Cosplay — we’re used to seeing it on Halloween, at comic conventions, and of course in the filthiest recesses of the internet. But while most cosplayers are content to only chill at conventions as Stormtrooper# 8, some eccentric innovators are trying to discover new ways to play their cos’es. They’re no heroes — they just dress like them.

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Lottery Winners In China Accept Their Checks In Costume

In China, gamble wins have to appear in public to accept their giant originality check. Many are uncomfortable doing so, as most people like to avoid letting every crook and deadbeat cousin know they’re rich as fuck now. This makes in some individuals who show up looking like a poltergeist in an L.L. Bean catalog 😛 TAGEND

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If you’ve ever wondered how Cobra Command attains their fund .

But others decide to go a little crazier. After all, money’s about to become a non-issue for them. Case in phase, one guy presented up as Baymax, the inflatable robot from Disney’s Big Hero 6 . Either that or he’s cosplaying the Michelin Man after losing some weight.

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“I am Baymax, your personal healthcare comrade. Please don’t rob me.”

Another luck winner presented up as Mickey Mouse to collect his cheddar 😛 TAGEND

And two guys came dressed as those two Transformers trying to start up a Daft Punk cover band.

One person presented up in this amazing bear costume, which looks more like the love child of Pikachu and that blowjob-ghost from The Shining .

Though we must admit, our lives do feel richer just knowing that, once upon a time, Winnie The Pooh’s meth-head cousin held a press conference to assert his gambling money.

And they say millionaires never do anything for the little people.

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Batman And Robin Battled Spider-Man In An MMA Fight

It took longer than expected, but person eventually tried to put an end to the age-old playground the discussion of which superhero could kick which other superhero’s ass. Recently, a superhero-themed MMA fight from the U.K was unearthed, presenting a kickboxing match between a ‘6 0s-style Batman and a molten act figure-style Spider-Man, and the result is less of an epic campaign between gods than a lackluster Halloween-themed Fight Club .

In the right corner, Batman — who, has become a gentleman, doesn’t dip into his utility belt, but, less gentlemanly, did bring along his youthful ward to gang up on the web-slinger.

In the left, an alternate-dimension Peter Parker who retained on wrestling after Ben’s murder and is all in on kicking some serious billionaire ass —

— destroying the Dynamic Duo almost as badly as Joel Schumacher did.

Of course, it’s a pretty sad sight to ensure our beloved childhood heroes brawling like common pee-wee hockey mothers — so it’s important to remember that all of this isn’t real, a fact that is abundantly clear by the time a half-dressed Riddler shows up to save Batman’s bacon.

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A British Man Had A Costume-Filled Funeral

You know what’s really depressing at funerals? Everyone’s wearing black. In 2013, a Newcastle man overturned that depressing dress code by posthumously requesting that all individuals come to the funeral in costume. Meaning Batman, Super Mario, and even some Imperial goons presented up to pay their respects.

Not to mention Fred Flinstone, a strip of bacon —

— and this guy …

… who is apparently a U.K. cereal mascot called the Honey Monster and definitely not a PCP hallucination willed into existence.

All of which led to a distinctly unique and memorable funeral — and presumably a waking nightmare for any intellectual property lawyers coming to pay their respects.

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A Shop Owner Forced Teen Thieves To Dress Like The Flintstones

With the exception of forcing sports mascots to gyrate under a scorching sunshine for the audience’s apathy, dress are typically not used as penalty. That wasn’t the suit for the owner of World’s Best Comics And Toys, who dealt with a gang of shoplifters so hard it knocked them back to the Stone Age.

It all started when a group of teens stole a replica of Fred Flintstone’s car from the store — either since they are big cartoon devotees or they were so wasted they thought they’d only boosted a brand new Tesla. The culprits get remarkably far, seeing as their getaway car was powered by their feet, but were eventually frustrated by police. But in lieu of criminal charges, the teens accepted the store owner’s unorthodox alternative penalty, a long and humbling ordeal that started with him uttering “Oh, so you like The Flintstones , do ya? “

Yup, to teach these children a lesson, they were was necessary to dress up as Flintstones characters and stand out front of the store trying to enticement patrons for Free Comic Book Day — menial project the real Flintstones would have entrusted to some poor, abused-yet-sassy animal.

The thieves didn’t even appears to mind their penalty too much, gladly seeing their prank resolved without get a criminal record. For a narrative of grand larceny and technical grand theft auto, this light-hearted caper harkens back to a simpler day. A daba doo day. A lesbian age-old time.

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A Guy Jogs Through Death Valley While Garmented As Darth Vader … Every Year

Surely, if there’s one thing you can take away from the original Star Wars trilogy, it’s that Darth Vader never runs — he menacingly walks towards you with the calm perseverance of a freight train. Runner Jonathan Rice didn’t come away from the movies with the same impression, as he became the founder of the Darth Valley Challenge, in which he runs a mile in Death valley at the most wonderful possible time of year, dressed in full Darth Vader get-up.

While Rice( AKA Vader) has described the run as “pointless, ” it has determined the Guinness record for the “hottest confirmed run.” Though, to be fair, once you’ve had several legs burnt off by the fiery molten reservoir of Mustafar, a light jog through a dry hot must be like a walk in the park.

The decision to cosplay as Vader was less a calculated decision to harness the powers of darkness to boost his athleticism than it was the only Halloween costume in his home. So let’s be grateful it is the Sith apprentice running a hot mile in Death valley, and not Rice dressed like a sexy nurse.

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Canadian Teens Dress As The Justice League To Catch Internet Predators

It’s not totally surprising that a group of people would dress as superheroes and take the law into their own hands — but a group of Canadian humen did so in a surprisingly non-violent fashion. The group, who dubbed themselves The Justice Trolls, dressed up as The Justice League, but rather than dumping a ton of fund into Batman-like gadgets, or throwing up their internal organ trying to run like The Flash, these guys only bust out their laptops and bait sex predators.

In fact, they don’t only wear superhero dress, they improve them. We bet stupid age-old Barry Allen never even considered slapping a fake handlebar mustache on his Flash outfit. Or holding a press conference at a McDonald’s.

The group would pose as underage daughters online to entice potential child sex offenders to a rendezvous — so instead of a minor they could take advantage of, these guys instead saw themselves face-to-face with Batman — or at least a guy in a Batman rental costume with sewn-on abs. Either style, you have to see it’d be pretty jarring.

They would movie the encounter, then post the video online. Like true-life comic book vigilantes, they caught the attention of the police and were told to back off. Then, again like in the comic book, the policemen still took credit for apprehending a bad guy who they found through the super-group. At least these policemen have a good explanation of the reasons why they suck — it’s all part of a narrative that will spur on our heroes to do even more good.

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A Juror Wore A Starfleet Uniform To The Whitewater Trial

Our older readers may recollect the Whitewater scandal, a real estate fraud investigation with ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton. Not really a scandal a lot of people know about, because it didn’t involve emails.

But back in 1996, the Whitewater trial was a big event, so it’s only natural that some members of the media took note of alternating juror Barbara Adams, likely because she was the one dressed in a Starfleet uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation .

If you saw the documentary Trekkies then you recollect Adams’ story; she wasn’t wearing the uniform for kicks, she wore it “just as any other policeman in the military forces would wear theirs.” Pretty intense for a Trekkie, but before the internet, these guys were like the Crips of the nerd world.

Adams aimed up being kicked off the jury — but interestingly enough, it wasn’t for her get-up, which everyone involved with the trial actually seemed pretty okay with. No, what landed Adams in hot water was contravening a gag order by talking to the media — though you have to imagine the magistrate knew he was going to get annoyed by her attaining the “whoosh” sound every time the courtroom doorways opened.

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Quite A Few Rock Bands Shred While Cosplaying

Ever since KISS accidentally wandered into a child’s birthday and had their faces painted by a black-and-white French clown, elaborate dress have been a staple in certain subsets of stone. But these dress can go too far, especially when bands starts dressing up in ways that stop them from doing sex, medicines, and even rock and roll.

Canada’s Cybertronic Spree is what you might call a Transformers tribute band, covering the soundtrack of the original Transformers movie while dressing up like mentioned Transformers. Which is style better than only getting one Transformer to turn into a crappy boombox.

And keep in mind, this is back when the Transformers soundtrack consisted of jaunty Stan Bush and Weird Al Yankovic riffs , not the Linkin Park and trace quantities of Michael Bay’s hostility psychically burnt into the audio nowadays. And this is just the tip-off of the cosplay band iceberg; there’s a Klingon band that plays fatality metal 😛 TAGEND

And of course, there are a crap-ton of Harry Potter wizard stone bands, like The Blibbering Humdingers, The Moaning Myrtles and our favorite, As I Lay Dobby.

But wins of “Best Dressed” must be the metal band made up of Ned Flanderses. They’re pretty-diddly-iddly hardcore.

Not to mention how many Korean cosplay bands exist, but there really isn’t a part of Korean culture that hasn’t totally been taken over by geekdom, so these might just be regular bands.

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