History PaperThinDisguise / LiveActionTV

29th Jul '16 8:46:31 PM MikeW
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* Naturally, ''Series/LoisAndClark'' used this with Clark simply slicking back his hair as Superman. A famous bit has villain Tempus revealing the truth to Lois and how people in the future ask "How ''dumb'' was she?"
** In one episode, Lois gets super-powers and becomes the masked heroine Ultra Woman. She's amazed at how a domino mask is all that keeps Perry White and Jimmy Olsen from recognizing her, ranting about how they can't see the truth of someone they work with every day...and stops when Clark smirks at her.
29th Jul '16 8:43:13 PM MikeW
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** It's lampshaded when Miley reveals herself to the world as Hannah and genius neighbor Rico nearly has a breakdown figuring out how he couldn't see through such a lame disguise.
11th Jun '16 6:33:52 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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** In the "Smart Cookies" segments introduced in the 46th season, The Crumb, a villainous chef, is always able to fool Cookie Monster with these kinds of disguises.
6th May '16 9:51:40 PM dmcreif
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* Happens in ''Series/Sherlock''. In [[Recap/SherlockS03E01TheEmptyHearse "The Empty Hearse"]], Sherlock disguises himself as a French waiter by stealing a black bowtie, horn-rimmed glasses, scribbling on a fake mustache, and talking in a French accent when attempting to reveal that he's still alive to John. And it still takes him a few minutes to realize that he's been talking to Sherlock.

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* Happens in ''Series/Sherlock''.''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. In [[Recap/SherlockS03E01TheEmptyHearse "The Empty Hearse"]], Sherlock disguises himself as a French waiter by stealing a black bowtie, horn-rimmed glasses, scribbling on a fake mustache, and talking in a French accent when attempting to reveal that he's still alive to John. And John is so distracted that it still takes him a few minutes to realize that he's been talking to Sherlock.
9th Mar '16 10:18:46 AM Gravidef
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* A few on ''Series/HannahMontana'' have this. Especially Robbie Ray which is just a fake mustache.
** Robbie's mustache is made even thinner, as anyone could easily put 2 and 2 together that Robbie Ray and Robbie Ray Stewart are the same person especially when one considers that he never hides the fact that he is Robbie Ray even without the mustache. It very possible this is an attempt to lampshade this trope as Robbie seems to be the same person with or without the mustache.

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* A few on ''Series/HannahMontana'' have this. Especially Robbie Ray which has the title character, who is just able to complete conceal her identity by simply wearing a fake mustache.
** Robbie's mustache is made even thinner, as anyone could easily put 2
blonde wig; in one episode, she [[DramaticUnmask dramatically removes the wig]] to reveal herself to her boyfriend, and 2 together that Robbie Ray and Robbie Ray Stewart are the same person especially when one considers that he never hides he's totally shocked, despite the fact that he is "Hannah" didn't change her clothes, make-up, or facial features in the slightest. Other characters suffer from this too, including Robbie Ray even without the mustache. It very possible Ray, who's apparently disguising himself with a (thin) mustache; however, this is an attempt to lampshade this trope might be a subversion, as Robbie seems isn't trying to be the same person with or without the mustache.conceal his identity as much as his daughter.



** Similarly, in "Major Star", Private "Bob" Parkhurst is just a woman dressed up in mens clothing, without any facial disguising of any sort, and yet she is able to fool the General into thinking she is a man, to the point where he is disgusted by her "disgusting drag act" when she gives a cabaret performance (as opposed to earlier, when he thought George's actual drag act so real, he tried to date "Georgina"). Edmund, on the other hand is not fooled for a second, telling "Bob": "you're a girl with as much talent for disguise as a giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a "Polar Bears Only" golf club."

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** Similarly, in "Major Star", Private "Bob" Parkhurst is just a woman dressed up in mens men's clothing, without any facial disguising of any sort, at all, and yet she is able to fool the General into thinking she is a man, to the point where he is disgusted repulsed by her "disgusting drag act" when she gives a cabaret performance (as opposed to earlier, when he thought George's actual drag act so real, he tried to date "Georgina"). Edmund, on the other hand is not fooled for a second, telling "Bob": "you're "Bob" "You're a girl with as much talent for disguise as a giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a "Polar Bears Only" golf club."



** In the episode with Milton Berle, Fozzie is afraid of meeting his idol and hides throughout the show. At one point, Fozzie wears a disguise, which is merely a pair of glasses with a fake nose and large beard attached. At first Scooter appears to be fooled, but then it's revealed he isn't.



** In the episode with Milton Berle, Fozzie is afraid of meeting his idol and hides throughout the show. At one point, Fozzie wears a disguise, which is merely a pair of glasses with a fake nose and large beard attached. At first Scooter appears to be fooled, but then it's revealed he isn't.
** Zigzagged in the Muppet special ''Series/HeyCinderella''. The king wants to have a mask ball, Prince Arthur Charming meets Cinderella while gardening and after realizing she doesn't recognize him as the prince says he's the gardener and arranges for everybody to be invited to the ball so she can go, but since it's a masked ball they arrange to each wear a geranium so they'll recognize each other, unaware that the king plans to give each guest a geranium. They end up spending the whole time at the ball dancing together without knowing it, and their masks only cover the eye area of their faces, not to mention they should have recognized each others voices. Sort of justified in that they also dressed differently from how they expected each other to dress (Arthur thought Cinderella was going to wear a crummy dress, Cinderella doens't know Arthur is the prince) and had only met each other once (though they do recognize each other when they next see each other three months later, and Cinderella initially doesn't notice Arthur in prince clothes at first).
** Additionally, the only time Cinderella uses her mask as a disguise is when she's near her stepmother and step sisters. It works, but is justified in that they don't expect her to have such a nice-looking dress. And when the Fairy Godmother encounters Splurge at the dance, she says that she initially didn't recognize him with his mask on. Keep in mind Splurge is a big purple monster and his mask is a Lone Rangers mask.

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** In the episode with Milton Berle, Fozzie is afraid of meeting his idol and hides throughout the show. At one point, Fozzie wears a disguise, which is merely a pair of glasses with a fake nose and large beard attached. At first Scooter appears to be fooled, but then it's revealed he isn't.
** Zigzagged in the Muppet special ''Series/HeyCinderella''. The king wants to have As the King plans a mask masked ball, Prince Arthur Charming meets Cinderella while gardening and and, after realizing she doesn't recognize him as the prince prince, says he's the gardener and gardener. He arranges for everybody to be invited to the ball so she can go, but since it's a masked ball they arrange to each wear a geranium so they'll recognize each other, unaware that the king King plans to give each guest a geranium. They end up spending the whole time at the ball dancing together without knowing it, and their it--but the masks they're wearing only cover the eye area of their faces, not to mention they say nothing of the fact that they'd spoken to each other at length and thus should have recognized each others other's voices. Sort of justified in that they also dressed differently from how they expected each other to dress (Arthur thought Cinderella was going to wear a crummy dress, Cinderella doens't doesn't know Arthur is the prince) and had only met each other once (though they do recognize each other when they next see each other three months later, and Cinderella initially doesn't notice Arthur in prince clothes at first).
** Additionally, the only time Cinderella uses her mask as a disguise is when she's near her stepmother and step sisters.stepsisters. It works, but is justified in that they don't expect her to have such a nice-looking dress. And when the Fairy Godmother encounters Splurge at the dance, she says that she initially didn't recognize him with his mask on. Keep in mind Splurge is a big purple monster and his mask is a Lone Rangers mask.



* Spoofed in the Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} series ''Series/AllThat'', where the local superhero encounters an impersonator robbing the bank. [[EasyImpersonation Said impersonator is a little girl.]] The real superhero repeatedly tries to convince the TooDumbToLive townspeople that he's the real thing. They are unable to tell the difference between the two even when the real superhero bends a metal pole, and the impersonator just rips a piece of paper.
** To make it better, the superhero was black (and a bit fat), while the little girl was white (and pretty thin).

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** It's also worth noting that there are exactly three male adults in the town--the mayor (who's AmbiguouslyBrown and heavyset), Sportacus (a Caucasian muscular man), and Robbie (who, while Caucasian, is much slenderer than Sportacus), which severely limits the number of people who the Birthday Fairy/manners teacher/scoutmaster/etc. could be...and yet no one ever catches on.
* Spoofed in the Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} series ''Series/AllThat'', where the local superhero Superdude encounters an impersonator robbing the bank. [[EasyImpersonation Said impersonator is a little girl.]] The real superhero repeatedly tries to convince Despite the fact that Superdude is played by the heavily built African-American teenager Kenan Thompson, and the impersonator is played by the thin Caucasian preteen Amanda Bynes, the TooDumbToLive townspeople that he's the real thing. They are completely unable to tell the difference between the two two, even when the real superhero after Superdude bends a metal pole, bar in a knot and the impersonator just simply rips a piece of paper.
** To make it better,
paper (which the superhero was black (and citizens are convinced is a bit fat), while the little girl was white (and pretty thin).form of SuperStrength).
15th Jan '16 12:09:25 PM Anddrix
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* On ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', Artemus Gordon was supposed to be a MasterOfDisguise, but most of his disguises involve little more than a fake scar or cheap mustache. They make "paper thin" seem unnecessarily complimentary. This was because the [[ExecutiveMeddling network heads complained whenever he wore a disguise that actually worked]], [[ViewersAreMorons fearing it would confuse the audience]], and required that all of his disguises be paper thin. The actor and the make-up people are on record complaining about this.

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* On ''Series/TheWildWildWest'', Artemus Gordon was supposed to be a MasterOfDisguise, but most of his disguises involve little more than a fake scar or cheap mustache. They make "paper thin" seem unnecessarily complimentary. This was because the [[ExecutiveMeddling network heads complained whenever he wore a disguise that actually worked]], [[ViewersAreMorons fearing it would confuse the audience]], audience, and required that all of his disguises be paper thin. The actor and the make-up people are on record complaining about this.
15th Jan '16 12:09:03 PM Anddrix
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** More like [[ViewersAreMorons the producers expected the audience to be carrying the idiot ball]]. Since it was airing on USA network at the time, they were probably right.

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** More like [[ViewersAreMorons the producers expected the audience to be carrying the idiot ball]].ball. Since it was airing on USA network at the time, they were probably right.
31st Jul '15 5:52:16 PM HumanTorch2
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*** To be fair, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_III_of_the_United_Kingdom the King in question]] was a complete nutter, Baldrick was a complete idiot, and the entire setting is a CrapsackWorld where the character of Blackadder is typically the OnlySaneMan (with the exception of the first season).
*** This is theoretically actual history this is taking place in, so the fact that the king is off his nut shouldn't come as a surprise-he's George the Third.

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*** To be fair, the King in question was a complete nutter, Baldrick was a complete idiot, and the entire setting is a CrapsackWorld where the character of Blackadder is typically the OnlySaneMan (with the exception of the first season).
*** This is theoretically actual history this is taking place in, so the fact that the king is off his nut shouldn't come as a surprise-he's
[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_III_of_the_United_Kingdom the King in question]] was a complete nutter, Baldrick was a complete idiot, and the entire setting is a CrapsackWorld where the character of Blackadder is typically the OnlySaneMan (with the exception of the first season).
*** This is theoretically actual history this is taking place in, so the fact that the king is off his nut shouldn't come as a surprise-he's
George the Third.Third]].
31st Jul '15 5:50:30 PM HumanTorch2
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*** To be fair, [[{{UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII}} the King in question]] was a complete nutter, Baldrick was a complete idiot, and the entire setting is a CrapsackWorld where the character of Blackadder is typically the OnlySaneMan (with the exception of the first season).

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*** To be fair, [[{{UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII}} [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_III_of_the_United_Kingdom the King in question]] was a complete nutter, Baldrick was a complete idiot, and the entire setting is a CrapsackWorld where the character of Blackadder is typically the OnlySaneMan (with the exception of the first season).
31st Jul '15 5:46:46 PM HumanTorch2
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*** To be fair, the King was a complete nutter, Baldrick was a complete idiot, and the entire setting is a CrapsackWorld where the character of Blackadder is typically the OnlySaneMan (with the exception of the first season).

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*** To be fair, [[{{UsefulNotes/GeorgeIII}} the King in question]] was a complete nutter, Baldrick was a complete idiot, and the entire setting is a CrapsackWorld where the character of Blackadder is typically the OnlySaneMan (with the exception of the first season).
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