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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.
23rd Dec '15 12:48:12 PM crazysamaritan
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* Something similar happens in ''The Shelters of Stone'', the fifth novel of the sprawling ''EarthsChildren'' series. The main character, who has just arrived at the titular shelters with her fiancé, is given "appropriate" festival garb by the local AlphaBitch. It turns out to be underwear in a masculine style, garnished with the ceremonial sash a teenaged boy wears to announce that he's ready for sexual initiation. (Of course, our heroine is a MarySueClassic, so guess whether she still looks good in it.) Even though she's [[spoiler:pregnant.]]

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* Something similar happens in ''The Shelters of Stone'', the fifth novel of the sprawling ''EarthsChildren'' ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series. The main character, who has just arrived at the titular shelters with her fiancé, is given "appropriate" festival garb by the local AlphaBitch. It turns out to be underwear in a masculine style, garnished with the ceremonial sash a teenaged boy wears to announce that he's ready for sexual initiation. (Of course, our heroine is a MarySueClassic, so guess whether she still looks good in it.) Even though she's [[spoiler:pregnant.]]
1st Dec '15 4:13:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Top Ten" featured Garfield announcing some TopTen lists. One of them was a list of ten reasons Jon's dates ended [[CasanovaWannabe in a bad way]]. One of the items in the list was Jon forgetting to check which kind of party he's invited to. As an example, the viewers were treated to a clip of Jon arriving at a party wearing a chicken costume while the others are normally dressed. Jon started arguing about what the invitation stated.

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* ''GarfieldAndFriends'' ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Top Ten" featured Garfield announcing some TopTen lists. One of them was a list of ten reasons Jon's dates ended [[CasanovaWannabe in a bad way]]. One of the items in the list was Jon forgetting to check which kind of party he's invited to. As an example, the viewers were treated to a clip of Jon arriving at a party wearing a chicken costume while the others are normally dressed. Jon started arguing about what the invitation stated.
31st Oct '15 4:41:14 PM nombretomado
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* A variation of this occurred in a ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK'' strip in ''TheBeano'' where Dennis convinced Walter it was dress up as RolfHarris day at school. This was considered one of the former Beano editor's all time favourite strips and was reprinted in The History of the Beano.

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* A variation of this occurred in a ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK'' strip in ''TheBeano'' ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' where Dennis convinced Walter it was dress up as RolfHarris day at school. This was considered one of the former Beano editor's all time favourite strips and was reprinted in The History of the Beano.
25th Oct '15 11:44:29 PM DrFraud
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* Inverted in ''Film/MysteryTeam''. Jason shows up to a work party, stating that he needs his most convincing disguise yet... which apparently requires a sombrero, a mustache, a Pancho and a toilet plunger. The guard lets him in, where he walks past a sign reading "Costume Party."

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* Inverted in ''Film/MysteryTeam''. Jason shows up to a work party, stating that he needs his most convincing disguise yet... which apparently requires a sombrero, a mustache, a Pancho poncho and a toilet plunger. The guard lets him in, where he walks past a sign reading "Costume Party."
6th Sep '15 5:33:58 PM nombretomado
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* In NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', Mr. Nancy (not the best dad) tricked his own son into going to school dressed as UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft on President's Day.

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* In NeilGaiman's Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AnansiBoys'', Mr. Nancy (not the best dad) tricked his own son into going to school dressed as UsefulNotes/WilliamHowardTaft on President's Day.
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