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- Ancient Conspiracy: A secret group is behind everything.
- Batman in My Basement: When someone highly conspicuous hides in a "normal" location.
- Big Secret: Hiding a secret causes a person to be suspected of a crime.
- Bookcase Passage: A bookcase hides a secret passage.
- Cannot Keep a Secret: Someone who cannot keep a secret to save their lives.
- The Confidant: The direct opposite of Cannot Keep a Secret. Someone who keeps a friend's secrets.
- Covert Group: A secret organization.
- Dark Secret: A horrible secret that a character is terrified to reveal.
- Did Not Die That Way: When someone finds out that they were lied to about a loved one's death.
- Domino Revelation: One revealed secret reveals another secret, which reveals another, which...
- Easter Egg: The programmers hid a secret in the game.
- Empire with a Dark Secret: A whole civilization is built on a horrible secret.
- Everybody Knew Already: Everyone actually knows your deep dark secret, but they're too polite to tell you.
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: The Nice Hat that still conceals who you are and adds an air of mystery.
- Gas Leak Coverup: Whatever it was, it wasn't a gas leak.
- Good Running Evil: Good controls evil
- Government Conspiracy: The government is hiding a secret from everybody.
- The Hidden Hour: A secret time that only a few people know exists.
- Hidden Track: A secret song on a CD or record.
- Hide Your Otherness: Keeping up the lies that protect the secret world.
- Hiding The Handicap: Hiding the fact that you're disabled or afflicted.
- I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: Blurting out a secret while simultaneously claiming you won't do just that.
- Information Wants to Be Free: A secret must be made public. The bad guys want to prevent that.
- Infraction Distraction: By feigning a minor offense, the big one can be kept secret.
- Internal Reveal: Trusting the secret to an associate.
- Keeping Secrets Sucks: Sometimes you need to lie or kill to keep a secret.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Find out the big secret, and die for your efforts.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Everyone is conspiring to keep the main character oblivious.
- Love Confessor: Confiding your love for someone to a third party.
- The Man Behind the Man: The Big Bad is secretly controlled by an even Bigger Bad.
- Masquerade: People hide a secret world in the real one.
- The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: Upholding the masquerade or keeping a Secret Identity makes dating difficult.
- Multilayer Fašade: Keeping secrets under secrets.
- Mutual Masquerade: Two people part of the same (or different) conspiracies both think the other is normal.
- My Secret Pregnancy: A woman hides her pregnancy.
- Mysterious Past: A character has a secret past.
- Open Secret: Something is declared secret, but everyone actually knows anyway.
- Ostentatious Secret: Someone openly advertises that they have A Secret.
- Playing Nice for Now: Don't let anyone know we are at each other's throats.
- Plot Driving Secret: If he knew the truth, we wouldn't have a plot.
- Publicly Discussing The Secret: Characters who know a secret disregard all semblance of actual secrecy.
- Secret Art: A technique or magical ability known only to a few.
- Secret Character: A playable character that is a secret until they're unlocked.
- Secret Chaser: A character insistent on finding out another character's secret.
- Secret Diary: A diary that is kept in secret.
- Secret Handshake: The secret means of identifying people who are keeping a secret together.
- Secret Identity: An identity that is used to hide a secret double life.
- Secret Keeper: The person you trust with your secrets.
- Secret Secret Keeper: The person who is keeping your secrets that you don't even know about.
- Secret Level: A level of a game that is hidden and not needed to beat the game.
- Secret Other Family: A character has more than one family and hides them from one another.
- Secret Path: A hidden path that bypasses obstacles by taking a route not many know.
- Secret Police: A police force that hides the fact that they exist.
- Secret Relationship: Two characters keep their relationships a secret from everyone else.
- Secret Stab Wound: A character hides an injury.
- Secret Test of Character: The actual test is a secret to prove what's in their heart.
- Secretly Dying: A character hides the fact that they have a terminal illness or lethal wound.
- Secretly Wealthy: A character hides the fact that they're fabulously wealthy.
- Secret Weapon: A hidden weapon typically revealed during or near the climax of a work.
- Secret Word: It's not going to be "swordfish".
- Shared Mass Hallucination: An believable explanation designed to cover-up something, similar to Gas Leak Coverup.
- They're Called Personal Issues for a Reason: Secrets that, when discovered, only reveal embarrassing and unimportant information.
- Town with a Dark Secret: A town hides a secret from outsiders.
- Undercover When Alone: Keeping a secret even when no one is around to find out about it.
- Unmanly Secret: A man hides his love of something stereotypically not masculine.
- Water Source Tampering: They don't want you to know what you're really drinking.
- We Have Been Researching Phlebotinum For Years: Turns out these folks knew about the weird stuff all along.
- Welcomed To The Masquerade: A character is introduced to a secret society.