This was an amazing year for creative costumes and clever tributes โ€” so it was a lot of work to do all of it justice. We looked through a whole year of costuming at every convention, Halloween outing or simply talented people messing around online and we found a massive collection of exceptionally talented costumers. Here are our absolute favorite cosplayers from 2013.

First up top we have a great bit of cosplaying โ€” NOT just because all the Disney Princesses are Superheroes but mostly because of what they did to Vanellope von Schweetz. Images by Eurobeat Kasumi Photography.

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Princess Deadpool via Gamewire Girl (many, many more cute shots at the link):

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Post Apocalyptic Little Mermaid at NYCC via The Mary Sue.

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Ape Frodo and Gandalf is from NYCC 2013 via Geeks Are Sexy.

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Daria Cosplay. Makeup By Faulty Frame and Kate Stark. Photos by Annet Voronaya. Via Best of Cosplay.

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The Gentleman Ghost at SDCC 2013 via ScreenRant.

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The Sanderson Sisters! From Hocus Pocus (and their ex-boyfriend!). Photo by Joits Photography, Costumes by Lauren of Castle Corsetry. Via Fashionably Geek.

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Lady Khan NYCC 2013 via Nicoltergeist.

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LED Baby created by Dopplerizer.

Kif and Zapp Brannigan at NYCC 2013 via io9.

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How about the invasion of ADORABLE Commander Hadfields we saw this year. MY HEART IT BEATS "BABY MUSTACHE!" Tons more 'lil Hadfields over here.

But this one's definitely our favorite:

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DJ Ruby Rhod (in formal attire) at NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Gollum via Flickr!

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Cosplayer Enayla is COMMITTED to her Hanging GLaDOS Cosplay.

Homer Vegata taken by Victor Gamez at SDCC 2013.

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Rick Baker as Steampunk Frankenstein. Via Reddit.

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The Tooth Fairy! Taken by Victor Gamez at SDCC 2013.

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The actual actress Nicki Clyne at New York Comic-Con 2013 in her FULL Callandra Tyrol uniform from Battlestar Galactica. AMAZING, via io9.

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Game of Thrones, Morphing Throne! Via IGN.

Guinan NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Cassandra and her attendants, moisturize! NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Inspector Gadget NYCC via Cosplaying While Black.


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Power Ranger and Rita Repulsa NYCC 2013 via Cosplaying While Black.


Shredder and the Turtles (sorta) NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Dead Castiel via Vulcan4Ever.

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A White Walker. Via io9's Halloween Costume Roundup.

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Pacific Rim original cosplay, The Brooklyn Typhoon via Brooklyn Robot Works.

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Gandalf the Pink. Created by Jimmy and submitted to our very own io9 Costume Party.

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Rob Cockerham from Cockeyed dressed up as Disneyland... all of it.

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Old Republic's Darth Malgus from Darth Malgus Costume Test via Kotaku. Astounding.

Interview with a Vampire Gang NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Doc OC NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Tangled Jedis NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Lady Kaneda NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Rocket Raccoon NYCC 2013 via io9.

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Cylons Taken by Victor Gamez at SDCC 2013.

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Powdered Toast Man at SDCC 2013. Via io9.

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Not our favorite episode, but definitely our favorite cosplay. Found by Alcblueyes on the Doctor Who Cosplay Livejournal group.

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Skeksis from Dragon*Con 2013 via Suzie Legra.

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We will continue to love you forever cosplaying Renly Baratheon. Found on the ScotchTrooper Tumblr.

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Thanos via Geeks Are Sexy.

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Carpet Cosplay so good, they got sued by the hotel.

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Marceline and Simon cosplay from Adventure Time. WEEP. Created by Twinzik Cosplay.

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Mr. Freeze NYCC 2013, photo by Getty Images

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Many Lightning Bolt Girls NYCC 2013, photo by Getty Images

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Pradator Pals NYCC 2013, photo by Getty Images

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London Olympia Convention, photo by Getty Images

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Bebop & Rocksteady at Cos & Effect Photography from the The Will Box. Via Fashionably Geek.

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Labyrinth Family from reddit via Jezebel.

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Dino Rider SDCC 2013. Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP

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Amazing Dredd Time-lapse. Via Topless Robot.

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Who did we miss? Put any favorite we didn't see in the comments! And good costuming to you all in 2014.