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20th Sep '17 1:29:43 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* 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.

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* 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. This is actually true, but exaggerated; the effect is temporary at worst, and seems to be due to to difficulty concentrating more than anything.
15th Sep '17 11:20:17 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', Supergirl wants to call the Justice League in and wipe all vampires off Sunnydale. Buffy talks Kara out of it, explaining the Gang needs to keep the existence of vampires a secret.
-->'''Buffy:''' Okay. All right. Letís admit defeat. Letís just go ahead, call in the troops, and let them raze Sunnydale. I have enough of a time keeping my own activities a secret, Kara. Do you honestly think we can keep the lid on things when the Justice League come to town?\\
'''Supergirl:''' Start making sense.\\
'''Buffy:''' I am! Do you know how strong most peopleís sense of denial is? In some cases, itís the only thing that keeps them going. Look. What do you think would be the effect when people all over the country learn that vampires really exist?\\
'''Supergirl:''' They already know a lot of evil things exist, Buffy. Super-villains, criminals, alien enemies from dozens of planets.\\
'''Buffy:''' True enough. But supposing they learn that there are really things out there in the night that want to kill them, suck their blood, and make them like a recruiting poster with Dracula pointing at Ďem and saying, ĎI Vant Youí?
3rd Sep '17 3:05:58 PM Scorpion451
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** 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]]".

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** 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]]"."OpenSecret".
29th Aug '17 10:06:25 PM PaulA
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* In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', the existence of the paranormal is not commonly known. This is largely due to the actions of a group of MenInBlack known colloquially as "The Shroud".

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* In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', the existence of the paranormal is not commonly known. This is largely due to the actions of a group of MenInBlack TheMenInBlack known colloquially as "The Shroud".
25th Jul '17 6:45:18 AM BeerBaron
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** Some [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]] are able to maintain a facade of humanity, be it with [[MasterOfIllusion powerful Illusion magic]] or something else. Often, if they are slain in this form, they [[OneWingedAngel revert to their true undead form]] and must be defeated again.
18th Jul '17 7:33:32 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', this is common for [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]. Many Vampires are able to blend in with general population of Tamriel. For many bloodlines, as long as they stay [[HorrorHunger well-fed]], they are indistinguishable from mortals of the same race. One bloodline, the Bonsamu of Valenwood, are ''completely'' indistinguishable unless seen in candlelight, which will reveal their [[GlamourFailure true nature]].

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', this ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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is common for [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]. Many Vampires are able to blend in with general population of Tamriel. For many bloodlines, as long as they stay [[HorrorHunger well-fed]], they are indistinguishable from mortals of the same race. One bloodline, the Bonsamu of Valenwood, are ''completely'' indistinguishable unless seen in candlelight, which will reveal their [[GlamourFailure true nature]].
** This is also the case for [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Lycanthropes]]. In their mortal forms, were-creatures are usually indistinguishable from any other mortals. This allows them to live and function within normal society as long as they aren't ''witnessed'' transforming. Some do [[GlamourFailure retain traces of their beast form]] while in mortal form, however. [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]], for example, are sometimes known to have fur in their ears or have a "wet dog" smell.
14th Jul '17 11:46:42 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', this is common for [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]. Many Vampires are able to blend in with general population of Tamriel. For many bloodlines, as long as they stay [[HorrorHunger well-fed]], they are indistinguishable from mortals of the same race. One bloodline, the Bonsamu of Valenwood, are ''completely'' indistinguishable unless seen in candlelight, which will reveal their [[GlamourFailure true nature]].
9th Jul '17 3:51:34 PM Daedalis
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* ''ComicBook/CleanRoom'' shows the struggle between literal demons afflicting humanity and Astrid Mueller, one of the rare humans who can see through their stealth technology/ability. Much human suffering is driven by demonic possession ForTheEvulz.
24th Jun '17 1:49:33 PM nombretomado
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** The {{Whoniverse}} tends to do repeated {{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.

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** The {{Whoniverse}} {{Franchise/Whoniverse}} tends to do repeated {{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.
14th Jun '17 7:04:24 AM Mitis
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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' used this as well, in that the sisters had to conceal their use of magic from normals. Not doing so led to disastrous results in a few cases (which were usually able to be reversed, in some cases with help by Lawful Neutral entities called [[TheMenInBlack the Cleaners]] who could [[RetCon just erase things and memories from existence]]). The demons were in on this too, and once even grudgingly worked with the sisters to reverse the effects.

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' used this as well, in well; one of the few laws that the sisters had to conceal their use of good and evil both live by is concealing 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]]). The demons were in on this too, and once even grudgingly worked with the sisters to reverse the effects.
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