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29th Apr '16 4:51:35 PM WillBGood
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** Averted with Matilda's co-worker Martin; even ''Matilda'' didn't realise he wasn't a human with a perpetual smirk and BlindingBangs until he opened his [[{{cyclops}} single giant eye}} and undid his jacket to expose his BellyMouth.

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** Averted with Matilda's co-worker Martin; even ''Matilda'' didn't realise he wasn't a human with a perpetual smirk and BlindingBangs until he opened his [[{{cyclops}} single giant eye}} eye]] and undid his jacket to expose his BellyMouth.
27th Mar '16 3:51:43 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* ''Webcomic/DepressionComix'' has this trope as a side effect of using cards with big smiles drawn on them and held over a character's mouth whenever they're [[StepfordSmiler faking happiness]].
27th Nov '15 4:36:08 PM Twiddler
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* ''{{Webcomic/Paranatural}}'': The vice-principal spies on the group of kids playing [[{{CalvinBall}} Hitball]] with a disguise that consists on covering herself on a camo-print blanket and moving around a small child-shaped marionette while using bad TotallyRadical speech. Somehow, nobody thinks this is weird (though [[CityOfAdventure Mayview]] has some odd standards regarding what "weird" is).
--> '''Vice-principal''': Dag sons! These barnhouds are wiggity-wiggity worse than homework! Let's show them our pep, fellow youths! Xbox, hoo!\\

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* ''{{Webcomic/Paranatural}}'': The vice-principal spies on the group of kids playing [[{{CalvinBall}} Hitball]] Hitball with a disguise that consists on covering herself on a camo-print blanket and moving around a small child-shaped marionette while using bad TotallyRadical speech. Somehow, nobody thinks this is weird (though [[CityOfAdventure Mayview]] has some odd standards regarding what "weird" is).
--> '''Vice-principal''': Dag sons! These barnhouds Barnhounds are wiggity-wiggity worse than homework! Let's show them our pep, fellow youths! Xbox, hoo!\\
7th Nov '15 6:29:39 PM eddurd
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* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', two aliens stranded on Earth disguise themselves ... by [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=160859 wearing glasses]]. Later, it's revealed that they're using an "Adams field", a ShoutOut to the [[WeirdnessCensor Somebody Else's Problem field]] used in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''.

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* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', two aliens stranded on Earth disguise themselves ... by [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=160859 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2080280/a-clever-disguise/ wearing glasses]]. Later, it's revealed that they're using an "Adams field", a ShoutOut to the [[WeirdnessCensor Somebody Else's Problem field]] used in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''.
7th Nov '15 6:27:07 PM eddurd
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in '' Webcomic/SkinHorse'' [[http://skin-horse.com/comics/07222008/ here]].

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in '' Webcomic/SkinHorse'' [[http://skin-horse.com/comics/07222008/ com/comic/for-cia-training/ here]].
7th Nov '15 6:24:08 PM eddurd
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** Mr. Mighty is able to go undercover just by wearing a [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2122086/its-punch-flavored/ hat and trench coat]], or [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1879640/superior-skills/ Groucho glasses.]]
29th Oct '15 4:48:47 AM Nohbody
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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', in which several aliens and magical beings successfully disguise themselves with shirts and hats reading things such as "Homo Sapiens" or "Ordinary Student". [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2006-03-26 This filler comic]] serves as an example.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', in which ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** In a parody of the trope,
several aliens and magical beings successfully disguise themselves with shirts and hats reading things such as "Homo Sapiens" or "Ordinary Student". [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2006-03-26 This filler comic]] serves as an example.



* ''Webcomic/GeorgeTheDragon'' is infamous for using and abusing this particular trope, usually to the disgrace of any human beings present.
** [[http://www.drunkduck.com/George_the_Dragon/index.php?p=538474 This]] is an example where the dragon 'sneaks' into a top secret meeting of the Dragon Hunters Anonymous.
* Also parodied in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' where the bad guys sneak into a castle by hiding behind a banner with "Doin' fine" on it.

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* ''Webcomic/GeorgeTheDragon'' is infamous for using and abusing this particular trope, usually to the disgrace of any human beings present.
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present. [[http://www.drunkduck.com/George_the_Dragon/index.php?p=538474 This]] is an example where the dragon 'sneaks' into a top secret meeting of the Dragon Hunters Anonymous.
* Also parodied in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' where ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'':
** In one storyline,
the bad guys sneak into a castle by hiding behind a banner with "Doin' fine" on it.



* [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=10&issue=3 Parodied]] in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', where the doctor tries to achieve this using only a name tag. No one's fooled -- the mask, you know -- but they play along. In fact, every single time he tries to disguise himself, he leaves his mask on. Apparently ContractualGenreBlindness is not just for villains these days.

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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja:
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[[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=10&issue=3 Parodied]] in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Parodied]], where the doctor tries to achieve this using only a name tag. No one's fooled -- the mask, you know -- but they play along. In fact, every single time he tries to disguise himself, he leaves his mask on. Apparently ContractualGenreBlindness is not just for villains these days.



* [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01691.htm This]] ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' strip has literally a paper disguise. Granted, earlier havoc started by Sam [[WeNeedADistraction had everyone's attention focused elsewhere]]. May be a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', since Amaterasu and Florence are both wolves. See the VideoGames section, above.
** Qwerty and Dvorak [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01965.htm should have worn dark glasses]].
** With their ''[[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence robots]]'' even this would be too sneaky. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01290.htm This one]] believed when robots that disassembled him, basically, ''told'' him they're ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01289.htm handless models]]''. It gets better when Edge turns ''off'' his transponder, other robots don't even recognize him as a robot. Conversely, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02005.htm recognize as a robot]] anything with a proper transponder.
*** Robots are programmed to identify each other by transponder signal -- which makes sense as they can move their "brains" around. It also makes a perfect disguise, to the point that they can [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02009.htm have a masquerade]] this way (also that motorcycle? [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02258.htm Gets used later]]). And see "ghosts". They are not stupid or gullible, they just don't have the necessary shape recognition algorithms.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'':
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[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01691.htm This]] ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' strip has literally a paper disguise. Granted, disguise, a smiley face drawn on a piece of paper that's secured over Florence's face, successful due to earlier havoc started by Sam [[WeNeedADistraction had having everyone's attention focused elsewhere]]. May be a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', since Amaterasu and Florence are both wolves. See the VideoGames section, above.
elsewhere]].
** Qwerty and Dvorak Dvorak, mostly humanoid robots but identifiably not human, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01965.htm should have worn dark glasses]].
** With Robots primarily identify one another by their ''[[SlidingScaleOfRobotIntelligence robots]]'' even this transponders, not external appearance as would be too sneaky.humans. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01290.htm This one]] believed when robots that disassembled him, basically, ''told'' him they're ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01289.htm handless models]]''. It gets better when Edge turns ''off'' his transponder, other robots don't even recognize him as a robot. Conversely, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02005.htm they recognize as a robot]] anything with a proper transponder.
*** Robots are programmed to identify each other by transponder signal -- which makes sense as they can move their "brains" around. It also makes a perfect disguise, to the point that they can [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2100/fc02009.htm have a masquerade]] this way (also that motorcycle? [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02258.htm Gets used later]]). And see "ghosts". They are not stupid or gullible, they just don't have the necessary shape recognition algorithms.
transponder.



* In some early ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strips, Aylee went out in public wearing a hat and trenchcoat to disguise her alien appearance, which surprisingly worked. In her latest form, she goes through much more effort to create her disguise.

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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
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In some early ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strips, Aylee went out in public wearing a hat and trenchcoat to disguise her alien appearance, which surprisingly worked. In her latest form, she goes through much more effort to create her disguise.



* [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20050211.html A sign]] [[Webcomic/ExterminatusNow reading "Lamp - Not Eastwood."]]

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* ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'':
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[[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20050211.html A sign]] [[Webcomic/ExterminatusNow sign reading "Lamp - Not Eastwood."]]



* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has pink fur, a large beak, and a peppermint-stripe tail ... yet she can pass in public just by wearing a [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20070501.html suit and fake moustache]].
** And in [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20111129.html this strip]], Molly ''[[LampshadeHanging exemplifies]]'' this trope!
-->'''Tall Canadian Scientist:''' Pourquoi le bag, Mademoiselle?
-->'''Molly:''' Oh, um... '''acne!'''
* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', two aliens stranded on Earth disguise themselves ... by [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=160859 wearing glasses]].
** Later, it's revealed that they're using an "Adams field", a ShoutOut to the [[WeirdnessCensor Somebody Else's Problem field]] used in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''.

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* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has pink fur, a large beak, and a peppermint-stripe tail ... yet she can pass in public just by wearing a [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20070501.html suit and fake moustache]].
**
moustache]]. And in [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20111129.html this strip]], Molly ''[[LampshadeHanging exemplifies]]'' this trope!
-->'''Tall Canadian Scientist:''' Pourquoi le bag, Mademoiselle?
-->'''Molly:'''
Mademoiselle?\\
'''Molly:'''
Oh, um... '''acne!'''
* In ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', two aliens stranded on Earth disguise themselves ... by [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=160859 wearing glasses]].
**
glasses]]. Later, it's revealed that they're using an "Adams field", a ShoutOut to the [[WeirdnessCensor Somebody Else's Problem field]] used in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything''.



-->'''Miri:''' I'd be more concerned about how well that went if I wasn't still hung up on why you had a maid uniform in a single-person space craft on an exploratory mission."
-->'''Spiff:''' A prepared explorer never neglects the possibility he'll need a disguise.
-->'''Miri:''' But why a human female housecleaner disguise?
-->'''Spiff:''' ...

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-->'''Miri:''' I'd be more concerned about how well that went if I wasn't still hung up on why you had a maid uniform in a single-person space craft on an exploratory mission."
-->'''Spiff:'''
"\\
'''Spiff:'''
A prepared explorer never neglects the possibility he'll need a disguise.
-->'''Miri:'''
disguise.\\
'''Miri:'''
But why a human female housecleaner disguise?
-->'''Spiff:''' ...
disguise?\\
'''Spiff:''' ...



* In ''Webcomic/StepMonster'', Matilda's usual efforts to disguising herself as a human consist of squeezing herself into a shirt and pants. Matilda is eight feet tall, weighs six hundred pounds, has horns like a bull, is covered in fur, and generally looks like a cartoony dragon-creature. It works flawlessly; humans don't seem to be able to recognize she's not human until and unless she actually takes the clothes off first. Even Roy, initially meeting her on his first day with child services, simply thinks of her as being a very tall and rather chubby human woman.

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* In ''Webcomic/StepMonster'', ''Webcomic/StepMonster'':
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Matilda's usual efforts to disguising herself as a human consist of squeezing herself into a shirt and pants. Matilda is eight feet tall, weighs six hundred pounds, has horns like a bull, is covered in fur, and generally looks like a cartoony dragon-creature. It works flawlessly; humans don't seem to be able to recognize she's not human until and unless she actually takes the clothes off first. Even Roy, initially meeting her on his first day with child services, simply thinks of her as being a very tall and rather chubby human woman.



--> '''Vice-principal''': Dag sons! These barnhouds are wiggity-wiggity worse than homework! Let's show them our pep, fellow youths! Xbox, hoo!
--> '''Kid 1''': That normal kid is right!
--> '''Kid 2''': I think it's cool that he levitates!

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--> '''Vice-principal''': Dag sons! These barnhouds are wiggity-wiggity worse than homework! Let's show them our pep, fellow youths! Xbox, hoo!
-->
hoo!\\
'''Kid 1''': That normal kid is right!
-->
right!\\
'''Kid 2''': I think it's cool that he levitates!levitates!
----
7th Aug '15 11:17:44 AM Medinoc
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* ''{{Webcomic/Paranatural}}'': The vice-principal spies on the group of kids playing [[{{CalvinBall}} Hitball]] with a disguise that consists on covering herself on a camo-print blanket and moving around a small child-shaped marionette while using bad TotallyRadical speech. Somehow, nobody thinks this is weird.

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* ''{{Webcomic/Paranatural}}'': The vice-principal spies on the group of kids playing [[{{CalvinBall}} Hitball]] with a disguise that consists on covering herself on a camo-print blanket and moving around a small child-shaped marionette while using bad TotallyRadical speech. Somehow, nobody thinks this is weird.weird (though [[CityOfAdventure Mayview]] has some odd standards regarding what "weird" is).
8th Jul '15 2:33:52 PM Shadoboy
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* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'': June's identity isn't even close to obscured by her magical girl dress. That doesn't stop her from trying to pretend she has a secret identity (to no avail).

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* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'': June's identity isn't even close to obscured by her magical girl dress. That doesn't stop her from trying to pretend she has a secret identity (to no avail).avail).
* ''{{Webcomic/Paranatural}}'': The vice-principal spies on the group of kids playing [[{{CalvinBall}} Hitball]] with a disguise that consists on covering herself on a camo-print blanket and moving around a small child-shaped marionette while using bad TotallyRadical speech. Somehow, nobody thinks this is weird.
--> '''Vice-principal''': Dag sons! These barnhouds are wiggity-wiggity worse than homework! Let's show them our pep, fellow youths! Xbox, hoo!
--> '''Kid 1''': That normal kid is right!
--> '''Kid 2''': I think it's cool that he levitates!
22nd Feb '15 2:36:24 AM TheUnsquished
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* [[http://www.drunkduck.com/I_Was_Kidnapped_By_Lesbian_Pirates_From_Outer_Space/index.php?p=316273 Parodied yet again]] in [[http://www.drunkduck.com/I_Was_Kidnapped_By_Lesbian_Pirates_From_Outer_Space/index.php I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space]] where the paper-thin disguise is a [[{{Superman}} pair of glasses]].

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* [[http://www.drunkduck.com/I_Was_Kidnapped_By_Lesbian_Pirates_From_Outer_Space/index.php?p=316273 Parodied yet again]] in [[http://www.''[[http://www.drunkduck.com/I_Was_Kidnapped_By_Lesbian_Pirates_From_Outer_Space/index.php I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space]] Space]]'' where the paper-thin disguise is a [[{{Superman}} [[Franchise/{{Superman}} pair of glasses]].



* Subverted in "SuperTemps" as most people see right through the disguises, and just go along with it anyway because the supers themselves are loopy and rather sensitive. Bonus points for the fact that many of the ''supers themselves'' not only buy into each others' paper-thin disguises but also think that the civilian populace's paper-thin facade of being fooled is real.

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* Subverted in "SuperTemps" "Webcomic/SuperTemps" as most people see right through the disguises, and just go along with it anyway because the supers themselves are loopy and rather sensitive. Bonus points for the fact that many of the ''supers themselves'' not only buy into each others' paper-thin disguises but also think that the civilian populace's paper-thin facade of being fooled is real.



* The ''{{Buttersafe}}'' strip [[http://buttersafe.com/2010/07/22/the-essence-of-being-human/ "The Essence of Being Human"]] features an enormous, disgusting EldritchAbomination with multiple tentacles and mouths all over its body. It disguises itself using an extremely small mask. A passerby accuses it of being a monster...until the creature suggests "watching cat videos on the Internet." The passerby then immediately warns the hideous beast that "there's a monster somewhere around here pretending to be a human."

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* The ''{{Buttersafe}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Buttersafe}}'' strip [[http://buttersafe.com/2010/07/22/the-essence-of-being-human/ "The Essence of Being Human"]] features an enormous, disgusting EldritchAbomination with multiple tentacles and mouths all over its body. It disguises itself using an extremely small mask. A passerby accuses it of being a monster...until the creature suggests "watching cat videos on the Internet." The passerby then immediately warns the hideous beast that "there's a monster somewhere around here pretending to be a human."
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