History PaperThinDisguise / ComicBooks

1st Apr '16 2:02:06 PM ObsidianFire
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* Subverted in Creator/DonRosa's story "The Last Lord of El Dorado", in which Flintheart Glomgold follows Scrooge and his nephews with a series of incredibly obvious disguises (including a female waitress and a nun - Glomgold's beard made things even more obvious). When he reveals himself, however, Scrooge [[GenreSavvy mocks him and tells him that he'd known all along it was him]]. (Donald was fooled, though.)

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* Subverted in Creator/DonRosa's story "The Last Lord of El Dorado", in which Flintheart Glomgold follows Scrooge and his nephews with a series of incredibly obvious disguises (including a female waitress and a nun - Glomgold's beard made things even more obvious). When he reveals himself, however, Scrooge [[GenreSavvy mocks him and tells him that he'd known all along it was him]].him. (Donald was fooled, though.)
28th Feb '16 7:31:23 PM nombretomado
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* For a while, CaptainAmerica disguised himself as a hero known as '''The Captain'''. The costume looked identical to his normal Captain America costume except for darker colors and a slightly different chest-insignia. He even threw a shield around which was also had a slight color-change. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/Captain_America_350.jpg Here is a cover depicting both costumes.]] This costume somehow fooled everyone, including his allies in Comicbook/TheAvengers. The costume would later be worn by the [=USAgent=].

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* For a while, CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica disguised himself as a hero known as '''The Captain'''. The costume looked identical to his normal Captain America costume except for darker colors and a slightly different chest-insignia. He even threw a shield around which was also had a slight color-change. [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a5/Captain_America_350.jpg Here is a cover depicting both costumes.]] This costume somehow fooled everyone, including his allies in Comicbook/TheAvengers. The costume would later be worn by the [=USAgent=].
26th Dec '15 7:33:21 PM nombretomado
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** In [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks older]] Batman comics, TheJoker and the Penguin would sometimes go out in public "disguised" by nothing but a pair of LennonSpecs. It's a toss-up as to whether it's this trope or everyone was just too shit-scared to call the cops anyways.

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** In [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks older]] Batman comics, TheJoker and the Penguin would sometimes go out in public "disguised" by nothing but a pair of LennonSpecs. It's a toss-up as to whether it's this trope or everyone was just too shit-scared to call the cops anyways.
24th Dec '15 10:36:42 PM Rubber_Lotus
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** In [[SilverAgeOfComicBooks older]] Batman comics, TheJoker and the Penguin would sometimes go out in public "disguised" by nothing but a pair of LennonSpecs. It's a toss-up as to whether it's this trope or everyone was just too shit-scared to call the cops anyways.

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** In [[SilverAgeOfComicBooks [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks older]] Batman comics, TheJoker and the Penguin would sometimes go out in public "disguised" by nothing but a pair of LennonSpecs. It's a toss-up as to whether it's this trope or everyone was just too shit-scared to call the cops anyways.
24th Dec '15 10:35:32 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* A recurring element of ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' lore is Matches Malone, a cover identity Batman assumes occasionally. It consists of Bruce Wayne with a fake mustache, a plaid suit, and a match in his teeth. It's generally proven effective - sometimes lampshaded, sometimes not.

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* A recurring element of ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' lore is Matches Malone, a cover identity Batman assumes occasionally. It consists of Bruce Wayne with a fake mustache, a plaid suit, and a match in his teeth. It's generally proven effective - sometimes lampshaded, sometimes not.not.
** In [[SilverAgeOfComicBooks older]] Batman comics, TheJoker and the Penguin would sometimes go out in public "disguised" by nothing but a pair of LennonSpecs. It's a toss-up as to whether it's this trope or everyone was just too shit-scared to call the cops anyways.
17th Dec '15 7:34:09 PM Ugolino
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* In ''ComicBook/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', when Jack takes Pete to Chinatown to find out if his friends can break the black magic bond between them, Jack disguises him with a baseball cap, sunglasses, spiked dog collar, and a t-shirt, none of which in any way hides the fact that Pete is a gigantic, furry hell-beast.

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* In ''ComicBook/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', when Jack takes Pete to Chinatown to find out if his friends can break the black magic bond between them, Jack disguises him with a baseball cap, sunglasses, spiked dog collar, and a t-shirt, none of which in any way hides the fact that Pete is a gigantic, furry hell-beast.hell-beast.
* A recurring element of ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' lore is Matches Malone, a cover identity Batman assumes occasionally. It consists of Bruce Wayne with a fake mustache, a plaid suit, and a match in his teeth. It's generally proven effective - sometimes lampshaded, sometimes not.
8th Oct '15 5:13:44 PM nombretomado
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* In a [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic, actors are being auditioned to play Superman in an alien race's film. Since all humans look alike to the aliens, a severely overweight, middle-aged actor gets the role, because he heroically saves the day. The aliens can't distinguish him from Superman physically, but his bravery was enough to get him cast.
* In one of the original ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' comics, Johnny Thunder puts on a cap and gown and an obviously fake mustache (that make him look like... Creator/ConanOBrien in a cap and gown with a big mustache, for some reason) to fool some criminals, who are more puzzled than fooled.

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* In a [[TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' comic, actors are being auditioned to play Superman in an alien race's film. Since all humans look alike to the aliens, a severely overweight, middle-aged actor gets the role, because he heroically saves the day. The aliens can't distinguish him from Superman physically, but his bravery was enough to get him cast.
* In one of the original ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' comics, Johnny Thunder puts on a cap and gown and an obviously fake mustache (that make him look like... Creator/ConanOBrien in a cap and gown with a big mustache, for some reason) to fool some criminals, who are more puzzled than fooled.
30th Sep '15 10:34:40 AM littlebeeper
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** Wiccan ''has no mask at all'' and yet somehow avoids detection. The standard [[Fanon fan theory]] is that he only gets away with it thanks to being an unconscious RealityWarper.

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** Wiccan ''has no mask at all'' and yet somehow avoids detection. The standard [[Fanon [[{{Fanon}} fan theory]] is that he only gets away with it thanks to being an unconscious RealityWarper.
30th Sep '15 10:29:18 AM littlebeeper
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* ComicBook/GreenArrow, despite having facial hair that can most kindly be described as 'extremely distinctive' used to hide his identity as Oliver Queen behind a mask that was little more than a pair of tiny, diamond-shaped pieces of cloth with eyeholes cut out. Finally subverted in ''Longbow Hunters'', when Shado openly expressed surprise that it was supposed to be a secret. Oliver Queen was also the mayor of his city. So literally the Mayor with very distinct facial was fighting crime in a lazy disguise and it worked. Also subverted in Mia Dearden's origin story.

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* ComicBook/GreenArrow, despite having facial hair that can most kindly be described as 'extremely distinctive' used to hide his identity as Oliver Queen behind a mask that was little more than a pair of tiny, diamond-shaped pieces of cloth with eyeholes cut out. Finally subverted in ''Longbow Hunters'', when Shado openly expressed surprise that it was supposed to be a secret. Oliver Queen was also the mayor of his city. So literally the Mayor with very distinct facial hair was fighting crime in a lazy disguise and it worked. Also subverted in Mia Dearden's origin story.
15th Sep '15 12:48:32 AM Netherman14
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* ClarkKenting. Hilariously parodied here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIzHgv5Pj48 I'm Superman, Idiot!!!!]]

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* ClarkKenting. Hilariously parodied here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIzHgv5Pj48 I'm Superman, Idiot!!!!]]Idiot!!!!]] at least by people who don't get it and can't understand how the disguise works.
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