Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?

Clearly the one in the middle is not in disguise but the other two are!

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn we once again go a travelling through the Tropes of Fantasy with Nathan.  This week our topic is:


Hiding in plain site?  Put on a disguise.  Often used to sneak into the evil lair.  For best results brain a guard and steal his; no one is tracking these things.

I’m not really sure if I’m cheating or not because I haven’t just gone for putting on a disguise but chosen a few other examples:

Glamoured – For example the Fae or series such as Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments where glamours have been used to hide things in plain sight.  

Tithe by Holly Black – in which the main protagonist is a changelling (she’s of course not aware of this) and has in place a human glamour or disguise.

Spelled – fairly obvious but, in which somebody’s appearance is changed through magic

Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones – in which a young girl called Sophie is changed into an elderly woman by the Witch of the Waste.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Ron, Hermione and Harry take polyjuice potion – unfortunately Hermione’s potion goes a little wrong:

Regular Disguise:

For me the masters of disguise are the Gentlemen Bastards, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch in which many disguises are donned!  Enough said.


The Invisible Man! kidding…

Harry Potter has a cloak of invisibility – okay, maybe not a disguise but you could certainly sneak into an evil lair!


Okay, this guy is in disguise:

This is what he really looks like

I confess that Spiderman’s disguise – now, that’s a real disguise

Gender swap

You know, cut off your hair, wear trousers and a hat and bingo – you’ve changed from a girl to boy, or put on a wig and a dress and similarly….

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler – in which, hoping to avoid notice, Winter Ihernglass dressed as a man and joined the army – her plan of staying in the background goes a little wrong.

I couldn’t resist…


Suzume – Generation V by ML Brennan – not a typical shapeshifter.  Suzume is actually a fox – who changes into a human – okay, maybe it’s more an ability than a disguise but she can certainly hide if she needs to.


7 Responses to “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”

  1. digitaltempest

    I definitely think glamours count! LOL. My list would be a lot shorter if they didn’t. Great picks!

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh good – I went and put them on there anyway. But, well, yeah, a glamour is a disguise isn’t it! I don’t know why I question myself sometimes.
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    I love your choices Lynn, especially that you’ve included some not so obvious forms of disguise. When I saw this topic I straight away thought of Harry Potter and polyjuice potion too. I think I am finally going to have to give this meme a go on my blog this week 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      So glad you joined in – pity I was away at the time so didn’t join in as much this week – but ‘orphans’ next week should be interesting.
      Lynn 😀

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