9 times celebrities won Comic-Con by going incognito

Every year at San Diego Comic-Con celebrity attendees famously yearn to walk the floors as regular fanboys and girls just like the rest of us (unless, apparently, you’re Jesse Eisenberg).

Even without the burden of recognition navigating Comic-Con can be slow-going, and the task is only made more difficult when enthusiastic fans stop to ask for photos and autographs. Therefore, in true superhero fashion, many stars have found the easiest way to walk among the crowds of average mortals is by donning costumed alter-egos.

Starting with the most recent, these celebrities took on San Diego Comic-Con 2015 by going incognito:

9. Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame is no stranger to the art of navigating SDCC without being recognized. This year he raised the bar by inviting Food Network’s Alton Brown and astronaut Chris Hadfield to explore the exhibit hall disguised in coordinating costumes – as the Twins from The Matrix Reloaded and in spacesuits based on the Stanley Kubrick classic 2001, respectively.

8. Rejecting a Deadpool disguise as the obvious choice, Ryan Reynolds revealed his secret to making panels on time – harnessing the power of the Dark Side.

Late for your panel? Sometimes ya gotta make a run for it – harnessing the dark powers of Lord Vader. #sdcc #deadpool

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7. Standing 6’11’, NBA All Star Dwight Howard attended his first Comic-Con and managed to perfectly blend in roaming undercover as a Predator.

Comic con. Love life you only live [email protected] @movieclips A photo posted by Dwight Howard (@dwighthoward) on

6. Last year, Daniel Radcliffe had the chance to live out his dream of being Spider-Man, if only for an afternoon. “I did an American accent for the whole time. I even took a rucksack, so I look like I’m just coming to Comic-Con. I had a whole look. But it was great. I took lots of pictures with people who did not know that it was me.”
Although, we can’t imagine he that many people using words like “rucksack.”

5. Harry Potter wasn’t the only undercover web-head at SDCC 2014; Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams walked the floor as a friendly neighborhood Spider too.

Have you seen this girl? #SDCC

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4. Peter Jackson dodged fans and the Eye of Sauron on the show floor dressed as a sinister clown.

“I had a fun day at Comic Con walking among you all,” Jackson wrote. “Did anyone see the Evil Jester? Some of you did because you asked him to pose for pics! Cheers, Peter J.”

3. Jack Black bought a Stormtrooper costume to walk the floor, and might have gotten away with it if he hadn’t removed his helmet at every booth (including Sideshow’s to pick up a Red Hulk Premium Format Figure.)

2. In 2013, Tom Hiddleston made a surprise appearance in Hall H dressed in full costume as Marvel villain Loki. But how was he able to pull off such a fantastic feat? By donning a Jango Fett costume all the way from London to San Diego, that’s how. He explained his selection, “I’m 6 foot 2. It was the only one that fit in the costume shop. They were sold out of Stormtroopers.”

1. That same year, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston claimed the throne as a king of celebrity cosplay the time he appeared as his own character, Walter White.

What are your favorite legendary celebrity stories (in costume or otherwise) from Comic-Cons past? Tell us in the comments below!