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Inside Out Costume Guides

Dress like Your Favorite Inside Out Characters

Find the best costumes to look like the characters from Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. Express yourself by bringing one of Riley’s five emotions to life—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Become like the characters themselves and turn red like Anger, go green with Disgust, blue with Sadness, or pink with Fear. Here you can learn how to dress as these weird and wonderful creatures and bring out all their characteristics using each step-by-step costume guide. Each cosplay guide describes an Inside Out character and how you can dress to impress at your next costume party. But, just because you dress like Anger, doesn’t mean you have to act like him!


Sadness Costume

Sadness is the most gloomy of Riley’s five emotions. She can’t help seeing the bad in the world but also provides comfort to other characters. She cares deeply about Riley and can’t help getting upset; she even cries over spilled milk. When sadness takes control, she is also able to help Riley talk to her parents and create a whole new part of Riley’s life. Even though Sadness can be a downer, she forms one of the most beautiful moments of the movie. Sadness and Joy are two different sides of blue, Joy’s hair is a glowing fun blue, but Sadness is dark and empathetic blue.

Sadness Costume
Sadness Costume Guide

Anger Costume

If Anger weren’t so hot-headed, he’d look like a friendly old neighbor, or helpful hardware store owner. His unassuming outfit of brown leather shoes and rolled up shirt sleeves is deceiving. But he’s as hot-headed as they come. Joy describes him as caring “very deeply about things being fair” while he erupts over Riley not getting desert. He doesn’t always get along with the others and has set some on fire at different stages. He’s also accused San Francisco of ruining pizza. Deep down, though, he wants the best for Riley but has a fiery way of expressing it.

Anger Costume
Anger Costume Guide

Inside Out Cosplay Costumes

The five characters in Disney Pixar’s Inside Out are a great opportunity for some friends to impress at a costume party or with a group Cosplay outfit. Each is bursting with colors that express different attitudes. It might seem hard to dress like each animated character, but it’s easier than balancing Riley’s emotions!

The following costume guides break down each character’s features into easy to follow simple, step-by-step instruction to bring Riley’s emotions out into the real world. Pick the style you would like, and you’ll soon be bursting with all the energy and emotions of the wild world of Disney.

About Inside Out

Inside Out was written and directed by Pete Docter for Disney Pixar. The idea for the movie came to him when he became interested in how his daughter began changing as she got older. The filmmakers were helped by psychologists, who made the film more realistic by advising how children’s brains develop neurophysically and how emotions are affected in interpersonal situations.

The genius of the movie lies in how Joy neglects the other feelings in Riley’s life. Joy tries to make Riley feel nothing but positive things, but life is much more complicated. Anger, Disgust, Sadness, and Fear all have their roles to play. The level of detail put into Inside Out earned it multiple awards, not just for its depiction of childhood, but for its animation and voice acting. In 2016, the BBC ranked it 41 in its list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century. The movie is so good that even Disgust would have to approve.