Are you comfortable? Good. What we are about to [[TheReveal reveal]] to you will shock you to the core. The truth that has [[YouAreNotReady been hidden]] from [[{{Muggles}} all humanity]] will now be revealed to you. You see, the world you inhabit, perhaps even your very nature as a human, is [[{{Masquerade}} not as it seems]].

[[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness We]] [[CrypticConversation cannot reveal more]]; you must [[FigureItOutYourself discover for yourself]] the true nature of your deception.

'''[[AC: Choose a Pill:]]'''
* '''TomatoInTheMirror:''' It is not the world which is wrong, but ''you''. Perhaps you are--or [[WhatHaveIBecome have become]]--a [[DeadAllAlong ghost]], a [[RoboticReveal robot]], a [[CloningBlues clone]], a [[OurMagesAreDifferent magician]], or something stranger. In the end, you are not actually ''in'' or rightfully a part of the normal world. The world is normal (more or less) and works as you know it, but not you.
** Signature Examples: ''Film/TheSixthSense'', ''Literature/NightWatch'', ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'', ''Film/TheSixthDay'', ''Film/ShutterIsland''.
* '''[[{{Masquerade}}The Masquerade]]''': The world of humans is real enough, but we're not the only ones who inhabit it. Aliens, wizards, vampires and other beings coexist with us in the same cities, schools, and jobs as we do. Sometimes peacefully, other times less so. If they're nice, then you'll be WelcomedToTheMasquerade. If they're mean, then they'll force you to JoinOrDie. If they're ''really'' mean, they'll just have you KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade.
** Signature Examples: ''Film/MenInBlack'', ''Literature/TheWitches'', ''Film/TheyLive'', ''Film/TheAdjustmentBureau'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Literature/HarryPotter''. TropeNamer, or at least, popularizer in this context: ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade.''
* '''Hidden Realm:''' There is a SpiritWorld, [[MagicalLand magical]] [[AnotherDimension dimension]], or other realm [[HiddenElfVillage hidden]] but coterminous with "The Real World" that people can go into. The world is isn't so much false, as that our understanding of all that's in it is [[WorldHalfEmpty incomplete]]. You may have to SaveBothWorlds.
** Examples: ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', ''Film/PansLabyrinth'', ''Film/TheSpiderwickChronicles'', ''Literature/PeterPan'', ''Anime/SpiritedAway''
* '''Artificial Realm:''' The world literally isn't real; you live in a LotusEaterMachine, magical illusion, or are in a [[ConvenientComa coma]]… [[DyingDream or worse]]. In this case, you must either destroy or escape the illusion to return to the real world. But… is it worth it?
** Signature Examples: ''Film/TheMatrix'', ''Film/VanillaSky'', ''Film/JacobsLadder'', certain ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'' episodes, ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}''
* '''Fake World:''' The paranoids are half right. The world is real, but not for ''you''. Everyone around you, from childhood friend to complete stranger, even the news anchor, is putting on an act to fool you into thinking you live in "the real world". Sometimes they're all in on it, other times everyone is being {{Mind Control}}led or manipulated with FakeMemories. Reasons for this vary, but may be as disgustingly mundane as setting up an elaborate reality TV show, pseudoscientific experiments, to the chillingly bizarre community of refugees from the real world.
** Signature Examples: ''Film/DarkCity'', ''Film/TheTrumanShow'', ''Film/TheVillage'', ''Film/GoodbyeLenin''

This knowledge is not without price, however. If you wish to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia keep it]] you have [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade no choice]] but to join [[TheMenInBlack us]]. You may at least take pride in that, much like a [[RagsToRoyalty pauper who discovers she is a princess]] and other [[ChangelingFantasy changeling fantasies]], you are yourself an intrinsic part of this the world behind the Broken Masquerade. Perhaps you are an heir to a kingdom, a [[PhlebotinumRebel rebellious product of its mad science]], [[InTheBlood the child of a powerful sorcerer]], a HalfHumanHybrid, or [[TheChosenOne destined]] to bring it into balance with the "real world".

In any event, I hope you like to [[TheMenInBlack wear black]].

EndangeringNewsBroadcast is the dilemma about preventing this from happening. Contrast TheUnmasquedWorld, where the {{Masquerade}} is broken for ''everyone''.