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Dream from Sandman

Most people know him as Sandman but this immortal being’s name is actually Dream. Brother to death and bane of Satan’s existence, he is one of many immortals that drift in and out of the world of humans. Like his siblings, Dream’s appearance changes depending on the era and where in the world he finds himself. This gives cosplayers a lot of options, though there are a few things that remain constant no matter when or where Dream finds himself.

Dream’s clothes are always in shades of black and white. And, more often than not, his black hair is in wild disarray. When he’s not around humans he favors a pair of black pants, black boots, and a long flowing sweater or robe left open over his bare chest.

Even when Dream dresses to suit a particular time period he’s not always accurate. When you’re timeless, the fine details of mortal fashion probably don’t matter all that much. In the case of the Victorian era – or in many modern subcultures – the printed coat and pants paired with a white ruffled shirt and black boots is classic Dream.

Whichever look you choose, you’ll need a black wig styled in a bit of a fly-away style and a contour kit to mimic Dream’s shadowed and sharp look.

Destiny from Sandman

Like his siblings (collectively known as The Endless) Destiny’s name is also what he is. He is Destiny. Or the personification thereof at least. He is the calmest of his siblings and often plays host when the group has to gather for any reason.

Putting together a Destiny costume can be a little tricky as his cloak is depicted in shades of grey, brown, and even purple. As the nature of destiny changes, so does Destiny’s appearance. For this cosplay we’re choosing a brown cloak to match the image above. Invisible soles let you safely achieve a barefoot look while white body paint gives you an inhuman Endless look. A thick leather bound book with a chain leading out from it is the final and only accessory for this cosplay.

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Lucifer Morningstar from Lucifer

Lucifer (Tom Ellis) is the eponymous protagonist of the hit show Lucifer. Getting bored with ruling Hell, he defies his father and flees to Earth. He spends his time drinking, partying, and flirting as the owner of LA’s hottest nightclub, LUX. When he becomes involved in a murder, he meets Detective Chloe Decker. After helping her solve the murder, he agrees to be her consultant for the LAPD. Despite his charismatic and indulgent personality, Lucifer realizes he’s changing, but his stubbornness and selfishness keep him from revealing the truth. Other celestial characters such as Amenadiel and Eve try to get him to return to Hell, yet as events unfold, Lucifer and Chloe allow their love for each other to prevail through the hellish darkness. Use a stipple sponge and black eyeshadow to achieve his stubble.

Wyborn from Coraline

Wyborn “Wybie” Lovat is a geeky, charmingly peculiar, awkward kid. He lives with his grandmother, who owns the Pink Palace Apartments. Wybie knows something unusual is going on at the apartment. His family holds the secret to the strange events at the building. Wybie helps solve his family mystery in Coraline.

Mad Sweeney from American Gods

Mad Sweeney from American Gods

In American Gods, the series based on Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel of the same name, Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) is a leprechaun who’s lost his charm and is down on his luck, but always up for a good fight. Mad has the supernatural ability to summon an endless supply of golden coins, superhuman strength, and unnatural prosperity.

Gabriel from Good Omens

Gabriel from Good Omens

In Good Omens, Gabriel (Jon Hamm) is an archangel and the leader of Heaven’s forces, including angel Aziraphale. As far as angels go, Gabriel is brash, confident, and immaculately dressed, much like Hamm’s earlier character Don Draper.

Aziraphale from Good Omens

Aziraphale from Good Omens

In Good Omens, Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) is an angel who’s lived on Earth since the beginning of creation. He now owns a used bookshop in England. He teams up with demon Crowley to stop the apocalypse, having grown comfortable with a simple life on Earth.

Crowley from Good Omens

Crowley from Good Omens

In Good Omens, based on the book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Crowley (David Tennant) is a demon who’s lived on Earth since the beginning of creation. In fact, he is the snake who originally tempted Eve with an apple in the garden of Eden. Crowley works opposite the angel Aziraphale to prevent the coming of the antichrist and the end of times, since starting to enjoy his cozy life on Earth.

The Beldam (Coraline’s “Other Mother”)

In the creepiest kid’s movie you’ll ever see, the Beldam (Teri Hatcher) is a creature that exists in an alternate world discovered by Coraline’s titular character. Posing as a more fun version of Coraline’s (Dakota Fanning) mother, the Beldam in its true form is a tall and willowy spider-like creature who kidnaps children and loves them obsessively until they die. The main physical difference between Coraline’s true mother and the Beldam in her mother’s form are the two shiny black buttons that cover her eyes.

Death from Sandman

In the DC comic series The Sandman, Death is both the end of life and the guider of souls. Unlike most personifications of death, like the Grim Reaper, she is a young goth woman dressed in casual clothes who also visits people as they are born.