The 25 craziest costumes we spotted at ComiCon

The 25 craziest costumes we spotted at ComiCon

The city’s most glamorous geeks flocked to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend to pay tribute to their favourite comic-book, animé and video game characters. Cosplayers take their getups incredibly seriously—and we spotted handcrafted creations that took months (and hundreds of dollars) to make. Here, 25 of the weekend’s wildest looks, including bombshell Wonder Woman, a Loki outfit made from plastic binders and a Pokémon costume sewn by someone’s grandma.

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Rebecca Maynard

22, costume maker

Character: Starfire, the DC Comics alien superhero
Costume cost: $10

“I’m in love with Starfire. Since she’s not human, she doesn’t really know how to interact with people. I can kind of relate. She’s also brutally strong and badass. I had all the materials from this costume left over so it only cost me $10.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Danielle White

23, jeweller

Character: Sasuke Uchiha, from Naruto
Cost: $400

“My girlfriend and I met because of these cosplays, so we’ve developed quite the connection to them. I’ve liked this character since I was a kid, and being able to capture him, even as a female, is awesome. I handmade everything, including styling the wig. It took lots of hours in front of the sewing machine and plenty of reference images. I bought the contacts online—they were $250 on their own.”

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Becky Hamilton

25, student

Character: Naruko Uzumaki, from Naruto
Cost: $185

“Naruko Uzumaki is a fan-made female version of Naruto. I’ve always loved gender-bending characters because it gives me more creative inspiration to work with. This character represents the other side of my life—I have work, school and real-life duties, but she brings me back to the fantasy and cosplay worlds I’d sometimes rather be a part of. I’ve been cosplaying variations of Naruto for years, so bits and pieces of the costume were gifted to me from admirers and friends, but the fabric alone was $100.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Dylan and Ryan Higgins

23, communications coordinator; 27, customer service rep

Characters: Frogeta and Vegeta, from Dragon Ball Z
Cost: $185 each

Dylan: “We’re Frogeta and Vegeta. Why? Because Dragon Ball Z is the be all and end all of life.”
Ryan: “We like to power up! The wigs alone were over $100 each.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Danica Sherman

21, student

Character: Mandalorian, from Star Wars
Cost:
$100

“I’m a Mandalorian, particularly of the Zechia clan. I’m a huge Star Wars fan. My dad pretty much raised me on it. I’ve always wanted to go as a custom character. I made everything myself, and bought most materials from the dollar store. It involved a bit of sewing, some nuts and bolts, and lots of hot glue. ”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Josh Botelho

20, teacher

Character: Irwin Swift, from Attack on Titan
Cost: 
$200

“I cosplay commanding people, so I like Irwin Swift because he’s a leader. Plus, he’s tall, like me. I bought each part of the outfit from different sellers.”

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Natalie Glackin

22, movie theatre employee

Character: Foxfire Ahri, from League of Legends
Cost:
$100

“I love how cosplay is able to bring out my inner confidence—I’m kind of a shy person but it’s empowering to dress in such a bold outfit. I actually bought the costume off of someone else. The tail is made of spray-painted foam and is attached with coat hangers.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Lauren Monroe and Annabelle Gerke

25, HR writer; 22, curtain maker

Characters: Sapphire and Ruby from Steven’s Universe
Cost:
$200 for both

Monroe: “Sapphire is reserved and always looking ahead, so I can relate. Sometimes I need to live in the moment more. Ruby is grounded and headstrong. They kind of balance each other out. ”
Gerke: “Lauren is my fiancée, and our characters are in a relationship, so it’s a cute couple’s costume. I made the costumes, and Lauren did the makeup.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Brandie Leahti

23, cosmetics table manager

Character: Kousetsu Samonji, from Touken Ranbu
Cost: 
$0

“I recently started playing Touken Ranbu, and he really stood out to me as a powerful character. My outfit was sponsored by a company, because I’m reviewing it.”

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Natsuki Edwards

21, photographer

Character: Nozomi Tojo, from Love Live!
Cost: $80

“Nozomi is my favourite character. I feel like I could really get along with her. We both like tarot cards. I bought this costume off a friend in a Facebook group.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Jessica Muniz

21, student

Character: Darth Talon, from Star Wars
Cost: $200

“I’m meeting up with a Star Wars group, and I thought this character would challenge my skills. I made the whole outfit. The tentacles are stretch fabric stuffed with pillow filling. I hand-painted the tattoos on the bodysuit, and the armour is foam. It took about a month to make.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Natasha Day

20, student

Character: Loki of Asgard, from The Avengers
Cost: $200

“Loki is my favourite. I really felt connected to what his character goes through in the film. I’ve worn this so many times that now people tell me that when they watch the films they see me. I made it by hand over the course of two years. Most of it is actually made from plastic binders I stole from my sister.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Peter Marier

26, teacher

Character: Greninja, from Pokémon
Cost:
$100

“Greninja has always been my favourite new-generation Pokémon character. I got to design this outfit myself—I saw online that someone had used fans as hands and thought it would work perfectly. I hand-sewed everything with my grandmother. It took about three weeks.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Montana Hakker

19, student

Character: Wonder Woman
Cost: $100

“My friends and I planned a collaboration of bombshell characters for this event. I hadn’t played Wonder Woman before, so I thought, why not? The outfit probably took 75 hours to make. I sewed and glued—and warbled.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Emma Catherine

18, student

Character: Harley Quinn
Cost: $100

“I love Harley Quinn, and I already had the outfit. I’ve done several versions of her, including her onesie and nurse outfits. I like how she’s crazy. It matches my personality. I made the outfit except for the shorts, and it took about a week.”

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Shanshan Wang

20, student

Character: Flower nymph
Cost: $55

“This an original costume. I call my character a flower nymph.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

N Dao

18, student

Character: Flower nymph
Cost: $55

“We made the costumes ourselves, probably in about two days. The flowers themselves were $50, plus another $5 for the dresses.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Jess, Royalbunny and Wild Arum

15, 20 and 25, students

Characters: Celty Sturluson, Shizuo Heiwajima and Izaya Orihara from Durarara
Costs: $140, $0, $20

Jess: “I chose Celty because I really love her character design and story in the series. Playing her has helped me become more confident in my appearance.”
Royalbunny: “I dressed as Shizuo because I can relate to the character. He’s really independent, and that’s something I want for myself.”
Wild Arum: “I’m playing Izaya because I’ve always had a particular fondness for the more devious characters. Let’s face it, everyone loves a bad boy.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Christina Ioannides

22, student

Character: Poison Ivy
Cost: $150

“I’ve always been a fan of the pin-up connotation of this character. I handmade this corset and everything underneath, but I bought the dress.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Kyle Saari

28, solar panel installer

Character: Thor
Cost: $60

“I’m dressed as Thor mostly because so many people say I look like him. I have lots of fun playing his character—I’ve worn my costume to places like Southeast Asia.”

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)
Shannon Beliak

19, student

Character: Little Red Riding Hood
Cost: $50

“This was always one of my favourite fairy tales growing up, and I’m also a huge fan of the musical Into the Woods.”