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* In ''Fanfic/FateGenesis'', the [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} Mage Association]] is perfectly willing to wipe entire ''cities'' in order to keep magecraft from leaking to the general population and in turn weakening their own power. The [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War]] is meant to be kept under wraps through a combination of the Association, Church, and the Masters working together, but [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman's blatant attacks and Sonic the Hedgehog and company's efforts to stop him]] have pretty much [[BrokenMasquerade shattered the veil of secrecy]] as the military and police investigating Eggman are starting to figure out the strange things happening in Fuyuki both now [[LightNovel/FateZero and ten years ago]] with what little evidence [[HopelessWithTech the magi didn't scrub]]. Combined with Shirou and his allies fighting alongside Sonic and [[spoiler:[[TheCorruption The Shadow]] gaining a will of its own to start attacking people]], a ''lot'' of pressure is being put on, and Kirei, Rin, and Bazett are running themselves ragged trying to convince the Association not to nuke the city by pointing out the blatant threat of Eggman (and ironically enough, the military presence is biggest saving factor, because wiping it out would likely start a [[FromBadToWorse war between Japan and Britain, which is the last thing the magi want]]).

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* In ''Fanfic/FateGenesis'', the [[Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} Mage Association]] is perfectly willing to wipe entire ''cities'' in order to keep magecraft from leaking to the general population and in turn weakening their own power. The [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War]] is meant to be kept under wraps through a combination of the Association, Church, and the Masters working together, but [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Dr. Eggman's blatant attacks and Sonic the Hedgehog and company's efforts to stop him]] have pretty much [[BrokenMasquerade shattered the veil of secrecy]] as the military and police investigating Eggman are starting to figure out the strange things happening in Fuyuki both now [[LightNovel/FateZero and ten years ago]] with what little evidence [[HopelessWithTech the magi didn't scrub]]. Combined with Shirou and his allies fighting alongside Sonic and [[spoiler:[[TheCorruption The Shadow]] gaining a will of its own to start attacking people]], a ''lot'' of pressure is being put on, and Kirei, Rin, and Bazett are running themselves ragged trying to convince the Association not to nuke the city by pointing out the blatant threat of Eggman (and ironically enough, the military presence is biggest saving factor, because wiping it out would likely start a [[FromBadToWorse war between Japan and Britain, which is the last thing the magi want]]).


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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' when a vampire laughs at Harry when he threatens to expose him, claiming Harry wouldn't dare reveal the masquerade. He is horrified when Dresden informs him that anyone can look him up in the phonebook under "Wizard".

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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' when a vampire laughs at Harry when he threatens to expose him, claiming Harry wouldn't dare reveal the masquerade. He is horrified when Dresden informs him that anyone can look him up in the phonebook phone book under "Wizard".



** A different variant occurs in ''Literature/TurnCoat'' where, regardless of the outcome, Morgan is likely to be executed so the Merlin can maintain the illusion that the White Council is still strong and united. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Morgan dies killing the person who framed him and his death as originally planned]].
** Then there is [[spoiler:the Oblivion War, a war so secret just knowing about it will leave a mystical mark on the mortal other participants of the war can spot. The War is about a group of people trying to erase all mortal knowledge of Old Ones, ancient evil demon-gods, so the more people who know the harder it is to do their job. They fight various cults of the Old Ones who want to bring them back. If a mortal finds out and won't join the defenders of reality, the defenders cannot hesitate to leave the person be.]]

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** A different variant occurs in ''Literature/TurnCoat'' where, regardless of the outcome, Morgan is likely to be executed so the Merlin can maintain the illusion that the White Council is still strong and united. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Morgan dies killing the person who framed him and his death as originally planned]].
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** Then there is [[spoiler:the Oblivion War, a war so secret just knowing about it will leave a mystical mark on the mortal which other participants of the war can spot. The War is about a group of people trying to erase all mortal knowledge of the Old Ones, ancient evil demon-gods, so the more people who know the harder it is to do their job. They fight various cults of the Old Ones who want to bring them back. If a mortal finds out and won't join the defenders of reality, the defenders cannot hesitate to leave the person be.]]



** But an EnforcedTrope among vampires. The Laundry doesn't believe vampires exist, as even a small number would dramatically increase the death rate in Britain. Turns out the only successful vampires are psychopaths, so if one vampire encounters another, they will try to kill each other to ensure their population remains at miniscule levels and thus undetected.

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** But an EnforcedTrope among vampires. The Laundry doesn't believe vampires exist, as even a small number would dramatically increase the death rate in Britain. Turns out the only successful vampires are psychopaths, so if one vampire encounters another, they will try to kill each other to ensure their population remains at miniscule minuscule levels and thus undetected.



** As part of his [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor series of criss-crossing alignments]], [[HalfHumanHybrid Cole]] killed a man who threatened to blackmail Phoebe (Cole's love interest) with revealing the existence of her powers. That said, he did it mostly to protect her, but he used this as [[IDidWhatIHadToDo his justification]] to her.

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** As part of his [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor series of criss-crossing crisscrossing alignments]], [[HalfHumanHybrid Cole]] killed a man who threatened to blackmail Phoebe (Cole's love interest) with revealing the existence of her powers. That said, he did it mostly to protect her, but he used this as [[IDidWhatIHadToDo his justification]] to her.



* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', [[spoiler:Graham]] is killed moments after recovering his memories about who he really is. Although the motive of the person who killed him was probably closer to IfICantHaveYou.

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', [[spoiler:Graham]] is killed moments after recovering his memories about who he really is. Although However, the motive of the person who killed him was is probably closer to IfICantHaveYou.

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** It is also revealed earlier in the manga that the government was behind the destruction of any new technology and the murder of its inventors, for the reason of preventing anyone from discovering that [[spoiler: humanity yet lives on beyond the walls.]]


* ''FanFic/TriptychContinuum'': It never happens on-screen, but every earth pony is taught the stories of those who threatened to reveal the Secret... and were killed to ''keep'' it a Secret.

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* ''FanFic/TriptychContinuum'': It never happens on-screen, but every earth pony is taught the stories of those who threatened to reveal the Secret... and were killed to ''keep'' it a Secret. (Applejack realizes some of the stories are probably just that: scare tactics to get younglings in line -- but over the course of Equestria's history, having at least one fatality would seem to be guaranteed.)


* In ''Series/TheExpanse'', the crew of the Rocinante is put in this position when a medical crew, illegally entering Eros station, discover the [[ToxicPhlebotinum Protomolecule]]. Jim pleads with the crew not to broadcast this information, as it will lead to a system-wide war. [[spoiler: The medic in charge doesn’t back down, and the Roci is forced to open fire, killing them.]]



* In ''Series/TheExpanse'', the crew of the Rocinante is put in this position when a medical crew, illegally entering Eros station, discover the [[ToxicPhlebotinum Protomolecule]]. Jim pleads with the crew not to broadcast this information, as it will lead to a system-wide war. [[spoiler: The medic in charge doesn’t back down, and the Roci is forced to open fire, killing them.]]

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* In ''Series/TheExpanse'', the crew of the Rocinante is put in this position when a medical crew, illegally entering Eros station, discover the [[ToxicPhlebotinum Protomolecule]]. Jim pleads with the crew not to broadcast this information, as it will lead to a system-wide war. [[spoiler: The medic in charge doesn’t back down, and the Roci is forced to open fire, killing them.]]

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* ''FanFic/TriptychContinuum'': It never happens on-screen, but every earth pony is taught the stories of those who threatened to reveal the Secret... and were killed to ''keep'' it a Secret.


* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles''. The first person the [[MenInBlack Laundry]] had to kill to keep knowledge of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from becoming known was UsefulNotes/AlanTuring, who'd [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy discovered mathematical functions that allow for radically more systematic and efficient use of magic (and allowed computers to be used to perform them) instead of ad hoc systems prior]]. They realized soon after the only thing this had done was deny themselves a great source of knowledge. So from now on, they recruit anyone who looks like they're going to either do something great or do something disastrous (like Bob, the series' protagonist) - or at least offer them that option before killing them.

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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles''. The first person the [[MenInBlack Laundry]] had to kill to keep knowledge of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from becoming known was UsefulNotes/AlanTuring, who'd [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy discovered mathematical functions that allow for radically more systematic and efficient use of magic (and allowed computers to be used to perform them) instead of ad hoc systems prior]]. They realized soon after the only thing this had done was deny themselves a great source of knowledge. So from now on, they recruit anyone who looks like they're going to either do something great or do something disastrous (like Bob, the series' protagonist) - or at least offer them that option before killing them. In some cases, the Laundry would not try to recruit you, but merely destroy your findings.


* Operating alongside the [[MagicKnight Grey Knights]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be quite hazardous if you are not a member of the Inquisition, due to their status as elite daemon hunters. Besides the possibility of getting killed by daemons, should you survive you're lucky if you just receive a mind wipe as they go on to their next mission (if you're unlucky, execution or enslavement usually follows the mind wipe).

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* Operating alongside the [[MagicKnight Grey Knights]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be quite hazardous if you are not a member of the Inquisition, due to their status as elite daemon hunters. Besides the possibility of getting killed by daemons, should you survive you're lucky if you just receive a mind wipe as they go on to their next mission (if you're unlucky, execution or enslavement usually follows the mind wipe). That is, unless you're the Space Wolves, who ends up fighting against the Grey Knights and the Inqusitor who called them in after said Inquisitor tried to purge First War for Armageddon survivors (which the Wolves objected to, ''hard'') and only ends in a very shaky truce.


* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles''. The first person the [[MenInBlack Laundry]] had to kill to keep knowledge of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from becoming known was UsefulNotes/AlanTuring, who'd [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy discovered how to use computation to radically advance summoning]]. They realized soon after the only thing this had done was deny themselves a great source of knowledge. So from now on, they recruit anyone who looks like they're going to either do something great or do something disastrous (like Bob, the series' protagonist) - or at least offer them that option before killing them.

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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles''. The first person the [[MenInBlack Laundry]] had to kill to keep knowledge of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from becoming known was UsefulNotes/AlanTuring, who'd [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy discovered how to use computation to mathematical functions that allow for radically advance summoning]].more systematic and efficient use of magic (and allowed computers to be used to perform them) instead of ad hoc systems prior]]. They realized soon after the only thing this had done was deny themselves a great source of knowledge. So from now on, they recruit anyone who looks like they're going to either do something great or do something disastrous (like Bob, the series' protagonist) - or at least offer them that option before killing them.


* ''Creator/AllisonPregler'' in her ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' reviews notes that Season 8 Phoebe Halliwell is quite chatty about her status as a fugitive witch under a false identity in public spaces, and makes a joke that she probably blabs all that at random people who bump into her before murdering them to keep her cover.

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* ''Creator/AllisonPregler'' in her ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' reviews notes that Season 8 Phoebe Halliwell is quite chatty about her status as a fugitive witch under a false identity in public spaces, and makes a joke that she probably blabs all that at random people who bump into her before murdering them to keep her cover.

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* ''Creator/AllisonPregler'' in her ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' reviews notes that Season 8 Phoebe Halliwell is quite chatty about her status as a fugitive witch under a false identity in public spaces, and makes a joke that she probably blabs all that at random people who bump into her before murdering them to keep her cover.


In a CrapsackWorld her death is pretty much guaranteed; good characters/[[PlayerCharacter players]] will probably agonize over this choice but [[IDidWhatIHadToDo ultimately do what they must]] and ShootTheDog. If the author wants to let the heroes off the hook, then BigDamnVillains may come along and [[VillainsDoTheDirtyWork kill her for the heroes]] so they can avoid doing the deed, but not the guilt over having almost done it/strongly considered it. Often, this involves either faked suicide, suspicious accident, or messy murder.

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In a CrapsackWorld her death is pretty much guaranteed; good characters/[[PlayerCharacter players]] will probably agonize over this choice but [[IDidWhatIHadToDo ultimately do what they must]] and ShootTheDog. If the author wants to let the heroes off the hook, then BigDamnVillains VillainousRescue may come along and [[VillainsDoTheDirtyWork kill her for the heroes]] so they can avoid doing the deed, but not the guilt over having almost done it/strongly considered it. Often, this involves either faked suicide, suspicious accident, or messy murder.

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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S3E7TheCamp The Camp]]", the commandant mentions that in the past some other humans discovered the camp staff were androids, and he killed them to keep this secret.


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