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16th Aug '16 4:04:39 AM Malachi108
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* Played for laughs in ''Film/Deadpool2016''. When Deadpool is unmasked by Vanessa, he reveals a crude Hugh Jackman mask beneath.
12th Aug '16 7:57:27 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', there is a scene where the Master Chief takes off his helmet, but part of the ship obscures his head. If you move the camera so that you can get a good look, you can see that under his helmet is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mkiRQVkERg another helmet]].
** This variant on the trope is actually very common in video games, since it takes a lot less effort for the art team to simply cut out a character's helmet for use as a prop and then hide their head with clever camera angles than it does to make a new model for the uncovered version of that character. For other examples, see Tali in ''MassEffect2'' or Vanitas in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''.
* An example featuring Cool Shades - one piece of concept art for Proto Man from Mega Man has Proto Man holding his helmet, which has shades attached as a visor... and he's wearing another pair of shades. So either this trope is in effect, or he wears shades under his shades.

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* In the ending of ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'', ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', there is a scene where the Master Chief takes off his helmet, but part of the ship obscures his head. If you move the camera so that you can get a good look, you can see that under his helmet is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mkiRQVkERg another helmet]].
** This variant on the trope * Having a helmet cover another helmet is actually very common in video games, since it takes a lot less effort for the art team to simply cut out a character's helmet for use as a prop and then hide their head with clever camera angles than it does to make a new model for the uncovered version of that character. For other examples, see Examples include Tali in ''MassEffect2'' or ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' and Vanitas in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''.
* An example featuring Cool Shades - one piece of concept art for Proto Man from Mega Man ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' has Proto Man holding his helmet, which has shades attached as a visor... and he's wearing another pair of shades. So either this trope is in effect, or he wears shades under his shades.
8th Aug '16 10:13:44 AM Willbyr
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* ''{{Medabots}}'': Hikaru Agata (Henry) with his two alter egos, the Phantom Renegade and Space Medafighter X. At one point Space Medafighter X's golden mask is cracked which reveals the white mask of Phantom Renegade. Note that Space Medafighter X's mask is EXACTLY THE SAME as the Phantom Renegades' mask, just with gold plating and different colored eyes. [[PaperThinDisguise Yet nobody suspects a thing.]]

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* ''{{Medabots}}'': ''VideoGame/{{Medabots}}'': Hikaru Agata (Henry) with his two alter egos, the Phantom Renegade and Space Medafighter X. At one point Space Medafighter X's golden mask is cracked which reveals the white mask of Phantom Renegade. Note that Space Medafighter X's mask is EXACTLY THE SAME as the Phantom Renegades' mask, just with gold plating and different colored eyes. [[PaperThinDisguise Yet nobody suspects a thing.]]
24th Jul '16 1:22:19 PM StFan
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* In ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', the secret leader of the jungle patrol is The Phantom itself -- the masked superhero identity, rather than its mundane counterpart "Mr Walker".
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'': for a while, Matt Murdock pretended to also be his non-blind twin brother Mike, who everyone suspected was secretly Daredevil.
* ''Comicbook/MoonKnight'' sometimes did this. His original identity is Marc Spector, a onetime soldier of fortune [[TheAtoner trying to make amends]]. He also took on the [[Frianchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne-ish]] identity of financier Steven Grant and - to catch up with street level gossip - cab driver Jake Lockley. As part of his multiple personality psychopathy sometimes even he didn't know who the "real" person was under all the double- and triple-personalities.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', the secret leader of the jungle patrol is The Phantom itself -- the masked superhero identity, rather than its mundane counterpart "Mr Walker".
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'': for
''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'': For a while, Matt Murdock pretended to also be his non-blind twin brother Mike, who everyone suspected was secretly Daredevil.
* ''Comicbook/MoonKnight'' ''ComicBook/MoonKnight'' sometimes did this. His original identity is Marc Spector, a onetime soldier of fortune [[TheAtoner trying to make amends]]. He also took on the [[Frianchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne-ish]] identity of financier Steven Grant and - to catch up with street level gossip - cab driver Jake Lockley. As part of his multiple personality psychopathy sometimes even he didn't know who the "real" person was under all the double- and triple-personalities.



* More indirect than most examples, Oracle has set up false identities for each of the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat Clan]] in case someone takes their fingerprints or obtains their DNA.

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': More indirect than most examples, Oracle has set up false identities for each of the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bat Clan]] Clan in case someone takes their fingerprints or obtains their DNA.



* The Creator/VertigoComics ''HumanTarget'' series featured 2 characters who would layer on so many disguises and so frequently [[BecomingTheMask lose track of who they really were]] that it quickly became a MindScrew.
* Paperinik (a superhero alter-ego of [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]]) had to involuntarily do this in one story. At one point he decided to demonstrate ([[AsYouKnow for no reason and to no one in particular]]) how his masks work, and too late realized that he's out of the spray that would let him take the sticky mask off. Since the mask he was trying on was one of a caricatural alien, he was forced to wear a new mask on top of this one. (Later on, however, he manages to avoid having his secret identity exposed because he was wearing this additional mask.)
* An early {{Spider-Man}} comic has Spidey caught unmasked by [[SpiderManRoguesGallery Alistair Smythe's]] surveillance camera. His solution was to make a latex Peter Parker mask (which averts LatexPerfection, as it's noticeably not quite right), return to the camera, and take off his Peter mask to reveal the Spider-Man mask underneath. It works: Smythe concludes Spidey was probably screwing with him, and doesn't follow up on trying to put a name to the face.

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* The Creator/VertigoComics ''HumanTarget'' ''Series/HumanTarget'' series featured 2 characters who would layer on so many disguises and so frequently [[BecomingTheMask lose track of who they really were]] that it quickly became a MindScrew.
* Paperinik ComicBook/{{Paperinik|NewAdventures}} (a superhero alter-ego of [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]]) had has to involuntarily do this in one story. At one point he decided decides to demonstrate ([[AsYouKnow for no reason and to no one no-one in particular]]) how his masks work, and too late realized realizes that he's out of the spray that would let him take the sticky mask off. Since the mask he was is trying on was is one of a caricatural alien, he was is forced to wear a new mask on top of this one. (Later on, however, he manages to avoid having his secret identity exposed because he was is wearing this additional mask.)
* An early {{Spider-Man}} ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic has Spidey caught unmasked by [[SpiderManRoguesGallery Alistair Smythe's]] surveillance camera. His solution was is to make a latex Peter Parker mask (which averts LatexPerfection, as it's noticeably not quite right), return to the camera, and take off his Peter mask to reveal the Spider-Man mask underneath. It works: Smythe concludes Spidey was probably screwing with him, and doesn't follow up on trying to put a name to the face.



* Comicbook/{{Sandman}}. During a nightmare, one character is confronted with Dorothy from the ''Wizard Of Oz'' movie, who pulls her mask off to reveal the Wicked Witch, then that mask off to reveal another mask...
* GIJOE: During the second Cobra civil war, having apparently defeated him, Serpentor forced Cobra Commander to remove his helmet, only to discover he was wearing a ski-mask underneath. Cobra Commander then detonated the explosives in the helmet so it exploded in Serpentor's hands.

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* Comicbook/{{Sandman}}.ComicBook/{{Sandman}}. During a nightmare, one character is confronted with Dorothy from the ''Wizard Of Oz'' movie, who pulls her mask off to reveal the Wicked Witch, then that mask off to reveal another mask...
* GIJOE: ''ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel'': During the second Cobra civil war, having apparently defeated him, Serpentor forced forces Cobra Commander to remove his helmet, only to discover he was is wearing a ski-mask underneath. Cobra Commander then detonated detonates the explosives in the helmet so it exploded explodes in Serpentor's hands.



[[folder:Film]]
* From ''Film/TropicThunder'': Kirk Lazarus in character as Lincoln Osiris disguises himself as a farmer. Or, if you want to get meta about it, Robert Downey Jr. playing Kirk Lazarus in character as Lincoln Osiris disguises himself as a farmer.
-->'''Downey/Lazarus/Osiris/Farmer:''' I'm the dude ''playing'' a dude disguised as another dude!
* When Dawson and Martina subdue the killer in ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'', they unmask him to reveal another mask. They continue for some time, accumulating a pile of masks on the floor, until they get to the last one and they (finally) find his true identity: [[StrangerBehindTheMask Doughy's identical cousin Hardy]].
* In ''Film/{{Charade}}'', Peter Joshua is revealed to be the victim's brother Alex Dyle, who is then revealed to be professional thief Adam Canfield, who is then revealed to be undercover government agent Brian Cruikshank (who is being portrayed by Hollywood actor Cary Grant).
* A literal version of this trope can be found in ''Film/WhoAmI'', where the hacker MRX unmasks his rival [=WhoAmI=] only to find another mask below, and another, and another.

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[[folder:Film]]
* From ''Film/TropicThunder'': Kirk Lazarus in character as Lincoln Osiris disguises himself as a farmer. Or, if you want to get meta about it, Robert Downey Jr. playing Kirk Lazarus in character as Lincoln Osiris disguises himself as a farmer.
-->'''Downey/Lazarus/Osiris/Farmer:''' I'm the dude ''playing'' a dude disguised as another dude!
* When Dawson and Martina subdue the killer in ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'', they unmask him to reveal another mask. They continue for some time, accumulating a pile of masks on the floor, until they get to the last one and they (finally) find his true identity: [[StrangerBehindTheMask Doughy's identical cousin Hardy]].
[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''Film/{{Charade}}'', Peter Joshua is revealed to be ''ComicStrip/ThePhantom'', the victim's brother Alex Dyle, who is then revealed to be professional thief Adam Canfield, who is then revealed to be undercover government agent Brian Cruikshank (who is being portrayed by Hollywood actor Cary Grant).
* A literal version
secret leader of this trope can be found in ''Film/WhoAmI'', where the hacker MRX unmasks his rival [=WhoAmI=] only to find another mask below, and another, and another.jungle patrol is The Phantom itself -- the masked superhero identity, rather than its mundane counterpart "Mr Walker".



[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'', every ancient secret is actually a cover-up for some other ancient secret. And yes, that same principle applies to pretty much every level, thus creating an infinite loop of TheReveal.
* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', the protagonist [[ConArtist Moist Von Lipwig]] (former BoxedCrook, now sort-of reformed) meets [[CoolOldLady Topsy Lavish]], who owns Ankh-Morpork's bank. Being a businesswoman, she immediately sees him for what he is, [[spoiler: decides he's the perfect person to keep the bank out of the hands of her evil relatives]] and proceeds to {{lampshade}} his relationship with [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou Adora Bell Dearheart]] with this trope.
-->'''Lavish:''' I suspect you like her because she can see your inner self. Or at least an inner self you've left inside just in case.
* Undarl in ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries Elminster: The Making of a Mage]]'' was a [[spoiler:Malaugrim who pretended to be a Yuan-Ti]] posing as an aspiring Magelord who wants to prove himself and join [[TheMagocracy the magical oligarchy]] of Athalantar on good terms. Which is how he was given the task to destroy one of the legitimate heirs they don't control, [[DoomedHometown along with the whole village]].
* The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Towards Zero'' includes one set of obvious clues that point to a particular person having committed the murder. However, the killer anticipated that the police would see through these clues, so left a different, less obvious set of clues that pointed to a second person having committed the murder. The killer figured that once the police had run across one set of faked evidence, they would be unlikely to believe that the second set was also a fake.
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'': When the protagonists of the ''Winds'' trilogy need to hide their [[BondCreatures Companions]] -- blue-eyed, white, [[SapientSteed intelligent]] {{Cool Horse}}s that always stand out in a crowd and can't take dye -- from a foe who can easily sense and pierce illusions, they simply layer one illusion over another. When the enemy mage peers through the illusion of high-bred horses and sees a pair of broken-down nags, he chuckles to himself and doesn't bother to look further, believing the horses' owners are simply hiding their neglect from potential buyers.
* In the ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'' novel ''Chasm City'', the protagonist is shocked to discover that, due to a MemoryGambit, he himself has a Multilevel Facade: [[spoiler: he had the memories of Tanner Mirabel implanted to cover the identity of notorious armsdealer Cahuella, which is itself an alias hiding immortal MagnificentBastard (and mass murderer) Schuyler Haussmann.]] AmnesiacDissonance from the MemoryGambit assists him in BecomingTheMask.

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[[folder:Literature]]
[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'', every ancient secret is actually ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'':
** With Draco:
--->''Just pretend to be pretending to be
a cover-up for some other ancient secret. And yes, scientist.'' Draco didn't have words to describe exactly what was wrong with Harry's mind (since Draco had never heard the term depth of recursion).
** Which leads to:
--->Draco ''had'' heard the word 'recursion' by this point, and he knew a Harry Potter plot when he saw one. (Unfortunately Draco had not heard of autoimmune disorders, and the thought did not readily occur to him
that same principle applies to pretty much every level, thus a clever virus would begin its attack by creating symptoms of an infinite loop of TheReveal.
* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'',
autoimmune disorder so as to get the protagonist [[ConArtist Moist Von Lipwig]] (former BoxedCrook, now sort-of reformed) meets [[CoolOldLady Topsy Lavish]], who owns Ankh-Morpork's bank. Being a businesswoman, she immediately sees him for body to distrust its own immune system...)
** Then there's Harry and Snape:
--->'''Snape:''' I cannot help but wonder if that is the Cloak of Invisibility.\\
'''Harry:''' Oh, possibly. I trust you realize the implications, if it is?\\
'''Snape:''' You have no idea
what he is, [[spoiler: decides he's the perfect person to keep the bank out of the hands of her evil relatives]] and proceeds to {{lampshade}} his relationship with [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou Adora Bell Dearheart]] with this trope.
-->'''Lavish:''' I suspect you like her because she can see your inner self. Or
I'm talking about, do you, Potter? A rather clumsy try at least an inner self you've left inside just in case.
* Undarl in ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries Elminster: The Making of a Mage]]''
fishing.\\
Either Severus
was a [[spoiler:Malaugrim who pretended to be a Yuan-Ti]] posing in fact modeling Harry as an aspiring Magelord who wants to prove a one-level player, which made Severus himself two-level, and join [[TheMagocracy Harry's three-level move had been successful; or Severus was a four-level player and wanted Harry to think the magical oligarchy]] of Athalantar on good terms. Which is how he was given the task deception had been successful.
** Comes up in relation
to destroy one of the legitimate heirs they don't control, [[DoomedHometown along with the whole village]].
*
Quirrell's true identity.
--->'''Harry:'''
The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Towards Zero'' includes one set of obvious clues next thought is that point to a particular this 'David Monroe' person having committed died in the murder. However, the killer anticipated that the police would see through these clues, so left a different, less obvious set of clues that pointed to a second person having committed the murder. The killer figured that once the police had run across one set of faked evidence, they would be unlikely to believe that the second set was also a fake.
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'': When the protagonists of the ''Winds'' trilogy need to hide their [[BondCreatures Companions]] -- blue-eyed, white, [[SapientSteed intelligent]] {{Cool Horse}}s that always stand out in a crowd
war after all, and can't take dye -- from a foe who can easily sense and pierce illusions, they simply layer one illusion over another. When the enemy mage peers through the illusion of high-bred horses and sees a pair of broken-down nags, he chuckles this is just someone else pretending to himself and doesn't bother be David Monroe pretending to look further, believing the horses' owners are simply hiding their neglect from potential buyers.
* In the ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'' novel ''Chasm City'', the protagonist is shocked to discover that, due to
be Quirinus Quirrell.\\
'''[=McGonagall=]:''' That's obvious? Dear Merlin...\\
'''Moody:''' Really, boy? I'd say that's
a MemoryGambit, he himself has a Multilevel Facade: [[spoiler: he had the memories of Tanner Mirabel implanted to cover the identity of notorious armsdealer Cahuella, which is itself an alias hiding immortal MagnificentBastard (and mass murderer) Schuyler Haussmann.]] AmnesiacDissonance from the MemoryGambit assists him in BecomingTheMask.little... paranoid. Not paranoid enough!



[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Ben pretends to be the victim of a group of savages. He's actually the leader of this group of savages, which doesn't exist except as a front for an AncientConspiracy. [[spoiler:However, Ben is not in control: Indeed he is the leader of this AncientConspiracy, but the conspiracy itself is ''also'' a front for something else, something which Ben cannot even reach, much less control.]]
* Parodied on ''Series/PoliceSquad'' when Frank pulls off a woman's [[WigDressAccent wig]] and reveals he knows who she really is. He then does it several more times, describing different identities she's apparently lived under, while pulling off multiple wigs.
* In ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'', under the mask of the Daring Dragoon is... another identical mask!
* In the Chinese drama ''Series/NirvanaInFire'', when the hero first returns to the capital to begin his revenge plot, he introduces himself as "Sir Su" a mere visiting scholar. When his enemies get suspicious, they do a background check and discover his "real" identity, the powerful Mei Changsu. This prevents them from thinking to dig deeper and discover his actual Secret Identity, the presumed dead traitor Lin Shu.
In the GrandFinale of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' Number Six takes off Number One's mask, revealing a gorilla mask. Six takes that off to reveal...himself?

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Ben pretends to be the victim of a group of savages. He's actually the leader of this group of savages, which doesn't exist except From ''Film/TropicThunder'': Kirk Lazarus in character as a front for an AncientConspiracy. [[spoiler:However, Ben is not in control: Indeed he is the leader of this AncientConspiracy, but the conspiracy itself is ''also'' a front for something else, something which Ben cannot even reach, much less control.]]
* Parodied on ''Series/PoliceSquad'' when Frank pulls off a woman's [[WigDressAccent wig]] and reveals he knows who she really is. He then does it several more times, describing different identities she's apparently lived under, while pulling off multiple wigs.
* In ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'', under the mask of the Daring Dragoon is... another identical mask!
* In the Chinese drama ''Series/NirvanaInFire'', when the hero first returns to the capital to begin his revenge plot, he introduces
Lincoln Osiris disguises himself as "Sir Su" a mere visiting scholar. farmer. Or, if you want to get meta about it, Robert Downey Jr. playing Kirk Lazarus in character as Lincoln Osiris disguises himself as a farmer.
-->'''Downey/Lazarus/Osiris/Farmer:''' I'm the dude ''playing'' a dude disguised as another dude!
*
When his enemies get suspicious, Dawson and Martina subdue the killer in ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'', they do a background check and discover his "real" identity, the powerful Mei Changsu. This prevents them from thinking unmask him to dig deeper and discover his actual Secret Identity, the presumed dead traitor Lin Shu.
In the GrandFinale of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' Number Six takes off Number One's mask, revealing a gorilla
reveal another mask. Six takes that off They continue for some time, accumulating a pile of masks on the floor, until they get to reveal...himself?the last one and they (finally) find his true identity: [[StrangerBehindTheMask Doughy's identical cousin Hardy]].
* In ''Film/{{Charade}}'', Peter Joshua is revealed to be the victim's brother Alex Dyle, who is then revealed to be professional thief Adam Canfield, who is then revealed to be undercover government agent Brian Cruikshank (who is being portrayed by Hollywood actor Cary Grant).
* A literal version of this trope can be found in ''Film/WhoAmI'', where the hacker MRX unmasks his rival [=WhoAmI=] only to find another mask below, and another, and another.



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, The second El Bronco (or at least the second El Bronco to work in CMLL as there have been ''many'') was unmasked by Black Warrior to reveal another mask underneath. That's right, El Bronco was Spider-man! Further confusing things, a third Bronco later debuted in CMLL and has been seen at the same time as Spider-man.
* 80's {{tag team}} The Killer Bees would wrestle under masks and do the 'switching gimmick behind the ref's back' known as 'Masked Confusion' to gain the advantage[[note]]Notable in that they were a {{face}} tag team and TagTeamTwins is usually a heel tactic.[[/note]] In one match, their opponent got pissed off and tried to remove this advantage by yanking off one of the Bee's masks, only to reveal he was wearing another mask under it.
* At Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s The Bash in 2009, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr fought against Wrestling/ChrisJericho in a [[HumiliatingWager Mask vs Title]] match. Rey losing would mean that he'd have to surrender the right to wear his mask. During the match, Jericho tried to remove Rey's mask to leave him open to a finisher (the loss of a mask [[WeaksauceWeakness is considered shameful]] to a MaskedLuchador), only for Rey to have been GenreSavvy and wear an extra mask underneath, allowing him to win the Intercontinental Championship.

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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
[[folder:Literature]]
* In Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, The second El Bronco (or ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'', every ancient secret is actually a cover-up for some other ancient secret. And yes, that same principle applies to pretty much every level, thus creating an infinite loop of TheReveal.
* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', the protagonist [[ConArtist Moist Von Lipwig]] (former BoxedCrook, now sort-of reformed) meets [[CoolOldLady Topsy Lavish]], who owns Ankh-Morpork's bank. Being a businesswoman, she immediately sees him for what he is, [[spoiler:decides he's the perfect person to keep the bank out of the hands of her evil relatives]] and proceeds to {{lampshade}} his relationship with [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou Adora Bell Dearheart]] with this trope.
-->'''Lavish:''' I suspect you like her because she can see your inner self. Or
at least an inner self you've left inside just in case.
* Undarl in ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries Elminster: The Making of a Mage]]'' is a [[spoiler:Malaugrym who pretends to be a Yuan-Ti]] posing as an aspiring Magelord who wants to prove himself and join [[TheMagocracy the magical oligarchy]] of Athalantar on good terms. Which is how he is given the task to destroy one of the legitimate heirs they don't control, [[DoomedHometown along with the whole village]].
* The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Towards Zero'' includes one set of obvious clues that point to a particular person having committed the murder. However, the killer anticipated that the police would see through these clues, so left a different, less obvious set of clues that pointed to a second person having committed the murder. The killer figured that once the police had run across one set of faked evidence, they would be unlikely to believe that
the second El Bronco to work in CMLL as there have been ''many'') set was unmasked by Black Warrior to reveal another mask underneath. That's right, El Bronco was Spider-man! Further confusing things, also a third Bronco later debuted in CMLL and has been seen at fake.
* ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'': When
the same time as Spider-man.
* 80's {{tag team}} The Killer Bees would wrestle under masks and do the 'switching gimmick behind the ref's back' known as 'Masked Confusion' to gain the advantage[[note]]Notable in that they were a {{face}} tag team and TagTeamTwins is usually a heel tactic.[[/note]] In one match, their opponent got pissed off and tried to remove this advantage by yanking off one
protagonists of the Bee's masks, only ''Winds'' trilogy need to reveal he was wearing another mask under it.
* At Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s The Bash in 2009, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr fought against Wrestling/ChrisJericho
hide their [[BondCreatures Companions]] -- blue-eyed, white, [[SapientSteed intelligent]] {{Cool Horse}}s that always stand out in a [[HumiliatingWager Mask vs Title]] match. Rey losing would mean that he'd have to surrender crowd and can't take dye -- from a foe who can easily sense and pierce illusions, they simply layer one illusion over another. When the right to wear his mask. During enemy mage peers through the match, Jericho tried illusion of high-bred horses and sees a pair of broken-down nags, he chuckles to remove Rey's mask himself and doesn't bother to leave him open look further, believing the horses' owners are simply hiding their neglect from potential buyers.
* In the ''Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries'' novel ''Chasm City'', the protagonist is shocked to discover that, due
to a finisher (the loss MemoryGambit, he himself has a Multilevel Facade: [[spoiler: he had the memories of a mask [[WeaksauceWeakness Tanner Mirabel implanted to cover the identity of notorious armsdealer Cahuella, which is considered shameful]] to a MaskedLuchador), only for Rey to have been GenreSavvy and wear itself an extra mask underneath, allowing alias hiding immortal MagnificentBastard (and mass murderer) Schuyler Haussmann.]] AmnesiacDissonance from the MemoryGambit assists him to win the Intercontinental Championship.in BecomingTheMask.



[[folder:Radio]]
* Kent Allard, better known as Radio/TheShadow, has several of these -- most famously Lamont Cranston.

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[[folder:Radio]]
[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Kent Allard, better known In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Ben pretends to be the victim of a group of savages. He's actually the leader of this group of savages, which doesn't exist except as Radio/TheShadow, has a front for an AncientConspiracy. [[spoiler:However, Ben is not in control: Indeed he is the leader of this AncientConspiracy, but the conspiracy itself is ''also'' a front for something else, something which Ben cannot even reach, much less control.]]
* Parodied on ''Series/PoliceSquad'' when Frank pulls off a woman's [[WigDressAccent wig]] and reveals he knows who she really is. He then does it
several more times, describing different identities she's apparently lived under, while pulling off multiple wigs.
* In ''Series/JackOfAllTrades'', under the mask
of these -- most famously Lamont Cranston.the Daring Dragoon is... another identical mask!
* In the Chinese drama ''Series/NirvanaInFire'', when the hero first returns to the capital to begin his revenge plot, he introduces himself as "Sir Su" a mere visiting scholar. When his enemies get suspicious, they do a background check and discover his "real" identity, the powerful Mei Changsu. This prevents them from thinking to dig deeper and discover his actual Secret Identity, the presumed dead traitor Lin Shu.
* In the GrandFinale of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' Number Six takes off Number One's mask, revealing a gorilla mask. Six takes that off to reveal... himself?



[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, The second El Bronco (or at least the second El Bronco to work in CMLL as there have been ''many'') was unmasked by Black Warrior to reveal another mask underneath. That's right, El Bronco was Spider-man! Further confusing things, a third Bronco later debuted in CMLL and has been seen at the same time as Spider-man.
* 80's {{tag team}} The Killer Bees would wrestle under masks and do the 'switching gimmick behind the ref's back' known as 'Masked Confusion' to gain the advantage[[note]]Notable in that they were a {{face}} tag team and TagTeamTwins is usually a heel tactic.[[/note]] In one match, their opponent got pissed off and tried to remove this advantage by yanking off one of the Bee's masks, only to reveal he was wearing another mask under it.
* At Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s The Bash in 2009, Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr fought against Wrestling/ChrisJericho in a [[HumiliatingWager Mask vs Title]] match. Rey losing would mean that he'd have to surrender the right to wear his mask. During the match, Jericho tried to remove Rey's mask to leave him open to a finisher (the loss of a mask [[WeaksauceWeakness is considered shameful]] to a MaskedLuchador), only for Rey to have been GenreSavvy and wear an extra mask underneath, allowing him to win the Intercontinental Championship.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Radio]]
* Kent Allard, better known as Radio/TheShadow, has several of these -- most famously Lamont Cranston.
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* The third ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' game has the following line: "I'm afraid you are neither [[spoiler: a proud thief]], nor [[spoiler: an Ace Detective]]. You're [[spoiler: a blackmailer and a murderer]]." This happens after MagnificentBastard [[spoiler: Luke Atmey says he's an Ace Detective who had a fight with the thief Mask [=DeMasque=]. When you prove that this is false, he says that Mask [=DeMasque=] attacked him from behind. When you prove that false, he says that ''he's'' Mask [=Demasque=]. The truth is that he's been blackmailing Mask [=DeMasque=] into letting him pretend to be an Ace Detective, and that he then decided to falsely confess to being Mask [=DeMasque=] [[ConfessToALesserCrime in an attempt to hide the fact that he's a murderer.]]]]

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* The third ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' :
** The third
game has the following line: "I'm afraid you are neither [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a proud thief]], nor [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an Ace Detective]]. You're [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a blackmailer and a murderer]]." This happens after MagnificentBastard [[spoiler: Luke Atmey says he's an Ace Detective who had a fight with the thief Mask [=DeMasque=]. When you prove that this is false, he says that Mask [=DeMasque=] attacked him from behind. When you prove that false, he says that ''he's'' Mask [=Demasque=]. The truth is that he's been blackmailing Mask [=DeMasque=] into letting him pretend to be an Ace Detective, and that he then decided to falsely confess to being Mask [=DeMasque=] [[ConfessToALesserCrime in an attempt to hide the fact that he's a murderer.]]]]



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* Happens in the flash video [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/188383 Mega Man and the Pompous Robots]], during a fight between Tenguman and Bass. At one point, Bass says something amongst the line of "Let's see who's under that mask", pulls off Tenguman's mask... to reveal another one. This then gets repeated for a ludicrous number of masks which were all stacked on Tenguman's face.
* In ''WebAnimation/{{TOME]]: Terrain of Magical Expertise'', d-buggers is revealed to be Tigerlilly, who is revealed to be the Mysterious Red Cat, who is revealed to be Kizuna.
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* Happens in the flash video [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/188383 Mega Man and the Pompous Robots]], during a fight between Tenguman and Bass. At one point, Bass says something amongst the line of "Let's see who's under that mask", pulls off Tenguman's mask... to reveal another one. This then gets repeated for a ludicrous number of masks which were all stacked on Tenguman's face.
* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'':
** With Draco:
--->''Just pretend to be pretending to be a scientist.'' Draco didn't have words to describe exactly what was wrong with Harry's mind (since Draco had never heard the term depth of recursion).
** Which leads to:
--->Draco ''had'' heard the word 'recursion' by this point, and he knew a Harry Potter plot when he saw one. (Unfortunately Draco had not heard of autoimmune disorders, and the thought did not readily occur to him that a clever virus would begin its attack by creating symptoms of an autoimmune disorder so as to get the body to distrust its own immune system...)
** Then there's Harry and Snape:
--->'''Snape:''' I cannot help but wonder if that is the Cloak of Invisibility.\\
'''Harry:''' Oh, possibly. I trust you realize the implications, if it is?\\
'''Snape:''' You have no idea what I'm talking about, do you, Potter? A rather clumsy try at fishing.\\
Either Severus was in fact modeling Harry as a one-level player, which made Severus himself two-level, and Harry's three-level move had been successful; or Severus was a four-level player and wanted Harry to think the deception had been successful.
** Comes up in relation to Quirrell's true identity.
--->'''Harry:''' The obvious next thought is that this 'David Monroe' person died in the war after all, and this is just someone else pretending to be David Monroe pretending to be Quirinus Quirrell.\\
'''[=McGonagall=]:''' That's obvious? Dear Merlin...\\
'''Moody:''' Really, boy? I'd say that's a little... paranoid. Not paranoid enough!
* In ''TerrainOfMagicalExpertise'', d-buggers is revealed to be Tigerlilly, who is revealed to be the Mysterious Red Cat, who is revealed to be Kizuna.

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* Happens in the flash video [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/188383 Mega Man and the Pompous Robots]], during a fight between Tenguman and Bass. At one point, Bass says something amongst the line of "Let's see who's under that mask", pulls off Tenguman's mask... to reveal another one. This then gets repeated for a ludicrous number of masks which were all stacked on Tenguman's face.
* ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'':
** With Draco:
--->''Just pretend to be pretending to be a scientist.'' Draco didn't have words to describe exactly what was wrong with Harry's mind (since Draco had never heard the term depth of recursion).
** Which leads to:
--->Draco ''had'' heard the word 'recursion' by this point, and he knew a Harry Potter plot when he saw one. (Unfortunately Draco had not heard of autoimmune disorders, and the thought did not readily occur to him that a clever virus would begin its attack by creating symptoms of an autoimmune disorder so as to get the body to distrust its own immune system...)
** Then there's Harry and Snape:
--->'''Snape:''' I cannot help but wonder if that is the Cloak of Invisibility.\\
'''Harry:''' Oh, possibly. I trust you realize the implications, if it is?\\
'''Snape:''' You have no idea what I'm talking about, do you, Potter? A rather clumsy try at fishing.\\
Either Severus was in fact modeling Harry as a one-level player, which made Severus himself two-level, and Harry's three-level move had been successful; or Severus was a four-level player and wanted Harry to think the deception had been successful.
** Comes up in relation to Quirrell's true identity.
--->'''Harry:''' The obvious next thought is that this 'David Monroe' person died in the war after all, and this is just someone else pretending to be David Monroe pretending to be Quirinus Quirrell.\\
'''[=McGonagall=]:''' That's obvious? Dear Merlin...\\
'''Moody:''' Really, boy? I'd say that's a little... paranoid. Not paranoid enough!
* In ''TerrainOfMagicalExpertise'', d-buggers is revealed to be Tigerlilly, who is revealed to be the Mysterious Red Cat, who is revealed to be Kizuna.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy" had a villain hired to obtain Batman's cape and cowl. When he ultimately succeeds, Batman reveals a second mask underneath the cowl to protect his identity. The villain, bemused, leaves. After all, he was only hired to obtain the cape and cowl, not to expose Batman's secret identity. [[spoiler:And Batman was the guy who hired him in the first place.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy" had has a villain hired to obtain Batman's cape and cowl. When he ultimately succeeds, Batman reveals a second mask underneath the cowl to protect his identity. The villain, bemused, leaves. After all, he was only hired to obtain the cape and cowl, not to expose Batman's secret identity. [[spoiler:And Batman was the guy who hired him in the first place.]]



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory The Justice Friends]]'', Krunk tries to take off the mask of Major Glory - only to reveal several layers of masks beneath it.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory The Justice Friends]]'', Krunk tries to take off the mask of Major Glory - -- only to reveal several layers of masks beneath it.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': Beastboy attempts to remove Robin's mask, only to find more and more masks underneath it. In a couple days time, the whole tower is filled with masks. [[spoiler: And then his actual face turns out to be a mask too.]]

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': Beastboy attempts to remove Robin's mask, only to find more and more masks underneath it. In a couple days time, the whole tower is filled with masks. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then his actual face turns out to be a mask too.]]



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22nd Jun '16 2:52:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''DogCity'' had an episode about a "masked vandal". When that vandal is caught, the mask is pulled off to reveal Miss Kitty, but Ace realizes it can't be her because she's never caught. He then proceeds to pull off another mask, revealing Baron von Rottweiler, then his henchman, then more people, and ultimately [[spoiler:Eliot Shag]].

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* ''DogCity'' ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'' had an episode about a "masked vandal". When that vandal is caught, the mask is pulled off to reveal Miss Kitty, but Ace realizes it can't be her because she's never caught. He then proceeds to pull off another mask, revealing Baron von Rottweiler, then his henchman, then more people, and ultimately [[spoiler:Eliot Shag]].
13th Jun '16 7:39:07 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Manga/{{Kinnikuman}} takes this Up To Eleven in his match against Warsman: Warsman keeps trying to unmask him, but he has a mask under a mask under a mask ad nauseam.


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* Comicbook/{{Sandman}}. During a nightmare, one character is confronted with Dorothy from the ''Wizard Of Oz'' movie, who pulls her mask off to reveal the Wicked Witch, then that mask off to reveal another mask...
* GIJOE: During the second Cobra civil war, having apparently defeated him, Serpentor forced Cobra Commander to remove his helmet, only to discover he was wearing a ski-mask underneath. Cobra Commander then detonated the explosives in the helmet so it exploded in Serpentor's hands.


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In the GrandFinale of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' Number Six takes off Number One's mask, revealing a gorilla mask. Six takes that off to reveal...himself?


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* BIONICLE: in Legends of Metru Nui, Makuta Teridax, who mainly wears the Kraahlix, mask of shadows, wears Dume's Kiril upon his mask while disguising as the Turaga.[[/folder]]


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* An example featuring Cool Shades - one piece of concept art for Proto Man from Mega Man has Proto Man holding his helmet, which has shades attached as a visor... and he's wearing another pair of shades. So either this trope is in effect, or he wears shades under his shades.
7th Jun '16 3:09:28 AM Mordisquitos
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* Certain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_Blue_Buckets Russian citizens]] are protesting against [[CorruptBureaucrat officials]] who use removable blue sirens as an excuse to [[OptionalTrafficLaws disregard traffic laws]] by wearing blue buckets as a parody and getting in their way. Footage from Russia Today shows [[http://i.imgur.com/xIolo.gif a blue bucketeer having his bucket knocked off]] by an enraged official car driver only to reveal [[spoiler: another blue bucket. Really, what did you expect?]]
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16th May '16 3:59:35 AM Perseus
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** Done quite literally in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' with the Phantom, an international assassin who can perfectly mimic anyone. He wears [[LatexPerfection mask upon mask]] to the point that he's forgotten his own identity. His list of fake identities include [[spoiler: Detective Bobby Fulbright, when you initially catch him, as well as every other culprit in the game, several witnesses and defendants, Prosecutor Blackquill, and most disturbingly, ''Phoenix Wright himself!'']]

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** Done quite literally in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' with the Phantom, phantom, an international assassin who can perfectly mimic anyone. He wears [[LatexPerfection mask upon mask]] to the point that he's forgotten his own identity. His list of fake identities include [[spoiler: Detective Bobby Fulbright, when you initially catch him, as well as every other culprit in the game, several witnesses and defendants, Prosecutor Blackquill, and most disturbingly, ''Phoenix Wright himself!'']]
5th May '16 2:49:21 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* From ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' we have [[spoiler:Beatrice, who not only has several different versions of her from different arcs and different time periods (her mother and grandmother also had the name Beatrice) but is also the same person as Shannon and Kanon. And to top that off, the three of them are just idealized personas created by Yasu.]] Flowcharts have been made in order to explain it.

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* From ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' we have [[spoiler:Beatrice, who not only has several different versions of her from different arcs and different time periods (her mother and grandmother also had the name Beatrice) but is also the same person as Shannon and Kanon. And to top that off, the three of them are just idealized personas created by Yasu.]] Flowcharts have been made in order to explain it.
3rd May '16 8:04:40 AM jinjoo88
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* In the Chinese drama ''Series/NirvanaInFire'', when the hero first returns to the capital to begin his revenge plot, he introduces himself as "Sir Su" a mere visiting scholar. When his enemies get suspicious, they do a background check and discover his "real" identity, the powerful Mei Changsu. This prevents them from thinking to dig deeper and discover his actual Secret Identity, the presumed dead traitor Lin Shu.



* In the Chinese drama ''Series/NirvanaInFire'', when the hero first returns to the capital to begin his revenge plot, he introduces himself as "Sir Su" a mere visiting scholar. When his enemies get suspicious, they do a background check and discover his "real" identity, the powerful Mei Changsu. This prevents them from thinking to dig deeper and discover his actual Secret Identity, the presumed dead traitor Lin Shu.

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* In the Chinese drama ''Series/NirvanaInFire'', when the hero first returns to the capital to begin his revenge plot, he introduces himself as "Sir Su" a mere visiting scholar. When his enemies get suspicious, they do a background check and discover his "real" identity, the powerful Mei Changsu. This prevents them from thinking to dig deeper and discover his actual Secret Identity, the presumed dead traitor Lin Shu.
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