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- In W.I.T.C.H., when the girls transform into their guardian forms, in addition to changing outfits and gaining wings, they get taller and gain boobs. Will is particularly fond of this because in her human form she suffers from a case of A-Cup Angst.
- Downplayed in Watchmen, where Rorshach is revealed to wear elevator shoes and a thick coat to make him look bigger and taller.
- The Bat Man character Anarky is really a thirteen year old boy who wears a costume with a built in head extender to appear as a much taller man in his earliest stories, beginning in 1989. This costume element was eventually dropped by 1997, with the fictional explanation being that the character had grown to fill out the costume. This was in fact clever cover for the reality that the extender was difficult to draw in action scenes. Further, it had only been intended to fool the reader as a red herring in the character's first appearance, but other artists had continued using the extender needlessly, or dropped it on their own, creating confusion as to the costume's official design. Giving a direct explanation to never need the extender again created a uniformity for all artists to follow thereafter.
- The all-time prize for this trope has to go to Ronin from New Avengers turning out to be a beautiful woman. "He" was originally going to be Daredevil, and until the unmasking, there was nothing even remotely androgynous about the character's bulky, masculine body shape. Seriously, it's like pulling the cowl off Frank Miller's hulking Batman and finding Harley Quinn underneath.
- Justified in the case of Zartan: he's a trained contortionist.
- During the "Gang War" arc in the Spider-Man comics, Daredevil poses as the Kingpin by wearing a fat suit. However, given the Kingpin is noticably taller than Daredevil, this does raise some questions about how he faked the greater limb length and could still use his hands.
- Downplayed in Amulet: Trellis spends the first five books wearing bulky armour, and looking roughly adult-sized. When he's finally is shown out of it in Escape From Lucien, he's revealed to be a lot skinnier, and around half a head taller than Emily.
- The Looney Tunes: Back in Action had the CEO of acme dresses as Granny as somewhat believable. Then he had his 2 meters minion disguised as Sylvester. And then the Tazmanian Devil disguised as Tweety.
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who:
- In "The Terror of the Autons", the Master infiltrates UNIT HQ in a disguise so convincing it was actually portrayed by a completely different actor — who was significantly shorter than the undisguised Master.
- The Foamasi in "The Leisure Hive" were lizard-like aliens who infiltrated by wearing full-body disguises that made them appear human. When one was unmasked and stripped of his disguise, his true form was somehow considerably larger than his disguised form (since the latter was portrayed by a normal-sized human and the former by a normal-sized human in a bulky monster suit). The Expanded Universe says that Foamasi have telescopic bones and most of their bulk is a compressible liquid.
- The Slitheen, introduced in "Aliens of London", are a lampshaded version. Like the Foamasi, they're bulky-monster-suit aliens that disguise themselves as humans, but it's explicitly stated that their disguises incorporate advanced size-compression technology (and that even so they find it easier to impersonate large humans).
- In The Master, due to some obvious use of a Body Double, whenever Master McAllister puts on his ninja garbs, he becomes noticeably thinner.
- Power Rangers occasionally hits this when an actor's and stuntman's sizes don't match. The most obvious example is in Power Rangers Turbo, where Justin is explicitly shown to grow to adult proportions when he morphs. Second place goes to Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger / Power Rangers S.P.D.: Apparently Doggie K/Cruger's canine snout can fit in his human-sized DekaMaster/Shadow Ranger helmet.
- Happens twice in a row in Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger; when the overweight Ramirez morphs, his ranger form starts out thinner and explicitly shrinks down further as the transformation sequence goes on. Possible a Justified Trope since Ramirez is long dead and isn't really restricted to the physics of the living.
- An episode of Eureka features Invisapparel, clothing which can hide a pregnant belly making it appear normal and flat.
- In Resident Evil 4, all of the Ganados, especially the bosses, have giant parasites living inside of them, which are far, far too big for the host to carry inside of them.
- Team Fortress 2: To his enemies, the Spy's disguises have Latex Perfection, including the body type. Fanon thinks that some sort of hologram technology is involved. The size difference can occasionally be helpful to the Spy, since his hitbox is still the same as an undisguised Spy. Therefore, an enemy player might shoot at their Heavy and think he's been spy-checked, only to find their shots missed the Spy's real body within.
- In Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, Don Paolo spends most of the game disguised as Layton's adopted daughter Flora, despite the former being much taller and broader-shouldered than the latter.
- Beast races in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion can wear full face helmets, which completely reshape their heads, somehow squashing down any long faces, horns, spikes or foot long ears them may have. Notably, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind averted this by making beast races incapable of wearing full helmets.
- In Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, one sidequest involves Zack finding Wutai spies disguised as various people in Midgar. The last one to find is disguised as a small child whose NPC dialogue is "I'm a Wutai spy!" before you actually do this sidequest. When you speak to him with the sidequest active, he'll run off and ditch the disguise behind a convenient Scenery Censor and suddenly is the size of a regular, tall adult.
- The opera level in Psychonauts involves chasing after the Phantom, a very gaunt masked figure. When the Phantom is finally unmasked, he turns out to be the huge, obese Jasper the Critic. The protagonist lampshades how this doesn't make sense.
- Mr. Fizwidget in Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando turns out to be Captain Quark in disguise, who's at least half again as tall as Fizwidget and much broader at the shoulder.
- In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations several characters wear the Mask☆DeMasque outfit throughout the second case, for various reasons, including detective Luke Atmey, whose Gag Nose is far too long to ever fit behind the mask.
- Averted in "Justice for All," where Adrian Andrews gives herself away by wearing a Nickel Samurai costume that is visibly too tall for her (though it nearly went undetected). The same thing happened in the third case of the first game: Jack Hammer wears a Steel Samurai costume that is too big for him, causing the pant legs to reach the ground.
- 'Bo is a lapine Brawn Hilda in Phillip Jackson's Battle Bunnies. 'Bo sneers at the monk's robe that Fletch provides, since it has no hope of swathing her girth in page 26. To 'Bo's astonishment, it does exactly that, making her seem as slender as any other monk in page 27.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! — Justified in the case of plump Abby Primrose's sexy powered armor. Like so many Nemesite devices, it's "tesseracted" to be bigger on the inside.
- Oddly done realistically in Batman: The Animated Series When the first Robin disguises himself as Bruce Wayne so as prove Hugo Strange wrong about them being the same person. This required the use of stilts to help sell the disguise.
- The episode of Johnny Bravo "A League Of His Own" both plays straight and subverts this trope. Johnny has to disguise himself as school girl to play in a girls softball team, and is obviously still a giant man in a wig. However, it turns out later that even more grown men were disguised as girls to play in the teams, and had magically shrunk when wearing their costumes.
- In Futurama, where Hermes has a suit that reshapes the wearer's body to make them more athletic.
- Ned Flanders in The Simpsons is actually incredibly muscular. You'd never guess this by looking at his clothing, which make him appear somewhat fat.
- Sometimes this is done with various other characters too, like Groundskeeper Willie.
- Subverted in an episode of Sym-Bionic Titan, where Octus, a shape shifting robot disguised as a human, has to wear a suit about 1/3 his size. Being a shapeshifter, he just shrinks down to fit in it. To the rest of the characters, however, it seems to be playing this trope straight.
- In Alvin and the Chipmunks, Eleanor seems to experience a sort of instant slim down whenever she wears something other than her signature outfit, despite being "chubby" being one of her identifiable characteristics.
- This seems to happen most likely unintentionally with Warren T Rat in An American Tail, a cat in disguise who appears inexplicably smaller when in his rat costume.
- This is standard on Scooby-Doo. The size of a suspect rarely has any correlation to the size of the "ghost" running around.
- Probably comes from movie serials being at least partly the inspiration for Scooby-Doo; in the serials, sometimes at the beginning the writers had no idea which character was going to be the true identity of the villain, even after shooting began on the first chapters. The hooded mastermind would be played by an actor who was not part of the actual cast. This would not-infrequently result in the Mysterious Cloaked Bad Guy being quite a bit taller than the cast member eventually revealed as his true identity.