Here's my costume from Halloween last Friday. I was going for a sort of archetypal character -- you know, the submythical mad scientist. I had a piece of mental dialogue prepped for it and everything: "Are you a mad scientist?" "No, I'm a perfectly reasonable scientist who happens to disagree with an ethics board about the necessity of human trials in my research."
But I didn't get that question. Instead, I got -- several times --
"Are you Rick?"
I even overheard more than one person say "Oh, look, another Rick."
Because there were like five people who were dressed up as Rick. So I also got to navigate those fun exchanges where someone dressed up as Rick goes "Hey, same costume!"
And there's nothing fun to say in response to that. "No, I'm not Rick, and it squicks me out to imagine dressing up like him. Please don't talk to me about that show."
It didn't help that the glasses ended up being way too dark to actually wear outside. (My friend Ash, who was dressed up as Trinity from the Matrix, also had that problem.)
I did get one "Are you Doc Brown or Rick Sanchez?" Which was a little less terrible, I guess.
So for future reference, I've got to remember to dress up as a specific character from something. Next year somebody remind me about Dipper from Gravity Falls. That'd be a good one. And my social awkwardness would be in-character.