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It’s hard to explain cosplay without actually living it. Some people think you’re crazy for spending so much money on costumes, while others revere you for looking nearly identical to Poison Ivy or Hatsune Miku. The sky’s the limit when it comes to who you can dress as, who you can be. For a few short hours, you can abandon your life and step into someone else’s shoes. Just like submerging yourself in a book, you become someone else. You transform.

In honor of that perfect feeling and just in time for San Diego Comic-Con—where some of the best cosplayers debut their masterpieces—here are some of the best cosplays we’ve ever seen around the interwebzTM

Abessinier as Dorian Pavus from Dragon Age: Inquisition

Abessinier embodies everything that makes Dorian Pavus a Tevinter. The snark, the wine, the ostentatiously elaborate bedroom… seriously, this is perfect.

 

Torati as Winry Rockwell from Full Metal Alchemist 

Torati is pretty amazing when it comes to cosplays. Like, seriously. Look at how she embodies Winry! The wrench! The sass! The hair!

 

Angela Bermudez as Princess Merida from Brave

Angela Bermudez is pretty detailed when it comes to becoming Merida. Just maintaining that wig must be a nightmare! 

 

Ryoko-demon as Thumbelina from Thumbelina

Ryoko-demon is probably one of my favorite cosplayers, like, ever. Not only has she done everything from Tenchi Muyo’s Ryoko to Don Bluth’s beloved Thumbelina, she also has tutorials on her Deviantart page to teach you how to style wigs and sew. 

 

Aicosu as Fem!Loki and Agent of Asgard Loki

Aicosu make up two of my favorite cosplayers ever. And they’re such a cute couple, too! They do a lot of couple-cosplays (like genderbent Gamora and Starlord, and the Lutece “twins” from the video game Bioshock Infinite), but they can also hold their own like no one’s business. And they’re fantastic people, too! They answer countless cosplay questions on Tumblr, and they have neat tutorials to help you through your cosplays, too! 

 

Julian Checkley as Batman from Batman: Arkham Knight 

Mr. Checkley is a pro. No, really, he is. A costume and creature creator for film and TV, he’s mastered the art of Star Wars cosplay, and now he’s on to Batman. This is all made using 3D Printing. No Bat-cave needed.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cosplays! Step into places like Anime Expo or the up-coming Comic-Con, and you’ll see that the sky’s the limit when it comes to who you can be. So as your best friend drags you to a panel, in which you’ll watch a snarky Ryan Reynolds prance around the stage in Deadpool gear, you begin to realize that maybe that old saying was right: Don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the part you were born to play.


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Ashley Poston

Ashley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She was born in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well... Tweet her at @ashposton and find out more about her at www.ashposton.com.