Sometimes celebrity cameos feel like quick cash-ins to bolster ratings or otherwise catch people's attention with something unrelated to the work as a whole. This trope is an alternative to celebrity jokes, you make their appearance more like an Easter Egg rather than a One-Scene Wonder. This is usually accomplished through heavy make-up, creative costuming or sharp camera angles Compare Fake Shemp, Sometimes overlaps with Not Named in Opening Credits. Not to be confused with Not Quite Starring. Examples: Film
- Sarah Michelle Gellar has a cameo in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog as an extra in the town hall scene. She's wearing a stark black wig and big sunglasses to the point she is unrecognizable unless she is singled out.
- Tom Cruise as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, which was meant to be a big surprise to the movie-going audiences until it was spoiled just before the movie opened. He was balding with facial hair and thick glasses, in addition to Playing Against Type as a foul-mouthed studio executive.
- Cate Blanchett plays Nicholas Angel's love interest in a single scene in Hot Fuzz. While uncredited and wearing a surgical mask, making her nigh unrecognizable. Also, Peter Jackson makes a very short appearance in a flashback while dressed as Santa Claus.
- Scott Bakula does a voiceover in Source Code, which you wouldn't know unless you looked at the credits.
- Samuel L. Jackson makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-him appearance as the wedding piano player in Kill Bill.
- In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Weber—Indy's contact who put him, Willie and Shorty on the plane—is played by a barely recognizable (and oddly accented) Dan Aykroyd.
- The Film of the Series of both The Saint and the British Series The Avengers had cameos of the original Actors (Roger Moore playing Simon Templar and Patrick Macnee playing John Steed) only as Voice Actors (on a Car Radio and as an invisible Man).
- You might think that Stan Lee doesn't have a cameo in Kick-Ass but he does - he's in a big crowd scene. He's usually front and center of all his cameos.
- Lucy Lawless is in Spider-Man for all of 3 seconds. She wears a curly wig and speaks with a heavy New Yorker accent. ("Guy with eight hands. Sounds hot."}
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine has an oft-recurring character named Morn, who never speaks and sits at the bar. The character is an alien, and the actor is in makeup that completely obscures his face. In the episode named "Who mourns for Morn", Morn dies, and the bar owner, Quark gives an eulogy. The actor who played Morn appeared without his makeup as a Bajoran customer.
- In the classic Doctor Who serial The Ice Warriors, the first appearance of the Ice Warriors, the Ice Warrior leader Varga is played by Carry On film star Bernard Bresslaw. Under a very large amount of green fibreglass.
- In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Manhunt", Mick Fleetwood under huge amounts of makeup plays an Antedean dignitary who spends 99% of his screen time in Suspended Animation. His one line is dubbed.
Hello, Unknown Troper. You'll need to get known to lend a hand here.