The 20 Greatest Costumes We Noticed in 2017 in Phoenix


We encountered a helluva lot of costumes and cosplayers this year.

Wonder Women were in abundance, of course, as were Rick and Morty, Pennywise from It, and numerous Game of Thrones characters. There were also characters being portrayed from popular geek franchises, including Overwatch, League of Legends, and Star Wars.

And then there were the costumes that really grabbed our attention in 2017, including impressive armors, elaborate outfits, and clever cosplays that took months to create.

Here’s a look back at the 20 best costumes we saw this year and many of the people behind ‘em.

Quoth the raven, EXPAND

Quoth the raven, “May the Force be with you.”

Benjamin Leatherman

Edgar Allan Poe Dameron
Spotted at Phoenix Comicon 2017

As his nickname implies, local cosplayer Smart Alex has a wicked sense of humor. Hence his mashup merging mopey author Edgar Allan Poe with hunky X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Ulala from Space Channel 5
Spotted at Game On Expo 2017

As you’d might expect, the annual Game On Expo featured loads of costumes inspired by video games. A lot of it was fantastic, including this cosplayer’s groovy rendition of Ulala, the main character from the 1999 Sega Dreamcast music/rhythm game Space Channel 5.

Last seen in the waiting room of the afterlife.EXPAND

Last seen in the waiting room of the afterlife.

Benjamin Leatherman

Magician’s Assistant from Beetlejuice
Spotted at the Wicked Ball 2017

Megan Fulp of Phoenix and her stepmom created this costume depicting the memorable background character from Beetlejuice who was seen in the waiting room for the afterlife. As you’d guess, she’s a huge fan of the 1988 Tim Burton flick.

Pretty in pink.EXPAND

Pretty in pink.

Benjamin Leatherman

The 5-0-Fabulous
Spotted at Phoenix Comicon 2017

It was hard to miss this group, probably because of their hot pink renditions of iconic Star Wars characters. Calling themselves the “5-0-Fabulous” (which riffs on cosplay group the 501st Legion), it included pink versions of Chewbacca, a Mon Calamari, Princess Leia, Queen Amidala, and hilarious mashup of Han Solo with Reno 911‘s Jim Dangle.

Juliette Clermont and Madeleine Clermont.EXPAND

Juliette Clermont and Madeleine Clermont.

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Ice Climbers
Spotted at Phoenix Fan Fest 2017

Sisters Juliette and Madeleine Clermont wanted to do a dual cosplay for this year’s Fan Fest. So they settled on the titular characters from the ‘80s Nintendo classic Ice Climbers. “We were looking for something we could do together,” Juliette says. “It’s not a costume that’s been done a lot before.” And it turned out to be one of the best we saw at Fan Fest.

Go Voltron force!EXPAND

Go Voltron force!

Benjamin Leatherman

Voltron: Legendary Defender Lion Paladins
Spotted at Phoenix Comicon 2017

This group of friends reimagined the pilots (or “paladins”) from Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender cartoon. More specifically, they rendered the characters’ outfits in the style of the Foretellers from Kingdom Hearts, who wear animalistic masks and costumes.

Hermione Hatch of Tucson as Darla.EXPAND

Hermione Hatch of Tucson…



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