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- Messed around a bit with in Guyver. After X-Day when Kronos unveils themselves and take over the world there are major shake-ups at high levels of government and the protagonists are forced further into hiding since their pursuers no longer have to worry keeping up the Masquerade. However for the average person on the street who is not a member of La Résistance the only real difference is recruiting ads and posters and a Zoanoid Boy Band.
- Averted pretty handily in Cannon God Exaxxion. The Riofaldians integrate themselves into Earth culture and their impressive technology revolutionizes humanity... to the point that when they reveal their plans for invasion, they control almost all of the technology on the planet.
- Averted in the manga Watashi No Messiah Sama. Once the protagonist is forced to do The Reveal about his powers in front of the media and military and declare that he would go against the world if he had to, things get chaotic very quickly. His school sides with him against the world and secedes from Japan, declaring independence with armies of tanks and ninjas led by a eerily hyper-competent teacher, while different nations send in special ops forces to wipe the protagonist and his companions out, which results in a secondary character getting shot and dying, causing her love interest (the so-far unawakened Big Bad) to perform the biggest Face–Heel Turn of the series, propelling the main plot to its finale.
- Ranma ˝: Most people in Furinkan know about Ranma's curse. That means they know magic exists, for one. They talk about it as if they were discussing the weather. You may wonder why the government or army is not interested in groups of One Man Armies running around and regularly damaging buildings - especially since there's a major JGSDF base in Nerima.
- The second season of Darker Than Black shows absolutely no consequence blowing the lid on the existence of the Contractors. The general public are somewhat nervous of them, but the can still blend in comfortably with society. Government agencies still use Contractors and Dolls as pawns; the only difference is that they can acknowledge them in their diplomatic dealings with each other.
- The end of the YuYu Hakusho manga screws continuity in favor of allowing the main characters an easy commute, and (due to Koenma's coup) opens the borders between the human and demon dimensions, relying on Enki's noninterference laws to keep everything smooth, and the Masquerade is also abandoned, though it takes a while for humans to start believing in the demon population. This goes quite calmly. One of the reasons it goes calmly is that Togashi retconned that demons aren't actually prone to violent crime, and all the proof that they were was due to Enma Senior's propaganda. This despite the fact that they come form a feudal society where Asskicking Equals Authority is the only thing anyone recognizes, and a lot of them have humans as their natural diet. On the other hand, dispossessed political elements within the spirit world stage a terrorist coup in response and nearly blow up the world with a laser cannon.
- In DearS, when the eponymous aliens arrive in Japan, they make quite a stir...but that's because they're hot. They have advanced technology, but none of it percolates out into the general public, and they smoothly integrate into society without so much as a ripple.
- When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, a group of Ordinary High School Students with an addition of one Chuunibyou, randomly receive godlike magical powers. Their lives are forever altered, they are no longer 'humans', but gods. Together they control the elements, the act of creation and time itself. There's nothing they cannot accomplish, acquire or do — But, does it really change anything? Well, Not really. They cast the Phlebotinum aside as mere bonus-flavor for the highschool-life genre and carry on with their club activities.
- The existence of superhumans rarely has any longterm sociological effects in comics save for Fantastic Racism against mutants — but not against those with any other Super Hero Origin. Sometimes the effects of living in a world full of not only superbeings, but aliens, magical beings, Alternate Universes, Time Travel, and Mad Scientists who hoard their technology is explored in Elseworlds such as Kingdom Come and in purpose-specific Deconstructions or Reconstructions, but for the most part, it's Like Reality Unless Noted, no matter how unrealistic that might be. The lack of wild reaction could be caused by the fact that the heroes were there all the time. Sure, there were periods that were super-light, but every "normal" remembers when the heroes were around. If they ever leave, we know they'll always come back. In The DCU, the first superhero was actually the first human. He invented fire. So, a paleolithic Reed Richards actually helped people. The Marvel Universe has S.H.I.E.L.D. (and its many spin-off agencies) to handle this, and as of Civil War the government has taken a more active stance in the superhuman world.
- The main big two comic book universes also have the existence of the supernatural known to the public. Proof that souls exist, demons are real, etc. would have profound implications for our society, especially for religions.
- Deities also should make a difference. Marvel has mounds of evidence for the existence of Greek and Norse deities, which should have more of an effect on religion. DC has more or less equal evidence for Greek, Egyptian, and Judeo-Christian, explaining the lack of departure from said religions there, although not the lack of flocking to them.
- This varies. Knowledge of the existence of the Norse pantheon in Marvel comics, for example, might be no older than Thor's time as a New York-based superhero. Thanks to Comic-Book Time, that's probably only 10 to 15 years. It's plausible that there would be a modern Aesir-worshipping movement after that much time but then again plausible that there wouldn't be, considering how many nigh-godlike beings there are in this world that don't claim to be gods or care about being worshipped. Some Marvel continuities, in particular the 2099 line, are set further in the future and do indeed worship Thor and show other cultural impacts of twentieth-century "age of heroes".
- At least one story in the Thor comics (right before Walt Simonson's legendary run) involved Thor discovering a cult in Chicago (portrayed as good hearted but misguided) that publically worshipped him - he responded by making a comment to the effect that he no longer desired worshippers. The same storyline introduced a Fundamentalist Christian supervillain named "The Crusader".
- They know that Thor and Zeus exist, but that doesn't mean they believe they are gods. The average modern citizen in the Marvel or DC universes presumably believes something like "In ancient times, people with superhuman powers were worshipped as gods; but in this modern age, we know they're just superheroes."
- Considering All Myths Are True, how could you be expected to choose any pantheon over another? If you lived in the DCU, and there was evidence for the Greek pantheon, Egyptian pantheon, and Judeo-Christian God, why wouldn't your religious deities be expected to exist as well?
- It's worth noting that there are thousands of people worshiping Thor now, in the real world, when they have no better evidence for his existence than do any other religious folk. Having the potential to have him autograph your silver Mjolnir pendant for you might make some difference, but it's clearly not necessary.
- Averted in Watchmen, where the global consequences of the existence of Dr. Manhattan are numerous - notably, the existence of various gizmos made possible by his synthesizing vast stocks of rare elements or that he invented himself. Politically, because "the Superman exists and he's American"note , the USA has enjoyed decades of strategic superiority, which has made the Communist bloc incredibly paranoid.
- Averted quite nicely in the fourth volume of Mirage's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. The series starts out with the Utroms, aliens who have appeared in the story before, coming to Earth and offering the planet a chance to join the larger galactic community. The narration describes how the world reacts to the offer and knowledge that aliens exist. Among other things, religions try to fit the aliens' existence into their doctrines, several regimes are overthrown, and the stock market is thrown into chaos. There're more mundane consequences, such as a vicious bidding war between toy companies for the right to produce Utrom plushies. The story resumes after the governments of the world have mostly managed to smooth things out, but the way society has changed to accommodate the aliens is a major part of the series from that point on.
- Averted in The Uniques, where public knowledge of the existence of people with superpowers caused the Cold War to last several years longer than it did in the real world, and resulted in a superpowered terrorist attack that wiped out most of New York City in 1992. The America presented in The Uniques also seems somewhat more conservative; in this universe, the Republicans either held onto or re-took the White House in the nineties.
- Averted in IDW's run of The Transformers. The social and political effects that the sudden revelation that there are intelligent alien species out there and they can perfectly blend in with earth technology is one of the major focuses following the end The Transformers: All Hail Megatron (while their existence had previously been outed in Escalation and The Transformers: Maximum Dinobots, those were much smaller and more isolated incidents compared to All Hail Megatron where the Decepticons occupied New York and launched attacks against multiple sites around the world).
- Child of the Storm plays with this trope, as it is quite clear that the events of the story have a significant effect on the real world, but Harry is largely insulated from it by his father and the other Avengers. However, this insulation only goes so far with a number of factions looking to use Harry and other newly emerging superhumans as part of the renewed Lensman Arms Race, spurred on by the fact that HYDRA - until chapter 75 - largely manage to evade the Avengers and SHIELD and strike with impunity, doing so with pinpoint precision owing to how deep the HYDRA infiltration of SHIELD goes (once they're found, however, they are monumentally screwed). Vague mention is also made of some people's renewed worship of Norse Gods, despite both Thor and Loki saying, 'no, really, we're not interested', while at least one atheist (Carol Danvers) has shifted to Nay-Theist. So the consequences aren't so much non-existent as... deferred.
- Averted in Worldwar: War of Equals. The huge amount of defense spending causes a recession and the world's geography and politics changes rapidly and this is all before the invasion. During the war, many oil processing plants on land are destroyed by Race airstrikes and the prices of oil skyrocket.
- Reality Checks Nyxverse averts this trope in regards to the original fanfic. Specifically, Alicornundrum shows that much of the world suffered realistically from two weeks of The Night That Never Ends on one side and Endless Daytime on the other, and the political fallout from the need to hold someone responsible.
- Quietly touched on in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids trilogy. In the final scene of the first film, the family gathers around the table to partake of an enlarged turkey dinner, and there is talk of eliminating world hunger. However, the second film shows the attempt to perfect an enlargement ray, although Wayne is now part of an official lab. The direct-to-video third film may hold the key to this apparent Canon Discontinuity: Wayne was forbidden to use the shrink ray again, under orders from a committee of the FDA and his wife Diane, despite now being president of Szalinski Labs. Let's apply some Fridge Logic: either the calorie count of enlarged food remains identical, or some other side effect of using the shrink ray as an enlarger showed up in a way that threatened the food supply and somehow ruined that dinner.
- The box-office bomb Stealth depicts Hollywood-hero pilot Ben Gannon and his unruly UCAV friend EDI fly into Russian airspace where three of the country's Su-37s attack them for it, but that's as close to global consequences as it gets. When not only do the duo toast all three Russian pilots on THEIR OWN SOIL, but then rescue their token-love interest pilot Kara Wade from NORTH KOREA by gunning down a bunch of N. Korean soldiers...once again, on their own soil. Does Russia declare another Cold War that actually goes ahead with the Nukes, with N. Korea joining in turning it into WWIII? Nope!
- X-Men: Apocalypse: The previous film took place during the Nixon administration. It's interesting to note that the "new" timeline in 1983 has Reagan as the U.S. President and a Germany that remains divided into West and East. Despite all of the events in 1973, the Cold War seems unaffected. Not even Apocalypse himself could change things: he launched all the world's nuclear weapons into space, but by the end of the movie, the countries are rebuilding their arsenals.
- Averted in The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. The U.S. is one of only a handful of countries that considers vampires legally people (read: it's illegal to hunt them down and kill them — though that doesn't stop people from doing so and using vamp blood as a potent drug). The first book mention that the citizens of Afghanistan ripped their vampire spokeswoman into bloody shreds. And there's The Brotherhood of the Sun — an anti-vamp Christian sect. This may have something to do with the fact that they eat people.
- Both averted and played straight in Pandora's Star. Humanity has changed irretrievably by the time the main story begins, and the general population is aware of this. The alien antagonists, however, are taken over by a single alien mind, which nukes the competing aliens and is oblivious or indifferent to the fact it has caused a nuclear winter on its home world, carrying out plans for an invasion as if nothing has changed.
- Cranked Up to Eleven in the Left Behind series, where the hand of God reaching down to spare Israel from the entire military might of both Russia and Ethiopia before the series begins, changes nobody's mind about religion, leaving most of the world to be Left Behind when the rapture comes. When a third of the world's population disappears (including all the children), everybody who's been Left Behind continues on as if everything were normal. All the massive changes that later follow to the world's economy, religions, and spiritual structure come about as a result of the Antichrist's manipulations, which have no earthly cause/effect relationship to the Rapture event. Yeah, there are people who don't like this series very much. Similar criticisms can be leveled against Jack Chick's versions of the Rapture and Tribulation.
- Averted in the last Animorphs book. For starters, two years after the end of the war Jake is hired by the UN to train morph-capable paramilitary units to combat terrorism against alien tourists.
- In The House of Night series, vampyres ostensibly suffer immense Fantastic Racism, however we find out that most popular actors, singers, and others in the entertainment industry are vampyres. Vampyres also were many historical figures, who were apparently just as influential as they were in real life. Not to mention that there's no word that the governments have any problem with the vampyres keeping their own government, setting up Houses of Night in various towns (even though regular people supposedly hate the presence of vampyres), and automatically having all fledglings legally emancipated. Also, even though vampyrism is supposed to occur because of junk DNA and a hormonal imbalance, there's no talk at all of scientists studying vampyres to find ways to prevent regular people from turning into them or, at the very least, reduce the risk of fledglings dying horrible deaths.
- Nicely averted in David Brin's Existence, in which humans find themselves fighting off a very slow invasion by, essentially, religious parasites. Global society is heavily disrupted because that's how the invasion fights.
- Power Rangers looks like a case of no global consequences, with things exactly like real life despite Earth suffering monster attacks since 1993 and making formal First Contact in '98. But keep in mind that the government debuted their own Ranger team to deal with paranormal threats in 2000, and by 2025 aliens will have settled on earth and there'll be Space Police to deal with alien criminals. There are also hints that morphing technology is out there for those who want it, even if only a very few can get it (a private corporation studied Ranger tech in 2001; the 2007 team was publicly backed by a billionaire with his own company; and the 2008 mentor got morphers "from a guy who knew a guy who had an uncle", which to some suggests a black market). They're still lowballing the consequences by a long shot, but they're there.
- Averted in True Blood, based on The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries novels (see above). The mockumentary detailing the events leading to the series mentions that within hours of vampires revealing themselves, many world cities were engulfed in panic and rioting.
- The Stargate-verse didn't have the opportunity to end the SGC's masquerade (the reveal having been slated for the movie Stargate Revolution, which ended in Development Hell) but a few alternate universes visited in Stargate SG-1 avert the trope. In "The Road Not Taken", the United States has been under under martial law for three years due to widespread riots after the president revealed the existence of aliens and the stargate program during Anubis' attack on Antarctica.
- The Masquerade and Weirdness Censor were firmly in place in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but Angel more or less eliminated that, showing that the masquerade was mostly a facade and there are huge communities not only aware of demons, but composed of demons, and magic and weirdness abound (and can't even be handwaved away by the fact that everyone's weird in LA). Sure, the really powerful keep a lid on things, right? But shopkeepers are aware of this stuff, and use it, and yet somehow everything looks perfectly normal out there.
- Initially Arrow in the first few seasons presented the idea that superheroes and supervillains (and later super-powered humans) were a new thing in that setting, which was mostly identical to our world save for a few geographic differences, with the origin of the Flash being the open introduction of people with superpowers and everyone befuddled by the concept. Go forward a few more seasons in the Arrowverse and it's revealed there was at least one costumed supervillain operating two decades previously, that an official team of superheroes fought on behalf of the Allies in World War II, that magic existed with its own community of users, and that the US government (at least) was well aware of the existence of hostile aliens since the 1950s. And yet none of this changed the world in any significant way until Oliver Queen returned to Starling City and put on a green hood.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Bob & Jean were afraid for Molly the Monster's safety after she was born in a lab accident, so they sent her to live with Jean's Uncle on a farm in the middle of nowhere. When they realized she was unhappy there, they let her come back home, darn the consequences... and there don't seem to have been many consequences. Most of the townsfolk concluded she's a relative of Bob's who is deformed and hairy, but otherwise harmless. Well, they did form a small angry mob to hunt her down once, but that was Galatea's fault.
- If you start reading Shortpacked! without reading the previous works set in the same shared universe, you'd completely miss out on the fact that Shortpacked! takes place in a world where aliens have been publicly revealed to exist, it's public knowledge that the US government has reversed engineered alien technology including giant robots and spaceships, and where just a short time before Shortpacked! starts, Earth fought a war against the Martians who wanted to Kill All Humans.
- Very few people in minus seem to care that there is an omnipotent child running around causing strange things to happen— even after her actions result in aliens and the animal kingdom declaring war on the human race which is only stopped when said omnipotent child summons a giant octopus which destroys a city. After minus accidentally sends everyone to the spirit world, this trope is averted, as the smartest people who ever lived get together and force her to sort things out. No one ever gets that upset because minus doesn't want them to.
- In the Paradise setting, humans are changed into Funny Animals, but the effects of the change are Invisible to Normals who see the Changed as the people they used to be…until the setting's Weirdness Censor stops working. After the unmasquing, the world seems to go on largely the same as usual (with one or two notable exceptions), with Changed being generally accepted into society. This is probably due to lingering effects of the "Reality Distortion Field", which may still be influencing humanity even as it lets them see the Changed's true faces. (It may also be that stories in which more global consequences do happen simply haven't been written yet.) Also partially justified by the fact that the governments of the world had a few years of advance warning; they didn't know the Reality Distortion Field was going to go kaput, but they did know that the number of Changed was doubling every year and that it was going to be impossible to keep this quiet forever, so extensive preparations were made for the inevitable Broken Masquerade.
- In Ben 10, there are aliens — especially Ben's — all over the news, but besides the established Men in Black, The Plumbers, and one task force, humanity seems to not care that there are other sentient lifeforms out there. The only scientist to ever go near Ben is the crazy one who wants the Omnitrix. As does every alien and their grandmothers — but no humans. There was exactly one instance of a group of humans after Ben's aliens (without the excuse of belonging to a cult of medieval cosplayers). They never appeared again, though.
- Averted in Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles. After the Masquerade is nuked, a Fantastic Racist group forms against them, and lawmakers try to figure out just where a Gargoyle stands in regard to the law (including a memorable case where Goliath is arrested and brought to trial and his lawyer asks him to try to get off on the grounds that he's not human).