Playing With / Secret Keeper

Basic Trope: A character agrees to keep another character's secret.
  • Straight: Alice discovers that her best friend, Claire, is a werewolf and agrees to keep it.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is suspicious that Claire is hiding something from her so she follows her to discover her secret: she's a werewolf. Claire sees her and asks Alice if she can keep this from anybody which she agrees.
  • Downplayed: The secret is something mundane, like Claire having a Sweet Tooth.
  • Justified:
    • Alice expect to call favors from Claire in the future.
    • Alice is a werewolf (or a ghoul, or a mage, or a changeling) too, and plans to tell Claire sometimes in the future... after Claire feels comfortable having her around.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice sells Claire's secret to the media.
    • An elaborate Masquerade is in place to make sure Alice, the only person who doesn't know Claire is a werewolf, never finds out.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...But Claire eventually learns that Alice knows her secret and then asks her to keep it.
    • ...But then asks Bob to keep the secret, as well.
    • Alice tells Bob Claire's secret... that Claire is a vampire.
  • Parodied: Claire threatens Disproportionate Retribution if Alice tells her secret... which is being a tomboy.
  • Zig Zagged: Claire tells Alice a secret, Alice tells it to Bob. But Bob doesn't tell the secret to anyone else.
  • Averted:
    • Alice never finds out that Claire is a werewolf.
    • Everybody knows that werewolves exist, and Claire happens to be one of them.
  • Enforced: "We need somebody to know Claire's secret, but we can't let everybody in the series know! Let's just make Alice know Claire's secret but not tell it."
  • Lampshaded: "Are you keeping any secrets Alice?"
  • Invoked: Claire chooses Alice as a friend just so that she can keep her werewolfism a secret.
  • Exploited: Alice threatens to reveal Claire's secret if Claire doesn't do a few... favors for her.
  • Defied: "No Alice, I won't tell you my secret."
  • Discused: "Don't worry, your secret's safe with me."
  • Conversed: "Yeah, her secret's safe alright... But for how long??"
  • Implied: Claire says something to Alice, but we never actually hear it. Then Claire tells Alice to keep it a secret, and Alice agrees.
  • Deconstructed: Alice is having a nervous breakdown over trying not to spill the beans. She becomes increasingly paranoid, misinterpreting everything she hears as a reference to Claire's furry little secret.
  • Reconstructed: Alice eventually learns the difference between everyday conversations and references to Claire's secret.
  • Played For Laughs: Claire's secret is pretty obvious, like eating sweets in public, but she still insists that Alice never tells this to anybody.
  • Played For Drama: Claire's secret could end up ruining her reputation if it ever got out.

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