PHOTOS: The best womens costumes from NY Comic Con 2012

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The passionate women who attend NY Comic Con are a diverse bunch. They fearlessly assume the identities of their favorite characters from anime, video games and comics– regardless of how skimpy or intricate the costumes may be.

This was my third year attending NY Comic Con and I was amazed by the costumes this year. A few trends emerged, including the breakthrough of Homestuck as the series of choice for Generation Y women, and the popularity of Harley Quinn and female versions of Thor and Loki.

Scroll down for my favorite women’s costumes from this year’s NY Comic Con. If yours is missing, please fill us in by leaving a comment below!

Woman Warriors

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Katana demonstrating her high-kick on the convention floor.

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Cammy from Street Fighter.

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A girl in steampunk attire looks ready to take names.

Rock On

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These ladies played homage to the Rocky Horror Picture Show with spot-on outfits (including briefs stuffed with socks).

Mermaids Represent

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The Little Mermaid.

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Mermista from She-Ra.

The Scantily Clad

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Rest assured, if there is a bikini-clad woman walking through Comic Con, there will be a million guys with cameras surrounding her!

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Poison Ivy and Witchblade.

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Liliana of Magic: The Gathering and Morrigan of Darkstalker.

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Captain America USO girls.

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Bondage fashion from Fifth Element.

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A bikini-wearing Cupid at a dating booth.

Self-Made Woman

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This young woman is dressed as a character she created, tentatively named Frostbite.

End of Days

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A retro zombie.

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Models from a “Women of Armageddon” calendar.

Homestuck Mania

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If you were under 20 years old an attending NY Comic Con this year, it’s likely you are a Homestuck fan; the web series seems to have replaced Hetalia as the Gen Y fan favorite. Here two women portray Roxy Lalonde and Dave Strider from Homestuck.

Blue Ladies

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Girls portray two versions of the same character, Meulin Leijon from Homestuck.

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Latula Pyrope.

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Raven from Teen Titans.

Anime and Japanese Culture Fans

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Hatsune Miku looking fierce.

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Black Cat from Spiderman (l) and The White Violin from Umbrella Academy (r).

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The Professor from Nichijou with his black cat Sakamoto.

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Haruko with her guitar (er, ukelele).

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Kagome from InuYasha.

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Nekomata (cat demon) and Little Red Riding Hood.

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Pikachu from Pokémon joined by an anime-inspired schoolgirl.

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Japanese Vocaloids.

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Performers from the Maid Cafe at NY Comic Con.

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Urusei Yatsura (r) with a friend from Doctor Who.

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Cheerleader from The Venture Bros.

Thor and Loki

While these godly brothers were portrayed by male actors in the recent Avengers film, Thor and Loki were popular women’s costumes at this year’s NY Comic Con.

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Caution: Villainous Loki is roaming the NYC streets!

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The female, Comic Con version of Loki bared more skin than the film version.

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For once, Thor and Loki seemed to get along well at NY Comic Con.

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…Although Thor did raise her hammer a few times to keep Loki in line.

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This Loki even brought along an eight-legged horse in a Baby Bjorn, which she said was part of the Norse mythology.

Bodysuit Divas

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Black Cat from Spiderman (l) and Catwoman from Batman (r).

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Sweet Pea from Sucker Punch.

Perfect Hair, Makeup and Accessories

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Astral from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL.

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Cerebella displaying a hand-crafted skull hair clip.

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The Red Miles.

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Ciel from Black Butler.

The Next Generation

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Marceline of The Adventure Time and Princess Bubblegum.

Girls at NY Comic Con

If this year’s turnout is any indication, NY Comic Con will remain popular for decades to come. Young attendees ranged from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles junkies to the ubiquitous Homestuck fans. Now that NY Comic Con has merged with the Anime Festival, high schoolers mix freely in all sections of the convention center– proving that comics, anime, sci-fi and fantasy have broad age appeal!

Wonderful Women

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Perhaps the most adorable costume at NY Comic Con this year belonged to this toddler dressed as Wonder Woman. She modeled her outfit for the cameras then rushed into her dad’s arms.

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Wonder Woman was well represented at NY Comic Con in 2012. Here she changes from jeans to stretch pants to a patriotic skirt!


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A female Gambit.

Harley Quinn

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Harley Quinn was arguably NY Comic Con’s most popular female costume this year. Here a fangirl models Harley from Arkham Asylum.

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Three more ladies modeling Harley Quinn outfits, complete with two-tone corsets.

Everyday Style

NY Comic Con women in everyday dress

These fashionable women weren’t wearing costumes but were dressed in amped-up versions of their everyday attire. Their style ranged from Lolita to punk.

What’s your favorite women’s costume from NY Comic Con?

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About Leslie Koch

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