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->''"The age-old mask device? We've seen it a million times!"''
-->-- '''The Brain''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} ''

In fiction, full-head pullover latex or silicone masks can be made so perfectly that it is impossible to tell the wearer from the person he is impersonating until [[TheReveal the moment he pulls off his face by grabbing an invisible seam at the back of his jaw.]] Sometimes the mask is pulled off by grabbing the top of the head.

Even close acquaintances and family members will be fooled. Masks of this quality can completely alter the shape of the wearer's face and head, even to the point of making them thinner or smaller as needed, regardless of common sense or physical law. If you want to make out with someone while wearing one, don't worry--the person you're kissing will never notice your face feels like rubber rather than skin. Best of all for those who need them, masks of such exquisite detail can be made without resorting to casting the face of the target--a couple of small black-and-white photos will do just fine as a reference.

Typically, [[ExpressiveMask a mask like this can even easily mimic the wearers' expression]], making it easier to fool others. Sometimes the unmasking [[DramaticUnmask is done in a rather dramatic manner]].

This is the number one tool of the MasterOfDisguise. It's not seen nearly as often in modern TV, but it still lurks about and surfaces every now and then. The ''Film/{{Darkman}}'' movies, for example, and the opening of the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' film.

If a man [[DisguisedInDrag disguises as a woman this way]], the unmasking can often be seen as an UnsettlingGenderReveal.

Another variation of this involves the use of a [[FullBodyDisguise full rubber bodysuit]] that is unzipped down the front or the back for the reveal, usually used more in animation.

This trope can be nightmare fuel for some people, especially if it's accompanied by a graphic "peel-the-face-off" shot (and it often is). Woe to the [[http://phobias.about.com/od/phobiaslist/a/maskaphobia.htm Masklophobic]] who runs into a film using this trope (especially if they don't know it's coming) and gets treated to seeing an actor remove their face.

If it's [[HalloweenEpisode around Halloween]], then this trope may come into play, as that's the time of year when people can be expected to wear rubber masks.

The exact polar opposite of Latex Perfection is the PaperThinDisguise. A usual technique is to [[CastAsAMask use a different actor under the "mask"]] (Compare MagicPlasticSurgery for another method of "explaining" how one actor can suddenly perfectly resemble another). Remember, WeWillNotUseStageMakeupInTheFuture, and the latex mask will be subsumed by AppliedPhlebotinum.


* A really memorable but creepy Smokey bear PSA commercial from 1973 had this. It starts off with actress Joanna Cassidy talking to us about forest fires and then towards the end she takes her face off like a rubber mask to reveal a creepy Smokey Bear costumed character underneath. It was remade in 1980 with the unmasking being less scary and Smokey being more cuddly and friendly-looking and have a voice that [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed sounds remarkably similar to John Goodman]]. The Joanna Cassidy original can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXcrbpMNvTs
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tM649iQ0ass This late-entry Mac vs. PC ad]], featuring the PC guy impersonating the Mac guy, complete with [[CastAsAMask actor-switch]] effect and [[SpecialEffectFailure the mask suddenly looking different and cheaper once removed]].
* Back in the 1990s, Waffle Crisp cereal uses this in two related commercials. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW5WTQ9Tc7s the first part]], a team of boys send a spy, disguised as "a real granny" with a mask, into the factory where the cereal is made and steals a supply. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWnyo_Smzqo the second part]], two of the boys fall victim to a pair of pretty "young girls" who remove their masks (and costumes)... revealing two "Real Grannies (TM)" underneath that steal back their cereal and escape.
* A young couple go on a light-hearted date, and the young man drives off with a photograph and a wave. Once he's out of sight, the young woman unmasks. Apparently, [[http://youtu.be/2xZTbDiNsu4 he'll do anything for his friend.]]
* [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike "But I don't use it. Because I'm a woman"]].
* The late 1990s Subaru Forester commercial, where in some kind of spy parody, a pretty red-haired woman (complete with suggestive feminine American voice) escapes the bad guys' hideout in a Subaru Forester vehicle, managing to get out before the exit door closes. Then once safely outside, the announcer says that the experience can be "full of surprises," as the woman peels off her rubber mask and her wig to reveal Paul Hogan, whom says in his normal deep Australian accent, "Like mine for example!"
* Also seen in the UsefulNotes/{{Walmart}} "Rollback Man" commercial from 2003-2004, which parodies all the old action/spy tropes as a parody of "Secret Agent Man" plays in the background, when a hot female Wal-Mart employee disguises herself with a rubber Smiley Face mask (a CGI effect.)
* In this [[http://youtu.be/9lJy86vQSXc Vodafone Omintel]] commercial from 2000, the main character must smuggle the titular product across some kind of checkpoint. She drives into a convenient car wash, [[RuleOfSexy changes clothes]], and removes her mask to reveal a completely different look underneath. However, the curly-haired-blonde look was apparently the result of a makeover... [[CrazyPrepared which she then covered up with a mask of her original, "natural" appearance]].
* Barney Rubble has done this from time to time in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhOqikF9cic&t=2m13s some Pebbles cereal commercials]], even though he usually manages to blow his cover anyways.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plmFkZHjt6Y Got Milk?]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TETJzaiQB3w One Eggo Waffles commercial]] from 1996 involved a ''Mission: Impossible'' parody where a teenage boy is preparing his waffles, his younger brother notices, sneaks into the basement, lays out the plan, then dons a rubber mask of his father, along with a black business suit. He jumps down from a vent and says to his brother "Leggo my eggo... son" (still in his true voice though), and then the ''real'' father enters, saying "Good morning," and the ad ends with him glancing suspiciously at what looks like a copy of him at the table with a shorter body and a wider shirt collar.
* Combined with DreamWithinADream in this 1990 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdsV1ROQTZg Froot Loops commercial]].
* You see a gorgeous woman on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere with a broken down car, what is she driving? Is it a Toyota [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euGyNyGDk4o Corolla]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqU2HDl_LvM Maneja Confiado?]] [[spoiler:Keep driving, it's a trap.]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMd5xuyPGTs This ad]] for Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt involves Bob Saget disguising as ''Series/FullHouse'' co-star John Stamos using a rubber mask, as part of a prank with the real Stamos as the target.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIq-X5lCUGg This McDonald's ad]] cross-promoting ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and the NBA uses the full bodysuit variation, where Elmer Fudd refs what looks like a game between Taz and NBA player Charles, but they both unzip their costumes to reveal Sylvester and another NBA player, respectively, and then unmasking from other suits such as the Road Runner, other NBA players, Wile E. Coyote, etc. until we're left with [[MindScrew two Michael Jordans]].

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', Kanako Urashima masquerades as a number of other characters, including her older brother Keitaro and Naru Narusegawa. Her disguises are so perfect that everyone assumes it is actually the person she is disguised as, [[spoiler: except for the last time she is disguised as Naru, when Keitaro knows the whole time that it is really Kanako.]] (This lent weight to an oft mentioned dig at the manga artist that [[OnlySixFaces many of his characters' faces look alike]].)
** In addition, to make up for differences in skeletal structure, she would, without any apparent pain, ''dislocate and rearrange her bones at the joint''. Logically, of course, this doesn't make any kind of sense, but hey, at least they took body differences into account too...
** Anyone capable of making Mutsumi look convincingly enough like Keitaro to pass muster in a Furo scene wearing only a ModestyTowel...
*** Notably Kanako fooled even ''herself'' for a moment there. It's worse in the manga, with Kanako even going so far as to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/love_hina/v11/c000/134.html give Mutsumi a schlong]], commenting that her brother "should be about that big".
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' is a MasterOfDisguise, so this trait has been included since the beginning, even by characters other than Lupin.
** Lupin's favourite disguise is Zenigata. His pointy chin is changed to the LanternJawOfJustice the cop has.
** ''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo'' has Zenigata yanking on a security guard's face in the opening, just to see if it's Lupin in disguise. Later on, it turns out it was, but he has switched to using a stronger glue to hold his masks on.
--> '''Lupin:''' "You gotta tug harder!"
** In ''Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro'', Lupin doesn't even need a mask for his face to match latex perfection to Zenigata. Makeup and mask played straight for other disguises.
* [[spoiler:Sayoko as Lelouch]] in ''Anime/CodeGeass''. It's a somewhat more realistic example, as the mask is clearly a hard piece of whatever shaped like Lelouch's face, and there are white pads on parts of her face presumably to make up for differences in facial structure.
* KID in ''Manga/MagicKaito''--who [[CanonWelding often appears in]] ''Manga/DetectiveConan''-- seems to have brought this down where he can fool Shinichi [[spoiler:that he is Ran or vice versa. This is scary (if hilarious, for some) seeing they have been known as kindergartners.]]
** Shinichi's mother Yukiko also manages to do this [[spoiler: as a part of a BatmanGambit by both her and her husband, Yusaku, to try convince Conan/Shinichi to let them help him]]. Somewhat justified as she ''was'' a prize-winning actress before getting married, and trained under the same guy that villainous mistress of disguise Vermouth did... KID's dad, the previous Kaitou KID.
* Deconstructed in ''SwallowingTheEarth'' by Creator/OsamuTezuka. Much of the story focuses on the development of an artificial skin that allows anyone to disguise themselves flawlessly & the catastrophic effect it has on society. Not only does it make criminals harder to catch, it's a massive source of ParanoiaFuel in general. Think about it: InAWorld where Latex Perfection is not only possible but commonplace, ''you never know if the people around really are who they are''.
** One particular chapter features a very interesting take on this trope, along with BecomingTheMask. The members of dysfunctional family go their separate ways and one by one are replaced with fugitives disguised as them, who eventually come to love each other more than the real family ever did.
* Orochimaru of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' puts his own [[BodyHorror unique spin]] on this trope. He's able to perfectly disguise the face of his current host body to look exactly like his old face using his skin-shedding jutsu. On top of that he also has a habit of wearing other people's faces as a real disguise. Not masks of other people; he ''peels their faces off and wears them''.
* In the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' manga, PaperMaster Ridley Wan uses paper to make a full-body mask to impersonate Yomiko's deceased lover, Donny Nakajima. It's so detailed that Yomiko had no idea that he was an impostor until he voluntarily unmasked himself after bedding her. This is really impressive when you consider that not only had Yomiko been present when Donny died, [[spoiler: she was the one who killed him]].
* Cassidy and Butch in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' did this in "The Fortune Hunters" when they set up a phony daycare center to steal trainers' Pokémon, both of them wearing perfect rubber mask disguises of a kindly old couple. Jessie tried this a couple of times when she would impersonate a Nurse Joy to convince the heroes that she is a good nurse who can help their Pokémon. The disguise is nearly flawless, except for the mask's mouth not moving when she speaks. In fact, this was one of the things the girl-crazy Brock would notice when he would detect the Nurse Joy is a fake. Later, Cassidy did the same thing wearing the same Nurse Joy mask, and once again Brock knew something was up with "Joy."
* Transfer in ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'', being a MasterOfDisguise, is able to flawlessly disguise himself in his attempts to kill off Willy Fog. Since he is a wolf and all the characters are anthropomorphic animals, he can impersonate other animal types, from a badger to an elderly antelope to a ''[[{{Crossdresser}} female doe]]'', even impersonating Willy Fog himself on a couple of occasions! He isn't shown putting on the disguises or unmasking very often, but it doesn't matter as no matter the disguise, he always has that freaky glowing left eye that shows up even when he's wearing a mask, so the audience will know...
* The manga series ''Gimmick!'' features this in nearly every chapter, but Kohei ''is'' a [[JustifiedTrope professional SFX artist]]. It started with [[spoiler:perfectly layering multiple latex masks on the same person in a scheme to help a model/actress escape from her abusive manager]] and [[SerialEscalation only got more absurd from there.]]
* Appears in ''Manga/CatsEye''. In a variant, the titular thieves use this both for masks and for ''gloves with different fingerprints''.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' - Hanya is purported to have this ability (it's only seen very briefly on-screen), hiding his real face behind the Noh mask that bears his name, and for good reason: he broke his own nose and jaw and sliced off his lips and ears so that he could reconstruct them as he wished for his disguises.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This is a pretty common Trope that many an artist of Superhero comics use when drawing their heroes/villains/vigilantes that have masks, especially full-face ones and ''especially'' the kind that inexplicably show the wearer's moving mouths. Even a character whose hair is inches thick or goes down to their collarbone or that have thick facial hair will appear bald and clean-shaven when wearing these kind of masks, and when they remove it, [[BeautyIsNeverTarnished their hair is none the worse for being compressed under a sweaty mask for however long]] (assuming they've even been shown to have broken a sweat). This Trope often extends to the rest of their costumes, too, to the point where one sometimes wonders how they even get in or out of said costume. In essence, when these characters go out as their alter egos, they literally ''become them''.
* A regular feature of the Italian comic ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' since the first story, published in 1962 (this is effectively the {{Trope Maker|s}} in Italy, [[TropeNamer with the local name for this trope actually being "Diabolik's Mask"]]). As this series thrives in [[RealityEnsues having reality hit the characters at the exactly wrong moment]], the masks have a few limits:
** While the masks can also disguise fingerprints and different eye colours can be dealt with by coloured lenses, they cannot disguise different body builds, forcing Diabolik and Eva to go without using disguises on multiple occasions.
** As Diabolik is a well-known criminal and the existence of the masks is a known fact, the police and/or possible victims will set up face checks (consisting in pinching the face to try and take off the eventual mask) any time they suspect Diabolik is around (this was actually expected by Diabolik back when the masks were still unknown to the public, hence him trying to prevent their discovery).
** Some of the masks have been confiscated by the police or ended in the hands of other criminals. While nobody so far has managed to reverse-engineer them, a scientist has discovered enough of the formula that he could assemble a device to detect their presence.
** As said above, many want to reverse-engineer the masks, but the closest anyone got was masks that would resist a few hours before melting (Diabolik solved this problem). [[BlessedWithSuck As Diabolik is the only one who knows how to make the plastic for the masks, everyone who wants to put their hands on the secret is after him]].
** Finally, the very existence of the masks often causes the same paranoia mentioned in the ''Swallowing the Earth'' entry above. After all, how do you know that the [[TheDreaded rightly feared]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Assassin With a Thousand Faces]] (one of Diabolik's ''many'' terrifying nicknames) isn't right behind you wondering if your death would be useful for his next caper?
* In ''Magico Vento'' (Italian western comic)the secondary character Dick Carr can mimic any face with makeup... around 1880. Partly justified as he is a professional actor, used makeup for years and has a makeup kit on par with his skills. Made hard to believe when you factor in that his face has been horribly burned with vetriol by his jealous wife, and he has no more skin and damaged muscles. How he can make any expression is a mystery, much more voice imitation.
** Again, at least a couple of times he is busted by people that recognized the act.
* The comic book series (and, briefly, TV series) ''Series/HumanTarget'' starred Christopher Chance, a man who is paid to mimic people who have been targeted for assassination. The twist in later versions was that he was so good at mimicking them, he would sometimes forget who he really was.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'', Nävis often wears a semi-liquid symbiote over her skin. Since she is the only human in a giant space fleet composed of thousands of species, normal disguise wouldn't be very effective. As a bonus, the symbiote adjusts her metabolism and immune system for NoBiochemicalBarriers and serves as TranslatorMicrobes.
* In the comics, Franchise/{{Batman}} would occasionally disguise himself (often impersonating Franchise/{{Superman}} to get the bad guys to use their {{Kryptonite|Factor}} on the wrong target) and then pull off the false face, ''revealing his cowl, ears and all, underneath''. This seems to have finally become a DiscreditedTrope because it just stretches WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief too far.
** This was common in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries,'' as well.
** Probably reached its apex when Batman disguised himself, full-body, as Killer Croc. While playing poker for what was apparently several hours. And not only did no one notice any oddness in the way his (much taller, more muscular, and all-around bigger) body moved, when the light started swaying and he went into shadow, ''you could see his Batman costume underneath it''. (This last was pretty much purely for dramatic effect, but still.) Making it even more implausible, the show's design of Killer Croc had a very wide, cheekless mouth open on the sides, making it impossible to hide a normal human face underneath it.
** There was also the time that Dick Grayson dressed up as ''Bruce Wayne'' [[IdentityImpersonator to discredit a man that had discovered Batman's true identity]]. Aside from looking ''and sounding'' exactly the same as Bruce, Dick's only complaint was that he had to use leg extensions to appear taller, lifting up his pant legs to reveal that he's on ''stilts''. Did no one notice the disturbing bulges right in the middle of Bruce Wayne's ''shins''?
** This was also done shockingly well in Batman and Robin with the character of Oberon Sexton, who we are led to believe is an English best-selling crime author/detective, who assists the Dynamic Duo. Damien suspects Oberon is faking his accent and believes he is [[spoiler:Bruce]], but he denies this, and Dick confirms this. It turns out he is [[spoiler:The Joker]]. Yeah, let that sink in for a while.
* In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'' Comicbook/LexLuthor dresses up as Franchise/{{Superman}} and makes Comicbook/LoisLane and ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson disappear. Not only was his Superman mask real good but he also manages to look as muscular as Superman.
* Quite a few examples from ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' comics:
** Several {{Canon Discontinuit|y}}ies ago, it was explained that Aunt May was really alive because the one who died was an impostor in disguise. How any mask or makeup could possibly have fooled a close relative like Peter Parker (let alone a close relative with SpiderSense) was left unexplained.
** In an early storyline, the late Frederick Foswell took on the alternate identity of a low-life stool pigeon known as "Patch." He wore a latex mask to look like a generic middle-aged man with brown hair and an eyepatch, and also wore a fedora. He even once nearly figured out Spider-Man's true identity this way, but Peter Parker managed to fool him anyways, not even knowing Patch and Foswell were one and the same.
** The Chameleon, a MasterOfDisguise by trade, often took advantage of this trope. In his first appearance, he used his trademark "mask pouch" to create seamless disguises of anyone he encountered, virtually on the spot. Later on he abandoned the masks in favor of holograms or actual shapeshifting. More recently, he returned to Latex Perfection, with the justification that he does take molds of the person he's impersonating's face. (And then kills them.)
*** Justified with Chameleon as he's also able to stunningly duplicate a person down to voice and more. He once impersonated Tigra to fool Finesse, the heroine stunned and unable to believe Chameleon could duplicate Tigra down to her micro-expressions. His reaction: "I'm a professional."
* Harvey Dent uses one of these in ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween''.
* In ''Comicbook/TheAuthority: Kev'', an alien infiltrator somehow manages a Latex Perfection disguise, despite being something of a {{Starfish Alien|s}}, having 5 eyes, and about seven short, stubby fingers on each hand.
* Regularly used by Creator/DCComics' ''ComicBook/UnknownSoldier''.
* One of the trademarks of MasterOfDisguise Nemesis in Franchise/TheDCU. He uses special masks of his own invention that dissolve with the application of a special spray, allowing him to resume his normal appearance in seconds.[[note]]In his 21st century appearances, Nemesis often instead uses even higher tech {{Hologram}} technology for his disguises.[[/note]]
* Also in Franchise/TheDCU, ComicBook/BlackOrchid frequently uses Latex Perfection; even managing to disguise herself as a man.
* In the ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}} ''Somebody Goofed'', the Devil uses one of these to pose as a human and lead a young man to atheism. Even more amazing when you realize it somehow covered his horns too. Of course, he's the dark lord. But [[FridgeLogic why]] would the Devil even need to use a [[Film/FaceOff John Travolta-style mask]], given that the novel ''Faust'' [[WordOfDante establishes he can shapeshift]]?
* In earlier issues of ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', he disguised himself like Comicbook/TheMightyThor to attract Mr. Hyde and Cobra, usual foes of the Nordic God. Thor himself said that it was like looking in a mirror. DD even used some skin-coloured latex to cover his costume and resemble the naked arms of Thor. Yeah.
** A few issues later, DD participates on a movie with the Stunt-Master. The Stilt-Man knocks down SM and disguises his face to look like him. In about five minutes.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}:
** In a non-canonical ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' story written by Jerry Siegel (''Franchise/{{Superman}} #149''), [[http://www.cbr.com/silver-age-september-the-first-death-of-superman/ Kara finally reveals herself to the public by crashing a party the bad guys are throwing in a full Superman suit and mask, then removing it to reveal herself]].
** One time, Superman was unable to save an alien woman, but fortunately for him, she was actually Supergirl in disguise.
** The Matrix Supergirl did this quite a bit for some time, before she briefly gained the ability to shapeshift.
* In Comicbook/CaptainAmerica's origin story, the Super Soldier project is hidden beneath an antique shop. The "old woman" who tends to the shop is, in fact, a young woman agent named Betsy Ross in disguise. In [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger the 2011 movie]], however, she appears to be an actual old woman, albeit one who's handy with a machine gun.
** Spoofed in an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Rat-Man}}'' with a similar premise, where the old shopkeeper the young woman agent is disguised as is actually an old woman identical to her former appearance under the young woman mask. Also, her pet cat is actually a guard dog in disguise.
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Butch Cassidy Rides Again", the gang uses latex masks to make themselves appear identical to the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang.
* One ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' story in ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' had Darkwing wearing a mask that looked exactly like his real face over his traditional eye mask and under a series of other masks. Appropriately {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Launchpad and Gosalyn.
** This was stolen from [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Paperinik stories]]: Latex Perfection is one of Paperinik's (WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's superhero/antihero alter ego) most used tricks (something he inherited by Fantomius, the GentlemanThief whose journal inspired him), and his trademark disguise is to wear a Donald mask over his usual domino mask, helping his ClarkKenting (after all, how do you know that Paperinik isn't wearing his domino mask over a Donald mask?).
** Fantomius once pulled one better: planning to get arrested he wore his face-covering silk mask over a mask of his true face ''worn over another of his face-covering masks''. That successfully convinced the police that Fantomius was just disguised.
* Partly adverted in a ''ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio'' story where a latex mask is used to frame Fantasio. While the mask is good enough to fool people watching him on TV or from afar, it always keeps the same, smiling expression, and the guy under the mask has a similar frame. He also never meets a close relative of Fantasio's while masked.
* In Comicbook/CaptainAmerica #606 (''No Escape, part one''), Baron Zemo wears a latex mask of a person to break into a mental asylum to interrogate Sin. Like some other examples on this page, ''he wore it over his actual mask''.
* The ''ComicBook/TexWiller'' villain [[MeaningfulName Proteus]] was capable of nearly flawless disguises, which he used to frame our heroes (Kit Carson for example) for robbing and murder.
* Found in ''ComicBook/RicHochet'' where more than one perpetrator wore a mask with a face identical to the victim. In one instance, she even had manly-gloves.
* Parodied in a ''ComicBook/{{MAD}}'' story that is supposedly teaching readers how to make a parody comic. At the end, the two main characters (Brutus and Marc Anthony, as this was supposed to be a ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' parody) start unmasking themselves to reveal they're someone else, and it goes over and over with the two guys removing thousands of masks. The narrator comments that "Unmasking scenes are great to end a story. Everyone takes off their masks and reveal that the bad guy is not really a bad guy and the good guy is not really a good guy... also, I'm not the real narrator and this is not ''[=MAD=]''...", with the last panel showing the narrator unmask himself to reveal he was Creator/MarilynMonroe all along, and also unmasks the panel revealing a ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse'' comic underneath.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/MyImmortal'', [[Literature/HarryPotter Lord Voldemort and the "Death Dealers"]] are able to disguise themselves as the band Music/MyChemicalRomance simply by donning masks. Why they didn't use Polyjuice Potion is never explained. [[SoBadItsGood It's that kind of fic.]]
* This is how [[spoiler:the Teacher Creature is unmasked]] in ''Fanfic/AttackOfTheTeacherCreature''.
* [[Creator/DetsniyOffSkiword Dahlia Hawthorne Escaps From Pirson]] has Kristoph Gavin disguise himself as Pokemon Trainer Pearl, a character much younger than him. This disguise apparently also reduces his height, is able to trick a radar, and makes his own brother unable to recognize him, despite standing next to him.

* ''{{Film/Fantomas}}'' did it back in 1964, being probably one of the oldest live-action examples. It consisted of the titular MasterOfDisguise villain always wearing a bald, bluish latex mask to conceal his true identity. He would often wear ''other'' latex masks over it when committing crimes. At other times he would peel of his bluish latex mask to reveal his new impersonation (then later on remove that one to reveal his bluish mask again...)
* The Film/JamesBond film ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' contains one of the earliest examples.
** A nice variation ten years later in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', the masked man, in a fit of frustration, grabs his nose and pulls it, stretching and removing the latex in pieces. A satisfyingly disturbing reveal.
* Spoofed at the start of ''Film/AustinPowers''. Austin reveals that a woman is actually a man in disguise. The scene is done with special effects worthy of the 60s, where the actress playing the spy is obviously a (good looking) woman until the camera angle changes as Austin pulls off "his" hair, the actress having been replaced by a bulky man in [[WigDressAccent Drag]].
** Subverted later when Powers tries to recreate his triumph by assaulting a woman and trying to pull off her wig, only to be told she's actually an innocent woman. In fact, his boss's mother.
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' seriously abused this trope, as Creator/RobinWilliams' character would duck into a rest room to put on his "old woman" disguise in a matter of seconds, in spite of the fact that the "making of" documentary on the DVD explained that it took several hours to apply the mask to the actor's face.
** What's more, it seems to be realistically painstaking and time-consuming the first few times he puts on his disguise, but that gets set aside in favor of the RuleOfFunny for later scenes, where he not only changes in and out of the disguise in seconds, but he manages to fit everything he needs in a large lady's handbag.
* ''Film/WhiteChicks'' (the Wayans Brothers' semi-ripoff of ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'') featured secret agent brothers Kevin and Marcus Copeland (played by Shawn and Marlon Wayans) disguising as Caucasian blond-haired co-eds (though they seem to resemble pale-faced lower-voiced imitations of the girls rather than perfect replicas), and like the case with ''Mrs. Doubtfire'', prosthetic appliances are used to make the brothers look like white females, with regular latex masks used as props for unmasking scenes.
** However, it has to be given with them an example in one of the beach scenes, in which Marcus appears in disguise, wearing a ''bikini''! White-skin-colored body, fake boobs and all! (specifically the part in which "she" is sunbathing when Latrell (Creator/TerryCrews) unexpectedly casts his shadow over "her" just by standing by).
* ''Film/TheAssociate'' is a semi-combination of the previous two examples. Creator/WhoopiGoldberg dresses as [[SweetPollyOliver an elderly white man]] to get ahead in business. Her latex mask fools everyone perfectly.
* Similarly to the Slitheen example below, the trope is subverted in the first ''Film/MenInBlack'', where the Bug alien somehow compacts itself enough to fit into the skin of the first human it had come across. The disguise itself, however, is actually of terrible quality, with hanging skin, and the Bug having difficulty just getting from one location to another, let alone remain inconspicuous. And the 'Edgar-suit' is [[{{Squick}} visibly decaying throughout the movie]].
* The 1988 movie ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' featured the evil human villain Judge Doom (played by Creator/ChristopherLloyd) revealing himself to be an evil maniacal 'toon in disguise wearing a latex mask and a human suit. We don't see Doom unmask or a glimpse of his true identity, and the only traces of his 'toon form are his glowing evil eyes (which were hidden by prosthetic contact lenses resembling human eyeballs) and his yellow hand which can change into an anvil and buzzsaw (hidden by a black glove), and is melted by his own dip, and all that remains is his human mask and clothes. After this scene, a brief sequence can be seen where a sheep peels off his sheep disguise to reveal the Disney Big Bad Wolf.
* Subverted in ''Film/MinorityReport'', where [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture several years in the future]] Creator/TomCruise's character injects himself with something in a pen-syringe that makes the skin on his face droop dramatically. It doesn't change his face into any other identity, but it does ''disguise'' his identity, which is all he needs.
* Handled somewhat realistically in ''Film/SmokinAces'', where assassin Laszlo Soot has to spend a considerable amount of time (though not quite as much as he should have) applying his make-up/mask and working on a voice imitation of his target. It was more impressive that the film did not use the "actor switch" but actually did the full make-up of the other actor over Flanagan's features.
* Subverted in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', when Doc Brown starts talking at length about the rejuvenation treatments he had in the future, and mentions that he disguised himself so that his new, younger appearance wouldn't catch Marty off-guard. He then rips off his latex mask to reveal... his exact same face underneath (less rugged, but equal).
** This was probably done so as to avoid having put makeup on Creator/ChristopherLloyd (Doc Brown) all the time. In the [[Film/BackToTheFuture first film]] 1985 Doc only shows up at the beginning and end and is played by Lloyd in aging makeup. The majority of the film features 1955 Doc played by Lloyd as is. However, the sequels follow Marty and 1985 Doc so logically he should look older, except that he doesn't because of the rejuvenation treatments. It's easy to get confused, since the differences between young Doc and old Doc are so subtle.
*** They say as much in the DVDCommentary, but they give the additional reason that it makes more sense for Clara in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'' to fall in love with the 40yo Doc than the 70yo Doc.
* In ''Film/TheWitches'', the evil Grand High Witch (Creator/AnjelicaHuston) does this to hide her ugly witch face. At the meeting of the witches, she peels off her "normal" human mask to reveal her hideous witch form. Interestingly, Huston's real face represents the witch "in disguise," and the use of prosthetic masks was used for her true witch form and removing her "beautiful face" mask.
* Used many times in a flashback montage of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'' ''TheMovie'':
** To clarify, [[spoiler: Dr. Olsen disguised himself as a janitor to sneak Dr. Spaulding's facility and steal his research, and most importantly to hide the fact that he is Dr. Spaulding's twin brother.]]
* In ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise'', the mask device is used (sometimes even parodied) for several of the disguises in this film. Such examples include Fabrizzio Disguisey (portrayed by James Brolin) masquerading as Creator/BoDerek, Michael Johnson, Wrestling/JesseVentura, and Music/JessicaSimpson. For these disguises, the CastAsAMask technique is used, and only the unmaskings of Creator/BoDerek and Music/JessicaSimpson are depicted on screen, while Fabrizzio in his Michael Johnson disguise lifts up the Constitution scroll to cover his body out of frame, and among moving it back down he goes from black to his true Caucasian identity, and Jesse Ventura is only seen tugging on his cheeks as we cut away to a close-up of the villain as we hear the mask stretching offscreen. Similarly, Grandpa Disguisey disguises himself at one part as a smaller female maid, done via the "actor switch" technique and an off-screen unmasking, and Pistachio Disguises (portrayed by Creator/DanaCarvey) wears various disguises, the majority of them played by Carvey himself under different makeup/prosthetics, yet the only disguise we see him unmasking onscreen is when the villain manages to see through Pistachio's disguise of one of his henchmen (where the actor-switch trick was employed yet again).
* Played straight in ''Film/TheFaceOfAnother''. A man whose face was burned off in an industrial accident gets a flawless latex mask. The doctor suggests he wear sunglasses as the join around the eyes might show, but as it turns out even that isn't necessary. The mask then undermines the man's sanity.
* Seen extensively in the ''Film/MissionImpossibleFilmSeries'' (since [[Series/MissionImpossible the original TV show]], listed under Live Action TV, liked it a lot).
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' provided some particularly egregious examples of this, with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt apparently carrying perfect latex masks, not only of various bad guy henchmen but also of himself. These he was able to apply unaided to himself (or in the case of the mask of himself, a bad guy henchman), in about ten seconds flat.
*** It also showed how they mimicked the voices as well, with a thin strip of circuitry placed at the base of the neck (which somehow affected sounds made mostly in the ''mouth'').
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' made it [[TechnologyPorn more realistic and time-consuming]] than its predecessors, leaving us to wonder what happened to the technology.
*** This film further demonstrated the voice-mimicking devices: Ethan forces his target at gunpoint to read a short poem that contains every phoneme in English; this is apparently used to build the "voice mask" of the target. The film [[https://literalminded.wordpress.com/2006/05/05/a-panphonic-poem-for-mission-impossible-3/ actually got a professor of linguistics to write the poem]], and he notes the impossibility of the technology, but admits it [[MST3KMantra works in the film as a whole]].
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' had this technology malfunctioning, thus forcing Ethan and Jane Carter to [[PaperThinDisguise impersonate Wistrom and Moreau without the help of such masks]]. [[spoiler: Later, Wistrom turns out to be Hendricks wearing a mask.]]
*** ''Ghost Protocol'' also showed an IMF team doing a retinal scan and DNA test to make sure Ethan Hunt really was who he said he was.
** In the N64 game of the film, the Face Maker seems to even duplicate the enemy's clothing (if the original body doesn't [[NoBodyLeftBehind disappear]]).
* Spoofed in the beginning of ''Film/CharliesAngels'', which was nearly a direct spoof of the beginning of ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''.
* In the film ''Film/LaFemmeNikita'', we briefly see a supporting character applying a complex, realistic looking disguise, complete with extensive makeup to alter the shape of his face and a wig. Not quite a mask, but it does completely alter the way he looks.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. The title character, while masquerading as an elderly janitor and [[spoiler:Music/JamesBrown]].
* Music/TheBeatles' ''Film/{{Help}}'' has the Eastern bad guys getting captured when they knock Ringo unconscious, then find it's Paul, and then John (but not George?) in a Ringo mask as bait for a police ambush.
* The big reveal at the end of ''Film/MurderByDeath'' is that Bensonmum, after being accused of murdering Lionel Twain using increasingly outlandish deductions by all the assembled [[AmateurSleuth Agatha Christiesque detectives]], [[spoiler:pulls off a mask that he is really -- Lionel Twain]]. And ''then,'' after all the detectives go home, [[spoiler:he then pulls off ''another'' mask to reveal he's really -- the mute maid, who laughs very vocally.]].
* A pretty surprising example in North Korean (yes!) MartialArtsMovie ''Film/HongKilDong''. Thuk Jae is in pursuit of the evil ninjas. He traces them to a tavern being kept by a single old lady. Something doesn't seem right--there's a fine horse without an owner standing behind the tavern, and the old lady displays lightning-quick reflexes when she catches some falling plates. "She" then whips off a rubber mask and reveals herself to be one of the ninjas, who has laid an ambush.
* Partially averted by ''Film/{{Darkman}}'', whose synthetic skin (not latex) masks are only really convincing when he backs up the deception by researching his target's voice and mannerisms. The substance the masks themselves are made of is seen as a technological breakthrough in itself, the MacGuffin of the film.
* Done when the security chief in ''Film/SwampThing'' removes his mask, revealing himself to be the main villain Anton Arcane.
* Could be said of [[spoiler:Quaid's fat lady disguise]] in the original ''Film/TotalRecall1990''.
* ''Film/ScoobyDooMonstersUnleashed'', naturally, made use of this trope: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Heather Jasper-Howe]], unmasked not twenty seconds prior as the villain, is ''then'' revealed to be Jonathan Jacobo aka. the Pterodactyl Ghost, wearing a full-face latex mask (and presumably fake breasts)]].
** It's then hilariously subverted shortly afterwards when Fred confronts [[spoiler:Howe/Jacobo]]'s accomplice, Ned:
---> '''Fred''': And the real identity of Ned is- ''*pulls at Ned's hairline*''
--->'''Ned''': Ow!
--->'''Fred''': ...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Ned!]]
* Used briefly in ''Film/{{Bloodfist}} VI'' where the main villain disguises himself as an elderly tourist at first. To their credit, after most of the mask is pulled off, the actor is left with patches of latex and glue on his face until continuity loses track of them.
* Seen in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', for the ComicBook/RedSkull's human disguise. It is a rare aversion in that the mask [[GlamourFailure slips]] a few times before he finally does away with it completely.
** Lampshaded by ''WesternAnimation/{{Mad}}'': "Really? Nobody's impressed that I'm wearing a face as a mask? Really?"
** [[Comicbook/BlackWidow Natasha]] uses a hi-tech version is used in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', to impersonate [[spoiler: Hawley of the World Security Council]].
** Implied in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', when Zemo disguises himself as Bucky Barnes, explicitly with facial prosthesis and a wig. We only ever see the disguise in blurry news footage, implying it might have been imperfect.
* Parodied in German comedy ''[[Film/DerWixxer Neues vom Wixxer]]'' where one of the characters dons a perfect latex mask that looks exactly like his face, just with added moustache. In the original ''Der Wixxer'' main antagonist wears such a mask over his trademark bulky skull mask.
* Played with in ''Film/JohnnyEnglish''; the villains make a near-perfect mask of the Archbishop of Canterbury [[spoiler:as part of the BigBad's plot to make himself king]], but they suspect (correctly) that [[IdiotHero English]] knows about the mask, so they scrap the idea and decide to trick the real Archbishop into going along with their plan. Naturally, English tries to remove the mask that the not fake Archbishop is not wearing, and HilarityEnsues.
* Could be said of the full-body cow disguise used in ''Film/TopSecret''; the rubber bovine suit becomes totally realistic when put on, despite having obviously painted-on brown spots and black rubber boots instead of hooves (done via mixing in shots of a ''real'' cow with the painted spots and boots). The disguise works well enough for [[TwoMenOneDress the two men inside the suit]] to slip past the guards, and it even manages to fool a young calf (whom sucks the udder, presumably giving the guy in the back a blowjob that surprisingly ''arouses'' him) and a larger male bull ([[BlackComedyRape don't ask!]])
* Parodied in ''Film/ShriekIfYouKnowWhatIDidLastFridayTheThirteenth'' when the survivors try to discover the true identity of the killer, revealing hundreds of masks before getting the answer.
* In ''Film/MacheteKills'', the assassin El Chameleón can look like ''anyone''. He's portrayed by Creator/WaltonGoggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., ''Music/LadyGaga'', and finally Creator/AntonioBanderas.
* The short film ''Stripped'' by Mark Jackson. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JPsGM78Rd8 You should be VERY thankful that things like this do not exist in real life.]]
* Used to evil effect in the movie ''The List of Adrian Messenger''. A serial killer with a theatrical background uses a series of disguises to kill a group of people standing between himself and an inheritance. We only see who it really is later in the movie. To confuse matters further a half dozen guest stars appear in disguise as well and are only revealed at the end. [[spoiler: Although two of said guest stars only took part in TheStinger and weren't in the main part of the movie at all!]]
* In ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet'', a latex mask is used to make Commissar Ledvina look exactly like the hero so he could pose as a BodyDouble. Later the hero uses a latex mask for himself to convincingly pose as another character. Ends in a DramaticUnmask scene.
* In ''Film/ExMachina'', the skin on the robots is easily moved from robot to robot and blends with no seams.
* ''Film/NakedLunch'': [[spoiler:Doctor Benway]] disguises himself as [[spoiler:Fadela]] with a perfect bodysuit to remain incognito in Interzone.
* ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheHams'': This is parodied in the ending, when basically every character in the film reveals themselves to be wearing a latex mask (e.g. Antonio's mother disguising herself as her son, Detective Balsam disguising himself as Lily, Jo disguising himself as Antonio's mother's corpse). It's so prolongued that by the end the characters are placing bets on it.
** At the end, Creator/AlfredHitchcock appears to kill the director of the film in a PsychoShowerMurderParody, but then peels off his latex mask to reveal he's actually Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza (played by Creator/DomDeLuise).

* A very extreme example of this is featured in the ''Literature/AnonymousRex'' novels, where the whole premise is that dinosaurs are still alive, just disguised as humans. Using very complicated latex costumes. Egad.
** The TV movie adaptation had the dinosaurs hide themselves using HardLight holographic projections...is that better?
*** Setting aside that the movie kind of sucked, this is revealed in one scene to be a recent switch -- as in, probably in the last couple years. The characters need decoys, so they pull out the old latex costumes, which, aside from being terrifying and obvious fakes, don't look too much different from the holodisguises the characters are using right now.
*** The books HandWave the "elaborate costume" trick by saying it's also part evolution; the dinosaurs (which, undisguised, are quite dinosaur-shaped, if human-sized) have developed soft, rubbery skeletons so that they can fit into the costumes without, for example, having an elongated velociraptor snout poking out of a human face. It works if you're willing to ignore the fact that this pretty much defeats the purpose of having a skeleton to begin with.
* In Creator/BruceCoville's ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' books, this is how aliens disguise themselves as humans. Somehow it works despite them having very different features such as extra eyes.
** To be fair, it's not simply latex, it's some sort of alien technology (note, for example, that it can automatically change skin tone). And while aliens in that series can look ''very'' weird by human standards, the aliens sent to Earth were basically (and probably purposefully) humanoid; Kreeblim just had to deal with only using two-thirds of her usual vision for a while.
* In Dominique Jean's ''La Fiancée du Vent'', the heroine, who can exist in 3 places at the same time, uses a latex mask to pass for a friend and pretend to betray herself, so as to work as a double agent with her enemies.
* Subverted in Creator/HPLovecraft's "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness", in which the mask and hands used for Latex Perfection by a disguised alien aren't latex at all, but ''the actual face and hands of the abductee it's imitating''.
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' occasionally used this trope, as well as [[Series/{{Goosebumps}} the spin-off TV series]], but perhaps the most famous use was in "The Haunted Mask" stories, where whoever wears a creepy, hyper-realistic mask that was taken from a mysterious party shop is transformed; the mask attaches to his or her face and ''[[BecomingTheMask takes over the mind of the wearer]]'', making him or her act evil. In the sequel ("The Haunted Mask II"), a mask resembling a ghoulish old man even goes as far as making its victim wearer become very old and weak.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: The Vigilantes use this a lot. In fact, Alexis Thorne carries a red bag that contains the necessary tools to create latex disguises. One book explains that Alexis had Hollywood aspirations, and while she couldn't get a job as an actor, she proved to be very good at dressing up actors. Those latex disguises have certainly proven to be very helpful!
* The Yuuzhan Vong in the Literature/StarWarsExpandedUniverse have a (typically bizarre and painful) [[BiologicalTechnology biotech version]] of this trope, the ''ooglith masquer'', a full-body suit of, essentially, incredibly thin fungus that lives parasitically off its wearer and can mimic human-like features, even copying the wearer's expressions to a degree (although masquers are sometimes noted to have odd, understated expressions). Masquers are so effective that the humanoid-but-decidedly-not-HumanAlien Vong were able to successfully disguise themselves as human for years at a time.
** In the Wraith Squadron novel ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Mercy Kill]]'', Yuuzhan Vong biologist "Scut" joins the team and specializes in creating ''neoglith masquers'', a refinement of the original design that does away with the inconvenient and painful parasitic elements in favor of quickly-grown, disposable masks that imitate a specific target with great accuracy. Over the course of the novel he creates a number of masquers to fake a variety of general and specific appearances, but the most impressive example is the "Embass" masquer, a full-body suit which successfully converts the team's HumanAlien actor into a monstrous lobster-fish-man that completely takes in the marks, even when they perform medical and genetic tests on it!
* In a non-facial example, [[spoiler: Lord Vodni]] from Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''Goblin Moon'' has a grotesque bird-like claw for a hand, which he conceals with some kind of artificial-skin glove. Until he peels it bare in a rage, Sera notices nothing unusual about his hands, even though it has ''talons'' long and sharp enough for combat.

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* Used a couple of times in the FX-makeup effects show ''Series/FaceOff'', mainly in the early seasons and only once a season. It was done very rarely, as these tended to be both the hardest and ugliest makeups of the entire season. Artists often had to change age, race, and sex of their model, which often showed [[SubvertedTrope how hard and time consuming the trope is]], i.e. when a model's hair was so thick it pushed the bald cap off the skin or a full mask vs individual pieces. They even had to apply makeup to themselves in one episode, and attempt to fool their own family members. This worked for the most part, as the artist were "store employees" while the loved one was there for a random task the show gave them. The family (and the public) rarely tried to make eye contact with the store help, who themselves tried to change their voice or act "in character" which was just weird all around.
** These are often the worst makeups of the show, as the contestants are majoratively creature and FX artists, so they largely specialize in monster, horror, and bloody makeup, not beauty or glamour. Also, these trials tended to result in racist and/or sexist situations, as one contestant went the blackface route, and another made himself a very ugly woman (because he knew he couldn't make himself a beautiful one). Add in their inexperience with the style and the typical episode challenges, and the winner was often just whoever's makeup was the least plastic looking.
* In spite of his known penchant for elaborate pranks, Ian of ''Series/StarkRavingMad'' manages to fool Henry and the audience for an entire episode[[labelnote:Episode]] "Coffin to Go''[[/labelnote]] by disguising himself as a [[spoiler: funeral home employee.]]
* Rollin (Martin Landau), Paris (Creator/LeonardNimoy), and Casey (Lynda Day George) on ''Series/MissionImpossible'' not only made use of this trope, but gradually turned it into a cliche. This was done in two ways: In some early episodes, the target would be someone who just so happened to look like Martin Landau with make-up and a wig; then Rollin Hand would later replace this person. The other version, which was done occasionally with Landau and almost always with Nimoy and George, was to use an ordinary guest actor for the target; then once Rollin (or Paris or Casey) had donned the disguise, the guest actor would play him as well. Many episodes actually showed the team MasterOfDisguise creating the mask and studying the mannerisms of the person he/she was planning to impersonate to make it look plausible that they could make the switch.
** In the 1980s {{revival}} series the masks were made automatically with a digital camera (with an umbilical the size of a small fire hose), a computer, and a sort of vacuum forming machine.
** Interestingly, in [[Film/MissionImpossible the first movie]] Creator/TomCruise actually ''did'' play a guest character (a senator) who as Ethan Hunt he later impersonated.
* Used frequently in ''Series/TheXFiles'' spinoff ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''.
* A high quality rubber mask was worn by a bank robber in an episode of ''Series/NUMB3RS'' and it was totally convincing, though the wearer wasn't impersonating anyone in particular, just concealing his own appearance.
* ''Series/{{Austin and Ally}}'': [[spoiler: Brooke]] did this twice.
* Spoofed in ''Series/SledgeHammer'': the female KGB spy turned out to be a male KGB spy behind a latex mask, however, the rest of the bodily alterations were apparently permanent (so that he/she could win the Miss Iron Curtain pageant).
* Similarly spoofed in ''Series/PoliceSquad'''s second episode, when a pretty cocktail waitress in a club turned out to be a bearded Frenchman in a mask and wig.
* The Master in ''Series/DoctorWho'' uses the latex mask routine several times in the Third Doctor era -- totally convincing while he's wearing it, the mask suddenly becomes an obvious lump of rubber when he takes it off. In one episode, the disguise also seemed to involve being nearly a foot shorter while wearing the mask.
** Of course, considering that this is the series (and race) that gave us the Does Everything Tool in the Sonic Screwdriver, the Master being able to create masks that do that kind of stuff is a little more believable. In his first appearance he had a deal with the Nestene Consciousness, controller of the living plastic Autons - he could have gotten them then.
** However, despite this great disguise he'd still in some way refer to himself as The Master, usually by translating it into another language.
** On some occasions, he'd pull a reverse trick - slap a disguise of himself on someone else while he makes a getaway.
** The Rani also pulled this one in her debut appearance, disguising herself as an old woman, and the new series gives us the Twelfth Doctor [[spoiler:wearing an actual dead person's face over his actual face to disguise himself as a Clockwork Droid]].
** In the new series, the Slitheen use actual dead people to form complete body suits in this fashion.
** In the serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]]", the main villain has a head which is a mass of tentacles with a single eye in the center. Despite this, a latex mask enables him to perfectly appear as a human being complete with eyes, tongue, facial expressions, et cetera.
* Spencer in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' at one point assumes the form of the much younger, much more female Ronny and succeeds. He'd done disguises of this nature before, but this one really embodied the trope. In a similar manner, his ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart, Makino, does the same with female team member Sakura. For Makino it was a one-time thing, but Spencer can turn into pretty much ''anybody'' with a rubber mask regardless of age or sex or size.
* In another particularly egregious example, aliens in ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' used latex masks to disguise themselves as human despite having noticeably larger heads (thereby causing some problems for the makers of the action figures).
** In the episode "The Secret Underground", the Resistance Duo Mike and Juliet board the main mother ship, undercover as Visitor scientists disguised as humans (while wearing the Visitors' distinctive orange jumpsuits), and at one point, Diana nearly catches Mike and Julie, until our heroes peel off their latex masks to reveal Reptilian heads underneath, thus letting them pass without any trouble. But in the next scene, it's revealed that the Resistance Duo "impersonators" are indeed the real Resistance Duo, wearing latex Reptilian masks and having pulled masks resembling their human selves over their scaly disguises (we don't see them peel off their Visitor heads, although we do clearly see them peeling off the human masks to reveal their alien masks).
** In ''V: The Final Battle'', a Visitor fifth columnist disguises himself as Mike Donovan to make Diana believe Donovan has been killed.
* ''Series/ANTFarm'': Angus once tried to do this to frame Fletcher for "killing" Olive's videogame pet. Chyna, being the GreatDetective in this episode, is very quick to recognize him as an imposter and unmasks him.
* In the 2009 version of ''Series/{{V|2009}}'', the aliens cover themselves in human skin that grows and ages with their bodies. In fact, one of Anna's preferred execution methods is skinning. The V in question dies a very painful death, despite his own skin remaining intact.
* Done twice in a single episode of ''Series/{{Alias}}'', and then never seen or heard of again.
* Used once in Creator/TheBBC ''Series/RobinHood.'' Which is set in ''[[AnachronismStew 1192]]''.
* In an episode of ''Series/DueSouth,'' Ray Vecchio and Benton Fraser are each simultaneously abducted by someone in a mask of the other.
* A staple of the Canadian action show ''Series/FXTheSeries''. Averted in the sense that lead character and makeup/effects artist Rollie Tyler often takes several hours to create the masks he wears, which are applied as separate strips with supplemental makeup. The same goes for his arch-nemesis, Victor Loubar. On the other hand, they do fall prey to the "extrapolate the face from a few photos" setup.
* In [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', the character of Arnaud De Thiel (aka De Fohn) manages to disguise himself as a perfect copy of the office gopher, Eberts, for an entire episode. He is found out when the characters find his 'mask' in Eberts's apartment and further identified when he won't ''shut up''.
** As a fun bit of trivia, Arnaud De Thiel is also the name of the first case of identity theft legally recorded in France.
*** Better known for the name of the man he stole the identity of, Martin Guerre.
* An episode of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' used this trope to try and ruin Bo and Luke Duke's reputations. Boss Hogg apparently found a fellow who made such masks to order from people's photographs.
* Used more improbably than usual in an episode of ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' when Artemus Gordon wears one latex mask under another for a double reveal, (when he impersonates the henchman Leto impersonating ''him''.)
* An episode of ''Series/EerieIndiana'' had Marshall using a "Disguise Yourself So Even Your Own Mother Can't Recognize You" Disguise Kit to pretend to be an Amish-like IRS agent, complete with peel-off mask and wig. Also a nice example of ChekhovsGun, as the Kit was introduced early on in the episode.
* Partly subverted on ''Series/TheATeam''. Hannibal Smith used disguises like this frequently, but just to hide his own appearance, not look like any other specific person. Usually to screen people he would "send" to the A-Team later. He also apparently had a few regular personae.
* Dr. Marlena Evans from ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' was shocked when she witnessed her then husband Roman Brady committing a murder, thus revealing him to be the Salem slasher. However several episodes later, "Roman" pulled off his face mask to reveal that it was actually Tony Di Mera underneath, seemingly having undergone a FaceHeelTurn, or was it?. The murderer turned out in the end to be Andre, Tony's [[UncannyFamilyResemblance identical cousin]].
* An episode of ''Series/GetSmart'' parodies ''Series/TheFugitive'' when Max is framed by a rubber mask-wearing impostor. At show's end the real criminal is caught, and in a TV-drama-style night scene Max walks off, putting on the captured rubber mask...and walking straight into a lamppost in the process.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Spoofed in the episode "My Balancing Act". In one of JD's daydreams, Dr. Kelso pulls off his face to reveal Carrot Top underneath.
** In another JD's mental opera singer ([[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]]) interrupts him just as he's about to kiss what is clearly an attractive woman. The singer pulls off her wig (and only a wig), revealing an ugly guy in drag, complete with facial hair.
** In yet another example, JD is wondering how he could use the Janitor's fear of Carla to his advantage. The fantasy cut is to a straightforward scene of Carla telling the Janitor to leave JD alone, but then she doesn't know how to speak Spanish, which tips the Janitor off to the fact that it is JD in an implausibly good disguise. When he takes off the mask, JD is revealed, still in a nurse's uniform, but suddenly with his own figure.
* ''Series/ChildrensHospital'': Creator/MalinAkerman is Creator/JonHamm.
* Used a few times in ''Series/LoisAndClark''. They even {{justified|Trope}} one case by showing how it takes a long time for the MasterOfDisguise to achieve it with makeup.
* The ''Series/MissionImpossible'' version was examined by the ''Series/MythBusters'': Adam and Jamie got silicone rubber masks of themselves from a professional mask-maker (to be precise, it was SPFX Masks) and were instructed by an acting coach in an attempt to see if they could fool people. There were little problems here and there[[note]]The most obvious being their voices, but besides that the Adam mask was made on a dummy head that was wider than the real Adam's head, which made it look slightly off[[/note]], but the disguises managed to fool fans, Kari, and Grant until they got close enough to notice the UncannyValley, so the myth was declared plausible.
* ''Series/SheSpies'' episode "Learning to Fly" included [[http://youtu.be/1BLIiZYEQPs this gem]], with the rarely-seen complication: "Mine's stuck!"
* The ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' episode "The Improbable Dream" includes [[http://youtu.be/sDeSFKrAmfQ this reason]] why Sam might not want to date Rebecca.
* Catherine Martel from ''Series/TwinPeaks'' [[FakingTheDead fakes her death]] after the fire burns down the mills, and comes back disguised as a Japanese business man. In fact the actor Creator/PiperLaurie had to come on set disguised in order to keep the plot twist a secret and she managed to fool a couple of the other actors; including her on-screen husband.
* ''Series/{{Batman}}'' episode "Smack in the Middle". The Riddler's henchwoman Molly puts on a mask made from Robin's face and masquerades as him.
* ''Series/TheSlammer'': When Melvin and Pete are abducted and replaced by the aliens, the aliens wear latex masks that somehow perfectly conceal their lumpy and misshapen heads (and also disguise their longer hands).
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': One of the theories for Sherlock's survival in "[[Recap/SherlockS03E01TheEmptyHearse The Empty Hearse]]" involves Moriarty's body being with a latex mask of Sherlock's face good enough to fool John.
* ''Series/TheFollowing'' averts this in a way in its second season. Followers of the first season's antagonist continue his work while wearing latex masks of him. The result is particularly effective, since the masks are much more realistic and not "perfect" in the sense of this page, and so drop the people wearing them straight into UncannyValley.
* Used twice by [[spoiler: Penelope]] on ''Series/SonnyWithAChance''.
* An episode of a ShowWithinAShow in ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'' has a new supervillain calling himself Mr. Kilimanjaro (with a heavy African accent) gathering all of Silverstone's enemies for a dinner to announce his plan to deal with Silverstone. The bad guys get together and immediately start boasting about their recent crimes, trying to outdo one another. Kilimanjaro then peels off his face to reveal Silverstone. Agents storm in and grab all the bad guys with Silverstone revealing microphones in the table. Basically, they just confessed their crimes. For reference, Silverstone and Kilimanjaro are played by different actors.
* Parodied in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIujtsgIyRw opening credits]] of ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything''. Chas Licciardello pulls off his face to reveal he's...a chicken?
* ''Series/{{MADtv}}'': Parodied in a sketch spoofing Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in his new movie ''Stolen Identity 3'' ("Because sequels make more money at the box office!") where one of the Arnolds tries to tell his clone that he's the real one by pulling off his latex mask... to reveal the exact same face underneath.
* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' the hi-tech version previously seen in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' makes several appearances, first appearing in the episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E4FaceMyEnemy "Face My Enemy"]] and mostly used by Agent 33 as [[spoiler: the events of "Face My Enemy" leave her with the mask permentatly fused to her face]].
* Played straight then parodied in ''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons''. When Brad reveals that he used one to pass as Lewis to spy on his wife Becky, she reveals that she ''wasn't'' Becky. She proceeds to tear off her mask to show that she was... Becky. Brock even tells her that is was a very bad choice for a mask.
--> Becky: "It's all that was left at the store."
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': In "Jenny's Chance", Mac impersonates the Cuban drug lord, Lucky Charlie, with a realistic latex mask. He had to pull off this stunt after news broke out regarding the real Lucky Charlie that threw a wrench into the elaborately-designed sting operation, which included Jack impersonating Lucky Charlie.

* Makes a brief appearance in the video for Music/BritneySpears' song "Toxic" when a stewardess rips the "face" off a fat, balding businessman to reveal a Brad Pitt lookalike underneath.
* Makes a brief appearance in video clip of Music/{{U2}}'s Hold me, Thrill Me, Kiss me, Kill me - just watch.
* The very end of Music/{{Switchfoot}}'s "New Way To Be Human" music video features Chad Butler yanking his face off to reveal that he's actually Tim Foreman, at which point the other Tim rips off his face to reveal that he's actually Jon Foreman, at which point the other Jon pulls off his face to reveal that he's actually Jerome Fontamillas.
** That isn't Jerome. He didn't join the band until at least a year later. It could possibly be the legendary "Chin", namesake of their first album.
* During L.E.G.O.'s video for [[http://youtu.be/ZmtuaGqQENQ "Te Robaré El Amor"]] ("I Will Steal Love From You") a female shopper unmasks to reveal a much larger male robber.
* Music/TheyMightBeGiants's "Marty Beller Mask" reveals that the band's drummer Marty Beller is secretly Music/WhitneyHouston in a mask. (The song was retired from performance after Houston's death.)
* Music/LindseyStirling's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p0BqUcQ7i0 collaboration with The Piano Guys]] on the ''Series/MissionImpossible'' theme. After successfully stealing a sheet of music from the eye-patched villain, Stirling gets knocked out by her accomplice, who takes off his face to reveal he's the villain.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] to unsettling effect during Music/PinkFloyd's original tour of ''Music/TheWall''. During the opening number, "In the Flesh?", a "surrogate band" wore life-masks of Pink Floyd's members and lip-synched to prerecorded vocals. From a distance, the effect is passable, but something is visibly amiss up-close. It qualifies as this because of the idea behind it: Lost behind the spectacle of their own shows, the band theorized that disguised session musicians could mime to a recording. The audience wouldn't care to tell the difference, and the ''real'' Pink Floyd could laugh all the way to the bank.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* At ''Wrestling/SummerSlam 2005'', a man in the crowd tried to attack Wrestling/TheUndertaker during his match with Wrestling/RandyOrton. Undertaker hesitated to strike the man, mistaking him for an overzealous civilian, but the distraction allowed Randy to beat him. The man then pulled apart his prosthetic latex mask to reveal he was Randy's father Cowboy Bob Orton, and the Ortons mocked Undertaker for falling for his disguise.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the tabletop RPG ''{{Cybergeneration}}'', there is an entire subculture - the Facedancers - devoted to the high-tech version of this.
* Active Flesh Masks from ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Ultra-Tech'' even have tiny motors to make then move properly.

* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', Naked Snake is given a mask that remarkably resembles a major in the enemy army. If you call a specific character over the radio while wearing it, he explains how it is the cutting edge of masquerade, with the ability to allow the wearer to blink with the mask blinking with it. Naked Snake promptly replies with a query of why they didn't work on the ability to have its mouth move with the wearer, to which the person on the other line shrugs it off, calling the man who invented the mask "just weird". (Though in the creator's defense, while someone may not be suspicious of a guy who doesn't talk to you, they will definitely be suspicious when the guy doesn't appear to blink for a while.)
** It fulfills its intended purpose of getting Snake through the Colonel-only security checkpoint, but the trope is subverted when Volgin becomes suspicious of the disguised Snake because [[CrotchGrabSexCheck crotches are hard to disguise]], latex perfection or not.
** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', although the player doesn't find this out until well after the fact, one of the [=NPCs=] you interact with turns out to be master of disguise Decoy Octopus in a very convincing mask. Octopus, in fact, {{invoked|Trope}} this trope: he had sliced off his own ears and shaved down his cheekbones in order to remove distinguishing features under masks.
*** Speaking of Octopus, there's the face camo that Snake nabs off of Laughing Octopus in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', which is somewhat of a {{justified|Trope}} example, if only because it's explicitly tech and not just a fancy disguise. Still, it does have the problem that it has nowhere to ''breathe'' out of.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheCuriousVillage'' has Don Paolo disguising himself as Detective Chelmey with a mask featuring a full body suit. It gets more ridiculous in the second game where he disguises himself as ''[[spoiler:Flora]]'' who is about half his size.
** ''Unwound Future'' has him impersonating [[spoiler:Dr. Schrader, the Dean of Layton's university and Layton himself during their [[EnemyMine temporary truce]]. Paolo pulls each one off so well that even Layton requires some serious contemplation on each person's mannerisms to begin catching on]].
*** ''Anime/ProfessorLaytonAndTheEternalDiva'', the movie, has Don Paolo disguising himself as an old lady in the intro, with a totally different bodyshape.
** Jean Descole is just as ridiculous. [[spoiler: In ''Last Specter'' he disguises as Doland Noble, an old man half his size and with a completely different body shape and in ''Miracle Mask'', he's disguised as Angela Ledore, a ''woman''.]]
* This was how [=LeChuck=] disguised himself as the sheriff in the first ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' game. A bit more justified, due to his use of voodoo powers to aid him.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', [=LeChuck=] is turned into a human. During a conversation in the second episode, Guybrush can test this theory by pulling on [=LeChuck=]'s face, thinking he might be wearing a mask. He's not.
* Can be seen in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1bb_JRkAOk trailer]] for ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime'', when after a typical thieving by a silhouetted Sly Cooper, we fade into the Cooper Gang hideout, where Sly enters with his loot, only for him to peel off his latex Sly Cooper mask and reveal Dimitri underneath (it should be noted that his silhouetted tail actually ''changes from raccoon to lizard'' and that he was also smoking, with his cigar ''completely hidden by the mask''!)
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', this is how the Spy's disguise ability looks to the enemy team (to the Spy's own team, it's just a [[PaperThinDisguise paper mask over his face]]).
* Taken to an extreme level in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', where [[spoiler: The Phantom wears layers of masks underneath each other, each of which are indistinguishable from the person the mask represents]]. Although, once his villainous breakdown begins, you can clearly see the eye-sockets and possibly the jaws sagging. Amusingly, his eye color changes with each mask but then once the breakdown begins it suddenly shows black eyes as opposed to the color used when he was wearing that mask calmly.

* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dark Smoke Puncher wears a completely convincing latex mask [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=6&issue=11 over his ninja mask]] [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=2&issue=15 three]][[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=52&issue=15 times]]. It is, however, {{justified|Trope}} as working [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/23p46/ best for wrinkly faces, especially obscured with facial hair]]. Even though right after explaining this, [[VoodooShark it's still considered "impossibly perfect" in-universe]].
* In the FurryComic ''Babe In The Woods'', the [[PettingZooPeople animal people]] from another dimension wear 'dermaflage' suits that function as this trope.
* You know the ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' example mentioned in Anime and Manga? Yomiko herself pulled off this trope in ''Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow'', disguising herself as [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Walter]] to avoid capture and arrest by the British Library. It seemed to have worked, since the only one that saw through it was Walter himself. [[spoiler: She later disguises herself as Integra Hellsing to get on the Major's zeppelin to rescue Anita King. Most people were fooled, but the chordewa Reseda and the Captain were not, since paper cannot disguise one's scent.]]

* This WebAnimation/YoutubePoop "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPH3m-skbz0 The Age-Old Mask Device]]" combines it with YourTelevisionHatesYou.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Extremely common in ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo''; the vast majority of bad guys were made up this way, to the point where a more efficient way to solve the mystery would be by tugging on the face of everyone they met and seeing whose came off. The more recent Scooby-Doo TV series do not feature latex mask disguises as often, such as ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' (where holograms, animatronics, and makeup are often used for the portrayal of the "monsters") and ''WesternAnimation/ShaggyAndScoobyDooGetAClue'' (a bizarre series where the only latex mask featured in the show was in the final episode when Shaggy finds his rich Uncle Albert posing as the show's main villain's assistant). ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' brings it back though, even with ''good guys'' sometimes almost always masked (such as the Wild Brood).
** On a few occasions, sometimes someone (usually a villain) would wear a mask of ''Scooby-Doo himself'' to either confuse him or give him a bad name. This could be seen in ''A Scooby-Doo Valentine'' (with [[spoiler:former Music/{{NSYNC}} member J.C. Chasez as an "evil" Scooby-Doo and four extras as demonic versions of the Mystery Inc. humans]]), along with an early example of this being in the classic episode "Never Ape an Ape Man" when the Ape Man slipped on a Scooby-Doo mask to [[MirrorRoutine make the real Scooby think he has come up to a mirror]], and then later apparently Shaggy finds the rubber Scooby mask and wears it briefly at the end.
** It's taken UpToEleven in the crossover with ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' ("Bravo Dooby Doo"); after capturing the gardener ghost, they unmask him to reveal a character from the [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou original series]]: Professor Hyde White. But then they suspect something is up, [[MultiLayerFacade and unmask ''him'' to reveal]] Harry the Hypnotist (whom [[CallBack played the Clown Ghost in the original series]]). Then his mask is pulled off to reveal Bigfoot, and underneath that is a Creator/DonKnotts mask, and under that is ''[[Creator/HannaBarbera Joe Barbera]]'' (to which Johnny asks "Who's that?") At this point, "Joe" unmasks to reveal Johnny's missing Aunt Jebedissa, whom comments "[[LampshadeHanging All right, enough with the silly masks!]]"
* On the same topic, many Creator/HannaBarbera series often involved at least one episode where the main character was impersonated, typically by a villain wearing a mask and costume of the character. This has happened with WesternAnimation/YogiBear, Ricochet Rabbit, Squiddly Diddly, WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey, ComicBook/RichieRich, Don Coyote, and a few others.
* Even Creator/{{Disney}} got into the act in some of their animated [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies]] and [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts shorts]]. An early example includes the DonaldDuck short "Canvasback Duck," with a small boy at a fair really being an adult anthropomorphic dog in a boy suit and mask. Huey, Dewey and Louie also brought this trope to life when two of the triplets dressed as a relatively convincing mountain lion, until a real lion [[MistakenForAnImposter that resembles the suit]] [[HilarityEnsues enters the scene]]. Another example was in the 1986 animated film ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', in which Basil of Baker Street disguises himself as a white Chinese mouse, complete with rubber mask and an inflatable bodysuit, as well as in the 1992 film ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', where Jafar disguises himself as an ugly old man to lure Aladdin into the Cave of Wonders (his mask even gives him hideous teeth, one with a gold filling!), and in the 1989 animated film ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', when Ursula disguises herself using Ariel's voice as the sexy Vanessa to marry Prince Eric, in which her skin rips off during the "wedding" to reveal her true self (though this last is justified because [[AWizardDidIt a sea witch did it]]).
** Huey, Dewey and Louie combined this with TotemPoleTrench in "Donald's Halloween Scare" (2000) in a prank involving the triplets disguising as a stereotypical Irish police dog-type character in a large raincoat (resembling Chief O'Hara). The disguise was perfectly flawless and the viewers did not know "Chief O'Hara"'s true identity until Donald accidentally wound up unmasking him.
** Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode "Buddy Building." At one point on their mission, Goofy and Max bump into each other, and then Goofy tugs off his rubber mask to reveal Pete. But then he [[MultiLayerFacade pulls off that mask]] to reveal Giblet the Clown, and [[OverlyLongGag under that is]] a [[AttractiveBentGender cute female dogface person]], and then "she" pulls that mask off to reveal Goofy once again, who somehow is able to [[BodyHorror take off his own face]], but Max isn't amused.
** It's even in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'', out of all places, in the episode "Never Give a Gummi an Even Break"; first Cubbi Gummi scares Grammi with an orc mask as a prank, and then an elf named Carney disguises himself as a Gummi Bear as a sideshow exhibit wearing a [[ExpressiveMask particularly convincing rubber mask]] that manages to fool Grammi and take him in. But once she figures out the trick, she allows Carney to capture them for the sideshow, where an accident causes Grammi's mask to fall off and reveal a human woman underneath (that looks suspiciously like [[ActorAllusion her voice actress June Foray]]), but once the coast is clear and the Gummis are safe, Grammi [[MultiLayerFacade removes the old woman mask to reveal her true self]] once again.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' has done this quite a bit as well, such as the means of [[spoiler: The Collector's toon disguise]] in "Gone Bonkers", a duck suit that Lucky reluctantly wears to go undercover in "The Cheap Sheep Sweep," a ghost playing the MirrorRoutine on Bonkers in "When the Spirit Moves You" (similar to the ''Scooby-Doo'' example above) and others.
* Quite a few examples from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons from Warner Bros. Animation also often employed the mask device as well, typically when a surprise ending/gag is needed, or when [[PaperThinDisguise wearing a cheesy disguise would not work]]...
** ''What Makes Daffy Duck'' (1947) has WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck masquerade as a ranger dog near the end.
** ''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.
** The ending of ''Scent-Imental Over You'' (1947) has Pepe Le Pew peel off his skin to reveal a dog underneath when "confessing" to a chihuahua who had been wearing a skunk fur, then removes his dog mask revealing Pepe's true skunk features once again.
** ''The Sheepish Wolf'' (1942) ends with a twist on the old wolf-in-sheep's-clothing gag (ala "ComicStrip/TheFarSide").
** Creator/TexAvery's ''Of Fox and Hounds'' (1940) has George Fox masquerade as another dog to fool his adversaries, most notably the dopey hunting dog Wiloughby.
** ''Paying the Piper'' (1949) features a cat disguising himself in a convincing rat suit and mask to fool Pied Piper Porky.
** ''Don't Give Up the Sheep'' (1952) has Ralph Wolf disguise himself flawlessly as Fred Sheepdog in a realistic latex mask and suit, but Sam Sheepdog sees through his disguise and hits him on the head with a club, to which his [[CranialEruption growing head bump]] stretches and pops the mask off.
** ''A Sheep in the Deep'' (1962) has Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog engage in a "disguise duel".
** ''Muzzle Tough'' (1954) has Sylvester disguise himself full-body as a very cute and attractive female dog to lure away Hector, but instead [[GoneHorriblyRight it fools the dog catcher]]! Then Sylvester makes the mistake of removing the dog mask in front of [[OhCrap the other dogs inside the truck]]...
** ''Fowl Weather'' (1953) has Sylvester wear a convincing (and [[ExpressiveMask quite expressive]]) goat mask when hiding behind a fence and infiltrating Tweety, though Tweety instantly detects him as the "puddy tat".
** ''Knight-Mare Hare'' (1955) has the wizard Merlin attempt 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]].
** The 1948 Warner movie ''Two Guys From Texas'' featured [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPFg-JBMsmQ an animated dream sequence]] (directed by Warner Bros. Animation's Friz Freleng) in which an animated Danny Foster (Jack Carson) is entertaining a flock of sheep by playing a piccolo, but then his rival Steve Carroll (Dennis Morgan) shows up and slips into a realistic 'toon wolf costume and mask (complete with giving him 'toony eyes and becoming completely unrecognizable), which also includes a bowtie, tuxedo jacket and straw boater hat, gets out a music sheet setup and wolf-whistles to attract the other sheep, then peels off his wolf mask once he has their attention, thus causing all the sheep to gallop over to him in excitement. WesternAnimation/BugsBunny then helps Dan with a plan to get the sheep back; as Steve is singing to the swooning sheep, Dan puts on a similar 'toon wolf suit and mask (but without the straw boater) and tries badly singing the same song as Steve is, except here he forgot to take off his mask, so the sheep toss their sneakers at the "wolf" and then a large fat Indian lady comes up and chases Danny away (a running gag in the film itself).
** A rare UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era cartoon titled ''I Got Plenty of Mutton'' (1944) has a wolf trying to snatch some sheep from a big ram named Hercules. For a good bulk of the cartoon, he decides to disguise himself as a [[AttractiveBentGender sexy ewe]] and tries to lure the horny ram to his doom. The latter part doesn't go so well, but the attracting bit works [[GoneHorriblyRight all too well]].
** The 2000 direct-to-video movie ''Tweety's High-Flying Adventure'' has a couple instances of this; a human hot dog man in New York City turns out to be Sylvester in a rubber mask, spying on Tweety and his friend Aoogah, and then at the end, one of the businessmen that Colonel Rimfire was talking with earlier in the film pulls his rubber human mask off to reveal [[spoiler:Cool Cat.]]
* The 1990-1992 WB TV series ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' was full of masks and disguises of this type...
** It's even featured in the opening sequence (where Buster and Babs pose as each other)!
** "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow" has Furball, Fifi Le Fume, and Tyrone Turtle all disguise as Buster Bunny to play a prank on Elmyra and teach her a lesson.
** "Buster and the Wolverine" has Babs attempt to pose as a female wolverine to woo the male one terrorizing our heroes, by only wearing a mask that comes right off during a kissing scene).
** "Pluck' of the Irish" has a huge TwistEnding in which a beautiful lass reveals herself to be [[TotemPoleTrench three male leprechauns]] [[AttractiveBentGender in disguise]]!
** The faux "making of" documentary for "Kon Ducki" explains how latex masks are made in a cartoony manner, as Plucky Duck has a mask of his head upside-down grafted onto his head, taking eight hours to apply each day.
** "Real Kids Don't Like Broccoli" has a bunch of missing androids disguise themselves as many of the main characters, but Buster sees through their disguises -[[SpottingTheThread because they're eating broccoli, which real kids don't eat]].
** "Stuff That Goes Bump in the Night" begins with Buster Bunny wearing a Fantasia-esque demon suit in the opening act to scare Babs, and then Babs scares Buster with a devil suit. Later in the episode a vampire scares Babs, but the vampire turns out to be Buster in a mask and on ''stilts'', and at the end Buster and Babs both disguise themselves as a two-headed monster.
** "The Year Book Star" ended with a RecurringExtra in the episode - an average human boy with glasses and an orange baseball cap - get awarded for most appearances in the Acme Looniversity yearbook, beating out Babs Bunny and Plucky Duck. But then he reveals to everyone that he was teaching Plucky and Babs a lesson, and then [[DramaticUnmask strips of his latex mask and disguise]] to reveal Buster Bunny - whom Babs and Plucky proceed to beat up in a rage.
** "The Horror of Slumber Party Mountain" has a surprise ending featuring Elmyra posing as a monster (she even ''[[LampshadeHanging lampshades]]'' it!)
** "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas" ends with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny revealing he had worn a convincing disguise as Harvey, a white rabbit in a purple bowtie through the entire episode.
** "Night Ghoulery" has a few; the segment "The Devin and Daniel Webfoot" has {{Satan}} unzip his FullBodyDisguise at the end to reveal Babs Bunny ("Ain't I a devil?"), "A Gremlin on a Wing" ends with a female stewardess - which looks strikingly like Lt. Uhura from ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' - unmask to reveal the gremlin that was torturing Plucky throughout the skit, and the ending [[GainaxEnding reveals Buster and Babs to be monsters in disguise)]].
* Its sister show ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' also had quite a few mask scenes as well, but not as much as ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' did. Some notable examples include in "Chalkboard Bungle" when the Warners impersonated their teacher Miss Flameel near the end (with Dot on top wearing the mask and easily imitating Miss Flameel's voice, thanks to [[TalkingToHimself Dot and Miss Flameel both being voiced by the same actress]]), and "The Three Muska-Warners" with a ''Honeymooners''-esque ending where the Warners announce the people playing the king, the wizard and the window wiper, whom all unmask to reveal actors and actresses from the ''Honeymooners'' (the King is played by Sheila [=MacRea=], the Wiper is played by Art Carney, etc.)
* ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'': Usually averted with the [[TheDevil Red Guy]] since he always wears {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s, but in one episode he actually disguised himself as a beautiful young woman at a party wearing not only a latex mask but also a latex body and dress. He did this as he is an undercover vampire hunter who was tracking down vampire Weasel and vampire Baboon to kill them.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': One episode had Kaeloo, Stumpy and Quack Quack wear masks to look just like Mr. Cat, fooling Pretty each time she saw one of them. Later, in the same episode, Mr. Cat dresses as Pretty, with a very convincing mask [[FullBodyDisguise (and costume)]] and almost fools Kaeloo, only for her to identify him because of VocalDissonance (but [[DelayedReaction not right away]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' has the main antagonist Lawrence Limburger, a member of a fish-like alien race called the Plutarkians, wear a latex human face mask, which is later shown to be done by other Plutarkians stationed on Earth, one example being his rival Napoleon Brie. Limburger is ''rarely'' seen with his mask off but in some episodes he is such as in the first episode where in one scene Throttle (it's Modo in the comics) unmasks him- which is also done near the end of the intro by Throttle.
** It does not cover the stench, or [[FourFingeredHands lack of fifth fingers]], but somehow changes his teeth to a Hollywood smile.
*** In the episode 'Mouse And His Motorcycle', we actually do see Limburger with his gloves off, indicating that plutarkians actually do have fingers - albeit webbed, clawed ones at that.
** In the ''Once Upon a Time on Mars'' three-parter, Lawrence gets the mask glued onto his face, which makes it difficult for him to peel it off when his boss orders him to. Later in the episode, a Martian mouse is unmasked to reveal [[spoiler:Mace, a rat.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury'' had "elasto-masks" {{justified|Trope}} by the use of future technology.
** Sherlock Holmes arguably deserves his own sub-section of this trope, in that one of his shticks was that he could follow a client or a suspect anywhere in Victorian London due to his "mastery of disguise". However in the actual original stories, he simply used theatrical makeup and prosthetics to good effect.
** In his, it's more justified, ESPECIALLY in the Robert Downey Jr. Movie. Instead of using latex perfection, he just disguises his features.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} The Misfits']] pal, Clash is quite guilty of this trope. Her best known disguise is her attempt to fake WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} from "One Jem Too Many".
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. When the trusted doctor reveals himself to be the big bad (and a woman) by removing a mask, the reaction is simply "Oh, that old parlor trick. We can top that!" Sam, Max, and the Geek then each remove [[MultilayerFacade several layers of masks]], but eventually stop when the villain orders them to (and they return to their normal faces off-screen).
* The [=ID=] Masks from the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10'' series function as these.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''. "That's not sweat. That's latex!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' sometimes does this, mostly during fantasy/dream sequences Buster comes up with (often involving aliens or super villains), though one exception was the ending to "The Boy Who Cried Comet", when all of the cast members peel off their masks to reveal [[GainaxEnding they are actually aliens]].
** TheTeaser to the HalloweenEpisode "The Fright Stuff" has Arthur explain about practical jokes, until another Arthur (with white hands) appears from behind a tree. Arthur unmasks his doppelgänger to reveal Buster, whom then unmasks the original Arthur to reveal Francine. But then Buster is unmasked to reveal he's actually Binky, whom pulls off Francine's head to reveal ''no head'' underneath; but then Arthur's head pops up from in his shirt, revealing that was another prank.
** The Brain [[LampshadeHanging lampshades this]] in one episode, when he and Binky are watching an episode of ''The Bionic Bunny Show'', and the Brain is unimpressed at how predictable it is, and he knows when the villain, Dr. Fowl (a chicken) will reveal his master plan, which will be robbing banks dressed as Bionic Bunny (and he slips on a rubber mask of him while explaining this.) The Brain's reaction resulted in the quote at the top of the page.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** The "Spy Buddies" episode has ''Mr. Krabs'' in a ''Plankton'' suit, and vice versa (Plankton wears the Mr. Krabs suit over his cheesy Mr. Krabs robot that appeared in a few episodes). Then the trope is parodied, even going as far as having Patrick impersonate ''Sandy Cheeks!''
** In the episode "Doing Time", Mrs. Puff is seeing [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick everywhere, even seeing two guards remove their masks to reveal the twosome! She even accuses the two guards and rips off their faces, to reveal ''their skulls'' underneath. But of course, [[spoiler:it turns out to be AllJustADream.]]
** In "One Coarse Meal" Mr. Krabs disguises himself as Pearl to scare Plankton. The flaws in the disguise don't appear until he takes it off.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** "The Monkey Suit" parodied this. After Bart tries to have Milhouse stand in for Lisa (by [[WigDressAccent wearing Lisa's clothes and a wig of her distinct hairdo]]), Bart tells Milhouse he can take off the wig, to which Milhouse responds in Nelson's voice "I'm Nelson," then peels off his mask to reveal Nelson underneath, which is then followed by a puzzle-piece transition to the next scene with spy-like music playing (ala ''Series/TheSaint''). This also occurs at the end of the episode, when Nelson impersonates Todd Flanders.
** Played straight in "The Great Money Caper," "Lisa Gets an 'A'" (the trope image), "How I Wet Your Mother" and "The Frying Game," among a few others.
** Another memorable example was in "Burns' Heir," when the evil Mr. Burns hired three actors to portray Homer, Marge, and Lisa to fool Bart into thinking via a hidden camera that the family does not love him anymore. While their disguises were physically flawless, they performed with [[BadBadActing deadpan delivery and off-sounding voices]], most notably "Homer" uttering "B'oh" (rather than "D'oh.") They briefly peel off their latex masks when Mr. Burns complains about their second-rate performance. The actor in the Homer mask looks strikingly similar to Creator/MichaelCaine, Marge is really a hot, black-haired, Asian woman, and Lisa is actually ''a crossdressing Estonian midget''.
** It's taken UpToEleven in "Paths of Glory," with ''Groundskeeper Willie'' DisguisedInDrag as a [[AttractiveBentGender beautiful, slender blonde female]] in a latex mask and torso, with tools in a bra for the breasts.
** It's implied this is how Sideshow Bob disguised as Krusty the Clown, to frame him for robbing the Kwik-E-Mart. But Bart uncovered his plan when he saw in the security camera footage that Homer accidentally stepped on "Krusty's" unusually large foot, whereas the real Krusty has little feet under his big shoes.
** Chief Wiggum referenced this trope at the end of Part 1 of "Who Shot Mr. Burns," claiming the victim was actually an impostor in a mask, until he tugs at his face a bit. "[[NotAMask Wait, it is Burns. His wrinkly skin l-looks like a mask.]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** In one of its famous gags from the early years of the show, a talk show hosted by Diane Simmons features a dating couple. The male was really a woman in a mask, but then confesses that she is not even a woman, and unzips [[FullBodyDisguise her full body suit]] to reveal a ''horse'', and then confesses that he is a ''broom'', removing the horse disguise to reveal a broom that lifelessly falls over.
---> "To be honest with you, Diane, I'm surprised."
** "Brian in Love" had Stewie be awoken from his dream of killing Mr. Rogers by Lois who unmasked into Fred Rogers awaking Stewie from yet another dream.
** Another episode had Fred Savage doing so, impersonating Rush Limbaugh, Michael Moore and other celebrities through the use of full rubber bodysuits, in an attempt to show his career as the world's greatest actor.
** Spoofed in "Business Guy" when Quagmire is [[MarijuanaIsLSD high on weed and he hallucinates]] a rabbit sitting next to him in his airplane cockpit. The "rabbit" pulls off his latex mask to reveal another Quagmire, and they both briefly freak out. The real Quagmire thinks there may be a rabbit head under his human skin, but ends up [[BodyHorror tearing off his scalp]].
** "Farmer Guy" had a cow disguise himself as a human this way, and was mostly flawless, until Peter got wise.
** Foxx in the Men House had Lois impersonated this way again, but this time by Meryl Streep who, after unmasking, beat up Peter for using her reserved restroom.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'':
** Zartan. In fairness, he was also a trained contortionist and master of voice mimicry, but even so. In [[Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra the movie]], he achieves it through surgery. His siblings, Zandar & Zarana were also masters of this.
** The Baroness also frequently did this as part of her schemes to capture the G.I. Joes. Sometimes she'd team up with Zartan, with both of them in disguise. A random woman would often peel off her mask and wig to reveal the Baroness. In one instance, she actually dressed up as Lady Jaye, and ''vice-versa''. Heck, she once dressed as a man (specifically, the cameraman of Hector Ramirez) as part of a plot to discredit G.I. Joe's purpose. Said man had a briefcase he constantly kept very close hold of... so the Baroness could keep her chest hidden behind it.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', this trope is referenced when Dale hatches a ridiculous scheme to sue a tobacco company for five thousand dollars. They counter sue him for a larger amount, and Dale decides to step up his game a bit. Hank tells him what a dumbass he's being, and tells him that if he drops the lawsuit they might go easy on him. Dale is instantly suspicious and suspects Hank of being the company's CEO in disguise due to his 'insight'. He then demands Hank remove his "false face" by grabbing behind his jaw and pulling with a flourish. He even demonstrates the technique with an imaginary mask. Hank refuses and Dale grabs at his hand, prompting Hank to slap him away. Dale tells him he just earned himself an assault charge. Later in the episode, when they actually go to court and he meets the CEO, Dale's response is "Wait... if you're here... THEN WHO'S THAT?!", with him pointing at an annoyed Hank.
* WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}} has a full body suit of himself in one episode, where Lobe is trying to remove his brain to find out: [[{{Pun}} What makes him tick?]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Video Airlines" has a movie playing on every TV channel involving a man's girlfriend really being an alien in a rubber mask...
--> "[[MemeticMutation You! You're not Sylvia!]] You're one of the [[TitleDrop Kung Fu Creatures on the Rampage... 2]]!"
** It's also done in the U.S. Acres episode "Rooster Revenge," where a male pig that seems to be an {{Expy}} or Orson is revealed to be [[spoiler:Lanolin in a rubber mask]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' had [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels The Rodeo Clowns]] wear several disguises like this.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Attack of the Killer Bebes", Ron demonstrated a surprising skill with latex by perfectly impersonating Kim's father, who was being targeted by Drakken.
** Not quite perfectly, as he doesn't ever speak until just before he pulls off his mask, and when he does so, the lips on the mask don't move.
** In this same episode, Ron made that mask, along with some others, thanks to his new Movie Makeup Magic Kit. He even made a mask of Kim Possible (which he briefly wears at one point when mocking her), and he also created the mask for his Mad Dog mascot costume prominently featured in the episode this way, complete with the ability to foam at the mouth (which is actually a banana cream),
* Subverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'', Coroner Rick rescues the titular detectives by disguising himself flawlessly as a Hispanic gangster named Chico, whom they'd met earlier. However, upon Hoop asking where the Coroner could have ''possibly'' acquired a perfect mask of a total stranger, he replies that he had actually ''[[{{Squick}} cut off the man's actual face]]'' and wore it like a mask. The fact that Chico was already dead by someone else's hands at that point did little to leaven the horror.
* During the 1989 season of the classic ''{{WesternAnimation/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' series, the Turtles had disguises made by April's TV studio consisting of latex masks that resemble generic male bald humans. Usually they would simply wear these masks with only trenchcoats and nothing else (not even caring if their true turtle hands are exposed). Raphael initially doubts this will work...
-->'''Donatello:''' Hey, great! Now we don't look like mutant turtles.
-->'''Raphael:''' Yeah, we look like mutant turtles wearing people-masks.
** On another occasion, Raphael wanted to be a MasterOfDisguise and made himself up with latex to look like the gangster Mad Dog. Of course in classic cartoon tradition, a mix-up occurs and the real Mad Dog winds up with the turtles, and Raphael winds up with the gang Mad Dog works with.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'':
** Spoofed at the end of the episode "Aloha Hoek"; the GainaxEnding features Stimpy mourning the loss of the seemingly-deceased Ren, only to be interrupted by his buzzing wristwatch. In the next shot of them they suddenly look all bulgy with empty eyeholes and exposed zippers and mask-lines, and they both tug their Ren and Stimpy masks off to reveal they are actually two human [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent vaguely "Russian"]] spies (whom resemble Soviet versions of [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred and Barney]] for some reason) and riding off in a Russian submarine.
** Another spoof occurred at the end of the episode "Eat My Cookies," where Ren and Stimpy join a girl scout group. The head baret girl (voiced by Rosie O' Donnell in a guest appearance) says they will now share their biggest secret, and the girls proceed to unzip themselves to reveal old businessmen underneath. Then ''Stimpy'' follows suit (no pun intended), and then Ren comments "When in Rome" and unzips himself to reveal [[NotAMask his own skeleton underneath]].
* In an episode of the 1993 ''[[WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther Pink Panther]]'' series (where the Panther talks) entitled "Werewolf in Panther's Clothing" had a small male gypsy disguise himself full-body as a werewolf (complete with stilts to make him appear larger), and the disguise appeared perfectly flawless, but suspicions were aroused when a part of the "wolf"'s skin was torn off on his chest during a fight with the Panther.
* Also a common practical joke on AprilFoolsDay in animation, as demonstrated on ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' and Disney's ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Crystal Empire, Part 1", Fluttershy walks up to Twilight Sparkle to report what she's found out about a way to protect the Crystal Empire... only to then ''unzip her head'', revealing herself to be [[CrazyAwesome Pinkie Pie]] in a full-body Fluttershy costume. Somewhat justified by the fact that the main ponies all share the same build, and that Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy have the same voice actress.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GarbagePailKidsCartoon'' episode "Batteries Not Included", one of the Funbusters used a life-like mask to disguise himself as a kindly toy store owner named Mr. Killjoy.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Affairweather Friends" had Berry try to make Bloo hers by disguising herself as a rich kid named [[FunWithHomophones Barry]]. Her disguise was actually convincing up until her masquerade was exposed.
* The ''WesternAnimatin/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' episode, "Agent Y" had Yumi mistaken for a secret agent. The latter shows up as an exact duplicate of the former and unzips "herself" revealing the real agent who is shown to be much bigger than the shape and size of the Yumi suit.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk1982'' episode "The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow", a criminal named Waldo uses a life-like mask to impersonate a scientist named Dr. Kessler.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some jewellery store robbers did this. Not to look like anyone in particular, but just to disguise their appearances without people realising they were disguised before they pulled out their weapons. It worked so well that even afterwards witnesses, and cops looking at the security footage, didn't realise they were disguised. But the make-up artist wasn't in on it – he'd thought the makeup was for a party. So when he saw the footage on the news, he immediately went to the cops for protection, as he was the only one who'd seen the robbers' real faces.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srcN8Ctvvs8 This mask]]. Rather creepy... especially regarding what uses criminals could put it to.
** [[http://www.latimes.com/news/la-fi-mask-20101209,0,6107268,full.story They have]]. A 30-year-old Polish man wore the mask and gloves of a young black man and was convincing enough that someone got arrested in his place.
*** [[http://nypost.com/2013/07/31/black-robbers-used-2000-white-masks-to-fool-victims-in-200000-town-style-stickup-prosecutors-say/ Another variation here]] had two black men using silicone mask and gloves of "handsome" white bald men for pulling bank robberies - posing as ''cops'', no less.
** However, masks like those can be used in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7egJLIKiqo harmless practical jokes]] as well.
* In [[http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/11/04/canada.disguised.passenger/index.html?hpt=C1 this]] story, a twenty-something man was able to pass as an elderly one. Suspicion was raised when the man had young-looking hands, but was only discovered after he went into a bathroom on the plane and returned without his disguise.
** The sequel to this story will involve someone with the budget to purchase not only the mask, but the [[http://spfxmasks.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=59 associated "sleeves"]] to go with it.
* In most cases, these were done using silicone masks manufactured by [[http://www.spfxmasks.com SPFX Masks]], a company that specializes in realistic and horror masks. When those crimes have occurred using the masks, they went to the company's founder, the late Rusty Slusser, who was shocked and appalled for criminals using masks for evil purposes. Another company called [[http://www.greylandfilm.com Greyland Films]] also makes rather decent realistic masks, but out of foam latex (like many movie prosthetics/masks are), and while some can be pretty realistic, they are not as impressive (or expensive) as the SPFX masks are.
** There is also [[http://www.compositeeffects.com Composite Effects]], which also makes hyper-realistic silicone masks, including a few realistic ones (such as their "Mac" series), but mostly specializes in REALLY INCREDIBLE horror/fantasy-related masks (most famously their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=supM_Y1S_OE imp mask]] ). They have proved popular in haunted houses/attractions and for harmless pranks or amusing Website/YouTube videos. There are some other companies that make high-quality silicone masks that can range from horror/creature masks to realistic humans, such as [[http://www.studio135onlinestore.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html Studio 135]], [[http://www.realfleshmasks.com/ RealFlesh Masks]] and [[http://www.immortalmasks.com/index.php Immortal Masks]].
** Composite Effects has created a spinoff company called [[http://www.dermalsynthetics.com/ Dermal Synthetics]] whose goal is to create lifelike masks for use by people with facial disfigurements. They currently offer male designs in Caucasian ("Martin"), Asian ("Jae"), and African ("Derek") styles, and female designs in African ("Denise") and Caucasian ("Emma") designs. An online review of the Emma mask may be found [[http://youtu.be/klSqw6kLDKE here]], and the [=YouTuber=] has also demonstrated how realistic the mask can be [[http://youtu.be/o7x3SU6U9Xc by filming her own girlfriend's reaction to it.]]
* Be advised that RuleThirtyFour is definitely in effect. For the time being, the subculture in question simply refers to its membership as "Female Maskers", although sometimes rubber fetishists and furries are included.
* [[http://www.thatsmyface.com/Custom-Wearable-Masks/Custom-LifeMask/flypage.ilvm_grey.tpl.html ThatsMyFace.com]] offers stiff resin "3D portraits and wearable masks" made from customer-supplied photos. Given that [[http://www.shapeways.com/ Shapeways]] already offers online fabrication of anything customers can submit in the appropriate programming language (weapons and other obviously dangerous things excepted, of course), it seems like only a matter of time before some demented genius starts marketing an online mask-making service.
* Aside from professional sources like the above-mentioned SPFX Masks and Composite Effects, there are also dozens of hobbyists around the world who make and sell masks of varying levels of realism. In addition, a growing number of companies offer full-torso and lower-body suits. Full one-piece bodysuits are available, but would-be impersonators must still pay steep fees and wait several weeks for completion.
* There was also [[http://articles.nydailynews.com/2006-04-28/news/18324791_1_observation-deck-empire-state-building-security-guards this time]] when professional jumper Jeb Corliss attempted to parachute off the Empire State Building in New York. He sneaked in wearing an elaborate disguise including a fat suit and a full-head latex mask that transformed him into a mustached, balding middle-aged man. Upon entering the observation deck, he stripped the fat suit to reveal his jumper outfit and parachute but kept the rubber head on when he was eventually caught by the police as he tried going over the guard rails. People on the deck at the time didn't realize that the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zop0Eu8Dv8I middle-aged "daredevil"]] was actually the former host of ''Stunt Junkies'' in disguise.
* Probably one of the closest uses of this trope in RealLife to fiction is the story of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovK8GZHx7oU Robert Barron]], a former CIA operative who specialized in making easily-donned and removed latex masks for agent insertions into the Eastern Bloc. He now uses those skills to create makeup prosthetics for people who suffered disfiguring accidents, cancer, or birth defects. Look at some of the pictures of his patients in the linked video. Latex Perfection, indeed.
* Another interesting real-life example of this trope was at Europride 2005 in Oslo, Norway, during a lecture on homosexuality and fetishes, the leader of [=ReviseF65=] came in to put on the lecture [[http://www.revisef65.org/35Bilder/9derltaravderl25.jpg wearing one realistic latex mask underneath another]], peeling off the first mask to symbolize coming out of the gay closet. Once the other realistic skinhead mask was revealed underneath, the audience laughed at the example of "maskception," the leader saying [[http://www.revisef65.org/35Bilder/10lecturegrizzlyserp%2328E0FC.jpg "Well, we can say that I just came out of the closet now, can we?"]] The reveal was to represent that gay fetishists would often come out of the closet two times, the second as a fetishist.