NYCC Gender in Cosplay Observations and Cosplay Trends

Lady Cap!
This Captain America wore her grandfather's boots as part of her fantastic costume. Image: Tara M. Clapper.

At the 2013 New York Comic Con, I observed hundreds of cosplayers. Since I was there to cover Marvel for, I focused on the Marvel cosplays. As usual, the ladies wearing skimpier cosplay outfits were getting attention (respectful and not) and photos, but there were definitely some male cosplayers who decided to bare some skin this year or wear some form-fitting gear.

The most popular characters for this seemed to be Superman (including a bare-chested Smallville-era Clark) and Spartacus characters. The trend of men showing more skin has increased in the past few years, making the showier aspect of cosplay more gender-equal. (Should we thank geek hero hunks like Henry Cavill, Liam McIntyre, and Chris Hemsworth for that? Maybe.)  Check out our slideshow below the cut…

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General cosplay trends included:

  • Arrow
  • Daenerys (all the Khaleesis!)
  • Batman
  • Superman
  • Deadpool
  • Wolverine
  • Black Widow
  • Lady Loki
  • Loki

I’m glad I saw so many people having a great time in costume, comfortable in what they were wearing. It’s definitely inspired me to pursue my own cosplay adventures!


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About Tara M. Clapper 275 Articles
Tara is a lifelong geek and the founder and publisher of The Geek Initiative. Her interests were forged in an early appreciation for "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Jurassic Park," and many historical fiction and fantasy novels. Tara is a game designer, LARPer, and frequent convention attendee. The author of over 1,000 individual blogs, her content has been featured on HelloGiggles,,, and The Billfold. She holds a B.A. in English from McDaniel College and has attended many events as press (including New York Comic Con). Tara has a professional background in marketing and publishing. She lives in the Philadelphia area. A Marvel fan, her favorite superhero is undoubtedly Thor. View her portfolio at:

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