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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.
- Valvrave the Liberator starts with the revelation that the school in the supposedly peaceful nation of JIOR was actually hiding the titular superweapons. Investigating this, L-elf discovers that the teachers and all of the other adults on the module were actually military officials, and only the students were kept in the dark about it. From this, he eventually gets to the revelation that the entire module was made for the development of the Valvraves and their power source.
- One Piece is full of this, where most of the world's hidden mysteries are inter-connected.
- Beasts of Burden: Vampires, zombies, ghosts, and other things show up.
- Werewolf by Night: Werewolves aren't the only supernatural thing out there - there are also 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.
- Noob has had this happen a few times:
- Season 3 Wham Episode and aftermath: Fantöm's avatar has been illegally enhanced all along. By the game's creators themselves, who put the blame on Fantöm (who knew nothing) the second the secret is made public. It's Master Zen who revealed the fact and the protagonist's new recruit Nazetrîme has been working for him all along.
- Late Season 5: Judge Dead is Tenshirock's son and the person he's actually trying to drive away from MMORPG. On a side note, Teshirock's wife/Judge Dead's mother is dead and Spectre has the condition that is implied to have caused her death. Tenshirock figured it out and convinced him to retire a few years ago. This is the reason Spectre was retired until Season 3.
- Noob: La Quete Legendaire: Sparadrap's father is not a priest as he's been telling everyone, but a mafia big wig passing as one. Elyx, Master Zen's second in command, may be his mother... or Ystos'... or that of a third son of his father's. His father forgot and Elyx can't help because she got a lobotomy between giving birth and the present day.
- 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.