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* ''WesternAnimation/KipoAndTheAgeOfWonderbeasts'': [[spoiler:Kipo learns in the sixth episode that she's actually half-Mute, with the ability to shapeshift parts of her body into that of a jaguar to allow for night vision, super-strength, and enhanced sense of smell. She has little control over it, however.]]


* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Number 66, formerly Barry the Chopper, causes Alphonse to doubt that he ever was human. This, coupled with his lack of memories regarding certain events about his childhood -- well, you do the math. [[spoiler:Turns out not to be the case; the reason for Al's memory gaps is simply that he was a little kid, and logically wouldn't remember a lot of things from when he was so young.]] Also, the sigil that binds the soul to the armor-body was a little faded. Ed made a point about fixing it up later on. Plus, all bodies and souls not belonging to each other will eventually begin to reject each other. Though what "reject" means exactly is never explained, it could be reasonably assumed that memory gaps would be a possible effect. And a [[BilingualBonus bonus in the original language]]: his name "Al" is pronounced "Aru" in Japanese, which is identical to the verb 'aru', which means "to exist" ''as an inanimate object'' -- 'iru' is for living things that exist...

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Number 66, formerly Barry the Chopper, causes Alphonse to doubt that he ever was human. This, coupled with his lack of memories regarding certain events about his childhood -- well, you do the math. [[spoiler:Turns out not to be the case; the reason for Al's memory gaps is simply that he was a little kid, and logically wouldn't remember a lot of things from when he was so young.]] Also, the sigil that binds the soul to the armor-body was a little faded. Ed made a point about fixing it up later on. Plus, It's also mentioned that all bodies and souls not belonging to each other will eventually begin to reject each other. Though what "reject" means exactly is never explained, it could be reasonably assumed that memory gaps would be a possible effect. And a [[BilingualBonus bonus in the original language]]: his name "Al" is pronounced "Aru" in Japanese, which is identical to the verb 'aru', which means "to exist" ''as an inanimate object'' -- 'iru' is for living things that exist...



* ''Fanfic/PokemonMysteryDungeonGuidingLight'' Has Shane the human [[spoiler:who in reality is Dark Matter from ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' ... or at least part of him. He's a product of him trying to separate itself from necrozma to try to have a normal life using ley lines, ultra space and fragments of the spirit of the REAL Shane... who is dead]].

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* ''Fanfic/PokemonMysteryDungeonGuidingLight'' Has has Shane the human [[spoiler:who in reality is Dark Matter from ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' ...''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon''... or at least part of him. He's a product of him trying to separate itself from necrozma to try to have a normal life using ley lines, ultra space and fragments of the spirit of the REAL Shane... who is dead]].



* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sintel}}'', the title character sees her reflection [[spoiler:in the blood of the dragon she just slew]] and realizes [[spoiler:how long she's spent on her quest for revenge. She's no longer a teenager, but an older woman with graying hair. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone And her pet baby dragon had also grown up]]..]].

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* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sintel}}'', the title character sees her reflection [[spoiler:in the blood of the dragon she just slew]] and realizes [[spoiler:how long she's spent on her quest for revenge. She's no longer a teenager, but an older woman with graying hair. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone And her pet baby dragon had has also grown up]]..]].



* ''[[Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes Return of the Killer Tomatoes]]'', adequately, has Tara, a woman who finds out she's a modified tomato.

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* ''[[Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes Return of the Killer Tomatoes]]'', adequately, appropriately, has Tara, a woman who finds out she's a modified tomato.



* In ''[[Film/PoliceAcademy Police Academy 6]]'' it soon became clear that someone in the group was leaking information to the mastermind behind the crime wave; as always, [[{{Foil}} Captain Harris]] figured it was one of the heroes, and started an investigation to find out who. [[spoiler:As it turned out, the mastermind was the mayor, whom Harris was communicating with, meaning that ''Harris'' was unknowingly the leak, because he thought by giving the mayor information, he was helping oppose the mastermind! (The mayor's charade does not exonerate Harris, however, because everyone on the team was told to ''specifically'' tell ''nobody'', a rule which Harris was breaking because he figured - wrongly - there'd be no harm telling the mayor.]]
* As seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tHsZngoFDw this video]], in ''[[TheMockbuster Transmorphers]]'' the main character is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:an android]]. The reviewer had this to say:

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* In ''[[Film/PoliceAcademy Police Academy 6]]'' it soon became clear that someone in the group was leaking information to the mastermind behind the crime wave; as always, [[{{Foil}} Captain Harris]] figured it was one of the heroes, and started an investigation to find out who. [[spoiler:As it turned out, the mastermind was the mayor, with whom Harris was communicating with, - meaning that ''Harris'' was unknowingly the leak, because he thought by giving the mayor information, he was helping oppose the mastermind! (The mayor's charade does not exonerate Harris, however, because everyone on the team was told to ''specifically'' tell ''nobody'', a rule which Harris was breaking because he figured - wrongly - there'd be no harm telling the mayor.]]
* As seen in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tHsZngoFDw this video]], in ''[[TheMockbuster Transmorphers]]'' the main character is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:an android]]. The One reviewer had this to say:



* In ''Film/{{Unknown 2006}}'', several men wake up in a warehouse with toxic-vapor-induced amnesia. They discover that some of them are kidnappers, and at least one of them is a kidnappee, but they don't know who's which. The protagonist hopes he's not one of the villains, and the gradual return of his memories eventually reveals he's an undercover cop. This comes as a great relief ... until, at the end, [[spoiler:he catches sight of the kidnapped man's wife, regains his memory of the affair he's been having with her, and realizes that he'd gone to the warehouse to ''kill'' her husband so they could get married and the kidnappers would be blamed]].
* In ''Film/{{Unknown 2011}}'', Dr Martin Harris wakes up from a [[AsleepForDays four day coma]] after a road accident to find that another man has completely taken over his life and identity, to the extent that the impostor has the same family photos and is believed by his wife to be the real Martin Harris. Harris decides explore what happened in the four days he was unconscious, [[spoiler:eventually discovering that "Martin Harris" is not a real person but a cover story - Martin and his "wife" are undercover assassins, and the "impostor" is another agent sent to replace him after the accident, the trauma of which caused him to believe his own cover story]].
* In ''Film/{{Moon}}'', the protagonist, after spending 3 years on the moon, [[spoiler:finds out, that he is the 5th clone to work the station, and all his memories of the time before he was there are implants. Together with the 6th Clone, they also find out that 'their' daughter, who they thought was a newborn, is actually 15 years old, and that they and the other clones are programmed to die at the end of their 3-year contract. The station has hundreds of clones ready to be woken up in a hidden room]].
* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', [[spoiler:Sophie discovers that she is the possible descendent of Jesus whom she and Langdon have been speculating about]].

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* In ''Film/{{Unknown 2006}}'', several men wake up in a warehouse with toxic-vapor-induced amnesia. They discover that some of them are kidnappers, and at least one of them is a kidnappee, but they don't know who's which. The protagonist hopes he's not one of the villains, and the gradual return of his memories eventually reveals he's an undercover cop. This comes as a great relief ...relief... until, at the end, [[spoiler:he catches sight of the kidnapped man's wife, regains his memory of the affair he's been having with her, and realizes that he'd gone to the warehouse to ''kill'' her husband so they could get married and the kidnappers would be blamed]].
* In ''Film/{{Unknown 2011}}'', Dr Dr. Martin Harris wakes up from a [[AsleepForDays four day four-day coma]] after a road accident to find that another man has completely taken over his life and identity, to the extent that the impostor has the same family photos and is believed by his wife to be the real Martin Harris. Harris decides explore what happened in the four days he was unconscious, [[spoiler:eventually discovering that "Martin Harris" is not a real person but a cover story - Martin and his "wife" are undercover assassins, and the "impostor" is another agent sent to replace him after the accident, the trauma of which caused him to believe his own cover story]].
* In ''Film/{{Moon}}'', the protagonist, after spending 3 years on the moon, [[spoiler:finds out, that he is the 5th clone to work the station, and all his memories of the time before he was there are implants. Together with the 6th Clone, they also find out that 'their' daughter, who whom they thought was a newborn, is actually 15 years old, and that they and the other clones are programmed to die at the end of their 3-year contract. The station has hundreds of clones ready to be woken up in a hidden room]].
* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', [[spoiler:Sophie discovers that she is the possible descendent descendant of Jesus whom she and Langdon have been speculating about]].



* The original ending of the 2007 version of ''Film/IAmLegend'' fits into this trope, at least metaphorically. It had [[spoiler:the main character realizing that the infected were actually intelligent and capable of love/compassion/etc., and had only been coming after him because he was kidnapping, experimenting on, harming and killing them in an effort to "cure" the disease; the 'leader' of the infected merely wants his mate back, and the various attacks had been acts of self-defence. Will Smith spent the movie believing that they were mindless monsters when, in fact, he was the monstrous one, albeit unknowingly. The title refers to this, as he's the boogey man in the infected's legends -- hence, "I Am Legend"]]. This was the ending in [[Literature/IAmLegend the book]] as well.

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* The original ending of the 2007 version of ''Film/IAmLegend'' fits into this trope, at least metaphorically. It had [[spoiler:the main character realizing that the infected were actually intelligent and capable of love/compassion/etc., and had only been coming after him because he was kidnapping, experimenting on, harming and killing them in an effort to "cure" the disease; the 'leader' of the infected merely wants his mate back, and the various attacks had been acts of self-defence. Will Smith spent the movie believing that they were mindless monsters when, in fact, he was the monstrous one, albeit unknowingly. The title refers to this, as he's the boogey man boogeyman in the infected's legends -- hence, "I Am Legend"]]. This was the ending in [[Literature/IAmLegend the book]] as well.



* In the Brazilian romantic comedy ''Loucas pra casar'', the protagonist Maria Lúcia finds out that [[spoiler:her "rivals" she [[MistakenForCheating believied her fiancé was cheating her with]] were actually [[SplitPersonality other personalties of herself]]. It all started when she and her fiancé had some sexual fetish fantasies pretending to be other people, but her mind internalized some fetish identities too hard]]. The reveal happened in a literal mirror: [[spoiler: she saw their rivals reflected on it, but realized there wasn't anyone at her side]].

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* In the Brazilian romantic comedy ''Loucas pra casar'', the protagonist Maria Lúcia finds out that [[spoiler:her "rivals" "rivals," with whom she [[MistakenForCheating believied believed her fiancé was cheating her with]] her,]] were actually [[SplitPersonality other personalties personalities of herself]].hers]]. It all started when she and her fiancé had some sexual fetish fantasies pretending to be other people, but her mind internalized some fetish identities too hard]]. The reveal happened in a literal mirror: [[spoiler: she saw their rivals reflected on it, but realized there wasn't anyone at her side]].



* When they land in a gothic horror world during the Gemini arc, the ''Podcast/{{Sequinox}}'' team hear a mob talking about a girl being kidnapped by monsters and decide to transform and help her. [[spoiler: Then they transform ''into'' monsters--though they're not responsible for the kidnapping.]]

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* When they land in a gothic Gothic horror world during the Gemini arc, the ''Podcast/{{Sequinox}}'' team hear a mob talking about a girl being kidnapped by monsters and decide to transform and help her. [[spoiler: Then they transform ''into'' monsters--though they're not responsible for the kidnapping.]]



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' the winning player may discover that ''they'' are the one who killed Mr. Boddy, forcing them to declare that they killed Mr. Boddy - and can still lose if they get how and where wrong.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Clue}},'' the winning player may discover that ''they'' are the one who killed Mr. Boddy, forcing them to declare that they killed Mr. Boddy - and can still lose if they get how and where wrong.



--->'''D.A.V.E.''': "But . . . I am [[CardCarryingVillain Gotham's ultimate criminal mastermind]]! I consider all possibilities! How could I not have considered . . . ''this''?"

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--->'''D.A.V.E.''': "But . . . "But... I am [[CardCarryingVillain Gotham's ultimate criminal mastermind]]! I consider all possibilities! How could I not have considered . . .considered... ''this''?"



** In the episode "Rule of Dumb", when Squidward makes all of Bikini Bottom realize that [[AuthorityInNameOnly "king" Patrick has no real power of authority,]] he goes on an angry tirade against [=SpongeBob=], insisting he's not a corrupt ruler. When he realizes [=SpongeBob=] fearfully snuck out, Patrick decides to get himself the drink he ordered [=SpongeBob=] to get him, when he sees his monstrous reflection in the mirror. Only then does he realizes why ended up alone, and happily abdicates the throne.

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** In the episode "Rule of Dumb", when Squidward makes all of Bikini Bottom realize that [[AuthorityInNameOnly "king" "King" Patrick has no real power of authority,]] he Patrick goes on an angry tirade against [=SpongeBob=], insisting he's not a corrupt ruler. When he realizes [=SpongeBob=] fearfully snuck sneaked out, Patrick decides to get himself the drink he ordered [=SpongeBob=] to get him, when he sees his monstrous reflection in the mirror. Only then does he realizes realize why he ended up alone, and happily abdicates the throne.



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* Parodied in an Creator/AdultSwim bump with a silent movie version of ''Anime/TheBigO''. Dorothy speaks for a while followed by the subtitle "You're a tomato." Cue Roger acting surprised. The whole thing found here: http://www.bumpworthy.com/bumps/1856.

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* Parodied in an Creator/AdultSwim bump with a silent movie version of ''Anime/TheBigO''. Dorothy speaks for a while followed by the subtitle "You're a tomato." Cue Roger acting surprised. The whole thing can be found here: http://www.[[http://www.bumpworthy.com/bumps/1856.com/bumps/1856 here]].

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* ''{{Film/Remember}}'': After some previous hints, it's revealed that Zev is the Nazi he's been hunting.


* One incredibly sad example is that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer David Reimer]]. He was circumcised at seven months old for phimosis, but his penis was burned beyond repair by failed electrocauterization. Therefore, he was sexually reassigned as a girl. He appeared to be feminine in the first few years of life, but then exhibited wholly masculine traits, leading to a mental breakdown in adolescence when as a social female he underwent aspects of male puberty despite having had estrogen treatment. At this point he finally learned the truth from his parents. He transitioned to male much as a person delusional about their biological sex does, but felt haunted the rest of his life by the lies of his childhood, eventually culminating in his suicide at age 38. It didn't help that at this point he was already a textbook example in university sociology classes about the limits of social conditioning.

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* One incredibly sad example is that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer David Reimer]]. He was circumcised at seven months old for phimosis, but his penis was burned beyond repair by failed electrocauterization. Therefore, he was sexually reassigned as a girl. He appeared to be feminine in the first few years of life, but then exhibited wholly masculine traits, leading to a mental breakdown in adolescence when as a social female he underwent aspects of male puberty despite having had estrogen treatment. At this point he finally learned the truth from his parents. He transitioned to male much as a FTM transgender person delusional about their biological sex does, but felt haunted the rest of his life by the lies of his childhood, eventually culminating in his suicide at age 38. It didn't help that at this point he was already a textbook example in university sociology classes about the limits of social conditioning.


* ''Fanfic/PokemonMysteryDungeonGuidingLight'' Has Shane the human [[spoiler:who in reality is Dark Matter from ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' ... or at least Part of him product of him trying to separate itself from necrozma to try to have a normal life using ley lines, ultra space and fragments of the spirit of the REAL shane... who is dead]].
* In the ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' fanfic [[http://www.angelfire.com/yt/anneblair/roses.htm Rose's Sense]], Rose finds herself isolated from the people around her. She doesn't understand why until [[spoiler:she discovers that she died in the sinking]].

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* ''Fanfic/PokemonMysteryDungeonGuidingLight'' Has Shane the human [[spoiler:who in reality is Dark Matter from ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' ... or at least Part part of him him. He's a product of him trying to separate itself from necrozma to try to have a normal life using ley lines, ultra space and fragments of the spirit of the REAL shane...Shane... who is dead]].
* ''Fanfic/RosesSense'': A ''Film/Titanic1997'' fanfic. In the ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' fanfic [[http://www.angelfire.com/yt/anneblair/roses.com/yt/anneblair/roses6.htm Rose's Sense]], fifth chapter]], Rose finds herself isolated from the people around her. She doesn't understand why until [[spoiler:she discovers that she died in the sinking]].


* In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', Marcus Wright finds out halfway through that he is a modified cadaver used to outfit a prototype infiltration Terminator. The same situation occurs in an episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' where the Terminator Cameron believes she is a human girl.

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* In ''Film/TerminatorSalvation'', Marcus Wright finds out halfway through that he is a modified cadaver used to outfit a prototype infiltration Terminator. The same situation occurs in an episode of the ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "Allison from Palmdale", where the Terminator Cameron believes she is a human girl.


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* This is how a lot of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primarily_obsessional_obsessive_compulsive_disorder primarily obsessional OCD]] ("Pure-O") works: the sufferer constantly worries that they are ''something'' ([[WouldHurtAChild a pedophile,]] [[AxCrazy psychopath,]] [[WasItAllALie not truly in love with their significant other,]] or gay [[note]]This is not to be confused with [[InternalizedCategorism internalized homophobia]], where the person ''knows'' they are gay and hates themselves for it[[/note]], and more) they desperately do not want to be, and have gone their whole lives without realizing it. It's been said that Pure-O OCD is one of the worst psychological disorders to deal with, because it means you can't trust even yourself.

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* This is how a lot of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primarily_obsessional_obsessive_compulsive_disorder primarily obsessional OCD]] ("Pure-O") works: the sufferer constantly worries that they are ''something'' ([[WouldHurtAChild a pedophile,]] pedophile]], [[AxCrazy psychopath,]] psychopath]], [[WasItAllALie not truly in love with their significant other,]] or other]], gay [[note]]This or transgender[[note]]This is not to be confused with [[InternalizedCategorism internalized homophobia]], homo/transphobia]], where the person ''knows'' they are gay gay/trans and hates themselves for it[[/note]], and more) they desperately do not want to be, and have gone their whole lives without realizing it. It's been said that Pure-O OCD is one of the worst psychological disorders to deal with, because it means you can't trust even yourself.


* ''Fanfic/RWBYScars'': 15-year old Ruby didn't know that she is Yang's half-sister until Yang accidentally lets her biological mother Raven's name slip out. Ruby had always thought she and Yang were full sisters. Neither sister also know that [[spoiler:they're really step-sisters and [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcherlo biologically cousins]], not half-sisters, because Qrow is Ruby's biological father]]. Yang is told this later by [[spoiler:Raven]] but [[spoiler:Qrow lies and tells her not to believe her liar of a mother]].

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* ''Fanfic/RWBYScars'': 15-year old Ruby didn't know that she is Yang's half-sister until Yang accidentally lets her biological mother Raven's name slip out. Ruby had always thought she and Yang were full sisters. Neither sister also know that [[spoiler:they're really step-sisters and [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcherlo [[FamilyRelationshipSwitcheroo biologically cousins]], not half-sisters, because Qrow is Ruby's biological father]]. Yang is told this later by [[spoiler:Raven]] [[spoiler:Raven]], but [[spoiler:Qrow lies and tells her not to believe her his liar of a mother]].sister]].


* One incredibly sad example is that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer David Reimer]]. He was circumcised at seven months old for phimosis, but his penis was burned beyond repair by failed electrocauterization. Therefore, he was sexually reassigned as a girl. He appeared to be feminine in the first few years of life, but then exhibited wholly masculine traits, leading to a mental breakdown in adolescence when as a social female he underwent aspects of male puberty despite having had estrogen treatment. At this point he finally learned the truth from his parents. He transitioned to male much as an FTM transgender person does, but felt haunted the rest of his life by the lies of his childhood, eventually culminating in his suicide at age 38. It didn't help that at this point he was already a textbook example in university sociology classes about the limits of social conditioning.

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* One incredibly sad example is that of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer David Reimer]]. He was circumcised at seven months old for phimosis, but his penis was burned beyond repair by failed electrocauterization. Therefore, he was sexually reassigned as a girl. He appeared to be feminine in the first few years of life, but then exhibited wholly masculine traits, leading to a mental breakdown in adolescence when as a social female he underwent aspects of male puberty despite having had estrogen treatment. At this point he finally learned the truth from his parents. He transitioned to male much as an FTM transgender a person delusional about their biological sex does, but felt haunted the rest of his life by the lies of his childhood, eventually culminating in his suicide at age 38. It didn't help that at this point he was already a textbook example in university sociology classes about the limits of social conditioning.



** This last was replicated by Creator/EliRoth in a documentary that the director filmed and hosted for the Science Channel about sociopaths and psychopaths. In addition to detailing many other tests that determine sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies, the director underwent a complete psychological profile, and thus found out that he possessed many of the traits that are commonly thought of as "sociopathic."
* Inverted example, where the revelation in question was a surprise to everyone ''except'' the person it was about: the MistakenIdentity case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistaken_Identity:_Two_Families,_One_Survivor,_Unwavering_Hope Laura van Ryn]], a college student who was in a major accident with several other classmates, including another blonde student who closely resembled her, Whitney Cerak--thanks to the injuries sustained, her being unable to speak for a number of months after the accident, and the placement of a purse at the crash site, Laura's family sat by her bedside and did all they could to take care of her while Whitney's buried and grieved for the daughter they'd lost...only for everyone to discover the girl in the hospital was actually Whitney. It was made worse by the fact that the hospital staff was so convinced of their identification that they in turn dismissed Laura's family's suspicions and encouraged them to believe their daughter's written notes about her parents' names and calling them "false parents" was a case of amnesia or brain damage...so that until the truth came out, Whitney was in the position of actually knowing the truth, but unable to convince anyone of it. It would be easy to imagine her eventually losing her mind, unable to determine what was real or coming to believe she actually was Laura, if the mix-up had been sustained any longer.
* This is how a lot of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primarily_obsessional_obsessive_compulsive_disorder primarily obsessional OCD]] ("Pure-O") works: the sufferer constantly worries that they are ''something'' ([[WouldHurtAChild a pedophile]], [[AxCrazy psychopath]], [[WasItAllALie not truly in love with their significant other]], gay or transgender[[note]]This is not to be confused with [[InternalizedCategorism internalized homo/transphobia]], where the person ''knows'' they are gay/trans and hates themselves for it[[/note]], and more) they desperately do not want to be, and have gone their whole lives without realizing it. It's been said that Pure-O OCD is one of the worst psychological disorders to deal with, because it means you can't trust even yourself.

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** This last was replicated by Creator/EliRoth in a documentary that the director filmed and hosted for the Science Channel about sociopaths and psychopaths. In addition to detailing many other tests that determine sociopathic and psychopathic tendencies, the director underwent a complete psychological profile, and thus found out that he possessed many of the traits that are commonly thought of as "sociopathic."
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* Inverted example, where the revelation in question was a surprise to everyone ''except'' the person it was about: the MistakenIdentity case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistaken_Identity:_Two_Families,_One_Survivor,_Unwavering_Hope Laura van Ryn]], Ryn,]] a college student who was in a major accident with several other classmates, including another blonde student who closely resembled her, Whitney Cerak--thanks to the injuries sustained, her being unable to speak for a number of months after the accident, and the placement of a purse at the crash site, Laura's family sat by her bedside and did all they could to take care of her while Whitney's buried and grieved for the daughter they'd lost...only for everyone to discover the girl in the hospital was actually Whitney. It was made worse by the fact that the hospital staff was so convinced of their identification that they in turn dismissed Laura's family's suspicions and encouraged them to believe their daughter's written notes about her parents' names and calling them "false parents" was a case of amnesia or brain damage...so that until the truth came out, Whitney was in the position of actually knowing the truth, but unable to convince anyone of it. It would be easy to imagine her eventually losing her mind, unable to determine what was real or coming to believe she actually was Laura, if the mix-up had been sustained any longer.
* This is how a lot of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primarily_obsessional_obsessive_compulsive_disorder primarily obsessional OCD]] ("Pure-O") works: the sufferer constantly worries that they are ''something'' ([[WouldHurtAChild a pedophile]], pedophile,]] [[AxCrazy psychopath]], psychopath,]] [[WasItAllALie not truly in love with their significant other]], other,]] or gay or transgender[[note]]This [[note]]This is not to be confused with [[InternalizedCategorism internalized homo/transphobia]], homophobia]], where the person ''knows'' they are gay/trans gay and hates themselves for it[[/note]], and more) they desperately do not want to be, and have gone their whole lives without realizing it. It's been said that Pure-O OCD is one of the worst psychological disorders to deal with, because it means you can't trust even yourself.


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* Creator/HPLovecraftHistoricalSociety's Solstice Carol album ''A Very Scary Solstice'' features the song "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fishmen" which ends this way, quite literally.
--> ''I'll continue to see a lot of fishmen''\\
''That I guarantee.''\\
''For the fishman I truly fear is the one that's in the mirror''\\
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* In ''{{Anime/Hal}}'', Hal is a robot who has been programmed with the personality of the real Hal, to help his former lover deal with the devastating loss the real Hal's death was to her. [[spoiler: A blow to the head Hal receives later snaps the truth of the matter to him, that he is in fact a man who was driven insane and believed himself to be a robot after the death of his lover and the girl he has been helping get over her loss? A robot programmed with the personality of the dead girl to help ''him'' deal with his loss.]]

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* In ''{{Anime/Hal}}'', ''Anime/{{Hal}}'', Hal is a robot who has been programmed with the personality of the real Hal, to help his former lover deal with the devastating loss the real Hal's death was to her. [[spoiler: A blow to the head Hal receives later snaps the truth of the matter to him, that he is in fact a man who was driven insane and believed himself to be a robot after the death of his lover and the girl he has been helping get over her loss? A robot programmed with the personality of the dead girl to help ''him'' deal with his loss.]]



* ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'': [[spoiler:Anew Returner is an Innovator whose memories of her true identity were wiped out so she could become Ribbons's ManchurianAgent]].

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* ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'': ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': [[spoiler:Anew Returner is an Innovator whose memories of her true identity were wiped out so she could become Ribbons's ManchurianAgent]].



* In LightNovel/SukaSuka humanity, with the exception of the main character, went extinct following the emergence of the [[EldritchAbomination 17 Beasts]]. As it turns out [[spoiler: the Beasts didn’t wipe out humanity; they were humanity. The Beasts were actually the original life forms inhabiting the planet SukaSuka takes place on, who ended up getting forcibly uplifted into human form by the extraterrestrial Visitors. The apocalypse that destroyed all life on the surface was a result of the “curse” that the Visitors placed on humanity failing due to overpopulation, causing them to revert back to their original state]].

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* In LightNovel/SukaSuka humanity, with the exception of the main character, went extinct following the emergence of the [[EldritchAbomination 17 Beasts]]. As it turns out [[spoiler: the Beasts didn’t wipe out humanity; they were humanity. The Beasts were actually the original life forms inhabiting the planet SukaSuka takes place on, who ended up getting forcibly uplifted into human form by the extraterrestrial Visitors. The apocalypse that destroyed all life on the surface was a result of the “curse” "curse" that the Visitors placed on humanity failing due to overpopulation, causing them to revert back to their original state]].



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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'', Mater is told that everyone sees him as a fool, and then looks at his reflection. Get it? Tow Mater in the mirror!

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'', ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'', Mater is told that everyone sees him as a fool, and then looks at his reflection. Get it? Tow Mater in the mirror!



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* The Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers story ''Card of Ten'' follows the tale of Dr. James Zanasiu and his team through the antimatter world of Gaman. At the end, it's revealed that [[spoiler: this Dr. Zanasiu is actually an antimatter copy of the real one, who's still back on Earth]].
* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', [[SuperStrength Super-Strong]], {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le superheroine Vindicator's backstory involves her parent's accidental death when agents of [[AncientConspiracy VIPER]] attacked a factory at which both of them worked, giving her the perfect excuse to become a hero. Turned out that she was actually a [[DesignerBabies cloned, genetically engineered artificial lifeform]] who was cooked up in a [[AncientConspiracy VIPER]] lab for the sole purpose of [[AWolfInSheepsClothing infiltrating and eventually betraying]] the Global Guardians.
* There are several reveals of this type in ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''. In chronological order:
** [[spoiler: Ruby was once very violent, and killed Stitches and Tom ([[CameBackWrong they got better, sort of]].)]]
** [[spoiler: Both Ruby and Tom are infected by the substance that created the 'zombies' fought earlier. The zombies themselves were normal people who the substance mutated until they became near-mindless monsters. Their names were later discovered to be Stitches and Daisy.]]
** Finally, [[spoiler: Tom Nook, who the players thought was the 'extremely dangerous' Subject #6, was actually Subject #5. Ruby's companion Tom was the real Subject #6]] (although, in a variation, this reveal was only shown to the players themselves, not the characters).
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* Up until the WhamEpisode in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Reconstruction'', every problem that befell upon either the Red or Blue teams was caused by the Freelancers and their many AI. So naturally, it was a very shocking twist to find out [[spoiler:that Private Leonard Church was actually the original Alpha AI that had been split into all the other AI that the cast had been fighting throughout the entire series. On top of that, the director of Project Freelancer is the ''real'' Leonard Church. Furthermore, as Revelations has since revealed, Tex is ''also'' an AI, based off someone the Director lost, but loved so much his memories of her ''spontaneously created a separate AI''. Church preferred to believe that he was a ghost.]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' episode "Double Whammy", [[ShellShockedVeteran Flippy]] discovers that he has been killing all of his friends due to a SplitPersonality a la JekyllAndHyde. He eventually confronts his demons in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind taking place outside the real world, [[YankTheDogsChain but by the time he was cured he was killed]].
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* Up until the WhamEpisode in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Reconstruction'', every problem that befell upon either the Red or Blue teams was caused by the Freelancers and their many AI. So naturally, it was a very shocking twist to find out [[spoiler:that Private Leonard Church was actually the original Alpha AI that had been split into all the other AI that the cast had been fighting throughout the entire series. On top of that, the director of Project Freelancer is the ''real'' Leonard Church. Furthermore, as Revelations has since revealed, Tex is ''also'' an AI, based off someone the Director lost, but loved so much his memories of her ''spontaneously created a separate AI''. Church preferred to believe that he was a ghost.]]



* ''WebOriginal/SeventeenThousandSevenHundredSeventySix'' ends its first chapter with the revelation that [[spoiler:all of the main characters are actually space probes]].
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* The Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers story ''Card of Ten'' follows the tale of Dr. James Zanasiu and his team through the antimatter world of Gaman. At the end, it's revealed that [[spoiler: this Dr. Zanasiu is actually an antimatter copy of the real one, who's still back on Earth]].



* In the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', [[SuperStrength Super-Strong]], {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le superheroine Vindicator's backstory involves her parent's accidental death when agents of [[AncientConspiracy VIPER]] attacked a factory at which both of them worked, giving her the perfect excuse to become a hero. Turned out that she was actually a [[DesignerBabies cloned, genetically engineered artificial lifeform]] who was cooked up in a [[AncientConspiracy VIPER]] lab for the sole purpose of [[AWolfInSheepsClothing infiltrating and eventually betraying]] the Global Guardians.
* There are several reveals of this type in ''Roleplay/RubyQuest''. In chronological order:
** [[spoiler: Ruby was once very violent, and killed Stitches and Tom ([[CameBackWrong they got better, sort of]].)]]
** [[spoiler: Both Ruby and Tom are infected by the substance that created the 'zombies' fought earlier. The zombies themselves were normal people who the substance mutated until they became near-mindless monsters. Their names were later discovered to be Stitches and Daisy.]]
** Finally, [[spoiler: Tom Nook, who the players thought was the 'extremely dangerous' Subject #6, was actually Subject #5. Ruby's companion Tom was the real Subject #6]] (although, in a variation, this reveal was only shown to the players themselves, not the characters).
* ''WebOriginal/SeventeenThousandSevenHundredSeventySix'' ends its first chapter with the revelation that [[spoiler:all of the main characters are actually space probes]].



* In the ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' episode "Double Whammy", [[ShellShockedVeteran Flippy]] discovers that he has been killing all of his friends due to a SplitPersonality a la JekyllAndHyde. He eventually confronts his demons in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind taking place outside the real world, [[YankTheDogsChain but by the time he was cured he was killed]].

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* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "I think I'ma clone now."

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