Created By: raisingirl83 on April 17, 2011 Last Edited By: raisingirl83 on January 10, 2018

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
    Surenity

    I was looking for this trope and just found the YKTTW. Hence the necromancy.
  • August 16, 2011
    FastEddie
    A name like Wig Reveal would be less dialog-like.
  • August 16, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Wig Reveal works, accurately mirrors other Reveal tropes.
  • August 16, 2011
    randomsurfer
    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
    Bisected8
    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
    Antigone3
    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
    Insignificant
    The Pokemon anime has an example of this with Blaine. He wears a wig to hide his identity.
  • August 16, 2011
    MegSweets
    In [[Tommy Boy]], Richard's toupee almost blows off during their visit to Zalinsky's factory.
  • August 16, 2011
    Tiiba
    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
    TonyG
    Related to Dodgy Toupee, which is clearly a wig even before it's pulled off.
  • August 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    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
    AmourMitts
    Why haven't YOU put any examples here?
  • June 28, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    Would Luthor pulling off his wig at the end of the first Superman movie count?
  • January 7, 2018
    Grojfan
    This trope is often used in comedies, where a man, usually a handsome, but egotistical doctor or newscaster, will have his beautiful hair fall off, revealing that it's actually a wig, covering up a hideous bald spot.

    Family Guy: It turned out Glenn Quagmire wore a toupee in "The Old Man and the Big C", and when this went public, he was humiliated. Total Drama: During the second season, it was a running gag for Heather to lose her wig, exposing her shaved head. The Cleveland Show: Donna's lush black hair is completely fake, because underneath is curly gray old lady hair.
  • January 8, 2018
    eroock
    Dodgy Toupee covers accidental wig reveals.
  • January 8, 2018
    Snicka
    ^ Are you suggesting this trope should be limited to intentional wig reveals?
  • January 8, 2018
    Snicka
    Also, Wig Reveal is a fun name because it sounds sort of like "big reveal".
  • January 8, 2018
    AndreaTx
    Well the wig wouldn't be described as "awesome", but the season 5 season finale reveals that the castaway beard viewers saw Oliver Queen with in the season 1 premiere of Arrow was actually an in-universe fake beard. In the intervening seasons, the audience sees Oliver leave the island multiple times and a long running question is "When will he return long enough to grow that super long beard we saw?" The answer turns out to be he doesn't. This example is particularly interesting because Stephen Amell is also wearing a terrible wig to give him long hair in the flashbacks, but the audience is supposed to believe that the hair is real and the beard is fake.
  • January 8, 2018
    Skylite
    • The Loud House: Lisa is revealed to be bald as a cue ball (or with her green, pulsating brain showing) under her wig.
  • January 9, 2018
    Tarhalindur
    Looks like the author didn't really put much effort into the Trope Launch Pad. Now, I'm not saying it's not a bad idea, I'm just saying it needs work before I will give it a hat.
  • January 9, 2018
    henke37
    • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic had Pinkie Pie's first impression with Cranky involve misplacing his wig and obliviously shouting to the entire crowd "Does anyone have a wig?".
  • January 10, 2018
    SquirrelGuy
    At the very end of Superman: The Movie, Lex Luthor removes his toupee before proudly introducing himself to the prison warden. Otherwise, Lex had the wig on throughout the whole picture. (Lex has been bald since a younger age, but I think the reasons for it vary with the medium. There's even one animated continuity where the baldness was Superman's fault, which is why Lex is his enemy in the first place.)
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