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S.D. Bob “Snake” Plissken is a former U. S. Army Lieutenant and Special Forces operator. He is a war hero for his time served in World War III commended for his bravery fighting for his country. Shiny medals only take you so far, and Plissken learns this the hard way. He feels the government has betrayed him and so he turns to a life of crime. Most people in the current dystopian society have. The government sets the island of Manhattan into a maximum-security prison where people have lifelong sentences. Snake, played by Kurt Russell, has a chance at earning a pardon when he is asked to rescue the President within 24 hours in the 1981 movie, Escape from New York. It’s a fight for his life and his freedom.

Snake Plissken is one bad dude. One indication is the tattoo of a cobra that he has on his abdomen. Get Snake’s hostile look with a Compression Shirt, Brown Leather Jacket, Camouflage Cargo Pants, Black Leather Belt, Eye Patch, Gun Holster, Toy Gun, Black Boots, Silver Shin Guards, and Fake Cigarettes.

Snake Plissken Cosplay Costumes

When you spend as many years in the army as Snake Plissken, it never really leaves you. After everything he went through, he’s become a little cynical and pessimistic. Although he feels like his country let him down, and he doesn’t have much to live for, Snake still has a sense of honor. His honor may be small and wavering, but it’s still apparent.

His outfit is a mashup between his soldier days and his criminal days. He doesn’t care much about how he looks, as long as he can get the job done in it. His costume has a grungy apocalyptic feel about it, which gives the appearance that he’s been through hell and back. If you believe that you’ve got your Snake Plissken costume perfected, why not submit a photo or two to the annual Halloween Costume Contest!

Snake Plissken Costume Tips & FAQs

Embark on an adventure into the dystopian world of “Escape from New York” with our detailed costume guide FAQ, focused on the legendary antihero, Snake Plissken. Known for his rugged look and tough demeanor, this guide will assist you in replicating Snake’s iconic style, perfect for cosplay events, Halloween, or any occasion where you want to channel the spirit of this unforgettable character.

Snake Plissken's signature look is both distinctive and straightforward to replicate. The essential elements include a black sleeveless shirt, tight-fitting black pants, a tactical belt, a brown leather jacket, and knee-high combat boots. Don't forget his iconic eyepatch over the left eye and a wristwatch, which are crucial for an authentic Snake appearance.

The eyepatch is a defining aspect of Snake's look. You can either purchase a costume eyepatch or make one using black fabric or leather. Cut the material into an oval shape, slightly larger than your eye, and attach an elastic band to fit snugly around your head.

Snake's leather jacket is a key part of his outfit. Look for a dark brown, weathered leather jacket, preferably with a collar and zippered front. If you can't find a leather jacket, a similar style in faux leather or another dark fabric can also work well.

To enhance your Snake Plissken costume, consider props like a replica of his MAC-10 submachine gun with a suppressor, a holster for a sidearm, and a large, futuristic-looking digital wristwatch. Remember that any firearm props should be clearly identifiable as fake and follow any local regulations for costume weapons.

Embodying Snake Plissken isn't just about the outfit; his attitude and lines are equally important. Here are some memorable quotes: "Call me Snake.," "I don't give a f*** about your war... or your president.," "The name's Plissken.," "Hauk, remember when I told you I'd kill you last? I lied.," and "A lot of people owe their lives to this bird." These quotes will help you get into character and give your portrayal of Snake Plissken an extra edge of authenticity.


About Snake Plissken

Acting star Kurt Russell plays Snake Plissken in the 1981 film, Escape from New York. The movie takes place in the year 1997. By 1988, crime increased by 400% and the United States had no other alternative but to make the entire island of Manhattan a maximum-security prison. Fifty-foot walls surround the island, and no bridges into the island are left standing. 

Snake Plissken is one of these prisoners on Manhattan. A decorated soldier turned criminal due in part to the lack of options given to him by the government on his return home from war. He feels the government betrayed him and his family, so it wasn’t hard for him to alter his attitude. However, when the President gets captured by one of the crime bosses, Plissken is asked to save him. In exchange for his help, he will get a full pardon. To make sure he doesn’t run off, the NYC Commissioner injects Snake with micro-explosives that will detonate in 22 hours unless he’s successful.

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