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9th Jan '18 2:12:05 PM IdeaMaster
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* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Not only do the citizens of Beach City know about Steven's powers, as well as the Crystal Gems, but they almost never bat an eye at it. In fact, several of the people (namely Connie, Sadie, Lars, and the cool kids) have actually involved themselves in Steven's adventures. Though there was a time where Connie had to play this straight to keep her sword training a secret from her family, it eventually was discovered, and unlike all other cases of this trope where "normal" people get involved, they actually come to accept it. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given that the show is largely about accepting others.

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* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse''. Not only do the citizens of Beach City know about Steven's powers, as well as the Crystal Gems, but they almost never bat an eye at it. In fact, several of the people (namely Connie, Sadie, Lars, Kiki, and the cool kids) have actually involved themselves in Steven's adventures. Though there was a time where Connie had to play this straight to keep her sword training a secret from her family, it eventually was discovered, and unlike all other cases of this trope where "normal" people get involved, they actually come to accept it. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given that the show is largely about accepting others.
3rd Jan '18 9:01:08 AM CerebusKnight
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* In ''{{Literature/Touch}}'' the existence of powers and their workings is currently being hidden from the world at large.

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* In ''{{Literature/Touch}}'' ''{{Literature/Touch}}'', the existence of powers and their workings is currently being hidden from the world at large.
3rd Jan '18 9:00:04 AM CerebusKnight
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* In ''{{Literature/Touch}}'' the existence of powers and their workings is currently being hidden from the world at large.
4th Dec '17 6:56:04 PM MasterN
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* The {{Magical Girl}}s of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' don't try very hard to maintain the Masquerade; it's more that with everything relevant being InvisibleToNormals and/or taking place in a PhantomZone, it'd be considerably more work to explain what's going on than let people make up explanations. [[spoiler: Itís also deconstructed a bit, as the true purpose of the masquerade is to keep from the public the atrocities of the [[AliensAreBastards Incubators]], who are psychologically torturing little girls into becoming {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and letting them loose to kill innocent people so they can [[PoweredByAForsakenChild collect the despair to be used as energy to power the universe.]]]]

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* The {{Magical Girl}}s of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' don't try very hard to maintain the Masquerade; it's more that with everything relevant being InvisibleToNormals and/or taking place in a PhantomZone, it'd be considerably more work to explain what's going on than let people make up explanations. [[spoiler: Itís also deconstructed a bit, deconstructed, as the Masquerade is not implemented to protect people, but to keep them ignorant- the true purpose of the masquerade Masquerade is to keep hide from the public the atrocities [[MoralEventHorizon atrocities]] of the [[AliensAreBastards Incubators]], who are psychologically torturing little girls into becoming {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and letting them loose to kill innocent people so they can [[PoweredByAForsakenChild collect the despair to be used as energy to power the universe.]]]]]] If people found out what was going on underneath thier noses, theyíd be ''pissed'', to say the least.]]
16th Nov '17 8:16:29 PM MasterN
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* The {{Magical Girl}}s of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' don't try very hard to maintain the Masquerade; it's more that with everything relevant being InvisibleToNormals and/or taking place in a PhantomZone, it'd be considerably more work to explain what's going on than let people make up explanations.

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* The {{Magical Girl}}s of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' don't try very hard to maintain the Masquerade; it's more that with everything relevant being InvisibleToNormals and/or taking place in a PhantomZone, it'd be considerably more work to explain what's going on than let people make up explanations. [[spoiler: Itís also deconstructed a bit, as the true purpose of the masquerade is to keep from the public the atrocities of the [[AliensAreBastards Incubators]], who are psychologically torturing little girls into becoming {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and letting them loose to kill innocent people so they can [[PoweredByAForsakenChild collect the despair to be used as energy to power the universe.]]]]
11th Nov '17 8:14:51 AM AgProv
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, the Masquerade that prevents Wizards from marrying and remaining in the profession is sucessfully challenged when mild-mannered and nerdy Ponder Stibbons gets a girlfriend. Who later becomes Mrs Stibbons. Clear-thinking people such as Lord Downey, who feels a duty of care towards ''his'' employee and respects her right to aspire to marriage and motherhood [[note]]Even then, he is thinking that her children are likely to make outstanding Assassins, and the future of the Guild should be a consideration[[/note]], point out that the issue isn't one of losing the magical flux or of hair growing in the palms of your hands (thus making it difficult to hold onto a staff). Mustrum, you just need to take care that they have no more than seven children. Older Wizards discover there are suddenly a lot more younger Wizards out there who see no reason why they should grow up into elderly embittered single misanthropes. And wizardry, in Conclave, votes to overturn the Lore as it was and to allow Wizards to get married like normal people. By the time of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12650047/1/Strandpiel Strandpiel]]'', Ponder and his Assassin wife are proud, if slightly floundering, parents of three daughters. And Ponder is still an active Wizard. [[note]][[FieryRedhead Mrs Stibbons]] had heard about sourcerors. Her response is "Eight children? you were lucky to get ''three''.[[/note]]
30th Oct '17 7:16:32 AM skotavatar
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* Present in ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly'', including keeping the reader on the hidden side of it until nearly the end of the first book!
13th Oct '17 9:29:05 AM lillolillo
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* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/SupermanOf2499TheGreatConfrontation'', the House of El goes to considerable lengths to hide their existence in the belief that humans would never accept the existence of several hundreds of superpersons living among them.
-->'''George:''' Alan... Alan... Just how stupid do you think the average man is, boy?\\
'''Alan:''' (sighing) I don't know, Uncle George. You tell *me*. How stupid *do* I think the average man is?\\
'''George:''' Pretty damn stupid, Alan. For over five hundred years there's been a Superman. Since the Prime Superman of the Twentieth. Everyone knows that. Don't you imagine that the general populace might-- just might, mind you!--have figured out that, by the simplest laws of genetics and mathematics, there *has* to be more than one of us?\\
'''Alan:''' Of course, they know, Uncle George. Most of them. When they think about it. Which isn't often. Uncle George, don't *do* this. Please. Listen to me. As long as we don't rub their faces in it ... as long they see only one of us, a hero, they aren't threatened. It's easy for them to ignore the fact that there have to be others. They can even accept the existence of a Superboy. Or a Supergirl. But ... Rao's flames! There are over two hundred of us here! They'd never accept that! Never! You have to think of the Family!
12th Oct '17 3:58:07 AM StFan
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->'''Agent K''': We do not discharge our weapons in view of the public!\\
'''Agent J''': Man, we ain't got time for this cover-up bullshit! I don't know whether or not you've forgotten, but there's an Arquillian Battle Cruiser that's about to--\\
'''Agent K''': There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they Do. Not. '''Know about it!'''

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->'''Agent K''': K:''' We do not discharge our weapons in view of the public!\\
'''Agent J''': J:''' Man, we ain't got time for this cover-up bullshit! I don't know whether or not you've forgotten, but there's an Arquillian Battle Cruiser that's about to--\\
'''Agent K''': K:''' There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they Do. Not. '''Know about it!'''






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* ''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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* ''Anime/{{Megazone 23}}'': ''Anime/Megazone23'': 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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* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' has the various fairy-tale and mythological beings of the book living in the middle of New York City, and disguised from normal humans, called "Mundies". Nonhuman fables (Three Little Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff, Etc.) who can't afford magical disguises live on a massive upstate park called "The Farm". They are found out by a reporter who notices that all the property in Fabletown has been owned by the same people for hundreds of years and draws the conclusion that they're vampires. They scare him into silence [[spoiler:by using Sleeping Beauty's curse to put him to sleep and setting up a photoshoot with the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld perpetually young]] Literature/{{Pinocchio}} to blackmail him into keeping his mouth shut. [[ShootTheShaggyDog Then Bluebeard kills him]]]].
* ''Comicbook/HoaxHunters'' is set in a world where magic and monsters are real, but unknown to the general public. That last part is due to the efforts of, duh, the Hoax Hunters, who investigate incidents, cover them up, and use their TV show to say it was all a hoax.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' has the various fairy-tale and mythological beings of the book living in the middle of New York City, and disguised from normal humans, called "Mundies". Nonhuman fables (Three Little Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff, Etc.) who can't afford magical disguises live on a massive upstate park called "The Farm". They are found out by a reporter who notices that all the property in Fabletown has been owned by the same people for hundreds of years and draws the conclusion that they're vampires. They scare him into silence [[spoiler:by using Sleeping Beauty's curse to put him to sleep and setting up a photoshoot with the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld perpetually young]] Literature/{{Pinocchio}} to blackmail him into keeping his mouth shut. [[ShootTheShaggyDog Then Bluebeard kills him]]]].
* ''Comicbook/HoaxHunters'' ''ComicBook/HoaxHunters'' is set in a world where magic and monsters are real, but unknown to the general public. That last part is due to the efforts of, duh, the Hoax Hunters, who investigate incidents, cover them up, and use their TV show to say it was all a hoax.



* ''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.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Route 666}}'' ''ComicBook/Route666'' 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.



* The reason for the existence of SPEAR in the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' fanfic ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDesk''. The usual InUniverse justification for the masquerade is a CrypticBackgroundReference related to the Roman Empire, though [[BeenThereShapedHistory involvement by SPEAR-like agencies]] in the past has been mentioned in the context of feudalism, whaling, the Salem Witch Trials, and something related to the Catholic Church.

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* The reason for the existence of SPEAR in the ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' fanfic ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDesk''.''Fanfic/HeroesOfTheDesk''. The usual InUniverse justification for the masquerade is a CrypticBackgroundReference related to the Roman Empire, though [[BeenThereShapedHistory involvement by SPEAR-like agencies]] in the past has been mentioned in the context of feudalism, whaling, the Salem Witch Trials, and something related to the Catholic Church.



-->'''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?\\

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-->'''Buffy:''' Okay. All right. Letís Let's admit defeat. Letís Let's 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?\\



'''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?\\

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'''Buffy:''' I am! Do you know how strong most peopleís people's sense of denial is? In some cases, itís it's 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?\\



'''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?

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'''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 "I Vant Youí?You"?



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-->"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 ...

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-->"You --->"You all know the efforts all of us are making to keep our ages optimized. You, Maureen, how old are you?"
-->"Uh ...
you?"\\
"Uh ...
forty-seven."
-->"Nancy?
"\\
"Nancy?
Your age, dear?"
-->Nancy
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
"\\
"Your
age, Nancy," Justin insisted.
-->"Let
insisted.\\
"Let
me see. Mama had me at fifteen, so-- How old are you, Mama?"
-->"Forty-seven."
-->"Yes,
Mama?"\\
"Forty-seven."\\
"Yes,
of course. I'm thirty-two."
-->Justin
"\\
Justin
looked at my granddaughter Roberta, my great-granddaughter Anne, and my great-great-granddaughter Nancy Jane ...Jane...



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* ''{{Series/Warehouse 13}}'' is built on this trope (among others), coupled with TheWorldIsNotReady. When it comes to this trope, excluding the Muggles, we have 3 groups of people.

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* ''{{Series/Warehouse 13}}'' ''Series/Warehouse13'' is built on this trope (among others), coupled with TheWorldIsNotReady. When it comes to this trope, excluding the Muggles, we have 3 groups of people.



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* ''WebAnimation/MagicalBorderPatrol'' has the SpiritWorld and the Seers who act as TheMenInBlack.
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' can't seem to decide if there's a Masquerade or not. On the one hand, clearly inhuman people like Hedge walk around in public, and aliens wear shirts with gems such as "Human" on them. On the other, people tend to accept any explanation, or are conveniently not around when people need to use magic.
--> '''Guy looking at an alien wearing a hat that says "Homo Sapien"''': [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-02-15 Hehe yeah! Cool! Gay pride yo! Yeah!]]''!"

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
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can't seem to decide if there's a Masquerade or not. On the one hand, clearly inhuman people like Hedge walk around in public, and aliens wear shirts with gems such as "Human" on them. On the other, people tend to accept any explanation, or are conveniently not around when people need to use magic.
--> '''Guy --->'''Guy looking at an alien wearing a hat that says "Homo Sapien"''': Sapien":''' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-02-15 Hehe yeah! Cool! Gay pride yo! Yeah!]]''!"Yeah!]]''!



-->'''Mr. Verres''': You know that man in the ambulance right now? The man capable of, and having ''already done'', absolutely horrible things? ''There is NOTHING special about him.'' He's just an average jerk who, when younger, stumbled on a way to gain use of magic that ''almost anyone on the planet could use''. You want a real-life, non-hypothetical example of why there's so much secrecy? It's lying in the back of that ambulance.

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-->'''Mr. Verres''': --->'''Mr. Verres:''' You know that man in the ambulance right now? The man capable of, and having ''already done'', absolutely horrible things? ''There is NOTHING special about him.'' He's just an average jerk who, when younger, stumbled on a way to gain use of magic that ''almost anyone on the planet could use''. You want a real-life, non-hypothetical example of why there's so much secrecy? It's lying in the back of that ambulance.



* In ''{{Webcomic/morphE}}'', as per the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness canon the story takes place within. Mundane people exposed to magic tend to go mad or dead. Or so Amical says after killing one.

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* In ''{{Webcomic/morphE}}'', ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'', as per the TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness canon the story takes place within. Mundane people exposed to magic tend to go mad or dead. Or so Amical says after killing one.



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



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* 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]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}}'', ''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]].






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* ''Series/{{Ghosted}}'': The Bureau Underground keeps the existence of the paranormal secret from the general public, by concealing events and providing a mundane cover story once their agents neutralise the problem.
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