->''"Yeah, if I ''were'' IronMan, I'd have this girlfriend who knew my [[SecretIdentity true identity]]. She'd be a wreck, 'cause she'd always be worrying that I was gonna die, yet so proud of the man I'd become. She'd be wildly conflicted, which would only make her more crazy about me."''
-->--'''Tony Stark''', ''Film/IronMan''

AliceAndBob are talking, and Bob has decided that it's time to come clean. He's going to tell her his dark and terrible secret. This secret could be one or more of any number of unpleasant or shocking or dumbfounding things. Maybe Bob is secretly a [[TheCowl crime fighting vigilante]], or a [[AgentProvocateur spy]], or some kind of [[SecretIdentity superbeing in disguise]], or TheMole, or maybe he [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking really likes reggae music.]] Whatever the secret is, it's going to be something that causes Alice to see Bob in an entirely new light, and totally reinterpret much of Bob's behavior.

Bob spills his guts. Alice is surprised, initially, but her surprise does not turn into shock, horror, fear, disbelief, or hatred. Instead, Alice... [[TheGlomp glomps Bob]] and commences chewing on his face. TheReveal is apparently a massive turn on for Alice.

People can react in [[MilhollandRelationshipMoment all sorts of odd ways]] to unexpected news, but The Reveal Prompts Romance stands out as the most positive. Instead of feeling alienated from the person who made TheReveal, they feel closer instead. The reason for this is most likely that such a disclosure immediately creates a sense of intimacy between the two people. The person receiving the disclosure may also feel special and connected to the one disclosing for having been chosen. The more {{UST}} Alice and Bob have before The Reveal the more this makes sense, and visa versa.

Most often the set up is the male [[TheHero hero]] (who is doing the reveal) and female (who is responding with romance) [[LoveInterest lead]] of a story, right before or right after the climax. Who initiates the "romance" after the reveal varies, but it's never non-consensual.

[[CoitusEnsues Sex is not always involved]], nor even necessarily a make-out session, but there's always some sort of "TheyDo" moment. This trope is one means by which writers may achieve [[StrangledByTheRedString red-string strangulation,]] or a LastMinuteHookup. A reveal that involves displaying a physiological abnormality may prompt a FreakinessShame.

This trope may overlap with GenderReveal, which involves revealing a character's true gender.

See MilhollandRelationshipMoment for the non-romance variant of this trope. Compare SecretKeeper which is what Bob is trusting Alice to be with The Reveal. Contrast YouMakeMeSick, MyGodYouAreSerious, and [[{{ILLKILLYOU}} I'll Kill You!]] for less friendly reactions to TheReveal. If TheReveal is a LoveConfession, then it's LoveRevelationEpiphany.


* There are numerous superheroes who have unmasked themselves to a boyfriend or girlfriend and then immediately made out. Sometimes they do this several times with different people. Heroes on this list include:
** Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}
** Franchise/SpiderMan is actually kind of a subversion. When the reveal happened with Mary Jane, it was MJ revealing she actually knew already, not Peter telling her, and it wasn't what sparked them getting together (they had already dated in the past). Being able to open about it did bring them closer and they did get back together shortly after that, but it wasn't like Peter being Spider-Man was the thing she loved most (if anything she'd rather just had Peter without having to worry about him getting killed).
** ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan is also a subversion as well. Mary Jane was the first person Peter told and when he revealed it to her privately, she was under the impression that Peter was going to kiss her and ask her out. So the secret did not prompt the romance as there was already a lot of romantic tension between them. Throughout the series, she made it known that she also wishes that Peter would stop being Spider-man so much so they can have normal teen-aged lives and broke up with him several times because of Spider-man. If anything, being Spider-man is the one thing Mary Jane feels like she has to tolerate from Peter because she feels like he could die at any moment. [[spoiler: And she was right.]]

* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In the original story, when Shinji finally told Asuka he was ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', her first reaction was getting angry with him for risking his life to save hers. Her next reaction was tackling him and kissing him anxiously.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': When Asuka finally came clean to Shinji about being ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' she said she would like that he was her confidant. He replied he would also like to be more than a friend because he likes her. Asuka admitted she liked him back and they kissed.
* A frequent plot in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fanfiction, to be expected given the show's [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two-Person Love Square]].
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' season 2 ended with Matt Murdock finally coming clean with Karen Page about his secret identity as Daredevil, after having kept her in the dark for the entire season. The scene ends with us only getting the [[StunnedSilence surprised look]] on Karen's face before she can provide any sort of verbal response. Matt and Karen had dated briefly earlier in season 2, before the strain of Matt's double life caused him to falter in contributing to Frank Castle's trial, and Elektra's influence, temporarily drove them apart. A few fanfic writers have taken the idea that Matt disclosing his secret to Karen ended up causing them to restart their earlier relationship[[note]]Much of this is retconned by ''Series/TheDefenders2017'', where Matt and Karen are on semi-awkward terms at the beginning[[/note]].
** One, called ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/chapters/15157885 Better - Now]]'', provides a subversion by looking at Karen's thought processes. Karen's first reaction is to passionately kiss Matt, then awkwardly ask him out on a date, but as it turns out, the reveal just complicates her feelings: she's questioning everything she's ever known about Matt, and constantly thinking about the relationship advice Frank Castle gave her in ".380". It isn't until the end of their impromptu date, that Karen comes to terms with Matt's identity, and while she's still mad at him for letting her and Foggy down during the trial, she seems willing to take it slowly and see where it goes from there.
** Another, ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6596377 Do You Mind the Snow?]]'', plays it more straight. Here, Karen takes the news a lot better than Matt is expecting her to take it.
** One, called ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/6957157/chapters/15862804 Redemption]]'', has it where Karen forces Matt to explain himself. It's only after he shows her the various scars he's received from his fights with Nobu and Wilson Fisk that she kisses him, to thank him for the two times he's saved her in his alternate persona.
** The ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/634583 How to Reconcile]]'' series details Matt and Karen's reconciliation in a series of snapshots. This includes having to work through Matt's unreliability during the trial, as well as explain why Matt swung from extremes like a pendulum as a result of Elektra.
[[AC:Films -- Animated]]
* Astrid in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Not directly after the reveal, but halfway back to town Toothless grabs her and she's forced to take a flight with Hiccup and Toothless. By the end of their joyride she's definitely showing a great deal of affection for Hiccup, including a peck on the cheek. Quite the turnaround from contempt/anger/hatred/jealousy.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' film had an exchange like this between Bruce Wayne and Vicki Vale towards the end, when Vale is shown into the Batcave.
* The 1986 ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' film set one of these up between the secretly-immortal Connor [=MacLeod=] and his LoveInterest. Made more remarkable by the fact that Connor made his reveal by [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap stabbing himself in the chest.]]
* Dave in the film version of ''Film/KickAss'' does this to Katie. In fact, it's two reveals in one - one should have shocked her, the other angered. As per the trope, neither are her reaction.
-->'''Katie''': Dave? What the fuck are you doing? Why are you dressed as Kick-Ass?\\
'''Dave''': Because I am Kick-Ass!\\
'''Katie''': What are you talking about?\\
'''Dave''': I'm also not gay!\\
'''Katie''': Fuck!
** Notably this is '''not''' the way it plays out in the original comic. [[spoiler:Dave tells her that he's not gay, she gets majorly pissed off for being tricked and gets her Scary Black Boyfriend to beat him up. Then she emails him a picture wherein she's giving her boyfriend a blowjob, which Dave both cries over and gets off to.]] He also doesn't tell her that he's Kick Ass.
* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' used this near the end when a girl reveals her wish for a guy to take a dump on her chest. His response is one of shock, disgust and disbelief...that no one has ever taken a dump on her chest.
* As seen in the page quote, this is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/IronMan1''. Tony of course goes on to avert it spectacularly, because no SecretIdentity could survive contact with his massive ego.

[[AC: Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'': This is essentially how Vlad Taltos got to know Cawti. After learning who she was on their second meeting (their first meeting being an attempt on his life by Cawti), he climbed directly into her bed.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Lois was already attracted to Clark (and also already knew of his SecretIdentity), but when he finally tells her he's the Blur she runs up to him and lays a big slobbering kiss on him.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': In "The One With The Prom Video," Ross had gotten ready to step in when it seemed like her prom date was going to stand her up. The date arrives at the last minute, disappointing Ross. Rachel sees this for the first time on a video played in the present day and, deeply moved, rushes over to Ross and kisses him passionately, beginning their romance in earnest.
* In ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': In "AKA It's Called Whiskey," when Jessica Jones and Luke Cage each find out the other is super-strong and tough ,they realize this means they finally have a partner they can cut loose with. This of course means [[DestructoNookie a sexual encounter that literally breaks the bed under them]]. This is downplayed as they are fuck buddies more than anything, but still...

[[AC: VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a variant for the GayOption. Play female, and Juhani may become attracted to you. Then, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Revan (you)]] were her rescuer and inspiration for picking up a lightsaber in the first place, as well as [[spoiler: an infamous Sith Lord who very nearly toppled the Republic]]. Her quiet crush becomes much more obvious.
* You can do this in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' if you want to romance Silk Fox. You can start flirting with her immediately after she tacitly reveals that she's [[spoiler: the [[RebelliousPrincess Emperor's daughter]]]] in addition to being a kunoichi-esque vigilante. Bear in mind that she tried to kill you during your first meeting.
* ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial 2'' has an inversion: when [[BrokenBird Kaori Yae]] finally confess her [[DarkAndTroubledPast Dark And Troubled]] {{Backstory}} to the main protagonist (i.e. the player) in her storyline's mandatory Event, it unlocks ''her'' full [[RelationshipValues Tokimeki Mode]], along with an enormous boost in Love Points, enough to easily get her LoveConfession at the end of the game.

[[AC: {{Webcomics}}]]
* Played straight and then inverted by the final strips of ''Webcomic/BiteMe'' when Claire finally reveals her [[ParodySue full backstory]] to Lucien. Claire has been flirting with him for the entire comic, but Lucien doesn't really reciprocate until after she's done explaining herself. He starts to indicate a hesitant attraction to her... and then she jumps on him.

[[AC: WebOriginal]]
* In ''Literature/TheDescendants'', Warrick is forced to reveal his identity as Alloy to his girlfriend by an attacking villain. She instantly kisses him passionately. Later explained as her being greatly relieved that she doesn't have to explain to Warrick how his apparent idol, Alloy has been hitting on her.

[[AC: WesternAnimation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', the demonic-looking mutant Kurt (during this time in the show, the existence of mutants is still a secret and Kurt hides his appearance with a hologram) is asked to a school dance by normal student Amanda. During the dance, an emergency happens, and when he's torn between pretending to be normal or revealing his powers to her, she reveals to him that she already has an idea of what he's capable of. He gets her to safety, and then turns off his hologram, letting her get a good look at his true self. They become a couple.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' has Superman and Lois Lane in an explicit romantic relationship, yet he still hasn't told her he's Clark Kent. In a twist on the usual dynamic, she ''knows'' who he really is, she just wants him to actually admit it to her out loud, viewing it as the last step between the two of them having a fully committed relationship. When he does so at the end of the film, she embraces him with an affectionate kiss and reminds him to give his mother a call.