Put simply, a character (usually a superhero) keeps his involvement in the events of the plot secret from some or all of the other characters.
Despite his superpowers, he still wants to have a normal life during those times when he is not fighting crime or evil, and he wants to keep that normal life separate from his life as a superhero. He has been accused, or even convicted, of a crime (in either identity) and needs the separation to protect him from the law. He is using his secret identity as a way of keeping tabs on the world, the way Superman uses his guise as Clark Kent to learn about problems Superman may need to fix. While trying to protect that secret, the superhero is often placed in the worst kind of situations that threaten to expose it.
In superhero stories, these are particularly vulnerable to to the superpower The Nose Knows. See Secret Identity Identity for heroes where the secret identity isn't necessarily the "real" one. Experts point to The Scarlet Pimpernel, written at the turn of the 20th century by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, as one of the earliest pure examples of this trope. If you're a radio listener in Ohio or Kentucky of the United States, there's a good chance you may be familiar with the "Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity" from ads for Tire Discounters. Light Yagami has taken a Secret Identity known as Kira when killing criminals with the titular Artifact of Doom. Although they aren't super heroes, the talents employed by the Peacock talent agency in Penguin Revolution are obligated to maintain a secret identity, and fired if their real identity is revealed.
In Full Moon o Sagashite, Mitsuki uses her shinigami's powers to turn herself into a famous singer.
Edogawa Conan and Haibara Ai in Detective Conan must keep secret the fact that they were youthened instead of killed by a poison used by a shadowy secret organization.
Eyeshield 21 features an ace football player who hides his identity behind an eyeshield and code name.
Most of the heroes in Tiger & Bunny have secret identities, the exception being Barnaby Brooks Jr. Horimiya has Miyamura pretend to be Konoha, Hori's cousin, when his Bishounen self interacts with Yuki, Hori's best friend. J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter, originally masqueraded as a human police detective named John Jones; a later Retcon made this an impersonation of a real detective Jones whose killing he had witnessed. Thoroughly deconstructed in the Post-Crisis Captain Atom, in that Cap had a "secret non-identity": a government-written cover identity of "Cameron Scott" that existed only on paper, to hide his origins as the time-displaced product of a 1960s military experiment, and to hide that Cap was a government agent masquerading as a superhero.
The deconstruction of the secret identity trope and its moral and ethical implications was one of the major themes of the series. Trident, an opponent of the New Teen Titans, was actually three separate individuals masquerading as a single villain.
Similarly, the Crimson Fox of Justice League Europe was actually a pair of twin sisters sharing both a single heroic and civilian identity (after having faked the death of one sister). His successor Connor Hawke never even bothered; at one point he took over ownership of an apartment building and was refused insurance because he was a superhero.
Aztek introduced two background characters, a married superhero couple, neither of whom knew the other's secret identity.
One JLA storyline had an alien device accidentally split the League into two beings, one for their civilian and heroic identities each. For the bulk of his career, Tony Stark presented Iron Man to the public as an employee wearing the armor he invented, and serving as his bodyguard.
Spider-Man's secret identity as Peter Parker was one of the best-kept in the business for forty real-world years.
In Ultimate Spider-Man, on the other hand, Spidey's identity is the worst kept secret in superherodom.
And by now, on Earth-616, only the Fantastic Four, his fellow Avengers and his clone Kaine know who Spider-Man is under the mask.
The Scourge of the Underworld was an entire conspiracy collectively posing as a single vigilante killer. Aversion: when the Fantastic Four were created, they intentionally avoided many genre tropes to distance themselves from their Distinguished Competition (that is, DC's Justice League of America) - with the most significant of these decisions being their lack of dual identities. Of course, considering that the FF were heavily modeled on DC's Challengers of the Unknown, the lack of secret IDs isn't really surprising.
The Fantastic Four also Deconstructs this lack of private identities at times, most notably with the public knowledge that Reed and Sue have had children. For a time (after he had been attacked by proxy), he had a different appearance as "Doctor Strange" and lived under a Cosmic Retcon which gave him a civilian persona named "Stephen Sanders." He eventually stopped bothering with the double life and practiced magic openly. Bruce Banner is the Incredible Hulk, which starts off as a secret but ends up as public knowledge in most continuities, in part because it's kind of a hard secret to keep under wraps. In Welcome Back, Frank, Castle once overhears a plot to assassinate The Punisher in a restaurant as he is sitting a few tables over from the plotters. Max: (As Agent 99 tries to kiss him on the cheek while in the middle of CONTROL headquarters) 99, no one at Control knows we're dating. Two characters suddenly wind up in a relationship together and decide to keep it a secret from everyone.
Later, Miki and Yuu get tangled up in one because they're stepsiblings and Miki's mother Rumi warned her not to fall in love with Yuu in the first place.
The premise of Please Teacher!, where Mizuho and Kei are married even though she's his teacher. In Hanjuku Joshi, Yae and Chitose keep their relationship secret for a while, since Yae is afraid that their peers will judge them for being Schoolgirl Lesbians. In School Days, Makoto and Sekai both decide to date (and sleep with) each other, while Makoto is still in a relationship with Kotonoha, which he also never really breaks off and continues to lead her on. Hiro similarly ends up telling Akito about his love for Kisa? before he even confesses his love to Kisa. Haru and Rin play this trope the most straight, being in a relationship but not telling anyone about it. While most of their friends, and their parents, are well-aware of their relationship, Shuichi and Anna from Wandering Son have this type of relationship. Ranma ?: Played for laughs when Ranma and Akane try to pretend they were secret lovers all along.
Ohgi and Villetta of Code Geass have a relationship that remains hidden throughout most of the series. In Naruto, Asuma and Kurenai had been seeing each other, although they tried to keep it quiet and denied that they were. Mari and Akko in Girl Friends keep their relationship from their friends, probably because they're both girls and aren't sure how they would react.
Reina of Yandere Kanojo would very much like to keep her relationship with Manabu under wraps, to protect her status as a delinquent. Variable Geo: Reimi Jahana is the CEO of the Jahana Corporation and is almost always accompanied by her adjutant, Washio. The plot of Love Lucky is that Fuuta has to keep his marriage with Kirari secret for one year, or her record company will force them to get a divorce. In Astro City story "Pastoral", what causes Cammie to decide to become a Secret Keeper for Roustabout's Secret Identity is that she learned about this, namely Roustabout and her cousin.
Death Vigil provides a meta example with Sam and Bernie, in which the relationship was being hidden from the audience.
Kimber's and Stormer's relationship is this for the first few issues of Jem and the Holograms. Ginger and Nancy fom Afterlife with Archie are secretly dating, despite the fact Nancy has a boyfriend. Advice And Trust: Shinji and Asuka got together after their First Kiss but they kept it secret because they were frightened that their guardian would try to stop them or force one of them to move out.
The Child of Love: After getting together Shinji and Asuka try to keep their relationship secret for a while. Higher Learning: After getting together, Shinji and Asuka kept their relationship secret for a while until Shinji left right before the battle against Zeruel. The Fullmetal Alchemist fan fiction Best Kept Secret uses this trope as its basic premise, exploring how the story might have gone if Roy and Riza were secretly married throughout the entire thing.
Many Soul Eater fanfics that pair Soul and Maka together have them trying to keep their relationship a secret.
The Sherlock and Harry Potter crossover fanfic The Magic of Deduction has John and Sherlock fake breaking up to protect John from Moriarty. Hisao and Misha in the Katawa Shoujo fic From Shizune's Perspective Shizune is upset by the fact that they kept it a secret from her.
Ace Attorney fanfic Dirty Sympathy has Klavier and Apollo keep their relationship under wraps because at first Daryan would have killed Klavier for infidelity, secondly to keep people from looking too closely at their actions and so that officially people don't realize that they know each other.
Inverted in one story of the Facing The Future Series where Danny and Sam pretend to be broken up to get a bunch of ghosts trying to separate them to back off. In Shatterheart R!Syaoran and Kurogane keep their Friends with Benefits relationship a secret because R!Syaoran was still in love with Sakura and didn't want her finding out and so they could end it without anyone finding out.
By The Wrong Reflection Eleya and Gaarra have graduated to Official Couple status, but they're still keeping the relationship secret because it's against regulations (she being his direct superior officer and all). This is a favorite trope of fics about pairings of lesser villains, such as Jessie and James or Kunzite and Zoisite. The Lucky Star fic The Day Everything Changed has Konata and Kagami, at the end of the fic, agreeing to keep their relationship under wraps for a bit, which actually seems to fit in with the yuri subtext seen in the actual anime.
Magma Grunt tries to keep her relationship with Brendan a secret in Dating A Team Magma Grunt, but this doesn't even last the first chapter because Courtney saw the two of them together. In the film, Good Night, and Good Luck., Joseph and Shirley Wershba have to keep their marriage secret from all their colleagues ( Pretty much all of them know anyway) as the rules at the time did not permit a married couple to work together.
Alien Cargo: As it?s against company regulation, Chris and Theta have to keep their relationship secret from their colleagues.
In the film The Painting, Ramo and Claire are in love, but since he's a Alldunn and she's a Halfie (basically he's part of the elite class while she's part of a poor class), they try to meet in secret.
TVTropes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. The Secret World of Alex Mack was a live-action show which aired on Nickelodeon and told the story of Alex Mack (Larisa Oleynik), a young girl who lives with her parents and older sister in a planned community owned by a chemical plant, where her parents work.
Secret Wars is a twelve-issue comic book Crisis Crossover limited series published from May 1984 to April 1985 by Marvel Comics.Originally envisioned to promote a new line of action figures, the series features a huge war between the greatest heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe. So you have a game with lots of hidden areas, secret stashes of powerups, and generally all kinds of rewards for exploring and busting down walls. This is often spawned from an Empty Room Psych or something that was Dummied Out, and often creates an Urban Legend of Zelda. The Rare-developed title Grabbed by the Ghoulies has quite a few secrets just beyond reach and nearly unlockable features like its GoldenEye (1997) counterpart. Each level in the second Harry Potter PC game features "secrets" of any kind, but for some reason the Chamber of Secrets level announces one more secret than what you can actually find.
Likewise, in the Xbox Chamber of Secrets game, you are told that the alohomora spell will allow you to `unlock all kinds of things'. The PlayStation version of the second game has some doors in Hogwarts that can't be unlocked no matter what. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap gives you bonuses for finding homes in the village for two of three female travelers to your village. There's also a hidden staircase inside the windmill in Kakariko Village, which is only reachable by Longshot from a single rooftop. Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II (and maybe later games too) each have one medikit in a location that's inaccessible (outside of bugs anyway). The Game Boy Advance version of LEGO Star Wars 2 features a % completion meter that literally stops at 99%. In Illusion of Gaia, there's a little hole next to the second dungeon's entrance, just the right size to Psycho Slide through — but you don't get that ability until rather later in the game, and at that point, there's no way back.
In Kid Icarus: Uprising, there were a series of AR Cards that you could use with the game, generally distributed at events. In the main waterway of the City of Canals in Beyond Good & Evil, there's a secret side-waterway you can get to by hopping over a laser barrier. Shadow of the Colossus has one section of the overworld that's permanently clouded over on the map screen, and in one area of the game you can clearly see a bridge that leads over to that section, but it is impossible to reach the bridge. An episode in Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People has one area where your metal detector will beep slowly even when you've cleared out the area. In the edited NES release there's a bit of a secret—there's a keypad hidden on the second floor directly to the left of the Steel Security Door that leads back down to the 2nd Floor Landing.
The Secret of Monkey Island has the door at the back of the alleyway next to the circus poster. Colossal Cave: Two rooms with a window facing another window across a room, with a "Shadowy Figure" in that other window. In the VGA remake of Space Quest I, when you take off in the spaceship you just purchased, something appears just as you leave. In the Flash game Nicholas' Weird Adventure 2, there's a mansion with locked gates which appears to be logically the next place to go. A Fire Emblem stage called "Akaneia" (later translated as Archanea in the North American version of Shadow Dragon, but not the European version) can be found using Action Replay, but it was scrapped.
Brawl's event matches come in Easy, Normal, and Hard flavours, but use the same icons as are normally used for a five-difficulty scale, which might make one think that the events can eventually be played on Very Hard and Intense. Rotating Tanya's character box in Mortal Kombat Gold reveals a question mark, but nothing is actually unlocked here. Some old level-design books actually suggest making a "secret area" trigger that can't be reached, so that players will continue to search for it. The console ports of the early Doom games, which used somewhat redesigned levels, often didn't bother redoing the secret flags, making tons and tons of non-existent secrets still count as "not found" on the secret counter. There are also several instances where 100% items isn't possible due to said items not being flagged as multiplayer only in deathmatch areas. There are 23 unlockable cheats, not the symmetric 24, generally assumed to be due to a missing level which would give a cheat called "line mode." This is accessible by a button press code, but has no legitimate unlock method in the final game. The game also has the infamous far-off outpost inside the water behind the dam in the first stage. The Pond Punk bar in the Chicago mission, which could only be accessed by disarming a guard, letting him run away, then following him up to the door, which he would unlock.
When Cassandra De Vries is killed in the Attack Ship mission on Perfect Agent difficulty, her necklace can be obtained from her corpse. Similarly, attaining the "Perfect" rank in multiplayer mode gives the username "ENTROPICDECAY" and the password "ZERO-TAU". Duke Nukem 3D uses a sector-based engine, like Doom, and this has led to at least one instance of having more than one secret-flagged sector in the same hidden location, and confusing players trying to figure out just where to find all the secrets.
In the Marathon levels "Colony Ship for Sale" and "Low Flying Defense Drones" there are rooms full of weapons and ammo that are inaccessable and just there to tease the player. Due to a few broken triggers, some secrets in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter don't exist but the secret counter still shows like they're there. In some of the games, due to bad counting, it's impossible to get all of the kills in a level. The level "Dunes" in the PC version of Serious Sam Classics: Revolution has a spawner that takes 27 hours, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds to spawn an enemy. The Quake II level "Pumping Station 2" technically has four secrets, but one of them is lacking a trigger and therefore won't register.
In The Tower of Druaga, there are a few floors (namely, floors 25 and 55) that don't have a secret item, not even a harmful item. Labyrinth Of Time contains two doors that can never be opened, and half of your inventory can be filled with utterly useless items.
Usually, he does this by creating a second, separate persona for himself, which he uses while participating in the plot.
However, the Older Than Print Chivalric Romance Roswall and Lillian has the hero work as a servant at court and fight three times at The Tourney disguised in armor, without revealing his identity; it also appears in various Fairy Tales, though in all these it is a temporary measure, and not the perpetual double identity of the modern secret identity, and so Ur Examples. After L's death, he even takes the role of Second L while maintaining his identity as Kira. It's later revealed that Takuto was actually a member of Mitsuki's father's band when he was still alive. The original rationale was to pretend Conan's prior identity, Kudo Shinichi, was dead, but he can't stop phoning his girlfriend using his Shinichi voice, so it seems to be a pretty open secret that Kudo is still alive.
Supervillains are unleashed and given Secret Identities to test a pair of supersuits used by the heroes and promised a pardon if they can successfully unmask either one. Subverted in that several cast members figure out his identity almost instantly, while others are much slower on the uptake.
The Magical Girl Warrior heroine keeps her world-saving activities secret from her friends and family. Stories in the Modern Age have established the idea that, as an unlimited shapeshifter, J'onn has actually created dozens of secret identities (and at least one other heroic identity, the Bronze Wraith). Maggin's pre-Crisis novel Last Son of Krypton, supergenius Lex Luthor actually maintains dozens of identities as artists, scientists, and other highbrow society positions. This twist would actually seem to negate a great deal of the usual justifications for bothering to maintain a dual identity — the general public knows Stark designed the armor, and any enemies of Iron Man are likely to become enemies of Stark by association. During the Winter Soldier debacle, he had to deny assistance to Captain America and The Falcon, since the villain's employer was one of Stark's direct business rivals. At least until the Civil War, where Tony Stark coerced Peter (who did not want any legal trouble on his back, so he had sided with him) to reveal his secret identity on live television. He's been unmasked by at least as many people as he's deliberately revealed his identity to.
One popular in-story explanation implies Reed does so to not make the others, especially Ben Grimm (for whom keeping a secret identity is basically impossible), feel ashamed of their abilities. It lasts less than an issue, before he remembers that he was already a celebrity and thus it's pointless. This attracts the attention of child services, who drop by to question whether or no they should remove their kids from the dangerous environment.
Played with somewhat in that the public rarely takes him seriously — they tend to see him as just another bit of Greenwich Village color.
Ditto for his cousin Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk, albeit for somewhat different reasons. He thinks his friends don't know, but he's terrible at keeping it a secret, so we pretend we don't notice. And yet, he can still regularly just walk down the street so long as he's not openly brandishing weapons or wearing his trademark skull.
After getting arrested by some pushy and jerkass police due to a mixup (ironically he got mistaken for a supervillain that was similarly Arthurian-knightly-themed), Whitman raises a big fuss about how it's illegal for the policemen to unmask him since he's an Avenger.
Two people might be good friends, while aware that their parents, or the outside world, wouldn't approve of their friendship. While Yuu finds out early on, the rest of the cast doesn't until they're caught and it becomes a scandal. Since this is a Harem Series, and several girls with romantic interest in Kaoru come to live with him, Hilarity Ensues.
The Head of the Sohma family (and God of the Zodiac), Akito, is dangerously unstable and particularly susceptible to the Green-Eyed Monster when it comes to the members of the Zodiac, so this seems to be the only kind of relationship they can have.
While their relationship may not have been intentionally kept a secret to people outside of the Sohma house, Kana and Hatori formally go to Akito to ask for a marriage blessing.
Suffice it to say that he ends up regretting it, and although he eventually gets over it, he doesn't actually confess his love to her for a long time.
Naturally, this ends in tragedy when Akito does find out: Akito blames Rin for it, she takes the blame to protect Haru, and promptly throws her out a second-story window, landing her in the hospital.
They clearly like each other and would get together in a heartbeat if Ayame wanted to, but knowing that it would only end in heartbreak, he just doesn't start a relationship. It mainly has to do with the fact Anna is a model (so her career would suffer), and that Shuichi is transgender.

Most people don't buy it though; in fact, Ukyo is convinced Akane is forcing Ranma to lie and the rest of the school knows the two of them aren't really Happily Married because they're not arguing. However, while Sugi-san had mostly figured it out even before Akko and Mari had (thanks to a rather transparent attempt at I Have This Friend by Akko), even in the epilogue set a year after they got together Tamamin still hasn't figured it out. Manabu himself doesn't really mind one way or the other, but it quickly becomes clear that pretty much everyone knows about it, anyway. It isn't revealed that she's romantically involved with him, until Chiho makes the mistake of entering Reimi's private rooftop rose garden and finds her straddling him, while they were making out. Even after their breakup the former is horrified by the idea of anyone knowing she was in a romantic relationship with a blonde woman.
He wasn't particularly trying to hide it; Scott was just too dumb and self-absorbed to realize it. While Bernie clearly cares a great deal for all of her Death Knights and personally takes any death among them nearly to the point of Heroic BSOD, throughout the series she's demonstrated a particular concern for Sam's well-being, which gets played for Will They or Won't They? Not because they're gay but because Stormer's bandmates threaten to kick her out if she dates a Hologram member. However they did not fool Misato for a minute and they stopped pretending after a couple of months. Straight after becoming lovers Asuka warned Shinji against telling anyone that they were sleeping together. In a nutshell, Shinji and Asuka are time-travelers trying to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, so that they have to hide that they are together, they are actually Happily Married and they even got a daughter. So far they've only told Eleya's parents and sister, but it's briefly implied in the first chapter that Eleya's Number Two, Tess Phohl, knows and isn't saying anything.
The couple will go out of their way to hide their love because their superior will likely kill them for so much as having feelings for one another, complete with lots of angst. The main reason why they keep it a secret is usually because they don't want their fathers to pressure them into marriage even more than they already do. In the sequel, Holiday Vacation, their relationship has been common knowledge for two years now, and is often a conversation starter at school among students.
A 10-year-old girl and a widely distrusted 21-year-old lower-class man have a platonic friendship, that is tragically misinterpreted when discovered. They?re delighted that by chance they get to spend their shift out of cryosleep together, but later find out that this has exposed them to a dangerous virus that has infected the ship's living quarters. They're apparently really bad at it though, since everyone knows, which is soon Played for Drama. And Bulldozer.A nearly omnipotent Cosmic Entity by the name of The Beyonder, fascinated by the presence of superheroes on Earth and their potential, chooses groups of both heroes and supervillains and teleports them against their will to "Battleworld", a planet created by him in a distant galaxy, stocked with alien weapons, technology and mismatched parts from different worlds. See also Interface Spoiler for another video game meta-trope based on expectations, that often overlaps with this one, or would, if the thing it "spoiled" existed. Touring the game you'll manage to pick up 100 secret collectible 'Rare' tomes called 'Bonus Books', collecting a set number will allow you to unlock certain features and bonus content — so imagine the rancor of players who manage to stumble across a pile of Bonus Books just beyond a thick gate arranged into a question mark. So long as they're prize chests and not the numerous temptingly locked doors scattered throughout the game. Apparently, many players assumed the missing word was "sister"—since this is never brought up again over the course of the game, people have searched for some hidden sidequest that reveals their relationship. Some can be blown open by bombs while some can be knocked down by being rammed into with the Pegasus Boots, but others aren't affected at all by either of those. The only thing inside is a Cucco at the top to let you get down without taking Falling Damage.
This is probably to prevent a glitch that occurred in Link's Awakening (which provided the engine for those games) that was caused by filling each slot before getting the last item, even though the situation that caused it does not exist in these games. In the first game's case, someone contacted Core Design and found that it was originally going to be accessible in a part of a level that was removed. Also, you can get a maximum of 60 level-up points unless you use the Null Driver, just three short of the number required to max out all your stats. There is no kind of victory screen or end credits rolling, but as far as anyone knows, there's nothing else. If the player returns to the location with an item that reveals collectibles on the map, that chest will still show up, even though it's no longer there. Using a cheat device to give Will the ability early reveals that the hole is just decoration, as solid as any other wall. A total of 412 cards are programmed into the game, but cards #405 and #411 were never released. There are a few twisty passageways back there, as well as what appears to be a lowered gate that, if opened, would lead to another side-area. As a number of additional Colossi were Dummied Out of the game in development, that area is probably where they would have been fought. One doubles the damage you do, one halves the damage you take, and a third halves your ammo consumption. These cards were distributed wirelessly, but could also be unlocked by entering button codes.
You could not fix it, even though you had tools and you just KNOW there would've been something awesome up there. However, the game requires you to get further in the game before you can get the right notes to cast it, and because you can't return to the first island until the very end of the game (where you are basically locked in the room with the Loom in it) it is impossible to find out what this draft does. The most notorious is likely the Shaolin Temple at the beginning of the game, where attempted entry yields a box of text saying that only a Shaolin monk may enter.
You could say there's a 30th stage (not counting the three trophy stages which are in Event Mode only), but it's the debug stage accessed via cheating. The game only has a few unlockable characters, all of which become selectable in the bottom row of the character select screen when unlocked. This gives the impression that the secrets are there, but you just didn't find any of them. In Ultimate Doom maps E4M3 and E4M7 due to bad map design; the former has secret sectors with torches on top of them, the latter an invulsphere that you can't reach and a door that's too thin for the secret to register. Map 6 of 'Requiem' for example has two berserker packs unobtainable in single player mode because of this.
One level of the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer port had a hidden Imp you could only kill by shooting into a blank wall. It sits there fully rendered not doing anything, no enemies on it, and no programmed items. A fully fleshed out area with multiple rooms and decorations, but the only things of interest are a pistol which you already have, and a piece of cheese in the bathroom. One of these shafts has a wall with a keyhole in it just outside the player's normal vision, but can be seen with the game's x-ray device. Examining the map E2L2 in the BUILD editor shows that two adjacent sectors both have the secret area tag.
Basically, when the game calculates how many enemies are in a level, it counts all of the pre-placed enemies and all of the spawners.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Evermore is not the sequel to Secret of Mana, but was made from whole cloth by Square USA (now part of Square Enix), and is one of the company's few games to have been developed entirely in the United States. In more mundane moments, the superhero often has to quickly come up with a Secret Identity Change Trick in order to get out of sight. If they stay largely out of the action, outside an occasional errand or trap setup, they're simply Secret Keepers. Further subverted in that about halfway through the series, he abandons his secret identity altogether (on live TV no less) and operates under his real name from then on, with "Eyeshield 21" remaining as a nickname. However the second entry in the series - Ganbarugar - plays this very straight, and with justification (kinda) in that if the heroes reveal their identities, they'll be turned into dogs. But she's not really trying to hide her identity from the villains; she even transforms in front of them. Though the alien characters will try to keep Muggles from seeing their battles with Cosmic Horrors, they do little else to maintain The Masquerade.
However, one turns out to be a Deconstruction: Reiner Braun is unable to handle the guilt of his crimes as The Mole, and slowly loses focus of his true self. However, it turned out that the separation only made things worse for most of them: for example, Bruce Wayne was all bottled fury with no outlet, while Batman was completely directionless. He does it partly to influence affairs in those fields, partly as a source of income, but mostly to keep from being bored.
It sometimes seems the primary reason for this posture is to give Tony a measure of legal cover for Iron Man's activities — and indeed, on at least one occasion, Tony has publicly "fired" Iron Man in response to a scandal arising from his actions. He explained that he could lose his company and end up in jail if it looked like he was using the Iron Man armor to intimidate his competitors. Then Spidey defected to the Anti-Reg movement, Aunt May got shot in an attempt on his life and the and struck a deal with Mephisto to keep her alive, with the plus of everyone forgetting that Spider-Man and Peter Parker are one and the same. While he worked in construction, the boss noticed his strength and his dexterity and concluded he had to be — Spider-Man. But he has also hired a prostitute to pretend to be his "date," which probably did much more to throw off any idea that he was The Punisher (he also sat with his back to his target). The only variation is when, how, and whether everyone finds out at once or just one or two people find out at first and have to help keep the secret until everyone else finds out. In an attempt to prevent that from being discovered, the friends do everything they can to hide it, but sooner or later, hell will break loose. Akito treats this knowledge as a secret that was kept from him or better said her, and flips out accordingly by smashing a vase into Hatori's head, effectively blinding him in one eye in the process. The idea is still somewhat deconstructed, though, since it's clear that their choice to keep their relationship a secret is indicative of their poor communication in general, which causes still more trouble for them as time goes on. It's however an Open Secret as in issue 6 Kimber's sisters casually ask if she is secretly dating Stormer, and Pizzazz knows something is going on between Stormer and Kimber but wants to stop it.
Even though Asuka now admits to herself and Shinji that she's in love with him, she tries not to tell anybody else, much to his surprise.
After several days she stopped caring about people knowing but she forgot to tell him, so Shinji was still denying everything to his friends and trying to keep it secret as the same time that her friends pried everything out of her. This goes double for fics where a villain falls in love with a heroic character and vice versa, Bowser and Peach being a favorite example.
It doesn't help that the 'Jukebox' feature seen in the manual was dummied out in the final game, leading players to believe that if there were some way to get beyond the grate they could unlock the hidden audio feature. This was apparently an obtuse reference to the planned trilogy of "Oracle" games for the Game Boy Color, of which only two were completed. The other is inaccessible through normal gameplay, and even if you use hacking tools to reach it, it doesn't lead anywhere. The original game also has a literal example, as the very last secret in the game (stated as such from strategy guides) does not register on the counter due to a missing trigger-confirmed by people checking in an editor-which of course led to hunts for if there was something else (which was stopped after people got the tools to check the triggers in levels). Played straight with the Cathedral Key, which itself counts as a secret, but doesn't unlock any doors.
Lampshaded in one instance where using The Nuke to get accross a certain gap triggers a response from Iji that there is nothing there. And in the first LEGO Star Wars game, there's a brick wall behind a sealed door in one level. Doubly annoying since there are actually a few chests that are marked on map but only appear when some action is performed. The camera even pans over to it as if it's supposed to be important, but there's no way to open it. In addition, the very top of the Shrine Of Worship is inaccessible, which is a little surprising in a game with so much emphasis on climbing things. The incoming damage multiplier has a stronger and incredibly well-hidden variant that reduces incoming damage to one fourth. However, while all the codes were released in Japan and Europe, only one was released in America.
It's in Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders on Mars, where you can find a can of gas labeled "for chainsaws".
The sequel LeChuck's Revenge has an area open up onto that door, but the way out of the alleyway is blocked off for space reasons. There is a possibility it would have been used in the game's cancelled sequels, but nobody knows for sure.
Turn's out the two windows are over the giant mirror room, and the "Shadowy Figure" is your own reflection.
But you only find out in Space Quest IV that the appearing thing is your timepod returning you to Space Quest I. Even worse, the "Lightning Staff" sidequest, which leads nowhere and ends with Kung Lao proclaiming they are going to "strike down Shao Kahn", but there's nothing to do to follow up on that. The difficulty slider can't go any higher than 9.0, but one could easily be led to believe there's some secret extreme difficulty. The PS3 version got the console-specific Kratos in the bottom right corner; the Xbox 360 version gets nothing. And in Doom II Maps 15 and 27 due to a peculiarity of the engine; the secrets are on teleport pads, but a teleporter activates when the player crosses the edge, which means you can never enter the sector and trigger the secret. It was revealed by the Goldeneye team that it was supposed to be used, but they ran out of time to find a use for it. The line they share also happens to be one used for splitting the area for shading purposes, so given how the BUILD editor handles tagging sectors which have been split (both get the tag of the parent sector), this instance is a clear oversight on the part of the developers. There are also many locked doors that never open; looking in a map editor reveals that there's nothing behind them. The problem here is that some spawners only spawn their enemies on certain difficulties, meaning that the game counts enemies that you can't kill due to playing on a difficulty where they never appear. If the relationship with the hero is deeper, at least on a professional basis, then the insider may be a Battle Butler.
Finally, due to budget constraints, everyone (heroes and villains alike) are living in the same apartment building.
And for their part, the villains know where she lives and they try to exploit her civilian identity.
Nyarko will gladly introduce herself as "The Crawling Chaos who creeps up on you with a smile, Nyarlathotep", and when joining Mahiro's high school gave a speech where she outright says she travels the stars and fights Malign Deities.
This causes him to suffer bouts of Trauma-Induced Amnesia, repressing his real memories while completely submerged into his false identity. Eventually, the civilian identities had to fight the aliens who created the device, who turned out to have loosed it on purpose as a form of field test.
They remain awkwardly but successfully concealed for several episodes, speaking in Unusual Euphemisms, constantly leaving to Talk About That Thing and generating many a Fawlty Towers Plot—basically put, behaving in such a manner that requires all other characters to juggle the Idiot Ball like crazy.
A common humorous scenario is that everyone knows, but doesn't care; or people think it's funny watching them scramble to hide. Kana's witnessing of this and Akito's accusation that this happened because of their relationship breaks Kana to the point where Hatori had to erase all her memories of their relationship to save her from her depression. And then issue 8 reveals to the audience that Sam and Bernie had been together all along, completely changing the reading of their interactions earlier in the series. Her best friend Ray Alvarado (Darris Love) and her older sister Annie (Meredith Bishop) learn soon after and try to keep it a secret from anyone else. His purpose is to understand the (to him) alien concept of "desire".The heroes include the Fantastic Four (minus Sue Storm, who was pregnant at the time), The Mighty Thor, the Jim Rhodes version of Iron Man, the Monica Rambeau version of Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, Captain America and The Wasp, with the second Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) showing up several issues in (in her first appearance).
The closest thing to a bomb upgrade is the red bomb, which opens up a specific location, and is never a standard inventory item.
This has caused much speculation about it being the planned door to some Dummied Out content. However the name implies that the key is used to access All Hallows, your reward for finding all of the game's secrets.
However, it is possible to glitch you way through it—revealing that it still contains a working warp, which teleports you to a glitchy, unfinished map there's no way to escape from.
You can reach the Secret Garden with enough effort, but that's only about 60% of the way up the tower, and you can't climb any higher than that.
It's possible that this was the copy protection from the computer versions, though in such an extensive port that would be odd indeed. It was made clear years later that Ron Gilbert originally intended the second game's ending to be used in the first game - the door would have taken you down to the basement area where you face LeChuck, who in the first game would have been meant to have brought Elaine down there. The space on the character select screen is always unselectable, and shows a duplicate picture of Cyber Sub-Zero, who is selectable in the bottom left corner.
Rumor has it this is where you were originally supposed to retrieve the bungee jumping equipment. In addition, some spawners aren't even connected to anything that activates them, but these spawners are also counted. After a mishap with a mysterious-looking device, the boy and his canine companion get transported to Another Dimension, and find out that four other people have been trapped inside for decades, the disastrous result of the Evermore experiment 30 years ago.
If one or both of a hero's parents were ever heroes themselves, they'll often be overjoyed rather than shocked at the child's heroism, and reveal it as part of their Secret Legacy. Kaburagi winds up being known to the general public when it becomes the only way to clear his civilian name to is to go public given the time frame he was working under.
And it's not even a case of being written off as a Cloud Cuckoolander, since people always seem to believe her Blatant Lies about being pregnant with Mahiro's child. Members of the X-Men (Professor X, Cyclops, Storm, Colossus, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Rogue, and Lockheed The Dragon) split off from the main heroic team and act as a separate faction for much of the book. It's hidden about as half as well as the second incoming damage multiplier, and only accessible if you return to one particular level as soon as you complete it.
Alternatively, it could be tied to the abandoned Pepsi promotion (before release, there would have been a Can of Pepsi in the fridge, and it would have had a code on it to win prizes, but Pepsi backed out and the code was excised). This is the same reason why Fester Shinetop LeChuck in disguise calls you back there - the player would likely not notice the area otherwise.
In an odd twist, during multiplayer matches the player on the right can only select the bottom right corner, and the player on the left can only select the bottom left corner (especially odd since these corner spots then expand to show the downloadable characters, which as a result show up mirrored in each corner).
It's also impossible to get 100% items on Map 27 in the original Doom 2 engine (though not in some sourceports), because there are two Computer Maps and you can only pick up one.
His goal becomes to explore this strange new world, learn the history of the Evermore project, and find a way to get everyone back to Earth. We can't even go out on a weekend on a normal date or anything, and I'd really like to do that. Does she want to prove to Shinji that she loves him by giving him what she keeps from other people?
She enlists the help of Vince Carter (John Marzilli), the head of plant security, to track her down. Magneto, buffing up his Anti-Villain credentials, also does his own thing for awhile before joining with his fellow mutants.Villains include Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, Klaw, Ultron, The Lizard, The Wrecking Crew, The Enchantress, Kang The Conqueror, Molecule Man, The Absorbing Man, and new villains Titania and Volcana. Generally speaking, if cracks aren't positioned on the center of the wall in any given room, they're just decoration, and the decorative cracks are only seen in dungeons, anyhow. Galactus The Planet Eater is also there acting as his own non-allied entity.So, as you might guess, new friends are made, old alliances are tested, complicated intrigues are formulated, and in the end, everyone gets home without anyone dying, though Spidey gets a shiny new black costume inspired by Spider-Woman's (which would later become the Venom symbiote), She-Hulk replaces The Thing in the Fantastic Four (who stays behind after he finds he can revert to human form on the Battleworld), Volcana hooks up with Molecule Man, and Colossus gets Strangled by the Red String to an alien healer, causing him to break up with Kitty Pryde. However, there's a cave somewhere on Death Mountain that has a noticeable cracked wall, in a relatively obvious spot, but it can't be broken opened in any way. He is frequently bullied in school (and later in his life, at work) for his non-existent powers, and people try to jokingly hook him up with girls named Lois.
Accidental Athlete: Alex is sprinting down the hallway of her school attempting to avoid being late to class and getting in trouble. The toy line sold poorly, but the comics sold well, and the whole thing was continued the next year in Secret Wars II in which the Beyonder came to Earth and tried becoming human. One day on a weekend trip, however, the teenage Clark discovers that, seemingly out of nowhere, he has acquired real superpowers that seem to match Superman's in all aspects.From that point onwards, he decides to secretly use his powers for public good, adopting a Superboy and later Superman costume. She is still late for class, but instead of getting chastised she is recruited for the track team. This series was seen by some as a Self-Insert Fic by Jim Shooter (writer of both series and current Editor in Chief of Marvel at the time), and as a Spiritual Successor of The Korvac Saga, also written by Shooter.The Beyonder got retconned into a delusional lesser cosmic being in a Fantastic Four story years later, in what was apparently a Take That at Shooter.
Adults Are Useless: Lampshaded in the finale when her parents wonder why she never told them about her powers in the first place.

Steve Englehart, FF writer at the time, reported that this was editorial interference.There was a miniseries in the 2000s titled Secret War (singular) but it had nothing to do with the first two.
Cassandra Truth: Invoked by Clark, who wears an actual Superman costume to make reports of his heroics unbelievable.
There was also a character named Libby who was like this and was intended to develop into a bigger character but pulled a Brother Chuck and her spot was taken by Kelly.
Chronic Hero Syndrome: Much like his namesake, Clark suffers from this, though he does his best to keep it in check. Libby did appear in a dream sequence in the finale along with Kelly where everyone knew about her powers. Notably, this was one of the stories that helped kick off the Civil War.There was also a miniseries entitled "Beyond!" in which the events of the first series seemed to be playing all over again, with a reduced cast of heroes and villains.
Ambiguous Ending: We never find out whether or not Alex took the antidote to GC-161 and lost her powers. It was finally revealed not to be the Beyonder, but The Stranger pretending for "research purposes".In 2015, a new Secret Wars storyline will be released, coming off of the events being showcased in Jonathan Hickman's Avengers which will bring the all of the Marvel Multiverse to a close - and after this, a full-scale Continuity Reboot will ensue (though characters will retain their memories from before the multiversal merging). Lois even reminds him of this when he considers retiring to protect his soon to be born children because she knows how much he would agonize over things he couldn't fix. The switches in a dungeon have to be hit from a distance, and your spear is too light to do the job so you have to find the heavier Bronze Spear.
Clark Kenting: Averted, and as such, Clark has to take care to hide his face when in the costume.
Annoying Younger Sibling: Alex to Annie, although their relationship gradually improves over the series.
Stone barriers and blocked doorways that your current Axe is too weak to demolish so you have to find an upgrade.
This is made easier by his Super Speed and costume - the latter leads most people to dismiss the stories about him out of hand.
When he starts working more closely with the government, he uses facial inserts and other techniques to subtly change his appearance, and burns his fingerprints off glasses with low-power heat vision. Absurdly Spacious Sewer: There are several of these, and each is a maze that must be successfully navigated to proceed. There's an exchange rate between regions, with a Gold Coin being equal to 2 Jewels, which is equal to 4 Talons, which is equal to 8 Credits. The amount of currency needed to buy items tends to stay the same without taking exchange rate into account, so the same item may cost 60 Gold Coins in Gothica and 60 Talons in Prehistoria, four times the price.
Throughout the series, she gradually becomes more confident, less whiny, more respectful of Annie and begins to accept and even embrace her powers rather than complain about them. However, even in the same region, item and ingredient prices vary, the latter being explained further down the page under Commonplace Rare. Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Libby Flanders ("The Test") who claims that she'll get back at Alex but is never heard from again save for a dream-sequence cameo in the series finale. To wit: When the heroes and villains are first gathered by the Beyonder, Magneto is sorted with the heroes. The Beyonder classified them due to their desires, and Magneto's goal of mutant supremacy was more noble than the other villains' desires of personal power and wealth. Her character is officially dropped in the beginning of Season 2 when it's mentioned that Jessica moved out of town.
During the last few issues, he accepts Captain America's leadership and fights alongside the heroes without hesitation. Up till this point, he made very limited application of his powers and believed he was limited to inorganic matter and was very meek and submissive. Is a Crapshoot: Ruffleberg outfitted Carltron with an intelligence chip so he would play chess with him. Company Town: Nearly everyone in the town works for the chemical company that sprayed Alex. Over the course of Secret Wars I and II, he first learns that he is capable of affecting all matter on any scale and slowly overcomes his meekness to the point that he goes toe to toe with the Beyonder in the second book having accepted that he's the second most powerful being in the universe. It should be pointed out that early in the series, before he gets starts getting more powerful and confident, he is able to casually drop a mountain on the heroes without so much as breaking a sweat. Cool Loser: Alex and her group of friends aren't considered cool or popular, but Alex is on the school newspaper and generally considered to be a fun, nice person, and Ray is on the basketball team. Followed not too long after that by ripping an even larger chunk of the planet's crust (over 2 billion tons of matter) and sweeping it up into almost the vacuum of space with all the heroes on it because he was angry at Doom who had just gained the Beyonder's powers and wanted to get everyone else out of his way and he did it just as casually as waving a hand.
The final boss battle specifically brings back the Bad Boy, an evil copy of your dog, and Magmar.
Correspondence Course: One plot has Dave taking a course in detective work and eventually discovering Alex's secret identity. That being just before Doom uses the Beyonder's powers to remove Molecule Man's self-imposed limitations. Even the background reminds you of the rest of the game, with things like Thraxx's face, Aegis, and the Volcano boiler appearing as scenery. This also led to him using Obfuscating Stupidity for the rest of the show to stop anyone from realizing he knew. Be Careful What You Wish For: Although the characters don't realize it, Battleworld was granting their wishes all along. This is why both Colossus and The Human Torch find "the perfect girlfriend" (Zsaji) and The Thing can change back to human. Given the region was created from the thoughts of the curator of a history museum, the mingling of so many radically different cultures and time periods into one place actually makes sense.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: When Danielle Atron realized that GC-161 has too many side effects to be used as a weight loss product she decided to sell it as such anyway and leave the country with the money before the FDA would realize what happened.
Actually the Thing was revealed prior to that that he had already gained that ability but his belief that his girlfriend could only love him as the Thing had been the reason Reed's attempts at cures had been failing in recent years.
It never occurred to her that she would be able to make a lot more money (and not be an outlaw) if she would sell it to the army as a Super Serum. Even after being fired he constantly tries to capture Alex as a way to convince Danielle to re-hire him. Individual formulas take a long time to level up, ingredients can only be bought from certain merchants, and you can only equip nine spells at a time, only able to swap them out at alchemists.
The game hands you Heal, Cure, Defend, Hard Ball, and Flash in the opening world before you even get your third weapon, and they'll last you just fine for most of the game: Heal restores HP, Cure restores status, Defend raises defense, Hard Ball and Flash cover your offensive options. Evil Twin: In one episode, Alex got a duplicate, who among other things, nearly killed her by trapping her in the basement of a building scheduled for demolition and later by trapping her puddle form in some clogged plumbing and waiting for her to either suffocate or reform while still inside the pipes. Later on in Antiqua you'll probably want to add Crush and Fireball to the mix (higher power and their ingredients are more common in Antiqua than the ones for Hard Ball and Flash), but come Gothica it's just a waste of time to use your new spells since they don't scale very well. Even the Hulk with all his might could only hold open a pocket under the mountain range and Thor, who was was hammering with all his might from the surface, could only be heard as a faint tapping by the heroes trapped beneath.
As we see later, if when he doesn't hold himself back, Owen Reece is potentially more powerful than Galactus. By the time you find Nitro, you're on your way to retrieve the item that lets you access the final boss. And to add insult to injury, the ingredients needed to use Nitro can only be bought from two merchants in different regions, who are in hard-to-reach locations in those regions, and each one only sells one of the two ingredients needed for Nitro.
Louis tries to lift it and Alex uses her powers to make it seem like he does in order to save the kid. It's as though the developers designed the spell with intent to purposefully invoke this trope. Blue and Orange Morality: Wolverine says he doesn't really blame Colossus for following his heart, but that he needs to realize that his love for Zsaji is probably an effect of her powers and that "love" as a concept might not mean the same thing to an alien like her as it does to Peter. No, stop and think about it for a little while: this is a young man who has been transported to an unknown world, who has no real skill in weaponry to begin with, but reacts to every threat to his progress through this unknown world by CLUBBING IT TO DEATH WITH A SEVERED HUMAN FEMUR. Once he figures out he can turn between human and rocky orange at will, he decides to stay behind for a while. Bamboo Technology: Gomi appears to be building a skyscraper using whatever junk he has lying around, and some twine. The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Annie and Alex, though the rivalry itself takes a back seat to Annie's fascination with Alex's powers and Alex's reliance on Annie's smarts when she gets in trouble.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Alex ends up naked after morphing the first time, though of course nothing graphic is shown.
The Wasp gets shot through the heart at one point, and Doom offs a couple of minor villains out of pique, but in the end they're Only Mostly Dead.
Also, in a later episode, her aunt talks of how she made a jackass out of herself at christmas.
Co-Dragons: Once Doom has firmly established himself as the villains' leader, Ultron and Doctor Octopus share this role. Ultron has been reprogrammed to be Doom's loyal enforcer and bodyguard, while Octopus is pretty much the only one on Doom's intellectual level who can scheme with him. Heel?Face Turn: Dave, when he finds out Danielle Atron wants to kill the child he contaminated with the GC-161.
Once Octopus leaves the planet with most of the villains, Doom replaces him with Klaw, who basically just acts as a sounding board. Beat Still, My Heart: Among other random items pulled from a bag, is a cartoon valentine heart (not a realistic one) that beats (silently). Anti-mutant bias makes little sense for either of them since Johnny's nephew is a mutant and Clint was in love with one (the Scarlet Witch).
Despite the trouble they get her into and the people hunting her down because of them, she grows to enjoy her powers. Continuity Snarl: Doctor Doom was dead at the time of this series, but was too big a baddie to be left out.
She even keeps them at the end of the series when given a chance to be normal, at least according to the lead actress. The Fantastic Four comic spent much of the next year unraveling how Doom could be present for the Wars while dead. Convection Schmonvection: When the Human Torch uses his "nova flame" to take out Ultron, it burns so hot that it melts clean through the surrounding solid-metal walls and floor. Inspector Javert: Vince is obsessed with finding the kid from the GC-161 accident, even after he's fired as head of security. When the smoke clears, Captain America, who was standing a few yards away and protected only by huddling his upper body behind his shield, is perfectly unharmed. Apparently, his body's melting point is a lot higher than that of whatever alien metal was used to build Doombase. You return here at the very end of the game to activate the teleport to the final boss's lair.
Karma Houdini: In "The Feud" Ray almost sells Alex out to the plant, just because he's miffed she didn't invite him to a concert. Boss Arena Idiocy: The first phase of the final battle consists of destroying some Fans and Speakers, which are virtually indestructible unless you hit the bombs being dropped at you at them.
Kind of the Trope Maker, if only because Marvel rushed to beat DC to it — they'd gotten wind of Crisis on Infinite Earths and wanted to make a big "event" series first. YMMV on this though, since Ray reveals that he had no intention of selling her out, and pulled a Batman Gambit on Vince instead. Curb-Stomp Battle: Spider-Man using his vastly superior agility, reaction-time, and combat experience to take out Titania. Lab Pet: The bunnies are named and are never killed or dissected, not surprising as it is a children's show.
She not only never landed a punch on him, but he took his time while delivering her beat down, all the while delivering a classic "The Reason You Suck" Speech. It made her fearful of Spider-Man for years, despite the fact that she is much, much stronger and Nigh Invulnerable.
Also the pranks Clark plays with the government to hammer his point to Malloy, like replacing classified papers for a meeting with old Superman comics. Earlier, She-Hulk breaks into Doombase alone, to take revenge for the Wasp (supposed dead at the time). Brick Joke: In Antiqua, you find a boulder suspiciously similar to the ones you levitated in Prehistoria. She briefly holds her own against the Wrecking Crew, but the addition of Titania, Doc Ock, and the Absorbing Man to the fight results in them beating her nearly to death.
Do the same here, and Tiny comes out and demonstrates his superior strength by picking up the boulder and throwing it away. Love Makes You Dumb: Annie, who's regularly a supergenius, falls apart around her new cute lab partner. Even earlier Spider-Man comes upon the X-Men plotting to join Magneto, he proceeds to wail on them and easily beats down Wolverine, Rogue, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus before getting mindwiped by Xavier.
When you inevitably end up at the southern end of the desert again, the boulder will land and form a bridge for you to cross. Later on in the series, Scott's true colors come out when he gets caught in a lie about some volunteer photography work Alex had done by claiming her teacher hated them when in actuality the teacher loved them.
At the very start Ultron tries to kill the other super-villains because they're alive and he has no interest in working with them. Also a non-romantic platonic example occurs when Louis first moves to town and becomes such good friends with Ray that Alex begins to fear that her own friendship with Ray was in jeopardy. Doom realizes Ultron can curb-stomp almost all of them, so he tells the Molecule Man to toss Ultron at Galactus. Ultron makes to fight Galactus, who curb-stomps him by simply drawing all the energy from the nuclear reactor that powers him. Broken Bridge: There is an actual broken bridge in Crustacia cutting off access to the west bank of the river. Naive Everygirl Never Bareheaded: You almost never see Alex without some sort of hat on her head. Then Galactus approaches the Beyonder to demand that the Beyonder eliminate his hunger, but the Beyonder curb-stomps him.
Ordinary High-School Student: Alex, she even says "I was just another average kid until an accident changed my life" in the opening credits. It's also worth noting that she wore a similar outfit to the one mentioned in the description of this trope on the day she was soaked with the chemicals that gave her superpowers.
Parents as People Phlebotinum Breakdown: Frequently, usually when Alex gets exposed to foreign chemicals. Disaster Democracy Double Standard: When gathering bad guys, the Beyonder was apparently only able to find one A-list villainess, the Enchantress. Why the Beyonder didn't consider X-Villains Mystique or Emma Frost (this was years before her Heel?Face Turn) is anyone's guess. It is also worth noting that the Beyonder picks two black heroes (Captain Marvel and Iron Man) and one black villain (Thunderball). Jo didn't have any idea she was Bullying a Dragon, not that Alex used her powers when dealing with Jo.
Platonic Life Partners: Alex and Ray, a rare example of a platonic friendship portrayed realistically. Most noticeable when Johnny Storm tries to woo Zsaji by singing lyrics to Michael Jackson and Culture Club songs. In one fourth-season episode, Ray gains a girlfriend, and Alex grows jealous because Ray spends more time with his girlfriend than with her now.
Both Alex's parents call her out on this, saying that Alex is acting like a jilted ex and has never been romantically interested in Ray, so she should be happy for him instead. Alex and Ray's girlfriend eventually come to terms because the girlfriend admits that Ray cares about Alex more than anyone else. Evil Tower of Ominousness: Doom builds himself a 200-mile high tower made of golden stone as his temporary quarters, and invites the heroes to meet with him. It definitely helped that she helped Alex out when Jo (mentioned above) tried to bully her again.
Genre Savvy: Doom seems to immediately realize the deck is stacked against him in the good vs. Properly Paranoid: Louie doesn't take it seriously when Ray told him not to discuss Alex's secret at a cell phone. Also, she can still see while amorphous, despite no longer having any visible eyes, and can speak, despite lack of a mouth. Secret Secret Keeper: And, unbeknownst to any of them until the finale, Dave, the driver responsible for the accident. Snapback: Due to episodes not being aired in production order, there is a moment that seems this way. In one episode, Ray provides the plant with false evidence as to the identity of the accident victim (in order to get the $250 reward), and accidentally convinces Vince that he himself is the kid. In the next episode, in which all of the students in Alex's school get one-day jobs at the plant as part of a project, Ray is working with Atron herself and Vince doesn't seem to recognize him. However, even if you can't see them, the paths are still there, so it's possible to enter and complete the dungeons without meeting Horace. If you do one dungeon and then go meet him, the conversation changes to reflect this, and if you do both dungeons, the dialogue with Horace and the ruler of Nobilia changes because you haven't met Horace before. Though it does invite the Fridge Logic of why the ruler of Nobilia would disguise himself as Horace when you don't know who Horace is; it'd make more sense for him to just be upfront with who he is, since you're working for him and have been given no reason to distrust him. However, this plan worked against the game's favor when Square decided not to produce an English localization of Seiken Densetsu 3, causing Mana fans to believe that the decision was made to avoid competition with Evermore.
Villain with Good Publicity: Danielle Atron, though considered a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing by anyone who has met her, works to maintain a good public image. Empathic Shapeshifter: The dog, whose appearance is determined by what area the hero is exploring. Feral wolf for Prehistoria, sleek jackal-esque dog for Antiqua, pampered poodle in Gothica, and mechanical toaster-dog (with Frickin' Laser Beams!) in Omnitopia. What If?: Ray has an All Just a Dream episode where a bolt of lightning causes Alex's powers to jump to him and Alex has two What If? The toaster-dog is also a Game Breaker, landing critical hits For Massive Damage with almost disturbing frequency.
Establishing Series Moment: The game opens with the hero having just seen a cheesy movie, and he makes many references to similar movies. You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: At first, Danielle was interested in keeping the GC-161 child alive as a test subject. However, once the development of the GC-161 reached a level where having the child would be of no use to further development, she wanted the child destroyed.
Everything Trying to Kill You: Most egregious in the desert area, where the player is attacked by a malevolent tumbleweed. This stuff doesn't just defy the laws of physics by rolling against the wind; it actually chases the hero and absolutely will not turn aside until it has collided with him. This is actually typical of smaller enemies in the game, like spiders: they'll run up, attack you, and then run off. Evil Knockoff: Elizabeth, Horace, and Camilla each have robotic clones of them running around and making trouble. Clones of the hero (no harder than any of the three below mentioned ones) and his dog (who is a much stronger opponent) are encountered during the final boss fight. Which leads to the line, "According to my calculations, you're three times stronger than yourself!" Eye of Newt: The alchemy ingredients, often taking the form of chemicals, minerals, or various flora.
He's chatty for a skeleton, constantly remarking on the desert scenery like a tour bus captain.

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