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28th Sep '17 10:13:57 AM Occidensill
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* In the first two episodes of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' TheHero accidentally saves a scientist working under TheMasquerade and on the run receives a hasty explanation of what's going on. Of course, the true nature of the series is shown only [[spoiler:when it all is twisted into BlackComedy]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' begins with this very trope. Shinji, a slightly disfunctional boy, witnesses an EldritchAbomination attacking the city then is promptly thrown into the cockpit of a HumongousMecha that's not really a mecha at all: it's [[PhysicalGod alive]] and is VERY [[TheBerserker bloodthirsty]]. It takes a few episodes until he gets the explanation about what the hell is going on but never gets [[AwfulTruth told]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation about]] [[SealedGoodInACan what]] [[LukeIAmYourFather he's]] [[MamaBear piloting]] until three episodes from the end. It's unclear which is worse: that [[LockedOutOfTheLoop he was told so late]] or that [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow he was told at all]]. Regardless which one is true, Shinji got an all-expenses-paid visit to the DespairEventHorizon for his effort.

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* In the first two episodes of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' TheHero accidentally saves a scientist working under TheMasquerade and on the run receives a hasty explanation of what's going on. Of course, the true nature of the series is shown only [[spoiler:when when it all is twisted into BlackComedy]].
BlackComedy.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' begins with this very trope. Shinji, a slightly disfunctional dysfunctional boy, witnesses an EldritchAbomination attacking the city then is promptly thrown into the cockpit of a HumongousMecha that's not really a mecha at all: it's [[PhysicalGod alive]] and is VERY [[TheBerserker bloodthirsty]]. It takes a few episodes until he gets the explanation about what the hell is going on but never gets [[AwfulTruth told]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation about]] [[SealedGoodInACan what]] [[LukeIAmYourFather he's]] [[MamaBear told about ''what'' he's piloting]] until three episodes from the end. It's unclear which is worse: that [[LockedOutOfTheLoop he was told so late]] or that [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow he was told at all]]. Regardless which one is true, Shinji got an all-expenses-paid visit to the DespairEventHorizon for his effort.



* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', the hero learns that his accidentally acquired power to reset time was a condition known to two people already who were busy doing research on it for some time already.

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* In ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', the hero learns that his accidentally acquired power to reset time was a condition known to two people already who were busy doing research on it for some time already. More would have known, but attempts to inform military high command had gone... badly.
10th Jun '17 4:37:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''AWrinkleInTime'': Meg and Charles find out that their father went missing because [[spoiler: the government had him experimenting with tesseracts, which left him stranded on another planet.]]

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* ''AWrinkleInTime'': ''Literature/AWrinkleInTime'': Meg and Charles find out that their father went missing because [[spoiler: the government had him experimenting with tesseracts, which left him stranded on another planet.]]
21st Feb '17 2:12:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' begins with Mark drooling at a look on dice and being chased by {{The Hunter}}s. He is saved by Joel and the others, who explain to him that he is a weregeek, just like themselves, which is why he was being hunted. It is much later explained that [[spoiler:Joel, in fact, is the leader of LaResistance hunting the Hunters and he knows much more about them than he tells anyone]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'' begins with Mark drooling at a look on dice and being chased by {{The Hunter}}s.the HunterOfMonsters. He is saved by Joel and the others, who explain to him that he is a weregeek, just like themselves, which is why he was being hunted. It is much later explained that [[spoiler:Joel, in fact, is the leader of LaResistance hunting the Hunters and he knows much more about them than he tells anyone]].
17th May '16 4:42:33 AM Bosco13
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* ''AWrinkleInTime'': Meg and Charles find out that their father went missing because [[spoiler: the government had him experimenting with [[Teleportation tesseracts]], which left him stranded on another planet.]]

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* ''AWrinkleInTime'': Meg and Charles find out that their father went missing because [[spoiler: the government had him experimenting with [[Teleportation tesseracts]], tesseracts, which left him stranded on another planet.]]
17th May '16 4:42:06 AM Bosco13
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* ''AWrinkleInTime'': Meg and Charles find out that their father went missing because [[spoiler: the government had him experimenting with [[Teleportation tesseracts]], which left him stranded on another planet.]]
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20th Feb '16 10:57:53 PM FactoidCow
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* In the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie, it turns out that the government has been researching Transformers for decades in a secret base under the Hoover Dam, and that most modern technology is actually the product of their reverse-engineering efforts.

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* In the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie, it turns out that the government has been researching studying Transformers for decades in a secret base under the Hoover Dam, and that [[ETGaveUsWiFi most modern technology is actually the product of their reverse-engineering efforts.efforts]].
20th Feb '16 10:51:09 PM FactoidCow
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* in the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie, it turns out that the government has been researching Transformers for decades in a secret base under the Hoover Dam, and that most modern technology is actually the product of their reverse-engineering efforts.

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* in In the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie, it turns out that the government has been researching Transformers for decades in a secret base under the Hoover Dam, and that most modern technology is actually the product of their reverse-engineering efforts.
20th Feb '16 10:50:01 PM FactoidCow
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* in the first ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie, it turns out that the government has been researching Transformers for decades in a secret base under the Hoover Dam, and that most modern technology is actually the product of their reverse-engineering efforts.
15th Dec '15 8:24:52 PM FF32
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* The SCPFoundation approaches this trope from the side of the mysterious research organization, and plays with it quite a bit. The foundation has warehouses and biological containment sites full of things that simply should not be, which they constantly struggle to explain, or at least ''understand'' even after over 150 years of operation. In the world of the foundation, MagicAIsMagicA is horrifyingly deconstructed, and SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic may only make you realize that the object previously deemed harmless is actually destroying the fabric of spacetime. There are times when the reader finds themselves understanding why its entirely reasonable for someone to be KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade. The consequences of a BrokenMasquerade are potentially TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.

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* The SCPFoundation Wiki/SCPFoundation approaches this trope from the side of the mysterious research organization, and plays with it quite a bit. The foundation has warehouses and biological containment sites full of things that simply should not be, which they constantly struggle to explain, or at least ''understand'' even after over 150 years of operation. In the world of the foundation, MagicAIsMagicA is horrifyingly deconstructed, and SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic may only make you realize that the object previously deemed harmless is actually destroying the fabric of spacetime. There are times when the reader finds themselves understanding why its entirely reasonable for someone to be KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade. The consequences of a BrokenMasquerade are potentially TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
9th Dec '15 12:49:51 AM Koveras
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-->-- ''Series/TheXFiles''

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-->-- ''Series/TheXFiles''
''Series/TheXFiles'', "[[Recap/TheXFilesS01E02DeepThroat Deep Throat]]"
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