[[PointOfView First-person narration]] has something of a dual nature. On the one hand, it carries an inherently tight coupling to the protagonist. As such, it's a great way to really get inside their head, showing the reader exactly what they're thinking and why.

On the other hand, the structure of English grammar also makes it easy to use a first-person narrative to avoid mentioning basic facts about the narrator. These facts may include the [[GenderNeutralWriting gender]], the [[NoNameGiven name]], and even the very identity of the narrator. This is a frequent way to achieve a TomatoSurprise.

The extent to which this is possible or necessary is very language-specific, especially when the datum to be concealed is a gender. For example, Japanese [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns generally]] has separate male and female first-person pronouns, so GenderNeutralWriting isn't much easier in the first person than in the third person. In fact, because people outside of family and friends are often referred to by last name alone, it can be easier to surprise the reader about the gender of a third person than it would be to surprise the reader about the gender of the narrator. Similarly, many languages (notably both Romance and Slavic languages) have enough grammatical gender markers other than pronouns that this trope becomes a practical if not a definitional impossibility. Conversely, a number of languages lack gender in the third person, permitting gender-neutral writing without resorting to first person.

In principle, you could accomplish the same thing using SecondPersonNarration, although you don't see that done very often.

See also FeaturelessProtagonist.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* About halfway through the graphic novel ''ComicBook/{{Enigma}}'', the narrator reveals he's a character ''within'' the story. To this point the narrator commented on events with an unusually sardonic and cynical eye, questioning his own perceptions of things and upending the reader's expectations, so it felt very much like he was an extra character in the story, though not necessarily integral to the plot. That changes with this reveal, and the narrator himself is not shown until the very end.
* The first miniseries for the comic book ''ComicBook/{{Shadowhawk}}'' was written in first person to both keep the hero's identity secret even from the reader and to immerse the reader further in the story. It was a great success, but future issues spoiled it by switching to third person.

* [[http://youtu.be/_TBd-UCwVAY This]] Australian commercial [[spoiler: for marriage equality]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* This is used in the FanFic ''FanFic/SleepingWithTheGirls'' to conceal the protagonist's name as the work is an affectionate parody of a SelfInsertFic.
* Used in the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/AshsReturn'' to maintain for the readers the OntologicalMystery caused by the narrator [[LaserGuidedAmnesia not remembering]] his/her ''own'' identity.
* Used in the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic, "FanFic/MyLittleDashie." We know the protagonist is a young man, but that's about it.
* A third person variation is used in the WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic fanfic [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/38135/who-we-are Who We Are]] in order to conceal which character is secretly a changeling; it works because while it refers to "she" and "her", ''all'' of the characters are female.
* This trope was the only viable way to write the ''FanFic/{{Memoirs}}'' of Manga/InuYasha's father, who [[NoNameGiven has no canon name]].
* ''Asuka'' is narrated this way and is the source of some of TheUnreveal, as the narrator never reveals if she is either Satsuki or Ryuuko or the titular Asuka's real name. Similarly, however played with, in ''Through Thick and Thin'' (an unrelated fic) is written this way but little clues here and there reveal which is which, as Satsuki is the one narrating and Ryuuko is ill (i.e Uzu specifically refers to her "Matoi" instead of her first name when he asks about her). Likewise, its sequel, ''Piano Notes'' is narrated the same way.

* ''The Message'' is a 1976 film about the life of the prophet Mohammad. Since Islam forbids images of him, the director shot all the scenes containing him from the first person.
* ''Film/{{Fallen}}'': [[spoiler:The narrator is the demon Azazel, who narrates in Denzel Washington's voice because he is telling the story while possessing Denzel's body.]]
* The narrator in ''Film/FightClub'' (both the book and the film) never actually reveals his name (at least not the one on his birth certificate). He uses a series of fake names at the support groups he attends at the beginning when he meets Marla. And of course, he also goes by the name [[spoiler: "Tyler Durden" for almost the whole story, but he's not aware of that for quite some time]].
* The film ''Film/LayerCake'' doesn't use it as a TomatoSurprise, but ends with the Narrator addressing any viewers who are feeling smug about figuring out the earlier twist before the reveal and challenging them to tell him his name if they think they are so smart.

* Many Japanese light-novels invert this trope, if they have multiple viewpoint characters -- Japanese first-person pronouns not only mark the gender of the speaker but also things like formality, so they're actually an identifier. Thus, for example, in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', which is usually narrated by Akihisa but (when two sets of events are going on) sometimes by Yuuji, it never bothers to specify which one, because Akihisa uses "boku" and Yuuji uses "ore" (the few chapters from the POV of Himeji, Minami, or Hideyoshi, likewise, use "atashi", "uchi", and "washi"). Light novels also use "which person says which pronoun" as a shorthand for identifying speakers other than the narrator, since they generally don't make much use of dialogue tags.
* An exception appears in ''Literature/KimiNoSuizouWoTabetai'', where the story is told from first person. The protagonist's name was also [[ClassifiedInformation obscured]], resulting in PunnyName mixed with RoleCalled.
* Twyla, the narrator of the Toni Morrison's short story "Recitatif", reminisces about her childhood best friend, Roberta. Significantly, since the story is set during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, one girl is black and the other white, but the narrative never reveals which.
* ''Literature/PaleFire'' by Creator/VladimirNabokov does several sneaky pronoun shifts throughout the novel that eventually reveal that the narrator, Professor Charles Kinbote, is actually [[spoiler: the exiled king of Zembla, whose tale he begged his friend, the late poet John Shade, to write about; after Shade's death, he hijacks his friend's last poem for his own purposes.]]
** Or [[spoiler: that it's a delusional Russian professor named Botkin, who believes he's the exiled king of Zembla, etc...]] A lot of the fun of the novel is that it's incredibly hard to suss out which is the correct reading.
* Literature/TheCulture novels by [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]] have several examples:
** In ''Literature/ThePlayerOfGames'', first-person narration is used to disguise the identity of the narrator. [[spoiler: The narrator is hiding in plain sight: he is the drone assigned to Gurgeh. A further level of deception: the drone is actually a Special Circumstances agent introduced earlier, in disguise.]] TheReveal is the very last word in the book.
** ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'' manages to achieve this [[spoiler: in third person with "he", "a man" etc.]] without the wording seeming awkward. Although the drawn-out nature of TheReveal in this case almost completely counter-acts the use of this trope if you had figured it out 100 pages earlier. [[spoiler: Banks does throw in a bit of NightmareFuel for good measure though.]]
** Though not a Culture novel, ''The Wasp Factory'' uses a First Person Narrator to avoid mentioning that [[spoiler: the narrator is really a girl]]. Something of a subversion though, as thanks to an accident (and some severely messed up parenting), the narrator is unaware that this is the truth.
* In ''[[Literature/ThePrometheanAge Blood and Iron]]'' by Creator/ElizabethBear, one of the main characters magically gives up her name. From then on, all the sections from her perspective are written in the first person.
* ''Literature/BoneDance'' by Emma Bull uses first-person narration to conceal the fact that the main character is [[spoiler:genderless]].
* In Sarah Caudwell's Literature/HilaryTamar mysteries, the gender of the title character / narrator is never specified.
* The secret concealed by this trope in Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/TheMurderOfRogerAckroyd'' provoked considerable outrage, including the possibly apocryphal reaction by the Queen, "Oh, Agatha, how could you?"; in this book, possibly the pinnacle of Christie's mystery-writing career, the narrator and de-facto assistant to the detective [[spoiler:was the one who did it]].
* In Marele Day's ''The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender'', first person narration conceals the fact that the HardboiledDetective protagonist is a woman.
* At least one ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' used this for effect. "My Best Friend Is Invisible" waits until the titular character is made visible to reveal that the [[spoiler: 'friend' is human, but the narrator, the narrator's family and community are all StarfishAliens.]]
* In ''Literature/TheGoneAwayWorld'' by Nick Harkaway, first-person narration is used to conceal the fact that the protagonist [[spoiler:has no name]], because he's actually [[spoiler:an ImaginaryFriend turned EnemyWithout of his "friend" Gonzo]].
* Ralph Ellison uses this device in ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' to conceal the narrator's name and any physical description of himself apart from the fact that he is a black male.
* Most of Thierry Jonquet's ''La Bête et la Belle'' (''The Beast and the Beauty'', literally) is narrated by [[spoiler: an old dog]], but it's only suggested through subtle clues.
* "The Outsider" by Creator/HPLovecraft. [[spoiler: The narrator is an EldritchAbomination typical of Lovecraft's work, but oddly humanized]].
** It has also been made into a flash game -link [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/572817 here]]- for those who prefer a more visual approach.
* Beatrice Mosionier's ''Spirit of the White Bison''. The title character is also the narrator, and there are only two small, easy-to-miss hints in the novella that it's actually a cow bison. Yup, the narration is quite interesting.
* Rather poorly done in Creator/ENesbit's ''The Story of the Treasure Seekers'', but justified as the narrator him/herself is a child and is only concealing their identity as a game for the reader. [[spoiler: It's Oswald]]
* Although Salman Rushdie's ''Literature/TheSatanicVerses'' is written mostly in the third person, it does have a narrator who intrudes on a few occasions. He is never explicitly identified, but it's heavily implied that he is [[spoiler: either Satan, God or both]].
* In Louis Sachar's ''Literature/TheresABoyInTheGirlsBathroom'', Bradley does a report on a book written in the first person, and only realizes while writing the report that the narrator never gives a name or gender.
* ''[[Literature/TheQueensThief The Thief]]'' by Megan Whalen Turner is one of the more successful examples, managing even to conceal that anything's being hidden at all. The best part about it is [[spoiler:that because it's written [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis to someone who already knows the "secret"]]]], all the clues you need to figure it out are barefaced and obvious. But because you don't realize there's any secret at all, you don't pick up on the fact that they ''are'' clues until TheReveal.
* In ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' by H. G. Wells, first person is used to conceal the main character's name when he's telling his story to the narrator in flashback. The narrator also conceals his identity in third person by just calling him the Time Traveler.
* Bernard Werber plays with this in some of his short stories (''L'arbre des possibles'' -''The Tree of Potentialities''). One narrator turns out to be [[spoiler: a tree]]; another is [[spoiler: a brain preserved in formaldehyde]].
* ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' has occasional bits of first-person narration; at the end of the book, many of them are revealed to be from the perspective of [[spoiler:[[FunWithAcronyms FUCKUP]], Hagbard's computer]]. Maybe. You know it's a MindScrew when the protagonists instantly start commenting why TheReveal makes no sense, and suggest more outlandish theories, instead.
* ''Literature/HardboiledWonderlandAndTheEndOfTheWorld'' by Haruki Murakami has an variation on this that is possible thanks to a quirk of the Japanese language. In the original the identity of the narrator(s) is concealed by using [[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns "watashi" in the main story and "boku" in the other]]. The English translator felt "boku" to be more intimate and used the present tense for that section.
* In Bernard Beckett's novel ''Genesis'', the narrator at first appears to be a female, human student of history. The book details the 'history' of her era (22nd and + centuries) and as her recount of history goes on, we discover that, in short, [[spoiler: ''the robots won'' and humans are extinct and/or obsolete. So, with a growing sense of unease, the reader must come to accept that if it's the year 2891 (or whatever), and humans are gone . . . then WHAT is telling us this story? She seemed so human, so emotional, so like us! And by fooling the reader, Beckett answers the question present throughout the whole book: is there really a difference between mechanical and carbon-based life?]]
* ''Literature/TheEleganceOfTheHedgehog'' by Muriel Barbery is written in the first person from two different perspectives. For a while, at the beginning, this means it's not entirely clear whether the two perspectives are two separate people or the same person at two different stages of life (unless you [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil read the inside cover flap, at least]]). Even after this is resolved, [[spoiler:the name of the younger narrator is concealed almost until the end of the book.]]
* ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Chasm City]]'' by Creator/AlastairReynolds uses first-person narration to conceal [[spoiler:the identity of the protagonist, as well as the fact that the protagonist [[TomatoInTheMirror doesn't actually know his own identity]], without ever having the narration actually lie.]]
* Sally's brother in ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' narrates the story, making some small children insist that his name is actually I.
** According to the live-action movie starring Mike Myers, the boy's name is Conrad, and in ''WesternAnimation/TheCatInTheHatKnowsALotAboutThat'', the boy (who is now black via RaceLift) is instead named Nick.
* ''Literature/BadMonkeys'', by Matt Ruff, makes use of this. The [[FramingDevice story-within-a-story]], first-person narration by the main character is done to hide [[spoiler: the inner thoughts of the main character, which would reveal that she is TheMole for [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Mandrill]].]]
* Creator/IsaacAsimov used this trope in many of his short stories in order to illustrate that parts of humanity (and life in general) that are automatically ascribed to one type of being can fit with another if you just give it a chance.
** One short story has a surgeon trying to talk his patient out of replacing his failing heart with a completely artificial metal construct, as opposed to an organic replacement instead. He speaks at long length about retaining personal identity and how this will be but one more step in blurring the lines between humanity and robot, and even though he has nothing against either humans or robots, it is important that they remain separate and not try to merge. It is only in the last paragraph that we learn that the surgeon, who argued long and hard against the patient becoming closer to a robot, [[spoiler:is himself a robot.]]
** Another Asimov story involves time travel, and is narrated by the assistant of the group of scientists who invent the time machine, and is also [[spoiler: the first of a new design of human-like robots...who end up taking over the world after humans kill themselves off.]] He then takes measures to avoid changing this future.
** Yet another Asimov story (written at the height of the Cold War) features two astronauts sent to repair a malfunctioning satellite. About halfway through the story, the narrator is revealed to be a woman[[note]](or at least to have a husband, and presumably Asimov didn't consider the possibility of same-sex marriage)[[/note]]--and Russian, to boot. This is entirely incidental to the story, but it underscored Asimov's beliefs in gender equality and human cooperation.
* In the book ''Someone Like Me'' by Elaine Forrestal, it is revealed (or rather confirmed, as there are hints throughout) at the very end that the narrator Tas Kennedy is [[spoiler:blind]].
* In ''Literature/{{Orca}}'', Kiera the Thief guest-stars as the narrator. And, in the process, expertly manages to cover up the fact that [[spoiler:she's actually the legendary vampire sorceress Sethra Lavode]]. Vlad's UnreliableNarrator tendencies have got ''nothing'' on that. ([[JustifiedTrope It makes sense]] in-universe; she's [[FramingDevice narrating to Cawti]], who doesn't know her secret, so naturally she has to tell the story in such a way as to conceal it.)
* The first-person narration in Creator/NeilGaiman's Holmesian pastiche "Literature/AStudyInEmerald" is used to conceal the fact that [[spoiler:the narrator is Sebastian Moran, his sharp-minded friend is Professor Moriarty, and the two culprits are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.]]
* Another Holmes pastiche, Anthony Horowitz's ''Moriarty,'' is told in the first person by a PinkertonDetective serving as TheWatson to Athelney Jones. [[spoiler: Now, what's the title of the book again?]]
* ''The Printer's Devil'' by Paul Bajoria will surprise the crap out of most readers about halfway through when the narrator reveals, well, something that shouldn't be that surprising, if you think about it. Especially in the context of this trope.
* Jonathan Barnes' ''Literature/TheSomnambulist'' doesn't reveal ANYTHING about the narrator other than the fact that he is male, until near the end. [[spoiler: He turns out to be the main villain.]]
* ''The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler'' by Gene Kemp is written so as to make it natural to assume that Tyke is a boy, thanks to GenderNeutralWriting and her tomboyish character.
* ''Literature/DoorwaysInTheSand'', by Creator/RogerZelazny, pulls this trick with a reveal coming only at the last sentence: [[spoiler:the narration isn't from Fred himself, but by the alien recording device which took up residence in him]].
* ''The Repossession Mambo'', by Eric Garcia, is written in the first person. You may not notice [[spoiler:the protagonist's name is not in the text of the novel]] until it is mentioned in the Making Of essay at the back of the book.
* The narrator of ''Literature/TheBestChristmasPageantEver'' never gets a name, and it's only apparent she's a girl because her best friend is one, and she says something about not wanting to be Mary in the pageant. The sequel, ''The Best School Year Ever'', gives her more development and reveals that her name is Beth.
* Bill Pronzini's Nameless Detective series has used this for 36 books and counting.
* In ''First Among Sequels'' in the Literature/ThursdayNext series [[spoiler: the narrator is replaced for a time by her evil double, [=Thursday1-4=].]]
* In the novel "What I was" by Meg Roseff, we don't find out the name of our protagonist, a 16 year old boy, until near the end of the book, where Finn [[spoiler:(who turns out to be a girl)]] uses his name as a disguise: [[spoiler:Hilary.]]
* In the short story "Just Good Friends" by JeffreyArcher, the female narrator who goes home with a guy she met in a bar turns out to be [[spoiler: a stray cat]].
* In ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfDarkness'', one essay that ruminates at length on gender politics, and the effect that a ''lack'' of gender has had on the people of Winter, finishes with the off-hand revelation that the author of the essay is [[spoiler: a woman. It's a bit of a shock because the rest of the book is narrated by a man or a genderless resident of Winter.]]
* In ''People Of The Book,'' most of the flashback narrations are in third-person, as opposed Hanna's unifying narration in first person. That is, up until the first-person, Muslim, [[spoiler: female]] illuminator of the Sarajevo Haggadah.
* In the novel ''Literature/ThenWeCameToTheEnd'', the whole story is written in the first person plural. The narrators are positioned as people who work in the office in which the characters work, but it is never made clear whether any of the named characters are included in "we". It is surprisingly effective.
* Joanne Harris's ''Gentlemen and Players'' is narrated by two characters, one the protagonist and the other the antagonist. The antagonist's first-person narrative effectively hides the character's name and identity [[spoiler:and the fact that she is female.]]
* This is common practice in the more psychological breed of mystery thrillers, where it is used to provide brief glimpses into the mind of the killer without providing identifying characteristics such as name and gender. ''The Various Haunts of Men'' by Susan Hill is a good example.
* In the Creator/JorgeLuisBorges short story "The House of Asterion" the eponymous, unworldly prince describes his isolated life, lack of education, and limited social interactions. His terminology and allusions become increasingly bizarre. He expresses longing for a prophesied saviour who will one day come to free him from his lonely, infinite house. [[spoiler: Only in the end do we learn that the narrator is the Minotaur, and that his "redeemer" will be Theseus.]]
* ''Brooklyn Burning'' by Steve Brezenoff uses this and SecondPersonNarration to hide the genders of the two main characters.
* This is used in ''Literature/{{Aimee}}'' to hide the name of the protagonist, who feels like she cannot separate herself from the the belief that she killed her friend (the Aimee who the book is titled after) who actually committed suicide.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein used this a time or two, most notably in ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': the fact that protagonist Juan "Johnnie" Rico and his family are Filipino is only mentioned toward the end, when one of his compatriots overhears him talking to himself in Tagalog and asks him what the language is. [[Creator/PaulVerhoeven If you only read the first few chapters]], you're going to miss that.
* Daphne du Maurier used this in ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' to leave her narrator nameless, known only as the second Mrs. de Winter.
* The narrator of ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' is never identified (nor is it ever explained how he knows so many details about events and conversations he had no part in). A demon that one character hallucinates towards the end of the book also speaks in the first person, which has inspired at least one literature student to suggest that the narrator is the devil.
* John Scalzi uses this in ''Literature/LockIn'' to hide the protagonist's gender. Most people don't catch it on the first read, through.
* Ramsay Campbell is fond of this trope, although he sometimes does it with a second person rather than first person narrator; his best use of it is probably the short story "Heading Home", where the narrator turns out to be [[spoiler: the still-living severed head of a scientist who has discovered an immortality serum]].
* In Literature/UnavoidableFamilyOuting, the narrator doesn't have a name. It becomes less subtle due to RuleOfFunny by book three, in which his sister blatantly introduces him to new people with the wrong name. He isn't even able to protest being named Neville.
* In ''The Kindly Ones'' by Creator/MelissaScott, the chapters from Trey Maturin's point of view are the only ones written in first person. It's never revealed whether Trey is male or female.

* In ''It's a Mistake'' by Men At Work, WorldWarIII (accidentally) breaks out and shortly thereafter the victorious military has "got the bad guys on the run". In the next verse we learn that the victorious military has just captured UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan.
* The music video for ''Smack My Bitch Up'' by Prodigy is shot from the first-person perspective. The twist comes in the end, when we learn the hard-drinking, hard-partying, drug-addicted, violent womanizing protagonist is [[spoiler: female]].
* On a lighter [[IncrediblyLamePun note]], the song "Christmas Isn't Christmas Without You" seems like a typical jazzy song about a woman who's sad that the man she loves can't be with her on Christmas Eve. In the end, it's revealed that the woman is Mrs. Claus.
* Creator/TeganAndSara uses the all-concealing I and the all-concealing you to good effect in their lyrics. Because it's impossible to determine the genders of any of the characters in their songs, the relationships described in them can be read as heterosexual, gay, or lesbian depending on the listener's inclination. Incidental, both Tegan and Sara are lesbians and have large fanbases in both the straight and LGBT communities.
* Similarly, ''Music/JudasPriest'' used this to avoid using gendered pronouns in their IntercourseWithYou songs, even before Rob Halford came out as gay.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'':
** In the sourcebook ''Aztlan'' by Nigel Findley, the material is interspersed with a chat log between various parties who can be identified only from details included in their conversations (e.g. 'the Big D' is revealed to be the dragon Dunkelzahn).
** Orange Queen, a Shadowland site regular whose first-person comments appear in various articles throughout the sourcebooks, is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:the dragon Hestaby]].
* Rare second-person example: In the Kalamar D&D setting, the main holy book of the god of pain is an account of someone lost in an icy wasteland, trudging barefoot over sharp rocks and then falling through a frozen lake. It's written in the second person, apparently to make it creepier.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Creator/AdamCadre's work is full of this.
** ''9:05'' lets you fulfill the daily life of a salaryman [[spoiler:until you're revealed to have just burgled the salaryman's house on the previous day and YouNeverAsked.]]
** ''Shrapnel'' combines this with TimeTravel to set the player as [[spoiler:an alternate personality of the person he's visiting.]]
** ''VideoGame/{{Photopia}}'' once again pulls the YouNeverAsked thing to reveal [[spoiler:you're an alien, with wings, in a free-form story being told to a ten-year-old.]]
* Text adventures in general will give you evasive responses to "examine me" such as "[[{{AFGNCAAP}} You look the same as you always do]]." Or "[[ShapedLikeItself You look like yourself]]."
* ''VideoGame/SlouchingTowardsBedlam'' deliberately avoids the second person pronouns that are traditional in InteractiveFiction... but you might not notice at first. It's an eerily subtle symptom of something much bigger going on with your character. [[spoiler: He has caught the Logos from an asylum patient, which erased his ego and all his memories.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' series has an odd variation of this - you play a HeroicMime character that is treated like a tool by most other main characters, and as such the only dialogue you get is overheard conversations in which you aren't mentioned or someone talking to you giving you orders. Aside from a short, vague prologue in the manual there is no background for your character, and he is never seen. Plenty of hints are in the game, with mention of military cyborgs and soldiers made from the reanimated dead, but [[WildMassGuessing arguments still go on]] as to what exactly he is.
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'', the first-person therapy sessions are actually [[spoiler: Cheryl's point of view, not Harry's. You don't realize this since Dr. K will not refer to you by name until the very end.]]
* ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'' is similar to the above Silent Hill example - the therapy sessions are actually [[spoiler:from the point of view of a hallucinating Josh]].
* Done beautifully in one of the text sections in ''VideoGame/NieR''. One villager's dream is written like a Lovecraftian classic, sanity slipping away as you trek through halls of wanton gore. Once you navigate your way out of the dungeon, the narrator mentions their [[spoiler: torn dress. "I can see that the one known as HelloInsertNameHere is [[CovertPervert disappointed that the torn dress will be given no further description]],]] but he hides it well."
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** The series does a visual version of this prior to the character customization portion of the game, which combined with FirstPersonGhost, makes it impossible to make out any of your character's features before the player designs them.
** The series' recurring [[FictionalDocument in-game book]] ''Immortal Blood'' does this with the narrator. [[spoiler: The "I" hides the fact that he is a vampire himself.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' masterfully uses SecondPersonNarration to hide that the player character, the child who climbed the mountain and fell into the underworld in the prologue, [[spoiler: is NOT the child you are controlling on the screen. You only learn this in the Pacifist and the Genocide routes, and only in the Pacifist ending do you learn the name of the child on the screen.]]
* Used interestingly in the ''Frachise/AceAttorney'' fangame ''Two Sides of the Same Turnabout''. The trial segments have you playing as lawyer Helene Allard [[AFoolForAClient defending herself]], but are interspersed with first-person flashbacks where you play as both her, and another character named Titania Immel. The Court Record profile for the character you are controlling has a description consisting of only a single word: "me". [[spoiler: As hinted at by the title of the game, you're only ever playing as one person. However, unlike what you would expect, Titania and Helene are ''not'' the same person: at some point Titania killed the real Helene and stole her identiy. Every time you're playing as "Helene" she's actually Titania. The entire trial is a XanatosGambit by the prosecutor (a friend of Helene's) to make sure Titania finally faces justice for her crimes.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]

* In the visual novel ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'', the player can choose to play as either Takeshi or the Kid. You play with a first-person POV from the selected character, meaning you can only see Takeshi when playing as the Kid and can only see the Kid when playing as Takeshi. Taking it even further, once you've made the choice, lines spoken by your controlled character are not voice acted, denying you even the knowledge of what you sound like. All of this is crucial to the final act's MindScrew plot twist: [[spoiler: the person you play as isn't the same person you see. Actually, both the people you see are the same person; the Takeshi seen by the Kid is a grown-up version of the Kid seen by Takeshi. Even worse, you actually aren't playing as either Takeshi or the Kid, but as a 4th-dimensional entity who's observing things through their eyes (well, indirectly in Takeshi's case). Confused yet?]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** In a variation, the original {{visual novel}}s regularly switch between first- and third-person in a rather confusing way. The first-person sections are narrated by the protagonist -- [[MindScrew usually]] -- but it's not until later that we find out the third-person sections are ''also'' being narrated- by the Game Master, who is always interested in tricking you. It can sometimes even be hard to spot when the POV switches. UnreliableNarrator ahoy!
** Episode 6 has a case of this. The difference from the series' normal use is that there are no sprites showing which character it is and the character in question is locked in a room from which s/he can't get out of. It quickly becomes very creepy.
* ''VisualNovel/ZeroEscape'':
** ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' conceals [[spoiler:the fact that there are actually two narrators both using I to make it seem like there is only one. Once the secret is revealed they can easily be distinguished by seeing which screen of the DS they narrate on.]]
** In ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'', you view the game from the first-person perspective of the protagonist, Sigma. Once again, lines spoken by the main character have no voice acting. [[spoiler:This is done to hide the fact that Sigma is actually older than he thinks he is, thanks to mental time travel.]]
** ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'', however, appears to avert this trope by telling the story through the perspective of a third-person camera and style similar to Creator/TellTaleGames. [[spoiler: Until the existence of a tenth player is revealed, however... Only ''then'' is it averted.]]


[[folder:Web Original]]
* Literature/DreamHighSchool: you barely know anything else about yourself. Page 2 gives your first hint, but on Page 4 you're first referred to as a "she".
* ''Blog/LimyaaelsFantasyRants'': Limyaael calls attention to a few pitfalls of first-person narration in [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/183735.html this rant.]]
* A tale from the Wiki/SCPFoundation, ''[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/the-little-lost-dragon The Little Lost *blotted*]]'' is portrayed as a series of diary entries. The diary entries are peppered with ██████, [DATA EXPUNGED], and [REDACTED], in the usual method of SCP censoring delicate info. The narrator is despairing about the approach of final exams they haven't studied for and relating gossip about the dating habits of their acquaintances, when... ''something'' happens. The narrator ends up confined somewhere, alone, being tortured by horrible creatures for no discernable reason... and the last line cuts off in the middle of [[spoiler: [[OmnicidalManiac SCP]]-[[HumansThroughAlienEyes 682's]] CatchPhrase]].
* Used to great effect in the Journal of Aframos Longjourney, a story in ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'', to conceal the fact that [[spoiler: basically every assumption you make about the main character is wrong.]]
* A common trait of CreepyPasta, for example ''WebOriginal/CaptainsLog'', where the twist is that the captain and his crew are [[spoiler:TheGreys]].
** There's also ''WebOriginal/ABrightFlash'', from the perspective of someone who had been disfigured in a bomb explosion and seeks revenge. [[spoiler: It's [[Film/{{Gojira}} Godzilla.]]]]
** "Death and the Silver Prison" is an explicit parody of using this trope. Most of the story is what looks like blatant {{Gorn}} until you discover that [[spoiler:the narrator is a Doritos chip.]]
* ''Blog/CrossingKevinsCrossing'' is a fictional blog where the narrator always speaks in first person and is never referred to by name.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Creator/TexAvery MGM cartoon "Dixieland Droopy" tells the story of a dog (WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}}) who loved Dixieland jazz. The narrator tells how Droopy befriended an all-flea Dixieland band led by trumpeter Peewee Runt ("You know how fleas love dogs, do you?") and performed with them at the Hollywood Bowl. At the end of the cartoon, the narrator says that only Peewee knows the truth about how Droopy rose to fame...and he'll never tell.
-->'''Narrator''': For you see, that flea, Peewee, is me! See?