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5th Aug '16 11:58:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1430#comic this]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip, a transparent practical joke causes a man to show up to a ''funeral'' in a gorilla suit.

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* In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1430#comic this]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' strip, a transparent practical joke causes a man to show up to a ''funeral'' in a gorilla suit.
3rd Aug '16 5:44:49 AM newsguy95
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* Inverted on ''Series/HomeImprovement''. Randy's girlfriend decides they're going to a costume party as Raggedy Ann and Andy; but then she gets mad at him over a minor matter...and shows up in street clothes, making his lame costume even lamer.

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* Inverted on ''Series/HomeImprovement''. Randy's girlfriend decides they're going to a costume party as Raggedy Ann and Andy; but Andy (any guy consenting to this costume combo, may as well add a T-shirt which says "I'm Whipped"). But then she gets mad at him over a minor matter...and shows up in street clothes, making his lame costume outfit even lamer.
1st Aug '16 2:43:51 PM newsguy95
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* Inverted on ''Series/HomeImprovement''. Randy's girlfriend decides they're going to a costume party as Raggedy Ann and Andy; but then she gets mad at him over a minor matter...and shows up in street clothes, making his lame costume even lamer.
30th Jul '16 3:41:24 PM lorgskyegon
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. Doug is invited to a party at BeBe's house and ends up with a large pimple on his nose right before. The entire episode plays on his attempts to get rid of it and his embarrassment. When he finally sums up the courage to go, Skeeter informs him that is actually ''is'' a costume party, allowing him to wear a mask to cover it up.
23rd Jul '16 2:53:13 PM nombretomado
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* In one of the ''CaptainUnderpants'' books, George and Harold pull this on the ''entire school'' when they tamper with the weekly announcements and tell the kids to come to class picture day in bumblebee costumes. However, in this case, the prank is on the ''school'', not the students.

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* In one of the ''CaptainUnderpants'' ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' books, George and Harold pull this on the ''entire school'' when they tamper with the weekly announcements and tell the kids to come to class picture day in bumblebee costumes. However, in this case, the prank is on the ''school'', not the students.
15th Jun '16 1:54:17 PM Morgenthaler
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* A ''TheWeekenders'' plot involves Tino and Tish being invited to an alleged costume party. They mention nothing to Lor or Carver, thinking their feelings will be hurt because they weren't invited. At the end of the episode, Lor and Carver (who ''were'' invited, actually, and knew that the party wasn't a costume party) tell Tino and Tish that they could have cleared up matters if they'd known Tino and Tish had been invited ([[FridgeLogic never mind that they never mentioned their own invitations.]])
* In an episode of ''[[{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]'', Caitlin and her date went to a normal clothes party dressed up in costumes and Caitlin was humiliated (Her date's costume wasn't nearly as elaborate). No-one told them it would be a costume party. They just assumed it would be because it was Halloween. It later turned out to actually have been a costume party, but everyone was too embarrassed to wear their costumes.

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* A ''TheWeekenders'' ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'' plot involves Tino and Tish being invited to an alleged costume party. They mention nothing to Lor or Carver, thinking their feelings will be hurt because they weren't invited. At the end of the episode, Lor and Carver (who ''were'' invited, actually, and knew that the party wasn't a costume party) tell Tino and Tish that they could have cleared up matters if they'd known Tino and Tish had been invited ([[FridgeLogic never mind that they never mentioned their own invitations.]])
* In an episode of ''[[{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', Caitlin and her date went to a normal clothes party dressed up in costumes and Caitlin was humiliated (Her date's costume wasn't nearly as elaborate). No-one told them it would be a costume party. They just assumed it would be because it was Halloween. It later turned out to actually have been a costume party, but everyone was too embarrassed to wear their costumes.



* Harry accidentally does this to himself in a ''{{Cyberchase}} For Real'' segment. His friend gave him a coded note in a Viking rune cipher, and Harry translated the first part telling about the time, but only translated up to "Co" on the last bit and assumed that the rest meant "Costume Party" based on how long the words were. He arrived at his friend's house dressed in a homemade Viking outfit, only to have his friend correct him saying the note read "Concert Start".

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* Harry accidentally does this to himself in a ''{{Cyberchase}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}} For Real'' segment. His friend gave him a coded note in a Viking rune cipher, and Harry translated the first part telling about the time, but only translated up to "Co" on the last bit and assumed that the rest meant "Costume Party" based on how long the words were. He arrived at his friend's house dressed in a homemade Viking outfit, only to have his friend correct him saying the note read "Concert Start".
23rd Apr '16 1:21:23 PM TonyG
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* On ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Stuart arrives at the guys' ''Series/GameOfThrones'' viewing party as a member of the Night Watch, only to find that he's the only one in costume and it was just a prank by Howard.
20th Mar '16 1:13:03 AM shawnvw
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* Zigzagged on ''JamesAt15''. On James' first day at his new school, he's the only one who's not wearing a suit. The other kids explain that he's expected to wear one the next day, and he does -- only to find out that it's only on opening day when everyone wears suits.
20th Mar '16 12:40:27 AM shawnvw
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* Barely averted in ''OxfordBlues''. The mean boys tell the protagonist that the party is to be traditional Scottish dress -- a suit with a kilt. He arrives duly outfitted, but just as he gets to the door, he sees that no one else is wearing a kilt, and leaves before anyone sees him.
* A variant in ''LetsBeCops''. Ryan invites Justin to a costume party, and they wear their fake police uniforms, only to find out everyone else is wearing formal attire with fancy masks. Ryan had never learned the difference between a "masquerade" and a "costume party".
6th Feb '16 8:34:50 PM nombretomado
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* Dick pulled a version of this on Strudwick in the final episode of ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock from the Sun]]''. In this case, it actually ''was'' a costume party, but Dick told him that it was historically themed when it was actually sci-fi.
* Dennis pulls this on Maya in an episode of ''JustShootMe''. He gives her a memo about dressing up for Halloween, and she comes to work dressed as a fairy princess. After she figures it out, Dennis hands her another memo for "Topless Thursday".
* A variation appears in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' where Del Boy and Rodney are going to a fancy dress party as Batman and Robin. En route, they stop a mugging just by looking like the pair. When they get there they discover the host died the day before and the party has been cancelled... so they have enthusiastically barged in on his wake spraying silly-string over the mourners. Boycie, who met them at the door, could've mentioned this but didn't. It's later commented that the dead guy would have probably found it hilarious. Trigger also didn't hear about the host dying, and also came in costume. He felt a right prat dressed as a chauffeur.

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* Dick pulled a version of this on Strudwick in the final episode of ''[[ThirdRockFromTheSun 3rd Rock from the Sun]]''.''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun''. In this case, it actually ''was'' a costume party, but Dick told him that it was historically themed when it was actually sci-fi.
* Dennis pulls this on Maya in an episode of ''JustShootMe''.''Series/JustShootMe''. He gives her a memo about dressing up for Halloween, and she comes to work dressed as a fairy princess. After she figures it out, Dennis hands her another memo for "Topless Thursday".
* A variation appears in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' where Del Boy and Rodney are going to a fancy dress party as Batman and Robin. En route, they stop a mugging just by looking like the pair. When they get there they discover the host died the day before and the party has been cancelled... so they have enthusiastically barged in on his wake spraying silly-string over the mourners. Boycie, who met them at the door, could've mentioned this but didn't. It's later commented that the dead guy would have probably found it hilarious. Trigger also didn't hear about the host dying, and also came in costume. He felt a right prat dressed as a chauffeur.



* Inverted ''twice'' on ''{{Cheers}}''. The first time was when Norm organized an office toga party and the second was when Rebecca asked everyone to dress in 19th century attire for the bar's centennial. In both cases, the organizer is the only one who dresses up.

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* Inverted ''twice'' on ''{{Cheers}}''.''Series/{{Cheers}}''. The first time was when Norm organized an office toga party and the second was when Rebecca asked everyone to dress in 19th century attire for the bar's centennial. In both cases, the organizer is the only one who dresses up.
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