Undercover Cumberbatch: 10 Disguises For Birthday Boy Benedict Cumberbatch

A different kind of birthday suit.

Art by Colin Gray.

He’s been to space in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” cracked Britain’s toughest cases on the BBC’s “Sherlock” and made out with his sister in “August: Osage County,” and along the way, Benedict Cumberbatch has thoroughly charmed everyone in this galaxy and the next, finding his way into our hearts. And today is the man’s birthday! Would you believe that he’s 38 whole years old? Just look at him.

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Thud.

This is a world where we can live knowing that somewhere out there, Benedict Cumberbatch exists (and, please, use his full name at all times. He’s earned it.), and that’s cause for celebration. That it’s the anniversary of this lovely man’s birth just means we’ll have to make it extra-festive.

And what better way to celebrate than with our friends at MTV (Other), who cooked up a number of clever disguises for the birthday boy? The answer: None. There’s no better way.

1. George W. Bush

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Talk about a birthday suit.

2. Heisenberg

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Quoth the poetess Ke$ha, “your love, your love, your love is my drug.” Yes, exactly.

3. Captain Hook

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You’re a crook, Captain Hook — and you’ve gone and stolen our hearts.

4. Jaws

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We’re gonna need a bigger Benedict Cumberbatch.

5. The Joker

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Why so handsome serious?

6. Nicki Minaj

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Look, we just wanted to see what it would look like, OK?

7. Pennywise

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This is the only clown we will tolerate.

8. Ursula

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Eight legs? More to love.

9. Darth Vader

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It would be a shame to cover that face.

10. Voldemort

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Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself, so let’s all say it together: Benedict. Cumberbatch. Accio Benedict Cumberbatch.

And, for utility’s sake, all of them in one place:

Happy birthday, Benedict!