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23rd Nov '16 6:05:59 AM AgentTasmania
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the kids' disguises include Aang wearing a wig and moustache made of Appa-fur and pretending to be an old man, and Sokka and Katara donning a moustache and fake baby-bump respectively and pretending to be Aang's parents. Completely believed every time.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the kids' disguises include Aang wearing a wig and moustache made of Appa-fur and pretending to be an old man, and Sokka and Katara donning a moustache and fake baby-bump respectively and pretending to be Aang's parents. They are two and three years older than Aang and have much darker skin. Completely believed every time.



*** It makes sense with Katara and Sokka most of the time because ([[FridgeLogic for whatever reason]]) the Fire Nation never made wanted posters for them.

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*** It makes sense with Katara and Sokka most of the time because ([[FridgeLogic for whatever reason]]) the Fire Nation never made wanted posters for them. Even then, the Water Tribe ethnicity is pretty visible (darkest skin of any group in the 'verse, for a start) and the Fire Nation is at war with both tribes.
21st Nov '16 9:12:49 AM SignSeeker7
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* "Vincent Adultman" in ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'', who is very obviously [[TotemPoleTrench a group of children stacked together under a trench coat]]. In spite of this, [=BoJack=] is the only person who sees through the disguise ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation or is willing to]]); Princess Carolyn even enters into a relationship with Vincent, believing him the successful manager of [[BlatantLies a business factory]].
13th Nov '16 9:57:10 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' played with this trope a few times.
** In the episode "I Oughta Be in Toons",Lucky Piquel is the only one deceived by Babyface's Mickey Mouse disguise, somehow not noticing that Babyface is tall, obese, and looks more menacing than the real Mickey.
** "Cereal Surreal" has the Wheat Crunchies mascots Slap, Sniffle, and Pop being framed for stealing decoder ring prizes from their own cereal boxes by their would-be replacements Turbo, Banshee, and Kapow, who wear masks with clearly visible seams on them.
** "A Fine Kettle of Toons" has Lucky successfully impersonate Fall Apart Rabbit even though Fall Apart is a short toon rabbit and he is an overweight human.
12th Nov '16 8:11:17 PM JMQwilleran
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* On ''[[Franchise/WinnieThePooh My Friends Tigger & Pooh]]'', the Super Sleuth outfits worn by Tigger and Pooh normally wouldn't be an example, as they aren't actually trying to hide their identities. Lumpy, however, refuses to accept them as being Tigger and Pooh when they're in their outfits, even when Darby tells him that it's just them. He presumably recognizes her because her only special Super Sleuth apparel is a cap with the question mark logo of the Sleuths on it.
10th Nov '16 1:27:50 PM fruitstripegum
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* In the episode "Danger" of ''WesternAnimation/TheTelebugs'', the Telebugs attempt to infiltrate the Angel Palace disguised as children. Said disguises consist of wigs and hats. Naturally, RealityEnsues when Bullybyte is immediately suspicious.
3rd Nov '16 9:22:35 PM nombretomado
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* Alluded to in the ''HomeMovies'' episode "Camp." Coach [=McGuirk=] is on the run from cultists, and among the long list of things he asks from the people he's staying with is a fake mustache. The thing is, in the time since the cultists last saw him, he's ''grown a full beard''. In effect, he wants a "paper-thinner" disguise than the one he already has.

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* Alluded to in the ''HomeMovies'' ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' episode "Camp." Coach [=McGuirk=] is on the run from cultists, and among the long list of things he asks from the people he's staying with is a fake mustache. The thing is, in the time since the cultists last saw him, he's ''grown a full beard''. In effect, he wants a "paper-thinner" disguise than the one he already has.
6th Oct '16 2:43:52 PM StFan
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* In the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013 short ''WesternAnimation/BroncoBusted'', Mickey, Donald, and Goofy decide to compete in a rodeo to get the money they need to repair their car. They find out that they need a horse in order to compete. After they fail to get one, they resort to having Donald pretend to be a horse by walking on all fours wearing nothing but a saddle.

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* In the WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013 ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' short ''WesternAnimation/BroncoBusted'', "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS2E19BroncoBusted Bronco Busted]]", Mickey, Donald, and Goofy decide to compete in a rodeo to get the money they need to repair their car. They find out that they need a horse in order to compete. After they fail to get one, they resort to having Donald pretend to be a horse by walking on all fours wearing nothing but a saddle.
4th Oct '16 5:19:37 AM TroperDoper
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* Done in ''{{WesternAnimation/Mr. Pickles}}'' when our "hero" successfully disguises himself as the deceased mayor of Old Town by wearing his skin and using his severed leg stumps as stilts. Nobody except Grandpa notices this, even Mr. Pickles makes no attempt to act less dog-like. At one point the Deputy Mayor notices something is wrong with her superior, but only bothers to straighten his tie.
12th Sep '16 10:53:39 PM Premonition45
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** Subverted in the episode where Homer gets banned from Moe's Tavern. [[IdenticalStranger Somebody who is "obviously" Homer in a bowler hat with a monocle and fake mustache]] walks into Moe's, speaking in an oddly stilted manner with a British accent. He protests that he's not Homer, but the innocuously named Guy Incognito, but gets beaten up and thrown out anyway. Outside, we see Homer walk past the barely conscious heap of the undisguised patron, then briefly reflect upon the implications of finding a perfect copy of himself. And then on [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny a dog with a puffy tail]].
** In the episode "Marge vs. the Monorail", Mr. Burns tries to pass himself off as "[[SdrawkcabAlias Mr. Snrub]]", wearing nothing unusual besides a long moustache. It does not work. It doesn't help his cause that he's accompanied by an undisguised Smithers.
** In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", Homer, Apu and Seymour are auditioning for a final member to join the quartet. One of the auditionees is "Dr DoLittle", who is, in fact, Chief Wiggum wearing a moustache.
** Possibly the most absurd example of all: in a parody of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', the Count (Homer) removes his mask, and nobody recognizes him. Then he removes his fake mole, and everyone in the room gasps in shock.
** Another example of it not working is where Mr. Burns dresses up in Jimbo's clothes to inform Principal Skinner his [[AntiquatedLinguistics fourth-form chums]] and he think it would be quite [[TotallyRadical corking]] if he were to give the school's new riches to the local energy concern. Naturally Skinner isn't fooled: "It was naive of you to assume I'd mistake this town's most prominent 104 year old man for one of my elementary school students"

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** Subverted in the episode where "Fear of Flying", when Homer gets banned from Moe's Tavern. [[IdenticalStranger Somebody who is "obviously" Homer in a bowler hat with a monocle and fake mustache]] walks into Moe's, speaking in an oddly stilted manner with a British accent. He protests that he's not Homer, but the innocuously named Guy Incognito, but gets beaten up and thrown out anyway. Outside, we see Homer walk past the barely conscious heap of the undisguised patron, then briefly reflect upon the implications of finding a perfect copy of himself. And then on [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny a dog with a puffy tail]].
** In the episode "Marge vs. the Monorail", Mr. Burns tries to pass himself off as "[[SdrawkcabAlias Mr. Snrub]]", wearing nothing unusual besides a long moustache. It does not work. It doesn't help his cause that he's accompanied by an undisguised Smithers.
** In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", Homer, Apu and Seymour are auditioning for a final member to join the quartet. One of the auditionees is "Dr DoLittle", "Dr. Dolittle", who is, in fact, former member Chief Wiggum wearing a moustache.
** Possibly the most absurd example of all: in a parody of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' in "Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Three Times", the Count (Homer) removes his mask, and nobody recognizes him. Then he removes his fake mole, and everyone in the room gasps in shock.
** Another example of it not working is where in "Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part I", when Mr. Burns dresses up in Jimbo's clothes to inform Principal Skinner his [[AntiquatedLinguistics fourth-form chums]] and he think it would be quite [[TotallyRadical corking]] if he were to give the school's new riches to the local energy concern. Naturally Skinner isn't fooled: "It was naive of you to assume I'd mistake this town's most prominent 104 year old man for one of my elementary school students"



** Mr. Burns, Smithers, and an Assassin they hired dress up as Marge, Bart, and Homer respectively in order to infiltrate the nursing home and kill Grampa. Grampa sees through the deception... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint because his family never visits him]].

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** In "Curse of the Flying Hellfish", Mr. Burns, Smithers, and an Assassin they hired dress up as Marge, Bart, and Homer respectively in order to infiltrate the nursing home and kill Grampa. Grampa sees through the deception... [[ComicallyMissingThePoint because his family never visits him]].



** Played straight in an early episode when Bart takes up ballet, and disguises himself by wearing a balaclava - in spite of his distinctive hairstyle remaining clearly visible. Everyone is fooled, and nothing much is made of how ridiculous it is.
** Subverted in one episode where Bart ditched class. When he saw Homer, he quickly pushed his hair forward hoping to fool him. However, Homer has already seen Bart and was afraid the boy would figure out ''[[NotSoDifferent he]]'' ditched work. Homer's disguise was putting a hair comb under his nose as a moustache. Homer and Bart just pretended they didn't recognize each other.

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** Played straight in an early episode "Homer vs. Patty and Selma" when Bart takes up ballet, and disguises himself by wearing a balaclava - in spite of his distinctive hairstyle remaining clearly visible. Everyone is fooled, and nothing much is made of how ridiculous it is.
** Subverted in one episode "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", where Bart ditched class. When he saw Homer, he quickly pushed his hair forward hoping to fool him. However, Homer has already seen Bart and was afraid the boy would figure out ''[[NotSoDifferent he]]'' ditched work. Homer's disguise was putting a hair comb under his nose as a moustache. Homer and Bart just pretended they didn't recognize each other.



** Also used in the episode where Homer becomes the Batman-esque Pie Man. At the end, Marge finally reveals that she always knew, just because it was so obviously him.
** In "Lisa Goes Gaga," Lady Gaga disguised herself by putting on sunglasses and a grey hoodie. However, the hoodie had "GAGA" written on the back in blinking letters and it was rigged with sound effects to make it say, "Gaga Gaga Gaga."

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** Also used in the episode "Simple Simpson" where Homer becomes the Batman-esque Pie Man. At the end, Marge finally reveals that she always knew, just because it was so obviously him.
** In "Lisa Goes Gaga," Lady Gaga Gaga", Music/LadyGaga disguised herself by putting on sunglasses and a grey hoodie. However, the hoodie had "GAGA" written on the back in blinking letters and it was rigged with sound effects to make it say, "Gaga Gaga Gaga."



** One episode shows Rainer Wolfcastle starring in a movie called "Undercover Nerd". His character is shown wearing HollywoodNerd clothing and gives his name as "Melvin Eugene Punymeyer"...but none of this changes the fact that he's a tall, muscular adult man. [[BullyingADragon Two bullies harass him anyway]], and end up [[MadeOfPlasticine with one shoved through the other's torso]] after "Melvin" gives the memorable [[PreAssKickingOneLiner one-liner]] "The geek shall inherit the Earth!"

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** One episode An InUniverse shows up in "The Bart Wants What It Wants", when Rainer Wolfcastle is starring in a movie called "Undercover Nerd". His character is shown wearing HollywoodNerd clothing and gives his name as "Melvin Eugene Punymeyer"...but none of this changes the fact that he's a tall, muscular adult man. [[BullyingADragon Two bullies harass him anyway]], and end up [[MadeOfPlasticine with one shoved through the other's torso]] after "Melvin" gives the memorable [[PreAssKickingOneLiner one-liner]] "The geek shall inherit the Earth!"
6th Sep '16 3:48:22 PM kquinn0830
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** In "Stanny Tendergrass", Roger reveals that he has at least one disguise that each member of the Smith family is unable to see through. Stan doesn't realize he's one of the wealthy members of a country club he works at during the summer, Francine's is a Korean boy who plays with a giant chopstick, Haley's is her sandal repairman, and Steve's is Alicia Wilkner, a girl he went on seven (nine when including times Roger drugged him) dates with.
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