Girl power is *the* best power. That’s why female superheros/villians make for FREAKING awesome Halloween costumes. If you are ready to harness that #girlboss energy, we have some major cosplay inspiration for you. Check out how to dress up as 16 of the coolest comic book characters below.


1. Poison Ivy: Usually an adversary to Batman, Poison Ivy is a DC Comics supervillian with toxic tendencies. She’s usually green, has bright red hair and is covered in poison ivy leaves. Some fake ivy leaves from your local Michaels and a red wig can create the costume in a much safer manner though. (via Sydne Style)


2. Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman is a DC Comics creation who stands for justice, truth and love and wields an arsenal of weapons, including a throwing tiara and indestructible bracelets. Because of all the pieces, this costume can be a bit more involved than others. The Dia de los Muertos spin on this one is awesome. (via @vivawonderwoman)


3. Mystique: Mystique. The most awesome supervillain EVER. This shifting mutant from X-Men is mysterious, badass and beautifully blue. With a whole lotta blue body paint and some crazy contacts, this can be an easy two-step costume — but pants and a shirt are also probably good ideas! (via Bazinga Cosplay/Deviant Art)


4. Zatana: First appearing in Hawkeye, Zatana is a stage magician who is secretly a real magician. Creating this costume is actually pretty simple with a top hat, white gloves, bowtie, blazer, leotard and fish nets. (via @blackkrystel)


5. Elektra: Calling all badass ninjas. Elektra is a kunoichi (female ninja assassin) who first appeared as the love interest of the superhero Daredevil (umm, couple’s costume idea, anyone?) and her signature weapons are a pair of bladed sai. Because of her relatively simple outfit and minimal accessories, this costume is a pretty easy DIY. (via @_sess)

Black Widow

6. Black Widow: You probably know Black Widow as Natasha Romanoff (AKA Scarlett Johansson) from the recent Avengers movies. This costume is pretty easy and will be perfect for Halloween. Check out the awesome DIY recreation above for inspiration. (via bargainbeautiful/Tumblr)

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7. Emma Frost: Also known as the White Queen, Emma Frost appears predominately in the X-Men series. Her character evolves dramatically over time, from supervillian to superhero, so play it bad (or play it good!) with this costume. Fun fact: January Jones played Emma Frost in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class. DIY this look with a white dress, white tights or stockings, a white cape and some fun frosty makeup. (via @by___grace)


8. Catwoman: Catwoman (Selina Kyle) is well known for her love/hate relationship with Batman. For a Catwoman costume, a simple, all-black outfit with some ears (you can even paint your mask on) will get the point across just fine! (via Sydne Style)


9. Storm: X-Men‘s weather-controlling Storm is one of the most prominent badass X-(wo)Men out there. She’s had some pretty sweet signature looks throughout the years. The above costume is more of a ’90s recreation rather than the all-black leather bodysuit Halle Berry rocked. (via @curlygirlcos)

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10. Bat Girl: Dun uh nuh BATGIRL! This one makes for an easy and fun costume DIY because you can pretty much slap a batman label on any black outfit and you’ll be GTG. We also suggest a cape though, because capes are awesome. Plus you’ll get to pretend fly all night long. (via @miche_lockwood)

Black Canary

11. Black Canary: Black Canary is one of DC Comics’ earliest super heroines and is frequently associated with the Green Arrow Superhero (another couple’s costume alert!). Black Canary’s outfit is super simple, traditionally with fishnets, a black leather leotard (or black leather jacket) and black mask. What really identifies her is her canary blonde hair, so a wig in this color is a good idea for any costume makers. (via Gau Studios)


12. Scarlett Witch: Be a new kind of witch this Halloween — a Scarlett one, that is. This character originally appeared as an X-Men mutant, and also appears as a regular to The Avengers team. Again, this character can make for a simple Halloween costume because all you really need is a Scarlett outfit and the signature headpiece look pictured above (which can be painted on too!). (via Sarahnity of the Mind Cosplay/Tumblr)

Captain America

13. Captain America USO Girl: Yes, Captain America is a superhero. Does that mean you can’t be Captain American for Halloween? UM, NO! It’s 2015, people. You can be anything you put your mind to, including a Captain America superheroine. Gender Shmender. Check out the above take for inspo. (via Mey Lynn)


14. Rouge Cosplay Costume: Rogue is another X-Men/Avengers crossover character. With her signature swatch of white hair, this ’90s-inspired Rouge costume is incredible. If you don’t want to purchase a pre-made costume, you could recreate this look with a yellow v-neck tee over a long-sleeve green shirt, green leggings, a green headband and yellow boot covers made from cloth or paper. (via Fashionably Geek)


15. Lara Croft: While Lara Croft didn’t originate in comics, her Tomb Raider video game fame led to Hollywood movies and comic books. Bottom line: She’s still a freaking awesome superheroine, and her name carries just as much clout as the above DC/Marvel characters. Check out the awesome costume tutorial above. (via Sara du Jour)


16. Pop Art-Inspired Comic Girl: For those that just can’t decide on a specific character, we leave you with our DIY from last year. Dress as a comic-like character by trying out some comic, pop art-inspired makeup and magical leggings. (via Brit + Co)

So, what comic book character will you be this Halloween?