky]] so the KGB will not have to reveal the fact it failed to shut down a network of sleeper agents. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telefon_(film)]]
* ''Film/{{Assassination}}'': The mastermind behind the assassination attempts on the First Lady is a [[spoiler: high-ranking White House official]]. His death is reported as a medical condition to avoid a scandal. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_(1987_film)]]

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* ''Film/{{Telefon}}'': Grigori Bortsov is sent In ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'', that's what John decides to kill [[RenegadeRussian Nikolai Dalchimsky]] so the KGB will not have to reveal the fact it failed to shut down a network of sleeper agents. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telefon_(film)]]
* ''Film/{{Assassination}}'': The mastermind behind the assassination attempts on the First Lady is a
do with [[spoiler: high-ranking White House official]]. His death is reported as a medical condition Dr. Villega's]] treachery, due to avoid a scandal. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_(1987_film)]]the latter's [[TortureAlwaysWorks breaking only under torture]] and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath deliberate self-sacrifice to atone his deed]].



* By the end of ''Film/IronMan'', the government has concocted a story to cover up most of the final battle, including that TreacherousAdvisor Obidiah Stane disappeared in a plane crash whose wreckage was never found. It's doubtful that their TreacheryCoverUp story ever got a chance to play out, though, since [[spoiler: Tony completely breaks their script at the press conference and outs himself as Iron Man]].



* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' ended on an inversion. The reporters chose to cover up the fact the protagonist, a famous Senator and Vice-Presidential prospect, confessed that he did not kill the eponymous outlaw which made him a legendary figure.
* In ''Film/TheRock'', a threat by a much-decorated Marine General to use chemical weapons against San Francisco was covered up, helped by the fact that the General threatened to launch the gas if the FBI alerted the media.
* ''Film/{{Telefon}}'': Grigori Bortsov is sent to kill [[RenegadeRussian Nikolai Dalchimsky]] so the KGB will not have to reveal the fact it failed to shut down a network of sleeper agents. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telefon_(film)]]



* By the end of ''Film/IronMan'', the government has concocted a story to cover up most of the final battle, including that TreacherousAdvisor Obidiah Stane disappeared in a plane crash whose wreckage was never found. It's doubtful that their TreacheryCoverUp story ever got a chance to play out, though, since [[spoiler: Tony completely breaks their script at the press conference and outs himself as Iron Man]].
* In the film ''Film/TheArtOfWar'', WesleySnipes's character is set up for the murder of the Chinese ambassador in the middle of US-China trade talks. After finding out that [[spoiler:a UN Liason/Covert Mission Control]] who was involved in the talks is the mastermind, he reveals the truth to the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. She is murdered by a member of the Triads and is lauded as a hero, who gave her life to ensure the success of US-China trade relations. Of course, this also serves as a big "fuck you" to her, as she was secretly working on sabotaging the talks.
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' ended on an inversion. The reporters chose to cover up the fact the protagonist, a famous Senator and Vice-Presidential prospect, confessed that he did not kill the eponymous outlaw which made him a legendary figure.
* 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]].

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* By In ''Film/XXxStateOfTheUnion'', the end Secretary of ''Film/IronMan'', Defence plotted to overthrow the government has concocted a story to cover up most of the final battle, including that TreacherousAdvisor Obidiah Stane disappeared in a plane crash whose wreckage was never found. It's doubtful that their TreacheryCoverUp story ever got a chance to play out, though, since [[spoiler: Tony completely breaks their script at the press conference and outs himself as Iron Man]].
* In the film ''Film/TheArtOfWar'', WesleySnipes's character is set up for the murder of the Chinese ambassador in the middle of US-China trade talks. After finding out that [[spoiler:a UN Liason/Covert Mission Control]] who was involved in the talks is the mastermind, he reveals the truth to the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triads]]. She is murdered by a member of the Triads and is lauded as a hero, who gave her life to ensure the success of US-China trade relations. Of course, this also serves as a big "fuck you" to her, as she was secretly working on sabotaging the talks.
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance'' ended on an inversion. The reporters chose to cover up the fact the protagonist, a famous Senator and Vice-Presidential prospect, confessed that he did not
kill the eponymous outlaw which made him President, but was given a legendary figure.
* In ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'', that's what John decides to do with [[spoiler: Dr. Villega's]] treachery, due to
hero's funeral for rescuing the latter's [[TortureAlwaysWorks breaking President because of just how massive an embarrassment that would have been. It certainly helped that the Secretary had every witness murdered, leaving only under torture]] and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath deliberate self-sacrifice to atone his deed]]. the people that would cover for him.



* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV''
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Games_(seaQuest_DSV) “Games”]]: Rubin Zellar says he was sentenced to a remote prison since none of his clients wanted to be exposed for collaborating with him. It is later discovered that at least 91% of the evidence against him was destroyed; the remaining was labeled top-secret.
** “Good Soldiers”: the [=SeaQuest=] is sent to destroy evidence of illegal medical experiments conducted by the [[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Earth_Oceans_Organization]] United Earth Oceans Organization]]. In addition to the fact that the enemies of the [[spoiler: UEO]] would gain a propaganda victory; the people involved in the illegal experiments are seen as heroes and or have become high ranking members of the organization.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Section_31 Section 31]] is able to remain hidden since those in the United Federation of Planets either: do not believe Section 31 exists, lack evidence, are working for them, or realize that exposure will undermine the government. Those that do oppose them, such as the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Kirk_cabal Kirk cabal]], lack the power and evidence to do anything useful.
** The [[spoiler: [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Tezwa Tezwa]]]] incident and [[spoiler: [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Min_Zife Min Zife’s]]]] involvement are covered up to avoid war.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In "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 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 [[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.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Dax", such a coverup is the reason Dax symbiont is charged with treason. [[spoiler: It was the actual traitor who got killed]].



* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': The Chig War starts due to political-industrial deceptions. Nevertheless, there is no proof other than rumors.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Ariel," Jayne, about to be ThrownOutTheAirlock by Mal for betraying Simon and River to the Alliance, pleads with Mal -- not for his life (he already tried that and failed), but for Mal to make up a story to conceal his guilt. This convinced Mal to give him another chance.

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* ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': The Chig War starts due [[Series/{{Castle}} Team Castle]] agrees to political-industrial deceptions. Nevertheless, there is no proof other than rumors.
cover up [[spoiler:Captain Montgomery's]] shameful past because of his years spent as TheAtoner. Plus, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead he's dead.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]], when Time Lord Presidential candidate Chancellor Goth was revealed to have assassinated the President to further the Master's scheme, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Borusa]] ordered that his YouHaveFailedMe death be explained as dying heroically fighting the Master.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Ariel," "Ariel", Jayne, about to be ThrownOutTheAirlock by Mal for betraying Simon and River to the Alliance, pleads with Mal -- not for his life (he already tried that and failed), but for Mal to make up a story to conceal his guilt. This convinced Mal to give him another chance.



** Unfortunately for Jayne, the cover-up itself doesn't last long, at least in regards to the ones he betrayed. Those darned PsychicPowers....

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** Unfortunately for Jayne, the cover-up itself doesn't last long, at least in regards to the ones he betrayed. Those darned PsychicPowers....PsychicPowers...
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', John Scott's betrayal is covered up to prevent scandal touching the FBI. Which is rather a good thing as it later transpires [[spoiler: that he wasn't a traitor at all, but deep undercover.]]



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', when Time Lord Presidential candidate Chancellor Goth was revealed to have assassinated the President to further the Master's scheme, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Borusa]] ordered that his YouHaveFailedMe death be explained as dying heroically fighting the Master.
* Percy from the 2010 show ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' uses this to his advantage. The reason Government officials have not shut down Percy and Division long ago is that Percy has numerous "black boxes" (black portable hard drives) that contain all of the government's dirty secrets on them, hidden, and they can be activated to be shown to the public if Percy so chooses, and if he is killed, which is why he is untouchable and is the reason why Nikita can't just easily infiltrate and kill him
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', John Scott's betrayal is covered up to prevent scandal touching the FBI. Which is rather a good thing as it later transpires [[spoiler: that he wasn't a traitor at all, but deep undercover.]]
* [[Series/{{Castle}} Team Castle]] agrees to cover up [[spoiler:Captain Montgomery's]] shameful past because of his years spent as TheAtoner. Plus, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead he's dead.]]

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', when Time Lord Presidential candidate Chancellor Goth was revealed to have assassinated the President to further the Master's scheme, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Borusa]] ordered that his YouHaveFailedMe death be explained as dying heroically fighting the Master.
* Percy from the 2010 show ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' uses this to his advantage. The reason Government officials have not shut down Percy and Division long ago is that Percy has numerous "black boxes" (black portable hard drives) that contain all of the government's dirty secrets on them, hidden, and they can be activated to be shown to the public if Percy so chooses, and if he is killed, which is why he is untouchable and is the reason why Nikita can't just easily infiltrate and kill him
him.
* In ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', John Scott's betrayal ''Series/SeaQuestDSV''
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Games_(seaQuest_DSV) “Games”]]: Rubin Zellar says he was sentenced to a remote prison since none of his clients wanted to be exposed for collaborating with him. It
is covered up to prevent scandal touching the FBI. Which is rather a good thing as it later transpires discovered that at least 91% of the evidence against him was destroyed; the remaining was labeled top-secret.
** “Good Soldiers”: the [=SeaQuest=] is sent to destroy evidence of illegal medical experiments conducted by the
[[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Earth_Oceans_Organization]] United Earth Oceans Organization]]. In addition to the fact that he wasn't a traitor at all, but deep undercover.]]
* [[Series/{{Castle}} Team Castle]] agrees to cover up [[spoiler:Captain Montgomery's]] shameful past because
the enemies of his years spent the [[spoiler: UEO]] would gain a propaganda victory; the people involved in the illegal experiments are seen as TheAtoner. Plus, [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead he's dead.]]heroes and or have become high ranking members of the organization.



* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': The Chig War starts due to political-industrial deceptions. Nevertheless, there is no proof other than rumors.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Section_31 Section 31]] is able to remain hidden since those in the United Federation of Planets either: do not believe Section 31 exists, lack evidence, are working for them, or realize that exposure will undermine the government. Those that do oppose them, such as the [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Kirk_cabal Kirk cabal]], lack the power and evidence to do anything useful.
** The [[spoiler: [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Tezwa Tezwa]]]] incident and [[spoiler: [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Min_Zife Min Zife’s]]]] involvement are covered up to avoid war.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In "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 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 [[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.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Dax", such a coverup is the reason Dax symbiont is charged with treason. [[spoiler: It was the actual traitor who got killed]].



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the Imperium of Man has tried to bury all records of the Literature/HorusHeresy, under the logic that citizens would only be upset to learn that in the Imperium's golden age fully half of the [[SuperSoldier Adeptus Astartes]] Legions went renegade, bowed to the Chaos Gods, and nearly destroyed human civilization. How effective this cover-up has been [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the edition and writer]], so in some cases Horus is known as an arch-heretic, while in others Imperial forces are shocked when Chaos Space Marines start firing on them.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', the Imperium of Man has tried to bury all records of the Literature/HorusHeresy, under the logic that citizens would only be upset to learn that in the Imperium's golden age fully half of the [[SuperSoldier Adeptus Astartes]] Legions went renegade, bowed to the Chaos Gods, and nearly destroyed human civilization. How effective this cover-up has been [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the edition and writer]], so in some cases Horus is known as an arch-heretic, while in others Imperial forces are shocked when Chaos Space Marines start firing on them.


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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'':
**
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.
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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]].
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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.
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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.]]
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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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