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  • 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.
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    • 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.
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  • The monster protagonists sometimes use this to pass as human in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 "Always BMO Closing" to pretend to be a salesman.
  • In addition to the movie, this trope was also performed on the All Dogs Go to Heaven TV series.
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    • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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."
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In “The Castle”, Gumball, Darwin and Anais disguise themselves as a pizza delivery guy to try to make an ambush on a bunch of people who invaded their house and refuse to leave. Anais was on the bottom despite being the smallest and the youngest of the trio.
  • Angelina Ballerina: In "The Costume Ball", Angelina and Alice do this in order to sneak into said party. It ends catastrophically.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • In the Barney Bear short “Barney Bear’s Victory Garden”, two crows take on the identity of a scarecrow named Joe Scarecrow while Barney tries to keep his garden protected from the crows.
  • 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!"
  • There is a Betty Boop short where four mice dress up as a mad doctor at a parade.
  • "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.
  • In one episode of Bonkers, Bonkers does this by himself using stilts to pose as Piquel's wife.
  • Brandy & Mr. Whiskers: In "A Little Problem", Whiskers and Gaspar do this to sneak into an amusement park.
  • 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.
  • Camp Lazlo:
    • In "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.
  • Care Bears:
    • In "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chowder: In "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.
  • Class of 3000:
    • Used by Kim, Kam and Eddie to impersonate an alien in "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Danger Mouse: In the reboot 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Dennis The Menace And Gnasher: In "Dennis V.I.P.", Dennis and his friends use this to get into a Ratbucket concert with one ticket.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the DuckTales (2017) episode, “Treasure of the Found Lamp”, in a series of attempts to try to stall Dijnn, Scrooge and Selene pose as a minotaur who quizzes Dijnn with riddles. Scrooge sits on Selene’s shoulders under a cloak holding up a minotaur mask.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • In "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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "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 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 "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 “V is for Mystery”, Stewie and Brian pose as Queen Victoria.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Flintstones:
    • In one episode, 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 the special A Flintstone Family Christmas, Fred and Barney meet Stoney while he and a partner pose as a street-corner Santa.
      Detective: The kid runs this Santa sting with a partner who plays the bottom half.
      Barney: Yeah? Well then, you better put out an APB on his pants.
  • In a episode of The Flintstone Kids Rocky and his gang dress as a Tyrannosaurus Rex to scare Fred and his friends.
  • Performed by Bloo and Wilt on a regular basis in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
    • First seen in "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 "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.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • In "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.
  • 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.
  • 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 "Lethal Goofin'", 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 "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.
  • 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 Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In "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.
  • 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.
  • Harvey Beaks: In "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.
  • 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 "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 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.
  • Inspector Gadget:
    • In "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".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Legend of the Three Caballeros:
    • “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.
    • “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.
  • 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.
  • 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 "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 "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 "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 “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!
  • 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.
  • Martha Speaks:
    • In "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 "Cora! Cora! Cora!" and "Cora Encore!"
  • Muppet Babies (1984):
    • 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.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "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 "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 "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 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh:
    • In "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 "To Catch a Hiccup", Tigger has Owl and Rabbit dress up as a monster to scare the hiccups out of Piglet.
  • 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 "Misfortune Cookie", when they order Chinese food.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: In a segment of Peabody's Improbable History, Peabody and Sherman do this to stand in for an actor on a stage 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 the half-hour Halloween special Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Scarecrow, Scooby and Shaggy at one point get startled by a Cornfield Clem costume worn by two guys standing on top of each other.
  • 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.
  • Done quite a few times on The Simpsons, usually as a parody or Lampshade Hanging.
    • Though they did it straight (with a twist) in "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.
    • 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.
  • The Snorks: In one episode, All Star and his pals disguise themselves as a Snork Eater this way.
  • South Park:
    • In "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.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In "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 "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.
  • 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 trench coat. Somewhat subverted in that they weren't trying to accomplish any kind of grown-up purpose, but just did it to freak people out and take funny pictures of them, something Steven was somewhat alarmed to discover.
  • Stickin' Around: In "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.
  • Stōked: In "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 The Super Mario Bros Super Show! episode "Hooded Robin and his Mario Men", Hooded Robin and Toad dress up a Frygal to distract Fryguy.
  • Sylvester and Hector dress up as Santa Claus in an episode of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries.
  • TaleSpin: In "Stuck on You", Baloo and Don Karnage are forced to do this when the two are near-permanently glued together.
  • Used by Angela and Hank in the Talking Tom And Friends episode "E-Mail Fail" to sneak into Mr. CEO's office.
  • In an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Donatello and Raphael dress up as a ghost to play a trick on Michelangelo.
  • Teen Titans Go!: Raven, Robin, Starfire and Cyborg do this to sneak into an adult workplace in "Beast Man".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In "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).
  • In the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Angel Kittens", the three kittens do this to fool Tom, but Tom doesn't buy it.
  • Total Dramarama:
    • Jude and Owen do this in "The Date" to pose as a girlfriend they made up for Chef.
    • In “That’s a Wrap”, Duncan and Cody dress up as a mummy in the museum to try to scare Courtney.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wakfu: In the very first episode, three of Nox's Grouilleux are stacked under a cloak to look more imposing. Grougaloragran just ignores them.
  • 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.
  • In the We Bare Bears episode "Bearz II Men", the bears do this to sneak into a movie theater.
  • 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.


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