20 Awesome Cosplayers Who Show Disability’s No Barrier To Looking Like Your Favorite Character

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Image: Magic Wheelchair/ Facebook/Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes
Image: via Magic Wheelchair/ Facebook/Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes

Cosplay is a craze that swept through Japan in the 1990s, and it’s since taken the entire world by storm. In fact, nowadays no comic or sci-fi convention is complete without an army of fans dressed up as their favorite fictional characters. We’d argue that the most impressive and inspiring entries, however, have come from those within the disabled community. And these 20 fans have incorporated their disabilities into their costumes so creatively that they’ve taken cosplay to a whole other level altogether.

Image: Facebook/aracknoid3 Cosplay
Image: Facebook/aracknoid3 Cosplay

20. Iron Merman

A certain sense of ingenuity is needed for cosplay, and this Iron Man/Merman mashup has it in spades. The suit was created by army veteran Ronald S. – a.k.a. Aracknoid 3 – and showcases some amazing craftsmanship and pretty fancy features, including light-up gills.

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Image: Instagram/bloody_ben
Image: Instagram/bloody_ben

19. Max Rockatansky

Engineering student Ben Carpenter took inspiration from the opening scenes of Mad Max: Fury Road for this gritty cosplay. Yes, Carpenter – who has muscular atrophy – looks absolutely ferocious as the film’s determined protagonist Max, while his friend Lindsey Benson brilliantly portrays the Warboy Nux.

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