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6th Dec '16 4:10:24 PM LondonKdS
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** The {{Whoniverse}} tends to do repeated SnapBacks with this. Things will happen that make it absolutely undeniable that Earth has been invaded by aliens, and subsequent stories in the next couple of years will acknowledge this... but then there will be a run of historical or "space" stories and the next time that there's a contemporary-Earth story nobody will have any idea that aliens exist.

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** The {{Whoniverse}} tends to do repeated SnapBacks {{Snap Back}}s with this. Things will happen that make it absolutely undeniable that Earth has been invaded by aliens, and subsequent stories in the next couple of years will acknowledge this... but then there will be a run of historical or "space" stories and the next time that there's a contemporary-Earth story nobody will have any idea that aliens exist.
6th Dec '16 4:09:57 PM LondonKdS
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** The {{Whoniverse}} tends to do repeated SnapBacks with this. Things will happen that make it absolutely undeniable that Earth has been invaded by aliens, and subsequent stories in the next couple of years will acknowledge this... but then there will be a run of historical or "space" stories and the next time that there's a contemporary-Earth story nobody will have any idea that aliens exist.



* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' the limited temporal conflicts between individual time-travellers in the films have escalated into a full-blown SecretWar with dozens of human and Machine time-travellers, [[spoiler:from different potential futures and with additional factionalism and splits among both sides,]] all trying to RetGone one another and generally change the future to their wishes. But everyone, without it ever being explicitly stated on the show, obviously agrees that a Masquerade needs to be maintained due to a combination of TheWorldIsNotReady and fear of unpredictable ButterflyOfDoom effects.



* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' the limited temporal conflicts between individual time-travellers in the films have escalated into a full-blown SecretWar with dozens of human and Machine time-travellers, [[spoiler:from different potential futures and with additional factionalism and splits among both sides,]] all trying to RetGone one another and generally change the future to their wishes. But everyone, without it ever being explicitly stated on the show, obviously agrees that a Masquerade needs to be maintained due to a combination of TheWorldIsNotReady and fear of unpredictable ButterflyOfDoom effects.
29th Nov '16 5:32:20 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' the limited temporal conflicts between individual time-travellers in the films has escalated into a full-blown SecretWar with dozens of human and Machine time-travellers, [[spoiler:with additional factionalism and splits among both sides,]] trying to RetGone one another and generally change the future to their wishes. But everyone, without it ever being explicitly stated on the show, obviously agrees that a Masquerade needs to be maintained due to a combination of TheWorldIsNotReady and fear of unpredictable ButterflyOfDoom effects/

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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' the limited temporal conflicts between individual time-travellers in the films has have escalated into a full-blown SecretWar with dozens of human and Machine time-travellers, [[spoiler:with [[spoiler:from different potential futures and with additional factionalism and splits among both sides,]] all trying to RetGone one another and generally change the future to their wishes. But everyone, without it ever being explicitly stated on the show, obviously agrees that a Masquerade needs to be maintained due to a combination of TheWorldIsNotReady and fear of unpredictable ButterflyOfDoom effects/effects.
29th Nov '16 5:31:02 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' the limited temporal conflicts between individual time-travellers in the films has escalated into a full-blown SecretWar with dozens of human and Machine time-travellers, [[spoiler:with additional factionalism and splits among both sides,]] trying to RetGone one another and generally change the future to their wishes. But everyone, without it ever being explicitly stated on the show, obviously agrees that a Masquerade needs to be maintained due to a combination of TheWorldIsNotYetReady and fear of unpredictable ButterflyOfDoom effects/

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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' the limited temporal conflicts between individual time-travellers in the films has escalated into a full-blown SecretWar with dozens of human and Machine time-travellers, [[spoiler:with additional factionalism and splits among both sides,]] trying to RetGone one another and generally change the future to their wishes. But everyone, without it ever being explicitly stated on the show, obviously agrees that a Masquerade needs to be maintained due to a combination of TheWorldIsNotYetReady TheWorldIsNotReady and fear of unpredictable ButterflyOfDoom effects/
29th Nov '16 5:30:27 AM LondonKdS
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* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' the limited temporal conflicts between individual time-travellers in the films has escalated into a full-blown SecretWar with dozens of human and Machine time-travellers, [[spoiler:with additional factionalism and splits among both sides,]] trying to RetGone one another and generally change the future to their wishes. But everyone, without it ever being explicitly stated on the show, obviously agrees that a Masquerade needs to be maintained due to a combination of TheWorldIsNotYetReady and fear of unpredictable ButterflyOfDoom effects/
18th Nov '16 9:40:45 PM TheFantasyChronicler
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* The Ascended keep an informal Masquerade within the junctures they control (1850 and the contemporary juncture) in ''TabletopGame/FengShui''. Since magic is a Bad Thing for the Ascended (as it's the only thing that can revert them to their original animal forms), they have a vested interest in keeping the existence of magic and the supernatural in general unknown or discredited to mere mortals.



* German game ''TabletopGame/PlueschPowerUndPlunder'' features [[LivingToys living]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlushies plushies]] having to hide from the [[HumansThroughAlienEyes "tramplers"]].



* ''TabletopGame/TheSmallFolk'' preserve the secret of their existence from humans by dint of being [[{{Lilliputians}} very small]] and having some appropriate magical powers.



* 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
** In a similar vein, any citizen who goes around talking about heretics or aliens can expect a very unpleasant visit from the local Inquisition or Imperial Church.
*** Recent parts of the ExpandedUniverse indicate that this might have become a BrokenMasquerade at some point near the turn of the 42nd millennium-for the forces of Chaos at least-due to the [[SpaceMarine Space Wolves]] preventing the [[StateSec Inquisition]] from executing Imperial Guardsmen who'd been fighting daemons.
** 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.
* TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy's Skaven take great pains to conceal their existence from humankind, presumably to aid in their attempts to undermine and enslave human society without anybody noticing until it's too late. What with regular massive incursions and devastating pitched battles to hush up, this usually involves such extreme measures as stealing back all surviving artefacts of Skaven manufacture, assassinating or discrediting witnesses by the thousand and conducting complex magical rituals every thirteen years to cloud human minds on a global scale. The fact that the Warhammer world contains untold other sinister underworld terrors and chaotic warbands that make no attempt to hide their existence makes things considerably easier, as does natural human superstition and gullibility. In the Empire and Bretonnia at least the Skaven are widely regarded as nothing more than a bad-taste myth put about by bored university students who should really know better. It should be noted, however, that the Skaven only seem to keep their existence a secret from human societies - the dwarfs, elves, orcs, lizardmen and others all seem perfectly aware of their existence following centuries of open warfare.
* ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures'' has a fairly tame version. Nobody cares if individual humans learn something they shouldn't, so long as they can't prove anything, and witches can in fact operate openly in many parts of the world (mainly Asia and Africa). On the other hand, ''the world as a whole'' cannot be allowed to [[TheUnmasquedWorld learn about the supernatural]]; use of magical powers to affect {{Muggle|s}} politics is forbidden (though it happens all the time, especially in the Middle East), and ever since UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the [[MagicalSociety Witches World Council]] has been keeping the magical world hidden from mundane eyes through LaserGuidedAmnesia and [[BalefulPolymorph toading]] inconvenient mortals.



* 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
** In a similar vein, any citizen who goes around talking about heretics or aliens can expect a very unpleasant visit from the local Inquisition or Imperial Church.
*** Recent parts of the ExpandedUniverse indicate that this might have become a BrokenMasquerade at some point near the turn of the 42nd millennium-for the forces of Chaos at least-due to the [[SpaceMarine Space Wolves]] preventing the [[StateSec Inquisition]] from executing Imperial Guardsmen who'd been fighting daemons.
** 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.
* TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy's Skaven take great pains to conceal their existence from humankind, presumably to aid in their attempts to undermine and enslave human society without anybody noticing until it's too late. What with regular massive incursions and devastating pitched battles to hush up, this usually involves such extreme measures as stealing back all surviving artefacts of Skaven manufacture, assassinating or discrediting witnesses by the thousand and conducting complex magical rituals every thirteen years to cloud human minds on a global scale. The fact that the Warhammer world contains untold other sinister underworld terrors and chaotic warbands that make no attempt to hide their existence makes things considerably easier, as does natural human superstition and gullibility. In the Empire and Bretonnia at least the Skaven are widely regarded as nothing more than a bad-taste myth put about by bored university students who should really know better. It should be noted, however, that the Skaven only seem to keep their existence a secret from human societies - the dwarfs, elves, orcs, lizardmen and others all seem perfectly aware of their existence following centuries of open warfare.
* German game ''TabletopGame/PlueschPowerUndPlunder'' features [[LivingToys living]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlushies plushies]] having to hide from the [[HumansThroughAlienEyes "tramplers"]].
* ''TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures'' has a fairly tame version. Nobody cares if individual humans learn something they shouldn't, so long as they can't prove anything, and witches can in fact operate openly in many parts of the world (mainly Asia and Africa). On the other hand, ''the world as a whole'' cannot be allowed to [[TheUnmasquedWorld learn about the supernatural]]; use of magical powers to affect {{Muggle|s}} politics is forbidden (though it happens all the time, especially in the Middle East), and ever since UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the [[MagicalSociety Witches World Council]] has been keeping the magical world hidden from mundane eyes through LaserGuidedAmnesia and [[BalefulPolymorph toading]] inconvenient mortals.
* The Ascended keep an informal Masquerade within the junctures they control (1850 and the contemporary juncture) in ''TabletopGame/FengShui''. Since magic is a Bad Thing for the Ascended (as it's the only thing that can revert them to their original animal forms), they have a vested interest in keeping the existence of magic and the supernatural in general unknown or discredited to mere mortals.
* ''TabletopGame/TheSmallFolk'' preserve the secret of their existence from humans by dint of being [[{{Lilliputians}} very small]] and having some appropriate magical powers.



* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has an entire underground war going on between the Assassins and the Templar. The Templar write the assassins out of the history books at every chance they get. After all, History is WrittenByTheWinners.
* The fourth game in the ''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.



* The mobile app ARG VideoGame/{{Ingress}} story is partly built on this, claiming that the Exotic Matter Scanner program got leaked to the public, and presumed to be a mobile game. Eventually, the game outright claims it "isn't a game" to players. And that the two factions, Enlightened and Resistance, are using the portals and linking them to create mind-influencing fields to sway humanity over to their views.
--->''It's happening all around you. They aren't coming. They're already here.''
* In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', people who are not witches and wizards are not supposed to know that magic is real. Maintaining the masquerade appears to involve an awful lot of [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind-control]] - even on the families of the students. And on the students themselves, if they get expelled.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' has two of these. The people of Labyrinthia believe in witches and are not too fond of them, as simply being found guilty of being a witch means you are [[BurnTheWitch burned to the ground]]. However, the people of Labyrinthia don't know who is or isn't a witch, thus the Witches' Trial is required. In addition, [[spoiler:Labyrinthia itself is a masquerade, being created as an experiment by the company the Storyteller is a part of. The pages the Storyteller throws to the people when he parades are meant to provide LaserGuidedAmnesia to the people of who they originally were]].



* The fourth game in the ''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.

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* The fourth game This is strongly implied to be a JustifiedTrope in the ''VideoGame/DesertStrike'' series, ''Soviet Strike'', hints at this. Rather than ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games due to two reasons: (1. The setting is a part FantasticNatureReserve for monsters such as {{Youkai}} and TheFairFolk, and (2. the monsters can only exist as long as humans [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly keep fearing them]] and [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve keep believing in them as monsters]]. As a result, most humans of [[MagicalLand Gensoukyou]] are unaware 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 fact that the game's BigBad was in setting ''is'' a nature reserve for monsters, that the monsters are ([[ToServeMan for the most part]]) harmless and pretty affable, as well as the fact that there's an agreement between the monsters and those who hunt them that no harm is to befall the human inhabitants of the setting. All of it for the sake of allowing the monsters the belief and fear they need to survive.
* Most people in ''VideoGame/VampiresDawn'' think vampires are extinct since the Holy Crusade. If you do anything obviously vampiric in public, the game will not let you progress until you kill all witnesses. In the second game, if you do that on an open street, bounty hunters will be put onto you. In addition, vampires have several abilities to help them stay unnoticed lore-wise, such as an illusionary aura that makes them seem warm to the touch, hides
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.fangs etc.



* In ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'', people who are not witches and wizards are not supposed to know that magic is real. Maintaining the masquerade appears to involve an awful lot of [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind-control]] - even on the families of the students. And on the students themselves, if they get expelled.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has an entire underground war going on between the Assassins and the Templar. The Templar write the assassins out of the history books at every chance they get. After all, History is WrittenByTheWinners.
* The mobile app ARG VideoGame/{{Ingress}} story is partly built on this, claiming that the Exotic Matter Scanner program got leaked to the public, and presumed to be a mobile game. Eventually, the game outright claims it "isn't a game" to players. And that the two factions, Enlightened and Resistance, are using the portals and linking them to create mind-influencing fields to sway humanity over to their views.
--->''It's happening all around you. They aren't coming. They're already here.''
* Most people in ''VideoGame/VampiresDawn'' think vampires are extinct since the Holy Crusade. If you do anything obviously vampiric in public, the game will not let you progress until you kill all witnesses. In the second game, if you do that on an open street, bounty hunters will be put onto you. In addition, vampires have several abilities to help them stay unnoticed lore-wise, such as an illusionary aura that makes them seem warm to the touch, hides their fangs etc.
* This is strongly implied to be a JustifiedTrope in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games due to two reasons: (1. The setting is a FantasticNatureReserve for monsters such as {{Youkai}} and TheFairFolk, and (2. the monsters can only exist as long as humans [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly keep fearing them]] and [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve keep believing in them as monsters]]. As a result, most humans of [[MagicalLand Gensoukyou]] are unaware of the fact that the setting ''is'' a nature reserve for monsters, that the monsters are ([[ToServeMan for the most part]]) harmless and pretty affable, as well as the fact that there's an agreement between the monsters and those who hunt them that no harm is to befall the human inhabitants of the setting. All of it for the sake of allowing the monsters the belief and fear they need to survive.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' has two of these. The people of Labyrinthia believe in witches and are not too fond of them, as simply being found guilty of being a witch means you are [[BurnTheWitch burned to the ground]]. However, the people of Labyrinthia don't know who is or isn't a witch, thus the Witches' Trial is required. In addition, [[spoiler:Labyrinthia itself is a masquerade, being created as an experiment by the company the Storyteller is a part of. The pages the Storyteller throws to the people when he parades are meant to provide LaserGuidedAmnesia to the people of who they originally were]].



* The concluded webcomic ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' spends many of its plots detailing the fight between the main characters and the aliens that are just begging to expose themselves. And eventually they do, and life goes on as normal (to the point that a talking car showing up in the sequel comic, ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' merely results in a few raised eyebrows).
** It does give our protagonists considerable trouble though, as they now have to chalk up "good PR" among the responsibilities. They manage to pull it off, but not without being chewed on air about whether a bunch of angst-filled teens are adequate defense against the alien menace.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' subverts this by making it pretty clear that even average folk (well, those running around on the show, anyway) have a pretty good clue about the ''existence'' of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Djinn, Vampires, and other Dead Inside]], but their actual ''knowledge'' is limited and contaminated with Celeste propaganda, and the unwillingness of almost all Dead Inside to reveal what they actually know since [[TheWorldIsNotReady an outed Dead Inside doesn't last long]].
** [[AllThereInTheManual The RPG]] makes it clear that the Insiders on Earth maintained this until FirstContact with the Celeste.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' wavers back and forth on this. The WorldOfWeirdness setting would seem to make any sort of Masquerade impossible, except that the average Sluggyverse citizen is gullible enough to believe even the flimsiest of excuses. This still doesn't explain why Aylee needs an elaborate disguise to hide the fact that she's an alien, but Bun-Bun (a talking, [[KillerRabbit switchblade-wielding rabbit]]) can walk into a bar, order an alfalfa margarita, and not raise a single eyebrow.
** It helps that the rabbit would slice off the eyebrow if it was raised...

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* In ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'', magic and magical beings are kept hidden from several mortal races including Earthlings. As part of the deal that allows Ally, Reece and Sheila to stay on Earth, they have to keep their background as Enchanters hidden from everyone, including their husbands. The concluded webcomic ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' spends many of its plots detailing the fight between the main characters have issues with this policy, and are increasingly questioning the aliens that are just begging to expose themselves. And eventually they do, and life goes on as normal (to rationality of keeping the point that a talking car showing up big secret in the sequel comic, ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' merely results in a few raised eyebrows).
** It does give our protagonists considerable trouble though, as they now have
face of increasing magical threats to chalk up "good PR" among the responsibilities. They manage to pull it off, but not without being chewed on air about whether a bunch of angst-filled teens are adequate defense against the alien menace.
Earth.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' subverts ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'' employs this by making it pretty clear that even average folk (well, those running around on the show, anyway) have a pretty good clue about the ''existence'' of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Djinn, Vampires, to run two plots in parallel: an UrbanFantasy one and other Dead Inside]], but their actual ''knowledge'' is limited a mundane SliceOfLife one. The protagonist K's three gal-pals are a witch, a vampire, and contaminated with Celeste propaganda, a cyborg, and the unwillingness of almost all Dead Inside to reveal what they actually know since [[TheWorldIsNotReady an outed Dead Inside K herself is closely watched by both Heaven and Hell because she's ImmuneToFate. She doesn't last long]].
** [[AllThereInTheManual The RPG]] makes it clear that the Insiders on Earth maintained this until FirstContact with the Celeste.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' wavers back and forth on this. The WorldOfWeirdness setting would seem to make
know any sort of Masquerade impossible, except that the average Sluggyverse citizen is gullible enough to believe even the flimsiest of excuses. This still doesn't explain why Aylee needs an elaborate disguise to hide the fact that she's an alien, but Bun-Bun (a talking, [[KillerRabbit switchblade-wielding rabbit]]) can walk into a bar, order an alfalfa margarita, and not raise a single eyebrow.
** It helps that the rabbit would slice off the eyebrow if it was raised...
this.



* Upheld by the Everto, to hide the Everto in ''Webcomic/{{Shadownova}}'', a group of normal humans (and a few Espers) who have decided they want complete control over everyone outside their own group.



* ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'' employs this to run two plots in parallel: an UrbanFantasy one and a mundane SliceOfLife one. The protagonist K's three gal-pals are a witch, a vampire, and a cyborg, and K herself is closely watched by both Heaven and Hell because she's ImmuneToFate. She doesn't know any of this.
* ''Webcomic/SkinDeep'' is home to a secret culture of mythical creatures functioning under the unsuspecting nose of humanity. There is an assumed threat of TheWorldIsNotReady that is keeping the non-humans from breaking the Masquerade and exposing themselves to the human world.
* In ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'', magic and magical beings are kept hidden from several mortal races including Earthlings. As part of the deal that allows Ally, Reece and Sheila to stay on Earth, they have to keep their background as Enchanters hidden from everyone, including their husbands. The main characters have issues with this policy, and are increasingly questioning the rationality of keeping the big secret in the face of increasing magical threats to Earth.
* Most people in the fictional world of ''Tales Of Gnosis College'' seem unaware of the mad science going on in their midst. The mad scientists themselves take measures (not always successful) to keep their activities secret, and sometimes law enforcement itself hides the consequences of their activities for political reasons.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Shifters}}'' the majority of humanity doesn't know that [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Shifters]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]], or any of the other [[SpeciesLostAndFound Veil Races]] exist due to the [[AncientConspiracy Conspiracy]] called The Veil.
* In ''Webcomic/TheKingfisher'', supernatural phenomena are at least somewhat InvisibleToNormals, and the Circle persecutes the Crowboys with the ostensible excuse of keeping vampires secret.
* In ''Webcomic/SpareKeysForStrangeDoors'', although it is not particularly dwelled upon.
* 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.
* A usual plot point in ''Webcomic/WalkingInTheDark'' in that humans don't know of the supernatual elements around them given the rise of the industrial age of the 1930s. The vampire council is trying hard to keep it that way as they don't want their kind to be further hunted. But it's made tricky due to a rebel group of vampires seeking world domination.



* ''Webcomic/WelcomeToChastity'' takes place in a town where all the women have insanely huge breasts. The main character who just moved in the town with little to no knowledge of the place prior assumes that the townspeople are actively hiding the situation from the outside world, but her two roommates explain to her that nobody's trying to hid anything, it's just that [[RefugeInAudacity "a town were all the women have gigantic breasts" too preposterous for most people to take seriously]] so the town only gets talked about in tabloids. Later on, however it's reveal that the reason the town situation isn't known to the rest of the work is because of a witch.
* ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'': The city of Sanity is undergoing an infestation of Scarecrows, a group of undying {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. It also has a secret society of mages to counter these beings and similar, and ''another'' group of created-life Instrumen who target the Scarecrows in their own magic, vigilante way. And something terrifying seems to happen to every new Director to take office. The public know about none of these. And the people involved in each masquerade do not tend to overlap, creating layers on layers of secrets.



* The concluded webcomic ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' spends many of its plots detailing the fight between the main characters and the aliens that are just begging to expose themselves. And eventually they do, and life goes on as normal (to the point that a talking car showing up in the sequel comic, ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' merely results in a few raised eyebrows).
** It does give our protagonists considerable trouble though, as they now have to chalk up "good PR" among the responsibilities. They manage to pull it off, but not without being chewed on air about whether a bunch of angst-filled teens are adequate defense against the alien menace.
** [[AllThereInTheManual The RPG]] makes it clear that the Insiders on Earth maintained this until FirstContact with the Celeste.
* In ''Webcomic/TheKingfisher'', supernatural phenomena are at least somewhat InvisibleToNormals, and the Circle persecutes the Crowboys with the ostensible excuse of keeping vampires secret.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' subverts this by making it pretty clear that even average folk (well, those running around on the show, anyway) have a pretty good clue about the ''existence'' of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Djinn, Vampires, and other Dead Inside]], but their actual ''knowledge'' is limited and contaminated with Celeste propaganda, and the unwillingness of almost all Dead Inside to reveal what they actually know since [[TheWorldIsNotReady an outed Dead Inside doesn't last long]].
* 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.
* ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'': The city of Sanity is undergoing an infestation of Scarecrows, a group of undying {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. It also has a secret society of mages to counter these beings and similar, and ''another'' group of created-life Instrumen who target the Scarecrows in their own magic, vigilante way. And something terrifying seems to happen to every new Director to take office. The public know about none of these. And the people involved in each masquerade do not tend to overlap, creating layers on layers of secrets.
* Upheld by the Everto, to hide the Everto in ''Webcomic/{{Shadownova}}'', a group of normal humans (and a few Espers) who have decided they want complete control over everyone outside their own group.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Shifters}}'' the majority of humanity doesn't know that [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Shifters]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]], or any of the other [[SpeciesLostAndFound Veil Races]] exist due to the [[AncientConspiracy Conspiracy]] called The Veil.
* ''Webcomic/SkinDeep'' is home to a secret culture of mythical creatures functioning under the unsuspecting nose of humanity. There is an assumed threat of TheWorldIsNotReady that is keeping the non-humans from breaking the Masquerade and exposing themselves to the human world.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' wavers back and forth on this. The WorldOfWeirdness setting would seem to make any sort of Masquerade impossible, except that the average Sluggyverse citizen is gullible enough to believe even the flimsiest of excuses. This still doesn't explain why Aylee needs an elaborate disguise to hide the fact that she's an alien, but Bun-Bun (a talking, [[KillerRabbit switchblade-wielding rabbit]]) can walk into a bar, order an alfalfa margarita, and not raise a single eyebrow.
** It helps that the rabbit would slice off the eyebrow if it was raised...
* In ''Webcomic/SpareKeysForStrangeDoors'', although it is not particularly dwelled upon.
* Most people in the fictional world of ''Tales Of Gnosis College'' seem unaware of the mad science going on in their midst. The mad scientists themselves take measures (not always successful) to keep their activities secret, and sometimes law enforcement itself hides the consequences of their activities for political reasons.
* A usual plot point in ''Webcomic/WalkingInTheDark'' in that humans don't know of the supernatual elements around them given the rise of the industrial age of the 1930s. The vampire council is trying hard to keep it that way as they don't want their kind to be further hunted. But it's made tricky due to a rebel group of vampires seeking world domination.
* ''Webcomic/WelcomeToChastity'' takes place in a town where all the women have insanely huge breasts. The main character who just moved in the town with little to no knowledge of the place prior assumes that the townspeople are actively hiding the situation from the outside world, but her two roommates explain to her that nobody's trying to hid anything, it's just that [[RefugeInAudacity "a town were all the women have gigantic breasts" too preposterous for most people to take seriously]] so the town only gets talked about in tabloids. Later on, however it's reveal that the reason the town situation isn't known to the rest of the work is because of a witch.



* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, everyone knows there are mutants out there. But SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy is kept secret from all the baselines in a giant conspiracy of superheroes, supervillains, and all major law enforcement agencies worldwide. Would ''you'' want to have those teenagers learning how to control their powers in ''your'' town? Still, there is a village of were-people in the Native American reservation just off-campus, and everybody knows there's no such thing as werewolves, right?
** This is more in the nature of "Let's keep the exact location secret from the KKK equivalent so that the resulting conflict won't blow a Texas-sized hole to North-American continent." The Technical term is "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_secret Open Secret]]".
* In Breeniverse series such as ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' and ''WebVideo/KateModern'', the Order of Denderah is a worldwide AncientConspiracy which uses various front organizations to hide its true nature from the public.

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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, everyone knows there are mutants out there. But SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy is kept secret from all the baselines in a giant conspiracy of superheroes, supervillains, and all major law enforcement agencies worldwide. Would ''you'' want to have those teenagers learning how to control their powers in ''your'' town? Still, there is a village of were-people in the Native American reservation just off-campus, and everybody knows there's no such thing as werewolves, right?
** This is more in the nature of "Let's keep the exact location secret from the KKK equivalent so that the resulting conflict won't blow a Texas-sized hole to North-American continent." The Technical term is "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_secret Open Secret]]".
* In Breeniverse
''Breeniverse'' series such as ''WebVideo/{{lonelygirl15}}'' and ''WebVideo/KateModern'', the Order of Denderah is a worldwide AncientConspiracy which uses various front organizations to hide its true nature from the public.public.
* The general public in ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' is unaware of time travel, something the TRD works hard to keep in place.
* In ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'' Jeannette keeps her RealityWarper powers a secret from adults, [[ParentalObliviousness especially her]] [[InvokedTrope parents]], though she doesn't mind much if her classmates find out. [[spoiler:The reason for this is that she once made her parents disappear during a temper tantrum when she was a toddler, and feels terrible about it now, and is afraid that her parents would hate her if they were to find out.]]
* The protagonist in ''WebVideo/HallowedWorldly'' is trying to break the Masquerade that, he claims, exists in RealLife. He frames his videos as attempts to get the word out to the ignorant public.
* ''WebAnimation/MagicalBorderPatrol'' has the SpiritWorld and the Seers who act as TheMenInBlack.



* ''WebAnimation/MagicalBorderPatrol'' has the SpiritWorld and the Seers who act as TheMenInBlack.



* In ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'' Jeannette keeps her RealityWarper powers a secret from adults, [[ParentalObliviousness especially her]] [[InvokedTrope parents]], though she doesn't mind much if her classmates find out. [[spoiler:The reason for this is that she once made her parents disappear during a temper tantrum when she was a toddler, and feels terrible about it now, and is afraid that her parents would hate her if they were to find out.]]
* The protagonist in ''WebVideo/HallowedWorldly'' is trying to break the Masquerade that, he claims, exists in RealLife. He frames his videos as attempts to get the word out to the ignorant public.
* The general public in ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' is unaware of time travel, something the TRD works hard to keep in place.

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* In ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'' Jeannette keeps her RealityWarper powers a the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, everyone knows there are mutants out there. But SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy is kept secret from adults, [[ParentalObliviousness especially her]] [[InvokedTrope parents]], though she doesn't mind much if her classmates find out. [[spoiler:The reason for this all the baselines in a giant conspiracy of superheroes, supervillains, and all major law enforcement agencies worldwide. Would ''you'' want to have those teenagers learning how to control their powers in ''your'' town? Still, there is a village of were-people in the Native American reservation just off-campus, and everybody knows there's no such thing as werewolves, right?
** This is more in the nature of "Let's keep the exact location secret from the KKK equivalent so
that she once made her parents disappear during the resulting conflict won't blow a temper tantrum when she was a toddler, and feels terrible about it now, and is afraid that her parents would hate her if they were Texas-sized hole to find out.]]
*
North-American continent." The protagonist in ''WebVideo/HallowedWorldly'' Technical term is trying to break the Masquerade that, he claims, exists in RealLife. He frames his videos as attempts to get the word out to the ignorant public.
* The general public in ''Literature/ChronoHustle'' is unaware of time travel, something the TRD works hard to keep in place.
"[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_secret Open Secret]]".



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** The first of "Da Rules" in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' is that a kid may never reveal the existence of fairy godparents, on pain of separation and memory erasure. While there were exceptions (such as revealing the existence to someone who also has a fairy godparent(s)), Timmy was skilled at using loopholes.
*** For example: Cosmo and Wanda got away with hanging around in crossovers by claiming they were "advanced computer programs".
** AJ has a secret lab, this one in his bedroom

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** The first
In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}'', Ben's ''[[BadassGrandpa Grandpa Max]]'' was a member of "Da Rules" in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' is that a kid may never reveal the ''[[TheMenInBlack Plumbers]]'', whose purpose was to hunt down rogue aliens. They hid their existence of fairy godparents, on pain of separation from humanity and memory erasure. While there were exceptions (such as revealing the existence to someone who also has a fairy godparent(s)), Timmy was skilled at using loopholes.
*** For example: Cosmo and Wanda got away with hanging around in crossovers by claiming they were "advanced computer programs".
** AJ has
had a secret lab, this one in his bedroombase [[spoiler:hidden inside Mount Rushmore]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** The first of "Da Rules" in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' is that a kid may never reveal the existence of fairy godparents, on pain of separation and memory erasure. While there were exceptions (such as revealing the existence to someone who also has a fairy godparent(s)), Timmy was skilled at using loopholes.
*** For example: Cosmo and Wanda got away with hanging around in crossovers by claiming they were "advanced computer programs".
** AJ has a secret lab, this one in his bedroom.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' largely maintained it partially because there didn't seem enough evidence to conclude the sighting of ''monsters'' was the real thing and all parties who did know were content to keep it that way. The Gargoyles were nigh-extinct in most places, the TheFairFolk all incredibly disorganized and generally isolated from each other and humanity. Subverted in the potential GrandFinale when the Hunters exposed the [[spoiler:Manhattan]] Gargoyles' existence to the world once and for all.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' maintains a Masquerade of being a "perfectly normal human worm-baby" despite his incompetence, and total lack of knowledge about human norms and customs. This is possible because of the incredible stupidity of everyone in Creator/JhonenVasquez's universe.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' largely maintained it partially because there didn't seem enough evidence to conclude the sighting of ''monsters'' was the real thing and all parties who did know were content to keep it that way. The Gargoyles were nigh-extinct in most places, the TheFairFolk all incredibly disorganized and generally isolated from each other and humanity. Subverted in the potential GrandFinale when the Hunters exposed the [[spoiler:Manhattan]] Gargoyles' existence to the world once and for all.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' maintains a Masquerade of being a "perfectly normal human worm-baby" despite his incompetence, and total lack of knowledge about human norms and customs. This is possible because of the incredible stupidity of everyone in Creator/JhonenVasquez's universe.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}'', Ben's ''[[BadassGrandpa Grandpa Max]]'' was a member of the ''[[TheMenInBlack Plumbers]]'', whose purpose was to hunt down rogue aliens. They hid their existence from humanity and had a secret base [[spoiler:hidden inside Mount Rushmore]].
* Parodied many times in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', the existence of the mutants is hidden at first because Professor X does not believe mutants will be accepted by the public yet. [[spoiler:The existence of the mutants is revealed to the world at the end of the second season. And for a while, it goes about as well as Xavier had feared.]]
* In both the [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Hanna-Barbera]] and [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 The Hub]] versions of ''Pound Puppies'', both the Pound Puppies network as well as the fact that dogs are able to talk are kept secret from humans. However, there is at least one person in each version who is aware, at least in part: the sweetheart orphan Holly in the H-B show, and the doting little girl Dot in The Hub's iteration.


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* In both the [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s Hanna-Barbera]] and [[WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010 The Hub]] versions of ''Pound Puppies'', both the Pound Puppies network as well as the fact that dogs are able to talk are kept secret from humans. However, there is at least one person in each version who is aware, at least in part: the sweetheart orphan Holly in the H-B show, and the doting little girl Dot in The Hub's iteration.
* Parodied many times in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', the existence of the mutants is hidden at first because Professor X does not believe mutants will be accepted by the public yet. [[spoiler:The existence of the mutants is revealed to the world at the end of the second season. And for a while, it goes about as well as Xavier had feared.]]
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* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' uses this trope with a heavy dose of RuleOfFunny ([[WidgetSeries but then, what else is new?]]): Nyarko will erect special barriers to keep {{Muggles}} from seeing her battles with horrible monsters, but will gladly proclaim to all and sundry that she's Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos, never hiding the existence of her pet shantak-bird or any of the other clues that the CthulhuMythos beings are just aliens.



* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' uses this trope with a heavy dose of RuleOfFunny ([[WidgetSeries but then, what else is new?]]): Nyarko will erect special barriers to keep {{Muggles}} from seeing her battles with horrible monsters, but will gladly proclaim to all and sundry that she's Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos, never hiding the existence of her pet shantak-bird or any of the other clues that the CthulhuMythos beings are just aliens.



* The miniseries ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' has an almighty LegionOfDoom of allied supervillains who exterminated all superheroes on earth in 1986, and keep the world under a delusion that they never existed, as well as covering up all the horrible crimes supervillains can now commit for fun.

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* The miniseries ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' has an almighty LegionOfDoom ''ComicBook/{{Absalom}}'' makes it clear that many members of allied supervillains who exterminated all superheroes on earth in 1986, British high society are at least partially demonic after a pact between the British crown and keep Hell that ended with several [[AltarDiplomacy marriage alliances]].
* ComicBook/DoctorStrange frequently will go out of his way to prevent
the world under a delusion at large from learning about magic, to the extent that they never existed, as he will use his magic to perform LaserGuidedAmnesia on people to keep them ignorant of it. Oddly enough, most normal people believe Strange himself to be a charlatan pretending to use actual magic and finding the feats he and other sorcerers perform to be impossible [[ArbitrarySkepticism despite the fact that Superpowered beings capable of feats equivalent to magic are well as covering up all known to the horrible crimes supervillains can now commit for fun.public.]]



* ''Comicbook/{{Route 666}}'' follows the adventures of Cassie Starkweather when, after the traumatic accidental death of a friend, she (re)gains the ability to see and talk with ghosts. However, she can also see the true forms of monsters pretending to be normal people. When escaping from an insane asylum run by said monsters, she kills a few of them. Unfortunately, after death, they revert to normal human form. This means she is not only being pursued by the monsters as an enemy to their conspiracy, but by the law as a psychopathic killer.



* ComicBook/DoctorStrange frequently will go out of his way to prevent the world at large from learning about magic, to the extent that he will use his magic to perform LaserGuidedAmnesia on people to keep them ignorant of it. Oddly enough, most normal people believe Strange himself to be a charlatan pretending to use actual magic and finding the feats he and other sorcerers perform to be impossible [[ArbitrarySkepticism despite the fact that Superpowered beings capable of feats equivalent to magic are well known to the public.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Absalom}}'' makes it clear that many members of British high society are at least partially demonic after a pact between the British crown and Hell that ended with several [[AltarDiplomacy marriage alliances]].

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* ComicBook/DoctorStrange frequently will go out of his way to prevent ''Comicbook/{{Route 666}}'' follows the world at large from learning about magic, to adventures of Cassie Starkweather when, after the extent that he will use his magic traumatic accidental death of a friend, she (re)gains the ability to perform LaserGuidedAmnesia on people to keep them ignorant see and talk with ghosts. However, she can also see the true forms of it. Oddly enough, most normal people believe Strange himself to be a charlatan monsters pretending to use actual magic and finding the feats he and other sorcerers perform to be impossible [[ArbitrarySkepticism despite the fact that Superpowered beings capable normal people. When escaping from an insane asylum run by said monsters, she kills a few of feats equivalent to magic are well known to the public.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Absalom}}'' makes it clear that many members of British high society are at least partially demonic
them. Unfortunately, after a pact between death, they revert to normal human form. This means she is not only being pursued by the British crown monsters as an enemy to their conspiracy, but by the law as a psychopathic killer.
* The miniseries ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}'' has an almighty LegionOfDoom of allied supervillains who exterminated all superheroes on earth in 1986,
and Hell keep the world under a delusion that ended with several [[AltarDiplomacy marriage alliances]].they never existed, as well as covering up all the horrible crimes supervillains can now commit for fun.



* In the Creator/PhilipKDick short story, "Adjustment Team", the story's protagonist stumbles into a world that is in effect behind the scenes of the observable world where omnipotent beings alter the flow of reality to fit some kind of ineffable design. He opts to subject himself to LaserGuidedAmnesia at the end of the story.
* In the ''Literature/AlcatrazSeries''--Most of the world, known as the Hushlands, is controlled by Evil Librarians who use their control of information to teach all sorts of lies about history, economics, geography, physics, etc. The Free Kingdoms are continents that have not yet been conquered by the Evil Librarians, so they don't even appear on Librarian-approved maps. For example, one of the Free Kingdoms is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the existence of the Yeerks is largely unknown on Earth. There is one website devoted to Yeerks, but it is run by a Controller. Justified in that Yeerks tend to go for important people, and many people in the media are probably Controllers.
* The fairies in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' live underground to avoid humans, although it wasn't always so. Also, the demons in "The Lost Colony" used to live in Limbo.
* The eponymous main character of ''Literature/TheAutomaticDetective'' stumbles upon one of these: aliens who believe the world isn't ready for them, and so have been [[spoiler:deliberately introducing all manner of [[{{Mutants}} mutations]] into the human population, until they can eventually blend in with them]].
* In ''Beautiful Creatures'' the Caster world and its secrets are completely hidden from the rest of the world and Gatlin, a town where "Nothing changes". [[spoiler: Many mortals themselves are involved, including the librarian, the main character's house mother, the main character's own deceased mother, the town mailman, and eventually the main character and his best friend as well.]]
* {{Lilliputians}} living among humans, such as Literature/TheBorrowers or the protagonists of the Literature/NomesTrilogy, are often shown keeping their existence a complete secret from humanity. Of course, small size helps a lot with this.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', [[spoiler: Greek gods]] are raising [[spoiler: hostage]] children in what appears to be a school; they are hiding this not only from the outside world but from the children themselves.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's ''The City and The City'' two cities are juxtaposed in space, yet every single citizen 'unsees' the opposite city which is right in front of them. However, they are allowed to cross the border and be a tourist in the other city, in which case they unsee their own city and see the other one instead. Unseeing is a deliberate act and you can 'see' the wrong city if you want, but you will immediately be 'disappeared' if you do (children are allowed some leniency while they learn the system). It is never clear if this is a masquerade created by the people who live each city or if there is some other cause.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/ShadowsInZamboula", this is rumored of Aram Baksh, who has managed to keep himself from official notice but not InfallibleBabble: he is said to be a demon in human form. (The truth is also something ugly.)
* Deliciously subverted in Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''[[Literature/{{InCryptid}} Discount Armageddon]]''. A character who's been taught to maintain the Masquerade his whole life goes bonkers when the heroine openly discusses the supernatural in a New York coffee shop. He asks her to pipe down and not discuss 'them.' [[spoiler: The heroine proceeds to assume seductive pose in her catsuit and openly discuss the supernatural.]] The point being, it's New York, and people have been so inured by slasher flicks and horror films they aren't going to believe it anymore anyway. [[spoiler: Specifically, she says "The only way they'd pay attention is if I stripped on the table top for them."]]
* On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', a long-standing Masquerade exists amongst wizards, that insists they must remain chaste to maintain their power. This mistaken belief was deliberately disseminated after the Mage Wars, as keeping wizards celibate seemed like the surest way to prevent sourcerers from being conceived.
* Actually averted in the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}''. One of the first things the ReasonableAuthorityFigure does when he finds out the city is being attacked by super-powered zombies is go on TV, explain everything, and warn people not to panic.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' and its spin-off, ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', the supernatural world keeps iself secret from the {{muggle|s}} one, mostly for the sake of convenience, which actually makes things ''in''convenient when there's supernatural trouble brewing in regular world.
* Used in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' by most people.
** Whereas most of the supernatural world tries to keep out of the eyes of normal people, Harry actually ''advertises'' his status as a Wizard and assists the Chicago Police Department's Special Investigations branch in mysterious cases. Many people still think he's a charlatan, however. ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' has a villain tell Harry that he dare not threaten the Masquerade by acting against him in public. Harry comments that he's listed in the phone book, under Wizards.
** In one book, Harry specifically notes that involving the general public in supernatural conflicts would result in an escalation into global chaos. However, in a later book, when fighting an enemy faction that refuses to adhere to any of established rules, he seriously considers the option of getting the government to attack them under guise of them being terrorists (which is what they are anyways). Calling in mortals is seen as something of a "nuclear option" in the supernatural world. They may not know what's going on, but they can keep throwing bodies, guns, and potentially actual nukes at a problem until it goes away. Consequently most supernatural creatures keep a moderately low profile, though the mortals' WeirdnessCensor means they don't have to try very hard, even if they have contempt for humans individually.
** The main reason given for why the supernatural world is hidden is a case of [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade planet-wide denial]]. People are so freaked out by the supernatural that humanity as a whole will come up with any excuse they can think of to rationalize it away. This isn't aided by the fact that magic fries electronic equipment, leading to any video, audio, or even photographic evidence coming out blank, or glitchy to the point of being unrecognizable. One of the best examples is when Harry is escaping from a fight with his friend, a medical examiner, who has actually seen some weird stuff in bodies before, and has just seen something that is explicitly supernatural, and asks how people can rationalize stuff away. Harry asks him what he's seen, and ''he starts to rationalize it away''. Harry lampshades, it making his point.
** The wizarding world also has an internal Masquerade with the Oblivion War, an attempt to destroy ancient evil gods. They have a very good reason for keeping quiet, because the only way for the gods to cease to exist is for no mortal to remember they exist at all. Recruiting more people than absolutely necessary or sharing information is counterproductive, and they have no idea how many gods they've erased, because any record of them would let them hang on.
* ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has the parasite-enhanced main characters sneak around abandoned parts of their city to fight invading needle monsters, all while trying to stay under the radar of any government organizations that would love to capture them.
* In an interesting subversion, in ''Gils All Fright Diner'' the people of Rockwood are completely aware of the zombies, vampire turkeys, evil cults, and other supernatural occurrences that happen in and around their town -- and are generally completely indifferent to it. This is apparently because the rising level of weirdness also causes people to accept the supernatural easier -- the weirder things get, the less strange they seem. This all works out quite well for the two protagonists of the story, as no one is particularly freaked out or surprised to learn that Duke is a werewolf or Earl is a vampire.[[note]]This actually makes for another example of fiction imitating reality. In the real world, most humans, for most of our history, ''believed'' in all of these monsters, the beasts and demons and ghosts. They learned to live with their fears, no less than we live with our fears of muggers and drunken drivers.[[/note]]



* Used in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' by most people.
** Whereas most of the supernatural world tries to keep out of the eyes of normal people, Harry actually ''advertises'' his status as a Wizard and assists the Chicago Police Department's Special Investigations branch in mysterious cases. Many people still think he's a charlatan, however. ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' has a villain tell Harry that he dare not threaten the Masquerade by acting against him in public. Harry comments that he's listed in the phone book, under Wizards.
** In one book, Harry specifically notes that involving the general public in supernatural conflicts would result in an escalation into global chaos. However, in a later book, when fighting an enemy faction that refuses to adhere to any of established rules, he seriously considers the option of getting the government to attack them under guise of them being terrorists (which is what they are anyways). Calling in mortals is seen as something of a "nuclear option" in the supernatural world. They may not know what's going on, but they can keep throwing bodies, guns, and potentially actual nukes at a problem until it goes away. Consequently most supernatural creatures keep a moderately low profile, though the mortals' WeirdnessCensor means they don't have to try very hard, even if they have contempt for humans individually.
** The main reason given for why the supernatural world is hidden is a case of [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade planet-wide denial]]. People are so freaked out by the supernatural that humanity as a whole will come up with any excuse they can think of to rationalize it away. This isn't aided by the fact that magic fries electronic equipment, leading to any video, audio, or even photographic evidence coming out blank, or glitchy to the point of being unrecognizable. One of the best examples is when Harry is escaping from a fight with his friend, a medical examiner, who has actually seen some weird stuff in bodies before, and has just seen something that is explicitly supernatural, and asks how people can rationalize stuff away. Harry asks him what he's seen, and ''he starts to rationalize it away''. Harry lampshades, it making his point.
** The wizarding world also has an internal Masquerade with the Oblivion War, an attempt to destroy ancient evil gods. They have a very good reason for keeping quiet, because the only way for the gods to cease to exist is for no mortal to remember they exist at all. Recruiting more people than absolutely necessary or sharing information is counterproductive, and they have no idea how many gods they've erased, because any record of them would let them hang on.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** As said above, the actual phrase "masquerade" appears in Heinlein's ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'', in which the "Howards" conceal their long lifespans from the rest of humanity, mainly because their long lifespans come from a program of selective breeding. ("Hey, we live for three times as long as you! Sorry, we're just special, there's no way you can have this.") The novel starts with the consequences of an attempt to drop the Masquerade which has gone badly.
** In ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'', we get to see the moment when the Howards' Masquerade started: a family reunion involving the heroine (seventy, but currently and convincingly [[OlderThanTheyLook giving her age as forty-seven]]) and five generations of her descendants.
-->"You all know the efforts all of us are making to keep our ages optimized. You, Maureen, how old are you?"
-->"Uh ... forty-seven."
-->"Nancy? Your age, dear?"
-->Nancy started to say, "Fifty-two." She got out the first syllable, bit it off. "Oh, shucks, Papa Weatheral. I don't keep track of my age."
-->"Your age, Nancy," Justin insisted.
-->"Let me see. Mama had me at fifteen, so-- How old are you, Mama?"
-->"Forty-seven."
-->"Yes, of course. I'm thirty-two."
-->Justin looked at my granddaughter Roberta, my great-granddaughter Anne, and my great-great-granddaughter Nancy Jane ...
* In an interesting subversion, in ''Gils All Fright Diner'' the people of Rockwood are completely aware of the zombies, vampire turkeys, evil cults, and other supernatural occurrences that happen in and around their town -- and are generally completely indifferent to it. This is apparently because the rising level of weirdness also causes people to accept the supernatural easier -- the weirder things get, the less strange they seem. This all works out quite well for the two protagonists of the story, as no one is particularly freaked out or surprised to learn that Duke is a werewolf or Earl is a vampire.[[note]]This actually makes for another example of fiction imitating reality. In the real world, most humans, for most of our history, ''believed'' in all of these monsters, the beasts and demons and ghosts. They learned to live with their fears, no less than we live with our fears of muggers and drunken drivers.[[/note]]
* In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' the existence of demons and magical world is hidden, and it's implied that wizards simply prefer not to have {{Muggles}} telling them what to do. Some normal people, such as police officers, are in the know, though, so that WON (magical police) can focus on work instead of cover-ups and fending off curious muggles.
* The existence of vampires and werewolves in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
%% * In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', supernatural creatures and Shadowhunters protect their existence from {{Muggles}}. Also, a ''country'' apparently doesn't exist.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', [[spoiler: Greek gods]] are raising [[spoiler: hostage]] children in what appears to be a school; they are hiding this not only from the outside world but from the children themselves.

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* Used in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' by most people.
** Whereas most of
In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/{{Kull}} story "The Shadow Kingdom", the supernatural world tries to keep out of Snakemen disguise themselves as humans and usurp thrones.
* ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'' has
the eyes of normal people, Harry actually ''advertises'' his status as a Wizard and assists the Chicago Police Department's Special Investigations branch in mysterious cases. Many people still think he's a charlatan, however. ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' has a villain tell Harry that he dare not threaten the Masquerade by acting against him in public. Harry comments that he's listed in the phone book, under Wizards.
** In one book, Harry specifically notes that involving the general public in supernatural conflicts would result in an escalation into global chaos. However, in a later book, when fighting an enemy faction that refuses to adhere to any of established rules, he seriously considers the option of getting the government to attack them under guise of them
masquerade being terrorists (which is what they are anyways). Calling in mortals is seen as something of both a "nuclear option" in help and a hindrance for the supernatural world. They may not know what's going on, but werewolf hunters. On the plus side it lets them [[VanHelsingHateCrimes kill any Werewolves they can keep throwing bodies, guns, and potentially actual nukes at a problem until it goes away. Consequently most supernatural creatures keep a moderately low profile, though feel like]], on the mortals' WeirdnessCensor downside it means they don't have to try very hard, even if they have contempt for humans individually.
** The main reason given for why the supernatural world is hidden is a case of [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade planet-wide denial]]. People are so freaked out by the supernatural that humanity as a whole will come up with any excuse they can think of to rationalize it away. This isn't aided by the fact that magic fries electronic equipment, leading to any video, audio, or even photographic evidence coming out blank, or glitchy to the point of being unrecognizable. One of the best examples is when Harry is escaping from a fight with his friend, a medical examiner, who has actually seen some weird stuff
be extra-careful in bodies before, and has just seen something that is explicitly supernatural, and asks how people can rationalize stuff away. Harry asks him what he's seen, and ''he starts to rationalize it away''. Harry lampshades, it making his point.
** The wizarding world also has an internal Masquerade with the Oblivion War, an attempt to destroy ancient evil gods. They have a very good reason for keeping quiet,
selecting their targets because the only way for the gods to cease to exist is for no mortal to remember "I thought they exist at all. Recruiting more people than absolutely necessary or sharing information were a werewolf" is counterproductive, and they have no idea not going to cut it as a murder defence. It's not clear exactly what benefit the Werewolves get from the masquerade though, beyond it just being how many gods they've erased, because any record of them would let them hang on.
always done things.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** As said above,
The Mantically Aware in the actual phrase "masquerade" appears in Heinlein's ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'', in which the "Howards" conceal their long lifespans from the rest of humanity, mainly because their long lifespans come from a program of selective breeding. ("Hey, we live for three times as long as you! Sorry, we're just special, there's no way you can have this.") The novel starts with the consequences of an attempt to drop the Masquerade which has gone badly.
** In ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'', we get to see the moment when the Howards' Masquerade started: a family reunion involving the heroine (seventy, but currently and convincingly [[OlderThanTheyLook giving her age as forty-seven]]) and five generations of her descendants.
-->"You all
''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries''. They know the efforts all of us are making to keep our ages optimized. You, Maureen, how old are you?"
-->"Uh ... forty-seven."
-->"Nancy? Your age, dear?"
-->Nancy started to say, "Fifty-two." She got out the first syllable, bit it off. "Oh, shucks, Papa Weatheral. I don't keep track of my age."
-->"Your age, Nancy," Justin insisted.
-->"Let me see. Mama had me at fifteen, so-- How old are you, Mama?"
-->"Forty-seven."
-->"Yes, of course. I'm thirty-two."
-->Justin looked at my granddaughter Roberta, my great-granddaughter Anne, and my great-great-granddaughter Nancy Jane ...
* In an interesting subversion, in ''Gils All Fright Diner'' the people of Rockwood are completely aware of the zombies, vampire turkeys, evil cults, and other supernatural occurrences that happen in and around their town -- and are generally completely indifferent to it. This is apparently because the rising level of weirdness also causes people to accept the supernatural easier -- the weirder things get, the less strange they seem. This all works out quite well for the two protagonists of the story, as no one is particularly freaked out or surprised to learn that Duke is a werewolf or Earl is a vampire.[[note]]This actually makes for another example of fiction imitating reality. In the real world, most humans, for most of our history, ''believed'' in all of these monsters, the beasts and demons and ghosts. They learned to live with their fears, no less than we live with our fears of muggers and drunken drivers.[[/note]]
* In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead''
about the existence of demons magic, and magical world is hidden, and it's implied that wizards simply prefer not to have {{Muggles}} telling them what to do. Some normal people, such as police officers, are in the know, though, so that WON (magical police) can focus on work instead of cover-ups and fending off curious muggles.
* The existence of vampires and werewolves in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
%% * In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', supernatural creatures and Shadowhunters protect
their existence own governments with their own extra laws regarding the use of magic. Revealing the truth to a mantically-unaware person is forbidden by law unless that person is a close family member (the first book implies that, at least, spouses and parents are allowed) or someone you are going to train as an apprentice. Anyone else who learns the truth gets a healthy dose of LaserGuidedAmnesia to prevent them from {{Muggles}}. Also, a ''country'' apparently doesn't exist.
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', [[spoiler: Greek gods]] are raising [[spoiler: hostage]] children in what appears to be a school; they are hiding this not only from the outside world but from the children themselves.
talking.



* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', supernatural creatures and Shadowhunters protect their existence from {{Muggles}}. Also, a ''country'' apparently doesn't exist.
* Front and center in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' by Creator/NeilGaiman, where "London Below" is a grubby community of supernaturally gifted and afflicted people living in regular London (though mostly in the underground tunnels and other odd corners), who are completely unnoticeable to normal Londoners, most of the time. The hero, of course, is an exception.
* Justified in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch''. While the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] are powerful, human technology has progressed to the point where they would not be safe anywhere should humans at large find out about them. The novel ''Last Watch'' shows how easily Others can be killed using remote-controlled guns, which don't have an aura and have no malice. Luckily, the Others have a host of mind-manipulation spells that they're normally not allowed to use but can break them out in an emergency.



* ''Literature/WickedLovely'' gives the fey quite a good masquerade- they merely [[InvisibleToNormals don glamours to appear mortal.]]
* The fairies in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' live underground to avoid humans, although it wasn't always so. Also, the demons in "The Lost Colony" used to live in Limbo.
* On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', a long-standing Masquerade exists amongst wizards, that insists they must remain chaste to maintain their power. This mistaken belief was deliberately disseminated after the Mage Wars, as keeping wizards celibate seemed like the surest way to prevent sourcerers from being conceived.
* ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series:
** A society where wizards practice the Masquerade is the exception, not the rule. Wizardry is practiced out in the open on most other planets, and cat wizards and whale wizards only have to hide their magic from humans, not other members of their own species. The LanguageOfMagic has acronyms for "place where magic can be practiced out in the open" and "place where magic must be practiced in secret".
** Wizards have a spell much more powerful than mere LaserGuidedAmnesia for maintaining the Masquerade. Let's say that a bunch of dinosaurs appear in the middle of downtown New York City and start eating the {{Muggles}}. To deal with this, a group of wizards will cooperate on a large spell which will search the {{Alternate Universe}}s for a New York City whose downtown ''wasn't'' invaded by dinosaurs, then copy that version of downtown over their version of downtown ''so that the invasion never happened'', up to and including ''bringing the dead {{Muggles}} back to life''. However, this spell can't be used to bring wizards back to life, or non-wizards whose HeroicSacrifice helped defeat the BigBad, so DeathIsCheap is averted.

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* ''Literature/WickedLovely'' gives the fey quite a good masquerade- they merely [[InvisibleToNormals don glamours to appear mortal.]]
* The
In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' books, fairies do not go out in ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' live underground public without illusions to avoid humans, although it wasn't always so. Also, hide them.
* Present in
the demons in "The Lost Colony" used setting of ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', where AllMythsAreTrue and the various supernatural creatures are only kept from preying upon non-practitioners because practitioners have spent the past several millennia dealing with and binding Others into agreeing to live in Limbo.
*
follow the standard set by Suleiman bin Daoud, which prohibits them from preying upon normal people without a good excuse. On the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', a long-standing Masquerade exists amongst wizards, that insists they must remain chaste to maintain their power. This mistaken belief was deliberately disseminated after the Mage Wars, as keeping wizards celibate seemed like the surest way to prevent sourcerers from being conceived.
* ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series:
** A society where wizards practice
practitioner side, the Masquerade is maintained by the exception, ability of every practitioner to create a PerceptionFilter at will, with those that would want to reveal everything stymied by the functioning of the archaic system of {{Karma}} which governs practitioner morality-introducing someone into the supernatural means that any mistakes they make reflect on ''you,'' and they ''will'' make mistakes, which irritates Others and practitioners alike. Thus, letting too many people know leads to not the rule. Wizardry is practiced out in the open on most only other planets, practitioners trying to kill you, but ''the universe itself'' will twist and cat wizards and whale wizards only have bend events to hide their magic from humans, not other members of their own species. The LanguageOfMagic has acronyms for "place where magic can be practiced out in punish you.
* In
the open" and "place where magic must be practiced in secret".
** Wizards have a spell much more powerful than mere LaserGuidedAmnesia for maintaining the Masquerade. Let's say that a bunch of dinosaurs appear in the middle of downtown New York City and start eating the {{Muggles}}. To deal with this,
''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', a group of wizards will cooperate on a large spell which will search [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] called the {{Alternate Universe}}s for a New York City whose downtown ''wasn't'' invaded by dinosaurs, then copy Eyes hide all existence of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called phantoms from the general public, mind-wiping or killing anyone who learns the truth and even making up cover stories to explain the destruction of entire planets. Captain Caldwell says it's because people would panic if they learned that version of downtown over their version of downtown ''so an invisible, unkillable monster could rip the planet out from under them at any time. John Brenton, by contrast, says that the invasion never happened'', up to and including ''bringing cover-up is because the dead {{Muggles}} back Eyes are afraid of being called to life''. However, this spell can't be used to bring wizards back to life, or non-wizards whose HeroicSacrifice helped defeat account for the BigBad, so DeathIsCheap is averted.horrible acts they've committed in the name of protecting humanity.
--> If word of what they were doing got out, it wouldn't be panic over the phantoms that tore the universe apart, it would be rage. Rage over [[PoweredByAForsakenChild what was being done]] to those poor girls, rage that they had made us murderers, too, without our knowledge.



* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/ShadowsInZamboula", this is rumored of Aram Baksh, who has managed to keep himself from official notice but not InfallibleBabble: he is said to be a demon in human form. (The truth is also something ugly.)
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the existence of the Yeerks is largely unknown on Earth. There is one website devoted to Yeerks, but it is run by a Controller. Justified in that Yeerks tend to go for important people, and many people in the media are probably Controllers.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/{{Kull}} story "The Shadow Kingdom", the Snakemen disguise themselves as humans and usurp thrones.
* In the ''Literature/AlcatrazSeries''--Most of the world, known as the Hushlands, is controlled by Evil Librarians who use their control of information to teach all sorts of lies about history, economics, geography, physics, etc. The Free Kingdoms are continents that have not yet been conquered by the Evil Librarians, so they don't even appear on Librarian-approved maps. For example, one of the Free Kingdoms is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
* Actually averted in the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}''. One of the first things the ReasonableAuthorityFigure does when he finds out the city is being attacked by super-powered zombies is go on TV, explain everything, and warn people not to panic.
* Justified in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch''. While the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] are powerful, human technology has progressed to the point where they would not be safe anywhere should humans at large find out about them. The novel ''Last Watch'' shows how easily Others can be killed using remote-controlled guns, which don't have an aura and have no malice. Luckily, the Others have a host of mind-manipulation spells that they're normally not allowed to use but can break them out in an emergency.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story "Literature/ShadowsInZamboula", this is rumored of Aram Baksh, who has managed to keep himself from official notice but not InfallibleBabble: he is said to be a demon in human form. (The truth is also something ugly.)
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'',
''Literature/RachelGriffin'', the existence World of the Yeerks is largely unknown on Earth. There is Wise hides from the Unwary by means of [[InvisibleToNormals Obscurations]] and LaserGuidedAmnesia. Learning this, one website devoted character asks how ''anyone'' can be sure that their "true" history hasn't been tampered with by someone else for the same purpose. They justify the practice by observing that the mundanes CAN get magic -- by making deals with beings better left undealt with -- and also because various magical dangers have agreed to Yeerks, but leave mundanes alone as long as they are left alone.
** Later
it is run by a Controller. Justified in revealed that Yeerks tend to go [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve people's belief that the world is stable forms part of the Wall keeping the universe stable]]. Breaking the Masquerade would shaking this for important people, and too many people in people; the media are probably Controllers.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/{{Kull}} story "The Shadow Kingdom", the Snakemen disguise themselves as humans and usurp thrones.
universe would dissolve.
* In the ''Literature/AlcatrazSeries''--Most ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Rachel and Kirsty keep their experiences secret to prevent everyone from finding out about the fairies. They break this rule once with Rebecca Wilson, though she saw what was going on and keeps the secret as well.
* In the ''Literature/RedRoom'' series, this is the job of the titular organization to preserve. Subverted in the fact they admit, with the rise of social media and inter-connectivity
of the world, known as it's only a matter of time before it ends.
* Creator/RickRiordan has a few of these going on:
** In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''
the Hushlands, mythic world is controlled by Evil Librarians who use their control of information to teach all sorts of lies about history, economics, geography, physics, etc. The Free Kingdoms are continents that have not yet been conquered hidden from mortals by the Evil Librarians, Mist, a worldwide PerceptionFilter maintained by the goddess of magic. Passively, it distorts perception so they don't that hulking monsters look like stray animals and a duel with magic swords becomes a gunfight. Actively, it can be reshaped by certain demigods to pull off a JediMindTrick or even appear on Librarian-approved maps. For example, one create a fake parental figure.
** ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' introduces a second camp for Roman demigods, as opposed to the original series' Greek. In addition to hiding from the mortal world, the two camps and their inhabitants are hidden from each other by the Mist due to a history of civil war.
** ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' features the House of Life, a society of magicians who conceal their activities and those
of the Free Kingdoms is Egyptian gods by altering the memories of {{Muggles}}. Interestingly, the two stories are set in the middle same universe as shown by the crossover story, but the plots never intersect because each is subject to the other's Masquerade and the gods, while aware of it, try not to interfere with each other.
** The Norse pantheon gets in on the fun in ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'' with their own type of Mist, this time described as a sort of primordial haze left over from the creation
of the Pacific Ocean.
* Actually averted in
nine realms. This time, the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}''. One [[AllMythsAreTrue existence of multiple pantheons]] may not stay secret for long; Magnus is a cousin of Annabeth, a prominent demigod from the Percy Jackson series, and they're swapping stories by the end of the first things the ReasonableAuthorityFigure does when he finds out the city is being attacked by super-powered zombies is go on TV, explain everything, and warn people not to panic.
* Justified in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/NightWatch''. While the [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] are powerful, human technology has progressed to the point where they would not be safe anywhere should humans at large find out about them. The novel ''Last Watch'' shows how easily Others can be killed using remote-controlled guns, which don't have an aura and have no malice. Luckily, the Others have a host of mind-manipulation spells that they're normally not allowed to use but can break them out in an emergency.
book.



* ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'' has the masquerade being seen as both a help and a hindrance for the werewolf hunters. On the plus side it lets them [[VanHelsingHateCrimes kill any Werewolves they feel like]], on the downside it means they have to be extra-careful in selecting their targets because "I thought they were a werewolf" is not going to cut it as a murder defence. It's not clear exactly what benefit the Werewolves get from the masquerade though, beyond it just being how they've always done things.
* The eponymous main character of ''Literature/TheAutomaticDetective'' stumbles upon one of these: aliens who believe the world isn't ready for them, and so have been [[spoiler:deliberately introducing all manner of [[{{Mutants}} mutations]] into the human population, until they can eventually blend in with them]].
* In the Creator/PhilipKDick short story, "Adjustment Team", the story's protagonist stumbles into a world that is in effect behind the scenes of the observable world where omnipotent beings alter the flow of reality to fit some kind of ineffable design. He opts to subject himself to LaserGuidedAmnesia at the end of the story.
* Deliciously subverted in Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''[[Literature/{{InCryptid}} Discount Armageddon]]''. A character who's been taught to maintain the Masquerade his whole life goes bonkers when the heroine openly discusses the supernatural in a New York coffee shop. He asks her to pipe down and not discuss 'them.' [[spoiler: The heroine proceeds to assume seductive pose in her catsuit and openly discuss the supernatural.]] The point being, it's New York, and people have been so inured by slasher flicks and horror films they aren't going to believe it anymore anyway. [[spoiler: Specifically, she says "The only way they'd pay attention is if I stripped on the table top for them."]]
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's ''The City and The City'' two cities are juxtaposed in space, yet every single citizen 'unsees' the opposite city which is right in front of them. However, they are allowed to cross the border and be a tourist in the other city, in which case they unsee their own city and see the other one instead. Unseeing is a deliberate act and you can 'see' the wrong city if you want, but you will immediately be 'disappeared' if you do (children are allowed some leniency while they learn the system). It is never clear if this is a masquerade created by the people who live each city or if there is some other cause.
* Front and center in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' by Creator/NeilGaiman, where "London Below" is a grubby community of supernaturally gifted and afflicted people living in regular London (though mostly in the underground tunnels and other odd corners), who are completely unnoticeable to normal Londoners, most of the time. The hero, of course, is an exception.

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* ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'' has Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
** As said above,
the masquerade being seen as both a help and a hindrance for actual phrase "masquerade" appears in Heinlein's ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'', in which the werewolf hunters. On the plus side it lets them [[VanHelsingHateCrimes kill any Werewolves they feel like]], on the downside it means they have to be extra-careful in selecting "Howards" conceal their targets because "I thought they were a werewolf" is not going to cut it as a murder defence. It's not clear exactly what benefit the Werewolves get long lifespans from the masquerade though, beyond it rest of humanity, mainly because their long lifespans come from a program of selective breeding. ("Hey, we live for three times as long as you! Sorry, we're just being how they've always done things.
* The eponymous main character of ''Literature/TheAutomaticDetective'' stumbles upon one of these: aliens who believe the world isn't ready for them, and so
special, there's no way you can have been [[spoiler:deliberately introducing all manner of [[{{Mutants}} mutations]] into the human population, until they can eventually blend in this.") The novel starts with them]].
* In
the Creator/PhilipKDick short story, "Adjustment Team", the story's protagonist stumbles into a world that is in effect behind the scenes consequences of the observable world where omnipotent beings alter the flow of reality an attempt to fit some kind of ineffable design. He opts to subject himself to LaserGuidedAmnesia at the end of the story.
* Deliciously subverted in Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''[[Literature/{{InCryptid}} Discount Armageddon]]''. A character who's been taught to maintain
drop the Masquerade his whole life goes bonkers which has gone badly.
** In ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'', we get to see the moment
when the Howards' Masquerade started: a family reunion involving the heroine openly discusses (seventy, but currently and convincingly [[OlderThanTheyLook giving her age as forty-seven]]) and five generations of her descendants.
-->"You all know
the supernatural in a New York coffee shop. He asks her efforts all of us are making to pipe down keep our ages optimized. You, Maureen, how old are you?"
-->"Uh ... forty-seven."
-->"Nancy? Your age, dear?"
-->Nancy started to say, "Fifty-two." She got out the first syllable, bit it off. "Oh, shucks, Papa Weatheral. I don't keep track of my age."
-->"Your age, Nancy," Justin insisted.
-->"Let me see. Mama had me at fifteen, so-- How old are you, Mama?"
-->"Forty-seven."
-->"Yes, of course. I'm thirty-two."
-->Justin looked at my granddaughter Roberta, my great-granddaughter Anne,
and not discuss 'them.' [[spoiler: The heroine proceeds to assume seductive pose in her catsuit and openly discuss the supernatural.]] The point being, it's New York, and people have been so inured by slasher flicks and horror films they aren't going to believe it anymore anyway. [[spoiler: Specifically, she says "The only way they'd pay attention is if I stripped on the table top for them."]]
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's ''The City and The City'' two cities are juxtaposed in space, yet every single citizen 'unsees' the opposite city which is right in front of them. However, they are allowed to cross the border and be a tourist in the other city, in which case they unsee their own city and see the other one instead. Unseeing is a deliberate act and you can 'see' the wrong city if you want, but you will immediately be 'disappeared' if you do (children are allowed some leniency while they learn the system). It is never clear if this is a masquerade created by the people who live each city or if there is some other cause.
* Front and center in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' by Creator/NeilGaiman, where "London Below" is a grubby community of supernaturally gifted and afflicted people living in regular London (though mostly in the underground tunnels and other odd corners), who are completely unnoticeable to normal Londoners, most of the time. The hero, of course, is an exception.
my great-great-granddaughter Nancy Jane ...



* The Mantically Aware in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries''. They know about the existence of magic, and have their own governments with their own extra laws regarding the use of magic. Revealing the truth to a mantically-unaware person is forbidden by law unless that person is a close family member (the first book implies that, at least, spouses and parents are allowed) or someone you are going to train as an apprentice. Anyone else who learns the truth gets a healthy dose of LaserGuidedAmnesia to prevent them from talking.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' books, fairies do not go out in public without illusions to hide them.
* In ''Beautiful Creatures'' the Caster world and its secrets are completely hidden from the rest of the world and Gatlin, a town where "Nothing changes". [[spoiler: Many mortals themselves are involved, including the librarian, the main character's house mother, the main character's own deceased mother, the town mailman, and eventually the main character and his best friend as well.]]
* Creator/RickRiordan has a few of these going on:
** In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' the mythic world is hidden from mortals by the Mist, a worldwide PerceptionFilter maintained by the goddess of magic. Passively, it distorts perception so that hulking monsters look like stray animals and a duel with magic swords becomes a gunfight. Actively, it can be reshaped by certain demigods to pull off a JediMindTrick or even create a fake parental figure.
** ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' introduces a second camp for Roman demigods, as opposed to the original series' Greek. In addition to hiding from the mortal world, the two camps and their inhabitants are hidden from each other by the Mist due to a history of civil war.
** ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' features the House of Life, a society of magicians who conceal their activities and those of the Egyptian gods by altering the memories of {{Muggles}}. Interestingly, the two stories are set in the same universe as shown by the crossover story, but the plots never intersect because each is subject to the other's Masquerade and the gods, while aware of it, try not to interfere with each other.
** The Norse pantheon gets in on the fun in ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'' with their own type of Mist, this time described as a sort of primordial haze left over from the creation of the nine realms. This time, the [[AllMythsAreTrue existence of multiple pantheons]] may not stay secret for long; Magnus is a cousin of Annabeth, a prominent demigod from the Percy Jackson series, and they're swapping stories by the end of the first book.
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', the World of the Wise hides from the Unwary by means of [[InvisibleToNormals Obscurations]] and LaserGuidedAmnesia. Learning this, one character asks how ''anyone'' can be sure that their "true" history hasn't been tampered with by someone else for the same purpose. They justify the practice by observing that the mundanes CAN get magic -- by making deals with beings better left undealt with -- and also because various magical dangers have agreed to leave mundanes alone as long as they are left alone.
** Later it is revealed that [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve people's belief that the world is stable forms part of the Wall keeping the universe stable]]. Breaking the Masquerade would shaking this for too many people; the universe would dissolve.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Rachel and Kirsty keep their experiences secret to prevent everyone from finding out about the fairies. They break this rule once with Rebecca Wilson, though she saw what was going on and keeps the secret as well.
* Present in the setting of ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', where AllMythsAreTrue and the various supernatural creatures are only kept from preying upon non-practitioners because practitioners have spent the past several millennia dealing with and binding Others into agreeing to follow the standard set by Suleiman bin Daoud, which prohibits them from preying upon normal people without a good excuse. On the practitioner side, the Masquerade is maintained by the ability of every practitioner to create a PerceptionFilter at will, with those that would want to reveal everything stymied by the functioning of the archaic system of {{Karma}} which governs practitioner morality-introducing someone into the supernatural means that any mistakes they make reflect on ''you,'' and they ''will'' make mistakes, which irritates Others and practitioners alike. Thus, letting too many people know leads to not only other practitioners trying to kill you, but ''the universe itself'' will twist and bend events to punish you.
* In the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', a group of [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] called the Eyes hide all existence of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called phantoms from the general public, mind-wiping or killing anyone who learns the truth and even making up cover stories to explain the destruction of entire planets. Captain Caldwell says it's because people would panic if they learned that an invisible, unkillable monster could rip the planet out from under them at any time. John Brenton, by contrast, says that the cover-up is because the Eyes are afraid of being called to account for the horrible acts they've committed in the name of protecting humanity.
--> If word of what they were doing got out, it wouldn't be panic over the phantoms that tore the universe apart, it would be rage. Rage over [[PoweredByAForsakenChild what was being done]] to those poor girls, rage that they had made us murderers, too, without our knowledge.

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* The Mantically Aware in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries''. They know about In ''Literature/ShamanOfTheUndead'' the existence of magic, demons and have their own governments with their own extra laws regarding the use of magic. Revealing the truth to a mantically-unaware person is forbidden by law unless that person is a close family member (the first book implies that, at least, spouses and parents are allowed) or someone you are going to train as an apprentice. Anyone else who learns the truth gets a healthy dose of LaserGuidedAmnesia to prevent them from talking.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' books, fairies do not go out in public without illusions to hide them.
* In ''Beautiful Creatures'' the Caster world and its secrets are completely hidden from the rest of the world and Gatlin, a town where "Nothing changes". [[spoiler: Many mortals themselves are involved, including the librarian, the main character's house mother, the main character's own deceased mother, the town mailman, and eventually the main character and his best friend as well.]]
* Creator/RickRiordan has a few of these going on:
** In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' the mythic
magical world is hidden from mortals by hidden, and it's implied that wizards simply prefer not to have {{Muggles}} telling them what to do. Some normal people, such as police officers, are in the Mist, a worldwide PerceptionFilter maintained by the goddess of magic. Passively, it distorts perception know, though, so that hulking monsters look like stray animals WON (magical police) can focus on work instead of cover-ups and a duel with magic swords becomes a gunfight. Actively, it can be reshaped by certain demigods to pull fending off a JediMindTrick or even create a fake parental figure.
** ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' introduces a second camp for Roman demigods, as opposed to the original series' Greek. In addition to hiding from the mortal world, the two camps and their inhabitants are hidden from each other by the Mist due to a history of civil war.
** ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'' features the House of Life, a society of magicians who conceal their activities and those of the Egyptian gods by altering the memories of {{Muggles}}. Interestingly, the two stories are set in the same universe as shown by the crossover story, but the plots never intersect because each is subject to the other's Masquerade and the gods, while aware of it, try not to interfere with each other.
**
curious muggles.
*
The Norse pantheon gets in on the fun in ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard'' with their own type of Mist, this time described as a sort of primordial haze left over from the creation of the nine realms. This time, the [[AllMythsAreTrue existence of multiple pantheons]] may not stay secret for long; Magnus is a cousin of Annabeth, a prominent demigod from the Percy Jackson series, vampires and they're swapping stories by the end of the first book.
* In ''Literature/RachelGriffin'', the World of the Wise hides from the Unwary by means of [[InvisibleToNormals Obscurations]] and LaserGuidedAmnesia. Learning this, one character asks how ''anyone'' can be sure that their "true" history hasn't been tampered with by someone else for the same purpose. They justify the practice by observing that the mundanes CAN get magic -- by making deals with beings better left undealt with -- and also because various magical dangers have agreed to leave mundanes alone as long as they are left alone.
** Later it is revealed that [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve people's belief that the world is stable forms part of the Wall keeping the universe stable]]. Breaking the Masquerade would shaking this for too many people; the universe would dissolve.
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Rachel and Kirsty keep their experiences secret to prevent everyone from finding out about the fairies. They break this rule once with Rebecca Wilson, though she saw what was going on and keeps the secret as well.
* Present
werewolves in the setting of ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', where AllMythsAreTrue and the various supernatural creatures are only kept from preying upon non-practitioners because practitioners have spent the past several millennia dealing with and binding Others into agreeing to follow the standard set by Suleiman bin Daoud, which prohibits them from preying upon normal people without a good excuse. On the practitioner side, the Masquerade is maintained by the ability of every practitioner to create a PerceptionFilter at will, with those that would want to reveal everything stymied by the functioning of the archaic system of {{Karma}} which governs practitioner morality-introducing someone into the supernatural means that any mistakes they make reflect on ''you,'' and they ''will'' make mistakes, which irritates Others and practitioners alike. Thus, letting too many people know leads to not only other practitioners trying to kill you, but ''the universe itself'' will twist and bend events to punish you.
* In the ''Literature/ParadoxTrilogy'', a group of [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] called the Eyes hide all existence of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s called phantoms from the general public, mind-wiping or killing anyone who learns the truth and even making up cover stories to explain the destruction of entire planets. Captain Caldwell says it's because people would panic if they learned that an invisible, unkillable monster could rip the planet out from under them at any time. John Brenton, by contrast, says that the cover-up is because the Eyes are afraid of being called to account for the horrible acts they've committed in the name of protecting humanity.
--> If word of what they were doing got out, it wouldn't be panic over the phantoms that tore the universe apart, it would be rage. Rage over [[PoweredByAForsakenChild what was being done]] to those poor girls, rage that they had made us murderers, too, without our knowledge.
''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.



* {{Lilliputians}} living among humans, such as Literature/TheBorrowers or the protagonists of the Literature/NomesTrilogy, are often shown keeping their existence a complete secret from humanity. Of course, small size helps a lot with this.
* In the ''Literature/RedRoom'' series, this is the job of the titular organization to preserve. Subverted in the fact they admit, with the rise of social media and inter-connectivity of the world, it's only a matter of time before it ends.
* ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has the parasite-enhanced main characters sneak around abandoned parts of their city to fight invading needle monsters, all while trying to stay under the radar of any government organizations that would love to capture them.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' and its spin-off, ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', the supernatural world keeps iself secret from the {{muggle|s}} one, mostly for the sake of convenience, which actually makes things ''in''convenient when there's supernatural trouble brewing in regular world.



* ''Literature/WickedLovely'' gives the fey quite a good masquerade- they merely [[InvisibleToNormals don glamours to appear mortal.]]
* ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series:
** A society where wizards practice the Masquerade is the exception, not the rule. Wizardry is practiced out in the open on most other planets, and cat wizards and whale wizards only have to hide their magic from humans, not other members of their own species. The LanguageOfMagic has acronyms for "place where magic can be practiced out in the open" and "place where magic must be practiced in secret".
** Wizards have a spell much more powerful than mere LaserGuidedAmnesia for maintaining the Masquerade. Let's say that a bunch of dinosaurs appear in the middle of downtown New York City and start eating the {{Muggles}}. To deal with this, a group of wizards will cooperate on a large spell which will search the {{Alternate Universe}}s for a New York City whose downtown ''wasn't'' invaded by dinosaurs, then copy that version of downtown over their version of downtown ''so that the invasion never happened'', up to and including ''bringing the dead {{Muggles}} back to life''. However, this spell can't be used to bring wizards back to life, or non-wizards whose HeroicSacrifice helped defeat the BigBad, so DeathIsCheap is averted.



* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', Beacon Hills is currently in one, via the Argents, the Hales, and the Alphas, but with all of the murders and investigations and sightings, the masquerade is under threat of being broken by many individuals, individually.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', the supernatural world in general, Mystic Falls in particular. Enforced by both the Founders Council and the Salvatore brothers. The ability of the good townsfolk of Mystic Falls to overlook the abnormally high body count and other weird goings on is truly impressive to the extent it may count as an ExtraStrengthMasquerade.
* The Conspiracy in ''Series/TheXFiles'' is a prime candidate. Not being known by the public means they can control it.
* The vampires from ''Series/ForeverKnight'' had a faction called "The Enforcers" who either [[LaserGuidedAmnesia hypnotically erased memory]] of vampires in humans who discovered their existence or simply killed them.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Torchwood Institute, while similar to the Film/MenInBlack, kept its work secret for a less altruistic purpose -- its goal was to adapt [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum alien technology]] to recreate and maintain UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. In the SpinOff series ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', a splinter cell of the original institute claims that it is trying to prepare the human race for some unspecified point in the 21st century when humanity will have to confront alien life. For some reason, this means keeping aliens a secret. But also sometimes not bothering to cover things up. This has been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at certain points by the fact that, while Torchwood is ''theoretically'' a secret organization, even little old ladies respond to a car chase involving a fish-man with "Bloody Torchwood".
** The Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} as a whole had a Masquerade in contemporary Earth, but it's difficult to tell when it was broken, other than it being somewhere in the revival between "The Christmas Invasion" and "Last of the Time Lords". Series 1 (and a sleeper agent character in series 2) of ''Torchwood'' is somewhere in the middle, where humans are getting more and more alien tech, but plenty are still in denial about aliens coming through the Rift.
* 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''.



* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe's Section 31, an organization within TheFederation which is dedicated to the dirty things that TheFederation won't do. It has become mainly self-serving over the centuries and hides its existence from anyone outside.
** There's also Gary Seven in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. His series never happened, though.
** Several ExpandedUniverse novels reveal that Section 31's public counterparts (the Romulan Tal Shiar and the Cardassian Obsidian Order) know about its existence.

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* Most, if not all, {{Sit Com}}s that involve magical worlds do this. Examples: ''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.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe's Section 31, an organization within TheFederation which is dedicated US Federal government created one in Series/{{Alcatraz}} to explain the disappearance of all the prisoners and guards on March 21st, 1963 from the titular prison. According to the dirty things that TheFederation won't do. It has become mainly self-serving over official record, the centuries and hides its prison was shut down as a cost-saving measure, then all of the inmates were issued fake transfer orders, followed by fake death certificates.
* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', the
existence from anyone outside.
** There's also Gary Seven in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. His series never happened, though.
** Several ExpandedUniverse novels reveal that Section 31's public counterparts (the Romulan Tal Shiar
of Vampires, Werewolves and Ghosts is generally a secret. In [[AliensInCardiff Bristol]] (and implied elsewhere), the Vampire community has a relationship with the local Chief Inspector and the Cardassian Obsidian Order) know about its existence.Coroner, to help cover up botched feeding attempts.
** The premise of season one is that Herrick wants his faction to grow large and powerful enough that he can give up on the Masquerade and just rule humans directly.
** The ending of season three suggest that another vampire faction wants to get that plan back on track since they are tired of having to hide from humans.



* In ''Series/UltramanNexus'' anyone who knows of the Space Beasts or Ultraman has their mind wiped.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' uses this often with the race of monsters/cybernetic humans attacking in that season; they usually hide in plain sight in an attempt to make [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]] easier when the time comes. Occasionally one or more of the lead characters will be of the same race, but continues the masquerade both because TheWorldIsNotReady and because [[IJustWantToBeNormal he wants to live a normal life]] after he successfully [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch stops his race's plans]].
** Justified in ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', and while the Orphenochs are a lot stronger and [[ImmuneToBullets tougher then normal humans]], they can still be hurt and eventually killed by a lot of bullets. They even explicitly point out that while there's a good deal many Orphenochs, there's a lot more humans, with a lot more guns and bullets then they could ever hope to handle.
** At its root, though, this is why all of the earlier Riders -- more often than not created by evil terrorist organizations -- have to ''henshin''. After all, what's the point of an overpowered cyborg agent if they're ''easily identifiable as such''. Also, the Riders don't mind living a normal life ''while'' stopping said organization's plans.
*** Subverted somewhat in an episode of Kamen Rider Amazon. Amazon (that's his actual name) realizes that a scared girl is an agent of the enemy when she ''isn't'' frightened of his Beastman friend.
** In spite of the mooks being called ''Masquerade'' Dopants, Series/KamenRiderDouble lacks one. People know about the Dopants that have been running around Fuuto for at least ten years and refer to them as such. Double himself starts out as merely a rumor, but not out of Shotaro's hesitance to transform in front of people. Admittedly the ''identities'' of the Dopants aren't known by the public, but they understand what they are.
* ''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: ''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.

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* In ''Series/UltramanNexus'' anyone who knows of Thanks to the Space Beasts or Ultraman has their mind wiped.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' uses this often with the race of monsters/cybernetic humans attacking in that season; they usually hide in plain sight in an attempt to make [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]] easier when the time comes. Occasionally
Official Secrets Act, no one or more of the lead characters will be of the same race, but continues the masquerade both because TheWorldIsNotReady and because [[IJustWantToBeNormal he wants to live a normal life]] after he successfully [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch stops his race's plans]].
** Justified
in ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', and while the Orphenochs are a lot stronger and [[ImmuneToBullets tougher then normal humans]], they ''Series/TheBletchleyCircle'' can still be hurt and eventually killed by a lot of bullets. They even explicitly point out that while there's a good deal many Orphenochs, there's a lot more humans, with a lot more guns and bullets then they could ever hope to handle.
** At its root, though, this is why all of the earlier Riders -- more often than not created by evil terrorist organizations -- have to ''henshin''. After all, what's the point of an overpowered cyborg agent if they're ''easily identifiable as such''. Also, the Riders don't mind living a normal life ''while'' stopping said organization's plans.
*** Subverted somewhat in an episode of Kamen Rider Amazon. Amazon (that's his actual name) realizes that a scared girl is an agent of the enemy when she ''isn't'' frightened of his Beastman friend.
** In spite of the mooks being called ''Masquerade'' Dopants, Series/KamenRiderDouble lacks one. People know
talk about the Dopants that have been running around Fuuto for at least ten years and refer to them as such. Double himself starts out as merely a rumor, but not out of Shotaro's hesitance to transform in front of people. Admittedly the ''identities'' of the Dopants aren't known by the public, but they understand what they are.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' used this as well, in that
did during 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 war. They all parties involved to just keep that variable out.
* Most, if not all, {{Sit Com}}s that involve magical worlds do this. Examples: ''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.
claim they did "general clerical work".



* ''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.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Torchwood Institute, while similar to the Film/MenInBlack, kept its work secret for a less altruistic purpose -- its goal was to adapt [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum alien technology]] to recreate and maintain UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. In the SpinOff series ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', a splinter cell of the original institute claims that it is trying to prepare the human race for some unspecified point in the 21st century when humanity will have to confront alien life. For some reason, this means keeping aliens a secret. But also sometimes not bothering to cover things up. This has been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d at certain points by the fact that, while Torchwood is ''theoretically'' a secret organization, even little old ladies respond to a car chase involving a fish-man with "Bloody Torchwood".
** The Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} as a whole had a Masquerade in contemporary Earth, but it's difficult to tell when it was broken, other than it being somewhere in the revival between "The Christmas Invasion" and "Last of the Time Lords". Series 1 (and a sleeper agent character in series 2) of ''Torchwood'' is somewhere in the middle, where humans are getting more and more alien tech, but plenty are still in denial about aliens coming through the Rift.
* The vampires from ''Series/ForeverKnight'' had a faction called "The Enforcers" who either [[LaserGuidedAmnesia hypnotically erased memory]] of vampires in humans who discovered their existence or simply killed them.
* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', a sizable part of the population are wesen, humanoid beings with transformed animal or monster forms. Only Grimms and other wesen can detect them unless they're being deliberately threatening... or going out of their way to show a tiny amount of normal humans the truth, which is issued out on a need-to-know basis. Since wesen are naturally hidden from non-wesen, non-Grimm eyes, most people would assume anyone who told them the truth was crazy and/or become traumatized when presented with proof.
** An episode deals with three wesen who rob banks who woge (show their GameFace to regular humans) as an alternative to using masks. Also, wesen who woge don't leave fingerprints or acceptable DNA evidence. The episode reveals the existence of the Wesen Council of Wallenstadt. The Council's goal is to maintain the Masquerade. This usually involves a very public execution of the wesen who try to break it. After being arrested, two of the robbers (they kill their partner before that) are perp walked through the precinct with the press taking pictures. Based on previous conversations, the robbers look like they're about to woge on national TV, when a hired gunman (human) jumps out of the crowd and shoots them both. The chairman of the Council is happy with the outcome (especially the televised coverage of the murders) and admits they have to do something like this every generation to keep the younger wesen in their place.



* On ''Series/TrueBlood,'' the vampire community [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything came out of the coffin]] about two years ago. [[TheUnmasquedWorld Well, glad that's done with.]] [[spoiler: Oh, wait. Sam is a shapeshifter who can turn into an animal, particularly a dog...but he's not a werewolf. Werewolves are also real. Nobody knows this. Nobody knows about the witches, fairies, were-leopards and minotaur-like maenads.]] Also, the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, is secretly a psychic.
* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', the existence of Vampires, Werewolves and Ghosts is generally a secret. In [[AliensInCardiff Bristol]] (and implied elsewhere), the Vampire community has a relationship with the local Chief Inspector and the Coroner, to help cover up botched feeding attempts.
** The premise of season one is that Herrick wants his faction to grow large and powerful enough that he can give up on the Masquerade and just rule humans directly.
** The ending of season three suggest that another vampire faction wants to get that plan back on track since they are tired of having to hide from humans.
* In the British series ''Series/{{Ultraviolet}}'', the [[strike: vampires]] [[NotUsingTheZWord code 5]] keep their existence a secret so that human society won't wipe them out. The secret government agency that seeks to eradicate them also keeps it a secret to avoid creating a mass panic.

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* On ''Series/TrueBlood,'' ''Franchise/KamenRider'' uses this often with the vampire community [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything came out race of monsters/cybernetic humans attacking in that season; they usually hide in plain sight in an attempt to make [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over the world]] easier when the time comes. Occasionally one or more of the coffin]] about two years ago. [[TheUnmasquedWorld Well, glad that's done with.]] [[spoiler: Oh, wait. Sam is lead characters will be of the same race, but continues the masquerade both because TheWorldIsNotReady and because [[IJustWantToBeNormal he wants to live a shapeshifter who normal life]] after he successfully [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch stops his race's plans]].
** Justified in ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', and while the Orphenochs are a lot stronger and [[ImmuneToBullets tougher then normal humans]], they
can turn into an animal, particularly still be hurt and eventually killed by a dog...but he's lot of bullets. They even explicitly point out that while there's a good deal many Orphenochs, there's a lot more humans, with a lot more guns and bullets then they could ever hope to handle.
** At its root, though, this is why all of the earlier Riders -- more often than
not created by evil terrorist organizations -- have to ''henshin''. After all, what's the point of an overpowered cyborg agent if they're ''easily identifiable as such''. Also, the Riders don't mind living a werewolf. Werewolves are also real. Nobody knows this. Nobody knows normal life ''while'' stopping said organization's plans.
*** Subverted somewhat in an episode of Kamen Rider Amazon. Amazon (that's his actual name) realizes that a scared girl is an agent of the enemy when she ''isn't'' frightened of his Beastman friend.
** In spite of the mooks being called ''Masquerade'' Dopants, Series/KamenRiderDouble lacks one. People know
about the witches, fairies, were-leopards Dopants that have been running around Fuuto for at least ten years and minotaur-like maenads.]] Also, refer to them as such. Double himself starts out as merely a rumor, but not out of Shotaro's hesitance to transform in front of people. Admittedly the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, is secretly a psychic.
* In ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'',
''identities'' of the existence of Vampires, Werewolves and Ghosts is generally a secret. In [[AliensInCardiff Bristol]] (and implied elsewhere), Dopants aren't known by the Vampire community public, but they understand what they are.
* ''Series/LostGirl''
has a relationship with the local Chief Inspector and the Coroner, to help cover up botched feeding attempts.
**
fairly robust masquerade. The premise Fae mostly keep themselves out of season one is sight. Either they live entirely underground (the underfae), they participate in an all-fae black market economy, or they have positions that Herrick wants his faction to grow large and powerful enough that he can give up on let them operate/feed in the Masquerade and just rule humans directly.
** The ending of season three suggest that another vampire faction wants to get that plan back on track since they are tired of having to hide from humans.
* In the British series ''Series/{{Ultraviolet}}'', the [[strike: vampires]] [[NotUsingTheZWord code 5]] keep their existence a secret so that
human society won't wipe them out. The secret government agency that seeks to eradicate them also keeps it a secret to avoid creating a mass panic.world.



* A standard part of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise. Oddly, the villains always seem to know who the rangers are, so keeping their [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]] secret from the general public is likely due to some unwritten code.
** It ''is'' written, actually, but only for the four incarnations of the Zordon era.
** It's subverted with some incarnations, however; the more supernatural Rangers keep their identities secret, but the ones created by manmade technology such as [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue the Lightspeed Rangers]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD the SPD Rangers]], [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive the Overdrive Rangers]], and [[Series/PowerRangersRPM the RPM Rangers]] make no attempt to hide who they are from the general public. The [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force Rangers]] are the exception to that rule, since they're from the future (though their identities ARE public knowledge in their own time).
* 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''.
* The ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe's Section 31, an organization within TheFederation which is dedicated to the dirty things that TheFederation won't do. It has become mainly self-serving over the centuries and hides its existence from anyone outside.
** There's also Gary Seven in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. His series never happened, though.
** Several ExpandedUniverse novels reveal that Section 31's public counterparts (the Romulan Tal Shiar and the Cardassian Obsidian Order) know about its existence.



* The US Federal government created one in Series/{{Alcatraz}} to explain the disappearance of all the prisoners and guards on March 21st, 1963 from the titular prison. According to the official record, the prison was shut down as a cost-saving measure, then all of the inmates were issued fake transfer orders, followed by fake death certificates.

to:

* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', Beacon Hills is currently in one, via the Argents, the Hales, and the Alphas, but with all of the murders and investigations and sightings, the masquerade is under threat of being broken by many individuals, individually.
* On ''Series/TrueBlood,'' the vampire community [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything came out of the coffin]] about two years ago. [[TheUnmasquedWorld Well, glad that's done with.]] [[spoiler: Oh, wait. Sam is a shapeshifter who can turn into an animal, particularly a dog...but he's not a werewolf. Werewolves are also real. Nobody knows this. Nobody knows about the witches, fairies, were-leopards and minotaur-like maenads.]] Also, the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, is secretly a psychic.
* In ''Series/UltramanNexus'' anyone who knows of the Space Beasts or Ultraman has their mind wiped.
* In the British series ''Series/{{Ultraviolet}}'', the [[strike: vampires]] [[NotUsingTheZWord code 5]] keep their existence a secret so that human society won't wipe them out.
The US Federal secret government created one in Series/{{Alcatraz}} agency that seeks to explain eradicate them also keeps it a secret to avoid creating a mass panic.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'',
the disappearance of all supernatural world in general, Mystic Falls in particular. Enforced by both the prisoners Founders Council and guards on March 21st, 1963 from the titular prison. According Salvatore brothers. The ability of the good townsfolk of Mystic Falls to overlook the abnormally high body count and other weird goings on is truly impressive to the official record, the prison was shut down extent it may count as a cost-saving measure, then all of the inmates were issued fake transfer orders, followed by fake death certificates.an ExtraStrengthMasquerade.



* ''Series/LostGirl'' has a fairly robust masquerade. The Fae mostly keep themselves out of sight. Either they live entirely underground (the underfae), they participate in an all-fae black market economy, or they have positions that let them operate/feed in the human world.
* Thanks to the Official Secrets Act, no one in ''Series/TheBletchleyCircle'' can talk about what they did during the war. They all claim they did "general clerical work".
* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'', a sizable part of the population are wesen, humanoid beings with transformed animal or monster forms. Only Grimms and other wesen can detect them unless they're being deliberately threatening... or going out of their way to show a tiny amount of normal humans the truth, which is issued out on a need-to-know basis. Since wesen are naturally hidden from non-wesen, non-Grimm eyes, most people would assume anyone who told them the truth was crazy and/or become traumatized when presented with proof.
** An episode deals with three wesen who rob banks who woge (show their GameFace to regular humans) as an alternative to using masks. Also, wesen who woge don't leave fingerprints or acceptable DNA evidence. The episode reveals the existence of the Wesen Council of Wallenstadt. The Council's goal is to maintain the Masquerade. This usually involves a very public execution of the wesen who try to break it. After being arrested, two of the robbers (they kill their partner before that) are perp walked through the precinct with the press taking pictures. Based on previous conversations, the robbers look like they're about to woge on national TV, when a hired gunman (human) jumps out of the crowd and shoots them both. The chairman of the Council is happy with the outcome (especially the televised coverage of the murders) and admits they have to do something like this every generation to keep the younger wesen in their place.
* A standard part of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise. Oddly, the villains always seem to know who the rangers are, so keeping their [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]] secret from the general public is likely due to some unwritten code.
** It ''is'' written, actually, but only for the four incarnations of the Zordon era.
** It's subverted with some incarnations, however; the more supernatural Rangers keep their identities secret, but the ones created by manmade technology such as [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue the Lightspeed Rangers]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD the SPD Rangers]], [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive the Overdrive Rangers]], and [[Series/PowerRangersRPM the RPM Rangers]] make no attempt to hide who they are from the general public. The [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force Rangers]] are the exception to that rule, since they're from the future (though their identities ARE public knowledge in their own time).

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* ''Series/LostGirl'' has a fairly robust masquerade. The Fae mostly keep themselves out of sight. Either they live entirely underground (the underfae), they participate Conspiracy in an all-fae black market economy, or they have positions that let them operate/feed in the human world.
* Thanks to the Official Secrets Act, no one in ''Series/TheBletchleyCircle'' can talk about what they did during the war. They all claim they did "general clerical work".
* On ''Series/{{Grimm}}'',
''Series/TheXFiles'' is a sizable part of the population are wesen, humanoid beings with transformed animal or monster forms. Only Grimms and other wesen can detect them unless they're prime candidate. Not being deliberately threatening... or going out of their way to show a tiny amount of normal humans known by the truth, which is issued out on a need-to-know basis. Since wesen are naturally hidden from non-wesen, non-Grimm eyes, most people would assume anyone who told them the truth was crazy and/or become traumatized when presented with proof.
** An episode deals with three wesen who rob banks who woge (show their GameFace to regular humans) as an alternative to using masks. Also, wesen who woge don't leave fingerprints or acceptable DNA evidence. The episode reveals the existence of the Wesen Council of Wallenstadt. The Council's goal is to maintain the Masquerade. This usually involves a very
public execution of the wesen who try to break it. After being arrested, two of the robbers (they kill their partner before that) are perp walked through the precinct with the press taking pictures. Based on previous conversations, the robbers look like they're about to woge on national TV, when a hired gunman (human) jumps out of the crowd and shoots them both. The chairman of the Council is happy with the outcome (especially the televised coverage of the murders) and admits means they have to do something like this every generation to keep the younger wesen in their place.
* A standard part of the ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise. Oddly, the villains always seem to know who the rangers are, so keeping their [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]] secret from the general public is likely due to some unwritten code.
** It ''is'' written, actually, but only for the four incarnations of the Zordon era.
** It's subverted with some incarnations, however; the more supernatural Rangers keep their identities secret, but the ones created by manmade technology such as [[Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue the Lightspeed Rangers]], [[Series/PowerRangersSPD the SPD Rangers]], [[Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive the Overdrive Rangers]], and [[Series/PowerRangersRPM the RPM Rangers]] make no attempt to hide who they are from the general public. The [[Series/PowerRangersTimeForce Time Force Rangers]] are the exception to that rule, since they're from the future (though their identities ARE public knowledge in their own time).
can control it.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'', TimeTravel isn't made public knowledge until 2222 AD. As a result, [[StableTimeLoop it can't be made public knowledge until 2222 AD]], ''ever'', on penalty of [[TimeParadox frag]] or a visit by [[ClockRoaches the Inheritors]]. Most of a spanner's job is preventing Narcissists from creating paradoxes, which would include causing one by revealing time travel to the public.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'', both of the setting's dominant governments actively maintain the Masquerade. They do this because they've realized [[spoiler: the {{Big Bad}}s thrive on, among other things, fear...and if people knew about things like walkin' dead, they would panic]]. There are ''no'' supernatural safeguards to keep people in the dark, though, so basic psychology is used instead. The Agency relies primarily on elaborate deceit (and the fact that people don't ''want'' to believe); the Texas Rangers are known more for intimidating people into silence. ("Now show me where you ''didn't'' see Aunt Minnie crawl up outta her grave. I got some carvin' to do.")
** ''Deadlands'' is possibly a ''Deconstruction'' of the Masquerade, as it has been argued (in-text) that [[spoiler: the governments actually aid the Reckoners with their masquerade, as making the supernatural (and the fact that it ''can'' be fought and beaten) known to the public would rob them of much of their ability to generate fear. A mysterious creature that prowls the jungle and snatches people from fields is scary, but a tiger is just dangerous. Furthermore, it's also been suggested that their efforts to maintain the Masquerade often lead to them causing as much fear, doubt and suspicion as the ghoulies they put down in the first place. The Agency, which relies heavily on a Western variant of TheMenInBlack, is usually considered worse; the Texas Rangers openly intimidate people into staying silent, but at least they demonstrate the supernatural can be beaten, while the Agency acts in sinister, suspicious, paranoia-inducing fashions]].
* In the ''Ravnica'' block of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', House Dimir is a guild of spies and information dealers lead by an ancient vampire named Szadek, the Lord of Secrets. The original magical pact that the ten guilds of Ravnica all signed specifically forbids the other guilds from revealing the existence of House Dimir, so only the highest ranking guild officials and members of the Dimir itself know about the so-called 10th guild; the rest of the world believes the Dimir to be only a myth. House Dimir's agents covertly but actively encourage such a belief, so that the guild may accomplish its agenda in secret.
** "In a space where there is no room, in a structure that was never built, meets the guild that doesn't exist." -- Flavor text for Duskmantle, headquarters of House Dimir.
** By the point of ''Return to Ravnica'', [[spoiler:the destruction of the magical pact and the death of Szadek]] has unmasked house Dimir, who have taken over the messaging and official information gathering business. There still appears to be a masquerade around, however: The Izzet League is researching ''something'' that [[OurDragonsAreDifferent their guildmaster]] is really interested in, and nobody outside the guild seem to know what.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' has a Masquerade enforced for pragmatic reasons. Exposure to the true reality of TheMultiverse usually results in ''dementia animus'' (i.e. insanity).
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', every PlayerCharacter (and almost every {{N|onPlayerCharacter}})PC is a mutant and a member of a secret society. These facts must be hidden from the other players and from the ruling Computer, as (barring "registered" mutants) they are grounds for summary execution.



* Nearly every supernatural group in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness games (and by extension in ''Kindred'') -- not just the vampires -- hides its existence from the "normals", even though collectively they not only control the world, but the fabric of reality. In some cases (Werewolves, Mages), this is because it's enforced by the laws of reality (breaking out the mojo in public either drives {{muggles}} insane or drives ''reality'' insane); in others, it's for pragmatic reasons (vampires need to be able to feed without the herd knowing). Some groups do reject the concept of the Masquerade; [[TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen Demons]] and some more insane Mages (such as the Taftani, who believe that "coincidental magic" is cowardice) even believe in that rejection. Sabbat vampires, meanwhile, hold the Masquerade in contempt...but in practice they try not to make too big of a mess lest the full might of the police drop on their heads.
* In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', all of the supernaturals have reasons for the Masquerade - TabletopGame/{{vampire|TheRequiem}}s for their survival, [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening mages]] because {{Muggles}} just [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve cause magic to fall apart if they see it]], TabletopGame/{{Changeling|TheLost}}s are afraid that [[TheFairFolk their old masters]] will notice and [[TheWildHunt come calling]], and TabletopGame/{{Promethean|TheCreated}}s because they ''cause'' the TorchesAndPitchforks reaction by their existence. As their oWoD counterparts, werewolves can't help the Lunacy (their "masquerade"); their myths say it was a curse.
** The non-human aspects of changelings' appearance in the nWoD are normally hidden by a powerful illusion called "the Mask." They don't maintain a masquerade so much as they sometimes put out the effort to not maintain one.
** ''[[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Geist: The Sin-Eaters]]'', has no Masquerade-equivalent. None. There's nothing in the book even discouraging a group of Sin-Eater player characters from advertising in the Yellow Pages as a group of ghostbusters... except that perhaps [[CassandraTruth no one would believe it]].
** The nWoD [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil Hunters]] vary from Division Six, the Cheiron Group and [[TheMenInBlack Task Force VALKYRIE]] (whose job it is to keep the Masquerade intact, [[spoiler:and all of whom are backed by something that isn't a normal human - a pack of mysterious aliens for Cheiron, vampires for VALKYRIE, and the Seers to the Throne for Div Six]]) to Network Zero, whose sole motive is to blow it wide open, and Null Mysteriis, who intend to do so as soon as they have a decent scientific explanation for all the weird shit that goes on in the World of Darkness. VASCU, meanwhile, operates openly, and there's a [[ArtisticLicenseLaw federal law requiring state police to call them]] if they discover a SerialKiller with supernatural powers.
*** The Masquerade in the unofficial ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', set in the nWoD, stands out because the [[MadScientist Geniuses]] ''don't want'' the Masquerade. However, the nature of Inspiration enforces a masquerade whether they like it or not. This is because 1) When normal mortals try and fiddle with a Wonder, it either [[GoneHorriblyWrong breaks or goes on a homicidal rampage]]. 2) Even if a Genius is careful not to let anyone touch his Wonders, just demonstrating them in public tends to turn people into Igors or rival Geniuses. Between these two reasons, any attempt to break the Masquerade inevitably results in failure and death. They also tend to look as mad as they are when they try.
*** In the other unofficial ''TabletopGame/DragonTheEmbers'', the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Oroboroi]] have a very good reason for the Masquerade - back when their existence was known to mortals, they almost exterminated them, and secrecy is the only thing currently preserving their now DyingRace from extinction. Much like for werewolves, their Masquerade is enforced by a supernatural effect called the Miasma, with an interesting twist: it doesn't technically makes Muggles unable to see them or remember their encounter, but should they try to talk about it to someone, they won't be able to give a coherent description of what they saw, or it will come out as sounding like they have seen a mundane animal instead of a fire-breathing reptile.
*** Played wit in the unofficial ''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 abilities in plain sight with no ill effect. In fact, there are even situations where this can cause *positive* things to happen. In practice however, most of them ''do'' try to keep some degree of secrecy, for two reasons: first, this is still the World of Darkness, where magic is 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 [[SecretIdentity your dual identity]] makes it easy for [[SentientCosmicForce the All-Consuming Darkness]] to track you down, which usually results in malevolent creatures attacking either you or your loved ones.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'', both of the setting's dominant governments actively maintain the Masquerade. They do this because they've realized [[spoiler: the {{Big Bad}}s thrive on, among other things, fear...and if people knew about things like walkin' dead, they would panic]]. There are ''no'' supernatural safeguards to keep people in the dark, though, so basic psychology is used instead. The Agency relies primarily on elaborate deceit (and the fact that people don't ''want'' to believe); the Texas Rangers are known more for intimidating people into silence. ("Now show me where you ''didn't'' see Aunt Minnie crawl up outta her grave. I got some carvin' to do.")
** ''Deadlands'' is possibly a ''Deconstruction'' of the Masquerade, as it has been argued (in-text) that [[spoiler: the governments actually aid the Reckoners with their masquerade, as making the supernatural (and the fact that it ''can'' be fought and beaten) known to the public would rob them of much of their ability to generate fear. A mysterious creature that prowls the jungle and snatches people from fields is scary, but a tiger is just dangerous. Furthermore, it's also been suggested that their efforts to maintain the Masquerade often lead to them causing as much fear, doubt and suspicion as the ghoulies they put down in the first place. The Agency, which relies heavily on a Western variant of TheMenInBlack, is usually considered worse; the Texas Rangers openly intimidate people into staying silent, but at least they demonstrate the supernatural can be beaten, while the Agency acts in sinister, suspicious, paranoia-inducing fashions]].



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', every PlayerCharacter (and almost every {{N|onPlayerCharacter}})PC is a mutant and a member of a secret society. These facts must be hidden from the other players and from the ruling Computer, as (barring "registered" mutants) they are grounds for summary execution.
* In the ''Ravnica'' block of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', House Dimir is a guild of spies and information dealers lead by an ancient vampire named Szadek, the Lord of Secrets. The original magical pact that the ten guilds of Ravnica all signed specifically forbids the other guilds from revealing the existence of House Dimir, so only the highest ranking guild officials and members of the Dimir itself know about the so-called 10th guild; the rest of the world believes the Dimir to be only a myth. House Dimir's agents covertly but actively encourage such a belief, so that the guild may accomplish its agenda in secret.
** "In a space where there is no room, in a structure that was never built, meets the guild that doesn't exist." -- Flavor text for Duskmantle, headquarters of House Dimir.
** By the point of ''Return to Ravnica'', [[spoiler:the destruction of the magical pact and the death of Szadek]] has unmasked house Dimir, who have taken over the messaging and official information gathering business. There still appears to be a masquerade around, however: The Izzet League is researching ''something'' that [[OurDragonsAreDifferent their guildmaster]] is really interested in, and nobody outside the guild seem to know what.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'', TimeTravel isn't made public knowledge until 2222 AD. As a result, [[StableTimeLoop it can't be made public knowledge until 2222 AD]], ''ever'', on penalty of [[TimeParadox frag]] or a visit by [[ClockRoaches the Inheritors]]. Most of a spanner's job is preventing Narcissists from creating paradoxes, which would include causing one by revealing time travel to the public.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' has a Masquerade enforced for pragmatic reasons. Exposure to the true reality of TheMultiverse usually results in ''dementia animus'' (i.e. insanity).

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness''
** Nearly
every PlayerCharacter supernatural group in the TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness games (and almost every {{N|onPlayerCharacter}})PC by extension in ''Kindred'') -- not just the vampires -- hides its existence from the "normals", even though collectively they not only control the world, but the fabric of reality. In some cases (Werewolves, Mages), this is a mutant because it's enforced by the laws of reality (breaking out the mojo in public either drives {{muggles}} insane or drives ''reality'' insane); in others, it's for pragmatic reasons (vampires need to be able to feed without the herd knowing). Some groups do reject the concept of the Masquerade; [[TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen Demons]] and a member some more insane Mages (such as the Taftani, who believe that "coincidental magic" is cowardice) even believe in that rejection. Sabbat vampires, meanwhile, hold the Masquerade in contempt...but in practice they try not to make too big of a secret society. These facts must be mess lest the full might of the police drop on their heads.
** In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'', all of the supernaturals have reasons for the Masquerade - TabletopGame/{{vampire|TheRequiem}}s for their survival, [[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening mages]] because {{Muggles}} just [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve cause magic to fall apart if they see it]], TabletopGame/{{Changeling|TheLost}}s are afraid that [[TheFairFolk their old masters]] will notice and [[TheWildHunt come calling]], and TabletopGame/{{Promethean|TheCreated}}s because they ''cause'' the TorchesAndPitchforks reaction by their existence. As their oWoD counterparts, werewolves can't help the Lunacy (their "masquerade"); their myths say it was a curse.
*** The non-human aspects of changelings' appearance in the nWoD are normally
hidden by a powerful illusion called "the Mask." They don't maintain a masquerade so much as they sometimes put out the effort to not maintain one.
*** ''[[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Geist: The Sin-Eaters]]'', has no Masquerade-equivalent. None. There's nothing in the book even discouraging a group of Sin-Eater player characters
from advertising in the Yellow Pages as a group of ghostbusters... except that perhaps [[CassandraTruth no one would believe it]].
*** The nWoD [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil Hunters]] vary from Division Six, the Cheiron Group and [[TheMenInBlack Task Force VALKYRIE]] (whose job it is to keep the Masquerade intact, [[spoiler:and all of whom are backed by something that isn't a normal human - a pack of mysterious aliens for Cheiron, vampires for VALKYRIE, and the Seers to the Throne for Div Six]]) to Network Zero, whose sole motive is to blow it wide open, and Null Mysteriis, who intend to do so as soon as they have a decent scientific explanation for all the weird shit that goes on in the World of Darkness. VASCU, meanwhile, operates openly, and there's a [[ArtisticLicenseLaw federal law requiring state police to call them]] if they discover a SerialKiller with supernatural powers.
**** The Masquerade in the unofficial ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', set in the nWoD, stands out because the [[MadScientist Geniuses]] ''don't want'' the Masquerade. However, the nature of Inspiration enforces a masquerade whether they like it or not. This is because 1) When normal mortals try and fiddle with a Wonder, it either [[GoneHorriblyWrong breaks or goes on a homicidal rampage]]. 2) Even if a Genius is careful not to let anyone touch his Wonders, just demonstrating them in public tends to turn people into Igors or rival Geniuses. Between these two reasons, any attempt to break the Masquerade inevitably results in failure and death. They also tend to look as mad as they are when they try.
**** In
the other players unofficial ''TabletopGame/DragonTheEmbers'', the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Oroboroi]] have a very good reason for the Masquerade - back when their existence was known to mortals, they almost exterminated them, and secrecy is the only thing currently preserving their now DyingRace from extinction. Much like for werewolves, their Masquerade is enforced by a supernatural effect called the ruling Computer, as (barring "registered" mutants) Miasma, with an interesting twist: it doesn't technically makes Muggles unable to see them or remember their encounter, but should they are grounds for summary execution.
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try to talk about it to someone, they won't be able to give a coherent description of what they saw, or it will come out as sounding like they have seen a mundane animal instead of a fire-breathing reptile.
**** Played wit in
the ''Ravnica'' block of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', House Dimir unofficial ''TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful''. Much like in ''Genius'' there technically is a guild of spies and information dealers lead by an ancient vampire named Szadek, the Lord of Secrets. The original magical pact that the ten guilds of Ravnica all signed specifically forbids the other guilds from no masquerade; [[MagicalGirl Princesses]] have no rule against revealing the existence of House Dimir, so only the highest ranking guild officials Light and members Darkness, and can use their abilities in plain sight with no ill effect. In fact, there are even situations where this can cause *positive* things to happen. In practice however, most of them ''do'' try to keep some degree of secrecy, for two reasons: first, this is still the Dimir itself World of Darkness, where magic is inherently terrifying to people who don't know about the so-called 10th guild; the rest it, so carelessly revealing yourself as a supernatural being, even one of the world believes the Dimir to be only a myth. House Dimir's agents covertly but actively encourage such a belief, so that the guild may accomplish its agenda in secret.
** "In a space where there is no room, in a structure that was never built, meets the guild that doesn't exist." -- Flavor text for Duskmantle, headquarters of House Dimir.
** By the point of ''Return to Ravnica'', [[spoiler:the destruction of the magical pact
light and the death of Szadek]] has unmasked house Dimir, who have taken over the messaging and official information gathering business. There still appears to be a masquerade around, however: The Izzet League is researching ''something'' that [[OurDragonsAreDifferent their guildmaster]] is really interested in, and nobody outside the guild seem to know what.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Continuum}}'', TimeTravel
hope, isn't made something you'd want to do. Second, and more importantly, using your magic too much in public knowledge until 2222 AD. As a result, [[StableTimeLoop it can't be made public knowledge until 2222 AD]], ''ever'', on penalty of [[TimeParadox frag]] or a visit by [[ClockRoaches without the Inheritors]]. Most cover of a spanner's job is preventing Narcissists from creating paradoxes, [[SecretIdentity your dual identity]] makes it easy for [[SentientCosmicForce the All-Consuming Darkness]] to track you down, which would include causing one by revealing time travel to the public.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' has a Masquerade enforced for pragmatic reasons. Exposure to the true reality of TheMultiverse
usually results in ''dementia animus'' (i.e. insanity).malevolent creatures attacking either you or your loved ones.
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* The Roppongi Club in ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' usually covers up everything that goes awry and might expose them by either buying off people or killing them, but this starts getting harder and harder to pull off when [[SpannerInTheWorks Tatsumi Saiga]] enters the picture.
* ''Anime/PrettySammy'': ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'' subverts this trope as Sasami hides the secret she is the magical girl Pretty Sammy and that there is a magical kingdom on the moon, however in the last episode it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[EverybodyKnewAlready everyone knew about her identity and the magical world]], but played along because they knew she wanted to keep it secret]].
* ''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 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.
** An arc about midway through the manga deals with a conspiracy to irrevocably reveal magic's existence. By replacing the spell that forces people to drop their built-in {{Weirdness Censor}}s while spreading enough evidence to convince them that Magic is real.
** And the hero angsts about possibly not being right for about half of it and eventually just accepts that he's probably the bad guy in this arc. He does have the good point that if it was worth being turned into an ermine from his point of view, the villain would have just told him that at the beginning.

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Manga]]
* The Roppongi Club in ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' usually covers up everything that goes awry and might expose them by either buying off people or killing them, but this starts getting harder and harder to pull off when [[SpannerInTheWorks Tatsumi Saiga]] enters the picture.
* ''Anime/PrettySammy'': ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'' subverts this trope as Sasami hides the secret she is the magical girl Pretty Sammy and that there is a magical kingdom on the moon, however in the last episode it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[EverybodyKnewAlready everyone knew about her identity and the magical world]], but played along because they knew she wanted to keep
In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', it secret]].
* ''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
seems to be figured out or noticed, in that case the person suffers a bout combination of [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forgetfulness]]. Any mage who does break the Masquerade and Weirdness Censor that's Up to Eleven.
* In ''Manga/{{Arago}}'', TheFairFolk and other "mythical" creatures most definitely exist, but the majority of humans are completely unaware of them.
* The existence of shinigami and Hollows in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
is threatened with punishment (such as kept secret from humans, thanks to them being turned into an ermine). InvisibleToNormals and copious erasure of memories.
* Since he can't persuade her not to come to school, Sakura tries to get Dokuro to maintain a Masquerade in ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan''.
This especially comes up in lasts about ten seconds -- when asked to introduce herself, she forgets completely and just says she's an angel. No one has a problem with this, and it saves them the second trouble of explaining her ''visible halo''.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has the Geass Directorate, which naturally hides Geass. Also, in a bizarre use of this trope, [[spoiler:the vast majority of the world is left unaware of the political turmoil and the Zero Requiem towards the end of the
series, ''Negima?!'', when two "observers" threaten Negi every single episode as more which makes this a rare Masquerade set up by the good guys]].
** On the surface, [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Ashford Academy]] is just a high school for the upperclass Brittanians in Area 11. [[spoiler:But the entire school compound is wired with surveillance,
and more an extensive underground headquarters has been set up underneath the school by the military. The hot PE teacher is actually an undercover baron, several of the students become aware of him (and hiding this fact becomes increasingly difficult). have been implanted with false memories, while another student is actually a [[TykeBomb superpowered assassin]] masquerading as a younger brother to the protagonist, who is unknowingly the legendary, mind controlling, and supposedly dead terrorist leader [[MyHeroZero Zero]].]]
** Even in season 1, the Academy served as a sanctuary for an exiled [[RebelPrince prince]] and [[RebelliousPrincess princess]], who's mother was an imperial consort backed by the Ashford Foundation.
*
The school monks in ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' go to considerable lengths to hide the existence of Shikabane, apparently to prevent {{muggles}} being an ElaborateUniversityHigh with oddities like hurt in 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.
** An arc about midway through the manga deals with a conspiracy to irrevocably reveal magic's existence. By replacing the spell that forces people to drop their built-in {{Weirdness Censor}}s while spreading enough evidence to convince them that Magic is real.
** And the hero angsts about possibly not being right for about half of it and eventually just accepts that he's probably the bad guy in this arc. He does have the good point that if it was worth being turned into an ermine from his point of view, the villain would have just told him that at the beginning.
crossfire.



* 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 [[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.
* The mermaids of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' keep the Masquerade going with an elaborate story (true or not) that a breach of the secret will turn the offending mermaid into seafoam. (This is likely based on the fairy tale "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" by Creator/HansChristianAndersen, in which mermaids turn into seafoam when they die.)
* Digimon LOVES this trope, and BrokenMasquerade almost as much.

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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 [[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.
* The mermaids of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' keep the Masquerade going with an elaborate story (true or not) that a breach of the secret will turn the offending mermaid into seafoam. (This is likely based on the fairy tale "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" by Creator/HansChristianAndersen, in which mermaids turn into seafoam when they die.)
* Digimon
''Digimon'' LOVES this trope, and BrokenMasquerade almost as much.



* Magic in ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'', supposedly a secret between mage families and various government agencies. Stretches disbelief in the modern setting, considering the demons the mages are hired to exterminate and the occasional reckless mage. A giant flaming statue commanded by an [[{{Ojou}} heiress]] [[IHaveTheHighGround with the high ground]] fighting a demon down a city street -- and the occasional collapsing hotel -- can ''not'' be that easy to cover up.
* The existence of shinigami and Hollows in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is kept secret from humans, thanks to them being InvisibleToNormals and copious erasure of memories.
* ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}'': Despite appearing like an idealized 1980's Japan... [[spoiler: the world is actually in a drifting colony ship far in the future, with an AI trying to keep its inhabitants blissfully unaware, productive, and ''not panicky''.]]

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* Magic ''Franchise/DragonBall'' is totally inconsistent on this. In the original series, magical martial arts were widely known to exist (albeit in ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'', supposedly a secret between mage families less powerful form than they would become later), and various government agencies. Stretches disbelief in the modern setting, considering first two sagas of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', an alien invasion wrecks large areas of the demons Earth. However, ''after'' the mages are hired to exterminate and Frieza Saga, humanity suddenly forgets about the occasional reckless mage. A giant flaming statue commanded superhuman powers of the Z-Fighters (who by an [[{{Ojou}} heiress]] [[IHaveTheHighGround now can wreck entire planets), Mr. Satan pops up with a reputation as an invincible fighter despite the high ground]] fighting a demon down a city street -- and the occasional collapsing hotel -- can ''not'' be fact that easy to cover up.
*
he'd have been a weak tournament adversary even by the standards of the original series, and nobody believes in flight or ki. The existence of shinigami and Hollows in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is kept secret from humans, thanks to them being InvisibleToNormals and copious erasure of memories.
* ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}'': Despite appearing like an idealized 1980's Japan... [[spoiler:
heroes largely ignore this, but a WeirdnessCensor ensures that nobody credits the world is actually in a drifting colony ship far in heroes' deeds as possible even if they should know better.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' to an extent, hiding
the future, with an AI trying to keep its inhabitants blissfully unaware, productive, and ''not panicky''.]]Sohma curse.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', ''everyone'' has a mask. It's more of a GovernmentConspiracy than a Masquerade.



* Subverted in ''Anime/PomPoko'', where the Tanuki desperately attempt to save their habitat from the bulldozers by scaring the developers away. When that doesn't work, one group breaks the masquerade to try to openly fight the human, and lose. Meanwhile, another group decides to arrange TV coverage; they publicly reveal themselves to plead their case to save their home, and that move succeeds in getting public opinion on their side (to some degree).
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. At the end of the canon, only a handful of non-senshi knew their civilian names, so it's an example of the masquerade working. Well, at least until Sailor Galaxia blows it up in the GrandFinale. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Alongside with the entire population of the Earth]]. Don't worry, humanity gets better in the end.
* ''Manga/CodenameSailorV,'' on the other hand... well, it may as well be a masquerade itself that the parents ''don't'' know...
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' keeps [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet Non-Administrated Worlds such as Earth]] out of the Masquerade through {{Phantom Zone}}s that shift non-mages slightly out of place/time so magical battles and strange occurrences will be InvisibleToNormals. There doesn't seem to be any harsh consequences for people learning about the Masquerade, though it helps that the only {{Muggles}} that have learned about it are friends and families who are willing to play SecretKeeper.
* Essentially ''all'' MagicalGirl series, helped by the fact that they are traditionally InvisibleToNormals.

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* Subverted in ''Anime/PomPoko'', where the Tanuki desperately attempt to save their habitat from the bulldozers by scaring the developers away. When that doesn't work, one group breaks the masquerade to try to openly fight the human, and lose. Meanwhile, another group decides to arrange TV coverage; they publicly reveal themselves to plead their case to save their home, and that move succeeds in getting public opinion on their side (to some degree).
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. At the end of the canon, only a handful of non-senshi knew their civilian names, so it's an example of the masquerade working. Well, at least until Sailor Galaxia blows it up in the GrandFinale. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Alongside
''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' uses this trope with the entire population a heavy dose of the Earth]]. Don't worry, humanity gets better in the end.
* ''Manga/CodenameSailorV,'' on the other hand... well, it may as well be a masquerade itself that the parents ''don't'' know...
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' keeps [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet Non-Administrated Worlds such as Earth]] out of the Masquerade through {{Phantom Zone}}s that shift non-mages slightly out of place/time so magical battles and strange occurrences
RuleOfFunny ([[WidgetSeries but then, what else is new?]]): Nyarko will be InvisibleToNormals. There doesn't seem erect special barriers to be any harsh consequences for people learning about the Masquerade, though it helps that the only keep {{Muggles}} from seeing her battles with horrible monsters, but will gladly proclaim to all and sundry that have learned about it are friends and families who are willing to play SecretKeeper.
* Essentially ''all'' MagicalGirl series, helped by
she's Nyarlathotep the fact Crawling Chaos, never hiding the existence of her pet shantak-bird or any of the other clues that they the CthulhuMythos beings are traditionally InvisibleToNormals.just aliens.



* Since he can't persuade her not to come to school, Sakura tries to get Dokuro to maintain a Masquerade in ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan''. This lasts about ten seconds -- when asked to introduce herself, she forgets completely and just says she's an angel. No one has a problem with this, and it saves them the trouble of explaining her ''visible halo''.
* The monks in ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' go to considerable lengths to hide the existence of Shikabane, apparently to prevent {{muggles}} being hurt in the crossfire.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has battles that stop time, but the collateral damage must be fixed with energy taken from peoples' lives, and the heroes always have make sure to fix everything. Thankfully, almost anything can be fixed, including the {{muggles}} suspended in time sustaining lethal damage.
* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' has this more as a side note. The "Public Safety Division 4" usually keeps things secret in Japan and works together with the Onikiri-Yaku/Demon Slayers, other nations are stated to have similar groups.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', ''everyone'' has a mask. It's more of a ''GovernmentConspiracy'' than a Masquerade.



* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' lampshades it with reason -- if someone calls witch a witch, she will turn into a frog. So obviously, you can't reveal who you are.

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* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' lampshades it Magic in ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'', supposedly a secret between mage families and various government agencies. Stretches disbelief in the modern setting, considering the demons the mages are hired to exterminate and the occasional reckless mage. A giant flaming statue commanded by an [[{{Ojou}} heiress]] [[IHaveTheHighGround with reason the high ground]] fighting a demon down a city street -- and the occasional collapsing hotel -- can ''not'' be that easy to cover up.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' keeps [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet Non-Administrated Worlds such as Earth]] out of the Masquerade through {{Phantom Zone}}s that shift non-mages slightly out of place/time so magical battles and strange occurrences will be InvisibleToNormals. There doesn't seem to be any harsh consequences for people learning about the Masquerade, though it helps that the only {{Muggles}} that have learned about it are friends and families who are willing to play SecretKeeper.
* 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.
* ''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 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.
** An arc about midway through the manga deals with a conspiracy to irrevocably reveal magic's existence. By replacing the spell that forces people to drop their built-in {{Weirdness Censor}}s while spreading enough evidence to convince them that Magic is real.
** And the hero angsts about possibly not being right for about half of it and eventually just accepts that he's probably the bad guy in this arc. He does have the good point that
if someone calls witch it was worth being turned into an ermine from his point of view, the villain would have just told him that at the beginning.
* ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}'': Despite appearing like an idealized 1980's Japan... [[spoiler: the world is actually in
a witch, she drifting colony ship far in the future, with an AI trying to keep its inhabitants blissfully unaware, productive, and ''not panicky''.]]
* The mermaids of ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' keep the Masquerade going with an elaborate story (true or not) that a breach of the secret
will turn the offending mermaid into a frog. So obviously, you can't reveal who you are.seafoam. (This is likely based on the fairy tale "Literature/TheLittleMermaid" by Creator/HansChristianAndersen, in which mermaids turn into seafoam when they die.)



* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' to an extent, hiding the Sohma curse.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has the Geass Directorate, which naturally hides Geass. Also, in a bizarre use of this trope, [[spoiler:the vast majority of the world is left unaware of the political turmoil and the Zero Requiem towards the end of the series, which makes this a rare Masquerade set up by the good guys]].
** On the surface, [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Ashford Academy]] is just a high school for the upperclass Brittanians in Area 11. [[spoiler: But the entire school compound is wired with surveillance, and an extensive underground headquarters has been set up underneath the school by the military. The hot PE teacher is actually an undercover baron, several of the students have been implanted with false memories, while another student is actually a [[TykeBomb superpowered assassin]] masquerading as a younger brother to the protagonist, who is unknowingly the legendary, mind controlling, and supposedly dead terrorist leader [[MyHeroZero Zero]].]]
** Even in season 1, the Academy served as a sanctuary for an exiled [[RebelPrince prince]] and [[RebelliousPrincess princess]], who's mother was an imperial consort backed by the Ashford Foundation.
* In Manga/SuperDreadnoughtGirl4946, it's revealed that every major war for the past century or so has been a cover-up for a war against giant alien monsters.
* ''Anime/TheWorldOfNarue'' has a lot of masquerade maintenance of the alien variety in it. It's difficult because most aliens (and whole alien ''battleships'') are fugitives and the occasional alien terrorist attack happens as well.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has two overlapping masquerades. First, there's [[ExtranormalInstitute Youkai Academy]], a school that teaches monsters to coexist peacefully with humans and hide their identities. Then there's [[{{Muggles}} Tsukune]], a human who accidentally enrolled and has to hide the fact that he's human from everyone. [[SecretKeeper Except his closest friends]]. [[SubvertedTrope And the headmaster]]. [[RuleOfThree And the]] BigBad. [[OverlyLongGag And every plot-significant character]]. Further subverted in that he eventually [[SuperhumanTransfusion loses]] [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier his]] [[TookALevelInBadass muggle]] [[EmpoweredBadassNormal status]].

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* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' to an extent, hiding Mages in the Sohma curse.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has
Franchise/{{Nasuverse}} (''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}, VisualNovel/FateStayNight'') generally have to keep themselves hidden, and teach their arts in secret. While [[CosmicHorrorStory everything in the Geass Directorate, which naturally hides Geass. Also, in universe is stronger than a bizarre use of this trope, [[spoiler:the vast majority of measly human]], things like vampires still do the world is left unaware of same, apparently because human beings are too far-reaching ([[ChurchMilitant the political turmoil and the Zero Requiem towards the end of the series, which makes this a rare Masquerade set up by the good guys]].
** On the surface, [[ElaborateUniversityHigh Ashford Academy]]
Church]] is just a high school rather devoted to wiping out bloodsuckers). The [[DevelopersForesight canon explanation for the upperclass Brittanians in Area 11. [[spoiler: But the entire school compound this]] is wired with surveillance, and an extensive underground headquarters has been set up underneath the school by the military. The hot PE teacher is because [[FunctionalMagic systems of Magecraft]] actually an undercover baron, several draw on a limited "amount" of power -- the students have been implanted with false memories, while another student is 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.
* ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' lampshades it with reason -- if someone calls witch
a [[TykeBomb superpowered assassin]] masquerading witch, she will turn into a frog. So obviously, you can't reveal who you are.
* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' has this more
as a younger brother to side note. The "Public Safety Division 4" usually keeps things secret in Japan and works together with the protagonist, who is unknowingly Onikiri-Yaku/Demon Slayers, other nations are stated to have similar groups.
* Subverted in ''Anime/PomPoko'', where
the legendary, mind controlling, Tanuki desperately attempt to save their habitat from the bulldozers by scaring the developers away. When that doesn't work, one group breaks the masquerade to try to openly fight the human, and supposedly dead terrorist leader [[MyHeroZero Zero]].]]
** Even
lose. Meanwhile, another group decides to arrange TV coverage; they publicly reveal themselves to plead their case to save their home, and that move succeeds in season 1, getting public opinion on their side (to some degree).
* ''Anime/PrettySammy'': ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'' subverts this trope as Sasami hides
the Academy served as a sanctuary for an exiled [[RebelPrince prince]] secret she is the magical girl Pretty Sammy and [[RebelliousPrincess princess]], who's mother was an imperial consort backed by that there is a magical kingdom on the Ashford Foundation.
* In Manga/SuperDreadnoughtGirl4946,
moon, however in the last episode it's revealed that every major war for [[spoiler:[[EverybodyKnewAlready everyone knew about her identity and the past century or so has been a cover-up for a war against giant alien monsters.
* ''Anime/TheWorldOfNarue'' has a lot of masquerade maintenance of the alien variety in it. It's difficult
magical world]], but played along because most aliens (and whole alien ''battleships'') are fugitives and the occasional alien terrorist attack happens as well.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has two overlapping masquerades. First, there's [[ExtranormalInstitute Youkai Academy]], a school that teaches monsters
they knew she wanted to coexist peacefully with humans and hide their identities. Then there's [[{{Muggles}} Tsukune]], a human who accidentally enrolled and has to hide the fact that he's human from everyone. [[SecretKeeper Except his closest friends]]. [[SubvertedTrope And the headmaster]]. [[RuleOfThree And the]] BigBad. [[OverlyLongGag And every plot-significant character]]. Further subverted in that he eventually [[SuperhumanTransfusion loses]] [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier his]] [[TookALevelInBadass muggle]] [[EmpoweredBadassNormal status]].keep it secret]].



* In ''Manga/{{Arago}}'', TheFairFolk and other "mythical" creatures most definitely exist, but the majority of humans are completely unaware of them.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', it seems to be a combination of Masquerade and Weirdness Censor that's Up to Eleven.
* The ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA series reveals that the Japanese government is in on the fact that aliens live on their planet. It's explained that the Great Seto Bridge's destruction was covered up as a meteor crash, but Noboyuki and his assistant had to let them know that it was because of Ryoko's awakening and Ayeka's arrival.
** Katsuhito also employs one on himself to throw off suspicion to the fact that he doesn't age the same as everyone else and so Ayeka can fall in love with Tenchi and not him.

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* In ''Manga/{{Arago}}'', TheFairFolk and other "mythical" creatures most definitely exist, but the majority of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has two overlapping masquerades. First, there's [[ExtranormalInstitute Youkai Academy]], a school that teaches monsters to coexist peacefully with humans are completely unaware of them.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', it seems to be a combination of Masquerade
and Weirdness Censor that's Up hide their identities. Then there's [[{{Muggles}} Tsukune]], a human who accidentally enrolled and has to Eleven.
* The ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA series reveals that the Japanese government is in on
hide the fact that aliens live on he's human from everyone. [[SecretKeeper Except his closest friends]]. [[SubvertedTrope And the headmaster]]. [[RuleOfThree And the]] BigBad. [[OverlyLongGag And every plot-significant character]]. Further subverted in that he eventually [[SuperhumanTransfusion loses]] [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier his]] [[TookALevelInBadass muggle]] [[EmpoweredBadassNormal status]].
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''. At the end of the canon, only a handful of non-senshi knew
their planet. It's explained civilian names, so it's an example of the masquerade working. Well, at least until Sailor Galaxia blows it up in the GrandFinale. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Alongside with the entire population of the Earth]]. Don't worry, humanity gets better in the end.
** ''Manga/CodenameSailorV,'' on the other hand... well, it may as well be a masquerade itself
that the Great Seto Bridge's destruction was covered up as a meteor crash, but Noboyuki and his assistant had to let them know that it was because of Ryoko's awakening and Ayeka's arrival.
** Katsuhito also employs one on himself to throw off suspicion to the fact that he doesn't age the same as everyone else and so Ayeka can fall in love with Tenchi and not him.
parents ''don't'' know...



* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' has battles that stop time, but the collateral damage must be fixed with energy taken from peoples' lives, and the heroes always have make sure to fix everything. Thankfully, almost anything can be fixed, including the {{muggles}} suspended in time sustaining lethal damage.



* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' uses this trope with a heavy dose of RuleOfFunny ([[WidgetSeries but then, what else is new?]]): Nyarko will erect special barriers to keep {{Muggles}} from seeing her battles with horrible monsters, but will gladly proclaim to all and sundry that she's Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos, never hiding the existence of her pet shantak-bird or any of the other clues that the CthulhuMythos beings are just aliens.
* 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.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'' is totally inconsistent on this. In the original series, magical martial arts were widely known to exist (albeit in a less powerful form than they would become later), and in the first two sagas of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', an alien invasion wrecks large areas of the Earth. However, ''after'' the Frieza Saga, humanity suddenly forgets about the superhuman powers of the Z-Fighters (who by now can wreck entire planets), Mr. Satan pops up with a reputation as an invincible fighter despite the fact that he'd have been a weak tournament adversary even by the standards of the original series, and nobody believes in flight or ki. The heroes largely ignore this, but a WeirdnessCensor ensures that nobody credits the heroes' deeds as possible even if they should know better.

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* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' uses The Roppongi Club in ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' usually covers up everything that goes awry and might expose them by either buying off people or killing them, but this trope with a heavy dose of RuleOfFunny ([[WidgetSeries but then, what else is new?]]): Nyarko will erect special barriers to keep {{Muggles}} from seeing her battles with horrible monsters, but will gladly proclaim to all starts getting harder and sundry harder to pull off when [[SpannerInTheWorks Tatsumi Saiga]] enters the picture.
* In ''Manga/SuperDreadnoughtGirl4946'', it's revealed
that she's Nyarlathotep every major war for the Crawling Chaos, never hiding the existence of her pet shantak-bird past century or any of the other clues so has been a cover-up for a war against giant alien monsters.
* The ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA series reveals
that the CthulhuMythos beings are just aliens.
* 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.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall''
Japanese government is totally inconsistent in on this. In the original series, magical martial arts were widely known to exist (albeit in a less powerful form than they would become later), and in the first two sagas of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', an alien invasion wrecks large areas of the Earth. However, ''after'' the Frieza Saga, humanity suddenly forgets about the superhuman powers of the Z-Fighters (who by now can wreck entire planets), Mr. Satan pops up with a reputation as an invincible fighter despite the fact that he'd have been a weak tournament adversary even by aliens live on their planet. It's explained that the standards Great Seto Bridge's destruction was covered up as a meteor crash, but Noboyuki and his assistant had to let them know that it was because of Ryoko's awakening and Ayeka's arrival.
** Katsuhito also employs one on himself to throw off suspicion to the fact that he doesn't age the same as everyone else and so Ayeka can fall in love with Tenchi and not him.
* ''Anime/TheWorldOfNarue'' has a lot of masquerade maintenance
of the original series, alien variety in it. It's difficult because most aliens (and whole alien ''battleships'') are fugitives and nobody believes in flight or ki. The heroes largely ignore this, but a WeirdnessCensor ensures that nobody credits the heroes' deeds occasional alien terrorist attack happens as possible even if they should know better.well.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', all appliances are alive and intelligent beings. For some unexplained reason, they never want their "masters" to catch them talking or moving about, with only functionally communicating machines (such as [=TV=]s) being allowed to communicate with them, and only indirectly.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', all appliances are alive and intelligent beings. For some unexplained reason, they never want their "masters" to catch them talking or moving about, with only functionally communicating machines (such as [=TV=]s) being allowed to communicate with them, and only indirectly.



* In ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', the existence of Immortals is unknown to the general public, and one SeasonFinale of [[Series/{{Highlander}} the series]] is based upon a specific threat to reveal their existence to the world.
* In the ''Film/MenInBlack'' movies and [[WesternAnimation cartoon series]], the existence of alien life is kept secret because TheWorldIsNotReady, and justified it with the (quite reasonable) claim that if humans knew about aliens, they would do stupid things because ''TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed''.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** The movies takes place in a world where Earth as the inhabitants know it is actually a virtual simulation created to pacify the human race while they were being harvested for electricity (supposedly) after they lost a RobotWar.
** The Resistance has a rule of not revealing the true nature of the Matrix to those they haven't freed yet, and there's a very good reason for it -- every human still connected to the Matrix is a potential [[ImplacableMan Agent]], and the nature of the trace program that the Machines use means that doing this is a very good way to bring them down on your head.



* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ghosts are only invisible to the living because [[WeirdnessCensor the living ]]'''[[WeirdnessCensor won't ]]'''[[WeirdnessCensor see the strange or unusual]]. Those who can see the ghosts (such as Lydia), are only able to do so because they themselves are "strange and unusual."
* In the ''Franchise/{{Blade}}'' series, vampires hide from humanity. In the 1st film, Deacon Frost wants to break the Masquerade and rule humans in the open. In the 2nd film, the vampires have beefed up their Masquerade a bit just to hide from Blade. Also in the 2nd film, they promptly show Blade their new security measures. [[TooDumbToLive No wonder they had to bring back Dracula...]] Drake is disgusted with the Masquerade. In a twist of fate, it's a ''human'' weapon that kills him.
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' has the humans unaware of a secret spy war between our feline and canine companions. Dogs are usually agents trained before they are set up to be given to their owners to protect them.



* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Action]] says that [[RoswellThatEndsWell the Roswell Incident]] never really happened, only to be told by one of his advisors, "Uh, Mr. President, that's not... entirely accurate".

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* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Action]] says ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', the adults of Springwood have established a Masquerade concealing the existence of Freddy Krueger from the town's young people, to deny him the fear that [[RoswellThatEndsWell allows him to harm people through their dreams. Those already aware of Freddy's existence are drugged with Hypnocil to prevent them from dreaming, and are confined in a mental hospital, cut off from the Roswell Incident]] never really happened, only to be told by one of his advisors, "Uh, Mr. President, that's not... entirely accurate".outside world.



* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' is an even better example than its animated counterparts listed below; the Transformers, especially the Decepticons, exist as robots in disguise because if they attract the attention of American's armed forces, our military technology can and will ''kill'' them. Starscream may be superior to any two or three human fighter craft, but we have ''lots'' of fighter craft to hunt him down with. The masquerade is two-way, however. A bureau of the US Government discovered Megatron and the All-Spark Cube many years before Bumblebee showed up, and so the US presidents and Sector 7 have been aware of the Transformers all that time, never informing anyone else. According to the Sector 7 comic books, the knew that Transformers were out there, but not that they were out ''here.''

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* ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' is an even better example than its animated counterparts listed below; In the Transformers, especially first ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film (in contrast with the Decepticons, exist as robots in disguise because if they attract original comicbooks) the attention of American's armed forces, our military technology can and will ''kill'' them. Starscream may be superior to any two or three human fighter craft, but we have ''lots'' of fighter craft to hunt him down with. The masquerade is two-way, however. A bureau existence of the US Government discovered Megatron supernatural is a carefully-guarded secret. As far as the public knows, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense does not exist, Hellboy is just an urban myth, and [[{{Ghostapo}} Hitler died in 1948]]. Then in the All-Spark Cube many years before Bumblebee showed up, and so [[Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy sequel]], [[spoiler:[[TheUnmasquedWorld Hellboy goes public]]]].
* In ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'',
the US presidents and Sector 7 have been aware existence of the Transformers all that time, never informing anyone else. According Immortals is unknown to the Sector 7 comic books, general public, and one SeasonFinale of [[Series/{{Highlander}} the knew series]] is based upon a specific threat to reveal their existence to the world.
* In ''Film/IndependenceDay'', [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Action]] says
that Transformers were out there, but not that they were out ''here.''[[RoswellThatEndsWell the Roswell Incident]] never really happened, only to be told by one of his advisors, "Uh, Mr. President, that's not... entirely accurate".



* In the ''Franchise/{{Blade}}'' series, vampires hide from humanity. In the 1st film, Deacon Frost wants to break the Masquerade and rule humans in the open. In the 2nd film, the vampires have beefed up their Masquerade a bit just to hide from Blade. Also in the 2nd film, they promptly show Blade their new security measures. [[TooDumbToLive No wonder they had to bring back Dracula...]] Drake is disgusted with the Masquerade. In a twist of fate, it's a ''human'' weapon that kills him.

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* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', one is enforced on Earth through liberal use of LaserGuidedAmnesia technology so that the ''Franchise/{{Blade}}'' series, vampires Terrans don't notice when things get out of hand among the aliens.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', both witches and witch hunters
hide from humanity. In {{muggles}}.
** Axe and Cross enforces it on witches, because if they were to be left unchecked, there'd soon be another Witch Queen wannabe out to take over
the 1st film, Deacon Frost wants to break world.
** Kaulder's immortality is hidden by oft changes of false identities. 37th Dolan lampshades
the Masquerade fact that in digital age, this is becoming harder and harder to pull off.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'':
** The movies takes place in a world where Earth as the inhabitants know it is actually a virtual simulation created to pacify the human race while they were being harvested for electricity (supposedly) after they lost a RobotWar.
** The Resistance has a
rule humans in of not revealing the open. In true nature of the 2nd film, the vampires have beefed up their Masquerade a bit just Matrix to hide from Blade. Also in the 2nd film, those they promptly show Blade their new security measures. [[TooDumbToLive No wonder they had haven't freed yet, and there's a very good reason for it -- every human still connected to the Matrix is a potential [[ImplacableMan Agent]], and the nature of the trace program that the Machines use means that doing this is a very good way to bring back Dracula...]] Drake them down on your head.
* In the ''Film/MenInBlack'' movies and [[WesternAnimation cartoon series]], the existence of alien life
is disgusted kept secret because TheWorldIsNotReady, and justified it with the Masquerade. In a twist of fate, it's a ''human'' weapon (quite reasonable) claim that kills him.if humans knew about aliens, they would do stupid things because TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed.



* In ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' spirits are visible to mortals, but usually stay disguised so as to avoid attracting attention, which neither side wants. A big stink is raised when Nick and Roy chase an undisguised dead-o in public in the middle of the day.
* ''Film/{{Society}}'': The eponymous "Society", which claims that it's [[AncientConspiracy been around since the dawn of civilization]]. Turns out that the elites are actually ravenous, mutating, people-eating monsters.



** The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies try and avert this as much as possible. There are robot parts everywhere. A freaked out mother tells the authorities she had a son with a guy from the future and now robots from the future are trying to kill him because he's going to [[TheChosenOne save the world]]. When she escapes, she goes underground in paramilitary groups to train herself and her son. Also, machines have no qualms in fucking up the timeline in any possible way, kill anyone gets in their way, and they only put on a thin Masquerade themselves to gain access to the human society and technology, which both equal information for their missions. The behavior of the Terminator sent in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' to protect John, in the first half of the movie, shows best how any Masquerade is pulled off.
* In ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', the adults of Springwood have established a Masquerade concealing the existence of Freddy Krueger from the town's young people, to deny him the fear that allows him to harm people through their dreams. Those already aware of Freddy's existence are drugged with Hypnocil to prevent them from dreaming, and are confined in a mental hospital, cut off from the outside world.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ghosts are only invisible to the living because [[WeirdnessCensor the living ]]'''[[WeirdnessCensor won't ]]'''[[WeirdnessCensor see the strange or unusual]]. Those who can see the ghosts (such as Lydia), are only able to do so because they themselves are "strange and unusual."
* In the first ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film (in contrast with the original comicbooks) the existence of the supernatural is a carefully-guarded secret. As far as the public knows, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense does not exist, Hellboy is just an urban myth, and [[{{Ghostapo}} Hitler died in 1948]]. Then in the [[Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy sequel]], [[spoiler:[[TheUnmasquedWorld Hellboy goes public]]]].

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** The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' ''Terminator'' movies try and to avert this as much as possible. There are robot parts everywhere. A freaked out mother tells the authorities she had a son with a guy from the future and now robots from the future are trying to kill him because he's going to [[TheChosenOne save the world]]. When she escapes, she goes underground in paramilitary groups to train herself and her son. Also, machines have no qualms in fucking up the timeline in any possible way, kill anyone gets in their way, and they only put on a thin Masquerade themselves to gain access to the human society and technology, which both equal information for their missions. The behavior of the Terminator sent in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' to protect John, in the first half of the movie, shows best how any Masquerade is pulled off.
* In ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', Downplayed in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. The Marvel Universe doesn't become fully [[TheUnmasquedWorld unmasqued]] until the adults battle of Springwood have established a Masquerade concealing New York. So when the existence of Freddy Krueger from the town's young people, big guy goes around announcing to deny him the fear that allows him to harm people through their dreams. Those already aware of Freddy's existence are drugged with Hypnocil to prevent them from dreaming, anyone who'll listen who he is and are confined in a mental hospital, cut off from the outside world.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', ghosts are
who's his daddy, everyone just assumes he's delusional. It's only invisible to under the living because [[WeirdnessCensor arrival of compounding evidence--e.g. the living ]]'''[[WeirdnessCensor won't ]]'''[[WeirdnessCensor see Destroyer, Lady Sif and the strange or unusual]]. Those who can see warriors three, the ghosts (such as Lydia), are only able to do so because they themselves are "strange bifrost, the self-propelled hammer, and unusual."
* In
the first ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film (in contrast with the original comicbooks) the existence return of the supernatural is a carefully-guarded secret. As far as the public knows, the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense does not exist, Hellboy is just an urban myth, and [[{{Ghostapo}} Hitler died in 1948]]. Then in the [[Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy sequel]], [[spoiler:[[TheUnmasquedWorld Hellboy goes public]]]].Thor's magical armor--force TheReveal.



* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' has the humans unaware of a secret spy war between our feline and canine companions. Dogs are usually agents trained before they are set up to be given to their owners to protect them.
* In ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' spirits are visible to mortals, but usually stay disguised so as to avoid attracting attention, which neither side wants. A big stink is raised when Nick and Roy chase an undisguised dead-o in public in the middle of the day.
* Downplayed in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. The Marvel Universe doesn't become fully [[TheUnmasquedWorld unmasqued]] until the battle of New York. So when the big guy goes around announcing to anyone who'll listen who he is and who's his daddy, everyone just assumes he's delusional. It's only under the arrival of compounding evidence--e.g. the Destroyer, Lady Sif and the warriors three, the bifrost, the self-propelled hammer, and the return of Thor's magical armor--force TheReveal.
* ''Film/{{Society}}'': The eponymous "Society", which claims that it's [[AncientConspiracy been around since the dawn of civilization]]. Turns out that the elites are actually ravenous, mutating, people-eating monsters.
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', one is enforced on Earth through liberal use of LaserGuidedAmnesia technology so that the Terrans don't notice when things get out of hand among the aliens.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', both witches and witch hunters hide from {{muggles}}.
** Axe and Cross enforces it on witches, because if they were to be left unchecked, there'd soon be another Witch Queen wannabe out to take over the world.
** Kaulder's immortality is hidden by oft changes of false identities. 37th Dolan lampshades the fact that in digital age, this is becoming harder and harder to pull off.

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* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' has ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' is an even better example than its animated counterparts listed below; the humans unaware of a secret spy war between our feline and canine companions. Dogs are usually agents trained before they are set up to be given to their owners to protect them.
* In ''Film/{{RIPD}}'' spirits are visible to mortals, but usually stay disguised so as to avoid attracting attention, which neither side wants. A big stink is raised when Nick and Roy chase an undisguised dead-o in public in
Transformers, especially the middle of the day.
* Downplayed
Decepticons, exist as robots in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. The Marvel Universe doesn't become fully [[TheUnmasquedWorld unmasqued]] until the battle of New York. So when the big guy goes around announcing to anyone who'll listen who he is and who's his daddy, everyone just assumes he's delusional. It's only under the arrival of compounding evidence--e.g. the Destroyer, Lady Sif and the warriors three, the bifrost, the self-propelled hammer, and the return of Thor's magical armor--force TheReveal.
* ''Film/{{Society}}'': The eponymous "Society", which claims that it's [[AncientConspiracy been around since the dawn of civilization]]. Turns out that the elites are actually ravenous, mutating, people-eating monsters.
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', one is enforced on Earth through liberal use of LaserGuidedAmnesia technology so that the Terrans don't notice when things get out of hand among the aliens.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', both witches and witch hunters hide from {{muggles}}.
** Axe and Cross enforces it on witches,
disguise because if they attract the attention of American's armed forces, our military technology can and will ''kill'' them. Starscream may be superior to any two or three human fighter craft, but we have ''lots'' of fighter craft to hunt him down with. The masquerade is two-way, however. A bureau of the US Government discovered Megatron and the All-Spark Cube many years before Bumblebee showed up, and so the US presidents and Sector 7 have been aware of the Transformers all that time, never informing anyone else. According to the Sector 7 comic books, the knew that Transformers were to be left unchecked, there'd soon be another Witch Queen wannabe out to take over the world.
** Kaulder's immortality is hidden by oft changes of false identities. 37th Dolan lampshades the fact
there, but not that in digital age, this is becoming harder and harder to pull off.they were out ''here.''
4th Nov '16 5:42:39 PM CaptEquinox
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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. 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 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.
30th Oct '16 11:49:29 AM SwordsageRagnar
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* The Android mobile ARG VideoGame/Ingress story is partly built on this, claiming that the Exotic Matter Scanner program got leaked to the public, and presumed to be a mobile game. Eventually, the game outright claims it "isn't a game" to players. And that the two factions, Enlightened and Resistance, are using the portals and linking them to create mind-influencing fields to sway humanity over to their views.

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* The Android mobile app ARG VideoGame/Ingress VideoGame/{{Ingress}} story is partly built on this, claiming that the Exotic Matter Scanner program got leaked to the public, and presumed to be a mobile game. Eventually, the game outright claims it "isn't a game" to players. And that the two factions, Enlightened and Resistance, are using the portals and linking them to create mind-influencing fields to sway humanity over to their views.
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