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14 Times Characters Used Embarrassingly Bad Disguises In Movies

Updated July 29, 2020 1.3k votes 191 voters 7.3k views14 items

List RulesVote up the disguises that never should have fooled anyone.

It's difficult to take bad disguises in movies seriously. However, it's doubly hard to overlook these poor disguises when the rest of the characters in the film fail to recognize how utterly ridiculous the costume really is. Masks that cover only your eyes or a simple change of clothes aren't enough to hide your true identity. Yet all too often characters don the most basic of disguises and somehow manage to fool everyone around them. 

If people were to use these dumb disguises in real life, they'd be caught in seconds. In movies, however, characters manage to make it through scene after scene without revealing who they really are. Take a look below at some of the worst disguises in movies and vote up the ones that never should have fooled anyone. 

  • In order to hide their mutated form while walking around the streets of New York City, the turtles don trenchcoats and fedoras that supposedly help them to look like regular old New Yorkers. There's just one problem: The disguise does absolutely nothing to hid their unique forms.

    The fedora isn't large enough to cover their protruding noses and green faces, and the trenchcoat simply highlights the huge shells attached to their backs. They look exactly like oversized turtles pretending to be humans, yet hardly anyone around them seems to recognize that there are weird creatures in their midst. 

    Bad disguise?
  • In all Superman movies, Superman's disguise is a true wonder. As a hero, Superman's face is entirely exposed. He wears his signature blue outfit, but there's nothing to hide his true appearance from the people he protects. To hide his identity when he's not Superman, the hero simply puts on a pair of glasses and reverts to the name Clark Kent. 

    Glasses don't change the look of your entire face. Anyone who doesn't connect Clark Kent to Superman simply isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. 

    Bad disguise?
  • When Sam's (Hilary Duff) mysterious admirer asks to meet her at the high school Halloween dance, Sam reluctantly agrees. While looking for the perfect outfit, she eventually decides on a white ballgown paired with a simple face mask that covers only her eyes.

    When she meets Austin Ames (Chad Michael Murray) at the dance, he has no idea who she is, despite the fact that he has seen and talked to her many times throughout the movie. Apparently, covering a very small portion of her facial skin hides her entire identity. In fact, no one at the school realizes that Sam is the person in the Cinderella costume, including her two stepsisters who live with her every day. 

    Bad disguise?
  • After Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) is disfigured in an explosion and put in the hospital, the Joker (Heath Ledger) pays him a visit to convince him to take revenge for Rachel's (Maggie Gyllenhaal) passing and his own suffering. To get into Harvey Dent's room, the Joker dons a disguise that consists only of a flimsy paper mask and a nurse outfit. Although his mouth is covered, the makeup on his face is clearly visible, including his dark eyes and bright white skin. 

    Even though the paper mask does nothing to disguise the Joker, Dent doesn't recognize him. The Joker walks in and lifts his bed, all the while wearing the paper mask. As soon as he removes the mask, Dent recognizes the villain and freaks out. Maybe Dent's injury did a little more damage than we thought, because that paper mask wasn't fooling anyone. 

    Bad disguise?