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5th Jul '17 5:25:31 AM scooter
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* '''Lives and Loves of a She-Devil'''. The title character spends most of the show as a fugly six foot minger, then has magic surgery to turn her into the exact double of the (now dead) much shorter and very beautiful woman her husband had an affair with, with the result that her husband goes mad.

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* '''Lives ''Lives and Loves of a She-Devil'''. She-Devil'': The title character spends most of the show as a fugly six foot minger, then has magic surgery to turn her into the exact double of the (now dead) much shorter and very beautiful woman her husband had an affair with, with the result that her husband goes mad.
16th Jun '17 7:10:21 PM scooter
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** Morgan Edge in his ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' incarnation was originally played by Creator/RutgerHauer, but when they wanted to bring the character back Hauer wasn't available so they said that Edge had gone into hiding and undergone plastic surgery. He was played by Rutger's pal Patrick Bergin.

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** Morgan Edge in his ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' incarnation was originally played by Creator/RutgerHauer, but when they wanted to bring the character back Hauer wasn't available so they said that Edge had gone into hiding and undergone plastic surgery. He was played by Rutger's pal Patrick Bergin. In the commentary, the producers complained about having to go "back to the plastic surgery well" because of the original actor's unavailability.
14th Jun '17 9:59:47 PM nombretomado
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** Villains on every ''Trek'' series are known to change their outer appearance, [[{{Series/V}} Visitor]]-style, to blend in among us. The skin job is extremely thorough: both Chakotay and Winn went to bed [[BoldlyComing with a lizard spy]] and weren't able to tell the difference!

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** Villains on every ''Trek'' series are known to change their outer appearance, [[{{Series/V}} [[{{Series/V 1983}} Visitor]]-style, to blend in among us. The skin job is extremely thorough: both Chakotay and Winn went to bed [[BoldlyComing with a lizard spy]] and weren't able to tell the difference!
13th Jun '17 5:00:22 PM KenMoreau
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* In ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' (starting in Cally's War and going through Honor of the Clan), Cally undergoes full body modification to infiltrate a base, necessitating the kidnapping of the person she is replacing. Plot ensues, and she is stuck in the new body (blonde with [[Main/MostCommonSuperpower an excellent figure]] for a long time. Eventually she goes back in to get her old body back, and is told to report to the officer who is handling the scheduling of the body modification system. Guess who the officer is...

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* In ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' (starting in Cally's War and going through Honor of the Clan), Cally undergoes full body modification to infiltrate a base, necessitating the kidnapping of the person she is replacing. Plot ensues, and she is stuck in the new body (blonde with [[Main/MostCommonSuperpower an excellent figure]] figure]]) for a long time. Eventually she goes back in to get her old body back, and is told to report to the officer who is handling the scheduling of the body modification system. Guess who the officer is...
13th Jun '17 4:59:25 PM KenMoreau
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* In ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' (starting in Cally's War and going through Honor of the Clan), Cally undergoes full body modification to infiltrate a base, necessitating the kidnapping of the person she is replacing. Plot ensues, and she is stuck in the new body (blonde with [[Main/TheMostCommonSuperpower an excellent figure]] for a long time. Eventually she goes back in to get her old body back, and is told to report to the officer who is handling the scheduling of the body modification system. Guess who the officer is...

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* In ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' (starting in Cally's War and going through Honor of the Clan), Cally undergoes full body modification to infiltrate a base, necessitating the kidnapping of the person she is replacing. Plot ensues, and she is stuck in the new body (blonde with [[Main/TheMostCommonSuperpower [[Main/MostCommonSuperpower an excellent figure]] for a long time. Eventually she goes back in to get her old body back, and is told to report to the officer who is handling the scheduling of the body modification system. Guess who the officer is...
13th Jun '17 4:58:19 PM KenMoreau
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* In ''Creator/JohnRingo'''s ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'' (starting in Cally's War and going through Honor of the Clan), Cally undergoes full body modification to infiltrate a base, necessitating the kidnapping of the person she is replacing. Plot ensues, and she is stuck in the new body (blonde with [[Main/TheMostCommonSuperpower an excellent figure]] for a long time. Eventually she goes back in to get her old body back, and is told to report to the officer who is handling the scheduling of the body modification system. Guess who the officer is...
13th Jun '17 4:45:55 PM KenMoreau
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* In both ''Creator/DanielKeysMoran'''s ''Literature/TheLongRun'' and ''Literature/AIWarBigBoost'', Trent undergoes biosculpt to infiltrate a base which has something he is going to steal. The story explicitly notes the requirement to change his height and voice along with all of the other stuff. But Trent is almost caught when a computer notices that his ''Main/RapidFireTyping'' has improved:

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* In both ''Creator/DanielKeysMoran'''s ''Literature/TheLongRun'' and ''Literature/AIWarBigBoost'', Trent undergoes biosculpt to infiltrate a base which has something he is going to steal. The story explicitly notes the requirement to change his height and voice along with all of the other stuff. But Trent is almost caught when a computer notices that his ''Main/RapidFireTyping'' has improved:[[Main/RapidFireTyping typing]] is different:
13th Jun '17 4:44:29 PM KenMoreau
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* In both ''Creator/DanielKeysMoran'''s ''Literature/TheLongRun'' and ''Literature/AIWarBigBoost'', Trent undergoes biosculpt to infiltrate a base which has something he is going to steal. The story explicitly notes the requirement to change his height and voice along with all of the other stuff. But Trent is almost caught when a computer notices that his ''Main/RapidFireTyping'' has improved:
** “Indeed, the improvement is quite remarkable. You have improved from 55 words per minute to 140 at peak typing speed. You now strike the space bar with your right thumb rather than your left. Your typing patterns have also altered radically; your favored keyboard layout has altered from the traditional Dvorak to an enhanced 240-key Unicode board. You have acquired the distinctive habit of tapping the EOL key while you are thinking. When you configured this workstation you immediately turned off the end-of-line warning beep, indicating an adjustment to this habit. You make data entry errors that you did not make during your last tour of duty, and have ceased making the great majority of those errors which you were then prone to.”
4th May '17 8:20:28 PM unclebubba62
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** The episode "Die, Spy" has a great parody of this trope. The premise of the episode is a parody of ''ISpy'', with Max and a hip black partner and operating undercover as ping-pong pros. The enemy agent they're trying to draw out has reportedly had plastic surgery to conceal his identity, and no one knows what he looks like now. It turns out [[spoiler:Max's partner is the enemy agent, who didn't use to be black.]]

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** The episode "Die, Spy" has a great parody of this trope. The premise of the episode is a parody of ''ISpy'', with Max and a hip black partner and operating undercover as ping-pong pros. The enemy agent they're trying to draw out has reportedly had plastic surgery to conceal his identity, and no one knows what he looks like now. It turns out [[spoiler:Max's partner is the enemy agent, who didn't use used to be black.]]
5th Apr '17 5:25:43 PM AthenaBlue
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* As stated in the page description, [[SoapOpera Soap Operas]] have often done this when they've recast a character in order to explain the complete change in appearance, particularly for a "bad" character who would need to conceal his identity.
** Janet Green on ''Series/AllMyChildren'', a convicted murderer and known psychopath, is given her release from prison in exchange for undergoing experimental plastic surgery. Her portrayer, Kate Collins, left and was replaced by Robin Mattson. However, when Janet returned in 2005, she was Kate Collins again, with no explanation.
** ''Series/AnotherWorld'' had a set of identical twins, Vickie & Marley, who went through a couple of recasts over the years. Near the end of the show's run, the role of Marley was recast with the actress who originally played the roles, while Vicky was still played by the actress who'd been doing it over the last few years. The explanation for the change in looks was that Marley had had plastic surgery after being burned in a fire. True to this trope, the surgery not only completely restored Marley's appearance with nary a scar, it also made her taller and gave her longer hair. (as the new actress playing Marley had these characteristics as compared to the actress playing Vicky.
** Another "burned" example, that ''wasn't'' used to explain a recast: On ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'', Taylor was burned in a house fire, yet doesn't have a trace of scarring. This is actually a very realistic subversion, as (a) the burns she received were not particularly bad and therefore might not have caused extensive scarring anyway, and (b) Taylor was certainly wealthy enough to afford a top-notch surgeon who could pull off this trope.
** Yet another "burned" example, this time from ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' when James [=DePaiva=] wanted to leave the show. His character, Max Holden, was severely burned in a car accident, paving the way for a recast. Unfortunately, the recast went over like a lead balloon, so TPTB brought back [=DePaiva=] with absolutely no explanation for the discrepancy. The show even lampshaded this with his first line upon reappearing:
--> "I feel like my old self again!"
** From the same show, Todd Manning was played by Roger Howarth until 2003. When his character was severely beaten and left for dead, he returned to town several months under a new identity, now played by Trevor St. John.
** On ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'', Sheila gets plastic surgery to look like Phyllis, explaining her actor change to the same as Phyllis.
*** And the evil Matt Carter gets plastic surgery so that he can return to Genoa City (where he was still wanted for rape charges) and ingratiate himself into the lives of his unknowing victim and her husband and start wreaking havoc.
* Steven Carrington of ''{{Dynasty}}'' is another example of this. He was originally played by Al Corley. He was in an accident and had plastic surgery and was then played by Jack Coleman (Noah Bennett on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'') until the series ended. For the reunion movie, he was again played by Corley, with no explanation.
* Herr Flick from ''Series/AlloAllo!'' went through such a procedure in the final season of the series (so he could escape occupied France after the war), when Richard Gibson was replaced with David Janson.
* The premise of ''Series/BulletInTheFace'', itself a parody of John Woo's ''Face/Off''. Gunter Volger loses his face in a shootout and reawakens with a full transplant taken from a cop he'd murdered. Not only does the new face fit him perfectly, he's even swapped hair with the donor as well. (Another dig at ''Face/Off''.) The show takes pains to remind viewers that facial transplants require a strict drug regimen, which Gunter flagrantly ignores in each episode.
* A failed pilot called ''Series/{{Fugly}}'' begins with a radical plastic surgery that turns one of a pair of identical twins that looks like [[HollywoodHomely 5-foot-nothing, 150 pound]] MarissaJaretWinokur with ugly prosthetics into 5'7'' bombshell Nikki Cox. Yeah.



** In another episode ''Facade'', plastic surgery is used to turn an ugly girl hot- but this being Smallville, [[GreenRocks Kryptonite]] is used in the procedure, giving her the ability to give people life-threatening illusions.
* Averted in ''Series/TheXFiles'', where an evil plastic surgeon uses human sacrifice to transform his looks beyond the limits of science.
* Jo (Red Striker Borg) from ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs'' also had her appearance ([[TheNthDoctor and actor]]) changed by magic. ''Accidentally,'' when a spell backfired. A second spell makes the world see her old face, but it doesn't work on her teammates or the audience.
* '''Lives and Loves of a She-Devil'''. The title character spends most of the show as a fugly six foot minger, then has magic surgery to turn her into the exact double of the (now dead) much shorter and very beautiful woman her husband had an affair with, with the result that her husband goes mad.
* Used for comedic effect in ''Series/JustShootMe'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and other sitcoms. Long-lost male friend of cast member returns after plastic surgery, now looks like hot girl (played by an actress). Inverted in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' where Charlie's ex-girlfriend comes back after F>M sexual assignment surgery and is played by Chris O'Donnell...who then gets involved with Charlie's mother!

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** In another episode ''Facade'', episode, "Façade", plastic surgery is used to turn an ugly girl hot- hot -- but this being Smallville, ''Smallville'', [[GreenRocks Kryptonite]] is used in the procedure, giving her the ability to give people life-threatening illusions.
* Averted Subverted in ''Series/TheXFiles'', an episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', where an evil it appears that a mobster has had surgery to alter his face and fingerprints, but which Superman keeps seeing through because of his old mannerisms. Turns out, the mobster was still in hiding and trying to discredit Superman by spreading the plastic surgeon uses human sacrifice surgery story and getting someone else to transform mimic his looks beyond mannerisms.
* Herr Flick from ''Series/AlloAllo!'' went through such a procedure in
the limits final season of science.
the series (so he could escape occupied France after the war), when Richard Gibson was replaced with David Janson.
* Jo (Red Striker Borg) from ''Series/BigBadBeetleborgs'' also had her appearance ([[TheNthDoctor and actor]]) changed by magic. ''Accidentally,'' ''Accidentally'', when a spell backfired. A second spell makes the world see her old face, but it doesn't work on her teammates or the audience.
* '''Lives and Loves ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' sees this happened to crime boss Al Hawke, who was badly burned at the nd of a She-Devil'''. The title character spends most his debut episode, "Sons of the show as a fugly six foot minger, then has magic surgery to turn her into the exact double Mother". This trope is invoked in his return episode, "Nature of the (now dead) much shorter and very beautiful woman her husband had an affair with, with the result that her husband goes mad.
* Used for comedic effect in ''Series/JustShootMe'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and other sitcoms. Long-lost male friend of cast member returns after
Beast", where it's explained he got plastic surgery, now going from Creator/StephenMcHattie to Mitch Pileggi.
* The premise of ''Series/BulletInTheFace'', itself a parody of John Woo's ''Face/Off''. Gunter Volger loses his face in a shootout and reawakens with a full transplant taken from a cop he'd murdered. Not only does the new face fit him perfectly, he's even swapped hair with the donor as well. (Another dig at ''Face/Off''.) The show takes pains to remind viewers that facial transplants require a strict drug regimen, which Gunter flagrantly ignores in each episode.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth "New Earth"]], the villainous Lady Cassandra, a plastic surgery addict, believes the Doctor to have gone through this since the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld first time]] she met him. She never does get to find out the ''real'' reason [[TheNthDoctor he looks different]].
* In ''Series/DreamOn'', the hero, Martin Tupper's BlackBestFriend, Eddie Charles, is [[TheOtherDarrin replaced by a different actor]] partway through the first series. This is explained away by having him get surgery to change his eyelids. So he gets a whole new face and several extra inches of height! Devillishly clever, these eyelid surgeons!
* A failed pilot called ''Series/{{Fugly}}'' begins with a radical plastic surgery that turns one of a pair of identical twins that
looks like hot girl (played by an actress). Inverted in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' where Charlie's ex-girlfriend comes back after F>M sexual assignment surgery and is played by Chris O'Donnell...who then gets involved [[HollywoodHomely 5-foot-nothing, 150 pound]] Creator/MarissaJaretWinokur with Charlie's mother!ugly prosthetics into 5'7'' bombshell Nikki Cox. Yeah.



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has perfected the art of magic plastic surgery. It doesn't matter what species it is. If it has two legs, two arms, and one head, doctors can make any species look like any other, though this is usually done by adding [[RubberForeheadAliens pointed ears, weird forehead bumps, etc., to the same actors]]. Sometimes it can be implausibly perfect even allowing for futuristic technology. For instance, in one episode, Worf went undercover in a pre-contact civilization, requiring extensive surgery which removed his huge Klingon brow ridges. At one point, he returned to the ship and had his normal features restored perfectly, and then a few scenes later he had the extensive reconstruction surgery done ''again'' to go back down among the natives.
-->'''[[http://www.docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/voyager-season-seven.html Doc Oho]]''' ''Chakotay’s face has been reconstructed more times than I care to remember! I’m surprised they manage to get it back to its usual shape every time!''
** Villains on every ''Trek'' series are known to change their outer appearance, [[{{Series/V}} Visitor]]-style, to blend in among us. The skin job is extremely thorough: both Chakotay and Winn went to bed [[BoldlyComing with a lizard spy]] and weren't able to tell the difference!
** Overlaps with EasySexChange in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Profit and Lace", in which Quark can undergo complete sex reassignment surgery to appear female ''within a few hours'', then be changed ''back'' into a man the very next day.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' plays with this. Naturally being less-advanced, they haven't perfected magic surgery yet, instead using stick-on prosthetic ridges and such. It backfires when one of them gets rifle-butted and the stuff peels off.
** It also won't fool a medical scan or other detailed examination. [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Arne Darvin]] was exposed as Klingon agent because, while he looked human, his body temperature, heartbeat and other vital signs were all wrong. The tribbles helped, too.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Ashes To Ashes", former human and former ''Voyager'' crew member Lyndsay Ballard was given treatments by the Doctor to alter her Kobali appearance so that she looks human, but unfortunately the treatments don't last, as her Kobali appearance reasserts itself.
* In ''Series/DreamOn'', the hero, Martin Tupper's BlackBestFriend, Eddie Charles, is [[TheOtherDarrin replaced by a different actor]] partway through the first series. This is explained away by having him get surgery to change his eyelids. So he gets a whole new face and several extra inches of height! Devillishly clever, these eyelid surgeons!
* Alexis Meade of ''Series/UglyBetty'' is a male-to-female transexual. Played by Rebecca Romijn. And an unnamed manly-looking actor in {{Flashback}}s.
* In ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'' episode "There's No Place Like Omsk," Beans hides a Russian defector, who via one plastic surgery session, looks exactly like Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly.



* In ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' episode "Creatures Who Came On Sunday" (aired in 1978, mind), the whole plot revolves around a secret installation of the [[WitnessProtection Federal Witness Protection Program]], where protected folks get plastic surgery to totally change their looks. All the folks in said camp are swathed in bandages while playing baseball with no apparent pain or lack of agility.



** Originally it appears Michael's surgery is simply to make him unrecognizable as Michael Long. It's later revealed that he was made a dead ringer for Wilton Knights AntagonisticOffspring, Garth.
* In ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' episode "Creatures Who Came On Sunday" (aired in 1978, mind), the whole plot revolves around a secret installation of the [[WitnessProtection Federal Witness Protection Program]], where protected folks get plastic surgery to totally change their looks. All the folks in said camp are swathed in bandages while playing baseball with no apparent pain or lack of agility.

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** Originally it appears Michael's surgery is simply to make him unrecognizable as Michael Long. It's later revealed that he was made a dead ringer for Wilton Knights Knight's AntagonisticOffspring, Garth.
* '''Lives and Loves of a She-Devil'''. The title character spends most of the show as a fugly six foot minger, then has magic surgery to turn her into the exact double of the (now dead) much shorter and very beautiful woman her husband had an affair with, with the result that her husband goes mad.
*
In ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'' ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfBeansBaxter'' episode "Creatures Who Came On Sunday" (aired in 1978, mind), "There's No Place Like Omsk", Beans hides a Russian defector, who via one plastic surgery session, looks exactly like Miss Universe Shawn Weatherly.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': Used by
the whole plot revolves around bad guys in "Faces" to create doubles used in their KillAndReplace scheme.
* Used for comedic effect in ''Series/JustShootMe'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'' and other {{sitcom}}s. Long-lost male friend of cast member returns after plastic surgery, now looks like hot girl (played by an actress). Inverted in ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' where Charlie's ex-girlfriend comes back after F>M sexual assignment surgery and is played by Chris O'Donnell ... who then gets involved with Charlie's mother!
* As stated in the page description, [[SoapOpera Soap Operas]] have often done this when they've recast
a secret installation character in order to explain the complete change in appearance, particularly for a "bad" character who would need to conceal his identity.
** Janet Green on ''Series/AllMyChildren'', a convicted murderer and known psychopath, is given her release from prison in exchange for undergoing experimental plastic surgery. Her portrayer, Kate Collins, left and was replaced by Robin Mattson. However, when Janet returned in 2005, she was Kate Collins again, with no explanation.
** ''Series/AnotherWorld'' had a set of identical twins, Vickie & Marley, who went through a couple of recasts over the years. Near the end
of the [[WitnessProtection Federal Witness Protection Program]], where protected folks get show's run, the role of Marley was recast with the actress who originally played the roles, while Vicky was still played by the actress who'd been doing it over the last few years. The explanation for the change in looks was that Marley had had plastic surgery after being burned in a fire. True to this trope, the surgery not only completely restored Marley's appearance with nary a scar, it also made her taller and gave her longer hair. (as the new actress playing Marley had these characteristics as compared to the actress playing Vicky.
** Another "burned" example, that ''wasn't'' used to explain a recast: On ''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'', Taylor was burned in a house fire, yet doesn't have a trace of scarring. This is actually a very realistic subversion, as (a) the burns she received were not particularly bad and therefore might not have caused extensive scarring anyway, and (b) Taylor was certainly wealthy enough to afford a top-notch surgeon who could pull off this trope.
** Yet another "burned" example, this time from ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' when James [=DePaiva=] wanted to leave the show. His character, Max Holden, was severely burned in a car accident, paving the way for a recast. Unfortunately, the recast went over like a lead balloon, so TPTB brought back [=DePaiva=] with absolutely no explanation for the discrepancy. The show even lampshaded this with his first line upon reappearing:
--> "I feel like my old self again!"
** From the same show, Todd Manning was played by Roger Howarth until 2003. When his character was severely beaten and left for dead, he returned to town several months under a new identity, now played by Trevor St. John.
** On ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'', Sheila gets
plastic surgery to totally look like Phyllis, explaining her actor change to the same as Phyllis.
*** And the evil Matt Carter gets plastic surgery so that he can return to Genoa City (where he was still wanted for rape charges) and ingratiate himself into the lives of his unknowing victim and her husband and start wreaking havoc.
** Steven Carrington of ''{{Dynasty}}'' is another example of this. He was originally played by Al Corley. He was in an accident and had plastic surgery and was then played by Jack Coleman (Noah Bennett on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'') until the series ended. For the reunion movie, he was again played by Corley, with no explanation.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has perfected the art of magic plastic surgery. It doesn't matter what species it is. If it has two legs, two arms, and one head, doctors can make any species look like any other, though this is usually done by adding [[RubberForeheadAliens pointed ears, weird forehead bumps, etc., to the same actors]]. Sometimes it can be implausibly perfect even allowing for futuristic technology. For instance, in one episode, Worf went undercover in a pre-contact civilization, requiring extensive surgery which removed his huge Klingon brow ridges. At one point, he returned to the ship and had his normal features restored perfectly, and then a few scenes later he had the extensive reconstruction surgery done ''again'' to go back down among the natives.
-->'''[[http://www.docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/voyager-season-seven.html Doc Oho]]''' ''Chakotay’s face has been reconstructed more times than I care to remember! I’m surprised they manage to get it back to its usual shape every time!''
** Villains on every ''Trek'' series are known to
change their looks. All outer appearance, [[{{Series/V}} Visitor]]-style, to blend in among us. The skin job is extremely thorough: both Chakotay and Winn went to bed [[BoldlyComing with a lizard spy]] and weren't able to tell the folks difference!
** Overlaps with EasySexChange
in said camp are swathed the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Profit and Lace", in bandages which Quark can undergo complete sex reassignment surgery to appear female ''within a few hours'', then be changed ''back'' into a man the very next day.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' plays with this. Naturally being less-advanced, they haven't perfected magic surgery yet, instead using stick-on prosthetic ridges and such. It backfires when one of them gets rifle-butted and the stuff peels off.
** It also won't fool a medical scan or other detailed examination. [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Arne Darvin]] was exposed as Klingon agent because,
while playing baseball with no apparent pain or lack of agility.he looked human, his body temperature, heartbeat and other vital signs were all wrong. The tribbles helped, too.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Ashes To Ashes", former human and former ''Voyager'' crew member Lyndsay Ballard was given treatments by the Doctor to alter her Kobali appearance so that she looks human, but unfortunately the treatments don't last, as her Kobali appearance reasserts itself.



* ''Series/BirdsOfPrey'' sees this happened to crime boss Al Hawke, who was badly burned at the nd of his debut episode, "Sons of the Mother". This trope is invoked in his return episode, "Nature of the Beast", where it's explained he got plastic surgery, going from Creator/StephenMcHattie to Mitch Pileggi.



* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', where it appears that a mobster has had surgery to alter his face and fingerprints, but which Superman keeps seeing through because of his old mannerisms. Turns out, the mobster was still in hiding and trying to discredit superman by spreading the plastic surgery story and getting someone else to mimic his mannerisms.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': Used by the bad guys in "Faces" to create doubles used in their KillAndReplace scheme

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* Subverted Alexis Meade of ''Series/UglyBetty'' is a male-to-female transsexual. Played by Rebecca Romijn. And an unnamed manly-looking actor in an episode of ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', {{Flashback}}s.
* Averted in ''Series/TheXFiles'',
where it appears that a mobster has had surgery to alter his face and fingerprints, but which Superman keeps seeing through because of his old mannerisms. Turns out, the mobster was still in hiding and trying to discredit superman by spreading the an evil plastic surgery story and getting someone else surgeon uses human sacrifice to mimic transform his mannerisms.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': Used by
looks beyond the bad guys in "Faces" to create doubles used in their KillAndReplace schemelimits of science.


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