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Cosplay: Proper Use of Rule 63

“Rule 63 is an internet adage which states that for every fictional character, there exists an opposite-gender counterpart.”

Something that’s always bothered me about aggressive gender swapping cosplayers is that, 9 times out of 10, they don’t know who they’re actually dressed as. It’s easy to put on a Captain America costume and assume you’re now a female variant of Steve Rogers… But that’s not the case.

When you dawn the iconic stars and stripes and wield the shield, you just became American Dream. This isn’t a title that’s pulled out of nowhere. She exists. And she’s canon.

Seen above are a series of photos, three comic panels, fan art, and a solitary photo. The series of photos were found under the tag: Captain America Cosplay. The panels are from an actual Marvel Comic and the fan art represents actual female Marvel characters. And that last photo was found under the tag: American Dream Cosplay

If your goal is actual gender swapping, that’s fine. But if your goal is to promote feminism in pop culture, dive into some research. Listed below are some male Marvel superheroes and their canon female versions / counterparts.

• Spiderman -> Spider-Girl

• Spiderman -> Spiderwoman

• Wolverine -> X-23

• Iron Man -> Pepper Potts

• Hulk -> She Hulk

• Venom -> Shriek

• Thor -> Valkyrie

• Loki -> Loki

Notice how Loki linked to Loki? Look up J.Michael Straczynskie’s run of ‘Thor’. In it, Loki had a female form. Also, I butchered JMS’s name, I’m sure. Just look up JMS Thor and you’ll find Loki in all of his / her glory.

My list is minuscule by comparison to the list of canon female counterparts within Marvel. If you’re a cosplayer looking to bring light to female comic book characters… Do just that! These are fantastic characters who deserve the attention and fandom!

Now get out there and make something amazing!