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[personal profile] balbanes 2017-08-09 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Question: do domino masks work when you already know the person? I can see how they'd be useful if the wearer is a stranger. But I'd like to think I can recognize most people I know if they were wearing one. Especially given that I've sometimes recognized people from behind, based on their haircut and body type.

[personal profile] zachbeacon 2017-08-09 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Green Lantern was a terrible movie but the scene where Carol immediately recognizes Hal is wonderful and long overdue in a Superhero movie
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[personal profile] mastiff 2017-08-09 10:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Wellll... they do remarkably little to disguise a person's voice when you're talking to them, especially less than a foot away. So I'm gonna go with "no".

Unless she's doing her gravel-gargling impersonation of Christian Bale as Batman. Which is a little disturbing.
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[personal profile] q99 2017-08-10 01:57 am (UTC)(link)
I know of people having trouble recognizing long-time friends due to glasses and hairstyle, so yea, they should work for most people.

One thing is, once you do recognize someone, all the minor features click into place, but if you don't, your brain might not even be trying to associate them.

[identity profile] daningram.insanejournal.com 2017-08-10 02:00 am (UTC)(link)
Actually, a domino mask could work perfectly for Kamala.

She's a shapeshifter. She could modify her cheekbones, grow a mole, add an extra inch to her height and alter her voice.

Just sayin'.
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[personal profile] balbanes 2017-08-10 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Have we seen Kamala use her powers in Mystique-like ways? She shifted to Carol early on, and then to her mother. Both were inadvertent. I don't think I've ever seen her knowingly use her powers to disguise herself as another person.

Human disguises are certainly within her power set, but she doesn't seem to have the training to intentionally pull it off (yet).

In any event, if she can change her appearance like that, then she doesn't need the mask at all.

[personal profile] long_silence 2017-08-10 10:06 pm (UTC)(link)
She turned herself into Rhodey once in Bendis' Iron Man book

She hasn't done it much in her own book. Though I do remember her turning into a couch once
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2017-08-11 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
See also the Will Payton Starman, who could rehsape his face and body and who didn't wear a mask because his "hero" face and physique were entirely different to his "civilian" ones.

[personal profile] philippos42 2017-08-10 09:42 am (UTC)(link)
There's not one answer, because there are different degrees of faceblindness. It depends on the viewer.
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[personal profile] liliaeth 2017-08-10 10:47 am (UTC)(link)
yeah, I'm one of those people who wouldn't be able to recognize them, if all they did was change their hairstyle, or clothing style.

I've been known to not even recognize my own brother while meeting him on the street, unless he's got his dog with him.
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[personal profile] ericadawn16 2017-08-11 05:27 am (UTC)(link)
Also, context, I'm really bad at recognizing people out of the context I associate them with.
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[personal profile] balbanes 2017-08-10 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Sure, except that the point of the mask is to keep your identity secret from everyone. If the (say) 20% of the population with good recognition skills will immediately identify you, you're not going to wear the domino mask.

By way of analogy: suppose a certain type of cloth was--for weird genetic reasons-- completely transparent to some people. Would you ever willingly wear clothes made from that cloth, knowing that you'd be effectively naked for people with that gene?