Created By: raisingirl83 on April 17, 2011 Last Edited By: raisingirl83 on June 28, 2017

It's A Wig!

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I've tried searching TV Tropes, and the closest trope I could find is Wig, Dress, Accent. Is there a larger trope that It's A Wig! could be a sub-trope of - the moment played for dramatic reveal, comedy, or quiet sympathy, where what was previously assumed by characters and/or audience to be a head of awesome hair turns out to be a wig? (Wig, Dress, Accent isn't quite it, as that's a recognised and established three-part formula for a character disguising themselves.)
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  • August 16, 2011

    I was looking for this trope and just found the YKTTW. Hence the necromancy.
  • August 16, 2011
    A name like Wig Reveal would be less dialog-like.
  • August 16, 2011
    Wig Reveal works, accurately mirrors other Reveal tropes.
  • August 16, 2011
    Cheers: To cheer up Carla after she learns that she had a drunken One Night Stand with minor character Paul, Sam reveals to her his Dark Secret: he wears a toupee to cover a bald spot.
  • August 16, 2011
    In Austin Powers, he does this to reveal a woman's actually a mook in disguise. Later he tries the same thing with his boss's mother and it turns out it's actually her.
  • August 16, 2011
    A Real Life example -- when Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded, the executioner picked up her head by the hair for the formal announcement ... and the wig Mary always wore pulled loose from her natural hair.
  • August 16, 2011
    The Pokemon anime has an example of this with Blaine. He wears a wig to hide his identity.
  • August 16, 2011
    In [[Tommy Boy]], Richard's toupee almost blows off during their visit to Zalinsky's factory.
  • August 16, 2011
    Gianni Rodari's Gelsomino in the Country of Liars has a magical cat (a coal graffiti that came to life) discover that the Liar King has a wig. The next morning, the king woke up to the sound of laughter, because the cat wrote on a wall with his coal paw: "His Majesty is bald, and this is the truth!"
  • August 16, 2011
    Related to Dodgy Toupee, which is clearly a wig even before it's pulled off.
  • August 17, 2011
    There's a Blooper floating around wherein Phyllis Diller is presenting at an awards show and her wig falls off/is pulled off accidentally.
  • June 28, 2017
    Why haven't YOU put any examples here?
  • June 28, 2017
    Would Luthor pulling off his wig at the end of the first Superman movie count?