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10th Feb '18 6:58:22 AM Generality
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** Calvin attempts to do this trope with Hobbes (wearing a trenchcoat with Hobbes on top) in order to sneak into an X-rated movie. Going by the ticket seller's remark in the final panel ("This is a new one."), she evidently did not fall for it.

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** Calvin attempts to do this trope with Hobbes (wearing ([[TotemPoleTrench wearing a trenchcoat with Hobbes on top) top]]) in order to sneak into an X-rated movie. Going by the ticket seller's remark in the final panel ("This is a new one."), she evidently did not fall for it.
23rd Jan '18 1:35:46 PM Amahn
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** Pip and one of his sisters get in on the act too. They escape from their respective boarding schools with the aid of their aunt by dressing up as a famous British Admiral and... a grandfather clock. When someone spots them and questions the walking grandfather clock his sister merely says "bong bong bong" and the question is dropped.
16th Jan '18 5:50:19 AM HappyMan
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* In ''FanFic/TheRoadToBeAPokemonMaster'', Ash, Gary and Serena steal some Team Rocket uniforms to infiltrate Silph Co. [[spoiler: And the Rockets see right through their disguises since they don't conceal the fact that [[RealityEnsues they're still children, while every other Rocket is an adult]].]]
8th Jan '18 9:47:40 PM MasterN
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The external reason for the flimsy disguise may be that the creators want to signal the presence of a disguise to the audience before the other characters catch on (a sort of ReverseWhodunnit). Sometimes, the character may also be a SpecialGuest the director wants to get their money out of. All the same, you often get TheReveal staged in such a way to make it clear that the director really thought you wouldn't have worked it out by now. For the more perceptive viewers, it's a case of TheUntwist.

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The external reason for the flimsy disguise may be that the creators want to signal the presence of a disguise to the audience before the other characters catch on (a sort of ReverseWhodunnit). Sometimes, the character may also be a SpecialGuest the director wants to get their money out of. All the same, you often get TheReveal staged in such a way to make it clear that the director [[CaptainObviousReveal really thought you wouldn't have worked it out by now.now]]. For the more perceptive viewers, it's a case of TheUntwist.
6th Jan '18 3:14:06 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* In ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'', [[Literature/HarryPotter Luna Lovegood]] thinks that wearing a pillowcase (and [[GoingCommando nothing else]]) and speaking in broken English is all it takes for House-Elves to confuse her for one of their own. A mortified Hermione quickly talks her out of it.
17th Nov '17 9:20:42 AM TheCuza
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** Furio Tigre kills somebody and then disguises himself as Phoenix Wright in order to "[[ThrowingTheFight defend]]" the person he framed for the murder. This "disguise" consists of a suit, a fake attorney's badge (made of ''cardboard''), and loudly proclaiming himself to be Phoenix Wright. It works despite Furio having [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation bright orange skin]] and a very noticeable [[BrooklynRage Bronx accent]], ''and'' every major player in the case knowing Phoenix personally on top of that. All because he has [[AnimeHair the exact same spiky hairdo]]. The defendant mentions that everyone in the courtroom had "big question marks on their faces" when Not-Phoenix made his appearance, but every time someone tried to point this out, Furio [[ScreamingWarrior literally roared them into silence]]. Even more bizarrely, the disguise is apparently good enough to ''fool the player'' -- the first you see of Furio Tigre is in the chapter intro where Phoenix Wright loses a case... and he's rendered as completely indistinguishable from the real Phoenix. The skin colour can be explained away as being a fake spray tan that Furio just didn't put on that day, but it's pretty much stated he made no attempt to hide the accent.

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** Furio Tigre kills somebody and then disguises himself as Phoenix Wright in order to "[[ThrowingTheFight defend]]" the person he framed for the murder. This "disguise" consists of a suit, a fake attorney's badge (made of ''cardboard''), and loudly proclaiming himself to be Phoenix Wright. It works despite Furio having [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation bright orange skin]] and a very noticeable [[BrooklynRage Bronx accent]], ''and'' every major player in the case knowing Phoenix personally on top of that. All because he has [[AnimeHair the exact same spiky hairdo]]. The defendant mentions that everyone in the courtroom had "big question marks on their faces" when Not-Phoenix made his appearance, but every time someone tried to point this out, Furio [[ScreamingWarrior literally roared them into silence]]. Even more bizarrely, the disguise is apparently good enough to ''fool the player'' -- the first you see of Furio Tigre is in the chapter intro where Phoenix Wright loses a case... and he's rendered as completely indistinguishable from the real Phoenix. The skin colour can be explained away as being a fake spray tan that Furio just didn't put on that day, but it's pretty much stated that he made no attempt whatsoever to hide the accent.


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** "Director Hotti" in ''Justice for All'' is a mental patient at the Hotti Clinic who habitually steals the director's lab coat and uses it to try and pass himself off as the director, ignoring the fact that the ID badge pinned to the front of the coat ''has the real director's picture on it''. He appears again in ''Apollo Justice'' as "Director Hickfield" of the Hickfield Clinic. Evidently the Hotti Clinic staff got sick of his bullshit and passed him off to another clinic to get rid of him. That, or the real Director Hotti quit in order to get away from him.
16th Nov '17 12:45:09 AM ultimomant
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* Kaine's "imposter". In 2006, Wrestling/{{Kaine}} feuded with an imposter who was wearing his old mask (but didn't look anything at all like him otherwise) who beat the actual Kaine several times using his old moves. While it was obvious to fans who was who, nobody affiliated with the actual WWE could tell them apart. (Probably why they were content to drop the storyline without even revealing who he was after Kaine ''did'' kick the phony's ass.)

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* Kaine's Kane's "imposter". In 2006, Wrestling/{{Kaine}} Wrestling/{{Kane}} feuded with an imposter who was wearing his old mask (but didn't look anything at all like him otherwise) who beat the actual Kaine Kane several times using his old moves. While it was obvious to fans who was who, nobody affiliated with the actual WWE could tell them apart. (Probably why they were content to drop the storyline without even revealing who he was after Kaine Kane ''did'' kick the phony's ass.)
21st Oct '17 8:22:35 PM Gravidef
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* Music/TheLonelyIsland song "Two Worlds Collide" features SNL cast member [[Series/KenanAndKel Kenan Thompson]] fooling Andy Samberg into thinking he is Music/RebaMcEntire with just a red wig.

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* Music/TheLonelyIsland song "Two Worlds Collide" features Andy Samberg singing about his love for country singer Reba McEntire. "Reba" is played by SNL cast member [[Series/KenanAndKel Kenan Thompson]] fooling Andy Thompson]], who is actually an ordinary guy (who ''fully admits'' to being a man) who found a red wig in the dumpster, put it on, and somehow convinced Samberg into thinking he that "she" is Music/RebaMcEntire with just a red the real deal. The extremely graphic song describes all of their sexual escapades (with Thompson frequently mentioning his penis), but Samberg is none the wiser because of the wig.



* In the music video for "Paparazzi," Creator/LadyGaga first appears as a platinum-blonde woman wearing outlandish outfits. After being murdered by her boyfriend, she seeks revenge by coming back into his life and killing him and the entire staff of his mansion. To do this, she dons the brilliant disguise of...platinum blonde hair and an outlandish outfit. Of course, this could be deliberate, as the video seems to be an attack on the public who eagerly cast away old stars to embrace newer, similar ones.

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* In the music video for "Paparazzi," Creator/LadyGaga first appears as a platinum-blonde woman wearing outlandish outfits. After being murdered an attempted murder by her boyfriend, she seeks revenge by coming back into his life and killing him and the entire staff of his mansion. To do this, she dons the brilliant disguise of...platinum blonde hair and an outlandish outfit. Of course, this could be deliberate, as the video seems to be an attack on the public who eagerly cast away old stars to embrace newer, similar ones.
27th Sep '17 4:37:57 PM GeneralGrant985
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* Used a lot in Fanfic/ADream. Apparently, putting on sunglasses makes you completely invisible.
--> Ponies are generally bad at seeing through disguises.
18th Sep '17 3:10:42 AM DrFraud
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* In the one-shot ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8937860 Hiding in Plain Sight]]'' Literature/HarryPotter gets Lasik eye surgery and becomes completely unrecognizable to the pureblood wizards at Hogwarts without his trademark glasses. Then the Aurors try to recreate ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' at Hogwarts. The muggleborns have absolutely no trouble recognizing the incredibly out-of-place "first-year students".

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* In the one-shot ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8937860 Hiding in Plain Sight]]'' Literature/HarryPotter gets Lasik eye surgery and becomes completely unrecognizable to the pureblood wizards at Hogwarts without his trademark glasses. Then the Aurors try to recreate ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' at Hogwarts. The muggleborns Muggleborn have absolutely no trouble recognizing the incredibly out-of-place "first-year students".



* Averted in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4943245/chapters/11443420 Make a Plan]]''. Ron and Draco's attempt to obtain liquor in the Hogshead by wearing funny hats and fake beards and claiming to be dwarves fooled no one. What makes it even funnier is that their ''fathers'' tried exactly the same thing.

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* Averted in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4943245/chapters/11443420 Make a Plan]]''. Ron and Draco's attempt to obtain liquor in the Hogshead by wearing funny hats and fake beards and claiming to be dwarves fooled no one. What makes it even funnier is that their ''fathers'' fathers tried exactly the same thing.



* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12025821/6/The-Unbroken-Saviour The Unbroken Saviour]]'' Dumbledore wears a fake nose, a hat with ostrich feathers and one of his usual outlandish robes in an attempt to be inconspicuous. However, the outfit ''succeeds'' due to each of the elephants on the robe having an individual Notice-Me-Not charm cast on them.



* "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" is a hit song for the Louisiana-based John Fred and His Playboy Band in early 1968. The song was a parody of The Beatles' hit, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".

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* "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" is was a hit song for the Louisiana-based John Fred and His Playboy Band in early 1968. The song was a parody of The Beatles' hit, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
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