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Anime & Manga
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: The first season episode "Evil Spirit of the Ring" had the main cast wearing the costumes of their favorite duel monsters — Yugi as the Dark Magician, Joey as Flame Swordsman, Tristan as Cyber Commando, and Tea as the Magician of Faith.
- In Astérix the Legionary, Asterix and Obelix join up with the Roman Army and spend about half the book rockin' the uniform.
- A Nancy Drew graphic novel adaptation, "The Haunted Dollhouse," features the entire town of River Heights celebrating 'Nostalgia Week.' This means the entire town dresses, dances, and drives like it's the 1930's - Nancy even rents a vintage Roadster for the duration of the book.
Films — Animation
- In Rango, Rango and his posse masquerade as a traveling theater group in order to get close to the water thieves.
- Happens in Star Trek on a regular basis.
- In the Original Series episode A Piece of the Action, Kirk and Spock are sent to a planet whose citizens base their entire livelihood on the mob bosses of the 1920s (think Al Capone).
- In the Next Generation, the Holodeck is often the setup for a Dress-Up Episode.
- Time travel is also a common cause of this.
- Doctor Who. Since the entire premise of the show is based on time travel, this is a given. Most of the time, however, they don't even bother with this, and the Doctor himself rarely changes his garb, but some episodes has the Doctor's companion dress up, such as when Rose dressed in '50s style clothing and Donna dressed like a flapper in the '20s. On one occasion, both Clara and the Doctor dressed to the nines, 1920s style, for a trip aboard a spaceship replica of the Orient Express.
- In the episode "The Affair at the Victory Ball", Poirot and Hastings are invited to a fancy-dress (masquerade) ball and told to come as "someone famous". Poirot comes as himself.
- Happens all the time on Supernatural. In one episode, "Frontierland", Dean wears a cheesy cowboy costume, and is made fun of because it looks nothing like how the people actually dress. However in another Time Travel Episode to 1944, he lets someone from that time period dress him, and quite likes being a Badass in a Nice Suit.
- A season 6 episode of Castle requires the entire cast to dress and act like it's The '70s for most of the episode, in order to not confuse a witness who thinks it's still 1978.
- Occurs occasionally in the webcomic Questionable Content at the bar that the characters frequent.