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Black Lightning

Black Lighting (Cress Williams) is the main character in the CW’s Black Lighting. His real name is Jefferson Pierce. Unknown to others, he used to be a superhero, but has since retired to become the principal of a charter school. When a local gang kidnaps his daughters, he has to suit up as Black Lightning to save them. As a result, Jefferson must return to fighting crime. He must also deal with the effects of vigilante activity on his professional and family life. Black Lightning has the ability manipulating electricity. His daughters eventually join him as Thunder and Lightning after realizing they have powers like their father.

Emily Sweeney from The Big Bang Theory

Emily Sweeney (played by Laura Spencer) is a dermatologist who dates Raj Koothrappali on The Big Bang Theory.  Emily and Raj meet on a dating website, and she ended up being Raj’s longest lasting relationship on the show.  Emily has a strange sense of humor and she is interested in all things horror.  Emily has long red hair and often wears skinny jeans tucked into riding or ankle boots.

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Kuiil from The Mandalorian

“I have spoken.” Kuiil is a character in The Mandalorian, the wildly popular Star Wars TV series on Disney+. He is an Ugnaught moisture farmer and former indentured servant of the Galactic Empire. When he meets the Mandalorian, he leaves his life of solitude and assists him in protecting the Child. Despite his gruff personality, Kuiil is wise, patient, and kind. His relationship with the bounty hunder droid IG-11 plays into the overarching parenting theme. Using his advanced mechanical skills, he was able to reprogram the droid to be benevolent. Kuiil is a favorite among fans, and (spoiler) his death was a particular somber moment in the show. Nick Nolte did the voice while Misty Rosas performed wearing a latex mask controlled by animatronic puppetry. We included a similar mask if you really want to commit to the look.

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Shadow from Bear in the Big Blue House

Shadow (voiced by Tara Mooney) is a recurring character on the Disney Channel show Bear in the Big Blue House.  Just as her name suggests, Shadow is a shadow in the shape of a young girl.  Her role on the series consists primarily of telling stories, sometimes in the form of a song, with an Irish accent.  To dress as shadow, you will want to start with a black bodysuit and then add black clothing overtop to imitate her easily recognizable silhouette.

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Loonette the Clown from The Big Comfy Couch

Loonette (Alyson Court) is the lead character in The Big Comfy Couch, a Canadian children’s show from the 90s. Loonette is a young clown who lives with her dolly named Molly. Every episode begins with Loonette waking up on the eponymous couch. She reads stories to Molly, performs a Clock Rug Stretch, and completes a Ten Second Tidy. Her family and friends, such as Granny Garbanzo and Major Bedhead, are also clowns. Put your hair into pigtails using the red scrunchies, and cut a hole on either side of the purple hat, then slide your hair through. You can also use a wig with detachable pigtail clips as suggested in this guide. While there isn’t an existing replica of her sweater, you can get away with a plain white long sleeve top. For added detail, you can draw the suns and moons with yellow and red marker.

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Leah from Shimmer and Shine

Leah (voiced by Alina Foley) is a genie and one of the main characters of the Nick, Jr. show Shimmer and Shine.  Leah has long blonde hair, and is shown to be a caring and honest person, dedicated to helping her friends any way she can.  Leah’s genie outfit is light pink with gold shoes, while her normal outfit consists of gold sneakers, a blue skirt, and a pink shirt with stars on it.

Ernie from Sesame Street

Ernie from Sesame Street

Ernie is Bert’s best friend and roommate at 123 Sesame Street. Compared to the world-weary Bert, Ernie is naïve, laughs easily, and often finds himself getting into trouble. Ernie is fond of bubble baths with his Rubber Duckie, as well as learning to play the saxophone.

Bert from Sesame Street

Bert from Sesame Street

Bert is Ernie’s best friend and roommate on Sesame Street. The pair share the basement apartment at 123 Sesame Street. In contrast to the practical-joking, extroverted Ernie, Bert is serious, studious, and tries to make sense of his friend’s actions. His own passions include reading Boring Stories, collecting paper clips and bottle caps (especially the rare Figgy Fizz), consuming oatmeal, and studying pigeons. While Ernie’s best companion outside of Bert is Rubber Duckie, Bert has his pet pigeon, Bernice. True to his detail-oriented, organized mind, Bert is president of the National Association of W Lovers. Unfortunately for Bert, his nose has come off of his face on a number of occasions.

Jay Garrick from The Flash

Jay Garrick from The Flash

Far out there in the multiverse exists Jay Garrick, a different incarnation of The Flash. On The CW’s The Flash show, John Wesley Shipp, an original Flash actor from the 1990s show, appears as both Barry Allen’s father and, later, the real Jay Garrick of his native timeline. (There was some confusion, initially, about who Jay Garrick really was. Long story.) Aside from the winged helmet, Jay Garrick’s Flash costume is extremely easy to source and assemble. A simple red crewneck shirt can be enhanced with the Flash’s signature lightning bolt printed over iron-on transfer paper.

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Bee and PuppyCat from “Lazy In Space”

Bee and her pet companion, PuppyCat, are back for a second season in Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy in Space. The Cartoon Hangover series created by Natasha Allegri delighted fans in the first season with colorful animation and its unique storyline. When Bee and PuppyCat find their pockets empty, they explore the strange worlds in space to work bizarre jobs. Adhere the hair bows onto the white skirt with hot glue. We can see a sliver of pink fabric underneath, so to add shape as well as accuracy, wear the pink petticoat underneath. Don’t forget your PuppyCat, with actual sounds from the show voiced by Vocaloid Oliver.