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Richard Strickland from The Shape of Water

Colonel Richard Strickland (played by Michael Shannon) is in charge of a project designed to “study” a humanoid amphibious being found in South America. And by study I mean maltreat and eventually dissect in an attempt to learn something that might be helpful to the military. He will stop at nothing to complete his mission, his work overshadowing everything else in his life. And he does it all with that classic creepy midcentury vibe.

You can get the same vibe with just a few pieces. Pomade will slick back your hair to match Strickland’s style. A button-down shirt under a shirt, suspenders, and tie gives you a classic mid-century look. Finish it off with dark Oxfords and an overcoat and you’re ready to prowl the stark halls of every secret Army installation in Baltimore.

Peter Vincent from Fright Night (2011)

Peter Vincent (played to perfection by David Tennant) is a big time magician and alleged vampire expert in the 2011 reboot of Fright Night. Rather than the more classic vibe of the original Peter Vincent (who was likely named after veteran classic horror movie actor Vincent Price), Tennant’s Price is more like the stage magicians made popular in Vegas and on late night programming in the early 2000’s.

Tennant’s Price dresses in black leather and tight t-shirts from metal bands he likes. This includes leather boots, pants, and a long leather duster. He wears his dark hair long and favors a well-trimmed goatee over the clean shaven look of the original Vincent Price.

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Black Star

Black Star is a character in the anime Soul Eater. Former member of the Spartoi and last surviving member of the Star Clan, Black Star is an assassin and shadow weapon meister. He attends Death Weapon Meister Academy, where his weapon partner is Tsubaki Nakatsukasa. Despite being one of the top students, he is loud, arrogant, and immature, with a tendency to exhibit a superiority complex. His additional abilities include wavelength control, madness, and flight.

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Dean Pelton

Dean Craig Pelton (Jim Rash) is a main character in NBC’s sitcom Community. He is the well-meaning, yet bumbling dean of Greendale Community College. He strives to restore the prestige and seriousness of the school in spite of paintball wars and blanket and pillow forts. He has a obvious crush on Jeff Winger. Regarding his sexuality, gay “doesn’t even begin to cover it” and makes up “approximately two sevenths” of what he is. He also has a weird fetish for dalmatians. Given his vast costume collection, Dean Pelton can be considered a cosplayer himself! This guide includes one of his best known costumes from the iconic payday rap.

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Minato Namikaze from Naruto

Minato Namikaze (voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa and Tony Oliver) was the Fourth Hokage of Konohagakure.  Also known as the Yellow Flash, Minato was a powerful ninja who died while protecting his village.  Despite being only mentioned for much of the series, Minato plays a key role in the story as the husband of Kushina, father of Naruto, and former sensei of Kakashi Hatake, Obito, and Rin.  Minato wears the standard Konoha jonin uniform, with his Yondaime cape over top.  He often uses kunai knives in tandem with his Flying Thunder God technique in battle.

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Catherine from Catherine: Full Body

Catherine (voiced by Laura Bailey) is a demonic succubus from the video games Catherine and Catherine: Full Body. Catherine is a video game developer at Fowles Electronics, and seduces unfaithful men by dooming them to their nightmares. She begins a relationship with Vincent Brooks, who waivers between wanting to commit to his girlfriend Katherine and a desire to maintain his bachelorhood.  Much like in the original, Catherine’s outfit looks a lot like lingerie and includes a white corset top and mini skirt.

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Ban from Seven Deadly Sins

Ban is a main character in the anime Seven Deadly Sins. He is the immortal Fox sin of Greed and the husband of Elaine, the fairy sister of King. After the sins disbanded, Ban became imprisoned in the Baste Dungeon. When he discovered Meliodas was still alive, he managed to escape and reunite with him. His main power is Snatch, and his main weapon are a pair of silver nunchucks. Selfish and easily excited, Ban usually articulates a singsong type voice. You can style the wig with spiking gel and hairspray.

King Shark

King Shark is a character in the animated DC Universe Harley Quinn series. As a giant human-shark hybrid, King Shark is a part of Harley’s crew of mainly C-List villains. His real name is Nanuae, and he is actually a Prince of the Shark Men Kingdom. We first meet him at Poison Ivy‘s apartment after Clayface called him to help Harley. His abilities include underwater advantages, such as swimming and breathing underwater, as well as superhuman strength and durability. Although don’t let King Shark around blood, or his shark instincts will go berserk.

Black Tom Cassidy from Deadpool 2

Black Tom Cassidy from Deadpool 2

Black Tom Cassidy (played by Jack Kesy) was rumored to be the main villain for Deadpool 2. Budget cuts downsized his role but Kesy still made a big impact on audiences with the limited screen time he had. In the wider Marvel universe Black Tom Cassidy is a sadistic and villainous man who uses his mutations of incredible strength and pyromancy to cause mayhem and instill fear.

Because Cassidy’s time on the big screen was fairly limited in Deadpool 2 he only had one outfit that cosplayers can work with. The clothing consists of a yellow jump suit, grey tank top, and back boots. This is the standard-issue uniform in the mutant prison where Deadpool meets Cassidy. To finish off the look you will also need a wig with black braids, fake tattoos, and a goatee. The final piece of this costume is a mutation suppressant collar. Unfortunately there aren’t any available on Etsy or Amazon. Making your own would be an impressive build, however!

Catra from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

“Hey Adora.” When you hear Catra purr this phrase, you know trouble is brewing. Catra is a main character in the Netflix animated series, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. She began as a Horde soldier alongside Adora, and the two developed a close friendship. However, she was always possessive and jealous, especially due to Shadow Weaver’s favoritism. When Adora leaves to join the Rebellion, Catra tries to bring her back, but to no avail. The thought of losing her best friend for good causes Catra to lash out, consumed by anger, grief, and sadness. She taunts the Princesses, especially She-Ra, and revels in her evil doings. But even as the new Force Captain and eventually Hordak’s second in command, she feels dejected and questions her motivations. After briefly becoming an agent of Horde Prime, Catra realizes her mistakes and confesses her love to Adora. At the end of the series, Adora and Catra become girlfriends.