Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer goes viral as real life Gym Leader Nessa

Published: 19/Feb/2021 23:47

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon cosplayer ‘CutiePieSensei’ made waves on Instagram after sharing her mind-blowing transformation into Sword & Shield Water-type Gym Leader, Nessa. 

Since making its debut in 2019, Pokemon Sword & Shield has already had a few new characters explode in popularity with the fandom. One of those is Gym Leader Nessa.

Prolific cosplayer Jasmine ‘Cutie Pie Sensei’ James wowed fans of the Gen VIII RPGs when she uploaded her stunning true-to-life take on the Water-type Trainer on social media. 

Screenshot of Gym Leader Nessa in
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Cosplayer CutiePieSensei looks exactly like the beloved Sword & Shield Gym Leader.

Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer becomes real life Nessa

Players first encounter the fierce Gym Leader after entering the small seaside town of Hulbury. Nessa brings a tsunami of power into battle as she utilizes some of Galar’s strongest Water-type Pokemon.

Popular cosplayer Cutie Pie Sensei showed her love for the heroine by bringing her to life with an insanely accurate costume. The artist posed as the Trainer while showing off her recreation in the character’s iconic Galar League uniform which consists of a white and blue crop top, and orange trimmed swim shorts.

James’ viral post showed her faithful depiction of Nessa next to screenshots of the character from the game. Fans of the Gen 8 Pokemon RPGs were stunned by how much she looked like the Gym Leader. So much so that it’s almost as if she has swam right out of the screen.

In another shot shared to social media, the talented artist also mirrored her iconic stance before launching into battle while holding a prop Dive Ball. Not only did CutiePie nail the character’s outfit, she also captured the Hulbury Trainer’s signature braided locks and light blue streaked hair.

Fans of the Gym Leader are in luck as Nessa made her return in Sword & Shield’s final DLC, The Crown Tundra, in October 2020. Players can team up with the Water-type fighter in the new Galar All Star Tournament mode.

Despite only releasing a year ago, the eighth generation RPG is already on track to becoming the second-highest selling title in the Pokemon franchise history. Proof that the series is just as popular as it was 25 years ago.


Pokemon cosplayer transforms into Gym Leader Misty in epic TikTok

Published: 23/Feb/2021 19:28

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon cosplayer made waves on social media after sharing her mind-blowing transformation into Cerulean City Gym Leader, Misty. The artist brought the heroine to life in a viral TikTok video.

After being an original Gym Leader in Pokemon Red & Green in 1996 on the Game Boy, Gym Leader Misty became a face of the franchise after starring as one of the main protagonists in the anime show.

Decades later, the red-haired heroine has become one of the most popular characters in the series. Popular artist ‘elise.uwuu‘ celebrated the Water-type Trainer with an epic video recreation that will leave fans in awe.

Screenshot of Gym Leader Misty in Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu.
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The Kanto Gym Leader is still one of the most popular characters in the Pokemon franchise.

Pokemon cosplayer becomes Misty in true-to-life take

Fans were first introduced to the beloved Gym Leader in the 1996 RPGs after entering the second major town in the game – Cerulean City. The fierce Trainer utilizes a powerful team of Water-type ‘mon, which helped teach players about element types.

Prolific cosplayer Elise ‘elise.uwuu’ celebrated the beloved character with a set of Instagram posts in February. The talented artist posed as the Kanto fighter while wearing her iconic outfit, which consists of a yellow crop top, jean shorts, and red suspenders.

Elise not only faithfully re-created the heroine’s attire from the anime, she also accurately captured the Gym Leader’s red hairstyle to perfection, while mirroring her signature peace sign hand gesture.

As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer brought the Gen I RPG character to life – quite literally – with a TikTok video which went viral. In the adorable clip, Elise plays the piano and recreates the battle theme song from the 1996 RPGs.

Decades later, Misty is still one of the most beloved characters in the Japanese franchise. While she hasn’t been featured in the last handful of generations, the Water-type Trainer is one of the most popular protagonists for cosplayers to dress up as.

Fans of the heroine can actually battle against her again in the 2018 titles Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee for Nintendo Switch. The RPGs are an HD re-imagining of the Kanto region, and includes all eight original Gym Leaders from the 1996 games.