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Kim Possible cosplay brings back iconic childhood crush with chic Shego

Published: 17/Jun/2020 22:10

by Theo Salaun

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Kim Possible’s Shego is one of the most iconic antagonists in cartoon history, and Luminosity Gaming’s content creator, Tori Pareno, has brought the villain back to life.  

Although Kim Possible’s last episode aired in 2007, the show continues to live on to this day in our cultural cloud, consistently re-emerging on Halloween with Kim’s trademark cargo pants – and now, in cosplay as Pareno has recreated Shego’s striking look.

Shego was no ordinary villain, but a sassy boss with super powers, a temper and some serious charm. Rocking a tight catsuit, long dark hair (as referenced by Jack Harlow in his 2020 hit, “What’s Poppin’?”) and an attitude, it’s no surprise that Shego is one of the most infamous childhood crushes in animated history. 

 

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Shego’s playful fights with Kim Possible made her a legendary cartoon villain.

Undertaking some artistic liberties, Pareno has now forced thousands to remember their early infatuations. Shego was hit with a comet as a child, granting her the superpowers of green flames of energy and an appearance with a pale green skin tone.

While fully invoking Shego’s somewhat green skin may have been one way to do things, Pareno decided to embody the look with a green contour against pale makeup—juxtaposed against the sharp contrast of Shego’s black upper lip, sharp, dark eyebrows, and vivid green eyes, the content creator looks every bit as distinct as her inspiration.

 

As for the rest of Pareno’s ensemble, she locked it down. A master of stealth and subterfuge, Shego’s fit is emblazoned with a dazzle camouflage, much like UK and US warships used to confuse enemies in World War I. Down to the mismatched gloves, Pareno efficiently recreates this puzzled green and black look.

As an added bonus, she even edited in a green flame while maintaining Shego’s signature frowns—probably lighting the flames of nostalgia in hundreds of hearts.

Pareno doesn’t typically partake in cosplay, instead running Twitch streams of games like Oxygen Not Included and Resident Evil 3 or making content for YouTube and TikTok. In fact, she calls this her first official public cosplay ever – likely because she didn’t create the outfit used in August, 2019 when she recreated Emilia from Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu.

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While she may have admittedly forgotten to do a TikTok dance for this Shego look, fans will be sure to forgive her for it since the antagonist isn’t really the type to do cute dances for views, anyway.

And it seems that Pareno is intent on doing more, asking fans who she should cosplay next in her Instagram post. So far, Viper from Valorant seems to be the front-runner as another combat-proficient lady with a taste for green clothing.

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Sword Art Online cosplayer snipes enemies as real life Sinon

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:33

by Brent Koepp

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A Sword Art Online cosplayer went viral on Instagram after sharing her transformation into popular anime character Sinon. The artist’s stunning take brings the Phantom Bullet heroine to life.

Originally written in 2002 by novelist Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online exploded in popularity a decade later with its animated adaptation in 2012. Viewers around the world have fallen in love with its creative take on massively multiplayer online role playing games.

Prolific cosplayer Sarah ‘hendoart‘ Hendo made waves on social media when she shared her costume based on the anime’s second season arc, the Phantom Bullet. The talented artist brought the beloved blue-haired sniper Sinon to life with an insanely accurate take.

Screenshot of Sword Art Online character Sinon.
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The blue-haired sniper stars in Sword Art Online II.

Sword Art Online cosplayer becomes real life Sinon

While the series starts off with protagonist Kazuto Kirigaya getting stuck in the virtual world of Aincrad, the show’s later seasons take place in a different online video game. In season two, Kirito meets a fierce sniper with a deadly aim named Sinon.

Bringing the heroine to life, cosplayer Hendoart shared her mind-blowing transformation into the character on Instagram. Photographer ‘nerdypictures‘ captured the artist posing in her signature outfit. The costume is full of meticulous detail, and includes a cut out black and white bodysuit which runs under her green jacket and leggings.

Sarah recreated a scene from the anime, and mirrored Sinon’s battle stance by holding her iconic sniper rifle behind her head. The life-size prop weapon was created by ‘airsoftevike‘ and is so accurate that it looks as if it could have come straight out of the screen.

 

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In another shot posted to social media, Hendo gave viewers a closer look at how faithful her Sword Art Online cosplay actually is. Not only did she mirror the heroine’s giant blue and silver belt buckle, she also created Sinon’s white scarf which she uses to wrap around her face to protect herself from the elements.

 

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While Sword Art Online’s anime has been a massive hit, its Light Novel adaptation is one of the most popular series in Japan. The franchise is so beloved, it’s been made into various games on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well.

Those interested in checking out the MMO-based show can catch all episodes on streaming services Funimation and Crunchyroll. Netflix also currently has seasons one through three available right now.