Cosplayer recreates Critical Role's Mighty Nein in TikTok Brush challenge - Dexerto

Cosplayer recreates Critical Role’s Mighty Nein in TikTok Brush challenge

Published: 29/May/2020 5:48 Updated: 29/May/2020 7:14

by Theo Salaun


A cosplayer and Critical Role fan, Agent Barton, has gone ahead and parodied TikTok’s “Pass the Brush” challenge as six characters from the popular Dungeons & Dragons web series.

Replacing a brush with a D20, Agent Barton brings out six different Critical Role characters in a tight 30 seconds. Starting with five of the Mighty Nein, protagonists of Critical Role’s Campaign 2, Barton gets versatile as Mollymauk Tealeaf, Yasha Nydoorin, Caduceus Clay, Jester Lavorre and Caleb Widogast.

She then finishes as the infamous NPC and mother to Jester, Marion Lavorre—the Ruby of the Sea. 


[self] Did my own version of the pass the brush challenge with Critical Role characters and my D20! from cosplay


While Barton explained on Reddit that Yasha is “the only one I have that would be considered finished,” you have to respect her ability to replicate such a diverse array of characters, even if some aren’t quite up to her standards yet.

Sure, Barton may have an affinity for Tieflings, as three of the characters she chose to emulate are of the human-based, planetouched variety: Tealeaf and each Lavorre family member. 


She still rounds it out with impressive variety, recreating a Firbolg Cleric in Clay, an Aasimar Barbarian in Nydoorin and the classic Human Wizard in Widogast.


Despite dubbing most of these cosplays unfinished, they still withstand critique. Barton explained on Reddit that the horns used for her Tieflings were 3D-printed and that she bought the jacket for Tealeaf on Amazon before adding designs with fabric paint herself.

The horns, vibrant makeup and colorful wigs are all nice, but a special shout out needs to go to Barton’s Widogast. And not to the faux beard, wig and book—all important components of his look.


The shout out needs to go to Barton’s subtle attention to detail, as she nails his most trademark feature: a tattered look befitting a self-loathing introvert. Instead of the eclectic colors needed for the makeup of Tealeaf or Lavorre, Widogast needs one particular note of makeup for the tired bags under his eyes.

One has to wonder if Barton intends on rounding out the rest of the Mighty Nein, as she has yet to don cosplays of the Human Monk, Beauregard Lionett, the Half-Orc Warlock, Fjord, or the Goblin Rogue, Nott the Brave. 

They may not have the horns she is so fond of, but we’ve already seen that she has the versatility to handle that.


Evangelion cosplayer becomes Rei Ayanami with epic underwater photoshoot

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:01

by Brent Koepp


A Neon Genesis Evangelion cosplayer shared her transformation into popular character Rei Ayanami. The artist brought the anime heroine to life with a mind-blowing underwater photoshoot.

Ever since its debut in 19995, Neon Genesis Evangelion has been one of the most influential animes of all time. The Studio Gainax Mecha was originally written by Hideaki Anno.

To celebrate the hit show, a cosplayer went to new depths – literally – to bring lead character Rei Ayanami to life. The artist’s jaw dropping underwater photo recreation will leave fans of the sci-fi epic speechless.

Screenshot of Rei Ayanami in Rebuild Evangelion anime.
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The blue-haired heroine is one of the main characters in the hit anime.

While the series heavily revolves around teenager Shinji Ikari moving to Tokyo-3, the protagonist quickly meets a diverse cast of characters after joining Nerv. One of the fierce characters introduced is Rei Ayanami who pilots Evangelion mechs to defend humanity from the alien threat called Angels.

Cosplayer Tessa ‘tessa_crownster’ made waves on Instagram after faithfully bringing the heroine to life in November. The artist absolutely nailed the character’s signature look, accurately mirroring her short blue bob-style haircut, as well as depicting her striking red eyes.

Tessa utilized underwater photography with the help of ‘brettsphoto‘ to truly capture the anime’s sci-fi roots. The result is stunning as it looks like she is floating in a tank full of wires and circuits. The creative shoot is easily one of the best cosplays we have ever seen of Evangelion.


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In another shot posted to the cosplayer’s social media, crownster gave fans a closer view of her incredible portrayal of Rei. The picture taken by ‘samu.snap‘ showcases just how accurate her costume is to the hit anime. Tessa looks ready for battle as she mimics Ayanami’s stance while wearing her iconic white and black pilot bodysuit.


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Despite releasing over 25 years ago, Evangelion continues to have a major influence on not only anime, but films and music. The groundbreaking Mecha was in many ways ahead of its time.

Those that might have missed out on the hit show back in the day can actually watch the original series right now on Netflix or Funimation.