I am wondering if these two are synonymous in most cases. I am also not 100% sure that "reveal himself as" means about the same thing as "reveal that he's", but I think they are. They should mean the same thing, but who knows?

For example:

He revealed himself as the double agent who leaked everything.

He revealed that he's the double agent who leaked everything.


They're very close in meaning, but "revealed himself" sounds more dramatic: it suggests that he did something more direct and noticeable (made an announcement, for example) whereas "revealed that he" suggests something a little lower-key.

But these are only nuances: either could be used in either case.

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    Yes. Clark Kent would reveal himself to Lois Lane as Superman by undoing his work clothes and showing his costume underneath. On the other hand, Kent would reveal that he was Superman by simply having a conversation with her about it. – Jason Bassford Apr 19 '19 at 4:15

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