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Zapp Brannigan Costume Guide

Zapp Brannigan DIY Costume Guide for Cosplay and Halloween
How to Dress Like Zapp Brannigan for Cosplay and Halloween [Photo: billybookcase]

On the out-of-this-world sci-fi comedy cartoon ‘Futurama’, Zapp Brannigan is a military officer with a big ego and a perverted mentality. Hailed as a great military hero, he also has problems keeping his hands to himself and doesn’t know how to leave Leela, a main protagonist of the series, alone.

She more often than not finds him to be an annoying and obnoxious narcissist and a sexist to boot, but if there’s one thing that can be said for him, he knows how to be charismatic and keep up his public image. His only true friend is Kif, a small green alien, but their relationship is shaky at best.

If you’re up for playing an odd character, express it with a Zapp Brannigan costume at your next Halloween party or cosplay convention!

Check out the links below to make your own DIY Zapp Brannigan costume for cosplay or Halloween.

Zapp Brannigan Costume Ideas

Last update on 2022-05-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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How to Dress Like Zapp Brannigan


Zapp has a thick head of bleached blonde hair in a pompadour style haircut. You can cut your hair and dye it in this style, or buy a light blonde wig and cut it to suit your costume. Use gel or hairspray to hold it in place.


Zapp’s outfit consists of a red uniform coat with gold accents and sharp points at the shoulders which gives him the look of a dignified military man from the waist up. Browse various clothing websites to find a red blazer and modify it to look like Brannigan’s.

No Pants!?

Yup, Zapp Brannigan has a problem with pants, and doesn’t wear them. For the purposes of a costume though, you could just wear red shorts under your shirt. Check online clothing websites for a good pair that will blend in with your shirt.


To complete the authentic look of your costume, get some white gloves and white vinyl boots. Many online costume websites carry vinyl platform boots, and don’t forget to get gloves that have the same slick plastic sort of look.

Zapp’s boots have triangular slits cut in the top of them. You can customize a pair of white boots yourself or shop online for a pair that has the same upper cuts as Zapp’s.

Full Zapp Brannigan Costume:

Websites like Amazon sell a complete Zapp Brannigan costume with all the components. If you prefer to order your costume pre-made, this is a good place to begin.

This costume is definitely a fun one, especially if you’re going to a sci-fi themed cosplay convention!

Get your friends to go with you dressed as other Futurama characters like Leela, Fry, Amy Wong and Dr. Zoidberg, and practice doing Zapp’s cheesy smile in the mirror!

About Zapp Brannigan


When I’m in command, son, every mission’s a suicide mission.

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