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More than Meets the Eye

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Well, we all have a face that we hide away forever
And we take them out and show ourselves when everyone has gone
Some are satin, some are steel
Some are silk and some are leather
They’re the faces of a stranger, but we love to try them on

A common technique used to add depth to a character or as a plot twist or subversion is to create a character with two opposing sides. This typically consists of:

  • An "outer" character - who they appear to be to most other characters, and who they usually initially appear to the audience.
  • An "inner" character - who the character is revealed to be behind closed doors.

Can be made to surprise the audience with a twist, to make An Aesop, as what was initially a subversion of a Deadhorse Trope, in an effort of Character Development, or simply for the aestheticism of contrast.

Subindex of Infauxmation Desk. Index to Hidden Depths.

See also Index All Along, Simple, yet Opulent.

Named for the Transformers slogan. If you're looking for the comic of the same name, it is here: The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye.