Some examples would be

Spiderman: Peter Parker works as a Photographer but not even his aunt knows about his other identity until later.

Mr. Robot (TV Series): Elliot/Mr. Robot the one who is the mastermind of most of the hacks but the society(not f) is unaware of it.

Superman: He works for The Daily Planet in The Animated Series.

Black Mirror (Hated in the Nation): The hacker is all alone and doesn't reveal in person.

Batman: Bruce Wayne but only a few know about his other identity.

Death Note: Light Yagami is not known by the World until the end.

Is there a general term for these types of characters or movies?

  • TL;DR; no. usually characters are not categorized, labled in any way as you asked. also, your question title is pretty much opposite than the last line in your question body, which is hell'a lot confusing
    – Vishwa
    Jun 22, 2020 at 5:45

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It's called an alter ego

Not a genre, it's called an alter ego (Latin for "other I") means alternate self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or true original personality.

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    That's fine but I feel there is a special word for people who don't want to let their secrets out. An Alter ego is a broader term.
    – m4n0
    Jun 20, 2020 at 18:08
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    "Secret identity", perhaps
    – Anthony X
    Jun 20, 2020 at 18:31
  • I would guess this is a very old idea; certainly Jekyll and Hyde is an earlier example but I bet even before that, humans have observed that people behave very differently in different circumstances. Not exactly secret identity but related.
    – releseabe
    Jun 20, 2020 at 19:59
  • @AnthonyX That's it. I could filter through the list: imdb.com/search/keyword/… while other keywords like disguise also seemed close.
    – m4n0
    Jun 21, 2020 at 8:08

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