By Justin ‘AdaptiveTrigger’ Gordon
We recently caught wind of Shermie_Cos’ Instagram page. As implied by the username, this is an individual that’s dedicated quite a lot of her time towards cosplaying female characters.
Among Shermie_Cos’ cosplays are Byleth in a swimsuit, Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury and King of Fighters, and Psylocke from the X-Men. Needless to say, these are some pretty high quality cosplays on display here.
This particular iteration of Byleth is based on how the character appears in Fire Emblem Heroes as the “Fell Star’s Duo.” It’s during this in which Byleth is paired up with Rhea, both in swim attire.
Although Byleth herself can be seen with a dagger strapped to her hip, Byleth and Rhea actually attack using magic. During combat, the two will cast spells using tomes like Fire, Elfire, Bolganone, and Sun’s Percussors.
Unfortunately, this version of Byleth never appeared in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Notably, the Fell Star’s Duo unit was released in Fire Emblem Heroes on July 8, 2020, which came after Fire Emblem: Three Houses (July 26, 2019) and Byleth as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (January 28, 2020).
According to Shermie_Cos, she’s currently working on Byleth’s default costume. This upcoming cosplay will include Byleth’s iconic Sword of the Creator. Until then, we’ll just have to appreciate Shermie_Cos donning Byleth’s look as she appears in Fell Star’s Duo.
Mai Shiranui made her video game debut in Fatal Fury 2 — released December 10, 1992 in the arcades. Despite not being in the first Fatal Fury fighting game, Mai has become one of SNK’s most iconic characters, and is one of the most iconic women in fighting games.
Though Mai’s fighting style resembles ninjutsu in nature, she’s able to mix in graceful movements that is said to be a reference to traditional Japanese dance. Uniquely, Mai will even use her clothing (the tassel on her ninja garb) to attack opponents during gameplay.
Mai Shiranui is no doubt a very important character from SNK’s history, but she was unable to appear in the background of the King of Fighters Stadium stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate despite being the love interest for Terry Bogard’s brother, Andy Bogard.
According to Masahiro Sakurai, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of many different ages, so we decided not to feature [Mai Shiranui]. Please, forgive us.” This likely has to do with how revealing Mai’s clothing is, which could affect the rating of the game.
Psylocke (also known as Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock) has appeared throughout a number of Capcom fighting games which include X-Men: Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes.
Disappointingly, Psylocke never returned in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (where all X-Men characters were excluded). We’ll just have to settle for awesome cosplays of the character by Shermie_Cos.
Source: Event Hubs