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->''"I know a detective who once attempted to disguise himself thoroughly. The first policeman he met took him into custody."''
-->-- '''Creator/DashiellHammett''', ''[[http://thrillingdetective.com/trivia/hammett2.html True Detective]]''
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A character who can be anybody during the course of the story. Giving a character this power and concealing its use from the audience for a "reveal" is very hard to pull off.

They may rely on [[ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction extensive training]] and a [[UnlimitedWardrobe vast collection of wigs, clothing and stage makeup]] to pull off the fakery. Or, their powers could be [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]]-driven, in that they have the [[{{Shapeshifter}} physical ability to alter their very shape]] and size to perfectly match that of the person they are duplicating. In animation, this is often done by having said master of disguise go into a [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning tornado-like spin]] to don or doff the disguise.

Expect them to be called "The Chameleon" (even if real chameleons can't hide themselves) and to be crucial to an ImpossibleMission.

Their allegiances can go either way. Sometimes they're villains, sometimes they're heroes (though not usually TheBigBad or TheHero themselves), and very often they're just {{Wild Card}}s.

See also ConvenientColorChange; LatexPerfection; MasterOfIllusion; ShapeShifting; WigDressAccent; WeWillNotUseStageMakeupInTheFuture; ThePowerOfActing. Compare ClarkKenting. MasterActor is a subtrope that covers only the acting. ManOfAThousandFaces is when an ''Actor'' is a Master of Disguise. Someone may be CastAsAMask.

Not to be confused with [[Creator/AdamSandler Happy Madison Production]]'s ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise''.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'': Riko Mine is another thief character with the ability to disguise themselves excellently. [[spoiler: Because she is the great-granddaughter of Arsene Lupin, and Holmes's nemesis.]]
* In one ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' strip, China vents his frustrations to a panda and talks about how he's sick of all the foreigners and how Russia's planning to backstab him. The panda takes its head off, revealing Russia.
%%* Saemon Kisaragi from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''.
* Lupin's Bride, another character inspired by the Literature example, from ''Manga/CatsEye''. Her debut episode has her stealing a painting by posing as the artist who created it, with the real artist BoundAndGagged off-screen.
** Also, the Kisugi sisters, AKA the titular thieves. Their usual disguises are those of random police officers or invented persons, but Rui has disguised herself as either Mitsuko Asatani or Toshio (the latter was problematic and led to Toshio being MistakenForGay, as Rui has issues at actually acting like a man), and Hitomi has easily disguised herself as anything and anyone.
*** In a pinch, the Kisugi sisters have also been known [[MuggedForDisguise to quickly disguise themselves as random people they come across]]. In one episode Hitomi and Ai tie up and gag a pair of female wrestlers and steal their costumes, fooling the pursuing cops in the process.
** The manga-only character Masato Kamiya, AKA the PhantomThief known as The Rat, makes liberal use of disguises, mostly as a police officer. The Kisugi sisters can usually see through his disguises with little problem, but nobody else can, and he even managed to fool Rui in one occasion.
* [[spoiler: Sayoko Shinozaki]] from ''Anime/CodeGeass''. Source of [[CrowningMomentOfFunny much lulz]] when [[spoiler: she impersonates Lelouch in an incredibly bizarre way in R2.]]
* Honey Kisaragi a.k.a. ''Anime/CuteyHoney''. Through the "Airborne Element Fixing Device", Honey is able to manipulate the air molecules in the air to create objects and change her appearance. Honey has a large array of transformations and disguises in the series.
* Great Britain aka 007 of ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. In fact, he was a brilliant clasically-trained actor before being turned into a Cyborg.
* ''Five'' in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': Shinichi's mother Yukiko, former prize-winning actress and Black Organization member Vermouth who actually trained with Yukiko; the Kaitou Kids who [[CanonWelding also starred in]] ''Manga/MagicKaito'' -- [[LikeFatherLikeSon Kuroba Kaito currently]] and Kuroba Toichi formerly (who trained Vermouth and Yukiko), and Phantom Lady who trained Kuroba Toichi -- and married him.
** Some of the above five have helped other characters out with their disguises: [[spoiler: Shuichi Akai, who has been posing as Subaru Okiya to keep an eye on the Black Organization and protect Ai as he promised to her dead sister. Yukiko is the one who trained him, too. And Bourbon, probably trained by Vermouth.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' Envy is an example of this. Oftentimes he will disguise himself as various members of the army to get to places that he otherwise could not go. He also uses his power of shape shifting to confuse people and take advantage of them. He used this tactic when [[spoiler:he kills Hughes by disguising as Ross and Gracia]]. In the manga and in ''Brotherhood'', he constantly uses this power to [[spoiler:keep his monstrous identity hidden]] and in the original anime by [[spoiler:hiding his identity as Ed and Al's eldest brother.]].
* ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'': Wraith, whose job in MITHRIL is to be a Master of Disguise. Kaname has no idea what he/she really looks like.
* Akko from ''Manga/HimitsuNoAkkoChan'' thanks to magical mirror that allows her to transform into anything and anyone she wants, sometimes copying their abilities too.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'': [[BigBad Saiga Furinji]] reveals that he's capable of this. To what degree? [[spoiler:He was disguised as the fat, short, bumbling, jolly mercenary John for most of the rescue mission to save Miu from Silcardo Junazard. To put it in perspective, Saiga is much taller and leaner than the John disguise, capable of cowing the members of YAMI's Nine Fists by simply ''speaking'', and is physically capable of beating down several skilled assassins [[PetTheDog while covering up his daughter with his jacket]]]].
** What makes it even better is that Sakaki Shio, one of the Ryouzanpaku masters and therefore someone you'd expect to be skilled enough to see through such a disguise, ''doesn't suspect anything at all''.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' has Nui Harime, who disguises herself as [[spoiler:a male student]] in order to [[spoiler:draw Ryuko out of a HeroicBSOD and destroy Senketsu]]. The only hint as to her true identity before TheReveal is [[spoiler:when "'''he'''" greets Mako from a stall in the '''girls'''' bathroom, plus the fact that she couldn't take off or move her distinguishing eyepatch, so she has it covered with her disguise's hair.]].
* A rather curious subversion in ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad''. Kyousuke's cousin Akane is ''not'' a shapeshifter herself, but a psychic... and her PsychicPowers include making ''you'' believe she's somebody else you know. As far as we know, no other empowered Kasuga can copy said ability.
* ''Characters/LupinIII'', grandson of the Literature example, Arsene Lupin. His skinny body enables him to easily impersonate heavier subjects by padding disguises, usually filling them with gadgets and surprises in the process. He can even perfectly imitate voices.
** In order to keep up with him, the rest of the cast, as well. However, Lupin is the best. Everyone else has had their disguises fail utterly at one time or another. Lupin ''can'' be unmasked, but it often seems to come ''only'' when he planned it that way. Two major examples from the series:
*** An episode of Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket has Lupin, Goemon, and Jigen disguised as Zenigata. When they're caught together, Goemon and Jigen admit their in disguise, and drag off the ''real'' Zenigata, claiming he's Lupin and they should surrender.
*** Anime/LupinFamilyAllStars: Every character is disguised as another character, except for the one disguised as the man in the iron mask. (the story comes from a manga chapter)
** Despite being primarily Lupin's shtick, the other characters are perfectly capable of pulling this off, even well enough to fool each other. One Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket episode's villain turned out to be Fujiko all along, and in another, Zenigata managed to get the jump on Lupin ([[DogPileOfDoom literally]]) by disguising as ''Fujiko''.
* Due of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Numbers]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. ShapeShifter [[HollywoodCyborg Combat Cyborg]] that specializes in infiltration and assassination.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' [[spoiler: {{Anti villain}}ess and]] Fate's minion [[spoiler:Shiori]] has a specialized kiss that can steal the full appearance of the one she kisses, as well as the ability to lose her consciousness and ''[[MemoryGambit think]]'' she's the person. Needless to say, no one figures it out once she switches with [[spoiler: Asuna... until they meet up with the Governor General, that is. And it still takes quite a while to unmask her.]]
** The series also has Kazumi Asakura, who's capable of becoming indistinguishable from whoever she chooses in order to (in this case, Shizuna-sensei) [[SchoolNewsPaperNewsHound get the big scoop]]. Main lead Negi only managed to tell the different thanks to the MarshmallowHell she gave him, seeing as even though she's not bad herself, Asakura just couldn't compete with Shizuna.
* Schwarz Bruder from ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' is shown to be this in episode 18, [[spoiler: where he took the form of an old man]]. It's not surprising, since he's [[McNinja ninja]] and all. He doesn't use this often though.
* In ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' [[spoiler: Johann dresses up as his sister twice. Once as a child for a completely inexplicable reason and then later as an adult just in order to fuck with everyone.]] ''No one'' saw that coming. As a variation on this trope he also proves a master of disguising his identity and real nature (through sheer charisma) from various people right up until it's too late for them to do anything about it.
* ''Manga/{{MW}}'' has [[spoiler:Michio impersonating every female victim he kills]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has the Baroque Works agent Mr. 2 Bon Clay, who can shapeshift into anyone he's touched, going by undetected. Really useful when you're working for an evil mastermind who intends to ravage a country with civil war: just impersonate the king and frame him! The Straw Hats manage to find a counter to his power: drawing X's on their arms and hiding them in bandages to serve as both a mark of friendship and a means of identification.
* A little known one-shot manga by Kigitsu Katsuhisa (Creator of ''Manga/FrankenFran'' and ''Manga/HelenESP'') named ''Phase 20'' has the mysterious legendary thief who calls himself "Twenty Faces". As the name implies, he's a pro at blending in and going by undetected.
* Team Rocket from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' disguise themselves as somebody or another, sometimes crossdressing, or in the case of Meowth dressing as another ''species'', on average once an episode. Jessie "Jessebella" "Jessadia" "Jessalina" "Jessilinda" "Jessilynlyn" "Jessirilyn" has used so many deviations of her name with rather [[WigDressAccent small]] (relatively -- her big dress up costumes are usually very detailed) changes to her outfit [[PaperThinDisguise it isn't even funny]]. Ash and Co. never figure out who Team Rocket is until they out themselves -- if they figure it out at all.
** Early in the series, Team Rocket were legitimately good disguising themselves. As they became [[VillainDecay less serious antagonists]] (a transition that didn't take very long at all), their disguises became more and more [[PaperThinDisguise paper-thin]].
** A oneshot (well, two-shot) character, a girl named Duplica, was also a quick-change master, even able to impersonate Ash, Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny in a flash. Her Pokemon of choice was, of course, a Ditto, and loosely based on Copycat Girl from the video games.
** There was also the Phantom Thief Brody in the Hoenn series.
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Green/Blue]] (the female one) of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', through creative usage of her Ditto as a sort of LatexPerfection mask. Her disguises include [[spoiler:Sabrina during the Rocket Team HQ assault in the Red/Blue arc and the old man with the Abra in the Pokemon League during the Gym Leader battle of the Gold/Silver/Crystal arc]]. Even Silver, the one who she's been with for the longest time, wasn't able to identify her until her Ditto flowed off to reveal her true face.
** The Latias who's friends with Emerald is also able to do this by manipulating the refraction of light. She's actually a lot easier to identify than Green/Blue. Just look for females with her distinctive hairstyle.
** Petrel has proven to be this in the HGSS arc, dressing up as the Johto Safari Zone owner, Eusine, Silver and Lance... in the same page.
* Masaharu Niou and Hiroshi Yagyuu from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis''. [[spoiler: They pretend to be ''each other'' during a doubles match, after all.]]
** Mercilessly parodied with Koharu and Yuuji, who use disguises not to conceal their identities but to disrupt their rivals's concentration. And to provide a whole [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Crowning Match Of Funny]]. [[spoiler: To beat them Momoshiro and Kaidoh had to ''become'' Masters of Disguise, using [[CoolMask lucha libre masks]] to confuse them back.]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has Tsubasa Kurenai, a oneshot (twoshot in the anime, with a pair of cameos) character whose specialty is dressing up in elaborate costumes, mainly of inanimate objects, which allow him to blend in perfectly to his surroundings if he chooses. He's been a mailbox, a statue, the sign outside Ukyo's restaurant, a trashcan, a [[{{Karakasa}} kasa-obake]], a vending machine... and underneath the costume, he also dresses in women's clothes as an expression of his love for {{Bifauxnen}} WholesomeCrossdresser Ukyo Kuonji. He's so good at impersonating a woman that just about everyone he meets actually thinks he is one at first. He even has a girl's voice (unless he's angered; in that case, his voice becomes as male as you can hear it from someone his age)!
** Another oneshot, Copycat Ken was a paparazzo who stole martial artists' techniques by becoming them and using all of their moves against them. The only one he couldn't copy perfectly was Happosai, because he was just too perverted. So he trained Ken. He ended up with so many copies that he started mixing them up and became unable to change back.
* Hannya from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', to the point that he actually mutilated his own face to make the process easier. The result is horrific, and it's understandable why the anime didn't include that bit (only showing us one of his eyes).
** In the manga, Gein--TheDragon to Enishi Yukishiro, the final BigBad--proves to be a Master of Disguise as well. [[spoiler:He was disguised as his own puppet, Iwanbou, in order to spy on Kenshin from within Shishio's group--and Shishio, himself a villain who's always on his guard with most other people, never gave ''any'' indication that he knows of Iwanbou's true nature]].
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has Sailor Venus and the title character, both using disguise magic to make themselves appear to be someone else. While Sailor Moon didn't use it often, Sailor Venus used it often and well in [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her own series]].
* In ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', Berg Katse is really good at disguise, especially considering [[spoiler:he is a mutant who can switch genders at will]].
* The Chameleonian alien from ''Anime/SpaceDandy'' is so good at disguising itself, it can actually make they person it's disguised as think that ''they're'' the Chameleonian.
%%* The Matori in ''Manga/Switch2002''
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has Origami Cyclone revealed in episode 8 [[spoiler:and used later to infiltrate Jake and Kriem's hideout. [[PsychicPowers It did not end well.]]]]

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* ''AudioPlay/TheElysiumProject'' has Mirage, a test subject of the eponymous Elysium Project. Mirage's specialty is using his powers to make himself look like other people.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
** ComicBook/{{Elektra}} sometimes wears disguises to get close to her target.
** Mr. Fantastic, of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'', has infrequently used his stretching powers to assume a different face.
** ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' villain, The Chameleon. He wears exquisitely made latex masks, is a skilled mimic, and his own mask is equipped with voice changer software.
*** For a time, the Chameleon also used a holographic belt that could instantly create an image of whoever he wanted to pose as.
*** Chameleon is also astounding in able to imitate someone. When he posed as Tigra, Avengers Academy member Finesse (who prides herself on knowing a person through their fighting moves) is in denial Chameleon could duplicate Tigra's micro-expressions enough to fool her.
-->'''Chameleon''': Well...that's why I'm a professional.
** ComicBook/{{Mystique}}, ''Comicbook/XMen'' - she's a shapeshifter, and is quite comfortable as either a man or a woman. On the other hand, she has more difficulty maintaining a shape that is different in mass than herself. For example, when she spent a few years pretending to be a Governor's wife, using the name Mallory Brickman, part of her disguise was that she was about twice her normal weight. Since she was going to have to maintain this image for a very long time, she gained weight, to bring her own mass up to the same amount as "Mallory".
* Franchise/TheDCU:
** Franchise/{{Batman}}
*** His foe Clayface is a shapeshifter. He has fought a number of other masters of disguise over his career, such as False Face, Chimera and Jane Doe.
*** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} would certainly qualify, as she often employs elaborate disguises for her heists. In a pinch she's also [[MuggedForDisguise been known to appropriate the outfits of unfortunate victims]].
*** Both ComicBook/TheJoker and ComicBook/HarleyQuinn are extremely good with disguises and impersonations as well.
** The Chameleon, an actor turned assassin who once came gunning for ComicBook/JonahHex.
** In the earlier stories, ComicBook/JimmyOlsen could disguise himself so well that Perry, Lois, and even Superman had trouble recognizing him.
%%** The King, a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero.
%%** The King's arch-nemesis, the Witch.
** Nemesis, a master of LatexPerfection.
%%* Olrik from ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer''.
* ComicBook/BlackOrchid's M.O. involved mugging and replacing a minor female character in each story, with her involvement only revealed at the very end.
* Diabolik and his partner Eva Kant from the Italian comic ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}''. The only way to unmask them is to pinch their faces to check for LatexPerfection... And even that has failed on occasions due them being particularly creative or simply opting for WigDressAccent (this happens so rarely that the police [[DidntSeeThatComing never sees it coming]]).
* The ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics have many examples:
** The Phantom Blot is possibly the most famous, who, in American stories, puts LatexPerfection ''over his hood'' ([[DependingOnTheWriter American stories never remove his hood]]).
** Paperinik (DonaldDuck's SuperHero/AntiHero alter ego) is rather good thanks to the use of LatexPerfection and very good acting skills, to the point that his ClarkKenting act holds because everyone just assumes he wears a Donald Duck mask under his DominoMask. He becomes even better in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', having access to devices that make him appear having a completely different body shape (including that of a ''tree'') or have a flame around his head.
** Classic Paperinik villain villain "Il Trasformista", his name being Italian for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Master of Disguise]], has this as his whole sthick. He's good enough that the only time Paperinik or anyone else saw through his disguise was when he disguised himself as ''Donald'' (not a disguise Paperinik would fall for, for obvious reasons), and he later broke out thanks to masks made out of ''breadcrumbs''.
** Appropriately enough, Fantomius the GentlemanThief, the one whose journal inspired Donald into becoming Paperinik (even using his costume and, early on, many of his gadgets), and his partner/fiancee Dolly Paprika are this too, complete with LatexPerfection.
** In the spy-themed PIA stories, ''Daisy'': as part of Scrooge's Private Intelligence Agency, she specializes in taking a disguise appropriate to the situation and infiltrate the enemy base to cause damage or just hang around in the background until she can whack the villain in the head, with the early stories just have her disguise as a relevant character with little to indication it was actually her until she has either returned to the base after completing her job or just whacked the villain.
** This is a somewhat widespread ability in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures''. Besides Paperinik, we have:
*** One and Two, at least through video screens and holograms. {{Justified}} because they're both incredibly powerful {{Artificial Intelligence}}s, so it's easy game for them to make up an incredibly realistic image.
*** The Raider, through the use of 23rd century technology, can easily mask himself even as people smaller than himself.
*** 23rd century characters have often done the same, most notably the Gryphon (the Raider's successor in a BadFuture and [[spoiler:son]]), who disguised himself as ''the Raider himself'', and a droid made specifically to take on Paperinik's appearance through holograms.
*** [[HordeOfAlienLocusts The Evronians]] have a number of [[ShapeShifter Shape-Shifting]] {{Super Soldier}}s with this ability, the most notable being Grrodon.
*** The Creature from PKNA #11 developed this ability after crossing through dimensions.
** Possibly the best one of all: Miklos, the Grey Mouse, who, thanks to creative use of LatexPerfection and stilts, can easily disguise himself as people twice as tall as him. Also, he's extremely able to disguise himself as Mickey, using [[IdenticalStranger their extreme resemblance]] and acting skills to fool even his friends.
* Shapeshifter, one of the main villains in Comico's ''ComicBook/{{Elementals}}'' series.
* Ninjas in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''. One of them even disguises as a dog!
** Then we have Ninjette, who, while a ninja herself, is on a whole different level, as she once consummated a marriage ''as the groom''. Other ninjas are ''still'' wondering how she did it, with her clan still teaching about this to their children even after she defected.
* The entire premise of DC Vertigo title ''ComicBook/HumanTarget'', along with a healthy dose of BecomingTheMask.
* Jarael does this several times in ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. She poses as a full-blooded Arkanian, a staff member at an arena, and ''two'' Jedi. It turns out the derelict ship she grew up in was parked over an abandoned clothing warehouse, so she played a lot of dress-up as a kid.
%%* Mortadelo in ''ComicBook/MortadeloYFilemon''.
* ''Comicbook/TheSpirit'': his arch-nemesis The Octopus is an accomplished Master of Disguise. As he is also TheFaceless, the only clue the reader has to his identity at any time is when his hands are visible; he always wears purple gloves with three yellow stripes appliqued onto the back. It has been established that he has the same height, weight and general build as the Spirit, so he frequently chooses to impersonate the Spirit in order to implicate him or to confound the cops into shooting at the wrong guy.
* Lord Shilling, the British spy who was the ArchEnemy of ''ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}'', was a master of disguise.
* The ComicBook/UnknownSoldier uses latex face masks to perfection.
* Lord Cedric from ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' is a ShapeShifter, ''and'' knows how to disguise someone without using any magic or power. He uses the latter talent to bring Vathek (who looks like an ogre) around Heatherfield without nobody being the wiser.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Averted with George in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. Though he can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting become a perfect copy of anyone]], he knows he can't adequately pull off an impersonation because he can't readily suppress his accent, act, or otherwise seem convincing. When he has to become the woman Bayanis, he spends the entire time praying no one will ask him to say or do anything. When he becomes a goblin, every detail about him besides his shape is wrong, and he has to rationalize every one of them when he is questioned. Luckily for him, in these cases no one is expecting an impersonator.
** Continues in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. One example: George takes the form of Folse Tarmi to get past some robots, and worries that his accent will trip him up. Luckily he doesn't need to speak to them.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'', both Finn [=McMissile=] and Mater become this, thanks to voice-activated holographic disguise systems that let them instantly assume any appearance.
* This is Agent Triple X's primary skill in ''WesternAnimation/TheManCalledFlintstone''. [[spoiler:It also allows him to hide his true identity as [[BigBad the Green Goose]]]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Simon Templar from ''Film/TheSaint1997''
* Mitch Leary from ''Film/InTheLineOfFire''
* ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'', in which the eponymous assassin is a Master of Disguise capable of getting close to his target (Charles De Gaulle) undetected, helped [[LifeImitatesArt inspire the nickname]] for RealLife assassin and terrorist Carlos "The Jackal", who had similar abilities to elude authorities.
* Pistachio Disguisey in ''Film/TheMasterOfDisguise'' is a parody, but his family, the Disguiseys, play it straight. Pistachio himself begins to play it straight by the end of the film.
* Several Creator/PeterSellers characters. Some merely fancy themselves as this, such as [[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Inspector Clouseau]], but others, like [[Film/{{Lolita}} Claire Quilty]], are dangerously good at it. [[Film/BeingThere Chance the Gardener]] has a knack for blending in. Also, Peter Sellers ''himself'': see, for example, ''Film/DrStrangelove'' where he plays three characters.
* Spoofed in ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' by Sam Smith, a black man who disguises himself as such notable non-black people as Hitler, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, and a blonde girl, all while making not the slightest effort to disguise his skin color. He even managed to convince the tomatoes that he was one of their number, until he forgot and asked for ketchup.
* ''Film/{{Zelig}}'' (played by Creator/WoodyAllen) is pathologically capable of blending in [[TheZelig with important people]], due to a childhood need to fit in. This enables him to impersonate a surgeon, a sex god, and a member of Hitler's inner circle (among other politicians), despite having no particular skill, and being Jewish. He can even [[BlackLikeMe change his race]], causing the Ku Klux Klan to pronounce him "a triple threat".
* Peyton Westlake, a.k.a., ''Film/{{Darkman}}''
* In ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', Christopher Reeve's performance turned Superman into one of these, convincingly disguising himself as mild-mannered Clark Kent. His success had less to do with props than body language and vocal mannerisms.
* In the old Creator/BasilRathbone[=/=]Nigel Bruce ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' film series, Rathbone was nearly impossible to identify most of the time, other times his nose gave him away. Also, just scroll down a little to the literature section for more info.
* Kirk Lazarus of ''Film/TropicThunder'' is a master actor. He is a blue eyed blond haired Australian playing a black Sergeant [[spoiler: and while he was doing that he managed to pose as a Vietnamese Farmer.]]
* Eames in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' can pose as anyone during dream when necessary. Thus, he's called "The Forger."
* Artemus Gordon in ''Film/WildWildWest''. He can become President Grant, a fur trapper or a rather ugly woman. (He isn't perfect, however. His Grant disguise didn't fool West because he had a Harvard right, and West knew that the real Grant went to West Point.)
** Gordon and Grant actually share an actor. Creator/KevinKline did a great job of playing Gordon-as-Grant doing an ''almost'' perfect impression of Grant.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. Undercover Brother uses LatexPerfection twice, to appear as an elderly janitor and [[spoiler:James Brown]]. He uses ordinary disguise techniques to become a Rastafarian golf caddy and corporate executive Anton Jackson.
* Irwin M. Fletcher (Chevy Chase) from ''Film/{{Fletch}}''.
* Zartan from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* In ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet'', Nick Carter is America's greatest detective and his disguises are "proverbially perfect", however, his intention to blend in with the crowd fails epically when he arrives in Prague. His books had perfect information about people and their life in the Bohemian countryside, but apparently not so much about life in towns, so he's immediately recognized by the Director of Police and a newsboy. Nick is also not pleased to learn that everything gets noised abroad in Bohemia and that his arrival was not kept a secret. However, his disguise as [[spoiler:Professor Bocek was amazing, down to being a MasterActor]], and also his disguise as an Arabian gentleman when he was leaving for Egypt was truly impressive.
* Horace Badman alias Hogo Fogo in ''Film/LemonadeJoe''. He sports wigs, fake beards and moustaches, glasses, dark glasses, hats, make-up... His own brother didn't recognize him when he was disguised as a black trumpet player and an old blind man.
* Julius Caesar's unnamed spy from the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' movie ''Asterix Meets Cleopatra''. He disguises himself as [[RuleOfFunny everything from a brick to a plate of fruit]].
* French film ''Secret Defense'' has main character Diane, who [[https://i.imgur.com/t1C33bj.mp4 pulls off a disguise on the fly]].
* ''Film/JMenForever'' is a GagDub of a dozen different Republic {{Film Serial}}s from the 1930-50's, so this trope is used to {{handwave}} why the BigBad looks like a dozen different supervillains.

* Franchise/SherlockHolmes. Since he rarely warns even his allies about this, he's managed to (almost?) get himself arrested at least once. Oh, and he's equally good at faking himself-plus-condition, from mortal illness to opium addiction, whenever it serves the case he's on.
** He does point out that it's painful to take a foot off your height for hours on end.
*** He also FREQUENTLY fools Watson and several Inspectors, amazingly enough.
** At least once, Holmes's disguise was also mostly due to acting, in "The Final Problem"--Watson is supposed to meet Holmes at a train station, and instead is joined by an old Italian priest in a cassock. The priest changes his expression for a moment and Watson realizes it's Holmes. (The cassock is his only physical disguise.)
*** Then there's the pastiche character, his sister, Literature/EnolaHolmes, who regularly fools ''him''. Knowing how he thinks certainly helps and she plans her disguises accordingly.
* The title character of ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo''.
* The title character of ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel''.
* Subverted in the Richard Hannay novels (''Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps'' and sequels) by John Buchan: while the main character disguises himself frequently and successfully, it is more through acting than characterization. Buchan's thesis appears to have been that if you're a good enough actor you can disguise yourself from even people who know you well. Hannay's best friend is a particularly good actor, and is always unexpectedly appearing in books, sometimes from behind the face of a villain.
* The original Literature/ArseneLupin, gentleman thief, had this down to an art, and inspires several imitations. Notably, his appearance doesn't get much attention in the novels because he never looks the same twice. In his first short story he confesses to the narrator that he no longer even recognises his own, undisguised face in the mirror.
* Literature/{{Fantomas}}, the villain of his own series by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre, is one of the more brutal examples of this. One of his defining features is always appearing in various disguises and then getting rid of the persona through faked deaths, explosions, and mass murder. The same is true of his rival the Inspector Juve, sans the death count, who uses an equal number of disguises to try and bring Fantômas to justice.
** The [[Film/{{Fantomas}} film adaptations]] gave it more of the typical spy treatment, turning the titular villain into a [[Film/JamesBond Blofeld]]-esque DiabolicalMastermind. Fantômas would always be hiding his face with a bluish bald latex ExpressiveMask that he would typically wear other rubber masks over.
* ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat''. For crook turned secret agent [=Jim DiGriz=] this is a basic survival technique, seeing as he works in a universe of [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou omniscient surveillance and paranoid secret policemen]]. Can range all the way up to full body surgery.
* Alias in the ''Literature/EvilGeniusTrilogy'', who teaches Disguise at the [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors Axis Institute]], and frequently arrives to class disguised as one of his own students. One of the 3 teachers that escaped the institute alive.
* In the {{Pulp Magazine}}s of the 30's, this was practically a StockSuperpower:
** ''Literature/TheAvenger''. Richard Henry Benson, of the 1930's pulps was a master of disguise. He suffered a horrible emotional shock which deadened the nerves in his face which he could mold like putty. (Ah the innocence of the 30's!) He carried around a disguise kit with wig, contacts, make-up etc to go along with the putty face. Later when his face came back to life he invented a serum which had the same effect.
** ''Franchise/DocSavage'', which is pretty amazing when you consider his extraordinary physical appearance -- roughly 6'6" (2 meters) tall, perfectly muscled, bronze skin and eyes, and yet he frequently fools his closest associates.
** ''Radio/TheShadow'' was a disguise master in his magazine adventures; made slightly easier in his case considering how few people ever [[PerceptionFilter truly saw]] his [[CoatHatMask face]].
** ''Literature/TheSpider'': unsurprising in that he was a FollowTheLeader of ''TheShadow''.
** Dr. Coffin, another pulp ProtoSuperhero, actually lived this trope full-time: he'd been a popular film star, but was forced to fake his own death and take on a new identity after killing a gangster under circumstances where proving self-defense wasn't feasible. As his character was based on RealLife disguise-master Creator/LonChaney, this wasn't difficult for him, and the use of false personas to trick criminals into confessing became his chief strategy as a crime-fighter.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** The birdman Kaird, who is of a very rarely-seen species, but has elaborate prosthetics and suits and so on - ''Star Wars'' generally averts WeWillNotUseStageMakeupInTheFuture - to disguise himself as anything from a human to a Hutt. He'll also use less extensive measures. Whatever works.
** Face Loran from the ''Literature/XWingSeries''. He uses makeup and prosthetics, but his main tools of disguise are his extensive acting experience and the fact that he comes from a planet whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is observation and control of body language.
** Nom Anor in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder''. His people, the Yuuzhan Vong, have genetically engineered a creature called an ooglith masquer that acts as a second skin that can alter the wearer's features dramatically, even allowing them to impersonate members of other species (though since they're basically humanoid, impersonating some species requires more extensive alteration). Anor, though, is a master actor and spy on top of that- with a masquer and the right prep time, he can fool anyone except a Jedi (since the AntiMagic nature of the Vong means they don't show up in the Force).
* Literature/ErastFandorin is so good at this that some characters get confused, which of his appearances is the real, original one.
* Betty Bent from the ''Literature/KikiStrike'' books: Her parents are costume designers for the Metropolitan Opera, and she's so good at disguising herself that can appear as pretty much anyone the Irregulars needs her to be.
** She had a FreudianExcuse for disguising herself: Betty explains to Ananka in the first book that she used to be really weird-looking, and people would make fun of her for how she looked. So she started disguising herself so people wouldn't give her a hard time about her looks.
* The villainess in ''The Girl With The Golden Bouffant'', a LesYay spoof of ''Film/JamesBond'', isn't recognised despite turning up as a girl in a mink bikini or a stewardess conducting an 'intimate' lifebelt drill demonstration on the heroine.
* Jay, from the ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series after the first one. Kurt Schwenke is also suggested to be this, in ''A Deeper Blue''.
* Nymphadora Tonks from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series is a ''metamorphagus'' who can change any part of her appearance at will, which she says was very helpful in the disguise section of her Auror exams.
* Count Olaf from ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'', being an actor, has an infinite amount of costumes at his disposal, especially from his evil troupe. He's been everything from a Sikh gym teacher, to a submarine captain, to a carny. No one second guesses the tall lanky man with an eye tattoo on his ankle except the Baudelaire kids.
** Fernald, a.k.a. "the hook-handed man." is arguably even better, since even the Baudelair kids fall for his disguises. And he doesn't even have to take off his hooks to do it, he just hides them.
** Taken to an extreme in ''The Unauthorized Autobiography'', which implies it is a common ability of VFD members and mentions people disguising themselves as a chest of drawers, a street, and a pickup truck.
* [[Literature/TheLiesOfLockeLamora Locke Lamora]] and the rest of the Gentlemen Bastards are ''quite'' adept at changing personas, thanks to their UnlimitedWardrobe and [[ConsummateLiar talent for mendacity]].
* [[TheDragon Sauron]] in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', thanks to his [[{{Shapeshifter}} Shapeshifting]] ability, turns himself into a giant vampire bat, a giant werewolf, and the most friendly, helpful, likeable, ''not-at-all''-evil angelic being you'll ever meet (not). Beren and Lúthien successfully shapeshift themselves into EliteMooks by wearing the pelts of their demonic enemies.
* ''Literature/TheConfidenceMan'' has the confidence man himself. He sneaks on a riverboat [[AprilFoolsPlot on April Fools' Day]], and puts on more than eight different disguises, becoming a different character tailored to be one that would be able to con money out of each passenger, all while testing the confidence in their morals and perception.
* Lisbeth Salander in ''Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Moist von Lipwig. Though this is equal parts disguising himself and his natural appearance; he was born with the most forgettable face in the world, the sort of person that someone would look at and think, "I wonder if I've seen that man before", and is average in every way--he describes himself as "about", as in "about twenty to thirty, about average height", etc. He disguises himself with removable things like glasses, flashy clothing, or horrifyingly thick ear-hair, all of which are more memorable than his actual features.
** The title character of the opera ''Il Truccatore'' in the ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' pastiche ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}''. The title actually means "The Master of Disguise" (on the Disc; in reality it means "The Make-up Artist"), and is sometimes loosely translated as "The Man with a Thousand Faces" (as a ShoutOut to Creator/LonChaney ... who of course, [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925 played the Phantom of the Opera]]).
* Literature/AgentPendergast has an almost superhuman ability to look like a different person with little more than a change of clothes. In ''Literature/{{Reliquary}},'' he even makes his disguise as a hobo ''more'' convincing by imbibing an illegal hallucinogen.
* Burke from Creator/AndrewVachss's books is no shapeshifter, given the hard-realistic setting, but with the aid of makeup, changes of clothes and putting on a different persona has been able to pass himself off as different people
* Literature/{{Raffles}}, being more or less an EvilCounterpart of Franchise/SherlockHolmes is also quite good with disguises.
* Faceless Men in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' are assassins who through their training are able to completely alter their appearances. Some kind of magic is involved, but also basic theatre techniques if that will suffice.
* Toni Ware in ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' has at least twenty distinct voices and differently-colored contact lenses.
* ''Literature/TimeScout'''s Chuck Farley. He disguises his face, his mannerisms, everything.
* Tzigone of ''Literature/CounselorsAndKings'' is a former street performer and natural mimic, which allows her to pull a dizzying array of impersonations- particularly since she's flat enough to pull a convincing male. It's ''very'' hard to pick Tzigone out of a group of people if she doesn't want you to (the fact that half the BigBadDuumvirate has been after her most of her life makes such skills essential).
* VigilanteMan Mack Bolan (aka Literature/TheExecutioner) calls this "role camouflage", which is based on psychology rather than physical disguises. He knows that no-one will associate the friendly telephone repairman or smooth elite hitman from New York with the notorious blacksuited OneManArmy.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': The District 6 female Morphling's talent. She uses it to appear from thin air in order to protect Peeta. Haymitch said this is how both District 6 Morphlings won their games.
* ''Literature/AmeliaPeabody'': Sethos and Ramses
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'''s GuileHero Silk is talented enough to sit down at his lifelong friends' restaurant table and go unrecognized, purely by manipulating his facial muscles. He's a LivingLegend in his country's spy agency for good reason.
* [[GuileHero Way]][[CloudCuckooLander ne]] of ''Literature/WaxAndWayne'' uses numerous disguises, sometimes aided by his TimeStandsStill powers. He firmly believes in the application of WigDressAccent, especially the accent.
* In ''Literature/RiverOfTeeth'', Archie is the most skilled conwoman around and an expert at disguise and acting, passing as both a SouthernBelle and as a SouthernGentleman at different points of the story.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Master in the classic series tended to do this, up to the point that BBC credited the actor with an anagram to keep up the suspense. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E7TimeFlight Leon Ny Taiy]] = Tony Ainley anyone?
*** Moreso the Anthony Ainley version than Roger Delgado. Delgado's Master tended towards PaperThinDisguises using various translations of Master for his name.
** The new series Master manages this due to TheNthDoctor. Nobody realizes [[spoiler:Professor Yana is him]], and he later regenerates into [[spoiler:Mr. Saxon, a mystery figure who's been hovering at the edge of things all season. He then travels a year back in time to ''become'' said Mr. Saxon.]] As usual, there's a SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler:Mister Saxon = Master No. Six.]] However, ThePowersThatBe have said that was wholly unintentional, and that when a character's title is [[spoiler:simply "Mr.," it's easier to make a Master anagram than avoid one. However, Saxon really is the sixth form of the Master: there's Delgado, zombie, Ainley, Roberts, Prof. Yana, and now Mr. Saxon. Assuming you count both actors playing the zombie as one incarnation, and don't count Gordon Tipple from the start of the film. Or the twelve incarnations before Delgado we never saw.]]
** It's lampshaded, along with PaperThinDisguise, in "The End of Time". A botched resurrection leaves the Master stuck with his old, highly-recognisable face and no resources. He's reduced to dyeing his hair, wearing scruffy clothes and trying to stay out of sight.
-->'''The Master:''' The master of disguise... stuck looking like the old Prime Minister!
** [[spoiler:Simm's master]] manages, for a year, to hide his true identity from Bill, justifying his disguise as such:
-->"Of course, they are rather necessary when you happen to be somebody's [[spoiler:former Prime Minister]]"
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'':
** Rollin Hand (Martin Landau) and Paris (Creator/LeonardNimoy).
** The revival had Nicholas Black: he was the one to wear the LatexPerfection masks because he had an acting background.
* Arch-enemy Murdoc from ''Series/MacGyver1985'' was said to be a master of disguise. But his disguises were so bad that viewers only fell for them because his appearances were spread out enough that the audience had forgotten what he looked like.
* Christopher Chance, star of the comic book and [[{{Creator/FOX}} quickly-cancelled]] TV series ''Series/HumanTarget'', though comicverse Chance doesn't impersonate, he ''becomes'' (often resorting to surgery, which is kind of cheating.)
** In the original comic books, he often relies on disguises.
* An episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' had an old Vegas mob boss who was thought to be dead come back as one of these, killing his betrayers with a different disguise.
* Jared, the Pretender from ''Series/ThePretender'', had an entire series based around this. While he never changed his physical appearance, he would adopt an extremely wide array of different jobs, mastering all of them in [[InstantExpert an astonishingly short timespan]].
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' had several. The eponymous assassin Hemlock in ”Hemlock”, rouge DSD agent Clark Palmer in ”Imposter”, and Al-Qaeda associate Sadik Fahd in ”Persian Gulf”.
* Parodied by Col. Flagg of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', who ''thinks'' he's one of these, while in reality absolutely ''anyone'' can see through his disguises. Mostly due to the ridiculous ones he tries to pull off.
* Artemus Gordon, on ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' even fooled Jim West occasionally. However, his disguises weren't allowed to be too good as a result of ExecutiveMeddling, fearing that ViewersAreMorons and would be confused.
* Radio/TheLoneRanger put on fairly good disguises not too infrequently, since all he really had to do was remove his mask and add a beard or something - and the beard was more to keep the ''audience'' from seeing his true face, since if he were to ever show himself just plain maskless to other characters on the show, only Tonto would ever know who he was.
* False Face from the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show (who was based on a one-shot comics villain). He also appeared in one episode of each ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
** His actor Creator/MalachiThrone even allowed him to be credited as "???" for his first few appearances.
* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' recently joined the members of this trope. In addition to a ton of other powers, goshdangit. Even before he gained the ability to full-on shapeshift in Part 4, Sylar was fond of using a variety of fake accents and stolen uniforms to trick people into trusting him or gain access to places he wasn't supposed to be.
* Several characters in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' can do this, mostly the Pink Rangers.
** Quite prominently Soukichi Banba (a.k.a. Big One) from ''Series/JAKQDengekitai''.
** One memorable battle from ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' even had Mei fighting the villains' master of disguise, Lamie, with both often switching costumes.
** Also it is noted that in ''Series/DaiSentaiGoggleFive'', Goggle Pink/Miki Momozono is designed to be a ShoutOut (or {{Expy}}) to Anime/CuteyHoney above, since she just needs to spin around to change clothes without flinging them off (even going as far as switching from Goggle suit to a sexy Flamenco dancer outfit ''right off bat'').
** Shurikenger made his own version. He has no name or human appearance. As a result he has [[TheOtherDarrin no]] [[MythologyGag definite]] actor other than his voice actor. His human form is always that of some passerby, played by a past sentai hero, until he reveals himself by transforming -- with the past hero's transformation pose! (Except Battle Kenya's; since they didn't have transformation poses, Creator/KenjiOhba's Shurikenger awesomely, hilariously does his ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'' pose, which is ''much'' more elaborate than any Sentai one, and not counting that he also does [[Series/DenshiSentaiDenziman Daigorou Oume/Denzi Blue]] and chose to skip that one to add more surprise.)
* The Dolls of Creator/JossWhedon's ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' are imprinted with many different personalities for their engagements.
** One of them, however, is portrayed by the friggin genius named Creator/EnverGjokaj, who can be everybody, [[EpilepticTrees and probably is]]. His acting alone is reason enough to watch the show.
* Prince Ludvig the Indestructible from the second series of ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' is this. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It proves to be his undoing]], [[spoiler: as his overly-elaborate costume at a fancy-dress party sets him apart. But then in TheStinger he somehow disguises himself ''perfectly'' as the queen (still played by the same actress but with his voice)]].
* ''Series/GetSmart'' has at least three episodes about Disguise Masters. First one is about the man who pretends to be Chief to kill a very valuable witness. Second one is about the leader of ACB (third organization; it has both CONTROL and KAOS as its enemies) who disguised himself as fellow agent (one of the first on-screen black agents). Third one is about Chameleon: he disguised himself as Larabee, Admiral Hargrave and even as 99, all to infiltrate a secret counsel.
* ''Series/{{How I Met Your Mother}}'': Some of Barney's cons to get woman (though not usually) involve a disguise. For instance:
** He dressed up as an old librarian at a girls club.
** He wore aging makeup and claimed to be an old man from the future.
** He hooked up with a lesbian by dressing as one himself.
** He wore three costumes in a HalloweenEpisode so he can pick up the same girl he failed with earlier while in disguise.
* Spoofed in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', with a contact agent disguised as a dog. He proudly describes the painful-sounding surgery required to fit him into the costume. On screen, he looks more like a victim of taxidermy.
* Spoofed with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhgdRiD7R1k Butterfield Detective Agency]] from ''PeterSerafinowicz Show''.
* The Changelings in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' are actually a race of almost liquid amoeba that [[ShapeShifting can change their shape]] to about anything. While the changeling in the main cast can only rudimentarily mimic humanoid features, more skilled ones can impersonate any person and even fooled close friends for years.
** Speaking of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Isaac Asimov once suggested to Roddenberry that Kirk might make a good one of these.
** Because he's a hologram, The Doctor on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' can mimic anyone so long as an image of them is uploaded into the main computer.
** Altered Suliban in ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' can change their appearance to resemble other humanoids, including specific people.
* In ''Series/TheATeam'', team leader John Smith did this at the start of every episode, but he only used it to fool potential clients until he decided they were O.K. Then he'd take off the disguise right in front of them.
* Spoofed in ''Series/TheGoodies'' with the villainous Nasty Person, who says he got his [[IncrediblyLamePun Master of Disguise from Sussex University]].
-->'''Tim:''' You say you're the Most Naughty Man in the World, how come we've never heard of you?
-->'''Nasty Person:''' Because I am a master of disguises. Look, these are some of my greatest triumphs! ''[unveils pictures of Richard Nixon, Enoch Powell, Idi Amin and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking David Frost]]]'' All me!
** Later they fool Nasty Person's brainless henchman into thinking he's disguised himself as the Goodies, all three of them. At the same time.
* ''Series/SquareOneTV'': In the Mathnet serial "The Kalpurnian Kugel Caper" Mathnet's CIA contact is a master of disguise, at various times disguised as an old lady, a dog, and a llama. {{Subverted}} when George thinks that the CIA man is disguised as a lamp pole.
* Parodied on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' with a private eye who always wears a rather bad disguise, but who completely fools the delighted Lucille.
* Woody of the sitcom ''Series/SunTrap'' is an undercover journalist with a knack for voices. To aid him in his investigations, he has a seemingly limitless wardrobe of [[PaperThinDisguise paper thin disguises]] that seem to fool everyone.
* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'''s titular character always wears funny disguises to help her friends undercover.
* Discussed on ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' as Sherlock openly notes that even the best latex masks and wigs have limitations, that just looking like a person isn't enough to stand up to close observation when the posture, the behaviour or even just the voice don't match. It's possible to not look like oneself, but next to impossible to look like a specific other person to their friends. [[spoiler:That's why the murderer of the week impersonated a certain elderly woman at night having a seizure seen through a dirty window, neatly obscuring or explaining away any discrepancies.]]
-->'''Sherlock''': There is no such thing as a master of disguise. If there was, I'd be one myself.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': While the team as a whole qualifies, this is Sophie's key [[DoubleEntendre job]].
* Robbie Rotten from the children's show ''Series/LazyTown'' qualifies. Although his disguises are [[PaperThinDisguise obvious to the audience]], he regularly manages to fool the denizens of Lazy Town with his disguises on a OncePerEpisode basis. He even [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngk3Urrpa8k sings about it]].

* In the music video for "Beautiful Stranger" this is used by ''Film/AustinPowers'' chief Basil to explain the many looks of Music/{{Madonna}}, portrayed as a FemmeFataleSpy who has seduced the top agents of British Intelligence.
* Gene Simmons' "Man Of 1000 Faces", from the Music/KISSSoloAlbums. "I can put on any face; you won't know me, but it's no disgrace."

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The villain Harley Niav AKA "Puttypuss" from the ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' comic strip. The writers admitted he was a riff on the villain Anyface from ''FearlessFosdick''; the parody of ComicStrip/DickTracy in Al Capp's ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' strip.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=magic/sok/sakashima Sakashima the Impostor]], from the ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' Kamigawa vignettes.
** Also a possible in-universe explanation for the "Ninjutsu" mechanic from the same block, where an unblocked attacking creature can be replaced by a creature with Ninjutsu, already attacking. A possible explanation is that they're retroactively assumed to have been perfectly disguised as the creature they replace.
** The above can also result in a cascading scenario of a single ninja going through multiple disguises in successive turns by repeatedly casting Ninjutsu on the "same" creature. Taken at face value, this means that the mysterious ninja could have worn ''several disguises on top of each other, and still no one could figure out who he was''.
* Any and all Lunars in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' have the ability to disguise themselves perfectly by ShapeShifting.
** Any Exalt with Charms dedicated to disguise can be this. Solars, in particular, can convincingly disguise themselves as anything up to and including a decently powerful local deity.
* With the appropriate stunt in ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'', characters can disguise themselves thoroughly enough that they don't even have to declare in advance ''what'' they are disguising themselves as. They simply declare that they are going undercover and leave the party. At any later point, they can declare that any of the background [=NPCs=] is ''really'' the player in disguise.
* There are several Prestige Classes in third edition ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' that focus on this skill, focusing on creating and maintaining cover identities and gaining certain bonuses to using them. The Prestige Class descriptions mention that use of these methods is usually cover for less legal activities. Everyone has the 'disguise' skill available to them, but these extra classes are where the masters are.
* [[http://dicemonkey.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/E665n.jpg Sir Bearington]]
* The Callidus assassins of [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} Warhammer 40,000]] wear this as their hat. They dose themselves with polymorphine, a drug which allows humans to shapeshift as long as they have the required mental discipline; everyone else gets an instant ShapeShifterSwanSong. On top of this, the Callidus are capable of mastering the voice and mannerisms of their targets after only a few moments of observation, and even store weapons inside their flesh. Their only weakness seems to be impersonating [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]]; they can ''do'' it, but it's a one-way transformation.
** A number of Inquisitors can also lay claim to this trope. Notably, enough Inquisitors have disguised themselves as [[{{Privateer}} Rogue Traders]] over the centuries that it's become a stereotype in-universe.
** The Alpha Legion are an entire Legion of [[SuperSoldier eight foot tall killing machines]] that can disguise themselves as either other Space Marines or normal humans. And if they can't pull a particular role off, they'll draft {{Mooks}} who can. Their Primarch([[HiddenBackupTwin s]]) may possibly still be alive and masquerading as an ordinary Alpha Legionaire.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Decoy Octopus from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' is quite possibly the most detail-obsessed Master of Disguise ever, being able to flawlessly mimic a person's speech and mannerisms, and either ingesting or injecting himself with the '''blood''' of the person he's imitating. But he's unable to fool [[spoiler: The FOXDIE pathogen]], which kills him.
** In ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' Octopus becomes a straight-up shapeshifter: He can disguise himself as ''anyone'' (including Berthold, who is a ''wolf'') by using specially prepared solutions of the target's blood, and assimilates all of their physical mannerisms including genetics, physical abilities, and... Clothing? [[MST3KMantra Better not think too much about that one]]. At one point, Mantis and Ocelot even force Octopus into obtaining a Liquid disguise just by force-feeding him Liquid's blood. [[spoiler:The comic's continuity even explains how FOXDIE is able to kill him in spite of his freakish genetics: It was programmed to kill ''all'' witnesses to Shadow Moses, including the person Octopus was disguised as at the time.]]
** Although not to the level of Decoy Octopus, [[spoiler:Liquid Snake himself]] is also implied to be this as well, especially seeing [[spoiler:how he managed to disguise himself as Master Miller]].
* [[MeaningfulName Mimi]] from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' is astoundingly good at this, at least in looks; she can't pull off the personality of her target terribly well.
* The Spy in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', when in disguise, looks exactly like the person he's imitating--body shape, face, and voice.
** Only to the other team. When looking at a friendly spy, he's wearing a [[PaperThinDisguise paper-thin cardboard mask]] with the face of whoever he is disguised as. [[ParanoiaFuel Unless that Spy is a Spy...]]
*** It also shows that looking the part doesn't make a person this trope. Bad spies are fairly easy to tell apart (and kill) from real teammates, since they often don't act like the class they are playing as. Good spies, however, are often impossible to tell apart from your allies until the knife is in your back.
*** To add more fuel to the ParanoiaFuel fire, a Spy can disguise as his own allies. Why is this useful, you ask? You're still going to be shot down by your enemies. However, if you fake your own death using the Dead Ringer watch, your enemies will think "Okay, I just killed that enemy Medic/Pyro/etc.", making their death by backstab all the more unexpected!
** There's a ''Series/LazyTown'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5WADmcCDO8 cross-over video in which Spy sings about this trope...]]
* The dragons in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are able to assume humanoid forms, generally High Elvish, but there are exceptions, such as human or even gnome forms. Notably, Onyxia used to live in the human city of Stormwind, under the disguise of human Lady Katrana Prestor, where she was subtly influencing political decisions to the Black Dragonflight's favor. Some dragons appear to be worse than others at this: thus, the leader of Red Dragons Alexstrasza takes on the guise of a Blood Elf of High Elf, but even in the guise she keeps her distinctive dragon horns and red color. Since she doesn't actually hide the fact she's a dragon, perhaps she does this on purpose.
* In ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft'' there is a Master of Disguise card, which shows a hot female Blood Elf... but it's actually a male Tauren. They don't call him Master of Disguise for nothing.
* Agent 47 in the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series is truly a master of disguise. Being able to take on the identity of pretty much anyone without raising an alarm. Despite being bald and having a barcode on his head. Granted, his disguises (that is, changes of clothes) are meant to hold up to cursory examinations, aside glances, and to people who haven't met the person he's impersonating. In the first three games this often even crossed racial and ethnic boundaries, but in ''Blood Money'' he could no longer disguise himself as someone with a notably different skin tone.
* Sasuke from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has the ability to perfectly disguise himself as other characters using {{ninja}} techniques.
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'', Petrel ''desperately'' wishes he was this (he keeps make-up in his belt for just such a purpose), but the two times he disguises himself (As Giovanni in Team Rocket's hideout and as the Director in the Radio Tower) are completely pointless, and his [[PaperThinDisguise disguise fails to fool the player anyway]]. Amusingly enough, the player's disguise works perfectly, until your Rival comes along...
* In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon Platinum]]'', Looker claims to be a Master of Disguise (he uses the exact term) and admittedly, he manages to get into the Team Galactic base undetected by disguising himself as a Grunt.
* Don Paolo, in the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' games, crosses this with LatexPerfection. Thus far in the series, he's flawlessly impersonated everyone from [[spoiler:Inspector Chelmey of Scotland Yard]] to [[spoiler:teenaged girl Flora]] to [[spoiler:Professor Layton himself]]!
** Also seems to apply to [[spoiler:Jean Descole]], who successfully impersonates [[spoiler:Doland]] in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheLastSpecter'' and [[spoiler:Angela]] in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask''. He also masquerades as [[spoiler: Professor Sycamore]] in ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheAzranLegacy''.
* Parodied in the ''VideoGame/SpyFox'' games, where Fox only has to put on the {{Mook}} uniform to get past the real ones. However, he still needs to go into more depth in order to get past advanced security.
* This is the talent of the [[spoiler: Super High School Level Impostor]] in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2''. At the beginning of the game [[spoiler: he is disguised as (and introduced to everyone as) Byakuya Togami, one of the survivors of the previous game. It's a pretty exact disguise... except that the Impostor weighs twice as much as Togami does. However, he's so good at impersonating people that his weight doesn't stop him from fooling anyone. His true "identity" isn't revealed until long after his death, but his Free Times and Dangan Island segments reveal that he has impersonated multiple people in the past and has no identity of his own.]]
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' has the BigBad as one of these, having a mask to impersonate basically anyone. [[spoiler: This includes your detective. From the ''very start of the game'', at that]].
* The main character in ''Mind of the Master'' is one of these. You get to pick one of three disguises at the beginning and each of them affects gameplay differently.
* Arfoire of ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaReBirth1'' has the power to "Copy," being the [[MoeAnthropomorphism Anthromorphism]] of Digital Piracy. Due to that, she can copy others' appearances, general mannerisms, and abilities. [[spoiler: She uses it to take Blanc's place as Lady White Heart of Lowee.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', Deacon is the top intelligence agent of the [[UndergroundRailroad Railroad]], and often uses disguises, wigs and reconstructive facial surgery to change his appearance. [[spoiler:Deacon will actually be present and keeping an eye on you on several occasions prior to your first meeting with the Railroad: for example, he's the bald and helmetless Diamond City guard who stands and watches Piper argue with the mayor, and he's also there to meet you as a drifter in Goodneighbour, hanging out outside the shops.]] When you recruit him as a companion, he'll continue to change his outfit depending on where you are. The only thing that doesn't change regarding his disguises is [[spoiler:his CoolShades]].
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', [[spoiler:you seem to rescue Flynn at Tsukiji Konganji]], but ''much'' later they turn out to be Shesha, who has not only grown very strong after being defeated several times but can assume human forms and not just his trademark snake forms.
* [[spoiler:[[BigBad Frank Fontaine]]]] from ''[[VideoGame/Bioshock1 BioShock]]''. Or as you might know him, [[spoiler:''[[MissionControl Atlas]]'']]. After revealing his identity he brags somewhat about his skill at disguising himself and taking on new personas, recounting the time he successfully passed as Chinese for six months. This might not sound so impressive when you consider that Rapture's local [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]] makes MagicPlasticSurgery possible and easy, but he never specifies a timeframe for this, so it's possible he pulled it off long before ever coming to Rapture.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Ren from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' successfully infiltrated Evankhell's Hell by dressing up as the instructor Yuga. Though that might not have been that hard, considering what [[http://archive.batoto.net/comics/t/tower-of-god/29/the-company/English/read4d6030272d76a/tC-Tower_of_God-ch29_1.jpg Yuga looks like]].
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Mister Wooster pulls off a number of disguises, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150501 this one]] possibly taking the cake as that particular "Corbettite" has been showing up all over in the post-Beast-battle pages without being found out.
%%* accualy is WebComic/{{dolan}}

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures:''
** In the original series, a set of six episodes in which the Red Panda was a World War II secret agent, the Red Panda was often accompanied by Australian secret agent Baboon [=McSmoothie=], Man of a Thousand Faces. With a special drug he could change his face to anyone else's at will and even get the voice with concentration. Over the course of the series he stops needing the drug for this power and it simply becomes a natural superpower for him. He makes an appearance in the main ''Red Panda Adventures'' universe episode, "The World Next Door", where his attempt to impersonate the Red Panda fails because, while he can nail the voice, their masks are completely different. His counterpart in the main universe, Brian [=McSweeney=], also appears in the series. Once to steal an artifact to keep it out of Nazi and Japanese hands, and another to help the Red Panda's team infiltrate a Nazi base.
** John Archer, a RidiculouslyHumanRobot who serves the Canandian army during World War II, initially uses the alias "John Doe" because, as a machine, his face can ''literally'' be replaced with a face matching anyone else's as needed. This makes him an invaluable operative when it comes to infiltration. Late in the series, when describing his time in the Allied Super Services to the Flying Squirrel, he notes that, while he doesn't feel like he fits in with other superheroes, there ''is'' an Australian he gets along well with.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Roger is perhaps one of the best example of this trope. He literally has an entire closet full of disguises, and usually ends up disguised at least once (if not multiple times) per episode. Of course, many of his disguises are [[PaperThinDisguise Paper Thin]], but no one seems to notice, [[LampshadeHanging most of the time]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog'': Main antagonist Transfer the wolf is a sinister master of disguise hired by London Club to ensue Willy Fog lose the wager. Viewers can spot his disguise from the way his one eye gleams red.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Batman would occasionally disguise himself for undercover work in the criminal underworld. Clayface, a shape-shifting villain, appeared in the same series.
** Amazingly enough, [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGalleryPart1 Harley Quinn]] was remarkably successful at this, fooling the police by disguising her self as another police officer in "The Joker's Favor", a lawyer in "The Man Who Killed Batman", and a security guard in "Joker's Millions". (One of many reasons that has led some fans to believe [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation she's faking the insanity]] and can "turn it off" whenever she wants to.)
* ''WesternAnimation/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKids'': This is Merrilee's role in the team.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': Agent 57 (a pun on Heinz's "57 varieties") was originally this, before later becoming a shapeshifter. We never saw his true form, but his son Agent 58 appears in the remake and is a mimic octopus.
* ''GIJoe'':
** Zartan. Whether he uses actual masks or has the power to shapeshift [[DependingOnTheWriter Depends on the Writer.]]
** Zartan also has a little sister named Zarana, who is similarly gifted with disguises. Seems it runs in the family.
** To a lesser extent the Baroness and Scarlett were both masters of disguise, but they always used rubber masks. Scarlett invariably botched it anyway, but Baroness could easily be, for example, a highly decorated prison warden. (In one episode, the Baroness wore a disguise so convincing she fooled Destro, her supposed lover.)
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': Brain is an interesting case. Whatever he wears never seems to be more than a PaperThinDisguise to to the viewers (due to the fact that, well, he's a dog) but he strangely seems to fool almost everyone else with them.
** The episode "The Infiltration" featured the [[LargeHam very hammy]] master of disguise Presto Change-O, who could impersonate anybody almost flawlessly, although his paler complexion, menacing eyes and [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily all that teeth]] are still visible, yet no one else seems to notice those flaws.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** [[MeaningfulName Camille Léon]]
** Oddly enough in an earlier episode, Ron Stoppable pulled off this trope, using a latex mask to impersonate Mr. Dr. Possible. In a later episode, Monique helped Kim impersonate Camille after Camille framed Kim for stealing an upcoming fashion line.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony'': Masquerade. Her thing was making costumes, and she sometimes made them for the rest of the cast too, when multiple characters had the need to be sneaky-like.
* The Hooded Claw in ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''. No matter his disguise, he will often either retain the voice of Creator/PaulLynde or his distinct facial features (most notably his big nose).
* Sedusa from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. In her first appearance, she posed as a woman named Ima Goodlady (the words "I am a good lady" mixed together). She also disguised herself as Ms Bellum and disguised Ms Bellum as herself.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'': Doug from the episode "Temp Check" is able to make himself look and sound exactly like Rigby, and even somehow memorizes almost everything about him, making himself indistinguishable from the real thing.
* ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'' features Craig, the talking snake master of disguise half of the titular ABoyAndHisX duo.
* Practically all of the ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' villains.
** Shaggy and Scooby are quite adept at disguise themselves, mostly in anything meant to be comedic. (Shaggy has even dressed up ''as Daphne and Scooby'' on a few occasions.)
** A 1983 Scooby and Scrappy episode "Scooby's Gold Medal Gambit" had the escaped master of disguise criminal The Chameleon, whom attempted to infiltrate the World Games and steal the Gold Medals. He would often end up giving himself away when confronted with [[DoesNotLikeSpam Worcestershire Sauce]], which he truly hates. He even disguised as Scooby-Doo with a [[LatexPerfection realistic rubber mask]] and [[CastAsAMask perfectly imitating his voice]], though the body suit part of the disguise wasn't as detailed.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'':
** False-Face, who shares a name with a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain with the same gimmick.
** Imp was typically used by the Horde for information gathering against the Rebellion. He was very much able to shapeshift into any form he wanted and his transformations were so flawless the characters encountering him in a shifted state tended to treat him accordingly. Examples include Kowl perching on top of him when he was a footstep in a ladder, Bow tossing him when he became a stick, and Catra even drinking from him when he was mimicking a goblet. Though most of his transformations tended to retain his blue color scheme, on at least two occasions (as a ground rodent and as a hanging painting) Imp showed the ability to alter his coloration at will. The only limitation here seemed to be Imp wasn't able to become anything more massive than himself, although he did take on the abilities of whatever thing he was pretending to be.
** Part of ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''[='=]s every episode was to watch the scenery for the character Loo-Kee, who tended to be hidden amongst the scenery. While sometimes he was easy to find, there were several times it was very difficult to pick him out of the background. It's not sure if this would count as being a Master of Disguise, but it certainly makes him a Master of Hiding.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Sideshow Bob is very good at disguising himself. He disguised himself as Krusty and framed him for armed robbery of the Kwik-E Mart. He pretended to be a Western restaurant owner to lure the Simspons into a trap. He even used plastic surgery to switch his and his cellmate's faces so he can take his cellmate's release.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'': Cerina is this in some episodes.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw Snooper and Blabber]]'' short "Person to Prison" has criminal Quick-Change Quentin, who can perfectly disguise himself as anybody and any''thing''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'': Dingo is something of a Master of Disguise, though his powers are controlled by his partner Sleet making this an form of InvoluntaryShapeshifting.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'':
** Octus (a robot) normally takes on two disguises: Newton and Mr. Lunis. It's shown that he can alter the appearance of the latter, when hiding from the cops and the former when trying on a prom tux.
** The MonsterOfTheWeek in "The Ballad of Scary Mary" is able to do this, disguising itself as other students and also enlarging itself to fight Sym-Bionic Titan. It takes advantage of ShapeshifterGuiltTrip.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'': Stanley Chan is this combined with {{Cosplay}}. Sometimes his disguises are very useful, sometimes... [[http://sarajaye.superbusnet.com/Pictures/lolstanley.PNG not quite so much]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHoundcats'': Puttypuss.
* Agent Xero from the rejected Creator/NickToons pilot ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDXKcC_gMl0 The Modifyers]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'': Music/DavidBowie, via shapeshifting and psychic powers. Also see below.
* ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'': One episode has a criminal who can do this, and used this to disguise himself as Officer Dibble.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Makeshift. He was apparently capable of transforming into anyone he wanted. He was also killed off at the end of the episode.
* ''WalterMelon'': The eponymous character, who would regularly take on the appearance of the heroes he was substituting for, could do so so well that apparently even those with intimate knowledge of the hero were unable to spot the difference (with one exception when he did his Karate Kid, the {{expy}} of Mr. Myogi claimed he watched Walter Melon and stopped him before he could kiss Daniel's girl). Simultaneously he wasn't the only one as his assistant Bitter Bug and his rival Sneero also displayed such ability, typically taking on the roles of needed sidekicks and villains respectively without anyone noticing.
** Its interesting to note that, though Walter and Sneero encountered each other during almost every episode of the show, neither one ever recognized the other as a substitute hero/villain.
** Also, in the same series, Amelia, who always takes the role of the female lead and yet nobody notices it.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Octopuses are well known to be much better at changing their color than even chameleons. The Mimic Octopus however, has specialized in impersonating completely different creatures like flatfish, snakes, giant shrimp, lion fish, seahorses, sea anemones, jellyfish, and seemingly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8oQBYw6xxc whatever else it wants]]. It not only assumes the form of the creature, but also acts like one, fooling most other animals. In fact, their existence wasn't discovered until 1998.
* OlderThanRadio: Chilean LaResistance leader [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Rodríguez Manuel Rodríguez Erdoíza]].
* SS chief Heinrich Himmler was only apprehended because he'd worked so hard on preparing his forged documentation that it was actually suspicious to find someone who had all his papers in order in the chaotic Germany immediately after the war's end.
* Another Chilean example: actor and stand-up comedian [[http://www.stefankramer.cl/web/index.html Stefan Kramer]].
* ''Ted Bundy:'' Part of the reason he was able to elude the authorities for so long was his generic looks, which allowed him to completely change his appearance very easily.
* Assassin and terrorist Carlos the Jackal, so much so that he got his nickname from a fictional Master of Disguise and ''became'' a fictionalized nemesis for [[Literature/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne]]; see ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'', above.
* Capt. Kazimierz Leski of Polish Army. After the fall of Poland in 1939 he began to operate for the Underground State as intelligence and counterintelligence officer. He was traveling across Europe, usually impersonating various German officers and specialists and extracting vital information for the Allies. He has been captured several times (by Soviets, Germans and Soviet-controlled [[StateSec Security Office]]in post-war Poland) but was able to escape using his disguise skills.
* Isadore Einstein (No relation to Albert Einstein), the ManOfAThousandFaces. His talent at disguise helped him make nearly 5,000 arrests in his five year career as a Prohibition officer.
* Dutch actress and media personality [[http://www.quality-bookings.nl/fileupload/wendy-van-dijk.png Wendy van Dijk]] is famous for her tv-shows in which she disguises herself as a foreign interviewer and fools unsuspected guests. Her most famous character is the Japanese reporter [[http://static2.parool.nl/static/photo/2011/18/9/14/20110126204351/media_xl_524969.jpg Ushi]]. Other characters include [[http://www.mediacourant.eu/2010/images/1009_Loesie.jpg Loesie]] and [[http://www.showbiznewz.nl/artikelen/speciaal/foto_7438_wendy-van-dijk-scoort-met-dushi.jpg Dushi]].
* Creator/LonChaney, the silent movie actor, was so famous for his skill with makeup that he was called "The Man with the Thousand Faces."
* 1980s British impressionist Phil Cool was famous for his ability to actually contort his face to look like his famous subjects, without using any make-up (he could switch from target to target in real-time on TV, in close-up).