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"Are you seriously trying to make me jealous by flirting with what is very obviously just three kids stacked on top of each other under a trench coat?"
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Two or more children (or just short people) pile up, one on another's shoulders, and put a Conspicuous Trenchcoat (and usually a fedora hat) over this pyramid to make them look like an adult or a tall man. Usually a Paper-Thin Disguise. A common gag involving this trope would be the person at the top asking for something like "Two tickets—I mean one, please". An unfortunate Sneeze of Doom by one of the participants will make the whole pyramid collapse at the worst time possible.

There is usually a little Artistic License – Physics involved as in Real Life it is hard to move realistically as one person when standing on the shoulders of another (or having someone standing on your shoulders). True, anyone who has seen acrobats at a circus knows that standing like this is possible, but it still requires a lot of natural strength and coordination, and then years of practice on top of that — not something that can be done on a whim to get tickets to an R-rated movie.


A subtrope to Two Men, One Dress. A much more advanced form of the trick would be Mobile-Suit Human. For a much more extreme form of this trope, look to The Worm That Walks. A mechanical version would be Combining Mecha. An animal form of the trick would be Pantomime Animal.


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  • In a 1998 Cocoa Pebbles commercial, Barney attempts to trick Fred as he normally does, only this time with Pebbles, Bam-Bam and Dino. Pebbles stands on top of Bam-Bam, and they pose as the Ghost of Christmas Past. In contrast, Barney plays the Ghost of Christmas Present while Dino plays the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. One of the rare instances where Pebbles actually talks.
  • In a 2008 Capital One commercial, Santa Claus is supposed to depart for Christmas Eve but is too distracted customizing his Capital One credit card. It ends by showing two of the elves stacked up wearing Santa's suit heading for the sleigh.
  • In a 2009 M&M's commercial, Red and Yellow pose as the Easter Bunny comically with Red on the bottom.
    Yellow: Isn't Easter fun, Red?
    Red: Not from my perspective.
  • Two kids are shown doing this on a 1997 commercial promoting the home video release of the Nickelodeon movie, Harriet the Spy.
  • A variation of this was shown in a 1989 Hi-C commercial.
  • Done to horrifying effect in a Snickers commercial, where the bizarre arm movements and the dead-faced mask the kids added to the ensemble sent the ad shrieking through the Uncanny Valley into pure horror.
  • Some flyers and banners advertising the 2013 D23 Expo show different Disney characters wearing Mickey Mouse's famous outfit from The Sorcerer's Apprentice. One shows Chip and Dale wearing the outfit with Chip on Dale's shoulders. Dale appears to be having more fun than Chip.
  • In this McDonald's commercial, the Fry Guys try to snag Ronald's french fries while disguised as a scarecrow, but they miss.
  • A series of Doritos commercials involve this trope where the participants perform this:
    • In this commercial, two boys do this to snag some Doritos from an adult-only party.
    • In this award-winning Super Bowl commercial, three dogs make several attempts to get into a grocery store to buy some Doritos but keep getting kicked out by the manager. Eventually, they successfully get in by pulling off a totem pole trench; the manager buys it, but the checker gets a little creeped out by it.
  • A French commercial featuring The Smurfs have them pull this out, with Smurfette on top of three other Smurfs. Though they don't keep the charade very long.
  • In a 2017 Lunchables commercial, a jackelope and a platypus do this in a series of failed attempts to get into a restaurant.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Dragon Ball Z's Buu Saga, Trunks and Goten mug a masked fighter in order to enter the adults' division of the Tenkaichi Budokai after curb-stomping the under-16 division. The best part is that they actually fight pretty competently, holding their own against Android 18 for a good while (it helps that they are both ridiculously strong, so unlike most kids in this list, they would have no problem carrying each other). Everyone just writes "Mighty Mask" off as a weirdo with a lumpy torso and unusually short limbs who talks to himself a lot (and they completely fail to notice the eyeholes Goten poked in the suit). Master Roshi is sharp enough to figure things out early on and 18 catches on when the boys decide to go Super Saiyan, but nobody else figures it out until 18 exposes the boys by cutting through their costume with a Destructo Disc, getting them disqualified.
  • Franchise//Yu Gi Oh'':
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Insector Haga (Weevil Underwood) and Dinosaur Ryuzaki (Rex Raptor) try to enter the KC Grand Prix tournament by tying up another duelist and stealing his robe. It fails miserably, in episode 189 "Child's Play".
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V "Opening Duel!! Crow vs. Gongenzaka", Amanda, Tanner, and Frank try this to sneak into the stadium hosting the Friendship Cup.
  • The Detective Boys' Club in Detective Conan do in episode 13 "Kidnapped: Amy". Of course, in this case, they were forced to do it when they injure an actor (who they thought was a child murderer) and have to fill in for him at the community center play.
  • Astro Boy:
    • In an early manga story, Astro does this with the independent lower half of another robot acting as the legs.
    • In the Astro Boy 1980 anime episode "The Light Ray Robot" Astro does this with Denko so Denko will help people.
  • In the fourth ending of Hanamaru Kindergarten; Anzu, Hiiragi, and Koume do this and dress as Yamamoto-sensei to trick Tsuchida-sensei.
  • One Piece:
    • Used by Ace, Luffy, and Sabo in their past, to sneak into the city to perform Dine-N-Dash. in episode 496.
    • Also when Wapol's underlings Chess and Kuromarimo "fuse" to fight Chopper at Drum Island.
  • Pokémon:
    • In the episode "The Punchy Pokémon", Jessie and James did this after stealing Giant's Coat (and his Hitmonlee) in order to enter a Fighting Pokémon Tournament. Eventually, James complains that Jessie is too heavy and collapses from exhaustion.
    • In the episode "Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up", Team Rocket decides to try and get food with James disguising himself as Professor Oak and Jessie disguised as Mary, the radio DJ. Meowth decides to come along with them by standing on top of Jessie's Wobbuffet wearing a trench coat posing as their loud-mouthed producer. Surprisingly, Wobbuffet didn't do very much to ruin the act (which you'd think he would) until the very end when he goes to the extreme to blow Meowth's cover and expose all of Team Rocket for the phonies they are.
    • Meowth and Wobbuffet pose as a guard in the episode "Luxray Vision" along with Jessie and James posing as guards too. This time, they made carefully sure Wobbuffet didn't blow their cover until the time was just right.
    • Max and May perform the Bedsheet Ghost act like this in another episode.
  • Yotsuba&!: Yotsuba and Jumbo do this, with Jumbo's shirt serving as trenchcoat. Given Jumbo's size and maturity, it sorta counts. Certainly, Asagi is willing to play along.
  • A variation of this was done on Digimon, though this one falls more under The Worm That Walks. In one episode, Davis tries to trick Veemon into Digivolving, and he does it by having a huge group of Numemon and Redvegimon pile up on each other wearing a costume that they put together. It was kind of obvious that the costume was not very well-patched, and the Numemon's eyes were clearly visible in some spots.
    Davis: That Digimon needs a new tailor!
    Veemon: I think he needs to see an eye doctor!
  • Done frequently by Spritle and Chim Chim in Speed Racer
  • Soul Eater:
    • Kilik once had his two (very tiny) partners be the head for their disguise as a cloaked Arachnophobia soldier, although Kilik was tall enough to do it himself. When they start squirming around he pretends to be some experimental magical warrior by having one of them shoot fire out of the mask.
    • In episode 21 of the Soul Eater anime, Blair is fighting the (remaining) 5 Mizune sisters. She smashes four of the sisters with one spell... but the fifth sister behind her starts giggling madly. Activating the hivemind within the sisters (accompanied by speaking in sync and rhythmic finger-snapping), they do a Fusion Dance by stacking themselves atop of each other to form a large tower and the five combine to form... a Hot Witch. It Makes Sense in Context... we guess. Though the 5-Mizune witch has yet to do anything but provide Fanservice, in the manga two or three Mizune can combine together to form a teenage-looking girl (the one made from three looks a bit older) actually capable of fighting.
  • One childhood flashback episode of Kochikame In episode "Asakusa Cinema Paradise" has Ryotsu and his two friends dress in a trenchcoat attempting to pay the price of one in a movie theater. Their disguise is blown.
  • Seen in the "Little Darling" chapter of Hentai manga Cherry Town, where a young boy and a young girl do this... to sneak in a Love Hotel.
  • Tyson and Daichi do this in an episode of Beyblade In Beyblade G Revolution Episode 39, so they can sneak into a Shop that's not for kids and get their beyblade fixed.
  • In an episode of Zettai Karen Children the main three girls do this while infiltrating a school.
  • This was also done in episode 5 of the Little Lulu anime, in an attempt to rescue Tubby from the Westside Gang. Lulu and Willy disguised themselves as Tubby's mother, with Lulu on top and Willy on the bottom. At first, the Westside Gang don't buy the act, since Lulu doesn't say anything, having Annie do the talking for her, but when she finally convinces the Westside Gang that Tubby's mother has a bad case of laryngitis and that if "she" doesn't see her son pretty soon, there's no telling what will happen. It would've worked too, had Lulu not gotten knocked off by the fence post above that served as the entrance to the Westside Gang's territory while entering and revealed Willy in front of the Westside Gang. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In an episode of Heartcatch Pretty Cure the "mentor mascots" do this while searching for the third pretty cure.
  • Done by Ruby and her friends in Jewelpet Sunshine by posing as a tour guide using fake human arms and legs in order to sneak into the human world.
  • In Yakitate!! Japan, the Kaiser brothers are usually stacked on top of one another and covered by a wrap-around cloak. Normally more than one head protrudes from the cloak, but the cloak hides the actual way in which they're stacked (including their legs and feet), so when it finally gets revealed, it creates a great shock.
  • Performed in Guardian Fairy Michel when Michel and Joe pull one off in episode 13 to sneak in a police station.
  • The Amoeba Boys did this at least once in Power Puff Girls Z to blend in with humans. Their disguise ends up failing though causing them to get kicked out of a store.
  • Of all places, is played with in Berserk, where during the Eclipse, Ubik shows Griffith a vision on why Griffith wants to become one of the Godhand. In one panel, the old woman that Griffith interacts with in the vision turns out to be Ubik and Conrad standing on top of each other, half-wearing a mask of an old woman's face.
  • In an episode of Blue Dragon the "Dance of Love" Marumaro and Noi end up disguising themselves as one person so that Marumaro can use his shadow power to deactivate the Dragon Scales starting with Reina.
  • In Kyorochan episode "Bakery War", Pachikuri, Kyoro-chan and Mikken do this.

    Comic Books 
  • The Book of Bunny Suicides does this with a pile of rabbits dressed as Obi-Wan who jump out of their disguise to be impaled by Darth Vader's lightsaber.
  • In an Animaniacs comic, the Warner kids do this to fool Ralph with Yakko on top.
  • This is a Running Gag in the French comic Kid Paddle, where Kid and his friends often try this wearing a Conspicuous Trenchcoat to enter a movie theater and watch horror films rated above their age. It never works, though not always in the expected way: in one case, the geek on top hears the cinema has obtained a brand-new sound system and demands a ticket for the movie using it (a saccharine kids movie about a duck).
  • Played with in Garulfo: in order to get by unquestioned, the heroes (one of which is in the body of a frog) wrap themselves in a moldy shroud, shaking a clacker and moaning "Leper! Leper!". Then they meet a Genre Savvy guard, who knows better than to back away, and knocks off the hood... to see a pair of bulbous yellow eyes on a wizened green body. He runs, fast.
  • In an Issue of The Simpsons Comic Book, Young Homer and Barney do this to sneak onto the set of a Michael Jackson music video.
  • The Little Unholy Bastards use this disguise to help The Goon by staking out the local burlesque club.
    "Hello, I am a grown man with a mustache that enjoys women shaking their boobies about."
  • Lupin III: Dead or Alive has two children in the market, hidden inside an adult's cloak and mustache. They're Street Urchins, stealing apples from a stall.
  • In Issue #7 of My Little Pony: Friends Forever, Pinkie Pie and Princess Luna play a series of pranks on the Canterlot castle guards. In one of these pranks, they scare one of them away by dressing up as a tall monster with Luna standing on her hind hooves with Pinkie on her shoulders.
  • In one of the back-up strips in Rivers of London: Body Work, a monstrous Pumpkin Person emerges from the Thames, takes down most of Peter's friends, and eventually turns out to be three kids in a coat. And then turns out to be All Just a Dream; a nightmare DI Stephanopoulis had when she fell asleep reading a book on adoption (which she bins).
  • Opie and Ned in Varmints do this to get into a bar where kids aren't allowed. Ned acts as the head and refers to himself as "Casual Joe".

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Once done by Calvin to get a ticket to a violent movie he's too young to see, using Hobbes as the top half of a Coat, Hat, Mask totem pole.note  The box office vendor, seeing Hobbes as a plush toy, is not convinced.
  • One of Piraro's Bizarro comics shows a reporter addressing the camera, while in the background a mob of bemused interviewers crowd around two boys sitting on each other's shoulders: "Ladies and gentlemen, the leading candidate in this race has just been discovered to be a couple of kids in their dad's overcoat."
  • A variation in Ottifanten, which features anthropomorphized elephants. Two kids try this trope, but since the lower one has his trunk sticking out, they're mistaken for a flasher.
  • Like the Snow White example below, some of the meadow animals did this in a Bloom County strip to give a teenage girl a dance partner.
  • Variation in one Peanuts strip where Snoopy and his bird friends try to get into the cinema as "One senior citizen, please" by standing on each others' shoulders with a bowler hat on top. The catch? No coat.
  • This was done in Little Nemo in Slumberland with Nemo in blackface standing on top of Flip standing on top of Professor.
  • The Far Side:
    • In one strip, three dogs do this to make an attempt to catch a cat they were chasing who went up a tree. The dogs disguise themselves as a woman and have the fire department get the cat down for them.
    • In another strip, two cats disguise themselves as a dog but the dog discover this by smelling.
  • Taken to the extreme consequences in this strip by Joan Cornellà, where two kids stand on top of each other and wear a coat to buy alcohol and are reprimanded by a cop whose "legs" are apparently a third kid who's in on the other kids' plan.
  • Garfield: Garfield and Odie use Jon's shirt to bypass a ride's minumum height requirements.

    Fan Works 
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series
    • In this fanfiction, the main pups stack up on each other wearing a trench coat and fedora and attempt to rescue one of their adopted brothers. In the disguise, it was Lucky on top, Cadpig in the middle, Rolly on the bottom, and Spot not participating.
    • In this fanfic, Lucky, Cadpig and Rolly do this to rescue Spot from a family of chicken hawks. Later on in the fanfic, Pongo and Perdita do this to rescue their puppies from Cruella (with Perdita on the bottom), and fortunately, Horace and Jasper were gullible enough to buy it despite all their mishaps.
    • This trope has become fairly popular in fanart of this franchise.
  • A Girl on Sheezy Art produced a web Manga regarding two midgets in a trench coat. It can be seen here. This may be NSFW.
  • In a Super Mario fanfic, Yoshi and Birdo do this to sneak into a buffet restaurant being run by Bowser and the Koopalings. It ends disastrously.
  • Two fans of the Hub's Pound Puppies series worked together on a role-play-styled fanfiction of it that involved this trope. In the fanfic, Lucky and Cookie do this to try to trick McLeish into selling them a pup for adoption with Lucky on top and Cookie on the bottom. Throughout the scene, they were both nervous about getting caught, but even though Lucky wasn't wearing any facial accessories (other than a hat), McLeish was too preoccupied to take the time to notice.
  • PAW Patrol:
    • In a fanfic called "Pups in Disguise," the pups go to Ryder's award ceremony disguised as a human with Chase at the top. Given that Marshall is on the bottom pretty much made the whole plan a disaster waiting to happen, and Skye even points out the absurdity of the plan for that very reason! Part 2 of the story can be read here.
    • In another fanfic called "Pups Save the Dance Competition", Marshall and Chase do this to provide a girl with a height-proportionate dance partner for Adventure Bay's dance competition. Given that Chase is the one underneath, Mayor Humdinger sabotaged their plan by having his Kitty Katastrophe Krew shed their fur inside the coat causing Chase's allergies to start acting up rendering him unable to continue with the act. All hope seems lost at first until Everest steps in and agrees to take Chase's place as Marshall's legs.
    • In this fanfic, Marshall and Everest do this to sneak into a shop.
    • In this fanfic, Sweetie enlists Skye and Everest to help her masquerade as the Princess of Barkingburg. It doesn’t go as well as she had hoped.
  • In a Clifford's Puppy Days fanfic, Clifford, Jorge and Daffodil do this while they're exploring a cruise ship that doesn't allow pets.
  • In this fanfic based on The Secret Life of Pets, Max and his friends do this to sneak into a theater to watch their owners perform in a play.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: This fanart shows presumably younger versions of the Ninja Turtles attempting to do this. They don't seem to be cooperating very well.
  • This Air Buddies fanart features the Buddies piled up on each other in a trench coat with B-Dawg at the top wearing a hat. By the looks of things, it's not going very well since poor Budderball at the base is unable to support all his siblings at once while standing up.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    • Double subverted: upon a tall man in a suit walking up to a fireworks stand, the worker recognizes him as Calvin and snatches his hat off... revealing a very angry man's face. Later, another tall man in a suit comes up, and the worker likewise exposes the head as a stuffed tiger.
    • Calvin later performs a singular variant using stilts and lampshades it shortly afterwards:
      Calvin: That was easy. Those kids on TV should try stuff like that instead of those silly growth machines and potions.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In a fanfic called Rainbow Pie in the Eye, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie dress up as a gorilla to play a prank on the other main six (except Fluttershy).
    • Another fanfic called "Just Horsing Around" is about a human named Ryan who somehow stumbles into Equestria and befriends the main 6. At one point in the story, the main 6 take Ryan out to lunch, but little do they know, the Cutie Mark Crusaders were also at the restaurant spying on them using this classic disguise. Applejack notices them and is completely aware it's them, but she just tells Ryan to act like he doesn't notice.
    • In this fanfic, Diamond Tiara tries to get through a parent teacher conference about her slipping grades without her parents finding out. She has Silver Spoon, Snips and Snails come in posing as her parents. Cheerilee didn't buy it.
    • In this fanfic, Diamond Tiara tries to sneak into the Grand Galloping Gala (after her mother refuses to let her because she's too young) by standing on top of Silver Spoon and wearing an overcoat. Although, it didn't take long for the main six to see through their disguise.
    • In this fanfic, the Mane 6 go to a town called Anthrotrottia where the resident ponies are very tall and anthropomorphic. They perform this act to try to blend in.
    • There is a fanfic called Celestia’s Cake Plot, which takes place during the time when Princess Celestia and Princess Luna were fillies. In this fic, the sisters disguise themselves to sneak into a bakery so that Celestia could eat a cake that she wants to eat. Luna ends up on the bottom much to her displeasure.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures
    • This fanart shows Buster and Babs in a trench coat. They're using this disguise to try to escape from Elmyra. Buster seems fully confident this plan will work, while Babs is giving some kind of uncomfortable look, which could mean a number of things...
    • In this fanfic, Buster and Babs do this to attend a formal so Babs could meet Burt Badger and get a part in his new movie. At first, Babs was on top, but Buster kept complaining about how much the high heels were hurting his feet, so Babs generously traded places with him for a while; they eventually swap back.
    • In this fanfic, Babs and Fifi disguise themselves as Lola Bunny to play a trick on Bugs.
  • In a Martha Speaks fanfic seen here, Martha and Skits do this to sneak into a cinema to see the new Courageous Collie Carlo movie getting past the infamous "No dogs allowed" rule that Martha despises.
  • DeviantArt Users:
    • HalloranIllustraions is a huge fan of this trope, as it is evident in a lot of his artwork.
    • MsiaFanWriter, is also a huge fan of this trope, as it is evident in in different folders.
    • Another user, Homerboy4 had his twin characters doing this. He also did it again to have them steal alcoholic drinks, but this time he had Melvin on top. He also did it a third time to have them breaking into a rated R film this time with Mira on top and have her dress as Twilight Sparkle and Melvin dress as the Keldeo this also counted as a shout out as he picked Melvin and Mira's voice actors as Vic Mignogna and Tara Strong.
    • Another Deviant who appears to be a huge fan of this trope is BestHeelOfAllTime. He is known for making fan comics that involve this trope; most of them also incorporate the Sneeze of Doom.
      • One of his most popular pieces is a SWAT Kats comic where Callie tries to retrieve some vital information from a group of mobsters by posing as one of their associates (a tall female cat named Muriel). She hires a reporter named Katrina to pose as her legs. However, little does Callie know, when Katrina gets nervous, she lets out devastatingly-powerful sneezes, and this puts both of them at risk of getting busted!
    • StackerCoat is also a huge fan of this trope, and it clearly shows!
  • In this Zootopia fanfic, Nick Wilde and Gazelle disguise themselves as a sexy new pop singer and try to seduce a panda so that he can give Nick money for a business he's trying to start.
  • In this Frozen fanfic, Anna and Elsa do this to try to rescue Kristoff from Prince Hans. Given that Elsa is the one underneath, their cover is soon blown when her ice powers start acting up freezing the disguise.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's This fancomic has the show's Half-Identical Twins Leo and Luna disguise themselves as Akiza Izinski in a bodysuit, mask, and costume based on Akiza with Luna on top.
  • Digimon in these two fan arts have two Gatomons use a robot suit so they can be Kari for the night.
  • In Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee, a puppet stop-motion short, when Bruce Lee manages to deactivate the Iron Man armor, it falls apart to reveal... Merry and Pippin from The Lord of the Rings.
  • In Harry Potter and the Return of Heritage Harry deals with a boggart in Dementor form by changing it into a bunch of pixies under a black cloak.
  • In this fanfiction of The Lion King, Simba and Nala do this to rescue Zazu from the hyenas. They sneak into the elephant graveyard using a hyena pelt so they can pass as a hyena themselves.
  • In "Ticket", Stan and Ford want to see a movie but are too young and only have one ticket. They then spot a coat rack with a trenchcoat.
  • In this Sonic X fanfic, Cream, Tails and Amy disguise themselves as Vanilla and go on a date with Vector.
  • In this Bolt fanfic, Bolt and Mittens do this to sneak into the mall so they can go shopping with Penny with Mittens on the bottom.
  • Pokémon:
  • Steven Universe:

    Films — Animation 
  • In All Dogs Go to Heaven, Charlie, Itchy and Anne-Marie do this to bet on horses as well as do other gambling.
  • In the Aardman Animation film Chicken Run, the chickens attempt to escape by using this trope to impersonate the farmer's Gestapo-inspired wife during the pre-credits montage of failed attempts.
  • Possibly the most famous example of this trope, complete with Sneeze of Doom and everything, Dopey and Sneezy do this in Disney's version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A rare incidence in which the participants were not trying to fool anyone, but merely providing Snow White with a height-proportionate dance partner. Given that Sneezy's the one underneath, Dopey is soon blown out of the top of the guise by Sneezy's extreme sneeze, but he does get to dance with Snow White for a bit anyway.
  • Wallace & Gromit do this in the short film A Close Shave.
  • In the Babar movie, Babar, Celeste and Zephir try to get past some rhinos by piling up on top of each other and wrapping up in a cloak, while Zephir puts a banana in his mouth. They would've succeeded, too, if Zephir hadn't gotten too enthusiastic.
  • Madagascar:
    • Mason and Phil, the two chimpanzees, are caught buying train tickets while doing this.
      Mason: If you have any poo, fling it now.
    • The chimps also do this continuously in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, as the ridiculously flamboyant "King of Versailles". The penguins kinda get in on the act, too (the costume acts as a command center of sorts for them that helps them win at gambling).
  • In Disney's version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Esmeralda is known for doing this to hide from the soldiers. She does this by carrying Djali on her shoulders and wrapping a blanket around them so they could pass as an old man.
  • Despicable Me:
    • Margo does this in the short "Home Makeover" by balancing a Minion on top of her to trick the social worker by posing as Gru.
    • Three of the Minions do this in the Minions spin-off movie.
  • Performed to great lengths in the 2015 Shaun the Sheep movie.
  • A variation of this was done on The Land Before Time. Towards the end of the film, Littlefoot, Spike, Ducky and Petrie get stuck in a tar pit while Cera is being chased by a herd of Pachycephalosaurus. The other four suddenly appear stacked up and covered with tar, and they unintentionally save her by scaring the Pachycephalosaurus' away, but Cera tells them that they didn't fool her.
  • Done when Madame Souza and the Triplets band together to retrieve Champion in The Triplets of Belleville.
  • In The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, during the "Remember that Day" segment, Kirby and a snake do something like this to make themselves look like Rob. This was another instance where the participants were not trying to fool anyone, but merely just playing around.
  • In Dumbo, after the clowns perform their first performance with Dumbo when he was demoted to a clown, we see silhouettes of the clowns backstage getting out of their costumes. One of the clowns turns out to be two short people stacked on top of each other.
  • At the beginning of Piglet's Big Movie, Tigger and Pooh dress up as a tree as part of their plan to steal honey from a bee hive.
  • In The Rugrats Movie the babies find an abandoned circus cart with a trenchcoat and hat inside. Some circus monkeys jump out and scare the babies.
  • Discussed in Toy Story 2 when Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex, Slinky Dog and Mr. Potato Head are trying to figure out how to get into Al's Toy Barn. One toy suggests they stack up and disguise themselves as a pizza man.
    Hamm: How about a ham sandwich? With fries and a hot dog?
    Rex: What about me?
    Hamm: Eh, you can be the toy that comes with the meal.
  • In Oliver & Company, Tito, Francis and Einstein dress up as a pizza man to distract Sykes.
  • In Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers Paul (a short pirate) piles himself on some monkeys while wearing a large pirate's jacket to make himself look more threatening.
  • In Arthur Christmas, three elves use this technique while they're delivering gifts. They were disguised as a nurse in a hospital.
  • A weird case in Arthur and the Invisibles: the Minimoy King at first appears as an imposing figure (for 2 mm-tall characters, at least), but it's soon revealed he's no taller than the average Minimoy, but riding on top of a Yeti-like humanoid with another ferret-like creature standing in for a long beard and hiding the King's body.
  • In The Angry Birds Movie, Judge Peckinpah stands upon a similarly-sized bird named Cyrus. Red lampshades this during his court trial—even went so far as to pull the robe off to prove it.
  • Something like this was performed in The Secret Life of Pets. Tattoo and Ripper pose as a lady pushing a baby carriage with Snowball posing as the baby in the carriage.
  • In The Boss Baby, the title character and Tim steal the clothes of an Elvis impersonator and stack themselves atop each other to get onboard a plane headed for Las Vegas and stop Francis Francis' evil plan of eventually transferring the world's love to puppies with his Forever Puppy invention.
  • A strange variant of this happens in The Star. Felix, Debra and Cyrus briefly pose as Herod's shadow while hiding behind a curtain.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Done in the Mel Brooks film Silent Movie. Three normal-sized adults inexplicably attempt this to get into Burt Reynolds' house. Their explanation for being 15 feet tall is having a "glandular condition". Also a Chekhov's Gun as you see the steam roller when they first drive up to Burt Reynolds' house.
  • Done in the Hong Kong movie Dragon from Shao Lin.
  • A standard technique of The Little Rascals. They even do it in the 1995 movie.
  • The aliens in Space Jam do this to sneak into basketball games and steal the talent from the top NBA players.
  • Austin Powers and Mini-Me do this in Goldmember with Mini-Me on the bottom.
  • Done to truly astounding effect in The Court Jester, where three average-sized people suddenly become six little people. In the climax, a pair successfully sneaks into Hawkins' and Jean's execution, disguised as one soldier, to cut him loose. Actually more plausible than most examples: the little people are trained acrobats in-universe so they have no problem standing on each other, and the fact that it's clearly an adult's head on top makes it look more organic.
  • During Sean Connery's Agamemnon scenes in Time Bandits, three dancers become six shorter dancers.
  • In The Three Stooges short Malice in the Palace, Moe, Larry, and Shemp make themselves into a very tall spirit in order to scare a guard into giving them the Rootentooten Diamond.
  • In the 1995 Casper movie, Amber and Vick do this to try to ruin Kat's Halloween party. However, the plan backfires when Fatso, Stretch and Stinky come out of nowhere and scare them away, causing them to instead put on an entertaining show for the guests.
  • In Men in Black II, Jarra is revealed to be a small figure in a saucer along with his three small companions.
  • In the French movie Fantômas Unleashed, at a Boarding School, a pair of kids disguises as Fantômas (with a large black cloak) to give a scare to their dormitory supervisor.
  • In Speed Racer, Chim-Chim climbs on Spritle's shoulders wearing a lab coat and hard hat in Spritle's attempt to figure out what the Royalton company is up to. It takes quite a long time for the people there to realize one of their co-workers looks like a chimpanzee.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: The extremely tall leader of the Knights Who Say Ni was originally suggested to be played by "Mike sitting on John's shoulders", but the final film has him portrayed by Michael Palin standing on a ladder.
  • Done in the Laurel and Hardy short Chickens Come Home as Ollie and Stan each try it sneaking an unconscious woman past their wives.
  • The munchkins are introduced this way in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Oz thinks they might be the mighty warriors he's looking for... until the tall men are revealed to be three-munchkin stacks.
  • In the Marx Brothers Horse Feathers students Chico and Harpo run their professor out of the classroom, and moments later the two return, Harpo in a fake beard on Chico's shoulders, dressed in the professor's mortarboard hat and gown.
  • In Hook, some of the Lost Boys do this to sneak onto Hook's ship.
  • In Rolli – Amazing Tales, Rolli and the Forest Fairy disguise themselves as a giant this way in order to scare Seesteinen and Lerkkanen for littering and making noise in the Rolli Forest. The Forest Fairy sits on Rolli's shoulders while she wears Lerkkanen's bowler hat, uses her long hair as a makeshift beard, and covers them with a quilt, but she lets Rolli do the threatening. The humans are confused rather than scared by this display, and when the quilt soon falls off, the heroes end up being chased by the men.

  • In The Bully Brothers: Making the Grade, the titular characters do this to pose as their mother for a Parent-Teacher Conference.
  • In Miss Nelson is Back three of the ringleaders of room 207 disguise themselves as Miss Nelson.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: In The Carnivorous Carnival,, Violet and Klaus use this to pose as a two-headed person.
  • Terry Pratchett's Discworld:
    • Done by a whole bunch of six inch-high Nac Mac Feegle in A Hat Full of Sky. Said Feegles uses the same trick in Wintersmith. It helps that, although everyone notices how weird they look, whenever someone tells them to get lost they just start waving around scads of money.
    • In Moving Pictures, the ticket lady at the movie theater suspects one of the wizards of being this, when she spots his (fake!) false beard.
    • And in The Science of Discworld 2, the wizards disguise the Librarian and the Luggage with a large Elizabethan dress.
  • Slytherin students use this to impersonate Dementors in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Knowing why the culprits are doing this (Harry is afraid of Dementors), the teachers are not amused — especially not McGonagall.
  • A similar trick was used unsuccessfully in Welkin Weasels: Thunder Oak, involving nine ferrets in a human-sized suit of armor.
  • In the children's novel Down Town, Cary's first uncanny encounter is with an apparent bag lady. The accompanying illustration makes it clear that this is actually a whole lot of tiny humanoid creatures dressed up in old clothes.
  • In The Adventures of Captain Vrungel, the captain and his friend are using it to ride a plane with only one ticket for both of them. The problems start when the Captain (he's the one below) gets bored and decides to smoke a pipe.
  • George and Harold do this in one of the Captain Underpants books, to pose as an adult to get an invention off of Melvin's genius parents. They only start to suspect something's wrong when George's hands are what takes the gadget (as Harold — who was on top — is white and George is black), but have their minds erased almost immediately after.
  • A rather creepy science-fiction version appears in The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. A small swarm of Watchmaker Moties (miniature semi-sentient aliens) try to leave the cruiser MacArthur by hiding inside a space suit and using the occupant's head to disguise themselves.
  • Alan Dean Foster's Kingdoms of Light features Khaxan Munderucu, an incredibly powerful giant evil spellcaster. He's really twenty-two goblin mages in a giant all combining their magic.
  • In The Roman Mysteries novel The Colossus of Rhodes, a midget pretends to be a giant by riding on the shoulders of his bodyguard, concealed by a long cloak.
  • In Ellen Raskin's Figgs and Phantoms Mona Lisa Figg sometimes stood on her midget uncle's shoulders to create the "Figg-Newton Giant" so they could "inconspicuously" move books her uncle felt deserved more attention from the bottom shelves of his and his partner's store to the top shelves where more people would notice them.
  • In a children's book called The Red Fox Monster, Dan the Dog and Tabby Cat snag Red Fox's clothes and use it to disguise themselves as Red Fox so they can scare away oncoming animals by jumping out and shouting, "Dinnertime!" They even scare away Red Fox himself!
  • In the Good Times Travel Agency book "Adventures In Ancient Greece", the Binkerton twins do this to sneak Emma into watching the games. They eventually end up getting their cover blown by their Annoying Younger Sibling Libby.
  • Used for a heist in the French detective series San-Antonio. To sneak inside a museum, circus artists use four dwarves and two contortionists. The contortionists walk in bent on themselves to look like dwarves inside their coats, and the dwarves walk in two by two in totem-pole trenches. Once out of view inside, the contortionists stand up and exchange coats with two of the dwarves. Then the four of them exit along with the rest of the visitors, making it seem like the same number of people that went in are going out, while in fact two dwarves stay inside after the closing hour.
  • Two Dogs In A Trench Coat Go To School...Well, the title pretty much says it all!

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Guest from the Future Alisa and Yulia disguise themselves as an adult to get by the pirates.
  • Done in "Commercial Breaks" The Suite Life of Zack and Cody to predictable ends.
  • Done to allow two Jamanese "snakks" to avoid "big" police in the British Series A Small Problem.
  • Scrubs:
    • J.D. often enlists either Turk or Elliot to help him masquerade as "the world's most giant doctor". The punchline is that there really is a giant doctor at Sacred Heart, who punctuates these scenes by complaining about J.D. borrowing his coat without permission.
      J.D.: We tried giant black doctor, Turk. People ran.
    • At the end of one episode, Elliot comes up with the idea with J.D. to attempt the "triple giant doctor". They attempt it with J.D. on top, Lonnie in the middle, and Elliot on the bottom. It doesn't go very well.
  • Done in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in "Alien Rangers of Aquitar", the two-part premiere of the Mighty Morphin' Alien Rangers miniseries that served to wrap up the show. After the Rangers get turned into little kids, several of them get caught at a disaster scene and are taken back to the police station. Kat and Tommy pretend to be Billy's mom by wearing a coat and having Kat stand on Tommy's shoulders so that they'll be let go. It helps that the police officer they talked to couldn't see very well.
  • The Whitest Kids U' Know:
    • A sketch took this to a ridiculous level, especially considering that the two guys in the trenchcoat (Trevor and Sam) are both well over six feet tall.
    • Used in a sketch where two boys use this to get drinks at a bar... successfully. Then they end up going home with two girls doing the same thing.
  • Bill attempts this (balancing a mannequin on his shoulders) in The Goodies episode "South Africa".
  • Referenced in How I Met Your Mother. Marshal claims he was mugged by a monkey, but later confides to Barney and Ted that it was an actual mugger, and he just didn't want Lily to buy a gun. Cue Barney: "Are you sure it wasn't two monkeys stacked on top of each other with a trench coat?"
  • According to a Saturday Night Live spoof of Broadview security this is one of the major dangers women living alone in a five bedroom house face, along with rabbis, grandfathers, k.d. lang, and the guy from the Broadview commercials.
  • This occurs in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 during the final season. In the episode where Mike and the robots make fun of a German adaptation of Hamlet, Crow and Servo dress up as a ghost and try to get Mike to believe that they're the ghost of his father. Mike tells them that his father was still living, so the robots kept changing their identity to other people in Mike's family tree, but everyone they tried turned out to be a relative who was still living.
  • First of the Summer Wine: Two guys are shown doing this at the very end of the episode "Ain't Love Dangerous".
  • Done in "When 6021 Met 4267" That's So Raven with Cory and Stanley.
    Stanley: [while attempting to do a deep voice] What's happenin', my brotha.
  • The Thundermans: In the episode, "On the Straight and Arrow", Billy and Nora dress up as the family's gardener to keep their parents from finding out that they are skipping school with Billy on top and Nora on the bottom. Things go well until they try to take down a hornets nest causing their costume to fall apart; their parents witnessed this and thought the gardener split in half.
  • Discussed in Castle. One victim happens to have just run a con on a first-grade classroom; forensic evidence says that his murderer was between 5'3" and 6' tall, so the cops conclude that the first-graders probably couldn't have done it unless they were using this trope.
  • This occurs on an episode of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. On the episode "Honey, I'm Wrestling with a Problem and the Chief", Nick and his friend, Joel, do this wearing a long trench coat, a hat and a fake beard, and they do this to sneak into a wrestling arena to try to help Wayne and police chief Jake. Joel brings along his accordion and tries to play "Pop! Goes the Weasel" to see if Jake could hear it and fight better so he could win.
  • This was actually shown on an episode of What Would You Do? (Nickelodeon). In this instance, they showed a dwarf who wanted to ride a water slide, which had a height requirement, and he was too short. He soon found a kid who was also too short to ride, so he got the kid on his shoulders and used a blanket to cover them up with. This may have just been set up, but it was shown in real time.
  • In Community episode Basic Genealogy Shirley's sons disguise themselves so Abed's cousin can go play. (Overlap with Hiding in a Hijab because Abed's cousin wearing a long black dress and a veil was the reason they could do it.)
  • Referenced on The Golden Girls, when Dorothy finds out that Sophia has only one ticket to a papal mass that they both wanted to go to:
    Sophia: We'll get one of those really long overcoats, I'll stand on your shoulders, and...
    Dorothy: And what? Blend in with the circus folk?
  • Spoofed in a first-season episode of The Eric Andre Show in a skit where Andre enters a car dealership as the top half of a two-adult TPT, complete with a fedora, asking to buy a car in an obviously fake low voice. When the dealer asks him to unbutton the coat, Eric considers the requests to be sexually inappropriate.
  • In Season 5 of Face/Off, Roy turned his (normal-sized) model into a pair of undead midgets in a trench coat. It was so funny that the judges themselves laughed out loud.
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn in "Not so Sweet Charity" Nicky, Ricky and Dicky do this to sneak into the pet grooming store where Joey works to apologize for themselves, however their cover is blown when Dawn, Mae and Natlee arrive into the store also dressed in a long coat and they both start fighting in the store only for their disguises to fall off.
  • Ultra Q in episode "The Underground Super Express Goes West".
  • For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Salsa on the all-athletes seasonette of Dancing with the Stars, Kareem's pro partner Lindsay Arnold, in order to make up for their massive height difference, achieved a similar effect by means of starting off the dance sitting on the shoulders of troupe dancer Hayley Erbert while both women had long skirts on.
  • Rome. Lucius Vorenus becomes famous after leaping into the arena to save his friend Titus Pullo after he'd been condemned to death. In a theatre play commemorating the event, a giant gladiator that Vorenus fought is portrayed in this fashion.

    Music Videos 
  • The flash video to "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Virus Alert" contains a brief scene of a group of viruses doing this to steal someone's credit card identity.

  • Al Kennedy of House To Astonish has described the original version of Monet from Generation X as "two kids in a big coat". This wasn't exactly the case.
  • The Cool Kids Table game "Dan, Danny, and Daniel" uses the "Three Things in a Trenchcoat" system, in which the players each play a person in the trench coat trying to sneak into something. The three players here are each different versions of Danny Devito.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In an episode of Under the Umbrella Tree, the three main puppets attempted to do this with Gloria on top.
  • Skeeter and Bobby do this on "A Family Thing (Pilot)" Cousin Skeeter.
  • The Muppets:
    • In Muppets from Space, the Muppets in Gonzo's rescue party do this to disguise themselves as doctors, at one point getting a weird look from a real doctor. Kermit stands on top of Fozzie and Pepe stands on top of Miss Piggy.
    • Done again in the 2011 movie, with Fozzie and five other Muppets each operating one limb of a human disguise to sneak into Miss Piggy's office.
      Miss Piggy: (triple Head Desk) I can't believe I fell for "Muppet Man"!
  • In the Jim Henson TV special, The Tale of the Bunny Picnic, all of the bunnies dress up as a giant bunny to try to scare away the dog who was ruining their picnic. This part was actually discussed by the characters throughout the special's climax.
  • In an episode of Fraggle Rock, the main Fraggles use a cloak to disguise themselves as Sir Hubris so they can get the Gorgs to leave forever. The plan worked, but when Gobo and Red overheard that the Gorgs were about to do something that would wind up killing all the Fraggles, they had to cease what the Gorgs were doing by proving that Sir Hubris was them all along.
  • Crash & Bernstein: In "Shorty Crash" , Crash and a midget attempt this to get onto a ride they are too short for. They succeeded even though their disguise fell off halfway in.
  • Strange Hill High: In "The Lost and Found Boy", Mitchell, Becky and Templeton do this to pose as Templeton's grandmother in order to gain access to the lost and found.
  • On an episode of Mongrels, Nelson and Marion try to sneak into an office building by performing this act. Though, Nelson soon realizes the act won't work due to their physical appearance, that is until he figures it would be better to just sneak in through an open window.


  • There was once a Christmas-themed Disney figurine called "Three Cheers for Mickey". It was of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy stacked up and wearing a Santa Claus suit with Mickey on top, Donald in the middle, and Goofy on the bottom.

    Video Games 
  • A trio of Scarabs in Metal Gear Solid 4 track down Snake this way in the first half of the game's third act.
  • In Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards, Larry can meet a trenchcoat flasher on the sidewalk by the hotel. When you look at the flasher, the narrator comments that it's really a little person standing on the shoulders of another. They're both still flashers, though.
  • In Planescape: Torment, the bestiary entry on the Lady of Pain includes a rumor that she is actually six giant squirrels with a headdress, a robe and a ring of levitation.
  • In The Secret of Monkey Island two monkeys, in the wedding dress, as part of Elaine's cunning plan to defeat LeChuck that Guybrush inadvertently spoils.
  • Sam & Max do a variation of this in the original Sam & Max Hit the Road game. They make a bigfoot disguise to infiltrate a bigfoot party. Sam's snout sticks out of the middle of the costume, but this being a Sam & Max game, nobody notices even when they're talking to each other. Only one bigfoot asks if Max is really having an argument with his belly button.
  • In Paper Mario, the Koopa Bros. use a variation on this. Their first form in their battle is the four of them dressed up in a strange-looking Bowser costume, though it's more like a very primitive mecha than an actual costume. During the end credits of the game, they use the remains of their costume to create a parade float.
  • The Wizard enemy in Wario Land 2 is really two Pirate Gooms wearing a robe.
  • In the Jungle Book video game on the Sega Genesis, the Level 6 boss is known as "The Witch Doctor", but it's actually three monkeys stacked up on each other using a big witch doctor mask to cover them.
  • The special character "Woof" in Death Road to Canada is actually three dogs in a trench coat. When defeated he will split into three dogs. You can keep the other three if you have room in your party.
  • In Angry Birds Star Wars the Darth Vader pig is shown in cutscenes as three pigs stacked on top of each other with the top one wearing the helmet, presumably to imitate the original Darth Vader's height, but they make no attempt to hide it.
  • A really bizarre example of this is in Spyro the Dragon. The boss of the Artisans world is Toasty, a really tall, pumpkin headed creature in a black robe donning a witch's hat and wielding a Sinister Scythe. After you flame him twice, he's revealed to be a sheep standing on stilts. Although you might be able to figure this out beforehand because the first time you flame him, you can hear him bleat, and there are even times when the sheep peeks out of the robe.
  • In Plants vs Zombies Adventures, two imps appear when the trenchcoat was knocked off the imposter zombie.
  • Black Comedy indie video game Double Hitler is equal parts QWOP and Surgeon Simulator 2013, which suggests that Hitler was in fact two small boys made up with a false mustache and a large trenchcoat to look like an adult, bumbling their way through various aspects of Hitler's life. The disguise is beyond paper thin in how unconvincing it is, and the game actually suggests that the Nazis were all extremely gullible idiots who couldn't tell the difference between a grown man and two boys pretending to be one, or indeed, between a grown man and a balloon with a face drawn on it.
  • One of the customer types in Cake Mania 4: Main Street is an "invisible man" which turns out to be two children carrying out this trope.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures 2: Montana's Movie Madness, the boss of the Monster Movie stage is Montana Max in a Frankenstein costume. When defeated, he is revealed to be stacked atop Roderick Rat.
  • In Slime Rancher, one of the NPC's that offers quests to the player is actually several slimes wearing a trench coat and a hat. His messages suggest that he has difficulty writing and he asks for nothing but various chickens, as expected from these weird but cute creatures.
  • A soft example of this is the Scurvy Crew, three pirate crabs that act as the second boss of Donkey Kong Country Returns. Although they do not wear trench coat nor hat, they pile up to form a tower and attack Donkey and Diddy several times during the fight.
  • In The Darkside Detective, three kids attempt to fake a Bigfoot sighting by standing on each other's shoulders and wearing an improvised Bigfoot costume. Unusually for the trope, they find it realistically difficult to move around like that, and can't get very far without falling over.

    Visual Novels 
  • Havenfall Is for Lovers: In JD's fourth season, they and the heroine head to a supernatural nightclub. The bouncer outside turns out to be three tiny bouncers in a trenchcoat.

    Web Animation 
  • Possibly the goofiest non-biped use of this trope ever: Ranzar's Tanktoon features a T-34 and a T-50 Russian tanks outwitting a Mauschen by... stacking themselves one atop the other, taping fake hair and a mustache on the visible tank, and draping a gray tarp over themselves, pretending to be the Pz 38 na which, in these cartoons, is the analogue for Hitler. Not only is this positively silly, with them being tanks and all, but the Pz 38 na is also much smaller than either Russian tank on its own, let alone the two of them stacked together. The Mauschen still falls for it, at least until the tarp falls off.

    Web Comics 
  • Also by a collection of intelligent hamsters in Narbonic, using a paper plate with a badly drawn smiley for the face.
  • Done very unsuccessfully to try to look senatorial while visiting Washington, DC in Ozy and Millie; oddly, a semi-adult character is part of the totem pole. The lobbyist targets see through it instantly.
  • Done quite successfully in Schlock Mercenary, to create one anonymous weird alien out of three wanted-by-the-police weird aliens. Oh, and one of the three (the eponymous Schlock) is the trench coat.
  • In a strip of It's Walky!, Joyce and Dina use a more specific version to pretend to be Jason.
  • In a strip of Scary Go Round, two goblins disguise themselves as a human teacher, using this method.
    Esther: Did we ever find out exactly what's wrong with Mr. Manuel?
  • In Minion, the Knight that came to slay the Dark Witch Meryl is in fact Rico and Ellaine wearing a helm and a cloak. It's a good thing the cloak blew open when it did, since the Knight had by that point hit several of Meryl's Berserk Buttons and she was about a second away from blasting "him" into cinders.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • In "Meanwhile in the Dimension of Pain", Terribus pretends to be the Demon King in a disguise that involves his standing atop Quixxle.
    • "4U City Red" brings us "Dr. Bunwig McTwodudes", consisting of two adult men (though they sure aren't acting like it) and a bonus rabbit. It Makes Just as Much Sense in Context; they really don't have much of a reason to use a disguise like that. It veers a bit into Black Comedy since they're talking to a grieving family about their presumed-definitely-dead daughter. Since they're not short, the "doctor" ends up being very tall, though at least Riff is sitting on Torg's shoulders, not standing.
  • Done with Popo's parka in a strip of Brawl in the Family.
  • Oglaf: A tournament is won by a bunch of babies in a suit of armor in "Bascinet".
  • Penny Arcade, naturally, takes it to a dark place.
    "[Gabe's] the devil. No, he's like a devil perched up on the shoulders of another devil, wearing an overcoat so as to appear as a single, larger devil.
    It's a classic bit, and ordinarily it would be harmless. But in this case, it has terrifying ramifications."
  • Cyanide & Happiness combines this with The Human Centipede. "TEST: The perfect underage drinkers."
    • Also used in this comic, where it gets combined with another common trench coat-related trope/stereotype.
  • In Latchkey Kingdom, Phantom, one of the adventurers in "Team Awesome" is two rat people standing on each others' shoulders. Despite speaking only in squeaks, most people don't seem to notice.
  • In Supernormal Step, Suggested jokingly by Fiona to Akela when they need to get into a secure area... and then actually attempted on the next page when (as Lunsford summed it up on his Tumblr) neither of them could think of anything better.
  • In ''xkcd's List of Major 2018 Security Vulnerabilities, the Alt Text is "CVE-2018-???? It turns out Bruce Schneier is just two mischievous kids in a trenchcoat."
  • Mountain Time: This strip features Bottom, a squat little...thing who was genetically engineered to be the lower half of one of these.

    Web Original 
  • A well-known meme is claiming that something is really "[number] [animals] in a trenchcoat." For example: "I am not a Troper, I'm really five very small lizards in a trenchcoat."
  • This satirical article by Eve Penzer for Reductress, in which a woman unlucky in love can't seem to stop dating immature men who each turn out to be two kids in a trenchcoat. (But she's got high hopes for her new guy, and really respects his commitment to recovering from alcoholism indicated by his unwillingness to meet her at a bar.)
  • How To Hero mentions three kids in a trench coat when listing superheroes that are made up of multiple different individuals here

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Angelina Ballerina: In "The Costume Ball", Angelina and Alice do this in order to sneak into said party. It ends catastrophically.
  • CatDog:
    • The Ingrid Twins did this in their debut episode, “Armed and Dangerous”. The Ingrid who loved Cat confessed to him at the end of the episode that she wasn’t really a tall girl and took off her dress revealing her sister underneath.
    • CatDog themselves have done this twice in the episode, "All You Can't Eat" in a montage of attempts to try to eat at Taco Depot. The first time, they were disguised as a cowboy; the second time, they were dressed like a woman.
  • Performed by Bloo and Wilt on a regular basis in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
    • First seen in the episode "Frankie My Dear".
      Old Man Winters: Your name is "Bloo"?
      Bloo: Er-hem, hem. Please call my by my first name... Orlando.
    • Bloo also did it once with Coco and Wilt to pose as a giant warrior of some kind and fight against Eduardo.
    • It got to the point where Mac got upset that he wasn't included in the gag.
      Mac: You guys did Orlando Bloo without me?
    • In the episode "Neighbor Pains", Bloo and Wilt disguise themselves as Orlando and said Frankie was his girlfriend, later, had Mac and Bloo start to put on the disguise...only for Frankie to grab the coat and claim that she was going to burn it.
  • Done quite a few times on The Simpsons, usually as a parody or Lampshade Hanging.
    • Though they did it straight (with a twist) in episode "Worst Episode Ever"; after Comic Book Guy bans Bart and Milhouse from his store, Homer attempts to sneak them in by donning a trenchcoat and riding on their shoulders, identifying himself to a skeptical C.B.G. as Shaquille O'Neal.
    • Another episode has, In "Little Big Girl", in the midst of several people admitting to not really being Native American, one guy who is really just two midgets in a costume. Appropriately enough, his Native American name was Fibbing Bear.
    • Another episode shows that the security standards at the power plant are disturbingly low: an X-ray scanner at the plant's entrance reveals two people with guns and one person to be two kids in a trenchcoat — and they are nevertheless let in without any attempt to stop them.
    • Bart and Milhouse do this with Lovejoy's robe (which they obviously stole from him) in "Four Regrettings And A Funeral." No one was fooled however.
    • Used briefly by Maggie and Bart in "How Lisa Got Her Marge Back" to get onto a roller coaster.
  • Taken to extremes in the Drawn Together episode where they were all babies. In the same episode, the doctor is four babies in a lab coat.
  • Family Guy:
    • In the episode "Prick Up Your Ears", Peter and Lois have to sneak into the school auditorium to crash the abstinence lecture. Naturally, Peter has an idea. Cut to an incredibly tall man with a fat head wearing a really long trench coat and high heels. Then it pans over to Peter telling Lois that this man was big enough for them to sneak in behind.
    • In the episode "Fifteen Minutes of Shame", Peter Mensn one guy, didn't know he was actually two midgets on Diane Simmons's Show talk show
    • "The Lil' Griffins" (a Family Guy parody of The Little Rascals) shows a good example of this trope. The episode has Peter and Quagmire spending a night at a scary mansion in an attempt to win the heart of Lois. Both get the idea to try to scare the other out of the mansion by pretending to be ghosts. Quagmire just piles onto Cleveland and Adam West and covers them up with a bed sheet while Peter uses a knight's armor with Joe and Brian.
    • In "Papa Was a Rollin' Son", Peter took this to a ludicrous level to try to hide Joe's handicap disability. He hangs Joe on a horse's head, ties his legs around the horse's neck, and puts jeans on the horse's front legs. Needless to say, it doesn't go well.
    • In the episode, "Guy Robot", Stewie does this the old-fashioned way with his new robot friend, Lyle, so he'd be tall enough to ride a roller coaster at Six Flags. The catch is the ride operator and the manager were also pairs of kids performing this! Afterwards, a newspaper appears with this headline "SIX FLAGS RUN BY CHILDREN IN TRENCH COATS Says newspaper reporter who is definitely an adult", implying that the reporter is also two kids in a trench coat.
    • In the episode, “V is for Mystery”, Stewie and Brian pose as Queen Victoria.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • In one episode ("Operation: M.O.V.I.E."), Numbuh Four does this by himself using several taped-together popcorn boxes as stilts to sneak into an R-rated movie. It's almost blown when he drops his ticket and can't pick it up due to the arms of the disguise being gloves attached to sticks.
    • In another episode ("Operation: M.O.U.S.T.A.C.H.E."), Numbuhs One, Two, Three and Five do this to sneak into a headquarters where they can find who is responsible for the evil moustaches turning people into cowboys. They were both teams in this case: Numbuh One was on Numbuh Five, and Numbuh Two was on Numbuh Three.
    • In "Operation T.R.I.P." Numbuhs One, Two, Four and Five do this to pose as Numbuh Three's Grandmother. In the same episode, the Interesting Twins From Beneath The Mountain do the traditional trenchcoat-and-fedora version as an attempt to sneak onto a train.
  • Used quite regularly by Donald Duck's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. They're known for doing this in various Disney cartoons, comics and storybooks, as well as on DuckTales (1987), Quack Pack and House of Mouse.
    • In one episode of Mickey Mouse Works, Donald expected this was the case when a tall woman with very poor balance wobbled towards an amusement park ride that the nephews were too short to go on. Turned out she was the real deal, and when he ripped off her clothing, she punched him in the face.
  • Breezly And Sneezly do this in one episode to sneak onto the base they weren't allowed in. Of course, given that Sneezly is on the bottom, this resulted in a reenactment of what happened in Snow White.
  • Clone High: In "A Shot in D'Arc," Napoleon and Taft use this disguise — with stilts, too — to try and score some points in a basketball game against their absurdly overpowered genetically-engineered rivals. Funny because Taft is the top half.
  • In one episode of Bonkers, Bonkers does this by himself using stilts to pose as Piquel's wife.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In the episode "Who? What? Where? Ed?", the Eds are caught in an elaborate trading sequence worthy of The Legend of Zelda, which leads them at one point to need to procure an anchor. They try to disguise themselves to steal one from the Kanker sisters, by standing on each other's shoulders and wearing a trenchcoat. Things go moderately well until, midway through the conversation, Ed sticks his head out of the trenchcoat and shouts "I am the legs!"
    • In another episode ("Ed... Pass It On"), Eddy spreads rumors around the cul-de-sac that his brother's returning. At the end of the episode, Sarah and Jimmy disguise themselves as Eddy's brother to try to scare the Eds. While the costume does fall apart, Ed still believed that they were Eddy's brother.
      Ed: Hey!... What flavor ice cream do you want?
  • Parodied by League of Super Evil; in episode "Table for Four", the main characters try to get into a fancy restaurant using this ruse, yet there happens to be someone right in line right in front of them who happens to look exactly like their disguise.
    Red Menace: We should have gone in before that other guy.
  • Inverted by Dick Spanner in a scene where Dick — who, as a robotic Marlowe-style PI, naturally wears a trenchcoat and fedora at all times — must get into a "smalls-only" establishment with a maximum height limit:
    Dick: What the goons didn't realize was, under the coat I was walkin' on my knees.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In "Candy is Dandy", the girls try to talk Mojo Jojo into committing more crimes so that they could take him out and bust him out of jail on a regular basis so that the mayor can reward them with more candy. During this scene, the girls were stacked up and wearing a trench coat and fedora so that nobody else in Townsville will notice it's them talking with Mojo. Mojo was also wearing a trench coat and fedora in this scene just to be extra cautious.
    • In "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future", the girls do this to try to capture Madame Argentina. Bubbles was at the head of the disguise wearing a fake moustache.
    • In an episode of the 2016 reboot series, "Take Your Kids to Dooms Day", Buttercup and Blossom try to pose as Professor Utonium (wearing a not-so-convincing costume) while making a video to try to make the Professor look cooler than he seems to be. It doesn't go well at all.
  • The monster protagonists sometimes use this to pass as human in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
  • Johnny Test:
    • In "Downhill Johnny", Johnny and Dukey do this to sneak past the ski captain to shred the Bohemoth. The ski captain didn't buy it since numerous kids have already tried to fool him by doing that.
    • In "Take Your Johnny to Work Day", Susan and Mary do this to sneak into a top secret lab, but they soon discover that Johnny and Dukey have done the exact same thing, and then, for some unknown reason, Johnny wanted to do a chicken fight with them.
  • In The Fairly OddParents! episode "Love at First Height" A.J. and Chester do this in order to be tall enough to ride a rollercoaster, however they end up being mistaken for an adult and get taken to Adult Land.
    • Timmy and Sparky do this to pose as a stage manager in the episode "Stage Fright" to get Vicky into a play.
  • Done frequently in the Scooby-Doo franchise, usually by Scooby and Shaggy (most of the time, Scooby is on top).
    • In the Scooby-Doo Show episode, "The Fiesta Host is an Aztec Ghost", all five of the gang members stacked up to form a really tall ghost to try to scare away a couple monsters.
    • In the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo episode, "The Ransom of Scooby Chief", Scrappy did this with his friends Duke and Annie, so they could sneak onto a subway by paying admission for just one person, but it didn't go well since their trench coat got caught on the turnstile going through revealing themselves in front of the guard.
    • In the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode, "Gentlemen, Start Your Monsters", the culprit turned out to be Jimmy and his sister Cindy. Jimmy was on Cindy's shoulders in a jumpsuit.
  • In an episode of The Flintstones, Fred and Barney did it to try to sneak Barney out of an Arabian palace. Barney was the one underneath so that the others wouldn't recognize his face, but strangely, he didn't seem at all affected by Fred's weight.
  • In an episode of The Jetsons, in "Future Tense", George and Jane did it to sneak by two mysterious-looking men at a horse race using a trench coat they borrowed from a man who was sitting next to them.
  • In an episode of Jonny Quest, Johnny and Hadji disguised themselves as a ghost to try to scare Bandit. It didn't work.
  • In an episode of the Dennis the Menace 1980s cartoon, "A Froggy Day", Dennis and Joey do it to sneak into a restaurant. A couple times, the manager hears Joey talking from inside the coat, and Dennis always covers it up by saying his stomach can talk.
  • In an episode of the Dennis The Menace And Gnasher "Dennis V.I.P." Dennis and his friends use this to get into a Ratbucket concert with one ticket.
  • Teen Titans Go! : Raven, Robin, Starfire and Cyborg do this to sneak into an adult workplace in the episode "Beast Man"
  • From the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise:
    • Alvin and the Chipmunks TV series:
      • In episode "A Little Worm in the Big Apple", Alvin, Simon and Theodore dress up as the Chippettes' producer to get a little revenge on Uncle Harry using a big coat, a hat, and a comedically large moustache...and boy did they succeed!
      • In another episode, Alvin and Simon dress up as a doctor to try to get Theodore out of an operating room after he had been mistaken for a boy named Bobby.
      • The Chipmunks also do this in an episode where they're in a reenactment of Treasure Island. Toward the end of the episode, they try to retrieve their treasure from a gang of pirates by posing as the ghost of a pirate. It doesn't go very well.
    • On an episode of The Alvin Show, the Chipmunks do this to try to get a radio station to play their new record, and they probably would have succeeded if Theodore hadn't poked his head out of the disguise and said, "You're very, very welcome!"
  • Care Bears:
    • In the episode, "The Camp Out", Playful Heart Monkey and Funshine Bear disguised themselves as a swamp monster just to play a joke on the other Care Bears.
    • In another episode, Hugs, Tugs and Brave Heart dress up as a mummy to scare Mr. Beastly. They succeeded.
  • Done a couple times by Cubbi and Tummi on Adventures of the Gummi Bears.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • In the episode, "Lemon Aid", Garfield and Odie disguise themselves as a police officer to save Jon from a crazy car salesman.
    • There's also an episode of the U.S. Acres segment where Roy, Bo and Orson disguise themselves as Wade's mother.
  • In an episode of Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, Riff-Raff, Hector and Wordsworth do this in "Mungo's Dilemma" to try to return Mungo to his original owner. While they do succeed, they afterward get chased by a gang of dogs. Riff-Raff, who was on top, chickens out, with Hector and Wordsworth taking the blows for him.
    • In another episode, "Breaking In", Hector, Mungo and Wordsworth do this to sneak Riff-Raff into a house with two female cats.
    • In another episode, the Cadillac Cats use a space suit to sneak into a rocket with Riff-Raff posing as the head, Hector and Cleo posing as the arms, and Wordsworth and Mungo posing as the legs.
  • In an episode of Animaniacs, "Chalkboard Bungle", the Warner kids do this to pass as Miss Flamiel. In this case, their costume was an exact replica of her.
  • Timon and Pumbaa have done this a few times in Timon & Pumbaa, usually in attempts to fool Quint. The most notable episodes are "How to Beat the High Costa Rica" and "French Fried". Pumbaa usually has a habit of blowing their cover by speaking out loud (giving that he's always the one underneath), which is why their attempts usually fail.
  • This happens once on an episode of The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald. On the video containing the episode, "Birthday World", Ronald has the Chicken McNuggets stand on top of each other and dresses them up as a weird-looking tree.
  • In the Gumby short "Wishful Thinking", Gumby and Pokey break into Prickle's house dressed as a fairy ghost attempting to trick Prickle into telling them what he wished for on his birthday. Unfortunately, just as Prickle was about to tell them, Pokey lost his equilibrium causing Gumby to fall off his back and on top of Prickle. The fall caused Prickle to start screaming thinking the ghost had swallowed him.
    • Also done in the 1980s episode "Gumbastic," where Gumby confronts a clone of himself that unzips his Full-Body Disguise to reveal two characters resembling the Blockheads with cylindrical-shaped heads underneath the suit.
  • During a segment of "The Off-Beats" in an episode of KaBlam!, the five Off-Beats do this to surpass as the "president" with September as the head. They do this to try to fool the Populars into returning Betty-Ann's glasses. Since September had a very mature-sounding voice, the Populars bought it.
  • South Park:
    • In the episode "Starvin' Marvin in Space", the boys do this and pretend to be Tom Brokaw so they can distract the government while Marvin boards his people onto the spacecraft. When Kyle makes a comment from inside the costume, Cartman at the head tries to cover by saying that he had some bad burritos.
    • Cartman does this by himself in "Creme Fraiche" to trick Randy into thinking he's Chef Ramsay.
  • In the Shaun the Sheep short "Take-Away", Shaun and a couple of his sheep buddies do this using a trench coat they decloaked from a scarecrow so they could take the bus into town and buy pizzas for the entire flock. One of the rare instances where the trick actually succeeds.
  • Goof Troop:
    • In "Meanwhile, Back at the Ramp", Goofy volunteers to skateboard on the world's tallest half pipe when pro skater Slammer McTwist, chickened out on doing so. Thinking he'd fail, Max and PJ arrive the next day posing as Goofy by having Max stand on PJ's shoulders and wear Goofy's old sweater, and they actually pull it off very well.
    • In another episode, Max makes an attempt to sneak past a bully who beats him up every day. He does this by riding his bike with Pistol sitting on his shoulders wearing PJ's jacket.
    • In the episode "Pistolgeist", Max and PJ do this yet again to try to act like Pistol's imaginary friend, Inky, with PJ on top. Pistol didn't buy it.
  • In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Big Daddy", Scratch, Grounder and Coconuts make an attempt to capture Sonic by dressing up as a gorilla.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh:
    • In the episode "Cleanliness is Next to Impossible", Pooh, Tigger and Piglet dress up as a crayon while they're in Crud's world in an attempt to rescue Christopher Robin.
    • In the episode, "To Catch a Hiccup", Tigger has Owl and Rabbit dress up as a monster to scare the hiccups out of Piglet.
  • In an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donatello and Raphael dress up as a ghost to play a trick on Michaelangelo.
  • Class of 3000:
    • Used by Kim, Kam and Eddie to impersonate an alien in the episode "Brotha from the Third Rock".
    • Madison and Little D do this in the music video "My Mentor" to persuade a bouncer to let them into a night club.
  • In an episode of Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, In "A Little Problem" Whiskers and Gaspar do this to sneak into an amusement park.
  • In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "The Ride Stuff", Ami and Yumi try to sneak Kaz on a ride that Kaz is too short for. Ami, Yumi, and Kaz disguise themselves as tall British ladies. Ami stands on stilts, and Yumi stands on Kaz. Surprisingly, the guy working at the ride bought it. Kaz even let out a Sneeze of Doom, and the guy didn't even act the least suspicious.
  • There is a Betty Boop short where four mice dress up as a mad doctor at a parade.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In the Sylvester cartoon Room and Bird, while Tweety, Sylvester and Hector are chasing each other in a hotel that doesn't allow pets, there's an instance where they almost get caught by the doorman, but they manage to quickly put on some women's clothing and stack up in order to fool him. After which, the chase continues.
    • In the Porky Pig cartoon "The Wearing of the Grin", two leprechauns do this while playing a prank on Porky.
    • Also done in "Claws for Alarm" when numerous mice disguise as a Bedsheet Ghost to scare Sylvester.
  • Sylvester and Hector dress up as Santa Claus in an episode of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In the episode "Hare Raising Night" Buster, Babs, Hampton, Plucky & Melvin the monster do this to look like they've been fused together by wearing a lab coat. Their cover was blown, however, when Plucky got too enthusiastic over Dr. Splicer taking their picture.
    • In "Pluck of the Irish", after Plucky defeats the banshee, the beautiful lass who was watching over the haunted castle reveals herself to be three leprechauns in disguise (combining it with Disguised in Drag and Latex Perfection, no less).
  • On a Halloween special of Eek! The Cat, Wendy and J.C. dress up as a giant chicken to go trick-or-treating, but even with the two of them stacked up, the costume was still too big for them. Eek attempted to solve the problem by making himself the head of the costume, which somewhat helped, but it wasn't long until he was suddenly flung out of the costume causing Wendy and J.C. to go the rest of the night as a headless chicken.
  • In an episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, the Rangers disguised themselves as birds. Gadget stands on top of Monty, and Dale stands on top of Chip.
  • Arnold & Gerald do this in the Hey Arnold! episode "Door #16".
  • In an episode of Peabody's Improbable History, Peabody and Sherman do this to stand in for an actor on a stage play.
  • TaleSpin:
    • In the episode "Stuck on You", Baloo and Don Karnage are forced to do this when the two are near-permanently glued together.
    • Baloo and Kit do this in another episode.
  • Nancy and Flip do this in the third episode of The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan. When Nancy is asked how old she is, she responds: "Nine...teen."
  • Doug:
    • On an episode of the Nickelodeon version, Doug watches a horror movie several times but never sees the monster because he always hides his eyes when it appears. When he finally does see it, he clearly saw the zipper on the costume and laughed about it. After that, Doug had a dream where he met the monster and unzipped the zipper, and the person inside the costume turned out to be three poodles stacked on top of each other.
    • On an episode of the Disney version ("Doug Grows Up"), Doug and Porkchop do this on the episode's title card.
  • Muppet Babies:
    • In the episode "Of Mice and Muppets", this trope was taken to a rather ridiculous level when just about all of the Muppet Babies did this to form one really tall figure in an attempt to rescue Gonzo from the Wall-Wonker.
    • In another episode, Animal, Fozzie and Gonzo do this while Piggy is singing a song about being a nanny.
    • At the end of another episode, Animal and Gonzo dress up as Spider-Man. When Animal crashes into a wall, the costume tears in half, and Gonzo falls to his doom.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the episode "The Great Patty Caper", the nanny reveals she is two toddlers.
    • Done by Mr. Krabs and Plankton in "The Other Patty". With Plankton on the bottom.
    • Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob do this in the episode "Chum Bucket Supreme", to sneak into the Chum Bucket unnoticed. using a giant clamshell for the head with Mr. Krabs peeking out. Plankton saw through their disguise however.
    • SpongeBob and Squidward do this in "The Check Up" to secretly give Mr. Krabs his physical by posing as a suit store employee.
  • Back at the Barnyard : Freddy and Peck do this in "Some Like it Snotty" to crossdress as a normal height girl while going on a date with Eugene and two of his friends while accompanied by Otis and Pig (who are also crossdressed as girls)
  • Inspector Gadget:
    • In the episode "Weather in Tibet", Penny and a friend of hers do this to sneak past some guards.
    • Penny and Brain also attempt this in "So It Is Written".
  • In The Super Mario Bros Super Show! episode "Hooded Robin and his Mario Men", Hooded Robin and Toad dress up a Frygal to distract Fryguy.
  • On an episode of Fantastic Max, "The Loon in the Moon", Max, FX, AB and a new robot friend of theirs do this to get into a bar where they aren't allowed, so they can talk with an alien they're trying to meet up with.
  • Done occasionally by the main animals in Shirt Tales.
  • Popeye's Nephews did this in the Popeye short "Wimmin is a Myskery" to pose as Popeye and get the pie Olive Oyl made for him.
  • In the Darkwing Duck episode "Trading Faces", Launchpad (in Honker's Body) and Darkwing (in Gosalyn's body) disguise themselves as a General to sneak onto a base because the guard wouldn't take them seriously.
  • In the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Angel Kittens", the three kittens do this to fool Tom, but Tom doesn't buy it.
  • Phineas and Ferb has a few examples. The titular brothers pull this with a knight's armor in "A Hard Day's Knight" and an oversized superhero costume in "The Beak". Then in the Halloween Episode, the Fireside Girls navigate a city overrun with pharmaceutical zombies by standing on each other's shoulders and wearing fake lab coats.
  • Stōked: In the episode "The Very Very Very Very Very Important Guest", George and Grommet stack up on each other and with Grommet on top so they can pass off as Broseph.
  • In an episode of Josie and the Pussycats as the gang puts on a fashion show to distract some villains. Josie stands on Alan and wears a large dress.
  • Performed in the Dungeons & Dragons episode "The Lost Children".
  • The Penguins do this in The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Brush with Danger" to sneak into an art museum and uses one of Kowalski's inventions to do the talking.
    • They also do this in the episode, "Misfortune Cookie", when they order Chinese food.
  • In addition to the movie, this trope was also performed on the All Dogs Go to Heaven TV series.
    • At the beginning of the episode "Charlie the Human", Charlie and Itchy are shown doing this in the grocery store with Itchy on the bottom. Charlie's explanation for being on top is because he thought he looked better in the glasses.
    • Charlie and Itchy also do this in "An All Dogs Christmas Carol" (this time, with Itchy on top) to try to retrieve back what Carface stole from the poor pups. Sadly, Carface saw through their disguise.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Scooby-Doo and Shaggy do this while posing as the ghost of "Bulldog" Finney to scare the Joker and the Penguin in "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!"
  • Lilly, Carl and Tred perform this in Get Muggsy! to help get to the park to rescue their friend. Technically, it was just Carl and Tred in the disguise; Lilly just sat on top of the hat Carl was wearing.
  • Todd and Jacobo do this in The Replacements episode "Conrad's Day Off" to bust Riley out of detention, however Mr. Vanderbausch didn't seem too tempted by them. Their cover was blown on numerous occasions.
  • On an episode of Saban's Adventures of Oliver Twist, Oliver, Dodger and Charlie try to pose as aristocrats to sneak past guards to participate in a horse race competition. Oliver sat on Charlie's shoulders wearing a coat and hat. At first, the plan seemed to work, but it didn't last long when Charlie grabbed a handful of hors-d'oeuvres, then ran out of the disguise going on an eating rampage.
  • On an episode of The Ren & Stimpy Show, Ren and Stimpy disguise themselves as the wife of the house to sneak past an angry baboon so Ren can snatch a sample of some of his favorite food. They were unsuccessful.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In the episode "Stare Master", Scootaloo stands on top of Apple Bloom with a bucket on her head and drapes a rug around them so that they could pretend to be a creature while Sweetie Belle chases them. In this case, they were trying to be "Creature Catchers" so they can try to get their cutie marks.
    • In the episode "Dragon Quest", Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and Rarity disguise themselves as a dragon to check on Spike while he hangs out with the big dragons. Twilight was at the head of the costume standing on top of Rainbow Dash while Rarity posed as the hindquarters.
    • Lampshaded in the episode, "Gauntlet of Fire". When Spike has been summoned to the Dragon World, Rarity tells Twilight she still has the Dragon costume they wore in "Dragon Quest", but Princess Celestia insists they be more discreet, so instead, the two of them spend the episode wearing a series of disguises made to blend in with the surroundings of the Dragon World.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: in the episode "Chaos Theory" Irwin and Billy do this to try and seduce Eris, she sees through their disguise however and turns Billy into multiple tiny versions of himself that run back into the coat.
  • Chowder: in the episode "The Broken Part", the guy who brought a machine part Chowder was trying to get money to buy was really a gnome standing on top of an ogre.
  • On Gravity Falls, Norman turns out to be five gnomes pulling this trick. A later episode reveals in a Freeze-Frame Bonus that Thomas Jefferson was actually two kids standing on top of each other.
  • The Hub's Littlest Pet Shop series:
    • In episode 2, one of the pets has a dream that Mrs. Twombly turned out to be the Biskit sisters in disguise.
    • In the episode "So You Skink You Can Dance", Vinnie tries to help Blythe dance on national TV by propping her up on his shoulders underneath her dress while doing all the dancing. The plan apparently worked since the crowd loved it and didn't even notice Vinnie at all.
    • In the episode, "Stand-Up Stinker", Zoe, Sunil and Penny Ling dress up as a giant three-headed alien as part of a plot to get Minka to believe she's on Mars.
    • All the pets perform a rather impressive one in the episode, "If the Shoe Fits", so that they can sneak into the Biskit's birthday party along with stilts and fake arms. Zoe was the head of course since the whole purpose was for her to see her favorite band performing live. Hilarity Ensues so many times since Fischer and Roger wanted to meet them, and not to mention, Pepper's musk, Penny Ling's appetite and Sunil's balancing problems on the stilts caused so many problems, but surprisingly, they managed to make it through the whole party without getting caught (only Blythe figured out it was them).
  • Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own: In the episode, “Spooky Tails”, Trip tells the other pets a spooky campfire story about a scary dog catcher, and he claims he doesn’t get scared. Later that night, the other five pets disguise themselves as the dog catcher from Trip’s story and scare the bajeebies out of him!
  • Stickin' Around: In the episode "Buttnochio", Bradley uses this as an idea to buy him and Stacey one movie ticket for both of them, However, Stacey didn't go with it saying "that it only works on TV," and then witnesses the two bullies pulling it off successfully.
  • In an episode of The Three Friends and Jerry, the four boys do this to pose as two teenagers to sneak into a party to which they weren't invited.
  • In the Pound Puppies (2010) episode "Hail to the Chief", Lucky, Niblet and Strudel do this to try to sneak into the White House. The security guard didn't buy it since the papier-mâché head that Strudel was holding up was not very convincing.
  • Discussed and visualized in the Wander over Yonder episode "The Brainstorm", as Commander Peepers explains his plan to help Lord Hater take over a planet. Hater brings up a scenario asking about the possibility of Wander and Silvia disguising themselves as Hater to turn his troops around. Peepers comes up with the solution to have an X-ray machine on stand-by just in case.
    • In "The Rival", Hater and Peepers sneak onto Dominator's spaceship dressed as one of Emperor Awesome's henchmen.
  • It's done in three episodes of The Little Rascals.
    • In "Yachtsa' Luck", Alfalfa and Spanky don a nautical jacket, cap and eyepatch to pose as "Too-Tall Smith" to recover Waldo's gold coins from two pirates at a tavern. Their cover is blown when the collar of their jacket snags on a low-hanging hook on Waldo's yacht and Spanky walks out from under a dangling Alfalfa.
    • In "Alfalfakazam!", Buckwheat and Porky are revealed to have done this in Spanky's Saw a Woman in Half variant.
    • In "Poached Pooch", Buckwheat and Porky do it again, to hide Pete from the dogcatcher after Butch steals Pete's collar.
  • "Vincent Adultman" in Bojack Horseman. He even fills out the sleeves with a mannequin arm and a broom. If you couldn't tell from his name alone, his understanding of the adult world also more than a little skewed, such as him ordering "an alcohol" at a bar and claiming to work at "a business factory". Not only does nobody question him at all except for Bojack, but Vincent actually carries on a long-term relationship with Princess Caroline.
  • The 7D:
    • In "Hildyrella", the 7D sneak into a beauty pageant that Hildy is in after beating up three guys and de cloaking them. After they got inside, they found out that they ended up posing as the judges.
    • In "Sir Yipsalot and the Goose", Sneezy and Dopey pose as Queen Delightful in front of the Glooms (as a Mythology Gag to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    • In "Knick-Knack Paddywhack", Dopey and Sleepy distract the Glooms as a salesman. Given that Dopey was the one on top, he could not say what exactly they were selling.
    • In a Christmas special, six of the 7D try to pose as a bear so that Grumpy could get a little elf kid to stop bothering him. They were unable to pull it together, and before they could even come out, the elf ended up saving Grumpy from a real bear.
    • In "Surely, You Jest", Hildy makes another one of her attempts to take over Jollywood when she hears Queen Delightful is hiring a court jester. She has Grim and the Crystal Ball go in dressed as a jester to audition. Everyone laughs at the crystal ball's jokes except for Lord Starchbottom who saw through their disguise, but the others didn't realize until Grim bursts out of the disguise laughing his head off.
    • In "Nicely Done & The 7D", Grumpy and Sleepy disguise themselves as Maid Marzipan to sneak into the sheriff's dungeon and rescue Dopey and the Really Nice Guys. Given that Sleepy is the legs, they almost get caught when he briefly falls asleep.
    Grumpy: My legs seem to have fallen asleep. (He kicks his "legs" in frustration)
    Guard: I can hear them snoring.
  • Performed on one of the shorts of Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets. In "A Dreamy-ful Birthday", Pumpkin, Berry and Treasure do this to try to hide Dreamy's birthday cake from her vision.
  • Performed in a classic Felix the Cat silent short "Flim Flam Films" by Felix and three Kittens to sneak into a theatre that doesn't allow cats by using a mannequin as the disguise. they almost succeed until a guard pulls the kitten posing as the mannequin's hat's tail.
  • A more obscure version of this trope was performed on an episode of Jabberjaw where Clamhead and Shelly got turned into sharks. The two of them and Jabber are forced to run an obstacle course for sharks, but they wind up making an escape when they get inside the pipe tunnel and run off with it. Much to her dismay, Shelly was in the middle, despite the fact that it was her idea, and she wasn't too thrilled about Jabber standing on top of her.
  • Martha Speaks:
    • In the episode, "Martha Camps Out", Martha, Helen and Alice dress up as a monster to scare away Ronald and backfire his plot to try to scare them. Skits was also there providing monstrous growls to give it more effect.
    • Martha and Truman perform this during the interlude segment between the episodes, "Cora! Cora! Cora!" and "Cora Encore!"
  • In the T.U.F.F. Puppy episode, "The Curse of King Mutt", Dudley and Kitty disguise themselves as King Mutt with Dudley on Kitty's shoulders.
  • Harvey Beaks: In the episode "Steamgate" Harvey, Fee and Foo attempt this to reveal the friend for Moff that Harvey's been pretending to be, however Foo Blew their disguise once Moff offered Cake to the Trio while in disguise which ends up disappointing Moff.
  • The Snorks: In one episodes All Star and his pals disguise themselves as a Snork Eater.
  • Steven Universe:
    • This is parodied in "Fusion Cuisine", where Garnet, Pearl, and Amethyst fuse into one huge Gem (Alexandrite) in order for all three of them to go to a dinner at once.
    • Once Stevonnie splits apart into Steven and Connie, they are presumed to be this, despite missing the trench coat. Ronaldo is convinced that they are in a more advanced suit, and in "Beach City Drift", Kevin refers to this trope.
    • Later, in "Onion Gang", Onion and his pals pull this off for real. They're so small that, including Steven, there's five of them (plus a baby) in the trenchcoat. Somewhat subverted in that they weren't trying to accomplish any kind of grownup purpose, but just did it to freak people out and take funny pictures of them, something Steven was somewhat alarmed to discover.
  • Danger Mouse In the reboot's episode "Queen of the Weevils" Danger and Penfold disguise themselves to trick the Queen of Weevils into thinking they're Merlon, but Penfold eventually blew their cover.
  • Camp Lazlo:
    • In the episode "Parents Day", Lazlo , Raj , Skip and Chip try to surprise Scoutmaster Lumpus by pretending to be his parents who he hasn't seen in a long time.
    • In "Cheese Orbs", Patsy and Gretchen do this to pose as an alien to scare off everybody.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches
    • In "The Ice Rink", Cockroaches also troubed Oggy by dropping himin cold water below the iceor by wearing a costume to dance on ice with Olivia.
    • In "Party Pooper", Cockroaches disguised as a famous dancer.
    • In "Back to the Past!", Marky and Dee Dee wear a trench coat to school yard pick up Oggy, Jack and Bob were revealed as little kids.
  • Wakfu: In the very first episode, three of Nox's Grouilleux are stacked under a cloak to look more imposing. Grougaloragran just ignores them.
  • In the ChalkZone episode "Teacher's Lounge", Rudy enters ChalkZone to try and find proof of his innocence after Reggie Bullnerd frames him for drawing a canine version of their teacher Mr. Wilter on the chalkboard. He attempts to ask the chalk drawing of Mr. Wilter at the titular Teacher's Lounge, where all chalk drawings of teachers meet, but is denied admittance because only teachers are allowed. He ends up sneaking in by standing on Snap's shoulders and wearing a disguise consisting of glasses, a fake nose and mustache, and a graduation cap and gown.
  • Used by Angela and Hank in the Talking Tom And Friends episode "E-Mail Fail" to sneak into Mr. CEO's office.
  • In the We Bare Bears episode, "Bearz II Men", the bears do this to sneak into a movie theater.
  • Performed in the Camp Camp episode, "Bonjour, Bonauisha".
  • Adventure Time : A bunch of gnomes do this in the episode "Power Animal" to pose as a hefty guy and sneak into Finn and Jake's party, and end up kidnapping Finn.
    • BMO and Ice King do this in the episode "Always BMO Closing" to pretend to be a salesman.
  • In the Legend of the Three Caballeros episode, “No Man is an Easter Island”, Daisy’s nieces, April, May and June, disguise themselves as a waiter to make sure Donald’s date with Daisy goes well. They were off to a clumsy start but made a smooth recovery.
    • In the episode, “Mexico A Go Go”, April and June disguise themselves as Donald to go on a date with Daisy while Donald goes on a mission with the Caballeros. April holds the mirror up against her face while Donald speaks through the mirror. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go well leading Daisy to break up with Donald permanently.
  • In the Robot Chicken episode, "You Mouth is Hanging Off Your Face", a skit based off The Smurfs has Brainy, Jokey, Handy and Hefty do this to purchase Sudafed from a pharmacy.
  • The Deputy Dawg Show had this happen in "Duped Deputy", where Muskie Muskrat, Ty Coon, and Vincent Van Gopher stand on top of each other to disguise themselves as a criminal named Sid E. Slicker.
  • Total Dramarama :
    • Jude and Owen do this in the episode "The Date" to pose as a girlfriend they made up for Chef.
    • In the episode, “That’s a Wrap”, Duncan and Cody dress up as a mummy in the museum to try to scare Courtney.
  • Harold and George do this in an episode of The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants to pose as Their Gym Teacher, Mr. Meaner and sneak into Mr. Krupp's office to steal his rule book. their disguise didn't work however because the real Mr. Meaner was in Mr. Krupp's office and their disguise made him freak out.
  • Used by 2 Crows in the Pink Panther short "Pink On The Cob" after taking a Scarecrow's coat and hat so they can purchase corn from Pink.

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