By Jordy Altman
Everybody wants to have the best cosplay at Comic Con. From concept to execution, it takes ultra-talent and super-creativity to make sure that you stand out in a crowd of thousands.
Costume pieces, props, makeup, set pieces… each one special, each one crucial to the powerful engineering of a cosplay hero.
If you’re still struggling to find the best character to unveil at Comic Con this week, take a look at any one of our top ten unique Comic Con cosplay costume ideas!
Who doesn’t want to hang out with our favorite human crash test dummy? Grab a pair of black frames, a graphic tee under a red plaid shirt, a jean jacket and slacks, and finish it off with some black converse shoes. Persuade enthusiastic onlookers to shoot you with paintballs or kick you in the groin. Extra bonus points if you leave the first day with your arm in a cast.
Now th-th-th-that’s what we’re ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-talking about! Don your favorite suit and sport a pair of cheap sunglasses to transform into the 80s fictional artificial intelligence veejay that every knows but nobody remembers. Don’t forget to stutter in a distorted, electronically sampled voi-voi-voi-voice and introduce everyone you meet to an imaginary audience.
Winifred, Sarah, and Mary-Hocus Pocus Witches
What’s better than running amok with your two best friends? Resurrect the three sister witches of Salem and reign spooky, sexy terror all over Comic Con. You’ll need to spend some dough on corsets (and even more on hairspray), but it will all be worth it when you put a spell on the other cosplayers and get them to dance the Monster Mash all night long.
Brazil Futbol Fan-World Cup
Green! Yellow! Blue! SPOOOOOOOORTS! Just because we can’t afford tickets to the World Cup, doesn’t mean we can’t tag jump around in a giant huddle of futbol players. Yet we’ve never seen a single World Cup fan at any of the 2014 conventions! Let’s do it – grab some face paint, headbands, flags, shorts, tattoos, vuvuzelas, a fondness for flopping… you name it! With more Americans watching the World Cup this year than the NBA finals, we should have more fans of this costume than ever before. Gooooooooooal!
Sir Nigel Archibald Thornberry-The Wild Thornberrys
SMASHING! Everybody’s favorite fictional zoologist/documentary filmmaker needs to make an appearance at Comic Con – why not you? Start working on your best Tim Curry impression while you pick out a large nose (and an even larger mustache) while you provide interesting animal facts to Wolverine and Pikachu. Just remember that as Nigel, you’re daring to survive the most dangerous destination of all: the San Diego Convention Center.
“Enema of the State”-Blind 182 Album Cover
Who doesn’t want to spend the day with porn star Janine Lindemulder? You may not recognize her name, but you’ll definitely recognize her outfit. Posing as the poster child of Blind 182’s “Enema of the State” album cover should be easy – nurse outfit (check), sultry makeup (check), a few butterfly temporary tattoos (check), and one bright, blue rubber glove (check). Give your cosplay friends a nice checkup on Day 1 to keep ‘em close.
Wear some pink, an apron, and tote around lemon scent while saying, “Mmm” all day.
Gene Parmesan-Arrested Development
Wear your favorite costume under another costume and BOOM! GENE PARMESAN, Private Detective. One of the multiple P.I.s to work for the Bluth family, Gene Parmesan was notorious for dressing up and revealing his true identity throughout the show. Pull the same gag at Comic Con by dressing up in elaborate costumes, only to whip them off and yell, “NOP GENE PARMESAN!” Is that a Buzz Lightyear? “NOPE GENE PARMESEAN.” Is that Chun-Li? “NOPE GENE PARMESEAN.” Is that George Michael, the singer-songwriter? “NOPE GENE PARMESEAN.” You get the idea.
Master Moon-Halo/Sailor Moon Gender Bend
When all else fails, pick two random characters that have nothing to do with each other, combine their most recognizable traits, and flip the gender. Take Master Moon for example, it sounds so simple! Rent Master Chief’s Assault Combat Exoskeloton, and then attach some yellow pigtails and a rainbow skirt. Tote your gun while shouting “KAWAIIIIIII” and flashing the peace sign. You just might turn a few faces!
Chain Chomp-Super Mario Brothers
Most cosplayers go for low-hanging fruit video game characters like Mario, Samus, or Link. But what about the B-Team? Or in this case, the C-Team? Chain Chomp has been around since the beginning, and the ol’ ball-and-chain deserves to get some center stage recognition. Come on, it’s just some dark clothes and a chain. Besides, where else can you dress in all-black leather and chase people around with a metal chain, barking wildly at the top of your lungs? Wait, don’t answer that.