Two Men, One Dress
A subtrope to the Totem Pole Trench, this is when two or more characters, usually for reasons of comic relief or Fanservice, share a costume/disguise, be they friends, rivals, main characters, mooks, or even (for bonus points) arch enemies. An example of the trope is the classic four-legged animal costume (where one character plays the head and front legs, while the second plays as the butt of the joke...literally). Other times it'll be less obvious, where a dwarf might sit on the shoulders of a giant and have a concealing jacket (or the like) to make the look of a Genius Bruiser, or to simply get both characters past an obstacle without leaving one of them behind. A more cunning way of doing this involves a latex suit but sometimes this can backfire due to the strain of too many people in one costume, or the opposite, not enough strain to look "natural." Not to be confused with Fusion or Grand Theft Me, but somewhat similar to Sharing a Body in some cases.
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Anime & Manga
- In Rune Soldier Louie, the main character, Louie, fist fights in a tournament with an assassin, only to find that his opponent's executioner mask covered head is a disguise for a really, really tiny second assassin, who attempts to knife the tournament's sponsor] ...and fails.
- In One Piece, Boa Hancock smuggles Luffy to Impel Down under her dress.
- It IS suspicious, but she's able to turn anyone to stone at a whim, so no-one questions her. When she finally has to be subject to a strip search, she freezes the guard and Luffy keeps going along the rafters.
- Also, the three-headed Judge Baskerville is actually three men in a costume who enjoy pretending to be a three-headed person.
- In Trigun, Millie and Wolfwood meet a fleeing casino waitress & make the snap decision to smuggle her under Millie's clothes. Millie is already a towering girl, so she simply pretends to be pregnant — with Wolfwood's child.
- In the Area 88 manga, Shin's injured legs and Mickey's injured hands force them to do this after stealing a guard's uniform to escape the Mafia's desert carrier.
- Kid Trunks and Goten do this when disguised as "Mighty Mask" in Dragon Ball Z.
- The ruse falls apart when #18 catches on and kicks them hard enough that it appears Mighty Mask had been snapped in two.
- Harima and Eri share a lion costume in the New Year episode of School Rumble.
- In the second season of Nodame Cantabile (which takes place in Paris), Nodame and Kuroki end up playing the donkey in the nativity scene of a big church. They proceed to dance a japanese lion dance in honor of the baby Jesus.
- Disney's Hercules and its following cartoon series have Pain and Panic, two shapeshifting imp-like minions in service to the Big Bad. More curious is their ability to combine into one shapeshifted creature (usually mythological), which can typically be larger than the ones the two are accustomed to appearing as when separate. This also counts as Body Sharing.
- Another instance of body sharing, and +2 men in one suit, is in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Late into the movie, the boy Nemo befriends a gang of goblins called The Goblin Boomps, who were escaping from Nightmare Land. They reveal themselves to be friendly and funny goblins, despite what the others expected them to be (being goblins). They are capable of morphing their bodies together and assuming various forms.
- Disney's Snow White has Dopey stand on top of Sneezy, in a long coat, to dance with Snow White in the Silly Song number.
- Disney's Sleeping Beauty has several woodland creatures steal the Prince's cape and boots, and pose as Brier Rose's dream prince.
- The classic four-legged animal costume makes an appearance in Disney's The Princess and the Frog, where two real-estate agents attend a masquerade ball as a horse. The one who acts worse is the horse's ass.
- An enforced variation of this happens in "Drillbit Taylor" when two characters are forced by school bullies to share a shirt (actually two identical shirts combined by switching buttons).
- The Muppets features several Muppets trying to sneak into Miss Piggy's office, with Fozzie as the head wearing a fake mustache and hat. They called it "Muppet Man," and apparently it wasn't the first time they used it.
Miss Piggy: I can't believe I fell for Muppet Man...
- In Top Secret, two men disguise themselves in a cow suit (which is represented by a real cow with boots on its hooves). The guy in the back gets an unexpected thrill when a calf tries to nurse. And then the bull notices them.
- Mafia! uses this to spoof the famous Pre Ass Kicking One Liner from Scarface (1983). An unusually tall priest assassinates the Godfather with a submachine gun-armed dwarf hidden under his cassock. "Say hello to my little friend."
- In the original The Pink Panther, one of the disguises worn by the police at a costume party is a two person zebra costume. During the chase scene at the end it's one of (several) things to run by a drunk standing on the side of the road.
- In Inside Out, Joy and Sadness dress up as a dog so they could enter Riley's dream and try to wake her up. Things go horribly wrong after Sadness tears the costume in half.
- In The Carniverous Carnival, Violet and Klaus use this to pose as a two-headed person.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Malfoy and Goyle try pretending to be a Dementor this way in an attempt to frighten Harry. This gets them a Patronus from Harry, a detention from McGonagall, and costs Slytherin 50 points.
Live Action TV
- Scrubs has J.D. and (usually) Turk form "the world's most giant doctor". When they put Turk on top to form "World's Most Giant Black Doctor" apparently people ran in fear, so they decide to save that version for when they want to scare a racist patient.
- And Multi-Ethnic Siamese Doctor as well.
- Season 13 of The Amazing Race had teams don cow costumes in Almaty, Kazakhstan, then run all around the city wearing them.
- In a Halloween episode of Roseanne, Dan and Jackie attend a Halloween party as Marie Antoinette, post-guillotine: Dan as her body and Jackie as her severed head, which Dan is "holding" under his arm.
- The 'cojoined twin sisters' "Eva" and "Lyn", a.k.a. Evelyn and Evelyn Neville of the Evelyn Evelyn musical act are portrayed by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. One supplies the left hand, the other the right hand, even when playing the ukulele. According to the web site "The sisters are parapagus tripus dibrachius twins, sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts and a single liver."
- In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin tries to sneak into an R-rated movie by putting Hobbes on his head and wearing a really long trenchcoat. But then, he forgets how many of him there are supposed to be.
- From The Goon Show:
Grytpype: Please, Moriarty, keep still, do you want us both out of this suit?
- In a strip from Oglaf, this trick is performed by two men allegedly trying to assassinate a prince; they disguise themselves as a single deer on his hunting grounds, and then are supposed to kill him behind his back. The ploy takes an odd turn when an actual buck tries to battle them for dominance. The man in the front loses his half of the disguise, but wins by punching the buck. The other man "plays along" by asserting his "dominance" by having sex with a doe... which turned out to be his original intent for the ruse anyway.
- The SCP Foundation has SCP-1545, a two-person llama costume that brainwashes its occupants into staying "in character" until the costume is removed.
- On Ultra Fast Pony, in "How Not To Train Your Dragon", Twilight, Rarity and Rainbow Dash disguise themselves as a dragon as in the original show. Rarity asks why she has to be the rear end and Twilight tells her "Because you have the most practice being an asshole."
- In the TaleSpin episode "Stuck On You," Baloo and the main villain, Don Karnage, are forced to do this when the two are near-permanently glued together by SCIENCE!! And due to the saving of his life, Karnage makes a promise not to kill the hero until they detach via the cure. Hilarity Ensues.
- On Rocko's Modern Life, when Ed Bighead is too sick to give a proposal to the Conglomo executives, so Bev puts Heffer and Filburt in a hastily made Ed costume so that they can give the proposal. The plan goes off without a hitch, until Hef and Fil, Comically Missing the Point, jump out of the costume to yell, "Surprise!"
- At the beginning, Filbert points out the absurdity of the plan by asking Mrs. Bighead, "Since when does Mr. Bighead have 4 legs?"
- An episode of SpongeBob SquarePants has Spongebob and Patrick disguise themselves as a giant Albino Eel using just a sock so they can get Squidward back into his Secret Lodge.
- In the Mickey Mouse cartoon, "Mr. Mouse Takes a Trip", Mickey and Pluto do this to hide themselves from the conductor (Pete) who is trying to kick them off the train because dogs aren't allowed on it. When the train passes through a tunnel, they snag his jacket and hat and cover themselves with it. Of course, like all their other attempts, they failed.
- Donald Duck and Goofy do this to disguise themselves as a female moose in the cartoon "Moose Hunters".
- Parodied and subverted in a Mickey Mouseworks short where Donald is a ride operator and won't let his nephews on the ride. At one point he sees a really tall duck woman in a long dress clumsily walking to the ride, but when he rips the dress off it turns out it really was a woman and she punches his lights out.
- Peter has done the horse costume gag at lease twice in Family Guy. Once he tried to sneak Chris into the county fair ("Wait a minute... your ass just sneezed! And horses can't talk! No no no, none of this adds up at all..."), and another he had Brian put on the costume so they could sneak past Lois...who didn't even notice ("Okay, I'm just gonna come right out and say it: Why did we need the horse costume?").
- In the My Gym Partner's A Monkey Episode "Lyon of Scrimmage" Jake poses as Adam's arms by hiding in his jersey to combine Jake's throwing and Adam's running.
- Shaggy and Scooby-Doo have done this a number of times.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Dragon Quest" has Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Twilight all sharing a dragon costume.
- On an episode of The Simpsons all the employees have to go through an X-ray machine to get in. No one is stopped including people carrying guns and "... two kids pretending to be an adult".
- Homer and Barney try this using a large pair of pants on "The Gong Show" which was one of Homer's life long dreams.
- The episode Room and Bird of Looney Tunes has Sylvestor, Tweety, and Hector all stand on top of each other wearing a mismatched set of clothes they found in a dresser - the reason being that they are in a no-pets-allowed hotel and had to pass themselves off as being a person to not get kicked out.
- In Baby Bottleneck both Porky and Daffy are working in a stork factory, after a scuffle over an egg, they get trapped in the conveyor belt, and stuff in to one diaper, with Daffy as the upper part, and Porky as the legs.
- In the Chowder episode "The Bruised Bluenana" Panini hops into Chowder's clothing to keep an eye on him while he takes care of a spoiled fruit.
- Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Mac, Bloo, and a pizza guy made a disguise of a tall trench coat man named Orlando Bloo.
- Adventure Time: In the episode "Wizard Battle", Finn and Jake disguise themselves as the wizard "Magic Fist", with Finn as the head and Jake as the limbs and body. When Jake's head pops out, Finn claims that it's his "magic second head".
- On an episode of Madeline, Madeline and her friend get stuck on a Ferris wheel after it breaks down. The circus employees rescue them and have them stay at the circus performing in a lion costume. After a while, they decide they don't like it and just want to go home.
- Littlest Pet Shop (2012):
- The pets perform a Totem Pole Trench in the episode, "If the Shoe Fits", using Roger's trench coat along with some fake arms and stilts, with Zoe on top and Sunil on the bottom.
- In the episode, "Shanghai Jinx", the pets all perform the Chinese dragon act with Vinnie at the head and Penny Ling at the tail.
- Wander over Yonder: Wander and Sylvia pull off this in the episode, "The Fugitives".