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12th Aug '16 3:29:45 AM tclittle
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** It is explained later on Magic itself wants to uphold the Masquerade and ''will'' change how it works for humans (barring a few certain individuals) if it does. It has happened before in the past and it is on the verge of happening again.
10th Aug '16 5:46:02 PM PlatFleece
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* In ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'', the ''Land of Magic'' enforces the masquerade by careful use of mind altering magic, as well as producing various anime and manga of the Magical Girls' daily adventures for the public.
31st Jul '16 9:01:22 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* The fact that witches exist is such a carefully protected secret in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' that Sabrina isn't even allowed to visit (or even talk to) her human mother. It's not revealed what the consequences would be, but they must be ''dire''.
10th Jul '16 12:13:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* The fourth game in the DesertStrike series, ''Soviet Strike'', hints at this. Rather than a part of the Kuwaiti liberation forces or government endorsed [[{{Pun}} strike]] team, the player finds themselves in spook territory, the pilot of a covert operation that uses false news broadcasts and cyber warfare to prevent military action from escalating. A canny player might be able to hazard a guess that the game's BigBad was in fact their co pilot, who goes rogue, is apparently killed, then turns up later. The third and fifth stages, at the very least, indicate he was behind the events that took place to scare Mother Russia into playing along with the shadow organization.

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* The fourth game in the DesertStrike ''VideoGame/DesertStrike'' series, ''Soviet Strike'', hints at this. Rather than a part of the Kuwaiti liberation forces or government endorsed [[{{Pun}} strike]] team, the player finds themselves in spook territory, the pilot of a covert operation that uses false news broadcasts and cyber warfare to prevent military action from escalating. A canny player might be able to hazard a guess that the game's BigBad was in fact their co pilot, who goes rogue, is apparently killed, then turns up later. The third and fifth stages, at the very least, indicate he was behind the events that took place to scare Mother Russia into playing along with the shadow organization.
9th Jul '16 6:45:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/HarryAndTheHendersons,'' TheObiWan-like museum curator declares "There is no such thing as Bigfoot" just as Harry steps into view behind him.

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* In ''Film/HarryAndTheHendersons,'' TheObiWan-like the Obi-Wan-like museum curator declares "There is no such thing as Bigfoot" just as Harry steps into view behind him.
26th Jun '16 7:36:13 AM merotoker
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', a world with similarities to ''Literature/HarryPotter'', has as the first defense to magic a simple worldwide spell that prevents muggles from noticing anything [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight really obviously weird]]. Things like Negi flying on his staff are written off as nobody looking up. However it is possible for magic to be figured out or noticed, in that case the person suffers a bout of [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forgetfulness]]. Any mage who does break the Masquerade is threatened with punishment (such as being turned into an ermine). This especially comes up in the second series, ''Negima?!'', when two "observers" threaten Negi every single episode as more and more students become aware of him (and hiding this fact becomes increasingly difficult). The school being an ElaborateUniversityHigh with oddities like TheWorldTree and a huge dungeon for a library helps in dismissing the few scattered reports of magic [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight as just part of the package]], as does humanity's natural inclination to dismiss the illogical.

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', a world with similarities to ''Literature/HarryPotter'', has as the first defense to magic a simple worldwide spell that prevents muggles from noticing anything [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight really obviously weird]]. Things like Negi flying on his staff are written off as nobody looking up. However it is possible for magic to be figured out or noticed, in that case the person suffers a bout of [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forgetfulness]]. Any mage who does break the Masquerade is threatened with punishment (such as being turned into an ermine). This especially comes up in the second series, ''Negima?!'', when two "observers" threaten Negi every single episode as more and more students become aware of him (and hiding this fact becomes increasingly difficult). The school being an ElaborateUniversityHigh with oddities like TheWorldTree the WorldTree and a huge dungeon for a library helps in dismissing the few scattered reports of magic [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight as just part of the package]], as does humanity's natural inclination to dismiss the illogical.



* Mages in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} (''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}, VisualNovel/FateStayNight'') generally have to keep themselves hidden, and teach their arts in secret. While [[CosmicHorrorStory everything in the universe is stronger than a measly human]], things like vampires still do the same, apparently because human beings are too far-reaching ([[ChurchMilitant the Church]] is rather devoted to wiping out bloodsuckers). The [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything canon explanation for this]] is because [[FunctionalMagic systems of Magecraft]] actually draw on a limited "amount" of power -- the more followers a system have, the lower the amount an individual can actually pull out. So really, they're keeping it secret just so they can keep the power to themselves.

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* Mages in the Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} (''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}, VisualNovel/FateStayNight'') generally have to keep themselves hidden, and teach their arts in secret. While [[CosmicHorrorStory everything in the universe is stronger than a measly human]], things like vampires still do the same, apparently because human beings are too far-reaching ([[ChurchMilitant the Church]] is rather devoted to wiping out bloodsuckers). The [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight canon explanation for this]] is because [[FunctionalMagic systems of Magecraft]] actually draw on a limited "amount" of power -- the more followers a system have, the lower the amount an individual can actually pull out. So really, they're keeping it secret just so they can keep the power to themselves.



* In ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', the existence of Immortals is unknown to the general public, and one SeasonFinale of [[Series/{{Highlander}} of the series]] is based upon a specific threat to reveal their existence to the world.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', the existence of Immortals is unknown to the general public, and one SeasonFinale of [[Series/{{Highlander}} of the series]] is based upon a specific threat to reveal their existence to the world.



* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' and its spin-off, ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', the supernatural world keeps iself secret from the {{muggle}} one, mostly for the sake of convenience, which actually makes things ''in''convenient when there's supernatural trouble brewing in regular world.

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* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' and its spin-off, ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', the supernatural world keeps iself secret from the {{muggle}} {{muggle|s}} one, mostly for the sake of convenience, which actually makes things ''in''convenient when there's supernatural trouble brewing in regular world.



* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' used this as well, in that the sisters had to conceal their use of magic from normals. Not doing so led to disastrous results in a few cases (which were usually able to be reversed, in some cases with help by Lawful Neutral entities called [[TheMenInBlack the Cleaners]] who could [[RetCon just erase things and memories from existence]]).
** What's really weird is that even the bad guys supported the Masquerade, despite the fact that breaking it only ever hurt the protagonists. With that said, considering ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', having legions of [[ChurchMilitant fanatical humans]] hunting you down every time you popped up to do battle is a bit nervewracking. That, and there's no guarantee humans won't find a way to harm demons. It's much simpler for all parties involved to just keep that variable out.
* Most, if not all, {{Sit Com}}s that involve magical worlds do this. Examples: ''Bewitched'', ''Sabrina the Teenage Witch'', ''Wizards of Waverly Place''.
** Almost every Creator/DisneyChannel live-action show since ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has had a Masquerade of some sort, except for ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and its spinoff.

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' used this as well, in that the sisters had to conceal their use of magic from normals. Not doing so led to disastrous results in a few cases (which were usually able to be reversed, in some cases with help by Lawful Neutral entities called [[TheMenInBlack the Cleaners]] who could [[RetCon just erase things and memories from existence]]).
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existence]]). What's really weird is that even the bad guys supported the Masquerade, despite the fact that breaking it only ever hurt the protagonists. With that said, considering ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', having legions of [[ChurchMilitant fanatical humans]] hunting you down every time you popped up to do battle is a bit nervewracking. That, and there's no guarantee humans won't find a way to harm demons. It's much simpler for all parties involved to just keep that variable out.
* Most, if not all, {{Sit Com}}s that involve magical worlds do this. Examples: ''Bewitched'', ''Sabrina the Teenage Witch'', ''Wizards of Waverly Place''.
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''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. Almost every Creator/DisneyChannel live-action show since ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' has had a Masquerade of some sort, except for ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'' and its spinoff.



* DependingOnTheWriter, the existence of all of the enemies of [[TheEmpire the Imperium]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' is kept from the general populace in much this way. It's a slightly unusual instance, since the masquerade is conducted by the good ([[BlackAndGrayMorality well, less bad]]) guys, to keep the population from realising just how {{crapsack|World}}y the world really is. In particular, only a select few not actively involved in combat against them realise the existence of the Tyranids and Chaos. The Traitor Legions are a closely guarded secret. Sometimes. It really depends who's writing, and particularly on the setting, since we rarely see the non-combatants of the 40k 'verse

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* DependingOnTheWriter, the existence of all of the enemies of [[TheEmpire the Imperium]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is kept from the general populace in much this way. It's a slightly unusual instance, since the masquerade is conducted by the good ([[BlackAndGrayMorality well, less bad]]) guys, to keep the population from realising just how {{crapsack|World}}y the world really is. In particular, only a select few not actively involved in combat against them realise the existence of the Tyranids and Chaos. The Traitor Legions are a closely guarded secret. Sometimes. It really depends who's writing, and particularly on the setting, since we rarely see the non-combatants of the 40k 'verse



** The sheer scale of the Warhammer 40,000 universe helps maintain the Masquerade for much of humanity. Countless worlds have never seen an alien incursion, and might even regard the Imperium itself as a myth due to centuries of isolation. Basically all the dark things of the universe are just old stories, until they show up and start eating you.

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** The sheer scale of the Warhammer 40,000 ''Warhammer 40,000'' universe helps maintain the Masquerade for much of humanity. Countless worlds have never seen an alien incursion, and might even regard the Imperium itself as a myth due to centuries of isolation. Basically all the dark things of the universe are just old stories, until they show up and start eating you.



** This is especially the case with memetic SCPs, where enforcing the masquerade is actually a requirement to contain them - because simply knowing about them is enough to cause them to manifest.

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** This is especially the case with memetic SCPs, [=SCPs=], where enforcing the masquerade is actually a requirement to contain them - because simply knowing about them is enough to cause them to manifest.



** Danny must keep his ability to change into a ghost secret from everyone -- especially his [[SecretChaser ghost-hunter parents]], or else he will end up being hunted by the [[TheMeninBlack ghost-hunting goverment agency]]. However, he seems to have no problem with every single non-human recurring enemy he's ever faced retaining knowledge of his identity; only once or twice have any of them thought to actually use this against him.

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** Danny must keep his ability to change into a ghost secret from everyone -- especially his [[SecretChaser ghost-hunter parents]], or else he will end up being hunted by the [[TheMeninBlack ghost-hunting goverment government agency]]. However, he seems to have no problem with every single non-human recurring enemy he's ever faced retaining knowledge of his identity; only once or twice have any of them thought to actually use this against him.
25th Jun '16 3:08:55 AM Theokal3
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*** And then, in the unofficial ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'', not only is their no Masquerade, but the titular Princesses can openly flaunt it for not only no ill effect, sometimes it even causes *positive* things to happen. Which makes sense-the Hopeful are meant to spread, well, Hope, and their magic is pretty good at that.

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*** And then, Played wit in the unofficial ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful'', not only ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful''. Much like in ''Genius'' there technically is no masquerade; [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] have no rule against revealing the existence of the Light and Darkness, and can use their no Masquerade, but the titular Princesses can openly flaunt it for not only abilities in plain sight with no ill effect, sometimes it effect. In fact, there are even causes situations where this can cause *positive* things to happen. Which makes sense-the Hopeful are meant In practice however, most of them ''do'' try to spread, well, Hope, and their keep some degree of secrecy, for two reasons: first, this is still the World of Darkness, where magic is pretty good at that. inherently terrifying to people who don't know about it, so carelessly revealing yourself as a supernatural being, even one of light and hope, isn't something you'd want to do. Second, and more importantly, using your magic too much in public or without the cover of your dual identity makes it easy for [[SentientCosmicForce the All-Consuming Darkness]] to track you down, which usually results in malevolent creatures attacking either your or you loved ones.
17th Jun '16 9:49:34 AM TheCheshireCat
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** This is especially the case with memetic SCPs, where enforcing the masquerade is actually a requirement to contain them - because simply knowing about them is enough to cause them to manifest.
15th Jun '16 8:34:04 AM TiredRoman
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** The Tau Ethereals know perfectly well that the supernatural is real. They hide it from the rest of Tau society for the "Greater Good". The main reason Commander Farsight defected is because he found out the truth.
11th Jun '16 9:07:35 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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At its most basic definition, whatever supernatural or extraordinary groups in the series, often an AncientConspiracy (or at minimum MonstersAnonymous) of some sort, must hide their existence from consensus reality, and anything is permitted to maintain this: LaserGuidedAmnesia, [[{{Brainwashed}} Brainwashing]], even shaping the natural laws to make themselves InvisibleToNormals. If a whole secondary society exists secretly adjacent to the mundane world, that's a WainscotSociety.

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At its most basic definition, whatever supernatural or extraordinary groups in the series, often an AncientConspiracy (or at minimum MonstersAnonymous) of some sort, must hide their existence from consensus reality, and anything is permitted to maintain this: LaserGuidedAmnesia, [[{{Brainwashed}} Brainwashing]], BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood, even shaping the natural laws to make themselves InvisibleToNormals. If a whole secondary society exists secretly adjacent to the mundane world, that's a WainscotSociety.



* National Security services traditionally operate a form of masquerade; traditionally, Britain's MI:5 (domestic counter-intelligence) and MI:6 (foreign spying) didn't "officially" exist until the mid-'80s, though this was a legal fiction which everyone knew about. These days, MI:6 is happy to have its most famous (fictional... probably) operative, Film/JamesBond, emerging from its (real) London HQ!
* The US National Security Agency was similarly officially nonexistent for much of its history. Despite this, it was commonly known to exist, and people often joked that NSA actually stood for "No Such Agency".
* Similarly, the {{CIA}} is pretty much the definition of a a RealLife Masquerade. Besides that we know they are there to protect against foreign threats using espionage and to train new agents, very little is known about them, despite the fact that their existence is now essentially an OpenSecret. By the way, their exact number of agents is [[https://www.cia.gov/about-cia/faqs/index.html#employeenumbers also classified]], [[ParanoiaFuel so it could be as few as a select number of people, or]] '''[[ParanoiaFuel everyone you know]]'''.

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* National Security services traditionally operate a form of masquerade; traditionally, Britain's MI:5 (domestic counter-intelligence) and MI:6 (foreign spying) didn't "officially" exist until the mid-'80s, though this was a legal fiction which everyone knew about. These days, MI:6 is happy to have its most famous (fictional... probably) operative, Film/JamesBond, Franchise/JamesBond, emerging from its (real) London HQ!
* The US National Security Agency was similarly officially nonexistent for much of its history. Despite this, it was commonly known to exist, and people often joked that NSA actually stood for "No Such Agency".
"NoSuchAgency."
* Similarly, the {{CIA}} UsefulNotes/{{CIA}} is pretty much the definition of a a RealLife Masquerade. Besides that we know they are there to protect against foreign threats using espionage and to train new agents, very little is known about them, despite the fact that their existence is now essentially an OpenSecret. By the way, their exact number of agents is [[https://www.cia.gov/about-cia/faqs/index.html#employeenumbers also classified]], [[ParanoiaFuel so it could be as few as a select number of people, or]] '''[[ParanoiaFuel everyone you know]]'''.
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