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hellparadiso
06-11-2010, 10:59 AM
What's the concensus on these? To clarify, I'm specifically referring to girls taking a traditionally male or non-gender-specific (like animals) character and putting a feminine spin on it.

My opinion, as I've expressed in other threads, is that people should cosplay whatever, however they want as long as it's not outright offensive by a reasonable person's standards.

But I've done one or two like this, and it seems kind of sexy sometimes. Similarly, when does it go from "sexy" to "slutty" with female-version cosplays?

Cart-RAT
06-11-2010, 11:35 AM
sexy: bikini top
slutty: pasties

i don't know if that's a good comparison but just use your best judgment :) try to avoid the "wardrobe malfunctions" such as having one of the girls fall out or your butt hanging out of your shorts.

Amanita
06-11-2010, 12:55 PM
I've been thinking of how to do a female Sephiroth. I would not want to do it exactly like the guys do- with the coat wide open, and the addition of double-sided tape to keep the "girls" from getting loose. That would look hella skanky, IMHO, way more sexy than the male version.

Instead, I think I will opt for wearing a shirt underneath- something that looks like it could concievably come out of Sephiroth's closet if he had one.

Prota-Girl
06-11-2010, 01:00 PM
I'm doing something like that along the lines of my "Miss Creeper" Costume. It's based off of the Creeper from DC Comics as well as the cartoon character from Batman:TAS. It's different, but I like to give it a try. And for most things, I find Feminine spin on other costumes to be rather unique. It's usually a matter as to how you portray it. With it be a good rendition of the character, or just down right...eh..? This should be my first and only costume feminizing a male character. I just love The Creeper so much, I wanted to at least try doing something like that.

But I really don't see the harm in it as long as it is done well. ^^ It gives us girls wide huge imaginations something to re-create. 8D

Pocketfightr
06-11-2010, 01:21 PM
This topic seems to pop up at least once a year, shame they don't sticky it or something (along with topics about original characters).

If done right/with thought put into it, it can be fun. I agree with Cart-RAT on sexy vs slutty. It's just a matter of being tasteful. I'm not a huge fan of sticking a character in a skimpy outfit when that character's personality doesn't seem like he would wear something like that, if he were a girl. Won't hold it against anyone who does though. Just like with any other cosplay you don't particularly like, just look away.

magicalgirlj
06-11-2010, 02:34 PM
I do gender bender cosplay all the time. I usually wear my Shinsengumi outfit with a mini skirt. Tommrow at AMA I am going to cosplay gender bender Okita, my hair will be in pigtails

Kazephyr
06-11-2010, 04:09 PM
This kind of cosplay can honestly go two ways...

1. The awesomesauce way. Gorgeous, creative, visually interesting costumes that make you wish you'd thought of it first.

2. The... not-so-awesomesauce way. Usually looks like you raided your closet, shortened everything, and possibly threw on a Party City wig. Or, it looks like you cosplayed a male character but were too lazy to bind.

Either way, cosplay is about having fun, though. :) I'm just talking in terms of "am I going to walk up and ask for your picture?"

PsychoLove
06-11-2010, 04:44 PM
I don't mind the whole "female" version thing so long as it stays with the original idea and character figures as the original male. I once saw a female version of Vash The Stampede done awesomely; she did the coat with a female cut rather then a male cut, the hair was short for a typical anime girl, and her guns seemed a little more feminine.

As per semi-mentioned, I do not like the "female versions" that stray from the character's original idea. I've seen some female Squall Lionharts who wear very tiny mini skirts, the fluffy jacket, and a white bra. Honestly, to each their own, but I do not see that capturing the spirit of Squall in a female form.


And on the sexy / slutty note:

Sexy is a revealing cosplay done accurately and neatly. Slutty is a revealing cosplay that is very sloppy and just thrown together. The first seems obvious that you paid attention to the details and care about the costume. The latter seems like you really just wanted to wear close to nothing and assumed that people wouldn't notice the details next to your amount of showing skin.

I also agree with Cart-RAT. While accuracies are important, keeping in mind that it's better to be tasteful is also key :P

Again, just my opinion. I realize I sound kind of pretentious and mean x3 sorry if anyone is offended!

hellparadiso
06-11-2010, 04:55 PM
PsychoLove, you didn't seem pretentious or mean at all - thanks for your insightful opinion!

I haven't decided if I'm going to do it or not - frankly, I can't think of who I'd do. But it's been in the back of my mind lately.

Kanomi
06-11-2010, 05:12 PM
My friends did a female version of Sora and his different forms. You can search them up, they're in cosplay chess 2010 at anime north. My friend made Final Form Feme Sora and it looked awesome! Unfortunately my other friend couldn't finish Oathkeeper, so she had to borrow a keyblade xD

NekoMilly
06-11-2010, 05:20 PM
I plan on doing a femme Roy Mustang in the future, but it will probably only end up being a black long wig and no biding. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense to change the millitary uniform, so no big change.

I am doing a Sexy no Jutsu style version of a Yugioh character this year. Thanks to Naruto, you can femme any male character and call it SnJ! ;) But really it's just a bikini version of the character.

I feel it's awesome to see characters that are recongnizable but with an obvious twist, like female versions. So I hope if you do it, you'll post pics. ^^

~H~
06-11-2010, 05:48 PM
Oddly enough, the "Female Version" cosplays that I've done thus far (Strike (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/92969/), Ken (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/93759/), and Mario (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/94855/)) all show less skin than the majority of my other costumes @_@.

Overall, I think that so long as you're not trying too hard to get fanboys' noses to bleed, you'll look great in whatever you wear ^_-.

blackflame16
06-11-2010, 06:25 PM
Last year for AFO I cosplayed a girl version of Death the Kid from Soul Eater since it was only my second time cosplaying and I wasn't really comfortable crossplaying yet. It went really good and got a lot of compliments on it. The only issue was this one girl that said: "Oh boy, sexy jutsu Death the Kid. Reallllyy original.....". I was like whatever and ignored her cause she definitely wasn't going to ruin my con experience.

So, I say that making a female version of a male character is fine. I saw someone cosplay a female version of Sora, but she replaced the pants with a skirt and it was really cute. As long as you come up with a reasonable way to make the cosplay into a female without makng it slutty is cool with me. I'm glad that there are other cosplayers who make female versions of male characters, that makes me want to continue making them. And if someone says something negative about it, I'll just shrug them off and enjoy my con ^_^

Lightane
06-11-2010, 08:28 PM
I usually only like the female versions of male characters if they are well done. Like for example I saw this super awesome female versions of Mario and Luigi and they even had an obvious guy in a Peach costume with them. That was pretty awesome.

But I don't like the ones where they are overdone like the SNJ Naruto stuff. That's over done. Also the ones that look like they went to Hot Topic and put on a wig for their cosplay. But those are the only things that really bug me.

Ryouko
06-11-2010, 09:34 PM
I've been noticing this more of a trend at cons lately, and I like to see how the characters attire and appearance is altered to create the opposite gender version. It takes a lot of creativity and insight to pull it off well, so I say kudos to anyone who attempts it. n.n

I took a photo of one such cosplayer who did Kakashi at A-kon last weekend (if you are this cosplayer, please PM me, I can send you the high-res versions if you'd like. :3)

http://www.kampai-photo.com/photo/gallery5/gallery/29.jpg
http://www.kampai-photo.com/photo/gallery5/gallery/30.jpg

I was really, really impressed with her cosplay. @_@ Was so very beautiful and detailed.

distantarray
06-11-2010, 09:46 PM
I think done tastefully it's more accurate than roles played by guys mainly because a lot of anime characters are "pretty" and most guys look too masculine, and the body shape is so damn scrawny if a guy played it they'd be too muscular in a lot of them, or just end up looking too scrawny.

zombisaurus
06-12-2010, 10:11 AM
I've been noticing this more of a trend at cons lately, and I like to see how the characters attire and appearance is altered to create the opposite gender version. It takes a lot of creativity and insight to pull it off well, so I say kudos to anyone who attempts it. n.n

I took a photo of one such cosplayer who did Kakashi at A-kon last weekend (if you are this cosplayer, please PM me, I can send you the high-res versions if you'd like. :3)

http://www.kampai-photo.com/photo/gallery5/gallery/29.jpg
http://www.kampai-photo.com/photo/gallery5/gallery/30.jpg

I was really, really impressed with her cosplay. @_@ Was so very beautiful and detailed.

I remember her! She was with the person cosplaying Naruto in a cup of ramen, right? I wish I'd taken a picture...! xD

Vexation
06-12-2010, 07:07 PM
I really don't like them. I'm a stickler for accuracy... do them as they were created, or just... just don't.

RenzokukenXIV
06-12-2010, 07:39 PM
Currently working on a Femme Stein from Soul Eater, it kind of makes sense considering whats been going on in the manga. But being a person who loves accuracy it's pretty close to the normal version, it's simply the female version. I highly doubt I would ever attempt the regular Stein, which is why I sometimes look to female designs.

When it comes to female versions of characters, it really depends on the person and how they go about it. All the sexy-no-jutsu's of male characters are getting a tad out of hand. Once you put on a wig and a bikini it isn't much of a female version anymore. But when it's kept similar to the male equivalent, it has the potential to be awesome~

tifaia
06-12-2010, 08:42 PM
I think done tastefully it's more accurate than roles played by guys mainly because a lot of anime characters are "pretty" and most guys look too masculine, and the body shape is so damn scrawny if a guy played it they'd be too muscular in a lot of them, or just end up looking too scrawny.

Agreed. And so many animes, video games, manga, comics, etc. are predominantly male, video games in particular with lead female characters are few and far between, it only becomes natural after time that we're going to be drawn towards a male character. I don't see anything wrong with feminizing a male character, just as men masculine a female character. Cosplay is cosplay. Do what you want with it and have fun.

yakitunafish
06-12-2010, 09:21 PM
Gender bender cosplays are cool as long as they're not just bs versions of the actual outfit while not being bound because of laziness. I admire any costume that looks good fufu;;;

If it's actually planned out, I think it's really interesting and creative!

*too prudish to answer on the sexy/slutty thing*

MDA
06-12-2010, 10:42 PM
I've been thinking of how to do a female Sephiroth. I would not want to do it exactly like the guys do- with the coat wide open, and the addition of double-sided tape to keep the "girls" from getting loose. That would look hella skanky, IMHO, way more sexy than the male version.

I have girl!Sephiroth all figured out on how I'm going to do things. The shirt is up in the air at the moment. It's a tossup between a halter top (which might not happen as my neck hurts from wearing one after about an hour and a half) and another shirt that gives me support, but at the same time shows about 80% of my chest. (I'm going with Omtn-dnfanz from dA's design, already asked permission to use so I'm set for that). Though you're looking for coverage, so I don't think the two shirt ideas I have would work xD

I'll do female versions of male characters if I love the male enough to do it, and I know that I could never pull them off as a male (Roxas I can pull off, but not Sephiroth). And I don't always make gijinkas female, Articuno is the only female gijinka I've done, Gastly and Shaymin are male.

Sometimes, doing female versions is the only way a girl could cosplay a guy. Ones like Kamina, Sephiroth, or in super tight outfits (like Lancer from Fate/stay night @_@)

Musicalpencil
06-12-2010, 11:04 PM
The only time I gripe about it is when itís done solely to sexify and show more skin or when itís not done well that you canít tell itís a gender-bended version. I know two friends that have done this but one pretty much changed all but one bit of the outfit so she could flaunt more skin and get more photos, and the other had an outfit that just made her look like she didnít want to bind, especially since she's only cosplayed females so far.

So I pretty much agree with what others have already said, if it doesnít drift much from the original design and moreso that itís done well, it can work well.


As for sexy vs. slutty? I don't know. Thereís a fine line between sexy and slutty, not just with femme versions, but what determines that I still havenít figured out.

Cogetas
06-13-2010, 01:05 AM
I really don't like them. I'm a stickler for accuracy... do them as they were created, or just... just don't.

I completely agree. I've never understood the point- it looks silly to me. To each their own.

VerrinEleni
06-13-2010, 01:06 AM
I actually enjoy the idea of doing this -- it allows me to retain the character's personality, still be recognizable, and gives me the option of adding a detail or two of my own. However, I only enjoy a femme version of a character when it remains consistent with the character's personality. Something like a female Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho in a mini-skirt and cleavage revealing top wouldn't interest me at all (and quite frankly would be kinda scary ^^;; ).

As for the sexy no jutsu thing, I personally feel it's way over done. I don't understand doing a sexy no jutsu version of a character in Naruto who wouldn't actually do it themselves (i.e. Zabusa ...O_o), much less someone from another series who isn't a ninja (although that would make the ending of Death Note a bit different XD). Not to mention I'm not interested at all in seeing someone showing off skin just to do so.

In regards to the sexy vs slutty issue, I believe that it is a type of scale, one that partially depends on the person's perspective. Something "sexy" is something that is intended to draw men's (or women's) attention to your body. It doesn't even have to show any skin -- it can simply be the fit of a jacket, the way makeup was applied, etc. On the other hand, something "slutty" not only draws sexual attention to you, it gives off the impression that sexual attention is the only kind of attention you are interested in, i.e. you're "easy." I think that the difference can even be as simple as the way the person acts. If there was a woman in shorts and a t-shirt acting overtly sexual and flirting inappropriately she could seem more sluttish to me than a woman in a bikini who's acting professionally or even casual.

SirenaBlack
06-13-2010, 01:14 AM
sexy: bikini top
slutty: pasties

i don't know if that's a good comparison but just use your best judgment :) try to avoid the "wardrobe malfunctions" such as having one of the girls fall out or your butt hanging out of your shorts.I read that too fast and thought it said "having one of the girls fall out of your butt" XD lol that's a very strange mental image....Ahem, anyway, I agree.

I like seeing creativity and originality with cosplays. I'd like to see more guys doing male versions of female characters (I've seen a male Haruhi Suzumiya and a male Sakura from Naruto done really well). It's fun!

The way I approach it is "If this character was a girl instead of a guy, how would her clothes change?" It has to be true to the character. I don't think Sasuke would suddenly wear pasties of the Uchiha seal instead of a shirt, for example. Even characters like Major Armstrong (from Fullmetal Alchemist) who expose their bare male chests would not do that if they were female. A female version would still flex her muscles ect and keep the same mannerisms, but she would probably be wearing a tank top.

Yes, I put too much thought into this XD

(It's not just laziness that stops people from binding. Some of us are still looking for a way that isn't painful or hard to breathe in ;) Please bear with us!)

I plan on doing a femme Roy Mustang in the future, but it will probably only end up being a black long wig and no biding. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense to change the millitary uniform, so no big change.Hey, I'm working on a femme Ed! :toothy: Would a femme Roy wear a tiny miniskirt?

milk&honey
06-13-2010, 01:43 AM
I absolutely detest this. Do the cosplay as it was originally created or move along to Yoko, like you will anyway. :/

SirenaBlack
06-13-2010, 02:00 AM
Because when a male is reinterpreted as a female the character automatically becomes a ho! Wait a second...no they don't!

Nightwitch-Kat
06-13-2010, 10:46 AM
I'm not a huge fan of snj cosplayers. I LIKE the ones who actually put EFFORT into the costume like the Kakashi shown earlier, but I HATE the girls who just wear Hot Topic clothes or bikinis and say 'I'm sexy-no-jutsu Sasuke'

Amanita
06-13-2010, 10:53 AM
To those who say "do it as it was originally created", what about bare chested characters? Should we ladies not cosplay them? For Sephiroth, binding would not work due to the whole bare chest thing. And as I said before, a woman with a neckline that plunges open to the waist looks far more risque than a guy would, due to the sexualization of female breasts.

In my personal case, I couldn't go bare even if I wanted to- my "girls" are not conducive to that at all, and I'm no fitness model. So a shirt of some sort underneath would be the way to go- perhaps make it out of a white or silver fabric, with a texture that compliments the fabrics used in the rest of the costume.

XxEmo SasukexX
06-13-2010, 11:18 AM
I can say that a lot of people don't particularly enjoy gender benders.
I can't say much, because I have cosplayed as two versions of Naruko.
(SnJ Naruto.) Or, I suppose I could say three? I did my first interpretation
in 2008 that inspired me from a picture I stumbled across on DeviantART.
In NYAF 2009, I did Sage Naruko, which all I did was simply add on the
coat. And for Otakon 2009, I did a Lolita-ish? style Naruko cosplay. I think
it came out alright, since it was a bit of a rush job, but unfortunately things
were too far chaotic for me to get any pictures of it.

But as a few people have stated, as long as the cosplay is well
executed, then it's alright. I absolutely hate when I see someone
running around in a skimpy outfit saying there "SnJ" It's just trashy
and unappealing when all they have thrown on a small top/bikini top
with some short shorts or a mini skirt, some BS like that. =/ Though I
have seen some really nice female version. A couple of my friends have
done some really nice various interpretations of Naruto and Kakashi.

Here is a picture of my very first SnJ. http://images.cosplay.com/photos/17/1753618.jpg I have gotten a lot of compliments on it. Like it's cute, adorable, etc. It was never my intention to come off as whorish, it was just something I really liked and was inspired by, that I quite frankly ADDED more clothing too. I'm far too insecure about my body to be flaunting it around like that, so the statement milk&honey made is not true. I'd never cosplay her, because I'm just not a stick. She's a cute character, and maybe if I had the body of a model, I might. But it would never be to be slutty, because I quite frankly HATE getting the attention from pervs. Yoko cosplayers probably get more attention than anything because their half naked. Every single one of my cosplays, basically cover my body from head to toe and I feel MUCH more comfortable CROSSplaying than anything, so it's rare to ever find me in a female outfit, and if you do, it's not going to be revealing at all.

alpha_helix
06-13-2010, 11:25 AM
I absolutely detest this. Do the cosplay as it was originally created or move along to Yoko, like you will anyway. :/

Wow, that's a little harsh. It's fine not to like it (nobody is obligated to like anything), but saying that everyone who does genderbent characters is going for the sexy/skimpy factor is a really narrow view of it. I haven't actually done any gender switched characters yet, but I've entertained the idea, and I don't even like the idea of showing leg above my knees, let alone something as scant as what Yoko wears.

When I was planning my Mad Hatter costume my first idea was to do a female version. It was in the same spirit as Colleen Atwood's design--twisted mid-1860s fashion--and very modest by modern standards.

Anyway, I obviously don't mind messing around with the genders of characters. I think a creative twist on a character can be very nice when it's well thought out and well executed. I will say that I'm not crazy for making a femme version just for the sake of wearing a bikini and being sexy, but it doesn't bother me. If it makes somebody happy, it's not my place to piss on their parade.

NekoMilly
06-13-2010, 11:51 AM
I read that too fast and thought it said "having one of the girls fall out of your butt" XD lol that's a very strange mental image....Ahem, anyway, I agree.
lol So did I! That's funny.

Hey, I'm working on a femme Ed! :toothy: Would a femme Roy wear a tiny miniskirt?
For kicks and giggles, yes. For accuracy, probably not. Roy is definitly showy but he doesn't run around with his coat open or anything.
The funny thing is when I asked myself what a female Flame Alchemist Roy Mustang would be called, I decided Ray Mustang sounded good, but then I think of Rei/Sailor Mars. ^^;;


I am guilty of now 2 SnJ style outfits, but the one was aiming for 100% accuracy on Naruto's SnJ. Clouds and all. The second is a joke because I got the bikini for $10 and that was too good a deal to waste. It's fitting the the 4th of July as well.

jinglebooboo
06-13-2010, 08:12 PM
i love seeing gender bender cosplays, i tend to like it more if it is done with detail and thought then just a sexy moogle kinda thing, but if you wanna be sexy moogle more power to you. truthfully i have been wanting to do a genderbender kamina cosplay ever since i saw this picture, but i dunno if it is rude to cosplay this picture when it is someone elses art :/
http://jinglebooboo.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d22pq7i

SirenaBlack
06-13-2010, 08:34 PM
Message the artist and ask them if they would be OK with it. Lots of times artists love it when people do that.

Prota-Girl
06-13-2010, 08:50 PM
i love seeing gender bender cosplays, i tend to like it more if it is done with detail and thought then just a sexy moogle kinda thing, but if you wanna be sexy moogle more power to you. truthfully i have been wanting to do a genderbender kamina cosplay ever since i saw this picture, but i dunno if it is rude to cosplay this picture when it is someone elses art :/
http://jinglebooboo.deviantart.com/favourites/#/d22pq7i

Oh wow, that is a very clever idea! ^^

<3 Thanks for Sharing, jingle!

And yeah, now that I am re-reading it all since I last posted, it doesn't seem like there are that many fans of Gender benders... It's kinda sad.. With most I've seen, i have been able to find a great deal of creativity when it comes to them. I love it when I can tell who they are portraying as well. One that I remember that happened not to long ago.. I took a picture at Metrocon of a one of a kind Female Voldo of Soul Caliber! It was really well done and quite different.

It can be used well, but I can see where it has also been abused and portrayed as "If your stomach ain't sticking out, then it's not a Gender bender!!" I've been yelled that before and it's tiring. Cosplay is fun and is a hobby. If people are having fun in their costumes, let them have fun. I don't see what the big deal is. o.o

Anyhow, people have their options, and that's understandable. ^^; But I like Gender benders. It helps for girls who want to cosplay their fave male characters but don't have the correct ability to do so. ^^;

UsakoLuna
06-14-2010, 12:32 AM
I don't have an issue with them, it's not something I'd ever do, but to each their own. I do get a little perplexed by them. At Anime Boston one year I saw girl doing a 'girl' sora with a yellow skirt instead of shorts. She looked cute, but I couldn't figure out why sora was wearing a skirt.
So, do whatever makes you happy, just don't expect people to understand it or reconize it.

Can not sew
06-14-2010, 08:13 AM
I'm currently in the planning stages of my female Arthur Dent cosplay. A couple days ago I thought about a somewhat 'sexier' costume, with a long T-shirt as supposed to pajama pants, but after I had slept on it, I realized that my legs are white like paper, so by the end of wakeboard season (when I'll be using the costume) everything above the knee will stay that way, and knee-and-below will be crispy red and peeling skin from the inevitable sunburn. Not sexy. And more plainly, it's Arthur Dent we're talking about, here. It's not in the spirit of the character.

You have to find a line between 'feminising it' and keeping it true to the character. Too far either way and you could look trashy or lazy.

EgnirysFaye
06-17-2010, 11:43 AM
I wouldn't do it personally, but I am pretty alright with it.


The only time I would be annoyed (As others have mentioned) is when it is someone obviously trying to be some sort of attention whore, and the costume is more suited for a porno flick than anything.


But aside from that, there have been some interesting ideas - And besides, it is not worth griping at others who want to change genders, whether it is based on personal creativity or if it is just to be more pratical (Because it is true, it can be tricky for girls to play some male characters, and vice versa. My one friend - a girl - wanted to do a female version of Pyramid Head from the movie. To me, that is understandable!)


As long as there is a healthy balance of the new creativity of the cosplayer and the old originality of the character, then it is all good.

(And not ridiculously insulting or offensive, either)

HMTQ - Madge
06-17-2010, 12:20 PM
I think they're fun to wear, (I've done one) and good when done right. :) I'm not really fan of people who make a character more risque for the heck of it, though. It does get a bit annoying because people tend to do this a lot. I can understand someone wearing less clothing if, say, the original male character is shirtless/has an open shirt. I would understand why you would wear only a bikini top then, or a small shirt. Otherwise, it doesn't make much sense to make a cosplay more risque then it was in the first place. Making it more feminine is usually the point, but there are plenty of other ways to do that with out having barely anything on.

Still though, I think even those kinds of cosplays can look nice if done appropriately. :) And of course, you can always cosplay what you want. I think that's the general conscious.

Sevvy
06-17-2010, 02:15 PM
Female versions can be cool if done properly, and recognizable. A skirt and bikini top in the same colours as the original version of the character irks me. It tells me that there was no thought or time put into it, and over half the time I don't even know who they're supposed to be cosplaying. They're just a girl wearing a bathing suit.

Yukikittie
06-17-2010, 06:34 PM
Female verisons are cute, unless they're just excuses to do a half assed job.

Tyblat
06-17-2010, 07:28 PM
It depends for me. Different genders for things that are animal based, usually that's fine. But I don't like switching up genders on normal human (or humanized) characters. I find it extremely annoying. If you're going to do the character, do the actual character.

There may be times when someone makes an outfit that's extremely well done/tasteful/fits, and then I don't mind so much, but those times are far and few in between.

Stormraven24
06-17-2010, 07:30 PM
Feamle versions can be awesome and nifty if done with some thought. Just because you're too lazy to bind does not a gender-bender make :p I think it was at NekoCon last year, there was a Death Note group where they were all skanky versions of the characters. That was pretty funny XD

Funny I should find this thread now since I've been contemplating whether or not to try a female version of The Mask (Jim Carrey movie, anyone? Anyone? -crickets- -sadness-) :3

Tenel Ka
06-17-2010, 08:05 PM
I think it's cute when it's done creatively and not in a skanky fashion ( meaning "I WANT FANBOYS YAYYYY" -- ugh D: ). I've done a couple and it's always fun to think of ways to work the costume and make it into a "femme" version of the character. Hehe~ I always love creativity in cosplay and it's one of my favorite things to see people making things their way and sort of injecting their own personalities into outfits. :D

(Also, Stormraven24 -- I think a female version of The Mask would be ADORABLE. <333)

Stormraven24
06-17-2010, 08:07 PM
^ I'm thinking like Jessica Rabbit with a green face XD Uber sexah!

lyraparry11
06-18-2010, 10:22 AM
I wouldn't ever do a gender bender myself, if I wanted to be a male character I would just outright crossplay. but if other people wanna make femme versions, that's their buisiness and not in my power to stop them. I don't mind, just not something I would do.

bondkira
06-18-2010, 10:29 AM
I actually like the idea of it :) But like everyone said, if they are done right. I've seen too many SNJs that I could tell they are doing it only for attention. It's kinda hard to pull it off too, so people who did it really good, I admire them!
I mean, people have different thoughts about how much is being sexy and how far is to reach up to being skanky, so it is hard to pull it off to make it "acceptable" to many people.

I'm actually contemplating on this one cosplay I wanna try pulling it off... It's character from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, and this character, Star Platinum, is like, really REALLY muscular character. So instead of trying to get a body like body builder, I'm thinking about making it "female" version so being smaller than actual character will be acceptable. But I'm still thinking about this idea, just because I dunno if I can pull it off right :(

What I wanna say is that try not to spit at people who are trying to pull off female versions of male characters, because some people might have good reasons behind it. Be that the clothes character are wearing, body type, or just simply for artistic reasons.

Kurayami Ayama
06-18-2010, 04:46 PM
well, im going to eventually do a girl version of kaname kuran. all i have to do is get a female night class uniform. :toothy:

Dango!
06-18-2010, 05:03 PM
I'm sure some day I'll find a gender bend'd cosplay that makes me love this, but until then, "sexy no jutsu" have ruin'd it for me. :[

Stormraven24
06-18-2010, 06:39 PM
well, im going to eventually do a girl version of kaname kuran. all i have to do is get a female night class uniform. :toothy:

That wouldn't be hard to do; he's already so girly-looking XD And I say that with all respect; I love that series, even though Kaname gets on my nerves sometimes >.<

SirenaBlack
06-18-2010, 07:54 PM
How are people going to know you are Kaname and not a random Night Class girl? I mean, I like the character and the idea, but be prepared for people not knowing who you are (though if you could go with a girl Zero and a guy Yuki that would be a different story, I think people would get it)

shonen_jidai
06-18-2010, 09:44 PM
LOL, like many things in cosplay, I guess it's only good if you're doin it rite! I've seen a lot of femme versions done well, and recognizably a female version of the male character. I don't think you see a lot of male versions of female characters because it would be difficult in many cases to create a recognizable cosplay given the confines of male clothing styles available. The world of female fashion is a much bigger place! Besides, I suspect guys find it to be more macho to just crossplay female characters! XD

Lithium Flower
06-18-2010, 10:03 PM
I was thinking of doing a female 'Howl' but that would have been redundant..

SirenaBlack
06-18-2010, 10:30 PM
lol!

Aoiro
06-18-2010, 11:40 PM
I love the idea of creating female versions of a male character! Especially if you pull it off wonderfully. And make it recognizable~ I believe that it's just another way to show how much you love the character. <3

DevTehFiend
06-18-2010, 11:56 PM
When I first thought about it, I thought, "Ew, no." Because I used to be one of those people that would draw my fave characters as females and make RP characters out of them, which I drew out of and thought as really geeky because all the OCs I made like that turned out to be HUGE mary-sues. But then I got to reading and I thought, "Wouldn't it be fun to...?" So I like the idea over all, and now I'm planning already on making something like a female Riku from Kingdom Hearts II. The most I would change about the costume though is tighter pants, more feminine shoes and maybe wear the vest closed so it hugs the body.

hollowchrist
06-19-2010, 04:47 AM
After watching the Cell sagas of Dragon Ball Z to get a better feel for Android 18, I have found that I would absolutely love to do a Femme Perfect Cell. It's probably be the exact same design, only with the feminine silhouette and curves. ^^

Megumi_chan5
06-19-2010, 03:58 PM
My first cosplay was a gender bender. *directs your attention to my display picture*

I'm on the same train of thought as everyone else I think, as long as there was real effort put into the outfit, it still resembles the original male counterpart, and it wasn't blatantly an attempt to sex-up a conservative character, it's fine.

PeaceOfMind
06-19-2010, 05:27 PM
In my opinion, it only really works if it's a popular character. Then the person isn't just another so-and-so, they have a unique costume.

ashelia89
06-19-2010, 06:06 PM
After watching the Cell sagas of Dragon Ball Z to get a better feel for Android 18, I have found that I would absolutely love to do a Femme Perfect Cell. It's probably be the exact same design, only with the feminine silhouette and curves. ^^

OMG i always liked the perfect cell in the dbz series XD !!!! thats a fantastic idea by the way :)

anywho sorry off track there...*ahem*

i've been intrigued by this idea myself :) ! i've yet to do a gender bender but its not something i would completely rule out !

It could give me the liberty of not having to bind and worry about 'manning' up(details like specific make up etc) if i was to cosplay a male character...either -gender bending the character or crossplaying really :) i'd be happy all the same !-

i do agree with everyone here that gender bending should be done in a tasteful manner though !

maybe someone should make a "gender bending" bible/thread ?:bigtu:

hollowchrist
06-19-2010, 08:36 PM
Thanks ashelia. I think I'll put it on my ever growing "Things I want to Cosplay" list. xD

Amanita
06-20-2010, 09:52 AM
I still want to do female Cloud and Sephiroth from FFVII: Advent's Children:)
Cloud could pretty much be done without altering the costume, Sephiroth would need a shirt or tank top under the coat. But those characters look cool enough that I wanna do them up:)

demifiend
06-20-2010, 02:45 PM
I've no problem with it. What I do wonder is if doing a female-to-male cosplay would be acceptable, however. Given that anime tend to be flush with interesting female character designs, and for men, ah, not nearly as vibrant, it would be an interesting creative exercise.

DevTehFiend
06-20-2010, 03:07 PM
A thought I was just having while reading this was, how would you make a character in a school uniform recognizable when doing them as the opposite gender? That seems like a huge challenge, especially if the character doesn't have one of those unique hair colors. Of course people would be able to tell the show you're from based on the cut/color of the uniform, but other than that it seems like an impossible task.

SirenaBlack
06-20-2010, 05:15 PM
I've no problem with it. What I do wonder is if doing a female-to-male cosplay would be acceptable, however. Given that anime tend to be flush with interesting female character designs, and for men, ah, not nearly as vibrant, it would be an interesting creative exercise.
I've seen a male version of Sakura from Naruto and a few male Haruhi Suzumiyas. They were really well done and neat.

avskull
06-20-2010, 06:43 PM
female version of guile, duke nukem, kratos, terry bogard, and Char Aznable. I can't think of an more tasteful list.

Haku23
06-20-2010, 07:48 PM
I don't mind genderbent cosplays if they're not just an excuse to get as naked as possible. : / Do whatever you want with your body but I don't have to like it ha ha! I want to do female versions of Metal Gear Solid characters but not the damn "Sweet Snake" versions. Those drive me nuts. =__=; They're just not practical dammit! XD I would basically just do the same costume except not bind, maybe have longer hair and have no beard. :|

Arc_The_Lad
06-20-2010, 09:06 PM
I don't mind genderbent cosplays if they're not just an excuse to get as naked as possible.

This.

It's a female version, not a tasteless whore version. If you you want attention just flash randomly, you'll get it.

BeepSushi
06-20-2010, 09:12 PM
"My opinion, as I've expressed in other threads, is that people should cosplay whatever, however they want as long as it's not outright offensive by a reasonable person's standards."
This, exactly. I agree whole-heartedly.
As long as the person isn't prancing around in near-nothing, the gender-bending should be a-okay. Although, I do know people who frown upon 'female versions' and dub it with the name 'weaboo.' Which I don't understand at all, people can cosplay whatever they feel like, just leave them alone. Personally, some gender-bending cosplays turn out really spectacular when there's a design and effort put into them.
I'm definitely a supporter. :3

Battousai-nii
06-20-2010, 09:27 PM
Sometimes, it can be a very creative spin on the character, like a comedy fanfiction brought to life. I too saw a female Vash at AX that I liked very much. She had taken Vash's coat and turned it into a dress with straps. Other than the part with the straps and the way it was more form fitting, it looked exactly like Vash's coat, as if someone had taken Vash's coat and altered it. She had the hair, glasses guns, and boots down as well.

Now, as for those who take a character and make it female in order to be slutty, well, those are not worth the energy it takes to think about them.

SirenaBlack
06-20-2010, 11:47 PM
It's a female version, not a tasteless whore version.
It's amazing how often people get the two confused...

atlantisan
06-21-2010, 12:38 AM
A thought I was just having while reading this was, how would you make a character in a school uniform recognizable when doing them as the opposite gender? That seems like a huge challenge, especially if the character doesn't have one of those unique hair colors. Of course people would be able to tell the show you're from based on the cut/color of the uniform, but other than that it seems like an impossible task.

I think you'd need to get a group for that to be recognizable & also pay a lot of attention to detail and the props. The socks/shoes, if a jacket is left open, if a character doesn't wear a vest but the others do, etc. The small details really make a difference imo. c:

Phanari
06-21-2010, 01:00 AM
You know the rule of sexy vs slutty, right? You can show a lil cleavage or a lil thigh or even a lil naval but you can't show more than one, MAYBE two at once. Which is what's so funny about Faye Valentine. She shows all three almost. lol

Miss.Wonderland
11-22-2010, 06:58 PM
I am planning on going to AX2011 this coming year and i have two cosplay ideas in mind, i was curious to see what people thought.
The first one would be a female sasuke (yes i know over done) but rather than a skimpy outfit I thought something more character related would work. I was going to stick to the classic hair style and go with the cure mark, but for the main of the costume I am going to do a double layer kimono blue and white for colors, a little un-traditional is style and make it bigger so I can show the shoulder that is marked.
And for the second cosplay I am thinking of a female scorpion for mortal kombat. I want to take it a little bit out of character, really I just donít want to wear a body suit. But I thought combat boots with something like cargo pants, Iím still debating on the top but possibly a covering bikini, of course with a yellow tunic, and the mask. How well would you think white contacts would work, I would like to be ape to see versus the fully covering clouded contacts. And for my favorite part, to do black and yellow transitional dreads. I know how to make them and I think it could be epic.

Blood_Sword
11-23-2010, 03:39 AM
I think "kimono-Sasuke" sounds like an interesting approach. :)

Apsara
11-23-2010, 09:35 AM
I've always wanted to crossplay Touda from Yami no Matsuei (http://s598.photobucket.com/albums/tt69/Mucilinda/?action=view&current=IMG_4307.jpg). But I just read on another blog that even with the Underworks.com (http://ftm.underworks.com/) chest binders I'll still not be flat enough. I'm buying the Tri-top Chest Binder version.

It's been more than six years that I've lusted after this cosplay. At this point I'm just going to make everything he's wearing and go as a female!Touda if the Tri-top doesn't make me flat. :/

Miss.Wonderland
11-23-2010, 12:39 PM
I hope it comes out well both of them, i think the whole super exposed skin thing is overdone, so i will do an overdone character in a new light. =D yay for creativity! I think i am more excited about the Scorpion outfit.

PolishPu
11-30-2010, 12:04 AM
I'm doing a female Xemnas myself, turning his final form coat into a dress. It almost done, but it looks like I might end up showing some cleavage due to the top part being a bit low. I'm not sure if I should leave it, or sew it up a bit more in that area.

Yukikittie
11-30-2010, 11:53 AM
I'll be doing fem! Russia from Hetalia sometime soon.
But she has a official design...so it's really not fanmade.

rionaze
12-14-2010, 02:43 AM
anyone ever do/see a "Girl Jin Kazama?
I got the idea after a Tekken Movie last night ^^a

I always love the pants and the glove, maybe I'll and a tank top with similar flame pattern (as its impossible to do it bare chest ^^a)

VampireKitten
12-18-2010, 06:09 PM
We've done a female group of male based video game characters in a tasteful and feminine way. I don't see anything wrong with is so long as it's done right, I even draw a line at "sexy" sometimes though because it doesn't always work. Less is usually more in cases like this and I don't mean less clothing lol.

http://images.cosplay.com/big/28/2800678.jpg

I'm Altiar.

IAmShorty
12-18-2010, 10:59 PM
Im working on a female version of Kakashi from Naruto. Not 'sexy', mind you, just female-ified. A friend of mine is going to be regular Kakashi and we'll be the Sharingan pair!
Also doing a female version saves me from binding and 'man-ing' myself up :)

Axelai
12-20-2010, 02:48 AM
Check my gallery for my female Kamina cosplay.

I like genderswaps if they're pretty much identical to the original, with a female twist.

Such as mine with a long haired wig, and the waist bandages being chest bandages.

ShadowDrac
12-20-2010, 11:06 PM
VampireKitten- those are gorgeous and creative! That’s what I like to see in a gender-swapped cosplay. True to the character.

~H~
02-05-2011, 06:12 AM
http://images.cosplay.com/big/28/2800678.jpg


You ladies are awesome! Everyone is totally recognizable, and tastefully presented ^_-.

MinaotoBot
02-05-2011, 06:07 PM
I'm also donning a Fem!Kamina! It's...not done yet.... :/ http://www.cosplay.com/costume/350728/

Heavens_Night
02-06-2011, 12:27 AM
I love Fem cosplays! I do a lot of them myself, and I really like to come up with original concepts as to what the characters might look like if they were their opposite gender. Genderbend cosplays give cosplayers an opportunity to be creative and unique.

Reily96
03-04-2011, 12:46 AM
I actually did an SnJ Loli-Itachi once. No pictures of it, though, which is a shame because it was pretty good... I should probably wear that one again some time. ^^;

Anyways, I recently did a fem version actually. Not of any specific character though. It was a black mage with a eastern-loli twist. I mean, I suppose a Black Mage doesn't really count as a male character, what since we have characters like Lulu already out there. But most of the original design black mages tend to be male, what with the popularity of 8-bit Theatre so most people tend to cosplay THAT Black Mage. I just wanted to do a Black Mage with my own little twist - no specific character. XD I'm particularly proud of it because I designed it myself, however. ^^

glitter bomb
03-04-2011, 01:55 PM
You ladies are awesome! Everyone is totally recognizable, and tastefully presented ^_-.
I agree. they're fantastic! :)

Ron Jr
03-05-2011, 07:30 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y42/Ron_Jr/AnimeNext%202010/20845_599709260852_18107926_35253164_1975049_n.jpg

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y42/Ron_Jr/AnimeNext%202010/4788716292_e5af3239ee.jpg

My Daughter did a female Darth Vader at Anime Next last year (repeating this year). Sort of a What-If Vader raised Leia.

_Sketches
04-03-2011, 11:34 AM
Posted this in a different thread, but yup. Just for fun I did a casual genderbent Reno cosplay in my garden today.
http://i51.tinypic.com/1tkdva.jpg

alpha_helix
04-19-2011, 07:48 PM
I'm very seriously entertaining the idea of cosplaying femme Auron (from FFX). One of my housemates is so into the idea I think me might kill me if I don't make this.

I don't have my ideas in anything near a solid form yet. About all I've decided that I won't be changing all that much, that I have a perfect pair of boots hanging out in my closet, and that I'm leaning toward doing a long, messy braid for the hair. I'm thrilled for this!

Axelai
04-19-2011, 09:58 PM
Not sure if I posted here before, I but did a genderswap version of Kamina from Gurren Lagann. You can see it here (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/332860/). I think I did a good job :3 <3

alpha_helix
04-19-2011, 10:20 PM
I love your Kamina so much! You capture him so well, just with different chromosomes :D

Convulsive
05-09-2011, 07:50 PM
We've done a female group of male based video game characters in a tasteful and feminine way. I don't see anything wrong with is so long as it's done right, I even draw a line at "sexy" sometimes though because it doesn't always work. Less is usually more in cases like this and I don't mean less clothing lol.

http://images.cosplay.com/big/28/2800678.jpg

I'm Altiar.

I LOVE this. With a passion~ har.

And I personally LOVE femme! Characters, as long as they are done right. I totally agree with everybody else on the thread (or from what i've read... haha that rhymed) where there is a line between sexy and slutty. Me being 14, less would not get pulled off easily so I'd just come off as Mrs. Tween Whore if I attempted 'sexy'. Although I will once I hit 15! oo-er.

my femme!Kidd cosplay was really just Kidd in a miniskirt and pigtails.... My next cosplay is femme!Soul which is a short red dress, his track jacket, boots, and thigh-highs. I plan on doing a lot more genderbends in the future (Kaito, Stein, Sebastian, etc...these are all thoughts)

SirLucius
05-10-2011, 03:56 AM
I'm trying to think of a character I could do a female version of, but no luck yet. I just wanted to say I love the pictures people have posted, they look really good.

sephygoth
05-11-2011, 07:07 PM
I'd like to see the entire cast of Disney princesses done in M->F action
complimented with princes all done F->M
the idea is out, GO.

SirLucius
05-13-2011, 02:52 AM
I'd like to see the entire cast of Disney princesses done in M->F action
complimented with princes all done F->M
the idea is out, GO.

That would be amazing.

ToroSonyCat
05-13-2011, 11:23 AM
I don't think that every 'female version' cosplay is lazy, but people do very often use it as an excuse to not buy a wig and not bind.
But they CAN be good. I've especially seen lots of good Hetalia ones, but I guess that's maybe because the female designs are official.

I'd like to see the entire cast of Disney princesses done in M->F action
complimented with princes all done F->M
the idea is out, GO.

This is a great idea, I'd love to see this too!

belligerent
05-13-2011, 08:53 PM
I want to see that, too, but mainly for Mulan because I'm interested in how that would work.

MDA
05-14-2011, 12:28 AM
I still want to do female Cloud and Sephiroth from FFVII: Advent's Children:)
Cloud could pretty much be done without altering the costume, Sephiroth would need a shirt or tank top under the coat. But those characters look cool enough that I wanna do them up:)

I'm actually working on a female Sephiroth cosplay right now ^^ Hopefully it'll be done for my con in 2 weeks.

acedogfreak
06-05-2011, 10:14 AM
I'm making a female Grimmjow cosplay for the convention this coming October, I have kept it the exact same except I am going to bind my chest or wear a nude color sleeveless shirt under the jacket. For the wig I was thinking of a long blue one because if I'm going to have my chest bound, I might as well put a little bit of a feminine touch there, no? ;)

hypersoda
06-05-2011, 03:04 PM
I sort of want to do a female version of Isaac from Golden Sun, but I don't know if I'll actually get around to doing it. XD

playmysitardemy
09-07-2011, 11:29 PM
I'd like to see the entire cast of Disney princesses done in M->F action
complimented with princes all done F->M
the idea is out, GO.

This idea entertains me...maybe if I can sucker some people into it...

But I am doing a female version of Captain Phoebus for Halloween this year! >:3 Quick! I need a group!

Pirogoeth05
09-08-2011, 01:18 PM
On Monday I did a genderbend Freddie Mercury for Freddie For a Day. I simply wore skinny jeans, a white tank top, and threw on the moustache. I didn't bind at all. It was a lot of fun. I'm considering always doing Freddie as genderbend.

I have an idea of how to do a female Tuxedo Mask. Instead of the tux she'd be wearing an evening gown and a small top hat instead of the full one.

If it were up to my hubby, all my crossplays would simply be female versions instead.

I'd like to see the entire cast of Disney princesses done in M->F action
complimented with princes all done F->M
the idea is out, GO.

I would love to see this done! Maybe we could start the idea for Dragon*Con sometime.

Chocobo Jockey
09-08-2011, 01:23 PM
As a lot of people have said, I'm fine with them so long as it's not just an excuse to be more 'sexy'. Although it's usually (or about 1/2 the time) the case, genderbent does not have to equal slutty. =S

xoxoPanda-chan
09-13-2011, 08:26 AM
does anyone know how to pull off a female version of Yugi Moto from YGO? ^^;; I'd really like to do that, but I don't know how... Or more like, I'm not sure where to start xD

genghiskhunt
07-28-2012, 12:04 PM
This interests me, because I am actually working on a few femme!___ right now. The one that I'm putting a lot of time and thought into is my femme!Dr. Crane (Scarecrow) from Batman. I really get annoyed by a lot of what you have been talking about --the girls that basically throw on some underwear, and maybe one distinctive accessory, and call it a cosplay-- and that's why I have always intentionally avoided that. In fact, my Crane was inspired by both old school comics of him (I've been reading Batman for over a decade), with a few touches of the new movie. It's a combination of the scruffy, bedraggled suit, while using accents of his Scarecrow garb (the hat, mask, syringes, etc). It's tailored, of course, to fit my body, but it's not revealing (in fact, less cleavage displayed than on a normal day, for me), and it's true to the character.

I have always wanted to do a crossplay, because I LOVE gender bending, but it's ridiculously hard with my body type, unfortunately. I'm a 36/26/36, and it's extremely painful, if not totally futile, to bind. Because of this, I usually end up feminizing my characters (Jack Sparrow, the Crane I'm working on, the Comedian I'm working on, etc.).

iSeika
02-02-2013, 07:18 PM
I'm actually doing a female version of Psyche!Izaya from Durarara! I'm alittle nervous about doing it because its already an alternate of the character and I'm adding on doing a genderbent lol. I'm having fun putting together the cosplay though I get to be creative and put my own touch to the character.

I honestly think doing female versions of characters is great and a fun way to be creative with your cosplay. :).

ChibiNeriBuni
02-12-2013, 09:44 PM
I agree with alot of you when it comes to doing female versions of male characters. I hate seeing girls that put no effort into their cosplay and all they do is put on swim suits and call it haru no jutsu. >.< I dont even think anyone knows who they are unless they are naruto. O.o But there is one girl I saw 2 years ago dress as female Alucard and her bf was male Seras and it was just awesome. She said they had planned it for a year cause they didnt want to alter the looks and to make it clean and not distasteful.
I am actually doing fem Jack Frost because I know there is going to be ALOT of male Jacks. Costume looks just like his...just long hair like a girl. ^^ Kept it the same so I can switch back and forth between boy and girl.

thelovelysin
02-15-2013, 12:45 PM
I'm actually planning on doing a genderbent cosplay of Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit. Personally I prefer crossplaying male characters, I just find i more comfortable. However, I am 10000000000000% postive I can NOT pull off the short curly hobbit hair he has. So, I decided on doing a genderbent instead since it gives me more freedom in what I can do with it.

I'm basing my cosplay (I'm doing the outfit he wears when he goes on the journey) on a Fem!Bilbo fanart I saw on Pixiv (http://i2.pixiv.net/img28/img/fantasysky7/33423710_p5.png). As you can see, it stays pretty faithful to the original source, the only difference would be that it's more fitted.

KarmaxCore
02-19-2013, 08:41 AM
To be honest, I normally dislike genderbents unless it's canon or done "correctly"( as in, you didn't slut up the character but still stuck to the canon outfit..whatever). this is my unpopular opinion, though.

maybemelancholy
02-20-2013, 04:23 PM
I personally prefer doing female versions of my cosplays because most of my favorite characters are male, and I always love male costumes. Whenever I attempt to do female cosplays, I always feel like I don't look like the character >.<;;; so doing a female version of a male character is more forgiving because your face doesn't need to look like the character xD that's just my opinion

I've done a female version of Iron Man. I wanted to try doing something a little unique and challenging, on top of that, I absolutely love Iron Man so it all seemed perfect x3