Gaming cosplay has become an inextricable part of convention culture, with a number of talented makeup and costume design artists applying their gifts to the burgeoning art form. We’ve seen some incredible cosplay over the past few years, and just when it seems like a character might be too complex to bring to life, a fan sees it as a challenge and creates something truly memorable.
Even still, cosplayer Lara Wegenaer has still managed to baffle Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild fans with her newest creation, an incredibly detailed and realistic interpretation of Mipha, the Princess of Zora. Mipha is a Zora, which, in The Legend of Zelda universe, means she is a fish-like humanoid with a number of distinctive, complicated features. For those unfamiliar with the character, however, it might be easier to show rather than tell, given the deftness with which Wegenaer was able to replicate Mipha’s look:
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Mipha might not be everyone’s favorite Zora – that title seems to have near unanimously gone to Prince Sidon – but she’s a beloved character regardless, an inspirational member of the Zora royal family that serves a crucial role over Link’s journey in Breath of the Wild. Now that said journey is over for a lot of fans and a Breath of the Wild sequel is a long ways off, recreating some of the game’s diverse and entrancing cast through cosplay and other art forms is a nice way to pay tribute to what many people believe will be 2017’s Game of the Year.
Wegenaer’s Mipha cosplay is another example of the way that Breath of the Wild‘s art direction has entranced gamers since its release, and Wegenaer’s hyper-detailed take on the Princess of Zora might be the best one yet. Those interested in checking out more of Wegenaer’s cosplay can find her on both Facebook and Instagram.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is available now on Switch and Wii U.