Cosplay: Fans bring fantasy characters to life

(“Maleficent” photo above by Paul Hillier)

From time to time, storied heroes, reckless warriors and up-and-coming adventurers gather alongside vile villains, deranged AIs and other notorious figures to celebrate and share their stories and plans of impending conquest.

We are highlighting a selection of these characters in a collection of intimate portraits prepared by tireless historians.

Deadpool II (Trigger Happy!) by Wickedm6
Andy WanaDeadpool II (Trigger Happy!) by Wickedm6

“If there’s a crime call a cop. If there’s a fire, call a fireman. But if there’s a Skrull invasion. Holla atcha boy!”
Deadpool, Deadpool #2

Cosplayer: Amie LynnFinal Fantasy X-2 / Yuna Berserker
Mike Rollerson PhotographyCosplayer: Amie LynnFinal Fantasy X-2 / Yuna Berserker

“Sometimes you just have to hack your way through.”
Yuna Berserker, Final Fantasy X-II

How you doing there Batman?
la-CourHow you doing there Batman?

“After all this time–all these years–you and I have history. I know what you think of me. You think I’m just a doll. A doll that’s pink and light. A doll you can arrange any way you like. You’re wrong. Very wrong. What you think of me is only a ghost of time. I am dangerous. And I will show you just how dark I can be.”
Harley Quinn, Gotham City Sirens Vol 1

Portal 2
OnkamiPortal 2

“It’s been a long time. How have you been? I’ve been really busy being dead. You know, after you murdered me. / Okay. Look. We both said a lot of things that you’re going to regret. But I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster.”
GLaDOS, Portal 2


“My axe is thirsty!”
Krieg, Borderlands 2

Warrior Wonder Woman
Meagan.MarieWarrior Wonder Woman

“If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child…I’m willing to accept the consequences.”
Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman #170

TiCon 2014 - Cosplay #05 - Pixars "Merida"
betabloxxTiCon 2014 – Cosplay #05 – Pixars "Merida"

“There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it. “
Princess Merida, Brave

Digimon preview @ Montreal Comic-Con 2013
Jack Liu (alucardleashed)Digimon preview @ Montreal Comic-Con 2013

“When we get back, this is gonna make one great story. Yup… but… of course, not a single soul will ever believe me.”
Taichi “Tai” Kamiya/Yagami, Digimon

Harley's Joker 06
Fabio ArciniegasHarley's Joker 06

“All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy.”
Joker, The Killing Joke (1988)

Chelsea Maki - Adventuretime Cosplay
jshjChelsea Maki – Adventuretime Cosplay

“I think the reason I got all these guy friends and no boyfriend is because I don’t really wanna date any of ‘em. I don’t need to feel like I’m waiting to be noticed. I know who I am and I’ll know what I want if and when it ever comes along.”
Fionna & Cake, Adventure Time

To see more, check out the Cosplay gallery.