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So far we’ve explored some of the best couples costumes from the comic and video game worlds, but those may not appeal to everyone. Here are six couples costume ideas that are less about a specific theme, and more about just plain fun! The following ideas are either rooted in history or some type of easily accessible pop culture reference.
1. Mark Antony and Cleopatra
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Mark Antony, a well-known Roman general and politician, and Cleopatra, the last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt, are one of the most famous couples in history. Their relationship has been romanticized by poets and playwrights like William Shakespeare. The true nature of their relationship is impossible to know, but they loved each other enough to risk it all for one another. The costumes for these two are elegant and timeless.
A Roman general’s outfit epitomizes Antony as he was known as a soldier and a man of the people. The Egyptian attire of Cleopatra is regal and immediately recognizable thanks to famous portrayals of the lovely pharaoh by stars like Claudette Colbert, Elizabeth Taylor and Lyndsey Marshal.
2. Bonnie and Clyde
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You can’t talk about famous couples without mentioning Bonnie and Clyde. The well-known outlaws shot their way across the central US back in the 1930’s. The couple is famous for knocking off banks and small stores, but also for cold blooded murder. The duo killed numerous police officers and civilians alike. Already famous for their exploits, Bonnie and Clyde were further immortalized on the big screen by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in 1967. Their wild nature and classic style make them perfect costume party options.
3. Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne
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Few movies invoke 1990’s nostalgia more than Dumb and Dumber. Lloyd and Harry’s famous road trip to Aspen will go down in history as being one of the funniest adventures in cinema. The baby blue and orange tuxedos these two wear to the charity fundraiser remain some of the most recognizable costumes in recent years. Another perk of this costume option is that it gives you free license to act like a comlete moron! Be sure to complete the ensemble with matching canes and give each other a good whack. More tuxedo size and style options here.
4. Jan and Wayne Skylar
Since we’re discussing fun costumes, we have to mention one of our favorite ideas. Do you watch the Channel 5 News with Jan and Wayne Skylar? They’re the only married news team in the Tri-County area! They also happen to be incredibly hilarious friends of our favorite doctor, Dr. Steve Brule. This strange couple makes the perfect costume for any duo as long as you’re not afraid to act the uncomfortably awkward parts of Janny and Wayne. (Just be sure to stear clear of red wine - it's the worst for Jan's sores.)
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5. Dread Pirate Roberts (Wesley) and Buttercup
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The Princess Bride wasn’t a huge box office success but it has developed a legacy of devout followers since its 1987 release. This film is a cult classic and it’s easy to understand why. The imagery, costumes, and dialogue, are all incredibly recognizable and evoke a wonderful sense of adventure. There’s fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, and miracles! Wesley’s Dread Pirate Robert’s look is just plain cool, and Buttercup's royal gown provides great contrast to his full black ensemble.
6. Xena and Gabrielle
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Speaking of 90's nostalgia, Xena and Gabrielle from Xena: Warrior Princess make an awesome costume duo! The princess and her faithful sidekick made quite the memorable team as they kicked butt across the ancient world. With these strong female lead characters, the show has been recognized as a beacon for feminism. If you decide to wear these epic costumes, be sure to unleash several warrior “Ayi-lalala!” cries over the course of the night. Hercules and his pal Iolaus would make the perfect male costume substitutes for this idea.
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