by Willow Enright
It seems like the list of characters that I would like to do a cosplay for keeps expanding every day. If it isn’t a character from one of my favorite TV shows then it’s a movie version that I want to capture. Every year the list grows with some other awesome set of armor, or gun holster that absolutely needs to be made. Some of the classics I’ve been wanting to do for FOREVER… Here they are counting down to my number one.
10.) Rey: Star Wars: Episode VII
Rey grew up in the waste lands of the desert planet Jakku, where she spent her childhood dreaming of the day when her family would return for her. But when we are introduced to her she had already gained a reputation as a warrior and scavenger in the junk fields of Niima Outpost. She shows off her talents, learned at the planet's Starship Graveyard and wins a special place in our hearts. She goes on to show that girls can kick ass, pilot spaceships, and speak Wookie. Yes, she wins us over even before we learn she has a lot more on her side including the infamous, Force.
9.) Maggie Greene: The Walking Dead
Maggie is the eldest daughter of Hershel Greene and grew up on the Greene family farm. This is where we as the audience meet her in AMC’s The Walking Dead. Her family and farm comes to the aid of Rick’s son, Carl having been shot by their man, Ottis. However, my favorite scene with Maggie is when she rides her horse out to find Laurie and she clubs the walker with the baseball bat. Yeah, Maggie.
8.) Jyn Erso: Rouge One A Star Wars Story
Not too much is known about this character yet, but I’m excited for the strong rebel female spy! We know she doesn’t follow the rules, in fact she likes to break them. She’s smart, capable, and apparently totes a gun holster reminiscent of Han Solo’s. Want.
7.) Michonne: The Walking Dead
This beautiful, badass, katana-wielding woman! Sexy, and hells bells kinda fun! She’s dark, she’s broody, she’s tough as nails, and she can kill several walkers with a single swing of her sword. Who wouldn’t want to be Michonne? Need I say more?
6.) Daryl Dixon: The Walking Dead
Everyone’s favorite shy guy… Daryl Dixon, the redneck turned hero. We love him running around with his crossbow and arrows, we loved him when he wouldn’t stop looking for Sofia, and dammit we love him when he looks at Dale and before he shoots him says, “Sorry, brother.” Ahh, Daryl. We frelling love you, and we all want to be you!
5.) Obi-Wan Kenobi: Star Wars: Episode III
So, out of all the Jedi that have shown up in the Star Wars universe, I’m not 100% sure why I’m still stuck on completing an Obi-Wan Kenobi cosplay. There have been many amazing, interesting Jedi, but I guess for me Obi-Wan is the one I’ve always wanted to be because he seems rather human. He has flaws and doubts despite his devout beliefs, which makes him relatable.
4.) Mal Reynolds: Firefly/Serenity
Space Cowboy, yes please! I aim to misbehave! “Yes, Sir! Captain Tight Pants, Sir!” This rustic, charming, troublemaker always means well, but somehow ends up getting the raw end of the deal every time. He takes care of his crew, and tries to keep to himself, except when he’s starting fights. “I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you!”
3.) Han Solo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Cavalier, charming, dangerous… we all wanted to be Han Solo. He gets the girl, flies an awesome spaceship, and brandishes the sweet blaster gun. Plus, he’s best friends with a Wookie who could tear your arm off!
2.) Calisto: Xena Warrior Princess
One of Xena’s more challenging nemesis, Calisto shows up as a revenge seeking warrior who turns into a God. We get her sad backstory, see her rather frightening warrior skills, and then she goes mad crazy before turning into an immortal God. She swaps bodies with Xena at one point, and the blond continues to haunt Xena the rest of her days.
1.) Xena: Xena Warrior Princess
Eeeeiiii-yeiiii-eeeiiiii! Or however, Xena does that scream yell of hers. The Warrior Princess and her chakram and sword start off the series defending Gabrielle’s village, and we never lose the bard again. We instead follow the pair on all sorts of misadventures and Greek mythology tales as Xena teaches Gabrielle how to become a warrior herself. Since the redhead ends up inheriting the title of Amazon Princess, I think Xena did alright.
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I started crafting out of leather in 2011, and now I am making it my life's work. I am writing this blog to help myself remember some of the small steps in past projects, sharing my triumphs and failures, as well as my love of leather.