A name you can trust! Photo by Pat Loika (Follow him on Twitter)

Our favorite heroes and villains live in our imaginations, and no live-action movie or TV show can ever entirely capture the ideal image we keep in our heads. But sometimes? You see a particularly creative or brilliant piece of cosplay, and it just brings a character to life, right in front of you. This past weekend was Wondercon 2016, right in downtown Los Angeles, and a small army of cosplay geniuses converged on the Convention Center in all their glory. Here’s the most beautiful and clever cosplay from Wondercon!

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We were lucky enough to use some photos from Davann Srey, Pat Loika, William Tung, Claudia M. Eastman, and some lovely people on Instagram. All of those folks have more amazing photos at the links!

Note: I compiled this cosplay gallery sitting in front of a computer miles away, in San Francisco. I don’t know the names of any of the cosplayers here, because the photographers didn’t provide that info—and I only know the names of the characters being cosplayed in those cases where the photographers mentioned that info or I was able to label them confidently.

DC Bombshells! Photo by Pat Loika (Follow him on Twitter)
Batman! Photo by Pat Loika (Follow him on Twitter)
Vision and Scarlet Witch! Photo by Pat Loika
Deadpool! Photo by Pat Loika
The Dark Knight of Ren. Photo by Pat Loika
Voltron. Photo by Pat Loika
Psylocke. Photo by Pat Loika
Captain America and the Winter Soldier. Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Kylo Ren and Lil’ Darth Vader. Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Spider-Men! Photo by Pat Loika
DC Heroes! Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Jokers! Photo by Pat Loika
Burton Batman characters, plus others. Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Emma Frost! Photo by Pat Loika
Bat-family. Photo by Pat Loika
Magneto! Photo by Pat Loika
Xena, I think? Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Pat Loika
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Hellboy! Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Judy Hopps! Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Katana. Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Lego Superheroes! Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Ventriloquist and Scarface. Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
The Punisher! Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Beavis and Butthead! Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Weird Al! Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Voldemort offering a hug! Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Ant-Man. Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Photo by Davann Srey. (See more of his Wondercon photos here.)
Doctor Strange! Photo by William Tung
Fallout 4 Cosplay. Photo by William Tung
Carnage! Photo by William Tung
Carnage! Photo by William Tung
Disney Mandalorians! Photo by William Tung
Disney Mandalorians! Photo by William Tung
Mystique and Magneto. Photo by William Tung
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Photo by William Tung
Street Fighter! Photo by William Tung
Zatanna. Photo by William Tung
Golbez from Final Fantasy IV. Photo by William Tung
Supergirl! Photo by William Tung
Spider-Gwen and Scarlet Spider. Photo by William Tung
1950s Supergirl. Photo by William Tung
Bebop and Rocksteady from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Photo by William Tung
Silk and Spider-Man. Photo by William Tung
Monkey King! Photo by William Tung
Julia Voth as Jill Valentine. Photo by William Tung
Ratchet from Ratchet and Clank. Photo by William Tung
Ghostbusters Proton Pack! Photo by William Tung
Rick and Morty! Photo by William Tung
Sophie and Kiki from Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Photo by William Tung
K.K. Slider from Animal Crossing. Photo by William Tung
Huntress. Photo by William Tung
Sub-Zero. Photo by William Tung
Batman! Photo by William Tung
Sheeta and Pazu from Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky. Photo by William Tung
Rey! Photo by William Tung
Ninetails, Umbreon and Vulpix from Pokemon. Photo by William Tung
Fallout 4: The Sole Survivor and Piper. Photo by William Tung
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! Photo by William Tung
Loki! Photo by William Tung
Luke Cage! Photo by Claudia M. Eastman
Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman et al. Photo by Claudia M. Eastman
Plastic Man and Woozy Winks! Photo by Claudia M. Eastman
Scottish Deadpool and friends! Photo by Claudia M. Eastman
Catwoman! Photo by Claudia M. Eastman

Plus here are some great shots from Instagram!