History PaperThinDisguise / LiveActionTV

12th Sep '17 12:10:51 PM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Austin and Ally}}'': Austin disguises himself as a lumberjack [[spoiler: so he can secretly perform at a karaoke parlor without being caught by Jimmy, who has banned Austin from ever performing again]]. Ally was the first to recognize him in his poorly made disguise. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for Austin, his beard gets knocked off exposing his identity and ruining his chance at impressing Jimmy.]]
5th Aug '17 12:55:27 AM RobTan
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*** [[spoiler:Averted in "World Enough and Time", when his disguise as Mr Razor was extremely elaborate, including a full mask, wig and false teeth, as well as a fake voice and a 24/7 act as an eccentric hospital caretaker]].

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*** [[spoiler:Averted in "World Enough and Time", when his disguise as Mr Razor was extremely elaborate, including a full mask, wig and false teeth, as well as a fake voice and a 24/7 act as an eccentric hospital caretaker]]. {{Justified}} since [[spoiler:he was hiding from an entire city that wanted him dead, and heb couldn't risk Bill recognising him as "Harold Saxon".]]
3rd Aug '17 2:43:33 AM RobTan
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*** [[spoiler:Averted in "World Enough and Time", when his disguise as Razor disguise was extremely elaborate, including a full mask, wig and false teeth, as well as a fake voice and a 24/7 act as an eccentric hospital caretaker]].

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*** [[spoiler:Averted in "World Enough and Time", when his disguise as Mr Razor disguise was extremely elaborate, including a full mask, wig and false teeth, as well as a fake voice and a 24/7 act as an eccentric hospital caretaker]].
4th Jul '17 12:32:31 PM RobTan
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*** His "Harold Saxon" guise zigzags this somewhat. He actually did bother to create a backstory for himself, and even generated a few photographs. However, he went out of his way to make it as obvious as possible that he had appeared out of nowhere eighteen months ago, for instance, all the photos of him as a University student don't look any younger than his current appearance, and he had no paper trail despite getting a first at Oxford ''and'' being a former rugby champion. Then he deliberately became one of the most visible people in the world by founding his own political party, leading it to an electoral landslide and becoming PM of Britain. Justified in that he has the entire world under subtle mind control that prevented anyone looking too closely, and being able to fool a planet full of stupid humans without even trying probabky apoealed to the {{Troll}} in him.

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*** His "Harold Saxon" guise zigzags this somewhat. He actually did bother to create a backstory for himself, and even generated a few photographs. However, he went out of his way to make it as obvious as possible that he had appeared out of nowhere eighteen months ago, for instance, all the photos of him as a University student don't look any younger than his current appearance, and he had no paper trail despite getting a first at Oxford ''and'' being a former rugby champion. Then he deliberately became one of the most visible people in the world by founding his own political party, leading it to an electoral landslide and becoming PM of Britain. Justified in that he has the entire world under subtle mind control that prevented anyone looking too closely, and being able to fool a planet full of stupid humans without even trying probabky apoealed probably appealed to the {{Troll}} in him.him.
*** [[spoiler:Averted in "World Enough and Time", when his disguise as Razor disguise was extremely elaborate, including a full mask, wig and false teeth, as well as a fake voice and a 24/7 act as an eccentric hospital caretaker]].
24th Jun '17 11:37:38 AM RobTan
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*** His "Harold Saxon" guise zigzags this somewhat. He actually did bother to create a backstory for himself, and even generated a few photographs. However, he went out of his way to make it as obvious as possible that he had appeared out of nowhere eighteen months ago, for instance, all the photos of him as a University student don't look any younger than his current appearance, and he had no paper trail despite getting a first at Oxford ''and'' being a former rugby champion. Then he deliberately became one of the most visible people in the world by founding his own political party, leading it to an electoral landslide and becoming PM of Britain. Justified in that he has the entire world under subtle mind control that prevented anyone looking too closely.

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*** His "Harold Saxon" guise zigzags this somewhat. He actually did bother to create a backstory for himself, and even generated a few photographs. However, he went out of his way to make it as obvious as possible that he had appeared out of nowhere eighteen months ago, for instance, all the photos of him as a University student don't look any younger than his current appearance, and he had no paper trail despite getting a first at Oxford ''and'' being a former rugby champion. Then he deliberately became one of the most visible people in the world by founding his own political party, leading it to an electoral landslide and becoming PM of Britain. Justified in that he has the entire world under subtle mind control that prevented anyone looking too closely.closely, and being able to fool a planet full of stupid humans without even trying probabky apoealed to the {{Troll}} in him.
29th May '17 7:59:34 PM Gravidef
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** In ''Tales OF the Tinkerdee'', a pre-Muppet Show Creator/JimHenson production, Taminella Grindenfall, witchiest witch of them all, is able to disguise herself as a Santa Claus, the princess, the kingdom prime minister, and an artist by wearing different wigs and hats.

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** In ''Tales OF Of the Tinkerdee'', a pre-Muppet Show Creator/JimHenson production, Taminella Grindenfall, witchiest witch of them all, is able to disguise herself as a Santa Claus, the princess, the kingdom prime minister, and an artist by wearing different wigs and hats.



** Another recurring sketch, "Cheeseburger Doyle," also spoofed this trope. The main character was a [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext talking cheeseburger with eyes that ran a detective agency]]--and not a human-sized burger either, but an ''actual four-inch sandwich puppet.'' Upon being hired to solve a mystery, Doyle would infiltrate the scene of the crime wearing a disguise, usually a phony mustache or small hat; when questioned if he was a cheeseburger, he'd deny it, making up a generic name ("Oh, no...I'm Al"). After catching the culprit red-handed, he would proceed to dramatically reveal himself: "AHA! I'm not REALLY a construction worker named Al!" After (literally) shaking off the disguise, the suspect would react in over-the-top shock ("CHEESEBURGER DOYLE!"), while others reacted in amazement at Doyle actually being a cheeseburger.

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** Another recurring sketch, "Cheeseburger Doyle," also spoofed this trope. The main character was a [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext talking cheeseburger with eyes that ran a detective agency]]--and not a human-sized burger either, but an ''actual four-inch sandwich puppet.'' Upon being hired to solve a mystery, Doyle would infiltrate the scene of the crime wearing a disguise, usually a phony mustache or small hat; when questioned if he was a cheeseburger, he'd deny it, making up a generic name ("Oh, no...I'm Al"). After catching the culprit red-handed, he would proceed to dramatically reveal himself: "AHA! I'm not REALLY a construction worker named Al!" After He'd then (literally) shaking shake off the disguise, and the suspect would react gasp in over-the-top shock ("CHEESEBURGER DOYLE!"), while others reacted in amazement at Doyle actually being a cheeseburger.



** Avterted in the film of the series where Penguin disguises himself as the Commodore he and his team have kidnapped. Batman and Robin are not fooled for a minute.

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** Avterted Averted in the film of the series where Penguin disguises himself as the Commodore he and his team have kidnapped. Batman and Robin are not fooled for a minute.



** A non-human example: one episode has Howard discovering a letter from his DisappearedDad hidden in the back of a closet. He can't decide if he wants to know what his father wrote, so the rest of the group all read it, then take turns describing what the letter said (meaning that one of them is telling the truth). Bernadette, Amy, Raj, Penny, and Leonard all give heartfelt answers, but [[NoSocialSkills Sheldon]], being Sheldon, describes the plot of ''Film/TheGoonies'' instead. He later tries again by changing the names of the characters and claiming it's completely different, but no one is fooled.



* In the ''Series/{{Greg the Bunny}}'' episode "The Singing Mailman", when Dottie convinces the others to pretend they like the actor playing the mailman, Greg decides to wear a disguise, which includes a sombrerro, pancho, and mustache. It doesn't seem to fool anyone, but when he removes his mustache, Tardy Turtle reacts with surprise, "Hey! That french man is Greg!"

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* In the ''Series/{{Greg the Bunny}}'' episode "The Singing Mailman", when Dottie convinces the others to pretend they like the actor playing the mailman, Greg decides to wear a disguise, which includes a sombrerro, pancho, and mustache. It doesn't seem to fool anyone, but when he removes his mustache, Tardy Turtle reacts with surprise, "Hey! That french French man is Greg!"



** One "Word of the Day" sketch features Jack Black and Elmo defining the word "disguise," so as might be expected, Paper-Thin Disguises came into play. Jack claims to be a "master of disguise," and tries to prove it by putting on various outfits to conceal his identity. The first is a large sombrero and a pair of sunglasses; the second is a rainbow clown wig and...another pair of sunglasses. Elmo instantly sees through both disguises, which makes Jack sad. He leaves, and a few moments later, a Muppet chicken enters. Elmo asks if the chicken has seen Jack Black...three guesses as to who the chicken ''really'' is.

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** One "Word of the Day" sketch features Jack Black and Elmo defining the word "disguise," so as might be expected, Paper-Thin Disguises came into play. Jack claims to be a "master of disguise," and tries to prove it by putting on various outfits to conceal his identity. The first is a large sombrero and a pair of sunglasses; the second is a rainbow clown wig and...another pair of sunglasses. Elmo instantly sees through both disguises, which makes Jack sad. He leaves, and a few moments later, a Muppet chicken enters. In a subversion of the trope, Elmo asks if the chicken has seen Jack Black...three guesses as to who the chicken ''really'' is.



* An episode of ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'', titled "The Queen Who Came in from the Cold", featured the Queen of Hearts--a heavyset black woman with a fondness for wearing all-red outfits--upset about receiving a number of anonymous letters complaining about her newest taxes. To find out who the letter writers are, she assumes a disguise--a crimson dress, her hair partially over her face, and a large red hat--and speaks in a half-whisper, which makes her look remarkably like...a heavyset black woman with a fondness for wearing all-red outfits. It fools ''everyone'' but the Cheshire Cat--and the characters interact with the Queen on a daily basis! What makes it even funnier is that there are no other women, African-American or otherwise, in Wonderland, and yet everyone is completely unable to recognize her.

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* An episode of ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'', ''Series/AdventuresInWonderland'' titled "The Queen Who Came in from the Cold", Cold" featured the Queen of Hearts--a heavyset black woman with a fondness for wearing all-red outfits--upset about receiving a number of anonymous letters complaining about her newest taxes. To find out who the letter writers are, she assumes a disguise--a crimson dress, her hair partially over her face, and a large red hat--and speaks in a half-whisper, which makes her look remarkably like...a heavyset black woman with a fondness for wearing all-red outfits. It fools ''everyone'' but the Cheshire Cat--and the characters interact with the Queen on a daily basis! What makes it even funnier is that there are no other women, African-American or otherwise, in Wonderland, and yet everyone is completely unable to recognize her.


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** It does seem to be deliberately invoked in one case, though--Theo and Cockroach head through the family kitchen (which was earlier established as "Millie's Chuck Wagon," a restaurant) and encounter Denise, who's wearing what appear to be her regular clothes. She says that she ''is'' Denise and refers to Theo by name. The boys are happy to get a break from the roleplaying and decide to have some lunch. As they eat, Denise comes over and pulls out a pad to charge the pair for the meal, explaining that she's Denise ''Farquar'', Millie's daughter and a waitress at the restaurant.
16th May '17 1:49:13 PM MikeW
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* Nicely used on ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' when James Olson decides to fight crime as the Guardian. He wears a uniform covering him head to toe and even lined with lead. It's a good disguise so that it takes having him unmasked for Kara (who knows James well) to figure out it's him. When James rescues Cat Grant from an attack, he and Winn are both stunned when she automatically thanks him as "James."
-->'''James''': I'm...Guardian.
-->'''Cat''': Oh, honey, I can see your eyes through the slit.
9th May '17 12:58:50 PM Jubileus57
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* ''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons'' uses that quite often, but the most outrageous example would be when Brett disguised as his sister Brenda by '''solely''' sticking a name tag reading "Brenda" on his suit. And of course, [[RuleOfFunny given the nature of the show]], it worked ''splendidly''.
18th Apr '17 4:19:14 PM dmcreif
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*** His "Harold Saxon" guise zigzags this somewhat. He actually did bother to create a backstory for himself, and even generated a few photographs. However, he went out of his way to make it as obvious as possible that he had appeared out of nowhere eighteen months ago, for instance, all the photogrpahs of him as a University student don't look any younger than his current appearance, and he had no paper trail despite getting a first at Oxford ''and'' being a former rugby champion. Then he deliberately became one of the most visible people in the world by founding his own political party, leading it to an electoral landslide and becoming PM of Britain. Justified in that he has the entire world under subtle mind control that prevented anyone looking too closely.

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*** His "Harold Saxon" guise zigzags this somewhat. He actually did bother to create a backstory for himself, and even generated a few photographs. However, he went out of his way to make it as obvious as possible that he had appeared out of nowhere eighteen months ago, for instance, all the photogrpahs photos of him as a University student don't look any younger than his current appearance, and he had no paper trail despite getting a first at Oxford ''and'' being a former rugby champion. Then he deliberately became one of the most visible people in the world by founding his own political party, leading it to an electoral landslide and becoming PM of Britain. Justified in that he has the entire world under subtle mind control that prevented anyone looking too closely.
6th Apr '17 10:53:06 AM RobTan
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*** His "Harold Saxon" guise zigzags this somewhat. He actually did bother to create a backstory for himself, and even generated a few photographs. However, he went out of his way to make it as obvious as possible that he had appeared out of nowhere eighteen months ago, for instance, all the photogrpahs of him as a University student don't look any younger than his current appearance, and he had no paper trail despite getting a first at Oxford ''and'' being a former rugby champion. Then he deliberately became one of the most visible people in the world by founding his own political party, leading it to an electoral landslide and becoming PM of Britain. Justified in that he has the entire world under subtle mind control that prevented anyone looking too closely.
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