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Though some people undoubtedly have a preconceived notion of what a comic book fan looks like, it’s a medium which has a universal appeal. Cosplayers are some of the most dedicated, putting weeks and months of work into designing and creating real-life versions of their favourite character’s costumes.

They’re not all Black Cats, Supergirls and Wonder Women however, and the convention floor – such as this weekend’s New York Comic-Con – is often packed with people dressed as some more obscure characters too.

Here we’ve rounded up just 20 of our favourites which can be found online featuring some of those slightly lesser-known heroes and villains, along with costume designs (including the slightly newer art of body painting) which are definitely a lot more unique than what you’ll ever find in your local costume shop!

20. Freddy Vs. Jason

Freddy Jason

Horror fans rejoice! Cosplay isn’t all about comic book characters, and the amazing Tsuki No Ookami and Candlewitch as Freddy and Jason goes to show how clever the ideas people come up with can be. You know, we can’t help but think that female led reboots for each of these horror icons might be the way to go…

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