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25th Apr '18 7:44:03 AM 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.

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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. Later on, Sirius, while FakingTheDead, creates the alias of "Jester White", for which he wears glasses and a false beard. AND IT WORKS. Also, [[NoodleIncidentapparently]], {{Dracula}} was one of Hogwarts's many evil Defence Professors a few years before the story begins. His alias? [[{{Alucard}} Professor Vladimir Alucard]], who chalked up his sunlight-intolerance to a "rare skin condition".
7th Apr '18 5:03:02 PM iroanxi
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* ''Fanfic/AllGuardsmenParty'':
** Tink sticks a bunch of grox skins and other assorted skulls on his tau drone to disguise it as a servoskull. The illustration near the end of "Xenotech Heresy" depicts it as having a human skull duct-taped on top, a human jaw hanging on wires below, and two scrolls; one saying "PLEASE IGNORE" and another saying "COMPLETELY NORMAL SERVITOR SKULL".
** Later, after Sarge's lasgun is destroyed, Tink tries to disguise a Tau pulse carbine as a lasgun for Sarge.
** Whenever the guardsmen try to wear disguises it's described as making them look exactly like guardsmen trying to wear disguises.
7th Apr '18 5:02:32 PM iroanxi
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* ''Fanfic/AllGuardsmenParty'':
** Tink sticks a bunch of grox skins and other assorted skulls on his tau drone to disguise it as a servoskull. The illustration near the end of "Xenotech Heresy" depicts it as having a human skull duct-taped on top, a human jaw hanging on wires below, and two scrolls; one saying "PLEASE IGNORE" and another saying "COMPLETELY NORMAL SERVITOR SKULL".
** Later, after Sarge's lasgun is destroyed, Tink tries to disguise a Tau pulse carbine as a lasgun for Sarge.
** Whenever the guardsmen try to wear disguises it's described as making them look exactly like guardsmen trying to wear disguises.
15th Mar '18 11:56:51 PM FlapHat
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* At the end of ''VisualNovel/ButterflySoup'', Noelle and Akarsha use these while spying on Diya and Min's first date.
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.
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