Created By: Twilord on December 6, 2011 Last Edited By: Twilord on January 7, 2012

What a cute doll, where can I get one?

When a cute enough monster that lies perfectly limp will be mistaken for a doll as part of the masquerade.

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In the mon genre, and in other urban fantasy shows, if the main character has an imp, fairy, monster, or even robot companion of small enough size the creature will probably be able to pose as a doll.

This allows for the creature to blend into its surrounding and allows for it to be seen in public. Allowing the writers to explain how the companion is able to be on the scene without being exposed.

This tends to lead to moments of comedy when either an undisciplined child tries to play with the main character's "doll" without permission, (or even with it if the main character is Jerkass). The two other possibilities include a stranger commenting that a proud warrior creature is adorable or that a particularly vain creature is horrifyingly creepy.

Anime
  • The cast of both Digimon Adventure seasons did this often.
    • In later Digimon shows this was done with only the more adorable creatures.
  • In CardCaptors Sakura's guide Kero, in his 'lesser form', does this.

Film - Live Action:
  • In E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the title character hides in a closet containing several very large stuffed animals. It works. Fortunately for him, the children present are already aware of The Masquerade.

Western Animation
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "The Chronicles of Meap": Candace mistakes Meap for a Bangeroo robot the boys souped up.
    • There's at least a couple instances where Perry would lie still and be mistaken for a toy.
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  • December 6, 2011
    moocow1452
  • December 6, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Thought we had this already...

    Would this count?

    Film - Live Action:
    • In ET The Extra Terrestrial, the title character hides in a closet containing several very large stuffed animals. It works. Fortunately for him, the children present are already aware of The Masquerade.
  • December 6, 2011
    Desertopa
    In Persona 4, Teddie passes for a doll during the Tatsumi Port Island vacation. However, he actually is some sort of animate doll creature until he grows a body. When he's not staying perfectly still, people tend to assume he's a guy in some sort of mascot costume.
  • December 6, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Phineas And Ferb:
      • "The Chronicles of Meap": Candace mistakes Meap for a Bangeroo robot the boys souped up.
      • There's at least a couple instances where Perry would lie still and be mistaken for a toy.
  • December 6, 2011
    Oreochan
  • December 6, 2011
    c0ry
    If this is relevant, an unusually literal version of this trope occurs in the Toy Story movies; whatever scheme the animate toys may be up to, if they simply drop and lie still, they are mistaken for mundane objects.
  • December 7, 2011
    Twilord
    Harmless Doll Disguise is good, but I just had another idea: "What A Doll"

    But yeah, Harmless Doll Disguise is probably better.

    Also those one and two I had at the top? Those were meant to be what I have there now.
  • December 8, 2011
    Chabal2
    Animorphs: One book has the Chee suffer universal paralysis, including the holographic fields that show them as human instead of canine androids. Rachel and Cassie run into one at the mall, and stall for time until help arrives by hiding him in a science-fiction store and pretending he's a ridiculously expensive cooking robot.

  • January 7, 2012
    miru
    Tails pulls this off in an episode of Sonic X
  • January 7, 2012
    Duncan
    Semi-example in The Indian In The Cupboard. Semi-, in that the two characters who have to pull this off are Living Toys to begin with.
  • January 7, 2012
    scatterclubs
    Inanimate Doll Disguise gives a pretty good picture of what the trope is about.
  • January 7, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    "What a cute doll, where can I get one?" is a quote trope, which is usually discouraged. But all the same, I like it.
  • January 7, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • January 7, 2012
    LeeM
    Clearly related to Nobody Here But Us Statues. In both cases the subject tries to avoid detection by imitating a lifelike but usually inanimate object. In fact that would be a good description for a supertrope of the two.
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