-> ''"So I called that guy I know at NBC. And then I got to thinking -- [[CatchPhrase You know what I hate?]] I hate those [[GenreSavvy lame action movies]] where the good guy calls [[HaveYouToldAnyoneElse just one person]] who ends up [[BigBadFriend betraying him]]. So I called ABC, CBS, The Post, The Times, the local news channel, and the FBI."''
--> -- '''Smith''', '''''Film/ShootEmUp'''''

A character [[BrokenMasquerade breaks]] TheMasquerade by sending the details they have uncovered to the press -- often to multiple publications at once. Usually happens at the end of a work.

Occasionally this is the posthumous revenge of a DeadManWriting. This can be used to subvert a ShootTheShaggyDog ending -- the protagonists achieved nothing and [[HeroicSacrifice died in the attempt]], but it's subsequently revealed that they managed to get the word out, and it might all be worth it in the end. Can also be played [[BolivianArmyEnding ambiguously]], with the audience unsure of whether the information gets delivered or not (or whether or not it [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade has any effect]] if it does).

Naturally, this is the ''modus operandi'' of the IntrepidReporter, especially when they're GoingForTheBigScoop. If the messenger is relying on other people making a LastStand to give him a chance, it's BringNewsBack.

Compare and contrast the villainous counterpart, DoNotAdjustYourSet. See also InformationWantsToBeFree and IrrevocableOrder.

'''This is both an EndingTrope and frequently a DeathTrope; spoilers follow.'''
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* One episode of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has the duo attempting to subvert this trope by recovering every copy of an old porn tape Panty made that's ruining her upcoming movie career. They eventually succeed and Stocking is given the last copy, with Panty figuring she can't do any harm with it. However, a double subversion kicks in when Stocking learns Panty had all her scenes from the film cut, so she puts the video on the 'net as revenge.
* Episode 22 of ''KiddyGrade'' has Chevalier, who hijacked the ''[[CoolStarship Deucalion]]'' in the previous episode, broadcast all the illicit background dealings and incriminating evidence of corruption by the [[BlueBlood Nouvlesse]] to every single news channel in the galaxy as well as the ship's true purpose: to disable the [[PortalNetwork warp gates]] with a [[EverythingIsOnline quantum virus]] then warp out of the galaxy, leaving the commoners to their fate of dying off as trade and planetary economies collapse while planets under {{terraform}}ing will [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill revert back to inhospitable, killing their entire population]] who can't relocate since the warp gates are kaput. Needless to say, the commoners [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating didn't take it well]].
* Manga/{{Akumetsu}} uses this ''continuously.'' [[spoiler:And, when the government decides to stop him from broadcasting his final "movie" on hijacked TV signals, he puts it all over the internet.]]
* The World Government of ''Manga/OnePiece'' puts the planned execution of [[spoiler:Portgas D. Ace]] on [[OceanPunk the equivalent of television]] and keeps it going even as the event is attacked by the Whitebeard Pirates. Sengoku, the leader of the Marines, orders the signal to be cut so people won't find out [[spoiler:they made a deal with some of the pirates to kill Whitebeard for him.]] Then it turns out Buggy grabbed one of the cameras for the sake of showing off to bolster his reputation, and he keeps it rolling throughout the battle, most importantly [[spoiler:Whitebeard shouting out that One Piece exists.]]
* The [[spoiler:remaining]] Modulle 77 kids use it to expose the Magius to the world by [[spoiler:showing the Dorssian Furher's immortality.]]
** DoubleSubverted. [[spoiler: Cain destroys the terminal, but ARUS President Anderson exposes them anyway. A global upheaval and hunt for the Magius erupts as a result.]]

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A subversion in MilestoneComics' ''Comicbook/{{Hardware}}''. This is the first thing the protagonist tries, anonymously sending the media all the evidence he's gathered on Alva's wrongdoing. And the media pointedly ignores it.
* The ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' issue [[http://www.4thletter.net/2006/11/the-top-100-what-if-countdown-part-19/ "What If Gwen Stacy Had Lived?"]] (v1 #24) concludes with a reversal of this trope, in that it's the ''villain'' who sends information to the press rather than the hero. The Green Goblin posts evidence of Spider-Man's SecretIdentity to the hero's "second-greatest enemy": [[DaEditor J. Jonah Jameson]].
* The original ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' plays this slightly differently to the film (see below) -- Rorschach puts his diary in a mailbox before the {{denouement}}, and we only discover its destination at the very end. Whether the world finds out (let alone whether they ''should'') is [[BolivianArmyEnding left ambiguous]], and the reader is asked to decide.
* ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'' involves Strange's efforts to recover a magical potion which was stolen from him by a pharmaceuticals company intent upon WithholdingTheCure. The CEO winds up dead in a way which looks like suicide by the end of it, and it looks like no one will know what they've done, but one of Strange's allies finds his "[[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade we have to kill 'em all]]" memo to the board of directors and proceed to fax it far and wide.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', the TropeNamer -- the heroes use the late [[KnowledgeBroker Mr Universe's]] equipment to broadcast the truth about Miranda and "Pax" to the four corners of the 'verse.
-->'''Mr. Universe''': ''Mal. Guy killed me, Mal. He killed me with a sword. How weird is that? I got a short span here. They destroyed my equipment, but I have a backup unit. Bottom of the complex. Right over the generator. Hard to get to. I know they missed it. They [[TropeNamer can't stop the signal]], Mal. They can never stop the signal.''
* The second half of ''Film/BlueThunder'' involves getting a video tape to a TV broadcasting station, despite various attempts by the conspirators to intercept it.
* The entire plot of ''Film/TheBookOfEli'' is his attempt to deliver the [[spoiler:Bible]] to someone capable of disseminating it.
* ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Ultimatum]]''.
** [[spoiler: it was stopped according to the sequel]]
** And ''GreenZone'' -- Paul Greengrass likes this one.
** In ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' the government is killing off everyone connected to the program. ProfessionalKiller Aaron tells scientist Marta that is she leaves him, her only chance for survival is to go public.
-->'''Aaron:''' But you better ask yourself this: Could you ever say it loud enough, fast enough, that they'd leave you alone?
* In ''Film/ChainReaction'', the good guy releases to the world the details of the machine allowing production of functionally unlimited energy by [[TechMarchesOn faxing it]] to news offices everywhere.
* In ''Film/TheConstantGardener'', when Justin sends a letter to his friend containing details of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive a pharmacy company]]'s unscrupulous testing methods for their medicines, knowing he's about to be murdered for knowing too much. His friend reads it out as his eulogy.
* ''Film/TheCore'': TheRat sends the details of the [[spoiler:government earthquake-weapon research]] to all the world's news outlets.
* ''Film/EdgeOfDarkness'' sees Elle Craven's whistleblowing video sent to the press by her father, [[spoiler:who knows he's dying of thalium poisoning courtesy of her employers.]]
* TheMovie of ''HarrisonBergeron''.
* A very different version of this particular trope: two people in the {{Film/Apocalypse}} film series movie ''Revelation'' who have taken the MarkOfTheBeast try to stop the anti-Day Of Wonders virus program from uploading by pulling out the disk from the computer and even shooting the computer it's uploading on, all to no avail as it miraculously continues to boot up. Unfortunately, this plan [[YouCantThwartStageOne only delays the Day Of Wonders program from being released worldwide]], as it shows up in full use in the following movie ''Tribulation''.
* The climax of ''Film/TheNet''.
* This is how the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' "classic" ''PartsTheClonusHorror'' ends; the RetiredBadass IntrepidReporter Jake Noble is murdered, but manages to get a tape exposing the Clonus project to the media.
* Smith from ''Film/ShootEmUp'' does this out of GenreSavvy -- see the page quote.
* ''Film/TheyLive'' [[InvertedTrope inverts the trope]]; the villains are the ones ''sending'' the signal (which maintains their {{Masquerade}} as humans like us), and the heroes wind up ''stopping'' it in the end.
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' has a small-town variation on this. As he escapes and takes all of the secret kickback money out of false bank accounts, Andy drops a package of hard proof of the warden's crimes into the outgoing mail. That gets sent to the local newspaper; in the next scene, the front page article indicting the prison warden is shown on the Warden's desk, just as the cops are trying to beat down his office door.
* Subverted at the end of ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. Turner reveals to CIA chief Higgins that he's had told everything to the ''New York Times''. But as Turner walks away...
-->'''Higgins:''' Hey, Turner! How do you know they'll print it? ''How do you know...''
* In TheMovie of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', Rorschach sends his diary to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Not The]] ''[[ConspiracyTheorist Weekly World News]]'' before the big showdown. At the end a writer is sent to dig through the "crank file" for a story, but it's ambiguous as to whether the journal was chosen or not.
* The U.S version of StateOfPlay ends with a credits montage of Cal and Della's story on Point Corp going to print.
* ''Film/{{ManOfSteel}}'', Lois Lane is told by Perry that he refuses to publish her article about a mysterious man of alien origin with superpowers wandering the country incognito. Lois Lane gives the article to an alternative media site's owner instead, who puts it online.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': [[spoiler:All of SHIELD's information is unencrypted and leaked online, thus stealing all advantage HYDRA might gain.]] Apparently, it started trending.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Past The Dead Past]]". A man discovers the secret of chronoscopy (a machine that can view the past), which has been placed under government control. He releases the information to several publicity outlets so it will become public, then learns ''why'' the government suppressed it: it can be used as an unstoppable spying device ([[ExactWords "the past" includes "one second ago"]]), which means privacy as we know it is ended.
** Of course, the reason he had so much trouble is because the ''government'' had been using it as an unstoppable spying device - releasing the information simply turned the tables on them.
* Frank Herbert's short story "Committee Of The Whole". A man uses the broadcast of a U.S. Senate hearing to describe a cheap, easily-built laser that could cut the Earth in half like a ripe tomato. He then spends several pages trying to justify distributing information that could allow any madman to destroy the planet. He later admits he had distributed the information far and wide earlier.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes does this before he ends Moriarty once and for all.
* The old InteractiveFiction adaptation of/sequel to ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit451}}'' ended with Montag publicly broadcasting the contents of a lot of the banned books.
* Robert Harris' ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}'' ends with an [[BolivianArmyEnding ambiguous]] use of this; what we see is what the main character hopes / believes is happening, not necessarily what is. [[Film/{{Fatherland}} The film of the book]] plays it straight.
* In Greg Iles' ''The Footprints of God'', the main character exposed the AI project he's working on after he recovered from a coma.
* At the end of ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', Charlie gives her story to the one major publication she can trust not to be controlled by the government... ''Rolling Stone Magazine''.
* {{Serpico}} makes futile attempts to get his various police superiors and the Mayor's office to do something about police corruption, but it's only when he and his colleagues go to the ''New York Times'' that a proper enquiry is held not only into corruption but how it's allowed to flourish. This only makes Serpico a greater target however.
* ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' ends with the protagonists calling a journalist to reveal the GovernmentConspiracy, despite having already been bought off.
* The ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' {{novelization}} reveals that the Na'vi and scientists sent a message to Earth (either by SubspaceAnsible or radio, but either way it would beat the RDA {{Sleeper Ship}}s there) about the RDA's actions on Pandora to incite public opinion against the MegaCorp trying to retaliate against their eviction.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Attempted in the season finale of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' when [[spoiler: Dr. Rosen broadcasts testimony of the existence of alphas and the government's response. They eventually cut him off, but not until it's far too late.]]
* Averted, barely, in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' only because Duncan uses the quickening to fry Paris' power grid -- and the computer holding the disk which holds information about Immortals and Watchers.
* ''Push Nevada'' (Creator/BenAffleck's gimmick show where a viewer could win the money stolen from an InUniverse casino) -- the protagonist sends his evidence to every email address he can find.
* Played with in the second season of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Whoever said the unstoppable signal had to speak the truth?
* The second season finale of ''Series/BabylonFive'' with Inter Stellar News getting a copy of Warren Keffer's gun camera footage after his fighter is destroyed, revealing to the galaxy the existence of the Shadows. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Unfortunately]], the heroes had been trying to ''suppress'' that information, so as to avoid tipping their enemies off to the fact that they were aware of their plans.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is the [[PhantomThief Yatagarasu's]] entire schtick in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. The Yatagarasu steals evidence of corruption from businesses and political offices, then sends it to the media to expose the truth. [[spoiler:They do this because they've lost faith in the legal system, and it's the only way they can bring some measure of justice to people above the law.]]
* Some of the endings in ''AlphaProtocol'' involve Michael Thorton carrying this out against Halbech and [[spoiler:Alpha Protocol]].
* This is what drives one of ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'''s branches, the Revolution/Matt Horner missions. [[spoiler:They manage to bring the truth to the Dominion's civilians, thus starting a revolution]].
* Post-''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' lore includes [[CoolOldLady Wynne]]'s use of this trope; she uses a magical broadcasting device in one of the [[MutantDraftBoard Circles of Magi]] to get out the word that [[spoiler: it is possible to reverse the Rite of Tranquility and restore a mage who has been rendered both unable to cast spells and effectively lobotomized.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', when the crew finds out about the [[MegaCorp Wormgate Corporation]]'s AncientConspiracy to suppress the [[TeleportersAndTransporters teraport]] drive, [[MadScientist Kevyn]] turns the invention open-source and submits the schematics to literally ''everybody''. He ends up sparking a galaxy-wide revolution, as practically ''everybody'' who had been prevented from fighting each other due to the Wormgate Network can suddenly go shoot each other whenever they want. Or, to put it in perspective for him:
-->'''Kevyn''': I just spammed something like two thirds of galactic society.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* Part of the ''modus operandi'' of supervillain Brigand in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. First, he runs a huge MissionImpossible style con on some CorruptCorporateExecutive types to steal money from them and make them reveal the really bad stuff they have been doing. Then he makes sure the media get all the details, while he makes his big escape.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Internet in general. Since it's so integrated into our lives and ''anyone'' can post pretty much ''anything'', news travels faster than Franchise/TheFlash. Also, since the Internet is so touchy about censorship, any attempt to ''stop'' the signal results in it spreading even faster. See the StreisandEffect and ForbiddenFruit entries.
* Samizdat is an example as well. People in Poland spreading the news about what was really happening despite the attempts of the Soviet-controlled communist government of the time. Using photocopiers to print news articles to be distributed to neighbours and allies.
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