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.
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.
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.