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Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer stuns with real life Mai take

Published: 23/Sep/2020 18:48 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 0:50

by Brent Koepp

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An Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer went viral after she shared a perfect portrayal of Fire Nation character Mai. The artist looks so much like Azula’s squad member, that it’s almost as if she’s cut her way out of the screen and into real life.

The Last Airbender first aired on Nickelodeon in 2005. Viewers around the world fell in love with its story about a child monk who, as the Avatar, can control the elements of water, earth, fire, and air. 

The series has seen an explosion in popularity in 2020, after Netflix added it to its service back in April. To celebrate, a cosplayer shared a transformation into Fire Nation character Mai that will leave fans stunned.

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Mai is the daughter of a wealthy Fire Nation politician.

Avatar cosplayer brings Mai to life 

In Book Two, viewers are introduced to Mai, who becomes a pivotal character when series villain Azula recruits her as a part of her squad. The fierce warrior helps the Fire Nation princess hunt down Avatar Aang and his group.

Cosplayer Riona ‘rionafae’ went viral on Instagram after sharing a jaw-dropping take on the character. The talented artist faithfully portrayed her signature black braided hair, including the parted bangs that frame her face. 

Riona posed next to a screenshot of Mai, highlighting just how faithful the cosplay is. Her insanely accurate depiction even mirrors the non-bender’s facial expression, and perfectly captures her eyebrows and golden eyes.

In another shot, the cosplayer gave viewers a closer look at how much detail went into pulling off Azula’s squadmate. Rionafae re-created her Fire Nation attire, which consists of a long sleeved red dress and a black robe that sits over it.

Just like the first photo, she meticulously mirrors the character’s pose from the show. This is without a doubt one of the best Avatar cosplays we’ve ever seen, and could easily be mistaken for an official live-action version of Mai.

Despite ending in 2008, Avatar saw a major revival in 2020 after Netflix added to its popular platform. The Nickelodeon series also celebrated its 15th anniversary in February.

Those wanting to see what all the hype is about can watch the show in its entirety on the streaming service now. They also added its sequel spin-off The Legend of Korra.

World of Warcraft

WoW cosplayer’s impressive Sylvanas gets Blizzard’s seal of approval

Published: 27/Oct/2020 12:25 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 12:37

by Lauren Bergin

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One of the most iconic characters of the World of Warcraft franchise is Sylvanas Windrunner, the infamous banshee seen in the Shadowlands trailer. A cosplay by Cinderys injects some new life into the famous undead warrior. 

With the pre-patch World of Warcraft: Shadowlands launching on the 13 October, the buzz surrounding the game’s newest installment is beginning to rise. As we draw ever closer to release, there’ll likely be a host of new Shadowlands content to keep us occupied.

The events of Shadowlands take place after the Battle for Azaroth, and see players travel deep into the Shadowlands to thwart their undead nemesis; fan-favorite archer turned banshee Sylvanas Windrunner. The Shadowlands themselves have come to represent the game’s equivalent of the afterlife, and while intriguing, are clearly home to a plethora of new, dangerous enemies.

However, Parisian cosplayer Cinderys (Sonia Grillet) has helped to blur the veil between the real world and the WoW universe by creating a stunning cosplay rendition of the Shadowlands antagonist.

Becoming the Banshee Queen

At first glance, Cinderys could easily be Sylvanas – or at least an illustration of her. Framed against the murky background of the Shadowlands, Cinderys is adorned in corrupted high eleven armor sporting Sylvanas’ masterfully crafted longbow. Ash blond hair cascades down her shoulders, providing some welcome respite to the dark, shadowy surroundings. However, getting to this point clearly wasn’t easy.

In a series of WIP photos, Cinderys shows the step by step process that led to the creation of the iconic Dark Lady, with one image showing the incomplete bust piece that lies at the center of Sylvanas’ armor.

A second photograph shows some of the behind the scenes work that went into the iconic longbow. With the finalized product sitting next to a blueprint of how to build it, it’s proof of just how much work has gone into the creation of the famous weapon.

Hail to the queen

With 3,000 likes on the image alone, Cinderys cosplay certainly attracted attention. The cosplay queen shared a post on Instagram showing the Blizzard liked the tweet of Cinderys as Sylvanas. Cinderys’ excitement is infectious; seeing Blizzard respond to her cosplays caused a wave of appreciative fan comments and support.


Just in time for spooky season, Cinderys proves that even in these wild times we can dress up and lose ourselves a little. Sometimes it’s time to be queen, so it’s worth taking a leaf out of Cinderys’ book and putting some effort into our passions. After all, we have all the time in the world.