The Costume Showdown Round One NOW CLOSED

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Well, you can vote if you want, but it won’t count toward round two.

Costume MaskChoosing a costume is perhaps the most important thing a hero or villain can do. The costume is a fashion statement indicating what the wearer values most. There are a multitude out there, and we think it is time to decide once and for all, which does the job best?

To start things off, we have divided the costumes into eight representative types, giving you the chance to choose which you think pulls off its respective statement the best. After that, we will start pitting the types against one another until we emerge at last with the one, true costume to end all costumes.

Voting will last for seven full days each round. This one runs from March 1 through March 6.

As always, we value your opinion and would love to hear what you voted and why in the comments.

Ready, set, go!

Capes

1. Batman v Superman

Capes look good. They flare out behind the hero as he leaps, flies, and glides, drawing the viewers eye and emphasizing the drama of the event. They are an extra flourish, one that says the hero knows the value of drama.

Superman’s cape says, first and foremost, “I can fly!” It spreads out behind him, a glorious splash of red against the sky. It blows in the wind, an exclamation mark that underscores his power and general good will.

Batman, also aware of the value of the visual, wears a cape designed to help him loom. It flows behind him, enlarging his silhouette on dark nights, letting the victim know there is no way to dodge the inevitable approach of his nemesis. It can also be held up over his face, emphasizing the glaring eyes of the wearer and underscoring the secrecy in which he lives.

Now, dear readers, it is up to you to decide: Which cape works best?

2 Less is More

Red Sonja v. Namor

A minimalist costume emphasizes the fact that the wearer really is that good. They don’t need armor to beat their opponents or clothes to shield them from the elements. They have the muscles, the skills, and the willpower to carry them through all challenges.

Also, they look really good.

Red Sonja has the warrior-look down pat. Her chain-mail bikini lets everyone know that while she doesn’t need the armor, she is fully entitled to wear it.

Namor wants everyone to admire his might and muscle, to awe them into remembering just who and what he is.

Who do you think represents the trend best?

3 Armor

Iron Man v. Dracula

Other heroes look askance at the idea of baring their all to the world. They prefer practicality, protection, and extra power a good suit of armor can provide.

Iron Man’s suit is light, high tech, and can mix a good drink. It is the pinnacle of technical achievement, constantly changing to keep up with the times.

Dracula wears a more old-fashioned suit of armor, declaring his loyalties and purpose up front. The armor may not be able to tell him what the temperature will be next week, but it is durable and will never be taken over and remotely operated by his enemies.

Which kind of armor do you think counts as the best?

4 Dress to Impress

Padme v Ming the Merciless

Sometimes, the wearer chooses to emphasize their status. These people rule, and they want everyone to know it. The goal of these costumes is not combat. The costume send the message that the wearer has the means to settle matters without resorting to violence.

Padme knows how to look the part with numerous elaborate costumes, lavish concoctions that inhibit movement and emphasize grace and status.

Ming adorns his attire with entirely unnecessary ornamentation and, like Padme, wears a collar that says “I’m amazing” rather than a more practical piece.

So, what do you think? Who wears it best? And why?

5. Trench Coats

Blade v. Dana Scully

The wearers of trench coats seek to balance drama with practicality. The trench coat can flare, though it does not approach the drama of a cape. Unlike a cape, however, it has pockets suitable for carrying weaponry, cell phones, bandages, snacks, and other essential items. If necessary, the belt can double as a short rope or a tourniquet.

Blade emphasizes the “drama” side of things with an attention-getting red lining and a close fit–limiting what he can wear in there, but showing off his prowess.

Sully keeps to the practical side of things. If necessary, she can blend into the crowd, and her trench coat will wrap fully around her, making it warm as well as classy.

Her pockets will carry more, he compensates with an extra sheath.

Who do you think has the better plan?

6. Color

Captain America v. Wonder Woman

Never underestimate the importance of color. The right choice tells the world where your loyalties lie and how great your confidence is.

Here, we have chosen two heroes who pointedly choose not to blend in with their surroundings. They are warriors and they are ready to fight!

Although both are concerned with the world, each started by supporting one country above others.

Which one pulls it off better?

7. Masks

Darth Vader v. Doctor Doom

There is something forbidding about a mask, especially when the wearer chooses a full-face variety, thus hiding all clues about their thoughts and emotions, allowing them to dominate the conversation and distancing them from their humanity.

Which design works best? Darth Vader’s or Doctor Doom’s?

8. Helmets

Loki v. Vivienne

Helmets protect the head. That’s the practical side of the matter. If that were all there were to it, though, we’d stash this under “armor” and call it a day.

No, a real helmet, a costume helmet, is a matter of pride. It ensures that the wearer holds the head high and stands out from the crowd. A well-designed helmet can also emphasize the wearer’s good looks which counts for a lot in this world of ours.

Loki and Vivienne both opt for plenty of height in their helmets. Which do you think best represents the costume choice?

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