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14 Sep 2013 - 19:10107181
Do you get into character?
Hello all, I was talking to other day with a friend about going to conventions an the topic tuned to acting the part of the character as well as look at it. Personally in the past I have tried to do this when in costume but have always let myself down by getting caught up in the fun of the con.
What do you think? Is it better to be in character? Do you do this? How do you do it? Ect


14 Sep 2013 - 20:02107182
I wouldn't try to be in character for the whole day/con, I personally think that's too far
But, if people come up to me and do in-jokes or whatever about the character, then yes, I'll do my best to get into role c: Oh and I always try my best to get into character for photos!
There is nothing more heart=warming than being in-character as a Disney Princess when little kids want to talk to you c:

Being in character is part of the fun of cosplaying, but I find it exhausting to do it all day haha


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14 Sep 2013 - 20:21107183
I know what you mean, it is too hard to do it all day. I do sometimes panic when people come up to me and start taking to the character XP I struggle to think of things today.
That would be one of the best things to do in a Disney cosplay!! Mrs be so fun c:


14 Sep 2013 - 20:49107184
LOL, you are a perfect NOODLE at least we know this, someone said you should be sponsored to do it.

I love getting into character, (as you know), I like to learn mannerisms and quirks about a character.

I spent about 2 months practising Murdoc Niccals voice.

I guess I enjoy the sheer escapism of not being myself for a while. Don't get me wrong, if I am around a group of people I know it'll slip, but I do try to keep it up for people who come up for photos etc.


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14 Sep 2013 - 20:56107185
I don’t usually get into character except for when posing for photos, as I have never been that good at acting or improv.

However, once when I was in my Pyro cosplay someone asked me something and they thought that I was replying in character, as all they heard was "Mmph mmmph mph-mph mmph mmmmph!" (that is how the Pyro speaks but that is also how anyone speaks when they happen to be wearing a gasmask)


14 Sep 2013 - 21:59107188
Mostly no. You get a limited time to interact with people at events, and if your character is a jerk, it can be the only thing people remember about you!

But if I'm at a group photoshoot or meeting a cosplayer from the same source material (and I judge it seems OK to do so), I might act a little.

But I'll always break character to whisper things like "Is it OK if I grab you by the throat for the camera?" or "Are you OK hugging, or would you rather I didn't?"


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15 Sep 2013 - 00:17107195
Some costumes I find it very easy to get into character, like Lucius Malfoy. Others not so much. For me, it depends how comfortable I am in the costume. Also, how much I practise with the character. My Sephiroth, for example, I did practise his poses but found when I wore the armour for long periods of time I struggled to stay in character as my shoulders were very sore.

I used to be a professional actress before I was very ill a few years back. Cosplay for me gives me a chance to act. I have missed acting so this helps me channel some of that.

Lucius Malfoy by far is one of my favourite costumes to get into character with. I also had fun acting out at Horatio Caine. Must be something about the sunglasses XD.


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15 Sep 2013 - 01:01107198
For most of my costumes yup i get into character espically al murray and gluttony, its always more fun if you can become the character you are cosplaying as.

Well thats my opinion


15 Sep 2013 - 11:01107201
I'll do somethings in character, but more often than not I over-exaggerate a certain aspect of the character because I enjoy taking the mick out of things I like.

Or be in character doing something really not in character. Again, part of taking the mick of something I like.

Most of the characters I cosplay are quite quiet and withdrawn, or sensible, which is kinda easy to do. I don't oft do flamboyant characters


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15 Sep 2013 - 18:00107207
I only get into character for photos or if someone makes a reference or in joke about the character or series I'm cosplaying from, but I couldn't do it all day. Some of the characters I've cosplayed are easier to act than others. The most fun one I've done is GIR from Invader Zim and I would do a GIR quote or two if someone recognized me. I'm generally a shy person so sometimes my shyness takes over if someone wanted me to act in character.


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15 Sep 2013 - 19:02107211
I think it depends on the character you're cosplaying too.
for example if you do someone like Deadpool, i think it's almost expected of the person to be a bit of an idiot running around, pulling pranks etc.

While when you're cosplaying a more 'normal' character that doesn't have such an extreme persona, I don't think people will really expect more than to strike a signature pose etc.


15 Sep 2013 - 20:49107216
Thank you to everyone for replying!! I think I'm now only going to get into character if someone 'hints' at it when I'm at a con, but I will be practising though.
I think that it's good that everyone has got an opinion on this as I often see people acting as there characters constantly at cons and wonder about what others do. C:


15 Sep 2013 - 21:25107217
It can be fun. Whenever I cosplay Death the Kid there's always people pointing out things aren't symmetrical to me and I feel like I'm letting them down if I don't play up to them! I enjoy cosplaying highly strung characters because its fun when people tease you as them. I also don't mind cosplaying jerks and teasing my friends too in kind of an in jokey way. I'm a roleplayer too, so I definitely enjoy being characters I cosplay but in reasonable amounts- I do need time to do other things or talk to my friends without the facade. I do like in character banter though!


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17 Sep 2013 - 22:40107305
Depends I kinda hate it when people refuse to brake character all con for example one con I hadn't seen a friend in over a year then when I saw her she wouldn't brake character so I wasn't able to catch up. I know extreme example.

I think its really fun to get into the character your cosplaying as much as I can. Mostly I just do it at photoshoots and on stage or if I see some one from the same source or even slipping into he role for a joke it all adds to the fun but just don't go over broad and forget to enjoy the convention to


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17 Sep 2013 - 23:19107306
I don't usually get into character in cosplay because I'm on my own - but this time I'll be with a group so there's definitely going to be some in-character stuff happening! (:

Especially seeing as my character hates mages... and nearly the rest of the group are mages... :'


18 Sep 2013 - 01:40107308
Up to now, I haven't. Though that's more down to the lack of opportunity more than anything else. Who knows, there might be a group in my future...


18 Sep 2013 - 07:20107310
Not really. Although I'm a solo cosplayer with no one else to cosplay with so if I had other people I may goof around in character


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18 Sep 2013 - 21:50107332
I start off in character and then forget. I think as long as you have fun then it doesn't matter


19 Sep 2013 - 01:01107337
I try to get into character, But I'm never super serious with it, unless faced with a serious character work cosplay.
At the end of the day, its a bit of fun, And really doesnt matter if you're in character. But I always tend to say at least one catch Phrase and call people by their character names xD


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19 Sep 2013 - 09:09107339
I find it quite natural to be in character while in costume. I see it as part of the fun and can make it easier to pose when photographed. I usually relate to alot of my favourite characters personality wise so that does help alot while getting into character.

If I know something would offend someone or is a little over the top, I would defiantly avoid doing that, and if they are annoying/loud I would at least tone it down.

It was fun cosplaying as Ib, I carried the rose everywhere as if I was gonna die without it XD It just would feel right without it but thats just me I guess ^^ Of course I get days when I am all 'meh' about the acting and just be myself.


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20 Sep 2013 - 03:41107372
Quote FoxyChan:
Depends I kinda hate it when people refuse to brake character all con for example one con I hadn't seen a friend in over a year then when I saw her she wouldn't brake character so I wasn't able to catch up. I know extreme example.

I think its really fun to get into the character your cosplaying as much as I can. Mostly I just do it at photoshoots and on stage or if I see some one from the same source or even slipping into he role for a joke it all adds to the fun but just don't go over broad and forget to enjoy the convention to


Yes, there is definitely a right time and place for it. I don't still in character all the time. Usually its a judgement call. If I'm meeting up with people for the first time in a while I break character so that I can catch up with them. When I'm eating or taking breaks I break character. It really depends on the situation.

I have stayed in character at random times for a laugh.

For one Collectormaina Manchester back in 2005 there was a massive group of us in Harry Potter costumes. We had with us a friend of mine who was being Voldemort. Because she couldn't go out for food due to being in full make-up she sent us Malfoy's (my friend and I as Draco and Lucius respectfully) out for some food. We decided on the nearest McDonald's as it was across the road from the venue. There were a few people from the event there so I couldn't resist staying in character. When approaching the crew member who served us I put on my best Lucius voice and said, "I will have one of your finest meals, a flurry for the Dark Lord and a Happy Meal for the boy." Everyone around us loved it and we managed to get a couple of locals going along to the event. Although the Happy meal was actually for me it was funny to do.


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20 Sep 2013 - 17:06107386
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For one Collectormaina Manchester back in 2005 there was a massive group of us in Harry Potter costumes. We had with us a friend of mine who was being Voldemort. Because she couldn't go out for food due to being in full make-up she sent us Malfoy's (my friend and I as Draco and Lucius respectfully) out for some food. We decided on the nearest McDonald's as it was across the road from the venue. There were a few people from the event there so I couldn't resist staying in character. When approaching the crew member who served us I put on my best Lucius voice and said, "I will have one of your finest meals, a flurry for the Dark Lord and a Happy Meal for the boy." Everyone around us loved it and we managed to get a couple of locals going along to the event. Although the Happy meal was actually for me it was funny to do.


Damn I wish I had been there, that sounds quite funny when you read it in Lucius's voice XD Definatly one of the best reasons to be in character C:


20 Sep 2013 - 22:17107391
I adore being in character, especially on stage!


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22 Sep 2013 - 23:08107471
Whilst my costume wasn't great at AyaCon (I'm gonna say that everywhere, sorry if anyone's noticed a trend ) I felt the need to be in character. If I was on a barstool, the tail was flopped down, I'd have my arms on the table and mouth buried into my arms.

If approached by people with cameras, I jumped back and got in Zidanes playfully defensive position.

I think if you're going to cosplay, being in character is all the more exciting for you and everyone around you. It's bringing your character, be it original or not, to life!

Regardless though, it's a spectacle to even see some of the outfits for real. When I saw the Warhammer 40k Blood Angel (Please correct me!) take to the stage, wow. That's craftsmanship right there. There were plenty of furries who adopted their per/"fur"sonas all the time, too. I'll never forget you, Tophat Cat. (Not Top Cat)


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23 Sep 2013 - 00:31107478
It depends on what character I'm cosplaying, but I love getting in character when I'm in my Silent Hill nurse cosplay. If someone asks me for a photo, I'll stop and pose as they wish, sometimes standing next to them, or pretending to attack them or grab them if they dont mind, but when people try take photos of me without speaking to me first, I sometimes start to limp towards them in character and pretend to grab for them. It usually gets a good laugh and has ended in some pretty cool photos I love making people jump and get a little scared Makes me feel like I've done my costume right if you think I'm not a real person, even for a second or two.


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