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->''The persona that people adopt can transform their true nature, for better or worse.''
-->-- ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'', Volume 11

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->'''Catherine:''' Always sheís had a knack for masks. More than wearing them she became them, you know. It was why she wielded her Name so well.\\
'''Aisha:''' Masks are shed, eventually.\\
'''Catherine:''' What if you didnít want to shed it? What if wearing that mask you got all these things that some part of you, deep down, had been craving? Because [[spoiler: Sahelians]] are still humans, Aisha. There are some things you canít train yourself out of no matter how hard you try.Ē
-->--'''Literature/APracticalGuideToEvil,''' Book 5, chapter 66


'''Josh Exley:''' ''(Remains human)'' [[IAmWhatIAm This IS my true face...]]\\
'''Bounty Hunter:''' So be it...\\
''(Exley turns and presents the back of his neck to the Bounty Hunter as Officer Dales arrives. The Bounty Hunter stabs Exley in the neck with the stiletto.)''\\
'''Arthur Dales:''' No! Stop! ''(He runs to Exley)'' Ex?! ''(Dales cradles Exley and moves to check his wound)''\\
'''Josh Exley:''' No, let me be! Let me be! Arthur get off of me! [[AlienBlood Our blood is like acid to you people!]] Arthur, get away! Don't touch it!\\
'''Arthur Dales:''' It's just blood, Ex... Look. It's just blood. ''(Dales' fingers are covered in red blood)''\\
'''Josh Exley:''' ...How? ''[[GoOutWithASmile (He smiles and laughs, then dies in Officer Dales arms)]]''
-->--'''Series/TheXFiles''', ''The Unnatural.''

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'''Josh Exley:''' ''(Remains human)'' [[IAmWhatIAm This IS my true face...]]\\
'''Bounty Hunter:''' So be it...\\
''(Exley turns and presents the back of his neck to the Bounty Hunter as Officer Dales arrives. The Bounty Hunter stabs Exley in the neck with the stiletto.)''\\
'''Arthur Dales:''' No! Stop! ''(He runs to Exley)'' Ex?! ''(Dales cradles Exley and moves to check his wound)''\\
'''Josh Exley:''' No, let me be! Let me be! Arthur get off of me! [[AlienBlood Our blood is like acid to you people!]] Arthur, get away! Don't touch it!\\
'''Arthur Dales:''' It's just blood, Ex... Look. It's just blood. ''(Dales' fingers are covered in red blood)''\\
'''Josh Exley:''' ...How? ''[[GoOutWithASmile (He smiles and laughs, then dies in Officer Dales arms)]]''
-->--'''Series/TheXFiles''', ''The Unnatural.''
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-->--''Series/TheXFiles'', "The Unnatural"



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-->--'''Series/TheThickOfIt'''
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-->-- '''Series/{{Angel}}'''

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-->-- '''Series/{{Angel}}'''
''Series/{{Angel}}''


->Shock of impact ran along my arm. Jet of warmth spattered on chest, like hot faucet. It was Kovacs who said "Mother" then, muffled under latex. It was Kovacs who closed his eyes. It was Rorschach who opened them again.
-->--'''Rorschach''', ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''

->Gods are not like people. '''They''' are real. '''We''' are creatures of story. I stepped into your part. And now that part steps into me.

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->Shock ->''Shock of impact ran along my arm. Jet of warmth spattered on chest, like hot faucet. It was Kovacs who said "Mother" then, muffled under latex. It was Kovacs who closed his eyes. It was Rorschach who opened them again.
-->--'''Rorschach''',
again.''
-->-- '''Rorschach''',
''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''

->Gods ->''My things were where I'd left them. Waiting for me. Putting them on, I abandoned my disguise and became myself, free from fear or weakness or lust. My coat, my shoes, my spotless gloves. My face.''
-->-- '''Rorschach''', ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''

->''Gods
are not like people. '''They''' are real. '''We''' are creatures of story. I stepped into your part. And now that part steps into me.''


It was stupid, it was selfish, but I really, desperately wanted to see what it would be like to get to know [[TheEvilGenius Lisa]], without worrying that she would find out my scheme. Iíd like to see what it was like to interact with her without having to censor myself out of fear that Iíd provide [[AwesomenessbyAnalysis that damning clue]]. I wanted to get to know [[TheBrute Bitch]] and [[TheDarkChick Alec]] better. And [[TheLeader Brian]]. I wanted to be closer to Brian. I couldnít phrase it any better than that, because I didnít know if there would be any future with him beyond a simple friendship. I didnít expect there to be. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming It still mattered]].

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It was stupid, it was selfish, but I really, desperately wanted to see what it would be like to get to know [[TheEvilGenius Lisa]], without worrying that she would find out my scheme. Iíd like to see what it was like to interact with her without having to censor myself out of fear that Iíd provide [[AwesomenessbyAnalysis that damning clue]]. I wanted to get to know [[TheBrute Bitch]] and [[TheDarkChick Alec]] better. And [[TheLeader Brian]]. I wanted to be closer to Brian. I couldnít phrase it any better than that, because I didnít know if there would be any future with him beyond a simple friendship. I didnít expect there to be. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming It still mattered]].mattered.

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->''"What we '''pretend''' to be we often '''become'''."''
-->--'''Darth Krayt''', ''ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy #17 -- "Claws of the Dragon, Part Four"''


''but the law was hot on his trail''\\

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''but ''But the law was hot on his trail''\\



''And found he could be so much more''\\

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''And found he could felt the urge to be so much more''\\



''this man saw this monster \\

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''this ''This man saw this monster \\monster''\\



''the vampire was slain,''\\

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''the ''The vampire was slain,''\\


->''"Then a vampire came''

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->''"Then a vampire came'' \\

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->''"So he got a job with the mob''\\
''smuggling heroin''\\
''but the law was hot on his trail''\\
''pursuit was narrowing''\\
''So he disguised himself as a priest''\\
''and a Samaritan''\\
''And found he could be so much more''\\
''than a barbarian"''
->''"Then a vampire came''
''and devastation reigned''\\
''this man saw this monster \\
''sucking blood from people's veins''\\
''So he took a holy blade''\\
''and he stabbed it in the brain''\\
''the vampire was slain,''\\
''[[GoodFeelsGood the incident lit a flame!"]]''
-->--'''Creator/TeamFourStar''', ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxF4v5asYNc "Alexander Anderson"]]''


->''"This is worse than a thought. This isn't as simple as pretending or play-acting, Eddy! Ed'' actually believes ''he's become a monster!"''

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->''"This is worse than a I thought. This isn't as simple as pretending or play-acting, Eddy! Ed'' actually believes ''he's Ed ''actually believes'' he's become a monster!"''


-->''Graphic,'' by Shane Briant

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->A year ago, I'd never have imagined it possible that one day I'd stand toe to toe with violent criminals and be ready to gamble they'd back off first. It's curious to think this was the result of one crazy mistake: a young girl, a child taking me for [[IAmNotSpock someone else]] - for a tough guy named [[HardboiledDetective Sainte-Claire]]. The creation of my pen. I'm a crime writer. I write [[InsistentTerminology graphic novels]]. That's crime thrillers with pictures - not in any way comics. You may have read one of them. A couple have been turned into films.
->When it all began, Sainte-Claire was the product of my imagination, only as real as the ink on a page. Now I think he's taken me over.
->No, that's not accurate. I know he has.
-->''Graphic,'' by Shane Briant


-->--'''Drew Thompson'''/[[spoiler:'''Sheriff Shelby Parlow''']], '''Series/{{Justified}}''

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-->--'''Drew Thompson'''/[[spoiler:'''Sheriff Shelby Parlow''']], '''Series/{{Justified}}''
''Series/{{Justified}}''

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->''"I think ... if you pretend to be something long enough, it's not pretending."''
-->--'''Drew Thompson'''/[[spoiler:'''Sheriff Shelby Parlow''']], '''Series/{{Justified}}''

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->This is not [[SmugSnake Dick Washburn]] you're seeing, not exactly. Dick has vacated possession for this bit of chat. Standing here is not Richard Godspeed Washburn, who sustained a nasty concussion on his fifteenth birthday, the very eve of the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Go Away War]], and who spent his next weeks in darkness and candlelight as the hospital he had gone to slowly shut down and ran out and fell apart, then grew to manhood in the new, broken world. This is not Quick Dick of the Harley Street Boys, who - before the orphanfinders came and settled him in a home of sorts and things got somewhat normal once again - could open the rear door of an army truck and pinch a pound of chocolate before the soldiers ever knew. This is [[MegaCorp Jorgmund]] itself, staring through Dick's eyes and measuring things as numbers and profit margins. Of course, Jorgmund is nothing more than a shared hallucination, a set of rules which make up Richard Washburn's job, and every time he does this - slips away from a human situation and lets the pattern use his mind and his mouth because he'd rather not make the decision himself - he edges closer to being a [[CorruptCorporateExecutive type C]] [[ThereAreNoGoodExecutives pencilneck]]. He loses a bit of his soul.
-->--''Literature/TheGoneAwayWorld''

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