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* In ''Literature/{{Colony}}'', this basically applies to Eddie O'Hare joining the crew of the ''Willflower'' in place of Charles Perry Gordon; while they are very different personally, Eddie and Gordon look superficially similar to each other, and since Gordon had never visited the ship himself or even had a DNA sample taken to be logged, itís relatively easy for Eddie to present himself as Gordon to the rest of the crew.


* It's something of a RunningGag that wizards in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' are really bad at pretending to be {{Muggles}}, with most wizards described as trying to blend in being {{Rummage Sale Reject}}s at best. Even wizards raised among Muggles tend to wear the fashions that were [[DiscoDan last popular when they were ten]], having been LockedOutOfTheLoop on Muggle culture since then. Some don't bother and just walk around wearing robes; they're usually [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight dismissed as weirdos]]. The only older character who seems convincingly able to pass for a Muggle is Barty Crouch Sr, whom Harry describes as looking like a banker.

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* It's something of a RunningGag that wizards in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' are really bad at pretending to be {{Muggles}}, with most wizards described as trying to blend in being {{Rummage Sale Reject}}s at best.best, such as one man wearing a sombrero and a kilt. Even wizards raised among Muggles tend to wear the fashions that were [[DiscoDan last popular when they were ten]], having been LockedOutOfTheLoop on Muggle culture since then. Some don't bother and just walk around wearing robes; they're usually [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight dismissed as weirdos]]. The only older character who seems convincingly able to pass for a Muggle is Barty Crouch Sr, whom Harry describes as looking like a banker.banker.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/PastDoctorAdventures novel ''World Game'', the Second Doctor disguises himself as Napoleon to take important messages through enemy lines on behalf of the Duke of Wellington to avert the interference of the time-manipulating Players. While the Duke and his immediate allies acknowledge that the Doctor only bears a slight resemblance to Napoleon, with the right clothes the Doctor makes a convincing enough Napoleon to the average Frenchman who would never come that close to his Emperor but only see him at a distance.


* The film and books ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' spoofed this, via Count Olaf appearing in countless bad disguises, with no one but the main characters able to recognize him. Really averted in the film: Creator/JimCarrey has been made up to the point where he's almost unrecognizable. When he appears as Stephano, it's almost impossible for you to tell that he's the same person as Count Olaf. When he appears as Captain Sham, though, in the market, his appearance (the hair, namely) is a little less disguised and you can tell it's Olaf a lot more easily. [[spoiler:This latter one is supported by the appearance of one of the women in Olaf's acting troupe turning and saying "Kids, today" with a dramatic chord and a crack of thunder.]]

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* The film and books ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' spoofed this, via Count Olaf appearing in countless bad disguises, with no one but the main characters able to recognize him. Really averted in the film: Creator/JimCarrey has been made up to the point where he's almost unrecognizable. When he appears as Stephano, it's almost impossible for you to tell that he's the same person as Count Olaf. When he appears as Captain Sham, though, in the market, his appearance (the hair, namely) is a little less disguised and you can tell it's Olaf a lot more easily. [[spoiler:This latter one is supported by the appearance of one of the women in Olaf's acting troupe turning and saying "Kids, today" with a dramatic chord and a crack of thunder.]]]] It's suggested that Olaf's disguises are all pulled from an old VFD disguise kit, which seems to consist mostly of various outlandish outfits.


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** ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld:'' On a visit to Elizabeathan Roundworld, Hex informs the wizards they can disguise the Librarian by putting him in a dress and claiming he's from Spain. It works. And Rincewind later learns this might've been overkill, when he and the Librarian take in some Shakespeare, and find the Librarian's default look isn't too far off the regular customers of The Globe.


** Pity the petty lord or knight whose land gets ravaged by a "[[BlackKnight mysterious]]" knight wearing no identifying or incriminating house colours. Even though there's only one person who is almost eight feet tall, that much given to RapePillageAndBurn ''and'' in charge of a such a well-drilled, organised mob. Because ''of course'' you can't be ''sure'' you got hit by Ser Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" Clegane, known to be beholden to House Lannister, most likely sent by Tywin himself... as he made sure he had a bucket helmet on instead of his usual helm. It could easily be some ''other'' humongous freak of warfare on a horse, so ''why'' should we compensate you for your totally random misfortune...?

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** Pity the petty lord or knight whose land gets ravaged by a "[[BlackKnight mysterious]]" knight wearing no identifying or incriminating house colours. Even though there's only one person who is almost eight feet tall, that much given to RapePillageAndBurn ''and'' in charge of a such a well-drilled, organised mob. Because ''of course'' you can't be ''sure'' you got hit by Ser Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" Clegane, known to be beholden to House Lannister, most likely sent by Tywin himself... as he made sure he had a plain bucket helmet on instead of his usual distinctive, crested, mostly-tourney helm. It could easily be some ''other'' humongous freak of warfare on a horse, so ''why'' should we compensate you for your totally random misfortune...?


-->'''Red Puckett:''' What? Who are you?
-->'''The Wolf:''' [[BlatantLies I'm your grandma]].
-->'''Red Puckett:''' Your face looks really weird, granny.
-->'''The Wolf:''' I've been sick, I... uh... ''[gestures to his chest]''
-->'''Red Puckett:''' Your mouth doesn't move when you talk.
-->'''The Wolf:''' ''[adjusting his mask]'' Oh, uh, plastic surgery. Grandma's had a little work done. Now come on over here. Let's have a look at you. ''[Red steps closer]''
-->'''Red Puckett:''' So, what's going on, "grandma"?

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* In the book ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' few people except Merry are fooled by Eowyn's disguise as "Dernhelm"- the commander of her unit puts her in the rear of the column, and the other soldiers are careful not to talk to "him".

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* In the book ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' few people except Merry are fooled by Eowyn's disguise as "Dernhelm"- the commander of her unit puts her in the rear of the column, and the other soldiers are careful not to talk to "him".



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* ''Literature/TheMurderbotDiaries'': {{Justified|Trope}} when the titular artifically-created {{Cyborg}} goes undercover and modifies itself with an {{Autodoc}}. The "disguise" makes it a centimetre shorter with slightly longer hair and a bit of body hair on its arms, plus a software update to imitate human gait and tics -- not enough to fool anyone familiar with [=SecUnits=], but enough that none of the setting's [[SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands ubiquitous automated surveillance feeds]] register it as unusual.



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* The monsters of [[Literature/FiveKingdoms Brady's Wilderness]] can be fooled into thinking you're a skeleton by a cheap plastic skeleton mask. {{Justified}} because the monsters were created by a little kid, and follow little-kid logic.


** Creator/TerryPratchett makes fun of this as well; see the {{Anime}} example above.

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** Creator/TerryPratchett makes fun of this as well; see the {{Anime}} example above.well.



* {{Justified|Trope}} in [[Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps John Buchan's spy novels]], at great length: ''pretending'' to be someone else with a heavy disguise is taken to be nowhere near as effective as ''becoming'' someone else in every way: mannerisms, way of thought, bearing. See below for a real life example.

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* {{Justified|Trope}} in [[Literature/TheThirtyNineSteps John Buchan's spy novels]], at great length: ''pretending'' to be someone else with a heavy disguise is taken to be nowhere near as effective as ''becoming'' someone else in every way: mannerisms, way of thought, bearing. See below for a real life example.


* In the book ''Literature/LordoftheRings''' few people except Merry are fooled by Eowyn's disguise as "Dernhelm"- the commander of her unit puts her in the rear of the column, and the other soldiers are careful not to talk to "him".

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* In the book ''Literature/LordoftheRings''' ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' few people except Merry are fooled by Eowyn's disguise as "Dernhelm"- the commander of her unit puts her in the rear of the column, and the other soldiers are careful not to talk to "him".
* In ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle'', Celis at one point disguises herself to discreetly assist Lux. The disguise consists entirely of a mask covering the area around her eyes; her long blonde hair, voluptuous figure and unique manner of speaking[[note]]Celis always speaks extremely formally; for example, where another person would say "You can't do that" she would say "That is not permitted"[[/note]] are entirely unchanged.

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* In the book ''Literature/LordoftheRings''' few people except Merry are fooled by Eowyn's disguise as "Dernhelm"- the commander of her unit puts her in the rear of the column, and the other soldiers are careful not to talk to "him".

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* In the third book of the ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' series, the principal hires three aliens disguised as humans without realising that the disguises are so bad that even the children in his school would notice. Said aliens then attempt to take over the world, and our heroes have to stop them.

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