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[[caption-width-right:350:"...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 Creator/DickClark, 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."''
-->-- '''Creator/BillHicks'''

Sometimes you don't need a full-on InvisibilityCloak. 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 WigDressAccent. 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 superheroes with no mask (Franchise/{{Superman}}) or partial masks (Franchise/{{Batman}}, Robin, Green Arrow) would not.

Contrast PaperThinDisguise. Also see BlackCloak and LieToTheBeholder. When done with just the face or head, then it's LatexPerfection.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', 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 MysteriousProtector in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. What originally appeared to be a man hiding behind [[MaskPower a simple face mask]] [[DramaticUnmask turned out to be]] [[spoiler:a full body illusion disguising [[TreacherousAdvisor Gil Graham]]'s CatGirl {{familiar}}s]].
* In the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' manga, PaperMaster 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.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' uses these from time to time, often combining them with LatexPerfection. Characters will step out of complete body suits that made them completely identical to someone else.
* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and its sequel ''Anime/UltimateMuscle'' 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).

* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' example: Rorschach's mask.
* The Thing wore one of these in the early ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' comics.
* V's ensemble in ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', 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.
* SpiderMan's full face and body costume counts.
* The ComicBook/IronMan armor could alter voices and made it so that Rhodey could replace Tony Stark as Iron Man without anyone really noticing the difference.
* In ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' 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/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife'' 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 ''Film/{{Cocoon}}''.
* In ''Film/TheyLive'', aliens transmit a signal that disguises their true appearance from everyone not wearing a special kind of sunglasses.
* The 2003 movie ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' had an animated Granny unzip her body suit during the jungle scene (via a CGI effect) to reveal the evil live-action ACME Chairman (played by Creator/SteveMartin). Similarly, Tweety unzips in his cage as well, revealing the Tasmanian Devil (who breaks out of the cage doing his spinning/babbling routine), and Sylvester unzips as well, to reveal the Chairman's assistant Mr. Smith, who then unzips his own body suit to reveal an animated female Tasmanian Devil!
* Can be said of the [[VisualPun literal]] WolfInSheepsClothing seen near the end of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', when a police officer wolf suits up as a sheep for an undercover case.

* An interesting example occurs in the Creator/PhilipKDick book, ''Literature/AScannerDarkly.'' The protagonist is a narc, and when he has to appear in public to give a speech about why DrugsAreBad, 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.
* Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat 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 ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' evidently studied at the same college as Jim diGriz. [[note]]there are many, many, suspicious similarities between the two characters. Commentators have remarked that now they're married, all the ''slippery'' Moist and the rather ''spiky'' Adorah Belle need to round things off are twin sons.[[/note]]. Moist uses spectacles, 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...
* ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' has Griffon wearing dark glasses and heavy clothes for the first several chapters, concealing his ''lack'' of an appearance. May also be a StealthPun on the title, since a few characters get confused when he tells them he's "invisible."
* ''[[Literature/ShadowsontheMoon Shadows on the Moon]]'' features magical illusionists called shadow weavers. This is the most common trick they use.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The alien lizards in ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' use human bodysuits to hide their true nature. It gets torn off ocassionally for the scare factor.
* Any ''SuperSentai'' or ''PowerRangers'' shows that use a SecretIdentity.
* The early part of season 8 in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''
* The film adaptation of ''Battleground'', a short story by Creator/StephenKing, has [[NoNameGiven 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.
* The Slitheen are the most prominent of several examples in ''Series/DoctorWho''.

* ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'': "Marty Beller Mask" is about how their drummer, Marty Beller, is actually Whitney Houston in disguise.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* {{Exaggerated}} in ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey''. Why are the soldiers staring at an attractive woman in a swimsuit when they're supposed to be getting a demonstration in camouflage from Sgt. Snorkel? Because they ''are'' -- that ''is'' Sarge. No wonder they're staring. Note that we're talking about a rough, rotund man several times the volume of such a slim woman.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Anathema}}'' shrouds can use magic to achieve this effect.

* This is the entire logic behind the Spy's ability to disguise as a friendly class in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''; even if you're seen, they think they're chasing someone else.
* Alex Mercer has the Phlebotinum to do this well beyond LatexPerfection in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''.
* The MysteriousStranger in ''VideoGame/AlwaysSometimesMonsters'' wears a thick winter coat, baggy pants, a scarf pulled up over the lower half of their face and a cap [[HiddenEyes shadowing their eyes]]. It's impossible to tell whether they're male, female, or anything else about them.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Know the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' example mentioned in Anime & Manga? Yomiko herself did that in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'', disguising herself as [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Walter]] to avoid capture and arrest by the British Library [[spoiler: 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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''WebOriginal/{{Paradise}}'' setting, human characters are randomly, permanently changed into {{Funny Animal}}s (and some are [[GenderBending 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 [[WeirdnessCensor "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 [[WholesomeCrossdresser continue to dress like a man]]. Normals literally cannot tell anything has changed; only others changed can see them as they are.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''Literature/CharlieAndLola'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'' occasionally don actual full-body suits, most notably Apex, an invading alien. Oleander, a [[FatBastard foodee villain]], managed to squeeze her frame into a much skinnier body suit in order to masquerade as a gossip columnist in one episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': One episode had Mr. Cat, in an effort to escape from Kaeloo, put on a very convincing disguise as Pretty and told her that he went the other way. [[DelayedReaction After he leaves]], Kaeloo realizes that it was him because of his voice.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' has quite a few examples...
** ''Odor-Able Kitty'' (1945) has a cat (already painted up to look like a skunk) hiding from WesternAnimation/PepeLePew disguise in a completely convincing Bugs Bunny costume and mask, which Pepe instantly sees through.
** ''Paying the Piper'' (1949) features a cat disguising himself in a convincing rat suit and mask to fool Pied Piper Porky.
** ''Knight-Mare Hare'' (1955) has the wizard Merlin attempts to use a magic spell to transform Bugs into a pig, but instead it just magically conceals Bugs in a realistic pig suit, to which Merlin transforms himself into a jackass, but [[MultiLayerFacade keeps unzipping each suit to reveal another mule underneath]].
** ''A Sheep in the Deep'' (1962) has Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog engage in a "disguise duel".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' April has a guy in her studio's costume department make [[LatexPerfection rubber masks]] for the heroes that can make them pass as humans if they [[ConspicuousTrenchcoat wear overcoats with them]]. They eventually work (even if their true turtle hands and feet are exposed), but Raphael has some doubts when they first try them on:
-->'''Donatello:''' Hey, great! Now we don't look like mutant turtles.
-->'''Raphael:''' Yeah, we look like mutant turtles wearing people-masks.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "The Frying Game," Homer is about to be executed in an electric chair, but it turns out to be a reality game show, and the old woman Homer was framed for killing takes off her full body suit to reveal she's really Carmen Electra.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in one of its famous gags from the early years of the show, when a talk show hosted by Diane Simmons features a dating couple; the male was really a woman in a LatexPerfection-style mask, but then confesses that she is not even a woman, and unzips her full body suit]to reveal a ''horse'', and then confesses that he is a ''broom'', removing the horse suit to reveal a broom that lifelessly falls over.
* Also a common practical joke on AprilFoolsDay in animation, as demonstrated on ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' and Disney's ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E5SisterhoovesSocial "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.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPuBUC3i2xA This little gem]] from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 "The Crystal Empire Part 1"]]. [[spoiler:[[ActorAllusion Pinkie Pie as Fluttershy.]]]]
** And in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel 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).

[[folder: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 [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11703195 pretend to be an old man,]] remember to think about your hands as well. He probably would've gotten away with it if[[note]]it hadn't been for those pesky kids![[/note]] 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.