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- Subverted in the Appleseed manga where Alephia tries to hide from A-9 by covering herself in plaster, but nearly suffocates under it.
- Hotori and Tattsun pull one of these on Moriaki-sensei, the squarest man on Earth, in Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru.
- Honey does this in the original Cutey Honey manga, using her Voluntary Shapeshifter powers to color herself bronze. She successfully escaped Panther Claw, but then Danbei and Junpei show up and start groping her and licking her breasts, and then Honey has a Potty Emergency... because it's that kind of series.
- In Hellsing, Alucard and Anderson start a fight in a museum. Seras breaks it up by guiding a group of Japanese Tourists through said battle. Cue this trope.
- In Fist of the North Star a few Golan soldiers try to hide among the statues, waiting to ambush any intruders. Subverted in that the intruder is Kenshiro, who detects and kills them before they are able to do anything.
- In an episode of Pokémon, Ash's Charizard does this as part of a stakeout.
- In Love Live!, Nico does this during a chase scene in Akihabara, but instead of statues, it's life-size cardboard standees of anime schoolgirls.
- A rather clever (though unsuccessful) one is pulled by Naruto when he's trying to avoid detection by Ebisu. Ebisu reaches the last place he saw Naruto, but only sees a Make-Out Paradise billboard. He's about to leave when he notices the woman on the billboard wobbling a bit: Naruto used the transformation jutsu to disguise himself and then positioned himself so that he'd be virtually invisible from exactly that angle. It's pointed out to the audience by cutting to another angle and we see he's standing a few feet in front of the billboard in the exact same pose as the picture behind him.
- Used unsuccessfully in One Piece's Little Garden Arc; Near the end of his fight with Luffy, Mr. 3 uses his Wax-Wax Fruit powers to create a dozen or so statues of himself and hides himself among them. He's confident that Luffy will never figure out which one of him is real, but gets a serious wake-up call (And boot to the face), when Luffy does just by mere instinct.
- In Ranma ½ Principal Kuno pretends to be a statue to cut off Ranma's pigtail from behind. After pretending to fall for it, Ranma hits him saying how stupid he thinks he is.
- Roman Secret Service agent Dubbelosix does this in the Astérix volume Asterix and the Black Gold, while covered entirely in gray dust. It is surprisingly effective.
- Parodied in The Simpsons comics, when the police dress up as statues to catch "El Barto". Bart and Lisa watch them.
Bart: If you squint your eyes and ignore the blinking and breathing, they do sort of look like statues.
Lisa: I wonder if they left parts of their bodies unpainted to allow their pores to breathe? [sees supposed statue being taken away in ambulance] Guess not.
- Happens in a very early issue of Cat Claw, when the title heroine is in a mall at night trying to find a suitable hero costume, and tries to hide from some burglars by posing as a half-dressed mannequin. It almost works, until one of the burglars feel her up while remarking how "these things feel almost real" and she decks him. Mostly over the "almost real" remark.
- In one issue of Gen¹³, Grunge and Roxy strike a suitable pose to hide among an array of marble statues. It works, mostly owing to Grunge being able to turn himself and what he's touching into various materials.
- Zig-Zagged by Angelo in an issue of Generation X. His mutant power is having extra skin. It's usually treated as low-grade Rubber Man power. Normally it would be useless when he's on the run from a mutant-hunting villain, but when he finds himself in a carnival, that happens to have a wax museum, which happens to have a theme of movie monsters... the X-Cutioner figures that Angelo is disguised as a Grim Reaper-like figure with the face hidden in its hood, and blows that one up. Behind his back, the Mummy statue reveals himself as Angelo by unraveling his "bandages," stretching a flap of skin up to a skylight, and escaping that way.
- Ash pretends to be a mannequin in Darkman vs. Army of Darkness to avoid being found by the Deadites in the local S-Mart.
- In one Legion of Super-Heroes story, Legion of Super-Villains member Ron-Karr (who has the power to turn tw0-dimensional) attempts to hide from the Legion by plastering himself against the wall and pretending to be a mural. It doesn't work.
- Mystique once hid from the North Korean police by disguising herself as a statue of the late "Great Leader" Kim Il-sung; when an officer threatened to shoot a child who he accused of being Mystique, she cried "No you won't!" and knocked him out with a hammer, saying, "Next time you'll get the scythe!"
Films — Animation
- The Beast hiding amongst a bunch of gargoyles in the climatic fight in Beauty and the Beast.
- In The Jungle Book, Bagheera does this as he tries to hide from a monkey parade, as there are a bunch of statues of panthers in the ruined human city where King Louie holds court, with one conveniently empty spot for him to sit in and assume the same pose as the statues. Even though he's solid black and the statues are light gray, it works. Unfortunately, it works too well: Baloo (disguised as a monkey) thinks nothing of pushing open the heavy wooden door so forcefully that it swings all the way against the wall and crushes Bagheera (although he's pretty much okay, having to suffer only a swollen black eye).
- The Iron Giant poses as one of Dean's junk sculptures to escape the army. Earlier, he stands in front of an Astro Burger billboard to hide from Dean.
- In Mulan, Shan Yu hides as one of the statues atop the Imperial Palace.
- Justin in The Secret of NIMH hides among the toy soldiers guarding the entrance to the rats' council hall to play a prank on Mr. Ages.
- Bee Movie, the bee poses in front a can of Bumblee tuna.
- The Adventures of Tintin. When Tintin breaks into derelict Marlinspike Hall, what appears to be a dummy standing in the darkened interior suddenly starts to follow him. This turns out to be Nestor, the loyal butler who is protecting the house.
- The Emperor's New Groove: Pacha briefly jumps in front of a similarly-proportioned statue and imitates its pose while hiding from Yzma and Kronk in the Greasy Spoon.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: When Esmeralda is escaping the cathedral with Quasimodo's help, she hides from the guards looking for her by posing next to a statue in a similar pose like the depicted saint, having her hands folded like in a prayer and and looking towards the sky. Admittedly, what sells it is probably less her convincing looks and more the fact that she doesn't move and hence the guards do not look at her more closely.
Films — Live-Action
- In Buster Keaton's short The Scarecrow, he disguises as a scarecrow in order to evade his pursuers.
- Land of the Lost. Played straight and then subverted: apparently, T. rexes are too smart for that trick.
- This isn't always a comic trope. It's played seriously in Blade Runner, when Deckard is hunting down Pris and Roy at Sebastian's apartment. Sebastian makes lots of very realistic human-size doll-thingies, and Pris pretends to be one, which lets her manage a surprise attack on Deckard.
- Wild Wild West. A group of armed Mooks hide as characters in paintings to guard a room from intruders. It almost works, until another character gives it away by looking at one of them. The hero kills that mook, and then shoots every other picture.
- In the movie I, Robot, Del Spooner (Will Smith) find himself looking for a rogue robot inside a factory that makes that exact model of robot. And the bot in question is very good at standing still...
- In a classic The Little Rascals short, Spanky and Alfalfa are being chased by Butch and the Woim and they run into a ballet theatre. In the next cut, they have put on ballerina costumes and wigs to hide as mannequins. Unfortunately, Alfalfa was dumb enough to answer Butch's question of where they are with "Nobody here but us dummies" while Spanky can only turn his head and glare at his friend, the only real dummy in that room.
- James Bond:
- In The Man with the Golden Gun, this is how James Bond defeats Scaramanga, disguising himself as the statue of himself in Scaramanga's lair to trick him and get him to lower his guard. Also done earlier in the film by Nick-Nack and a pair of sumo wrestlers to trick Bond.
- Played with in The Living Daylights with Whittaker standing amongst a line of statues of famous historic military figures, initially unresponsive until the camera stops on him for a few seconds. It was more to impress Pushkin than to hide though — it doesn't impress him in the slightest.
- In the horror film Amusement, the killer hides by pretending to be a life-sized clown doll in a room full of clown dolls.
- ET hides from Elliot's mother by pretending to be one of Gertie's stuffed dolls.
- Ivan Vasilievich Changes Profession:
- Ivan Bunsha pretends to be part of a sculpture when fleeing the Streltsy.
- Miloslavsky also gets into a suit of armor to hide.
- In Operation "Y", another Leonid Gaidai film, one of the robbers pretends to be a mannequin standing between two actual mannequins. It works.
- There's a moment in Zardoz where the resurrected Arthur Frayn conceals himself amongst a group of wax figures, so he can startle Zed by coming to life.
- Done in the first live-action Scooby-Doo movie—the gang is in a haunted house attraction, and ends up standing in front of a medieval display just as Mooks are coming in from all sides. Fred announces that he has a plan; the camera pulls away for three seconds; we pull back to the display, and the group has somehow managed to climb into two suits of armor (Fred and Shaggy), a full princess ensemble (Daphne), a bearded scholar's outfit (Velma), and a metallic gargoyle (Scooby).
- Done both ways in Shanghai Knights. The scene starts with Chon Wang and Roy o'Bannon entering a waxworks museum to track down the boy who stole the Imperial Seal from them, and Wang walks right past two waxworks who turn out to be two Mooks sent by the Big Bad after the same thing. Wang tries to battle them, then makes his escape, just as more Mooks head his way — upon which he goes completely still, and they miss him entirely.
- In Nancy Drew, Nancy hides from some bad guys in a church by wearing a cloak and pretending to be one of the statues of saints.
- Home Alone:
- Kevin hides from the Wet Bandits by becoming part of the 1/2 scale Nativity scene outside his church. They run right past without a second glance, or even a first.
- Harry and Marv themselves do it in the sequel. They're hiding in mini-houses in Duncan's Toy Chest; when people walk by they freeze, and the customers assume they're part of the decoration.
- In Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Blart puts on a hockey goalie uniform and stands still outside a sporting goods store, pretending to be a display mannequin — not to hide from the bad guys, per se, but to get the drop on the first one to walk by him. Obviously, the fact that he was wearing a mask probably helped the illusion.
- They Call Me Bruce: Bruce is being chased by gangsters, so he hides in a dress shop disguised as a dummy. The gangsters are not idiots, though, so one of them stabs each dummy. As he's about to stab Bruce, the shop owner shrieks, distracting their attention so Bruce can change his position in the line.
- In Sleeper, Woody Allen's character is on the run from the authorities; he ducks into a van full of domestic servant robots and hastily makes himself up as one. Maybe it's a sign of intelligence in the future that everyone who sees him is fooled.
- Used in The Master of Disguise as part of a sequence of events from Disguisey history.
- The Omega Man. The protagonist is apparently the last man on Earth after WW 3. While exploring a department store for supplies, he sees a storefront dummy move; it turns out to be a woman trying this trope to hide from him. He pursues, but when she evades him he just assumes he's Gone Mad From The Isolation and imagined her.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: When Newt tracks his niffler down at a jewelry store, it first tries to pose as a display dummy. He isn't fooled.
- One of Susan Dexter's early fantasy novels has a scene where a young wizard hides a dancing girl from pursuit by disguising her as a statue in a courtyard. She's not actually frozen, but has to use her dance skills to hold perfectly still for several hours so the illusion won't be broken until she can slip away under cover of darkness.
- The dragon from Guards! Guards! was mistaken for a piece of rooftop statuary by the Night Watch. It's unclear if this was a deliberate ruse, or if the creature just happened to be sleeping there.
- Incredibly subtly done in Pyramids by Mericet, the Assassin's Guild instructor, who hides as a gargoyle from Teppic. In fact, the only clue you have that he did it is the description of him "wiping grey dust off his bony face". Of course, in this case it also helps that there are animate Gargoyles in the Discworld.
- Also, the Death of Rats briefly took the place of the cardboard fairy atop a Hogswatch tree in Hogfather.
- Done dramatically in Hercule Poirot's Christmas where one of the suspects hides amid a set of dimly-lit statues to disguise their presence at the crime scene.
- In one installment of the French Langelot XXX series, the protagonist must suddenly hide in the workshop of a light artist and decides to impersonate a customized trompe l'oeil holographic statue of himself. This necessitates not just standing still, but actually repeating the same characteristic movement whenever the suspicious inspector walks past him. Needless to say, he pulls it off.
- Invoked in A Museum Piece by Roger Zelazny. A failed artist decides to leave the world that doesn't understand him and moves to a museum where he pretends to be a Beaten Gladiator, post-Hellenic, "a monument to himself". Then he discovers he's not alone. First he meets Hecuba Lamenting — a girl, who ran away from parents who drove away her artist boyfriend. Then Roman Senators turn out to be retired art critics who wish to kill them to keep the masquerade. Then a mobile Xena ex Machina turns out to be a friendly shipwrecked alien ("somewhat narcissistic" and enjoying being admired).
- In one Nancy Drew story, Nancy visits an old estate with a statue that looks exactly like her. At one point, she gets up on the pedestal and stays still to evade some people chasing her (the fact that they're familiar with the statue and know it doesn't have two people on it somehow doesn't occur to them). At the end of the book, the estate is opened to the public with a reveal of the statue, and Nancy again poses as it as part of the festivities (she quickly reveals herself this time).
- In the Parker novel "Slayground" by Richard Stark, Parker sits in a wax museum display and his pursuers fail to notice him.
- Star Wars Legends:
- Corran Horn tries this in an X-Wing Series novel; he's in the Emperor's private museum of Jedi memorabilia and he even puts on the old robe one of the statues or models was wearing. It is dark, and this almost works, but the Imperials looking for him notice that unlike all the others, his face and eyes haven't been gouged out. Fortunately, he's also come across a working lightsaber.
- Done in Welkin Weasels: Vampire Voles when Scruff is hiding from Count Flistagga in the crypt.
- In The Witch Watch, the guards on the villain's estate are made to look like statues by an illusion, which fools everyone except wizards until they move.
- In John Collier's "Evening Primrose" pretending to be a mannequin is one of the ways in which the people living in department stores maintain the masquerade.
- In one episode of The Andy Griffith Show Barney goes undercover at the local department store as a mannequin.
- In an episode of Are You Being Served?, Miss Brahms poses as a mannequin to avoid the notice of a couple of robbers. Of course, she sneezes and is taken hostage.
- In The A-Team episode "Double Heat", Hannibal waits for Mr. Olsen by sitting on top of a horse statue, disguised as a rider.
- Batman: Used a few times by the villains of the show to surprise the Dynamic Duo.
- "The Joker is Wild". The Joker hides himself and his band in statues from the Comedian Hall of Fame.
- The Riddler pulls this trick with all his henchmen in Madam's Soleil's House of Wax in "The Ring of Wax".
- And in "The Zodiac Crimes", Joker's moll Venus (and some of his goons) disguise themselves as statues of the Gotham City Museum of Modern Art.
- There's (possibly more than one) The Benny Hill Show sketch where Benny's character is pretending to be a statue when a sexy maid comes in and starts dusting him between the legs with a feather duster...
- In the second season of Blackadder, every episode's closing credits came with a Couch Gag where Edmund chases an annoying minstrel around a garden; in one episode, the minstrel poses as a statue and bonks Edmund on the head with his lute the moment Edmund's back is turned.
- Each time El Chapulín Colorado has to help somebody in a museum, this eventually happens, more often pulled by El Chapulín himself.
- Doctor Who:
- In "City of Death" (4th Doctor), the TARDIS is left in a Paris art museum. Some of the visitors to the museum see it and start discussing it as a work of art — and then the Doctor and two other people turn up and go dashing inside it. And then it dematerializes. And the visitors love it.
- Used to horrifying effect by the Weeping Angels. They're living creatures, but as soon as you look at them (or observe them) they turn into stone statues. Oh, and they move at very high speed. So if you are looking at one about fifty feet away, then blink, BAM! They're right there. Their top speed is hard to determine, but an experiment based upon the events of "Blink" indicates that their acceleration is about 8 metres per second squared (gravity on Earth is 9.8). Taken to its extreme in "The Time of Angels" when a Weeping Angel hides out in a giant multi-storey cavern filled entirely with thousands of statues. Except no, they're not statues. They're all Weeping Angels.
- This is also done in "The Day of the Doctor". The Doctors and Co know that something came out of the pictures in the gallery, but they can't find anything out of place. However, there is a lot of stone dust on the floor even though all of the statues (covered by sheets) are accounted for. Osgood eventually figures out that the Zygons broke out of the pictures, smashed all the statues, and hid under the sheets until the opportune time to attack.
- Get Smart When in a KAOS bad guy's formal garden, his standoff with Max is broken by the reveal of a CONTROL agent posing as a statue — unbroken when a KAOS agent is also a statue — then again when another CONTROL agent... eventually the KAOS guy has to give up, as he's all out of statues, and Max still has one more he hasn't revealed at that point.
- There's also a very Nightmare Fuel-ish version in Highlander: The Series. The enemy of the moment an evil clown/mime, has a room FULL of mannequins with painted faces and identical clothing. He hides among them for the chance to stab Duncan.
- Lucy of I Love Lucy has been known to do this a time or two.
- An episode of Mission Top Secret has Big Bad Neville Savage and his Henchman Of The Week infiltrate a museum this way to steal a vase containing clues to a treasure.
- The New Avengers: Purdey poses as a mannequin in a store window in an attempt to avoid two of the robbers in "Sleeper". She is hampered by the fact that her pants keep falling down.
- In the Re-Animated Pilot Movie, Jimmy tries to evade Sonny Appleday, and takes the opportunity to test Sonny's stupidity by simply acting out the Milt Appleday hologram presentation from earlier in the film. Sonny turns away screaming for him, then turns back when Jimmy stutters on saying "Crocco the Alligator".
- In one episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures, Clyde hides from some robots by pretending to be a store mannequin.
- In an episode of Saved by the Bell, Zack, Kelly, Lisa, Screech, Jessie and Slater all dress in wedding clothes and pose as store mannequins in an attempt to hide from two guys who they believe are after them on account of a paper bag full of money. This produces some amusing poses as the group continues to bicker when no one else is around.
- On Scrubs Dr. Kelso pretends to be part of the painted mural outside the hospital. Dr. Cox has to physically touch his arm to convince him to give up the act.
Doctor Cox: Bob, I see you. [beat] Oh, for God's sake, you're three-dimensional. [..] I'm...physically touching your arm now.
- Done in an episode of The Suite Life on Deck where Zack, Cody and Bailey put on white paint and pretend to be greco-roman-esque statues. Points for the fact that they interact with their teachers and Mr. Moseby and no-one notices.
Ms. Tutveiler: [to Moseby] Mr. Moseby? Does those statues look familiar to you?
Mr. Moseby: [slightly annoyed] How old do you think I am?
- Wizards of Waverly Place in that episode with the paintings Mona Lisa hides behind the frame.
- In Kids Praise 2, two boys, freaked out by the sight of an approaching troop of kids being led by a giant anthropomorphic songbook, pretend to be statues to avoid being noticed.
- Done in The Muppet Movie, when Fozzie and Kermit are trying to escape from Doc Hopper in their rainbow-colored Studebaker. They pull up in front of a billboard with wild coloring that exactly matches the car.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Gargoyles can very easily disguise themselves as stone statues thanks to their rocky skin.
- Even statues of humanoids can become animate and attack; living statues and golems are favorite guards in a wizard's abode.
- The Statue spell allow any character to duplicate this effect. He can even return to animate and back into a statue in a blink.
- The Perfect Stillness Merit in Changeling: The Lost allows the possessor to hold perfectly still, making this trope much easier to enact.
- Has apparently been done in some productions of Twelfth Night when Toby Belch and his accomplices eavesdrop on Malvolio reading the fake love letter.
- At the end of The Winter's Tale Hermione (long since believed dead but actually in hiding) is disguised as a statue so she can effect a "magical" resurrection in front of Leontes. (That's assuming one doesn't accept the alternative interpretation.)
- One of the lazzi, or classic bits, from Commedia dell'Arte plays with this. Harlequin is romancing a young woman when a knock at the door signals the return of Pantalone, the girl's father. To escape, Harlequin pretends to be a chair by squatting with his arms outstretched; the young woman then throws a blanket over him to complete the illusion. Of course, when Pantalone returns, he immediately sits in the chair, only to jump up, as a "pin" has hit him in the backside...but it's no problem, as the pin was extremely small.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution has this happen with Namir. You think you've cornered the Big Bad in a room full of very odd statues of skinless humans constantly switching poses, then Namir (whose augmentations make him look like this naturally), who was standing behind you the entire time and acting like the rest of the statues, grabs you from behind and throws you against the wall.
- The animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy's; they don't move while you look at them, but constantly using the cameras to spy on them drains power. And if you run out of power, they either stuff an animatronic skeleton in you, or you in an animatronic costume.
- BioShock has 'Plastered Splicers' in Fort Frolic that appear as statues until awoken by a certain event. At which point they all attack the player in complete silence.
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2: The Allied Mirage Tank has the ability to disguise itself as a tree when not moving. One of his quotes? "Nobody here but us trees!"
- Metal Gear:
- You can have Snake pull this trick early in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, with the help of his active camouflage, which makes his suit match the texture of the statues. Do it too many times, though, and Snake will accidentally snap the nads off another statue while posing.
- Before that there was Metal Gear 2, which featured several rooms full of mannequin soldiers, with a couple of real soldiers hiding among them. Alert players would have to keep an eye on their radar to see which ones were real.
- A strange (and terrifying) version similar to this trope occurs in Silent Hill 3. When Heather walks into a room full of mannequins, only for nothing useful to be in the room, she turns to leave. A hideous scream is then heard, and if the player chooses to walk back over to a particular mannequin, it will be covered in blood. Knowing this series, this could mean any number of things, none of which are comforting, but many speculate that this means that every mannequin in the game is actually a monster and is watching you.
- Sly Cooper can do this in the second Prague episode of Sly 2: Band of Thieves to hide from some Mooks looking for him.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- In Super Mario Bros. 3, the Tanooki costume has the power of temporarily turning into a statue, which monsters will just walk past.
- Mario gets disguised in this manner (with a full-body gold paint job) to infiltrate Nimbus Castle in Super Mario RPG. It works perfectly, except that there's a minigame involved: an irritated Dodo marches in and takes out his frustration on the statues, and you have to jump his beak. Jump too early, or get hit by the beak, and he catches you. If you succeed, you get a special item, but still drop your disguise after a couple guards take out their frustration on you with spears.
- In a few rooms in Super Princess Peach, Peach must copy the pose of the statues as the wall opens its eyes, or else the wall will eat her.
- Zack in Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure has to do this before he gets a weapon.
- In Blood, levels are peppered with gargoyle statues. Some of them are real gargoyles in disguise. Some aren't, and there isn't any way to tell which are.
- Gargoyles in The Elder Scrolls 5: Dawnguard behave more or less the same as ones from Blood.
- Happens in Paperboy, of all games. One of the house owners is painted white as if to blend in with the tombstones and other statues, then runs at you.
- A level which takes place in a decrepit mall in Condemned: Criminal Origins has enemies wearing cracked plastic shells over their heads who hide in plain sight among the actual store mannequins.
- Downplayed in Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure: The guards at The Louvre are at least smart enough to recognize Raphael is not a statue, and there are no empty pedestals, so he hides behind the existing statues instead. Amusingly, as the gameplay cannot work otherwise, each guard happens to be next to one or more of these statues as Raphael runs by.
- The Board Game of The Order of the Stick has Haley's Hide skill demonstrated by standing in a dramatic position upon a podium.
- In a strip from Dawn of Time, when Dawn and her triceratops Blue are being chased by paleontologists in the 19th century, Blue takes refuge in a garden of dinosaur sculptures. The gag being that none of the sculptures (which are based on real ones) looks anything like the modern conception of what dinosaurs looked like.
- Ian Samson's Idle Minds combines this with Taken for Granite, by having a girl petrified but conscious so she can spy on the Big Bad. She finds the experience... unusual.
- There's a variation in the science fiction webcomic The Stormrunners. Ssuara, a warrior on ancient Mars, is a member of a species that can (among other things) camouflage themselves by taking on the appearance and texture of Martian rock — literally "going to ground". Image here (NSFW: female humanoid nudity).
- In this strip of Questionable Content, one of the robot clerks in a robot chassis store likes to scare the customers by first pretending to be a lifeless chassis and then shouting: "BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA"
- In Freefall Sam Starfall escapes an angry mob by ducking into a sporting goods store and pretending to be one of the practice targets. As said store sells target dummies in his likeness due to apparent popular demand.
- Aeviters and Cantors do this in Xenoblade Chronicles X. There are a few problems with their disguises, though: Disguised Cantors keep moving their heads with a loud clacking sound. And while the Aeviters' disguises would have been perfect... if not for the fact that there are no non-Aeviter statues in the game.
- A metafictional example in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot: The three former Doctors, having finally got onto the set of "The Day of the Doctor", hide from the BBC security guards (and make it into the episode) by taking the roles of "Zygons concealed by dustcloths pretending to be statues".
- Inverted and then un-inverted on the episode of Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Worry Men." Batman is investigating an abandoned warehouse that once supplied costumes and props for theatrical productions, believing it (correctly) to be the Mad Hatter's latest hideout. He sees what appears to be the Hatter seated in a throne-like chair and runs up to grab him - only to find himself holding a mannequin that doesn't look anything like the Hatter except for wearing one of his spare costumes. The voice of the real Mad Hatter then rings out from somewhere in the darkness, gleefully telling Batman that a few of his "old friends" have dropped by. Batman is promptly attacked by animated dummies and/or puppets made up to look like the Penguin, the Riddler, Harley Quinn, and the Joker, but manages to either evade or destroy all the fakes. Then he wanders past an exhibit depicting some ancient Mayan Indians in jaguar skins, noting that these dummies aren't on wheels or strings or any other sort of mechanism, so they can't hurt him. But then the "dummies" move, and Batman barely has time to hear "Oops! Should've warned you, old boy. That lot's real!" before he gets clubbed over the head by the chief warrior.
- In one episode of Dragons: Riders of Berk, Ruffnut and Tuffnut, freaked out by a Terrible Terror that's following them around, hide among the village's statuary. Snotlout finds them and quickly realizes the Terror is just one of Hiccup's messenger dragons.
Snotlout: Muttonheads.Ruffnut: No, statues.Tuffnut: We could be statues of muttonheads.They both pull imbecilic faces while remaining in their statue poses.
- Occurs accidentally — and gets discussed — in a Futurama episode when the robotic janitor at the Wax Robot Museum (who happens to be made of wax) takes a break, and Fry mistakes him for an exhibit.
- Needless to say, the gargoyles' daylight "stone sleep" makes invoking this trope both mandatory and extremely convincing from dawn to dusk.
- Goliath and Lexington pull this off among a roof-full of their structural descendants to ambush The Pack.
- Later in the Goliath Chronicles Lexington poses as a doll in a toy store. Leading to this exchange:
Store Owner: These things get uglier every year. [walks off]
Lexington: [under his breath] Who's ugly?
- The Hey Arnold! episode "Helga's Locket" sees Helga trying to recover her locket with Arnold's picture—which she's just engraved with both her name and a poem declaring her love—from Arnold's Grandpa after she drops it. At one point, she sneaks into the boarding house basement just when Grandpa and Arnold are trying to open the locket, and quickly disables the fuse box to keep them from seeing the engraving. Helga grabs the jewelry and hides a nearby box when the lights come on, and Grandpa pulls open the lid to find the thief...however, the box just so happens to be filled with mannequin heads. Helga remains still and manages to escape detection (despite being the only "mannequin" with, you know, hair and facial features).
- King of the Hill: They're probably not fooling anyone, but Bobby and a girl he meets at the mall pretend to be mannequins.
- In the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Sample", Lilo, Stitch and the titular experiment of the week attempt to hide from the self-proclaimed alien hunters Merwin and Dean as tiki statues. Which works... until Sample blows their cover.
- Looney Tunes:
- Daffy Doodles: Police officer Porky holds a frame in front of him to catch a graffiti artist (Daffy) who keeps drawing mustaches on posters.
- Louvre Come Back to Me: A cat pounces at Pepe LePew in the halls of the Louvre, but when he catches a whiff of Pepe's aroma, he freezes in mid-air, turns pale and falls to pieces. Pepe then muses out loud how he doesn't get modern sculpture.
- A Hare Grows in Manhattan: Bugs Bunny hides from a bulldog in an Egyptian-themed billboard.
- From Hare to Heir: Yosemite Sam hides in a (miniature) suit of armor on a staircase to ambush Bugs, but whiffs with his axe and falls 10 stories, cursing all the while.
- Gossamer tried this once with a suit of armor, but his hair leaked out of the edges of the parts of the suit.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "It's About Time", Twilight Sparkle sneaks into the Canterlot Archives with Pinkie Pie and Spike (for reasons that made perfect sense at the time). At one point, Twilight disguises herself as a statue to avoid an approaching guard, and encourages Pinkie Pie and Spike to do the same. Hilariously enough, it seems to work. However, this is later subverted, as the guard apparently did notice Twilight, and he just wrote off the behavior as another of Twilight's odd character tics. And Twilight wasn't doing anything wrong (she was allowed in both the Royal Garden and the Archives), so she had no reason to hide from the guard anyway.
- The New Adventures of Superman: In "The Imp-Practical Joker", Mister Mxyzptlk hides among statutes of gnomes on the roof of a carnival fun house.
- In one episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Scooby, Velma, and Shaggy are being chased by an evil mummy in a museum. Scooby hides in a large jar, while Shaggy and Velma hop onto a platform and pretend to be a display of Marc Antony (wearing a centurion helmet and carrying a sword) and Cleopatra (with a purple cloak and feather in the hair).
- Star Wars Rebels: In "Twilight of the Apprentice", Inquisitor the Eighth Brother hides among the petrified corpses around the Sith Temple on Malachor to ambush the Jedi trio.
- A Chuck Jones-era Tom and Jerry cartoon is set in a department store where Jerry hides on a shelf of lookalike toy mice. Tom picks up one at a time and pulls its tail. We hear "Ma-ma!... Ma-ma!... Ma-ma!... YEEEOWCH!"
- In the Toucan Tecs episode "Peacock Palace Scoop", this is how the Mad Ducks disguise themselves.
- In Transformers Prime episode "Partners", Bumblebee tries to get Airachnid by pretending to be hit with the Immobilizer.
- Done by 21 and 24 in The Venture Bros. by pretending to be exhibits in a museum. They even Lampshaded it. Doesn't hurt that they had another person who wasn't doing this to distract the pursuer. Then get surprised by the Pirate Captain, who they mistook for part of another exhibit.
- In an episode of We Bare Bears, while sneaking into a museum, Chloe and Ice Bear disguise themselves as an animal exhibit, with Chloe in Ice Bear's mouth.
- The first episode of Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? Zack and Ivy try to hide from Carmen's henchmen in an art museum. They try to hide by posing as statues. The henchmen recognize them right away and capture the two. Ivy berates Zack for such a stupid plan.
- Cassandra Peterson once did this at a wax museum for a Candid Camera-type show.
- Done naughtily in a segment for the "adult" Candid Candid Camera video spinoff series in the 1980s ("they're a little more candid"). A nude woman pretends to be a white marble Greco-Roman statue in a museum to fool an unsuspecting curator (who, incredibly, failed to notice the woman's pretty conspicuous patch of brown pubic hair).
- Happens at least twice on the '80s British game show Treasure Hunt, with "waxworks" coming to life to startle the runner and give her the next clue.
- Increasingly common are street artists dressed up as stone or metal statues, standing still for a while and then suddenly deciding to move in a nicely choreographed manner. They can be quite good at scaring the shit out of unsuspecting tourists, although probably mostly due to the Uncanny Valley rather than actually being mistaken for real statues.
- In the London Dungeon museum, the employees wearing heavy make-up often stand still among the various wax figures, to scare the unsuspecting visitors. All part of the historical experience, of course.
- This is a common prank pulled by visitors to wax museums, since the statues are so realistic it can be hard to tell it a person is real or fake is they are perfectly still.
- Miranda Hart has a go.