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Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer shows why Azula is the best villain

Published: 23/Aug/2020 1:03 Updated: 31/Aug/2020 19:14

by Brent Koepp

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An Avatar cosplayer shared her true-to-life take on The Last Airbender’s Azula. The artist’s fiery portrayal of the wicked princess will have fans of the Nickelodeon animation feeling the heat. 

Avatar: The Last Airbender made its debut in 2005 on Nickelodeon. Its complex story and groundbreaking use of mature themes made it a hit with viewers around the world. 

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Bringing one of the show’s most popular villains to life, an artist transformed into Princess Azula. She also teamed up with two cosplayers to portray the Fire Nation’s fierce squad.

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Azula stands with her team in The Last Airbender.

Avatar cosplayer becomes Azula with her squad

Throughout the series the wicked villain Azula hunts down protagonist Aang and his group. In Book Two, the Fire Nation royalty recruits her childhood friends to form a squad to put down the Avatar for good.

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Cosplayer ‘Reyla’ transformed into The Last Airbender character and posted her fiery take on Instagram. Posing in the Princess’s royal armor, the artist used special effects to bring her blue flame to life.

She perfectly mirrored the villain’s iconic black and gold trimmed armor, including her sharp pauldrons that sit on her shoulders. Her outfit is full of detail, including her ornate belt which features the Fire Nation royal crest symbol.

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The artist also teamed up with cosplayers ‘rali’ who portrayed Ty Lee, and ‘the_dark_rain’ as Mai to bring Azula’s squad to life. Photographer ‘adenry’ captured the trio as they posed as the deadly Fire Nation fighters.

This isn’t the first time Reyla has dressed up as an Avatar character. In fact, her excellent transformation into Kyoshi warrior Suki was featured in our top 10 best Avatar cosplays list.

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The Last Airbender has seen a major revival in pop culture this year, after making its debut on Netflix. Both old fans and new viewers have re-discovered the story of Aang all over again.

In 2020, Avatar celebrated its 15th anniversary. Despite ending in 2008, the Nickelodeon animation has proven to be a classic that new generations continues to fall in love with.

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WWE’s Zelina Vega wows Overwatch fans as poolside D.Va

Published: 8/Oct/2020 18:17

by Georgina Smith

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WWE wrestler and occasional cosplayer Zelina Vega has released a stunning cosplay of Overwatch’s D.Va after going viral back in August with a different take on the fan-favorite character.

Zelina Vega, also known by her real name Thea Trinidad, is an American pro-wrestler signed to WWE, and is a hugely recognizable star on the wrestling scene. While an extremely talented wrestler, she has also shown her love for cosplay in various forms.

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A clear lover of video games, in the past she has recreated looks from Apex Legend’s Loba, Green Lantern’s Jessica Cruise, and has cosplayed several characters from popular shooter game Overwatch, including Sombra.

She also went viral in August for a cosplay that was an almost exact match for D.Va’s original costume, a quirky video that saw her don the iconic bright bodysuit. That clip has now garnered over 90,000 views on Instagram.

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Zelina Vega regularly cosplays gaming characters like Apex Legends heroine Loba.

With the success of her previous cosplay, Vega wanted to give her fans something a little different, whilst also remaining inspired by the mech pilot and former pro-gamer D.Va’s iconic look that is loved by fans.

This time she opted for a more revealing look, with the original neon bodysuit swapped out for a bikini that looks strikingly similar; the main material matches the royal blue exactly, with the detail of the pink strings making her immediately recognisable of the fan-favorite Overwatch character.

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Her bikini top even has D.Va’s pink bunny logo stamped onto one side, which just goes to show the level of detail put into an overall more minimalistic take on the character. She points her gun directly at the camera.

Her makeup is on point, complete with the classic pink triangle face paint and a gorgeous blush colored eye look, which along with the headphones and the gun pointed straight for the camera, make for a practically hypnotic real-life version of D.Va.

With Vega’s love for the gaming and cosplay communities abundantly clear, fans are no doubt excited to see which stunning take she’ll pull out of the bag next. The Instagram post has a whopping 80,000 likes at the time of writing.