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* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the Shepherd's Journal has a missing page, which means that nobody knows exactly what the Atlanteans' power-source ''is''. [[spoiler: Rourke had the missing page in his boot the whole time.]]

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* In ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', ''WesternAnimation/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', the Shepherd's Journal has a missing page, which means that nobody knows exactly what the Atlanteans' power-source ''is''. [[spoiler: Rourke had the missing page in his boot the whole time.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheLicaniusTrilogy'', Wirr finds a secret journal containing all of the Visions of the future from the prewar Augurs. It conveniently stops before his time period because [[spoiler: the Tol Shen leadership stole the rest of it and has been using the knowledge for political gain]].


[[ScrapbookStory Scrapbook Stories]], [[EpistolaryNovel Epistolary Novels]] and other works of the kind which make heavy use of {{Fictional Document}}s will almost inevitably run into the problem of how to avoid the document giving away plot twists prematurely or [[NoNameGiven referring to a particular character by name]]. Supposing the novel in question is a CosmicHorrorStory and the document refers to [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Things Man Was Not Meant To Know]], or [[BrownNote Brown Notes]] which supposedly cause the reader to GoMadFromTheRevelation. Obviously, few writers are skilled enough to actually compose such a BrownNote, so including the BrownNote in the text of the FictionalDocument itself is out of the question. But the writer still needs to use the document to get vital plot information across. So how does the writer get out of this quandary? Simple! Have the pivotal parts obscured.

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[[ScrapbookStory Scrapbook Stories]], [[EpistolaryNovel Epistolary Novels]] {{Scrapbook Stor|y}}ies, {{Epistolary Novel}}s and other works of the kind which make heavy use of {{Fictional Document}}s will almost inevitably run into the problem of how to avoid the document giving away plot twists prematurely or [[NoNameGiven referring to a particular character by name]]. Supposing the novel in question is a CosmicHorrorStory and the document refers to [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Things Man Was Not Meant To Know]], or [[BrownNote Brown Notes]] which supposedly cause the reader to GoMadFromTheRevelation. Obviously, few writers are skilled enough to actually compose such a BrownNote, so including the BrownNote in the text of the FictionalDocument itself is out of the question. But the writer still needs to use the document to get vital plot information across. So how does the writer get out of this quandary? Simple! Have the pivotal parts obscured.



Commonly found (of course) in [[ScrapbookStory Scrapbook Stories]] and other works which make use of [[FictionalDocument Fictional Documents]]. Can be justified via the LiteraryAgentHypothesis. SisterTrope to HisNameIs. PlotBasedVoiceCancellation achieves the same effect, but with sound, while PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation does it with photographs. CensorBox is probably the closest equivalent in visual media. Compare to ThatWasTheLastEntry and ApocalypticLog. Subtrope of LostInTransmission.

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Commonly found (of course) in [[ScrapbookStory Scrapbook Stories]] and other works which make use of [[FictionalDocument Fictional Documents]].{{Fictional Document}}s. Can be justified via the LiteraryAgentHypothesis. SisterTrope to HisNameIs. PlotBasedVoiceCancellation achieves the same effect, but with sound, while PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation does it with photographs. CensorBox is probably the closest equivalent in visual media. Compare to ThatWasTheLastEntry and ApocalypticLog. Subtrope of LostInTransmission.



* ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'':
** When reading out [[spoiler:Sakura's real suicide note]], which mentions some details critical to TheReveal, Monokuma simply doesn't read out that part and the document in question is never seen again.
** When viewing the video showing the students [[spoiler:agreeing to stay at Hope's Peak forever]], Monokuma interrupts it at a seemingly arbitrary point. [[spoiler:Specifically, the section showing Junko Enoshima, which would have shown a different person to the Junko Enoshima that you knew.]]
** In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa2'', the document containing all the student's profiles has some pages removed. These pages would have shown [[spoiler:the students becoming Ultimate Despairs]].

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* ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'':
''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'':
** When In ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'', when reading out [[spoiler:Sakura's real suicide note]], which mentions some details critical to TheReveal, Monokuma simply doesn't read out that part and the document in question is never seen again.
** When viewing Also in ''Trigger Happy Havoc'', when the students view the video showing the students them [[spoiler:agreeing to stay at Hope's Peak forever]], Monokuma interrupts it at a seemingly arbitrary point. [[spoiler:Specifically, the section showing Junko Enoshima, which would have shown a different person to the Junko Enoshima that you the students knew.]]
** In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa2'', ''VisualNovel/Danganronpa2GoodbyeDespair'', the document containing all the student's students' profiles has some pages removed. These pages would have shown [[spoiler:the students becoming Ultimate Despairs]].


* The text of ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' contains blacked-out passages, ostensibly inked out by Harry Dresden himself when Billy Borden [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis compiled his notes for the game]] for Harry's perusal. Gamers who examine the pdf version of the game can peek under the redactions, some of which [[EasterEgg reference events in the novel series]] which had not yet been revealed when the RPG first saw print; another contains an actual message from series author Jim Butcher, admitting that he can't tell anyone what Billy originally "wrote" yet.

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* The text of ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' contains blacked-out passages, ostensibly inked out by Harry Dresden himself when Billy Borden [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis [[DirectLineToTheAuthor compiled his notes for the game]] for Harry's perusal. Gamers who examine the pdf version of the game can peek under the redactions, some of which [[EasterEgg reference events in the novel series]] which had not yet been revealed when the RPG first saw print; another contains an actual message from series author Jim Butcher, admitting that he can't tell anyone what Billy originally "wrote" yet.

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* In the Edie sequence of ''VideoGame/WhatRemainsOfEdithFinch'', Edith's mother Dawn takes the book from Edith before she could learn what her great-grandmother Edie found in the old house.

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* Very early in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaDetonation'', Yuri gives the heroes a page of the Tome of the Night Sky that has a recording of her backstory on it, but Iris burns the page before she can hand it over. Even with Levi managing to recover most of the data, it still results in a major jump from Iris and Yuri being friends to Yuri having supposedly murdered everyone on the Planet Restoration Committee.

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* ''VideoGame/PhantomDoctrine:'' Part of the game is analysing captured documents, which mainly consist of blacked-out text and a few code names. If the same code names appear in different documents, then you can make connections via StringTheory.


* In ''Film/EventHorizon'', the ship receives part of a signal from the titular vessel containing a message in Latin. As the signal is partly corrupted, they initially take the message to be "''Liberate me''" - "save me". Upon acquiring the full signal and inspecting it closer, they find that the message is actually "''Liberate tutemet ex infernis''" - [[spoiler: "Save yourselves from Hell.'']]

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* In ''Film/EventHorizon'', the ship receives part of a signal from the titular vessel containing a message in Latin. As the signal is partly corrupted, they initially take the message to be "''Liberate me''" - "save me". Upon acquiring the full signal and inspecting it closer, they find that the message is actually "''Liberate "''Libera te tutemet ex infernis''" inferis''" - [[spoiler: "Save yourselves yourself from Hell.'']]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': In "The Diary", Jake's son T.V. finds a discarded journal at the bottom of a dried-up moat, and finds the last few pages were torn out before T.V. could find out what happened to the owner B.P. on her date with her crush Justin. T.V. and Jake set out to solve the mystery, and eventually discover [[spoiler: B.P. was "Betsy Poundcake", AKA minor character Nurse Poundcake.]]


* ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'': In ''Recap/TriptychContinuumTriptych'', Chapter 47, the convenient interruption of a "book of what could, in some ways, be termed as 'unicorn history'", which hints at a big revelation:

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* ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'': In ''Recap/TriptychContinuumTriptych'', ''[[Recap/TriptychContinuumTriptych Triptych]]'', Chapter 47, the convenient interruption of a "book of what could, in some ways, be termed as 'unicorn history'", which hints at a big revelation:


* ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'': In ''Recap/TriptychContinuumTriptych'', Chapter 47, which hints at a big revelation:

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* ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'': In ''Recap/TriptychContinuumTriptych'', Chapter 47, the convenient interruption of a "book of what could, in some ways, be termed as 'unicorn history'", which hints at a big revelation:

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* ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'': In ''Recap/TriptychContinuumTriptych'', Chapter 47, which hints at a big revelation:
--> that mindless ramble about how unicorns had to beware of those with no true power at all...\\
(There hadn't been any real details in that tract, and Quiet had generally assumed the sudden ending had been produced by the final tail-clamped drag to the asylum.)


* The government documents that Michael ''does'' manage to get his hands on are these. It fuels the MythArc to get rid of the ''Series/BurnNotice''.

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* The government documents that Michael ''does'' manage to get his hands on are these. It fuels the MythArc to get rid of the ''Series/BurnNotice''. The trope is also treated differently due to redacted documents being the expected norm for all perusers; the missing parts are considered either irrelevant or obtainable by cross-checking a sufficient quantity of documents. The redactions are only meant to protect sources of intelligence (or faked intelligence) from briefees who don't have the motivation or time to do so.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' book ''The Jedi Path'', the entire prophecy of TheChosenOne is redacted. Luke Skywalker, the current keeper of the book, suspects that Palpatine is responsible.

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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', any piece of lore dealing with the two unknown Primarchs and their Legions is likely to be either vague, heavily redacted, or get cut short before anything solid can be revealed about them. Flavour text on some of the Imperium's more secretive organisations, most notably the Inquisition and Grey Knights, is also often subject to this, especially when it takes the form of [[FictionalDocument in-universe documents]].

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