Paper Thin Disguise: Web Comics
- Mocked in Cinema Bums in this comic related to Robert Downey Jr.'s many disguises in Sherlock Holmes.
- El Goonish Shive:
- In a parody of the trope, several aliens and magical beings successfully disguise themselves with shirts and hats reading things such as "Homo Sapiens" or "Ordinary Student". This filler comic serves as an example.
- Played with when its revealed that The Masquerade is so strong, people are willing to accept supernatural life as normal rather than face the facts that things are bizarre. This apparently includes thinking a green man wearing a "homo sapian" shirt is supporting gay rights.
- George the Dragon is infamous for using and abusing this particular trope, usually to the disgrace of any human beings present. This is an example where the dragon 'sneaks' into a top secret meeting of the Dragon Hunters Anonymous.
- 8-Bit Theater:
- In one storyline, the bad guys sneak into a castle by hiding behind a banner with "Doin' fine" on it.
- And at another point, they trick the Light Warriors by donning pirate hats. Which fools even the Magnificent Bastard Thief. Black Mage is the only one who isn't fooled, and nearly has an aneurysm trying to get his teammates to see the trap right in front of their faces. The worst part? One of the Dark Warriors, Bikke, is a pirate TO BEGIN WITH, and doesn't look different AT ALL. AND EVERYONE IS STILL FOOLED.
- Subverted at yet another point, where Black Mage kills an evil cultist and slices off his face to use as a mask. Upon greeting the other cultists they immediately realize that he killed their friend and is using his face as a mask, and lecture him on what a poor disguise it is.
- ''The Adventures of Dr. McNinja:
- Parodied, where the doctor tries to achieve this using only a name tag. No one's fooled — the mask, you know — but they play along. In fact, every single time he tries to disguise himself, he leaves his mask on. Apparently Contractual Genre Blindness is not just for villains these days.
- Gordito also attempts this in the Sky Pirates chapter, with some success.
- Parodied yet again in I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space where the paper-thin disguise is a pair of glasses.
- Brawl in the Family subverts this.
- Subverted in Narbonic, where a group of intelligent hamsters operate a fake body with a paper plate with a face drawn on — poorly — for their disguise. They can't even get their pronouns right. Nobody is fooled, but tend to take in stride the fact that they're talking to a bunch of hamsters.
- Another subversion in The Law of Purple: the human characters disguise themselves with facepaint to pass as Caligulians, but not only is this not convincing, none of the natives seem to care whether the humans are disguised or not. They ditch the facepaint relatively quickly.
- This strip has literally a paper disguise, a smiley face drawn on a piece of paper that's secured over Florence's face, successful due to earlier havoc started by Sam having everyone's attention focused elsewhere.
- Qwerty and Dvorak, mostly humanoid robots but identifiably not human, should have worn dark glasses.
- Robots primarily identify one another by their transponders, not external appearance as would humans. This one believed when robots that disassembled him, basically, told him they're handless models. It gets better when Edge turns off his transponder, other robots don't even recognize him as a robot. Conversely, they recognize as a robot anything with a proper transponder.
- "There's an SD-40-2 locomotive engine sleeping in my cubicle".
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, Antimony dons a pair of plastic antennae and declares herself a robot, repeatedly. Doorbot falls for it; all the other robots simply assume she's a robot because she got past Doorbot. There is also some Lampshade Hanging on that page when another character (and trickster at that) comments, "Your powers of deception and trickery are bewildering, child." And this comment is footnoted with "I don't think he's being sarcastic."
- And then we see they've put out wanted posters.
- Demonstrated in the Three Panel Soul strip "On Subterfuge."
- In the storyline where Roomies! started getting really strange, a group of aliens escape the notice of the general populace by putting funny shapes on their heads and claiming to be Teletubbies.
- Sluggy Freelance:
- In some early strips, Aylee went out in public wearing a hat and trenchcoat to disguise her alien appearance, which surprisingly worked. In her latest form, she goes through much more effort to create her disguise.
- Bun-Bun and Kiki have also operated robot versions of Torg and Riff on occasion, which people can't seem to tell apart from the real things despite their obviously blocky appearance.
- Sasha dresses up as the supervillainess Monicruel in this strip. It works perfectly because, as Crushestro put it, "Boobs and a monocle. Who else could it be?"
- In the same story arc, Torg dresses up as a villain who everyone at the Nasty Party saw slain. The villain's power was time, so he got away with explaining that he was the same villain traveling from a different time.
- More of Torg's miniony disguises involve a logo hat and sunglasses (at night.) This doesn't keep a former interrogator from recognizing him, though.
- Exterminatus Now:
- Building 12: After The Reveal in the first chapter that Alex is a girl, she's generally drawn in a way that, while still fairly flat, she's not likely to be mistaken for a guy. Somehow, The Masquerade remains unbroken.
- Try to find the ninja. The Last Days of FOXHOUND
Grey Fox: I am thoroughly ashamed that that worked.
- Molly from The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has pink fur, a large beak, and a peppermint-stripe tail ... yet she can pass in public just by wearing a suit and fake moustache. And in this strip, Molly exemplifies this trope!
Tall Canadian Scientist: Pourquoi le bag, Mademoiselle?
Molly: Oh, um... acne!
- In Everyday Heroes, two aliens stranded on Earth disguise themselves ... by wearing glasses. Later, it's revealed that they're using an "Adams field", a Shout-Out to the Somebody Else's Problem field used in Life, the Universe and Everything.
- Batman decided to crash a 'Welcome Back' party for Hal. He really didn't try hard. Batman and Sons.
- Slightly Damned pulls this off twice with Buwaro - first he wears a pimp suit which doesn't really cover his horns or fur (people seem too busy proclaiming his friends as hookers to notice), then he explicitly wears no disguise and everyone assumes it's a perfect costume of a Demon.
- Subverted in "Super Temps" as most people see right through the disguises, and just go along with it anyway because the supers themselves are loopy and rather sensitive. Bonus points for the fact that many of the supers themselves not only buy into each others' paper-thin disguises but also think that the civilian populace's paper-thin facade of being fooled is real.
- Played straight in Zorphbert And Fred, as none of the humans notice the intelligent behaviour, human mannerisms and bloody obvious antennae on the title characters, who are aliens disguised as pet dogs to study Earth.
- In Impure Blood, Dara reflects on this trope while considering making a hulking HalfHumanHybrid look inconspicuous.
- In one page of "Spiff Spoonerton and the Planet of Hot Green Women" involves Spiff and Miri infiltrating a military base. Miri wears a maid uniform and does nothing to obscure her face. Spiff wears his normal clothing with a piece of paper that reads "Also Maid". Exceptional in that Spiff is literally the only human on the entire planet and both are well known outlaws.
Miri: I'd be more concerned about how well that went if I wasn't still hung up on why you had a maid uniform in a single-person space craft on an exploratory mission."
Spiff: A prepared explorer never neglects the possibility he'll need a disguise.
Miri: But why a human female housecleaner disguise?
- Lampshaded in Skin Horse here.
- In Rusty and Co.
- The Princess uses this. She really should take off her hat first.
- Used again by Prestige. It's her ability to fake an illithid's smell that helps pull this off.
- In Captain SNES, King Hippo successfully pulls off an Abraham Lincoln disguise with a fake beard and top hat. He explains to Alex (who isn't fooled by the disguise for a moment) that it is the foolproof "Niht Repap" technique, and that Alex must be the Gamemaster if he's capable of seeing through it. Alex then bribes King Hippo with a beer into teaching him the technique so he can escape from prison.
- In Goblins, Fumbles' plan to protect the warcamp from attacking adventurers by disguising everyone with fake moustaches is initially decried by Chief as 'the dumbest plan ever,' but when the only other ideas the goblins can come up with are 'hope the adventurers poke themselves to death with a pointy stick' and 'cover everyone in their own faeces', it's the plan they eventually go with.
- In Commander Kitty, Mittens and Fluffy's plan to fake the crew having a transporter involves Socks showing up wearing a mustache so Ace doesn't recognize him...and a whole lot of glitter.
- The Buttersafe strip "The Essence of Being Human" features an enormous, disgusting Eldritch Abomination with multiple tentacles and mouths all over its body. It disguises itself using an extremely small mask. A passerby accuses it of being a monster...until the creature suggests "watching cat videos on the Internet." The passerby then immediately warns the hideous beast that "there's a monster somewhere around here pretending to be a human."
- Step Monster:
- Matilda's usual efforts to disguising herself as a human consist of squeezing herself into a shirt and pants. Matilda is eight feet tall, weighs six hundred pounds, has horns like a bull, is covered in fur, and generally looks like a cartoony dragon-creature. It works flawlessly; humans don't seem to be able to recognize she's not human until and unless she actually takes the clothes off first. Even Roy, initially meeting her on his first day with child services, simply thinks of her as being a very tall and rather chubby human woman.
- Averted with Matilda's co-worker Martin; even Matilda didn't realise he wasn't a human with a perpetual smirk and Blinding Bangs until he opened his [[cyclops single giant eye}} and undid his jacket to expose his Belly Mouth.
- Princess Chroma: June's identity isn't even close to obscured by her magical girl dress. That doesn't stop her from trying to pretend she has a secret identity (to no avail).
- Paranatural: The vice-principal spies on the group of kids playing Hitball with a disguise that consists on covering herself on a camo-print blanket and moving around a small child-shaped marionette while using bad Totally Radical speech. Somehow, nobody thinks this is weird (though Mayview has some odd standards regarding what "weird" is).
Vice-principal: Dag sons! These barnhouds are wiggity-wiggity worse than homework! Let's show them our pep, fellow youths! Xbox, hoo!
Kid 1: That normal kid is right!
Kid 2: I think it's cool that he levitates!