What are the top Halloween costumes for men in 2013? Men’s Halloween costumes are tricky, because unlike ladies, fellas can’t just add “slutty” to any given animal or vocation—cat, secretary, nurse, cop, etc.—and get something great. The top men’s Halloween costumes of 2013, or indeed any other year, need to be slightly more creative, or at least aligned with the cultural zeitgeist. Here are some suggestions for the top Halloween costumes for men in 2013. Many are picks from the good folks at Party City, and there are links to purchase each.

Batman, The Dark Knight

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photo: Party City

The first entry in this list of the top men’s Halloween costumes of 2013 is a no-brainer. Every dude loves Batman and has since he was a kid. Is it the cape? Maybe the gadgets? The secret identity? Deep down, every man wants to venture out late at night, kick some criminals’ asses, and then return to living the life of a billionaire playboy.

Bane

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(photo: Party City)

Just like all guys want to be the hero, men are also turned on by the idea of being the bad guy. Bane is not only an awesome-looking villain, what with that thing strapped to his face, but he’s got that totally badass accent. For a sociopath, he’s so proper!

Thor

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(photo: Party City)

Whether you’re into Norse mythology or Marvel Comics, the next one on our list of the top men’s Halloween costumes of 2013 is a surefire winner. Maybe the best thing about Thor? He swings a hammer. That means men get to live out both their superhero and carpenter fantasies.

Spider-Man

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(photo: Party City)

If this tally of the top Halloween costumes for men in 2013 is going to have Batman and Thor, it’s also got to have Spidey. Were this just a spandex suit, it’d be a little terrifying, but thankfully, it comes with built-in muscles, so you can go from string bean to beefcake in seconds flat, just like Peter Parker.

Iron Man

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Tony Stark’s weapons-enhanced metal suit might be the coolest superhero invention of all time, and that explains why the Iron Man movies have done such tremendous box office. This one will be a top men’s Halloween costume for years to come.

Perseus

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(photo: Party City)

Who wouldn’t want to spend a night pretending to be Perseus, the mortal son of Zeus? In “Clash of the Titans,” dude battles the dark forces of the underworld to stop them from overtaking heaven and earth. It’s a heavy burden, and it makes picking up chicks at the costume party a cinch. “Hey, did I mention Zeus is my dad…”

Gingerbread Man

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(photo: Party City)

This one’s more adorable than fierce, and it might get a little hot inside the giant tan suit, but as long as you’re in a well-ventilated area, and you’ve got friends willing to cram food and drinks into your mouth hole, you might have a good time making the party rounds as this beloved Shrek character.

Ryu

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(photo: Party City)

Video games are big business, and the Street Fighter franchise remains quite popular. As such, our list of the top men’s Halloween costumes of 2013 includes Ryu, one of the brawlers in that popular series. For bonus points, chop through some chocolate bricks to amaze friends and woo potential paramours.

Mario

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(photo: Party City)

A perennial favorite, Mario is not just a video game character. He’s an everyman—a humble Italian plumber who somehow gobbles mushrooms, climbs vines, throws fireballs and saves the world every couple of years. Here’s hoping this top men’s Halloween costume of 2013 lands you a Princess Toadstool of your own.

Jedi Master

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(photo: Party City)

Adventure, excitement: A Jedi craves not these things. These are the immortal words of Yoda, and if he’s the wisest Star Wars character, his look his hard to pull off. Better to go with this pick for the top men’s Halloween costume of 2013 and kick it Obi-Wan style. You get to carry a light saber and speak in riddles, and that’s bound to impress the ladies.

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