If you’ve spent any time at Comic-Con, you know that one of the major attractions is the cavalcade of fanatics walking around dressed as their favorite fictional characters.  There are costumed attendees everywhere, ranging from the hugely popular (anything Star Wars) to the almost imperceptibly obscure (Shaun from Shaun of the Dead).  My favorite part of all the people in costumes were the little moments.  While there were hundreds of great costumes over the four days of Comic-Con, I’ve picked five that made me laugh, considering the context.  You’ll see what I mean.  Each entry comes with a picture.  Enjoy.

Mr. Hankey and Towelie, Together at Last

I’m a big South Park fan and these are two of my favorite characters of all time.  Especially Towelie, who holds a special place in my heart.  I was shown the first Towelie episode late one night by my buddy during college, and I think I laughed for five straight days afterwards.  I’d never seen either of these two costumes worn by anyone before, so when I came around a corner and saw Towelie waving at me with his blood-shot eyes, it made my day.

Depressed Darth Vader

How devastated does old Darthy look in this picture?  That’s not an optical illusion either: he’s just staring at a blank wall, head down.  Prior to that, Darth was just wandering aimlessly.  Maybe his Storm Trooper friends had abandoned him.  Maybe he was just informed that the Death Star had been destroyed. 

Pikachu Arrives with Massive Fanfare

Besides the fact that this a hardcore Pikachu outfit, I got to follow his procession from the hallway into the main convention floor.  The second it arrived on the floor, a crowd of adoring fans crowded around.  Every kid in the convention center seemed to be magically attracted to Pikachu.  The Pikachu handlers (there were three of them!) had to clear the crowd with unusual force to get Pikachu to the Pokemon booth.  It was just plain weird, really.

Fat Captain America 

This is more of an example of one of the more troubling trends at Comic-Con: people wearing costumes that require a physique that they do not possess.  I can’t tell you how many horribly flabby Princess Leias were walking around San Diego this weekend.  That’s not cartoonish padding on Captain America, that’s just the dude.  Why did this guy think he could pull of Captain America? 

A Couple of Pirates are Baffled by the ATM Machine

This picture does not tell the whole story.  I stood and watched these pirates for a few minutes while they struggled to unlock the secrets of the ATM.  They acted exactly as if they were real live pirates who were seeing an ATM for the first time. 

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer

Oscar Dahl

Senior Writer, BuddyTV