A side character is kept in the dark as to whatever Government Conspiracy
the heroes are involved in.
Along the way, the side character encounters some strange occourences and events, but this is quickly dismissed as nothing by the heroes.
Later however, the character will see or do something that exposes
, such as witnessing (or more rarely killing) the Monster of the Week
...and accepts it shrugs it off.
Perhaps the character already knew or had figured it out on their own, or they may just have seen it all
before. In any case, there is never any indication given that the character had prior knowledge of the Masquerade
Such characters usually only appear for a single episode.
by this character depends on where the heroes (and
) sit on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs Cynicism.
While idealistic heroes may let the witness go, sign a non disclosure agreement, or even recruit them, Cynical heroes that only care about enforcing the Masquerade will have no hesitation about throwing them in prison, erasing their memories
or Unperson identity
, or outright murdering the witness.
The trope namer is CIA Agent Burke from Stargate SG-1, who asks this after blowing up a Nicaraguan rebel zombified by alien technology.