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It mainly started in the 90s when fans started not only dressing up as their favourite characters (from anime, comic books, video games, and all things geeky) but sometimes even completely identifying with them; so they were really getting into the authenticity of the experience.
And let's face it the term geeky is never a slur these days. It is usually a term used to denote high intelligence, passion, single-mindedness or as they so aptly define the term in the Urban Dictionary:
"The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult."
"That geeky kid now owns a million dollar software company."
The Madman National Cosplay Championship is the chance to see geeks in action. That said if you want to go in your normal weekend attire you are probably going to stand out like a bit of a "jock" So you might want to break out your Godzilla costume or Pikachu onesie. But don't trust me. I am not intelligent enough to be a geek and everyone might end up laughing at you.
People in the Cosplay championships either enter as individuals or in pairs. Anime, manga, tokusatsu or a Japanese video game costumes are all allowed. As you can see from the photos some of the costumes are flabbergastingly amazing.
But it is not enough to look the part each entrant must put on a suitable skit as part of their entry.