Overwatch cosplayer pulls off breathtaking genderbent Hanzo costume - Dexerto

Overwatch cosplayer pulls off breathtaking genderbent Hanzo costume

Published: 18/Mar/2020 6:17

by Andrew Amos


German Overwatch cosplayer ‘CrunchyCupcake’ has stunned fans with an incredible genderbent Hanzo cosplay that looks exactly like the hero in-game.

Pulling off a high-quality Hanzo cosplay is pretty difficult to start off with. From the custom bows, to having to make the gown from scratch, it can be pretty finicky to pull it off.

Now, imagine trying to do that as a woman. Things can become ten times harder to keep authentic and true to the character. But, German cosplayer CrunchyCupcake has managed to pull off a perfect cosplay of Overwatch’s Japanese archer.

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Hanzo isn’t the easiest cosplay to pull off in the first place, let alone genderbent.

Crunchy’s cosplay of the Overwatch hero looks like the archer just jumped off the training fields of Hanamura into real life. From head to toe, her costume design is finely detailed.

She made omnic-style boots from scratch to walk around in, and crafted Hanzo’s mechanized right hand to hold her bowstring with. She even copied the archer’s tattoo over her left arm and chest.

Her weaponry is immaculate. From the sapphire bow to the quiver, all of Crunchy’s clothes and props look like they were handed down the Shimura household.

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The clothes themselves can sometimes be a dealbreaker with trying to make a realistic cosplay, but Crunchy didn’t let that happen either. She made sure to stitch on the same markings as Hanzo had on his gown in-game, and crafted the same belt to hold her extra supplies in.

The stunning level of detail that has gone into trying to make this genderbend cosplay look just as realistic is incredible. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that Crunchy pulls off the look better than most male cosplayers.

She’s shown it off at a couple of conventions since debuting it in 2019, and is probably her most recognizable piece to her thousands of fans on Instagram.

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Crunchy doesn’t usually do genderbend cosplays, sticking to same-sex characters like Lux from League of Legends, or Overwatch hero Mercy. While her designs for other works are equally as immaculate, pulling off a genderbend cosplay is a lot harder.

As for future genderbend designs, she hasn’t let any details loose, but there’s sure to be some male characters her fans would love to see her take on given the quality of her Hanzo cosplay — keep your eyes peeled.


Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer looks graceful as Art Nouveau Toph

Published: 16/Jan/2021 7:14

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Avatar: The Last Airbender fans love Toph for her tomboyish vibe despite being raised like a princess, but a brilliant cosplayer managed to capture her elegant side by creating a refined version of her usual outfit.

The heroes in Avatar: The Last Airbender all bring something unique to the table. However, Toph is particularly remarkable because she managed to become an earth-bending master despite being blind since birth.

Initially, she wanted to prove to her parents that blindness didn’t make her weak. But she became one of the most powerful characters in the show and a valuable Team Avatar member.

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Toph Beifong turned her back on a sheltered childhood to become a powerful earth-bender.

Toph is a popular choice among cosplayers too. But while we’ve seen everything from her traditional get-up to an elegant dress she once wore, it’s hard to find one more unique than Emma J.I.Q Rubini’s Art Nouveau Toph.

“You see nothing once, and you’ve seen it a thousand times,” she said, referring to a quote. “Y’all remember when we used to have cons? I’m so happy I went to Katsucon this year since it ended up being the only one I went to.”

“Here’s the cosplay I made for it,” she added. “Art Nouveau Toph! I am incredibly proud of the work I put into it, and I’m happy I got to wear it to such a pretty con! One day maybe I’ll wear it again.”

Emma managed to capture all the crucial elements of Toph’s everyday outfit. It includes the green and beige garments, the hairstyle tucked under a headband with a flower, and of course, contact lenses to match her eyes.

However, she’s added some exotic details in line with a style known as Art Nouveau. It combines elegantly woven tapestries with encrusted jewels and other bits and pieces to add some class.

Cosplayers and their fans know how much time and effort it takes to re-create an outfit faithfully. However, it takes creativity, talent, and courage to add your flair. Emma nailed it, and the thousands of likes she’s getting are a testament to that.