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* Implied with the gorilla in the circus parade scene from ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', who shakes the bars of his cage ferociously, but when he accidentally breaks one of them, he tries to screw it back to its place with a sheepish expression.

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* Implied with the gorilla in the circus parade scene from ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}}'', who shakes the bars of his cage ferociously, but when he accidentally breaks one of them, he tries to screw it back to its place with a sheepish expression.


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* The dragon from ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' pretends to menace a farming village so that his accomplice, a KnightErrant, [[MonsterProtectionRacket can charge them a fee to slay the monster]]. PlayedForLaughs when the felled dragon cannot sink into a lake deep enough to preclude being mobbed and discovered to be unharmed. "This is as deep as the stupid lake gets," he snarls to Bowen in a StageWhisper.

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* The dragon from ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' pretends to menace a farming village so that his accomplice, a KnightErrant, [[MonsterProtectionRacket can charge them a fee to slay the monster]]. PlayedForLaughs when the felled dragon cannot sink into a lake deep enough to preclude being mobbed and discovered to be unharmed. "This is as deep as the stupid lake gets," "I can't, it doesn't get any deeper." he snarls to Bowen in a StageWhisper.



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* Armaldo in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers'' is responsible for the scary reputation of the dungeon where he lives, and acts the part of a dangerous monster, but turns out to be just pretending and is kind to Igglybuff when he's not afraid of him after all. [[spoiler:It turns out that he actually is a criminal, though, and his reputation also doubles as ensuring he won't get arrested.]]


Compare JerkassFacade, where a human pretends to be meaner than they really are, and MeanCharacterNiceActor, when the monstrous act is the part of a show. Compare and contrast ScoobyDooHoax, where a human with malicious intentions pretends to be a monster. Also compare ThenLetMeBeEvil, when the creature goes one step beyond, and actually becomes a monster after constantly being treated like one. As TheReveal that the monstrous behavior was just an act is often near the end, beware of spoilers!

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Compare JerkassFacade, HiddenHeartOfGold, where a human pretends to be meaner than they really are, are and doesn't want anyone to know about his true, nice nature, and MeanCharacterNiceActor, when the monstrous act is the part of a show. Compare and contrast ScoobyDooHoax, where a human with malicious intentions pretends to be a monster. Also compare ThenLetMeBeEvil, when the creature goes one step beyond, and actually becomes a monster after constantly being treated like one. As TheReveal that the monstrous behavior was just an act is often near the end, beware of spoilers!


The reasons why a monster can do this can vary. Maybe it got tired of people responding with fear and TookALevelInCynic. Maybe it is [[CowardlyLion afraid of people]], so it keeps up the terrifying image to protect itself. Maybe it's putting on a show to help a friend or an accomplice (for example, to pull a MonsterProtectionRacket). Maybe someone [[PunchClockVillain pays them to put on the act]]. More often than not, there will be a good-hearted character who sees through the monstrous act, learn that the monster is NotEvilJustMisunderstood and befriend it, delivering AnAesop about not judging a book by its cover. You still have to BewareTheNiceOnes, of course.

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The reasons why a monster can do this can vary. Maybe it got tired of people responding with fear and TookALevelInCynic. Maybe it is [[CowardlyLion afraid of people]], so it keeps up the terrifying image to protect itself. Maybe it's putting on a show to help a friend or an accomplice (for example, to pull a MonsterProtectionRacket). Maybe someone [[PunchClockVillain pays them to put on the act]]. Maybe it simply [[IntroversionTropes prefers solitude]]. More often than not, there will be a good-hearted character who sees through the monstrous act, learn that the monster is NotEvilJustMisunderstood and befriend it, delivering AnAesop about not judging a book by its cover. You still have to BewareTheNiceOnes, of course.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfTheThreeCaballeros'', the titular trio is taken by Xandra, the Goddess of Adventure, to the Labyrinth of Crete, where they encounter a [[ALoadOfBull minotaur]]. After José accidentally insults the beast, it attacks the Caballeros and chases them until they manage to wrangle him with some bullfighting skills. As the Caballeros are congratulated by Xandra, the minotaur shows up again and fist-bumps her, admitting that he was just testing the trio (and having a lot of fun while doing so).


* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', Webby and Dewey encounter a tentacled SeaMonster as they are searching for the Spear of Selene in the temple of Ithaquack. The monster grabs them and threatens to devour them, until he mentions that he is guarding a different artifact, the Spear of Poseidon. Once they clear up the misunderstanding, the monster releases them and politely shows them the way to the Spear of Selene, and even accepts Dewey's apology for calling him hideous earlier.

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In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', the episode "The Spear of Selene", Webby and Dewey encounter a tentacled SeaMonster as they are searching for the Spear of Selene in the temple of Ithaquack. The monster grabs them and threatens to devour them, until he mentions that he is guarding a different artifact, the Spear of Poseidon. Once they clear up the misunderstanding, the monster releases them and politely shows them the way to the Spear of Selene, and even accepts Dewey's apology for calling him hideous earlier.earlier.
** In the episode "[=McMystery=] at [=McDuck=] [=McManor=]", Blackarts Beagle summons a scary-looking demon that, after throwing out its master, chases after the triplets. [[spoiler: After they end up in Scrooge's hiding place, the demon reveals itself to be the ghost of Duckworth, working for Scrooge all along. He explains his behavior by having a "flair for the dramatic" - basically just trolling the triplets.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', Webby and Dewey encounter a tentacled SeaMonster as they are searching for the Spear of Selene in the temple of Ithaquack. The monster grabs them and threatens to devour them, until he mentions that he is guarding a different artifact, the Spear of Poseidon. Once they clear up the misunderstanding, the monster releases them and politely shows them the way to the Spear of Selene, and even accepts Dewey's apology for calling him hideous earlier.


* Miss Kitty in An American Tail Fievel Goes West acts harsh and blunt when Tanya meets her but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CsXJ0MUxU0 turns out to be]], in her own words soft as a powder puff and twice as gentle, and happily helps Tanya fulfil her dream of being a singer.

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* Miss Kitty in An American Tail Fievel Goes West acts harsh and blunt when Tanya meets her but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CsXJ0MUxU0 turns out to be]], in her own words soft as a powder puff and twice as gentle, and happily helps Tanya fulfil her dream of being a singer.


* The protagonist of ''Series/SusuASarkany'', a gentle, childish dragon, does it in two different episodes. First, he stages a fight against the Prince, which the Prince is supposed to lose so that Susu can kidnap the princess and no longer be alone. Second, to save the kingdom from financial trouble, he sits in a cage and acts monstrous, so that the tourists can pay to see a terrifying dragon. Both times, Susu blows the cover and reveals his gentle nature.

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* The protagonist of ''Series/SusuASarkany'', a gentle, childish dragon, does it in two different episodes. First, he stages a fight against the Prince, which the Prince is supposed to lose so that Susu Süsü can kidnap the princess and no longer be alone. Second, to save the kingdom from financial trouble, he sits in a cage and acts monstrous, so that the tourists can pay to see a terrifying dragon. Both times, Susu Süsü blows the cover and reveals his gentle nature.


Compare JerkassFacade, where a human pretends to be meaner than they really are, and MeanCharacterNiceActor, when the monstrous act is the part of a show. Compare and contrast ScoobyDooHoax, where a human with malicious intentions pretends to be a monster. Also compare ThenLetMeBeEvil, when the creature goes one step beyond, and actually becomes a monster after constantly being treated like one.As TheReveal that the monstrous behavior was just an act is often near the end, beware of spoilers!

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Compare JerkassFacade, where a human pretends to be meaner than they really are, and MeanCharacterNiceActor, when the monstrous act is the part of a show. Compare and contrast ScoobyDooHoax, where a human with malicious intentions pretends to be a monster. Also compare ThenLetMeBeEvil, when the creature goes one step beyond, and actually becomes a monster after constantly being treated like one. As TheReveal that the monstrous behavior was just an act is often near the end, beware of spoilers!


The reasons why a monster can do this can vary. Maybe it got tired of people responding with fear and TookALevelInCynic. Maybe it is [[CowardlyLion afraid of people]], so it keeps up the terrifying image to protect itself. Maybe it's putting on a show to help a friend or an accomplice (for example, to pull a MonsterProtectionRacket). Maybe someone [[PunchClockVillain pays them to put on the act]]. More often than not, there will be a good-hearted character who sees through the monstrous act, learn that the monster is NotEvilJustMisunderstood and befriend it, delivering AnAesop about not judging a book by its cover.

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The reasons why a monster can do this can vary. Maybe it got tired of people responding with fear and TookALevelInCynic. Maybe it is [[CowardlyLion afraid of people]], so it keeps up the terrifying image to protect itself. Maybe it's putting on a show to help a friend or an accomplice (for example, to pull a MonsterProtectionRacket). Maybe someone [[PunchClockVillain pays them to put on the act]]. More often than not, there will be a good-hearted character who sees through the monstrous act, learn that the monster is NotEvilJustMisunderstood and befriend it, delivering AnAesop about not judging a book by its cover.
cover. You still have to BewareTheNiceOnes, of course.



Compare JerkassFacade, where a human pretends to be meaner than they really are, and MeanCharacterNiceActor, when the monstrous act is the part of a show. Compare and contrast ScoobyDooHoax, where a human with malicious intentions pretends to be a monster. Also compare ThenLetMeBeEvil, when the creature goes one step beyond, and actually becomes a monster after constantly being treated like one. As TheReveal that the monstrous behavior was just an act is often near the end, beware of spoilers!

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Compare JerkassFacade, where a human pretends to be meaner than they really are, and MeanCharacterNiceActor, when the monstrous act is the part of a show. Compare and contrast ScoobyDooHoax, where a human with malicious intentions pretends to be a monster. Also compare ThenLetMeBeEvil, when the creature goes one step beyond, and actually becomes a monster after constantly being treated like one. As TheReveal that the monstrous behavior was just an act is often near the end, beware of spoilers!

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