"The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club!" "Masquerade! Paper faces on parade! Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you!
Agent Kay: We do NOT discharge our weapons in view of the public!
Hey, we ain't got time for this cover-up bullshit
! Maybe you've forgotten, but there's an Arquillian battle cruiser...
"Anonymity is Synonymous With Longevity." "You've just seen behind a curtain you weren't even supposed to know existed." "You...better wake up. The world you live in is just a sugar-coated topping. There is another world, beneath it. The real world. And if you wanna survive it, you better learn to pull the trigger!" "Are you sure you want to see what's on the other side? Be sure. Say yes, and I'll show you the way to the people who've been hiding themselves from you all along. You'll get one moon, one month. But be sure. Swear it on your name that you won't tell anyone else, or you'll wish you'd never met me."
James Edwards: Why the big secret? People are smart, they can handle it.
is smart. People
are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it. 1500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and 15 minutes ago, you knew that people were alone on this planet. Imagine what you'll know tomorrow...
The passion of my clan, to be at one with them, and hidden from the world outside.
A promise that I keep-
I'll never share,
I'll never speak,
To my grave the secret goes...
— "A Promise That I Keep", by Klause White
Yesterday, my life's like, "Uh oh, pop quiz!" Today it's "rain of toads". A world where creatures of ancient myth and gods long thought dead walk unnoticed along the crowded streets of Manhattan. Where ladies of Faerie dance lonely nights away, bathed in soft neon glare.
— The comic Aria's blurb
We go hideaway in daylight
We go undercover, wait out the sun
Got a secret side in plain sight
Where the streets are empty
That's where we run...
— Alesso, "Heroes"
"Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they'll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I'm not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too..."
— Mercy Thompson, Moon Called'
"Humans were very stuck in their belief that there was nothing hiding in the darkness, even as those very things slipped up beside them and asked to borrow a cigarette."
There is a world beyond the world, a place of magic and mysteries, evils and enchantments, marvels and wonders. And you are never more than a breath away from any of it. Open the right door, walk down the wrong street, and you can find waiting for you every dream you ever had- including all the bad ones. Secrets and mysteries will open themselves to you, if something more or less than human doesn't find you first. Magic is real, and so are gods and monsters.
There is a world beyond the world. But some things never change.
— Drinking Midnight Wine, by Simon Green
Before we go any further, allow me to tell you that you're getting an unprecedented opportunity here. My kind doesn't talk about itself to you kind - not now and, for the most part, not ever. We've spent five centuries weaving a stage curtain that we call the Masquerade to hide the real show from you, but in the end, it comes down to one simple fact: we vampires don't want you mortals knowing we're out there. It's for the same reason the wolf doesn't want the sheep knowing he's around. It makes our work so much easier.
: People cannot possibly
be better off kept in the dark. Mr. Verres
: You know that man in the ambulance right now? The man capable of, and having already done
, absolutely horrible things? There is NOTHING special about him
. He's just an average jerk who, when younger, stumbled on a way to gain use of magic that almost anyone on the planet
could use. You want a real-life, non-hypothetical example of why
there's so much secrecy? It's lying in the back of that ambulance. Nanase
: I'm not sure how I feel about that. Mr. Verres
: Whatever good
general knowledge of magic could do, the potential damage
. Sometimes withholding information is the best thing you can do for people.
One of the Council's
primary duties is to keep the secret world and the mundane world discrete. Understand, we are not cover-up artists. We are not the enemies of enlightenment. Enlightenment is as vital to society as water is to life. But so too is water corrosive: too much, and it drowns life. Too much, and it rends the earth, destroys entire cities. We are the levy. We are the dam. We are the membrane. We hold back the tidal wave of enlightenment that would wash our world away.
Okay. All right. Lets admit defeat. Lets just go ahead, call in the troops, and let them raze Sunnydale. I have enough of a time keeping my own activities a secret, Kara. Do you honestly think we can keep the lid on things when the Justice League
come to town? Supergirl:
Start making sense. Buffy:
I am! Do you know how strong most peoples sense of denial is? In some cases, its the only thing that keeps them going. Look. What do you think would be the effect when people all over the country learn that vampires really exist? Supergirl:
They already know a lot of evil things exist, Buffy. Super-villains, criminals, alien enemies from dozens of planets. Buffy:
True enough. But supposing they learn that there are really things out there in the night that want to kill them, suck their blood, and make them like a recruiting poster with Dracula pointing at em and saying, I Vant You?
Alan... Alan... Just how stupid do you think the average man is, boy? Alan:
(sighing) I don't know, Uncle George. You tell *me*. How stupid *do* I think the average man is? George:
Pretty damn stupid, Alan. For over five hundred years there's been a Superman
. Since the Prime Superman of the Twentieth. Everyone knows that. Don't you imagine that the general populace might— just might, mind you!—have figured out that, by the simplest laws of genetics and mathematics, there *has* to be more than one of us? Alan:
Of course, they know, Uncle George. Most of them. When they think about it. Which isn't often. Uncle George, don't *do* this. Please. Listen to me. As long as we don't rub their faces in it ... as long they see only one of us, a hero, they aren't threatened. It's easy for them to ignore the fact that there have to be others. They can even accept the existence of a Superboy
. Or a Supergirl
. But ... Rao's flames! There are over two hundred of us here! They'd never accept that! Never! You have to think of the Family!
"Basically, the Earth is currently home to eleven alien species at the moment, and these are just the ones our clean-up crews are aware of."
"Witches live among us in secret. Their magic passed down from an ancient race, diluted, half-forgotten, but dangerously powerful. After centuries of conflict, a truce was forged. Witches would be allowed to live and govern themselves if they followed one strict rule, that magic never be used against humans."