I actually had to look up what “cosplay” was because I’m old and stupid, but once I did, I knew this article was going to be hilarious.

Get ready for great stories of the cringiest interactions cosplayers of AskReddit have experienced at events. Nerd alert!

1. Black Cat

Was cosplaying Black Cat from Spider-Man. It was a very tight and form fitting costume and I opted not to wear underwear because you could very clearly see the lines in the costume if I did. Had a guy come up behind me and unzip my suit , which wouldn’t have been so bad if the zipper didn’t go all the way down to the bottom of my ass. For about 10 seconds my pale back and ass was very much exposed.

2. Abducted

I WITNESSED a pedobear cosplay throw a little girl over his shoulder and run off. Little girl was fine but later told me and the group we’d been dancing with she didn’t know the guy. So that’s pretty….yeah..

3. First timer

So I went to my first con a few years ago…I wasn’t brave enough to dress up so I wanted to take pics etc. I saw a really amazing Doctor Who cosplay so I asked him for a hug and pic. He was really enthusiastic about it and we had a pic ready to go until I heard a gruff “hurry up other people want a hug too”, this large middle age lady in a tight ass tank top was giving us this glare.

Legit the cosplayer went from happy to miserable as soon as we took a pic. Like….holy cow the cosplayers arnt props, they’re people. Don’t demand physical contact you have to ask. He definitely didn’t give up a hug for her.

This year I’ll be doing a dress up cosplay and I hope that I’ll be fine.

4. The Hulk!

Cringey and hilarious:

So at my first con I was dressed as Silk Spectre II, comic book version. I was still using my cane because I was only a year out from my accident and this guy decides that obviously I’m his one true love or something and I’m not able to hustle away fast enough to escape easily. I lose him a few times but he keeps popping up hitting on me and making comments about how I should have been Silk Spectre I. This is at least two or three hours of this “Romeo” following me around.

Well, somehow I manage to lose him and I end up asking this beefy old dude if he minds that I take the unoccupied chair at his table since my hips and legs are acting up.

Half an hour later we’re chatting and having a good old time when my Romeo shows up.
Romeo looks at me.
Romeo looks at beefy old guy.
Beefy old guy looks at me and I guess I must look scared or creeped out or something because beefy old guy just stands up and leans real close to Romeo’s face and says “can I help you with something?”
Romeo fucks off.

I eventually get up and walk away when the table gets busy. Glance at the banner above the table as I walk away.
Beefy Old Guy was Lou Ferrigno.

5. Flirty mom

I was cosplaying a popular children’s show character. Buster from Arthur. A mom tried flirting with me in front of her child after taking the photo. “Whatcha doing later? Wanna grab a coffee?”

The worst I’ve seen? This guy fully walks up to this girl and cups her breast. He wanted to see if they were real.

EDIT: Here is a video of pictures me and other people took of my cosplay

6. Have some cake

Had small cake pieces with me for friends, carried it in an open plastic box in my hands. In the tram to the convention I met an older lady, we started talking about my costume and why all these funny looking people are here for and so on. While I explained it to her she was suddenly looking for something in her handbag, pulled out a small plastic spoon and helped herself with my cake while listening to me.

I was too confused to say anything and let her finish, I even jumped out of the tram a station earlier because I was worried about more cake being eaten. Weird story but looking back now I should have offered her more, I don’t know what it takes to make you eat a stranger’s cake in a tram without asking first if you can have some.

7. Watching a grown man cry

Oh man, I worked at a hotel and convention center a few years ago. I was put on a security detail and had to walk around the event making sure folks weren’t fighting and doing stupid shit.

I witnessed a grown man break down and cry because his mom wouldn’t buy him this $700 action figure. He had to have been 26 at the least and he was on the floor rolling around, his mom trying to get him out of there quick.

8. “Good lord”

Can I be the cringe?

I cosplayed Naruto when I was 13 and a sasuke cosplayer who was 14 ‘made out’ with me — which was basically biting my mouth. It went semi-viral on youtube to the point where I was offered money.
I had forgotten about the video until that email, and then decimated my whole yt account when I was 15-16. Good lord, I was a horrible weeb. I have so many stories.