Created By: Frodo Goofball CoTV on August 21, 2009
Launched as Mistaken for an Imposter added 2009-06-05 21:28:05 by Evalana as Fake Real Thing Definitely needs a better title. A character is fooled by another character in a costume. Later, the real person/creature that the other character had pretended to be shows up, but the first character thinks it's their friend trying to fool them again. They may berate the person/creature ("Ha ha, nice try, guys") and try to pull off the 'costume,' only to realize it's the real thing and (in the case of a monster) run away screaming. The reverse of the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax. Related to Not a Mask. Examples:
- In an episode of Strawberry Shortcake, Custard and Pupcake dress up as crows to try and fake out a fairy who was Playing Sick. It doesn't work, but later, when a real crow shows up, the fairy derides it for trying to trick her again, and even pulls out a feather before realizing it's the real thing.
- Played with in the Phineas and Ferb episode, "That's My Bigfoot."
- A variation in The Musical Little Me: on a sinking ship, Noble Eggleston continually confronts the Captain, who is trying to flee by disguising himself as a woman. Around the third time or so, he confronts the Captain again, but this time it's actually a woman. He apologizes to her, saying, "I'm terribly sorry, madam. The captain wears the same kind of dress."
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