There are always plenty of great cosplayers at Comic Con, but some of the most fun are those highlighting Rule 63 (that for every pop culture character, there is another version of the opposite gender). This year was no exception and some of the best costumes at the entire convention were those featuring a gender swap of the character.
There are more and more men doing gender swaps these days, but there still are not nearly as many men doing it as women. But just because there are fewer men dressing up as female characters doesn’t mean those doing it put in any less effort. This particular cosplayer might have been my favorite from the entire weekend.
As you can see, he put just enough masculinity into his costumes to make them male versions of the characters, without taking out the femininity that defines these beautiful Disney princesses.
On the other end of the scale, there’s this wonderful Beetlejuice. She’s sexy and disgusting all at the same time. I think the real Beetlejuice would be quite impressed.
There’s nothing wrong with making a totally unsexy character into a complete babe though, and this Inspector Gadget cosplay by Vera Bambi is all too appealing.
Then again, there’s something to be said about changing the gender of a character without making a costume dripping with sex appeal.
Say what you will about Donald Glover’s portrayal of Lando, but this lovely lady makes one hell of a Calrissian.
Han and Chewy
I sure would love to see these two meet up with Lando and go one some terrific gender-swapped adventures in hyperspace.
Don’t fail this city or you might just feel an arrow in your shoulder, courtesy of this impressive archer.
The Batman Who Laughs
If you aren’t familiar with this dark take on the Dark Knight, you might not recognize just how impressive this cosplay is. Really though, if you don’t know what this is based on, take a look at the artwork of the original character (I’ll wait).
So if that Batman is actually Joker, I wonder how she might feel about this male Harley Quinn or how Harley might feel about his Puddin’.
Jayne might be a feminine name in most cases, but Firefly’s Jayne Cobb is all man -unlike this cosplayer who does a great job with a simple crossplay.