Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer becomes Spikemuth’s Gym Leader Marnie

Published: 30/Dec/2020 19:05

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer created shockwaves on Instagram after showcasing her epic true-to-life take on Gen 8 rival Marnie.

Pokemon Trainers were whisked away to the Galar region for its eighth generation title Sword & Shield. The Nintendo Switch RPG introduced players to new features such as Dynamaxing and online Raid battles.

Fans can’t seem to get enough of the series’ latest rival, Marnie. A talented cosplayer celebrated the heroine by transforming into the character and bringing her hometown Spikemuth to life.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield trainer Marnie smiling for her Morpeko.
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The new rival introduced in Sword & Shield has been a major hit with Pokemon fans.

Pokemon cosplayer’s real life Marnie

In Gen VIII, players face off against two rivals throughout the story. However, it is Marnie who has stolen the hearts of many fans. The Dark-type Trainer heralds from the small town of Spikemuth and has her own fan club called Team Yell.

Renowned Chinese cosplayer ‘kitaro_cos‘ shared her insanely accurate take on the Sword & Shield heroine on Instagram. The talented artist posed in Marnie’s iconic leather jacket and pink pleated dress, as photographer ‘qt1234321‘ captured her against an epic backdrop of neon lights.

The stunning picture truly brings the RPG to life as the location they used for the photoshoot could easily be mistaken for one of Spikemuth’s many lit up backstreets. Kitaro perfectly mirrors the Galar rival’s battle stance with a Pokeball in hand.

In another shot posted to social media, Kitaro adorably posed with a detailed Morpeko plush. The dual-type ‘mon never leaves Marnie’s side and switches into an angry version after being hit. The cosplayer’s outfit is bursting with many details from the game, from her black choker to her twin ponytail hair – this is easily one of the best re-creations of the character we have ever seen.

Fans of the Spikemuth rival are in luck as the Dark-type Trainer actually makes another appearance in Sword & Shield’s second DLC, The Crown Tundra. Players can team up with the popular character in the new Galarian Star tournament.

Despite only releasing a year ago in November 2019, the eighth generation title is already the third highest-selling release in the entire franchise. Proof that Pokemon is as popular as it’s ever been – even decades after its debut in 1996.


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.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Toph Cosplay
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.