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Cosplay
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Cosplay is a Portmanteau of the words "costume play". It refers to the fan hobby of making costumes of a concept or person and wearing them at fan gatherings, though is commonly associated with fictional characters from mediums such as anime, TV, movies, comics, video games, etc. At anime conventions cosplay is one of the most popular events.

And to some people, it is Serious Business. Don't even think about trying to get them to wear the Official Cosplay Gear. They will often wear a Sexy Whatever Outfit though.

If it's a character getting cosplayers in the same universe, the actual character might get told Your Costume Needs Work. This can even happen to celebrities in Real Life.

See also Cosplay Fan Art, Cosplay Otaku Girl (characters in works being cosplayers), Whole Costume Reference, LARP, Fan Convention and certain members of the FurryFandom cosplay.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In episode 16 of Bodacious Space Pirates, pirate captain Marika has members of the Girl's Yacht Club help out on her ship, the Bentenmaru, while the regular crew is stuck in quarantine due to a virus they got in an earlier episode. When they raid a ship, the girls all show up in various cosplay costumes. Marika chuckles nervously throughout the entire "raid", but the guests on the ship don't seem to mind the costumes overall.
  • The female protagonist in the manga, He~nshin!! - Sonata Birdie Rush, is forced by contract to wear cosplay outfits as a promotional gimick while she's competing in golf tournaments.
  • Cosplay Complex is all about this.
  • As in the picture, Lucky Star has this at both a convention and the Haruhi Theme Cafe.
  • Miyashita Masashi from Onii-chan to Issho (official English title: Me & My Brothers) occasionally cosplays as high school girls, and is in general a Wholesome Crossdresser. As a romance novelist, he does this in order to be more one with the female mind and thus use this as an incentive to write better stories.
  • In Genshiken this is Ohno's hobby, while Tanaka's is costume designer for Cosplay. She often wears his creations for the club and to conventions. In Genshiken 2 they finally officially start dating, thus creating the dream Otaku couple.
  • In Genesis of Aquarion there is an episode called "Cosplay for the Soul" where Fudou has all the Element Users dress and act as each other to great (and hilarious) effect.
  • Persona 4: The Animation has Nanako doing a cosplay so convincing that she fools some kids into thinking she's the real Loveline (an in-universe, fictional, magical girl detective).
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, the School Festival arc includes a cosplay contest, and Chisame is a Cosplay Otaku Girl.
  • During the school festival episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, there was a period where everyone was in costume (of a Duel Monster, of course). For example, Rei was dressed as Dandylion.

Comics
  • Spider Jerusalem at one point raids a religious convention while cosplaying as Jesus.
  • Clark Kent and Lois Lane once attended a costume party dressed as Batman and Robin respectively. Clark was in mortal fear that Bruce would find out.
    Clark: If he finds out about this, he'll kill me.
    Lois: Oh don't be silly. He can't kill you, you're Superman.
    Clark: Oh he can kill me! If anyone can kill me, he can! And the man has absolutely no sense of humor!
  • In one Angel: After The Fall arc ("Boys and Their Toys"), Angel and Spike go to a Fan Convention, Sci-Fi Fest San Diego, where people start turning into the characters they're cosplaying as.

Fan Fiction

Live Action TV
  • In one Freaks and Geeks episode, three of the guys dress up for a science fiction convention.
  • In season five of Supernatural Sam and Dean meet people cosplaying as them.note  They're understandably creeped out by it.
    • And that's before they find out that the Sam and Dean cosplayers they interacted with throughout the episode are a couple.
  • One person who desired too much to be like El Chapulín Colorado dressed like him.
  • The guys on The Big Bang Theory like to dress up as superheroes.
    • In one episode they all dress like The Flash for Penny's Halloween episode.
    • They go as the Justice League team for the comic book store's New Year's Eve costume party, with Penny as Wonder Woman and Penny's then-boyfriend Zack as Superman.
      • They win the costume contest because of the three JL teams, theirs was the only one to have a female Wonder Woman.
    • The episode "The Barkersfield expedition" opens with Sheldon steaming his Data cosplay and Leonard having to borrow make up from his girlfriend for his. The A plot of the episode actually revolves around the guys getting stranded in the desert after pulling over on the way to ComicCon to do a full cosplay photo shoot. Leonard was dressed as Captain Picard, Raj as Worf and Howard as a Borg. They looked awesome.
    • In one episode, the girls decide to go to Disney land and they buy Disney Princess line-up with costume, make-up, hairdo... The only problem was that they all wanted to be Cinderella. Bernadette claimed it was her idea and that she was a driver, so she won. Penny was Aurora and Amy Snow White. Howard and Leonard really fancied their girlfriends in their outfits.
  • In the Charmed episode "All Halliwell's Eve" Phoebe cosplayed as Elvira and Piper cosplayed as Glinda. They didn't get to keep the costumes for long however as they were sent back in time to 18th century Virginia.
  • Castle: Castle, his daughter Alexis and Beckett have histories as cosplayers. Castle has dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Space Cowboy and a Steampunk soldier on the show. Alexis dressed as a scantily-clad alien assassin at a sci-fi convention (much to Castle's chagrin). Beckett once dressed as a character from a short-lived Star Trek Expy called "Nebula 9" and also dressed in that costume again for Castle (adding a rubber fright mask to freak him out). Also during their teens, both Castle and Beckett dressed as Gene Simmons for Halloween.
  • SyFy's Reality Show Heroes of Cosplay obviously.
  • Only Fools and Horses: As well as the famous "Batman and Robin" scene in "Heroes and Villains, outside the show there are a number of grown men who have acquired Robin Reliants and been Del Boy for various purposes, usually charity-related.
  • In one of the few aversions of Changed My Jumper in Doctor Who, the Fourth Doctor decides to wear his Sherlock Holmes fancy dress costume while in Victorian London.

Music
  • Lindsey Stirling has done arrangements of themes from The Legend of Zelda and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and the videos for them include her dressing as a variety of characters. She makes her own costumes.
  • Pianist Sonya Belousova has done a series of YouTube videos called Cosplay: Piano where she plays popular movie and TV themes while dressed as a character from the franchise.

Professional Wrestling

Video Games
  • Litchi Faye-Ling of BlazBlue has a cosplay fetish that comes out when she's had too much sake, and whatever cute girl in arm's reach is usually subjected to it. So far, Bullet, Noel and Tsubaki were victimized - Noel was coerced with playtime with Lao Jiu, while Tsubaki was a bit more cooperative... but just a bit. Bullet, however, was dragged into Litchi's clinic/cosplay parlor by Tsubaki herself. According to Arcade commentary, however, Makoto could be next...
    • Litchi herself is a pretty popular subject to be cosplayed as in real life.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • The Closing Credits Sequence of Daria features the characters in various alternate costumes. Most of the time, the costumes are generic an inspecific, like a cheerleader or a business woman, but occasionally they make specific references like Brittany dressed as Edward Scissorhands.
  • When the cast of Futurama goes to Comic Con 3010, they take part in the costume contest, with some of the contestants dressed as characters from the very show they're on. Lrr tries to invade Earth during the contest, but is dismissed as just another guy in a costume. The winner, by the way, is Bender, who dresses as "every nerd's fantasy", Leela.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Nerds of a Feather", the boys go to a convention where almost everyone is dressed up as characters from either "Space Adventure" or "Stumbleberry Finkbat". And Candace goes dressed as Ducky Momo.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, when the Gaang sees the "The Ember Island Players", Zuko gets told his costume needs work, and that his scar is on the wrong side. (The in-universe fictional version of him has a scar on the opposite side, a reference to some Season 1 promotional material that got the scar wrong)
  • In The Legend of Korra in the final match of the pro-bending season you can see two groups of cosplayers in the stands; one dressed as the Wolf-Bats, one dressed as our heroes, the Fire Ferrets.
  • On Mike, Lu & Og, Mike will sometimes dress as her favorite superhero Action Guy. Heck, one time she lipsynched an audio tape in the costume.
  • When The Simpsons go to BiMonSciFiCon Bart learns that you get $3 off admission if you're dressed as a superhero, so he cobbles together a costume.
    Cashier: Who are you supposed to by?
    Bart: gravelly voice I'm Bartman.
    Cashier: Never heard of him. Full price.
  • The Venture Bros. - when The Monarch goes on a double date, in his Monarch outfit, his date asks if he's into cosplay - he angrily corrects her that it's 'cos-business'.
  • In one episode of Family Guy, Peter and his friends dress up as the A-Team for some sort of convention. They win the costume contest (beating out another group dressed as the A-Team without an actual black guy to play Mr. T) and decide to become a real life A-Team.


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