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28th Mar '17 12:43:46 PM ProfEtheric
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* In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', the existence of the paranormal is not commonly known. This is largely due to the actions of a group of MenInBlack known colloquially as "The Shroud".
23rd Mar '17 1:15:15 PM Discar
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* ''Series/TheMagicians2016'': Magic is secret, and this secrecy is enforced through mind-wipes and illusions, but they don't go to an excessive amount of effort to keep it under wraps. Quentin mentions that there's a video of Bush accidentally casting a very minor spell that keeps getting taken down, and after the first time Julia is mind-wiped, Brakebills decides it's not worth the trouble of doing it again. It's implied that the main reason the Masquerade survives is simply because [[WeirdnessCensor people prefer not to notice magic]]. Many high-ranking government and private officials are magicians, which keeps the civilian magicians from just doing whatever they want. It's to the point that perfectly ordinary banks are heavily warded against magical intrusions and have battle magicians on staff.
19th Mar '17 9:48:32 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Webcomic/morphE}}'', as per the NewWorldOfDarkness canon the story takes place within. Mundane people exposed to magic tend to go mad or dead. Or so Amical says after killing one.

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* In ''{{Webcomic/morphE}}'', as per the NewWorldOfDarkness TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness canon the story takes place within. Mundane people exposed to magic tend to go mad or dead. Or so Amical says after killing one.
11th Mar '17 7:37:20 PM ultimomant
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* In the ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'', superpowered beings have been active for a while - Comicbook/WonderWoman was [[Film/WonderWoman active in WWI]], for example. However, the general public are unaware of this until the events of ''Film/ManOfSteel'', when [[AlienInvasion General Zod and his fellow Kryptonians arrive]] and Comicbook/{{Superman}} publically reveals his exsistance to stop them. Even then, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' shows that while the existence of extraterresial life is now public knowledge, most of the public are unaware of the non-alien [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual metahumans]] in their midst, although ''Film/SuicideSquad'' reveals that the [[GovernmentConspiracy US government are aware]], and even have several metahumans in captivity.

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* In the ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'', superpowered beings have been active for a while - Comicbook/WonderWoman was [[Film/WonderWoman [[Film/WonderWoman2017 active in WWI]], for example. However, the general public are unaware of this until the events of ''Film/ManOfSteel'', when [[AlienInvasion General Zod and his fellow Kryptonians arrive]] and Comicbook/{{Superman}} publically reveals his exsistance to stop them. Even then, ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' shows that while the existence of extraterresial extraterrestrial life is now public knowledge, most of the public are unaware of the non-alien [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual metahumans]] in their midst, although ''Film/SuicideSquad'' ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' reveals that the [[GovernmentConspiracy US government are aware]], and even have several metahumans in captivity.
22nd Feb '17 6:49:34 AM Wercury
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** The ever-pedantic Hermione recounts from wizarding history that no actual witches or wizards were harmed by the inquisitions, as they could magically protect themselves from things like being burned.[[note]]HarsherInHindsight when you think about all the people who actually were killed for witchcraft in the real, non-Potterverse world.[[/note]] It is also worth noting that powerful magic can effectively neutralize technology. For example, nothing powered by electricity functions in the magic-rich vicinity of Hogwarts. Magic can also conceal even very large areas from Muggle detection and entry. Platform 9-3/4, the entire length of the Hogwarts Express train track, schools such as Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, Diagon Alley, Number 12 Grimmauld Place and the massive Quidditch World Cup stadium and surrounding grounds are all impenetrable to Muggles without direction from wizarding individuals. It would seem that wizarding people simply do not want to be bothered by having to deal with Muggles any more than absolutely necessary and thus opt to conceal themselves and their preferred locales. At least until Voldemort makes it a policy that Muggles should be conquered by wizards.

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** The ever-pedantic Hermione recounts from wizarding history that no actual witches or wizards were harmed by the inquisitions, as they could magically protect themselves from things like being burned.[[note]]HarsherInHindsight [[note]]FridgeHorror when you think about all the people who actually were killed for witchcraft in the real, non-Potterverse world.[[/note]] It is also worth noting that powerful magic can effectively neutralize technology. For example, nothing powered by electricity functions in the magic-rich vicinity of Hogwarts. Magic can also conceal even very large areas from Muggle detection and entry. Platform 9-3/4, the entire length of the Hogwarts Express train track, schools such as Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, Diagon Alley, Number 12 Grimmauld Place and the massive Quidditch World Cup stadium and surrounding grounds are all impenetrable to Muggles without direction from wizarding individuals. It would seem that wizarding people simply do not want to be bothered by having to deal with Muggles any more than absolutely necessary and thus opt to conceal themselves and their preferred locales. At least until Voldemort makes it a policy that Muggles should be conquered by wizards.
18th Feb '17 2:14:16 AM Nakuyabi
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* Done on a small scale with the Richards family in ''Literature/WeCantRewind'': [[spoiler: since the FreakyFridayFlip that swapped the parents with their children is never reversed, the parents in their children's bodies still have quite the active sex life, and the step-siblings in their parents' bodies are now married to each other at a painfully young age and ''also'' sexually active, the parents and children decide they're just going to have to carry on with pretending to be each other, as outsiders probably wouldn't be too understanding of their family arrangement even in the more libertarian nation where they've settled]].
17th Feb '17 5:02:11 AM Chabal2
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* DependingOnTheWriter, the existence of all of the enemies of [[TheEmpire the Imperium]] in ''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

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* DependingOnTheWriter, the existence of all of the enemies of [[TheEmpire the Imperium]] in ''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'verse.


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** The Tau Ethereals are running by hiding the existence of Chaos (and the reason Farsight rebelled against them), explaining all instances of Chaos as insane humans (technically, they're not wrong) and daemons as remarkably unpleasant aliens. However, since they also have little to no knowledge of the Warp, no psykers and naturally high Warp resistance, it leads to situations like the one where the Tau defeated a Slaaneshi warband led by a champion and believed they had defeated Slaanesh hirself (from the band's warcries), unaware of the difference in killing a Champion of Chaos and killing his patron god.


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** And even then it's not perfect- it turns out the higher-ups in the Empire are very much aware of the Skaven but actively aid in preserving the secret, as open warfare would be disastrous for them (they already have enough trouble fighting against Chaos, vampires, beastmen and Bretonnians), as it would unify the Skaven. The Skaven, currently believing themselves safe from Imperial attention, see no reason to escalate and thus concentrate on fighting for position within their own hierarchy.
27th Jan '17 11:46:22 PM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': Animals are sentient, can talk, use clothes and can be good or evil, they just hid it from humans and act like normals animals among them.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': Animals are sentient, can talk, use clothes and can be good or evil, they just hid it from humans and act like normals normal animals among them.
27th Jan '17 11:44:43 PM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': Animals are sentient, can talk, use clothes and can be good or evil, they just hid it from humans and act like normals animals among them.



* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': Animals are sentient, can talk, use clothes and can be good or evil, they just hid it from humans and act like normals animals among them.
27th Jan '17 11:43:14 PM Luppercus
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* ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': Animals are sentient, can talk, use clothes and can be good or evil, they just hid it from humans and act like normals animals among them.
* Entirely Averted in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. While the regular world is basically ours and an entire universe of aliens and science fiction exists outside it, nobody makes much effort to hide the latter and the regular people exposed to Rick and Morty's adventures take them in their stride pretty easily.



* Entirely Averted in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. While the regular world is basically ours and an entire universe of aliens and science fiction exists outside it, nobody makes much effort to hide the latter and the regular people exposed to Rick and Morty's adventures take them in their stride pretty easily.

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* Entirely Averted in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''. While the regular world is basically ours and an entire universe of aliens and science fiction exists outside it, nobody makes much effort to hide the latter and the regular people exposed to Rick and Morty's adventures take them in their stride pretty easily.
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