Every year, amateur designers spend months developing costumes and routines for cosplay's biggest dance: the Comic Con Masquerade. This year's winners highlight the innovation, ingenuity, and wonderful weirdness that comes with cosplay.

Forty-seven individuals and groups entered this year's Masquerade, showing off their most innovative sketches and costume designs. There were G.I. Joes and Skeletors aplenty, a singing Dr. Horrible and a singing Dr. Mrs. Monarch, and even a group that attempted to reenact all the best scenes from The Princess Bride. We'll have video of the performances soon enough, but here are the outfits the judges deemed best:

Honorable Mention: Excellence in Costuming — Red Death Phantom of the Opera

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The Masque of the Red Death version of the Phantom of the Opera danced to "Masquerade," while occasionally pulling off his many masks, until he finally reached a skull.

Honorable Mention: Blast from the Past — Muppet Labs Masquerade Machine

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Dr. Bunsen Honeydew took the stage, subjecting his hapless assistant Beaker to his Masquerade Machine while Statler and Waldorf heckled them from their portable balcony.

Honorable Mention: Technical Execution — ATST Scout Walker
The ATST wowed the judges with its jointed legs that walked as the person inside it walked.

Honorable Mention: Performance — Jawa Pimp
Jawa Pimp has his own theme song, which he boogied to while showing off his bling.

Honorable Mention: Workmanship — Toro the Minotaur

Honorable Mention: Recreation — The Hulk

Honorable Mention: Rock Golem

Best Young Fan — Samurai Jack vs. Aku
This father-son team was one of the big hits of the Masquerade, taking home several of the individual sponsored awards as well as a Comic Con trophy.

Best Novice — Aquaman
Aquaman surfed onto stage and into the judges' hearts with the song "I am Aquaman" and a full blond beard.

Most Beautiful — Mirka Fortuna "Trinity Blood"

Most Humorous — Welcome to the Dollhouse
A group of dolls from around the world marched on stage with Igor (toting his iGor mp3 player) and performed a perfectly choreographed rendition of "It's a Small World After All." That would have been funny enough, but they quickly burst out into an equally well-done "Thriller."

Best Performance — Bring It On (Rock the Mouse)
When you reimagine Disney heroes and villains as rival cheer squads and end it all with a rousing rendition of Toni Basil's Mickey, your sketch is full of win.

Best Workmanship — Lady of Pain "Planescape"

Best Original Design — Onigashima Baba

Best Recreation — Spawn

Judges' Choice — Looking Glass Wars

Best in Show — The Four Seasons

Images by Annalee Newitz and Melishina.