Costume :Fou-Lu
Variant :Yorae Dragon God Emperor - wig 1, sprite
Source :Breath of Fire IV
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Ayacon 2011

Costume Photos

Fou-Lu Forest edit

Pcy 5 Fou-Lu

Pcy 4 Fou-Lu

Pcy 3 Fou-Lu

Pcy 2 Fou-Lu and Ursula

Pcy 1 Fou-Lu

Forest Fire

AYA masquerade 3

AYA masquerade 2

Fou-Lu and Deis

Ref 4

Ref 3


Costume Information

For the AniMedia East Cosplay Picnic at Chapelfield Gardens (August 6th), Ayacon 2011, and London MCM Expo, October 2011.

From Breath of Fire IV Wiki...

Fou-Lu is the principal antagonist and founder of the Fou Empire centuries ago, with similar abilities as Ryu from Breath of Fire IV, yet with a more malevolent personality.

When he was summoned to the world, the summoning ritual was incomplete, so the soul of Fou-Lu was parted in two. The other part is Ryu, the protagonist, who arrived in the world six-hundred years later than his alter-ego. Once Fou-lu founded the Fou Empire, he fell into a deep slumber, awaiting Ryu.

(I discovered online that the name does in-fact have some form of meaning. The most appropriate meaning of 'Fou' that I found means negate/deny in Chinese, and through a long list of meanings for the word 'Lu' (also Chinese), there was one meaning that is the name of a or for 'river'. Fou mentions in the game that he is like a river that pulls life along with him. As a friend mentioned, his name could mean something along the lines of "impassable river").

The vowel sound "ou" in Chinese is pronounced "oh", and "u" is "oo".


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I look forward to seeing this!

by Cathe on Wednesday, 11 May, 2011 - 20:15
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Thanks. I instantly liked him the moment he showed up. Only recently started playing the game for the first time. ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 12 May, 2011 - 20:59
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You're definitely going to pull this off, I look forward to seeing some progress!

by tripletriad on Friday, 13 May, 2011 - 13:10
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Squee! You're doing this for Aya too? Pictures will definitely be required! I didn't think there'd be so many BoF4 cosplayers at one con XD

by Sillabub on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 08:07
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It is intended for Ayacon. :-)
I am doing Beatrix for it too, so I have my work cut out this time!
This costume isn't too difficult (so long as the jumpsuit I bought dyes ok).

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 12:51
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Looking forward to seeing this!

by isamiaella on Wednesday, 22 June, 2011 - 18:34
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Thanks. I hope I do him justice. He's an awesome but so misunderstood character.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 22 June, 2011 - 18:54
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Looking great so far :D Thou art impressive! XD

by Raye-chan on Wednesday, 22 June, 2011 - 21:10
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Thine words art kind. Thou hast mine thanks. ;-)

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 22 June, 2011 - 21:35
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Oh god. Breath of Fire cosplay <3 <3
I think this may have just made me the happiest person alive.
Wish I were going to Ayacon now D:

by CaptainKurfuffle on Wednesday, 29 June, 2011 - 19:46
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I'll probably be taking Fou to London Expo in October too.
I love Fou-Lu in more ways than one, and I relate to him so well.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 29 June, 2011 - 20:02
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Looking awesome so far ^_^ Can't wait to see it done!

by sjbonnar on Thursday, 30 June, 2011 - 08:10
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Thanks SJ. :-)

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 30 June, 2011 - 15:48
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F...Fou-lu? *__* UNF! I loved the characters in this game so very much, always wanted to have a bash at cosplaying from it. Will have to track you down at Aya for a snapshot~

by sarmander on Thursday, 7 July, 2011 - 22:09
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The characters are indeed very interesting, and have a lot of depth. I relate to Fou-Lu so much that I had to put him up and cosplay him.

Thanks. ^_^'
I have a stalker!

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 7 July, 2011 - 22:15
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I keep seeing more and more Breath of Fire fans on here and it's making me very happy!
You look epic!

by NakedSalad on Thursday, 7 July, 2011 - 22:37
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Thanks. ^^'
I only played BoF IV recently and became a fan instantly!

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 8 July, 2011 - 17:09
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Progress is looking fabulous =]

by tripletriad on Thursday, 14 July, 2011 - 22:27
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My thanks as always. ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 15 July, 2011 - 16:12
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Great to see a BoF fan! and a cosplayer at that :D Looks like it'll be an amazing costume, can't wait to see the result :)

by kitty_sama on Monday, 18 July, 2011 - 21:34
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Thanks! I'm a very recent fan though. I played it through last month and, well, I'm a Fou fan-girl now and I just had to cosplay him.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 18 July, 2011 - 21:49
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Seeing all this amazing progress is just making me more and more sad about my inability to do Ryu this year.

by CaptainKurfuffle on Monday, 18 July, 2011 - 22:51
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:-( I'll have Fou at the ready when you do though. ^^'
My thanks for the positive comment.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 18 July, 2011 - 22:54
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This is looking more and more awesome each day :D Can't wait to wear Deis with you, I am going to steal your noodles and if I dont succeed.... Drats!!! XD

by Raye-chan on Tuesday, 19 July, 2011 - 17:40
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THIS IS AWESOME! Love this game sooooo damn much.

by Shenny on Friday, 22 July, 2011 - 01:05
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Thanks people. I love this game a lot too!

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 22 July, 2011 - 17:24
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I can't wait to see you wearing this :D The progress looks really good!

by Yuka on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 17:48
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looking good!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 20:08
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Thanks! I'm saying that a lot because I really appreciate the positive feedback. ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 20:16
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This is looking good :)

by Archer on Friday, 5 August, 2011 - 21:05
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looks great!

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 21:36
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You really suit him! You've done a fantastic job, well done!

by tripletriad on Wednesday, 10 August, 2011 - 00:23
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You make such an epic Fou-Lu!! I loved being Deis with you ^^

by Raye-chan on Thursday, 11 August, 2011 - 20:33
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Thanks people!

And Raye Raye, I look forward to bringing him out at expo with you! ^_^

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 11 August, 2011 - 23:37
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you look awsome XD, very cool cosplay

by nanahara on Monday, 22 August, 2011 - 21:37
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Thanks Nana.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 22 August, 2011 - 21:47
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This was amazing! <3 you looked great in the masq!

by BabemRoze on Monday, 22 August, 2011 - 22:35
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Thanks! I was so worried about the masquerade with it being my first one.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 17:26
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You looked great and it was great to meet you ;)

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 15:04
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Fantastic costume, you've got all those Fou-Lu patterns spot on.
It was lovely to meet you and well done on your first masquerade!

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 15:53
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Thank you! ^_^' I do my best to get everything as accurate as possible.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 17:31
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Costume looks great! Congrats on popping your masquerade cherry. Aya was my first masquerade as well!

by Kata-san on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 02:35
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Ahhh! I remember seeing you do this in the masquerade! Didn't realise 'twas you ! Congrats on your first masquerade if you were nervous then you really hid it well! :D ( unlike me backstage XD )
Looks amazing :D

by Natsumi on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 21:20
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pics look awesome! And well done for your first masquerade entry!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 21:25
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Thanks people! ^^'

Yeah I was very nervous, but once I was on-stage it faded a bit, but when I went off stage I was shaking so much Sillabub had to take my sword off me. XD

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 21:33
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I've told you many times but it always bears repeating - you looked wonderful and it was awesome to do the masquerade with you! I'm so proud of you for doing it, you were brilliant (even if I did bugger things up a bit at the start)! Really looking forward to getting more photos and stuff at Expo :D

by Sillabub on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 21:39
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You buggering things up a bit at the start actually worked though didn't it!? XD
There were a few photos of Fou looking like "wtf?" and then I aimed my sword as you started to walk. Accidental improvisation!

And thank you very much. I appreciate it. It was awesome doing the masquerade with you as well. ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 31 August, 2011 - 21:58

To-Do List

Make belt emblemHighComplete
Tuck sleeves and add criss-cross patternHighComplete
Alter white glovesHighComplete
Decorate footwearHighComplete
Decorate beltHighComplete
Make hornsHighComplete
Add white symbol to turtleneck topHighComplete
Make wide red beltHighComplete
Make wrist and ankle cuffsHighComplete
Adjust collar and pocket detailHighIn Progress
Add green pattern to sleeves, legs and backHighIn Progress
buy jumpsuit (needs to be dyed)MediumComplete
Buy red leatherette fabric for wide beltMediumComplete
Buy red hand wrapsMediumComplete
Buy Mami&#039;s bellsMediumComplete
Buy elf ear tipsMediumComplete
Buy alice band for mounting the hornsMediumComplete
Dye jumpsuitMediumComplete
Buy silver-white wigMediumComplete
Buy suitable footwearMediumComplete
Buy red driving glovesMediumComplete
Buy red turtleneck - close-fittingMediumComplete
Buy white bokken for the Royal SwordMediumPlanned
Buy white & silver eyebrow pencilLowComplete
Buy spirit gumLowComplete


Finished and FULLY debuted (Posted 24th August 2011)

Finished, debuted properly, and entered into the Ayacon 2011 masquerade.

95% finished! (Posted 28th July 2011)

What's left?
* Adjustments around the collar area on the jumpsuit.
* Patterns on the jumpsuit.

Just about finished now!

What is left to do? (Posted 26th July 2011)

* Finishing painting/varnishing the cuffs/guards
* Adjusting the collar area on the jumpsuit
* Adding the patterns to the jumpsuit.

90% (Posted 19th July 2011)

Left to do:
* Finish the wrist/ankle cuffs
* Finish the forearm pattern on the left sleeve
* Bondaweb and seal patterns on to the jumpsuit
* Finish decorating the belt
* Adjust the collar and pockets to suit.

All in all, just a few small fiddley jobs left really.

About 80% there now! (Posted 7th July 2011)

Indeed, Fou-Lu is now at about 80%. I have the belt to finish, the jumpsuit collar to tidy a bit, the green patterns to add on to the jumpsuit (and the red criss-cross on the forearms), aaannd the wrist/ankle cuffs to make. Sounds like a lot to do, but it's getting done rather swiftly.

Swift progress! (Posted 28th June 2011)

Alright, most of Fou-Lu is already done. I need to add the patterns to the jumpsuit, make the thick wrist/ankle cuffs, make the forearms (these will be gauntlets as it'll be easier to do than trying to manipulate the jumpsuit fabric), and following that, just a few touch-ups and he'll be done.