Movies

Mr. Perkins from Despicable Me

Mr. Perkins (voice by Will Arnett) is the main villain of Despicable Me. He makes an appearance as a minor antagonist in Minions. Unlike most cartoon villains he keeps a cool head. But he is otherwise the epitome of cartoon evil. He even runs the Bank of Evil. You can’t get much more, well, evil than that.

It is surprisingly easy to dress as this villain supreme. He has good taste, which helps. A rich blue three-piece suit is accented by a light grey button down and teal accessories. Black dress shoes are understated enough not to take away from the rest of his look. His hair, though, is another matter. Mr. Perkins is largely bald save for a ring of hair that poke up on either side of his head like horns. It’s a unique hair style that might be easier to recreate using a bald cap, grey wool roving, and glue than it is to buy pre-made.

Black Canary from Birds of Prey

In the beginning, Dinah Lance (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) uses her metahuman-enhanced vocal abilities solely for entertainment in a crime boss’s personal club. She swaps that role out for a life of vigilante action with Harley Quinn‘s all-girl Birds of Prey team.

Wanda Maximoff in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Wanda Maximoff from Avengers: Age of Ultron

Wanda Maximoff (played by Elizabeth Olsen) is one of the most powerful women in the MCU. Long before she squared off against Thanos, though, she was an experiment for the Hydra scientist Baron von Strucker. She and her brother Quicksilver both gained abilities after agreeing to be von Strucker’s test subjects. Wanda can move things with her mind, create force fields, and, when angry, rip nearly anything apart. The color of her energy earned her the nickname Scarlet Witch, which is also reflected in the clothes she wears. She heavily prefers the colors red and black. She also tends to wear several layers of jewelry, never content simply with one ring or necklace. She generally wears her long auburn hair down but is sometimes known to pull it back in a high ponytail. Wanda also prefers dark eye makeup and red lips with otherwise subtle makeup. She is not the type to trust easily and tries not to use her powers in too obvious a fashion unless absolutely necessary.

Arthur Pendragon from Shrek

Arthur “Artie” Pendragon is a character from the third Shrek movie. King Harold is on his deathbed, so Shrek and Princess Fiona are next in line as king and queen. When Shrek denies the crown, the king tells him to find Arthur — his nephew and therefore the only suitable heir. Unfortunately, Artie is known as a loser amongst his peers. With the help of Shrek, Donkey, and Puss in Boots, as well as the wizard Merlin, he defeats Prince Charming takes his rightful place on the throne.  The role is voiced by famous singer Justin Timberlake.

Huntress from Birds of Prey

Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) from Birds of Prey

Helena Bertinelli (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is the incarnation of DC superheroine Huntress that appears in Birds of Prey (Harley Quinn‘s liberating follow-up to the Suicide Squad film). Like many of the female leads in this new film, Helena’s conquered some horrific demons, such as watching her entire family die at the hands of rival mobsters. Armed with her crossbow and wits, Helena seeks revenge for her family’s murder and aids the reinvented Harley in her fantabulous emancipation.

shuri black panther

Shuri

Shuri is a main character in Marvel’s Black Panther. She is the innovative mastermind behind Wakanda’s advanced technology. She is also the younger sister of T’Challa, or Black Panther. Even though she enjoys teasing her brother, she deeply cares for him. After Killmonger’s victory, Shuri and Queen Ramonda stop at nothing to revive T’Challa and restore him as the righteous Black Panther. She then fights alongside the Dora Milaje to save Wakanda. She is portrayed by Letitia Wright in the movie.

Nadine from Edge of Seventeen

Nadine Byrd, played by Hailee Steinfeld, awkwardly exists in the shadow of her super popular older brother. After her brother and her best friend, Krista, begin dating, Nadine feels she has no one left in the world. She sometimes tries to break out her awkwardness. It’s not until she develops an unexpected friendship that things look not so bad in The Edge of Seventeen.

Mystique from X-Men

Mystique from X-Men

Misunderstood and bullied since childhood, blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique (played onscreen by Jennifer Lawrence and Rebecca Romijn) truly understands anti-mutant oppression. Her early experiences of mistreatment shaped her stance in the fight for mutant equality — or even dominance, as her leader, Magneto, gravitates towards.

Mystique is easily remembered for her onscreen appearances wearing only the strategically-placed blue scales she was born with (requiring Rebecca Romijn to spend hours in the makeup room), but comic book portrayals have been slightly more favorable to cosplayers attending family-friendly venues. You could buy the blue jumpsuit and stop there, but I’ve included some additional garments which draw inspiration from my personal favorite Mystique look from the retro X-Men arcade game.

Raphina from Sing Street

Raphina is an aspiring model approached by Conor Lalor to star in a music video for his band. She’s a fashionista with a cool outer appearance. Inside, she fights with the uncertainty of her life. Raphina, played by Lucy Boynton, learns more about the band members while chasing after her dream of being a London model in Sing Street.

maja from midsommar

Maja from Midsommar

In Midsommar, Maja (played by Isabelle Grill) is a young woman who uses strange rituals and psychedelic drugs to seduce Dani’s boyfriend Christian in order to have sex with him and become pregnant. A very quiet girl, she is transformed after her encounter with Christian, wearing red lipstick and more brightly colored clothing to signify her fertility.