The 2015-16 television season brought with it already beloved superheroes, as well as a slew of new comic-inspired shows. To celebrate another year of awesome, nerdy, super television, AP2HYC is hosting our second annual TV Awards! Be sure to cast your votes in each category, and check back to find out which shows and characters were victorious!
As most people know, it’s the costume that makes the hero… or villain. The upsurge of superhero television shows means that there’s also been a significant increase in the number of badass outfits that certain characters wear to kick butt. While there has been an almost countless number of superhero garb this year, five costumes, nay, uniforms, have stuck out from the rest.
Daisy Johnson (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Fans have been awaiting the reveal of Daisy Johnson’s super-suit since her name was first uttered towards the end of the show’s second season. Known in the comics for her sleek costume and fashionable/practical gauntlets, Daisy Johnson’s MCU apparel left many people praising Ann Foley’s ability to revamp certain things to better suit the television format while keeping enough similarities to get comic fans’ stamp of approval. Daisy’s entrance in the Season 3 premiere, utilizing her powers with an expertise that she was lacking at the close of Season 2, was made that much more epic by the fact that it provided the first look at her new field attire. Gauntlets? Check. Incredible detailing that likely isn’t done justice onscreen? Double check. A fun and updated spin on a beloved comic visual? Triple check with an exclamation point. Though still not quite known as, “Quake,” Daisy’s new suit is fit for the superhero moniker that the Inhuman will soon embrace. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Hive (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Who would have thought that something as simple as a long, green, coat could be such an instrumental piece of clothing in a big-bad’s wardrobe? Since Hive first waltzed down Hydra’s creepy, white, hallway in the green trench that would become a staple, fans praised the article for amping up the sinister-level of the season’s newest villain. Though it may not have any evil octopi etched in the sleeves or put on prominent display, there’s an ominous vibe to the high collar and dark color of Hive’s coat that makes it clear that this Inhuman is not to be trifled with. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Considering how badass Frank Castle is, it’s no surprise that Punisher’s costume is equally as formidable. There’s a simplicity to the attire that makes it clear that, it’s not the clothing that’s imposing… it’s the wearer. The black garb, fittingly mournful of Castle’s family, does just as good a job at making Punisher one of the more menacing individuals to roam the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. On anyone else, the basic military-esque jacket paired with something as standard as a black shirt wouldn’t cause anyone to look twice. On Frank Castle it is a uniform that perfectly encapsulates the no-nonsense attitude of Punisher and makes him that much more intimidating a character. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Hawkgirl (Legends of Tomorrow)
As a character who has lived numerous lives over countless lifetimes, Hawkgirl is one whose superhero costume is a fitting homage to past and present. As one of the flying, “legends,” of tomorrow, it’s imperative that Hawkgirl have a costume that is both visually stunning and functional. Happily, costume designer Maya Mani, took a step away from the gaudy yellow Hawgirl in the comic books and created a far sleeker look for the constantly reincarnating hero. Looking more like a Grecian warrior about to fight for Sparta than her cartoon counterpart, Hawkgirl is a hero whose costume feels more like a uniform of battle armor. –Silje Falck-Pedersen
Green Arrow (Arrow)
Another season of Arrow means another costume change for Oliver Queen’s alter ego. While maintaining some of the elements of his former suit, the Green Arrow’s new duds have far more of an armor-like feel this time around. No longer resembling something that came off a never, “deserted,” island, Season 4’s arrow suit nixed the sleeves of old and focused more on shell-like shoulder pads that feel like an unintentional nod to actor Stephen Amell’s relationship with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The CW’s go-to costume designer, Maya Mani, managed to keep key aspects of the original attire while adding a few important upgrades to show how much Oliver has leveled up this season. –Silje Falck-Pedersen