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!
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.