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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.]]
22nd Mar '17 8:19:41 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.

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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.]]
29th Dec '16 6:25:21 PM VictorDamazio
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It's becoming a bit common nowadays to subvert this trope by fooling the viewers, showing what seems to be a terrible disguise, but then it's revealed that it wasn't, you though 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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It's becoming a bit common nowadays to subvert this trope by fooling the viewers, viewers instead, showing what seems to be a terrible disguise, but then it's revealed that it wasn't, you though 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.
29th Dec '16 6:14:42 PM VictorDamazio
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It's becoming a bit common nowadays to subvert this trope by fooling the viewers, showing what seems to be a terrible disguise, but then it's revealed that it wasn't, you though that Bob was badly disguised as an old man, but then Bob appears next to that old man that looks like him.

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It's becoming a bit common nowadays to subvert this trope by fooling the viewers, showing what seems to be a terrible disguise, but then it's revealed that it wasn't, you though 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.
29th Dec '16 6:13:06 PM VictorDamazio
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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, showing what seems to be a terrible disguise, but then it's revealed that it wasn't, you though that Bob was badly disguised as an old man, but then Bob appears next to that old man that looks like him.
29th Dec '16 12:05:44 PM StFan
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* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** Despite hiding his face and body well, Bandit Keith still frequently uses his catchphrase (...in America!) while disguised, and still uses the same deck (but to be fair, seeing as how he was a regional champion, it could have easily been Netdecked to hell and back).
** Averted in the anime, as Yugi's smart enough to figure out who it is from the deck theme. However, it's played straight a few arcs later when Yugi's grandfather enters the KC Grand Prix and duels Joey... the only one who didn't see through his disguise.
** Played straight with "Malik Blishtar".
* In ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' it's {{lampshade|Hanging}}d multiple times:
** Harry's Invisibility cloak, which barely covers the group's shoulders and yet it seems only Dumbledore knows they're there.
** Dumbledore's (extra) beard when hiding from the Death Eaters searching for him.
** And, of course, Quirrel and his magically sneezing turban.
* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'', Sweetie Belle is a robot who looks indistinguishable from a normal pony... but speaks [[RoboSpeak stilted words in a heavily synthesized voice]]. No one suspects her true nature, least of all Sweetie Belle herself.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': in "Utter Lunacy", Spike the dragon successfully disguises himself by wearing a dragon costume (one which doesn't even cover his face) and speaking with a different accent. The only time he comes close to getting caught is when he briefly switches back to his normal accent.


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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
** Bubs' alter ego, The Thnikkaman, consists of him wearing sunshades and a piece of paper reading "TH" taped to his chest. ''And on a couple occasions he momentarily removes the shades.'' Only Homestar, TheDitz, ever sees through the disguise.
** 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.
** Also applies to Strong Bad's attempt to use a stunt double in the ''Dangeresque'' trilogy. The stunt double in question is clearly Strong Sad, and the terrible editing does not help.
* ''WebAnimation/ASDFMovie 8'' has a cow pretending to be a man. It's disguise consists of a baseball caps and a skateboard.
* ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom''
** Steve as a Shy guy in episode 2.
** Hal and Jeff as Luigi and Mario, respectively in TheMovie.
* The ''[[WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob Weebl's Stuff]]'' cartoon "Scampi" is a list of things that the narrator has seen that are "often in disguise". None of the disguises are very convincing, which include a hamster wearing bunny ears, the planet Earth with a big sign reading "MARS" on it, Shakespeare dressed as a party clown, and [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons a map of Malaysia with Kuala Lumpur's name scratched out and replaced with the obviously hand-written word "France".]]
* [[TheSmartGuy Blake Belladonna]] of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' wears a bow on her head to disguise her true nature as a [[LittleBitBeastly Faunus]], or more specifically, to hide the [[CatGirl cat ears]] perched atop her head. From a meta perspective, seeing as hints to this were dropped heavily, when she accidentally blurted it near the end of the penultimate episode of the first season, [[IKnewIt almost no viewers were surprised]]. It was actually lampshaded the very next episode:
-->'''Yang:''' We're looking for our friend, Blake.\\
'''Penny:''' Oh! You mean the Faunus girl!\\
'''Ruby:''' Wait... How did you know that?\\
'''Penny:''' ''[points to the top of her head]'' Uhhh, the cat ears?\\
'''Yang:''' ''Cat'' ears!? She wears a... ''[dawning realization]'' Bow...\\
''[[[ChirpingCrickets the girls all stand around awkwardly as a tumbleweed rolls by]]]''\\
'''Ruby:''' She ''does'' like tuna a lot.
* In Episode 22 of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'', Ashley Katchadorian disguises (read: tries to) herself with... sunglasses, and a trenchcoat. Atchison's Taylor called her "a lesbian WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget".
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29th Dec '16 11:50:10 AM StFan
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* The late Linda Smith had a routine complaining about the use of this trope in opera: "Someone puts on a big hat and suddenly no-one can recognize them, even people who they've been talking to for half an hour. If that worked in real life, the witness protection program would consist of a selection of headgear."
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* Happens a few times in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''. The most notable example is a polar bear with a penguin mask that doesn't even cover his whole face. And yet the penguins wonder why their numbers are diminishing.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Subverted when Calvin assumes (probably from seeing too many TV shows where this trope is in effect) that he'll be unrecognizable in his "Stupendous Man" costume, and is thoroughly confused and frustrated when it fools nobody. Especially funny is that his mom, one of the people he expects will be fooled, ''made the costume for him in the first place''.
** 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.
** Calvin once donned a fake nose, glasses and mustache and when Mom came to ask him about a broken lamp, he altered his voice and asked, "Who ees thees Kahlveen?"
* ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'': How to disguise a coyote as the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse: bunny ears.
* Spoofed in ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy'', where the [[IdiotHero dumber than bricks main character]] Brewster mistakes an alien that looks like Mr. Potato Head wearing just a wig for Lieutenant Pamela.
* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''; Alice is clearly not fooled by the [[PointyHairedBoss PHB's]] disguise [[http://www.dilbert.com/2014-02-22/ here]], nor is his secretary fooled in [[http://www.dilbert.com/2014-02-24/ the following strip.]]
* In [[http://garfield.com/comic/1990-06-07 this]] ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Liz may not be fooled, but as the next day's strip showed, Jon sure is.
* In one series of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips, Peppermint Patty enlisted Snoopy's help to find out who took her teacher's box of golden stars. Snoopy disguised himself as Patty and took her place in class; however, it was little more than a wig resembling Patty's hair. Still, it fooled her teacher ''and'' Marcie, although Marcie was a little suspicious. ("What kind of illness makes your nose grow but the rest of you shrink?" she mused.) Meanwhile, Patty's disguise while she looked for the box of stars was just as absurd; she put on a fake mustache and work clothes and posed as a janitor named "Hans Hanson". She didn't fool Marcie, but she did fool the teacher. (And she did manage to find the box of stars, which had fallen into a wastebasket. Ironically, Snoopy did so well in class, he got one on his test.)
* Parodied and Averted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}'' strip where Heathcliff goes trick or treating on Halloween [[{{Irony}} wearing a devil costume]]:
-->'''Fish store owner:''' Heathcliff! I recognized you right away!
* The crocs do this often in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''. They never fool anyone.
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* Happens a few times in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''. The most notable example is a polar bear with a penguin mask that doesn't even cover his whole face. And yet the penguins wonder why their numbers are diminishing.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Subverted when Calvin assumes (probably from seeing too many TV shows where this trope is in effect) that he'll be unrecognizable in his "Stupendous Man" costume, and is thoroughly confused and frustrated when it fools nobody. Especially funny is that his mom, one of the people he expects will be fooled, ''made the costume for him in the first place''.
** 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.
** Calvin once donned a fake nose, glasses and mustache and when Mom came to ask him about a broken lamp, he altered his voice and asked, "Who ees thees Kahlveen?"
* ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'': How to disguise a coyote as the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse: bunny ears.
* Spoofed in ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy'', where the [[IdiotHero dumber than bricks main character]] Brewster mistakes an alien that looks like Mr. Potato Head wearing just a wig for Lieutenant Pamela.
* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''; Alice is clearly not fooled by the [[PointyHairedBoss PHB's]] disguise [[http://www.dilbert.com/2014-02-22/ here]], nor is his secretary fooled in [[http://www.dilbert.com/2014-02-24/ the following strip.]]
* In [[http://garfield.com/comic/1990-06-07 this]] ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Liz may not be fooled, but as the next day's strip showed, Jon sure is.
* In one series of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips, Peppermint Patty enlisted Snoopy's help to find out who took her teacher's box of golden stars. Snoopy disguised himself as Patty and took her place in class; however, it was little more than a wig resembling Patty's hair. Still, it fooled her teacher ''and'' Marcie, although Marcie was a little suspicious. ("What kind of illness makes your nose grow but the rest of you shrink?" she mused.) Meanwhile, Patty's disguise while she looked for the box of stars was just as absurd; she put on a fake mustache and work clothes and posed as a janitor named "Hans Hanson". She didn't fool Marcie, but she did fool the teacher. (And she did manage to find the box of stars, which had fallen into a wastebasket. Ironically, Snoopy did so well in class, he got one on his test.)
* Parodied and Averted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}'' strip where Heathcliff goes trick or treating on Halloween [[{{Irony}} wearing a devil costume]]:
-->'''Fish store owner:''' Heathcliff! I recognized you right away!
* The crocs do this often in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''. They never fool anyone.
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[[folder:Podcasts]]
* Podcast/DiceFunk: Rinaldo concocts an entire alter ego, only for it to immediately fall apart under the slightest bit of scrutiny.
-->'''Leon:''' I'm Filet Mignon from Pottsylvania!
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Happens a few times in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''. The most notable example is a polar bear with a penguin mask that doesn't even cover his whole face. And yet the penguins wonder why their numbers are diminishing.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Subverted when Calvin assumes (probably from seeing too many TV shows where this trope is in effect) that he'll be unrecognizable in his "Stupendous Man" costume, and is thoroughly confused and frustrated when it fools nobody. Especially funny is that his mom, one of the people he expects will be fooled, ''made the costume for him in the first place''.
** 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.
** Calvin once donned a fake nose, glasses and mustache and when Mom came to ask him about a broken lamp, he altered his voice and asked, "Who ees thees Kahlveen?"
* ''ComicStrip/PricklyCity'': How to disguise a coyote as the Lost Bunny of the Apocalypse: bunny ears.
* Spoofed in ''ComicStrip/BrewsterRockitSpaceGuy'', where the [[IdiotHero dumber than bricks main character]] Brewster mistakes an alien that looks like Mr. Potato Head wearing just a wig for Lieutenant Pamela.
* Subverted in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''; Alice is clearly not fooled by the [[PointyHairedBoss PHB's]] disguise [[http://www.dilbert.com/2014-02-22/ here]], nor is his secretary fooled in [[http://www.dilbert.com/2014-02-24/ the following strip.]]
* In [[http://garfield.com/comic/1990-06-07 this]] ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Liz may not be fooled, but as the next day's strip showed, Jon sure is.
* In one series of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips, Peppermint Patty enlisted Snoopy's help to find out who took her teacher's box of golden stars. Snoopy disguised himself as Patty and took her place in class; however, it was little more than a wig resembling Patty's hair. Still, it fooled her teacher ''and'' Marcie, although Marcie was a little suspicious. ("What kind of illness makes your nose grow but the rest of you shrink?" she mused.) Meanwhile, Patty's disguise while she looked for the box of stars was just as absurd; she put on a fake mustache and work clothes and posed as a janitor named "Hans Hanson". She didn't fool Marcie, but she did fool the teacher. (And she did manage to find the box of stars, which had fallen into a wastebasket. Ironically, Snoopy did so well in class, he got one on his test.)
* Parodied and Averted in a ''ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}'' strip where Heathcliff goes trick or treating on Halloween [[{{Irony}} wearing a devil costume]]:
-->'''Fish store owner:''' Heathcliff! I recognized you right away!
* The crocs do this often in ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine''. They never fool anyone.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Podcasts]]
* Podcast/DiceFunk: Rinaldo concocts an entire alter ego, only for it to immediately fall apart under the slightest bit of scrutiny.
-->'''Leon:''' I'm Filet Mignon from Pottsylvania!
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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* The late Linda Smith had a routine complaining about the use of this trope in opera: "Someone puts on a big hat and suddenly no-one can recognize them, even people who they've been talking to for half an hour. If that worked in real life, the witness protection program would consist of a selection of headgear."
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17th Dec '16 1:24:50 PM LadyJaneGrey
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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 "imposter". In 2006, Wrestling/Kaine 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.)
17th Dec '16 4:25:29 AM LadyJaneGrey
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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.)
15th Dec '16 6:42:14 PM Willbyr
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