History PaperThinDisguise / VideoGames

26th Aug '16 4:19:51 PM BoyNinja
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* ''VideoGame/RhythmThiefAndTheEmperorsTreasure'' has Raphael, who leads a double life as [[PhantomThief Phantom R]], which is basically a suit, a [[FedoraOfAssKicking fedora]] and no glasses. This isn't a massive change from his street clothes, and even his face isn't concealed. Despite this, [[PoliceAreUseless even the police fall for it when Phantom R approaches and talks to them on the street]].

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* ''VideoGame/RhythmThiefAndTheEmperorsTreasure'' has Raphael, who leads a double life as [[PhantomThief Phantom R]], which is basically a suit, a [[FedoraOfAssKicking fedora]] and no glasses. This isn't a massive change from his street clothes, and even his face isn't concealed. Despite this, [[PoliceAreUseless even the police fall for it when Phantom R approaches and talks to them on the street]]. The people out in the streets - including citizens who have known him for a long while - aren't any better and pretend he is some guy trying to cosplay as the ''real phantom thief''. The only ever occasions people make the connection only do so...but not because of the obvious same appearance, but because of very small things that look fishy.
19th Jul '16 10:56:14 AM DannWoolf
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** Mimikyu wears old Pikachu merchandise in an attempt to become as popular as the SeriesMascot. It's... well, very easy to tell that it's not actually a Pikachu.



*** Additionally, Mario can "disguise" as Luigi by wearing the L Badge. All this does is PaletteSwap his clothes to green, but it's still enough for a self-proclaimed Luigi fan to mistake Mario for the real thing, to the point that when the real Luigi suddenly shows up the fan accuses him of being an imposter. It seems Luigi can [[ButtMonkey never get any respect.]]

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*** Additionally, Mario can "disguise" as Luigi by wearing the L Badge. All this does is PaletteSwap his clothes to green, but it's still enough for a self-proclaimed Luigi fan to mistake Mario for the real thing, to the point that when the real Luigi suddenly shows up the fan accuses him of being an imposter.impostor. It seems Luigi can [[ButtMonkey never get any respect.]]
10th Jul '16 12:53:20 PM Tabs
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* Played with in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} [=HeartGold/SoulSilver=]'', where you have to infiltrate Team Rocket's activities at the Goldenrod Radio Tower by donning their uniform. Hilariously, the same {{Mook|s}} who just shoved you away from the door gives you a cursory look, then allows you to pass. Especially funny when you consider that all Rocket Grunts [[FacelessGoons look alike]], probablly they don't have eleven-year-olds in their ranks, and generally aren't sporting pigtails, if you're a female player.

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* Played with in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} [=HeartGold/SoulSilver=]'', [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver HeartGold/SoulSilver]]'', where you have to infiltrate Team Rocket's activities at the Goldenrod Radio Tower by donning their uniform. Hilariously, the same {{Mook|s}} who just shoved you away from the door gives you a cursory look, then allows you to pass. Especially funny when you consider that all Rocket Grunts [[FacelessGoons look alike]], probablly they don't have eleven-year-olds in their ranks, and generally aren't sporting pigtails, if you're a female player.
9th Jul '16 6:30:42 AM MightyKombat
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* Judas, a [[CoolMask mask-wearing]] swordsman who shows up in ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Tales of Destiny 2]]'' and is quite blatantly Leon Magnus from the first game. It's such an open secret that it warrants a MythologyGag in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', where Presea tells Emil about her invention the Judas Mask, which "hid your face without actually hiding it, yet mysteriously prevented anyone from realizing your true identity."

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* Judas, a [[CoolMask mask-wearing]] swordsman who shows up in ''[[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Tales of Destiny 2]]'' and is quite blatantly Leon Magnus from the first game. As it happens, the mask is a hollowed out dragon skull that Leon chose not so much for disguise but for the protection against magic that it offered. It's such an open secret that it warrants a MythologyGag in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', where Presea tells Emil about her invention the Judas Mask, which "hid your face without actually hiding it, yet mysteriously prevented anyone from realizing your true identity."" (Said mask is unlockable for use in the PAL and Playstation3 versions.)



* This trope returns to the ''Tales'' series in the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation3}}S3 version of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' through a series of skits in which Richard takes on a superhero identity named "Masque de Baronia" to do good deeds for his friends. However, his 'costume' consists of little more than a turban and a piece of cloth covering his mouth, ''worn along with his normal attire''. Of course, everyone instantly sees through it except for Asbel and Sophie.

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* This trope returns to the ''Tales'' series in the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation3}}S3 version of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' through a series of skits in which Richard takes on a superhero identity named "Masque de Baronia" "The Mask of Barona" to do good deeds for his friends. However, his 'costume' consists of little more than Richard putting on a turban and a piece of cloth covering see-through veil on his mouth, face, ''worn along with his normal attire''.attire''. And its shown as a small cut-in of said disguise blatantly overlaid on Richard's normal skit portrait. Of course, everyone instantly sees through it except for Asbel and Sophie.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' has Gaius, King of Rieze Maxia, travelling the world under the name of Erston. And other than going by a different name, he changes nothing about himself. He doesn't alter his voice, he doesn't change his appearance or acts in a different way and yet ''nobody'' outside the party makes the connection of Gaius and Erston being the same person. And late in game, the people of Kanbalar are convinced that Erston is a rich playboy, who is merely impersonating their king, to tarnish his reputation. [[spoiler: CEO of Spirius Corporation, Bisley, and a sheriff in Gaius' character episodes ''do'' recognize him, though.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' has Gaius, King of Rieze Maxia, travelling the world under the name of Erston. Erston Outway (with "Outway" being Gaius' birth surname.) And other than going by a different name, he changes nothing about himself. He doesn't alter his voice, he doesn't change his appearance or acts in a different way and yet ''nobody'' outside the party makes the connection of Gaius and Erston being the same person. And late in game, the people of Kanbalar are convinced that Erston is a rich playboy, who is merely impersonating their king, to tarnish his reputation. [[spoiler: CEO of Spirius Corporation, Bisley, and a sheriff in Gaius' character episodes ''do'' recognize him, though.]]]] At the very least the player is able to improve on the guise with unlockable glasses and DLC hairstyles.
* At one point in ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'', Shing and his crew attempt to avoid any entanglements with the Valentin church and the Imperial Knights, and a friendl NPC offers them the [[SarcasmMode fantastic disguise of...]] A pair of glasses for each of them.
20th Jun '16 8:33:42 PM Exusia
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* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has a moment where Argilla disguises herself as Sera, simply by putting on a wig and her outfit. Anyone would be able to tell it's her from close up (as Cielo points out), but it's justified in that the situation the Embryon are in only needs for the disguise to work from a distance.

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* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has a moment where Argilla disguises herself as Sera, simply by putting on a wig and her outfit. Anyone would be able to tell it's her Argilla from close up (as Cielo points out), but it's justified in that the situation the Embryon are in only needs for the disguise to work from a distance.
20th Jun '16 8:32:16 PM Exusia
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* In ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' Jayjay and Sparrowson are instantly suspicious finding that [[spoiler: Judge Romulus]] is posing as an earnest ManifestoMakingMalcontent. His clothes and attitude are the only change. Also, in 4B (Égalité) [[spoiler: the [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating King of France]] is exiled]] and tries a disguise which is expected to not last long enough for him to go down the street.

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* In ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' Jayjay and Sparrowson are instantly suspicious finding that [[spoiler: Judge Romulus]] is posing as an earnest ManifestoMakingMalcontent. His clothes and attitude are the only change. Also, in 4B (Égalité) [[spoiler: the [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating King of France]] is exiled]] and tries a disguise which is expected to not last long enough for him to go down the street.street.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' has a moment where Argilla disguises herself as Sera, simply by putting on a wig and her outfit. Anyone would be able to tell it's her from close up (as Cielo points out), but it's justified in that the situation the Embryon are in only needs for the disguise to work from a distance.
6th Jun '16 2:47:44 PM UltraSuper
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', in that both the protagonists disguise themselves as mercenaries. Also, their cover is never blown save for one random villager mentioning that one of them "carried himself in a royal manner".
** However, it is double-subverted when one of your team members, reveals himself as long-lost, self-exiled prince [[spoiler:Joshua]]. It's kept very well-concealed due to the fact that a fair amount of people from his country look similar (more so than most of the others), and also to the fact that [[spoiler:He's a gambling addict who possesses no qualms about cheating on every game of chance he participates in and STILL manages to lose due to his famously low luck stats. The only hints we get of any noble nature whatsoever is his reluctance to kill pretty women, which can be attributed to [[HandsomeLech his womanizing nature]] anyway.]]
** For another ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' example, Devdan/Danved in 9 and 10 has a disguise that's ''beyond'' paper thin. His constant denial is absolutely the only evidence that the two are not the same.
** In ''Blazing Sword'', the player's army sneaks into Bern. The three lords don ragged brown cloaks without hoods. This is somewhat effective with Hector and Lyn, but Eliwood never bothers to take off his highly visible crown.
** A much older example is Sirius, from ''Mystery of the Emblem''. Even though pretty much everybody knows that he is really Camus beneath his CoolMask, his true identity is never revealed (except if you count his SuspiciouslySpecificDenial when [[spoiler: he snaps Nyna out of her BrainwashedAndCrazy state in the Final Chapter]] as a very thinly-veiled confirmation).
** Another ''Fire Emblem'' example, in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[MysteriousWaif Azura]] at one points dons an outfit that is completely identical to her normal outfit save for being black and having a transparent veil covering the lower half of her face. Absolutely nobody recognizes her. Even when she starts dancing and singing "[[{{Leitmotif}} Lost in Thoughts All Alone]]", everyone just wonders who this mysterious woman they've never seen before could possibly be.
*** Also from ''Fates'', we have "[[LargeHam Odin]]", "[[CasanovaWannabe Laslow]]", and "[[{{Tsundere}} Selena]]", who are fooling no one but themselves.[[labelnote:Explanation]]In case you can't tell simply by taking one passing glance at them, they are actually [[EnsembleDarkhorse Owain, Inigo, and Severa]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Why they are disguised, considering that they're in a completely different world where no one has ever heard of them or their deeds, is unclear.[[/labelnote]]



* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', in that both the protagonists disguise themselves as mercenaries. Also, their cover is never blown save for one random villager mentioning that one of them "carried himself in a royal manner".
** However, it is double-subverted when one of your team members, reveals himself as long-lost, self-exiled prince [[spoiler:Joshua]]. It's kept very well-concealed due to the fact that a fair amount of people from his country look similar (more so than most of the others), and also to the fact that [[spoiler:He's a gambling addict who possesses no qualms about cheating on every game of chance he participates in and STILL manages to lose due to his famously low luck stats. The only hints we get of any noble nature whatsoever is his reluctance to kill pretty women, which can be attributed to [[HandsomeLech his womanizing nature]] anyway.]]
** For another ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' example, Devdan/Danved in 9 and 10 has a disguise that's ''beyond'' paper thin. His constant denial is absolutely the only evidence that the two are not the same.
** In ''Blazing Sword'', the player's army sneaks into Bern. The three lords don ragged brown cloaks without hoods. This is somewhat effective with Hector and Lyn, but Eliwood never bothers to take off his highly visible crown.
** A much older example is Sirius, from ''Mystery of the Emblem''. Even though pretty much everybody knows that he is really Camus beneath his CoolMask, his true identity is never revealed (except if you count his SuspiciouslySpecificDenial when [[spoiler: he snaps Nyna out of her BrainwashedAndCrazy state in the Final Chapter]] as a very thinly-veiled confirmation).
** Another ''Fire Emblem'' example, in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[MysteriousWaif Azura]] at one points dons an outfit that is completely identical to her normal outfit save for being black and having a transparent veil covering the lower half of her face. Absolutely nobody recognizes her. Even when she starts dancing and singing "[[{{Leitmotif}} Lost in Thoughts All Alone]]", everyone just wonders who this mysterious woman they've never seen before could possibly be.
*** Also from ''Fates'', we have "[[LargeHam Odin]]", "[[CasanovaWannabe Laslow]]", and "[[{{Tsundere}} Selena]]", who are fooling no one but themselves.[[labelnote:Explanation]]In case you can't tell simply by taking one passing glance at them, they are actually [[EnsembleDarkhorse Owain, Inigo, and Severa]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Why they are disguised, considering that they're in a completely different world where no one has ever heard of them or their deeds, is unclear.[[/labelnote]]
6th Jun '16 2:46:26 PM UltraSuper
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*** Also from ''Fates'', we have "[[LargeHam Odin]]", "[[CasanovaWannabe Laslow]]", and "[[{{Tsundere}} Selena]]", who are fooling no one but themselves.[[labelnote:Explanation]]In case you can't tell simply by taking one passing glance at them, they are actually [[EnsembleDarkhorse Owain, Inigo, and Severa]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. Why they are disguised, considering that they're in a completely different world where no one has ever heard of them or their deeds, is unclear.[[/labelnote]]
5th Jun '16 10:31:54 PM erforce
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* In ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'' for the NES, a mysterious contest promoter known as Mr. X appears to be the villain of the piece...unfortunately he bears a staggering resemblance to the regular game Big Bad Dr. Wily, except he has sunglasses, a beard, and a dot on his forehead. Capcom had tried this in the last two games, with ''4'' having the Russian scientist Dr. Cossack as the villain until it is revealed Dr. Wily was simply blackmailing him with his daughter. ''5'' claimed Mega Man's brother Proto Man was the villain, but he was simply a robotic impostor called Dark Man built by - you guessed it - Dr. Wily. With this flimsy Mr. X disguise, Capcom were clearly not even trying anymore.
** Even Inafune himself {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it:

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In ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'' for the NES, a mysterious contest promoter known as Mr. X appears to be the villain of the piece...unfortunately he bears a staggering resemblance to the regular game Big Bad Dr. Wily, except he has sunglasses, a beard, and a dot on his forehead. Capcom had tried this in the last two games, with ''4'' having the Russian scientist Dr. Cossack as the villain until it is revealed Dr. Wily was simply blackmailing him with his daughter. ''5'' claimed Mega Man's brother Proto Man was the villain, but he was simply a robotic impostor called Dark Man built by - you guessed it - Dr. Wily. With this flimsy Mr. X disguise, Capcom were clearly not even trying anymore.
** *** Even Inafune himself {{lampshade|Hanging}}s it:



** The mysterious ??? guy who manages Proto Man's shop in ''10'' looks surprisingly similar to Auto with a Met helmet. With his cat sleeping on the counter. Yeah.

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** The mysterious ??? guy who manages Proto Man's shop in ''10'' ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' looks surprisingly similar to Auto with a Met helmet. With his cat sleeping on the counter. Yeah.



* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', King K. Rool seems to make a habit of this. Subverted in that he fools no one (except, oddly, whoever it was who wrote his trophy description in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl''), and there isn't even any real indication that he's ''trying'' to fool anyone. Apparently, he just likes dressing up in strange costumes and changing his title.

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* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', King K. Rool seems to make a habit of this. Subverted in that he fools no one (except, oddly, whoever it was who wrote his trophy description in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros. Brawl''), ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl''), and there isn't even any real indication that he's ''trying'' to fool anyone. Apparently, he just likes dressing up in strange costumes and changing his title.
20th May '16 5:23:41 PM nombretomado
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* This trope returns to the ''Tales'' series in the {{P|layStation3}}S3 version of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' through a series of skits in which Richard takes on a superhero identity named "Masque de Baronia" to do good deeds for his friends. However, his 'costume' consists of little more than a turban and a piece of cloth covering his mouth, ''worn along with his normal attire''. Of course, everyone instantly sees through it except for Asbel and Sophie.

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* This trope returns to the ''Tales'' series in the {{P|layStation3}}S3 UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation3}}S3 version of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' through a series of skits in which Richard takes on a superhero identity named "Masque de Baronia" to do good deeds for his friends. However, his 'costume' consists of little more than a turban and a piece of cloth covering his mouth, ''worn along with his normal attire''. Of course, everyone instantly sees through it except for Asbel and Sophie.
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