There are some who would say that none of our favorite horror movie protagonists could exist without the Grim Reaper. Our beloved, mask-wearing axe murderers and sadistic slashers would instead be just your everyday stock boys and auto mechanics and insane asylum patients. It is the Grim Reaper who makes death possible, who shows no sympathy and no preference for who lives or dies, but instead simply ensures that death occurs at the designated time.
The Grim Reaper has existed in some form throughout the entirety of human history as death incarnate, a guide to help souls move from this world into the afterlife. His most common modern depiction is as a withered, old man or a skeleton who wears a black, hooded cloak and carries a scythe (a large, curved, metal blade attached to a long wooden staff).
Whether the Grim Reaper is a dark angel, with the wings to match, is a point of debate. It’s up to you whether you want to incorporate them into your costume, but if you decide that wings are the way to go, black or gray wings with a tattered appearance are the best style to choose. To complete your look, whiten your face and darken your eyes, and for an extra air of mystery, wear the hood forward on your head so it shadows your face.