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15th Apr '14 6:15:00 AM SeptimusHeap
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Alice is trying to fit in, but she has some kind of physical feature that makes it clear that she is not a human, or not a normal human. Thus she removes this feature.

This particular masquerading comes in two flavors. It might simply be about TheMasquerade, or it may [[IJustWantToBeNormal be about her self-image]]. In the first case, the Maintenance can be nothing worse then a practical nuisance. In the second case, it's usually a part of [[InternalizedCategorism a deeper pattern of self-hatred]]. Of course, these two flavors are often mixed with each other, and one might lead to the other.

This does not include social norms for what is proper or maintenance done for purely practical reasons: Only when it's done to pass for normal or human.

!!Examples

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* [[spoiler:Reki and Rakka]] from ''HaibaneRenmei'' use a special dye to hide (and possibly slow) the fact that their wings' charcoal grey feathers are turning black. This is more than cosmetic, since it indicates that they are [[spoiler: becoming sin-bound]].

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} keeps sawing off his devil horns.
* In ''{{Fables}}'', Rapunzel goes to the barber all the time, so she can pass as a [[strike:muggle]] mundy. Unlike other examples here, she is happy about being what she is (a supernatural Fable creature), it's just that TheMasquerade has to be maintained.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''[[Film/{{X-Men}} X-Men: The Last Stand]]'' starts with a little Angel who tries to cut off his own wings in his desperation to be normal. Considering that he *did* cut them off then, but still have them later in the movie, they must have kept growing back.
* In ''HumanNature'', the protagonist has fur. She hates herself for it. She shaves her entire body (except the head, of course) every morning, and punishes herself by choosing a man who is utterly disgusted by female bodily hair.
* In the live action ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' the young Grinch is teased for his green furry appearance. He tries shaving it off but it only makes things worse.
* Scott Calvin in ''TheSantaClause'' kept shaving and dying his hair (he didn't want to look like Santa), only to have the beard grow back immediately, and the hair to go back to white.
** ''EvanAlmighty'' also features a beard that won't go away, similar to TheSantaClause.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* TheProtagonist of ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' by Creator/AlastairReynolds belongs to a posthuman race of "Angels", complete with wings. To go among normal humans, he underwent extensive surgical modification including removing the wings, but he has to keep having them amputated with increasing frequency, as they always grow back.
** Further, his eyes begin to turn an unnatural shade of blue if he goes too long without maintenance...not the iris, the ''entire eye''.
* Creator/CoryDoctorow's ''Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town''. Mimi has wings. Attempting to be 'normal', she has her boyfriend cut them off every time, but they keep growing back.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* In various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, RubberForeheadAliens occasionally have to pass for human, usually because of time travel. For example, in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Spock wears a headband to conceal his pointed ears. And in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', occasionally Major Kira has had to wear false skin to cover her Bajoran nose ridges.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* In ''TheDragonDoctors'' webcomic, Kili and Greg, both werewolves, have abnormally fast hair growth and unless they want to be swamped by RapunzelHair they need to cut it off twice a day.
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Alice is trying to fit in, but she has some kind of physical feature that makes it clear that she is not a human, or not a normal human. Thus she removes this feature.

This particular masquerading comes in two flavors. It might simply be about TheMasquerade, or it may [[IJustWantToBeNormal be about her self-image]]. In the first case, the Maintenance can be nothing worse then a practical nuisance. In the second case, it's usually a part of [[InternalizedCategorism a deeper pattern of self-hatred]]. Of course, these two flavors are often mixed with each other, and one might lead to the other.

This does not include social norms for what is proper or maintenance done for purely practical reasons: Only when it's done to pass for normal or human.

!!Examples

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* [[spoiler:Reki and Rakka]] from ''HaibaneRenmei'' use a special dye to hide (and possibly slow) the fact that their wings' charcoal grey feathers are turning black. This is more than cosmetic, since it indicates that they are [[spoiler: becoming sin-bound]].

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} keeps sawing off his devil horns.
* In ''{{Fables}}'', Rapunzel goes to the barber all the time, so she can pass as a [[strike:muggle]] mundy. Unlike other examples here, she is happy about being what she is (a supernatural Fable creature), it's just that TheMasquerade has to be maintained.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''[[Film/{{X-Men}} X-Men: The Last Stand]]'' starts with a little Angel who tries to cut off his own wings in his desperation to be normal. Considering that he *did* cut them off then, but still have them later in the movie, they must have kept growing back.
* In ''HumanNature'', the protagonist has fur. She hates herself for it. She shaves her entire body (except the head, of course) every morning, and punishes herself by choosing a man who is utterly disgusted by female bodily hair.
* In the live action ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' the young Grinch is teased for his green furry appearance. He tries shaving it off but it only makes things worse.
* Scott Calvin in ''TheSantaClause'' kept shaving and dying his hair (he didn't want to look like Santa), only to have the beard grow back immediately, and the hair to go back to white.
** ''EvanAlmighty'' also features a beard that won't go away, similar to TheSantaClause.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* TheProtagonist of ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' by Creator/AlastairReynolds belongs to a posthuman race of "Angels", complete with wings. To go among normal humans, he underwent extensive surgical modification including removing the wings, but he has to keep having them amputated with increasing frequency, as they always grow back.
** Further, his eyes begin to turn an unnatural shade of blue if he goes too long without maintenance...not the iris, the ''entire eye''.
* Creator/CoryDoctorow's ''Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town''. Mimi has wings. Attempting to be 'normal', she has her boyfriend cut them off every time, but they keep growing back.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* In various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, RubberForeheadAliens occasionally have to pass for human, usually because of time travel. For example, in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Spock wears a headband to conceal his pointed ears. And in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', occasionally Major Kira has had to wear false skin to cover her Bajoran nose ridges.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* In ''TheDragonDoctors'' webcomic, Kili and Greg, both werewolves, have abnormally fast hair growth and unless they want to be swamped by RapunzelHair they need to cut it off twice a day.
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10th Mar '14 12:43:59 PM TrustBen
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[[AC:{{Live-Action Television}}]]
* In various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, RubberForeheadAliens occasionally have to pass for human, usually because of time travel. For example, in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Spock wears a headband to conceal his pointed ears. And in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', occasionally Major Kira has had to wear false skin to cover her Bajoran nose ridges.


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[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* In various ''Franchise/StarTrek'' series, RubberForeheadAliens occasionally have to pass for human, usually because of time travel. For example, in ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', Spock wears a headband to conceal his pointed ears. And in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', occasionally Major Kira has had to wear false skin to cover her Bajoran nose ridges.
21st Oct '13 7:01:06 PM nombretomado
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* CoryDoctorow's ''Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town''. Mimi has wings. Attempting to be 'normal', she has her boyfriend cut them off every time, but they keep growing back.

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* CoryDoctorow's Creator/CoryDoctorow's ''Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town''. Mimi has wings. Attempting to be 'normal', she has her boyfriend cut them off every time, but they keep growing back.
30th Jul '13 5:31:18 PM Sheora
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* TheProtagonist of ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' by AlastairReynolds belongs to a posthuman race of "Angels", complete with wings. To go among normal humans, he underwent extensive surgical modification including removing the wings, but he has to keep having them amputated with increasing frequency, as they always grow back.
** Further, his eyes begin to turn an unnatural shade of blue if he goes too long without maintenence...not the iris, the ''entire eye''.

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* TheProtagonist of ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' by AlastairReynolds Creator/AlastairReynolds belongs to a posthuman race of "Angels", complete with wings. To go among normal humans, he underwent extensive surgical modification including removing the wings, but he has to keep having them amputated with increasing frequency, as they always grow back.
** Further, his eyes begin to turn an unnatural shade of blue if he goes too long without maintenence...maintenance...not the iris, the ''entire eye''.
28th Apr '13 6:25:09 PM Andyzero
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* It is implied that Setsuna in ''NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'' either uses magic or mundane measures to hide the [[HeroicAlbino albinism]] in her human traits. However, she cannot hide her [[WingedHumanoid wing]] color.
28th Apr '13 6:23:29 PM Andyzero
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* It is implied by one characters comment (but never shown) in ''NegimaMagisteNegiMagi'' that Setsuna uses dye and contacts (or a spell for the equivalent) to hide human features of her [[HeroicAlbino alibinism]]; but she can't hide her [[WingedHumanoid wing]] color.
28th Apr '13 4:54:17 PM CompletelyDifferent
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[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* In WesternAnimation/YoungJustice the green shape-shifter Miss Martian changes her skin colour to Caucasian to pass as human in public. [[spoiler: It turns out that her green humanoid form is a lie, too, modeled after her favourite TV character. Her true form is a huge, monstrous white creature which she detests due to heavy discrimination on Mars, and because its so inhuman.]]
8th Mar '13 4:37:48 PM Xtifr
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* TheProtagonist of ''TerminalWorld'' by AlastairReynolds belongs to a posthuman race of "Angels", complete with wings. To go among normal humans, he underwent extensive surgical modification including removing the wings, but he has to keep having them amputated with increasing frequency, as they always grow back.

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* TheProtagonist of ''TerminalWorld'' ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' by AlastairReynolds belongs to a posthuman race of "Angels", complete with wings. To go among normal humans, he underwent extensive surgical modification including removing the wings, but he has to keep having them amputated with increasing frequency, as they always grow back.
28th Dec '12 11:24:54 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Alice is trying to fit in. But she have some kind of physical feature that makes it clear that she is not a human, or at least not a normal human. And thus, quite often, she removes this feature.

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Alice is trying to fit in. But in, but she have has some kind of physical feature that makes it clear that she is not a human, or at least not a normal human. And thus, quite often, Thus she removes this feature.



* The protagonist of ''TerminalWorld'' by AlastairReynolds belongs to a posthuman race of "Angels", complete with wings. To go among normal humans, he underwent extensive surgical modification including removing the wings, but he has to keep having them amputated with increasing frequency, as they always grow back.

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* The protagonist TheProtagonist of ''TerminalWorld'' by AlastairReynolds belongs to a posthuman race of "Angels", complete with wings. To go among normal humans, he underwent extensive surgical modification including removing the wings, but he has to keep having them amputated with increasing frequency, as they always grow back.
8th Dec '12 4:00:13 AM MrBucket
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** ''EvanAlmighty'' also features a beard that won't go away, similar to TheSantaClause.
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