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Queen Maeve from The Boys

Queen Maeve (Maggie Shaw) is a character in the Amazon TV series The Boys. Maeve is a member of The Seven, a group of “superheroes” who have become morally corrupt and use their powers to do more harm than good. Despite her cynicism, Maeve proves to be more self-aware and principled than the rest of her team. Her powers include super strength, agility, resilience, and stealth. Maeve’s name originates from the warrior Queen Medb of old Irish Mythology. Her armor evokes the image of an ancient warrior princess (think Xena and Wonder Woman), featuring an intertwining maroon and gunmetal breastplate design with a herringbone pattern on the skirt and cross-body straps. If accuracy is your priority, you’ll want to check out the full Queen Maeve cosplay armor by CosSuits. If you like the creative journey of piecing together a costume from scratch, browse through the shopping list below for some Maeve-inspired items!

All-Might

All-Might is a main character in the hit anime, My Hero Academia. He is a famous Pro-Hero, even better known as the  Number 1 hero, who saves people with a smile. For that reason, Deku looks up to All-Might as a role model, and he wants to save people as well. His desire to do right as a hero convinces All-Might to pass along his One for All Quirk to him. He is also a teacher at U.A High School, where he must maintain his muscular form to conceal his secret. His design is meant to resemble American comic book heroes, so use the black face paint to draw the lines on his face.

dollar bill from watchmen

Dollar Bill from Watchmen

Dollar Bill, real name William Brady, was a member of the Minutemen, the first team of superheroes in the Watchmen universe.  A corporate superhero sponsored by a bank, William was an exceptional athlete, but his life was cut tragically short when his cape got caught in a revolving door when he tried to stop a bank robbery and he was shot at point-blank range.  Dollar Bill’s costume consists of red, white, and blue pieces.  The blue unitard can be layered underneath red shorts, gloves, and socks, and then paired with a red cape.  To get his iconic dollar sign insignia, use a little white fabric paint on the blue suit.  Then, you can glue or sew white stars onto the bodysuit and cape.

mysterion from south park

Mysterion from South Park

Mysterion (voiced by Matt Stone) is the secret vigilante identity of Kenny McCormick on the adult cartoon series South Park.  Recreating Mysterion’s look might take a little preparation and effort, but it will make for a kickass costume once complete.  First, you’ll need to find a question mark headband.  It’s difficult to find one in green, so get the lightest shade possible and paint over it instead.  Use the same paint to adorn the front of your light purple jumpsuit with a capital ‘M.’  Cut a hole large enough to fit the question mark through the top of your hood (since these headbands are sold in a two-pack, you can paint one and use the other to measure the hole).  Then, once the headband is dry, put on your black eye mask first, then the question mark headband, and carefully slip the hood over top.  After that, all that’s left is to layer the white briefs and belt over your jumpsuit, pull on your boots and gloves, and dash off to keep the citizens of South Park safe!

grace sampson from jupiters legacy

Grace Sampson from Jupiter’s Legacy

Grace Sampson (played by Leslie Bibb) is also known as the superhero Lady Liberty in the Netflix series Jupiter’s Legacy.  Grace is a powerful superhero in her own right, fighting alongside her husband Sheldon and son Brandon, though her daughter Chloe has chosen a life outside the realm of heroism.  Lady Liberty’s costume consists of a blue and teal bodysuit with white gloves and boots.  A high collar helps set her cape apart from many other superhero looks, and though it might not be possible to find her exact gold hardware, a bib necklace worn over the cape’s collar can help recreate the appearance of Lady Liberty’s signature winged crest.

brandon sampson from jupiters legacy

Brandon Sampson from Jupiter’s Legacy

Brandon Sampson (played by Andrew Horton) is the son of Sheldon and Grace Sampson in the Netflix series Jupiter’s Legacy.  Unlike his sister Chloe, Brandon has not shied away from the family business.  Though as the superhero Paragon, Brandon often struggles to live up to the ideals and legacy of his super-powered parents.  Paragon’s costume is blue, white, and red.  Thought it’s tough to find a red cape with a white lining, you could always purchase two capes in the correct colors and wear them together.  If you have time and are feeling particularly crafty, some grey fabric paint can add the finer details to his suit.

sheldon sampson from jupiters legacy

Sheldon Sampson from Jupiter’s Legacy

Sheldon Sampson (played by Josh Duhamel), also known by his superhero moniker The Utopian, is a main character in the Netflix series Jupiter’s Legacy, based on the graphic novels of the same name.  At more than 100 years old, Sheldon feels out of touch with the current world, and even his own family.  Sheldon is married to Grace and they have two children, Brandon and Chloe.  The Utopian’s uniform consists of a white body suit with red cape and boots, as well as some gold details.  You can purchase a single bodysuit with these attributes, or if you’re more into building your own costume, you can assemble the pieces and put your DIY skills to good use by painting the Utopian’s chest piece with fabric paint.

jo from kid cosmic

Jo from Kid Cosmic

Jo (voiced by Amanda Céline Miller) is a teenage girl who works at her mom’s diner while moonlighting as a member of the Local Heroes on the Netflix show Kid Cosmic.  When she harnesses the power of the Purple Stone, Jo becomes Portal Girl, a teleporting hero who works with the Kid.  Jo has purple hair and wears a pink and black striped shirt with black jeans and sneakers.  When working at her mom’s diner, she also wears a white visor and apron.

shang-chi from shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings

Shang-Chi Xu from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi (played by Simu Liu) is the main character in the Marvel film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  Alongside his friend Katy and his sister Xialing, Shang-Chi must stop an ancient evil from being released by his father, the leader of the Ten Rings organization.  Shang-Chi’s hero uniform consists of a red and black shirt and bo staff made of dragon scales.  To recreate the look of his bo, a wooden staff can be embellished with red tape at the ends to mimic the color of the dragon scales.  If you’d like to imitate the appearance of Shang-Chi wielding the Ten Rings, it can be difficult to find replicas to wear.  However, some generic rubber bracelets can help evoke the same feel, especially if you’re feeling crafty enough to take a little paint to them to make them look more like the weapons from the film.

Mark Grayson

Mark Grayson, aka Invincible, is the protagonist of the eponymous comic book series and animated show. He is the son of Nolan Grayson, aka Omni-Man, and Debbie Grayson. Due his father’s lineage, Mark is half-Viltrumite, and thus possesses similar powers. This includes super speed, super strength, and the ability to fly. As he steps into his new identity as Invincible, Mark must balance his normal teenage life with protecting the Earth. Walking Dead star Steven Yeun voices Mark in the show, now streaming on Amazon Prime.