Is it possible to "reveal" a card in a public zone? Let's say that I control a Darksteel Colossus that's been turned face-down . If it then gets destroyed, what actually happens? If I reveal it from the battlefield, I'll just reveal a face-down creature, right? If it's still revealed after being shuffled into my library, then I'll reveal the actual card, but does it remain revealed during or after the shuffle?
For that matter, how does Darksteel Colossus even work for this situation? It doesn't have the replacement ability while it's face-down, so will it actually hit the graveyard?
Yes. Cards do it with the exile zone all the time.
When a face-down permanent leaves the battlefield, it gets revealed as it leaves. If it's a colossus, you'll reveal a colossus, then put it into the graveyard (its replacement effect wasn't active as it left).
all face down cards that leave the battlefield have to be turned face up
then the replacement effect kicks in, you reveal it (it's visible already anyway) and shuffle it in the library
...so its shuffle-me-into-lib replacement ability won't trigger apply?
Shard_fenix is correct here. The card is only revealed, not turned face up. It won't be a face up card until it's in the graveyard and by that point it will be too late for it's replacement effect to apply.
The only replacement effects that look into the future are "Enter the battlefield" replacement effects. "Leaves the battlefield" and "enters (any other zone)" replacements have to exist before the event happens.
If an effect forced you to reveal a face-down permanent (but not turn it face up), would you show what the actual card is?
Wait! Colossus has not been settled yet!
The replacement effect does not exist while it's in the Library; still, it works. Why not from the Field (even when hidden)?
A face-down creature has no abilities, right? Not even the replacement effect, so by the time it would be a Colossus again, it would have to already be in the graveyard, at which point it's too late to do anything instead. If the Colossus is in the library, it's hidden, but it still has its abilities.
So, in the end, the collossus will be shuffled in the owner's library or not ?
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