Cosplay…no pants required?

I’ve decided to dip my toes into the cosplay pool. And to be honest, the whole scene scares me a little…

Step 1 for me was to do a lot of research and decide on a costume for PAX 2014. While researching, I noticed a trend, one which I’m guessing most people know but somehow I was oblivious to. Cosplay outfits are super skanky. I thought that maybe some are like that, but no…turns out majority are skanky. And I mean no-pants skanky.

I REALLY don’t understand this. I absolutely love kick-arse female characters in video games, and this is probably very offensive and judgemental of me, but the excessively slutty cosplay outfits just look like hookers wandering around male-dominated expos. Yes some of the female characters in games are scantily dressed, but when I see a female assassin from Assassin’s Creed with no pants on, I’m baffled. They’re clearly not trying to have an authentic cosplay outfit.  I guess I’m missing something.


Anyway…rant aside..that helped me narrow down my options, and I’ve decided to go with a Diablo 3 demon hunter.

I feel sorry for the people who are following me on Pinterest, because that’s pretty much all I’ve been pinning for a few weeks now. Many many demon hunters.

They look deadly AND hot AND have pants! Win.

Step 2 – I decided to design my crossbow(s). Still haven’t decided if I’ll have one or two, but have started to make a mock design of it out of cardboard. First up, I found the perfect design, the one that looks exactly how a crossbow should look, and then with some assistance (from my other half who supports each and every crazy endeavour of mine) got a design made up in Sketch Up. Drew it up and hacked away at cardboard until it looked like a crossbow.

Missy Crossbow

Next step will be to make it out of balsa wood and see how that holds up. But that’ll have to wait for awhile cos I have a uni subject for the next two weeks (Cross Cultural & Organisational Psychology) and then I foresee work getting ridiculously hectic.

Oh well, 12 months to go till PAX and I think I’ve made a good start.



  1. I think it’s a real shame that you found results like that when doing research. I have only attended two conventions but I saw no one Cosplaying like that. Perhaps I’m very judgemental and offensive as well, because I agree with your point.
    As for your comment on accuracy, there are a lot of people are now doing ‘original twists’ on their Cosplays.
    It is a community ‘issue’ though so you’re definitely not the only one on this side of the fence.

    1. I’m really glad to hear you don’t think it’s widespread. I guess the more provocative ones are more likely to be the most viewed online. In Australia, there aren’t many big expos and to be honest I haven’t seen it much here, I was just worrying that that’s the whole point of cosplay. With authenticity, I guess I’m not too pedantic since I understand limited time and money can make it difficult. I just cringe when outfits are cheapened for no reason.

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