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9th May '16 3:30:24 PM margdean56
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** In the novel ''Prime Directive'', most of the ''Enterprise'''s bridge crew is forced out of Starfleet when a pre-contact civilization is destroyed by nuclear war under their watch. As they disperse and attempt to clear their names, [=McCoy=] and Uhura set up new identities as [[TheDreaded the pirate "Black Ire"]] and his companion. Uhura wears bright blue contact lenses, while [=McCoy=] wears a helmet, googles, and a breathing mask to conceal his identity.

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** In the novel ''Prime Directive'', most of the ''Enterprise'''s bridge crew is forced out of Starfleet when a pre-contact civilization is destroyed by nuclear war under their watch. As they disperse and attempt to clear their names, [=McCoy=] and Uhura set up new identities as [[TheDreaded the pirate "Black Ire"]] and his companion. Uhura wears bright blue contact lenses, while [=McCoy=] wears a helmet, googles, goggles, and a breathing mask to conceal his identity.
3rd Apr '16 11:23:06 PM erforce
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* TeamAmerica has a terrestrial parody of this, when Gary undergoes [[AppliedPhlebotinum Valmorphanization]] - TransformationSequence and all - to disguise himself as an Arab, and comes out looking like an awful stage makeup job.

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* TeamAmerica ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' has a terrestrial parody of this, when Gary undergoes [[AppliedPhlebotinum Valmorphanization]] - TransformationSequence and all - to disguise himself as an Arab, and comes out looking like an awful stage makeup job.
15th Dec '15 9:53:36 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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*** Future X-Wing books by AaronAllston continue the practice; Garik "Face" Loran, as a former actor, is very familiar with makeup. Between the OfCorpseHesAlive routine for holographic communication and visiting people in person as Lieutenant [[SdrawkcabAlias Narol]], both makeup and odd tech are used in ''Wraith Squadron''. This escalates when the Wraiths begin TheInfiltration, and Lara Nostil is also very familiar with makeup procedures permanent and non.

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*** Future X-Wing books by AaronAllston Creator/AaronAllston continue the practice; Garik "Face" Loran, as a former actor, is very familiar with makeup. Between the OfCorpseHesAlive routine for holographic communication and visiting people in person as Lieutenant [[SdrawkcabAlias Narol]], both makeup and odd tech are used in ''Wraith Squadron''. This escalates when the Wraiths begin TheInfiltration, and Lara Nostil is also very familiar with makeup procedures permanent and non.
30th Nov '15 2:36:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** The series succumbed to this when Dr. Keller made Teyla look like a Wraith queen.

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** The series succumbed to this when Dr. Keller made Teyla look like a Wraith queen.queen for an infiltration mission. The reason why Teyla was chosen is because her small amounts of Wraith DNA (the result of a Wraith MadScientist experimenting on her ancestors) allowed her to bypass Wraith psychic checks, so with her appearance not being the main subject of scrutiny there was presumably even less need to surgically alter her.
30th Nov '15 2:29:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Justified in the Franchise/StarTrek novel ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} The Romulan Way]]'' by Creator/DianeDuane and Peter Morwood, in which the protagonist stayed deep undercover for years in the fairly paranoid Romulan Empire. You ''really'' wouldn't want to nick yourself shaving and be caught bleeding red instead of green around these guys. Her controller {{lampshade}}d it a bit when reading through her file: "We're making you a disguise, not overhauling a starship!"

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* Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse:
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Justified in the Franchise/StarTrek novel ''[[Literature/{{Rihannsu}} The Romulan Way]]'' by Creator/DianeDuane and Peter Morwood, in which the protagonist stayed deep undercover for years in the fairly paranoid Romulan Empire. You ''really'' wouldn't want to nick yourself shaving and be caught bleeding red instead of green around these guys. Her controller {{lampshade}}d it a bit when reading through her file: "We're making you a disguise, not overhauling a starship!"



** Which makes you wonder why they [[StatingTheSimpleSolution don't just use Vulcan spies]].
*** Because Vulcans don't lie.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':



** In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "The 37s", Captain Janeway attempts to prove that they're from the future by showing off Kes's strange ears. This is slightly subverted when one of the "37s" says "I've seen people do all kinds of things to their bodies", but that doesn't alter the fact that Janeway somehow expected it to work.
*** On the one hand, the 37s are from a time when prosthetics like Kes' ears would have been impractical at best, and certainly far, far too expensive for any sort of scam or con. On the other hand, it's more in Paris' character than Janeway's to know things like that.
** Averted in an episode of ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' where some members of the crew are shown peeling off the rubber prosthetics they used to disguise themselves as aliens. This was probably done to be in keeping with the theme of having less advanced technology than the other Star Treks [[DecadeDissonance (which waned and waxed unpredictably as the series went on).]]
** Subverted in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine's'' "Trials and Tribble-ations", when the characters go back in time to the TOS era and ''assume'' a Klingon spy must have had massive surgery to pass as a human. This is because they don't know Klingons weren't always RubberForeheadAliens. To pose as a human, a 23rd century Klingon would only need to ''get a haircut.'' Though FridgeLogic would compel one to question the quality of history education in the Federation, if nobody knows one of the most prominent neighboring species used to look totally different.
*** [[DiscontinuityNod Peace treaty to NEVER TALK ABOUT IT.]]
*** Mind, massive surgery would have been useful to the spy, considering a simple ''hand-held'' medical scan is enough to reveal he's a Klingon.



** This trope is extrapolated and used in a DisguisedInDrag situation in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' where Quark is surgically altered to become a ''woman''. It fits this trope because they don't just make him ''look'' like a female, but he actually becomes one, with hormones and all. This is used to deliver AnAesop about equality. Yes, that's right - an episode in which ''[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop transsexuality is treated as a joke]]'' is supposed to have a ''moral''.
*** To be fair, most of the humor about that comes from the fact that Quark doesn't actually want to do it and is a horrible actor and can't get the motions down, while his brother is perfect at it, but can't fake his business instincts.
*** In this case, surgery was the only option. You cannot fake female ears on a male Ferengi. There's too much of a size discrepancy (an aversion takes place in another episode, where a female Ferengi wears prosthetic ears to pose as a male). Additionally, there was a scene where the other guy wants to make sure he's talking to a woman, so he has Quark/Lumba open his/her robes. Fake that!
** {{Lampshaded}} in "First Contact" (the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration episode]], not [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact the movie]]). In that one, Riker has to pass for a near-human alien, and although he has surgically implanted prosthetics on his face, he is only wearing mittens to conceal his "alien" hands. His cover is blown when he is injured and the doctors are baffled trying to figure out the layout of his internal organs.
** In the original series episode "City on the Edge of Forever", where Kirk explains Spock's appearance by saying he's ''Chinese'', and had been disfigured by a ''mechanical rice picker''. Way to go twenty-third century racial sensitivity.
** On ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', a combination of prosthetics and surgery are used by Doctor Bashir to turn Odo, O'Brien, and Sisko into Klingons (and Worf into a ''different'' Klingon). Presumably makeup alone might have worked, except the mission took place over several days and they got into costume early in order to get used to it.
** In another ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode avoided when a temporally displaced Jadzia Dax just explains away her Trill skin markings as a tattoo. In "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E06TrialsAndTribbleations Trials and Tribbleations]]", on the other hand, where she actually has time to prepare, she is shown using a device to paint over her spots instead.
** Another TNG example: Picard and Data are in sickbay being prepped for Romulan disguises. Dr. Crusher even asks Data if his ears are removable, and then tells them to head to the barber for their wig fitting. On the flip side, it's not surgical, because they spend the trip to Romulus (in a cloaked Klingon ship) as normal, only putting on their disguise when they get there. And then it ends up being averted anyways when they're spotted plain as day.
** The ''Voyager'' episode has Tuvok going down to 20th-century Los Angeles. How does he hide his ears? With a ''do-rag''.

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** In the episode "City on the Edge of Forever", where Kirk explains Spock's appearance by saying he's ''Chinese'', and had been disfigured by a ''mechanical rice picker''. Way to go twenty-third century racial sensitivity.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Picard and Data are in sickbay being prepped for Romulan disguises. Dr. Crusher even asks Data if his ears are removable, and then tells them to head to the barber for their wig fitting. On the flip side, it's not surgical, because they spend the trip to Romulus (in a cloaked Klingon ship) as normal, only putting on their disguise when they get there. And then it ends up being averted anyways when they're spotted plain as day.
** {{Lampshaded}} in "First Contact". In that one, Riker has to pass for a near-human alien, and although he has surgically implanted prosthetics on his face, he is only wearing mittens to conceal his "alien" hands. His cover is blown when he is injured and the doctors are baffled trying to figure out the layout of his internal organs.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Subverted in "Trials and Tribble-ations", when the characters go back in time to the TOS era and ''assume'' a Klingon spy must have had massive surgery to pass as a human. This is because they don't know Klingons weren't always RubberForeheadAliens. To pose as a human, a 23rd century Klingon would only need to ''get a haircut.'' Though FridgeLogic would compel one to question the quality of history education in the Federation, if nobody knows one of the most prominent neighboring species used to look totally different.
** This trope is extrapolated and used in a DisguisedInDrag situation in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' "Profit and Lace", where Quark is surgically altered to become a ''woman''. It fits this trope because they don't just make him ''look'' like a female, but he actually becomes one, with hormones and all. This is used to deliver AnAesop about equality. Yes, that's right - an episode in which ''[[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop transsexuality is treated as a joke]]'' is supposed to have a ''moral''.
*** To be fair, most of the humor about that comes from the fact that Quark doesn't actually want to do it and is a horrible actor and can't get the motions down, while his brother is perfect at it, but can't fake his business instincts.
*** In this case, surgery was the only option. You cannot fake female ears on a male Ferengi. There's too much of a size discrepancy (an aversion takes place in another episode, where a female Ferengi wears prosthetic ears to pose as a male). Additionally, there was a scene where the other guy wants to make sure he's talking to a woman, so he has Quark/Lumba open his/her robes. Fake that!
** {{Lampshaded}} in "First Contact" (the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration episode]], not [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact the movie]]). In that one, Riker has to pass for a near-human alien, and although he has surgically implanted prosthetics on his face, he is only wearing mittens to conceal his "alien" hands. His cover is blown when he is injured and the doctors are baffled trying to figure out the layout of his internal organs.
** In the original series episode "City on the Edge of Forever", where Kirk explains Spock's appearance by saying he's ''Chinese'', and had been disfigured by a ''mechanical rice picker''. Way to go twenty-third century racial sensitivity.
** On ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', a
A combination of prosthetics and surgery are used by Doctor Bashir to turn Odo, O'Brien, and Sisko into Klingons (and Worf into a ''different'' Klingon). Presumably makeup alone might have worked, except the mission took place over several days and they got into costume early in order to get used to it.
** In another ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' anothe episode avoided when a temporally displaced Jadzia Dax just explains away her Trill skin markings as a tattoo. In "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E06TrialsAndTribbleations Trials and Tribbleations]]", on the other hand, where she actually has time to prepare, she is shown using a device to paint over her spots instead.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** Another TNG example: Picard and Data are in sickbay being prepped for Romulan disguises. Dr. Crusher even asks Data if his ears are removable, and then tells them to head to In the barber for their wig fitting. On the flip side, it's not surgical, because they spend the trip episode "The 37s", Captain Janeway attempts to Romulus (in a cloaked Klingon ship) as normal, only putting on their disguise when they get there. And then it ends up being averted anyways when prove that they're spotted plain as day.
from the future by showing off Kes's strange ears. This is slightly subverted when one of the "37s" says "I've seen people do all kinds of things to their bodies", but that doesn't alter the fact that Janeway somehow expected it to work.
** The ''Voyager'' An episode has Tuvok going down to 20th-century Los Angeles. How does he hide his ears? With a ''do-rag''.



*** This is a direct reference to ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'' - both the do-rag and the quote. Paramount sent actors in Starfleet uniforms into San Francisco during pre-production on ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}''. Nobody paid them the slightest attention.
** In a ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode, "False Profits," in order to fool two Ferengi who were exploiting a planet, Neelix (a Talaxian) was disguised as a Ferengi. Upon threat of death, Neelix ultimately confesses he's not a Ferengi. This prompts the two Ferengi to come up to him and tug on his (fake) ears. Neelix says "I don't feel a thing" (Ferengi ears are ''very'' sensitive).

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*** This is a direct reference to ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'' - both the do-rag and the quote. Paramount sent actors in Starfleet uniforms into San Francisco during pre-production on ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}''. Nobody paid them the slightest attention.
** In a ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode, the episode "False Profits," in order to fool two Ferengi who were exploiting a planet, Neelix (a Talaxian) was disguised as a Ferengi. Upon threat of death, Neelix ultimately confesses he's not a Ferengi. This prompts the two Ferengi to come up to him and tug on his (fake) ears. Neelix says "I don't feel a thing" (Ferengi ears are ''very'' sensitive).sensitive).
* Averted in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' where some members of the crew are shown peeling off the rubber prosthetics they used to disguise themselves as aliens. This was probably done to be in keeping with the theme of having less advanced technology than the other Star Treks [[DecadeDissonance (which waned and waxed unpredictably as the series went on).]]



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' succumbed to this when Dr [[strike:Kaylee]] Keller made Teyla look like a Wraith queen.
** Then avoids the trope when a Wraith passes as a (bizarre) human...by means of makeup and facial appliances.
*** This is in Vegas, though. How many people would notice, especially since aliens aren't exactly public knowledge, even after a massive Hive-ship is destroyed in orbit.
** ''Series/StargateSG1'': Teal'c averts this by taking the solution used by Spock, covering the single odd feature (a gold-filled tattoo of Apophis's symbol) with a hat or bandanna whenever he leaves Stargate Command on Earth.
*** There are several episodes where he forgets or loses his hat; his backup plan in such cases appears to be BrutalHonesty. Most people tend to drop the subject on being told [[{{Squick}} how the mark is made]], or that it symbolises "Slavery. To false gods."
*** There is an episode where Teal'c is allowed to get an apartment in the city. He explains away his weirdness (including the tattoo) as being African (Mozambique, to be specific). Since most Americans know very little about African tribes, this tends to work.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** The series
succumbed to this when Dr [[strike:Kaylee]] Dr. Keller made Teyla look like a Wraith queen.
** Then avoids the trope when a Wraith passes as a (bizarre) human...by means of makeup and facial appliances.
***
appliances. This is in Vegas, though. How many people would notice, especially since aliens aren't exactly public knowledge, even after a massive Hive-ship is destroyed in orbit.
** * ''Series/StargateSG1'': Teal'c averts this by taking the solution used by Spock, covering the single odd feature (a gold-filled tattoo of Apophis's symbol) with a hat or bandanna whenever he leaves Stargate Command on Earth.
***
Earth. There are several episodes where he forgets or loses his hat; his backup plan in such cases appears to be BrutalHonesty. Most people tend to drop the subject on being told [[{{Squick}} how the mark is made]], or that it symbolises "Slavery. To false gods."
***
" There is an episode where Teal'c is allowed to get an apartment in the city. He explains away his weirdness (including the tattoo) as being African (Mozambique, to be specific). Since most Americans know very little about African tribes, this tends to work.
23rd Jul '15 8:04:53 AM Deadbeatloser22
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** In another ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode avoided when a temporally displaced Jadzia Dax just explains away her Trill skin markings as a tattoo.

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** In another ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode avoided when a temporally displaced Jadzia Dax just explains away her Trill skin markings as a tattoo. In "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS05E06TrialsAndTribbleations Trials and Tribbleations]]", on the other hand, where she actually has time to prepare, she is shown using a device to paint over her spots instead.
2nd Jul '15 4:49:16 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', when the Cylon D'Anna is made up to look sick as part of a trick being played on Bulldog.

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* Averted in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', Galactica|2003}}'', when the Cylon D'Anna is made up to look sick as part of a trick being played on Bulldog.
17th May '15 9:37:02 AM allium
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** In the novel ''Prime Directive'', most of the ''Enterprise'''s bridge crew is forced out of Starfleet when a pre-contact civilization is destroyed by nuclear war under their watch. As they disperse and attempt to clear their names, [=McCoy=] and Uhura set up new identities as [[DreadCaptainRoberts the pirate "Black Ire"]] and his companion. Uhura wears bright blue contact lenses, while [=McCoy=] wears a helmet, googles, and a breathing mask to conceal his identity.

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** In the novel ''Prime Directive'', most of the ''Enterprise'''s bridge crew is forced out of Starfleet when a pre-contact civilization is destroyed by nuclear war under their watch. As they disperse and attempt to clear their names, [=McCoy=] and Uhura set up new identities as [[DreadCaptainRoberts [[TheDreaded the pirate "Black Ire"]] and his companion. Uhura wears bright blue contact lenses, while [=McCoy=] wears a helmet, googles, and a breathing mask to conceal his identity.
17th May '15 9:35:10 AM allium
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** In the novel ''Prime Directive'', most of the ''Enterprise'''s bridge crew is forced out of Starfleet when a pre-contact civilization is destroyed by nuclear war under their watch. As they disperse and attempt to clear their names, [=McCoy=] and Uhura set up new identities as [[DreadCaptainRoberts the pirate "Black Ire"]] and his companion. Uhura wears bright blue contact lenses, while [=McCoy=] wears a helmet, googles, and a breathing mask to conceal his identity.
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* ''Fanfic/StrangeTimesAreUponUs'': When the crew of the IKS ''[=HoSbatlh=]'' is transported back in time to 19th century Earth, Ba'wov and K'Gan deal with the fact that they're Klingons, not humans, by wearing native clothes and headscarves over their {{Rubber Forehead|Aliens}}s. Brokosh later alludes to dealing with the fact that he's a Lethean by claiming he's a Pacific Islander who got burned in a fire. They also say that Meromi ''can't'' pass as a human because, as Norigom put it, "She's green."
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