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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', [[spoiler:Savitar]] briefly poses as Barry Allen by wearing a copy of his Flash suit to get information from his friends. The only reason this worked is that [[spoiler:Savitar himself is a possible future version of Barry.]]
19th Aug '17 7:02:48 PM jormis29
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* ''The Assignment'' (1997). A US naval officer has an uncanny resemblance to Carlos the Jackal, and so is used in a plot by the CIA and Mossad to kill the notorious terrorist by framing him as a CIA informant.

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* ''The Assignment'' ''Film/TheAssignment'' (1997). A US naval officer has an uncanny resemblance to Carlos the Jackal, and so is used in a plot by the CIA and Mossad to kill the notorious terrorist by framing him as a CIA informant.
4th Aug '17 7:00:37 PM merotoker
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* An early issue of ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' (#5, 1961) had the League infiltrated by an impostor wearing [[spoiler:Franchise/GreenLantern]]'s outfit and using gadgets to imitate his powers.

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* An early issue of ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' (#5, 1961) had the League infiltrated by an impostor wearing [[spoiler:Franchise/GreenLantern]]'s outfit and using gadgets to imitate his powers.



* Jason Todd, the second Robin, after coming BackFromTheDead [[FaceHeelTurn as a villain]], adopted the identity of the hero ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} (who had been the first Robin), much to the real Nightwing's annoyance.

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* Jason Todd, the second Robin, ComicBook/{{Robin}}, after coming BackFromTheDead [[FaceHeelTurn as a villain]], adopted the identity of the hero ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} (who had been the first Robin), much to the real Nightwing's annoyance.



** More recently, Damian (Bruce's son with Talia Al Ghul) showed up at Wayne Manor, wearing an approximation of the Robin costume, although there were notable differences that were easy to spot, and he wasn't really trying to impersonate current Robin, Tim Drake, so much as make the point that he felt that he should be Robin instead.

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** More recently, Damian (Bruce's son with Talia Al Ghul) showed up at Wayne Manor, wearing an approximation of the Robin costume, although there were notable differences that were easy to spot, and he wasn't really trying to impersonate current Robin, Tim Drake, so much as make the point that he felt that he should be Robin instead.



*** Which makes it a meta-CostumeCopycat, as Red Robin was Dick Grayson's superhero identity in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Jason also ran around for a while as a GunsAkimbo-wielding Batman. He might as well be called "Copycat Man."

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*** Which makes it a meta-CostumeCopycat, meta-Costume Copycat, as Red Robin was Dick Grayson's superhero identity in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. Jason also ran around for a while as a GunsAkimbo-wielding Batman. He might as well be called "Copycat Man."



* Like the previous examples above, a number of people had dressed up as Batman at one time or another. However, because of his mythological nature of being mysterious, it's easy for someone to think that another version of Batman is actually him and it would take a very skilled detective (or at least someone in-the-know) to realize that Batman isn't the real one.
** Gordon knew right away though. How? He turned around [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} one time]] and ''[[StealthHiBye Batman was still there.]]'' It was [[Comicbook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] filling in.
* This is the Chameleon's entire shtick in the ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' comics.
** For some reason Spidey's especially vulnerable to this. Mysterio has tried it too. You'd think it'd be easier to pick on a BadAssNormal, but [[CutLexLuthorACheck no, they always want to work out how to imitate the superpowers]]. Hell, in ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, some random guy manages to pull this off.
*** According to Marvel, the random guy in the Ultimate Universe was supposed to be that universe's version of Chameleon.
*** It's because he's one of the few heroes around whose costume covers him head to toe and he's not as large or built as most male superheroes tend to be. [[HeroWithBadPublicity Also, he gets enough bad press that plenty of people already think he's a bad guy.]]

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* Like the previous examples above, a number of people had dressed up as Batman at one time or another. However, because of his mythological nature of being mysterious, it's easy for someone to think that another version of Batman is actually him and it would take a very skilled detective (or at least someone in-the-know) to realize that Batman isn't the real one.
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one. Gordon knew right away though. How? He turned around [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} one time]] and ''[[StealthHiBye Batman was still there.]]'' It was [[Comicbook/{{Azrael}} Jean-Paul Valley]] filling in.
* This is the Chameleon's entire shtick in the ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' comics.
** For some reason Spidey's especially vulnerable to this.
comics. Mysterio has tried it too. You'd think it'd be easier to pick on a BadAssNormal, but [[CutLexLuthorACheck no, they always want to work out how to imitate the superpowers]]. Hell, in ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, some random guy manages to pull this off.
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off. According to Marvel, the random guy in the Ultimate Universe was supposed to be that universe's version of Chameleon.
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Chameleon. Spider is especially vulnerable to this because he's one of the few heroes around whose costume covers him head to toe and he's not as large or built as most male superheroes tend to be. [[HeroWithBadPublicity Also, he gets enough bad press that plenty of people already think he's a bad guy.]]



* While not a true copycat, the CloudCuckooLander {{Deadpool}}'s costume is very similar to Spider-Man's, as is his sense of humor and [[YouFightLikeACow mastery of insult fighting]]. They met once in a comic and [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it.
** Deadpool was originally based on Deathstroke of DC comics, right down to his real name --Deadpool is Wade Wilson, while Deathstroke is Slade Wilson. They actually appeared in a crossover together and noted their similarities.
** Also lampshaded in an issue of ''Deadpool'' which reveals how Deadpool got his costume: he found it in a costume shop, with a note saying, "Thanks but no thanks. -Spider-Man".

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* While not a true copycat, the CloudCuckooLander {{Deadpool}}'s SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'s costume is very similar to Spider-Man's, as is his sense of humor and [[YouFightLikeACow mastery of insult fighting]]. They met once in a comic and [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on it.
** Deadpool was originally based on Deathstroke of DC comics, right down to his real name --Deadpool is Wade Wilson, while Deathstroke is Slade Wilson. They actually appeared in a crossover together and noted their similarities.
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it. Also lampshaded in an issue of ''Deadpool'' which reveals how Deadpool got his costume: he found it in a costume shop, with a note saying, "Thanks but no thanks. -Spider-Man".-Spider-Man".
** Deadpool was originally based on ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} of DC Comics, right down to his real name --Deadpool is Wade Wilson, while Deathstroke is Slade Wilson. They actually appeared in a crossover together and noted their similarities.



* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', everyone thought that Supernova was Franchise/{{Superman}} in disguise. [[spoiler:Actually, it was ComicBook/BoosterGold from the future all along.]]
** The original, Silver Age Supernova ''was'' Superman in disguise.

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* In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', everyone thought that Supernova was Franchise/{{Superman}} in disguise. [[spoiler:Actually, it was ComicBook/BoosterGold from the future all along.]]
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]] The original, Silver Age Supernova ''was'' Superman in disguise.



*** What's more, that team was led by the second Comicbook/BlackWidow, secretly [[spoiler:the original Black Widow wearing a wig.]]
** Osborn tried the ComicBook/DarkAvengers idea a second time, following his disgrace and H.A.M.M.E.R's collapse, this time with the backing of a coalition of supervillain groups. When that fell through, the Dark Avengers were taken into custody, and some joined the Thunderbolts (now a work program for supervillains).

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*** What's more, that team was led by the second Comicbook/BlackWidow, secretly [[spoiler:the original Black Widow wearing a wig.]]
wig]].
** Osborn tried the ComicBook/DarkAvengers idea a second time, following his disgrace and H.A.M.M.E.R's collapse, this time with the backing of a coalition of supervillain groups. When that fell through, the Dark Avengers were taken into custody, and some joined the Thunderbolts (now ([[BoxedCrook now a work program for supervillains).supervillains]]).
* This applied to Comicbook/IronMan when Tony Stark had become a drunken wreck thanks to [[TheChessmaster Obadiah]] [[ManipulativeBastard Stane]]. With Tony in no condition to pilot the Iron Man armor, his buddy [[Comicbook/WarMachine Jim Rhodes]] took over as Iron Man until Stark got back on his feet.



* This trope was used to retcon away the severe VillainDecay of supervillain Prometheus, who had gone from a veritable force of nature capable of putting nearly the entire JusticeLeagueOfAmerica on the ropes single-handed, to being a {{Mook|s}} for various Franchise/{{Batman}} villains. It was eventually revealed that the Mook version had been merely an impostor Prometheus using his costume and weapons, while the real Prometheus was trapped in a telepathically-induced catatonic state. After escaping and killing his imposter, Prometheus has returned to his rightful place on the power scale, appearing as the BigBad in a recent miniseries. [[spoiler:He died at the end of it, making the whole impostor reveal a ShaggyDogStory.]]
* This applied to Comicbook/IronMan when Tony Stark had become a drunken wreck thanks to [[TheChessmaster Obadiah]] [[ManipulativeBastard Stane]]. With Tony in no condition to pilot the Iron Man armor, his buddy [[Comicbook/WarMachine Jim Rhodes]] took over as Iron Man until Stark got back on his feet.

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* This trope was used to retcon away the severe VillainDecay of supervillain Prometheus, who had gone from a veritable force of nature capable of putting nearly the entire JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica on the ropes single-handed, to being a {{Mook|s}} for various Franchise/{{Batman}} villains. It was eventually revealed that the Mook version had been merely an impostor Prometheus using his costume and weapons, while the real Prometheus was trapped in a telepathically-induced catatonic state. After escaping and killing his imposter, Prometheus has returned to his rightful place on the power scale, appearing as the BigBad in a recent miniseries.''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice''. [[spoiler:He died at the end of it, making the whole impostor reveal a ShaggyDogStory.]]
* This applied to Comicbook/IronMan when Tony Stark had become a drunken wreck thanks to [[TheChessmaster Obadiah]] [[ManipulativeBastard Stane]]. With Tony in no condition to pilot the Iron Man armor, his buddy [[Comicbook/WarMachine Jim Rhodes]] took over as Iron Man until Stark got back on his feet.
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* ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' had a special in which Sonic and Knuckles [[LetsYouAndHimFight got into one of their usual fistfights]], at one point both taking on their {{Super Mode}}s. When Knuckles became Hyper Knuckles, Super Sonic called him an impostor and a copycat.

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* ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' had a ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog''
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special in which had Sonic and Knuckles [[LetsYouAndHimFight got get into one of their usual fistfights]], at one point both taking on their {{Super Mode}}s. When Knuckles became Hyper Knuckles, Super Sonic called him an impostor and a copycat.



* The Phantom Blot, a MickeyMouse villain, has been subject to this a ''lot'' thanks to his easy-to-mimic costume. [[NotMeThisTime Results]] [[EnemyMine vary]].

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* The Phantom Blot, a MickeyMouse ComicBook/{{Mickey Mouse|ComicUniverse}} villain, has been subject to this a ''lot'' thanks to his easy-to-mimic costume. [[NotMeThisTime Results]] [[EnemyMine vary]].



* ''Magazine/{{Mad}'' once parodied this trope in the mid-50's, in an issue satirizing ''ComicBook/PlasticMan'', specifically mocking how incredibly cliche the story type had become in just a decade of superhero comics, which were on their way out when this story was published (another fact brought up in the comic which mentioned that Plastic Man was one of the few superheroes still around by that point).

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* ''Magazine/{{Mad}'' ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' once parodied this trope in the mid-50's, in an issue satirizing ''ComicBook/PlasticMan'', specifically mocking how incredibly cliche the story type had become in just a decade of superhero comics, which were on their way out when this story was published (another fact brought up in the comic which mentioned that Plastic Man was one of the few superheroes still around by that point).



* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' #86 (1954) featured a story in which Bruce (Batman) Wayne and Dick (Robin) Grayson, on a road trip across the US, discover an Indian reservation protected by Chief Man-of-the-Bats and Little Raven. Not only were these heroes' costumes exactly like those of Batman and Robin except for the addition of feather headdresses, the physical resemblance was so close (despite Chief Man-of-the-Bats and Little Raven being, you know, Indians) that Batman and Robin were able to [[EmergencyImpersonation stand in for them]] when they were injured.
** The two reappeared in a recent arc (''Batman'' #667-669, 2007) dedicated to the ''many'' tribute heroes Batman and Robin had met over the world: Knight and Squire (England), the Legionnaire (Italy), etc.

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' #86 (1954) featured a story in which Bruce (Batman) Wayne and Dick (Robin) Grayson, on a road trip across the US, discover an Indian reservation protected by Chief Man-of-the-Bats and Little Raven. Not only were these heroes' costumes exactly like those of Batman and Robin except for the addition of feather headdresses, the physical resemblance was so close (despite Chief Man-of-the-Bats and Little Raven being, you know, Indians) that Batman and Robin were able to [[EmergencyImpersonation stand in for them]] when they were injured.
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injured. The two reappeared in a recent 2007 arc (''Batman'' #667-669, 2007) #667-669) dedicated to the ''many'' tribute heroes Batman and Robin had met over the world: Knight and Squire (England), the Legionnaire (Italy), etc.



* In ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', Crusader finds out someone was doing this to him. Turns out, it was fellow hero Windstar - the latter was at a Halloween party ''as'' Crusader when someone arrived to take hostages at the party. Windstar used his powers to fake being Crusader to stop them - Crusader noted how dangerous this was, as one of the powers that he had that Windstar lacked was being NighInvulnerable.

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* In ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', Crusader finds out someone was doing this to him. Turns out, it was fellow hero Windstar - the latter was at a Halloween party ''as'' Crusader when someone arrived to take hostages at the party. Windstar used his powers to fake being Crusader to stop them - Crusader noted how dangerous this was, as one of the powers that he had that Windstar lacked was being NighInvulnerable.{{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le.



* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' TV series had an episode, "The Beast and Beauty", with a criminal dressing as Superboy and trading on Superboy's reputation to get access to stuff he could steal. This impostor didn't look anything like Superboy (apart from the costume), and relied on the fact that more people knew of Superboy than really knew what he looked like.

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* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'' TV series had an ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy''
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episode, "The Beast and Beauty", with a criminal dressing as Superboy and trading on Superboy's reputation to get access to stuff he could steal. This impostor didn't look anything like Superboy (apart from the costume), and relied on the fact that more people knew of Superboy than really knew what he looked like.



* The ''Series/QueenOfSwords'' episode "The Counterfeit Queen".

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* The Creator/MontyPython sketch "Bicycle Repair Man", in which, in a world populated by people wearing Superman costumes, Mr F.G. Superman (Michael Palin) has a secret identity - as superhero '''[[http://youtu.be/rxfzm9dfqBw Bicycle Repair Man]]'''...

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* The Creator/MontyPython sketch "Bicycle Repair Man", in which, in a world populated by people wearing Superman costumes, Mr F.G. Superman (Michael Palin) has a secret identity - as superhero '''[[http://youtu.be/rxfzm9dfqBw '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U01xasUtlvw Bicycle Repair Man]]'''...



* It it wasn't the last time it happened to Sting. When the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] first formed, they started claiming they'd turned Wrestling/{{Sting}} to their side, which Sting vehemently denied... but then somebody in Sting's tights and facepaint started attacking the WCW guys. Sting went to Wrestling/LexLuger, supposedly his best friend in the whole world, and pleaded his case... and not even Lex Luger believed him (keep in mind, the fake Sting was ''not'' exactly identical, just had a similar build and wore the same hairstyle, facepaint, and tights). The whole thing led to a [[GimmickMatches War Games]] match, in which the WCW team was supposedly a man down, as "Sting" would be on the nWo team... but who should come out as WCW's fourth man but the real Sting! He pulled a LookWhatICanDoNow, then ''walked out of the cage'', angry because the WCW wrestlers were so distrustful that they'd actually believe the nWo's little con game.

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* It it wasn't the last time it happened to Sting. When the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] first formed, they started claiming they'd turned Wrestling/{{Sting}} to their side, which Sting vehemently denied... but then somebody in Sting's tights and facepaint started attacking the WCW guys. Sting went to Wrestling/LexLuger, supposedly his best friend in the whole world, and pleaded his case... and not even Lex Luger believed him (keep in mind, the fake Sting was ''not'' exactly identical, just had a similar build and wore the same hairstyle, facepaint, and tights). The whole thing led to a [[GimmickMatches War Games]] match, in which the WCW team was supposedly a man down, as "Sting" would be on the nWo team... but who should come out as WCW's fourth man but the real Sting! He pulled a LookWhatICanDoNow, then ''walked out of the cage'', angry because the WCW wrestlers were so distrustful that they'd actually believe the nWo's little con game.



* Also, during the early 1990s, Wrestling/TheUndertaker was defeated by Yokozuna in a casket match after copious outside interference by nearly every heel on the roster. A few months later, Wrestling/TedDiBiase brought "the Undertaker" back; in the end this turned out to be a look-alike. Wrestling/PaulBearer (the Undertaker's manager), claimed that Taker would rise again at a PPV to defeat the impostor. So [[MirrorMatch Undertaker and Undertaker]] fought, though it was more like Undertaker versus a Dude dressed like the Undertaker who was shorter and less muscular.
** Wrestling/TheUndertaker's {{kayfabe}} brother Wrestling/{{Kane}} would eventually be targeted by an impostor; though this was when Kane had unmasked, while fake Kane was wearing Kane's old costume (including a shirt, mask, and wig). Fake Kane was also a bit shorter.

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* Also, during the early 1990s, Wrestling/TheUndertaker was defeated by Yokozuna in a casket match after copious outside interference by nearly every heel on the roster. A few months later, Wrestling/TedDiBiase brought "the Undertaker" back; in the end this turned out to be a look-alike. Wrestling/PaulBearer (the Undertaker's manager), claimed that Taker would rise again at a PPV to defeat the impostor. So [[MirrorMatch Undertaker and Undertaker]] fought, though it was more like Undertaker versus a Dude dressed like the Undertaker who was shorter and less muscular.
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muscular. Wrestling/TheUndertaker's {{kayfabe}} brother Wrestling/{{Kane}} would eventually be targeted by an impostor; though this was when Kane had unmasked, while fake Kane was wearing Kane's old costume (including a shirt, mask, and wig). Fake Kane was also a bit shorter.



* ''VisualNovel/{{Phoenix Wright|AceAttorney}}'': An unusual variant occurs in the last case of ''Justice For All'', where Matt Engarde, who is not a masked hero, but plays one in ShowWithinAShow 'The Nickel Samurai', is implicated in a murder by a CostumeCopycat dressed in his samurai outfit.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Phoenix Wright|AceAttorney}}'': An unusual variant occurs in the last case of ''Justice For All'', where Matt Engarde, who is not a masked hero, but plays one in ShowWithinAShow 'The Nickel Samurai', is implicated in a murder by a CostumeCopycat one dressed in his samurai outfit.



* When ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and family visit relatives in Montana, Kim finds her cousin Joss's hero-worship of her includes dressing in her mission outfit. Every other member of her family has worn the same outfit while joining her on a mission; the ChristmasSpecial has Kim's parents, brothers, and grandmother all able to find that outfit at a moment's notice.
** Justified in that her mission clothes have been noted to be a standard, off-the-rack ensemble on a number of occasions (it was even explicitly a plot point a couple times).
*** One episode ("Kimitation Nation") even had it turning into [[YouAreTheNewTrend a fashion craze]] called "Kim-Style" that everyone was into, even pets like Rufus and guys ("Kim For Him"). When Kim was persuaded to go out in the style she originated [[AlphaBitch Bonnie]] criticized her for ''[[YourCostumeNeedsWork not being able to carry off the look]]''. By the end of the episode Kim Style goes out of fashion in order to make way for the new [[spoiler: Ron Style]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''
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When ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' and the family visit relatives in Montana, Kim finds her cousin Joss's hero-worship of her includes dressing in her mission outfit. Every other member of her family has worn the same outfit while joining her on a mission; the ChristmasSpecial has Kim's parents, brothers, and grandmother all able to find that outfit at a moment's notice.
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notice. Justified in that her mission clothes have been noted to be a standard, off-the-rack ensemble on a number of occasions (it was even explicitly a plot point a couple times).
*** ** One episode ("Kimitation Nation") even had it turning into [[YouAreTheNewTrend a fashion craze]] called "Kim-Style" that everyone was into, even pets like Rufus and guys ("Kim For Him"). When Kim was persuaded to go out in the style she originated [[AlphaBitch Bonnie]] criticized her for ''[[YourCostumeNeedsWork not being able to carry off the look]]''. By the end of the episode Kim Style goes out of fashion in order to make way for the new [[spoiler: Ron Style]].



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' episode "Night of the Batmen!" played this for laughs. Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow, [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], and ComicBook/PlasticMan all dress up like Batman after the real one is injured. The costumes are more their own costumes modified to look like Batman's. [[RecursiveAdaptation The comic the episode was based on, which tied into the show]], featured more people joining in at the end, including ComicBook/BlueBeetle and ComicBook/BlackCanary.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
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episode "Night of the Batmen!" played this for laughs. Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, ComicBook/GreenArrow, [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], and ComicBook/PlasticMan all dress up like Batman after the real one is injured. The costumes are more their own costumes modified to look like Batman's. [[RecursiveAdaptation The comic the episode was based on, which tied into the show]], featured more people joining in at the end, including ComicBook/BlueBeetle and ComicBook/BlackCanary.



* The Franchise/{{Superman}} dressing as Franchise/{{Batman}} example was used in the episode "Knight Time" of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. Batman being ''invincible'' served to spook the villains of Gotham even more, enhancing Batman's legendary status.

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* The Franchise/{{Superman}} dressing as Franchise/{{Batman}} example was used in the episode "Knight Time" "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS3E2KnightTime Knight Time]]" of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. Batman being ''invincible'' served to spook the villains of Gotham even more, enhancing Batman's legendary status.



* One of the classic ''SupermanTheatricalCartoons'', "Showdown", revolves around this trope. A gangster has his henchman dress up as Superman to commit crimes around Metropolis, and true to form, everyone at first thinks that Superman has gone bad (the short handwaves that no one has gotten a good look at the imposters face, but doesnt touch that he's also way scrawnier than the real Superman, and, of course, doesnt have superpowers.)

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* One of the classic ''SupermanTheatricalCartoons'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons'', "Showdown", revolves around this trope. A gangster has his henchman dress up as Superman to commit crimes around Metropolis, and true to form, everyone at first thinks that Superman has gone bad (the short handwaves that no one has gotten a good look at the imposters face, but doesnt touch that he's also way scrawnier than the real Superman, and, of course, doesnt have superpowers.)
19th Jul '17 1:01:52 PM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Steel}} wore a costume in tribute to Superman after the latter's death. However, he was the only Superman-replacement who didn't claim to be the real thing, and his costume didn't look that similar, other than the symbol and the cape.

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* {{Steel}} ComicBook/{{Steel}} wore a costume in tribute to Superman after the latter's death. However, he was the only Superman-replacement who didn't claim to be the real thing, and his costume didn't look that similar, other than the symbol and the cape.
14th Jul '17 5:03:49 AM NightShade96
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* ''MadMagazine'' once parodied this trope in the mid-50's, in an issue satirizing ''ComicBook/PlasticMan'', specifically mocking how incredibly cliche the story type had become in just a decade of superhero comics, which were on their way out when this story was published (another fact brought up in the comic which mentioned that Plastic Man was one of the few superheroes still around by that point).

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* ''MadMagazine'' ''Magazine/{{Mad}'' once parodied this trope in the mid-50's, in an issue satirizing ''ComicBook/PlasticMan'', specifically mocking how incredibly cliche the story type had become in just a decade of superhero comics, which were on their way out when this story was published (another fact brought up in the comic which mentioned that Plastic Man was one of the few superheroes still around by that point).
14th Jul '17 5:02:51 AM NightShade96
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* ''MadMagazine'' once parodied this trope in the mid-50's, in an issue satirizing ''PlasticMan'', specifically mocking how incredibly cliche the story type had become in just a decade of superhero comics, which were on their way out when this story was published (another fact brought up in the comic which mentioned that Plastic Man was one of the few superheroes still around by that point).

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* ''MadMagazine'' once parodied this trope in the mid-50's, in an issue satirizing ''PlasticMan'', ''ComicBook/PlasticMan'', specifically mocking how incredibly cliche the story type had become in just a decade of superhero comics, which were on their way out when this story was published (another fact brought up in the comic which mentioned that Plastic Man was one of the few superheroes still around by that point).
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* ''MadMagazine'' once parodied this trope in the mid-50's, in an issue satirizing ''PlasticMan'', specifically mocking how incredibly cliche the story type had become in just a decade of superhero comics, which were on their way out when this story was published (another fact brought up in the comic which mentioned that Plastic Man was one of the few superheroes still around by that point).


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* One of the classic ''SupermanTheatricalCartoons'', "Showdown", revolves around this trope. A gangster has his henchman dress up as Superman to commit crimes around Metropolis, and true to form, everyone at first thinks that Superman has gone bad (the short handwaves that no one has gotten a good look at the imposters face, but doesnt touch that he's also way scrawnier than the real Superman, and, of course, doesnt have superpowers.)
24th Apr '17 2:38:57 AM Silverblade2
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* The downloadable multiplayer title ''VideoGame/GothamCityImpostors'' allows players to join either a group of Franchise/{{Batman}}-inspired vigilantes or a [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]]-aping crime gang and battle each other across Gotham City.

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* The downloadable multiplayer title ''VideoGame/GothamCityImpostors'' allows players to join either a group of Franchise/{{Batman}}-inspired vigilantes or a [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker]]-aping crime gang and battle each other across Gotham City.
24th Mar '17 4:55:21 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'', Garret at one point snarks over a guy pretending to be him.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'', Garret at one point snarks over a guy pretending to be him. Of course, since very few people know what Garret looks like (easily-identifiable thieves do not last long), pretending to be him is a whole lot easier.
12th Mar '17 12:42:51 PM nombretomado
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* The MontyPython sketch "Bicycle Repair Man", in which, in a world populated by people wearing Superman costumes, Mr F.G. Superman (Michael Palin) has a secret identity - as superhero '''[[http://youtu.be/rxfzm9dfqBw Bicycle Repair Man]]'''...

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* The MontyPython Creator/MontyPython sketch "Bicycle Repair Man", in which, in a world populated by people wearing Superman costumes, Mr F.G. Superman (Michael Palin) has a secret identity - as superhero '''[[http://youtu.be/rxfzm9dfqBw Bicycle Repair Man]]'''...
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