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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })In fiction, full-head pullover latex or silicone masks can be made so perfectly that it is impossible to tell the wearer from the person he is impersonating until the moment he pulls off his face by grabbing an invisible seam at the back of his jaw. Sometimes the mask is pulled off by grabbing the top of the head.
Even close acquaintances and family members will be fooled. Masks of this quality can completely alter the shape of the wearer's face and head, even to the point of making them thinner or smaller as needed, regardless of common sense or physical law. If you want to make out with someone while wearing one, don't worry—the person you're kissing will never notice your face feels like rubber rather than skin. Best of all for those who need them, masks of such exquisite detail can be made without resorting to casting the face of the target—a couple of small black-and-white photos will do just fine as a reference.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })Typically, a mask like this can even easily mimic the wearers' expression, making it easier to fool others. In animation, the wearer's eyes can sometimes change to match the eyes of who he is impersonating, or the mask may have molded on eyes that seem to be come real when the mask is worn. Regardless, the mask will almost always have eyelids that blink with the wearer's, something that is rare with such masks in real life.
This is the number one tool of the Master of Disguise. It's not seen nearly as often in modern TV, but it still lurks about and surfaces every now and then. The Darkman movies, for example, and the opening of the first Charlie's Angels film. Sometimes the unmasking is done in a rather dramatic manner.
If a man disguises as a woman this way, the unmasking can often be seen as an Unsettling Gender Reveal.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })Another variation of this involves the use of a full rubber bodysuit that is unzipped down the front or the back for the reveal, usually used more in animation.
This trope can be nightmare fuel for some people, especially if it's accompanied by a graphic "peel-the-face-off" shot (and it often is). Woe to the Masklophobic who runs into a film using this trope (especially if they don't know it's coming) and gets treated to seeing an actor remove their face.
If it's around Halloween, then this trope may come into play, as that's the time of year when people can be expected to wear rubber masks.
The exact polar opposite of Latex Perfection is the Paper-Thin Disguise. A usual technique is to use a different actor under the "mask" (Compare Magic Plastic Surgery for another method of "explaining" how one actor can suddenly perfectly resemble another). Remember, We Will Not Use Stage Makeup In The Future, and the latex mask will be subsumed by Applied Phlebotinum.
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The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo was one of the few continuities where the gang mainly fought real supernatural threats, but the episode "Ship of Ghouls" featured a ghost wear a lifelike mask when disguising himself as Captain Ferguson.
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A staple of the Canadian action show F/X: The Series. Averted in the sense that lead character and makeup/effects artist Rollie Tyler often takes several hours to create the masks he wears, which are applied as separate strips with supplemental makeup. The same goes for his arch-nemesis, Victor Loubar. On the other hand, they do fall prey to the "extrapolate the face from a few photos" setup.
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Sherlock: One of the theories for Sherlock's survival in "The Empty Hearse" involves Moriarty's body being with a latex mask of Sherlock's face good enough to fool John.
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Mrs. Doubtfire seriously abused this trope, as Robin Williams' character would duck into a rest room to put on his "old woman" disguise in a matter of seconds, in spite of the fact that the "making of" documentary on the DVD explained that it took several hours to apply the mask to the actor's face.
What's more, it seems to be realistically painstaking and time-consuming the first few times he puts on his disguise, but that gets set aside in favor of the Rule of Funny for later scenes, where he not only changes in and out of the disguise in seconds, but he manages to fit everything he needs in a large lady's handbag.
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Seen in some episodes of Pretty Little Liars, most notably Mona disguised as Melissa in the series finale. The recurring villain A.D. also often did this, later revealed to be Spencer's twin sister in the finale. Bonus points for A.D. often using actual silicone rubber masks instead of just CGI and switching actors.
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Professor Layton and the Curious Village has Don Paolo disguising himself as Detective Chelmey with a mask featuring a full body suit. It gets more ridiculous in the second game where he disguises himself as Flora who is about half his size.
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The Sheepish Wolf (1942) ends with a twist on the old wolf-in-sheep's-clothing gag (ala "The Far Side").
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Gosho Aoyama frequently employs this trope in his manga, Detective Conan and Magic Kaito. This makes sense in the context of manga where people from both the good and bad sides need to disguise for undercover missions, as well as a thief who needs to do so to facilitate his operations.
Kid in Magic Kaito uses masks pretty much all the time. Given that he's also a magician, he can pull off not only facial masks, but also whole body masks, which has helped him fool his nemesis, inspector Nakamori, every single time.
He often appears in in Detective Conan and is pitted against its protagonist Conan. He can disguise as anyone, but often as Conan's acquaintances (Ran, inspector Nakamori, Sera), although his lack of knowledge about them (especially their habits or demeanors) has been critical in helping Conan expose him.
Shinichi's mother, Yukiko, is very talented in making masks so convincing they fool her son (shrunk into a little kid known as Conan) into thinking his parents are kidnappers. While not being pointlessly used for pranking her son, her masks have been crucial in the fight against the Black Organization.
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Done when the security chief in Swamp Thing removes his mask, revealing himself to be the main villain Anton Arcane.
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Batman: Although False Face is supposed to be an expert at this, pretty much anyone in this series can pull it off.
Episode "Smack in the Middle". The Riddler's henchwoman Molly puts on a mask made from Robin's face and masquerades as him.
Episode "Batman Sets the Pace". At the end of the episode, a mask is pulled off the face of the Maharajah of Nimpa, revealing him to be the Joker in disguise.
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In Tales of Monkey Island, LeChuck is turned into a human. During a conversation in the second episode, Guybrush can test this theory by pulling on LeChuck's face, thinking he might be wearing a mask. He's not.
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Doraemon: In "Noby, the Great Illusionist", Noby uses a Full-Body Disguise of Sneech's mother to retrieve his rare Cardosaurus card from Sneech, and later uses a similar disguise of Big G's sister to retrieve his Beast Mask comic from Big G. Both times, he uses latex masks of whoever he is disguised as that fit perfectly over his head.
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Done twice in a single episode of Alias, and then never seen or heard of again.
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MADtv: Parodied in a sketch spoofing Arnold Schwarzenegger in his new movie Stolen Identity 3 ("Because sequels make more money at the box office!") where one of the Arnolds tries to tell his clone that he's the real one by pulling off his latex mask... to reveal the exact same face underneath.
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In another particularly egregious example, aliens in V (1983) used latex masks to disguise themselves as human despite having noticeably larger heads (thereby causing some problems for the makers of the action figures).
In the episode "The Secret Underground", the Resistance Duo Mike and Juliet board the main mother ship, undercover as Visitor scientists disguised as humans (while wearing the Visitors' distinctive orange jumpsuits), and at one point, Diana nearly catches Mike and Julie, until our heroes peel off their latex masks to reveal Reptilian heads underneath, thus letting them pass without any trouble. But in the next scene, it's revealed that the Resistance Duo "impersonators" are indeed the real Resistance Duo, wearing latex Reptilian masks and having pulled masks resembling their human selves over their scaly disguises (we don't see them peel off their Visitor heads, although we do clearly see them peeling off the human masks to reveal their alien masks). Then when Mike and Juliet make their getaway, they knock out two unmasked Visitors and slide their human masks from their earlier charade onto their Reptilian heads to fool Diana.
In V: The Final Battle, a Visitor fifth columnist disguises himself as Mike Donovan to make Diana believe Donovan has been killed.
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In the 2009 version of V, the aliens cover themselves in human skin that grows and ages with their bodies. In fact, one of Anna's preferred execution methods is skinning. The V in question dies a very painful death, despite his own skin remaining intact.
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The Cheers episode "The Improbable Dream" includes this reason why Sam might not want to date Rebecca.
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At SummerSlam 2005, a man in the crowd tried to attack The Undertaker during his match with Randy Orton. Undertaker hesitated to strike the man, mistaking him for an overzealous civilian, but the distraction allowed Randy to beat him. The man then pulled apart his prosthetic latex mask to reveal he was Randy's father Cowboy Bob Orton, and the Ortons mocked Undertaker for falling for his disguise.
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The Simpsons:
"The Monkey Suit" parodied this. After Bart tries to have Milhouse stand in for Lisa (by wearing Lisa's clothes and a wig of her distinct hairdo), Bart tells Milhouse he can take off the wig, to which Milhouse responds in Nelson's voice "I'm Nelson," then peels off his mask to reveal Nelson underneath, which is then followed by a puzzle-piece transition to the next scene with spy-like music playing (ala The Saint). This also occurs at the end of the episode, when Nelson impersonates Todd Flanders.
Played straight in "The Great Money Caper," "Lisa Gets an 'A'" (the trope image), "How I Wet Your Mother" and "The Frying Game," among a few others.
Another memorable example was in "Burns' Heir," when the evil Mr. Burns hired three actors to portray Homer, Marge, and Lisa to fool Bart into thinking via a hidden camera that the family does not love him anymore. While their disguises were physically flawless, they performed with deadpan delivery and off-sounding voices, most notably "Homer" uttering "B'oh" (rather than "D'oh.") They briefly peel off their latex masks when Mr. Burns complains about their second-rate performance. The actor in the Homer mask looks strikingly similar to Michael Caine, Marge is really a hot, black-haired, Asian woman, and Lisa is actually a crossdressing Estonian dwarf.
It's taken Up to Eleven in "Paths of Glory," with Groundskeeper Willie Disguised in Drag as a beautiful, slender blonde female in a latex mask and torso, with tools in a bra for the breasts.
It's implied this is how Sideshow Bob disguised as Krusty the Clown, to frame him for robbing the Kwik-E-Mart. But Bart uncovered his plan when he saw in the security camera footage that Homer accidentally stepped on "Krusty's" unusually large foot, whereas the real Krusty has little feet under his big shoes.
Chief Wiggum referenced this trope at the end of Part 1 of "Who Shot Mr. Burns," claiming the victim was actually an impostor in a mask, until he tugs at his face a bit. "Wait, it is Burns. His wrinkly skin l-looks like a mask."
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In Ex Machina, the skin on the robots is easily moved from robot to robot and blends with no seams.
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In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the hi-tech version previously seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier makes several appearances, first appearing in the episode "Face My Enemy" and mostly used by Agent 33 as the events of "Face My Enemy" leave her with the mask permentatly fused to her face.
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Spoofed in an issue of Rat-Man with a similar premise, where the old shopkeeper the young woman agent is disguised as is actually an old woman identical to her former appearance under the young woman mask. Also, her pet cat is actually a guard dog in disguise.
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Quite a few examples from the Looney Tunes cartoons from Warner Bros. Animation also often employed the mask device as well, typically when a surprise ending/gag is needed, or when wearing a cheesy disguise would not work...
A rare World War II-era cartoon titled I Got Plenty of Mutton (1944) has a wolf trying to snatch some sheep from a big ram named Hercules. For a good bulk of the cartoon, he decides to disguise himself as a sexy ewe and tries to lure the horny ram to his doom. The latter part doesn't go so well, but the attracting bit works all too well.
What Makes Daffy Duck (1947) has Daffy Duck masquerade as a ranger dog near the end.
Odor-Able Kitty (1945) has a cat (already painted up to look like a skunk) hiding from Pepé Le Pew disguise in a completely convincing Bugs Bunny costume and mask, which Pepe instantly sees through.
The ending of Scent-Imental Over You (1947) has Pepe Le Pew peel off his skin to reveal a dog underneath when "confessing" to a chihuahua who had been wearing a skunk fur, then removes his dog mask revealing Pepe's true skunk features once again.
The Sheepish Wolf (1942) ends with a twist on the old wolf-in-sheep's-clothing gag (ala "The Far Side").
Tex Avery's Of Fox and Hounds (1940) has George Fox masquerade as another dog to fool his adversaries, most notably the dopey hunting dog Wiloughby.
Paying the Piper (1949) features a cat disguising himself in a convincing rat suit and mask to fool Pied Piper Porky.
Don't Give Up the Sheep (1952) has Ralph Wolf disguise himself flawlessly as Fred Sheepdog in a realistic latex mask and suit, but Sam Sheepdog sees through his disguise and hits him on the head with a club, to which his growing head bump stretches and pops the mask off.
Muzzle Tough (1954) has Sylvester disguise himself full-body as a very cute and attractive female dog to lure away Hector, but instead it fools the dog catcher! Then Sylvester makes the mistake of removing the dog mask in front of the other dogs inside the truck...
Fowl Weather (1953) has Sylvester wear a convincing (and quite expressive) goat mask when hiding behind a fence and infiltrating Tweety, though Tweety instantly detects him as the "puddy tat".
The 1948 Warner movie Two Guys from Texas featured an animated dream sequence (directed by Warner Bros. Animation's Friz Freleng) in which an animated Danny Foster (Jack Carson) is entertaining a flock of sheep by playing a piccolo, but then his rival Steve Carroll (Dennis Morgan) shows up and slips into a realistic 'toon wolf costume and mask (complete with giving him 'toony eyes and becoming completely unrecognizable), which also includes a bowtie, tuxedo jacket and straw boater hat, gets out a music sheet setup and wolf-whistles to attract the other sheep, then peels off his wolf mask once he has their attention, thus causing all the sheep to gallop over to him in excitement. Bugs Bunny then helps Dan with a plan to get the sheep back; as Steve is singing to the swooning sheep, Dan puts on a similar 'toon wolf suit and mask (but without the straw boater) and tries badly singing the same song as Steve is, except here he forgot to take off his mask, so the sheep toss their sneakers at the "wolf" and then a large fat Indian lady comes up and chases Danny away (a running gag in the film itself).
The 2000 direct-to-video movie Tweety's High Flying Adventure has a couple instances of this; a human hot dog man in New York City turns out to be Sylvester in a rubber mask, spying on Tweety and his friend Aoogah, and then at the end, one of the businessmen that Colonel Rimfire was talking with earlier in the film pulls his rubber human mask off to reveal Cool Cat.
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Totally Spies!. "That's not sweat. That's latex!"
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White Chicks (the Wayans Brothers' semi-ripoff of Some Like It Hot) featured secret agent brothers Kevin and Marcus Copeland (played by Shawn and Marlon Wayans) disguising as Caucasian blond-haired co-eds (though they seem to resemble pale-faced lower-voiced imitations of the girls rather than perfect replicas), and like the case with Mrs. Doubtfire, prosthetic appliances are used to make the brothers look like white females, with regular latex masks used as props for unmasking scenes.
However, it has to be given with them an example in one of the beach scenes, in which Marcus appears in disguise, wearing a bikini! White-skin-colored body, fake boobs and all! (specifically the part in which "she" is sunbathing when Latrell (Terry Crews) unexpectedly casts his shadow over "her" just by standing by).
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During the 1989 season of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, the Turtles had disguises made by April's TV studio consisting of latex masks that resemble generic male bald humans. Usually they would simply wear these masks with only trenchcoats and nothing else (not even caring if their true turtle hands are exposed). Raphael initially doubts this will work...
On another occasion, Raphael wanted to be a Master of Disguise and made himself up with latex to look like the gangster Mad Dog. Of course in classic cartoon tradition, a mix-up occurs and the real Mad Dog winds up with the turtles, and Raphael winds up with the gang Mad Dog works with.
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Happy Birthday to Me: Ann is able to impersonate Ginny by wearing a latex mask made for her by Alfred that makes her Ginny's exact duplicate.
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Dr. Marlena Evans from Days of Our Lives was shocked when she witnessed her then husband Roman Brady committing a murder, thus revealing him to be the Salem slasher. However several episodes later, "Roman" pulled off his face mask to reveal that it was actually Tony Di Mera underneath, seemingly having undergone a Face–Heel Turn, or was it?. The murderer turned out in the end to be Andre, Tony's identical cousin.
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Partly adverted in a Spirou and Fantasio story where a latex mask is used to frame Fantasio. While the mask is good enough to fool people watching him on TV or from afar, it always keeps the same, smiling expression, and the guy under the mask has a similar frame. He also never meets a close relative of Fantasio's while masked.
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Orochimaru of Naruto puts his own unique spin on this trope. He's able to perfectly disguise the face of his current host body to look exactly like his old face using his skin-shedding jutsu. On top of that he also has a habit of wearing other people's faces as a real disguise. Not masks of other people; he peels their faces off and wears them.
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An episode of The Dukes of Hazzard used this trope to try and ruin Bo and Luke Duke's reputations. Boss Hogg apparently found a fellow who made such masks to order from people's photographs.
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Handsome Jack of Borderlands 2 wears a mask that perfectly replicates his original appearance, down to facial movements, and looks exactly like he used to. The trope is subverted in that the metal clips holding the mask to his face are obvious, spoiling the effect somewhat.
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Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon ended with Scooby-Doo playing the role of Dynomutt in a new movie wearing a very lifelike Dynomutt mask and suit.
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Modesty Blaise: In "Butch Cassidy Rides Again", the gang uses latex masks to make themselves appear identical to the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang.
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The trope of disguising oneself using a ludicrously realistic mask is used in the Darkwing Duck episode "Merchant of Menace" when Weasel Lowman uses such a mask to impersonate Herbert Muddlefoot.
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G.I. Joe:
Zartan. In fairness, he was also a trained contortionist and master of voice mimicry, but even so. In the movie, he achieves it through surgery. His siblings, Zandar and Zarana, were also masters of this.
The Baroness also frequently did this as part of her schemes to capture the G.I. Joes. Sometimes she'd team up with Zartan, with both of them in disguise. A random woman would often peel off her mask and wig to reveal the Baroness. In one instance, she actually dressed up as Lady Jaye, and vice-versa. Heck, she once dressed as a man (specifically, the cameraman of Hector Ramirez) as part of a plot to discredit G.I. Joe's purpose. Said man had a briefcase he constantly kept very close hold of... so the Baroness could keep her chest hidden behind it.
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Spoofed in Sledge Hammer!: the female KGB spy turned out to be a male KGB spy behind a latex mask, however, the rest of the bodily alterations were apparently permanent (so that he/she could win the Miss Iron Curtain pageant).
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Steps Trodden Black features these in the stinger, with Men in Black Jinx and Meddler revealing themselves to be aliens. Justified in that they're implied to be made from still living cloned human flesh, they aren't disguised as anyone specific, and all Meddler is really doing is changing his skin color.
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Scrubs:
Spoofed in the episode "My Balancing Act". In one of JD's daydreams, Dr. Kelso pulls off his face to reveal Carrot Top underneath.
In another JD's mental opera singer (don't ask) interrupts him just as he's about to kiss what is clearly an attractive woman. The singer pulls off her wig (and only a wig), revealing an ugly guy in drag, complete with facial hair.
In yet another example, JD is wondering how he could use the Janitor's fear of Carla to his advantage. The fantasy cut is to a straightforward scene of Carla telling the Janitor to leave JD alone, but then she doesn't know how to speak Spanish, which tips the Janitor off to the fact that it is JD in an implausibly good disguise. When he takes off the mask, JD is revealed, still in a nurse's uniform, but suddenly with his own figure.
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In the Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon episode "Batteries Not Included", one of the Funbusters used a life-like mask to disguise himself as a kindly toy store owner named Mr. Killjoy.
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Spoofed at the start of Austin Powers. Austin reveals that a woman is actually a man in disguise. The scene is done with special effects worthy of the 60s, where the actress playing the spy is obviously a (good looking) woman until the camera angle changes as Austin pulls off "his" hair, the actress having been replaced by a bulky man in Drag.
Subverted later when Powers tries to recreate his triumph by assaulting a woman and trying to pull off her wig, only to be told she's actually an innocent woman. In fact, his boss's mother.
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The Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Affairweather Friends" had Berry try to make Bloo hers by disguising herself as a rich kid named Barry. Her disguise was actually convincing up until her masquerade was exposed.
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Could be said of Quaid's fat lady disguise in the original Total Recall (1990).
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Its sister show Animaniacs also had quite a few mask scenes as well, but not as much as Tiny Toon Adventures did. Some notable examples include in "Chalkboard Bungle" when the Warners impersonated their teacher Miss Flameel near the end (with Dot on top wearing the mask and easily imitating Miss Flameel's voice, thanks to Dot and Miss Flameel both being voiced by the same actress), and "The Three Muska-Warners" with a Honeymooners-esque ending where the Warners announce the people playing the king, the wizard and the window wiper, who all unmask to reveal actors and actresses from the Honeymooners (the King is played by Sheila MacRea, the Wiper is played by Art Carney, etc.)
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Played straight in The Face of Another. A man whose face was burned off in an industrial accident gets a flawless latex mask. The doctor suggests he wear sunglasses as the join around the eyes might show, but as it turns out even that isn't necessary. The mask then undermines the man's sanity.
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In an episode of King of the Hill, this trope is referenced when Dale hatches a ridiculous scheme to sue a tobacco company for five thousand dollars. They counter sue him for a larger amount, and Dale decides to step up his game a bit. Hank tells him what a dumbass he's being, and tells him that if he drops the lawsuit they might go easy on him. Dale is instantly suspicious and suspects Hank of being the company's CEO in disguise due to his 'insight'. He then demands Hank remove his "false face" by grabbing behind his jaw and pulling with a flourish. He even demonstrates the technique with an imaginary mask. Hank refuses and Dale grabs at his hand, prompting Hank to slap him away. Dale tells him he just earned himself an assault charge. Later in the episode, when they actually go to court and he meets the CEO, Dale's response is "Wait... if you're here... THEN WHO'S THAT?!", with him pointing at an annoyed Hank.
This trope is used in an episode of the recurring Spanish-language Show Within a Show Monsignor Martinez that Peggy watches in "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret Hill." A villain disguises himself as Monsignor using a realistic latex mask, leading into a Spot the Impostor moment. Naturally, after the impostor is defeated and unmasked, Monsignor shoots him.
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Parodied in Sam & Max: Freelance Police. When the trusted doctor reveals himself to be the big bad (and a woman) by removing a mask, the reaction is simply "Oh, that old parlor trick. We can top that!" Sam, Max, and the Geek then each remove several layers of masks (even including masks of Sonny Bono and Cher!) , but eventually stop when the villain orders them to (and they return to their normal faces off-screen).
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By Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the CIA seems to take a dim view of the IMF's face-scanning technology, with agent August Walker likening it to a Halloween costume. It still fools Walker enough to spill the beans in front of who he thinks is Solomon Lane.
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Bonkers has done this quite a bit as well, such as the means of The Collector's toon disguise in "Gone Bonkers", a duck suit that Lucky reluctantly wears to go undercover in "The Cheap Sheep Sweep," a ghost playing the Mirror Routine on Bonkers in "When the Spirit Moves You" (similar to the Scooby-Doo example above) and others.
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Lindsey Stirling's collaboration with The Piano Guys on the Mission: Impossible theme. After successfully stealing a sheet of music from the eye-patched villain, Stirling gets knocked out by her accomplice, who takes off his face to reveal he's the villain.
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What Makes Daffy Duck (1947) has Daffy Duck masquerade as a ranger dog near the end.
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Harvey Dent uses one of these in The Long Halloween.
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In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Dark Smoke Puncher wears a completely convincing latex mask over his ninja mask three times. It is, however, justified as working best for wrinkly faces, especially obscured with facial hair. Even though right after explaining this, it's still considered "impossibly perfect" in-universe.
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Used more improbably than usual in an episode of The Wild Wild West when Artemus Gordon wears one latex mask under another for a double reveal, (when he impersonates the henchman Leto impersonating him.) In the following episodes, "Artie" often use disguises with makeup, fake noses, fake bald cups to the point he is barely recognizable
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Freakazoid! has a full body suit of himself in one episode, where Lobe is trying to remove his brain to find out: What makes him tick?
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Kid in Magic Kaito uses masks pretty much all the time. Given that he's also a magician, he can pull off not only facial masks, but also whole body masks, which has helped him fool his nemesis, inspector Nakamori, every single time.
He often appears in in Detective Conan and is pitted against its protagonist Conan. He can disguise as anyone, but often as Conan's acquaintances (Ran, inspector Nakamori, Sera), although his lack of knowledge about them (especially their habits or demeanors) has been critical in helping Conan expose him.
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The villain of the Mann & Machine episode "Mann's Fate" uses latex masks to disguise himself first as an electrician, then as a security guard in order to get into the buildings where he wants to plant bombs.
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Interestingly, in the first movie Tom Cruise actually did play a guest character (a senator) who as Ethan Hunt he later impersonated.
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The 1988 movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit featured the evil human villain Judge Doom (played by Christopher Lloyd) revealing himself to be an evil maniacal 'toon in disguise wearing a latex mask and a human suit. We don't see Doom unmask or a glimpse of his true identity, and the only traces of his 'toon form are his glowing evil eyes (which were hidden by prosthetic contact lenses resembling human eyeballs) and his yellow hand which can change into an anvil and buzzsaw (hidden by a black glove), and ends up melted by his own dip, and all that remains is his human mask and clothes. After this scene, a brief sequence can be seen where a sheep peels off his sheep disguise to reveal Disney's Big Bad Wolf - a literal Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
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Could be said of the full-body cow disguise used in Top Secret!; the rubber bovine suit becomes totally realistic when put on, despite having obviously painted-on brown spots and black rubber boots instead of hooves (done via mixing in shots of a real cow with the painted spots and boots). The disguise works well enough for the two men inside the suit to slip past the guards, and it even manages to fool a young calf (who sucks the udder, presumably giving the guy in the back a blowjob that surprisingly arouses him) and a larger male bull (don't ask!)
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The Twilight Zone (1959): In "Hocus-Pocus and Frisby", the aliens use masks which perfectly hide their true appearance. Somerset Frisby shatters their leader's mask when he punches him in the face.
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A very extreme example of this is featured in the Anonymous Rex novels, where the whole premise is that dinosaurs are still alive, just disguised as humans. Using very complicated latex costumes. Egad.
The TV movie adaptation had the dinosaurs hide themselves using Hard Light holographic projections...is that better?
Setting aside that the movie kind of sucked, this is revealed in one scene to be a recent switch — as in, probably in the last couple years. The characters need decoys, so they pull out the old latex costumes, which, aside from being terrifying and obvious fakes, don't look too much different from the holodisguises the characters are using right now.
The books Hand Wave the "elaborate costume" trick by saying it's also part evolution; the dinosaurs (which, undisguised, are quite dinosaur-shaped, if human-sized) have developed soft, rubbery skeletons so that they can fit into the costumes without, for example, having an elongated velociraptor snout poking out of a human face. It works if you're willing to ignore the fact that this pretty much defeats the purpose of having a skeleton to begin with.
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The Silence of the Hams: This is parodied in the ending, when basically every character in the film reveals themselves to be wearing a latex mask (e.g. Antonio's mother disguising herself as her son, Detective Balsam disguising himself as Lily, Jo disguising himself as Antonio's mother's corpse). It's so prolongued that by the end the characters are placing bets on it.
At the end, Alfred Hitchcock appears to kill the director of the film in a "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody, but then peels off his latex mask to reveal he's actually Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza (played by Dom De Luise).
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Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo has Zenigata yanking on a security guard's face in the opening, just to see if it's Lupin in disguise. Later on, it turns out it was, but he has switched to using a stronger glue to hold his masks on.
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This Youtube Poop "The Age-Old Mask Device" combines it with Your Television Hates You.
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The James Bond film From Russia with Love contains one of the earliest examples. The Action Prologue has Bond being killed by the assassin Red Grant, only to reveal it's a SPECTRE mook wearing his face in a Deadly Graduation.
A nice variation ten years later in Live and Let Die, the masked man, in a fit of frustration, grabs his nose and pulls it, stretching and removing the latex in pieces. A satisfyingly disturbing reveal.
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Captain America: Civil War: Implied when Zemo disguises himself as Bucky Barnes, explicitly with facial prosthesis and a wig. We only ever see the disguise in blurry news footage, so it might have been imperfect.
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Subverted in Minority Report, where several years in the future Tom Cruise's character injects himself with something in a pen-syringe that makes the skin on his face droop dramatically. It doesn't change his face into any other identity, but it does disguise his identity, which is all he needs.
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Parodied in a MAD story that is supposedly teaching readers how to make a parody comic. At the end, the two main characters (Brutus and Marc Anthony, as this was supposed to be a Julius Caesar parody) start unmasking themselves to reveal they're someone else, and it goes over and over with the two guys removing thousands of masks. The narrator comments that "Unmasking scenes are great to end a story. Everyone takes off their masks and reveal that the bad guy is not really a bad guy and the good guy is not really a good guy... also, I'm not the real narrator and this is not MAD...", with the last panel showing the narrator unmask himself to reveal he was Marilyn Monroe all along, and also unmasks the panel revealing a Mickey Mouse comic underneath.
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Partially averted by Darkman, whose synthetic skin (not latex) masks are only really convincing when he backs up the deception by researching his target's voice and mannerisms. The substance the masks themselves are made of is seen as a technological breakthrough in itself, the MacGuffin of the film.
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The Misfits' pal, Clash is quite guilty of this trope. Her best known disguise is her attempt to fake Jem from "One Jem Too Many".
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Speaking of Octopus, there's the face camo that Snake nabs off of Laughing Octopus in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which is somewhat of a justified example, if only because it's explicitly tech and not just a fancy disguise. Still, it does have the problem that it has nowhere to breathe out of.
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In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man Lex Luthor dresses up as Superman and makes Lois Lane and Mary Jane Watson disappear. Not only was his Superman mask real good but he also manages to look as muscular as Superman.
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Captain America: The First Avenger: Seen for the Red Skull's human disguise. The mask slips a few times before he finally does away with it completely.
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The comic book series (and, briefly, TV series) Human Target starred Christopher Chance, a man who is paid to mimic people who have been targeted for assassination. The twist in later versions was that he was so good at mimicking them, he would sometimes forget who he really was.
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Used frequently in The X-Files spinoff The Lone Gunmen.
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Marvel Cinematic Universe:
Captain America: The First Avenger: Seen for the Red Skull's human disguise. The mask slips a few times before he finally does away with it completely.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Natasha uses a hi-tech version to impersonate Hawley of the World Security Council.
Captain America: Civil War: Implied when Zemo disguises himself as Bucky Barnes, explicitly with facial prosthesis and a wig. We only ever see the disguise in blurry news footage, so it might have been imperfect.
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This was stolen from Paperinik stories: Latex Perfection is one of Paperinik's (Donald Duck's superhero/antihero alter ego) most used tricks (something he inherited by Fantomius, the Gentleman Thief whose journal inspired him), and his trademark disguise is to wear a Donald mask over his usual domino mask, helping his Clark Kenting (after all, how do you know that Paperinik isn't wearing his domino mask over a Donald mask?).
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In spite of his known penchant for elaborate pranks, Ian of Stark Raving Mad manages to fool Henry and the audience for an entire episodeEpisode  "Coffin to Go'' by disguising himself as a funeral home employee.
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A high quality rubber mask was worn by a bank robber in an episode of NUMB3RS and it was totally convincing, though the wearer wasn't impersonating anyone in particular, just concealing his own appearance.
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In Sillage, Nävis often wears a semi-liquid symbiote over her skin. Since she is the only human in a giant space fleet composed of thousands of species, normal disguise wouldn't be very effective. As a bonus, the symbiote adjusts her metabolism and immune system for No Biochemical Barriers and serves as Translator Microbes.
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Supergirl:
In a non-canonical The Death of Superman story written by Jerry Siegel (Superman #149), Kara finally reveals herself to the public by crashing a party the bad guys are throwing in a full Superman suit and mask, then removing it to reveal herself.
One time, Superman was unable to save an alien woman, but fortunately for him, she was actually Supergirl in disguise.
The Matrix Supergirl did this quite a bit for some time, before she briefly gained the ability to shapeshift.
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It's even in Adventures of the Gummi Bears, out of all places, in the episode "Never Give a Gummi an Even Break"; first Cubbi Gummi scares Grammi with an orc mask as a prank, and then an elf named Carney disguises himself as a Gummi Bear as a sideshow exhibit wearing a particularly convincing rubber mask that manages to fool Grammi and take him in. But once she figures out the trick, she allows Carney to capture them for the sideshow, where an accident causes Grammi's mask to fall off and reveal a human woman underneath (that looks suspiciously like her voice actress June Foray), but once the coast is clear and the Gummis are safe, Grammi removes the old woman mask to reveal her true self once again.
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The Great Mouse Detective had Basil of Baker Street disguise himself as a white Chinese mouse, complete with stretchy rubber mask and an inflatable bodysuit, during his introduction, despite taking place in 1897 before latex masks were invented.
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Goosebumps occasionally used this trope, as well as the spin-off TV series, but perhaps the most famous use was in "The Haunted Mask" stories, where whoever wears a creepy, hyper-realistic mask that was taken from a mysterious party shop is transformed; the mask attaches to his or her face and takes over the mind of the wearer, making him or her act evil. In the sequel ("The Haunted Mask II"), a mask resembling a ghoulish old man even goes as far as making its victim wearer become very old and weak.
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Parodied in German comedy Neues vom Wixxer where one of the characters dons a perfect latex mask that looks exactly like his face, just with added moustache. In the original Der Wixxer main antagonist wears such a mask over his trademark bulky skull mask.
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The Ren & Stimpy Show:
Spoofed at the end of the episode "Aloha Hoek"; the Gainax Ending features Stimpy mourning the loss of the seemingly-deceased Ren, only to be interrupted by his buzzing wristwatch. In the next shot of them they suddenly look all bulgy with empty eyeholes and exposed zippers and mask-lines, and they both tug their Ren and Stimpy masks off to reveal they are actually two human vaguely "Russian" spies (who resemble Soviet versions of Fred and Barney for some reason) and riding off in a Russian submarine.
Another spoof occurred at the end of the episode "Eat My Cookies," where Ren and Stimpy join a girl scout group. The head baret girl (voiced by Rosie O' Donnell in a guest appearance) says they will now share their biggest secret, and the girls proceed to unzip themselves to reveal old businessmen underneath. Then Stimpy follows suit (no pun intended), and then Ren comments "When in Rome" and unzips himself to reveal his own skeleton underneath.
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Parodied in Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th when the survivors try to discover the true identity of the killer, revealing hundreds of masks before getting the answer.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The villain in "A Man Alone" disguises himself this way. Odo isn't fooled.
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Arthur sometimes does this, mostly during fantasy/dream sequences Buster comes up with (often involving aliens or super villains), though one exception was the ending to "The Boy Who Cried Comet", when all of the cast members peel off their masks to reveal they are actually aliens.
The Teaser to the Halloween Episode "The Fright Stuff" has Arthur explain about practical jokes, until another Arthur (with white hands) appears from behind a tree. Arthur unmasks his doppelgänger to reveal Buster, who then unmasks the original Arthur to reveal Francine. But then Buster is unmasked to reveal he's actually Binky, who pulls off Francine's head to reveal no head underneath; but then Arthur's head pops up from in his shirt, revealing that was another prank.
The Brain lampshades this in one episode, when he and Binky are watching an episode of The Bionic Bunny Show, and the Brain is unimpressed at how predictable it is, and he knows when the villain, Dr. Fowl (a chicken) will reveal his Evil Plan, which will be robbing banks dressed as Bionic Bunny (and he slips on a rubber mask of him while explaining this.) The Brain's reaction resulted in the quote at the top of the page.
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In The Butchers, Jack the Ripper wears a mask that not only makes her look hideously disfigured but hides her long black hair.
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Partly subverted on The A-Team. Hannibal Smith used disguises like this frequently, but just to hide his own appearance, not look like any other specific person. Usually to screen people he would "send" to the A-Team later. He also apparently had a few regular personae.
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Catherine Martel from Twin Peaks fakes her death after the fire burns down the mills, and comes back disguised as a Japanese business man. In fact the actor Piper Laurie had to come on set disguised in order to keep the plot twist a secret and she managed to fool a couple of the other actors; including her on-screen husband.
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The big reveal at the end of Murder by Death is that Bensonmum, after being accused of murdering Lionel Twain using increasingly outlandish deductions by all the assembled Agatha Christiesque detectives, pulls off a mask that he is really — Lionel Twain. And then, after all the detectives go home, he then pulls off another mask to reveal he's really — the mute maid, who laughs very vocally.
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In My Immortal, Lord Voldemort and the "Death Dealers" are able to disguise themselves as the band My Chemical Romance simply by donning masks. Why they didn't use Polyjuice Potion is never explained. It's that kind of fic.
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The Following averts this in a way in its second season. Followers of the first season's antagonist continue his work while wearing latex masks of him. The result is particularly effective, since the masks are much more realistic and not "perfect" in the sense of this page, and so drop the people wearing them straight into Uncanny Valley.
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In earlier issues of Daredevil, he disguised himself like The Mighty Thor to attract Mr. Hyde and Cobra, usual foes of the Nordic God. Thor himself said that it was like looking in a mirror. DD even used some skin-coloured latex to cover his costume and resemble the naked arms of Thor. Yeah.
A few issues later, DD participates on a movie with the Stunt-Master. The Stilt-Man knocks down SM and disguises his face to look like him. In about five minutes.
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The Assignment (1997) has a nice twist. A former lover of terrorist Carlos the Jackal goes to meet him after several years apart. She enters his safehouse only to be grabbed by a bald-headed man with a mustache who threatens to kill her (and other things) if she doesn't reveal where Carlos is. She denies ever knowing anyone of that name, whereupon the man peels off a latex headpiece and removes his fake mustache to reveal a smiling Carlos. He's the kicker: it's not actually Carlos, but an intelligence agent who looks like him and has been trained to impersonate him. It wasn't a Secret Test of Character but a trick to throw her off her stride and be less ready to see the deception.
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The Garfield and Friends episode "Video Airlines" has a movie playing on every TV channel involving a man's girlfriend really being an alien in a rubber mask...
It's also done in the U.S. Acres episode "Rooster Revenge," where a male pig that seems to be an Expy or Orson is revealed to be Lanolin in a rubber mask.
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In the comics, Batman would occasionally disguise himself (often impersonating Superman to get the bad guys to use their Kryptonite on the wrong target) and then pull off the false face, revealing his cowl, ears and all, underneath. This seems to have finally become a Discredited Trope because it just stretches Willing Suspension of Disbelief too far.
This was common in Batman: The Animated Series, as well.
Probably reached its apex when Batman disguised himself, full-body, as Killer Croc. While playing poker for what was apparently several hours. And not only did no one notice any oddness in the way his (much taller, more muscular, and all-around bigger) body moved, when the light started swaying and he went into shadow, you could see his Batman costume underneath it. (This last was pretty much purely for dramatic effect, but still.) Making it even more implausible, the show's design of Killer Croc had a very wide, cheekless mouth open on the sides, making it impossible to hide a normal human face underneath it.
There was also the time that Dick Grayson dressed up as Bruce Wayne to discredit a man that had discovered Batman's true identity. Aside from looking and sounding exactly the same as Bruce, Dick's only complaint was that he had to use leg extensions to appear taller, lifting up his pant legs to reveal that he's on stilts. Did no one notice the disturbing bulges right in the middle of Bruce Wayne's shins?
This was also done shockingly well in Batman and Robin with the character of Oberon Sexton, who we are led to believe is an English best-selling crime author/detective, who assists the Dynamic Duo. Damien suspects Oberon is faking his accent and believes he is Bruce, but he denies this, and Dick confirms this. It turns out he is The Joker. Yeah, let that sink in for a while.
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In Machete Kills, the assassin El Camaleón can look like anyone. He's portrayed by Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lady Gaga, and finally Antonio Banderas.
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Zartan. In fairness, he was also a trained contortionist and master of voice mimicry, but even so. In the movie, he achieves it through surgery. His siblings, Zandar and Zarana, were also masters of this.
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Kaeloo: One episode had Kaeloo, Stumpy and Quack Quack wear masks to look just like Mr. Cat, fooling Pretty each time she saw one of them. Later, in the same episode, Mr. Cat dresses as Pretty, with a very convincing mask (and costume) and almost fools Kaeloo, only for her to identify him because of Vocal Dissonance (but not right away).
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In a non-canonical The Death of Superman story written by Jerry Siegel (Superman #149), Kara finally reveals herself to the public by crashing a party the bad guys are throwing in a full Superman suit and mask, then removing it to reveal herself.
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In the first film 1985 Doc only shows up at the beginning and end and is played by Lloyd in aging makeup. The majority of the film features 1955 Doc played by Lloyd as is.
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"It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas" ends with Bugs Bunny revealing he had worn a convincing disguise as Harvey, a white rabbit in a purple bowtie through the entire episode.
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Handled somewhat realistically in Smokin' Aces, where assassin Laszlo Soot has to spend a considerable amount of time (though not quite as much as he should have) applying his make-up/mask and working on a voice imitation of his target. It was more impressive that the film did not use the "actor switch" but actually did the full make-up of the other actor over Flanagan's features.
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The 2000 direct-to-video movie Tweety's High Flying Adventure has a couple instances of this; a human hot dog man in New York City turns out to be Sylvester in a rubber mask, spying on Tweety and his friend Aoogah, and then at the end, one of the businessmen that Colonel Rimfire was talking with earlier in the film pulls his rubber human mask off to reveal Cool Cat.
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Mission: Impossible II provided some particularly egregious examples of this, with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt apparently carrying perfect latex masks, not only of various bad guy henchmen but also of himself. These he was able to apply unaided to himself (or in the case of the mask of himself, a bad guy henchman), in about ten seconds flat.
It also showed how they mimicked the voices as well, with a thin strip of circuitry placed at the base of the neck (which somehow affected sounds made mostly in the mouth).
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I Am Weasel: Usually averted with the Red Guy with No Pants since he always wears Paper Thin Disguises, but in "I Am Vampire" he actually disguised himself as a beautiful young woman named "Hildegarde" at a party wearing not only a latex mask but also a latex body and dress. He did this as he is an undercover vampire hunter who was tracking down vampire Weasel and vampire Baboon to kill them.
Played with in "Baboon Man and Boy Weasel," where I.R. Baboon and Weasel are Batman and Robin expies, respectively. The Red Guy disguises as an older human male with red hair, glasses and a mustache when stealing people's pants, even though his red hands and arms are uncovered (prompting Weasel to make a pun about catching the thief "red-handed.") Right before the unmasking, Baboon says "Ha! I.R. going to ripping mask off to revealing who you is!" and after the thief is unmasked to reveal the Red Guy, nobody actually recognizes him until Baboon takes off all the pants he stole to reveal his signature red butt. The Red Guy claims that he is also an imposter and starts to remove his mask, but then it cuts away to Baboon and Weasel as we hear the Red Guy wail he's torn off his own face, but then reveals he was "just kidding" and his face is all right.
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A similar instance occurs in an episode of Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, in which Kogure, an elderly butler, manages to disguise himself as Kairi in order to throw off police suspicion that he and his coworkers are the Lupinrangers. He manages to pull this off via nothing more than a rubber mask and a change of clothes- despite being both shorter and more rotund than the real Kairi- though a pair of ridiculously high platform shoes (that the officers somehow failed to notice) were part of the ensemble.
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One early example includes the Donald Duck short "Canvasback Duck," with a small boy at a fair really being an adult anthropomorphic dog in a boy suit and mask.
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Fantômas did it back in 1964, being probably one of the oldest live-action examples. It consisted of the titular Master of Disguise villain always wearing a bald, bluish latex mask to conceal his true identity. He would often wear other latex masks over it when committing crimes. At other times he would peel of his bluish latex mask to reveal his new impersonation (then later on remove that one to reveal his bluish mask again...)
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In an episode of the 1993 Pink Panther series (where the Panther talks) entitled "Werewolf in Panther's Clothing" had a small male gypsy disguise himself full-body as a werewolf (complete with stilts to make him appear larger), and the disguise appeared perfectly flawless, but suspicions were aroused when a part of the "wolf"'s skin was torn off on his chest during a fight with the Panther.
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Parodied in the Goof Troop episode "Buddy Building." At one point on their mission, Goofy and Max bump into each other, and then Goofy tugs off his rubber mask to reveal Pete. But then he pulls off that mask to reveal Giblet the Clown, and under that is a cute female dogface person, and then "she" pulls that mask off to reveal Goofy once again, who somehow is able to take off his own face, but Max isn't amused.
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In the Kim Possible episode "Attack of the Killer Bebes", Ron demonstrated a surprising skill with latex by almost perfectly impersonating Kim's father, who was being targeted by Drakken. Not quite perfectly, as he doesn't ever speak until just before he pulls off his mask, and when he does so, the lips on the mask don't move.
In this same episode, Ron made that mask, along with some others, thanks to his new Movie Makeup Magic Kit. He even made a mask of Kim Possible (which he briefly wears at one point when mocking her), and he also created the mask for his Mad Dog mascot costume prominently featured in the episode this way, complete with the ability to foam at the mouth (which is actually a banana cream),
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This was common in Batman: The Animated Series, as well.
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Taken to an extreme level in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, where The Phantom wears layers of masks underneath each other, each of which are indistinguishable from the person the mask represents. Although, once his Villainous Breakdown begins, you can clearly see the eye-sockets and possibly the jaws sagging. Amusingly, his eye color changes with each mask but then once the breakdown begins it suddenly shows black eyes as opposed to the color used when he was wearing that mask calmly.
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The Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode, "Agent Y" had Yumi mistaken for a secret agent. The latter shows up as an exact duplicate of the former and unzips "herself" revealing the real agent who is shown to be much bigger than the shape and size of the Yumi suit.
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There was also the time that Dick Grayson dressed up as Bruce Wayne to discredit a man that had discovered Batman's true identity. Aside from looking and sounding exactly the same as Bruce, Dick's only complaint was that he had to use leg extensions to appear taller, lifting up his pant legs to reveal that he's on stilts. Did no one notice the disturbing bulges right in the middle of Bruce Wayne's shins?
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Police Academy 6: City Under Siege has the film's Big Bad, the Mastermind, disguise as Commissioner Hurst this way. Only St. Nick is not fooled by his impersonation, and pulls the "Pinocchio Test" on the fake Commissioner, by pulling on his nose. Sure enough, the latex mask's nose stretches out quite far, giving him away, and is thus unmasked to reveal the Mayor.
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The ID Masks from the Ben 10 series function as these.
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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol had this technology malfunctioning, thus forcing Ethan and Jane Carter to impersonate Wistrom and Moreau without the help of such masks. Later, Wistrom turns out to be Hendricks wearing a mask.
Ghost Protocol also showed an IMF team doing a retinal scan and DNA test to make sure Ethan Hunt really was who he said he was.
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In The Castle of Cagliostro, Lupin doesn't even need a mask for his face to match latex perfection to Zenigata. Makeup and mask played straight for other disguises.
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Appears in Cat's Eye. In a variant, the titular thieves use this both for masks and for gloves with different fingerprints.
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Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: The Vigilantes use this a lot. In fact, Alexis Thorne carries a red bag that contains the necessary tools to create latex disguises. One book explains that Alexis had Hollywood aspirations, and while she couldn't get a job as an actor, she proved to be very good at dressing up actors. Those latex disguises have certainly proven to be very helpful!
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Also in The DCU, Black Orchid frequently uses Latex Perfection; even managing to disguise herself as a man.
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Spencer in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive at one point assumes the form of the much younger, much more female Ronny and succeeds. He'd done disguises of this nature before, but this one really embodied the trope. In a similar manner, his Super Sentai counterpart, Makino, does the same with female team member Sakura. For Makino it was a one-time thing, but Spencer can turn into pretty much anybody with a rubber mask regardless of age or sex or size.
A similar instance occurs in an episode of Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, in which Kogure, an elderly butler, manages to disguise himself as Kairi in order to throw off police suspicion that he and his coworkers are the Lupinrangers. He manages to pull this off via nothing more than a rubber mask and a change of clothes- despite being both shorter and more rotund than the real Kairi- though a pair of ridiculously high platform shoes (that the officers somehow failed to notice) were part of the ensemble.
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Sayoko as Lelouch in Code Geass. It's a somewhat more realistic example, as the mask is clearly a hard piece of whatever shaped like Lelouch's face, and there are white pads on parts of her face presumably to make up for differences in facial structure.
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In The Incredible Hulk (1982) episode "The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow", a criminal named Waldo uses a life-like mask to impersonate a scientist named Dr. Kessler.
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You know the Read or Die example mentioned in Anime and Manga? Yomiko herself pulled off this trope in And Shine Heaven Now, disguising herself as Walter to avoid capture and arrest by the British Library. It seemed to have worked, since the only one that saw through it was Walter himself. She later disguises herself as Integra Hellsing to get on the Major's zeppelin to rescue Anita King. Most people were fooled, but the chordewa Reseda and the Captain were not, since paper cannot disguise one's scent.
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Extremely common in Scooby-Doo; the vast majority of bad guys were made up this way, to the point where a more efficient way to solve the mystery would be by tugging on the face of everyone they met and seeing whose came off. The more recent Scooby-Doo TV series do not feature latex mask disguises as often, such as What's New, Scooby-Doo? (where holograms, animatronics, and makeup are often used for the portrayal of the "monsters") and Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! (a bizarre series where the only latex mask featured in the show was in the final episode when Shaggy finds his rich Uncle Albert posing as Dr. Trebla, assistant to the main villain). Subsequent shows like Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated brings it back though, even with good guys sometimes almost always masked (such as the Wild Brood). Even Sheriff Stone would occasionally use rubber mask disguises to catch a criminal in the act.
On a few occasions, sometimes someone (usually a villain) would wear a mask of Scooby-Doo himself to either confuse him or give him a bad name. This could be seen in A Scooby-Doo Valentine (with former *NSYNC member J.C. Chasez as an "evil" Scooby-Doo and four extras as demonic versions of the Mystery Inc. humans), along with an early example of this being in the classic episode "Never Ape an Ape Man" when the Ape Man slips on a Scooby-Doo mask to make the real Scooby think he has come up to a mirror, and then later apparently Shaggy finds the rubber Scooby mask and wears it briefly at the end.
It's taken Up to Eleven in the crossover with Johnny Bravo ("Bravo Dooby Doo"); after capturing the gardener ghost, they unmask him to reveal a character from the original series: Professor Hyde White. But then they suspect something is up, and unmask ''him'' to reveal Harry the Hypnotist (whom played the Clown Ghost in the original series). Then his mask is pulled off to reveal Bigfoot, and underneath that is a Don Knotts mask, and under that is Joe Barbera (to which Johnny asks "Who's that?") At this point, "Joe" unmasks to reveal Johnny's missing Aunt Jebedissa, who comments "All right, enough with the silly masks!"
The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo was one of the few continuities where the gang mainly fought real supernatural threats, but the episode "Ship of Ghouls" featured a ghost wear a lifelike mask when disguising himself as Captain Ferguson.
Scooby-Doo! Mask of the Blue Falcon ended with Scooby-Doo playing the role of Dynomutt in a new movie wearing a very lifelike Dynomutt mask and suit.
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In the Chick Tract Somebody Goofed, the Devil uses one of these to pose as a human and lead a young man to atheism. Even more amazing when you realize it somehow covered his horns too. Of course, he's the dark lord. But why would the Devil even need to use a John Travolta-style mask, given that the novel Faust establishes he can shapeshift?
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In Metal Gear Solid, although the player doesn't find this out until well after the fact, one of the NPCs you interact with turns out to be master of disguise Decoy Octopus in a very convincing mask. Octopus, in fact, invoked this trope: he had sliced off his own ears and shaved down his cheekbones in order to remove distinguishing features under masks.
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Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century had "elasto-masks" justified by the use of future technology.
Sherlock Holmes arguably deserves his own sub-section of this trope, in that one of his shticks was that he could follow a client or a suspect anywhere in Victorian London due to his "mastery of disguise". However in the actual original stories, he simply used theatrical makeup and prosthetics to good effect.
In his, it's more justified, ESPECIALLY in the Robert Downey Jr. Movie. Instead of using latex perfection, he just disguises his features.
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The Associate is a semi-combination of the previous two examples. Whoopi Goldberg dresses as an elderly white man to get ahead in business. Her latex mask fools everyone perfectly.
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In an episode of Due South, Ray Vecchio and Benton Fraser are each simultaneously abducted by someone in a mask of the other.
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Used briefly in Bloodfist VI where the main villain disguises himself as an elderly tourist at first. To their credit, after most of the mask is pulled off, the actor is left with patches of latex and glue on his face until continuity loses track of them.
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An episode of Get Smart parodies The Fugitive when Max is framed by a rubber mask-wearing impostor. At show's end the real criminal is caught, and in a TV-drama-style night scene Max walks off, putting on the captured rubber mask...and walking straight into a lamppost in the process.
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The Magician: Used as part of a Frame-Up in "Ovation for Murder": allowing a hitman to impersonate the patsy and commit murder in plain sight.
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Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman faced enemies with this ability several times.
"Wonder Woman vs Gargantua" used it to disguise the Nazi gorilla trainer as Wonder Woman in order to train Gargantua to attack the Amazon Princess. It's unclear whether the perfect disguise was only from the audience's perspective and not perfect in canon but just enough to fool a gorilla (thus allowing the director to use Lynda Carter in the faux Wonder Woman scenes) or the Nazis just didn't think of any other uses for the mask and duplicate outfit.
"Stolen Faces" centered around a rather convoluted plot to impersonate Wonder Woman and IADC agents. Oddly enough, it was Steve Trevor that the buys guys impersonate.
"A Date With Doomsday" features the creation of the masks. The evil plot centers around a dating company so they fool random people into sitting on their high tech chair to make the perfect face and hand masks. They probably would've done better had they used a higher tech delivery system than throwing the deadly virus by hand from a helicopter and hoping that Wonder Woman wouldn't catch it. She did.
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An episode of Eerie, Indiana had Marshall using a "Disguise Yourself So Even Your Own Mother Can't Recognize You" Disguise Kit to pretend to be an Amish-like IRS agent, complete with peel-off mask and wig. Also a nice example of Chekhov's Gun, as the Kit was introduced early on in the episode.
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A.N.T. Farm: Angus once tried to do this to frame Fletcher for "killing" Olive's videogame pet. Chyna, being the Great Detective in this episode, is very quick to recognize him as an imposter and unmasks him.
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Subverted in Back to the Future Part II, when Doc Brown starts talking at length about the rejuvenation treatments he had in the future, and mentions that he disguised himself so that his new, younger appearance wouldn't catch Marty off-guard. He then rips off his latex mask to reveal... his exact same face underneath (less rugged, but equal).
This was done for three reasons: First, it's funny. Second, it's to avoid having to put makeup on Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown) all the time. And third, it ensures that Doc can start a family with Clara in Part III.
In the first film 1985 Doc only shows up at the beginning and end and is played by Lloyd in aging makeup. The majority of the film features 1955 Doc played by Lloyd as is.
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In Captain America #606 (No Escape, part one), Baron Zemo wears a latex mask of a person to break into a mental asylum to interrogate Sin. Like some other examples on this page, he wore it over his actual mask.
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In Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet, a latex mask is used to make Commissar Ledvina look exactly like the hero so he could pose as a Body Double. Later the hero uses a latex mask for himself to convincingly pose as another character. Ends in a Dramatic Unmask scene.
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Mission: Impossible III made it more realistic and time-consuming than its predecessors, leaving us to wonder what happened to the technology.
This film further demonstrated the voice-mimicking devices: Ethan forces his target at gunpoint to read a short poem that contains every phoneme in English; this is apparently used to build the "voice mask" of the target. The film actually got a professor of linguistics to write the poem, and he notes the impossibility of the technology, but admits it works in the film as a whole.
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A nice variation ten years later in Live and Let Die, the masked man, in a fit of frustration, grabs his nose and pulls it, stretching and removing the latex in pieces. A satisfyingly disturbing reveal.
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Played straight then parodied in Le Cœur a ses Raisons. When Brad reveals that he used one to pass as Lewis to spy on his wife Becky, she reveals that she wasn't Becky. She proceeds to tear off her mask to show that she was... Becky. Brock even tells her that is was a very bad choice for a mask.
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In Love Hina, Kanako Urashima masquerades as a number of other characters, including her older brother Keitaro and Naru Narusegawa. Her disguises are so perfect that everyone assumes it is actually the person she is disguised as, except for the last time she is disguised as Naru, when Keitaro knows the whole time that it is really Kanako. (This lent weight to an oft-mentioned dig at the manga artist that many of his characters' faces look alike.)
In addition, to make up for differences in skeletal structure, she would, without any apparent pain, dislocate and rearrange her bones at the joint. Logically, of course, this doesn't make any kind of sense, but hey, at least they took body differences into account too...
Anyone capable of making Mutsumi look convincingly enough like Keitaro to pass muster in a Furo scene wearing only a Modesty Towel...
Notably Kanako fooled even herself for a moment there. It's worse in the manga, with Kanako even going so far as to give Mutsumi a schlong, commenting that her brother "should be about that big".
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Undercover Brother. The title character, while masquerading as an elderly janitor and James Brown.
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In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Naked Snake is given a mask that remarkably resembles a major in the enemy army. If you call a specific character over the radio while wearing it, he explains how it is the cutting edge of masquerade, with the ability to allow the wearer to blink with the mask blinking with it. Naked Snake promptly replies with a query of why they didn't work on the ability to have its mouth move with the wearer, to which the person on the other line shrugs it off, calling the man who invented the mask "just weird". (Though in the creator's defense, while someone may not be suspicious of a guy who doesn't talk to you, they will definitely be suspicious when the guy doesn't appear to blink for a while.) It fulfills its intended purpose of getting Snake through the Colonel-only security checkpoint, but the trope is subverted when Volgin becomes suspicious of the disguised Snake because crotches are hard to disguise, latex perfection or not.
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The 1990-1992 WB TV series Tiny Toon Adventures was full of masks and disguises of this type...
It's even featured in the opening sequence (where Buster and Babs pose as each other)!
"Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow" has Furball, Fifi Le Fume, and Tyrone Turtle all disguise as Buster Bunny to play a prank on Elmyra and teach her a lesson.
"Buster and the Wolverine" has Babs attempt to pose as a female wolverine to woo the male one terrorizing our heroes, by only wearing a mask that comes right off during a kissing scene).
"Pluck' of the Irish" has a huge Twist Ending in which a beautiful lass reveals herself to be three male leprechauns in disguise!
The faux "making of" documentary for "Kon Ducki" explains how latex masks are made in a cartoony manner, as Plucky Duck has a mask of his head upside-down grafted onto his head, taking eight hours to apply each day.
"Real Kids Don't Like Broccoli" has a bunch of missing androids disguise themselves as many of the main characters, but Buster sees through their disguises -because they're eating broccoli, which real kids don't eat.
"Stuff That Goes Bump in the Night" begins with Buster Bunny wearing a Fantasia-esque demon suit in the opening act to scare Babs, and then Babs scares Buster with a devil suit. Later in the episode a vampire scares Babs, but the vampire turns out to be Buster in a mask and on stilts, and at the end Buster and Babs both disguise themselves as a two-headed monster.
"The Year Book Star" ended with a Recurring Extra in the episode - an average human boy with glasses and an orange baseball cap - get awarded for most appearances in the Acme Looniversity yearbook, beating out Babs Bunny and Plucky Duck. But then he reveals to everyone that he was teaching Plucky and Babs a lesson, and then strips of his latex mask and disguise to reveal Buster Bunny - whom Babs and Plucky proceed to beat up in a rage.
"The Horror of Slumber Party Mountain" has a surprise ending featuring Elmyra posing as a monster (she even lampshades it!)
"It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas" ends with Bugs Bunny revealing he had worn a convincing disguise as Harvey, a white rabbit in a purple bowtie through the entire episode.
"Night Ghoulery" has a few; the segment "The Devin and Daniel Webfoot" has Satan unzip his Full-Body Disguise at the end to reveal Babs Bunny ("Ain't I a devil?"), "A Gremlin on a Wing" ends with a female stewardess - which looks strikingly like Lt. Uhura from Star Trek - unmask to reveal the gremlin that was torturing Plucky throughout the skit, and the ending reveals Buster and Babs to be monsters in disguise).
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SpongeBob SquarePants:
The "Spy Buddies" episode has Mr. Krabs in a Plankton suit, and vice versa (Plankton wears the Mr. Krabs suit over his cheesy Mr. Krabs robot that appeared in a few episodes). Then the trope is parodied, even going as far as having Patrick impersonate Sandy Cheeks!
In the episode "Doing Time", Mrs. Puff is seeing SpongeBob and Patrick everywhere in prison, even seeing two guards remove their masks to reveal the twosome! She even accuses the two guards and rips off their faces, to reveal their skulls underneath. It's then later revealed that Mrs. Puff's time in prison is All Just a Dream.
In "One Coarse Meal" Mr. Krabs disguises himself as Pearl to scare Plankton. The flaws in the disguise don't appear until he takes it off.
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Cassidy and Butch in Pokémon did this in "The Fortune Hunters" when they set up a phony daycare center to steal trainers' Pokémon, both of them wearing perfect rubber mask disguises of a kindly old couple. Jessie tried this a couple of times when she would impersonate a Nurse Joy to convince the heroes that she is a good nurse who can help their Pokémon. The disguise is nearly flawless, except for the mask's mouth not moving when she speaks. In fact, this was one of the things the girl-crazy Brock would notice when he would detect the Nurse Joy is a fake. Later, Cassidy did the same thing wearing the same Nurse Joy mask, and once again Brock knew something was up with "Joy."
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In Team Fortress 2, this is how the Spy's disguise ability looks to the enemy team (to the Spy's own team, it's just a paper mask over his face).
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In Mystery of the Wax Museum, Ivan Igor conceals his disfigured features beneath a wax mask that is so perfect that no one standing near him ever even suspects it is a mask.
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In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Crystal Empire, Part 1", Fluttershy walks up to Twilight Sparkle to report what she's found out about a way to protect the Crystal Empire... only to then unzip her head, revealing herself to be Pinkie Pie in a full-body Fluttershy costume. Somewhat justified by the fact that the main ponies all share the same build, and that Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy have the same voice actress.
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The Master in Doctor Who uses the latex mask routine several times in the Third Doctor era — totally convincing while he's wearing it, the mask suddenly becomes an obvious lump of rubber when he takes it off. In one episode, the disguise also seemed to involve being nearly a foot shorter while wearing the mask.
Of course, considering that this is the series (and race) that gave us the Does Everything Tool in the Sonic Screwdriver, the Master being able to create masks that do that kind of stuff is a little more believable. In his first appearance he had a deal with the Nestene Consciousness, controller of the living plastic Autons - he could have gotten them then.
However, despite this great disguise he'd still in some way refer to himself as The Master, usually by translating it into another language.
On some occasions, he'd pull a reverse trick - slap a disguise of himself on someone else while he makes a getaway.
The Rani also pulled this one in her debut appearance, disguising herself as an old woman, and the new series gives us the Twelfth Doctor wearing an actual dead person's face over his actual face to disguise himself as a Clockwork Droid.
In the new series, the Slitheen use actual dead people to form complete body suits in this fashion.
In the serial "City of Death", the main villain has a head which is a mass of tentacles with a single eye in the center. Despite this, a latex mask enables him to perfectly appear as a human being complete with eyes, tongue, facial expressions, et cetera.
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Similarly to the Slitheen example below, the trope is subverted in the first Men in Black, where the Bug alien somehow compacts itself enough to fit into the skin of the first human it had come across. The disguise itself, however, is actually of terrible quality, with hanging skin, and the Bug having difficulty just getting from one location to another, let alone remain inconspicuous. And the 'Edgar-suit' is visibly decaying throughout the movie.
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Biker Mice from Mars has the main antagonist Lawrence Limburger, a member of a fish-like alien race called the Plutarkians, wear a latex human face mask, which is later shown to be done by other Plutarkians stationed on Earth, one example being his rival Napoleon Brie. Limburger is rarely seen with his mask off but in some episodes he is such as in the first episode where in one scene Throttle (it's Modo in the comics) unmasks him- which is also done near the end of the intro by Throttle. It does not cover the stench, or lack of fifth fingers, but somehow changes his grayish-yellow fangs to a Hollywood smile.
In the episode 'Mouse And His Motorcycle', we actually do see Limburger with his gloves off, indicating that Plutarkians actually do have fingers - albeit webbed, clawed ones at that.
Diet of Worms has Vinnie, Throttle, and Modo disguise as Plutarkian waiters at a gathering of the Plutarkian race by using conveniently-displayed rubber masks, and knocking out three actual waiters for their clothes. Many of the other Plutarkians at the gathering are wearing rubber human masks, too.
In the Once Upon a Time on Mars three-parter, Lawrence gets the mask glued onto his face, which makes it difficult for him to peel it off when his boss orders him to. Later in the episode, a Martian mouse is unmasked to reveal Mace, a rat.
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An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes had The Rodeo Clowns wear several disguises like this.
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In The Master of Disguise, the mask device is used (sometimes even parodied) for several of the disguises in this film. Such examples include Fabrizzio Disguisey (portrayed by James Brolin) masquerading as Bo Derek, Michael Johnson, Jesse Ventura, and Jessica Simpson. For these disguises, the Cast as a Mask technique is used, and only the unmaskings of Bo Derek and Jessica Simpson are depicted on screen, while Fabrizzio in his Michael Johnson disguise lifts up the Constitution scroll to cover his body out of frame, and among moving it back down he goes from black to his true Caucasian identity, and Jesse Ventura is only seen tugging on his cheeks as we cut away to a close-up of the villain as we hear the mask stretching offscreen. Similarly, Grandpa Disguisey disguises himself at one part as a smaller female maid, done via the "actor switch" technique and an off-screen unmasking, and Pistachio Disguises (portrayed by Dana Carvey) wears various disguises, the majority of them played by Carvey himself under different makeup/prosthetics, yet the only disguise we see him unmasking onscreen is when the villain manages to see through Pistachio's disguise of one of his henchmen (where the actor-switch trick was employed yet again).
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The 1992 animated Aladdin film has Jafar disguise himself as an ugly old man to lure Aladdin into the Cave of Wonders (his mask even gives him hideous teeth, one with a gold filling!) Justified in that Jafar has some kind of magical powers, even before he wishes himself to be an all-powerful sorcerer later in the film.
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Monkey Island
This was how LeChuck disguised himself as the sheriff in the first game. A bit more justified, due to his use of voodoo powers to aid him.
In Tales of Monkey Island, LeChuck is turned into a human. During a conversation in the second episode, Guybrush can test this theory by pulling on LeChuck's face, thinking he might be wearing a mask. He's not.
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Spoofed in the beginning of Charlie's Angels, which was nearly a direct spoof of the beginning of Mission: Impossible II.
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Subverted in an episode of Stroker and Hoop, Coroner Rick rescues the titular detectives by disguising himself flawlessly as a Hispanic gangster named Chico, whom they'd met earlier. However, upon Hoop asking where the Coroner could have possibly acquired a perfect mask of a total stranger, he replies that he had actually cut off the man's actual face and wore it like a mask. The fact that Chico was already dead by someone else's hands at that point did little to leaven the horror.
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On a few occasions, sometimes someone (usually a villain) would wear a mask of Scooby-Doo himself to either confuse him or give him a bad name. This could be seen in A Scooby-Doo Valentine (with former *NSYNC member J.C. Chasez as an "evil" Scooby-Doo and four extras as demonic versions of the Mystery Inc. humans), along with an early example of this being in the classic episode "Never Ape an Ape Man" when the Ape Man slips on a Scooby-Doo mask to make the real Scooby think he has come up to a mirror, and then later apparently Shaggy finds the rubber Scooby mask and wears it briefly at the end.
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Used twice by Penelope on Sonny with a Chance.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Natasha uses a hi-tech version to impersonate Hawley of the World Security Council.
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In the film version of The Crucifer of Blood, Sherlock Holmes wears a (non-period) latex mask to impersonate the Opium Den proprietor.
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Played with in Johnny English; the villains make a near-perfect mask of the Archbishop of Canterbury as part of the Big Bad's plot to make himself king, but they suspect (correctly) that English knows about the mask, so they scrap the idea and decide to trick the real Archbishop into going along with their plan. Naturally, English tries to remove the mask that the not fake Archbishop is not wearing, and Hilarity Ensues.
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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, the movie, has Don Paolo disguising himself as an old lady in the intro, with a totally different bodyshape.
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The Tex Willer villain Proteus was capable of nearly flawless disguises, which he used to frame our heroes (Kit Carson for example) for robbing and murder.
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Similarly spoofed in Police Squad!'s second episode, when a pretty cocktail waitress in a club turned out to be a bearded Frenchman in a mask and wig.
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Used a couple of times in the FX-makeup effects show Face/Off, mainly in the early seasons and only once a season. It was done very rarely, as these tended to be both the hardest and ugliest makeups of the entire season. Artists often had to change age, race, and sex of their model, which often showed how hard and time consuming the trope is, i.e. when a model's hair was so thick it pushed the bald cap off the skin or a full mask vs individual pieces. They even had to apply makeup to themselves in one episode, and attempt to fool their own family members. This worked for the most part, as the artist were "store employees" while the loved one was there for a random task the show gave them. The family (and the public) rarely tried to make eye contact with the store help, who themselves tried to change their voice or act "in character" which was just weird all around.
These are often the worst makeups of the show, as the contestants are majoratively creature and FX artists, so they largely specialize in monster, horror, and bloody makeup, not beauty or glamour. Also, these trials tended to result in racist and/or sexist situations, as one contestant went the blackface route, and another made himself a very ugly woman (because he knew he couldn't make himself a beautiful one). Add in their inexperience with the style and the typical episode challenges, and the winner was often just whoever's makeup was the least plastic looking.
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This is how the Teacher Creature is unmasked in Attack of the Teacher Creature.
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In Good Time, two bank robbers pull a heist wearing actual bald African-American silicone masks. Bonus points for averting Cast as a Mask, and having the actors wear actual "SPFX Player" silicone masks.
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Found in Ric Hochet where more than one perpetrator wore a mask with a face identical to the victim. In one instance, she even had manly-gloves.
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Used a few times in Lois & Clark. They even justified one case by showing how it takes a long time for the Master of Disguise to achieve it with makeup.
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Lampshaded in a Mickey Mouse comic. After Mickey and Goofy, involved in a competition for detectives at a millionaire's mansion, discover that among other stuff the butler was a criminal in disguise, he pulls a mask revealing his true identity as a criminal called Tommy Bignose. An amazed Mickey wonders how he was able to hide his giant nose inside the mask, Goofy rips it off revealing he was actually wearing a fake nose to keep his "having a nose for crime" image.
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The villain of the Quack Pack episode "Pardon My Molecules" was a scientist who suffered a molecular accident that made him look like an abstract painting. Until this mishap of his is revealed, he hid his secret by wearing a mask to look like a normal human being, specifically, how he appeared before his accident.
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A regular feature of the Italian comic Diabolik since the first story, published in 1962 (this is effectively the Trope Maker in Italy, with the local name for this trope actually being "Diabolik's Mask"). As this series thrives in having reality hit the characters at the exactly wrong moment, the masks have a few limits:
While the masks can also disguise fingerprints and different eye colours can be dealt with by coloured lenses, they cannot disguise different body builds, forcing Diabolik and Eva to go without using disguises on multiple occasions.
As Diabolik is a well-known criminal and the existence of the masks is a known fact, the police and/or possible victims will set up face checks (consisting in pinching the face to try and take off the eventual mask) any time they suspect Diabolik is around (this was actually expected by Diabolik back when the masks were still unknown to the public, hence him trying to prevent their discovery).
Some of the masks have been confiscated by the police or ended in the hands of other criminals. While nobody so far has managed to reverse-engineer them, a scientist has discovered enough of the formula that he could assemble a device to detect their presence.
As said above, many want to reverse-engineer the masks, but the closest anyone got was masks that would resist a few hours before melting (Diabolik solved this problem). As Diabolik is the only one who knows how to make the plastic for the masks, everyone who wants to put their hands on the secret is after him.
Finally, the very existence of the masks often causes the same paranoia mentioned in the Swallowing the Earth entry above. After all, how do you know that the rightly feared Assassin With a Thousand Faces (one of Diabolik's many terrifying nicknames) isn't right behind you wondering if your death would be useful for his next caper?
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Active Flesh Masks from GURPS: Ultra-Tech even have tiny motors to make then move properly.
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Naked Lunch: Doctor Benway disguises himself as Fadela with a perfect bodysuit to remain incognito in Interzone.
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Family Guy:
In one of the show's famous gags from its' early years, a talk show hosted by Diane Simmons features a dating couple. The male was really a woman in a mask, but then confesses that she is not even a woman, and unzips her full body suit to reveal a horse, and then confesses that he is a broom, removing the horse disguise to reveal a broom that lifelessly falls over.
"Brian in Love" had Stewie be awoken from his dream of killing Mr. Rogers by Lois who unmasked into Fred Rogers, awaking Stewie from yet another dream.
"Family Guy Viewing Mail No. 1" had Peter get to see Kelly Ripa behind the scenes of Regis and Kelly, where she peels off her latex mask to reveal an alien that eats her captive human husband's heart. When there's a knock at her door, she says "Be right there, Rege. I just have to put on my face."
Another episode had Fred Savage doing so, impersonating Rush Limbaugh, Michael Moore and other celebrities through the use of full rubber bodysuits, in an attempt to show his career as the world's greatest actor.
Spoofed in "Business Guy" when Quagmire is high on weed and he hallucinates a rabbit sitting next to him in his airplane cockpit. The "rabbit" pulls off his latex mask to reveal another Quagmire, and they both briefly freak out. The real Quagmire thinks there may be a rabbit head under his human skin, but ends up tearing off his scalp.
"Farmer Guy" had a cow disguise himself as a human this way, and was mostly flawless, until Peter got wise.
"Foxx in the Men House" had Lois impersonated this way again, but this time by Meryl Streep who, after unmasking, beat up Peter for using her reserved restroom.
Spoofed in "Disney's The Reboot" at the end of the pilot for Lois's proposed spinoff, where Peter disguised this way as an older businessman to bribe Lois’s boss into giving her a promotion, but then after revealing himself and explaining he did it because he loves Lois, he removes another latex mask to reveal Lois, and then Peter again, and it repeats for a bit as if he were engaged in an argument with Lois about the show, but then he ends up ripping off his own face to reveal his bloody skull, thinking he had “one more face” underneath.
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Odor-Able Kitty (1945) has a cat (already painted up to look like a skunk) hiding from Pepé Le Pew disguise in a completely convincing Bugs Bunny costume and mask, which Pepe instantly sees through.
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Austin and Ally: Brooke did this twice.
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She Spies episode "Learning to Fly" included this gem, with the rarely-seen complication: "Mine's stuck!"
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Rurouni Kenshin - Hanya is purported to have this ability (it's only seen very briefly on-screen), hiding his real face behind the Noh mask that bears his name, and for good reason: he broke his own nose and jaw and sliced off his lips and ears so that he could reconstruct them as he wished for his disguises.
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Seen extensively in the Mission: Impossible Film Series (since the original TV show, listed under Live-Action TV, liked it a lot).
Mission: Impossible II provided some particularly egregious examples of this, with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt apparently carrying perfect latex masks, not only of various bad guy henchmen but also of himself. These he was able to apply unaided to himself (or in the case of the mask of himself, a bad guy henchman), in about ten seconds flat.
It also showed how they mimicked the voices as well, with a thin strip of circuitry placed at the base of the neck (which somehow affected sounds made mostly in the mouth).
Mission: Impossible III made it more realistic and time-consuming than its predecessors, leaving us to wonder what happened to the technology.
This film further demonstrated the voice-mimicking devices: Ethan forces his target at gunpoint to read a short poem that contains every phoneme in English; this is apparently used to build the "voice mask" of the target. The film actually got a professor of linguistics to write the poem, and he notes the impossibility of the technology, but admits it works in the film as a whole.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol had this technology malfunctioning, thus forcing Ethan and Jane Carter to impersonate Wistrom and Moreau without the help of such masks. Later, Wistrom turns out to be Hendricks wearing a mask.
Ghost Protocol also showed an IMF team doing a retinal scan and DNA test to make sure Ethan Hunt really was who he said he was.
By Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the CIA seems to take a dim view of the IMF's face-scanning technology, with agent August Walker likening it to a Halloween costume. It still fools Walker enough to spill the beans in front of who he thinks is Solomon Lane.
In the N64 game of the film, the Face Maker seems to even duplicate the enemy's clothing (if the original body doesn't disappear).
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Quite a few examples from Spider-Man comics:
Several Canon Discontinuities ago, it was explained that Aunt May was really alive because the one who died was an impostor in disguise. How any mask or makeup could possibly have fooled a close relative like Peter Parker (let alone a close relative with Spider-Sense) was left unexplained.
In an early storyline, the late Frederick Foswell took on the alternate identity of a low-life stool pigeon known as "Patch." He wore a latex mask to look like a generic middle-aged man with brown hair and an eyepatch, and also wore a fedora. He even once nearly figured out Spider-Man's true identity this way, but Peter Parker managed to fool him anyways, not even knowing Patch and Foswell were one and the same.
The Chameleon, a Master of Disguise by trade, often took advantage of this trope. In his first appearance, he used his trademark "mask pouch" to create seamless disguises of anyone he encountered, virtually on the spot. Later on he abandoned the masks in favor of holograms or actual shapeshifting. More recently, he returned to Latex Perfection, with the justification that he does take molds of the person he's impersonating's face. (And then kills them.)
Justified with Chameleon as he's also able to stunningly duplicate a person down to voice and more. He once impersonated Tigra to fool Finesse, the heroine stunned and unable to believe Chameleon could duplicate Tigra down to her micro-expressions. His reaction: "I'm a professional."
The Molten Man uses such disguises to commit robberies in the classic Spider-Man comic issue 35. One of them he even designs to be shed in a manner of seconds just in case he's caught in Spider-Man's webbing.
Another time when Peter Parker was caught removing his Spider-Man mask on camera by Spencer Smythe's Spider-Slayer robot, Parker was able to later fool Smythe by appearing on camera again as "himself," and then tugging off a latex Peter Parker mask to reveal his Spidey mask underneath, well aware that Smythe was spying on him.
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MacGyver: In "Jenny's Chance", Mac impersonates the Cuban drug lord, Lucky Charlie, with a realistic latex mask. He had to pull off this stunt after news broke out regarding the real Lucky Charlie that threw a wrench into the elaborately-designed sting operation, which included Jack impersonating Lucky Charlie.
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The Slammer: When Melvin and Pete are abducted and replaced by the aliens, the aliens wear latex masks that somehow perfectly conceal their lumpy and misshapen heads (and also disguise their longer hands).
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The Mission: Impossible version was examined by the MythBusters: Adam and Jamie got silicone rubber masks of themselves from a professional mask-maker (to be precise, it was SPFX Masks) and were instructed by an acting coach in an attempt to see if they could fool people. There were little problems here and therenote The most obvious being their voices, but besides that the Adam mask was made on a dummy head that was wider than the real Adam's head, which made it look slightly off, but the disguises managed to fool fans, Kari, and Grant until they got close enough to notice the Uncanny Valley, so the myth was declared plausible.
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Professor Layton:
Professor Layton and the Curious Village has Don Paolo disguising himself as Detective Chelmey with a mask featuring a full body suit. It gets more ridiculous in the second game where he disguises himself as Flora who is about half his size.
Unwound Future has him impersonating Dr. Schrader, the Dean of Layton's university, and Layton himself during their temporary truce. Paolo pulls each one off so well that even Layton requires some serious contemplation on each person's mannerisms to begin catching on.
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, the movie, has Don Paolo disguising himself as an old lady in the intro, with a totally different bodyshape.
Jean Descole is just as ridiculous. In Last Specter he disguises as Doland Noble, an old man half his size and with a completely different body shape and in Miracle Mask, he's disguised as Angela Ledore, a woman.
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Lupin III is a Master of Disguise, so this trait has been included since the beginning, even by characters other than Lupin.
Lupin's favourite disguise is Zenigata. His pointy chin is changed to the Lantern Jaw of Justice the cop has.
Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo has Zenigata yanking on a security guard's face in the opening, just to see if it's Lupin in disguise. Later on, it turns out it was, but he has switched to using a stronger glue to hold his masks on.
In The Castle of Cagliostro, Lupin doesn't even need a mask for his face to match latex perfection to Zenigata. Makeup and mask played straight for other disguises.
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In The Authority: Kev, an alien infiltrator somehow manages a Latex Perfection disguise, despite being something of a Starfish Alien, having 5 eyes, and about seven short, stubby fingers on each hand.
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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, naturally, made use of this trope: Heather Jasper-Howe, unmasked not twenty seconds prior as the villain, is then revealed to be Jonathan Jacobo aka. the Pterodactyl Ghost, wearing a full-face latex mask (and presumably fake breasts).
It's then hilariously subverted shortly afterwards when Fred confronts Howe/Jacobo's accomplice, Ned:
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