A talented cosplayer duo shared their incredibly accurate take on Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Zuko & Katara, becoming their alter egos The Blue Spirit and The Painted Lady.
Avatar first aired in 2005 on Nickelodeon, and its story about a monk named Aang who can bend the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire resonated with millions.
However, during the series run, two of the main characters that accompany the protagonist – Katara and Zuko – adopt secret identities to overcome the challenges they face.
Two talented cosplayers showed off their costumes of the popular heroes, and wowed fans with the insane detail that brought the two alter egos to life.
The Blue Spirit and The Painted Lady brought to life
Katara’s alter ego isn’t introduced until Season 3 when she becomes a legendary spirit from a small village in the Fire Nation called Jang Hui. The myth is about a phantom lady from the lake that surrounds the village.
The two cosplayers bring the characters to life with their insanely detailed costumes, such as Katara’s intricate red makeup and flowing veil hat, and Zuko’s iconic mask and his two swords – making this a dream collaboration.
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Dₒᵤₛₑ ₘy fᵢᵣₑ?…Wₐᵣₘ ₘy wₐₜₑᵣₛ?… ° ° ° Sooo so glad to have finally done this version of my ship. It's been well long over due, but huge shoutout to @outlaw2lk for always coming thru for me. Thank you Soo much for being the Blue Spirit to my Painted Lady – another dream come true checked off my list. Now my diehard #Zutara shipping can sail off into the sunset for all eternity, haha! ° Additionally, as always, major bless for @thatguywiththebattie for giving me some of my favorite shots of me haha? ° #katara #kataracosplay #kataracosplayer #paintedlady #paintedladykatara #paintedladycosplay #avatarthelastairbender #atla #avatarthelastairbendercosplay #atlacosplay #watertribe #southernwatertribe #waterbender #Waterbending #nickelodeon #darkhorsecomics #cosplay #cosplayer #cosplayers #cosplayersofinstagram #VSOL #vsolcosplay #cosplayersofig @cosplayofcolor #zuko #zukocosplay #firelordzuko #bluespirit #bluespiritcosplay #zutaracosplay @thefanspov @cosplay_only
While Prince Zuko is first introduced in very beginning of the series, his alter-ego the The Blue Spirit is first seen in episode 13 of Season 1 with an episode all about his secret identity.
The banished prince wears a blue and white samurai style mask, over his black attire, while wielding dual broadswords that can actually be combined as they are both one side of the same weapon.
Outlaw showed off his costume in full on his account as he posed with his warrior stance on top of a pole, making his costume look like a scene right out of the animation.
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Zuko’s Blue Spirit was literally something I threw together in less than a day. All from patterning my own mask, foam work, & sewing everything but the short and shoes. A fun quick build. – Photo by: @thatguywiththebattie – – #paladinsofcosplay #outlaw2lk #evafoam #cosplay #cosplayprogress #cosplayersofinstagram #plastidip #rustoleum #zuko #avatarthelastairbender #bluespirit #bluespiritzuko #animenyc #animenyc2019
While The Last Airbender originally ended in 2008, fans have a lot to forward to as Netflix announced in 2019 that they are reviving the show in 2020 as a live-action remake, even bringing on the series’ original creators.
The popular show has continued to build its legacy and next year will be it’s official 15th anniversary. Nickelodeon are prepping a collectors edition re-release of the original series on Blu-Ray in February in celebration.