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Megamind

Megamind (voiced by Will Ferrell) is a one-of-a-kind villain. It might be that he was based on both Batman and Lex Luthor. Or maybe it’s that he isn’t actually a bad person. Either way he’s in a league of his own. And his fashion choices are no different!

Getting a look like Megamind’s takes a little bit of DIY but it’s worth it! The first DIY part of the costume is altering the cape so that it attaches to the underside of the leather shoulder guards. You can also add a silver “M” to the front if you can find one at your local craft store.

Next you will need to alter the navy body suit by painting a blue lightning bold on the chest.

The last bit of DIY should be done right before you want to debut your cosplay. You will need to enlarge your head with a prosthetic conehead. Once that is in place you will have to paint it with light blue body paint that you will have need to apply to your face and neck. Then, using black body paint, you will need to paint on his goatee and eye brows.

Voila! You’re ready to rock out to AC/DC and take over a whole city … then become its hero.

Pitch Black from Rise of the Guardians

Nearly every child knows you should be afraid of the dark. Adults just forget. But in Rise of the Guardians, Pitch Black makes sure we remember. Voiced by Jude Law, DreamWorks’ Pitch Black is equal parts nightmare, bogeyman, and the shadow under your bed that keeps your feet tucked up tight under your blanket. He is every bit as terrifying as he in the original books by William Joyce. And it has made him one of DreamWorks’ most enduring villains.

There are two ways to go about a Pitch cosplay. The first is to forgo any body paint and let the clothing speak for itself. The other is to use grey body paint to mimic his otherworldly look. Either option works!

Regardless of which option you choose, there are a few things you will need. A black wig and black boots to start. If you want to go with the canon interpretation of Pitch you will also need a long black robe. If you want a more fandom-based version you’ll need black pants, a black shirt, and a long flowing black sweater.

(This costume also converts easily into a Sandman costume if you’re going to a multi-day con!)

stoick the vast from how to train your dragon

Stoick the Vast from How to Train Your Dragon

Stoick the Vast (voiced by Gerard Butler) is the leader of the Vikings and father to Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon series.  Stoick is tough and strong, which is clear just from looking at him.  With a fierce red beard and Scottish brogue to match, Stoick is a fighter who loves his son, even though they often disagree.

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Puss In Boots from Shrek

Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) is a main character in the Shrek movies. Based on the fairytale as well as Zorro, he first appears in the sequel as a mercenary sent by the king to assassinate Shrek. However he ends up befriending him and becoming his ally. Puss in Boots is known to overpower enemies by distracting them with his “cute kitten” face. Despite his wit and sword skills, he acts like an ordinary cat. In particular, he is known to cough up hairballs. For makeup, you can use orange and white face paint. You can draw on his whiskers with a white eye pencil.

pinnochio shrek character

Pinocchio from Shrek

Pinocchio is a recurring character in the Shrek movies. Like the Big Bad Wolf, he first appears as one of the fairy tale characters that was exiled to Shrek‘s swamp. In the sequel, Pinocchio becomes one of his best friends. He often gets into trouble by lying, which makes his nose grow. He gets turned into a real boy by Fairy Godmother‘s magic wand, but he ultimately gets turned into puppet again. Pinocchio appears in several of the Shrek video games as well. Attach three yellow felt circles down the shirt to resemble his buttons. You can sew them on or simply use hot glue. For added detail, you can also glue a leaf sprig to the fake nose.

prince charming shrek character

Prince Charming from Shrek

Prince Charming is the antagonist of the second Shrek movie. Unlike the Cinderella fairytale, he has malevolent intentions. He ventures to the tower where Princess Fiona had been imprisoned, but instead he finds the Big Bad Wolf sleeping in her bed. The wolf explains Shrek rescued and married her already. Prince Charming  tricks her into thinking he’s Shrek, having been turned human from a potion, and almost gets away with it. However it’s revealed his mother is the Fairy Godmother, who wanted her son to marry Fiona so he could become king. Use the gold trim on the wrists of the striped shirt and along the blue waistcoat for some added royal flair. And don’t forget that charming smile!

lord farquaad shrek character

Lord Farquaad from Shrek

Lord Farquaad is the main antagonist in the first Shrek movie as well as the musical. In spite of his small stature, he is a ruthless ruler of Duloc. He banishes fairytale creatures from his kingdom so it’s a “perfect place.” In attempt to pursue and marry Princess Fiona, he sends Shrek and Donkey to rescue her from her tower. When Fiona becomes an ogre, he rejects her, but he meets his demise when the dragon eats him. If you want to get creative with the costume, try making a pair of little legs out. Slip the trousers and boots onto pool noodles or pipe, and stuff the ends of the boots with newspaper. Affix the legs to underneath the jacket, and wear a pair of black pants so the legs look believable. An easier route is to paint little legs onto the thighs of black pants. Kneel and drape the cape to hide your real legs, and the effect is complete!

Astrid Hofferson from How to Train Your Dragon

Astrid Hofferson from How to Train Your Dragon

In How to Train Your Dragon, Astrid Hofferson (America Ferrera) is a young Viking woman from the Hooligan Tribe, and the eventual girlfriend of Hiccup. She’s blunt in her speech but loyal to her friends, and excelled in the training of/with her dragon. Brown fur and armor, inspired by her Viking heritage, are fixtures in her outfit.

Branch from Trolls World Tour

Branch from Trolls World Tour

Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake) is the erstwhile low-key love interest from the first Trolls movie. And while he might have been reluctant to join in on the chaos of Trolls, he is just as unwilling to leave Poppy’s side in Trolls World Tour. They are one of DreamWorks’ most adorable couples and that’s before you get to the toe-tapping music!

You might not be able to seeing like JT but you can get Branch’s look! Start with a black wig then add some light blue body paint. Finish off the look with a green vest and green shorts. Xero shoes get you close to Branch’s barefoot look until you can find or make a pair of invisible shoes, which there are tutorials for online. Green felt leavers makes it easy to recreate Branch’s vest while green felt squares can be cut down and decorated to recreate the patches on his shorts!

Poppy from Trolls World Tour

Poppy from Trolls World Tour

Queen Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) is the leader of the Pop trolls. She’s one of the most adventurous – and definitely among the most energetic – of nearly all the trolls. After creating peace with the Bergens, how hard can peace among the trolls be?

Getting Poppy’s perfectly pink look takes some work but is well worth it! You’ll want to start with a pink wig and pink body paint. A green headband and some felt flowers can recreate her headband while you can get close to her felt dress with printed blue dress to match the pattern on hers. And, yes, technically Poppy runs around barefoot but that’s not a safe option. Pink sandals will get you close enough unless you can find a tutorial for invisible shoes, which might come in handy for other costumes!