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->''"Mr. Burns, it '''was''' naive of you to think I'd mistake this town's most prominent 104-year-old man for one of my elementary school students."''
-->-- '''Principal Skinner''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
The opposite of LatexPerfection, and often a special case of WigDressAccent. A character that the other characters ''should'' recognize (or at least recognize as not belonging) dons a disguise. This disguise is so completely transparent that the audience wants to shout "For the love of God, it's ''him!''"
The reason may be that they want the audience to know before the character does (a sort of ReverseWhodunnit), but it seems more likely that it's a matter of the character being a SpecialGuest, and the director wanting to get his money's worth out of them.
All the same, you often get TheReveal staged in such a way to make it clear that the director really thought [[ViewersAreMorons you wouldn't have worked it out by now]]. For the more perceptive viewers, it's a case of TheUntwist.
This trope differs from the general case of WigDressAccent in that a WigDressAccent disguise is always plausible. PaperThinDisguise also includes the element of being staged as if the disguise really is convincing, which is not generally present in WigDressAccent.
While this is not quite a DiscreditedTrope, it appears in parody at least as often as it is used seriously. Children's shows still employ this regularly without remorse, and it is a dramatic convention in theatre and opera as the character still needs to be recognizable to the audience from the seats (similar to becoming totally inaudible by walking upstage).
This can sometimes be exaggerated to the point of comedy. For example, you can wear bunny ears and become indistinguishable from a real rabbit, or pretend to be an ancient statue by simply [[NobodyHereButUsStatues standing still in a specific pose]].
Also See ConspicuousTrenchcoat, NotAZombie, NewspaperThinDisguise, ClarkKenting, MrSmith, HughMann, HoldingBothSidesOfTheConversation, CharlieBrownFromOuttaTown, and MostDefinitelyNotAVillain. Can overlap with HijackedByGanon from time to time. Contrast with FullBodyDisguise.