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6th Jun '18 12:07:54 AM Lego3400
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** Part of this is due to the fact that it's a buffer against two things: One her powers, which run on emotion, from going haywire (Shown best when she and Starfire swapped bodies, Starfire's unbridled emotions caused things to break with Raven's powers. Conversely Raven had trouble using Starfire's powers as they ran on joy and other emotions she normally suppressed). And Two: Her demonic heritage from Trigon left her with an inner demon that when "let free" is dangerous and terrifying to anyone around her. (It accidentally "Escaped" once leaving Dr. Light with a crippling fear of her, and was willingly let free to fight Terra, but still lost). Three times in the series she's able to get to a level of control where she's able to stop these from happening signified by a switch to a white robe. None of them last longer then the episode for varying reasons (1. In her inner fight with her inner demon after fusing the other personalties into the main one. 2: While training under Melchior, who's teachings she abandons when he betrays her, and finally after she is reborn after Trigon kills her.)
28th May '18 10:42:30 AM infernape612
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* '"Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' has the idea of social masks as perhaps *the* major theme of the show. Retsuko is very much of the variety that doesn't want others to see behind her mask, but is completely oblivious to the fact that all of her coworkers are wearing masks themselves. Washimi and Gori, two successful businesswomen at the company, play a major role in helping Retsuko both take off her mask around other people and stand up for herself, while at the same time noting how useful masks can be at times and how they can help you get along better with other people. Gori herself wears a mask at work that very much hides her true, much more vivacious self, while Washimi seems to be the most consistent character, without extreme personality shifts between different parts of her life due to her control over it all (though her personality is naturally very suitable for a wide variety of social situations).

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* '"Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' has the idea of social masks as perhaps *the* major theme of the show. Retsuko is very much of the variety that doesn't want others to see behind her mask, but is completely oblivious to the fact that all of her coworkers are wearing masks themselves. Washimi and Gori, two successful businesswomen at the company, play a major role in helping Retsuko both take off her mask around other people and stand up for herself, while at the same time noting how useful masks can be at times and how they can help you get along better with other people. Gori herself wears a mask at work that very much hides her true, much more vivacious self, while Washimi seems to be the most consistent character, without extreme personality shifts between different parts of her life due to her control over it all (though her personality is naturally very suitable for a wide variety of social situations).
8th May '18 7:54:29 PM IukaSylvie
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** Played with in Itachi: The first time the mask "slips", he's crazily taunting his brother and showing obsession with power. It later turns out this was him trying to [[spoiler:goad Sasuke into killing him, and doesn't resemble his real personality at all]]. It ''really'' turns out that he's [[spoiler:an extremely TragicVillain who despises himself for his NecessarilyEvil actions and loves his brother more than anything else in the world, even the love for his village that forced him into destroying the Uchiha clan]]. TheStoic personality, however, is just who he is; apparently he was born without the ability to express emotion.

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** Played with PlayedWith in Itachi: The first time the mask "slips", he's crazily taunting his brother and showing obsession with power. It later turns out this was him trying to [[spoiler:goad Sasuke into killing him, and doesn't resemble his real personality at all]]. It ''really'' turns out that he's [[spoiler:an extremely TragicVillain who despises himself for his NecessarilyEvil actions and loves his brother more than anything else in the world, even the love for his village that forced him into destroying the Uchiha clan]]. TheStoic personality, however, is just who he is; apparently he was born without the ability to express emotion.
8th May '18 7:52:32 PM IukaSylvie
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** Fakir, initially portrayed as a selfish, manipulative {{jerkass}}, accidentally reveals himself to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold when [[spoiler:Ahiru is briefly stuck as a duck and he falls under the influence of CutenessProximity]].
** Kraehe is initially portrayed as doing things just ForTheEvulz, but by the end, it's revealed that [[spoiler:she only wanted to be loved.]]

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** Fakir, initially portrayed as a selfish, manipulative {{jerkass}}, {{Jerkass}}, accidentally reveals himself to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold when [[spoiler:Ahiru [[spoiler:Duck is briefly stuck as a duck and he falls under the influence of CutenessProximity]].
** Kraehe is initially portrayed as doing things just ForTheEvulz, but by the end, it's revealed that [[spoiler:she [[IJustWantToBeLoved only wanted to be loved.loved]].]]
29th Apr '18 12:21:55 AM TitaniumDragon
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* '"Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' has the idea of social masks as perhaps *the* major theme of the show. Retsuko is very much of the variety that doesn't want others to see behind her mask, but is completely oblivious to the fact that all of her coworkers are wearing masks themselves. Washimi and Gori, two successful businesswomen at the company, play a major role in helping Retsuko both take off her mask around other people and stand up for herself, while at the same time noting how useful masks can be at times and how they can help you get along better with other people. Gori herself wears a mask at work that very much hides her true, much more vivacious self, while Washimi seems to be the most consistent character, without extreme personality shifts between different parts of her life due to her control over it all (though her personality is naturally very suitable for a wide variety of social situations).
25th Apr '18 9:30:01 PM infernape612
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** Kenshin's CrouchingMoronHiddenbadass and ObfuscatingStupidity masks hide deep depression and feelings of [[{{TheAtoner}} unworthiness]].

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** Kenshin's CrouchingMoronHiddenbadass and ObfuscatingStupidity masks hide deep depression and feelings of [[{{TheAtoner}} [[TheAtoner unworthiness]].



** [[{{BrokenAce}} Aoshi's]] JerkAss stoicism hid how much [[{{JerkWithAHeartOfGold}} he cared for]] [[{{AFatherToHisMen}} his people]], and later his rage and violence hid [[{{DeathSeeker}} depression and feelings of failure]].

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** [[{{BrokenAce}} [[BrokenAce Aoshi's]] JerkAss stoicism hid how much [[{{JerkWithAHeartOfGold}} [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he cared for]] [[{{AFatherToHisMen}} [[AFatherToHisMen his people]], and later his rage and violence hid [[{{DeathSeeker}} [[DeathSeeker depression and feelings of failure]].


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* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', All Might puts on a facade of a totally unflappable hero dedicated solely to preserving justice. However, that's all a mask for a man who genuinely fears for his safety every time he goes out to fight and is deeply worried about passing on his powers. He shows his vulnerabilities more often when he is in his depowered form, and his true thoughts use his depowered voice. Appropriately, Creator/ChristopherSabat uses a manly and heroic voice for the mask, and his more natural-sounding voice for his true self.
19th Apr '18 9:32:26 PM nombretomado
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* In the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'', the episode "A Piano in the House" featured a magical piano. When it played certain song rolls, the music forced people to show their true natures. The sadistic host who owned the piano loved it. He used it on his party guests, showing a noble man was greedy, how a woman was vain. His come-uppance was when his wife, sick of the abuse going on in the party, put a roll in that affected HIM. He then showed how terrified and needy he was to everyone.

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* In the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Twilight Zone]]'', the episode "A Piano in the House" featured a magical piano. When it played certain song rolls, the music forced people to show their true natures. The sadistic host who owned the piano loved it. He used it on his party guests, showing a noble man was greedy, how a woman was vain. His come-uppance was when his wife, sick of the abuse going on in the party, put a roll in that affected HIM. He then showed how terrified and needy he was to everyone.
7th Apr '18 4:55:12 PM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] HiddenDepths or RichIdiotWithNoDayJob, which are about skills and roles rather than personality. Compare and contrast BecomingTheMask, where the facade itself actually becomes part of the character's personality.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] HiddenDepths or RichIdiotWithNoDayJob, which are about skills and roles rather than personality. Compare and contrast BecomingTheMask, where the facade itself actually becomes part of the character's personality.
7th Apr '18 11:50:55 AM nombretomado
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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}} ComicBook/{{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.
19th Mar '18 6:27:19 PM KibaDoku
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Beneath Italy's mask of happiness and silliness, he bore many insecurities and anxieties. His façade only cracked when [[spoiler:he saw Germany and Japan [[CockFight beat each other up]] over him.]]
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