The Dark Souls series probably have some of the most memorable bosses in gaming because any player who has come across them will surely associate them with some intense emotions. Sometimes it can be fear due to their design, other times they inspire awe, but most of the time, they induce rage - enough to reduce a grown man to a bawling infant.
For that matter, bosses and characters throughout the three Dark Souls games are so memorable as to warrant some cosplay love. The problem is, their designs can be downright alien, freaky, or too cool to even consider imitating. Still, that's not a problem for the most creative and most resourceful of cosplayers who, like Dark Souls games veterans, have triumphed and overcome the challenge of doing it.
Here are 10 of the seemingly impossible Dark Souls cosplays that were made possible.
10 NAMELESS KING FROM DARK SOULS 3
Not quite impossible for a regular cosplayer, right? The Nameless King is the most difficult boss in Dark Souls 3, and in a sea of difficult bosses, that's saying something. Here's a commendable attempt to cosplay the Nameless King.
Throw in a wig or some white pompoms and voila, you would think that you can imitate heavy metal incarnate, but no. It's not the appearance that makes the Nameless King near impossible to cosplay, it's the company. You see, the nameless king also has a pet giant crow/dragon who is a huge part of the boss fight, both literally and mechanically. Without Storm Crow-san, he's only half as badass.
9 DANCER OF THE BOREAL VALLEY FROM DARK SOULS 3
Beautiful, enigmatic, and will probably take a dozen failures on average before she is defeated. The Dancer of the Boreal Valley is one of the most treacherous bosses in Dark Souls 3. She constantly delays and mixes up some of her attacks, making her moves quite hard to evade. The fight with her is a dance players need to learn or they will die... many times. However, what makes her truly hard to faithfully cosplay is her posture.
The Dancer has long limbs and usually walks like a contortionist on steroids which would make even Samara from The Ring look like a child by comparison. Good luck maintaining that posture without subjecting your neck and back to torture. Still, props to cosplayers for managing to make that armor!
8 ALDRICH DEVOURER OF GODS FROM DARK SOULS 3
Aldrich was one tragic boss in Dark Souls 3 as he used to be a humanoid character in the original Dark Souls. Now, look what he's become. Apparently, he got devoured and assimilated by that... thing. For that reason alone, cosplaying Aldrich is hard with all the black ghastly dried goo thing which doubles as the skirt. Nevertheless, we have this.
Thank goodness for wedding gowns and goth dyes. Did we also mention that Aldrich is one of the most difficult bosses of Dark Souls 3? At the very least, the cosplayer slayed him in their portrayal.
7 PRINCES LORIAN & LOTHRIC FROM DARK SOULS 3
As you might have guessed, this royal duo from Dark Souls 3 is also a royal pain in the butt to defeat. In fact, they are also among the top most difficult bosses in Dark Souls 3. Still, fighting them somehow instigates guilt due to the fact that Lorian is a crippled zombie and his younger brother Lothric is lethargic. Despite that, Lorian acts as both Lothric's protector and carrier.
Such a regrettable brotherly bond must also be reflected in cosplays, hence we have stuff like this.
It's quite obvious which is the hardest part of this cosplay. One cosplayer will have to murder and sacrifice their knees for the sake of brotherly love.
6 SIEGMEYER/SIEGLINDE OF CATARINA FROM DARK SOULS
There are many words and monikers you can use to describe Siegmeyer: Onion Knight, Thicc Bro, Big Boi, etc. However, "friend" will suffice. Of course, he's not a boss in Dark Souls, but rather, the bravest (or most foolhardy) adventurer you will encounter. Despite facing nightmare-inducing horrors, he is still pleasant to chat with and his armor and voice gives off those laid-back uncle vibes.
Replicating such qualities in cosplay is easier said than done, but here we are.
It's not just Siegmeyer's armor that's hard to copy, one also has to be a pleasant conversationist and of course, be a bit "munchy in the middle" so to speak. His daughter, Sieglinde, also wears the same armor.
5 EXECUTIONER SMOUGH FROM DARK SOULS
Despite being clad in thick steel, Smough is no knight in shining armor. Also, despite his radiant rolls, he is by no means as cuddly as Siegmeyer. Smough is actually quite notorious, being part of the dynamic duo boss of Dark Souls. He and his comrade, Ornstein, separate the boys from the men with their golden tag-team of death.
What does make a Smough cosplay difficult to pull off is the impossibly huge belly... and the impossibly huge hammer he wields which is supposed to be nearly as big as him. Still, cosplayers refuse to accept defeat.
4 HAVEL THE ROCK
To top off our consecutive fat dudes in fat armor cosplays, here's one of the most immovable objects in Dark Souls. The dragonslayer Havel would have given Dwayne Johnson a run for his money. This miniboss probably deserves "The Rock" as a moniker better; his whole armor and shield are made from rocks and his huge mace weapon is actually a dragon's fang. No matter how much you hit this guy, he just won't budge.
Sadly (and understandably), no actual rocks were used by cosplayers.
That means you can't just go around kicking a Havel cosplayer hoping for them to shrug off your blows.
3 GRAVELORD NITO FROM DARK SOULS
If there ever was a "most horrific" boss design award for Dark Souls, it would have gone to Edgelord-- sorry, Gravelord Nito or as the game community regards him: Big Papa Nito. It's still a big mystery what (or which) Nito really is in person. Is he one of those skellies? Or are they a group of corpses who have decided to call their antisocial social club Nito?
Regardless cosplayers have found a way to make some neat-O attempts of Nito cosplays.
Even a Gravelord needs its daily dose of suntan from time to time while looking fashionable in a winter coat.
2 KING JEREMIAH FROM DARK SOULS
King Jeremiah is one of the biggest non-boss anomalies in Dark Souls. You see, he's a king, but he probably disliked cookie cutter crown designs, so why not pile up some cloth on your head as high as you can while still being functional in combat? The first time you meet him in-game, you'll probably bust a gut since he sticks out like a sore thumb with "sore" being an understatement.
One look at that headpiece and you'd think it would intimidate cosplayers, but no...
It's a giant egg whisk for those of you wondering how they pulled that off.
1 SIF THE GREAT GREY WOLF FROM DARK SOULS
Without a doubt, Sif is one of the most unique and unforgettable bosses in Dark Souls. He is actually the loyal pet companion of Knight Artorias who died heroically while single-handedly holding off apocalyptic forces. Despite his master's death, Sif has chosen to protect Artorias' legacy... until you show up and kill the honorable sad wolf even as he limped from the injuries you inflicted.
Being a good boy, cosplayers and dog lovers who have played Dark Souls have chosen to honor Sif's courage and loyalty with this.
Unwieldy sword? Check. Murderous gaze? Check. As an added bonus, you get to be judged by a condescending husky.