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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-4991 SCP-4991]] is a series of social media posts from an AlternateUniverse where the Foundation and the other groups of interest either stepped out of the shadows a long time ago or were never a secret to begin with; the Foundation's O5 Council are all public figures, Deer College has a Twitter account, and Marshall, Carter, & Dark offer their products to the general public. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, this also means the public knows exactly who to blame when said universe is being torn apart by man-eating anomalous insects.]]


* In a certain sense, this is what science does. People went from cowering from the wrath of angry gods during thunderstorms, to understanding how a lightning rod works, to building gigantic machines producing electricity. And that's just one example.
** UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin's ''On the Origins of Species'' and evolutionary biology was the most dramatic and consequential example of this. Where before science could be supported because it and theology were different, Darwin showed that scientific theory could provide an explanation and understanding for something as essential as the origins of humanity. To some, Darwin's theory was a GoMadFromTheRevelation and a drastic diminution of humanity. Not only was man no longer the center of the universe, he was no longer the center of the earth, and certainly not personally fashioned in God's image in the literal sense (in the metaphorical sense, and in a more abstract theological definition of God, man can still see himself as such). It played a dramatic role in Victorian Britain in ending the upper-classes support for religion, and it transformed man's relation to nature, society and culture, and well into 21st Century America as well as some other nations, it's still a powerfully controversial idea and bone of contention.
** And contrary to popular believe, Darwin wasn't the first. The idea that humans and animals were biologically related was already postulated in Ancient Greece, China and by Islamic philosophers like Al-Jahiz and Ibn Khardun, also there are scientists who predated Darwin developing the concept of evolution as in the modern sense like Lamark and Bonet. Darwin did discover the process of natural selection and made the most coherent -- at that point -- scientific framework on how evolution worked. In this case the unmasking was gradual with Darwin playing the role of the big reveal.
** UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud famously defined and contextualized this concept as the "three humiliations" to human self-esteem:
--->Humanity has in the course of time had to endure from the hands of science two great outrages upon its naive self-love. The first was when it realized that our earth was not the center of the universe, but only a tiny speck in a world-system of a magnitude hardly conceivable... The second was when biological research robbed man of his peculiar privilege of having been specially created, and relegated him to a descent from the animal world... accomplished in our own time upon the instigation of Charles Darwin, Wallace, and their predecessors, and not without the most violent opposition from their contemporaries. But man's craving for grandiosity is now suffering the third and most bitter blow from present-day psychological research which is endeavoring to prove to the ego of each one of us [[GoMadFromTheRevelation that he is not even master in his own house]], but that he must remain content with the veriest scraps of information about what is going on unconsciously in his own mind. We psycho-analysts were neither the first nor the only ones to propose to mankind that they should look inward; but it appears to be our lot to advocate it most insistently and to support it by empirical evidence which touches every man closely.
* The Age of Discovery and Colonization likewise provided this effect for both colonizers and natives.
** The former, such as Columbus and others, glimpsed land and peoples they had never seen before, while the natives suddenly came into contact with civilizations, languages, peoples, religions as well as deadly diseases, it had no idea of. Imagine how terrifying and sad it must have been for the millions of natives dying of smallpox, a disease they knew nothing about, whose symptoms they couldn't recognize and dying bewildered about something that no matter what they did, they couldn't comprehend or help themselves.
** Most colonized peoples describe DoubleConsciousness this way. People raised in a traditional way of life, with one particular belief system and idea, suddenly have their identities and belief systems overwhelmed by colonialism, its racism and nasty propaganda. The psychologist Frantz Fanon famously described this mentality in ''Black Skin, White Masks''.


* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' played with. The Old World is already supernatural, everyone knows that magic exists as soon as they see a Bright Wizard burn down the local watering hole. That stuff and the occasional Daemonic invasion is mundane for Warhammer Fantasy. The real hidden knowledge is the presence of Skaven and the Underblight, an entire empire of Chaotic ratmen underneath the Empire. The Old World government actively suppresses the knowledge of the Skaven, even when one of their Emperors was assassinated by Skaven centuries ago. The masquerade falls away, when Skaven invade the Empire in force during ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes''.

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* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' played with. The Old World is already supernatural, everyone knows that magic exists as soon as they see a Bright Wizard burn down the local watering hole. That stuff and the occasional Daemonic invasion is mundane for Warhammer Fantasy. The real hidden knowledge is the presence of Skaven and the Underblight, an entire empire of Chaotic ratmen underneath the Empire. Empire and other human countries. The Old World government governments actively suppresses the knowledge of the Skaven, even when one of their Emperors was assassinated by Skaven centuries ago. The masquerade eventually falls away, away when Skaven invade the Empire in force during ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes''.

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* Book Two of ''Fanfic/TheLastSon'' ends with Mutants revealed to the world, and Superman making his first public appearance confirming his rumored existence.

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* Some ''[=DC=]'' stories et in possible futures treat superheroes' secret identities as common knowledge;
** In the 29th century, all identities are known except Superwoman. When Kristen Wells goes back in time to investigate this, she ends up using futuristic technology to become Superwoman herself.
** In ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'', Toyman and Prankster announce [[ComicBook/{{Superman}} Superman's]] identity to the public after torturing it out of Pete Ross. By the end, Superman has [[DePower De-Powered]] himself and faked his own death then marrying Lois Lane with a new identity.

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* After the original Spider-Man died in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse'', it was announced on the news that he and Peter Parker were the same person. The only real consequences were fans turning up at Aunt May's house and Mary Jane becoming a celebrity.


* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has slowly become this after "Society of the Blind Eye", as the titular society is no longer acting as a MemoryWipingCrew; In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper's encounter with a giant bat makes newspaper front pages, leading him to be hired by Pacifica to exorcise a ghost. The final episode hints that [[spoiler: after Bill Cipher is destroyed and Weirdmageddon stopped]], the citizens have learned to integrate the abnormal into their daily lives; Farmer Sprott is seen chasing eyeball bats out of his barn, ("Git outta there, you ornery critters!") and zombies slowly rise from their graves outside the Valentino funeral home, which Robbie's parents take in stride, even casually asking Robbie to "Fetch us the sawed-off shotgun". Granted, this is still contained with the titular town due to a metaphysical barrier of weirdness though the outside world still has a bunch of weird shannigans.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has slowly become this after "Society of the Blind Eye", as the titular society is no longer acting as a MemoryWipingCrew; In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Dipper's encounter with a giant bat makes newspaper front pages, leading him to be hired by Pacifica to exorcise a ghost. The final episode hints that [[spoiler: after Bill Cipher is destroyed and Weirdmageddon stopped]], the citizens have learned to integrate the abnormal into their daily lives; Farmer Sprott is seen chasing eyeball bats out of his barn, ("Git outta there, you ornery critters!") and zombies slowly rise from their graves outside the Valentino funeral home, which Robbie's parents take in stride, even casually asking Robbie to "Fetch us the sawed-off shotgun". Granted, this is still contained with the titular town due to a metaphysical barrier of weirdness though weirdness, and in the final episode, Mayor Cutebiker passes the [[WeirdnessCensor "Never Mind All That" Act]] that forbids town citizens from discussing the events of the finale with the outside world still has a bunch of weird shannigans.world.


* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** A lot of time is spent dealing with the fallout of the unmasking that occurred in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. The show reveals that the Avengers and their supporting characters are not the only superhumans in the world, and that ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} has a massive index of every known human with paranormal abilities. In the episode "Girl in the Flower Dress", it's also shown that S.H.I.E.L.D. actively suppresses this information to prevent the public from panicking. After the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets, including the Index, are now available to the public]], meaning the world is now aware that the Avengers aren't an isolated example.
** An example occurs within the series: until they were forced into the open, no one (except possibly a few high-ranking HYDRA leaders) had any idea about the existence of the Inhumans, thinking the odd one they ran across was simply some random superpowered human. Following the events of Season 2, knowledge of Inhumans and that aliens were involved with them is widespread (if not completely understood) around the world.
* The last scene of the SeasonFinale of Season 1 of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is Dr Rosen announcing the existence of Alphas to the world.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' ends with the new Supreme revealing witches to the world, in order to open up communications between humans and witches, and find more witches. This leads the witches to have a new, golden era.
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* Aliens became common knowledge on ''Series/DoctorWho''. When the BrokenMasquerade happened isn't clear, though it seems that the world was unmasqued some time during the course of the 2005 revival and its spinoffs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. The Doctor says it happens during the Sycorax invasion, but the earlier Slitheen invasion seems just as likely. [[note]]While the Slitheen were never found out by the public, they [[MonumentalDamage crashed a fake "space pig" into Big Ben]] as part of their plan.[[/note]]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' ends with the new Supreme revealing witches to the world, in order to open up communications between humans and witches, and find more witches. This leads the witches to have a new, golden era.
* The premise for ''Series/TrueBlood'' is just this trope: Vampires exist! [[spoiler:And this girl's telepathic, and there's a werewolf/shapechanger man-thing, and other stuff, though the general public only know about vampires]].
* ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'''s Prue Halliwell died because of this trope..
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'''s season four/series finale features [[spoiler:Claire Bennet]] revealing [[spoiler:her]] power in front of a live television audience.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Aliens became become common knowledge on ''Series/DoctorWho''.knowledge. When the BrokenMasquerade happened isn't clear, though it seems that the world was unmasqued some time during the course of the 2005 revival and its spinoffs ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures''. The Doctor says it happens during the [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion Sycorax invasion, invasion]], but the earlier Slitheen invasion [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4AliensOfLondon Slitheen]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree invasion]] seems just as likely. [[note]]While the Slitheen were never found out by the public, they [[MonumentalDamage crashed a fake "space pig" into Big Ben]] as part of their plan.[[/note]]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' ends with the new Supreme revealing witches to the world, in order to open up communications between humans and witches, and find more witches. This leads the witches to have a new, golden era.
* The premise for ''Series/TrueBlood'' is just this trope: Vampires exist! [[spoiler:And this girl's telepathic, and there's a werewolf/shapechanger man-thing, and other stuff, though the general public only know about vampires]].
* ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'''s Prue Halliwell died because of this trope..
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'''s season four/series finale features [[spoiler:Claire Bennet]] revealing [[spoiler:her]] power in front of a live television audience.
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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'''s season four/series finale features [[spoiler:Claire Bennet]] revealing [[spoiler:her]] power in front of a live television audience.
* Ultimately used in ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''. While at first the police are willing to cover up [[MonsterOfTheWeek Grongi]] incidents, when the gravity and fatality of the situation is considered they decide to tell the truth.
* One Season 3 episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has someone go public with his powers.
* Done very, very subtly in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' ever since the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. They never actually focus on the changes because of the lack of focus on continuity, but in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' there was a government program that was quite open and public about being set up to combat a specific group of demons, ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' implies the ability to buy morphers on the black market ("I know a guy who knows a guy who has an uncle"), and ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' casually refers to universities having courses on Galactic Myth And Legend. By the time of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' in 2025, Earth is a major intergalactic transit hub and the Rangers themselves are officers in an interplanetary police force.



* In Series/{{Supergirl}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} has been a public figure for many years by the time the show starts so the existence of aliens is common knowledge. While in season one there were [[ArbitrarySkepticism still some deniers]] by season two they began using this to provide social commentary on immigration over time going into subjects like it's effect on businesses, politics [[FantasticRacism and the rise of hate groups.]]
* Done very, very subtly in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' ever since the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. They never actually focus on the changes because of the lack of focus on continuity, but in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' there was a government program that was quite open and public about being set up to combat a specific group of demons, ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' implies the ability to buy morphers on the black market ("I know a guy who knows a guy who has an uncle"), and ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' casually refers to universities having courses on Galactic Myth And Legend. By the time of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' in 2025, Earth is a major intergalactic transit hub and the Rangers themselves are officers in an interplanetary police force.
* Ultimately used in ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''. While at first the police are willing to cover up [[MonsterOfTheWeek Grongi]] incidents, when the gravity and fatality of the situation is considered they decide to tell the truth.
* The last scene of the SeasonFinale of Season 1 of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is Dr Rosen announcing the existence of Alphas to the world.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** A lot of time is spent dealing with the fallout of the unmasking that occurred in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. The show reveals that the Avengers and their supporting characters are not the only superhumans in the world, and that ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} has a massive index of every known human with paranormal abilities. In the episode "Girl in the Flower Dress", it's also shown that S.H.I.E.L.D. actively suppresses this information to prevent the public from panicking. After the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets, including the Index, are now available to the public]], meaning the world is now aware that the Avengers aren't an isolated example.
** An example occurs within the series: until they were forced into the open, no one (except possibly a few high-ranking HYDRA leaders) had any idea about the existence of the Inhumans, thinking the odd one they ran across was simply some random superpowered human. Following the events of Season 2, knowledge of Inhumans and that aliens were involved with them is widespread (if not completely understood) around the world.
* One Season 3 episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has someone go public with his powers.

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* In Series/{{Supergirl}}, ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'', Franchise/{{Superman}} has been a public figure for many years by the time the show starts starts, so the existence of aliens is common knowledge. While in season one there were [[ArbitrarySkepticism still some deniers]] by season two they began using this to provide social commentary on immigration over time going into subjects like it's its effect on businesses, politics [[FantasticRacism and the rise of hate groups.]]
groups]].
* Done very, very subtly in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' ever since The premise for ''Series/TrueBlood'' is just this trope: Vampires exist! [[spoiler:And this girl's telepathic, and there's a werewolf/shapechanger man-thing, and other stuff, though the finale of ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. They never actually focus on the changes because of the lack of focus on continuity, but in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' there was a government program that was quite open and general public only know about being set up to combat a specific group of demons, ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'' implies the ability to buy morphers on the black market ("I know a guy who knows a guy who has an uncle"), and ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' casually refers to universities having courses on Galactic Myth And Legend. By the time of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' in 2025, Earth is a major intergalactic transit hub and the Rangers themselves are officers in an interplanetary police force.
* Ultimately used in ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga''. While at first the police are willing to cover up [[MonsterOfTheWeek Grongi]] incidents, when the gravity and fatality of the situation is considered they decide to tell the truth.
* The last scene of the SeasonFinale of Season 1 of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is Dr Rosen announcing the existence of Alphas to the world.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** A lot of time is spent dealing with the fallout of the unmasking that occurred in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''. The show reveals that the Avengers and their supporting characters are not the only superhumans in the world, and that ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} has a massive index of every known human with paranormal abilities. In the episode "Girl in the Flower Dress", it's also shown that S.H.I.E.L.D. actively suppresses this information to prevent the public from panicking. After the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secrets, including the Index, are now available to the public]], meaning the world is now aware that the Avengers aren't an isolated example.
** An example occurs within the series: until they were forced into the open, no one (except possibly a few high-ranking HYDRA leaders) had any idea about the existence of the Inhumans, thinking the odd one they ran across was simply some random superpowered human. Following the events of Season 2, knowledge of Inhumans and that aliens were involved with them is widespread (if not completely understood) around the world.
* One Season 3 episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' has someone go public with his powers.
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* In Series/{{Supergirl}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} has been a public figure for many years by the time the show starts so the existence of aliens is common knowledge. While in season one there were [[ArbitrarySkepticism still some deniers]] by season two they began using this to provide social commentary on immigration over time going into subjects like it's effect on businesses, politics [[FantasticRacism and the rise of hate groups.]]


* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'''s Prue Halliwell died because of this trope..

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'''s ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'''s Prue Halliwell died because of this trope..


* The gay rights movement could be considered a downplayed example. People knew that homosexuality existed, but society at large was pretty ignorant about the topic. Moreover, members of sexual minorities tended to stay in the closet to avoid bigotry and persecution, meaning other people were unaware of just how many gay people there actually were. The common societal perception was that all gay people were creepy perverts, so many straight people assumed they'd never met a gay person even though they probably had. Even straight people who did know -- say, if they were familiar enough with a close friend or relative to figure out that that person was gay -- often still treated that person's sexuality like an ElephantInTheLivingRoom. But after the gay rights movement entered the public eye, the {{masquerade}} was {{broken|Masquerade}} and people became more aware of the gay community. Later on, the transgender rights movement was a more extreme example of this trope. People several decades ago didn't necessarily know what ''transgender'' and ''transsexual'' even meant, but nowadays transgender topics are all over the news (although there's still plenty of ignorance about the trans community).

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* The gay rights movement could be considered a downplayed example. People knew that homosexuality existed, but society at large was pretty ignorant about the topic. Moreover, members of sexual minorities tended to stay in the closet to avoid bigotry and persecution, meaning other people were unaware of just how many gay people there actually were. The common societal perception was that all gay people were creepy perverts, so many some straight people assumed they'd never met a gay person even though they probably had. Even straight people who did know -- say, if they were familiar enough with a close friend or relative to figure out that that person was gay -- often still treated that person's sexuality like an ElephantInTheLivingRoom. But after the gay rights movement entered the public eye, the {{masquerade}} was {{broken|Masquerade}} and people became more aware of the gay community. Later on, the transgender rights movement was a more extreme example of this trope. People several decades ago didn't necessarily know what ''transgender'' and ''transsexual'' even meant, but nowadays transgender topics are all over the news (although there's still plenty of ignorance about the trans community).


* Wiki/SCPFoundation has the story hub [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/broken-masquerade-hub Broken Masquerade]], devoted to a scenario where a particularly major incident destroys North Korea, and in the process the existence of the anomalous artifacts and the organizations dealing with them is revealed to the public. It's also PlayedForLaughs in "[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/everyone-knows Everybody Knows]]", where the Masquerade didn't break so much as it slowly fell apart to nothing without anyone noticing; it's officially broken in a broadcast because [[FlockOfWolves everyone realizes every person in the world was a part of an anomalous group in one way or another]]. Except for one guy, who at the end remarks to himself that he knew the whole time.

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* Wiki/SCPFoundation has the story hub [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/broken-masquerade-hub Broken Masquerade]], devoted to a scenario where a particularly major incident destroys North Korea, and in the process the existence of the anomalous artifacts and the organizations dealing with them is revealed to the public. It's also PlayedForLaughs in "[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/everyone-knows Everybody Knows]]", where the Masquerade didn't break so much as it slowly fell apart to nothing without anyone noticing; it's officially broken in a broadcast because [[FlockOfWolves everyone realizes every person in the world was a part of an anomalous group in one way or another]]. Except for one guy, who at the end remarks to himself that he totally knew the whole time.


* Wiki/SCPFoundation has the story hub [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/broken-masquerade-hub Broken Masquerade]], devoted to a scenario where a particularly major incident destroys North Korea, and in the process the existence of the anomalous artifacts and the organizations dealing with them is revealed to the public. It's also PlayedForLaughs in "[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/everyone-knows Everybody Knows]]", where the Masquerade didn't break so much as it slowly fell apart to nothing without anyone noticing; it's officially broken in a broadcast because [[FlockOfWolves everyone realizes every person in the world was a part of an anomalous group in one way or another]]. Except for one guy, and even ''he'' apparently knew the whole time.

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* Wiki/SCPFoundation has the story hub [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/broken-masquerade-hub Broken Masquerade]], devoted to a scenario where a particularly major incident destroys North Korea, and in the process the existence of the anomalous artifacts and the organizations dealing with them is revealed to the public. It's also PlayedForLaughs in "[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/everyone-knows Everybody Knows]]", where the Masquerade didn't break so much as it slowly fell apart to nothing without anyone noticing; it's officially broken in a broadcast because [[FlockOfWolves everyone realizes every person in the world was a part of an anomalous group in one way or another]]. Except for one guy, and even ''he'' apparently who at the end remarks to himself that he knew the whole time.


* There's a local example in ''FanFic/{{Silencio}}''- when [[SmugSnake Coil]] is brought down, he releases a broadcast detailing the civilian identities of ''all'' of Brockton Bay's capes, hero and villain alike. Massive chaos ensues.

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* There's a local example in ''FanFic/{{Silencio}}''- [[spoiler: when [[SmugSnake Coil]] is brought down, he releases a broadcast detailing the civilian identities of ''all'' of Brockton Bay's capes, hero and villain alike.alike]]. Massive chaos ensues.

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* There's a local example in ''FanFic/{{Silencio}}''- when [[SmugSnake Coil]] is brought down, he releases a broadcast detailing the civilian identities of ''all'' of Brockton Bay's capes, hero and villain alike. Massive chaos ensues.

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