greek mythology

Hippolyta

Hippolyta wasn’t always a queen. Before the gods took pity on her forlorn soul she was a mortal cavewoman. Her mate murdered her and the gods plucked her soul from the Underworld to create the Queen of the Amazons. Her sister Amazons were women who also suffered violence at the hands of men, ultimately leading them to the secret and secluded island where they remained until their Princess Diana left to join the wider world to become Wonder Woman.

Hippolyta has had several different looks over the years but this one is closer to her classic comic appearance. Long dark hair worn loose around her shoulders, a gown of deep purple accented by a gold belt, gold sandals, silver bracers, and a small crown atop her head.

Circe

Circe first appeared in 1949 as one of Wonder Woman’s antagonists. As an immortal sorceress she’s a little hard to beat. Thankfully the good guys manage it every time. And I do mean every time. Like a good villain Circe makes repeat appearances, often changing in appearance but consistent in her evil.

This version of Circe might not be the first form she took but it is one of the most popular for cosplays. It gets back to the Greek roots of the character. She was adapted from one of the villains in Homer’s The Odyssey and you definitely get the vibe of an ancient Grecian island witch with this version of Circe.

The first thing you’ll need is a long black wig. Circe’s hair color changes with every iteration of her character but this time her hair is jet black. As an added bonus you can also use this wig for a Morticia Addams cosplay if you’re going to a multi-day convention!

Once you have your wig you’ll need a green dress in a very tight but flowing style. After that you’ll need a whole lot of gold accessories: bangles, a belt, a chalice, and an arm band. Skin tone skippers give you something close to a barefoot look. If that’s not quite your style or you can’t find a slipper in the right shade you can make a pair of invisible shoes like these.

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Medusa

Medusa is a figure in Greek mythology and the most famous of the three Gorgons. Unlike her beastly sisters, she was a beautiful mortal. Poseidon, god of the seas, seduced her in Athena’s temple. Angered by this adultery in her place of worship, Athena transformed her into a vicious monster with snakes for hair. Other versions of the myth say Athena had been angered by her boastfulness. If you look into Medusa’s eyes, you will turn into stone. The Greek hero Perseus beheaded Medusa on his quest, and used her head against his enemies before gifting it to Athena. While the original myth antagonizes her, it has been rethought to feel sorry for Medusa as a victim of sexual assault and was unfairly punished. There have been numerous depictions of Medusa, so you can really get creative with your interpretation. We suggest a green color palette, scale makeup, and snake-themed jewelry.

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Hera from Lore Olympus

Hera is the Greek goddess of marriage. Because she is married to Zeus, she reigns alongside him as Queen of the Gods. She is also the mother of Ares and Hebe. In Lore Olympus, she has golden hair and skin. She wears 20s inspired outfits in white and dark blue. While empathetic and nurturing, Hera has quite the temper, especially concerning her husband’s infidelity. She is especially caring towards Persephone and can sense her trauma. Aside from those she cares about, she is often stubborn and unrelenting. Her abilities include blessing or fixing marriages, shapeshifting, and clairvoyance.

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Aphrodite from Lore Olympus

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of beauty and love. She is the lover of Ares and mother of Eros (Cupid). In Lore Olympus, her skin and hair are light purple and she often wears fashionable clothing in either white or pastel colors. Her title makes her vain, viewing any offense against her beauty very personally. If anyone dare to say another is more beautiful, then Aphrodite will exact her revenge. This happened with both Persephone and Psyche, in which she employed her son to seek vengeance. When he fell in love with Psyche, Aphrodite turned her into a nymph so she could live on Olympus. However she’s still annoyed by Persephone.

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Minthe from Lore Olympus

Minthe is a character in the webcomic Lore Olympus. She is a river nymph and serves as personal secretary to Hades. Because of her insecurities and self consciousness, she is very insecure. This makes her wary of any kindness. For instance, Persephone agrees to respect the boundaries of the relationship between Hades and Minthe. Although Minthe has always been rude towards Persephone, as she’s jealous of Hades’ feelings towards her. Despite wanting to get better, the nymph keeps falling back into her manipulative and vindictive ways. In the comics, she has red skin, long red hair, and pointed ears. For this cosplay, use the face paint to also paint the ears.

Hades from Disney's Hercules

Hades from Disney’s Hercules

Hades (voiced by James Woods) is the villain of Disney’s classic take on Hercules. While he doesn’t have that much in common with the actual Hades from mythology he is one of the most entertaining villains in Disney’s gallery.

Hades’ costume is pretty simple but does require some DIY. Most costume tunics don’t come in black or dark grey so you’ll have to dye a white one. The tunic linked above has a belt that you should remove before dying the tunic. Once it’s done, however, you can use the belt to keep the garment snug under the sash you fashion out of a sheet large enough to wrap around your waist and then go up over your shoulder. Although it might seem silly to use a sheet, togas in Ancient Greece were largely made of fabric squares that were belted, pinned, and folded into various designs. In this case you can use safety pins in spots nobody will see and a skull-shaped pin at the shoulder, just like hades.

A little hair gel will spike up a blue wig to look like flames while a purple-grey body paint should give your skin the same pallor Hades’ has. Finally, some sandals keep your feet safe while you put your plans in motion to rule the world!

Hera from Xena

Hera from Xena: Warrior Princess

Hera (portrayed by Meg Foster) is one of the primary antagonists in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. Despite being the goddess of marriage she is unfortunately wed to the chronically unfaithful Zeus. Her anger with him leads her to attack his children by other women while exerting her influence over other areas of mortal life.

Dressing as Hera is fairly straightforward. She wears a lot of black while adopting iridescent tones in blues and greens because peacocks are sacred to Hera in both the shows and the original Greek myths. A full and shimmering black skirt, black heels, black cloak, and black corset make up the basis for her look. You will need to add the iridescent crystals by hand, unfortunately, since they are so placed in such a unique pattern. But once they’re on you can add in a feathered collar and shrug in either black or peacock colors and top with either of the tiaras that resemble the crowns she wears as Queen of Olympus.

Persephone from Lore Olympus

Persephone from Lore Olympus

Persephone is the daughter of Demeter and the wife of Hades. She is sweet unless she is mistreated, and then she puts her foot down. She loves her husband but is often seen as a light to his darker look. She has pink hair and favors long white gowns, flowers in her hair, white sandals, and wraps or shrugs around her shoulders. She has pink skin which can be added or avoided for a cosplay.