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* BruceWayneHeldHostage -- "You mean our hostage is actually TheHero?"

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* BruceWayneHeldHostage -- "You mean our hostage is actually TheHero?"TheHero we took hostages to lure in?"


* Pretty much every undercover cop story runs on this. If the criminals knew from the outset that the new guy in their ranks was a cop out to bust them all, he or she would be dead in short order.

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* Pretty much every undercover cop story runs on this. If the criminals knew from the outset that the new guy in their ranks was a cop out to bust them all, he or she they would be dead in short order.



* The plot in ''{{Fanfic/Nosflutteratu}}'' kicks off when Twilight learns what everypony else in Ponyville already knows-that Fluttershy is a vampire.

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* The plot in ''{{Fanfic/Nosflutteratu}}'' ''Fanfic/{{Nosflutteratu}}'' kicks off when Twilight learns what everypony else in Ponyville already knows-that Fluttershy is a vampire.


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* Almost every Mystery depends on someone not knowing who the culprit is. Once that knowledge is revealed, the story ends, unless the plot is actually about gathering evidence.
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' gets around this... by switching the this from 'whodunnit' to 'whydunnit',

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* Almost every Mystery mystery depends on someone not knowing who the culprit is. Once that knowledge is revealed, the story ends, unless the plot is actually about gathering evidence.
** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' gets around this... by switching the this from 'whodunnit' to 'whydunnit','whydunnit'.






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* In the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' books, the plot was frequently driven by the fact that [[TheHero Gaia]] was either keeping a secret from someone or having one kept from her.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' books, the plot was frequently driven by the fact that [[TheHero Gaia]] was either keeping a secret from someone or having one kept from her.
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* In the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' books, the plot was frequently driven by the fact that [[TheHero Gaia]] was either keeping a secret from someone or having one kept from her.



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* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'' would likely have been a much different show if Alex had told her parents about the accident.
* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', "A"'s identity is the main mystery of the entire show.

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* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'' would likely have been a much different show if Alex had told her parents about the accident.
* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', "A"'s identity is the main mystery of the entire show.
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* In ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', "A"'s identity is the main mystery of the entire show.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'' would likely have been a much different show if Alex had told her parents about the accident.


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** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' gets around this... by switching the PlotDrivingSecret from 'whodunnit' to 'whydunnit',
* Any character with a SecretIdentity is likely to have a few stories of this nature.
* Pretty much every undercover cop story runs on this. If the criminals knew from the outset that the new guy in their ranks was a cop out to bust them all, he or she would be dead in short order.

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* The plot in ''{{FanFic/Nosflutteratu}}'' kicks off when Twilight learns what everpony else in Ponyville already knows葉hat Fluttershy is a vampire.

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** ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' gets around this... by switching the PlotDrivingSecret this from 'whodunnit' to 'whydunnit',
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* Any character with a SecretIdentity is likely to have a few stories of this nature.
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* Pretty much every undercover cop story runs on this. If the criminals knew from the outset that the new guy in their ranks was a cop out to bust them all, he or she would be dead in short order.

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* The plot in ''{{FanFic/Nosflutteratu}}'' ''{{Fanfic/Nosflutteratu}}'' kicks off when Twilight learns what everpony everypony else in Ponyville already knows葉hat knows-that Fluttershy is a vampire.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' books, the plot was frequently driven by the fact that [[TheHero Gaia]] was either keeping a secret from someone or having one kept from her.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Fearless}}'' books, the plot was frequently driven by the fact that [[TheHero Gaia]] was either keeping a secret from someone or having one kept from her.



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* In ''Series/Lucifer2016'', the {{Deuteragonist}} Chloe always disregards Lucifer's CassandraTruth that he's ''the'' [[{{Satan}} Lucifer Morningstar]], first among angels, Prince of {{Hell}}, and not just a [[BunnyEarsLawyer quirky, delusional]] nightclub owner. [[spoiler:She realizes the truth in the Season 3 finale, just in time for the show to be canceled.]]

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If an InternalReveal exposes the secret, expect it to be a GameChanger, or even to mean that NothingIsTheSameAnymore.


* TheCon - "Wait, you're ''not'' a Nigerian Prince who needs help hiding his fortune?"
* BruceWayneHeldHostage - "You mean our hostage is actually TheHero?"
* LockedOutOfTheLoop - "You ''all'' knew this?" "Yes, but there's a reason we didn't tell you."
* LovesMyAlterEgo - "You mean the guy I love and the guy with an unrequited crush on me are the same man?"
* Masquerade - "Dude, they're really vampires?"

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* TheCon - -- "Wait, you're ''not'' a Nigerian Prince who needs help hiding his fortune?"
* BruceWayneHeldHostage - -- "You mean our hostage is actually TheHero?"
* LockedOutOfTheLoop - -- "You ''all'' knew this?" "Yes, but there's a reason we didn't tell you."
* LovesMyAlterEgo - -- "You mean the guy I love and the guy with an unrequited crush on me are the same man?"
* Masquerade - {{Masquerade}} -- "Dude, they're really vampires?"


* TheMasquerade - "Dude, they're really vampires?"

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* TheMasquerade Masquerade - "Dude, they're really vampires?"


** ''LawAndOrder'' gets around this... by switching the PlotDrivingSecret from 'whodunnit' to 'whydunnit',

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** ''LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' gets around this... by switching the PlotDrivingSecret from 'whodunnit' to 'whydunnit',


* TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack would likely have been a much different show if Alex had told her parents about the accident.
* In ''PrettyLittleLiars'', "A"'s identity is the main mystery of the entire show.

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* TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'' would likely have been a much different show if Alex had told her parents about the accident.
* In ''PrettyLittleLiars'', ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'', "A"'s identity is the main mystery of the entire show.


* The plot in {{FanFic/Nosflutteratu}} kicks off when Twilight learns what everpony else in Ponyville already knows葉hat Fluttershy is a vampire.

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* The plot in {{FanFic/Nosflutteratu}} ''{{FanFic/Nosflutteratu}}'' kicks off when Twilight learns what everpony else in Ponyville already knows葉hat Fluttershy is a vampire.

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* The plot in {{FanFic/Nosflutteratu}} kicks off when Twilight learns what everpony else in Ponyville already knows葉hat Fluttershy is a vampire.


* A minor plot point in ''AkataWitch'' was that Sunny was the only one in the group whose parents weren't magical and didn't know that she was taking lessons to improve her magic.

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* A minor plot point in ''AkataWitch'' ''Literature/AkataWitch'' was that Sunny was the only one in the group whose parents weren't magical and didn't know that she was taking lessons to improve her magic.

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* In ''Film/TheWayWayBack'', a lot of things would've been easier if Duncan had just told his mom he'd gotten a job. But then the plot would've had to be quite different...


** ''LawAndOrder'' gets around this... by switching the PlotDrivingMystery from 'whodunnit' to 'whydunnit',

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** ''LawAndOrder'' gets around this... by switching the PlotDrivingMystery PlotDrivingSecret from 'whodunnit' to 'whydunnit',

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