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This Halloween, if you could dress as any fictional character, who would it be?
posted by clavdivs to Uptime at 8:17 PM (49 comments total)

Mebbe the white or black king from Homestuck? I saw a pretty excellent looking cosplay of those folks on this site just a little while ago.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:37 PM on October 30, 2014


The ghost of chatfilter?
posted by Pinback at 8:43 PM on October 30, 2014 [2 favorites]


The undertoad.
posted by heyho at 8:46 PM on October 30, 2014 [4 favorites]


Bugs Bunny. Things always work out for him. He is so smooth.

Or Oddball from the movie Kelly's Heroes.

Or Ronald Reagan.
posted by 724A at 8:46 PM on October 30, 2014


Neely O'Hara.
posted by Neely O'Hara at 8:58 PM on October 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


sexy abe vigoda
posted by poffin boffin at 9:29 PM on October 30, 2014 [3 favorites]


Cesárea Tinajero.
posted by latkes at 9:38 PM on October 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Damnit, I have been given the whole realm of fiction, from literature to mythology to heroes and villains of the silver screen, and yet I would still be Batman.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:47 PM on October 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


Fiction: around here it would be fun to dress up as Champ the Lake Champlain monster. Or The Kid in Gahan Wilson's Nuts if I thought anyone would remember/recognize him.

Reality: Election day is Tuesday. I have last year's bee costume. I am carrying a sign that says J-BEE for JP. I think it will work out well.
posted by jessamyn (retired) at 9:51 PM on October 30, 2014 [5 favorites]


I always wanted to be a really intense, cinema correct Borg drone with the boots and everything. Like full makeup, working motorized and light up bits and lasers...
posted by emptythought at 11:23 PM on October 30, 2014 [1 favorite]


Matt Haughey - oh wait, he might be real.
posted by Cranberry at 11:56 PM on October 30, 2014


The hero from Nethack, ) in hand! I could have some !-shaped vials hanging from my belt, filled with various colored cocktails. I guess I'd need a bag with a big brown ( on it, to put all those % candy bars and slime molds in.
posted by aubilenon at 1:24 AM on October 31, 2014 [3 favorites]


Perhaps Fly from Babe.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:33 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


a honey badger?

oh wait, they do exist, don't they. Crap.
posted by Namlit at 4:40 AM on October 31, 2014


jessamyn: "Fiction: around here it would be fun to dress up as Champ the Lake Champlain monster."

That could be arranged.

For me, I'd go with a really sweet costume from Game of Thrones. Ned Stark or Jon Snow probably.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:04 AM on October 31, 2014


I've just bought finishing touches for my Zed from Zardoz character. I even found a red double bandolier... Full of shot glasses instead of bullets! All that's left to do is cut and shape some Sean Connery chest hair.
posted by iamkimiam at 5:08 AM on October 31, 2014 [4 favorites]


I'm going as Captain Haddock from Tintin which in practice for work means taping a black anchor to a blue shirt and wearing a black skirt, boots, and a captain's hat (I have a beard and pipe for a party later).

In my previous job, I was fortunate enough to have people 1) like me 2) acknowledge that they thought I was peculiar and just move on. The great thing about that is that it means that you can do pretty much whatever you want as long as you work hard and are polite to people and everyone just gives you a pass. Last year I went as Indiana Jones which meant basically just hat, whip, jacket. I wore this to work on Halloween and that afternoon my friend said to me "Oh, Mrs. Pterodactyl, I like your costume" and the woman behind me was like "OH! It's Halloween! I thought you were just dressed like that." This might be because I'd worn a pith helmet to work a couple of months before just for the hell of it.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 5:15 AM on October 31, 2014 [3 favorites]


Stormtrooper. One of the few costumes where if someone else wears the same thing, it looks even more awesome instead of slightly awkward.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:57 AM on October 31, 2014 [6 favorites]


I'd dress up as a person who actually believes it's about ethics in games journalism.
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:07 AM on October 31, 2014 [3 favorites]


If? If you say?
I am Painty the Pirate.
posted by plinth at 6:13 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


sexy Sugar Bear. So I could charm the Super Sugar Crisp right off Granny Goodwitch. ♩♫ Can't get enough of that Sugar Crisp, Sugar Crisp ... ♪ ♭ Or Glenn Frey, I dunno.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:27 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


Anon's girlfriend.
posted by charred husk at 6:41 AM on October 31, 2014


The spirt of the old Internet, Before It Got All Commercial.

Or maybe Davey Crockett: I'd get a real coonskin cap, which is something that I have often and loudly promised to wear if I receive one. (Also, buckskins and a rifle for work, too!)

Disney's Johnny Appleseed always looked confident and easy in his vest, loose shirt, and trousers. That roomy murse would be super-useful, though the stockpot cap would suck about 363 days a year for regular use, and the shoes with buckles on might or might not be comfy, I dunno.
posted by wenestvedt at 7:19 AM on October 31, 2014


The trouble is, all the fictional characters I actually want to dress up as spend most of their time dressed as regular people....which is to say, even though I read a ton of science fiction, I rarely read the kind where there are spectacular costumes. (One time a friend dressed up as Kurt Weill. If you are seeking a costume where people will not only not be able to tell who you are but be utterly unable to tell that you are in costume at all, there you go.)

I suppose I might dress up as pre-beheading Thomas Cromwell from Hilary Mantel, since regular clothes from the 16th century would still be pretty dramatic today. Or maybe I could dress up as fictional Sigfried Sassoon from Regeneration, since fictional Siegfried Sassoon is a bit more of a romantic character than actual Siegfried Sassoon.

Or no, obviously, one should dress up as a character from Daniel Pinkwater. Although really I think I already look a bit like I would be better off in a Pinkwater novel, but you could be one of the Praetorian Guard from Young Adult Novel, or you could dress up as Ms. Donut even though that's really a mascot, or you could dress up as Rat ("She walks in beauty like a bat/A lizard, monster or a ghoul/This one with hair of green, this Rat/She is the neatest girl at school")

Or wait, actually, you could dress up as the boy from that Pinkwater story about the devil in the drain, and you could have a little devil to carry around with you, and some pretzels. That would be pretty fun.

I was planning to dress up as Young Professor X, but because I am now recovering from a bad cold, I think I'm going to dress up as Frowner In A State of Lassitude, You Should Be Glad I'm Even At Your Bonfire Anyway, which is more performance art.
posted by Frowner at 7:19 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


Or actually, I bet there are about a billion good costumes you could get from Book of the New Sun - Severian, provided one had the chest muscles, of course, but also the cat-headed women warriors or one of the hierodules (you could have a mask over a mask for that.)

Or Childermass, my favorite character from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, and you could carry a bunch of tarot cards.
posted by Frowner at 7:22 AM on October 31, 2014 [2 favorites]


Given my stature (and possibly personality) my dream costume has always been a Wookiee.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 7:27 AM on October 31, 2014


Probably one of the awesome fanart female Bucky Barnes designs. Or Commander Shepard. Or Leliana's costume from her appearance in DA2.
posted by NoraReed at 7:33 AM on October 31, 2014


For some reason, Sandman characters came to mind, but upon reviewing the character list, only Mervyn Pumpkinhead really grabbed me.

The ghost of chatfilter?

In case anyone is concerned, this is an annual clavdivs tradition.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:41 AM on October 31, 2014 [2 favorites]


NoraReed: "Or Commander Shepard."

For some reason that reminded me of Captain Mal Reynolds. I might try and put that together for next year, actually, if I can get hold of some inexpensive tall leather boots...
posted by Rock Steady at 7:57 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


Inspired by this gallery, I decided to construct a Worker and Parasite costume.


Unfortunately, I did not see the gallery until last night, and have no materials (or construction skills). So instead, I'm going as Idaho.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:12 AM on October 31, 2014 [2 favorites]


I am dressing as one! Dr. Chilton with a gunshot wound!
posted by The Whelk at 8:24 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


So instead, I'm going as Idaho.
<Skinner>Of course you are.</Skinner>
posted by plinth at 8:28 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm Idaho!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:54 AM on October 31, 2014


I'm going as the Earl of Lemongrab, but that's part of a group thing. But if time and money were no object I'd be Ziggy Stardust (he counts as fictional, right?)
posted by Navelgazer at 8:55 AM on October 31, 2014 [3 favorites]


Fredric Urban Noon.
posted by Buttons Bellbottom at 9:16 AM on October 31, 2014


I'm Idaho!

Soooooooo when I was 12 or 13 I dressed as Duncan Idaho from Dune. To my bewilderment, nobody in my rural western town got it, so the following year I went as Gurney Halleck (complete with inkvine scar and baliset!) thinking people would just totally get that costume instead.

Yeah.
posted by barchan at 9:28 AM on October 31, 2014 [6 favorites]


This Halloween, if you could dress as any fictional character, who would it be?

Looking for something topical to MetaFilter and being a tasteless smartass I was going to say Kaycee Nicole, but then I went back and read the outing thread again and now I'm just depressed.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:28 AM on October 31, 2014


Well, naturally, my first choice would be a Bear costume with wifely accessories.

Otherwise, I admit I would love getting dressed up as one of my all time favorite historical heroines, Elizabeth I. Including wearing all those precious stones and pearls sewn into my clothes, plus a generous helping of Crown Jewels.

If I was going in a fictional character direction, I'd pose as another favorite, Portia.
posted by bearwife at 9:32 AM on October 31, 2014


Cenobite Colonel Sanders
posted by hellojed at 9:40 AM on October 31, 2014 [5 favorites]


We have such seasonings to show you
posted by The Whelk at 9:49 AM on October 31, 2014 [6 favorites]


Hiram McDaniels.

(Remember, if you need a write-in candidate on Tuesday, vote for Hiram McDaniels. He's literally a five-headed dragon.)
posted by book 'em dano at 10:16 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


Martin Chatwin or Horace Horrible.
posted by prize bull octorok at 10:20 AM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


Well, naturally, my first choice would be a Bear costume with wifely accessories.

Okay, you've piqued my curiosity...
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 1:11 PM on October 31, 2014


Korben Dallas from The Fifth Element. But only if Milla Jovovich is Leeloo with me.
posted by Splunge at 2:21 PM on October 31, 2014


My S.O. and I discussed going as the Geefle and the Gonk, but I think I'd get tired of holding my arms over my head.
posted by George_Spiggott at 3:51 PM on October 31, 2014 [2 favorites]


RP McMurphy. Minus the lobotomy.
posted by jonmc at 4:39 PM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


My costume is a literal figment of your imagination.
posted by Invisible Green Time-Lapse Peloton at 6:48 PM on October 31, 2014


We have such seasonings to show you

Imma let you finish Whelk, but I think you meant

We have such wings to show you.
posted by Rock Steady at 8:47 PM on October 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


Popeye ( already got the forearms from child labour days of youth ).
posted by buzzman at 9:30 PM on October 31, 2014


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