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Beneath this mask I wear
There's nothing of me,
Just horror, shame, despair...
Why does she love me?
Raoul, Love Never Dies

"Everyone sees what you appear to be, few really know what you really are."
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince Chapter XVIII

"Everybody lies..."
House, House M.D

"Commander, I want you to understand, I acquired human characteristics... to bring your people and mine closer together. To symbolize our mutuality. It is supposed to be a dignified, inspiring transition for both humans and Minbari. So will you please explain to me why this... Hair. Refuses to cooperate?"
Delenn, Babylon 5

Here is my real head, here is my real head
I wear this fucking mask because you cannot handle me
Here is my real head
Marilyn Manson, "Organ Grinder"

A pure white mask, in contrast to her own Arab ethnicity. She’d meant to make a point of it, to challenge people to wonder more about what was behind the masks, about their assumptions about heroes and villains. Belatedly, she said, "We act too much. Hide behind masks way too often."
Sabah, Worm

"Are you surprised, dreamer? Are you surprised that I could be so much less of a man within? Do not be."
Laenan Kite, Mirror Dreams

"In [Loki's] head there is a voice, wild with laughter, crying, Reject me, try it, lay one hand on me again and you will be atoms, all of you, and your pathetic ruin, nothing but dust. Outwardly he holds to that slight, polite smile."
Narration, Shatter

Lois Lane: The way she's acting...
Clark Kent: Cat left the planet after her son died. Everything she's wearing right now, everything she's pretending to be, she's using it to cover up. I don't need X-Ray Vision to tell me when someone's hiding behind a disguise.

So ya thought ya might like to go to the show
To feel the warm thrill of confusion that space cadet glow
Tell me is something eluding you sunshine?
Is this not what you expected to see?
If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes
You'll just have to claw your way through this disguise!
Pink Floyd, In The Flesh? The Wall

Mirror, tell me something...
Tell me, who's the loneliest of all?
Fear of what's inside me...
Tell me, can a heart be turned to stone?
Mirror, mirror, what's behind you?
Save me from the things I see,
I can keep it from the world,
Why won't you let me hide from me?
— "Mirror, Mirror", RWBY

...You may think that person is perfect or that everyone likes her/him, but people do have flaws. And there are always people who acknowledge those flaws. And there are always going to be people who don’t like you for whatever reason.
If you think someone thinks that she/he is perfect, then that person is probably putting up a front. A lot of people are insecure, and acting super confident (or faking it until they make it) might be their way of coping. Everyone has flaws and knows that they have flaws, even if you personally do not see them acknowledge those flaws.
— Blogger marysueproblems criticizing the concept of 'Mary Sues in real life'

Laughing. Kicking. Clapping on the beat. Feeling her somewhere behind him, doing the same. Wondering if she wanted as badly as he did to be out of here, to be in the dark, to be alone in the dark, where he could put his false face aside before the real one beneath could grow hot enough to set it afire.
— From Wizard and Glass, by Stephen King

So go ahead and bat your eyes and lie right to the world
For with everything you are, you're just a little girl
— "Just A Little Girl" by Trading Yesterday

Why should you care, what they think of you
When you're all alone, by yourself
Do you like you? Do you like you?
— "Try" by Colbie Caillat

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."

There before me, from this girl who'd never shown anything but self assuredness, was a catalogue of failures.
Shinji, The One I Love Is, chapter 6

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 the Stranger,
But we love to try them on.
Billy Joel, "The Stranger"

In short, Yandere-chan is always insane, 100% of the time. Her sanity does not rise or fall. Instead, what rises and falls is her current level of composure; her current ability to hide her true nature. As Yandere-chan performs acts of cruelty, her composure will slip, and her true face will begin to show.
— The developer of Yandere Simulator, discussing its psychopathic main character

Everybody you know is nothing more than a collection of habits, idiosyncrasies and speech affectations for you to play with. You know which personality or mannerism best amuses others, but you don't have a developed personality of your own. You entertain and harangue other people, because you're afraid your friends might realize how dull you actually are. You haven't "looked" like yourself this last month: you've always been somebody else, pretending at an existence not your own, playing for the appreciation of others. In public, you're the unlife of the party; in private, you bore yourself to bloody tears.
—Roleplaying notes for the Star, Fucker, Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Tzimisce (Revised)

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.

An image formed in front of her, born of Stormlight, created by instinct. She hadn't needed to draw this image first, for she knew it too well.
The image was of herself. Shallan, as she should be. Curled in a huddle on the bed, unable to weep for she had long since run out of tears. This girl... not a woman, a girl... flinched whenever spoken to. She expected everyone to shout at her. She could not laugh, for laughter had been squeezed from her by a childhood of darkness and pain.
That was the real Shallan. She knew it as surely as she knew her own name. The person she had become instead was a lie, one she had fabricated in the name of survival.

Tough girl, her mental jester mocked her. Everybody thinks you're such a tough girl.
But she had to be tough. Finding out that so many years of her life were a pre-programmed lie, coming to a strange world, finding only one man of Krypton and then losing him, turning from innocence into grim experience on a planet she never made... she had to be tough, or break. She had to wall the little girl off, most of the time, and put on the casing of the big, tough, capable bitch.

The Opium Khan surveys his situation, and seems about to speak. Then he looks at Edie, and for the first time she sees the truth of him. The hectoring matinee villain fades away, the cheery roguish smile vanishes, and in its place is the thing which locked a family in a room and incinerated them. It's like watching a snake rise from the corpse of a wolf. Another explosion rattles the room, closer this time.
"This no longer interests me," Shem Shem Tsien says flatly. "Kill them all. Put out the fire. I will want their heads, of course."

Throughout her rise to the top of the echelons of power, Malys smiled not once, her face ever a mask of self-assurance and contempt for the Dark Eldar that once more clawed and scraped for favour. When she is sure no-one is around, however, Malys will gaze long into her own reflection, grinning, then giggling, the bursting into terrifying seizures of laughter that seem for all the world to come from two throats at once.
Warhammer 40,000: Codex - Dark Eldar (5th ed)

I'm a shape shifter
At Poe's masquerade
Hiding both face and mind
All free for you to draw
I'm a shape shifter
Chained down to my core
Please don't take off my mask
My place to hide

Marco turned away from Jake. The grin disappeared. He looked like he wanted to cry.
Our eyes met again. And not for the first time I realized how smart Marco is underneath all the jokes. He knew we were going to do it. He knew his best friend's life might be the price we paid. He also knew we couldn't go into this hopeless battle thinking about nothing but that single, terrible fact.
Animorphs - Megamorphs #3


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