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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".
13th Aug '17 2:33:41 AM DrFraud
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* Averted in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4943245/chapters/11443420 Make a Plan]]''. Ron and Draco Malfoy'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 Malfoy's 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.
13th Jul '17 5:16:43 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''FanFic/FellowshipOfTheRaven'', the party at one point had to disguise their [[DraconicHumanoid dragonborn]] member Glaedr when they had to return to the town of Vallaki both due to non-humans being very uncommon in Barovia and them still being fugitives there. The first attempt from [[TheDitz Muriel]] was of this type, amounting to Groucho Marx glasses on what was still obviously a humanoid dragon, but after some assistance from her boyfriend Ivan the second attempt was actually pretty convincing.
2nd Jul '17 2:28:59 AM DrFraud
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Some consider a pair of glasses or Sun-glasses Paper Thin Disguise, but a research showed that it is rather useful to mess with people who don't really know you well.(Research is done by showing pictures of people with and without glasses and asking others to recognize them, and people did a pretty bad score in glasses while worse with sun-glasses)

Sometimes, the trope is present when someone is mistaken for someone else, but it isn't an intentional disguise, it's just someone that appeared for no reason and it's not trying to disguise, but has a little similarities that are enough to fool someone unintentionally.

It's becoming a bit common nowadays to subvert this trope by fooling the viewers instead, showing what seems to be a terrible disguise, but then it's revealed that it wasn't, you thought that Bob was badly disguised as an old man, but then Bob in regular clothes appears next to that old man that looks like him.

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Some consider a pair of glasses or Sun-glasses sunglasses Paper Thin Disguise, but a research showed that it is rather useful to mess with people who don't really know you well.well. (Research is done by showing pictures of people with and without glasses and asking others to recognize them, and people did got a pretty bad score in glasses while worse with sun-glasses)

sunglasses.)

Sometimes, the trope is present when someone is mistaken for someone else, but it isn't an intentional disguise, it's just someone that appeared for no reason and it's is not trying to a disguise, but has a little slight similarities that are enough to fool someone unintentionally.

It's becoming a bit common nowadays to subvert this trope by fooling the viewers instead, showing what seems to be a terrible disguise, but then it's revealed that it wasn't, isn't, you thought that Bob was badly disguised as an old man, but then Bob in regular clothes appears next to that old man that looks like him.



* Parodied and Averted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}'' strip where Heathcliff goes trick or treating on Halloween [[{{Irony}} wearing a devil costume]]:

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* Parodied and Averted averted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}'' strip where Heathcliff goes trick or treating on Halloween [[{{Irony}} wearing a devil costume]]:


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* Averted in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/4943245/chapters/11443420 Make a Plan]]''. Ron and Draco Malfoy'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.
13th May '17 6:21:30 PM Looneygamemaster
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** ''Dual Destinies'' has "The Amazing Nine-Tails", a famous masked wrestler. Players groan at how long it takes for the characters to figure out that he's ''obviously'' Rex Kyubi, [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope and are then blindsided when it's revealed that he's actually Damian Tenma.]]]]
22nd Mar '17 8:20:33 AM Mineboot45
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** As part of the annual [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Strong_Sad_Lookalike_Contest Strong Sad Lookalike Contest]], the Cheat dresses up as Strong Sad's left foot by sitting in a paper bag that had an elephant foot crudely drawn on it. Nobody else's costume is particularly convincing either (except for [[spoiler:Homsar, who was disqualified because Coach Z thought he actually ''was'' Strong Sad]]), but the Cheat has somehow won the contest three years in a row this way. [[YourCostumeNeedsWork Strong Sad himself even participated one time and was disqualified.]]

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** As part of the annual [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Strong_Sad_Lookalike_Contest Strong Sad Lookalike Contest]], the Cheat dresses up as Strong Sad's left foot by sitting in a paper bag that had an elephant foot crudely drawn on it. Nobody else's costume is particularly convincing either (except for [[spoiler:Homsar, who was disqualified because Coach Z thought he actually ''was'' Strong Sad]]), but the Cheat has somehow won the contest three years in a row this way. [[YourCostumeNeedsWork Strong Sad himself even participated one time and was disqualified.]]
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