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Full Body Disguise
"...there goes another weirdo freak doper." Bob Arctor (or is it Agent Fred?) shows why the scramble suit is a prime example of this trope.

That is not Dick Clark, that is a Dick Clark rubber mask, with a zipper in the back. When he gets off that TV show, year after year, week after week, systematically lowering the standards of this country, he undoes that zipper and underneath... is a cloven-hooved, horned wolverine.

Sometimes you don't need a full-on Invisibility Cloak. You don't care if people see you, just if they see the real you. And so you don an ensemble that completely obscures your features and possibly even your whole body. This is far more than a simple Wig, Dress, Accent. There isn't anything left of you to make out. The you beneath the suit is effectively invisible.

Any superhero or villain with a full-face mask would be included here, (Harley Quinn's make-up counts — how many people would recognize her without it and her trademark clothing and hairstyle?) but superheros with no mask (Superman) or partial masks(Batman, Robin, Green Arrow) would not.

Contrast Paper-Thin Disguise. Also see Black Cloak and Alternate Appearance Aura.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Code Geass, Zero's outfit completely obscures his physical features; among many other things, one consequence of this is that everyone thinks he's Japanese. This also allows C.C. to take over his identity when he's out of action for a year. Among other times.
  • The Mysterious Protector in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's. What originally appeared to be a man hiding behind a simple face mask turned out to be a full body illusion disguising Gil Graham's Cat Girl familiars.
  • In the Read or Die manga, Paper Master Ridley Wan makes one out of paper to impersonate Yomiko's deceased lover, Donny Nakajima. It's so detailed that she fails to realize he's an imposter until he tells her - after she slept with him.
  • Lupin III uses these from time to time, often combining them with Latex Perfection. Characters will step out of complete body suits that made them completely identical to someone else.
  • Kinnikuman and it's sequel Kinnikuman Nisei often use this; Some villains don simple disguises that cover up everything, even spikes and horns (Monsieur Cheeks, a literal Butt-head, is first seen in a Kid Muscle disguise that completely obscures his unusually-shaped cranium).

    Comicbooks 
  • Watchmen example: Rorschach's mask.
  • The Thing wore one of these in the early Fantastic Four comics.
  • V's ensemble in V for Vendetta, including his famous Guy Fawkes mask. This serves the purpose of hiding the fact that he's hideously scarred, as well as reinforcing that the ideas he represents are more important than the individual.
  • Spider-Man's full face and body costume counts.
  • The Iron Man armor could alter voices and made it so that Rhodey could replace Tony Stark as Iron Man without anyone really noticing the difference.
  • In Sonic the Comic Sonic has his Bob Beaky disguise (a green ushanka and duffel coat, yellow-checked scarf, grey boots and mittens, wraparound shades, and false beak) which completely conceals Sonic's body allowing him to travel incognito or infiltrate a public area.

    Film 
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life ends a scene set in the Boer War with an African native warrior appearing on screen, unzipping down the middle, and revealing Terry Gilliam in a tuxedo introducing the next scene.
  • The Antareans in Cocoon.
  • In They Live!, aliens transmit a signal that disguises their true appearance from everyone not wearing a special kind of sunglasses.

    Literature 
  • An interesting example occurs in the Philip K. Dick book, A Scanner Darkly. The protagonist is a narc, and when he has to appear in public to give a speech about why Drugs Are Bad, he appears only in a "scramble suit". The suit flashes the features and facial characteristics of thousands of different people at a rate too fast for anyone to discern. As such, anyone wearing it looks like a "vague blur."
    "Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for the vague blur."
  • One of the conspirators in Voyage of the Shadowmoon wore a mask at all times, not to hide his identity, but to make his real face unrecognizable so he could slip away from trouble at a moment's notice without anyone realizing it's him.
  • The Stainless Steel Rat would do this as a matter of routine, as it was the only way to commit crime and get away with it in a society where surveillance was pervasive.
    • Moist von Lipwig in the Discworld evidently studied at the same college as Jim diGriz. note . Moist uses specatcles, unruly wigs, very obvious false moustaches, and nose-hair wigs to horrify his marks - so that all they can talk about afterwards when the Watch wants a description is all the hair coming out of his nose and ears...
  • The Invisible Man has Griffon wearing dark glasses and heavy clothes for the first several chapters, concealing his lack of an appearance. May also be a Stealth Pun on the title, since a few characters get confused when he tells them he's "invisible."
  • Shadows on the Moon features magical illusionists called shadow weavers. This is the most common trick they use.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The alien lizards in V use human bodysuits to hide their true nature. It gets torn off ocassionally for the scare factor.
  • Any Super Sentai or Power Rangers shows that use a Secret Identity.
  • The early part of season 8 in Charmed
  • The film adaptation of Battleground, a short story by Stephen King, has the unnamed hitman wearing a mask shaped like a human face for his hits, which obscured his features but (from a distance) would make him appear to be a normal person to any casual witness.

    Music 
  • They Might Be Giants' "Marty Beller Mask" is about how their drummer, Marty Beller, is actually Whitney Huston is disguise.

    Videogames 

    Webcomics 
  • Know the Read or Die example mentioned in Anime and Manga? Yomiko herself did that in And Shine Heaven Now, disguising herself as Walter to avoid capture and arrest by the British Library and as Integra Hellsing to get on the Major's zeppelin to rescue Anita.
    • However, Reseda and the Captain saw right through it. Paper cannot replicate scent, after all.

    Web Originals 
  • In the Paradise setting, human characters are randomly, permanently changed into Funny Animals (and some are gender-swapped as well). After they change, characters have an illusory full body disguise of their old human selves where normal human beings are concerned (whether they like it or not), especially early on when the "Reality Distortion Field" is stronger. A man who turned into a female bear might look much like his old masculine self, just a little overweightó-which means he will need to continue to dress like a man. Normals literally cannot tell anything has changed; only others changed can see them as they are.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Charlie and Lola episode "But I Am An Alligator", Lola wears, for a majority of the episode, a large, dark green alligator costume which covers her entire body, with the exception of her arms and legs. This embarrasses Charlie, as she wears it in public, and the size of the costume makes it difficult for Lola to perform basic tasks such as tieing her shoelaces.
  • The villains of Sushi Pack occasionally don actual full-body suits, most notably Apex, an invading alien. Oleander, a foodee villain, managed to squeeze her frame into a much skinnier body suit in order to masquerade as a gossip columnist in one episode.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) April has a guy in her studio's costume department make rubber masks for the heroes that can make them pass as humans if they wear overcoats. They eventually work, but Raphael has some doubts when they first try them on:
    Michelangelo: Well, we don't look like mutant turtles anymore.
    Raphael: Yeah, we look like mutant turtles wearing people-masks.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • In "Sisterhooves Social", Rarity disguises herself as Applejack by wearing a hat (to hide her horn) and being completely covered in mud. You can see the horn (with mud) a bit of the time, and her eyes are a different color; this still works on first-time viewers because nobody would believe Rarity 1) would voluntarily hide in a pit of mud and come up smiling and 2) could be that athletic and enthusiastic about it.
    • This little gem from "The Crystal Empire Part 1". Pinkie Pie as Fluttershy.
    • And in "Magic Duel", Twilight paints several of her friends to look like other ponies as part of a ruse to make her look more powerful than she actually is (for instance, painting Apple Bloom to look like Applejack and swapping the two under cover of magical smoke to make it look like she'd made Applejack younger).

    Real Life 
  • Ghillie Suits. A sniper's Ghillie suit is essentially a cloak made of foliage. It helps blend the wearer into a forest environment, but also breaks up a person's form and makes their outline difficult to spot.
  • Criminals sometimes use stocking masks, ski masks and even Halloween masks to hide their identities.
  • If you're going to pretend to be an old man, remember to think about your hands as well.
    • He probably would've gotten away with it ifnote  he hadn't shucked the mask midflight. An old man with young hands isn't quite enough to report, but the appearance of a young Asian coinciding with the disappearance of an elderly Caucasian is going to be noticed by those already alerted enough to observe him.


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