Gender Bends, Androgyny, and Crossplay: this week we’re delving into the imagination behind Cosplay Characters.
Rule 63 is a rule of the internet that reads as follows: “For any given male character, there is a female version of that character.” This rule’s exceptions are only in the instance that A: the male character is already so androgynous that a female version would be basically the same, or B: the female version hasn’t been drawn yet.”
Dare To Dream
Anything is possible with Cosplay, as long as you have an imagination big enough to accomplish it. Rule 63 is a prime example of that creativity taking new heights. Cosplayers have long been stretching our views of what is normal, bringing us new creative takes on the characters we know and love. The ability to take a character from any fandom and bring it to life–still present, but reimagined as another gender, in another time, in another context–is one of the big reasons Cosplay has such an enduring community. The challenge of taking on a character requires us to constantly reimagine our own boundaries and creative limitations. That there can be both male and female versions of any character gives us the permission to forget convention and dream in a completely safe space, where the only limitations are our own construction abilities and resources.
A Crossplay project, female Ashitaka and male San from Princess Mononoke
There Are No Limits
The beauty behind Cosplay lies in its creative limitations: THERE ARE NONE. There have been numerous debates in the 40k community over female Space Marines and the like; you can always find people wondering if this breaks the lore. The beauty of Cosplay is that there are no limits, no boundaries to what you can create. Cosplay is meant to be a safe haven for creativity, allowing any person the freedom to become whatever inspires them. Period. Have you ever wanted to try Drag? Ever fallen in love with a characters look, and want to try it for yourself? Well Cosplay is the world for you.
Cruella De Vil Crossplay by Hakucosplay
From Comics to Crossplay
The most ready example of Crossplay as canon exists in the world of comics. There have been many instances of characters from Marvel and DC swapping genders, being put into the bodies of the opposite sex, or characters simply being written as having a female counterpart to take advantage of the dynamic range that allows. Comics have been the fore-runner of blurring the lines and testing our boundaries, proving to us that our perception is a fluid thing, and ANYTHING is fair game for change.
Gender-Bent Justice League courtesy of Pat Loika
Intro To Crossplay
There are some really great examples of Crossplay out there right now. I stumbled across this great Crossplay makeup tutorial, and I highly suggest you take a look at it, and search for others, if Crossplay is something you are interested in. Makeup technique goes a great distance towards blurring the lines between male and female, reshaping your face the way you use paint shading on a miniature to change its highlight and contour. If you want to dig deeper, there’s a wealth of resources out there.
Future Crossplay Inspirations
I have dabbled in Crossplay from time to time, and I have a GIANT list of future projects in mind. At the top of my list is a Raistlin Majere from Dragonlance, a Sephiroth, and a Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII. In a world where anything is possible for Cosplay, what interests you? What projects are you wanting to tackle? I would love to hear from you all, to know what projects you’re working on and are interested in! Shoot me inspiration images and details in my email link below!
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