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Centuries have been achieved with my aid.
I wear my hair in one very long braid.

Exploding cars you need? I'll get one made.
Please go and stand up in line till you've paid.

Actors awaiting their turn in the shade.
Can you locate me in this masquerade?

Who am I?

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Centuries have been achieved with my aid

Cue - used to make 100+ breaks in snooker.

I wear my hair in one very long braid

queue - the traditional Chinese male hairstyle of one long braid.
Original try: q - the single tail of the letter is your hair.

Exploding cars you need, I'll get one made.

Q - the ingenious designer from James Bond.

Please go and stand in line till you've paid

queue - waiting in line to pay at the till.

Actors awaiting their turn in the shade

cue - for actors to take their part on stage.

Can you locate me in this masquerade.

masquerade

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  • $\begingroup$ haha much better than my answer :) $\endgroup$ – 1848 Aug 16 '18 at 8:28
  • $\begingroup$ @1848 - your answer is classically excellent and very interesting! $\endgroup$ – Tom Aug 16 '18 at 8:32
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    $\begingroup$ Correct again. You're a beast. I was thinking about something else for line 2, though :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Aug 16 '18 at 10:47
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Actually I think that the Tom's answer is the correct solution, but here is one that fits almost too easily:

film, as in movies

Centuries have been achieved with my aid.

Cinema, though not old itself, can and does depict many ages. Also 20th Century Fox, as suggested by LinuxBlanket.

I wear my hair in one very long braid.

Film is wound up on a reel in one long strip

Exploding cars you need? I'll get one made.

Exploding cars are a staple of many action movies.

Please go and stand up in line till you've paid.

People often wait in line for a movie ticket on opening nights for popular titles.

Actors awaiting their turn in the shade.

Actors play in films (duh!).

Can you locate me in this masquerade?

Films are all about roles and masks and creating nonexistent characters.

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe the first line is a reference to rot13(20gu Praghel Sbk) $\endgroup$ – LinuxBlanket Aug 16 '18 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ @LinuxBlanket good suggestion, gonna add it in $\endgroup$ – J.E Aug 16 '18 at 9:37
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Hopefully I'm not reading too much into things.

fate?

Line 1

fate drives history.

Line 2

The greek goddess Clotho spins the 'thread' of fate. Thread is many fibers (hairs) twisted together (in a braid).

Line 3

Fate makes unpredictable and chance things happen.

Line 4

Standing in line means not 'cutting' the line. Atropos cuts the thread of fate when a mortal is supposed to die.

Line 5

Assuming that one's 'turn in the shade' means one's turn in the spotlight/fame, then fate should play a role in determining whether an actor gets a lucky break.

Of course I could be completely off :)

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