Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

You can't conquer the final frontier unless you can cut an imposing figure. That's why so many science fiction and fantasy characters rock the awesome shoulderpads. Or, as we call them, "swagger pinnacles." Here are science fiction/fantasy's most astounding shoulderpads.

Seriously, shoulderpads are coming back in the fashion world, and science fiction is a major influence. So it's important to look into the roots of this trend!

Additional reporting by Katharine Trendacosta.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Orion, from Jack Kirby's Fourth World. A costume redesign gave him some pretty amazing shoulderpads, with which to challenge his evil father, Darkseid. Via Newsarama's excellent article on Fourth World fashion.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Barda's boobtastic costume redesign features some pretty amazing shoulder pads. Also from the Newsarama article.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

No roundup of epic shoulderpads would be complete with Judge Dredd. He carries the entire fate of Mega-City One on his shoulders.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

There's a reason why they call it the Megazord.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Shredder, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain, represents for the giant shoulders.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

And here's Shredder's live-action incarnation, with his truly amazing shoulderpads on display. He got that name because he operated the paper shredder at his office temp job, but then he melted it down and mounted it on his shoulders.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Still the greatest bad movie of all time, Battlefield Earth.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man — Sly Stallone is probably annoyed that he doesn't get to rock the awesome shoulderpads this time.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Golbez from Final Fantasy IV

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Does anybody know what anime series this is from? I found it in this hilarious rant about the rising trend of shoulderpads.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

The original Iron Monger from the comics. Via the TVTropes page on Shoulderpads

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Avon from Blake's 7. This was right around the time he stopped chewing the scenery and went straight for the bulkheads with his massive jaws of overacting.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Pretty much everyone in the 1980 Flash Gordon has epic shoulderpads.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Including Princess Aura

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

And, of course, Ming the Merciless himself!

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Farrah Fawcett from Saturn 3

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Shinzon from Star Trek: Nemesis, showing what Picard would have been like if he'd been prematurely bald at a much younger age and had been forced to wear a dozen crushed tribbles on his shoulders

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Proof that the Romulan love of shoulderpads existed long before Shinzon, and apparently Shinzon was just the ultimate step in a long process of shoulder fortification

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse


Adria in Stargate SG-1

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Rachael in Blade Runner

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Aunty Entity in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse

Dolph Lundgren as He-Man in Masters of the Universe.

Most Epic Shoulderpads in the Multiverse


And last but not least... Cable! Thanks to Graeme for the tip!