Date: 2017-03-23 12:44 am (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
The 'hide your ID even from your loved ones' thing is pretty old. I'm with Wally.

Date: 2017-03-23 01:29 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Wouldn't your loved ones knowing your ID make hiding it easier?

Yes, yes it would

Date: 2017-03-23 03:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blue_bolt
It's actually MUCH harder to protect them if you don't establish a SOP for how to respond to your enemies.

You need to give them codewords, safe house locations, contact info for other superheroes... basically all the stuff I would do to protect my loved ones requires me to let them in on the secret.

This is where I question whether the writer really considered what they were saying before they wrote it.

Re: Yes, yes it would

Date: 2017-03-23 12:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Keeping the hero's identity a secret from his loved ones also puts them in extra danger when one of the villains inevitably discover his or her real name. When the villains goes after them, they don't know that they need to be extra careful and take precautions.

Remember that awesome scene in Spider-man, where the Chameleon went after aunt May disguised as Peter, but since she knew that Peter was Spider-man she also knew to pay a lot of attention to suspicious things, so she figured out that the guy was not the real Peter and poisoned him? If she hadn't known that Peter was a superhero, she would have either not noticed the little inconsistencies or dismissed them as stress or whatever, and she would have been killed.

Re: Yes, yes it would

Date: 2017-03-23 02:42 pm (UTC)
q99: (Default)
From: [personal profile] q99
And she was literally knitting the word 'Gotcha' the entire time they were talking? Because Aunt May is awesome?

Re: Yes, yes it would

Date: 2017-03-23 02:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Also there's Ultimate Aunt May's example- Not only was she a bit safer, but when Peter was in trouble, she called in more heroes! Just a few ones he knew, but still.

Date: 2017-03-23 02:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Yep. They can give alibis, they won't get suspicious and snoop around... and of course there's the massive rift in the relationship caused by hiding such a huge part of their life.

The Superman/Lois thing worked for quite awhile because they *weren't actually together*, they were love interests but it was pretty light dating and yadda yadda. They got together, that changed (Clark actually waited a little between proposing and revealing, which I find a bit iffy, but still, we're talking 'weeks' not 'years').

The others went into more advanced measures one can get into, but even basic knowledge helps a lot.

Date: 2017-03-24 03:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
I'm not the biggest Brad Meltzer fan, but he had an interesting line about this in his JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #5.

"After Clark, we got organized. After Sue, we got armed. By Barda."

Date: 2017-03-23 01:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starwolf_oakley
Sometime in Mark Waid's run, Iris told Linda "I figured out Barry was the Flash six months before he worked up the nerve to tell me himself."

Date: 2017-03-23 06:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] xammax
Screwing with Batman seems like something that would drive most villains back to their old hero.

Then again all Thawne would need to do is tell Bruce the plot to Flashpoint Batman. He dad is a Batman who kills, his mom is the Joker, Selina is quadriplegic; yeah that would screw him up

Date: 2017-03-23 06:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lamashtar
You know, I have no problem hiding secrets from loved ones. Maybe you're just worried they'll blab. That's the reasoning why spouses of certain spies never know. But that secrecy protects YOU and your secrets more than them.

Date: 2017-03-23 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] long_silence
At least he finally told Wally. Keeping it a secret from him was just frustrating as hell and causing so much unnecessary conflict (which I understand as a narrative device but it's still dumb)

Date: 2017-03-23 09:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zapbiffpow
Except for Barry refusing to tell Wally this secret ID, (which led to exactly this I Was Trying to Protect You trope) I've actually been enjoying this series.

Also, I didn't realize New 52 Reverse Flash was deads. Is what Digger actually saying here true, or is he sparing Wally's feelings? From how he's being written currently, it seems like it could go either way.

Date: 2017-03-23 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] scorntx
Nah, that happened. Daniel was in Suicide Squad and got blown up, conveniently around the time The Flash introduced a new version of Eobard.
(Though there was wiggle room in that they never showed the body.)

Date: 2017-03-23 04:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] zapbiffpow
Though there was wiggle room in that they never showed the body

Oh, good! I don't know why, but I kinda wanted him to stick around for a possible Justice League of Atonement kind of deal.

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