Cosplaying sounds fairly simple to grasp – dress up as the character you like! You might need some more time to source for props, since it’s not like there are many online blogshops that have cosplay costumes in multiple sizes (PSA: Be careful when ordering from these online cosplay blogshops, because many of them do shoddy work which look nothing like their pictures). And you can wear it again and again at different conventions, and be known as the cosplayer who specialises in that character!

What could go wrong, right?

Plenty. As these next few photographs will show you, even the simplest of concepts can go awry in the hands of these walking disasters. They can turn even the sweetest characters into Lovecraftian horrors. And they will haunt you in your dreams.

1. Sailor Moon

This is what Sailor Moon is supposed to look like.

Sailor Moon. Credit: Role Cosplay

Sailor Moon. Credit: Role Cosplay

And this is the mockery that became of her outfit. Let’s count the ways that this went wrong, shall we? Firstly, his beard is definitely not blond – and Sailor Moon does not have a beard. Second, his boots are black at the bottom. Then there’s the glasses. And that incredibly weird looking purse. I’ve got nothing against cross-dressing cosplayers, since it takes a lot of effort to pull off the look. But sometimes, it really, really doesn’t work.

Sailor Man. Credit: Skullbrain

Sailor Man. Credit: Skullbrain

At least he got the colour scheme right.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Here’s good Ninja Turtles cosplay – they almost look like they could be real movie costumes!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Credit: Turtle Lover Divine

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Credit: Turtle Lover Divine

And then there’s… this. They resemble Putty Patrollers (remember those grey minions from Power Rangers?) except that they’re dyed green. In fact, they look like they’re wearing green trash bags, with obligatory sashes and bandannas to differentiate them. Where’s the shell portions of their costumes? That crumpled look make them look more like aliens, and not the friendly type.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Terrors. Credit: Nster News

Teenage Mutant Ninja Terrors. Credit: Nster News

Also, they have no weapons, but that’s really the least of the problems.

3. Iron Man

Done well, this is what Iron Man can look like. The mask is easy enough to find, and his armour plates actually come with weathering effects! All you need to do is to install a handheld laser into one of those Repulsor Ray gauntlets.

Iron Man. Credit: Pinterest

Iron Man. Credit: Pinterest

And then there’s this. His arms aren’t even fully covered – you can see his pyjamas underneath! And using a ribbon to simulate the Repulsor Ray effect is… desperate, at best. The poor guy’s costume looks like it was done in a pre-school art class. There’s no way any part of his armour could pass off as being made of iron.

Vanguard sheet Man. Credit: MTV News

Vanguard sheet Man. Credit: MTV News

And his Unibeam/ARC Reactor section is a giant medal. What did he get a giant medal for?

4. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a pretty simple costume, in that there’s very little of it to begin with. All you need is some confidence, and the Wonder Woman look is yours. People will be too busy marvelling at your bravery to notice the finer details.

Wonder Woman. Credit:  Costume Wall

Wonder Woman. Credit: Costume Wall

Unless, of course, you’re wearing this. Fortunately he has a Wonder Wobear sign, but one has to wonder if this was bestowed upon him, because it’s definitely not part of the costume. To his credit, he does have her Lasso of Truth by the side. But that facial hair and chest hair means that you’ll never, ever see Wonder Woman the same way again.

What Woman?! Credit: Blog De Superheroes

What Woman?! Credit: Blog De Superheroes

His gauntlets look OK though.

5. Powerpuff Girls

Since the heroines are of super-deformed proportions, it’s easier to match your outfits and hairstyles to the Powerpuff Girls, than to actually try to mimic their size.

Powerpuff Girls. Credit: Deviant Art

Powerpuff Girls. Credit: Deviant Art

Because otherwise, you get this. Their heads might actually be cute if not for the fact that they’ve all got their mouths open. It looks like they’re screaming in horror at what they’ve become. One expression is all it takes to ruin the entire Powerpuff Girls outfit.

Where’s the Professor?

(Update: The costumes below are actually from the episode “Powerpuff Bluff,” where three burly, manly criminals dress up as the Powerpuff Girls to commit crimes. It’s actually an accurate costume even though it would pretty much give you nightmares. Thanks to our eager readers for spotting it! We’ve added another terrible cosplay example to give you additional nightmares!)

Powerpuff Gross. Credit: Pinterest

Powerpuff Gross. Credit: Pinterest

6. Mystique

While the movies depict Mystique in her natural form as being without clothes (and rightly so), the comics generally have her either in white (classic) or black (classic), with her trademark blue skin, red hair, and yellow eyes.

Mystique with some mystique. Credit: Fashionably Geek

Mystique with some mystique. Credit: Fashionably Geek

Attempts to be movie accurate can go awry, as the next picture shows. While he’s got the red hair, it’s not exactly long and wavy. The worst part is the blue paint – it’s unevenly applied, and there are visible gaps inside the elbows, around the eyes and mouth, and on the hands. While Mystique could ostensibly take on this form, it’s not one of her more… recognisable appearances. You can refer to X-Men: Apocalypse if you don’t believe me.

Mystique without mystique. Credit: Smosh

Mystique without mystique. Credit: Smosh

Don’t worry, you’ll see better cosplay in Young & Fabulous, a film about a group of aspiring young cosplayers! The film sees young stars like Aloysius Pang, Joshua Tan, and Joyce Chu donning fabulous costumes and pursuing their passions, despite what the rest of society might say.

Young and Fabulous poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Young and Fabulous poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Catch Young & Fabulous in cinemas now!

P.S. Captain America: Civil War is still showing if you want to check out what a real Iron Man costume looks like, X-Men: Apocalypse is out in theatres for you to check out Mystique in action, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows comes out next week if you’re interested in mutant animal CGI!

Credits: Skullbrain, Role Cosplay, MTV News, Pinterest, Nster News, Turtle Lover Divine, Blog De Superheroes, Costume Wall, Pinterest, Deviant Art, Golden Village Cinemas, Smosh, Fashionably Geek