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Top 12 Male Cosplayers Around the World (I)

Cosplay has become popularity year after year, flooding the geekdom with expertly-crafted costumes that can take months, or even years, to design and assemble. Cosplay has become inextricably linked with the thousands of gorgeous and creative women who meticulously dress like their favorite anime, comic book, video game, and movie characters.

Although we usually imagine women when we think of the fashion design and modeling associated with cosplay, the art is becoming a favorite hobby of men around the world too. Traditionally, massive conventions like Comic Con was largely men’s world. It might seem like a sexist stereotype, but at one time, a girl may not have been found within one hundred miles of a comic book store or a showing of the latest Star Wars movie. Nerd culture has become much more inclusive since then, as women embrace their inner artist and reign supreme among some of the best cosplayers and most popular ‘Con attendees in the world.

Now, as men put their artistic and creative abilities to the test by making exact replicas of Boba Fett, Scorpion, and Prince of Persia costumes, cosplay women have some worthy competition. Best of all, many of these men are collaborating with their fellow female Cosplayers to create some of the most realistic costumes and scenes in the industry.

1. Elffi Cosplay

The best in cosplay reaches as far as Finland, where Elffi takes every opportunity to show off his latest creations. In addition to being a well-known cosplayer, Elffi is also an artist and model.
He creates and wears costumes ranging from Yasuo of League of Legends to the aptly named The Duct Taped Man. His cosplay persona is frivolous and fun; he doesn’t take himself too seriously but still designs beautiful, realistic costumes.
2. Danquish

It seems that Danquish can do just about anything in the cosplay world, but he especially shines with characters like Scorpion and Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat. He started cosplaying 4 years ago, but has excelled at the art and proudly proclaims he lives his life “one cosplay con at a time”.
He loves to show off his creations at cosplay and comic book conventions any time he can, including DragonCon. His cosplay art is so revered, a fan of SubZero was inspired to get a tattoo based on Danquish’s version of the character.
3. Steven K. Smith Props

Steven K. Smith Props makes his living as a premier cosplay artist and prop maker in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been obsessed with video games for years and began to take games to a whole new level by crafting characters’ costumes, most notably Borderlands Psycho Bandit masks and Buzz Axes. He specializes in mask building, an intensive art form that requires a high level of patience and skill.
4. Mark Meer

Not only does Mark Meer design and make amazing costumes, he also acts as a voice-over artist for video games like Mass Effect and Bioware. One day he’s lending his voice to Commander Shepard; the next he might actually be Commander Shepard. Meer hails from Edmonton, Canada, where he runs his own television show, Tiny Plastic Men on which he and guests knowledgeably discuss just about any and every action-figure character under the sun.

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