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14th Apr '16 9:26:18 AM Orome
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* In [[Literature/TheFourGospels John 12]] of Literature/TheBible, while Jesus is speaking, a [[{{God}} voice speaks from heaven]], and many people in the crowd think it's just thunder.
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31st Mar '16 6:21:36 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', the characters ''do'' try to keep the {{Muggles}} from realizing that there are Franchise/CthulhuMythos monsters in their town -- but they don't bother hiding much else. Nyarko introduces herself at school as Mahiro's wife and nobody bats an eyelash. Cuko introduces '''her'''self as Nyarko's wife with nary a remark (except for Nyarko's HotScoop friend remarking "You're pretty lucky!"). Nyarko's pet shantak-bird (which looks like a mix of hippopotamus, bird, and bat) does draw some brief commentary, but they just shrug it off.

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* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', the characters ''do'' try to keep the {{Muggles}} from realizing that there are Franchise/CthulhuMythos monsters in their town (with the title character erecting a "convenient barrier" to block out her battles) -- but they don't bother hiding much else. Nyarko introduces herself at school as Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos and Mahiro's wife and nobody bats an eyelash. Cuko introduces '''her'''self as Nyarko's wife with nary a remark (except for Nyarko's HotScoop friend remarking "You're pretty lucky!"). Nyarko's pet shantak-bird (which looks like a mix of hippopotamus, bird, and bat) does draw some brief commentary, but they just shrug it off.
29th Mar '16 8:23:02 AM PixelKnight
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29th Mar '16 8:23:01 AM PixelKnight
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** In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', this tendency has been harnessed and distilled into a device called the Somebody Else's Problem field. An example is given of a man who lost a bet about making a mountain disappear when people noticed a suspicious extra [[ThatsNoMoon moon]] - it would have been much simpler to just paint the mountain pink and put an SEP field on it.

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** In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', this tendency has been harnessed and distilled into [[ExploitedTrope exploited]] by a device called the Somebody Else's Problem field. field, which mimics invisibility, but is much cheaper. An example is given of a man who lost a bet about making a mountain disappear entirely invisible when people noticed a suspicious extra [[ThatsNoMoon moon]] moon in the sky - it would have been much simpler to just paint the mountain pink and put an SEP field on it, and the judge assigned to the case would have just walked near, around, and even ''over'' the mountain and not even notice it.
3rd Mar '16 12:01:55 AM NinjaLore
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* ''Literature/TheCityAndTheCity'' are a pair of politically and culturally distinct city-states that physically overlap. Residents of both cities are trained from childhood to ignore people, vehicles, buildings, and even disasters in the other city at all times. Visitors from other countries receive training to avoid "breaching" the division.



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2nd Mar '16 12:38:28 PM WhatRayDid
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*** In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', humanity has been so convinced to accept a paradigm of what is and what isn't possible that anything too blatantly "magical" usually results in reality itself backlashing against mages in the form of "Paradox." The presence of normal humans actively disrupts magic. The mere act of observing a mage's supernatural abilities can cause their spells to decay into nothingness.

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*** In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', humanity has been so convinced to accept a paradigm of what is and what isn't possible that anything too blatantly "magical" usually results in reality itself backlashing against mages in the form of "Paradox." The presence of normal humans actively disrupts magic. The mere act of observing a mage's supernatural abilities can cause their spells to decay into nothingness. The Arcane advantage doubles down on this by making the mage himself tend to slip out of both physical records and human memory, meaning that the censor extends even to people actively trying to figure it out.
9th Feb '16 11:38:26 PM merotoker
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** And in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' Battler uses it to deny that the Beato/Virgilia battle happened [[spoiler: even better example in ep 5, after being defeated by Battler on the gameboard Erika suddenly stands up in her chair during the meal and starts talking in blue truth and exclaims to her master Bernkastel that she has won and has to be acknowledged. Then she suddenly sits down in her chair eating. The family collectively thinks they were hallucinating]]

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** And in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' Battler uses it to deny that the Beato/Virgilia battle happened [[spoiler: even better example in ep 5, after being defeated by Battler on the gameboard Erika suddenly stands up in her chair during the meal and starts talking in blue truth and exclaims to her master Bernkastel that she has won and has to be acknowledged. Then she suddenly sits down in her chair eating. The family collectively thinks they were hallucinating]]hallucinating]].



** In chapter 301, [[spoiler:Natsumi Murakami's pactio artifact weaponizes this trope, rendering anyone holding hands with her unnoticeable. [[BigBad Fate Averruncus]] himself acknowledges it as a rare and dangerous artifact for the enemy to have.]]

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** In chapter 301, [[spoiler:Natsumi Murakami's pactio artifact weaponizes this trope, rendering anyone holding hands with her unnoticeable. [[BigBad Fate Averruncus]] himself acknowledges it as a rare and dangerous artifact for the enemy to have.]]have]].



* In the first arc of the ''Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}'' solo series, detective Dale Colton explains to Zatanna that people have a lot of trouble accepting the truth about magic, even though Zatanna herself is a world-famous StageMagician with [[MagiciansAreWizards actual magical powers]] who is a member of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. No matter how often there is verifiable documentation of legitimate supernatural affairs people prefer to look the other way and hum really loudly, which explains why magic is still a "secret" in Franchise/TheDCU. This is particularly frustrating, even to Zatanna herself, because here there is no {{masquerade}}, the supernatural world ''wants'' to be recognized, but the people are not listening.
** The alternate argument would that in a world populated by aliens who can fly and shoot lasers out their eyes and gets invaded once a month, most people probably don't really see much difference between natural and supernatural as one could easily be used to mimic the other.

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* In the first arc of the ''Comicbook/{{Zatanna}}'' solo series, detective Dale Colton explains to Zatanna that people have a lot of trouble accepting the truth about magic, even though Zatanna herself is a world-famous StageMagician with [[MagiciansAreWizards actual magical powers]] who is a member of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. No matter how often there is verifiable documentation of legitimate supernatural affairs people prefer to look the other way and hum really loudly, which explains why magic is still a "secret" in Franchise/TheDCU. This is particularly frustrating, even to Zatanna herself, because here there is no {{masquerade}}, the supernatural world ''wants'' to be recognized, but the people are not listening.
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listening. The alternate argument would be that in a world populated by aliens who can fly and shoot lasers out their eyes and gets invaded once a month, most people probably don't really see much difference between natural and supernatural as one could easily be used to mimic the other.



** In Angel: After the Fall, the masquerade gets broken for all of LA when its sent to a Hell dimension. It is put back on Earth via time reversion to the moment it was taken, undoing all deaths and damages, but everyone retains their memories. So some people want to dismiss it all as a delusion, but most know better. [[spoiler:And one particular devil named Eddie Hope isn't letting people who committed atrocities in Hell have the luxury of engaging their inner Weirdness Censor]].

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** In Angel: After the Fall, the masquerade gets broken for all of LA when its sent to a Hell dimension. It is put back on Earth via time reversion to the moment it was taken, undoing all deaths and damages, but everyone retains their memories. So some people want to dismiss it all as a delusion, but most know better. [[spoiler:And one particular devil named Eddie Hope isn't letting people who committed atrocities in Hell have the luxury of engaging their inner Weirdness Censor]].Censor.]]



* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' averts this. {{Muggles}} may go mad from encountering what they could not possibly understand and [[PlayerCharacters Nobles]] must take pains to ensure that this will not happen. However, their bosses, the Imperators, are powerful enough that reality itself will censor their actions. If an Imperator blots out the sun, not only will everyone believe it's a solar eclipse, but scientists will have retroactively predicted it several weeks ago.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' averts this. {{Muggles}} may go mad from encountering what they could not possibly understand and [[PlayerCharacters [[PlayerCharacter Nobles]] must take pains to ensure that this will not happen. However, their bosses, the Imperators, are powerful enough that reality itself will censor their actions. If an Imperator blots out the sun, not only will everyone believe it's a solar eclipse, but scientists will have retroactively predicted it several weeks ago.



* ''RogueTrader'' mentions this as a RequiredSecondaryPower for Navigators- their Warp eye allows them to gaze into the Warp, but also edits the input into an appropriate metaphor- the examples in the book are finding a path through a storm-racked wood or navigating a roiling sea. It's actually a good thing, as [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Going Mad From The Revelation]] can be harmful to your health.

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* ''RogueTrader'' ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'' mentions this as a RequiredSecondaryPower {{Required Secondary Power|s}} for Navigators- their Warp eye allows them to gaze into the Warp, but also edits the input into an appropriate metaphor- the examples in the book are finding a path through a storm-racked wood or navigating a roiling sea. It's actually a good thing, as [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Going Mad From The Revelation]] can be harmful to your health.



** Meanwhile BlackCrusade has the mutation "Aura of Normalcy", which makes the character appear completely mundane. Even if said character is a 8 foot tall [[SuperSoldier Chaos Space Marine]] in PoweredArmor carrying a missile launcher and has wings, is phasing in and out of reality and has a flaming skull straight out of GhostRider.

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** Meanwhile BlackCrusade ''TabletopGame/BlackCrusade'' has the mutation "Aura of Normalcy", which makes the character appear completely mundane. Even if said character is a 8 foot tall [[SuperSoldier Chaos Space Marine]] in PoweredArmor carrying a missile launcher and has wings, is phasing in and out of reality and has a flaming skull straight out of GhostRider.



* For some reason in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', nobody seems to notice how many monsters are in Twilight Town. For that matter; it almost seems to be a ''ghost town'' whenever you have to be in there. Bonus points go to when you consider that [[spoiler:Xion's final form is ''floating in the air'' in front of the train station. And she's practically an AttackOfThe50FootWhatever.]] How on ''earth'' did people ''not'' notice that or even come to investigate?!

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* For some reason in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2'', nobody seems to notice how many monsters are in Twilight Town. For that matter; it almost seems to be a ''ghost town'' whenever you have to be in there. Bonus points go to when you consider that [[spoiler:Xion's final form is ''floating in the air'' in front of the train station. And she's practically an AttackOfThe50FootWhatever.]] AttackOfThe50FootWhatever]]. How on ''earth'' did people ''not'' notice that or even come to investigate?!



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Grunkle Stan either doesn't see or doesn't seem bothered by the supernatural events in the town. When he sees preserved dinosaurs, he only thinks of how much money he can make by using them as attractions. [[spoiler: Though by the end of season 1 it's revealed that he knows a lot more than that as he's been gathering the secrets of the books to unlock something]]. When Dipper presents evidence in the form of his book, Stan makes a few jokes about it, reads it, and gives it back, thinking them funny stories [[spoiler: when in reality he used the books for his machines and photo copied the contents.]] When Dipper unleashes zombies in season 2 [[spoiler: Stan fights them off, and reveals he's known all along about the supernatural, having lived in the town for years. He pretended not to notice because messing with that stuff is dangerous and could get the kids killed.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Grunkle Stan either doesn't see or doesn't seem bothered by the supernatural events in the town. When he sees preserved dinosaurs, he only thinks of how much money he can make by using them as attractions. [[spoiler: Though by the end of season 1 it's revealed that he knows a lot more than that as he's been gathering the secrets of the books to unlock something]]. something.]] When Dipper presents evidence in the form of his book, Stan makes a few jokes about it, reads it, and gives it back, thinking them funny stories [[spoiler: when in reality he used the books for his machines and photo copied the contents.]] When Dipper unleashes zombies in season 2 [[spoiler: Stan fights them off, and reveals he's known all along about the supernatural, having lived in the town for years. He pretended not to notice because messing with that stuff is dangerous and could get the kids killed.]]killed]].



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18th Jan '16 7:11:58 PM jormis29
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* ''Series/TheLostRoom'' had a subculture of collectors, hobbyists, organizations and criminals looking for some [[ArtifactOfDoom conspicuously destructive objects]] that shunned the laws of physics, thermodynamics and entropy while [[ArtifactOfAttraction consuming / destroying the lives of most people who came across them.]] Despite having been tracked, coveted and recklessly experimented with for 40 years, the Police (including [[PapaWolf our hero]]) seem to have no way of anticipating or dealing with them. Moreover, these quirky little atom-age {{MacGuffin}}s subtly influenced the laws of probability to get closer to one another, making them even easier to track. Either some unseen government power tries to keep all those pesky cases of spontaneous combustion out of the news with a hypnotic roll of toilet paper, or [[AgentMulder organizations like "The Order" and "The Legion" are just too damn nerdy for most people to take seriously.]]

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* ''Series/TheLostRoom'' had a subculture of collectors, hobbyists, organizations and criminals looking for some [[ArtifactOfDoom conspicuously destructive objects]] that shunned the laws of physics, thermodynamics and entropy while [[ArtifactOfAttraction consuming / destroying the lives of most people who came across them.]] Despite having been tracked, coveted and recklessly experimented with for 40 years, the Police (including [[PapaWolf our hero]]) seem to have no way of anticipating or dealing with them. Moreover, these quirky little atom-age {{MacGuffin}}s subtly influenced the laws of probability to get closer to one another, making them even easier to track. Either some unseen government power tries to keep all those pesky cases of spontaneous combustion SpontaneousCombustion out of the news with a hypnotic roll of toilet paper, or [[AgentMulder organizations like "The Order" and "The Legion" are just too damn nerdy for most people to take seriously.]]
17th Jan '16 9:34:59 AM griffon8
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* Fabletown in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' has a magical protection to keep {{mu|ggles}}ndies from noticing their magical society in the middle of New York City. At one point they have to rely on rain to act instead, and in another point their filter (and the magic holding the buildings together) fails, forcing them to leave as New York discovers one of it's neighborhoods is now suddenly in ruins for no discernible reason.

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* Fabletown in ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' has a magical protection to keep {{mu|ggles}}ndies from noticing their magical society in the middle of New York City. At one point they have to rely on rain to act instead, and in another point their filter (and the magic holding the buildings together) fails, forcing them to leave as New York discovers one of it's its neighborhoods is now suddenly in ruins for no discernible reason.
13th Jan '16 5:19:03 AM Rationalinsanity
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** Meanwhile BlackCrusade has the mutation "Aura of Normalcy", which makes the character appear completely mundane. Even if said character is a 8 foot tall [[SuperSoldier Chaos Space Marine]] in PoweredArmor carrying a missile launcher and has wings, is phasing in and out of reality and has a flaming skull straight of GhostRider.

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** Meanwhile BlackCrusade has the mutation "Aura of Normalcy", which makes the character appear completely mundane. Even if said character is a 8 foot tall [[SuperSoldier Chaos Space Marine]] in PoweredArmor carrying a missile launcher and has wings, is phasing in and out of reality and has a flaming skull straight out of GhostRider.
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