The Costume Showdown: Round Two! VOTING CLOSED

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Ok, so you can still vote, if you want to, but it won’t affect the contest.

Welcome to the costume showdown round two! You decided who wore it best in round one; now it’s time to choose between types of costume! We’ll start narrowing down between categories so that we can work down to the ultimate costume style.

Voting will continue for a week on Round Two!

Capes vs Minimalism

Batman vs. Namor

This is a difference of opinion and style. A cape is there for emphasis and drama; it enhances the user’s every move and reflects his moods. It is also a practical choice: The wearer can conceal needed items under the cape and can use it to deflect and misdirect attacks.

The minimalist costume choice, on the other hand, reflects a certain reckless confidence. It says “I am enough as I am” and also “I look good

Which costume do you find fulfills the needs of the wearer best? Which impresses the viewer most?

Armor vs. Dressing to Impress

Dracula vs. Padme

Again, we have a different philosophy behind the choice of attire. Armor says that the wearer is planning to go into battle. It is a matter of defense and intimidation. Dressing to impress sends a different message; negotiation and civilization are on the table as options, since everyone involved already respects everyone else. At the same time, the well-dressed individual is also sending a not-so-subtle message that they already have power; why bother with war, under the circumstances?

The Trench Coat vs. Color Coding

The trench coat is a matter of practicality, first and foremost. It may be stylish, but that is less important than the pockets and the ability of the wearer to conceal things like weaponry and bullet-proof vests while still blending in when needed. It is also considerably less expensive than the custom-made, color-coded outfit. If it gets shredded, it can be replaced without resorting to expensive, confidential tailors.

Color-coding costumes are about show. They demonstrate that the wearer is closely associated with some organization or country. The attire itself may be protective, and if so, it makes no effort to conceal that fact. It also says the wearer is either independently wealthy or has a sponsor; this kind of clothing does not come off the rack. This also means that the wearer likely has at least one person they trust to manufacture the clothing.

Masks vs Helmets

Both the mask and the helmet are worn for the purpose of intimidation. The mask seeks to induce uneasiness by the simple fact that the viewer cannot see the wearer’s face. The wearer thus becomes a cipher, an anonymous bogyman who might be anyone. The helmet, on the other hand, says “I don’t care if you see my face. I want you to see my face. I’m stronger than you and there is nothing you can do about it!”

Which does the job best?

Let us know in the comments why you made your choices, or if there are categories you think should have been included!

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