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04 Dec 2011 - 22:0675421
do looks matter?
Just wondering (maybe theres already a thread about this)
But do you guys prefer people to look like the character
when cosplaying? Such as body types, or features? Even how well the cosplay is made?
People like seeing thier favorate characters come to life, and I understand that; but I was thinking about peoples opinons on that subject ^^

(my opinion) I like to have fun in cosplay, and making it. so I dont care what people think. however I do care alittle sometimes. like cosplaying Yoko. its a matter of feeling comfortable. D;


04 Dec 2011 - 22:1775422
I'm a mix. Both yes and no. I cosplay a lot of guys, despite being rather curvaceous. But I don't have the confidence to cosplay girls most the time, cause almost all of them are really scantily clad or wearing tight/short clothes which I do not like wearing. However, I don't think that people should let looks get in the way of who they want to cosplay.

Stuff like height and how "pretty" you are shouldn't be an issue when you cosplay. A lot of people I know who don't chose to cosplay the character they like do so because they're scared that people will be like "oh, they've ruined that character because they're too short/tall/fat/ugly/etc". And yea, I've heard people say crap like that, but really, it's not up to them to decide what people want to cosplay and they have no right to put people down like that.

On top of that 99% of people who I've heard say stuff like that aren't cosplayers themselves!


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05 Dec 2011 - 10:1575437
Yeah, as long as you ignore 4chan you'll be fine.


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05 Dec 2011 - 10:1875438
I agree with nixie, in that you should cosplay who you want, it's all for fun anyway so why let others tell you how to have fun is my view ^_^

As long as you happy with what your outfit looks like, opinion elsewhere need not matter ;P My way of measuring things is; as long as fun is being had, it's all cool

I myself am not a pro cosplayer so to speak, I make it and wear it for the enjoyment of it and nothing more (say competitions e.t.c). There's nothing wrong with that of course ^_^ , competitions are fun and the hard work that goes into them is very inspiring, but in quite a bit of professional cosplay (at least from my perspective) a certain standard is 'expected' or such. So I stay away from professional leagues


05 Dec 2011 - 11:5975440
I prefer to dress as characters I think I have at least some resemblance too (if I'm cosplaying men, for example, I'd rather go for a slim bishounen type than a more masculine character). I don't think there's anything wrong with cosplaying a character who looks different from you. And if the costume is good physical differences matter much less.


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05 Dec 2011 - 16:4675446
I tend to go with the characters I like rather than looking 80%+ the characters. Its more fun being a character you know and love than hate or don't know but look like the character. If I feel I'll look half decent ill go for it.

I do try and make an effort to at least make the outfit more flattering if needed but at the end of the day if its for fun no one should have a right to tell you what to to.

Its more about the construction of the costume and having fun while wearing the costume than modelling in my opinion. I always found that a very well made costume by an average looking person is more impressive than a beautiful person wearing a poorly made one.


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05 Dec 2011 - 21:3275457
I think it helps to look simlar to begin with if you're nit-picky on features.

The body types, I don't worry about. Some people can't help it if they are big or small :/ I know that some people get annoyed with the body type thing which is really selfish towards the newbies.

At the end of the day, cosplay wouldn't be fun if it wasn't a project to work on. Some do it for the arts & crafts side of it, and others do it for the popularity and to see who's best.

So you shouldn't worry what other people think if you enjoy what you're doing ^^


06 Dec 2011 - 12:1475475
I think you should cosplay for fun. Its not about looks.

Having said that I do try and choose costumes that I have similar looks too as I like to go that little bit extra for a costume (I do work as a costume maker so I do like to showcase my work). If I don't have the right look then sometimes I see it as an extra challenge. For example. For a CSI group I didn't go for the obvious choice of Caleigh from CSI Miami (I look very much like her) I instead went with Horatio Caine as I wanted the challenge.

I do tend to choose characters I enjoy. I also choose very much based on hair colour as I hate wigs.


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06 Dec 2011 - 13:0375479
I think, as like pretty much everyone else has said, you should do it as long as you are comfortable doing it.

I myself like the confidence boost I get wearing cosplay, so wearing costumes different from my body type is a challenge I enjoy.

If you are one of those people who think body type and attractiveness is key, then that's obviously okay too, as long as you apply this only to yourself and don't start policing others. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's body policing on others. It goes hand in hand with elitism and cuntism!


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06 Dec 2011 - 16:5075485
I would always say to cosplay your fave characters despite how much you look like them, its as much for yourself as anyone else so who cares if your taller or even a different gender?

However, I dont always take my own advice.. My little mermaid costume remains unworn out of my room as i dont have the figure for it and as much as I would like to say I dont care what other people would say.. I guess i would a little!

I suppose it is just all about the confidence really


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06 Dec 2011 - 19:5075491
Looks don't matter one bit. If you have love for the character, and want to cosplay them, do it <3. (And ignore 4chan).


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07 Dec 2011 - 03:3075519
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Yeah, as long as you ignore 4chan you'll be fine.


Funny you say that... Sometimes it feels like 4chan stalks everyone.


If you love the Cosplay- the looks will reflect it.

And If you worry- then you're not sure how much you love the Cosplay.

It shouldn't matter really about looks, because cosplaying is the following elements (and I think we call all believe that one element has been over exentuated a little)

1 Part Costume
1 Part Character
1 Part Craftsmanship.

I'm not that good at the last one. But it's always good to consider it.

Honestly don't worry about it. I know tonnes of people who do it for fun and after the first time - they strive to make it better because their love develops and becomes an obsession.

It's happened to many people. Sometimes it Cosplay takes over a person


07 Dec 2011 - 03:5475521
lol. I believe you should have fun cosplaying, and not care so much about what people think. I just wanted to know other people's opinions XD

but yeah, I do care alittle. and I'm sure everyone does now and then, right? not with just cosplay, but even clothes. I guess it just has to do with confidence, like most people say.


07 Dec 2011 - 04:0875523
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lol. I believe you should have fun cosplaying, and not care so much about what people think. I just wanted to know other people's opinions XD

but yeah, I do care alittle. and I'm sure everyone does now and then, right? not with just cosplay, but even clothes. I guess it just has to do with confidence, like most people say.



Oddly enough... I'm only like this with Cosplays.

I used work as a Personal Shopper and I still have the odd contract on the side so my sense of fashion is usually quiet dapper or sleek. And there are times where I accidentally bring a Cosplay element into my clothes and then go "wtf was I thinking?"

And certain other bits of clothing too.

And maybe you could care a little, but honestly unless you're happy, don't bother worrying about other people. If anything you shouldn't. Their probably so worried about what they look like that they won't care a out you.


07 Dec 2011 - 04:2075524
Although while you cosplay you are on public display to be somewhat judged on how well you pull the character off, that shouldn't discourage you, since cosplaying is about you expressing a character YOU like for YOUR pleasure. Ignore the people that judge you because they're just being pedantic because they too like the character. Some people aren't talented with creating amazing cosplays and some people don't have the correct body type, that doesn't mean we can't try. It's about the effort not the product.


11 Dec 2011 - 00:3175703
I pefer to look exactly like the character. It makes you look amazing! like a human version of the character xD
but I don't think it matters if you don't look exactly like a character at all, I mean if you just like to dress up for fun, then it's cool!
I know some people like to have every detail that the character has into there costumes and they are amazing on how much effort they put into their costumes

(sorry if I misspelled things wrong or if I am just talking a bunch of crap, it's like really late right now and i'm really tired ahaa xD)


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11 Dec 2011 - 18:1975724
I think everyone should feel free to cosplay whoever they want to, but there's also no way to escape people subconsciously judging your body/features as part of the cosplay. If you're cosplaying a skinny character and you're a little, er, chubbers, then it does kind of tend to stick out. Same if you're cosplaying Jasmine (the Disney Princess) and you have pale skin and freckles. xD


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11 Dec 2011 - 18:3975726
Quote aliceburgundy:
I think everyone should feel free to cosplay whoever they want to, but there's also no way to escape people subconsciously judging your body/features as part of the cosplay. If you're cosplaying a skinny character and you're a little, er, chubbers, then it does kind of tend to stick out. Same if you're cosplaying Jasmine (the Disney Princess) and you have pale skin and freckles. xD


actually, this is very true!


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11 Dec 2011 - 22:3975747
cheers (:

the thing about cosplay is you're attempting to capture the character... so there's not much point in trying to capture for example, Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club - androgynous, skinny girl) if you're a double D. I think it's fair enough to try, but people in general tend to lol.

(there's always the option to strap 'em down though)


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11 Dec 2011 - 23:1875752
Quote aliceburgundy:
cheers (:

the thing about cosplay is you're attempting to capture the character... so there's not much point in trying to capture for example, Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club - androgynous, skinny girl) if you're a double D. I think it's fair enough to try, but people in general tend to lol.

(there's always the option to strap 'em down though)


I think it's different for everyone. Some people want to look perfectly like the character and take it really seriously, whereas others just want to make nice costumes and be the best they can be. I'm not going to look at someone with a larger chest size and say that they're a worse Haruhi for it, becuause to me, they aren't.

A perfectionist or certainly an elitist might think to themselves that it's a poor character choice for someone with bigger boobs, but as long as they keep that to themselves then I guess it isn't too much of a problem.

The people out there laughing are all people not worth your time or effort in my opinion. I'm not one of those people to sit there and go "well, they're just jealous!" because we aren't parents talking to our 5 year-olds, but even though people do take fun in being nasty to others, it shouldn't be that way. Ideally no-one would give a crap about body type or boob size or your facial features and just let everyone cosplay who they want, because really it IS only what the cosplayer wants that matters.


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I think it's different for everyone. Some people want to look perfectly like the character and take it really seriously, whereas othersjustwant tomake nice costumes andbe the besttheycan be.I'mnot going to look at someone witha largerchestsize andsaythat they're a worse Haruhi forit,becuause tome,they aren't.

A perfectionist or certainly an elitist might think to themselves that it's a poor character choice for someone with bigger boobs,but as long as theykeepthat to themselves then I guess it isn't too much of a problem.

The people out there laughing are allpeople not worth your time or effort inmyopinion. I'mnot one of those people to sit there andgo "well, they're justjealous!" because we aren'tparentstalking toour 5 year-olds, but even thoughpeople dotake fun inbeingnastytoothers, itshouldn'tbe that way. Ideally no-one would give a crap about body type orboob size or your facial features and just let everyone cosplay who theywant,because reallyitISonlywhat the cosplayerwantsthat matters.


well put, and very true! I hope you don't get the impression that I'm one of the people who judge or laugh. I appreciate cosplays for their costumes and effort, not for what the person looks like underneath them :3


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12 Dec 2011 - 09:1675771
Well, whatever way you look at it, you have to allow for well... You being real. I mean, how many people actually look like anime characters? You'd have to have huge eyes, a freaking tiny nose, a line for a mouth, flawless skin and probably a funky hair cut. XD

Besides, I often find that when people say a cosplayer has a good resemblance to the character, they're actually saying "You're pretty." Not necessarily resembling the actual character, so poor old joe average can still put a lot of work into an outfit and get told he looks ugly and so on.

So yeah, just cosplay whoever you want. It's not like there's a set standard we all have to follow!


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12 Dec 2011 - 09:5975772
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Besides, I often find that when people say a cosplayer has a good resemblance to the character, they're actually saying "You're pretty." Not necessarily resembling the actual character, so poor old joe average can still put a lot of work into an outfit and get told he looks ugly and so on.


I completely agree. In fact, I find that when a lot of people say 'Wow, that's an amazing cosplay', they mean 'Wow, you're hot' or 'Wow, that's an amazing photo.' I see this constantly happen on DA. Beautiful people with okay costumes get a lot of praise and attention when not so fortunate people in the looks department with the stunning costume is ignored. It's not always the case, but often the photo that made them popular says it all.

I tend to find this is why people have the delusion that Asians are better cosplayers, because they see those professional cosplayers, who are essentially niche models, and think that all cosplayers in Asia look like that. 'Why do Asia's have such perfect skin!?' they cry. 'BECAUSE THEY PHOTOSHOP THEY PICTURES YOU MORON!' I want to shout back.

...erm, sorry rant finished.

Any way, unless the costume REALLY isn't complimentary to the person, and I mean it makes them look BAD, I don't care. I look at the costume, the skill and effort that has gone into that, and not how attractive/perfect the person is underneath.


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12 Dec 2011 - 18:0575793
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Quote Han Hyuga:

Besides, I often find that when people say a cosplayer has a good resemblance to the character, they're actually saying "You're pretty." Not necessarily resembling the actual character, so poor old joe average can still put a lot of work into an outfit and get told he looks ugly and so on.


I completely agree. In fact, I find that when a lot of people say 'Wow, that's an amazing cosplay', they mean 'Wow, you're hot' or 'Wow, that's an amazing photo.' I see this constantly happen on DA. Beautiful people with okay costumes get a lot of praise and attention when not so fortunate people in the looks department with the stunning costume is ignored. It's not always the case, but often the photo that made them popular says it all.

I tend to find this is why people have the delusion that Asians are better cosplayers, because they see those professional cosplayers, who are essentially niche models, and think that all cosplayers in Asia look like that. 'Why do Asia's have such perfect skin!?' they cry. 'BECAUSE THEY PHOTOSHOP THEY PICTURES YOU MORON!' I want to shout back.

...erm, sorry rant finished.

Any way, unless the costume REALLY isn't complimentary to the person, and I mean it makes them look BAD, I don't care. I look at the costume, the skill and effort that has gone into that, and not how attractive/perfect the person is underneath.



Very true, although the Japanese do in fact look very similar to anime characters. Im not saying thier better cosplayers in doing so, but the Japanese anime features are based off of acual Japanese people. Just more cartoonized (if thats a word) lol.
Thier usual features do have small noses, pale skin, and big eyes. Although not all of them look like that.
J-rock bands for example. Ive seen them in interviews, or singing in a music video. I dont think that can be photoshopped. lol. Mostly when the video is such low quality, like at a radio station wich is the ones I usualy watch. I think even actors, or pop singers look like anime characters too. Or even when you see a camera person walk through Tokyo, or Akiba. Im not saying thier better, but Im just saying that I think it is possible to look like an anime character. Im not saying eveyone should for that matter. lol
cosplay is about having fun, and thats why it was made in the first place. (a way to express your fandom)
some people just get alittle self consious for many reasons. Not just looking like the character.



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12 Dec 2011 - 18:5275794
Quote Kiri-Kiri-Kun:
Very true, although the Japanese do in fact look very similar to anime characters. Im not saying thier better cosplayers in doing so, but the Japanese anime features are based off of acual Japanese people. Just more cartoonized (if thats a word) lol.
Thier usual features do have small noses, pale skin, and big eyes. Although not all of them look like that.
J-rock bands for example. Ive seen them in interviews, or singing in a music video. I dont think that can be photoshopped. lol. Mostly when the video is such low quality, like at a radio station wich is the ones I usualy watch. I think even actors, or pop singers look like anime characters too. Or even when you see a camera person walk through Tokyo, or Akiba. Im not saying thier better, but Im just saying that I think it is possible to look like an anime character. Im not saying eveyone should for that matter. lol
cosplay is about having fun, and thats why it was made in the first place. (a way to express your fandom)
some people just get alittle self consious for many reasons. Not just looking like the character.
Well, my post was just out of my personal experience. I mean, it's possible that someone COULD look like a "real life" version of a character if they had the right eyes, hair and facial shape... But like I said, you have to be realistic because anime characters very rarely look like "Mr. Average" and short of being a supermodel, chances are you won't look like the characters.

But the point is, like almost everyone has been saying. It should really be the outfit people get judged on more than anything else. If you look like you fit the part, that's great. But I really think it's unfortunate when people get into this whole "I can't do that character, I don't look good enough." phase. People should look at a character and think "That would be fun!" and do it on that basis instead of worrying whether they'll end up on 4chan. Which I still wouldn't wish on anyone, but it shouldn't stop us!


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