The Cosplay Habits of Fictional Characters
Cosplaying is the best. So why can't fictional characters join in the fun, too? Read on for characters and their preferred cosplays.
Elizabeth Bennet & Fitzwilliam Darcy
It is Elizabeth who brings up the idea of a couples costume, to which Mr. Darcy is very excited about, but refuses to let it show. Darcy is unable to express how much the writing of A. A. Milne meant to him as a boy, how much he sees himself in the character of Winnie-the-Pooh, and how, even now, as a grown man, whenever he things of the ideal couple, there are only two characters that come to mind. Instead, he blurts out “You’d be Piglet,” which leads immediately to an argument. They end up dressing as Squall and Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII.
Anne can be frequently seen gallivanting around Green Gables and Avonlea in her Deadpool costume. She doesn’t need a convention for, either.
The Daily Planet Staff
Tasked with covering ComicCon, Clark Kent encourages Lois Lane to go all in with him, as he never misses a chance to dig out the Batman suit (Adam West-style, natch) he wears to every office Halloween party. Lois agrees, but is not about to wear the Robin outfit—“It’s not your birthday, Smallville.”—choosing instead the surprisingly comfortable yellow jumpsuit and white boots of April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Jimmy Olsen arrives as Sailor Moon, which he was planning on doing anyway.
Dorothy will tell everyone in Oz who will listen that she is going to dress as Gladriel, but surprises everyone by choosing an interpretation of Gladriel corrupted by the One Ring. She spends the entire day shouting “All must love me and despair” and cackling to herself. The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and Cowardly Lion all planned to dress as hobbits, but through some confusion they end up dressing as characters from Time Bandits instead. No one calls them on it.
The Stark family decides to group cosplay the cast of Attack On Titan. Catelyn is against Jon Snow joining the group, but eventually relents at Ned’s prodding, allowing Jon to be Eren Yeager in his titan form (“We haven’t got near enough fabric or time to make another jacket, Ned. This’ll do Jon fine”). Jon actually gets into his character quite a bit, though when questioned, it will be revealed that he knows nothing about who he’s supposed to be playing.
Unsurprisingly, Ahab is a huge fan of Cowboy Bebop, and has a remarkably detailed Jet Black costume that he has fashioned himself. He keeps in his closet, having never worn it outside of his quarters on the Peaquod, because it’s not…quite…right. Maybe the bionic arm needs to be redone, or the boots are all wrong, some little detail is off. And so he keeps chasing the perfect costume, his…I don’t know. Some sort of metaphor for a relentless pursuit? Something you’re constantly chasing? There’s got to be one…
Hannibal Lecter does not cosplay, but if pressed he will say that he very much admires the designwork that went into Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, and perhaps, if were to do such “costume play,” something from that would be acceptable. He will then make careful note of who skoffs.
Jadzia Axelrod is an author, an illustrator, and a world changer. Throughout her eventful life she has also been a circus performer, a puppeteer, a graphic designer, a sculptor, a costume designer, a podcaster and quite a few other things that she’s lost track of but will no doubt remember when the situation calls for it.She is the writer and producer of “The Voice Of Free Planet X” podcast, were she interviews stranded time-travelers, low-rent superheroes, unrepentant monsters and other such creature of sci-fi and fantasy, as well as the podcasts “Aliens You Will Meet” and “Fables Of The Flying City.” The story started in “Fables Of The Flying City” is concluded in The Battle Of Blood & Ink, a graphic novel published by Tor.She is not domestic, she is a luxury, and in that sense, necessary.