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13 Cosplayers At London Comic Con Tell Us What Their Character Means To Them

We meet the people behind the masks at London Comic Con 2014, over the weekend of 24-26 October.

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1. The self-styled Darth Valkie – "I am the darkness".

Real name: "Dave".Age: 26.From: The Wirral.Job: Works in an amusement arcade.
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Real name: "Dave".

Age: 26.

From: The Wirral.

Job: Works in an amusement arcade.

2. Unnamed character from the Star Wars universe – "Unstoppable".

Real name: Jade.Age: 23.From: The WirralJob: Chef.
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Real name: Jade.

Age: 23.

From: The Wirral

Job: Chef.

3. Daredevil – "You can succeed and be great even with faults!"

Real name: Jason Summers.Age: 25.From: London.Job: Facilities manager."I've been coming to Comic Con since I was 17," she says. "It's grown a lot since then."
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Real name: Jason Summers.

Age: 25.

From: London.

Job: Facilities manager.

"I've been coming to Comic Con since I was 17," she says. "It's grown a lot since then."

4. Deadpool – "Because being normal is boring".

Real name: Michael Smith.Age: 30.From: London.Job: London Underground customer services.
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Real name: Michael Smith.

Age: 30.

From: London.

Job: London Underground customer services.

5. Unnamed character from the World of Warcraft universe – "confident, happy, crazy."

Real name: Sarah Strickland.Age: 23.From: Bexley, South London.Job: Most recently worked at a garden centre."I made this myself, it took a couple of months" she says. "I'd never sewn before and I just bought a sewing machine and thought I'd give it go."
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Real name: Sarah Strickland.

Age: 23.

From: Bexley, South London.

Job: Most recently worked at a garden centre.

"I made this myself, it took a couple of months" she says. "I'd never sewn before and I just bought a sewing machine and thought I'd give it go."

6. Unnamed character from World of Warcraft – "Glory badass".

Real name: Rob.Age: 18.From Penzance, Cornwall.Job: Studying games design."Penzance is nice, but nothing like this," he says. "It's not much fun if you don't like watersports and old people."
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Real name: Rob.

Age: 18.

From Penzance, Cornwall.

Job: Studying games design.

"Penzance is nice, but nothing like this," he says. "It's not much fun if you don't like watersports and old people."

7. A chimera - "A sassy piece of shit".

Real name: Zephyr.Age: 24.From: The Midlands.Job: Freelance artist. (Zephyr made this suit herself and the tail swayed back and forth – it was very impressive).
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Real name: Zephyr.

Age: 24.

From: The Midlands.

Job: Freelance artist. (Zephyr made this suit herself and the tail swayed back and forth – it was very impressive).

8. Ezra Scarlet, from the Fairy Tale anime series – "Born leader".

Real name: Giverny.Age: 19.From: Brighton.Job: Most recently worked at a travel agent.
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Real name: Giverny.

Age: 19.

From: Brighton.

Job: Most recently worked at a travel agent.

9. Some cats, from Cats – "Fun".

The cats declined to be interviewed and stayed in character for the entire day.
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The cats declined to be interviewed and stayed in character for the entire day.

10. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games series – "Being fabulous!"

Real name: Lulu.Age: 20.From: London, but Romania originally.Job: Recently graduated graphic designer.
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Real name: Lulu.

Age: 20.

From: London, but Romania originally.

Job: Recently graduated graphic designer.

11. Dark Candy Fiddlesticks, from League of Legends – "Amazing".

Real name: Paul Heatherington.Age: 34.From: Wallsend.Job: Works for Marks and Spencer.You can see the process of how Paul made his costume at his cosplay page on Facebook.
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Real name: Paul Heatherington.

Age: 34.

From: Wallsend.

Job: Works for Marks and Spencer.

You can see the process of how Paul made his costume at his cosplay page on Facebook.

12. Two Doctors – "It's complicated".

Real names: Aidan Kalel, 21, (left) and Chris Hunt, 28.From: Both from Birmingham.
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Real names: Aidan Kalel, 21, (left) and Chris Hunt, 28.

From: Both from Birmingham.

13. Mystique – "Dark but awesome!"

Real name: Emily Sefton-Smith.Age: 17.From: Petersfield, Hampshire.Job: Student.
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Real name: Emily Sefton-Smith.

Age: 17.

From: Petersfield, Hampshire.

Job: Student.

Bonus: We met Hattie Hayridge, who played Holly in Red Dwarf! She said playing Holly "Expanded my brain!"

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