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- In Wolf's Rain, the wolves use psychic illusions to pose as humans.
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, Teana Lanster uses the Fake Silhouette spell to create multiple holographic copies of herself moving in different directions to hide her own movement. Since the copies are not perfect, she also distorts her own appearance to look like one of them.
- Nightcrawler of the X-Men has one to make him look human instead of demonic. Beast occasionally uses one as well, but mostly he likes the attention a bright blue furry humanoid gets.
- Deadpool uses this to hide his scarred and tumor-infected face from the public.
- In Paperinik New Adventures there's the A.I. called Two, who himself is a Projected Man. Being able to choose his own appearance, he has on more than one occasion done impersonations in order to deceive others. One of those times he pretended to be his own artificial holographic twin.
- In PS238, students who can't just change into normal clothes (because they're part-machine, or bright blue, or whatever) get image emitters to help them blend in with the oblivious above-ground muggles.
- In Jem and the Holograms, Jem is a hologram disguise over Jerrica Benton with a better reason — to prevent Jerrica from having super stage fright when in front of other people then her family.
- Cleopatra In Space: To intimidate intruders, small orphanage owner Anna Mae has one of a large alien creature.
- Paul's magical clothing illusion falls under this trope in With Strings Attached. At first it was pretty fake-looking, but with practice he got much better at making it seem reasonably normal. Even so, most people realize he's wearing an illusion. Which is not a problem, since he's only wearing it so he doesn't appear naked all the time. He also gets use out of the illusion as an Invisibility Cloak.
- Ringo wears a holoprojector in the Tipaan arc of The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World because he has to disguise himself as a G'heddi'onian, so he needs to lighten his skin and give himself a more appropriate face. (He also wears a voice changer.) Later in the same arc, Paul and John briefly wear cloaks that make them look like Svenjaya so they can travel into the Svenjaya tunnels without being stopped. It's explicitly noted that the cloaks make them look like existing Svenjaya who are laid up—the community is small enough to notice strangers among them—and their guide has to quickly explain to another tribesmember why a sick individual is suddenly walking around.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- A variation in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: Totenkopf appears as a giant floating holographic head before his room on his secret island, but the heroes immediately note something's off. That's because Totenkopf has been long dead. It was a prerecorded message.
- Total Recall (2012) has one used to disguise a person's head. Shame about the reliability.
- Erek King and other Chee androids in Animorphs, combined with force fields.
- In the Xanth series, Sorceress Iris does this in the first book to make herself appear young and attractive, since her magical talent is Illusion.
- One of the first spells Aahz teaches Skeeve in Myth Adventures, as otherwise they'd really stick out in alternate dimensions.
- In The Pride of Parahumans a bloodhound bounty hunter tries to lure Argentum in using a hologram to look like a hot boy fox. It doesn't disguise his scent though.
- In The Wheel of Time, magic can be used to create a hologram to change one's appearance. If the user is careless, bits of their real body or clothing may poke through the disguise. A more talented user can combine this with the trick for invisibility to make them look like someone smaller than themselves.
- In The Empress Game, Kayla and Isonde each have one of each other so that they can change places when it's time for Kayla to impersonate Isonde in fights. It takes a little work to get them right.
- In M.C.A. Hogarth's Paradox Universe the Alliance has two versions. The "domino" is just a hologram and popular at parties, while "roquelaures" are exclusive to Fleet Intelligence and use a solidigraph that can be touched and alters the user's apparent mass and voice.
- The Drake Maijstral series by Walter Jon Williams has a couple of examples:
- The darksuit used by allowed burglars when on the job is described as projecting a holographic "cloud of darkness". Very effective at night; not so much during the day.
- In The Crown Jewels, the "Ronnie Romper" suits worn by Amalia Jensen's kidnappers are holographic. They make the two appear to be the same height, even though they're not, and move with their bodies, but don't allow for facial expressions—the fixed smile is mentioned as creeping people out.
- The alien guests at Benny Summerfield's wedding in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Happy Endings have these to avoid freaking out the good people of early 21st century Earth. This leads to complications as the four-foot high alien gerbil disguised as a normal-height human woman has to try and explain that the extremely small bridesmaid dress is actually fine, thanks.
Live Action TV
- The Sci Fi Channel movie Anonymous Rex has dinosaurs posing as human using these.
- The Outer Limits (1995) episode "Skin Deep". In this episode, they address the need to not move quickly, or else the hologram will flash and give you away.
- One such device was used in the pilot episode of Babylon 5 by an alien attempting to assassinate the Vorlon ambassador Kosh and frame Commander Sinclair for it in the process.
- Star Trek had some episodes where somebody used holographic images to hide their identity when communicating with someone else via screen.
- Heroes: Candice from season 1 and early season 2 has the ability to cast illusions which make her appear different to people. In practice it's the same basic ability as Shapeshifting, but it's explicitly not that.
- In one episode of Stargate SG-1, an unnamed and markedly non-human alien race used holographic projectors to impersonate SGC personnel. Later a human assassin stole one of the salvaged projectors and used it to frame Jack for murder.
- Doctor Who
- In the episode "The End of Time", the Vinvocci use a device known as a "shimmer" to disguise themselves as normal humans.
- In "Time Heist", Saibra has a natural ability to mimic faces, bodies, and voices, but has a hologram generator to make sure her clothing looks like that of the original.
- The Doctor and Clara wear Perception Filter clothing in "The Time of the Doctor", so they can be naked as required by the Papal Mainframe without Clara getting embarrassed. It fails to achieve this, especially since only the two of them can see the clothes..
- In episode 6 of The Orville, Captain Mercer and Lt. Malloy use holographic technology to disguise themselves as Krill in order to infiltrate a Krill warship. The devices are provided to them by Isaac, a member of the technologically-advanced robotic Kaylon race. The holograms appear to be more than just visual, as when Mercer and Malloy get stuck in a doorway, you can hear the sound of two leather outfits rubbing against one another, implying either some kind of Hard Light or an auditory simulator.
- Mutant Future. A robot can have a Holo Screen device that projects a holographic image around it. The image can make the robot look like anything of roughly the same size, such as an outcropping of rock or an animal.
- The Disguise self spell in Dungeons & Dragons
- In the Paranoia adventure "The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues," one of the R&D gadgets in Mission 2 is the Autoresponse Imager. It creates holographic disguises around the wearer, such as a combot or Teela-O-MLY. When it malfunctions it will create images like Peter Lorre (in black and white) and Wile E. Coyote.
- Warhammer 40,000's Eldar use a variant as a form of camouflage. Their "holo-fields" don't bother to maintain a disguise over their bearers, but instead scatter light so that an Eldar grav-tank or Harlequin appears as a fast-moving swirl of colors that baffles enemy targeting systems, to say nothing of the naked eye.
- Used frequently in the Ratchet & Clank series such as in the first game to get past a robot factory.
- In Secret Agent Clank, Clank can scan an enemy and produce a holographic disguise which will fool enemies other than the exact individual in question.
- The Journeyman Project 3: The Chameleon suit, time machine and holographic disguise.
- In Star Trek Away Team, the USS Incursion is a modified Defiant-class ship that uses an experimental system to sidestep the Treaty of Algeron (the one that prohibits the Federation from developing and using Invisibility Cloaks) in letter if not in spirit. It works by projecting another ship around the Incursion, while also transmitting the proper transponder signals.
- Homeworld Cataclysm introduces Turanic Raider gunships with this ability, which the player's faction reverse-engineer and fit to Mimic suicide-ships. It's useful for a few campaign objectives but human opponents in multiplayer are less easily fooled than the AI even without the specific tech to counter it.
- Mofang technology in Obduction is capable of this along with general holographic projections. As it turns out, though, the projection still retains an all-over red shimmer, and this is even before the disguise-ee has a chance to fail at mimicking voice patterns.
- The Crystal Key has a small holographic projector, complete with an attached camera to create new disguises. You have to short it out in one puzzle to uncover a secret passage, and you can take the projector with you, later in the game.
- In Jix, the Ambis and android characters often use either holo-watches or integrated projectors to pose as humans.
- The main characters of Kila Ilo have holographic projecting bracelets to look human, or in Ferris's case like a dog-rabbit.
- The assassin "Mr. Graves" in Quantum Vibe uses holo-masks. When not impersonating a specific person he prefers Presidents.
- The aliens from Kila Ilo use them to disguise themselves as humans.
- Jerrica Benton from Jem uses a pair of holographic projectors in her earrings and a computer bequeathed to her by her inventor father to become rock singer Jem.
- On Spider-Man: The Animated Series, the Chameleon did his shapeshifting through a holographic device on his belt that would let him take pictures of people and then copy those images (his ability to imitate voices seems to be a natural one though).
- Commander Keith used one when infiltrating Wade's secret base in the opening episode of Voltron Force.
- Technically this is actually Mirage's full special ability in Transformers, though in practice he almost invariably ends up using it to camouflage himself into invisibility. He did use the disguise ability at least once, in conjunction with Windcharger's Magnetism Manipulation, to allow several non-combining Autobots to impersonate Menasor. It didn't hold up for long against the real deal, but it did confuse Megatron long enough for his new superweapon to blow up in his face.
- The protagonist of Phantom 2040 makes extensive use of holographic invisibility.
- In Johnny Test in the episode "Johnny & The Amazing Turbo Action Backpack" Johnny has Duke wear a holographic disguise as one of Johnny's sisters to go on a date to distract Bling Bling Boy in order to get the backpack back.
- In the Biker Mice from Mars episode "Hit the Road, Jack", Romana Parmesana uses a hologram projector to disguise herself as a human, when the other Plutarkian villains relied on masks.
- The Sidekick episode "The Maxum Switch-eroo" features several examples thanks to the Man-Of-A-Thousand-Faces' device: Trevor becomes Vana (twice), Eric disguises himself as Maxum Mom to catch the Maxum Man imposter, and Eric, Vana, Kitty and Mayor Swift all turn into Trevor at the end after Vana destroys the device in a fit of rage.