Funny superhero costume ideas

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Funny superhero costume ideas
Find the right funny superhero costume for you. (superhero image by Clarence Alford from

Funny superhero costumes are a popular staple at Halloween parties and other themed events. Some costumes are inspired by Adult Swim cartoons like Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Venture Bros., while others take recognisable superheroes like Superman and add a twist by making him a senior citizen with a walker.

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Radioactive Man

An ideal superhero costume for The Simpsons fans, Radioactive Man's costume mixes elements of Superman, The Flash and Shazam but the end result is played for laughs. The mask, which looks like Homer Simpson wearing a red helmet with a thunderbolt sticking out of it, is goofy enough that anyone who doesn't know who Radioactive Man is will get that it is funny. And you will amuse your pop culture-savvy friends who catch the reference.

Xena: Warrior Princess

Xena: Warrior Princess was a campy TV show that was often played for laughs and is still popular enough that you can wear the costume and other people will understand that it's a joke. The Xena costume, which is all leather and revealing without being graphic, is a play on the skimpy outfits worn by heroines in the Conan the Barbarian comics and movies like Red Sonja. The Xena costume is better suited for indoor parties because it doesn't cover very much, which will get uncomfortable if you are outdoors.

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Harvey Birdman was an obscure Hanna-Barbera superhero until the Adult Swim network revived him as a hapless lawyer who represents other cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone in absurd court cases. The Harvey Birdman costume is funny because it puts a winged superhero with a yellow mask in a conservative lawyer's suit. It is an ideal costume for college parties because Adult Swim is popular with that age group.

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