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20th Jul '16 12:03:39 AM meanmetalmario
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** Then in the final case of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', we have [[spoiler:the phantom, an assassin who has become so many masks that he's ''completely forgotten his original identity.'']]

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** Then in the final case of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', we have [[spoiler:the phantom, an assassin a MasterOfDisguise who has become so many masks that he's ''completely forgotten his original identity.'']]
15th Jul '16 3:40:37 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', Lavi is a successor to the [[TheWatcher Bookman]] lineage, who only joined the Black Order to record the war. However, as the years passed, he got more and more into the role of an exorcist, and is visibly angry when Bookman tells him he's not really a part of the Order, and that he's only there because it's convenient. His issues with BecomingTheMask are actually what LittleMissBadass Road Kamelot uses to [[MindRape "destroy his heart"]].

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* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', Lavi is a successor to the [[TheWatcher Bookman]] lineage, who only joined the Black Order to record the war. However, as the years passed, he got more and more into the role of an exorcist, and is visibly angry when Bookman tells him he's not really a part of the Order, and that he's only there because it's convenient. His issues with BecomingTheMask Becoming The Mask are actually what LittleMissBadass Road Kamelot uses to [[MindRape "destroy his heart"]].



* A classic movie example is Humphrey Bogart's character in ''The Left Hand of God''. He plays a mercenary in China who uses the identity of a dead priest to escape his warlord employer but that means actually acting the part of a priest at a medical mission. Luckily he's a Catholic boy so he knows the drill. He also does his best to live up to the part with [[BecomingTheMask predictable]] results.

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* A classic movie example is Humphrey Bogart's character in ''The Left Hand of God''. He plays a mercenary in China who uses the identity of a dead priest to escape his warlord employer but that means actually acting the part of a priest at a medical mission. Luckily he's a Catholic boy so he knows the drill. He also does his best to live up to the part with [[BecomingTheMask predictable]] predictable results.



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "The Masks" does this, quite naturally, with a KarmicTwistEnding: a dying man makes his overly-eager-for-the-inheritance relatives wear masks as a condition of inheriting. The masks are nasty caricatures of their inner selves, and they end up quite literally BecomingTheMask.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "The Masks" does this, quite naturally, with a KarmicTwistEnding: a dying man makes his overly-eager-for-the-inheritance relatives wear masks as a condition of inheriting. The masks are nasty caricatures of their inner selves, and they end up quite literally BecomingTheMask.Becoming The Mask.



* Happens to Quinn in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' - she first joins the club to spy on it for Sue, hoping Finn would lose interest in Rachel if the club disbanded. She ends up enjoying the club enough that she does a complete HeelFaceTurn, even saving the club when Sue seems successful in disbanding it. (It's debatable, though, how much Quinn would have [[BecomingTheMask Become The Mask]] if her pregnancy hadn't turned her into a FallenPrincess, though.)

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* Happens to Quinn in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' - she first joins the club to spy on it for Sue, hoping Finn would lose interest in Rachel if the club disbanded. She ends up enjoying the club enough that she does a complete HeelFaceTurn, even saving the club when Sue seems successful in disbanding it. (It's debatable, though, how much Quinn would have [[BecomingTheMask Become The Mask]] Mask if her pregnancy hadn't turned her into a FallenPrincess, though.)



* MethodActing is all about BecomingTheMask (or the character) for a role.

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* MethodActing is all about BecomingTheMask Becoming The Mask (or the character) for a role.
15th Jul '16 3:25:45 PM ilmaisin
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* Despite possessing good eyesight as a child, Music/EltonJohn started wearing eyeglasses to emulate Music/BuddyHolly... and now 40 some years of glasses wearing have ruined his eyes [[BlindWithoutEm to the point where he legitimately needs those glasses]].
15th Jul '16 6:20:36 AM Willbyr
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* Jansen Friedh in ''LostOdyssey'' starts out as TheMole ([[PaperThinDisguise as the other party members are perfectly aware of]]), but it only takes him a day or so of traveling with Kaim and Seth to decide he likes the two of them a lot better than he likes [[SmugSnake his employer]]. Falling hard for TheHighQueen Ming Numara is the final straw.

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* Jansen Friedh in ''LostOdyssey'' ''VideoGame/LostOdyssey'' starts out as TheMole ([[PaperThinDisguise as the other party members are perfectly aware of]]), but it only takes him a day or so of traveling with Kaim and Seth to decide he likes the two of them a lot better than he likes [[SmugSnake his employer]]. Falling hard for TheHighQueen Ming Numara is the final straw.
5th Jul '16 12:49:32 PM rafi
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* Taken to ludicrous extremes by Roger in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. [[spoiler:He creates a new identity to seduce a shop girl and allow him to steal a pair of gloves he likes. Then the stress of actually caring about someone causes Roger's mind to split into two - the persona he created, and himself. Apparently his persona carries on for quite a while before Roger notices extra bills on his credit card, at which point Roger tries to destroy this man's life.]]

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* Taken to ludicrous extremes by Roger in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. [[spoiler:He Once he creates a new identity to seduce a shop girl and allow him to steal a pair of gloves he likes. Then the stress of actually caring about someone causes Roger's mind to split into two - the persona he created, and himself. Apparently his persona carries on for quite a while before Roger notices extra bills on his credit card, at which point Roger tries to destroy this man's life.]]



** In "The Last Temptation of Homer", Homer's guardian angel assumes AFormYouAreMoreComfortableWith, first choosing Sir Isaac Newton as someone Homer would respect and revere, then reluctantly changing to Colonel Klink from ''Series/HogansHeroes'' when Homer has no clue who Isaac Newton is. When Homer informs him Hogan had tunnels around the camp, the angel reacts with genuine alarm.

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** In "The Last Temptation of Homer", Homer's guardian angel assumes AFormYouAreMoreComfortableWith, a different form, first choosing Sir Isaac Newton as someone Homer would respect and revere, then reluctantly changing to Colonel Klink from ''Series/HogansHeroes'' when Homer has no clue who Isaac Newton is. When Homer informs him Hogan had tunnels around the camp, the angel reacts with genuine alarm.



* Subverted on one season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', where the Teens were revealed to be secret agents of some sort and Carl was a secret agent assigned to spy on them. At the end of the episode, he mixes up strip club and liquor store, implying that the real Carl does not share the *ahem* interests of the Carl we've come to know and love. Of course, given what show we're talking about, don't expect this to carry over into next season.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'', Mipsy uses her cousin, Thea, to try to influence Ginger to stay at a private boarding school. Thea spends a semester with Ginger, and during the process, warms up to her and admits she felt bad about the deception, but only did so because she [[OnlyInItForTheMoney really needed the money to fund her shopping addiction]]. It's not hard to interpret that she legitimately ''wanted'' Ginger to stay because she liked her.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': [[spoiler:Numbuh 274, aka Chad Dickson]]. While he remains loyal to Kids Next Door [[spoiler:as a FakeDefector, his hatred of Numbuh 1 becomes real due to a perceived slight that Nigel is completely unaware of until the GrandFinale, and he spends his last appearance in the penultimate episode trying to kill him]].



* An AlternativeCharacterInterpretation of Mother Gothel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has her think she might have become the mask. However, many of the indications that she ''did'' at some point were subtle, but effective.
* In one of the old ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episodes, a duckling comes to think of Tom as his mother. At first, Tom is only taking advantage of it to prepare to cook the little duckling into stew, but by the time the duckling willing decides to do it, Tom can't bring himself to cook the little guy and saves him. Also one of the few episodes that ends with Tom having a happy ending.

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* An AlternativeCharacterInterpretation of Mother Gothel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' has her think she might have become the mask. However, many of the indications that she ''did'' at some point were subtle, but effective.
* In one of the old ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episodes, a duckling comes to think of Tom as his mother. At first, Tom is only taking advantage of it to prepare to cook the little duckling into stew, but by the time the duckling willing ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Eddy decides to do it, Tom can't bring dress up as a foreign exchange student named 'Carl', to find out who wrote graffiti about him. When he introduces himself to cook the little guy and saves him. Also one rest of the few episodes kids, he finds out that ends with Tom having they all prefer him, instead of Eddy. Double D ([[spoiler:the one who wrote "Eddy is a happy ending.no neck chump" in the first place]]) tells the surprised 'Carl' that it's respect, and that he hasn't done anything to provoke a negative opinion, like scamming for pocket change.
** In another episode, Edd builds a monster suit for Ed, only for Ed to start believing he actually is a monster and proceeds to go on a rampage through the neighborhood.



* [[spoiler:Zhalia]] from ''HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' at the end of episode 17.
* Subverted on one season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', where the Teens were revealed to be secret agents of some sort and Carl was a secret agent assigned to spy on them. At the end of the episode, he mixes up strip club and liquor store, implying that the real Carl does not share the *ahem* interests of the Carl we've come to know and love. Of course, given what show we're talking about, don't expect this to carry over into next season.
* In ''AsToldByGinger'', Mipsy uses her cousin, Thea, to try to influence Ginger to stay at a private boarding school. Thea spends a semester with Ginger, and during the process, warms up to her and admits she felt bad about the deception, but only did so because she [[OnlyInItForTheMoney really needed the money to fund her shopping addiction]]. It's not hard to interpret that she legitimately ''wanted'' Ginger to stay because she liked her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Eddy decides to dress up as a foreign exchange student named 'Carl', to find out who wrote graffiti about him. When he introduces himself to the rest of the kids, he finds out that they all prefer him, instead of Eddy. Double D ([[spoiler:the one who wrote "Eddy is a no neck chump" in the first place]]) tells the surprised 'Carl' that it's respect, and that he hasn't done anything to provoke a negative opinion, like scamming for pocket change.
** In another episode, Edd builds a monster suit for Ed, only for Ed to start believing he actually is a monster and proceeds to go on a rampage through the neighborhood.

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* [[spoiler:Zhalia]] from ''HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' at the end of episode 17.
* Subverted on one season finale of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', where the Teens were revealed to be secret agents of some sort and Carl was a secret agent assigned to spy on them. At the end of the episode, he mixes up strip club and liquor store, implying that the real Carl does not share the *ahem* interests of the Carl we've come to know and love. Of course, given what show we're talking about, don't expect this to carry over into next season.
* In ''AsToldByGinger'', Mipsy uses her cousin, Thea, to try to influence Ginger to stay at a private boarding school. Thea spends a semester with Ginger, and during the process, warms up to her and admits she felt bad about the deception, but only did so because she [[OnlyInItForTheMoney really needed the money to fund her shopping addiction]]. It's not hard to interpret that she legitimately ''wanted'' Ginger to stay because she liked her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', Eddy decides to dress up as a foreign exchange student named 'Carl', to find out who wrote graffiti about him. When he introduces himself to the rest of the kids, he finds out that they all prefer him, instead of Eddy. Double D ([[spoiler:the one who wrote "Eddy is a no neck chump" in the first place]]) tells the surprised 'Carl' that it's respect, and that he hasn't done anything to provoke a negative opinion, like scamming for pocket change.
** In another episode, Edd builds a monster suit for Ed, only for Ed to start believing he actually is a monster and proceeds to go on a rampage through the neighborhood.
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* [[spoiler:Knock Out]] of all bots does this in the finale movie of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', ''Predacons Rising''. While his personality and motives remain virtually unchanged up until the very end of the film, [[spoiler:his assistance (however limited) when facing Unicron's undead Predacon army and later show of genuine regret when Optimus dies seem to indicate he's truly changed.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': [[spoiler:Numbuh 274, aka Chad Dickson]]. While he remains loyal to Kids Next Door [[spoiler:as a FakeDefector, his hatred of Numbuh 1 becomes real due to a perceived slight that Nigel is completely unaware of until the GrandFinale, and he spends his last appearance in the penultimate episode trying to kill him]].

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* In one of the old ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' episodes, a duckling comes to think of Tom as his mother. At first, Tom is only taking advantage of it to prepare to cook the little duckling into stew, but by the time the duckling willing decides to do it, Tom can't bring himself to cook the little guy and saves him. Also one of the few episodes that ends with Tom having a happy ending.
* [[spoiler:Knock Out]] of all bots does this in the finale movie of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', ''Predacons Rising''. While his personality and motives remain virtually unchanged up until the very end of the film, [[spoiler:his assistance (however limited) when facing Unicron's undead Predacon army and later show of genuine regret when Optimus dies seem to indicate he's truly changed.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': [[spoiler:Numbuh 274, aka Chad Dickson]]. While he remains loyal to Kids Next Door [[spoiler:as a FakeDefector, his hatred of Numbuh 1 becomes real due to a perceived slight that Nigel is completely unaware of until the GrandFinale, and he spends his last appearance in the penultimate episode trying to kill him]].
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26th Jun '16 3:09:29 AM captainpat
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* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''. RJ the raccoon.
* This is the central plot of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}''.
19th Jun '16 11:09:04 AM Jhonny
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* Martin Sheen played the President of the US on Series/TheWestWing - for quite some time fellow actors actually treated him as if he were the President.
19th Jun '16 11:07:47 AM Jhonny
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*** Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch (Watson and Sherlock in Series/{{Sherlock}}) are either really good friends and very close to each other or extremely good at faking it.
18th Jun '16 10:41:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* JackLondon's short story "South of the Slot" features a sociology professor who adopts a working-class persona to write about the culture from a scholarly standpoint, but finds himself spending more and more time as the rowdy labor-hero, until he eventually forsakes his career and impending marriage to become the other persona full-time.

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* JackLondon's Creator/JackLondon's short story "South of the Slot" features a sociology professor who adopts a working-class persona to write about the culture from a scholarly standpoint, but finds himself spending more and more time as the rowdy labor-hero, until he eventually forsakes his career and impending marriage to become the other persona full-time.
15th Jun '16 1:51:19 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''Literature/TheImpairment'' features two examples of this [[spoiler: Meleeo and Allie Parker]] and both are an interesting contrast from one another. Whereas [[spoiler: Allie Parker, the human, dons a monster suit of which she commits [[SerialKiller murders]] on Mildwood University and grows to believe herself to be a "mother" of sorts to the Nytera, the creatures running amuck at night, Meleeo, the alien, adapts to life on campus in the form of a mild mannered human college teacher named Norman Oswald and plays the role of a helpful mentor to students, including Kyle and Mark especially]].

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* ''Literature/TheImpairment'' features two examples of this [[spoiler: Meleeo and Allie Parker]] and both are an interesting contrast from one another. Whereas [[spoiler: Allie Parker, the human, dons a monster suit of which she commits [[SerialKiller murders]] murders on Mildwood University and grows to believe herself to be a "mother" of sorts to the Nytera, the creatures running amuck at night, Meleeo, the alien, adapts to life on campus in the form of a mild mannered human college teacher named Norman Oswald and plays the role of a helpful mentor to students, including Kyle and Mark especially]].



*** Yes and no with the hellhound. While the dog definately DID prefer Earth to hell in the end, the reason he took the smaller form wasn't as a disguise but because whatever the Anti-Christ named him, would define him and Adam chose the name 'Dog'. So he became the perfect embodiment of a dog, changing him from the very start.

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*** Yes and no with the hellhound. While the dog definately definitely DID prefer Earth to hell in the end, the reason he took the smaller form wasn't as a disguise but because whatever the Anti-Christ Antichrist named him, would define him and Adam chose the name 'Dog'. So he became the perfect embodiment of a dog, changing him from the very start.



** The ''Literature/HandOfThrawn Duology'' has the Devist family, a number of clones of AcePilot Soontir Fel who kept together and secretive to avoid the FantasticRacism that comes with [[CloningBlues being a clone]]. They were set up as a cell of [[DeepCoverAgent sleeper agents]], supposed to answer the call when the Empire needed them, and in the mean time they became farmers. But like Soontir before them, they [[FarmBoy loved the soil]], and loved it more than the Empire. When they scramble in their TIE interceptors and [[CatchAFallingStar save]] Han and Leia, they don't report them, and are eventually talked into helping the New Republic with the Camaasi Document crisis.\\\

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** The ''Literature/HandOfThrawn Duology'' has the Devist family, a number of clones of AcePilot Soontir Fel who kept together and secretive to avoid the FantasticRacism that comes with [[CloningBlues being a clone]]. clone. They were set up as a cell of [[DeepCoverAgent sleeper agents]], agents, supposed to answer the call when the Empire needed them, and in the mean time meantime they became farmers. But like Soontir before them, they [[FarmBoy loved the soil]], and loved it more than the Empire. When they scramble in their TIE interceptors and [[CatchAFallingStar save]] save Han and Leia, they don't report them, and are eventually talked into helping the New Republic with the Camaasi Document crisis.\\\



** ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has Luke half-awake during [[AndIMustScream an eternity after the heat death of the universe]], after all the stars have burned out. He escapes the projection of this eternity before he can despair enough to [[GrandTheftMe let his body be stolen]], but for quite some time later he's cynical, depressed, even nihilistic, believing that all of his friends are using him and nothing will matter in the end. He's Luke Skywalker, so he very consciously decides to act ''exactly'' like he would have before going through that, hoping that eventually it will stop being an act and he can "fall back into the dream of the light". Fortunately he doesn't have to wait that long before regaining his faith during a {{Mind Screw}}y metaphor-heavy sequence.

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** ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has Luke half-awake during [[AndIMustScream an eternity after the heat death of the universe]], universe, after all the stars have burned out. He escapes the projection of this eternity before he can despair enough to [[GrandTheftMe let his body be stolen]], but for quite some time later he's cynical, depressed, even nihilistic, believing that all of his friends are using him and nothing will matter in the end. He's Luke Skywalker, so he very consciously decides to act ''exactly'' like he would have before going through that, hoping that eventually it will stop being an act and he can "fall back into the dream of the light". Fortunately he doesn't have to wait that long before regaining his faith during a {{Mind Screw}}y metaphor-heavy sequence.



** Lowbacca in ''[[Literature/YoungJediKnights Diversity Alliance]]''. He isn't [[FantasticRacism racist]], but he can see where the Alliance gets their ideas from. Even though they're basically the {{Flanderized}} version of the Black Panthers.

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** Lowbacca in ''[[Literature/YoungJediKnights Diversity Alliance]]''. He isn't [[FantasticRacism racist]], racist, but he can see where the Alliance gets their ideas from. Even though they're basically the {{Flanderized}} version of the Black Panthers.



* Occurs in reverse in Creator/CSLewis ''TheGreatDivorce''. A man who keeps trying to emotionally manipulate his love interest slowly becomes "The Tragedian", a false personality given to [[LargeHam hackneyed dramatic gestures]], and his real, honest (if average) personality gradually shrinks away to nothing. Ironically, she loved him as he was.

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* Occurs in reverse in Creator/CSLewis ''TheGreatDivorce''. A man who keeps trying to emotionally manipulate his love interest slowly becomes "The Tragedian", a false personality given to [[LargeHam hackneyed dramatic gestures]], and gestures]and his real, honest (if average) personality gradually shrinks away to nothing. Ironically, she loved him as he was.



* Moist Von Lipwig in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' intially only pretends to like his new post but ultimately gets his criminal thrills by being a LargeHam showman for the post office. At the end of the book he decides that as long as he never actually ''admits'' to himself he's become the mask, he never has to stop wearing it.

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* Moist Von Lipwig in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'' intially initially only pretends to like his new post but ultimately gets his criminal thrills by being a LargeHam showman for the post office. At the end of the book he decides that as long as he never actually ''admits'' to himself he's become the mask, he never has to stop wearing it.



** [[spoiler:Walter Plinge]] in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' eventually [[BecomingTheMask Became The Mask]] permanently, with a little help from Granny Weatherwax.

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** [[spoiler:Walter Plinge]] in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' eventually [[BecomingTheMask Became The Mask]] Mask permanently, with a little help from Granny Weatherwax.



*** From the same book, [[spoiler:The command staff who became just as eager to punish women]], as [[spoiler:Jackrum]] eventually warns Polly to avoid the same pitfall.

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*** From the same book, [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:the command staff who became just as eager to punish women]], as [[spoiler:Jackrum]] eventually warns Polly to avoid the same pitfall.



* In the series ''Instrumentalities of the Night,'' by Creator/GlenCook, protagonist Else Tage is sent on a mission to spy on the west for the kingdom of Dreangor (i.e., [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Muslim Egypt]]). Pushed along by the fact that the EvilChancellor responsible for sending him on the mission is trying to have him killed, he starts questioning his loyalty. This process is clearly indicated by the fact that after spending the first book referring to him as Else, the narration switches to calling him by the pseudonym he's using.

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* In the series ''Instrumentalities of the Night,'' by Creator/GlenCook, protagonist Else Tage is sent on a mission to spy on the west for the kingdom of Dreangor (i.e., [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Muslim Egypt]]).Egypt). Pushed along by the fact that the EvilChancellor responsible for sending him on the mission is trying to have him killed, he starts questioning his loyalty. This process is clearly indicated by the fact that after spending the first book referring to him as Else, the narration switches to calling him by the pseudonym he's using.



** And his clone, Mark, was brainwashed and trained from birth to impersonate Miles, and after breaking free of his captors he struggles for years to find his own personality and avoid BecomingTheMask.

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** And his clone, Mark, was brainwashed and trained from birth to impersonate Miles, and after breaking free of his captors he struggles for years to find his own personality and avoid BecomingTheMask.Becoming the Mask.



* In ''EndersGame'', Valentine starts to worry about adopting "Demosthenes's" more radical, hard-line opinions after writing too many columns under that name. (Whether Peter is similarly worried about becoming "Locke" is unknown.) She uses that as the basis of another article - that people who give in to [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Warsaw Pact]] will end up giving up everything (note that there's some [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany historical evidence]] for this idea - just ask Neville Chamberlain).

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* In ''EndersGame'', Valentine starts to worry about adopting "Demosthenes's" more radical, hard-line opinions after writing too many columns under that name. (Whether Peter is similarly worried about becoming "Locke" is unknown.) She uses that as the basis of another article - that people who give in to [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Warsaw Pact]] Pact will end up giving up everything (note that there's some [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany historical evidence]] for this idea - just ask Neville Chamberlain).



* In ''Outcaste'', first of the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' novels, the protagonist Jay is born into a world where everyone's occupation is absolutely determined by birth, or 'caste'. Dissatisfied with his fate as a lowly blacksmith, Jay sheds his identity and masquerades first as Priest Caste, and then as Swordbearer Caste. He spends many years as a swordbearer, is evidently comfortable with this identity, and presumably would have lived the rest of his life like this if [[RealityEnsues events hadn't conspired against him]].
* In the classic SF story "Private Eye" by C.L. Moore and Creator/HenryKuttner, the main character radically changes his identity in order to give himself an alibi for a murder he is planning. Since the police have chronoscopes in the future, he needs to play the role to the hilt. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone At the end he realizes he liked his new identity better.]]

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* In ''Outcaste'', first of the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' novels, the protagonist Jay is born into a world where everyone's occupation is absolutely determined by birth, or 'caste'. Dissatisfied with his fate as a lowly blacksmith, Jay sheds his identity and masquerades first as Priest Caste, and then as Swordbearer Caste. He spends many years as a swordbearer, is evidently comfortable with this identity, and presumably would have lived the rest of his life like this if [[RealityEnsues events hadn't conspired against him]].
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* In the classic SF story "Private Eye" by C.L. Moore and Creator/HenryKuttner, the main character radically changes his identity in order to give himself an alibi for a murder he is planning. Since the police have chronoscopes in the future, he needs to play the role to the hilt. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone At the end he realizes he liked his new identity better.]]
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