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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

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.

Noodle from Gorillaz

Noodle from Gorillaz

Noodle (voiced currently by Haruka Abe) is the mysterious lead guitarist of the virtual band, Gorillaz. As a small child, she introduced herself with the one word that became her band stage name, and joined Gorillaz after the unceremonious departure of their prior guitarist. Since the band’s 1998 formation, Noodle has grown up and gone through several aesthetic phases. Now age 29, she sports dark bluish hair and a punky fashion sense.

For this costume, I’ve combined two outfits, one from character concept art and another from the “Saturnz Barz” music video, where she wears an unusual pair of sunglasses. We suggest buying two pairs of inexpensive sunglasses and switching out one of the lenses.

Lirael from the Abhorsen Trilogy

Lirael from the Abhorsen Trilogy

Lirael is the only young woman in her commune, the Clayr, who has not yet manifested her people’s ability of clairvoyance. As she gets older, she comes into her own as an assistant librarian, proudly wearing the red robes of her position. (The library, full of books on magic, empowers her with other skills.) Given the lack of acceptance from her peers, Lirael and her magical canine friend take a journey to learn the truth of her past.

Neon Katt from RWBY Costume

Neon Katt from RWBY

“Never miss a beat!” Neon Katt (Meg Turney) is a highly competitive Huntress in training, whom Team RWBY first encounters during the Vytal Festival competition that pits top student Huntsmen against each other. Naturally, Neon didn’t hesitate to trash talk her opponents and spin around them in rainbow circles, not unlike the Internet meme she’s named for!

Bianca Castafiore from Tintin.

Bianca Castafiore from Tintin

Bianca Castafiore is a kindhearted opera singer better known to the world as the Milanese Nightingale, although if you ask Tintin or Captain Haddock, she sounds quite awful. Herge’s heroic comic book duo seem to have a minority opinion, though, and they’ve used Bianca’s fame to their advantage while defeating globe-trotting villains. If only Señora Castafiore, who memorizes many a famous operatic piece, could get Haddock’s name right….

Patrick Jane from The Mentalist Season 6

Patrick Jane (Season Six) from The Mentalist

With the defeat of serial killer Red John behind him at the midpoint of Season 6, Patrick Jane (played by Australian actor Simon Baker) escapes the law to Mexico, where he spends the next two years living the idyllic life of a hermit. His old mind-bending ways are a thing of the past, or so he thinks, as he traipses across scenic beaches in a red sarong, worn Oxfords (with no socks), and custom-made designer shirt (with a noticeable lack of epaulets, his tailor is quick to point out). That is, until the FBI summons him back to the United States to solve a series of cases in return for his freedom. Jane may have returned to active Mentalist duties, but his dress reflects his all the more laissez-faire attitude towards his job of closing cases.

John Raymond Arnold from Jurassic Park

John Raymond Arnold from Jurassic Park

“Hold onto your butts!” John Raymond Arnold was a scientist working at Jurassic Park when its catastrophic, pre-opening day massacre happened. With the park’s T-rex and velociraptors on the loose, Arnold was quick (perhaps a little too quick) to lend a hand (well, more like a whole arm) in restoring as much order as possible to the disaster.