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10th May '17 10:58:56 PM SilentStranger
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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]]'''...
2nd Feb '17 7:07:09 PM Arawn999
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* ComicBook/NormanOsborn once mocked this trope by impersonating his rival the Hobgoblin and tricking Hobbie's minions into giving him their loot, simply by throwing a hooded cloak over his Green Goblin outfit.
8th Jan '17 2:27:31 PM nombretomado
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** 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 UltimateMarvel, some random guy manages to pull this off.

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** 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 UltimateMarvel, ComicBook/UltimateMarvel, some random guy manages to pull this off.
8th Nov '16 12:58:14 PM DustSnitch
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* Jackson's strategy in the ''Podcast/PlumbingTheDeathStar'' episode "How Would You Take Down the Bat Man?" is to make a Batman costume and menace Gotham, not by committing anything as serious as murder, but by displaying public nudity and just acting strange publicly in order to shame Batman's name.
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13th Oct '16 10:07:24 AM Servitor_2152
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* While not so much a "costume" copycat, in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Kenshiro is often-times described as "the man with seven scars". Needless to say, he gets a little puzzled when, after going around the [[AfterTheEnd Post Apocalyptic]] wasteland doing good and taking out small-level warlords, innocent people start freaking the hell out and running away from him. It turns out there's ANOTHER "man with seven scars", the mark of having survived a normally fatal Hokuto Seiken technique, only this guy's a rampaging maniac. When they meet, those scars are the ONLY thing that's similar, as the imposter is about a foot taller, twice as heavily muscled, and wears a mask halfway between a knight's helmet and a boiler grate. [[spoiler:Turns out that it's Jagi, Kenshiro's adopted brother, who lost out on the chance to be the one true successor of Hokuto Seiken, but the kind-hearted Kenshiro refused to kill.]] He gave ''himself'' the scars and was being such a madman simply to ruin Kenshiro's reputation and lure him into a fight.

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* While not so much a "costume" copycat, in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', Kenshiro is often-times described as "the man with seven scars". Needless to say, he gets a little puzzled when, after going around the [[AfterTheEnd Post Apocalyptic]] wasteland doing good and taking out small-level warlords, innocent people start freaking the hell out and running away from him. It turns out there's ANOTHER "man with seven scars", the mark of having survived a normally fatal Hokuto Seiken technique, scars," only this guy's a rampaging maniac. When they meet, those scars are the ONLY thing that's similar, as the imposter is about a foot taller, twice as heavily muscled, and wears a mask halfway between a knight's helmet and a boiler grate. [[spoiler:Turns out that it's Jagi, Kenshiro's adopted brother, who lost out on the chance to be the one true successor of Hokuto Seiken, Shinken, but whom the kind-hearted Kenshiro refused to kill.]] He gave ''himself'' the scars and was being such a madman simply to ruin Kenshiro's reputation and lure him into a fight.
18th Sep '16 10:30:33 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* One of LLF's most unlikely candidates, "Angel Seductor" Alicia, who was something of a television celebrity in the city of Monterrey before becoming a luchadora, found herself with one in 2015 when another woman of similar build, hair style and ring gear was trying to do her moves while alternatively calling herself "Alicia" or "Angel Seductor". Apparently she had been taking advantage of her CelebrityResemblance long before Alicia ever got in a ring. They had a few altercations as the months went by before settling the issue at the end of the year.

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* One of LLF's most unlikely candidates, "Angel Seductor" Alicia, who was something of a television celebrity in the city of Monterrey before becoming a luchadora, found herself with one in 2015 when another woman of similar build, hair style and ring gear was trying to do her moves while alternatively calling herself "Alicia" or "Angel Seductor". Apparently she had been taking advantage of her CelebrityResemblance long before Alicia ever got in a ring. They had a few altercations as the months went by before settling the issue at the end of the year.
18th Sep '16 10:18:22 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Wrestling example: 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.
** On a related note, when Kevin Nash and Scott Hall left WWF to join WCW and form the NWO, they hinted early on that they were still Diesel and Razor Ramon, with Hall still using the accent at first. In order to emphasize their trademarks on the characters, WWF has announcer Jim Ross turn heel and bring in his own Diesel and Razor Ramon. The fans were not amused and it was dropped fairly quickly, but WWF was successful in preventing WCW from using the characters. Fake Diesel actually went on to great WWF/WWE success as Kane.
* That wasn't even the first time someone did that to Sting. During the [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]] vs. Sting match at ''Halloween Havoc'' 1990, Sid and Sting brawled to the backstage area where the cameras could not see the action. Sting and Sid would reappear, with Sting looking like he suddenly gained 40 lbs. Sid would then pin "Sting" to win the World title. As Sid was being announced the victor, the real Sting appeared with a rope hanging from his wrist. As the announcers figured out that Sid's Four Horsemen stablemate Wrestling/BarryWindham was the impostor, Sting would hit the Stinger Splash on Sid to retain the title for real.

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* Wrestling example: During the [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]] vs. Wrestling/{{Sting}} match at ''Halloween Havoc'' 1990, Sid and Sting brawled to the backstage area where the cameras could not see the action. Sting and Sid would reappear, with Sting looking like he suddenly gained 40 lbs. Sid would then pin "Sting" to win the World title. As Sid was being announced the victor, the real Sting appeared with a rope hanging from his wrist. As the announcers figured out that Sid's [[Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen Four Horsemen]] stablemate Wrestling/BarryWindham was the impostor, Sting would hit the Stinger Splash on Sid to retain the title for real.
* 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.
** * On a related note, when Kevin Nash Wrestling/KevinNash and Scott Hall Wrestling/ScottHall left WWF to join WCW and form the NWO, they hinted early on that they were still Diesel and Razor Ramon, with Hall still using the accent at first. In order to emphasize their trademarks on the characters, WWF has announcer Jim Ross Wrestling/JimRoss turn heel and bring in his own Diesel and Razor Ramon. The fans were not amused and it was dropped fairly quickly, but WWF was successful in preventing WCW from using the characters. Fake Diesel actually went on to great WWF/WWE success as Kane.
* That wasn't even the first time someone did that to Sting. During the [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sid Vicious]] vs. Sting match at ''Halloween Havoc'' 1990, Sid and Sting brawled to the backstage area where the cameras could not see the action. Sting and Sid would reappear, with Sting looking like he suddenly gained 40 lbs. Sid would then pin "Sting" to win the World title. As Sid was being announced the victor, the real Sting appeared with a rope hanging from his wrist. As the announcers figured out that Sid's Four Horsemen stablemate Wrestling/BarryWindham was the impostor, Sting would hit the Stinger Splash on Sid to retain the title for real.
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* Before he formed Right To Censor, this was Wrestling/StevieRichards' entire gimmick, imitating The Brood, the Dudleyz, [[Wrestling/MickFoley Dude Love]], Val Venis, among others. [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]] also had a similar gimmick with "The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust" a couple years earlier, coming out as "[[Wrestling/TripleH Hunterdust]]", "Dustydust", "Chynadust", "Dust Lovedust", and "Sabledust".
** Charlie Haas and the Big Show also did stints where their gimmick was imitating other people's gimmicks.
** Stevie and his partners, Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie and [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Nova]], were doing this gimmick long before Stevie's WWF run, parodying several other wrestlers and even the band KISS back in Wrestling/{{ECW}}. Their most famous impression was the Blue World Order, a parody of [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder a certain other World Order]] that lasted for several months.

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* Wrestling/StevieRichards, Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie and [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Nova]] collective gimmick was parodying several other wrestlers and even the band KISS back in Wrestling/{{ECW}}. Their most famous impression was the Blue World Order, a parody of [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder a certain other World Order]] that lasted for several months.
* Before he formed Right To Censor, this was continued to be Wrestling/StevieRichards' entire WWF gimmick, imitating The Brood, the Dudleyz, [[Wrestling/MickFoley Dude Love]], Val Venis, among others. [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]] also had a similar gimmick with "The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust" a couple years earlier, coming out as "[[Wrestling/TripleH Hunterdust]]", "Dustydust", "Chynadust", "Dust Lovedust", and "Sabledust".
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"Sabledust". [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas Haas]] and the Big Show Wrestling/TheBigShow also did stints where their gimmick was imitating other people's gimmicks.
** Stevie and his partners, Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie and [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Nova]], were doing this gimmick long before Stevie's WWF run, parodying several other wrestlers and even the band KISS back in Wrestling/{{ECW}}. Their most famous impression was the Blue World Order, a parody of [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder a certain other World Order]] that lasted for several months.
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* One of LLF's most unlikely candidates, "Angel Seductor" Alicia, who was something of a television celebrity in the city of Monterrey before becoming a luchadora, found herself with one in 2015 when another woman of similar build, hair style and ring gear was trying to do her moves while alternatively calling herself "Alicia" or "Angel Seductor". Apparently she had been taking advantage of her CelebrityResemblance long before Alicia ever got in a ring. They had a few altercations as the months went by before settling the issue at the end of the year.
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