Our 16 Favorite Cosplay Costumes of Comic-Con 2013

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am, This is a list post.

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Steampunk QuartetDressing up as fictional characters, or cosplay as it's commonly called, has been around for years - and the level of detail some people are able to achieve is truly staggering. From lifelike versions of Bumblebee to incredible zombie makeup effects, each year cosplayers bring their incredible imaginations to life at San Diego Comic-Con.In 2013, a mind boggling 120,000 plus people attended Comic-Con over four days, making the possibility of seeing every cosplay outfit there impossible. We took dozens of photos (see them HERE) but right here we've decided to list what we consider the best of the best of this year's batch. We've left off store bought costumes like Mario or Pikachu and professionally built costumes like the awesome Robot Suit built by the Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects and limited our picks to costumes that were either unique, funny, interesting or very well done.


Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - SharknadoThis lady's outfit wasn't exactly the best built but she gets points for originality. We can honestly say this was the only Sharknado cosplay outfit we saw at the Con.

Darkwing Duck

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Darkwing DarkOK, so this guy's Darkwing Duck outfit isn't put together in the highest quality manner, but we've got a soft spot for the anthropomorphic crime fighter. Plus, this was the only Darkwing Duck outfit we saw the entire time there - so that counts for something in our book.You can see our Minimalist Darkwing Duck poster HERE or check out all 30 of them HERE.

Chewbacca and Princess Leia

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Chewbacca, Princess LeiaWe know what you're thinking, "Why didn't you rate the Star Wars characters higher in your list?" The answer is pretty simple - while Chewbacca and Princess Leia look great (it's the reason they're on this list at all), they aren't THAT original. In fact, there was a noticeable lack of Star Wars characters in general at the Con this year. We can count on two hands the number of Darth Vaders, Stormtroopers, Boba Fetts we saw, and unlike years past, we only saw two Slave Leias [sad face].Chances are though, as the new Star Wars trilogy begins filming we could see a resurgence of Star Wars cosplay costumes in 2014.

Red Riding Hood and the Woodcutter

Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Red Hiding Hood, The WoodsmanWith Hollywood's recent attempt to capitalize on the stories from the Brothers Grimm -  Mirror, Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman, Once Upon a Time and Grimm - people are now starting to dress like their favorite fairy tale characters. These two weren't the only ones we saw dressed like Red Riding Hood and the Woodcutter but they were our favorite.Contrary to popular belief, not every female cosplayer has to be dressed provocatively to be attractive and Red here proves that.

Jedi Elvis

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Jedi ElvisThis guy makes it into our list by combining two of our favorite things - Star Wars and Elvis. This was probably the only Jedi Elvis shaking his hips on the Con floor this year. We wonder what other Star Wars/musician mashups we might see next year - Stormtrooper Madonna, Cantina Band One Direction, or Jabba the Hut Katy Perry?"These are not the hips you're looking for...thank ya very much!"

Superman and Dead Supergirl

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Superman, SupergirlBoth of these costumes were obviously store bought (we won't venture to guess where he acquired the blowup doll) but Superman and Dead Supergirl make it onto our list for humor. This Man of Steel walked around the Con floor all day with this beat up Supergirl doll in his arms, stopping to cry for everyone that wanted to take his photo.A guy dressed as Quasar was walking around with him but honestly, he just looked jealous that dead Supergirl was getting more attention than he was.

Captain Crunch

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Captain CrunchAnother original costume idea makes it onto our favorites list this year in the form of one of the mascots of the second most delicious cereal ever made (everyone knows Froot Loops is the best) - Captain Crunch. It's apparent that everything this guy is wearing is homemade but that's OK because this was the only cereal-based icon we saw brought to life so he has originality on his side.Maybe next year we can see someone dressed as Dig'em Frog, the Trix Rabbit or Tusk the Elephant from Cocoa Krispies?

George Jetson...Jane, His Wife

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - George and Jane JetsonHere's another example of how less is more when it comes to cosplay costumes. While most middle-aged people who dress up are wearing outfits too tight or too "young" for them (60-something Wonder Woman or 40-something potbellied Wolverine aren't that enjoyable to see) George and Jane Jetson as cute as a button while wearing age-appropriate outfits.If my parents ever go with me to Comic Con, this is how I want them to dress.

Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - AshWhile the recent Evil Dead remake didn't include the character of Ashley J. Williams, "Ash" still remains one of the most iconic horror heroes of all time, which is why you'll see plenty of people dressed up as him all around the Con. This guy was our favorite and was remarkably accurate in his recreation of  Bruce Campbell's look from Evil Dead 2, minus the "Boomstick".

Daenerys Targaryen

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Daenerys TargaryenWhile this girl dressed as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones is just about spot on, it's her boyfriend dressed as her "dragon" photobombing over her shoulder where a dragon would normally rest in the show that puts them on our favorites list.He may look more like Elliot from Pete's Dragon than Drogon, Rhaegal or Viserion but humor plays a big part in our decision to include them in the top ten.

Hunter S. Thompson

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Hunter S. ThompsonThis guy dressed as Hunter S. Thompson from The Rum Diaries get points for originality, obscurity and humor. In a sea of people dressed as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Batman not many even knew who he was and he was shocked when we stopped to take his photo. Such a shame too, because he embodied Johnny Depp's recreation of the drunken Thompson perfectly.

Tinkerbell and Friends

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Tinkerbell and FriendsThese young adults were just too stinking cute all dressed up as the magical inhabitants of Pixie Hollow -  Rosetta, Bobble, Tinkerbell and Fawn. While most cosplayers take some sort of fighting stance or grimace when their picture is taken, these four have bright, beautiful smiles on their faces that just light up everything around them.Shout out to my 11 year old daughter for identifying these fairies for me.

The Gentleman Ghost

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Invisible ManMaking his way into our top 4 was this guy's (girl's?) fantastic take on The Gentleman Ghost. He's an obscure super villain character from DC Comics who made his first appearance in 1947.If you can't tell by now, obscure character costumes win us over every time.

Deadly Nadder and Hiccup

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Deadly Nadder and HiccupThis was one of the more incredible homemade (allegedly) costumes we saw this year at Comic Con. We found Deadly Nadder and Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon hanging out under the historic Gaslamp District sign on 5th Avenue and they had a flock of people gathered around, clamoring to have their picture taken with the winged beast and his human friend.We can see why, as just about everything on this costume moved - eyes, mouth, wings, tail and it walked rather easily.


Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - GalactusThis Galactus cosplay costume is ripped right from the pages of The Fantastic Four comics and represents the "Devourer of Worlds" better than the giant ball of space gas ever did in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Kudos to this guy for giving his outfit scale by including his indentured herald, the Silver Surfer, on his left shoulder while holding the earth in his right hand.We can safely place his originality and ingenuity in the number two spot of our list.

World of Warcraft Characters

Favorite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Various World of Warcraft CharactersEven though Comic Con is 90 percent related to comic books, movies and TV shows, there is still a large percentage of characters from video games present at the event. These homemade (again allegedly) costumes from World of Warcraft were by far the best we saw during our entire time at the Con.Two of the characters from the game are easy to identify - Illidan Stormrage in the top left and Moonkin the Owlbear in the bottom right - but the rest appear to be one offs, resembling other characters from the game.

Our 16 Favorite Cosplay Costumes of Comic Con 2013

Favoite Comic Con Cosplay 2013 - Despicable Me MinionsYou'll notice there was a lack of actual superhero costumes in our list this year and that was intentional on our part. There are only so many Batman, Superman, Wolverine, Cyclops and Rogue costumes bought from the internet we can stand.They all start to look alike, so we made the conscious decision to leave them out. That doesn't mean we  didn't like them, as we included plenty in our all-encompassing gallery.Be sure to check out our other Comic Con-related galleries as well:General Cosplay CostumesThe Babes of CosplaySights of Comic ConFollow me on Twitter - @MoviePaul - and tell me who or what you would dress up as for Comic Con.
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  1. Some of those outfits were just downright awesome.

    • @Dazz – I surprised at the lack of Steampunk at the Con this year. Really expected to see more. Some of those outfits can be outrageous and cool.


      • I’ve seen a Steampunk Pikachu before, shame about the lack of Steampunk cosplayers cause I agree with ya there.

        I did see an incredible pic of a Big Daddy with his daughter dressed up alongside him.

  2. Asian Jedi Elvis was by far the best one!

    • I wonder if he’s a mother-father gentleman?


  3. The gentlemen ghost one is pretty awesome. A lot of people there probably didn’t know who he was though, hehe.

    • @Robert – Nope. No one knew who he was. I had to look it up while writing this because I thought he was the Invisible Man. heh


  4. Is that Scorpius from Farscape in the World of Warcraft one?

    • I was thinking Scorpius too.

    • That was exactly what I thought too! :) Good to know some people recognize Farscape.

  5. Really??? no Female Ash? [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/B1YZwUx.jpg[/IMG] she rocked that cosplay! source: http://www.tested.com/art/makers/456834-comic-con-2013-cosplay-gallery-850-photos/

    • @Al Sobrante – That’s an awesome cosplay outfit and if I would have come across her while there, she’d definitely be on our list. I only post pictures I take though and I can’t be everywhere at once, so I’m bound to miss some. Thanks for sharing though!


  6. Correct link to picture http://imgur.com/B1YZwUx

  7. Who is the cover photo of?

    • @Patrick – That’s Kali Chung. You can find her at World of Kali on Facebook.


  8. Ha! I loved this article, Paul. Honestly, I was expecting to see the normal cosplay girl gallery and I am glad I got something different. I still don’t see the appeal of it. But each to their own.

    • @LC – Thanks for reading! We DO have a girl only Cosplay gallery but I honestly didn’t see any that deserved to be in the top. Just your standard skimpy Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Power Girl stuff.


      • @Paul

        That’s what I figured. This was much more fun!

  9. Dear God. Is the guy in the George Jetson outfit Eric Idle?

  10. how did BoboFettWolverine not make this list.

    • @your mom – Well, like I stated in the opening of the article, there were over 120K people there so there’s no way I’m going to see everyone. I only choose the pictures of people I actually see and take myself.


  11. Great photos, good article.

  12. Ah! I know #13. That ain’t no regular Red…! That’s Scarlet! .. The book … by Marissa Meyer .. who is pictured there. XD Love it!

    And ah…hahahaha… Sharknado. Just no…no.

  13. Number 13 is author Marissa Meyer and her husband who writes futuristic steampunkish fairy tales called THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. In her sequel that just came out it starred Red, a firecracker of a girl, whose trying to hunt down her missing grandmother in France that is being overtaken by werewolves. It is a direct sequel to CINDER, an android Cinderella who is adopted into a Chinese family in New Beijing.

    She is representing that series… Not Hollywood’s recent fascination with Fairy Tales, even though I truly do love Fairy tales (Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs…just need someone to properly tell that tale like Once Upon a Time does).

  14. Was just going to say what David said, Marissa Meyer is more than just a pretty face in a cute costume, she’s the amazing author of CINDER, SCARLET and the upcoming CRESS! And yay for girls being pretty without being under-dressed!

  15. The Red Riding Hood is author Marissa Meyer. She wrote a book about Red and the Big Bad Wolf called Scarlet. :D

    • @Bee – Thanks. I would never had known that. I just saw them on the street and really liked their outfits :)


  16. This list is super weak! I saw plenty of costumes that were far better than the majority of the pictures you guys chose as the best.

    Also I don’t know how much time you guys spent taking these pictures but I saw more than ten times the amount of Star Wars costumes that you claim to have seen. I saw at least 8 or more slave Leias, and that’s not including the rather large gentleman wearing the outfit.

  17. Wow!!! Beautiful collection of the pictures….I am really impressed with the blog posted by you…Thanks for sharing the post with us…

  18. Great costumes everyone. Comic-con 2014 had some great costumes also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ze_HSBBIfE