Playing With / Secret Secret-Keeper

Basic Trope: A character find out another character's secret, but doesn't tell that character about it.
  • Straight: Bob finds out Amazing Grace is Alice Ashley, but doesn't tell her.
  • Exaggerated: Everyone knows that Amazing Grace is Alice Ashley, but don't even hint that they know.
  • Downplayed: Bob suspects Alice is Amazing Grace, but doesn't know it for sure (and therefore doesn't ask her about it either)
  • Justified: Bob thinks if he tells Alice, she'll get worried and their personal lives will have more difficulties.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: Bob grows to suspect that Alice has a secret, but he trusts Alice's judgement...
  • Double Subverted: ..until further coincidences prompt him to investigate and uncover Alice's alter ego, Amazing Grace.
  • Parodied: "I know what you don't know."
  • Zig Zagged: Bob finds out Alice is Amazing Grace, and is in a dilemma of whether to tell her or not.
  • Averted: There is no secret identity to keep.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "How do I break to her that I know her secret without ruining her trust?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob finds out Alice is Amazing Grace, and is forced by a third party to not tell her.
  • Defied: Bob discovers Alice is Amazing Grace tells her outright without hesitation.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob finding out Alice is Amazing Grace proved shocking to him. He opts not to tell her anything since he fears it would complicate things, but his more secretive actions begin causing Alice to start suspecting him of knowing her secret. This leads to paranoia and their relationship eventually crumbles.
  • Implied: Bob has a conversation with Alice, where, after quite a while, it seems more like he knows more than he lets on, particularly due to how convenient those circumstances are to Amazing Grace.

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