How to find a cool villain costume
The recent rise in popularity of superhero movies has also generated a new appreciation trend for their dark counterparts. The hero may be the winner in the end, but nothing stands out better in the crowd at a Halloween party than a villain costume.
Should you wish to portray such a character, you are in luck: the choosing spectrum is vast so that you are not limited to only one dastardly species. Superhero movies aside, let us not forget that the history of cinematography has an extremely wide array of negative characters to choose from. With such a prolific marker, it may be difficult to decide which one you would wish to portray, let alone find the best one.
On the other hand, the whole process can be rewarding, given that Halloween is the best occasion to test the limits of your imagination, creativity, and ingenuity. What better opportunity to dress up as your favorite villain and impress or even scare your family or friends? So waste no time and dive into our guide for buying the best villain costumes for Halloween, which we have conceived as a handy tool to spare you from wasting your precious time searching for tips.
How we choose the coolest villains costumes
To make it simple, deciding on whom you want to dress up as for Halloween should begin with your appeal for one or another villain who left a deep impression upon you. After you decide who you want to be, you can start by browsing villain costumes reviews on the Internet in search for your perfect outfit.
Don’t hesitate to compare Halloween costumes for guys, so that you can also determine what would look best on you. Based on these reviews, you can end up making the right choice for your villain costume. Should you choose to look for such a costume in the real world, as it were, a good tip we can give you is to look out for when superhero movies come to cinemas in your town; this is usually preceded by an aggressive marketing campaign of which you can take advantage by purchasing the villain’s outfit.
This can happen rarely, but if you’re lucky to make such a purchase, you’ve got yourself a licensed product which is most likely well-made and very close to the costume worn by the actor who portrays the said villain. There is also the option to buy the materials necessary to make the villain’s outfit. If you’re looking in the for sale section, always keep in mind the size and quality of the material. The local store can provide you with at least a decent range of prices and quality options you can choose from.
How often and where will you wear a villain costume?
When and wherever you want! You’re a villain; you can do anything you please! Jokes aside, don’t expect to get much wear value out of a costume which portrays a villain. This statement is mostly true when you think of villains as superhero antagonists, because if we refer to villains in non-superhero or non-fantasy flicks, the investment of putting together an outfit portraying a villain may be worth it in terms of wearability.
In thrillers or dramas the negative character normally wears a regular everyday wardrobe, the particularity making him recognizable being perhaps a certain facial feature, such as a mustache, a beard, a scar, etc. Of course, strongly resembling the actor portraying the villain also helps in these kinds of situations.
Getting the proper fit and style right
In order to better convey the credibility and, why not, fearsomeness of the villain you choose to portray, your overall appearance should be as close as possible to that the character. Needless to say, good villain costumes have to be well-fitted and respect the age, weight, and height of the wearer; comfort can be an option you can take advantage of as well, especially if you wish to make the costume yourself.
Which villain should you be?
As mentioned before, the list you can choose from is almost endless: the Joker from Batman, Lex Luthor from Superman, Loki from Thor, Ego from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (complete with beard, fake or not), the Terminator from Terminator 1, all of James Bond’s antagonists, all of Iron Man’s antagonists and so on.
You can also opt to portray an ordinary villain, in terms of dress and appearance of normality, but this is trickier, given that the persons you meet on Halloween night won’t immediately (if at all) recognize the character you’re supposed to be.
Also, when you tell them who you portray and they don’t know the corresponding movie, the impact you hope to make won’t occur at all. Therefore, choosing to portray a villain who is easily recognizable makes a more significant impression and is generally safer than being passionate about a particular villain who doesn’t stand out by his outfit. And we all know how Halloween is all about appearance.
Almost no villain would be as imposing and commanding without his specific accessory: think Stavro Blofeld (James Bond) and his cat, Loki and his staff, the Joker’s gadgets, and so on. The credibility factor we mentioned above would greatly be increased by incorporating these accessories into the wardrobe of your villain’s costume. So don’t think twice about doing it.
Choosing to be a villain on Halloween is undoubtedly a thrilling and rewarding experience, especially for kids, but also for adults who sometimes like to connect with their inner child and love a well-constructed negative character.
That is not to say good guys are not impressive or that portraying them brings perhaps too much of a particularly positive and optimistic vibe to a celebration meant to accentuate the darker side of human nature.
While the good guys’ outfits generate diversity to the said celebration, being a villain on Halloween is usually more exciting and mysterious, breaking with the traditional standard of being a zombie, a ghost or a skeleton during this time of the year. So have fun being evil and naughty!