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Teresa Lisbon from The Mentalist

Teresa Lisbon (played by Robbin Tunney) is a long-suffering, hard-boiled detective working for the California Bureau of Investigation, leading a team that includes the incorrigible mentalist, Patrick Jane. Lisbon’s hard-as-nails, by-the-book personality is tested over and over again by Jane as they learn to work with each other over several seasons of The Mentalist. Her business-casual style usually encompasses boot-cut trousers, a basic tucked-in top, and a black jacket — either an office-friendly blazer or leather jacket. She’s rarely seen without her crucifix necklace, symbolic of the religious upbringing she counts among her many strongly-held convictions.

Yukine from Noragami

Yukine is Yato‘s current Regalia / Shinki, a revived spirit that transforms into a weapon at their master’s command. Under mysterious, presumably tragic circumstances, Yukine died at a young age and wandered as a soul until Yato — desperate for a new Regalia — “acquired” him. The thing is, Yukine will never age, so to Yato’s chagrin, he’ll forever have the maturity level of a middle schooler. (It’s a bit of a pot-meets-kettle situation with these two.)

Yukine’s outfits tend to consist of castoff garments (and the occasional pilfered item), such as the imitation military puffer jacket pictured below. The most affordable ones are available only on the used market, not unlike Yukine’s own. What makes it special is that there’s orange lining, but any army green jacket with a furry hoodie should do in a pinch.

Sisu from Raya and the Last Dragon

Sisu from Raya and the Last Dragon

Goofy and lovable with a penchant for rhyming, Sisu the dragon (voiced by Awkwafina) has numerous magical abilities, including transforming into a human. Her outfit seems like it was practically designed with us cosplayers in mind! Sisu and her newfound friend Raya embark on a quest to unite the fragments of a powerful dragon orb that protects the five divided kingdoms of Kumandra from evil spirits.

Mika from Drifting Dragons

Mika from Drifting Dragons

On board the Quin Zaza, draker Mika eats enough for the airship’s entire crew! After a successful dragon hunt, the first thing out of his mouth is an idea for what new food he can prepare with their latest catch. (And the first thing in is likely a dragon-meat sandwich!) Despite his apparent obsession with dragon-based cuisine, Mika is an expert Draker, albeit with slightly unorthodox methods at times.

The White Queen from Alice in Wonderland

The White Queen from Alice in Wonderland

Anne Hathaway brings the ethereal White Queen to life in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movies. She is the polar opposite of her sister, the wicked Red Queen, preferring kindness over decapitation of those who annoy her. She favors the color white and a Victorianesque wardrobe, consistent with the era of Lewis Carroll and Alice’s home world.

Grace van Pelt from The Mentalist

Grace Van Pelt from The Mentalist

At first glance, Grace Van Pelt (Amanda Righetti) is quiet and demure, but she proves herself to be an a proficient computer hacking expert for Teresa Lisbon‘s team at the California Bureau of Investigation. Consistent with her conservative upbringing, Van Pelt is a modest dresser with preppy influences. When the actress, Amanda Righetti, became pregnant during The Mentalist’s fifth season, Van Pelt’s onscreen wardrobe began including loose-fitting blazers to hide her figure (though the new mother’s natural beauty could never be fully unconcealed), and she was always filmed while seated behind large computer monitors.

Invisible Woman from The Fantastic 4

Invisible Woman from The Fantastic Four

Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba) makes up one fourth of the Fantastic Four, a group of superheroes who acquired their diverse abilities after exposure to cosmic rays. Sue’s power is invisibility. With the help of her brilliant husband Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, her incorrigible brother Johnny Storm / Human Torch, and their temperamental friend Ben Grimm / The Thing, they defend the world from a slew of alien invaders and also their former associate, scientist Doctor Doom.

Jay Garrick from The Flash

Jay Garrick from The Flash

Far out there in the multiverse exists Jay Garrick, a different incarnation of The Flash. On The CW’s The Flash show, John Wesley Shipp, an original Flash actor from the 1990s show, appears as both Barry Allen’s father and, later, the real Jay Garrick of his native timeline. (There was some confusion, initially, about who Jay Garrick really was. Long story.) Aside from the winged helmet, Jay Garrick’s Flash costume is extremely easy to source and assemble. A simple red crewneck shirt can be enhanced with the Flash’s signature lightning bolt printed over iron-on transfer paper.

Gaston from Beauty and the Beast

Gaston from Beauty and the Beast

Ask any Tom, Dick, or Stanley, and they’ll tell you they want to be on Gaston’s team! After all, no one hits, matches wits, or spits (well, expectorates) quite like him — and his antler-decorating skills are unmatched in all of Gaston’s provincial French village! Gaston (voiced by Richard White) sure has let the praise his followers bestow upon him get to his head. He acts like he’s Walt Disney’s gift to women, much to the chagrin of one Belle.

Ruth from The Ancient Magus Bride

Ruth from The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Ruth (voiced by Austin Tindle / Kōki Uchiyama) is the shapeshifting familiar of young Chise Hatori, the titular Ancient Magus’ Bride. Whether he’s in his waffle-loving human form or a big black dog, he’s so loyal and ever so kind. Prior to meeting Chise and her magic mentor, Elias, Ruth was the pet dog of a young woman named Isabelle, and known to her as Ulysse/Yurishi. Loyal to a fault, he stayed by Isabelle’s grave after she died suddenly, watching over her in hopes that she’d once again wake up. In his desperation, he became a fae spirit whose presence overcame the graveyard until Chise was able to reason with him. Now that he’s Chise’s familiar, he presents and dresses as a brooding young man close in age with his young mistress.