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4th Sep '17 3:28:24 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Anime/BokuNoHeroAcademia'' plays with, subverts, and justifies this two different times in two very unusual ways. The first way involves [[BigGood Symbol of Peace All-Might]], a titanic hero whose very punches can alter weather patterns. It is revealed that his massive form comes from his power and, as he puts it, "flexing", but when he stops flexing, he returns to his true form in a burst of smoke: an emaciated, skin-and-bones cripple that even someone who witnessed the transformation firsthand didn't believe it was still All-Might. The other case is Izuku Midoriya, who [[ItMakesSenseInContext was a powerless human who inherited All-Might's superpowers by eating his hair]] had to keep the source of his power a secret--and does so. What makes it Clark Kenting is that All Might and Izuku use the same power in a completely different way, with All Might using it as a LightningBruiser while Izuku uses it in a manner that [[GlassCannon surpasses All Might's own top power level...once, and then breaks the part of him the power was channeled through.]]

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* ''Anime/BokuNoHeroAcademia'' ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' plays with, subverts, and justifies this two different times in two very unusual ways. The first way involves [[BigGood Symbol of Peace All-Might]], is with [[TheCape All Might]], a titanic hero and muscular powerhouse whose very punches can alter weather patterns. It is patterns; however, it's revealed that his massive muscular form comes from his power and, as he puts it, "flexing", but when "flexing". When he stops flexing, "flexing" he returns to his true form in a burst of smoke: an emaciated, skin-and-bones cripple that even someone who witnessed the transformation firsthand didn't believe it was still All-Might. The other case is Izuku Midoriya, who [[ItMakesSenseInContext was a powerless human who inherited All-Might's superpowers by eating his hair]] had to keep the source of his power a secret--and does so. What makes it Clark Kenting is that All Might and Izuku use the same power in form: a completely different way, with unassuming guy who's skin-and-bones, thanks to an old wound that limits how much he can use his powers continuously. Early in the story All Might using it as a LightningBruiser while chooses the powerless Izuku uses Midoriya to inherit his powers, but they have to keep it in a manner secret lest villains realize that [[GlassCannon surpasses the "[[BigGood Symbol of Peace]]" is weakening. A few people like Izuku's classmates have noticed that his powers are physical enhancement-based like All Might's own top power level...once, and then breaks Might's, but the part of him fact that his usage doesn't include massive muscle gain just makes it look like they're similar rather than the power was channeled through.]]same.
25th Aug '17 6:37:47 AM CosmicFerret
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* On ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Oliver's disguise as the Hood is paper-thin. It literally consists of covering his hair with a hood, a little dark makeup around his eyes (and later, a mask made for him by [[TheFlash Barry Allen]]) and a voice modulator. Given that he is a very distinctive, handsome, man (with carefully maintained facial hair that's a toned-down version of his comic counterpart's) who is very famous in his city, even seeing two-thirds of his face should be enough to guess who he is.

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* On ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', Oliver's disguise as the Hood is paper-thin. It literally consists of covering his hair with a hood, a little dark makeup around his eyes (and later, a mask made for him by [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]]) and a voice modulator. Given that he is a very distinctive, handsome, man (with carefully maintained facial hair that's a toned-down version of his comic counterpart's) who is very famous in his city, even seeing two-thirds of his face should be enough to guess who he is.
25th Aug '17 3:17:14 AM ChronoLegion
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** The Atom, who appears in both series, wears a clear visor in his helmet, with an open chin. The helmet is even [[InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace lit on the inside]]...with lights that drastically change the contours of his face, at least when viewed at night, and leave his eyes heavily shadowed.

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** The Atom, Atom (whose alter-ego is a well-known billionaire), who appears in both series, wears a clear visor in his helmet, with an open chin. The helmet is even [[InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace lit on the inside]]...with lights that drastically change the contours of his face, at least when viewed at night, and leave his eyes heavily shadowed.shadowed.
** Cisco's Vibe costume doesn't hide much. It consists of glowing glasses and letting his long hair loose (he normally keeps it in a ponytail). Then again, he rarely leaves STAR Labs.
** Averted with Savitar, who wears glowing PoweredArmor that disguises his voice. The armor's primary use is to allow him to run extremely fast (even by speedster standards) without dying. [[spoiler:It also hides his identity as Barry's time remnant from the future]].



** In the 2016 Christmas episode "The Return of Doctor Mysterio", Grant Gordon assumes a civilian disguise, complete with glasses, when he's not being the superhero known as the Ghost. Lampshaded in the first sequence when the Doctor giddily discovers that Clark and Superman are the same person (he draws glasses on Superman's face to prove it). When Grant scoffs that everyone knows that already, the Doctor defensively points out that Lois Lane, an investigative reporter, hasn't caught on yet (foreshadowing Lucy Fletcher's cluelessness later on).

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** In the 2016 Christmas episode "The Return of Doctor Mysterio", Grant Gordon assumes a civilian disguise, complete with glasses, when he's not being the superhero known as the Ghost. Lampshaded in the first sequence when the Doctor giddily discovers that Clark and Superman are the same person (he draws glasses on Superman's face to prove it). When Grant scoffs that everyone knows that already, the Doctor defensively points out that Lois Lane, an investigative reporter, hasn't caught on yet (foreshadowing Lucy Fletcher's cluelessness later on). To be fair, though, the Ghost also wears a face-covering mask, styles his hair, and speaks in a deeper, more confident voice than Grant's normal persona.
17th Aug '17 3:05:28 PM KrspaceT
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** Lelouch and Nunnally are also exiled Britannian royalty, and they hide in plain sight under their real first names but using the made-up last name Lamperouge. Granted, they were somewhat obscure, were only kids when they were exiled, and the world at large thinks they died when they were kids, though one wonders what would have happened if one of their siblings looked at a phone book.

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** Lelouch and Nunnally are also exiled Britannian royalty, and they hide in plain sight under their real first names but using the made-up last name Lamperouge. Granted, they were somewhat obscure, were only kids when they were exiled, and the world at large thinks they died when they were kids, though one wonders what would have happened if one of their siblings looked at a phone book.book or a Ashford yearbook.



** Karina Lyle (Blue Rose) and Pao-lin (Dragon Kid) are also examples as they go unmasked all the time, using only colored wigs and, in Karina's case, makeup and colored contact lenses, to disguise their identities.

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** Karina Lyle (Blue Rose) and Pao-lin (Dragon Kid) are also examples as they go unmasked all the time, using only colored wigs and, in Karina's case, makeup and makeup, colored contact lenses, and breast padding, to disguise their identities.
2nd Aug '17 1:40:54 PM Thranx
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** Her go-to anecdote about this is that an adoring fan once recognized Creator/KitHarington and pressed his companion into taking pictures of them, never realizing that it was Clarke.
19th Jul '17 9:59:14 PM SubjectFive
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* ''Anime/BokuNoHeroAcademia'' plays with, subverts, and justifies this two different times in two very unusual ways. The first way involves [[BigGood Symbol of Peace All-Might]], a titanic hero whose very punches can alter weather patterns. It is revealed that his massive form comes from his power and, as he puts it, "flexing", but when he stops flexing, he returns to his true form in a burst of smoke: an emaciated, skin-and-bones cripple that even someone who witnessed the transformation firsthand didn't believe it was still All-Might. The other case is Izuku Midoriya, who [[ItMakesSenseInContext was a powerless human who inherited All-Might's superpowers by eating his hair]] had to keep the source of his power a secret--and does so. What makes it Clark Kenting is that All Might and Izuku use the same power in a completely different way, with All Might using it as a LightningBruiser while Izuku uses it in a manner that [[GlassCannon surpasses All Might's own top power level...once, and then breaks the part of him the power was channeled through.]]
17th Jul '17 9:26:11 AM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'':
14th Jul '17 4:46:34 PM HawkbitAlpha
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''Film/KillBill'': When the Bride finally confronts Bill, he monologues about the nature of [[SecretIdentity secret identities]] in superhero comics. Bill points out that, whereas most heroes have to put on the costume to become their alter egos, since Superman was born as the alien Kal-L, his alter ego is in fact Clark Kent. Bill theorizes that Clark Kent is Superman's critique of humanity, comparing him to the Bride trying to blend, in when she was really born to be a killer.
27th Jun '17 9:51:01 PM DA
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** Played straight with the Thnikkaman. No one seems to realize he's actually just Bubs in sunglasses and a piece of paper with a "TH" on it taped to his shirt. Coach Z even tried to "unmask" him, but failed hilariously.
16th Jun '17 3:29:17 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' along with a good dose of DramaticIrony as main heroes Ladybug/Marinette and Chat Noir/Adrien are classmates who sit back and front of one another in school, but all they have to "hide" their identities are [[DominoMask Domino Masks]]. Especially glaring since when she transforms Marinette's hairstyle remains the same, and her borderline obsessive crush on Adrien- which in turn leads to an infuriating case of LovesMyAlterEgo ''and'' UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo (infuriating both in and out-of-universe).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's Play Courtroom Drama", Mr. Cat wears a pair of glasses to become his own lawyer.

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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' along with a good dose of DramaticIrony as main heroes Ladybug/Marinette and Chat Noir/Adrien are classmates who sit back and front of one another in school, but all they have to "hide" their identities are [[DominoMask Domino Masks]].{{Domino Mask}}s. Especially glaring since when she transforms Marinette's hairstyle remains the same, and her borderline obsessive crush on Adrien- which in turn leads to an infuriating case of LovesMyAlterEgo ''and'' UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo (infuriating both in and out-of-universe).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
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In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' episode "Let's "[[CourtroomEpisode Let's Play Courtroom Drama", Drama]]", Mr. Cat wears a pair of glasses to become his own lawyer.lawyer.
** The trope is parodied in another episode where Mr. Cat wears a pair of glasses again, and [[TheDitz Stumpy]] believes that he is someone else (though everyone else could tell who it was).
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