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28th Sep '16 5:42:42 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* One retrospective done on Superman's [[MilestoneCelebration fiftieth birthday]] suggested there was ''one'' fellow in Metropolis who caught on - his drycleaner. ("Suffice to say I've never seen them come in here together," he said with a short chuckle.)
28th Sep '16 5:39:10 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** The trope is arodied heavily with Duck Edwing's "Avenging Oar" cartoons, with the eponymous hero being an {{expy}} of Franchise/{{Zorro}} who appeared on a slave galley to beat the cruel slave driver senseless. It was pretty obvious he was one of the galley slaves (likely the one with the horse seated next to him) but nobody seemed able to put two and two together.
24th Sep '16 2:53:10 PM ExeloMinish
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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' in general usually doesn't have this problem, as their suits are full-body covering, complete with large helmet (they are ''Masked'' Riders, after all), but an issue comes up for quite a few of them: their cool, {{Toyetic}} vehicles, which most of them drive in both identities. No one seems to connect Series/KamenRiderDouble to the fairly well-known PrivateDetective going around on the half-green-half-black bike covered in W motifs, or notice that police officer Shinnosuke Tomari's one of a kind CoolCar looks exactly like Series/KamenRiderDrive's Tridoron with the police's logo pasted on it. The worst is probably Series/KamenRiderKuuga, who on one hand has the good idea to use his powers to change the paint job of his CoolBike when transforming... but on the other, random NiceGuy Yuusuke Godai now drives around a ''unique prototype bike Kuuga stole from the police''. And in fact regularly makes visits to the police station, still on said bike. [[spoiler: Drive and Kuuga do eventually lose their SecretIdentity, but on their own accord rather than getting found out.]]
24th Sep '16 1:03:15 AM Eagal
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* Then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0QVvbhMm24 this]] [[SarcasticConfession clip]] from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. He even lowers his glasses!
** And [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIaF0QKtY0c in this clip]], we see how Christopher Reeve really sold the difference between Kent and Superman through posture and vocal changes.

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* Then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0QVvbhMm24 this]] clip from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' where Clark [[SarcasticConfession clip]] admits to being Superman]] to Lois, but claims he only does it to scoop stories from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.her. He even lowers his glasses!
** And * The original film series does a decent job at it. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIaF0QKtY0c in In this clip]], we see how Christopher Reeve really sold the difference between Kent and Superman through posture and vocal changes.



** Darkseid is probably either misled by the same logic as Luthor above (Darkseid would never pretend to be that weak, so neither would Superman), or ''isn't'' misled at all but is playing along for his own reasons... information that isn't obviously and immediately helpful right now can still be put aside for possible use at some later date.
*** It was fairly obvious that Darkseid ''wasn't'' misled and ''was'' playing along...or at least, he seems completely unsurprised when Superman appears on Apokolips out of nowhere, after Darkseid threw Clark Kent out of his palace.



%% Broken link, which is why it should have had a description instead of just a link. * As [[http://threepanelsoul.com/2012/03/12/on-secret-identities/ this]] ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'' strip illustrates, a good shirt is an essential part of the disguise.



** Dean Cain however, was pretty good at playing the dual roles convincingly, the glasses and different hairstyles as Clark and Superman made them look different enough that they weren't immediately recognisable as the same person, and he also made their voices and body language subtly different.
** Tempus (a villain from the future) calls Lois the dumbest woman in history for falling for this trick (in the future, everyone knows the truth). However, when he attempts to out Superman's secret identity in putlic, it fails because a Superman from an alternate universe is there to help sell the lie. After all, it's kinda hard to insist that Superman is Clark Kent, when they're both standing right there.

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** Dean Cain however, was pretty good at playing the dual roles convincingly, the glasses and different hairstyles as Clark and Superman made them look different enough that they weren't immediately recognisable recognizable as the same person, and he also made their voices and body language subtly different.
** Tempus (a villain from the future) calls Lois the dumbest woman in history for falling for this trick (in the future, everyone knows the truth). However, when he attempts to out Superman's secret identity in putlic, public, it fails because a Superman from an alternate universe is there to help sell the lie. After all, it's kinda hard to insist that Superman is Clark Kent, when they're both standing right there.
19th Sep '16 9:11:43 AM Malachi108
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* Taken UpToEleven when Creator/HenryCavill wandered around Times Square and wasn't recognized, despite there being large ads for ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' in the area and the fact that he was ''wearing a Superman shirt.''

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* Taken UpToEleven when Creator/HenryCavill [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rho-OdAxvV8 wandered around Times Square and wasn't recognized, recognized]], despite there being large ads for ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' in the area and the fact that he was ''wearing a Superman shirt.''
17th Sep '16 6:35:07 AM AnotherGuy
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** Addressed early when Kara wonders how she'll conduct an interview (as Supergirl) with her boss Cat Grant without being recognized. Ironically, what causes Cat to eventually figure it out is the precise thing that James said would protect Kara: Cat could never see her mousey assistant as a hero. After ''Kara'' saved Cat's job following a computer hack, Cat could see Kara as a hero and was able to put the pieces together.

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** Addressed early when Kara wonders how she'll conduct an interview (as Supergirl) with her boss Cat Grant without being recognized. Ironically, what causes Cat to eventually figure it out is the precise thing that James said would protect Kara: Cat could never see her mousey assistant as a hero. After ''Kara'' saved Cat's job following a computer hack, Cat could see Kara as a hero and was able to put the pieces together. The best part? Even though Kara is Supergirl, Kara looks ''nothing'' like Supergirl. When Cat demands Kara remove her glasses, she still looks far different than her superhero identity, so much so that the audience will think Cat is an idiot for thinking the two are the same ''even though they are''. [[spoiler: J'onn J'onnz shapeshifting as Supergirl]] convinces Cat they're two different people, and she mutters, "And by the way, you were right. You look ''nothing'' like Supergirl!"
14th Sep '16 2:54:38 PM ladyofthelibrary
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** Ironically Bruce gives a surprisingly sound explanation for why this is possible, quoted below (part of the omitted portion of the text referencing the TropeNamer).
--> "Magic...several ancient cultures had beliefs, rituals, and ceremonies surrounding masks. The idea of the use of the masks was that, in donning it, you became the entity the mask represented, leaving your normal identity behind. My own experience has since revealed that those ancient cultures had a great deal of powerful magic at their disposal. It could very well be that there's some sort of magic behind that concept of masks suppressing your true self, bound in the very weft of Earth's magical field...one that protects those who don masks - metaphorical or otherwise - to protect people."
14th Sep '16 1:14:59 PM StFan
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* In earlier Superman comics, he had minor ShapeShifting abilities that allowed him to look ever so slightly different as Clark Kent. This was attributed to his fantastic "[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower facial muscle control]]", a HandWave previously used by several PulpMagazine heroes to explain their MasterOfDisguise ability without making them seem too unmanly by wearing makeup. This explanation vanished as the trope fell out of use.

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* In earlier Superman ''Superman'' comics, he had minor ShapeShifting abilities that allowed him to look ever so slightly different as Clark Kent. This was attributed to his fantastic "[[CharlesAtlasSuperpower facial muscle control]]", a HandWave previously used by several PulpMagazine heroes to explain their MasterOfDisguise ability without making them seem too unmanly by wearing makeup. This explanation vanished as the trope fell out of use.



--->'''Green Lantern:''' Clark hides behind a pair of glasses and you're worrying about me?
--->'''Flash:''' Clark slouches, wears clothes two sizes too big, and raises his voice an octave.

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--->'''Green Lantern:''' Clark hides behind a pair of glasses and you're worrying about me?
--->'''Flash:'''
me?\\
'''Flash:'''
Clark slouches, wears clothes two sizes too big, and raises his voice an octave.



--->'''Lois:''' No offense, honey, but who would fall for such stupid stories?
--->'''Clark:''' Um, you did, Lois. All the time.

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--->'''Lois:''' No offense, honey, but who would fall for such stupid stories?
--->'''Clark:'''
stories?\\
'''Clark:'''
Um, you did, Lois. All the time.



-->'''Perry White:''' This guy is really not pulling off this whole "Clark Kent" routine.
-->'''Lois Lane:''' At least he's calling himself "Clark Kent" now. I mean, remember when he first got here, he was calling himself "Supe R. Mann"?

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-->'''Perry White:''' This guy is really not pulling off this whole "Clark Kent" routine.
-->'''Lois
routine.\\
'''Lois
Lane:''' At least he's calling himself "Clark Kent" now. I mean, remember when he first got here, he was calling himself "Supe R. Mann"?



* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', the cinematic reboot of the ''Superman'' films, ClarkKenting is deconstructed and reconstructed, Lois tracks Clark Kent through his aliases and good deeds, but he goes through a variety of looks in the movie, including a full beard, partial stubble, clean shaven with his hair slicked back and slouching with hats covering his face. Then when he joins the Daily Planet, his disguise is nothing but messy hair, a pair of very thick glasses (which he almost forgot to put on), lots of conflicting patterns and a tweed jacket and a less commanding voice. Lois obviously has no trouble recognizing him, but she plays along so the rest of the Daily Planet doesn't find out. Justified since she's spoken to Superman - slicked back hair and perfect posture in costume, (and Clark Kent, slouching but with a baseball cap covering his face and normal casual clothes, and a previous alias Joe, covered in snow gear and with facial stubble) personally several times while the others have yet to have seen him up close. Henry Cavill actually pulls off looking different, more or less (he's practically invisible as Joe the first time he and Lois meet), until the last version which may have been a shout out to ClarkKenting, in general.
** It does pull off an effective instance on the viewer. When Lois first arrives in the arctic, "Joe" is asked to carry her bags -- he's slouching, with a hat on, and the only hint that it's Clark is when Lois warns him that her bags are heavy, moments after he's already picked them all up. It took some viewers a couple viewings to realize it was Clark at all.

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* In ''Film/ManOfSteel'', the cinematic reboot of the ''Superman'' films, ClarkKenting Clark Kenting is deconstructed and reconstructed, reconstructed. Lois tracks Clark Kent through his aliases and good deeds, but he goes through a variety of looks in the movie, including a full beard, partial stubble, clean shaven with his hair slicked back and slouching with hats covering his face. Then when he joins the Daily Planet, his disguise is nothing but messy hair, a pair of very thick glasses (which he almost forgot to put on), lots of conflicting patterns and a tweed jacket and a less commanding voice. Lois obviously has no trouble recognizing him, but she plays along so the rest of the Daily Planet doesn't find out. Justified since she's spoken to Superman - -- slicked back hair and perfect posture in costume, (and Clark Kent, slouching but with a baseball cap covering his face and normal casual clothes, and a previous alias Joe, covered in snow gear and with facial stubble) personally several times while the others have yet to have seen him up close. Henry Cavill actually pulls off looking different, more or less (he's practically invisible as Joe the first time he and Lois meet), until the last version which may have been a shout out to ClarkKenting, in general.
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general. It does pull off an effective instance on the viewer. When Lois first arrives in the arctic, "Joe" is asked to carry her bags -- he's slouching, with a hat on, and the only hint that it's Clark is when Lois warns him that her bags are heavy, moments after he's already picked them all up. It took some viewers a couple viewings to realize it was Clark at all.



* In ''{{Moetan}}'' (a parody of magical girl anime featuring a protagonist who tutors students in English), the magical girl of the show almost blows her own cover. One of her first lessons to her classmate/crush is, in Japanese and English, "Don't you think that magical girls look the same even after they transform?"

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* In ''{{Moetan}}'' ''Moetan'' (a parody of magical girl anime featuring a protagonist who tutors students in English), the magical girl of the show almost blows her own cover. One of her first lessons to her classmate/crush is, in Japanese and English, "Don't you think that magical girls look the same even after they transform?"



* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma was able to trick Ryōga into thinking that female Ranma was his sister, just by putting on fake fangs and a head band (and despite the fact that Ryōga has ''no'' sister). This was neither the first, nor the last time Ryōga fell for [[WigDressAccent such a disguise]].
** However, it only works on Ryōga. Akane can still tell she's Ranma, though in the above case she was temporarily confused by Ryōga introducing "Yoiko" as his sister, not having realised how thick the Lost boy could be.
* Subverted in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' During the badge collection game, Yuna tries to trick Nodoka and Yue out of their badges, disguising herself with a mask during a festival. However, the two quickly realize who it is, as her distinctive side ponytail is quite clearly visible.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma was is able to trick Ryōga into thinking that female Ranma was his sister, just by putting on fake fangs and a head band (and despite the fact that Ryōga has ''no'' sister). This was neither the first, nor the last time Ryōga fell for [[WigDressAccent such a disguise]].
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disguise]]. However, it only works on Ryōga. Akane can still tell she's Ranma, though in the above case she was temporarily confused by Ryōga introducing "Yoiko" as his sister, not having realised realized how thick the Lost boy could be.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
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Subverted in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' During during the badge collection game, Yuna tries to trick Nodoka and Yue out of their badges, disguising herself with a mask during a festival. However, the two quickly realize who it is, as her distinctive side ponytail is quite clearly visible.



* After the successful hijacking of a plane with Yutaka Takenouchi headed towards the US, one of the hijackers tries to avoid arrest by going to ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' and disguising as Takenouchi himself. The hijacker's disguise is actually his own mask with the kanji for 'Take' in 'Takenouchi' imprinted on it, but it somehow fools everybody in Cromartie into thinking he ''is'' Takenouchi. His disguise is a setup for some crazy situations, one in which Masked Takenouchi tells a story that gives the impression that Takenouchi has changed his character for the better, as if he had a rough life and a big criminal record. (The imposter is in his 30's.)
** Hayashida finally figures out at the beginning of ''Cromartie'' Volume 4 that there are TWO Takenouchis, as the real one has finally come back to the US... on a bullet train with Cromartie's students on it. [[spoiler: It doesn't help at all, then, that Masked Takenouchi suffers from motion sickness as well.]]
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is another MagicalGirl anime that uses this trope. Ahiru doesn't really look all that different from Princess Tutu at first glance--even her IdiotHair is still there, although the rest of her hairstyle seems to be cut shorter. However, Fakir is ''actively'' looking for Tutu and never notices the resemblance until Ahiru behaves so suspiciously (while wearing the necklace that Fakir ''knows'' Tutu needs to transform) that Fakir CAN'T deny it anymore. However, the trope is {{justified|Trope}} similarly to Christopher Reeves' Superman--While Ahiru is klutzy, an awkward dancer and scatterbrained, Princess Tutu is graceful, poised, and expresses herself easily. Also, Tutu looks like an older version of Ahiru, including gaining a few inches of height and [[MostCommonSuperpower a more womanly figure]].

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* After the successful hijacking of a plane with Yutaka Takenouchi headed towards the US, one of the hijackers tries to avoid arrest by going to ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' and disguising as Takenouchi himself. The hijacker's disguise is actually his own mask with the kanji for 'Take' in 'Takenouchi' imprinted on it, but it somehow fools everybody in Cromartie into thinking he ''is'' Takenouchi. His disguise is a setup for some crazy situations, one in which Masked Takenouchi tells a story that gives the impression that Takenouchi has changed his character for the better, as if he had a rough life and a big criminal record. (The imposter is in his 30's.)
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) Hayashida finally figures out at the beginning of ''Cromartie'' Volume 4 that there are TWO Takenouchis, as the real one has finally come back to the US... on a bullet train with Cromartie's students on it. [[spoiler: It doesn't help at all, then, that Masked Takenouchi suffers from motion sickness as well.]]
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is another MagicalGirl anime that uses this trope. trope.
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Ahiru doesn't really look all that different from Princess Tutu at first glance--even glance -- even her IdiotHair is still there, although the rest of her hairstyle seems to be cut shorter. However, Fakir is ''actively'' looking for Tutu and never notices the resemblance until Ahiru behaves so suspiciously (while wearing the necklace that Fakir ''knows'' Tutu needs to transform) that Fakir CAN'T deny it anymore. However, the trope is {{justified|Trope}} similarly to Christopher Reeves' Superman--While Superman -- while Ahiru is klutzy, an awkward dancer and scatterbrained, Princess Tutu is graceful, poised, and expresses herself easily. Also, Tutu looks like an older version of Ahiru, including gaining a few inches of height and [[MostCommonSuperpower a more womanly figure]]. Plus, to most people, Princess Tutu appears to be an enormous swan.



** Also to most people, Princess Tutu appears to be an enormous swan.
* Not only doesn't anyone deduce any main character's secret identity in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' (despite them using no disguise at all, with the exception of Tuxedo Mask and Sailor V), but most of the time the villains don't even bother to try. Notable exceptions are Nephrite and Zoisite: The former tried to find Sailor Moon by sending fake love letters from Tuxedo Mask, but eventually followed a false trail in the form of Naru; the latter discovered Tuxedo Mask's identity by pulling off his mask, proving that Clark Kenting seems to work on everyone but him. Most other adaptations don't seem to use the trope explicitly, although there they tend not to meet people they know while in costume anyway.

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** Also to most people, Princess Tutu appears to be an enormous swan.
* Not only doesn't anyone deduce any main character's secret identity in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' (despite them using no disguise at all, with the exception of Tuxedo Mask and Sailor V), but most of the time the villains don't even bother to try. try.
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Notable exceptions are Nephrite and Zoisite: The former tried to find Sailor Moon by sending fake love letters from Tuxedo Mask, but eventually followed a false trail in the form of Naru; the latter discovered Tuxedo Mask's identity by pulling off his mask, proving that Clark Kenting seems to work on everyone but him. Most other adaptations don't seem to use the trope explicitly, although there they tend not to meet people they know while in costume anyway.



* ''[[{{ComicBook/Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'' stories usually play this trope straight:

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* ''[[{{ComicBook/Shazam}} ''[[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'' stories usually play this trope straight:



* In one issue of ''The Uncanny Comicbook/XMen'' the beaten up father of Bobby Drake/Iceman, while lying in a hospital, asks ComicBook/{{Gambit}} a few questions. Bobby's father doesn't understand why some people engage in the X-Men although some of them are perfectly fine looking, just like Gambit, seeming to ignore his pretty unusual eyes. One can't blame him for that, even many colorists forget that Gambit doesn't have normal eyes, or make them blue instead of red.
** Gambit's eyes are also hypnotic. It's possible that people just don't notice them.
* Like everything else about Superman, this was parodied/deconstructed in ''ComicBook/SupremePower''. Mark Milton tells his government handlers he can disguise himself -- and puts on a pair of glasses. The agents just shoot him ''[[WhatAnIdiot that look]]''. The fact that Hyperion has no secret identity and thus no real human contact is one of the reasons he becomes so unhinged later. Goddammit, they should've let him wear the glasses...
** His original ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' counterpart wore a tiny domino mask as Hyperion that covered no more than glasses would, and when the Squadron "went public", he removed it on television as if it were a dramatic [[TheReveal Reveal]].

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* In one issue of ''The Uncanny Comicbook/XMen'' the beaten up father of Bobby Drake/Iceman, while lying in a hospital, asks ComicBook/{{Gambit}} a few questions. Bobby's father doesn't understand why some people engage in the X-Men although some of them are perfectly fine looking, just like Gambit, seeming to ignore his pretty unusual eyes. One can't blame him for that, even many colorists forget that Gambit doesn't have normal eyes, or make them blue instead of red.
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red. Gambit's eyes are also hypnotic. It's possible that people just don't notice them.
* Like everything else about Superman, this was parodied/deconstructed in ''ComicBook/SupremePower''. Mark Milton tells his government handlers he can disguise himself -- and puts on a pair of glasses. The agents just shoot him ''[[WhatAnIdiot that look]]''. The fact that Hyperion has no secret identity and thus no real human contact is one of the reasons he becomes so unhinged later. Goddammit, they should've let him wear the glasses...
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glasses... His original ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' counterpart wore a tiny domino mask as Hyperion that covered no more than glasses would, and when the Squadron "went public", he removed it on television as if it were a dramatic [[TheReveal Reveal]].



* In various incarnations of the ComicBook/TeenTitans, Beast Boy puts Raven's attempt at a secret identity through its paces by frequently going to see her at school. None of her classmates seem to find it odd that she's constantly talking to green animals, though.
** The [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans 2003 animation]] even lampshades it?
---> '''Raven:''' What secret identity? You're ''green''!
* Kyle Rayner's first appearance as the new Franchise/GreenLantern, before he chose the mask that covers most of his face, suggests that some people will be fooled and others won't. A woman rushes up to him proclaiming that he saved her years ago and asks if he remembers her, while a man comments on the new Green Lantern's different hair. Later stories suggested that no-one who knew him was fooled; the mask may have covered his face, but to anyone familiar with his artwork it was recognisably a Kyle Rayner design.
** Although Hal Jordan plays this straight where even his boss and love interest Carol Ferris doesn't recognize him past that little domino mask he has. You'd think that she would recognize the facial structure of somebody that keeps ask her out on dates.

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* In various incarnations of the ComicBook/TeenTitans, Beast Boy puts Raven's attempt at a secret identity through its paces by frequently going to see her at school. None of her classmates seem to find it odd that she's constantly talking to green animals, though.
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though. The [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans 2003 animation]] even lampshades it?
---> '''Raven:'''
it.
-->'''Raven:'''
What secret identity? You're ''green''!
* Kyle Rayner's first appearance as the new Franchise/GreenLantern, before he chose the mask that covers most of his face, suggests that some people will be fooled and others won't. A woman rushes up to him proclaiming that he saved her years ago and asks if he remembers her, while a man comments on the new Green Lantern's different hair. Later stories suggested that no-one who knew him was fooled; the mask may have covered his face, but to anyone familiar with his artwork it was recognisably a Kyle Rayner design.
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design. Although Hal Jordan plays this straight where even his boss and love interest Carol Ferris doesn't recognize him past that little domino mask he has. You'd think that she would recognize the facial structure of somebody that keeps ask her out on dates.



* For a brief time in ''ComicBook/IronMan'', Tony Stark decided to become a normal 9-to-5 worker and so he shaved off his facial hair and put on a pair of glasses.

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* ''ComicBook/IronMan'':
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For a brief time in ''ComicBook/IronMan'', , Tony Stark decided to become a normal 9-to-5 worker and so he shaved off his facial hair and put on a pair of glasses.



* Somewhat mocked in ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', where while stalling for time, the titular heroine tells her captors that she's actually a guy and is wearing a highly convincing 'gynocamoflauge' suit to appear female, as nobody would suspect a hero's secret identity to be the opposite sex. When they buy it (because everyone ''knows'' superheroes are messed up), she goes on to claim that one of her male teammates is a woman in a male-looking armoured suit which she originally built to control her hot flashes, a female one is really a guy with ''very'' nice legs, and a third is actually a mutated cocker spaniel. Said teammates are ''not'' happy about this when the 'truth' hits the headlines.
** Although Emp wears a mask as part of her standard costume ([[ClothingDamage which is usually the only part of her costume to stay on]], she had a job at one point as an Empowered impersonator, and put on a completely unconvincing Southern accent as part of her 'disguise'. Well, in addition to the knockoff Empowered costume.
*** Would you expect a superhero to work as an impersonator of herself? I wouldn't, and apparently the other superhero impersonators and a legitimate supervillain didn't too.

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* Somewhat mocked in ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', where while stalling for time, the titular heroine tells her captors that she's actually a guy and is wearing a highly convincing 'gynocamoflauge' "gynocamoflauge" suit to appear female, as nobody would suspect a hero's secret identity to be the opposite sex. When they buy it (because everyone ''knows'' superheroes are messed up), she goes on to claim that one of her male teammates is a woman in a male-looking armoured suit which she originally built to control her hot flashes, a female one is really a guy with ''very'' nice legs, and a third is actually a mutated cocker spaniel. Said teammates are ''not'' happy about this when the 'truth' "truth" hits the headlines.
** Although Emp wears a mask as part of her standard costume ([[ClothingDamage which is usually the only part of her costume to stay on]], she had a job at one point as an Empowered impersonator, and put on a completely unconvincing Southern accent as part of her 'disguise'. Well, in addition to the knockoff Empowered costume.
*** Would you expect a superhero to work as an impersonator of herself? I wouldn't, and apparently the other superhero impersonators and a legitimate supervillain didn't too.
headlines.



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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''. Have you ever seen a blue dog, or a tourist with four eyes?
** Stitch, however, does get questioned by Nani and the petstore owner. Myrtle also doesn't seem to quite buy the "dog" story, either. It's Jamba and Pleakly who follow this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio 2}}'', Pedro and Nico don't seem to realize the very talented cockatoo with the leaf over his face is Nigel, the antagonist from the first film. Rafael is at the very least suspicious.

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* ''Disney/LiloAndStitch''. Have you ever seen a blue dog, or a tourist with four eyes?
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eyes? Stitch, however, does get questioned by Nani and the petstore owner. Myrtle also doesn't seem to quite buy the "dog" story, either. It's Jamba and Pleakly who follow this trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio 2}}'', ''WesternAnimation/Rio2'', Pedro and Nico don't seem to realize the very talented cockatoo with the leaf over his face is Nigel, the antagonist from the first film. Rafael is at the very least suspicious.



* Nobody reconizes Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' at the ball as the stepdaughter/servant of the Tremaines. It might be justified by having been kept in her WickedStepmother' house since she was a young girl. But neither her stepsisters or stepmother recognize her, though it's not clear how good of a look they got.
** In [[Film/{{Cinderella 2015}} the live-action 2015 remake]], her family not recognizing her is justified; [[AWizardDidIt the Fairy Godmother casts a spell on her]] that keeps her identity secret from them, though not on the Prince, who does recognize her as the woman he met earlier in the forest. [[spoiler:And after the ball, Lady Tremaine manages to put the clues together.]]

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* Nobody reconizes recognizes Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' at the ball as the stepdaughter/servant of the Tremaines. It might be justified by having been kept in her WickedStepmother' house since she was a young girl. But neither her stepsisters or stepmother recognize her, though it's not clear how good of a look they got.
** In [[Film/{{Cinderella 2015}} the live-action 2015 remake]], her family not recognizing her is justified; [[AWizardDidIt the Fairy Godmother casts a spell on her]] that keeps her identity secret from them, though not on the Prince, who does recognize her as the woman he met earlier in the forest. [[spoiler:And after the ball, Lady Tremaine manages to put the clues together.]]
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* In the live-action 2015 remake of Film/{{Cinderella|2015}}, her family not recognizing her is justified; [[AWizardDidIt the Fairy Godmother casts a spell on her]] that keeps her identity secret from them, though not on the Prince, who does recognize her as the woman he met earlier in the forest. [[spoiler:And after the ball, Lady Tremaine manages to put the clues together.]]



** Ditto for the ''{{Film/Supergirl}}'' film as well. Kara's civilian identity involves giving herself a completely different hairstyle (brown, shorter and curlier). {{Linkara}} also points out a few minor differences in Helen Slater's performance, that help make it believable that they are two different people. It probably also helps that nobody has any idea who Supergirl is for the first half of the movie.

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** Ditto for the ''{{Film/Supergirl}}'' ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'' film as well. Kara's civilian identity involves giving herself a completely different hairstyle (brown, shorter and curlier). {{Linkara}} Linkara also points out a few minor differences in Helen Slater's performance, that help make it believable that they are two different people. It probably also helps that nobody has any idea who Supergirl is for the first half of the movie.



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* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' - see Trope Namer.

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* ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' - ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' -- see Trope Namer.



-->'''[[spoiler: Maseo]]:''' That disguise would not work [[CallForward even if you covered your face in grease paint]].

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-->'''[[spoiler: --->'''[[spoiler: Maseo]]:''' That disguise would not work [[CallForward even if you covered your face in grease paint]].



* The ''PowerRangers''. You'd think with face-concealing helmets they'd have it made, but their idea of keeping their identities secret is to always hang out together and [[ColorCodedCharacters wear clothes that, in some way, correspond to which Ranger color they are.]] The original Rangers seemed to own ''nothing'' that wasn't their Ranger color (to some actors leaving the series with an "I don't wanna see anything pink again as long as I live!" attitude toward their colors.)

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* The ''PowerRangers''.''Franchise/PowerRangers''. You'd think with face-concealing helmets they'd have it made, but their idea of keeping their identities secret is to always hang out together and [[ColorCodedCharacters wear clothes that, in some way, correspond to which Ranger color they are.]] The original Rangers seemed to own ''nothing'' that wasn't their Ranger color (to some actors leaving the series with an "I don't wanna see anything pink again as long as I live!" attitude toward their colors.)



* In ''UnhappilyEverAfter'', Tiffany tests the theory that guys only like dumb girls by chatting up the same guy in the school library as though she were two different people, one smart and one [[ObfuscatingStupidity stupid]]. The only visual difference between her two personae is a pair of glasses; she doesn't change her clothing or even her hair. It still fools the guy.

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* In ''UnhappilyEverAfter'', ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'', Tiffany tests the theory that guys only like dumb girls by chatting up the same guy in the school library as though she were two different people, one smart and one [[ObfuscatingStupidity stupid]]. The only visual difference between her two personae is a pair of glasses; she doesn't change her clothing or even her hair. It still fools the guy.



* Humorously referenced by the Initiative guys in season four of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', though their full body and face mask suits are far more convincing than Superman's disguise.
-->'''Forrest''': This is the burden we bear, brother. We have a gig that would inevitably cause any girl living to think we are cool upon cool, yet we must Clark Kent our way through the dating scene, never to use our unfair advantage. Thank God we're pretty.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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Humorously referenced by the Initiative guys in season four of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', four, though their full body and face mask suits are far more convincing than Superman's disguise.
-->'''Forrest''': --->'''Forrest:''' This is the burden we bear, brother. We have a gig that would inevitably cause any girl living to think we are cool upon cool, yet we must Clark Kent our way through the dating scene, never to use our unfair advantage. Thank God we're pretty.



* Nobody at Amanogawa High School ever seems to connect Series/KamenRiderFourze to Gentaro Kisaragi. This might not look like an example since Kamen Riders wear full-body costumes and helmets, but Fourze and Gentaro are both boisterous goofballs and Gentaro's friends can be seen at every one of Fourze's battles giving him advice (and ''calling him by name''). And it's not a visibility issue, since Gentaro is actively trying to befriend every single person at [=AmaGaku=] and is therefore known all over the place. It might help that civilians rarely hang around Fourze's battles and he doesn't get any press. He doesn't even ''try'' to hide his identity, so it may not be an issue (the ''PowerRangers'' and ''SuperSentai'' teams who don't hide their identities don't seem to get mobbed in the streets for autographs and such either.)

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* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'':
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Nobody at Amanogawa High School ever seems to connect Series/KamenRiderFourze Kamen Rider Fourze to Gentaro Kisaragi. This might not look like an example since Kamen Riders wear full-body costumes and helmets, but Fourze and Gentaro are both boisterous goofballs and Gentaro's friends can be seen at every one of Fourze's battles giving him advice (and ''calling him by name''). And it's not a visibility issue, since Gentaro is actively trying to befriend every single person at [=AmaGaku=] and is therefore known all over the place. It might help that civilians rarely hang around Fourze's battles and he doesn't get any press. He doesn't even ''try'' to hide his identity, so it may not be an issue (the ''PowerRangers'' and ''SuperSentai'' teams who don't hide their identities don't seem to get mobbed in the streets for autographs and such either.)



*** Just to compound things, [[MeaningfulName "ryusei" is the Japanese word for meteor]], but '''none''' of the cast seems to know/remember this. Occasionally when Meteor appears, [[GenkiGirl Yuki]] announces it by shouting "The meteor's here!", but every single time she does this she uses the synonym "inseki".

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*** ** Just to compound things, [[MeaningfulName "ryusei" is the Japanese word for meteor]], but '''none''' of the cast seems to know/remember this. Occasionally when Meteor appears, [[GenkiGirl Yuki]] announces it by shouting "The meteor's here!", but every single time she does this she uses the synonym "inseki".



--> Unquestionably, the same human.

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--> Unquestionably, -->"Unquestionably, the same human."



* Practically inverted in {{Series/Merlin}}. Merlin's OlderAlterEgo looks, sounds, and acts nothing like him and yet everyone says his "eyes are familiar". And it's not like he has an unusual eye color or anything, they're standard blue eyes in a cast of blue eyes that ''everyone'' picks up on. Even when he [[DisguisedInDrag disguised himself as an old woman]] (very convincingly at that), Arthur kept wondering if he'd met "her" before. Although, given that Arthur is extremely stupid, whatever guess he had had to be miles off.
* In {{Series/Orphan Black}}, Sarah and Allison sometimes pass for each other just by covering their hair and adopting [[FakeAmerican each others']] [[FakeBrit accents]]. Of course, it helps that they're [[TwinSwitch clones]].

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* Practically inverted in {{Series/Merlin}}.''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. Merlin's OlderAlterEgo looks, sounds, and acts nothing like him and yet everyone says his "eyes are familiar". And it's not like he has an unusual eye color or anything, they're standard blue eyes in a cast of blue eyes that ''everyone'' picks up on. Even when he [[DisguisedInDrag disguised himself as an old woman]] (very convincingly at that), Arthur kept wondering if he'd met "her" before. Although, given that Arthur is extremely stupid, whatever guess he had had to be miles off.
* In {{Series/Orphan Black}}, ''Series/OrphanBlack'', Sarah and Allison sometimes pass for each other just by covering their hair and adopting [[FakeAmerican each others']] [[FakeBrit accents]]. Of course, it helps that they're [[TwinSwitch clones]].



* In {{Series/Jekyll}}, even with the terrific acting on the part of James Nesbitt and some very subtle make up, the only difference in appearance between Jackman and Hyde are that Hyde is [[SplitPersonalityMakeover "a little bit taller, a little bit thinner, a little bit younger" and that his eyes are a bit darker, with a different hairline and slightly different jawline.]] Despite the minor differences, nobody can tell that they are technically the same person, and children literally see Hyde as a separate person from Jackman. Hyde even [[LampshadHanging lampshades]] it by calling Jackman's wife, who has seen them both, "Stupid Lois Lane" for not noticing. Even after seeing the transformation she still can't believe that they are the same person.
* Parodied in an episode of ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' where the sisters are transformed into superheroes. The mask is said to protect their identities - but what it really does is remove their caution and logic. For what it's worth, Cole recognises Phoebe instantly.

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* In {{Series/Jekyll}}, ''Series/{{Jekyll}}'', even with the terrific acting on the part of James Nesbitt and some very subtle make up, the only difference in appearance between Jackman and Hyde are that Hyde is [[SplitPersonalityMakeover "a little bit taller, a little bit thinner, a little bit younger" and that his eyes are a bit darker, with a different hairline and slightly different jawline.]] Despite the minor differences, nobody can tell that they are technically the same person, and children literally see Hyde as a separate person from Jackman. Hyde even [[LampshadHanging lampshades]] it by calling Jackman's wife, who has seen them both, "Stupid Lois Lane" for not noticing. Even after seeing the transformation she still can't believe that they are the same person.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'':
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Parodied in an episode of ''{{Series/Charmed}}'' where the sisters are transformed into superheroes. The mask is said to protect their identities - -- but what it really does is remove their caution and logic. For what it's worth, Cole recognises recognizes Phoebe instantly.



* Mocked in ''Series/{{Arrested Development}}'' with the character of Gene Parmesan, a private eye. In one scene, Gene appears wearing a fake nose that looks just like his real nose; in another, wearing a fake mustache over his more or less identical real mustache.

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* Mocked in ''Series/{{Arrested Development}}'' ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' with the character of Gene Parmesan, a private eye. In one scene, Gene appears wearing a fake nose that looks just like his real nose; in another, wearing a fake mustache over his more or less identical real mustache.



* This is OlderThanSteam: in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's play ''Theatre/KingLear'', the Earl of Kent(!) returns from banishment in a fairly flimsy disguise to help the king. Even before he goes mad, Lear fails to recognize him along with everyone else, despite having known him for years.
** Later in the play, after Edgar is accused of plotting against his father the Earl of Gloucester, he tears at his clothes and covers himself with mud to disguise himself as a "Bedlam beggar". The disguise is good enough to fool his father, his godfather King Lear, the Earl of Kent (who is also in disguise and who Edgar fails to recognize) and the King's fool (easily the smartest person in the whole cast). In the final scene of the play, Edgar dons another disguise that fools his half-brother Edmund, though the stage directions imply that he may be masked.

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* This is OlderThanSteam: in Creator/WilliamShakespeare's play ''Theatre/KingLear'', the Earl of Kent(!) returns from banishment in a fairly flimsy disguise to help the king. Even before he goes mad, Lear fails to recognize him along with everyone else, despite having known him for years.
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years. Later in the play, after Edgar is accused of plotting against his father the Earl of Gloucester, he tears at his clothes and covers himself with mud to disguise himself as a "Bedlam beggar". The disguise is good enough to fool his father, his godfather King Lear, the Earl of Kent (who is also in disguise and who Edgar fails to recognize) and the King's fool (easily the smartest person in the whole cast). In the final scene of the play, Edgar dons another disguise that fools his half-brother Edmund, though the stage directions imply that he may be masked.



** {{Seanbaby}} [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110614063326/http://www.seanbaby.com/egm/images/mastersoftheuniverse2.gif poked fun]] at this with this exchange.
--->'''Fisto''': Hey, Mekaneck, what's Prince Adam doing fighting Modulok, all shirtless and glorious?
--->'''Mekaneck''': That can't be Prince Adam, Fisto. Prince Adam's giant green cat doesn't wear a mask.

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** {{Seanbaby}} Creator/{{Seanbaby}} [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110614063326/http://www.seanbaby.com/egm/images/mastersoftheuniverse2.gif poked fun]] at this with this exchange.
--->'''Fisto''': --->'''Fisto:''' Hey, Mekaneck, what's Prince Adam doing fighting Modulok, all shirtless and glorious?
--->'''Mekaneck''':
glorious?\\
'''Mekaneck:'''
That can't be Prince Adam, Fisto. Prince Adam's giant green cat doesn't wear a mask.



* The Beagle Boys in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', who walk around with ''their masks still on.''
** Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', there was an episode when the triplets tried to figure out Gizmo-Duck's secret indentity. Fenton was offended when they got it wrong. ''That'' didn't even tip them off.
** In another episode, Scrooge himself takes up a superhero identity, only to have a {{Jerkass}} reporter ruin it by showing apparent footage of said hero turning to crime. No one notices that not only is this costumed duck not the same one, but it clearly is the reporter instead.
* Boris and Natasha from ''RockyAndBullwinkle''. Though this might be because [[UnknownRival they has no idea who Boris and Natasha are in the first place.]] Though sooner or later you'd think that he sees an awful lot of similar-looking short men and tall women with Pottsylvanian accents, anyway.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':
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The Beagle Boys in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Boys, who walk around with ''their masks still on.''
** Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''[=DuckTales=]'', there was an episode when the triplets tried to figure out Gizmo-Duck's secret indentity. Fenton was offended when they got it wrong. ''That'' didn't even tip them off.
** In another episode, Scrooge himself takes up a superhero identity, only to have a {{Jerkass}} reporter ruin it by showing apparent footage of said hero turning to crime. No one No-one notices that not only is this costumed duck not the same one, but it clearly is the reporter instead.
* Boris and Natasha from ''RockyAndBullwinkle''.''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle''. Though this might be because [[UnknownRival they has no idea who Boris and Natasha are in the first place.]] Though sooner or later you'd think that he sees an awful lot of similar-looking short men and tall women with Pottsylvanian accents, anyway.



* ''{{Transformers}}'' are sometimes guilty of this. Not only do some robots have parts of their alternate modes easily identifiable in robot mode, but often their faction symbol is visible even in their alternate mode, and this doesn't seem to be a dead giveaway, even to those who know what the symbols mean.

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* ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' are sometimes guilty of this. Not only do some robots have parts of their alternate modes easily identifiable in robot mode, but often their faction symbol is visible even in their alternate mode, and this doesn't seem to be a dead giveaway, even to those who know what the symbols mean.



* Mercilessly parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' shorts of Chicken Boo. Despite his ability to masquerade as anything from a rocket scientist to an idolized leading man movie star with a pair of glasses or a wig and appropriate clothing, he is a 6-foot-tall not-anthropomorphic-at-all rooster that talks only in clucks. Attempting to blend in with humans in this fashion, he succeeds perfectly (with the exception of [[TheCassandra one derided outcast]] in each cartoon that keeps saying [[CassandraTruth he's just a giant chicken]]), until his disguise falls off, at which point he is driven away by screaming mobs.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
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Mercilessly parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' shorts of Chicken Boo. Despite his ability to masquerade as anything from a rocket scientist to an idolized leading man movie star with a pair of glasses or a wig and appropriate clothing, he is a 6-foot-tall not-anthropomorphic-at-all rooster that talks only in clucks. Attempting to blend in with humans in this fashion, he succeeds perfectly (with the exception of [[TheCassandra one derided outcast]] in each cartoon that keeps saying [[CassandraTruth he's just a giant chicken]]), until his disguise falls off, at which point he is driven away by screaming mobs.
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* Lampshaded in the ComicBook/DCRebirth relaunch of ''Superman'', when Clark gives Jonathan a pair of glasses to wear, Jon gripes about having to wear them as a disguise and Clark says that he has no idea how useful they are.
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* Studies have actually shown that wearing glasses can alter one's appearance enough that people unfamiliar with the person in question have a good chance of not recognizing them, even if seeing with and without pictures side by side. So a pair of spectacles probably would be sufficient to keep the average citizen from realizing that Clark Kent is Superman wearing glasses (but it would probably not be sufficient for the people who work with him every day at the Planet).
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