I love a bit of cosplay, it's amazing to see the hard work and dedication that goes into a cosplayer replicating the energy and look of an iconic character, and then completely blowing minds when they pull it off.
But crossplay and genderbent cosplay is a completely different animal altogether. Seeing the personifications of "what if's" coming to life before your very eyes, in such vibrant and explosive style, makes me think "maybe I could pull off that Power Girl crossplay." Alas, I haven't the... erm... legs for it. Yeah, definitely the legs.
So I bring you now twenty of the coolest crossplays and genderbent cosplays I've seen around the web today. There are some incredibles performers and designers on this list of sheer awesomeness, so enjoy!
1. Black Widow
via David Ngo
As brave as it is hilarious, I really do hope it was warm that day.
by Freddie Nova
Photography by Superhero Photography
Skeletor is looking a lot lovelier than I remember...
Photography by Martin Wong
Here's Poca-hunk-as looking positively swole. Need to up my loin cloth game...
by Nadya Sonika
Photography by ASPhotography
This is one hell of a spot on genderbent Cyclops cosplay.
by Larry Smith
Photography by Larry Wong
This is amazing work! Think I may have found this year's Halloween costume.
6. Bilbo Baggins
This cosplayer certainly looks up for another adventure! This is one of the best cosplays in the whole of Middle Earth.
7. Khal Drogo & Daenerys Targaryen
Photography by Subversively
The genderbent Khal and her prize look totally badass in this great cosplay.
by Jessica Mari
Photography by Richie S
This costume is outstanding! Jessica Mari has smashed this DBZ cosplay, as has...
Photography by Howie Muzika
...Kendra Danae and her ridiculous Goku! That hair, brilliant!
10. The Joker & Harley Quinn
Not that Harley wasn't intimidating before, this genderswap is terrifying!
Photography by Yenra Photography
This Gaston crossplay by the beautiful cosplayer Rue made my day. What a great outfit!
12. Dr. Manhattan
by Toni Darling
Photography by Juan Carlos Meza Romero
Here's Dr. Manhattan once again making the world jealous of her sublime brilliance.
13. Ash & Misty
Photography by Brintyboo
I think Misty's been munching way too many rare candies in this hilarious cosplay! Dantes is as cute as a button.
14. TWD's Beth & Daryl
by Tabby Tyler
Photography by Greg Larro
This is what would happen if Thor tried his hand at cosplay. Spot on though, this is great work!
Photography by NekoHibaPC
What list would be complete without a bit of Elsa crossplay good enough to warm the hearts of even the iciest of monarchs.
16. Handsome Jack
by Lisa Lou Who
Photography by Martin Wong Photography
From Borderlands 2 to this list, this cosplay is absolutely sublime. The cel shading is super awesome, just look at it!
17. Winter Soldier
Photography by Jiyouh
This is insanely good! The detail is fantastic, and the Winter Solider's glare will haunt you till the grave. Which is a place, judging by how close she is, you will be inhabiting rather soon.
by Vampy Bit Me
Photography by Jason Chau
What's not to love about this Nightwing crossplay? The outfit is awesome and its detail is quite meticulous.
19. The Different Justice League Cosplay Group
via John Austin
A veritable league of crossplay legends, this was a brilliant idea executed awesomely!
20. Firefly's Jayne Cobb
by Kitty Toxin
Photography by Zaneth Simpson
And what better way to close the list than with some excellent Firefly cosplay. Kitty Toxin has the menace down, and the hunting knife and apple is a great touch!