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Banshee from the X-Men

Banshee – also known as Sean Cassidy – is an Irish mutant with the power of “Sonic Scream”. He first appeared in X-Men #28 (1967) and has made a few appearanes throughout various runs since then. Cassidy is both a former NYPD officer as well as an Interpol agent. When Banshee works with the X-Men he is usually a full decade or more older than the other members of his team and is usually places in a mentor role.

Although the character appears in X-Men: First Class he is best known from his portrayal in the comics. And though the specifics of his costume have changed there are a few things that stay constant. His suit is always green with yellow markings on the chest. You can use fabric paint to get the exact markings you want so that you can choose which costume variation to go with.

His costumes also have yellow boots and yellow gloves as well as wings of some kind that attach under the arms, along the sides, and down the legs. These can be replicated using a large shawl such as the one pictured above. Older variations of Banshee also have him smoking a long-stemmed pipe, though this accessory fell out of use in the ’90s.

X-23 from the X-Men Comics

X-23 is a genetic clone of the famous Canadian X-Man Wolverine, successfully created in a lab by scientist Dr. Sarah Kinney after twenty-two failed attempts. Her first-ever appearance in X-Men lore was the X-Men: Evolution TV series, but was welcomed into the comic book universe with the NYX comics, which explained her origin story in a grittier fashion than the children’s cartoon before it. X-23 then entered the Marvel-Fox cinematic universe in the form of a young Mexican child in James Mangold’s Logan, but her teenage/young adult persona from the comics can be just as fun to cosplay.

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Kitty Pryde

Katherine “Kitty” Pryde, aka Shadowcat, is a member of the X-Men. Her powers include phasing and intangibility, which lets her simulate levitation. In the comics, she joins the Guardians of the Galaxy and actually takes over as Star Lord. In the Marauders series (not related to the Marauders in Harry Potter, but wouldn’t that be a cool crossover!), she’s currently known as Red Queen. The comics also highlight her Jewish heritage. And did you know her companion, a purple dragon named Lockheed, is actually a highly intelligent alien?

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Havok

Havok is a fictional character who appears in Marvel comics in the X-Men universe. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, his real name is Alexander Summers. If that surname sounds familiar, then yes, he is the older brother of Gabriel (Vulcan) and younger brother of Scott (Cyclops). Although he often clashes with Scott, as he resents his reputation in the X-Men. His powers include cosmic energy absorption and plasma discharge, which have been proven to exceed those of his two brothers. Paint the suit with the lines and circle in the middle; add white in the center of the circle for highlight. Cut the top of the face mask for the wig. For the sweatband, cut ut a little ‘v’ in the front and use the glow in the dark paint to add accents.

Mystique from X-Men

Mystique from X-Men

Misunderstood and bullied since childhood, blue-skinned shapeshifter Mystique (played onscreen by Jennifer Lawrence and Rebecca Romijn) truly understands anti-mutant oppression. Her early experiences of mistreatment shaped her stance in the fight for mutant equality — or even dominance, as her leader, Magneto, gravitates towards.

Mystique is easily remembered for her onscreen appearances wearing only the strategically-placed blue scales she was born with (requiring Rebecca Romijn to spend hours in the makeup room), but comic book portrayals have been slightly more favorable to cosplayers attending family-friendly venues. You could buy the blue jumpsuit and stop there, but I’ve included some additional garments which draw inspiration from my personal favorite Mystique look from the retro X-Men arcade game.

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Beast from X-Men

Beast, or Dr. Hank McCoy, is a founding member of the X-Men. His powers as a mutant include super strength and heightened senses. Despite his animalistic appearance, Beast possesses brilliant intelligence, and can communicate eloquently. He is a professor at the Xavier Institute as well as an activist for the acceptance of mutants in society. This guide follows his comic book iteration. Use the blue paint to cover your entire face as well as to paint the pointed ears. Some appropriate additions might include a pair of glasses and a lab coat.

Dark Phoenix

Dark Phoenix

In X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Jean Gray (Sophie Turner) is a mutant with extremely powerful telepathic and telekinetic powers. After a space mission goes wrong, Jean is hit and nearly killed by a mysterious cosmic force that unleashes an entity within her, known as the Phoenix, that she is unable to comprehend or control.

Sabretooth from X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Sabretooth from X-Men Origins: Wolverine

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), real name Victor Creed, is a mutant with animal-like abilities like retractable claws, regenerative healing, and enhanced senses… much like his younger half-brother Wolverine.

Phoenix / Jean Grey

A telepath and telekinetic whose powers rival that of Professor X’s, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) of X-Men: The Last Stand is no longer the kind, sweet woman of the previous two movies. After drowning while saving the rest of the team, Jean is resuscitated by a dark, evil, extremely powerful force called the Phoenix. As the Phoenix, Jean Grey joins with Magneto in his battle against humans and her true potential is unleashed in a fiery fury, resulting in tragedy. The Phoenix wears all red, reflecting her connection to fire.

Polaris from The Gifted

Polaris (Emma Dumont), birth name Lorna Dane, is a main character in the 2017 Fox series The Gifted. She is a mutant with the ability to manipulate magnetism. She is also the daughter of Magneto.