Cosplay Etiquette:


The Unspoken Code of Conduct

By Chowser, December 14th, 2016


Cosplay has become a very popular pastime pretty much all over the world, and with its raise a general unspoken code of conduct has emerged, which separates the good cosplayers from the bad. To help you to become the respected cosplayer you deserve to be, SwordsAxe has come up with a short list of do’s and don’ts.

1. Respect Personal Space

Whether you are participating in cosplay with your own outfit, or just admiring the awesome costumes of others, it is always important to respect the boundaries of other human beings. It is common for people to get caught up in the excitement of seeing an iconic character brought to life in a costume, but even though you my feel as though you have a relationship with the character you need to remember that there is a real person in there who deserves your respect. To avoid awkward situations, don’t touch other cosplayers that you don’t know. If you simple take a little time to get acquainted first you will often find that people are open to taking photos with you, or letting you examine their costume more closely, but if you just run up and assault them with a hug you will usually receive a colder response.

2. Always ask before taking a photo

Photos are something that a lot of people take for granted, however, it is considered very rude to walk around taking pictures of everyone without permission. Many people knowingly do it anyway, which is a sad reality. To avoid unwittingly putting yourself in the same category as the creepy stalker taking photos of all the girls in skimpy outfits, do yourself a favor and ask before you shoot.

3. Props and weapons

Many costumes involve props and weapons to convey the character properly. Often these items can really hinder the flow of traffic or put other cosplayers at risk of bodily harm. For this reason, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings, and make sure that your props are not in the way. Also, when you decide to unsheathe your weapon, be sure that you have sufficient space so as not to jeopardize the safety of other people.

4. Practice Good Hygiene

Cosplay is one of those pastimes which tend to break down social berries which would otherwise keep people outside of each other’s personal boundaries. While at a convention it is not uncommon to be in close bodily interaction with complete strangers for photo ops and reenactments. So, for the sake of your own dignity be sure to uphold your best hyenic practices before you dawn your fabulous costume. Brush your teeth put on your deodorant, and maybe have a few breath mints handy as the day progresses. After all, you never know who you might be meeting.

5. Don’t be a stalker

You may find yourself enamored by the glorious costume or a beautiful person, but please, keep yourself together. Just because someone is dressed as your favorite character doesn’t give you the right to impose on all their time and space. Other people might be fans as well, and it can create very tense situations if you hog the spot light with a popular cosplayer. Even if your intentions are pure you might come across the wrong way, which makes for very embarrassing scenarios. Be polite, and pay attention to social ques, and hopefully you won’t end up becoming the villain you are dressed up as.


We hope you have enjoyed these tips, and hope you will share any of your own advice in the comments below. As always, thanks for reading, and may your next cosplay be your best cosplay.

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