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30 Dec 2011 - 03:3576586
Types of cosplayers?
I was thinking about this while making my Red Link cosplay and was wondering what different types of cosplayers do you think there is?

Things like the
"Elitist" cosplayers are obvious for one. Popular opinion is they believe themselves to be of a higher status than others are are, well, elite. A definition of Elite from Wikipedia is this: Elitism is the belief or attitude that some individuals, who form an elite — a select group of people with intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes — are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern. They could be in a tange of categories which i'll go into when I can be bothered.

I suppose a "Sub-group" of the Elite cosplayers would be the "I made mine and you didn't's" (I'll think of a better name later haha. They tend to look down on people who bought their cosplay rather than made it.

The Perfectionists who like themselves and others to have their cosplays fashioned with the most intricate detail.

I'll add more definitions or ideas soon with your ideas, I'm just curious as to how how many "types" of cosplayers people can think of really.


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30 Dec 2011 - 10:0476588
I can see this going badly.

Anyway, one I an think of is this. The guy that tries to be funny. He's the one that goes around in something a cardboard box with "Gundam" written on it in Biro. Not really a cosplayer, more of an idiot.


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30 Dec 2011 - 11:4476590
Only two posts and they both read as if the title of this thread was 'What generic people annoy you most'. A little more open minded please, or we'll have to lock it.

Looking at a different angle:
People who carefully plan their costume in detail before starting, people who jump right in and figure it out as they go and people who just like experimenting and if a costume comes out of it, bonus!


30 Dec 2011 - 13:4776594
There are soo many ways in which to categorise cosplayers though in most cases a single cosplayer may subscribe to more than one of these-
Off the top of my head you have-

The sewing oriented
The fursuiter
The robot/armour
The crossplayer
The accuracy oriented
The original takes on...
The gijinkas
The planned months in advanced
The last minute sweatshoppers
The props oriented
The performers

that's all I can think of right now



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30 Dec 2011 - 14:2476597
Quote Ice-climber:
I can see this going badly.

Anyway, one I an think of is this. The guy that tries to be funny. He's the one that goes around in something a cardboard box with "Gundam" written on it in Biro. Not really a cosplayer, more of an idiot.



Oh this is really going to go badly.

There is no such thing as an elitist cosplayer- that's more a brand you stick on a Cosplay snob.... And those get out around about as liberal as nudists are with their genitals.

Miiiiiiighhht wanna reassertion different meaning on this one. I don't think I've met a true elitist since for that to happen you need to have every form of professional equipment out there designed to build everything you need in order to be snooty and up your own arse about it lol.

But there are people like that.

Here's a list I've come across :

Archetypes:
Anime Cosplayer
Game Cosplayer
Cartoon Cosplayer
Film Cosplayer
Comic Cosplayer
Original Character (OC) Cosplayer

Sub-Archetypes
Fur Suiters
Armourers
Tech/Cyber
Steampunk
Scantily Clad



Just a couple I've come across and they cross boundaries so often it's no longer considered incest


30 Dec 2011 - 14:5476600
In my opinion it'll only go badly if people mention certain people. If people get offended by what someone says then that's their own fault because their name hasnt been mentioned, they've just labeled themselves as this particular "brand" of cosplayer. I dont mean to complain but I don't know why we're not allowed any threads that basically say "what annoys you" on this board. I mean as long as no names are mentioned I don't see the problem. Especially when its just a curious question.

Anyway back on topic

My "type" would be a procrastinator.
I plan and plan but when it comes to actually doing it I end up being lazy and putting it off and then getting in a fuffel when the con date is approaching nearer XD

There are a lot of types already mentioned and not much more. There are the type who are obviously attention seekers who think either showing some skin or acting crazy will get them noticed.

I always love watching the perfectionists work. The detail that goes into their cosplays I applaud and wish I could be like that but once again we go back to the lazy problem =[

I dunno if this could be a type but their are "Very talented" cosplayers (I know it sounds weird xD) who can make whole outfits in like 2 days and they look amazing.

I can't really think of many more right now xD Sorry for long post and slight rant xD


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31 Dec 2011 - 08:2076637
Quote Amy-Lou:
Only two posts and they both read as if the title of this thread was 'What generic people annoy you most'. A little more open minded please, or we'll have to lock it.


Actuallt i had put down the first two that came into my head and didnt have time to write down the rest.


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31 Dec 2011 - 12:1576639
There are a fair few that I can think of, I hope I'm along the right lines here...

You've got "commissioners", people who make costumes and props etc for money, and I see them as two types- "A" just enjoy making things, sometime more than wearing them. Tend to do favors for friends and take it easy. Type "B" take it more seriously and are in it for the money. Tend to be more "pro" and have dedicated websites etc.

"Cost effective" cosplayers will do the best with what they have, sometimes using cheaper fabrics or second hand costume pieces to make something wonderful. Tend to have several smaller projects and will likely try a bit of everything if it interests them. [This is where I see myself]

"Cost is no consequence" cosplayers don't mind forking out more for quality supplies and materials, and tend to have only one project at a time, that gets all of thier attention until it's done.

"Wig stylists" love working with wigs. Need something detangling? They can do it. Can't fathom all of those braids? No problem. This is more a sub-type of other types.

"Adventurous" cosplayers always look for something new to try. Each costume is more extravagant than the next and likely incorporates learning a new skill.

Am I doing it right? I'll think of a few more on my break


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31 Dec 2011 - 16:3776645
Most people in this thread pretty much seem to be pretending there are just no people who opt for bought, found item or closet cosplays...


31 Dec 2011 - 20:2776656
Quote MamboLikeLambo:
Most people in this thread pretty much seem to be pretending there are just no people who opt for bought, found item or closet cosplays...


At least for my post, I would class people who buy thier costumes as "money is no consequence" because buying can sometimes be pricey, and found item and closet cosplays fall under "cost effective".

Didn't mean to offend but I was on my break when I originally posted and didn't have time to keep adding to it.


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01 Jan 2012 - 20:0676682
Pretty sure this was discussed a while back. Can't remember where the thread was otherwise I would link. Anyway, throughout my many years of costuming I have observed that there can be many types. All as good as each other and they keep the hobby interesting. I will note what I have observed which each. You are welcome to add more.

In my mind I can see several different types. The 'Impact', 'Creator', 'Game' and 'Team' types that stick in my mind the most(the names can vary depending on peoples views). They can be fluid and can intermix with each other.

'The Impact Cosplayer' - This is a type that thrives on the response of others. Likes to have an audience, likes the reaction of a first worn costume. They can be performers and are great at it. They can use both brought and home made costumes as the construction process isn't as important. Most likely buy as the building process isn't that much of an interest. The main focus is the end result. They will like to play the role of the character for the extra bonus.

'The Creator Cosplayer' - This is a type that enjoys the building part of the costume. They will research more and will enjoy finding new challenges. They are happy to make costumes for others and quite often become commissioners. They tend to aim for the handcraft showcases. Will always want to create the costume themselves, never buy.

'The Game Cosplayer' - This is a type that focuses on the fun aspect of the hobby. They are quite happy with taking part in whats fun. They don't mind if the costume isn't accurate as long as they are having a great time they don't mind. They will focus on creating skits or fun videos. They don't mind if the costume is brought or made.

'The Team Cosplayer' - This is a type that prefers to cosplay as part of a group. They will have a skill that outshines anything else that they do that they can add to the team. Very rarely will do a costume that isn't part of a group. Group cosplayers will focus on doing great photo-shoots and group entries. Videos also will feature as the group will get more confident with their performance.

Each type brings something interesting to cosplay and make the hobby an attractive hobby to be part of. Quite often cosplayers will find themselves of more than one type. I tend to fit into the 'creator' one with a little bit of the 'impact' one.


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01 Jan 2012 - 23:1476694
are you guys making these names up or something? never heard of any of them XD


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02 Jan 2012 - 00:5276700
Quote ammersXamphetamine:
are you guys making these names up or something? never heard of any of them XD


Hee hee, there are no actual names. Its what people will dub them in there own social circles. All the people I know very well call them what I did in my post above (I did add that they might be known as different things). I think there will never be one well known name for each type as so many people will have different views on what to call them and how the different types will be decided by.


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02 Jan 2012 - 13:3776711
The Formal cosplayers
odd name, but I'm too lazy to think of a better one. I mean for people who only (or mostly) cosplay characters who wear formal attire

The Cute Cosplayers
Mostly cosplays characters that they deem their outfit and/or personality is cute

The Moe Cosplayers
Mostly cosplays moe characters

The Intellectual
Cosplays intelligent characters

I fit under;
The Procrastinating Perfectionist
The want their cosplay to be totally exact and perfect, but keep being distracted by shiny things to actually get it done to the standard that they want it done to. Results in cosplayer feeling rather disappointed and annoyed at themselves for being an idiot and not getting it done when they first had the idea (like, a year ago lmao) - oh, and most my cosplays are formal too

The Attention Seeker
Only cosplays characters they KNOW will get a lot of photographs and attention. Actually liking the character is not compulsory. Will also be very disappointed and upset if they don't have x-amount of photos taken of them.

The Under-rated Cosplayer
The characters they typically choose are characters which are not appreciated enough

OR

They themselves are brilliant cosplayers, but no-one really notices.

The Last Minuter
Decided on the costume a week at most before the convention. It is thus quickly thrown together. Sometimes with friends and family also all working on the items so it gets done in time (see The Sweat Shop)

The Sweat Shop
Fits in with The Last Minuter and The Procrastinator. A term for when a group of people get together and are all working on costumes. Similar to an assembly line at a factory, one person is pinning the material, whilst the next is cutting it, the third is pinning it and the fourth is sewing it.

As to no specific one for people who buy things or uses stuff from their closet, I don't think there really needs to be one. Hardly any of the said types have been specific to whether you should make or buy your costume.


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02 Jan 2012 - 15:4876716
There's also the troll.

The guy who goes to Expo with a stereo blasting "Never Gonna Give You Up".

Not really a cosplayer, more of an idiot.


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02 Jan 2012 - 17:1576717
Quote NixieThePixie:

The Procrastinating Perfectionist
The want their cosplay to be totally exact and perfect, but keep being distracted by shiny things to actually get it done to the standard that they want it done to. Results in cosplayer feeling rather disappointed and annoyed at themselves for being an idiot and not getting it done when they first had the idea (like, a year ago lmao)


Lol this is me to a tee, I think I must of used about 5 cans of spray paint on my buster sword because there was something that I didn't like so I had to sand and repaint loads of times and then the rest of the costume suffered due to lack of time.


03 Jan 2012 - 00:0276750
Quote Sephirayne:
Quote ammersXamphetamine:
are you guys making these names up or something? never heard of any of them XD


Hee hee, there are no actual names. Its what people will dub them in there own social circles. All the people I know very well call them what I did in my post above (I did add that they might be known as different things). I think there will never be one well known name for each type as so many people will have different views on what to call them and how the different types will be decided by.


lol fair enough! because I would say that it is kinda silly having actual name for these "sub genre" cosplays (I think that is how you put it?)

well I would be in the "I cba to make the costumes myself so I go on ebay" cosplayer. the title is self explanatory XD


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03 Jan 2012 - 20:2276791
I'd like to subdivide the group "The Crossplayer".

Comedy Crossplayer:
Usually male. Dresses in a crossgender costume but does not try to hide their actual gender. Sometimes draws attention to their actual gender (by displaying cleavage or not shaving). Often enjoys the reaction from onlookers. Examples include Sailor Bubba, and the boys who run around in bought sailor fuku.

Serious Crossplayer: Can be either gender, although the female versions tend to outnumber the others. Uses padding, tucking/binding, and makeup to really make an attempt to look like their character. Often enjoys when people are unsure of their actual gender. Whether they succeed doesn't matter. They tried their best and should be respected for it. Also includes crossplaying fursuiters, and dollers/maskers/kigurumi.

Subset of either group-The smart-arse: Can be either gender. Chooses to cosplay a character who is already crossdressing. For example, the girls who dress as Ciel Phantomhive in his pretty pink dress.

Note: Despite the name I've given them, I'm not suggesting comedy crossplayers are any better or worse than "serious" crossplayers. There's room for both in the community


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