The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

This year, our eyes beheld some truly innovative and mind-blowing cosplay. We saw gender-swapped characters, Evil Dead hats, and elaborate costumes that included as many as five cosplayers. Not to mention Rockabilly Batman, Superhero Princesses, Furry Jesus, and a heap of characters straight out of Brian K. Vaughan's Saga.

We sat down and skimmed through every convention gallery, cosplaying website and halloween how-to guide and came up with our picks for the very best cosplay creations from 2012. Here they are.


Behold the Avenger Bunnies from San Diego Comic-Con 2012. Taken by Sebastian Jespersen on Flickr.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

A Dragon*Con wedding re-creates Astonishing X-MEn No. 51, so much love! Photo by Pat Loika.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Lady Beetlejuice. Photo by David Ngo from San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Michonne and her Walker, photo by Victor Gamez with Stuff by Victor. Taken at from San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

King Hippo. Photo by David Ngo, taken at NYCC 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Steampunk Hawkgirl and Hawkman. Photograph by Steven Leung on Flickr.
Taken at NYCC 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Freddie Nova makes good use of liquid latex in these cosplay photos taken by photographer Adam Jay at SuperHero Photography. Check out the original post (and the whole set) over here.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Lady Magneto via Eurobeat Kasumi Photography. Found at Comikaze Expo 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Prometheus Cosplay. Photo by David Ngo, found at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Fantastic and inventive ideas for Evil Dead costumes. Crafted by Kiersten Essenpries.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

5 Person Voltron made out of adorable cat robots and people!
Read how Voltron5 built this beast in their step-by-step breakdown over at Instructables.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Bert and Ernie at Dragon*Con 2012 walking around, like people. We still haven't stopped screaming. Discovered by Redditor ProbableCause.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Dark Helmet taken by Davann Srey at Long Beach Comic Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Moe taken by Davann Srey at Long Beach Comic Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Family Guy's Boba Chicken and Peter Solo taken by Davann Srey at Long Beach Comic Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

A personal favorite cosplay moment of 2012. Izabel from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga (one of the best comics of 2012). Points for accuracy and missing legs goes to the creator over at the Ink Blot Tumblr.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Speaking of Saga, here's a darling Prince Robot captured at New York Comic-Con 2012 by the folks at The Mary Sue.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Ghost found at New York Comic-Con 2012. Cosplayer is Bellechere, photography by Robbins Studios

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Hauntingly perfect Joker cosplay, captured by Davann Srey at Long Beach Comic Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Skimpy Supers give us something to cheer about. Commenters said that this image was a perfect storm mashup of San Diego Comic-Con and San Diego Gay Pride, which occur very close to one another in date (hence the inspiration).

[via Internet Superhero]

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Gender Swapped Star Wars via We Know Memes. Found at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

DC Rocky Horror Mashup, Created by Home Of Happiness.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Arrietty Via The Bird The Bee at Deviantart.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Serenity, the ship walking in the Dragon*Con 2012 parade. Via Millermz on Flickr.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Journey at Dragon*Con 2012 via Millermz on Flickr.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Superhero Disney Princesses via Eurobeat Kasumi Photography. From SDCC 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Zardoz at Dragon*Con 2012 via Millermz on Flickr.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Game of Thrones by Laura Pliskin via Fashionably Geek.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Sexy Gimli at Dragon*Con 2012 via Bill Watters.


Commander Shepard cosplaying as Commander Shepard. This was a stand out cosplay moment, voice actor Mark Meer (who plays Shepard)in full Mass Effect gear. Listen to everyone freak out on the video, priceless.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Via TDW

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Spike Spiegel from Cowboy BeBop via Redditor LAN__mine.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

MST3K's Crow cosplayed by CheekerCosplay photo taken by Firecloak.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Neverending Story via Kimberly S on Twitter. Taken from New York Comic-Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

William Riker and Q Taken from New York Comic-Con 2012 by photographer David Ngo.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Rockabilly Batman spotted at Dragon*Con 2012 cosplayed by Josh S over at DeviantArt.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Lady Two-Face! Photo by Cynr on Flickr. From San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Mr. Freeze. Photorgraph by Victor Gamez with Stuff by Victor. From San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Furry Jesus Fresco. By Reddit user Spinjump. Taken at Anime Weekend Atlanta.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Baby Power Loader created by Jason Smith. Watch the video here.


Adam Savage created an insane Doc Ock costume for Patton Oswalt.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

The Legend of Korra from New York Comic-Con 2012. Photographed by David Ngo.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Lady Blue Beetle from New York Comic-Con 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Roswell Waitress from SDCC 2012.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Ms. Marvel - Binary by BelleCher. Photograph by Robbins Studios. Taken at GraniteState Comic-Con.

The Absolute Best Cosplay of 2012

Steampunk Lara Croft photo by Victor Gamez with Stuff by Victor. Taken at SDCC 2012.