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24th Aug '17 7:48:19 PM addikt
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** Taken UpToEleven with UltramanOrb and UltramanGeed, as they have tons of forms that can be switched around during any fight.
30th Jul '17 7:04:12 AM ClintEastwood
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--->'''Chrissie:''' I'm telling you; my ex-husband is being chased by a dwarf in a suit- now I've seen it all!

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--->'''Chrissie:''' I'm I'm telling you; my ex-husband is being chased by a dwarf in a suit- now I've I've seen it all!



* ''Series/TheXFiles''. Spoofed in "Jose Chung's ''From Outer Space''". Scully begins performing an autopsy on a [[TheGreys Grey Alien]] found dead in a field, only to find a zipper; it turns out to be a rubber suit. The video footage is edited and sold as a tape of an actual AlienAutopsy.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles''. Spoofed in "Jose "[[Recap/TheXFilesS03E20JoseChungsFromOuterSpace Jose Chung's ''From 'From Outer Space''".Space']]". Scully begins performing an autopsy on a [[TheGreys Grey Alien]] found dead in a field, only to find a zipper; it turns out to be a rubber suit. The video footage is edited and sold as a tape of an actual AlienAutopsy.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had a few of these. "Reptile Boy" and "Bad Girls" are notable examples, though the lower halves of both demons weren't seen because one was in a tank of slime and the other a giant snake.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' had a few of these. "Reptile Boy" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS2E5Reptile Boy}} Reptile Boy]]" and "Bad Girls" "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E14BadGirls}} Bad Girls]]" are notable examples, though the lower halves of both demons weren't seen because one was in a tank of slime and the other a giant snake.
30th Jul '17 5:52:43 AM ClintEastwood
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', too many times to mention. For his first-ever ''Doctor Who'' story (the second-ever for ''Doctor Who'' generally) Creator/TerryNation invented the Daleks as a way to ''avert'' the PeopleInRubberSuits. They still had ''plungers'' for hands. His [["[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus second story]] (the fifth aired on ''Doctor Who'') however already featured the Voord, literally, PeopleInRubberSuits. (Possibly. Perhaps the suits have fused with their actual bodies.)

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', too many times to mention. For his first-ever ''Doctor Who'' story (the second-ever for ''Doctor Who'' generally) Creator/TerryNation invented the Daleks as a way to ''avert'' the PeopleInRubberSuits. They still had ''plungers'' for hands. His [["[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus second story]] (the fifth aired on ''Doctor Who'') however already featured the Voord, literally, PeopleInRubberSuits. (Possibly. Perhaps the suits have fused with their actual bodies.)
30th Jul '17 5:51:48 AM ClintEastwood
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', too many times to mention. For his first-ever ''Doctor Who'' story (the second-ever for ''Doctor Who'' generally) Terry Nation invented the Daleks as a way to ''avert'' the PeopleInRubberSuits. They still had ''plungers'' for hands. His second story (the fifth aired on ''Doctor Who'') however already featured the Voord, literally, PeopleInRubberSuits. (Possibly. Perhaps the suits have fused with their actual bodies.)
** The Sensorites are people in velour suits, with visible zips.
** The Dalek storyline "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (which capitalised on how un-rubber-suity the Daleks look) still contained a totally gratuitous encounter with one as a WackyWaysideTribe, which, curiously, is considered by fans to be the first true ''Doctor Who'' "monster" (the first non-humanoid, non-robotic adversary).
** The Zarbi (First Doctor, "The Web Planet"): giant ''ants'' with two very, very humanoid legs. Future companion Peter Purves (who played Steven) actually auditioned for the part of a Zarbi, but the casting director was too impressed with him and wanted to spare him the indignity, and promised to have him back when he wanted 'a real actor' - which indicates the lack of respect afforded to these parts. (The director stuck to the deal and had Purves back playing a human character for "The Chase".)

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'', too many times to mention. For his first-ever ''Doctor Who'' story (the second-ever for ''Doctor Who'' generally) Terry Nation Creator/TerryNation invented the Daleks as a way to ''avert'' the PeopleInRubberSuits. They still had ''plungers'' for hands. His [["[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus second story story]] (the fifth aired on ''Doctor Who'') however already featured the Voord, literally, PeopleInRubberSuits. (Possibly. Perhaps the suits have fused with their actual bodies.)
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E7TheSensorites The Sensorites Sensorites]] are people in velour suits, with visible zips.
** The Dalek storyline "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth" Earth]]" (which capitalised on how un-rubber-suity the Daleks look) still contained a totally gratuitous encounter with one as a WackyWaysideTribe, which, curiously, is considered by fans to be the first true ''Doctor Who'' "monster" (the first non-humanoid, non-robotic adversary).
** The Zarbi (First Doctor, "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet"): Planet]]"): giant ''ants'' with two very, very humanoid legs. Future companion Peter Purves (who played Steven) actually auditioned for the part of a Zarbi, but the casting director was too impressed with him and wanted to spare him the indignity, and promised to have him back when he wanted 'a real actor' - which indicates the lack of respect afforded to these parts. (The director stuck to the deal and had Purves back playing a human character for "The Chase".)



** It's not limited to rubber suits, either - the Krotons from the eponymous Second Doctor serial resemble walking cardboard boxes with a (sometimes spinning) cardboard diamond on top.
** At least once, in "The Ark in Space", the monster (a Wirrn larva) was actually made out of green bubble wrap - but considering that bubble wrap had only just been invented (to the point where it wasn't even called 'bubble wrap' yet), the overall effect worked, if only for about five years after the episode's premiere. Supposedly the bubbles went 'pop-pop-pop' as the extras inched their way across stage reducing cast and crew to hysterics and the sound department to tears. Most of the scenes with the larva are recorded silently with incidental music over the top - if there's dialogue in the scene, a layer of smooth plastic is placed underneath the larva to reduce the likelihood of the bubbles bursting. The Wirrn looks better but, like the Zarbi, is a bipedal insect.
** The Terileptil Leader from "The Visitation" is notable in that it's the first rubber-suit monster to feature animatronics inside the head, which allowed its gills to move and eyes to blink.
** Interestingly enough, ''The Rescue'' used this trope [[spoiler: to conceal the [[ScoobyDooHoax twist]]. Doctor Who fans were used to rubber suit aliens, so it actually came as a surprise that the villain really was a human wearing a costume, not a real alien. And it was more convincing than many of the "real" alien costumes of the era.]]

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** It's not limited to rubber suits, either - the Krotons [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E4TheKrotons The Krotons]] from the eponymous Second Doctor serial resemble walking cardboard boxes with a (sometimes spinning) cardboard diamond on top.
** At least once, in "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace The Ark in Space", Space]]", the monster (a Wirrn larva) was actually made out of green bubble wrap - but considering that bubble wrap had only just been invented (to the point where it wasn't even called 'bubble wrap' yet), the overall effect worked, if only for about five years after the episode's premiere. Supposedly the bubbles went 'pop-pop-pop' as the extras inched their way across stage reducing cast and crew to hysterics and the sound department to tears. Most of the scenes with the larva are recorded silently with incidental music over the top - if there's dialogue in the scene, a layer of smooth plastic is placed underneath the larva to reduce the likelihood of the bubbles bursting. The Wirrn looks better but, like the Zarbi, is a bipedal insect.
** The Terileptil Leader from "The Visitation" "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation The Visitation]]" is notable in that it's the first rubber-suit monster to feature animatronics inside the head, which allowed its gills to move and eyes to blink.
** Interestingly enough, ''The Rescue'' "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E3TheRescue The Rescue]]" used this trope [[spoiler: to conceal the [[ScoobyDooHoax twist]]. Doctor Who fans were used to rubber suit aliens, so it actually came as a surprise that the villain really was a human wearing a costume, not a real alien. And it was more convincing than many of the "real" alien costumes of the era.]]



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' mostly has RubberForeheadAliens, but some (the Gorn, for instance) play this trope straight. "Arena" became one of the most iconic episodes because of this.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' mostly has RubberForeheadAliens, but some (the Gorn, for instance) play this trope straight. "Arena" " [[{{Recap/StarTrekS1E18Arena}} Arena]]" became one of the most iconic episodes because of this.
19th May '17 8:45:07 AM matruz
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* The ''Walking With Dinosaurs'' live show uses it with great effect for raptor-sized predators and a baby T-rex, in combination with animatronics for large dinosaurs.

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* The ''Walking ''[[Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking With Dinosaurs'' Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular]]'' live show uses it with great effect for raptor-sized predators and a baby T-rex, in combination with animatronics for large dinosaurs.
19th May '17 8:41:31 AM matruz
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* The ''Walking With Dinosaurs'' live show uses it with great effect for raptor-sized predators and a baby T-rex, in combination with animatronics for large dinosaurs.
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14th May '17 11:54:47 AM Bahuvrihi
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* In an early music video ("Elephant Parts", 1981), [[TheMonkees Mike Nesmith]] is wearing the bottom half of a rubber suit while singing "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRmQp19Ga8U Her Name Was Rodan]]".

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* In an early music video ("Elephant Parts", 1981), [[TheMonkees Mike Nesmith]] Music/MichaelNesmith is wearing the bottom half of a rubber suit while singing "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRmQp19Ga8U com/watch?v=bDhbK7NFpQw Her Name Was Rodan]]".
22nd Feb '17 1:35:59 PM eroock
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* Donnie's "imaginary friend" Frank in ''Film/DonnieDarko'' looks blatantly like nothing more than a man in a rabbit suit, albeit one with a creepy skull-face. Doesn't make him any less freaky, though. At one point, he tries to imply it's not a costume, but Donnie doesn't buy it. {{Justified}}: [[spoiler: he's the time-travelling ghost or somesuch of a man who died in a Halloween costume.]]
2nd Feb '17 8:18:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Disney/BigHero6, [[AscendedFanboy Fred]] dons a {{kaiju}} costume that allows him to [[BreathWeapon breathe fire]] and calls himself "Fredzilla". This is in stark contrast with his other five teammates who all wear matching suits of high tech armor.
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* In Disney/BigHero6, [[AscendedFanboy Fred]] dons a {{kaiju}} costume that allows him to [[BreathWeapon breathe fire]] and calls himself "Fredzilla". This is in stark contrast with his other five teammates who all wear matching suits of high tech armor.
2nd Feb '17 8:18:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[ScoobyDoo Oh the ghost is here, it's a crook in a suit.]][[ScoobyDooHoax The ghost is here, he's protecting some loot.]]

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* [[ScoobyDoo ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'': Oh the ghost is here, [[ScoobyDooHoax it's a crook in a suit.]][[ScoobyDooHoax suit]]. The ghost is here, he's protecting some loot.]]
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