History PaperThinDisguise / VideoGames

19th Mar '18 1:20:31 AM PaulA
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* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'', Pyra is being sought after by Mor Adain's soldiers, and obviously needs some sort of disguise to avoid detection. The protagonists' solution is to simply have her wear a short (as in, knee length) cloak over her normal ([[{{Stripperiffic}} quite distinctive]]) outfit. Naturally, absolutely nobody catches on.

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* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'', Pyra is being sought after by Mor Adain's soldiers, and obviously needs some sort of disguise to avoid detection. The protagonists' solution is to simply have her wear a short (as in, knee length) cloak over her normal ([[{{Stripperiffic}} quite distinctive]]) outfit. Naturally, absolutely nobody catches on.on.
* ''VideoGame/TheDarksideDetective'':
** While investigating a situation where a train mysteriously switched places with its DarkWorld counterpart, leaving two train loads of commuters trapped in the wrong world, [=McQueen=] improvises an implausible disguise (featuring a fake beard fashioned out of mould) to impersonate his Darkside counterpart and get into a restricted area. [[spoiler:Played with. [=McScream=]'s superior sees through the disguise immediately, but gives [=McQueen=] points for initiative and decides to co-operate with [=McQueen=]'s investigation because he's showing more signs of being capable of solving the case than [=McScream=] is]].
** An enormous, green, non-humanoid monster apparently successfully disguises itself as a human with nothing but a wig. (Then again, the only person it needs to fool is Dooley, who is not noted for his keen observational skills.)
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10th Mar '18 9:02:00 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* Parodied in ''Undertale''. Sans tells you to hide behind a ''conveniently shaped lamp'' that has the ''exact same outline'' as the player character. Of course, the oblivious Papyrus does not notice.

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* Parodied in ''Undertale''. Sans tells you to hide behind a ''conveniently shaped lamp'' that has the ''exact same outline'' as the player character. Of course, the oblivious Papyrus does not notice.notice.
* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'', Pyra is being sought after by Mor Adain's soldiers, and obviously needs some sort of disguise to avoid detection. The protagonists' solution is to simply have her wear a short (as in, knee length) cloak over her normal ([[{{Stripperiffic}} quite distinctive]]) outfit. Naturally, absolutely nobody catches on.
7th Mar '18 5:17:55 PM nombretomado
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* The identity of the Cornstalker in ''TouchDetective 2 1/2'' is supposed to be a big secret... but [[spoiler:there is one character that has the ''same'' jawline, ''same'' hair, ''same'' basic build, very similar name, and most disconcerting of all, the ''same voice'' (or rather, squeaky tones). A visit to the portrait gallery after the very first episode is enough to figure out who he is.]]

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* The identity of the Cornstalker in ''TouchDetective ''VideoGame/TouchDetective 2 1/2'' is supposed to be a big secret... but [[spoiler:there is one character that has the ''same'' jawline, ''same'' hair, ''same'' basic build, very similar name, and most disconcerting of all, the ''same voice'' (or rather, squeaky tones). A visit to the portrait gallery after the very first episode is enough to figure out who he is.]]
22nd Jan '18 12:27:05 PM LentilSandEater
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** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/LegoStarWars'' where a disguise is a moustache. Even on the women.
** Stormtrooper disguises in ''VideoGame/LegoStarWars 2''. Just the helmet. This looks frankly ludicrous when it's Chewie wearing one, because it sits off kilter like a fez. It still fools everyone.
*** The really ironic part is that in freeform mode, you can play as a fully uniformed Stormtrooper, but all the other Stormtroopers will immediately know that you're not on their side.

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** Lampshaded Used in ''VideoGame/LegoStarWars'' where a disguise is a moustache. Even on the women.
** Stormtrooper disguises in ''VideoGame/LegoStarWars 2''. Just the helmet. This looks frankly ludicrous when it's Chewie wearing one, because it sits off kilter like a fez. It still fools everyone.
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everyone. The really ironic part is that in freeform mode, you can play as a fully uniformed Stormtrooper, but all the other Stormtroopers will immediately know that you're not on their side.
22nd Jan '18 12:21:10 PM LentilSandEater
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* {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Undertale''. Sans tells you to hide behind a ''conveniently shaped lamp'' that has the ''exact same outline'' as the player character. Of course, the oblivious papyrus does not notice.

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* {{lampshade|Hanging}}d Parodied in ''Undertale''. Sans tells you to hide behind a ''conveniently shaped lamp'' that has the ''exact same outline'' as the player character. Of course, the oblivious papyrus Papyrus does not notice.
22nd Jan '18 12:20:12 PM LentilSandEater
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** This is really only a problem in the English version, though. In Japanese, [[spoiler: it's quite common for young boys to be voiced by women. In addition, Naoto's Japanese VA is [[Creator/RomiPark Romi Paku]] - known for her portrayals of ''young men.'']]
*** It was still pretty obvious, even in the Japanese version.
** Rise also manages to convince a horde of curious bystanders that she is an old lady by... putting on an apron and tying her hair up.
*** In this instance, it works because they're looking for an idol, and she works in the back of the tofu store, keeping out of sight. When the police chase off all the bystanders and the main characters go to talk to her, her disguise lasts for about three seconds.

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** This is really only a problem in the English version, though. In Japanese, [[spoiler: it's quite common for young boys to be voiced by women. In addition, Naoto's Japanese VA is [[Creator/RomiPark Romi Paku]] - known for her portrayals of ''young men.'']]
*** It was still pretty obvious, even in the Japanese version.
** Rise also manages to convince a horde of curious bystanders that she is an old lady by... putting on an apron and tying her hair up.
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up. In this instance, it works because they're looking for an idol, and she works in the back of the tofu store, keeping out of sight. When the police chase off all the bystanders and the main characters go to talk to her, her disguise lasts for about three seconds.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has King Edgar Figaro, a character who, after an event in the game in which the entire party scatters, can be found again in his old hometown, pretending not to recognize you, and claims to be named ''Gerad'' -- despite that it's an [[SignificantAnagram obvious anagram]] of his real name, [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay the way he addresses Celes]], and his in-game sprite [[PaletteSwap only differing by hair and clothing color]].
** Celes at least picked up on it fairly quickly, but Edgar kept pushing Celes away in order to keep her (and Sabin if he was there too) from blowing his cover - he had a good reason to dress up.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has King Edgar Figaro, a character who, after an event in the game in which the entire party scatters, can be found again in his old hometown, pretending not to recognize you, and claims to be named ''Gerad'' -- despite that it's an [[SignificantAnagram obvious anagram]] of his real name, [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay the way he addresses Celes]], and his in-game sprite [[PaletteSwap only differing by hair and clothing color]].
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color]]. Celes at least picked up on it fairly quickly, but Edgar kept pushing Celes away in order to keep her (and Sabin if he was there too) from blowing his cover - he had a good reason to dress up.



* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaReBirth1'', when Noire, Vert and Blanc leave their respective realms, they all disguise themselves with nothing more than a pair of spectacles. Despite their highly distinctive outfits, ''this actually works''. They even manage to fool ''each other'', bearing in mind that they've been fighting each other for decades and should be able to recognize each other at a glance, glasses or no glasses.
** It is, however, subverted when the party first visits Lowee, and [[spoiler:the fake]] Blanc sees through Vert's disguise immediately, having been expecting them. Neptune then notes that Vert has [[GagBoobs certain other characteristics]] that give her away.

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* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaReBirth1'', when Noire, Vert and Blanc leave their respective realms, they all disguise themselves with nothing more than a pair of spectacles. Despite their highly distinctive outfits, ''this actually works''. They even manage to fool ''each other'', bearing in mind that they've been fighting each other for decades and should be able to recognize each other at a glance, glasses or no glasses.
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glasses. It is, however, subverted when the party first visits Lowee, and [[spoiler:the fake]] Blanc sees through Vert's disguise immediately, having been expecting them. Neptune then notes that Vert has [[GagBoobs certain other characteristics]] that give her away.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', a game based partially on using a celestial, godly paintbrush along your quest, the main character, the wolf goddess Amaterasu, must infiltrate a nest of demons whose faces are covered with a paper decorated with a Japanese character. To fit in, a piece of paper is taped to Amaterasu's nose, and the player can draw whatever squiggles they like on it. None of the demons are any the wiser, making this disguise ''literally'' paper thin.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in that Issun, your ExpositionFairy, says that the mask probably won't work. He seems rather depressed that it actually does.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', a game based partially on using a celestial, godly paintbrush along your quest, the main character, the wolf goddess Amaterasu, must infiltrate a nest of demons whose faces are covered with a paper decorated with a Japanese character. To fit in, a piece of paper is taped to Amaterasu's nose, and the player can draw whatever squiggles they like on it. None of the demons are any the wiser, making this disguise ''literally'' paper thin.
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thin. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in that Issun, your ExpositionFairy, says that the mask probably won't work. He seems rather depressed that it actually does.



* In ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', Balthios puts on a veil and becomes the Ultimate Hellbane. His speech avatar is identical except darker everywhere but his eyes. His battle sprite doesn't even change, [[EverybodyKnewAlready and the battle interface refers to him as "Balthios"]].
** This is an unusual example: the disguise works on the [=PCs=], but the first-time player hasn't met Balthios yet and so has no idea who UH is even supposed to be!

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* In ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'', Balthios puts on a veil and becomes the Ultimate Hellbane. His speech avatar is identical except darker everywhere but his eyes. His battle sprite doesn't even change, [[EverybodyKnewAlready and the battle interface refers to him as "Balthios"]].
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"Balthios"]]. This is an unusual example: the disguise works on the [=PCs=], but the first-time player hasn't met Balthios yet and so has no idea who UH is even supposed to be!



** Also, [[spoiler:Liquid's disguise as Master Miller]] in ''[=MGS1=]'' consisted of little more than [[spoiler:putting his hair up, putting on some sunglasses, and changing his accent. He still had his distinctively dramatic way of speaking. It was pretty easy to see that it was Liquid at first glance.]] This was even more humorous upon the game's original release, as [[spoiler:Master Miller had a ''very'' dark skin tone (not to mention black hair instead of blond hair)]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''.
*** Of course it was retroactively subverted in the rerelease of ''Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake'', and especially in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', where it turns out that [[spoiler:Master Miller]] really did look and sound like that.

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** Also, [[spoiler:Liquid's disguise as Master Miller]] in ''[=MGS1=]'' consisted of little more than [[spoiler:putting his hair up, putting on some sunglasses, and changing his accent. He still had his distinctively dramatic way of speaking. It was pretty easy to see that it was Liquid at first glance.]] This was even more humorous upon the game's original release, as [[spoiler:Master Miller had a ''very'' dark skin tone (not to mention black hair instead of blond hair)]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''.
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''VideoGame/MetalGear2SolidSnake''. Of course it was retroactively subverted in the rerelease of ''Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake'', and especially in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'', where it turns out that [[spoiler:Master Miller]] really did look and sound like that.
16th Nov '17 9:41:34 AM GM_3826
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** The "Ninja" class of Trainers in Pokemon Sapphire/Ruby/Emerald are often disguised as scenery until you pass into their range. However, it's usually a tarp with a ''painting'' of the scenery (usually a tree). Some are disguised better than others; for instance, those who hide in sand mounds look indistinguishable from regular sand mounds.

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** The "Ninja" "Ninja Boy" class of Trainers in Pokemon Sapphire/Ruby/Emerald Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald are often disguised as scenery until you pass into their range. However, it's usually a tarp with a ''painting'' of the scenery (usually a tree). Some are disguised better than others; for instance, those who hide in sand mounds look indistinguishable from regular sand mounds.
16th Nov '17 9:40:16 AM GM_3826
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* Played with in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}} [[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]], probably 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}} [[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]], probably don't have eleven-year-olds in their ranks, and generally aren't sporting pigtails, if you're a female player.
9th Nov '17 3:31:07 PM rjd1922
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** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', one of the members on the sailing crew you join up with is obviously Lord Crump, TheDragon to the head of the X-Nauts. Although no one notices, Crump himself admits that his disguise is pretty bad, and in an aside he does ask the person [[FourthWall 'behind the TV']] not to tell Mario his real identity or else, also lampshading the ridiculousness of the disguise in the process. Since every character in the game is two-dimensional (as in, physically), this is quite literally a PaperThinDisguise.

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** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', "Four-Eyes", one of the members on the sailing crew you join up with is obviously Lord Crump, TheDragon to the head of the X-Nauts. Although no one notices, Crump himself admits that his disguise is pretty bad, and in an aside he does ask the person [[FourthWall 'behind the TV']] not to tell Mario his real identity or else, also lampshading the ridiculousness of the disguise in the process. Since every character in the game is two-dimensional (as in, physically), this is quite literally a PaperThinDisguise.
18th Oct '17 1:05:41 PM HeroicJay
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*** It's zig-zagged with the Vai Clothing, which is necessary to enter Gerudo Town. The Gerudo are an all-female, or "vai," race that do not allow men ("voh") into their town (though it's not that they ''hate'' men--they freely interact with them outside the village). To enter, Link must disguise himself as a vai using a veil, short tunic (which exposes his masculine arms and stomach), and harem pants. Some Gerudo, including the tribe's leader and an elderly woman, immediately see through the ruse, but accept the disguise as necessary due to the town's laws. Others seem somewhat suspicious of the outfit ("What a funny vai you are"), but let it go. It helps that Link is a Hylian, and there aren't many of those in the scalding Gerudo Desert, so it's easy to pass off his odd appearance as a regionalism. However, while it does trick most of the locals into believing Link is a "vai", ''nobody'' is fooled into thinking Link is a ''Gerudo'' (and, yes, you can try to tell a few NPCs that you are.) Even the person who gave you the disguise (who comes a lot closer to looking like a Gerudo than Link does) was unable to convince anyone of being a Gerudo rather than a Hylian.

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*** It's zig-zagged with the Vai Clothing, which is necessary to enter Gerudo Town. The Gerudo are an all-female, or "vai," race that do not allow men ("voh") into their town (though it's not that they ''hate'' men--they freely interact with them outside the village). To enter, Link must disguise himself as a vai using a veil, short tunic (which exposes his masculine arms and stomach), and harem pants. Some Gerudo, including the tribe's leader and an elderly woman, immediately see through the ruse, but accept the disguise as necessary due to the town's laws. Others seem somewhat suspicious of the outfit ("What a funny vai you are"), but let it go. It helps that Link is a Hylian, and there aren't many of those in the scalding Gerudo Desert, so it's easy to pass off his odd appearance as a regionalism. However, while it does trick most of the locals into believing Link is a "vai", ''nobody'' is fooled into thinking Link is a ''Gerudo'' (and, yes, you can try to tell a few NPCs [=NPCs=] that you are.) Even the person who gave you the disguise (who comes a lot closer to looking like a Gerudo than Link does) was unable to convince anyone of being a Gerudo rather than a Hylian.
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