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5th May '18 3:08:59 PM eroock
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Compare SecretIdentityIdentity, LivingADoubleLife, and TheWhitestBlackGuy. In extreme cases this can lead to SplitPersonality. See also DoubleThink.

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Compare SecretIdentityIdentity, LivingADoubleLife, and TheWhitestBlackGuy.TheWhitestBlackGuy, ConflictingLoyalty. In extreme cases this can lead to SplitPersonality. See also DoubleThink.
3rd Apr '18 8:05:40 PM Mdumas43073
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-->-- '''W.E.B Du Bois''', ''The Souls of Black Folk''

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-->-- '''W.E.B B. Du Bois''', ''The Souls of Black Folk''



This term was coined by W.E.B [=DuBois=] in ''The Souls of Black Folk''. He used it in reference to African-Americans who struggle between the identities of being both American and Black.

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This term was coined by W.E.B [=DuBois=] B. Du Bois in ''The Souls of Black Folk''.Folk'' (1903). He used it in reference to African-Americans who struggle between the identities of being both American and Black.


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26th Nov '17 3:20:59 PM nighttrainfm
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* Amy Pond from ''Series/DoctorWho'' remembers two different versions of her life; although having two incompatible lives in her head at once doesn't really bother her, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32HVBSNightAndTheDoctor it seems like it should]]. In series 6, [[spoiler:she has a ''triple consciousness'', where she remembers the collapsing timeline stuck on 5:02pm, where Amy was an agent that killed Kovarian]].
** Her husband, Rory Williams, also has a Double Consciousness, having memories of being both the ordinary [[TheMedic nurse]] Rory Williams, and the [[spoiler:2,000-year-old Last Centurion from the universe of the Total Event Collapse]]. He has worked out how to keep the latter set of memories locked away in his mind most of the time, however, and only lets them out when he needs them. ''To terrify Cybermen''.

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* *''Series/DoctorWho'':
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Amy Pond from ''Series/DoctorWho'' remembers two different versions of her life; although having two incompatible lives in her head at once doesn't really bother her, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32HVBSNightAndTheDoctor it seems like it should]]. In series 6, [[spoiler:she has a ''triple consciousness'', where she remembers the collapsing timeline stuck on 5:02pm, where Amy was an agent that killed Kovarian]].
Kovarian.]]
** Her husband, Rory Williams, also has a Double Consciousness, having memories of being both the ordinary [[TheMedic nurse]] Rory Williams, and the [[spoiler:2,000-year-old Last Centurion from the universe of the Total Event Collapse]]. Collapse.]] He has worked out how to keep the latter set of memories locked away in his mind most of the time, however, and only lets them out when he needs them. ''To terrify Cybermen''.
7th Nov '17 3:33:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-->-- W.E.B Du Bois, ''The Souls of Black Folk''

-> ''"All the furniture that made up the way I'd thought and felt about things all my life started coming loose in my head. Nowadays it slides around and breaks into pieces and I have no idea what parts of it are real and what aren't. It hurts, and a lot of the time I don't know who I am anymore."''
-->-- '''Lara Notsil[=/=]Gara Petothel[=/=]Kirney Slane''', '''''[[Literature/XWingSeries Solo Command]]'''''

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-->-- W.'''W.E.B Du Bois, Bois''', ''The Souls of Black Folk''

-> ''"All the furniture that made up the way I'd thought and felt about things all my life started coming loose in my head. Nowadays it slides around and breaks into pieces and I have no idea what parts of it are real and what aren't. It hurts, and a lot of the time I don't know who I am anymore."''
-->-- '''Lara Notsil[=/=]Gara Petothel[=/=]Kirney Slane''', '''''[[Literature/XWingSeries Solo Command]]'''''
Folk''
7th Nov '17 3:26:39 PM Actua11y
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** Lelouch's relationship with Nunnally means that he doesn't suffer from this as much as other characters with dual identities, since he had decided right from the start that his role as Zero was only a means to an end, (that end being Nunnally's happiness,) and so even though it was difficult to juggle both his lives, he did not suffer from too many emotional conflicts at first. This starts to change when [[spoiler: he finds out that Zero killed his love interest's father]], and he considers giving up but ultimately keeps going, and gets tested even more severely when [[spoiler: Nunnally becomes viceroy of Japan, putting Zero in direct opposition to her]], but by this point he can't bring himself to abandon everyone depending on Zero, and is seriously internally conflicted as a result.
** Rolo and Viletta have a few brief problems with this. Rolo spent most of his life as a dirty tactics assassin, but also spent one year with Lelouch as a normal person. The feedback during the Asian Embassy fiasco (disobeying Britannian orders to kill Lelouch) leaves him a wreck until Lelouch offers him a job. Viletta also has to deal with the fact that she still loves Oghi but she has finally been given noble status, and yet [[spoiler: said nobility and even some of the royal family have had their titles rescinded by Lelouch and are subsequently punished for mass corruption]]. It takes her a while to forget about her obsession with nobility (though for other reasons, that ironically ends up a moot point).

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** Lelouch's relationship with Nunnally means that he doesn't suffer from this as much as other characters with dual identities, since he had decided right from the start that his role as Zero was only a means to an end, (that end being Nunnally's happiness,) and so even though it was difficult to juggle both his lives, he did not suffer from too many emotional conflicts at first. This starts to change when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he finds out that Zero killed his love interest's father]], and he considers giving up but ultimately keeps going, and gets tested even more severely when [[spoiler: Nunnally [[spoiler:Nunnally becomes viceroy of Japan, putting Zero in direct opposition to her]], but by this point he can't bring himself to abandon everyone depending on Zero, and is seriously internally conflicted as a result.
** Rolo and Viletta have a few brief problems with this. Rolo spent most of his life as a dirty tactics assassin, but also spent one year with Lelouch as a normal person. The feedback during the Asian Embassy fiasco (disobeying Britannian orders to kill Lelouch) leaves him a wreck until Lelouch offers him a job. Viletta also has to deal with the fact that she still loves Oghi but she has finally been given noble status, and yet [[spoiler: said [[spoiler:said nobility and even some of the royal family have had their titles rescinded by Lelouch and are subsequently punished for mass corruption]]. It takes her a while to forget about her obsession with nobility (though for other reasons, that ironically ends up a moot point).



** Her husband, Rory Williams, also has a Double Consciousness, having memories of being both the ordinary [[TheMedic nurse]] Rory Williams, and the [[spoiler: 2,000-year-old Last Centurion from the universe of the Total Event Collapse]]. He has worked out how to keep the latter set of memories locked away in his mind most of the time, however, and only lets them out when he needs them. ''To terrify Cybermen''.

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** Her husband, Rory Williams, also has a Double Consciousness, having memories of being both the ordinary [[TheMedic nurse]] Rory Williams, and the [[spoiler: 2,000-year-old [[spoiler:2,000-year-old Last Centurion from the universe of the Total Event Collapse]]. He has worked out how to keep the latter set of memories locked away in his mind most of the time, however, and only lets them out when he needs them. ''To terrify Cybermen''.
22nd Oct '17 9:16:17 PM JulianLapostat
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* Post-colonial philosophers like Frantz Fanon, Edward Said and authors like Creator/SalmanRushdie often note that individuals from ex-colonies experience this, especially the middle-class who work with the colonizers and speak their language. These individuals, they note, see the colonizers as the people see them while they also absorb and ape the colonialist perspective and learn to see their fellow people, their country and themselves as the "colonizers" see them.

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* Post-colonial philosophers like Frantz Fanon, Edward Said and authors like Creator/SalmanRushdie often note that individuals from ex-colonies experience this, especially the middle-class who work with the colonizers and speak their language. These individuals, they note, see the colonizers as the people see them while they also absorb and ape the colonialist perspective and learn to see their fellow people, their country and themselves as the "colonizers" see them. The Urdu critic, Muḥammad Ḥusain Āzād, writing in the late 19th Century, noted that the new English speaking Middle-Class Indians, socially-engineered by UsefulNotes/TheRaj learned to loathe Indian culture and its traditions
--> ''The important thing is that [[WrittenByTheWinners the glory of the winnersí ascendant fortune]] gives everything of theirs -- [[YouAreTheNewTrend even their dress]], [[StiffUpperLip their gait]], [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman their conversation]] -- [[MightyWhitey a radiance that makes them desirable]]. And people do not merely adopt them, [[YouWillBeAssimilated but are proud to adopt them]]. Then they bring forth, [[IntellectuallySupportedTyranny by means of intellectual arguments, many benefits of this]].''
14th Jun '17 1:58:34 PM Sarcos
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* The main character of ''Literature/{{Newshound}}'', Heather Stone, is a werewolf who struggles with balancing the conflicting demands of her human and lupine identities. Although it's not quite a case of SplitPersonality, since both sides are always present at all times, there's a very clear distinction between the two; Heather exclusively refers to the wolf half in the third person, regarding it as a separate entity.
4th Apr '17 5:53:19 PM nombretomado
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* Shades of this trope appear in ''WesternAnimation/GerisGame'', one of the first PixarShorts. Playing chess with himself, the old man's personality seems to shift as he goes from playing white to playing black, and he reacts just as if he really were two people.

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* Shades of this trope appear in ''WesternAnimation/GerisGame'', one of the first PixarShorts.WesternAnimation/PixarShorts. Playing chess with himself, the old man's personality seems to shift as he goes from playing white to playing black, and he reacts just as if he really were two people.
7th Jan '17 10:46:50 AM sgamer82
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* This trope turns [[spoiler:Huey]] into a complete psychopath in MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain; he's still a genius who cures ''parapalegism'' in the MGS universe 30 years before mass-implemented cyborg augmentations, but due to his paranoia and hatred causes the deaths of hundreds (in ways that boggle the mind) and is completely unrepentant in his role of developing mass-produced infantry-assisting murder machines. And yet he has an unviolated conscience. Whenever he says anything contradicting within ten seconds, no lie detector that Diamond Dogs has can see anything; he's telling the truth that he remembers. The secret to his psychosis is his ability to restructure his memory in milliseconds, allowing him to lie to EVERYONE, especially HIMSELF, leaving him more deranged as he gets questioned and retaliates destructively in turn. The only saving grace he has in this game is that his boss is even more evil and pushed him to become a sociopath, and even said boss is disgusted by the cowardly monster that he has become.

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* This trope turns [[spoiler:Huey]] into a complete psychopath in MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain; ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain''; he's still a genius who cures ''parapalegism'' in the MGS universe 30 years before mass-implemented cyborg augmentations, but due to his paranoia and hatred causes the deaths of hundreds (in ways that boggle the mind) and is completely unrepentant in his role of developing mass-produced infantry-assisting murder machines. And yet he has an unviolated conscience. Whenever he says anything contradicting within ten seconds, no lie detector that Diamond Dogs has can see anything; he's telling the truth that he remembers. The secret to his psychosis is his ability to restructure his memory in milliseconds, allowing him to lie to EVERYONE, especially HIMSELF, leaving him more deranged as he gets questioned and retaliates destructively in turn. The only saving grace he has in this game is that his boss is even more evil and pushed him to become a sociopath, and even said boss is disgusted by the cowardly monster that he has become.
7th Sep '16 1:22:15 AM PaulA
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* Dana in OctaviaButler's ''Kindred'' is a 1970s black woman transported back to the antebellum south, where she has to masquerade as a slave, causing a lot of conflict between her 'liberated' self and the demeanor she has to adopt to survive as a slave.

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* Dana in OctaviaButler's Creator/OctaviaButler's ''Kindred'' is a 1970s black woman transported back to the antebellum south, where she has to masquerade as a slave, causing a lot of conflict between her 'liberated' self and the demeanor she has to adopt to survive as a slave.
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