Superheroes and villains are known for their flashy, flamboyant costumes that they use to protect their real identities. Because superheroes and villains have a super sense of style, people often dress like them for costume parties. With such a vast majority of characters to choose from, people of any gender, race or body type can find a superhero or villain costume idea that is right for them.
Comic Book Superheroes & Villains
Comic books are the inspiration behind some of the most well known superheroes like Superman, Batman and Spider-Man and their arch-enemy villains Lex Luthor, The Joker and The Green Goblin. Most costume shops carry costumes of all the most popular comic book superheroes and villains, but if you want to dress as an obscure comic character you may have to create the costume yourself. Gather a group of friends to dress as a heroic team like the Justice League, or a team of villains like the rogues gallery from Batman.
Movie Superheroes & Villains
Other than comic books, movies are a good source of inspiration for superhero and villains. Movie-only superheroes and villains include the heroic Hancock and the misguided villain Megamind. Gather the kids and spouse together to go as the superhero family from The Incredibles while a friend or extended family member dresses as their arch-nemesis, Syndrome. The movie versions of superheroes often wear altered costumes, so go as the movie version of the X-Men and trade in the yellow spandex for black leather.
TV Superheroes & Villains
Look to your TV set for superhero and villains ideas. The heroes and villains from TV shows like Heroes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer wore normal clothing like cheerleading outfits and leather jackets, while other superheroes have colourful costumes like The Greatest American Hero. If you have a large group go as the Power Rangers by purchasing costumes or each dressing in 90s styled clothing all in one solid colour. For a TV supervillain costume consider Joker's gal pal Harley Quinn, who was first introduced on a Batman animated TV series, or the ghastly Skeletor from the He-Man cartoons.
Homemade Superheroes & Villains
You don't have to dress like any existing superhero or villain when making up your own can be even more fun. There's absolutely no limit to what you can create with a homemade superhero costume, but at bare minimum you should include a cape, mask, gloves and boots. For supervillains wear a lab coat, dark cloak or helmet covered in reflective tape or tinfoil. Your homemade superhero or villain character can have his own name and origin story, or you can just use your own name like "Super Serena" or "Dastardly Darien."