Hela Costume Guide

Hela from Marvel Cinematic Universe is Asgard's Goddess of Death. She exudes ruthless power and chilling ambition. Her iconic costume reflects her complex personality and overwhelming presence. This guide will help you recreate her striking look, from her flowing cloak to her antler-like headdress. We'll delve into simple DIY techniques and customization tips, so you can channel Hela's formidable spirit with confidence. Whether attending a convention or crafting a show-stopping Halloween ensemble, our insights will ensure your Hela costume reigns supreme.

  • Difficulty: 8/10  While her bodysuit and cloak are beginner-friendly, certain elements require more skill. The boot accents will likely need crafting, and the headdress can be intimidating if you've never made props before.
  • Can you build it from your own wardrobe:  If you own black leggings, a turtleneck, and boots, you're halfway there. However, her neon green accents and elaborate headdress will likely require sourcing materials.
  • Scare factor: 5/10 - Hela radiates menace and power. Your portrayal (posture, voice, mannerisms) will amplify the scare-factor even with a simple costume.
  • Cost: $$$$$ Here's a rough breakdown:
      • Basic (from your wardrobe or thrifted): ~$30-$60 (if you need to purchase paint, basic fabric for the cloak, and potential boot enhancements)
      • Mid-range (mix of new and pre-owned items): ~$75-$150 (if you need to purchase new, better quality leggings/shirt, craft foam, and more sophisticated headdress materials)
      • High-End (replica pieces): ~$200+ (if you want an exact replica headdress, store-bought armored boots, etc.)

Additional Notes on Cost:

  • DIY skills will significantly lower your cost.
  • Pre-owned costume pieces can sometimes be found online, but demand for Thanos may drive prices up.
  • Consider renting or borrowing a high-quality Thanos costume for one-time events instead of investing in ownership.

Hela Costume Essentials

How to DIY Hela's Iconic Look

Hela's striking silhouette and iconic headdress are instantly recognizable. If you're ready to take your cosplay to the next level, ditch pre-made pieces above and unleash your DIY potential. Let's transform everyday materials into the attire of a conquering goddess!

Cate Blanchett - Hela-Thor Ragnarok
Cate Blanchett - Hela-Thor Ragnarok

Hela's Form-Fitting Bodysuit

What You Need:

  • Black Leggings/Jeggings: These form the base of your bodysuit. Look for a slightly textured pair for visual interest.
  • Black Long-Sleeved Compression Shirt or Fitted Turtleneck: This becomes the top of the suit. A turtleneck offers a more accurate neckline.
  • Neon Green Fabric Paint: Choose a variety with good stretch and fabric adhesion.
  • Paintbrushes: A fine brush for detail work and a wider brush for larger areas.
  • Paper/Cardboard: To use as a stencil.
  • Gloves (Optional): Long black gloves complete the look if your shirt doesn't have long sleeves.

How To Do It:

  1. Sketch Your Design: Reference images of Hela's bodysuit, paying attention to the vein-like pattern. Trace the design onto paper to create your stencil.
  2. Protect Your Workspace: Lay down a drop cloth or newspapers before starting.
  3. Prepare Your Garments: Lay your leggings and shirt flat, ensuring they're wrinkle-free.
  4. Stencil and Paint: Position your stencil on the leggings and shirt and carefully fill in the designs with neon green fabric paint. Repeat in sections, letting each fully dry before moving the stencil.
  5. Details: Use the fine-tipped brush to add smaller, branching lines that mimic Hela's mystical power.

Bonus Tips:

  • I've found that fabric medium mixed with your paint helps it adhere and flex better.
  • Test your paint on a fabric scrap to ensure it has the stretch and vibrancy you want.
  • Consider adding subtle black textured designs over the green for added dimension.

Hela's Flowing Cloak

What You Need:

  • Long Black Fabric: Select a fabric with a nice drape. Velvet adds a touch of luxury, but lightweight broadcloth is more budget-friendly. You'll need enough for a full-length cloak with some to spare.
  • Neon Green Fabric Paint: Same as used for the bodysuit.
  • Paintbrushes: Same as used for the bodysuit.
  • Optional: Sewing Machine/Basic Sewing Supplies

How to Do It:

  1. Measure and Cut: Decide on your desired cloak length. Add extra width and length for draping over the shoulders. A simple rectangle shape works well.
  2. Paint Your Accents: Using the same vein-like patterns, decorate the edges of your fabric with the neon green paint.
  3. Finishing Touches (Optional): If desired, use a sewing machine or hand stitch to create a simple hem for a polished look.

Bonus Tips:

  • For a dramatic effect, cut the cloak with a slight curve along the bottom for a pointed hem
  • To replicate how Hela throws her cloak, attach fabric loops at the neck and wrists. This allows you to secure it in various positions.

Hela's Battle-Ready Boots

What You Need:

  • Thigh-High Black Boots: Flatter styles are easier to work with. Avoid zippers or buckles if possible.
  • Green Craft Foam: Choose a thin, flexible type.
  • Template Material (Paper or Cardboard)
  • Strong Glue: Hot glue or E6000 adhesive works well.
  • Neon Green Acrylic Paint

How To Do It:

  1. Create Your Templates: Study images of Hela's boots and sketch out the armored plating designs onto your template material.
  2. Cut Foam Pieces: Transfer your templates onto the craft foam and carefully cut out the pieces.
  3. Paint Your Details: Add textured details or lines to your foam pieces using the neon green paint.
  4. Attach to Your Boots: Use your strong glue to carefully position the foam shapes onto the boots, replicating the reference images.

Bonus Tips:

  • Add layering and dimension by gluing smaller foam details on top of larger ones.
  • Be mindful of where you place the "armor" so as not to hinder your ability to walk comfortably.

Now, you've mastered the core elements of Hela's formidable look. Next, we'll harness your inner villain and embody Hela's commanding presence!

Hela Cosplay

Your Hela costume is more than just clothes – it's a portal to her mindset. Let's delve into the mannerisms that make her so chillingly captivating. By inhabiting her essence, you'll elevate your cosplay to another level of authenticity.


How to act like Hela at the Halloween Party:

 Commanding Posture

What to Do: Hela's regal bearing exudes unwavering authority. Every movement is intentional, reflecting her supreme confidence.

How to Do It:

  • Perfect Your Stance: Imagine a string pulling you upwards from the crown of your head. Your shoulders are relaxed, your back straight, and your chin is held slightly high.
  • Walk With Purpose: Your steps should be slow and measured, never rushed. Practice walking as if every inch of the room belongs to you.
  • Stillness is Power: While moving deliberately is key, Hela also has moments of stillness that radiate intensity.

Bonus Tips:

  • Subtle gestures, like slowly tilting your head or raising an eyebrow, amplify your formidable presence.
  • Imagine Odin has wronged you. Channel that simmering anger into a hint of a scowl.

A Voice That Chills

What to Do: Hela's voice is low and menacing, dripping with disdain and arrogance. It's an extension of her power, demanding attention on her terms.

How to Do It:

  • Lower Your Pitch: Experiment speaking in a slightly deeper register than usual.
  • Slow Your Tempo: Draw out your words. Each syllable should be deliberate.
  • Enunciate: Ensure every word is clear and resonant. Hela doesn't mince words.
  • Focus on Inflection: Pay attention to how her lines rise and fall, especially when mocking her foes.

Bonus Tips:

  • Watch scenes with key Hela dialogue and try mirroring Cate Blanchett's tone. This establishes a baseline to build upon.
  • Don't strain your vocal cords. Subtle adjustments carry immense impact.

Eyes of Domination

What to Do: Hela's eyes communicate everything from cold fury to chilling amusement. They are as much a weapon as her swords.

How to Do It:

  • Intense Gaze: Don't blink rapidly. Let your gaze linger on people or objects as if assessing their worth.
  • Arched Brows: Practice subtly raising an eyebrow, conveying skepticism or disdain.
  • The Smirk: A slight upward tilt of one corner of the lips radiates contempt and condescension.

Bonus Tips:

  • Makeup matters! Bold eyeliner and smoky eyes will enhance your dramatic gaze.
  • Hela's power isn't constant fury. Her cool calculation is even more terrifying. Balance intensity with controlled restraint.

Reactions Fit for a Queen

What to Do: Hela is rarely outwardly surprised or impressed. Her reactions range from dismissive to menacing, always reinforcing her superiority.

How to Do It:

  • Dull the Surprise: If an unexpected event occurs, minimize your physical response. A subtle eyebrow raise or a small head tilt may be all you need.
  • The Slow Burn: If confronted, let your anger build gradually. A slight narrowing of the eyes or a clench of the jaw communicates restrained fury.
  • Amused Disdain: Instead of outright laughter, a soft scoff or a dismissive hand gesture speaks volumes about how unimpressed Hela is.

Bonus Tips:

  • Remember, Hela views most beings as beneath her. This perspective influences all of her interactions.
  • Let your body language speak as loudly as your words. A slight turn of the head away from someone signifies their insignificance.

By combining these elements, you'll project Hela's aura of power and menace. Be bold, be fierce, and embody the unrelenting Goddess of Death!

Couple, Group and Family Costume Ideas

Take your Hela portrayal to the next dimension by incorporating allies, enemies, and those inspired by her legacy. Let's explore some fun costume combinations!

Hela and Skurge
Hela and Skurge

Couple Costume Ideas

  • Hela and Odin

    • Why It Works: This ultimate power struggle is ripe for dramatic tension. Explore the complexities of their father-daughter dynamic. The contrast in costuming (regal formality vs. battle-worn) amplifies the visual impact.
    • This one is my favorite couple costume idea.
  • Hela and Lady Sif

    • Why It Works: Play up their rivalry and fierce combat skills. These Asgardian warriors, despite their shared background, make a striking visual pair.
    • Difficulty: Moderate (due to armor detailing)
  • Hela and Doctor Strange

    • Why It Works: Their powers clash in the comics, making this a compelling mage vs. deity face-off. The contrast between Strange's mystical attire and Hela's dark attire offers a visually captivating pairing.
    • Difficulty: Moderate

Group Costume Ideas

  • Thor, Loki, and Hela

    • Why It Works: Focus squarely on the dysfunctional Asgardian family. This trio has history, conflict, and a dash of dark humor.
    • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate (depends on sourcing Thor & Loki pieces)
  • Queens of Destruction

    • Why It Works: Team up Hela with powerful villainesses like DC's Darkseid, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, or even Maleficent! This crew commands attention, and you could design matching sigils or emblems to unify the look.
    • Difficulty: Moderate (depends on character complexity)
  • Marvel's Mystical Misfits

    • Why It Works: Expand with Hela as your anchor. Throw in Doctor Strange, Agatha Harkness, Scarlet Witch, and Loki if you crave a touch of chaos. Lean into a blend of magical elements and clashing personalities.
    • Difficulty: Varies widely by character

Family Costume Ideas

  • Royal House of Asgard

    • Why It Works: Odin, Hela, Thor, Loki, and Frigga offer a costume spectrum for all ages (and a chance to explore family bonds, however fractured).
    • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Gods and Monsters

    • Why It Works: Hela as the linchpin opens possibilities. Include Thor, Zeus, Isis, Hercules, or mythological figures from other cultures. Kids could be mythical creatures of your choice!
    • Difficulty: Easy (many options for DIY or pre-made pieces)
  • Cate Blanchett Showcase

    • Why It Works: Perfect for fans of the actress! Hela, Galadriel (Lord of the Rings), and other iconic characters are possible. This highlights Blanchett's range and creates a unique theme.
    • Difficulty: Varies by character

About Hela

Hela is more than a villain. She's a force of ambition, a wronged heir, and an embodiment of death itself. Let's unravel the woman beneath the imposing headdress.

Character Overview

  • Role in Thor: Ragnarok: Hela is the main antagonist and Odin's ruthless firstborn. Driven by a centuries-old thirst for vengeance, her ambition is to violently rule Asgard and expand its empire.
  • Played By: Cate Blanchett

Background and Personality Traits

  • Personality: Arrogant, ruthless, and hungry for power. Hela possesses a chilling focus and disregards all who stand in her way. However, beneath the surface lies a deep-seated resentment of Odin's suppression of her violent nature.
  • Appearance: Tall, imposing, with sharp, angular features. Her iconic antler-like headdress, dark eyeliner, and black-and-green attire visually embody both her royalty and connection to the realm of the dead.

Role in the Story

  • Major Plot Points: Released from imprisonment upon Odin's death, Hela quickly conquers Asgard, destroys Thor's hammer, and imprisons her brothers.
  • Impact on Narrative: Hela's actions force Thor and Loki's growth and reconciliation while sparking the destruction of Asgard – a major turning point in the MCU.

Cultural Impact

  • Fan Reception: Hela is a favorite among cosplayers and fans who enjoy her dramatic flair and complex motivations. Her quotes, particularly "Kneel" are widely referenced.
  • Thematic Significance: Hela embodies the destructive potential of unchecked ambition. Her narrative also explores themes of familial betrayal and the consequences of hidden histories.

With this deeper perspective on Hela, you're now equipped to transcend a mere costume and truly inhabit her complex and formidable persona.

Further Reading:


You've mastered Hela's commanding attire, honed her intimidating presence, and explored the depths of her personality. Now, go forth and unleash the Goddess of Death! With the insights from this guide, you'll embody her chilling power and leave a lasting impression. Whether conquering a convention or commanding attention at a party, your Hela transformation will be an experience you – and those around you – won't soon forget.

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