Who Wore it Scarier? Villains and Villainesses, Part 1

Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween

One of the absolute best things about Halloween is deciding who you are going to dress up as. For die-hards, like me, this can mean months of contemplation and planning that involves sketching, choice of fabrics, re-imagining, etc. No off-the-rack costumes done here. For this reason, I have created the “Who wore it Scarier” category. Here, I will pit popular costume choices, and the characters who made them famous, against each other in a frightful showdown.

For this edition of “Who Wore it Scarier”, I will be pitting villain against villain and villainess against villainess. For discerning who is worthy of the challenges, my criteria is simple:

1. Taking the top 3 costumes of both (according to overall sales) from BuyCostumes.com’s Top 10 Villain and Villainess list (2014).

2. Must have a character remake/re-imagining that is equal in popularity to its original.

3. Must truly be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”.

Let’s get started:


#1 Costume–The Joker

This iconic villain definitely needs no introduction, but I’ll give him one anyway. The Joker is the primary villain in Batman. Although there is no definitive background on how The Joker became disfigured or how he went bat shit crazy, for the purpose of this post, I’ll be referencing the Batman movies that Jack Nicholson (Batman) and Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) starred in. In both movies, both stars portrayed the sadistic psychopath with chilling precision. The Joker has been described as an “agent of chaos” and his primary mission is to impose chaos and insanity to all. So which one of these Joker’s is more of a bad ass? Whelp, I hate clowns. I am terrified of them. Therefore, both portrayals scare the Hello Kitty out of me–okay? I can not be objective about this. However, Comic Vine polled over 100 people and asked: The better Joker: Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger? Here’s the results. While you’re there, check out the comments directly below the results. The forum displays an extensive back-and-forth with good points being made for both sides.

Here’s clips of both Jack and Heath. Watch and decide for yourself. FYI, there’s a reason Jack’s clip is only 40 seconds long.


#1 Costume–Maleficent

How shocked are you to see Maleficent in the number 1 spot? Me too. They don’t get much madder, badder, or dangerous-er. To say that the vindictive fairy is disgruntled would be like saying  . . . well, I can’t think of anything right now but, if I could, it would be brilliant and you would laugh–hard. Both versions are equally formidable and chilling. And both versions have the eerie green spellcasting lights. Most impressive. It’s no wonder that this was the number one villainess costume for last year’s Halloween. I will say this (and it comes from personal experience) the horns are what makes the costume. Unless, of course, you decide to do the wings, in which case you should take into consideration your mobility and ability to use the bathroom (again I speak from experience–in relation to other costumes). The horns can also just as easily break your costume, if you choose poorly. Here’s a make it . . . and here’s a break it. And, well, this and this  . . . just plain cool.

Well, I know I have my favorites–do you?

Until next time . . . (click here)

Happy Haunting

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