A builder scared off a house-breaker by running at him dressed as the Norse god Thor.
The terrified intruder leapt from a first floor window to escape Torvald Alexander, who was dressed as the Norse god of thunder in a red cape and silver helmet and breastplate.
Mr Alexander had just returned from a New Year's Eve fancy dress party when he discovered the man in his home in Inverleith, Edinburgh.
He said he acted instinctively to chase the intruder away, and believed his costume may have added impact.
Mr Alexander, 39, said: "We were both startled but then the instant reaction was that I ran at him and he just jumped straight out of the window.
"He might have thought the property was empty.
"He probably would not have expected to meet a strong builder, especially dressed in tinfoil and silver."
Mr Alexander, who runs building firm Alexander & Summers, said he will report the incident to police.