In case you haven’t noticed, cosplay is a pretty big deal to some people, and we see their passion when the cosplay and Comic-Con events come around. When we say that people have a passion for cosplay, we’re serious about it. They’ll spend a whole year preparing for an event and making sure that they have the best costumes. This means that they’ll also spend hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars on their costumes to make sure that they’re perfect. Seriously, it’s a pretty big deal. Some people live and breathe the culture; it’s not just like showing up on costume day. It seems to be getting more popular by the day. People just love it, and it’s on a global scale. So, considering how passionate people can get about cosplay, we can totally understand how annoying it can be to see a cosplayer show up with a crappy and unfortunate-looking costume.
It happens more often than you would think. It usually comes in the form of people who really don’t care or have a passion for cosplay but want to go to the events, or it’s people who don’t want to spend the money on a costume. Of course, there will always be the few who are just generally clueless about cosplay and should probably be banned. We’ve collected some cosplay costumes that are just horrendous, and we’re shocked that they weren’t immediately banned from ever cosplaying again.
14. Cartoon Animals
These cartoon animals are from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch, a very popular movie for young girls. Stitch is an especially popular character and is often seen around Halloween. This photo has been around the internet a few times, and it’s usually associated with bad cosplay costumes. We’re not even sure what character the other one is, but both of these costumes are terrible, mainly because they look like oversized PJs. It’s almost as if they decided to get some large onesies and just rolled with them. We understand that the world of cosplay can be an expensive one, but you pay to play in that world, and people expect that you have respect or passion for the industry or will stay the hell out of it. These two totally need to be banned from cosplaying any longer because they just look weird.
13. The Horse and Buggy
There’s so much wrong with this photo that it’s hard to put it into words. Truly, we’re speechless over this photo. It looks more like some weird sexual role-playing than anything that you would see at a cosplay event. We’re not quite sure what she’s dressed up as, but we’re pretty sure the man is Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony, which is pretty shocking on its own. We’re a firm believer that people of all sizes can have fun cosplaying, but it might not be appropriate to wear a costume that’s so revealing in any case — never mind if you’re holding onto a lot of weight. Even Rainbow Dash put a full bodysuit on. Cosplay is supposed to be a fun way of expressing yourself, but some people definitely take it to a weird place.
12. Star Wars Gone Wrong
What. On. Earth. These Star Wars costumes are so bad that we’re not even sure who the characters are aside from R2-D2. Cosplayers take pride in their costumes, and we’re not sure that there was anything to be proud of when it came to these costumes. People who are passionate about cosplay believe that it can improve someone’s self-esteem, but these five are hurting really bad costume-wise. “It can literally change someone’s life; it’s very positive for young teenagers to get into cosplay if they do it with their friends or with supervision from their parents — it can really foster their social skills.” When it comes to the passion behind cosplay, it comes in the work you do to create a costume. These five definitely should be banned because it doesn’t even look like they tried at all. What character is that garbage bag?!
11. The Avengers
Comic-Con has produced some pretty amazing costumes for The Avengers superheroes. There are some pretty badass character costumes that you can create for cosplay. But in the case of these costumes, they look like they were created from the dollar store art section. Even the woman who dressed as Black Widow looks like she just pulled a few things out of her closet as if she was going out for dinner with her friends. It could simply be a matter of not wanting to spend the money on proper costumes, but if you want to walk into a Comic-Con event wearing these costumes when there will be amazing costumes all around you, then you might get banned. The people who are involved seriously with cosplay events want to see people who take pride in the event, just like they do.
10. Ironman Wrapped in Tape
There have been some pretty amazing Ironman costumes out there that even look realistic enough to be like the original. This isn’t one of them. People love cosplay because they can become someone else. “Before I was a cosplayer, I was a fan artist. I would draw my favorite characters and sell the pieces at art auctions. But once I discovered cosplay, it was like, ‘I don’t have to draw my favorite characters, I can become my favorite characters.’” When it comes to this horrifying costume, however, we can’t figure out why there’s so much tape involved. Did he just tape a bunch of paper together without even creating anything? We can’t figure out why there’s tape all over the costume. This is definitely one costume that should’ve been left in the trash because if he goes to a cosplay event, he’s likely to get banned.
9. The Cheap Cosplayer
This guy is apparently a repeat offender when it comes to going on the cheap side when it comes to cosplay. Many passionate cosplayers will literally demand you to respect the costumes or not to bother at all. Why bother dressing up at all if you’re going to show up looking ridiculous? A little paint and some colorful straws were all this guy used to create a ridiculous costume. Cosplayers talk about the effort of coming up with costumes because it means a lot to them. “I think ‘Heroes of Cosplay’ will show a lot of the positive things, like how much effort it takes to make a costume. These people on the show aren’t taking shortcuts. As long as that effort gets through to the viewers, we will be inspirational. Then there will be people who watch the show that want to get in and hands-on make outfits.”
8. The Flash
Not only can we see this guy’s junk protruding, but what’s with the drawn-on abs? The flash doesn’t even show off his abs, and yet, this guy has to make sure to let us know that he does, in fact, have some abs. It’s bizarre. It’s a pretty basic costume that you can get at any Halloween store, and it’s skintight, which isn’t good in this guy’s case. This guy knows exactly what it’s like to dress up and realize that he should’ve put more effort into it. “I discovered cosplay because I was going to an anime convention and did some research, and found out people dressed up as characters. I made a very badly put-together costume because I felt this desire to dress up.” Maybe, don’t draw on your abs. We get it — superheroes have abs.
7. Not the Best Idea
What IS it? We’re pretty sure it’s supposed to be a Jolteon, but does he plan on just walking around like that all day? He looks like he could also be part of a new-age horror movie. It’s definitely not the best version of the costume that we’ve seen at events. It could probably give people nightmares if they looked at it for too long. Sometimes, when it comes to Manga and the Japanese video game cartoons, people get such a huge love for them, but in this case, the love went wrong. “So many of us, we love these things that come from Japan. We play the video games every day, we read the manga, people watch the cartoons, they absolutely love it.” That’s true in a lot of cases, but this guy probably could’ve put some more effort into this costume.
6. Bad Catdog
If you’ve ever seen the cartoon CATDOG, then you know what this is. Well, maybe you’ll know what this is. It’s definitely a version of the CATDOG costume that went horribly wrong. It’s a costume that looks as if the ones wearing it put little to no effort at all in putting it together. They’re basically just wearing yellow t-shirts, and they found a way to attach themselves. There’s a good chance that these two are going to be judged harshly when they go to an event, but maybe that’s okay because some of the best cosplay costumes are still created by people who may have a different vision than you have. “Hardcore fans have a vision in their head, and if they look at your cosplay of it, you may not fit their vision.” We’re just not convinced that these two would be considered “hardcore fans.”
5. From Good to Bad
This is considered to be another example of cosplay gone wrong. It’s a comparison as to what the cosplay should look like and an example of the bad cosplay. Damon Suede discussed his version of cosplay: “Pop culture. Nobody does bullsh!t better than us. Right? China took over manufacturing. And the Middle East has us on fossil fuels. That’s just geography and politics. We’re a nation of whacko immigrants. Scavengers and con men. We crossed the ocean on faith, stole some land, and stone-cold made up a whole country out of nothing but balls and bullshit. Superhero comics got invented by crazy genius Jews who showed up and revamped the refugee experience into a Man of Steel sent from Krypton with a secret identity.” It’s true that when it comes to cosplay, we’re all just looking to be someone else.
4. The Crab?
My eyes! My eyes! Right? What the H is this thing? We think that this is a little closer to a horror-movie monster than it is any type of a cosplay character. It’s got to be a version of a crab; we just can’t place it. What would you do if you saw this painted-up character? The color alone is frightening! You might be surprised to learn that the hardcore cosplayers have been doing it from a young age, as young as 12. You would think that it should be a childhood game, but of course, more adults do it than children do. “I’ve done a lot of geeky things in my life, but I think the geekiest of all was my first effort to build props and cosplay when I was about twelve years old.” It’s amazing how creative people can be when they use their imagination.
3. When Cosplay Goes Wrong
Well, this happened. We’re not sure why it did, but there you have it. This guy definitely needs to be banned from anything cosplay. What was he thinking being a Frozen character anyways? Why would he even go there? Before you even ask, those are, in fact, pastries that he’s using to make Anna’s braids. Whatever, right? Simple yarn would’ve worked if you wanted to go the cheap route, but maybe, he wanted to ensure that he had a snack later on. The eyes are another bizarre aspect of the costume. Instead of just getting contacts or accepting the fact that he doesn’t have blue eyes, he did THIS. They look more like tiny goggles than anything else. It’s actually kind of creepy. This is one of the biggest cosplay fails that we’ve ever seen. What do you think?
2. X-Men Gone Wrong
Mystique is an elegant creature, and it’s a very risqué cosplay outfit. Usually, it means having a fit or curvaceous outfit in order to pull it off. There have been some pretty badass and sexy costumes that have come into Comic-Con, and we can’t say that this is one of them. Not only should this woman not be fully nude for this costume, but where she did try to cover up her assets has been left patchy and obvious. It’s a horrifying example of Mystique and cosplay in general. As far as the other girl goes, it goes to say that dressing appropriately for your body type is probably a great way to start. We’re not even sure who she’s supposed to be. She’s holding an apple, so is it a version of Snow White or one of the dwarfs? Either way, it’s terrible.
1. Star Trek Fail
This has been deemed as one of the worst Star Trek cosplay costumes that people have ever seen. The judgment couldn’t be more right. It’s horrifying, to say the least. It looks more like a combination of Star Trek and the Alien movie. Is that an alien bursting out from her chest? It’s hard to tell what it is, but it’s just all bad. There’s blood all over her, and her hair is a mess. What was she trying to achieve with this costume? If these people actually took cosplay seriously, they might even get a job out of it. “Companies are hiring cosplayers to be promotional spokesmodels for them. There are cosplayers trying to develop a cult following even though they’ve only been cosplaying for less than a year or two. It’s all about the social media or Facebook likes.”
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