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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' episode "Between a Raccoon and a Hard Place," Megabyte has given orders to his troops to prevent Enzo from entering games. Dot comes up with a way around this, by having binomes fly around with cardboard cutouts of herself and Enzo to overwhelm Megabtye's armada. At the end of the episode they pull a similar trick, this time with cutouts of [=CPUs=](basically police cars) to intimidate Megabyte's forces.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Polgara the Sorceress]]'', Pol is unable to cut or dye her SkunkStripe, and knows her enemies are looking for her. The solution is to make the SkunkStripe fashionable amongst all the ladies of Aloria.


* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'': Kick enlists the entire neighborhood to dress up and behave like Kick to confound the neighborhood tattletale. They're all onscreen at the same time doing Kick-related mayhem and Ms. Chickorelli's logic fails when the real Kick emerges from his home, having been cleaning his room the whole time. Cue the unmasking sequence with the neighborhood kids (and some of the adults) taking off Kick helmets.
* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': Jenny takes different battle forms to fight Megawatt. At the end she defeats him by having Brad, Wakeman and Tucker dress up as the other battle forms besides the one she's currently using herself.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowski'': Kick In "Tattler's Tale", The titular character enlists the entire neighborhood to dress up and behave like Kick him to confound Ms. Chicarelli, the neighborhood tattletale. They're all onscreen at the same time doing Kick-related mayhem and Ms. Chickorelli's Chicarelli's logic fails when the real Kick emerges from his home, having been cleaning his room the whole time. Cue the unmasking sequence with the neighborhood kids (and some of the adults) taking off Kick helmets.
* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': Jenny takes different battle forms to fight Megawatt. At In the end end, she defeats him by having Brad, Wakeman Wakeman, and Tucker dress up as the other battle forms besides the one she's currently using herself.


* A brilliant example in ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1999''. When the titular character returns to the art museum to 'return' a painting he stole, he draws attention in the lobby to his clothes, and then moves into the crowds. First he switches his case with an identically-dressed man's...then four more appear, before the penny finally drops and the security team realises the museum is ''crawling'' with men in grey suits and bowler hats. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8W5wjXsrR0 See the whole scene.]]

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* A brilliant example in ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1999''. When the titular character returns to the art museum to 'return' a painting he stole, he draws attention in the lobby to his clothes, and then moves into the crowds. First he switches his case with an identically-dressed man's...then four more appear, before the penny finally drops and the security team realises realizes the museum is ''crawling'' with men in grey suits and bowler hats.hats. And then while security is busy detaining all the guys in grey suits, he ditches his for a tan trenchcoat and passes completely unnoticed. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8W5wjXsrR0 See the whole scene.]]


* A Chinese folktale features 10 brothers, each with a different power. One is sentenced to be executed, but switches out with another brothers whose power makes him immune that the day's form of execution (one is fireproof and can't be burned, one can stretch his neck and can't drown, one eats rocks and can't be BuriedAlive, etc.) until finally the execution is cancelled.

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* A Chinese folktale features 10 brothers, each with a different power. One is sentenced to be executed, but switches out with another brothers whose power makes him immune that the day's form of execution (one is fireproof and can't be burned, one can stretch his neck and can't drown, one eats rocks and can't be BuriedAlive, etc.) until [[FailedExecutionNoSentence finally the execution is cancelled.cancelled]].

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "A Town called Mercy" has the Doctor trying to protect an alien with a distinctive birthmark on his forehead from a {{Cyborg}} assassin. Knowing that the assassin is an AntiVillain who wants to avoid hurting innocent civilians, he paints the alien's birthmark onto the foreheads of several humans and has them run through the assassin's line of sight, confusing him and forcing him to disable his auto-targeting software.


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* In an episode of the anime adaptation of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', this is used to conceal Eyeshield 21's true identity from some delinquents; just as Sena is about to out himself as Eyeshield to save Mamori, a bunch of his fellow Devil Bats show up dressed as Eyeshield, all claiming to be the real one. They all manage to fool them (except [[StoutStrength Kurita]], whose identity is [[PaperThinDisguise blindingly obvious]]).
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-->'''Wolf:''' Say, I wonder if there were more than one of them little guys?
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*** It's also a subtle TakeThat of Aang and the Fire Nation kids against the Fire Nation's StateSec and ANaziByAnyOtherName doctrine; if you make everyone exactly alike in personality and appearance, ''how can you possibly tell one person from another''?


* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', several of Harry's friends use Polyjuice Potion to make themselves look like Harry in order to fool the Death Eaters pursuing them away from 4 Privet Drive.


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* [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] {{Superman}} did this regularly with Superman robots. It became common knowledge that, if the Big S showed up, you couldn't necessarily be sure if you were dealing with the ''real'' one at any given moment.
* When [[ComicBook/TheBeano Minnie the Minx]] found out she had a fan club made up of girls who dress exactly like her and wanted to be just like her, she taught them everything she knows. This ended up backfiring on her when they spread mass chaos around town and she got all the blame.
* ComicBooks/MarvelComics: Victor Von Doom was a villainous example. He still has the Doombots but since the 2016 Secret Wars he has been a heroic example.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] {{Superman}} did this regularly with Superman robots. It became common knowledge that, if the Big S showed up, you couldn't necessarily be sure if you were dealing with the ''real'' one at any given moment.
* When [[ComicBook/TheBeano Minnie the Minx]] found out she had a fan club made up of girls who dress exactly like her and wanted to be just like her, she taught them everything she knows. This ended up backfiring on her when they spread mass chaos around town and she got all the blame.
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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' Inverted; in "The Tourist" the pair meets Trudy Traveler, who is more well-traveled in the universe than Wander, and awakens in the fuzzy alien a competitive urge to see the most of the universe. Once Wander realizes that the competition is taking the joy out of the travel, he gives up. And we discover that Trudy is one of several dozen little old Trudy Traveler aliens who only beat Wander because they cheated, and he never knew.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' Inverted; inverts this in "The Tourist" Tourist"; the pair meets Trudy Trudi Traveler, who is more well-traveled in the universe than Wander, and awakens in the fuzzy alien a competitive urge to see the most of the universe. Once Wander realizes that the competition is taking the joy out of the travel, he gives up. And we discover that Trudy Trudi is one of several dozen little old Trudy Trudi Traveler aliens who only beat Wander because they cheated, and he never knew.



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* In ''[[Literature/{{Lensman}} Gray Lensman]]'' the Radelix patrol base at one point has men entering and leaving who all more-or-less resemble Kinnison. The purpose is to confuse the local Boskonian agent so that he attempts to abduct Kinnison, in his identity as a dock-walloper, in order to learn what is going on.


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