Real Life Cortanas
June 5, 2008 25 Comments
Cortana, the fictional artificially intelligent hologram from the Halo series of video games, is a much beloved character by both female and male fanatics alike. Besides the fact that she has no physical form or being, Cortana has an outward appearance that is simply difficult to replicate in a costume. Here are some dedicated individuals that have taken the challenge and done it successfully. Do be warned, a few of the pictures are probably NSFW, unless you work somewhere that puts body paint on nude models of course.
MsValentine has been cosplaying for more than half a decade and over that time period there has been a significant evolution in the quality of her Cortana costume. Playing under the gamertag Cortana2552, she is clearly the definition of a hardcore Halo fan. While she has a few critics for her color choice of purple instead of blue, not many people can deny that her Cortana cosplay is really quite impressive.
Body paint, airbrushing, and some significant time in photoshop morphed Francesca Zappitelli, an I4U model of the month, into Cortana. The purpose of the shoot was to present the Plasma Rifle; the added bonus was that geeks everywhere got to ogle a nude, oiled up version of their favorite video game AI.
This brother and sister team decided to go all out to celebrate the launch of Halo 3 back in September of 2007. Calliopeia dressed up as Cortana while SPU7N1K made a 343 Guilty Spark costume out of cardboard, spray paint, and lots and lots of love. Their hard work and dedication paid off as they were probably the best dressed (not to mention the most creative) pair at the event.
This female cosplayer, sporting a bold blue version of Cortana, was spotted at Megacon 2007. Megacon boasts that it is the southeast’s largest comic book, science fiction/fantasy, anime, gaming, toys multi-media event so I am sure she felt right at home. I wonder if she found her Master Chief at that convention?
KayleeT, who is wearing only reactive UV black bodypaint, had her pictures taken in a blackened room that was lit only by a blacklight. While the images are grainy and the details somewhat difficult to see, overall the effects add to the holographic characteristics Cortana is known for.
You can’t make a Cortana list without including Jen Taylor. While she has a resume full of various voice, film, tv, and stage appearances, Halo fanatics everywhere will instantly recognize her as the voice of Cortana. When she said in a recent interview that she doesn’t get any correspondence related to voicing that particular character, someone quickly did some research and found an address that fan mail can be directed to. If you like her (and really, what Halo fan doesn’t?), now you know where to send the love.