Melbourne Supanova 2016 Cosplay Highlights

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These Anime, Movie, and Comic Book Cosplayers are Inspiring

Avatar Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Avatar Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

The annual Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Melbourne, Australia once again brought out  some of the country's more creative cosplayers who enjoy dressing up as their favorite anime, comic book, video game, movie, and TV characters both for fun and on a professional level.

Here are some of our favorites from the convention. Which ones are yours? Make sure to share your favorites on Pinterest and Facebook to let people know which cosplayers you think deserve more attention.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass and Game of Thrones Cosplayers

Alice Through the Looking Glass and Game of Thrones Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass and Game of Thrones Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Inspired by the new live action Alice in Wonderland films, these Queen of Hearts and Mad Hatter cosplayers capture the look of their characters' essentric designs perfectly. Also, check out that perfect Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. Does he have White Walker eyes?

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Star Wars Stormtrooper, Jedi, and Mandalorian Cosplayers

Stormtrooper, Jedi, and Bounty Hunter Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Stormtrooper, Jedi, and Bounty Hunter Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

The Force was strong with the cosplayers at Supanova with a wide variety of fans dressing up as Jedi, Stormtroopers, Sith, and Bounty Hunters from the popular Star Wars movie franchise.

 

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Jedi Cosplayers with Working Light Sabers

Jedi Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Jedi Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Nothing completes a Star Wars Jedi, Sith, or Knights of Ren cosplay more than a fully functional lightsaber. How amazing do these look?

 

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Pokemon Trainer Ash Ketchum Cosplayer

Ash Ketchum Pokemon Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Ash Ketchum Pokemon Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

This junior cosplayer became the perfect Ash Ketchum, the Pokemon Trainer from the popular Pokemon anime series and movies. He even had his own pokeball and Pikachu!

 

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A Fabulous Inuyasha Cosplay Group

Inuyasha Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Inuyasha Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

This group of Inuyasha fans did a great job of coordinating their cosplay outfits with a mixture of store-bought and handmade costumes. Make sure to check them out on Facebook here, here, here, and here.

 

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Inuyasha Cosplayers Looking Dramatic

Inuyasha Cosplay Group at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Inuyasha Cosplay Group at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Inuyasha continues to be one of the more popular anime series for cosplayers at conventions due to the variety of character designs in the series.

 

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Barbara Gordon Batgirl and Bane Cosplayers

Batgirl and Bane Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Batgirl and Bane Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

These Batgirl and Bane cosplayers match their comic book counerparts perfectly and what's more impressive is how Batgirl puts together her outfits herself and also doubles as a caberet act that helps raise funds for breast cancer research. A real life superhero.

 

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A Rare Dragon Ball Z Nappa Cosplay

Nappa Dragon Ball Z and Hunter Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Nappa Dragon Ball Z and Hunter Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

These Hunter and Nappa cosplayers are bringing the macho power with their interpretations of these characters. It's not often that someone cosplays as Nappa from the popular Dragon Ball Z anime series.

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Cosplayers of All Shapes and Sizes

Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

It's not just the super-popular characters like Sailor Moon and Batman that get represented by cosplayers. Often, they use the experience to raise awareness for little-known series as well.

 

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A Talented Hellgirl Cosplayer

Hellboy Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Hellboy Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Many cosplayers really take the hobby to the next level with their own prosthetics and sculpted costume parts.

 

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Brilliant Horns and Tail Prosthetics on this Hellgirl Cosplayer

Hellboy Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Hellboy Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Inspired by the cult comic book series and movie, Hellboy, Hellgirl has become a popular fan-character for female fans wanting to cosplay as the character at conventions.

 

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Steven Universe Cosplayers

Steven Universe Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Steven Universe Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Steven Universe is a very popular cartoon series right now which is full of numerous creative and diverse characters. Some of the cooler characters are the Crystal Gems, a group of superpowered women from space who come to Earth to defend it against threats. These Crystal Gems cosplayers capture the spirit of the characters perfectly.

 

 

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Steven Universe Cosplayers Striking a Pose

Steven Universe Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Steven Universe Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

The best accessories for a cosplay costume? A bright personality and a dynamic pose!

 

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Where's Wally and Oliver Queen Green Arrow Cosplayers

Where's Wally and Arrow Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Where's Wally and Arrow Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Every anime or comic book convention has at least one cosplayer dressed up as Where's Wally/Waldo. We found him!
Next to Wally/Waldo is a cool looking Oliver Queen from the hit CW series, Arrow, which itself is based on the DC Comics series, Green Arrow.

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A Skilled Na'vi Avatar Cosplayer

Avatar Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Avatar Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

With numerous Avatar sequels confirmed for release over the next decade, we can probably expect to see more Na'vi cosplayers at future conventions. This cosplayer nails the look for the blue alien race with prosthetic nose and ears, detailed facepaint, and a handmade skin-tight outfit that looks just like a na'vi's skin.

 

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Wonder Woman and Batman Dawn of Justice Cosplayers

Batman and Wonder Woman Dawn of Justice Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Batman and Wonder Woman Dawn of Justice Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

With the addition of Batman and Wonder Woman to the new DC Cinematic Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a whole new generation of cosplayers have been inspired to represent the characters at conventions.

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Moon Elf Cosplayer With a Huge Scythe

Moon Elf Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Moon Elf Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

This Moon Elf cosplayer really went all out with her own scythe that she made herself. Really impressive crafting skills!

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Fairy Tail Anime Lucy and Natsu Cosplayers

Lucy and Natsu Fairy Tail Anime Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Lucy and Natsu Fairy Tail Anime Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

By far one of the most popular anime series out right now, Fairy Tail always seems to get the most cosplayers at conventions. These two are dressed up as two of the main characters in the series, Lucy and Natsu.

 

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Tokyo Ghoul Anime and Manga Cosplayers

Tokyo Ghoul Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Tokyo Ghoul Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

These two cosplayers were super pumped to be dressed as Kaneki and Juzuo from the new anime series, Tokyo Ghoul.

 

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A Natural Sailor Moon Cosplayer

Sailor Moon Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Sailor Moon Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Sometimes it can be hard to cosplay as an animated character without looking too cartoony but this Sailor Moon cosplayer found a great balance between the original character design and real life sensibility. Love what she did with Sailor Moon's meatballs.

 

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Ninja Turtle, American Dream, and Selene Underworld Cosplayers

Ninja Turtle, American Dream, and Selene Underworld Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Ninja Turtle, American Dream, and Selene Underworld Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Cosplay groups don't always have to be about the same series. This group of friends decided to dress up as a Ninja Turtle, American Dream, and Selene from the Underworld movie series. Doesn't get much more diverse than that.

The American Dream cosplayer, Michelle Hart, has some great photos of her other characters on her Instagram. Make sure to check it out.

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Tony Stark Iron-Man Cosplayer

Iron-Man Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Iron-Man Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

This Tony Stark Iron-Man cosplayer really went the extra mile with his costume by making all of it himself. Impressive!

 

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League of Legends Cosplay

League of Legends Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
League of Legends Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Every year, the League of Legends cosplayers get more and more impressive with their costumes which are almost always handmade by the cosplayers themselves.

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League of Legends Jinx Cosplay

League of Legends Jinx Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
League of Legends Jinx Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Jinx from League of Legends has never looked so real. Check out that makeup and contact lenses!

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Food Wars! Anime Cosplay

Food Wars! Anime Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Food Wars! Anime Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Food Wars is a relatively new anime series that has attracted a rather loyal following.

 

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Food Wars! Anime Character

Food Wars! Anime Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Food Wars! Anime Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

This Food Wars cosplayer deliberately styled his makeup and hair to look like an anime character.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid Cosplay

Ariel The Little Mermaid Disney Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Ariel The Little Mermaid Disney Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Disney cosplayers are always some of the most magical at conventions. Take a look at this stunning Ariel Disney's The Little Mermaid by MoogleMini. She even has her own dinglehopper!

 

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rey Cosplay

Rey Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Rey Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

The Rey cosplayers were out in force at the Melbourne Supanova Pop Culture Expo. This cosplayer customized her store-bought costume to make it a better match to the real movie version.

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Batman Villain Cosplay Trio

Harley Quinn, Joker, and Scarecrow Batman Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Harley Quinn, Joker, and Scarecrow Batman Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad on everyone's minds, there were a host of Batman villains around this convention. Here we have a stunning Harley Quinn with her Joker and Scarecrow.

 

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Rey and BB8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rey Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Rey Star Wars The Force Awakens Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Another The Force Awakens Rey cosplayer. Got to love that hand-made BB-8 droid!

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Cardcaptor Sakura Li Syaoran Cosplayer

Li Syaoran Card Captor Sakura Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Li Syaoran Card Captor Sakura Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

It's always good to see cosplayers representing characters from the popular Card Captors (Cardcaptor Sakura) anime and manga series. Here we have Li Syaoran, Sakura's future love interest.

 

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Harry Potter Cosplay Group

Harry Potter Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Harry Potter Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

The Harry Potter cosplay group completely nails the characters from J.K. Rowling's hit book and movie series. How fantastic does that Sirius Black look?

 

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Annie and Agent Coulson Cosplayers

Annie and Agent Coulson Agents of Shield Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Annie and Agent Coulson Agents of Shield Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Here we have an Annie cosplayer joined by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Agent Coulson, who's looking very dapper in his suit. I wonder if his hand is robotic?

 

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Belle Meets Her Beasts

Bowser (Super Mario Bros), Monster (The Muppets), and Belle (Beauty and the Beast) Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Bowser (Super Mario Bros), Monster (The Muppets), and Belle (Beauty and the Beast) Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Disney's Belle meets two new beasts in the form of Bowser from the Super Mario Bros video game series and Monster from The Muppets.

 

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Disney's Princess Belle

Belle Disney's Beauty and the Beast Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Belle Disney's Beauty and the Beast Cosplayer at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

Not only does this Belle cosplayer's hairstyle and dress match the original animated Beauty and the Beast character design perfectly, but she also bears an uncanny resemblance to Emilie de Ravin who plays Belle in the TV show, Once Upon A Time. She's even Australian!

 

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X-Men Group Cosplay

Jean Grey, Gambit, Rogue, and Psylocke X-Men Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016
Jean Grey, Gambit, Rogue, and Psylocke X-Men Cosplayers at Melbourne Supanova 2016. Brad Stephenson, About.com

This group of friends encapsulates several generations of X-Men character designs with Jean Grey from Grant Morrison's brilliant run in the comics to Rogue and Gambit from the classic 90s X-Men cartoon series and another Gambit from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. There's also a kick ass Psylocke cosplayer just in time for X-Men Apocalypse.