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When a character uses physical props to disguise themselves. This is a staple of SpyDrama, where the hero will often use a wig and dress and affect an accent, thus the name of the trope. For impersonating a man, a fake mustache and beard may be used for extra facial concealment, and the dress is ([[{{Crossdresser}} usually]]) counterindicated.

While never as impenetrable a disguise as LatexPerfection, this disguise is usually plausible and may even fool the audience as well as other characters. If it isn't plausible, then it's a PaperThinDisguise.

Sometimes two boys will do this to be [[TotemPoleTrench a tall woman in a trench coat]].

See also ClarkKenting for how a disguise can be complemented by mannerisms and behaviors.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Happens quite often in OsamuTezuka's works. In {{Phoenix}}, the protagonist disguises himself as a surprisingly attractive maiden to get himself closer and kill the rival king.
* In one episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Ash has to dress up like a girl to get into one of the gyms to battle its leader for a badge. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1141848330152.jpg Here]] is the result.
** Jessie and James have a tendency to do this in a number of episodes, usually involving some {{Gender Swap}}ping and including, but not limited to, dressing as vikings, PokÚmon stylists and traditional Japanese samurai.
* An episode of ''OutlawStar'' involves Gene dressing up as a woman so he can enter an all-female wrestling tournament. He is defeated in the first round. There was at least the explanation that they bribed the judges, and the one guy who knew him, but was not in on the plan, recognized him instantly. In the same episode, Aisha infiltrated the competition by stealing the costume of one of the regular entrants, since Ctarl-Ctarl weren't allowed to enter.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' has an interesting take on this: a wig, dress, and an affected voice is quite literally all [[spoiler:Johan]] needs to fool the ''reader''. (Don't forget, in the Anime, some make-up for skin tone.)
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** The cheerleaders do this while [[DatePeepers spying]] on Konoka and Negi in Akihabara (they thought it was [[NotADate a date]], but was really NotWhatItLooksLike.
** When they get to the Magic World, just about everyone does this to disguise themselves, using [[CatGirl Cat Ears, Tails]], and [[{{Meganekko}} Glasses]].
* Misa does this twice in ''Manga/DeathNote'': once to avoid being spotted by Light and L in Aoyama, and once to trade places with a friend in order to get close to Higuchi.
* ''RanmaOneHalf'': When Ranma Saotome needs further disguise than what his GenderBender [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting Jusenky˘ curse]] can provide, this trope is more or less how he goes about it. Though he does on occasion go a step further by pretending to be a {{Meganekko}} (see the Japanese Nanniichuan and Ry˘ga & Akane's First date storylines) or applying make-up and other accessories (lipstick on date with Tatewaki, make-up powder when pretending to be Ry˘ga's fiancÚe, etc.). This trope tends to work because the people he plays it against are either desperately lonely (Ry˘ga), [[LoveableSexManiac utter perverts]] (Happ˘sai) [[BlindWithoutEm have rotten vision]] (Mousse) or are just plain stupid (Tatewaki Kun˘). And even he was surprised it worked the first time he tried it: he was expecting Ry˘ga to see through it, though since it did work, he does it again and again.
* In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when Ed goes on the run he spends some time transmuting his hair a dark green and wearing platform shoes (to disguise his trademark short height). The disguise actually works remarkably well, even for the viewer.
* Yozak from KyouKaraMaou, everyone's favourite spy, has this as his first resort. He carries around a dress for good luck. For a [[http://media.photobucket.com/image/yozak%20kyou%20kara%20maou/Isha-libran/Bishies/yozak.jpg huge, muscular man]], it's [[http://img1.lln.crunchyroll.com/i/spire3/686e3a797f9c50500c7cde71985059841280174897_full.jpg surprisingly]] [[http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v642/StarRose/Kyou%20Kara%20Maou/KKM%20gifs/?action=viewĄt=yozak-breasts-LARGE.gif effective.]]
* Minoru in ''Manga/AKB49RenaiKinshiJourei'' relies on a blond wig, a change in dress and a heightened voice to [[WholesomeCrossdresser disguise himself]] as "Minori".
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'': Yagi tries to do this in chapter 170, going InTheHood and wearing SunglassesAtNight. Yuu isn't fooled for a second.
* OlŔander fools Lupin & gang in ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'' with a wig and dress. Obviously, Inspector Zenigata is taking lessons from Lupin, now. Zenigata had disguised her as Emerah when Lupin announced that he would steal General Headhunter's daughter.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* When {{Thor}} lost his ability to transform into a nebbish doctor, some of his fellow Avengers (in their series) took him out to see "some guys they knew," to help him work up a "civilian" hairstyle and outfits. On the way out there's a shout-out to Clark Kent.
* When Dinah Lance (either of them) fights crime as the ComicBook/BlackCanary, she wears a disguise consisting of a wig and a [[{{Stripperiffic}} stripper-like]] outfit. Even though her face is covered up even less than [[ClarkKenting Clark Kent]], she still maintains a secret identity.
** Hey, [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer nobody]] is [[DistractedByTheSexy looking at her face]]...
* In the ''[[ComicBook/SuperMarioAdventures Super Mario World]]'' comic, Luigi swaps clothes with Princess Peach (or Toadstool) and dons a wig to infiltrate the Koopa Kids' stronghold, in which Mario is kept. In his defense, he at least tried to hide his face with a mask, which also justified her deep voice as "having a nasty cold."
** Peach also disguised herself as Luigi, in a comic. The difference in size between herself and Luigi was [[TotemPoleTrench made up for with Bob-ombs]].
* There are quite a few examples in ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'', particularly the Thompson twins, who fail utterly. Tintin is also known to do it a fair bit, and several villains have tried to pull beards off certain men of short stature who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time -- needless to say, Tintin shows up on the next page having hidden in a large Chinese vase or having been disguised as a black waiter. In another story, Tintin and the Captain don burqas in Arabia in order to get out of the city where there is a bounty on their head -- Snowy is carried in a vase on the Captain's head. Of course, the alarm is raised when a real Arabian woman tries to speak with them.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[Main/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]] does this a lot, to mixed success. He is so committed to being the MasterOfDisguise he thinks he is that the proprietor of the costume shop he frequents is a minor recurring character.
* In the ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz are disguised as men in one scene. Maybe it was Lucy Liu in her dominatrix outfit who distracted everyone.
* The whole premise of the Wayans brothers' ''Film/WhiteChicks''.
* Subverted in ''ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar''. When the three drag queens are stranded in a Midwestern hick town, it seems that the townsfolk don't know the true sex of the "career girls". However, it's revealed at the end that they knew for awhile and simply didn't care.
* In the first ''Film/ScoobyDoo'' live action movie, dogs aren't allowed on the plane, so Shaggy brings his grandma...
* Used in ''TwelveMonkeys'' [[spoiler:at the end, the protagonists use store bought disguises (a glued on mustache for the man and a blonde wig for the woman) to get through airport security and escape to Florida.]]
* In the Universal film ''SherlockHolmes and the Secret Weapons'', his disguise as a German book salesman. Sherlock doesn't typically appear at the very beginning of the films and the make-up work was very good. Much more noticeable in the earlier ''Hound of the Baskervilles'' film.
** Guy Ritchie's more recent movie also featured a scene where Sherlock adopted a fake nose, hat, eye patch, and some stones in his mouth to disguise himself.
* FBI Agent Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) in ''TheBoondockSaints'' dresses up as a woman and hams up a Brooklyn accent to help out the brothers, completely (and I do mean ''completely'' in one case) fooling two mob goons.
* Nathaniel from ''{{Enchanted}}''.
* Chevy Chase in ''Fletch'' swaps into and out of about 10 different disguises throughout the film. Including insurance adjuster, busboy, vagrant and basketball star (with afro and going one-on-one vs Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
* In Disney's ''{{Condorman}}'', this is used twice. First, after TheHero Woody and DefectorFromCommieLand Natalia have been arrested by local cops, his {{Sidekick}} Harry shows up in a trenchcoat, fake glasses and moustache, and a truly absurd accent to spring them. Second, after [[spoiler:Natalia gets captured by the BigBad]], Woody and Harry together don ArabOilSheikh disguises to infiltrate the palace and pull off a rescue.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Indy, swapping hats with Elsa, poses as a Scottish art collector to trick his way into Castle Brunwald.
-->'''Butler:''' If you are a Scottish lord, then [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba I am Mickey Mouse!]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Played in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. Most characters' disguises involve some combination of these or similar items, and the three stages of V.F.D.'s disguise trainingŚ Veiled Facial Disguises, Various Finery Disguises, and Voice Fakery Disguises Ś resemble this trope.
* Subverted in a ''Bureau 13'' novel: an agent "disguises" himself by putting on a wig that looks like his own hair, colored contacts the same color as his real eyes, subtle makeup, and wears shoes that look like they have lifts (but really don't). When enemy agents look at him they easily spot the wig, contacts, makeup, and shoes and assume that they're seeing a decoy, not the agent himself.
* SherlockHolmes successfully pulls this off a few times, even fooling his best friend Watson.
** In ''A Scandal in Bohemia'', the tables are turned on Sherlock when opera singer Irene Adler disguises herself a man so successfully that she's even able to wish the detective a good night without him recognizing her as the woman he's supposed to be investigating.
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' this is played straight by the [[spoiler:only male in the group]] acting as a washerwoman to get into the enemy base [[spoiler:(who fools the guards but not the other washerwomen who let him continue the charade because he seems to enjoy it)]] but it fails when [[spoiler:the female soldiers (who have been pretending to be male)]] don the same disguise and are stopped by the guards. Of course, they get around this [[spoiler:just by having one of them lift her dress...]]
** In ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', in order to enter a clicky theatre without being found out, the wizards of UU remove their hats and use some wire to make their beards look like cheap fake beards. It works surprisingly well; no one would assume a guy in fake beard and without the trademark hat would be a wizard.
*** Re-visited in ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', when Mrs. Proust disguises Tiffany's genuine witch hat by sprinkling glitter on it and attaching an "Apprentice Witch Hat, AM $2.50" costume-shop label to its brim.
** Though wizards occasionally have trouble letting go of the hat; in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', Conina suggests Rincewind could avoid getting lynched as a wizard simply by taking off his hat and not be a wizard at the moment. Rincewind has severe trouble wrapping his mind around the concept, particularly "not be a wizard".
** In ''The Science of Discworld II: The Globe'', the wizards have to disguise the Librarian to hide him from some eighteenth-century Englishmen. A dress and a large hat is all it takes to convince them that he's a Spanish lady. The Librarian ''is an orang-utan''.
** In ''Discworld/TheTruth'', Gaspode the Wonder Dog (a terrier mix) is disguised as a poodle named Trixiebell, so the thugs out hunting for Wuffles (another terrier) won't catch him. Gaspode's disguise, applied under duress by Anhk-Morpork's premiere grooming shop, consists largely of an all-body pink dye job.
* ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse:
** Leia's childhood friend, Winter Celchu, was frequently mistaken for Leia, due to Leia's tomboyishness and Winter's more ladylike behavior. As they grew older and joined the Rebellion, they had the bright idea to put this to good use, with Winter occasionally going in disguise as Leia to protect her. Winter would later become a full-fledged Intelligence agent and put WigDressAccent to more use.
** Also, Mara Jade disguises herself as Jabba's dancing girl Arica. Sometimes Arica is depicted with black hair, [[HeroesWantRedHeads unlike]] Mara's actual hair color (and is therefore most likely a wig), while other times Mara appears to be using her real hair. [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/5/5e/Arica.jpg Here's]] [[http://freewebs.com/mskywalker/gallery/illust34.jpg some]] comparisons, for the curious.
* ''Literature/LesMiserables''
** There's a rather clever use of disguise by the villain Thenardier at the end of the book. The narrator discusses how his disguise as the respectable "Thenard" was simply purchased from a shop which sells clothing to rogues to make them look respectable, and that his oufit belonged to a Statesman. What makes his disguise clever, is that it came with quill pens as an accessory. Thenadier sticks the pens ''up his nose'', altering the shape of his nose and changing his voice tone, rendering him unrecognizable.
** Valjean inadvertantly disguises himself from Javert, simply by dressing well and being clean (reflecting his status as mayor), simply because Javert doesn't expect an escaped convict to be successful.
** Javert himself uses a disguise when he infiltrates the barricades and Eponine disguises herself as a boy for most of the end of the story.
* Used repeatedly by Harry Dickson and his pupil Tom in JeanRay's novels, so successfully that they even fool close friends like their cook or the police chief. Or each other.
* In the ''Shadow'' pulp novels, recurring character Myra Reldon is Caucasian but easily able to pass as Chinese. Walter Gibson specifies that she uses tape to create a fake epicanthic fold, but doesn't explain how she turns her brown eyes black -- it's a bit early for contact lenses in this time period.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/DoubleStar'', the narrator follows the theory that a thin disguise can be the best. He makes a few small changes to Dak Broadbent's appearance -- posture, mainly -- and predicts that any acquaintance seeing him would say, "That guy looks a lot like Dak Broadbent. Of course, he isn't Dak. But he ''looks'' like him." And the observers' inability to pin down ''why'' they were so certain it wasn't really Broadbent would actually make them still ''more'' certain.
* In ''Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures'' the titular character maintains her double life as a bored noblewoman and a pirate captain using colored contacts, fur dye, heavy perfume, and less clothing than her civilian alter ego.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' does this an average of OnceAnEpisode.
** Particularly funny in the season three premiere, where Sidney puts together a whole character for literally no reason at all, as her entire plan is to start shooting immediately.
* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Tobias dons a dress, wig, and accent in order to disguise himself as a nanny and spend time with his daughter while he and his wife are separating, a la ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. He doesn't fool anyone, especially since he can't get rid of his habit of accidentally saying homoerotic things, but everyone plays along so he can keep the house clean.
* In ''Series/YoungBlades'', the Musketeer Jacques [=LePonte=] is actually a woman who merely wears a fake goatee, and sometimes not even that.
* In OrphanBlack, this is basically how Sarah impersonates Beth and Katja. With Alison it's basically hairband, blouse and accent. Though given that [[CloningBlues they all look exactly the same]], that's pretty much all she needs.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': In the second-season episode "Some Like It Red", Fraser goes undercover as a female teacher in an all-girls' Catholic school. Kudos to the makeup department for this one. Paul Gross, who played Fraser, manages to make a convincing woman (and walk normally in high heels) despite the fact that he's six feet tall and not even close to slender and willowy.
* ''ThatsSoRaven'' is supposed to be about a girl with psychic powers, but said psychic is such a "master of disguise" the show could just as well be about a girl with a knack for disguises. While this trope is used as ridiculously as possible, Raven still manages to be more convincing than plenty of serious/non-comedic examples.
* {{Roseanne}} as gone in drag a few times on her sitcom, once in the HalloweenEpisode as her costume, and in a ChristmasEpisode where she acts as Santa Claus at her mall (Jackie was the Missus). In both cases, one would think her ear-piercing voice would give away her gender, but she actually got past most people. In the Halloween episode, she even almost gets into a fight with a drunk bar patron and has to be rescued by Dan, who inexplicably plays gay while defending her.
* The Granada TV production of ''SherlockHolmes'' mostly manages to avoid this trope; Holmes' disguises tend to be fairly convincing. Once in a while they go overboard: in "The Final Problem", Watson boards a train and sits down in his cabin opposite a man with an unrealistically long nose and a frizz of grey hair under an enormous hat, and doesn't realize it's Holmes until Holmes addresses him by name. When you get a good look at him in the moment before he takes off the disguise, you wonder how anyone could look at him and ''not'' think "that's a bloke in a costume".
* Reality TV example: In a season premiere of ''Series/HellsKitchen'', Ramsey wanted to see what the contestants were like before he met them. So he put on a wig, a fake nose, and some shabbier clothes and was on the bus with the real contestants. Nobody caught on.
* Although ''Series/MissionImpossible'' is remembered for [[LatexPerfection latex masks that could even alter height and body type]], they did a lot of this too, especially when someone other than the team MasterOfDisguise had to play the role.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' features this often when [[ManipulativeBitch Sophie]] is running her part. Lampshaded and almost subverted in "The Rashomon Job" when a museum head of security notes that a duchess in the main hall bears a striking resemblance to one of the lab girls (both are Sophie's acts, one in a slinky evening gown with her usual accent, and the other in a white lab coat with what sounds like a Jersey accent) and almost seems to make the connection. [[RashomonStyle Due to the style of the episode]], that is debatable.
** Parker often does this as well but [[NoSocialSkills isn't as good with the accent bit]], though she more frequently is seen using wigs than Sophie. She generally also uses BeneathNotice as well as a part of her infiltrations, occasionally switching to ShowSomeLeg.
* Artemus Gordon from ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' wore a disguise in almost every episode. Generally, his disguises consisted of a wig, a new outfit (occasionally a dress), some makeup or facial hair, and an accent. Since Ross Martin could speak several languages, he also sometimes spoke the language of the character he was portraying.
* In ICarly, the main character's brother Spencer tends to do this a lot. In fact, he does it so much that one episode, he insists that he be the one who dresses up as a woman and, when the main characters agree, exclaims
--> "I'll go get my boobs!"
* ''{{Bones}}'' occasionally does under-cover assignments, which Brennan seems to throw herself into enthusiastically. Notably, in "Double Trouble in the Panhandle" they investigated the death of a pair of conjoined twins at a circus by posing as a knife-throwing act called [[RockyAndBullwinkle Boris and Natasha]].
* In "And the Hidden Stash", the second-season premiere of ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'', Caroline attends the auction of her family's property wearing a brunette wig, which causes Max to variously introduce her as ZooeyDeschanel, JenniferLoveHewitt and KatieHolmes.
* Many of Michael Weston's disguises in ''Series/BurnNotice'' rely on this (albeit it's Hairstyle, Clothes, Accent).
* Likewise, [[Series/WhiteCollar Neal Cafferey]] uses similar methodology in his work, relying less on disguises and more on the outfit, hairstyle and accent.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "The Reign of Terror", the Doctor obtains a policeman's uniform and a ridiculous plumed hat and spends the rest of the episode pretending to be a gendarme and bossing everyone else around.
** In "The Daleks' Master Plan"'s WackyWaysideTribe episode "The Feast of Steven", Steven dresses up in a police uniform and affects a [[OopNorth Northern accent]] to talk his way into where the Doctor has been taken for questioning (and also, because this is a {{Panto}} episode, for reasons of {{Fanservice}}). The Doctor asks Steven why he's speaking in a ridiculous voice, to which Steven explains that everyone else was doing it.
** When the crew land in Tombstone in "The Gunfighters", Steven and Dodo (who are excited to get to be cowboys) dress up in ridiculous cowboy clothes and affect ghastly American accents. The Doctor doesn't bother with an accent and sticks with his usual outfit, which is [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel actually appropriate in this setting]], and repeatedly points out to the others how ridiculous they are coming across, at one point being forced to use a cover story that they are a WanderingMinstrel troupe and Steven and Dodo are in costume. The contemporary cowboys find them ridiculous, too, mocking Dodo's outfit and Steven's accent.
** Faking an accent and a new set of mannerisms was pretty much the first thing the Second Doctor would start doing in a crisis. In "The Highlanders", he first pretends to be Scottish, then English, and when he realises both of these will get him hanged, decides to [[TakeAThirdOption pretend to be German]], affecting a silly German accent and calling himself "Doktor von Wer". Pretending to be a doctor puts him in a brilliant position for bullying the others throughout. He later ends up using a HarmlessLadyDisguise as well.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: ''Literature/TheBible'', Old Testament, 1 Kings 20: A minor prophet disguises himself by wearing his headband down over his eyes.
* Possibly older than ''The Bible'': Greek Mythology has the myth of goddess of wisdom and crafts Athena disguising herself as an old woman to confront the young and foolish Arachne about Arachne's boasts that her weave-work was better than Athena's. Athena thus took off her disguise and challenged Arachne to a weaving contest. Athena wins, naturally, and Arachne -- so upset -- hangs herself. [[spoiler:Athena feels pity for the poor thing and thus turns Arachne into a spider, which is, according to the mythology of the Greeks, why spiders weave webs]].
** ...Another version has it that Arachne wove scenes which offended Athena or she was simply better (your call) and Athena transformed her out of anger.
** And yet another version combines all of the above. Arachne wove better but was arrogant and used designs making fun of Zeus and his many sexual conquests. Athena broke the loom over Arachne's head and the girl tried to hang herself out of humiliation. Athena then turns her into a spider.
* Many different tales of mythology deal with gods or other powerful beings disguising themselves as mortals (almost always old people or beggers). The usual reason is to request food, shelter, or some other sort of favor or aide as a test of goodness. If the person being tested is smart (or kind) enough to comply, they are granted wishes, good fortune, or the general favor of the magical being. If the person isn't that smart or good, they can expect things not to go so well for them in the future.
** Odysseus's return home, disguised as a beggar with rags and dirt smudges, is another example done for similar reasons; to test everyone present in his home, especially his wife.
*** Justified as [[AWizardDidIt it was Athena's magic that actually disguised him]].
* It is often said that Odysseus recruited Achilles for the Trojan War by seeing through this. Achilles's mother sent him off to Scyros and disguised him as a girl, hoping to prevent his fated death in battle. Odysseus brought a cart of stereotypically feminine items and a cart of weapons to Scyros. Guess which ones Achilles found more interesting.
** The other story being that Odysseus simply saw Achilles' huge, muscular arms and legs and took a rough guess at his true gender.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In ''Theatre/DerRosenkavalier'' by R. Strauss, the protagonist (an adolescent male played by a woman) dresses as a maid, supposedly his country-bumpkin relative, and dons an appropriate accent to avoid a relative of the woman he's having an affair with. The Baron then makes passes at our hero. HilarityEnsues, along with plot devices.
* In ''Anyone Can Whistle'', Fay Apple dons a slinky dress, red wig, and puts on a french accent to become [[{{Fauxreigner}} The Lady From Lourdes]]. While she intends to reveal the town's miracle is a fraud, she reveals to her love interest that this is also the only way she can get herself to relax and cut loose.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* As part of the plot of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud has to dress up like a girl. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1128755977025.jpg This is the logical extension.]]
** Anyone else strangely reminded of those Disney Princess pictures?
* In one chapter of ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', Lucas and his dog Boney need to gain access into a nightclub. However, the club doesn't allow minors or pets, so Boney dons a t-shirt and hat and stands on his hind legs to look more like a person. They're still rejected, but the waitress lets them in anyway (incidentally, [[spoiler:the waitress is also another party member in disguise; she just happens to be better at it.]])
* Iroquois Pliskin in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' is so ''obviously'' Snake in a different uniform with his hair down that it's [[TheUntwist genuinely shocking]] when he turns out to be Snake in a different uniform with his hair down. WordOfGod is that HideoKojima kept pressuring them to make the disguise more and more transparent, the idea being to take advantage of paranoid gamers expecting his [[GambitPileup twisty]] plots to be more twisty than they actually are.
** Exactly the opposite and a great example of this trope occurs in ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' with [[spoiler:[[http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/2196/metalgearsolid3evatatya.png EVA/Tatyana]]]]. Combed back hair, glasses, and a different set of clothes shouldn't really fool anyone, but instead of relying entirely on it, [[spoiler:she]] also changes [[spoiler:her]] body posture and movement and [[spoiler:her]] entire way of acting.
** [[spoiler:Liquid's disguising himself as Master Miller]] retroactively is this, as not only did he mimick [[spoiler:Miller]] in both [[spoiler:appearance and in voice]], he also changed his [[spoiler:overall demeanor]] to be more similar to how [[spoiler:Miller]] would act. Originally, it was closer to PaperThinDisguise, but the rereleases of the MSX VideoGame/MetalGear2 redid the design for [[spoiler:Miller]] to match his "appearance" in Metal Gear Solid, and his appearance in Peace Walker was based on his Metal Gear Solid appearance.
* ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga]]'': In the middle of their adventure, the brothers stumble upon a situation that requires a stand-in for Peach. They weren't aware of this earlier, but, conveniently, have one of Peach's dresses with them [[NoodleImplements ((don't ask))]]. [[BellisariosMaxim We probably don't want to know]] why they have the wig, but this fits the trope namer to a ''T'', because, in addition to the dress and wig, in all of the other scenes, both brothers have vague-italian accents -- though, in this instance, Luigi does a disturbingly accurate impression of Peach...
* In ''{{Primal}}'', the protagonist briefly loses her ability to shapeshift into various demonic forms and is thus forced to dress herself up as demon in order to blend in.
* In ''SpaceQuest IV'', you do this to access an ATM.
* In ''VisualNovel/TheRoyalTrap'', Madeleine dons a wig and a dress to temporarily disguise herself as Princess Cassidy. [[spoiler: In the bad ending, it works a little too well...]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Red Mage in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater''. He already has long hair and he needs no accent (once again, because it's a webcomic). He simply puts on a dress and is able to fool anyone not in the party. He also tends to wear it even when ''not'' trying to disguise himself, which greatly disturbs both Black Mage and Thief. ("Cross-'''CHECKING'''").
** Probably worth noting that it's actually Thief's fault -- Red Mage cross-dresses so often because he has a complex that developed due to his father hating him for being a boy (he wanted a girl.) The twist? This didn't actually happen -- Thief just fabricated those memories.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDoctorMcNinja'' shows how effective this trope can be. Thanks to a substantial number of things altering his outward physical appearance, [[spoiler: King Radical]]'s original identity was hidden for literally years in real life from the audience, as well as in-universe from his friends and enemies, despite the fact that the character regularly interacted with an alternate universe version of himself with the exact same facial features. Up until TheReveal, the similarity between the two characters was nearly impossible to discern, but becomes very obvious in hindsight.
* ''GeorgeTheDragon'' has pulled this particular one off. Even though it was a rather PaperThinDisguise, it seems to [[http://www.drunkduck.com/George_the_Dragon/index.php?p=321300 have worked like a charm]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Roy is forced into a GenderBender once. Roy is bald, and in his own words, "The lesson here is, if the magic item doesn't specifically SAY it grows hair, it probably doesn't." So he gets forced into a literal WigDressAccent, minus accent 'cause it's a webcomic.
** And then there's the time Vaarsuvius' raven familiar Blackwing disguised himself to buy materials from a store where they'd been banned. Yes, the ''raven'' disguised himself. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0679.html with a moustache.]]
* Ruby of ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' probably isn't much of an actress, so when Dillon bounces her into helping with a ZanyScheme that requires a disguise, she sensibly resorts to props. [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/our_friendship_is_strong Lots of props.]]
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* ''[[http://www.funnyjunk.com/channel/dolan/not+daisu/XLRLGKY/ actually is dolan]]'': in which Webcomic/{{Dolan}} disguises himself as [[DonaldDuck "daisu"]].
* Cassidy Cain in uses an accent and wig to disguise herself as the GrandmasterOfTheft.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''Alias'' example is sent up on ''RobotChicken'' with "Whalias", substituting an orca for Sydney. The whale's disguises work just as well as hers usually do.
* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger the Alien wears many WigDressAccent disguises, and they all fool everyone who isn't acquainted with the real Roger. Storywise, the disguises' function of hiding his alienhood is taken for granted, and what Roger really has fun with is creating a new fictitious identity for himself in each episode. If Roger were a believer in creating a stable identity for himself, nothing would stop him from using the same disguise whenever he meets someone outside the Smith family--but he prefers to go through an endless succession of identities. [[{{Crossdresser}} Of both genders.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Aang disguises himself as a old man with a mustache and hair made of fur from Appa the flying bison the first time Team Avatar goes to Omashu. He gets found out when it blows off.
** Sokka's infamous "Mr. Wang Fire", which consists of a goofy, deeper voice, and a beard in order to pretend to be Aang's father. Sokka likes it so much, he occasionally uses it randomly after, like when trying to give psychiatric advice to Aang (which pretty much consists of Aang screaming into a sheepkoala).
** ''"Flameyo, hotmen!"''
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode, "Turf," where Elisa Maza goes undercover to stop Tomas Brode, wearing only a change of clothes and a blonde wig. Although that getup is able to fool Brode, the moment Elisa's long time gangster enemy, Anthony Dracon, gets a good close concentrated look at Elisa, he recognizes her instantly and reveals to his enemy. It does manage to fool her gargoyle friends, too.
* ''KimPossible'' wears a wig and dress to infiltrate a club in ''[[TheMovie So The Drama]]'', about the only time she wore a disguise. It didn't fool Shego for a moment.
** Shego wears a wig and dress to distract Martin Smarty while Drakken and Frugal Lucre implement one of their schemes. It ''does'' fool him, despite her [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation distinctive skin color]] and her involvement in a previous scheme to hold him for ransom. Fortunately for the scheme Mr. Smarty was too DistractedByTheSexy to notice or care.
*** Smarty Mart's [[ForInconveniencePressOne phone tree menu]] includes: "To demand an enormous amount of money for the safe return of our founder, press three". Maybe he didn't remember Shego [[FridgeBrilliance because he's been kidnapped so often]] [[ButForMeItWasTuesday that the incidents all blur together]].
** In Frugal Lucre's first appearance, he disguises himself with a fake beard and accent while [[DoNotAdjustYourSet broadcasting his demands]].
* Characters/BugsBunny is willing to resort to a quite alarming drag outfit of this sort.
* WoodyWoodpecker also uses this ruse frequently, usually to get to Wally Walrus' stash of food.
* Brain from ''InspectorGadget'' does this a lot. Penny rarely does this, but has at least once; she likely gets points from Brain. No-one ever sees through the disguises. Brain, by the way, is a ''dog''. Not a talking dog like Scooby, either.
* PinkyAndTheBrain find themselves, as lab mice, trying to disguise themselves during their plots and plans. (A minor RunningGag to some fans is that Pinky's outfits [[WholesomeCrossdresser aren't meant for male mice]].)
* The entire gag for the Chicken Boo shorts on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. A giant chicken in nothing more than a wig/hat/suit/mustache. Everyone falls for it. Well, all [[OnlySaneMan except one person]], who everyone regards as insane.
* Grizzle from ''[[CareBears Adventures in Care-a-Lot]]'' has used this on occasion, but since he doesn't take off his mechanical suit, it also counts as a PaperThinDisguise. Whether or not the CareBears are fooled depends on what kind of [[AnAesop lesson is being taught]].
* Dukey from ''JohnnyTest'' is similar to Boney's example above. In case that fails, he's usually able to pass himself off as a kid with a rare hair disorder.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cellbound}}'': The prisoner has a bag full of disguise props, which come in handy when he's forced to perform an imitation of several different TV programmes, all by himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}'': In "Heartbreak Hotel", Emma dons a blonde wig and a pair of sunglasses and adopts a French accent in order to become 'Gemma' and become Ty's rebound girl.
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* In ''Series/{{Star Trek|the Original Series}}'', the wife of GeneRoddenberry, Majel Barret, was in the first pilot episode as the female first officer. When that character was [[ExecutiveMeddling discarded]] for the actual show, she bleached her hair blonde and cut it short. It was specifically an attempt to get back in the show without the executives catching on. Even her husband didn't recognize her at first. She was recast in the smaller role of Nurse Chapel.
* StephenColbert waxed his chest, put on a wig and posed for [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/raven.jpg this]] photo as Raven, the stripper from ''Literature/{{Wigfield}}'', who he voices on the audiobook.
-->'''Stephen Colbert:''' When my brother Jay saw that, he said, "[[AttractiveBentGender Hey, hey. How do we know her?]]" And I pointed at myself and he goes, "OK, how do ''you'' know her?"\\
'''Conan O'Brien:''' And then what did he do when you explained that [[IncestIsRelative that is in fact you?]]\\
'''Stephen Colbert:''' [[UnsettlingGenderReveal He was]] [[{{Squick}} a little disturbed]].
* [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8106010.stm This man]], who ripped-off Social Security by disguising as his dead mother with a wig, a pair of glasses, a walking cane and heavy make-up. It definitely worked, because he managed to pocket $115,000 in welfare checks before Social Security found out.
* In a case of Wig Dress Foreign Language, one Allied prisoner broke out of a German prison camp in WorldWarII by making a fake copy of a German uniform and simply walking out the front door. This was actually extremely common, especially in camps like [[TheAlcatraz Colditz Castle]] where conventional tunnels and wire-cutting were more difficult to pull off. The Colditz Dutch contingent were the acknowledged masters of the technique and they got so good at it that one attempted escape plan was for a prisoner with a strong resemblance to impersonate the camp warrant officer, relieve the guards on a side gate and replace them with other disguised prisoners, [[RefugeInAudacity to be followed by the entire camp slipping out and down the road]]. It almost worked, only failing because the last guard got chatty and the real [=NCO=] came out to reprimand him for socializing on duty.
** This is partly because Dutch uniforms were almost identical to German uniforms, plus the Dutch language and German are similar.
* Sacha Baron Cohen is famous for dressing up for his various alter egos (Borat, Bruno, Ali G, etc).
* To testify in a court case, Stella Rimington (later head of [=MI5=]) wore a wig and make-up that made her look about ten years older then she was. When she met the judge undisguised later, he didn't recognize her.
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