Shino Aburame from Naruto

Shino Aburame (voiced by Shinji Kawada and Darek Stephen Prince) is a character from the anime and manga series Naruto.  He is a member of Team 8, under Kurenai Yuhi, alongside Hinata Hyuga and Kiba Inuzuka.  He can control bugs that live inside his body as part of his clan’s special technique.  Members of the Aburame clan are known for wearing dark glasses that obscure their eyes, and Shino is no exception.  In the original series, he also wears brown pants and a grey-green jacket with a high collar that covers his mouth.  When creating your costume, try to find a jacket with a high-stand collar.  In the later episodes of Shippuden, Shino wears a green hooded jacket with a black shirt beneath instead having the collar that covers the lower portion of his face. A cowl neck zip-up can serve this purpose well.  During the Fourth Shinobi War, he also wears a Konoha standard-issue flak vest.  No matter which version you choose, don’t forget your forehead protector, kunai pouch, sandals, and round sunglasses.

Ino Yamanaka from Naruto

Ino Yamanaka (voiced by Ryoka Yuzuki and Colleen Villard) is a character from the Naruto series.  Ino is one-third of the iconic Ino-Shika-Cho formation and is a member of Team 10 under Asuma Sarutobi.  She is a friend and romantic rival of Sakura Haruno.  Ino has long blonde hair she wears in a ponytail and pale blue eyes.  In the original series, she wears a purple uniform with white arm warmers and bandages wrapped around her upper legs.  In Shippuden, her style updates to include chainmail arm and leg guards and a crop top.  You can use a cosplay set for either version of Ino’s uniform, or build your own.  Whatever you decide, you’ll also want to purchase shinobi sandals in either blue or black, a long blonde wig, and accessorize with a kunai pouch and kunai.  If you DIY your costume, don’t be afraid to take a pair of scissors to whichever skirt you choose to make it look more like Ino’s from the series.

minato namikaze from naruto

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.

Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat


Sub-Zero is one of the most popular fighters of the classic fighting game series Mortal Kombat, most recently appearing in Mortal Kombat 11. He is an assassin who possesses the ability to control ice in many forms. Sub-Zero is now the grandmaster of the Lin Kuei clan, and hopes to finally close the book on sins of Lin Kuei past.

Strider Hiryu

Strider Hiryu is a futuristic cyber-ninja from the Strider game series, developed by Capcom. He also makes notable appearances in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, representing Capcom alongside other icons such as Ryu and Frank West.

The white athletic tape is for his forearms and legs, and the red athletic tape is for his midsection. Some minor adjustments to both the wig and sword will help to achieve a more accurate look, although are not entirely necessary.

Mai Shiranui

In Fatal Fury and King of Fighters, Mai Shiranui is a junoichi, or female ninja. In addition to her formidable fighting skills, she uses her curvaceous figure and revealing uniform to distract and beguile her assassination targets.


Elektra was once the privileged daughter of a Greek ambassador who becomes a ruthless assassin after her father is killed during a kidnapping rescue. She’s a skilled fighter who’s even more lethal when she wields her twin sais.


In the Marvel Universe, Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) is a mentally unstable mercenary. He’s hugely popular with comic fans as the merc with a mouth, frequently breaking the fourth wall. In the Wolverine movie, Ryan Reynolds also portrayed something that kind of resembled Deadpool, I guess…?

Altair from Assassin’s Creed

In Assassin’s Creed, Desmond Miles uses a machine called the Animus to control the actions of his genetic ancestor Altaïr ibn-La’Ahad. Altaïr must keep a low cover while assassinating ten Knights Templar, all while the Third Crusade rages in the background.

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