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* While most of Dutch’s SanitySlippage throughout the course of ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'' is left open to interpretation, this is an InUniverse theory about it. Most of the characters think he truly changed throughout the story but some think he was always a madman who simply was able to hide it until he cracked under the pressure of his own bad decision-making. John Martston thinks that he “saw a man become who he truly is”. Though he believes the former theory in the [[VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption first]] game in the series.


* FanFic/{{Cenotaph}} plays this in an interesting way. Taylor is already very emotionally remote, due to the abuse she suffered at Emma, Sophia, and Madison's hands. When she wakes up from her coma in Calling Card 1.5, she reflects that she should feel more sadness than she does. After all [[spoiler: her father was just murdered because of her]], her BSOD fugue lasts until she visits her mother's grave when she finally breaks down. This theme is repeated in Coordination 4.2, during [[spoiler: the funeral]].

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* FanFic/{{Cenotaph}} ''FanFic/{{Cenotaph}}'' plays this in an interesting way. Taylor is already very emotionally remote, due to the abuse she suffered at Emma, Sophia, and Madison's hands. When she wakes up from her coma in Calling Card 1.5, she reflects that she should feel more sadness than she does. After all [[spoiler: her father was just murdered because of her]], her BSOD fugue lasts until she visits her mother's grave when she finally breaks down. This theme is repeated in Coordination 4.2, during [[spoiler: the funeral]].



* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11864574/3/Like-A-Wish Like A Wish]]'', Kallen muses that Lelouch Lamperouge and the Demon King were both masks while [[ThatManIsDead Lelouch vi Britannia is dead]], meaning Zero was the real Lelocuh. She wonders at the irony that the only time Lelouch isn't wearing a metaphorical mask is when he wears a physical one instead.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11864574/3/Like-A-Wish Like A Wish]]'', Kallen muses that Lelouch Lamperouge and the Demon King were both masks while [[ThatManIsDead Lelouch vi Britannia is dead]], meaning Zero was the real Lelocuh.Lelouch. She wonders at the irony that the only time Lelouch isn't wearing a metaphorical mask is when he wears a physical one instead.


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* ''FanFic/TheEmancipators'' looks at a world where [[Manga/MyHeroAcademia Midoriya Izuku]] secretly holds a serious grudge against Katsuki for [[KidsAreCruel over a decade's worth of bullying and abuse]]. While he presents the same {{Adorkable}}, determined and idealistic persona, and that's not ''completely'' false by any means, he's using that to mask his darker thoughts and impulses. Such as the fact that he's sworn to personally destroy Katsuki himself... but first, he wants him to ''suffer''.


** [[TheRival Suzaku]] is the same. When first met, he gives the impression of a [[TheFettered Fettered]] KnightInShiningArmour. But as he's working for TheEmpire and consistently is hypocritical about how "the means don't justify the ends" despite all he does, it starts becoming clear there is ''a lot'' more going on. [[spoiler: Turns out he's a DeathSeeker and TheAtoner due to him having murdered his father - which was covered up as suicide - to stop the do-or-die resistance that would have destroyed Japan. He then [[MoralMoyopia manages]] [[TookALevelInJerkass to]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder get]] [[KnightTemplar worse]].]] Extra materials reveal that he used to be a brat and when it comes down to it, Suzaku still has that [[SecretlySelfish selfish]] attitude of his child self. This contrasts him with Lelouch who UsedToBeASweetKid and deep down is still that gentle, kind person while Suzaku is more [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold self-centred but good hearted]] in the end.

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** [[TheRival Suzaku]] is the same. When first met, he gives the impression of a [[TheFettered Fettered]] KnightInShiningArmour. But as he's working for TheEmpire and consistently is hypocritical about how "the means don't justify the ends" despite all he does, it starts becoming clear there is ''a lot'' more going on. [[spoiler: Turns out he's a DeathSeeker and TheAtoner due to him having murdered his father - which was covered up as suicide - to stop the do-or-die resistance that would have destroyed Japan. He then [[MoralMoyopia [[MoralMyopia manages]] [[TookALevelInJerkass to]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder get]] [[KnightTemplar worse]].]] Extra materials reveal that he used to be a brat and when it comes down to it, Suzaku still has that [[SecretlySelfish selfish]] attitude of his child self. This contrasts him with Lelouch who UsedToBeASweetKid and deep down is still that gentle, kind person while Suzaku is more [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold self-centred but good hearted]] in the end.

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** To the public, Professor Ozpin is the kind-hearted, unflappable and slightly quirky headmaster of Beacon Academy, who projects an unshakeable faith in humanity. To his inner circle, he's the grimly resolute BigGood {{Chessmaster}} in the ForeverWar against the [[AnimalisticAbomination Creatures of Grimm]] [[spoiler:and their master, [[BigBad Salem]]]]. Beneath ''that'', however, [[spoiler: he's a man with a GuiltComplex a continent wide, no long-term plan to defeat his [[CompleteImmortality completely immortal]] nemesis, and a fear of betrayal that leaves him almost pathologically incapable of trusting others with even a tiny portion of the AwfulTruth.]]


* Discovering this trope for herself is actually a major character arc for TheProtagonist of ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor''. After spending so long being the perfect king known as[[Myth/KingArthur Arthur Pendragon]], she now has to figure out just who ''Arturia'' Pendragon is since she no longer has to put on the mask of King Arthur.

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* Discovering this trope for herself is actually a major character arc for TheProtagonist of ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor''. After spending so long being the perfect king known as[[Myth/KingArthur as [[Myth/KingArthur Arthur Pendragon]], she now has to figure out just who ''Arturia'' Pendragon is in a new world since she no longer has to put on the mask of King Arthur. Arthur.

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* Discovering this trope for herself is actually a major character arc for TheProtagonist of ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleAsInquisitor''. After spending so long being the perfect king known as[[Myth/KingArthur Arthur Pendragon]], she now has to figure out just who ''Arturia'' Pendragon is since she no longer has to put on the mask of King Arthur.


** Candace Flynn is secretly a fan of a series called Duckie Momo (a parody of both HelloKitty and Pokemon). She used to wear a costume in order to hide her love of the series from her friends, going as far as lying to both her boyfriend and her best friend.

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** Candace Flynn is secretly a fan of a series called Duckie Momo (a parody of both HelloKitty Franchise/HelloKitty and Pokemon). She used to wear a costume in order to hide her love of the series from her friends, going as far as lying to both her boyfriend and her best friend.


** Weiss's haughtiness is at least partially a defence mechanism. Underneath the AlphaBitch persona is quite a vulnerable, lonely and pitiable girl who grew up in a difficult environment. Her father controls and hits her and she has lost friends and family die in the war between her father's company and the White Fang. It's easy to dismiss her as a brat on first impressions but she demonstrates surprising maturity more than once: she can recognise her own flaws, warms to people [[PetTheDog and dogs]] very quickly, and will protect even people she dislikes personally. She also readjusts [[FantasticRacism her prejudices against Faunas]] when she gets to know Blake, Sun and Velvet.

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** Weiss's haughtiness is at least partially a defence mechanism. Underneath the AlphaBitch her aloof, bitchy persona is quite a vulnerable, lonely and pitiable girl who grew up in a difficult environment. Her father controls and hits her her, and she has lost friends and family die in the war between she's seen board members of her father's company be murdered in the war between her family and the White Fang. It's While it's easy for characters such as Flynt Coal, whose father was driven out of business by her father, to initially dismiss her as a brat on first impressions but spoiled, uncaring brat, she demonstrates surprising maturity more than once: she can recognise is aware of her own flaws, warms to people [[PetTheDog and dogs]] very quickly, how her father's flaws are slowly destroying her grandfather's company; she becomes extremely loyal and will protect protective of the friends she does make and, when she sacrifices herself during a tournament to save her team-mate, even people she dislikes personally. Flynt Coal is impressed. She also readjusts [[FantasticRacism even revisits her prejudices prejudice against Faunas]] when the Faunus as she gets to know individual Faunus such as Blake, Sun and Velvet.


* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Cinder Fall presents herself as a supremely confident, silky-smooth {{Chessmaster}} and LadyOfWar. Beneath that, however, she's little more than a sadistic [[TheBully bully]] who flies into a rage when things don't go according to plan or when one of her would-be victims actually manages to hit back.

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Cinder Fall presents herself as a supremely confident, silky-smooth {{Chessmaster}} and LadyOfWar. Beneath that, however, she's little more than a sadistic [[TheBully bully]] who flies into a rage when things don't go according to plan or when one of her would-be victims actually manages to hit back.back.
** Weiss's haughtiness is at least partially a defence mechanism. Underneath the AlphaBitch persona is quite a vulnerable, lonely and pitiable girl who grew up in a difficult environment. Her father controls and hits her and she has lost friends and family die in the war between her father's company and the White Fang. It's easy to dismiss her as a brat on first impressions but she demonstrates surprising maturity more than once: she can recognise her own flaws, warms to people [[PetTheDog and dogs]] very quickly, and will protect even people she dislikes personally. She also readjusts [[FantasticRacism her prejudices against Faunas]] when she gets to know Blake, Sun and Velvet.


This hidden self is sometimes portrayed as "the real self". Occasionally the person actually wants someone to see their hidden side (the "real me") but for some reason can never get people to see it. More complex works might argue that the hidden self is just a part of the real self, and that the public self is also part of the real self.

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This hidden self is sometimes portrayed as "the real self". Occasionally the person actually wants someone to see their hidden side (the "real me") but for some reason can never get people to see it. More complex works might argue that the hidden self is just a part of the real self, self and that the public self is also part of the real self.



* ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' has the idea of social masks as perhaps ''the'' major theme of the show. Retsuko is very much of the variety that doesn't want others to see behind her mask, but is completely oblivious to the fact that all of her coworkers are wearing masks themselves. Washimi and Gori, two successful businesswomen at the company, play a major role in helping Retsuko both take off her mask around other people and stand up for herself, while at the same time noting how useful masks can be at times and how they can help you get along better with other people. Gori herself wears a mask at work that very much hides her true, much more vivacious self, while Washimi seems to be the most consistent character, without extreme personality shifts between different parts of her life due to her control over it all (though her personality is naturally very suitable for a wide variety of social situations).

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* ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' has the idea of social masks as perhaps ''the'' major theme of the show. Retsuko is very much of the variety that doesn't want others to see behind her mask, mask but is completely oblivious to the fact that all of her coworkers are wearing masks themselves. Washimi and Gori, two successful businesswomen at the company, play a major role in helping Retsuko both take off her mask around other people and stand up for herself, while at the same time noting how useful masks can be at times and how they can help you get along better with other people. Gori herself wears a mask at work that very much hides her true, much more vivacious self, while Washimi seems to be the most consistent character, without extreme personality shifts between different parts of her life due to her control over it all (though her personality is naturally very suitable for a wide variety of social situations).



** Sakura is a perfect example: her inner side shows us what she actually thinks about something but is not willing to say or do. Although Inner Sakura hasn't been seen since the timeskip, and Sakura is now more willing to say what's really on her mind. A bit of a cross between BecomingTheMask and CharacterDevelopment.

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** Sakura is a perfect example: her inner side shows us what she actually thinks about something but is not willing to say or do. Although Inner Sakura hasn't been seen since the timeskip, time skip, and Sakura is now more willing to say what's really on her mind. A bit of a cross between BecomingTheMask and CharacterDevelopment.



** [[VisionQuest Meditating at the Waterfall of Truth]] reveals the depths beneath Naruto's own StepfordSmiler habit. He had truly hated and despised the villagers who treated him poorly, and questioned the sincerity of their change of heart regarding him, but he buried those feelings deep down. Due to the Nine-Tailed Fox's presence, they coalesced to form a split personality who would feel all the negative emotions Naruto refused.

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** [[VisionQuest Meditating at the Waterfall of Truth]] reveals the depths beneath Naruto's own StepfordSmiler habit. He had truly hated and despised the villagers who treated him poorly, poorly and questioned the sincerity of their change of heart regarding him, but he buried those feelings deep down. Due to the Nine-Tailed Fox's presence, they coalesced to form a split personality who would feel all the negative emotions Naruto refused.



** PlayedWith in Itachi: The first time the mask "slips", he's crazily taunting his brother and showing obsession with power. It later turns out this was him trying to [[spoiler:goad Sasuke into killing him, and doesn't resemble his real personality at all]]. It ''really'' turns out that he's [[spoiler:an extremely TragicVillain who despises himself for his NecessarilyEvil actions and loves his brother more than anything else in the world, even the love for his village that forced him into destroying the Uchiha clan]]. TheStoic personality, however, is just who he is; apparently he was born without the ability to express emotion.

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** PlayedWith in Itachi: The first time the mask "slips", he's crazily taunting his brother and showing an obsession with power. It later turns out this was him trying to [[spoiler:goad Sasuke into killing him, him and doesn't resemble his real personality at all]]. It ''really'' turns out that he's [[spoiler:an extremely TragicVillain who despises himself for his NecessarilyEvil actions and loves his brother more than anything else in the world, even the love for his village that forced him into destroying the Uchiha clan]]. TheStoic personality, however, is just who he is; apparently apparently, he was born without the ability to express emotion.



* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' plays with this trope. Lelouch Lamperouge is a BrilliantButLazy highschool student living in Area 11, a [[TheEmpire Britannia]]-occupied territory formerly known as Japan. When we first see him, he's skipping class in order to do some high-stakes gambling. He seems to regard everything with indifference or disdain, and as we get to know him, it becomes clear that he has a strong sense of justice but has come to accept that there's nothing he can do to fix his government's deep-seated corruption and institutionalized racism. Then he gets [[MagicalEye superpowers]]. He maintains his RichIdiotWithNoDayJob facade to avoid suspicion, but secretly becomes [[DarkMessiah Zero]], a masked [[WellIntentionedExtremist freedom fighter]] dedicated to dismantling the most powerful government in the world. The series heavily contemplates identity and character, and repeatedly addresses the irony that Lelouch needs to put on a literal mask in order to take off his metaphorical one.
** It should also be mentioned that in his conversations with CC, Lelouch strongly implies that he was planing to overthrow Britannia since he was a child, gaining the Geass simply meant that he could start much earlier and move much quicker than he otherwise would have been able to. As such one can say that his hidden personality was already simmering in the depths of his lazy life before the story kicks in.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' plays with this trope. Lelouch Lamperouge is a BrilliantButLazy highschool student living in Area 11, a [[TheEmpire Britannia]]-occupied territory formerly known as Japan. When we first see him, he's skipping class in order to do some high-stakes gambling. He seems to regard everything with indifference or disdain, and as we get to know him, it becomes clear that he has a strong sense of justice but has come to accept that there's nothing he can do to fix his government's deep-seated corruption and institutionalized racism. Then he gets [[MagicalEye superpowers]]. He maintains his RichIdiotWithNoDayJob facade to avoid suspicion, but secretly becomes [[DarkMessiah Zero]], a masked [[WellIntentionedExtremist freedom fighter]] dedicated to dismantling the most powerful government in the world. The series heavily contemplates identity and character, character and repeatedly addresses the irony that Lelouch needs to put on a literal mask in order to take off his metaphorical one.
** It should also be mentioned that in his conversations with CC, Lelouch strongly implies that he was planing planning to overthrow Britannia since he was a child, gaining the Geass simply meant that he could start much earlier and move much quicker than he otherwise would have been able to. As such one can say that his hidden personality was already simmering in the depths of his lazy life before the story kicks in.



* Kurei from ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' personifies this trope, he even wears a mask! He may seem like one of the most cruel, heartless and sadistic characters in the series, but most of his actions are driven by his love for people he cares about.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' sort of plays around with this, where in first and last arc of the anime's first season the characters discuss social masks and not speaking about things they don't want to speak about, such as [[spoiler: in the first arc, both Keiichi's and Rena's hiding their respective [[DarkAndTroubledPast Dark and Troubled Pasts]], and in the last arc, Keiichi hiding that he killed Rena and Mion in the first arc]].

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* Kurei from ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' personifies this trope, he even wears a mask! He may seem like one of the most cruel, cruelest, heartless and sadistic characters in the series, but most of his actions are driven by his love for people he cares about.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' sort of plays around with this, where in the first and last arc arcs of the anime's first season the characters discuss social masks and not speaking about things they don't want to speak about, such as [[spoiler: in the first arc, both Keiichi's and Rena's hiding their respective [[DarkAndTroubledPast Dark and Troubled Pasts]], and in the last arc, Keiichi hiding that he killed Rena and Mion in the first arc]].



* Barnaby Brooks Jr. from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has ''two'' masks superimposed on one another. The first is the guise of a charming, skilled [[TheAce ace]] that hides a rude, untrusting [[IceQueen Ice King]] beneath it. The rude, untrusting Ice King mask in turn hides a [[spoiler:traumatized, lonely man who doesn't know what to do with his life beyond getting revenge on the organization that assassinated his family.]]

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* Barnaby Brooks Jr. from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has ''two'' masks superimposed on one another. The first is the guise of a charming, skilled [[TheAce ace]] that hides a rude, untrusting [[IceQueen Ice King]] beneath it. The rude, untrusting Ice King mask mask, in turn turn, hides a [[spoiler:traumatized, lonely man who doesn't know what to do with his life beyond getting revenge on the organization that assassinated his family.]]



* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Sometimes the only way to determine that Kyon has leaked a comment instead of internally snarking it is when another character responds to it. In addition the title character does not know that he's leading a conspiracy to keep her from her true abilities and so sees the silent snarking as silent support.

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Sometimes the only way to determine that Kyon has leaked a comment instead of internally snarking it is when another character responds to it. In addition addition, the title character does not know that he's leading a conspiracy to keep her from her true abilities and so sees the silent snarking as silent support.



* In ''Manga/KimiNoIruMachi'' when Haruto first meets Eba Rin he wonders how such a level headed person could be related to Yuzuki, even if only as step-sisters. Eventually Rin gets tired enough of the mask that she completely discards it with Haruto, in fact she is more honest with herself around Haruto [[spoiler: and eventually Yuzuki]] that she doesn't put it back on around them, leading her to change [[BitchInSheepsClothing just a little bit.]]

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* In ''Manga/KimiNoIruMachi'' when Haruto first meets Eba Rin he wonders how such a level headed person could be related to Yuzuki, even if only as step-sisters. Eventually Rin gets tired enough of the mask that she completely discards it with Haruto, in fact fact, she is more honest with herself around Haruto [[spoiler: and eventually Yuzuki]] that she doesn't put it back on around them, leading her to change [[BitchInSheepsClothing just a little bit.]]



* In ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' Ami is, to her classmates, a cute, sweet, fresh-faced model that's a bit of an idiot. But to the people that know her well, she's stubborn, sometimes bitchy and actually quite manipulative. It's mentioned several times that she genuinely wishes people would accept her "true" self, but is afraid of how people would react.
* Sasame from ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' is outwardly flirty, cheerful and quick to offer up a listening ear, but is secretly struggling with bitterness and depression due to unrequited love. In the anime his mask eventually comes off after he more or less has an emotional breakdown, while in the manga his mask slips off occasionally, but he continues to try to keep up the act until the end.

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' Ami is, to her classmates, a cute, sweet, fresh-faced model that's a bit of an idiot. But to the people that know her well, she's stubborn, sometimes bitchy and actually quite manipulative. It's mentioned several times that she genuinely wishes people would accept her "true" self, self but is afraid of how people would react.
* Sasame from ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' is outwardly flirty, cheerful and quick to offer up a listening ear, but is secretly struggling with bitterness and depression due to unrequited love. In the anime anime, his mask eventually comes off after he more or less has an emotional breakdown, while in the manga his mask slips off occasionally, but he continues to try to keep up the act until the end.



** [[HeroicNeutral Ryuuken]] also has a stoic ProudElite persona that obscures his gentle, protective, and intensely caring inner self. The unique aspect to Ryuuken's lifelong mask, however, is that he has completely reversed it while maintaining the masquerade. In his teens, as heir to a powerful bloodline, he was expected to behave as an example for all Quincies and tended to disguise his true intentions behind a facade of rigid adherence to tradition. At [[MysteriousPast some point]] during the last 20 years, this flipped to a facade of completely disowning his family heritage, while still hiding the same softer intentions. Uryuu believes his father to be a hypocritical, intolerant, money-obsessed DrJerk who [[RefusalOfTheCall refuses]] to use his power and hates his son...a conclusion Ryuuken's actively encouraging. Only Isshin seems to know Ryuuken's true intentions, and considers him [[OddFriendship a trustworthy friend]].
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has Minako Aino. She's always nice and ditzy, a boy-crazy prankster apparently harmless... And yet it's made clear that a large part of this is [[ObfuscatingStupidity a well-constructed act]]: if circumstances require her to act mature she'll show a surprising wisdom and empathy, if you manage to see through the mask and tell her she's more than willing to admit it (and if she doesn't trust you, you're better start begging before she ''kills you''), and if you piss her off, you're ''dead''-[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFcc9EEQVo you and everything around you]]. What she'll never do is [[StepfordSmiler show her chronic depression]] (and boy, [[BrokenBird she has good reasons]] [[BrokenAce to be depressed]]...).

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** [[HeroicNeutral Ryuuken]] also has a stoic ProudElite persona that obscures his gentle, protective, and intensely caring inner self. The unique aspect to Ryuuken's lifelong mask, however, is that he has completely reversed it while maintaining the masquerade. In his teens, as heir to a powerful bloodline, he was expected to behave as an example for all Quincies and tended to disguise his true intentions behind a facade of rigid adherence to tradition. At [[MysteriousPast some point]] during the last 20 years, this flipped to a facade of completely disowning his family heritage, while still hiding the same softer intentions. Uryuu believes his father to be a hypocritical, intolerant, money-obsessed DrJerk who [[RefusalOfTheCall refuses]] to use his power and hates his son...a conclusion Ryuuken's actively encouraging. Only Isshin seems to know Ryuuken's true intentions, intentions and considers him [[OddFriendship a trustworthy friend]].
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has Minako Aino. She's always nice and ditzy, a boy-crazy prankster apparently harmless... And yet it's made clear that a large part of this is [[ObfuscatingStupidity a well-constructed act]]: if circumstances require her to act mature she'll show a surprising wisdom and empathy, if you manage to see through the mask and tell her she's more than willing to admit it (and if she doesn't trust you, you're you'd better start begging before she ''kills you''), and if you piss her off, you're ''dead''-[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzFcc9EEQVo you and everything around you]]. What she'll never do is [[StepfordSmiler show her chronic depression]] (and boy, [[BrokenBird she has good reasons]] [[BrokenAce to be depressed]]...).



* Kobeni's older sister in ''Manga/EngagedToTheUnidentified'' is a model straight-A student at their school, is the StudentCouncilPresident, and is famous not only for her industriousness at campus, but for her community work outside of it as well. She has many open admirers among the male and female segments of the student body. However this is a well-constructed facade -- at home or with her family, Benio true personality surfaces: a laid back and outright teasing teenager who dotes on her younger sister a ''little'' too much, and currently fixates on her much-younger prospective sister-in-law Mashiro.

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* Kobeni's older sister in ''Manga/EngagedToTheUnidentified'' is a model straight-A student at their school, is the StudentCouncilPresident, and is famous not only for her industriousness at the campus, but for her community work outside of it as well. She has many open admirers among the male and female segments of the student body. However this is a well-constructed facade -- at home or with her family, Benio true personality surfaces: a laid back and outright teasing teenager who dotes on her younger sister a ''little'' too much, and currently fixates on her much-younger prospective sister-in-law Mashiro.



* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' shows how Aya feels beneath the socially required JapanesePoliteness and stoicness through the heavy use of HexagonalSpeechBalloon. On the other hand, she also hides the fact she's actually a social misfit by playing the role of the local wallflower. She later wondered this latter point is why [[FriendlessBackground she doesn't have any friends]]--she could ''get along'' with the other kids, but by oppressing her personality she has too little to be likable.

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* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' shows how Aya feels beneath the socially required JapanesePoliteness and stoicness stoicism through the heavy use of HexagonalSpeechBalloon. On the other hand, she also hides the fact she's actually a social misfit by playing the role of the local wallflower. She later wondered this latter point is why [[FriendlessBackground she doesn't have any friends]]--she could ''get along'' with the other kids, but by oppressing her personality she has too little to be likable.



* A common portrayal of Franchise/{{Batman}} is that "Bruce Wayne" is just a front he uses to fit in to society. The Dark Knight is his true personality.
** The same was true of Clark Kent in the Silver Age (i.e the wimpy "Clark" being a front for Superman). Modern interpretations tend to portray it the other way around, with the mighty, godlike Superman really being a humble farm boy from Kansas at heart.

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* A common portrayal of Franchise/{{Batman}} is that "Bruce Wayne" is just a front he uses to fit in to into society. The Dark Knight is his true personality.
** The same was true of Clark Kent in the Silver Age (i.e e. the wimpy "Clark" being a front for Superman). Modern interpretations tend to portray it the other way around, with the mighty, godlike Superman really being a humble farm boy from Kansas at heart.



* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Asuka had worn a bunch of masks after her mother's death to protect her emotionally-damaged, insecure self. She has worn so many when she trained to become an Eva pilot, when she fought Angels, when she got turned into the plaything of dictators… that she is not sure of what her real self is anymore, and she does not know whether Shinji loves her or one of her masks. Someone else assures that Shinji knows her real self better that she thinks and she can always turn one of her masks into her real self.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji had noticed Asuka pretended being harsh and prideful but she was a frightened, vulnerable kid deep-down. After getting together she shows him her kindest, nicest side constantly.
* FanFic/{{Cenotaph}} plays this in an interesting way. Taylor is already very emotionally remote, due to the abuse she suffered at Emma, Sophia, and Madison's hands. When she wakes up from her coma in Calling Card 1.5, she reflects that she should feel more sadness than she does. After all [[spoiler: her father was just murdered because of her]], her BSOD fugue lasts until she visits her mother's grave, when she finally breaks down. This theme is repeated in Coordination 4.2, during [[spoiler: the funeral]].
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': As they talk during the Obon festival, Shinji says Asuka can be very annoying or very nice. Then she says she tries to avoid pain by driving people away, and Shinji muses it is like if they are hiding behind a shield. For a while after her reconciliation she showed her sweet side underneath the harsh exterior only to Shinji.

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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Asuka had worn a bunch of masks after her mother's death to protect her emotionally-damaged, insecure self. She has worn so many when she trained to become an Eva pilot, when she fought Angels, when she got turned into the plaything of dictators… that she is not sure of what her real self is anymore, and she does not know whether Shinji loves her or one of her masks. Someone else assures that Shinji knows her real self better that than she thinks and she can always turn one of her masks into her real self.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji had noticed Asuka pretended being to be harsh and prideful but she was a frightened, vulnerable kid deep-down. After getting together she shows him her kindest, nicest side constantly.
* FanFic/{{Cenotaph}} plays this in an interesting way. Taylor is already very emotionally remote, due to the abuse she suffered at Emma, Sophia, and Madison's hands. When she wakes up from her coma in Calling Card 1.5, she reflects that she should feel more sadness than she does. After all [[spoiler: her father was just murdered because of her]], her BSOD fugue lasts until she visits her mother's grave, grave when she finally breaks down. This theme is repeated in Coordination 4.2, during [[spoiler: the funeral]].
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': As they talk during the Obon festival, Shinji says Asuka can be very annoying or very nice. Then she says she tries to avoid pain by driving people away, and Shinji muses it is like if they are hiding behind a shield. For a while while, after her reconciliation reconciliation, she showed her sweet side underneath the harsh exterior only to Shinji.



* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Jean-Paul, who affects a harmless CampGay GayBestFriend ChivalrousPervert GratuitousFrench speaking persona. While he hasn't shown much of what is beneath the mask, it is noted that when someone starts treading on thin ice, he goes cold in a manner reminiscent of Loki, drops the GratuitousFrench, and all the CampGay mannerisms (though WordOfGod is that he really is fairly CampGay). He also proves capable of performing an almost absent minded SherlockScan on someone he barely knows and in a fight, will immediately take the most pragmatic and ruthless course available to him - he'll kill without blinking.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Jean-Paul, who affects a harmless CampGay GayBestFriend ChivalrousPervert GratuitousFrench speaking persona. While he hasn't shown much of what is beneath the mask, it is noted that when someone starts treading on thin ice, he goes cold in a manner reminiscent of Loki, drops the GratuitousFrench, and all the CampGay mannerisms (though WordOfGod is that he really is fairly CampGay). He also proves capable of performing an almost absent minded absent-minded SherlockScan on someone he barely knows and in a fight, will immediately take the most pragmatic and ruthless course available to him - he'll kill without blinking.



* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': In her first scene Asuka is interacting with Kaji, someone she trusts implicitly, so her mask is dropped and she behaves nicely. Later she is meeting other people, including her co-workers, so she keeps her mask on and she acts like a harsher, more prideful person. Throughout the story she gradually falls her mask as she gets closer to other people, especially Shinji.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': In her first scene scene, Asuka is interacting with Kaji, someone she trusts implicitly, so her mask is dropped and she behaves nicely. Later she is meeting other people, including her co-workers, so she keeps her mask on and she acts like a harsher, more prideful person. Throughout the story story, she gradually falls her mask as she gets closer to other people, especially Shinji.



* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Asuka had created a mask of harshness and abrasiveness to hide her real, vulnerable inner self after her mother’s suicide. However it prevented her from feeling her mother and Shinji’s love. Rei eventually convinced her that she had to drop it and open up to be loved back and be happy.

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* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Asuka had created a mask of harshness and abrasiveness to hide her real, vulnerable inner self after her mother’s suicide. However However, it prevented her from feeling her mother and Shinji’s love. Rei eventually convinced her that she had to drop it and open up to be loved back and be happy.



* Seen in a Danny Phantom FanFic called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3831182/1/Masks Masks]] In which Danny's double life has caused Mr Lancer to keep him in school for the entire weekend with Jack and Maddie's blessing in order to find out why he is slipping up so badly. One notable thing that the author does to expand on the superhero masks is that [[spoiler:Danny is actually wearing three masks to hide who he is.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': In chapter 6 Shinji finally realizes Asuka's self-assuredness and confidence were a mask to cover a very fragile self-esteem.
-->''There before me, from this girl who'd never shown anything but self assuredness, was a catalogue of failures.''

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* Seen in a Danny Phantom FanFic called [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3831182/1/Masks Masks]] In which Danny's double life has caused Mr Mr. Lancer to keep him in school for the entire weekend with Jack and Maddie's blessing in order to find out why he is slipping up so badly. One notable thing that the author does to expand on the superhero masks is that [[spoiler:Danny is actually wearing three masks to hide who he is.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': In chapter 6 Shinji finally realizes Asuka's self-assuredness and confidence were a mask to cover a very fragile self-esteem.
-->''There before me, from this girl who'd never shown anything but self assuredness, self-assuredness, was a catalogue of failures.''



* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': During a heart-to-heart talk with Shinji, Asuka says she has worn so many masks since she was a little chlid sometimes she is not sure of what her real self is: when she was a scared, lonely child she created a mask of an arrogant, hostile genius and fearless pilot to protect herself; later when she became Power Girl she wore the mask of an heroine; and a short while later she became Supergirl and tried to be a real heroine. However it drives her crazy trying to be the paragon of morality and virtue everyone thinks she should be, so that she asks Shinji becoming her confidant because he saw beneath his mask and did not run away.

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* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': During a heart-to-heart talk with Shinji, Asuka says she has worn so many masks since she was a little chlid child sometimes she is not sure of what her real self is: when she was a scared, lonely child she created a mask of an arrogant, hostile genius and fearless pilot to protect herself; later when she became Power Girl she wore the mask of an a heroine; and a short while later she became Supergirl and tried to be a real heroine. However However, it drives her crazy trying to be the paragon of morality and virtue everyone thinks she should be, be so that she asks Shinji becoming her confidant because he saw beneath his mask and did not run away.



* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' story ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Kara couldn't allow herself to seem vulnerable when she arrived on Earth. She had to behave as a brash, self-assured and tougher-than-nails woman, even if she came across as a bitch with a chip on her shoulder, because she didn't want anybody to see the lost, afraid little girl underneath.

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* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' story ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Kara couldn't allow herself to seem vulnerable when she arrived on Earth. She had to behave as a brash, self-assured and tougher-than-nails woman, even if she came across as a bitch with a chip on her shoulder, shoulder because she didn't want anybody to see the lost, afraid little girl underneath.



* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', several characters -Shinji, Misato, Hikari...- comment that Asuka is a very different person than most of people think, because even though she may look strong and arrogant... that is a mask; and her real self is hurt, vulnerable and without self-esteem:

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* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', several characters -Shinji, Misato, Hikari...- comment that Asuka is a very different person than most of people think, because even though she may look strong and arrogant... that is a mask; and her real self is hurt, vulnerable and without self-esteem:



* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', when Shinji met Asuka, she seemed to radiate confidence, certainty and arrogance. However, he witnessed one of her breakdowns when they were in her mecha's cockpit, and when he probed her mind, he sensed that she was hiding a lot of pain, sorrow and fragility beneath her feigned arrogance.

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* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', when Shinji met Asuka, she seemed to radiate confidence, certainty certainty, and arrogance. However, he witnessed one of her breakdowns when they were in her mecha's cockpit, and when he probed her mind, he sensed that she was hiding a lot of pain, sorrow sorrow, and fragility beneath her feigned arrogance.



-->Then the Second Child had arrived, bringing with her conflict, friction and more then a few painful contusions to his head as she continually let him know exactly what she thought of him as an Eva Pilot, a man and a human.\\
All of it a giant lie to shield the four year old girl desperately hiding deep behind the moats, minefields and electrified fences she had placed around her heart.

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-->Then the Second Child had arrived, bringing with her conflict, friction and more then than a few painful contusions to his head as she continually let him know exactly what she thought of him as an Eva Pilot, a man and a human.\\
All of it a giant lie to shield the four year old four-year-old girl desperately hiding deep behind the moats, minefields and electrified fences she had placed around her heart.



* Jack Skellington from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' seems to have shades of this trope. To the citizens of Halloween Town, he's the charismatic, self-confident, [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant terrifying]] Pumpkin King. What they don't know is that Jack is very unhappy and bored about doing the same thing every year and longs for something different. [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot Then he discovers Christmastown . . .]]

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* Jack Skellington from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' seems to have shades of this trope. To the citizens of Halloween Town, he's the charismatic, self-confident, [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant terrifying]] Pumpkin King. What they don't know is that Jack is very unhappy and bored about doing the same thing every year and longs for something different. [[CuriosityIsACrapshoot Then he discovers Christmastown . . .Christmastown...]]



** At the beginning Fiona acts like an stereotypical Franchise/DisneyPrincess, before slowly revealing herself as an ActionGirl.

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** At the beginning Fiona acts like an a stereotypical Franchise/DisneyPrincess, before slowly revealing herself as an ActionGirl.



** Elsa is represses all her emotions in an effort to control her EmotionalPowers. After losing her temper and shooting ice at her sister in front of other people, she runs away from the kingdom and sings the musical number 'Let it Go', during which she [[LettingHerHairDown lets her hair down]] and takes enjoys playing with her magic. Her much more open behaviour after this point in the film contrasts with her repressed behaviour earlier.
** Prince Hans appears to be a NiceGuy who cares about Anna [[spoiler:but reveals he in fact wants Arendelle's throne by marrying one of the sisters and is willing to have the actual heirs killed for it]].

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** Elsa is represses repressing all her emotions in an effort to control her EmotionalPowers. After losing her temper and shooting ice at her sister in front of other people, she runs away from the kingdom and sings the musical number 'Let it Go', during which she [[LettingHerHairDown lets her hair down]] and takes enjoys playing with her magic. Her much more open behaviour after this point in the film contrasts with her repressed behaviour earlier.
** Prince Hans appears to be a NiceGuy who cares about Anna [[spoiler:but reveals he he, in fact fact, wants Arendelle's throne by marrying one of the sisters and is willing to have the actual heirs killed for it]].



* The basic premise of ''Film/TheMask'' is that putting on the mask unleashes your id, not only making you act like you've always wanted to, but do anything you want, cartoon physics and all.
--> "It's like it brings your innermost desires to life. If deep down you're a little repressed, and a hopeless romantic, you become some kind of love-crazy wild man."

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* The basic premise of ''Film/TheMask'' is that putting on the mask unleashes your id, not only making you act like as you've always wanted to, but do anything you want, cartoon physics and all.
--> "It's -->"It's like it brings your innermost desires to life. If deep down you're a little repressed, repressed and a hopeless romantic, you become some kind of love-crazy wild man."



* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' - everyone, the hard working secretary who isn't, the local cop who pulls over a woman for speeding, but really they are role-playing for a more intimate encounter, everyone. Especially, of course Norman, who is really only a more extreme case.

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* ''Film/{{Psycho}}'' - everyone, the hard working hard-working secretary who isn't, the local cop who pulls over a woman for speeding, but really they are role-playing for a more intimate encounter, everyone. Especially, of course course, Norman, who is really only a more extreme case.



* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': The Pretender Alice. At first glance, she's just a pretty and popular, if strange, fellow student who attends parties and- if her carried books are any indication- studies just like everyone else. Of course, she's actually a misanthropic Decepticon spy who's more than willing to drop that façade in a heartbeat to kill, if it means completing her mission.

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* ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': The Pretender Alice. At first glance, she's just a pretty and popular, popular if strange, strange fellow student who attends parties and- and -- if her carried books are any indication- indication -- studies just like everyone else. Of course, she's actually a misanthropic Decepticon spy who's more than willing to drop that façade in a heartbeat to kill, kill if it means completing her mission.



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward has been ObfuscatingStupidity for the past seven years, but that is not the only mask he wears. He eventually tells Oreg that he has been imitating a famous ancestor when acting as leader, and his father while fighting, and doesn't even know what his own true self is. Oreg says he knows Ward's true self. To the reader, it is rather obvious, as Ward instinctively saves his enemy, (little surprise, as saving people is a habit of his), and also when he [[spoiler: consents to kill Oreg, something which Oreg counted on him to do. It MakesSenseInContext]]. He acts rather consistent over the course of the novel, in his actions, if not in his words and feelings. Ward's younger brother Tosten was a bit creeped out when Ward took a break from acting like a mentally retarded GentleGiant, in order to stop Tosten from committing suicide, the one time Ward broke out of the mask prior to his father's death. (He did the pretending in order to make his father consider him harmless and not try to kill him again.)

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward has been ObfuscatingStupidity for the past seven years, but that is not the only mask he wears. He eventually tells Oreg that he has been imitating a famous ancestor when acting as leader, and his father while fighting, fighting and doesn't even know what his own true self is. Oreg says he knows Ward's true self. To the reader, it is rather obvious, as Ward instinctively saves his enemy, (little surprise, as saving people is a habit of his), and also when he [[spoiler: consents to kill Oreg, something which Oreg counted on him to do. It MakesSenseInContext]]. He acts rather consistent over the course of the novel, in his actions, if not in his words and feelings. Ward's younger brother Tosten was a bit creeped out when Ward took a break from acting like a mentally retarded GentleGiant, in order to stop Tosten from committing suicide, the one time Ward broke out of the mask prior to his father's death. (He did the pretending in order to make his father consider him harmless and not try to kill him again.)



* In Elias Canetti's book ''Crowds and Power'', he speaks in detail about masks and hiding of a true-self in relation to power. For Canetti everyone wears a mask and for this reason a ruler is never able to truly trust in anyone, which is a cause of paranoia regarding [[EtTuBrute betrayal]]. For Canetti the "unmasking" is crucial in the movements of power.
* Creator/JohnLeCarre takes a very dark look at this in the ''[[Literature/TheQuestForKarla Karla trilogy]]''. The protagonist, George Smiley, appears to be a slightly myopic, helpless, and generally tragic old man who is genuinely sick of all the betrayals and lies that constitute his profession and that has wrecked his personal life. Only occasionally do we see why he's still in the Circus: he is brilliant and ''very, very good'' at what he does, i.e., the betrayals and lies that constitutes the intelligence life. His opponent, Karla, appears to be an iron-willed fanatic for whom taking advantage of the opposition's humanity is part of the job. It is not until ''Smiley's People'' that we see the crack in his mask: [[spoiler:his love for his illegitimate daughter, Tatiana, who is driven insane by her inability to recognize the spymaster as her father. The ending of ''Smiley's People'' implies that beneath their masks, Smiley and Karla are NotSoDifferent - a revelation that drives Smiley to retire for good.]]

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* In Elias Canetti's book ''Crowds and Power'', he speaks in detail about masks and hiding of a true-self in relation to power. For Canetti Canetti, everyone wears a mask and for this reason reason, a ruler is never able to truly trust in anyone, which is a cause of paranoia regarding [[EtTuBrute betrayal]]. For Canetti Canetti, the "unmasking" is crucial in the movements of power.
* Creator/JohnLeCarre takes a very dark look at this in the ''[[Literature/TheQuestForKarla Karla trilogy]]''. The protagonist, George Smiley, appears to be a slightly myopic, helpless, and generally tragic old man who is genuinely sick of all the betrayals and lies that constitute his profession and that has wrecked his personal life. Only occasionally do we see why he's still in the Circus: he is brilliant and ''very, very good'' at what he does, i.e., the betrayals and lies that constitutes constitute the intelligence life. His opponent, Karla, appears to be an iron-willed fanatic for whom taking advantage of the opposition's humanity is part of the job. It is not until ''Smiley's People'' that we see the crack in his mask: [[spoiler:his love for his illegitimate daughter, Tatiana, who is driven insane by her inability to recognize the spymaster as her father. The ending of ''Smiley's People'' implies that beneath their masks, Smiley and Karla are NotSoDifferent - a revelation that drives Smiley to retire for good.]]



* In ''Literature/ThePaleKing'', Meredith Rand is so gorgeous that [[DistractedByTheSexy no one realizes]] how many issues she's hiding. That is, until she [[MotorMouth starts talking...]]

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* In ''Literature/ThePaleKing'', Meredith Rand is so gorgeous that [[DistractedByTheSexy no one realizes]] how many issues she's hiding. That is, is until she [[MotorMouth starts talking...]]



** Particularly in the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Citadel]], it is said that courtiers just wear layer upon layer of masks. The protagonists' allies are notable for having the fewest masks, and liking them the least.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard is, outwardly, a DeadpanSnarker, who likes to trade WittyBanter with his foes while engaging in [[{{Swashbuckler}} dramatic swordplay]]. [[BerserkButton When he loses his cool however . . .]]

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** Particularly in the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Citadel]], it is said that courtiers just wear layer upon layer of masks. The protagonists' allies are notable for having the fewest masks, masks and liking them the least.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Reynard is, outwardly, a DeadpanSnarker, who likes to trade WittyBanter with his foes while engaging in [[{{Swashbuckler}} dramatic swordplay]]. [[BerserkButton When he loses his cool however . . .cool, however...]]



* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya plays the role of the wallflower to hide the fact that she can't fit into the class, so as to avoid to be seen as a [[LonersAreFreaks weirdo]]. As her interactions with the male cast shows, despite being quite self conscious, she isn't really shy.

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* In ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'', Aya plays the role of the wallflower to hide the fact that she can't fit into the class, so as to avoid to be seen as a [[LonersAreFreaks weirdo]]. As her interactions with the male cast shows, despite being quite self conscious, self-conscious, she isn't really shy.



* Several characters in ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft}}: Liberty's Crusade'' would discuss what Mengsk could be like under the mask - as Kerrigan points out, he's unreadable. When Raynor calls him out on sacrificing Kerrigan, he engages in his well known tirade prompting Liberty to remark that Mengsk has finally shown his true face: that of a power crazed madman.

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* Several characters in ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft}}: Liberty's Crusade'' would discuss what Mengsk could be like under the mask - as Kerrigan points out, he's unreadable. When Raynor calls him out on sacrificing Kerrigan, he engages in his well known well-known tirade prompting Liberty to remark that Mengsk has finally shown his true face: that of a power crazed power-crazed madman.



* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', not only does 7,000-year-old sorcerer Belgarath put on the grandfatherly storyteller persona of "Mister Wolf" to put people at ease around him, but for people who are aware of his true identity, he wears a second mask. He claims to have a much longer perspective than others (which he clearly does), and that this perspective has changed him to the point where he no longer acts based on normal human emotions like compassion or charity, that he's willing to sacrifice anything or anyone in furtherance of the greater good. And yet, in the course of his adventures, his traveling companions are able to peel back even this layer to see that, far from being compassionless, he's actually developed a far deeper compassion for all life, even the lives of monsters and villains. Whenever one of them calls him out on this, he admonishes them to keep it to themselves, as he does have "a reputation to maintain".

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* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', not only does 7,000-year-old sorcerer Belgarath put on the grandfatherly storyteller persona of "Mister Wolf" to put people at ease around him, him but for people who are aware of his true identity, he wears a second mask. He claims to have a much longer perspective than others (which he clearly does), and that this perspective has changed him to the point where he no longer acts based on normal human emotions like compassion or charity, that he's willing to sacrifice anything or anyone in furtherance of the greater good. And yet, in the course of his adventures, his traveling companions are able to peel back even this layer to see that, far from being compassionless, he's actually developed a far deeper compassion for all life, even the lives of monsters and villains. Whenever one of them calls him out on this, he admonishes them to keep it to themselves, as he does have "a reputation to maintain".



** Arya suggests that for all his talk, the Hound really ''doesn't'' like half the things he's been forced to do and acts like a brutal thug and hurls insults around, as a coping mechanism. For his part, the Hound actually is a little bit taken aback by this, suggesting that this might not be too far off the mark.

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** Arya suggests that for all his talk, the Hound really ''doesn't'' like half the things he's been forced to do and acts like as a brutal thug and hurls insults around, as a coping mechanism. For his part, the Hound actually is a little bit taken aback by this, suggesting that this might not be too far off the mark.



* In the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Twilight Zone]]'', the episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E87APianoIntheHouse "A Piano in the House"]] featured a magical piano. When it played certain song rolls, the music forced people to show their true natures. The sadistic host who owned the piano loved it. He used it on his party guests, showing a noble man was greedy, how a woman was vain. His come-uppance was when his wife, sick of the abuse going on in the party, put a roll in that affected HIM. He then showed how terrified and needy he was to everyone.
* Niska in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is fond of quoting the mad Chinese philosopher Shan Yu, who once said "Live with a man for 50 years, share meals, spend every waking hour with him. Then one day take him and dangle him over a volcano's edge, and on that day, you will finally meet the man." In his second appearance, he made the mistake of dangling [[TheHero Malcolm]] [[GoodIsNotSoft Reynolds]] over the volcano, and was terrified of who he met.

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* In the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 Twilight Zone]]'', the episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E87APianoIntheHouse "A Piano in the House"]] featured a magical piano. When it played certain song rolls, the music forced people to show their true natures. The sadistic host who owned the piano loved it. He used it on his party guests, showing a noble man was greedy, how a woman was vain. His come-uppance comeuppance was when his wife, sick of the abuse going on in the party, put a roll in that affected HIM. He then showed how terrified and needy he was to everyone.
* Niska in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is fond of quoting the mad Chinese philosopher Shan Yu, who once said "Live with a man for 50 years, share meals, spend every waking hour with him. Then one day take him and dangle him over a volcano's edge, and on that day, you will finally meet the man." In his second appearance, he made the mistake of dangling [[TheHero Malcolm]] [[GoodIsNotSoft Reynolds]] over the volcano, volcano and was terrified of who he met.



* This is a major premise of ''Series/{{House}}'', as all the main cast including the patients are not always what they seem to be, in the case of the patients their lies often complicate the medical procedures of the team , while House himself dedicates his time to discover the secrets of his co-workers. House certainly thinks that this is humanity's natural state, given his famous quote "...Everybody lies".

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* This is a major premise of ''Series/{{House}}'', as all the main cast including the patients are not always what they seem to be, in the case of the patients their lies often complicate the medical procedures of the team , team, while House himself dedicates his time to discover the secrets of his co-workers. House certainly thinks that this is humanity's natural state, given his famous quote "...Everybody lies".



* {{Series/Sherlock}} and John, well, you know, a different version of this. Sherlock is really a jerk, but, through CharacterDevelopment we find out that he has a likeable side to him. John is revealed to be your plain, boring, [[NiceGuy meek]] guy, but it turns out that [[InHarmsWay John's an adrenaline junkie.]] Also, he had [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife no confidence in himself]] but [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Sherlock gave him that.]] Mary is supposedly an enemy of Sherlock, but-nope. She isn't, and than it seems as if she's a sweet, normal girl. [[OhCrap Whoops. She's an assassin from the CIA.]]
** Moriarty is seen to be your normal, stupid, CampGay boyfriend to Molly but it's revealed that he's Sherlock's EvilCounterpart. Also, he wanted to end [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John's]] life. [[TearJerker No wonder Sherlock had to fake his own death. John's who entire safety was at risk.]]

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* {{Series/Sherlock}} and John, well, you know, a different version of this. Sherlock is really a jerk, but, through CharacterDevelopment we find out that he has a likeable likable side to him. John is revealed to be your plain, boring, [[NiceGuy meek]] guy, but it turns out that [[InHarmsWay John's an adrenaline junkie.]] Also, he had [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife no confidence in himself]] but [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Sherlock gave him that.]] Mary is supposedly an enemy of Sherlock, but-nope. She but nope, she isn't, and than then it seems as if she's a sweet, normal girl. [[OhCrap Whoops. She's an assassin from the CIA.]]
** Moriarty is seen to be your normal, stupid, CampGay boyfriend to Molly but it's revealed that he's Sherlock's EvilCounterpart. Also, he wanted to end [[LivingEmotionalCrutch John's]] life. [[TearJerker No wonder Sherlock had to fake his own death. John's who whose entire safety was at risk.]]



** In RealLife, Creator/DavidHenrie, Music/SelenaGomez and Jake T. Austin are almost the opposite of their characters, Justin, Alex and Max Russo. In the show, Justin is actually TheKlutz and an uptight HollywoodNerd, while David is laid-back, boisterous and supportive, inclined towards the cool guy type. Alex is a ManipulativeBastard and apathetic AntiVillain, whereas Selena is really nice, vibrant and open. Max is a big idiot, dumb enough to misspell his own name, while Jake is smart and studious, much more serious than his cast mates, as seen in most interviews. Selena and David even impersonate each other in a live talk show, and the difference between the representations of their real personalities and their characters' personalities is quite striking.

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** In RealLife, Creator/DavidHenrie, Music/SelenaGomez and Jake T. Austin are almost the opposite of their characters, Justin, Alex Alex, and Max Russo. In the show, Justin is actually TheKlutz and an uptight HollywoodNerd, while David is laid-back, boisterous and supportive, inclined towards the cool guy type. Alex is a ManipulativeBastard and apathetic AntiVillain, whereas Selena is really nice, vibrant and open. Max is a big idiot, dumb enough to misspell his own name, while Jake is smart and studious, much more serious than his cast mates, as seen in most interviews. Selena and David even impersonate each other in a live talk show, and the difference between the representations of their real personalities and their characters' personalities is quite striking.



* The song "Mr Roboto" by Music/{{Styx}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIQsuNMncBo uses this trope]]. "I am the Modren man/Who hides behind a mask/So no one else can see/My true identity."

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* The song "Mr "Mr. Roboto" by Music/{{Styx}} [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIQsuNMncBo uses this trope]]. "I am the Modren Modern man/Who hides behind a mask/So no one else can see/My true identity."



* Music/TheBeatles' "I'm a Loser" : "Although I laugh and I act like a clown / Beneath this mask I am wearing a frown"

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* Music/TheBeatles' "I'm a Loser" : Loser": "Although I laugh and I act like a clown / Beneath this mask I am wearing a frown"



* Music/BoyceAvenue "More Things to Say" : "All we know is the mask and not your face"

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* Music/BoyceAvenue "More Things to Say" : Say": "All we know is the mask and not your face"



'''Elphaba:''' No, you're not. Otherwise you wouldn't be so unhappy.

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'''Elphaba:''' No, you're not. Otherwise Otherwise, you wouldn't be so unhappy.



** Gravemind acts as a calm, pragmatic, smooth-talking individiual with a [[WickedCultured high love for poetry]], but when Master Chief is penetrating through the Flood's defences at High Charity, Gravemind slowly shows itself as the ragefilled, angry, ruthless, hot tempered, screaming, murderous monster it actually is.

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** Gravemind acts as a calm, pragmatic, smooth-talking individiual individual with a [[WickedCultured high love for poetry]], but when Master Chief is penetrating through the Flood's defences at High Charity, Gravemind slowly shows itself as the ragefilled, rage-filled, angry, ruthless, hot tempered, hot-tempered, screaming, murderous monster it actually is.



** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Shadows and Personas both reflecting the true feelings of their other selves. For the villains, they generally show the characters' true {{sociopath}}ic, twisted desires. For the heroes meanwhile, they generally expose their RevengeBeforeReason, WellIntentionedExtremist desires to change the society and adults that've wronged them; they even awaken their Personas by literally ripping a mask off their face. There's even a song in the game ''called'' "Beneath the Mask", with the singer [[LossOfIdentity not really knowing who they are without their mask]].

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** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Shadows and Personas both reflecting the true feelings of their other selves. For the villains, they generally show the characters' true {{sociopath}}ic, twisted desires. For the heroes meanwhile, they generally expose their RevengeBeforeReason, WellIntentionedExtremist desires to change the society and adults that've that have wronged them; they even awaken their Personas by literally ripping a mask off their face. There's even a song in the game ''called'' "Beneath the Mask", with the singer [[LossOfIdentity not really knowing who they are without their mask]].



** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'': Grune starts of as an Amnesiac who is basically the teams personal {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}. Later on, even though she tries to hide it when she figures it out, it is revealed that Grune is really [[spoiler: a goddess of time whose only purpose is to battle with her evil counterpart in order to determine the fate of the world.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia'': Grune starts of off as an Amnesiac who is basically the teams personal {{Cloud Cuckoolander}}. Later on, even though she tries to hide it when she figures it out, it is revealed that Grune is really [[spoiler: a goddess of time whose only purpose is to battle with her evil counterpart in order to determine the fate of the world.]]



* In ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'', Murakumo is quite a literal example. When she is wearing her hannyuu mask, she is a ruthless, stoic shinobi who will kill any one ordered to. Remove the mask, and she instantly turns into a ShrinkingViolet manga artist, who seriously cannot go on without having something covering her face.

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* In ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'', Murakumo is quite a literal example. When she is wearing her hannyuu mask, she is a ruthless, stoic shinobi who will kill any one anyone ordered to. Remove the mask, and she instantly turns into a ShrinkingViolet manga artist, who seriously cannot go on without having something covering her face.



** Jeff Ryan, who acts helpful and charming in public when his real personality is much more snarky and rude towards people. But he upholds his mask in public, because he's simply doing what he must to get along well in the world.
** The kidnapper himself, considering he has repeatedly kidnapped women, but has yet to be caught or figured out. All the while acting like a regular college student.

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** Jeff Ryan, who acts helpful and charming in public when his real personality is much more snarky and rude towards people. But he upholds his mask in public, public because he's simply doing what he must to get along well in the world.
** The kidnapper himself, considering he has repeatedly kidnapped women, women but has yet to be caught or figured out. All the while acting like a regular college student.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' a recurring theme of the webcomic is masks and how despite the fact these characters use persona in their BDSM, beneath these masks they are all perfectly normal (and in Ally's case {{Adorkable}}) people.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' a recurring theme of the webcomic is the presence of masks and how despite the fact these characters use persona in their BDSM, beneath these masks they are all perfectly normal (and in Ally's case {{Adorkable}}) people.



** [[spoiler: Rachel. She acts like she still is Baam's friend, but in truth she already sold him out for her own dreams.]]

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** [[spoiler: Rachel. She acts like she still is Baam's friend, but in truth truth, she already sold him out for her own dreams.]]



* A significant part of Antimony's character in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. For the first six chapters she seems like an EmotionlessGirl, but she finally breaks down sobbing with her new best friend Kat over her mother's death and her father inexplicably cutting off contact with her. She maintains her stoic persona around everyone else most of the time, only taking it off around Kat, Reynardine, and in the Forest. Flashbacks show that her father Anthony had similar tendencies when he was her age.

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* A significant part of Antimony's character in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. For the first six chapters chapters, she seems like an EmotionlessGirl, but she finally breaks down sobbing with her new best friend Kat over her mother's death and her father inexplicably cutting off contact with her. She maintains her stoic persona around everyone else most of the time, only taking it off around Kat, Reynardine, and in the Forest. Flashbacks show that her father Anthony had similar tendencies when he was her age.



* In {{Website/Neopets}}: [[spoiler: Xandra in the "Faerie's Ruin" plot initially has a facade of a helpful and nerdy innocent appearance with anger issues (even using glasses to appear more innocent]] [[http://images.neopets.com/faerieland/tfr_fa61c26562/conv/2_9815d2d41a.png pictured here]]. However she is revealed to be a WellIntentionedExtremist with a completely "machiavellian" and [[AGodAmI egomaniacal personality]] [[http://www.drsloth.com/p/view/162912/ pictured here]].

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* In {{Website/Neopets}}: [[spoiler: Xandra in the "Faerie's Ruin" plot initially has a facade of a helpful and nerdy innocent appearance with anger issues (even using glasses to appear more innocent]] [[http://images.neopets.com/faerieland/tfr_fa61c26562/conv/2_9815d2d41a.png pictured here]]. However However, she is revealed to be a WellIntentionedExtremist with a completely "machiavellian" "Machiavellian" and [[AGodAmI egomaniacal personality]] [[http://www.drsloth.com/p/view/162912/ pictured here]].



** Prince Zuko as well, especially in season one. He is introduced as a ruthless, conceited bully of a prince who only cares about himself and seemingly looks down on everyone, including his superiors. In reality, he's just a [[WellDoneSonGuy good-natured kid]] who wants his father to be proud of him. Over the next two seasons, this facade begins to gradually break and by the final episode it has disappeared completely.

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** Prince Zuko as well, especially in season one. He is introduced as a ruthless, conceited bully of a prince who only cares about himself and seemingly looks down on everyone, including his superiors. In reality, he's just a [[WellDoneSonGuy good-natured kid]] who wants his father to be proud of him. Over the next two seasons, this facade begins to gradually break and by the final episode episode, it has disappeared completely.



** [[GirlNextDoor Isabella]] has a hidden crush with [[ObliviousToLove Phineas]], something both Ferb and Candace are aware of. However, in front of him she pretends to be JustFriends.

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** [[GirlNextDoor Isabella]] has a hidden crush with [[ObliviousToLove Phineas]], something both Ferb and Candace are aware of. However, in front of him him, she pretends to be JustFriends.



** Perry the Platypus acts as a non-sapient animal (where it is not uncommon for someone to claim. that because he is a platypus, he doesn't do much), but in reality he is a very skilled and smart secret agent.
** Suzy, the sister of Jeremy, pretends to be a dumb innocent girl, but in reality she is very smart, and cruel to whoever threatens her relationship with Jeremy.

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** Perry the Platypus acts as a non-sapient animal (where it is not uncommon for someone to claim. that because he is a platypus, he doesn't do much), but in reality reality, he is a very skilled and smart secret agent.
** Suzy, the sister of Jeremy, pretends to be a dumb innocent girl, but in reality reality, she is very smart, smart and cruel to whoever threatens her relationship with Jeremy.



** Part of this is due to the fact that it's a buffer against two things: One her powers, which run on emotion, from going haywire (Shown best when she and Starfire swapped bodies, Starfire's unbridled emotions caused things to break with Raven's powers. Conversely Raven had trouble using Starfire's powers as they ran on joy and other emotions she normally suppressed). And Two: Her demonic heritage from Trigon left her with an inner demon that when "let free" is dangerous and terrifying to anyone around her. (It accidentally "Escaped" once leaving Dr. Light with a crippling fear of her, and was willingly let free to fight Terra, but still lost). Three times in the series she's able to get to a level of control where she's able to stop these from happening signified by a switch to a white robe. None of them last longer then the episode for varying reasons (1. In her inner fight with her inner demon after fusing the other personalties into the main one. 2: While training under Melchior, who's teachings she abandons when he betrays her, and finally after she is reborn after Trigon kills her.)

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** Part of this is due to the fact that it's a buffer against two things: One her powers, which run on emotion, from going haywire (Shown best when she and Starfire swapped bodies, Starfire's unbridled emotions caused things to break with Raven's powers. Conversely Raven had trouble using Starfire's powers as they ran on joy and other emotions she normally suppressed). And Two: Her demonic heritage from Trigon left her with an inner demon that when "let free" is dangerous and terrifying to anyone around her. (It accidentally "Escaped" once leaving Dr. Light with a crippling fear of her, and was willingly let free to fight Terra, but still lost). Three times in the series she's able to get to a level of control where she's able to stop these from happening signified by a switch to a white robe. None of them last longer then the episode for varying reasons (1. In her inner fight with her inner demon after fusing the other personalties personalities into the main one. 2: While training under Melchior, who's whose teachings she abandons when he betrays her, and finally after she is reborn after Trigon kills her.)



* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' RascallyRabbit the Drifter is an always smiling, BrilliantButLazy man who's facade is one of carefree, perpetual mild amusement. In actuality, he's deeply depressed and grieving a personal loss, to the point of fixatedly attempting to save others from duplicating his mistakes by delivering {{Adventure Rebuff}}s and an unending stream of unsolicited advice, all the while peppering his speech with his insistent "[[ImplausibleDeniability I don't care]]."

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' RascallyRabbit the Drifter is an always smiling, BrilliantButLazy man who's facade is one of carefree, perpetual mild amusement. In actuality, he's deeply depressed and grieving a personal loss, to the point of fixatedly fixedly attempting to save others from duplicating his mistakes by delivering {{Adventure Rebuff}}s and an unending stream of unsolicited advice, all the while peppering his speech with his insistent "[[ImplausibleDeniability I don't care]]."



** Pacifica. She is introduced as an AlphaBitch, but the true nature behind that is [[spoiler:''not'' pleasant. Her whole family consists from liars, cheaters and thieves, and claim that Nathaniel Northwest was the founder of Gravity Falls (He wasn't). Her parents encourage her AlphaBitch attitude and ''Pavlovian trained'' her to respond with obedience to a bell, and she is shown to be ''quite'' terrified of it]].
** Stan himself. He is shown to be grumpy and greedy, but actually cares about his family because [[spoiler:it's the only family he has left]].

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** Pacifica. She is introduced as an AlphaBitch, but the true nature behind that is [[spoiler:''not'' pleasant. Her whole family consists from of liars, cheaters cheaters, and thieves, and claim that Nathaniel Northwest was the founder of Gravity Falls (He wasn't). Her parents encourage her AlphaBitch attitude and ''Pavlovian trained'' her to respond with obedience to a bell, and she is shown to be ''quite'' terrified of it]].
** Stan himself. He is shown to be grumpy and greedy, greedy but actually cares about his family because [[spoiler:it's the only family he has left]].



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash is a big example. At the beginning of the show, she actually has two masks, presenting a book dumb, tough, completely emotionless exterior. While even in the first season, there are plenty of hints that this is not what her true personality is like, these hints mainly come when she is alone, because she doesn't even like acknowledging her emotions to herself. An example of this is shown in "May the Best Pet Win", she has a WhatIsThisFeeling moment when her soft side briefly surfaces. The "book dumb" part of the mask starts going away by season 2 when she finds a book series she loves (prior to this she would call anyone with a book an egghead - no more after this), after this she loses her fear of others seeing how intelligent she actually is. The emotional part of the mask takes longer, but this eventually comes to a head in "Tanks For The Memories". She is going through the 5 stages of grief regarding her pet tortoise having to brumate for the entire winter, and she HatesBeingAlone. At one point she is still appearing completely unemotional, and sulking, but her attitude is "whatever" and noone can get through to her. [[ChildhoodFriends Fluttershy]] decides to apply some tough love by telling Rainbow that her winter is going to be petless, causing her emotional mask to shatter. She bursts into tears for several minutes, eventually pulling Fluttershy in too. After this moment, she starts acknowledging her emotions and her softer side, and she is no longer afraid to display them (at least to those that care about her), and she is no longer embarassed about crying in front of others.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Rainbow Dash is a big example. At the beginning of the show, she actually has two masks, presenting a book dumb, tough, completely emotionless exterior. While even in the first season, there are plenty of hints that this is not what her true personality is like, these hints mainly come when she is alone, alone because she doesn't even like acknowledging her emotions to herself. An example of this is shown in "May the Best Pet Win", she has a WhatIsThisFeeling moment when her soft side briefly surfaces. The "book dumb" part of the mask starts going away by season 2 when she finds a book series she loves (prior to this she would call anyone with a book an egghead - no more after this), after this this, she loses her fear of others seeing how intelligent she actually is. The emotional part of the mask takes longer, but this eventually comes to a head in "Tanks For The Memories". She is going through the 5 stages of grief regarding her pet tortoise having to brumate for the entire winter, and she HatesBeingAlone. At one point she is still appearing completely unemotional, unemotional and sulking, but her attitude is "whatever" and noone no one can get through to her. [[ChildhoodFriends Fluttershy]] decides to apply some tough love by telling Rainbow that her winter is going to be petless, causing her emotional mask to shatter. She bursts into tears for several minutes, eventually pulling Fluttershy in too. After this moment, she starts acknowledging her emotions and her softer side, and she is no longer afraid to display them (at least to those that care about her), and she is no longer embarassed embarrassed about crying in front of others.



* This concept is widespread in East Asian cultures, where it's referred to as one's "face", meaning their dignity, pride, etc. Causing someone to "lose face" by embarrassing them is a big faux pas, since it destroys their social standing.

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* This concept is widespread in East Asian cultures, where it's referred to as one's "face", meaning their dignity, pride, etc. Causing someone to "lose face" by embarrassing them is a big faux pas, pas since it destroys their social standing.


** Gendo Ikari is portrayed as a cold, calculating, and ruthless [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]]. But as the series goes on and the audience gets several glimpses behind his exterior, it becomes increasingly clear that he is actually a lonely and socially awkward man, who struggles with feelings of extreme self-loathing and believes that he is unworthy of being loved. In other words, NotSoDifferent from his son, Shinji.

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** Gendo Ikari is portrayed as a cold, calculating, and ruthless [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]]. But as the series goes on and the audience gets several glimpses behind his exterior, it becomes increasingly clear that he is actually a very lonely and socially awkward man, [[HisOwnWorstEnemy who struggles with feelings of extreme self-loathing and believes that he is unworthy of being loved.loved]]. In other words, NotSoDifferent from his son, Shinji.

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* This is a major theme in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'', with most major characters having a side that they hide from others. This is especially apparent with the two leads, who completely reinvented themselves from the ground up in order to attract each other [[spoiler:and fear that the other would never love the "true" them (the irony being that's the part they fell in love with to begin with)]].


* Sweet Mask in ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' looks and acts like a charming and handsome idol, actor, and singer most of the time. When he fights monsters and villains, his true vicious nature is revealed. His features even distort themselves as his eyes become bloodshot and veins bulge out of his body. It fits his Hero name, really.

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* Sweet Amai Mask in ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' looks and acts like a charming and handsome idol, actor, and singer most of the time. When he fights monsters and villains, his true vicious nature is revealed. His features even distort themselves as his eyes become bloodshot and veins bulge out of his body. It fits his Hero name, really.


* ''Literature/QuantumDevilSagaAvatarTuner'' has the Atma Virus, which gives the ability to infected by it to transform into an Asura. Asuras are stated to be the incarnations of a person's true nature.



** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' in particular is all about what we have behind the mask (the "shadow" self, both in game terms and in Jungian psychology) and facing it. Interestingly, the characters achieve happiness not by ''rejecting'' the mask entirely, but by reconciling it further with their stifled feelings.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Shadows and Personas both reflect the true feelings of their other selves. For the villains, they generally show the characters' true {{sociopath}}ic, twisted desires. For the heroes meanwhile, they generally expose their RevengeBeforeReason, WellIntentionedExtremist desires to change the society and adults that've wronged them; they even awaken their Personas by literally ripping a mask off their face. There's even a song in the game ''called'' "Beneath the Mask", with the singer [[LossOfIdentity not really knowing who they are without their mask]].

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** At the beginning of ''VideoGame/Persona1'', [[BigGood Philemon]] states that each person has innumerable masks that they use in daily life.
--->'''Philemon''': Are you aware of the multiple selves hidden within you? The self filled with divine love... The self capable of demonic cruelty...
** This statement is repeated in ''VideoGame/Persona2'', with the plot this time involving literal masks. The [[{{Irony}} funny thing]] is that the actual objects represent the characters' repressed memories, and thus their hidden selves.
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' in particular is all about what we have behind the mask (the "shadow" self, both in game terms and in Jungian psychology) and facing it. Interestingly, the characters achieve happiness not by ''rejecting'' the mask entirely, but by reconciling it further with their stifled feelings.
** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has Shadows and Personas both reflect reflecting the true feelings of their other selves. For the villains, they generally show the characters' true {{sociopath}}ic, twisted desires. For the heroes meanwhile, they generally expose their RevengeBeforeReason, WellIntentionedExtremist desires to change the society and adults that've wronged them; they even awaken their Personas by literally ripping a mask off their face. There's even a song in the game ''called'' "Beneath the Mask", with the singer [[LossOfIdentity not really knowing who they are without their mask]].mask]].
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has the Atma Virus, which allows the bearers to transform into demons, which are their true selves.
-->'''Jinana''': What is a demon?\\
'''Angel''': The essence of your true selves. Your Karma.


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* Explored deeply in ''JekyllAndHyde'', most notably with the song ''Facade'' and its numerous reprises.
--> There's a face that we wear in the cold light of day/ It's society's mask, it's societies way/ And the truth is... That it's all a facade.

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* Explored deeply in ''JekyllAndHyde'', most notably with the song ''Facade'' "Façade" and its numerous reprises.
--> There's -->There's a face that we wear in the cold light of day/ It's society's mask, it's societies way/ And the truth is... That it's all a facade.



--> '''Elphaba:''' You could have just walked away back there.
--> '''Fiyero:''' So?
--> '''Elphaba:''' So no matter how shallow and self-absorbed you pretend to be--
--> '''Fiyero:''' Excuse me! There's no pretense here. I happen to be genuinely self-absorbed and deeply shallow.
--> '''Elphaba:''' No, you're not. Otherwise you wouldn't be so unhappy.

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there.\\
'''Fiyero:''' So?
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So?\\
'''Elphaba:''' So no matter how shallow and self-absorbed you pretend to be--
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be--\\
'''Fiyero:''' Excuse me! There's no pretense here. I happen to be genuinely self-absorbed and deeply shallow.
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shallow.\\
'''Elphaba:''' No, you're not. Otherwise you wouldn't be so unhappy.



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