A Domino Revelation occurs when the revelation of a previously hidden truth leads to another revelation, then another, like the knocking over of dominoes. Often evoked in fantasy works, where the revelation that one mythological or legendary species exists leads to finding out that many more also do, and works featuring conspiracy theories, where finding the shadowy figures behind a seemingly minor crime opens up a vista of sinister plots all emanating from the same source. In romance, one confession can often lead the way to one or several more. It gets a good bit of use in Urban Fantasy and Steam Punk works as well. All Myths Are True is a common end result when all dominoes have fallen. May overlap with The Masquerade or The Conspiracy where the protagonist is introduced to their secrets.
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Anime and Manga
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica does this with Awful Truths. In the wake of Mami's death, Kyouko's appearance shows that few magical girls are as altruistic as Mami was. This leads to Sayaka's confrontation with Kyouko on the bridge, where it's revealed that Soul Gems literally contain the soul of a magical girl. This, in turn, leads Sayaka to fall into despair, corrupting her Soul Gem and revealing that a corrupted Soul Gem doesn't break or disappear, but instead turns into a Grief Seed, a revelation which prompts Kyubey to explain to Madoka the true nature of the magical girl system. Additionally, the process of Sayaka falling into despair leads to a chain of events resulting in the revelation that Homura has some form of time travel/timeline changing ability. Basically, the revelations show piece-by-piece how the inner workings of the fairly cliche-looking premise are actually terrible, terrible things.
- Beasts of Burden: Vampires, zombies, ghosts, and other things show up.
- Werewolf by Night: Werewolves aren't the only supernatural thing out there, weretigers, vampire, demons, and other superheroes!
- Legion of Super Heroes: In the Earthwar Saga storyline, the attacks on Earth by the Resource Raiders turns out to be the advance guard of an attack by the Klingonesque Khunds. Whose leader is secretly being controlled by the shadowy Dark Circle. Who are secretly being commanded by Evil Sorcerer Mordru.
- In the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Elizabeth Swann finds out that cursed pirates are real. The next three movies confirm the reality of pretty much every myth or legend ever told concerning the sea.
- Cal Leandros: Elves that call themselves Auphe are first introduced followed by a revelation of hidden monsters like Banshee and Trolls in the world amongst humans.
- Jane Yellowrock: The main hereon is a skin-walker, she fights vampires and has a witch for a best friend.
- Mercy Thompson: in this series we meet werewolves, vampires, and witches right off the bat followed by ghosts, demons, and eventually shamans and mages of ill repute.
- Harry Potter: Witches and wizards, giants, dragons, giant magic spiders... the list is a little long for this series.
- Kitty Norville: Well same thing we meet werewolves first, then learn of vampires, werepanthers, magic users, psychics, and other types of the supernatural ilk.
- The Hollows: Witches and vampires exist, so why not ghosts, demons, and other such creatures?
- The Otherworld: the woman of the other world are all sorts of supernatural types. We have witches, werewolves, nercourgists, half-demons, and angels. Of course this trope is in full effect.
- The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries: After the vampires have their coming out party we meet shifters, werewolves, weretigers, fairies, and several other supernaturals.
- Soul Screamers: If the fact the main character is a banshee isn't enough, there are reapers, angels, and demons all hell bent on human souls.
- Twilight: First come the vampires. Then come the werewolves.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Satyrs, the Minotaur, Greek gods, centaurs, nymphs... Again, the list is rather long.
Live Action TV
- Charmed: First we learn of witches and demons, then angels, spirits, fairies, and a whole mess of critters come crawling/teleporting/orbing/shimmering out of the woodwork.
- Fringe: Similar to The X-Files with aliens, mind control, and other weird things being revealed.
- Lost Girl: All supernatural creatures exist, some are True Fae others just call themselves fae and are in fact Succubi, Spirits, Werewolves, and all manner of other magical creatures.
- Supernatural: Dean and Sam are hunters. They fight demons, astral creations, angry angels, pagan gods, ghosts, etc.
- The X-Files: Earliest TV example of this trope; from Monsterof The Week to aliens in the basement with werewolves, wild men, demonic beings, and eventually Body Horror and evil spirits... this series had it all.
- True Blood: Vampires first, shapeshifters, then goddesses, werewolves, fae, werepanthers, and witches.
- The Vampire Diaries: Again vampires first then we learn that witches and werewolves also exist.
- My Babysitter's a Vampire: The main characters have a babysitter that is a vampire. They also find out that one of them can see the future and that witches exist.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Just full of all kinds of magical creatures of all styles shapes and sizes. Most of them talk, cast spells, and have civilizations.
- The season one finale of Gravity Falls: That room behind the vending machine is finally shown. Then Stan takes Journal #1 out of a desk - he's had it since the show began. Then he declares, "Finally, after so many years... I have them all." Stan knows a lot more about the town than he's let on.