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Unread 07-18-2016, 02:01 AM   #1
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Cosplays you can't believe no one recognized

Have you ever cosplayed a character who is really, really well known but no one recognized at a con?

I went as Akane Tendo in her karate gi for Kamen 2016, Ranma 1/2 is a really popular show here, even kids know it perfectly despite it's age, but surprisingly no one recognized my Akane costume at that event, a friend of mine asked me if I was cosplaying one of my characters, even there were like 4 or 5 Ranma cosplayers and apparently no one knew I was Akane, apparently Akane is not really known in her combat gi since that costume is surprisingly almost-not cosplayed despite it's the one that Akane makes more fighting with.
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Unread 07-18-2016, 08:50 AM   #2
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I remember when my brother cosplayed Naraku from InuYasha to the biggest con we had in our country back then and no one recognized him, except for a few people in the small InuYasha group (which doesn't really count) which we were a part of.
We both were baffled, to say the least. I mean come on, the main villain from a really well-known series??
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Unread 07-18-2016, 02:53 PM   #3
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It hasn't happened to me, but last NDK my best friend came with me and on Saturday of the convention she cosplayed Haruhi during the first episode of OHSHC. No one recognized her except for me (because she already told me who she was cosplaying as) and, interestingly enough, Lauren Landa. Ms. Landa was also nice enough to compliment my friend's cosplay and said she'd never seen anyone cosplay scruffy-looking Haruhi before. That was one of the many highlights of my best friend's day right there.
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Unread 07-18-2016, 03:29 PM   #4
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Last year a friend of mine cosplayed as a Team Magma Grunt from Pokemon Omega Ruby and no one recognized her. I was pretty surprised considering it was the newest Pokemon game and it looked REALLY good.
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Unread 07-18-2016, 05:31 PM   #5
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The second time I cosplayed Cho Hakkai from Saiyuki Reload...someone asked if I was cosplaying Gaara ._.)

The other time was with Jack Walker, but he I can understand since he really only appears in the 9th Pokemon movie -shrug-.

But seriously? Hakkai looked like Gaara? That had honestly thrown me through a loop that weekend (Vic recognized me right away though, which at the time really made my day).

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Unread 07-18-2016, 09:00 PM   #6
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I was surprised how often I had to explain that I was the new Thor at this last con. Not Thorette, not a gender bent Thor, just Thor. I know not everyone follows all comics, but it was actually on a lot of news stories because it was a bit of a controversy (the nerd boys were butt hurt), but I still had people questioning.
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Unread 07-18-2016, 10:23 PM   #7
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The second time I cosplayed Cho Hakkai from Saiyuki Reload...someone asked if I was cosplaying Gaara ._.)
well, they're both voiced by akira ishida so maybe they were trying to make some kind of opaque joke about that, or they were familiar with his roles and got the character names mixed up... otherwise, no idea.
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Unread 07-18-2016, 10:34 PM   #8
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I get surprisingly little recognition in my tactical-suit Kusanagi cosplay. I don't know if it's because Ghost in the Shell is no longer in the "popular" crowd (I know Stand Alone Complex aired a good decade ago but the GitS series seems to be one of the more timeless-classic-type animes that doesn't really fall into obscurity...), or because that outfit just isn't that liked/recognized compared to the white "stripper battle teddy" one that she's usually seen in (and I'd never wear...). It bums me out quite a bit because I'm really damn proud of my workmanship on that costume.
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Unread 07-19-2016, 09:50 AM   #9
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First timeskip Morgiana from Magi. ._. By the time I wore her, the anime had reached that point in the manga so people should have known what she looked like. And there were Magi fans EVERYWHERE(I wore her dancer outfit earlier in the day and kept getting stopped). Even at the Magi shoot a few people were confused to who I was.

Also, at this year's AnimeNext, I was cosplaying Amber from RWBY with a school uniform Velvet. No one seemed to know who we were. I could understand Amber a bit more since the outfit was from one scene but Velvet!? The school uniform is pretty distinct and she had huge ears.
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Unread 07-19-2016, 09:56 AM   #10
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It's his pre-blue hoodie outfit, but I have white hair and the big stick soooo...?
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Unread 07-19-2016, 03:41 PM   #11
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One of the years I went to momocon I dressed as Launch from Dragon Ball, and not even the DBZ cosplayers knew who I was. I know she's in only one episode of DBZ, but she is in so many seasons of Dragon Ball that at least one Dragon Ball Z fan should have recognized her.
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Unread 07-19-2016, 09:57 PM   #12
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well, they're both voiced by akira ishida so maybe they were trying to make some kind of opaque joke about that, or they were familiar with his roles and got the character names mixed up... otherwise, no idea.
Oh wow, see I didn't know that....which if they were trying to make that joke it would have still thrown me through a loop xD.

Honestly, I was more confused than bothered by it. Makes for a fun story though.

Not sure if it's irony or just a coincidence but I had been tossimg around the idea of cosplaying Gaara at the time....still am....but Supernatural has a very firm hold at the moment.
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Unread 07-26-2016, 11:06 AM   #13
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Not exactly the situation but I did a cosplay of a FFXIV class (Ninja). It was an incredibly cheap cosplay (long black shirt, long black pants, ski mask with a rabbit in a black mage costume on top). FFXIV is a MMORPG so it is less likely to be recognized and the cosplay was shabby HOWEVER at one con I did get 3-4 people who recognized the 'fail ninja' (you mess up your mudra a bunny appears on your head).

Then I went to another con and had 8 people ask me if it was Monty Python related and no one got the FFXIV reference. :/
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Unread 07-26-2016, 11:35 AM   #14
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Early on in my Cosplay Career a lot of the cosplays I did were a lot more 'normal.' One of those was Rose Tyler form Doctor Who. Now Granted when you're walking around in normal pants, a specific shirt and no wig you kind of blend into the background against all the other amazing costumes. Especially since not everyone watches Doctor Who, which is fine.

I do have one of her outfits though that is really distinct and iconic for her, a purple and blue patchwork shirt form the beginning of the second season. Walking around no one knew who I was, I would even run into people cosplaying Doctor Who still weren't sure who I was. Or thought I might be someone but wasn't sure. It really confused me because it's kind of an iconic Rose Outfit. Specially since I'd been to that come before and been noticed for what I felt were less iconic outfits.

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Unread 07-26-2016, 11:18 PM   #15
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Sakyo from Yu Yu Hakusho. Like I ran into other YYH cosplayers there and I get he's not a major character but...still it was disheartening.

Shuu from Hatoful Boyfriend. Literally one person recognized that and it was in mcdonalds but I thought for sure there'd be more

Kurama from Kamisama kiss. I wore him when the anime was still pretty new but the episode where he debuted was the week of the con.

And now that I think about it, Kashima from Gekkan Shoujo. I wore her to a comic convention but still it was in the heart of Gekkan shoujo popularity.
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