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Basic Trope: A character discovers they're not what they thought they were.

  • Straight: Adele has been fighting invading aliens called Kschorkians - only to discover that she is a deluded Kschorkian in disguise.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Adele discovers that she is actually a Kschorkian - and decides it doesn't matter, she's still going to keep fighting for humanity.
    • Adele had been told that she had links to Kschorkians, but she never thought about the possibility about her actually being a member of them.
    • Adele learns she had been modified by Kschorkian technology but she really is a human.
  • Justified: Adele's role as a spy required for her to under go brainwashing to make her cover as realistic as possible.
  • Inverted:
    • A Kschorkian turns out to be a human spy.
    • Adele is fully aware that she is a Kschorkian, but no one else does, not even the other Kschorkians. When she casually reveals herself to be one, everyone around her, human and Kschorkian alike, go into shock.
  • Subverted:
    • It is heavily implied throughout the series that Adele is a Kschorkian - but, when put to the test, it proves that she is actually human.
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    • Adele looks in the mirror, and sees a Kschorkian, and her friends think this is a Tomato in the Mirror - but she's actually fully aware of what she is, and has only been waiting for a chance to turn on her 'friends.'
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then it turns out later that Adele faked the test because she was afraid of what the answer might be, and she's really a Kschorkian.
    • Adele is only pretending to have been a conscious spy to cover up her horror at the revelation.
  • Parodied:
    • Adele looks in the mirror - and it turns out she's a tomato. Literally.
    • Adele thinks she is a human...but her Paper-Thin Disguise falls off, consisting of a paper mask and a wooden sign on her torso reading "I am a human," and she's horrified to learn she is a Kschorkian.
    • Adele missed several obvious tells that she wasn't human: "Now that I think of it, this does explain how I've been able to go for weeks without eating... and that time I regrew a severed arm..."
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  • Zig Zagged: Adele is implied to be a Kschorkian, and then it turns out she's not. But then it turns out she faked the test, and she's actually a Kschorkian. And then it turns out that that was a ruse by Bridgette to trick Adele. And then it turns out that Adele is indeed a Kschorkian, and Bridgette's ruse was unnecessary.
  • Averted:
    • Adele is just a human, and there's never any question of her having been a Kschorkian.
    • Adele is a Kschorkian, but she and everyone else knew this, so it didn't have to be revealed.
  • Enforced: "The audience believes Adele is really a Kschorkian, so let's go with that!"
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, god, I'm a Kschorkian. I don't believe this. If this was a TV show, I'd call it a cheap piece of drama!"
  • Invoked: The group fighting Kschorkians performs a test on all members to see if any are secretly Kschorkians; especially the ones with dubious memories.
  • Exploited: An enemy of Adele's reveals she is a Kschorkian so that they have a chance to kill her while she goes into Heroic BSoD.
  • Defied: Adele deliberately chooses never to test whether she's Kschorkian or human, because she doesn't want this to happen.
  • Discussed: "I think one of us is a Kschorkian and doesn't even know it!"
  • Conversed: "With all the twists and turns that have happened on this show, I wouldn't be surprised if Adele was a Kschorkian."
  • Implied: "A notice to all staff: There is a Kschorkian among us. We have reason to believe that they are not hostile, however several groups will be cut off from information until anything can be confirmed."
  • Played For Laughs: Adele discovers she's a Kschorkian...And is not bothered by this revelation at all, reacting to it with bored disinterest whenever it's brought up.
  • Played for Drama:
    • The revelation that Adele is a Kschorkian all along shakes the faith of her erstwhile allies and tears them apart as each of them wonder who else is a Kschorkian.
    • Adele is torn between loyalty to her people or to her human friends and allies.

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