Accuracy is also a great excuse for pedantic assholes to be, well, pedantic assholes -- just ask cosplayers who happen to have different measurements from the actual cartoon, or forgot to be born white.
"Cosplayers of color are constantly told they are only allowed to cosplay characters that match their race," says Jessa, a veteran cosplayer.
Somehow changing race became a bigger deal than playing fast and loose with species.
You'd be amazed how quickly the tiniest shred of power can turn the bullied into bullies. When you combine that with the fetishistic status many female comic characters have, it gets creepy, fast. Cosplayer Alexis told us she gets constant requests for photos of her characters in "damsel in distress" scenarios, "high kick fighting poses," and even "tied up like a hostage."
But not everybody is interested in a female cosplayers posing like hostages. Some demand more ... accuracy.
"My first encounter with a cosplay predator was in 2001 at Otakon, the largest anime convention on the East Coast," Jessa recalls. "I was eight years old, and was dressed up as Sailor Mini Moon. We met a photographer who took some photos of me. He and my mom talked for a while and became friendly. A few months later, he was travelling to another convention and asked if he could stay overnight at our place. My mom said OK."
Yeah, this really is going exactly where you think.