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29th Jun '16 4:30:23 PM Anddrix
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* Vriska in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' tries with all her might to live up to the example of her famous ancestor, Marquise Spinneret Mindfang, preferring that everyone view her as the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Spider8itch]] than risk showing a hint of weakness. Even ''she'' doesn't realise this until she [[spoiler:kills Tavros]], and either sadly or happily depending on [[BaseBreaker your opinion of the character]], it's [[HeelFaceDoorSlam too late]].

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* Vriska in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' tries with all her might to live up to the example of her famous ancestor, Marquise Spinneret Mindfang, preferring that everyone view her as the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Spider8itch]] than risk showing a hint of weakness. Even ''she'' doesn't realise this until she [[spoiler:kills Tavros]], and either sadly or happily depending on [[BaseBreaker your opinion of the character]], character, it's [[HeelFaceDoorSlam too late]].
23rd Jun '16 6:31:00 PM HeraldAlberich
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* ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'': Ben puts on a pleasant front, but occasionally allows himself to grow solemn and sad, given Annileen a glimpse of the Obi-Wan Kenobi who was forced to kill his best friend just a few weeks ago. Annie notes that most people on Tatooine are the opposite--hiding any pleasant parts of their personality under a layer of abrasiveness.
22nd Jun '16 1:17:43 PM CyberTiger88
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The concept in Western philosophy originated with UsefulNotes/CarlJung, who referred to the mask people wear in public as the "persona", and their hidden desires as their "shadow."

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The concept in Western philosophy originated with UsefulNotes/CarlJung, who referred to the mask people wear in public as the "persona", and their hidden desires as their "shadow."[[ShadowArchetype shadow]]."
15th Jun '16 3:29:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* KevinSpencer, in his confrontation with LoveInterest [[AxeCrazy Shawna]], states that beneath all her sociopathic, murderous tendencies, she's really a popularity-obsessed bitch.
* CasperTheFriendlyGhost, in one of the older cartoons, ''Fright from Wrong'', is force-fed a huge jar of "Mean Pills" by his mean uncles, who want him to be a mean ghost to ''humans''. But Casper spends the rest of the short putting them through the wringer (both literally and figuratively). It would appear that this example wouldn't count since Casper was drugged to act like that, right? Ehhh, not so much... he reveals at the very end that he never took the pills; all the cartoonish brutality he'd unleashed on his uncles was all him just trying to teach them a lesson! The little Friendly Ghost has a vicious side hidden under the "friendly".

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* KevinSpencer, ''WesternAnimation/KevinSpencer'', in his confrontation with LoveInterest [[AxeCrazy Shawna]], states that beneath all her sociopathic, murderous tendencies, she's really a popularity-obsessed bitch.
* CasperTheFriendlyGhost, ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'', in one of the older cartoons, ''Fright from Wrong'', is force-fed a huge jar of "Mean Pills" by his mean uncles, who want him to be a mean ghost to ''humans''. But Casper spends the rest of the short putting them through the wringer (both literally and figuratively). It would appear that this example wouldn't count since Casper was drugged to act like that, right? Ehhh, not so much... he reveals at the very end that he never took the pills; all the cartoonish brutality he'd unleashed on his uncles was all him just trying to teach them a lesson! The little Friendly Ghost has a vicious side hidden under the "friendly".
5th Jun '16 9:06:14 PM siberia82
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* A major theme of ''Film/WildThings''. Sam appears to be an honest, upstanding educator, but he's really a [[spoiler:sleazy, exploitative pervert.]] Kelly appears to be an all-American teenage girl next door, but she's actually [[spoiler:an angry, sexually confused cokehead who hates her family.]] Ray appears to be an honest if overzealous cop, but he's actually a [[spoiler:DirtyCop who enjoys prostitutes and is quite willing to murder anyone who pisses him off.]] Suzie appears to be a white-trash loser, but she's actually a [[spoiler:brilliantly calculating [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who manipulates everyone else]].\\
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Lampshaded by Ray, although in reference to another character.

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* A major theme of ''Film/WildThings''. Sam appears to be an honest, upstanding educator, but he's really a [[spoiler:sleazy, exploitative pervert.]] Kelly appears to be an all-American teenage girl next door, but she's actually [[spoiler:an angry, sexually confused cokehead who hates her family.]] Ray appears to be an honest if overzealous cop, but he's actually a [[spoiler:DirtyCop who enjoys prostitutes and is quite willing to murder anyone who pisses him off.]] Suzie appears to be a white-trash loser, but she's actually a [[spoiler:brilliantly calculating [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who manipulates everyone else]].\\
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Lampshaded by Ray, although in reference to another character.


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* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Quicksilver's jovial facade hides some deep-seated daddy issues regarding his estranged father, Magneto.
-->'''Peter Maximoff''': He left my mom before I was born. I met him ten years back, but I didn't know it was him. By the time I figured it out, it was too late. Then I saw him on TV again, and I came to the house looking for him, but by the time I got there... ''(sighs)'' Late again. You know, for a guy who moves as fast as me, I always seem to be too late.
31st May '16 1:19:25 PM Tron80
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* In episode 5 of ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'', Shinji thinks about Asuka’s abrasive and obnoxious behavior and how it was all a lie to hide her real self.
-->Then the Second Child had arrived, bringing with her conflict, friction and more then a few painful contusions to his head as she continually let him know exactly what she thought of him as an Eva Pilot, a man and a human.\\
All of it a giant lie to shield the four year old girl desperately hiding deep behind the moats, minefields and electrified fences she had placed around her heart.
31st May '16 11:04:52 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'', Asuka was actually a nice, caring girl underneath her harsh mask. After opening up to Shinji she displays her real self openly more often, and it annoys Shinji that his classmates all of sudden think that they have a chance with her now they’ve realized she’s not a complete bitch.
22nd May '16 2:46:50 AM DannWoolf
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** Gothel appears to be a loving though overprotective mother towards Rapunzel. But when [[spoiler: Rapzunel finds out she was the lost princess and Gothel had kidnapped her all along]], she reveals her true greedy nature that she would do anything to keep Rapunzel's power to herself [[spoiler: even murder.]]

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** Gothel appears to be a loving though overprotective mother towards Rapunzel. But when [[spoiler: Rapzunel Rapunzel finds out she was the lost princess and Gothel had kidnapped her all along]], she reveals her true greedy nature that she would do anything to keep Rapunzel's power to herself [[spoiler: even murder.]]
22nd May '16 2:46:10 AM DannWoolf
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* {{Deadpool}} is known as the Merc with a mouth due to his wit and constant and often nonsensical talking. This carefree and jovial nature is actually a mask under which is severe depression and self-loathing resulting from the many, many tragedies and tortures he has endured. It has compounded more so in recent issues with the death of his former love interest and the possible death of their daughter.

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* {{Deadpool}} is known as the Merc merc with a mouth due to his wit and constant and often nonsensical talking. This carefree and jovial nature is actually a mask under which is severe depression and self-loathing resulting from the many, many tragedies and tortures he has endured. It has compounded more so in recent issues with the death of his former love interest and the possible death of their daughter.
18th May '16 11:06:02 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Kurei from ''FlameOfRecca'' personifies this trope, he even wears a mask! He may seem like one of the most cruel, heartless and sadistic characters in the series, but most of his actions are driven by his love for people he cares about.

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* Kurei from ''FlameOfRecca'' ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' personifies this trope, he even wears a mask! He may seem like one of the most cruel, heartless and sadistic characters in the series, but most of his actions are driven by his love for people he cares about.
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