10 Character T-Shirts Worth Wearing

By on April 19, 2013

I’ve always been a bit of a nerd. I was the girl who wore Lion King and Star Wars t-shirts all the way through middle school — not in a cool, ironic kind of way, but in a “I really, really love The Lion King and I don’t care who knows it” kind of way. It turns out that I was just way ahead of the fashion curve. Of course, geeky character t-shirts are all the rage these days. It’s not only acceptable to be 34-years-old and sporting a shirt with Kermit the Frog on the front of it; it’s absolutely trendy.

Here are ten of the greatest geeky character t-shirts you can buy right now, in no particular order:

1. OOYL ($20; Busted Tees)

Yoda-speak for the teen catchphrase YOLO (stands for “you only live once,” don’t worry, I totally had to Google it too).


2. Epic Beards from The Hobbit ($20; Think Geek)

Mustaches are so hip right now (sort of like owls, and kale). This might just be the best use of facial hair in a shirt I’ve seen so far this year.


 3. Haters Gonna Hate ($20; Busted Tees)

Gotta love Statler and Waldorf (otherwise known as those cranky old men from the Muppet Show). Also, this.


4. The Street Gang ($23; Threadless)

This artist-designed Sesame Street T-shirt is so cool it doesn’t even need a clever saying to go along with it.


 5. Bugs and Taz ($34; Junk Food Clothing)

This one is just so ridiculously cheesy, I kind of love it. I am pretty sure I owned almost this exact same shirt in 1996 (and probably rocked it with some sweet stonewashed overalls and a Tommy Girl scrunchie).


6. Chewy ($20; Threadless)

What can I say? This Chewbacca stick of gum shirt is pretty much adorable.


7. 11th Doctor Costume T-Shirt ($23; Think Geek)

Beyond the good Doctor, you can find one of these for  just about any character you can think of. Celebrate Halloween every day of the year!


8. Ursulines ($24; Threadless)

One of the winners of Threadless’s Disney Villains design contest, this Little Mermaid shirt is both really cool and creepy at the same time.


9. Muppetasional Mosaic ($24; Threadless)

Unfortunately, this shirt is completely sold out right now (not surprising, it’s pretty sweet), but you can request a reprint. Look closely to find all your favorite Muppets meticulously and carefully drawn within Kermit’s face. Check out Threadless’s other Muppets shirts (they are all really great).


10. Bat Man and Robin ($24; Busted Tees)

Get it? It’s a bat-man and a robin. I thought it was pretty clever anyway!



The CheckOut T-shirt Giveaway has ended! Congrats to Chris N. & Sand for winning the giveaway today (both of you have been emailed). Tune in tomorrow around 9 a.m. for our next giveaway! (Official Rules)

About Kristin Cook

Things I love (and love to write about) include: photography, good beer, awesome deals on clothing, toys and camping gear, good food, Star Wars, and babies.


  1. Ben

    April 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Gotta be number 3. The old men are relevant to this day, dammit!

  2. Chris

    April 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

    The Bugs and Taz one, because it’s not trying to be ironic. And I’m not trying to be ironic when I say that I really wanted that shirt in 4th grade.

  3. Elizabeth Lane

    April 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Love Yoda! #1

  4. Lucien Kane

    April 22, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Number one or two are pretty awesome.

  5. Colleen Schilinski

    April 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I like the – 7. 11th Doctor Costume T-Shirt because it reminds me of my dad being goofy and my husband would look good in it.

  6. Justin Miner

    April 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

    #7: – 11th Doctor Costume T-Shirt. Cause my girlfriend says I need to dress better.


  7. Conor S.

    April 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I like number 3, I love the muppets, the old men are hilarious.

  8. Cat Chung

    April 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Hands down, #6 Chewy. Totally going to recreate this!

  9. Marie Leclerc

    April 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I like #3, Haters gonna hate

  10. Kari Judd

    April 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    #3 Haters gonna Hate! Love it!!1

  11. heheher717

    April 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    #6 Chewy! is my favorite : ) but they are all funny – I would wear any of them.

  12. Bill

    April 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    #1. Yoda’s great – I love the wordplay.

  13. Will

    April 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Id like the OOYL one because it has the most current saying YOLO that most people can identify right away along with Yoda who pertains to Star wars which is current also because they’re making another Star wars movie!!!

  14. Debby Farris

    April 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Bugs and taz. My grandkids love bugs and taz!

  15. Tatwa chou

    April 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Id love any of them. If I had to choose… #1 because I luv star wars

  16. Lyman

    April 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    #4 The Street Gang is pretty cool. I like the design and how they have things associated with each muppet.

  17. JD B.

    April 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    7. 11th Doctor Costume T-Shirt is my favorite because Matt Smith’s Doctor is my favorite.

  18. kay alexander

    April 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I like the Urseline Little Mermaids shirt. I like it because it looks like Cruella DeVille. She is awesome. size xxxi

  19. Sunshine

    April 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Yoda…its only right since new Star Wars movie coming out May 17th !

  20. francisco

    April 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    yoda of course though the seawitch from ‘litle mermaid’ was catchy; always loved ‘star wars’

  21. estella miller

    April 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Must have #1! My YOLO is my mantra!!

  22. Jacca Anderson

    April 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I like the Taz and Bugsbunny shirt cause they are just to cool characters!

  23. mr3y

    April 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Star Wars is typically number one in my heart but I despise “YOLO.” I have my own Eleventh Doctor costume, so I have to go with Chewy!

  24. victoria pagac

    April 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    i wanted the bugs and taz shit in 95 i still like it now so thats my fav

  25. JediKnight

    April 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    #1 FTW

  26. Shannon Orton

    April 22, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Haters gonna Hate! Love the muppets and love the saying. It’s so true. I work with high school kids so this would be a great shirt to wear.

  27. chuck

    April 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    gotta be #7 i like crazy looking t shirts

  28. Donna Evans

    April 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    #5 I’m sixty and still remember watching them when I was little and my grandchildren still laugh at them now.

  29. Kelly

    April 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Haters gonna hate! Totally awesome!

  30. Jennifer Hansen

    April 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Totally loving the beard shirt!

  31. Jessica Kidd

    April 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Ursalines is my favorite, but my husband would love the Dr Who one!

  32. David George

    April 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    #3-love the old dudes!

  33. Ann Drury

    April 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    6. Chewy! Because it’s chewy… as gum…

  34. Ray Cogdill

    April 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm


  35. Ed

    April 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Gotta be the Kermit. That is so cool to look and see all the characters in the pattern! Kermit has been my Frog for a long, long time!!!!!!

  36. Steven Luker

    April 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Haters gonna Hata

  37. Andrea Mahfouz

    April 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    8. Ursulines I love the Little Mermaid.

  38. cindy nelson

    April 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Muppetasional is the greatest….

  39. Tom M.

    April 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Because I can relate to Yoda’s age (though I’m not nearly 900 years old, but surely one of the older Ghetto Dogs) and irony is my friend, shirt number one is my number one. Don’t ask about my number two.

  40. Carrie Conley

    April 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I love the haters gonna hate because it is true and there is nothing you can do about them…

  41. Sand

    April 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    My favorite is 4. The Street Gang because Sesame Street taught me so much as a kid!

  42. bill digiglio

    April 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    #3 haters gonna hate love it..

  43. c

    April 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    9. Muppetasional Mosaic

    It’s Hensonsational!!!!

  44. Brian

    April 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    OOYL, because Yoda knows all!

  45. Ben

    April 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Has to be #1 Yoda’s OOYL!. Win t-shirt, I must!

  46. Kevin L. Gibbs

    April 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    11th Doctor costume!! Dr. Who rulz!!

  47. Mike

    April 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Taz & Bugs. Real Tasmanian devils are in danger of becoming extinct & they need attention brought to their situation.

  48. dave

    April 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I thought #10 was pretty cool, but none of them were too impressive…

  49. Dan

    April 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    love the haters because they are just funny.

  50. Jimmy Arcade

    April 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Epic Beards from The Hobbit is my favorite, because I, myself, am a bearded man and quite enjoy the variety and breadth of beard styles in The Hobbit, as well as in general.

  51. Jonalee Wellen

    April 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Love Batman and Robin. My 17yr old son would so want to sport this one!

  52. Mike Flacy

    April 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    The CheckOut T-shirt Giveaway has ended! Congrats to Chris N. & Sand for winning the giveaway today (both of you have been emailed). Tune in tomorrow around 9 a.m. for our next giveaway!

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