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Ronda Rousey’s Mortal Kombat Sonya Blade cosplay brings the pain

Published: 27/Apr/2020 18:40 Updated: 27/Apr/2020 18:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former UFC champion turned movie star Ronda Rousey partook in the charity event Kombat for a Kause by cosplaying as Mortal Kombat’s dangerous US Special Forces officer Sonya Blade.

In a video posted to Instagram, Ronda first shows up dressed up in casual attire consisting of a straw hat, jean shorts and brown boots. However, once she tosses her hat at the camera, she reappears dressed completely differently.

Without warning, metal music kicks in and the former WWE and UFC champion is dressed as Sonya Blade.

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Sonya has been in Mortal Kombat since the beginning.

The outfit in general is pretty snazzy with camo pants, black army boots, dog tags around her neck and a vest supposedly full of high-tech gadgets.

If that wasn’t enough, with the use of some special effects, she even fires lasers from her arm-mounted weapon.

Ronda credited costume creator Alicia Marie for the outfit and noted that even her messy room was supposed to be part of the cosplay.

“And yes, the crumpled up pink panties on the floor are part of the cosplay,” she explained. “This is how I imagine Sonya’s room actually looks, she leaves cotton panties like bread crumbs around her house like I do.”

Sonya Blade was the first female Mortal Kombat character introduced in the series and has since become one of its most famous fighters.

Amusingly, both Rousey and Blade pack armbar submissions in their arsenals, with Ronda winning numerous UFC matches thanks to the maneuver, so it’s really no wonder she would be a fit to dress as Blade.

Additionally, she ended up voicing Sonya in Mortal Kombat 11. “I’ve always admired her, and admittedly kind of emulated her in my own way. Now, I get to try to be her,” she revealed.

Rousey’s geek side has been well-documented. When she was only 16-years-old, she was a moderator on the now-defunct website Gametalk where she looked after the Pokemon Stadium 2 section.

In February 2020, the athlete signed an exclusive streaming deal with Facebook Gaming joining the likes of Super Smash Bros star Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios and Jeremy ‘Disguised Toast’ Wang on the platform.

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Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl

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Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.