GenCon 2013 Photos, Part 5 of 6: More Free-Roaming Costumes

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: GenCon costumes! In our last astonishing chapters:

* Part One: this year’s Costume Contest winners.
* Part Two: more Costume Contest entrants.
* Part Three: still more Costume Contest entrants.
* Part Four: Super-hero and animation-themed costumes discovered around the Convention Center but out of competition.

Part Five, as promised, is much like Part Four, but with different themes. Pot luck, as it were. This represents our last batch of non-terrible costume photos from any genre. I can scrounge up a few more terrible ones if there’s a surge in demand. Once again, a plea from me: any comments and especially corrections are welcome, especially since this entry has a few more mystery characters lined up.

Once again Final Fantasy favoritism wins out as we lead with Auron from FFX and Kingdom Hearts 2, both winners in my book.

Auron, Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts 2, GenCon 2013

Not quite the same Magic: the Gathering party we saw in Part Two. These versions of Garruk Wildspeaker, Jace Beleren, Elspeth Tirel, and Liliana Vess find themselves vexed by a new enemy, who may or may not be a wayward outcast from Sharknado.

Magic the Gathering cosplay, shark, GenCon 2013

Our old friends Godzilla and Gorghadra return from Part One, now accompanied by a candy-themed princess that I couldn’t quite identify. Unless I’m way off-base, she’s not Princess Frostine from Candy Land, Princess Vanellope from Wreck-It Ralph, or Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time. Thoughts, anyone?

mystery candy princess, GenCon 2013

Codex (far right) hangs out with three party members who are clearly not her teammates from The Guild. Wait’ll Vork hears about this.

Codex, The Guild, GenCon 2013

When anti-Talos protestors emerge from the world of Skyrim and begin disturbing the peace, innocent bystanders can’t flee the scene quickly enough.

Talos Hates Elves, GenCon 2013

Alice out of Wonderland with the Cheshire Cat and…this one guy?

Alice in Wonderland, Troleplayer, GenCon 2013

From the people who brought you Rizzoli and Isles, Franklin and Bash, and King and Maxwell, it’s the stars of the new buddy-adventurer series Satyr and Dryad, only on TNT!

satyr, dryad, GenCon 2013

Not every participant needs to be labeled. Sometimes a nice costume is just a nice costume.

Middle Ages, GenCon 2013

Mysterious armored sentinel stands guard over GenCon signage. At far left is the cover art from this year’s program. The style reminds me of Joe Madureira, but the program failed to credit the artist.

sentinel, GenCon 2013

Observe an observing Observer from Fringe.

Observer, Fringe, GenCon 2013

Mandatory Star Wars costumes, #1 of three: obligatory Stormtrooper.

Stormtrooper, GenCon 2013

#2: Expanded Universe denizen Darth Revan, though a different Revan from other Revans we previously encountered at this year’s Wizard World Chicago and last year’s GenCon. More than a few Knights of the Old Republic fans out there.

Darth Revan, GenCon 2013

#3: Darth Nihilus from Knights of the Old Republic II. Out with the old Darth, in with the new Darths.

Darth Nihilus, GenCon 2013

One final envoy from the steampunk subgenre: Steampunk Santa Claus!

steampunk Santa Claus, GenCon 2013

For anyone who wanted to join in the costuming free-for-all but showed up unprepared and skeptical, the generous folks at Paizo Publishing were handing out free Pathfinder goblin masks, as my wife is modeling here.

free Pathfinder goblin mask, GenCon 2013

The moral of the story, here and in these five entries collectively: given the resources, the courage, and a spark of imagination, anyone can cosplay. The results may not always be ready for strutting down a Hollywood catwalk, but who cares?

To be concluded! Next time: pics of things besides costumes.

6 responses

  1. Hi! First of all, thank you so much for posting so many wonderful pictures from GenCon! I wasn’t able to go and I’m so happy to have seen so many cosplayers! Second of all – the pink clad girl is Pinkypie from My Little Pony and I could only tell that because of the pony ears that almost blend into her wig. But, I think the other pink costume lurking behind Gorghadra is Princess Bubblegum so you were right in a way!


    • Really? Okay, cool. Her accessories looked a little different, and I haven’t seen the show enough to call it one way or another. My MLP knowledge is even more minuscule, so…thanks for catching those! And I’m glad to be of service. 🙂


  2. Pingback: GenCon 2013 Photos, Part 6 of 6: Games, Cards, and Other Treasures | Midlife Crisis Crossover

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