Black Heroes Matter: Inspirational Black Characters in Pop Culture

From web-slinging superheroes to beignet-making princesses, black characters are inspirational to everyone. Diversity in pop culture is extremely important, but […]

Oono from Hi Score Girl

Oono Akira is a girl who doesn’t speak much. Despite not speaking much, she has very lively facial expressions. Oono does well in her studies and hobbies, especially gaming. She can be aggressive at times, but it’s mostly towards Haruo. Funnily, Haruo is someone who is good at reading Oono’s expressions, so they are friends. Oono and Haruo geek over games in Hi Score Girl.

Sypha Belnades from Castlevania

Sypha Belnades (played by Alejandra Reynoso in the Castlevania animated series) is a sorceress with control over the elements. Her people, the speakers, are a nomadic tribe of scholars and magicians. Syphas people were wrongly accused of causing Dracula’s mass murders of humans and therefor were mostly in hiding. Sypha herself presented as a young man so she would not be accused of being a witch. She met Trevor Belmont in The Catacombs after being turned back from stone once he killed the cyclops that attacked her. The two start working together shortly after and decide to start on a quest to kill Dracula and defeat his army. Sypha’s Costume requires a good amount of layering. I recommend turning the Teal Mesh Poncho Top inside out and cutting from the bottom along the seam until you reach the top of the shoulder. This will give more visibility to the layers underneath the poncho. Use the bandage wrap over her tank top which should be tucked into her skirt. This is a fun simple DIY costume that will be a great choice for any cosplay event.

america chavez marvel character

Miss America (America Chavez)

Miss America, or America Chavez, is a superhero in the Marvel comics. Raised by her parents in the Utopian Parallel, she absorbed her powers from Demiurge’s magic. Her abilities include super strength, super speed, and flight. Another one of her abilities, star blast, projects a star with an incredible energy blast that was capable of wounding Captain Marvel! Miss America is on the current roster of the Young Avengers. Additionally, she makes history as the first Latina LGBTQ character to star in an ongoing series.

Holiday Pam from Brawl Stars

Holiday Pam from Brawl Stars

In Brawl Stars, Pam is a tough mother figure with a retro style who attacks enemies with bursts of scrap metal and heals her teammates with “Mama’s Kiss”. In her new holiday skin, Pam is ready for a hot summer day on the beach, with a water gun backpack and picnic basket.

mary winchester from supernatural

Mary Winchester from Supernatural

Mary Winchester (played by Samantha Smith) is the mother of Sam and Dean on the CW’s Supernatural.  In the earliest seasons of the show, Mary is shown mostly in flashbacks, as she was murdered by the Yellow Eyed Demon when Sam was a baby.  However, she is later resurrected by The Darkness as a favor for Dean.  When she was originally killed, Mary wore a white nightgown.  As a hunter, she opts for sensible clothing that moves well and a sharp machete or other appropriate weapon.

Warden Wrath from The Owl House

Warden Wrath from The Owl House

Warden Wrath (voiced by Robert Craig Smith) is the head warden of the Conformitorium. As the name implies it is where “unruly” citizens go so that they may learn to conform to the way Warden Wrath thinks things ought to be. He is not someone you want to cross, after all. He can shapeshift and breathe fire, as well as do tremendous damage with his superior strength.

To get his fearsome look you need foundational garments of black scrub pants tucked into heeled boots and a tight-fitting undershirt with a black hood. Over that goes a white “mad scientist” coat belted around the waist with a black leather belt. Then you put in your plague mask and pull the hood up and you’re good to go!

You can take things a step further by getting long grey gloves to cover your hands and arms, the only exposed skin Warden Wrath has. Grey body paint can also help you get the same effect!

Isaac from Castlevania

Isaac (played by Adetokumboh M’Cormack in the Netflix series Castlevania) is Dracula’s human right-hand man and one of the two devil forge masters in Dracula’s army. Unlike his naive counterpart Hector, Isaac is extremely loyal and passionate about ending humanity. He has seen the dark side of humanity from an early age and although he may technically be a major antagonist in Castlevania, one can not help but feel for Isaac. He is a complex character that has as much willpower to build an army of demons as he has compassion for those who are kind to him. Isaac’s costume takes a bit of layering. You will need to wear the Black Leather Neck Seal underneath the Medieval Black Lace Up V-Neck Long Sleeve. After tucking the long sleeve into the Medieval Trouser Pants you can wrap the Wine Red Sash Belt around your waist. After this, you can go about adding the other accessories. Once everything is on you will be ready for any cosplay event or Halloween party.

Bobby Singer from Supernatural

Bobby Singer from Supernatural

Supernatural may be coming to a close but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep dressing like your favorite hunter. And Bobby Singer (played by Jim Beaver) is almost always at the top of fans’ Favorite Hunters list. He is the surrogate father that got the boys through more tough times than any two people really ought to have. And the literal end of the world came around – every time it came around – Bobby was there to help stop it.

Cosplaying as Bobby is fairly easy. You just need work boots, jeans, a t-shirt, a plaid flannel, and a trucker cap. The t-shirt should have some sort of graphic on it, likely from any number of small diners or gas stations where Bobby stopped while on a hunt. Things get a little tricky, though, when it comes to the condition of the clothes. On top of being a hunter Bobby is a mechanic. His clothes are work-worn and often oil stained, which will take some doing when you buy the clothes brand new. It’s worth it, though, to pull off the Bobby Singer look!

And of course what hunter would want to go out without their demon hunting knife? Just be sure it complies with the weapons policy of the convention you’re attending and the location it’s in. If it doesn’t opt for salt and demon traps instead!