The closer we get to Comic-Con, the better the cosplay gets. That's not opinion, it's science. So this week's cosplay roundup is just a little better than last week's, and I imagine next week's will be even better still.

Not that every costume here was made for the show. Obviously, many weren't. They'll have nothing to do with the big show in San Diego over the next weekend. But the middle of the year is a kind of cosplay "season", beginning around May with stuff like Anime Con and continuing through to Comic-Con and right on to Dragon Con in August, so it makes sense we're seeing people's best work now.

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Fancy Pants is Kotaku's weekly round-up of the best in video game cosplay (costume play), where fans dress up as their favourite characters.

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