History Main / PaperThinDisguise

1st Dec '16 11:55:48 AM N1KF
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While this is not quite a DiscreditedTrope, these days Paper Thin Disguises are parodied as often as they are used seriously. The trope is still an important dramatic convention in live theater and opera productions -- where a really good disguise would render the character unidentifiable from the cheap seats, and be beyond the scope of the prop budget to boot -- but is usually employed along with some kind of nod to audience acknowledging the absurdity. This can sometimes be exaggerated for comedic effect, for example wearing bunny ears and becoming indistinguishable from a real rabbit, or pretending to be an ancient statue by simply [[NobodyHereButUsStatues standing still in a specific pose]]. Children's shows still employ this trope regularly without any parody element.

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While this is not quite a DiscreditedTrope, DeadHorseTrope, these days Paper Thin Disguises are [[UndeadHorseTrope parodied as often as they are used seriously.seriously]]. The trope is still an important dramatic convention in live theater and opera productions -- where a really good disguise would render the character unidentifiable from the cheap seats, and be beyond the scope of the prop budget to boot -- but is usually employed along with some kind of nod to audience acknowledging the absurdity. This can sometimes be exaggerated for comedic effect, for example wearing bunny ears and becoming indistinguishable from a real rabbit, or pretending to be an ancient statue by simply [[NobodyHereButUsStatues standing still in a specific pose]]. Children's shows still employ this trope regularly without any parody element.



** ''Trials and Tribulations'' subverts this with [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] when she appears to turn up in ''"Bridge to the Turnabout"'' with a different hair colour and nun's garments (retaining the same hairstyle and mannerisms, thus the PaperThinDisguise). The subversion? [[spoiler:It's actually her twin sister.]]

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** ''Trials and Tribulations'' subverts this with [[spoiler:Dahlia Hawthorne]] when she appears to turn up in ''"Bridge to the Turnabout"'' with a different hair colour and nun's garments (retaining the same hairstyle and mannerisms, thus the PaperThinDisguise).Paper Thin Disguise). The subversion? [[spoiler:It's actually her twin sister.]]
24th Nov '16 7:05:57 PM ZimFan89
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* Just like in [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim canon]], we see a lot of this in ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim''. Not only does Zim continue to get by with just a wig and contacts, but Skoodge has the same setup, while [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Norlock]] does the same but with Groucho glasses in place of the contacts.
18th Oct '16 3:47:31 AM 59Efra
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4th Oct '16 5:04:30 AM TroperDoper
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1st Oct '16 10:54:14 PM TheCuza
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** Furio Tigre disguises himself as Phoenix Wright in order to frame someone for 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 every major player in the case knowing Phoenix personally. Because they have the same [[AnimeHair hairstyle]]. ... Furio Tigre is ''[[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/Furio_Tigre huge and orange.]]'' 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.

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** Furio Tigre kills somebody and then disguises himself as Phoenix Wright in order to frame someone "[[ThrowingTheFight defend]]" the person he framed for the murder. This 'disguise' "disguise" consists of a suit, a fake attorney's badge (''made (made of cardboard!'') ''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. Because they have the same personally on top of that. All because he has [[AnimeHair hairstyle]]. ... Furio Tigre is ''[[http://aceattorney.wikia.com/wiki/Furio_Tigre huge and orange.]]'' the exact same spiky hairdo]]. The defendant mentions that everyone in the courtroom had "big question marks on their faces" when Not Phoenix 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.
15th Jul '16 2:41:59 PM Enkida
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* In ''Fanfic/MementoVivere'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX fanfiction, Rikku’s “goggles will do it” theory in Luca.
11th Jul '16 7:42:11 PM Gravidef
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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 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.
5th Jul '16 5:01:54 AM NNinja
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*** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', another character, [[spoiler:the international master spy only known as the "phantom" has disguised himself as a police officer named "Bobby Fulbright" (he killed the real one) and even has a mask of Phoenix' face. Unlike Tigre, he pulls the act very well, even imitating his voice. And phantom is a far greater menace to society in comparison to Tigre (a loan shark who solely relies on intimidation vs an international master spy '''incapacable of feeling emotions like normal people'''.]]
26th Mar '16 4:14:09 PM StarTropes
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* The crocs do this often in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''. They never fool anyone.
13th Mar '16 10:13:52 AM Nulono
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->''"Mr. Burns, it '''was''' naive of you to think I'd mistake this town's most prominent 104-year-old man for one of my elementary school students."''

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->''"Mr. Burns, it '''was''' naive naïve of you to think I'd mistake this town's most prominent 104-year-old man for one of my elementary school students."''
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