Despite the fact that PAX officially designates itself as “not a cosplay heavy event,” the increasingly popular trend of costume role-playing was definitely on display throughout the entire weekend. Both fans and experienced costumers could be seen wearing outfits matching those of their favorite characters from video games, movies, television and comic books. The cosplay at PAX East 2017 ranged from super silly to extraordinarily professional.

Below, you’ll find Best of NJ‘s picks for the Top 10 Best Cosplay designs at PAX East 2017. For those who are also interested in getting a good look at everything the show floor had to offer this year, a photo documentary will be included below the cosplay gallery. In case you missed it, we also published a feature spotlighting the Top 8 Best Games of PAX East 2017.

Darth Vader & Starkiller (Star Wars)

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Reaper, Widowmaker, Soldier: 76 & Tracer (Overwatch)

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Astronauts (Moonbase Alpha)

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Test Subject (Portal) & Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

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Link in Blue Tunic (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)

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Blue & Red Power Rangers (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers)

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Ghost Rider (Marvel Comics) & Twisted Fate (League of Legends)

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Reaper – Plague Doctor Skin (Overwatch) & Jarvan IV (League of Legends)

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Kha’Zix (League of Legends)

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Magic Man (Mega Man Battle Network)

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Bonus Photo: Kha’Zix & Magic Man – Best Friends Forever

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PAX East 2017 Photo Documentary

The Penny Arcade Expo is one of the most popular gaming conventions in the world. Even further, the PAX East division is the most popular of them all. To get a sense of just how large, and popular, the event is, take a look at our photo documentary showcasing some of the most interesting booths, as well as a general tour of the show floor. If you were able to attend this year, be sure to share your favorite photos and memories of the show with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to see your favorite cosplay pictures!

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