Disguise Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Disguise


  1. Abigail enters nunnery as convert to retrieve money. [Br. Lit.: The Jew of Malta]
  2. Achilles disguised as a woman to avoid conscription. [Gk. Legend: Brewer Handbook, 642 (Lycomedes)]
  3. Aspatia disguised as a man, engages a nobleman in a duel and dies of her wounds. [Br. Drama: Beaumont and Fletcher The Maid’s Tragedy in Sobel, 444]
  4. Athena assumes Mentor’s form to persuade Telemachus to search for his father. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
  5. Babbie a young lady of good blood runs about in the dress and manners of a gypsy. [Br. Lit.: Barrie The Little Minister in Magill I, 513]
  6. Batman millionaire Bruce Wayne dresses in his batlike cape and cowl. [Comics: Horn, 101]
  7. Beaucaire, Monsieur to escape marriage, nobleman pretends to be a barber. [Am. Lit.: Monsieur Beaucaire]
  8. Biron masks self as Muscovite; woos wrong woman. [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
  9. Blakeney, Percy outwits his opponents by his ingenious disguises. [Br. Lit.: Scarlet Pimpernel]
  10. Bones, Brom impersonates Headless Horseman to scare off rival suitor. [Am. Lit.: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow]
  11. Brainworm impersonates variety of characters in his trickery. [Br. Lit.: Every Man in His Humour]
  12. Burchell, Mr. baronet passes himself off as beggar. [Br. Lit.: The Vicar of Wakefield]
  13. Burlingame, Henry man with a thousand faces. [Am. Lit.: The Sot-Weed Factor]
  14. Charley’s Aunt man poses as a woman in order to get his pal out of a jam. [Br. Drama: Barnhart, 228]
  15. Cléonte masquerades as Grand Turk to win pretentious man’s daughter. [Fr. Lit.: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme]
  16. Cupid disguised as Ascanius, son of Aeneas. [Gk. Myth.: Aeneid]
  17. Demara, Ferdinand, Jr., “Great Impostor”; posed in professional roles. [Am. Hist.: Wallechinsky, 484]
  18. Despina disguised doctor who supposedly restores lovers to life. [Ger. Opera: Mozart, Cosi fan tutte, Westerman, 98]
  19. Elaine disguises herself as Guinevere in order to seduce Lancelot. [Br. Lit.: Malory Le Mort d’Arthur]
  20. Eugenia, St. dressed as male, becomes abbot of Egyptian monastery. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 120]
  21. Finn, Huckleberry after his supposed death, he dons a girl’s dress and goes into town to gain information. [Am. Lit.: Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn]
  22. Ford assumes pseudonym to uncover adulterer. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor]
  23. Gareth queen requires him to disguise himself as a kitchen hand before he may seek knighthood. [Br. Poetry: Tennyson Idylls of the King]
  24. Gustavus, King he and his lover Amelia are in disguises when he is killed by her husband. [Ital. Opera: Un Ballo in Maschera in Osborne Opera]
  25. Hardcastle, Kate wins her suitor by pretending to be a barmaid. [Br. Drama: Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer in Benét, 926]
  26. Hautdesert, Sir Bercilak de disguised as Green Knight, challenges Gawain’s valor. [Br. Lit.: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]
  27. Helena disguises herself as a pilgrim in order to follow her husband from France to Italy. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare All’s Well That Ends Well]
  28. Holmes, Sherlock returns in disguise after his supposed death to surprise his enemies. [Br. Lit.: Doyle The Return of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes]
  29. Imogen dresses in boy’s clothes to escape her husband’s murder plot. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare Cymbeline]
  30. Jacob dressed as Esau to obtain father’s blessing. [O.T.: Genesis 27:15–16]
  31. Joker, the master of disguise confounds Batman. [Comics: “Batman” in Horn, 101]
  32. Julia masks self as page. [Br. Lit.: Two Gentlemen of Verona]
  33. Köpenick tailor disguised as a captain, takes over city. [Ger. Lit.: Captain from Köpenick, Espy, 173]
  34. Kenneth, Sir as Richard’s slave, saves king from assassination. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
  35. Leonora dressed as a man, elopes with Alvaro and takes refuge in a hermit’s cave. [Ital. Opera: La Forza del Destino in Osborne Opera]
  36. Leonora masks as Fidelio to save imprisoned husband. [Ger. Opera: Beethoven, Fidelio, Scholes, 352–353]
  37. Leucippus youth disguised as girl to be near Daphne; killed upon discovery. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 150]
  38. Lone Ranger masked crime fighter hides true identity. [Radio: Buxton, 143–144; Comics: Horn, 460; TV: Terrace, II, 34–35]
  39. Maupin, Madelaine de dresses and acts like a man in order to go among men and see them as they really are. [Fr. Lit.: Mademoiselle de Maupin in Magill I, 542]
  40. Merry Wives of Windsor, The Mr. Ford disguises himself in order to thwart Falstaff’s designs on Mrs. Ford. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Merry Wives of Windsor]
  41. Nanki-Poo emperor’s son disguised as a minstrel. [Br. Opera: The Mikado, Magill I, 591–592]
  42. Octavian to spare his mistress, dresses as a chambermaid; Baron Ochs flirts with “her”. [Ger. Opera: Strauss Der Rosenkavalier in Benét, 877]
  43. Odysseus changed by Athena into an old beggar to avoid his recognition by Penelope’s suitors. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
  44. Paolo, Don political agitator dressed incognito as priest. [Ital. Lit.: Bread and Wine]
  45. Paris disguised as priest of Venus to free Helen. [Fr. Operetta: Offenbach, La Belle Hélène, Westerman, 272–273]
  46. Pierre, Maître a French merchant; in reality, King Louis XI. [Br. Lit.: Quentin Durward, Magill I, 795–797]
  47. Portia heiress disguises herself as a lawyer and wins a case for her fiancé’s friend. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Merchant of Venice]
  48. Rodolph, Grand Duke roams the streets in disguise, befriending the unfortunate. [Fr. Lit.: Sue The Mysteries of Paris in Magill I, 632]
  49. Rosalind disguises herself as a male. [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
  50. Saladin Saracen leader, in doctor’s garb, cures Richard’s illness. [Br. Lit.: The Talisman]
  51. Serannes, Theodore de “young man” in reality Mademoiselle de Maupin. [Fr. Lit.: Mademoiselle de Maupin, Magill I, 542–543]
  52. Siegfried disguised as Gunther, steals gold ring from Brunhild. [Ger. Opera: Wagner, Götterdämmerung, Westerman, 244]
  53. Spina, Pietro antifascist patriot disguises himself as a priest. [Ital. Lit.: Bread and Wine]
  54. Superman superhero under guise of Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter. [Comics: Horn, 642]
  55. Thousandfurs king’s daughter works anonymously, cloaked in manypelted coat. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Grimm, 245]
  56. Toad of Toad Hall passes as washerwoman to escape from jail. [Children’s Lit.: The Wind in the Willows]
  57. Toinette disguises herself as a doctor and prescribes radical treatment for a hypochondriac. [Fr. Drama: Moliére Le Malade Imaginaire in Sobel, 445]
  58. Vicentio masquerades as Friar Lodowick. [Br. Lit.: Measure for Measure]
  59. Viola masquerades as Cesario. [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night]
  60. Zeus disguises himself as: satyr to lie with Antiope, Amphitryon with Alcmena, Artemis with Callisto, shower of gold with Danaë, white bull with Europa, swan with Leda, flame of fire with Aegina, and cuckoo with Hera. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 1719; New Century, 1158; Zimmerman, 293]
  61. Zorro masked swordsman, defender of weak and oppressed. [Am. Lit.: comic strip (1919); Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 794; TV: Terrace, II, 461–462]

Dishonesty (See DECEIT.)