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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.
13th Jun '17 5:47:12 PM Cieloazul
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The decreasing popularity of PlausibleDeniability and the proliferation of social media and information technology has led to this trope becoming increasingly subverted or just ignored.

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The decreasing popularity of PlausibleDeniability and the proliferation of social media and information technology has led to this trope becoming increasingly subverted or just ignored.
ignored, but it is still a mainstay and a consistent device of the UrbanFantasy genre.
31st May '17 12:42:08 PM MetroidPeter
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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.
26th May '17 3:05:04 AM CountDorku
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'', it's against the rules of the Consortium to reveal the existence of spirits to [[{{Muggles}} non-Spectrals]]. Hilariously, when newbie Spectral Max asks ''why'', Mr. Spender [[http://www.paranatural.net/index.php?id=155 awkwardly changes the subject]]. Given that the head of the Consortium, Boss Leader, is an enormous {{Troll}}, it's entirely possible that the Masquerade is in place solely to give all these Spectrals something to do with their time.
13th May '17 2:39:21 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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'''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 [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Do. Not.]] '''Know about it!'''

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'''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 [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Do. Not.]] '''Know about it!'''
11th May '17 7:33:10 AM Yozzy
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* 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.

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* Used in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' as an unspoken agreement by most people.
people, ''even the people it's meant to keep out of the loop.''
** Most humans, derided and sneered at by all sorts of creatures as ignorants and prey, are considered a sleeping giant. Especially in recent history, numbers and technology are a great equalizer against the raw power of, say, vampires, fairies, and demons. While most entities take care not to be indiscreet, [[WeirdnessCensor they don't have to try to hard]], since most humans wouldn't like the implications that there's more to their safe, secular, rational worl.
** Whereas most of the supernatural supernaural 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.
13th Apr '17 1:42:40 PM Skylentt
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* In D.Gray Man, the holy war and the existence of akumas is kept secret from the general population. Only the Black Order supporters who acknowledged it by being directly confronted to it (relatives killed by akumas or who have joined the order) are aware of it as well as the gouverments that make sure the local authorities give free pass to everything to the exorcists.
12th Apr '17 8:16:28 AM lalalei2001
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* In ''Series/TheOtherKingdom'', Astral must keep her powers and true identity a secret from the humans.
8th Apr '17 2:02:11 AM fearlessnikki
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the main setting of the former [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes gave its name]] to [[WeirdnessCensor Sunnydale Syndrome]]. This was eventually subverted in Season 7 when [[spoiler: the entire town ups sticks in face of the coming apocalypse]]. The government also knew about the supernatural and kept it from the public, and occasionally tried to fight it or take advantage of it, with results ranging from ineffective to disastrous.
** The masquerade here is debatable, although partially because most people in Sunnydale get beaten around the head with just how many weird things occur. For example, in the Buffy Season Three last few episodes, it's revealed that if not most of the school, than at least Buffy's entire year, has come to realise that something about the town isn't quite right. In the Prom episode, several past examples are mentioned by the crowd (as well as Snyder) before they thank Buffy for keeping them all safe, giving her the title of "Class Protector". Then, in the finale, the entire graduating year bands together to fight off the Mayor and his hordes. It almost seems like everyone KNOWS, they just don't discuss it.
** The Masquerade was broken for Los Angeles in ''Angel: After the Fall'', and for the whole world in Season 8 (mostly due to Harmony exposing the existence of vampires). These are both comic continuations. In ''After the Fall'', no one outside of LA knows what is going on there, since even the news is using fake footage. After the ResetButton some people have convinced themselves that it was AllJustADream.
* ''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, which is emphasized in season one when the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Demon of the Week]] was a warlock who came back from the future to kill a group of men responsible for developing a vaccine against warlocks. Bottom line: It's much simpler for all parties involved to just keep that variable out.

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', the main setting of the former [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes gave its name]] to [[WeirdnessCensor Sunnydale Syndrome]]. This was eventually subverted in Season 7 when [[spoiler: the entire town ups sticks in face of the coming apocalypse]]. The government also knew about the supernatural and kept it from the public, and occasionally tried to fight it or take advantage of it, with results ranging from ineffective to disastrous.
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disastrous. The masquerade here is debatable, although partially because most people in Sunnydale get beaten around the head with just how many weird things occur. For example, in the Buffy Season Three last few episodes, it's revealed that if not most of the school, than at least Buffy's entire year, has come to realise that something about the town isn't quite right. In the Prom episode, several past examples are mentioned by the crowd (as well as Snyder) before they thank Buffy for keeping them all safe, giving her the title of "Class Protector". Then, in the finale, the entire graduating year bands together to fight off the Mayor and his hordes. It almost seems like everyone KNOWS, they just don't discuss it.
** * The Masquerade was in place for the ''Buffy' spin-off ''{{Series/Angel}}'' - but was broken for Los Angeles in ''Angel: After the Fall'', and for the whole world in Season 8 (mostly due to Harmony exposing the existence of vampires). These are both comic continuations. In ''After the Fall'', no one outside of LA knows what is going on there, since even the news is using fake footage. After the ResetButton some people have convinced themselves that it was AllJustADream.
* ''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 The demons were in on this too, and once even grudgingly worked with the bad guys supported sisters to reverse 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, which is emphasized in season one when the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Demon of the Week]] was a warlock who came back from the future to kill a group of men responsible for developing a vaccine against warlocks. Bottom line: It's much simpler for all parties involved to just keep that variable out.effects.



* 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''.

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* The fact that witches exist is such a carefully protected secret in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' that Sabrina isn't even allowed to visit (or even talk to) there's a terrible punishment for any witch who tells a mortal about her human mother. It's not revealed what magic. If the consequences would be, but mortal tells someone else, the witch is stripped of their powers and cast out. Unless they must be ''dire''.turn the mortal [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves to stone within twelve hours]].



* ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' doesn't have a masquerade. But the spin-off ''Weirdsister College'' stresses it, pointing out that Cackles Academy was off in the countryside - whereas the college is in the middle of Cambridge. There is however an episode of the parent series where the girls encounter some boy scouts while camping and have to pretend they just attend a strict boarding school. Miss Hardbroom is ''not'' happy to have to pretend to be someone's MaidenAunt.



* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter "must" keep his titular lab a secret from his parents and most other characters; a recurring exception is Dee Dee (since she breaks through security every time)..

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter "must" ''must'' keep his titular lab a secret from his parents and most other characters; a recurring exception is Dee Dee (since she breaks through security every time)..



* ProfessionalWrestling, for most of the twentieth century, existed behind an elaborate charade known as {{Kayfabe}}, hiding the fact that it was a staged athletic exhibition rather than an actual, competitive sport. Eventually, said secret came out, and, as it turned out, most fans of the "sport" didn't really care too much. Or already knew.

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* ProfessionalWrestling, for most of the twentieth century, existed behind an elaborate charade known as {{Kayfabe}}, hiding the fact that it was a staged athletic exhibition rather than an actual, competitive sport. Eventually, said secret came out, and, as it turned out, most fans of the "sport" didn't really care too much. Or already knew. Some people in the industry - though it really depends - will still try to preserve kayfabe as much as possible.
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