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Best Skeletor Costume Guide
Skeletor is the main antagonist of Mattel’s Masters of the Universe franchise and is the archenemy of He-Man. He is a former student of the leader of the Evil Horde, Hordak. When the latter was forced to flee to a different dimension, Skeletor was forced to remain in Eternia to raise an army of minions who would eventually help him take over Snake Mountain and become its ruler. His main goal is to conquer the fortress where He-Man draws his powers, Castle Grayskull. He knows that if he succeeds in this goal, he will not only be able to conquer Eternia but the entire universe. Get the look of the evil conquerer with this Skeletor costume guide.
Cop this wicked look with a Skeletor costume, a pair of purple gloves, a skull mask, a warlock staff, and a Skeletor sword.
Skeletor Cosplay Costumes
Skeletor is both vengeful and hungry for power. These two main traits make for a very dangerous character. This is why he is known to be He-Man’s biggest enemy. He longs to conquer the whole of the universe and exact revenge on Hordak. Skeletor is rendered as a blue, muscular humanoid with a yellow bare-bone skull for a head under a deep purple hood. How he looks accurately portrays how menacing he can be. Unfortunately for Skeletor, however, his plans for conquering the universe are always foiled by the stupidity and incompetence of his henchmen.
To make sure you look as menacing as Skeletor, you need to accessorize your Skeletor costume with a scary-looking skull mask, some purple gloves, and bring around a warlock staff and a Skeletor sword. Complete the look and invite the gang to cosplay as He-Man and Hordak, too!
Skeletor Costume Tips & FAQs
Unleash your villainous side with our Skeletor costume guide FAQ. Transform into the evil, musclebound sorcerer from the classic animated series “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” as we answer your questions about creating the perfect Skeletor ensemble.
To create a Skeletor outfit, you'll need a blue bodysuit or muscle suit, a purple chest armor with attached cape, purple trunks or briefs, purple boots, and purple gloves. Complete the look with a yellow or beige skull mask and a replica or DIY Havoc Staff.
You can either purchase a pre-made Skeletor skull mask from a costume store or online retailer, or you can create a DIY mask using a plain skull mask as a base. Modify the mask with paint, clay, or other materials to achieve Skeletor's distinctive features, such as his pronounced cheekbones and hollowed eyes.
To create a DIY Havoc Staff, start with a long wooden dowel or PVC pipe for the staff. Paint it purple or black to match Skeletor's color scheme. For the ram's skull at the top, use a toy skull, sculpt one from clay or foam, or find a suitable 3D-printed design. Attach the skull to the staff using glue, screws, or other secure methods.
Pair your Skeletor costume with knee-high purple boots, preferably with a flat or low heel. Look for boots with a simple design, or modify existing boots by adding purple fabric or paint to achieve the desired appearance. You can also use boot covers to create the illusion of purple boots over your regular shoes.
In addition to the Havoc Staff, consider adding other Skeletor-related props or accessories, such as a replica of his sword, a toy version of his pet panther, Panthor, or a faux gemstone to represent the power source in his chest armor. These additional elements will help you capture the essence of the "Masters of the Universe" universe and add extra excitement to your costume.
In the 2002 series, Skeletor’s background is revealed. According to this version of the story, he was once an ordinary man named Keldor. However, his face was accidentally splashed with acid and this cost him his looks and his entire face. While he survived, his life was not the same since then.
While Skeletor is fairly menacing and generally heartless, especially to his incompetent henchmen, he actually shows some feeling and heart towards animals. His most constant and loyal companion is Panthor, a large purple feline resembling a panther. Panthor, apart from being Skeletor’s loyal companion, serves as the evil counterpart of He-Man’s trusted Battle Cat. Skeletor also shows some connection to Relay, a part-robot dog who is part of the Manchines. This is shown in He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special. Shot down by Hordak, Skeletor shows sympathy to the whimpering Relay by carrying him down a snowy mountain himself.