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..but you don't want your efforts to be completely wasted on something that people won't recognize, right? I totally get that!
While I really hate people who cosplay popular characters just to get attention, I really understand wanting your first cosplay to be something that people will recognize so that you have a chance to be proud of it!
One of the best parts of the cosplay world is connecting with people who love the characters you do, so there's not shame in wanting to make more of these connections.

When choosing your first cosplay, I recommend:

Step 1: Making a list of characters you love
Step 2: Crossing off those that would be TOO EXPENSIVE to buy or TOO HARD to make for a first cosplay
Step 3: Showing the list (with pictures!) to a friend who has different taste in anime/video games than you. Cross of anything that they don't immediately recognize
Step 4: From what's left, choose your favorite!
Step 5: Get to it!

If you follow that method,

You're more likely to meet people who will recognize your cosplay, and you won't have too hard of a time making it! If you cosplay something really obscure for your first cosplay, sure, some people will recognize it, but you might not feel as great about what you've created.
For example, I cosplayed Bad Girl from the video game No More Heroes (see above!), and while it's not super obscure, I definitely didn't get stopped very much at all. It was my first time at this particular convention, and I was bummed because I had worked really hard putting it together! It wasn't my first cosplay, though, so I wasn't totally discouraged and I did meet a few really cool people!
Ultimately, you should cosplay whatever you want to cosplay, but if you're just getting started, I recommend picking a character that isn't too obscure so that you can feel what it's like to be in a cosplay that is loved by everyone at the con. Trust me, you'll be hooked on cosplaying and that way of making cosplay friends in no time!!
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thanks so much @hikaymm
@hikaymm you are absolutely right!!! ^.^ my first Cosplay was dead pool and man I was super nervous cause when I had cosplayed as him he still wasn't as popular as he's is now or getting now 馃檲 so I thought nobody was going to know who I was dress as lol or I thought people were going to think I was spider-man lol 馃槅 But man there was people that new the character and I got to take pics and meet new people! So it was sooo much fun!!!! I got hook since :D I already have 1 year is about to be 2 years cosplaying!! ^.^ and I'm always saying this But to me the best part are when the kids get so excited and want a pic with you :) it warms my heart to seem them so happy to see there character lol aaaah Cosplaying is so much fun!! ^_^
@MoisEsGaray It is awesome when kids love you!!! haha my friend @starberry has an aweosme Anna (from Frozen) cosplay and does some events for kids in it with her friend that cosplays Elsa, and she siad it's always AMAZING when kids really think of her as Anna, you know? it's just so much more touching i guess ^^
I'm cosplaying as luffy for Halloween. It will be my first time doing any cosplay and I'm kind of nervous lol
@JosephHarris that's totally normal!!! Just remember that at Halloween EVERYONE is trying something new, so you shouldn't be worried ^^ it's a great time to start so you dont' have to feel like you stick out or anything~~