We got on a trend! We did it! The “Cosplay, Character, Cosplayer” challenge has been covering our explorer page for the last two weeks, and it has been amazing! Many people have hopped on the trend train that the hashtag for #cosplaycharactercosplayer has over four thousand posts tagged.
Though we can’t find the original cosplayer who started this, we give them many thanks and hope they read this for us to properly credit them. The challenge is a pretty simple concept. You post a three-part collage of your favorite cosplay, who the character you’re portraying is, and then a picture of yourself. The trend isn’t intended to highlight the similarities between you and the character but more so to show off what you look like behind the mask. Surprise, we are all Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man.
Anyone can participate in this challenge, thus making it a viral trend amongst the cosplay community. It’s not about whether you built your cosplay or bought it, or if you look exactly like Henry Cavil’s Clark Kent, It’s about how behind every cosplay is the creativity and passion of a real person.
More often than not, keyboard warriors ridicule cosplayers by telling them they can’t cosplay a specific character because of their skin color, build, gender, or height. We don’t speak for the cosplay community as a whole, but as people who regularly suit up as heroes, we don’t condone that cruelty, and we won’t stand for it. Cosplay is a way to bond with people who have a commonality, to build friendships, and to create the fellowship of the ring. Yes, we are accepting applicants who want to join us on our adventures to Mordor.
Underneath all the layers of fabric, make-up, paint, and foam, the “Cosplay, Character, Cosplayer” challenge reminds us that cosplayers are real people who have so much love for a character, they did what they could to briefly represent them.
Whether you’re a fan of Marvel, Disney, DC, Star Wars, Anime, or just nerdom in general, we think you’ll enjoy this modest gallery of 50 cosplayers who participated in this challenge.